August 5, 2006

Volokh has a post about an ongoing legal battle for custody involving two state courts. Here’s the backstory, from a Vermont Supreme Court ruling: Lisa and Janet lived together in Virginia for several years in the late 1990’s. In December 2000, the parties traveled to Vermont and entered into a civil union. In 2001, while Lisa and Janet were still a couple, Lisa began to receive artificial insemination from sperm provided by an anonymous donor. Janet participated in the decision… Read more

August 5, 2006

Here’s a great youtube clip of ESPN bloopers. At about the 1:55 mark is the worst national anthem ever sung, by Carl Lewis. Still breathtakingly painful after all these years. Read more

August 5, 2006

Paul Nelson has an interesting post at IDtheFuture following up on the the Kansas hearings and the relative importance of such things in the long run. I actually tend to agree with much of what he says. And despite the fact that I pointed to his statement as an example of trivializing what was so important to the DI the day before the Kansas elections, the truth is that Nelson has been pretty consistent in downplaying the political battles and… Read more

August 4, 2006

As if we didn’t have enough to worry about with our own government trying to increase its control over the internet, the Senate yesterday ratified a treaty that requires us to enforce the laws of other countries. Referred to as the Cybercrime Treaty, this agreement requires the US to cooperate with other nations in enforcing their laws if they are broken on American internet servers and ISPs. If we’re talking about helping track down child porn websites or money laundering… Read more

August 4, 2006

Media Matters has an excellent entry about the latest false claim from the anti-gay crowd – the notion that there are 10,000 studies that show that gay parents are bad for children. This is the equivalent of so many fake quotes from the founding fathers, or false creationist claims, in that the claim just gets passed around and repeated blindly without anyone ever bothering to ask for any actual evidence for it. In a recent NPR interview, Arkansas state senator… Read more

August 4, 2006

I’m going to reprint here the email I just sent to Jay Stephenson. He sent me an email inviting me on his radio show, which I declined, but I sent him a long reply and I think it hits on some important points on our overall disagreement. Jay is clearly the most reasonable person at StoptheACLU, and his willingness to engage arguments without vitriol has earned my respect. So I offered these thoughts to him in all sincerity. Here’s the… Read more

August 4, 2006

Perhaps I should say lack of depth, since, like most political partisans, they rarely look beyond the surface level of immediate reaction to really think about an issue. This post is a textbook example, where John Bambenek declares a simple double standard: Compare and contrast these two cases: The first, a scandal-ridden New Jersey Senator who was running for reelection abruptly resigns and drops out of the race 35 days before the election. Litigation ensues and the court decides that… Read more

August 4, 2006

I saw this comment over at Dembski’s blog, in Borofsky’s post where he misquotes himself, and it cracked me up. I can’t tell whether the commenter really means it, or whether it’s a clever parody. And I’m not sure which would be funnier: You shouldn’t be too surprised at the attention you are getting. Many evolutionists did not believe that there was any real ID research going on, then along cames a bona-fide ID research assistant and blew that idea… Read more

August 4, 2006

The Washington Post reports on a draft of the administration’s proposal for how to structure the military tribunals. In stunning form, the proposal turns out to be a means of adding entirely new executive powers that we’ve never seen before: A draft Bush administration plan for special military courts seeks to expand the reach and authority of such “commissions” to include trials, for the first time, of people who are not members of al-Qaeda or the Taliban and are not… Read more

August 3, 2006

Another STACLU contributor, John Bambenek, has jumped into the dispute over HR 2679 and the fee shifting provisions in establishment clause cases. Naturally, he’s for ending such fee shifting, but I don’t think his argument is at all consistent. Here’s his argument: However, the money schools have is not their own. The money sitting in government accounts is not their own. They are merely stewards of assets they have been given to perform tasks they have been assigned. Their masters… Read more

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