Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for March, 2010

Books That Influenced Me the Most

Tyler Cowen seems to have started this blog meme and I figured I might as well jump on board. What are the books I’ve read in my life that have influenced me the most in my views and attitudes? This is not necessarily in order of appearance, only in the order that they came to…

The Thomas More Law Center sent out a press release on Monday indicating that they’re going to file a lawsuit against the health care reform bill. Here’s their argument: Among the constitutional objections raised in the lawsuit will be Congress’s lack of authority to require private citizens to purchase or obtain health care coverage under…

Steve Doocy v Victoria Jackson

Here’s a clash of the intellectual titans – Steve Doocy against Victoria Jackson. You know you’re in the twilight zone when Doocy is the voice of reason in a conversation. I love it when she says that Sarah Palin is her hero and then, in the very next breath, says that we need people in…

Weigel Moves On

I am sorry (for us) but happy (for him) to announce that Dave Weigel is leaving the Washington Independent and the American Independent News Network to join the Washington Post. He has been following the right wing and the tea party movement for us and doing really great work in that regard, which is obviously…

Case Over Abortion T-Shirt Settled

A few months ago I reported on a lawsuit in Pennsylvania against a school that forbid a student from wearing a t-shirt that said “abortion is not healthcare.” I wrote at the time that there was no way in hell that suit makes it pass a motion for summary judgment because the school’s policy was…

Nostradamus, Call Your Office

From Fred Barnes, Jan. 20, 2010: “The health care bill, ObamaCare, is dead with not the slightest prospect of resurrection…. Democrats have talked up clever strategies to pass the bill in the Senate despite Brown, but they won’t fly…. ObamaCare went into the emergency room in Massachusetts and didn’t make it out alive.” It’s a…

Thiessen: Wrong on Everything

Jane Mayer has an absolutely devastating debunking of Marc Thiessen’s crying need to justify his torture fetish by inventing ridiculous claims about it (like claiming, absurdly, that Abu Zubaydah thanked the men who tortured him). It starts by disproving his claim that torturing KSM helped foil a plot to blow up airplanes coming from Heathrow.…

Just to remind the right wing what actual socialists — as opposed to the people they’re always falsely accusing of being socialists — do and think, here’s what the Socialist Party USA thinks about the healthcare reform bill just passed Sunday night:

Facing a $9 billion deficit, New York is proposing a controversial spending item: Gov. David Paterson wants to spend almost $800,000 on two double-wide trailers for conjugal and family visits at the Five Points Correctional Facility in Romulus, Seneca County. Paterson included the funding in his 2010-11 state budget proposal. To be fair, this was…

Gates Puts Limits on DADT Expulsions

The Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy has not yet been lifted completely, but Secretary of Defense Robert Gates has issued a directive that will make it more difficult to expel gay soldiers unless they come forward themselves. Spencer Ackerman reports at the Washington Independent.