Sunday, August 24, 2008

A Teacher on the Front Line as Faith and Science Clash

A science teacher, trying to convince students to put their faith in a theory, works hard to refute something they already have faith in.

Is science wrong? Science has proven only that it has a theory lots of atheists believe. Either way, if they are disrespecting a kid's religion, that's pretty low.

No wonder homeschooling is popular and attracting brighter students.


A Teacher on the Front Line as Faith and Science Clash

ORANGE PARK, Fla. — David Campbell switched on the overhead projector and wrote “Evolution” in the rectangle of light on the screen.

He scanned the faces of the sophomores in his Biology I class. Many of them, he knew from years of teaching high school in this Jacksonville suburb, had been raised to take the biblical creation story as fact. His gaze rested for a moment on Bryce Haas, a football player who attended the 6 a.m. prayer meetings of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes in the school gymnasium.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

When Scientists Go Bad, They Get Whacked by the FBI?

Bruce E. Ivins seems to have been one bad scientist, the kind you do not want to take to a laboratory and leave alone. How bad? Hard to say. They are looking into this. The guy killed himself, making new interviews impossible.

"Since his death, a number of scientists have said that the limited forensic evidence that the F.B.I. made public in linking the attacks to Dr. Ivins is inconclusive."


FBI Details Anthrax Case, but Doubts Remain
New York Times
WASHINGTON — Federal Bureau of Investigation officials on Monday laid out their most detailed scientific case to date against Bruce E. Ivins, the military scientist accused of being the anthrax killer, but they acknowledged that the many mysteries of the case meant an air of uncertainty would always surround it.

“I don’t think we’re ever going to put the suspicions to bed,” said Vahid Majidi, head of the F.B.I.’s weapons of mass destruction division. “There’s always going to be a spore on a grassy knoll.”

At a two-hour briefing for reporters, Dr. Majidi was joined by seven other leading scientists from inside and outside the bureau. They discussed in intricate detail the halting scientific path that led them from two main samples of anthrax used in the 2001 attacks, to four genetic mutations unique to the samples, to 100 scientists in the United States who had access to that particular strain, and ultimately to Dr. Ivins.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Jury Sides with God? Joel Osteen's Wife Did Not Whack a Breast, They Say

"Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential" by Joel Osteen. Spiritual Narcissism 101: Life About You, Not God.

Jury Sides With God, Pastor's Wife Cleared
Megachurch preacher's wife Victoria Osteen did not assault a flight attendant over a stain on her first class seat, a civil jury in Texas has ruled.


If TMZ says so...? Read their version of this sordid tale.

If you want to buy Osteen's book, you go right on ahead. I'll make a few cents if you, but so will he. If you just want to shop at Amazon, click the book and shop away as usual.

Saturday, August 9, 2008

Witch Doctor Hired by Nigerian Official - President Umaru Yar'Adua

Nigerian official accused of hiring witch doctor
This is whacked. True? Who knows. Not me. Could be politics as usual.

read the entire story

LAGOS, Nigeria (AP) -- Police on Friday arrested the head of a federal agency charged with developing Nigeria's impoverished southern oil region after allegations that the man spent millions of dollars on a witch doctor in hopes vanquishing a rival.

President Umaru Yar'Adua announced Friday that the head of the Niger Delta Development Corporation, Sam Edem, had been suspended from his job after local media reports of Edem's large expenditure on black magic. Police later said he had been arrested.

The police said they were investigating the source of the roughly $4 million Edem reportedly spent on hiring a sorcerer to hex and kill another development official.

Enjoy the Chipmunks version of the famous David Seville Witch Doctor song (oo ee, oo ah ah, ting tang, walla walla bing bang).

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

Pastor Osteen Accused Whacking Woman in Breast

Victoria Osteen, megarich wife of megastar pastor Joel Osteen, has been accused of assaulting a woman on a plane.

Bigger stars than both Paris Hilton and Barack Obama, the Osteens are facing a strange case involving a breast. Continental Airlines flight attendant Sharon Brown claims in a lawsuit that Victoria Osteen elbowed her in the breast and threw up her agaist a bathroom door. Seems Brown says Osteen was pissy about a a stain on her plane seat (first-class, of course).

Victoria Osteen is the co-pastor of Houston, Texas' Lakewood Church, televised all over. The Osteen's face is seen more often than Kevin Trudeau's.


Also in the news is the fashionably famous Paris Hilton lampoon video of Barack Obama's shallowness and John McCain's age.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Mary Baker Eddy is Still Dead (So is Madalyn Murray O'Hair)

LOOK FOR MRS. EDDY TO RISE FROM TOMB; Some Christian Scientists Certain She Will Prove Her Power by Resurrection.
December 29, 1910, Thursday

An old article, to be sure, but she still has her followers.

For the record, Madalyn Murray O'Hair seems dead as well, and the news is still out on Jimmy Hoffa.

On an interesting note, O'Hair, who claimed to be a free-thinker, who had started her atheist club on behalf on son Bill, disowned him after he freely converted to Christianity. She said harshly, "One could call this a postnatal abortion on the part of a mother, I guess; I repudiate him entirely and completely for now and all times...he is beyond human forgiveness."

Her murderer is dead too, apparently a man she hired despite knowing he had urinated on his mother.