Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Random Links

A few random items from my queue of blog fodder….

— The GOP’s “let’s see how long we can remain in the minority” stupid fest continues, this time with RNC chair candidate Ken Blackwell telling a radio host that you can “chose to restrain” the “compulsion” of homosexuality, adding, “I’ve never had to make the choice because I’ve never had the urge to be other than a heterosexual, but if in fact I had the urge to be something else I could have in fact suppressed that urge.” Too bad for Ken he couldn’t suppress the “behave like a giant douche” compulsion.

–So I have a Middle East Peace Plan. If they agree on nothing else, Israel and Hamas should be able to come to a consensus on this: Pajamas Media’s decision to send star reporter Joe the Plumber Journalist to the Middle East has been a cynical, embarrassing train wreck. If this is what “new media” is all about, I’ll take mine old and crusty, thanks.

— Delaware’s new governor plans to thumb his nose at the feds, and open the state up to sports bookmaking. I’m not much into wagering on sports, but this is great news, both because any lessening of prohibitions on consensual crimes is a good thing, but also because it will mightily piss of the professional sports leagues. They deserve all the angst they can handle for supporting the Unlawful Internet Gaming Enforcement Act.

In a last-minute diktat, the DEA has upheld the federal government’s monopoly on marijuana available for clinical research, despite a non-binding ruling by an administrative law judge in February 2007 advising otherwise. All research marijuana comes from one site in Mississippi, a site researchers and activists say produces crappy marijuana. More importantly, the monopoly lets the government dictate what marijuana research moves forward. That then enables the government to issue blanket statements like this one, alleging that there’s no credible research showing marijuana to have medicinal properties. That’s really not true. But even if it were, it’s because the government puts the kibosh on the most promising domestic research before it ever gets started.

Slate’s Top 25 Bushisms from the last eight-plus years. I like 4, 15, 16, and 17. And I like 1, 13, 22, and 25 because in misspeaking, Bush actually ends up uttering some approximation of the truth.