Encountering the Irrational

I was surprised — though I shouldn’t be — by two examples of irrationality among my acquaintances and friends last weekend. The first was at a poker table, where two guys I’ve played with fairly regularly — friendly acquaintances but not guys I know particularly well — were wearing these braided rope necklaces. I thought they actually looked kind of cool, until one started talking to the other about how it was supposed to make him feel better and prevent aches and pains.
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The Centre for Unintelligent Design

The Centre for Unintelligent Design, a pro-science, anti-creationist website, has received a letter from the esteemed Dr. Steve Fuller, one of the witnesses for the ID side during the Dover trial. Responding to the argument that examples of unintelligent design support evolution but not special creation, Fuller ducks into the punch:
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Sign This Petition Please

Dustin Chalker, an atheist soldier who has filed a lawsuit with the help of the Military Religious Freedom Foundation, has a petition that calls on the White House to end discrimination against non-Christians in the military. If it gets 5,000 signatures, the White House has to at least consider it. It is less than 200 signatures away, so let’s put it over the top.

The Inevitable Conspiracy Theory About OWS

It’s been amusing watching the wingnut press try to discredit the Occupy Wall Street movement. They’ve thrown the kitchen sink at the protesters — “terrorists,” “Nazis,” “communists.” Soros is obviously behind the whole thing, right? And you knew it was just a matter of time before they figured out that it’s all just a front for the Muslim Brotherhood. And they would have gotten away with it if it weren’t for those pesky wingnuts.

Bryan Fischer Award Nominee: Colby May

Someone suggested that I name an award after Bryan Fischer, given to those who engage in hypocritical statements about their own defense of principle while consistently violating that principle in practice or who suffer from massive psychological projection in accusing their enemies of doing the very thing they do themselves. Finding candidates for this award should be trivially easy. The first nominee is Colby May, director of the American Center for Law and Justice.
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