Curmudgeonly Happy New Year — 2017


The elves in our art department toiled all night to produce that dazzling graphic, so before we say anything else, we want to give the little guys credit for their excellent work.

This is probably our final post for the year, except perhaps for the next installment of the Discoveroids’ Top Ten series. No — we won’t be posting about that today. Their Number Two event of the year is Doug Axe’s book — see #2 of Our Top Stories of 2016: Douglas Axe Liberates Readers from Tyranny of Evolution “Experts”. We’ll discuss that tomorrow, along with the event they regard as Number One.

After this is posted, there are a few year-end chores we must perform: (1) backup the blog for the year; (2) change the copyright date at the bottom of our post template; and (3) set up a “Controversy 2017” supplemental table of contents page, to list the links to our posts about the expected legislative battles for the coming year. Oh, wait — we already did that, because of a pre-filed bill in South Carolina we recently wrote about. You can find all of those annual lists here: The Controversy.

There are some matters we’ve been watching that will continue to interest us in the new year. First, there’s the expected chaos over Louisiana’s Science Standards Review Panel. There’s also a science standards controversy brewing in Texas — see Creationism Battle in Texas Is Heating Up.

We’re expecting some interesting stories about what many assume will be the Trump administration’s anti-science attitude. We have no idea what will happen, other than some relaxation of environmentalist regulations, but we’ll be reporting everything of significance.

The only creationist litigation still alive is — or may be — the John Oller Case. Oller lost his federal civil-rights lawsuit against the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, and then he lost his appeal. The complaint was based on “viewpoint discrimination” because he’s a creationist and an anti-vaxer, and his colleagues weren’t nice to him. He tried — without success — to get the Supreme Court to consider the case, as we reported here: John Oller Petitions the US Supreme Court. He still has a state court case pending on the same issues — at least we think it’s still pending. The case never makes any news and it may just fade away, but it’s still something we occasionally search for.

As the new year dawns, state legislatures will begin their new sessions, and because there are numerous crazed legislators, some states will be considering creationist legislation. And as always, the usual creationist websites will continue to be a source of amusement.

Now, in the final hours of 2016, we declare this post to be the year’s last Intellectual Free Fire Zone. We’re open for the discussion of pretty much anything — science, politics, economics, whatever — as long as it’s tasteful and interesting. But beware of the profanity filters.

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

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21 responses to “Curmudgeonly Happy New Year — 2017

  1. Happy New Year, Curmudgeon. And a wish for you that I’m sure will come true: may you find many interesting items to post in the coming year! I’m sure you will keep us all informed and interested throughout the year.

  2. michaelfugate

    Happy New Year!
    I lost on Axe – must be their inanity conference in the UK that made #1…

  3. michaelfugate confesses

    I lost on Axe

    But…but…how could intuition get it wrong!?

  4. For the IFFZ–but only if our Curmudgeon gives his Olympian nod of assent–I would like to propose a thrilling competition to see in the New Year. Yes, I think it’s time to play

    Disco’Tute Oogity-Boogity Bingo!

    Here’s how it works: I have listed below 20 topics that are certain to crop up on the Discoveroids blog in the weeks ahead. To enter the contest, pick five (5) of these topics for your very own Personal Intelligently-Designed Bespoke Privileged Disco’Tute Bingo Score Card, and post your unnatural selection on this thread (Curmudgeon permitting).

    Then, as 2017 unfolds, we’ll check the DI blog and see which–if any–of the topics are posted (all judgements on this by our Curmudgeon are final), and if it matches one of your selections. The first player to tick off all five topics on his or her Score Card must instantly shout out, “Oogity Boogity Bingo!” and thereby win some fabulous but unspecified and intangible prize!

    Rules clear? OK, make your selection of five (5) from the following!

    1. No Darwin, No Hitler
    2. ID Can’t Get No Respect
    3. There’s No Place Like Earth, Auntie Em [Privileged Planet]
    4. Darwinist Censors Strike Again! [Academic Freedom]
    5. Still Peppered After All These Years [Wells’ Icons Veneration]
    6. Buy This Book/DVD/Conference Ticket from the DI
    7. Irreducibly Perplexing [St. Behe Got it Right!]
    8. Experts, Schmexperts, Whadda They Know?
    9. Don’t Call Us Creationists, Shirley!
    10. Zombie Resurrection [Safely Dead Thinker was Closet IDiot]
    11. Two Legs Exceptional, Four Legs Bad [Wesley J. Smith]
    12. Genius Envy [Snarks at Celebrated Scientists who reject ID]
    13. Intuition Trumps Evidence
    14. Yet Another Reason why Judge Jones Got it Wrong at Dover
    15. Molecules to Man? Pull the Other One!
    16. SETI or [insert random science discipline here] Proves Design!
    17. Darwin Got it Wrong about [insert variable here], ergo Darwin Got it Wrong about Everything
    18. Zack Kopplin is a Threat to Civilisation as We Know It
    19. Darwinist Researcher Slips up and Uses the Word ‘Design’ in a Peer-Reviewed Paper
    20. Savvy Sarah’s Scrumptious Word Salad

  5. A splendid list, Megalonyx. I have no idea why it was delayed by the spam filter.

  6. Apologies, I should have numbered the 20 items in the list, to facilitate selection.

    if the Great Hand of Correction could replace the list above with the following, my reverence, which already overfloweth, shall be eternal!

    [*Voice from above*] I stretched forth my mighty hand and behold! It is done!

  7. Happy New Year, Curmie!

    The Tooters call it “Happy Same Old, Same Old Year.”

    We should see some creationism action on the Texas State School Board, gearing up to have another “look see” at the science standards. Can’t wait!

  8. Happy New Year everyone.

    A variation on the Oogity Boogity Bingo game would be to guess how long it will take for the Discotute to tick off all twenty on the list. It’s hard to pick which five will be first, because they are all equally plausible, but as far as how long it will take to cover all of them – I will guess before the end of March. Probably sooner.

  9. michaelfugate

    Megalonx asks

    But…but…how could intuition get it wrong!?

    Perhaps the top ten list wasn’t intelligently design? Maybe just a random draw of a year’s worth of ENV posts?

  10. Ceteris Paribus


    Ok, I will list my 5 picks for the “Oogity Boogity Bingo! Pentecost.”
    3. There’s No Place Like Earth, Auntie Em [Privileged Planet] (an obvious pick for the list, given my residency in the Land of Oz.)
    6. Buy This Book/DVD/Conference Ticket from the D (Follow the money. It’s always the money!)
    7. Irreducibly Perplexing [St. Behe Got it Right!] (What would the DiscoTute be, if not for the inspiration they received by simply touching The Noodly Finger of their heavenly host?)
    12. Genius Envy [Snarks at Celebrated Scientists who reject ID] (DiscoTutes wannabees always conflate genuine PhD science data to that of their own. But which we understand to mean; “Piled Higher and Deeper”.)

    I will stop at just 4 selections. 2017 is nigh. “But I have promises to keep, / And miles to go before I sleep, / And miles to go before I sleep.” (Robert Frost)
    Happy New Year to all.

  11. Ceteris, since you were writing this from Terra Australis Incognito, I rather doubt that you were “between the woods and frozen lake,” and it certainly wasn’t “the coldest evening of the year”.

    Hey-ho. Aircon on. Only 30 celsius today, but 36 tomorrow. And the real heat is yet to come. How is it up over? Digging snow yet?

  12. Eddie Janssen

    When the last of these five appears I will make a new one. Somewhere in february, I guess.

    11. Two Legs Exceptional, Four Legs Bad [Wesley J. Smith]
    20. Savvy Sarah’s Scrumptious Word Salad
    9. Don’t Call Us Creationists, Shirley!
    7. Irreducibly Perplexing [St. Behe Got it Right!]
    18. Zack Kopplin is a Threat to Civilisation as We Know It

    Have a good 2017!

  13. Here in the Midwest, USA, it was 27 when I woke up, and it’s already about 35. Don’t know what you’re bragging about.

    Correct units were never my strong suit. Happy New Month, everybody!

  14. Eddie Janssen

    Damn, they start with 21. Ain’t no kin to no monkey

  15. @Eddie Janssen: Aaaarrrggghhh, I just spotted that as well.

    I don’t know how I mangaged to leave such a sure-fire topic off the list!

  16. Happy new year. 2016 sucked.

  17. michaelfugate

    Sarah interviews Anne – could anyone ask for more! And four parts!

    As Klinghoffer says, “This is very helpful, vindicating common sense [aka intuition] that tells us there’s no genuine mistaking of the creature in the zoo or jungle with you or me, no matter how gross the manner in which we act, speak, or write.”

  18. michaelfugate enthuses

    Sarah interviews Anne – could anyone ask for more! And four parts!

    That is indeed thrilling! I can’t think of anything more exciting and momentous–unless, perhaps, Ann Coulter interviewing Bepe Grillo.

    Full disclosure: I only managed less than 10 minutes of podcast 1. But I did learn something even from that extract that I did not know before: Green Screen Annie’s surname ‘Gauger’ is pronounced ‘Gay-jer’ (rhymes with ‘wager’) and not, as I had mistakenly thought, ‘Gow-gher’.

    Well, you live and learn…

  19. tiffany267 observes:

    Happy new year. 2016 sucked.

    This time next year, when we survey the outrageous train-wreck that 2017 most likely will have been, we may all be pining nostalgically for the good ole days of 2016…

  20. michaelfugate reports: “Sarah interviews Anne – could anyone ask for more!”

    I was gonna blog about that one, but now there’s no need.

  21. michaelfugate

    I am wondering what bit of faulty intuition led Linnaeus way back in 1735 to include humans as animals, as mammals, as apes….