Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for August, 2004

The Truth About Our Political System

The charm of democracy, as HL Mencken noted so long ago, is that it is the only truly amusing form of government ever invented. Unlike Mencken, however, I can’t feel only joy and mirth when watching how ridiculous our entire political system is. That great American democracy that we’re always talking about amounts to this:…

Nick Gillespie from Reason’s Hit and Run blog has an interesting post about the hullaballoo surrounding John Kerry’s military service and he finishes with this statement: You’ve got to hand it to the Democrats. They enter a presidential race against a guy who clearly worked to evade active service in Vietnam and manage to nominate…

Sandefur Wins an Important Case

I’ve been meaning to write about this for quite some time, since it actually happened a few weeks ago, but it kept slipping my mind. Now that he’s published an article about it, it’s as good a time as any. Timothy Sandefur of the always challenging Freespace blog, in his day job as an attorney…

Update on the New Digs

Until the typekey issue is sorted out, I’ve turned off comment moderation. I figure this is probably too new to attract the comment spammers anyway. I’m also having difficulty installing mt-blacklist, so any of you bloggers out there who have the new blacklist installed (version 2.0e, not the old 1.65 that only works with MT…

Welcome to my New Home

If you’re reading this, you obviously got the message from my old blog and followed the link. This is the permanent home of Dispatches from the Culture Wars. A lot more content is planned for the main page, but that will take some time to get going the way I want to. As you can…

Allen Bloom and Alan Keyes

Jon Rowe has written an absolute must-read essay on our favorite intrepid campaigner, Alan Keyes, and our favorite nihilist-who-sounds-like-a-fundamentalist philosopher, Allan Bloom. I was not aware until I read it that Keyes was the person that Bloom was referring to in his book The Closing of the American Mind, when he told the story of…

Fun with Alan Keyes

Is there anything more fun than watching Alan Keyes campaign? He’s like a carnival barker with a PhD. He gets so fired up and on such a verbal roll that I imagine him waking up some mornings, looking at newspaper reports from the day before and saying, “I said THAT?”. First, his excuse for why…

One of the truly valuable voices in the world on military issues belongs to David Hackworth. Hack is one of our most highly decorated military veterans, from his days as an underage merchant marine at the end of World War II through Korea, where he was the youngest captain in the Army, and Vietnam, where…

Hurricanes and Blasphemy

The last few days were rather stressful because of the hurricanes in Florida. Hurricane Charley was projected to be heading right for the community that Lynn lives in and she evacuated along with her brother and his family. As the hurricane approached land, however, it took a turn to the east and ended up hitting…

On The Move

By the way, Dispatches from the Culture Wars will soon be moving. I have registered the domain name stcynic.com and will be putting up a webpage there this weekend. My hope is to make this into more than just a blog, I also have a lot of other content in mind for the future. But…