Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for March, 2011

In an appalling 5-4 ruling, the U.S. Supreme Court confirmed and even strengthened prosecutorial immunity, extending it from personal immunity to a stronger form of agency immunity as well. The case is Connick v Thompson, where Connick is the former Orleans Parish District Attorney Harry Connick, Sr. (yes, father of the crooner) and Thompson is…

Dumbass Quote of the Day

From budding religious right superstar Jim Garlow: Isn’t it interesting that the African Americans that were brought here against their will, coercively, in bondage, in chains, in a horrific experience called slavery. They were forced here and they end up being in state by state, many cases, what has saved us from the bondage and…

1000 Rebels in Libya?

On CNN, they are interviewing a reporter on the ground, one of the most respected war correspondents around, who says that there are less than 1,000 rebel fighters in Libya fighting against the government. If that’s true, it would certainly underscore how unwise it was to start firing missiles at the military there. Look, let’s…

Though I’m sure he views it as the wrong time. About two years ago, Newt Gingrich began a rather obvious attempt to resurrect his public image in anticipation of running for president. It began with his conversion to Catholicism and his visit with James Dobson where he talked about how he was a changed man,…

Barber “Explains” Gay Suicide

The utterly repulsive Matt Barber of the absurdly misnamed Liberty Counsel “explains” the high rate of gay teen suicides. Barber concluded by claiming that “kids who are engaging in homosexual behavior often look inward and know that what they are doing is unnatural, is wrong, is immoral, and so they become depressed and the instances…

Barton’s Bullshit

David Barton gave a talk at the Rediscovering God conference — little more than a political rally for Republicans, actually — just full of the kind of overly simplistic and flat out false claims he makes about American history. He claims here that nearly every provision in the Constitution came out of the Bible, which…

Bachmann’s Son: Intellectual Poser

Here’s a statement written by Michelle Bachmann’s son, Lucas, who advises her campaign. It absolutely leaps off the screen as a textbook example of someone trying really, really hard to sound far more intelligent and well educated than they actually are. He’s speaking about William F. Buckley: “[M]ovement intellects such as Buckley are indelible,” Lucas…

So Much for That Theory

We heard the bigots declare endlessly that if Don’t Ask Don’t Tell was lifted, chaplains — not to mention regular soldiers — would leave the military in droves. Now that they’re actually training chaplains for the change in policy, guess what? No one is leaving. But “at this time no endorser has said they’re going…

Silly Anti-Choice Billboard

A group of anti-abortion types are taking out billboards in Chicago that feature Obama’s face and this silly statement: And so is the next possible serial killer, reality TV star or boy band member. And I’m not sure which is worse.

Palin on Obama’s Libya Speech

I didn’t watch Obama’s speech on Libya but I did catch the last bit of Greta Van Susteren’s interview with Sarah Palin about the speech after it was done. I was struck by several things. First, Van Susteren actually invoked that silly “you’re not supposed to criticize the president during war” notion while giving Palin…