I love the Olympics. The strength of the athletes, the pride of country and all the ceremony - I just love it all.
An ad from the Why Marriage Matters Project was played during the opening ceremonies here in Maine, showing up on television sets from Portland to Bangor and beyond. Have you seen it yet? It was pretty powerful and if you haven't had a chance, you can watch it here. | continue reading
For those of us concerned about privacy and surveillance the "Why Worry" question is especially infuriating. Not only does it lazily condone the latest surveillance intrusion (ALPR's, by the way) but naively accepts the government's actions as righteous. | continue reading
The ACLU launched a nationwide effort today to find out more about automatic license plate readers (ALPRs). This relatively new technology allows for photographs to be taken of every license plate that passes by – up to three thousand per minute – with all of that information stored in a massive database. | continue reading
Did you know that in the last 38 years there have been only two cases of voter fraud in Maine? Both were effectively taken care of and did nothing to alter election results. Yet, for some reason, talk of voter ID won’t go away.
Instead of securing election systems, voter ID laws create unnecessary obstructions to voting. Take Nancy Wilde, for example. She has been voting since 1957 when she was 21. Unfortunately, Wisconsin recently passed voter ID laws that have complicated Nancy’s attempt to vote in this fall’s election. | continue reading
Today, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit reinstated the ACLU's challenge to the no-fly list, which was brought on behalf of people who were told that they could not fly on an airplane but were not told why. More importantly, the plaintiff were never told what (if anything) they could do to get their names off the no-fly list. | continue reading
Scott Moody, executive director of the Maine Heritage Policy Center (MHPC), had this to say yesterday in response to a Portland press event on child hunger:
When you’re running an unprecedented trillion dollar deficit, we have to start taking a step back as a country and be asking ourselves do we really need to be still doing these things.