Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for May, 2011

The magical mystery tour of stupid continues in Minnesota, where Bradlee Dean lashed out at Republicans for not supporting his opening prayer. The Republicans, meanwhile, tried to scrub any record of the prayer: The decision to allow anti-gay preacher Bradlee Dean to give the opening prayer before the Minnesota House on Friday sent shockwaves through…

Politico reports on Newt’s latest attempt to prevent the asking of inconvenient questions: The former House speaker told a room of journalists Monday morning that he won’t allow the press to pin him down on every detail of his political and personal record, saying twice that he has cast over 7,300 votes, given more than…

Undeniably True Quote of the Day

From Jack Balkin: Currently there is an energetic debate over whether Bin Laden’s capture and execution was facilitated by the Bush Administration’s torture policies. This debate overlooks a far larger concern: how the hunt for Al Qaeda justified the government’s permanent expansion of surveillance capabilities. President Obama ordered an end to the use of torture…

Dumbass Quote of the Day

From — who else? — Michelle Bachmann: “I am convinced in my heart and in my mind that if the United States fails to stand with Israel, that is the end of the United States . . . [W]e have to show that we are inextricably entwined, that as a nation we have been blessed…

Remember the controversy in Giles County, VA over a Ten Commandments display at the school? After the ACLU threatened suit the school took it down last December. Then they put it back up. And then they took it back down in February. And now the God fearing church folk in the town are demanding that…

A New York judge dismissed a case where a woman who was “rebuked” by her pastor in front of the church was seeking damages for defamation. The church member, Gloria Kaplan, was renting an apartment to the daughter of her pastor, Nizam Khan, and a married man she was having a relationship with. When Kaplan…

Scalia Misstates Facts in Dissent

Politico reports on a new ruling from the Supreme Court that requires the state of California to reduce overcrowding and unconstitutional conditions in state prisons. Here’s a statement of the facts of the case from the ruling itself: A Special Master appointed to over-see remedial efforts reported 12 years later that the state of mentalhealth…

Cain’s Historical Ignorance

No wonder the Worldnutdaily loves Herman Cain so much. He fits right in saying things like this: CAIN: We don’t need to rewrite the Constitution of the United States of America, we need to reread the Constitution and enforce the Constitution. … And I know that there are some people that are not going to…

The Minnesota legislature voted to put a referendum on the ballot in 2012 that would outlaw same-sex marriage. A lot of people I know in Minnesota are upset by this, and I would be too. Their elected leaders voted for this. But I think it could ultimately end up being a good thing, for the…

Jane Mayer has a very important article in the New Yorker about Thomas Drake, the former NSA employee who blew the whistle on the Bush administration’s warrantless wiretap program and on billions of dollars of waste, fraud and abuse in the nation’s intelligence services after 9/11. On June 13th, a fifty-four-year-old former government employee named…