Category Archives: Off-topic

Memorial Day Weekend Free Fire Zone

This is a long holiday weekend because Monday is Memorial Day in the US. Therefore, news of The Controversy is scarce and we expect traffic to be be light. Nevertheless, your Curmudgeon is on the job.

For your contemplation, we’ll mention some news about a subject we don’t usually discuss around here — this is the headline in the Irish Times: Ireland becomes first country to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote. We don’t need to give you any excerpts.

The irony is that in 2009, that same country adopted a law which, according to Wikipedia — see Blasphemy law in the Republic of Ireland — outlawed the “publication or utterance of blasphemous matter.” We posted about it the day it went into effect: Is This Blog Blasphemous in Ireland?

We don’t know what’s going on over there, but Ireland has some of the loveliest ladies in the world, so as long as one is careful to avoid speaking favorably about the solar system, the age of the Earth, or evolution, it’s probably a great place to visit.

For your weekend amusement, we found some relevant commentary from Ken Ham (ol’ Hambo) — the Australian entrepreneur who has become the ayatollah of Appalachia. He’s angry. We imagine that once again he’s red in the face, foaming at the mouth, and rolling around chewing the carpet. He just posted this on his blog: Ireland and Gay “Marriage”. It’s very predictable, so we’ll only give you one excerpt:

Really, such votes show the continued secularization of the Western world. There’s no doubt that the current generations have been educated to believe the Bible is not an infallible book and that supposed science has disproved the Bible’s history. The religion of naturalism (atheism) has really been imposed on Western nations by education systems, media, the Internet, and secular museums.

That’s all we found today — at least so far. Therefore, your Curmudgeon declares an Intellectual Free Fire Zone. Talk about whatever you think is interesting — science, politics, philosophy, etc. Banter, babble, bicker, bluster, blubber, blather, blab, blurt, burble, boast — say what you will. But beware of the profanity filters.

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

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Glorious News: Habemus Canem!

Miss Scarlett

The mysterious mission on which your Curmudgeon was engaged has been accomplished. We have a new dog here at Curmudgeon Headquarters. She’s a red Doberman, and we’ve named her Miss Scarlett.

The Doberman breed comes in four colors. The standard color is black (with the usual tan splashes on the muzzle, chest, legs, and below the tail). Besides black, which is by far the most common color, they can also be red, fawn, or blue (which is actually sort of gray). Miss Scarlett is a splendid red, although it doesn’t show in the pic because she was in the shade. Her eyes are light brown.

The reason for this acquisition is that we recently lost our Pearl. She was nearly 11 years old — an old age for a Doberman — when she succumbed to Wobbler disease — a spinal disorder that affects horses and certain large breeds of dogs. She was fine until the very end, when she suddenly had problems getting up, and she was in pain. We took her to the vet and learned that the situation was hopeless, so we did what had to be done.

Poor Aaaargh! (a blue Doberman whose formal name is Argos) had lost his companion of many years. He’s been listless and very demanding of our constant attention. He needed another dog, so we began a search of various Doberman rescue organizations.

Our requirements were specific: we wanted a female, young — but not a puppy. We were looking for one about 2 or 3 years old, house broken and with a good disposition. After an agonizingly long search, we found Miss Scarlett. She had a goofy name, but we’ve always wanted a red we could name Miss Scarlett. She’ll eventually respond to it.

It was a two-hour car ride to get her, and two hours back. Then she was introduced to Aaaargh! That went well. At the moment, she’s exploring every room, playing with all the toys that belong to Aaaargh!, and getting used to her new situation. It’ll take time, but she’ll be fine. In a day or two they’ll be frolicking on the lawn, and things will be back to normal around here.

So that was our galactic mission. You can relax now. All is well.

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Mysterious Free Fire Zone

Your Curmudgeon expects to be engaged in matters of galactic significance most of today. We may — or we may not — disclose the reasons later. The immediate result is that you need to entertain yourselves for a few hours, without our benevolent supervision.

Therefore, we declare this post to be an Intellectual Free Fire Zone. Talk about whatever you think is interesting — science, politics, philosophy, etc. Banter, babble, bicker, bluster, blubber, blather, blab, blurt, burble, boast — say what you will. But beware of the profanity filters.

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Free Fire Zone of the Gaps

Our ceaseless news sweeps haven’t been producing much, but we have a couple of items you may find interesting.

The first is about the Louisiana creationism situation. See Why Zack Kopplin Is Losing Ground In The War Against Creationists. Here’s one excerpt to get you interested:

For the past eight years, 21-year-old Zack Kopplin has been fighting to keep creationism out of Louisiana’s science classrooms. Despite a series of setbacks and the feeling that he’s continually losing battles, Kopplin still feels he’ll win the war. We spoke with him to learn more.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, here’s a brief video from Rev David Rives: He’s launching something called the Genesis Science Network. He says it’s a 24-hour television network. That’s difficult to believe, and it’s even more difficult to believe that the necessary funding is available. Not even ol’ Hambo has ever attempted anything like this. We don’t know what to make of it.

That’s all we’ve got, so to fill the news gap we’re declaring this post to be an Intellectual Free Fire Zone. Talk about whatever you think is interesting — science, politics, philosophy, etc. Banter, babble, bicker, bluster, blubber, blather, blab, blurt, burble, boast — say what you will. But beware of the profanity filters.

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