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American Truck Driver Taken to Detention For Not Having his Birth Certificate on Him

American citizen. Born in Fresno, California. Taken to detention in Arizona because he kept his birth certificate at home.

Papiere, Bitte!

Competing for the Irony Prize: Gay Friendly and Unfriendly Towns in Waldo County, Maine

If Waldo County, Maine were a fictional creation of a novelist, it would be an exemplar in the use of irony.

The map below displays voting results for Ballot Question 1 on November 3, 2009, color coded by town. Ballot Question 1, which passed by a narrow margin in Maine, was a measure that overturned [...]

Why I Believe in Freedom of Speech and Action

In my policy preferences, I have a strong bias toward freedom of speech and action within constraints of responsibility. For instance, a person who falsely accuses another of a crime and sends an innocent person to prison should be liable for the harm done. And the freedom to “Do as thou wilt” extends only so [...]

Happy Independence Day… Don't Forget to Smile!

Smile! “The N.S.A. is believed to have gone beyond legal boundaries designed to protect Americans in about 8 to 10 separate court orders issued by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, according to three intelligence officials who spoke anonymously because disclosing such information is illegal. Because each court order could single out hundreds or even thousands [...]

Happy Independence Day… Don’t Forget to Smile!

Smile! “The N.S.A. is believed to have gone beyond legal boundaries designed to protect Americans in about 8 to 10 separate court orders issued by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, according to three intelligence officials who spoke anonymously because disclosing such information is illegal. Because each court order could single out hundreds or even thousands [...]

NSA Explains Program to Spy on Americans Without a Warrant (Video)

In the wake of revelations that the National Security Agency under Barack Obama has engaged in widespread surveillance of Americans and their communications right here at home, all without a warrant, an NSA spokesperson has issued a statement overnight in an attempt at explanation:

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Can't Keep Us Down

You may have noticed that for an extended period of time today, the Irregular Times website was unavailable to you. We pay money to provide this space that not only contains our writing but your thoughts, which we welcome whether we agree with you or not — in the comments to each post, yes, but [...]

Peace and Liberty In the Road

The spelling lesson will come tomorrow. He’s already got the essentials down. [...]

Progressive Caucus, Populist Caucus: Progressiver Than Thou?

Late last month, second-term congressman Bruce Braley of Iowa announced the formation of the Populist Caucus in the 111th Congress, a group organized around advocacy for the following principles:

Creating Good Jobs and a Secure Retirement: Creating and retaining good-paying jobs in America, providing fair wages, proper benefits, a level playing field at the negotiating [...]

Never Let Them Near The White House Again

“First Amendment speech and press rights may also be subordinated to the overriding need to wage war successfully.”

— Deputy Assistant Attorney General John Yoo, writing the legal opinion of the Republican Bush administration.