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Category Archive: Freedom isn’t Free

Feb 19 2012

I Love my Uncle but, Newt Hates Him

Medina Valley Independent School District settles prayer case, Republicans surprise no one by flipping out.   My Uncle, Federal Judge Fred Biery, is a badass. Last June, he waded into a particularly religious area of small town “Real America” Texas and smacked down the overt proselytizing that had pervaded the Medina School District. Yet, as …

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Feb 15 2012

A Foxhole Atheist Story

Thanks to the Soldier who allowed me to reprint his story, originally posted in the February issue of ISO Lehti. Resilient Reflections: On Atheism, Service and Cooperation across faiths. By A. Stringer. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and not those of the United States Army, the United States of America or …

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Feb 11 2012

The Operators

Michael Hastings covers the unwinnable Afghanistan. Recently my buddy clued me into to another light colonel who “Hackworthed” or sacrificed his career in the hopes of raising consciousness about an unwinnable fight.  LT. COL Daniel L. Davis wrote a scathing assessment of the War in Afghanistan as the conflict pushes steadily into its second decade. …

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Feb 02 2012

Support our Troops Unless…

RBB experiences even more controversy. “Support our Troops” in a saying that I personally don’t like. I just am not a big bumper sticker person, though I do have one simple U.S. Army star stuck to my car expressly for the purpose of getting out of the occasional speeding ticket. While I do agree with …

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Jan 27 2012

Sign This Thing Right Meow!

Paradise Valley High School wants signatures? Then FINE we will give them signatures! Update, the preamble of the petition has been updated: “I’d like to thank everyone for their support. I never imagined that the petition would gain so much attention. However, this whole situation has been a large misunderstanding between myself and the administration. …

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Jan 27 2012

Alaska Airlines Ends Prayer Card Service

In response to customer reactions, airline axes mixing prayer and air travel.  Two days ago Alaska Airlines broke with thirty years of tradition by ending the practice of distributing “Prayer Cards” with meals out respect to company’s diverse group of consumers and their many faith traditions or lack thereof. What I find interesting is that …

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Jan 20 2012

Golshifteh Farahani Exiled For Nude Photos

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Iran censors an act meant to highlight the struggles of Muslim women. As my fellow blogger Maryam Namazie has reported, recently the Iranian born actress Golshifteh Farahani posed nude in a French magazine to protest the conservative policies of her homeland and highlight the plight of women across the Muslim world. Upon seeing the blasphemous …

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Jan 20 2012

We Are All Evil Little Things

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Support Jessica Ahlquist’s college fund and get a sweet T-Shirt. Since the completely predictable and unavoidable judicial order removing the prayer banner at Cranston High, Jessica Ahlquist has been on the receiving end of an awful lot of harassment. So let’s show some solidarity with Jessica and declare that like her, we are all “Evil …

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Jan 18 2012

The Troll Behind the Banner

The author of the Cranston High School Prayer is pissed. So about 60 years ago, there was this guy named David and he went to Cranston High. There was a contest and something that David wrote was put on a wall. Swing forward to today and that thing David wrote was now having the opposite …

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Jan 18 2012

A Great Quote on SOPA and PIPA

“It’s a different world we’re going into but it’s all based on the Internet. It’s all based on these connections. If you start limiting the connections, you’re going backwards as a society.”  – Glenn Beck Let’s face it, if FTB and Glenn Beck both think a piece of legislation is really this bad… It probably …

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