Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for May, 2004

Madison on Church and State

One of the arguments that we often hear from those who are either opposed to separation of church and state entirely, or who favor a more accomodationist view, is the argument to the effect that modern interpretations of the first amendment religion clauses were unheard of among the founding fathers. They argue, for example, that…

Jon Rowe on the Founding Fathers

My thanks to Jon Rowe for the very nice comments in this post, where he references some entries I wrote on the founding fathers and Christianity. He chides me for missing why the Patrick Henry quote is also fraudulent, and I have to confess that I didn’t really give it much thought. The quote in…

Randy Barnett has a post on the Volokh Conspiracy that is quite interesting, concerning criticism leveled at him by Stephen Bainbridge and a letter to the editor from Robert Bork in the Wall Street Journal. Professor Barnett, as usual, makes the point about judicial activism that I’ve been making repeatedly on my blog: Both posts…

A Physicist on Poker

Sean Carroll, the UChicago physicist behind the delightful Preposterous Universe blog, linked to my post on the World Series of Poker and added some thoughts on the nature of poker from a theoretical perspective. It has never occured to me to combine, even in theory, my interests in poker and science, so what he has…

Ten More Random Things About Me

In the first installment of About Me, I listed 10 random things about myself. Now I feel the need to reel off 10 more. 11. I actually like to watch pro wrestling. I don’t do it often, and I’ve never ordered a pay per view or anything. But if I’m flipping channels and come across…

I’ve recently added a new link to I Speak of Dreams, the blog of Liz Ditz. Lynnie and I have really enjoyed exploring her page and strongly encourage everyone to pay her a visit. Liz has a varied and interesting background, including working for the Cato Institute and the Institute for Humane Studies at various…

What is Fisking?

I’ve had several people ask me recently what the word “fisking” means, as I use it often. I had only a vague conception of it myself, as a thorough refutation of a blog entry or article, but lo and behold I came across a good definition:: fisking: n. [blogosphere; very common] A point-by-point refutation of…

Pat Tillman in Perspective

I haven’t paid much attention to the Pat Tillman situation. The pious invocations of heroism in the media have been met with sarcastic derision from some, while the casual dismissal of his sacrifice by the likes of Ted Rall have provoked cries of moral outrage from those who like their heroes unsullied by humanity. As…

Mr. Sandefur Fisks a Pomo

This is a must see post by Timothy Sandefur that dovetails nicely with several of the subjects we’ve been discussing lately, particularly feminism and postmodern thinking. His post is a response to this piece of postmodern nonsense from someone named DF Moore, which purports to be a postmodernist response to libertarianism. It is subtitled How…

World Series of Poker

The World Series of Poker is going on right now at Binion’s Horseshoe in Las Vegas. Most people are familiar with it from the replays on ESPN, watching Chris Moneymaker win last year. But if you’re not a poker player, you probably don’t realize that the event that is televised is only the last of…