Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for September, 2008

Another Case of Forced Religious Rehab

And this time it involves a reader of this blog, Barry Hazle. Hazle was arrested on drug possession charges and after spending a year in jail, he was required as a condition of probation to attend a 90 day residential drug rehab program. He was assigned to Empire Recovery Center, which uses a 12 step…

CBS did an interview with Sarah Palin’s parents. And I know every parent has rose-colored glasses when it comes to their kids, but seriously: What part of her personality, or her upbringing, is going to serve her best in all of this? Replied Chuck, “Hard-working, perseverance, honesty. Yeah, honesty. She won’t fabricate things or exaggerate…

Boehner’s Boner

With the failure of the bailout bill in the House yesterday, both parties are pointing fingers at one another. The most ridiculous bit of blame mongering came from House Minority Leader John Boehner: House Republican leaders blamed Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic Speaker of the House, for the bill’s failure, saying she had scuttled a bipartisan…

McCain Pulls Palin’s Pakistan Position

To paraphrase Albert Brooks’ wonderful character in Broadcast News, that’s a lot of alliteration for anxious authors placed in powerful posts. Just to show you how prepared Palin is on foreign policy, the first statement she’s actually made about any foreign policy issues other than platitudes was to support Barack Obama’s (and Bush’s) position on…

Texas BOE Pushes NCBCPS Bible Course

This comes as no surprise. The Houston Chronicle reports that several members of the Texas BOE, including the incomparably clueless Terri Leo, have sent an email to school boards and school administrators encouraging them to use the blatantly unconstitutional NCBCPS curriculum for their state-mandated Bible classes. Several state Board of Education members are encouraging public…

The latest SNL Palin Parody

This is very funny. I especially loved the “I’d like to use one of my lifelines” bit. Video below the fold:

MRFF Files Second Lawsuit

The Military Religious Freedom Foundation has filed a second lawsuit against the Pentagon for violating the rights of American soldiers by unconstitutionally promoting Christianity at mandatory events. You can see the full complaint here. The case is being handled by Pedro Irigonegaray, the same attorney who was involved in the creationism battles in Kansas a…

National Review: Palin Should Withdraw

The polls show that support for Sarah Palin is, after an initial frenzy of fascination, is declining rapidly. Conservative commentators like George Will have already slammed her nomination as McCain’s Vice Presidential running mate. And now Kathleen Parker, writing in the National Review, is telling her to withdraw her nomination:

A Better Bailout Plan

Lucian Bebchuk, a professor of law, economics and finance at Harvard Law School, presents what seems to me to be a much better bailout plan than the one being offered by the Bush administration (though again, I admit that this is not at all my area of expertise). Here’s the summary: The redesign should have…

Sandefur on Clarence Thomas

Timothy Sandefur has written a review of Henry Mark Holzer’s The Supreme Court Opinions of Clarence Thomas. The review is going to appear in the NYU Journal of Law and Liberty, but you can get it on SSRN. It’s particularly interesting, I think, because while Sandefur is an admirer of Thomas in many ways, he…