Tuesday, September 20, 2005

 

Middle Finger Minions

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Timothy Birdnow, in his continuing efforts to make himself look as foolish as possible, followed up his ridiculous article, "The case against Darwin", and his complaint about Paul Myers' demolition of it (see "Flipping Us the Bird"), by posting a plea at William Dembski’s blog, "Uncommon Descent" (first comment), for help against the Darwinist hordes. One wonders if Mr. Birdnow will get any more succor from that quarter than the School Board in Dover did. But never mind . . .

Mr. Birdnow did perhaps earn a genuine place in the annals (of talk.origins, at least) by referring to his tormentors as: "PZ Myers and his Panda`s Middle Finger minions". Whether or not he knows it, Mr. Birdnow now stands on the precipice of having his name linked with such legendary figures as Ted Holden.

A bit of background first. The pro-science inhabitants of the usenet group talk.origins are known among themselves as "Howlers" (short for "howler monkeys") and the occasional get-togethers of the participants are known as "Howlerfests". Indeed, the original . . . and still the best . . . reason I started this blog was to have a place to house pictures of one such event.

The name came from the aforementioned Ted Holden, a highly entertaining, though reality-challenged, creationist (the word is really too cramped to encompass the entirety of Ted but will do for this explanation). One day, Ted complained of having "200 howler-monkeys calling me everything imaginable". The image tickled both the sense of humor and the sense of proportion of the group members and the rest is history. Middle Finger Minions is already attracting attention at talk.origins and may become a similar badge of honor. Stupidity, it seems, can be the gift that keeps on giving.

Typically, however, Mr. Birdnow has not done with the self-immolation of whatever reputation he might once have had. He is now comparing himself to Lech Walesa and Solidarity (through the thoroughly strained medium of referring to an article on the politics of Syria) and complaining that those Middle Finger Minions are using "old communist tactics" against him.

This may be the worst meltdown since the Wicked Witch of the West.
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