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World Governments Request User Data from Google. Which Ones and How Much?

Sour Cabbage: by word count, the Real Whopper of a Bureaucracy is Biblical

Is all you need to know about bureaucracy reduced to cabbage? Or could we find something a little bit wordier? Time for a conservative chain mail fact check. [...]

Government Financial Surveillance Hit All-Time High in 2010… and it’s not about Terrorism

Big Brother is watching your money, and it’s hardly ever to catch those rascally terrorists.

Passed in 2001, the USA PATRIOT Act lowered the bar for government surveillance of Americans’ financial transactions, and American financial institutions have been deputized to assist. Banks now monitor every financial transaction and pass it through a software program [...]

WH Political Appointees Screening FOIA Requests is not Change I Can Believe In

As president, Barack Obama will restore the American people‚Äôs trust in their government by making government more open and transparent…. Obama will require Cabinet officials to have periodic 21st Century Fireside Chats, restore meaning to the Freedom of Information Act, and conduct regulatory agency business in public.

- Obama for America, September 22 2008

I [...]

Knitting Needles: Fine on a Plane, But not in the halls of Congress

One of the oddities of the Transportation Security Agency is its knitting needle policy. You can’t bring the thinnest and tiniest of drill bits on board in your carryon bag. You can’t bring a pair of pliers onto a plain in your carry-on bag. You can’t bring a Dr. Scholl’s gel insert for your shoe [...]

Does Ann Marie Buerkle Really Want Government Out Of Houses Of Worship?

If she really wants government out of “our houses of worship”, when will new U.S. Representative Ann Marie Buerkle introduce legislation to end the government handouts to churches through the White House Office of Faith Based Initiatives? [...]

BioTerror Threat Emerges in Kansas, and it’s Not What You Think

What if I told you that a government report indicates a high probability that somebody will release a contagious virus in Kansas in the future? How would you react to this bioterror alert?

What if I told you that the U.S. government could do something to stop this bioterror threat? How would you react if [...]

Can You Complete this GOP Global Warming Cartoon?

I’m almost done with this political cartoon on the Republican attitude toward global warming, but I can’t decide how I’d like to finish it:

The possibilities I’m bandying about in my mind for the “Eventually” balloon include:

“Where’s My Bailout?” “See? ANOTHER problem that government didn’t fix!” “This isn’t going to go on my [...]

Jon Barela Won’t Put People In Charge Of Government

Under Jon Barela’s vision, the destiny of the American people would be to sit down and take whatever corporate executives decide they should have. [...]

State Secrets Power Used to Protect Corporations from People

Laura K. Donahue, an associate professor of law at Georgetown University, reveals that the use of “state secret” powers isn’t just being used to dismiss lawsuits brought by people who have been tortured or targeted for assassination by the U.S. government. In Donahue’s research, she found hundreds of cases in which people had been killed, [...]

Government is Corrupt. What Would you Have People Do?

That’s what Tom said and asked last night. He’s right: government is corrupt. So would I have people do?

I would have people strain and stretch and TRY, and not just through voting, but through organized social movement activity. Politics is no more and no less than people deciding what is to be done. Sometimes [...]