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September 2008[edit]

2New research from Harvard suggests the "Bradley effect" might have disappeared in the last decade. John McCain's firewall might be in jeopardy.
310 Trillion Turkish Lira to anyone who can find an intermediate-form fossil! Of course, all you have to do is convince a crazy (muslim) creationist that what you have is an "intermediate-form" fossil, and then hope he doesn't change his definition of what one is. But we're sure he's honourable, just as we're sure he has 10 trillion Lira hidden under his mattress to give away. Coming soon: Rationalwiki's Pi Gazillion dollar challenge to prove there isn't a china teapot orbiting the sun.
1 Dayton area mosque attacked with "chemical irritant" 2 days after a "be afraid of those muslims... be very afraid" DVD goes out from the McCain camp Clarion Fund. [1]
5Here we go again, a Brunswick school board in North Carolina is seeking a way to teach creationism in the class room. Keep an eye out, we may have our next Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District.
7Give me some of that old time religion! Tony Alamo after being arrested for child sexual abuse charges: "In the Bible it happened. But girls today, I don't marry 'em if they want to at 14-15 years old. Because we won't do it, even though I believe it's OK."
4 More religious leaders willfully breaking the law. Will the IRS revoke their tax exempt status?
2Bring on the Neil Young jokes - world's oldest rocks found in Canada.
2Another naughty vicar (in Wales this time).
1Anglican archbishop John Sentamu condemns financial speculators as "bank robbers" - he should have looked more carefully at his own church.
1Financial crisis: McCain blinks
5Something is tugging at our universe from beyond our universe. Crazy stuff
2Hey all you bible thumpers out there, starve yourself for forty days! If you do, God will be happy and will prevent a minorty from gaining equal rights.
2Many may find socialistic tendencies in Google's 10100 project. You're only supposed to help those with wealth and power to get more wealth and power.
0The spirit of Schlaflyism is alive and well in Manchester apparently.
3Fresh from investigating the vandalism on Conservapedia, the FBI turns it sights to Wall Street
3News Hounds -- "We watch FOX so you don't have to." Too much content here to single out just one entry.
2Wonder of wonders! MSN not only posted their own article about voter caging, they linked to it on their home page.
2Now we've seen everything, an honourable business man. Still, $22 million for four months work, that had to be mighty tempting.
5This. Explains. Everything!
1The last two major US investment banks crumble into dust.
2A fine display of open Government; see section eight.
5Once again, a so called "Christian church" is exposed as a hotbed of pedophilia.
3Arch-Henchman Dick Cheney has been maneuvering to hide the actions of the Bush/Cheney Presidency from history, but a judge has overruled his attempt to wipe the slate clean.
4Ah, the new fall movie release schedule is out, where the fundies unveil their new censorship campaigns.
5Guess those close-minded scientists aren't the only ones to be fooled by a clever hoax
5The Southern Baptist Convention is censoring a religious magazine. Its crime? It dared to cover female preachers in a positive way. The bastards
3Now THIS is a church I could make time for on Sunday mornings.
3A Scientologist running for the Senate. Good luck with that.
5Conservatives frighten easily. We could have a lot of fun with this
2The "liberal" America media reports that Democratic candidates are avoiding Obama. Meanwhile, the British press reports that not only has the Palin!!! - (McCain) campaign peaked, but that Caribou Barbie's "strong anti-abortion views and withering put-downs of Mr Obama seem to have galvanized Democrats." Hmmm. Who to believe?
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Today it is... ahem *hack**cough*, Today, it be International Talk Like A Pirate Day for all piratical goodness. It be manditory to talk like a pirate, except if yee be conservative. Yarrgh.
2Forget about firearms. Buy yourself a defensive weapon of vacuum
6Have YOU voted at the PBS poll on whether Palin is fit to be VP?
4While the dumbasses neo-cons filibuster about the strength of the economy, others say that this is the worst financial crisis since the '30s.
8The Vatican says that evolution is compatible with the Bible, though wasn't going to apologize to Darwin.[2][3] In other news, a Vatican sponsored gathering about the evolution debate will not include any creationists or intelligent designers.[4]Jesuit Father Marc Leclerc, a philosophy professor at the Gregorian, told Catholic News Service Sept. 16 that organizers "wanted to create a conference that was strictly scientific" and that discussed rational philosophy and theology along with the latest scientific discoveries. He said arguments "that cannot be critically defined as being science, or philosophy or theology did not seem feasible to include in a dialogue at this level and, therefore, for this reason we did not think to invite" supporters of creationism and intelligent design.
6Lynn Forester de Rothschild, Hillary Clinton supporter, multinational coporate CEO, New York/London commuter, and wife of international banker - Sir Evelyn Rothschild, is supporting John McCain because she thinks Barack Obama is an "elitist".
3Michael Reiss resigns from The Royal Society after basically retelling its own official position on creationism.
3MSNBC story: "Alaska AG: Palin subpoenas won't be honored." But the real story may be that Attorney General Talis Colberg (a Palin appointee) said that state employees are being asked to choose between their respect for the Legislature and their loyalty to the governor.
3"Former congressional aide ruled unfit for trial." Why? Because "(a) psychiatrist called by prosecutors testified at a hearing on Monday that (the former aide) was unfit to stand trial as she had a delusional optimism about her chances of winning the case." I bet even George Orwell would be surprised by that.
4Not only did Al Gore invent the internet... John McCain created the BlackBerry!
3"Professor Michael Reiss has quit as director of education at the Royal Society following the controversy over his recent comments on creationism." bbc (see earlier WIGOW)
3I swear Grandpa I didn't toush your whiskey!
2Sharia law quietly moves into the UK. Actually, no it doesn't, but thanks for playing!
4Anglican Church admits it owes an apology to Darwin.
6The Institute of Creation research publishes article on Loch Ness Monster sighting!
4The Royal Society decides it time educators discussed with students why creationism has no merit.
7Even Karl Rove thinks McCain's 'Lipstick' ad was waaay out of line.
3Oh, uhm, right, yes, Sarah Palin didn't actually go to Iraq, no, now that you mention it, no, she, uhm, didn't. Sorry.
4Even The Pope of Capitalism disagrees with McCain's economic policy. Also, more edumacahsun puhleez
5My naked weapon of gun is out. Quarrel, I will back thee!
-1After Evo Morales accuses the U.S. ambassador of aiding violent protests in Bolivia and expells him, Hugo Chávez copycats the move in Venezuela.
2Scientists 1, Crazy nutjobs 1
4One for Genghis Kant: Goats working on city of Los Angeles project.
11Learn all about the Large Hadron Collider though the unlikely medium of rap.
4A jury considers global warming such a threat that it acquits coal-power protesters.
2Un-ethical oil officals? Now I have seen everything!
6McCain campaign's cheap shot ad, which linked two random comments that included the word 'lipstick' has an EPIC PHAIL as it included a Katie Couric quote, so CBS had the ad pulled for copyright violation.
7Scientists 1, Crazy nutjobs 0
6 Imprisoned goats given their freedom in Congo.
9So sick and wrong, I don't even know what to think. While mayor, Palin was aware of and endorsed charging rape victims for the "rape kit", an essential part of the investigation. [5] (Note: tracking down the original articles).
6Schlafly has it back to front, it's not atheism that gives kids mental problems.
0 Obama and McCain keep tradition alive by politicizing the anniversary of 9/11.
1Troy Davis' execution has been schedule for September 23rd, and his clemency hearing is on the 11th. Please help save him.
2What harm can a 14 year-old, a bot and 4 hours to kill do to a wiki? Find out here. It takes a while to load the 4000 changes
1Free market embarassing PHAIL.
1Perhaps Palin isn't utterly beloved by evangelicals after all?
6Obama answers the Science Debate questions. And McCain nominates a creationist.
4R.I.P.
-3And in local news: Molesting kids, not just for Catholics anymore. Who knew we had Mormons in the UK too?
3A study re-confirms that autism and the MMR vaccine are not linked, yet we always have to hear the opposing point of view.
7STOP THE PRESSES!!!!! The Republicans have been playing fast and loose with the truth during their convention. We at Rationalwiki are shocked.
0When the speech of a Vice-Presidential candidate is said to be "reminiscent of Ronald Reagan", that shouldn't be taken as a compliment. Apparently, these people believe it is.
2Ben Stein on Sarah Palin: "She scares me"
3Goats to play major role in upcoming Angolan election.
4Girls! Avoid the faux pas and stick to the recorder.
8As if an evangelical, anti-choice Republican VP candidate's daughter getting pregnant at 17 wasn't ironic enough, McCain and Palin each have opposed funding for teen-pregnancy programs. And they thought they'd have a hard time getting the media spotlight off of Palin...
-3Ron Paul's Rally for the Republic is being streamed live!
1And who said Americans couldn't stage a fucking protest?
2Unfortunately for the new evangelical Republican party Vice Presidential nominee, it seems abstinence education didn't help maintain her 17 year-old daughter's virginal sanctity. Incidentally, pro-lifers are lauding her for making the choice decision to keep the child.
1 Hurricane Gustav rains on the Republicans' parade. Poetic justice or meteorological omen? You decide.
8Just in time for the convention, machine-gun-wielding Police are barging into random houses and confiscating computers and cardboard, Link 1: Republicans Are Coming To Minneapolis…Quick! Hide The Bill of Rights! Link 2: The Police State comes to Minneapolis/St. Paul