Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for August, 2010

Radio Show Preview 8-26-10

On tonight’s Declaring Independence: My guest will be Andrew Restuccia, the energy and environment correspondent for the Washington Independent. We’ll be talking about the Gulf oil spill, the Michigan oil spill, the Massey coal mine explosion and why government and industry do little to prevent them. As always, you can listen to the show live…

Stephen Prothero makes an interesting point in this essay about why Mormons should be on the front lines defending the right to build the Islamic center in Manhattan. Mormons, of all people, should know the dangers of having the government organize against a religion, for they have borne the brunt of such action in this…

Reading this post by Will Wilkinson reminds me very much of the discussion I had with James Hanley on my radio show last week about liberalism, libertarianism and government regulation. Wilkinson is responding to Matthew Yglesias’ recent writings about how some forms of government regulation do little to protect consumers and much to protect the…

From David Chilton, a Christian Reconstructionist pastor who died in 1997: “The god of Judaism is the devil. The Jew will not be recognized by God as one of His chosen people until he abandons his demonic religion and returns to the faith of his fathers–the faith which embraces Jesus Christ and His Gospel.” Say…

Wingnut on Wingnut Crime Continues

The fight between Ann Coulter and the Worldnutdaily continues to rage and I’m finding the whole thing endlessly amusing. “These are fake Christians trying to get publicity,” said Coulter. Previously, Coulter called Farah a “publicity whore” and a “swine” for WND’s decision to drop her upon learning of her plan to speak to the homosexual…

Here’s the latest faux-outrage from opponents of the Islamic center near Ground Zero: New audio has surfaced of the imam behind the controversial mosque near Ground Zero allegedly telling an audience overseas that the United States has been far more deadly than al-Qaeda. “We tend to forget, in the West, that the United States has…

Top Ten Right Wing Conspiracy Theories

Alternet offers a list of the top ten right wing conspiracy theories. There are some fun ones — and the birther nonsense isn’t even on the list. Not all of them are exclusive to the right wing, of course. The one about the government being behind 9/11 is also popular on the loony left. But…

The Economist has a poll up about the proposed Islamic center near Ground Zero and the results are depressing. Like this one:

The Oil Industry’s Corporate Welfare

Jim Hightower details some of the incredible tax breaks and benefits given to oil companies like BP and TransOcean. That Deepwater Horizon oil rig that went down in the Gulf, causing such massive destruction? Thank you for that. “You” being American taxpayers. Not that we taxpayers caused the catastrophe, but that we heavily subsidized the…

A Mob at Work

Here’s video footage of an anti-mosque rally near Ground Zero, where a dark-skinned man trying to walk through the group is presumed by the emotionally-charged mob to be a Muslim. They crowd around him and begin to act in a clearly threatening manner. The reality? He’s a construction worker who actually works at Ground Zero.…