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US in Iraq and Russia in Ukraine Are Different Because…

Americans have spent much of 2014 in outrage at the way that Russian military forces have interfered in Ukraine’s civil war.

Now, Americans have sent their own military to Iraq to interfere in Iraq’s civil war.

What’s the difference?

Peter Baker in the New York Times writes, “If Mr. Putin ultimately decides to send [...]

Obama Takes The USA Back To War In Iraq

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 [...]

Safe Haven For Emerging Secular Americans

My earliest memories of religion are experiences with harassment. Living in communities where Christianity was the norm, I was openly nontheist when I was young. Other people didn’t want me to be that way. I got nasty notes in my locker telling me to accept Jesus or else. There were taunts on the playground. Even [...]

Why Is The FBI Withholding Privacy Reports About Its Spying Programs In The USA?

Yesterday, Jim noted that, despite promises of reforms of extraordinary spying powers created under the FISA Amendments Act, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court has failed to create the position of Public Advocate that was recommended by a Presidential commission at the end of last year. The President’s Review Group on Intelligence and Communications Technologies seems [...]

Roll Call: Only 8 In House of Reps Vote Against Funding NSA Spying Operations

Friday saw an an opportunity to finally set things right by defunding the abusive NSA, Congress instead decided to continue with the same old unconstitutional arrangement. [...]

Don’t Freak Out, It’s Just Torture, Says Obama

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 [...]

Senator Mike Enzi Writes Bill To Give Religious Groups Special Power To Deny Social Services To Children

This week, when U.S. Senator Mike Enzi introduced S. 2706, his Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act, he declared it to be, “A bill to ensure that organizations with religious or moral convictions are allowed to continue to provide services for children”.

Look at the actual text of S. 2706, however, and you’ll see something quite [...]

Legislation Will Ban Imports Made With Slave And Indentured Labor

U.S. Representative Ron Kind has introduced legislation, H.R. 5247, that would close the consumptive demand loophole. If H.R. 5247 is signed into law, imports of items made by slaves, prisoners and indentured workers would be absolutely banned, without exception. [...]

193 House Republicans Vote For Big Government Control Over Business

Republican politicians like to say that they’re against Big Government. In particular, they like to tell voters that they oppose interference by the federal government with ability of business owners to decide how to run their own companies. They claim to believe in free markets, not centralized government control of the economy.

That’s what Republican [...]

In The Right Kind Of Car

Simple pleasure: Whenever I ride in a train, I think of the car I’m keeping off the street, and it feels good.

Faced With Trillions Of Dollars of Debt, Matt Salmon Chooses To Eliminate A Tiny Speck Of Spending

Congressman Matt Salmon voted AGAINST a bill to eliminate 4.4 trillion dollars in federal spending, but now says that we can fix the federal debt by eliminating the tiny budget of the National Endowment for the Humanities. [...]