Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for February, 2009

Obama Continues Bush Email Position

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. The Obama administration is now maintaining the Bush position on that missing email case in federal court, seeking to prevent a ruling that would require the government to preserve the backup tapes for millions of emails sent from within the White House. The Obama administration, siding with…

Buttars Stripped of Commitee Assignments

It seems that even his fellow Republicans are tiring of the rank idiocy of Chris Buttars: The Senate reprimand came after Buttars said to a documentary filmmaker that homosexuals were the “greatest threat to America,” compared them to radical Muslims, said they lack morals and want special rights. “It’s the beginning of the end,” Buttars…

Perry Names Sex Toy Hater to Parole Board

Here’s one of those “only in Texas” stories. Gov. Rick Perry has named a woman named Shanda Perkins to the state’s Board of Pardons and Paroles. She has absolutely no experience in criminal justice, of course, but she is a loyal footsoldier in the War on Orgasms: As far as I can tell, Mrs. Perkins’…

Obama: No Fairness Doctrine

The White House has – again – made clear that President Obama opposes any reinstatement of the Fairness Doctrine. Good, it’s a terrible idea, both unnecessary and dangerous. But for crying out loud, can we now end this ridiculous hysteria in the right wing media and blogosphere about it coming back? Yes, there are a…

I missed this last week while I was making my whirlwind trip to Vegas. Several senators – Leahy, Specter, Feingold and Kennedy – introduced the State Secrets Protection Act. The bill, according to the senators, “provides guidance to federal courts considering cases in which the government has asserted the state secrets privilege.” This was first…

Keyes Brings the Crazy Again

Another gem from the ever-eloquent Alan Keyes: “Obama is a radical communist and I think it is becoming clear. That is what I told people in Illinois and now everybody realizes it is coming true. He is going to destroy this country and we are either going to stop him or the United States of…

Kinsolving’s Amusing Argument

Les Kinsolving is one of the Worldnutdaily’s stable of wingnut writers. He’s also their White House correspondent, the one who asks hilariously loaded questions that make the other reporters roll their eyes. Here’s the headline of his most recent column:

Bruce Fein writes about a second case where the Obama administration has continued the Bush position and invoked the state secrets privilege in order to avoid judicial scrutiny, this time of the warrantless wiretapping program: Mr. Obama invoked the state secrets privilege a second time last week to block litigation challenging the legality of the…

The Empty Executive Compensation Rules

A few weeks ago, the CEOs of Ford and GM offered to work for a salary of $1 a year if they had to take federal bailout funds and I immediately wondered if that included all compensation, like stock options and bonuses, or whether it was just salary. When Obama announced the new rules on…

Courtroom Crosses in Italy

The US is not the only country that has disputes over religious symbols in courtrooms. Howard Friedman writes on his excellent Religion Clause blog: