October 25, 2005

For those of you who don’t know of her, Denyse O’Leary is sort of the ID movement’s demented, spastic little cheerleader. She’s a Canadian journalist who spends most of her time making profoundly silly claims in support of ID. Her latest bit of loopiness is to claim that Stephen Jay Gould would not have signed the NCSE’s Project Steve statement, named after him, in support of evolution. That statement reads: Evolution is a vital, well-supported, unifying principle of the biological… Read more

October 25, 2005

Yet another expert witness has pulled out from testifying in the Dover trial. Warren Nord, a philosopher from the University of North Carolina, has been withdrawn as a witness. Out of the 8 experts that the defense lined up for this trial, 5 of them have pulled out. Of the three left, Behe and Fuller did at least as much for the plaintiff’s case as for the defense. That leaves only Scott Minnich yet to go, assuming he doesn’t pull… Read more

October 25, 2005

Josh Claybourn passes along this link about a proposed law in Indiana that would make protesting at a military funeral a felony. There’s some background required to understand it though. It involves the infamous Rev. Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church, the cretins behind God Hates Fags. You will find no more loathsome people on the face of this planet than Phelps and his followers, most of whom are members of his own family. In the last couple years,… Read more

October 25, 2005

The Thomas More Law Center’s defense of the Dover school board is beginning to resemble a Keystone Cops sketch. After having yet another witness drop out, they presented Steve Fuller, a British sociologist, to defend the teaching of ID in public schools. And you’re gonna love the rationale he offered for why it should be taught: Because the scientific community is a monolith, impenetrable and often hostile to new theories, intelligent design proponents have to turn to the public schools… Read more

October 25, 2005

And naturally, let the Worldnutdaily lead the way. Their crack reporting staff is hot on the trail of the story of Hurricane Wilma forcing a “homosexual party” to be postponed. We’re talking about Key West here, folks. There’s a “homosexual party” going on pretty much every night. I’m sure the hurricane also postponed a few church-related events, but that’s not really newsworthy is it? Read more

October 25, 2005

William Dembski has gotten the honor of an official parody blog, Uncommon Dissent. The author, using the nom de plume of TH Huxley (I would have chosen Asa Gray myself), does a post-by-post mockery of Dembski’s blog. It’s not terribly good, but I’ll say this – he’s a hell of a lot brighter than Robert O’Brien. Then again, your average baked potato is brighter than Robert O’Brien. Read more

October 25, 2005

A major development in the Dover trial yesterday. The Discovery Institute had submitted a brief in the case last week and Judge Jones issued an order denying that brief’s use in the case. Our attorneys had filed a motion to strike that brief from the proceedings on the grounds that it was an attempt to get the expert testimony of Stephen Meyer and William Dembski on the record in the case after they had pulled out as expert witnesses, thus… Read more

October 25, 2005

Jack Balkin has a long and thorough essay on how Democrats should respond to the Miers nomination and he says much the same thing I’ve been saying. As he notes, the Democrats are currently in popcorn mode – sitting back, munching their popcorn and enjoying watching the Republicans yell at each other and call each other names. But at some point, if the administration does not withdraw her nomination, they’re going to have to decide whether to vote for her… Read more

October 24, 2005

Radley Balko is his usual ascerbic self after noting Arlen Specter’s statement that Harriet Miers’ nomination was still moving ahead okay but “she might need a crash course in constitutional law”: I picture Harriet Miers burning the midnight oil at the library with her Emmanuel Con Law outline all dog-eared up, a cup of Water Joe and a pack of smokes close at hand. “Sorry Senator, only had time to read every other page. Not really sure about the privileges… Read more

October 24, 2005

The Worldnutdaily is making a huge deal today about a new book alleging that the Lawrence decision – the Supreme Court ruling that declared state sodomy laws unconstitutional – was based upon a setup, an intentional arrest for the purpose of challenging a law in court. And naturally, they’re trying to profit by selling that book after reporting on it, as is their typical modus operandi. How Stages Sex Crime Fooled Supreme Court is the headline of the article, and… Read more

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