Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for January, 2011

Haggard Admits to Being Bisexual

Talk about a confused guy: In a new GQ profile, Rev. Ted Haggard addresses the continued assumptions that he’s gay, following revelations years ago that the prominent evangelical had a drug-fueled sexual relationship with a gay male former escort: “I think that probably, if I were 21 in this society, I would identify myself as…

This is a darkly amusing story. State governments are having trouble putting people to death because of a shortage of one of the key drugs used to impose the death penalty. US states are facing a new obstacle to enforcing the death penalty after the sole American manufacturer of a drug used in lethal injections…

Hypocrisy, Thy Name is Perry

Add Rick Perry to the list of Republicans who think federal money is evil — while bathing in federal money. After facing a $6.6 billion budget hole, Texas used $6.4 billion of Federal money to help patch it, allowing the state to keep its $9.1 billion emergency fund intact, CNN reports. But on the same…

Barr Defends Baby Doc

For a while there, Bob Barr was actually starting to redeem himself for the litany of vile and crazy positions he took while he was in Congress by coming out strongly in opposition to Bush’s unconstitutional policies. This pretty much kills whatever credibility he had managed to rebuild for himself. A former U.S. congressman was…

Bachmann’s Grasp of American History

Yep, it’s every bit as bad as you would expect it to be. In a speech in Iowa she tried to sanitize American history in regard to slavery: “How unique in all of the world, that one nation that was the resting point from people groups all across the world,” she said. “It didn’t matter…

Badass Quote of the Day

From William Hazlitt: The least pain in our little finger gives us more concern and uneasiness than the destruction of millions of our fellow-beings. That seems particularly true of Americans, whose government has often been responsible for that destruction with both their consent and their tax dollars.

Incomplete Quote of the Day

From President Obama’s State of the Union speech: “We may have differences in policy, but we all believe in the rights enshrined in our Constitution.” ….”For a limited time only, offer not valid for those who want access to DNA evidence to prove their innocence, victims of indefinite detention and torture who want their day…

Whitehead Gets First Amendment Wrong

Remember the woman who screamed out, “Except Obama! Except Obama! Help us Jesus!” in the House chamber recently during the reading of the constitution? This is being defended as free speech: The woman who burst out with “except Obama” when New Jersey Democratic Rep. Frank Pallone was reading in Congress the Constitution’s requirement that the…

A school in Virginia is likely to face a court fight after refusing to remove a posting of the Ten Commandments: The Ten Commandments will hang in public schools, the Giles County School Board unanimously decided Thursday afternoon despite its attorney’s recommendation and precedent from the U.S. Supreme Court. In December, a group that advocates…

The Importance of Reading the Story

My friend Jim Babka, the head of Downsize DC, has an excellent post on their blog about the importance of reading beyond the headlines. So often the headline oversimplifies. And as an editor, I can tell you that this isn’t just because of some intent to deceive readers. It’s also because it’s just hard to…