A bill by New York State Senator Thomas O’Mara would enable the censorship of almost any anonymous writing online, including the publication of anonymous medieval poetry. [...]
It is a time of fear in the face of freedom, a time of an emptying country and swelling cities, a time for the widening of previous roads and the opening of new paths, yet a time when these paths are mined by knowing algorithms of the all-seeing eye. It is the time of the warrior's peace and the miser's charity, when the planting of a seed is an act of conscientious objection. These are the times when maps fade, old landmarks crumble and direction is lost. Forwards is backwards now, so we glance sideways at the strange lands through which we are all passing, knowing for certain only that our destination has disappeared. We are unready to meet these times, but we proceed nonetheless, adapting as we wander, reshaping the Earth with every tread. Behind us we have left the old times, the standard times, the high times. Welcome to the irregular times.
If there really is a predetermined plan for greatness of the USA through journeys into outer space, then it will come to pass, and doesn’t need the help of a congressional resolution. If, on the other hand, there is no real outer space destiny of American Exceptionalism, well, what’s the big fuss about? Members of Congress can still get out toy spaceships and Star Wars action figures and play with them after all the interns have gone home. [...]
Some credit is due to Mitt Romney for hiring political staffer Richard Grenell despite the fact Grenell is openly gay.
Think about that sentence. Is this still a world in which people who don’t discriminate against gay people are worthy of special recognition? If you’re living in the Republicans’ world, it is. Grenell resigned from [...]
“We’re talking about putting a moratorium on foreclosures.” Which presidential candidate actually has the guts to say that? [...]
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Linda McMahon is gathering money tonight at the headquarters of RB Murphy and Associates, a lobbying firm for big tobacco. [...]
2/17 Update: the Maine GOP has retracted its official results for Washington and Waldo Counties, promising after considerable pressure to count caucus votes that had gone uncounted. A new count will be made at the March 10 meeting of the Republican State Committee. See this space for further updates.
2/15 Update: See the end of [...]
Is Americans Elect a political party? Despite its protests to the contrary, the answer is a hearty Yes Indeed. The latest proof of Americans Elect’s status as a political party comes from the state of Arizona, where the Secretary of State has released counts of registered Americans Elect political party members in Arizona counties, U.S. [...]
Shortly after Republican presidential candidate Buddy Roemer appeared at an Americans Elect promotional event, Americans Elect released its ratings system that promotes some politicians as a better “national match” than others. This is part of Americans Elect’s leadup to the nation’s first ever online presidential nomination in less than six months’ time. Who received the [...]
Yesterday alone, four different organizations, using money that could have come from anywhere, reported making independent expenditures to help Bob Turner turn out the vote, and to depress voter turnout for David Weprin. Not one single organization made independent expenditures to help the David Weprin campaign. In the race in Nevada’s 2nd congressional district, 10 separate independent expenditures were made to help the campaign of Republican Mark Amodei over the last week. None were made to help the Democratic candidate, Kate Marshall. [...]
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