Eighth Anniversary — Free Fire Zone

Eigh years

Today, 02 April 2016, is the Eighth Anniversary of the start of this blog, when our first post appeared: Clarke’s First Law and Intelligent Design.

Last year’s anniversary post was was number 5,035. This one is number 5,703. We’ve added 668 posts to our humble blog during the past year.

Last year at this time we had a cumulative total of 3.35 million page-views. Now we have almost 4 million — well, it’s only 3.965 million. That doesn’t include RSS subscribers and others who read us without actually visiting.

Traffic has been down a bit this past year. We attribute that partly to Google. They’ve been slow to index our posts. But there’s the more important fact that news about The Controversy between evolution and creationism hasn’t been as wild and crazy as it was in the past — and that’s a good thing. However, it means that there’s less news for us to write about.

Let’s look on the bright side of all those slow news days. No new creationist legislation has been enacted, despite the Discoveroids’ efforts. Our blog may have a few less viewers each day, but the Discoveroids appear to be really suffering. And there’s been almost no creationist litigation — except for Hambo’s Ark. Well, the Mark Armitage case is still alive, but it doesn’t generate any news. It’s scheduled for a settlement conference in July. There’s also an appeal pending of a creationist suit in Kansas which was dismissed at the trial court level. They’re trying to invalidate the evolution-friendly Next Generation Science Standards for that state’s schools. Briefs have been filed, and now we’re waiting for a decision. It’s all ho-hum stuff for now, but we’re not complaining.

Last year at this time we were concerned that we’d have to move the blog somewhere else, because Word Press had launched a stripped-down new editor named Beep Beep Boop, and the original editor — although still available — was becoming increasingly difficult to access. Since then they’ve replaced Beep Beep Boop with a different editor, which isn’t much better. Although it’s clumsy to get to, the old editor is still available, so we haven’t had to move — not yet.

And so we begin our ninth 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. Say what you will, beware of the profanity filters.

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

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20 responses to “Eighth Anniversary — Free Fire Zone

  1. Warren Johnson

    Congratulations! I enjoy your blog, and read it almost every day.
    Defending the enlightenment is a noble task, and I applaud you for it.

    How do you find the time?

  2. Alan Conwell

    Long time reader/visitor (so I guess I’m counted in your stats) and fanboy, it appears I’m first to congratulate the Curmy (why do I hear echoes of Miss Piggy when I say that?) on a job well done for so many years. (Whoops, while typing this, Warren’s post jumped up, so I’m second) We may agree to disagree on some political issues, but we’re one when it comes to rationality and protecting the enlightenment values we cherish as did the founding fathers. Keep up the great work!

  3. Kudos from an incurable radical leftist.

  4. waldteufel

    Thanks for your blog. I usually agree with you, sometimes disagree, but always enjoy not only your posts, but the comments of your readers as well. On those uncommon times I might disagree with you, I remember what my dad used to tell me: “Son, when two people agree all the time, only one of ’em are thinking.”

    I hope that you keep blogging for a long time to come!

  5. I very much like the views of commenters on this blog. We have a wide range of philosophies but we never descend to vituperative attacks in our disagreements. A quotation from George Eliot fits here “Perhaps the most delightful friendships are those in which there is much agreement, much disputation, and yet more personal liking.”

  6. Derek Freyberg

    Thanks SC, keep them coming!

  7. Although creationism fortunately seems to be becoming less and less popular/mainstream, I believe it is giving way more to other irrational belief systems instead of to reason and enlightenment values. What is the Curmudgeon’s opinion?

  8. Congratulations! Long may you wave.

  9. Thanks SC. Though there may be less creationism to report (Casey’s gone but Hambo keeps drooling), there’s still much to do to defend the Enlightenment. Keep up the good work!

  10. An amazing blog record!

    Congrats!

  11. michaelfugate

    Woo hoo!

  12. Thanks for all the research so we can go to the sites and or wackjob politicians email to let them know our opinion on their pile of stupid.

  13. Congratulations, SC, from another daily visitor!

  14. Charles Deetz ;)

    Casey is gone, the Curmey blogs on! The battle advances, but lets a little wind out of the sails, I imagine. Thanks for what you do.

  15. Congratulations on 8 great years. I love what you’re doing.

  16. SC: “…news about The Controversy between evolution and creationism hasn’t been as wild and crazy as it was in the past — and that’s a good thing”

    I’m not sure it’s a good thing. Anti-evolution activists have been getting stealthier, and are probably coaching politicians to do the same. I don’t recall any evolution questions since the idiotically-worded “do you believe in evolution” asked of Scott Walker, and his sleazy evasion. As with the “age of the earth” question that Rick Perry evaded a few years ago, the reporter missed a great opportunity to ask harder follow-up questions, either on the spot if time permitted, or in an editorial for all to see.

    Most politicians these days, including social conservatives, unlike the general public, have had ample opportunity to give more than 5 minutes thought to the evidence, and the refutations of those misrepresentations of evolution that are the core of all anti-evolution scams. So most probably privately accept evolution, or at least reject some of the more absurd alternatives (young earth, “kinds” etc.). But they fear risking votes if they admit having no personal problem with evolution. Even if they do have the confidence to admit that, they would find it hard to explain – when the majority on non-Biblical literalists has been sold on the “fairness” nonsense – why only evolution ought to be taught in science class. To me it’s simple, and has nothing to do with the religious issue. Only evolution has earned the right to be taught in science class. Discredited alternatives and long-refuted “weaknesses” can always be learned on the students’ time (99+% of which is not in science class) and their parents’ dime. Some day a real conservative politician will have the guts to say that.

  17. A big big shout out goes to the Curmudgeon. Congratulations for eight years of brilliant, thought provoking and entertaining articles and commentary.
    Taking it to the nation’s proponents of dogmatism and willful ignorance has never been so much fun to watch.

  18. “we never descend to vituperative attacks in our disagreements.”
    IDiocy and creacrap makes us overcome them.

  19. Stephen Kennedy

    Congratulations on a great 8 years.

    I think the controversy could become much more prominent if each of the presidential candidates were to be asked “How old is the Earth”. My guess is that Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton would say “millions of years” but I do not think either one of them is well enough educated in Science to say “4.5 billion years”.

    Catholic/Episcopalian John Kasich might actually know the correct answer but because he is running as a Republican, he would not have the freedom that a Democrat would to say it in public. Closet dominionist Ted Cruz almost certainly believes it is 6.000 years and might say so. However there is also the possibility that he or his handlers have some dim awareness of how ridiculous that would make him look in swing states like Virginia and Colorado that he has to win he may try to duck the question.

    Donald Trump almost certainly has no idea but would think of something insulting to say.

  20. Techreseller

    keep up the good work. One of my must reads every day.