Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for January, 2009

Patriotism, Conservative and Liberal

Watching Obama’s inaugural address reminded me of an essay written by Peter Beinart in Time magazine last summer about conservative and liberal conceptions of patriotism. I thought he really nailed the key difference in how right and left tend to think about patriotism. For far too many on the right, patriotism is about mere symbols,…

Saying Goodbye to a Dog

Here’s a tough one for Radley Balko, who really dislikes Bill Simmons, the Sports Guy on ESPN.com, but absolutely loves dogs. Here’s a column from Simmons that should help bridge the divide a bit as he says goodbye to a golden retriever who died of lymphoma. It’s very touching.

Medical Pot Raid on Inauguration Day

Americans for Safe Access has the story of a major federal raid on a medical marijuana dispensary on the same day Obama was sworn in: The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) raided a medical marijuana dispensary today in South Lake Tahoe, California, in the first days of the new Obama Administration… Medical marijuana and an unknown…

Partial Victory in Texas

The Texas Board of Education approved revised science standards without the “strengths and weaknesses” language in them The State Board of Education tentatively decided to amend school science curriculum standards Thursday, dropping a 20-year-old requirement that critics say is used to undermine the theory of evolution. The change in curriculum drops the mandate that science…

A judge in Pennsylvania has dismissed charges against two people who were arrested for running an illegal gambling operation – a simple home game of $1/$2 hold em. “The Court finds that Texas Hold’em poker is a game where skill predominates over chance. Thus, it is not ‘unlawful gambling’ under the Pennsylvania Code.” That was…

In an important development, Switzerland now says it may be willing to take some of the detainees from Guantanamo Bay once they are released. Switzerland is ready to consider taking in detainees from the U.S. prison for terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba if that helps to shut it down, the Swiss government said…

Limbaugh Deconstructs Lowery

And the Worldnutdaily is broadcasting Limbaugh’s idiotic views about Joseph Lowery’s benediction from the Obama inauguration. Declaring that “outrage is erupting” – from whom other than Limbaugh and their perpetually outraged readers? – the Worldnutdaily cites the following from Lowery: Then he ended his prayer with, “Lord, in the memory of all the saints who…

Lindsey Beyerstein Joins CIM

So I’m going through my email and I see “lbeyerstein” on a list of addresses for an email I received from the higher ups at the Center for Independent Media. Hmmm. Could that be Lindsey Beyerstein of Majikthise? I emailed the bosses to find out and, much to my delight, found out that she has…

Quote of the Day

From Andrew Sullivan: A reminder of what so many forgot these past eight years: the executive branch’s first duty is to protect and defend the Constitution, not the territory, of the U.S. On that score, Bush and Cheney did not keep us safe. They did to the Constitution what Osama bin Laden could never have…

Most Annoying Ignorant Cliche Ever

Jon Rowe has a post at Positive Liberty debunking what I consider to be the single most annoying cliche about politics – “We’re not a democracy, we’re a republic.” This absurd statement is repeated like a mantra by those too ignorant to know that it is meaningless drivel.