Wednesday, April 30, 2008

About that troll

This is pretty funny in its patheticness. My recent troll (who is originally from the Atheism Sucks! blog and impersonated another blogger there, too) is rather enamored by his own childish posts. First off, he hails from Tucson, Arizona. His two IP addresses track back to there. One probably is his residential IP and the other might be his work IP. (I'll say it again - SiteMeter provides a shocking, almost disturbing amount of data.) And I know they are the same because the first few abusive comments came from the former and the most recent came from the latter.

He's visited S&B; seven times (at least!) since yesterday. The last 2-4 visits appear to be him checking out his handiwork. I'm sure he's giggling like an idiot to himself. I wonder how much he'll be giggling when his IP providers and apparent employer ask him about his online behavior.

UPDATE: Now he's claiming to be hopping from wifi signal to wifi signal. The IP that he appears under proves otherwise, however. It has not changed from his first visit (other than when he apparently posted from work).

Ever miss your first car?

My first car was a hand-me-down (from my sister) mid-80s red Ford Escort. It was a rusty rattle-trap with a hatchback that needed to be propped open with a long piece of wood. I once drove with a strong headwind and the car never got above 50 even with the pedal to the floor. It had no A/C and the heater/defroster barely worked in the winter. I have a nice 2003 Blazer now, but man, I sometimes miss that old Escort.

Monday, April 28, 2008

New feature: recent comments

In the right-hand column, just down a bit. Click on the names to go to the comment pages.

UPDATE: Please ignore the troll spam in the comments here. I am currently allowing it to remain so that techs at Qwest (where the IP of the person tracks back to) can see the abusive comments.

The evolution of a smear-job

A few months ago, the buzz among Darwinists was that "Expelled" linked Darwinism with the Holocaust.

A few weeks ago, the buzz was that "Expelled" said Darwinism leads to Nazism.

A few days ago, the buzz was that "Expelled" said Darwinism causes anti-Semitism.

Now the claim is that "Expelled" says that "science leads to killing people."

The fact that the Darwinists have to keep inventing newer, more outrageous and more generalized versions shows how intellectually bankrupt they are.

UPDATE: Some of the Darwinists are taking issue with me saying that the Darwinists (specifically PZ Myers) are saying "Expelled" says "science leads to killing people." While it is true that they got that line from Ben Stein in an interview he did for TBN, the video that PZ and others have promoted links Stein's interview (with the quote ripped completely out of context) and "Expelled."

I are good reader

I'll let you figure out what's wrong with this:
A must-have for any mother with young children considering plastic surgery.

As far as the subject of the book... meh. I suppose it's a good thing to explain to children why mommy's face and/or body will look bloodied, bruised and be bandaged up for the next few weeks. I guess... If you really are bent on it...

Friday, April 25, 2008

Yoko Ono's ironic lawsuit against "Expelled"

The makers of "Expelled" used a 10-word sample of John Lennon's "Imagine" in their movie. The song includes the following lyrics:
Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world

So I guess Yoko's lawsuit means that John Lennon's song lyrics are exempt from his dream of no possessions, no greed and people sharing.

Chutzpah, ladies and gentlemen.

Thursday, April 24, 2008

Sick, sad world of the BDSers

Again, via Michelle:
A man heckling First Lady Laura Bush and daughter Jenna outside the 92nd Street Y was arrested after he punched a wheelchair-bound girl whose parents has told him to shut up, authorities said yesterday. German Talis, 22, was shouting obscenities at the Bushes, who were leaving the building Tuesday, when he crossed paths with Wendy and John Lovetro and their daughter Maureen, 18, who has cerebral palsy.

They had been in the audience to hear the Bushes talk about their children’s book, “Read All About It.”

“He began yelling about Iraq and Iran at Jenna Bush. She was waving at the crowd. I told the guy, ‘What are you doing? Shut up. This is about a child and books,’ ” said John Lovetro. “He was unperturbed. I said, ‘Get out of here! You’re being a moron!’ ”

The next thing he knew, Talis was allegedly punching Maureen - a fan of the first lady since meeting her in 2004.

“I heard my daughter hysterical yelling, ‘He’s hitting me!’ ” said Wendy Lovetro.

“He punched her on the shoulder blades, but that wasn’t enough,” she said.

“My husband pushed the wheelchair away from him and he reached beyond my husband and began pounding my daughter in the thigh.”

Makes me want to barf, particularly since I work with the developmentally disabled like Maureen!

Check out the rest of Michelle's unhinged mugshot collection. The visceral hatred so many on the left have towards President Bush and other conservatives is scary stuff. Makes you wonder what will happen if they lose the next presidential election (or, as they oh-so-rationally put it, the next time the election is "stolen").

UPDATE: Speaking of "unhinged..."
Don't believe any of this trash about Gary hit a handicapped girl. HE WAS THE ONE ASSAULTED. It's a complete frame up. The fact that people cannot comment on Michelles page is proof that that entire page is a psyop. The funny thing is before all this 911 truth are terrorists talking points nonsense Michelle herself questioned 911. We know who the enemies of the republic are.

If that's satire, it's really good satire. If not... yikes...

Nancy Pelosi's Earth Day Bible b.s.

Via Michelle:
On Earth Day, Nancy Pelosi quoted the Bible: “The Bible tells us in the Old Testament, ‘To minister to the needs of God’s creation is an act of worship. To ignore those needs is to dishonor the God who made us.’ On this Earth Day, and every day, let us honor the earth and our future generations with a commitment to fight climate change.”

Apparently, it’s a favorite verse of hers. She has used it in official statements on global warming, the budget, Martin Luther King Day, Christmas, and why she’s a Democrat. Jim Hoft has audio chronicles.

Dr. Claude Mariottini, an Old Testament scholar, noted on his blog last year and this year that no such Biblical verse exists.

CNS News asked other Bible scholars for the source of the quote in the Old Testament that Nancy Pelosi keeps invoking.

They can’t find it either.

Can you?

In searching for the key words (e.g. "minister," "needs," "creation" and "worship," and "ignore," "needs," "dishonor" and "God") from the supposed verse(s) in every English version of the Bible on, I have found exactly zero matches.

Blogger Joel Gaines is holding a contest to find this verse. I predict there will be no winners.

People like Pelosi and the Bible are like oil and water. The former is greasy, filthy and stinks up to high heaven and the latter gives life.

(I'm fully expecting many skeptic excuses - not necessarily here - to be something along the lines of, "So what? The rest of the Bible is made-up, too.")

UPDATE: Narrowing it down. Thanks to the good Dr. Claude Mariottini for providing some more information. It turns out that in at least one of her previous utterances of this phony Bible verse, Pelosi attributed it to the book of Isaiah. So let's search the book of Isaiah in all the versions available at for the word "minister."

NIV, Message, NLT, NASB and Amplified - nothing even close

KJV, ESV, CEV, NKJV, and NCV - still nothing

21st Cent. KJV, ASV, YLT, Darby, and New Life - nope

Holman, NIRV, Wycliffe, WE, NIV- UK - not a sausage

TNIV - take a guess

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Einstein would've been "Expelled"

"God does not play dice with the universe."

"I want to know how God created this world. I am not interested in this or that phenomenon, in the spectrum of this or that element. I want to know his thoughts. The rest are details."

"In the view of such harmony in the cosmos which I, with my limited human mind, am able to recognize, there are yet people who say there is no God. But what makes me really angry is that they quote me for support for such views."

"In my view, it is the most important function of art and science to awaken this religious feeling and keep it alive in those who are receptive to it."

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Smurf Day 2008

Today is the day we honor the Smurfs. Have a smurfy Smurf Day!

Monday, April 21, 2008

Speaking of innocent oversights...

I'm going to try to find out what this is about:

The Movie Spoiler

Scroll down to the list of movies. Notice anything? Let's count. #1... #2... 3.... 4... 5... 6... 7... 8... 10? Hmm... How very strange. I emailed the website and asked innocently if a movie was missed or if the numbers were messed up. I will share the reply (if any). I'm willing to give them the benefit of the doubt right now. Perhaps they're in the process of updating their website. Perhaps they weren't sure what position "Expelled" was going to end up at. If it really is an innocent oversight or something else, hopefully they will correct it. If not... if it's deliberate... well, that would be very, very pathetically petty.

UPDATE: The reply was that "Expelled" is a documentary, so it wasn't included in the list (apparently the same for #17). Apparently documentaries aren't spoiler-worthy. Except for, you know, Michael Moore's Farenheit 9/11. Weird.

Friday, April 18, 2008

I'm sure this is just an innocent oversight

(Yeah, right.)

Back in June of 2007, Michael Moore's "Sicko" was released to about 440 theaters nationwide. The Internet Movie Database (IMDB) featured it prominently at the time, as evidenced by these archives:

Past IMDB front page (look in the left-hand column)

Past IMDB Now Playing (scroll down)

Well, now "Expelled" (the most talked about documentary of the last few months and possibly ever) is upon us and it is opening in over 1000 theaters nationwide. But what do we see on IMDB?

Current IMDB front page


Current IMDB Now Playing


Gee... What liberal bias?

UPDATE: Due to the fact that "Expelled" made a very strong showing and ended up at the #9 spot, IMDB obviously could no longer completely ignore the film anymore and retain any semblance of credibility.

1000th post. Meh.

It's not quite as exciting after you mess up.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Something just struck me regarding the opposition to "Expelled"

As I was reading this post - another in a long line of anti-free speech, anti-open-minded scientific thinking posts on many blogs - it just suddenly hit me: what exactly are these people defending? They claim they're defending science in the form of evolution, but Intelligent Design (which, incidentally, I don't personally ascribe to) doesn't discount evolution in the least. ID has no problem with life evolving from one form to another (which is why I don't ascribe to it). What it does discount is the belief that life crawled out of some random puddle of chemical goo and randomly evolved (or as the evolutionists like to contradict themselves, "was naturally selected in an undirected process" - I didn't know selection was undirected) to the myriad forms of life that we see today. ID sees the origin and evolution of life as non-random - that life is too complex to not have an intelligent agent is behind it all.

So really, what the critics of "Expelled" have a problem with is the origins of life, even though they claim evolution has no opinion on the issue. That may be true, but they all certainly have an opinion on the issue and that opinion is that life arose without any sort of intelligence behind it. If you don't agree with that opinion, then you are not a "true scientist" and what you are practicing isn't "true science." Funny how no one ever defined science as excluding any sort of intelligent designer.

School officials on pro-gay children's books

To Christians who complain: "Take a hike, ya intolerant, gay-hating loonies!"

To Muslims who complain: "Yes, sir! Immediately! Whatever we can do to accommodate your religious beliefs!"
Muslims' fury forces schools to shelve anti-homophobia storybooks for 5-year-olds

Two primary schools have withdrawn storybooks about same-sex relationships after objections from Muslim parents.

Up to 90 gathered at the schools to complain about the books which are aimed at pupils as young as five.

One story, titled King & King, is a fairytale about a prince who turns down three princesses before marrying one of their brothers.

Another named And Tango Makes Three features two male penguins who fall in love at a New York zoo.


But the council has since removed the books from Easton Primary School and Bannerman Road Community School, both in Bristol.

A book and DVD titled That's a Family!, which teaches children about different family set-ups including gay or lesbian parents, has also been withdrawn.

The decision was made to enable the schools to "operate safely" after parents voiced their concerns at meetings.

Around 40 are said to have gathered at Easton to speak to staff and another 50 at Bannerman Road.

Members of the Bristol Muslim Cultural Society said parents were upset at the lack of consultation over the use of the materials.

So on the one hand, we have Christians parents who are upset that schools are forcing pro-gay indoctrination on students without their approval and on the other, we have Muslims parents who are upset that schools are forcing pro-gay indoctrination on students without their approval. So why dismiss the former but bend over backwards for the latter? Seriously! If this had been a group of Christian parents, the books would've never been removed.

UPDATE: Evan's got some great thoughts on this issue in response to an email I sent him. Thanks, Evan!

Monday, April 07, 2008

Hey! Dat's me!

From the Washington Post's "Who's Blogging" pop-up:

(Click to enlarge.)

Saturday, April 05, 2008

Charlton Heston dead at 84

Legendary actor Charlton Heston dead at 84
Charlton Heston, who won the 1959 best actor Oscar as the chariot-racing "Ben-Hur" and portrayed Moses, Michelangelo, El Cid and other heroic figures in movie epics of the '50s and '60s, has died. He was 84.

The actor died Saturday night at his home in Beverly Hills with his wife Lydia at his side, family spokesman Bill Powers said.

Powers declined to comment on the cause of death or provide any further details.

Heston revealed in 2002 that he had symptoms consistent with Alzheimer's disease, saying, "I must reconcile courage and surrender in equal measure."

The world just won't be the same anymore.

RIP, Mr. Heston, and thank you.

Left gives pro-life men a first-class ticket into the abortion debate

If you're a man who's pro-life, then you've probably heard the old pro-abortion canard that pro-life men don't have any right to be involved in the issue because men cannot get pregnant. (And just ignore that they've never had a problem with pro-abortion men having their say on the issue.) Well, now the left can no longer use that excuse because by their own definitions, a man is pregnant and pro-life men now have the liberals' seal of approval to enter into the debate. Thanks, guys!

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Friday, April 04, 2008

Oh, expletive!

Remember I was crowing about having 1000 posts here? Well, I guess Blogger counts drafts in that total. I just deleted a bunch that I never got around to finishing and now I just saw that I stand at 993 posts (994 once this one is published). All drafts are gone, so that's the correct number of published posts.

*sigh* Stupid computers.

How to end the Iraq War, liberal style

A liberal caller on C-SPAN this morning:
"I grew up during World War II and we were at war then and I think I know how to end this war. The Democrats did it during World War II. They nationalized all of the industries, and Ford Motor Company and General Motors and Chrysler - they did not build automobiles. They built tanks and they built jeeps and they built airplanes. If we were to nationalize the automobile industry and have no new automobiles until the war was over in this country, the people who want their new cars and their big vehicles would see that this war ended in a hurry."

I literally doubled-over in gales of laughter.

Listen to it yourself here (jump to the call from Illinois at 9:23 am ET).

Conservative Underground poster linda22003 had this to say:
Didn't those two big bombs have something to do with it? I seem to remember reading that things wrapped up pretty quickly after those were dropped.

Silly Linda! Don't deny liberals' revisionist history with inconvenient truths! *grin*

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Thursday, April 03, 2008

I always wondered what these were

Evan wrote about something today that I had always wondered about: "splogs" (i.e. spam blogs):
Spam blogs, sometimes called “splogs,” are phony blogs set up to earn money by displaying ads. Splogs steal content from other sites so that they appear to the untrained eye as genuine blogs. When people conduct web searches, that stolen content drives traffic to the site, raising the revenue from advertising.

I'd seen such blogs before, but never understood what they were about. Of course, I use Firefox with the Adblock and NoScript add-ons, so I usually don't see ads anywhere. They don't load, so that means that such "splogs" aren't getting a dime out of my visit. Bonus!

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

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The zomblog.


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