The Curmudgeon’s Six Year Anniversary

Six years

Today, 02 April 2014, is the Sixth Anniversary of the start of this blog. Yes, it’s been that long since our very first post: Clarke’s First Law and Intelligent Design. The next day we posted Discovery Institute: Enemies of the Enlightenment. In the six years since then, we have remained true to our purpose — ridiculing creationism. We explained that purpose on The Curmudgeon’s Two Year Anniversary, and it still looks good to us.

Last year’s anniversary post was number 3,624. This is number 4,341, so we’ve added 717 posts to our humble blog during the past year — almost two per day. Last year at this time we had a cumulative total of more than 1.9 million page-views. We’ll probably be at 2.6 million by tonight. That doesn’t mean anything. Some blogs (but not too many) get that much traffic every year, and a few have much more. We’d have more too if we encouraged flame wars about religion and other social issues, and if we didn’t filter out profanity, but we like to think that we’re running a classy operation here.

Your Curmudgeon is one of the few bloggers on the science side of The Controversy who admits that he’s a Republican (albeit in the almost obsolete Eisenhower-Goldwater-Reagan tradition) and who overtly favors free-enterprise and limited government. That totally confounds the Discoveroids, who claim that they’re engaged in a “scientific” struggle against the atheist, leftist, Darwinist hoards. They don’t know what to do with us, so they ignore us. That’s how we like it.

And so we begin our seventh year of blogging from the fabled CITADEL — the Curmudgeonly Institute for Tactics, Advocacy, and Defense of the Enlightenment Legacy — the secret global nerve center for monitoring events throughout the Creosphere, where your Curmudgeon is headquartered in his luxurious underground control room.

Because this post contains no news, go ahead and use the comments as an Intellectual Free Fire Zone. As with all our free-fire zones, we’re open for the discussion of pretty much anything — science, politics, economics, whatever — as long as it’s tasteful and interesting. And in response to someone’s question, that includes amateur astronomy too. Banter, babble, bicker, bluster, blubber, blather, blab, blurt, burble, boast — say what you will. But avoid flame-wars and beware of the profanity filters.

We now throw open the comments to you, dear reader. Have at it!

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37 responses to “The Curmudgeon’s Six Year Anniversary

  1. Congratulations on six years! I have followed for a few years now and it’s been both a bumpy and enjoyable ride. Your blog is one of the few I regularly follow and I hope you continue to literally give the creationists hell!

  2. cnocspeireag

    Congratulations! Lang may yer lum reek.

  3. As a relative newcomer to this ’ere ’umble blog (though in truth, it’s more like a factory churning out prolific volumes of anti-cretinist hammers), I extend hearty felicitations to its CiC (Curmudgeon-in-Chief) for his indefatigable poking into the throngs of unreason that threaten to engulf us all. It must at times seem a wholly thankless endeavour, perhaps even a futile one. But it is greatly appreciated for being useful, current and informative about the comings and goings on the weird and wonky world that is home to wilful ignoramuses and degenerate liars.

    And a respectful tip o’ the hat to all its regular commenters, too.

  4. Congratulations, Curmudgeon. I’ve only been following this blog for a few months, but I find the discomfort it may cause creationists very gratifying.

  5. Congratulations, and pip pip! And thanks for running this oasis of reason in the dark desert dungeon of the intertubes!

    Ronda Storms is on her way over to your place with a bottle of champagne to celebrate!

  6. Happy Anniversary, Curmudg! I read your ever post and am enlightened. And I grieve for your party. If there were still and Eisenhower/Rockerfeller, etc. wing of your party, I might be a member of it. Now there was some common sense.

  7. docbill1351

    Happy Orbit, Curmie, and I’m sure I speak for everybody when I say

    [edited out].

  8. Fröhliche Geburtstag! I’ve followed your blog for several years, and have always found it to be interesting and thought provoking. The Sensuous Curmudgeon has shown itself to be a useful, and often fun, forum for battling the Discoveroids the cretins at AiG, ICR, and the other droolers who are the enemies of The Enlightenment. Onward thru the fog!

  9. Herman Cummings

    Congrats!!!

  10. And may your adversaries tremble in fear for another 60….

  11. Kudos! And if you ever emerge from anonymity, we would like to have you as a participant in Boulder’s Conference on World Affairs – the Conference on Everything Conceivable.
    http://www.colorado.edu/cwa/

  12. Congratulations, SC! I appreciate the work you’re doing. Here’s to six more!

  13. Adam Laats says: “Here’s to six more!”

    Oh no!

  14. Six years of using your head to batter up against walls of ignorance?

    Could you use an aspirin?

    Congrats anyway!

  15. Lewis Thomasonn

    Congratulations on a job well done. Rational godless liberals from all over the world thank you.

  16. Happy B’day, SC

  17. Sir, on this day I salute you.

  18. Congratulations, and thank you for the good work that you do. I have enjoyed your comments for several years now, and I look forward to several (many) more.

  19. Richard Olson

    Congratulations. I enjoy this site and hope it is a burr that finds its way under the creationist saddle often (I bet they keep an eye on the place). It seems to me Eisenhower is better compared to Teddy R than even Goldwater, who started the slide far to the right, and I’m pretty sure Ike would not have been an enthusiast of very many things Reagan Revolution. As with the military-industrialist complex, he would have foreseen powerful extremists influencing policy/events that go horribly awry.

  20. Congrats on six great years of pushing back the darkness. May the light of the Curmudgeon go on for many years.

  21. Retired Prof

    Thanks for delivering my daily wonderment at some of the delusions human beings can be ruled by–and my daily reminder to guard against falling into delusions of my own.

  22. Congrats, Curmie!

  23. Charles Deetz ;)

    DI reply: This blog was created six years ago? Creation implies intelligence, and we all know the source of intelligence is God, therefor this blog is actually the designer‘s message.

    Hambo reply: Created? It appears to be just a big pile of primordial ooze. Were you there?

  24. Stephen Kennedy

    Congratulations on your 6th anniversary. I eagerly check this page several times a day for new postings, they are always great.

  25. Thank you for running such a thoughtful, rational, and civil blog!! And I’m sure I speak for all your regular readers when I thank you for screening out the creationist trolls. I appreciate that you will tolerate them to state their case, but restrict their access if they become tiresome. And thanks also for using a strong flame retardant. (Thus, the “civil” part of your blog’s description.)

    I started reading your blog in the summer of 2008, shortly after McCain picked Palin as his running mate. I was seeking info about her comments concerning “teach the controversy”, and your wonderful blog came up in a Google search. You have certainly drawn a loyal following over the years since.

    Thank you and congratulations!

  26. docbill1351

    Six years, eh? That was about the time Eve was getting on Adam’s nerves so he decided to go down to the bar and look for a little “company” if you get my drift. (nudge, nudge, wink, wink – IF you know what I mean!) He didn’t get far, though, because there was no bar and definitely no “company.” D’oh!

  27. Holding the Line in Florida

    Happy B-day Curmudgeon. Imbibe deeply into vitamin Margarita!! You deserve it. Check out Florida’s descent into madness. The legislature wants local school boards to choose their district’s text books and expand voucher programs to give “parents” more control over junior’s education. Wonderful.

  28. Congratulations. Your blog is one of my favorite places on the net, and about the only one I comment on – which is a tribute to the friendliness and humor of those who are part of the little community you have fostered. I hope to read your posts for many years to come.

  29. Congrats too.
    OK, I get Eisenhower and Goldwater. But Reagan and limited government? I smell a contradiction here.

    http://useconomy.about.com/od/Politics/p/President-Ronald-Reagan-Economic-Policies.htm

    “Under Reagan, government spending increased 2.5% annually. By the end of Reagan’s two terms, the national debt had more than doubled.”
    Worse – I predicted this when he defeated Carter, because he had done something similar as governor of California.

    http://www.presidentprofiles.com/Kennedy-Bush/Ronald-Reagan-Governor-of-california.html

    “In the end, Reagan’s budget was, in fact, more than twice as high as Brown’s; and while much of that growth was a result of inflation, some of it was because of spending increases in the same programs that conservatives had once vowed to cut or abolish.”
    You should pick your heroes more carefully, SC.

  30. Tony Rahilly

    Congratulations SC and may you have many more years. Been lurking on the site for about two years and love your approach, the serious and the humorous. I once had the honour (I think) of debating (if it could be called that) at a local church in 1973 the eminent Dr. Duane Gish. I was young with a relatively new chemistry degree. For the record, the local papers said it was a draw! I didn’t keep up until two years ago. And it is still so exciting! (Ha!)

  31. Frequent visitor, rare commentor. Congrats on the milestone!

  32. Mark Joseph

    Congratulations to our favorite curmudgeon!
    But, if you like it that the discoveroids ignore you, how will ever win their much-coveted “Censor of the Year” award? Dr. Coyne, this year’s winner, displays it proudly.

  33. Congratulations on 6 years. I found your blog during the Coppedge case. I must say I’m impressed with what you uncover, but also depressed at the amount of anti-science there is out there.
    I had no idea, keep up the good work.

    Paul

  34. Congrats, SC. I came across your blog about a year ago after I go mini-Gish galloped about the Grand Canyon and something about fossilized trees. Your archive is priceless.

    Best thing I learned: Debating creationists is dumber than creationism.

  35. Tripp in Georgia

    …a landmark in history! Congratulations! Thanks for your work and style!