I think so, Brain … but if we switched to Bosnian, today would be a day ending in –k.
This is the year for the next round of Brood X cicadas in the DC area. They’re not exactly a genuine plague of locusts, but are they a warning of things to come if Congress and the Administration continue on their present path?
NGC 6814 is an intermediate spiral galaxy with a very bright central core. It is located about 75 million light years from Earth in constellation Aquila and is about 85,000 light years across.
Image Credit: NASA / ESA
Today is the sixth anniversary of my first Qapla’ post.
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The Kimberlin v. Hoge peace order petition was denied.
Brett Kimberlin was not allowed to testify. He was also not allowed to represent his daughter.
UPDATE—Aaron Walker was present during this morning’s trial and has his report of it here.
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Kimberlin wasn’t allowed to testify because at the time Maryland was the last remaining state to ban testimony by convicted perjurers. The state senator representing the district in which Kimberlin lives subsequently introduced legislation repealing the ban. After it passed, Kimberlin discovered that he could no longer avoid being cross examined in court.
More tears are shed over answered prayers than unanswered ones.
On Monday, I put up a post about getting The Right Answer from the Wrong Argument. I received this comment in a email from one of the Gentle Readers named Mary Pat Campbell, and I believe it’s worth sharing:
I am happy that you address what Stacy wrote. I have the same perspective as you, being a run-of-the-mill Catholic. My own degrees are in math & physics, and I loved quantum mechanics… and some asked me how I could reconcile that with being a believing Catholic. My response: who am I to tell God how to order the universe?
We were given reason to figure out how God has ordered creation, not to make aesthetic critiques of those choices.
Separately, I do find it grimly amusing that those who take the (translated) words of Genesis literally usually don’t do the same thing when considering Jesus saying “This is my body”.
Ms. Campbell and I most likely have different understandings of what Jesus meant when He said, “This is my body,” but I bet we both are thankful that God is doing something wonderful for us in ways we can’t completely understand.
I think so, Brain … but couldn’t you describe Curious George as a chimp off the old block?
Charles C. W. Cooke has a good summary post up at NRO that explains why the conspiracy theories being spun by Rebekah Jones are bunk. More people are starting to catch on to her scam.
Eventually, though, her luck is going to run out. And when it does, no amount of flailing or distraction is going to prevent the bills from coming due.
Yep. It may take a while, but everything is proceeding as I have foreseen.
Video Credit: Deep Sky Videos
Team Kimberlin’s pro se litigation has been full of amazingly stupid court filings. The one featured in this I’m Not Making This Up, You Know from six years ago was one of the most foolish.
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The Cabin Boy™ says that he put this in the mail to the Circuit Court today. I hope so.
The embedded material is the document The Dreaded Pro-Se Schmalfeldt posted on Scribd. I don’t plan to make any public comment on it until I finish laughing.
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The highlighting is in Schmalfeldt’s original post on Scribd. The Gentle Reader can see why The Dreaded Pro-Se Schmalfeldt was renamed The Dreadful Pro-Se Schmalfeldt.
Only the skilled can judge the skilfulness, but that is not the same as judging the value of the result.
—C. S. Lewis
I think so, Brain … but so many dialogues are good monologues ruined by interruptions.
Liz Cheney has been voted out of her position as House Republican Conference Chair.
Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen.
Video Credit: NASA
This episode of Yours Truly, Johnny Atsign first ran seven years ago today.
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SOUND: Skype rings once.
JOHNNY: Johnny Atsign.
PRO BONO: (Telephone Filter) Good afternoon, Johnny.
JOHNNY: Hi! What’s up?
PRO BONO: (Telephone Filter) We’re putting the finishing touches on our discovery to The Bomber. That background material you’ve dug up has been helpful in framing some of the questions, but I’d like you to take a look to make sure we’re not misinterpreting or forgetting anything.
JOHNNY: Sounds like fun.
BOB BAILEY: (Telephone Filter) Can you be here tomorrow morning, say around 10?
JOHNNY: See you then.
MUSIC: Theme up and under.
ANNOUNCER: The Lickspittle Broadcasting System presents W. J. J. Hoge in the transcribed adventures of the man with the action-packed Twitter account, America’s fabulous free-lance Internet investigator …
JOHNNY: Yours Truly, Johnny Atsign! Continue reading
No power can maintain itself if only hypocrites represent it.
I think so, Brain … but avocado Kool-Aid?
My podcasting partner Stacy McCain has a post up at The Other McCain titled
Of Course, Evolution Is Racist. I believe his concluding paragraph is absolutely correct.
God rules the universe, all men will be judged by Him, and “there is no respect of persons with God.” The high and the low, the rich and the poor, men of every race and tongue — all shall acknowledge God’s authority at the final day. Never doubt that for a minute. Selah.
However, much of his post is simply wrong, based on a lack of understanding of Darwin, Nietzsche, and Genesis, compounded by a century-and-a-half of pseudoscientific and pseudotheological spin.
Properly understood, evolutionary biology does not address the existence or non-existence of God. As I show in the essays found under the Science and the Bible tab in the Menu above, nothing in the Hebrew text of Genesis limits how God exercised his power creating the Universe. Moreover, what we know from Science is fully compatible with what is revealed in the Bible. There’s no reason to be drawn into a false contest between two strawmen, one created to attack religious faith and the other created to defend a particular limited understanding of the Bible.
Indeed, being wrong about the commonly understood facts of the natural world tarnishes one’s credibility. As Augustine wrote,
If they hear a Christian embracing error in a thing that they know well, and hear him defend in the same way our Scriptures, how will they believe those books concerning the resurrection of the dead, the hope of life eternal, and the kingdom of heaven, when they believe they are full of lies about facts they themselves have learned from experience and the light of reason?
Here are some snippets from those essays.
I’m not a scientist or a theologian. I’m an engineer. In practicing my profession, I’m often presented with a problem that is too complex to be solved all at once. When this happens, my usual approach is to try to break the problem in to smaller chunks and to go after each simpler piece using what I know about the basic laws of Physics. These first principles include such things as Newton’s Laws of Motion or the Laws of Thermodynamics. It should not be surprising that I would take a similar approach to my understanding of how what we know of God from the Bible squares with what we know of God from the fingerprints He has left on His handiwork in creation.
What are the first principles that apply to this inquiry?
The very first principle is a belief in the existence of God and an understanding that He tells the truth. I’ll take that as a given for this work. If I’ve lost you at this point, let me suggest that you leave this post now and pick up a copy of a book such as C. S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity instead.
If you’re still with me, the next of these first principles is that, if God is who He says He is, then we ought to pay close attention to what He tells us—both the explicit things He tells us in the Bible and the implicit things we learn from our knowledge of the natural world.
The third of these first principles is that we will ask questions only where we can expect valid answers. When we want answers concerning the general history of the universe or the laws of its mundane behavior, we will go to Science, but there are things for which Science cannot have an answer. In A Brief History of Time, Stephen Hawking asks
What is it that breathes fire into the equations and makes a universe for them to describe? The usual approach of science of constructing a mathematical model cannot answer the question of why there should be a universe for the model to describe. Why does the universe go to all the bother of existing?
Science is about how; religion is about why. Thus, if we wish to know about God’s governance of the universe or His relationship with man, we will look first to the explicit statements of the Scriptures.
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The scientific evidence for common descent is quite strong. Indeed, over the last century or so, no other hypothesis has been able to account scientifically for the unity and diversity of life on earth. Common descent has been verified so extensively that it is the currently accepted scientific “fact.” The common descent hypothesis makes predictions that have been confirmed not only in genomics and molecular biology but also in other areas such as paleontology and anthropology. No significant contradictory physical evidence has been found. Competing proposals either have been contradicted by the evidence or are not testable using the scientific method. No other scientific explanation competes with common descent.
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No serious biologist doubts the theory of evolution is the best explanation we have thus far for the complexity and diversity of life on earth. Given the genetic relatedness of all known organisms, it is hard to imagine how one would go about understanding biology without the foundation that evolution provides. Oh, one could do what was once called natural history and classify living things in various ways, but one could not engage in modern biology.
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Notice also that God commanded that the earth and the waters “bring forth” the living things He created. The text doesn’t say how, it just says that God commanded and that it was so. Thus, when I look at what Scripture really says and the evidence of God’s handiwork in creation, I am led to believe that He was wise enough to create a universe that would use the natural processes He provided from the beginning to work its way toward producing the creatures God wanted. Of course, God may have created each species or group of species separately, but there is nothing in Genesis that requires us to say that God used any particular means other than His commands for the universe to be as He willed. But His fingerprints seem to be on one particular method—evolution through natural selection.
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I wrote in the Introduction that Science and Theology are both attempts to learn true things, but they usually use very different methods. As we’ve gone down the Science-side of the street, we’ve looked at what Science and the Bible have to say of about the origin of space and time. We’ve considered the spectrum of beliefs about the origins of the universe, the Earth, life, and man, and the nature of time and its relationship to God. We examined what our own DNA and the Bible reveal about the origin and nature of man, and at what physics, geology, chemistry, biology, and Genesis tell us about how the earth got to be like it is today. We looked at how astronomy reinforces the New Testament’s record of the life of Christ.
On the Bible-side we’ve seen how the truth of the Scriptures can inform our interpretation of Science. Science and the Bible are not to opposing ways of looking at the world. They are complementary ways of understanding different slices of God’s truth.
A God Who can say “Let there be …” and have things of unimaginable complexity happen is an awesome God. I hope that you leave this series of posts with a deeper sense of awe of the Almighty.
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One more thing … Evolution isn’t racist, but many so-called Social Darwinists used it as a false foundation for their racism just as some religious folks tried to use various misinterpretations of the Bible to support their racism.
UPDATE—There really isn’t a philosophical connection between Darwin and Nietzsche. In fact, Nietzsche was dismissive of Darwin. He wrote this in Beyond Good and Evil—
There are truths best perceived by mediocre minds, because they are most suited to them; there are truths that have charms and seductive powers only for mediocre spirits: we are being forced just now to embrace this perhaps unpleasant tenet, ever since the spirit of respectable, but mediocre Englishmen (I am thinking of Darwin, John Stuart Mill, and Herbert Spencer) has begun to gain the upper hand in the middle region of European taste.
Nietzsche’s posthumous Writings from the Late Notebooks contains this—
What surprises me most when surveying the great destinies of man is always seeing before me the opposite of what Darwin and his school see or want to see today: selection in favor of the stronger, in favor of those who have come off better, the progress of the species. The very opposite is quite palpably the case: the elimination of the strokes of luck, the uselessness of the better-constituted types, the inevitable domination achieved by the average, even below-average types.
Nietzsche didn’t see how Darwin’s views lead to the Übernensch. The imagined connection between Darwin and Nietzsche comes from the writings of late 19th- and early 20th-century pundits who had no real understanding of either the Englishman’s or the German’s work.
Video Credit: NASA
One of the theories suggested to explain the mind-bogglingly incompetent performance of Team Kimberlin is that the members suffer from delusions of adequacy. The TKPOTD from six years ago today provides some support to that theory.
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I’m not making this up, you know. It appears that the reason I did not received service of William Ferguson’s motion to dismiss in the Hoge v. Kimberlin, et al. lawsuit is that he only served it on himself.
Pro Tip for Pro Ses—All motions, oppositions, and replies are supposed to served on all parties who have appeared in the case.
I had a messenger pick up a copy of his motion from the courthouse today, and after I finish laughing, I’ll write an opposition to file. For now, the Gentle Reader may safely assume that the motion is as well thought out as the certificate of service. I’ll publish his motion and my opposition together.
Oh, one more thing …
Ferguson tweeted on 23 April wondering when I would respond to his motion to dismiss.
His motion is dated 12 April, but the certificate of service is dated 28 April, and the motion was entered on the docket on 6 May.
Stay tuned because the mockery will continue.
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Indeed, it continues.
Why is it, every time something terrible happens, everyone tells you the worst thing that ever happened to them, as though that makes it easier?
I think so, Brain … I can understand the potential marketing appeal, but could we get regulatory approval for thorium hammers?
Video Credit: Sixty Symbols
While scrolling through the empr dot media home page, I found this in the Discover Ukraine with EMPR section—A bit more poking around on the Internet turned up this information about the recording—
Produced and arranged by Vasyl Tkach/Brett Kimberlin
Mixed by Michael Brauer
Mastered by Joe LaPorta at Sterling Sound
Studio Engineers Steve Sachse, Oleksandr Sadovets
Piano Serge (Sergiy) Krutsenko
Electric Guitar Vitaly Rustamov
Organ Brian Simms
Acoustic Guitar Brett Kimberlin
Production Director Andrii Samerkhanov