Dispatches from the Creation Wars

Archives for June, 2011

Peter Sprigg of the Family Research Council struggles mightily to convince people that the arguments against same-sex marriage aren’t based on religion. However, even such an absolute religious and conscientious exemption to a homosexual “marriage” bill would not make the redefinition of marriage acceptable, or even tolerable, for one simple reason–the principal objection to homosexual…

Dumbass Quote of the Day

From Sally Kern’s book The Stoning of Sally Kern, in which she continues to be baffled by why anyone would react negatively to her anti-gay bigotry, cited by Right Wing Watch: “The average American doesn’t understand the threat that homosexuality and the total acceptance of it into our society is to our nation,” Kern said.…

War and the Economy

Gregg Easterbrook has an important column looking at the costs of war in terms of economic growth. The cost of ongoing U.S. wars in Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya is up to at least $1.2 trillion. What would the economic recovery look like if that money hadn’t been spent? The GDP was about $10.1 trillion when…

Clay Conrad has a very important article in the recent blockbuster edition of Reason magazine that looked at nearly every appalling aspect of America’s criminal (in)justice system, a system that I firmly believe is broken from top to bottom. Conrad’s article looks at the public defender system, which is nothing less than a tragedy come…

Taibbi on Michelle Bachmann

Matt Taibbi has an article on Michelle Bachmann in the latest edition of Rolling Stone, part of which is available online. This is gold: Bachmann is a religious zealot whose brain is a raging electrical storm of divine visions and paranoid delusions. She believes that the Chinese are plotting to replace the dollar bill, that…

Perkins on NBC and the Pledge

The terminally ridiculous and authoritarian Tony Perkins of the Family Research Council is positively apoplectic about NBC taking “under God” out of the pledge of allegiance. And he’s got some demands to make it go away: Now the council is urging its members to contact NBC and demand the network play a public service announcement…

Ackerman on Obama and Libya

My former AINN colleague Spencer Ackerman, who is as brilliant a foreign policy analyst as there is, blisters Obama on Libya and the War Powers Act: Obama’s line is absurd on its face, as John Boehner contends in Charlie Savage’s well-reported story. Ask anyone on the ground in Libya if missiles fired from the drones…

Dumbass Quote of the Day

From Sen. Dan Coats of Indiana, in a letter to NBC throwing a hissy fit about the omission of “under God” from the pledge of allegiance recently: Omitting the section of the Pledge that affirms these beliefs strips the message of its meaning. More than any political connotation, this is why the Pledge of Allegiance…

Obama and Same-Sex Marriage, Take 2

Ta-Nehisi Coates has a very similar reaction to mine on President Obama’s self-declared “evolving” beliefs on same-sex marriage. It is one of the weird features of American democracy that politicians are both expected to reflect the beliefs of Americans, at at the same time pretend that they are reflecting their own views. Obama could never…

McCotter In the Race?

Michigan Congressman Thad McCotter is apparently still flirting with the idea of jumping in to the presidential race. Pretty much everyone agrees — including, I suspect, his own political advisers — that he would have only a slightly better chance of getting the nomination than I have, but it could at least set him up…