Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for January, 2011

Bachmann Wants to Cut Veterans Benefits

Michele Bachmann has a plan to cut the budget and it starts with freezing funding to the VA for health care for veterans and cutting spending on disability payments to those injured during war. Seriously. Her list of cuts doesn’t explain the impact of freezing veterans’ health care funding, but the Congressional Budget Office said…

Greatest Evolution Lawsuit Ever

A former teacher in Pennsylvania has filed one of the most amusing lawsuits ever filed over the teaching of evolution — and he’s representing himself. The complaint is pretty funny stuff, the kind of thing that will set the eyes of the judge rolling. The argument is simple: Evolution = atheism. Atheism = religion. Schools…

Sara Lehmann at the Worldnutdaily is all verklempt over the fact that passports will now recognize that there are different types of families: Two of my children’s passports expired last year, and I’ve been negligent about going to the post office to renew them. However, a little publicized article on a news website this month…

Latest Fundie Freakout: Halal Food

The Worldnutdaily has found yet another reason to get their panties in a wad: Halal food. Why, Christians could be eating food that is certified as halal without knowing it. And that means food that has been prayed over in the name of Allah! Run away! Run away! When you bite into a delicious pizza,…

Dumbass Quote of the Day

From Newt Gingrich, combining faux populism and blatant pandering in Iowa: Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich today dismissed the “big city” critics of corn-based ethanol and suggested the biofuels industry will be able to “stand on its own” without federal subsidies once all autos are “flexible-fuel” vehicles… “If they’re prepared to insist on a flex-fuel…

When Religion Matters in Custody Cases

I have long been a staunch critic of judges who use religion as a factor in making custody decisions. It is not at all unusual for a judge in a divorce to decide that the child would be better off with a religious parent rather than a non-religious one. But here’s a case where I…

Reading Hitch-22

While I was in Washington D.C. last week I picked up Hitch-22, Christopher Hitchens’ memoirs. I’m only about 20% of the way through it at this point but it’s really compelling to read.The first thing I noticed was a blurb on the back cover from Gore Vidal that said: “I have been asked whether I…

Jon Stewart on Fox and the Nazis

Several people pointed out that Jon Stewart had some fun with Megyn Kelly claiming that Fox News hosts never make Nazi analogies about Democrats and liberals on that network. I know, this was almost too easy. But it’s damn funny. Video below the fold.

I Feel Safer Now

In the long litany of ridiculous overreactions in the war on terrorism, this may be the most asinine of all: Airport officials ordered a holidaymaker carrying a toy soldier onto a plane to remove its three-inch gun – because it was a safety threat. Ken Lloyd was stunned when he was told he could not…

Gotta Love the Worldnutdaily

Here are two headlines from the Worldnutdaily’s front page simultaneously. The first one: