It is a time of fear in the face of freedom, a time of an emptying country and swelling cities, a time for the widening of previous roads and the opening of new paths, yet a time when these paths are mined by knowing algorithms of the all-seeing eye. It is the time of the warrior's peace and the miser's charity, when the planting of a seed is an act of conscientious objection. These are the times when maps fade, old landmarks crumble and direction is lost. Forwards is backwards now, so we glance sideways at the strange lands through which we are all passing, knowing for certain only that our destination has disappeared. We are unready to meet these times, but we proceed nonetheless, adapting as we wander, reshaping the Earth with every tread. Behind us we have left the old times, the standard times, the high times. Welcome to the irregular times.
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. [...]
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 [...]
As president, Barack Obama will restore the American people’s 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
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 [...]
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? [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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. [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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