Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for November, 2004

Balkin on Ashcroft’s Parting Shot

John Ashcroft, after resigning as Attorney General, gave a speech to the Federalist Society in which he took a final shot at the judiciary for “second guessing” the President and daring to limit his powers in the war on terrorism: “The danger I see here is that intrusive judicial oversight and second-guessing of presidential determinations…

Children of Lesbians No Worse Off

Hat tip to Jim Anderson for a link to this study on children raised by two lesbian parents. The study matched up 44 teenagers who were part of two parents households led by two lesbian women with 44 teenagers raised in two parent households with married heterosexual parents, and it also normalized the factors for…

Looks Like Specter Is In

It looks like, as predicted, the SoCons overplayed their hand and Arlen Specter is going to succeed Orrin Hatch as Senate Judiciary Committee chairman. Picking up the endorsement of Hatch almost certainly assures him of winning the caucus vote for that chairmanship. I’d call that the victory of sanity over dishonesty. The campaign of distortion…

Know Your ID Creationists

Brent Rasmussen and DarkSyde (who never tells anyone his real name, I suspect because his first name is Orville or something like that) have begun a series of posts on the Unscrewing the Inscrutable weblog that introduces readers to the various voices within the Intelligent Design Creationism (IDC) movement. Part one of this series features…

Jon Rowe’s Sense of Humor

Jon Rowe has a post about his odd sense of humor as a test for his readers. If the test was whether we found the same thing funny that he did, the answer is yes. I laughed out loud reading the melodramatic and overly pedantic memo from Robert Reed concerning the proper way to write…

Our Budget Boondoggle

Perusing the Congressional Budge Office website, I came across some fascinating numbers from the Federal budget. For instance, where does Federal revenue primarily come from? Let’s look at the historical budget numbers. In 2003, personal income taxes provided 44.5% of all revenues; in 2000 it was 49.6%. Corporate income taxes provided 7.4% of all revenues;…

The DI’s Legal Counsel

Astute readers who have followed the Discovery Institute and the Intelligent Design Creationism movement may have noticed a relatively new name cropping up in the recent press releases concerning the Cobb County case, that of Seth Cooper. Cooper is a recent law school graduate who is now a legal counsel for the Discovery Institute, and…

The Constitution in 2020

The title is the name of a conference to be held at Yale University in April 2005, which will include some of the most influential and respected constitutional law scholars in the nation (though the list at this point excludes some names that certainly should be there – Richard Epstein, Doug Laycock, Randy Barnett, and…

The Absurdity of “Judicial Activism”

Jim Anderson has a textbook example of why the phrase “judicial activism” should be forever struck from all political discourse. It is a meaningless phrase that, despite the pretensions of those who use it 27 times per paragraph, really just means “a judge did something I don’t like.” Alberto Gonzales is Bush’s new nominee for…

THIS is How You Insult Mary Cheney

From Agape Press: A Virginia pro-family advocate says the people who helped re-elect President Bush don’t support homosexual relationships — the administration apparently does. Joe Glover, president of the Family Policy Network, has worked tirelessly for family values, including the fight against legalized homosexual “marriage.” He says it was conservative Christians who put the president…