Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for July, 2009

Dumbass Quote of the Day

From Rush Limbaugh, speaking of liberals and Obama supporters: “And there are people in this country, who are Americans, and have the same view of totalitarianism that all the worst regimes in the world have had. They just are a minority — or have been a minority. And they have to be stealth to get…

An atheist group that was denied the right to purchase ad space on public buses in Bloomington, Indiana has reached a settlement in the lawsuit it filed against the city. The city transportation authority’s advertising policy forbid them from accepting any ad that made statements for or against “controversial public issues.” A group calling itself…

An accident that was their fault, by the way, because they hit her from behind. Four police officers from Hollywood, Florida are caught on camera inventing evidence and plotting to falsify police reports to frame an innocent woman that they ran into with a police car. New professionalism, indeed. Video below the fold.

Palin’s Populist Pablum

From Sarah Palin’s farewell address, speaking of the media: “You represent what could and should be a respected, honest profession that could and should be a cornerstone of our democracy. Democracy depends on you, and that is why — that’s why our troops are willing to die for you. So how about in honor of…

Roasts and the First Amendment

Greg Beato has a terrific post at Reason online about the long tradition of Friar’s Club roasts and how they helped push the boundaries of the First Amendment out a bit further. I’ve made no secret of the fact that I am a huge fan of that tradition. And I like this opening riff: On…

Radio Show Preview 07-30-09

On tonight’s Declaring Independence: My first guest will be Daphne Eviatar, the legal correspondent for the Washington Independent. We’ll be talking about the sad farce that is the Sotomayor confirmation hearings. My second guest will be Gerry Hebert, director of the Campaign Legal Center. Gerry was the DOJ official who exposed Sen. Jeff Sessions as…

This line from CNN cracked me up: The ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee announced Monday that he will not vote to confirm Judge Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court. In an op-ed published in Monday’s USA Today, Sessions concedes that Sotomayor “will likely be confirmed.” But the Alabama Republican says that “as someone…

That Commie Pinko National Review

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: Conservative publication/leader says birthers are wrong. Wingnuts go apeshit and denounce that conservative publication/leader as French-speaking, terrorist-loving, cheese-eating surrender monkeys who hate God and probably eat arugula too. In this case, it’s the National Review, whose editors effectively squashed all this birther bullshit in a recent column:

I would have bet big money when this whole Gates arrest situation took place that there are cops out there not only siding with the officer, but also making all kinds of racist remarks about Gates and revealing their own bigotry. And in this day and age, it was inevitable that one or two of…

What Marshall and Barton Want

It looks like the wingnuts on the Texas Board of Education got exactly what they wanted when they named Peter Marshall and David Barton to the group of “experts” to advise them on the social studies curriculum: “The foremost problem that I see is that there is not nearly enough emphasis or credit given to…