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And the Gods of the Copybook Headings limped up to explain it once more.

Berlinski 1, Derbyshire -1

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The score might have a shot at being at least 1 to 1, but Derbyshire never showed for the match, and then proceeded to cat-call from the side line like so many roasted legumes, so I arbitrarily subtracted a point just for fun, and another for committing the unthinkable in a pub’d review:  which would be to not actually review the thing being reviewed – that Dang thing. 

This rebuke by Mr Berlinski rams home a point I have been trying to make to some of my liberal atheist leaning friends who when invited to see the Expelled movie proceeded to neatly construct their own cartoon caricature version of the premise of Premise.  Then fully thrash that defenseless caricature to death, and finish off by reminding me that scientists don’t just get fired for nothing, and that I believe in something that is not able to be proved.  Thanks so much for staying on point, folks. 

So..back to that invite….guys?  {chirp, chirp}

Well, none of my liberal atheist minded friends would take the bait and go for free tix to see Expelled with me.  I was hurt at first.  Danged hurt – after all, I had sat down with one of the most liberal, Che Guevarra-esque of my friends and endured every last one of the 122 minutes of F9/11 just so I could tear into it with well-earned and informed zeal.  After that, I invited them to come and see Fahrenhype 9/11 so they could at least see the other side to that sorry excuse for film.  But alas..

Crickets again.

So Berlinski’s friends didn’t show either – I don’t feel so bad any more.

The movie was great, by the way.  My review next week.

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May 6, 2008 at 4:55 am

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Expelled Opens Tomorrow – See The Trailer

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This is a great little trailer.  Whatever side of the fence you fall on, you owe it to yourself to go and check this out.  Come on all of you intellectually honest materialists – If I can pony up and watch Michael Moore, I know you can muster the courage and do this. 

Click HERE to find a theater near you.

Are you truly as open minded as you say you are? 

 

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April 18, 2008 at 5:22 am

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Go. See. This.

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Those of us following the great debate between worldviews, philosophy, religion are quite used to the unbelievable tactics now being brought to bear against the Expelled movie featuring Ben Stein.  Now it’s time to stick up for what is right, and support a most important and timely presentation showing just how far the Establishment is really willing to go in order to save their sacred cow.

Go see Expelled No Intelligence Allowed this week, and open your mind to a new paradigm.

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April 16, 2008 at 5:06 am

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Is Oprah More Presidential Than Barack Obama?

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The LA Times “Top Of The Ticket” did a piece on Oprah’s declining ratings after she began her public endorsement of Barack Obama.  This is an interesting bit of side news, but the most important tidbit was offered much further down (a common occurrance there at the Times):

We heard only that she left the controversial Rev. Jeremiah Wright’s Trinity United Church of Christ several years ago, reportedly over some of his more militant sermons that Obama says he never heard.

So what does this have to do with being presidential?  Just a little bit, if you take into account why you go to church at all.  It also counts for something when you refer to someone as a mentor.  The controversial Jeremiah Wright has been a mentor and friend to Obama for a very long time now.  When asked about his relationship with Wright, Obama distanced himself appreciably from the most offensive of Wright’s ridiculous statements and claims(the bomb that only kills Arabs and Blacks was a really good one), but evidently they were not so offensive that Obama would leave the church…as did Oprah.

Oprah figured it out, and got out.  Why did Barack Obama stay?  He would have sounded so much more credible as he backtracked a couple of weeks ago if he had taken the same action (the only right action) as Oprah.  With this type of comparison in place, I just can’t take this man seriously.

 

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April 14, 2008 at 6:14 am

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You mean tinkering in a blind, sort of accidental way?

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Why, of course you do!

Evolution has tinkered … to the point where they can deal with the challenge.  “It’s absolutely beautiful,” she said. “A little bit of tinkering can have a profound effect.”

Really, Ms Whitcomb?  No mention of the steps necessary to get to these tinkered  up variations?  The article goes on to talk about the advantages to carrying young on all fours, and the apparent conflict that scientists have over the advantages or disadvantages of upright bipedal motion.  If carrying young on all fours is more efficient, then why in the world would a blind, accidental process “select” for such an inferior mode of carrying young?

No – None of this explanation is necessary at all,  as long as one approaches this new find with a firm, a priori commitment to Darwinian macro evolution.  Remember, with Darwin, all things are possible, and no links or explanations are necessary, because it must have happened this way, or no way at all.  It just has to appear that way….er..  Isn’t that what Dawkins says about “stupid” people who think life was designed?

The back changes appear to have evolved to overcome the cost of walking on two feet, said Harvard anthropology professor Daniel Lieberman.

The way that scientists talk about evolution sounds more and more like a seeing, intentional process – not a blind, accidental one.  Dawkins would probably cringe at the choice of words used by Katherine Whitcomb here, but then again it was Dawkins who began his famous polemic by stating that “Biology is the study of complicated things that give the appearance of having been designed for a purpose.”

Even the naturalists cannot seem to yank themselves free of from their constant encounters with “tinkering.”

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December 13, 2007 at 6:25 am

Returning From a Brief Hiatus – SelectedPete Moves Forward

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Hello reader – If you are here for the first time, I am also joining for the first time in several months.  I have been focusing on some other family needs of late (the ages of my children have now neatly lined up as 1,2,3 and yes,you guessed  – 4).  What a crazy fun time in our home right now – I try desperately to work in my little cube with various childrens’ songs cavorting and leaping through my mind – Sometimes I play a little game and I try to briefly replace them with other equally annoying songs from the 60’s or television commercial themes, but The Wiggles Fruit Salad always seems to win handily in the end.

I have been taking some time to really dig into some apologetics subjects this summer via our church study groups and via other resources.  Areas such as Relativism and Evolution have been fascinating.  I intend to get back to the business of blogging my thoughts and encounters, and I will plan to steer SelectedPete more towards a discussion of worldviews.  I have mentioned worldview here before, but I intend to dig a little deeper into this fascinating study of the filters and lenses through which each of us sees and interacts with, the universe around us.

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November 4, 2007 at 4:33 pm

Flying The Friendly Skies? First, You Must Atone…

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EasyJet slams snake oil sellers in offset market and goes it alone

This offset nonsense promises to be the next “Oil For Food” debacle, but on a much grander scale.  It is going to be fun to watch the frivolities that ensue as the UN and folks like Sheryl Crow scramble to create their own equivalent of the “Green Vatican.”   I am picturing a large, minty green-hatted Bill Clinton or Al Gore sitting on a matching green  throne at the UN in the near future.  Airlines, energy providers and limo drivers will be kissing his hand and leaving their offsets at his feet….

Over the top you say?  Just wait and behold.

developing…

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April 30, 2007 at 3:22 pm