I’m an atheist. I don’t believe in the reality of gods, literally or metaphorically. Nonetheless, I find religions interesting in the way that they play with ideas, and am interested exploring the ideas that the gods proposed by religious groups represent.
My starting point in these explorations is the understanding that not all gods are […]
Did you know that an American’s political career was brought to an end thanks to warrantless government surveillance of their financial activity?
It’s true. Remember New York Governor Eliot Spitzer? He was brought down from political office when payments to a prostitute were discovered by government snooping without a warrant or any prior suspicion of […]
When George W. Bush responded to Iraqi rebel leaders who were attacking American soldiers by telling them to, “Bring ‘em on”, it was a sign that Bush’s war in Iraq had swerved into reckless aggression without a plan.
Today, the American have been given another ssign, this time that the Obama Administration is taking our […]
On June 22 2013, the petition to pardon civil liberties whistleblower Edward Snowden surpassed a hundred thousand signatures, and has continued to gather signatures every day since, reaching 162,720 signatures today. The Obama administration promised to respond to any petition gaining more than 100,000 signatures in 30 days or less. The petition to […]
Given that it’s a congressional election year, most journalists are sticking to the old political formula of Democrats versus Republicans. In three weeks, however, a message from another political direction will be delivered to the White House.
On September 23, activists from the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance will deliver a letter to the […]
The “Only 1 Month Left” image is clearly doctored, and a bad fake at that. Of course, it’s possible that this fake photograph has been used to refer to an actual conspiracy. […]
Believe it or not, in 2014 there are still people out there who are obsessed with the idea that Barack Obama is a secret foreigner who from the date of his birth has been swept up in a conspiracy to bring a non-American into the presidency so he could… well, generally disappoint? The conspiracy theories […]
The motivation behind this part of Obama’s speech seems to be to discourage anti-Islamic hatred in the United States. That motivation is laudable, but the execution in sloppy, and thus undermines itself. There’s no need to assert historical and theological absurdities in order to urge a mood of toleration among members of different religions here in the United States. […]
President Obama announced last night that the United States of America will be taking part in the civil war in Iraq on the side of Shiite combatants. American involvement in the Iraqi civil war will begin with bombings of Sunni combatants.
The American military has been in Iraq since 1990 – that’s 24 years. In […]
Finally, the White House has officially admitted that the United States federal government purposefully tortured prisoners as part of its War On Terror.
Torturing prisoners is a federal crime. It’s unconstitutional, a violation of the prohibition of cruel and unusual punishment in the Bill of Rights.
However, President Barack Obama doesn’t seem to think that […]
The 40 U.S. representatives who voted against this resolution were in essence voting to allow Barack Obama, or any future president, to send the American military off to fight in Iraq all over again – even if the American people are opposed. […]