Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for June, 2007

Youtube Gems: The Police Tour 2007

For those who haven’t been able to get tickets to see the Police tour this year, there are a ton of Youtube clips up from the tour or at least from the announcement of the tour at the famous Whiskey a Go Go in LA. They barely remember some of the songs, which makes it…

Fairness Doctrine Defeated in House

Well, kind of. There was no vote on the fairness doctrine, but the House added an amendment to an appropriations bill specifically forbidding the FCC from imposing the fairness doctrine. The vote was 309-115, which means more than half the Democrats in the House voted for the ban as well. That should pretty much bring…

Hovind’s Wife Sentenced

Kent Hovind’s wife, Jo, was finally sentenced for her role in their tax fraud conviction. She was sentenced to one year and one day in prison plus $8000 in fines and 3 years probation. Far lighter than Kent’s sentence but her attorney says he still plans on appealing.

Alabama Prays for Rain

Stuck in the middle of a drought, Alabama Governor Bob Riley is turning to the supernatural for help: With the state’s weather forecasters not delivering much-needed rain, Gov. Bob Riley on Thursday turned to a higher power. The governor issued a proclamation calling for a week of prayer for rain, beginning Saturday. Riley encouraged Alabamians…

My Strange Night

So I went out last night to hang out with a couple of old comedian friends, Don Reese and Ted Norkey. I see Don all the time but only once in a while do I see Ted, who is simply one of the funniest men on the planet. He came down with throat cancer a…

Ex-Ex-Gay Leaders Come Out

The LA Times reports that three former leaders of the ex-gay movement, including the co-founder of Exodus International, held a press conference and apologized publicly for their past activities and for the immense pain and difficulty that often accompanies attempts to “pray away the gay.” I know people who have gone through similar attempts to…

Oh boy, the Catholic League is on the warpath again. Their target this time: Robin Williams, who apparently told jokes about Catholic priests and pedophilia on the Tonight Show recently. Kiera McCaffrey, director of communications with the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights, says Williams would never bring up the fact that most priests…

Tim Sandefur has an excellent essay at Positive Liberty about Randy Barnett’s groundbreaking scholarship on the 9th amendment and a counter-argument made in a book by Dan Farber. He quotes the following from Farber’s book: The libertarian view espoused by writers like Randy Barnett is that the Ninth Amendment creates a general presumption in favor…

Tidbits from the Newdow Trial

The more I read of Pete Irons’ new book God on Trial the more fascinating little insights I find into the cases he discusses and the people involved in them. There is a chapter about the pledge of allegiance case brought by Michael Newdow and it contains some interesting information. For instance, the two main…

Glib’s Rank Dishonesty

Just when you thought STACLU had stooped as low as it could go you find this post by Glib Fortuna and this staggeringly dishonest claim: With American judges relying more on foreign law (yeah, yeah, “instructive, but not binding,” suuuuuuure) when that pesky US Constitution just doesn’t lend its support for the implementation radical Leftist…