Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

A Brief Tribute to Olaf Kolzig

Well, tonight may have been the last time any of us will see Olie Kolzig in a Caps uniform. For years, Olie was the heart and soul of the Caps. Olie kept the Caps in a lot of games when the rest of the team didn't have a whole lot of talent. For those of us who suffered through years like 1999-2000, when Chris Simon led the team in goals, Olie was the one guy Caps fans could rely on night after night. (Really! When Chris Simon is your leading goal scorer, your team is going to have problems.)

So Olie, whatever the future holds, thanks for all those great games in net. Thanks for all those great memories. And Go Caps!

(Oh, and by the way, Ben Stein licks sweaty balls.)

Why People Laugh at Creationists

Thunderf00t has a great series of videos on why we laugh at the cretins. Number 23 deals with Expelled, and may be the best in the series.

Bravo Zulu, Thunderfoot!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Caps Win!!

Wow, what a comeback from two goals down. Game 7 tomorrow night, and I've got tix!

Friday, April 18, 2008

A good essay on Intelligent Design

Here's a good essay on IDC, written by a non-fundamentalist theist.

Monday, April 14, 2008

What does this week have in store for Expelled?

So now that the producers of Expelled have been caught red-handed, and they've been put on notice of their copyright infringement, what will they do now?

Will Premise simply decide to go ahead with their planned release, and ignore the Demand letter from XVIVO?

Will XVIVO seek a TRO before the scheduled April 18 release of Expelled?

Will there be a hearing for a preliminary injunction this week? And if there is, what will we learn from it? Did the animator who produced the "substitute" animation have access to a scientific consultant, or did they simply rely on what they saw in The Inner Life of a Cell?

It's going to be an interesting week.

Sunday, April 13, 2008

A gift, for the religious person in your life

Do you have colleagues, neighbors, or in-laws who incessantly flaunt their religiosity? As a less-than-pious person, do you have trouble finding appropriate gifts for the holier-than-thou?

Well, your problem is solved, because The FAIL Blog has done the work for you, and has found the perfect gift for them!

Friday, April 11, 2008

The REAL story behind "Expelled"

Aha! The truth is revealed at last! It turns out that the makers of Expelled have deliberately made the stupidest pro-ID movie possible. They are secretly working to destroy the ID movement by laying out it's idiocy in great, gory detail. Kudos to IO9 for bringing this conspiracy to light.

Caps and Pens Win

Two big wins for the Caps and Pens. The Caps came back from a 4-2 deficit, helped by two sweet 3rd period goals by Mike Green. Ovie put in the game-winner for them.
The Pens squandered an early lead, but came back to win 5-3.

Stanley Cup Playoffs are underway!!

Well, the Caps have their first playoff game tonight, against the Flyers. While I'm really pulling for the Pens (you never stop rooting for the hometown team), I really hope the Caps do well in the playoffs. They had a great run in the second half of the season, to fight their way back into the playoffs.

Of course, Bettman is really hoping for a playoff series between the Pens and the Caps. He's really hoping to have TV audiences able to see this:

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Early report on hearing for Florida's "Academic Freedom" bill

Florida Citizens for Science have an early report on the Florida Senate Judiciary Committee's hearing on the so-called "Academic Freedom" bill.

Call for Papers: Darwin's Reach

In celebration of the 200th anniversary of Charles Darwin's birth, and the sesquicentennial of the publication of
On the Origin of Species, Hofstra University is hosting a conference titled "Darwin's Reach: Celebrating Darwin's Legacy Across the Disciplines" March 12-14, 2009.

Papers are invited, exploring topics on Darwin's Legacy. More information may be found here.

200 word abstracts are due June 16, 2008.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Obama on distinguishing between science and faith

Here's what Barack Obama had to say to the York Daily Record on teaching evolution in public schools:

Q: York County was recently in the news for a lawsuit involving the teaching of intelligent design. What's your attitude regarding the teaching of evolution in public schools?

A: "I'm a Christian, and I believe in parents being able to provide children with religious instruction without interference from the state.

But I also believe our schools are there to teach worldly knowledge and science. I believe in evolution, and I believe there's a difference between science and faith. That doesn't make faith any less important than science.

It just means they're two different things. And I think it's a mistake to try to cloud the teaching of science with theories that frankly don't hold up to scientific inquiry."
Egads! A coherent answer from a presidential candidate on teaching evolution! What's the world coming to?

Saturday, April 5, 2008

"And it’s dangerous for our children to even know that your philosophy exists!"

This is an exchange between Illinois State Rep. Monique Davis, and atheist activist Rob Sherman, who was testifying before the Illinois General Assembly regarding a $1 million grant for the Pilgrim Baptist Church.

What's disappointing here is that an elected official, dependent on the goodwill of her voters, apparently feels there is no political risk (and perhaps some political benefit) to publicly berating an atheist simply for his beliefs.

Kent Hovind, my favorite Creationist

I have to admit that Kent Hovind is still my favorite of all the high profile creationists. Sure he's a liar and a cheat, but he's just so freaking nuts that it's hard to not get a kick out of his crazy shit.

Since he'll be in prison for tax evasion until 2015, we'll have to get by with what he's left us. In the meantime, please enjoy this tribute video. It's about 6 months old, but it still makes me smile:

Missouri: New Anti-Evolution Bill introduced

Another one of these so-called "Academic Freedom" Bills has been introduced in Missouri. Like the other "Academic Freedom" bill in Florida, this one is limited to "theories of biological and chemical evolution." The NCSE has a brief summary.