Apr. 15th, 2008

...sigh...

Apr. 15th, 2008 10:27 am
acroyear: (sigh)
Jim Hill : Remembering Ollie Johnston (1912 - 2008):
And today word came out of Sequim, WA. that Ollie Johnston -- the last of Walt's Nine Old Men -- had passed away.
acroyear: (fof good book)
Lord, lord, lord. Protect me from knowing what I don't need to know. Protect me from even knowing that there are things to know that I don't know. Protect me from knowing that I decided not to know about the things that I decided not to know about. Amen.

(with a coda)

Lord, lord, lord. Protect me from the consequences of the above prayer. Amen.

-- DNA
acroyear: (fof good book)
Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed (2008) - Movie Details - Yahoo! Movies:
Though Ben Stein may be best known as the droning teacher in FERRIS BUELLER'S DAY OFF or for hosting an eponymous game show, he displays his own intellectual prowess in this documentary. EXPELLED: NO INTELLIGENCE ALLOWED finds Stein investigating the snubbing of scientists and teachers who teach the theory of intelligent design. Stein, a former presidential speech writer, goes toe to toe with Darwin's biggest fans, including THE GOD DELUSION author Richard Dawkins, in an effort to expose the widespread prejudice against those who believe in God's role in creation.
Last I checked, ID is supposed to be "science". We're not supposed to know who the designer is ('cause if we admitted we thought it was God, it would therefore become creationism, thus religion, thus kicked out of public schools in accordance with the Edwards case), right?

So even if it succeeds in getting public sympathy for "the cause", it may backfire to create a thousand Dovers, because every Judge will know up front and be forced to acknowledge that which Judge Jones discovered after six weeks of creationists lies and missteps.

Still, it'll save a lot of time this way, because with the film and its marketing as evidence, combined with the Dover decision (not binding precedent, but still influential and admissable), more courts can just throw the ID program out of their counties on summary judgements rather than full trials.

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