Dispatches from the Creation Wars

W. Kevin Vicklund

guest-blogged by W. Kevin Vicklund The opening song for the musical Rent poses the question: How do you measure a year in the life of a person? Of course there are some trivial parameters, like the number of cups of coffee, but the important emotions, actions one takes, and impact on others can be said…

Do Tell

guest-blogged by W. Kevin Vicklund The repeal of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” (and the law underlying DADT) was certified yesterday by the President, the Secretary of Defense, and the Chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. The White House press release from earlier today:

guest-blogged by W. Kevin Vicklund After a week of negotiations with Senate Republicans, the New York Senate finally voted tonight on a bill to allow same sex marriage. The bill passed 33-29. The Assembly still has to vote on the religious protections the Senate added to the bill, but this is expected to pass easily…

Handing Back the Keys

Well, today is the last day of guest-blogging. I hope Jon, Chris, Michael, and I were able to entertain, inform, and provoke thought in all of you. Ed’s getting back in the saddle as I type this; hopefully this break has given him a chance to recharge the batteries. I look forward to a new…

- guest-blogged by W. Kevin Vicklund A little over four years ago, Ed blogged about a possible new explanation for how the dinosaurs went extinct (a second impact, in this case). A month later, in late December 2006, a guy named John L. posted a link to a crackpot alternative explanation (the author is a…

To What Extent the Appeal?

- guest-blogged y W. Kevin Vicklund The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals just heard arguments on the Prop 8 trial, i.e. Perry v. “da Guvernator.” The DoJ keeps appealing challenges to Bush-era laws. What do these have in common? The issue of how far the executive branch is obligated to go in order to uphold…

A Christmas Bonus

- guest-blogged by W. Kevin Vicklund Despite some people begging for coal, I just didn’t feel right without doing something like a real fisking. So I thought I’d write a little about some recent papers by some of the more prominent cdesign proponentists. However, since this is just a bonus, I won’t do a full-on…

- guest blogg by W. Kevin Vicklund In my ‘Merry Vegas’ post, I asked for suggestions on a topic to fisk. I was hoping for something like a request to debunk Behe’s new paper, perhaps, or maybe tackle something one of our persistent trolls has been rambling on and on about. Instead, what I got…

The Failure of Frothingham

- guest-bogged by W. Kevin Vicklund Standing is a concept that has been much-maligned on Dispatches. All too often it seems to be used as an excuse for a court to dodge a prickly situation. But does it serve a valid purpose? Is it merely being abused, or should it be scrapped entirely?

An Historic Signing

- guest-blogged by W. Kevin Vicklund As I begin to write this, the doors are about to close on admission to the beginning of the end of a 17-year saga. About the time this posts, 9:00 am EST, President Obama will sign the bill to eventually end the ban on gays in the US military.…