Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for December, 2007

ID and Testability

Richard Hoppe has a post at the Panda’s Thumb answering an argument by the DI blog’s new contributor, Martin Cothran. Cothran makes a claim we’ve heard many times before: The opponents of Intelligent Design have recently been trying to slither out of a logical dilemma they have created for themselves. Their problem is that they…

More Forfeiture Insanity

Radley Balko has the story and it’s a stunning one. I’ll post the excerpt below the fold.

Neo-Nazi Leader Says Paul is One of Them

I hope you’re sitting down when you read this. Bill White, the leader of the neo-Nazi group American National Socialist Workers Party, has written on a white supremacist bulletin board that Ron Paul is secretly one of them but he has to keep that quiet to maintain his political viability. Full text of what he…

Demanding “Respect” for Religion

The United Nations General Assembly has adopted a resolution on the need to combat “defamation of religions.” The US rightly voted against the resolution, which includes statements like this: 10. Emphasizes that everyone has the right to freedom of expression, which should be exercised with responsibility and may therefore be subject to limitations as provided…

The White House and Military Tribunals

After a while, you almost reach outrage fatigue. So often and so brazenly has the Bush administration violated even the most basic norms of ethical conduct in the service of protecting their own twisted policies from even being known, much less investigated and overruled, that it can seem futile to point out the most recent.…

Justice Scalia recently gave a lecture in Edinburgh, Scotland in which he compared judges, both in America and in Europe, to Ayatollahs. How did he come to this tortured metaphor? It isn’t pretty. The Telegraph reports: “I don’t think that judges should do anything but interpret the meaning of texts that have been democratically adopted…

Farah’s Stunning Dishonesty

Joseph Farah of the Worldnutdaily is having a little dispute with Kary Moss, director of the ACLU of Michigan, over what he characterizes as lies Moss told in this op-ed in the Detroit News. Let’s take a look at the evidence and see exactly who is lying. Here’s the statement from Moss that Farah says…

RIP Oscar Peterson

Only a few months after the death of Max Roach, the jazz world has lost another legend, pianist Oscar Peterson. The Canadian-born Peterson was one of the legendary sidemen from the late 40s on, playing with virtually everyone – Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington. He was a virtuoso pianist, blessed with remarkable…

Fuck Dinesh D’Souza

I thought about finding some more dignified or intellectual way to say it, but the title of this post just expresses how I feel perfectly when I read crap like this: Recently Hitchens appeared at a “secular Christmas party” thrown by the libertarian magazine Reason. Many libertarians are basically conservatives who are either gay or…

Ron Paul Rejects Evolution

Surprise, surprise, Ron Paul doesn’t accept evolution. Video below the fold.