Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for May, 2008

Ignorance and Elections

Yes, these poll results should bother you: Asked to identify his religion, 58 percent of respondents correctly said Obama was a Christian. But a surprising 11 percent said he was a Muslim. And 22 percent said they did not know what his religion was. Almost one-fifth of white Democratic voters polled also said they had…

I have to agree with Sandefur that this professor deserves an award for lunacy. A Dartmouth professor is threating to sue her students for not being sufficiently in awe of her silly post-modernist theories about the world. The latest spectacle is an Ivy League professor threatening to sue her students because, she claims, their “anti-intellectualism”…

For those who have attempted to defend the Canadian “human rights commissions” and their appalling and unjust hate speech codes, please read this article. Here’s one of the statements made by Mark Steyn that has made him the target of the BC Human Rights Commission: Signora Fallaci then moves on to the livelier examples of…

Everyone’s favorite anti-gay blowhard Rick Santorum has a gloriously self-aggrandizing op-ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer about the California gay marriage ruling. The whole tone of the piece is “I told you this would happen and you all laughed at me. But who’s laughing now?” Well Rick, I am, at the ridiculous and long-debunked lies you…

The Islamic charter school in Minnesota that has gotten such controversy over the last few months has been ordered by the state to make some changes to their policies to avoid establishment clause violations. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports: Most of the school’s operations follow state charter school law and federal guidelines on prayer in…

Good god. On the Ridiculous Overreaction Scale this one is an 11. The right wing blogosphere has its panties all bunched up over an ad for Dunkin Donuts with Rachael Ray in it, where she’s wearing black and white scarf with a vague resemblance to the one Yasser Arafat wore on his head for so…

On the 6th ballot. So now the question is, which Bob Barr is the real Bob Barr? The sane, rational person who has been blasting the Bush administration for warrantless wiretapping, suspending habeas corpus and driving us further into debt? Or the nutball who threw a temper tantrum when he found that Wiccans are actual…

D’Souza and Rev. Moon

There’s an interesting story about Dinesh D’Souza and Rev. Moon in John Gorenfeld’s new book Bad Moon Rising. During Moon’s stay in prison in the early 80s, the Unification Church began a massive PR campaign to resurrect his reputation, particularly among Christian churches and conservative leaders. Kits were sent out to thousands of churches, ministers…

John McCain, Meet James Baker

One of the things that drives me absolutely crazy about our political system is watching politicians make a huge deal out of things they know are not a big deal and make arguments that they know are stupid. The perfect example at the moment is John McCain’s (and Bush’s) absolutely idiotic argument that talking to…

FOIA Lawsuit Reactions

Public Citizen put out a press release about the lawsuit on Monday. Many blogs and news outlets picked up on the story: Poker Listings Poker Pages Tight Poker Courthouse News