Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for February, 2007

Gay Marriage Foe to be Charged

Larry Cirignano, the Massachusetts anti-gay marriage opponent who was accused of accosting a woman quietly protesting at an event at which he was speaking, will stand trial on assault and denial of civil rights charges in the case.

Rodda Debunks Jefferson Myth

Chris Rodda, who is now contributing to Talk2Action, starts off his contributions with a bang, debunking one of the most commonly heard myths about Thomas Jefferson. Yes, there are a lot of myths spread by the religious right about Jefferson; this particular one is that he was such a devout Christian that he attended church…

Cert Denied in Church/State Cases

The Supreme Court denied cert in Skoros v. New York City, a case over the policy in the New York public schools that says schools cannot display nativity scenes but can display the Jewish menorah and the Muslim star and crescent. It also allows the display of secular Christmas symbols like Santa, reindeer and the…

Right To Counsel? What’s That?

With all the attention being paid to the Valerie Plame case, perhaps it’s time we took a look at what might well be a far more brazen case of retaliation against a public servant who did nothing more than tell the truth when the Bush administration wanted to tell a lie. Jesselyn Radack was an…

Leaks are Evil…Unless They Help Us

I’ve always just laughed when any politician howls in outrage at something being leaked to the media, for one simple reason: leaks to the media are done on purpose. When someone is upset about a leak, it’s not because they don’t like leaks, it’s because that particular leak damaged them politically, as opposed to the…

More on Good News Case

Kathryn Joyce, writing at Talk2Action, has a bit of information that I did not know when I wrote my post about the Good News Employee Associaion case: At work in the bureaucracy of the City of Oakland, Rederford and Christy were offended to see the office’s email system and bulletin board utilized by GLBT groups…

A reader tipped me off to a recent brouhaha in LA between Joe Rogan and Carlos Mencia over Mencia stealing material. I’d not heard that Mencia was known for stealing material, but I’m rather out of touch with what’s going on in the comedy world these days. So Rogan goes on stage at the Comedy…

Your Daily Worldnutdaily Giggle

I’m not even going to comment on this, I’m just going to point you to this article, which claims that someone has taped real angels singing. And I’m going to point out the amusing little pitch at the bottom of the page, which says: Do you like hard-hitting news? Then you should plan to attend…

Ladies and Gentlemen, Conservapedia

A long time reader emailed me a link to Conservapedia, a conservative version of Wikipedia that promises over 3200 “educational, clean and concise entries” on a variety of topics, all designed to counter their perception that Wikipedia is “increasingly anti-Christian and anti-American.” As evidence for this anti-Christian bias, they offer: On Wikipedia, many of the…

Disagreeing with Balko

I’ve probably linked to Radley Balko’s blog more than anyone else over the last couple years. I don’t recall ever posting anything disagreeing with him in that time, though I’m sure we have our disagreements on issues. I say this only to establish that this is a guy I have great respect for; his blog…