Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for September, 2009

Several months after being promised a new policy regarding the state secrets privilege (SSP) from the Obama administration “in a matter of days,”, the new policy is out. Unfortunately, it changes little that actually matters. All of the changes are to the process by which the administration will determine when to invoke the SSP, not…

Kuznicki on Democracy and Liberty

Jason Kuznicki discusses a recent poll in Iowa that sheds some light on the frequent tension between liberty and democracy. The poll shows that while nearly all Iowans agree that gay marriage does not affect them in any way, half of them still want to ban it: Iowans are almost evenly divided about whether they…

Worldnutdaily Disproves Evolution

When I log on to the Worldnutdaily, as I do every day, and see a headline that screams: Finally exposed: The scientific impossibility of evolution A smile spreads wide across my face. Especially when it comes with graphics marking it as both “breaking news” and a “worldnetdaily exclusive.” When you see such a headline you…

Politicians Promoting a Media Company?

This is kinda weird. Dave Weigel was at the Values Voters Summit over the weekend and found Jesse Watters, that irritating git of a producer that Bill O’Reilly likes to send around to ambush people who say mean things about him, interviewing politicians to get them to say things to promote a Fox News website.…

Irving Kristol and the Noble Lie

I’m sure you’ve heard by now that Irving Kristol, perhaps the single most important figure in neo-conservatism, has died. Here’s a quote that reveals his Straussian position in full bloom (no pun intended, for the 5 people who will recognize the potential pun): “There are different kinds of truths for different kinds of people. There…

David Rivkin and Lee Casey, former DOJ officials during the Reagan and Bush 41 administrations respectively, have an op-ed in the Washington Post puncturing all this nonsense about “czars” coming from the right. In particular they were responding to an earlier op-ed written by Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson of Texas where she repeated the usual…

Balko on “Respecting the Office”

I could not agree more with this post by Radley Balko about the idea that we’re supposed to “respect the office” of president or congressman or any other elected official merely by virtue of them being elected. He recounts a conversation he had while testifying on Capitol Hill on the government’s attempts to stop online…

Aaron Klein, the wingnuttiest of the wingnuts at the Worldnutdaily, has an article criticizing Cass Sunstein. Ironically, he criticizes him for taking a position usually taken by conservatives. The interpretation of federal law should be made not by judges but by the beliefs and commitments of the U.S. president and those around him, according to…

Wishful Thinking on New Bagram Policy?

My colleague Spencer Ackerman seems to think I was being entirely too eager to praise the Obama administration for extending some minimal ability to challenge their detention to those held at Bagram prison in Afghanistan. Writing at the Washington Independent, he says:

Dumbass Quote of the Day

From one of the quintessential dumbasses of our time, Chuck Norris, waxing eloquent about the 9/12 protest in Washington: What I loved about the 9/12 idea is that it was a non-political, non-partisan movement. The 9-12 Project was designed to bring Americans back to the place where we were on Sept. 12, 2001 – the…