Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for May, 2004

The Meaningless Martyr Prose

This is amusing. A blog called ChristWeb has a post on the Justice Department intervening on behalf of a Muslim girl who was told by her school that she couldn’t wear her headscarf. They correctly informed the school that the student had the right to wear religious clothing in schools. You’d think one would be…

Book Bytes #3: Mencken on Mencken

A large portion of what Mencken wrote was criticism, particularly of books. He was in fact probably America’s most prominent book critic of the 20th century. This caused many to wonder why he chose to be a critic of other men’s ideas rather than an expositor of his own, as well as to wonder what…

Back Again

Well, I’m back from a grueling weekend of travel. We basically spent all of Friday and all of Sunday either driving or flying. We were delayed yesterday in Chicago because of the weather, and it wasn’t fun taking a little puddle jumper prop plane to Grand Rapids with storm systems all around. That plane bounced…

Gone for the Weekend

There won’t be anything new for a few days. Tomorrow morning, I’m flying to Colorado to attend the graduation ceremony for my brother, who is receiving his master’s degree in computer science. It will be the first time I’ve seen him since my mother’s funeral, so I’m really looking forward to seeing him and his…

Carnival of the Vanities #87

Welcome back my friends to the show that never ends, we’re so glad you could attend, come inside, come inside. I thought about coming up with some really clever theme for this week’s Carnival. I thought about doing it like a real carnival barker, telling you what mysterious and amazing things await you behind the…

And I feel fine. But it seems as though yesterday’s official start of legal gay marriage in Massachusetts has provoked much wailing and gnashing of teeth among the religious right. This is to be expected, of course, but I can’t be the only one who is actually enjoying watching all of this feverish hand wringing.…

Knowledge v Wisdom

Knowledge may be gained from books; wisdom requires experiences.

Bravo, Mr. Scalzi

John Scalzi has a wonderful post today about weddings and marriage, in the form of advice to gay couples getting married now that the Massachusetts ruling has gone into effect as of this morning and gays are allowed to marry in that state. It’s brilliant and funny and moving, and all in all a great…

Update on Sandefur and Rowe

Timothy Sandefur has returned from his weekend in Vegas. Unfortunately, he didn’t go there for a weekend of drunken debauchery and gambling, but to participate in panel discussions at Freedom Fest, a gathering of the libertarian-minded. It’s probably a good thing I didn’t attend this event, as I probably would have abandoned the speeches and…

An Atypical Night of Poker

Went to Soaring Eagle last night to play some poker for the first time since they reopened the poker room. I arrived about 4, but there were already fairly substantial lists going for most of the games. I put myself on the lists for 3/6 and 6/12 holdem and went to the buffet for some…