SocraticGadfly: 12/5/04 - 12/12/04

December 11, 2004

Intelligent Design “guru” shows himself a petulant fraud

Intelligent design “guru” William Dembski is submitting vituperative critiques on Amazon of books that shred both the logical and empirical “underpinnings” of ID by using false names. Read Gary S. Hurd’s review of “Unintelligent Design,” where he spills the beans on Dembski posing as “a reader from Riesel, TX.”

Or go to his personal reviews page here on Amazon.

December 09, 2004

Scheuer's dead wrong about bin Laden getting a nuke

"Imperial Hubris" author Michael Scheuer was/is smoking crack, or blowing his own horn, or both, on al Qaeda getting an actual nuke, vs. a "dirty" conventional bomb.
For one thing, Musharraf would never let A.Q. Khan sell to somebody like bin Laden. A rogue state, to get back to the classic division of states vs. individuals in terrorism, yes. Obviously, Libya bought.
Especially when bin Laden established himself in Afghanistan, though, there was no, repeat no, chance he was going to get a real nuke from Pakistan.
End of story.

December 08, 2004

Shrub begins payback to Religious Right

It looks like the Right Rev. W. is now passing out the political baklava to the Religious Right on governmental displays of the Ten Commandments.

In today’s era of the so-called “War on Terror,” here’s how I saw to trump Bush.

Get some small conclave of Muslims to officially incorporate as a community, and then place a passage from the Quran about the duty of jihad on its courthouse walls.

We’ll see just how selective the Religious Right’s leaky wall of church and state gets.

December 06, 2004

Boomer Sooner

Stay tuned Jan. 4.

Pat Tillman and Army lies

It almost makes you think that if Tillman had not been killed in Afghanistan, the Army would have fragged him so it could ramp him up, as it actually did, as a poster-boy here.