August 31, 2006

This one from South Dakota’s governor, Michael Rounds. He issued an executive proclamation declaring July 24-30 as a week to pray for rain. A press release accompanying the proclamation said, “We are a strong people and all can provide help in many ways, whether actually fighting the fires, providing assistance to the crews, or joining together in the power of prayer.” Well okay, but the ones fighting the fires are the ones actually doing something. I’m reminded of Doug Stanhope’s… Read more

August 31, 2006

Dembski links to a site called Origin of Life Fairness in Pubic Schools, which seems to be trying out a new argument against the teaching of evolution in public schools. I’ve heard various people use this argument in the past, but no one seriously propose this as a legal argument. It’s really quite laughable. Their argument goes like this: A. The Supreme Court has said that atheism is a religion. B. Evolution = atheism C. Therefore it violates the establishment… Read more

August 30, 2006

The Sports Guy has a column about Tiger Woods and how boring he’s become. To some extent, he’s right. Tiger never says anything the least bit controversial. He dominates the tour in a manner no one thought possible. He’s always on his best behavior and says nothing in interviews. I kind of like some of his ideas for how Tiger can spice things up. Like this one: Back in 1997 you were covered in Nike gear, flashed that infamous toothy… Read more

August 30, 2006

If a STACLU contributor says something in a forest with no one around to hear it, is it still ridiculous? I couldn’t let a day go by without pointing out some stupid statement from them, and this one again occurs in the middle of a post on a subject where I actually agree with them on the substance. Glib posts about this silly situation in Columbus, Ohio where a church group came to a school on a Sunday and “blessed”… Read more

August 30, 2006

Senator Ted Stevens’ spokesman confirmed that he was indeed the senator that put a “secret hold” on a bill that would increase government transparency and help us find where our tax dollars are going to. Apparently, the memo about committing political suicide got stuck in the tubes when one of his aides sent him an internet. Read more

August 30, 2006

The Worldnutdaily is reporting that Ken Starr, famous for his prosecution of Clinton in the 90s, has petitioned the Supreme Court on behalf of a school in Alaska in the case of Frederick v Morse. The case involves a student who, on a day when students were released from school to watch the olympic torch go by, held up a banner that said “Bong Hits 4 Jesus” on it. The school principal suspended him for 10 days and he filed… Read more

August 30, 2006

Ahnold signed into law this week a bill that adds sexual orientation to the state’s anti-discrimination statutes. Naturally, the religious right is in full freak out mode over it and making absolutely hysterical claims about it. I love the way Agape Press describes the bill: Shock and dismay — that’s how pro-family groups in California are reacting to news this morning that Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has signed a bill that gives homosexuals new and far-reaching powers. The bill, SB 1441,… Read more

August 30, 2006

A bill in the Senate that would increase government transparency and accountability has been put on “secret hold” by one or more Senators, who, by Senate rules, can pretty much kill the bill in this manner: A bill to promote government transparency faces an uncertain future because of a far-from-transparent hold placed upon it in the Senate. An unknown number of senators have blocked legislation to create a public, searchable Web site of all federal grants and contracts. Senate rules… Read more

August 30, 2006

Agape Press reports on an ACLU lawsuit against Doniphan Elementary School in Missouri for opening mandatory school assemblies with Christian prayers. This is a really, really easy case where the school is absolutely certain to lose, but Liberty Counsel, a religious right legal group, has taken the case anyway. And listen to what their director has to say: Liberty Counsel, which is based in Orlando, Florida, has offered to represent the Doniphan School District free of charge in the case…. Read more

August 30, 2006

Remember the story of the couple in Black Jack, Missouri who were told they had to leave town because they weren’t married and having three unrelated people living in a home violated zoning laws? The ACLU of Eastern Missouri filed a lawsuit against the city on behalf of the couple and the city council just voted unanimously to rescind its policy and give the couple a housing permit. I guess that’s just another instance where the big bad ACLU “bullied… Read more

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