December 13, 2004

I noted in my last post on the Steve Williams lawsuit that I had contacted a Washington scholar to confirm that the “George Washington Prayer Journal” was indeed known to be fraudulent. That scholar is Frank Grizzard of the University Virginia, a senior associate editor of the George Washington Papers collection housed there. Here is his response: The so-called prayer journal is not in GW’s writing, although I’m not sure it’s actually a forgery. The manuscript dealer (Burk I think)… Read more

December 12, 2004

David Bass, in another of those famous Worldnutdaily “exclusives” – which means an article so mind-numbingly moronic that only WND would even consider publishing it – has written an absolutely hilarious column about the decision by the Canadian Supreme Court that the legislature could legalize gay marriage. What makes his article so amusing is that it’s incredibly obvious that he hasn’t actually bothered to read it. The evidence begins in the very first sentence: Many words in the English language… Read more

December 12, 2004

Kevin Drum (formerly CalPundit) of the Washington Monthly, is usually a pretty reliable source, but in this post I think he misses the point almost entirely. He is arguing that the “Social Security Trust Fund” is not an IOU even though Congress steals it to make the deficit appear smaller, and the premise of his argument is that it’s no more an IOU than money itself is in our society: One of the most common conservative critiques of Social Security… Read more

December 12, 2004

My pet troll is “chortling with glee” over “yet another example of how Ed Brayton is full of excrement” – with a link to a story on CNN that says that some gay couples in Massachusetts are getting divorced. Is there anything more pathetic that watching someone struggle so mightily to put together a coherent argument when they’re just not capable of it? I suspect he doesn’t actually MAKE the argument because he knows how stupid it is, so instead… Read more

December 11, 2004

I’m headed to Lansing today for two things: a board meeting for Michigan Citizens for Science and a reunion dinner with some of my old friends from debate. A few of the people who are going to be there I haven’t seen in 14 years, so this is going to be a great little nostalgia trip. Hope everyone has a good day, and I’ll be back to answer comments tomorrow. Read more

December 9, 2004

It turns out that our suspicions were entirely correct and Steven Williams, the teacher in Cupertino, California who is suing the school district because the principal requires him to get her approval before handing out any supplemental material to his class, is one hell of a proselytizer. Here is a picture of one of his supplemental handouts, dealing with Easter. There is only one thing on it that is in any way relevant to teaching American history, and that is… Read more

December 9, 2004

Bloomberg reports: Canada’s Supreme Court ruled that the federal government can proceed with a plan to legalize same-sex marriage, saying the rights of gays and lesbians to formalize their bonds is protected by the constitution. “Canada is a pluralistic society,” the Supreme Court said in the ruling, which was released in Ottawa. “Marriage from the perspective of the state is a civil institution.”… In its ruling, the Supreme Court said religious officials can’t be forced to perform same-sex marriages, as… Read more

December 9, 2004

Publius, of Legal Fiction, has written an entry about the uproar over Sen. Reid’s statement that Clarence Thomas has been an “embarrassment to the court”. It’s worth reading. While he’s harsher on Thomas than I would be, he does hit on an important distinction in how one can judge a judicial opinion: As I said, Reid’s error was in using the word “embarrassing,” as it implies that Thomas’s opinions are somehow unprincipled or intellectually lightweight. That’s not true at all…. Read more

December 9, 2004

Yet more evidence that “family values” is nothing more than a catchphrase for “get the fags”: the case of Tina Burch and Christine Smarr, a lesbian couple. In 1999, Smarr gave birth to a son, presumably through artificial insemination. In 2002, Smarr was killed in a car accident. Since that time, Smarr’s parents have been fighting in court to have legal custody taken away from Burch, the only other parent the child known since the day he was born. In… Read more

December 9, 2004

DarkSyde has the 6th installment of his Know Your Creationists series up at Unscrewing the Inscrutable, this one introducing Hugh Ross, the old earth cosmologist, and Ken Ham, the young earth Amish impersonator. He cites me in this installment, but just for the record, I did not come up with the puddle analogy he mentions myself. I believe it was originally Richard Dawkins who used it, but I may be mistaken. Still, it works well. Read more

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