Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for September, 2008

The Mind Boggles

The co-founder of the Federalist Society answers the question of whether distrust in the Bush administration was leading to skepticism about the treasury bailout plan: This Administration deserves to be trusted because it has kept us safe from terrorist attack since 9/11, has fought and won two wars, has presided over eight years of economic…

We Must Protect Palin from Questions

Greg Sargent is right, the McCain campaign’s obsession with keeping Sarah Palin from having to answer questions from the press is reaching absurd levels. During her series of photo ops with world leaders in New York yesterday, the campaign first wanted to keep the press out completely except for a camera. Then they agreed to…

Balkin on the Treasury Bailout Plan

Jack Balkin has the same misgivings about the provision in the Bush treasury department’s proposal for a $700 billion fund to purchase mortgage assets that I do. It’s not the bailout itself, which may or may not be a bad idea, it’s the total lack of accountability. Long excerpt below the fold.

The New Scam

Okay, this is freaking brilliant. It’s the new Nigerian American scam, below the fold.

The Muthee/Palin Video

Here’s the video of Kenyan evangelist, witch hunter and all-around nutball Thomas Muthee laying hands on Sarah Palin and praying for her to become governor. And even while doing that, he’s talking inexplicably about witchcraft. This is creepy.

Biden’s Gaffe Problem

When Obama named Biden as his VP pick, I wrote at the time: A bigger potential problem is Biden’s tendency to say stupid things when he’s speaking off the cuff. He’s clearly a very intelligent man and he’s also a good speaker, but he strikes me as a guy with a devious sense of humor…

Idiot of the Month: Rush Limbaugh

If you haven’t already seen it, here’s the latest idiocy to escape from Rush Limbaugh’s pie hole: These polls on how one-third of blue-collar white Democrats won’t vote for Obama because he’s black, and — but he’s not black. Do you know he has not one shred of African-American blood? He doesn’t have any African…

Mike Gene Admits Matzke was Right

The bacterial flagellum is such a central argument to the ID movement that during the Dover trial, it resulted in the funniest moment in the trial. After Michael Behe had spend nearly two full days on the witness stand, much of it talking about the flagellum, Scott Minnich took the stand and was going to…

McCain Campaign Uses Craigslist

The media seems not to have noticed this ad on Craigslist, which I suspect is from the McCain campaign: Dignified older man seeks second-tier foreign leaders, ambassadors and has-been foreign policy wonks to meet with his young, comely apprentice and soulmate. Must be willing to engage in polite conversation with previously mentioned soulmate while being…

Kentucky Wants to Ban Online Gambling

The Kentucky governor is asking a court to allow them to block access to online gambling sites: Kentucky’s pro-gambling governor is looking to make sure all bets are off for more than 140 online gambling Web sites that operate in the state known for the world’s biggest horse race. Gov. Steve Beshear said his administration…