I am not going to praise John Derbyshire; some people seem to be impressed because he has penned a dismissal of the ID creationists, but jebus, that ought to be the absolute rock bottom minimum we should expect from rationalists. That he can clear a hurdle set one inch above the ground does not impress me in the slightest.

Furthermore, he couldn’t spit it out without saying something stupid.

As it turned out, Judge Jones is a conservative in the right way, the best way: he respects the law, and the plain rules of evidence.

Think about that. Respect for law and evidence is not a property exclusive or intrinsic to conservatives. Does he think liberals believe in violating the law and ignoring the evidence (don’t bother to answer; he probably does.) I’m not dazzled by a wingnut who manages to see the obvious but is still burdened with the usual far right nonsense.

(via Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub)


  1. #1 mirc
    January 29, 2008

    thanks best regards

  2. #2 Mike
    July 9, 2008

    I’m going to have to defend Derbyshire as well – I’ve read his columns on I.D. and he has some of the best put downs for these clowns I’ve ever come across e.g. “What has the Discovery Institute ever discovered?”

    He doesn’t hesitate to call them what they are – con artists and liars…

    More importantly is the fact he isn’t preaching to the choir – he’s in the belly of the beast telling the conservatives & right wingers the truth about the creationists/I.D. crowd…for some of his readers I suspect Derbyshire may be the only voice of sanity they come across on this issue.

  3. #3 Emmet Caulfield
    December 11, 2008

    No. Judges are supposed to use their brains, whether they’re liberal or conservative.

    I don’t think that captures the essence of what judges are supposed to do either. Even the whackiest decision is the result of them using their brains, albeit badly. What they’re supposed to do is use logical reasoning to reach decisions, based on applicable law and admissible evidence and consistent with relevant precedent.

    What’s most amusing about Judge Jones is that the Creationists were delighted to get a conservative Christian Bush-appointee, then he rendered his verdict and suddenly became a “liberal activist Judge”. They expected him to be biased, were disappointed when he wasn’t, then projected their own bias onto him.

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