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Stories Ending in Tragedy

A church I drive by in Somerville, Maine frequently amuses me with its messages of dire religiosity. Here’s the latest:

That got me to thinking…

Could be true.

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More Shadow Americans Elect Activity in Maine? Group Paying Wachtel also brings on Douglas Schoen

Steve Mistler of the Portland Press Herald has discovered another connection in the growing list of connections between the campaign of financier Eliot Cutler for Governor of Maine and the Wall Street financiers’ political corporation called Americans Elect.

Americans Elect figures already identified as jumping in to support the Cutler campaign through contributions or “independent” [...]

Americans Elect Leaders Contribute More to Eliot Cutler Campaign in 2nd half of 2013

Last week, I reported that in the wake of the 2012 campaign, when Americans Elect had dumped nearly $2 million into a Maine Senate race, six Americans Elect leaders had contributed to the Maine gubernatorial campaign of “independent” Eliot Cutler in the first half of 2013.

The Maine state campaign finance report for the [...]

Americans Elect Staffers Regroup to Meddle in Maine Politics Again

As Richard Winger points out in his latest Ballot Access News, Americans Elect lost ballot status in California on December 31 2013, capping a year of drawn-out erosion in the official position of the corporate political party that tried to elect a “centrist” president but failed to find enough actual “centrist” people.

Can we finally [...]

Wouldn’t It Be Great If a Civil Libertarian Ran for U.S. Senate? Now Ditch the Subjunctive: It Is Great.

‚ÄúVast NSA spying undermines our democratic freedoms and threatens international relations.”

Wouldn’t it be great to have a candidate for national public office who was willing to say something like this in blunt, bold, terms? It would be great to have someone in the U.S. Senate who says “the Senate should open its work to [...]

Maine State Representative: Clay Proves Christian God was Right, but there’s No Scientific Evidence for Evolution

There are times when no comment is necessary. This is one of those times. Shared via screen capture to preserve the beauty for the future.

Twitter is not forever: read the exchange for yourself right here, as long as it lasts.

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What kind of an Organization is Life Choices? Does it belong in your Public School?

This morning, I read in the Bangor Daily News and at WGME that Pastor Debbie Phillips of an organization called “Life Choices” was brought to the public middle and high schools of Biddeford, Maine. What happened, what kind of an organization is Life Choices, and does it belong in your public school?

What happened in [...]

The ACLU’s Shenna Bellows Speaks Out on the 4th Amendment for Constitution Day

On August 17, Shenna Bellows of the ACLU spoke in Augusta, Maine on the occasion of Constitution Day. With her permission, I’ve transcribed her speech to share it here with you.

Good morning. It’s a pleasure to be here today on Constitution Day. Happy Constitution Day! The ACLU is an organization whose mission is to [...]

Turn your Gaze: Maine Drone Peace Walk, October 10-19

If we only look at the politicians, it’s easy to get discouraged. So many of them promise to act against powerful institutional interests and for the rights of everyday people, then gain office and turn out to do the exact opposite. Watching these politicians is important, if only to prevent their worst excesses, but it [...]

Fair Sightings

A politically-strained civil libertarian’s got to relax, too. What better place than the county fair??

Oh, dear. There’s surveillance here, too. Even royalty are not immune.

Lies! That clearly is lettering. But it is nice to know I could just take it if I wanted to. There’s got to be a catch.

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In 2013, Parties Abandon the Union Fair

In 2010, Democrats set up an unstaffed table in a shed with a few pieces of literature at the Union Fair in Knox County, Maine. Republicans paid for a prominently-placed tent, a tied-together tarp which was consistently staffed and which sold sweatshop-made promotional material.

In 2011, Knox County Democrats were gone entirely from the [...]