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Americans Elect begins Delegate Signup with Limits to Political Discourse

Americans Elect, the corporation with a goal of electing its own presidential ticket in 2012, opened up its website americanselect.com yesterday to allow Americans to register as “delegates” who will cast votes in an online nominating election next year.

Earlier this year, Americans Elect insisted that “The Delegates—and the rest of the American people—are the [...]

National Day of Protest Jan. 25 Against FBI Infiltration and Intimidation of Activist Communities

In the fall of 2010, the FBI raided a number of homes and an office across various midwestern cities in the United States. These raids were the result of infiltrations into communities of peace activists by agents of the FBI, and have resulted in 23 subpoenas and a variety of other threats from the federal [...]

Yesterday was International Blasphemy Rights Day

September 30 was International Blasphemy Rights Day, and I forgot to do a goddamned thing to celebrate it. Aw, hell, there’s always next year.

The Center for Inquiry marked the day by presenting the winner of its Protect Dissent video contest:

Blasphemy is just one variety of dissent, you know. If you can’t handle [...]

Fact Check: Mountaintop Removal Protest Labeled “Terrorist” by PA Homeland Security Was Entirely Peaceful

There’s disturbing news on the Homeland Security front that you may have heard about if you live in the state of Pennsylvania. If you live elsewhere you’re not likely to have heard a word, since wire services and newspapers outside Pennsylvania have neglected to cover it. Regardless of whether you live in Pennsylvania, you should [...]

In a Small Minority, Harness the Power of Honest Embarrassment

Last week I went to the National Equality March. I saw tens of thousands of people marching in the street for equal rights. I saw ONE man, Randall Terry, standing all alone, straddling a sandwich board with an image of an aborted fetus and shouting into a megaphone. The news cameras and the photographers had [...]

Free Speech Joe Wilson Opposes Free Speech

In response to Rep. Joe Wilson‘s shout of “You Lie!” to President Barack Obama during his health care reform speech last night, right-wing Americans have come out of the woodwork to defend Wilson’s right to free speech:

Pat:

Actually, I applaud Joe! We still have FREE SPEECH in this country

Say Anything:

Now we can [...]

Pitts: The Dastardly Opposition, Now that It Is Not Us

Leonard Pitts’ latest column:

Last year, Barack Obama was elected president, the first American of African heritage ever to reach that office. If this was regarded as a new beginning by most Americans, it was regarded apocalyptically by others who promptly proceeded to lose both their minds and any pretense of enlightenment.

Beginning an essay [...]

Barack Obama Crusades Against Religious Dissent

Please, President Obama, do not “fight against negative stereotypes of Islam wherever they appear”. It’s none of your business. [...]

Obama's Torture Photo Concern: Control Over Populace, Abroad and at Home

When Barack Obama says he will not comply with a federal court order to release photographs of U.S. Government torture, there’s a mystery in his explanation:

The publication of these photos would not add any additional benefit to our understanding of what was carried out in the past by a small number of individuals. In [...]

Obama’s Torture Photo Concern: Control Over Populace, Abroad and at Home

When Barack Obama says he will not comply with a federal court order to release photographs of U.S. Government torture, there’s a mystery in his explanation:

The publication of these photos would not add any additional benefit to our understanding of what was carried out in the past by a small number of individuals. In [...]

What If You Held A Global Day Of Action And Nobody Came?

It’s okay if you have political ideals that most people don’t agree with. If that’s the case, however, as it is with the Greens, it seems best to be honest, and admit to being a minority. [...]