Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for April, 2005

Interesting Religious Freedom Case

The 4th Circuit Court of Appeals recently issued a ruling in Simpson v. Chesterfield County Board of Supervisors involving prayers of invocation offered at the beginning of that board’s meetings. Most such cases involve challenges to the constitutionality of holding such prayers, but in this case a woman was asking to be allowed to give…

Cathy Young on Andrea Dworkin

Cathy Young has an excellent post on Reason’s Hit and Run about the fawning obituaries given in the last week for Andrea Dworkin, the anti-sex feminist. She writes: It’s sadly obvious that this supposedly bold and visionary prophet was, in actuality, insane. (Among other things, she described the Caesarian section as “a surgical fuck” by…

In the Agora in the Major Media

The group blog that I write for as well, In the Agora, has received a big notice in the Indianapolis Star, which I imagine is probably one of the top 20 largest circulation newspapers in the country. They also took note of Radley Balko’s The Agitator. Congratulations to Paul and Josh and the rest of…

Welcome to the Future?

Found via Radley Balko, this story about a new technological solution to the pesky problem of not being able to track every human being at all times: IBM will begin installing a “Smart Box” system in vehicles in the United Arab Emirates next year, potentially generating millions in traffic fines for the Gulf state. The…

Rowe on Hartsock and Devvy Kidd

More evidence that Jon Rowe and I were separated at birth: he wrote an essay on the very same fake Jefferson quote, mentioning both Christian Hartsock and Devvy Kidd’s use of it, this morning. Someone else had sent me a link to it and I wrote about it too, but without any knowledge that the…

Another Fabricated Jefferson Quote

My friend David sent me a link to the webpage of one Christian Hartsock, suggesting him as a Robert O’Brien Trophy nominee. Turns out the lad is only 18 and still in high school, so I’ll be more gentle than usual. I’m not even going to bother to fisk the entire essay found on the…

One of the hottest selling books at the moment is Mark Levin’s Men in Black: How the Supreme Court is Destroying America, currently at #8 on the New York Times bestseller list. I’ve not read this book, but I know the arguments in it. Anyone who has paid attention to conservative rhetoric at the talk…

Government Logic

Thursday night is the night we host a weekly poker game, and the first one to arrive is usually our buddy Scott. Known Scott for years. He’s your basic small businessman, owns a convenience store that does pretty well. He has two homes a couple miles from us, and a couple miles apart, one on…

Sandefur is defending himself against Owen Courreges of Southern Appeal on the rude question asked to Scalia, and doing quite well I think. He writes: Courreges concludes, “stop being a jerk about this and admit that the question was inappropriate.” I have admitted the question is inappropriate – that was my entire point. Whether or…

Yes, Tom Delay apologized today in a press conference, not for what he said but for the way he said it: “I said something in an inartful way, and I shouldn’t have said it that way, and I apologize for saying it that way. But if you want a perfect insight into just how ignorant…