Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for August, 2010

The Beck Rally in a Picture

Driftglass at Crooks and Liars provides a brilliant image of Glenn Beck’s rally at the Lincoln Memorial:

Charges Reduced Against Drunk Cop

Remember the Indianapolis cop who ran into three motorcycles that were parked, killing two people and critically injuring another while drunk on duty? The charges have been dropped against him for a rather convenient reason. Balko reports: Prosecutors initially filed a host of DWI-related charges against Bisard. But on August 19, Marion County Prosecutor Carl…

I’d Buy Gas Somewhere Else

Here’s an entirely unsurprising story out of South Carolina: Filling up your car up with gas is a mundane chore. You drive up pop open the tank and screw off the top. But at one gas station, you get a surprise message when you swipe your credit card. “One nation under God and if you…

Two weeks ago, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals issued a very important ruling saying that police could not secretly hide a GPS device on your car to track your movements. Now the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled the opposite way. That means the Supreme Court will likely hear an appeal — and…

The Omnipotence of Law Enforcement

Yet another instance where someone is arrested — and convicted — for ailing to obey a clearly illegal order from a police officer. The officer from Salisbury, North Carolina pulls someone over on a residential street. Many in the neighborhood come out on their front porches to observe what is going on, but one of…

Dumbass Quote of the Day

From Congressman John Fleming (R-Louisiana): “We have two competing world views here and there is no way that we can reach across the aisle — one is going to have to win,” Fleming said. “We are either going to go down the socialist road and become like western Europe and create, I guess really a…

From Gary North, in a 1982 article called The Intellectual Schizophrenia of the New Christian Right: So let us be blunt about it: we must use the doctrine of religious liberty to gain independence for Christian schools until we train up a generation of people who know that there is no religious neutrality, no neutral…

The premise of Glenn Beck’s rally was “restoring America’s honor.” So these folks went around asking those who attended when exactly America lost its honor. Here’s my answer: America hasn’t lost anything. We are today what we have always been, a nation of people that proclaims a set of very audacious ideals to the rest…

Romney the Used Car Salesman

David Frum nails Mitt Romney’s problem winning over the public: Romney has had many fewer abrupt changes of mind than, say, Newt Gingrich, who (you may recall) used to be an environmentalist, among other things. Yet Newt escapes the flip-flopper charge, because whatever view he is expressing at the moment, he expresses ferociously. There’s an…

In case you were wondering where all this demagoguery over the Islamic center near Ground Zero leads: Federal officials are investigating a fire that started overnight at the site of a new Islamic center in a Nashville suburb. Ben Goodwin of the Rutherford County Sheriff’s Department confirmed to CBS Affiliate WTVF that the fire, which…