Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for June, 2007

Orin Kerr noted this on Volokh. In a ruling this week from the DC circuit court on 4th amendment search and seizure case there was a very interesting outcome. The panel was was Chief Judge Douglas Ginsburg, a very well respected conservative judge (once nominated for the Supreme Court but withdrawn, absurdly, when it came…

Return of the Fairness Doctrine?

After a report from the liberal Center for American Progress concluded that 91% of the time talk radio features conservative vs only 9% of the time for liberals, the conservative blogosphere is up in arms about a campaign to bring back the Fairness Doctrine. The Washington Times, meanwhile, reports that New York Rep. Maurice Hinchey…

This is hilarious. Rahm Emanuel has proposed an amendment: House Democratic Caucus Chairman Rahm Emanuel issued the following statement regarding his amendment to cut funding for the Office of the Vice President from the bill that funds the executive branch. The legislation — the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations bill — will be considered…

We seem to be getting two very different stories from the White House on the subject of compliance with executive order 12958 and allowing the ISOO to do routine inspections to assure compliance with regulations on the handling of classified material. The NY Daily news reports that Bush himself is in compliance with the law…

Another Jesus Picture Controversy

The ACLU of Louisiana is threatening to sue the city of Slidell if they do not remove a picture of Jesus, accompanied by a sign underneath that says, “To know peace, obey these laws”, from the lobby of the city courthouse. Several people have complained to the ACLU about the picture, and one has filed…

Romney Aide Thinks He’s a Cop

Everyone knows a wannabe cop. I went to school with a guy named Ted who was a wannabe cop; to this day, he’s still referred to as Deputy Dog, the name we gave him 25 years ago. He was in the law enforcement explorer group and he would brag about how he got to go…

I’m sure you’ve heard about this by now. According to a letter sent by Rep. Henry Waxman to the Vice President, Cheney’s office has for the last 4 years refused to allow routine office inspections regarding the handling of classified documents from the Information Security Oversight Office (ISOO), claiming not to be a part of…

RIP Roy Torcaso

Howard Friedman reports that Roy Torcaso, the plaintiff in the landmark case Torcaso v Watkins, passed away a couple weeks ago. This was the case that overturned state laws requiring declarations of religious belief as a prerequisite to holding positions of public trust. Torcaso challenged a Maryland law requiring notary publics to declare a belief…

Follow-Up on PBS Separation Show

Barry Lynn has a follow-up post at Talk2Action about the upcoming PBS show about the separation of church and state. He links to a statement from PBS Ombudsman Michael Getler where he admits that the show is “heavy handed” and clearly tilted toward the religious right perspective on separation. The problem, of course, is not…

Pam Spaulding links to this post at PERRspectives, which focuses mostly on health care but also includes this little gem: The same dismal pattern applies to a wide array of measures of social dysfunction and pathology. 8 of the top 10 states with the highest murder rates are squarely in Red America. 7 of the…