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Presidential Baby Names: Barack Missing, George Sinking

The Social Security Administration keeps track of the 1000 most popular boys’ and 1000 most popular girls’ baby names in the United States each year. For kicks this evening, I looked up the last name of each president since Franklin Delano Roosevelt, plus the big three of Washington, Jefferson and Lincoln. I’ve collected data on [...]

Watch Out for Details in Obama’s Faith-Based Giveout to Churches

The news is coming out this morning that Barack Obama plans as president not just to maintain George W. Bush’s program of “faith-based initiatives,” but to expand them. Some historical background: Bush’s program expanded upon previous law, under which churches, mosques, synagogues and wiccan covens could already obtain government funds to run social service programs. [...]

Conyers: House Democrats Allow Gutting of Constitution on Assurances from Bush

John Conyers (who voted against H.R. 6304), explaining today why the Democratic Party leadership acquiesced to a bill that permits the Attorney General to electronically spy upon and physically search any person or property in the United States or elsewhere, without a warrant, in a system policed by the Attorney General him- or her-self:

There [...]

Song: All I Ever Want (is for McCain to Make Some Sense)

I figure every election needs an anthem, and from what I’ve heard of the candidates’ own choices, well, we all should try our bit. Here’s my flawed contribution. Apologies to Elvis Costello: I mangled your tune, man, but it was for a good cause.

Here’s the audio, and if you don’t want to listen to [...]

Video: I Can Cover Torture Better Than CNN from my Bathroom!

Another day dawns in which the New York Times utterly fails to cover the fact that George W. Bush not only knew of but came out and said “I approved” of the use of torture by the United States government. 19 square inches devoted to dancing nuns? That’s news the paper finds “fit to print.” [...]