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The Lilies Of November

This photograph shows just one of the manifrstations of climate change. This morning, I took this photograph of day lilies coming into blossom in my garden.

It’s mid-November, and we still haven’t had a killing frost. I live within 100 miles of the border with Canada.

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Bring Me Your Blasphemies

Next year, the people of Ireland will hold a referendum on whether blasphemy should finally cease to be a crime in their country.

Inspired by the effort of Irish Atheists, who responded to the renewal of Ireland’s anti-blasphemy laws in 2009 by starting a Church Of Dermatology, I am beginning a new project. Its name […]

Protect America’s Children! Comparing The Threat Of Ebola To The Threat Of Laundry

Laundry soap is a much more serious threat to Americans that Ebola is. So, why haven’t politicians held congressional hearings about laundry soap, demand that the Obama Administration confront the danger of laundry soap, and called for “proactive” measures to ban the use of laundry soap, “because one American in the hospital is one American too much”? […]

Ben Carson Ebola Panic Is Medically Incorrect

In October, at the height of the Ebola Panic, Dr. Ben Carson wasn’t speaking reason. He was part of the panicked crowd, fanning the flames of fear.

Instead of speaking in measured tones about the precise risks to public health from Ebola, Ben Carson encouraged Americans to fear the worst. “We should be thinking about […]

Climate Change Brings November Spring Flowers To The Northeast

For many years, I lived in the South. I can still remember the sense of wonder that I felt in late October, my first year there, seeing that there were still garden plants blooming outside.

Fast forward 20 years, and the South has moved North. I live just a couple of hours from the border […]

Reactions To The Republican Victory In Congress, 2014

The Republican Party was the clear winner in the 2014 congressional elections. The GOP increased its control over the House of Representatives, and gained control of the Senate.

There will be many interpretations of yesterday’s elections, directed largely by the interpreters’ ideology. Republicans will say that this proves that America wants to ban gay marriage, […]

Negligent Slumlords For John Katko and Rob Astorino

Some endorsements are the opposite of helpful.

On my way to vote this afternoon, I passed by the lawn signs you see below, promoting John Katko for Congress and Rob Astorino for Governor.

Why share this picture of these lawn signs? For me, the story is all in the vacant lot behind the signs.

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Why No Liberal Could Ever Vote For Libertarian Michael McDermott

Over the last day, I’ve been having a discussion with one of our readers, Stephen Kent Gray, about the difference between liberals and Libertarians. The discussion started out when Stephen wanted to know why I didn’t mention Michael McDermott, the Libertarian candidate for New York Governor, in my considerations of who to vote for in […]

Arkansas Democrats, There Is An Alternative To Electing Another Blue Dog As Governor

Given Mike Ross’s long history of collaboration with the Republican Party, the reasonable choice on Election Day for progressive residents of Arkansas is Josh Drake. […]

Why I Will Vote For Howie Hawkins For Governor Of New York Tomorrow

I have met both Andrew Cuomo and Howie Hawkins in person. My general impression of both of these candidates in the 2014 campaign for Governor of New York was that they were more motivated their personal ambitions than by any policy concerns. Perhaps that’s typical of politicians, but the point is that I was not […]

What Happened To America After Obama Ignored Matt Salmon’s Demands On Ebola

Barack Obama refused to enact the travel ban that Matt Salmon demanded… and do you realize what the consequences have been? […]