Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for October, 2009

Think Progress reports on a ridiculous resolution submitted by 76 House Republicans commemorating the 9/12 rally in Washington DC. The resolution repeats the absurd lie that the rally had nearly 2 million people there: Whereas, on September 12, 2009, hundreds of thousands of American patriots, who refuse to sit idly by as the Federal Government…

Brilliant AFA Logic

The American Family Association shows what happens when you only focus on the most obvious (and dubious) possible solutions to a problem: The Silver Sage Girl Scouts in Twin Falls, Idaho, are moving their headquarters because they discovered that 50 sex offenders live within one mile of their current location. The problem is, there’s no…

Balko on Prosecutorial Accountability

Radley Balko has an excellent review of the innumerable examples of corrupt prosecutors not only not being punished, but being rewarded after withholding and even faking evidence, sending innocent people to prison and destroying their lives. He begins with examples like this one: A couple of months ago, I wrote about Daniel Ford, a former…

Badass Quote of the Day

From George Will, responding to Dick Cheney’s argument that Obama is “dithering” on Afghanistan in deciding whether to commit more troops: “A bit of dithering might have been in order before we went into Iraq in pursuit of non-existent weapons of mass destruction,” Will said on ABC’s “This Week. “For a representative of the Bush…

Civilians Charged With Torture

Here’s a story out of California about two people charged with felony torture: The couple, Daniel Weston and Mary Ann Parmelee, and three other people are accused of luring their two victims to an office where the men were tied up, held for hours and beaten, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney…

Charles Haynes, one of the foremost First Amendment scholars in the country, has an article debunking the vastly exaggerated claims from the religious right that new hate crimes legislation will lead to people being arrested merely for speaking out against homosexuality. Of the various arguments advanced by some social conservatives against the bill, the one…

George Will, one of the few conservatives I think actually has a brain and a shred of intellectual honesty (though not always indulged), has an op-ed in the Washington Post that is nothing more than a big ol’ kiss blown to, of all people, Michelle Bachmann. The op-ed is almost entirely substanceless. He says she’s…

Wired magazine has a story on the CNN website about the federal government raiding the home of a writer and seizing enormous amounts of “evidence” for the crime of twittering during the G-20 protests in Pittsburgh. An anarchist social worker raided by the feds wants his computers, manuscripts and pick axes back. He argues that…

Badass Quote of the Day

From Bill Maher’s final show of the season: ” When the year started, ‘teabagging’ was a phrase that referred to dangling one’s testicles in someone else’s face. And they managed to turn it into something gross and ridiculous. Here’s video:

Hannity Fails Polling 101

Jed Lewison at Daily Kos correctly mocks dullard Sean Hannity for either his ignorance or his demagoguery in his silly attack on a recent poll that didn’t agree with his views. The Washington Post recently had a poll that showed 57% public support for a public option as part of health care reform. Is that…