Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for February, 2010

Sheriff Intimidates Professor

Here’s a remarkable story that I heard about from my friend Jon Rowe, who has guest blogged at Dispatches in the past. Jon teaches at the same college where this happened, Mercer Community College in New Jersey, where one of his colleagues was teaching a political science class focusing on state and local politics. The…

Justice Barack Obama? Hell No

Jeffrey Rosen writes at the Washington Post that President Obama should become a Supreme Court justice: He’s too detached and cerebral . Too deferential to Congress. Too willing to compromise . And he’s too much of a law professor and not enough of a commander in chief, as Sarah Palin recently admonished. These are some…

Will Texas Execute Another Innocent Man?

The Medill Innocence Clinic at Northwestern University, which has been very successful in proving the innocence of people who were wrongly convicted, says that Texas may be about to put another innocent man to death. Now the clock is ticking on another Texas death row inmate who has steadfastly maintained his innocence – with credible…

The new wingnut governor of Virginia, Bob McDonnell — a graduate of Pat Robertson’s Regent University — has signed an executive order on discrimination in state government hiring that removes the prohibition on discrimination against LGBT people. The order prohibits discrimination on the basis of “race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, political affiliation, or…

Here’s a bizarre claim by Rick Santorum at CPAC: A self-identified “army wife” asked former senator Rick Santorum an open-ended question about “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” — she wanted reform, but was full repeal really the best option? In pretty careful language, Santorum contrasted America’s policy on gays in the military with Israel’s — everyone…

Victoria Jackson’s Latest Insanity

Andrew Breitbart may not agree with Joseph Farah on the birther stuff, but like Farah he thinks giving weekly columns to monumentally stupid washed up celebrities is a great idea. Farah has Pat Boone and Chuck Norris; Breitbart has Victoria Jackson, whose inane blatherings actually make Boone and Norris sound like Pulitzer material. You really…

Dick Cheney Has a Heart Attack

So says the Associated Press. In related news, Dick Cheney has a heart. Or so they’d like to have us think.

Crime and Federalism did a review last year of the OPR’s history of dealing with allegations of misconduct against DOJ officials and U.S. Attorneys and found that it very rarely finds an official guilty of misconduct even if a court has already done so. It looked at 2006 results, which were until recently the most…

A Conversation With Ryan Sorba

Remember Ryan Sorba, the asshole who told CPAC that they should be ashamed for letting a gay Republican group rent a booth and got booed for it? Well one gay conservative who was at the event had a conversation with him in the hallway and reports on what happened. A little taste: “Yeah, I know…

Ellis Washington: My Competition?

I got an email the other day — not to my own address but to the Michigan Messenger’s primary email contact — from Ellis Washington, one of the Worldnutdaily columnists. I’ve written about him before. He’s astonishingly clueless. This is the dolt who claimed there’s a “liberal-Muslim axis” in the United States and the guy…