The US government has finally released Canadian Omar Khadr from Guantanamo and sent him to Canada to finish out the remainder of the 10-year term imposed on him by a military tribunal in 2010. [Read more…]
In election years, the October issue of the journal PS: Political Science and Politics features the predictions of political scientists based on their various models. The issue of the journal has just been published with 13 predictions. Unfortunately it is behind a paywall. [Read more…]
Some students are protesting a new federal law that sets limits on the calories that the meals should contain and requires more fresh fruits and vegetables as part of the menu. (Warning: That link has a photo showing Michelle Obama with bare arms, which some find offensive.) [Read more…]
You may recall I wrote last month about the minor flap that occurred when NPR reporter Ari Shapiro broadcast a short interview with a woman named Bobbie Lussier at an American Legion meeting in Indianapolis. Referring to the Obamas, Lussier told him, “I just – I don’t like him. Can’t stand to look at him. I don’t like his wife. She’s far from the first lady. It’s about time we get a first lady in there that acts like a first lady and looks like a first lady.” [Read more…]
Having successfully implemented his program of alienating women, blacks, Hispanics, immigrants, and gays, Mitt Romney has set his sights on the one remaining group that still supports him – Republicans. Humorist Andy Borowitz says that this is all part of a carefully planned strategy. [Read more…]
1. The Center for Inquiry Northeast Ohio will be holding its 2012 conference on the topic “On the Barricades: Reason vs. Religion in Public Policy” on Saturday, October 6, 2012 from 9:00am to 4:00 pm in the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Independence, Ohio.
More details of the program and registration information can be found here.
2. The CWRU chapter of the Center for Inquiry will be hosting Eddie Tadash who will talk on “Is America a Christian Nation?”
The talk is free and open to the public and will be held on Sunday, October 7 at 6:00 pm in Room 322 in the Wickenden building on the Case quad of the campus.
Glenn Greenwald gives us a horror story of how the US government will go to any lengths, however cruel, to prosecute ordinary people for minor crimes that were well intentioned, while ignoring the major crimes of important figures.
His recounting of the story of how they treated Dr. Shakir Hamoodi should make people’s blood boil.
It is to Bill Clinton’s eternal shame that he did not veto the Defense of Marriage Act when he was president and to my knowledge he has never apologized for it, but has simply shifted in his reasons for signing it. It is anticipated that the constitutionality of the law will be decided by the US Supreme Court in its upcoming term, though it has not selected any of the cases as yet. [Read more…]