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Were You Spied on for Pennsylvania Homeland Security? You Have a Right to Know

Have you been involved in just about any activist events in the commonwealth of Pennsylvania over the past twelve months? If your answer to this questions is “Yes,” then you might have been spied on by contractors for the Pennsylvania Office of Homeland Security. Here’s what you can do about it:

1. Click here to […]

At National Equality March, Demanding the Audacity of Action (Video)

On the eve of the National Equality March of October 11, 2009, Mark Katzenberger of San Francisco stood outside the Human Rights Campaign’s gala featuring President Barack Obama with a sign reading, “How About the Audacity of Action, Mr. President?” I approached him with some questions:


Mark Katzenberger: Obama, Obama, Let Mama Marry […]

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 […]

Preserving Freedom of Expression or Property Rights? For GOP, It Depends

There are circumstances in which the rights of Americans come into conflict with one another, and when that happens people will tend to differ on the priority of one right over another. Take property rights and freedom of expression, for instance. The First Amendment to the United States Constitution guarantees Americans’ freedom of speech. But […]

Photos 1/31: Columbus Rallies for Marriage Equality

This afternoon, over a hundred people were out on High Street in Columbus, Ohio, freezin’ for a reason. As mounted police looked on and passing cars honked in support, people spoke and chanted and waved flags as they called for the repeal of anti-marriage laws that shove same-sex couples into a second-class status. Top outfit […]

ShirtCity Becomes a Viable if Limited Choice for Sweat-Free Sales

Seven months ago, I reviewed a number of online print-on-demand services — websites that allow you to put your designs on products and sell them for profit. Other reviews of these print-on-demand websites focused on the ease of use or stylishness of the products being printed upon, but I took a different tack, focusing upon […]

Light Up the Night with an I am NOT a 2nd Class Citizen T-Shirt

Saturday, December 20 just may be the busiest day of shopping left before Christmas at malls and plazas around the nation. With that in mind, Join the Impact has called for a nationwide set of demonstrations at shopping places around the country on December 20. The events are being give the collective name Light Up […]

Sarah Palin: Federalist on Abortion, AntiFederalist on Gay Marriage

Sarah Palin explains on October 1, 2008 that she opposes Roe v. Wade and a woman’s right to self determination because she thinks states should decide such issues, not the federal government:

Katie Couric: Why, in your view, is Roe v. Wade a bad decision?

Sarah Palin: I think it should be a states’ […]

Sarah Palin on the Phone: Honey, Mommy's a Little Busy

Making the rounds, source unknown.

Bush Administration Asserts Right to Seize Citizens Indefinitely Without Charge or Evidence

The Associated Press points me to a website of the New York University School of Law, which has archived a transcript of arguments made by lawyers for the Bush administration before the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals on Halloween of 2007. That’s an appropriately ghoulish day for the Bush administration to assert, as AP puts […]

First Freedom First Goes Silent on Shirt Ethics

Two weeks ago, I sent First Freedom First an e-mail asking the organization to indicate whether it would be willing to redirect its efforts away from selling shirts made by corporations with a history of sweatshop labor production:

I notice that FFF is selling shirts, some of which are made overseas by subcontractors to corporations […]