Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for April, 2005

Libertarian Songs?

Sandefur is making a list of songs with a libertarian bent. So far he has listed It’s My Life by Billy Joel, My Way by Frank Sinatra and I Hear My Train Coming by Jimi Hendrix (which I haven’t heard), and readers have suggested three songs: Welcome to the United States by Frank Zappa and…

Too Much Time on Their Hands

I found out last night that the Michigan State Police are investigating a local VFW hall for having poker games on the weekends. I’ve played in said game a few times and know many of the players. It’s a group of mostly Vietnam and even Korean war vets who sit in the back room a…

Rowe on Titus

Jon Rowe has written a retraction of his charge that Herb Titus, former head of the Regent University law school, is a Christian reconstructionist. Titus took the time to write him directly and dispute that those are his views. The post caught my eye because I had conversations with Perry Willis, a frequent commenter here,…

Guess Who Said This?

Ten points to the first person who can guess who said the following thing in 1995: “The time has come that the American people know exactly what their Representatives are doing here in Washington. Are they feeding at the public trough, taking lobbyist-paid vacations, getting wined and dined by special interest groups? Or are they…

New MCFS Website

I’ve been working on the new website for Michigan Citizens for Science. Skip Evans was kind enough to make a logo for us and install it on the page. He’s a real pro at the Postnuke content management system. I think I’ve finally got the page where I want it in terms of look and…

Partisan Stupidity and Hypocrisy

The great charm of democracy, HL Mencken famously wrote, is that it’s the only truly amusing form of government ever invented. That amusement grows exponentially when one isn’t a political partisan. Folks like me who think that the two major parties are, for all practical purposes, equally corrupt and incompetent can find endless amusement in…

A new Washington Post/ABC poll shows that most Americans oppose changing Senate rules to make it easier to confirm judicial nominees, and it’s not even close. 66% are opposed to it, while 26% are for it. According to The Hill’s Alexander Bolton, the Republicans’ internal polling is showing the same thing and that is why…

The “Unprecedented” Filibuster

I can’t be the only one who is sick and tired of hearing the right blather on about the “unprecedented” filibusters over a handful of Bush’s judicial nominees. Bill Frist claims that the Democrats “radically broke with tradition and precedent and launched the first-ever filibuster of a judicial nominee who had majority support” in 2003.…

Sandefur on Pico

Timothy Sandefur has a post at the Panda’s Thumb about the Gull Lake situation and the Thomas More Law Center’s citing of Board of Education, Island Trees Union Free School District No 26 et al v. Pico in its letter to the Gull Lake school board. As he points out, Pico does not support their…

As we come to the end of the month of April, it is once again time to award the Robert O’Brien Trophy (formerly known as the Idiot of the Month award) to a worthy recipient. This month’s winner is Les Kinsolving, the Worldnutdaily’s intrepid White House correspondent, for this screed about gays and the new…