Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for September, 2009

Balko on Absolute Prosecutorial Immunity

Balko has an article at Reason about a case the Supreme Court will hear this fall over what seems like a perfectly obvious question: Can a prosecutor be held personally liable for his actions if he intentionally falsifies testimony and/or evidence in a prosecution that puts an innocent person in prison for 25 years? If…

Lifelong Republican and over-the-hill crooner Andy Williams bashes President Obama as a Marxist in a foreign publication. In a new interview with the Radio Times, a British magazine, Williams goes all Glenn Beck: “Don’t like him at all,” he said, “I think he wants to create a socialist country. The people he associates with are…

Roll Back the Patriot Act

My friends at Downsize DC are working on a campaign to tell Congress to roll back some of the constitutionally dubious provisions of the Patriot Act. Sen. Russ Feingold has submitted a bill called the Judicious Use of Surveillance Tools In Counterterrorism Efforts (JUSTICE) Act that would repeal the worst provisions of both the Patriot…

Dumbass Quote of the Day

From this dumbass, Rev. Austin Miles: Then, yesterday a session of the United Nations began in New York. Libyan leader, Moammar Gadhafi, who was supposed to have limited speech time, raged on for a full 90 minutes during which he praised Obama and then said: “We Africans are happy, proud that a son of Africa…

Dembski Doesn’t Like Blasphemy Day

The Center for Inquiry has declared Wed, Sept. 30 to be Blasphemy Day and one of the things they’re doing in relation to this day is a blasphemy contest. You can submit a poem, statement or phrase that would be considered blasphemous. Frankly, that doesn’t interest me much, though I’m sure there will be at…

Beck Babbles Incoherently to Couric

What is it about Katie Couric that reduces populist conservatives to babbling idiots? It’s not as if she’s a particularly tough interviewer. I mean, Mike Wallace she’s not. But here she asks a perfectly reasonable question to Beck and he babbles and poses and tries to distract. He does anything but actually answer the question.…

Dan Riehl’s Telling Speculation

I haven’t written much about the case of the census taker found hanged in Kentucky with “Fed” written on his chest. Yes, it might be an example of overblown right-wing paranoia over census takers being fomented by demagogues like Michele Bachmann. Or it might not. Hell, this is rural Kentucky. It might be moonshiners, drug…

DOJ Admits Abuse of Patriot Act

In 2001, the Patriot Act was passed and it gave the government the authority to do a search without ever talking to a judge or getting a warrant, just by issuing a “National Security Letter.” And when they issued it, the recipient had to comply and they could not inform the subject of the search…

Another Birther Rejects Taitz

I am finding this infighting among the birthers endlessly amusing. The Orange County News reports that Lucas Smith, one of the people who has come forward with a fake Kenyan birth certificate for Barack Obama, has now severed ties with Taitz and is claiming that she told him to lie in court. But first, the…

We’re all used to outrageous rulings from the Texas state courts, but this one may be appalling even by their standards. The state’s Court of Criminal Appeals was presented with irrefutable evidence that the prosecutor and the judge in a case where a man was sentenced to death were having an affair that they covered…