Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for October, 2009

Batshit Insane Quote of the Day

You really do have to marvel at the career of Victoria Jackson. After several years on Saturday Night Live playing the dumb blonde — talk about typecasting — she then went on to make a movie with Andrew Dice Clay. For anyone else, that would have been the low point, the bottom of the barrel.…

NY Times Blasts Obama Torture Cover Up

The New York Times issued a harshly worded editorial — though not harshly enough — condemning President Obama for his continuing cover up of Bush-era torture. The Obama administration has clung for so long to the Bush administration’s expansive claims of national security and executive power that it is in danger of turning President George…

The Fiscally Conservative GOP Website

That new GOP website that has been much criticized and maligned even by Republicans? It cost five times more than the Democrats’ website, which apparently was still not enough to prevent it from crashing continuously after it was launched, allowing wingnuts to post anti-semitic pictures and allowing Michael Steele to use hilariously out of touch…

Tickets for Not Speaking English.

Where else would you expect the police to give tickets to drivers for not speaking English other than Texas? The Dallas police have been doing exactly that: Police officials say they have uncovered 38 cases where Dallas officers improperly cited drivers for not being able to speak English. Chief David Kunkle said Friday the discovery…

Betting with Barber

With the passage of the new hate crimes bill, which Obama will sign soon, the religious right is turning up the “they’re going to arrest pastors for condemning homosexuality” volume to a Spinal Tap-like 11. The American Family Association declares that Christians are on “high alert” because of the passage of this legislation. And Matt…

Huckabee Leads 2012 GOP Candidates

A couple of recent polls shows that Mike Huckabee is both the most popular choice to be the Republican nominee for president in 2012, he also fares the best against Obama head to head. First, a Rasmussen poll showed Huckabee leading his presumptive opponents with 29%. Mitt Romney got 24% and Sarah Palin was at…

The Internment Camps Are Coming!

Run away, run away, the internment camps are coming! That’s the latest breathless pronouncement by the absurdly paranoid. How bad is this nonsense? Even the Worldnutdaily has debunked it. First, the vaguely alarming setup: President Obama announced today that he has declared a “national emergency” over the H1N1 virus, a phrase with an ominous sound,…

Uganda Considers Barbaric Anti-Gay Law

The nation of Uganda appears ready to relive the Idi Amin era of brutality. Jim Burroway has the details on this astonishingly vile piece of legislation under consideration, the Anti-Homosexuality Act of 2009:

My colleague Daphne Eviatar reports that Sen. Arlen Specter is reconsidering his position on Dawn Johnsen, nominated by Obama to be the head of the Office of Legal Counsel in the DOJ. Specter started out as an opponent of her nomination before he switched parties and has not changed his position as a Democrat. Earlier…

My Weekend So Far

I’ve had an interesting and fun weekend. Friday night I had dinner with Michael Shermer and then heard him speak at Michigan State University. Though I’ve written articles for Skeptic, the magazine he publishes, twice, this is the first time we’d met in person. He gave a very amusing and interesting talk to a nearly…