I'm from Missouri

This site is named for the famous statement of US Congressman Willard Duncan Vandiver from Missouri : "I`m from Missouri -- you'll have to show me." This site is dedicated to skepticism of official dogma in all subjects. Just-so stories are not accepted here. This is a site where controversial subjects such as evolution theory and the Holocaust may be freely debated.

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My biggest motivation for creating my own blogs was to avoid the arbitrary censorship practiced by other blogs and various other Internet forums. Censorship will be avoided in my blogs -- there will be no deletion of comments, no closing of comment threads, no holding up of comments for moderation, and no commenter registration hassles. Comments containing nothing but insults and/or ad hominem attacks are discouraged. My non-response to a particular comment should not be interpreted as agreement, approval, or inability to answer.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Second anniversary of "I'm from Missouri"

This blog's first real article was posted on April 15, 2006. A "test post" was posted on April 14, 2006. Since then, over 700 articles have been posted on this blog.

As the headline says, one of the main original purposes of this blog was to help me avoid the arbitrary censorship practiced on blogs and other websites. However, avoiding that censorship has often been of limited value because of the very small readership of this blog in comparison to much bigger blogs that practice arbitrary censorship.

I have also found that a blog is very useful for purposes other than just avoiding arbitrary censorship. For example, instead of spending a lot of time writing long articles that clutter up comment threads on other websites, you can just post links to articles on your blog! And by posting links to your blog, you can exceed word limits for comments on other websites. A blog is also a great aid in retrieving your past writings and in doing research -- the post labels have been particularly helpful in this regard. A blog is worth having even if you write articles only infrequently.

13 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is a link to a 13 installment essay I just completed called the Age of Denial. It begins on # 63 I believe.

Enjoy.

http://john.a.davison.free.fr/?p=17#comment-495

"A past evolution is undeniable, a present evolution undemonstrable."
John A. Davison

Tuesday, April 15, 2008 7:38:00 AM  
Blogger William Wallace said...

Congratulations Larry. Keep it up. Next post should be on co-evolution, I'd be interested in reading your take on the subject.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008 7:48:00 AM  
Anonymous Voice in the Urbanness said...

> As the headline says, one of the main original purposes of this blog was to help me avoid the arbitrary censorship practiced on blogs and other websites. <

Unfortunately you felt that the lack of arbitrary censorship should only apply to your own posts.

You have been challenged repeatedly to show examples of arbitrary censorship on other blogs. You always point out cases where you were banned for cause.

> However, avoiding that censorship has often been of limited value because of the very small readership of this blog <

Perhaps if you would follow another of the things mentioned in your header, "Comments containing nothing but insults and/or ad hominem attacks are discouraged." You seem to be the Number 1 practicioner of such comments both on this blog and others which is usually the reason that you have been banned for cause on those blogs, despite your phony claims of "arbitrary censorship".

Tuesday, April 15, 2008 8:25:00 AM  
Anonymous Linus said...

We know that you are unhappy about the amount of attention that your blog gets. Perhaps if you cleaned it up a bit, you might get more than just the handful of regular readers who are mostly in the schadenfreude crowd and enjoy watching you make a fool of youreself.

1. Knock off the gratuitous insults "Fathead Ed", "Sleezy PZ", "Jackass Jones", "Wikedpedia". They only show that you can't compete with these people with facts and logic.

2. Don't get your vocabulary from the kindergarten, dunghill.

3. Repetition is not proof. If one of your points is shot down, repeating it only shows the poverty of your argument.

4. If you can't answer an argument, don't pretend that it has not been made.

5. When you have been totally humiliated, don't claim victory.

If you take some of these suggestions you might find that your blog would no longer be considered crappy. Of course you would have to do a great deal more to make it notable.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008 9:30:00 AM  
Blogger Jim Sherwood said...

Congratulations on your second anniversary, Larry! Perhaps I should publish:

A BRIEF HISTORY OF HERESY
From Fred Hoyle to Larry Fafarman:

So listen, our Darwinists: you shall hear
A story to stir your mightiest fear!
In the 70's arose a "ghastly plot,"
Old Hoyle did speak, and Grasse, and a lot:

Said Grasse, "A pseudoscience has come
From Darwin! These daydreams are totally numb."
And Hoyle: "We find no credible sign
Of life except by mindful design!"

Then Denton delivered a blow to that "saint,"
Old Darwin (whose theory's less sound than it's quaint,)
And Behe observed that life's so complex
That chance and selection run into checks:

What's "irreducible," selection can't do
So easily, comes the growing view,
For biochemistry finds such things
In life, complexities running in rings.

Then Johnson: "The notions that underlie
This Darwinist view are a very far cry
From science, which needs objective tests,
Not naturalist dogma, on which this rests."

And Dembski: "By math and by logic we show
That life by design is validly so."
Then Berlinski hammered the table hard:
"We must be skeptics in Darwin's regard!"

O'Leary added, "History shows,
Wherever we look, the issue grows:
It's perfectly clear, we must define
A rising debate: BY CHANCE OR DESIGN?"

Our ignorant paranoids chanted a cry:
"Creationists coming! Theocracy's nigh!"
And so "Ruling Jones" whipped out a whip
To herd all the kids, lest Darwin should slip!

But Larry noted that Jones isn't cool:
He's a goofy ruler with scarcely a rule
To guide his blunder, his folly and flaw
As he ignores fact and disregards law;

He preaches his doctrine, he prances and cries
On the lecture circuit in legal disguise;
He'd come to your town, and ruin your school:
It's lucky that Larry has proved he's a fool!

Tuesday, April 15, 2008 4:00:00 PM  
Blogger Larry Fafarman said...

Nice poetry, Jim, and thanks for the compliments!

I'm archiving it under the post label "Limericks & other poetry." It is under the post "Outhouse wall for outhouse poets."

Tuesday, April 15, 2008 5:24:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This blog's first real article...

This blog's first real article has yet to be posted, but none of us are holding our breath.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008 6:05:00 PM  
Anonymous Hector said...

>It's lucky that Larry has proved he's a fool!<

At last something we can all agree on. Larry has definitely proved that he is a fool.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008 7:13:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If Larry wants to present my essay he has my blessing. If you can't deal with links, go to my weblog, to the Predictiosn thread and you will find the essay beginning on #63.

As for Darwinism, it never had anything to do with the emergence of any life form. All that Natural Selection ever did was to preserve the species for as long as possible. The whole of phylogeny consisted of a series of instantaneous events which declined in frequency with time and are no longer in progress.

"Science commits suicide when she adopts a creed."

Darwinism is the slowest, yet most certain form of intellectual suicide ever conceved by an overactive, congenitally impaired human imagination.

"A past evolution is undeniable, a present evolution undemonstrable."

ENJOY

john.a.davison.free.fr/

Tuesday, April 15, 2008 8:53:00 PM  
Anonymous Bhombol said...

Congratulations. You help others think.

Sunday, April 20, 2008 11:54:00 AM  
Blogger Larry Fafarman said...

>>>>> Congratulations. You help others think. <<<<<

Well, thank you -- that is one of the best compliments I have ever gotten on this blog.

Sunday, April 20, 2008 7:36:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought Rhombol was referring to me!

John A. Davison

Tuesday, April 22, 2008 11:43:00 AM  
Blogger Larry Fafarman said...

>>>> I thought Rhombol was referring to me!

John A. Davison <<<<<

Well, I thought "congratulations" was congratulating me for the second anniversary of this blog, so I thought he was referring to me.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008 7:06:00 AM  

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