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Candidate Barack Obama vs. President Barack Obama on Guantanamo and the Rule of Law

Candidate Barack Obama, February 27 2008, Columbus Ohio:

We will lead by having the highest standards, by setting an example of human rights and civil rights, due process and rule of law, which is why I will close Guantanamo. I will restore habeas corpus. And we will end torture and rendition because you will have [...]

Take a Tally: has President Obama kept or tried to keep all his Campaign Promises?

A rather testy President Barack Obama insists he wants you to evaluate him. The President has told you what you’re going to find:

Take a tally. Look at what I promised during the campaign. There’s not a single thing that I’ve said that I would do that I have not either done or tried to [...]

Income Inequality Review: How Much Does the Richest 0.1% Control?

Two days ago, I prepared for today’s release of new 2009 Census income inequality data by looking at the record historically, namely the average household income of each income quintile from 1967 to 2008:

The top quintile is the fifth of the population that earned the highest income in 2008; the lowest quintile is [...]

Yes, Virginia, Barack Obama’s Warrantless Wiretapping is a Broken Promise

Sometimes Democrats get upset with liberals who criticize Barack Obama’s warrantless wiretapping programs. As president, Obama has maintained George W. Bush’s regime of warrantless wiretapping against people neither accused nor suspected of crime. More than that, President Obama is currently striving to expand the warrantless surveillance regime with new powers to study even our web [...]

Barack Obama’s Broken Promise on the Patriot Act, With Effects that Linger On

Barack Obama official campaign position paper, 2008:

Revise the PATRIOT Act. Barack Obama believes that we must provide law enforcement the tools it needs to investigate, disrupt, and capture terrorists, but he also believes we need real oversight to avoid jeopardizing the rights and ideals of all Americans. There is no reason we cannot fight [...]

Write in Protest to Barack Obama Before Patriot Act is Signed

Searching the White House website for news of the Patriot Act reauthorization, I’ve found this, the most recent presidential communication on the matter:

H.R.3961- PATRIOT Act Extension

This legislation will likely soon be received by the President. Read the text of the legislation or submit a comment.

The process of reauthorizing the Patriot Act bypassed [...]

Homeland Security Brags About Domestic Surveillance Used During 2008 DNC

Through its “Fusion Center” program, the military and civilian wings of the United States government have been disseminating classified information on Americans collected through warrantless wiretapping programs to state officials, local sheriffs, town and county governing bodies and various private corporations. In turn, these local officials and private corporations have been amassing their own data [...]

National Security Letters: On the Rise and Used Against Americans

Senate Judiciary Chairman Patrick Leahy described warrant-free National Security Letters in committee proceedings this morning:

They don’t require approval by a court, a grand jury or even a prosecutor. They are issued in secret, with a recipient’s silence under penalty of law. But they allow the government to collect sensitive information such as personal financial [...]

With the Advent of Palin, Fewer Name Baby Girls Sarah

2008 marked the advent of Sarah Palin as the Republican Vice Presidential candidate. In 2008, the name Sarah fell to its lowest level of popularity for baby girls in a quarter of a century.

Coincidence?

Hero Worship Has Its Limits

The name “Barack” is not among the 2000 most popular baby names for 2008 in the United States. To be more exact, the name “Barack” does not appearing in the 1000 most popular boy names or the 1000 most popular girl names in Social Security records for the year.

Boys’ names more popular than Barack:

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Bad Economy Doesn't Slow Greenhouse Gases

It may be that an economic recession harms the ability of people to transition to environmentally sustainable activities, and encourages people to adopt pollution-heavy strategies for saving money, offsetting reductions in general economic activity. [...]