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What Counts As Indie In Books?

I love the idea of Indie. Finding a true independent in a world filled with big, powerful organizations is a lucky thing, like finding a four-leaf clover.

So, I was excited to discover IndieBound this morning. IndieBound is the web site of an association of independent bookstores. It describes itself as follows: “A product of [...]

The Presidential Power of Hair Dye

K. of Washington State writes in to Irregular Times with a request:

Could you possibly offer a Robert Reich in 2016 bumper sticker?

(It’s one way of encouraging him to run. We need a good candidate with a major party affiliation. Independents like Bernard Sanders do not get elected, and he’s too old.)

Fact check: [...]

August 8: Americans Elect Starts Collecting $$ for Angus King. August 20: Americans Elect Says it Supports No Candidate

Take a look at pages 5 and 6 of this excerpt of the Americans Elect Mission Report. As you can see from that excerpt, the report features a letter signed by Peter Ackerman and dated August 20. August 20 is a full 12 days after August 8, the day an FEC report shows Ackerman gave [...]

Atheists and Agnostics: Not Republicans, Not Democrats. Independents.

“Democrats are the Atheist Party,” declares the conservative Christian website Greene Opinion. This is a popular sentiment in conservative circles. Is it true?

Chapter 3 from Secularism and Secularity, a research volume published by Trinity College that describes results from the American Religious Identification Survey:

Democrats make up a smaller share of atheists than [...]

In Arizona, Americans Elect Party Registrations Heaviest in Republican Areas

Is Americans Elect a political party? Despite its protests to the contrary, the answer is a hearty Yes Indeed. The latest proof of Americans Elect’s status as a political party comes from the state of Arizona, where the Secretary of State has released counts of registered Americans Elect political party members in Arizona counties, U.S. [...]

Americans Elect Field Director Fibs about Candidate Censoring Committee on Public Radio

A tip of the pen to Scott Moore of Our Oregon for bringing an Oregon Public Broadcasting radio program this past week to my attention. OPB’s Dave Miller interviewed Kellen Arno, Vice President of the for-profit ballot-signature corporation Arno Political Associates and National Field Director of Americans Elect, a 501c4 corporation with the aim of [...]

NewsMax Receives Sharron Angle Payment Before Writing Pro-Angle News Story

The website NewsMax, one of the most visited on the Internet, describes itself as “the nation’s leading independent news site focusing on breaking news, politics, finance, personal health, technology and entertainment.” The way NewsMax tells its own history, it succeeded when “Americans concerned about fair and balanced news discovered that Newsmax was the place to [...]

Sea Change Set for March 14

I’d love to be there to see all these films, but I live several hundred miles away from Washington, D.C. I think it would be more environmentally responsible for me to stay at home and get information the old fashioned way, by reading it, than to burn up a huge amount of fossil fuels just to go watch movies about being environmentally responsible. [...]

Irregular Times Is Not Cutting Its Staff

It’s up to those who have retained the flexibility of smallness to do their part by writing the small stories that never have gotten coverage in the big presses. [...]

Voting in Ohio: Desires, Wants, and Imperatives. My Vote Goes To…

As I’ve explained lately, I’ve been an undecided voter in a presidential swing state for the first time in my life. Well, I’ve decided.

There are a lot of things I want out of this election, things I’m not going to get. I want a presidential candidate who is capable of carrying out the duties [...]

Matt Gonzalez Speaks in Columbus on the Odds and Principles of the Nader-Gonzalez Race

Vice Presidential candidate Matt Gonzalez, running as an independent with Ralph Nader as his running mate for President, spoke to the press just outside downtown Columbus Ohio this afternoon about the rationale for his campaign. Below is my video recording of his remarks, with a transcript following:

My name’s Matt Gonzalez. I’m Ralph Nader’s [...]