Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for August, 2004

From his new column answering email feedback: Q: I was watching “Seinfeld” the other night and wondered: How many dates do you think it took to sleep with Elaine? I say third date and you’re in. I think she would go all the way on the second date, but she probably would think that’s a…

Lincoln’s Unconstitutional Ways

One of the most overlooked events in American history is the battle between Lincoln and the Supreme Court over habeas corpus. One would think that the recent Supreme Court cases involving the authority of a president to suspend habeas corpus would have been an ideal time for those in the media to give the story…

I’m so pissed off about this that I woke up at 2:30 am seething and I had to get up and write this. Just read this and tell me that this doesn’t deserve a gold medal in the 100 meter stupid hypocrite freestyle: President George W. Bush plans to seek a court order to force…

Rowe on the Constitution Party

Definitely go read Jon Rowe’s new post on the misnamed Constitution Party. It is 100% on the mark.

Fox News and the ACLU.

I’m curious to know if any of my readers has seen the new documentary Outfoxed, about the Fox News Network. I’ve found the Fox News phenomenon fascinating since I first came across the network unwittingly a couple years ago. I remember very clearly flipping channels on cable and coming across Bill O’Reilly as he was…

Lies about the ACLU

World Series of Poker on TV

Last night’s showing of this year’s World Series of Poker on ESPN was quite amusing to watch for two reasons – to see Phil Hellmuth whine and to see Mike Matusow being an obnoxious ass to the guy who pays him back by knocking him out and winning $5 million. Hellmuth is, of course, the…

Fair and Balanced

A couple weeks ago, I was chided by a couple of readers for only attacking rightwing lunacy and leaving leftwing lunacy alone. Let me rectify that for the moment with a look at this amusing bit of balderdash from Leonard Shlain, a professor of surgery from UCSF. It’s an excerpt from his book The Alphabet…

Political Science and Voter Ignorance

Once upon a time, I was an interdisciplinary social science undergrad. What does that mean? It means I spent 3 years studying political science, political philosophy, and history, then dropped out to become a stand up comic. Political scientists are a strange breed. In large part, they study voter behavior in all its aspects. What…

Speaking Truth to Power

After the last entry, I feel like I should at least point out the few people who actually are making an effort to find the truth about statements made by the politicians. There are two websites that come immediately to mind, both of which I link to under news sources on my sidebar – Spinsanity…