Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for September, 2009

A Thug’s Widow Reinvents the Past

I read this little blurb in the NY Post and my jaw nearly dropped to the table. THE widow of the Shah of Iran, Empress Farah Pahlavi, is still around to remind us how bad Jimmy Carter was as president — long before his recent Israel-bashing and his calling Obama detractors racist. If Carter hadn’t…

Children Singing Songs to Dear Leader

I’m sure you’ve seen the right wing going apeshit over a bunch of elementary school kids singing a song of praise to President Obama. Guess what? They’re right. Children singing songs to a political leader — any political leader — is downright creepy and the teachers responsible should get some serious counseling for their very…

The Science of Why Torture Doesn’t Work

Wired magazine has an article about a new paper by Shane O’Mara in Trends in Cognitive Sciences that examines the neuroscience of using things like stress positions and abuse to get accurate information out of detainees. He bluntly calls the belief that abuse and torture are effective a form of folk neuroscience that does not…

My colleague Andy Birkey at the Minnesota Independent reports that his state has spent $2.4 million since 2007 funding the Teen Challenge program, a faith-based evangelical Christian substance abuse treatment program. Eric Vagle, Teen Challenge’s communications director, acknowledges the religious nature of the treatment centers but says state money is kept separate from evangelical programming.…

Now That’s New Professionalism

Justice Scalia to the white courtesy phone, please. Here’s an example of our law enforcement officers being extremely professional. While serving a warrant, they decided to play a game of bowling on the suspect’s Wii: With guns drawn and flashlights cutting through darkened rooms, Polk County undercover drug investigators stormed the home of convicted drug…

Two Poker Hands on Full Tilt

Playing poker on Full Tilt last night and these two hands happen back to back while playing $1/$2 no limit hold em with a .30 ante. I’d been playing for a while and was down about $100 from my original $400 buy in when these hands happened. First hand I’ve got A 8 of clubs…

The Brilliance of Vinnie Colaiuta

I’ve been saying for many years that Vinnie Colaiuta is the single best drummer in the world, something I imagine most drummers would agree with. This is not to take anything away from the many incredible drummers in the world, but I just think Vinnie can play better in more styles than anyone else. His…

Why I Don’t Like Ed Schultz

Here’s a perfect example of why I think Ed Schultz is just the liberal equivalent of Rush Limbaugh and his ilk: “[T]he Republicans lie! They want to see you dead! They’d rather make money off your dead corpse! They kind of like it when that woman has cancer and they don’t have anything for her.”…

All I Don’t Want for Christmas

Is a Michelle Bachmann action figure. I’m holding out for the blowup doll.

This is a very, very funny bit about religion from Patton Oswalt’s latest show. I’m putting together a presentation on blasphemy and stand up comedy next week for a college freethought group and this is definitely going to be shown.