Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for January, 2008

Happy Birthday, Mr. Paine

Today is the birthday of one of our most important and all too often overlooked founding fathers, Thomas Paine. He was born on Jan. 29, 1737. Paine was a truly remarkable man who had a major role in both the American and French revolutions. His pamphlet Common Sense, published in January 1776, was the spark…

Mormon Leader Dies

Gordon Hinckley, president of the Mormon church, has died at age 97. Bad news for Romney, as he will have to attend the funeral and that will bring his religion back into public view yet again. Interestingly, the Mormon leadership acts much like the Catholic church. The president is considered not just a manager but…

More LaBarbera Stupidity

Anti-gay nut Peter LaBarbera is criticizing Hillary Clinton for pursuing Federal funding for the Gay Men’s Health Crisis Center, the oldest organization in the country dedicated to AIDS education and prevention. Here’s his absurd reason: “One of the recipients was the Gay Men’s Health Crisis [Center],” notes LaBarbera. “[The Crisis Center] is a typical, radical,…

Media Reaction to Sovereign Deed Story

The investigative reporting that we did at the Michigan Messenger last week on Barrett Moore and Sovereign Deed has gotten a fair amount of attention, but the story is still unfolding. The local paper for the area where the company is looking to set up, the Petoskey News-Review, did a story on it that I…

US Still Demanding Immunity for PMCs

The NY Times reports: With its international mandate in Iraq set to expire in 11 months, the Bush administration will insist that the government in Baghdad give the United States broad authority to conduct combat operations and guarantee civilian contractors specific legal protections from Iraqi law, according to administration and military officials. This emerging American…

State of the Union

We tried to do a live blog of the State of the Union address at the Michigan Messenger, but had some technical difficulties. As always when listening to such speeches, I am reminded of HL Mencken’s brilliant description of the rhetoric of Warren Harding. It applies just as perfectly to all such speeches today: It…

My Church/State Views

In my ongoing discussion with the commenter King of Ireland, he has expressed confusion over where I stand on various church/state issues. I wrote a comment in response but I want to move it up here so everyone can see it. Here it is. When it comes to separation of church and state, I’m actually…

When Authoritarians Cry Censorship

Sen. Jim DeMint of South Carolina has co-authored a new book decrying the alleged censorship of “god talk” in this country. It looks like a typical anti-ACLU screed, but it is highly ironic coming from DeMint. Here’s what OneNewsNow had to say about it: Senator Jim Demint is taking liberals and secular elites to task…

Reich on Clinton’s Attacks on Obama

Robert Reich, former (perhaps) Friend of Bill, has some blistering words for his old boss about his ridiculous attacks on Barack Obama over the last couple weeks. The Clintons have been playing seriously dirty politics with their attacks on Obama, really dragging things into the mud, and I hope it backfires on them in a…

Ray Comfort’s Latest Idiocy

I know, keeping up with the idiocy of Ray Comfort would be a full time job. His latest moronic diatribe is about cowardly atheists supposedly not attacking Islam. He begins: My new theory is that perhaps atheists evolved from the chicken, because they not only have chicken characteristics–a head, eyes, mouth, skin, neck, heart, earlobes…