Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for June, 2006

The Senate Judiciary Committee has begun holding hearings on the issue of presidential signing statements. PSS are statements that the President signs along with a piece of legislation that gives his interpretation of certain provisions of the act. Such statements are not new, but Bush has used them more often than any other President in…

Flag Burning Amendment Loses by 1

Thank goodness. The flag burning amendent fell one vote short of the 67 required to send it on to the states tonight. Madison’s ghost will sleep a bit more soundly tonight.

Viagra Works Wonders

I think we have a first in medical history. Rush Limbaugh was detained at an airport in Palm Beach for having a prescription bottle of viagra that wasn’t his prescription. And just to show you how powerful the stuff is, this story gave David Letterman and Jay Leno erections. Seriously, how embarrassing is this? I…

Anti-Gay Marriage Insanity

You gotta love this kind of fevered rhetoric from the religious right: The president of the American Family Association (AFA) of Pennsylvania says lawmakers in her state have voted to destroy traditional marriage. The pro-family group is decrying a move by Pennsylvania senators that weakened a proposed state marriage protection amendment by stripping from it…

Bush’s Eminent Insincerity

Here’s more reason to be skeptical about Bush’s executive order last week concerning eminent domain. Radley Balko reports on the Cato blog that not only did the Bush administration refuse to file a brief on behalf of the property owners in Kelo, but it took a lot of lobbying from conservative groups to get them…

Like between 6/29 and 7/04, according to this press release from a group of Bible scholars. The folks at truebiblecode.com have it all figured out (just as Nostradamus predicted they would) and say that there will be a nuclear terror attack on Manhattan between those two dates. They’ve got a really fancy system worked out,…

Is Astrology Political?

Until a short while ago, I had no idea that someone could possibly think that I’m part of some “leftist” conspiracy not to attack astrology. To say this post from Commissar at the Politburo Diktat came out of the blue is an understatement: Does the Left have a segment of their base that believes a…

Gary Hurd’s Lies

Over at PT, a massive 400+ comment thread has degenerated into the kind of slimefest I have no tolerance for nor interest in. I wouldn’t even have noticed this comment from Gary Hurd if someone hadn’t alerted me to it. But since it’s full of dishonest accusations against me, I think it deserves a response.…

Jon Stewart Bad for Democracy?

The Washington Post has declared that Jon Stewart and the Daily Show may be “poisoning democracy.” Why? Because by exposing the lies and contradictions of our leaders, the show makes people more cynical about politics. Well, duh. Why on earth is that a bad thing? We don’t suffer from a lack of cynicism in this…

You’ll recall that last week, Sam Walker told Radley Balko that Scalia had gotten his research considerably wrong in his opinion in Hudson v Michigan. Walker has now written an op-ed piece for the LA Times making the same argument. That prompted Orin Kerr to argue that Walker’s complaint is invalid because it’s not dishonest…