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In Tennessee, Voting For the Bible and Voting Against the Bible

The supporters of HB 0615, a bill before the Tennessee House of Representatives to “designate the Holy Bible as the official state book,” prevailed with 55 “Aye” votes. They are:

Rep. Alexander Rep. Brooks K. Rep. Butt Rep. Byrd Rep. Calfee Rep. Casada Rep. Coley Rep. DeBerry Rep. Doss Rep. Dunlap Rep. Dunn Rep. Durham […]

The Maine Airport Coffee Economy

Maine has its faults, but this is one of the reasons I love living here:

 

This is how you get coffee at the local airport:

The tin-can economy is a great antidote to my gloomy cynicism.

Why Those in Power Must Be Watched, in 15 Seconds

http://irregulartimes.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/SouthCarolinaAbuseofPower.mp4

Everyone thinking and talking and deliberating and having any say in the relationship between a government and its people should be talking about this 15 seconds right now.

Those in power must be watched.

Source: Washington Post, Heavy

Columbus, Somali Arrivals and Crime

Consider the State of Ohio’s Department Job and Family Services record of the pattern of resettlement of Somali refugees from 1999 to 2011. Consider it in the context of Uniform Crime Reports data for Columbus, Ohio, the city with the second-largest influx of Somali immigrants in the nation:

Now consider those trends in comparison […]

“Not Anything Personal” — An Object Lesson in Discrimination

“Principal Patrick Taylor told the paper that the decision is part of the school’s dress code and it is not anything personal.” — FoxNews, April 5

Claudettia Love of Monroe, Louisiana has received a top-notch education in discrimination from her principal.  The top-notch student is not being allowed to attend her high school prom because she […]

Help Me Understand Why The Confirmation of Loretta Lynch is a Social Movement Subject

Loretta Lynch, President Barack Obama’s nominee to be the next U.S. Attorney General, has been blocked from progressing to a confirmation vote by a handful of Republican members of the U.S. Senate for nearly 150 days.  While Lynch’s vote is being held up, current Attorney General Eric Holder will continue to serve.

As I understand […]

Rick Santorum, Barack Obama, War, and Evil

Starting a war against Iran just when Iran is making serious efforts at establishing peace with the United States, would bring unnecessary death and destruction to huge numbers of human beings – and that’s not good. […]

South Portland tells Students to Celebrate Freedom through Coercion and Silence

What did you learn in school today?

Brad Rogers writes in the Bangor Daily News about a simple choice by high school seniors in South Portland.  The senior class President of South Portland high school noticed that teachers were harassing students who chose not to say the Pledge of Allegiance, so she looked up state law, […]

12,000 Strong March in North Carolina against the Politics of Exclusion

Women have no right to control their own bodies.

Workers have no right to earn enough to live on.

Children have no right to eat.

Unprivileged citizens have no right to vote.

People of color have no right to organize.

Same-sex couples have no right to marry.

Those are the policy priorities of the right […]

Equivalence? Limerick Open Thread

If burning a man in a cage Is condemnable terrorist rage How can we condone A blast from a drone? Both are signs of a more savage age

Share your thoughts on the age that’s before us Strike your keyboard and join in the chorus Use the limerick form In rhetorical storm The poetic form […]

Was The Inquisition Really Not As Bad As People Think It Was?

At a site called Ten Great Things About Catholicism, a writer contends that “the Inquisition wasn’t as bad as people potray [sic] it as”. The Spectator in the UK asserts that “The Inquisition wasn’t as bad as made out”. Vatican researchers have contended that “What the church initiated as a strictly regulated process, in which […]