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A Vatican Of Bad Fish

If anything positive is likely to come of the meltdown of credibility in the Vatican, it is that Americans will finally allow their own values of equality, liberty, acceptance of diversity, and government free of religious interference to lead the United States toward a legal system less influenced by medieval prejudice. […]

Mr. Ethics’ Ethics Problem with Americans Elect: Et Tu, Lawrence Lessig?

John Lumea documents that another member of the Americans Elect leadership, ethicist Lawrence Lessig, has been heading onto the airwaves to promote Buddy Roemer’s presidential prospect in the Americans Elect system, undermining Americans Elect’s own neutrality stance. According to Lumea, Lessig hasn’t disclosed his leadership role in Americans Elect while promoting Americans Elect and Roemer […]

Americans Elect Excoriates “Corrupt” Lobbyists, Not Mentioning it is itself Led by Lobbyists

There are times I think that Americans Elect, the first-ever privatized online presidential nomination, is really just somebody’s idea of a funny inside joke, that it must be, because it couldn’t possibly be serious. Tonight is one of those times.

I’ve just read one of Americans Elect’s latest news releases; let me share it with […]

NYPD: New York’s Phony Data

Brown, Esbensen and Geis’ Criminology 7th Edition expresses problems with the Uniform Crime Reports dryly:

“The UCR also can be a tool for political manipulation. Police administrators sometimes rely upon these data to justify requests for additional money for personnel, equipment, and training. At other times, the Crime Index can be manipulated by a department […]

Republicans Won Special Elections To Congress With Mystery Money

Yesterday alone, four different organizations, using money that could have come from anywhere, reported making independent expenditures to help Bob Turner turn out the vote, and to depress voter turnout for David Weprin. Not one single organization made independent expenditures to help the David Weprin campaign. In the race in Nevada’s 2nd congressional district, 10 separate independent expenditures were made to help the campaign of Republican Mark Amodei over the last week. None were made to help the Democratic candidate, Kate Marshall. […]

ALEC Exposed: American Corporations Writing Bills for Legislatures Right Now

When you hear someone say “the corporations are in charge,” they usually mean something indirect: that corporations funnel immense amounts of money into state legislative, U.S. congressional and presidential campaigns (true) or that corporations send lobbyists to state houses and Capitol Hill on a regular basis to whisper in the ears of the politicians they’ve […]

Corrupt Faith Based Initiatives Continue, Unreformable

The White House Office of Faith-Based Initiatives should not be reformed. It should be abolished, along with all the government-created religious programs that it supports. […]

What Happens If We Don’t Win In Afghanistan

For the troops, let’s keep fighting, and keep the corruption in Afghanistan going. […]

$10.6 Million Dollars a Day in Untraceable Campaign Spending

From October 16 to October 20, 2010 (the latest day for which FEC data is available), corporate entities that have made-up names and are largely exempted from having to reveal their mysterious donors spent $53,052,839 in independent expenditures on congressional campaigns. $15.0 million went to oppose Democrats, $2.9 million went to support Democrats, $4.7 million […]

Government is Corrupt. What Would you Have People Do?

That’s what Tom said and asked last night. He’s right: government is corrupt. So would I have people do?

I would have people strain and stretch and TRY, and not just through voting, but through organized social movement activity. Politics is no more and no less than people deciding what is to be done. Sometimes […]

U.S. Paid For Cooks and Cleaners For Taliban

What corruption in the Afghanistan war looks like: The Taliban get cooks and cleaners paid for with U.S. money, and American soldiers get blown up. […]