Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for October, 2010

There are times when the writing of John Scalzi just blows me away. A couple months ago I reprinted excerpts from his brilliant essay on gay marriage, one of the most eloquent statements on marriage equality I’ve ever read. This post on the things he doesn’t have to think about today is another one of…

Wendy Kaminer has a compelling essay about the tea party movement and its mostly hypocritical and inconsistent theme of creeping government tyranny. Most of the same people who declare that health care reform is the second coming of the Third Reich didn’t even blink at the overreaching claims of executive power by the Bush administration:

Things Get Worse in Uganda

As if gays and lesbians didn’t have enough to worry about in Uganda, a newspaper there just outed a whole bunch of them and sparked days of violent attacks on those who were named. Gay Ugandans have faced a fortnight of attacks and intimidation, say human rights campaigners, after a local newspaper published a list…

Dumbass Quote of the Day

From Kelly Khuri, founder of the Clark County Tea Party Patriots: “Some people say I’m extreme, but they said the John Birch Society was extreme, too.” Oblivious much? The John Birch Society was — and is — extreme. For crying out loud, they declared President Eisenhower to be a communist infiltrator.

Bristow’s Murderous Fantasies

White supremacist bigot Kyle Bristow’s book about how oppressed the poor white natives were when the invading Indian hordes arrived in America is out. And it includes Bristow’s own murderous fantasies about his critics, especially those at the Southern Poverty Law Center, which long ago tagged Bristow as exactly what he is, a vile hatemonger…

Limbaugh, Soros and “Foreign Money”

This could be a dumbass quote of the day from Rush Limbaugh: “You want to talk a little foreign money in politics? George Soros has admitted to donating $1 million to Media Matters for America.” Except that Soros is an American citizen. Has been since before I was born (though not before Limbaugh was born).

If Jesus was a Candidate for Office

Theologian Valerie Elverton Dixon muses on how Jesus would be treated by those who claim to follow him if he were to run for public office today. On foreign policy: A shot of the World Trade Center towers falling. Voiceover: 9/11. The nation suffers the worst attack on its soil in history. But Jesus says…

Joe Miller’s Brownshirts

I have been quite remiss in commenting on the appalling situation in Alaska, where tea party lunatic Joe Miller had his bodyguards handcuff and detain a journalist who was asking him questions he didn’t like. Every journalist should be up in arms about this — and whoever the local prosecutor is should damn well be…

Crazy Republican Candidate of the Day

Here’s today’s Crazy Republican Candidate of the Day: Stephen Broden, candidate for Congress from Texas. Among other things, he says that America is just like Nazi Germany today — not because of things like torture and an unrestrained executive, but because of things like health care reform. He says that violent revolution is an option…

Salon.com has video of Sarah Palin putting her signature on an American flag handed to her by a fan.This is a clear violation of the U.S. Flag Code, which says: “The flag should never have placed upon it, nor on any part of it, nor attached to it any mark, insignia, letter, word, figure, design,…