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Are the Racists Right? Is Minneapolis More Violent Since Somali Immigrants Arrived?

The blog “Stuff Black People Don’t Like” has made an incendiary accusation about Somali immigrants to Minneapolis, Minnesota:

“None of these Somalis in any city of the United States should be in the country, if the government was actually concerned with creating a strong future for the nation’s actual citizens. It is not. Minneapolis once […]

When the Greens Showed Up in Maine

In November 2013, J. Clifford wrote here about a Green Party that complained about ballot access but wasn’t running candidates.

In November 2014, the Maine Green Independent Party ran 13 candidates for state legislature — an impressive feat for a party with very few members and zero corporate support. It’s true that none of those […]

517 Days Since Barack Obama’s Broken Petition Promise on Edward Snowden

In case you were wondering, it’s now been 517 days since a petition to pardon Edward Snowden surpassed the required 100,000-signature threshold to receive a response from President Barack Obama on his “We The People” official government petition page. Back then, Barack Obama had been posing as the transparency president. The responsiveness president. The justice […]

7 Reasons to Distrust Patriotic Snowmen

This week I received an odd piece of mail — one of those solicitations asking for a donation to some cause while providing a small, token gift. That strategy came from social science research indicating that the provision of a small gift leads to the feeling of obligation, which in turn leads to a higher […]

Ben Carson for President Tweets … A Deluge or a Trickle?

Earlier this week, J. Clifford used Google Trends, a tracking of search engine volume, to assess the success of Ben Carson’s self-paid infomerical over the weekend of November 8-9. To follow up on that assessment, I decided to look at the volume of Twitter posts with the text “Ben Carson for President” since that weekend. […]

Did Somali Immigrants Really Plunge Lewiston, Maine into Crime? (2013 Fact Check Says…)

Since I moved to Maine, I’ve learned that Mainers think of some parts of their state as better than others. “Real Maine” includes the mill town of Millinocket, for example, but that term apparently doesn’t encompass the pastry, coffee and theater row of Hallowell. Someone needs to tell the thousands of people living in Hallowell […]

Never Take Anything For Granted, Including This Quote

“Never Take Anything For Granted.”

That’s what this image I came across tells me, and who am I to disobey an image? Always obey images, that’s my motto. So I am somewhat disappointed to tell you that there is a reliable source confirming that Benjamin Disraeli did indeed utter those words. How wonderful would […]

Psychic Vicki Monroe’s Laugh-a-Minute Predictions for 2012

Someone out there is paying Vicki Monroe $250 an hour to issue psychic predictions from the spirit world. The problem is, it turns out “the spirits” really don’t know what they’re talking about. As I documented yesterday, Vicki Monroe used her professional psychic powers to make 21 predictions about the year 2013 for a Maine […]

“Psychic” Vicki Monroe’s Predictions for 2013 — And Reality Bites

In December of 2012, the Lewiston Sun Journal featured “psychic” Vicki Monroe and her predictions for 2013. This is the same Vicki Monroe who tells the world “the spirits” tell her the future. Vicki Monroe’s website (search “Maine psychic Vicki Monroe” if you really must see it) features photoshopped glistening false stars orbiting her head, […]

Breaking Down the Sex Gap in Pay: Where is Pay for Men and Women More Equal?

Head to American FactFinder, a project of the U.S. Census Bureau, and you can get information about the American people on a wide variety of subjects, all the way up to the national level and all the way down to the level of your town or city. The information provided by the Census Bureau can […]

November 11: Armistice Day Declaration

Whereas the 11th of November 1918, marked the cessation of the most destructive, sanguinary, and far reaching war in human annals and the resumption by the people of the United States of peaceful relations with other nations, which we hope may never again be severed, and

Whereas it is fitting that the recurring anniversary of […]