Monthly Archives: August 2008

right-wing oil fantasies

Peter Dizikes writes about a number of right-wing myths about oil in today’s Salon.com.

Unbelievably enough, there are people who believe:
# There’s more oil in Alaska than in the Middle East
# The Chinese are about to start drilling — or are already drilling — off the coast of Florida (the Cuba/China menace — Russia/Cuba 2.0 — new and improved!)

and — wait for it —

# Oil is not a “fossil fuel” but a nearly infinite non-organic resource like, I guess, rocks.

cut-and-paste weather

It’s like they just cut and paste the weather forecast — every goddamn day.

WEATHER FORECAST

This Afternoon…Mostly cloudy with a slight chance of showers and thunderstorms early…then partly sunny with showers and thunderstorms likely. Some thunderstorms may produce frequent lightning and small hail…then some thunderstorms may produce gusty winds…frequent lightning and small hail. Highs in the upper 70s. West winds around 5 mph…becoming north. Chance of rain 60 percent.

Tonight…Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers and thunderstorms in the evening…then mostly clear after midnight. Some thunderstorms may produce gusty winds…frequent lightning and small hail in the evening. Lows in the lower 60s. West winds 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40 percent.

faith-based damages

So this flight attendant is suing a televangelist who assaulted her, and in addition to emotional damages and hemorrhoids, the flight attendant is claiming she is owed damages for loss of faith. Broadsheet, Salon.com, 8/8.

Obviously the First Amendment is going to pose real problems for the plaintiff — American courts establishing a monetary value on religious faith (and loss thereof) seems to pose a real Establishment Clause problem. Entanglement, preferencing religion over non-religion — a fun case.

But if by some miracle this plaintiff prevails on this claim, can we children of fundies get damages for having faith imposed on us as children?