Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for October, 2006

O’Brien Trophy Regret

Sometimes I give away a Robert O’Brien Trophy to some mouth-breathing imbecile only to find, a few days later, an even more ridiculous example of human stupidity. And I’m afraid it’s happened again. And frankly, I can’t imagine finding anything any dumber than this column by Craig Smith at the Worldnutdaily. Who is Craig Smith?…

Looming Fiscal Disaster

The head of the GAO, David Walker, is now saying what I have been saying for years: our government – our nation – is headed toward a major fiscal crisis. We are a nation living vastly beyond our means in almost every possible way, both personal and governmental. We are running up hundreds of billions…

The Worst Argument Against Gay Marriage

From a comment at Volokh about the New Jersey ruling: It’s an undisputed assumption that marriage is important to the welfare of children. The NJ Supreme Court decision yesterday virtually ignored the impacts on children, merely because the current executive branch officials in NJ chose to do so. We see this argument constantly and no…

Here’s more of that good Christian charity. We’re told constantly that school prayer will help keep kids from being immoral; apparently that doesn’t hold true in Crawford County, Georgia. Two teachers there recently asked the school board to stop opening their meetings with prayer. Their reward? Vandalism. The teachers asked the school board last month…

Death of a Legend

Yes, we probably use that term too often, especially in sports. But if it ever applied, it surely does to Red Auerbach. His career accomplishments are so monumental that they almost defy being listed. 8 straight NBA championships as a coach and 9 in 10 years. As general manager, he built another 7 championship teams.…

New Jersey Refuses Sex Ed Money

And good for them. New Jersey has turned down Federal funds for abstinence-only sex ed because of the absurd restrictions that come with it: The Corzine administration has rejected federal abstinence education money because new rules won’t let teachers discuss contraception and requires them to describe sex outside marriage as potentially mentally and physically damaging.…

Scientists Endorse Sawyer Campaign

The New York Times reports that a group of 75 scientists at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio has endorsed the candidacy of Tom Sawyer in his race against creationist Deborah Owens Fink for a spot on the Ohio Board of Education. That group includes Lawrence Krauss and Patricia Princehouse. Amusingly, Owens Fink tries to…

The Walmart Boycott Begins

A church in Tennessee has officially started a boycott of Walmart because they sell stuff to negroes. I mean colored folk. I mean gay people.

Judge Neff Responds to Brownback

I wrote a couple weeks ago about Sen. Sam Brownback holding up the nomination of a judge from West Michigan because she once attended a commitment ceremony for two lesbians. That judge, Janet Neff, has replied to Brownback’s questions about the event but he still won’t release the hold on her nomination. “The ceremony, which…

Jim Chen on the New Jersey Ruling

Jim Chen, a law professor at the University of Minnesota, has a powerful essay comparing prohibitions on interracial marriage to prohibitions on gay marriage. I’ll post a long excerpt below the fold: