Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for October, 2008

Hitchens on Palin, Part 2

Christopher Hitchens is starting to get into a groove in his criticism of Palin. She serves up this pitch: In an election that has been fought on an astoundingly low cultural and intellectual level, with both candidates pretending that tax cuts can go like peaches and cream with the staggering new levels of federal deficit,…

O’Reilly’s Electoral Map

This is absolutely hilarious. Markos provides a picture of Bill O’Reilly’s electoral map (see the original here). Picture below the fold.

I Don’t Want to Sound Racist…

Here’s video of McCain supporters waiting for the Straight Talk Express to arrive in Pennsylvania. My favorite line: “I don’t want to sound racist, but I don’t want a black man running my country.” Well I’m glad you don’t want to sound racist, but that’s precisely what you are.

Yeah, She’ll Run a Fair Election

This week’s batshit crazy local official is Jill Jackson of Jackson County, Indiana. She’s the county clerk, which means she runs the elections in that county. A Republican county clerk distributed to two employees an Internet blog posting referring to Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama as a “young, black Adolf Hitler.”… The employees, who had…

Bruce Fein, prominent conservative legal scholar and former Reagan DOJ official, has a new book out called Constitutional Peril: The Life and Death Struggle for Our Constitution and Democracy. Fein is a staunch critic of the Bush administration’s laundry list of unconstitutional policies and he is participating in an online salon about the book at…

Palin Quote of the Day

You have to love this quote from Sarah Palin when asked if she considers herself a feminist: “I’m not gonna label myself anything, Brian,” she responded. “And I think that’s what annoys a lot of Americans, especially in a political campaign, is to start trying to label different parts of America different, different backgrounds, different…

Overly Broad Conservative Rhetoric

One of the things that drives me crazy about conservative arguments on judicial matters is how they make these incredibly broad arguments that they refuse to apply consistently. Dennis Prager offers a textbook example: Next to the presidential election, California Proposition 8 is the most important vote in America. It will determine the definition of…

Palin and Witchcraft

Alan Borass, an anthropology professor from Kenai Peninsula College, has an op-ed in the Anchorage Daily News about Palin and the language of witchcraft used by those in her church, especially Kenyan Pastor Thomas Muthee. He notes that such language has serious meaning in Muthee’s homeland: In pre-colonial central Africa witches were a metaphor of…

Stevens Guilty of Corruption Charges

The NY Times reports: Alaska Sen. Ted Stevens was convicted of seven corruption charges Monday in a trial that tainted the 40-year Senate career of Alaska’s political patriarch… Stevens, 84, was convicted of all seven charges he faced of lying about free home renovations and other gifts he received from a wealthy oil contractor. Jurors…

Chris Rodda Meets David Barton

Or, the Devil Went Up to Jersey. Chris Rodda got to meet David Barton and give him a copy of her book Liars for Jesus. He apparently was not pleased: After Barton got done spewing his usual Christian nation crap, and telling the audience how important is is to vote “Christian,” he took a seat…