Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for September, 2009

Youtube Gem: Doria Roberts

Doria Roberts is an incredible singer/songwriter from the Atlanta area. I first saw her a few years ago when she opened for my friend Vinx and she just blew me away. This is a great live performance of the song Perfect, which is an amazing song.

Discrimination Against Jedis

A guy who claims to be a real Jedi says he was discriminated against by a British supermarket that demanded he remove his hood: Tesco has been accused of religious discrimination after the company ordered the founder of a Jedi religion to remove his hood or leave a branch of the supermarket in north Wales.…

Gambler Wants Casino to Cover His Losses

Here’s a story from right here in Detroit, where a guy who lost a fortune gambling thinks he should get his money returned because he was “brainwashed.” The 61-year-old professional engineer indulged his appetite for cards, slots and game tables at MotorCity Casino in Detroit for a decade, losing $673,854 of his own money. Looking…

Dumbass Quote of the Day

From the prom king of Wingnuttia High School, Rep. Steve King: If there’s a push for a socialist society where the foundations of individual rights and liberties are undermined and everybody is thrown together living collectively off one pot of resources earned by everyone, this is one of the goals they have to go to,…

OMG! Obama is a Communist (again)!

Here’s the right wing’s latest idiotic freakout, this time over an absolutely normal diplomatic courtesy. There was a celebration last weekend of the 60th anniversary of the People’s Republic of China in a public park next to the White House and — gasp! — they flew the Chinese flag over the event. That has Chuck…

Breitbart, ACORN and New Media

I mostly agree with this article at Slate by Jack Shafer about Andrew Breitbart, those now-infamous undercover videos taken at various ACORN offices around the country and the nature of new media. Among the many glorious things about American journalism is that no credentialing organization or regulatory body stands between an individual who wants to…

Oh, the Irony

Think we’ve hit the limit of just how ridiculous Orly Taitz can get? Oh hell, we aren’t even close. She upped the irony ante by claiming that the letter her client sent to the court in Georgia blasting Taitz for not getting her consent to file a motion for reconsideration and saying she intends to…

Ronald Bailey has an interesting post at Reason’s Hit and Run blog about a new paper (PDF) by Gregory Paul in the journal Evolutionary Psychology. Bailey sums up Paul’s thesis: In his article, “The Chronic Dependence of Popular Religiosity upon Dysfunctional Psychosociological Conditions,” Paul argues that evidence strongly shows that as socioeconomic conditions improve secularism/atheism…

Palin Slams Obama! On “Foreign Soil”!

One of the most idiotic of all the right wing demagogic memes is the one about it being some evil thing to criticize the United States “on foreign soil.” We heard it about Bill Clinton protesting the Vietnam War while at Oxford, as though it was okay to criticize the war in the US but…

Turning Kids Into Criminals

I don’t have any idea who the author is of this blog post but he has written one of the most important essays you will ever read. It’s about the criminalization of adolescent sex. Take a look at this chart: