Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for February, 2010

White House Meets With Non-Theists

The Obama administration became the first presidential administration in American history to hold an official meeting and policy briefing with a non-theist organization. The Secular Coalition for America, a meta-organization that includes the Center for Secular Humanism and American Atheists among others, met on Friday with White House officials on matters of concern to the…

Dumbass Quote of the Day

From Newt Gingrich, engaging in a little vomitous projection: “Of course it’s the nature of the modern Congress, which hires lots of nice young staffers who have never had a real job, who spent their entire life being arrogant to visitors from back home, who end up thinking they know a lot because they stay…

Journalists Take Money from Scientology

A group of (at least previously) respected journalists is taking money from the Church of Scientology to dig up dirt on other journalists who have been critical of Scientology. Howard Kurtz has the details: After decades of digging into the Church of Scientology, reporters and editors at the St. Petersburg Times are accustomed to being…

Another Bad Prosecution in Colorado

Balko links to this Denver Post article about what looks like a classic case of a prosecutor never admitting they may have the wrong person no matter what the evidence says. Here’s the background: Residents were alarmed last summer by a rash of thefts, trespasses and burglaries in Stonegate, a neighborhood in Douglas County. Fear…

Vox Day, Ellis Washington and Me

Someone went and posted a link to my response to Ellis Washington and my question about endogenous retroviruses in a comment on Vox Day’s blog. Vox did manage to stop combing his mohawk and counting his world class IQ long enough to make a couple of nasty and substanceless comments about me, as did several…

Steele the Fiscal Conservative. Or Not.

It seems GOP chairman Michael Steele is in trouble with his own party for his profligate spending of donors’ money. Politico reports: Republican National Chairman Michael Steele is spending twice as much as his recent predecessors on private planes and paying more for limousines, catering and flowers – expenses that are infuriating the party’s major…

Sandefur tipped me off to this story, which he writes up at his blog. I had no idea that New York has more than 1200 town and village courts, which they inaccurately call “justice courts,” that operate as little more than star chambers presided over by local yahoos who know nothing about the law. Most…

AU Accuses Liberty of Legal Violations

Americans United for Separation of Church and State has filed a complaint with the IRS requesting an investigation into what they called numerous violations of federal law governing political activity by Liberty University. Liberty is a 501(c)(3) organization and therefore is forbidden from endorsing or campaigning for or against candidates. In a press release, AU…

Summum Case Back in Court

The Supreme Court last year ruled against Summum in its attempts to get a monument to its Seven Aphorisms put up next to a Ten Commandments monument, but the court only ruled on the free speech issue. It left open the possibility that the Establishment Clause required acceptance of the Summum monument since the city…

Your Moment of Irony

So I just got back from covering a forum for the Republican candidates for Secretary of State in Michigan, which was one of the most demagogic events imaginable. 3 of the 4 candidates railed against illegal aliens getting driver’s licenses – never mind that illegal aliens don’t get driver’s licenses in Michigan because we already…