Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for June, 2008

Go to Doctor, Get a Lecture

A lesbian couple here in Michigan got an earful when one took the other to a hospital in Grand Rapids to get an illness treated: But instead of her symptoms, they say the doctor was more interested in the couple’s relationship and how they felt about the recent California ruling allowing same-sex marriage. “And he…

Thoughts on the NBA Draft

As a certified college basketball fanatic, I love the NBA draft and I’d be watching it tonight if I wasn’t hosting a poker game. Here are some thoughts on the draft in no particular order: 1. If the Chicago Bulls take anyone other than Derrick Rose with the #1 pick, John Paxson (or his brother…

The House Financial Services Committee refused to advance a bill that would require the government to define what is and is not illegal online gambling so that banks and credit card companies could have some guidance on which types of transactions it was required to block under the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act of 2006.…

World’s Dumbest Person?

Found this via Pam’s House Blend, which got it from Blogger Interrupted. This clueless woman from Medina, Ohio got on local TV saying that she thinks Obama is an “Arab” – not a Muslim, mind you, an Arab. So this guy from Blogger Interrupted found the woman and talked to her, not once but twice.…

Arguments Against the Summum Case

The Christian Post reports on a brief filed by Liberty Counsel, one of the really bottom of the barrel religious right legal groups, in the Summum cases that are pending before the Supreme Court. These are the cases from Utah where a religious group wants to place monuments to its “Seven Aphorisms” next to monuments…

Reisman on Kozinski

You knew that intrepid (and ridiculous) anti-porn crusader Judith Reisman would have much to say about Judge Kozinski and the infamous porn “website” (which was not, of course, a website at all but a private server misconfigured to allow an enterprising snoop to move from directory to directory). And you knew that her reaction was…

John Yoo Hates Presidential Power

When it’s exercised by Bill Clinton. Gene Healy points out that in the 1990s, Bush apologist John Yoo was railing against Clinton’s “imperial presidency” in a book put out by the Cato Institute. Now that Bush is in power, of course, he’s not only the chief apologist for Bush’s various power grabs, he thinks the…

Fox News: Obama is a Muslim!

Continuing its longstanding pattern of misinformation, twice in recent days Fox News anchors and contributors have flat out lied about an article in the Jerusalem Post that badly paraphrased something Obama’s brother said. Last week it was Brit Hume: “But Obama’s half brother is not so sure. Malik Obama tells The Jerusalem Post that ‘if…

Jerusalem Pride Returns

The last two years I’ve followed the events surrounding a gay pride event in Jerusalem, which has provoked violent reactions from anti-gay Jews, Muslims and Christians both in and out of Israel. I mean literally violent reactions; members of the Haredi sect of ultra-orthodox Jews have stabbed participants in the parade, tried to stone the…

A new report put out by Physicians for Human Rights documents multiple instances of torture and abuse of prisoners by American personnel at Guantanamo Bay, in Iraq and in other prisons on military bases around the world. Maj. Gen. Antonio Taguba, who led the Pentagon’s investigation into the abuses at Abu Ghraib, minces no words…