Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for May, 2004

In yet another blow to those who have bought the “the ACLU just hates God” line from the religious right, the ACLU has successfully defended the right of a student to place a bible verse in her yearbook. The case involves Abby Moler, the 2001 valedictorian at Sterling Heights Stevenson (a school I know very…

A Nice Plug

Thanks to Skippy at Enjoy Every Sandwich for blowing up my ego to possibly dangerous levels with this very nice endorsement: Anyhow, the whole point of this post is to direct you to Ed Brayton’s Dispatches From the Culture Wars. Mr. Brayton’s format is similar to mine in that his areas of interest tend to…

Finding Solutions for Terrorism

Andrew McCarthy, the prosecutor who put Sheik Omar Abdel Rahman in prison for the original WTC bombing in 1993, has a fascinating article at the National Review Online. He begins by debunking the notion of the “war on terrorism”: Terrorism is not an enemy. It is a method. It is the most sinister, brutal, inhumane…

John Scalzi has a really good post on the “frat meme” that is going around, comparing the abuse and torture at Abu Ghraib prison to fraternity hazing. Rush Limbaugh has been pushing this meme, as has Tom DeLay. Scalzi rightly blasts this ridiculous idea, but what fascinates me are some of the comments that have…

A Disagreement with Randy Barnett

After reading Randy Barnett’s latest post on the ongoing debate between he and Stephen Bainbridge (and by proxy, between Jonathan Rowe, Tim Sandefur, Larry Solum and myself against Clayton Cramer and Owen Courreges), I was planning to finally write something in disagreement with a position he has taken. Alas, Rowe beat me to it, so…

Gay Marriage Satire

I’ve never heard of Adam Felbers before today, but after reading the piece I’m going to reproduce below, I’m ready to nominate him for the comedy hall of fame. He gives permission here to reproduce this transcript in e-mails of a commentary he did on This American Life on the radio recently, so I assume…

Timothy Sandefur has posted an excellent essay on libertarian judicial philosophy, as part of an ongoing debate going on between myself, Sandefur, Jonathan Rowe, Randy Barnett and Larry Solum (on the libertarian side) and Clayton Cramer, Stephen Bainbridge and Owen Courreges (on the conservative side). The cries of “judicial tyranny” are heard from conservatives whenever…

Who Was Bill Hicks?

“To me, the comic is the guy who says ‘Wait a minute’ as the consensus forms. He’s the antithesis of the mob mentality. The comic is a flame ? like Shiva the Destroyer, toppling idols no matter what they are.” Bill Hicks After writing yesterday’s list of the greatest comedians, it has occured to me…

10 Greatest Stand Up Comics

Inspired by a conversation this afternoon, prompted by the death of Alan King, I’d like to lay out my list of the greatest comedians of all time. If anyone bothers to read it, I’m sure there will be lots of debate over who is on the list that shouldn’t be, or who was left off…

Clayton Cramer, in the midst of taking on Jonathan Rowe and Randy Barnett on the matter of judicial activism, paused to address, rather badly, the issue of whether America was “conceived as a Christian nation”. Cramer begins: Rowe has a very long blog entry trying to debunk the notion that the United States was conceived…