Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for June, 2006

Sandefur Explains the Hamdan Ruling

Reading and understanding court rulings can sometimes be difficult. When that ruling is 185 pages long and has multiple concurrences and dissents, it can be downright confusing. Sandefur has done us all a favor and posted a series of essays explaining what the ruling means over at Positive Liberty. Even if you’ve read the ruling,…

Judge Jones on his Critics

A new article in the York Daily Record about Judge Jones and how he’s handled the aftermath of the Dover decision (okay, it’s a few days old, but I just found out about it from Burt Humburg, and yes I’ve informed him that he really should be more on the ball and get me this…

Ron Wyatt: Collosal Fraud

And out come the wingnuts. Here’s the email I just received from someone named James Albright: Dear Ed, Noah’s ark was discovered by Ron Wyatt, whose ministry is named Wyatt Archeological Research. The news media is only taking attention away from the real ark through your ministry. Please stop this approach in the name of…

Lofton v Zappa

This is classic. Thanks to Jon Rowe and 386sx for pointing out this video of John Lofton debating Frank Zappa on Crossfire in 1986. Lofton calls for government censorship of rock music. His arguments are ridiculous. He claims that it’s okay to censor music because “words mean something” and “have impact.” He claims that America…

Olbermann on O’Reilly and Ratings

This is a hilarious clip of Keith Olbermann hammering Bill O’Reilly on his ever lowering ratings. I love Olbermann.

Another Victory on Gay Adoption

The Arkansas Supreme Court has handed us another major victory for gay adoptions, ruling that the state’s child welfare board cannot prohibit gays from being foster parents. “There is no correlation between the health, welfare and safety of foster children and the blanket exclusion of any individual who is a homosexual or who resides in…

Penis Pump Judge Convicted

The Oklahoma judge on trial for using a penis pump under his desk during trials was convicted of indecent exposure by a jury today. Several thoughts come to mind. A. This gives a whole new meaning to “penal code”. B. I can’t wait for the release of “Judges Gone Wild”, taped at Mardi Gras. C.…

DaveScot Nullifies Sound Thinking

Good ol’ DaveScot is back (with a brand new dance) and this time he’s blathering about jury nullification. The problem is that he doesn’t seem to have a clue what jury nullfication is. What makes it even funnier is that he actually quotes the definition of jury nullification and then still doesn’t understand what it…

Jurisdiction Limits Bill Defeated

HR 2679 is not the only attempt by the religious right to rig the rules of the game because they keep losing. HR 2389, the “Pledge Protection Act of 2005″, is another bill to do the same thing in a different way, by limiting the jurisdiction of Federal courts to hear any case involving the…

The Supreme Court today handed Bush a major defeat on the question of how to handle the detainees at Gitmo. In the case of Hamdan v Rumsfeld, the Court ruled 5-4 that the President did not have the authority to try those detainees by military tribunals. The ruling was 5-3, with Chief Justice Roberts having…