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Despite Mega Media Connections, The Can Kicks Back “Viral” Video Can’t Actually Go Viral

The Can Kicks Back is an paper-front organization that describes itself to the public as a “grassroots” campaign of “Millenials” but was actually started by a core group of rich old white men. It acts as if it is independent but actually occupies the office space held by “The Campaign To Fix The Debt” and [...]

Americans Elect: Fact Check of Kahlil Byrd’s May 15 Statement Presaging a Rule Change

After the failure of any Americans Elect candidate to meet has released a statement of one of its founding officers, Kahlil Byrd. The statement follows, interrupted in another font with annotated fact checking. Links labeled “source” will direct you to sources supporting the conclusions of the fact check.

Statement by Americans Elect CEO Kahlil Byrd [...]

Patriot Act Reauthorization in House FAILS by a Whisker in Bipartisan Beatback

Because H.R. 514 to reauthorize three core provisions of the Patriot Act was brought up under suspension of House Rules, it needed a two-thirds vote of 290 members of the House of Representatives voting YES to pass.

Even after some arm-twisting, fewer than 290 voted YES, with a small but significanct minority of Republicans voting [...]

Failure Sucks

I’ve experienced a fair chunk of failure lately. I left academia a little while ago after failing to get tenure, and while I might toss up some smoke about something being wrong with the university system and blah, blah, blah, the truth is that I was given enough support to succeed but didn’t publish enough. [...]

Three Failed Progressive Demonstrations at the Inauguration

Three demonstrations by progressives were planned for Inauguration Day, 2009. Three of them failed.

The first, planned by me, grew out of the simple desire back in October of 2008 to be able to stand on the Inaugural Parade route in January, no matter who was elected President, and hold a sign reminding the new [...]