Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for August, 2004

Alan Keyes and Allan Bloom

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…

Timothy has a post addressed to me, in reply to my post yesterday. He makes two arguments. First, he argues that the crimes of communist thugs were often understated and the crimes of anti-communist thugs often overstated. No argument from me on that one. I absolutely agree, and for the record I am not one…

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…

Victims of Communism Memorial

Timothy Sandefur has started a campaign to encourage people to donate to an organization that wants to put up a Victims of Communism memorial. Yesterday he wrote an essay on why communist systems lead to repression and barbarism, which I find mostly quite accurate. I think he’s slightly off on his initial premise: I suspect…

A Slightly New Direction

There has been much discussion and contemplation this weekend about the direction this blog has taken lately, and I’m going to attempt to change the course a bit. Not a total overhaul, but perhaps a change in tone. Lately I have been focusing a lot on outright mockery of the truly stupid or deluded. There…

Presidential Candidates by the Bushel

Found this interesting site that lists all of the presidential candidates, not just the major parties. There are a lot of parties out there I’d never heard of.

The Return of Ed Conrad

Anyone familiar with the talk.origins newsgroup remembers Ed Conrad. He’s a first class kook from Pennsylvania who has been claiming for years to be the victim of a grand scientific conspiracy. He claims to have found human remains in a coal seam that dates long before humans were around, and of course it goes without…

More Reconstructionist Stupidity

This morning, I was thinking that perhaps I should cut back on bashing people who are so obviously moronic that it’s not sound sport to even bother with it. Then I came across the cretinous Joseph Grant Swank’s latest bit of utter idiocy: The APA has stated to media that homosexual lifestyle is normal. It…