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Isolation: Where in America Do They Want You to Just Go Home?

A few days ago, I saw a bumper sticker in Central Maine that read, “Welcome to Maine… Now Go Home!” It didn’t take me too long to react emotionally to that statement; I hear some version of that sentiment almost every day living here in Maine. Whether it’s someone talking about what “real Mainers” would [...]

Those Poor Socialist Countries

Gene Berkman writes:

Rather than screw the poor, capitalism has created the most prosperous societies in human history. The socialist regimes are all charactized by depravation and loss of liberty. When government grows, it takes resources from the civilian economy, and makes everyone poorer.

From Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development Statistics:

Life expectancy:

France [...]

Restore The Fourth Protests around the United States, July 4 2013

“The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.”

This [...]

Armed Guards in School? Fact Check: Kids are Safer in School than out of School

In the Bangor Daily News of December 20 2012, Daniel Patterson of Presque Isle Maine writes that armed guards should be posted in all public schools:

“We need armed guards where masses of people, especially children, gather because crazed gunmen target masses of people. I know we might not like the image of soldiers at [...]

Majority of Americans embrace the strongest Religious Freedom: Non-Affiliation

Bloggers like PatriotFreedom may insist that “America is a Religious Nation,” but the bare facts suggest otherwise. According to data collected by the Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies, from 2000 to 2010 the number of congregants affiliated with American churches, mosques, synagogues and temples declined by 2,870,973. During the same period, the size [...]

Governments Request More User Data from Google in 2011. Which Countries are the Biggest Culprits?

Earlier this month, I shared with you a map showing results from Google’s report on the number of requests for user data from the governments of the world, current through December 2010:

Google has just updated its report to include a new six-month period, January to June of 2011. The most acquisitive governments of [...]

Between May and July, Americans Elect Restricted Who May Run for President

When the corporation/political party called Americans Elect publicly rolled out its 2012 presidential effort at the end of July 2011, its method for nominating a presidential candidate contained a restriction:

As explained to Thomas Friedman:

Any presidential nominee must conform to all the Constitutional requirements, as well as be considered someone of similar stature to [...]

Fact Check: Nonie Darwish and Enough Muslims to Elect a President in 20 Years?

In this morning’s e-mail, Irregular Times received the following message:

Joys of Muslim Women by Nonie Darwish…

In twenty years there will be enough Muslim voters in the U.S. and Canada to elect the President or Prime Minister by themselves! Rest assured they will do so… You can look at how they have taken over [...]

Income Inequality Review: How Much Does the Richest 0.1% Control?

Two days ago, I prepared for today’s release of new 2009 Census income inequality data by looking at the record historically, namely the average household income of each income quintile from 1967 to 2008:

The top quintile is the fifth of the population that earned the highest income in 2008; the lowest quintile is [...]

Tortured? Tough Luck. Is that Change You Can Believe In?

Have you been detained by the United States without charges and then tortured?

President Barack Obama has declared no criminal charges will be brought against the people who conspired to torture you. They won’t even be professionally disciplined.

President Barack Obama has declared that people who have been tortured can’t bring a civil case either: [...]

America Overrun by Muslims in 20 Years?

Last week the New York Times shared Diana Serafin’s justification for banning a mosque in Tennessee:

As a mother and a grandmother, I worry. I learned that in 20 years with the rate of the birth population, we will be overtaken by Islam, and their goal is to get people in Congress and the Supreme [...]