Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for January, 2010

Another Problem With Sex Offender Lists

Color Lines has an article that highlights yet another problem with those infamous sex offender lists in some states: their use against prostitutes (and those who frequent them). The example they use is New Orleans: New Orleans city police and the district attorney’s office are using a state law written for child molesters to charge…

ACLU Evaluates Obama’s First Year

The ACLU has released a report evaluating President Obama’s first year in office. The report is based on a series of recommendations they made before Obama took office, a list of 142 actions they wanted him to take as president. Importantly, all of those steps were things the president could do unilaterally; none of them…

Dumbass Quote of the Day

From some putz named Phelim McAleer writing at Breitbart’s Big Government site: The reason so many people died in Haiti is because its people live in poorly built houses and have not benefited from development which brings with it cities and houses which can withstand earthquakes. Okay, so far so good. The under development of…

The Perfect Poker Hand

I had the perfect poker hand this weekend. Playing with a guy I’ve played with at least twice a week pretty much every week for two years, a good solid player who doesn’t typically take big risks. When he pushes, he’s rarely bluffing. I was to his left. I pick up pocket queens and raise…

Shame on the New York Times

For this incredibly distorted headline: Teacher With Bible Divides Ohio Town The story about John Freshwater, the “science” teacher who burned a cross in a student’s arm with a Tesla coil, taught creationism and had proselytizing material literally all over the walls of his classroom. That’s what has divided the town, not the fact that…

Arlen Specter v Michele Bachmann

Another one of those “who do I root for here” clashes between two of my least favorite legislators in the country. Bachmann is just plain stark raving nuts, while Specter is a jellyfish who makes bold declarations of principle and then violates them in his next breath. But in this case, I’m gonna come down…

The nomination of Dawn Johnsen to head the Office of Legal Counsel was the single best nomination made by President Obama in the early days of his administration. The nomination of Marty Lederman to be her deputy was the second best. But the Republicans have done everything they can to prevent Johnsen from getting confirmed…

Is there a dumber TV personality than Steve Doocy? He makes Elizabeth Hasselbeck sound like Richard Feynman, for crying out loud. His latest stupidity is over the scopes with Bible verses on them where he resorts to the standard 7 year old’s retort: “But they started it.” My wife made a good observation yesterday when…

This site has a list of the 10 craziest things Pat Robertson has ever said. But it’s not really complete. It seems to list only the ones for which Youtube footage could be found. No such list would be complete without this claim from a 1992 fundraising letter: “Feminism is a socialist, anti-family, political movement…

Jon Stewart Nails Olbermann

The Daily Show had a brilliant lampooning of Keith Olbermann for his over the top attacks on Scott Brown. It was particularly absurd how he accused Brown of agreeing with a guy who shouted something about shoving a curling iron up Coakley’s butt. For crying out loud, you could barely make it out on the…