Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for February, 2008

Bush’s Dishonest Fear Mongering

The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary. HL Mencken Watching the Bush administration posture and preen about how terribly unsafe we are since the House didn’t vote for telecom…

What is the Point of This Story?

I’m just baffled by this story from AP that repeats an absolute non-story that should have died long ago. When the first round of “Clarence Thomas doesn’t ask questions during oral argument” stories came out a year or two ago, they were completely and utterly pointless; to update them with another one that says “oh…

Susan Jacoby of the Center for Inquiry has a new book, The Age of American Unreason, which argues that America is damaged not only by rampant ignorance but by a perverse pride taken in that ignorance that results from a deep strain of anti-intellectualism in our culture. In this she follows in the footsteps of…

Enzyte Maker Guilty of Fraud

Guilty as charged: A federal court jury on Friday found the owner of a company that sells “male enhancement” tablets and other herbal supplements guilty of conspiracy to commit mail fraud, bank fraud and money laundering… Warshak, 40, could face more than 20 years in prison and his company could have to forfeit tens of…

Cop Planting Drugs on Suspect on Camera?

According to this article, it sure sounds like it. Long excerpt below the fold:

Bradfield’s Anti-Gay “Logic”

Our old friend Nathan Bradfield has written another ridiculous anti-gay screed that is rather amusing to read. He’s got his panties in a bunch over a booklet about sexual orientation sent to every public school in the country by a group of organizations that includes the American Psychological Association, the American Federation of Teachers and…

Clinton Campaign Hits Rock Bottom

Exactly how stupid does Hillary Clinton think we are? Her campaign sent a picture out to reporters of Barack Obama dressed in a traditional Somali outfit while on a tour of Africa a couple years ago on the pretense that if that was Hillary in the picture it would be on the cover of every…

More Police Overreach

It’s the same old story. Cops go on drug raid. Neighbor takes pictures of the cops during the drug raid. Cops bust into neighbor’s home without a warrant, seize the cameras and film and arrest them without anything approaching probable cause that they had actually broken any law whatsoever. Neighbors are exonerated and file civil…

AP reports: Air Force Col. Morris Davis, who resigned in October over alleged political interference in the U.S. military tribunals, told The Associated Press he will appear at a hearing for Salim Ahmed Hamdan. “I expect to be called as a witness … I’m more than happy to testify,” Davis said in a telephone interview…

Psychic Music Reviews

Balko has the story of a Maxim review of the new Black Crowes CD, which they apparently managed to write without ever actually hearing the new Black Crowes CD. It was just an “educated guess.” Very nice. The job of a music reviewer is so much easier if you don’t actually have to listen to…