Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for July, 2005

Sandefur Reviews Barnett

Timothy Sandefur has a review of Randy Barnett’s book Restoring the Lost Constitution available on SSRN. It’s an excellent review that adds some additional background to Barnett’s work and the importance of the presumption of liberty. There are a couple of points I want to highlight from that review. One of the arguments one hears…

The John Roberts Documents

The White House released some 75,000 documents from John Roberts’ early work in the Reagan Department of Justice, which has his opponents pouring over them looking for something to use against him during the nomination. I haven’t seen any of them, of course, but I really like this quote from one memo he wrote when…

Bragging on My Friend’s Children

My best friend just called to tell me that his daughter Kara, who I went and saw play softball a few weeks ago, just won the state all star team championship and, in the process, pitched a no-hitter with 10 strikeouts in 4 innings (they won 19-0, so the game was called due to a…

Off to a Flying Start

Well, the new group blog at Positive Liberty has hit the ground running. I posted my essay about the 9th amendment and unenumerated rights over there as well, which drew the attention of Randy Barnett at the Volokh Conspiracy (to whom I once again owe thanks for his unexpected praise). That send hundreds of new…

I’m on the ReligionLaw listserv moderated by Eugene Volokh, an email list of dozens of law profs around the country with the discussion focused on areas where religion and law intersect. Yesterday a discussion kind of veered off that subject and into the 9th amendment and libertarian legal theory, until Prof. Volokh herded us all…

A Barnett Link

Just noticed that a couple weeks ago, Randy Barnett linked to a post I wrote about judicial activism with some mild praise of it. Probably doesn’t mean much to any of you, but since Barnett is my single favorite legal scholar it makes me feel good that he even noticed my amateur attempts at scholarship.…

Back in June of 2004, I wrote an essay about the varying degrees of credibility among creationists (with people like Kurt Wise and Art Chadwick at the top and people like Kent Hovind and Karl Priest at the bottom) that included a snarky little tidbit about William Gibbons. Gibbons describes himself as holding a “Ph.D.,…

Farewell to Wilkins

I’m quite disappointed that I didn’t get to meet John Wilkins while he was here visiting from Australia, but the closest he got to me was Toronto and things have been much too crazy here for me to get out there and join the howlerfest. PZ Myers made it out there and I sure wish…

Eminent Domain Loopholes

Timothy Sandefur has an op-ed piece in the Whittier Daily News pointing out the many loopholes in California law that allows property to be seized for redevelopemnt projects and the dishonesty used to claim that there are adequate safeguards currently. As my consulting firm prepares to put a referendum on the ballot here in Michigan,…

July’s Idiot of the Month award goes to Judith Reisman, a nutty anti-anything-sexual crusader who is astonishingly popular with social conservatives. Reisman is one of the leading lights of the “abstinence-only sex ed” movement and a longtime anti-porn and anti-gay activist with a history of saying absolutely loony things. Her latest contribution to absurdity is…