Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for June, 2006

NBA Draft Review

In one of the craziest drafts I’ve ever seen, the craziest move of the night belonged to – who else? – Isiah Thomas. I’ve given the numbers before to demonstrate Thomas’ world class incompetence as an executive, but let’s recap: 3 years ago he took over a 35 win team that was $40 million over…

John Lofton Debates over Debating

I’ve been having an amusing exchange with John Lofton, the theocrat who owns The American View. You’ll recall that he left a comment at Positive Liberty with his phone number and asked me to call him. I politely said no, but that he is welcome to leave a comment objecting to anything I’ve said that…

Fisking Dobson on Gay Marriage

James Dobson has written a commentary for CNN’s webpage on gay marriage that is amusing both in its lack of logic and its misuse of statistics. The statistics come first, as he is claiming that the media provided “cover” for the Senate voting down the Marriage Protection Amendment by claiming that the public didn’t want…

I’ve avoided saying anything about the current uproar over the NY Times until now, mostly because I think the whole situation is patently absurd. Every single side of the story is represented by people who are, frankly, completely full of shit. The New York Times is full of shit, their critics are full of shit,…

The NBA Draft

In a half hour, the NBA draft will begin on ESPN. As a certified basketball nut, let me make a few predictions here. 1. The team that decides to draft Rudy Gay instead of Adam Morrison will regret that choice very much in a couple years. Rudy Gay is an athletic marvel, with enormous natural…

New Free Exercise Case

Here’s a new church/state lawsuit (see actual complaint here), and one in which the Alliance Defense Fund is on the right side for a change. The city of Idaho Springs, Colorado refused to allow a religious group to use the city council chambers for a National Day of Prayer meeting that was planned for the…

This just occured to me. I’ve made the argument that HR 2679, which would eliminate fee reimbursement for the winning side in establishment clause cases, is really just an attempt to hobble the competition because they can’t beat them in court. In case after case, starting with mandatory bible reading and prayer in schools to…

UC Lawsuit Update

I’ve been scooped by my buddy Wes Elsberry, who has this post on Tuesday’s hearings on the motion to dismiss in the ACSI’s lawsuit against the University of California system. To refresh your memory, a group of Christian schools are suing the UC because they will not accept credit for certain specific courses those schools…

More on ACLU’s Internal Problems

The NY Sun has another article about the internal problems at the ACLU, this one focusing on Anthony Romero’s tenure as executive director, which began shortly before 9/11. One of the main criticisms, and one I agree with completely, is that Romero had no background as a civil libertarian prior to taking over: Mr. Romero,…

DaveScot on HR 2679

Dembski’s Sycophant-in-Chief has a brief post supporting the passage of HR 2679. It’s predictably ill-reasoned. This bill, introduced in the U.S. House with 50 cosponsers, seeks to bar awarding attorney’s fees in lawsuits involving the 1st amendment establishment clause and limit the awards to injunctive relief. The multi-million dollar attorney fees collected by the ACLU…