On the first page of the new book Independents Rising, author Jacqueline Salit offers a fair warning: the book is “based on my personal experiences, rather than dictated by a single illuminating and unifying idea.” Independents Rising is not a book about ideas or even about people who are pursuing an idea. It is a […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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. […]
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? […]
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? […]