Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for May, 2010

DADT Repeal Soon?

The Democratic party leadership have apparently decided that it’s good politics — don’t kid yourself, that’s what such decisions are all about — to repeal the military’s ban on gays serving openly in the military before the November election. TPM reports that a deal has been reached to attach an amendment to a defense bill…

Copernicus Gets Hero’s Burial

AP reports: Nicolaus Copernicus, the 16th-century astronomer whose findings were condemned by the Roman Catholic Church as heretical, was reburied by Polish priests as a hero on Saturday, nearly 500 years after he was laid to rest in an unmarked grave. His burial in a tomb in the cathedral where he once served as a…

This is a question that would be quite difficult to answer for many right wing bigots. As Rob Tisanai correctly points out, the seriously anti-gay crowd really does seem to believe that one’s sexuality only exists when you’re actually having sex. At least that’s what they think about gay people. Some examples: Matt Barber of…

Dumbass Quote of the Day

From Karl Rove, the undisputed king of the simple soundbite accusing one’s opponents of being evil traitors: “President Bush, for example, never allowed a White House staffer or administration spokesman to go out and do what this administration and our predecessor routinely did — that is to engage in calling the leaders of the opposition…

The D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals has overturned a district court ruling that extended the habeas corpus ruling in Boumediene to detainees at the prison at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan. Boumediene had granted habeas corpus rights to detainees at Gitmo, but not to other detainees in identical situations at other prisons controlled by the…

Unlike the Obama administration, the new government in England is ordering an investigation of the complicity of British intelligence in the torture of detainees. A judge will investigate claims that British intelligence agencies were complicit in the torture of terror suspects, William Hague, the foreign secretary, said tonight. The move was welcomed by civil liberties…

Record the Police, Go to Prison

Balko writes at Reason about a vile law in Illinois that makes it a major felony to record a police officer on duty: Last week, an Illinois judge rejected Chicago artist Christopher Drew’s motion to dismiss the Class I felony charge against him. Drew is charged with violating the state’s eavesdropping statute when he recorded…

Positive Liberty is Back

Positive Liberty was down for a few days due to technical problems but it is back up and running. I don’t post there very often these days, solely because I’m just so busy, but I still think it’s a great collection of some of the best writers around. You could start by reading Jon Rowe’s…

The House Ways and Means Committee this week heard testimony on a bill to legalize and regulate online gambling. And the Republicans are vowing to kill it: Meanwhile, in an exclusive interview with ABCNews.com on Tuesday, Rep. Spencer Bachus, R-Alabama, the Ranking Member of the House Financial Services Committee, said he would do everything in…

As you probably know by now, the Texas Board of Education officially adopted the slate of absurd changes they made to the social studies and history standards for the state. The students of Texas will now be even more badly educated on important matters. Here is one of the godawful standards they adopted: Examine the…