Later today, the U.S. Senate is expected to enter into a very brief debate followed by a vote to reauthorize the surveillance provisions of the USA Patriot Act, most likely for four years. If you’ve been following the issue of the Patriot Act, you’re aware
On Thursday March 10, Republican Senator Jon Kyl explained why he thinks people should stop worrying and love the government for using the Patriot Act to track their reading habits: How does the law enforcement official know in advance, before he sees the order from
In this past Thursday’s meeting of the Senate Judiciary Committee, there was a very interesting question-and-answer period between Senator Dick Durbin and the Chairman of the Judiciary Committee, Patrick Leahy. Senator Leahy proposed an amendment to curtail Patriot Act powers so that records of book
In Thursday’s Senate Judiciary Committee’s markup of a bill to reauthorize the Patriot Act, Senator Patrick Leahy tried to insert an amendment. The amendment would allow the government to obtain records of book sales that do not meet the Constitution’s requirement that there be probable
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
The Koran will only be the first, most convenient target. How long will it be until they start burning the books that are important to you?
The real challenges of life involve many hopes, and many dooms, and the choice between them is more about what we want than about what we must do.
The surprise in Tom Ridge’s book isn’t that the color code terrorist advisory system is a sham. The surprise is that a former member of the Department of Homeland Security is willing to admit to the sham.
Philadelphia could have reduced traffic, better educated citizens, improved public safety, and kids who know how to swim – or it could save car owners one hundred dollars every year. Mayor Michael Nutter is nutters for choosing cars over community.
When I was a child, I took piano lessons using the Schaum books. Thirty years later, my son is taking piano lessons, also using the Schaum books. Some things have changed. Take the lyrics to “Penguin Polka,” for instance. Thirty years ago, the Penguin Polka