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Barack Obama Promises On Climate Change in 2013 and in 2009

Since his re-election, Barack Obama hasn’t done a single thing to “respond to the threat of climate change”. […]

#24 Way to Exasperate a Liberal: Manufacture an Unreal Speech to Maintain Unreality

This list of 365 ways to exasperate a liberal is in some ways a response to a book released this year by James Delingpole, 365 Ways to Drive a Liberal Crazy. As I review Delingpole’s list, I can’t help but be astonished at his audacity — and this is not the audacity of hope I’m […]

New 2009 Census Data: Income Down for the Poor, Down for the Middle Class, Up for the Rich in the USA

(All dollar figures below in 2009 dollars, adjusted for inflation)

New figures on Americans’ household income in 2009 released by the U.S. Census Bureau today divide the U.S. population into quintiles, fifths of the population ordered by their income. Data show that the four lowest quintiles in the U.S. population — those earning $100,000 or […]

Collection of Suspicious Activity Reports by Government Declines in 2009

When the Patriot Act was passed in 2001, the bar above which financial institutions are required to send the U.S. Government “suspicious activity reports” regarding Americans’ financial transactions was dramatically lowered. The Patriot Act also placed new emphasis on the use of financial surveillance to keep track of PEPs. That acronym stands for “politically exposed […]

Travel to Aroostook County Maine? Keep the Uniform Anti-Gay Landslide of 2009 in Mind

Since the the November 2009 vote in Maine to abolish marriage equality by passing Ballot Question 1, I’ve been looking at the vote in greater detail, tallying up and mapping results for the towns of Maine from county to county. In most counties there has been variation to show, with some towns voting to ban […]

Senate Set the Stage for Patriot Act Renewal in 2009 As April Fools’ Hangover

The Senate’s act yesterday to reauthorize warrantless surveillance of Americans under the Patriot Act, without reform and without debate and without even a recorded vote, was enabled by another act nearly a year ago. On the day after April Fool’s Day, 2009, all 99 U.S. Senators agreed by unanimous consent to Senate Amendment 962. The […]

With an Income of $0 in 2009, How did Unity08 Pay for These Digs?

Unity08, the corporation set up with the intention of getting its own presidential ticket elected with unlimited big-money donations, insists that it is not dead. It’s arguing in federal court that, with a planned name change to Unity12 (sorry, the name’s taken) and big contributions from the richest Americans, it can successfully get its pick […]

Outside Passamaquoddy Territories, Washington County Maine is Gay-Unfriendly

Are you and your same-sex partner planning a trip to Washington County, the most Northeastern of the coastal counties in the state of Maine? Looking for the first sunrise in Eastport or a quasi-Canadian experience in Calais? Consider what kind of reaction you’ll get: as the map below shows, with two exceptions each and every […]

Ever Bolder, Prayer Caucus Introduces Bill to Promote Christianity Only in Congress

This fall, the Congressional Prayer Caucus has brought H.R. 3477 to the floor of the House of Representatives. It’s called the CHURCH Act of 2009, and if that isn’t enough to tip you off, consider the acronym when the word CHURCH in the title is all spelled out: the full name of the legislation is […]

Is Penobscot County Maine Gay-Friendly? The Vote Says Stick to the River.

Gay and lesbian couples planning a visit to Maine in the near future have a different set of considerations than the rest of us. In addition to researching events, outdoors activities, scenic vistas and affordability, same-sex couples are well-advised to consider whether the way they will be treated for holding hands while on holiday. Tallies […]

Ragged Mountain Goes Through the Paces, Waiting for Flakes

Weather dispatch from above the 44th Parallel: Heading out on Sunday to the annual ski swap to buy my kids some dirt-cheap used ice skates, I took a look up Ragged Mountain:

The hill is groomed and they’ve got the snow makers at the ready just in case, but we’re still waiting for flakes […]