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Liberal Alternatives To Kirsten Gillibrand

Kirsten Gillibrand is facing challenges from two liberal candidates in the 2012 U.S. Senate race in New York. [...]

What Kind of Independence Drives the Independence Party of New York?

These last few days I’ve been making preparations to review a book written by a longtime leader of the Independence Party of New York. I’ve heard some funny things about the Independence Party of New York, mostly alleging some form of “cultish” behavior. I don’t like “cult” accusations very much, considering that most of the [...]

The People’s Gong Coming To Wall Street This Afternoon

They kicked Occupy Wall Street out of Zuccotti Park. Occupy Wall Street is still in Zuccotti Park.

Today, Occupy Wall Street is beginning a series of marches that will lead up to a massive May Day protest. Today’s march will go from Zuccotti Park (renamed Liberty Plaza by the protesters) to the New York Stock [...]

NYPD: New York’s Phony Data

Brown, Esbensen and Geis’ Criminology 7th Edition expresses problems with the Uniform Crime Reports dryly:

“The UCR also can be a tool for political manipulation. Police administrators sometimes rely upon these data to justify requests for additional money for personnel, equipment, and training. At other times, the Crime Index can be manipulated by a department [...]

God Punishes Sodomite NY Marriage with an end to Killer Heat Wave and Drought

New York same-sex marriages began this Monday, July 25, a day after local clerks in New York State started issuing same-sex marriage licenses. How did God punish New York? With weather, of course. Christian conservatives have declared over and over that God will punish societies that endorse gay and lesbian relationships with nasty weather disasters.

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Behind the Footnotes, Jamestown Satanic Panic Founded in a Deluded Evangelical Zeal

Satanic Panic by Jeffrey S. Victor is a great book for its empirical thoroughness, tracking the spread of rumors about Satanic cults across the United States in the 1980s, documenting a complete lack of evidence for actual cult activity, and working to explain how an utterly fictitious threat could have aroused a vivid campaign of [...]

Out Of State Religious Groups Promise To Interfere In New York Elections

An out of state religious organization plans to use its tax exempt status to interfere in New York’s 2012 state elections, attempting to punish state legislators who voted to expand the institution of marriage. [...]

Marriage Equality In New York Fails To Provoke Wrath Of God

I’m trying to find some evidence that the Christian god is punishing New York State for its approval of same-sex marriage, but haven’t had any luck yet. Anyone have some instances of divine retribution? [...]

Does Ann Marie Buerkle Really Want Government Out Of Houses Of Worship?

If she really wants government out of “our houses of worship”, when will new U.S. Representative Ann Marie Buerkle introduce legislation to end the government handouts to churches through the White House Office of Faith Based Initiatives? [...]

Tea Party Nation Leader: Religious Liberty in America is a Farce

Judson Phillips, founder of the for-profit corporation called Tea Party Nation, has some choice words regarding the idea of a mosque being built in New York City (link held behind subscription-only firewall):

Insult does not even begin to describe this farce. First, that New York would even allow the building of this Mosque boggles the [...]

Paladino Sought Endorsement from Man blaming Gay people for Earthquakes, Hurricanes and Terrorism

Lost in the kerfuffle about Carl Paladino’s anti-gay remarks is the reason he gave them in the first place. Carl Paladino, the Republican Party nominee for Governor of New York State, delivered virulently anti-gay remarks in New York City as part of a deal to receive an endorsement from Rabbi Yehuda Levin, the founder and [...]