Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for May, 2010

IG Report on MMS Corruption

Politico has published a report from the Inspector General of the Interior Department about the Minerals Management Service and their far-too-close relationship with the oil industry. All of the things discussed in the report took place prior to 2007, but it still provides an excellent picture of what goes on in regulatory agencies throughout the…

God Loves Me Better Than You

PZ points to yet another of those ubiquitous situations where there’s a massive disaster that kills a ton of people, but left a survivor or two — and they’re immediately convinced that God intentionally spared their life. He’s talking about the Indian air crash, where 158 died and 8 lived. And one of the 8…

Deportations Up Under Obama

Despite constant cries from conservatives about Obama’s alleged (and mythical) unwillingness to enforce the immigration laws, ThinkProgress points out that the number of people deported has gone up — way up — under Obama. Each year, under President Bush, the number of deportations more than tripled. Much to the dismay of immigration advocates who thought…

Balko on Russia Today

Radley Balko appeared on the Russia Today television program, a Russian-language news show produced in Washington DC, to talk about the militarization of law enforcement. He did an excellent job. He also says that the studios are magnificent, and the host did an excellent job of asking intelligent questions. I’ve been asked to be on…

Miss USA is a Terrorist!

You may remember Debbie Schlussel as the one who blew the whistle on Sean Hannity and those “freedom concerts” he hosts. I said at the time that I was only taking the charge seriously after looking at the 990s myself because, quite frankly, if Schlussel told me the sky was blue I’d do a double…

The Gulf Spill and Peak Oil

Elizabeth Kolbert has an important article in the New Yorker about the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the concept of peak oil and why it is so important that we redouble our efforts to develop viable, cost-effective and renewable sources of energy for our cars and homes. As she points out, the reason…

Dumbass Quote of the Day

Texas BOE wingnut Cynthia Dunbar’s prayer — yes, prayer — before the board voted to distort American history: Whether we look to the first charter of Virginia, or the charter of New England or the Charter of Massachusetts Bay, or the Fundamental Orders of Connecticut, the same objective is present: a Christian land governed by…

If you had May 22 in the office pool as the day the tea party folks would officially discover that Scott Brown is, in fact, a moderate Republican and not the hardcore anti-government activist they mistakenly thought he was, you win. “His career as a senator of the people lasted slightly longer than the shelf…

Another asinine prosecutor bringing felony charges against teenagers for taking and sending naked pictures of themselves on cell phone cameras: Five Virginia high school students have been charged with felony counts related to cellphone-transmitted pornographic images, officials said… The most recent charges stem from a female student at Franklin County High School taking a male…

We’re so used to seeing powerful men, especially “family values” conservatives, caught having affairs that it comes as something of a surprise to hear a woman accused of it. The woman in this case is Nikki Haley, Republican candidate to replace Mark Sanford, who has his own adultery scandal, as governor of South Carolina. A…