Saturday, December 20, 2008



Thanks to the Discovery Institute for reminding me that today is the third anniversary of Judge Jones' so far highly influential decision in Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School Board. Happy Birthday!

I won't bother to link to John West's little blurb, since it is just a series of links to the DI's bogus arguments (such as that Judge Jones "cut and pasted" from the ACLU's proposed findings of fact), a couple of contrary (if not contrarian) opinions from legal authorities who, for the most part, have little grasp of what ID is (or, more correctly, isn't, namely science) and citing the exchange in the Montana Law Review between West (a non-lawyer), Casey Luskin (barely a lawyer) and David DeWolf for the DI and Professor Peter Irons, which has, to say the least, an interesting history.

Of course, if the DI really thinks that Judge Jones' decision was so bad, I suppose we can expect them to be out beating the bushes for another test case ... so all those DI "experts" who had to withdraw at the last moment can have another shot at using Billy Dembski's famous vise on the "Darwinists."

Let's all take a deep breath now ... and hold ...

There are lies, damned lies, statistics and Discovery Institute proclamations.

As for them having "another shot" at using Demski's Vise, it seems to me they shot themselves in the foot once with the Wedge Strategy document and then a second time with the Vise Strategy document. Maybe they should back off these strategy documents. Shooting yourself in the foot once might be considered an accident but twice...
I sense a running theme in the DI's "strategies" -- simple shop tools.

Given their known success rate with these things, I vote we take up a collection and buy them a chain-saw for Kitzmas ;-).
I'd suggest a do-it-yourself circumcision kit for ... um ... Xmas, but I suspect the chain saw would be the same thing.

Oh, and if you want a shudder or two, here's a service that does up to 12 year old boys:
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