Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for August, 2010

More Police Lab Corruption

Balko has a disturbing article about a crime lab in North Carolina where corruption may have sent innocent men to their death. Greg Taylor served 16 years in prison after he was falsely convicted of murdering a prostitute in Raleigh, North Carolina. He was released in February by a special three-judge panel after it was…

Badass Quote of the Day

From Eugene Robinson at the Washington Post: When did the loudmouths of the American right become such a bunch of fraidy-cats and professional victims? Or is it all just an act? The hysteria over plans for an innocuous Muslim community center in Lower Manhattan — two blocks from Ground Zero, amid an urban hodgepodge of…

Score one for Joe Scarborough, who lambasted his fellow Republicans for their demagoguery on the proposed Islamic center in lower Manhattan on his TV show. Republicans are going to be embarrassed at the way they’ve opposed a mosque — known as Cordoba House or Park51 — that’s planned near Ground Zero, according to one conservative…

TPM reports that a conservative group is organizing parties around the country for people to read the Constitution article by article and amendment by amendment. I think they should let Robert Bork read the 9th Amendment. Then he can explain why it doesn’t really exist and doesn’t mean what it says. And then maybe they’ll…

A Muslim nation is prosecuting an Islamic publisher for being critical of Christianity in an introduction to a Bible published by his company. Wait, what? Yeah, seriously. Egypt has actually filed charges over it: Prosecutor General Abdel Meguid Mahmoud on Monday referred the publisher of Islamic books to a State Security Court on charges of…

From Gary North in his 1989 book Political Polytheism: The Myth of Pluralism: The long-term goal of Christians in politics should be to gain exclusive control over the franchise. Those who refuse to submit publicly to the eternal sanctions of God by submitting to His Church’s public marks of the covenant–baptism and holy communion —…

Set your irony meters on stun for this story, folks. As you’ve heard the talking heads on Fox News breathlessly weave dark stories of foreign financing and jihadi teaching from the Park51/Cordoba House project, it turns out that one of the major financiers of the project is, in fact, the co-owner of Fox News. Even…

Glenn Beck’s decision to start pushing Mormon history on his show has some of his usual supporters seeing red. Brannon Howse of the ultra-wingnut Worldview Matters didn’t like that at all: On his radio show last week, Brannon Howse of Worldview Matters accused Glenn Beck of “bait and switch” tactics to bring Christians together into…

The Daily Caller has a story about Republican candidates secretly paying bloggers to promote them. But increasingly, many bloggers are also secretly feeding on cash from political campaigns, in a form of partisan payola that erases the line between journalism and paid endorsement. “It’s standard operating procedure” to pay bloggers for favorable coverage, says one…

Here’s another Republican voice for sanity on the Manhattan Islamic center — and this one has serious credibility on the matter given that his wife died in one of the planes on 9/11. Ted Olson was asked about the controversy and said: “Well it may not make me hap– popular with some people, but I…