Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for June, 2011

This is a week old now but I missed it when it was posted. Glenn Greenwald writes about the Obama DOJ and their continuing war on whistleblowers and on the ability of the press to operate freely. They are trying to force James Risen, a brilliant New York Times reporter, to reveal his source for…

Bachmann’s Slippery Lies

This video of Michele Bachmann on Good Morning America demonstrates how utterly dishonest she is. He gives her the chance to clear up her obviously false statement that “the founders that wrote those documents (the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence) worked tirelessly until slavery was no more in the United States.” At first she…

False prophet and true con man Pat Robertson says God is now going to destroy America because of marriage equality. I think we need to remember the term sodomy came from a town known as Sodom and Sodom was destroyed by God Almighty and the thing that they practiced was homosexual activity and even they…

Right Wing Watch reprints part of a screed from Rich Swier, an activist with the Tea Party Nation and one of the leaders of the ultra-right wing Family Security Matters, who writes on the TPN website that anti-gay bullying is actually positive peer pressure. This is not bullying. It is peer pressure and is healthy.…

Frum Admits He Was Wrong

Former Bush speechwriter David Frum has just done a remarkable thing: Admitted he was wrong in public. It’s a rare enough thing to do privately. I was a strong opponent of same-sex marriage. Fourteen years ago, Andrew Sullivan and I forcefully debated the issue at length online (at a time when online debate was a…

The tires on 51 floats designed for the Chicago Pride Parade were slashed the night before the parade, almost certainly by a bunch of bigoted assholes. The good news is that they failed to stop the parade.

Rep. Todd Akin, one of the leading members of The Family (aka the Fellowship, the shadowy group that owns the now-infamous C Street house), shared his outrage over NBC taking “under God” out of the pledge of allegiance with the ever-hysterical Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council. The results were predictably ridiculous. Akin: This…

Two years ago the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that crime lab technicians who test evidence and issue reports used in a trial must be available for cross examination by defense attorneys, based on the Confrontation Clause of the 6th Amendment. I noted at the time that it was an unusual lineup — the majority was…

Thomas Hearts Puritans

The Supreme Court recently struck down a California law that forbid the sale or rental of violent video games to children. The lineup was rather unusual. Justice Scalia wrote the majority opinion, joined by Kennedy, Ginsburg, Sotomayor and Kagan. Justice Alito wrote a concurring opinion, joined by Roberts. Justice Thomas and Justice Breyer filed separate…

More Falsehoods from Bachmann

AP does a fact check on some of Michele Bachmann’s recent statements and finds — surprise! — that they were completely out of touch with reality. Example one: BACHMANN: “It’s ironic and sad that the president released all of the oil from the strategic oil reserve. … There’s only a limited amount of oil that…