Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for April, 2005

Marci Hamilton’s latest column skewers Tom DeLay and Bill Frist for their cavalier and hypocritical demonization of the courts. She writes in part: DeLay catered to the far right when he led the charge to enact “Terri’s Law,” which enabled her parents to return to a federal court that had lacked jurisdiction to hear their…

Congratulations, Paul Phillips

Paul Phillips, poker and scrabble player extraordinaire and one of the smartest and funniest guys around, is now a proud papa. His lovely wife Kathleen gave birth to Ivy Simone Phillips on Monday. Pictures here. Congratulations, Paul.

Orin Kerr has a pithy comment about Tom DeLay and his silly comments about how “outrageous” it is for Justice Kennedy to use the internet for research: What’s next? I fully expect DeLay to introduce H.R. 8615, The Stop Anthony Kennedy From Using the Internet Act of 2005. Stay tuned. Professor Kerr, it should probably…

Adam Cohen has an op-ed piece in the NY Times entitled Psst … Justice Scalia … You Know, You’re an Activist Judge, Too. He writes: The idea that liberal judges are advocates and partisans while judges like Justice Scalia are not is being touted everywhere these days, and it is pure myth. Justice Scalia has…

Rehnquist Not Retiring?

Virtually everyone, me included, has assumed that Chief Justice Rehnquist would be retiring at the end of this term due to his ongoing health problems and advanced age. But is that true? One court-watching blog is reporting that Rehnquist has just hired his 3 law clerks for the October 2005 session. Might mean something, might…

Delay Continues to Spout Idiocy

Ah yes, the war on the judiciary continues, led by our old pal Tom DeLay. Here’s his latest bit of stupidity: “Absolutely. We’ve got Justice Kennedy writing decisions based upon international law, not the Constitution of the United States? That’s just outrageous,” DeLay told Fox News Radio on Tuesday. “And not only that, but he…

Via Randy Barnett at VC, there is a new paper at SSRN from John Yoo and Sai Prakash, entitled The Origins of Judicial Review. This was the subject of much discussion recently in posts by me and by Josh Claybourn. It began with me criticizing Tom Delay for his absurd statement that, “The reason we…

The New Pope

As everyone knows by now, we have a new pope. Not being Catholic, the identity of the pope has little to do with me (though I’m glad we finally have one – since John Paul II died, I’ve borne the burden of being the only infallible person on the planet, and I just don’t need…

Coming Conservative Schism?

I’ve written a lot about the hypocrisy coming from the right on a number of issues, particularly federalism and “judicial activism.” There are signs that these issues are beginning to split conservatives as well, roughly along the line dividing those who actually believe the things they’ve been saying and those who have just used such…

Caesar’s Bath Meme

I saw this on John Coleman’s blog and thought it was an interesting idea. You should be reading Coleman’s work, by the way. He is on the staff of Crux, the pro-ID magazine, but he is a really bright and thought provoking writer. Anyway, the meme is this: Behold, the Caesar’s Bath meme! List five…