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Why is Indiana the “Only One” being Picked On for Picking on People? Because… it Isn’t.

Writing in the Los Angeles Times, Sarah Parvini and Nigel Duara are reporting shock, befuddlement and disbelief at the development that, “for some reason,” the state of Indiana is getting picked on, bullied, and discriminated against for passing a law allowing government-chartered corporations to discriminate against gay people. Parvini and Duara share passages like the […]

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 […]

In Alabama, U beats O in a Landslide

If you look at the results of the 2014 elections for the Alabama State House of Representatives and Senate, you might get the idea that the major divide is between Democrats and Republicans, with 98 Republicans, 41 Democrats and 1 Independent elected to the two chambers of the Alabama State Legislature. But there is a […]

Where Have the Protests Gone? Where Can I Find Them?

On the left-hand side of the Irregular Times website, I try to list upcoming protests that I know about. Today, as you can see, I don’t know much. Here’s my list.

March from NYC to DC to protest racial discrimination in policing kicks off on April 13 Protest Against Mass Incarceration in San Francisco, April […]

Proverbs 30:5 is Flawless Flawless Flawless

“Every word of God is flawless” — Proverbs 30:5

My word, it’s true.

Fundamentalist Rick Santorum Expresses Concern at Emergence of Demographic Reservoir Tip

“We’ll repeal Obamacare and get rid of any idea that you have to have abortion coverage and contraceptive coverage. One of the things I will talk about that no president has talked about is, I think, the dangers of contraceptives in this country. The whole sexual libertine idea. Many in the Christian faith have said, […]

5 Members of Congress Introduce Legislation to Repeal the Patriot Act and FISA Amendments Act

If you’ve been following changes to American surveillance law since 2001, you’ll know that most of the U.S. government’s surveillance activities are propped up by two laws: the USA Patriot Act and the FISA Amendments Act. The Patriot Act authorized agents of the United States government to seize information about the activities of law-abiding Americans […]

Spring Planning for the Garden

Spring is here!  What shall I plant in my garden plot?

Here’s that garden plot. Right now, a snow shovel is the most that I could plant.  But that doesn’t stop me from dreaming.  Right now, I’m dreaming of a plum tree.

What are your garden dreams?

Culture Waves in Congress, 1995-2014

In the Congressional Record over the last twenty years, here’s how many times the following phrases were uttered…

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How Many in the Sea? Automatic Detection of Ribbon Seals

In 2008, J. Clifford wrote about the delisting of the ribbon seal under the Endangered Species Act, noting that the Bush administration was late in its determination but admiring the unusual deference to scientific opinion by the conservative president. At the time, the ribbon seal numbers were listed at approximately 200,000. In 2009, the Center […]

Pew Asks: How Important is Religion in Your Life? The U.S. Responds…

… with slow but steady change:

Source: Pew Global Attitudes Survey