Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for December, 2006

Merry Christmas

I’d just like to wish all my readers and friends a Merry Christmas. I hope your day is filled with family and friends and much joy and happiness. I’m actually not doing much of anything today, since my parents are in Seattle spending the holidays with my younger brother and his family. Last night I…

German Press Needs History Lesson

Raw Story reprints a story from the German Press Agency that has a bit of a problem. The story is about a letter from Gen. Pinochet released after he died, defending his 1973 coup: Pinochet ruled the South American country from 1973 to 1990 after toppling leftist president Juan Peron. Bzzzt. Thank you for playing,…

Idiot of the Century: This Guy

A man used flammable liquid to light himself on fire, apparently to protest a San Joaquin Valley school district’s decision to change the names of winter and spring breaks to Christmas and Easter vacation. The man, who was not immediately identified, on Friday also set fire to a Christmas tree, an American flag and a…

An elderly British couple has settled a case against the government after they were questioned by police for wanting to put out anti-gay literature next to gay rights literature. I wrote about this outrageous situation when it happened. The couple called their local council, which was displaying gay rights literature, and wanted to put literature…

More Weirdness at Uncommon Descent

Nothing unusual, I know, but some of the posts over there right now are particularly odd. There’s DaveScot’s post about ID being dead, which contains this bizarre statement: They say ID is dead yet they just can’t stop talking about it on Panda’s Thumb. I counted 21 mentions of “ID” and “Intelligent Design” on just…

Jamie Gold Loses Important Court Battle

The lawsuit over half of Jamie Gold’s $12 million prize from the World Series of Poker main event is not yet settled, but Gold lost what should be a crucial argument this week. He filed a motion to lift the freeze the $6 million that was previously ordered to stay at the Rio pending outcome…

Lynne Cheney on Mary’s Pregnancy

Vice President Dick Cheney’s wife, Lynne, is dismissing the fuss over her openly gay daughter’s pregnancy, which has rankled conservative groups. “Well, I think that it’s just very lucky for me that I enjoy being a grandmother and I get to do it for the sixth time,” Mrs. Cheney said. Their daughter, Mary, and Heather…

Taylor on Cobb County Settlement

Larry Taylor, one of the loonier of the parents pushing for the evolution disclaimers in Cobb County, has an op-ed piece in the AJC complaining bitterly about the school board settling the case. The nonsense starts from the very first sentence: Once again, the potent combination of a liberal judge and the deep pockets of…

Southern Appeals Closes Its Doors

Stephen Dillard, aka Feddie, has decided to close down Southern Appeal. I am disappointed by that. We’ve had many disagreements over the last 3 years over a number of issues of constitutional law and politics, but Feddie has always acted as a gentleman toward me and I respect his knowledge and his legal talents. Now…

My Best Science Writing?

I have been invited to submit some of my best science blogging for a possible book project. The subject needs to be science, not the law and other stuff I write about (though what I’ve written on the Kitzmiller trial would likely qualify). I thought I would open it up to my readers to suggest…