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Killing Actual Live People because Other People criticize a Long Dead Person

News item: to preserve the dignity of Islam, a crowd in Libya kills a staffer trying to shield his colleagues from rocket-propelled grenades. Neither the staffer nor his colleagues had anything to do with the making of a movie that criticizes Islam’s prophet Mohammed.

I’m still trying to figure out how that preserves the dignity [...]

Christine Todd Whitman Goes to Press a 7th Time to Promote Jon Huntsman, Violating Americans Elect Policy

She’s done it a whopping six times before in a fairly short time. This is the seventh.

The bylaws of the privatized presidential nomination called Americans Elect aren’t vague. They are specific:

Section 4.12. Neutrality of Directors. Board members shall not communicate or act in favor of or in opposition to any candidate for President [...]

Americans Elect makes first communication with Irregular Times: a Takedown Notice

I am happy to say that today, after nearly a year of trying, I finally got someone at Americans Elect to communicate with me.

I’m sorry to say that the content of the communication was a takedown notice.

Last night, I reported on Americans Elect Chief Technology Officer Joshua Levine’s contention on his question-and-answer website [...]

Americans Elect Party to Require Loyalty Oath, No-Critique Pledge by Delegates

“Any registered voter can become an Americans Elect delegate.” — Americans Elect

“Not really.” — Me

Americans Elect is a secretive 501c4 corporation with the aim of arranging the election of its own presidential candidate in 2012. Thanks to legally-mandated filings with the states of Nevada and Florida, new bylaws adopted by the Board of [...]

Memo to the Catholic Church: When You Insert Your Religion Into Politics, You Open Your Religion to Questions

Anti-Catholic! Outbursts! Hatred!

Writers for the Catholic Church in America have been waving their hands in dismay at “attacks” on their religion. In their minds, criticisms over the activities of the Catholic Church are “attacks” that are inappropriate in American society and to be squelched. But criticism of the Catholic Church doesn’t occur in a [...]

International Blasphemy Day, September 30

A year ago, Denver Atheists and Free Thinkers (DAFT) were preparing to rally for the separation of church and state. This weekend, DAFT notes the upcoming first-ever celebration of International Blasphemy Day. The Center for Inquiry has fixed September 30 as the date for International Blasphemy Day with this reasoning:

The objective of International Blasphemy [...]

Top 3 Myths About the National Equality March, October 11 2009

I’ve been reading around this morning and am interested to see a few people squawking about the National Equality March (facebook | twitter) scheduled for October 11, 2009. Their squawks are dedicated to supporting the proposition that it’s better for them to stay home than to participate in this day of activism and the congressional-district-level [...]

A Higher Standard For Obama

This executive order suggests that President Obama is earnest in attempting to reduce the control of federal offices by corporate plants who are working for the Executive Branch in name only. [...]

I Voted For You, But… A New Website to Share Your Obama Voter Caveat

“Dissent is the Highest Form of Patriotism.”

That’s what we told conservatives when they tried to shut us up during the long 8 years of the Bush presidency. The phrase will still apply after we congratulate Barack Obama on his election victory and look forward to the dawning of the Obama Era.

I almost voted [...]

Lynching Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin can’t have it both ways. She can’t claim to be a pit bull in lipstick, but then turn into a quivering jellyfish the minute someone says “boo”. [...]

When Republicans Try To Hack At the Hydra of Free Speech, Spring Back Manifold

In the past month, the Republican Party has been deploying a cadre of lawyers to eliminate graphic criticism of the Republican Party by demanding the removal of images featuring “GOP,” “Grand Old Party,” “Republican National Committee,” “RNC,” or a Republican elephant. These Republican lawyers are threatening lawsuits out the wazoo, trying to scare people into [...]