Friday, November 30, 2007

Note to Burglars: Bring Feet, Avoid Cat Box

In searching the headlines for armed citizen stories, one often finds all manner of other crime stories. Some of them are tragic, while some of them, like the following, make for a good laugh:

Police search for man who robbed a woman at gunpoint in Pulaski

Police say an unidentified man knocked on a door on 15th Street in Northwest Pulaski. When the homeowner opened the door, a man took a shotgun from under his coat and demanded money.

He took an undisclosed amount of money and
ran away on foot.

What else would you run away on?

Cat box filler leads police to burglar
A would-be burglar was busted Saturday afternoon after police matched clods of cat box filler stuck to the man's shoe and pants cuffs to the cat box filler used at a home the man allegedly had broken into, according to police.

Needs no comment!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Wizard of Oz Making a Comeback?

`Tin Man' Re-Imagines `Wizard of Oz'
No dancing down the yellow brick road for Zooey Deschanel, star of Sci Fi Channel's new Emerald City adaptation, "Tin Man." And no warbling "Over the Rainbow" a la Judy Garland, either.

"It's postmodern, more like Indiana Jones than a fairy tale," said Deschanel, whose Dorothy — the role immortalized by Garland in "The Wizard of Oz" — is a disaffected, motorcycle-riding waitress called DG.

At the same time, there is a stage play called Wicked which bills itself as "the untold story of the Witches of Oz."

And the latest VeggieTales video from Big Idea's increasingly lame repertoire is called The Wonderful Wizard of Ha's.

I didn't see what the big deal in the movie was, but I find it interesting that people are trying to bring it back in various new incarnations.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Island Paradise to Host Next Creation Museum?

U.S. Group Wants To Build 'Creationist Museum' On Saipan
A U.S.-based Christian ministry group wants to build a museum promoting a creationist museum on Saipan, and it has the backing of Northern Marianas Gov. Benigno Fitial, the Saipan Tribune reports.

Answers in Genesis Group President Ken Ham met with Fitial to discuss the project. Answers in Genesis built a $27 million Creation Museum in Kentucky, which opened in May. It wants to develop a similar facility on Saipan, which it says will be a major tourist attraction.

"Religion, education, and commerce and tourism — these are the elements that the AiG Group proposes to bring to the CNMI by establishing a base of operations here,” administration spokesman Charles P. Reyes, Jr. told the newspaper.

Dr. Christian Wei, who heads the Eucon International School on Saipan, a private Christian academy, says the museum would also include a camp that could attract Asians who want to learn English on Saipan.
I'm not sure what the logic is on this...

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Sunday, November 04, 2007

What's Dave Caught Now?

Recently on one of my YouTube videos, I picked up a debate with a fellow using the name "Ryansarcade9" after he contacted me and made some arguments against creationism and/or Answers in Genesis. I received about 32 private messages from him, most of them in response to mine. As usual with computers, I quickly found the bulk message and/or multitasking limits! YouTube informed me that my responses were too big, forcing me to truncate them. (This is typical for me...I may be one of the few PC users in America who, before the advent of Firefox "tabs", saw a scroll command on the task bar.)

Ryan contacted me again on October 8 in passing, just to let me know someone had sent him a link about me on Free Republic. Like one kid shoving another, all it took was that contact to set us off debating again. After some hostile words, there was a temporary truce, and Ryan proposed a semi-formal debate. I offered that we hold it on Free Republic, where there was sure to be intense interest.

So it began. Ten days later on October 18th, after e-mailing back and forth and coming to some rule agreements, I posted A Study in Science - Formal Debate on Creation and Evolution with Dave and Ryan.

It began rather innocently, but soon the tide of participants and spectators mixed, and the thread ballooned into another crevo bloodfest, with nearly 1000 back-and-forth posts, of which Ryan's and mine comprised about six. So a thoughtful evolutionist created a secondary thread, The Debate Continues where Ryan and I could continue.

Naturally, my fan base at DarwinCentral went wild. Someone breathlessly started up a commentary/coverage thread which entailed primarily the usual jeers and insults which didn't relate to the debate itself whatsoever, and merely revealed the personal vindictiveness of the members there against me. (The thread has since been removed - Google maintains a cache where you can see the thread reached about 44 pages of responses in a few weeks.)

Then, I had an awesome but unforeseen project drop into my lap with the Empty Holster Protest, which I found out about mere days prior to the event taking place. I saw no one taking charge on my campus, so I contacted the group, received the proverbial badge (self-adhesive!) and set about a media blitz. The result, more than a dozen last-minute recruits, a campus-wide notice from the college president, a poster campaign (posters I made one afternoon at school, widely distributed across campus by me and a couple of other volunteers), four local radio appearances, other local news mentions, a newspaper interview, and then a letter submitted to the campus paper after they came out against our project.

Naturally (alas!) this project threw me into a busy position of leadership and monopolized on time, forcing me to put the evolution debate on a back burner for a week. This infuriated the peanut-gallery evolutionists, who insisted I was stalling, delaying or vacating. Despite their continued accusations that I'm a little turdloaf momma's boy creationist wanna-be (more or less their own words), when some of my first posts cleared the board, some of them begin wondering if I wasn't receiving outside assistance, or even a ghost writer, in my responses. Dedicated (and pitiable) evolutionists spent their (valuable?) time googling different portions of my post, trying to find my "secret source" with which they would stampede into town with and Swiftboat me into despair and humiliation forever. Sadly, because the material was all original, no such "secret source" could be found.

It is telling that this simpering little momma's boy apologist can craft a response sophisticated enough as to give them cause to question its origin.

Once I finally responded (having taken great pains to use scientific and peer-reviewed sources to back up my work, and then throwing in some creationist URLs under a "see also" heading) it was disappointing to be told I was using "almost all" creationist sources. The rest of the response consisted primarily of hand-waving dismissals of the legitimate challenges raised. Further refutation of those dismissals may follow at some point.

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