Reporters Without Borders Condems WikiLeaks … Sort Of


By now, everyone has heard of Julian Assange, the contemptible world traveler who has made it his goal in life to publish dubiously secured documents to the Internet, often edited and without context. His site, WikiLeaks (which I won’t link to here, because … ick) recently published roughly 92,000 US military documents, many of which … Continue reading

CA Federal Judge Strikes Down Prop 8 as Unconstitutional


Today, Judge Vaughn Walker struck down California’s Proposition 8 as unconstitutional. Proposition 8 is an amendment to the state’s constitution and defines marriage as between one man and one woman. It was passed by popular vote. In his ruling, Judge Walker, who is himself gay, stated: “Plaintiffs challenge Proposition 8 under the Due Process and … Continue reading

The Right to Pray – Where Rights Conflict

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According to FOXNews.com, a Chicago man was arrested outside a Planned Parenthood clinic simply for praying, alone, on the sidewalk: A Chicago man says he’s fighting charges of disorderly conduct for simply standing on a public sidewalk and praying. Joseph Holland, a 25-year-old graduate student at Northwestern University, says he was standing still praying the … Continue reading

Google Covers Benefits Discrepancy to Gay Domestic Partners: Everyone Freaks Out


Yesterday, the New York Times posted an article about Google raising pay for gay employees whose insurance premiums are higher than married couples if they have registered domestic partners on their policies who aren’t dependents. Predictably, everyone has freaked out. It’s discriminatory against straight people! Or so I’ve heard. And, you can’t base benefits on … Continue reading

Separation of Church and State, Garofalo Style

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Self-styled intellectual, Janeane Garofalo, has struck again, giving an interview to the A.V. Club recently. I’m not going to bother dissecting her idiotic ramblings; they pretty much speak for themselves. Also, AWR Hawkins already did it on BigJournalism.com. Instead, I’m going to address just one statement, because Garofalo makes the same mistake many self-styled progressives … Continue reading

Texas GOP – True Conservatives or Authoritarian Jackasses?


UPDATE: Sunday – 1:00 PM – It was gently pointed out to me that the Texas GOP Platform is not necessarily universally endorsed by all Texas Republicans. She is absolutely correct. Let me state, for the record, that where I refer to the Texas GOP in this post, I’m referring to the governing body of … Continue reading

The Internet “Kill Switch” – Tin Foil Hat Time?


Internet networking sites have been abuzz with rumors that legislation is under consideration that would give the President of the United States an Internet “Kill Switch.” That is, the right to shut down the Internet at any time, or, if you are more reasonable, during times of war or impending/occurring cyberattack. Apparently, an unnamed Senate … Continue reading

Behind the Iron Curtain


In 1984, after I graduated high school, I traveled to Europe and spent a year as an exchange student in West Germany. West Germany, you say? Yes, young readers. At the time, Germany was still a country divided between East and West. The West was a free country, but the East was the province of … Continue reading

Starbucks Open Carry Policy – A Local’s Perspective

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In January, 2010, gun advocates in California decided to test their state’s open carry laws by walking into businesses with guns strapped to their legs, or wherever they strapped them. This was an activist gesture. Businesses in open carry states have the right to set firearm policies in their businesses, but gun rights advocates wanted … Continue reading

Popular Liberal Myths About Conservatives (And Republicans, Specifically)

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Myth 1: Republicans are racist The only (to my knowledge) sitting member of the US Senate who was ever associated with the KKK is Senator Robert Byrd of West Virginia – a Democrat. Republicans freed the slaves in the Civil War. Democrats fought for secession. While black conservatives have twice (to my knowledge) mistakenly claimed … Continue reading

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