Saturday, September 17, 2011

Party WoW

WoW - the Watchers Council - it's the oldest, longest running cyber comte d'guere ensembe in existence - an eclective collective of cats both cruel and benign with their ability to put steel on target (figuratively - natch) on a wide variety of topictry across American, Allied, Frenemy and Enemy concerns, memes, delights and discourse.

Every week these cats hook up each other with hot hits and big phazed cookies to peruse and then vote on their individual fancy catchers.

And now - without further adieu or a don't 

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

SSee you next week! Facebook and Twitter...cause it's a party!


Winston said...

let's partay.......

Creationism wins in CA?!?! said...

By: Staff
Discovery Institute
August 29, 2011

LOS ANGELES – The state-run California Science Center (CSC) has paid
$110,000 to settle a lawsuit by American Freedom Alliance (AFA)
against CSC for violating AFA’s First Amendment free speech rights to
advocate intelligent design (ID). As part of the settlement, the CSC
also has invited AFA to present the ID event it previously cancelled.

CSC rented its IMAX theater to AFA to show Darwin’s Dilemma, a science
documentary advocating ID. However, when CSC learned the film would
portray ID favorably, CSC cancelled AFA’s event. AFA filed suit in
California Superior Court alleging viewpoint discrimination and breach
of contract.

“This is an historic victory for the ID movement,” said Casey Luskin,
an attorney and policy analyst with Discovery Institute’s Center for
Science & Culture. “The First Amendment forbids government preference
for one viewpoint over another, yet evidence disclosed in this case
shows the CSC, Smithsonian Institution, and the Natural History Museum
of Los Angeles County attempted to stifle dissent from Darwinism. The
result was illegal state-sponsored suppression of protected speech.”

AFA was represented by William J. Becker, Jr. of The Becker Law Firm,
who was supported in the case by the Rutherford Institute. The case
number is BC 423687.

“This is the first free speech case for the ID movement, and its first
victory in that field,” said Becker. “This settlement represents an
acknowledgement that a state-owned science institution sought to
censor an event solely because it related to ID. It’s a vindication
for ID, and First Amendment guarantees of free speech.”

This case reflects the ongoing trend of discrimination against
intelligent design. In January, the University of Kentucky paid over
$100,000 to settle astronomer Martin Gaskell’s claim that he was
wrongfully denied employment for doubting Darwinism. Soon thereafter,
Applied Mathematics Letters paid thousands of dollars and publicly
apologized to avoid litigation after it wrongfully withdrew
mathematician Granville Sewell’s paper critiquing neo-Darwinism.

“Although Discovery Institute did not host the event, and was not a
party to this lawsuit, we were dragged into the case when CSC sought
to compel disclosure of thousands of pages of internal documents,”
said Joshua Youngkin, Discovery Institute’s Program Officer in Public
Policy and Legal Affairs. “This case warns bullies in the Darwin Lobby
there will be consequences for trying to suppress free speech on