Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for February, 2006

Commenting Problems?

Does anyone here who leaves comments have AOL? Lynn is having a devil of a time leaving comments using AOL and Internet Explorer (apparently Firefox doesn’t work well with AOL). The problem is that she signs on using Typekey and the comment entry box shows up for just a couple seconds, then disappears. Has anyone…

Shermer on Irving

Michael Shermer, publisher of Skeptic magazine, has an op-ed piece in the LA Times about the imprisonment of David Irving that is well worth reading. He cites a famous passage from the Robert Bolt play, A Man for All Seasons: Roper: So now you’d give the devil benefit of law. More: Yes. What would you…

Irving Sentence Not Long Enough?

Not content with sentencing a man to 3 years in prison for speaking his mind, vile as his thoughts may be, Austrian prosecutors have appealed that sentence and demanded that the 67 year old historian David Irving spend ten years in prison instead for the crime of having made an unapproved speech in 1989. Austria…

Should Bibles Be Tax Exempt?

Interesting case in Florida where a Wiccan group is suing the state because they exempt bibles from the state sales tax, but not other religious books. Naturally, religious right legal groups are defending the law because, truth be told, their goal is to preserve government benefits exclusively for their religion and not for others. Liberty…

What Am I Missing?

I’m afraid I just don’t get the Bush administration’s position on turning the control of our major ports over to a company owned by the United Arab Emirates. It’s just obviously a bad idea, obvious enough that even the Congressional leadership of both parties seem to be able to recognize it. And yet on this…

Berube and Hannity

Sean Hannity parrots the ridiculous rhetoric about college students being “indoctrinated” by leftist professors and asks, “What can be done to remove these professors with these radical ideas from campus?” Michael Berube provides an appropriately sarcastic response.

Supreme Court RFRA Decision

Another fascinating decision today came from the U.S. Supreme Court involving the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the right to drink hallucinogenic tea as part of a religious ritual. What makes this fascinating to me is that it involves the RFRA, one of the more unusual pieces of legislation ever passed, and that the decision…

Those who are interested in eminent domain and takings law will be interested in this. The Oregon Supreme Court has reversed a lower court and upheld Measure 37, a law passed in that state by referendum that required the government to compensate property owners not only for the seizure of property but also for the…

That Famous DI Statement

The DI’s famous list of “dissenting scientists” who “doubt Darwin” has gone over 500 names and they are crowing. Their press release is reprinted almost word for word in the Worldnutdaily and they’ve even launched a website about this list called dissentfromdarwin.org. But as I’ve said a thousand times, the statement that they claim shows…

DUIBlog

Here’s an interesting blog with very valuable information about the highly dubious nature of breathalyzer tests and why, frankly, they should be inadmissable in court (and this from a guy who rarely drinks and never drinks and drives). Breathalyzer tests do not measure the presence of alcohol, they measure the presence of methyl compounds. They…