The geologists applauded a Republican Judge appointed by the president George W. Bush who gave his decision on teaching intelligent design in Pennsylvania schools. The ovation came as Judge John E. Jones III wrapped up an evening seminar at the Geological Society of America's annual meeting in Philadelphia. He also spoke about the about the very ethereal experience of watching the wrath of right-wing punditing directed entirely at onself through national TV Conservative commentator Ann Coulter. Geology professors face intelligent design proponents who stand up and debate in the fresh man geology courses that they reach. In his remarks the judge got a little vindication for the idea of judicial independence.