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California Legislature Approves Historic Civil Rights Bill Recognizing Same-sex Marriage

On Tuesday, September 6, 2005, California lawmakers became the first in the United States to approve a bill recognizing same-sex marriages. Assembly Bill (AB) 849, “The Religious Freedom and Civil Marriage Protection Act,” authored by California Assemblyman Mark Leno (D-San Francisco) passed 41-35. The California Senate approved it 21-15 last week. The bill, which makes the law defining marriage gender-neutral ... Read More »

Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist Dies of Cancer at Age 80

Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist, the 16th chief justice of the Supreme Court, died of cancer on Saturday, Sept. 3, 2005 in his Arlington home. A widower since his wife’s death in 1991, he was surrounded by his three children when he passed. The Chief Justice, who was named to the Supreme Court by President Richard M. Nixon in 1971, ... Read More »

Stop The ACLU vs. Instapundit: Justifiable De-linking or Pettiness Writ Large?

Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit has become the victim of a mass de-linking for having the temerity to write the words, “I think that demonizing the ACLU is a bit silly. I do feel that they’ve become overly partisan in recent years, but they still do good work,” in a brief, August 29 blogpost. Interestingly enough, Mr. Reynolds was not referring ... Read More »

Harshing on the Prohibitionists

Now that drug policy reform has become a crusade against the black market and the gangsterism it fosters... Read More »

Tempest in Teapot Pat Robertson Apologizes, Becomes Yesterday’s News

Reverend Pat Robertson has apologized for the threatening and offensive remarks he made regarding Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez... Read More »

Religious Extremist Pat Robertson Incites International Firestorm

"You know, I don't know about this doctrine of assassination, but if he thinks we're trying to assassinate him, I think that we really ought to go ahead and do it." Read More »

Marc Emery: Drug Kingpin or Political Prisoner?

In an August 5, 2005, article for the Seattle Post Intelligencer, columnist Joel Connely quoted D.E.A. administrator Karen Tandy on the arrest of Canadian marijuana activist Marc Emery: “Today’s arrest of Mark (sic) Scott Emery, publisher of Cannabis Culture magazine and the founder of a marijuana legalization group, is a significant blow not only to the marijuana trafficking trade in ... Read More » Reaches 10 Million Unique Visitors Mark

Congratulations to upon reaching the 10 million unique visitors mark, just before their third anniversary (August 12, 2005). For those not familiar with, whose tagline is, “A sinister cabal of superior bloggers on music, books, film, popular culture, technology, and politics,” it is a large group blog (1058 authors) that is also a news service that is also ... Read More »

The Pledge of Allegiance

Our Pledge of Allegiance was created in 1892 as a promotional gimmick for the Chicago World's Fair celebration... Read More »

New Media Reporting From London

These citizen journalists and bloggers enabled the world to view breaking news told from the first person perspective of victims and eyewitnesses... Read More »