Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for April, 2009

I didn’t watch the press conference last night, but I read the transcript. And President Obama’s answer to a question about the state secrets privilege was appallingly dishonest. Michael Scherer of Time magazine asked this question: Question: Thank you, Mr. President. During the campaign, you criticized President Bush’s use of the state secrets privilege, but…

Chris Buttars, You’ve Got Company

After reading this article, it turns out that Chris Buttars may not be the loopiest Utah Republican after all. Don Larsen may have him beat. Utah County Republicans defeated a resolution opposing well-heeled groups that a delegate claims are pushing a satanic plan to encourage illegitimate births and illegal immigration. Don Larsen, a Springville delegate,…

This week’s Idiot of the Month is Rep. Joe Barton of Texas. This world class dumbass got to question energy secretary Steven Chu, a Nobel prize winner, and he decided to ask him something that’s always stumped him. He asked him how the oil got under Alaska. Chu gives a very simple but accurate explanation,…

Glenn Greenwald has an important post about the role that Democrats have played in the Bush torture regime in the past and their continued role in blocking all attempts at prosecution for that regime now. This has been something Greenwald has consistently been saying for the last couple years: Most people who have spent the…

Yep, That’ll Work

I am always amused by things like this: An Iowa woman is organizing a statewide prayer service against gay marriage on Monday, the first day of legalized same-sex unions… Gloria Villanueva, of Bonaparte (BON’-ah-pahrt), says she is opposed to last month’s ruling by the Iowa Supreme Court legalizing gay marriage and wants her voice heard……

Klayman Puts on His Tinfoil Hat

Larry Klayman and the Worldnutdaily are a perfect match. If Michelle Bachmann is the prom queen at Wingnuttia High School, Klayman is her king. His latest bit of lunacy is in claiming that the outbreak of swine flu is an act of biological warfare. And the Worldnutdaily calls him an “anti-terrorism expert.” No, seriously. With…

More Ironic Statements on Torture

Balko found this one: “War crimes will be prosecuted, war criminals will be punished and it will be no defense to say, ‘I was just following orders.’” Who said it? George W. Bush. While announcing the invasion of Iraq in March, 2003. But I’ve no doubt that he would happily spare anyone for committing war…

In a very important ruling, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has rejected the invocation of the state secrets privilege (SSP) by both the Bush and Obama administrations. Both administrations argued that once the state secrets privilege is invoked, the court has to dismiss the case without ever looking at the evidence or hearing legal…

The Continuing Fall of John McCain

Andrew Sullivan puts together three quotes from John McCain that speak volumes about what an empty shell of a man he is. He once showed moral courage with his unyielding stand against torture, but now he argues against prosecuting Bush for ordering it. Here’s the first quote, speaking about the need to impeach Bill Clinton…

Bybee’s Private Regrets

The Washington Post quotes friends of Judge Jay Bybee, one of the authors of various memos narrowly defining torture and justifying its use while working at the Office of Legal Counsel, saying that he has privately expressed regret over those memos. Speaking of a gathering Bybee had with his former law clerks: Five years along…