Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for April, 2010

Laura Bush on Gay Marriage

Laura Bush has a book of memoirs out now and Politico has some excerpts. This passage jumped out at me: “In 2004 the social question that animated the campaign was gay marriage,” Mrs. Bush writes in her 456-page book. “Before the election season had unfolded, I had talked to George about not making gay marriage…

We’ve already seen the spectacle of dozens of Republican legislators taking credit for the stimulus bill creating jobs in their district while simultaneously declaring that the bill had done nothing to create jobs; now we have the spectacle of them being in favor of the health care reform bill that they voted against and are…

Two Staggering Statistics

The Washington Independent’s new economics reporter, Annie Lowrey, noted two amazing statistics recently. I’ll share them without comment: 1. Fortune 500 companies tripled their profits to $391 billion in 2009. 2. They also slashed their payrolls by more than 800,000 jobs.

In Madison We Trust

Here’s a brilliant idea for redesigning American currency and putting the amendments of the Bill of Rights on different denominations. Much better idea than that “in God we trust” nonsense. But it stops at the $200 bill. I still want $500 bills to make a comeback. Would make things a lot easier for poker players.

The Rappin’ Pastor

When I put up the video of the holy ghost hokey pokey the other day, someone left a link to Scotteriology, a blog that had held a competition, called Christianity’s March Madness Insanity, for the title of the craziest Christian ministry. And the holy ghost hokey poker folks got beat in the quarterfinals, believe it…

Should Thomas Recuse Himself?

The Iowa Independent notes a controversy over Justice Clarence Thomas and his ties to Monsanto, which is party to a case the Supreme Court heard on Tuesday. Oral arguments will be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday in a case involving a federal judge’s temporary ban on a breed of pesticide-resistant alfalfa developed by…

The Michael Steele gaffe tour continues, as he publicly admits that the RNC has been lying for four decades about having a “southern strategy” that focused on winning whites in the south and benefiting from racial divisions. In a speech at Depaul he said: “For the last 40-plus years we had a ‘Southern Strategy’ that…

Volokh reports on a criminal conviction in England that is downright creepy. A British atheist named Harry Taylor left anti-religious material in a prayer room at the Liverpool airport and he was actually convicted of a crime for doing so. He was convicted of the Orwellian crime of “causing religiously aggravated harassment, alarm or distress”…

Weirdest. Political. Argument. Ever.

A city in Pennsylvania seems to have relocated itself to some sort of bizarro world: Veteran Rep. Babette Josephs (D., Phila.) last Thursday accused her primary opponent, Gregg Kravitz, of pretending to be bisexual in order to pander to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender voters, a powerful bloc in the district. “I outed him as…

Paging Pat Robertson

A series of tornadoes hit Mississippi this weekend, killing at least 10 people. I’m sure Pat Robertson will be along any moment to tell us why God chose to punish this red state. And I’m sure it’ll have something to do with the gays.