Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for June, 2009

Dumbass Quote of the Day

From North Korea’s amusingly delusional strongman Kim Jong-Il: “If the U.S. imperialists start another war, the army and people of Korea will … wipe out the aggressors on the globe once and for all,” a dispatch from the official Korean Central News Agency said. That literally made me laugh out loud.

Sally Kern’s Fake History

Oklahoma’s favorite wingnut legislator, Sally Kern, is now trying to pass a “proclamation for morality” in that state. Predictably, it includes several of those now-infamous fake quotes that David Barton has thrust upon the world. Here’s the full proclamation:

Marcy Wheeler has a post about statements made by Presidents Bush and Obama commemorating the anniversary of the UN Convention Against Torture, which was Friday. Notice the sheer chutzpah of Bush’s declaration from 2003, which was issued a mere few weeks before Bush signed the first official order allowing torture of detainees. His declaration said:

Bachmann and ACORN: Debunked

Politifact does a nice job of debunking Michelle Bachmann’s silly claim that ACORN will be in charge of the census. Here’s what she said: “Now ACORN has been named one of the national partners, which will be a recipient again of federal money,” Bachmann said. “And they will be in charge of going door-to-door and…

Obama and Indefinite Detention

There are reports that the Obama administration is getting ready to put out an executive order allowing indefinite detention of some of the detainees held at Guantanamo Bay. Obama administration officials, fearing a battle with Congress that could stall plans to close the U.S. prison at Guantanamo Bay, are crafting language for an executive order…

Several of my fellow ScienceBloggers have already endorsed GrrlScientist and asked their readers to vote for her to become the official blogger on an Arctic expedition. I hereby risk the wrath of my SciBlings, with no malice toward GrrlScientist whatsoever, because I feel I must endorse my good friend Wesley Elsberry for the job instead.…

The Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that the Sixth Amendment’s Confrontation Clause includes the right to cross examine forensic experts when they testify in a trial. It’s the makeup of the two sides that is really interesting. The majority opinion was written by Justice Scalia and joined by Thomas, Ginsburg, Souter and Stevens. The minority was…

A Typical MRFF Letter

With Mikey Weinstein’s kind permission, I’m going to reprint an example of the kinds of letters and emails the Military Religious Freedom Foundation gets on a daily basis from active duty military personnel and their families. The details have been changed so as to maintain the anonymity of the person who wrote it but it…

Stuart Pivar: Ballsy or Crazy?

Some of you may remember the brouhaha caused by Stuart Pivar around these parts a couple years ago. Pivar wrote a breathtakingly bad book called Lifecode and sent it to PZ for him to review. So he reviewed it – and trashed praised it for its “flagrant crackpottery.” A couple years later, Pivar, in a…

Balko has two stories about the police serving warrants at the wrong address, something that happens regularly and often with fatal results. Here’s the first one, from Indiana (and a link to the original article):