Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for March, 2009

The Washington Post has an article about the waterboarding and abuse of Abu Zubaida, who was allegedly a high-ranking Al Qaeda leader. The torture of the man produced nothing useful at all: When CIA officials subjected their first high-value captive, Abu Zubaida, to waterboarding and other harsh interrogation methods, they were convinced that they had…

Richard Hoppe has begun posting updates on the John Freshwater hearings over at the Panda’s Thumb now that they have started up again. Things are getting very interesting. On Day 15, the witnesses included Lori Miller, a middle school science and math teacher from the same school as Freshwater. Her testimony was almost surreal. Not…

Why the Police Must Be Videotaped

Here’s another case where a police officer lied about what happened and was found to be lying because they were videotaped: The latest such case emerged on Monday, when a New York City detective, Debra Eager, 41, was indicted on three felony perjury charges after her testimony before a grand jury about a 2007 drug…

Jerry Falwell is dead but Jonathan Falwell has stepped right into his father’s jackboots and continued his Worldnutdaily column and his penchant for distorting history. In his latest column, Falwell criticizes Obama’s first judicial nominee, David Hamilton to the 7th circuit court of appeals, as “anti-Jesus” because he wrote a ruling striking down sectarian prayers…

Atlanta to Fight Johnston Lawsuit

The city of Atlanta has decided to fight a lawsuit by the family of Kathryn Johnston, the elderly woman killed during a police raid that was built on intentionally faked evidence. They’re going to argue that the city is not liable for her death because there was no official policy that endorsed the behavior of…

AP reports: A Spanish court has agreed to consider opening a criminal case against six former Bush administration officials, including former Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, over allegations they gave legal cover for torture at Guantanamo Bay, a lawyer in the case said Saturday. Human rights lawyers brought the case before leading anti-terror judge Baltasar Garzon,…

Good News and Bad News in Texas

The Texas Board of Education passed the new science standards on Friday. The good news is that an amendment to add back in the “strengths and weaknesses” requirement failed. The bad news is that a more specific amendment with the same effect passed and was added to the standards, where it will now be used…

How Bout Those Spartans?

Unbelievable. Incredible. I wrote at the beginning of the season that MSU had the talent to make the Final Four, but I really didn’t think before today that they could beat Louisville. I figured we just couldn’t handle their big, athletic guards. Boy was I wrong. I guess it’s time to learn not to doubt…

Here’s one of the weirdest statements you’re ever likely to hear. Sarah Palin grumbling that she couldn’t find a single person in the McCain campaign she wanted to pray with before the VP debate: “So I’m looking around for somebody to pray with, I just need maybe a little help, maybe a little extra,” said…

Yet Another Medical Marijuana Raid

Despite repeated promises from the Obama administration that the raids on medical marijuana dispensaries, there was yet another raid the other day. Yesterday, armed federal DEA agents raided Emmalyn’s California Cannabis Clinic, a licensed medical marijuana facility in San Francisco. This action – seemingly at odds with the recent policy change announced by the U.S.…