Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for February, 2011

No Rule of Law for the Powerful

Once again a federal court has dismissed a case brought against Bush administration officials for their clear violations of the Constitution, not to mention statutory law and our treaty obligations as well. And as always, the plaintiff lost not on the merits but because of what amounts to de facto total immunity for our most…

Oh the Irony

I had to laugh out loud when I saw this Worldnutdaily headline: Funny, they dismiss such concerns when non-Christians are a tiny minority in a crowd and they’re asked to listen to or participate in Christian prayers.

The Audacity of Yoo

John Yoo, author of the infamous Bush torture memos, has become something of a self-parody. How else to explain this incredible statement: President Obama continues to display his misunderstanding of the constitutional order by repeatedly inserting himself into matters reserved to the states and localities, such as the arrest of Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates,…

Indiana Deputy AG Out of Office

What is it with deputy attorneys general? Michigan had a real doozy in Andrew Shirvell but Indiana’s Jeff Cox may have him beat. Mother Jones has the story: On Saturday night, when Mother Jones staffers tweeted a report that riot police might soon sweep demonstrators out of the Wisconsin capitol building–something that didn’t end up…

Obama DOJ Stops Defending DOMA. Kind Of.

In a highly unusual move, President Obama has told the DOJ not to defend the constitutionality of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) — but only in one judicial circuit. Attorney General Eric Holder sent out a press release explaining the decision — and attempting to explain why the administration defended DOMA in several other…

Stephen Bainbridge writes: A core problem with public sector unionism is that it creates a uniquely powerful interest group. In theory, bureaucrats are supposed to work for and be accountable to the elected representatives of the people. But suppose those bureaucrats organize into large, well-funded, powerful unions that can tip election results. With very few…

Badass Quote of the Day

From liberal evangelical Jim Wallis: I wish the Family Research Council and Coral Ridge Ministries would have recognized the debt as a moral issue before they supported two unnecessary and immoral wars and endless corporate subsidies for years. The right always discovers the need for fiscal responsibility the moment the other party takes control.

CPAC Changes Rules on Gays

So we finally know what CPAC is actually going to do next year in response to the controversy over GOProud: The new chair of the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) was on C-SPAN yesterday. Doesn’t sound like there’s going to be a place for GOProud at CPAC next year. CPAC only wants true haters and…

Chaplains Unconcerned About DADT Repeal

The Christian Post has a brief report on evangelical chaplains who, despite predictions of apocalypse from some of their duller brethren, are unconcerned about the repeal of DADT because — surprise — they’ve been counseling gay soldiers all along: As the Department of Defense transitions to an open military, active duty chaplains reported that they…

Wingnuts Interpret Reality

This past weekend incredibly high winds in Washington D.C. knocked down the national Christmas tree, the 42 foot tall blue spruce tree on the White House lawn that has been ceremonially decorated and lit up every Christmas for the last 32 years. And the wingnuts at Free Republic are finding fascinating — read batshit crazy…