Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for August, 2009

Horton on CIA Torture Report

Scott Horton has a quick analysis of the CIA Inspector General’s report on torture and he makes some very important observations that disprove some of the right wing talking points on the report. For example, one of the chief talking points, repeated especially by Rep. Pete Hoekstra of Michigan, was that any investigation of wrongdoing…

The Bureaucracy of Torture

The New York Times has an article about the newly released IG report on torture that really emphasizes the bureaucratic aspects of the Bush torture regime. Contrary to what the right — and the Obama DOJ, apparently — would have us believe, the worst abuses were not the result of a few rogue agents. Rather…

Brilliant Quote of the Day

From John Adams: “There is danger from all men. The only maxim of a free government ought to be to trust no man living with power to endanger the public liberty.” I’ve actually had conversations with people about warrantless wiretaps, government secrecy and the state secrets privilege where they’ve said that they trust Obama to…

The statement made by Dick Cheney in response to the release of documents about the torture of detainees and Holder’s announcement of a “preliminary review” of detainee abuse during the Bush administration is a case study in dishonesty, depravity and how to make irony meters explode from thousands of miles away. The dishonesty begins with…

With the announcement by Attorney General Eric Holder that John Durham will perform a “preliminary review” of the interrogation practices used on a small number of detainees — not a special prosecutor, not a grand jury, not an indictment, just a preliminary review — the right wing is going ballistic, blasting the administration for daring…

OMG! It’s the Death Book!

Fresh off the heels of their last successful piece of demagoguery — death panels in the healthcare reform bill — the right wing brings you their latest and greatest lie: The Death Book. Not only does the Obama administration want to kill grandma and Sarah Palin’s baby, they also want to convince veterans to kill…

Klingenschmitt Requests Hush Money

Part of the martyrdom mythology that Gordon Klingenschmitt has sought to create about himself is the claim that he nobly sacrificed his military career and his well-earned pension as an officer because he was so resolutely standing up for God and country and the freedom to pray in Jesus’ name. The whole thing is a…

Health Care Reform Fantasies

I’ve been having a good deal of fun mocking the ridiculous, hyperbolic and downright idiotic arguments the right wing has been making about healthcare reform, but I’ve not yet written anything about where I actually stand on the issue. And I’m still not going to in this post because, frankly, I just don’t know enough…

God Attacks Lutherans!

It turns out that God doesn’t just send really big storms like Hurricane Katrina to express his hatred for gay equality; he also sends smaller storms like almost-kinda tornadoes. A Baptist pastor and popular Calvinist author says it was no accident that tornado-force winds hit downtown Minneapolis the same week that the nation’s largest Lutheran…

Dumbass Quote of the Day

From the statistically-impaired Bill O’Reilly, who says that the life expectancy of Americans isn’t as long as that of Canadians because there are more Americans than Canadians. Seriously. Video below the fold.