Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for July, 2005

A Woman to Replace O’Connor?

The Washington Post is reporting that President Bush has narrowed his list of candidates and will announce a nominee to replace Justice O’Connor in the next few days. And that’s not all: As Bush interviews his finalist or finalists, the White House has kept secret his paring-down process. Some advisers said they increasingly believe the…

Bailey Among the Creationists

Jerry Falwell is hosting a huge Creation Megaconference at Liberty University starting tomorrow. Reason magazine’s Ronald Bailey, who has written a good deal about creationism, is going to attend and post dispatches from the conference. Should be interesting to read.

Gorenfeld’s Latest Moon Expose`

John Gorenfeld has an article in the American Prospect detailing the Rev. Moon’s ties to North Korea and to the political right in America. It has long been known that Moon has been pumping hard currency into North Korea, but Gorenfeld provides some shocking numbers as well as evidence of Moon’s involvement in an arms…

Utah Evolution Saga Continues

And continues to get more ridiculous as well. This Chris Buttars is some piece of work. It’s frightening that someone this badly education could have any influence at all on how children are educated, but that’s electoral politics for you. You’ll recall from the other day that the Utah Superintendant of Public Instruction, Patti Harrington,…

Out of Town

I’m out of town on business until sometime tomorrow afternoon, so nothing new until then.

Utah and Human Evolution

Some of you may remember the story of Chris Buttars, the Utah state legislator who submitted a bill to require the teaching of “divine design” in public school science classrooms in that state. That led to a couple of long exchanges between myself and John West, associate director of the Discovery Institute. One of my…

Rehnquist Staying on Court

Chief Justice Rehnquist issued a statement yesterday that he was not going to announce his retirement and that he intended to continue on the court as long as his health permits: Squelching rumors of his retirement, Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist said Thursday he will continue heading the Supreme Court despite his battle with thyroid…

Bastille Day Reflections

Today is Bastille Day, the French equivalent to our 4th of July, and the crew at In the Agora decided to dedicate the entire day to bashing France. I have very mixed feelings about the whole thing, since there are many things I love about France. But like all nations, France has its absurdities and…

World Series of Poker, Day 6

Well, the World Series of Poker is down to 27 players and things seem to be falling right into place for ESPN to have a compelling storyline for their broadcast of it. The three biggest names left in the field are all in the top 5 in chip stack. Mike Matusow is in first place…

Wendy McElroy has an interesting post on the History News Network blog about famed civil libertarian attorney Alan Dershowitz and his attempt to prevent the publication of a book that is critical of him. The book, written by Norman Finkelstein, accuses Dershowitz, among other things, of plagiarism in lifting quotes second hand from other scholars,…