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  • Veni Vidi Wiki

    Paul Krugman
    By PAUL KRUGMAN
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:31 pm
    A brief vacation in ancient Rome.
  • Beyond the Lies

    Paul Krugman
    By PAUL KRUGMAN
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:48 am
    Obamacare's opponents can't handle the truth.
  • ISIS Releases Video of Execution, Alleges Victim is American Journalist James Foley

    The Moderate Voice
    Guest Voice
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:49 pm
    A video released Tuesday by militant Islamic extremist group ISIS depicts the violent execution of a man alleged to be missing American journalist James Foley, who was kidnapped in Syria last year. Foley, 39, was taken while working for Agence France Presse. AFP has no comment at this time, AFP’s Chief Editor for North America told… ISIS Releases Video of Execution, Alleges Victim is American Journalist James Foley Share on Tumblr
  • Is There Something Wrong With Black People?

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    Rich Davis
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:07 pm
    The question, at first glance, is offensive.  I know, I meant it to be so.  But it's a sincere question.  For the past 80-ish years America has taken a liberal turn and we've put into place almost every desired law and policy the left wanted.  We were told tha …
  • We Won't Back Down

    Booman Tribune
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    I am feeling very sad for the families of American journalists Steven Sotloff and James Foley. In the grand scheme of things, one life lost to ISIS is a small thing. This is an organization that wipes out whole communities in minutes, rapes and enslaves women, and executes anyone who won't convert to their deranged version of Islam. But none of that mitigates the pain the family of James Foley is feeling tonight. And none of it can do anything to lesson the terror the Sotloff family is feeling. The American people will not appreciate seeing one of their citizens beheaded on YouTube, and it…
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    The Atlantic

  • The 9 Principles of Good Policing

    Conor Friedersdorf
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:08 am
    The Washington Post op-ed, "I’m a cop. If you don’t want to get hurt, don’t challenge me," captures an attitude toward policing that is common among U.S. law enforcement. Author Sunil Dutta, a 17-year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department, alludes to the many occasions he deescalated dangerous situations without using force, and granted that there are misbehaving police officers out there. He also wrote, "if you don’t want to get shot, tased, pepper-sprayed, struck with a baton or thrown to the ground, just do what I tell you. Don’t argue with me, don’t call me names,…
  • Having a Daughter Won't Make You Vote Democratic (or Republican)

    Noah Gordon
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    It's widely believed that children pick up many of their political beliefs from their parents. But recently, scholars have been analyzing the relationship in the other direction: Does having a daughter make parents more liberal or conservative? A 2008 study in the U.K. found that having daughters led parents to favor left-wing political parties and hold more liberal views on gender roles. In the United States, however, Dalton Conley and Emily Rauscher of New York University concluded in 2010 that having daughters increased the likelihood of identifying with the Republican Party and…
  • Letters on 'Life With Legal Weed' in Colorado

    Conor Friedersdorf
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:47 am
    After reading "Life With Legal Weed," a feature about Boulder, Colorado, as it adjusts to sanctioned marijuana, a number of locals and interested outsiders sent correspondence with additional perspectives. Some of their lightly edited letters are below. A 44-year-resident offered context for the place that Boulder has become. Her nostalgia for what the city was like in less moneyed times is powerful: I've lived in Boulder since 1970. Like so many others, we came in a VW bus and a VW squareback, along with five cats and no jobs. We weren't the complete hippies, though. We…
  • The History of Rock 'N' Roll in 1 Song

    James Parker
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:45 am
    The great Greil Marcus, whose rock-critical illuminations—in books like Mystery Train and Lipstick Traces—sent stroboscopic shafts into the black forest of my early manhood, is about to publish a volume titled The History of Rock 'n' Roll in Ten Songs. So naturally my first thought was: I bet I can do it in five. And my next thought was: Nah. Five songs is too many. And also too few. Five is a clutter, a randomness, a gallimaufry.  If it’s not going to be 10, it’s got to be one. The history of rock’n’roll in one song. And if you want a song that does it all—that includes…
  • Putting Eternal Salvation in the Hands of 19-Year-Old Missionaries

    Andrea Bennett
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:43 am
    Seventeen-year-old Matthew Timion was smoking a cigarette out his bedroom window when he heard a knock at the door. He’d just moved across the country with his mother and stepfather, a militant atheist. The recent death of his alcoholic father had left him with many questions about life, death and faith. Without looking, he somehow knew the visitors at the door were Mormon missionaries. He later interpreted this as a sign from God. “Mormonism came as a white horse,” Timion says. “They talked about families that can be together forever, life after death, the purpose of life. And there…
 
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    Daily Kos

  • Breaking news out of Ferguson: Police say they didn't lob tear gas last night

    20 Aug 2014 | 5:38 am
    Doused with milk to treat a little "eye irritant" ... As protests continued 10 days after a white police officer gunned down an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, this is what now passes as good news: The authorities made at least 47 arrests after demonstrators tossed bottles toward police officers, some of whom used pepper spray — but not tear gas, as they often have — to subdue some protesters. [...] Captain Ronald S. Johnson of the Missouri State Highway Patrol was quick, though, to declare Tuesday “a turning point” for Ferguson. Huzzah. Now about that police incident on…
  • Daily Kos Radio is LIVE at 9am ET!

    20 Aug 2014 | 5:10 am
    OK, now I just think they're overdoing it in Ferguson. This is just not necessary. It's Wednesday, but we're Joan-less. I've got a bad feeling about this. Guns are still FAILing, cops are still flailing. We'll dig through the headlines and stories that have been waiting in the wings, and in the end, we'll have another show pretty much unlike any other you're likely to hear anywhere else. There. I think that's sufficiently nebulous. Daily Kos Radio's Kagro in the Morning show podcasts are now available through iTunes. Listen LIVE at 9:00 ET, here: The Daily Kos Radio Player Click this Link to…
  • Daily Kos Elections Morning Digest: With Brownback and Roberts looking sickly, we move two ratings

    20 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Want the scoop on hot races around the country? Get the digest emailed to you each weekday morning. Sign up here. Leading Off: • KS-Gov, -Sen: How do you go from a landslide victory to fighting for your political life in a state that heavily favors your party? Ask Kansas's Republican Gov. Sam Brownback. Brownback easily won his seat in 2010, and used his victory as a mandate to turn his state into a petri dish for a right-wing freakonomics experiment. Brownback cut taxes without any real idea on how to make up for the lost revenue, and now Kansans are feeling the effects of his brutal…
  • Cheers and Jeers: Wednesday

    20 Aug 2014 | 4:54 am
    From the GREAT STATE OF MAINE… The Amazing Adventures of Super Barney Compared to years past, the town hall spittle-slinging has been quiet this summer. Since nature abhors a vacuum, here's a classic moment from August of '09, when Massachusetts Congressman Barney Frank gave a Nazi-card playing Lyndon LaRouchebot something to cry in her strudel about when she framed health insurance reform this way: Woman holding photo of Obama with a Hitler mustache: Why do you continue to support a Nazi policy, as Obama has expressly supported this policy? Why are you supporting it? Barney, it's all…
  • Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: A Rick Perry primer; thoughts on Ferguson

    20 Aug 2014 | 3:45 am
    The case has no substance. It'€™s using the courts in a politically motivated way. Are we talking about the Rick Perry indictment, or Halbig? — @DemFromCT Every time @GovernorPerry cries politics, we should report, as @WayneSlater did, the fact that spc pros. & judge who appt'd him are Repubs — @PaulBegala Here is @WayneSlater's story & @GovernorPerry mugshot: http://t.co/... — @PaulBegala Well, either the Gov. Rick Perry indictment is criminalization of politics—> Rick Hasen: This seems to be the season for investigations of governors. New Jersey’s Gov. Chris Christie…
 
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    Drudge Retort

  • No News Helicopters Over Ferguson

    sitzkrieg
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:59 am
    Peter Suderman, Reason: One of the strangest things about the tense situation in Ferguson, Missouri, ... is that there have been no overhead shots of the action. There's a reason for that. Last week, when the protests began, the Federal Aviation Administration banned low-flying vehicles -- vehicles like news helicopters -- below 3,000 feet over Ferguson airspace, in order "to provide a safe environment for law enforcement activities." The no-fly-zone was created at the request of local law enforcement, following a police report that a police chopper had been shot at. Yesterday, Missouri Gov.
  • Congress' Role in Creating Militarized Police

    Doc_Sarvis
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:33 pm
    Since 2006, the Pentagon has distributed 432 mine-resistant armored vehicles to local police departments. It has also doled out more than 400 other armored vehicles, 500 aircraft, and 93,000 assault rifles. the Defense Department has been making use of unused military equipment by giving it to local precincts. This is despite the fact that violent crime in the U.S. has steadily plummeted since 1993. Yet today, local police -- in cities and small towns across the country -- are increasingly loaded for bear. How did this militarization of the police force come about? It all seems to have…
  • Surviving Animals Starving at Destroyed Gaza Zoo

    rcade
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:25 pm
    The Gaza zoo was hit multiple times during the recent conflict between Israel and Hamas militants, killing many animals and leaving the survivors weak and traumatized. Staff members said many have not eaten in days because the zoo lacks funds to buy food, and they're getting virtually no assistance. "The situation is very bad," said Abu Sameer, the zoo's chief veterinarian. "We can't get the animals out to clean the cages. Many of them are getting sick because they are weak and it is dirty. But we don't have any alternative places."
  • Arrested Curfew Breaker Was at Home in Car

    rcade
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:31 pm
    After leaving a Justice for Michael Brown march on Sunday, Joshua Hampton of Ferguson, Missouri, was sitting in his car smoking in his grandmother's driveway at 2 a.m. with two of his friends when they were surrounded and arrested by police for breaking the midnight curfew. An officer by his window had a gun pointed at his chest, Hampton said. "They kept telling me to get out of the car, but I didn't want to make any kind of movement," Hampton told the Washington Post. "I just kept asking, 'Why am I being arrested for sitting in my aunt's driveway?'"
  • Obama Sends Eric Holder to Ferguson

    rcade
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:41 pm
    Attorney General Eric Holder will travel to Ferguson, Mo., Wednesday, President Obama announced Monday, making him the first high-level U.S. official to visit the St. Louis suburb after more than a week of public outrage at the death of unarmed teenager Michael Brown. Holder will meet with FBI agents and Justice Department personnel conducting the federal criminal investigation into the shooting, as well as other community leaders "whose support is so critical to bringing about peace and calm in Ferguson," Obama said.
 
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    Editor's Blog

  • Is That an Editing Error?

    Josh Marshall
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    I want to be very clear on the point I'm about to make so that I'm not misunderstood. Gov. Nixon of Missouri put out a statement this evening on the situation in Ferguson. Much of it is boilerplate that wouldn't surprise or inspire you. (I'm reprinting it in its entirety at the end of this post.) The gist is that to move forward peace needs to be restored in Ferguson and there needs to be justice in the case of the precipitating event - the death of Michael Brown. (There is a separate controversy over Nixon's decision not to appoint a special prosecutor - which I think is a mistake.) But in…
  • Smug Mug

    David Kurtz
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Rick Perry as you've never seen him before.
  • Return of the 'Scapetern'

    Josh Marshall
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:07 pm
    The CSIS/Amnesty International imbroglio marks a resurgence of the 'scapetern' and need for more study of this emerging phenomena.
  • Like Clockwork

    David Kurtz
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:34 am
    Another day. Another Obamacare corrective from Dylan Scott.
  • Don't Hold Your Breath

    Josh Marshall
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:28 am
    Great but sobering look at the mix of law and history that make it unlikely Darren Wilson will be charged let alone convicted of a crime in the killing of Michael Brown.
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    Political Animal

  • Day's End and Night Watch

    19 Aug 2014 | 4:16 pm
    Heading back West with a vast layover at SFO before they twist the rubber bands for the final hop. So it goes. Here are some remains of the day: * Must be a slow news day at the Weekly Standard: "Activist Encourages Defacement of Cover of Paul Ryan's Book." Is nothing sacred? * Summary of the grief Jay Nixon is getting over Ferguson. Suspect the talk about a national ticket spot is fading fast. * Crossroads ad up accusing Mark Pryor of wanting to cut Social Security and Medicare. Classic Rovism on behalf of a real threat to the safety net, Tom Cotton. * At Ten Miles Square, Julia Azari…
  • Bitter Laugh of the Day

    19 Aug 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Get a load of this (via Politico's Jonthan Topaz): Ferguson Mayor James Knowles on Tuesday stood by his comments about racial tensions in his city, saying that none of the city’s residents believe there is a racial divide in the community. During a contentious interview with MSNBC’s Tamron Hall, Knowles — who has previously downplayed racial tensions in Ferguson’s history — was asked whether he had changed his opinions after seeing outcries following the fatal shooting of unarmed African-American 18-year-old Michael Brown. “I don’t believe…
  • Race to the Bottom in Hollywood

    19 Aug 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Well, I guess it was inevitable. California, the legendary home of the film industry, has fished into the national and international competition to bribe said industry to located productions where the living is cheap and easy. The Golden State already had a film credit program. But it was relatively small ($100 million a year), run by a lottery to avoid big productions soaking it all up, and offering credits whose value was capped by a studio's state tax liability. That wasn't sufficient to compete with New York City and Georgia offering big, production-specific, and refundable (e.g.,…
  • "Meddlers" in the Far North

    19 Aug 2014 | 1:37 pm
    I guess the legacy of Todd Akin really is haunting this cycle for Republicans. Aside from the fact that no blatant yahoo (with the possible exception of Joni Ernst) has won a Senate GOP primary. you've got one, today in Alaska, where the big issue seems to be alleged Democratic "meddling" with the Republican choice. No, said "meddling" isn't Mississippi-style "crossover" voting, but a heavy Democratic ad campaign going after the candidate national GOPers have united around, former Natural Resources Commissioner Dan Sullivan. The claim is that like Claire McCaskill in 2012, Mark Begich is…
  • Rand Paul's Trick

    19 Aug 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Mike Gerson pulls off a nice two-cushion shot in a WaPo column on GOP minority outreach. First off, he spanks reformicons for their big-emphasis on middle-class voters, arguably at the expense of po' folks: They consistently pitch their approach toward the middle class — in part to distinguish it from previous iterations of compassionate or “bleeding heart” (Kemp’s phrase) conservatism. The cover of the reform-conservative manifesto — “Room to Grow: Conservative Reforms for a Limited Government and a Thriving Middle Class” — features a lawn…
 
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  • NRA Ad Campaign Has Michael Bloomberg in Its Crosshairs

    Sam Frizell
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:23 am
    In an effort to combat former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s high profile campaign for stronger gun control, the National Rifle Association is launching a national ad campaign to malign the business magnate and strike back at one of the gun advocacy group’s biggest detractors. The campaign, which kicks off Wednesday, is part of a multimillion-dollar effort to stir up negative perceptions of the New York billionaire, USA Today reports. Chris Cox, the executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, called Bloomberg “an arrogant hypocrite who…
  • Morning Must Reads: August 20

    Andrew Katz
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:21 am
    Nobody Wins in Ferguson MoreMorning Must Reads: August 19Morning Must Reads: August 18Did a British Jihadist Behead Journalist James Foley? NBC NewsMissouri School Kids Chant 'Hands Up, Don't Shoot!' NBC NewsSeeing Green: How Pot Delivery Apps Stay Above the Law NBC NewsVirtually no one connected to the tumult in the St. Louis suburb — whether by proximity, profession or ideology; by happenstance or choice — has escaped the nightly clashes without suffering in ways big or small, writes TIME’s Alex Altman Exercise Boosts Kids’ Brain Power A new study finds, for the first time,…
  • Rick Perry Booked in Politically Charged Abuse of Power Case

    Zeke J Miller
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry turned himself in at the Travis County Courthouse Tuesday on two felony charges of abuse of power. Perry, who has vowed to contest the charges stemming from a threat and ultimate veto of funding to the state’s public integrity unit, surrendered himself to Sheriff’s deputies to be fingerprinted and have his mug shot taken. Perry is scheduled to be arraigned on Friday. Outside the courthouse, Perry allies protested the indictment handed down by a grand jury Friday evening. “I am here today because I believe in the rule of law,” Perry told a crowd of cheering…
  • Paul Ryan: Don’t Rush to Judgment on Ferguson

    Belinda Luscombe
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Former vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan is not joining his Republican colleague Rand Paul in calling to demilitarize the police in light of events in Ferguson, Mo. Ryan, who’s currently on a tour promoting his new book The Way Forward, is calling instead for a note of caution. The Wisconsin congressman said it was too early to “jump to prejudging conclusions before evidence is in.” He added that he didn’t exactly know what Sen. Paul meant when he called for a demilitarization of the police. “I think it’s more important to be respectful of what’s…
  • Kentucky Democrat Got Discounted Bus Rental from Dad, Report Says

    Maya Rhodan
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democratic Senate candidate who hopes to unseat incumbent Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, came under fire on Tuesday after a report in Politico suggested her father may be renting out a 45-foot campaign bus to the candidate at a discounted price. If true, the rented bus could spell trouble for Grimes with the Federal Election Commission. If the contribution was found to be in violation of federal law that prohibits accepting goods and services at prices below market value, her campaign would have to pay a hefty fine. Politico’s analysis found that…
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    CNN.com - Politics

  • Rep. Ryan weighs in on Ferguson crisis

    20 Aug 2014 | 5:20 am
    Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wisconsin, weighs in on the crisis in Ferguson, and on his plan to address poverty in the U.S.
  • Holder to Ferguson

    20 Aug 2014 | 5:15 am
    After years of causing angst for White House political aides by delving into race issues, Attorney General Eric Holder is heading to Ferguson as President Barack Obama's top emissary.
  • Howard Dean: I hope Hillary Clinton becomes president

    20 Aug 2014 | 5:13 am
    Howard Dean still thinks Hillary Clinton will have a Democratic challenger in 2016 -- maybe several of them. But he won't be one of them. And he sounds like he's ready to join the team.
  • Howard Dean: I hope Hillary Clinton becomes president

    20 Aug 2014 | 5:13 am
    Howard Dean still thinks Hillary Clinton will have a Democratic challenger in 2016 -- maybe several of them. But he won't be one of them. And he sounds like he's ready to join the team.
  • Holder to Missouri in bid to ease tensions over Brown shooting

    20 Aug 2014 | 5:11 am
    After years of causing angst for White House political aides by delving into race issues, Attorney General Eric Holder is heading to Ferguson as President Barack Obama's top emissary.
 
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    Politics News Headlines - Yahoo News

  • Cameron breaks holiday after apparent US journalist execution

    20 Aug 2014 | 4:51 am
    British Prime Minister David Cameron broke off his holiday Wednesday for talks on the threat posed by Islamic State jihadists following the "shocking and depraved" apparent beheading of US journalist James Foley. Cameron was returning to his Downing Street office in London to discuss the situation in Iraq and Syria as experts worked on trying to identify the executioner in the beheading video, who spoke with a British accent. "If true, the murder of James Foley is shocking and depraved.
  • Pakistan anti-government protesters blockade parliament

    20 Aug 2014 | 4:50 am
    Protesters demanding the fall of the Pakistani government blockaded parliament and key ministries Wednesday in the latest round of a week-long political drama that has shaken the restive nuclear-armed nation. Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan and populist cleric Tahir-ul-Qadri had Tuesday led followers in a late-night march on the parliament building, the culmination of a week-long standoff with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. Khan and Qadri say last year's general election that swept Sharif to power by a landslide was rigged, and they are demanding his resignation. Qadri repeated his…
  • Afghanistan orders US reporter to leave over election story

    20 Aug 2014 | 4:43 am
    Afghanistan on Wednesday ordered a New York Times correspondent to leave the country after he wrote an article saying government ministers and officials were threatening to seize power to end a stand-off over election results. The attorney general's office said the article was "against the national interests and the national security of Afghanistan" and that Matthew Rosenberg must leave within 24 hours. "This decision was taken after the attorney general considered his story on the election deadlock and suggestion of an interim government, quoting unknown high ranking…
  • Thai junta chief tipped to become PM

    20 Aug 2014 | 4:38 am
    Thailand's coup leader is expected to be picked as prime minister by the kingdom's new army-dominated national assembly, junta sources said Wednesday, cementing the military's hold on power in the politically turbulent nation. Army Chief Prayut Chan-O-Cha is likely to be the sole candidate for the premiership when the 197-strong appointed assembly convenes on Thursday to select a new leader for the Southeast Asian country, the sources told AFP. "It was difficult to find people to become prime minister other than General Prayut. If it's not him, who else should it…
  • Hamas leader Deif 'deserves to die': Israeli minister

    20 Aug 2014 | 4:35 am
    An Israeli cabinet minister on Wednesday justified an air strike on Gaza that killed the wife and child of Hamas military leader Mohammed Deif, saying he was a legitimate target. "Mohammed Deif deserves to die just like (the late Al-Qaeda leader Osama) bin Laden. He is an arch murderer and as long as we have an opportunity we will try to kill him," Interior Minister Gideon Saar told army radio. It was not immediately clear whether Deif had been killed or injured in the strike, which levelled a six-storey house in Gaza City's Sheikh Radwan neighbourhood late on Tuesday.
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    Political Irony

  • The Enemy

    Iron Knee
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:31 pm
    © Jon Kudelka Can you tell if this comic is set in Fallujah or Ferguson? Believe it or not, this comic is actually from 2004, and was depicting a war zone. I guess we brought the war home. Related posts: Now that we have direct evidence that Muslims don’t think America is the enemy, can we stop claiming that they are our enemy? We have met the enemy and he is us The Real Enemy
  • How to make a person

    Iron Knee
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:30 pm
    © Ruben Bolling The Supreme Court makes Pinocchio due for a rewrite, now that the easiest way to create a real person is to incorporate. Of course, in the fairy tale, greedy and bad boys are turned into donkeys on Pleasure Island. Too bad that doesn’t happen in real life, or we would have a lot less problems with greedy corporations, especially those that go “offshore” to avoid taxes. Related posts: Same person wins both Dem and Rep nomination World’s Worst Person – Dick Cheney Breitbart isn’t the only person who can edit video
  • Late Night Political Humor

    Iron Knee
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:12 pm
    “Former Congressman Anthony Weiner is back. He’s opening a new restaurant that will specialize in healthy local food. It’s the first restaurant with a sign on the door that reads: ‘No Shoes, No Shirt, No Pants, No Underwear, No Hats …’ It just keeps going. It’s a long list.” – Jimmy Fallon “Former New York Congressman Anthony Weiner is planning to open a new farm-to-table restaurant in Queens. So, whatever you do, don’t ask to see the special.” – Seth Meyers “Hillary Clinton has been calling President Obama’s…
  • DMZ?

    Iron Knee
    17 Aug 2014 | 11:30 pm
    When you hear the exact same warning from people as divergent as Rand Paul and the CATO Institute, Glenn Greenwald and the ACLU, and even nonpolitical sources like Popular Mechanics, you suspect that you should take the problem seriously. The problem? The escalating militarization of police departments across the country. Do police still protect citizens, or are they acting more like occupying forces? These people see the police action that is happening in Ferguson MO as frighteningly similar to military action like in Iraq or Afghanistan. How did this happen? The recent escalation was caused…
  • Late Night Political Humor

    Iron Knee
    16 Aug 2014 | 11:15 pm
    “President Obama is planning to break up his vacation in Martha’s Vineyard by returning to D.C. for two days for meetings. Yeah, two days away from his family vacation – or as that’s also known, a ‘vacation’. If you’ve been on vacation, then you know.” – Jimmy Fallon “President Obama’s approval rating is now at an all-time low. It’s so bad that last night he gave his daughter Sasha a ride to a friend’s house and she asked him to drop her off two blocks away.” – Seth Meyers “A new poll found that President…
 
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    Politics - The Huffington Post

  • No Charges In 3 Deadly Beatings At Rikers Island, Despite Homicide Rulings

    20 Aug 2014 | 5:45 am
    NEW YORK (AP) — Agitated and hallucinating from alcohol and heroin withdrawal, inmate Angel Ramirez took a swing at a jail guard and missed. What followed, according to investigative documents obtained by The Associated Press, was a quick punch back from the guard that put Ramirez on the floor. Then he was dragged away, beyond the view of security cameras, and three other guards were called in. Inmates later told investigators they heard screaming and the sickening crack of nightsticks against bone. Ramirez, 50, died of numerous blunt-impact injuries that included a ruptured spleen,…
  • Embattled Sen. Mark Begich's Secret Weapon: Alaska

    20 Aug 2014 | 5:40 am
    ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Begich wants Alaskans to know he is one of them and an independent voice against President Barack Obama. So he's opening campaign offices in far-flung places like a coin-operated laundry in Dillingham, a hamlet of 2,000 people. He's allowed himself to be videotaped strutting his stuff at the Athabascan Fiddlers' dance in Fairbanks. And as anyone with a television knows, he rode a snowmobile in subzero temperatures in the Arctic, speaking into a camera about fighting the Obama administration to help secure offshore drilling permits. The…
  • Deadly Israeli Airstrikes Strike Gaza Amid Hail Of Rocket Fire

    20 Aug 2014 | 5:31 am
    GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) — Palestinian militants launched dozens of rockets and Israel responded with airstrikes on Wednesday after Egyptian efforts to mediate a lasting truce in the monthlong Gaza war collapsed in a hail of fire a day earlier. One of the Israeli airstrikes appeared to have targeted the home of Mohammed Deif, the Islamic militant group's elusive military chief, who has escaped numerous Israeli assassination attempts in the past. It was not immediately clear whether he was there at the time of the attack. The fighting resumed Tuesday when Gaza militants fired rockets at…
  • Privacy Is Completely And Utterly Dead, And We Killed It

    20 Aug 2014 | 5:27 am
    Privacy. . .everyone keeps talking about it and apparently everyone is concerned with it, but going forward does it even matter? I recently watched the documentary, “Terms and Conditions may Apply,” which provides a fascinating look at how organizations such as Facebook, Google, Apple and others have changed the way they look at and approach privacy. After watching the movie it had me wondering, “does privacy even matter anymore?” Most of us use Facebook, have iPhones, use Twitter, search on Google, and use the hundreds of other tools and platforms that companies have so graciously…
  • These 9 Charts Show America's Coming Student Loan Apocalypse

    20 Aug 2014 | 4:42 am
    Borrowers with federal student loans, long promoted as the safest way to borrow for college, appear to be buckling under the weight of their debt, new data show. More than half of Direct Loans, the most common type of federal student loan, aren't being repaid on time or as expected, according to figures from the U.S. Department of Education. Nearly half of the loans in repayment are in plans scheduled to take longer than 10 years. The number of loans in distress is rising. The increase in troubled loans comes as the average amount of student debt has significantly outpaced wage growth. After…
 
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    The Women's International Perspective

  • Funding Female Farmers for a Less Hungry World

    daniellenierenberg
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Women are the backbone of farming. Across the planet, women and girl farmers play a big role in changing the food system and creating a well-nourished world. In fact, approximately 70 percent of all farmers in the developing world are women. In poor and rich nations alike, they are taking on more defined roles in food and agriculture. Food Tank and the Global Forum on Agricultural Research (GFAR) produced this new video highlighting how meeting the needs of women farmers equals a better world. The video calls upon eaters, business leaders, policymakers, funders, and donors to invest…
  • ‘The Other Side of the American Dream’: Powerful Portraits Document the Abuse of Migrants Passing Through Mexico

    Kirstin Kelley
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:16 pm
    by Ellyn Ruddick-Sunstein, Feature Shoot, USA - For Al Otro Lado del Sueño, or The Other Side of the American Dream, photographer Nicola “Ókin” Frioli catalogues the heartbreak and devastation suffered by migrant families and individuals seeking security and stability in the United States. Having left El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala, or Nicaragua in hopes of escaping from the gang violence that pervades much of Central America and delivering their families from the brink of economic collapse, a great number of men, women, and children pass through Mexico. Read More »
  • Women Activists Defy Danger to Protect the Environment

    Kirstin Kelley
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:10 am
    by Thin Lei Win, Reuters, UK - Death threats forced award-winning Indonesian environmental activist Aleta Baun to leave her house for a year. Two of Berta Cáceres’ colleagues were murdered, and the Honduran indigenous leader has lost count of how many times she has been detained. Mardiana Deren, an Indonesian nurse campaigning against palm oil and mining companies, has been run over by motorbikes and was lucky to escape a stabbing. Read More »
  • New Gaza fighting erupts as negotiators seek long-term truce

    Reuters: World News
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:02 am
    GAZA/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel said militants fired rockets from Gaza on Tuesday in violation of a truce and that it struck back with attacks in the Palestinian enclave, fighting that put talks in Cairo on a long-term ceasefire in jeopardy.
  • Egypt calls for US restraint over Ferguson

    AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Report says Cairo "closely" following US protests and calls on Washington to observe "international standards".
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    VALID | a TWiB! Publication

  • Live Dispatches From Ferguson, Missouri

    aaron rand freeman
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:28 pm
    Elon James White live on the ground from Ferguson, Missouri. Follow @elonjames and @twibnation on Twitter for the latest updates on the protests in Ferguson Missouri. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER/LOGIN
  • Black Girl Nerds | Black Superheroines

    aaron rand freeman
    17 Aug 2014 | 7:57 pm
    Welcome To TWiB.fm Black Girl Nerds! Black Girl Nerds debuts on TWiB.fm with host Jamie Broadnax discussing the important of women of color being represented in comics as well as possibility and importance of a Black Panther movie. Featuring: Jamie Broadnax @jamiebroadnax Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon - Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! Want more @BlackGirlNerds: SUBSCRIBE: iTunes |Stitcher| RSS Feed FOLLOW: Facebook |Twitter|[DONATE]
  • #FERGUSON DISPATCH 5: Protestors And Looters Are Different

    Elon James White
    16 Aug 2014 | 11:20 am
    On Friday Night in Ferguson the community celebrated the liberation from the police dept but after midnight reports rolled concerning a breakin at the Ferguson Market. #TWIBnation headed directly to the scene of the standoff. The following is the first half of the broadcast live from Ferguson.
  • #FERGUSON Dispatch #3: #MikeBrown Was Murdered and We Want Justice

    aaron rand freeman
    15 Aug 2014 | 3:59 pm
  • #FERGUSON Dispatch #2: #NMOS14 LIVE FROM ST. LOUIS

    aaron rand freeman
    15 Aug 2014 | 3:54 pm
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    Wonkette

  • Here Is Your Rick Perry Mugshot And All The Other Great Ones Too

    Gary Legum
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Tuesday was the day for Gov. Rick “Yosemite Sam” Perry to turn himself into the authorities for fingerprinting, mugshot-taking, and general merriment over the extremely thin felony charges he faces over defunding the Travis County Public Integrity Unit. Finally, we would have the answer to the question that has plagued us ever since the charges were announced: Glasses or No Glasses? As you can see above, Yosemite Rick went with No Glasses and a tight grimace that says “I can’t believe I have to put up with this shit,” like a businessman who got pulled over for a DUI after a couple…
  • Paul Ryan Has A ‘Book,’ Bald Eagle Poop Isn’t Purple, And Other News You Can Maybe Use

    Kaili Joy Gray
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Good morning, everything is terrible again. Hooray, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-His Butt) has a new book out, called How I Learned To Stop Caring What Jesus Actually Had To Say Because I Sure Do Hate The Poors, or whatever he’s calling it, who cares? Courtesy of The Agenda Project Action Fund, please enjoy the original book cover above. You’re welcome. What the cluck? A 23-year-old state Republican Party staffer tasked with wearing a chicken suit and clucking at Democratic office holders was arrested during a small town parade on Saturday. The staffer, Michael Zona, of Manchester, was…
  • Wonkette Finally Surrenders, Becomes Twitchy

    Kaili Joy Gray
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Screw this day with a rusty fork. We are out of words, so we’re just going to steal yours. This: And this: And this too: Elegant and to the point: Exactly: Yup: “Satire“: Oh, did someone say satire? Evergreen tweet: Aaaaaaand scene: That little “Follow” button in the top corner is a good idea if you like what you see. We did. So what were your favorites today?
  • Deleted Messages Of The Day: If You Read The Bible, You’d Know How Real Demons Are, You Moron

    Doktor Zoom
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Time for another trip to the comments queue well, where we skim off the finest of our would-be commenters’ contributions. First up, a real treat: an actual good old-fashioned email sent to Yr. Doktor Zoom by “Vinbin76,” who had a bone to pick with us after we made fun of that dumb WND piece selling DVDs by claiming that Robin Williams committed suicide because of demonic possession. It’s a tad long, so we’ll tighten it up a bit. Vinbin76 takes a dim view of most Christians and an even dimmer view of Yr Doktor Zoom: Basically I think 90% of Christians don’t…
  • Congratulations, Deport-The-Kids Patriots! Kids Returned To Honduras, Killed.

    Doktor Zoom
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Some inspiring news for the deport-everyone-immediately crowd today: According to a Los Angeles Times report, “at least five, and as many as 10, of the 42 children” who have been killed in criminal violence in Honduras since February had been deported from the United States, according to the manager of a city morgue in San Pedro Sula. Not that anyone could have seen that coming, except for the human rights workers who warned that it was likely to happen. You might remember the nice lady in the top photo, who stood at a protest in Murrieta, California, in her American-flag top, and…
 
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    Hot Air

  • WaPo: Was Foley’s killer a former Gitmo detainee?

    Ed Morrissey
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:41 am
    Hmmm. The British accent in the video that depicted the despicable and cowardly murder of an American journalist has raised concerns in the UK about the background of the ISIS jihadist. The Washington Post’s report on the butchery includes this nugget that should have Americans thinking twice, too: In an interview with the BBC, Foreign Secretary Philip […] Read this post »
  • Everything has changed after the execution of James Foley by ISIS

    Noah Rothman
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:01 am
    War drums. The execution of the American journalist James Wright Foley by Islamic State militants and their threat to do the same to anther U.S. citizen has changed the West’s approach to the threat posed by this fundamentalist group occupying portions of Iraq and Syria. The tempo of officials in the West has quickened as preparations to […] Read this post »
  • Quotes of the day

    Allahpundit
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:41 pm
    The thin blue line. The City of Ferguson is exploring some serious changes to their police force. Most notably, police officers may soon be wearing cameras on their vests so all acts will be recorded… The city will also work to rebuild the business district, as many shops have been looted, and others have boarded up their windows in […] Read this post »
  • There will be nothing from the president tonight on the beheading of an American journalist Update: Statement tomorrow

    Mary Katharine Ham
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:05 pm
    As the news hit Twitter this afternoon, Air Force One was taking President Obama back to Martha’s Vineyard. Per Pool, Obama’s currently on Air Force One back to vacation in Martha’s Vineyard. — Andrew Kaczynski (@BuzzFeedAndrew) August 19, 2014 Normally I’d assume surely the president knew about the beheading before we heard about it on […] Read this post »
  • Spot the problems with these headlines: NYT edition

    Mary Katharine Ham
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:21 pm
    Wordsmithing. First, from Israel: Nope. Once a rocket is fired from Gaza, the cease-fire no longer exists and can therefore not be broken by the Israeli response to said rockets. Pity the poor headline writers at the New York Times who know not the definition of cease-fire. Although, I’m gonna guess if Israelis had actually broken […] Read this post »
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    Real PolitixReal Politix

  • The Keys To Success When Dealing With Insurance

    Randy
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:09 pm
    TIP! Make sure you get current quotes before choosing or renewing your policy. Most insurance companies determine their rates in various manners and they are not always figured the same way. Insurance provides a financial safety net when illness, accident or tragedy strike. There are a huge variety of insurance products out there. There are many things you can insure, like your pets, home and car. Insurance helps flatten out the risk curve over time rather than forcing you to pay a large bill when something goes wrong. This article will discuss all types of insurance, and how you can benefit…
  • Stock Market Tips That Will Save You Money!

    Randy
    17 Aug 2014 | 2:44 am
    TIP! Analyze the stock market for some time before deciding to purchase stocks. Prior to investing in the stock market take the time to study the inner workings of trading and investing. Most people have known a person who has made a lot of money from investing. They also know of a person who has lost their money from investing. Knowing how to find the best investments and minimize losses is how you can build your portfolio. Increase the odds for your success by doing lots of research and applying tips such as the ones above to improve your trading skill. TIP! It is important that you not…
  • Sick Of Your Boss? Try These Solid Work From Home Business Ideas

    Randy
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:18 pm
    TIP! Be able to describe your home business in a soundbite. If you have the ability to summarize your business quickly, you can impress people in any situation. Being your own boss and owning your own business is something many people dream of. The only way to be successful is to learn all you can, though. The information in the article below will help you make your own work from home business a success. TIP! If your business requires you to make your product, figure out what the cost is to make each product. A basic wholesale mark-up would be twice the price of your cost. Create a schedule…
  • Read These Handy Tips If You Are Thinking About Buying Real Estate

    Randy
    15 Aug 2014 | 3:57 am
    TIP! When you are trying to make a deal on real estate, do it moderately. Lots of people try to be overly aggressive only to lose out in the end. Like everything else in life, you must learn about real estate before purchasing it. Knowledge really is power and will give you the strength and ability to make wise decisions for you and your loved ones for the rest of your life. This article is here to guide you in your real estate transactions. TIP! Be flexible in making decisions. You may not be able to afford the perfect house in the perfect community, but you may be able to afford one or the…
  • The Right Insurance Policy Is Different For Each Person

    Randy
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    TIP! When shopping for insurance, look for a company that fulfill all of your insurance needs. Often, if you own home, car, life, and health insurance with one corporation, you could get a good discount. There are many different types of insurance: medical, dental, vision. life, car, and home owners insurance just to name a few. This article describes types of insurance, which kinds you need, and which you can do without if you are strapped for cash. TIP! If you want to save a few bucks, shop for bundled policies any insurance providers might offer. You can usually have cars and motorcycles…
 
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    FamousDC

  • Famous Friday [Round Up]

    SP and KC
    15 Aug 2014 | 3:03 pm
    #NATIONAL ~shark week~; RIP Robin Williams, we will miss you; Newsflash: 23 million of Twitter’s ‘active users’ are bots; #DISTRICT Jayson Werth drives. Fast.; Yes, the Pokémon World Championships is in DC this weekend; Mid-August that feels like Mid-October makes us feel some type of way; Anyone else overindulging in #RestaurantWeek?;  MOMOFUKU; One Direction takes on [...]The post Famous Friday [Round Up] appeared first on FamousDC.
  • The Jane Doze, Taking DC By Storm

    fdc
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:13 am
    First thing’s first they’re the trillest. FamousDC friends and super-dope DJ duo The Jane Doze are coming back to DC for Trillectro music festival on August 23. We’ll be there – will you? The Janes sent us over their 10 minute #Trillectro Warm-Up mix - check it out by clicking here, and snag your tickets to Trillectro here!  The post The Jane Doze, Taking DC By Storm appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Famous Friday [Round Up]

    Marie Formica
    8 Aug 2014 | 4:07 pm
    #NATIONAL Most hated college football teams in each state; Cat + smart collar = free wifi; Amazon is actually serious about drone package delivery; Peter Frampton literally takes matters into his own hands; Aesop Rock > Shakespeare; stressed? listen to a bodega cat; Hunter Pence trolling is the best and we want to see it [...]The post Famous Friday [Round Up] appeared first on FamousDC.
  • District Nights AKA Drew Geraci on his A-game

    fdc
    8 Aug 2014 | 1:01 pm
    District Nights from Drew Geraci (District 7 Media) on Vimeo. TheVoder.com ©2011 Andrew S. GeraciThe post District Nights AKA Drew Geraci on his A-game appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Famous Friday [Round Up]

    fdc
    1 Aug 2014 | 3:26 pm
    #NATIONAL Did someone just call double-stuffed Oreos gauche?; Amazon will offer you a dollar to take their slower delivery service; surely we don’t need reading glasses yet, but when we do…; Goin’ to Mars again y’all; who watched Sharknado 2?; Named Skywalker? No passport for you; dollar dollar bill; pay someone else’s water bill; Okay, [...]The post Famous Friday [Round Up] appeared first on FamousDC.
 
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    Democracy Now!

  • "Overpoliced & Underprotected": In Michael Brown Killing, Neglect of Black Communities Laid Bare

    19 Aug 2014 | 5:45 am
    As we continue to discuss the developments since the fatal shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer, we turn to john a. powell, professor of law, African American studies and ethnic studies at the University of California, Berkeley. He is the director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society. "The black community tends be overpoliced and underprotected," powell says. "That’s a very serious problem."
  • St. Louis Activist: Decades After 1968 Urban Uprisings, Key Economic & Race Issues Remain Unresolved

    19 Aug 2014 | 5:36 am
    The upheaval in Ferguson, Missouri, has called to mind the racial divisions that split open in the 1960s with a series of uprisings in cities across the country. In 1967, President Lyndon Johnson established what became known as the Kerner Commission to investigate the causes of the unrest. In February 1968, the commission famously concluded: "Our nation is moving toward two societies — one black, one white — separate and unequal." Just a month later, the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. sparked uprisings in more than 100 cities across the United States,…
  • Activist: For a New Generation, Ferguson Marks Historic Nonviolent Resistance to Police Repression

    19 Aug 2014 | 5:26 am
    As protests continue in Ferguson, activists are traveling to Missouri to join the movement in solidarity. We speak with one activist who has just arrived to Ferguson from Florida, Phillip Agnew, the executive director of Dream Defenders, a network of youth of color and their allies who engage in nonviolent civil disobedience and civic engagement to bring about social change. "I came here to be part of resistance," Agnew says. "We have not seen a reaction of nonviolent civil disobedience [to] officers of the state like this in my lifetime." Agnew helped organize protests to…
  • Pastor: In Ferguson Police Crackdown, I Need a Gas Mask More Than My Clerical Collar

    19 Aug 2014 | 5:10 am
    In Missouri, Ferguson has seen another night of heavy unrest in the ongoing uproar over the fatal police shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown. At least 31 people, including two journalists, were arrested as street clashes erupted between groups of demonstrators and riot police. Police are claiming they came under "heavy gunfire" and that unknown suspects shot two people over the course of the night. The protests came hours after attorneys for the family of Brown held a press conference to discuss the findings of a private autopsy that revealed Brown had been shot six times. The…
  • Headlines for August 19, 2014

    19 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    31 Arrested in Ferguson Protests Overnight; 2 Shot During UnrestBrown Family Attorney: Autopsy Backs Up Witness Accounts of Fatal ShootingObama Raises Concerns about Police Militarization in Post-Shooting CrackdownIsrael, Hamas Extend Truce for 24 Hours; Key Differences RemainU.N. Agency: Gaza Can't Return to Blockade ConditionsIsrael Blocks Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch from GazaObama Hails "Major Step" as Kurdish, Iraqi Forces Retake Mosul DamIslamic State Video Threatens Attacks on AmericansUkraine, Rebels Trade Allegations of Civilian KillingsUnidentified…
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    NYT: The Caucus

  • Sunday Breakfast Menu, Aug. 16

    By ELENA SCHNEIDER
    16 Aug 2014 | 11:47 am
    Gov. Jay Nixon of Missouri will make the rounds on the Sunday network shows to discuss the unrest in Ferguson after the shooting of an unarmed black teenager.
  • Sunday Breakfast Menu, Aug. 10

    By ELENA SCHNEIDER
    9 Aug 2014 | 12:17 pm
    This week, President Obama authorized targeted airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, a militant group that has taken over large parts of northern Iraq, drawing the United States back into the conflict in Iraq.
  • Reactions on Twitter to James S. Brady’s Death

    By MICHAEL ROSTON
    4 Aug 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Users of social media platforms remembered James S. Brady, the White House press secretary who was shot in the head during an assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan.
  • Sunday Breakfast Menu, August 3

    By ELENA SCHNEIDER
    2 Aug 2014 | 11:54 am
    Multiple humanitarian crises — the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, the ongoing violence in Gaza and young migrants illegally crossing the border — will all dominate the conversations on the Sunday shows.
  • 10 Questions for Paul Ryan

    By JOHN HARWOOD
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Representative Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin sat down with The Times's John Harwood to discuss his antipoverty proposal, the performance of Congress and his political future.
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    Outside the Beltway

  • Reporter James Foley Beheaded in ISIS Video

    James Joyner
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:56 pm
    American journalist James Foley has been beheaded by the terrorist network calling itself the Islamic State. CNN (“Video shows ISIS beheading U.S. journalist James Foley“): A video released by ISIS shows the beheading of American journalist James Foley, who disappeared in November 2012 in Syria. The video posted on YouTube contained a message to the United States to end its military operations in Iraq. In the video, Foley is seen kneeling next to a man dressed in black. He reads a message, presumably scripted by his captors, that his “real killer” is America. “I…
  • Professor-Cop Blames Victims of Police Violence

    James Joyner
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Sunil Dutta, an adjunct homeland security professor at Colorado Tech and 17-year veteran of the LAPD, has an op-ed in the Washington Post headlined, “I’m a cop. If you don’t want to get hurt, don’t challenge me.” While authors seldom write their own headlines, in this case, it conveys the article’s message exactly. Dutta is highly accomplished. He has his PhD in plant biology from UC Davis (1995) and an MA in homeland security from the Naval Postgraduate School (2012) and an impressive bio: Dr. Sunil Dutta is a full time law enforcement professional…
  • James Jeffords, Former Vermont Senator, Dies At 80

    Doug Mataconis
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:52 am
    James Jeffords, who represented Vermont as a Congressman and Senator for a combined total of more than 30 years but became famous,  or infamous depending on your point of view, when he left the GOP to caucus with Democrats as an Independent, has died at the age of 80: MONTPELIER, Vt. — Former Vermont U.S. Sen. James Jeffords, who in 2001 tipped control of the Senate when he quit the Republican Party to become an independent, died Monday. He was 80. Jeffords died in Washington, said Diane Derby, a former aide to Jeffords. He had been in declining health, she said. Jeffords had…
  • Gaza Cease Fire Extended, But Prospects For Bigger Peace Deal Seem Dim

    Doug Mataconis
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    The Gaza cease fire was extended again, but the underlying issues still remain: JERUSALEM — Israeli and Palestinian officials agreed late Monday to extend a five-day cease-fire for Gaza that expired at midnight for 24 hours, reflecting the difficulty of reaching more durable agreements after two weeks of Egyptian-brokered talks but also an apparent lack of appetite on either side to resume the conflict. Azzam al-Ahmed, the head of the Palestinian delegation in Cairo, said in a statement, “The negotiations were supposed to end today, but the maneuvers of the Israeli delegation have…
  • Ebola Death Toll In West Africa Hits 1,200

    Doug Mataconis
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:07 am
    The Ebola epidemic in western Africa continues to spread: LONDON — As West African nations grapple with the worst-ever outbreak of the Ebola virus, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday that the death toll had exceeded 1,200 and announced increased efforts to forestall hunger in areas isolated by quarantine measures. The figure offered a familiar, grim picture of the spread of Ebola, which international health specialists say has been outpacing containment efforts since its identification in March. The only hint of relief came from Dakar, Senegal, where Liberia’s…
 
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    Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines

  • ISIS to U.S.: We’ll Drown You in Blood; Beheads U.S. Journalist, Holds Tikrit

    editor@truthdig.com
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:15 am
    By Juan Cole As the Iraqi military made a push on Tikrit north of Baghdad on Tuesday, a video briefly surfaced purporting to show the IS beheading an American journalist, James Foley, a freelancer for GlobalPost who had been missing in Syria for two years. Related Entries August 20, 2014 ISIS Beheads an American, Threatens Another If Airstrikes Continue August 18, 2014 Back to Iraq Sales
  • ISIS Beheads an American, Threatens Another If Airstrikes Continue

    editor@truthdig.com
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:42 am
    Photo of James Foley by Jonathan Pedneault. A man believed to be kidnapped journalist James Foley was beheaded in a video released to the public by militants who say another captured American will be killed if the United States continues its campaign against ISIS in Iraq. Foley, a freelance photographer, was taken in Syria in 2012. Bloomberg: The president, while flying back to vacation yesterday from Washington to Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts, was briefed on the video by his deputy national security adviser, Ben Rhodes, said spokesman Eric Schultz. “It doesn’t change the…
  • The Best Reporting on Federal Push to Militarize Local Police

    editor@truthdig.com
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:41 am
    By Hanqing Chen, ProPublica A few facts you might have missed about the flow of military equipment and tactics to local law enforcement. Related Entries August 19, 2014 Missouri Burning: Why Ferguson’s Inferno Is No Surprise August 19, 2014 Missouri Policeman Threatens Al-Jazeera Journalist: ‘I’ll Bust Your Head Open’
  • Can al-Abadi Win Over Iraq’s Moderate Sunnis?

    editor@truthdig.com
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:02 am
    By Juan Cole Arguably, the so-called Islamic State (actually a vicious gang of serial killers) could never have taken over northern and Western Iraq if the largely Sunni Arab populations there had not been deeply alienated from the government in Baghdad by the openly sectarian politics of former Shiite prime minister Nouri al-Maliki. Related Entries August 20, 2014 ISIS to U.S.: We’ll Drown You in Blood; Beheads U.S. Journalist, Holds Tikrit August 19, 2014 Israel and the United States Are Headed For a Breakup
  • Missouri Burning: Why Ferguson’s Inferno Is No Surprise

    editor@truthdig.com
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:18 pm
    By Joe Conason For decades, Missouri has spawned or attracted many of the nation’s most virulent racists, including neo-Nazis and the remnants of the once-powerful Ku Klux Klan. Related Entries August 19, 2014 ‘Overpoliced and Underprotected’: The Neglect of Black Communities August 18, 2014 The Ones Left Behind
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  • Student Suspended After Saying “Bless You”

    PunditGuy
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:51 pm
    How many times have you said “Bless You” after hearing someone sneeze? Hundreds of times? People have been saying this for thousands of years. It’s an excepted practice in society. Not so in Dyer County, Tennessee. When High School senior Kendra Turner uttered the phrase after a classmate sneezed, her teacher said, “we’re not going to have godly speaking in class”. She said that talk was for church. Turner was sent to see a school administrator and was promptly placed in in-school suspension. The teacher had a white board posted in the classroom with expressions that are “banned…
  • Rumor: Officer Darren Wilson Will Be Cleared of All Charges

    PunditGuy
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:27 pm
    There’s a rumor out there tonight that Ferguson, MO officer Darren Wilson will be cleared in the shooting of Michael Brown. Wilson, the policeman thrust into the public eye after a confrontation with Ferguson resident Michael Brown which resulted in the death of the 18 year-old, will not face charges after it will be determined that Brown attacked Wilson and attempted to take his gun.  The rumor was put out there by radio station 100.7 The Viper, after a post appeared on its Facebook page. Additional reports have indicated that Wilson suffered an “orbital blowout fracture to the eye…
  • Have You Dropped Your iPhone in Water?

    PunditGuy
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:17 am
    Although I’ve never had the misfortune of accidentally getting any of my iPhones wet, I’ve dropped a few. Lucky for me I have always had a good sturdy case to cushion the device from damage. I’ve heard plenty of stories of accidents where iPhones took a dip in the drink. Most of them ended badly. This story, though, ended differently. Rob Griffiths was on vacation with his family, and as he was sitting alone in a boat on a lake he decided the scenery needed to be captured in a panoramic photo from his iPhone 5. He held the phone vertically, framing the shot, and then the…the horror. I…
  • In Alabama, They Catch Gators…BIG Gators

    PunditGuy
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:21 am
    The state of Alabama sanctions Alligator hunting in the summertime for only a few days. Competition for licenses is tough. Applications are submitted, then licensees are chosen by drawing. This season runs from August 8th thru the 24th in various counties in the state. Hunting hours are for night owls. Hunters are only allowed to hunt between the hours of 8 PM and 6 AM. So far, the hunt has been successful. This little guy weighs in at 1,000 pounds, and is a smiggin over 15 feet long. That’s a lot of luggage right there. And if you’re curious, there is a bag limit: Each person receiving…
  • There Are Good People in Ferguson, MO

    PunditGuy
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:14 am
    Contrary to the nightly news, or any one of the cable networks, there are good things happening in Ferguson, MO right now. That’s human nature. Some wake up ready to burn the community down again tonight, others wake up to clean up. It’s their neighborhood too. Still, there is plenty of anger. Gov. Nixon has called in the National Guard. “Given these deliberate, coordinated and intensifying violent attacks on lives and property in Ferguson, I am directing the highly capable men and women of the Missouri National Guard … in restoring peace and order to this community,” he…
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    ThinkProgress

  • Pour One Out For Country Music, It Got Dumped By Taylor Swift Last Night​

    Jessica Goldstein
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:59 pm
    CREDIT: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP Taylor Swift is famous for writing killer breakup songs. But at her Yahoo livestream yesterday — teased in a trio of “mysterious” Instagrams — she barely spent three lines of her new single, “Shake It Off,” talking about an “ex-man.” That’s because her newest ex isn’t some boy. It’s country music. Her new album, “1989,” will be her “first documented, official pop album,” she said, not-so-gently alerting the country music establishment that it was time to let go. Even…
  • Uber’s New Delivery Service Only Caters To D.C’s White Neighborhoods

    Adam Peck
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Uber, the popular ride share service, is rolling out a new feature in Washington, D.C. that allows the city’s residents to request quick deliveries of everything from Altoids to Zest Ocean Breeze Refreshing Bar Soap. That is, some of the city’s residents. Twitter user @DonnyBridges was quick to note that Uber’s delivery areas — currently two sections of Northwest and Southeast DC — looked suspiciously familiar: The practice of “redlining” has been utilized for decades by industries ranging from supermarkets to banking. But if brick and mortar stores…
  • Department Of Labor Extends Employment Protections To Transgender Workers

    Zack Ford
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Mia Macy CREDIT: Center for American Progress The Department of Labor issued guidance Tuesday stating that transgender federal employees and employees of federal contractors are covered under nondiscrimination protections that apply to sex. It follows an executive order President Obama issued earlier this summer specifically extending employment protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The guidance comes more than two years after a case decided by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Back in April of 2012, the EEOC ruled in favor of Mia Macy, a transgender…
  • Flooding In Arizona Prompts Dramatic Rescues

    Katie Valentine
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:10 pm
    CREDIT: NBC/Screenshot Heavy rain near Phoenix, Arizona has caused major flooding and trapped multiple residents and motorists, a situation that prompted water rescues. According to CBS 5, the people trapped by the flooding included a man whose house was surrounded by “raging waters” and a woman whose van became trapped in the floodwaters. She was rescued Tuesday morning. The storm that prompted the rescues dropped 4 inches of rain in some parts of Maricopa County. In the northern suburb of Peoria, 1.75 inches of rain fell in 45 minutes. “There’s just a massive amount…
  • Jet Stream Changes Driving Extreme Weather Linked Again To Global Warming, Arctic Ice Loss

    Joe Romm
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:50 pm
    California is suffering through its worst drought on record, while the East Coast sees off-the-charts flooding. Both types of extremes are worsened by global warming as scientists have explained for decades. But in recent years you may have noticed a disproportionate increase in record-smashing extreme weather and suspected that’s also linked to global warming. A new study from a team of scientists from the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK) says you’re right. The PIK release explains: Weather extremes in the summer — such as the record heat wave in the…
 
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    Slate Articles

  • One Tough Female Detective and Hardly Any Guns

    Willa Paskin
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:29 am
    Crime shows, by and large, can be split into two categories: the whodunits and the look-at-this-horrible-tragic-messes. In the first category, which contains everything from Law & Order and CSI to Twin Peaks and True Detective, the propulsive engine of the plot is: Who is the killer? Drawing on the genre thrills of the mystery, these series turn the audience into clue-hunting detectives. The best whodunits, of which True Detective and Twin Peaks are examples, leave us with more gut-punching takeaways than just the identity of a murderer, but those unsettling lessons come packaged in a…
  • Please Allow Me to Be Grossed Out by My Boyfriend’s Unibrow

    Mark Joseph Stern
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    “I’m on a real body positivity streak,” says “Outward” writer Mark Joseph Stern, “but I have some caveats.”
  • What Makes People Look Like Their Pets?

    Jesse Bering
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:42 pm
    If ever you overhear someone comparing you to a dog, chances are it’s not a compliment. Yes, there’s the famous loyalty of dogs, their unbridled enthusiasm for life, their boundless love and devotion, their fierce protectiveness—qualities that any of us would be lucky to possess at even a modicum of their standard manifestation in the canine. Typically, though, it’s meant as a slight and a reference to some especially animalistic aspect of our four-legged friends. That assertive woman people call a “bitch,” for instance (a term that has always struck me as being dubious; some of…
  • Is It Better to Have Primaried and Lost, or Never to Have Primaried at All?

    Mike Pesca
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:33 pm
    Listen to Episode 74 of Slate’s The Gist:
  • Why the Media Is Siding With the Protesters

    Josh Voorhees
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:29 pm
    Anyone tuning in to the nightly coverage of the protests in Ferguson has seen the reporters on the ground becoming part of the story. On Monday night, they could watch (and follow along on Twitter) as CNN’s Don Lemon was shoved by police and as his colleague Jake Tapper fled tear gas. The night before MSNBC’s Chris Hayes was threatened with mace and, in one of the more troubling moments caught on film since the demonstrations began, Mustafa Hussein, a journalist who has been live-streaming the unrest for Argus Radio, was warned by an officer to turn off his camera light lest he be…
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    Political Mojo | Mother Jones

  • Watch: Livestream from Ferguson: August 19

    AJ Vicens
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:21 pm
    The live stream feed via Vice News and Tim Pool was largely mellow for most of the night, Aug. 19, until about 11: 50 p.m. CDT, when a thrown bottle led to police moving in. Pool has taken his feed down for now, but may bring it back up if things heat up again. 12:04 p.m. CDT: Ryan Devereaux of The Intercept tweeted a picture of peacemakers trying to calm down a potentially violent moment: Community members link hands to separate police from the crowd pic.twitter.com/CxOoM9GSxo — Ryan Devereaux (@rdevro) August 20, 2014 12:15 p.m. CDT:Wesley Lowery tweets a picture of police forming a…
  • This Is Rick Perry's Mugshot

    Ben Dreyfuss
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Rick Perry was booked today on abuse of power charges that look pretty flimsy. Say what you will about his awful retrograde conservative politics, but Rick Perry is a handsome devil. #BREAKING @GovernorPerry booking photo just released http://t.co/EQmoHi2lm3 pic.twitter.com/QSI2E0vKLy — NBC DFW (@NBCDFW) August 19, 2014
  • Amnesty International's Latest Hot Spot? Ferguson.

    Sam Brodey
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Amnesty International is best known for monitoring human rights conditions in places like Afghanistan and China—while active in the United States, it rarely makes headlines here. That's why the sight of yellow-clad Amnesty activists walking the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, is attracting so much attention: It marks the first time an Amnesty delegation has been dispatched to monitor a human rights crisis unfolding on American soil. Margaret Huang, deputy executive director of campaigns and programs for Amnesty USA, was in Ferguson earlier this week for what she called a "support…
  • The Man Who Ran Contra Propaganda for Reagan Is Guatemala’s New DC Lobbyist

    Ian Gordon
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:45 am
    In late July, with child migrants still surging across the US-Mexico border, President Obama met with Central American leaders to discuss a response to the crisis. Not satisfied with Obama's plans, Guatemalan president Otto Pérez Molina took his agenda to the media, writing a Guardian op-ed criticizing the United States for the lasting legacy of both the Cold War and the drug war in his country. Around the same time, Guatemala hired a lobbyist to help push its interests in Washington, DC. Given Pérez Molina's sharp criticism of the United States' history in the region, his…
  • We're Still at War: Photo of the Day for August 19, 2014

    19 Aug 2014 | 7:21 am
    A US Marine shouts out to his crew during a training mission in the Atlantic. (US Marine Corps photo taken by Lance Cpl. Alex W. Mitchel)
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    Latest from Crooks and Liars

  • Waaahmbulance Alert! Fuhrman Whines About Governor's Grand Jury Promise

    karoli
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Here is your most classic media quote of the week. Disgraced lying racist cop Mark Fuhrman, while whining about how mean everyone is being to the police officer who pumped six bullets into Michael Brown, actually complained that "this is a hostage negotiation, not a homicide investigation." The hostage, according to Furhman, is the police department, and Darren Wilson in particular. Mark is very upset over Jay Nixon's statement earlier Tuesday where he did that radical thing and called for a "vigorous prosecution" of the case. Fuhrman, in his own words: When the governor of the state in which…
  • Mike's Blog Round Up

    blogenfreude
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    alicublog - Victor Davis Hanson still pig ignorant; Brains and Eggs - Rick Perry won't go away; emptywheel - does anyone understand why the residents of Ferguson might be angry? Good as You - why is Michelle Duggar saying anything? Prairie Weather - the makers are really the takers; blogenfreude blogs at stinque.com and thinks you need to watch all the Planet of the Apes movies again. Except that steaming pile of crap Tim Burton served up .... Send tips to MBRU at crooksandliars dot com.
  • Robin Williams Gets Touching Tribute From David Letterman

    Susie Madrak
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:44 am
  • Jake Tapper Wins Best Picture Of August 19, 2014

    karoli
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:07 am
    Jake Tapper's job for August 19th was to march with the protesters in Ferguson. Here's an image for the ages, captured by Daily Show writer Travon Free and posted to Twitter. A classic forever.
  • Open Thread - What It Is, What It Was, And What It Shall Be.

    Bluegal aka Fran
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Ferguson via Move On via Anne L.
 
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    Scholars and Rogues | Progressive Culture

  • How do you know the collector you’re paying really owns your debt?

    Frank Balsinger
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:41 pm
    You don’t. Just in case you don’t have enough to worry about already, here’s just one more thing: debt collectors and the twisted games they play. Trust me, you’ll want to invest the few minutes it takes to read this … Continue reading →
  • Your Daily Devotional for August 19, 2014

    Jeff Tiedrich
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:09 am
    Why are you even trying to kill two birds with one stone? It seems like a flamethrower would allow for less skill and precision. Your Daily Devotional is a lightly-edited entry from my Twitter feed. Follow me at @jefftiedrich Your … Continue reading →
  • Popular Music Scholarship IV: Pop Stars and Politics

    Jim Booth
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:52 am
    Q: Should pop stars express their political opinions and take political action? A: Only if they’re informed, concerned citizens…   (For previous essays in this series, look here, here, here, and here.) For the period covered by the book of essays I’ve … Continue reading →
  • Scholars and Rogues Fiction: “The Anti-” by Shae Krispinsky

    fiction
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Strength of will got me to Brooklyn on a drizzling Saturday afternoon. Dreadlocked kids in torn, paint-spattered jeans lugged crates of art supplies, rolls of butcher paper and large blank canvases  through the oilslicked puddles on the sidewalks between their … Continue reading →
  • Your Daily Devotional for August 18, 2014

    Jeff Tiedrich
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:42 am
    Very disrespectful of the voices in my head to talk about me as if I weren’t here. HEY, I CAN HEAR YOU. Your Daily Devotional is a lightly-edited entry from my Twitter feed. Follow me at @jefftiedrich Your Daily Devotional … Continue reading →
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    Informed Comment: Global Affairs

  • Insights into the Repressive Character of the Government in Egypt

    13 Aug 2014 | 8:42 am
    The response of the Egyptian government to the investigative report "All According to Plan" [حسب الخطة  Arabic link] by Human Rights Watch is extremely revealing and provides insights into the mentality of the al-Sisi regime.  In short, as reported by the flagship al-Ahram, HRW is biased, serves U.S. interests, is in cahoots with the Muslim Brotherhood and had no authority to conduct research in Egypt.  There is a deep-seated suspicion of foreign NGOs in Egypt. I have witnessed it numerous times over the past 35 years.The latest…
  • Similarities and more similarities: Turkey, Israel, and the Kurds, and the Palestinians

    8 Jul 2014 | 7:44 am
    By Murat Cem MengüçNowadays, the similarities between Israel and Turkey are ever more striking. Both countries are populated by a multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-lingual demographic. And, both are ruled by governments/states which insist on a uniform national identity. The ruling elite in both countries consider themselves as chosen people who would realize a heavenly fiction. They both oppress a particular ethnic community more than the other ethnicities, to the extent that they murder them in thousands. And, both countries suffer from the consequences having toyed, or toying with…
  • Visions of Gulf Security

    27 Mar 2014 | 7:19 pm
    Courting Fitnah: Saudi responses to the Arab UprisingsMARCH 20, 2014By Augustus Richard Norton, Boston University* This memo was prepared for the “Visions of Gulf Security” workshop, March 9, 2014.[Download this essay and a dozen others from the March 2014 conference.]The logic and impact of Saudi interventions in Bahrain, Egypt, Lebanon, and Syria suggest a state pursuing confounding aims with improvised, if not impulsive policies. It is often asserted that the instability-averse Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is a status quo power, but recent Saudi actions suggest that it seeks to undermine…
  • What do the Turks want?

    2 Jun 2013 | 8:17 am
    Until now, Turkey’s governing Islamist and conservative Justice and Development Party (AKP) saw itself as immune to the political and economic turmoil which shook Europe, Americas and the Middle East. Having regulated its economy, especially its banking sector prior to the global meltdown of 2007-2008, AKP government believed it was on the right track. Having subsided the Kurdish insurgency in a rather peaceful manner, it thought it avoided a possible Kurdish Spring. And having dealt with the Syrian war in tandem with the international community, it was careful enough to avoid being sucked…
  • "The Syrian Refugee Crisis and Lessons from the Iraqi Refugee Experience"--a new report from the Institute for Iraqi Studies at Boston University

    18 May 2013 | 8:16 am
    Download the free report (PDF) from the IIS website.  A Kindle version is due presently, and an iBooks edition is in progress.[Cross-posted with "From the Field"]From the Foreword:Credible estimates reveal that one of every six Syrians has fled their home, or what remains of their home, often with little more than what they might carry in their arms or wear on their back. Millions have sought safety in other towns and villages, and many have been forced to flee several times to escape the crossfire of rival opposition fighters and government forces. About one and half million Syrians now…
 
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    The Daily Dish: Andrew Sullivan

  • Is Edward Snowden the World’s Dumbest Spy?, Ctd

    Freddie deBoer
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:27 am
    by Freddie deBoer Lots of reader objections on this one: On Snowden’s motives and capabilities: “I do know that he’s in Russia because he’s been trapped there by our government, and that if he’s a spy, he’s gotta be the world’s worst.” Well, you’re half right. Snowden is in Russia because that’s where he chose to go, one day after his passport was revoked. I respect the whistle-blower argument, but Snowden did much more than leak evidence of crimes and overreach by the NSA. He took those documents and fled. Unlike Chelsea Manning, who seems to have far…
  • Email O’Clock

    Phoebe Maltz Bovy
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:02 am
    by Dish Staff Derek Thompson stayed up late to write an article about working late: “It really is a global economy,” says David Mars, a New York venture capitalist. But if the pressures of globalization and a flimsy economy have endangered the set-hour workweek, mobile technology has obliterated it. In an unpublished Harvard Business School survey that I reviewed last year, American managers and workers reported that they were “on”—either working or “monitoring” work while being accessible—almost 90 hours a week. With this new denominator, email isn’t 28 percent of a 45-hour…
  • Getting Out The Vote In Ferguson

    Dish Staff
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:35 am
    by Dish Staff Ferguson’s government is much whiter than it’s population. But Yglesias doubts that will be true for long: Nobody who lives in the area could possibly think that local government doesn’t matter any more, and a community capable of organizing nightly protest marches should have relatively little trouble getting people to come out and vote. And if Ferguson’s African-American residents do vote, they should have relatively little trouble installing a government that hears their concerns and leans against the systemic inequities in the American criminal…
  • Digital Breaks, or “Breaks”

    Freddie deBoer
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:30 pm
    by Freddie deBoer Exactly a year ago, David Roberts of Grist announced that he was taking an internet break, and would return on Labor Day of 2014. Roberts wrote at the time I am burnt the fuck out. I spend each day responding to an incoming torrent of tweets and emails. I file, I bookmark, I link, I forward, I snark and snark and snark. All day long. Then, at night, after my family’s gone to bed and the torrent has finally slowed to a trickle and I can think for more than 30 seconds at a stretch, I try to write longer, more considered pieces. I enjoy every part of this: I enjoy sharing…
  • A Better Set Of Lies

    Jonah Shepp
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:07 pm
    by Jonah Shepp Rosie Gray flags Russia Today’s new ad campaign: “The campaign will be comprised of several different posters, and we kicked it off with wild postings in the New York City,” RT spokesperson Anna Belkina said in an email. “Soon it will be extended to Washington, DC, and London.” … The ads feature a picture of Colin Powell with the tagline: “This is what happens when there is no second opinion. Iraq War: No WMDs, 141,802 civilian deaths. Go to RT.com for the second opinion.” Another poster says, “In case they shut us down on TV, go to RT.com for the second…
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    WSJ.COM

  • Perry Charges Put Spotlight on Prosecutor

    20 Aug 2014 | 5:27 am
    San Antonio lawyer Michael McCrum, the special prosecutor behind the indictment of Gov. Rick Perry, finds himself at the center of one of the most highly partisan court battles in recent Texas history.
  • U.S. Airstrike Success Spurs Push for More Iraq Attacks

    20 Aug 2014 | 5:25 am
    The U.S.'s recent success in weakening Islamic State extremists is creating momentum for a broader campaign that could take American air power to the militant group's heartland northwest of Baghdad.
  • Four Indicted in Bad Beef Case

    20 Aug 2014 | 5:24 am
    Two former owners and two employees at a Northern California slaughterhouse involved in a massive beef recall have been charged with devising and carrying out a scheme to process meat from diseased cattle and evade government inspections, federal-court documents say.
  • Companies, Schools Hit by Ferguson Turmoil

    20 Aug 2014 | 5:23 am
    Schools in Ferguson, Mo., have canceled classes, business owners face broken windows and falling revenue, and police forces are strained after more than a week of violent protests.
  • Sullivan Wins Alaska Senate Primary

    20 Aug 2014 | 4:23 am
    Dan Sullivan has won the Republican nomination in Alaska, and will face Democrat Mark Begich in a race that will help determine which party controls the U.S. Senate.
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    Lew Rockwell: The LRC Blog

  • Grand Ambitions

    Michael S. Rozeff
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    After the Soviet Union ended, Washington switched without a second’s delay from an anti-USSR policy to an anti-Russia policy. This included extending NATO to Russia’s borders in violation of earlier false signals and assurances that it would not, and it included Washington’s unilateral withdrawal from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty. It included U.S. support of anti-Russian leaders in Georgia and Ukraine. It has included a wide range of other steps, such as trying to diminish Russia’s role as a European energy supplier. Anti-Russian policies extend to supporting…
  • Mission Creep by the Creeps

    No Author
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    “To militarize [the police], to give them military weapons…it creates a culture. Guns and tanks and gasses that are illegal in wartime are being used. It is an atmposphere that encourages police to over-react,” Ron Paul told Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC today. As the National Guard takes up its positions in Ferguson, MO, and the situation escalates, Dr. Paul explains his opposition to the program that allowed small-town police forces across the US to be equipped with military equipment: Police are supposed to be local people, and they’re supposed to be peace officers.
  • The US Is Destroying International Business

    No Author
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    QUESTION: Marty; You have emphasized how you track world capital flows and conducted your research even in the flows of capital and disparity of interest rates between regions in the Roman Empire. You have mentioned that liquidity has collapsed and that capital has fled from emerging markets that is also putting pressure on Russia before the sanctions. Is this part of the crisis you foresee and explains simultaneously the rise in corporate cash to record levels. It seems what you taught us at the conference appears to be on point connecting these dots. Do I have this correct? Thanks for your…
  • With Brutality and Viciousness

    No Author
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    ATP 3-39.33 CIVIL DISTURBANCES 132 pages April 2014 4.9 MB ATP 3-39.33 provides discussion and techniques about civil disturbances and crowd control operations that occur in the continental United States (CONUS) and outside the continental United States (OCONUS). United States (U.S.) forces deploy in support of unified action, overseas contingency operations, and humanitarian assistance worldwide. During these operations, U.S. forces are often faced with unruly and violent crowds who have the intent of disrupting peace and the ability of U.S. forces to maintain peace. Worldwide instability…
  • Whaddya You Going To Do When They Come for You?

    Dan Sanchez
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    In the recent film X-men: Days of Future Past, the “Sentinels” are robots programmed by non-mutant humans in the government to hunt and keep down the feared and marginalized population of “mutants.” Eventually, however, their programming undergoes major “mission creep,” and according to Wikipedia, the Sentinels, “expand their targets beyond mutants to baseline humans based on the logic that they have the potential to produce mutant descendants, culminating in a dystopian future where most of humanity and mutantkind have been wiped out.” This is…
 
 
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    town hall

  • There she goes...

    Stephanie
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:25 am
    Our oldest is officially leaving the nest today, and our lives will never be the same.But, she'd ready.  A thousand times more ready than either her father or I were at her age.  A grand adventure is awaiting her.
  • Wes to the rescue

    Stephanie
    11 Aug 2014 | 2:08 pm
    (you can see the tip of the bolt on the top left of the tire)As Emma and I drove home from the grocery store, I did a number on my rear left tire and got a flat.  For some reason, a massive metal bolt was perfectly placed on the roadway, just waiting for me and my van to make a serious connection with it.  Immediately after running over it, I knew something had happened and I pulled off the busy street onto a small side road and looked at the damage.  I could hear the air hissing out of my tire and I watched it go flat within minutes.My first thought was Wes and my need for him…
  • I spare no expense when it comes to...

    Stephanie
    7 Aug 2014 | 8:22 pm
    Small kitchen appliances.  I've told Wes that the minute my KitchenAid stand mixer dies (and cannot be resuscitated by him), I will high-tail it over to Costco and drop a few hundred bucks to buy a new one.  I cannot, will not entertain the idea of functioning as a full-time household cook/baker without one.  I feel the same way about vacuums and kitchen utensils.  My thing is this: items I use every single day in my home must be of sound quality and usefulness because I use them every. single. day.Jeans.  My "daily uniform" often consists of jeans and a top with a…
  • My trip to the liquor store

    Stephanie
    6 Aug 2014 | 3:31 pm
    So, I finally tried my hand at the process of making your own homemade vanilla extract.  I found these adorable swingtop bottles at the thrift store ( I believe they are wheat beer bottles?) and I knew they'd be the perfect bottles to contain my vanilla extraction process.Anywho, I already had a bunch of vanilla beans on hand (the ones from Costco), so I knew all I needed was the alcohol and I'd be ready to start.  At first I looked at Costco to see if they carried hard liquor (spoiler- they don't!), so I quickly realized I would have to venture out to a local liquor store to get my…
  • July iphone dump

    Stephanie
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:23 pm
    I apologize in advance for the boatload of photos in this post.  A lot has happened in July, and most of it was documented with my iphone camera.Since we are slowly working on accomplishing our summer of realistic dreams, we tackled Cate's top choice-  suspending a stapler in jello.  Fortunately, I had a spare red stapler and bought a few boxes of green jello, so...Needless to say, I had to trash the stapler after all was said and done.  And no, we did not eat the jello.I went out to lunch with some friends for a birthday and Alice and her BFF Lily asked me and Alison…
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    Mother Jones

  • The Head of The Missouri GOP Thinks Voter Registration Drives in Ferguson Are "Disgusting"

    Tasneem Raja
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Over the last couple days, voter registration booths have been popping up in Ferguson. There was one by the ruined site of the recently burnt-down QuikTrip convenience store, which has become a central gathering site of the protests, and another near the site where Michael Brown was shot. Voter turnout was just 12 percent in Ferguson's last municipal election, and in a city that's 60 percent black, virtually all city officials are white. In December, the black superintendent of the Ferguson-Florissant school district was fired by the then all-white school board, and the longtime St.
  • Now Your Food Has Fake DNA In It

    Tom Philpott
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Like many novel technologies in this age of TED Talks and Silicon Valley triumphalism, synthetic biology—synbio for short—floats on a sea of hype. One of its founding scientists, Boston University biomedical engineer James Collins, has called it "genetic engineering on steroids." Whereas garden-variety genetic engineers busy themselves moving genes from one organism into another—to create tomatoes that don't bruise easily, for example—synthetic biologists generate new DNA sequences the way programmers write code, creating new life-forms. It may sound like science…
  • GOP Candidate Asks Residents to Mail Him Their Pee

    Tim Murphy
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    In the run-up to this fall's rematch against Rep. Pete DeFazio (D-Ore.), Republican Art Robinson is making an unusual ask. "My name is Art Robinson," read one of the mailers he sent to 500,000 Oregon residents in March. "I am a scientist who has lived and worked in Josephine County for 34 years. My colleagues and I are developing improved methods for the measurement of human health. Please consider giving us a sample of your urine." Robinson is a scientist, and that's part of the problem. For the last three decades, when he's not running for office, the Caltech-educated chemist has run a…
  • Here's What Happens to Police Officers Who Shoot Unarmed Black Men

    Jaeah Lee and Katie Rose Quandt
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    In the week since 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, initial autopsy findings, police reports, and eyewitness accounts have begun to provide some insights into the circumstances of his death. But plenty of questions remain unanswered, not the least of them: Where is Officer Darren Wilson, and what's likely to happen to him? Wilson, who was put on administrative leave after killing Brown, reportedly left home with his family a few days before his name was made public. A fundraising campaign launched on August 17 has already raised more than…
  • America Is Addicted To Bombing. Does It Even Work?

    William Astore
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:33 pm
    This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. When you do something again and again, placing great faith in it, investing enormous amounts of money in it, only to see indifferent or even negative results, you wouldn't be entirely surprised if a neutral observer questioned your sanity or asked you if you were part of some cult. Yet few Americans question the sanity or cult-like behavior of American presidents as they continue to seek solutions to complex issues by bombing Iraq (as well as numerous other countries across the globe). Poor Iraq. From Operation Desert Shield/Storm under…
 
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    The Raw Story

  • Islamic State jihadists are ‘worse than Saddam,’ Iraqi Kurd commander says

    Agence France-Presse
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:44 am
    Jihadists targeting minorities are “worse than Saddam”, a Kurdish commander says, standing near a sand barrier at a front line in north Iraq, the militants’ black flag fluttering in the distance. The desert area was until recently under control of the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group, which launched a renewed push in Iraq’s north earlier this month, taking ground from Kurdish forces, attacking minority groups and forcing tens of thousands of people to flee. IS is “worse than Saddam. They use terror and chaos to force the population to flee. Then they take…
  • US snaps back at Egypt’s criticism of Ferguson unrest

    Agence France-Presse
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:42 am
    A US official on Tuesday snapped back at Egypt after criticism from Cairo over possible human rights violations in the racial unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. “We here in the United States will put our record for confronting our problems transparently and honestly and openly up against any other countries in the world,” said deputy State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf. Egypt, which itself has been under international scrutiny for a deadly crackdown on protesters, is “closely following the escalation of protests in Ferguson and the reactions,” foreign ministry spokesman…
  • US ‘appalled’ by execution of journalist James Foley

    Agence France-Presse
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:41 am
    US intelligence was attempting Tuesday to authenticate a video purporting to show an Islamic State militant killing a US journalist, the White House said, adding that it would be “appalling” if genuine. “We have seen a video that purports to be the murder of US citizen James Foley by ISIL,” deputy National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said, referring to the 40-year-old reporter.
  • Florida county unanimously bans atheists from delivering invocations at public meetings

    Scott Kaufman
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:39 am
    The county commission in Brevard County, Florida, voted unanimously on Wednesday to prohibit atheists from offering invocations at public meetings, Hemant Mehta reports. The commissioners voted to send a letter to David Williamson, founder of the Central Florida Freethought Community, indicating that his group doesn’t qualify to deliver the invocation because it is defined as “an opening prayer, presented by members of our faith community.” “The prayer is delivered during the ceremonial portion of the county’s meeting, and typically invokes guidance for the…
  • Hamas leader Mohammed Deif ‘deserves to die’: Israeli minister

    Agence France-Presse
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:29 am
    An Israeli cabinet minister on Wednesday justified an air strike on Gaza that killed the wife and child of Hamas military leader Mohammed Deif, saying he was a legitimate target. “Mohammed Deif deserves to die just like (the late Al-Qaeda leader Osama) bin Laden. He is an arch murderer and as long as we have an opportunity we will try to kill him,” Interior Minister Gideon Saar told army radio. It was not immediately clear whether Deif had been killed or injured in the strike, which levelled a six-storey house in Gaza City’s Sheikh Radwan neighbourhood late on Tuesday.
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    Guardian: UK Politics

  • Scottish independence: English voters oppose shared pound

    Ami Sedghi
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:46 am
    More than half of English voters oppose sharing the pound with an independent Scotland, according to a survey while 37% believe that the two countries will drift apart even if Scotland votes noWhatever the outcome of the Scottish independence referendum next month, English voters are in favour of a hard line being taken with Scotland according to the results from a recent survey.The Future of England survey 2014 (FoES) found that the majority of English voters oppose sharing the pound with an independent Scotland while more than half of English voters think relations between the two countries…
  • English voters want Scottish spending cut after no vote, survey shows

    Libby Brooks, Scotland reporter
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:45 am
    Future of England Survey 2014 reveals attitudes hardening whichever way Scotland votes in September referendumEnglish voters oppose sharing the pound with an independent Scotland, want public spending there reduced in the event of a no vote and are broadly pessimistic about future relations between the two countries, according to new research that suggests a hardening of attitudes regardless of the outcome in September's referendum.The findings of the Future of England Survey 2014 contradict some of the key proposals put forward by the pro-union parties to offer Scotland further powers if…
  • Politics Live blog - readers' edition: Wednesday 20 August

    Guardian readers
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Share breaking news, leave links to interesting articles online and chat about the weeks political events in our open threadAndrew Sparrows not writing his usual Politics Live blog today, but, as an alternative, heres Politics Live: readers edition. Its intended to be a place where you can catch up with the latest news and find links to good politics blogs and articles on the web.Please feel free to use this as somewhere you can comment on any of the days political stories - just as you do when Im writing the daily blog. Continue reading...
  • Lord Rennard readmitted to Lib Dems as party drops disciplinary proceedings

    Nicholas Watt, chief political correspondent\
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Rennard had been suspended following his refusal to apologise over allegations of inappropriate behaviour towards womenNick Clegg was facing a row on Tuesday night after the Liberal Democrats decided to re-admit Lord Rennard the man who masterminded the party's byelection victories in the 1990s as it dropped disciplinary proceedings relating to allegations of inappropriate behaviour towards women.Susan Gaszczak, a Lib Dem activist who made one of the allegations about Rennard and who resigned from the party last month over its handling of the matter, said: "The party democracy obviously…
  • Pass me the ice bucket, this self-promotion makes me sick | Diary

    Erica Buist
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Yes its for charity, but it also has more than a hint of career boost about it all At the Guardian these days we talk of little else but the ice bucket challenge. As you will or at least should know, it began as a terrifically worthy fundraising initiative for various charities. If challenged, you either stump up $100 or have to pour a bucket of ice cold water over your head. All was fine until various self-publicising celebrities got in on the act. President Obama at least had the graciousness to stump up the dosh, but almost everyone else (and, yes, we mean you Lady Gaga) is treating…
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  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:24 pm
    * Ezra Klein explains why President Obama won’t be giving any insightful, eloquent speeches about Ferguson: If Obama’s speeches aren’t as dramatic as they used to be, this is why: the White House believes a presidential speech on a politically charged topic is as likely to make things worse as to make things better. It […]
  • Tea Party hero running for Senate poses as real defender of safety net

    Greg Sargent
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Karl Rove just announced that his group, Crossroads GPS, is going up with a $700,000 ad buy in Arkansas slamming Dem Senator Mark Pryor for … wanting to shred the safety net. Yes, you read that right. Of course, to make this case, the Crossroads ad does a very creative cut-and-paste job on Pryor’s quotes. […]
  • By all means, we should ‘politicize’ Ferguson

    Paul Waldman
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:19 am
    After another chaotic night in Ferguson, MO, there are a dozen competing narratives swirling about this crisis, with everyone hoping that their preferred interpretation of what is happening, why it’s happening, what it means, and what should be done about it, will lead the discussion. A new argument is emerging on the right, one articulated […]
  • Morning Plum: Obamacare disappearing as major issue

    Greg Sargent
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:10 am
    For many months after the botched rollout of the Affordable Care Act’s website, it was widely stated as incontrovertible fact that Obamacare was the primary reason Democrats were likely to lose control of the Senate. But new ad data compiled by Bloomberg News tells a very different story. In three of the top-tier Senate races […]
  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:27 pm
    * President Obama spoke to the press today about the situation in Ferguson, MO, among other things. Perhaps the most significant thing he said was to announce that Attorney General Eric Holder will be going to Ferguson to help oversee the federal criminal investigation into Michael Brown’s death. He also said Department of Justice experts […]
 
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    Watchblog: Third Party & Independents

  • The Truth in Ferguson

    15 Aug 2014 | 5:09 am
    The Justice Department will be there. The FBI is coming. The State Highway Patrol is already there. So is Al Sharpton, and the beleaguered local police have been pushed to the background to provide support presumably. Ferguson has seen night after night of violence - until Thursday evening when protests were peaceful. Democratic Governor Jay Nixon is under critical scrutiny as his past political decisions are being dragged back out into the open to suggest that he has been less than helpful to the state's African American community in the past, and in the present. President Obama has asked…
  • Making the Troops Laugh

    13 Aug 2014 | 11:59 am
    What Robin Williams meant to each of us and all of us is likely impossible to define. What is very clear and easy to define was his support for US troops in the fight against terrorism. He saw with clarity what 9/11 meant and the enormous task at hand facing the free world as a result of the emergence of international terrorist groups like Al Qaeda and the Taliban. While Hollywood divides along political lines like anywhere else, Robin Williams unqualified support for the men and women who place themselves in harm's way was perhaps more unusual among his colleagues than it should have been.
  • Federal Debt Moving On Up While Market Chases The Stars

    7 Aug 2014 | 8:59 am
    Interesting url and comments . This business of getting to full blown globalism and an NWO is many faceted and staggering in scope, downright scary in some cases.Must be 20 or 30 AFTA trade treaties on the books, perhaps 80 countries signed on to the WTO. Don't know of one that follows WTO regs but, supposedly the trend is away from corruption. The too big to fails were bailed out, as usual. Gov't has bought some $17T of things that will have to be paid for at some point. The FED has pumped stimulus dollars into the economy leading to the highest stock market valuation ever. Worker wages are…
  • WatchBlog is Welcoming New Contributors and Guest Posts!

    6 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    Tell all your friends and family! WatchBlog is happily welcoming new contributing editors who are passionate about politics, and would like to share their thoughts and opinions. We are very proud to have such an educated community of political opinions at WatchBlog, and we'd love to hear from more people, and get more people involved. If you, a family member, a friend, or someone you know would be interested in being a Contributing Editor at WatchBlog, please do not hesitate to join us! WatchBlog has grown into a community of educated politicos, and we believe we have the best political…
  • The Ultimate Entitlement

    4 Aug 2014 | 11:27 am
    House Republicans have been practically yanked off their flights back home to spend one more night in Washington in a final attempt at agreeing on some sort of House bill on immigration. The House leadership wants some sort of proposed legislation before the summer recess as proof that they have ideas on how to fix the current border crisis. It, of course is pure theatre: the Senate has their own plan and will give scant attention to, much less pass, any House plan. But more than that, to suggest or worry that there are no ideas on immigration on the part of House Republicans is to side with…
 
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    Patrick Ruffini

  • Tech-Powered Retail Politics at Virginia’s GOP Convention

    12 Aug 2014 | 8:29 am
    Engage-built tool was Gillespie’s secret weapon at the Republican Party of Virginia’s Convention On Saturday, June 7, Virginia Republicans gathered in Roanoke to nominate their candidate for the United States Senate. With months of hard work, enthusiastic supporters, a strong ground game, and a state-of-the-art convention strategy, Ed Gillespie earned the nomination by acclamation. The Republican Party of Virginia’s State Convention is a traditional political nominating convention, where Republicans gather to hear from party leaders, elected officials, and candidates for office. The…
  • Introducing Proximity: Simple and beautiful tools to grow your movement

    26 Jun 2014 | 9:03 am
    Engage is proud to announce a partnership with The Data Trust, bringing together a leading provider of digital technology solutions for the right with the premier right-of-center voter file and data management company. The Data Trust’s rich data on more than 260 million Americans will be integrated into Engage’s industry-leading technology products, including Social Targeting and the forthcoming software-as-a-service (SaaS) political marketing platform Proximity. Proximity is a powerful data collection and automated marketing platform that helps campaigns and organizations reduce the…
  • Nikki Mandell Joins Engage

    20 Jun 2014 | 10:27 am
    Greetings from the newest member of the Engage team! Two weeks ago I came to the city as just another face in the monstrous herd that is DC summer interns. Luckily, I soon joined a place that couldn’t have been more welcoming or encouraging. Or knowledgeable. As a double major in Journalism and Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I’ve had a long love affair with writing and politics. Digital, however, would be more comparable to a summer fling that stuck. Last summer I worked at a startup where our aim was to create a working prototype and marketing plan…
  • Big News

    16 Jun 2014 | 9:00 pm
    We have some exciting news to share with you.  Today we’re announcing a new Engage leadership team, with Nick Schaper serving as president and CEO, and Erik Rapprich assuming the role of COO and managing partner.  Together, they will be managing day-to-day operations and leading the firm into the future.  Founder Patrick Ruffini will step into the role of chairman, working closely with our team and our clients as he prepares to launch yet another innovative startup. This exciting transition is more evidence of the continued growth and diversification of Engage and its partners. While…
  • One Thousand Points (and Pixels) of Light

    11 Jun 2014 | 8:23 am
    How do you recognize someone like former President George H. W. Bush as he celebrates his 90th birthday this week? Anyone who knew me back in grade school could tell you how big of an admirer I was of President Bush. One of the things he is best remembered for is his points of light pledge from his inaugural address. President Bush called upon Americans to dedicate themselves to each other through service–the thousand points of light across our nation. For almost a quarter century, Points of Light has been working to implement and advance President Bush’s vision. Points of Light…
 
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  • All the Stuff Soldiers Have Carried in Battle, From the 11th Century to Today

    Liz Stinson
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    A photo series documenting the complete inventory kits of British soldiers over the course of about 1,000 years.
  • The Humble WWI Biplane That Helped Launch Commercial Flight

    Jordan Golson
    14 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    World War I was shaped by the new vehicles developed during the fours years of conflict. A century after the start of the war, we’re looking back at the most remarkable planes, cars, tanks, zeppelins it helped bring about. Aviation was in its infancy at the start of World War I, but it had revolutionized […]
  • The Simple Tweaks Mercedes Used to Turn a Sedan Into an Armored Beast

    Alex Davies
    6 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    Some people don’t like riding in a car if they can’t literally put their feet up while ensuring the cabin has exactly the fragrance they desire. Others prefer cars that can stand up to terrorist attacks. For those who fall into both categories, Mercedes-Benz offers the new S600 Guard, the armored version of its flagship […]
  • This Puny French Vehicle Was the First Great Tank

    Jordan Golson
    5 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    The Renault FT looks puny in comparison to the armored vehicles driving around today's battlefields, but 100 years ago, it was a big deal.
  • Climb Into the Mini-Sub Navy SEALs Use to Bring Death From Below

    Alexander George
    1 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    Here’s the scenario: After suiting up with diving knives and silenced assault rifles, a team of three Navy SEALs on a submarine prepare to head to shore for a sneak attack. They put on their scuba gear and climb into a vessel that shaped like a torpedo and not much bigger than a shower. Powered […]
 
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  • The Michael Brown Case, Update 2: Communication

    Mike McDaniel
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:33 pm
    CNN reporter invites murder (background blurred because sanity) I have just a brief update on the case for today, following up on issues raised in the first article of this series: “The Michael Brown Case: Initial Observations.”  Enough new information has become available that I’ll likely post a new analysis of the shooting tomorrow, Wednesday, August 20, 2014. I hope to see you then. The similarities between this case and the Trayvon Martin case are as numerous as they are striking, and I’ll deal with those in some detail in later articles. For the moment, some have been wondering…
  • Gunshot Wounds At The Concession Stand

    Mike McDaniel
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:24 pm
    credit: screencrush.com At the movies and on TV we constantly see good guys deftly shooting bad guys in the shoulder. The bad guys are immediately dropped and unable to continue their badness. Or a good guy is shot in the arm, and shakes it off as though it were a mosquito bite. In the real world, any gunshot wound, particularly one to the region of a joint, is usually permanently debilitating and can be fatal. Thus do we begin to understand the futility, idiocy, and lawsuit and prosecution attracting realities of shooting to wound. I take on that issue in my most recent article for the good…
  • The Wages of Community Organizing

    Mike McDaniel
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    credit: outsidethebeltway.com On June 11, 2012, I first posted this article about our community organizer in chief. We’re seen the vital work of community organizers in Ferguson, Missouri this past week, so it seems a good time to revisit this exposition of their vital place in American society. And the grand poobah, the most communal of community organizers, is Barack Obama. The fruits of his “organization” are becoming more and more apparent, not only in America, but around the world. So, once again, let’s go forward to the past: Categories: Narcissism, socialism/Marxism, economic…
  • The Michael Brown Case: Initial Observations

    Mike McDaniel
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:41 pm
    Missouri State Police Captain Ron Johnson is a tall, big, imposing black man. He was sent to Ferguson, Missouri to dialogue with the people, to get down with them, to be a bridge over troubled waters. Unfortunately, he forgot his place; he forgot who and what he was. I am not, gentle readers, referring to race, at least not in that context. credit: the guardian.com Ferguson, and the rest of America, are seeing community organizing at work. Descending on Ferguson are Jessie Jackson, Al Sharpton, Benjamin Crump–an attorney heavily involved in the George Zimmerman persecution-and the race…
  • Movie Review: The Expendables 3 (2014)

    Mike McDaniel
    17 Aug 2014 | 7:18 pm
    The Expendables 3 (2014) Director: Patrick Hughes Writers: Sylvester Stallone Creighton Rothenberger, and Katrin Benedikt Starring: Sylvester Stallone as Barney Ross Harrison Ford as Drummer Mel Gibson as Conrad Stonebanks Kelsey Grammer as Boneparte Robert Davi as Goran Vata Arnold Schwarzenegger as Trench Jet Li as Yin Yang The Old Team: Jason Statham as Lee Christmas Randy Couture as Toll Road Dolph Lundgren as Gunnar Jensen Terry Crews as Caesar The New Team: Wesley Snipes as Doc Ronda Rousey as Luna Glen Powell as Thorn Victor Ortiz as Mars Kellan Luta as Smilee Antonia Banderas as Galgo…
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  • Top Headline Comments 8-20-14

    20 Aug 2014 | 6:42 am
    Happy Wednesday. Hey, give a thank you to our weekend crew in the comments. They do a lot of coordinating behind the scenes to bring you our Saturday and Sunday content. Commentary Mag has a piece in its September issue...
  • AOSHQDD Primary Night: ALASKA SENATE PRIMARY

    19 Aug 2014 | 11:42 pm
    Tonight, we return to Alaska, the site of a nail-biter primary back in 2010. It's winner, Joe Miller, is back again, vying for the chance to unseat Senator Begich. He faces Dan Sullivan and Lt. Gov Mead Treadwell for...
  • Overnight Open Thread (8-19-2014)

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:17 pm
    Heh For Your Reading: The 2006 FBI Study "Violent Encounters" This was an intensive 5 year study the FBI did looking at deadly assaults (usually with guns) on police officers during their duties. In particular they focused on 40 incidents...
  • Probably Not The Mug Shot the Dems Were Hoping For

    19 Aug 2014 | 8:51 pm
    I don't this looks too bad at all really. I kinda like the "adios mofo" grin. BOSS RT @tplohetski: BREAKING: Perry booking photo pic.twitter.com/pt6XdBDyXc— Lauren Luxenburg (@LaurenC_Lux) August 19, 2014 It may be a bit of a surprise to those...
  • The Political Value of Saying Stupid Crap You Don't Really Believe

    19 Aug 2014 | 7:50 pm
    That's a joke headline. I actually do mean what I'm talking about here. Via Hot Air, writer Arthur Brooks makes the case (in the NYT) that it's a winning political strategy to talk up the other side's political priorities. Without...
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  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:24 am
    Gosh, the evil of ISIS knows no bounds.What a surprise. Businesses aren't paying the Obamacare tax on medical devices. Since so much of the law's requirements have been suspended, these companies must figure that they don't need to pay this tax. And it's a good guess that the tax will eventually be repealed so the government won't be jumping too ugly with them.Bernard Goldberg writes about the news that is getting ignored while people march, mourn, loot, and posture in Ferguson.I don’t know what happened in Ferguson, Mo., between the cop and the kid. And neither do you. When I covered hard…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:44 am
    Be afraid. Be very afraid. When President Obama announced in June that he planned to bypass congressional gridlock and overhaul the nation’s immigration system on his own, he did so in a most public way: a speech in the White House Rose Garden.Since then, the process of drafting what will likely be the only significant immigration changes of his presidency — and his most consequential use of executive power — has been conducted almost entirely behind closed doors, where lobbyists and interest groups invited to the White House are making their case out of public view.Mr. Obama’s…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:40 am
    This is no surprise. The only surprise is that it has become public.A Hamas official inadvertently acknowledged on Thursday that the group had strong-armed journalists in Gaza into a reporting style that suited its narrative, keeping many under surveillance and kicking out of the territory those who sought to film the launching of rockets at Israel.In an interview with Lebanon’s al-Mayadeen TV on Thursday, relayed and translated Friday by the Middle East Media Research Institute, the head of foreign relations in Hamas’s Information Ministry, Isra Al-Mudallal, complained that “the…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    15 Aug 2014 | 3:54 am
    Apparently, being a billionaire trying to influence elections isn't as easy as it sounds. Tom Steyer who was going to spend $100 million to elect politicians who agreed with his environmental agenda isn't having as much luck as one might think a billionaire would.Mr. Steyer at an Aspen conference this week revealed that little if any of this is happening. The left is as split over energy as it has ever been; the public isn't buying the climate line; and the hedge-fund-manager-turned-activist looks to be regrouping.The Steyer grand plan began unraveling from the start, when stories about his…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:09 am
    John Podhoretz advises President Obama to prepare himself for many more occasions when Hillary hammers him in a desperate attempt to distance herself from his increasing unpopularity.Last year, when it looked like Obama might maintain his popularity, Hillary was ready to run as his confidant, adviser and friend.Now, as the world comes crashing down upon him, along with his poll numbers and the increasingly disastrous prospects for his party in the November midterms, Mrs. Clinton has laid a bet.She is betting she has two years to set herself up not as Obama’s natural successor but as his…
 
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  • Did the EPA Abuse It’s Authority to Influence the 2012 presidential election?

    Dan
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Perhaps the better question is, is there a government agency Obama hasn’t exploited for political gain? Full pdf of the Landmark Legal release here. (LEESBURG, VA) — Landmark Legal Foundation today asked Federal District Judge Royce Lamberth to sanction the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for destroying or failing to preserve emails and text messages that may have helped document suspected Agency efforts to influence the 2012 presidential election.  Mark certainly has a way of turning a phrase. heh “The EPA is a toxic waste dump for lawlessness and disdain for the…
  • Wacko Bird Express: McCain to campaign for Thad Cochran

    Dan
    19 Jun 2014 | 10:04 am
    Seriously is the NRSC trying to give Republicans a reason to come out and vote against Cochran in the primary? Talk about out of touch. McCain is heading to the state to campaign for Cochran on Sunday, his campaign confirmed to The Hill. The Arizona senator is the latest in a parade of prominent establishment figures to throw their weight behind Cochran as he attempts to fight off a fierce primary challenge from state Sen. Chris McDaniel (R) ahead of Tuesday’s vote. More via McCain to hit campaign trail for Cochran | TheHill. The post Wacko Bird Express: McCain to campaign for Thad…
  • Democrat Political Operative Running Thad Cochran’s GOTV effort

    Dan
    17 Jun 2014 | 12:14 pm
    I know it’s not fun to pick on people for their age. Unfortunately, Thad Cochran’s refusal to let go of power all too long past his prime mitigates my concern in that regard. Sources on the ground in MS tell me the Cochran campaign is looking increasingly cartoonish in trying to eek out a win in what most are coming to realize is a lost cause. So, no, it doesn’t surprise me that Team Cochran would hire a Democrat named  “Scooby Doo” to work for him at this point. This is just getting sad…. A Democratic political operative says he is working with…
  • MailOnline hires ex-BuzzFeed boss Jon Steinberg as new North America CEO

    Dan
    15 Jun 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Hm. MailOnline, the world’s biggest English language newspaper website, today announced the appointment of Jon Steinberg as its North America Chief Executive Officer. Jon is a world-leading, senior digital media executive who joins the MailOnline North America from BuzzFeed where he was President & Chief Operating Officer for the past four years. More via MailOnline hires Jon Steinberg The post MailOnline hires ex-BuzzFeed boss Jon Steinberg as new North America CEO appeared first on Riehl World News.
  • Bob Schieffer Thinks All Hispanics Are Illegal

    Dan
    15 Jun 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Video at link below. Bob has never impressed me as the sharpest tack in the pack. While interviewing Lindsay Graham on “Face the Nation” today, Bob Schieffer flubbed when he said Graham was seeking “path to citizenship for Hispanics.” Except one thing – hispanics aren’t banned from citizenship in America! Geez. via Another Gaffe | SOOPERMEXICAN. The post Bob Schieffer Thinks All Hispanics Are Illegal appeared first on Riehl World News.
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  • Note the Difference Between Bundy Ranch Protest and Ferguson Riots

    Warner Todd Huston
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:41 pm
    A comparison between the Bundy ranch protests from April of this year to what is going on in Ferguson is telling. It is also very, very instructive on just how to stand up for your rights in the era of a thoroughly militarized government. Early in 2014 a rancher in Nevada named Cliven Bundy became the focus of an anti-government protest when the Bureau of Land Management swooped in with a paramilitary attack on Bundy’s ranch killing his cattle and claiming he was going to be arrested for supposedly refusing to pay a grazing tax, a dispute over which rancher
  • HuffPo ‘Reporter’ Stirs Race Hate in Ferguson

    Warner Todd Huston
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:38 am
    A Huffington Post “Justice Reporter”–whatever that means–named Ryan J. Reilly made himself look foolish twice in the same day as he “reported” on the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri this weekend and in one post even made the attempt to enflame racial strife. The first time Reilly made himself look like a dunce in Ferguson is when he Tweeted a photo of some discarded orange ear plugs and asked his Twitter followers if they looked like “rubber bullets.” This doofus didn’t just ask his followers if the ear plugs were rubber bullets, he stated…
  • Weekend Caption Contest™ Winners

    Kevin
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:25 pm
    This week’s Weekend Caption Contest™ was another smash hit. The assignment this week was to caption the following picture: Here are the winning entries: 1) (Rodney Dill) – “Holder? I don’t even know her.” 2) (fustian24) – “At least Nero could play an instrument.” 3) (yetanotherjohn) – “Two men without a scruple between them.” 4) (Par4Course) – “Dumb and Dumber.” 5) (Joe_Miller) – “President Obama chats with Stedman in the green room before going on the Oprah Show” 6) (EricSteel) –…
  • CNN Quietly Changes Story that DOJ Held Back Ferguson Robbery Video

    Warner Todd Huston
    17 Aug 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Looks like CNN is trying to cover Obama’s rear end by quietly changing its story about how the DOJ’s Eric Holder told the Ferguson police to withhold the video showing slain teen Michael Brown robbing a local store. It now appears that Obama wanted riots to happen in Ferguson. Early on Saturday a conflict between the local police in riot plagued Ferguson, Missouri and the federal government came to light over the release of the video of the store robbery that allegedly depicts slain teen Michael Brown robbing a local store only hours before he was killed by police. CNN
  • We Should Not Call Them The ‘Ruling Class,’ But the ‘Immunes’

    Warner Todd Huston
    17 Aug 2014 | 12:26 pm
    In the bad old days when Kings reigned and the various classes of royalty vied for position the only danger for the “ruling class” was the fear that another member of their class might strike a blow against them. Unlike the lower classes, the rulers of antiquity were immune from the vagaries of life and out of reach of the law. In fact, there was no law. Unfortunately, we are headed right back in that scheme of life. But one of the societal schemes that the founders of our country set about the task of destroying was that of the
 
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    Hullabaloo

  • The Fallacy of the Golden Mean by @Batocchio9

    19 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    The Fallacy of the Golden Mean(A "Both Sides" Reader)by Batocchio The bad argument's natural habitat is the political talk show. (Well, it's one of its natural habitats, anyway.) Nourished by a steady supply of moist bullshit in the studio and the heat of the 24-hour news cycle, bad arguments flourish, thrive and proliferate. Many a breed of bad argument can be spied, but one of the most common and pernicious inside Beltway blather pits is the fallacy of the golden mean (also known under other aliases). Basically, it entails that in any dispute between two parties, the truth must lie…
  • Hissy fit alert

    19 Aug 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Hissy fit alertby digbyThe Democrats in Missouri are registering people to vote at the site where Michael Brown was killed. The Republicans are fuming:“If that’s not fanning the political flames, I don’t know what is,” Wills said, “I think it’s not only disgusting but completely inappropriate.”Wills explained that the shooting death of Michael Brown was a tragedy for everyone.“This is not just a tragedy for the African American community this is a tragedy for the Missouri community as well as the community of what we call America,” he said. “Injecting race into this…
  • It's hard out here for a wimp

    19 Aug 2014 | 3:00 pm
    It's hard out here for a wimpby digbyIn case you were wondering when the conservative id would finally show its ugly head, here it is:Possibly the most sickening thing about America is its racial selectivity. White person kills white person. Zzzzz. Black person kills black person. Zzzzz. Black person kills white person. Zzzzz. White person kills black person — the world stops. Or explodes.(And if the person doing the shooting is not quite white, à la George Zimmerman, you can add a little bleach, dubbing him a “white Hispanic.”)It’s not just that some life is held to be more valuable…
  • Just don't embarrass the spooks

    19 Aug 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Just don't embarrass the spooksby digbyI'm going to guess that more than a few of you might be unaware of the nature of the dangerous secret James Risen is accused of revealing to the public. Mother Jones helpfully reminds us:In State of War, Risen revealed a secret CIA operation, code-named Merlin, that was intended to undermine the Iranian nuclear program. The plan—originally approved by president Bill Clinton, but later embraced by George W. Bush—was to pass flawed plans for a trigger system for a nuclear weapon to Iran in the hopes of derailing the country's nuclear program. "It was…
  • QOTD: Paul Ryan

    19 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    QOTD: Paul Ryanby digbyCan you see what's wrong with this picture? I knew that you could:Ryan cautioned that people should allow the investigation into 18-year-old Michael Brown's death at the hands of a white police officer to run its course before drawing conclusions. The Justice Department is conducting its own inquiry in addition to a state investigation, but the Wisconsin Republican cautioned against allowing the federal government to take on a large oversight role in Ferguson."There is no problem with the federal government having a role," he said. "But in all of these things, local…
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  • Yes, it has come to this

    Attaturk
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:30 am
    Que this guy A proud day indeed. Egypt on Tuesday urged U.S. authorities to exercise restraint in dealing with racially charged demonstrations in Ferguson, Missouri In our defense (via FoxNews, naturally) it is possible that many political protesters in Cairo had not had a “one-hitter” within several weeks of when they were shot six-times at point blank range. It’s all about context (as you wish to fashion it from reality).
  • Late, Late Night FDL: Takin’ It To The Streets

    CTuttle
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Doobie Brothers – Takin’ It To The Streets Ferguson native Michael McDonald penned a statement on #Mike Brown… As someone who spent his first 18 yrs in the St. Louis area, (14 of them in Ferguson Mo. ), I pray for the family of Michael Brown and the entire community that is originally my home town to which I still feel a strong connection. I pray this tragic event and the still greater issue that it heralds will be faced and dealt with in an honest and responsible manner by the residents of Ferguson and the people in its leadership positions. That whatever appropriate…
  • Late Night: Chris Kluwe Scores Win for LGBT

    Lisa Derrick
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Chris KluweI don’t know a whole lot about football. In a pinch I will root for the Ravens because they are named for the quintessential Edgar Allen Poe poem (though one hopes their Super Bowl win will not live up to the poem’s refrain). Up until a couple years ago I thought the Vikings were cool, too, because Loki is rad and so is Odin. And Valkeries! And Berserkers!!  I also bet ponies by color of silks and horses’ names. Yes, I am sports challenged. Actually when the Viking’s punter (that’s the guy who kicks the ball on fourth and long) Chris Kluwe spoke up…
  • The Mysterious Parisian Heist

    yellowsnapdragon
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:06 pm
    Robbers stole valuables — and “sensitive documents” — from the Mercedes of a Saudi Prince. Here’s an interesting story. Last Sunday, an anonymous Saudi Prince’s convoy was robbed en route to a Paris airport from a swanky, Saudi-owned luxury hotel. Police suspect the theft was a well planned, inside job because the stolen car appeared to be selected for its valuable contents. The robbers, said to number between five and eight, seized the Mercedes and its three occupants – as well as €250,000 and what Le Parisien newspaper described as sensitive…
  • Causes of War Krugman Overlooked

    David Swanson
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:12 pm
    “If Iraq’s top export were broccoli there’d have been no 2003 war.” While I’m working on a campaign to abolish war, it’s helpful and appreciated that a columnist for one of the most effective war promoting institutions in the world, the New York Times, on Sunday mused aloud about why in the world wars are still waged. Paul Krugman rightly pointed to the destructive nature of wars even for their victors. He admirably presented the insights of Norman Angell who figured out that war didn’t pay economically over a century ago. But Krugman didn’t get…
 
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  • Wednesday Open Thread

    Jeralyn
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:08 am
    It's been days since our last open thread. I've been focused on ISIS and Iraq, and readers seem focused on Ferguson. Here's some space to talk about other things, all topics welcome. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Pentagon Insists Mosul Dam Strikes Aren't Mission Creep

    Jeralyn
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:48 am
    Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby insists the airstrikes on Mosul Dam were not "mission creep." “Mission creep refers to the growth or expansion of the goals and objectives of a military operation -- that the goals and objectives change, morph... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Ferguson Updates

    Jeralyn
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:25 am
    Ferguson was fairly calm Tuesday night, with most people peacefully protesting. AG Eric Holder arrives in Ferguson today. Here is his letter to the people of Ferguson. Gov. Nixon said the county prosecutor will stay on the case for now,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • New ISIS Video Warns Obama and Shows Beheading of U.S. Journalist

    Jeralyn
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:31 pm
    Truly horrifying. al Furqan Media (aka Furqan Foundation for Media Production) and al Hayat Media Center have just released a video threatening the United States if it continues strikes against ISIS. In the video, which I won't link to but... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Grand Jury to Begin Investigation of Michael Brown Killing

    Jeralyn
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:16 am
    After a night of more unrest in Ferguson, a few shootings (reportedly not by police) and at least 30 arrests, officials are calling for calm. A grand jury is scheduled to begin hearing evidence in the shooting death of Michael Brown tomorrow. ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    The Fix

  • Obama’s biggest boosters on Iraq: Conservative Republicans — kind of

    Aaron Blake
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    President Obama's decision to launch airstrikes in Iraq was a popular one -- especially among his biggest political adversaries, conservative Republicans. According to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll, 63 percent of conservative Republicans and 61 percent of all Republicans support Obama's decision to launch the airstrikes. By comparison, 54 percent of Democrats and 49 percent […]
  • President Eisenhower had a pretty sick plane

    Jaime Fuller
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Happy National Aviation Day! Yes, we know you had no idea it was National Aviation Day (and we know the Fix has unwittingly celebrated by writing about planes a lot). But now you can celebrate by learning all about President Eisenhower's plane, which had sweet propellers. He used two planes during his time in office -- […]
  • Planes, trains and campaign finance reports — the bane of every Senate candidate

    Jaime Fuller
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:22 pm
    This post was updated at 4:15 p.m. Going into 2014, Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu's (D) staff knew it was going to be a tough slog. She last won election in a banner year for Blue Dog Democrats in 2008 and is attempting a repeat in an off-year campaign where nearly everything is in her opponent's favor. […]
  • Political deja vu: Michelle Nunn takes an ad from the anti-Romney playbook

    Philip Bump
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:31 am
    If you watch Michelle Nunn's new ad for her Georgia Senate race, something about it will likely seem familiar to you. There's a sense of deja vu, almost, in this story of the wealthy Republican that profited from a business closure in rural America. The interview style. The moody music. Let us help you. You […]
  • The one big reason all of Hillary Clinton’s top challengers are unlikely to run

    Aaron Blake
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:51 am
    The Hill is out with a list of the top five Democrats who could challenge Hillary Clinton from the left in the 2016 presidential race. This isn't breaking any new ground, and it's largely the usual suspects. But as the debate over potential challengers to her in 2016 heats up in the months ahead (we're just […]
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    Blue Jersey - Front Page

  • Watch: Nutley Commissioner Steve Rogers slams Ferguson's Capt. Ron Johnson

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:25 am
    Gratitude to johnleesandiego (his post here) for tipping us to Nutley Commissioner Steve Rogers' appearance on Fox & Friends yesterday. Rogers is also an expert in community policing. I consume a fair amount of far-right filtered information because I like to see how they charge up their masses (ask me about my Rush Limbaugh habit - no, don't). But even I don't watch Fox & Friends except, rarely, in clips. So, this, with the host bemoaning "the violence ... and the looting!" as though the unrest comes from the ether, is a revelation to me. I should know better. Here, the enormously skilled…
  • News Roundup & Open Thread for Tuesday, August 9, 2014

    19 Aug 2014 | 6:05 am
    Bob Braun v. Jonathan Alter on 'school reform' NJ Monthly gives the floor to two well-known journalists, both Jersey residents, to talk about the future of public education. "I have complete faith and confidence in Governor Perry's honesty and integrity." Yup, that's Chris Christie, who has brewing legal troubles of his own, helping Ted Cruz, Bobby Jindal and Jeb Bush circle the wagons. Not playing? Sen. Rand Paul, the one to watch. 77 days till Election Day CD:7: Leonard Lance doesn't seem worried that his shifting to the far right will hurt him. CD3: GOP's Tom MacArthur v. Democrats'…
  • Chris Christie in Panel Land

    18 Aug 2014 | 3:49 pm
    Hands up: Does anybody take these panels, and lawyer's reports that Gov. Christie arranges to give cover to whatever the hell he wants to do anyway? This is Jimmy Margulies:
  • Tom MacArthur Can't Even be a Good Carpetbagger

    18 Aug 2014 | 1:56 pm
    It's well known that Tom MacArthur is a carpetbagger. The former mayor of Randolph in Morris County is trying to buy a seat in Congress by running for the open seat in New Jersey's Third District (Burlington and Ocean Counties). But he can't even do a good job of carpetbagging. True, MacArthur has owned a summer home in South Jersey for many years, but even that home is outside the District. So he dipped into his 8-figure net worth and bought a relatively inexpensive condo in Toms River for the purpose of establishing an in-district address. Yet, public records show that his wife Debbie is…
  • Revel Without a Cause

    18 Aug 2014 | 11:29 am
    Christie's big gamble on the Revel Casino comes up snake eyes for NJ citizens and pension funds. Cross-posted with Marie Corfield. Promoted by Rosi. The headline says it all. The gleaming new jewel of Atlantic City, the hoped-for savior of a town that makes its living off of hope, off of worshipping golden-and silver and green-idols will sink slowly into the sunset on September 1, and along with it thousands of jobs, millions in lost tax revenue, and billions in debt. A stark contrast to the tacky kitsch and schmaltz of casinos like the Trump Taj Mahal, Showboat and Caesars Palace, the sleek,…
 
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  • In which Clinton slams Obama by articulating his "organizing principle"

    Andrew Sprung
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:03 pm
    A typical account of Hillary Clinton's assessment of Obama's foreign policy in the Goldberg interview ran like this one in the New York Times:Her blunt public criticism of the president’s foreign policy in The Atlantic this week touched off frustration among Mr. Obama’s advisers and supporters, especially her suggestion that under Mr. Obama, the United States lacked an “organizing principle” in its approach to international relations. “ ‘Don’t do stupid stuff’ is not an organizing principle,” Mrs. Clinton said. Three things to note about this takeaway:1. Clinton didn't…
  • A stealth modernist's divine lamppost

    Andrew Sprung
    17 Aug 2014 | 7:09 pm
    Lev Grossman, a fantasy writer whose works I have not yet been privileged to read, has a wonderful, wonderful, wonderful tribute to C. S. Lewis, who brought him into the worlds of reading and of fantasy. He focuses first on a passage that I used to xerox for students, also trying to capture its magic:Even more than that, it’s the way he uses language—which is nothing like the way fantasists used language before him. There’s no sense of nostalgia. There’s no medieval floridness. There’s no fairy tale condescension to the child reader. It’s very straight, and very clean—there’s…
  • "What's a subsidy?" -- It's hard to reach the uninsured

    Andrew Sprung
    15 Aug 2014 | 2:32 pm
    Back in May, I noted a remarkable finding in a McKinsey survey of those who bought or sought health insurance in the individual market during the ACA's first open season:  Most of those who failed to obtain coverage were eligible for subsidies but did not know they were eligible. Two thirds of subsidy-eligible respondents who visited healthcare.gov but did not enroll were not aware of their eligibility -- and so had no idea how much health insurance would actually cost them.Those findings are corroborated in a survey conducted at about the same time (April 10-28), commissioned by…
  • Hillary Clinton was not so hawkish on Iraq

    Andrew Sprung
    13 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    Jonathan Ladd sensibly questions the premise that  Hillary Clinton would act like a hawk as president, as opposed to talking a little like one now. As evidence that she would not, he cites the foreign policy continuity between the (Bill) Clinton and Obama administrations (of which she is of course a lynchpin), and the fact that the only hawkish action she's ever taken was her vote in October 2002 to authorize the use of force in Iraq.I would complicate somewhat Ladd's contention that in her tenure as Obama's Secretary of State Clinton's "actions supported President Obama's less…
  • If you're dropping ACA coverage for any reason, I'd like to hear from you

    Andrew Sprung
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:27 am
    [moving this forward per request for input at bottom...] Charles Gaba, ACA signups tracker extraordinaire, dives into a scary-sounding claim about attrition among people who signed up for private health plans on ACA exchanges -- Aetna enrollments to drop 30%! -- and provides some clarity: attrition for private insurers generally is likely coming in at about 2.5% per month, as expected.That attrition -- offset, to an unclear degree*, by off-season "special enrollment period signups -- is expected and normal. A Kaiser study found that only 62% of people who had individual market coverage in…
 
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  • The Civil War and the Southern Belle

    By KAREN ABBOTT
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:01 pm
    In the sudden absence of husbands, fathers, brothers and beaus, white Southern women discovered a newfound freedom — one that simultaneously granted them more power in relationships and increased their likelihood of heartbreak.
  • The Wisdom of the Exile

    By COSTICA BRADATAN
    16 Aug 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Uprooting, if we survive it, can be a philosophical gift.
  • What the Sparrows Told Me

    By TRISH O’KANE
    16 Aug 2014 | 1:12 pm
    The avian life of New Orleans taught me and my students a lesson in resilience.
  • Finding My Voice in Fantasy

    By LEV GROSSMAN
    16 Aug 2014 | 12:46 pm
    The icy grip of reality on my fiction cracked, and a torrent of magic came rushing out.
  • The Confederate Torpedo

    By JOHN GRADY
    15 Aug 2014 | 5:20 pm
    How the South learned to stop worrying and embrace timed explosives.
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    Reuters: Politics

  • Sullivan claims victory in Alaska's U.S. Republican Senate primary

    20 Aug 2014 | 3:54 am
    JUNEAU Alaska (Reuters) - Mainstream Republican Dan Sullivan claimed victory early on Wednesday in Alaska's three-way primary race ahead of a November election seen as critical to the party's bid to regain control of the U.S. Senate.
  • Boehner's troubles with House conservatives may only get worse

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:10 pm
    FOND DU LAC Wis. (Reuters) - Glenn Grothman is a fiery conservative who wants to slash welfare programs and crack down on illegal immigrants who he says will "destroy" America.
  • Republicans tussle in Alaska primary for U.S. Senate bid

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:49 pm
    JUNEAU Alaska (Reuters) - Voting ended on Tuesday in a primary election in Alaska that has three Republicans, including a Tea Party candidate, vying for the chance to face a Democratic incumbent in a race seen as critical to their party's bid to regain control of the U.S. Senate.
  • Indicted Texas Governor Perry has fingerprints, mug shot taken

    19 Aug 2014 | 8:54 pm
    AUSTIN Texas (Reuters) - Texas Governor Rick Perry, a possible Republican presidential candidate in the 2016 race, was fingerprinted and had his mug shot taken by judicial authorities on Tuesday after being indicted last week on two felony charges of abusing power.
  • Judge blocks Louisiana governor's move to scrap Common Core tests

    19 Aug 2014 | 6:58 pm
    NEW ORLEANS (Reuters) - In a blow to Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal's move to withdraw his state from Common Core education standards, a state judge on Tuesday blocked Jindal's plan to scrap a key set of standardized tests due to be introduced in the coming school year.
 
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    Slashdot: Politics

  • WikiLeaks' Assange Hopes To Exit London Embassy "Soon"

    samzenpus
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:50 am
    An anonymous reader writes Julian Assange has hosted a press conference in which he indicated he is soon about to leave the embassy of Ecuador in London. From the article: "WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, who has spent over two years in Ecuador's London embassy to avoid a sex crimes inquiry in Sweden, said on Monday he planned to leave the building 'soon', but Britain signaled it would still arrest him if he tried. Assange made the surprise assertion during a news conference alongside Ecuador's Foreign Minister Ricardo Patino. But his spokesman played down the chances of an imminent…
  • How California's Carbon Market Actually Works

    Soulskill
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Lasrick writes: Almost 10 years ago, California's legislature passed Assembly Bill 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006. AB 32 set the most ambitious legally binding climate policy in the United States, requiring that California's greenhouse gas emissions return to 1990 levels by the year 2020. The centerpiece of the state's efforts — in rhetorical terms, if not practical ones — is a comprehensive carbon market, which California's leaders promote as a model policy for controlling carbon pollution. Over the course of the past 18 months, however, California quietly changed…
  • The Billion-Dollar Website

    Soulskill
    15 Aug 2014 | 5:47 am
    stoborrobots writes: The Government Accountability Office has investigated the cost blowouts associated with how the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) handled the Healthcare.gov project. It has released a 60-page report entitled Healthcare.gov: Ineffective Planning and Oversight Practices Underscore the Need for Improved Contract Management, with a 5 page summary. The key takeaway messages are: CMS undertook the development of Healthcare.gov and its related systems without effective planning or oversight practices... [The task] was a complex effort with compressed time…
  • California May Waive Environmental Rules For Tesla

    Soulskill
    13 Aug 2014 | 2:36 pm
    cartechboy writes: We all know Tesla is working on its Gigafactory, and it has yet to announce officially where it will be. But the automaker did announce a shortlist of possible locations, and California wasn't on it. The state has quickly been trying to lure Tesla to get back into contention. Now the state may waive environmental rules which would normally make construction of such a large manufacturing facility more difficult. Apparently, Governor Jerry Brown's office is currently negotiating an incentive package for Tesla that would waive certain parts of the nearly half-century-old…
  • The Benefits of Inequality

    Soulskill
    13 Aug 2014 | 1:35 pm
    New submitter MutualFun sends this article from Science News: Which would you prefer: egalitarianism or totalitarianism? When it comes down to it, the choice you make may not be as obvious as you think. New research suggests that in the distant past, groups of hunter-gatherers may have recognized and accepted the benefits of living in hierarchical societies, even if they themselves weren't counted among the well-off. This model could help explain why bands of humans moved from largely egalitarian groups to hierarchical cultures in which social inequality was rife.Read more of this story at…
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    The Independent: On The Campaign Trail

  • Yvette Cooper blames Government for allowing British jihadis

    20 Aug 2014 | 4:18 am
    Yvette Cooper linked British jihadists in Syria and Iraq with the Government’s having “stopped” a lot of the Prevent anti-radicalisation programme, when she was on BBC News Channel this morning. Here is the transcript: Simon McCoy: While I have you here and in your role as Shadow Home Secretary, could I just ask you about the overnight [...]
  • On Berlin’s beat: An interview with Berlin Atonal organiser Laurens Von Oswald

    18 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Berlin Atonal is a forward-thinking music event that takes place in the German capital this week. Ahead of the event Marcus Barnes speaks to one of the organisers, Laurens Von Oswald, who recently stepped in to revive the event after the previous owner Dimitri Hegemann called it a day…
  • Pressure on Narendra Modi to deliver after impressive oratory at Delhi’s Red Fort

    15 Aug 2014 | 9:39 am
    Narendra Modi has yet to show that his government can make a significant difference to the way that India is run and performs, but this morning he impressed critics as well as supporters with his first Independence Day speech as prime minister from the ramparts of Delhi’s majestic Red Fort. Breaking with tradition, he ad-libbed his [...]
  • What did the Chinese do during the Great War?

    14 Aug 2014 | 9:40 am
    An alliance of Chinese British political and social organisations have launched a campaign to raise public awareness of the efforts of the Chinese in the First World War.
  • A Q&A with double Commonwealth Gold medalist, Jodie Stimpson

    14 Aug 2014 | 3:58 am
    Jodie Stimpson is one of the UK’s leading female triathletes. At only 25 years old, she recently won two Gold Medals at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow – one in the women’s triathlon and then in the team event alongside the Brownlee brothers and team mate Vicky Holland. Last year she finished runner up in the ITU World Triathlon Series.
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    Reason.com Full Feed

  • Listen Now: Nick Gillespie on Wisconsin Public Radio, Talking Ferguson, Michael Brown NOW

    Nick Gillespie
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:02 am
    Go here for details and to listen online.
  • "Pension Smoothing" Helps Feds, Corporations Avoid Reality for Just a Little While Longer

    Nick Gillespie
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:32 am
    The Washington Post reports on how "pension smoothing," an accounting gimmick that's part of the recently passed Highway and Transportation Act of 2014, allows both the feds and the companies that pay the gas tax to avoid reality for just a little while longer. The law allows companies to put off otherwise mandatory contributions to their defined-benefit employee pension funds, which increases tax revenue for the Treasury, since those contributions would have been tax-deductible. Actually, smoothing increases tax revenue in the short run but decreases it later on, when companies have to make…
  • Brickbat: Is Everyone Buckled Up?

    Charles Oliver
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Police in Ibiza pulled over the driver of a van to test him for possible drunk driving. They found he hadn't been drinking. They also found three couples in the back of the van having sex. They cited each of them for not wearing their seat belts. That carries a $270 fine, but since they all agreed to pay it on the spot, the fine was automatically cut in half.
  • Must Conservatives Be Cop Lovers?

    Jacob Sullum
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Running for the U.S. Senate in 2010, Rand Paul became known as that crazy right-winger who expressed reservations about the Civil Rights Act of 1964. But in the last two years, the Kentucky Republican has emerged as his party's most passionate voice on criminal justice reform, explicitly decrying the system's disproportionate impact on African Americans. You might assume that Paul, widely seen as a contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, is trying to redeem himself with black voters who were alienated by his criticism of the Civil Rights Act. Yet both positions spring from…
  • Jacob Sullum on Rand Paul's Challenge to Conservatives Who Reflexively Support Law Enforcement

    Reason.com
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Running for the U.S. Senate in 2010, Rand Paul became known as that crazy right-winger who expressed reservations about the Civil Rights Act of 1964. But in the last two years, the Kentucky Republican has emerged as his party's most passionate voice on criminal justice reform, explicitly decrying the system's disproportionate impact on African Americans. You might assume that Paul, widely seen as a contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, is trying to redeem himself with black voters who were alienated by his criticism of the Civil Rights Act. Yet both positions spring…
 
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    Lehigh Valley Conservative

  • What is Liberty?

    Randy Toman
    7 Aug 2014 | 12:16 pm
    The American problems have festered and ballooned into something that will shortly become uncontrollable agitation of the culture—-causing much civil unrest. This frustration of the public is manifesting itself in a fashion that has not been seen here in the USA in any times of past history. Once “Liberty”—-as it is thought of today—– became the end rather than merely a means to an end, a fundamental change in the very definition of Christianity occurred. Christianity with its Calvinism of the founding father’s era was changed into an Arminian self-rule and we no…
  • Nobody Saw it Coming

    Randy Toman
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:14 am
    I have been saying and writing for years things are bad, the combination of the signs add up to major problems within the culture—with things getting worse. A must read article—-the link: http://blog.milesfranklin.com/need-or-want-demand-is-dying Andy Hoffman articles have continually focus on the gold and silver of the Precious Metal (PM) market and the fact those prices have been manipulated for years. This type of news you can’t and will not get anywhere but in these few newsletters that do cover the PM markets and the few of us who happen to think the price of PM’s can really…
  • VA Crisis Solution

    The Outsider
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:38 am
    I don’t know what is so difficult about solving the VA crisis. Me, the Outsider, has a simple solution. Just give the Veterans the same health care that the worthless politicians give themselves at the tax payers expense! The Veterans deserve it and the politicians really don’t since the politicians are addicted to living off the taxpayers like over glorified welfare junkies. Maybe welfare junkies is too harsh a term! Political parasites would be better!
  • I have Been Searching

    Randy Toman
    10 Jun 2014 | 7:13 am
    I have been searching for sometime—–for the answer to this question. Could it be said that America is founded as a Christian nation? The wording of the “Constitution” or founding documents do not come out stating——We were founded as a Christian nation. It states nothing like that anywhere I could locate. Oh yes—-it does say—– “One nation under God…” but the Atheist will say God with a small “g” or say it is not the God of the Bible or the one that has a son Jesus Christ that save HIS people——they would say or use it as…
  • The Thing is Upon Us

    Randy Toman
    9 Jun 2014 | 5:42 am
    June 3, 2014 The Thing is Upon Us: I have been listening to the intensity of the conversation increase as indicators from the talk show guys seem to sound like the danger (is upon us) with their voices getting louder and louder. The newsletter I get also seem to be getting sharper in their written words to tell us of the impending danger that is upon us——below are a couple of paragraphs from Andrew Hoffman and the milesfranklin.com blog. (bold below) Let’s face it wherever one looks the specters of stagnation, inflation and unrest are front and center; as the age of…
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    The American Prospect

  • I'm Polite, Middle-Class and Harassed By Police. Here's Why.

    Andrea Cambron
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:55 am
    (AP Photo/The Progress-Index, Patrick Kane) I was eighteen, but I remember it like it was yesterday. It was dark, and I was driving with my sister when I got pulled over by the police. We were visiting relatives in Mississippi and had just left our cousins’ house, heading back to an aunt’s house to meet up with our parents. My mother had let us go out for a drive in her car, a red Eddie Bauer Edition Ford Explorer. Driving in that car, I felt a certain level of freedom and prestige. So, being the teenagers that we were, music blasting, rehashing the night’s events with each other, my…
  • The Ferguson Police Department's Top 10 Tips For Protester Relations

    Paul Waldman
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:31 am
    (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) 1. If there's any chance that there might be violence, it's best to have your officers put on all the military gear they've got, including their body armor and camouflage outfits, because that's totally badass. Being decked out like that won't at all affect the way they think about their primary mission (to protect and serve the people of the community), and when protesters see it, they'll know that the officers are trained professionals who take their jobs seriously. 2. Park your armored personnel carriers in the middle of the street. That sight will let everyone…
  • No Jobs But Crappy Jobs: The Next Big Political Issue?

    Robert Kuttner
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:17 pm
    (AP Photo/The Brownsville Herald, Brad Doherty) Wal-Mart employee Nidia Flores arranges shirts, Thursday, August 7, 2014, in Brownsville, Texas. For decades, the increasing precariousness of work has been a source of mass frustration for tens of millions of Americans. But the issue has been largely below the political radar. Politicians ritually invoke good jobs at good wages, yet presidents have been unwilling to name, much less remedy, the deep economic forces that are turning payroll jobs into what I've termed "The Task Rabbit Economy"—a collection of ad hoc gigs with no benefits, no…
  • 'Leave It to the States': Admirable Moderation, Or Cowardly Cop-out?

    Paul Waldman
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:18 pm
    As everyone knows, opinions on same-sex marriage have been changing rapidly, which also means that the positions of politicians have to change to keep up. Now that pretty much every Democrat running for anything is in favor of marriage equality, they're done changing. Republicans, on the other hand, are going to have to keep tweaking their stance, confronted by the almost impossible challenging of signaling their open-mindedness to general election voters while not alienating a conservative base that, for a while anyway, is still opposed to gay people getting married. So what's the answer to…
  • What Judges Know: The Fault for Underfunded Pensions Lies With Politicians, Not Workers

    Jordan Marks
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:19 am
    (AP Photo/Mel Evans) Union members carry protest signs as they march outside the Mercer County Criminal Courthouse before arguments Wednesday, June 25, 2014, in Trenton, N.J., over New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's plan to use pension payments to balance the budget. Public employee unions on Wednesday tell the court the current budget has unspent funds that could go toward pensions.  Advocates of gutting public pensions are running into the same wall over and over again. From California to Illinois to New Jersey and beyond, pension gutting efforts are being overturned by judges who recognize…
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    The American Prospect

  • I'm Polite, Middle-Class and Harassed By Police. Here's Why.

    Andrea Cambron
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:55 am
    (AP Photo/The Progress-Index, Patrick Kane) I was eighteen, but I remember it like it was yesterday. It was dark, and I was driving with my sister when I got pulled over by the police. We were visiting relatives in Mississippi and had just left our cousins’ house, heading back to an aunt’s house to meet up with our parents. My mother had let us go out for a drive in her car, a red Eddie Bauer Edition Ford Explorer. Driving in that car, I felt a certain level of freedom and prestige. So, being the teenagers that we were, music blasting, rehashing the night’s events with each other, my…
  • The Ferguson Police Department's Top 10 Tips For Protester Relations

    Paul Waldman
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:31 am
    (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) 1. If there's any chance that there might be violence, it's best to have your officers put on all the military gear they've got, including their body armor and camouflage outfits, because that's totally badass. Being decked out like that won't at all affect the way they think about their primary mission (to protect and serve the people of the community), and when protesters see it, they'll know that the officers are trained professionals who take their jobs seriously. 2. Park your armored personnel carriers in the middle of the street. That sight will let everyone…
  • No Jobs But Crappy Jobs: The Next Big Political Issue?

    Robert Kuttner
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:17 pm
    (AP Photo/The Brownsville Herald, Brad Doherty) Wal-Mart employee Nidia Flores arranges shirts, Thursday, August 7, 2014, in Brownsville, Texas. For decades, the increasing precariousness of work has been a source of mass frustration for tens of millions of Americans. But the issue has been largely below the political radar. Politicians ritually invoke good jobs at good wages, yet presidents have been unwilling to name, much less remedy, the deep economic forces that are turning payroll jobs into what I've termed "The Task Rabbit Economy"—a collection of ad hoc gigs with no benefits, no…
  • 'Leave It to the States': Admirable Moderation, Or Cowardly Cop-out?

    Paul Waldman
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:18 pm
    As everyone knows, opinions on same-sex marriage have been changing rapidly, which also means that the positions of politicians have to change to keep up. Now that pretty much every Democrat running for anything is in favor of marriage equality, they're done changing. Republicans, on the other hand, are going to have to keep tweaking their stance, confronted by the almost impossible challenging of signaling their open-mindedness to general election voters while not alienating a conservative base that, for a while anyway, is still opposed to gay people getting married. So what's the answer to…
  • What Judges Know: The Fault for Underfunded Pensions Lies With Politicians, Not Workers

    Jordan Marks
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:19 am
    (AP Photo/Mel Evans) Union members carry protest signs as they march outside the Mercer County Criminal Courthouse before arguments Wednesday, June 25, 2014, in Trenton, N.J., over New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's plan to use pension payments to balance the budget. Public employee unions on Wednesday tell the court the current budget has unspent funds that could go toward pensions.  Advocates of gutting public pensions are running into the same wall over and over again. From California to Illinois to New Jersey and beyond, pension gutting efforts are being overturned by judges who recognize…
 
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    Wonkblog

  • Wonkbook: What you need to know about the intensifying legal battles in Ferguson

    Puneet Kollipara
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:37 am
    Welcome to Wonkbook, Wonkblog’s morning policy news primer by Puneet Kollipara (@pkollipara). To subscribe by e-mail, click here. Send comments, criticism or ideas to Wonkbook at Washpost dot com. To read more by the Wonkblog team, click here. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) Wonkbook’s Number of the Day: 26.6 births per 1,000. That was the birth rate for teenagers ages 15-19 last year, down 57 percent from 1991. Wonkbook’s Chart of the Day: There are zero states where the percentage of people employed has gone up since the recession. Wonkbook's Top 5…
  • 21 of America’s biggest cities average fewer than seven hours of sleep each night

    Roberto A. Ferdman
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Americans might run on sleep, but those living in the country's largest cities don't appear to run on much. Jawbone, the maker of the popular fitness tracker by the same name, crunched data for tens of thousands of its users in over twenty of the United State's largest cities (and several thousand users in more than twenty of the largest cities around the world). It turns out that New York City doesn't quite live up to its reputation for night crawling—the city's dwellers actually go to sleep earlier on average than those of any other in the country, at around 11:15 pm. And that Las…
  • The historic and uneven decline in teen births

    Jason Millman
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
      Newborn babies sleeping in hospital nursery (Getty Images/Brand X) New evidence from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention this morning points to the ongoing and significant drop in the U.S. teen birth rate over the past 2o-plus years. The birth rate for teenagers ages 15-19 was 26.6 births per 1,000 in 2013, down 57 percent from the rate of 61.8 births per 1,000 in 1991, according to the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics. The CDC attributes the 20-year decline to decreased sexual activity among teens, as well as more frequent use of contraception. As you would…
  • Uber hired David Plouffe when it realized ‘techies’ can’t do politics

    Emily Badger and Zachary A. Goldfarb
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:11 pm
    David Plouffe, former advisor to President Barack Obama, has joined the Uber movement (Photo by Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post) As one of Barack Obama’s chief political strategists, David Plouffe mixed grassroots organizing and Internet campaigning to help win two presidential elections. Now Uber, the controversial online transportation company, has tapped Plouffe to deploy these same skills in what has rapidly become one of the most prominent political fights to emerge out of Silicon Valley. Uber announced Tuesday that Plouffe will join the company as a senior vice president of policy and…
  • Health care data breaches have hit 30M patients and counting

    Jason Millman
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Health care has a data breach problem. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File) Welcome to Health Reform Watch, Jason Millman's regular look at how the Affordable Care Act is changing the American health-care system — and being changed by it. You can reach Jason with questions, comments and suggestions here. Check back every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon for the latest edition, or sign up here to receive it straight from your inbox. Read previous columns here. The recent theft of 4.5 million medical records by Chinese hackers highlights one undeniable truth about health care data: it's valuable,…
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  • Ferguson protesters say Obama needs to take charge

    20 Aug 2014 | 3:15 am
    FERGUSON, Mo. — Protestors clashing with police over the shooting death of an unarmed African-American teenager say President Obama needs to do more to solve the racially charged conflict.Obama has already dispatched Attorney General Eric Holder to...
  • Perry booked, gets mug shot

    19 Aug 2014 | 3:55 pm
     Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) was booked at a courthouse in Austin on Tuesday, getting his fingerprints taken and a mug shot, following his indictment by a grand jury on abuse of power charges."I'm here today because I believe in the rule of law,...
  • Report: St. Louis police shoot, kill knife-wielding suspect

    19 Aug 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Police on Tuesday reportedly shot and killed a man wielding a knife in north St. Louis, not far from where racially charged riots that have broken out in the suburb of Ferguson over a separate police killing.The shooting took place after a suspect...
  • Details on shooting may be withheld for weeks

    19 Aug 2014 | 11:27 am
     St. Louis County investigators will not release details about the shooting of Michael Brown until the information is presented to a grand jury, a process that could take months, the U.S. Attorney on the case said Tuesday.FBI agents are sharing...
  • Dozens arrested in Ferguson

    19 Aug 2014 | 3:58 am
     Dozens of people were arrested overnight in Ferguson, Mo., on the first night National Guard troops were deployed to stem two weeks of violence after an unarmed black teen was shot and killed by a police officer.Protesters fired shots and...
 
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  • The much-discussed Ryan v. Hurles returns, expanded

    Lyle Denniston
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:07 pm
    The Supreme Court labored over some major rulings at its last Term, but perhaps no harder on any one of them than on a case it did not actually decide.  For twenty-three straight private sessions, from before the Term opened to shortly before it ended, the Court had before it the Arizona murder case of Ryan v. Hurles.  Dismissed then for a procedural reason, it has returned — in an expanded form. No one outside the Court has any idea what had stymied the Court — if, indeed, it was stymied by this case — throughout the Term.  The case then turned on the single issue of…
  • Petition of the day

    Maureen Johnston
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:10 pm
    The petition of the day is: Lopez v. Smith 13-946 Issue: Whether the Ninth Circuit failed to apply the deferential standard of review required by 28 U.S.C. § 2254(d) when it granted federal habeas relief from a state murder conviction on the ground that the prosecutor’s request for an aiding-and-abetting instruction at the jury-instruction conference violated a putative constitutional right to prior notice of the government’s theory of prosecution – a right that has been recognized in the court of appeals’ own precedents, but not established by any holding of this…
  • Tuesday round-up

    Amy Howe
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:57 am
    Yesterday supporters of same-sex marriage urged the Court not to delay the implementation of a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, striking down Virginia’s ban on same-sex marriage; in his own filing, the Virginia attorney general asked the Court to stay the lower court’s ruling but – like same-sex marriage supporters – asked it to move to decide the issue as soon as possible.  Lyle Denniston covered the developments for this blog; other coverage comes from Lawrence Hurley of Reuters.  In The Washington Post, Robert Barnes focuses on the Court’s 1972 order…
  • Petition of the day

    Maureen Johnston
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:15 pm
    The petition of the day is: City of Los Angeles v. Patel 13-1175 Disclosure: Goldstein & Russell, P.C., whose attorneys contribute to this blog in various capacities, serves as co-counsel to the respondent in this case. Issue: (1) Whether facial challenges to ordinances and statutes are permitted under the Fourth Amendment; and (2) whether a hotel has an expectation of privacy under the Fourth Amendment in a hotel guest registry where the guest-supplied information is mandated by law and an ordinance authorizes the police to inspect the registry, and if so, whether the ordinance is…
  • Rapid action on same-sex marriage urged (FURTHER UPDATED)

    Lyle Denniston
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:49 pm
    UPDATE Tuesday 1:48 p.m.   The Virginia county clerk seeking a delay of a federal appeals court decision striking down the state’s ban on same-sex marriage told the Supreme Court Tuesday that she does not oppose converting that request into a formal petition for review of the case.  Her filing clears the way for the Court to act at least on the stay request, ahead of a Thursday morning date for the appeals court decision to take effect. Meanwhile, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit refused to take up before the en banc court as the first step in its consideration of the…
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  • Martha Robertson: Says Rep. Tom Reed, R-N.Y., "voted to raise the Social Security retirement age on us."

    19 Aug 2014 | 2:31 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | New York state Democrat's TV ad challenges GOP congressman over raising the retirement age The possibility that Congress could cut back on Social Security has long been a potent weapon in the campaign ad wars. Recently, the theme emerged again in a congressional race in western New York state. It came up in a television ad created by Martha Robertson, a Democratic Tompkins County legislator who is challenging the Republican incumbent, Rep. Tom Reed, in New York’s 23rd district, a sprawling region bordering Pennsylvania known as the Southern Tier.
  • Jay Nixon: "I've been here almost every day."

    18 Aug 2014 | 3:15 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Missouri governor says he's been in Ferguson 'almost every day' since shooting Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon made the rounds on the Sunday political talk shows on Aug. 17 to discuss the ongoing turmoil in his state stemming from the death of Michael Brown, an 18-year-old black man shot and killed by a white St. Louis suburban police officer. In addition to discussing the reaction from the community and law enforcement agencies, Nixon was also grilled on his own response to the outcry. On This Week, Martha Raddatz told Nixon, "People are angry with you,…
  • Chain email: Says the former president of the Czech Republic said the American people were a "confederacy of fools" for electing Barack Obama.

    14 Aug 2014 | 2:24 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | Chain email says former Czech president called American people a 'confederacy of fools' We recently came across a chain email that seems to have been floating around the Internet since President Barack Obama’s first months in office and is still making the rounds, five years later. Without providing any context, the email quotes Vaclav Klaus, former president of the Czech Republic, as saying the American people must be a "confederacy of fools" to have elected Obama. "The danger to America is not Barack Obama, but a citizenry…
  • Joe Miller: "If 20 million illegals vote, you can kiss the Second Amendment goodbye."

    14 Aug 2014 | 8:19 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Granting illegal immigrants amnesty will destroy second amendment, says Senate candidate Joe Miller Joe Miller thinks there’s an obvious link between illegal immigrants and the Second Amendment. In a recent mailer to Alaskans, the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate touts a record that is "100 percent pro-gun" and "100 percent against amnesty." And, he says he’s the only candidate with endorsements from various pro-gun groups. Alaska’s Republican primary is next Tuesday, and Miller is trailing far behind his opponents Mead…
  • Mitch McConnell: Says he "voted for even stronger protections (in the Violence Against Women Act) than Obama's agenda will allow."

    13 Aug 2014 | 8:37 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Mitch McConnell ad says he supported 'stronger' Violence Against Women Act than Barack Obama Sen. Mitch McConnell enlisted the help of his wife, former Secretary of Labor Elaine Chao, to push back against claims from Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes that the Kentucky Republican is anti-women. "Have you ever noticed how some liberals feel entitled to speak on behalf of all women? As if every woman agrees with Barack Obama," Chao says in an ad released Aug. 5, 2014. A narrator adds: "Mitch McConnell co-sponsored the original…
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  • Walking or why health insurance is neccessary but insufficient

    Richard Mayhew
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:15 am
    I was lucky as a college student.  I lived and fell in love with Paris for six months.    I remember the first day I had recovered from my jet lag walking from a friend’s apartment to the half a dozen eighth floor walk-ups that I could afford to rent.  My mouth was gaped, my eyes opened wide and my steps slow and deliberate as I soaked the city in.  I breathed in the patisseries, I inhaled the smell of fresh baked bread, and I began the very deliberate inventory of the best crepe stands (my preference was the green crepery at the Metro station Ste. Germain des Pres).  I lived, I…
  • Cost savings versus cost shifting

    Richard Mayhew
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:31 am
    One of the key components of policy analysis is to figure out when something is a cost savings where there are a net reduction in expenditures from a wide scale perspective on a given activity to cost shifting where the total resources being used for an activity is the same but the contribution of different entities changes.  This distinction is important to remember when reading through Avik Roy’s healthcare reform as he primarily engages in massive cost shifting as he has identified as one of his primary objective functions the minimization of federal expenditure in order to minimize…
  • Wednesday Morning Open Thread: Emotional Rescues

    Anne Laurie
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:11 am
    From commentor Original Lee: Here is a photo of our two rescue dogs, Layla (left) and Lucky (right). We are dormant volunteers with Blue Ridge Border Collie Rescue. These two and their issues are part of the reason why we’re dormant! After a lot of work and love, these two have become quite pleasant companion animals, especially if you are willing to rub their bellies for hours at a time. I was lamenting, earlier this week, that we accidentally acquired a papillon-and-probably-border-collie rescue who has made bringing other animals into the household deeply problematic. Gloria looks…
  • Open Thread: A Not-for-Hipsters App

    Anne Laurie
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:15 pm
    Via not-exactly-DFH-territory Quartz: The recent deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner at the hands of policemen have spurred calls to curb police violence in America. But a critical element to understanding the problem is missing: data. There’s no comprehensive database of law-enforcement misconduct, and without reliable statistics, it’s more difficult to identify abusive police departments and hold them accountable. Three teenage siblings from Georgia want to help. Today, they’re releasing Five-O, an app for Android and iPhone that aims to crowdsource a nationwide police-ratings…
  • There are some who call her…Daisy

    Betty Cracker
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:32 pm
    Here’s my dog Daisy wearing a Tim the Enchanter hat: Is that weird? I’m having a shitty day. I’ve been working since 7 AM, and I’m not finished with all the stuff I have to do yet. I hardly got any sleep at all last night, so I was already tired before I put in a 13-hour-and-counting day. Oh, and someone left the door open (how long, I do not know), and now there are so damn many mosquitoes in the house I’m probably gonna need a blood transfusion. I hope your evening is going better than mine. Please feel free to discuss whatever. Share This space reserved for…
 
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  • ISIS Releases Video of Execution, Alleges Victim is American Journalist James Foley

    Guest Voice
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:49 pm
    A video released Tuesday by militant Islamic extremist group ISIS depicts the violent execution of a man alleged to be missing American journalist James Foley, who was kidnapped in Syria last year. Foley, 39, was taken while working for Agence France Presse. AFP has no comment at this time, AFP’s Chief Editor for North America told… ISIS Releases Video of Execution, Alleges Victim is American Journalist James Foley Share on Tumblr
  • (Updates) Another ‘Oops’ for Perry

    DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Gov. Rick Perry’s booking photo, Aug. 19, 2014. Courtesy Travis County Sheriff’s Office Update II: Under a celebratory, almost victorious atmosphere, a defiant Texas governor Rick Perry arrived at the Travis County justice complex in Austin, Texas, this afternoon and spoke to a cheering crowd before entering the courthouse to be booked, fingerprinted and having his mug shot taken. Perry exited the booking room about 20 minutes later, spoke again to a cheering crowd, and left. CBS News reports that shortly thereafter Perry posted a photo of himself at an ice cream store on Twitter.
  • Islamic State: Victory, responsibility and deceit

    BRIJ KHINDARIA, Foreign Affairs Columnist
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:55 pm
    For the US-led West, the best remedy to the Islamic State lies in military victory. But it remains unclear whether Iraqi groups mean the same thing by victory as President Barack Obama. The central fact is that Iraqi Sunnis, Shia and Kurds claim they are too weak to repel the invasion of their home territories by Islamic State warriors from Syria without support from American warplanes, materiel and treasure. Absent that support, their soldiers simply abandoned weapons and ran. This is ridiculous because the IS has less than 15,000 fighters spread thinly over large areas of Syria, Lebanon and…
  • Observing World Humanitarian Day

    DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:17 pm
    When one looks around places like, Syria, Northern Iraq, Ukraine, etc., there is not much to be seen that qualifies as humane or “humanitarian.” There are also way too many natural disasters which all too often become catastrophic humanitarian disasters. Nevertheless, there are organizations and individuals — “those unsung heroes” Secretary of State John Kerry calls them — who “despite the risks, work to save lives on the front lines of conflict and help victims of natural disasters pick up the pieces and rebuild their communities.” And, yes, in spite of all the…
  • Is Moderate Synonymous With Inert?

    ROBERT A. LEVINE, TMV Guest Voice Columnist
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:38 am
    Polls over the last two decades show that the percentage of the electorate calling themselves independent, moderate, or centrist generally runs about 40%. However, in some states, such as Massachusetts and Alaska, 53% of their citizens are unaffiliated with any political party. It also appears that the number of independent voters may be growing, given the disgust the populace feels for the current parties and the dysfunction in Washington. In a national Gallop poll last year 42% of voters self-labeled themselves as independent. These numbers do not include those individuals who are…
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  • How health insurance companies still cheat customers under Obamacare

    Dr. Mark Thoma, MD
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    One of the things that the Affordable Care Act (aka ACA, aka Obamacare) was meant to do was make sure that people with pre-existing medical problems could get health insurance. And that their insurance was affordable.  But that may not be the case with some insurance companies. What these insurance companies seem to be doing is targeting prospective patients who have medical illnesses that require a lot of treatment and placing obstacles in their way to getting insured with the offending companies. These are patients who may require expensive medications, very frequent doctor visits,…
  • Lead GOP hate group ties Robin William’s suicide to “ex-gay” therapy

    John Aravosis
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    They don’t call the Family Research Council a “hate group” for nothing. In a recent post on its Web site, FRC used Robin Williams’ suicide as a hook to push for the “cure” of all gays. Because… hate group. First, here’s FRC, then a little discussion: In the wake of Williams’ suicide, many TV commentators and friends of the late star talked about the challenges of mental illness (Williams suffered from depression), addictions — and rehab. I saw comedian Andy Dick say, “I’ve been to rehab seventeen times.” In light of this history, I…
  • Russian anti-gay Nazi leader sentenced to 5 years NOT for his anti-gay crimes

    John Aravosis
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Russian neo-Nazi leader Maxim Martsinkevich has been sentenced to 5 years in prison, but not for any of his anti-gay crimes. Martsinkevich, among other things, is the leader of the Russian group Occupy Pedophilia, while claims to have kidnapped and tortured around 1,500 young men, many of them gay.  (The group records the abductions, and then posts them on Russian social media site VK.com (Vkontakte), which generally refuses to remove them. I’ve written extensively about Occupy Pedophilia, and about the Russian government’s refusal to take any serious action against the Nazi…
  • Man tries to kill woman for eating 3 choco chip cookies for breakfast

    John Aravosis
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:11 am
    A Decatur, Illinois man reportedly tried to strangle to death his female roommate after he found out that she had eaten 3 Chips Ahoy chocolate chip cookies for breakfast. It’s unclear if the man was upset that the woman was eating his cookies, or rather that she was eating cookies for breakfast. Though there is a third possibility. I mean, eating Chips Ahoy? Please. These are my personal chocolate chip cookies, and let’s just say, they’re to die for. While I admittedly would be pretty ticked with a roomie had they stolen my freshly-made chocolate cookies without asking,…
  • “When the Social Contract breaks from above, it breaks from below as well”

    Gaius Publius
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    A photo essay. This is about the police, though that may not be obvious at first. It’s also about Ferguson and the Social Contract. When the Social Contract breaks from above … The Song of the One Percent — “Who stole the people’s money? Not me, I got it from this guy …” … it breaks from below as well: The Song of the Hopeless To see how this applies to Ferguson, read this, from Time (my emphasis and paragraphing): Why Ferguson Was Ready to Explode … Metrolink, St. Louis’s light rail system, completed its second line in 2006. It provided…
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  • Chris Hedges Interviews Noam Chomsky (2/3)

    lurgee (/politics/member/lurgee)
    11 Aug 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Chomsky: The system we have now is radically anti-capitalist, anti- democratic, and pro-elite. - June 18, 14
  • Rap Critic: Gangsta's Paradise by Coolio

    DerHasisttot (/politics/member/DerHasisttot)
    9 Aug 2014 | 7:28 pm
    Interesting in-depth analysis of the song during its time and environment.
  • A Beginner's Guide to the Israeli Palestinian Conflict

    Sagemind (/politics/member/Sagemind)
    7 Aug 2014 | 9:09 pm
    Palestine Israel 101 - History of the Israeli Palestinian Conflict - Israeli Narrative - Palestinian Narrative Side by Side Comparison of Israel and Palestine - Religion - Population - Economy - Military A Path to Resolution of the Israeli Palestinian Conflict - The Two State Solution - Support for Peace
  • Cop Says Obama Doesn't Follow Constitution, Neither Does He

    Trancecoach (/politics/member/Trancecoach)
    6 Aug 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Via Liberty Viral: A New Jersey police officer responded to a citizen’s inquiry about problems with a local animal shelter by claiming he is not required to follow the constitution because the president doesn’t either. From Freethoughtproject: Steve Wronko had gone to the Helmetta Police Department with a list of objections about recent violations at the Helmetta Regional Animal Shelter. According to the Community outreach facebook page created to expose the atrocities of the shelter, Reform Helmetta Regional Animal Shelter, there is a long stemming controversy from the Helmetta Mayor,…
  • Sen. Whitehouse debunks climate change myths

    ChaosEngine (/politics/member/ChaosEngine)
    6 Aug 2014 | 5:47 am
    YT: Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) rips into Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) for blocking a resolution that would have acknowledged the reality of climate change. Good to see at least someone in the US government understands reality.
 
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  • I'm Polite, Middle-Class and Harassed By Police. Here's Why.

    Andrea Cambron
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:55 am
    (AP Photo/The Progress-Index, Patrick Kane) I was eighteen, but I remember it like it was yesterday. It was dark, and I was driving with my sister when I got pulled over by the police. We were visiting relatives in Mississippi and had just left our cousins’ house, heading back to an aunt’s house to meet up with our parents. My mother had let us go out for a drive in her car, a red Eddie Bauer Edition Ford Explorer. Driving in that car, I felt a certain level of freedom and prestige. So, being the teenagers that we were, music blasting, rehashing the night’s events with each other, my…
  • The Ferguson Police Department's Top 10 Tips For Protester Relations

    Paul Waldman
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:31 am
    (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel) 1. If there's any chance that there might be violence, it's best to have your officers put on all the military gear they've got, including their body armor and camouflage outfits, because that's totally badass. Being decked out like that won't at all affect the way they think about their primary mission (to protect and serve the people of the community), and when protesters see it, they'll know that the officers are trained professionals who take their jobs seriously. 2. Park your armored personnel carriers in the middle of the street. That sight will let everyone…
  • No Jobs But Crappy Jobs: The Next Big Political Issue?

    Robert Kuttner
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:17 pm
    (AP Photo/The Brownsville Herald, Brad Doherty) Wal-Mart employee Nidia Flores arranges shirts, Thursday, August 7, 2014, in Brownsville, Texas. For decades, the increasing precariousness of work has been a source of mass frustration for tens of millions of Americans. But the issue has been largely below the political radar. Politicians ritually invoke good jobs at good wages, yet presidents have been unwilling to name, much less remedy, the deep economic forces that are turning payroll jobs into what I've termed "The Task Rabbit Economy"—a collection of ad hoc gigs with no benefits, no…
  • 'Leave It to the States': Admirable Moderation, Or Cowardly Cop-out?

    Paul Waldman
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:18 pm
    As everyone knows, opinions on same-sex marriage have been changing rapidly, which also means that the positions of politicians have to change to keep up. Now that pretty much every Democrat running for anything is in favor of marriage equality, they're done changing. Republicans, on the other hand, are going to have to keep tweaking their stance, confronted by the almost impossible challenging of signaling their open-mindedness to general election voters while not alienating a conservative base that, for a while anyway, is still opposed to gay people getting married. So what's the answer to…
  • What Judges Know: The Fault for Underfunded Pensions Lies With Politicians, Not Workers

    Jordan Marks
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:19 am
    (AP Photo/Mel Evans) Union members carry protest signs as they march outside the Mercer County Criminal Courthouse before arguments Wednesday, June 25, 2014, in Trenton, N.J., over New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's plan to use pension payments to balance the budget. Public employee unions on Wednesday tell the court the current budget has unspent funds that could go toward pensions.  Advocates of gutting public pensions are running into the same wall over and over again. From California to Illinois to New Jersey and beyond, pension gutting efforts are being overturned by judges who recognize…
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  • Brown Signs Up for Debate with Kashkari

    19 Aug 2014 | 5:34 pm
    Candidates for Governor will face off on Sep 4 in LA by Brian Leubitz Neel Kashkari has been lobbying for a debate with Governor Brown for a while. It's the typical challenger stuff, claiming he was dodging, or chicken, yada, yada. But for a position as large as Governor of California, a debate is a worthwhile use of everybody's time. Once you strip away all the BS, hopefully we can have a productive conversation. And that conversation will happen on September 4 in Los Angeles. Kashkari had challenged Brown to 10 debates, but until now, Brown had brushed off that proposition. Most polls show…
  • A Battle Over Increasing the Minimum Wage in San Diego

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:12 am
    A City Council veto override on Monday has set the scene for a showdown between local and national business interests vs. a labor-community coalition over San Diego's Earned Sick Day / Minimum Wage ordinance. Following months of public hearings and invitations (mostly declined) for local businesses to hammer out a compromise, the city council passed an ordinance providing access to five earned sick days and setting a local minimum wage increasing to $11.50 over three years. This action makes San Diego the largest city in the nation to raise the minimum wage. Mayor Kevin Faulconer--said to be…
  • Legislature Agrees to $7.5B Water Bond

    14 Aug 2014 | 9:27 am
    Bond includes additional storage money from Governor's previous $6B proposal by Brian Leubitz It is a rare day in California when our Republicans are pushing for additional debt, but that is exactly what happened in the negotiations surrounding the water bond. The Legislature was pushing up against the deadline to replace the old, larger water bond on the ballot, everybody wanted to put a slimmer package on the ballot, and wanted it to pass. So, huzzah, here we are: a 2/3 majority for a bond package. A slew of last minute changes wrought during a marathon negotiating session were key to…
  • California Disclose Act, SB 52, Faces Important Assembly Vote Tomorrow

    13 Aug 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Contact Your Assemblymember to let them know you support clean elections by Brian Leubitz Disclosure can't cure all that ails our political system. The problems run way deeper than that. But, given the tools we have available under the system the Supreme Court has given us, it is the best we can do for now.  SB 52, the California DISCLOSE Act, would make voters aware who is really paying for those ads they are seeing. Specifically, the measure would do the following: Requires the three largest funders of political ads to be clearly identified for five seconds at the beginning of the ads,…
  • Senate must stand up to Corporate Lobby, Deliver on Paid Sick Days

    12 Aug 2014 | 4:02 pm
    By Steve Smith As we get closer to the end of the California legislative session, you see a lot more corporate types in fancy suits roaming in and around the Capitol. The goal? Stamp out worker-friendly bills. Near the top of their hit list this year is AB 1522, an effort authored by Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez to allow all California workers to earn a few desperately needed paid sick days on the job. In most other countries, this isn't a controversial notion. 136 countries around the world have national laws that all workers to earn paid sick days. Most modern economies have made paid sick…
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    Jeffrey Goldberg : The Atlantic

  • Hillary Clinton: 'Failure' to Help Syrian Rebels Led to the Rise of ISIS

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    9 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    President Obama has long-ridiculed the idea that the U.S., early in the Syrian civil war, could have shaped the forces fighting the Assad regime, thereby stopping al Qaeda-inspired groups—like the one rampaging across Syria and Iraq today—from seizing control of the rebellion. In an interview in February, the President told me that “when you have a professional army ... fighting against a farmer, a carpenter, an engineer who started out as protesters and suddenly now see themselves in the midst of a civil conflict—the notion that we could have, in a clean way that didn’t commit…
  • What Would Hamas Do If It Could Do Whatever It Wanted?

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    4 Aug 2014 | 11:54 am
    In the spring of 2009, Roger Cohen, the New York Times columnist, surprised some of his readers by claiming that Iran’s remaining Jews were “living, working and worshiping in relative tranquility.” Cohen wrote: “Perhaps I have a bias toward facts over words, but I say the reality of Iranian civility toward Jews tells us more about Iran—its sophistication and culture—than all the inflammatory rhetoric.” Perhaps. In this, and other, columns, Cohen appeared to be trying to convince his fellow Jews that they had less to fear from the Iran of Khamenei and (at the time) Ahmadinejad…
  • The Most Dangerous Moment in Gaza

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    1 Aug 2014 | 5:31 am
    It is too early to say anything definitive about the Hamas decision to apparently break the ceasefire and attack an Israeli position, except that if it is true, as reports indicate, that Hamas militants came through a tunnel and carried underground and back into Gaza a live Israeli captive, then this moment could represent not another terrible, dispiriting incident in a terrible, dispiriting mini-war, but a fairly decisive turning point in which all swords are unsheathed.  This is assuming—as seems probable, but not 100 percent certain—that this raid is even what the Hamas leadership…
  • Why Is Israel Losing a War It's Winning?

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    27 Jul 2014 | 6:06 am
    Things change, of course—the only constant in the Middle East is sudden and dramatic change—but as I write it seems as if Israel is losing the war in Gaza, even as it wins the battle against Hamas’s rocket arsenal, and even as it destroys the tunnels meant to convey terrorists underground to Israel (and to carry Israeli hostages back to Gaza).  This is not the first time Israel has found itself losing on the battlefield of perception. Why is it happening again? Here are six possible reasons: 1. In a fight between a state actor and a non-state actor, the non-state actor can win merely…
  • Obsessing About Gaza, Ignoring Syria (and Most Everything Else)

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:10 am
    The responses to what I write about the Hamas war fall into several categories. My least favorite sort of response is the kind that invokes Hitler in some way. Here is an e-mail that is representative: “I hope Hitler kills you and your family.” (Yes, it was written in the present tense.) Then there are the messages from those who seek the elimination of Israel. These run along the lines of, “Jeffrey wants blood, give him more Palestinian blood!” (I’m not sure if this tweet was riffing off the blood libel or not.) Like many people, I am legitimately shocked (not “shocked,…
 
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  • Paul Ryan: 'I Would Love to See Mitt Run Again'

    Daniel Halper
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:49 am
    Former Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan said on CNBC this morning that he "would love to see" Mitt Romney run for president again, but that he doesn't think it's likely: "I would love to see Mitt run again. I hope he does. He's pretty emphatic in saying he won't," said Ryan. "He obviously does well in the polls today. I think that's because the things we said in the campaign -- here's the problem we had: we were shadow boxing against big government in theory, against the president's rhetoric. Because remember, the…
  • Poll: Voters Overwhelmingly Oppose Executive Action On Immigration

    Michael Warren
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:01 am
    American voters says they would prefer President Barack Obama work with Congress rather than use executive action to address the illegal immigration crisis at the border, according to a detailed new opinion poll on immigration, illegal immigrants, and the state of the American worker. The poll, conducted by veteran Republican pollster Kellyanne Conway, also found that Americans disapprove of Obama’s record on immigration. And as one Republican aide on Capitol Hill describes it, the results of the poll are an “utter repudiation” of the Senate’s Gang of 8 immigration bill. The survey of…
  • IS Threatens Another U.S. Journalist

    Lee Smith
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:27 pm
    The Islamic State’s official media arm, Furqan Media, has just released a video showing the beheading of American photojournalist James Wright Foley. The terrorist organization claims that the murder of an American citizen who went missing in Syria in 2012 comes as a warning to the White House to end its “intervention” in Iraq. If not, the video claims, ISIS will kill another U.S. journalist, Stephen Joel Sotloff. The Miami native, reported the Aleppo press center, was kidnapped on or around August 4, 2013. Sotloff’s life, says the video, “depends on Obama’s next decision."…
  • An Appalling Propaganda Ploy

    Thomas Joscelyn
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:14 pm
    The Islamic State, an al Qaeda offshoot, has released a grisly video of one of its fighters beheading a man who appears to be James Foley, an American journalist who was kidnapped in Syria on Thanksgiving Day 2012. The images from the video are horrifying, as they are intended to be. The Islamic State is once again trying to intimidate its adversaries, in this case the United States, into submission. The video begins with clips of President Obama explaining his decision to authorize airstrikes. It then cuts to footage of the Islamic State’s victim, apparently Foley, who is forced to read a…
  • One Cheer for Pope Francis

    Lee Smith
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Yesterday Pope Francis endorsed military action to stop the Islamic State (formerly the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) from persecuting religious minorities, especially Christians and Yazidis, in Iraq.  The pope’s statement is to be welcomed—albeit with serious reservations. As various experts noted, the Vatican is typically opposed to any sort of military action. James Bretzke, a priest and professor of moral theology at Boston College, told USA Today that “popes in recent history have all lined up against any military intervention, including World War I, World War II, the Vietnam…
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    James Fallows : The Atlantic

  • Hugh Calkins

    James Fallows
    17 Aug 2014 | 7:10 pm
    Hugh Calkins in his prime, courtesy of his familyI learned recently that Hugh Calkins, a lawyer and educational-reform leader, had died early this month, at age 90 after several years with Parkinson's disease. He was very well known in Cleveland, where he raised his family and spent most of his career, but I think his achievement and character deserve wider notice. Calkins's early years were as complete a sweep of meritocratic successes as you can imagine. He was born in Newton, Mass., and went to Exeter and then Harvard. He studied engineering, was president (editor) of the Harvard Crimson,…
  • When U.S. Law Enforcement Had a Different Look

    James Fallows
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:03 pm
    If you haven't yet seen it, please read this Storify account, by Kelsey Atherton, of how veterans of real combat—in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere—view today's wildly over-militarized American police. For instance: A reader on the East Coast responded to my post last night, which said that perhaps the scenes of stormtroopers among us would startle the public into realizing how far this security-state trend had gone. This reader, S.C., suggests a contrasting visual cue: Maybe you’re right to conjecture that police-state images might horrify the country into restoring good sense about…
  • Turning Policemen Into Soldiers, the Culmination of a Long Trend

    James Fallows
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:52 pm
    The images from Missouri of stormtrooper-looking police confronting their citizens naturally raises the question: how the hell did we get to this point? When did the normal cops become Navy SEALs? What country is this, anyway? There will be more and more mainstream coverage of the modern militarization of the police, a phenomenon mainly of the post-9/11 years. For reference/aggregation purposes, here is a guide to further reading: 1) The Book on this topic: Rise of the Warrior Cop, by Radley Balko. It came out a year ago and is more timely now than ever. 2) "Lockdown Nation," a Peter Moskos…
  • Two Ways of Looking at the Hillary Clinton Interview

    James Fallows
    12 Aug 2014 | 2:46 pm
    On return from a long spell away from the Internet, I was going to recommend that you read Jeffrey Goldberg’s interview with Hillary Clinton, and not just the setup but the transcript as a whole. But such a recommendation is hardly necessary, since for several days the interview has been making news worldwide. There are two ways to think about the political and policy implications of Hillary Clinton’s deciding to say what she did, during this strange limbo period when she is clearly preparing to run for president but has more to lose than gain by officially saying so. • One approach…
  • An Israeli Progressive on His Country’s Moral Culpability

    James Fallows
    7 Aug 2014 | 11:39 am
    This post has been updated to reflect the IDF's updated Palestinian casualty figures, which give the non-combatant fatality rate for Operation Protective Edge at about 50 percent. [Please see update explanation at the end.] Through this week and still for the next few days, I am out of the country and in unreliable and very expensive Internet range. So for timeliness reasons, I am now posting, without elaborate set-up, an email message that has come in from Dr. Hillel Ben Sasson, director of programs at the Molad think tank in Jerusalem, who was part of a memorable exchange last month with an…
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    The American Scene

  • Heighten the contradictions

    Gabriel Rossman
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    Suppose that party A habitually engages in actions that party B finds morally offensive. Party B then finds various ways to obstruct this offensive action, but only partially, so the effect is to make the action more dangerous, but not impossible. Party A continues with the (now more dangerous) course of action and predictably problems ensue. Who is morally at fault? Or more to the point, who receives blame and is the ensuing policy push to prohibit A from engaging in the offensive action or instead for B to cease obstructing and switch to accomodation and harm reduction? For instance, if I…
  • Obfuscation Form 700

    Gabriel Rossman
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:14 am
    The Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby but among the many things that are not widely understood is that the decision did not actually result in the firm’s employees losing insurance coverage for IUDs. The actual result is that the employees will still have coverage for IUDs, but the insurance processor rather than Hobby Lobby will have to pay for it (at least in theory). That is, Hobby Lobby was seeking to take advantage of the Obama administration’s own proposal for faith-based nonprofits. As Julian Sanchez at Cato observed, the entire case turns on an entirely…
  • Rape Culture/Structure

    Gabriel Rossman
    1 Jul 2014 | 12:13 pm
    In Sunday’s column, Ross provided three proposals for reducing campus rape. (1. Lower the drinking age, 2. End the party school system, 3. Loco in parentis lite for dorms). For the most part it was well received (including by many people who generally disagree with Ross), but sampling on the derpendent variable reveals no shortage of people saying some version of “how about we just tell men not to rape” which in its more concrete version takes the form of some sort of sexual consent education class as part of orientation. What I find interesting about this is that this…
  • Sticky demand

    Gabriel Rossman
    18 Jun 2014 | 10:30 am
    Miriam Weeks (aka Belle Knox) has an op-ed at Time about rising college tuition, subsidies, and the high implicit marginal tax rates the means-tested subsidy regime implies for students like herself who have relatively high earnings during college. But rather than focus on her (quite reasonable) argument about the abuses of an industry in which I am objectively a member of the exploitative class, let’s change the subject to exegesis of a tangential sentence about another industry: “Demand for education, kind of like demand for porn, is pretty inelastic.” This glib remark…
  • The Internet of Selves (Elliot Rodger)

    Matt Feeney
    5 Jun 2014 | 11:09 am
    When the Columbine massacre happened one of the first things I thought of, thanks to Hegel and Nietzsche, was the internet.The internet was just then becoming this participatory thing, for everyone, and I had the Hegel-inspired bad feeling that one effect of this new technology of self-assertion would be a nagging and widespread condition of abstract discontent. In the olden days of Aristotle summoned by Hegel in the Phenomenology, it was only rich guys, who’d proven themselves in battle and owned slaves they’d taken in battle, who had the freedom to make a huge deal about their…
 
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    Obsidian Wings

  • Detecting the writer

    SuperUser
    17 Aug 2014 | 1:03 pm
    by Doctor Science I used to be a voracious reader of mystery novels. I quit kind of abruptly about 15 years ago (or was it 20?) because I had become irrecoverably sick of mystery stories that failed my "One-Body Test". Here's the test: Is there more than one murder? If so, you fail. I mean, I still used to read them, but as far as I was concerned they were failures. I felt that way partly because I think murder should be taken more seriously than that, even in fiction. Also, it seemed to me that Agatha Christie failed the OBT so egregiously because she was making a political point: that…
  • Touristic futures and white elephants open thread

    liberal japonicus
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:06 am
     by liberal japonicus  Just got back from Osaka and the poorly taken photograph below is from the Ebisu bridge in Dotonbori in a neighborhood called Shinsaibashi. It's a very interesting place for a number of reasons, including the Hanshin Tigers 'curse of the colonel', but what interested me is that I hadn't been to Osaka in a while and when I have been back, I've usually not gone out in the evening, but a friend took me around and I was amazed at the activity and the energy. This was a Tuesday nite and there were still a lot of people walking, talking, spending…
  • Is police accountability politically possible?

    SuperUser
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:26 pm
    by Doctor Science Shaun King of Los Angeles put up a change.org petition for new federal laws to protect citizens from police violence and misconduct. He saysI love good police officers. I have them in my immediate family. Like all civil servants they are underpaid and under-resourced for a difficult job. However, a long and completely avoidable history of violence by police officers has killed too many innocent civilians, caused a destructive level of mistrust in the community, and is causing a rising tide of anger, frustration, and despair among millions of good people.Proposed policy…
  • Your curious borders open thread

    liberal japonicus
    8 Aug 2014 | 7:11 am
    by liberal japonicus Am in Hue, working with teachers to help prepare for the CEFR requirements that are coming down the pike for them. One of the participants came from Macau to Danang, because a regular service has opened up between the two, attempting to both give rich Macanese a place to spend their money and to bring rich Vietnamese to the casinos there. The participant noted that the flight was about 90% full of men with no luggage who were basically taking advantage of the Macau special status (as it is one of the 2 specially administered regions for the PRC). He talked to his…
  • Teen Wolf reminds me some things are still true

    SuperUser
    3 Aug 2014 | 9:30 pm
    by Doctor Science When I wrote about what Teen Wolf has taught me about the TV industry, I said that the sloppy way Teen Wolf had introduced the character of Cora was a mistake even bad fanfic writers wouldn't make in telling a story, so I theorize that storytelling isn't actually what these professionals are trying to do. But as I thought about similar problems with other characters, it hit me that I'd made a stupid, stupid mistake. I can't believe I forgot that women aren't people. It's not that they're not interested in telling stories, it's that…
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    International Budget Partnership » Blog Posts

  • Budgeting for Human Rights: Using the Maximum of Available Resources

    Jay
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    This post was written by Helena Hofbauer, Director of Partnership Development and Innovation at the International Budget Partnership. The last few decades have seen two mutually reinforcing trends with regard to government budgets. First, though fiscal policy has long been seen as a key tool for governments to support stable economies and provide public services, the instrumental role of budgets in promoting development, redistributing wealth, and reducing poverty has been increasingly recognized. Second, this growing recognition of the importance of budgeting in addressing some of the…
  • Links Roundup: Research, Publications, and Country Budget Developments

    Deidre
    3 Jul 2014 | 7:06 am
    Ahead of the 4 July holiday in the States, we’ve compiled a list of publications, articles, and other interesting links to keep you up-to-date on recent happenings related to budget work, participatory budgeting initiatives, budget websites, and much more. Enjoy! Research and publications ODDC Dissemination of the Uganda/Kenya Case Study: Highlights (Development Initiatives) This post reviews the findings of a study “How open data could contribute to poverty eradication in Kenya and Uganda through its impacts on resource allocation.” Book Review: Public Financial Management and Its…
  • The Hidden Corners of Public Finance: Where Can CSOs Look, and for What?

    Ryan Flynn
    18 Jun 2014 | 11:43 am
    This post was written by Paolo de Renzio, Senior Research Fellow for the Open Budget Initiative Budget transparency, the mantra goes, is key for citizens to hold governments accountable for how they spend public money. But what if public spending does not happen through the budget, or if a good share of public resources are not captured in budget documents? Time and time again, the Open Budget Survey has shown that many governments keep certain corners of public finance hidden from public view. Questions in the Open Budget Survey that are linked, for example, to extra-budgetary funds,…
  • Unlocking Budget Data in Australia: the BudgetAus Collaboration

    Jay
    10 Jun 2014 | 12:20 pm
    This post was written by Rosie Williams of InfoAus. Budget transparency in Australia has recently taken a big step forward with the first ever release of federal budget data in machine readable format. Prior to this year, budget data in Australia had been locked away in PDF and Word documents. While these publications met the broad guidelines for reporting government spending to the public, analysis of government spending remained a difficult and time consuming process. Providing information is one thing, making it usable is yet another. Unlocking the data As a novice programmer with a degree…
  • What’s new in budget work and research around the world

    Jay
    30 May 2014 | 8:42 am
    We’ve compiled a list of news articles, blog posts, publications, and other materials from this week related to budgets and civil society work, as well as governance and development issues more generally.   Top News Working with Budgets and Spending Data (School of Data) The School of Data, whose goal is to empower CSOs, journalists, and citizens with the skills they need to use data effectively, has an online course on working with budget and spending data. Does transparency improve governance? Reviewing evidence from 16 experimental evaluations (Journalist’s Resource) This…
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  • Microsoft Leaves ALEC

    BEERLOVER-9690979
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:39 am
    My day couldn't have started better than with THIS news!!!  Money is leaving the evil!!!!  
  • Pentagon: Hagel has authority to suspend program that arms cops

    SuperSaiyan
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:40 am
    Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has the authority to suspend a program that sends surplus military equipment to local law enforcement agencies, the Pentagon said Tuesday. "The secretary has the authority to rescind and take back equipment that is transferred to local law enforceme …
  • Facts & Figures 2014: How Does Your State Compare? | Tax Foundation

    LPFnyc
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:18 am
    States that have the lowest taxes . . .  do so, by getting the most from everyone else through the Federal Government.   Surprise! Surprise!
  • Is There Something Wrong With Black People?

    Rich Davis
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:07 pm
    The question, at first glance, is offensive.  I know, I meant it to be so.  But it's a sincere question.  For the past 80-ish years America has taken a liberal turn and we've put into place almost every desired law and policy the left wanted.  We were told tha …
  • The US is an oligarchy, study concludes

    BXURZ
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:44 pm
    The study comes in the wake of McCutcheon v. Federal Election Commission, a controversial Supreme Court decision which allows wealthy donors to contribute to an unlimited number of political campaigns. The theory of "biased pluralism" that the Princeton and Northwestern research …
 
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    FactCheck.org

  • A Narrow View of Barrow’s Record

    D'Angelo Gore
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:20 am
    A Republican campaign group uses selective evidence to support a Georgia mother’s claim in a TV ad that Rep. John Barrow “votes with Barack Obama on every issue that’s important to us here in Georgia.” Immediately after that claim is made, a graphic in the ad says Barrow “voted with Obama 85% of the time.” That was the case in 2009, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Quarterly. However, that simply ignores the fact that Barrow’s support of President Obama’s position has significantly decreased since then. According to CQ, Barrow supported…
  • Florida Surrogates Go Nuclear

    Eugene Kiely
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:36 am
    Two well-heeled surrogates of Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist continue to pollute the Florida airwaves with misleading claims. This time they distort the facts of a state settlement last year with Duke Energy that will cost ratepayers $2.9 billion over 20 years. The $2.9 billion is actually two pots of money: nearly $1.5 billion that will be charged to ratepayers for costs related to Duke’s decision last year to close the Crystal River nuclear plant, and $1.4 billion in so-called advance fees that were charged to ratepayers to build a new nuclear plant in Levy County…
  • A Fight Over Birth Control in Colorado

    Lori Robertson
    15 Aug 2014 | 3:24 pm
    A major issue in the Colorado Senate race has been a state ballot initiative on “personhood” and what it could mean for common forms of birth control, including the pill. Neither side is quite telling the whole story. Democratic Sen. Mark Udall’s latest ad says that his challenger, Republican Rep. Cory Gardner, embarked on an “eight-year crusade that would ban birth control.” That lacks some context. Gardner supported anti-abortion measures that don’t explicitly call for a ban on birth control but could lead to some forms of birth control being illegal. Gardner…
  • Florida Fracking Fracas

    Brooks Jackson
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:44 am
    A Florida ad attacking Republican Gov. Rick Scott has touched off claims of lying and illegality. We find both sides are bending the facts. An ad from billionaire climate-change activist Tom Steyer’s group claims that Scott got $200,000 from “the company that profited off pollution” while drilling for oil near the Everglades. Actually, no pollution has been documented, and it was Scott’s administration that ordered the drilling halted before any oil (or profit) was produced. A response ad from the Republican Party of Florida calls the Steyer ad “total…
  • DCCC Deceptions

    D'Angelo Gore
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:23 am
    A graphic in a Democratic TV ad falsely states that New Jersey GOP House candidate Tom MacArthur was “accused of cheating disaster victims.” MacArthur was once the chairman and CEO of a claims and risk management company that was accused, but MacArthur was never personally cited for any wrongdoing. In fact, the narrator of the 30-second ad, from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, was more on target, saying, “MacArthur ran an insurance company accused of cheating hurricane and wildfire victims.” But the image on the screen accompanying the narrator’s…
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    TechPresident

  • Public Lab Builds Environmental Monitoring Community, Online and Off

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:43 am
    Environmental monitoring can be expensive and difficult but tech is changing how we relate to the environment. Until recently, the mechanics of political influence in America created a segment of environmental activism that isn’t always about connecting people to the environment. But as smart phones have gotten into more hands, and more people get connected online, environmental activism has started to shift, or grow, as well.
  • First POST: If We Didn't Have the Open Web

    15 Aug 2014 | 11:20 am
    Why net neutrality matters to people angry about police brutality; how online tools enabled dozens of nationwide vigils responding to Ferguson; why we're not winning the war on online trolls; and much, much more.
  • Is the Sharing Economy Set Up to Help or Turn a Profit When Disaster Strikes?

    15 Aug 2014 | 11:12 am
    During Hurricane Sandy, many users of peer-to-peer platforms like Airbnb and TaskRabbit offered free housing or reduced services to victims of the disaster. But others took advantage of those in need and raised prices. Can the sharing economy resolve its inherent contradictions?
  • The First Fruits of Significance Labs Show Civic Tech at its Best

    14 Aug 2014 | 3:13 pm
    A few months ago, Significance Labs was little more than an idea with a beautifully designed home page, a home at Blue Ridge Foundation's hub in Brooklyn, and the seed funding to back up a daring pitch: Why not build technology aimed directly at addressing the needs of low-income Americans? Now, after picking six fellows from a pool of 150 applicants, the Labs is showcasing some inspiring results: five promising examples of working civic tech tools that can demonstrably help the poorest among us.
  • NY Study Shows How Freedom of Information Can Inform Open Data

    14 Aug 2014 | 1:16 pm
    On New York State's open data portal, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation has around 40 data resources of varying sizes, such as maps of lakes and ponds and rivers, bird conservation areas and hiking trails. But those datasets do not include several data resources that are most sought after by many New York businesses, a new study from advocacy group Reinvent Albany has found. Welcome to a little-discussed corner of so-called "open government"--while agencies often pay lip service to the cause, the data they actually release is sometimes nowhere close to what is most wanted.
 
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    Corrente

  • 8-14 NYC Gaza Forum Part 2: Fida Qishta & Anees Mansour

    libbyliberal
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:20 am
    Body:  Fida Qishta was another of the powerful speakers last Thursday night in the Great Hall of NYC's Cooper Union for World Can’t Wait’s consciousness-raising forum (and webcast) over the present Israeli war criminality going on in Gaza. Qishta is a journalist, camerawoman and filmmaker from Rafah City in southern Gaza. She documented the attack and invasion, Operation Cast Lead, by Israel of Gaza at the end of 2008 and the beginning of 2009.
  • Tweet of the day (2)

    lambert
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:38 pm
    Body:  If this was Tel Aviv I imagine the west would have something to say #Gaza pic.twitter.com/pxqWtpB1TR — Mr Ethical (@nw_nicholas) August 19, 2014
  • Ferguson cops aren't wearing badge numbers? Why would that be?

    lambert
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:35 pm
    Body:  .@ryanjreilly asks cops why they don't wear name tags, badge numbers for accountability. Cop just asks him his age pic.twitter.com/s9oZPFxnSO — Amanda Terkel (@aterkel) August 19, 2014
  • Tweet of the day

    lambert
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:34 pm
    Body:  Point that came across among the locked-up Ferguson protesters I spoke to last night: no interest in letting up http://t.co/dawDLtGVhM — Ryan Devereaux (@rdevro) August 19, 2014
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on race and class in Ferguson (and how The Nation butchers the story by putting a sportswriter on it)

    lambert
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Body:  Let's start with the headline from Time: The Coming Race War Won’t Be About Race Sure, sure, clickbait. But also not accurate, and distorting Jabbar's message (and note the URL says "coming-race-war-class-warfare," so that was probably Abdul-Jabbar's original title before an editor struck out the taboo word, "class"). Compare the Washington Times: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Ferguson unrest about class warfare, not race So to Abdul-Jabbar's message. There's a media critique we're all familiar with, but I'm going to extract what I consider to be the heart of the argument:
 
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    susiemadrak.com

  • Bye bye

    susie
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:47 am
    It was nice while the illusion lasted: A new study from Princeton spells bad news for American democracy—namely, that it no longer exists. Asking “Who really rules?” researchers Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page argue that over the past few decades America’s political system has slowly transformed from a democracy into an oligarchy, where wealthy elites wield most power. Using data drawn from over 1,800 different policy initiatives from 1981 to 2002, the two conclude that rich, well-connected individuals on the political scene now steer the direction of the country, regardless of or…
  • Russell Brand on your librul media

    susie
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:02 am
    I’d rather listen to Russell Brand than Joe Scarborough any day: Russell Brand took a break from his own YouTube show Tuesday to join Cenk Uygur on The Young Turks for an extended discussion that touched on the alleged “liberal bias” in American media. According to Brand, the generally left-leaning MSNBC represents “extremely conservative” ideas. “I think the reason that people say that the media is liberal is to preemptively prevent true liberalism emerging,” Brand told Uygur. [...] Brand infamously appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe last June, during which he openly mocked…
  • Blue moon with heartache

    susie
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:40 pm
    Rosanne Cash and John Leventhal:
  • Broken heart

    susie
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:37 pm
    Dr. Dog:
  • You’re crazy for taking the bus

    susie
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:36 pm
    Jonathan Richman:
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    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective

  • Crowdfunding Campaign: Simpolfy – Bringing Politics into the 21st Century

    Latina Lista
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:27 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Crowdfunding Campaign: Simpolfy – Bringing Politics into the 21st Century by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Campaign: Simpolfy – Bringing Politics into the 21st Century Frustrated with Washington? The power of the dollar has become greater than the power of the ballot, yet the two are intertwined. Why do politicians solicit funds? Typically, campaigns these days have become a battlefield to see who can spend the most money. Politicians take all their…
  • Self-appointed border enforcers still on the hunt for undocumented immigrants

    Latina Lista
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Self-appointed border enforcers still on the hunt for undocumented immigrants by Latina Lista LatinaLista — One of the consequences of Congress’ inaction on immigration reform has been the empowerment of militia groups. Armed with weapons, these groups of men and women designate themselves defenders of our nation’s southern border and assume the responsibility of stopping, detaining and holding undocumented immigrants they find in the desert or…
  • El Salvador Community Police Force: A Sign of What Is to Come?

    Latina Lista
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. El Salvador Community Police Force: A Sign of What Is to Come? by Latina Lista By Camilo Mejia Giraldo InSight Crime El Salvador’s president has launched a community police force in capital San Salvador, a move that is in line with regional calls for alternative citizen security measures that could be an indication of the new government’s still vague security strategy. President Salvador Sanchez Ceren, National Police Chief Mauricio Ramirez Landaverde…
  • SF International High Sees Increase in Enrollment of Unaccompanied Immigrant Minors

    Latina Lista
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. SF International High Sees Increase in Enrollment of Unaccompanied Immigrant Minors by Latina Lista By Andrea Valencia Mission Local On her first day of classes at San Francisco International High School, Jennifer Chavac, an 11th grader, was busy. This is her third year at this school and she’s proven to be a dedicated student. Today, she was in charge of showing City and School District officials what her Science class is like. Her most important task, however,…
  • Crowdfunding Campaign: Creating a global volunteer coastal cleanup network

    Latina Lista
    18 Aug 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Crowdfunding Campaign: Creating a global volunteer coastal cleanup network by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Campaign: Creating a global volunteer coastal cleanup network COORC stands for CLEAN OUR OCEANS REFUGE COALITION. They are a non-profit organization inspired by the feature length documentary film “Trashed“. The documentary is an eye-opener to the awful truth and health problems being caused around the world by ocean pollution. Today COORC.ORG is…
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    NYT > Columnists

  • Alone Again, Naturally

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The rock-star candidate who got elected on his electrifying promise has become a bored bird in a gilded cage.
  • Will the Ends, Will the Means

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Some important questions have gone unanswered in the Syria blame game.
  • The Trouble With Tenure

    18 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Teacher job protections are being challenged, and a lawmaker and former school principal explains why that’s good.
  • Ambivalence About America

    18 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Even as Europeans rage at the United States, they love its products.
  • The Man Who Blew the Whistle

    18 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    When the S.E.C. announced it was awarding $400,000 to a whistle-blower, it didn’t name the recipient per the Dodd-Frank law. His name is Bill Lloyd, and this is his story.
 
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    New York Observer

  • Erik Dilan Defends ‘Musical Chairs’ With Rafael Espinal

    20 Aug 2014 | 5:40 am
    Erik Dilan (far right) standing next to Councilman Rafael Espinal. (Photo: Facebook) Former Brooklyn Councilman and current Assembly candidate Erik Dilan yesterday defended his electoral two-step with his protégé, Councilman Rafael Espinal–who took Mr. Dilan’s old council seat in January, opening up the Assembly seat Mr. Dilan is now seeking. At a debate on Brooklyn Independent Media, Mr. Dilan’s primary opponent Kimberly Council–who also unsuccessfully ran against Mr. Espinal for City Council last year after Mr. Dilan was term-limited out of the…
  • Chinese Protesters Rail Against John Liu at Queens Forum

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:26 pm
    John Liu yesterday. (Photo: Ross Barkan) A group of Chinese protesters crashed a candidates forum at a Queens hotel last night, attacking John Liu for being an agent of the Chinese Communist government. The protesters, likely belonging to the Falun Gong movement, unfurled a banner in front of Mr. Liu as he prepared to speak. One of Mr. Liu’s supporters quickly leaped up to rip the banner out of their hands and hotel security was eventually called to cart the protesters away. “Arrest John Liu to Prevent His Further Harm to the U.S,” the banner read. A sobbing woman in a neck…
  • An Arab Novelist Experiences the Trials of Going Home in ‘May in the Summer’

    19 Aug 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Cherien Dabis stars in May in the Summer. “Every person is a child at home,” reads an Arabic saying at the beginning of May in the Summer, Cherien Dabis’ very good second feature, which examines cultural rifts in Amman, Jordan. And in the case of the film’s title character and her eccentric family, this is certainly the case. MAY IN THE SUMMER ★★★ (3/4 stars) Written and directed by: Cherien Dabis Starring: Hiam Abbas, Cherien Abbas and Bill Pullman Running time: 99 min. Ms. Dabis, in her first screen role, plays May, a novelist who has come home to Amman from New York,…
  • In ‘Love Is Strange,’ Lithgow and Molina Play a Beleaguered New York Couple

    19 Aug 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Alfred Molina, left, and John Lithgow star in Love Is Strange. Love is strange, according to the title of Ira Sachs’ winsome new feature—and, of course, the Mickey and Sylvia tune from 1956. But for this film about an elderly gay couple confronted with loss, the phrase is a bit of a misnomer. The most striking thing about the love between Ben and George, the two men the movie focuses on, is how natural it seems. LOVE IS STRANGE ★★★ (3/4 stars) Written by: Ira Sachs and Mauricio Zacharias Directed by: Ira Sachs Starring: John Lithgow, Alfred Molina and Marisa Tomei Running time: 94…
  • Sign of the Times

    19 Aug 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Not so long ago, most Americans would have been appalled to see police officers carrying military-grade weaponry, responding to crime scenes in vehicles designed to withstand mortar attacks. Such brutal displays of state power were reserved, we thought, for authoritarian regimes that regarded every citizen as a potential threat. In the wake of the killing of Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American, by the police of Ferguson, Missouri, there have been calls to reassess the arms race that has been taking place in police departments around the country. More Americans should read The New York…
 
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    The American Conservative » Daniel Larison

  • Why We Don’t Avoid Mission Creep

    Daniel Larison
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Benjamin Friedman notes how quickly the new intervention in Iraq has expanded: Monday, the President again broadened the bombing’s objectives. The airstrikes against ISIS still protect U.S. personnel and serve humanitarian purposes, he said, but now, it seems, those are general goals that ongoing bombing serves. The President also suggested that ISIS is a security threat to the United States. Not for the first time, he said that once the new Iraqi government forms, we will “build up” Iraqi military power against ISIS. Only the speed of this slide down a slippery slope is surprising.
  • Cameron and Iraq

    Daniel Larison
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:39 pm
    Alex Massie is unhappy with Cameron on Iraq: You might think, even nine months from a general election, that foreign policy might be informed by some contemplation of the national interest and that this could be reckoned more important than short-term party political advantage but you would, of course, be mistaken. And, perhaps, depressed. Even so this is dismal. If this report is accurate it means the Prime Minister thinks there is a right thing to do but that he is not prepared to take any action that might allow him to do the things he thinks are the right thing to do. There’s no…
  • Outside Intervention and the Syrian Civil War

    Daniel Larison
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:25 pm
    Lionel Beehner asks the wrong question: Rather, we should be asking: Is the world back in a 19th century multipolar paradigm, whereby civil wars were primarily fought between pro-democracy versus conservative/monarchist forces, and the latter typically won because their interventions were more robust and one-sided? As Hironaka and some historians (Sperber 2000) find, during 19th century interventions, the side most willing to use greater force was the anti-democratic side (in this case, typically the Concert of Europe). In the current context, the anti-democratic axis as it were – that is,…
  • The Radiance of the Father

    Daniel Larison
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:07 am
    You were transfigured on the mountain, O Christ God, revealing Your glory to Your disciples as far as they could bear it. Let Your everlasting Light also shine upon us sinners, through the prayers of the Theotokos. O Giver of Light, glory to You!
  • How Much Does Foreign Policy Rhetoric Matter?

    Daniel Larison
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Dan Drezner doubts Beinart’s claim that the public-elite gap on foreign policy is widening because of candidates’ fundraising concerns. He also doesn’t put much stock in anything would-be candidates are saying right now: This brings me to the final reason that I’m a bit more sanguine than Beinart about recent foreign policy rhetoric: it doesn’t matter all that much. Statements about how one would do things better on the foreign policy front are among the best examples of cheap talk you’ll find in Washington. Why? Because the world will look different in January 2017…
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    TIME » Time Sections » Politics

  • NRA Ad Campaign Has Michael Bloomberg in Its Crosshairs

    Sam Frizell
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:23 am
    In an effort to combat former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s high profile campaign for stronger gun control, the National Rifle Association is launching a national ad campaign to malign the business magnate and strike back at one of the gun advocacy group’s biggest detractors. The campaign, which kicks off Wednesday, is part of a multimillion-dollar effort to stir up negative perceptions of the New York billionaire, USA Today reports. Chris Cox, the executive director of the NRA’s Institute for Legislative Action, called Bloomberg “an arrogant hypocrite who…
  • Morning Must Reads: August 20

    Andrew Katz
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:21 am
    Nobody Wins in Ferguson MoreMorning Must Reads: August 19Morning Must Reads: August 18Did a British Jihadist Behead Journalist James Foley? NBC NewsMissouri School Kids Chant 'Hands Up, Don't Shoot!' NBC NewsSeeing Green: How Pot Delivery Apps Stay Above the Law NBC NewsVirtually no one connected to the tumult in the St. Louis suburb — whether by proximity, profession or ideology; by happenstance or choice — has escaped the nightly clashes without suffering in ways big or small, writes TIME’s Alex Altman Exercise Boosts Kids’ Brain Power A new study finds, for the first time,…
  • Rick Perry Booked in Politically Charged Abuse of Power Case

    Zeke J Miller
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry turned himself in at the Travis County Courthouse Tuesday on two felony charges of abuse of power. Perry, who has vowed to contest the charges stemming from a threat and ultimate veto of funding to the state’s public integrity unit, surrendered himself to Sheriff’s deputies to be fingerprinted and have his mug shot taken. Perry is scheduled to be arraigned on Friday. Outside the courthouse, Perry allies protested the indictment handed down by a grand jury Friday evening. “I am here today because I believe in the rule of law,” Perry told a crowd of cheering…
  • Paul Ryan: Don’t Rush to Judgment on Ferguson

    Belinda Luscombe
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Former vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan is not joining his Republican colleague Rand Paul in calling to demilitarize the police in light of events in Ferguson, Mo. Ryan, who’s currently on a tour promoting his new book The Way Forward, is calling instead for a note of caution. The Wisconsin congressman said it was too early to “jump to prejudging conclusions before evidence is in.” He added that he didn’t exactly know what Sen. Paul meant when he called for a demilitarization of the police. “I think it’s more important to be respectful of what’s…
  • Kentucky Democrat Got Discounted Bus Rental from Dad, Report Says

    Maya Rhodan
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Alison Lundergan Grimes, the Democratic Senate candidate who hopes to unseat incumbent Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, came under fire on Tuesday after a report in Politico suggested her father may be renting out a 45-foot campaign bus to the candidate at a discounted price. If true, the rented bus could spell trouble for Grimes with the Federal Election Commission. If the contribution was found to be in violation of federal law that prohibits accepting goods and services at prices below market value, her campaign would have to pay a hefty fine. Politico’s analysis found that…
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    The Brody File

  • The Brody File Show: Where Have All the Evangelical Voters Gone?

    David Brody
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:29 am
    This week's Brody File Show looks at the critical problem of evangelical voting patterns. Born-Again believers are just not showing up at the polls. What is the impact on our American culture? What is the impact on the GOP? Also, we go one-on-one with Chad Connelly, the man the Republican Party is bringing in to help get out the faith-based vote.
  • Only On Brody File: GOP Faith Outreach Director on Republican Party: "This is the place where God’s got a home"

    David Brody
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:04 am
    Here’s a question for you: Where have all the evangelical voters gone? Have they been raptured? No, actually millions are sitting on the couch simply not voting (Maybe they’re watching Fireproof!). This week on The Brody File Show we look at the critical problem of evangelical voting patterns. Born-Again Believers are just not showing up at the polls. What is the impact on our American culture? What is the impact on the GOP? We go one-on-one with Chad Connelly, the man the Republican Party is bringing in to help get out the faith-based vote. Watch below and see a very small partial…
  • Brody File Video Exclusive: GOP Majority Leader Talks House Of Cards: "I got no royalties!

    David Brody
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:32 pm
    In an exclusive interview with The Brody File, new House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy jokes about how actor Kevin Spacey is using a line of his in the popular Netflix drama, “House of Cards.”  McCarthy tells members to, “vote your conscience, vote your district, just don’t surprise me.” Well, Spacey know uses that line on the political television drama. We talked about that during a visit with him in his home district of Bakersfield, California. McCarthy wants royalties (well, maybe not)!   Watch the video below and see a transcript below. MANDATORY COURTESY: CBN NEWS/ THE BRODY…
  • Video Exclusive: GOP House Majority Leader Tells Brody File Tea Party Won't Be Shut Out

    David Brody
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:44 pm
    In an exclusive interview with The Brody File, Kevin McCarthy tells CBN News that he doesn’t plan to shut out the Tea Party or any other GOP faction in his new role as House Majority Leader. “I like the philosophy that you can have a difference of opinion but we’re not going to shut you out because the individual matters and I want to hear your opinion," McCarthy tells The Brody File during a visit we had with him in his home district of Bakersfield, California. Watch the video below and see a transcript below. MANDATORY COURTESY: CBN NEWS/ THE BRODY FILE David Brody: I know…
  • Brody File Video Exclusive: Kevin McCarthy Says Impeaching President Obama Is Off The Table

    David Brody
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:26 am
    In an exclusive interview with The Brody File, new House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy tells CBN News that any potential attempt to impeach President Obama should be taken off the table. “"Oh yes,” McCarthy tells me during a visit with him in his home district of Bakersfield, California. “When people ask me that, I say, ‘Have you met Joe Biden?’” Instead of impeachment, McCarthy supports Speaker John Boehner’s constitutional overreach lawsuit against the president. Watch the clip below along with a full transcription. MANDATORY COURTESY: CBN NEWS/THE BRODY FILE David Brody: The…
 
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    The Reality-Based Community

  • Rush to judgment on the Rick Perry indictment

    Mark Kleiman
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:52 pm
    I don’t know whether Gov. Rick Perry is guilty of anything, or – assuming he is – whether the special prosecutor has the goods to prove it, let alone whether the right-leaning Texas Court of Criminal Appeals would sustain such a conviction. (Since Perry isn’t an innocent person on Death Row, the court will tend to give him all the breaks.) I do know that most of what has been written about the case since the indictment has been nonsense, with Blue and Red pundits competing to see who can say the nastiest things about the prosecutor.  See Simon Maloy and Kevin Drum on…
  • Paying college players–cost of attendance stipends

    Don Taylor
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:13 am
    The Raleigh, N.C. News and Observer had a front pager yesterday on the changes that are coming to college sports regarding paying players. There are so many issues, and so many questions, but a key one is understanding a key University concept, “the cost of attendance (COA).” Duke University’s COA for 2014 is shown below: Historically, the NCAA has prevented University’s from covering the full COA via an athletic scholarship, but the ruling in the Ed O’Bannon case stated that this could not continue. An athletic scholarship covers Tuition and mandatory…
  • Should We Compensate Organ Donors?

    Keith Humphreys
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:33 am
    Over 100,000 Americans are currently on a waiting list for an organ donation, but the number of living and dead donors this year will not remotely approach that number. As a result, 18 people die every day while on a waiting list. Sally Satel, a physician and organ donation recipient, has argued that we will only solve this problem if we begin compensating organ donors. Bioethicist David Magnus in contrast believes that incentivization would risk creating a morally suspect seller’s market in organs. These two scholars were joined by Tom Mone, a national leader in organ transplantation,…
  • The one candidate who could still challenge Clinton (but probably won’t).

    Andrew Sabl
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:22 am
    Jonathan Bernstein gives (and Ed Kilgore endorses) plenty of reasons to think that it will be hard for any Democrat to challenge Hillary Clinton for the nomination. Both focus on the actions of the party elites—broadly understood—who decide the nomination. Ed notes that the analogy of 2008 is inapt, since at this stage back then Edwards had made tremendous organizational progress and Obama commanded universal fame and a unique ability to build up quickly. A couple of days ago Nate Silver noted that Clinton is very popular among Democrats of all ideological tendencies, and has racked up an…
  • Weekend Film Recommendation: The Hitch-Hiker

    Keith Humphreys
    15 Aug 2014 | 3:33 am
    Ida Lupino was a central figure in the breaking of the all-male lock on the Hollywood director’s chair. While she was looking for a new project to make with her then-husband Collier Young, she met one of the men who had been kidnapped and forced to drive through Mexico by spree killer Billy Cook. That inspired her (and co-screenwriter/producer Young) to make this week’s film recommendation, the first film noir directed by a woman: 1953′s The Hitch-Hiker. The plot is straightforward and crisply told. Wonderfully, there is none of the extended, needless expository…
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    Bleeding Heartland - Front Page

  • District Court upholds Iowa rule banning "telemedicine" abortions

    19 Aug 2014 | 8:46 pm
    A Polk County District Court today upheld a rule adopted by the Iowa Board of Medicine last year, which would prohibit Planned Parenthood of the Heartland from providing medical abortions using "telemedicine" (where a doctor meets with the patient via videoconferencing). You can read the full text of Judge Jeffrey Farrell's ruling here. After the jump I've summarized Judge Farrell's key findings, including background on the case and excerpts from his decision. I've also enclosed reaction from both sides in the telemedicine abortion debate, as well as from Governor Terry Branstad and…
  • Three reasons Rick Perry's indictment will help him with Iowa Republicans

    19 Aug 2014 | 8:54 am
    Being charged with a crime is rarely good news for any public figure, but it looks like Texas Governor Rick Perry will be the exception that proves the rule. Not only will his presidential aspirations survive the criminal case launched against him last last week, the governor's prosecution will improve his standing among Iowa Republicans, for three reasons. 1. Perry won't be convicted. A criminal conviction resulting in fines or imprisonment would put a damper on anyone's presidential campaign, but Perry doesn't have to worry. I don't need to belabor this point. Threatening to veto funding in…
  • Rest in peace, Jim Jeffords

    18 Aug 2014 | 6:50 pm
    Former U.S. Senator Jim Jeffords of Vermont passed away today at the age of 80. When he was first elected to Congress in 1974, New England Republicans were well represented in Washington, DC, and were more progressive than many southern Democrats in the Capitol. By the time he retired in 2006, only a few Congressional Republicans hailed from states to the north and east of New York. Jeffords will be most remembered for becoming an independent in May 2001, shifting control of the Senate to Democrats just a few months into George W. Bush's presidency. Emily Langer notes in her Washington Post…
  • Hillary and Bill Clinton to headline the final Harkin Steak Fry

    18 Aug 2014 | 10:10 am
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and President Bill Clinton will be the star guests at Senator Tom Harkin's final steak fry on September 14 at the Indianola Balloon Field. Doors open at 12:30 pm, event runs from 1-4. Traffic can be slow on the highway leading to the balloon field, so my advice is to allow extra time. All of Iowa's Democratic candidates for federal and statewide office typically speak at the steak fry, but the big crowds will be there to see Hillary Clinton in her first Iowa appearance since the January 2008 caucuses. While she's in central Iowa, I would not be…
  • New data bolster supporters of raising Iowa's gas tax

    18 Aug 2014 | 5:33 am
    The average cost of owning a car is lower in Iowa than in any other state, the Cedar Rapids Gazette's B.A. Morelli reported on August 16, citing an analysis by Bankrate.com. Car insurance costs an average of $630 per year in Iowa, the lowest in the 50 states. Vehicle repairs cost Iowa drivers an average of $315 per year, also the lowest number for any state. The average cost of gasoline for Iowa drivers worked out to $998 a year, taking into account not only the price of gas but also vehicle miles traveled and fuel efficiency rates. That's "middle of the pack," Morelli noted. Iowa's gasoline…
 
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    Booman Tribune

  • We Won't Back Down

    20 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    I am feeling very sad for the families of American journalists Steven Sotloff and James Foley. In the grand scheme of things, one life lost to ISIS is a small thing. This is an organization that wipes out whole communities in minutes, rapes and enslaves women, and executes anyone who won't convert to their deranged version of Islam. But none of that mitigates the pain the family of James Foley is feeling tonight. And none of it can do anything to lesson the terror the Sotloff family is feeling. The American people will not appreciate seeing one of their citizens beheaded on YouTube, and it…
  • Rand Paul is Hype

    20 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    It turns out that there really is little discernible difference in how Rand Paul and Chris Christie have been faring with young people in matchup polls against Hillary Clinton. Harry Enten of 538.com finds that they both do 17 points worse (median average) against Clinton with young people than they do with the electorate as a whole. One could argue that young voters might warm to Paul as they get to know him better; after all, 45 percent of Americans have no opinion of Paul. But it’s not entirely clear Paul’s numbers will drastically improve if young voters learn more about his…
  • Those Autopsy Results

    20 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Why am I not surprised that the results of a private autopsy on Michael Brown's body fail to corroborate the stories of either the police or the eyewitnesses? According to forensic pathologist Dr. Michael M. Baden, none of the six shots that struck Mr. Brown entered from the rear, and there was no gunpowder on his body, indicating that none of the shots came at very close range. Dr. Baden didn't have access to Mr. Brown's clothes, however, so his results are inconclusive about whether a shot was fired while they struggled in the car window. What his autopsy showed was that Mr. Brown was…
  • Casual Observation

    20 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    The Washington Post is just trolling us now. Discuss
  • Question About Rick Perry's Trial

    20 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Answer me this: Am I right to think that Rick Perry's trial may turn on whether or not it can be proven that he offered Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg a job if she would agree to resign? It seems like the allegation with the least gray area. Just as a thought experiment, though, shouldn't it be illegal to defund an agency that has the responsibility for investigating your office for official wrongdoing? I don't mean reducing the budget. I mean eliminating it entirely, as Rick Perry did. I think there's an important distinction there, whether it turns out to be legally…
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    Politics » George Stephanopoulos

  • Rep. Kinzinger: ‘Worst Case Scenario’ for Mideast Playing Out in Iraq, Syria

    ABC News
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:35 am
    ABC News’ Elizabeth McLaughlin and Jake Lefferman report: Rep. Adam Kinzinger issued a stark warning about recent events in Iraq today on “This Week” and called for the extremist group ISIS, which has seized large amounts of territory within the country, to be crushed. “What we’re watching in Iraq and Syria frankly is the worst case scenario for the Middle East,” Kinzinger, R-Ill., told ABC’s Martha Raddatz. WATCH: A Look at the Iraq/Syria Border Where Refugees Are Fleeing to Safety WATCH: U.N. Declares Emergency Over Iraqi Refugee Crisis U.S.
  • Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon ‘Thunderstruck’ by Images of Ferguson Police

    Benjamin Bell
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:43 am
    Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon said today he was astounded by some of the images that came out of Ferguson depicting what he described as an “over-militarization” of the police force. “I, all of us were thunderstruck by the pictures we saw,” Nixon told Martha Raddatz in an interview in Ferguson. “I mean, the over-militarization, the MRAPs rolling in, the guns pointed at kids in the street. All of that I think instead of ratcheting down brought emotion up.” But Nixon rejected responsibility for failing to quell the ongoing unrest in Ferguson. “I’ve been…
  • ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Star Laverne Cox’s One Wish for America

    Anja Crowder
    17 Aug 2014 | 9:27 am
    Laverne Cox, star of the Netflix hit series “Orange Is the New Black,” is breaking barriers for the transgender community both on and off the screen. In an interview for “This Week”, she shared her one wish for America with ABC’s Byron Pitts. “One thing I would wish for America…[are] spaces where we have real gender freedom, where we…create spaces of gender self-determination, where we don’t police people’s genders or we don’t tell people that they’re not supposed to act a certain way,” Cox said. Cox has spent her…
  • Sunday on ‘This Week’: The Latest on Ferguson, Missouri

    ABC News
    15 Aug 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Robert Cohen/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/AP Photo On Sunday, “This Week” covers the latest on the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri. Plus, Iraq war veterans Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Illinois, and Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, D-Hawaii discuss U.S. military action in Iraq. And the powerhouse roundtable debates all the week’s politics, with ABC News contributor and Democratic strategist Donna Brazile, Echelon Insights co-founder and Daily Beast contributor Kristen Soltis Anderson, and ABC News Senior Washington Correspondent Jeff Zeleny. See the whole political picture, Sunday on “This…
  • Faced with Ebola, West Africa Health System Has ‘Collapsed’

    Jake Lefferman
    10 Aug 2014 | 10:01 am
      As the death toll rises, healthcare workers on the ground need protective gear and resources to combat the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, said Dr. Frank Glover  president of the U.S.-based organization SHIELD. “The health system has completely collapsed,” Glover told ABC’s Martha Raddatz today on “This Week.” Ebola Outbreak Declared an International Health Emergency Liberian Health Workers Met With Angry Protests Over Ebola Dead Earlier this week, Glover told a congressional subcommittee that 95 percent of expatriate doctors fled the country when the…
 
 
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    POLITICOMIX

  • Protest in America

    Roberto
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:31 pm
    Click comic to ENLARGE.A Cliven Bundy, Michael Brown comic about (the color of) protest in America.
  • While Syria Burns ...

    Roberto
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:52 am
    Click comic to ENLARGE.Just kiddin', Mr. President.I understand that apples have a much longer shelf life.
  • The Statesmen

    Roberto
    19 Jul 2014 | 4:06 pm
    Click comic to ENLARGE.
  • The Midnight Ride of Paul Babeu

    Roberto
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:03 pm
    Click comic to ENLARGE.When Pinal County Sheriff Paul Babeu tipped anti-immigrant protesters to the arrival of undocumented minors to a shelter in Oracle, Arizona, hilarity ensued.A Republican sheriff who takes a hard line against immigration and aspired (aspires?) to political office.A few busloads of undocumented minors (who never arrived).A Republican congressional primary candidate who tried to use the protest to his advantage.A busload of YMCA campers who happened to be driving by.A mariachi band.In other words, just another day in Arizona politics.
  • School's Out for Summer

    Roberto
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:44 pm
    Click comic to ENLARGE.Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman is worried Israeli kids won't be able to have a "normal summer vacation" unless Israel occupies the Gaza Strip.School's out for summer ... roll the tanks!
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    The Left Coaster

  • Ferguson's Questions and Hypocrites

    Deacon Blues
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:58 pm
    I was gone for all of last week, and I had hoped to avoid commenting on the sad spectacle in Ferguson, Missouri. Suffice it to say we still don’t know exactly how the fateful confrontation unfolded between patrol officer Darren Wilson and Michael Brown, and the way the political leadership is handling this, we may never know. However, no matter how large and intimidating young Mr. Brown may have been to Officer Wilson, who has been described today in favorable terms, there still needs to be an explanation why such force was used, including two heads shots into an unarmed suspect from a…
  • These Are Not Good Graphs

    paradox
    2 Aug 2014 | 10:29 am
    [Cross-posted at Daily Kos.] Three days ago I saw a tweet of Obama propaganda, an allegedly sincere blast of four graphs demonstrating the very good underlying results of leadership that were being distracted from by the House lawsuit. I am deeply disturbed and seriously unsettled, not of course with the partisan cheerleading but with the fact that the graphs represent various political disasters and flaming mistakes of horrifying scope, not accomplishments to boast of. In an evolution of zero fun I will attempt to illuminate the truth so that the little people might possibly not be put…
  • Worthless Votes

    Deacon Blues
    1 Aug 2014 | 1:02 pm
    It now appears that House Republicans will make every effort to pass a meaningless "deport the kids" measure today, and then pass a second bill to prevent the president from granting more permanent status to immigrant children who've been in the country for years. The net result, as Harry Reid noted today is that "House Republicans will vote to deport children who have been living in the United States their entire lives." Operationally, these votes are irrelevant because the Senate has left town and nothing legislatively will happen on these issues until later in the year, if then. All of the…
  • GOP Says "Screw The Kids"

    Deacon Blues
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:41 pm
    After screaming at the top of their lungs several weeks ago about the “crisis” caused by thousands of immigrant children “storming” our borders, and Barack Obama’s alleged indifference to the issue, House Republicans this afternoon couldn’t even muster enough votes to do anything about it. But suing the president and going on vacation? Sure. In other words, these kids were nothing but political props to John Boehner and the GOP, and GOP governors should be directed to fire their anger not at the White House, but at their own GOP delegations. Did you hear that Rick Perry? As I said…
  • It's Not Heartlessness

    Deacon Blues
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Watching the MSNBC coverage of the migrant children "crisis" would lead you to believe that the GOP's alleged callousness in demanding the children be sent back to Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala will backfire on them. The various progressive commentators tell us that the American public will see this as a humanitarian crisis, and not victimize these kids by treating them as illegals trying to get into country. We're told the GOP's reaction will hurt them this fall and it 2016. Don't count on it. American compassion and empathy are wonderful things. But when many Americans wonder why…
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    YouTube: Politics

  • Usain Bolt dances the samba with Rio's youth

    Reuters
    16 Aug 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Usain Bolt dances the samba with Rio's youth Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt dances the samba with underprivileged children in Copacabana a day before he races in a 100-meter "Mano a Mano" event. Gavino Garay reports. Subscribe: http://smarturl... From: Reuters Views: 3939 9 ratings Time: 01:37 More in News & Politics
  • For The First Time EVER Most Congress Members Are Millionaires

    The Young Turks
    16 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    For The First Time EVER Most Congress Members Are Millionaires "Members of Congress are getting paid more than $2000 for every bill they pass. The chart below -- assembled by the Washington Post, based on data from the ... From: The Young Turks Views: 50563 1468 ratings Time: 03:42 More in News & Politics
  • Billionaires Warn Hispanic Kids About National Debt

    The Young Turks
    16 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
    Billionaires Warn Hispanic Kids About National Debt "Looking to make inroads with the rising number of Hispanic voters, conservative activists are offering English classes, health checkups and courses to help Spanish-speakers earn high school... From: The Young Turks Views: 69237 1664 ratings Time: 06:55 More in News & Politics
  • This Is The Face Of Fracking Lies & Propaganda

    The Young Turks
    16 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    This Is The Face Of Fracking Lies & Propaganda "A Colorado Republican state senator justified the practice of hydraulic fracturing — commonly known as “fracking” — by saying that the presence of burnable ... From: The Young Turks Views: 64121 1420 ratings Time: 02:43 More in News & Politics
  • This Kind Of Corruption Is Completely Legal & Completely Bullshit

    The Young Turks
    16 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    This Kind Of Corruption Is Completely Legal & Completely Bullshit "Comcast and Time Warner Cable are sponsoring a dinner honoring FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn at a time when the agency is weighing whether to approve a multibillion-dollar merger between... From: The Young Turks Views: 77408 2240 ratings Time: 09:44 More in News & Politics
 
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    Zennie62.com

  • Gen-Y's tech twist on engagement, weddings and parenthood

    18 Aug 2014 | 8:56 am
    While Gen-Y is still getting married at much lower rates than previous generations, some millennials are finally beginning to grow up, entering the world of marital engagements, wedding planning, and parenthood. True to form, their choices reflect advancements that set them apart from Gen-Xers, who were the first to utilize technology to chronicle their love stories on websites like theknot.com, build wedding registries online, gift personalized CDs with digitally remastered music as wedding favors, show spliced video montages of the bride and groom's childhood at wedding receptions, and…
  • Tech in dating: decoding the social rules of text, online dating & social media, by Dr. Christina Villarreal, Clinical Psychologist

    31 May 2014 | 10:09 pm
    Let’s face it: flirting, finding love and managing relationships have always been complicated, but with the involvement of countless forms of technology now impacting every little step of the way, the social rules of love and sex have only gotten more confusing. The role of tech in dating is a primary topic in psychotherapy sessions I conduct with young singles in the Bay Area of California- the world’s hub and backbone of tech culture. Part of my role as their clinical psychologist is to help them decode and navigate the emerging social rules of text, online dating and social media to…
  • Cohabitation: a generational trend that’s here to stay, but does it work?

    29 Apr 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Once in a while a treatment issue pops up so frequently among young adult patients in my psychotherapy practice, I begin to feel like it’s a generational trend, or perhaps specific to living in the Bay Area. More and more people are struggling to make their romantic relationship work while cohabiting. Like many desirable urban areas, Bay Area rent prices continue to soar with no end in sight. In spite of having well-paying jobs, many young adults are weighed down with hefty student loans, and have learned to enjoy an expensive lifestyle where smartphone bills, an expectation of recreational…
  • Links for 2013-01-09 [del.icio.us]

    10 Jan 2013 | 12:00 am
    Presidential Inauguration: Zennie62 Credentialed To Cover Ceremony [Translate] Las Vegas, NV – The Presidential Inauguration will have a new media member, literally: Zennie62.com / Zennie62Media. As this blogger prepares to attend the second day of the International CES 2013 here in Vegas (Zennie62 coverage sponsored by Tout.com) the Standing... Soundmatters Cool New Soundbar For iPad, Tablets [Translate] CES Soundmatters has an incredible new product that this blogger just tested here at International CES 2013, Las Vegas, today, Wednesday, January 9th, 2013. As of the video will show…
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    9 Jan 2013 | 12:00 am
    CES Twitter Hashtag Confusion: Uses #2013CES, Intel Buys #CES, Take Note #NMX [Translate] CES Well, talk about some real Twitter hashtag confusion: CES, the name of what some signs call “The Consumer Electronics Show” has used the hashtag #2013CES, with Gary Shapiro, the organization’s executive director, leading the way. But now, on the morning of... Sony At CES: Bravia HD TV, Xperia Z, 4K, Wow; Presentation Doesn't [Translate] CESSony has gained a reputation at CES for presenting great products and a fantastic presentation. A presentation that was generally marked by the…
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    Politics in the Zeros

  • Corrupt companies face nonexistent criminal prosecution from the feds

    Bob Morris
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:18 am
    Big banks and accounting firms launder money, sometimes for countries designated as terrorists. The feds fine them. No no one goes to prison. This is corruption at the highest levels of finance and government. Our government is running a protection racket. Banksters get to continue their business as usual after paying money to the government. PriceWaterhouseCoopers was fined a ludicrously low $25 million fine for aiding a Japanese bank in laundering money for Iran, Sudan, and Myanmar. The PWC director, now a partner, at the center of this still works for the company and was not criminally…
  • Native Seed Search. Preserving endangered Southwest native seeds

    Bob Morris
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Native Seed Search in Tucson has preserved and saved multitudes of heirloom seeds including beans, squash, pepper, corn, eggplant, herbs, and a multitude of other vegetables. They were once given a medicine man’s pouch which contained sunflower seeds they’d never seen before. This previously unknown variety of sunflowers proved resistant to sunflower rust and was soon cross-bred with commercial species. Native Seeds/SEARCH is a nonprofit seed conservation organization based in Tucson, Arizona. Our story began in 1983 following a profound realization. While working on a Meals for Millions…
  • It’s moving day. Vegas here we come!

    Bob Morris
    16 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Vegas Hilton men’s room I like a city that has personality, that often changes seemingly overnight, and gives the people what they want. San Jose is nice. However the cost of housing is ridiculously high.  We look forward to living in a house again and to having zillions of house guests. Hello Vegas.
  • Senior managers ‘personally liable’ for money-laundering lapses in UK

    Bob Morris
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    This is a fine idea that needs to be implemented in the US too. Put real fear into greedhead money-laundering banksters and their ilk by coming after them personally if they break the law. Senior management in money services in Great Britain are now personally liable for failures in money laundering. Rather than slap on the wrist fines for the corporation,  executives face prison and unlimited fines “if their neglect leads to money laundering or terrorist financing activities.” HMRC said that senior managers at money service businesses are responsible for carrying out a risk…
  • California could be 100% renewable energy by 2050, say researchers

    Bob Morris
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    A combination of renewable energy from wind, water, and sunlight could power California completely by 2050, say perky researchers from Stanford. In my view they’re a bit too perky as well as overly We Know What Is Best For You. First off, all those pesky gas and diesel vehicles would need to be completely replaced by electric, they say. No word on how electric semis would be able to haul multi-ton loads up the steep Grapevine outside of Los Angeles. No electric truck to my knowledge has the needed torque and power to do this. Maybe they will one day. But they don’t now. Then…
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  • Real-Time Mission-Critical Information and Law Enforcement Mobility: Making Things Work When Failure Is Not an Option

    4 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    When the MNPD was in need of a tool to help officers access photos, communicate instantly, submit reports quickly, and get real-time inquiries on suspect information, they weren't sure where to turn. What they did know, is that value, durability and usability were of the utmost importance.A study of existing platforms being utilized around the nation was conducted to identify the best solution; MNPD understood that any potential solution had to include a mobile computing component that incorporated state of the art technology and the ability to withstand the harsh environment of law…
  • Mitigating the DDoS Threat

    28 May 2014 | 12:00 am
    This white paper covers:Likelihood of attacks for different industriesTop business concerns of DoS/DDoS attacks2013 notable attack vectors and landscapeDoS/DDoS protection best practicesRequest Free!
  • Killer Robots: Natural Evolution, or Abomination?

    15 May 2014 | 4:20 pm
    Ask one technologist and he or she might say that lethal autonomous weapons — machines that can select and destroy targets without human intervention — are the next step in modern warfare, a natural evolution beyond today's remotely operated drones and unmanned ground vehicles. Others will decry such systems as an abomination and a threat to International Humanitarian Law (IHL), or the Law of Armed conflict. The U.N. Human Rights Council has, for now, called for a moratorium on the development of killer robots. But activist groups like the International Committee for Robot Arms…
  • The Future of Drones: Sky-High Hopes vs. Regulatory Realities

    15 May 2014 | 12:00 am
    When Raphael Pirker needed overhead shots for a commercial he was filming at the University of Virginia, instead of spending thousands of dollars to rent a helicopter, he attached a camera to a 5-lb. (2.3 kilograms) model airplane, creating a custom drone to capture high-flying aerial views of the campus. A year earlier, the 29-year-old photographer piloted a similar drone around the Statue of Liberty in New York, buzzing the monument's iconic crown and recording stunning close-up views of Liberty Island and downtown Manhattan. Drones have been used by the military for decades, but Pirker's…
  • Fierce Mobile Government

    21 Apr 2014 | 11:20 am
    Discover the latest news and controversies surrounding agency adoption of mobile technologies in their free, weekly email newsletter. Sign up for FierceMobileGovernment today!Request Free!
 
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    Bob McCarty

  • FBI Officials Accused of Telling Key Witness to Take Vacation to Avoid Testifying During New Oklahoma City Bombing Trial

    admin
    10 Aug 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Those familiar with my five years of reporting on Jesse Trentadue and his efforts to force the FBI to provide him copies of surveillance camera footage recorded in downtown Oklahoma City prior to the bombing at 9:02 a.m. April 19, 1995, will appreciate this update from the Oklahoma City Bombing trial that began July 28 in Salt Lake City. Click image above to download Trentadue motion (pdf). The text below is one of several filings made by Trentadue during the weeks following the four-day trial about which a federal judge is expected to issue his ruling within six months.  Though the text of…
  • MEDIA ALERT: I’ll Be On America’s Forum Wednesday

    admin
    5 Aug 2014 | 4:39 pm
    I’ll appear as a guest on the NewsmaxTV‘s America’s Forum, Wednesday at 9:10 a.m. Eastern to discuss the latest “Green-on-Blue” attack in Afghanistan and how it relates to my four-year investigation of the federal government’s use of so-called “credibility assessment” technologies, including the polygraph. Click image above to order book. Specifically, I’ll discuss the flawed vetting process that cost Army Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene, his life as the highest-ranking American military officer killed in a combat zone since the Vietnam War,…
  • Welcome

    admin
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:18 pm
    For years, I’ve toiled online, using my journalism training — and, sometimes, my sense of humor — to report news most of the major media outlets ignored.  As I approach the eighth anniversary of my online presence, I’ve decided to change directions in a substantial way. Above: Butters shows his keyboarding skills. After experiencing site-killing disruptions which some have suggested might be the work of  James R. Clapper Jr., FBI officials or others about whom I’ve written words that were less than flattering, but true, I’m moving away from writing on a…
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    Hit & Run

  • Listen Now: Nick Gillespie on Wisconsin Public Radio, Talking Ferguson, Michael Brown NOW

    Nick Gillespie
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:02 am
    Go here for details and to listen online.
  • "Pension Smoothing" Helps Feds, Corporations Avoid Reality for Just a Little While Longer

    Nick Gillespie
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:32 am
    The Washington Post reports on how "pension smoothing," an accounting gimmick that's part of the recently passed Highway and Transportation Act of 2014, allows both the feds and the companies that pay the gas tax to avoid reality for just a little while longer. The law allows companies to put off otherwise mandatory contributions to their defined-benefit employee pension funds, which increases tax revenue for the Treasury, since those contributions would have been tax-deductible. Actually, smoothing increases tax revenue in the short run but decreases it later on, when companies have to make…
  • Brickbat: Is Everyone Buckled Up?

    Charles Oliver
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Police in Ibiza pulled over the driver of a van to test him for possible drunk driving. They found he hadn't been drinking. They also found three couples in the back of the van having sex. They cited each of them for not wearing their seat belts. That carries a $270 fine, but since they all agreed to pay it on the spot, the fine was automatically cut in half.
  • Jacob Sullum on Rand Paul's Challenge to Conservatives Who Reflexively Support Law Enforcement

    Reason.com
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Running for the U.S. Senate in 2010, Rand Paul became known as that crazy right-winger who expressed reservations about the Civil Rights Act of 1964. But in the last two years, the Kentucky Republican has emerged as his party's most passionate voice on criminal justice reform, explicitly decrying the system's disproportionate impact on African Americans. You might assume that Paul, widely seen as a contender for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, is trying to redeem himself with black voters who were alienated by his criticism of the Civil Rights Act. Yet both positions spring…
  • Tonight on The Independents: ISIS Beheads U.S. Journalist, More Trouble in Ferguson, LP Senate Candidate John Buckley, Michael Moynihan, Plus Online Aftershow

    Matt Welch
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:04 pm
    If you thought the news this week couldn't get any worse, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) has released a video of one of its terrorists beheading the long-captive American photojournalist James Wright Foley. The executioner, speaking in British-accented English, warns that the also-captive journalist Steven Joel Soltoff will meet the same fate if the United States doesn't withdraw from Iraq. That piece of grim news will kick off tonight's live episode of The Independents (Fox Business Network, 9 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. PT, with re-airs three hours later). Party Panelists Michael C.
 
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    THE SECOND CHANCE SHEEPDOG

  • Clark Boyd and the 2nd Amendment

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    4 Aug 2014 | 6:47 pm
    Last week I received, as did many of you, a fundraising letter from the Tennessee Firearms Association (TFA). The letter seems to portray Clark Boyd as an anti- gun, pro-gun control candidate who is unsupportive of the Second Amendment. At the same time, it makes current, incumbent 24-year career politician State Senator Mae Beavers out to be some kind of 2ndAmendment savior. Unfortunately, for them, they are wrong on both accounts.Wanna guess what the TFA is basing their “portrayals” on? It’s based on their candidate survey that I destroyed in a previous blog post. Remember it? It’s…
  • Wilson Co. (TN) County Commission District 16 Race - Brockman vs. Weathers

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:41 am
    A little over four years ago, I ran an article about Jason Brockman, a newcomer to Wilson Co. (TN) politics. At the time, he was running for County Commission in the 16th District hoping to upset the long-time incumbent, Gilbert Graves, who had held the seat for 40 years. Brockman shocked everyone upsetting Graves with 60% of the vote (see the results here). Now, four years later, Graves' daughter, Diane Weathers, is challenging Brockman in his re-election bid.  Even though he is a first-term commissioner, Brockman has accomplished much during the last four years including :Jason…
  • Tennessee's Voting Gunowners Deserve Better

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    In early July, the Tennessee Firearms Association (TFA) released the results of its "2014 Legislative Candidate Survey." I first saw it on the organization's Facebook page on July 1st and then received a copy of the results in my e-mail inbox a few days later on the 4th. The survey's purpose was to identify the pro- and anti-gun members of the Tennessee State House and Senate, as well as their challengers, in advance of the 2014 elections. TFA wanted its members and other voters to be informed in regards to which candidates support their gun rights when they vote this year. Source -…
  • 2014 Tennessee Governors Race

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:48 am
    Early voting for Tennessee's August Primaries begins this Friday, July 18. Bill Haslam is up for re-election as governor. I've made no secret that I am no fan of his in previous posts on this blog. A few months ago, I even posted a series of videos from a NewsChannel 5 Investigation into the wheelings, dealings, and crony capitalism within his administration.English: Knoxville mayor and Tennessee GOP gubernatorial candidate Bill Haslam addressing supporters before the Highlands Town Hall Debate at Tennessee Tech University. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Prior to his election in 2010, I said Haslam…
  • Happy 4th of July!!

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    4 Jul 2014 | 10:06 am
    As you gather with family and friends today in celebration of another Independence Day, take a moment to remember all the men and women who have fought, and many died, over these last 238 years to protect you, your family, and your freedom. Besides the Lord's blessing, they are the reason we can still celebrate this day.
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    RealClearPolitics - Homepage

  • Ferguson Crisis Won't Be Resolved by Lies

    20 Aug 2014 | 5:31 am
    George Neumayr, Am Spectator"No justice, no peace,” scream protesters in Ferguson, Missouri. Implicit in this menacing chant is that the rioting on display there for over a week has been justified. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, among other hucksters, disclaim the violence, even as they stoke it with reckless rhetoric. They aren’t interested in peace but power. Were they truly opposed to the violence, they wouldn’t coin chants that condone it.
  • It's Easy to Avoid Getting Shot by the Police

    20 Aug 2014 | 5:27 am
    Sunil Dutta, Washington Post
  • Will James Foley's Murder Wake Up the West?

    20 Aug 2014 | 5:21 am
    Shashank Joshi, TelegraphThere is something disturbing about the fact that the murder of a single Westerner should elicit greater shock and garner more attention than the torture and killing of hundreds upon hundreds of Syrians and Iraqis stretching back years, but if this is what it takes to bring home the sadism and cruelty of the so-called caliphate, so be it.
  • Caliphate of Fear: Can ISIS Be Stopped?

    20 Aug 2014 | 5:20 am
    Feldenkirchen, et al, Der SpiegelIn Raqqa, Syria, the Islamic State's "caliphate" has already become a reality. All women in the city are required to wear the niqab veil and pants are banned. Thieves have their hands hacked off and opponents are publicly crucified or beheaded, with the images of these horrific acts then posted on social networks.
  • Enemies of Humanity

    20 Aug 2014 | 5:19 am
    Amir Taheri, New York PostAfter a long slumber spent in denial, the UN Security Council has decided to do “something” about the forces of neo-Islam now on the rampage in more than a dozen countries across the globe.Yet the “something” consists of freezing a few bank accounts and making it hard for a few individuals to obtain visas to Western countries — in other words, gestures like those made fashionable by the Obama administration.
 
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    E.J. Dionne Columns and Blog Posts

  • Where goes the neighborhood?

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    10 Aug 2014 | 4:37 pm
    Consider how our definition of “neighborliness” has evolved. Once upon a time, being neighborly meant “reaching out to the people who lived next door” by, among other things, “offering to watch the kids in a pinch.” Read full article >>
  • Plain vanilla bipartisanship

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    6 Aug 2014 | 5:50 pm
    When does Congress become so embarrassed by its laughably low approval ratings that its leaders decide to pass laws to make our country a modestly better place? Is there a plain vanilla agenda that might pass muster across party lines? Read full article >>
  • Can the voters change the GOP?

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    3 Aug 2014 | 4:46 pm
    The central issue in this fall’s elections could turn out to be a sleeper: What kind of Republican Party does the country want? It is, to be sure, a strange question to put to an electorate in which independents and Democrats constitute a majority. Yet there is no getting around this: The single biggest change in Washington over the last five years has been a GOP shift to a more radical form of conservatism. This, in turn, has led to a kind of rejectionism that views cooperation with President Obama as inherently unprincipled. Read full article >>
  • The Republicans’ lust for impeachment

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:28 pm
    If you attack the president repeatedly for law-breaking, executive overreach and deceiving the public and Congress, do you have an obligation to impeach him? This is the logical question Republicans are now trying to duck. Read full article >>
  • Paul Ryan’s stale ideas on poverty

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:59 pm
    Paul Ryan is counting on this: Because he says he wants to preserve a safety net, speaks with concern about poor people and put out a 73-page report, many will elide over the details of the proposals he made last week in his major anti-poverty speech. Read full article >>
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    ThinkProgress

  • Americans Are Too Stressed To Take Their Time Off

    Bryce Covert
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:55 am
    CREDIT: Shutterstock No worker in the United States is guaranteed paid time off, be it for vacation, holidays, illness, or a new child. But even those lucky enough to get the benefit from their employer don’t make use of it. Forty-one percent of American workers who get paid time off as part of their compensation aren’t planning to use all of it this year, according to a survey from GfK Public Affairs and Corporate Communications for the U.S. Travel Association. Nearly 15 percent say they haven’t used paid time off for something other than an illness or emergency in over a…
  • Pour One Out For Country Music, It Got Dumped By Taylor Swift Last Night​

    Jessica Goldstein
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:59 pm
    CREDIT: Evan Agostini/Invision/AP Taylor Swift is famous for writing killer breakup songs. But at her Yahoo livestream yesterday — teased in a trio of “mysterious” Instagrams — she barely spent three lines of her new single, “Shake It Off,” talking about an “ex-man.” That’s because her newest ex isn’t some boy. It’s country music. Her new album, “1989,” will be her “first documented, official pop album,” she said, not-so-gently alerting the country music establishment that it was time to let go. Even…
  • Uber’s New Delivery Service Only Caters To D.C’s White Neighborhoods

    Adam Peck
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Uber, the popular ride share service, is rolling out a new feature in Washington, D.C. that allows the city’s residents to request quick deliveries of everything from Altoids to Zest Ocean Breeze Refreshing Bar Soap. That is, some of the city’s residents. Twitter user @DonnyBridges was quick to note that Uber’s delivery areas — currently two sections of Northwest and Southeast DC — looked suspiciously familiar: The practice of “redlining” has been utilized for decades by industries ranging from supermarkets to banking. But if brick and mortar stores…
  • Department Of Labor Extends Employment Protections To Transgender Workers

    Zack Ford
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Mia Macy CREDIT: Center for American Progress The Department of Labor issued guidance Tuesday stating that transgender federal employees and employees of federal contractors are covered under nondiscrimination protections that apply to sex. It follows an executive order President Obama issued earlier this summer specifically extending employment protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity. The guidance comes more than two years after a case decided by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Back in April of 2012, the EEOC ruled in favor of Mia Macy, a transgender…
  • Flooding In Arizona Prompts Dramatic Rescues

    Katie Valentine
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:10 pm
    CREDIT: NBC/Screenshot Heavy rain near Phoenix, Arizona has caused major flooding and trapped multiple residents and motorists, a situation that prompted water rescues. According to CBS 5, the people trapped by the flooding included a man whose house was surrounded by “raging waters” and a woman whose van became trapped in the floodwaters. She was rescued Tuesday morning. The storm that prompted the rescues dropped 4 inches of rain in some parts of Maricopa County. In the northern suburb of Peoria, 1.75 inches of rain fell in 45 minutes. “There’s just a massive amount…
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    RamonaCreel.com

  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-19-2014

    Ramona
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    A man is whatever room he's in. (Japanese saying) The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-19-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-18-2014

    Ramona
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    I've never learned anything from any man who agreed with me. (D. Malone) — Fortunately, I've got lots of teachers! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-18-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-17-2014

    Ramona
    17 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    How much easier is self-sacrifice than self-realization! (E. Hoffer) — The enlightened are never victims. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-17-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-16-2014

    Ramona
    16 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    To have a right to do a thing isn't the same as to be right in doing it. (G.K. Chesterton) — Can doesn't mean should. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-16-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-15-2014

    Ramona
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become. (Z. Ziglar) — Or who you meet along the way. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-15-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
 
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    Democratic Strategist

  • New Poll Spotlights Reaction to Brown Slaying, Ferguson Protest

    19 Aug 2014 | 8:25 am
    From Pew Research Center's "Stark Racial Divisions in Reactions to Ferguson Police Shooting" discussing an Aug. 14-17 national survey of 1000 adults: Blacks and whites have sharply different reactions to the police shooting of an unarmed teen in Ferguson, Mo., and the protests and violence that followed. Blacks are about twice as likely as whites to say that the shooting of Michael Brown "raises important issues about race that need to be discussed." Wide racial differences also are evident in opinions about of whether local police went too far in the aftermath of Brown's death, and in…
  • Lux: Money in Politics a Mounting Voter Concern

    18 Aug 2014 | 9:20 am
    The following article by Democratic strategist Mike Lux, author of "The Progressive Revolution: How the Best in America Came to Be," is cross-posted fro HuffPo: There is more and more evidence that Democrats and progressives are discovering the power of taking on big money in politics as a central issue in their campaign strategies. In the House, Nancy Pelosi has gotten most of her colleagues in the Democratic caucus (160 of them) to co-sponsor a major clean money campaign finance initiative, John Sarbanes' Government By The People Act. In the Senate, Harry Reid is leading the charge against…
  • Political Strategy Notes

    18 Aug 2014 | 4:36 am
    Re the debate about "tax inversion," loopholes allowing corporations to relocate their HQs overseas to avoid taxes, Justin Sink notes in his post "White House betting '14 midterm elections on economic patriotism" at The Hill: "A poll commissioned by the Americans for Tax Fairness found that half of all voters were aware of the issue, and that large majorities -- including 86 percent of Democrats, 80 percent of independents and 69 percent of Republicans -- disapprove of it..."Tax fairness stuff polls really well across the board," said ATF executive director Frank Clemente...He said voters are…
  • Lux: President Obama, Dems Should End Subsidies for Foreign Companies That Violate Rights

    15 Aug 2014 | 2:43 am
    The following article by Democratic strategist Mike Lux, author of The Progressive Revolution: How the Best in America Came to Be, is cross-posted from HuffPo: One area where a lot of us populist progressives agree with at least the rhetoric of the Tea Party is the issue of subsidies to big business. Case in point: the Export-Import Bank. A recent Chicago Tribune piece touched on this topic. Reporter Gregory Karp asks this critical question: "Do high-end foreign airlines get unfair advantage in U.S.?" He goes on to describe the expanding services foreign airlines such as Emirates and Qatar…
  • Political Strategy Notes

    14 Aug 2014 | 3:53 am
    Campaign for America's Future's Dave Johnson argues "Dems Should Campaign On Trade And Jobs, Not On Being Like Republicans." Put Egberto Willies's Daily Kos post, "Obama slams reporter's right-wing adopted talking point as bogus" on your must-read list for the day. Willies does an excellent job of showing how President Obama shreds both the neo-con critique of his Iraq policy and shallow MSM reporting with surgical precision. Meanwhile at Post Politics, Sean Sullivan reports that "Fully 65 percent of Americans say they approve" of the Iraq airstrikes ordered by President Obama. Only 23…
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    IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India » Politics

  • Sonia takes pot shots at Modi, says he sold fake dreams

    Gautam
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:14 am
    IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India - News and Information PortalCongress President Sonia Gandhi on Wednesday took pot shots at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying fake dreams were sold by individuals who laid out a trap. She also said the present NDA government is implementing UPA government’s policies. “We did so much work during UPA regime. Still some individuals laid out a trap in which people got stuck. Fake dreams were sold,” she said. “Who started toilets construction under…
  • Establish Independent compensation mechanism for GST, Jayalalithaa reiterates

    Gautam
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:19 am
    IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India - News and Information PortalChief Minister Jayalalithaa has reiterated her suggestion of providing for an independent compensation mechanism in the Constitutional Amendment Bill on the proposed Goods and Services Tax (GST) to safeguard the interests of manufacturing States like Tamil Nadu that would stand to incur substantial revenue losses in the event of GST implementation. She also renewed her call for a broad consensus on “key and contentious issues” such as dual…
  • BJP Prez Amit Shah unveils new team: Varun Gandhi out, Yeddyurappa in

    Gautam
    16 Aug 2014 | 2:34 am
    IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India - News and Information PortalBharatiya Janata Party president Amit Shah announced a new team of 11 vice-presidents and eight general secretaries to lead the party into the coming Assembly elections. Assembly elections are to be held later this year in Maharashtra, Haryana, Jharkhand, Jammu and Kashmir and, possibly, in Delhi too. Shah’s new team includes as vice-presidents Bandaru Dattatreya, former Karnataka chief minister B S Yeddyurappa, Satpal Malik, Mukhtar…
  • Mulayam accuses BJP of fuelling communal tensions

    Gautam
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:54 am
    IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India - News and Information PortalMulayam accuses BJP of fuelling communal tensions Gautam.
  • 77 IAS officers transferred in Madhya Pradesh

    Gautam
    8 Aug 2014 | 2:56 am
    IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India - News and Information PortalIn a major administrative reshuffle, Madhya Pradesh government has transferred 77 Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officers, including two divisional commissioners and 24 district collectors, a senior official said on Friday. The transfer orders were issued by the general administration department after midnight following long discussions between chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and top administrative officials. Among those transferred…
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  • In Search of Convergence

    Ricardo Hausmann
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    For 200 years, the world’s rich countries grew faster than poorer countries. Why has that trend reversed during the past three decades, and what does the answer imply for development strategies?
  • The Ratings Revolution

    Carlo Ratti, et al.
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Hospitality businesses are now ranked, analyzed, and compared not by industry professionals, but by the very people for whom the service is intended – the customer. This has forged a new relationship between buyer and seller. As a result, businesses are much more accountable, which creates powerful incentives to improve service.
  • The Great War’s Forgotten Soldiers

    Shashi Tharoor
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    The role and sacrifice of Australians, New Zealanders, Canadians, and South Africans have long been celebrated in history books, novels, and award-winning films like “Gallipoli.” But the world hears very little about the 1.3 million Indian troops who fought and died in the conflict.
  • The Trouble with Universal Education

    Bjørn Lomborg
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    In an ideal world, universal, high-quality education at all levels would be a worthy international development goal. But, amid competing demands for basic necessities like health care and potable water, narrower, more cost-effective education targets are essential.
  • The High Cost of Cheap Meat

    Christine Chemnitz, et al.
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Factory-style livestock production is a critical driver of agricultural industrialization. Its remorseless expansion is contributing to climate change, deforestation, biodiversity loss, and human-rights violations – all to satisfy Western societies’ unhealthy appetite for cheap meat.
 
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  • Ferguson: Police Draw Guns on Rosa Clemente, Talib & Others

    mrDaveyd
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:22 am
    This is a harrowing account from Rosa Clemente who is down in Ferguson with a group of folks who she names in her Dispatches about what went down last night.. It’s important to compare her account with what’s being hailed in corporate media as some sort of major turning point…This sounds like a turning point in the wrong direction.. keep in mind about who is mouth piecing for the police.. Davey D Rosa Clemente An hour ago, Jessica Care Moore, Talib Kweli, folks from the Fellowship of Reconcillation, Philip Agnew of Dream Defenders, Bgyrl ForLife, Malik from Occupy the Hood…
  • Report Backs from the Front lines of Ferguson & LA Over Police Shootings

    mrDaveyd
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:14 am
    Day 9 of the Uprisings in Ferguson. We caught up with Rodstarz and G1 of Rebel Diaz who gave us a sobering front line report bout the police militarization and brutality unfolding in Ferguson, Missouri. The pair spoke about the onslaught of vehicles and the over the top response by police to those protesting the murder of unarmed teenager Michael Brown… They also gave us insightful context and perspective on things that took into account mass gentrification and media sensationalism that has added to the problems we see playing out before us. They also spoke on the type of anger that is…
  • Rickey Vincent: Top Ten Sins of Omission From James Brown’s ‘Get on Up’

    mrDaveyd
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:23 am
    Professor Rickey Vincent The August 1, 2014 release of the James Brown biopic Get On Up has been a long anticipated event for many music fans and people that grew up with Soul Brother Number One as an integral part of their lives.  The film has been praised by mainstream critics and ripped by many who believe it did a disservice to one of the greatest African Americans that ever lived.  I thoroughly enjoyed the film. Many of Brown’s closest supporters such as Bootsy Collins and Charles Bobbitt have stated that while flawed, they enjoyed the film also. If nothing else, the release of the…
  • Curfews & Repression in Ferguson Represents Further Consolidation of Right-Wing Power

    mrDaveyd
    17 Aug 2014 | 8:43 am
    This is a response post from former political prisoner and Black Panther Dhoruba Bin-Wahad. He was responding to a post I had put up that was dealing with how the corporate media had capitulated to police last night and went along with the curfew and allowed themselves to be placed in Free speech zone pens. I also noted that they were allowing the focus to shift from the murder of unarmed Michael Brown to be one about curfews and debates about whether Ferguson police shot smoke or tear gas.. I also noted how the corporate media was pushing the narrative of a killer cop being a hero. I’m…
  • History 101: Black Panthers, Palestinians & The Fight to End Racist Zionism

    mrDaveyd
    2 Aug 2014 | 7:57 am
    Former Political prisoner Dhoruba Bin Wahad We sat down and spoke w/ former political prisoner, Black Panther (Panther 21) and BLA member Dhoruba Bin Wahad who gave us an incredible in-depth history about the relationship between the Black Panther Party and the Palestinian Liberation Movement.. It’s important history that has been erased in the current conversation as there is a concerted effort by organizations like AIPAC to rewrite history and downplay the militant aspects of the Black Freedom struggles. For example many do not know that there were Palestinian Black Panthers in…
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  • If Ferguson is 67% African-American, Why are the Mayor, the City Council Majority and 50 of 53 Police White?

    20 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    How does a town like Ferguson, Missouri, where two-thirds of residents are black, wind up with a predominantly white power structure which some blame for last week’s shooting of Michael Brown and the subsequent unrest there?   Although the population of Ferguson is 67% African-American, the mayor is a white Republican and five of the six members of the city council are white, as are 50 of Ferguson’s 53 police officers.   One of the main reasons for this disparity is that the city holds its local elections separate from state and federal balloting. While residents vote…
  • 45% of Americans Try to Include Organic Foods in their Diet…and 15% Try to Avoid Them

    20 Aug 2014 | 11:55 am
    Nearly half of all Americans have embraced organic foods, according to a new national poll that shows that also found a small minority who actively reject this more natural option of eating.   As part of its annual Consumption Habits survey, Gallup for the first time asked respondents about their feelings on organic foods. The polling firm found 45% of respondents say they try to include organic foods in their diets. Thirty-eight percent expressed indifference towards organic, while 15% said they avoid the foods.   A breakdown of the results revealed organic foods are most popular…
  • Dramatic Rise in Attacks on Aid Workers

    20 Aug 2014 | 11:50 am
    Humanitarian work has become more dangerous, with a sharp increase in injuries and death tolls among aid workers last year.   One hundred and fifty-five aid workers died last year according to the Humanitarian Outcomes partnership, a huge jump from 2012 when 70 were killed.   Another 171 workers were seriously wounded and 134 kidnapped in 2013. Most of those attacked, 87%, were those providing aid in their own countries.   Humanitarian Outcomes says in its new report that there were 251 separate attacks in 30 nations last year involving 460 humanitarian workers. But about 75%…
  • Three-Quarters of Small Wind Turbines Produced in U.S. are Sold to other Countries

    20 Aug 2014 | 11:45 am
    Producers of small wind turbines in the United States aren’t selling as many of their units to American operators, so they’ve shifted their sales efforts to foreign buyers.   The move comes largely because Congress did not renew a $13 billion subsidy, the Wind Production Tax Credit (WPTC), designed to help the wind industry in the U.S.   A new report from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) shows that 76% of the small wind turbines, those rated at 100 kilowatts or less, made in the United States were sold to other countries in 2013, up from 57% two years ago. More than…
  • This Obama-Appointed Judge Signed off on the CIA Killing of a U.S. Citizen

    20 Aug 2014 | 11:40 am
    David Barron now sits on the bench of the First Circuit Court of Appeals despite having given President Barack Obama the legal justification for killing an American citizen overseas without a trial.   While serving in the Office of Legal Counsel, Barron and another lawyer, Marty Lederman, wrote the first of two memorandums that sought to rationalize how the administration could target and kill an American Islamic cleric, Anwar al-Aulaqi, in Yemen for his suspected ties to al-Qaeda.   Their first attempt to explain how the Central Intelligence Agency could legally assassinate…
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  • Disgraceful: Some Deported Refugee Children Already Dead

    Pamela Powers Hannley
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:11 pm
    Thousands of refugee children have been fleeing violence and poverty in Central America for almost a year now. Until all Hell broke loose in Ferguson, Missouri last week, the refugee children had the national limelight. (We are on to the … Continue reading →
  • Sorry, Martha McSally, “feminist Republican” IS an oxymoron

    Donna Gratehouse
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:43 pm
    Roll Call‘s Shira T. Center is covering Arizona’s tight CD2 race and sees a formidable candidate in Martha McSally: Operatives couldn’t make up a better candidate résumé if they tried: retired Air Force Colonel, first in her class at the … Continue reading →
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Ferguson, Missouri

    AZ BlueMeanie
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Legendary basketball superstar Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has a must-read opinion at TIME magazine that offers a thoughtful perspective on what is happening in Ferguson, Missouri under the provocative headline: The Coming Race War Won’t Be About Race: Will the recent rioting … Continue reading →
  • Five common-sense solutions to improve the health of the Colorado River

    AZ BlueMeanie
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Bart Miller, a water program director for Western Resource Advocates, and Matt Rice, director of the Colorado River Basin Program for American Rivers, recently wrote this “Our Turn” column for the Arizona Republic. Only bold action will save the Colorado … Continue reading →
  • Don’t let our recent rains fool you, the West has a water crisis

    AZ BlueMeanie
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:39 pm
    We have had some massive thunderstorms in the Tucson area recently. I have had more rain in my part of town in the past week than in the entire past year, I would venture to guess. So it would be … Continue reading →
 
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  • Palestinians and Ferguson Protesters Link Arms Via Social Media

    Alexis Goldstein
    15 Aug 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Image is from a tweet by Rana Nazzal. After police shot and killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., on August 9, the city’s population rose up in protest. The police responded with an incredibly militarized response, including heavy use of tear gas. More than 100 Palestinians and 16 supporting organizations have signed a statement of solidaritywith the people of Ferguson. That violence has led to a massive outpouring of support for the protesters from across the United States. On August 14, vigils occurred nationwide as a part of a National Moment of Silence, launched…
  • A Bike that Stamps Your Message on the Street, and 3 Other Open-Source Tools for Activists

    Molly Rusk
    6 Aug 2014 | 11:15 am
    Pierre Paslier uses his "Revolution" bike modification. Image courtesy of Pierre Paslier. Pierre Paslier is an artist and engineer who created a set of high-tech DIY tools to help activists get their message out. He doesn't identify as an activist himself—but through his experiences creating Banksy-inspired street art and participating in a handful of Greenpeace demonstrations, he began to wonder if he could use his own skills to help people spread their political messages more beautifully and effectively. "The people were  focused on the message they were sharing, but not so much the way…
  • Remembering Stephen Gaskin: A Conversation with the Man Behind the Original Off-the-Grid Farm

    Erin McCarley
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Stephen Gaskin on The Farm in 2005. Photo by Erin McCarley. Forty-three years after co-founding The Farm, one of the first “hippie communes” in the United States, Stephen Gaskin died on July 1 at the age of 79. What started in 1971 as an experiment in collective living for free thinkers, spiritual students from San Francisco, and psychedelic explorers, has evolved into one of the most enduring models of intentional community in the country. “All the stuff that we have done here, we’ve never asked anyone for permission: no church, no corporation, no state.” After learning how to farm…
  • To Strike Back at Hobby Lobby, Crafters Re-Knit the Wall Between Church and State

    Kali Swenson
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:20 pm
    #KnitABrick #JointheDissent #GetANewHobby #SecularActivist pic.twitter.com/L3Yp809znm — Elizabeth Hudson (@LadyRSanti) July 3, 2014 Crafters are putting their skills to work, but not for what you’d expect. In protest of the Supreme Court decision allowing the craft supply retailer Hobby Lobby to deny coverage of its employees’ contraception on religious grounds, some members of the store’s own market base have turned against it—boycotting Hobby Lobby products and knitting their way to Washington. Launched on July 2 by the Secular Coalition for America, the #KnitABrick campaign calls…
  • Worried About Online Surveillance? Your Librarian Can Help

    Melissa Morrone
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:35 pm
    This article originally appeared at WagingNonviolence.org. Photo courtesy of Super Furry Librarian / Flickr. A woman was trying to apply for a job at a major retailer. She had to fill out an online form that prompted her to create a username and password, and then enter personal information down to the last four digits of her Social Security number. Knowing how to use the Internet safely is an ever more important skill. “How do you know if it’s real?” she asked me, already agitated because her computer session was about to time out. The last time she tried to do something like this, she…
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    Divided Under God

  • My conversation about slavery with a Mormon apologetic

    Kevin Davis
    11 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    Occasionally I pop onto Twitter and search for “atheist” or “atheism” to see what people are saying.  For the most part I’m looking for new people to follow who may have interesting things to say, or I’m looking for people who are looking for help in relating to atheists and offering my book as an aid.  Last night I came across a gentleman who decided it would be cool to tweet out to the world, “To Atheist; God keeps his promises, he never lies, try him.”  Now, normally I don’t seek these types of people out, but since he started out…
  • New Site Feature: Progressive Atheism

    Kevin Davis
    3 Aug 2014 | 5:44 pm
    If you’ve logged on to DividedUnderGod.com recently, you may have noticed some changes to the site.  As most of you know, I recently finished writing and published my first book, Understanding an Atheist: A Practical Guide to Relating to Nonbelievers.  The book had its own website where readers could follow the progress of the book, ask questions, and ultimately preorder books or purchase signed copies.  Now that the book is finished and available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, there’s not much need for it to have its own website.  So the site was moved over to…
  • Reminder: Live-tweet Today at Secular Invocation 6pm ET

    Kevin Davis
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Join us as we unite for a secular government tonight at 6pm Eastern! I’ll be live-tweeting from the Town of Greece meeting and press conference at @DividedUnderGod. Follow #townofgreece to join in the conversation! More details here.Filed under: Church & State, Headlines Tagged: Atheism, Atheist, Christianity, Church and state, Constitutional issues, Establishment Clause, first amendment, freedom of religion, politics, Religion, Religion in politics, secular, Supreme court, Town of Greece, Town of Greece v. Galloway
  • Atheists Will Be Well Represented in Town of Greece Tuesday

    Kevin Davis
    11 Jul 2014 | 6:57 pm
    Photo courtesy Dan Courtney On Tuesday July 15th, the Town of Greece, known recently for the Supreme Court ruling regarding opening prayers at town meetings, will open its meeting with a secular invocation.  The address will be delivered by Dan Courtney of the Atheist Community of Rochester (ACoR), a local group of nonbelievers whose membership has been steadily growing. News of the event has made its way through the Rochester, NY area, all the way into the national spotlight recently.  More media outlets have been picking up the story every day it seems.  As a result, atheist and secular…
  • Pennsylvania House Passes Bill Deemed to Be an ‘Exercise in Silliness’

    Kevin Davis
    10 Jun 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Last Monday, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill that would clear the way for the National Motto, “In God We Trust,” to be posted in all PA public schools. One of the few lawmakers to vote “no” on the bill was Democratic Representative Mike O’Brien. Rep. O’Brien warned against supporting legislation that promotes any public religious statement, saying, image courtesy http://www.legis.state.pa.us Our role is not to create a theocracy, but to create a commonwealth that represents all people of all beliefs, and I think that…
 
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    Running for Office - Political Campaign Tips and Strategies by OnlineCandidate.comRunning for Office - Political Campaign Tips and Strategies by OnlineCandidate.com

  • New Custom Political Domain Extensions Available!

    Online Candidate
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Looking for something a little different than the typical .com. org or .net for your political organization? Now you can register all types of domains - from the traditional .com and .orgs to cutting edge extensions such as .democrat, .republican, .voting, .community and more.
  • Political Domain Squatting

    Online Candidate
    4 Aug 2014 | 3:15 am
    Domain squatting or cybersquatting is the term used for someone who registers a domain that infringes on another's intellectual property or trademark. Some squatters attempt to sell names back to rightful owners for a profit, while others use the names to deceive. Political domain name squatting has grown in prevalence and can even effect local candidates.
  • Adding a Personal Touch to Your Political Campaign

    Online Candidate
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:03 am
    Personalizing your campaign is one of the most effective strategies you can use to win a local election. The larger the district you’re running in is, however, the more difficult it will be to effectively practice personalization.
  • In Which Tense Should You Write Your Website Copy?

    Online Candidate
    14 Jul 2014 | 2:48 pm
    We've recently had a few clients reach out to us, concerned that their campaign websites are not ranking as well as expected for candidate name searches. Generally, this has to do with the age of the site, the existing content that ranks and whether the website content actually mentions the name of the candidate.
  • Great News for Online Candidate Clients!

    Online Candidate
    7 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    We have great news for our Online Candidate clients! We've just released a new video training course on our companion site, OnlineCandidateResources.com.
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    The Alternative Conservative

  • Dershowitz vs. Chomsky

    29 Jul 2014 | 1:39 pm
    In 2012 a debate took place at Harvard between Alan Dershowitz and Noam Chompsky; the topic was Israel. Considering the current situation in the Middle East, I am posting this debate for those that have not seen it before or those who would like to see it again.
  • Loving Joan Rivers!!!

    28 Jul 2014 | 4:13 pm
    I've always loved Joan and I love her even more after watching this. I could not have said it better myself! G-d bless you, Joan!!!
  • Dear Eddie Vedder,

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:47 am
    I have been a huge fan of yours for years. The first time I heard you play was at The Peony Park Ballroom in 1991 here in Omaha, NE. Pearl Jam opened for Red Hot Chile Peppers. I, like many of my friends had never heard of your band; we only saw the name of your band on our concert ticket. After that concert, you gained many fans here, including myself and to this day that concert is spoken about in legendary terms.Read more »
  • Knox and Sollecito - Are They Finally Beginning to Crack?

    11 Jul 2014 | 12:32 am
    Recently Raffaele Sollecito held a press conference. He and Amanda Knox have been recently convicted again in Italy for the murder of Meredith Kercher.This murder case has been carrying on and on since 2007 when the two were originally arrested. Unlike the United States, Italy allows for the state to appeal three (3) times, the same amount of times that a defendant may appeal. Oh how I wish we had this back when this country witnessed Casey Anthony walk off after being tried for killing her precious baby Caylee.I digress....Read more »
  • Tuberculosis - Making a Comeback!

    2 Jul 2014 | 10:08 pm
    A high school in Sacramento, CA is now reporting students infected with tuberculosis.A California high school is at the center of a tuberculosis outbreak linked to an infectious student who tested positive for active TB in February, county health officials said Wednesday. Four more students at Grant Union High School in Sacramento have contracted active TB. Three related tuberculosis cases are considered an outbreak, Sacramento County Department of Health and Human Services spokeswoman Laura McCasland said.Meanwhile in a totally unrelated story, the famous Sheriff Joe Arpaio in…
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  • Young people are being let down by sex education in schools

    Chris Sherwood
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:36 am
    The current provision of relationship and sex education in schools isn’t adequate for many young people. Nine in ten young people think Relationships and Sex Education should be provided in school. Photo: Relate Today, the Institute for Public Policy Research publishes important findings from a study supported by Relate – the relationship charity on young people’s relationships in the “digital age”. IPPR together with Opinium surveyed 500 18-year-olds about their perceptions and norms around relationships and sex. The results show young people clearly want support in forming and…
  • Actually, women, you do need feminism

    Michelle Smith
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:14 am
    Women Against Feminism is not only ahistorical, but fundamentally misreads the nature of feminism and the current status of women. A screenshot from the “Women Against Feminism” tumblr Australian university campuses last week marked Bluestocking Week, a celebration that remembers the first women who entered English universities in the late 19th century. Women in lecture halls were pioneering. Yet these trailblazers couldn’t sit exams or expect to graduate with an actual degree. Newnham College for women at Cambridge University was established in 1871, but it was not until 1948 that…
  • Watch: Stella Creasy trounces Austin Mitchell in a debate on the “feminisation of politics”

    Caroline Crampton
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:44 am
    Austin Mitchell, who is stepping down as Labour MP for Great Grimsby at the next election, fails to defend his assertion that having more women in Parliament is a “worrying matter”. Newsnight had Austin Mitchell on last night to defend his bizarre Mail on Sunday article, in which he attacked the Labour party’s “obsession” with all-women shortlists. Stella Creasy, Labour MP for Walthamstow and a prominent campaigner on feminist issues, took him to task for his views, asking whether he really believed open selections are done on merit. (Only 23 per cent of MPs are women, barely more…
  • Foreign Secretary: British nationals involved in IS atrocities

    Anoosh Chakelian
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:04 am
    Philip Hammond says the UK is “very much aware” of Brits becoming involved in the Islamic State militant group. The Foreign Secretary has warned about the threat of Brits becoming involved in IS. Photo: Getty Following the shocking, though yet unverified, footage showing the US journalist James Foley being beheaded by a masked militant who identifies himself as an Islamic State (IS) member, in an apparently British accent, the Foreign Secretary has voiced the UK’s condemnation. Most striking about Philip Hammond’s comments to the BBC this morning about the video was his warning that…
  • Lord Rennard’s suspension from his party has been lifted

    Anoosh Chakelian
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:39 am
    The peer who the Lib Dems suspended after sexual harassment allegations has had his party membership reinstated. Lord Rennard has had his party membership reinstated. Photo: Getty Coverage of the Liberal Democrats over this summer recess has been rather limited, and it seems aside from a small flurry of activity surrounding their pledge to raise the income tax allowance, this will be the biggest headline relating to the party during the break: Lord Rennard has been reinstated. Rennard, a former senior figure in the party, was suspended from the Lib Dems, who accused him of bringing the party…
 
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  • U.S. Customs and Border Patrol Tweets Instructions for 'Trusted Traveler' Application... In Spanish

    20 Aug 2014 | 4:51 am
    On Friday, the U.S Customs and Border Patrol branch in San Diego tweeted out instructions to encourage people to apply for its "trusted traveler" program, which grants travelers expedited entry into America from Mexico... in Spanish. Those who get approved will "have access to specific, dedicated primary lanes into the United States" and "participants in the program wait for much shorter periods of time than those in regular lanes waiting to enter the United States, even at the busiest time of day." Solicitando #SENTRI? USAR SITIO OFICIAL http://t.co/yLoTHfZ0Jv 3ras personas no están…
  • Poll: Voters Want Immigration 'Pause,' More Enforcement, Preference Given to US Workers

    20 Aug 2014 | 4:34 am
    A blockbuster new poll obtained by Breitbart News reveals that a majority of likely voters want to push the pause button on massive immigration, similar to what occurred between 1915-1964, which allowed legal immigrants a chance to more fully assimilate while the middle class expanded as wages increased. As President Barack Obama considers giving more guest-worker permits to companies that have laid off American workers and granting temporary work permits and executive amnesty to millions of more illegal immigrants, a comprehensive survey from Kellyanne Conway's The Polling…
  • Most Black Ferguson Residents Complaining of 'White Power Structure' Didn't Vote

    19 Aug 2014 | 6:57 pm
    After Michael Brown's death, left-wing activists, pundits, and the mainstream press have been blasting and maligning Ferguson's "white power structure," likening the city to a town in the Jim Crow South. They have lamented that though the city is nearly 70% black, "five of Ferguson’s six city council members are white" and "six of the local school board’s seven members are white." Ferguson's mayor, James Knowles, is also white. Even worse to the mainstream press and left-wing activists is that he's a Republican. But in trying to further the narrative that the "white power…
  • As World Chaos Continues, Obama Quietly Retreats to Martha's Vineyard

    19 Aug 2014 | 6:09 pm
    President Obama returned to his vacation home at Martha’s Vineyard after briefly interrupting his vacation for two days of meetings in Washington, D.C. Obama met with his economic team Tuesday before leaving the White House at 4:22 pm to return to his vacation home. He did not react to the news that broke later that evening about an ISIS video that showed the beheading of American journalist James Wright Foley. The National Security Council reacted, however, in a statement provided by spokesperson Caitlin Hayden. “We have seen a video that purports to be the murder of U.S. citizen…
  • Author Frank Miniter: The Gun – Key to Freedom's Past, Indispensable to Freedom's Future

    19 Aug 2014 | 6:03 pm
    On August 11 Frank Miniter's latest book, The Future of the Gun, was released. It presents an historical look at the important ties between freedom and firearms, combined with a focused look at how indispensable the gun will be to freedom in the future. Miniter's treatment of the historical ties between firearms and freedom is approached with positive examples from America's rich firearm history. This approach allows Miniter to highlight the ties that have bound the military firearm market and the civilian firearm market together throughout America's history. In turn, this provides him the…
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    Beppe Grillo's Blog

  • The terrorist

    19 Aug 2014 | 11:19 am
    "Alessandro Di Battista has suffered a storm of insults for his article about ISIS: the current accusation is that of “giving legitimacy to terrorism and to ISIS” thus opening up the door to the recognition of the “Caliphate”. Now that I’ve read Di Battista’s article twice, I’ve realised that a lot of these reactions are the result of pushing the boundaries and extrapolating the words and phrases from their context. As for terrorism, Di Battista clearly says that he does not “excuse“ it and he openly expresses his preference for non-violent protest. He merely says that he…
  • Passaparola - He who controls the money controls the world - Nunzia Penelope

    18 Aug 2014 | 9:08 am
    Watch the Passaparola09:00 Your videos on: "Passaparola - He who con ..." (5)Send in your video "Here in Italy we have the Agnellis, the Bulgaris, the Delvecchios, the Marzottos, the Pesenti Group, the Prada Group, Dolce and Gabbana, the Riva Family, the Rocca Family, the Montezemolos, the Della Valles, the Ferreros of Nutella fame and even the Delonghis of Pinguino fame; the list is pretty long and all of them have a string of companies with the top of the line is always based in Luxemburg, Holland and other countries that offer tax breaks; however, If I have a little pipe manufacturing firm…
  • 2014 journalist of the year - Opinion poll

    17 Aug 2014 | 6:04 am
    The blog column called "Journalist of the day" came into being last December, thanks to Maria Novella Oppo, who was then writing for a newspaper that has now become extinct in spite of the millions of euro of public financing received over the years: l’Unità. Now we’ve just got its name associated with the “Feste dell’Unità” also know as the “Festivals of the intimate collaboration of l'Unità of Renzusconi”. Thanks to notifications you have sent in and thanks to the servile prolificacy of the bipartisan Italian hacks working against the M5S, the column has been very active.
  • The '#ebolino - The Ebola doll

    14 Aug 2014 | 11:53 am
    For some time now, the best toy shops are selling soft toys designed to look like viruses and microbes. Coming hot on the heels of varicella (chickenpox) and halitosis, this year’s hit is Ebola. The toy looks so much like Renzie and it’s not just by chance. It can be found in the headquarters of the PD, of Forza Italia and in all the left-wing festivals called “feste dell’Unità”. It’s being sold at a knock-down price to save the glorious daily paper called l’Unità that has survived for years just on public funding. The ECB’s charming front-man has been re-christened…
  • #RenzieNonMangiaIlPanettone - Renzi’s not eating cake

    13 Aug 2014 | 11:28 am
    “As everyone knows, this is a country where all the serious stuff gets decided in the middle of August. Then, when the people of Italy get back from holiday they find the food ready cooked and on the table. And even now, that’s how things are. This was pointed out mainly in the long and boring newspaper articles written by Eugenio Scalfari in Sunday’s edition of La Repubblica, but, after that it hasn’t been difficult to catch glimpses of the change in climate. Since the month of June, there have been an increasing number of signs of a growing intolerance in relation to Renzi on the…
 
 
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    Cato @ Liberty

  • The Size and Scope of Fraud in Medicare

    Nicole Kaeding
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Nicole Kaeding Medicare spends more than $600 billion annually, but not all of that money is spent wisely. Yesterday, I wrote about the Washington Post’s expose on motorized wheelchair fraud. Records suggest that 80 percent of motorized wheelchair claims are “improper,” amounting to billions in waste. Unfortunately for taxpayers, this is just the tip of the iceberg on Medicare fraud. The Government Accountability Office estimated that Medicare’s “improper payments” amounted to $44 billion, or 8 percent of total expenditures, in 2012. GAO considers Medicare a “high risk”…
  • Let's Demilitarize the Regulatory Agencies, Too

    Walter Olson
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:36 am
    Walter Olson [cross-posted from Overlawyered] One consequence of the events in Ferguson, Mo. is that people are talking with each other across ideological lines who usually don’t, a symbol being the attention paid on both left and right to Sen. Rand Paul’s op-ed last week in Time. And one point worth discussing is how the problem of police militarization manifests itself similarly these days in local policing and in the enforcement of federal regulation. At BuzzFeed, Evan McMorris-Santoro generously quotes me on the prospects for finding common ground on these issues. The…
  • Are Sinjars like Streetcars?

    Benjamin H. Friedman
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:02 am
    Benjamin H. Friedman “Pleikus are like streetcars.” That’s how McGeorge Bundy, President Johnson’s national security advisor, explained what the escalation of U.S. bombing of North Vietnam in February 1965 to had to do with the administration’s justification for it, which was a Vietcong attack on U.S. bases near Pleiku. Johnson had already decided to increase bombing, but he wanted a pretext that would make it seem defensive. Bundy meant that, absent the Pleiku attack, another incident would have come along shortly to justify additional bombing. A similar bait-and-switch is…
  • Free Trade Within Countries

    Simon Lester
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:47 am
    Simon Lester Trade policy people spend most of their time talking about free trade between countries.  But there is still some work to do on free trade within countries.  Some Canadians are making a push right now, as Canadian business groups are calling for Canada’s leaders “to dismantle internal trade barriers and ensure the free movement of goods, services, capital and labour between all parts of the country.” If that sounds odd, don’t get the wrong idea.  It’s not as though Canadian provinces are imposing tariffs on each other.  Rather,…
  • Support for School Choice Continues to Grow

    Jason Bedrick
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Jason Bedrick Today, Education Next released its latest survey results on education policy. As with the Friedman Foundation’s survey earlier this year and previous Education Next surveys, scholarship tax credits (STCs) remain the most popular form of private educational choice. STCs garnered support from 60% of respondents compared to 50% support for universal school vouchers and only 37% support for low-income vouchers. The Friedman Foundation’s survey found the strongest support for educational choice among younger Americans. While Americans aged 55 and up favored STCs by a…
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  • General Flynn’s Sobering Exit Interview

    sirrahc
    17 Aug 2014 | 5:53 pm
    “[W]ith all these crises we’ve been discussing, the nation is confronting a dangerous era, facing multiple threats and challenges from Russia, China, North Korea, Iran, Islamic terrorist groups, you name it. If I wasn’t in there shaking things up, I probably wouldn’t have been doing my job.”  — Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn After 33 years […]
  • The Scientific Method, part 2: Is It Biblical?

    sirrahc
    10 Aug 2014 | 5:36 pm
    “The Universe has been wrought for us by a supremely good and orderly Creator.” — Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543) In my last post (part 1), I briefly explained in principle and procedure what comprises the “scientific method”. Today, I want to get a bit into the intersection of “science” and “faith”, as you may have guessed […]
  • The Scientific Method, part 1: What Is It?

    sirrahc
    3 Aug 2014 | 6:22 pm
    After last week’s post of the Dr. Hugh Ross video, I got to thinking about “the scientific method”. Ross is certainly a big fan of it, as is anyone — scientist or layman — who is at all familiar with the scientific enterprise. Indeed, anyone in search for truth in any arena should be a […]
  • Hugh Ross: In the Beginning

    sirrahc
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:21 pm
    This post is a little different — a break for me (since I wasn’t sure I’d have something else ready in time) and, hopefully, a treat for you. It is a video from a conference held not long ago at Woodcrest Worldwide Church called “In the Beginning” — not to be confused with another conference […]
  • Before You “Claim” II Chronicles 7:14, Read This

    sirrahc
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:04 pm
    II Chronicles 7:14 is a passage beloved by many Christians. It is particularly popular when churches and parachurch organizations want to encourage people to pray for “national revival” — e.g., during the National Day of Prayer. Just the other day, I came across an Associated Press announcement of a rally in Iowa launching a prayer […]
 
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  • The West Bank May Be On the Verge of Exploding

    Gershon Baskin
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:24 am
    Is an explosion of the West Bank closer than we think? I have just returned from a work visit to Ramallah. I am very concerned and disturbed by what I heard from friends and colleagues there. The calm appearance of the city hides the sizzling bubbling under the surface. The West Bank is on the verge of explosion As […] The post The West Bank May Be On the Verge of Exploding appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Maintaining the Siege of Gaza: A Crime Against Humanity

    Kourosh Ziabari
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:19 am
    Former UN Special Rapporteur Richard Falk discusses the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and international law. As the dust surrounding Israel’s one-month incursion into the beleaguered Gaza Strip begins to settle, international law experts, UN officials, scholars and intellectuals are examining the different aspects of the massive onslaught, which killed more than 2,000 Palestinians and saw thousands others became homeless and displaced. Kourosh Ziabari […] The post Maintaining the Siege of Gaza: A Crime Against Humanity appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Psychological Wounds of Conflict: The Impact of World War One

    Edgar Jones
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:18 am
    The emergence of the concept of shell shock during the First World War had focused unparalleled attention to the issue of traumatic illness. Today, the recognition of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) has established in the minds of the public, media and the health professionals that war can produce long-term and severe psychological effects. However, it […] The post Psychological Wounds of Conflict: The Impact of World War One appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Conversations About Gaza: “But Hamas…”

    Donna Nevel
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:55 pm
    Donna Nevel, a founding member of Jews Say No, highlights the historical context of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.   In conversations about Gaza, I have heard many thoughtful people in the Jewish community lament the loss of Palestinian lives in Gaza but then say, “But Hamas…” as if that were the heart of the problem. I’d […] The post Conversations About Gaza: “But Hamas…” appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Turkey: Voting Out Founding Ideology

    Galip Dalay
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:20 pm
    The Turkish people not only elected Erdogan, but they also voted against the founding ideology of the republic. [This article was originally published by Al Jazeera English.] As widely expected, Turkey’s prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, emerged victorious in the first round of the country’s presidential elections with about 52% of the votes. This is his […] The post Turkey: Voting Out Founding Ideology appeared first on Fair Observer.
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  • Din aeroport direct pe sosea

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:53 am
    Cu siguranta nu sunt putini oamenii care in prezent lucreaza in strainatate si vin in tara pentru mici concedii, poate chiar numai in zilele de weekend, insa de la aeroport trebuie sa se deplaseze cu ceva rapid pentru a nu pierde vremea. Daca aterizezi in Bucuresti ideal ar fi sa apelezi la o firma de inchirieri auto Sibiu aeroport, insa nu toate firmele au un parc auto atat de dezvoltat incat sa aiba disponibile tot timpul masini.Asadar  - pentru siguranta ta trebuie sa iti faci din timp o rezervare la o masina pe care o poti prelua chiar de la aeroport, mai ales daca te grabesti. De…
  • Insule misterioase si povestile lor incredibile

    29 Jul 2014 | 8:45 am
    Insula North Brother. Epava „General Slocum”. Insula North Brother a fost locul unde s-a petrecut ce mai costisitoare tragedie a New York-ului. Pe 15 iunie 1904, mai mult de 1.000 de membri ai congregatiei luterane-evanghelice St. Mark s-au imbarcat pe nava General Slocum pentru a ajunge la un picnic important, unde urmau sa se discute probleme legate de spiritualitate si alte lucruri interne ale bisericii luterane-evanghelice. Multi dintre pasagerii navei erau femei si copii, imbracati foarte frumos. La jumatate de ora dupa ce a parasit portul, nava a luat foc. In acea zi, 1.358 de…
  • De la zidul Berlinului la Turnul de Televiziune

    25 Jul 2014 | 2:23 am
    E greu sa te decizi unde sa mergi in Germania daca vrei pur si simplu sa o vizitezi, insa daca vei gasi un transport persoane Germania ieftin, cu siguranta nu va mai fi la fel de dificil. Ce sa faci insa acolo este cu totul alta problema, avand in vedere ca unii merg sa se plimbe iar altii merg la munca, mai ales pentru ca economia Germaniei este una dintre cele mai puternice din lume, iar daca tot ofera multe variante atunci de ce sa nu profitam cu totii de ele?!Iata cateva obiective pe care le poti vizita cel putin in Berlin si de care cu siguranta nu te vei plictisi: poarta Brandenburg,…
  • Compozitori faimosi si excentricitatile lor

    25 Jul 2014 | 2:15 am
    Alexander Scriabin-teosofie si misticism. Compozitorul rus Alexander Scriabin, care a trait prin secolul al XX-lea, avea o boala ciudata: sinestezia, o afectiune neurologica ce permitea „amalgamarea” a doua sau mai multe simturi. Scriabin auzea muzica sub forma de culori si a inventat un instrument care era capabil sa proiecteze lumini colorate in timp ce era actionat intocmai ca in cazul unui pian. Toata viata sa, Scriabin a incercat sa ajunga la o comuniune deplina cu Divinitatea, ajungand sa ia parte la experimente de zbor sau chiar sa incerce sa mearga pe apa. Dupa ce a descoperit…
  • Cea mai buna investitie in sine - masajul

    15 Jul 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Chiar daca tehnica masajului este una destul de greu de invatat si in nici un caz nu este usor de copiat, fiecare avand propria lui tehnica, chiar daca unii incaseaza mai putin decat altii insa ofera servicii mai bune, cert este ca la final nu ai de unde sa stii unde sa mergi data viitoare decat in functie de rezultat.Asadar, daca te-ai simtit bine in cursul unei sedinte de masaj nu trebuie decat sa inregistrezi cu sfintenie numarul si sa memorezi adresa ca sa mai mergi si data viitoare. Iar daca nu iti permiti acest lux de a ajunge la un spa sau macar un salon modest, atunci poti incerca…
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  • A Narrow View of Barrow’s Record

    D'Angelo Gore
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:20 am
    A Republican campaign group uses selective evidence to support a Georgia mother’s claim in a TV ad that Rep. John Barrow “votes with Barack Obama on every issue that’s important to us here in Georgia.” Immediately after that claim is made, a graphic in the ad says Barrow “voted with Obama 85% of the time.” That was the case in 2009, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Quarterly. However, that simply ignores the fact that Barrow’s support of President Obama’s position has significantly decreased since then. According to CQ, Barrow supported…
  • Florida Surrogates Go Nuclear

    Eugene Kiely
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:36 am
    Two well-heeled surrogates of Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist continue to pollute the Florida airwaves with misleading claims. This time they distort the facts of a state settlement last year with Duke Energy that will cost ratepayers $2.9 billion over 20 years. The $2.9 billion is actually two pots of money: nearly $1.5 billion that will be charged to ratepayers for costs related to Duke’s decision last year to close the Crystal River nuclear plant, and $1.4 billion in so-called advance fees that were charged to ratepayers to build a new nuclear plant in Levy County…
  • A Fight Over Birth Control in Colorado

    Lori Robertson
    15 Aug 2014 | 3:24 pm
    A major issue in the Colorado Senate race has been a state ballot initiative on “personhood” and what it could mean for common forms of birth control, including the pill. Neither side is quite telling the whole story. Democratic Sen. Mark Udall’s latest ad says that his challenger, Republican Rep. Cory Gardner, embarked on an “eight-year crusade that would ban birth control.” That lacks some context. Gardner supported anti-abortion measures that don’t explicitly call for a ban on birth control but could lead to some forms of birth control being illegal. Gardner…
  • Florida Fracking Fracas

    Brooks Jackson
    14 Aug 2014 | 11:44 am
    A Florida ad attacking Republican Gov. Rick Scott has touched off claims of lying and illegality. We find both sides are bending the facts. An ad from billionaire climate-change activist Tom Steyer’s group claims that Scott got $200,000 from “the company that profited off pollution” while drilling for oil near the Everglades. Actually, no pollution has been documented, and it was Scott’s administration that ordered the drilling halted before any oil (or profit) was produced. A response ad from the Republican Party of Florida calls the Steyer ad “total…
  • DCCC Deceptions

    D'Angelo Gore
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:23 am
    A graphic in a Democratic TV ad falsely states that New Jersey GOP House candidate Tom MacArthur was “accused of cheating disaster victims.” MacArthur was once the chairman and CEO of a claims and risk management company that was accused, but MacArthur was never personally cited for any wrongdoing. In fact, the narrator of the 30-second ad, from the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, was more on target, saying, “MacArthur ran an insurance company accused of cheating hurricane and wildfire victims.” But the image on the screen accompanying the narrator’s…
 
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  • Ferguson’s Old Grievances

    Alan Caruba
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:04 am
      Ferguson, Missouri and its re-run of 1950s civil rights grievances has now achieved national stature with the dispatch of our black Attorney General, Eric Holder, by our black President, Barack Obama, to address the unhappiness of blacks in the community over the shooting of a 6’4”, nearly 300 pound, black teenager, Michael Brown, who […]
  • Trampling on Coal Country families

    Paul Driessen
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:03 am
      Obama and EPA are determined to destroy US coal, people’s lives and welfare be damned. Between 1989 and 2010, Congress rejected nearly 700 cap-tax-and-trade and similar bills that their proponents claimed would control Earth’s perpetually fickle climate and weather. So even as real world crises erupt, President Obama is using executive fiats and regulations […]
  • Genocide! A Christian Holocaust

    Alan Caruba
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:08 pm
      In the last century and now this one, I have lived long enough to have been alive when the Nazis killed six million European Jews and another five million other “enemies of the state” that included unionists, homosexuals, Seventh Day Adventists, and any others that ran afoul of that hateful and hate-filled regime. There […]
  • Greens are the Enemies of Energy

    Alan Caruba
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:04 pm
      Here in America and elsewhere around the world, Greens continue to war against any energy other than the “renewable” kind, wind and solar, that is more costly and next to useless. Only coal, oil, natural gas, and nuclear keeps the modern and developing world functioning and growing. The most publicized aspect is Obama’s “War […]
  • Victim Mentality Afflicts Black Americans

    Alan Caruba
    14 Aug 2014 | 9:54 am
    Well, we now have another black riot to put in the books. This one, like the others, involve the death of a black American by a white police officer, but buried in the stories about the Ferguson, Missouri riot is the fact that there was an altercation between Michael Brown and the officer who shot […]
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  • ISIS Beheads American Journalist James Foley on Video, Say Reports

    Michael Allen
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:46 pm
    ISIS Beheads American Journalist James Foley on Video, Say Reports ISIS Beheads American Journalist James Foley on Video, Say Reports Politics World ISIS James Foley Has Been Optimized A gruesome video was released today by the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) that claimed to be the beheading of American journalist James Foley, who went missing in Syria on Nov. 22, 2012. The video was originally uploaded to Archive.org, but the page now reads, "The item is not available due to issues with the item's content." That link and pictures (above) of the moments before the beheading and…
  • How ISIS and an Islamic State Will Impact Muslims, The U.S., and the World

    Will Hagle
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:40 pm
    How ISIS and an Islamic State Will Impact Muslims, The U.S., and the World How ISIS and an Islamic State Will Impact Muslims, The U.S., and the World Has Been Optimized From the American standpoint, the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIS) represents a foreign policy disaster: political turmoil has continued in Iraq despite the U.S. ending military operations in 2011.  President Obama made ending the war in Iraq — which began with the 2003 invasion that led to the ousting of decades-long leader Saddam Hussein — a primary cause of his 2008 campaign. It…
  • ISIS Threatens To 'Drown' Americans In Blood If U.S. Airstrikes Continue

    Jared Keever
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:50 am
    ISIS Threatens To 'Drown' Americans In Blood If U.S. Airstrikes Continue ISIS to Americans: 'We Will Drown All Of You In Blood' ISIS Sends Second Threatening Message To The U.S. ISIS Threatens To 'Drown' Americans In Blood If U.S. Airstrikes Continue Headlines Nation Politics Not Optimized The militant Islamic group called the Islamic State, previously referred to as ISIS, has vowed to “drown” American targets in blood if the United States continues to launch airstrikes against its fighters. The acronym stands for the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria. The…
  • Fox News Host Claims Obama May be 'Orchestrating Michael Brown Tragedy' (Video)

    Michael Allen
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:40 pm
    Fox News Host Claims Obama May be 'Orchestrating Michael Brown Tragedy' (Video) Fox News Host Claims Obama May be 'Orchestrating Michael Brown Tragedy' (Video) Nation Politics Weird News Todd Starnes Has Been Optimized Fox News radio host and Fox News contributor Todd Starnes claimed today that President Obama may be "orchestrating the Michael Brown tragedy." MediaMatters.org reports that Starnes posted his bizarre theory on Facebook with no actual evidence, but rather a string of statements that are somehow all part of the grand plot:The uncivil unrest in Ferguson,…
  • Texas Governor Rick Perry Claims His Indictment is “Unjustified” and “Politically Motivated”

    Lina Batarags
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Texas Governor Rick Perry Claims His Indictment is “Unjustified” and “Politically Motivated” Rick Perry Claims His Indictment is “Unjustified” and “Politically Motivated” Texas Governor Rick Perry Could Face up to 99 Years in Jail After 2 Federal Indictments Texas Governor Rick Perry Indicted on Two Felony Counts Texas Governor Rick Perry Claims His Indictment is “Unjustified” and “Politically Motivated” Has Been Optimized In April 2013, Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg was arrested for drunk driving after she swerved into a bicycle lane. Her blood…
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  • Lauren Mayer: Make ‘Em Laugh

    Lauren Mayer
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    The past week has been a particularly sharp example of the connection between comedy and tragedy.  Robin Williams’ suicide reminded us that there is often a dark side to funny people, and meanwhile the unrest in Ferguson, Iraq, and the Middle East have many of us exhausted by bad news and craving some comic relief. Like many humorists, I often struggle with the seeming frivolity of what I do, wondering if my effort would be better spent trying to cure cancer or feed the homeless.  But when I first moved to New York, I was fortunate enough to have a roommate who was getting her degree…
  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: My Revenge with AT&T’s Text Warnings

    John Y. Brown III
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
  • Erica and Matt Chua: Vietnam on Arrival

    Erica and Matt Chua
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Vietnam.  For a 20-something American the name signifies a war more than a place.  I have seen the movies, but have little understanding of the place and conflict.  I know we went due to the Domino Theory, but I never grasped how a theory became a war.  I know we fought and lost. I headed off to Vietnam without doing any research.  It was only recently that I had learned where Vietnam was on a map.  I heard Vietnam was a fast developing country with factories producing for the West.  It sounded like many places I had gone, but on arrival it gave me some shock and awe. When I arrived…
  • Jeff Smith Offers His Hometown Recovering Pol Perspective on Ferguson

    Jeff Smith
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:10 am
    Tomorrow, our very own contributing RP Jeff Smith will be appearing on MSNBC’s “The Cycle” to discuss the tragic situation in Ferguson, Missouri, from his unique perspective as a social scientist who represented the St. Louis region in the Missouri legislature. Jeff has already emerged as the go-to guy for many national news sources on the continuing crisis. This morning, the New York Times published his op-ed, “In Ferguson, Black Town, White Power” which answers the perplexing question as to why it appears that a majority African-American population is being…
  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: My Favorite Things

    John Y. Brown III
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Remember Julie Andrews memorable song, “These are a few of my favorite things” where she taught us…. “When the dog bitesWhen the bee stingsWhen I’m feeling sadI simply remember my favorite things And then I don’t feel so bad” But what if the “Favorite things” in the song, don’t really do it for you? I mean, remember? The favorite things are things like “Cream colored ponies” and “whiskers on kittens,” “Bright copper kettles” and “Brown paper packages tied up with strings” I never told…
 
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  • Rick Scott Keeps Slight Lead Over Charlie Crist in New Poll

    Kevin Derby
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:38 am
    Gov. Rick Scott slightly expanded his lead over former Gov. Charlie Crist, the favorite to win next week’s Democratic primary, in the latest WFLA poll taken by Survey USA. The poll, which was released on Tuesday, finds Scott ahead with 44 percent followed by Crist with 41 percent. Libertarian Adrian Wyllie takes 4 percent. Two weeks, the WFLA poll showed Scott leading by 2 percent. The poll had a margin of error of +/- 4.2 percent.
  • Mike Hightower Retiring From Florida Blue

    Kevin Derby
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Familiar Tallahassee figure Michael Hightower, Florida Blue’s vice president of government and legislative relations, is retiring on Friday. Hightower, who has chaired both the Associated Industries of Florida and the Florida Chamber of Commerce, will leave Florida Blue on Friday. read more
  • State Democratic Party Attacks Rick Scott Over 'Breaking the Law'

    Allison Nielsen
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:44 pm
    The Florida Democratic Party is going after Gov. Rick Scott for "breaking the law" in its latest ad, which was published to the party's YouTube channel Monday. The ad, titled "Important," features footage from Scott's 1995 deposition regarding the HCA/Columbia Medicare fraud case. Scott is mostly quiet in the ad, which flashes various newspaper headlines regarding the secrecy of Scott's email accounts. read more
  • Florida Pension Investments Surpass Targeted Rate of Return

    Kevin Derby
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:56 am
    The State Board of Administration (SBA) of Florida announced on Tuesday that investments in the Florida Retirement System (FRS) Pension Plan increased 17.4 percent during the second half of 2013 and the first half of 2014. The SBA had been targeting an increase of 17 percent. On June 30, the FRS contained investments totaling $149.1 million in market value, an increase of $16.7 billion from a year before. Ash Williams, the SBA’s executive director and chief investment officer, said the gains were the result of “prudence, patience, and diversification.”read more
  • New Scott Ad Focuses on Veterans, Military Service

    Allison Nielsen
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:34 am
    Gov. Rick Scott's latest campaign ad is playing up the governor's commitment to veterans and his own military service in the Navy.In the ad, several veterans express their support for the governor and some of his policies, like offering in-state tuition for incoming veterans. One veteran explains Scott understands veterans' needs due to his own experience in the military.read more
 
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  • Kevin Sorbo, Angry About What Atheists Believe, Wants to Know Why Atheists Are So Angry

    Hrafnkell Haraldsson
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:42 am
    Sorbo says, "I see the anger of these (atheist) guys on TV and it's like 'wow, how do you get so angry at something you don't believe in?" [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Attorney General Eric Holder Writes Heartfelt Open Letter To The People Of Ferguson

    Justin Baragona
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:38 pm
    On Tuesday, a day ahead of visiting the city, Attorney General Eric Holder penned an open letter to the residents of Ferguson. The message was published on the St. Louis Post-Dispatch's website. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Deep-Seated Racism At The Root Of Ferguson Police’s Handling Of The Mike Brown Shooting

    Tim From LA
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Protesters in the city of Ferguson, Missouri are voicing their disgust after the shooting death of an unarmed young black man as the ugly truth rises as the citizens demand justice for the victim. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Nancy Pelosi Debunks John Boehner’s 40 Jobs Bills Myth

    Sarah Jones
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Leader Nancy Pelosi's (D-CA) office has been putting out fact sheets on the Boehner jobs bills, and lo and behold, it's true. They aren't jobs bills, which is sort of a duh moment because if Republicans wanted jobs they would have passed President Obama's fully paid for American Jobs Act after making adjustments to it. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Missouri GOP Chief Thinks Helping Ferguson Residents Register To Vote Is ‘Disgusting’

    Justin Baragona
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:15 am
    On Tuesday, the Executive Director of the Missouri Republican Party, Matt Wills, spoke with Breitbart regarding reports that voter registration booths had been set up in Ferguson. He isn't happy with efforts to register voters in Ferguson. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Really annoying

    Ang Lebs
    8 Aug 2014 | 1:04 pm
    I’m watching right now a Lebanese TV program on MTV called “Min el ‘Ekhir” (from the end). What really got on my nerve is one of the guests, Elie Hatem. Elie came 3rd in 2009 in Karaoke World champion. You may wonder why he got in my nerve. MTV Lebanon is a Lebanese TV station. The program “Min el Ekhir” is a Lebanese program. The guests are Lebanese. The audience is 100% Lebanese. Elie Hatem pretended that he can’t  speak 2 words in Lebanese. He spoke mostly in English. Elie Hatem, guess what? For me you looked so silly speaking Lebanese and mixing…
  • ISIS and Nusra

    Ang Lebs
    8 Aug 2014 | 1:36 am
    From those who missed it and specially for those who insisted that there is a difference between the two groups. Both, ISIS and Nusra, were involved in Arsal attack. They attacked the Lebanese army posts, killed and kidnapped its soldiers. The estimate number of the attackers according to news reports around 2,000 terrorists. Military analysts said that the attack was well planned. So for those who lied to their supporters for the past year, Arsal attack proved that there is a military coordination between ISIS and Nusra group, at least in Lebanon. Just to correct the compass of few…
  • Why don’t you shut-up?

    Ang Lebs
    7 Aug 2014 | 12:58 am
    There is nothing worst than trying to figure out if the name of a Lebanese army Martyr is someone you know from thousands of miles away. I wanted to pick up the phone to find out if it’s really him the minute I read the name. I didn’t. I was afraid to confirm my fears. The next day I searched online newspapers, blogs and social medias trying to figure out more about this martyr. I found out he lived in where I once lived. My fear increased. I switched my search for a picture of him. A recent one. I found it on a friends blog. My fear was confirmed. The young kid with whom I walked…
  • Turn off Your Walkie-Talkie Shamel

    Ang Lebs
    5 Aug 2014 | 7:47 am
    “Turn off Your walkie-talkie Shamel, and starts destruction” اقفل جهازك يا شامل وابدأ بالدمار الشامل. This sentence was written on a picture of Brigadier General Shamel Roukoz and shared on social media. Roukoz is the head of operations in Arsal area. Lebanon debate site wrote an article about it and in it they addressed the Brigadier General with a letter of support. The author of the letter asked him to:  “Turn off your walkie-talkie Shamel and declare it a war with out any political calculation.  A war against terrorism, against the…
  • No terrorists in Arsal

    Ang Lebs
    5 Aug 2014 | 4:01 am
    For the past couple of years, we have heard politicians, political leaders, MPs, …. saying that there are no terrorists in the town of Arsal. For the past 4 days, the Lebanese army lost over 16 martyrs, dozens of wounded and 22 missing soldiers in their fight against terrorists. It is not the time to point fingers at these politicians. But what I don’t understand how some politicians still insist on justifying the presence of these terrorists. By justifying their presence, in a way, you are supporting them. It is time to stand us one behind the Lebanese army to limit what is…
 
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  • The Ferguson Area Is Even More Segregated Than You Probably Guessed

    20 Aug 2014 | 4:56 am
    There a startling degree of racial division in St. Louis County. CensusReporter.org | Click to explore more St. Louis County demographic data. / Via censusreporter.org On a widely used measure of segregation, it is in the 96th percentile. In the United States, there are 325 counties and non-incorporated cities (such as Baltimore) that have at least 20,000 people and are at least 20% black. Of them all, St. Louis County is the 15th most black-white segregated, putting it in the 96th percentile. That figure is based on the latest available census-tract-level data from the American Community…
  • Virginia Attorney General Walks Thin Line On Stopping Same-Sex Marriages This Week

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:24 pm
    Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring has said he is “firmly convinced” that Virginia’s ban on same-sex couples’ marriages is unconstitutional. Nonetheless, he told the Supreme Court this week that “the controversial question” about the constitutionality of such bans “remains fraught with uncertainty.” Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring, center, leaves the Walter E. Hoffman U.S. Courthouse after oral arguments in a case challenging Virginia's ban on same-sex couples' marriages proceeded on February 4, 2014 in Norfolk, Virginia. Jay…
  • Republican Congressman Accuses His Opponent Of Fat Shaming Him

    19 Aug 2014 | 6:01 pm
    “To see my opponent use this politically, it’s just offensive, and it’s offensive to millions of Americans who deal with this situation and I empathize with them.” Rep. Tom Reed is a Republican congressman who represents New York's 23rd district. He was first elected in 2010. Reed.House.Gov The district is upstate, near the border with Canada: Via govtrack.us Tom Reed used to be very overweight. Then in the early summer of 2013, he had gastric bypass surgery and lost more than 100 pounds. He is now quite thin. Via Facebook: VoteTomReed Here's a recent photo of…
  • Rick Perry Took An Awesome Mugshot And Then He Got Ice Cream

    19 Aug 2014 | 4:11 pm
    The charges — abuse of power and coercion of a public official — stem from his decision to veto funding for a county program. Perry cut off the state funding for a public integrity unit after the district attorney who runs it refused to resign, following her conviction for drunk driving. Perry has called the charges a "farce." This is that photo: View Entire List ›
  • ISIS Appears To Behead American Photojournalist In YouTube Video

    19 Aug 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Updated: Family grieved Tuesday for James Wright Foley, who was kidnapped in November 2012 in Syria. In the video, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, indicates the killing is a response to recent American operations in Iraq. "A Message to America," a video uploaded Tuesday to YouTube, begins with a clip of President Obama announcing his recent authorization of targeted airstrikes and a humanitarian operation in Iraq. Then, around the two-minute mark, a man believed to be James Wright Foley, 40, delivers a statement: "I call on my friends, family and loved ones to rise up against my…
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    visionandvalues.org

  • The Obama economic record: the worst five years since World War II

    Tracy Miller
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:36 am
    Editor’s note: This article first appeared The Daily Caller. In spite of the claims by President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisors regarding his administration’s economic accomplishments, the U.S. economy has grown very slowly in the years since the Great Recession of 2008-09. After four years of slow growth, the latest data reveals that the U.S. economy shrank at a 2.9 percent annual rate during the first quarter of 2014. That figure has been widely reported, but here are some figures that have not been reported, and they are quite eye-opening: Over the first five years of Obama’s…
  • AUDIO – Retired Grove City College President Richard Jewell Guest Hosts the “Glen Meakem on the Weekend” Show

    Richard G. Jewell
    18 Aug 2014 | 5:42 am
    In case you missed it, this past weekend Dr. Richard Jewell, newly retired president of Grove City College, guest hosted the “Glen Meakem on the Weekend” radio show. Dick talks with University of Pittsburgh professor Dr. Stu Sutin about the coming crisis stemming from the ever increasing costs of a college and university education. Dick also talks with Grove City College professor Dr. Paul Kengor and Carnegie Mellon University associate professor Dr. Kiron Skinner about the principles of a Reagan Conservative. Click here to listen.  
  • Bogie and Bacall and Hollywood’s Communists

    Paul G. Kengor
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:03 am
    Editor’s note: This article first appeared at American Spectator Lauren Bacall died this week at age 89. Her obituaries are paying tribute to a glamorous actress, a famed star from Hollywood’s Golden Age, the wife of Humphrey Bogart, and a lifetime liberal. She’s also being celebrated by liberals as a fighter for freedom in the arts, one who bravely confronted McCarthyism and ruthless anti-communist “witch hunters” in Washington. Sorry, but reality is more complicated. The facts are that Lauren Bacall herself learned the truth about communism in Hollywood. She admitted to being…
  • The Strategic Imperative of ISIS: Deal with it Now or Die by it Later

    Earl H. Tilford
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:29 am
    During the 2012 presidential campaign President Obama repeatedly boasted, “Osama bin Laden is dead and Al-Qaeda is on the run.” He is right on both counts: bin Laden is gone and Al-Qaeda runs stronger than ever. The latest Al-Qaeda iteration, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), conceived by Al-Qaeda in Iraq during the height of Operation Iraqi Freedom, gained strength and experience fighting in the Syrian civil war, a conflict President Obama avoided by dubbing possible intervention as “doing stupid stuff.” Today, ISIS fields an estimated 50,000 jihadist fighters (equivalent…
  • Airstrikes, Sure; but What About a Strategy in Iraq?

    Kiron Skinner
    12 Aug 2014 | 6:17 am
    Editor’s note: This article first appeared at The New York Times It has been a tragically spectacular year for the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which has taken control of numerous towns in Iraq and Syria, seized energy assets, targeted religious minorities, unleashed murderous rampages against those who do not subscribe to its tenets, and declared a caliphate. So it is no surprise that the United States has accelerated its sales of military equipment to Iraq in the past eight months. During his speech at West Point on May 28, President Obama announced the Counterterrorism…
 
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    Politic365

  • Georgia teens create app to document police encounters

    Adriana Maestas
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:20 pm
    A group of concerned Georgia high school students decided to channel their energy into creating an app to report police interactions in the aftermath of the police violence in Ferguson, Mo. According to a report at For Harriet: “14-year-old Parkview High School Freshman, Caleb Christian was concerned about the number of incidents of police abuse in the news.  Still, he knew there were many good police officers in various communities, but had no way of figuring out which communities were highly rated and which were not.  So, together with his two older sisters: Parkview High School…
  • Rep. Hank Johnson to Drop Bill That Would Monitor Military Style Police Tactics

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Georgia Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) will drop legislation, the Stop Militarizing Law Enforcement Act, that will analyze and maybe restrict, the practice (started in the 1990s) of the U.S. military sharing military gear with local police departments. Last night law enforcement in Ferguson, Mo., were seen shooting off tear gas, wearing military style gear and attire and using armored vehicles.  The town of Ferguson has a population of 21,000 people.  “Before another small town’s police force gets a $700,000 gift from the Defense Department that it can’t maintain or manage, it behooves us…
  • John Lewis to #Obama: Declare Martial Law, Federalize National Guard in #Ferguson

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    14 Aug 2014 | 10:06 am
    During an interview with Andrea Mitchell, Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) spoke out on the situation in Ferguson, MO.  Rep. Lewis, a civil rights legend who has seen his fair share of bad law enforcement activity to say the least, called on President Obama to declare martial law and federalize the Missouri National Guard. “My own feeling is that President Obama should call for martial law,” Lewis said.  Martial law would mean total control by the police.  “People have a right to protest, this is not China,” Lewis added.   Lewis’ words in total are seen below as…
  • Rangel, Jeffries, Meeks, Clarke, Demand DOJ Takeover of #EricGarner Case

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:04 am
    Today at 11:45 a.m. at One Police Plaza in Manhattan, Rep. Jeffries and four other members of the New York congressional delegation will call for the Department of Justice to takeover the Eric Garner investigation and look into “broken windows” policing. Eric Garner was killed on July 17, 2014 by New York Police Officer Dan Pantaleo after Pantaleo began choking him as he and other officers attempted to arrest Garner for allegedly selling cigarettes on Staten Island.   The medical examiner ruled Garner’s death a homicide.  The entire incident was videotaped by a…
  • Daily Beast: Democrats Pay Black Staffers 30% Less

    Politic365 Staff
    12 Aug 2014 | 9:28 pm
    Democrats Pay Black Staffers 30% Less The Daily Beast: Campaign staffers who are people of color routinely get paid less than their white counterparts, and are often given less glamorous jobs. How an antiquated understanding of race relations results in minority staffers getting the short shrift. If you’re a person of color hoping to get hired by a political campaign, here’s the ugly truth: You’ll probably get paid less than your white counterparts, if you’re even hired at all. On both sides of the aisle, there is a racial pay gap in campaign politics. Asian, Black and Latino staffers…
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    Conservatively Speaking

  • One more reason not to shop at Target

    admin
    11 Aug 2014 | 3:57 pm
    Executive vice president of Target posted on the company’s blog that, “It is our belief that everyone should be treated equally under the law, and that includes rights we believe individuals should... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Social Security Administration’s $300 Million Debacle

    admin
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:32 am
    The Lois Lerner email debacle is a testament to the government’s inability to manage technology and yet the U.S. government spends more money on technology than any other organization worldwide. If... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Barack Obama: fundraising over leading

    admin
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:39 pm
    No one doubts that President Obama’s primary job is track the movement of golf balls; we’ve seen that image hundreds of times. What you probably don’t realize that since he took the oath of office in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • While rockets rain down on Israel, Obama suggests restraint

    admin
    20 Jul 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Israel Launches Ground Invasion in Response to Hamas Rockets In the midst of Israeli civilians being relentlessly bombed by the internationally recognized terrorist organization, Hamas, President... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Liberals deface sign of African-American woman Republican

    admin
    12 Jul 2014 | 12:47 pm
    You can bet that if a campaign sign of a Liberal African-American was vandalized to paint the candidate’s face white there would be an outrage voiced on virtually every media outlet; but when Florida... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • Speaker Cruz and Ukraine - Rebroadcast

    18 Aug 2014 | 8:49 pm
    The president has asked Congress for $3.7 billion to deal with the border crisis of unaccompanied minors coming across our southern border. The senate had proposed their own $2.7 billion bill, and the House proposed a smaller $659 million proposal which seemed headed for passage until Texas Senator Ted Cruz seemed to convince a large portion of Tea Party Republicans in the house to withdraw their support for the bill. This afternoon, house leadership, facing a lack of sufficient votes, was forced to pull the bill. In this episode we discuss both the direct and indirect causes of the crisis…
  • Military Action by Any Other Name…

    14 Aug 2014 | 1:40 pm
    What role does shaping public opinion play in the policy making that a president or an administration wish to undertake?  Can a president shape public policy if he is unable to convince the public at large of its importance or value to the country?  Does that need to shape public opinion become more vital if the policy in question is military action? There are thousands of ethnic Yazidis trapped on a mountain in northern Iraq.  They are surrounded by the extremist group ISIS who is threatening them with genocide simply for being different than they are.  The president has…
  • We Broke It, We Own It

    11 Aug 2014 | 3:49 pm
    What does it mean to go to war?  Is going to war saluting as a stirring rendition of God Bless America plays?  Or a bumper sticker that is placed on the back of a car?  Or is it more than that?  Is it the loss of lives, destruction of communities and of nations and the loss of a vast amount of resources?  What does it mean to win the peace?  Can you ever win a war without winning the peace after military activity has ended?  This week we suddenly find ourselves back to where we were 11 years ago: engaged in military activity in Iraq.  We analyze the…
  • Separation of Powers

    7 Aug 2014 | 2:53 pm
    The Senate recently accused the CIA of spying on staffers and their computers. They’re charges the CIA has denied for months. Last week, however, it was shown that CIA officers did in fact hack into the computers of several Senate staffers. The episode stems from a Senate Intelligence Committee investigation into the CIA’s controversial interrogation program of the 2000’s and a report, inadvertently gotten by the SCI, that seems to reveal that the program got very little valuable intelligence from the questionable methods. In this episode we discuss the details of the…
  • Trouble in the House

    4 Aug 2014 | 3:44 pm
    The crisis on our southern border has been going on for the last couple of month now. Both the House and Senate have been struggling to come up with their own version of an emergency funding bill that the president has asked for. The vote in the House looked set to take place last Thursday before Congress adjourned for their summer recess. At the last moment several House Republicans, unhappy with the final details of the bill, pulled their support. It was a stunning setback for House leadership. House Republicans have argued that in the final analysis a bill got passed. But in a crisis where…
 
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    A Nation at the Crossroads: The Views of an American Citizen

  • America's Plea

    17 Aug 2014 | 12:57 pm
    My Dear American People,Have I not provided you with opportunities that are the envy of the world?  Are you not the most free and prosperous people on the planet?  Did you not rapidly ascend from a group of loosely aligned colonies to global powerhouse in the blink of an eye?  Has human potential been nurtured and unleashed to a magnitude not previously experienced by any other civilization in human history?  As the answer to all of these questions is a resounding yes, I ask but one more - Why would you surrender this state of exceptionalism for apathy? I was but a…
  • Hillary Clinton - Fool Me Twice, Shame on Me

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Somewhere along the way our concept of a qualified person became horribly skewed.  Reputations used to be something built upon achievement.   Today, perception is more important than tangible results.  Strangely, we have begun to place our faith in people who have done nothing to deserve it.  An unsubstantiated persona of prominence reigns supreme when we pick our leaders.  With great fanfare and a sense of inevitability we hold them up as legends in their own time.  Since none of them have done anything worthy of this distinction, the story’s unhappy…
  • Independence Day

    5 Jul 2014 | 9:31 am
    Two hundred thirty-eight years ago yesterday greatness was born.  A nation forged in revolution not just against the rule of an empire, but against an accepted fate devoid of choice.  Thirteen colonies united in the defiant cause to cast off the oppression that pervaded the old world.  An audacious Declaration of Independence boldly proclaimed self-determination as an inalienable right of all.  Centuries of darkness were swept away as the light of a new beacon of hope was ignited.  The new world was no longer just a geographic term it was now a legitimate expectation…
  • Global Power Vacuum

    15 Jun 2014 | 11:02 pm
    The world is a better place with the United States as the preeminent global power.  As Americans are famous for, we boldly redefined the role.  Historically a position seized with an eye toward creating or expanding an empire, we have done neither.  In fact, our actions are more in line with those of a comic book superhero than dominant world power.  Regardless of the completely baseless propaganda of some of our detractors, we have not embarked on any great campaign to colonize other nations nor have we used our unparalleled military might as a hammer to subjugate the…
  • The Great Democratic Deception

    30 Mar 2014 | 4:00 pm
    To make one believe you are helping them all the while siphoning away their desire and ability to resist is a most devious charade.  Only those truly obsessed with power or lacking a soul would lead another down this destructive path for if left unchecked, the result is a descent to the often dark place of dependence.  Dependence is the ultimate tool of subjugation for it changes want to a perception of need.   This deception is the core of Socialism and ironically the reason it will always fail, for a people wholly dependent on a national government will never be able to…
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    US Daily Review

  • To Spank Or Not To Spank? That Is The Question

    brionnamuyco
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:20 am
    Photo by HA! Designs – Artbyheather                                     By April Dye, Contributor for USDR           I think this debate has been going on for the last decade or two. Before that, I don’t think that people thought twice about it. I know I got my share of spankings and probably deserved every one of them. In fact the last spanking that I got was when I was a senior in high school and given the choice to be grounded or spanked, I chose the spanking.  …
  • Helping Clients Identify, Prioritize & Mitigate Risks and More on The Price of Business

    brionnamuyco
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:23 am
    By The Price of Business (1110 AM KTEK, Houston, TX is the sister radio program of US Daily Review and is Hosted by USDR Publisher and Managing Editor, Kevin Price).  These are interviews Kevin Price had with his contributors and guests. *Sponsored     Host Kevin Price, Co-Host Charles Alvarez, & Guest Scott Addis discuss Helping Clients Identify, Prioritize, Measure and Mitigate Risks on this segment of the Price of Business. www.cornerstonebusinessacademy.com theaddisgroup.com beyoneinsurance.com. Check out that interview here.            …
  • Tony Perkins to Travel to Israel on ‘Christians in Solidarity with Israel’ Trip

    brionnamuyco
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:13 am
    Photo by Israel’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs                     By USDR       Tony Perkins, the Family Research Council President, will travel to Israel August 17-22 as a part of the “Christians in Solidarity with Israel” trip, hosted by the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB). Last November, Mr. Perkins traveled to Israel to meet with Israeli leaders including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israel’s Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer.         On this trip he will be…
  • Obama’s Indifference to the Islamic State Nightmare

    brionnamuyco
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:13 am
    By Joseph Klein Special for USDR           Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (“ISIS,” also known variously as “Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant” or simply the “Islamic State”) is metastasizing throughout northern and western Iraq and swaths of Syria. It won’t stop there. Jordan, Lebanon, Israel and other parts of the Middle East are within its sights. Ultimately, its pathological leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi warned, ISIS is after the United States. “Our last message is to the Americans. Soon we will be in direct confrontation, and the sons of Islam…
  • Robin Williams – A Friend To The Military

    brionnamuyco
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:08 am
    Photo by the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff                             By USDR           Daniel M. Dellinger, The American Legion National Commander, issued a statement in reaction to Monday’s passing of comedian Robin Williams.           “The U.S. military and veterans who served in Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan, lost a true friend and supporter Monday,” said Dellinger.         Dellinger mentioned the support that Williams gave…
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    The American Patriot

  • Joe Piscopo says adios to the Democratic Party

    Charles Patrick Adkins
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:45 am
    Join the club Joe. Joe writes in the Washington Times: (via Newsbusters) I don’t think I’m ready to become a Republican yet … In good conscience, however, I can’t continue to call myself a Democrat. In becoming an independent, I think I’m maintaining the independent (dare I say, libertarian?) mindedness and patriotism that my parents endowed me with. For the country’s sake and for their own, I hope the Democrats wake up. I was a Democrat because while it was clear to me that the Republican politicians were out of touch and cared for only the upper class,…
  • Thug Michael Brown was shot in the front, and not in the back as the lying liberal media said

    Charles Patrick Adkins
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:44 pm
    The money quotes via The New York Times, which come via Darlene over at Protein Wisdom: Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager who was killed by a police officer, sparking protests around the nation, was shot at least six times, including twice in the head, a preliminary private autopsy performed on Sunday found. One of the bullets entered the top of Mr. Brown’s skull, suggesting his head was bent forward when it struck him and caused a fatal injury, according to Dr. Michael M. Baden, the former chief medical examiner for the City of New York, who flew to Missouri on Sunday at the…
  • With Video: Johnathan Gentry is the smartest black man in America

    Charles Patrick Adkins
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:38 am
    This video is epic and very timely. (Via The Blaze) Here’s his interview on Fox and Friends: Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com If more African-Americans thought more like this guy, and less like Al “interloper” Sharpton and Jesse “hymietown” Jackson; this Country would be a much nicer and safer place for everyone.
  • This is good news

    Charles Patrick Adkins
    14 Aug 2014 | 7:46 pm
    Obviously. I am not a fan of this guy…. But, this is good news for all bloggers everywhere. I am hearing that the guy will appeal; but it is going to cost him, big time. The reason this is a good thing, is that one of the biggest fears of being a blogger, is being sued for what you write. It has a chilling effect on freedom of speech. Thankfully, the right people won this case and that’s a good thing.  
  • Liberal media get a taste of the Government that they advocate for all the time

    Charles Patrick Adkins
    13 Aug 2014 | 8:07 pm
    I have written about this story already; But, I found this story here a bit amusing. Liberals advocate for big Government; but when they get a taste of that big Government, they are the first ones to gripe and complain about it! Note to the liberals: If you do not like big Government, do not advocate for it. The Story: Reporters from The Washington Post and the Huffington Post were arrested in Ferguson, Mo., on Wednesday night while covering the protests that have rocked the St. Louis suburb. Wesley Lowery, a Washington Post political reporter, and Ryan Reilly, a Huffington Post justice…
 
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    Conscience of a College Student

  • The Government Accountability Project Launches Campaign To Protect Whistleblowers From Criminal Retaliation

    Kyle Graczyk
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:56 am
    Notice: If you want to learn more about the efforts of the Government Accountability Project (GAP), visit their website here. While I have focused on one of GAP's corporate & financial accountability campaigns, you can find GAP's campaigns in other fields here.               A new GAP campaign seeks to prevent federal and corporate employees from being unjustly embroiled in criminal investigations and prosecutorial referrals as retaliation for blowing the whistle.        In response to whistleblowers disclosing information…
  • The Need To Strengthen Anti-Reprisal Protections Within The SEC Whistleblower Program

    Kyle Graczyk
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:36 am
    Introduction         You all have probably been wondering where the blog posts have been since my last brief entry back in March. Unfortunately, I do not have any at my disposal to post right now. Fortunately, I will be getting back into writing regular entries fairly soon. What I do have today is the first of a series of entries that I have written on behalf of the Government Accountability Project (GAP). I was recruited by GAP to lead a six-week social media & advocacy effort to push the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) to strengthen anti-reprisal…
  • Rachel Canning: A Microcosm for Society's "Blame-Game" Complex

    Kyle Graczyk
    13 Mar 2014 | 2:09 pm
            I first heard about this story one day after switching on CNN in Washington. I couldn't believe the story upon first glance. Eighteen-year old Rachel Canning returns to her Lincoln Park, New Jersey home after attempting to sue her parents for not paying her college tuition. Even with this development, she is still in the process of suing her parents for college tuition and legal fees. While her return home is "not contingent on any financial and/or other considerations," this may be the first signal of a potential break in the case. Hopefully, she will end this…
  • "The Inner Man? Who Cares?" I Care

    Kyle Graczyk
    4 Jan 2014 | 5:21 pm
    The quoted text in the following post is sourced from the article "The Inner Man? Who Cares," which debuted on October 15, 1999 in the Washington Post; pages 90 to 92 in the Crown Forum edition of the book.             Charles Krauthammer is one of the only people that I can bear on Fox News. Yes, he is a conservative, but he is the only one that seems rational, down-to-earth, and whose argument seems grounded in reality and fact. This does not mean that I agree with every view that he displays. Hence, the following instance. I read one of the articles from…
  • My Brief Trip to Reality: Southeast Washington

    Kyle Graczyk
    28 Dec 2013 | 12:58 pm
            As I look back on what I have done in the past semester, it seems pretty self-explanatory. I made numerous trips to the monuments, the Washington Monument, Jefferson, seen the Capitol Building, and both reflecting pools. I walked around Dupont Circle, entering and exiting bookstores, preoccupied with the urge of purchasing every text in sight. Being an avid baseball fan, I ventured over to Nationals Park, including one game where the Nationals honored American Armed Forces; a special treat that hit closer to home being down in Washington. One of the more fulfilling…
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    Compete Pulse

  • Niche Food Sites Hungry for Disruption

    Gabriel Sehringer
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:41 am
    Is there anything that can’t be delivered nowadays? A few years ago, “delivery” was only synonymous with pizza, mail, and Chinese take-out. The past few years, months, and even weeks have given the term a whole new meaning. Take announcements since January as indications that delivery services as we have known them are changing: Delivery.com now offers personal picnic packages to hungry people in Central Park and GrubHub has decided to get more serious about their ice cream deliveries. Not only that, but behind the scenes of the food delivery business, there are numerous partnerships…
  • The Compete Weekly Pulse

    Laura Cantwell
    16 Aug 2014 | 7:29 am
    This was a big week for Millward Brown Digital due to the release of our latest thought leadership piece, Getting Mobile Right! Among other content from our feeds, the most popular articles this week focused on social media. Check them out to see how you can take your digital marketing to the next level! Your Social Listening Checklist: What You Should Be Monitoring Besides Your Brand Name While the world may not completely revolve around your brand, you may be more relevant to conversations than you would expect. The good folks at Hootsuite are giving you permission to be a little…
  • Are You Getting Mobile Right? (Part I)

    Katie Hrdy
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:54 am
    Did you know that mobile now surpasses TV as the most-used screen among multiscreen audiences? If it wasn’t clear already, this confirms that mobile is a key component to a successful digital strategy and to a holistic consumer-driven strategy overall. To help marketers better understand how to utilize mobile’s strengths as a marketing platform, today we released Getting Mobile Right, a follow-up to our earlier Getting Digital Right study. In the study we identified three major questions that marketers are asking to better understand how mobile can propel their brand: Where and how can we…
  • Fashion Meets Fitness and Causes Internet Stir

    Sarah Friedman
    12 Aug 2014 | 11:37 am
    Image from: Fitbit.com Tory Burch is known for her classic, feminine apparel, chic accessories and fabulous shoes. The designer’s signature products are coveted by countless fashion enthusiasts. But as today’s online marketplace continues to become more cluttered and more competitive, a brand that solely focuses on specialized items and niche audiences may be missing out on important website click-throughs, and ultimately ecommerce purchases. Perhaps this idea is the motivation behind Tory Burch’s latest endeavor, a partnership with Fitbit. By teaming with Fitbit, and launching the…
  • The Compete Weekly Pulse

    Laura Cantwell
    9 Aug 2014 | 7:33 am
    Happy National Simplify Your Life Week! We hope that some of our favorite articles from last week will help you do just that. The following five articles are filled with information, tips, and tricks to help your digital marketing, to put it simply, win the internet. 7 Myths You Shouldn’t Believe About Email Marketing [Infographic] We’re constantly being reminded that email marketing isn’t dead, but it makes sense that people might think it’s outdated given that email is one of the oldest digital marketing tools. Through the years we have heard so much advice about how to manage…
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    Tea Party 911

  • Another Victory for Moderates

    Terrell AronSpeer
    10 Aug 2014 | 1:38 pm
    No, I am not talking about the latest Tea Party primary loss, although we know how to reverse this trend.  David Brat’s defeat of Eric Cantor proved that the right message and hard work on the ground by local activists can defeat even a well funded Republican with great name recognition and a relatively high conservative rating.  But these victories and losses do not inspire me to write much anymore.   Warning conservative voters about how Democrats plan to use all the money Obama is raising to mitigate losses in 2014 no longer inspires me either.  Our problems are much graver than…
  • I’m Not My Brother’s Keeper

    Joel Turtel
    11 Jul 2014 | 11:31 am
    Maybe three percent of the adult population become addicted gamblers. Yet private gambling is illegal in most cities and states, except for government gambling schemes called lotteries. Less than eight percent of the adult population has a drug-addiction problem they can’t control. Yet all drugs are illegal for all adults in this country. Only a small number of men are sex addicts who can’t stop themselves from going to prostitutes. Yet prostitution, the combination of sex and free enterprise between consenting adults, is illegal in most parts of the country. The vast majority of adults…
  • Discrimination — The Politically Incorrect Guide

    Joel Turtel
    11 Jul 2014 | 11:11 am
    Some time ago, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed a Republican bill that would have allowed Arizona religious business owners to refuse to serve gay people. She was wrong, because any business owner has the inherent right to “discriminate” against anyone they want, for whatever reason they want. Gov. Brewer, a ‘conservative,’ does not seem to understand the meaning of property rights. Choose the car you like, the woman you marry, or the supermarket you shop at, and you “discriminate.” We all discriminate every minute of our lives—to discriminate means to…
  • Race Baiters Make Appeal to Low Information Voters

    Terrell AronSpeer
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:32 am
    In an election year delivered to Republicans and tied up neatly with a bow, what else could we expect?  The mass of illegal entrants at the border is not a shock to this administration.  It is a plan well executed.  I know, we are supposed to believe that the poverty and narco-violence south of our border is a new thing; that this new pressure has pushed populations of babies into Texas.  Really, we are told they are just walking across the border and that now the border patrol is all tied up changing their diapers.  WOW!  Really?  Where do I begin?   Well, first let me remind…
  • People or Principles

    Terrell AronSpeer
    20 Jun 2014 | 1:20 pm
    It must be human nature which causes us to support a person when we mean to support a principle.  Writers encourage this because without readers the whole exercise of writing is rather pointless.  Readers encourage it too because, in all honesty, there is a lot written which is an insult to ink.  Once a reader finds a writer who can be depended upon for well reasoned argument, he doesn’t want to sift through the rabble.  All this is understandable, but when the author stumbles or disappoints, the entire message can be lost.  It is not just authors, but public figures, persons holding…
 
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  • What Did The Successive US Administrations Achieve In Iraq?

    Mohammad Tomazy
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:33 am
    Surely, other than acquiring oil to the petroleum companies, one of them was led by Dick CheneyThe US overthrew Saddam Hussein in the second Iraq war and put into place a puppet, Nouri al-Maliki. But after eight years, last week the US engineered a coup against Maliki to put in place yet another puppet. The US accused Maliki of misrule and divisiveness, but what really irritated the US government was his 2011 refusal to grant immunity to the thousands of US troops that Obama wanted to keep in the country.Early this year, a radical Islamist group, ISIS, began taking over territory in Iraq,…
  • Police Officer: Before And After

    Mohammad Tomazy
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:09 am
  • Nixon: On Israel. And The Role Of Gulf States

    Mohammad Tomazy
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:02 am
    It is one of history’s great ironies that Nixon’s proposed airlift played an integral role in the salvation of the Jewish state, as in the years since the release of the Watergate Tapes it has become one of the established facts of the Nixon mythos that the president was a raving anti-Semite The tapes continue to damn Nixon, who maintained a cognitive dissonance when it came to several prominent Jewish members of his senior staff-Kissinger, White House counsel Leonard Garment, and speechwriter William Safire as well as economist Herb Stein. In one rant from 1971, Nixon railed against the…
  • Protest In LA, For Gaza And Ferguson (+VIDEO)

    Mohammad Tomazy
    17 Aug 2014 | 2:17 pm
    "The media continues to spread blatant propaganda intended to either outright demonize the Palestinians in Gaza or to imply the outrageous assertion that the people of Gaza and Israel are equals in the fight. Attacks on Hamas by corporate news stations and pro-Israel pundits have failed to point out that Israel has refused to budge on key demands at the negotiating table, most importantly, the demand to lift the crippling military siege on Gaza so that badly needed building, medical, and other types of aid can reach the region that has been destroyed by Israel’s bombs. These same media…
  • Israeli Lobby Targets Opponent Academia

    Mohammad Tomazy
    17 Aug 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Professor William Robinson of University of California at Santa Barbara UCSB was the target of a campaign of intimidation, silencing, and political repression that included techniques described in the "Hasbara handbook"[download here] by the Israel lobby in contravention of academic freedom and university rules. He describes the experience here.The latest Israeli carnage in Gaza has provoked worldwide condemnation of Israel for its continued war crimes and its illegal occupation of Palestinian territories. In response, the Israeli state and its allies and agents are stepping up campaigns of…
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  • Murdered journalist James Foley’s mother posts touching message on Facebook

    Tom Tillison
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:33 am
    Photo Source WGBHNews.org As American officials work to confirm the authenticity of a video showing James Foley being beheaded by the Islamic State militant group, the American photojournalist’s mother released a statement on Facebook saying “we have never been prouder of our son Jim.” Foley went missing in November 2012 while covering the civil war in Syria, marking the second time he was held captive in the Middle East, according to Fox News. In 2011, while covering the war in Libya, Foley was held for six weeks by forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. After…
  • Report: Ferguson officer suffered fractured eye socket in scuffle before shooting Brown

    Joe Saunders
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:02 am
    Police Officer Darren Wilson suffered fractures around his eye socket during the scuffle with Michael Brown that preceded Wilson shooting Brown to death in Missouri, a conservative website is reporting. Photo Credit: KOIN.com According to the Gateway Pundit, the injuries were confirmed by sources in the St. Louis County prosecuting attorney’s office and the St. Lucie County Police Department. The extent of Wilson’s injuries could be crucial in a case that relies so far on conflicting eyewitness reports – especially when some of those reports are contradicted by autopsy results. For…
  • Defiant Gov. Perry booked, photographed, and ready to run for president

    Richard Berkow
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:02 am
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry went through the ritual of being booked, fingerprinted, photographed and released on Tuesday at the Travis County Courthouse, following his politically-motivated indictment last Friday. Beaming confidence in his propriety of actions and eventual exoneration, the Lone Star State chief told a crowd of supporters, “I’m here today because I believe in the rule of law, and I’m here today because I did the right thing. I am going to enter this courthouse with my head held high, knowing that the actions I took were not only lawful and legal, but right,” Fox News…
  • Was beheaded American journalist James Foley’s murderer released from Guantanamo Bay?

    Michele Kirk
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:28 am
    The Islamic State militant group beheaded American photojournalist James Foley in retaliation for U.S. airstrikes in Iraq, according to reports Tuesday. Foley, 40, was captured in Syria while on assignment for the Boston-based Global Post in 2012. He disappeared on Thanksgiving day. The terrorists released a video of the execution, which is being examined for authenticity by the White House. A White House statement by National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said, “We have seen a video that purports to be the murder of U.S. citizen James Foley by ISIL. The intelligence…
  • Florida Five: Environmental officials praise Rick Scott, Florida police to use body-cams

    Tom Tillison
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:09 am
    Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips: Environmental officials praise Rick Scott’s environmental plan: The environment has been a hot topic from both candidates during the 2014 gubernatorial race — and officials from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection have weighed in to support Gov. Rick Scott for his “Let’s Keep Florida Beautiful” environmental plan. In recent weeks, Scott has honed in on his plan to push environmental protection across the state and has pledged to increase the state’s spending on the…
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    Sparking The Left

  • Social Protest Lit.: Leonid Andreyev from “Savva”

    Kleier
    16 Aug 2014 | 11:21 am
    Part of a play from Leonid Andreyev’s “Savva” from Book IV called “Out of The Depths.” This chapter is focused on man’s pursuit of remedy for social injustice: (In this strange drama, which might be called a symbolic tragi-comedy, the Russian writer has set forth the plight of the educated people of his country, confronted by the abject superstition of the peasantry. Savva, a fanatical revolutionist, endeavors to wipe out this superstition by blowing up monastery full of drunken monks. But the plot is revealed to the monks, who carry out the ikon, or sacred image,…
  • In Ferguson, Nothing New

    Kleier
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:41 pm
    Short post today: As I read and watch all of the coverage of the protests against the police in reaction to the shooting of teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, a suburb of St. Louis, I keep looking for some new aspect of  of which to right about. But here is the problem: there is nothing new. The murder of a young, unarmed black man or teen is nothing new, the suppression of African-American protest rights are nothing new. Since the abolition of slavery by the Emancipation Proclamation, blacks have been fighting the good-fight to obtain equal rights. Yet despite of having an…
  • Video of Peaceful Protesters Gassed in Ferguson, MO

    Kleier
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Below is a popular video recorded on Monday night, and posted by reporter Ray Downs of the St. Louis publication Riverfront Times, of a small Ferguson, Missouri protest in someone’s backyard taken by angry residents as they were tear-gassed upon their own property. The protesters are angry over the shooting-death of teenager, Michael Brown Jr., 18, who was shot several times Saturday by an officer as he and a friend walked from a convenience store, who resided in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. The actions against the slaying of Mr. Brown have been both peaceful, and sometimes not.
  • Florida Teen Suicide Bomber

    Kleier
    9 Aug 2014 | 3:44 pm
    Linked here is an edited version of a 31 min. video message from Mohammad Abusalha, a 22-year-old suicide bomber from Florida who attacked in Syria, who was raised in a gated community, and was once described as a “basketball-obsessed teen.” Abusalha used this testimonial to explain why he left home to live as a Mujahedin in the civil war against Bashaar Al-Assad. I got this video from an NYT article focused on the fact that after Abusalha initially trained in Syria as a Mujahedin, he came home undetected by the authorities for several months before leaving again for the last…
  • Social Protest Lit: Lady Wilde’s “Despair”

    Kleier
    7 Aug 2014 | 5:03 pm
    A poem by Lady Wilde entitled “Despair” from Book IV called “Out of The Depths.” This chapter is focused on man’s pursuit of remedy for social injustice: Before us dies our brother, of starvation; Around are cries of famine and despair! Where is hope for us, or comfort or salvation– Where–oh! where? If the angels ever hearken, downward bending, They are weeping, we are sure, At the litanies of human groans ascending, From the crushed hearts of the poor.   We never knew a childhood’s mirth and gladness, Nor the proud heart of youth free and brave; Oh,…
 
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    Daily Signal

  • Administrative Costs on the Rise in Tennessee Schools

    Chris Butler
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:01 am
    NASHVILLE — About a quarter of Tennessee’s public school districts, 33 in all, spend more on administrative costs — such as principals and school directors — than the statewide average of 10.5 percent, according to a new comptrollers’ report. The report, written by the Tennessee Comptroller’s Offices of Research and Education Accountability, examined the 2012-13 school year. Why does it matter? Lindsay Boyd, director of policy at the free market-oriented Beacon Center of Tennessee, said the study shows what happens when schools fail to prioritize what happens in classrooms and…
  • ‘We Know Our Needs Better Than D.C.’: States Drive to Control Highway Dollars

    Josh Siegel
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:01 am
    Pennsylvania’s large transportation system is getting old. Nearly 6,000 of the state’s bridges were deemed structurally deficient in 2008. Its 40,000 miles of state-maintained highway — making it No. 5 in the nation — shows critical signs of wear. Truck traffic on 1,754 miles of interstate highways is more than double the national average. Last November, Pennsylvania tired of waiting for Washington to address its transportation problems and took matters into its own hands. Gov. Tom Corbett, a Republican, signed a bipartisan transportation bill giving the Pennsylvania…
  • Why Do Democrats Win With War on Women Talk?

    Genevieve Wood
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:01 am
    “Democrats lie,” explains former California Republican senate candidate Carly Fiorina. “It’s propaganda. It’s shameless, baseless propaganda.” Watch the full interview: The post Why Do Democrats Win With War on Women Talk? appeared first on Daily Signal.
  • An Interactive Timeline of the Fallout in Ferguson

    Philip Wegmann
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:01 am
    On Saturday, Aug. 9, in a suburb of St. Louis, a police officer shot and killed Michael Brown. The death of the unarmed teenager sparked riots in Ferguson, reignited old controversies and exposed tensions in the community and around the country. Now, as police and protesters clash in Ferguson, President Obama has ordered Attorney General Eric Holder to lead an investigation. The following timeline offers a closer look at the event that have transpired since Brown’s death. Use the arrows to advance or jump to an event using the scrollbar at the bottom. The post An Interactive Timeline…
  • Most Americans Disapprove of Media’s Coverage of Ferguson

    Philip Wegmann
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:40 pm
    Most Americans say that things would be different in Ferguson, Mo., if the racial roles had been reversed. According to a Rasmussen Poll released today, many believe the media’s coverage of the incident would differ if a black police officer had shot a white teenager. A majority, 54 percent, agree the media would have reported the death of Michael Brown differently according to the color of his skin. Regardless of race—white, black and other minority adults—most believe the shooting would garner less media attention. As things stand now, however, only about 1 in 3 Americans approve of…
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    Liberaland

  • White Missouri Lt. Gov: ‘Anglo-American Jurisprudence’ Is Working In Ferguson (Video)

    Anomaly100
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:31 pm
    OnTuesday,  Missouri Lt. Gov. Peter Kinder (R) argued that the curfew in Ferguson should be reinstated because “Anglo-American civilization” is working in Ferguson. “I don’t understand an argument for not reinstating it,” he told MSNBC host Ronan Farrow. “I don’t understand that. I’m not trying to be overtly political. I am saying, the people of Ferguson, the people of the state of Missouri are crying out for leadership.” In reference to the Mayor of Ferguson saying  earlier there ‘is not racial divide in Ferguson,” Kinder told Farrow there“no question”…
  • ISIS Reportedly Beheaded American Journalist On Camera

    Alan
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:10 pm
    James Wright Foley, a freelance journalist, was beheaded on camera, according to Politico‘s Blake Hounshell. Yikes: ISIS claims to have executed American freelance journalist James Foley; threatening to kill Steven Sotloff next. — Blake Hounshell (@blakehounshell) August 19, 2014 Foley had been missing since November 22, 2012 when he disappeared in Syria. Mediaite has chosen not to post or link out the video of Foley’s killing, but in the footage ISIS terrorists force him to read a letterurging Americans to rise up against his “real killer,” “the U.S. government.” In…
  • Man Shot Dead By St. Louis Police

    Alan
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:56 pm
    As if there were not enough tension already in St. Louis and the surrounding area, a St. Louis police officer shot and killed a man Tuesday afternoon. The incident occurred outside of a 5-Star Market just before 1:00 p.m. local time today. According to police, the man was attempting to rob the convenience store and was wielding a knife. The store owner argued with the man and when police arrived, he refused to let go of the knife. He then threatened two officers who fired on the suspect, killing him. He was pronounced dead at the scene. No police officers were injured during the incident.
  • Cops In Ferguson Physically Push Don Lemon During Live Report

    Alan
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Don Lemon is standing in a crowd doing a live report on CNN as a a police officer pushes him and others in the crowd, even though there is no place to be pushed to. Lemon did not end getting detained by officers there, but they did attempt to physically push him back away from CNN’s camera, shouting, “Move out of the way, sir. Move!” “We’ve been standing here all day,” Lemon continued to report as the officer moved him and other protesters back. “We’ve got rights!” a woman behind him screamed. “I’m not going to resist a police officer,” Lemon said and he moved…
  • America’s ‘Negro Spring’

    Alan
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Now it’s Egypt urging us to use restraint. The protests in Ferguson, Missouri, over the shooting of Mike Brown are being watched more than 6,000 miles away — in the Middle East. Meanwhile, some demonstrators in the St. Louis suburb have taken cues from the Arab Spring protests that swept Egypt and much of the Arab World three years ago, holding up “Negro Spring”… Now read this:Cop Who Shot Michael Brown Didn’t Know He Was A Robbery Suspect (Aug 15, 2014) Ferguson All Obama-The-Kenyan’s Fault Says New Black Panther Party (Aug 15, 2014) As Ferguson Police Release…
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    India News Analysis and Op-Ed Commentary | Politics | Governance | Economic Freedom | National Interest

  • Remembering Rajiv for 1984 pogrom – Congress made puppet Manmohan apologise: Tavleen Singh

    Shivkant Gautam
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:55 am
    राजीव गांधी की 70वीं वर्षगांठ पर आज फिर से 1984 के दंगों का मामला गरमाया। सरदार मनमोहन सिंह को प्रधानमंत्री मनमोहन सिंह बनना क्या सिख समुदाय को लुभाने के लिए बन 1984 में डा मनमोहन सिंह का दंगों से कोई लेना-देना नहीं था लेकिन फिर भी…
  • Pakistan turmoil: Kashmiri separatists must learn lesson

    Amol Parth
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:25 am
    Islamabad: Anti-government protesters armed with wire cutters and backed by cranes marched on Pakistan’s Parliament on Tuesday. India sees the Pakistan High Commissioner’s meeting with Kashmiri separatist leaders as interference in India’s internal affairs. Separatist leaders say the meeting was a step towards solving the Kashmir dispute, which they describe as an international issue. Pakistan has, in its turn, slammed India for backtracking from its commitment of talks for no reason. In response, Pakistan’s Foreign Office said that “it is a long standing practice” to hold…
  • J&K Assembly poll: Rise of BJP changes political landscape of State

    Mrityunjay Kumar
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:55 am
    BJP emerges as top political force in Jammu & Kashmir politics Jammu & Kashmir Assembly is going to poll later this year. This time the atmosphere of the State politics is completely changed especially after the complete decimation of Congress and ruling National Conference in the recently concluded Lok Sabha election. BJP, after its scintillating performance in the Lok Sabha election, in which it won 3 of 6 seats, is eying to form Government in the State on its own and that’s why is setting a target of mission 44. The party, which is in power at the Centre, was never considered…
  • LoP issue: Congress gets what it deserves

    Saswat Panigrahi
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:25 am
    The Congress president had dashed off a letter to the Speaker, seeking the LoP status for party’s floor leader in Lok Sabha. Congress’s hope to avail the plum post of Leader of Opposition (LoP) in Lok Sabha — a status equivalent to Cabinet Minister — was shattered with Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan rejecting the demand. The Speaker conveyed her decision in a letter to Congress president Sonia Gandhi. With that, the issue is a closed chapter for now. The Congress president had dashed off a letter to the Speaker, seeking the LoP status for party’s floor leader in Lok Sabha…
  • India-Pakistan talks and ignorance of New York Times

    Saurabh Bhattacharya
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:55 am
    India Pakistan International border at Wagah – File photo PTI A New York Times editorial on August 19 says that Prime Minister Narendra Modi fumbles on Pakistan as Foreign Secretary levels were called off. Calling the invitation of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during Narendra Modi’s as a felicitous picture seemed a fading memory when the talks were rejected. It also goes on to say that the meetings between the Pakistan High Commissioner Abdul Basit and the Kashmiri Hurriyat leaders has a precedence and that wasn’t a good enough reason to call-off the official level…
 
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    Cloud Computing News

  • Community Health Systems, HIPAA, and Cloud Hosting

    JG
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:32 am
    On the heels of the recent Community Health Systems (CHS)  data breach, in which 4.5 million Personal Health Records (PHI) were compromised, the industry is abuzz about data security in the HIPAA Compliant cloud businesses.  Data breaches like the one at CHS are not the exception – they’re the norm.  The FBI warned that the […]The post Community Health Systems, HIPAA, and Cloud Hosting appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • The New Role for the Private Cloud. It’s Not What You Think.

    JG
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:09 am
      Private cloud was popular in the early days of cloud computing when enterprises struggled with security and control issues.  These days, public cloud dominates, as revealed in the recent “State of the Cloud Study” from RightScale. The reasons for the growth of public clouds are pretty clear, including low operating costs, instant scalability, and […]The post The New Role for the Private Cloud. It’s Not What You Think. appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • HIPAA, Cloud, and Your Business.

    JG
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:23 am
    When it comes to HIPAA compliant solutions, security,  and cloud adoption, what most find frustrating is how to sort the myths from reality.  The “addressable” requirements of the security rules tend to be the most difficult to meet.  Thus, these addressable requirements have a tendency to fall off the radar, and could therefore create issues […]The post HIPAA, Cloud, and Your Business. appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • AWS & Security – Thoughts from AWS Summit New York

    JG
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:53 am
    Every year, the AWS Summits and re:Invent get bigger (and broader – AWS lists 15 cities for AWS Summits in 2014 on their website). In his keynote at the New York event last week, Werner Vogels, CTO of AWS announced there were 10,000+ people in attendance and thousands more participating online via the live stream. […]The post AWS & Security – Thoughts from AWS Summit New York appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Application Migration for Healthcare…Best Practices

    JG
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    There is an interesting report by Accenture on the benefits of leveraging cloud computing for healthcare.  The report states that “Given the diverse, fragmented and highly dispersed nature of the healthcare industry and value chain, the effect of cloud computing on healthcare will be magnified by the convergence between cloud, mobility and data analytics. It […]The post Application Migration for Healthcare…Best Practices appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
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    The Burning Truth

  • Tuesday, Aug. 19 – Hour 3

    Casey Hendrickson
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:12 pm
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    Casey Hendrickson
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Report: Over A Dozen Witnesses Corroborate Darren Wilson’s Account | Truth Revolt istine Bryers of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch tweeted out that sources in the police sources have reportedly told her that over a dozen witnesses have... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Washington Redskins Players Do Something Stupid

    Casey Hendrickson
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:08 am
    I mean, why not take a stand on an issue when you know absolutely nothing about it? Why not ignore numerous witness statements that corroborate the officer’s story? Why not ignore the autopsy results that completely contradict Brown’s... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Freedom Seeker

  • Massive anti Illegal Immigration Rally today in Boston and Charlie Baker wasn't with US

    Jon Norsu
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:47 pm
    Five to Eight Thousand protesters stormed the Boston State House to protest Deval Patrick's plan to allow the Feds and Obama to transport and house more illegals in Massachusetts. In yet a long list of betrayals to the Republican base, Charlie Baker supports Mini Me on dumping Illegals in Mass and was a NO show at today's rally. Baker also has been MIA at the #FreeJustina rally, the Goal #2a rally, Respect for Life walk and now snubs today's Kuhner protest event. Kuhner made a point of calling out Charlie Baker who was Boo'd through ought the protest.Also speaking today was Conservative…
  • #MAgov candidate Mark Fisher at Goal Rally supporting #2a versus ever absent Charlie Baker

    Jon Norsu
    18 Jun 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Conservative Republican Mark Fisher again showed his support for the Constitution and Second amendment rights by attending today's GOAL #2a Rally. Gun rights activists from across the state took to the State House to protest yet more draconian and sweeping gun control measures being pushed by Speaker DeLeo and the Democrat caucus. Mark Fisher has taken a hard line in support of law abiding gun owners. Regarding the DeLeo Bill MAgov candidate Mark Fisher said he wouldn’t sign it and opposes additional gun control measures in the state.That is a strict contrast to the Liberal…
  • Charlie Baker lays out his Liberal agenda at #MAgop Forum and Mark Fisher boldy contrasted

    Jon Norsu
    2 Jun 2014 | 6:53 pm
    Charlie Baker is infamous for running in 2010 self described as left of Obama on Social Issues. Brushing off his 2010 defeat, Charlie Baker showed up today to show off his 2014 Liberal chops. With his Social progressive stances pro abortion and gay marriage intact Charlie has flip flopped on a variety of issues to Dem friendly positions for his 2014 campaign. Teaparty Conservative Mark Fisher was quick to contrast and offer Conservative, Republican solutions at today's forum in Boston. Charlie Baker is already on thin ice with Republican voters over his anti #2a pro gun control platform,…
  • Why is Charlie Baker (R) giving Deleo enormous credit on more Gun Control? Says he can support it

    Jon Norsu
    27 May 2014 | 6:13 pm
    Charlie Baker is supportive of yet more Dem Gun Control "I give the Speaker enormous credit" Baker also commented on Deleo's Gun Control Bill saying "Having looked through it, there's a bunch of things in it I can support." See linked interview and comments here > http://buff.ly/1kcJYJyYet more reason Charlie Baker can't be trusted as our nominee, agreeing with Democrats on Gun Control yet again... It's time For #MAGOP Unity and > Vote Conservative and Pro #2A @MarkFisher2014 #magov and wash our hands of this liberal afront called Charlie Baker.
  • Mark Fisher tweets today he's pressing forward w June lawsuit against #MAgop

    Jon Norsu
    18 May 2014 | 8:09 am
    Brad Jones, Hughes, Prunier & Kaufman Saturday vote to backdoor fund Charlie Baker in primary just may have backfired...Mark Fisher ‏markfisher2014  MT worcgop markfisher Norsu2 http://www.telegram.com/article/20140518/NEWS/305189990/1020/opinion … … pic.twitter.com/Gf9ms5GpvA magov magop mapoli tcotBoom!#MAgop voted Sat to Endorse: Income Inequality, Raising Minimum Wage, gun control, gay marriage, abortion, South Shore Rail, Cape Wind, Climate Change, Quinn and Bathroom Bills, Prop 2 1/2 overide spending and casino's. The #MAgop is effectively running a Full…
 
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  • Liberal Fix Radio- Progressive Politics

    Liberal Fix
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    A recap of the week in Progressive or Liberal Politics. News, Commentary and Analysis. Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue. Every week the two of them feature a special guest and tackle those tough issues with a perspective that comes from outside the beltway. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna Minogue via email: naomi@liberalfixradio.com. Join the Liberal Fix community, a like-minded group of individuals dedicated to promoting…
  • Liberal Fix Radio- Ferguson, MO Unrest and Rick Perry Indicted

    Liberal Fix
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    A recap of the week in Progressive or Liberal Politics. News, Commentary and Analysis. In this episode, Keith and Naomi will discuss the civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri as well as the felony indictments passed down today against Texas Governor Rick Perry. Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue. Every week the two of them feature a special guest and tackle those tough issues with a perspective that comes from outside the beltway. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please…
  • Liberal Fix Encore w/ House Candidate Amardeep Kaleka from Paul Ryan's District

    Liberal Fix
    8 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    A recap of the week in Progressive or Liberal Politics. News, Commentary and Analysis. Join the Liberal Fix team as they welcome Democratic Congressional candidate from Wisconsin's 1rst District, Armadeep Kaleka. Mr. Kaleka hopes to challenge Representative Paul Ryan for his seat in Congress. Amardeep Kaleka is a former teacher, an Emmy Award winning filmmaker, and community organizer. After the death of his father, who died protecting members from an attack from a gunman at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, of which he was the President, Amardeep Kaleka became involved in gun legislation and…
  • Liberal Fix Radio w/ update from Doniece Sandoval from Lava Mae

    Liberal Fix
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Doniece Sandoval of Lava Mae gives us an update on her efforts to help the homeless. Naomi Minogue, guest co-host John Sheirer, and Keith Brekhus discuss contemporary GOP House shenanigans and the need to get out the vote in 2014. Join the Liberal Fix community, a like-minded group of individuals dedicated to promoting progressive ideals and progressive activists making a difference. Liberal Fix Website Liberal Fix Facebook Liberal Fix Twitter
  • Liberal Fix Encore: Remembering Sandy Hook w/ Sarah Clements

    Liberal Fix
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    This episode first aired December 13, 2013. Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue. Every week the two of them feature a special guest and tackle those tough issues with a perspective that comes from outside the beltway. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna Minogue via email: naomi@liberalfixradio.com. Join the Liberal Fix community, a like-minded group of individuals dedicated to promoting progressive ideals and progressive activists…
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    21st Century Wire

  • TERROR INVASION: Western-NATO ‘Machinations’ Propel Death Squad ISIS, As Iraqi PM Maliki Forced Out Amidst Division

    Shawn Helton
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:45 pm
    Shawn Helton21st Century Wire With the heavily manufactured Islamic State terror campaign continuing to burn its way across swaths of Iraq, the Syrian border and now territory in Lebanon, the political landscape has become clearer, as Western and NATO allies remain untouched by the proxy death squads they themselves have surreptitiously cultivated in large parts of the Middle East. The Islamic State of Iraq ‘terror-actors’ formerly known as ISIS, ISIL and now IS, have worked in tandem with US, Israeli and Gulf State policy objectives, this even more evident in the pressurized…
  • Government Editing Conspiracy Wikipedia Pages

    Stuart Hooper
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:12 am
    Stuart J. Hooper21st Century WireA worrying trend is currently emerging where governments are anonymously editing the Wikipedia entries for certain events. The emergence and explosion of electronic media has facilitated such actions, and the complete rewriting of history is now possible. Free and anonymous edits allow people to rapidly exchange and collate information, but also for nefarious forces to commit acts of deception from the shadows.Video presentation of this report can be found here:Edits to Wikipedia articles, from IP addresses located in the US Congress, have been occurring so…
  • Episode #46 – SUNDAY WIRE: Basil Valentine LIVE from the UK

    21wire
    17 Aug 2014 | 8:17 am
    Episode #46 of The Sunday Wire Radio Show resumes this Sunday August 17th, 2014 presented by guest host Basil Valentine with 2 hours of power-packed talk radio and music from 9am to 11pm PST…LISTEN LIVE ON THIS PAGE AT THE FOLLOWING SCHEDULED SHOW TIMES:SUNDAYS – 5pm-8pm GMT | 12pm-3pm EST | 9am-12pm PSTThis week’s edition of THE SUNDAY WIRE will be broadcasting LIVE from the UK, as guest host Basil Valentine covers world events and asks the big questions, joined by guests.Strap yourselves in and lower the blast shield - this is your brave new world…*WARNING THIS…
  • There are a hundred reasons why it’s time to pull the plug on this rotten BBC

    Basil Valentine
    13 Aug 2014 | 6:35 am
    Basil Valentine21st Century WireThere are so many jumping off points for an article about the egregiousness of the BBC that it’s very difficult to know where to begin, but let’s start with filmmaker Ken Loach who was speaking outside the BBC offices in Bristol last week at a demonstration against the Corporation’s bias in its reporting of the current Gaza conflict.“They don’t put the views of Palestinians to the Israelis during interviews, while the use of language about Gazans is pejorative and the war crimes being committed against them ignored. They’re not…
  • MH17: Media Wants World War 3

    Stuart Hooper
    12 Aug 2014 | 3:09 pm
    Stuart J Hooper21st Century WireThis has to stop!Special contributor for 21st Century Wire, Stuart J. Hooper, issues a rant taking aim at a media that is salivating at the thought of a new war. This same media machine pushed the Iraq-WMD lies on us, are we going to allow ourselves to be fooled again? Video below:Follow here: http://twitter.com/StuartJHooperSubscribe here: http://youtube.com/StuartJHooperSEE MORE MH17 NEWS AT: 21st Century Wire MH17 Files
 
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    guanyinmiao's musings

  • NMP Selection Matters

    Jin Yao Kwan
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:48 pm
    It would appear probable that some former NMPs – hailing from functional groups which are already well represented by elected parliamentarians or even government agencies – might not be able to contribute further to existing discourse. In this vein the selection of the NMPs comes under question. If the intent of the NMP scheme is to introduce independent and non-partisan voices in Parliament so as to broaden the scope of discussion, and yet if the profiles and discrete perspectives of the NMPs approximate closely to what is already out there, then it would follow that fresh insights would…
  • Great Aspirations

    Jin Yao Kwan
    17 Aug 2014 | 7:02 pm
    Despite Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong’s insistence at the National Day Rally that the university is not the only pathway to a bright future, this shift must go beyond rhetoric and the recommendations of the Applied Study in Polytechnics and Institute of Technical Education (ITE) Review (Aspire) committee. In the long-term the diversity in the schools and at the workplace will be beneficial, yet the present transition will be met with scepticism. Continue reading →
  • #21stCenturyIdioms, and Hiatus

    Jin Yao Kwan
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:57 pm
    I end my internship next Friday, and will be taking the next two weeks to do some reading and clear some work (mainly work for UNASMUN). In the meantime, I leave you with some brilliant #21stCenturyIdioms from a good friend. Continue reading →
  • Legitimising Petitions

    Jin Yao Kwan
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Activists constantly jostle for public space, and the online petition is one of many tools. It gives visibility and credibility. With nothing to fill the void left by the Our Singapore Conversation, and the apprehension towards street protests – Hong Lim Park notwithstanding – it comes as no surprise that online petitions has complemented the traditional approaches of mailing (and emailing) parliamentarians or decision-makers. By using a central platform to legitimise petitions which have attained a number of signatures, the government can not only engage more people in conversations, but…
  • Do We Ever Learn?

    Jin Yao Kwan
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Take the Media Development Authority (MDA) for instance. For this financial year the AGO found lapses in the administration of grants: applications which were rejected and the reasons for rejection were not recorded, there was no requirement for independent checks on rejected cases, and the documentation and tracking of projects were poor. Auditor-General Mr. Willie Tan rightly explained that the MDA officers could “unilaterally reject an application without valid reasons, and there would be no documentation trail to detect such cases”. In the last financial year the AGO’s checks…
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    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • Speaker Cruz and Ukraine - Rebroadcast

    18 Aug 2014 | 8:49 pm
    The president has asked Congress for $3.7 billion to deal with the border crisis of unaccompanied minors coming across our southern border. The senate had proposed their own $2.7 billion bill, and the House proposed a smaller $659 million proposal which seemed headed for passage until Texas Senator Ted Cruz seemed to convince a large portion of Tea Party Republicans in the house to withdraw their support for the bill. This afternoon, house leadership, facing a lack of sufficient votes, was forced to pull the bill. In this episode we discuss both the direct and indirect causes of the crisis…
  • Military Action by Any Other Name…

    14 Aug 2014 | 1:40 pm
    What role does shaping public opinion play in the policy making that a president or an administration wish to undertake?  Can a president shape public policy if he is unable to convince the public at large of its importance or value to the country?  Does that need to shape public opinion become more vital if the policy in question is military action? There are thousands of ethnic Yazidis trapped on a mountain in northern Iraq.  They are surrounded by the extremist group ISIS who is threatening them with genocide simply for being different than they are.  The president has…
  • We Broke It, We Own It

    11 Aug 2014 | 3:49 pm
    What does it mean to go to war?  Is going to war saluting as a stirring rendition of God Bless America plays?  Or a bumper sticker that is placed on the back of a car?  Or is it more than that?  Is it the loss of lives, destruction of communities and of nations and the loss of a vast amount of resources?  What does it mean to win the peace?  Can you ever win a war without winning the peace after military activity has ended?  This week we suddenly find ourselves back to where we were 11 years ago: engaged in military activity in Iraq.  We analyze the…
  • Separation of Powers

    7 Aug 2014 | 2:53 pm
    The Senate recently accused the CIA of spying on staffers and their computers. They’re charges the CIA has denied for months. Last week, however, it was shown that CIA officers did in fact hack into the computers of several Senate staffers. The episode stems from a Senate Intelligence Committee investigation into the CIA’s controversial interrogation program of the 2000’s and a report, inadvertently gotten by the SCI, that seems to reveal that the program got very little valuable intelligence from the questionable methods. In this episode we discuss the details of the…
  • Trouble in the House

    4 Aug 2014 | 3:44 pm
    The crisis on our southern border has been going on for the last couple of month now. Both the House and Senate have been struggling to come up with their own version of an emergency funding bill that the president has asked for. The vote in the House looked set to take place last Thursday before Congress adjourned for their summer recess. At the last moment several House Republicans, unhappy with the final details of the bill, pulled their support. It was a stunning setback for House leadership. House Republicans have argued that in the final analysis a bill got passed. But in a crisis where…
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  • Asking Guys For Sex (Social Experiments)

    Nkorni Tankwa
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:27 pm
    A few weeks ago Brian, from the Youtube channel “Whatever” did a social experiment in Europe where he went around asking 200 random women whether they’ll have sex with him. The results, which you can view here, was an overwhelming … Continue reading →
  • Morgue Attendant Admits To Having Sex With A 100 Corpses

    Nkorni Tankwa
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:58 am
    The story of 60 year old Kenneth Douglas, an Ohio Morgue attendance who recently admitted to having sex with about a 100 corpses, has been making the rounds on web and social media sites. “I would just get on top … Continue reading →
  • Are These The 10 Worst Parents In History?

    Nkorni Tankwa
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:32 pm
    I think most reasonable people will agree that the primary responsibility of a parent is to provide safety and protection for their offspring(s). As, in order to ensure the physical, emotional, social, and intellectual development of an infant, that basic … Continue reading →
  • Governor Rick Perry Indicted On Felony Charges By Texas Grand Jury

    Nkorni Tankwa
    16 Aug 2014 | 10:23 pm
    Former presidential candidate and Texas Governor Rick perry was indicted on felony charges, Friday, for allegedly abusing the powers of his office by carrying out a threat to veto funding for state prosecutors investigating public corruption. After months of investigation … Continue reading →
  • Police Say Woman Tried To Poison Roommates After They Caught Her Having Sex With Dogs

    Nkorni Tankwa
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    The disturbing story of  Shari Walters, the 53 year old Albuquerque , New Mexico, woman who was caught, by her roommates, having sex with two dogs has been making the rounds on web and social media sites. According to the … Continue reading →
 
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    Malcolm Out Loud Podcast

  • Ask More, Kick Ass & Make a Difference

    16 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    What a show, what a production! Love these three guys and what they're doing across the nation and around the world. They are great examples of what AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM is all about!  Michael Alden, John Lawson, JV Crum III If you’re interested in maximizing your potential! If you’re interested in making a difference! If you’re interested in being A BETTER YOU! We’ll explore three incredibly talented authors, people who are making a difference in the world and three leaders who want to help others achieve maximum results in their lives!!  
  • The Award Goes To… the Washington Redskins

    15 Aug 2014 | 9:52 am
    Here is Malcolm’s take on what mattered most for the second week of August 2014. Having the determination and conviction to keep the name of your business that you started in 1932, the AWARD goes to... The man who travels half way around the world to help sick people and becomes deadly sick himself, and the AWARD goes to... Making the stupidest statement of the year, the AWARD goes to... Taking a number one television show and dropping it into last place during his tenure, the AWARD goes to... Having the most patience while carrying out their responsibilities as they're being insulted…
  • The Award Goes To... Bieber & Bears

    8 Aug 2014 | 10:05 am
    A politician who has come off script to reengage in another war, but doesn't want to call it a war AWARD goes to... You do as I say, or I'll sue you... in fact I may sue you even if you don't do what I say, the AWARD goes to... We know where your vulnerability lies, and we plan to strike back AWARD goes to... One of the most successful and repetitive songs that has annoyed many people and black bears too AWARD goes to... The Shinseki award has been given to the President and Congress for doing such a fine job for Veterans all across America! The AWARD goes to... You talk bad about me, and…
  • The Award Goes To… Rospotrebnadzor

    1 Aug 2014 | 7:19 pm
    The best line from a radio host AWARD goes to...  The most worthless poll of the week AWARD goes to... Telling MSNBC that they're shallow, because they're MSNBC AWARD goes to...  The most devious and brilliant scam all at the same time AWARD goes to... The dumb criminal who obviously didn't listen to his mother AWARD goes to... I'll get even with you and harass you because I don't like your politics AWARD goes to... A dad who beat the living hell out of a man who will never look at children again in his life AWARD goes to... Finally someone stands up to McDonalds by suing them for…
  • The Award Goes To… ‘Licking Me To Death, But Actually Saving My Life’

    18 Jul 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Selling weapons to terrorists and dumb people and then acting all innocent AWARD goes to...  The I'm finally telling the truth award since I don't have to answer to the Paper AWARD goes to... For having the persistency and consistency in fighting the bad guys and never losing hope AWARD goes to... Using your product to conceal other products to make the company a wad of money AWARD goes to... Buy a business, slash the workforce, and add to the dismal unemployment numbers AWARD goes to... Thanks for almost licking me to death, but actually saving my life AWARD goes to... This is Malcolm's…
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    The Desert Lynx

  • Free Talk Live appearance (Porcfest 2014)

    Joël Valenzuela
    7 Aug 2014 | 9:26 am
    Appearance on Free Talk Live at the Porcupine Freedom Festival, talking about moving to New Hampshire for the Free State Project, Bitcoin, cop blocking, and all kinds of good stuff. Joël Valenzuela is the editor of The Desert Lynx. Like …
  • Peaceful Society Through Martial Arts (Porcfest 2014)

    Joël Valenzuela
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:54 am
    A strong people is a peaceful people, and widespread practice of the martial arts is a key way to develop the kind of society ready to not be governed. Talk delivered at the 2014 Porcupine Freedom Festival in Lancaster, New …
  • Privilege Should Be Celebrated

    Joël Valenzuela
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:36 am
    The hills are alive with the sound of privilege-shaming. Whether it’s white, male, heterosexual, affluent, first-world, thin, attractive, animal, mineral, or plant privilege, chances are someone’s asked you to check it. If there’s anything about you that makes you better …
  • School Is Obsolete – Alternative Self Education (Porcfest 2014)

    Joël Valenzuela
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:47 pm
    The modern-day university system is obsolete. In an age where access to the world’s repository of knowledge is in the palm of our hand, there are much more efficient ways of education. Talk delivered at the 2014 Porcupine Freedom Festival …
  • Gaza Casualties Speak Volumes

    Joël Valenzuela
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:08 am
    It’s that tragic time of year again when the Gaza Strip erupts into flames once more, and the usual suspects are quick to paint the tragic and complex issue with the black-and-white brush of their own agenda. And of all …
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    Citizens News

  • Michigan: Lansing mayor’s to host Ramadan dinner…days before 9/11

    Liberty Bell
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:47 am
    Written by Creeping Sharia Ramadan ended in July, according to the Sharia Council of North America (did you know there was one?). Why then are the mayor’s of Lansing, Michigan holding a Ramadan dinner  – at taxpayer expense – just days before 9/11? Could it be that classless and clueless mayor’s prostrate themselves for Islam […]The post Michigan: Lansing mayor’s to host Ramadan dinner…days before 9/11 appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Ferguson and the Troubled Spirit of St. Louis

    Liberty Bell
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:27 am
    Written by The American Conservative I live in the city of St. Louis, about 10 miles south of the suburb of Ferguson as the crow flies. As I have watched national media cover the events in Ferguson over the past 10 days, I have wondered what impression people outside of St. Louis have formed about […]The post Ferguson and the Troubled Spirit of St. Louis appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Chris Christie and John McCain party in the Hamptons.

    Liberty Bell
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:50 pm
    Written by Naked DC The “it” crowd is spending its time bathing themselves to Paris Hilton’s amateur DJ sets in Ibiza this summer, but that doesn’t mean the Americans who are unable to catch a couple of weeks off and a flight to Spain, can’t get down on their own private party beach. This weekend, political […]The post Chris Christie and John McCain party in the Hamptons. appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Practical Guidance for Prudent Students, by Bryan Caplan

    Liberty Bell
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:48 pm
    Written by EconLog The Case Against Education‘s chapter on the selfish return to education runs over sixty pages.  Since I suspect that even eager readers may skim all the tables, I end with practical advice in plain English.  Note: Nothing in this section hinges on signaling, because signaling reduces education’s social return but not its […]The post Practical Guidance for Prudent Students, by Bryan Caplan appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Why We Fight

    Liberty Bell
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:46 pm
    Written by GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD Forget Skippy Klondike’s recent non profit jaw flapping about war fighting. See, Maybe he is presumably familiar with the theory of “just war,” but there is no sign of it in his article that assumes that all wars are initiated for one ignoble motive or another. This is perhaps an […]The post Why We Fight appeared first on Citizens News.
 
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    Buckdog

  • World War One ... historical stupidity that seemed like a good idea at the time

    leftdog
    4 Aug 2014 | 4:27 pm
    I see that the Canadians are being brainwashed into thinking that World War One was a great and glorious moment in Canadian history. You are being told that Canadian soldiers died for Canada's 'freedom' during the First World War ... to 'protect and preserve our nation'. Nonsense!!!Any one with even a fleeting knowledge of history will struggle with this interpretation of the pointless, meaningless conflict known as 'the First World War'.Stop any citizen on the street and ask them what the reason for the First World War was ... and see if they know. Essentially, three Royal 'cousins' ...
  • How Stephen Harper AND The Conservative Party LIE To You Every Day And The MSM Backs Up Their Bullshit ....

    leftdog
    19 Jul 2014 | 11:38 am
    REGINA — So much of what many Canadians consider conventional wisdom is what Henry Ford used to call 'history': mostly bunk.I’m talking about statements like the Harper Conservatives are the best party to manage the economy, or that internal trade barriers are costing the Canadian economy $50 billion a year, or that carbon taxes are killers of investment, economic activity and jobs.Each of these statements has been widely circulated in the media recently, so much so that they appear to be self-evident truths. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth.Let’s look at the first…
  • As Bad As Things Are For Mike Duffy ... They Look Even Worse For Stephen Harper

    leftdog
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Stephen Harper, without public consultation or election, hand picked and anointed Mike Duffy to be a Canadian Senator. No matter what Mike Duffy did .. Stephen Harper committed the undemocratic actions that set this whole sorry mess in play.He should bear considerable responsibility.'Mike Duffy's defence could put Harper on hot seat' - Kady O'Malley, CBC News
  • Tax Revenues Up - Crime Down in Washington and Colorado With Pot Reform ..

    leftdog
    10 Jun 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Too bad that Stephen Harper doesn't take note ...Colorado Washington
  • Thoughts On The Murder Of RCMP Officers In New Brunswick ...

    leftdog
    5 Jun 2014 | 12:11 pm
    I live within two blocks of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Academy in Regina, Saskatchewan. Every single member of the RCMP has received their training here at the RCMP Depot. The history of this facility and location dates back to the days of the old North West Mounted Police and the Riel Rebellion.Living in such close proximity to the training academy, it's a routine sight for me to see the raw, short haired recruits jogging their daily quota of kilometers as part of basic training.  I own two dogs and we walk twice every day along the banks of Wascana Creek beside the RCMP…
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    Political Dresser - Home

  • Pre-Fall: New Black Panther Ferguson Fashion

    19 Aug 2014 | 5:44 am
    Looks like King Samir Shabazz is out of his NY jail oranges (or have they adopted stripes now too?), and is back burning up the Ferguson Fashion runways with a monster of a Pre-Fall collection.
  • Memory Lane Monday: A 365 Day Vacation

    18 Aug 2014 | 2:19 am
    When the strike happy and 100 day a year vacation raised French, in all of their Socialist glory, call you out on your holidaying, you really might need to reevaluate your work ethic.
  • Genius Idea: TSA Offering $15,000 for Ideas to Streamline Security

    15 Aug 2014 | 1:30 am
    Today (August 15th) is the last day to turn in your ideas on how to speed up the TSA’s approach to securing the Nation, in hopes of bagging the $15,000 on offer under their, Next Generation Queue Design and Model contest.
  • In Soviet Russia Summer Camps Are Year Long

    13 Aug 2014 | 11:34 pm
    Speaking of summer camps, apparently the Sochi Olympics came in under budget, and Putin has decided to take a page from Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign, and allocate those surplus funds to resurrect Stalin’s fitness program called GTO, or by its English moniker the Ready for Labor and Defense Plan.
  • Secret Weapon: Wedges

    13 Aug 2014 | 1:19 am
    While traveling opens you up to amazing new people and different cultures, it also opens you up to very different takes on sanitation.
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    World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations"

  • World Affairs. The Journal of International Issues

    19 Aug 2014 | 11:20 pm
    In 1996 “World Affairs. The Journal of International Issues” was started by Jagdish Kapur and Chanda Singh. Today it is published in partnership with the WPF “Dialogue of Civilizations.”World Affairs is a leading journal, printed and published in India. The journal seeks to provide the much needed Asian and the developing world’s perspective on issues of global significance. It stimulates interaction and debate between developed and developing nations.The journal addresses a wide range of readers and reaches out to world leaders, politicians, industrialists, academics, students, and…
  • Taming Leviathan: Towards a Global Ethical Alliance

    19 Aug 2014 | 1:11 am
    By Fred Dallmayr, Emeritus Packey J. Dee Professor, Departments of Philosophy and Political Science, University of Notre Dame; Co-Chairman, World Public Forum “Dialogue of Civilizations”Innsbruck Lecture in Honor of Hans Köchler Conference Series, Innsbruck University Press, 2014Click here to read the Lecture
  • What Do the World Bank and IMF Have to Do With the Ukraine Conflict?

    18 Aug 2014 | 10:03 pm
    An Article by Frédéric Mousseau, Policy Director, Oakland Institute, published at Inter Press Service on August 12, 2014IMF and World Bank aid packages contingent on austerity reforms will have a devastating impact on Ukrainians’ standard of living and increase poverty in the country.
  • Extortion in Argentina: Odious Debt is Pillaging the Nation into Bankruptcy

    18 Aug 2014 | 8:45 pm
    An Article by Ellen Brown published at OCCUPY.com on August 18, 2014Argentina was the richest country in Latin America before decades of neoliberal and IMF-imposed economic policies drowned it in debt. A severe crisis in 2001 plunged it into the largest sovereign debt default in history. In 2005, it renegotiated its debt with most of its creditors at a 70% “haircut.” But the opportunist “vulture funds,” which had bought Argentine debt at distressed prices, held out for 100 cents on the dollar.Paul Singer’s Elliott Management has spent over a decade aggressively trying to force…
  • Islam and the West: another Form of Coexistence is Possible

    17 Aug 2014 | 9:57 pm
    History Allows to Understand WhyA Paper by Dr. Beatriz Bissio, Head of the Department of Political Science, Coordinator of the NIEAAS, Center for Interdisciplinary Studies of Africa, Asia and South-South Relations, IFCS / Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, submitted for the Rhodes Forum Scientific Marathon - 2014Understanding a particular culture is diving into its values, deciphering its codes, studying its symbols, submerging in its history.In a time when certain groups representing specific interests of the West chose Islam (and particularly Arab Muslims) as an enemy to be fought it…
 
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    Patriots Movement

  • US General Assassinated by Afghan Terrorist

    Cal Sullivan
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:32 am
    A US Major General was assassinated today in Kabul Afghanistan after a terrorist in an Uniform opened fire killing him and wounding US and international troops including a 1 star German General. In total 15 soldiers we’re injured with the Army unclearly reporting to the press that “about roughly half of them we’re US soldiers”. The Army has not released the name of the slain general as of yet but sources close to the event note that he was the highest ranked officer in the entirety of the 13 year war.  An official announcement will be held later today as the spouses…
  • Illegal Aliens Murder Border Patrol Officer In Front of His Family

    Cal Sullivan
    4 Aug 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Two  illegal aliens have been caught by police in Willacy County (TX)  after murdering an off duty Border Patrol Agent who was fishing along with his dad and mom, his wife and his kids. Border Patrol spokesman Omar Zamora reported to Channel 5 News KRGV that the agent was shot in the chest sometime Sunday night after an attempted robbery.  Zamora also reported that the gunmen noticed the agent had a gun in his holster and opened fire with his own gun. Willacy County Sheriff Larry Spence stated one other individual was additionally injured in the initial shooting. That particular…
  • Tahmooressi Returns to Court

    Cal Sullivan
    4 Aug 2014 | 5:03 pm
    US Marine POW Andrew Tahmooressi returned to court today in Tijuana  to plea his innocence before a judge after the passing of his 127th day imprisoned in a Mexican Prison for accidentally crossing across the Southern Border with his rifles. Present in the court room today we’re the four Mexican Border Patrol agents who arrested the young Marine. Tahmooressi is growing “more optimistic” about his court case per his Mexican attorney today in interviews to the press who feels his clients civil rights we’re violated in several ways. Firstly Tahmooressi was not provided a…
  • Ben Carson Forms 2016 PAC

    Cal Sullivan
    3 Aug 2014 | 10:04 am
    Doctor Benjamin Carson, the conservative super star that emerged from a political dinner last year after criticizing the President to his face , has done what so many people have been calling and asking for him to do. He’s finally taking visible steps towards a White House run in 2016 and may be one of the first candidates to emerge from what has been so far a very speculative race. The 62 year old retired neurosurgeon formed a super PAC on Saturday named One Nation and has appointed Texas businessman Terry Giles as the chairman. “No doubt he’s one step closer to making a…
  • Nancy Pelosi Charges at GOP Speaker

    Cal Sullivan
    2 Aug 2014 | 9:33 pm
    It seems like something out of a C-SPAN parody more so than a real life event in our country’s governing body. It happened however. Not just once but twice in the same speech. Representative Tom Marino was at the podium speaking about the Border Bill that was up for vote. He spoke about many things under it and then took the time to reminisce and remind the Democrats…that they had two entire years controlling the White House, the Congress, and the Senate..and that they did nothing about immigration. Clearly as we see now this illegal immigration thing was not random or sudden.
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    RINF Alternative News & Alternative Media | Breaking News Real Independent

  • Obama and the Democrats: The Lesser of Two Evils is Still Evil

    User Submitted
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:09 am
    Donn Marten RINF Alternative News As the old saying goes, “the greatest trick that the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist”. It is remarkable as to how applicable that this saying is when applied to President Barack Obama. Obama was widely hailed as the man who would lead the nation out ...
  • How the independence vote can radicalise Scotland

    User Submitted
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Raymie Kiernan looks at why Scottish independence activists believe a last push for votes can bring victory—and raise wider issues about the alternative to capitalism With just four weeks until the Scottish independence referendum polls show there is all to play for. Record numbers have registered to vote and turnout could be as high as ...
  • UK Government will only suspend arms to Israel if hostilities resume

    User Submitted
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Adam Cochrane The British government announced the results of its review into arms sales to Israel on Tuesday of last week. Business secretary Vince Cable said that the government would suspend 12 of the existing licences—but only if there is “a resumption of significant hostilities”. The licences include components for military radar systems, combat aircraft ...
  • Israel launches new airstrikes on Gaza as death toll mounts

    User Submitted
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Adam Cochrane A ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, the government of Gaza, broke down on Tuesday of this week as Israel resumed its bombardment of Gaza. The latest Israeli assault on Gaza began last month and had reached a death toll of almost 2,000 Palestinians as Socialist Worker went to press. Hamas’ demands are simple. They ...
  • Peak Inequality: The .01% And The Impoverishment Of Society

    User Submitted
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    An extensive analysis of economic conditions and government policy reveals that the need for significant systemic change is now a mathematical fact. Corruption, greed and economic inequality have reached a peak tipping point.  Due to the consolidation of wealth, the majority of the population cannot generate enough income to keep up with the cost of living.  In the ...
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    Eurasia Review

  • New Ukrainian Orthodox Head To Face Questions Of Independence

    CNA
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:19 pm
    By Sofia Kochmar The newly elected head of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church – Moscow Patriarchate must decide whether that Church can be independent from Russia, Ukraine’s eastern neighbor with which it is in conflict, analysts say. On Aug. 13, Metropolitan Onufriy was elected Metropolitan of Kyiv and All Ukraine, making him the primate of the […] The post New Ukrainian Orthodox Head To Face Questions Of Independence appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Israel Needs A Fresh Reconciliation Policy Now – Analysis

    World Security Network
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:11 pm
    By Hubertus Hoffmann Gaza once again tells us, what to do now to reach peace in the Holy Land. My World Security Network has been proposing for many years for Israel/Palestine: The unsettled and explosive situation throughout the entire Middle East; radical forces in the Gaza Strip and in Lebanon, now strong IS terrorists in […] The post Israel Needs A Fresh Reconciliation Policy Now – Analysis appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Japan’s ‘Asian Security Diamond’ Strategic Concept Reviewed

    SAAG
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:58 pm
    By Dr Subhash Kapila Japan’s “Asian Security Diamond” strategic concept is the brainchild of Japan’s present Prime Minister Shinzo Abe as a strategic response to China casting menacing maritime shadows over the Western Pacific and Indian Ocean. The “Asian Security Diamond” strategic concept was unveiled by PM Shinzo Abe as he assumed office for the […] The post Japan’s ‘Asian Security Diamond’ Strategic Concept Reviewed appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Is Russia Trying To Cushion Itself From West Through BRICS? – Analysis

    JTW
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:45 pm
    By Indrani Talukdar One of the successful outcomes of the 6th BRICS summit on July 15-16 in Fortaleza was the creation of the $100 billion New Development Bank (NDB) and an emergency $100 billion BRICS Contingent Reserve Arrangement (CRA) established to tackle infrastructure finance deficit and short-term liquidity pressures. These institutions might be put to […] The post Is Russia Trying To Cushion Itself From West Through BRICS? – Analysis appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Prize-Winning Mathematician Says Common Core Math Doesn’t Add Up – OpEd

    Vicki Alger
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:40 pm
    Last fall Marina Ratner was helping her grandson with his sixth grade math homework. His Berkeley middle school had just implemented Common Core, which had been touted as rigorous college- and career-ready standards that are internationally benchmarked to standards from top performing countries. According to Ms. Ratner, her grandson’s middle-school math class spent so much […] The post Prize-Winning Mathematician Says Common Core Math Doesn’t Add Up – OpEd appeared first on Eurasia... To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
 
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  • Obama Photos 8/3

    Barack loves Michelle
    3 Aug 2014 | 3:17 am
    First Lady Michelle Obama participates in a “Let’s Move!” launch event with members of the National Football League at Woldenberg Park in New Orleans, La., Sept. 8, 2010. At right are former NFL coach Tony Dungy and former Tennessee Titans running back Eddie George (27). First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden speak with former First Lady Rosalynn Carter and former Senator Elizabeth Dole, left, in the Blue Room after a Joining Forces program for military and veteran caregivers in the East Room of the White House, April 11, 2014. First Lady Michelle Obama visits with…
  • Obama Photos 7/30

    Barack loves Michelle
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    First Lady Michelle Obama watches from the Red Room as Alicia Keys delivers remarks prior to a screening of “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete” in the State Dining Room of the White House, Jan. 15, 2014 First Lady Michelle Obama tapes a “Let’s Move!” public service announcement with 2013 NBA Champion Miami Heat players LeBron James, left, and Dwyane Wade, in the Map Room of the White House, Jan. 14, 2014 First Lady Michelle Obama joins students and parents for lunch at a Subway restaurant to announce that Subway will work with Partnership for a Healthier…
  • Obama Photos 7/29

    Barack loves Michelle
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:20 am
    President Barack Obama greets Boston Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes during a White House event honoring the team and their 2013 World Series Championship, April 1, 2014 President Barack Obama holds the hand of Lincoln Rose Pierce Smith, the daughter of former Deputy Press Secretary Jamie Smith, in the Oval Office, April 4, 2014. Watching from the other side of the Resolute Desk are Elsa Smith, age 5, and Sage Smith, age 6, Lincoln’s cousins. President Barack Obama walks with Lincoln Rose Pierce Smith, the daughter of former Deputy Press Secretary Jamie Smith, in the Oval Office, April…
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    Barack loves Michelle
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:01 am
    First Lady Michelle Obama participates in a “Let’s Move!” taping with Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks in the White House Kitchen, May 21, 2014. First Lady Michelle Obama reacts during an interview with Vanessa Bush, Editor-in-Chief of Essence magazine, in the East Reception Room of the White House, May 27, 2014 President Barack Obama greets guests during a Federal Judges Association reception in the East Room of the White House, May 6, 2014.  first lady Michelle Obama arrives to deliver gives the keynote address during Grammy Museum’s Jane Ortner Education…
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    Barack loves Michelle
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:49 pm
    President Barack Obama kisses First Lady Michelle Obama during her remarks at an Affordable Care Act reception in the East Room of the White House, May 1, 2014. President Barack Obama, with Vice President Joe Biden, slides across a counter to pose for photos with staff following lunch at the Dupont Circle Shake Shack in Washington, D.C., May 16, 2014. First Lady Michelle Obama joins students from Lame Deer Junior High School for a group photo in the China Room of the White House, prior to the White House Talent Show hosted with the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities,…
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    Washington Blade: Gay News, Politics, LGBT Rights

  • Are sports the final frontier for gay acceptance?

    Mark Lee
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Michael Sam and Vito Commisano (Photo courtesy Cammisano’s Twitter feed) Initially unaware of the potential timing, I coincidentally happened to be at a sports bar in a small town in the Midwest when Michael Sam was picked up in the NFL draft by his college home state St. Louis Rams in May. The crowd of drinkers and diners watching live sports network coverage on monitors ringing the room were cognizant yet nonplussed about the historic announcement of the NFL’s first “out” gay player. Even Sam’s passionate and exuberant celebratory-cake-smeared ESPN-televised kiss with…
  • Labor Dept. issues guidance to protect trans workers

    Chris Johnson
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Labor Secretary Thomas Perez has issued guidance protecting transgender workers. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key) The Labor Department issued guidance on Tuesday spelling out that the Obama administration will interpret an executive order prohibiting gender discrimination in the workforce to protect transgender workers. The news was announced via White House blog post written by Patricia Shiu, director of the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs. It’s titled “Strength in Diversity.” “It means honoring our commitment to upholding equality in…
  • Ally Kluwe settles case against Vikings

    Staff reports
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Chris Kluwe, seen here at the Blade’s Pride party in June, served as grand marshal of the Capital Pride Parade. (Washington Blade file photo by Damien Salas) A lawsuit between straight LGBT ally Chris Kluwe and his former football team, the Minnesota Vikings, has been averted, the Star Tribune, a Minneapolis paper, reports. Kluwe’s case said the team “wrongfully released” him last year because of his outspoken support for same-sex marriage. Under the deal, the Vikings will donate an undisclosed sum of money to five gay rights-related charities over the next five years.
  • Faith, hope and ‘Charity’

    Terri Schlichenmeyer
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    (Image courtesy Oxford University Press) ‘Charity & Sylvia: A Same-Sex Marriage in Early America’   By Rachel Hope Cleves   Oxford University Press   $29.95   267 pages   Sometimes, you wonder how Grandma coped. For most (if not all) of her life, she lived without computer or cell phone. She made meals for her family without a microwave, sewed her own clothing and enjoyed each of the four channels she got on her small TV. So how did she do it? Conveniences aside, was her life really all that different from yours? Or, as in the book “Charity & Sylvia”…
  • LGBT legal group sues VA to provide same-sex benefits

    Chris Johnson
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert MacDonald is being sued to provide veterans benefits to same-sex spouses. (Photo public domain) A prominent LGBT legal group filed a lawsuit against the Obama administration this week to compel the Department of Veterans Affairs to provide spousal benefits to married same-sex couples in non-marriage equality states. Lambda Legal, along with Morrison and Foerster LLP, filed the lawsuit on Monday on behalf of the LGBT military group known as the American Military Partner Association. The defendant in the lawsuit, which was filed before the U.S. Court of…
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    Lady Freethinker

  • This Baffling Life Form Eats Only Electricity (Must-See Video)

    Lady Freethinker
    6 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Vegans and vegetarians (like me) may save animals, but we’ve got nothing on this odd little life form in terms of cruelty-free living. This type of bacteria subsists on pure electricity — so it doesn’t kill a thing to eat, not even a plant or fungus. Obviously, humans can’t survive without killing something, no matter how we may strive to cause as little suffering as possible. Maybe someday technology will allow us to be as “compassionate” as these bacteria. (Could those Star Trek replicators be churning out tasty meals made of nothing but energy itself)? For…
  • The Difference Between Cat and Dog Owners – Graphic

    Lady Freethinker
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:26 pm
    As someone who’s lived with dogs for the first half of my life and cats for the second, I see myself on both sides of this equation. So I’ll take that cat-person’s intelligence AND the dog-person’s athleticism, thank you very much. In all seriousness, the research does come from some credible sources. So while I hesitate to stereotype anyone by the animal they choose to consort with, this infographic makes for an interesting read. And I bet my cat would agree with these stats. The post The Difference Between Cat and Dog Owners – Graphic appeared first on Lady…
  • L. Ron Hubbard’s Great-Grandson Dishes the Dirt on Scientology – Video

    Lady Freethinker
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Calling his great-grandpa “a shepherd who enslaved his own flock,” L. Ron Hubbard descendent Jamie DeWolf gives his own up-close version of the Scientology debacle — and while the truth may be ugly, his words are pure poetry. Yes, it actually turns out Jamie is an award-winning spoken-word performer as well as a harsh critic of Hubbard’s legacy. Apparently, his criticisms have angered the church; Jamie’s website claims they’ve been stalking and harassing him for speaking out. To be fair, Jamie wasn’t around to witness his great-grandfather’s…
  • This Brave Mother Giraffe Defends Her Baby From An Entire Pride of Lions – Video

    Lady Freethinker
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Never underestimate the power of motherhood. In this you-have-to-see-it-to-believe-it video, a mother giraffe fends off an entire pride of lions as they approach her and her gangly offspring. The footage comes from Bill and Barbara Westbrook, and was shot on their seventh visit to Kicheche, a camp on a Kenyan reserve. Barbara said that the interaction between predators and prey went on for nearly 30 minutes before the lions finally gave up. Good work, mama giraffe!   The post This Brave Mother Giraffe Defends Her Baby From An Entire Pride of Lions – Video appeared first on Lady…
  • Survey Says: Congress Less Popular than Most-Hated Star Wars Character of All Time

    Lady Freethinker
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    photo credit: nickstone333 via photopin cc Meesa thinks we have a problem. By the numbers, Congress now ranks below Jar Jar Binks — the least-liked Star Wars character ever — in popularity. In the name of accuracy, the two weren’t actually compared in the same study. But as the Huffington Post reports, a survey by FiveThirtyEight showed Mr. Binks to have a 29-percent favorable rating and a 37-percent unfavorable rating, giving him a net score of -8. Congress, on the other hand, appears to have a pitiful net rating of -57, according to data taken from multiple polls. So Americans…
 
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    FiveThirtyEight » Politics | FiveThirtyEight

  • Nobody Knows How Many Americans The Police Kill Each Year

    Reuben Fischer-Baum
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    Earlier this month, a police officer shot and killed an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri. The shooting and the response have reignited concerns about racial profiling, police brutality and police militarization. The incident has also drawn attention to a remarkable lack of knowledge about a seemingly basic fact: how often people are killed by the police.Some reporting has put forward one of the only figures available: the approximately 400 “justifiable police homicides” each year since 2008, according to the FBI’s annual Supplementary Homicide Report (SHR).
  • Are Bad Pollsters Copying Good Pollsters?

    Harry Enten
    11 Aug 2014 | 3:02 am
    The political polling industry is a mess. Fewer and fewer people are willing to respond to telephone surveys, particularly automated ones, and the costs of live interviews are climbing ever higher. Meanwhile, polls have gained prominence in the political media (FiveThirtyEight itself is a part of this trend), and the Internet seems willing to give a home to almost any survey.Demand is up, and quality supply is down. The result: pollsters that use nontraditional methodologies such as online and automated surveys are getting more press than ever, and they get included in the models of the main…
  • Why American Opinion Is Split On The Child Migrant Crisis

    Dan Hopkins
    7 Aug 2014 | 11:21 am
    It’s an election year, and down-ballot officials find themselves caught between a Democratic administration looking to house thousands of asylum-seekers and constituents who are leery of assisting them.The year I have in mind is 1980, when the Mariel Boatlift brought thousands of Cuban refugees to the United States. In explaining how Bill Clinton lost the Arkansas governor’s mansion that year, some pundits pointed to the three Cs — “Cubans, car tags and Carter” — the first being the refugees whom the Carter administration housed at Arkansas’s Fort Chaffee.Today, the…
  • The Political Conversation Isn’t About Terrorism Anymore

    Hayley Munguia
    5 Aug 2014 | 11:19 am
    “24” was once a show that captured the American mood. It had its premiere in 2001, telling the story of protagonist Jack Bauer and the rest of the fictional Counter Terrorist Unit taking control and squelching terrorist plots — a narrative that struck a chord in the wake of 9/11. As time went on, its following grew. That is, until 2007, when its ratings began to decline. Viewership shrank every year after, and the series’ return earlier this year as “24: Live Another Day” has had the smallest viewership in the show’s history.The slipping appeal of…
  • Republicans Remain Slightly Favored To Take Control Of The Senate

    Nate Silver
    4 Aug 2014 | 7:22 am
    If Americans elected an entirely new set of senators every two years — as they elect members of the House of Representatives — this November’s Senate contest would look like a stalemate. President Obama remains unpopular; his approval ratings have ticked down a point or two over the past few months. But the Republican Party remains a poor alternative in the eyes of many voters, which means it may not be able to exploit Obama’s unpopularity as much as it otherwise might.Generic congressional ballot polls — probably the best indicator of the public’s overall mood toward…
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    kai arzheimer

  • New Book Project: Handbook of Electoral Behaviour

    Kai Arzheimer
    16 Aug 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Very happy: The folks at Sage have kindly signed a contract with Jocelyn Evans, Michael Lewis-Beck, and my own good self to edit a two-volume tome on Electoral Behaviour in their Handbook series. The final product will have some 50 chapters on all aspects of psephology and should come out in 2016. Cat-herding 50+ academics for the next 18 months. What’s not to like? The post New Book Project: Handbook of Electoral Behaviour appeared first on kai arzheimer.
  • Analysing Facebook with R

    Kai Arzheimer
    26 Jul 2014 | 12:55 pm
    I’ve recently discovered Rfacebook, which lets you access public information on Facebook from R. In terms of convenience, no package for R or Python that I have seen so far comes near. Get yourself a long-lived token, store it as a variable, and put all posts on a fanpage you are interested in into one R object with a single function call. Check it out here. The post Analysing Facebook with R appeared first on kai arzheimer.
  • One, two, three Excellent Online Surveys

    Kai Arzheimer
    9 Jul 2014 | 1:36 pm
    An Imperial Duck. Because. My wonderful PhD students are running a series of short online surveys, two of them with a slightly unusual and rather intriguing format. If you read German, do them a favour and click on the link. You should be done in 10 minutes or less. And while you’re about it, share the link with your networks to make this a bit less of a convenience sample. The post One, two, three Excellent Online Surveys appeared first on kai arzheimer.
  • How to Get a 100 per cent Response Rate

    Kai Arzheimer
    28 Jun 2014 | 10:59 am
    When I drove home from work a couple of days ago, I noticed a policeman flagging down precisely every tenth car in the other lane and directing the drivers towards a lay-by. He was in uniform, wearing hi-vis gear and his government-issued Walther, so non-compliance was clearly not an issue. The scene was completed by a large billboard, stating that this was no ordinary vehicle spotcheck but rather a road use survey. I badly want these guys on our team. The post How to Get a 100 per cent Response Rate appeared first on kai arzheimer.
  • Another Update for the Extreme Right Bibliography

    Kai Arzheimer
    18 Jun 2014 | 7:04 am
    Once more, I have updated the ever more eclectic bibliography on the Extreme Right in Europe. Help making it slightly less eclectic by mailing/tweeting/facebooking (is that a thing now?) suggestions for additions. The post Another Update for the Extreme Right Bibliography appeared first on kai arzheimer.
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    Conservative Read

  • Trey Gowdy Takes The Ice Bucket Challenge, When will Obama help?

    chris
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:19 am
     Trey Gowdy, who is heading the Benghazi Select Committee, just did the Ice Bucket Challenge that Obama couldn’t. Obama was challenged by Robert Kennedy’s 86-year-old widow Ethel, as... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • TOO MUCH SILENCE–A Holocaust in Our Time

    chris
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:09 am
    Written by Allan Erickson,  Jihadists are engaged in mass murder, slavery, rape and plunder around the world at a barbaric pace not seen in centuries. Children are being beheaded, chopped in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Eric Holder: Michael Brown Death Cause for ‘Robust Action’ to Increase Police Diversity

    chris
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:05 am
    Tony Lee,  Attorney General Eric Holder vowed to use Michael Brown’s death and the riots in Ferguson, Missouri, to push for more police diversity and even combat unintentional... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Boehner’s troubles with House conservatives may only get worse

    chris
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
     Glenn Grothman is a fiery conservative who wants to slash welfare programs and crack down on illegal immigrants who he says will “destroy” America. And if U.S. House Speaker John... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Graphic Video That Shows Beheading of Journalist James Foley, Updated

    chris
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:55 pm
     A disturbing video posted online appears to show the beheading of American journalist James Foley, who was kidnapped while covering the Syrian conflict in 2012. In the video a man who appears... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Vox - All

  • More than 100,000 African elephants have been killed by poachers since 2010

    Brad Plumer
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Africa's elephants are in more trouble than we thought. The elephant population is declining by 2% to 3% per year The illegal poaching of elephants for their ivory tusks has soared dramatically in recent years, with roughly 100,000 African elephants killed between 2010 and 2012, according to new estimates in the Proceedings of the National Academies of Sciences. During that period, researchers calculate that poachers were killing elephants much faster than new elephants were being born, and the overall population was likely declining between 2 percent to 3 percent per year. If that pace were…
  • Why congressional Democrats don’t like Obama

    Ezra Klein
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    "Nearly six years into his term, with his popularity at the lowest of his presidency, Mr. Obama appears remarkably distant from his own party on Capitol Hill, with his long neglect of would-be allies catching up to him," reports the New York Times. The Times is getting at something real: congressional Democrats admire Barack Obama and they badly want him to succeed. But they don't particularly like Barack Obama — in large part because they don't think he likes them. Hill Democrats speak wistfully of President Bill Clinton and his late-night phone calls. Clinton, they say, wanted to talk to…
  • The mystery of the falling teen birth rate

    Sarah Kliff
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    At first, it looked like a mistake. The staff of TeenWise, a Minneapolis-based non-profit, crunched the numbers for its annual report on Minnesota teenagers' sexual health. Their calculations seemed to show something unbelievable: the state's teen birth rate had a double-digit decline between 2009 and 2010. That seemed impossible. Just three years earlier, in 2007, Minnesota's teen birth rate had increased by 1.4 percent; nationally it had increased by 3 percent in 2006. How could the... Continue reading…
  • The truth about the Ice Bucket Challenge: Viral memes shouldn't dictate our charitable giving

    Julia Belluz
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    The choices we make about where to donate money for health causes aren't always rational. We are probably more often driven to give by a disease that has touched a loved one than by utilitarian calculations about which illnesses impact the most people or receive the least investment from pharmaceutical companies. Sometimes our decisions about donating don't even seem to be driven by values or potential impact — but by celebrities and the entertainment value of the fundraising campaigns they endorse. Look no further than the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The feel-good campaign works like this:…
  • Why Hillary Clinton can get away with not talking about Ferguson

    Matthew Yglesias
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    On Monday, Alex Seitz-Wald wrote an article for MSNBC with the thesis that pressure is building on Hillary Clinton to address the situation in Ferguson. The truth, however, is that while Clinton is certainly taking some criticism for ducking the issue she's not, objectively speaking, under any real pressure. Her position as the presumptive 2016 Democratic Party nominee is simply so strong that there is no incentive for her to wade into politically treacherous waters and every reason for her to try instead to lay low. And that's the problem. It's clear that Barack Obama, for a variety of…
 
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  • Grand Ambitions

    Michael S. Rozeff
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    After the Soviet Union ended, Washington switched without a second’s delay from an anti-USSR policy to an anti-Russia policy. This included extending NATO to Russia’s borders in violation of earlier false signals and assurances that it would not, and it included Washington’s unilateral withdrawal from the 1972 Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty. It included U.S. support of anti-Russian leaders in Georgia and Ukraine. It has included a wide range of other steps, such as trying to diminish Russia’s role as a European energy supplier. Anti-Russian policies extend to supporting…
  • Mission Creep by the Creeps

    No Author
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    “To militarize [the police], to give them military weapons…it creates a culture. Guns and tanks and gasses that are illegal in wartime are being used. It is an atmposphere that encourages police to over-react,” Ron Paul told Andrea Mitchell on MSNBC today. As the National Guard takes up its positions in Ferguson, MO, and the situation escalates, Dr. Paul explains his opposition to the program that allowed small-town police forces across the US to be equipped with military equipment: Police are supposed to be local people, and they’re supposed to be peace officers.
  • The US Is Destroying International Business

    No Author
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    QUESTION: Marty; You have emphasized how you track world capital flows and conducted your research even in the flows of capital and disparity of interest rates between regions in the Roman Empire. You have mentioned that liquidity has collapsed and that capital has fled from emerging markets that is also putting pressure on Russia before the sanctions. Is this part of the crisis you foresee and explains simultaneously the rise in corporate cash to record levels. It seems what you taught us at the conference appears to be on point connecting these dots. Do I have this correct? Thanks for your…
  • With Brutality and Viciousness

    No Author
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    ATP 3-39.33 CIVIL DISTURBANCES 132 pages April 2014 4.9 MB ATP 3-39.33 provides discussion and techniques about civil disturbances and crowd control operations that occur in the continental United States (CONUS) and outside the continental United States (OCONUS). United States (U.S.) forces deploy in support of unified action, overseas contingency operations, and humanitarian assistance worldwide. During these operations, U.S. forces are often faced with unruly and violent crowds who have the intent of disrupting peace and the ability of U.S. forces to maintain peace. Worldwide instability…
  • Whaddya You Going To Do When They Come for You?

    Dan Sanchez
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    In the recent film X-men: Days of Future Past, the “Sentinels” are robots programmed by non-mutant humans in the government to hunt and keep down the feared and marginalized population of “mutants.” Eventually, however, their programming undergoes major “mission creep,” and according to Wikipedia, the Sentinels, “expand their targets beyond mutants to baseline humans based on the logic that they have the potential to produce mutant descendants, culminating in a dystopian future where most of humanity and mutantkind have been wiped out.” This is…
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    Inside Ben's Brain

  • Lesson Learned from Tennis Match

    Ben Spera
    6 Aug 2014 | 4:41 pm
    The post Lesson Learned from Tennis Match appeared first on Inside Ben's Brain.
  • What is Obama

    Ben Spera
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:48 pm
    The post What is Obama appeared first on Inside Ben's Brain.
  • News Anchor Slaps Fan in Face

    Ben Spera
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:44 pm
    The most disturbing part of the story is that it was completely unintentional; the reporter was just trying to give the poor guy a high five. This is some of the worst hand-eye coordination I’ve seen… and a respectable amount of restraint shown by the guy who got palmed in the face. The post News Anchor Slaps Fan in Face appeared first on Inside Ben's Brain.
  • Teddy Roosevelt’s Bar Fight with a Bully

    Ben Spera
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:56 am
    President Teddy Roosevelt has a reputation for being a tough guy, but here’s a story a bit more personal than the common tale of his days leading the Rough Riders. The best part of this story is that it’s in the President’s own words. It really does justice to the fair but tough man that […] The post Teddy Roosevelt’s Bar Fight with a Bully appeared first on Inside Ben's Brain.
  • Marine Corps Generals Openly Turning Against Obama

    Ben Spera
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:38 pm
    In an unprecedented act of open criticism of a sitting President, two 4-star Generals have publicly blasted President Obama’s policies. Several weeks ago Marine Corps General John Kelly, commander of U.S. Southern Command, first spoke out about the President’s border crisis, and now the Marine Corps top commander, Gen. James Amos, Marine Corps Commandant, publicly […] The post Marine Corps Generals Openly Turning Against Obama appeared first on Inside Ben's Brain.
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    The Socratic Diablogs

  • Racism

    Gaura Rader
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:44 am
    In 2014, despite thousands of years of civilization, racism is one of most basic and fundamental obstacles to worldwide peace, prosperity, and basic civil liberties. The United States has a serious problem with racism. Just one symptom of that is the constant stream of police violence against black men. But we are not alone, most […]
  • What if we Dropped Money Instead of Bombs on the Middle East?

    Gaura Rader
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:03 am
    What if we dropped money not bombs on the Middle East? How would that change the political dynamics in the region? How would that effect the war on terror? Okay, I’m not literally suggesting we drop cash out of airplanes, although that might not be a bad idea. And would certainly be better than more […]
  • Israel and The Right to Self Defense

    Gaura Rader
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:33 am
    The main argument being used in Israel’s defense is that “Israel has a right to defend itself,.” President Obama has said it. Hillary Clinton is saying it.  Isreal claims it has such a right. There have been a number of response’s to this claim including an excellent one by John Dugard,  emeritus professor of international law at […]
  • A Betrayal of Humanity: A Response to Yair Lapid

    Gaura Rader
    11 Aug 2014 | 10:58 am
    Yair Lapid, Israel’s Minister of Finance and the head of Yesh Atid, Israel’s second largest political party, wrote an article titled The Betrayal of The Intellectual on Huffington Post. The article is worth examining because I think it shows just how disconnected people involved in Israeli politics are from reality. And also because the arguments are so […]
  • Is Basic Income Economically Feasible?

    Gaura Rader
    8 Aug 2014 | 10:25 am
    Is basic income economically feasible? The simplest answer is “Yes!” The level at which it is feasible depends on how exactly it would be paid for. But as you will see a basic income of almost $15,000 per year for every adult, and $4,000 per year for every child is entirely feasibly, even without any major tax […]
 
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    Pension360

  • As Some Pension Funds Phase Out Hedge Funds, Others Phase Them In

    Ted Ballantine
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:25 pm
    There were big headlines earlier this month when CalPERS announced its decision to chop its hedge fund allocation by 40 percent. The news was big not just because it was CalPERS, but because the decision followed in the wake of similar decisions made by smaller funds around the country. The Los Angeles Fire & Police Pension System might not be a mammoth like CalPERS, but it was still a big deal when the $18 billion fund decided to phase out hedge funds entirely. The fund says it will save around $13 million in fees annually as a result of the decision, which re-allocated $550 million from…
  • Christie Vetoes Early Retirement Incentives for Teachers