Category Archives: Off-topic

Stimulating Free Fire Zone

We found a few news items that are certain to excite you. So that you don’t lose control, we’ll give you only a limited number of excerpts, with bold font added by us for emphasis:

1: This is from PhysOrg: Oh deer: monkey caught in flagrante delict-doe. They say:

Scientists on Tuesday revealed the “highly unusual” behaviour of a male monkey filmed trying to have sex with female deer in Japan — a rare case of inter-species nookie.

How shocking! It’s no wonder the creationists insist that they ain’t no kin to no monkeys. Oh, if you’re curious, at the end there’s a link to a video. Your Curmudgeon hasn’t looked at it. If you do, let us know what it reveals — but please be tasteful. This is a family-friendly blog.

2: Also from PhysOrg: Meet Canada’s ‘poop lady’. That one says:

They call her the “poop lady.” Way up north in Canada’s Resolute Bay, an Arctic hamlet of less than 300 people in Nunavut, the locals are used to seeing Catherine Girard. The Université de Montréal student of environmental biology has flown in every summer since 2010 to research the diet and health of the local Inuit population. By 2012, after undergraduate work on aquatic mercury, she narrowed down her PhD subject to analyzing “gut microbiome,” the bacteria in people’s digestive tracts.

And to do that, she had to collect stool samples.

If you’re the fussy type, it’s best to be a creationist. They don’t need to do any research.

3: This one comes from a most reliable source — London’s Daily Mail. Their headline screams: Is this proof of ALIENS in Peru? Mysterious giant ‘claw’ with eight inch fingers and a warped skull are unearthed in tunnels deep below South American city. It has four sub-headlines:

• Claims were made by an unnamed group of ‘paranormal enthusiasts’
• They say they found the giant ‘alien hand’ in Cusco, which is near Machu Picchu
• The group also claim to have found an elongated humanoid skull in same area
• Refused to reveal exact location of the find, saying only that it was in a tunnel

There are lots of pictures. One excerpt should be sufficient:

Brien Foerster, a ‘paranormal researcher’ who runs a tour company in Peru, was allegedly handed the mysterious item by the group. He said he took the discovery to some unnamed ‘experts’ who conducted tests and found the hand had six bones in each finger. Humans have just five.

So there you are — proof that we are not alone!

We now declare this to be an 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. Banter, babble, bicker, bluster, blubber, blather, blab, blurt, burble, boast — say what you will. But avoid flame-wars and beware of the profanity filters.

The comments are open, dear reader. Have at it!

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The Ultimate Free Fire Zone

There’s no creationism news out there, but that won’t stop your Curmudgeon. Here are some items that — with a bit of creativity — can easily be material for The Controversy. Let’s see if you’ve got the talent to connect the dots:

1: From channel 4, the NBC affiliate in Washington, DC: Snake in a Toilet! Arlington Woman Makes Startling Discovery. One excerpt:

A Virginia woman called Animal Control last week after she found a snake in a toilet in an Arlington County apartment. To repeat: She. Found. A. Snake. In. A. Toilet. An animal control officer was able to safely remove the “lost and confused” snake and brought him to the Animal Welfare League of Arlington, the animal shelter said in a Facebook post Tuesday. The snake is a juvenile yellow anaconda, the animal shelter said. Yellow anacondas can grow to be 13 feet long and to weigh more than 100 pounds. The shelter has named him Sir Hiss.

2: From WSOC-TV in Charlotte, North Carolina: Pastor charged in connection with 9 armed robberies in Charlotte. One excerpt:

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police arrested a Charlotte pastor wanted in connection with nine armed robberies from Charlotte businesses. John Thomas Lindsey, 47, who is a pastor at True Love Church of Refuge on Nations Ford Road, was taken into custody Wednesday morning and charged with nine counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, nine counts of conspiracy to commit robbery with a dangerous weapon, and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

3: Most surprising of all, a new Jack Chick comic: No Justice? It’s not about creationism, but it’s got a whole lotta bible stuff.

We now declare this to be the first Intellectual Free Fire Zone of the new year. You wanna talk about Trump? Go ahead. We’re open for the discussion of pretty much anything — science, politics, economics, whatever — as long as it’s tasteful and interesting. Banter, babble, bicker, bluster, blubber, blather, blab, blurt, burble, boast — say what you will. But avoid flame-wars and beware of the profanity filters.

The comments are open, dear reader. Have at it.

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Curmudgeonly Happy New Year — 2017

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.

Hold on — we have to add our guarantee of quality:

Self-Proving Truth Certificate

Everything written by the Curmudgeon in this blog is true. The presence of this Certificate is your proof. Our logic is undeniable.

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

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An Old-Fashioned Free Fire Zone

We’re giving up on news searches today. The creationists are quiet. Hambo is posting about Christmas. The Discoveroids haven’t yet started the list of their Top Ten accomplishments for the year. There aren’t even any letters-to-the-editor we can add to our collection.

We could complain about how slow Google has been in indexing our posts. They used to do it within a few minutes of the time they were published. That doesn’t happen any more. It usually takes a few days now — sometimes a week or more. We don’t understand it, but there’s nothing we can do about it.

We therefore declare another Intellectual Free Fire Zone. You wanna talk about Trump? Go ahead, your Curmudgeon is remarkably indulgent.

We’re open for the discussion of pretty much anything — science, politics, economics, whatever — as long as it’s tasteful and interesting. Banter, babble, bicker, bluster, blubber, blather, blab, blurt, burble, boast — say what you will. But avoid flame-wars and beware of the profanity filters.

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

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