Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for October, 2010

Appalling Fact of the Day

From Michelle Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, quoted here: There are more African Americans under correctional control today — in prison or jail, on probation or parole — than were enslaved in 1850, a decade before the Civil War began. And that’s just the beginning:

Earlier this year a group called ClergyVoice got the tax exempt status of the C Street House removed (mostly) after filing a complaint. Now the group is going after the tax exemption of the group that owns that house, the Fellowship Foundation. This is one of the innumerable non-profit groups controlled by The Family, aka…

Khadr Pleads Guilty

Omar Khadr, the child soldier who has spent more than half his life imprisoned in Guantanamo Bay, at least some of it being tortured, pleaded guilty on Monday in what was essentially a plea bargain with the government. My friend Daphne Eviatar was in the “courtroom” when it happened and she reports that there is…

Gen. Shelton’s Brilliant Logic

Retired Gen. Hugh Shelton was on Sunday with Christiane Amanpour and he gave a truly absurd answer on gays in the military. It started with him saying that the troops should decide whether gays should be allowed to serve openly in the military: “I think it’s time to let’s see what the men and women…

Juan Williams on…Juan Williams

Hat tip to Andrew Sullivan for finding this. Let’s contrast Juan Williams’ comment on Fox News that got him fired: I’m not a bigot. You know the kind of books I’ve written about the civil rights movement in this country. But when I get on the plane, I got to tell you, if I see…

While the tea party movement tries like hell to say that there is no racism at all in their movement, David Duke cuts a video criticizing them for putting virtually every non-white supporter they can find on stage at their events and pretending not to be a white European conclave. File this in the “with…

Dumbass quote of the Day

Someone left this as a comment, from a letter to the editor of an Iowa newspaper: Any person in this country who truly believes in God, Jesus and Christianity, and who calls themself Christian, cannot be a part of or member of the Democratic Party if they are truly honest with themselves.The Democratic Party, now…

Whatever your thoughts are on whether Juan Williams deserved to be fired by National Public Radio or not, you’re probably going to get a chuckle out of the reaction on the websites owned by Andrew Breitbart. For the writers from those sites, the firing is just confirmation of whatever boogeyman du jour they were already…

Creepiest. Tweet. Ever.

This may be the creepiest tweet ever. First the picture:

With all the batshit crazy Republican candidates on the ballot around the country next week you might have missed this batshit crazy Democratic candidate in Texas. Kesha Rogers is running against incumbent Republican Pete Olson in Texas’ 22nd Congressional District. And she’s a nutcase extraordinaire: Kesha Rogers is keeping busy. Not only is she taking…