Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for February, 2011

Former Aide Blows Whistle on Palin

One of Sarah Palin’s closest confidants, Frank Bailey, has written a manuscript for a tell-all book that was leaked to the press a few days ago. And the allegations in it probably won’t shock anyone. The unpublished book by Frank Bailey was leaked to the media and widely circulated on Friday. The manuscript opens with…

Beck: Teachers Unions = Muslim Conspiracy

Glenn Beck’s latest bit of crazy is to claim that the teacher’s unions protesting in Wisconsin are working in league with the Muslim Brotherhood to bring about one world government. No, seriously.

Bloch Wants to Withdraw Guilty Plea

Remember Scott Bloch, the first class dunderhead who led the Office of Legal Counsel during the Bush administration? He’s the guy who was accused of all kinds of wrongdoing by his employees, which prompted him to hire a computer company to wipe his hard drive clean while Congress was in the process of investigating those…

Palin: Stupid and Hypocritical, As Usual

TPM points out the obvious: Former half-term Gov. Sarah Palin joined Rep. Michele Bachmann in taking shots at First Lady Michelle Obama for promoting breastfeeding, joking that it could be a way for mothers to save money since the price of milk has gotten so high. “No wonder Michelle Obama is telling everybody ‘you’d better…

Dumbass Quotes About Gay Marriage

In 2009, New Hampshire passed a law legalizing same-sex marriage. Now that Republicans have control of the legislature in that state they’re trying to repeal that law. And making really stupid arguments for it. Like this one: SEN. FENTON GROEN: “[Homosexuality] will significantly increase their risk of serious diseases and can be expected to significantly…

Happy Presidents Day

So guess how I spent my Presidents Day? In a bar with a bunch of fellow history geeks, drinking toasts to each and every president along with a heaping helping of trivia about them. Did you know that James Monroe was the first president to ride on a steamboat? Or that James K. Polk was…

Here’s what happens when you try to criminalize the “defamation” of a religion. In Austria, a woman named Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff has been convicted of the “crime” of “denigration of the teachings of a legally recognized religion.” She was acquitted of incitement of hatred. And what did she do to prompt such charges? She implied that…

Here’s a disturbing story. A firefighter called to the scene of the Gabrielle Giffords shooting refused to go because of his political views: A veteran firefighter refused to respond to last month’s deadly shooting spree that left Rep. Gabrielle Giffords wounded because he had different political views than his colleagues and “did not want to…

Oh, it seems Sarah Palin has gotten herself into trouble for being insufficiently anti-gay for the arch-bigots of the right. Before CPAC began, Palin said that she really didn’t care much about the controversy over GOProud sponsoring the conference. “I don’t have a problem with different, diverse groups that are involved in political discourse, and…

Worldnutdaily Gets a Glimmer of Hope

One of the hallmarks of those who are obsessed with a given outcome is that they will take even the slightest glimpse of a possibility of hope and blow it up in their minds into the breakthrough they’ve been waiting for — “At last, justice will be done!” This seems particularly true of the Worldnutdaily’s…