September 10, 2005

Over the last year or so, Jon Rowe has written a series of posts about the founding fathers and religion, a subject which has always fascinated me and that I’ve written on a lot as well. In the course of that series of posts, Jon has evoked the notion of “theistic rationalism”, an excellent description of the beliefs of the leading lights among the founders (Washington, Adams, Jefferson, Madison and Franklin). The key distinction, the absolute touchstone of the distinction… Read more

September 10, 2005

I haven’t written much on the little brouhaha between Genie Scott of the NCSE and Larry Caldwell, a creationist parent in California who, it seems, threatens to sue everyone. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if he threatens to sue me for saying he threatens to sue people a lot. Genie had written an article for California Wild, a publication of the California Academy of Sciences, about a creationist flareup in Roseville, California that contained a few minor mistakes about… Read more

September 9, 2005

Food, clothing and shelter are generally listed as the three necessities of life. Close behind those three, in my view, is music. If I was forced to choose between being blind and deaf, I would choose blindness. That’s how difficult it is to imagine living in a world without music. And in the history of American music, no city is more important than New Orleans. America gave the world perhaps its greatest musical gifts – jazz – and New Orleans… Read more

September 9, 2005

My friend Henry Neufeld, head of the Pacesetter’s Bible Institute in Florida, now has his own blog. Anyone interesting in the intersection of science and religion will want to read it. Henry is a Hebrew scholar with a longtime interest in science and just a generally fascinating guy. Read more

September 9, 2005

Sometimes I feel like I should send Joseph Farah, founder of the Worldnutdaily, a gift. The webmag he founded is such a fountain of sheer stupidity that he makes my job here so much easier. Virtually every day, I could find ample fodder for this blog just by clicking on his page. And now that he has added Alan Sears, the CEO of the Alliance Defense Fund, as a weekly columnist that job should get even easier. The Alliance Defense… Read more

September 9, 2005

Paul Campos has an article in the New Republic (registration required, but available on bugmenot) about FEMA director Mike Brown. I’ve written before, as have many others, about Brown’s complete lack of qualifications for that position, which he got only because his former college roommate hired him as his assistant. But Campos reveals that, if anything, we’ve been too charitable to him: To understand the Mike Brown saga, one has to know something about the intricacies of the legal profession,… Read more

September 9, 2005

It’s funny, just the other day as I saw a report on the US Open on Sportscenter, I thought about the fact that I never watch tennis anymore. When I was a kid, we would always spend the 4th of July at our cottage and we had a tradition of watching Wimbledon on Sunday morning. This was in the days of the Borg/McEnroe rivalry, so it was really something to watch. I became a fan then and stayed one for… Read more

September 8, 2005

If you’re like me, you love the Daily Show with Jon Stewart. And you’re gonna love this clip especially. Follow this link and click on “Meet the F**ckers”. It’s a hilarious take on the government’s response to Katrina that ends with Larry King asking Celine Dion if she has anything to sing to comfort the victims of the hurricane. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to go commit ritual disembowlment. Read more

September 8, 2005

Wow, if this is true there needs to be a major investigation. The Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights is circulating internal memos from Mobil, Chevron and Texaco that shows that these major oil companies worked to limit refinery capacity in order to drive up the price of gasoline and increase their profits: The Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights (FTCR) today exposed internal oil company memos that show how the industry intentionally reduced domestic refining capacity to drive up… Read more

September 8, 2005

The National Council on Bible Curriculum in Public Schools, publishers of the horrid bible curriculum that I’ve discussed so much recently, has scheduled a press conference in Washington tomorrow to defend its curriculum against Mike Chancey’s scathing criticisms. Their press release announcing the conference is titled: Chuck Norris and his Wife Gena to Speak at Press Conference on Bible Course in Public Schools Well that should be exciting. Maybe we’ll get lucky and the guy who played Screech will stop… Read more

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