Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for March, 2004

Jack Balkin, Stand Up Comic

Ladies and Gentlemen, are you ready for your headliner? You’ve seen him on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno and on the HBO special of his sold out tour with Eugene Volokh and Glenn Reynolds, The Barristers of Comedy. Please welcome, from Yale University, Professor Jack Balkin: Because the Federal Marriage Amendment seems not to…

Answering Creationist Feedback

Rob McEwen has left a comment on a post that has slipped way down the page, and as it’s worth responding to and fisking in some detail, I thought I’d bring it up top to answer it. Pre-script: Turns out this guy left this same comment, word for word and breathless exclamation point for breathless…

The Meaning of Life is That It Ends

To those of you who come here to read my views on science and religion and politics, this post will probably come as something of a shock. But in the process of dealing with a very painful situation, my thoughts have turned inward. That turning inward is fueled also by the fact that next week…

Jonathan Rowe, this month’s guest blogger on Tim Sandefur’s Freespace Blog, is in the middle of reading Randy Barnett’s Restoring the Lost Constitution, and he’s blogging about it. I have not read the book yet, but Barnett is probably my favorite constitutional scholar. The other day I mentioned the absurdity of the Boston Globe putting…

Scalia and “Invented Rights”

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia gave a speech at a conference in New Orleans yesterday. Among other things, he said the following: “It is literally true that the U.S. Supreme Court has entirely liberated itself from the text of the Constitution,” Scalia said at a conference Uptown on the merit selection of judges. “So we…

ACLU Defends Deviants

I guess those who wondered just how far the depravity of the ACLU would go have their answer. We should have known that the slippery slope that the ACLU was on due to defending the rights of the KKK and NAMBLA would eventually lead to them defending even the likes of Jerry Falwell. Now remember,…

Flag Burning Again? Oi

The Senate is once again holding hearings on a constitutional amendment banning flag burning. It’s nice to know that in an age of 500 BILLION dollar deficits and terrorism around the world, this is what our elected leaders are wasting their time on. But of course, it’s an election year and these kinds of issues…

Libertarian Purity Test

From Brian Caplan, the Libertarian Purity Test. I scored 35, which makes me solidly libertarian, but I tend to agree with Tim Sandefur (who scored 96, making him a hardcore libertarian) that the test tends to assume that only anarcho-capitalists are “true” libertarians. Joe Carter is compiling the results from bloggers, as is Tim Lambert.

The blogs interested in legal issues seem to be once again debating an issue, this time “judicial activism”. As I mentioned in a post yesterday, the Boston Globe had a Sunday article on it quoting one blogger, Randy Barnett, and it seems to be spreading throughout the blogosphere. Barnett, of Boston University, has posted a…

Paul Myers has a wonderful post about his experience, as a Philadelphia native, eating a cheesesteak sandwich in Minnesota. It contains this paragraph: You know, I don’t think evil is loud or vicious or fiery or alarming. True evil is bland. It’s tedium and boredom and mindrotting monotony. It’s the sanctimonious certainty that something is…