Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for May, 2004

Rowe vs Terry

Check out Jon Rowe’s exchange with Randall Terry. Jon initially wrote this essay about Thomas Fleming, dubbing him an “honest theocrat” in distinction to Randall Terry, and Terry replied to him in an e-mail. Jon dutifully shreds his arguments, which are, predictably, poorly thought out and riddled with grammatical errors and misspellings (is there anything…

I’ve made no secret of my utter distaste for Robert Bork and his ideology. In previous posts (here, here and here, as well as in several essays dealing with constitutional law in general) I have made the case that Bork is, for all intents and purposes, an advocate of theocracy and authoritarianism. His voluminous writings,…

What AIDS Can Teach Us

Yesterday I was reading an article about anti-gay protests at a gay pride parade. One of the protestors was holding a large sign that said, “Got AIDS yet?”; another had one that said “AIDS: Kills Fags Dead”. My first thought was that it’s too bad there isn’t a disease that afflicts the ignorant and bigoted.…

Miles Davis Redux

Timothy Sandefur has written a brief reply to my post on Miles Davis, in which he states: I canít imagine Miles Davis being on someoneís second tier. If Miles is on your second tier, your tiers are broken. I suppose it depends on what we’re talking about. As a composer, I would certainly place Miles…

I hate this game!

Okay, so I love poker. But last night was the most frustrating night of poker I think I’ve ever had. We had a new guy at the game, Joe. He works near us and my brother invited him to the game. Joe was simply the worst poker player I’ve ever seen in my life. He…

A Good Commencement Speech!

Okay, I spent enough time ripping on the typical commencement speech, how about a good one? William and Mary brought in alumnus Jon Stewart, host of the Daily Show on Comedy Central and one of the funniest stand up comics working today, to give their address and bestowed an honorary doctorate on him as well.…

Happy Birthday, Miles Davis

Thanks to Timothy Sandefur for reminding me that today would have been Miles Davis’ 78th birthday. Miles is in my second tier of jazz icons. I never cared for the tone of his trumpet playing all that much, it always sounded a bit tinny to me (I prefer the deeper tones of, say, Wynton Marsalis…

Sinatra and Dames

I just had a conversation with one of my loan officers about Frank Sinatra. In my experience, you either get Sinatra or you don’t. I’ve talked to people who just don’t understand his appeal, and if they don’t get it, you really can’t explain it to them. Sinatra was simply the coolest man on the…

Favorite Movie Lines

Since half the blogs on the net seem to be making lists of their favorite movie quotes, I thought I’d add some of mine. Some movies are just goldmines of great lines – Caddyshack, almost any Kevin Smith movie, Bull Durham. Herewith some of my absolute favorites, without the title of the movie so you…

How Annoying

Mblog seems to have had a temper tantrum and deleted all of my posts from yesterday. And a couple of them were quite good, I thought. I really must find a more reliable hosting service soon, don’t you think?