Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for April, 2011

Imagine my surprise to get a Google alert with a link to the ruling in the appeal of Brayton v Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, a lawsuit I filed several years ago against the Bush administration for refusing a FOIA request for the settlement agreement they had signed with the European Union in a…

You really do have to laugh sometimes at what the Worldnutdaily considers news. This “story” was at the very top of the page and was marked as both “breaking news” and a “worldnetdaily exclusive.” Sex, drug addiction, suicidal thoughts, alcoholism, loneliness, peer pressure and social angst – it’s all part of an onslaught of hopelessness…

Unsupported Assertion of the Day

From Walter Russell Mead: God seems to believe in keeping it real. He wants us to face challenges that are bigger than anything we know, more complicated than we can figure out, and so dangerous and all encompassing that we are forced to develop our gifts and our characters to the highest possible degree. He…

Free Republic is predictably going crazy — okay, they were already crazy — over the release of Obama’s birth certificate. My favorite comment so far: Where was his daddy born? was his momma a US citizen when he was born? Why blur or confuse the distinction between NATIVE born–and Natural Born citizen? I find 0…

Scienceblogs: To Be or Not to Be

You’ve probably seen by now that National Geographic is essentially taking over ScienceBlogs. The news leaked out surreptitiously and NatGeo put out a press release about it the other day. You may also have seen PZ asking his readers what kinds of language and tone restrictions they would be willing to tolerate. Unsurprisingly, NatGeo is…

Gingrich and Global Warming

Here’s Newt Gingrich in 2004: “You can’t flip-flop and be commander-in-chief.” And here’s documentation of his flipping and flopping on global warming over the years. Did you know that he actually proposed cap and trade? Now, of course, cap and trade is an evil fascist conspiracy to destroy capitalism and institute a one-world government. And…

No, this is not a repeat from last year. Or the year before that. Or the year before that. A lot of people thought that the good guys won the last big battle over Texas science education standards because the new standards did away with the “strengths and weaknesses” language that was in there before.…

Now There’s War on Easter!

At least, according to Sean Hannity and the perpetually outraged Bill Donohue and the Catholic League. ThinkProgress documents the tiny little threads from which they have woven this pastiche of nonsense. What evidence is there for the “War on Easter?” The Catholic League put out a release yesterday from Donohue making its best case. Donohue…

Robert O’Brien Trophy Winner

I haven’t given away a Robert O’Brien trophy for the Idiot of the Month in a while. I can’t think of a better person to give it to than the moron who decided to call in a death threat to the Koch brothers — and did so to the Koch Brothers office supply company in…

I wrote earlier about Kimberly Daniels, the crazy wingnut preacher who is running for city council in Jacksonville. In a very strange turn of events, the far left Black Panthers are defending Daniels and attacking Wayne Besen, who put together a video of some of Daniels’ more crazy statements about things. Wayne has a video…