Intellectual Free-Fire Zone for Kitzmas 2014

Let your hearts be glad! Go forth and tell the world that we bring tidings of great joy! Today is Kitzmas. It’s the ninth anniversary of the decision on 20 December 2005 by Judge John E. Jones III in the case of Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District.

This is the day when we eat, drink, and make merry — because we have much to celebrate. Since the Kitzmiller decision, no school board has dared to take the issue of teaching creationism or intelligent design to court. It’s true that a couple of backward states (Louisiana and Tennessee) have enacted the Discovery Institute’s so-called Academic Freedom bills; and we occasionally see some moronic school board talking about teaching “both sides” of what they imagine are scientific controversies, including the “strengths and weaknesses” of evolution, but ever since Kitzmiller there have been no court cases about that nonsense. School board lawyers tell their clients that if they do something that’s obviously crazy when they’ve been advised against it, their insurance won’t pay their losses when they lose.

There’s even more evidence about the devastating effect of the Kitzmiller decision. Look at look at this history of Google searches on “intelligent design”: Google trends. It’s gone downhill — drastically so — since Judge Jones’ historic decision. Most of the searches that do show up are probably ours.

To increase our merriment, every year around this time the Discoveroids post a bitter diatribe blasting the Kitzmiller decision, Judge Jones, and the witnesses on the winning side. Such posts are usually written by either Casey or Westie. We always look forward to them because they’re great entertainment; but they’ve avoided the subject this year, at least so far.

Therefore, dear reader, we invite you to raise your glasses and join the Curmudgeon in his favorite drinking song:

Roll me ooooo-ver,
In the Doooo-ver …

To one and all we say: Merry Kitzmas!

And don’t forget — this is an Intellectual Free-Fire Zone. You can discuss pretty much anything — science, politics, economics, whatever — as long as it’s interesting and done in good taste. Banter, babble, bicker, bluster, blaspheme; say what you will. But beware of the profanity filters.

We now throw open the comments to you, dear reader.

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26 responses to “Intellectual Free-Fire Zone for Kitzmas 2014

  1. Merry Kitzmas to all, and to all a good night.

  2. I drink to John Jones III, a decent man, a good judge, and a rock-ribbed, old fashioned Republican conservative of the old school. I drink to him in single-malt Scotch, which is probably disrespectful, since it should be American whiskey. But nevertheless, I trust that he and all Americans would accept the gesture in the spirit that it was offered. To Judge Jones, and to the Great Republic. Long life and health to them!

  3. Merry Kitzmas to all!

    And, for the Intellectual Free Fire Zone, may I suggest additional celebrations are in order over a small ray of light out of darkest South Carolina: US judge overturns 1940s conviction of executed boy.

    For anyone not familiar with the case, Wikipedia offers a reasonably good summary: George Stinney

    The execution of George Stinney was carried out at Central Correctional Institution in Columbia on June 16, 1944. At 7:30 p.m., Stinney walked to the execution chamber with a Bible under his arm, which he later used as a booster seat in the electric chair.Standing 5 foot 1 inch (155 cm) tall and weighing just over 90 pounds (40 kg), his size (relative to adult prisoners) presented difficulties in securing him to the frame holding the electrodes. Also, the state’s adult-sized face-mask did not fit him; as he was hit with the first 2,400 V surge of electricity, the mask covering his face slipped off, “revealing his wide-open, tearful eyes and saliva coming from his mouth…After two more jolts of electricity, the boy was dead. During the execution, the surges of electricity made Stinney’s body shake, and his left hand broke free from the buckle holding him down.” Stinney was declared dead within four minutes of the initial electrocution. From the time of the murders until Stinney’s execution, 81 days had passed.

    This hideous tale was the inspiration for a particularly tasteless but rousing Ole Time Gospel Song, The Bible is Your Booster Seat

    The Bible is your booster seat
    To raise you out of sin;
    Jus’ step up to this righteous throne,
    Let Jesus strap you in.
    Don’t matter none that you’re too short,
    So wipe away that frown;
    The Bible is your booster seat
    To reach that thorny crown!

  4. The return of a beloved holiday tradition at the Science League of America: http://ncse.com/blog/2014/12/happy-9th-kitzmas-0016054

  5. That’s great, Glenn.

  6. Ah, Kitzmas! The perfect day for Creationist Wisdom #500. Hurry up, Curmy! There’s still time.

    But then, if you can’t find anything suitable there’s always tomorrow — the Winter Solstice. Or Summer Solstice for Dave Luckett, mnbo, and all of your other Southern Hemisphere readers who are well-practiced in reading your blog upside down.

  7. Rikki_Tikki_Taalik

    Or Summer Solstice for Dave Luckett, mnbo, and all of your other Southern Hemisphere readers who are well-practiced in reading your blog upside down.

    ǝןdoǝd uʍop ǝpısdn sɐɯzʇıʞ ʎɹɹǝɯ

  8. retiredsciguy says: ” The perfect day for Creationist Wisdom #500. Hurry up, Curmy! There’s still time. But then, if you can’t find anything suitable there’s always tomorrow …”

    I found two letters, both in the same newspaper, but they don’t qualify for #500 so I won’t post about them. But if you want to see them, here’s the first: Evolution is not supported. And this is the second: Critiquing.

  9. I found a link to an article titled “Has Science Discovered God” in Live Science newsletter. It starts out as a reasonable essay on the compatibility of science and religion but as it moves on it becomes more and more another rah rah, sis -boom -bah article for IDers. There is considerable and very expert quote mining. This is the site please copy and paste; http://y-jesus.com/. The article itself is actually well written and very polished until the last two pages when the truth becomes evident. It is an interesting essay though. I would file it under the heading “Know Your Enemy.” LOL

  10. Charles Deetz ;)

    IFFZ news: Did you see <survey about torture? A majority of those without religious affiliation felt US torture was not justified, while Christians did. So next time Hambo says something about atheist/Darwinists as having no morals, remember this survey. Everythinghat I’ve heard about the report was that it was ineffective, regardless of whether you think it was evil.

  11. And Merry Kitzmas to you! (Anything other than that other day which I can’t name without gagging….)

  12. R_T_T “ǝןdoǝd uʍop ǝpısdn sɐɯzʇıʞ ʎɹɹǝɯ”

    Neat trick! How’d you do that?

  13. That is an interesting stat. Even more so are some of the tidbits at the bottom of the story. Thank god for little Bills.

    *” This story out of Ohio sounds like a lawsuit waiting to happen: “Gov. John Kasich’s $10 million plan to bring mentors into Ohio’s schools for students now has a surprise religious requirement – one that goes beyond what is spelled out in the legislation authorizing it. Any school district that wants a piece of that state money must partner with both a church and a business – or a faith-based organization and a non-profit set up by a business to do community service.”

    *” In Michigan: “Some powerful voices are aligned on both sides of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, but it appears the bill that provides protections for ‘sincerely held religious beliefs’ will die for the year.”

    *” And on Fox News this week, Bill O’Reilly congratulated himself for “single-handedly” saving Christmas. Just in the nick of time, too.”

  14. @Pope RSG: I’m going to hazard a guess that it was this website.

  15. That’s pretty cool. When I clicked the link and saw the picture, I thought it was going to be another date ugly women site. Thanks for the link.

  16. Let’s see if you’re right, Gary:

    ¡ʇʇǝʞɔnן ǝʌɐp ‘noʎ oʇ buıʞןɐʇ ɯ,ı

  17. Hey! It works! Thanks, Gary! (Although I should have capitalized Dave Luckett.)

  18. jack102248 : “When I clicked the link and saw the picture, I thought it was going to be another date ugly women site.”

    Right. “Ol’ Blue Eyes” is quite a sight, isn’t she? Reminds me of [what’s her name] on the old Drew Carey show.

  19. might be her sister. lol

  20. Per wikipedia, Sir Arthur Keith was a leading contender for forging the remains of the Piltddown Man. The other misquotes and misrepresentations are numerous, and the comments that follow her letter are quite good and rightly smack her down. Evolution is not suspported. (http://www.ourmidland.com/opinion/letters/readers-views-evolution-is-not-supported/article_5f6cf97d-4e02-50e8-9337-fabe3e568c47.html)

  21. That FlipText site is very funny. I didn’t know it existed. But now that we’re aware of it and we’ve had our chuckles, I don’t see any positive purpose it serves except to help comments bypass the profanity filters. Therefore, I have to be the Grinch here. Henceforth, upside-down comments aren’t allowed.

  22. Holding The Line In Florida

    To all you heathens out there, “Ring Out, Solstice Bells!” Happy Kitzmas too!

  23. Our Curmudgeon lays down the Law:

    Henceforth, upside-down comments aren’t allowed.

    OK–but what about upside down arguments, twisted logic pretzels, perverse syllogisms, and flat-out lunacy? Without all those, you won’t be able to quote a single Creationist screed!

  24. Grinchy Curmudgeon: “Henceforth, upside-down comments aren’t allowed.”

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  25. Glasgow’s Centre for Intelligent Design recently gave a talk to a major Glasgow state High School. Scottish Government refuses to intervene despite petition: http://www.scottish.parliament.uk/S4_PublicPetitionsCommittee/General%20Documents/PE1530_BB_Scottish_Government_15.12.14.pdf

  26. Another site you can have fun with is Gizoogle.com. You can copy and paste anything into what it calls it’s Textilizer and it will translate it into hip hop slang, ala. Snoop Dogg. It’s a lot of fun with some of the bizarre stuff that gets posted by IDers, AiG, etc. The bad news is that most of what it “transizzles” wont make it thru the profanity filters for this blog but it is a fun thing for a few minutes of laughs.