Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for February, 2005

Jon Rowe has an interesting post up about the question of incorporating the Establishment Clause of the first amendment. It was sparked by a discussion on the Panda’s Thumb between Sandefur and another frequent commentator here, Ed Darrell (you have to scroll down a ways in the comments to find the right ones). All attorneys,…

Butterworth and the Impending Civil War

Mark Butterworth stopped by and commented on a thread below after googling his name and finding a post I’d written in response to something he wrote on his blog almost a year ago. I thought I’d move it up here so we can carry on a public conversation about it in the comments. The gist…

Media Matters has a side by side comparison of various “news reports” written by Jeff Gannon/James Guckert for Talon News that were simply taken word for word from either the President’s speeches or from RNC or White House “fact sheets”. It’s a pretty funny comparison.

Transitional Fossil Evidence Challenge

My friend Wesley Elsberry has updated the Transitional Fossil Evidence Challenge (TFEC) and posted it on his blog. The TFEC has a long history in online discussions of evolution and creationism, particularly in the talk.origins newsgroup, but as far as I know this is the first time it has been extended to the blogosphere. It…

One of the things that is endlessly amusing to me is watching the two parties do their dance of feigned outrage at the tactics of the other party when they have engaged in the same tactics when the tables were previously turned. The latest example is the frantic hand-wringing of the Republicans about Democrats in…

A Virginia Assembly committee has soundly rejected Charles Carrico’s proposal to amend the state constitution, which was written by Thomas Jefferson himself. Thankfully there was some sanity, with 4 Republicans on the committee joining 6 Democrats to reject the bill. “Having survived 219 years of honored Virginia tradition, can we really improve on the language…

From Scott Jonas at a website called jesus-is-savior.com comes this little ditty: “For those of us who believe we should train our daughters according to Titus 2, 1 Peter 3, and other Biblical passages, my answer is “Yes, it is not good.” I propose that sports greatly hinders the development of godly, Biblical, feminine character.…

Worldnutdaily Hypocrisy on Gannon/Guckert

I’ve just been waiting for this, knowing that Joseph Farah couldn’t help but put foot in mouth in this situation. But even for Farah, this is astonishing. In a delightfully silly column called No Substitute for Real Journalism, Farah gives us his take on the whole Gannon/Guckert ordeal. He eagerly calls Talon News and Guckert…

More conservative “Judicial Activism”

The latest installment in my never-ending series to demonstrate that when conservatives use the phrase “judicial activism”, it means nothing other than “when judges do things we don’t like.” From the AP: Politically conservative public interest groups filed lawsuits Tuesday seeking to invalidate the $3 billion stem cell research funding institution California voters approved in…

In a Washington Post column the other day, George Will said the same thing I’ve been saying the last couple weeks – the notion that Bush’s proposed budget is fiscally responsible is ridiculous: Not that his “lean” (his adjective) and “austere” (John McCain’s) $2.57 trillion budget is anything of the sort. It proposes spending 38…