Bob Barr Currently only Presidential Candidate on Texas Ballot

From Bob Barr's website:

Richard Winger’s Ballot Access News reports that Democrats and Republicans have missed the August 26th deadline to place a presidential candidate on the ballot in Texas. According to the Texas Secretary of State website, Bob Barr and Wayne Allyn Root are the only candidates for president and vice-president that will appear on the ballot in the Lone Star State.

Winger writes:

Section 192.031 of the Texas election code says that political parties must certify their presidential and vice-presidential candidates for the November ballot no later than 70 days before the general election. It says, “A political party is entitled to have the names of its nominees for president and vice-president placed on the ballot if before 5 p.m. of the 70th day before presidential election day, the party’s state chair signs and delivers to the secretary of state a written certification of the name’s of the party’s nominees for president and vice-president.”
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At 2:30 pm Texas time, August 27, Kim Kizer of the Texas Secretary of State’s elections division says neither major party’s certification has been received in the Elections Division. The Executive Office of the Secretary of State refers all questions back to the Elections Division.

This year, neither the Democratic Party nor the Republican Party obeyed this law.

In a press release sent from Bob Barr 2008, Russ Verney said, “Unless the state of Texas violates their own election laws, Congressman Barr will be the only presidential candidate on the ballot,” adding that “Texas law makes no exceptions for missing deadlines.”

We’ll be paying attention to this situation.

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The source referenced is Ballot Access News Richard Winger's online resource for all things election. His final paragraph in the post pretty much sums up my opinion on the subject:
In 1988, the Democratic and Republican Parties missed a similar Indiana deadline. Lenora Fulani sued the State Election Board to force the Board to enforce the deadline. The 7th circuit ruled that Fulani did have standing to file such a lawsuit. Fulani v Hogsett, 917 F 2d 1028 (1990). However, the 7th circuit also said that Fulani waited too long to file her lawsuit. The implication is that if she had filed the lawsuit promptly, it would have been successful; or, more likely, the Indiana deadline for the major parties to certify their nominees might have been held unconstitutional. Fulani in 1988 was the only ballot-listed presidential candidate other than the Democratic and Republican nominees. This year, the Texas Libertarian Party and Bob Barr are the only ballot-listed presidential candidates on the Texas ballot, so the Texas Libertarian Party could, if it wished, bring a lawsuit. However, the result of the lawsuit would probably be to get the deadline declared unconstitutional; no court would order that Obama and McCain be kept off the ballot.
In the end, Obama and McCain will appear on the Texas ballot. Laws don't apply to major parties and their candidates. On the other hand, McCain is currently suing to have Barr removed from a ballot in another state. Are we taking bets on the outcome there?

This is simply another lesson on who holds the power in this country. Get ready for the next 4 years.



Additional. The website has already been updated to include the two major party candidates.

http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/candidates/general/2008gensbs.shtml

And that, after the deadline has passed. I think we need to ask the question, did they get in before the deadline, and the website just wasn't updated; or after it, and the law was violated? Based on Wingers research, it looks like the answer is 'after'.



The latest from BobBarr2008.com:

“The law is clear, and it was clearly not followed,” says Verney. “The Texas Supreme Court was emphatic when it stated that the law ‘does not allow political parties or candidates to ignore statutory deadlines . . .’ Senators Obama and McCain did not file by the deadline; therefore, Texas should abide by the laws it created. No political party or candidate is above the law.”

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You can read campaign filings from Obama and McCain here and a letter from Russ Verney to the Texas Secretary of State here.

FFrF Radio:Guests: Ernie Chambers and Katha Pollitt; Archive: America is not a christian nation, Evolution assaulted

Podcast Link.
August 23, 2008 - Guests: Ernie Chambers and Katha Pollitt
Saddleback abomination. Religious test for office. Homophobia on parade. Supreme misunderstanding.

5:20 Ernie Chambers 2nd appearance; discusses his case against god; omnipotence & omniscience precludes service. the case was brought specifically because courts should be open to any body for any reason (the way the law reads in Nebraska) he goes through a few of the counts against god listed in the lawsuit.

18:40 Catha Pollitt, flocking to faith; Obama's complete betrayal of the constitution, with his announcement to continue the faith based initiative.

She qualifies her bile with her intention to continue her support for Obama. I find this blind subservience to any political faction sad & disgusting.




2007 Archive episode.
August 25, 2007 - America is not a christian nation

Convention blurb

5:15 theocracy alert. Texas pledge modification (how about no pledge? My children do not pledge) David Vidder, latest conservative hypocrite. Bill Moyers' religious judgment error with Martin Marty. God's warriors.

20:30 Ed Buckner has a chapter in Everything You Know About God is Wrong. America is not a christian nation. To some of us, this is not news. Decent interview all the same.




2006 Archive episode.
August 26, 2006 -The Evolving Religious Assault on Evolution: Lawrence Lerner

Neo-Nazis protesting on women's equality day. Only Turkey has a smaller percentage of people who accept the proof of evolution than the US. Evolution left off list of acceptable low income US education grants. Pope sacks astronomer. Coulter smears Darwin (earns label of coultergeist)

Larry Lerner representing the Fordham Foundation and the report he co-wrote www.edexcellence.net on science standards in the classroom. The discussion revolves around the problems of setting and maintaining education standards, and the evolving nature of creationism.

Kristen Lems & Dan Barker sing The Preacher & the Slave

Freethinkers almanac.

There are those who say Dawkins goes too far in his attack on religion. That he fails to understand the true nature of religious mystery; that his criticism relies on a parody of faith that he himself set in place, and that people do not take seriously anymore. those who make that objection tend to belong to the mild kindly end of the religious spectrum. these days we should be in no doubt of what the other end of the spectrum is like and we might remember that no social structure ever gives up power because it wants to. If some parts of the christian church are decent and tolerant today, it is because the crusaders and inquisitors and witch burners have been shamed and stripped of their authority by the great critics of religion, some indeed who belonged to the church itself. But all of whom were accused in their time of going too far. -Philip Pullman

"we don't trust numbers to build up a cause; rather we look at principles, to the truth and the right." -Elizabeth katy Stanton

I.O.U.S.A. It's the Debt, Stupid!

I haven't seen this film yet...



But nothing in the trailer surprises me. Looking forward to catching I.O.U.S.A. this Thursday. For those of you who might doubt the size of the monetary problem we face, here's a Presidential candidate weighing in on the issue...



I've been worried about this subject since before America: Freedom to Fascism aired; I started buying and selling silver because of it. This is the reason why the War on Terror can't run for a hundred years, no matter what John McCain may say; and it's the reason why none of Obama's societal changes stand a chance of working. The debt is the 900 lb. gorilla in the room. Time to talk about it.

FFrF Radio: Guests: Julia Cicci and Sarah Braasch; Archive: Religion Writer Loses Religion; Philip Paulson

Podcast Link.
August 16, 2008 - Guests: Julia Cicci, ROTC cadet and unbeliever and Sarah Braasch, FFRF legal intern

Theocracy Alert - Priests convicted, testimony of victims. Black collar crimes are listed in every issue of Freethought Today; More proof of Bush's mental illness.

9:20 - Interview - Julia Cicci - Non-religious invocation.

18:30 - Interview - Sarah Braash - Former Jehovah's Witness, talks about how religion terrorizes children.



2007 Archive episode.
August 18, 2007 - Religion Writer Loses Religion

5:30 theocracy alert - Indiana chaplaincy program ended; Christian embassy; Left Behind video game promo in 'care' packages from Operation Startup. Carl rove resignation & proof of George W. Bush's schizophrenia.

28:30 Interview - William Lobdell, He had faith in his job Discusses the website http://www.whydoesgodhateamputees.com and faith healers like Benny Hinn. (Where are the ambulance chasers? Why isn't there a lawsuit for fraud from faith healers?) Trinity broadcasting telling people to charge their contributions even if they can't pay their debts. (apparently god wants you to be a debt slave)

48:15 Freethinkers Almanac



2006 Archive episode.
August 19, 2006 - An Atheist in a Foxhole: Philip Paulson

Philip Paulson, atheist in foxhole, his 17 year fight against the Mount Soledad cross. His case has since been taken up by Steve Trunk. Terminal cancer sufferers should all look to this man as an inspiration. I want to have the energy he has, and I don't have cancer.

Dan Barker performs "None of the Above"

Birthday Musings

I promised my best friend, while we were sitting down for lunch on my recent birthday, that I would flourish some poison penmanship if I didn't at least receive a phone call from my blood relations this year. Mother has at least called in previous years, whether she understood the implications of the call or not.

I even mentioned the subject later, when my fellow former S*T*A*R members surprised me with chocolate cake and other goodies (Mark, keep that elbow immobile. Mr. Humor with the White Elephant gifts...) before the Wife and I headed out for our movie marathon.

The children were upset that they were going to miss my birthday, because grandma (The Wife's Mom) wanted to see them this summer, and the only available week was the week of my birthday. But my brothers and sisters...? Well, they were watching Da Boys in Central Park (with my Mom, as well. At least Mom confessed) and hadn't thought to trouble me with the knowledge that they were all getting together. On my birthday. To watch a concert. In New York City.

...Without me.

Sure. I don't fly these days. I get vertigo and headaches and the list goes on. Plenty of excuses to go around. But not to even tell me...?

What a burn.

But, every time I started to write this post, something important that I was missing kept bothering me; something I was missing, that I didn't show proper appreciation for at the time.

Two groups of friends took time out of their busy days to drop by and drag me out to have fun. The Wife and I had a great time watching films that we had put off seeing all summer. The Children brought me gifts, and the Daughter may never speak to my family again, she's so outraged.

I have friends that care. I know that they care because there isn't much that I can do for them in return for their kindness. They aren't kissing up to me looking for favors. I have a wife that I love and who still loves me after 20 years, and I have children who care more about my status in the family than I do.

What else could you ask for on your 45th Birthday?

(Shut up, Id. Tickets to an LLB concert in Central Park were never offered, were they? And that boxed set of SG1 is being delivered. So pipe down back there.)

What else could you ask for?

Mamma Mia

If you are prepared to watch a Rock Opera, and if you are prepared to listen to Abba music for an hour and 48 minutes, then I highly recommend this film. If either of those two conditions don't apply to you, stay away.

I found this film to be a nice trip down memory lane, reminding me of why I liked Abba all those years ago, and marveling at how the songs were worked into to the theme of the play/movie.

I'm glad that the leadership on the film chose actors that could sing, instead of requiring that they be Pavarotti's that try to act. Yes, there are some rough edges on the soundtrack; but then there are some rough visual edges on the actors as well.

All in all it made for a real feeling film that pulled you into the world it portrays, at the same time bringing back the emotion of being 17 and in love for the first time, again.

Dick; the way the 70's Should be Remembered

Hands down the silliest political satire I've ever sat through. Equally lambasting everyone from Dick Nixon to Woodward & Bernstein, this is the way I want to remember the 70's.


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Humor may be in the eye of the viewer, but the only way to explain the panning this film gets is judging it in context with the time it was released. Whitewater and the Clinton impeachment.

In hindsight the film becomes even funnier. At least Tricky Dick understood when he was an embarrassment to the nation, and himself; and didn't keep trying to pretend he wasn't a disgraced President.

If only 'W' had employed teenage dogwalkers. Ah, the times they are a-changing.



Speaking of 'W'...

Caught the trailer for 'W' before watching Pineapple Express on Monday (that film would have been funnier if I had been properly motivated) I can't imagine how this film will fair considering that it's airing even before the subject leaves office; although they aren't advertising an actual air date yet. Looks like it will be funny. Is it supposed to be?

The resurgence of Meetup.com

A few days ago, Bob Barr's election campaign established a goal for their ambitious "60 seconds for Bob" promotional campaign as "Join a Bob Barr Meetup!" In response, I wrote a note to them (which went unanswered, not that I mind) explaining why I won't be attempting to spend that 60 seconds for Bob.

Today, Austin Bookcrossers informs me that they have re-opened their meetup group. In the process of writing a response, I got to wondering "didn't I blog on this issue...?"

I mean, the reason I don't (and won't ever) participate on meetup.com was a long painful decision reached over the course of several months. There's an entire section of the forum archived at meetup.com, to this day, that goes into great detail as to why the membership at meetup.com was going to bail out, and why a great many of us were never going to return.

The local libertarian group has been bugging me to join, virtually since the day I deleted my meetup.com membership and watched the two groups I had organized get flushed down the bit bin, but I never thought to elaborate on why I won't do the meetup thing.

When I first ran across meetup.com, it was related to a political event. If I remember correctly, Howard Dean used it extensively to promote his candidacy in 2003 (in fact, he should have been the Democrat nominee) The Libertarians followed suit, and I consequently joined meetup as part of a promotional effort to get more Libertarians active on the local level.

Or maybe it was a fandom event. Rings on the Range (a local Austin LOTR fan club) was active on Meetup at or about that time. In fact, their meetup page still features a picture of me at one of their meetings (in 2003!) That's what I call an active group.

Whatever it was, I became a member at Meetup.com. After awhile, I conceived of the idea of getting Austinites together again, to watch SF movies and discuss SF we liked. I had started a Yahoo! group for the Star Trek organization that I had been active in years previously, and there wasn't an active SF group anywhere in Austin at the time (these days there is Austin Pan-Geeks. You might want to check them out) so I thought "what the heck, let's see what's on Meetup.com."

There were already 20 or so people signed up as interested in SciFi in Austin when I checked on meetup. No one had stepped up to organize the group. After making sure that there were no financial liabilities (that is the important bit of information) I signed up as organizer, and actively started promoting the group. After discovering my love for Firefly, I volunteered to organize the local Firefly group, hoping to roll interest for that show into a large active group of SF fans in Austin.

That dream ended abruptly when Meetup.com's new management hit upon the idea of charging organizers a monthly fee for their groups. Fan groups run on shoestrings. There is no money available to pay for flashy organizing tools and whizbang graphics. Most of them meet in the back rooms of cheap restaurants for free, because they can't afford to rent a room to meet in.

Consequently the majority of meetup's membership objected to the change in policy. But the management at Meetup was adamant that they were going to start charging. When they did, I left, as I had promised to do. As did more than 3/4's of the membership. What was once a vibrant open community became a virtual ghost town.

...Until the next election rolled around. Elections that are awash with cash to spend on things like organizational tools.

But I'm still not interested, not even if it costs me nothing personally. I like open systems. Systems that invite average people to join and contribute. Meetup is not one of those systems. Consequently, I don't have the time of day for them, much less the inclination to bolster their ranks and justify their decision to charge for services.

McCain and Obama support Real ID

Just one more reason to vote third party.



McCain and Obama voted for Real ID. Neither of them are real Americans.

LLB "Forgiven"

I went out and picked up LLB's "Forgiven" a few days ago. I had to go to Wal-Mart because my brother (I've mentioned him before) clued me in to a surprise on the album. But it's only on the album available at Wal-Mart.

Track 14. Plain as day to me. My brother's voice on a major release album. I've heard him singing before. His band Hazytrane had their own album but you couldn't buy it at Wal-Mart. Don't believe me? Check out this video on Yahoo! Music:



Yeah, that's him singing. Every day I find additional evidence that the universe is indeed weirder than we can imagine. Congratulations, my brother.

The album? It's better than their initial release. I heard the songs on the first album before they were prettied up for the general public (connections have their perks) and I preferred the sound (in fact "Hurt" my favorite of the pre-release songs, has never been released) This album has that same playful edge that you get at a live LLB concert, that was present in the pre-release songs from the first album. Just three guys (and apparently my brother) jamming in a garage somewhere. Pick it up if you get the chance.

Tax Funded Content Providers; Disenfranchising With DRM?

ABC is Australia's Federal Government-funded public broadcaster, and has responsibilities under the ABC Act 1983 to provide services to the Australian people.The new ABC Shop has recently launched, with downloads of TV programs made available -- but only to Windows users willing to install DRM-laden software on their computers.
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Like the BBC, Australia TV broadcasts are publicly funded, so they are essentially keeping access away from people who have already paid for the content. I'd love to see this fought out in court.

GUILTY - A Verdict in the Charlie Lynch Case

Here's a travesty of justice:



Dear Jury Foreman (Forewoman?) It's legal to dispense Marijuana in California, because California says it is. The judges, and the federal prosecutors, are lying to you. How do you find the defendant not guilty? You disregard the instructions from the judge and determine the rightness of the application of the law in this case (as described here) and then you state, The Defendant is Not Guilty.

...it's actually quite easy, but good luck being seated on a jury if you admit to having even heard the acronym FIJA.

Paris Hilton's McCain Counter-Attack Ad

This is the funniest thing I've seen in politics in a long while.


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Has Paris ever done anything funny before?
No, seriously.

The McCain ad she was responding to is here.

Obama and McCain; a Real Horse Race?

We have come to that part of the campaign season again. The part where those responsible for "putting on the show" of American politics, tries to convince you that there is a real question of who will be the next president.
A national Associated TV/Zogby International poll1 finds Republican Sen. John McCain taking a barely distinguishable 42%-41% lead over Democrat Sen. Barack Obama in the race for the U.S. presidency. The difference between the candidates is statistically insignificant, but nonetheless indicates a notable turn-around for McCain.

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Forgive me if I don't just buy into the hype here.

I have a hard time believing polling data that says this is a real horse race. All you have to do is compare the two candidates in the average American fashion (television presence) and it's obvious that Obama is the better candidate. The only way you get to a dead heat is if you compare McCain's total lack of understanding when it comes to the cost of unending war, with Obama's total lack of understanding of economics in general. In other words, the only way there is a real race for the White House is if the American people are paying attention to the issues. A completely unprecedented turn of events.

Americans have never (NEVER) returned the same party to power when an economic downturn occurs on their watch. Never mind that the sitting president has squat to do with the value of a dollar these days, other than his military adventurism; and historically, war has not been something the electorate punishes a president for. Taxes (Read my lips) yes; war, no. Massive home foreclosures, inflation, etc, all point to the election of the opposition to the presidency; making this election virtually unloseable for the Democrats.

At least in the presidential field.

So, why the anomalous polling data? Could be the way the questions are asked. Could be the average American is suspect of a President who appears to be more popular overseas than he is here. But don't pretend that Americans care about issues. That never happens.

If Americans cared about issues, Ron Paul would be the Republican nominee. If Americans cared about issues, Bob Barr would be polling at least on the same level as Obama and McCain. They both talk about issues, and can back up the talk with facts.

No, issues don't drive American politics. Americans care about good hair and teeth, and the right soundbites. Obama has that in spades. I'm sure they'll come around to the right way of looking at things soon enough, and the polls will once again reflect the True Will of The People.

Game Distribution Systems; Steamrolled

Ran across an interesting article today Saving Progress: Impulse Buyer in which the author offers praise for Valve and their Steam game delivery system; and it's ability to effortlessly deliver games to your desktop.

I'll give the author points for identifying the reason that Valve promotes Steam, to the exclusion of all other methods of game installation. But he fails to unambiguously state what that reason is.

Profit Margin.

I'm a capitalist, I have no problem with profit. What I have a problem with is the continuing saga of limiting the usefulness of a product, even crippling same, for the explicit purposes of increasing profit margins; even when these actions limit the value of the product to the customer. DRM can come in many forms, and relying on Valve and Steam to continue to authorize a program's use every time you start it will eventually end in your paying for the same game over and over again as their profit margin demands it.

Make no mistake about it, Steam is DRM. If you do not have an active online presence when installing the game from disc (those of us who continue the arcane practice of actually going to brick and mortar stores for our software) you will not be allowed to install, at all. No where on the packaging for The Orange Box or Half Life is this fact revealed, and good luck returning already opened software for a refund. That doesn't happen, either.

Luckily (or maybe unluckily) we have high speed internet service, and so The Son was able to install his favorite programs and play them ad nauseum. Or he would be able to if Steam didn't present me with a regular series of challenges based on arcane hardware limitations and failed upgrade problems.

After a few months of being Steamrolled, I'm declaring a moritorium on Steam controlled games in this household. I've had enough of re-installing and re-configuring, and then re-re-installing and re-re-configuring Valve games to last me for the rest of my life. The children keep asking me when I'm going to play Half-Life 2 (because, like Doom 3, they watched me play Half Life from the safety of the couch, where the monsters can't get them. They want to continue the entertainment of watching dad scream in terror when the monsters start eating the back of his head) and my answer is a solid "never". Never going to play it, because the frustation of making Steam work with Half-Life and the other Valve programs leaves little room for the entertainment that you are supposed to get from gaming. Never mind that I don't want to get attached to a program that Valve could de-authorise whenever they please, for whatever reason they see fit.

I have a dream. I just want to be able to install a game, and then never have to worry about licensing again. If I were pirating...

[Copying without paying for software. Not really pirating. Pirating involves theft of value by force. Like taking your money and not giving you software that works, for example. Theft of my money is just as much piracy as continued use of a program you have not licensed properly]

...software, it would be that simple. I wouldn't have to answer to the authors of the program when it came to methods of installation, numbers of installs, or online status when installing. That is what these games developers have to compete with when it comes to rolling out new software. The software may or may not work on my system, I may not get the bug patches, but the price (free) is right for that kind of risk. And I won't have to listen to children beg me for the advertised games they don't own, conveniently available through Steam.

No, Valve has found their version of an MMO (and World Of Warcraft, Blizzard's premiere MMO, is experiencing astronomical profits) and they are milking it for all it's worth. I just don't have any need to be treated as a revenue source for game companies that really aren't doing too bad after all.

The interesting part of the article was the information on other game companies intentions to compete with Steam for customers. Well, they might have one sitting right here.
Impulse claims to be much more open, in keeping with Stardock’s continuing policy of being DRM-free and rewarding the legitimate customer. Recent furores over invasive and overly protective piracy prevention tools has divided the industry, with some favoring the maximum effort possible to stop piracy, while the rest advocating a free system which does not punish the consumer. Stardock, being at the forefront of this movement, consistently promise to never restrict their customers in the name of reducing piracy. By distributing their games online via the same methods as those who steal games, Stardock is banking on the loyalty of their customers and the attractiveness of their product to survive. So far, it is working.

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It sounds good. But it only runs in Windows, a platform that I've vowed to abandon, for pretty much the same reasons I don't approve of Steam. Too many hoops to jump through, too many limitations on what I can do, too much money for what I'm actually getting.

How about a cutting edge gaming system that is platform neutral, like Mozilla? No, I'm not happy about the state of gaming these days, and I don't see much hope on the horizon. Still, it's good that there are companies out there that realize treating customers like criminals is not the way to ingender loyalty amongst the endusers. Now lets see if they go the distance.

Cheesus

Gives a whole new meaning to the phrase "Cheese & Rice"

Attn: Yahoo! This Is True is not Spam

I just added the True A Day widget to the sidebar of the blog. If you like This Is True, and just happen to have a Yahoo address, too bad. Yahoo has blocked This Is True from your mailbox.
Yahoo! extends its idiot streak by blocking some 20,000+ subscribers of one of the oldest, and best run email newsletters on the net. Why? Because instead of hitting the unsubscribe button like any self-respecting web user would do, they hit the 'this is spam' button. This affects publishers and subscribers, so don't think it's not about you.

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Makes me glad I stopped relying on Yahoo webmail years ago. Otherwise I'd have to spend serious quality time agitating them to reverse their judgment.

FFrF Radio: Jon O'Brien & Ryan Valentine; Archive: August Brunsman & Dave Habecker

Podcast Link.
August 2, 2008 - Jon O'Brien, president of Catholics For Choice, Ryan Valentine of the Texas Freedom Network

Jon O'Brien was on in part because of the plight of Webster Cook (on Freethought Radio two weeks ago) and in part a response to William Donahue who has capitalized on events of late, gaining the spotlight by claiming victimhood for Catholics and christians in general. As President of Catholics for Choice, Jon O'Brien has a few pointed comments in response to Donahue's appearances in the media.

Ryan Valentine (calling from Austin!) of the Texas Freedom Network was interviewed concerning the SBOE's ill-advised decision last week to pass guidelines for Bible Courses in Texas (sent this to the governor, myself, with the suggestion that McLeroy should be sacked) litigation has already been filed, so additional state expenditures on this issue are guaranteed.

Texans interested in preserving the separation of church and state in Texas should Take Action at the TFN website.


"It ain't necessarily so.
The things that your liable to read in the bible,
it ain't necessarily so." -
George Gershwin, Porgy & Bess


2007 Archive episode.
August 4, 2007 - Special Guest: August Brunsman, director of the Secular Student Alliance

Theocracy Alert. Newspaper editor with more status than brains is set straight; at least on this program. She remained unapologetic in the face of several letters of protest.



August Brunsman of the Secular Student Alliance was on to discuss the advancing cause of freethought amongst the next generation, and the disturbing amount of money funneled into christian causes like Campus Crusade.

Dan Barker's work on Yip Harburg's Rhymes for the Irreverent. Snippets from this song are frequently used as bumper music in later episodes of the show.

Pagan pulpit wraps up the episode. Tithing supported in the bible? Not the way you might think.


"Those who begin coercive elimination of dissent soon find themselves exterminating dissenters. Compulsory unification of opinion achieves only the unanimity of the graveyard." -West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette


2006 Archive episode.
August 5, 2006 - Agnostic Recalled from Office over Pledge Issue: Dave Habecker

Theocracy Alert. Reading from the Associated Baptist Press, a speech by Walter Sheridan, calling attention to recent disturbing trends in religion. The continuing saga of the Mt. Solidad Cross.

Dave Habecker was recalled from his trustees position in Estes Park, Colorado, for failing to stand and recite the pledge of allegiance (I'm betting my position on the pledge would send Estes Park into orbit) which does nothing less than establish a religious test for holding office.

Freethinkers Almanac features Rupert Brook and Percy Shelley.

I'm studiously ignoring the plug for Inconvenient Truth at the end of the episode, because it's not convenient to rant about the environment right now. But then, there's always Bullshit! to fall back on, when the previous rants fall short.

Petition Congress: STOP Abusing the Bill of Rights

Here's something I can agree with. Bob Barr is testifying before congress on the Bill of Rights blackout.


Petition to the U.S. House of Representatives

Committee on the Judiciary, Congressman Conyers, Chairman

Whereas, the basis for the laws of this great Republic is the Constitution, adopted September 17th, 1789; and,

Whereas, that Constitution provided for a clear but difficult procedure for amending it; and,

Whereas, the founding fathers saw a need for Amendments to guarantee certain civil rights to citizens including the right to a free press, free religious expression, the right to keep and bear arms, freedom from government seizure of their property, freedom from unlawful detention, the right to a prompt and fair trial by a jury, and protection from unreasonable bail requirements; and,

Whereas, these and other rights were considered important enough to be added as the first 10 Amendments and these have become known as The Bill of Rights; and,

Whereas, The Bill of Rights, ratified in 1791 remain untouched by Amendment for more than two centuries; and,

Whereas, the Executive branch of the Federal Government, through executive orders and other schemes has eroded many of these rights and still greater threats loom; Now therefore the undersigned citizens of the United States petition Congress to rise to its responsibilities and enforce and protect the Bill of Rights through any and all means at its disposal including but not limited to Committee Hearings and legal action through the courts.

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Sign the petition at BobBarr2008.com