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CryptoMuseum

Alas, I couldn’t find Avon Street.

Should I search for it?

The prize may be “actual hair samples of Abominable Snowmen, Bigfoot, Yowie, and Orang Pendek” or “fecal matter from a small Yeti.”

Americans Elect Corporation names itself a Grassroots Movement, embraces “Moderate” Ideological Label

On September 23, Americans Elect posted a new web page in which it declares itself to be a “nationwide grassroots movement” and promotes a video of Americans Elect activity in Portland, Oregon as a message that “explains Americans Elect clearly and simply.”

“Moderate,” meet “No Ideology.” “No Ideology,” meet “Moderate.” The clear and simple [...]

99th Way to Exasperate a Liberal: Bigoted Religious Death Threats

“OSAMA TODAY ISLAM TOMOROW”

– Spray painted on the side of a Mosque in Portland, Maine on the morning of May 2, 2011.

Vandalizing a house of worship and threatening to kill people for their religion is a return to the know-nothingism of the 19th Century. To call that “exasperating” is an understatement.

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As Schools Close, Catholic Organizations Spend Wildly to Stop Equal Rights

As stories appear in Catholic and secular newspapers bemoaning the closings of Catholic schools, remember that Catholic organizations chose to spend millions of dollars to preserve legal discrimination in the United States of America. The Catholic group Knights of Columbus spent $1.2 million to outlaw same-sex marriage in California in 2008, making it the biggest [...]

Selective Clubbing in Portland, Maine

In yesterday’s Sunday New York Times, Lionel Beehner made the case for staying away from the most concentrated clubbing area in Portland, Maine. According to Beehner, “The bars along Wharf Street can get pretty fratty.” Beehner suggests you go bowling instead. Erm.

It just so happens that I was on Portland’s cobblestone, pedestrian-only Wharf Street [...]

Honorable Menschen: Portland, Maine

A few months ago, I was visiting the city of Portland, Maine and parked along a street for an hour or so. The parking meters on that street were set a few feet away from the curb. Not seeing my alloted parking meter, I didn’t feed it a coin.

When I returned to my [...]

Reckoning the Vote: Gay-Friendly and Gay-Unfriendly Towns in Cumberland County, Maine

Where are you welcome? Where are you not welcome?

If you’re in a gay or lesbian couple, you know by now that a narrow majority of Mainers has decided you don’t deserve the basic respect afforded to people in the United States of America: the legal respect of equality. On the bright side, a very [...]

Philly Catholic Church Says It Can't Pay for Schoolbooks, Slips Anti-Gay Maine Campaign a Check

Did you know that the private, religious Catholic Schools of the Philadelphia Archdiocese are subsidized by the taxpayers of the state of Pennsylvania? It’s true; statewide, Catholic schools in Pennsylvania receive $9.5 million in every year in state subsidies so the religious schools can buy textbooks and workbooks. But this year, during the 101-day period [...]

Philly Catholic Church Says It Can’t Pay for Schoolbooks, Slips Anti-Gay Maine Campaign a Check

Did you know that the private, religious Catholic Schools of the Philadelphia Archdiocese are subsidized by the taxpayers of the state of Pennsylvania? It’s true; statewide, Catholic schools in Pennsylvania receive $9.5 million in every year in state subsidies so the religious schools can buy textbooks and workbooks. But this year, during the 101-day period [...]

In Public: Catholic Diocese of Phoenix Pleads Poverty. In Private: Arizona Church Funnels Money to Anti-Gay Campaign in Maine

Arizona’s Catholic Diocese of Phoenix has put on a public face of economic hardship this year:

A poor economy is now affecting the Catholic Church.

The Catholic Diocese of Phoenix eliminated 17 positions, which has resulted in 11 layoffs along with two other positions being cut to part-time.

Among those let go were the [...]

Marc Mutty On Leave? Salary of SFMM Director Still Paid by Roman Catholic Church

Until June of this year, Marc Mutty’s job title was Director of Public Affairs for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland. Then his job title switched, and he became the Chair of Stand for Marriage Maine, a group trying to make same-sex marriage against the law in Maine. News reports consistently describe Marc Mutty as [...]