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Does Americans Elect owe its $20 Million Benefactors if it pays them Back?

If someone loaned you $20 million to start an enterprise, would you feel indebted to that person after you paid him or her back? What if the loan were interest-free?

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I’m asking this question because Americans Elect, the 501c4 corporation trying to arrange the election of its own presidential candidate in 2012, has [...]

Canada Pushes for Georges Bank Oil Drilling Ban. What Will Maine Do? Ask Paul LePage.

Bob Gustafson of Working Waterfront reports this week that fisheries officials in Canada are pulling together a coalition to promote a permanent ban on oil drilling in the Georges Bank that lies offshore in the Gulf of Maine, south of Nova Scotia and southeast of the state of Maine. Georges Bank has historically been one [...]

Poll: Republicans and Conservatives Support the Constitution Less

Earlier this month, Quinnipiac University released the results of a public opinion survey of a nationwide sample of registered voters. These results indicate that of all groups of Americans, Republicans and conservatives are least likely to support the U.S. Constitution.

On the First Amendment freedoms of of speech, assembly and religion:

On whether [...]

Creationist, Oil Drilling, Pro-Discrimination Paul LePage Winning in Maine Governor’s Race

The Maine Human Rights Act is a law prohibiting employment, housing, public accommodation, credit, or educational discrimination on account of various sociodemographic characteristics of individuals including race, color, ancestry, sex, marital status and religion. In 2005, the Maine Human Rights Act was amended to prohibit discrimination in provision of credit, educational, employment, housing, or public [...]

Guhighllo? Captain Hutaree? What is Your Favorite Hutaree Name?

They’re innocent until proven guilty of preparing an attack on police officers to initiate the realization of the Turner Diaries, but beyond a reasonable doubt they have introduced some colorful pseudonyms to American culture.

Vote for your favorite:

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And if you were going to take up arms to fight the Anti-Christ New World [...]

Weak Minded Americans Abandon Freedom On A Hair Trigger

If we Americans can’t bring our addiction to the thrill of terror under control, our liberty may well die at our own hands, as we slouch into a collective identity of paranoid delusion. [...]

15 American States Mostly Dismiss Religion

A recent survey by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life reveals that, in 15 states in the USA, a majority of people say that religion is not a very important part of their lives.People living in these states represent about 30.4 percent of the population. [...]

DC Catholics Are Mostly Not Outraged By Same Sex Marriage

Catholics have not responded to Archbishop Donald Wuerl’s appeal for a flood of telephone calls expressing opposition to marriage equality. [...]

Poll: Spying On Innocents in FBI Operation BITE ME?

You may remember that on Tuesday, we responded to revelations of a newly expanded FBI program of covert surveillance against innocent people — and the FBI’s declaration that they didn’t want this program referred to as “spying” — with a poll. Our poll asks, golly, if we can’t call the FBI spying program a spying [...]

On Election Day, VOTE to Name the FBI’s Not-Spying Spying Program

The New York Times reported last week on the existence of a newly expanded FBI program of surveillance in which their agents spy, often covertly, on people and groups in America when there is no evidence of any wrongdoing. These people and groups are targeted by the FBI for surveillance on the basis of their [...]

What Have You Done This Week Regarding Warrantless Surveillance?

Pardon me for getting “meta,” but the developments of the last week have me so flummoxed I just feel the need to share.

I’ll share a little something with you: last week I participated in a conference call with representatives of some major civil liberties organizations. These representatives promised to do what they could to [...]