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Where the Hoaxes Live: the overlapping Geography of Obama Urban Legends

Google Correlate is a new research tool used to find out where in the United States the entry of certain search terms is concentrated, and which search terms’ levels of popularity are correlated with one another across the 50 states. The first idea is pretty straightforward: where are people more or less likely to be […]

Flag Fun With Sarah Palin

This week, Sarah Palin signed her name on an American flag, and endorsed a West Virginia politician in an election in Pennsylvania. […]

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:


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

Say Anything:

Now we can […]

Preserving Freedom of Expression or Property Rights? For GOP, It Depends

There are circumstances in which the rights of Americans come into conflict with one another, and when that happens people will tend to differ on the priority of one right over another. Take property rights and freedom of expression, for instance. The First Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees Americans’ freedom of speech. But […]

Jo Ann Emerson isn't Acting Any More

Effect of H.J. Res 8, a constitutional amendment introduced to the House of Representatives by Jo Ann Emerson in January: “prohibit the act of desecration of the flag of the United States.” Number of cosponsors: 2

Effect of H.J. Res 47, a constitutional amendment introduced to the House by Jo Ann Emerson in April: “prohibit […]

Obama-Biden Banner in its Natural Habitat

One of our Obama-Biden banners hanging out in its natural habitat, the front porch:

Republican Cult of Nationalism Enshrined in GOP Platform

Under the cult proposed by the GOP platform, the deity to be worshipped would be the state itself. The nation of the United States of America would be elevated to the status of a god. […]

Lapel Pin Review, 5/16/08: Obama, Patriot. McCain, America Hater

Just for kicks, let’s set aside our reason for a moment and grant the Republicans their fashion talking point: that the central determinant of one’s patriotism is the jewelry one wears.

Here’s a photo of Barack Obama making public remarks today:

Is Barack Obama wearing an American flag lapel pin? Yes! Barack Obama is […]

Obama Critic Calls the American Flag Satanic!

What hypocrites these Republicans are, accusing Barack Obama of not loving the flag enough, and at the very same time forwarding around nasty emails in the name of Loren Davis, who himself suggests that the American flag is a symbol of pure evil. He supports John McCain for President. […]