December 16, 2004

Click here to read the first chapter of Joe Queenan’s hysterically funny book Red Lobster, White Trash and the Blue Lagoon. Read more

December 16, 2004

As I said before, I don’t have a stake in this one either way, since I’m not an atheist and don’t much care what Flew believes. But I do think it’s important not to misrepresent the views of others, and in light of the long and storied tradition of fundamentalist Christians distorting the views of their opponents, from the absurd “Darwin recanted on his deathbed” story to the more recent claims concerning Daniel Dennett, I think it’s worth taking a… Read more

December 16, 2004

Here are links to some of the briefs in the McCreary County v ACLU of Kentucky case that will be heard by the Supreme Court in March. The brief I mentioned in the post below, written by Herb Titus and William Olson on behalf of a bevy of religious right groups, can be found here. That brief takes the radical position that the 14th amendment doesn’t apply any of the bill of rights to the states at all. A brief… Read more

December 16, 2004

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case involving a display of the Ten Commandments on government property. The case is McCreary County v. ACLU of Kentucky. This morning I received a PDF of a brief filed in that case on behalf of several religious right organizations. I do not know if the brief is publicly available, so I won’t post a link to it at this time. What makes this brief interesting is that it doesn’t just argue… Read more

December 15, 2004

For months I’ve been blasting Donald Rumsfeld and his astonishing incompetence as Secretary of Defense, and Bush for putting him in a position of total control over the occupation of Iraq and then letting him screw it up so monumentally. It’s nice to see at least a few Bush supporters coming around to see what a disaster this guy has been. Bill Kristol, one of the smartest guys on the right, lashed out at Rumsfeld in the Washington Post this… Read more

December 15, 2004

Two articles that might be of interest for my fellow con law wonks. The first is from the new issue of Legal Affairs, a fairly glowing article about him from Stephen Presser. He writes quite a bit about Thomas’ notions of originalism and his disbelief in stare decisis. The second is from Doug Laycock, one of our foremost scholars on the religion clauses of the first amendment, in a message posted to the religion law listserv that I am a… Read more

December 15, 2004

The new edition of Carnival of the Vanities is up, which is something I usually wouldn’t bother mentioning but it’s hosted this week by Ace Pryhill and Ace rocks. Read more

December 15, 2004

Following in the footsteps of the endlessly self-aggrandizing Judge Moore, yet another Alabama judge, Ashley McKathan, has jumped into the Ten Commandments fray. McKathan took Moore’s nonsense even further, actually embroidering the ten commandments onto his judicial robe. My first reaction was that this had to be a parody, but it’s not. He’s actually serious: Covington County Presiding Circuit Court Judge Ashley McKathan said he ordered the robe and had it embroidered using his own money. He said he did… Read more

December 15, 2004

Remember this month’s winner of the Robert O’Brien Trophy (formerly the Idiot of the Month Award), Gerald Allen? He’s the drooling halfwit state rep from Alabama who wants to ban all books and plays that have a gay character in them. Well guess what? He was at the White House this week. At the request of the President, no less: Earlier this week, Allen got a call from Washington. He will be meeting with President Bush on Monday. I asked… Read more

December 14, 2004

As much as I rail against the astonishing stupidity of many of the Worldnutdaily’s writers, I’ve discovered a group even more dull: their readers. Wow, have you read some of the letters that WND publishes from their readers? Like this gem from one Bob Atkinson: A more descriptive name for the ACLU, but keep the acronym, is Atheist, Communist and Liberals United. This name accurately describes who the ACLU is and what it represents. I’ve been using this name for… Read more

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