Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for May, 2009

Another Abortion Doctor Killed

I’ve just been told by a friend and longtime Dispatches reader that Dr. George Tiller, a doctor from Kansas who has long been controversial for performing abortions, was shot and killed a short time ago during a church service where he was acting as an usher. I hope to be able to bring you more…

Whining About Poker

I had an absolutely horrid night of poker tonight and, since I have a blog, I’m gonna whine about it. In two hours of play I lost $400 while getting great cards. I had pocket queens 4 times in 2 hours, raised big preflop all 4 times and lost all 4 times. Twice it was…

Dumbass Quote of the Day

Hell, this may be the dumbass quote of the century. From G. Gordon Liddy, convicted felon and first class fucking asshole, speaking about Judge Sotomayor: Let’s hope that the key conferences aren’t when she’s menstruating or something, or just before she’s going to menstruate. That would really be bad. Lord knows what we would get…

Ding Dong the TBOE Chair is Dead

Okay, not dead – but no longer the chairman. The Texas state senate rejected the reappointment of Don McLeroy as chairman of the Texas Board of Education on Thursday, failing to get the 2/3 necessary to ratify his reappointment by Gov. Rick Perry. He’s still a duly elected member of the board, of course, but…

Barney Frank has submitted his bill to legalize and regulate online gambling and the opposition is trotting out some seriously irrational arguments against it. Opponents are mobilizing to defeat the bill. They include social conservatives and professional and amateur sports organizations, which say more gambling opportunities could threaten the integrity of their competition. “Illegal offshore…

Dumbass Quote of the Day

From John Yoo, who seems intent on setting a Guiness world record for total lack of self-awareness: Conservatives should defend the Supreme Court as a place where cases are decided by a faithful application of the Constitution, not personal politics, backgrounds, and feelings. Republican senators will have to conduct thorough questioning in the confirmation hearings…

The U.S. Supreme Court has overturned a landmark 1986 ruling that forbid the police from questioning suspects without their attorney present. The 1986 case, Michigan v Jackson, was overturned on Tuesday in a 5-4 ruling (PDF) in a similar case, Montejo v Louisiana. As I reported last month, the Obama administration had sided with the…

Gay Diplomats Get Equality

Here’s one good thing the Obama administration is doing, giving equal rights and benefits to gay diplomats representing the US around the world. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will soon announce that gay American diplomats will be given benefits similar to those that their heterosexual counterparts enjoy, U.S. officials said Saturday. In a notice…

Another Absurd Police Incident

This happened in Clark County, Nevada, where a police officer was driving 109 mph without his lights and sirens on when he crashed into a truck. The officer died, but the guy who drove the truck is being charged with DUI even though his blood alcohol level was less than half the legal limit. In…

Gen. Petraeus: Cheney is Wrong

Gen. David Petraeus, who has been lavished with praise by Republicans for years, tells an interviewer than when it comes to torture and the closing of Gitmo, President Obama is right and former VP Dick Cheney is wrong: