February 7, 2005

I just did a search at both the blog search engine and Technorati, and as far as I can tell, the DI blog is still the only one that even mentions that there has been a denial of the accusations made by Richard von Sternberg against Jonathan Coddington and the Smithsonian. Bloggers like Joe Carter, Roger Schlafly, Derek Gilbert and many others jumped all over the Klinghoffer op-ed piece, presumed it must be true, and declared it to be proof… Read more

February 6, 2005

The Alliance Defense Fund has apparently filed a modified complaint in the Steven Williams lawsuit in Cupertino. The new complaint includes a couple of other handouts that the principal wouldn’t allow Williams to hand out, both of them apparently with some historical problems of their own. ERiposte has posted an update to his response that includes a critique of those two new handouts. He also quotes from a letter sent from the ADF to one of the parents in the… Read more

February 5, 2005

This you just have to find funny. Jonathan Witt has written a post on the DI blog about the Sternberg/Smithsonian situation. In the process, he has made clear the utter hypocrisy of the DI in handling criticism. The DI blog, you see, steadfastly refuses to link to the Panda’s Thumb, which is the primary weblog that presents criticism of their ideas. This refusal is so obvious that even when writing a post addressing Jonathan Coddington’s response to Sternberg’s accusations against… Read more

February 4, 2005

On the heels of finding out that Ernst Mayr died, I also just read that Ossie Davis has died. Ossie Davis, husband of actress Ruby Dee, was a brilliant actor, playwright, writer and civil rights activist. If you don’t recognize his name, you almost surely would recognize his face and his deep, booming voice. I especially recall the performances of he and his wife in Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing, which I consider to be one of the finest… Read more

February 4, 2005

A New York state court ruled today that gay couples must be allowed to marry in that state. Like the decision in Massachusetts, this decision is based upon the NY state constitution, not the U.S. Constitution, so it only is enforcable in that state. But it is still an enormously important ruling. The judge, Doris Ling-Cohan, correctly said, “Simply put, marriage is viewed by society as the utmost expression of a couple’s commitment and love.” There simply is no rational… Read more

February 4, 2005

Harvard announced today that Ernst Mayr, the venerable and legendary evolutionary biologist who made his home there for so long, died yesterday at the age of 100. Science magazine published a retrospective, written by Mayr himself, on his 80 years as a scientist last July after his 100th birthday that is certainly worth reviewing upon his death. There was no more important figure in 20th century science or in evolutionary biology, where his influence is surpassed only by Charles Darwin… Read more

February 4, 2005

Some of you are aware, I’m sure, of the controversy that has been raging throughout the right side of the blogosphere concerning Richard von Sternberg and the Smithsonian. Based solely on an op-ed piece in the Wall Street Journal, everyone from the Discovery Institute to the Worldnutdaily and a thousand blogs have picked up on the story to scream “PERSECUTION” at the top of their lungs in the fervant hope that their martyr complex had been proven true. Well, not… Read more

February 4, 2005

Okay, this made me laugh. Eugene Volokh posted what was obviously a very sarcastic response to the Iraqi election noting that the 72% turnout was a 28% drop from the 100% turnout in the last election in which Saddam Hussein was reelected and asked, “Why isn’t the media pointing this out?” The next day he received the following email from an obviously not-too-bright correspondent: Let me guess? Your (sic) a bleedy (sic) hear (sic) Democrap. I am sure the last… Read more

February 3, 2005

In Texas, local school districts are in the process of choosing which textbooks to use in their health and sex ed classes. They can choose from 4 books approved by the state board of education, a highly politicized group that is largely controlled by the religious right. Here’s their latest genius move – approving textbooks that don’t even mention condoms: Only one of the four new textbooks approved by the State Board of Education in November mentions condoms. The book,… Read more

February 3, 2005

A few weeks ago, I blasted Casey Luskin for his article attacking ID opponents for comparing IDers to holocaust deniers, and I offered a list of quotes from IDers comparing us to Nazis and Stalinists. The use by ID advocates of the rhetorical device of comparing those who opposed their beliefs to Nazis and Stalinists has been so common over the last 15 years that it was inconceivable to me that Luskin could be unaware of them and so I… Read more

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