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On the Ground Inaugural Report

A video podcast report from Jim, on Pennsylvania Avenue for Inauguration Day. [...]

Irregular Jim Arrives At Demonstration Site

Jim started out many miles away, hiking down the Capital Crescent Trail, and through Georgetown before arriving at the National Mall. [...]

Gene Robinson Gets Religion Wrong at Inaugural Bleepout

Gene Robinson, just like Rick Warren, has decided to use the power of the President of the United States to try to promote his own career. Gene Robinson has bought into the corrupt and unconstitutional system of power which says that religious Americans deserve perks and privileges from the President. [...]

We Are One, Except For Gays

Why did Barack Obama arrange for Gene Robinson to be scheduled to take the stage before cameras were rolling, and had the microphones turned off so that even people who were there in person couldn’t hear a word he said? What is Barack Obama afraid of? [...]

Inauguration Of Life Without A Car

Why Inauguration Day will also be the inauguration of my life without a car. [...]

Be Tolerant, You Homo!

That’s a quote. The pre-game show at the Inauguration looks to be entertaining, if yesterday’s protests at the Inaugural concert are any indication.

Constitution Signs to Print and Carry to the Inauguration 1-20-09

Since the DC Metro became the only motorized way to get into the Obama Inauguration for people who can’t hire a limo or bus, its 18×18 inch sign restriction has become the de facto limit on free speech for January 20, 2009.

Ay, well. If homeland security gives you lemons, make lemonade. Here are [...]

Ostentatious, Extravagant Inauguration Not in Keeping With Times

In January 2005, I posted pictures contrasting the extravagant second inauguration of George W. Bush with the suffering of soldiers in Iraq. Bush’s 2nd inauguration cost somewhere between $40 and $50 million. Later that month, I gasped in shocked disdain at the $250 million price tag, spent over 4 years, of the Bush administration’s effort [...]

Obama AG Pick Expresses Regret About FISA Amendments Act — that it was not passed sooner

In the Senate confirmation yesterday of Obama Attorney General nominee Eric Holder, Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona asked Holder about his legal opinion regarding the FISA Amendments Act. This FISA Amendments Act, for those of you joining in late, is the law passed in July of 2008 that permits a president to order spying on [...]

Another Reason for Civil Liberties Activism: Security Court Rules in Favor of Warrantless Wiretapping

The path taking America back to constitutional governance just got steeper. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Review Court, a panel of judges picked for their sympathy toward government prerogative, has unsurprisingly ruled it to be perfectly OK for the United States to search, watch and grab information on people without warrants, despite the mandate of the [...]

Obama Gets Woolly on How Government Treats People: Speak From the Bottom Up At the Inauguration

As Barack Obama is set to be inaugurated as the 44th President next week, this is how your government treats people:

1. As a matter of law under the FISA Amendments Act, your government can search your home, office or car, take your belongings and put you under recorded personal or electronic surveillance for periods [...]