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ACLU Cites Abuses, Demands L.A. County Sheriff Step Down

The ACLU has demanded the resignation of Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca after the civil rights organization issued a report that he had willfully ignored a growing culture of violence and abuse by jail deputies against inmates. (more)

Posted on Sep 29, 2011 READ MORE


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‘Daily Show’: Obama’s Seal of Disapproval

Jon Stewart compares and contrasts Barack Obama’s version of the presidential seal to the real deal in this “Daily Show” clip and takes aim at the presumptive Democratic candidate for his declaration that he won’t be drawing on public financing for the home stretch of his bid for office after previously suggesting otherwise.

Posted on Jun 24, 2008 READ MORE


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Sun Shines Again on Chez Vidal

Those readers who have followed the saga of Gore Vidal’s bid to harness the sun may be heartened to hear that the esteemed author has emerged victorious in his green-minded mission: Vidal’s solar system is back in working order.  Here, he offers a wry retort to counter his detractors, along with a spirited response to a recent New York Times report about solar power that left him quite cold, it would seem.

Posted on Jul 28, 2007 READ MORE


Stop Blaming the System

We have become political hypochondriacs. We seem eager to declare that “the system” has come down with some dread disease, to proclaim that an ideological “center” blessed by the heavens no longer exists, and woe unto us. An imperfect immigration bill is pulled from the Senate floor and you’d think the Capitol dome had caved in.

Posted on Jun 12, 2007 READ MORE


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Gambians Vote With Marbles

Check out the Gambian voting system. It’s enviably simple: “Voters enter a booth and pop a clear glass marble into one of three drums representing the candidates.” The marble hits a bell on its way down, preventing people from voting more than once. No hanging chads, no hacking, just a satisfying plunk when your vote goes in.  Are we advocating marbles? No, but a paper trail would be good.

Posted on Sep 22, 2006 READ MORE


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Documentary Exposes Movie Ratings Hypocrisies

Have you ever wondered why the people who rate American movies (i.e. “PG-13” vs. “R”) consider nudity and foul language so much more dangerous to children than graphic depictions of violence? So did the guy who made this new movie. Read about him.

Posted on Aug 14, 2006 READ MORE


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