December 15, 2004

Following in the footsteps of the endlessly self-aggrandizing Judge Moore, yet another Alabama judge, Ashley McKathan, has jumped into the Ten Commandments fray. McKathan took Moore’s nonsense even further, actually embroidering the ten commandments onto his judicial robe. My first reaction was that this had to be a parody, but it’s not. He’s actually serious: Covington County Presiding Circuit Court Judge Ashley McKathan said he ordered the robe and had it embroidered using his own money. He said he did… Read more

December 15, 2004

Remember this month’s winner of the Robert O’Brien Trophy (formerly the Idiot of the Month Award), Gerald Allen? He’s the drooling halfwit state rep from Alabama who wants to ban all books and plays that have a gay character in them. Well guess what? He was at the White House this week. At the request of the President, no less: Earlier this week, Allen got a call from Washington. He will be meeting with President Bush on Monday. I asked… Read more

December 14, 2004

As much as I rail against the astonishing stupidity of many of the Worldnutdaily’s writers, I’ve discovered a group even more dull: their readers. Wow, have you read some of the letters that WND publishes from their readers? Like this gem from one Bob Atkinson: A more descriptive name for the ACLU, but keep the acronym, is Atheist, Communist and Liberals United. This name accurately describes who the ACLU is and what it represents. I’ve been using this name for… Read more

December 14, 2004

At 1 pm today, there is a press conference at the state capital in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to announce the filing of a federal lawsuit against the Dover School District over its new policy to mandate the teaching of Intelligent Design Creationism in public school science classrooms in that district. The suit is being filed by the ACLU and Americans United for Separation of Church and State, represented in this case by the Pepper Hamilton Law Firm. This could very well… Read more

December 13, 2004

Of all the prominent religious right figures, you’d think the last one to scream persecution and claim victimhood would be Pat Buchanan. But here he is in – where else? – the Worldnutdaily proclaiming himself and his fellow Christians the victims of a silent and unnamed conspiracy deep within the bowels of Macy’s: Now Macy’s has stopped using the phrase “Merry Christmas” in all store advertising, replacing it with what Macy’s calls the more inclusive “Season’s Greetings” and “Happy Holidays.”… Read more

December 13, 2004

NPR did a story yesterday on the Steven Williams lawsuit. That story said that there were in fact multiple complaints to the principal by multiple parents. The story interviewed several parents who said that Mr. Williams talked about Jesus constantly, during math lessons or science lessons or, as one put it, “a hundred times a day”. They also interviewed several other teachers from the school, according to the reporter, and not one of them took Williams’ side in the dispute…. Read more

December 13, 2004

I noted in my last post on the Steve Williams lawsuit that I had contacted a Washington scholar to confirm that the “George Washington Prayer Journal” was indeed known to be fraudulent. That scholar is Frank Grizzard of the University Virginia, a senior associate editor of the George Washington Papers collection housed there. Here is his response: The so-called prayer journal is not in GW’s writing, although I’m not sure it’s actually a forgery. The manuscript dealer (Burk I think)… Read more

December 12, 2004

David Bass, in another of those famous Worldnutdaily “exclusives” – which means an article so mind-numbingly moronic that only WND would even consider publishing it – has written an absolutely hilarious column about the decision by the Canadian Supreme Court that the legislature could legalize gay marriage. What makes his article so amusing is that it’s incredibly obvious that he hasn’t actually bothered to read it. The evidence begins in the very first sentence: Many words in the English language… Read more

December 12, 2004

Kevin Drum (formerly CalPundit) of the Washington Monthly, is usually a pretty reliable source, but in this post I think he misses the point almost entirely. He is arguing that the “Social Security Trust Fund” is not an IOU even though Congress steals it to make the deficit appear smaller, and the premise of his argument is that it’s no more an IOU than money itself is in our society: One of the most common conservative critiques of Social Security… Read more

December 12, 2004

My pet troll is “chortling with glee” over “yet another example of how Ed Brayton is full of excrement” – with a link to a story on CNN that says that some gay couples in Massachusetts are getting divorced. Is there anything more pathetic that watching someone struggle so mightily to put together a coherent argument when they’re just not capable of it? I suspect he doesn’t actually MAKE the argument because he knows how stupid it is, so instead… Read more

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