Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for December, 2010

New Year’s Open Thread

Okay, this is an open thread to end the year. I want to know the answers to two questions: 1. What resolutions do you intend to make and, subsequently, break this year? 2. What is the most embarrassing song you have on your mp3 player? Mine would be Rick Springfield. Feel free to mock me.

While I was on vacation, Chris Rodda reported here on a very disturbing new development in the ongoing battle between the military and the constitutional rights of non-Christians. The Army sends out a mandatory survey to soldiers to gauge their “spiritual fitness” and if you do not give answers that reflect religious belief you are…

NRO Exposes Obama Flips on Gay Marriage

I don’t often agree with the National Review Online but this article accurately exposes Obama’s history of politically convenient and entirely unprincipled positions on same-sex marriage.

Coach K Gets 880th Win

As longtime readers know, I am a huge college basketball fan and my two favorite teams are MSU and Duke. And yes, I was a Duke fan before they became a powerhouse, starting in about 1983 when I saw a show about the Cameron Crazies, which were really just getting started at the time. Yesterday,…

What Wikileaks Exposed in 2010

The indispensable Glenn Greenwald lists some of the things that we learned in 2010 from WikiLeaks that we would not have known otherwise. It’s a compelling list. We learned about 15,000 civilian deaths in Iraq that had been scrubbed from official tallies by the government. The public should know that, don’t you think?

Badass Quote of the Day

From Alex Pareene, writing at Salon about the latest hysterical right wing prediction about Obama turning the country over to the Indians: (Also why don’t Scalia-style Constitutional originalists ever insist that America honor its various broken treaties with all the Indians whose lands we stole as we systematically removed and massacred them? I know that…

Tea Party to Challenge Brown in Primary

As I predicted the first week he was in the Senate, the very same tea baggers who celebrated Scott Brown’s election as evidence of their power and the tip of the spear about to strike Congress are now declaring him a weak-kneed liberal and want him out of office. It was probably inevitable that we’d…

I was one of many people who were concerned about Justice Sotomayor’s record on criminal justice issues, based on her previous rulings and her background as a federal prosecutor. But so far she has turned out to be particularly strong on such issues, even going so far as to publicly declare her objections when the…

No Immunity for Valdosta State President

This is actually a couple months old but I missed it at the time. You may remember the appalling case of a Valdosta State University student being expelled for criticizing the president of the university’s plan to build a $30 million parking structure with student fees. He is being represented by the Foundation for Individual…

Farah: Boycott the Military

The religious right’s crazed reaction to the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell is nowhere more magnified than in the fevered lunacy of Worldnutdaily founder Joseph Farah, who goes so far as to call for a boycott on joining the military over it. As much as I respect and admire the U.S. military as an…