Here at Irregular Times and elsewhere in forums of political debate in the Unites States, right-wing commentators have been fond of insulting immigrants. One line of their argument declares that immigrants come here to this country so they can be lazy and soak up benefits while lounging around in blissful unemployment. Lately, I’ve heard particular […]
It was apparent in 2009 that almost all of the money used to oppose marriage equality in a Maine ballot initiative in Maine that year came from outside the state. 86.4% of the $1,193,323.83 raised by Stand for Marriage Maine in the 3rd Quarter of 2009 came from just four sources:
1. The Knights of […]
“Where are these marvels? ONE.”
“GIVE me ONE astonishing marvel produced by Africans, Somalians, Ethiopians, Kenyans..whatever (IQ is about the same on AVERAGE). Is that difficult to answer? I guess so. Because if it was not….you would had already providing a list of marvels!!”
— So challenges Frank, who believes that Africans “perform very poorly […]
Since I moved to Maine six years ago, I’ve heard a fair number of people tell the story that Somali immigrants have turned Lewiston into the most crime-ridden city in Maine. Two years ago, I decided to stop listening to stories and start looking at actual crime statistics. The truth is that the city of […]
Two weeks ago, I “upgraded” from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10, drawn by the promise of…
a) talking to a computer like Jean-Luc Picard, and
b) relief from the slow, pointless Start screen.
For two weeks, I tried to make Windows 10 work. I enjoyed calling out “Hey, Cortana” for about fifteen minutes, and a […]
In the wake of the little-heralded acknowledgement by Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan that a local murder wasn’t some kind Wiccan ritual after all, it might be tempting for Sheriff Morgan to back down in general from his demonization of Wiccans. Such an approach would be kind, considerate, and fact-based. It won’t put Sheriff Morgan […]
A photo of a sign taken in Boston. What is it? Do you know?
Back in January of this year the patrician John Ellis Bush (nicknamed “Jeb Bush” for a populist touch) declared the opening of his presidential campaign. To mark the occasion, he also opened his official hashtag channel on Twitter, #righttorise. Bush invited Americans to talk up his campaign by using the #righttorise hashtag in their Twitter […]
The first sign of the end of summer is here in my garden.
The garlic is in and braided, ready to hang up for the winter. Can you guess which braid or braids was made by my hands? A portion of this year’s cloves go back in the ground to slowly grow into next […]
In a discussion on transitional forms in evolutionary biology, creationist Paul Glenn Cawley declares that there is no evidence that living organisms share common descent:
“Those who adhere to the evolutionary theory act like it’s been proven that all life “descended” from common ancestors when in fact it has NOT been proven! The best biology […]