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Unity12 Changes its Name and its Goals, Dropping BiPartisanship

In an official filing with the IRS this Monday afternoon, the Unity12 Task Force officially changed its name to Americans Elect.

That’s not all that changed with the filing of status. The leadership and location of Unity12 as Americans Elect are unchanged, but the former Unity12 team did change the declaration of its organizational [...]

Power of Political Prayer Fizzles in Gulf States

Yesterday, the Republican governors of Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas orchestrated an official Day of Prayer to stop the onslaught of the offshore oil spill from the site of the wrecked BP Deepwater Horizon. Five official declarations called for coordinated intercessory prayer to stop the still-spilling oil gusher at the bottom of the Gulf [...]

Al Franken, Will You Stand With the Patriot Act or With Civil Liberty?

When the public was watching, Senator Al Franken read the 4th Amendment aloud to Obama officials, in high rhetorical dudgeon against the Patriot Act. Everybody clapped.

When the public wasn’t watching, Senator Al Franken twice acted to support the Patriot Act and to keep warrantless surveillance, search and seizure of Americans’ communications and property — [...]

If You're Upset About Obama Intruding, How About Section 215?

Last week, a number of conservative Americans declared themselves to be highly upset that the President, of all people, would be delivering a speech to America’s schoolchildren, at least in places where schools decided to show the speech. “Orwellian!” “Tyranny!” they cried.

I had problems of my own with some of the plans that were [...]

If You’re Upset About Obama Intruding, How About Section 215?

Last week, a number of conservative Americans declared themselves to be highly upset that the President, of all people, would be delivering a speech to America’s schoolchildren, at least in places where schools decided to show the speech. “Orwellian!” “Tyranny!” they cried.

I had problems of my own with some of the plans that were [...]

Why I Believe in Freedom of Speech and Action

In my policy preferences, I have a strong bias toward freedom of speech and action within constraints of responsibility. For instance, a person who falsely accuses another of a crime and sends an innocent person to prison should be liable for the harm done. And the freedom to “Do as thou wilt” extends only so [...]

Cafeteria Christianity

The choice between the authoritarian meal and the meal of free conscience was represented in my experience of different churches as I went walking through London last week. [...]

Captain Planet Saves Environment By Using More Power?

Protecting what’s left of nature won’t be accomplished if everyone magnifies their power and travels all over the world to physically confront other people, accusing them of wasting energy. [...]

Obama Talks Out Of Both Sides Of His Mouth

President Obama is sending his lawyers to court to defend George W. Bush and to assert the very same unconstitutional, totalitarian unitary executive balderdash that Democrats protested against just last year. [...]

Dowd on Kennedy: Hey, I Can Vouch for the Classy Insider Personally

A two-sentence summation of today’s opinion by New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd:

People say Caroline Kennedy is coasting into the Senate on the basis of her connections to influential people, but that’s bizarre to assert, because what Congress needs is an infusion of class. She is a friend of mine and I can vouch [...]

Why Obama's Rick Warren Homophobic Slap Matters To Heteros

Barack Obama’s slap in the face to homosexual couples in America is an indicator of the way we can expect the Obama White House to treat unpopular minorities who don’t have political power. Instead of protecting them, he will join with those who persecute them. [...]