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Monthly Archive: April 2008

Apr 18 2008

I Am The Very Model Of A Devious Creationist

Ok, this is what comes of being just a bit too obsessive. On this thread over at pharyngula, is copious evidence that PZ’s commenters are a talented bunch! (Go ahead, look–you know you want to!) But somebody asked where I was, and long story short, my brain now hurts from putting the following together. (on …

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Apr 18 2008

Friday Limericks: Expelled!

I hear a rumor that today there will be more than a handful of bloggers taking aim (metaphorically speaking) at the movie “expelled”. I can’t think of a better topic (or worse, I suppose) for this week’s Friday Limericks. Enough to make me wait up until midnight to post! Lots of good rhyming words here, …

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Apr 17 2008

The Curse Of The Buried Jersey

You have probably already heard the story–but if not, here’s one article. (And this just in–there may actually be some good to come out of the story.) The things we might call hanky-pankiesThink outside the box;The latest chapter pits the YankeesUp against the Sox. The sort of things that I or you doNever seem to …

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Apr 16 2008

Join Me In A Moment Of Silent Prayer (or do nothing–it all comes out the same)

image thanks to PZ, who thanks Brian Flemming, who thanks Maria. Let’s fold our hands and bow our headsAnd mumble something low,Or pray to tens of millions on Some television show.Let’s take a silent moment, andHave others do the same,So those remaining talking canBe sure to feel their shame.Let’s know that we are better, cosWe …

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Apr 13 2008

Hard Determinism and the Meme of Free Will

Oh, the Greeks knew what they wanted—Strong determinism stunted.It is clear that if the populace was driven by free will,Then society was blameless;Truth be told, it was a shamelessGrab for power, and the senators were showing off their skill.These philosophers were cunningAnd in truth it was a stunningBit of framing—we can tell, because it lingers …

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Apr 11 2008

Friday Limericks: Under The Sea

Maybe it is just those prepared cuttlefish snacks, but I am in the mood for fish. ‘Midst the seaweeds and sponges and coralsLive the cephalopods; and their quarrelsWill come, often, to blows–A behavior which showsA deplorable absence of morals! A grey-haired and bearded signoreWith a snorkel and mask, took a forayTo a reef, but gave …

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Apr 11 2008

Crazy Like A Squid…

The Deep Sea News guys have alerted us all to a libelous bit of writing by Jeff Vrabel that further convinces me that humans are not to be trusted with ink. When possible, I like to keep close tabs on the world of octopuses, for two reasons: 1. Everybody has their hobbies, mine just involves …

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Apr 09 2008

A Hymn

Ok, I admit it: there is a soft spot in my hearts for hymns. Both the staid and conservative hymns of the congregation I left decades ago, and the blues-laced gospel hymns that, for instance, the Blues Brothers Movie celebrated. There is a joy to that music, a weight to those lyrics, that is just …

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Apr 07 2008

“I Thought I Saw An Atheist” Revisited

Ok, this one is seriously depressing. PZ reports on the deplorable actions of Illinois State Rep Monique Davis (D-Chicago), shouting down (easily, since he was not talking) an atheist activist (Rob Sherman), whose offense was that he was testifying against the expenditure of a million dollars of the people’s money to preserve a particular Baptist …

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Apr 06 2008

Poe, Poe, Pitiful “Expelled”

Those who read the words of Myers know the fellow rarely tires,No surprise a film desires his opinion, strongly held:When they filmed him, on location, and they held a conversation,It was all prevarication—lies are where Ben Stein excelled.And producer, too, Mark Mathis, lying’s where the man excelled,For the movie was “Expelled” “From our schools and …

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