South Carolina's voter ID law (Law, Politics)

Will someone please tell me why it's okay to require a photo ID to board a plane, to purchase alcohol or cigarettes, apply for food stamps or welfare, cash a check, open a bank account, etc. but heaven forbid we insist on a photo ID in order to cast a ballot, one of the most important things we do as citizens. It's ridiculous. AG Holder and those who are against these new photo ID laws claim they discriminate against minorities, but that's simply untrue. According to Chris Whitmire, a spokesman for the South Carolina State Election Commission, the law provides exemptions: for those who vote by absentee ballot, have a religious objection to having their photo taken, or due to a "reasonable impediment" like a physical disability. So if it's truly too difficult for you to provide a photo ID, vote by absentee. Read More

Legislating the Internet (Government, Law)

Megacorporations want to legislate the Internet to protect their own intellectual property. But eventually, this will work heavily against the denizens of the Internet. Read More

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (Government, Politics)

Wish you could see the steam pouring out of my ears. The President has done something unprecedented. He's claimed a 'recess appointment' when the Congress wasn't officially in recess. All so he could bypass Congress and place Richard Cordray as director of the new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. The Republicans have been holding "pro-forma" sessions every three days which met the constitutional requirement to avoid calling their winter break a recess. Read More

Prepare to vote (Science, Society)

Happy New Year! I plan on doing a weekly post here. We're now fully into the election year -- just 11 months until we go to the polls. If you haven't been doing it all along, please start studying the issues so, come November, you can intelligently cast your ballot. And if you're someone who hasn't diligently voting in every election, add that to your New Year's Resolutions. Our nation doesn't ask that much of us as citizens (short of paying taxes). It's the least you can do. Read More

Separation of church and state (Law, Society)

Christmas is fast approaching, and once again we're hearing the argument over whether it's a Christmas tree or a holiday tree. Those in the holiday tree camp try to point to the First Amendment to support their case. Unfortunately for them, it does just the opposite. Read More

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