Yesterday, the Center for Media and Democracy released a new report on the publicly-funded, privately-run and deregulated entities known as “charter schools.” The theory behind charter schools was that private entrepreneurs could run schools in communities much better than the communities themselves, if only they could A) siphon off public school funds to run, and […]
Writing in the Los Angeles Times, Sarah Parvini and Nigel Duara are reporting shock, befuddlement and disbelief at the development that, “for some reason,” the state of Indiana is getting picked on, bullied, and discriminated against for passing a law allowing government-chartered corporations to discriminate against gay people. Parvini and Duara share passages like the […]
In September last year, a voter rally was held in Michigan, a grassroots demonstration that people in that state supported the Republican campaign of Terri Lynn Land enough to go to the trouble of putting together a well-orchestrated event. Today, we’re learning that, although the event was well-orchestrated, it wasn’t at all what it appeared […]
In Egypt, 22 year-old Sherif Gaber has been convicted for creating a page on Facebook discussing atheism. The student was arrested after his home was surrounded by four military vehicles, and has been sentenced to one year in prison. While awaiting trial, Gaber was subjected to torture, including electrocution.
Also in Eqypt, 23 year-old engineering […]
There is a place in Michigan called Hell. It’s an unincorporated settlement, meaning that it’s a place without any local government below the level of Putnam Township in Livingston County.
In its present incarnation, Hell is kind of hokey. It’s something like a Halloween theme park, populated by goofy cartoon images of vampires, zombies […]
No one was odder than Thaddeus McCotter… until Kerry Bentivolio came along. Michigan’s 11th congressional district has a habit of electing Republican politicians with a tangential relationship to reality, and Bentivolio slipped out of Congress almost as soon as he slipped in, replaced by Dave Trott, a lawyer who made his fortune by helping banks […]
Dan Benishek may be a medical doctor, but he’s trained as a surgeon, not as an infectious disease specialist. When he rants and raves about Ebola threatening northern Michigan, he’s betting that voters in his district are too ignorant to know the difference. […]
Lobbyists and corporate PACs dominate the misleadingly named Grassroots Organizing Acting & Leading PAC, which is propping up Ruby Hobbs in his campaign to become the Democratic nominee to the U.S. House of Representatives for Michigan’s 14th district in 2014. […]
May 11, 2014 (FP) — After a favorable ruling by a federal judge, the council of the majority-Muslim township of Stewart, Michigan has agreed to continue a practice of beginning all town governmental meetings with an exclusively Islamic call to prayer led by an imam from the Islamic Center of Stewart. Judge Aalim Davis ruled […]
Susanne Atanus, the Republican Party winner in Illinois’ 9th District congressional race, is the latest in a long line of preachers and politicians to proclaim that God controls the weather and uses dire weather to punish political jurisdictions that are kind to gay people:
“I am a conservative Republican and I believe in God first,” […]
The golf course on which the Senior PGA Championship is being played, starting today, was taken from the people of Benton Harbor. That land had been part of a public park, which was supposed to remain open to local citizens in perpetuity. […]