Category Archives: Evolution

Apparition of Darwin in the Sky

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There’s a startling story in London’s Daily Mail. Their headline screams: The sunset that was Heaven-sent: Clouds parting after storm appear to show God-like man looking down on people of Norfolk.

The text, which includes two screen-width photos, declares:

Norfolk laid claim to be ‘God’s own county’ yesterday after an extraordinary photograph of a man with a white beard in the clouds apparently peering over the area emerged.

During recent turbulent weather conditions the clouds momentarily parted at sunset to reveal the image of the God-like bearded man. The picture was taken by interim company finance director Mr Jeremy Fletcher, 56, from the seashore at Snettisham in the west of the county looking out to The Wash, a wide estuary between Norfolk and Lincolnshire.

The pictures are indeed impressive, but even the photographer wasn’t convinced of their meaning. He’s quoted as saying:

“The obvious comment is that it looks like God but it could also be Sean Connery or Karl Marx,” added Mr Fletcher, who said he was not a religious person.

Nice try, but it takes someone with the special talent of your Curmudgeon to properly interpret such an omen. As you can see in the juxtaposed pictures above this post — the one on the right is the relevant part of Mr. Fletcher’s photo — the celestial image is clearly that of Charles Darwin.

This should strike terror in the hearts of creationists, but will they take heed? If history is any guide, they will not. Too bad for them.

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Ben Stein in Alleged Sexting Scandal

This will be a very brief post because: (1) although this “news” is all over the blogosphere, we’re dubious about the sources; (2) your Curmudgeon isn’t a scandal monger, so even if the story is true, dwelling on it would be unworthy of our blog; and (3) it is unseemly to gloat over someone’s misfortune.

With that said, this is about Ben Stein, the dashing, heart-throbbing star of the creationist “documentary,” Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed. It was, and still is, a crude propaganda film about an allegedly widespread campaign of academic discrimination against brilliant professors who dare to question “Darwinism.” Its academic heroes are sometimes literally fired, while in other cases they are cruelly denied tenure and let go at the end of their contracts. The film is pure creationist garbage, of course — see Expelled Exposed.

It’s been a few years since we wrote anything about Stein. One of the last occasions was when he lost his column at the New York Times and the Discoveroids were howling about it — see Ben Stein: The Darwinists Expelled Him!

Okay, that’s the background and our disclaimer. Now take a look at Ben Stein denies ‘sexting’ scandal, which appears at a blog operated by the San Francisco Chronicle. It’s the closest thing we could find to a reliable news source. The bold font was added by us:

Actor Ben Stein has compared his alleged “sexting” scandal to “an episode of Monty Python” after a woman accused him of pestering her for saucy snaps. The “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” star admits he met Tanya Ma, 24, at an airport in California earlier this year and stayed in touch with her, but he has dismissed her claims that he took the relationship too far.

He denies that we went “too far,” whatever that means. But how far did he go? And how far is too far? Verily, this is mankind’s original — ahem! — slippery slope. The tale continues:

Ma, who is a performance artist, told the New York Post, “He said he’d read my blog, and I gave him my contact information. We texted for about four months, then he asked me to send him pictures. … After a while, he started asking for more racy photos … (Then) he wanted to place me in a hotel near where he lives. … It just started to get weird.

Oh dear. This is terribly shocking. Those of you who are particularly sensitive to such things are advised to click away now. The few who remain (and we know who you are) are urged to click over to the website of the San Francisco Chronicle to read it all for yourselves. We don’t want to stain the pages of this esteemed blog by excerpting any more.

Oh, wait — there’s one more line we can’t ignore. It’s a quote from Stein, but it reminds us of a famous line spoken by a revered American President, so for that reason we’ll quote it here:

I have never touched her, I have never had any sexual contact with her.

We don’t know what to make of this story. It’s possible that the “performance artist” is an undercover (so to speak) agent of the international Darwinist conspiracy, and she’s being paid to tarnish the sterling reputation of Ben Stein.

Because of the uncertainty surrounding this story, we want to assure you that your Curmudgeon will remain aloof from the snickering mob. We intend to wait until the facts are known. And then … BWAHAHAHAHAHA!

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Rev. David Rives and the Dragon

The Drool-o-tron™ gave only a half-hearted grunt over this one, and it didn’t bother signalling us with its usual blaring sirens and flashing lights. But the blinking letters of its wall display said WorldNetDaily (WND), and our computer was locked onto WND’s presentation of the latest video by the brilliant and articulate leader of David Rives Ministries.

WND’s headline is Fossil dig discovers ‘dragon’, with this subtitle: “David Rives unearths the biblical monster Leviathan.” BWAHAHAHAHAHA!

The actual title of the video is Leviathan: The Dragon that is in the Sea. It runs for the usual 90 seconds before the commercial at the end.

The rev says he was recently involved in a fossil dig (you remember his video about Clams in Kansas), but this time he isn’t wearing his Indiana Jones costume. He’s dressed in his almost grown-up bible boy suit.

The fossil seekers, apparently without the rev’s help, found dinosaur fossils, including what the rev says are the bones of a marine predator, the Mosasaur. That, he claims, is probably the fire-breathing “Leviathan” mentioned in the bible, which went extinct shortly after the Flood. He doesn’t explain how he knows this — he just knows.

After viewing the video, we can understand the lack of enthusiasm shown by the Drool-o-tron™. Nevertheless, this is all we can find to offer you tonight. Go ahead, click over to WND and take a look. Maybe you’ll agree with our assessment that the rev is running out of material.

As we always do with the rev’s videos, we dedicate the comments section for your use as an Intellectual Free Fire Zone. You know the rules, but please remember — bathroom jokes must be in good taste. Okay, the comments are open. Go to it!

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ICR: There Ain’t No Alien Life!

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That splendid illustration of the creationists’ universe is the work of the elves in our art department, shown here in its entirety for the first time.

Besides seeing man on the immovable flat earth (supported by pillars) around which the sun travels, you can now see everything else. The first time we used that pic we showed you only the middle portion, and there was a complaint that it omitted the Lake of Fire. No one remarked that it also omitted the glory of heaven above. Now all of creation is revealed. The full canvas is ten feet high, and it hangs on the wall behind your Curmudgeon’s throne-like chair.

Why have we included that illustration here? We used it before when we wrote Ken Ham: Aliens Are Going to Hell!, which presented the official opinion of Answers in Genesis on the existence of intelligent aliens. It was relevant then and it’s relevant now.

Something’s going on. The creationists are becoming increasingly agitated about aliens. First it was AIG, now it’s the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) — the granddaddy of all creationist outfits, the fountainhead of young-earth creationist wisdom — which is giving us their bible-based opinion on the existence of life on other worlds. The last time we wrote about their view was ICR’s New Position on Alien Life.

ICR’s new article is NASA’s Far Out Search for Life . It’s written by Brian Thomas. This is ICR’s biographical information about him. Here are some excerpts from what he says, with bold font added by us:

Despite billions of dollars spent on the decades-long search and the fact that not one shred of distant life evidence has been found, NASA continues to suggest that life might really be out there and that its discovery is within reach. Does scientific evidence really justify this expensive search for distant life? If not, what’s the driving force behind this program?

And what is the driving force behind the latest creationist frenzy over the issue? The explanation is coming:

The hope of discovering life in outer space dangles at the end of the long and costly stick, and its elusive carrot takes the form of life-friendly planets in distant star systems. The Kepler space telescope has helped astronomers verify over 1,700 “exoplanets” out of an ever-growing pool of more than 5,000 candidates. These findings almost certainly help fuel NASA’s plans to launch the Transiting Exoplanet Surveying Satellite in 2017, the James Webb Space Telescope in 2018, and others later on — all looking for distant signs of life.

That’s what has the creationists so worried. A few short years ago, there was no evidence of extra-solar planets. Their number was an unknown variable in the Drake equation. Now we have evidence of thousands of extra-solar planets, and that’s after surveying only a small region of our galaxy, with methods that are rapidly improving. As a result, it seems likely that there are billions of planets out there. The creationists are greatly concerned, but they refuse to give up believing in our unique status as the only life-bearing planet in the universe. Let’s read on:

NASA News wrote, “Future missions will extend the search for oceans in the form of atmospheric water vapor and for life as in carbon dioxide and other atmospheric chemicals, on nearby planets that are similar to Earth in size and mass, a key step in the search for life.”

Aha! Here’s NASA’s article: Finding Life Beyond Earth is Within Reach. It’s the specific cause of the recent creationist agitation. The first paragraph explains their panic:

Many scientists believe we are not alone in the universe. It’s probable, they say, that life could have arisen on at least some of the billions of planets thought to exist in our galaxy alone — just as it did here on planet Earth. This basic question about our place in the Universe is one that may be answered by scientific investigations.

Back to ICR:

Those who hope for life in outer space seem to assume that they need merely to discover the conditions that sustain life, when ironically those very conditions destroy the chemicals of life. Even here on Earth where oceans of water, appropriate atmospheric chemicals, and an Earth size and mass collaborate to permit life, a century of experiments invoking a countless array of factors have [sic] not generated anything close to life.

That’s creationist proof! If we haven’t done it yet, then it’s impossible. Life can’t begin to exist without the miraculous intervention of Oogity Boogity! ICR refers to the NASA article and says:

This exposes the real foundation for belief in exoplanetary life — the assumption that life somehow arose by natural processes here on Earth. By definition, secularists make this assumption into a fact, but science clearly refutes it.

Science refutes it? That wild creationist claim has a footnote. Let’s see … ah, it refers to an ICR article. We’ll ignore it; surely you understand why. Here’s more:

If belief in evolution underpins the search for life in outer space, then does NASA’s search stem more from faith in evolution than from solid science?

BWAHAHAHAHAHA! But ICR’s belief that there’s no life out there isn’t based on faith. It’s solid creation science! Moving along:

At first blush, the chances that certain conditions spawned life from non-life might appear somewhat favorable given billions of years on trillions of planets, but those chances actually approach zero if there are no such conditions.

If there are no such conditions? What are they talking about? Ah, here’s their reasoning:

For example, origin research has so far revealed that the odds of the spontaneous generation of life lie far beneath the odds of the spontaneous generation of aircraft carriers.

Lordy, lordy. That’s a fine example of the research done by ICR. Now we’ve arrived at their final paragraph. We’ll break it into two parts:

Exploring the universe clearly has its benefits, and satisfying our God-given curiosity about this amazing cosmos in which He placed us surely counts as one of them. But as we explore, let us not pretend that the conditions that permit life equal some imaginary conditions that produce life.

Why shouldn’t we proceed on that assumption? ICR’s final sentence explains it for us:

Science and scripture together confirm that life comes not from the laws of physics and chemistry, but from the life-Giver.

Oh. Okay then. NASA should give up. There’s no need to search for knowledge when the creationists already know everything there is to know.

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