The Senate of the United States of America has unanimously condemned
Uganda's proposal to kill homosexuals.
Jack Shafer of Slate reviews leaders of states who believe in wild and
unlikely conspiracy theories.
David Boaz of Reason Magazine writes of the lack of a "Golden Age
of Liberty" in history. As much as a "Golden Age of Liberty" has
ever existed, we are in it and it shall last as well as we can keep it.
Damon Root of Reason Magazine notes the 137th anniversary of the
Slaughterhouse Cases, their relevance to the 14th Amendment, and
the upcoming McDonald v. Chicago Second Amendment case.
A leaked memorandum
adds evidence for Republican Party promotion of the "Tea Party" movement.
Of additional interest, the memo speaks of competing Republican Party
factions whose ideology is indistinguishable to me.
Habibi at Harry's Place has some background information on Anwar Awlaki.
Michael Ezra at Harry's Place digs up Counterpunch founder Alexander Cockburn's
history of anti-semitism.
Federation of Labour President Richard L. Trumka declares that "for a generation
we have built our economy on a lie -- that we can have a low-wage, high-consumption
society and paper over the contradiction with cheap credit". It is also news that Time Magazine is reprinting a labour leader's speech.
- The U.S. National Science Foundation has stopped reporting statistics on the proportion of people who believe in evolution and the Big Bang Theory.
- The health insurance reform law that was recently passed in the United States of America appears to strip Congressmen of their health insurance through 2014.
- Nebraska has passed two anti-abortion laws. LB594, requiring that women seeking an abortion have their sanity questioned, passed on a 40-9 vote, while LB1103, restricting abortions to the first twenty weeks of pregnancy, passed on a vote of 44-5.
- Two on drug-related violence in Mexico:
- Background on the violence in Thailand: