Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for February, 2010

Goldstein: Stevens Gone, Ginsburg Staying

Tom Goldstein, who knows more about the Supreme Court than anyone else, makes his predictions about vacancies on the court this summer: As we turn the corner to the second half of the Supreme Court’s Term, the inevitable conjecture begins about retirements. But this year seems extra-special: over the past few weeks, media reports and…

Fox News, whose motto seems to be “all the demagoguery that’s fit to air,” reports that a Republican candidate for Congress is demanding that Rep. Xavier Becerra of California explain why she laughed at a dumbass who demanded that they recite the pledge of allegiance prior to a meeting. You have to see the video…

Petraeus Supports Ending DADT

General David Petraeus, head of the U.S. Central Command and hero to conservatives everywhere, made it pretty clear that he supports repealing Don’t Ask Don’t Tell in an appearance on Meet the Press: On the issue of the military’s Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell policy on gays in the military, Petraeus was cautious about saying outright…

CBN News reports: The Catholic Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., will no longer provide foster care services because of the city’s gay marriage law. After 80 years of foster care services, Catholic Charities has transferred its entire program to the non-profit National Center for Children and Families. The program includes 43 children, 35 families and seven…

They’re Just Getting To This?

It’s 2010 and the NYPD is finally going to consider videotaping police interrogations: Police Commissioner Ray Kelly says his department will start videotaping police interrogations in two precincts as a pilot project this year. Rebecca Brown with the Innocence Project, a public policy group that works to exonerate the wrongfully convicted, says a survey of…

Sarah Palin to the White Courtesy Phone

Since she seems to imagine herself the scold of anything that might be offensive about disabled children — anything said by Democrats, at least — one wonders if she’ll be chiming in on this heinous claim by a Virginia state legislator that God punishes women who’ve had abortions by making their later children disabled in…

Me, circa 1984

Yes, this actually is a picture of me in high school. Tan corduroys, velour shirt, lame attempt at a cheesy porn stache. Oh yeah, I was stylin. This was probably fall of 1984, since the girl standing on the right was a transfer from another school and was only there for our senior year. it’s…

Brown Votes for Jobs Bill

Tea party hero Scott Brown voted with the Democrats on Monday in favor of a $15 billion jobs bill. He’s also pro-choice, pro-civil unions and voted for universal healthcare in Massachusetts. How long before the tea partiers and regular conservatives, who practically named him the second coming of Christ when he won the election for…

Over at Firedoglake, bmaz has a very compelling post arguing that the OPR report on Yoo and Bybee should not exist. Why? Because the DOJ should not be policing itself in the first place. There are obvious conflicts of interest in allowing an agency to police the bad behavior of those who work at the…

Taitz Appeals to UN for Protection

This is hilarious. Birther queen and first class looney tune Orly Taitz has appealed to the United Nations for protection against….well, something. It asks the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights for “urgent action” of some kind and it looks like Taitz managed to find an attorney to represent her who is…