… but you just can’t take Conservapedia out of the thug.
I’m referring, of course, to one Terry Hurlbut – he of the amusing surname and batshit insane blog, “Conservative News and Views.” Although he is still an administrator on racist bigot Andrew Schlafly’s little right wing hate blog, Conservapedia, these days Terry only uses it to link-spam articles on his own little site.
I’ve mentioned Terry several times already, probably giving his outpourings far too much credibility. However, his mixture of creationist bullshit, mixed with raging paranoia, terminal stupidity, pathological lying and conspiracy theorist rantings, do make him somewhat attractive. In an “Ooh yes! Root canal work! Awesome!” kind of way.
Needless to say, Terry is big on the Great Flood as the answer to everything, and is quite happy to shoehorn his bizarre beliefs on to anything, just to prove the Flood happened, be it fossilised whales on a beach or the presence of radioactive elements in the crust. Terry also has the somewhat disconcerting habit of latching slavishly onto anybody that appears to support his bizarre worldview. We saw this first with Andrew Schlafly, in whom Terry can see no wrong and follows around like a little puppy, as seen by his joining Andy in the Colbert Report studios. Even former Conservapedians (one of whom was dating Andy’s daughter at the time) describe Terry as “creepy.”
The latest focus of Terry’s devotion is one Walt Brown, and ex-military man, with a Ph.D in mechanical science, who’s written a book about the hydroplate theory. Put in a nutshell, this theory expounds that the great flood occurred when vast subterranean oceans broke through the Earth’s crust at high pressure and temperature, rising into the atmosphere – and in some cases escaping it, forming the craters on the Moon and comets and water on Mars, etc… yes, I know… – before falling back to Earth as loads of rain. Coupled with massive earthquakes, which would have turned the Earth into one giant nuclear reactor, the vast amount of steam and heat generated by these geysers (not to mention the shock-waves… and that’s before the magnitude 13 earthquakes) would have had the effect of essentially sterilising the Earth for once and for all. Especially when the heat from Terry’s fanciful reactor would be enough to melt to crust at the same time…
The fact that we’re all still here is a problem they happily ignore.
Now Brown (and thus by default Terry) is quote happy to debate his theory with anybody. I’ve tried pointing out on Terry’s blog that debating random people on the internet is not the way to put forward a “scientific” (I use the word in its broadest possible context) theory, but rather that Brown should submit his paper for peer review. Needless to say, said comments were “moderated” out of existence. You see, in Terry’s world, the fact that Brown’s paper would be met by a global cry of “WTF?!” is not a sign that the theory is terminally flawed, but rather that there’s some widespread conspiracy by atheistic science to downplay the fact that he Flood ever happened. And for them it’s far more satisfying to play the victim.
Now, as useless as a debate is, somebody did take Brown up on his offer… and this is where things got a little wonky. Of course, this isn’t the first time we’ve seen a fundie run for cover when their debate challenge has been met. Ken Demyer is a prime example – saying he would be too busy for a variable and ever-changing period of time, when his ridiculous demands for a debate were accepted. However, with Brown and Terry dribbling after him, things took a decidedly more creepy turn.
You see, Brown demanded some sort of verification of identity from his challenger, who we’ll call Mason. All well and fine… except that Brown went on to share all this information with Terry Hurlbut, who then went on to paste it all over his blog, as well as on Conservapedia. Now, we all expect Hurlbut to act like a prize dick, but it’s certainly not the behaviour one would expect from somebody like Brown, who wants to portray something akin to a professional appearance, if he wants people to debate him. Hurlbut defended Brown (surprise, surprise!) by saying that Brown has the right to do whatever he likes with e-mails he receives. However, it is such a monumental breach of trust and faith, that it has (hopefully!) scuppered any chance that Brown had of interacting with anybody else.
He has shown himself to have the integrity and scruples of an incontinent poodle on a croquet lawn. Not to mention he’s as full of shit. We already know Hurlbut to be a lying sack of shit, so Brown is in good company, it seems.
However, the real shit-head in all of this has to be Hurlbut, who just couldn’t keep his nose out of the situation, and still knows how to do the CP sysop jackboot shuffle. Any protests that Mason made on Hurlbut’s blog were handily vaporised, with the only point of view expressed being Hurlbut’s. When Mason objected to Hurlbut posting links to the discussion and his personal info on Conservapedia, Hurlbut referred to him as a “troll” – in true CP fashion – handily ignoring the fact that Conservapedia is run by rabid fuckheads like Brian “I’ll phone your boss” Macdonald, John “ooh, I got guns” Patti and Ken “Gibbering basement dweller” Demyer. Any one of these cretins could easily make use of such knowledge to harm somebody they see as the “enemy.”
Of course, it’s just as likely that there never was any plan to debate – especially when there’s a good chance Brown’s theory could be torn apart. I assume this is why he didn’t agree to a face-to-face, or a live, debate, but rather a recorded telephone debate, which means that he could just Gish Gallop his crap and not have to face being refuted. However, this way, by tag-teaming with Hurlbut to scare off any challengers, they’ll no doubt be crowing about how “evolutionists run away from debate.”
Here’s a thought Terry – get on your knees and be thankful that we give you any attention at all. Nobody else does, certainly not your supposed target market. Then again, we only watch you to see what new insanity you’ll post, in what new way you’ll act like the massive dick you are, and in what new way you’ll throw away the last dregs of your integrity.