Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for November, 2009

Glenn Greenwald does his usual thorough job of shredding the latest right wing scare tactic on the subject of civilian trials for terror detainees. “It will lead to classified information being released to the public, which will help the terrorists,” they squeal in unison, ignoring the innumerable procedures mandated by law to protect such information…

After nearly ten years in prison, a man convicted of murder in 2000 has been freed from prison and the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office is likely to dismiss all the charges against him. Dwayne Provience was convicted on the word of a single eyewitness who has since recanted his testimony and remained in prison until…

Dumbass Quote of the Day

From the obviously senile Billy Graham, through his son, about Sarah Palin: “He’s followed her career and likes her strong stand on faith,” said son Franklin Graham, who was present for the 2 1/2-hour get-together. “Daddy feels God was using her to wake America up.” Well, it worked. America woke up to the possibility that…

Court Clears Another Gitmo Detainee

As my colleague Daphne Eviatar notes, yet another Gitmo detainee has been found innocent by a federal judge and ordered to be released. That brings the score to 31-8 in favor of detainees being innocent vs guilty. And not one of those cases has been based on any sort of technicality like Miranda rights, as…

Balko’s Innocence Roundup

Over at Reason’s Hit and Run blog, Radley Balko has a roundup of five more instances of wrongly convicted people finally getting released from prison after being proven innocent. The five men spent a collective 89 years in prison. Four out of five were convicted on the basis of false eyewitness testimony. Our criminal justice…

Badass Quote of the Day

From one of Andrew Sullivan’s readers, a woman who has Sarah Palin nailed dead to rights: Sarah Palin is the peppy cheerleader in high school all the boys thought was so sweet but the girls knew was really a vicious shrew. She’s the new girl in the office who wears tight shirts and three-inch heels,…

This is kind of interesting. Iraq is trying to diminish the fighting between Sunnis and Shiites by encouraging them to marry one another: Iraqi Vice President Tariq al-Hashemi has an unusual proposal to mend some of Iraq’s sectarian wounds: He offers mixed couples a $2,000 “gift” if they get married… About a dozen mixed couples…

Washington Times Going Under?

I hate to trust a source like the Worldnutdaily, but they’re saying there’s a good chance the Washington Times, the Rev. Moon’s propaganda rag, may be going under. The Washington Times, a daily launched in 1982 by Rev. Sun Myung Moon’s Unification Church, is set to lay off much of its editorial and production staff…

The ACLU of Florida has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of Christian students who were told they couldn’t wear t-shirts to school with the name of their church and a Bible verse on the front and “Islam is of the devil” on the back. The suit claims the Alachua County School District was inconsistent…

Dumbass Quote of the Day

From Sarah Palin, being interviewed by Bill O’Reilly. This one was even too much for O’Reilly when she claimed that the media should have questioned Joe Biden about his experience rather than questioning her about hers.