Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for August, 2004

The Challenge of 9/11

I think I’ve made it pretty clear that I loathe political conventions and campaigns in general, with their tired litany of empty language and meaningless cliches. Rarely does anyone even attempt to address a real issue in real terms. Today one of my favorite actors, Ron Silver, gave one of those brief little hoorah speeches…

Via Atrios: The opening invocation of the Republican National Convention was given by a woman named Sheri Dew, the charming and thoroughly deluded woman behind this bizarre speech where she says that supporting gay marriage is tantamount to supporting Hitler. No, really, she says that. Out loud. In public. And presumably, since it was at…

Is the Speaker of the House Insane?

Just look at this transcript from Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace, an interview with Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert: HASTERT: Well, you know, that doesn’t do any good. You know, but look behind us at this convention. I remember when I was a kid watching my first convention in 1992, when both the…

Fantasy Football Draft Report

Last night was draft night for a fantasy football league that I’ve joined for the first time. My brother has been in this league for several years and they decided to expand this year, so I finally got a spot in it. About half the people in the league I knew socially before the draft,…

Woohoo, Dispatches Makes the Cut

Jason Kuznicki, the Grand Poobah of Positive Liberty, has decided to shorten his blogroll for the sake of aesthetics and intellectual clarity, and went through a difficult culling process (described here) that presumably involved goat entrails and a ouija board. I’m proud to announce that Dispatches from the Culture Wars made the cut. Contrary to…

Academic Freedom and “harassment”

Lynn just sent me an interesting article on a situation at Black Hawk College involving academic freedom. I recalled seeing a headline on Worldnutdaily about it, but didn’t bother reading it until I saw this followup article. Here’s the situation, as the Worldnutdaily describes it: LeBlanc reportedly revealed two blackboards at the front of his…

More Fun with Alan Keyes

And the flip flops just keep on coming. It seems that our Man of Principle has discovered that there are a lot of farms in Illinois and decided to backpeddle on some of his rhetoric from an earlier presidential campaign. The AP reports: On his first campaign trip into Illinois farm country, Republican Senate candidate…

Reacting to my post yesterday about Lincoln suspending habeas corpus and trying to arrest Chief Justice Roger Taney, Timothy Sandefur writes: Still, I can’t help but wonder why there’s always so much talk about Lincoln’s or the Union’s violations of civil rights during wartime. (Often examples are given which were not done on Lincoln’s orders…

Sandefur on San Francisco

Timothy Sandefur has a brief description up of his overnight trip to San Fran, one of my favorite cities. He says: San Francisco is a kind of heaven. Not the boring sort of cotton-wadded hell that they told you about in Sunday school, but a vibrant, living place with lights and style. It is the…

What’s Up with Snopes.com?

All of a sudden I’m getting a bunch of hits from snopes.com, the site that debunks urban legends. But the referral page is the bulletin board/forum and I can’t find anywhere in the forum that I’m mentioned. So one of you people who linked to here from snopes.com, leave me a comment and tell me…