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The Irrational Racism Of Theodore Roosevelt

It’s not just current politicians who have spoken in code to appeal to sentiments favored by the KKK. Theodore Roosevelt used the meme of One Country One Flag One Language so habitually that he eventually began to roll the ideas out automatically without realizing the absurd inconsistency of demanding loyalty against foreigners while insisting on the use of a language of foreign origin. [...]

#2 Way to Exasperate a Liberal: Tell Inaccurate and Unfunny Political Jokes

James Delingpole email-splatters his #2 Way to Drive a Liberal Crazy all over the World Wide Web today:

Ways to Drive a Liberal Crazy, #2 of 365

Tell a joke: Q: Why was Obama so disappointed when he went to a screening of The Men Who Stare at Goats?

A: Being a Muslim, he [...]

Mailback to Salvation Army Solicitation for Bigotry

Yesterday, I received a solicitation for money from the Salvation Army. Here’s the response I mailed today:

I’m happy to donate funds to improve the lot of those who had the gall to be born into poverty. But I’m not going to support an organization that discriminates on the basis of religion and sexual [...]

Say it in your community: Sexual Orientation Bullying has Got to Stop

You don’t have to be gay or lesbian to suffer from bullying on the basis of sexual orientation.

I’m not gay, but when I started high school, I was bookish and tried out for plays and was shy around girls, and so a set of jocks decided that I was gay. In swim class, they [...]

Freedom is for the Rest of Us, not for Muslims

Bad Eagle, September 2010 on how the burning of a Koran is part of a long, vibrant historical tradition of free expression:

Pastor Terry Jones, of the Dove World Outreach Center of Gainsville, Florida, is in keeping with an ancient tradition of book burning. His proposed burning of the Koran on September 11, 2010, is [...]

NY Republican: Ban Religion in NYC to prevent the spread of Repression

In his latest display of mental gymnastics, Republican candidate for Governor of New York State Carl Paladino has just completed either a disastrously unsuccessful triple lutz or a spot-on bellyflop:

As Governor I will use the power of eminent domain to stop this mosque and make the site a war memorial instead of a monument [...]

National Movement Emerges to deny Americans the Right to Worship

Laurie Goodstein of the New York Times does good service this morning, informing us that a movement against religious freedom is spreading far and wide across America.

We’ve heard before of a push by Sarah Palin, Mark Williams and other prominent figures in the GOP-controlled wing of the “Tea Party” to ban the building of [...]

Reckoning the Vote: Gay-Friendly and Gay-Unfriendly Towns in Cumberland County, Maine

Where are you welcome? Where are you not welcome?

If you’re in a gay or lesbian couple, you know by now that a narrow majority of Mainers has decided you don’t deserve the basic respect afforded to people in the United States of America: the legal respect of equality. On the bright side, a very [...]

Group That Mocks Native Americans Gets Public Lands From Congress

Imagine that a predominantly European-American organization set up a club in downtown Chicago in which children were taught to dress up in blackface and imitate African-Americans. Imagine that this group then asked Congress to help expand its facilities by giving it part of what had been public park. The equivalent of that is what happened yesterday, only instead of mocking African-Americans, the Boy Scouts of America are mocking Native Americans. [...]

Thank You New Hampshire, But…

If churches can do whatever they want without interference by the government, let’s be consistent in the application of this principle. If a church wants to set up a casino, let’s not interfere. [...]

Deceptive Claims of Gaza Demographic Armament Behind Call for the Ethnic Cleansing of Gaza

Over the past six months the interest groups taking sides in the Israeli-Gaza conflict have ratcheted up their dueling e-mail campaigns. Irregular Times now gets at least five e-mail blasts a day from groups asking us to do something or other like “Make This a Weekend for Gaza” and at least five e-mail blasts a [...]