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School Shootings are Less Likely than Asteroid Hits. No, You Don’t Have to Scare Your Kids.

When I picked up the Bangor Daily News this morning, I read columnist Sarah Smiley insisting that she “had to tell” her children about last week’s school shooting incident in Newtown, Connecticut. Adults absolutely have the right to feel the way they want to feel about the shootings in Connecticut. But do we “have” to […]

New Kid Danger: Squishy, Bubbling Feet

Those pretty, teeny, tiny, swirly packets of commercial detergent on the shelves in America’s grocery stores are the hottest new consumer product — and a source of peril for America’s vulnerable children.

Nearly 10 people across the country have called the hotline of the National Fashion Association after small children placed the packets on […]

Who Will Read The Names Of The Thousands Killed By Smog?

We can expect between four thousand and twelve thousand Americans to die every year because Barack Obama refused to institute anti-smog protections required by the Clean Air Act. Do the deaths of these Americans m […]

If We’re Not As Secure As We Need To Be, Why Aren’t We Suffering?

Many of the 9/11 Commission’s recommendations for making American security more strict were not implemented, and then… nothing happened as a result. If we are really not as secure as we could or should be, then how come we’re not suffering the consequences? […]

Why Fear When You Have Faith?

Many times, fear is exaggerated. However, it isn’t always. In many circumstances, fear is justified, and faith can’t defeat it, as much as it’s nice to think, in comfortable times, that it could. […]

Supplement the FBI Crime Clock with a few Ticks of your Own

The FBI maintains an ominous website seemingly devoted to giving Americans the heebie-jeebies. It’s called The Crime Clock, and for the most recent year of published U.S. statistics (2009) it reads like this:

One murder every 34.5 minutes One forcible rape every 6.0 minutes One robbery every 1.3 minutes One aggravated assault every 39.1 […]

Must-Read: Targeted and Entrapped Report on Manufacturing Terrorist Threats

I strongly suggest you read “Targeted and Entrapped: Manufacturing the ‘Homegrown Threat’ in the United States,” a new report from the Center for Human Rights and Global Justice at the New York University School of Law. The report documents three instances in which government agents approached individuals with no prior involvement in terrorist activities, spent […]

Obama Embraced Politics Of Fear By Signing Unreformed Patriot Act Extension

Last night, Barack Obama signed another extension of the Patriot Act, once again without any reforms. Are Democratic voters going to just roll over for Obama, and continue to give him their support, even though he has spent his first term defending and extending the political agenda of George W. Bush? […]

Dianne Feinstein Asks Americans To Sacrifice Liberty For The Sake of Fear

Dianne Feinstein admitted yesterday is that there aren’t any threats. There aren’t any known terrorist plots. All of the government’s spying, here in the U.S.A and around the world, have led to the conclusion that the United States isn’t in any kind of specific danger. […]

Elevated Means Something Again: Terrorist Threat Level Dropped to Zero

el·e·vat·ed adj. raised up, especially above the ground or above the normal level

– Random House Dictionary

el·e·vat·ed adj. the lowest terrorist threat level during the years of 2001-2010

– George W. Bush Administrative Dictionary

If we’re speaking English, an threat level that’s normal can’t be “elevated.” But during the years of the Bush administration, […]

What Will Kill us All This Year?

Bird Flu? That’s so 2005.

Swine flu? Two years past the post and no more or less dangerous than regular flu.

Satanic cults? Since 1987, they have gone completely underground, surfacing only on occasion to engage in ritualistic mass torture of algae.

I know that this year’s color is honeysuckle pink, but I have no […]