Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for May, 2011

Obama’s Lack of Scandals

Brendan Nyhan says it’s remarkable that Obama’s first term has been so scandal-free: One of the least remarked upon aspects of the Obama presidency has been the lack of scandals. Since Watergate, presidential and executive branch scandal has been an inescapable feature of the American presidency, but the current administration has not yet suffered a…

As the city of Dearborn prepares for another Arab International Festival in June, the police have lost another court case involving their attempts to prevent Christian missionaries from proselytizing at the annual event. A three-judge panel of the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the city cannot prohibit a Christian minister from handing out…

Bravo, Rand Paul

It appears that there is at least one member of the Senate willing to do something to try and prevent the extension of the Patriot Act without any attempt to improve its unconstitutional provisions — Rand Paul. And Harry Reid is hopping mad about it. But Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky, a libertarian-leaning Republican elected…

Bradlee Dean Gets Fired

This has me downright giddy. Wal-Mart and Salem Communications have severed ties with two entities run by pastor Bradlee Dean, who made headlines last week for a controversial prayer before the Minnesota House of Representatives. David Brauer reports that AM 1280 The Patriot, owned by Christian broadcaster Salem Communications, dropped Dean’s “Sons of Liberty” radio…

As if it wasn’t obvious enough already that Justice Scalia was lying when he claimed that the recent Supreme Court ruling against California for inhumane conditions required the release of tens of thousands of prisoners, state prison officials announced that they would not release prisoners in order to comply with the ruling. California officials said…

Cain’s Enron Clone

Herman Cain has made his background as a businessman the lynchpin of his pointless campaign for president, but Mother Jones documents that Cain helped run an Enron clone back in the 90s. But scrubbed from Cain’s official story is his long tenure as a director at a Midwest energy corporation named Aquila that, like the…

The amount of violent crime in the United States dropped significantly last year, to the lowest rates in 40 years. Kevin Drum argues that it may be due to successful lead abatement efforts. In a post a couple years ago, Drum quoted this passage from a book by Mark Kleiman: Given the decrease in lead…

Here’s video of a TV news investigation in Tennessee that shows exactly the same problem with abuse of the asset forfeiture laws as in Texas, where there is a huge class action lawsuit. Of course, the asset forfeiture laws are inherently abusive. Balko is right, this is nothing more than state-sanctioned armed robbery.

Is the 2012 Republican field set?

Politico says that GOP insiders think the 2012 presidential for the party is pretty well set now that Mitch Daniels has chosen not to run. “The waiting is over,” said Ed Gillespie, a former Republican National Committee chairman and counselor to President George W. Bush. “Things are going to accelerate pretty quickly now.” “You’re seeing…

The Senate took a cloture vote on a four-year extension of the Patriot Act, including its most obviously unconstitutional provisions, with almost no debate and not a single substantive revision. The vote was 74-8, as Glenn Greenwald reports: The 8 Senators voting against cloture were Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders, Democrats Jeff Merkley, Mark Begich, Max…