Our Ninth Anniversary — Free Fire Zone

Today, 02 April 2017, is the Ninth 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 5,703. This one is number 6,374. We’ve added 671 posts to our humble blog during the past year.

If you’re a new reader, you may be wondering what it is that do we do here. In a nutshell, we ridicule creationism. Why? We explained that in The Infinite Evil of Creationism. Except for occasional (and unpopular) digressions into politics, we avoid almost all other hot topics — like abortion and alternate life styles. We don’t even talk much about climate change — not because we’re in denial, but because we don’t know the subject well enough, so we leave it to others.

Although creationists like to claim otherwise, our disdain for creationism isn’t atheism. This isn’t an atheist blog. We have no problem with denominations that don’t reject science, like those in the National Center for Science Education’s list of Statements from Religious Organizations that support evolution.

We also try to keep our discourse at a civilized level. We don’t use coarse language and we try to keep it out of your comments. We ridicule creationists’ ideas and arguments, but we don’t ridicule creationists themselves — at least not with personal insults. The only exception to our self-imposed rule of “no personal attacks” is in the case of politicians. We are unrestrained (but linguistically moderate) in our criticism of those who labor to impose ignorance and theocracy upon the rest of us.

There are millions of blogs out there. We’ve seen estimates of well over 100 million blogs. So how are we doing? Last year at this time we had a cumulative total of 3.965 million page-views. As we write this, we’re a few days away from 4.5 million. That doesn’t include RSS subscribers and others who read us without actually visiting. Annual traffic used to be higher. We attribute that partly to Google, which has been slow to index our posts, but it’s also because news about The Controversy between evolution and creationism hasn’t been as wild and crazy as it was in the past. That’s a good thing, but there’s less news for us to write about.

When we say “less news,” what we mean is that for the last year or so, there’s been almost no creationist litigation to write about. And no new creationist legislation has been enacted, despite the Discovery Institute’s’ efforts — at least none based on their anti-science, anti-evolution, pro-creationism Academic Freedom Act. Kitzmiller put a legal dagger (or wooden stake) through the heart of the Discoveroids.

And so we begin our tenth 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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17 responses to “Our Ninth Anniversary — Free Fire Zone

  1. Breaking news from the Baby Holm case!

    That is, the secret 25-page letter crafted by Kent Hovind’s Brady Byrum has finally been “leaked”.

    You can access the file containing the document from the article at:

    http://kehvrlb.com/brady-byrums-no-longer-secret-baby-holm-billion-letter

    If you are not familiar with the Baby Holm case, well, maybe it’s time to get familiar!

    The case continues to develop out of Cleburne County, AL and the Holmites continue their efforts to try and make the case a game changer in the field of child welfare; and that from a sovcit perspective.

    The Holmites have their pages/groups, and there is at least one FaceBook group that stands in opposition to what they are doing in promoting the False Holm Narrative.

    That opposition group can be found at:

    https://www.facebook.com/groups/1425578747477117/

  2. Charles Deetz ;)

    Well done to the proprietor of this fine blog. I’m trying to remember what brought me here. I think it was the Encyclopedia of American Loons, but it could have been the reverse. I did find them both about the same time, for sure. Next question is how long ago, that is a tougher one to fathom.

  3. Congratulations to our Curmudgeon! Long may ye blog, m’lad!

    We hope there is some celebratory champagne being opened in The CITADEL!

  4. Michael Fugate

    Cheers!

  5. Thank you beyond words, Dear Curmudgeon, for managing & writing such a fine blog. I first came on board when I Googled “Sarah Palin creationist” or somesuch shortly after the 2008 Republican Convention.

  6. Eddie Janssen

    Lang zal die leven, lang zal die leven
    lang zal die leven in de gloria
    in de gloria, in de gloria

    Hieperdepiep hoera (3x)

  7. Ross Cameron

    Happy anniversary, Curm.

  8. Peter (Oz) Jones

    Congratulations on so much effort in developing the awesome content & maintaining the civility of discussions. Your blog is a daily read.

    Also, an apology from down under for some of our exports.
    On the other hand there is also our Vegemite spread . . . which may also rattle you?

    Peter in Perth, Western Australia

  9. Long may you wave!

  10. Nothing personal Curmy, but wouldn’t it be great if your blog no longer had any creationists to mock?? Ah, one can dream…..

  11. I’ve learned a lot by learning what the creationists get wrong.

  12. “We ridicule creationists’ ideas and arguments, but we don’t ridicule creationists themselves.”
    Of course we do. This fallacy is the secular counterpart of “hate the sin, not the sinner”. Those ideas and arguments is what makes a creationist a creationist.

    Hij leve lang, hij leve lang.
    Hij leve lang, hij leve lang.
    Ja lang. Ja lang.
    Hij leeeevuuuh lang!

    Hiep hiep hiep! Hoera!

    Yup, my dear SC, you have gained some popularity among us Dutchies. Must be because your sense of humour appeals to ours.

  13. Keep up the good work, SC! You’re my second stop every day (right after I check CNN to see if WWIII started while I slept…)

  14. mnb0 refers to the Curmudgeon’s policy: “We ridicule creationists’ ideas and arguments, but we don’t ridicule creationists themselves.” He responds:

    Of course we do. This fallacy is the secular counterpart of “hate the sin, not the sinner”.

    There’s a difference. If I wrote that a specific creationist is an idiot, or a liar, or whatever, there is the possibility that I could get sued for Defamation. So the safe thing is to say that “X has written an idiotic essay, and here’s why.” In the US, it’s far less likely that a public official could win such a case, so it’s safe to say that “Senator X is an idiot.”

  15. it’s safe to say that “Senator X is an idiot”

    Indeed: truthful statements are not defamatory, by definition.

  16. techreseller

    Keep up the good work. This blog is a daily read. I am a bit behind but read every post.