Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for December, 2008

Here’s an interesting little controversy dealing with military chaplains. The Navy says that Messianic Jewish chaplains must wear the cross lapel pin that identifies them as Christian rather than the Ten Commandments tablets that signify a Jewish chaplain. Jews in Green reports: Fortunately already a policy in the Army and Air Force, word on the…

This Just In: People Still Suck

A psychologist has redone the infamous Milgram experiment and found that a large majority of people will still continue to inflict pain on them at the order of an authority figure – even if they’re shown an example of someone who refuses to do so. Some things never change. Scientists said on Friday they had…

The War on the War on Christmas

Here’s an amusing video from goleft.tv about the fake war on Christmas:

A Festivus Pole in Illinois

A high school senior put up a Festivus pole next to a nativity display and the now-infamous FFRF sign at the state capitol in Springfield, Illinois, and it has led, ironically, to grievances being aired. Funny, but nobody’s laughing much about the Festivus pole that popped up under the dome of the Illinois Capitol this…

Pope Benedict’s Christmas Message

This takes some serious chutzpah: Pope Benedict led the world’s 1.1 billion Roman Catholics into Christmas at a midnight mass Thursday in which he appealed for an end to child abuse in all its forms… Benedict, celebrating the fourth Christmas of his pontificate, spoke out against the abuse of minors — ranging from parents who…

Hannity’s Misleadership Skills

Media Matters has named Sean Hannity as 2008’s misinformer of the year. There’s a long list of examples of his rank dishonesty in the service of political ends. By the way, I’ve got the perfect replacement for Alan Colmes: Hannity should just use a ventriloquist’s dummy (that’s all Colmes was most of the time anyway).…

Use Your Fat to Fuel Your Car

This is kinda disturbing: Liposuctioning unwanted blubber out of pampered Los Angelenos may not seem like a dream job, but it has its perks. Free fuel is one of them. For a time, Beverly Hills doctor Craig Alan Bittner turned the fat he removed from patients into biodiesel that fueled his Ford SUV and his…

Don’t Divorce Us

This is a very cool slide show that shows the real human side of the race to nullify thousands of same sex marriages in California. I can’t figure out how to embed it, so here’s the link.

Vegas Reader Meetup?

It just occurred to me that there may be readers in Las Vegas who might like to get together while I’m there and do dinner. I’ll be there from January 11-15, though I arrive late on the 11th. Anyone in the area who wants to get together for a reader meetup, email me.

Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas. Happy Hannukah. Joyous Kwanzaa. Most importantly, Happy Festivus. May all your feats of strength be successful and may the airing of the grievances not result in you punching your annoying brother.