As the health care reform bill wound its way through the U.S. Senate, senators John Kerry and Orrin Hatch attempted to attach a provision that would reimburse religious practitioners for engaging in distant intercessory prayer; under the plan, health insurance companies would have to make payments to for-profit dial-a-prayer operations when people got sick.
Homework time for people who care about civil liberties in the United States!
Today, two bills — H.R. 3845 to reform the Patriot Act and H.R. 3846 to reform the FISA Amendments Act — have been introduced to the House Judiciary Committee and are being prominently promoted by House Judiciary Chairman John Conyers. I’ve been [...]
As government surveillance reform takes a new turn, there’s been very little notice of it: WIRED outreported the Washington Post, which has failed to even mention yesterday’s Senate Judiciary Committee markup of a bill to extend Patriot Act authority for four more years. As the papers give short shrift (or no shrift) to warrantless surveillance [...]
Republican webshop TheRightWing is selling these postcards like hotcakes:
You know, some people say that opposition to Barack Obama’s agenda has an element of racism. But I don’t think so. No, no, no. Why do people jump to conclusions like that?
Death Panel Follies
Former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin took to Facebook last week to make this pronouncement about H.R. 3200, a version of health care reform legislation before the House:
The America I know and love is not one in which my parents or my baby with Down Syndrome will have to stand in front [...]
The current state of electronic waste recycling in America is shabby and shady. Most of the e-waste programs in the United States today take your old electronic gear and ship it overseas to places like China or Ghana, where workers are paid low wages to tear apart electronic devices, salvaging the expensive parts and burning [...]
Number of weeks since Senator Russell Feingold told activist Ben Masel that he’d give President Obama “a few weeks” to roll out a proposal to reform warrantless wiretapping under FISA, then introduce his own FISA reform bill: Eight
Number of Obama administration proposals to reform FISA rolled out since then: Zero
Number of bills introduced [...]