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Barack Obama and Benjamin Franklin: The Choice

Barack Obama said it recently:

Barack Obama discussed the idea of that choice in pledges he made in 2007 and then in 2008. As a candidate, many years closer to the attacks of September 11 2001, Barack Obama told us that we should reject the urge to choose between security and liberty:

As [...]

The Homeland Insecurity Choice: Which Do You Pick?

This past Friday, I’d planned a trip down to Boston, a trip that was halted by the lockdown of the entire city and many of its suburbs. Stuck outside the city with little to do but wait, I made my way to a Newbury Comics store where I found this trio of books for sale:

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Americans Elect: If We Can’t Have Ballot Access, You Can’t Either

When Americans Elect paid signature gatherers to obtain a line on the 2012 ballot in state after state, it told us that its actions weren’t selfish. No, Americans Elect said, it was taking action on behalf of the American people, to give us all “more choices on the ballot in November”:

But now that [...]

Americans Elect Corporation Overrules Vote by Membership to Choose its own Platform of Questions

Americans Elect is the first-ever 501c4 corporation to want to run its very own privatized online election to nominate a presidential candidate. It’s only 100 days until the first ballot. But it has run a preliminary vote already. Did Americans Elect abide by the results? [...]

The 3 Ways Americans Elect Could Improve Politics (and the 3 Ways it Could Go Wrong)

The summer is an empty stage. With Congress and the President going on extended vacations, with students away from campus and student activism on hold, there is a vacuum of traditional political news during the summer months, a vacuum that begs to be filled by some other story: the murder of an intern, shark attacks, [...]

Let T-Shirt Monster Know You Want Control Over the Shirts You Sell

T-Shirt Monster is a Canadian company that prints graphic designs on t-shirts and ships them out to customers on demand. For every t-shirt that T-Shirt Monster sells, the person who came up with the graphic design on the shirt gets a commission, making the print-on-demand model a good way for designers and T-Shirt Monster to [...]

Artistic and Ethical Disaster: CafePress Removes Designer and Product Discretion. Take Control of Your Destiny. Get Off the Marketplace!

The last time that CafePress made changes to its terms of service, it did so openly. The t-shirt, button and bumper sticker printer did not make that mistake again, making a quiet but fundamental change today that may nevertheless push more people away from doing business there.

Corporate, Capitalist CafePress CafePress is a “print on [...]

Choices: Diocese of Portland would Rather Fight Gays Than Save Churches

The Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland has $100,000. What to do with that money?

Choice A: Remedy a $48,000 deficit in the Biddeford Parish, save three churches there from closing, and establish a $52,000 financial security fund for the parish in the future.

Choice B: Close those three churches down and spend the money on [...]

The New Death Panel: Well Baby Visits are ObamaCare Home Invasions!

Death Panel Follies

Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin took to Facebook last week to make this pronouncement about H.R. 3200, a version of health care reform legislation before the House:

The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front [...]

Zazzle Makes Ethical Advance: Select Your Own Shirt Lines

Zazzle is a website that allows you not only to design a buy a shirt for yourself, but also to sell the shirts you design to other people. As far back as 2006, we at Irregular Times have been asking the people who run Zazzle to let people who want to sell shirts there the [...]