Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for November, 2009

Rhetorical Technique vs Reality

You’ve probably read about this silly little brouhaha about someone hacking an email account and getting emails from some climate scientists talking about their data. The Worldnutdaily and most of the rest of the right wing blogosphere has exploded with ridiculous claims about it, distorting those emails to prove that global warming is a fraud.…

Obama Contradictions on Civilian Trials

Glenn Greenwald continues to attack the Obama administration from the civil libertarian position on the subject of civilian trials for terror detainees and it’s difficult to argue with him on any basis other than pure politics. The question is obvious: If KSM should be tried in civilian courts, why not everyone else who was not…

Palin: Limbaugh Lite

Matt Taibbi has a provocative post on his blog that I’m not sure I agree with, but it contains some really amusing and well-written elements. Basically, he declares Sarah Palin to be Rush Limbaugh for those who can’t even handle the kind of discourse Limbaugh lays out. I think he does rather overstate Limbaugh’s credibility,…

Sending Dolts to Challenge a Giant

I was flipping channels and came across a video of a group of creationists who went to the Galapagos Islands in order to prove Darwin wrong. I didn’t watch much of it, but I figured it was only a matter of time before such a well-funded creationist project showed up on the Worldnutdaily. And it…

Joseph Farah, grand poobah of the Worldnutdaily, has a frightening column calling for a theocracy to be established in the United States. He doesn’t do so openly, of course, but what else could this possibly mean: The Bible clearly identifies homosexual behavior, as opposed to homosexual thoughts or predilections, as sin. The issue Christians and…

Dumbass Quote of the Day

Today’s dumbass quote comes from a new commenter who has found Dispatches. He calls himself Captain Patriot, which I think gives you a clear indication of what we’re dealing with here. The quote that jumped out at me: The latest thing i have seen as treason is the damned healthcare bill. It makes slaves out…

An interesting threesome — Bob Barr, Grover Norquist and David Keene — has released a statement endorsing the idea of civilian trials for terror suspects and calling for a stop to the fear-mongering from the right over civilian trials and transferring the Gitmo detainees to a regular American prison. I’m not surprised by Barr and…

The Senate finally confirmed Obama’s first judicial nominee, Judge David Hamilton, for a spot on the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals, after months of delay from Republicans – the same Republicans who went ballistic when the same thing was done to Republican judicial nominees over the last 8 years. And as Dana Milbank documents, it…

After making a first attempt to reply to my challenge concerning conservative originalism and the Loving v Virginia decision, Tom Van Dyke then left a comment at American Creation accusing me of not arguing in “good faith.” Here is what he had to say: Ed, I’m afraid that my suspicion you might not be proceeding…

While the right wing loses its collective mind over the decision to try Khalid Sheik Mohammed and a couple other 9/11 conspirators in federal court in New York, two former Bush DOJ officials puncture their empty fear mongering and defend the decision in the Washington Post. Jim Comey and Jack Goldsmith, deputy attorney general and…