Saturday, August 13, 2005

Codemorse Is An Average Joe

My Dukes of Hazzard review has been posted at The Average Joes Net, courtesy of Mr. Joe Lavers.

To keep replication to a minimum, I'll be striking the review off of Codemorse. If you'd like to read it click HERE.

Tune in to The Average Joes site soon for my newly-minted weekly film column. I'm stoked as anything to have the additional outlet, and I'll be putting my brain to the grindstone and my eyes on the video store bargain bins for overlooked-gems, forgotten films, and movies that have been unjustifiably written off.

Thursday, August 11, 2005

Liberality: The Interview...COMING SOON!

When Mike Mackey's "Liberality For All" comic was announced a few weeks ago, it caused quite the stir around the internet community. What no one seems to have done is talk to the man himself. So, I got in touch with him.

Mike Mackey was kind enough to give me his time and answer questions I had about his book, his beliefs, and politics in general. I'll be running Part I of that interview here, probably some time Friday. Part II will run over at where you'll be able to read some of my film reviews in the near future.

I don't usually try to promote, being happy to have the loyal readers that I do, along with the lovely people who stumble over me. But this interview is going to be good. It's an interesting conversation, and a wild and near-surreal book that Mackey's created.

So, if you do read this page and would like to tell some people about the interview, I encourage you to do so. I'm considering awarding some sort of prize (Bigger than the famed Marvel "no-prize," yet smaller than, say, a Buick) to the person who makes the biggest effort to help me publicize this thing.

Maybe I'll construct a life-size sculpture out of the winner, made of macaroni.

Go here to read more about Liberality.

Some More Thoughts On "Intelligent Design." Or, "Darwin, Schmarwin! I Said More Ham!"

It occurs to me that I may not have been entirely clear in my post on Time's new story "The Evolution Wars."

I'm a Christian, myself, and I believe that evolution and God are concepts that can peacefully co-exist. But I'm also aware that evolution is a theory, and that people have issue with what they see as "holes" in that theory.

I have no difficulty in, as Republican Rick Santorum would say, "teaching the holes in evolution." Critical thought about the theory and any shortcomings it may have is important and should never be discouraged.

What I do have a serious problem with is the violation of Church and State. There is, and should be, no government religion. And the "Intelligent Design" proponents who are speaking loudest do not simply wish to forward the notion of "some" higher power or intelligent being responsible for the creation of certain traits and physical characteristics. They want to forward the idea of the Christian God as creator and shaper. The U.S. Government should not force that sort of teaching on anyone.

"Intelligent Design" as proposed is lacking in hard evidence and based upon a significantly judeo-christian view of life. As such, it is a topic suited for Sunday School, Religion class, or Theological study. It is not a topic suitable for teaching in science class in its current incarnation.

Tuesday, August 09, 2005

Sunday! (sunday...sunday)


"Justice Sunday II" (Sequel to the apparently-successful Justice Sunday I), is a meeting of conservative religious types to rally over "how activist judges subvert the family, undermine religious freedom and threaten our nation's future."

The whole Justice Sunday event is being promoted like some bizarre WWE match. On their website you can pre-order the Justice Sunday II DVD (Now with more Justice!), download a commercial or an advertising flyer, and read absolutely nothing about the group, their idea(l)s, or their politics. I mean nothing. Isn't that kind of strange?

We do know that the event is being sponsored by the Family Research Council. A quick glance at their website reveals this glittering gem:

Last week it was reported in an LA Times op-ed that Sen. Richard
Durbin (D-Ill) asked Judge John Roberts last week "what he would do if the law
required a ruling that his church considers immoral."FRC Pres. Tony Perkins
responds: "Sen. Durbin's questioning is clearly an attempt to place Judge
Roberts in the position of choosing between his faith and the law."

Well, yeah. Gold star to Tony Perkins.
Clearly, Sen. Durbin is attempting to see if Roberts would uphold the law, even in the face of personal disagreement with that law. It strikes me that this ability might be a desirable characteristic in a judge. Perhaps such an ability would enable Roberts to impartially interpret and apply a set of given laws, rather than apply his own chosen law.

I think it's safe to say that Justice Sunday II is going to consist of a lot of that kind of stuff. Lots of pounding the pulpit as men tell their already-converted audiences how the secular world is stealing their souls like the Cherokee Indians at a Kodak convention.

I'm going to watch this just for fun. Maybe make a drinking game out of it.

-One shot for every time someone mentions the evils of evolution.
-One sip every time Zell Miller makes a bizarre/inappropriate remark.
-Two sips every time the camera jumps to: a flag, a homemade sign, or someone crying and/or shaking in rage.
-Two shots for obligatory shout out to Jesus before any song performed.

Damn. I'm gonna be drunk.

Monday, August 08, 2005

The Evolution Wars

Sometime in the late fall, unless a federal court intervenes, ninth-graders at the public high school in rural Dover, Pa., will witness an unusual scene in biology class. The superintendent of schools, Richard Nilsen, will enter the classroom to read a three-paragraph statement mandated by the local school board as a cautionary preamble to the study of evolution. It reads, in part:

Because Darwin's theory is a theory, it is still being tested as new evidence is discovered. The theory is not a fact.

Insanity. Here's a compromise for all those "Intelligent Design" proponents out there. You can teach this stuff in our schools if I can come to Sunday School and teach your kids about evolution.