Sunday, December 23, 2012

If You Hate the Westboro Baptist Church

First, you need to read about how the Westboro Baptist Church is really just a scam. Their whole angle isn't to hate-on gays and lesbians, it's to make money. They want to provoke people into doing something to them so that the WBC's lawyers can sue them for a lot of money.

Read this

Now that you know what they're really about, it's time to fuck their shit up:

There are several petitions on the White House Petitions website calling for WBC to be designated a hate group and/or for their tax-exempt status as a church to be revoked. Sign-up for an account on the site if you haven't already (it's free) and then sign all of the petitions. After you do that, share the links via Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, Google+ or whatever social media you use.

Investigate the IRS Tax-Exempt Status of the Westboro Baptist Church

Remove the Westboro Baptist Church's 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status, and make it retroactive.

Revoke the tax exempt status of the Westboro Baptist Church & re-classify Westboro Baptist Church as a hate group.

Legally recognize Westboro Baptist Church as a hate group.

Define the Westboro Baptist Church as a hate group due to promoting animosity against differing cultural demographics.

Kansas Department of Revenue: Revoke tax exemption for the Westboro Baptist Church

Westboro Baptist Church: Lose their tax exempt status.

The Obama Administration: Legally recognize Westboro Baptist Church as a hate group.

The Obama Administration: Legally recognize Westboro Baptist Church as a hate group

GoDaddy, Inc, Facebook, Inc, Twitter, Inc, Disable Social Networking and Domain accounts of Westboro Baptist Church

Connecticut Legislature: Please write and pass a bill that deters demonstrations at funerals.

Change or take down!: Take down the domain or change it!

I'll add more as they become available.

Duane Browning

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Things You Should Have While Night Cycling

When I worked at night, I needed to ride my bicycle to the job site and this meant riding along dark streets that weren't often as well-lit as I would have liked and alongside cars being driven by people who weren't as observant of cyclists as I would have preferred.

To increase my night-time visibility and hopefully decrease my chances of getting hit by a cars, I added a few things to my bike and gear (e.g. more reflectors, better lights, etc) and I must say that I survived every single ride without a scratch or a close-call.

I've decided to mention things that I use and some others I have found-out about since then.

Safety Shirts, Jackets and Vests

These are shirts that have an easily-seen color (e.g. lime/yellow or orange) to them and are equally as good for riding at night or in the day. You can buy them at Walmart or at a store that caters to construction crews, as they are often required wear for employees.

Rather than spend $10 for a shirt at Walmart, I looked around eBay and found someone selling them at a much cheaper price. There are actually quite a few people on eBay selling these shirts in safety yellow, but this is the one I bought mine from. The people at addicted2shirts didn't charge me for shipping, so it was a pretty good deal. They also have a website, which you can find here.

Another website you can visit to look for reflective raincoats and vests is uniforms4all and their selection of reflective rainwear can help keep you safe, yet not cost a lot of money. I've noticed that many people forego buying safety equipment simply because of cost. While money should be no object in regards to keeping you alive and out of the hospital, there's no sense in spending money when there's no need to do so. Visit their website here and their selection of reflective gear is found here. I compared a jacket I found at Sears for $75 with one uniforms4all is selling and quickly noticed that I could buy three jackets from uniforms4all for the price of one from Sears.

I will grant that these shirts, vests and jackets can look rather dorky when you're not riding your bike in pouring rain at night, but when you are, it's better to be safe than well-dressed. I just wish that Chrome sold a jacket like these, but one that would look totally cool while keeping me safe at the same time.

But, if you absolutely must be stylish and reflective at the same time, you can go to We Flashy and browse their selection of shirts and sweaters. The prices are a bit steep, but the shirts are fucking awesome!

Reflective Gloves

One would think that an item like this would have been more widely-available than they are. Seriously, most cycling gloves have a thin reflective strip on them like that little piece of cloth will actually help drivers see you  on the road. As Gorilla Monsoon would say: "Give me a break!".

But, persistence paid-off and I found a cycling glove that can actually get the job done and it's called GloGlove. These little wonder can either be worn alone or over your regular gloves, so you can stash a pair in your bag if you ever get caught out at night.

Flashing Pedals

Okay, these are really nice and they put out a lot of light to the front, sides and back. The lights flash white in the front, yellow in the middle and red towards the back. I'd prefer that they simply flashed yellow, but that's a personal preference. You can them buy at Walmart's online or from Pedalite's website.

Bike Brightz

I've blogged about these before, but they bear repeating. These lights are attached to your bike with zip ties and shine colored light downward, creating an aura of light under your bike that makes you very visible from long distances. I found-out about these from an ad they posted on Facebook and immediately bought a pair. Visit their website to check out the available colors, which they are adding new selections to all the time.

I even felt safer when I had these on my bike the first time I used them. Their biggest drawback is that they attach with zipties, which can be easily cut and they can be attractive to thieves. I simply bought a fistful of zipties at the store and would use some to attach them to my bike, cut them when I had to park and used another four to reattach them when I got back on the bike later. Granted, you'll use-up zip ties pretty quick, but you'll avoid having them stolen, which is always a good idea.

Reflective Stickers

I've bought the typical ones that you find at bike shops that are cut into all sorts of shapes, but I soon gave-up on these because they'd wear-out very quickly. Judging by the shapes offered, I suspect that these are aimed more for children than adults. Most cyclists I know don't have reflective stickers on their bikes, even though it would be a good idea to increase the reflective are of their bike frame.

I decided to find a type of sticker for my bike that gave good reflection and would be durable in all kinds of weather. I finally settled on reflective safety tape like the kind used by construction crews and you can see what I mean by going to this link. These tapes are meant to last a long time and can stand up to rain or cold weather and can take more punishment than the kiddie stickers. I didn't order mine online, I just went to Safety Systems here in Honolulu, which specializes in safety equipment and is the primary dealer in this city. I bought and 18 inch long piece for less than $5 and I cut it into strips that I placed on my frame, cranks and wheels. I added them to my cranks and wheels so that the reflective surface would move and attrat attention from drivers. I tend to prefer the yellow/amber color, since these are most often associated with road crews working and red could be mistaken for something else, like another car.

You don't have to have any artistic talent (I don't) to cut them into strips, which makes it easy for the average person. If there's a retailer in your area where you can buy some, pay them a visit. I also think that you can find them at Home Depot. A pretty popular brand is Reflexite Conspicuity Tape, which is widely available online from various retailers. It's often sold by the roll because it's primary customers are assumed to be work crews for companies or government agencies, but you can buy them by the strip. US Cargo Control sells them, if you can't find it locally.

If you want reflective stickers that look nice and you can have a stylish look to your bike as you ride at night, have a look at Ryde Safe Reflective Decals. These are very impressive and you have a good seletion of colors and shapes to let your imagination run wild.

I'll add more suggestions as I find them, so this blog is a work-in-progress.

Duane Browning

Saturday, December 8, 2012

My Views of Critical Mass Honolulu

I first got involved in Critical Mass Honolulu (CMH) back in 2004, when I was working as a bike messenger with Crosstown Couriers. While bike messengers have been active with Critical Mass around the world, Honolulu messengers played no part in it whatsoever. I didn't understand why until I began to participate on my own.

At the time, despite Critical Mass supposedly being leaderless and functioning on consensus, the Honolulu ride was actually led by two people. For the sake of not pissing anyone off, I'll refer to them as Agent J and Agent K.

Agent K was a really low-key type of guy. Quiet and unassuming, people would often ask for his advice about how to conduct the ride and he would offer it, even though he made no demands that his suggestions be followed. People liked him and so did I.

Agent J, on the other hand, seemed to view the ride and CMH as extensions of himself. He left no one in the dark over how he felt that he was the "spiritual center" of Critical Mass Honolulu and fully expected his "opinions" to be taken as divine commands. Before every ride, he would make a speech on some bullshit that he wanted to talk about that day and only after he was finished rambling could the ride take place. If anyone started-out before the speech or while he was speaking, they would be told to stop and that they had to listen to Agent J until he was done.

This situation wasn't popular with most of the people attending and a lot of people stopped participating, rather than have to make obeisance to a self-appointed leader of a supposedly leaderless event. On the other hand, I made no secret of my opposition of Agent J's behavior and I began to oppose him quietly, then later openly. The beginning of the end of Agent J's attempt to establish a cult of personality for himself at the Mass was when several of my coworkers from Crosstown attended the ride with us. One of them had ridden with Critical Mass on the Mainland and he wanted to see firsthand how it was done here and he was not impressed.

On that ride, all of the Crosstown riders started riding out while Agent J was still speaking. When Agent J called us to stop and come back, we ignored him and kept going. At the sight of us brushing-off Agent J, almost everyone else hopped on their bikes and followed us out. Agent J was forced to stop his speech in the middle and come after us. During the ride, Agent J kept criticizing us for how the ride was being conducted: we were going too fast, we were going too slow, we were taking the wrong route, etc. This became so tiresome that the normally unassuming Agent K finally told him to quiet-down.

After that ride, Agent J was rather pissed-off and made an attempt to take back control, but it was to no avail. Someone had challenged his authority and gotten away with it. The ride would never be the same and he soon stopped attending in-person.

I started a website and discussion forum for Critical Mass Honolulu and Agent J would offer his opinions on why we should go back to doing it his way. But, by that time, no one was listening. Agent J started mouthing-off at me over how I was being disrespectful to him, but I brushed him off and so did everyone else. He soon stopped participating altogether.

But, CMH was already in a downward spiral of active participation. Those people who hadn't already quit soon had other things to do with their time, such as work or school and ultimately it came down to either just one or two people showing-up or no one would come at all. Even Agent K stopped coming.

One guy in particular - I'll call him Bob - was the ultimate True Believer for Critical Mass. He wanted to obstruct traffic, have confrontations with the police and be a general nuisance on the road. Usually, Agent K would keep him in-line, but after K's departure, there was nothing holding Bob back. There's no telling what would have happened if he had even taken some leadership role in CMH, but it ended in Honolulu before that could occur. Bob would write on the message board that he was doing One Man Critical Mass every month and inviting someone, anyone, to join him.

This was the state of Critical Mass Honolulu for quite a long time. I would offer my opinions on the message board about we should all take an active role in cycling activism. Some people felt that the Hawaii Bicycling League was too slow to accomplish much beyond taking whatever crumbs were offered by the City of Honolulu or State of Hawaii government officials. HBL was under the control of a director who held the post for quite awhile and it generally moved in whatever direction he felt that it should. Months and years would pass while HBL lobbied for a new bike path, while there was a notable lack of proper bike racks around the city. While HBL did make some things better for cyclists, some of us felt that more could and should be done. Issues like bicycle theft were almost never discussed in the pages of HBL's newsletter or on their website, for example.

I felt that CMH members should take an active role themselves as individuals in trying to make things better for all cyclists and some of my ideas included:
  1. finding places around the city which needed bike racks installed, making a list and presenting it to the appropriate city department. The contact person was discovered and he seemed quite eager for the added input from cyclists.
  2. reporting abandoned bikes locked to bike racks and other places around the city so that they could be removed and the space opened for people to lock their bikes. Long periods of time would go by while abandoned bikes remained locked to racks and were stripped of parts by thieves or simply left to rust where they were.
  3. reporting potholes on city and state roads that posed a danger to cyclists. Potholes can be particularly dangerous, since they can cause a tire to blowout, damage a wheel or even knock someone off their bike. Reporting them and getting them fixed would make it safer to ride on our streets. The city and state departments that handle these things often repaired potholes within a few days of my reporting them. If all of us in CMH did the same, the roads would become much safer for everyone.
Well, Bob didn't like any of my ideas and remained fixated on the notion that the purpose of Critical Mass was the ride itself, not any kind of activism on behalf of cycling or cyclists. He seemed content to harangue the message board on the lack of parking for bikes around the city and all the potholes on the roads, but would not lift a finger to even try to fix these problems by contacting the people who could get it done. He was content to simply complain. Critical Mass Honolulu languished like this for quite some time.

Suddenly, one day Critical Mass Honolulu was back out on the road! A new face arrived on the scene (I'll call him Agent D) and he would take CMH into a new and far more dangerous direction.

Agent D's philosophy was that CMH wasn't confrontational enough. In his view, masses of people should take to the roads on the last Friday of every month and be as obnoxious as possible and this included blocking entire lanes of traffic on the busiest roads in town at the busiest time of day. Naturally, Bob loved this plan.

I rode with CMH once after Agent D took the lead and never again afterwards because I knew what the end result would be. Sadly, my predictions were proven true.

Angry drivers called HBL to complain about us. HBL promptly and justifiably disavowed us entirely. The website contained links to HBL and assorted bike shops, who all contacted me via email to remove their links from the site immediately, which was done.

People also called the police, who responded by assigning officers to escort CMH on the rides from start to finish. When word got to us that HPD was going to begin doing this, Bob (who was the loudest one calling for confrontation until this point) and all the other instigators of the trouble on the rides under Agent D, stopped attending the rides. Now that the police were there, their courage failed them. CMH declined in attendance again, until only one or two people would show-up and eventually no one was coming.

Before the crackdown, I warned Agent D of the likely result and asked him to rethink the direction he was taking it in, but he wouldn't listen. Critical Mass Honolulu would take the form he wanted it to and nothing else. The crackdown was the result and Agent D stopped participating, too.

The message board soon grew silent and I closed the website down, due to lack of traffic and the fact that no one was offering to post content or help with paying for the site.

Recently, someone restarted CMH for the third time. I don't know who it is, but people were naturally concerned over a possible return of the CMH behavior under Agent D, but I didn't hear of anything bad happening this time.

Looking back, I see Critical Mass Honolulu as being a wasted opportunity. So much good could have been done for cyclists and cycling in Honolulu, but it wasn't because a few people wanted to make CMH into their own image, rather than truly working for the benefit of cyclists, which is what Critical Mass was supposedly first created to do.

A lot of people participated in Critical Mass Honolulu in order to raise public awareness of cyclists' right to the road. Many of us have been hit by careless drivers who weren't paying attention while driving and some of us have even been assaulted for simply riding our bikes. There have been incidents when a cyclist was purposely hit by objects thrown at them by passing cars whose passengers thought that hitting a cyclist with trash was rather amusing. Things like that inspired a lot of us to participate in the first place.

However, when Critical Mass Honolulu got mired in personality conflicts and got taken over by troublemakers who were unconcerned over the real issues affecting cyclists, the whole thing degenerated into something that no one could really get behind without losing their credibility. People who got involved, started-off caring about CMH and wanting it to succeed and be something that inspired. Most of them quit when it became obvious that the people who elected themselves to be its leaders were more concerned about simply being in-charge than about accomplishing anything.

Duane Browning

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Well, Ain't That Something?

Back in October, I wrote about a textspam message I received from some jerk advertising electronic cigarettes. I noticed recently that traffic to that entry had decreased quite a bit, so I got curious whether he had given-up or had simply reincarnated himself as an even lower form of life.

It was the latter. Actually, it seems that three of the links that were being distributed by text spam were no longer linking to the e-cigarette company site, but were redirecting instead to a different type of shitstain on the Internet.

Remember my post on Profit Masters Academy? The first time I talked about Angela Bussio? If not, here's the link.

Remember now? Okay. Well, while it seems that while Angela has apparently moved on to spamming Facebook, the people behind the "(insert name of city) Mom makes $8000/month" scheme have likewise moved-on to using another "author and TV personality", but this time, it's Michelle Boudreau.

The link they're redirecting  to is Home Job Tutorial, a website registered anonymously and whose servers are located in the Netherlands. This site serves as an advertisement for yet another "make lots of money working from home" scheme.

You may be asking yourself, "Who is Michelle Boudreau?" and that's a good question. The ad quotes "Melissa Johnson" as stating
I asked her about how she started her life-changing journey. "It was pretty easy", I saw an ad by Michelle Boudreau about a kit called Online Income Kit. I knew about Michelle Boudreau from TV and knew she was legit, and since they offered a "365 Day Money Back Guarantee" - I figured I really had nothing to lose. so I invested in the kit.
Well, I'll be hornswoggled! She remembers Michelle Boudreau from TV, so Michelle must have been so famous and involved in so many TV shows that the name just jumped out at her right?

No, not really. According to Michelle Boudreau's page at IMDB.COM, she really hasn't been on TV very much at all, beyond some bit parts. Of the three characters she played, two of them didn't even have a name! Here they are:
  • Murphy Brown (TV series) in the 1996 episode "Underdogs" as the "Beautiful Girl"
  • In the 1996 motion picture Executive Decision as the "Party Girl"
  • Head of the Class (TV series) in the 1991 episode :The Last Waltz" as the character "Colleen"
  • walk-on roles in other TV shows and movies.
Mostly, she appeared on TV commercials and lately, she's moved into making infomercials. I'll grant that she is an attractive woman, but I don't think she counts as a TV personality, by any stretch of the imagination.

What about as an author? Well, she does have one book to her credit, unlike Angela Bussio, whose sole writing credit is as one contributing author among dozens. Her book "Debt Rescue Reduce Debt Build Wealth" came out in 2008 and doesn't seem to have sold very well. In fact, the only review of her book on Amazon had this to say:
Purchase of this book entails a "free 30 day trial" and "information packed website" then automatic fees ($39.95)are charged to your Credit Card if not canceled within 30 days????
I would have preferred this book, if actual "tools and charts" were included in its pages, without having to access websites for the information and endure membership fees.
The principal of the book was lost in the fine print freebies! It seems contradictory to be promoting "Debt Relief" when charging a "Credit Card" fee for information that should be included in the paid for pages of the book! shabby sales techniques.
So, she wrote a book which told you to access websites, instead of giving you the information within its own pages? Plus, they're charging stuff to your credit card, thereby giving you more debt when you supposedly bought the book to help get yourself out of debt?

What the hell??!!?

PROTIP: Ms Boudreau might not want to tout herself as an author so much, considering that Amazon no longer offers the book for sale on its site and you can buy a new copy for as little as $1.55 or a used copy for 95 cents. It's actually cheaper to buy the hardcover than it is to buy the paperback, which is pretty sad.

So, now Michelle's doing this "work-at-home mom makes a pile of money" thing, huh? Fine, let's see what it's about.

The first thing I noticed is that, even though the initial ad was originally working for Profit Masters Academy, the company the ad is now advertising for is completely different. The new company is called "Paid To Place" which claims to pay you to place ads. The person behind all this  goes by the name "Kathy Garcia", which you are told is merely a pen name
In keeping with Kathy Garcia's wishes to safeguard her family's privacy the name Kathy Garcia is her pen name and Kathy's family images on this web site are stock photo's for obvious privacy reasons. Thank you for understanding. Just so you know, the results she has achieved are not what can generally be expected. (source)
While "Kathy's" pictures don't display on either of the two websites, we're told that the company uses stock photos anyway. Hey, it's not like they're hiding something, right? Right.

Oh, but it gets better. From the same Disclaimer page I quoted from
While all attempts have been made to verify information provided in this system, Paid to Place will not assume any responsibility for errors, performance, consequential or any other damages, contradictory interpretation of the subject matter herein. Any slights of people or organizations are unintentional.
So, if something bad happens, we're not liable. But, there's more
Each individual's success depends on his or her background, commitment, desire and motivation. There is no guarantee that examples of past earnings can be duplicated in the future. We cannot guarantee your future results and predict your future success. There are some unknown risks in any new business venture that COULD AFFECT YOUR RESULTS.
The use of this information, products and our software should be based upon your own due diligence and you agree that Paid to Place "the company" is not liable for any success or failure of your business that is directly or indirectly related to the purchase and use of this information and products.
So, if you don't make any money: it's your fault, not theirs. But, they do give you fair warning
Anyone who buys a program about making money will not necessarily make money simply by purchasing the program. Who knows you may never make any money.
Nice to be told that upfront.

If you read the disclaimer itself, it seems to change back-and-forth between "Kathy Garcia" speaking and another person, which is rather creepy. It also refers to Kathy's blog, which we are never given the link to read for ourselves, as if it would be reliable in the first place.

Reading through the Disclaimer, Earnings Disclaimer, Privacy Policy and Terms & Conditions is rather difficult. Not because I can't read English, but because of the spelling errors, improper grammar, lack of appropriate punctuation and changes in tenses, not to mention the weasel words and terminology used throughout. It would have been a good idea to have had an attorney write this up, but I wouldn't be surprised if they just copied and pasted the whole thing from another website in order to save money on legal fees.

So, the core question is: can you make money with Paid to Place or is it a scam?

The short answer is: It's most likely a scam. Aside from Paid To Place, there are two other sites - and - which "Kathy Garcia" is mentioned as having made money with her system. Instead of actually showing Kathy Garcia in their ads, they put up either stock photos or Ms Boudreau. This shows that something fishy is going-on and that people shouldn't trust any of these websites to actually help them earn a reliable income. All of these sites (see lists below) are run by the same people out of Utah. So, it looks like these people have had to cast as wide a net as possible, unlike a legitimate company that typically only needs to have one.

For the long answer to that, read this excellent postthis posting and then read this forum discussion and this one.

If you're wondering if you can really make money by simply placing ads: the answer is probably not. Real companies that want to advertise themselves have much better and time-proven ways to do so. Aside from radio, television/cable and print ads, there is a growing trend of companies using social media (e.g. Facebook and Twitter) to spread the word. Larger companies often will employ their own staff of advertising professionals or will outsource the work to professional marketing and advertising agencies. They won't have a bunch of people off the street with no experience splashing their ads all over the place willy-nilly.

Now that I've given you more stuff to read, let's talk a bit about Michelle Boudreau some more. She's got a pretty good Internet presence with her own website and http://www.MichelleBoudreau.TV, which redirects to the other site for some reason. A total of 32 people have clicked "Like" on her homepage, which should tell you how much traffic she must be getting. Her site offers a free download of Michelle's e-book “Michelle Boudreau’s Guide To Great Credit in a SNAP!”, for which I could find no impartial reviews online. I'm wondering if she decided to give this one away since nobody seems to want to buy her first book. She also runs which has pictures of happy people and piles of money, implying that you could be happy and rich, if you take her advice.

She's on Twitter, where she's got over eleven thousand followers, though she's only posted slightly over a hundred times and was recently active there. Her tweets seem to become less common in the middle of October with her posting once every couple of weeks since then.

Interesting Twitter handle: mbwealthguru. Really, Michelle? Really?

She can be found on Facebook, too. She's got over four thousand "Likes" there, to her credit.

Let's not forget her YouTube channel with 28 videos posted and over 700 subscribers. Her videos uploaded up to October 1st each have thousands of views each, but videos posted after that haven't come close to 100 views yet. In the description boxes of a couple of the videos, I saw this
Tune in to TheMichelleBoudreau on YouTube, become a subscriber and get the Healthy Habits of Successful People video free every week!
Well, she's not posting every week. She hasn't uploaded a video in over a month and the last one was a demo reel. For those who've never worked in broadcasting: a demo reel is what you send out to potential employers where you're looking for a job. She may be trying to expand her income base by auditioning to companies looking for people to appear in TV or Internet commercials. This could explain why she's endorsed Paid To Place or it could be as a means to expand her financial guru status, in the hopes of making her name and face more recognizable to potential financial clients.

According to an interview she did, she went through a nasty divorce some time ago (we're not told who her ex-husband is) and she found herself in dire financial straits. She then took charge of her own financial well-being and emerged on top of The Game.

Well, good for her.

But, a pretty face and good on-camera persona doesn't make you a financial guru, especially when you attach your name to an enterprise as questionable as Paid to Place. Seeing as her first book has been consigned to the Amazon dustbin, she's obviously not in high demand as any kind of financial authority. If she were, she'd have more than one book out there and wouldn't need to endorse  Paid to Place, at all.

This wouldn't be the first shady operation she's been associated with, having appeared in an infomercial for John Beck Amazing Profits, LLC. That company was the defendant in a civil case brought against them by the Federal Trade Commission back in 2009. Ms Boudreau was not a defendant in that case, but it is indicative of Ms Boudreau's character to pal-around with people like that. More information can be found about that case here.

Okay, so I've already mentioned the decidedly-negative reviews of the company and its rather amateurish website, along with its use of a relatively unknown Hollywood has-been. What about their homepage?

Well, a Google search reveals that their home site is and a WHOIS search reveals that the registrant is listed as Tiger Paw Media dba Paid to Place, which means that for all intents and purposes Tiger Paw Media is Paid To Place. They are supposedly one and the same.

But, when you do a WHOIS for Tiger Paw's website, it tells you that the website registrant is mdhmarketing, inc. Okay, so who are they?

Answer: they are a marketing company located in Miami, FL and their anonymously-registered website is located here. Note that Michelle used to work at a TV station in Florida.

However, when you go to, it takes you to instead. That website is registered to John Saver in St George, UT.

John Saver is also listed as the registered owner of these websites

1. (how to make money online)
2. (advertises for Paid To Place)
3. (advertises for Paid To Place)
4. (domain parked)
5. (weight loss product)
6. (domain parked)
7. (lead generator service)
8. (advertises for Paid To Place)
9. (how to make money from home)
10. (domain parked)
11. (advertises for Paid To Place)
12. (separate from Paid To Place but also featuring Michelle Boudreau. This business has received an F rating from the Better Business Bureau)

13. (a website set-up warning people about websites that say Paid To Place is a scam)
14. (appears dead)
15. (appears dead)
16. (different make-money-from home scheme, also features Michelle Boudreau)

On the Terms of Service link I gave you earlier, here is the mailing address given by Paid To Place:

Tiger Paw Media dba Paid to Place™
765 N. Bluff St. Suite K2
St. George, UT 84770
Customer service: 1-866-439-6817 
Customer service - 9am-5pm, MST M-F

A Dutch website advertising for a Utah-based website that is owned by another Utah-based website, which itself is owned by a Florida company. Makes perfect sense.

Paid to Place even has a YouTube channel with a grand total of 38 subscribers, but only one video posted. The video is a rather amateurish one that unsurprisingly tells viewers how great the program is. The video has over 2000 views and more than 50 comments, which all tell him what a great video he's made. They look like canned comments and are all suspiciously posted within a very short time frame  which makes me doubt that they were posted by anyone other than Paid To Place members. None of this is really relevant, since the channel hasn't been accessed since August 23, 2012 and only on that day, nothing since. What is very interesting is that the channel page says that it's run out of the United Kingdom.

They even have a Twitter account. Here is their one and only tweet, sent out over a year ago

Woo Hoo Paid to Place is on the air!
Way to go! My hat is off to you, sir.

To summarize, Paid to Place is just another get-rich-quick scheme where the only people guaranteed to make money are the people running it. Everyone else is basically on their own, with little if any chance of making any real income. They're using a little-known former Hollywood bit-player who doesn't even mention them on her own website or in her videos, which should tell you how little she really cares about Paid to Place. I'm guessing that Paid to Place bought  the right to use Michelle Boureau's name and image on their website, in order to try to get some Star Power to backup their product, for whatever good that will do.

My advice is to avoid these people like the flesh-eating virus.

Duane Browning

Angela Bussio's Latest Scheme

Remember the Profit Masters Academy that I wrote about before?

Well, things didn't seem to be working-out and they changed the name of it again. Now it's called the Home Profit System. I found several spam messages on Facebook advertising it, which read as follows:
My best friend's half-sister makes $65 hourly on the internet. She has been out of a job for 6 months but last month her paycheck with bonus was $21762 just working on the internet for a few hours. Read more here http:\\\ILuMH
I went to the link offered and was sent to, an anonymously registered website. The fact that the website's owner doesn't want you to know their physical address should be an immediate red flag for you, if you weren't already skeptical,

Anegela Bussio is styled as an "Author and TV Personality" on the site, but I could find no listing for her at, which lists everyone involved in movies and television, including people who work behind the scenes. Angela doesn't bother to even tell you herself what TV shows she works on. She may be talking about her appearances in a grand total of six videos on the "At Home With Maria" channel on YouTube.

Angela Bussio's claim to be an author was already dealt with in the previous blog, so I need not go over that again. On her website, she claims to be a co-author of "How Did You Do That", but going to that book's Amazon page, you'll see that the book's author is Gail Kingsbury and Angela Bussio is not mentioned, even though other contributors' names are listed. By the way, while Angela claims that the book went to #1 in its first week after publication, there are a grand total of two reviews on Amazon, one is a five-star and the other gives it one star, so how great can it be? If it did go to the top spot, it didn't stay there for long.

Her Internet presence seems to be limited to her Twitter account (her last post was back in October), a page on Amazon as a book reviewer (she has no page listing her as an author), the home page of her company Real Stress Solutions and a YouTube channel where her each video has less than 100 views and the channel has only four subscribers despite the channel having been created over a year ago. I've got a YouTube channel and even I have more subscribers than she does, even though I seldom post videos there.  She also claims to be a host on the "Women's Information Network", but that show is apparently so successful that the website is offline. She also used to have another website for “5 Minute Stress Solution”, but that's offline, too.

That's quite a list of "accomplishments", Ms Bussio.

There are a number of videos on YouTube where Angela does appear, either being interviewed or where people debunk her claims about how she can help them make money. It seems that the only person making money is Angela Bussio.

I have no doubt that Home Profit System is as much a load of crap as Profit Masters Academy. If it wasn't, she wouldn't have to keep changing the name of it, would she?

Duane Browning

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Creationists' Scientific Credentials

There have been a lot of people over the decades who have taken it upon themselves to campaign against teaching the Theory of Evolution is our public school system and in our universities. While many of these people have obviously been trained solely as ministers, priests, imams, rabbis, etc of their particular faith, others have been presented as having actual scientific credentials. They have been referred to - by themselves and/or by the organizations they have membership in - as "doctor" or similar scholastic titles often, though not exclusively, given to individuals with scientific degrees.

Just because someone is called "doctor" doesn't mean that they have a doctorate in a filed of study related to the Theory of Evolution, such as biology. It doesn't even mean that they have a doctorate from an accredited university. Some of these people have received honorary doctorates from educational institutions which did not require them to actually learn the material. Still others have received "doctorates" from non-accredited institutions, which gives them absolutely no credibility in the scientific community.

But, too many people simply take it at face value that someone referred to as "doctor" and who informs his/her audience that they received this degree from a particular "university" automatically assume that the doctorate in genuine and that they are an expert in the topics of science, including the discussion regarding whether Evolution is an accurate description of the origins of the current forms of modern humans and all other forms of life on Earth and their decent from their earliest ancestors.

I have taken it upon myself to assemble the following list of individuals, living or dead, who are or were vocal opponents of the Theory of Evolution being accepted as scientifically valid and its being taught as such in our school systems. The list does not include honorary degrees, since these are worthless in the scientific community and are often given-out as favor to people who donate large sums of money to particular colleges or who are public advocates of a position the institution supports.

I will be honest in admitting that the list may have inaccurate information, due to difficulty in gathering such information on particular individuals, especially those who have been dead a long time or who have been very secretive or deceptive regarding their educational background. I will also admit that my own limitations may at some times have caused me to include inaccurate or incomplete information. I welcome anyone who notices such shortcoming to post in the comments section at the bottom of this article.

Updates and corrections will be added as the information becomes known to me and as time allows.

Duane Browning

Bernard Acworth
Profession: submariner, writer
Degrees Earned:  trained at the Royal Naval College in Greenwich to serve on submarines

Louis Agassiz
Profession: paleontologist, glaciologist, geologist
Degrees Earned: 
  • Doctor of Philosophy at University of Erlangen-Nuremberg
  • doctor of medicine at Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich
Howard Ahmanson, Jr.
Profession: multi-millionaire philanthropist and financier
Degrees Earned:
  • degree in economics at Occidental College
  • master's degree in linguistics at the University of Texas at Arlington
Mustafa Akyol
Profession: writer and journalist
Degrees Earned: 
  • graduated from the Istanbul Nişantaşı Anadolu Lisesi
  • graduated from the International Relations Department of Boğaziçi University.
  • masters in the History Department of Boğaziçi University
John Ankerberg
Profession: minister, broadcaster
Degrees Earned: 
  • MA in church history and the philosophy of Christian thought from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  • MDiv from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  • DMin from Luther Rice Seminary

Michele Bachmann
Profession: member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Minnesota's 6th congressional district
Degrees Earned: 
  • graduated from Winona State University with a B.A
  • J.D. degree from Oral Roberts University
  • LL.M. degree in tax law from the William & Mary School of Law
Thomas G. Barnes
Profession: classical physicist
Degrees Earned:
  • AB from Hardin-Simmons University in 1933
  • MS from Brown University under Robert Bruce Lindsay in 1936
Carl Baugh
Profession: Director the Creation Evidence Museum
Degrees Earned: 
  • Pacific International University (unaccredited institution)
  • Graduate of Theology, Baptist Bible College 1961, 
  • Bachelor of Arts, Burton College 1983, 
  • Master of Arts in Biblical Studies (with major course work in Biblical Archaeology), 
  • Luther Rice Seminar, Jacksonville, Florida
John Baumgardner
Profession: works at the Los Alamos National Laboratory, is Adjunct Professor of Geophysics at the Institute for Creation Research
Degrees Earned: Ph.D. in geophysics and space science from the University of California at Los Angeles

Francis J. Beckwith
Profession: philosopher, scholar, debater, and lecturer
Degrees Earned:
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas (B.A. in Philosophy), 
  • Simon Greenleaf School of Law, Anaheim (MA in apologetics), 
  • Fordham University (Ph.D. and M.A. in philosophy) 
  • Washington University School of Law, St. Louis (Master of Juridical Studies)
Michael Behe
Profession: biochemist, author, professor of biochemistry at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania
Degrees Earned: 
  • Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Drexel University in 1974
  • PhD in biochemistry at the University of Pennsylvania in 1978
Serge de Beketch
Profession: journalist, story writer for cartoons
Degrees Earned: unknown

Charles Bell
Profession: surgeon, anatomist, neurologist
Degrees Earned: medical degree from Edinburgh University

David Berlinski
Profession: educator and author
Degrees Earned: Ph.D. in philosophy from Princeton University

Tom Bethell 
Profession: journalist
Degrees Earned: unknown degree from Trinity College, Oxford

John Boehner
Profession: current Speaker of the United States House of Representatives.
Degrees Earned: B.A. in business administration from Xavier University in 1977

Walter Bradley
Profession: professor of engineering
Degrees Earned: Ph.D., Materials Science and Engineering, University of Texas at Austin

Leonard R. Brand
Profession: biologist, paleontologist, and author
Degrees Earned: PhD in biology from Cornell University

Benjamin Bridges
Profession: politician, former barber
Degrees Earned:  barber's license

Paul Broun
Profession:  U.S. Representative for Georgia's 10th congressional district
Degrees Earned: 
  • University of Georgia at Athens (B.S., Chemistry, 1967) 
  • Doctor of Medicine (1971) from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta
Walt Brown 
Profession:  engineer
Degrees Earned: 
  • Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • B.S. from West Point
Sam Brownback
Profession: Governor of Kansas
Degrees Earned: J.D. from the University of Kansas

William Jennings Bryan
Profession: Politician, Lawyer
Degrees Earned: 
  • graduated as valedictorian from Illinois College
  • studied law at Union Law College in Chicago, which later became Northwestern University School of Law
Pat Buchanan
Profession: political commentator, author, syndicated columnist, politician, and broadcaster.
Degrees Earned: master's degree in journalism from Columbia in 1962

John Washington Butler
Profession: farmer and a member of the Tennessee House of Representatives
Degrees Earned: unknown
Larry Caldwell
Profession: attorney
Degrees Earned: 
  • Wichita St Univ Undergraduate Degree
  • George Washington Univ LS Law Degree
Kirk Cameron
Profession: Actor, evangelist, TV show host
Degrees Earned: none

John Angus Campbell
Profession: retired American Professor of Rhetoric
Degrees Earned: Ph.D. in Rhetoric from University of Pittsburgh

Steve Chabot
Profession: U.S. Representative for Ohio's 1st congressional district
Degrees Earned: 
  • B.A. in history College of William & Mary 
  • Juris Doctor degree from Northern Kentucky University's Salmon P. Chase College of Law
Bruce Chapman
Profession: Former politician, current think-tank fellow at Discovery Institute
Degrees Earned:  unknown degree from Harvard University (1962)

Paul Chappell
Profession: senior pastor of Lancaster Baptist Church
Degrees Earned: 
  • unaccredited Bachelor of Arts degree in Pastoral Theology from Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College
  • unaccredited Master of Arts degree from the Louisiana Baptist University
Jack T. Chick
Profession: publisher, writer, and comic book artist
Degrees Earned: drama education at the Pasadena Playhouse School of Theater

Paul Chien
Profession: biologist
Degrees Earned: 
  • bachelors degrees in Biology and Chemistry from Chung Chi College
  • Ph.D. in 1971 from the University of California, Irvine
Harold W. Clark
Profession: writer
Degrees Earned: 
  • studied at Pacific Union College
  • MA in biology from the University of California,
Robin Collins
Profession: Professor of Philosophy and chair of the Department of Philosophy at Messiah College
Degrees Earned: 
  • triple major in Applied Mathematics, Physics, and Philosophy and graduated summa cum laude from Washington State University
  • two years in a Ph.D. program in physics at the University of Texas at Austin, but did not complete
  • Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Notre Dame in 1993
Charles Colson
Profession: Lawyer, author, blogger
Degrees Earned: 
  • B.A., with honors from Brown University
  • J.D. George Washington University Law School
Ray Comfort
Profession: minister
Degrees Earned: none

Paul Copan
Profession: professor at the Palm Beach Atlantic University
Degrees Earned: 
  • Ph.D., Marquette University (Philosophy)
  • M.Div., Trinity International University (Divinity)
  • M.A., Trinity International University (Philosophy of Religion)
  • B.A., Columbia International University (Biblical Studies)
Elizabeth Cotton, Lady Hope
Profession: evangelist
Degrees Earned: unknown

Ann Coulter
Profession: lawyer, conservative social and political commentator, author, and syndicated columnist.
Degrees Earned: 
  • graduated cum laude from Cornell University in 1984 with a B.A. in history
  • received Juris Doctor at University of Michigan Law School
William Lane Craig
Profession: analytic philosopher, philosophical theologian
Degrees Earned: 
  • Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from Wheaton College, Illinois
  • two summa cum laude master's degree from Trinity Evangelical Divinity School in Deerfield, llinois in philosophy of religion and ecclesiastical history.
  • Ph.D. in philosophy under John Hick at the University of Birmingham, England
  • Th.D. under Wolfhart Pannenberg at the University of Munich
Ion Creangă
Profession: writer, poet
Degrees Earned: unknown

Michael Cremo (aka Drutakarma Dasa)
Profession: author
Degrees Earned: attended George Washington University

Caroline Crocker
Profession: public speaker
Degrees Earned: 
  • Associate of Arts from Des Moines Area Community College, 
  • B.Sc. in microbiology and virology from University of Warwick, U.K. in 1979, 
  • M.Sc. in medical microbiology from University of Birmingham, U.K in 1993, 
  • PhD in immunopharmacology from the University of Southampton, U.K. in 1999
Bernard d'Abrera
Profession: entomological taxonomist and philosopher of science
Degrees Earned: 
  • received his Bachelor of Arts in 1965, with a double major in History & Philosophy of Science and History.
  • diploma in Education (Melbourne T.C., 1972)
Raymond Vahan Damadian
Profession: medical practitioner
Degrees Earned: 
  • bachelors degree in mathematics from the University of Wisconsin–Madison
  • M.D. degree from the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York City
  • studied the violin at Juilliard for 8 years.
Nikolay Danilevsky
Profession: naturalist, economist, ethnologist, philosopher, historian,
Degrees Earned: Master's degrees in physics and mathematics University of St Petersburg

Buddy Davis
Profession: Speaker, Author, Illustrator, Singer/Songwriter for Answers in Genesis (AiG)
Degrees Earned: unknown

Percival Davis
Profession: professor of Life Science at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Florida. Since 2006 he has been a visiting professor of biology at Clearwater Christian College
Degrees Earned: 
  • bachelor of arts in zoology from DePauw University
  • master of arts in zoology from Columbia University
  • Masters degrees from Columbia University and the University of South Florida
  • PhD in 1993 from the University of South Florida in Instructional Design
Stockwell Day
Profession: former Canadian politicia
Degrees Earned: attended the University of Victoria and Vanguard College, did not graduate

Roberto de Mattei
Italian Roman Catholic historian and author.
Degrees Earned: studied at Faculty of Political Sciences of the Sapienza University of Rome

William A. Dembski
Profession: philosopher and theologian
Degrees Earned: 
  • University of Illinois at Chicago (B.A., M.S., PhD), undergraduate degree in psychology, master degree in statistics, masters degree in philosophy, PhD in philosophy
  • University of Chicago (M.S., PhD), masters degree in mathematics, PhD in mathematics
  • Master of Divinity in theology at the Princeton Theological Seminary
Michael Denton
Profession: author and biochemist
Degrees Earned: PhD in Biochemistry from King's College London

George Deutsch
Profession: former press officer of the United States space agency NASA who was fired for misrepresenting his acedemic credentials, current occupation unknown
Degrees Earned: B.A. degree in journalism from Texas A&M University

Dick DeVos
Profession: entrepreneur-businessman
Degrees Earned: bachelor's degree in business administration from Northwood University

Douglas Dewar
Profession: barrister, British civil servant in India and an ornithologist
Degrees Earned: unknown

James Dobson
Profession: Psychologist, Author, Radio Broadcaster
Degrees Earned: 
  • attended Point Loma Nazarene University, degree unknown
  • doctorate in child development from the University of Southern California 
Cynthia Dunbar
Profession: lawyer and author
Degrees Earned: graduated from Regent University School of Law

Dinesh D'Souza
Profession: political commentator and author
Degrees Earned: B.A. in English from Dartmouth College

Michael Egnor
Profession: neurosurgeon
Degrees Earned: completed medical school at Columbia University

Vic Eliason
Profession: clergyman
Degrees Earned: Open Bible College, in Des Moines, Iowa

Yusuf Estes
Profession: preacher and teacher
Degrees Earned: unknown

Carl Everett
Profession: professional baseball player
Degrees Earned:  none
Jerry Falwell
Profession: minister
Degrees Earned: unaccredited degree from  Baptist Bible College in Springfield, Missouri in 1956

Becky Fischer
Profession: Pentecostal children's pastor
Degrees Earned:  unknown

John Ambrose Fleming
Profession: electrical engineer and physicist.
Degrees Earned: 
  • BSc degree at University College, London
  • DSc from Royal College of Science
  • B.A. from  St John's College, Cambridge 
Ernie Fletcher
Profession: politician and physician
Degrees Earned: Doctor of Medicine from University of Kentucky College of Medicine

John Freshwater
Profession: former science teacher
Degrees Earned: 
  • Bachelor's degree in Education from Ohio University
  • Associate's degree in Recreation and Wildlife from Hocking College.
Foster Friess
Profession: Investment Manager
Degrees Earned: degree in business administration from University of Wisconsin–Madison

Bill Frist
Profession: physician, businessman, and politician
Degrees Earned: 
  • Princeton University (A.B.)
  • Harvard Medical School (M.D.)
Steve Fuller
Profession: Professor of sociology at University of Warwick, England
Degrees Earned: 
  • admitted as a John Jay Scholar to Columbia University in 1976, from where he graduated summa cum laude in History and Sociology
  • attended Clare College, Cambridge, on a Kellett Fellowship, from which he received an M.Phil. in History and Philosophy of Science
  • Ph. D. in History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Pittsburgh in 1985, where he was an Andrew Mellon Pre-Doctoral Fellow

Carl Gallups
Profession: Author, Pastor, Former FL Lawman, Talk Radio Host, Writer/Columnist
Degrees Earned:
  • B.S.- Criminology Florida State University 
  • M.Div at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary
Scott Garrett
Profession: U.S. Representative for New Jersey's 5th congressional district
Degrees Earned: 
  • Bachelor of Arts degree from Montclair State University
  • Juris Doctor from Rutgers School of Law - Camden
Robert V. Gentry
Profession: nuclear physicist 
Degrees Earned: masters degree in physics from University of Florida

Norman Geisler
Profession: professor of Christian Apologetics at Veritas Evangelical Seminary
Degrees Earned: 
  • diploma and Th.B. from William Tyndale College
  • B.A. in philosophy and M.A. in theology from Wheaton College
  • Ph.D. in philosophy from Loyola University
Maciej Giertych
Profession: dendrologist
Degrees Earned:
  • received the BA and MA in forestry at Oxford University
  • PhD for studies on tree physiology at University of Toronto
Roman Giertych
Profession: Polish politician
Degrees Earned: master's degrees in both law and history from Adam Mickiewicz University

George Gilder
Profession: writer
Degrees Earned: unknown degree from Harvard University

Duane Gish
Profession: biochemist
Degrees Earned: 
  • B.S. Chemistry, UCLA - 1949; 
  • Ph.D. Biochemistry, University of California, Berkley - 1953
Werner Gitt
Profession: engineer
Degrees Earned: University of Hanover

Paul Givan
Profession: politician in Northern Ireland
Degrees Earned: 
  • educated at Laurelhill Community College
  • obtained a degree in Business Studies and completed an Advanced Diploma in Management Practice the University of Ulster
George Gliddon
Profession: Egyptologist
Degrees Earned: unknown

Guillermo Gonzalez 
Profession: professor at Grove City College
Degrees Earned: 
  • BS in 1987 in Physics & Astronomy from University of Arizona
  • Ph. D. in Astronomy from the University of Washington in 1993 
  • has done post-doctoral work at the University of Texas, Austin and the University of Washington.
Bruce L. Gordon
Profession: philosopher of science (physics), metaphysician and philosopher of religion
Degrees Earned: 
  • undergraduate degree piano performance at the Royal Conservatory of Music at the University of Toronto in 1982
  • undergraduate degree in applied mathematics at the University of Calgary 
  • masters degree in analytic philosophy from the University of Calgary
  • masters degree in apologetics and systematic theology from Westminster Theological Seminary in Philadelphia.
  • Ph.D. from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois in the history and philosophy of science (physics) in 1998
Philip Henry Gosse
Profession: naturalist and popularizer of natural science
Degrees Earned: unknown

Chuck Grassley
Profession: United States Senator from Iowa
Degrees Earned: University of Northern Iowa (B.A., M.A.)


John Hagee
Profession: chief executive officer (CEO) of his non-profit corporation, Global Evangelism Television (GETV)
Degrees Earned: 
  • Trinity University in San Antonio, with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering in 1964.
  • Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of North Texas in Denton in 1966 
  • completed his theological training at Southwestern Assemblies of God University with a Diploma in Theology in Waxahachie, south of Dallas.
Ted Haggard
Profession: pastor
Degrees Earned: graduated from Oral Roberts University

Ken Ham
Profession: president of Answers in Genesis and the Creation Museum
Degrees Earned: 
  • bachelor's degree in Applied Science, with an emphasis in Environmental Biology, at Queensland Institute of Technology
  • diploma in Education from the University of Queensland
Hank Hanegraaff
Profession: president and chairman of the board of the North Carolina-based Christian Research Institute
Degrees Earned: unknown

Brad Harrub
Profession: Executive Director and co-founder of Focus Press, author, television host and serves as an adjunct faculty member at the Bear Valley Bible Institute

Degrees Earned:
  • B.S. degree in biology from Kentucky Wesleyan College, 
  • doctorate in anatomy and neurobiology from the College of Medicine at the University of Tennessee in Memphis.

John Hartnett 
Profession: physicist and cosmologist
Degrees Earned: B.Sc. (Hons) (1973) and PhD with distinction (2001) from the School of Physics at the University of Western Australia

Steve Harvey
Profession: entertainer and author
Degrees Earned: attended Kent State University and West Virginia University, but no information on receiving a degree

Alan Hayward
Profession: engineer and physicist
Degrees Earned:  Universities where engineering and physics degrees were obtained are unknown.

Skip Heitzig
Profession: senior pastor of Calvary of Albuquerque
Degrees Earned: 
  • attended Victor Valley Community College in California and UCLA to gain his degree in radiology
  • B.A. and M.A from Trinity Seminary, Newberg, Indiana
Bodie Hodge
Profession: Lecturer/Researcher, Answers in Genesis
Degrees Earned: attended Southern Illinois University at Carbondale (SIUC) and received a BS and MS (in 1996 and 1998 respectively) there in mechanical engineering

Frank Houston
Profession: Christian pastor
Degrees Earned: none

Kent Hovind
Profession: author, federal inmate, former theme park owner
Degrees Earned: Bachelor of Religious Education from Midwestern Baptist College (unaccredited institution)

Mike Huckabee
Profession: politician
Degrees Earned: bachelor's degree in Religion, graduating magna cum laude from Ouachita Baptist University

Johan Huibers
Profession: contractor
Degrees Earned: unknown

Russell Humphreys
Profession: physicist
Degrees Earned:
  • B.S. from Duke University
  • Ph.D in physics from Louisiana State University
Dave Hunt
Profession: speaker, radio commentator and author
Degrees Earned: degree in mathematics from U.C.L.A
Bob Inglis
Profession: attorney
Degrees Earned: 
  • undergraduate degree from Duke University
  • University of Virginia School of Law
Muzaffar Iqbal
chemist and Islamic scholar
Degrees Earned:
  • graduated from University of the Punjab
  • Ph.D. in Chemistry from University of Saskatchewan
Robert Jastrow
Profession: astronomer, physicist and cosmologist
Degrees Earned: A.B., A.M. and PhD in theoretical physics, in 1948 from Columbia University

Bobby Jindal
Profession: governor of Louisiana
Degrees Earned: 
  • Brown University with honors, in biology and public policy
  • Oxford University as Rhodes Scholar with a graduate degree
Charles K. Johnson
Profession: President of the International Flat Earth Society, former aeroplane mechanic
Degrees Earned: none

Phillip E. Johnson
retired UC Berkeley law professor and author
Degrees Earned:
  • Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature, from Harvard University
  • studied law at the University of Chicago, graduating top of his class
Alex Jones
Profession: Film producer, Radio host
Degrees Earned:  None. Briefly attended Austin Community College.

Ian Juby
Profession: lecturer
Degrees Earned: unknown

Avrohom Katz
Profession: Haredi Orthodox rabbi, writer, lecturer, author and educator.
Degrees Earned:  unknown

D. James Kennedy
Profession: pastor
Degrees Earned: 
  • University of Tampa, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in 1958
  • Columbia Theological Seminary, receiving a Master of Divinity degree
  • Master of Theology summa cum laude from the Chicago Graduate School of Theology
  • doctorate in religious education from New York University
Dean H. Kenyon
Profession: Professor Emeritus of Biology at San Francisco State University
Degrees Earned: 
  • BSc in physics from the University of Chicago in 1961
  • Ph.D. in biophysics from Stanford University in 1965
John Kidd
Profession: Chemist and Geologist
Degrees Earned: reader in chemistry at Christ Church, Oxford.

Thomas J. Kindell
Profession: founder and president of Reasons for Faith Ministries, Inc., lecturer, author,
Degrees Earned: 
  • M.A. in Biblical Studies and Doctorate in Philosophy of Theology with a major in philosophy of Biblical apologetics from California Graduate School of Theology (unaccredited institution)
  • received advanced training in scientific creationism through the Graduate School of the Institute for Creation Research in Santee, California (unaccredited institution)

David Klinghoffer
Profession: author
Degrees Earned: unknown
Beverly LaHaye
Profession: author
Degrees Earned:  unknown degree from Bob Jones University

Tim LaHaye
Christian minister, author, and speaker
Degrees Earned:
  • B.A. from Bob Jones University
  • Doctor of Ministry degree from Western Seminary
Per Landgren
Profession: politician
Degrees Earned: pursuing a doctorate in History of ideas at Göteborg University

Greg Laurie
Profession: Senior Pastor of Harvest Christian Fellowship in Riverside, California.
Degrees Earned: none

Piotr Lenartowicz
philosopher, vitalist, professor of philosophy at the Jesuit University of Philosophy and Education Ignatianum, Jesuit
Degrees Earned:
  • completed his medical studies at School of Medicine in Warsaw
  • doctorate in neurophysiology at the School of Medicine in Warsaw
  • studied philosophy (Lic. in philosophy Jesuit Faculty of Philosophy, Cracow
  • studied theology Lic. in theology Jesuit Faculty of Theology, Warsaw
  • studied philosophy in Rome,
  • received a doctorate in developmental biology at the Philosophical Faculty of Pontifical Gregorian University
  • received another degree (doctor habilitowany) at the Philosophical Faculty of Pontifical Academy of Theology, Cracow
Mark Ludwig
Degrees Earned:
  • undergraduate study in two years at MIT
  • PhD in physics from Caltech.
James Lunney
Profession: Conservative Member of Canadian Parliament for the riding of Nanaimo—Alberni.
Degrees Earned: 
  • Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Manitoba in 1972
  • Doctor of Chiropractic from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto in 1976

Kristin Maguire
Profession: politician
Degrees Earned: unknown

Robert J. Marks II
Profession: Distinguished Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Baylor University
Degrees Earned:
  • Ph.D., Electrical Engineering, Texas Tech University
  • M.S., Electrical Engineering, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
  • B.S., Engineering, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, 1972
Frank Lewis Marsh
Profession: biologist, educator and young Earth creationist author
Degrees Earned: 
  • studied geology at Emmanuel Missionary College
  • studied advanced biology at the University of Chicago
  • M.S. in zoology from Northwestern University
Thomas Theodore Martin
Profession: Christian evangelist
Degrees Earned: unknown

Joseph Mastropaolo
Profession: West Virginia State Coordinator for Exodus Mandate

Degrees Earned:
  • B.S., M.S., Ph.D. in kinesiology;
  • three-year Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship with the National Heart Institute of the National Institutes of Health
Mark Mathis
Profession: president of Mathis Media, LLC
Degrees Earned: unknown

Philip Mauro
Profession: lawyer and author
Degrees Earned: unknown

Andrew McIntosh 
Profession: Professor of Thermodynamics and Combustion Theory at the University of Leeds
Degrees Earned: 
  • BSc Degree in Applied Mathematics University of Wales, UCNW Bangor.
  • PhD in Theory of Combustion. Aerodynamics Dept., Cranfield Institute of Technology
Don McLeroy
Profession: dentist
Degrees Earned: 
  • Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Texas A&M University in College Station 
  • D.D.S. from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston
Aimee Semple McPherson
Profession: preacher
Degrees Earned:  No education beyond high school level is known.

Charles McVety
Profession: president of Canada Family Action Coalition
Degrees Earned: 
  • studied for two years at the University of Toronto but did not graduate 
  • B.A. and M.A. from Canada Christian College (unaccredited institution)
  • "D.Min." from California State Christian University (unaccredited institution)
Michael Medved
Profession: radio host, author, political commentator and film critic
Degrees Earned:  graduated with honors from Yale University

David Menton
Profession: Technical Advisor for the Institute for Creation Research in San Diego, California
Degrees Earned:
  • B.A. from Mankato State University in Mankato, Minnesota
  • Ph.D. in cell biology from Brown University
Stephen C. Meyer
Profession: philosopher of science
Degrees Earned: Ph.D. in history and philosophy of science at the University of Cambridge

Avigdor Miller
Profession: rabbi, author and lecturer
Degrees Earned:  rabbinical training, no degrees in science

Forrest Mims
Profession: amateur scientist, magazine columnist, and author
Degrees Earned: graduated from Texas A&M University in 1966 with a major in government and minors in English and history, but no formal academic training in science

Scott Minnich
Profession:  associate professor of microbiology at the University of Idaho
Degrees Earned: Ph.D. from Iowa State University

Chuck Missler
Profession: author, Bible teacher, former businessman and US Naval officer
Degrees Earned: 
  • Graduating with honors from United States Naval Academy at Annapolis
  • master's degree in engineering at UCLA
Tommy Mitchell
Profession: Lecturer/Researcher, Answers in Genesis
Degrees Earned:
  • BA with highest honors from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, in 1980, with a major in Cell Biology and a minor in Biochemistry. 
  • attended Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, where he received his medical degree
  • Board Certified in Internal Medicine
Russell L. Mixter
Profession: scientist
Degrees Earned: 
  • major in literature and a minor in biology Wheaton College, Illinois (undergraduate)
  • M.S. in zoology from Michigan State College
  • Ph.D. in anatomy from the University of Illinois School of Medicine in Chicago
Albert Mohler
Profession: theologian
Degrees Earned: 
  • received a B. A. from Samford University
  • graduate degrees, a Master of Divinity and Ph.D. in "Systematic and Historical Theology," were conferred by the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
J. P. Moreland
Profession: Professor of Philosophy at Talbot School of Theology at Biola University in La Mirada, California.
Degrees Earned: 
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry with honors from the University of Missouri 
  • Master of Arts in Philosophy with highest honors from the University of California at Riverside
  • Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Southern California. 
Henry M. Morris
Profession: one of the founders of the Creation Research Society and the Institute for Creation Research.
Degrees Earned: graduated from Rice University with a bachelor's degree in civil engineering in 1939; a master's degree in hydraulics (1948) and a Ph.D. in hydraulic engineering (1950) from the University of Minnesota

Terry Mortenson
Profession: Lecturer/Researcher, Answers in Genesis
Degrees Earned:

  • B.A. in math, Univ. of Minnesota, USA
  • M.Div. in systematic theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, Illinois, USA
  • Ph.D. in history of geology, Coventry University, UK

Paul Nelson
Profession: philosopher of science
Degrees Earned: PhD in philosophy from the University of Chicago.

Chuck Norris
Profession: martial artist and actor
Degrees Earned: none

Josiah C. Nott
Profession: physician and surgeon
Degrees Earned: medical degree from the University of Pennsylvania

Said Nursî
Profession: Sunni Muslim theologian
Degrees Earned: unknown

Adnan Oktar (aka Harun Yahya)
Profession: author
Degrees Earned:  studied interior architecture at Mimar Sinan University, later enrolled at Philosophy Department of Istanbul University but it is not known if he obtained a degree. No scientific degree.

Mirosław Orzechowski
Profession: Polish politician.
Degrees Earned: unknown

Joel Osteen
Profession: senior pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas
Degrees Earned: none
William Paley
Profession: philosopher, utilitarian
Degrees Earned: graduated as senior wrangler (top mathematics undergraduate) Christ's College, Cambridge

Don Patton
Profession: public speaker, evangelist, Staff geologist of Creation Evidence Museum
Degrees Earned: 
  • Ph.D in Education from Pacific School of Graduate Studies in Melbourne Australia, but the institution is unaccredited and therefore any degrees bestowed by it and not accepted in Australia.
  • studied geology, but has no degree in that field

Nancy Pearcey
Profession: author
Degrees Earned: 
masters degree from Covenant Theological Seminary
graduate work in the History of Philosophy at the Institute for Christian Studies in Toronto

John Morris Pendleton
Profession: lecturer, Automotive technician for 10 years, Worked in cancer research for 1 1/2 years (location of work unknown).
Degrees Earned: Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.

María Luisa Piraquive
Profession: Colombian singer, educator, writer and christian leader
Degrees Earned: 
Bachelor in Education with specialization in Linguistics and Literature, in the form of the distance University of La Sabana
studied in 1999 to specialize in Educational Management in the Free University of Colombia

Alvin Plantinga
Profession: analytic philosopher, the John A. O'Brien Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at the University of Notre Dame and the inaugural holder of the Jellema Chair in Philosophy at Calvin College.
Degrees Earned:  philosophy; Calvin College, A.B., 1954, University of Michigan, M.A. , 1955 and Yale University, Ph.D., 1958

Edwin Poots
Profession: politician, farmer
Degrees Earned: unknown

George McCready Price
Profession: teacher, writer
Degrees Earned: 
  • attended Battle Creek College (now Andrews University) between 1891 and 1893
  • enrolled in a one-year teacher training course at the Provincial Normal School of New Brunswick (now the University of New Brunswick), where he took some elementary courses in some of the natural sciences, including some mineralogy
  • honorary B.A from College of Medical Evangelists, now known as Loma Linda University, which awarded the degree, based partially on his authorship and independent study. 
Georgia Purdom
Profession: member of the Creation Research Society and serves on the editorial board and executive council of BSG: A Creation Biology Study Group
Degrees Earned: Ph.D., molecular genetics, Ohio State University

Julie Ann Unangst Quinn
Profession: attorney, former member of the Louisiana State Senate (District 6)
Degrees Earned: 
  • graduated in 1989 from Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge with a Bachelor of Arts degree in broadcast journalism;
  • earned her Juris Doctor degree from Loyola University in New Orleans in 1992, where she graduated on Law Review and Moot Court
Jay Richards
Profession: analytic philosopher
Degrees Earned: B.A. with majors in Political Science and Religion, an M.Div. (Master of Divinity) and a Th.M. (Master of Theology), and a Ph.D. (with honors) in philosophy and theology from Princeton Theological Seminary.

Mike Riddle
Profession: adjunct lecturer with the Institute for Creation Research
Degrees Earned: degree in mathematics and a graduate degree in education (universities unknown)

William Bell Riley
Profession: minister
Degrees Earned: 
  • Valparaiso University alumni
  • Southern Baptist Theological Seminary alumni
  • attended college in Hanover, Indiana, where he received an A.B. degree in 1885.
Harry Rimmer
Profession: writer
Degrees Earned: enrolled in a correspondence course in geology at the University of Colorado

Thomas Robb
Profession: national director of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan and a pastor at the Christian Revival Center.
Degrees Earned: unknown

Hugh Ross 
Profession: astrophysicist
Degrees Earned:
  • PhD in astronomy from the University of Toronto
  • undergraduate degree in physics from the University of British Columbia.
Marcus R. Ross
Profession: Assistant Professor of Geology in the Biology/Chemistry Department at Liberty University, where he is also the Assistant Director of the Center for Creation Studies
Degrees Earned:
  • B.S. in Earth Science from Pennsylvania State University
  • M.S. in Paleontology from the South Dakota School of Mines and Technology
  • Ph.D. in Geosciences from the University of Rhode Island
Darren Rovell
Profession: sports business analyst
Degrees Earned: B.S. graduated cum laude Northwestern University School of Communications

Rousas John Rushdoony
Profession: Calvinist philosopher, historian, and theologian
Degrees Earned: 
  • B.A. in English and M.A. in Education from University of California, Berkeley
  • graduated from Pacific School of Religion, a Congregational and Methodist seminary in Berkeley, California

John C. Sanford
Profession: plant geneticist
Degrees Earned: 
  • graduated in 1976 from the University of Minnesota with a BSc in horticulture
  • received an MSc in 1978 and a PhD in 1980 in plant breeding/plant genetics from University of Wisconsin–Madison
Rick Santorum
Profession: author, attorney, and politician
Degrees Earned: 
  • undergraduate degree from Pennsylvania State University
  • M.B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh
  • J.D. from the Dickinson School of Law. 
Jonathan Sarfati
Profession: works for Creation Ministries International 
Degrees Earned: B.Sc. (Hons.) and a chemistry from Victoria University of Wellington

Henry F. Schaefer, III
Profession: computational and theoretical chemist
Degrees Earned: 
  • B.S. degree in chemical physics by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1966
  • Ph.D. degree in chemical physics from Stanford University in 1969
Siegfried Scherer
Profession: biologist
Degrees Earned: 
  • studied biology, chemistry and physics at the University of Konstanz
  • passed state examination in chemistry and physics
  • diploma and state examination in biology
  • PhD in plant physiology
Andrew Schlafly
Profession: attorney
Degrees Earned: 
  • B.S.E. in Electrical Engineering and a certificate in Engineering Physics from Princeton University
  • degree from Harvard Law School with a Juris Doctor. 
Gerald Schroeder
Profession: Orthodox Jewish physicist, author, lecturer and teacher at College of Jewish Studies Aish HaTorah's Discovery Seminar, Essentials and Fellowships programs and Executive Learning Center
Degrees Earned: received his BSc in 1959, his MSc in 1961, and his PhD in nuclear physics and earth and planetary sciences in 1965, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Edward Granville Sewell
Profession: Professor of Mathematics at the University of Texas, El Paso.
Degrees Earned: 
  • PhD from Purdue University in 1972 
  • M.S. in mechanical engineering 1977 from the University of Texas, Austin
  • BS was from Harding College (now Harding University)
Geoffrey Simmons
Profession: doctor of internal medicine for the Peacehealth Medical Group
Degrees Earned:
  • BS in biology from the University of Illinois
  • M.D. from the University of Illinois Medical School
David Simpson (British politician)
Profession: politician
Degrees Earned: studied at the College of Business Studies, now called Belfast Metropolitan College

Tuve Skånberg
Profession: Swedish politician
Degrees Earned: Doctor of Theology at Lund University

Joseph Fielding Smith
Profession: tenth president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Degrees Earned: unknown

Wesley J. Smith
Profession: lawyer
Degrees Earned: JD, school unknown

Roy Spencer
Profession: climatologist, Principal Research Scientist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and the U.S. Science Team leader for the Advanced Microwave Scanning Radiometer (AMSR-E) on NASA's Aqua satellite
Degrees Earned: 
  • B.S. in Atmospheric Sciences from the University of Michigan
  • M.S. and Ph.D. in Meteorology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison 
Lee Spetner
Profession: physicist and author
Degrees Earned: 
  • BS degree in mechanical engineering at Washington University
  • Ph.D in physics from MIT
Ben Stein
Profession: actor, writer, lawyer, and commentator on political and economic issues
Degrees Earned: 
  • majored in economics at Columbia University's Columbia College, graduating with honors in 1966,
  • Yale Law School, graduating in June 1970
Peter Stoner
Profession: Chairman of the Departments of Mathematics and Astronomy at Pasadena City College until 1953; Chairman of the science division, Westmont College, 1953–57; Professor Emeritus of Science, Westmont College; Professor Emeritus of Mathematics and Astronomy, Pasadena City College.
Degrees Earned: unknown

Mervyn Storey
Profession: Northern Ireland politician
Degrees Earned:  unknown

Ronda Storms
Profession: member of the Florida State Senate
Degrees Earned: 
  • bachelor of arts degree in English education from the University of South Florida
  • Juris Doctor at the Stetson College of Law in Gulfport, receiving her law degree Cum Laude
John Roach Straton
Profession: pastor
Degrees Earned: unknown

Lee Strobel
Profession: Christian author, journalist and pastor
Degrees Earned: 
  • journalism degree from University of Missouri 
  • Master of Studies in Law degree from Yale Law School
Marcus Stroud
Profession: American Football player
Degrees Earned: played college football for the University of Georgia

Robert Sungenis
Profession: president of CAI Publishing, Inc.
Degrees Earned: 
  • B.A. in Religion from George Washington University
  • M.A. in theology from Westminster Theological Seminary
  • unaccredited Ph.D. in 2006 from the Calamus International University

Tom Tancredo
Profession: American politician
Degrees Earned:  degree in political science from University of Northern Colorado

Ian T. Taylor
Profession: radio show host
Degrees Earned: degree metallurgical engineering from London University

Charles Thaxton
Profession: author
Degrees Earned: 
  • doctorate in physical chemistry from Iowa State University
  • completed post-doctorate programs in the history of science at Harvard University 
  • completed post-doctorate programs at the molecular biology laboratories of Brandeis University
Richard L. Thompson (aka Sadaputa Dasa)
Profession: author
Degrees Earned: Ph.D. in mathematics from Cornell University

Frank J. Tipler
Profession: mathematical physicist and cosmologist
Degrees Earned: 
  • bachelor of science degree in physics Massachusetts Institute of Technology; 
  • PhD University of Maryland, College Park
Sandu Tudor
Profession: Romanian poet, journalist, theologian and Orthodox monk.
Degrees Earned: unknown
Jay Van Andel
Profession: businessman
Degrees Earned:
  • Calvin College, Grand Rapids, MI degree unknown
  • Morningside College degree unknown
  • Pratt Business School, Pratt, KS degree unknown
  • Aviation Cadet School, Yale University degree unknown
Maria van der Hoeven
Profession: Executive Director of the International Energy Agency
Degrees Earned: 
  • trained as a primary teacher in Maastricht
  • obtained a secondary teaching certificate in English
  • attended courses in higher management for non-profit organisations at the Institute of Social Sciences and
  • attended courses in business management at the Open University in Heerlen
Larry Vardiman
Profession: retired from the Institute for Creation Research
Degrees Earned: 
  • B.S., University of Missouri
  • B.S., St. Louis University
  • M.S., Colorado State University
  • Ph.D. in Atmospheric Science from Colorado State University
Walter J. Veith
research field is nutritional physiology, author, lecturer
Degrees Earned: 
  • doctorate in zoology from the University of Cape Town in 1979;
  • B.S. (hons) cum laude and an M.S. in zoology from the University of Stellenbosch

Cecil Wakeley
Profession: surgeon
Degrees Earned: trained as physician and surgeon at King's College Hospital

Rick Warren
Profession: evangelical Christian pastor and author
Degrees Earned:
  • Bachelor of Arts degree from California Baptist University in Riverside, California
  • Master of Divinity degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth, Texas
  • Doctor of Ministry degree from Fuller Theological Seminary in Pasadena, California.
David C. C. Watson
Profession: author
Degrees Earned: graduated from the University of Cambridge with First class honours in Classics

Richard Weikart
Profession: professor of history at California State University, Stanislaus
Degrees Earned: 
  • bachelor's degree from Texas Christian University
  • master's from Texas Christian University
  • doctorate in history from University of Iowa
Jim Wells
Profession: politician
Degrees Earned: degree in geography and a postgraduate diploma in town and country planning from Queen's University Belfast.

Jonathan Wells 
Profession: author
Degrees Earned: 
  • PhD in molecular and cell biology at University of California, Berkeley, 
  • Unification Theological Seminary, 
  • PhD in religious studies at Yale University
John G. West
Profession: Senior Fellow at the Seattle-based Discovery Institute (DI), and Associate Director and Vice President for Public Policy and Legal Affairs of its Center for Science and Culture (CSC)
Degrees Earned: 
  • undergraduate degree in Communications (Editorial Journalism) from the University of Washington in 1986
  • Ph.D. in Government from The Claremont Graduate School (now Claremont Graduate University) in 1992
John C. Whitcomb
Profession: theologian
Degrees Earned: B.D. degree at Grace Theological Seminary in Winona Lake, Indiana

Monty White
Profession: formerly the Chief Executive of the UK branch of Answers in Genesis
Degrees Earned:
  • BSc in Chemistry from University of Wales
  • PhD for research in the kinetic theory of gas from Aberystwyth University
Carl Wieland
Profession: Managing Director of Creation Ministries International
Degrees Earned:  medical degree from Adelaide University

Benjamin Wiker
Profession: ethicist
Degrees Earned:  PhD in ethics from Vanderbilt University

A. E. Wilder-Smith
Profession: Chemist, Lecturer
Degrees Earned:
  • Ph.D. in physical organic chemistry at University of Reading, England (1941)
  • in pharmacological sciences from Eidgenossische Technische Hochschule (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology) in Zurich
  • D.Sc. in pharmacological sciences from University of Geneva (1964)
Don Wilson
Profession: pastor
Degrees Earned: 
  • attended Manhattan Christian College, Kansas State University
  • Ph.D. from the California Graduate School of Theology
Gerald Burton Winrod
Profession: author, newspaper publisher
Degrees Earned: unknown

Kurt Wise
Profession: Director of Creation Research Center at Truett-McConnell College
Degrees Earned:
  • B.A. Geology from the University of Chicago
  • M.A. in Geology from Harvard University
  • PhD in geology from Harvard University.
Karin Wolff
Profession: German politician and vice-president of Hesse
Degrees Earned: unknown

Thomas E. Woodward
Profession: research professor and department chair of the theology department at Trinity College of Florida/Dallas Theological Seminary (Tampa Bay Extension)
Degrees Earned: 
  • B.A. in History awarded by Princeton University
  • Th. M. in Systematic Theology from the Dallas Theological Seminary
Cheri Yecke
Profession: politician
Degrees Earned: 
  • bachelor's degree in history from the University of Hawaii
  • master's of science degree in teaching from the University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Ph.D. in educational psychology from the University of Virginia. 
Mahmoud al-Zahar
Profession: member of the Hamas leadership in the Gaza Strip
Degrees Earned: 
  • graduated from the Cairo University Faculty of Medicine
  • Masters Degree in General Surgery from Ain Shams University, Cairo