Archives for May, 2010

Disco. does theology

For a long time, the Disco. ‘tute insisted that “intelligent design” is science, and that questions about who did the designing are theological and beyond ID’s scope. IDolators insist that ID can be evaluated without knowing anything about the nature of the designer. This never made sense. So in defending ID against a negative book…

Martin Cothran, staffer with the Family Foundation of Kentucky and generally awful person, is excited about Rand Paul’s recent primary victory in the Kentucky Senate race. “Is Rand Paul the de facto leader of the Tea Party?“, he asks: In fact, one of the Tea Party’s long-term problems is that it doesn’t have a single,…

Todd Wood talks sense

First, my very favorite creationist in the wide world has an appropriately snarky (but optimistic) take on a new ID journal. He opens by noting, “The last time ID supporters tried their own journal was PCID, which seemed to whither and die five years ago.” Indeed, they appear to have been unable to generate sufficient…

Not even wrong

Bruce Chapman, head Disco. DJ, thinks we’re going through global cooling: It certainly seems so this spring. Winter on the East Coast was grim and summer temperatures are hard to find now in the West. Snowfall also higher than in decades past. It doesn’t mean anything except this: there is (and should be) a real…

More Israel

Right-wing Israeli activists threaten to protest Rahm Emanuel’s son’s bar mitzvah in Jerusalem: Last year, White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel announced at the General Assembly of the Jewish Federations of North America in Washington that he was planning to take his son Zach to Israel for his bar mitzvah. “This memorial break, I…

Israel

Recent weeks have brought a steady stream of interesting reports about Israel’s internal politics and how those politics relate to the rest of the world. To whit: Israel Roiled After Chomsky Barred From West Bank: Front-page coverage and heated morning radio discussions asked how Mr. Chomsky, an 81-year-old professor emeritus at the Massachusetts Institute of…

Mt. St. Helens

30 years ago, a very young Josh Rosenau looked out the window of his parents house in Portland, Oregon, pointed at the volcanic ash settling on the trees and sidewalks, and explained: “‘cano!” Folks had been anticipating the eruption of Mt. St. Helens for weeks, some of them even eagerly urging the volcano to blow…

In Pennsylvania, retired admiral and current Representative Joe Sestak won the Democratic primary against former Republican Arlen Specter; Sestak will face failed Senate candidate Pat Toomey in November. In Kentucky, Jack Conway will be running for the Senate seat currently held by Jim Bunning. Rand Paul, whose claim to fame is absolutely not being named…

The Pope is likely to have a lot of reading soon: Roman Catholics can send now text messages of support to Pope Benedict XVI, Italian public television said Saturday, as the Church faces an international paedophile scandal.… All messages sent to the special number — +39 335 18 63 091 — will be passed along…

In the video above, you can watch Indiana’s Rep. Mark Souder yammer about creationism with staffer Lisa Jackson. He crows about his on-screen experience in Expelled: No Intelligence, and his efforts to twist Smithsonian emails into a conspiracy. Souder recently won his primary election, but just resigned from Congress after revealing that he carried on…