Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for January, 2009

Radio Show Preview: 01-29-09

This is a preview of the January 29 episode of Declaring Independence. I will have two guests. The first is Ayaan Hirsi Ali in an interview I taped last week when she was in Grand Rapids for a speaking engagement. Ali is an outspoken critic of radical Islam, particularly its treatment of women, and she…

Pitts Nails Limbaugh

Leonard Pitts absolutely nails Limbaugh on his latest bit of stupidity: ”I hope he fails.” — Limbaugh It is, of course, a calculated outrage. Meaning, it was spewed by a clown in the media circus to kick a familiar sequence into motion: angry denunciation by bloggers, pundits and supporters of President Barack Obama (the ”he”…

Daphne Eviatar, who appeared on my radio show recently, has an interesting article at the Washington Independent about some upcoming court cases that will tell us just how seriously Barack Obama is about restoring transparency and accountability to our anti-terrorism programs. The test of those commitments will come soon in key court cases involving CIA…

The Story Behind Obama’s Torture Ban

One of the highly dishonest ways that many on the right frame the torture issue is to present it as weak-kneed liberals who care about the rights of bad guys vs realistic patriots from the military and intelligence community who know what it really takes to protect the nation. The New Yorker has a blog…

Russell Tice on Olbermann

If you didn’t see the interview with former NSA analyst Russell Tice the other day on Olbermann’s show, you need to read the transcript. It’s quite disturbing. Tice confirms what we already long suspected, that the NSA has access to any form of electronic communication – email, fax, phone call, text message, etc. – and…

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

It’s a well worn cliche, but it remains true. And here are some examples of why we need to pay attention to what every president, including Obama, does rather than what they say. AP reports that the alleged ban on earmarks declared by Obama and the Democratic leadership in Congress in the stimulus package is…

God is His Co-Pilot

Sounds like a good candidate for the wingnut of the week: A Cottage Grove man wash charged with two felony county of criminal damage to property for intentionally crashing his SUV into the Ford Parkway Planned Parenthood location in St. Paul. Matthew Lee Derosia, 32, crashed his SUV into the building around 7:30 a.m. Thursday,…

Steve King: Dumbest Man in Congress

Ken Silverstein offers this quote from Steve King, a Republican congressman from Iowa who may be the single dumbest person in the entire House. “Let’s just say that, that, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, the mastermind of 9/11, is brought to the United States to be tried in a federal court in the United States, under a…

No, not Craig Smith the former Boston College basketball player. Craig Smith, the Worldnutdaily columnist who wrote this absurd column expressing great outrage at Barack Obama for issuing executive orders – without ever bothering to discuss the substance of those orders at all. Anyone with a sixth grade civics education understands the wisdom of the…

Obama officials try to find Gitmo files

The Washington Post reports on the difficulties the Obama administration is having just finding all the information the government has about detainees being held at Guantanamo Bay: President Obama’s plans to expeditiously determine the fates of about 245 terrorism suspects held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and quickly close the military prison there were set back…