Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for October, 2010

It’s been a while since I’ve given away a Robert O’Brien Trophy for stupidity above and beyond the call of duty, but Clint McCance has surely earned one. McCance is the vice president of the Midland School Board in Arkansas. And he got so worked up over a gay rights protest asking people to wear…

Dumbass Quote of the Day

This time it comes from one of our own, Raging Bee, in a comment on the post about Bristow’s murderous fantasies: No, we reject Cato because it’s a wholly-owned creature of the Koch brothers, dedicated to the purpose of customizing a political-economic ideology of, by, and for the rich — and no one else.

Freshwater Lawsuits Dropped and Settled

Ohio pseudo-science teacher and wingnut John Freshwater has dropped his lawsuit for wrongful termination against the Mt. Vernon school district. He was fired after years of flagrantly violating the law and using his classroom as a Sunday school classroom — not to mention burning a cross into a student’s arm with a Tesla coil. He…

Balko has his weekly crime column up and it examines the reasons why America incarcerates such a staggering percentage of its population. He starts with the mind-boggling stats: In 1970 one in 400 American adults was behind bars or on parole. As of 2008, the number was one in 100. Add in probation, and it’s…

Radio Show Preview 10-28-10

On tonight’s Declaring Independence: My guest will be Rich Robinson, executive director of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network. We’ll be talking about a lot of things related to last week’s discussion — campaign finance, disclosure laws, third party groups influencing elections, etc. As always, you can listen to the show live from 6-7 pm EST…

The Washington City Paper is having a bit of fun with NPR for instructing their reporters not to attend this weekend’s Rally to Restore Sanity, being put on by Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert of Comedy Central. They’re allowing their reporters to attend, but with strict guidelines on how to behave so as to avoid…

Glenn Greenwald has an article about the real human cost of the Defense of Marriage Act, which the Obama administration continues to defend in court despite Obama having campaigned on a platform of repealing that law. In particular, the law prevents Americans who have married someone of the same gender from another country from being…

Yeah, I know. It’s hardly a shock that the Pentagon lies to the American people. You can be pretty sure they’re lying a large majority of the time. But it’s almost amusing the degree to which Donald Rumsfeld and military leaders in Iraq turned into Baghdad Bob after the invasion. Ellen Knickmeyer, the Baghdad bureau…

I do not disagree lightly with Will Wilkinson, for whom I have great respect. He is one of the smartest and most intellectually honest commentators I know of. But I think he’s being a bit naive in this defense of America’s “moral idealism” when it comes to foreign policy. Wilkinson is not a neo-con, not…

Wingnut Endorses Wingnut Book

This is the Worldnutdaily’s idea of an “exclusive” story and “breaking news” — an ad for a book they publish disguised as a news article wherein one wingnut endorses a book written by another wingnut. In this advertisement, Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin endorses one of those innumerable screeds about “stealth jihad” and “creeping sharia” being…