Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for February, 2009

Why I Love Mario Batali

He goes to events like this: The South Beach Wine & Food Festival’s $1,000-a-plate dinner for the king and queen of Spain was gliding along with decorum Thursday night as dignitaries and guests feasted on vanguard cooking by some of Spain’s most important chefs and quaffed some of its best wines. And then superstar chef…

Dumbass Quote of the Week

This week’s dumbass quote of the week is from our old friend Joseph Farah, grand poobah of the Worldnutdaily. He not only repeats the ridiculous lie that the stimulus bill contains billions of dollars for ACORN, he ratchets up the rhetoric well beyond the absurd level: But it has been thought out. I want you…

Christian Scientists and Health Insurance

The Ft. Worth Star Telegram has a story about the Christian Science church and health insurance. The Christian Science church rejects the germ theory of disease and believes that all illness is spiritual in nature rather than physical and thus should be treated with prayer and counseling rather than medical intervention. It seems the church…

Yet another absolutely appalling example of the Obama administration continuing a vile Bush administration position in a legal case with a profound effect on freedom and the rule of law. Now the Obama DOJ is continuing to support the Bush administration’s position that prisoners do not have a right to access DNA evidence that may…

Victory in Summum Case

Okay, some people are going to say that a 9-0 loss for Summum in their challenge to get a Seven Aphorisms monument in a public park next to a Ten Commandments monument is a loss. I think it’s a victory. Here’s the full ruling, which is quite complex. Justice Alito wrote the majority opinion, which…

This is Fucking Insane

I thought about finding some nicer, more eloquent way to say this, but I can’t. Sometimes the most blunt way of saying something is the right way to say it. This is fucking insane. A charity in Branson, Missouri gave a double amputee Iraq war vet a house that was built to be handicapped accessible…

Ladies and Gentlemen, Sarah Palin

Her fellow Republicans and their “gotcha” questions: A couple of weeks before the Alaska legislature began this year’s session, a bipartisan group of state senators on a retreat a few hours from here invited Gov. Sarah Palin to join them. Accompanied by a retinue of advisers, she took a seat at one end of a…

Do not adjust your monitor. This is not a repeat. The Obama administration is defending yet another Bush administration position in the war on terror, arguing that the courts have no jurisdiction over military prisons overseas other than Guantanamo Bay. The Obama administration, siding with the Bush White House, contended Friday that detainees in Afghanistan…

Whackos Defending Buttars: Kill the Gays!

Every once in a while I take a peek at Covenant News, which is a news site so far out on the lunatic fringe that they make the Worldnutdaily look sane and rational by comparison. These people are the religious right’s religious right, the people who think that James Dobson is a liberal pussy. Seriously.…

Local News Producers as “Executives”

There’s been a little mini-tempest in Michigan lately over WOOD-TV 8 in Grand Rapids refusing to show an anti-gay film put out by the American Family Association. Naturally the Worldnutdaily has picked up on it. And their most recent story is rather amusing because they’ve now discovered that – gasp! – WOOD-TV once had a…