Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for April, 2009

America’s Creepiest Police Videos

Another gem that Balko found, an obviously drunk cop named James Cousins in a bar mocking a homicide victim and his mother when she arrived at the crime scene. That in and of itself is not such a big deal; as Balko notes, cops have a stressful job and if they blow off a little…

The Institute for Creation Research has filed suit against the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) after the state board denied them the authority to issue master’s degrees in the state of Texas. This echoes an earlier fight they had in California. Sandefur did a paper on that earlier fight when he was in law…

Impeach Judge Bybee

John Yoo was not the only one in the OLC writing memos justifying torture. He was joined by Jay Bybee, who is now a sitting federal judge. The New York Times is calling for him to be impeached. Matthew Yglesias agrees. So do I. The Times editors wrote:

FARK Headline of the Week

I love reading the headlines at FARK when someone submits an article. Best one I’ve seen lately: Blagojevich heads to reality TV, opens doors for Marion Barry in VH1′s “Crack Rock of Love” and Mark Foley in “Are You Jonesing for a Tenth Grader” Don’t forget Larry Craig’s “Tap Dancing With the Stars.”

Dumbass Quote of the Day

From Pat Robertson, speaking about the DHS report on right wing extremists: “It shows somebody down in the bowels of that organization is either a convinced left winger or somebody whose sexual orientation is somewhat in question. But it’s that kind of thing, somebody who doesn’t think that we should have abortion on demand, is…

The Senate Armed Services Committee, chaired by Sen. Carl Levin of Michigan, has released its final report (PDF) tracing the development of the Bush administration’s policies and practices of abusing and torturing detainees after 2001. The report is based on over 200,000 classified and unclassified documents, memos and communications from within the Bush administration and…

Do Tea Parties Help or Hurt the GOP?

It was very clear last week that the Republican party thinks jumping on board the tea party protest bandwagon was good for them politically. About 1/4 of the Republican legislators in Congress appeared at one of them, as well as Rick Perry’s now-infamous appearance at several of them in Texas. But will doing so help…

About That Library Tower Plot…

In the wake of the release of OLC memos authorizing torture, Bush apologists are frantically trying to show that torture worked. Former Bush speechwriter Marc Thiessen wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post that claimed that torturing Khalid Sheik Mohammed had foiled a second plot to use airplanes to attack the highest skyscraper on the…

Everyone’s favorite loopy ex-chaplain, Gordon Klingenschmitt, is back in the news again. My friends at the Military Religious Freedom Foundation and Americans United have written a joint letter to the Chief of Naval Operations complaining that Klingenschmitt is still using his military status and uniform to promote political causes, which is exactly why he was…

Let Them Eat Fish

This Eartha Melzer story we have up at the Michigan Messenger this morning is absolutely unbelievable. Dow Chemical is located in the Saginaw/Midland area in Michigan and they have polluted the place like you wouldn’t believe, especially with dioxin and PCBs. The state has warned people for years not to eat any fish caught in…