Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for June, 2008

This is absolutely hilarious. The American Family Association has a policy at its new outlet, OneNewsNow, never to use the word “gay” but to replace it with “homosexual.” And that works absolutely perfectly until they write an article about an athlete whose last name is Gay, as in Tyson Gay, the fastest man on the…

How Extreme is John Yoo?

From a 2005 debate between John Yoo and Doug Cassell: Cassel: If the president deems that he’s got to torture somebody, including by crushing the testicles of the person’s child, there is no law that can stop him? Yoo: No treaty Cassel: Also no law by Congress — that is what you wrote in the…

Sandefur on Incorporation

Sandefur has an excellent essay on the subject of 14th amendment incorporation and the nature of both privileges and immunities and due process as they apply to both federal and state action. It’s really quite elegantly argued and I agree with this especially:

Stephen Baldwin: Super Pundit

How ridiculous do you have to be to put Stephen Baldwin on the air as a political pundit? About as stupid as Baldwin himself, I imagine. Fox News did it and the results are below the fold.

The New York Times reports on growing controversies over religious indoctrination and possible establishment clause violations at the nation’s service academies. And the complaints are coming from cadets at those academies: Three years after a scandal at the Air Force Academy over the evangelizing of cadets by Christian staff and faculty members, students and staff…

Charlie Black’s Apology

I’m sure everyone has heard by now about McCain adviser Charlie Black saying that another terrorist attack before the election would be a “big advantage” to McCain’s election campaign. But what I find amusing is his non-apology apology for it: Speaking quietly, Black read from handwritten notes. “I deeply regret the comments. They were inappropriate.…

McCain’s Battery Prize

John McCain has managed to flounder around and stumble on a good idea: The presumed Republican nominee is proposing a $300 million government prize to whoever can develop an automobile battery that far surpasses existing technology… McCain said such a device should deliver power at 30 percent of current costs and have “the size, capacity,…

Balko on Heller

Radley Balko points out the same thing I’ve been pointing out to people: the Supreme Court’s ruling in Heller is not a huge victory for those who are really hardcore advocates of gun rights. The NRA is trying to spin it as a total victory (ironically, since they tried to undermine the suit in the…

More Stupid Voters

More of those average American voters. Like this former Clinton supporter: The poll responses also show Obama has more work to do to quell fears among voters like Kirstie Hartle of Rome, N.Y., a registered Democrat who has never supported a Republican presidential candidate. With Clinton out of the race, Hartle said, “I’m Republican all…

Off to Detroit

I am headed to the Detroit area for a get together with a bunch of old buddies from the debate world, guys I coached against in the late 80s. We’re gonna have a cookout and play some poker and I’ll be back Sunday evening. Lots of stuff set to post here in the meantime, so…