Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for November, 2009

As I’ve written about before, Uganda is currently considering an incredibly brutal anti-gay law. Apparently it’s not good enough to make homosexuality illegal and put people in prison for it for life, now they may go even further and put gays to death – along with anyone who advocates on their behalf. And now —…

Blackwater in Pakistan

Jeremy Scahill, who is the expert on Blackwater, has new revelations in The Nation about the paramilitary company now called Xe and its involvement in military and intelligence operations in Pakistan. At a covert forward operating base run by the US Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) in the Pakistani port city of Karachi, members of…

Conservatives and Criminal Justice Reform

The New York Times has a rather strange article claiming that left and right are “joining forces” on criminal justice reform measures. And in some limited cases, there’s a kernel of truth in that. When it comes to asset forfeiture, for example, conservative interest groups tend to be as opposed to such laws as liberal…

As the Supreme Court considers the case of Pottawattamie v. McGhee and the notion of absolute prosecutorial immunity, here’s a perfect example of why their ruling is so crucial to any notion of keeping “criminal justice system” a three-word phrase rather merely a criminal system. A federal judge has ruled that two judges who are…

Beck’s Historical Confusions

Here’s a video clip of Glenn Beck citing, of all people, Thomas Jefferson while claiming that there is no separation of church and state and that the First Amendment’s religion clause was only meant to protect the churches from the state. This is standard religious right rhetoric but it is inaccurate – and not even…

Izzo Passes Heathcote

Michigan State basketball coach Tom Izzo got his 341st win last night, passing his mentor Jud Heathcote for most wins all-time at MSU. He’s being characteristically modest about it, saying all the things you should say about never being as great as the man who taught him, but the reality is that Izzo is a…

Someone emailed me a link to this spectacularly idiotic screed at the terribly misnamed American Thinker website. It’s written by someone who calls herself Robin of Berkeley and it fits a common style among the right, the “I used to be a liberal and then I discovered the truth” pattern. There’s a template for it…

Patton Oswalt Interrupts an Orgy

This is a hilarious bit from Patton Oswalt’s new DVD about interrupting orgy. It’s very crude, so be warned. It’s not for the easily offended. It may not even be for the difficult to offend. So if you’re bothered by it, don’t bother leaving a comment about how offended you were because you were warned…

George Lucas Gets Cease and Desist Letter

Matt Sigl sends a cease and desist letter to George Lucas, demanding that he stop making movies that destroy the legacy of his earlier work by sucking in the worst possible way. It begins: Dear Mr. Lucas: It has come to our attention that your actions over the past decade in the production of the…

Open Thread

I intend to be fairly busy all day, so in the tradition of PZ’s Son of the Cursed Undead Heart of the Bride of the Thread That Will Not Die, I give you an open thread. Talk amongst yourselves about absolutely anything you want. Mazel tov!