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  • Koalas Get In Adorable Fight

    The Burning Truth
    Casey Hendrickson
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:56 am
    It’s not just human being couples who get in fights. It appears that all animal couples fight sometime or another. This adorable clip by traveler ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Morning Plum: The war escalates, scrambling politics of 2014

    Plum Line
    Greg Sargent
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:03 am
    The United States and several Mideast partners have launched air strikes on multiple ISIS targets in Syria, in what the Post terms “an aggressive and risky operation marking a new phase in the conflict.” President Obama is set to address the nation later this morning. The U.S. military has also announced strikes against a “network […]
  • Why the GOP’s latest national security attacks probably won’t work

    Plum Line
    Paul Waldman
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:47 am
    With the American air campaign against ISIS now expanding into Syria, President Obama updated the nation this morning: “We were joined in this action by our friends and partners: Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Bahrain, and Qatar. America is proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with these nations on behalf of our common […]
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    Plum Line
    Paul Waldman
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:05 pm
    * Paul Ryan, in an interview with Phil Klein, has some sobering advice for his fellow Republicans: House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., in an exclusive interview with the Washington Examiner, warned his fellow Republicans not to count on a wave this November as an excuse to avoid outlining an agenda. “This idea […]
  • How Fox News Turned Ben Carson Into A Likely Presidential Candidate

    Media Matters for America - Latest Items
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:54 am
    Fox News contributor Ben Carson now claims that he will likely run for president in 2016, capping off a more than year-long campaign by the network to promote his political ambitions. Carson's potential run continues the seemingly never-ending series of Republicans who have used Fox as a jumping off point for runs for office. During a September 22 appearance on Hugh Hewitt's radio show, Carson told Hewitt that the "likelihood is strong" he will throw his hat in the ring for the Republican nomination in 2016, "unless the American people indicate in…
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    The Atlantic

  • The U.S. Has Bombed Two Different Sides in Syria's Civil War

    Kathy Gilsinan
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:34 pm
    On Monday night, the United States struck targets in Syria for the first time as part of its expanded air campaign against ISIS—a campaign that had previously been limited to the Iraqi side of the terrorist group's border-spanning domain. But the anti-ISIS mission Barack Obama outlined in an address on September 10—"We will degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL"—had expanded in another way, too, as the U.S. launched strikes on a separate group in Syria that many Americans hadn't heard of until recently. The Khorasan Group, which the president introduced briefly on Tuesday morning as…
  • Leaves Change Color Each Fall Because of Dieting Trees

    Megan Garber
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:24 pm
    No offense to Pumpkin Spice Lattes and decorative gourds, but the real signs of fall are the leaves—leaves that transform from green to red. And green to orange. And green to yellow. Autumnal romance aside, it's a change that is, of course, chemical in nature. It goes like this, as the video above, from the American Chemical Society, explains: Trees eat sunlight, essentially, converting solar rays into energy through photosynthesis. (That process results in glucose for the trees and oxygen for Earth's atmosphere—a nice win-win.) Photosynthesis requires chlorofyll, the pigment that…
  • What Can Explain the Success of Piketty's Capital?

    Joe Pinsker
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:36 am
    On Tax Day in 2010, Andrew Boyd helped launch a campaign meant to raise awareness about economic inequality. In naming the movement, Boyd and his fellow activists wanted something that crystallized the lopsided-ness of the situation, and they settled on “The Other 98 Percent.” The campaign got some social-media traction as it began staging protests. But its cultural reach paled in comparison to that of Occupy Wall Street, which came into being just a year and a half later. Occupy’s messaging—“We are the 99 percent”—is only one percentage point more extreme than that of Boyd’s…
  • How to Make Teachers More Like Doctors

    Dmitri Mehlhorn
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:27 am
    For her exceptional book on the history of teachingDana Goldstein chose the title The Teacher Wars: The History of America’s Most Embattled Profession. In so doing, she joined an ongoing debate with reformers such as Stanford University’s Eric Hanushek, who wrote an article entitled “The War on Teachers is a Myth.” The stakes in this debate are high, ironically, because teaching polls as one of the most respected professions in the country. If political ideas are labeled a “war on teachers,” they are likely doomed to failure. A recent sub-argument within this debate has been the…
  • David Mitchell on How to Write: "Neglect Everything Else"

    Joe Fassler
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:21 am
    By Heart is a series in which authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages in literature. See entries from Claire Messud, Jonathan Franzen, Amy Tan, Khaled Hosseini, and more. Doug McLeanWhen I asked David Mitchell, author of Cloud Atlas, to discuss a favorite passage for this series, I was initially surprised by his choice: a plain-stated, rustic poem by James Wright. “Lying in a Hammock at William Duffy’s Farm in Pine Island, Minnesota” bears no overt similarity to Mitchell’s maximalist, genre-busting epics. But, he explained, the poem’s pure sensory engagement…
 
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    Daily Kos

  • Cartoon: I've got a great idea for your strip

    23 Sep 2014 | 2:50 pm
    L.A. Readers!  Come celebrate the release of the new Knight Life collection Knight takes Queen! It's happening this Thursday, 9/25 @ the Wilde Thistle, 3456 Motor Ave. near Palms from 7pm-9pm.  Cider, art, chess and Keef! Support this unique artist via the magic of PATREON!
  • Darrell Issa is jealous that Lois Lerner talked to Politico

    23 Sep 2014 | 1:30 pm
    When former IRS official Lois Lerner decided to give Politico an interview about life after becoming public enemy number one for tinfoil conservatives, she steered clear of talking about the specific allegations Republicans have made against her, sticking to general statements about having done nothing wrong. But even though that's the same posture she took in invoking the Fifth Amendment when House Oversight Committee Chairman Darrell Issa asked her to testify before Congress about the IRS and how it handled non-profit applications from tea party groups, Issa is still extremely jealous—or…
  • President Obama addresses the United Nations Climate Summit, where signs of progress remain mixed

    23 Sep 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Today was the day of the one-day United Nations Climate Summit. Expectations were not high for this one. Officially, Tuesday's summit is not part of the formal negotiations taking place over the next year, as part of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. Those negotiations will culminate with international climate talks in Paris, in the fall of 2015—and, if environmentalists get their way, some kind of binding global agreement that reduces greenhouse gases at a significant rate. Unofficially, Tuesday's summit is an indicator of how ready the world is to take…
  • Midday open thread: Bratwurst, parking tickets, and Shonda Rhimes in three words. Not those three.

    23 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Today's comic by Jen Sorensen is A dose of their own medicine: Well, good: Seattle's city attorney is dropping every marijuana ticket from the first seven months of 2014. This is indeed a very large bratwurst. That's a lot of parking tickets: Diplomatic officials from more than 180 countries owe New York City over $16 million in unpaid parking tickets, demonstrating the challenge of collecting on violations more than a decade old. [...] The vast majority of the debt—$15.6 million—is from tickets issued to diplomatic vehicles before 2002, when Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration…
  • Pat Roberts: 'Our country is headed for national socialism'

    23 Sep 2014 | 11:09 am
    Behold Virginia resident and Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts' new campaign speech, delivered on September 22, 2014, in Dodge City, Kansas, and captured by American Bridge: Yes, that's Bob Dole in the background There's a palpable fear amongst Kansans, all across this state, that the America that we love, and cherish, and honor, will not be the same America for our kids and grand kids. And that's wrong. That's very wrong. As a result, unfortunately, people are losing faith in their government. And turn it around: Government is losing faith in our people. That is a bad situation to be in. And I will…
 
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  • Nurse Answers Dying Mom's Prayers

    AMERICANUNITY
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:32 pm
    When doctors told Tricia Somers that her cancer had spread, she turned to her nurse with an urgent question: "Can you raise my son if I die? If the cancer takes me, can you take my son?" The two women had known each other for just a few weeks, but had formed a bond that would change both their lives. They first crossed paths in the spring at the Community General Hospital in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.
  • D'Souza Dodges Prison for Campaign Fraud

    sitzkrieg
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza was sentenced on Tuesday to spend eight months in a community confinement center during five years of probation after pleading guilty to a campaign finance law violation. The defendant, a frequent critic of President Barack Obama, was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Richard Berman in Manhattan. He was also given a $30,000 fine and ordered to do one day of community service a week during his probation. D'Souza, 53, admitted in May to illegally reimbursing two 'straw donors' who donated $10,000 each to the unsuccessful 2012 U.S. Senate campaign…
  • Google Quits ALEC for Lying About Climate Change

    rcade
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt today said it was a mistake for the company to support the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a group that has said human-created climate change could be "beneficial" and opposes environmental regulations. Schmidt said on NPR's Diane Rehm Show, "The company has a very strong view that we should make decisions in politics based on facts -- what a shock -- and the facts of climate change are not in question anymore. Everyone understands that climate change is occurring, and the people who oppose it are really hurting our children and…
  • Where's Waldo? Brawling with Soccer Fans

    Corky
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:33 pm
    A group of drunken Man United soccer fans brawled with a group of drunken stag party attendees dressed like "Where's Waldo?" in Manchester, England. Security video shows the men yelling at each other in a transit station as conveyors take them in opposite directions. A Waldo pushes a Man U supporter, then the groups meet between the walkways and begin to fight. Five men were found guilty of affray -- a charge in England for fighting in public. The soccer fans had visited several pubs after the game, while the Waldos had been drinking since 10 a.m. on the Yorkshire Ale Trail.
  • CDC: 1.4 Million Ebola Cases Possible by January

    MUSTANG
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    On Tuesday, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is expected to release its own predictions for only Liberia and Sierra Leone -- the two West African countries that recently have shown the steadiest and most alarming spread of cases. The CDC calculations are based, in part, on assumptions that cases have been dramatically underreported. Other projections haven't made the same kind of attempt to quantify illnesses that may have been missed in official counts. CDC scientists conclude there may be as many as 21,000 reported and unreported cases in just those two countries as soon…
 
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  • It's Hard Out There for an ALEC

    Josh Marshall
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Which big companies have dropped ALEC, the legislative advocacy group which seeds odious legislation in states around the country? Turns out quick a few. Here's the list.
  • A Different Kind Of Gay Marriage Case

    David Kurtz
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:59 am
    The fact pattern in that case striking down Louisiana's gay marriage ban reads like a law school exam question: lesbian conceives child via artificial insemination, legally marries lesbian partner in California, moves to Louisiana, where same-sex marriage is outlawed and where partner tries to legally adopt the child. So it's an adoption case, with same-sex marriage implications. In the same way, the landmark Windsor ruling was a tax case with same sex marriage implications. Beyond the intricate legal questions, there are obviously very personal and poignant matters at stake. I don't mean to…
  • Are We Ready?

    Josh Marshall
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:12 am
    Pope Francis's revolution is coming to America.
  • Crickets ...

    David Kurtz
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:02 am
    As Dylan Scott points out, the GOP's big anti-Obamacare talking point -- okay, fine, people may be signing up but not enough people are paying their premiums! -- has been blown out of the water by subsequent data. But you won't hear anything about it from those who were trafficking in this meme back in the spring. Silence. Here are the main culprits.
  • Poping In America

    David Kurtz
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    Interesting piece at TPMCafe on the changes Pope Francis has already wrought in the American Catholic Church: In less than two years, Pope Francis has changed the face of a two-thousand-year old institution. His emphasis on humility, mercy and social justice offer a vivid contrast to a vocal minority of U.S. Christian leaders who only see dark clouds and battles to fight. Think of it as the joy of the Gospel v. culture war Christianity fight. The latter is being kicked to the curb by a pope determined to rescue the church from self-righteous ideologues, princely clerics and conservative…
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    Political Animal

  • Day's End and Night Watch

    23 Sep 2014 | 3:59 pm
    Haven't mentioned my experience at the Georgia/Troy game on Saturday. The score was 66-0, and the Dawgs' reserves played very well when they took over in the second half. Managed to get sunburned, but it was worth it. I may get back to Athens for the Georgia Tech game, but if this is my very last CFB game live, I can live with it. Here are some remains of the day: * Greg Sargent reviews Obama's climate change speech at UN today. More about that tomorrow. * Paul Waldman argues 2002/2004-style Republican national security messages won't work as well with Democratic president leading the…
  • Back From the Brink in Spain

    23 Sep 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Big news from Europe today: the ruling conservative People's Party in Spain abruptly backed off efforts to implement a ban on abortions (with exceptions for rape, incest and the mother's physical and mental health) it had campaigned on in 2011. Here's a quick overview from The Guardian's Ashifa Kassam: The Spanish government has abandoned its plans to tighten the country’s liberal abortion laws, ending months of speculation and prompting the resignation of the justice minister charged with enacting some of the toughest legislation on the issue in Europe.. “As president of the…
  • Dynamic Scoring, How May I Mock Thee?

    23 Sep 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Among those paying close attention to Paul Ryan's maneuvering of late, it's sort of predictable if laughable that he's returned to the ancient conservative chestnut of "dynamic scoring" to square the various circles in his latest tax plan. Jonathan Chait calls dynamic scoring "magic pixie dust," and as used by Ryan, that's pretty accurate. The way I'd define dynamic scoring is that it demands the scorekeepers assume the economic world behaves the way supply-siders thing it does, even though it demonstrably doesn't. Thus to a considerable extent high-end tax cuts pay for themselves, and also…
  • Pat Roberts Sees the Awful Specter of "National Socialism"

    23 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    You know, back in 2009, when the Republican National Committee seriously discussed a resolution that labeled the opposition the "Democrat Socialist Party," it seemed a very good example of how a radicalized conservative movement that was suddenly entertaining old Bircher memes had gained alarming influence in one of the country's two major political parties. The RNC eventually dropped the proposal (though it did refer to the Democrat Party's "socialist agenda"), but it was a near thing. Nowadays loose references to "socialism" by Republicans are so common nobody much notices them. And when…
  • Lunch Buffet

    23 Sep 2014 | 11:52 am
    Back on the Central Coast of California today, and it's exactly as I left it two weeks ago: blue skies, blue water, light winds, temperatures topping out around 70. There's an exciting 20% chance of rain on Thursday, but my money's on the 80% probability of more drought. Here are some coasty-toasty midday news/views treats: * Rick Hasen explains Kansas Supreme Court's decision not to decide suit seeking to force Democrats to name a new nominee in the Senate race. * Pacific Northwest, Alaska, and maybe even Detroit, likely to be refuges from global climate change. * Airstrikes against IS in…
 
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    TIME

  • How Obama’s War Against ISIS Just Keeps Growing

    Michael Crowley
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:18 pm
    MoreU.S. Launches Air-Strike Campaign Against ISIS in SyriaWorse Than ISIS? A Primer on the Khorasan GroupThese Are the Weapons the U.S. Is Using to Attack ISISBarack Obama’s war against ISIS has come a long way from Sinjar Mountain. MoreDeadbeat Diplomats Owe NYC $16 Million in Unpaid Parking FinesU.S. Pledges to Destroy All Landmines Outside of Korean PeninsulaNYC's Top Cop: Terror Threat Will Increase in Months Ahead NBC News'True Detective' Casts Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn NBC NewsBritish Prime Minister on ISIS: 'These People Want to Kill Us' NBC NewsIt was six weeks ago, on…
  • White House Gets Extra Barrier After Trespasser Reaches Building

    Jack Linshi
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:35 pm
    The Secret Service erected a temporary extra barrier a few feet in front of the White House’s existing iron fence Tuesday as investigations continue into how a trespasser scaled the fence and entered the executive mansion last week. The additional fence, about three feet high, will serve as a buffer zone between the general public and the presidential residence, according to Bloomberg. “This temporary closure is in effect while the Secret Service conducts a comprehensive review of the fence jumping incident which occurred on Friday September 19th,” Secret Service Agent Ed…
  • Rudy Giuliani Explains Why Noriega’s Call of Duty Lawsuit Is ‘Absurd’

    Matt Peckham
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Rudy Giuliani minces no words when speaking about former Panamanian military leader Manuel Noriega. When he describes the man he calls “a criminal of the worst kind,” you can hear the outrage. And when he refers to Noriega’s lawsuit against Call of Duty publisher Activision over the use of his likeness in one of the games, he repeatedly calls it “absurd.” MoreThe 25 Biggest Video Games of Fall 2014Fall Video Game PreviewNYC's Top Cop: Terror Threat Will Increase in Months Ahead NBC News'True Detective' Casts Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn NBC NewsBritish Prime…
  • Chicago Mayor Pushes Illinois To Decriminalize Pot

    Alex Rogers
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel asked the Illinois state legislature Tuesday to decriminalize marijuana possession and to make all arrests for those caught with one gram or less of any drug a misdemeanor instead of a felony. “It’s time, in my view, to free up our criminal justice system to address our real public safety challenges and build on the progress that has been made,” Emmanuel told lawmakers, the Chicago Tribune reports. Emanuel is looking to expand upon a Chicago law passed in 2012 that made possession of 15 grams or less of marijuana a ticketable offense. Emanuel,…
  • Lawmakers Push Increased Access to Emergency Contraception

    Charlotte Alter
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Updated: September 23, 4:40 p.m. ET Five Democratic senators introduced legislation Tuesday that would require any federally-funded hospital to provide emergency contraception to rape survivors. The Emergency Contraception Access and Education Act of 2014 was introduced by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), with Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) signing on as co-sponsors. The bill would ensure that any hospital receiving Medicare or Medicaid funds provides accurate information and timely access to emergency…
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    CNN.com - Politics

  • Politics of fear -- how the GOP is using ISIS against Dems

    23 Sep 2014 | 2:36 pm
    The politics of fear. Until recently, that seemed so 10 years ago, right after September 11, 2001. That is, until ISIS started beheading Americans.
  • Obama ally against Syria action

    23 Sep 2014 | 1:43 pm
    As the Pentagon launched a barrage of airstrikes into Syria late Monday, Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Virginia, who was an early backer of President Obama's first presidential campaign and his hand-picked chairman to run the Democratic National Committee, says he is concerned about presidential military action into Syria without congressional authorization.
  • Striking Syria, U.S.-Arab coalition bolstered by show of force

    23 Sep 2014 | 1:25 pm
    At the outset, this new coalition of the willing seemed like a coalition of the iffy.
  • Obama: Strikes show 'this is not America's fight alone'

    23 Sep 2014 | 11:50 am
    Noting that he had "made clear that America would act as part of a broad coalition," against ISIS, President Obama declared at the White House: "That's exactly what we've done."
  • Pentagon details strikes

    23 Sep 2014 | 11:49 am
    Pentagon officials discuss anti-ISIS airstrikes in Syria. The Khorasan Group - an al Qaeda offshoot - was also targeted.
 
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  • Judge temporarily restores federal protections to wolves in Wyoming

    23 Sep 2014 | 3:37 pm
    By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) - A U.S. judge temporarily restored federal protections to wolves in Wyoming on Tuesday in a victory for conservationists that is sure to draw criticism from ranchers and hunters who blame wolves for preying on livestock and big-game animals. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said in 2012 that wolves had successfully come back from the brink of extinction in Wyoming, and that the population of about 300 animals could be managed by the state, which established hunting seasons. ...
  • At Clinton confab, Obama praises role of citizens

    23 Sep 2014 | 3:29 pm
    NEW YORK (AP) — Ordinary citizens will often have a more lasting impact on their community than their presidents and prime ministers, President Barack Obama said Tuesday as he promoted civil society at the annual Clinton Global Initiative in New York.
  • Federal prison population drops by roughly 4,800

    23 Sep 2014 | 3:27 pm
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal prison population has dropped in the last year by roughly 4,800, the first time in several decades that the inmate count has gone down, according to the Justice Department.
  • Canada senator's trial set to scuttle Tory re-election

    23 Sep 2014 | 3:24 pm
    Ottawa (AFP) - A Canadian senator's trial on bribery charges linked to Prime Minister Stephen Harper's former right-hand man was scheduled Tuesday to start in the middle of an election year.
  • Washington city council passes concealed-carry gun law

    23 Sep 2014 | 3:23 pm
    By Lacey Johnson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Washington city council passed emergency gun legislation on Tuesday requiring residents and visitors to adhere to strict guidelines to carry a concealed weapon in the U.S. capital. The move came after a federal judge in July overturned the District of Columbia's ban on carrying handguns outside the home, saying it was unconstitutional. The judge's order was under a temporary stay, giving the city time to fashion a new law. "It's a situation where we don't really want to do this, but we have to," Councilman Marion Barry…
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    Political Irony

  • Worried?

    Iron Knee
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Are you worried about the Republicans taking over control of the Senate? Apparently you are in the minority. In fact, only 36% of Americans can correctly identify the party that controls both the House and the Senate. Interestingly, there is virtually no difference between Republicans and Democrats in answering this question correctly. Related posts: Whose Job is He Worried About? Is anyone else worried about headlines that read “Protestors have won, Mubarak is stepping down”? Reality-based Media
  • Late Night Political Humor

    Iron Knee
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:15 pm
    “Prince William and his bride are expecting her second baby. That’s pretty quick for Kate to have a second baby. It’s almost as if producing an heir is her job.” – Craig Ferguson “The royal couple had to keep Kate’s pregnancy secret from the rest of the royal family. And that’s not easy because Prince Charles is all ears.” – Craig Ferguson “Apple announced the iPhone 6 today, which they say has a more durable screen that won’t crack or scratch as easily. Or as your kids put it, ‘Challenge accepted!’ Apple promised…
  • Applying Heat

    Iron Knee
    21 Sep 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Around 400,000 people gathered in New York City Sunday to demand action on climate change, making it the largest climate march in history. The march started with a moment of silence, with thousands walking through Times Square with their fists in the air but without making a sound. Tweeters declared that they had never heard it so quiet. Politicians and celebrities including Al Gore, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, Senator Bernie Sanders, Chuck Schumer, Sheldon Whitehouse, and Dennis Kucinich, celebrities Leonardo DiCaprio and Gane Goodall, joined activists,…
  • Textbook Case

    Iron Knee
    21 Sep 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Texas has a long history of producing school textbooks influenced by hard-right conservatives, but we had hoped those days were over. Nope. Of more than 140 people on the textbook panels, only three are actually college-level educators. For example, the chair of the History Department at Southern Methodist University, who is also faculty at the University of Texas at Austin, applied to be on the history panel, but was turned down. Instead the US History panel includes a former car salesman who runs a Christian ministry in his hometown and had been a Republican nominee to the Texas Legislature…
  • Internet Trolls are Assholes

    Iron Knee
    20 Sep 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Science once again proves what we already knew. A psychological study of self-identified internet trolls shows that they are sadists, narcissists, and psychopaths. Or as Psychology Today put it: So next time you encounter a troll online, remember a few things. (1) These trolls are some truly messed up people and (2) it is your suffering that brings them pleasure, so the best thing you can do is ignore them. Amen. Related posts: The Trolls are Winning The greatest threat against America are the tens of millions of Americans who won’t turn out to vote this November effectively giving power to…
 
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    Politics - The Huffington Post

  • KU Students Continue To Protest Sexual Assault Policies Despite Panels, Promises Of Change

    23 Sep 2014 | 3:30 pm
    The administration at the University of Kansas has not had an easy month. For the second time in less than a week, Jane McQueeny, a KU administrator in charge of sexual assault investigations at the university, spoke to students Tuesday afternoon about how the school handles reports of rape on campus. Just a few days earlier, McQueeny joined KU Chancellor Bernadette Gray-Little and other officials at a Sept. 18 panel to answer questions from students on the same topic. Student activism on campus and online over how the university handles sexual violence has put continued pressure on the…
  • What Do America's Arab Partners Against ISIS Really Want?

    23 Sep 2014 | 3:25 pm
    WASHINGTON -- As the U.S. launched the first airstrikes against the Islamic State and other militants inside Syria, it drew on support from five Arab nations: Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates. President Barack Obama views Arab involvement as key, administration officials have said. He reportedly waited for diplomatic alliance-building efforts to bear fruit before approving the Monday night strikes. The Arab allies are playing a visible role at the beginning of what the administration has said will be a years-long campaign against the Islamic State. Maintaining…
  • The New and 'Edgy' Meet the Press Explains the Midterms Using Chicken, Coffee, and a 'Nerd Screen'

    23 Sep 2014 | 3:14 pm
    There are a few things we know about the current status of Meet the Press. As Chez Pazienza pointed out, the way NBC News forced David Gregory out of his job was horrendously bad form. Like or dislike Gregory's style, there's no justifying the way he was tossed out. Nevertheless, NBC's choice for a replacement was essentially a lateral move -- swapping Gregory for MSNBC's Chuck Todd, who's basically the same person, torn from the same establishment circuit. There's really nothing Chuck Todd brings to the show that David Gregory didn't already provide. Except for one thing. Those of us old…
  • Americans Are Getting More Worried About Climate Change, According To New Polls

    23 Sep 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Americans are getting increasingly worried about climate change and its impacts, according to results from at least two nationwide polls released this week. A New York Times/CBS News poll found that nearly half of Americans believe that global warming is causing a serious impact now, while about 60 percent said that protecting the environment should be a priority "even at the risk of curbing economic growth." Fifty-four percent of those surveyed said that global warming is caused by human activity. This, the New York Times notes, is the "highest level ever recorded by the national poll."…
  • New York To Pay For Legal Aid For Kids Facing Deportation

    23 Sep 2014 | 3:02 pm
    NEW YORK -- The city of New York will help pay for legal services for minors from Central America who crossed the border illegally by themselves this year and were later relocated here. The initiative announced Tuesday by City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito (D) will offer $1.9 million in legal aid that for many migrants can mean the difference between getting deported and being allowed to remain in the United States. The move marked a sharp contrast to Washington, where a gridlocked Congress failed to pass any legislation this year to address the unaccompanied minors crisis. "This…
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    Media Matters for America - Latest Items

  • How Fox News Turned Ben Carson Into A Likely Presidential Candidate

    23 Sep 2014 | 9:54 am
    Fox News contributor Ben Carson now claims that he will likely run for president in 2016, capping off a more than year-long campaign by the network to promote his political ambitions. Carson's potential run continues the seemingly never-ending series of Republicans who have used Fox as a jumping off point for runs for office. During a September 22 appearance on Hugh Hewitt's radio show, Carson told Hewitt that the "likelihood is strong" he will throw his hat in the ring for the Republican nomination in 2016, "unless the American people indicate in…
  • Ingraham Mocks MSNBC's Jose Diaz-Balart For Translating For Spanish-Speaking Guest

    23 Sep 2014 | 9:13 am
    From the September 23 edition of Courtside Entertainment Group's The Laura Ingraham Show:Related: MSNBC: Undocumented mothers press Democrats on immigration reform Previously: Laura Ingraham: The Hispanic Caucus Should Be Called "The Open Borders Caucus" Laura Ingraham Uses Taco Bell Ad To Mock Immigrant Children's Detention Plight Laura Ingraham Repeatedly Mocks An Immigration Protester For Speaking Accented English
  • Anti-Gay Pundits Recycle Doomsday DADT Rhetoric To Defend Military's Transgender Service Ban

    23 Sep 2014 | 9:13 am
    The third anniversary of the repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell (DADT) found the U.S. military intact and stronger than ever. Despite the utter failure of their previous doomsday predictions to materialize, the same voices of opposition to DADT are now making similar prophecies about potential moves to lift the military's discriminatory ban on transgender people. Challenges remain for lesbian, gay, and bisexual service members. Three years removed from the repeal of DADT, they still face harassment, discrimination and difficulties obtaining veterans' benefits. One obstacle to equality looms…
  • When There's Nothing Left To Uncover About Hillary

    23 Sep 2014 | 8:01 am
    If the conservative site Washington Free Beacon is still paying a Republican opposition research firm $150,000 a year to dig up dirt on Hillary Clinton, editors might want to renegotiate their contract. Because if Free Beacon's latest installation of its deep-dive into Clinton's past is any indication, GOP investigators have already run out of leads. The Free Beacon news flash? Back in 1971, Hillary Clinton (then Hillary Rodham) corresponded twice with Saul Alinsky, a liberal organizer and activist of renown in the 1930s, `40s and `50s. More recently, Alinsky's been immortalized as a bogeyman…
  • Watch Stephen Colbert Dismantle Krauthammer's "Non-Diagnosis" That Obama Is A Narcissist

    23 Sep 2014 | 5:34 am
    From the September 22 edition of Comedy Central's The Colbert Report: Previously:  Krauthammer Distorts Obama's Words To Declare Him A Napoleonic "Narcissist" Krauthammer: Obama Too Much Of A "Narcissist" To Surround Himself With People Like Panetta Or Gates 
 
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    The Women's International Perspective

  • Putin warns Ukraine against implementing EU deal -letter

    Reuters: World News
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:54 am
    BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Moscow will curtail Ukraine's access to vital Russian markets if Kiev implements any part of a trade agreement with the European Union, President Vladimir Putin warned in a letter, toughening his stance on a deal at the center of East-West tensions.
  • Water: A Defining Issue for Post-2015

    Amantha Perera
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:25 am
    A Sri Lankan boy bathes in a polluted river. South Asia, home to 1.7 billion people of which 75 percent live in rural areas, is one of the most vulnerable regions to water shocks. Credit: Amantha Perera/IPSBy Amantha PereraSTOCKHOLM, Sep 23 2014 (IPS)A gift of nature, or a valuable commodity? A human right, or a luxury for the privileged few? Will the agricultural sector or industrial sector be the main consumer of this precious resource? Whatever the answers to these and many more questions, one thing is clear: that water will be one of the defining issues of the coming decade.Some estimates…
  • Uganda: Lake Victoria’s Water Levels Drop Further

    AllAfrica News: Latest
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:33 am
    [IPS]Kampala -Over the years, Cassius Ntege, a fisherman from Kasenyi landing site on the Ugandan side of Lake Victoria, has observed the waters of the lake receding. And as one of the many who depend on the lake for their livelihoods, he has had to endure the disastrous consequences of the depleting lake.
  • South Sudan: Scores Killed in Fighting As Peace Talks Resume

    AllAfrica News: Latest
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:40 am
    [VOA]Peace talks for South Sudan resumed Monday in Ethiopia, as a spokesman for the South Sudan army said nearly 180 troops from both sides in the nine-month conflict were killed in new clashes in Upper Nile state.
  • Saving the Lives of Cameroonian Mothers and their Babies with an SMS

    Ngala Killian Chimtom
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:23 am
    According to an African proverb, “every woman who gives birth has one foot on her grave.” Cameroonians are attempting to make this proverb a historical fact and not a present reality through SMS technology. Credit: Mercedes Sayagues/IPSBy Ngala Killian ChimtomYAOUNDE, Sep 23 2014 (IPS)“You can’t measure the joy in my heart,” Marceline Duba, from Lagdo in Cameroon’s Far North Region, tells IPS as she holds her grandson in her arms.  “I am pretty sure we could have lost this child, and perhaps my daughter, if this medical doctor hadn’t shown up,” Duba says, a smile sweeping…
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    This Week in Blackness | #TWIBnation

  • You Mad?

    Pia Glenn
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:56 am
    Ah, social media. At its best, it can be a place for marginalized folks to come together, as seen in the many pages and Instagram feeds devoted to showcasing the beauty of people of color. And at its worst, it can be where emotionally infantile, entitled white people complain about it. People who are able to recognize that mainstream media generally praises white, Eurocentric beauty standards seem to understand our joy at being able to share and uplift images of beauty that reflect our cultures. It’s a wide web world out there, and I’m sure some white people see our slideshows and just…
  • On Staying Out Of It

    Pia Glenn
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:53 pm
    I adore Twitter. I really enjoy it. I understand that not everyone “gets” it, and that’s fine. Many people don’t use it, and that’s fine too. But I’m into it. This morning, like many mornings, I woke up and checked my Twitter timeline. I did a few ablutions between opening my eyes and internetting, but I’ll spare you the gory details. As I scrolled my TL, I was both shocked and not at all surprised to see that many of the people I follow were very very very angry, and all at one person. I had noticed the tumult last night before I went to bed. Someone had said something that…
  • Profiling in the Afternoon

    Pia Glenn
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:53 pm
    So there I was, doing some midday grocery shopping in an upscale suburban grocery store. I was about to check out at one of the self-checkout lanes, so I plopped my overflowing basket down and pulled out my frequent shopper rewards card. When self-checkout lanes were first introduced, I found them to be quite curious. I worried that they were harbingers of the HAL 9000-ish society that I still feel we’re tumbling toward. I thought about people losing their jobs and paychecks to automation and technology. And I pondered the crime factor. I’m not exactly a career criminal, but I did have a…
  • At the Arcade

    Pia Glenn
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:53 pm
    My eldest niece celebrated her 10th birthday this past weekend. We feted her with a small party at a large amusement emporium, a combination Laser Tag/bounce house/ball pit/arcade facility that is not generally the sort of place where I spend my Saturday nights. The children had a ball and the adults alternated between participating and sitting on the sidelines lamenting the noise level. At one point, we were in the arcade and my niece had run out of tokens and ran up to me for more money. This usually well-behaved child darted across a crowded space and wordlessly stuck her hand in my purse.
  • On Apologies and Allies

    Jamie Nesbitt-Golden
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:53 pm
    For the last couple of days, I’ve watched people I’ve respected continuously cause harm to others. It has been a eye-opening, heartbreaking experience. It’s hard, watching someone fuck up to the point of no return. You’re hopeful that they’ll come to their senses, hopeful that they’ll see the err of their ways and do their best to make amends. When you see them dig in their heels after dozens of people have told them they’re wrong, you begin to wonder if ego is more important than contrition. The human ego is a fragile thing. It causes us to act in…
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    Wonkette

  • Deleted Comments Of The Day: Please Don’t Agree With Us Please

    Doktor Zoom
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm
    We’ve got mail! Or at least we’ve got people who want to leave comments, but who are not going to be admitted to the Commentariat because we don’t especially want them tromping around our parlor, especially not with what they’ve tracked in on their boots. Today, our sluicing out of the ol’ comments queue starts off with a couple of submissions from people who sorta kinda agree with something Yr Wonkette has published, but there’s just something about the comments that suggests we may not really want to invite these folks in, probably. For starters,…
  • Okla. Mom Shoots Fleeing Burglar In Buns; Wingnut Erections To Never Subside

    Alex Ruthrauff
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:58 pm
    This story about Oklahoma mom Cathy Kouba and the butt she shot is a great Rorschach test for how you feel about guns and the killing of people in the USA: “Kouba said she grabbed the gun her son gave her for Mother’s Day and ran out the front door to confront the intruder out back. “[I cocked the gun], saw that the door had broke down, then I saw him hitting over the fence and head to the creek,” Kouba said. Kouba said she fired and thinks she hit him in his backside. Adding insult to injury, the intruder got tangled in her electric fence before escaping.” Assuming that “hitting…
  • Kissing Congressman’s Wife Totally Cool With Him Boning That Lady

    Rebecca Schoenkopf
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Wives! They are always like “no you may not put your Marriage Stick in the whore’s Penis Home and rub it up and down a lot,” and other unfair things! But Vance McAllister, the Christly congressman who was putting his dick on that lady until he got BUSTED on VIDEO, knows how to pick them, because his wife is all like “it is cool honey no probs oh hey where is all the Valium is it here are you the Valium?” and he is like, “SCORE.” OK, first of all, that lady is pretty, while her “husband,” Vance McAllister, is … well, believe it or…
  • Texas Won’t Let Lesbian Get Driver’s License, Because Jesus And Shut Up Is Why

    Doktor Zoom
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:11 pm
    A woman who recently moved to Texas from California can’t get a Texas driver’s license under her married name, because she’s married to another lady, and Texas just don’t think that’s respectable. Connie Wilson and her partner Aimee relocated to the Houston area with their three kids. Connie took on Aimee’s last name when they were legally married in California more than a year ago. However, Connie Wilson said she is now being told that name doesn’t legally belong to her in the Lone Star State. “It’s really hard to accept that someone is…
  • Seattle Wonkpals, Are You Ready For Your Lovepile?

    Rebecca Schoenkopf
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:48 am
    Seattle, you have been waiting long and you have been waiting hard for a Wonkette Drinky Thing and Lovepile of your very own. You have been waiting long and hard because WE HATE YOU. But considering you are such dedicated Wonkers that you have thrown your own Fauxty Things, and considering also your comrade and our web developer Shypixel lives in Missoula, Montana, which is reasonably close to Seattle, and we wanted to meet him after doing much flirting and sexual harassing in the sexcret wonket chatcave, to which he responded quite positively, we decided to throw you one anyway. (Again, to…
 
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    Hot Air

  • Climate change so important that cable news ignored Obama’s UN speech

    Noah Rothman
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Super cereal. “Our citizens keep marching,” Barack Obama told the assembled delegates at the United Nations on Tuesday during his extravagantly publicized address on climate change. “We cannot pretend we can’t hear them.” Apparently, cable news didn’t get the message. CNN and Fox News carried the president’s remarks for just a few minutes before cutting away. MSNBC […] Read this post »
  • Bill O’Reilly: Why not raise a 25,000-man global mercenary army to fight ISIS?

    Allahpundit
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Payday. Seems far-fetched. We’re going to recruit and vet thousands of possibly unreliable foreigners, arm them to the teeth, shower them with cash, give them some perfunctory training, then send them into battle against the world’s nastiest jihadi degenerates, from ISIS to Al Qaeda to Hezbollah? Why, that’s … exactly what Obama’s planning to do with […] Read this post »
  • Video: Semi-retired president now saluting Marines with coffee in hand

    Allahpundit
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Respect. A quickie late afternoon palate cleanser via the NRCC. Two years ago, he’d have polished off his latte inside the cabin so that he could salute properly in front of the cameras. Two years later, he’s in the YOLO phase of his presidency. The guy just started bombing a new country in the Middle East […] View the video »
  • Video: MNsure renewal process nonexistent

    Ed Morrissey
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:41 pm
    "Tens of thousands of people" potentially impacted. It may be Minnesota’s state ObamaCare exchange, but it more closely resembles the Hotel California. You can check in, but forget about doing anything else with MNsure. The scandal-plagued portal doesn’t allow consumers to change brokers, change plans, or account for “life changes” such as employment activities, retirement, or disability during the enrollment year. And […] View the video »
  • Pentagon: ‘Years’ of war ahead in Syria and Iraq

    Noah Rothman
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:01 pm
    A generational struggle. Speaking at the Clinton Global Initiative on Tuesday, former President Bill Clinton stressed that it was his belief that the anti-ISIS campaign in Syria and Iraq will require prolonged coalition involvement. He added, however, that he did not believe such a mission would take years. The Pentagon disagrees. Briefing reporters on the strikes inside Syria […] Read this post »
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    Real PolitixReal Politix

  • Use These Techniques For Stock Market Investing

    Randy
    21 Sep 2014 | 8:07 pm
    TIP! Before going to a broker, you should do some background research to make sure you can trust them with your money. When you spend time doing the necessary background checks, you reduce the risk of becoming a victim of investment fraud. If you need some extra income, you should consider investing in the stock market. It can be quite shocking to realize the investment potential associated with it. However, for you to make large sums of money through investing, you need to study and learn to make the right choices. Read on to learn stock market investing essentials. TIP! Keep in mind that…
  • How To Be A Successful Online Business Owner

    Randy
    20 Sep 2014 | 7:29 am
    TIP! You should set up a backup plan just in case something goes wrong with your home business. Have contingency plans in place for major disasters, such as losing your website hosting or not receiving a product shipment. Think about how things would be different if you did not have your home business. It may be your sole income source or perhaps a terrific supplement. This article will help you learn how to make sure your work from home business stays successful. TIP! Try not to work straight through the day, as your body and mind needs some rest. For example, don’t use your break to…
  • Home Buying Can Be Made Easy With These Tips

    Randy
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:22 am
    TIP! Real estate agents need to get a hold of their former clients during anniversaries and holidays of their date of purchase. Hearing your voice again will trigger positive memories of the real estate transaction that occurred. Plenty of people claim to be real estate experts, but you should be very wary about whose advice you follow. Many of these same experts either oversaw, or were deeply involved with, the housing crash. If you are planning on buying real estate, be sure to read this advice. TIP! Individuals with families, either existing or planned for the future, should shop for homes…
  • Avoid Future Problems By Following These Essential Insurance Tips

    Randy
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:59 pm
    TIP! Try to find the best overall insurance company to take care of all your insurance needs. You can save some money and get a break on premiums if you move all of your insurance policies to the same provider. The topic of insurance can be very complicated for many individuals to understand. Although everyone would like quality coverage, the cost is also considered. Read on for some tips on how to handle insurance matters, and empower yourself to handle such things with ease. TIP! If you own a business, you should ensure that all aspects of your line of work is covered with your insurance…
  • Tips On How To Deal With The Stock Market

    Randy
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:14 pm
    TIP! Spend time observing the market before you decide which stock to buy. Prior to laying any money down, it’s always smart to research the company behind any stock and to be aware of current market conditions. Investing your money in stocks can be a great way to increase your wealth, but you need to know what you are doing. If you desire to learn how you can generate big profits, continue reading this guide for great tips. Today is the day to profit from the stock market! TIP! You should always investigate the fees that you will be liable for from a broker before you register with…
 
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    FamousDC

  • Famous Friday [Round Up]

    fdc
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:37 pm
    #FAMOUSDCHAPPYHOUR You waited. We delivered. It’s a FamousDC Happy Hour! Celebrate 100 Years of The New Republic and get to the Final Push to November Happy Hour next Thursday. #NATIONAL First person on the planet to buy an iPhone in stores drops it on the sidewalk, on live TV; The NFL dissed Rhianna; will Boston [...]The post Famous Friday [Round Up] appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Sen. Barbara Boxer’s Office Fittingly Wins “Cutest Dog” at Pet Night on The Hill

    fdc
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:32 am
    On Thursday night, the Animal Health Institute (AHI) announced the winners of the Cutest Pets Contest at its annual Celebrity Pet Night on Capitol Hill, which celebrates the bond between people and their pets. It was a lively event – complete with barks – and included appearances by celebrity pets; the adorable dog named Marti [...]The post Sen. Barbara Boxer’s Office Fittingly Wins “Cutest Dog” at Pet Night on The Hill appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Baby Betsy Birthday-Gram For Her Famous Auntie Em

    nolongerfamous
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:32 am
    Happiest of birthdays to Emily Mueller! h/t to Matt and Molly Haase for helping get this adorable betsy-gram all the way to the Senate side from Kansas.The post Baby Betsy Birthday-Gram For Her Famous Auntie Em appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Happy #ConstitutionDay!

    nolongerfamous
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Today is Constitution Day, so why not celebrate by … enjoying a constitutional rap. ThanksUSA, a non-profit that provides scholarships to the children and spouses of active duty military personnel, is currently sponsoring a music video contest. In honor of Constitution Day on September 17, 2014, we challenge teachers and students across the country to [...]The post Happy #ConstitutionDay! appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Un-ball-ieveable breaking news

    fdc
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:17 am
    Ladies & Gentlemen, Un-ball-ieveable breaking news! It appears we may have a Battle of the Balls on our hands…. Members of the Montana State Society are going ballistic. They claim local baller Spike Mendelsohn a.k.a the Ballburglar, as they have now dubbed him, is attempting to hijack their signature event “The DC Testy Fest” by [...]The post Un-ball-ieveable breaking news appeared first on FamousDC.
 
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    Democracy Now!

  • Vandana Shiva, Winona LaDuke & Desmond D'Sa on a Global, Grassroots Response to U.N. Climate Summit

    23 Sep 2014 | 5:46 am
    Two days after the historic People’s Climate March, world leaders are gathering in New York City today for a United Nations summit on climate change. President Obama, along with more than 100 heads of state, are expected to attend. But the leaders of several major polluters, including China, India and Canada, are skipping the talks. The summit is part of a lengthy and so far failed process leading to climate negotiations in Paris next year, when countries will seek a binding deal to limit the emissions that cause global warming. We speak to three leading environmentalists: Vandana Shiva…
  • Flood Wall Street: 100 Arrested at Sit-In Targeting Financial Giants' Role in Global Warming

    23 Sep 2014 | 5:29 am
    One day after the largest climate march in history in New York City, protesters rallied near Wall Street on Monday to highlight the financial industry’s role in fueling industries responsible for the air pollution that is causing global warming and climate change. The action came ahead of the one-day United Nations Climate Summit today, where leaders from 125 countries will take part in the first high-level climate talks since Copenhagen nearly five years ago. Dubbed "Flood Wall Street," hundreds of protesters dressed in blue held a rowdy sit-in on Broadway just blocks from…
  • Expanding U.S. Strikes to ISIS in Syria, Has Obama Opened New Phase of "Perpetual War"?

    23 Sep 2014 | 5:09 am
    The United States has launched airstrikes in Syria targeting the Islamic State, as well as members of a separate militant organization known as the Khorasan group. The Pentagon says U.S. forces launched 47 Tomahawk Land Attack Missiles from warships in the Red Sea and North Arabian Gulf. In addition, U.S. Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps fighters, bombers and drones took part in the airstrikes. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, at least 20 Islamic State fighters were killed in strikes that hit at least 50 targets in Raqqa and Deir al-Zor provinces in Syria’s east.
  • Headlines for September 23, 2014

    23 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    U.S. Launches Strikes on Militant Groups in SyriaScores of Iraqi Soldiers Killed by Islamic StateFrench Hostage Held by ISIS-Linked Group in AlgeriaOver 100 Arrested at "Flood Wall Street" Protest Against Climate ChangeRockefeller Heirs Cite "Moral Imperative" to Divest from Fossil FuelsWHO Darkens Outlook on Ebola; 20,000 Cases Possible by NovemberYemen: Houthi Rebels Tighten Hold on Capital Sana'aIsraeli Forces Kill Suspects in June Killing of 3 TeenagersU.S. Unveils New Rules to Curb Corporate "Tax Inversions"Report: U.S. Increasing Nuclear Arsenal,…
  • Heirs of Billionaire Oil Tycoon John D. Rockefeller Join Growing Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement

    22 Sep 2014 | 5:45 am
    In major climate divestment news, the Rockefeller family, which made their vast fortune on oil, has announced it will begin divesting from fossil fuel companies. The heirs of Standard Oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller are joining a growing movement of institutions and wealthy individuals who are pledging to divest from oil, coal and natural gas companies. We speak to Scott Wallace, co-chair of the Wallace Global Fund, which has coordinated the Divest-Invest effort. He is the grandson of Henry Wallace, who served as Franklin D. Roosevelt’s vice president and ran for president in 1948 on the…
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    NYT: The Caucus

  • The Caucus Ends Its Campaign

    By The New York Times
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    The Caucus on Monday suspended its campaign. Follow First Draft, a fast-paced political briefing on all things Washington and elections.
  • Sunday Breakfast Menu, Sept. 21

    By Elena Schneider
    20 Sep 2014 | 11:55 am
    Congress approved funding for equipping Syrian rebels against Islamic States and lawmakers will discuss their votes on several of the Sunday shows.
  • Sunday Breakfast Menu, Sept. 14

    By Elena Schneider
    13 Sep 2014 | 11:24 am
    President Obama vowed to "degrade and ultimately destroy" ISIS in a speech he gave on Wednesday. Lawmakers and analysts will discuss his strategy on the Sunday shows.
  • Sunday Breakfast Menu, Sept. 7

    By Elena Schneider
    6 Sep 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Lawmakers will weigh in on President Obama's international coalition to fight Islamist militants.
  • Sunday Breakfast Menu, Aug. 31

    By Elena Schneider
    30 Aug 2014 | 12:28 pm
    President Obama drew criticism on Thursday when he said, "we don't have a strategy yet," for military action against ISIS in Syria. Lawmakers will weigh in on Mr. Obama's comments on the Sunday shows.
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    Outside the Beltway

  • Pentagon Says Obama’s War Against ISIS Likely To Last Years

    Doug Mataconis
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    In its first briefing in the wake of last night’s bombing attacks on Syria, Pentagon officials said that this was just the beginning of a conflict likely to last years: The first airstrikes launched against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in Syria by the U.S. and a handful of Arab allies were “very successful,” the Pentagon said Tuesday, but warned they were just the start of a long campaign that could go on for years. “Last night’s strikes are the beginning of a credible and sustainable, persistent campaign to degrade and ultimately destroy ISIL,”…
  • Dinesh D’Souza Avoids Prison In Campaign Finance Case

    Doug Mataconis
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:52 am
    Conservative pundit Dinesh D’Souza won’t have to worry about spending time in prison on his conviction for breaking campaign finance laws: The conservative author and documentary filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza was spared prison time on Tuesday after pleading guilty earlier this year to violating federal campaign finance laws. Judge Richard M. Berman of Federal District Court in Manhattan handed down a probationary sentence — including eight months in a so-called community confinement center — and a $30,000 fine, bringing to a close a high-profile legal battle that…
  • ISIS Wasn’t The Only Target We Hit In Syria Last Night

    Doug Mataconis
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:18 am
    ISIS wasn’t the only target of America’s air strikes in Syria last night, we also hit targets associated with an al Qaeda linked group that heretofore had not received much attention in the media: U.S. military forces attacked more than just the Islamic State in Syria on Monday night. President Obama confirmed in his brief remarks on Tuesday morning that he ordered airstrikes against a group of “seasoned al-Qaeda operatives” in Syria who have become known as the Khorasan Group. In a statement describing the air assault, U.S. Central Command said the action was taken…
  • U.S. To Get Rid Of All Land Mines, Except The Ones In Korea

    Doug Mataconis
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:33 am
    The United States will be destroying its stockpile of land mines, with one notable exception: The United States pledged Tuesday to destroy its land mine supply outside of the Korean peninsula, in Washington’s latest move to make good on a decade-old promise to sign up to an international treaty banning the weapons. “We will diligently undertake to destroy stockpiles of these land mines that are not required for the defense of the Republic of Korea,” said State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki. The U.S. will also “not assist, encourage or induce anyone outside…
  • Who’s Going To Pay For The President’s War Against ISIS?

    Doug Mataconis
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:20 am
      Andrew Sullivan points out that Republicans, or anyone for that matter, don’t seem to be all that concerned with how we’re going to pay for the President’s war against ISIS: It’s been a remarkable aspect of the foreign policy “debate” over the last month that I haven’t heard a single leading Republican express misgivings about a new Iraq war’s impact on fiscal policy. And yet, for a few years now, we have been subjected to endless drama about the mounting debt when it comes to anything the government wants to do. Cost was one (ludicrous)…
 
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    Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines

  • Black Men in America Are Traumatized by Racism—Are We Listening?

    editor@truthdig.com
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:40 pm
    By Sonali Kolhatkar The topic of racism often generates discussions of justice, equality, freedom and human rights. But what about trauma? Related Entries September 19, 2014 For Black Men in America, There Is No Break From Racism September 16, 2014 Family Alleges Racism Compelled Utah Police to Shoot Darrien Hunt
  • The Mideast Horrors Grow

    editor@truthdig.com
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:25 pm
    By William Pfaff Cutting off the heads of aid workers and journalists is nothing in comparison with the degradation and dehumanization being inflicted on the pathetic people of the Middle East by all sides. Related Entries September 22, 2014 American Amnesia: Why the GOP Leads on National Security September 19, 2014 Dennis Kucinich: President Obama Has Trapped Himself With Bad Decisions
  • Time for a Federal Robotics Agency

    editor@truthdig.com
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:12 am
    By Thor Benson As drones, driverless cars, robotic surgeons and algorithms that can buy and trade in the stock market become part of the daily conversation, there needs to be an understanding of how the law and the public will deal with these imminent realities. Related Entries September 21, 2014 Political Will Is Only Barrier to 100 Percent Renewables September 11, 2014 Apple Watch Out
  • The Italian Army’s Growing Weed. Here’s Why

    editor@truthdig.com
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:09 am
        The fondly nicknamed Mary Jane has a number of health benefits according to various studies, and though it has been legalized in many U.S. states, medicinal marijuana remains inaccessible to a lot of people. Shutterstock The reasons behind the Italian armed forces growing marijuana in a military lab are more noble than you might expect. Apparently, the army is doing so after it was agreed upon by the country’s Ministry of Defense and the Ministry of Health “to lower costs and make it more available to those who need it.” Think Progress compares the Italian approach to…
  • Jon Stewart Explains Climate Change for Dummies or the House Committee on Science and Technology

    editor@truthdig.com
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am
    Using a cup of water and bowl of ice, the “Daily Show” host tries to show an exceptionally stubborn House representative why his metaphor about climate change is faulty. Related Entries September 23, 2014 The Arab Political Crisis: It Isn’t a Matter of Civilization and It Isn’t Unique September 22, 2014 Public Pressure Is the Best Hope for Climate Action
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    PunditGuy

  • Seahawk Distress

    PunditGuy
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:19 pm
    Mayday. My Seahawks looked mortal today. The were beaten by the San Diego Chargers 30 to 21. They didn’t perform like the same team. The defense was clearly shocked by the heat (it was 97 degrees) and the ferociousness of the Charger offense. They didn’t let up. It seems like the Seattle offense barely got a chance to play, and I don’t think Marshawn Lynch had a dozen carries. It wasn’t our day. Worried? Maybe. It’s hard to have two championship seasons back to back. Not many teams are capable of it. Playoffs? For sure. I won’t say today that I expect the Seahawks to be back in…
  • U2 – “Songs of Innocence”

    PunditGuy
    12 Sep 2014 | 2:01 pm
    At first I thought the album sucked. I listened again. I was wrong. It’s a masterpiece. I’ve never been “into” U2 for their politics, or social commentary. I could really do without Bono’s preaching in-between songs during shows. Sure, he does more than just talk, he goes out there and gets stuff done, stays informed, etc., but so do millions of other smart people. Big deal. What I like about U2 is the music. It’s always been about the music. And for that I thank The Edge. I’m convinced it’s all him. Adam Clayton is a great bass player, and he’s getting better with each…
  • 9/11

    PunditGuy
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:03 am
    Never forget.
  • I Don’t Want An Apple Watch, and You Shouldn’t Either

    PunditGuy
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:07 pm
    I could easily point to this article on Engadget and be done. Go ahead an read it, because many of the arguments made there resonate with me. My honest thoughts are these: Apple Watch needs a separate charging plug. That’s just another I need to carry with me. The device requires an iPhone. Do you have to have it in your pocket? In proximity? Why wouldn’t I just pull out my phone instead of looking at my wrist? Aside from my wife, why would I want to send my heartbeat to anyone? And even with my wife, wouldn’t that get old after awhile? “Yeah, honey, love you…
  • Obama Concedes to 2014 Dems; Won’t Force Immigration Action

    PunditGuy
    6 Sep 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Everything is political. From going to war, to recognizing holidays and religious traditions, to pardoning the Thanksgiving turkey. No decision is made without politics being the most important issue. This is true for Democrats and Republicans alike. No one is pure here. It just seems as though the political angles of things are becoming more obvious than in the past, and the media now doesn’t even pretend to hide the implications. President Barack Obama will not take any executive actions on immigration until after November’s elections, a White House official confirmed to CNN on…
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    ThinkProgress

  • How To Get Away With Being A Damaged White Man

    Jessica Goldstein
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Nic Pizzolatto and Matthew McConaughey. CREDIT: Richard Shotwell Invision/AP For context, I send you to Alessandra Stanley’s New York Times piece, “Wrought in Rhimes’s image.” When Nic Pizzolatto writes his autobiography, it should be called How to Get Away With Being a Damaged White Man. On Tuesday, Mr. Pizzolatto introduced the cast of True Detective season two, yet another HBO season from his acclaimed drama to showcase a conflicted, long-suffering white man. This one—well, actually, there are two—will be Ray Velcoro, “a compromised detective whose allegiances…
  • The United States Pledges To Give Up Landmines, Just Not Everywhere

    Joaquim Moreira Salles
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:51 pm
    CREDIT: AP Images Some good news on the humanitarian front came this morning as the White House announced that, after years of deliberation, the United States will mostly comply with the Ottawa Convention, which seeks to eradicate the use of anti-personnel landmines (APLs). The commitment means that the US will destroy its APL stockpiles and pledge not assist or encourage APL use by other states -– with one caveat: none of these commitments will apply to the Korean Peninsula. The Ottawa Convention, also known as the Mine Ban Treaty, was drafted in 1997 and to date, 162 countries are bound…
  • Spain Drops Its Effort To Roll Back Women’s Abortion Rights

    Amelia Rosch
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Amelia Rosch is an intern for ThinkProgress. Anti-abortion activists march against the government’s plans to limit restrictions. CREDIT: AP Images/Andres Kudacki Following months of protests, the Spanish government announced that it’s ending its plans to severely restrict legal abortions in the country, dropping a bill that would have criminalized the procedure in most cases. If the proposed restrictions had passed, abortion would only be legal in Spain in the case of rape or if the mother’s health was in danger, which would make around 100,000 of the 118,000 abortions…
  • Justice Ginsburg: If I Resign, Obama Could Not Appoint ‘Anyone I Would Like To See In The Court’

    Ian Millhiser
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:17 pm
    CREDIT: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg does not plan to leave the Supreme Court anytime soon, and, as she tells Elle‘s Jessica Weisberg, that’s because the Senate is terrible: [Weisberg]: I’m not sure how to ask this, but a lot of people who admire and respect you wonder if you’ll resign while President Obama is in office. [Ginsburg]: Who do you think President Obama could appoint at this very day, given the boundaries that we have? If I resign any time this year, he could not successfully appoint anyone I would like to see in the court. [The Senate…
  • John Oliver And The Great National Pastime Of Mocking Miss America

    Jessica Goldstein
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Miss New York, Kira Kazantsev, walks the runway after she was named Miss America 2015 during the Miss America 2015 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP caption) CREDIT: AP Photo/Mel Evans After John Oliver’s investigation into the Miss America Organization’s claim that they “provide $45 million in scholarships each year” aired, something predictable happened, followed quickly by something strange. The predictable part: the video went viral, due as much to Oliver’s thoughtful and funny critique as to the proclivities of a big chunk of the…
 
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  • Coalition of the Presentable

    William Saletan
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:40 pm
    According to President Obama and the Pentagon, five countries—Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates—joined the United States in last night’s airstrikes in Syria. It’s a staged family portrait: five Sunni governments united against extremism. Obama says the coalition shows that “people and governments in the Middle East are rejecting ISIL and standing up [for] peace and security.”
  • Nothing to See Here

    Jamelle Bouie
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:06 pm
    As holidays go, National Voter Registration Day is self-explanatory. Created in 2012 by the League of Women Voters, it’s a day in September when volunteers work to register voters and increase participation. In the last two years, the effort helped add 350,000 people to the voter rolls, and this year more than 2,000 groups have organized events to mark the occasion and repeat the success.
  • Who Deserves Those 4 Inches of Airplane Seat Space?

    Christopher Buccafusco
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Not since the Battle of the Somme has such little space been the subject of such intense conflict.
  • The Right Target

    Fred Kaplan
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:04 pm
    President Obama’s air war against terrorist targets in Syria has begun, sooner and more deeply inside Syrian territory than expected. The question: Will the strikes—which mark the mere “beginning of a credible, sustainable, persistent campaign,” as the U.S. military’s operations chief put it at a Pentagon press conference Tuesday morning—really degrade and destroy the jihadist group known as ISIS?
  • Chicago Gabfest

    23 Sep 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Slate Plus members! You can now access early ticket sales for the Slate Political Gabfest's annual conundrum show, live in Chicago on Nov. 12. General ticket sales will not begin until noon Eastern time on Friday, Sept. 26.
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    Political Mojo | Mother Jones

  • Labor's New Attack on Iowa Senate Candidate Joni Ernst: She's An ALEC Shill

    Andy Kroll
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:17 pm
    The battle between Democratic congressman Bruce Braley and Republican state Sen. Joni Ernst to be Iowa's next US senator couldn't be closer. In an effort to fire up voters in a race that could decide which party controls the Senate in 2015, the AFL-CIO—the labor federation representing 56 unions and 12.5 million workers—is blasting out mailers this week attacking Ernst for her membership in the American Legislative Exchange Committee, the so-called bill mill in which corporations and state lawmakers get together in private to draft industry-friendly legislation. The new mailers,…
  • These Are the Regions Where Americans Are Most Likely to Favor Secession

    Inae Oh
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:40 am
    Inspired by the events surrounding the recent Scottish independence referendum, a new poll reveals an alarming number of Americans think a similar splintering of the union is a fine idea. The poll, organized by Reuters, found that 23.9 percent of Americans would favor their state seceding from the rest of the country. Residents of the Southwest and the Rockies were the most likely to voice support, polling at 34 percent and 25 percent respectively. A plurality of would-be secessionists reported an annual income of $25,000 or less. A shock to no one, more Republicans than Democrats want to…
  • Chart: Happy Days Are Here Again—for the Superwealthy

    Dave Gilson
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:45 am
    With Washington paralyzed on bread-and-butter issues and the midterms ahead, we put together a primer on the state of America's frozen paychecks. We'll be posting a new chart every day for the next couple of weeks. Today's chart: How the recovery left most Americans behind. The Great Recession officially ended five years ago, but that's news for millions of Americans: A stunning 95 percent of income growth since the recovery started has gone to the superwealthy. The top 1 percent has captured almost all post-recession income growth. Compare that with how they did during these historic booms:…
  • Stop Everything And Let This 11-Year-Old Boy Give You Hope For the Future

    Tasneem Raja
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Last month, in the midst of nightly protests over the killing of unarmed Michael Brown in Ferguson, an 11-year-old boy named Marquis Govan approached the podium at a meeting of the St. Louis County Council, pulled the mic down to his height, and calmly delivered an incredibly well-informed, thoughtful, and stirring set of remarks. "The people of Ferguson, I believe, don't need tear gas thrown at them," he said. "I believe they need jobs. I believe the people of Ferguson, they don't need to be hit with batons. What they need is people to be investing in their businesses." He wasn't…
  • This Afghan Policewoman Died Fighting the Taliban. Now Right-Wingers Are Desecrating Her Photo.

    Elizabeth Gettelman
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Malalai Kakar was a police officer in Afghanistan. She was also a mother of six, a feminist, and a fearsome threat to the Taliban, who gunned her down in 2008. You would know some of Kakar's story if you'd come across Lana Šlezic's captivating photography of women in Afghanistan in Mother Jones and other publications. But the right-wing Britain First party recently co-opted a photo of Kakar—taken in 2005 just before she headed out on a raid to free a kidnap victim—using it as propaganda in the online "ban the burka" campaign. Its August 30 Facebook post using the image has…
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  • Koch Brothers Really Hated Obama's U.N. Climate Change Speech

    karoli
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:09 pm
    President Obama's speech today at the United Nations really lit up the Kochs. After all, these are the guys who want to buy the Senate to get rid of EPA regulations and other initiatives to reduce carbon emissions. Listen to them squeal! In an email to supporters, Tim Phillips, the president of the Koch political advocacy organization Americans for Prosperity, decried the president’s “radical international energy agenda for “what used to be called global warming, then climate change, then extreme weather, and now finally climate disruption.” (The idea that the left changes the name of…
  • Dem Scolds GOP Strategist On Texas TV For Calling Rape Victims 'Minor Issues'

    David
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Democratic gubernatorial nominee Wendy Davis said this week that comments made by one of her opponent's surrogates calling rape and incest "minor issues" prove that the Republican Party does not value women. During a debate on Lone Star Politics, which is produced by The Dallas Morning News and KXAS, Democratic strategist Matt Angle reminded viewers that Republican candidate Greg Abbott even opposed abortion in cases of rape and incest. "He would impose himself and others like himself in the government to decide," Angle said. GOP strategist Matt Mackowiak shot back that a ban on abortion was…
  • Misogynistic Online Creeps Threaten Emma Watson Over Her 'Feminist Cancer'

    John Amato
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Psychos and misogynistic online losers have been attacking Emma Watson after she gave an impassioned speech about gender discrimination. The actress gave an impassioned speech on feminism and gender at the U.N. headquarters in New York this weekend to launch the “HeForShe” campaign which aims to galvanize one billion men and boys as advocates for ending the inequalities that women and girls face globally. Watson’s speech, which was met with a thunderous standing ovation, not only called for action from male allies, but clarified a persistent misconception about feminism in general.
  • The Emancipation Proclamation Is Meaningless With Gun Violence Problem

    Vegasjessie
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    A popular Black musician in the Chicago area recently had a frightening experience with reactive police officers targeting him for driving around trying to get better phone reception. This type of situation is far too common and the issue of overt racism is should be foremost on our minds. On Real Time with Bill Maher this last Friday, Wendell Pierce told his unbelievably awful experience with Louisiana police aiming a gun at him for simply being a Black motorist. In the article, Placing Gun Violence into a Human Rights Framework: Our Moral Imperative we see that gun violence…
  • Convicted Felon Dinesh D'Souza Gets No Jail Time For Campaign Finance Law Violations

    karoli
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:05 am
    Proving that it's always better to break the law first and apologize later, Dinesh D'Souza got off with a nice light sentence for trying to buy a New York senatorial candidate in 2012. According to Reuters, D'Souza will spend 8 months in a community confinement center, receive 5 years probation, and be required to perform community service one day per week for the duration of his probation. I can't wait for all the mini-D'Souzas he spawns with those English language lessons. With sentences like that, there's virtually no risk in violating campaign finance laws. D'Souza will still be free to…
 
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  • Your Daily Devotional for September 23, 2014

    Jeff Tiedrich
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    That which does not kill me really isn’t trying very hard. Your Daily Devotional is a lightly-edited entry from my Twitter feed. Follow me at @jefftiedrich Your Daily Devotional for September 23, 2014
  • Anybody seen Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize?

    Paul Szep
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:50 pm
  • Your Daily Devotional for September 22, 2014

    Jeff Tiedrich
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:58 am
    1. Stare out window 2. Regret every decision Can’t believe it’s only noon and I’ve already nailed my to-do list. Taking rest of the day off. Your Daily Devotional is a lightly-edited entry from my Twitter feed. Follow me at … Continue reading →
  • The State of Literary Art V: Theory Schmeory…

    Jim Booth
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    Do we need a theory of creative writing? Would that save higher education? Uh, nope… (For previous essays in this series, look here, here, here and here.) This essay in the series of essays on Joe David Bellamy’s assessment of American writing ventures … Continue reading →
  • A week in photography at 5280 Lens Mafia

    Sam Smith
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    If you don’t know our sister site, 5280 Lens Mafia, you’re missing out. Here’s some of the wonderfulness from the past few days. Up first, Dr. Denny, who has been doing some wonderful things with the Oil Paint filter. Greg … Continue reading →
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  • Choosing “Yes”

    Andrew Sullivan
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:41 pm
    Freddie responds to Vanessa Grigoriadis’s piece on campus rape: I think that it’s a mistake to create different standards of consent for college students. The potential unforeseen consequences scare me, and besides, a central aspect of the fight against sexual assault is to insist that rape is rape. I think it sends a retrograde message to suggest that there is a different standard that is applied only to college students. I would argue that a clear takeaway from the New York piece is that the establishment of this entire separate legal system for campus sexual assaults, while…
  • Scaring Up Some Votes

    Andrew Sullivan
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:15 pm
    The Republicans are already using ISIS as a wedge issue: Sargent passes along a new Scott Brown ad that also hypes the ISIS threat: It’s true that the President’s approval on terrorism has plummeted and the GOP now holds a huge advantage on foreign policy. Republican strategists have been pretty explicit in explaining that they see this as a way to exploit a general public sense that things have gone off the rails, and polls do show high wrong-track numbers and rising worry about terrorism. If things go wrong, which is certainly possible, this could well redound to the benefit of…
  • The View From Your Window

    Andrew Sullivan
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Herzlyya, Israel, 12 pm
  • Because More Bombing Is Always The Answer

    Andrew Sullivan
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Mohammed Alaa Ghanem, writing in Politico, wants the US to target Assad, not just ISIS: Assad’s record presents clear evidence: If his regime somehow survives the current conflict, ISIL will mysteriously regenerate itself while Assad approvingly observes. Unless the United States wants to be striking ISIL in Syria yet again in another five to 10 years, America should hit Assad now. Larison pulls his hair out: Attacking Syrian regime forces would drag the U.S. into a much larger, riskier, and more ambitious campaign that could have very dangerous consequences for U.S. pilots and could create…
  • Quote For The Day

    Andrew Sullivan
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:45 pm
    “We must begin by acknowledging the hard truth: We will not eradicate violent conflict in our lifetimes. There will be times when nations — acting individually or in concert — will find the use of force not only necessary but morally justified. I make this statement mindful of what Martin Luther King Jr. said in this same ceremony years ago: “Violence never brings permanent peace. It solves no social problem: it merely creates new and more complicated ones.” As someone who stands here as a direct consequence of Dr. King’s life work, I am living testimony to…
 
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  • Secret Service Interviewed Accused Intruder Twice

    23 Sep 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Secret Service agents had twice interviewed the man accused of breaching White House security Friday, but they didn't find cause to charge him with a crime or seek to have him committed for treatment for mental illness.
  • Obama: U.S., China Must Lead on Climate

    23 Sep 2014 | 3:08 pm
    President Barack Obama said the U.S. and China have a "special responsibility to lead" efforts to curb carbon greenhouse gas emissions, as he sought to enlist nations to combat climate change.
  • U.S. Reports Significant Damage in Syria Strikes

    23 Sep 2014 | 3:03 pm
    The U.S. said the first wave of airstrikes on extremist groups in Syria damaged buildings and infrastructure used for command and control and was only the start of a long campaign.
  • Despite Tough Primary, Cuomo Holds Wide Lead: Poll

    23 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    But the New York state governor's job approval rating falls back to its lowest point since he took office.
  • Obama Unveils Plan to Support 'Civil Society' Groups Abroad

    23 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm
    President Obama denounced foreign governments that try to quash their citizens' efforts to expand personal freedoms, saying it is in America's national interest to oppose repression abroad.
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    Lew Rockwell: The LRC Blog

  • The Great and Holy War?

    Laurence M. Vance
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Review of Philip Jenkins, The Great and Holy War: How World War I Became a Religious Crusade (HarperOne, 2014), x + 438 pgs.. One would think that if there is any group of people that would be opposed to war it would be Christians. After all, they claim to worship the Prince of Peace. But such is not the case now, and such was not the case 100 years ago during the Great War that we now call World War I. I have often pointed out how strange it is that Christians should be so accepting of war. War is the greatest suppressor of civil liberties. War is the greatest creator of widows and orphans.
  • Creepy School District Returns Grenade Launchers

    No Author
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    The Los Angeles School Police Department, the largest school-based law enforcement agency in the country, is giving back three grenade launchers obtained under a Department of Defense program, but wants to keep some other gear– just in case. As reported by the Associated Press, the agency will be returning three grenade launchers of unspecified type but will keep a surplus Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) armored vehicle as well as 61 M16 rifles. The rifles, agency officials point out, have been modified to fire semi-auto only, and the MRAP can be used as a rescue vehicle…
  • Beware a Regime That Demands To Know Your Foreign Assets

    Ira Katz
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Following world events and their personal impact on me, I find threads of history weaving together in my mind with current events. First I will recount the history regarding a singular example of the Nazi era persecution of Jews that I became aware of a couple of years ago. I assisted a French friend, C, with a legal problem in the US.  A claim was made for Swiss bank accounts of her grandfather, RK, following from the findings of the Independent Committee of Eminent Persons (ICEP, also known as the Volker Commission).  The ICEP “was established in 1996 to investigate the accounts lying…
  • Alibaba and the 40,000 Thieves

    David Stockman
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    They do ring a bell at the top.On Friday Alibaba gained $65 billion of market cap in 5 minutes!  And that was on top of the $170 billion IPO price—-a valuation that was not all that shabby to begin with.  In fact,  BABA weighed in for the opening bell at 20X its $8.6 billion in sales.My Alibaba US $2.5-10 / Piece ( FOB Price) 800 Pieces (Min. Order) 30000 Piece/Pieces per Month (Supply capacity)  Well, the above red hot multiple was not actually with reference to the company’s results, but to its drop-box financials. That is, before the day was over it was trading at 27X…
  • American Zombies

    Butler Shaffer
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    That fear of Acheron be sent packing which troubles the life of man from its deepest depths, suffuses all with the blackness of death, and leaves no delight clean and pure. -   Lucretius It may be inevitable that, when a civilization dies, its inhabitants undergo a major transformation in character. No longer having formal social expectations as a guide for personal behavior, men and women take on the traits of the living dead; bodies capable of automatic, robotic movement, but without any focused, moral direction. Those whose personal identities had been attached to institutional systems,…
 
 
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  • Brave: the word that is being misused

    Stephanie
    10 Sep 2014 | 10:17 am
    Okay, I'm putting on my rant pants today and complaining about a huge pet peeve of mine.  It has to do with the word brave, and the massive abuse of its definition running rampant around the internets of late.  I'm mostly referencing the overuse of it on blogs, and in comment sections of blogs, and instagram.No, it is not brave to take your oldest kid to kindergarten for the first time.  No, it is not brave to hike a small mountain.  No, it is not brave to tell people you have changed your mind about part of your life.  No, it is not brave to run a marathon.  No,…
  • How has Cate adjusted?

    Stephanie
    5 Sep 2014 | 8:27 am
    It's been just over two weeks since we said our goodbye's to Cate and headed back home to resume "normal life" without our college student.  I'm not going to lie, it was really tough to drive off and leave her there.  Many tears were shed (by Spencer and I), as we hit the lonely road home and thought about how much we love and adore that girl and how our lives would never be the same from that moment on.And, it's true.  Our lives are not the same.  Things seem quieter here.  One less person at home feels significant.  For the first week or so, Wes kept asking me…
  • Letting my hair down: {day one}

    Stephanie
    3 Sep 2014 | 7:06 pm
    (The super moon)20 random facts about myself1.  I keep my toenails painted year round.2.  I once dry heaved when my Grandma Genie guilted me into eating a cooked prune.3.  I need eight hours of sleep to function.  I need nine hours to be happy and seven to survive.4.  I can see through people within 3 minutes of meeting them.  It is a blessing and a curse.5.  I don't cry at normal crying moments- tear jerker movies, sentimental life experiences, terrible news.6.  My children go to their dad if they want something out of the ordinary.7.  If I ever…
  • resigned

    Stephanie
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:40 am
    I've been equally as worried about Spencer transitioning into sleeping alone in his bedroom once Cate left for school, as I had been worried about Cate leaving for school.  I've talked before about my boy and his unending desire to "be with people", so this change for him had been much anticipated and long in coming.Spencer has always been a people person.  Since his first moments of being cradled in his big sister's arms, my boy has always thrived on simply being in the presence of other people.  He gains energy, strength, passion and interest from being around others.
  • Q & A -- about dropping Cate off for college

    Stephanie
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:43 am
    (on the road!)We just got home from a whirlwind trip to Utah, wherein we spent some much needed time visiting with Wes' family (my kids hadn't seen their grandparents for two years prior) and dropping Cate off for college.  The trip was exhaustive, fun, jam-packed and emotional and I've had lots of questions about it, so here goes...Did Cate take a car down to school?No!  First of all, we still need our kid car here.  Emma is going to be a licensed driver before we know it and we need a vehicle for her to drive.  Secondly, the drivers in Utah are crazy with a capital C.
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    Mother Jones

  • A Former Diplomat Explains Why Our Third War In Iraq Is Doomed

    Peter Van Buren
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:21 pm
    This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. I wanted to offer a wry chuckle before we headed into the heavy stuff about Iraq, so I tried to start this article with a suitably ironic formulation. You know, a déjà-vu-all-over-again kinda thing. I even thought about telling you how, in 2011, I contacted a noted author to blurb my book, We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People, and he presciently declined, saying sardonically, "So you're gonna be the one to write the last book on failure in Iraq?" I couldn't do any of that.
  • Subprime Students: How For-Profit Universities Make a Killing By Exploiting College Dreams

    Astra Taylor and Hannah Appel
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:19 pm
    This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. Imagine corporations that intentionally target low-income single mothers as ideal customers. Imagine that these same companies claim to sell tickets to the American dream—gainful employment, the chance for a middle class life. Imagine that the fine print on these tickets, once purchased, reveals them to be little more than debt contracts, profitable to the corporation's investors, but disastrous for its customers. And imagine that these corporations receive tens of billions of dollars in taxpayer subsidies to do this dirty work. Now,…
  • This Poet From a Tiny Island Nation Just Shamed The World’s Leaders

    Jeremy Schulman
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:01 am
    Presidents and diplomats aren't the only ones calling for climate action at the United Nations. During the opening ceremony of today's climate summit, â€‹Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner—a 26-year-old poet from the Marshall Islands—spoke eloquently about the threat that rising seas pose to her country. Jetnil-Kijiner warned delegates of the high price of inaction and described the current challenge as a "race to save humanity." "Those of us from Oceania are already experiencing it first hand," she said. "We've seen waves crashing into our homes…We look at our…
  • What Is Khorasan and Why Did the US Just Bomb It?

    Jenna McLaughlin and Dana Liebelson
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:45 am
    On Monday night, a US-led coalition launched air strikes in Syria against members of ISIS, the extremist Islamic group occupying territory in Iraq and Syria. As a "last-minute add-on," NBC reports, the United States also targeted a different terrorist group: a little-known outfit called Khorasan. This Al Qaeda affiliate gained some public attention earlier this month after US officials reported that the extremists were plotting to sneak bombs on to US airplanes. Last week, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper noted that the group "perhaps" posed as great a threat to the United…
  • GOP Candidate's Twitter Feed Calls Neo-Confederate Website an "Interesting Read"

    Molly Redden
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:48 am
    In a race that could decide which party controls the Colorado state senate, Republican state senate candidate Don Suppes is fending off accusations that his campaign tweeted out a link to a neo-Confederate website that denigrates gay people, women, and African-Americans, and complains that white people can't use the N-word. Colorado Democrats are circulating this screenshot of the tweet, dated May 26, in which the Suppes campaign shares a link to the website SuthenBoy.com, with the words, "Interesting read…" Suppes, through a campaign spokesman, at first claimed the Twitter account was…
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    Raw Story

  • Texas man accused of buying school board votes with money and cocaine

    Reuters
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:52 pm
    A campaign manager working in the south Texas town of Donna has been charged with buying votes in a school board election by paying voters with cash and cocaine, U.S. officials said on Tuesday. The indictment said Francisco Garcia, 47, who managed campaigns for four candidates for the Donna School B...
  • Alabama man kills former UPS supervisors and himself a day after being fired

    Reuters
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:07 pm
    A recently-fired UPS employee on Tuesday shot dead two supervisors at the company facility where he had worked in Birmingham, Alabama before turning the gun on himself, police said. The gunman, who was wearing a brown UPS uniform, had been terminated a day earlier, police said, adding that his motiv...
  • Texas author uses Limbaugh’s ‘blood money’ to help poor women get abortions

    Arturo Garcia
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:55 pm
    A Texas author used conservative radio host Rush Limbaugh’s tip money to help fund abortions for women who wouldn’t be able to afford them, the Dallas Morning News reported. Merritt Tierce, who worked as a waitress at a local steakhouse between 2005 and 2011, said that Limbaugh came to h...
  • Conservative author D’Souza avoids prison for violating election law

    Reuters
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza avoided prison on Tuesday when a U.S. judge sentenced him to serve eight months in a community confinement center after he pled guilty to violating campaign finance law. D’Souza, 53, was ordered by U.S. District Judge Richard Berman in Man...
  • Colorado students walk out to protest conservative ‘censorship’ of AP history

    David Ferguson
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:36 pm
    On Tuesday, hundreds of high school students in Jefferson County, Colorado walked out of classes this week to protest conservative censorship of the national Advanced Placement U.S. history class curriculum. According to the Denver Post, students and teachers are protesting the removal of all mentio...
 
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    Guardian: UK Politics

  • Ed Milibands £2.5bn pledge puts NHS at heart of election battle

    Patrick Wintour, political editor
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Labour leader promises 20,000 more nurses, while Tories seize on forgotten section of speech made without notesEd Miliband has played what he hopes will be his trump card in the general election by promising 20,000 more nurses and 8,000 more GPs in a £2.5bn-a-year move to make the state of the National Health Service the central issue for voters. Continue reading...
  • Ed Milibands NHS care pledge a crowd-pleaser but a much-needed one

    Denis Campbell, health correspondent
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Labour leaders £2.5bn promise gave the conference a buzz but it also showed his party has been listening to health service staffIf Ed Miliband was seeking a crowd-pleasing but also timely policy intervention, it was hardly surprising that he ended up opting for a pledge to support the NHS. With experts warning of growing pressures already forecast to amount to roughly half a billion by the end of the current financial year there was an argument for action.The Labour leader chose to describe his £2.5bn Time to Care fund in terms of the number of staff it will pay for. The recitation…
  • Scottish independence referendum: grief at the Glasgow Skeptics

    Libby Brooks
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:44 pm
    A packed discussion about where next after last weeks referendum inevitably ends up picking over the recent pastYoull just have to take my word for it that yesterday evenings Glasgow Skeptics event After the Referendum: What Now? was stowed out, because it was too dark in the basement of the Admiral Bar to take photographs. The Glasgow Skeptics, which began five years ago with the aim of puncturing pseudo-science, has held a number of popular referendum events but this one - coming so soon after last Thursdays vote - was by far the most over-subscribed. Continue reading...
  • Labour conference star Gareth: I was impressed with Ed Miliband

    Matthew Taylor and Rowena Mason
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:33 pm
    IT worker was one of several frustrated voters whose names were dropped by party leader during 60-minute speechA stroll on Hampstead Heath appears to have inspired Ed Milibands conference speech as he quoted from chance conversations in the park with software worker Gareth, chef Xiomara and two students who wished he was the actor Benedict Cumberbatch.The Labour leader attempted to liven up his speech by recounting a string of meetings with voters, many of whom were conveniently frustrated with the way society is working in Britain.That's Gareth, back left RT @pimterry: Ed Miliband happened…
  • Ed Miliband's keynote speech at Labour Party conference - video

    Guardian Staff
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Labour leader Ed Miliband vows to help repair the 'creaking' NHS in his keynote address at the annual Labour Party conference in Manchester. Labour plans to setup a £2.5bn 'time to care' fund capable of supporting 20,000 more nurses, 8,000 more GPs, 5,000 more care workers and 3,000 more midwives by 2020 Continue reading...
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  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:17 pm
    * President Obama spoke before an assemblage of world leaders at the UN today about the need for global action on climate change. Ben Adler wasn’t blown away, but he gives Obama some credit: The most heartening thing by far was that our president did assume the U.S.’s proper place as a leader in global […]
  • Obama gives good speech on climate change, and Congress shrugs

    Greg Sargent
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:40 pm
    At the United Nations today, President Obama gave a decent speech about climate change. He hit a number of key points: Climate change is not just an “urgent and growing threat”; it’s the most important and consequential issue of the 21st Century. The science is undeniable, as are the signs of rising danger all around […]
  • Why the GOP’s latest national security attacks probably won’t work

    Paul Waldman
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:47 am
    With the American air campaign against ISIS now expanding into Syria, President Obama updated the nation this morning: “We were joined in this action by our friends and partners: Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Bahrain, and Qatar. America is proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with these nations on behalf of our common […]
  • Morning Plum: The war escalates, scrambling politics of 2014

    Greg Sargent
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:03 am
    The United States and several Mideast partners have launched air strikes on multiple ISIS targets in Syria, in what the Post terms “an aggressive and risky operation marking a new phase in the conflict.” President Obama is set to address the nation later this morning. The U.S. military has also announced strikes against a “network […]
  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:05 pm
    * Paul Ryan, in an interview with Phil Klein, has some sobering advice for his fellow Republicans: House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., in an exclusive interview with the Washington Examiner, warned his fellow Republicans not to count on a wave this November as an excuse to avoid outlining an agenda. “This idea […]
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    Watchblog: Democrats

  • The Tabloid Age

    13 Sep 2014 | 6:50 am
    I have a certain respect for the power of storytelling. I've been working on a fairly big project for some time now, and as politics has recently ground down into a steady routine of some people spewing hatred about Obama, while other express disappointment that he doesn't magically redeem the country, I've taken to focusing on that, more than other things. Like politics. But as I look at things, I can't help but think we've lowered ourselves, and the only ones who are benefiting are the people racing to the bottom.When you have no standards to betray, when succeeding at a competition is more…
  • Michigan Governor's Race Proves Politics Is All About Perception

    9 Sep 2014 | 6:49 pm
    During Super Bowl XLVIII this past February, Governor Rick Snyder (R-MI) ran an ad proclaiming himself "Michigan's Comeback Kid," claiming Michigan's economy was prosperous and wonderful, and the ad even featured Snyder going scuba diving in his own swimming pool. The Republican Governors Association ran ads featuring Sleeping Bear Dunes at sunset (Quite a beautiful, Pure Michigan sight, I might add) and Mackinac Island claiming Michigan's economy was vibrant and while not saying directly that Snyder deserved a second term, proclaimed "The Schauer's Over," a swipe at Mr. Snyder's Democratic…
  • George W. Bush Calls on Bill Clinton for #ALSIceBucketChallenge

    20 Aug 2014 | 1:50 pm
    There's some light and fun news in the political world. The power of social media has proven to be a force of positivity with the worldwide spread of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Most recently, former President George W. Bush has involuntarily participated in the challenge saying, "I do not think it's Presidential for me to be splashed with ice water, so I'm simply gonna write you a check." His wife Laura clearly didn't think that was sufficient as she douses her husband in ice water. Post by George W. Bush. Bush concludes, "Now it's my privilege to challenge my friend Bill Clinton,"…
  • The Hypocrisy and Contradiction of Today's Right

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Words matter, but meanings matter more. When it comes down to it, yes, the President once promised you could keep you doctor and your insurance, and failed to completely fulfill that promise. But the President made a good faith effort to extend healthcare to millions of Americans, and the judicial activism of the right has, in bad faith, created a ruling that could strip that from millions of Americans.I live in a state where the Governor made a big show of refusing to set up a state exchange. How was that possible? Because the Roberts court forced the system to become peacemeal, ruling…
  • Todd Akin, Richard Mourdock, and Rape Culture

    18 Jul 2014 | 3:42 pm
    Trigger Warning Earlier this week, failed 2012 Senate candidate from Missouri Todd Akin officially rescinded his apology for his "Legitimate Rape" comment, saying "This was something that was intentionally misunderstood and twisted for political purposes. Also in 2012, Senate candidate from Indiana Richard Mourdock said in a debate that he thinks abortion should be illegal even in cases of rape and incest because, "When pregnancy begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it's something that God intended to happen." We've heard the term Rape Culture quite often and heard things about the…
 
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    Watchblog: Third Party & Independents

  • The Terrorist Who Lived in Rochester

    17 Sep 2014 | 11:45 am
    If you are a returning member of the military, having done a turn of duty in Iraq, concerns about Veteran Affairs and the quality of medical treatment that you will receive, should you need it, is not your only worry. Aside from planning how to rejoin the workforce, there now appears to be another, far more serious, risk you could face. A Yemen-born naturalized US citizen has been arrested in Rochester accused of providing resources and logistical aid to potential ISIS recruits. But Mufid Elfgeeh has also been charged with purchasing and possessing handguns with silencers to be used against…
  • The Facts Are Catching Up To Globalisation

    15 Sep 2014 | 1:47 pm
    An article,'The Roughed Up American', by Robert Samuelson in today's WaPo related the true facts as to how citizens have fared, economically over the last decade or so.His takeaway, "The Great Recession hurled incomes all the way back to the late 1980s and early 1990s." His pictorials indicate that median family income for 2013 ($46k) differed little from 1989 ($46k). He states that the median income of the top 10% for 2013 was $229k, which is 22% above the 1989 figure. No one seems to be looking for a significant change for a long while to come. Some call for tax reform; a fair tax, a flat…
  • Obama, the Unconstitutional War President

    12 Sep 2014 | 6:38 pm
    Besides the modern precedence of President Obama’s defeats in the Supreme Court in regards to their 9-0 rulings against him, the President has repeatedly violated the wording and spirit of the Constitution, as well as his own words, several times in waging war, a power that was given to the Congress for a variety of good reasons. Let’s take a look at the US Constitution’s text on the war powers. To declare War, grant Letters of Marque and Reprisal, and make Rules concerning Captures on Land and Water; To raise and support Armies, but no Appropriation of Money to that Use shall be for a…
  • Say it Mr. President

    12 Sep 2014 | 5:58 am
    The terrorists in ISIS come from around the world, especially the developed world, according to info-grams at CNN's site. Finland, in percentage terms, has a relatively large population of jihadists in ISIS for example. Australia, Canada, the USA of course, and Britain and France all have residents who have joined the crazed army that is terrorizing locals and foreigners alike. For all those determinists who love to point to poverty as the ultimate cause, this data is an obvious refutation of their posture. This is ideology at work, a fanatical creed with delusions of medieval empire; a…
  • The legalization of drugs is not a political issue, but a scientific one

    9 Sep 2014 | 4:32 am
    America's one-size-fits-all war on drugs has been going on for quite some time now with not much to show for it. Former government researchers from the UK have ranked 10 of the most frequently abused drugs (including alcohol) according to their relative harm. It's an effort to drive home the fact that what we think we know about the nature of drug harm is either incomplete or, in some cases, flat-out wrong.So what did they find? You can see for yourself here: Infographic by 12 Keys Recovery Surprising exactly no one, we can see that alcohol is far and away the most dangerous drug on the list…
 
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    Patrick Ruffini

  • Celebrating 125 years of the National Zoo

    28 Aug 2014 | 6:11 am
    When the opportunity presented itself to design a microsite celebrating the Smithsonian National Zoo’s 125th Anniversary and the return of the American Bison, we jumped at the chance. Here in Washington—and, indeed, across the nation—the Smithsonian and the National Zoo are beloved institutions that are a source of tremendous pride. Respecting that legacy, we set out to design a microsite that would present the excitement of the occasion in a visually compelling manner that would speak to all generations. Our starting point was the background image. We wanted to evoke the Bison’s…
  • 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…
 
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    Roll Call: Politics

  • DCCC Pulls Ad in New Jersey Race

    23 Sep 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Updated 5:36 p.m. | The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is removing a television ad that aired in a southern New Jersey House race -- a change caused by incorrect information in the GOP nominee's personal financial disclosure forms, according to a committee aide.
  • Democrats Hit Chicago Airwaves for Key House Race

    23 Sep 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Freshman Rep. Brad Schneider, D-Ill., released a new ad Tuesday, attacking his GOP opponent on the Chicago airwaves.
  • National Education Association Dives Into Colorado Race (Video)

    23 Sep 2014 | 1:52 pm
    The National Education Association aired a new Spanish-language ad Tuesday targeting the Republican nominee for Senate in Colorado, Rep. Cory Gardner.
  • Democrats Cut Ad Time in Upstate New York Race

    23 Sep 2014 | 1:09 pm
    House Majority PAC has canceled a large television reservation in a competitive upstate New York district, the super PAC spokesman confirmed to CQ Roll Call.
  • When NOT to Air Political Ads on TV

    23 Sep 2014 | 12:01 pm
    No matter how cluttered the airwaves become this fall with political ads, there are some television shows during which campaign operatives don't dare air their spots.
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    WIRED » Danger Room

  • How WWI’s U-Boats Launched the Age of Unrestricted Warfare

    Jordan Golson
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    World War I was shaped by the new vehicles developed during the four years of conflict. A century after the start of the war, we’re looking back at the most remarkable vehicles—the planes, cars, tanks, ships, and zeppelins—it helped bring about. For British merchant vessels operating during World War I, few things were so terrifying […] The post How WWI’s U-Boats Launched the Age of Unrestricted Warfare appeared first on WIRED.
  • A Military-Grade Drone That Can Be Printed Anywhere

    Jordan Golson
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    We have 3-D printed keys, guns and shoes—now a research team at the University of Virginia has created a 3D printed UAV drone for the Department of Defense. In the works for three years, the aircraft, no bigger than a remote-controlled plane, can carry a 1.5-pound payload. If it crashes or needs a design tweak […] The post A Military-Grade Drone That Can Be Printed Anywhere appeared first on WIRED.
  • How the Red Baron’s Knockoff Aircraft Became the First Great Warplane

    Jordan Golson
    8 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Though the Allies won the war and the glory, the Germans gave us one of the most famous airplanes of the Great War. The Fokker Dr.1 triplane, flown by one of history's great fighter pilots, is among the most recognizable aircraft of the early twentieth century and it played a significant role in launching dogfighting as a new form of combat. The post How the Red Baron’s Knockoff Aircraft Became the First Great Warplane appeared first on WIRED.
  • Army’s New Laser Cannon Blasts Drones Out of the Sky, Even in Fog

    Jordan Golson
    5 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Boeing is building a laser cannon for the U.S. Army, and the new weapon has now proved it will be as capable at sea as on land. The High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator (HEL MD)---basically a high-energy laser mounted on top of a big truck---was successfully used to blast some UAV drones and 60mm mortars out of the Florida sky earlier this year, Boeing announced Thursday. The post Army’s New Laser Cannon Blasts Drones Out of the Sky, Even in Fog appeared first on WIRED.
  • How to Turn Chemical Weapons Like Mustard Gas Into Ordinary Trash

    MATT JANCER
    3 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    BRYAN CHRISTIE DESIGN In September 2013, Syria agreed to destroy its chemical weapons—good thing the US Department of Defense had recently fast-tracked the Field Deployable Hydrolysis System. It's a facility that can digest and neutralize lethal material, and it breaks down into shipping containers for transport anywhere (sidestepping pesky local laws about moving sarin and […] The post How to Turn Chemical Weapons Like Mustard Gas Into Ordinary Trash appeared first on WIRED.
 
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    Stately McDaniel Manor

  • Non-Lethal Marketing, Reprised

    Mike McDaniel
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:08 pm
    The G8 Pro V2 in its holster On September 1, the good folks at Bearing Arms were kind enough to publish my article titled “The Screaming, Flashing, Low Resolution Laser Pepper Camera Transmitter Abomination,” which spoke of the G8 Pro V2, a non-lethal weapon/recording system marketed not only for the security market, but for schools as well. That article prompted a letter from the COO of Guardian 8, the company that manufactures the Pro V2, and at his suggestion, I field-tested the unit. My response and the results of that test are now available in an article titled “The Non-Lethal…
  • Education Problems And Solutions #4: Mission And Responsibility Creep UPDATED

    Mike McDaniel
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    credit: infed.org The first three articles in this, the updated version of this series are: Education Problems and Solutions #1: The Wages of Failure Updated Education Problems and Solutions #2: Unaccountability Updated Education Problems and Solutions #3: The Magic Curriculum Updated Once Upon A Time—the best stories begin with “once upon a time”—there was a school.  It was an unremarkable school in many ways.  Anyone driving past would immediately recognize it as a school—all of the outward signs were there.  Every day of the school year it went happily and efficiently about…
  • Education Problems and Solutions #3: The Magic Curriculum UPDATED

    Mike McDaniel
    20 Sep 2014 | 2:05 pm
    credit: bostononlyricopera.blogspot.com The first two articles in this, the updated version of this series, are: Education Problems and Solutions #1: The Wages Of Failure Updated  Education Problems and Solutions #2: Unaccountability Updated I update this series because the problems it addresses have not been resolved. In some ways, and in many places, they’re worse, and the consequences for failing to properly address these problems will be serious indeed for all Americans. Read on, gentle readers. This, the third in my series on education problems and eventual solutions, deals with the…
  • The Rape Of A Student, And Of The Honor Of Educators

    Mike McDaniel
    20 Sep 2014 | 1:56 pm
    credit: certificationmap.com Occasionally, a story comes to light that makes me wonder if the world of education has gone completely mad. It also makes me wonder if the people involved have any semblance of a conscience, of a soul.  Alabama, USA: Staff trying to stop reported sexual abuse were told they needed evidence – so they used the girl as ‘bait’ but then forgot about her, a lawsuit claims. A 14-year-old special needs pupil was raped in her school toilets after teachers set up a trap to catch an alleged sexual abuser by using her as ‘bait’ – but then…
  • Anti-Elderly Advocacy In The Age of Obamacare

    Mike McDaniel
    20 Sep 2014 | 1:48 pm
    credit; scotlandsaysnaw.com Ezekial Emanuel, brother of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanual, is one of the principle architects of Obamacare and one of its most rabid, determined and deceptive defenders. Recently in The Atlantic, he wrote an article explaining that he wants to die at 75. I am sure of my position. Doubtless, death is a loss. It deprives us of experiences and milestones, of time spent with our spouse and children. In short, it deprives us of all the things we value. But here is a simple truth that many of us seem to resist: living too long is also a loss. It renders many of us, if not…
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  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:19 am
    President Obama might want to stop using Ronald Reagan's 1980 line against Jimmy Carter's presidency, "Are you better off than you were four years ago?" People just don't feel like they're better off and there's a good reason. They're not.Between 2009 when Obama took office and 2013, the latest for which numbers are available, median annual household incomes fell by more than $2,100 in inflation-adjusted terms, Census Bureau data showed last week. "It's hard to make the case for 'Morning again in America' the way that Ronald Reagan was able to do in 1984," said John Ullyot, a former Senate…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:45 am
    Oh, the irony of peace demonstrators protesting John Kerry speaking before Congress. Rather delicious, that irony.George Will employs his own sort of amused sarcasm to look at the idea Los Angeles has to offer financial incentives for people to come out to vote. Since the days of Hiram Johnson (1866–1945), who was governor 100 years ago, progressivism has intermittently made California an incubator of dubious ideas. One of which is that government should fine-tune political partisanship — disagreements about how government should behave. If this looks like a conflict of interest, you have…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:56 am
    Congratulations to the Scots for rejecting the siren call of separating from the UK in order to attempt to become a Scandinavian socialist-style state. And pollsters have demonstrated their uselessness, at least for this issue.The Democrats chose Debbie Wasserman Schultz mostly because she's a woman and now they're reaping the results of putting this strident mediocrity in as the DNC Chairwoman. Politico's piece on how even the Democrats are tired of her demonstrates how particularly atrocious she is. The only reason she hangs on is because she's a woman.The stakes are high. Wasserman Schultz…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:52 am
    Sean Trende points to this map on advertising as explaining some of the polling trends we've been witnessing recently.Gosh, how many times can Joe Biden say something that embarrasses him and which would become a weeks-long scandal if a Republican had said it. Now he's drawing criticism and has had to apologize for referring to bankers as Shylocks.Biden’s slip came in a speech to the Legal Services Corporation, which provides lawyers to Americans who could not afford them otherwise. In his remarks, the vice president described the experience of his son, Delaware Attorney General Beau Biden,…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:53 am
    Okay, this isn't a fair fight - Rosie O'Donnell and Whoopi Goldberg take on Charles Krauthammer. They don't understand what he said and O'Donnell complains that she's never heard of him. That's one problem of some liberals - they are in such a bubble that they don't even recognize the name of one of the foremost conservative writers in the country. I guess O'Donnell never picks up the Washington Post which runs Krauthammer's Pulitzer-Prize winning column. I wonder if she has ever read a conservative writer beyond edited clips run on liberal sites. She should get out more.Republicans need to…
 
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    Wizbang

  • ‘Harry Potter’ Actress Urges Men to End Gender Inequality

    Warner Todd Huston
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    In a recent speech, actress Emma Watson urged men to help end gender inequality in the world. But is anything she said consequential? It’s certainly easy to roll one’s eyes at this sort of fluff. But some think the speech was a “game changer.” Filling her role as a UN Women Goodwill ambassador, the 24-year-old Watson spoke in New York last week insisted that if only women listened to her entireties, gender inequality would continue. Watson claimed that as she studied the problem of gender inequality she became aware that “that fighting for women’s rights has too often become…
  • Communists at ‘Climate March’ Have NO Idea What They Want

    Warner Todd Huston
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:22 am
    Reason.tv went to the silly “climate march” in New York City last weekend and took some revealing video of halfwits that attended showing that most of them don’t have the first real, solid idea what they want to happen to address the problem they claimed they were marching for. But there did seem to be a consensus that capitalists need to be put in jail and the rest of us need to “do without” modern conveniences like cell phones, and the air conditioning, heating, and powering of our homes. The sad fact is that the (mostly) aging hippies that appeared
  • Wisc. Dem. Candidate for Gov. Plagiarized Her Jobs Plan And Many Other Positions on Her Website

    Warner Todd Huston
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:35 pm
    It has been discovered that the Democrat candidate for Governor of Wisconsin plagiarized her entire jobs plan after claiming that jobs and the economy was the centerpiece of her campaign. As the national media ignores the story this is another fine example of “if a conservative did it.” We know that if a Republican had done this the story would be leading every newscast and filling front pages of every newspaper. Wisconsin Democrat Mary Burke has cavorted across the state claiming that jobs and the economy is the centerpiece of her campaign and has pushed her “jobs…
  • Weekend Caption Contest™ Winners

    Kevin
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:33 am
    This week’s Weekend Caption Contest™ was massive success. The assignment this week was to caption the following picture: Here are the winning entries: 1) (Rodney Dill) – “Welcome to Teleprompters’R’Us” 2) (fustian24) – “That’s not even big enough to power the man’s ego!” 3) (Retired military) – “The country was saved when the technician accidentally raised the panels to the exact angle it took to fry Obama into nonexistence.” 4) (David Robertson) – “All went well until Obama said, ‘If…
  • FDR Invented The ‘Liar-In-Chief’ And Tore Down the Democrat Party And The Country

    Warner Todd Huston
    21 Sep 2014 | 11:39 am
    PBS and documentary maker Ken Burns have done it again with a wonderful look at the political lives of Teddy and Franklin Roosevelt. But if the series did anything it revealed to a discerning viewer how Franklin rebuilt the presidency on a pillar of hate and lies and remade the Democrat Party into a party driven by purposeful misdirection and deceit. Certainly the series approaches these two consequential presidents as good for the country. Neither were as salubrious for the country as popular opinion holds and both did a lot of damage. To Burns’ credit he does allow conservative…
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    Hullabaloo

  • QOTD: The Australian Prime Minister

    23 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    QOTD: The Australian Prime Ministerby digbyMaking the world safe for President Ted Cruz:"Regrettably, for some time to come, Australians will have to endure more security than we're used to, and more inconvenience than we'd like," Mr Abbott said."Regrettably, for some time to come, the delicate balance between freedom and security may have to shift."After all, the most basic freedom of all is the freedom to walk the streets unharmed and to sleep safe in our beds at night."Mr Abbott's comments come after the government agreed to explicitly ban torture in new national security legislation to be…
  • Our bombs are so smart they can wage war on their own

    23 Sep 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Our bombs are so smart they can wage war on their ownby digbyWow, I guess we really do have bombs that are so smart they only kill "bad guys." And the Saudis and the others who participated in the bombing strikes must have them too. Obama administration officials emphasized Tuesday no civilians were killed during U.S,. air strikes in Syria, first tentatively in a televised Pentagon briefly, then much more strongly in an on background call, assuring reporters that no civilians had been killed.[...]On the call, the administration was far more confident that the only people killed in Syria last…
  • The vote fraud fraud continues

    23 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The vote fraud fraud continuesby digbyAnd they're getting slipper and more violent.  My piece in Salon this morning takes up the story of vote suppression and voter intimidation in Wisconsin.  A three judge panel of the 7th District Court just ok'd the Wisconsin voter ID bill, leaving almost no time for official or unofficial outreach to let voters know how to obtain ID necessary for voting this November. An estimated 300,000 eligible voters don't have ID.  (Scott Walker's election is likely to be a lot closer than that.)So, now everyone can relax, knowing that there is no way…
  • It's not making sense guys #whoarewefighting?

    23 Sep 2014 | 10:44 am
    It's not making sense guysby digbySo, last night I noted that the array of friends and enemies in our bombing campaign in Syria is ... complicated. It's even more complicated than the fact that our close friend Saudi Prince Bandar (aka Bandar Bush) is implicated in creating ISIS as a way to defeat Assad. Today we're seeing more reports about the shadowy group called Khorasan which is allegedly even worse than ISIS which is worse than al-Qaeda which is actually the group behind Khorasan. (I wrote about Khorasan last week when it first bubbled up in the press.) Well, we're bombing all of them…
  • Who *are* these creeps?

    23 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Who are these creeps?by digbyI don't write much about this new aggressive misogyny, especially online, because there are so many great writers already tackling it better than I could. But this story contains a quote that really clarifies what they believe and it struck me:"Feminism is a growing cancer."That's quite statement. What caused this particular outburst?On September 21, actress and UN Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson stood up at the UN Headquarters in New York City and delivered a powerful speech condemning the harm that gender discrimination causes to both men and women, and inviting…
 
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    Eschaton

  • Mind On My Nap And My Nap On My Mind

    23 Sep 2014 | 3:42 pm
    Fell asleep and woke up 4.5 hours later.
  • Hic Hour

    23 Sep 2014 | 1:53 pm
  • Afternoon Thread

    23 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Rock on.
  • If You Ignore The Need To Drive There

    23 Sep 2014 | 8:35 am
    "Green" ratings really need to take that into account. Apple's ridiculous new building is horrible.
  • But Probably More Crowded

    23 Sep 2014 | 8:03 am
    Residential density was higher in Manhattan a hundred years ago, but it's probably (I don't know!) still more crowded generally due to much greater commuter and tourist populations.Still people generally have the wrong idea that density requires tall buildings. Parking and setbacks are the anti-density forces. You can fit a lot of people in a neighborhood of 3 story rowhouses if there isn't a massive amount of off street parking and setbacks. No setbacks doesn't mean no lawns or outdoor spaces, just no pointless mostly non-usable space setbacks.
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    Firedoglake

  • Obama Admits Targeting Non-ISIS Group in Syria Bombing

    DSWright
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Remember when the reason for expanding this military campaign from Iraq into Syria was because ISIS was in both countries? It wasn’t so long ago. Well, now President Obama has announced that he also targeted a non-ISIS group in Syria. Mission creep in real time. In a press statement given earlier this morning, President Obama admitted he targeted a second group besides ISIS in Syria. The second group known as the Khorasan Group is said to be affiliated with Al Qaeda which, in theory, would mean that Obama could rely once again on the 2001 Authorization of Military Force. Obama never…
  • A Lively Atmosphere at the People’s Climate March

    BrandonJ
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:27 pm
    The People’s Climate March featured a diverse amount of people and groups with major themes scattered throughout the march under the banner of environmentalism. With the United Nations General Assembly occurring two days later, organizers hoped to create an event to raise awareness through the efforts of those in attendance. “We want to make sure the People’s Climate March tells the story of today’s climate movement in all its parts – so we’re trying something new, and arranging the contingents of the march in a way that helps us thread our many messages together,”…
  • Obama Administration’s Game of Geopolitical Terrorist Whac-a-Mole Expands With Strikes in Syria

    Kevin Gosztola
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Screen shot from US air strike video on an ISIS compound in Syria The United States bombed targets in Syria, drastically expanding the warfront in the Middle East. America’s military forces attacked Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) targets, as President Barack Obama had suggested would happen during his speech nearly two weeks ago. What came as a surprise was the fact that unilateral attacks also targeted the Khorasan Group, which Obama had not mentioned in his speech and is led by people who the US had been fighting in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Lieutenant General William Mayville…
  • Koch-funded Reason Magazine Amazed By Reasonable Answers From Climate Activists

    DSWright
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:17 pm
    There is an unfortunate tradition amongst ideological media of interviewing average Americans at a rally whose ideas they oppose and asking slanted questions to make the demonstrators look foolish and ill-informed. It occurs both among the right and the left and is cheap and obnoxious in both instances. Typically the average demonstrator is not schooled in the media vernacular that the oh-so-savvy interviewer is using and expresses themselves inexpertly and inarticulately. In many cases the statements are neither inarticulate nor inexpert they just do not fit within the concision limits of a…
  • Rahm Emanuel Calls on State to Decriminalize Marijuana

    Jon Walker
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:11 am
    Facing a tough reelection, former drug warrior Rahm Emanuel suddenly sees the light marijuana decriminalization Chicago Mayor and former White House Chief of Staff for President Obama, Rahm Emanuel (D) has called on the Illinois state legislature to reform drug laws and decriminalize marijuana. Emanuel is asking the legislature to adopt a statewide version of the 2012 Chicago law that made possession of up to 15 grams of marijuana only a ticketable offense. He also wants to see possession of one gram or less of any controlled substance reduced from a Class Four Felony to only a Class A…
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    TalkLeft

  • New Video Message From Hostage John Cantlie

    Jeralyn
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:50 am
    Here's the latest video message from ISIS hostage John Cantlie. Watch now, because You Tube keeps taking it down. He quotes a lot of U.S. officials and argues Obama was caught off guard and the air strikes won't succeed. He says Iran is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Joe Biden's 40 Car Entourage Angers Aspen Law Enforcement

    Jeralyn
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:08 am
    Joe Biden went to Aspen this weekend to speak at a private corporate event. Local law enforcement, including the sheriffs of Pitkin County (Aspen) and Garfield County (Glenwood Springs) are justly critical. It cost them thousands of dollars in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • US Airstrikes on ISIS in Raqqa

    Jeralyn
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:04 pm
    Update: Here's a You Tube video of civilians being pulled out of the rubble (you can't see faces.) Multiple reports on Twitter say ISIS was not around, the strikes hit a Jabhat al Nusra headquarters in Kafrdiyan, and a munitions factory near near... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Monday Open Thread

    Jeralyn
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:37 am
    Busy work day, here's an open thread, all topics welcome. Keep it civil. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • "The Good Wife" Returns in Overdrive

    Jeralyn
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:21 am
    The Good Wife returned for a new season Sunday night. I really didn't care for last season but tuned in anyway, expecting to be bored. I'm glad I did. Someone must have slipped some steroids into the writers' morning Wheaties. [More...] ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    The Fix

  • 9 things you didn’t read today (but should have)

    Jaime Fuller
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:35 pm
    1. On Monday night (U.S. time), the United States began airstrikes in Syria. Dan Lamothe writes that it was "likely the single largest day for the U.S. military in terms of ordnance dropped since the opening salvos of its 2011 campaign in Libya, when both airstrikes and scores of Tomahawk missile strikes were used to target […]
  • Really? Jim Webb for president!?

    Aaron Blake
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:26 pm
    It's a real testament to the fact that we're grasping desperately for non-Hillary Clinton Democratic presidential candidates when Washington starts getting a little buzzy about Jim Webb running for president. No, that's not to take anything away from Webb's service — including as a war hero, Navy secretary under Ronald Reagan and one-term senator from Virginia. It's […]
  • Hispanic Democrats are really down on their party’s immigration efforts

    Nia-Malika Henderson
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Latino activists across the country pledged another Freedom Summer if President Obama went through on his promised executive action on immigration reform.  They promised that they would flood states across the country, knocking on doors and helping Democrats keep the Senate. And they said Obama would be known as the "great emancipator" if he acted. Well, […]
  • The federal prison population dropped for the first time in 30 years. It may have been inevitable.

    Philip Bump
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:58 am
    Attorney General Eric Holder made an announcement on Tuesday that, outside of any additional context, seems rather modest: the number of prisoners incarcerated by the federal government dropped by about 5,000 in fiscal year 2014 (which ends on September 30). Why is that notable? It's the first such drop in over three decades. President Obama […]
  • John Boehner put Joy Behar in headlock at Anthony Weiner’s brother’s restaurant. Yes, really.

    Jaime Fuller
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    Speaker John Boehner was in the Hamptons this weekend. The Republican lawmaker attended a fundraiser for New York state senator Lee Zeldin, the Republican candidate challenging Rep. Tim Bishop. While he was in Long Island, Boehner also stopped by the popular Almond restaurant in East Hampton, as we learned from former representative Anthony Weiner -- whose […]
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    Blue Jersey - Front Page

  • Cory Booker ad: "True"

    23 Sep 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Familiar Booker themes of common ground, bi-partisanship and "it's not about right or left" here. Though I guarantee some folks in Newark are going to take issue with his claim of supporting public schools ... As usual with Sen. Booker, a mix, delivered with such ease that it looks smooth, effortless and sincere. Decide for yourself. This is a 7-figure ad buy, across cable systems statewide. Unlike most campaign ads, it's sourced; you can see that below the fold. What do you think, Blue Jersey? On the jump page, backup to the script as provided by the campaign. Script: As an antidote to…
  • OK, who needs to register to vote?

    23 Sep 2014 | 12:54 pm
    National Voter Registration Day. Here are links to help you register somebody, or to update your own registration: NJ Division of Elections - forms for each county, in English & Spanish. Additional useful info at Division of Elections: Voting info for military and civilians overseas County election officials. 2014 Election Timeline   Voter registration deadline for the November 4 General Election is October 14. Another place for voter registration forms: National Voter Registration Day - requests same info, plus survey questions (optional) and question about race or ethnicity (you can…
  • Notice something missing in the GOP's map?

    23 Sep 2014 | 7:41 am
    Big white space where some local Republicans want to turn a NJ U.S. Senate seat red. Found this on Facebook being promoted by RNC Chair Reince Priebus. Clearly, the Republicans' priorities don't include electing Jeff Bell. Clearly, the Republicans don't have a 50-State Strategy. Not that the Democrats haven't largely abandoned theirs. But it makes posts like this one at Politicker resonate all the more. Matt Arco tells us on top of a couple fundraisers Christie's "committed at least one campaign stop for Bell" before election day. Awkward. Post by Reince Priebus.
  • Deep Thoughts: Chris Christie is Definitely a Trenton Outsider

    23 Sep 2014 | 6:18 am
    Mmm hmm. Promoted by Rosi. He's usually in Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, Texas or anywhere else other than Trenton where he has a job.
  • News Roundup & Open Thread for Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014

    23 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Back to war - in Syria. David Sirota: Christie's Pension Overseer Invested New Jersey Money In Fund He Is Linked To Privately Sirota does more digging on how the Christie administration has handled NJ's pension fund, finding that Robert Grady, longtime Christie friend put in charge of overseeing pension fund investments pushed to invest NJ public money in the same Blackstone fund in which his own firm was investing -- without disclosing that fact to NJ officials. Christie Out of state yesterday & today: Gun reform advocates planning another protest for Christie's RGA event in Connecticut…
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    Truthout Stories

  • Time for the US to Dump the Word "Homeland"

    23 Sep 2014 | 1:27 pm
    This story could not have been published without the support of readers like you. Click here to fund more stories like it! (Image: Jared Rodriguez / t r u t h o u t; Adapted: Wesley Fryer, Allie_Caulfield)It's time to do away with the word "homeland." As the situation with ISIS continues to escalate, and as worries about terrorist attacks on US soil continue to spread, we're hearing the term "homeland" mentioned more and more. Ever since it first stole the spotlight with the creation of the Department of Homeland Security in the months after 9/11, the term "homeland" has become ingrained in…
  • Climate Action "Floods" Wall Street

    23 Sep 2014 | 11:35 am
    Climate change activists flooded Wall Street on Monday, with thousands participating in a massive sit-in, and approximately 100 people arrested.Rude Mechanical Orchestra playing during breakfast. Battery Park, New York. (Photo: Palina Prasasouk / Truthout) Do you want media that's accountable to YOU, not to advertisers or billionaire sponsors? Help sustain Truthout's work by clicking here to make a tax-deductible donation! Climate change activists gathered in Battery Park in New York City, meeting at 9 am on Monday morning for breakfast and music by the Rude Mechanic Orchestra. During…
  • Airstrikes Begin in Syria: A Decisive Blow or an Ominous Precedent?

    23 Sep 2014 | 10:28 am
    A Tomahawk cruise missile is launched against Islamic State targets in Syria from the US Navy guided-missile destroyer USS Arleigh Burke in the Red Sea on September 23, 2014. (Photo: Spc. Carlos M. Vazquez II / US Navy via The New York Times) Truthout only exists thanks to the support of our readers. Help us continue to publish truly independent journalism by making a tax-deductible donation today! The Obama Administration has just announced that they and their coalition allies have begun a fierce campaign in Syria, bombing primarily “hard-targets” in the IS stronghold of Raqqa (about 20…
  • On the News With Thom Hartmann: World's Largest Climate March Takes Over NYC, and More

    23 Sep 2014 | 9:37 am
    In today's On the News segment: The world's largest climate march takes over New York City; the anti-science crowd wants to take well-documented climate information out of kids' textbooks; Burlington, Vermont has gone renewable; and more. TRANSCRIPT: Thom Hartmann here - on the best of the rest of....science & green news..... You need to know this. Last Sunday, the world's largest climate march took over New York City. In addition to the 400,000 people who showed up to demand change in the Big Apple, hundreds of thousands more joined events in at least 156 counties. From London to Rio to…
  • War, Whistleblowing and Independent Journalism Panel

    23 Sep 2014 | 8:39 am
    Please check back later for the full transcript. Panel Biographies: Phil Donahue and the Donahue show have been honored with 20 Daytime Emmy Awards, including nine for Outstanding Host and a George Foster Peabody Broadcasting Journalism Award. Kirk Wiebe is a former NSA Senior Intelligence Analyst and an NSA Whistleblower who worked with NSA for more than 32 years, and was awarded that Agency's second highest award, the Meritorious Civilian Service Award. He retired from NSA in October 2001 along with fellow NSA whistleblowers Bill Binney and Ed Loomis. William Binney was the former technical…
 
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  • Repetition again*

    Andrew Sprung
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:03 pm
    I share in the general admiration for the tour de force in gotcha editing pasted below the jump -- so much so that I've added its author to my blogroll.  But of course I want to add my two cents.In his book ‘Simply English’, Simon Heffer recommends cutting redundant words. Well, he’s convinced me. pic.twitter.com/9hHL0ZX8Nk— Tom Freeman (@SnoozeInBrief) September 18, 2014Freeman is no pedant. His point is not that his victim, Daily Telegraph editor and prescriptive grammarian Simon Heffer, was not as concise as humanly possible in his concision admonition. In a followup post,…
  • Elisabeth Rosenthal exposes hospitals as free-billing zones

    Andrew Sprung
    21 Sep 2014 | 12:18 pm
    I stand back in awe from the healthcare reporting of The New York Times' Elisabeth Rosenthal, who since June 2013 has been exposing in front-page blockbuster after blockbuster the rampant greed and depraved price-gouging endemic to the US healthcare system. Her nine-part "paying till it hurts" series, indexed here, is worthy of a Pulitzer. It should galvanize the country as Silent Spring or The Other America did.Rosenthal's latest exposes many hospital ORs as free-billing zones in which an array of doctors, physical therapists and other service providers can insinuate themselves in a…
  • If you answer the first question wrong on healthcare.gov, no soup(sidy) for you

    Andrew Sprung
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:39 am
    Back in April, when the ACA's extended open season was finally over, surveys conducted by McKinsey & Co. and PerryUndem (for EnrollAmerica) indicated that most of the still-uninsured were eligible for ACA subsidies (or Medicaid, in expansion states) but didn't know it. In fact, McKinsey found that 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. I have an article up at The New Republic (my first there) examining why so many of the uninsured…
  • Two questions about Obama's thinking about ISIS

    Andrew Sprung
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:23 am
    Peter Baker has a purported insider's view of Obama's thinking about the ISIS crisis™, based on interviews with 10 people present at two recent dinners the president held with foreign policy experts and journalists. Like most such exercises, it's not particularly revealing (with one exception noted at bottom), as the president is putting best foot forward with his guests and the guests assess him through a partisan prism (Richard Haas is respectfully negative, Jane Harman equivocally positive).  I was struck, though, by two questions Obama's not-so-private exegesis left unanswered. I…
  • Obama phones it in

    Andrew Sprung
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:25 pm
    In press conferences on Aug. 28, Sept. 3 and Sept. 5, and in a Meet the Press interview on Sept. 7, Obama provided considerable detail about the way he plans to "degrade and ultimately destroy" ISIS. Key themes, cumulatively elaborated over the four sessions, were that 1) The U.S. would not act precipitously in Syria; 2) Obama would not "Americanize" struggle -- U.S. military support would be calibrated to Sunni political action; and 3) the effort would build methodically and take considerable time.Earlier today I traced these themes through all four of these quite recent Q&As because I…
 
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    Reuters: Politics

  • Washington city council passes concealed-carry gun law

    23 Sep 2014 | 3:24 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Washington city council passed emergency gun legislation on Tuesday requiring residents and visitors to adhere to strict guidelines to carry a concealed weapon in the U.S. capital.
  • Brazil, U.S. sign tax pact frozen by spy scandal

    23 Sep 2014 | 3:23 pm
    BRASILIA (Reuters) - Brazil signed a tax information exchange agreement with the United States to prevent tax evasion, the South American country's finance ministry said on Tuesday, a step long sought by businesses that was held up by a spy scandal last year.
  • Obama says global climate deal must include emerging economies

    23 Sep 2014 | 3:07 pm
    UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama said on Tuesday a new global agreement on climate change must include strong commitments from emerging economies and move past the rich-poor country divide that has hampered progress in United Nations negotiations.
  • Obama critic D'Souza spared prison for violating election law

    23 Sep 2014 | 2:12 pm
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza avoided prison on Tuesday when a U.S. judge sentenced him to serve eight months in a community confinement center after he pleaded guilty to violating campaign finance law.
  • U.S. lowers final import duties on MSG from China

    23 Sep 2014 | 1:35 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Commerce Department on Tuesday set lower final duties on imports from China of food additive monosodium glutamate, known as MSG, and slightly higher duties on Indonesian imports of the additive.
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    Slashdot: Politics

  • US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

    timothy
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:55 am
    Taco Cowboy writes The United States of America has launched airstrikes, along with some of its Arab partners such as Jordan, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Qatar, against ISIL targets in Syria. ... Before the airstrike was officially announced to the press, a Syrian man living in Raqqa, Syria, tweeted about the bombings and the sounds of air drones all over Raqqa. ... Tomahawk missiles were launched from USS Arleigh Burke in the Red Sea. Stealth fighters such as F-22s were also involved in the strike.Read more of this story at Slashdot.
  • US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

    Soulskill
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:19 pm
    FreedomFirstThenPeac writes: As a former Cold Warrior (both launch officer side and staff analytical mathematician side), I now appreciate the bitterness I saw in former WW2 warriors when they would see a Japanese car. According to the NY Times, a new assembly plant in Kansas is "part of a nationwide wave of atomic revitalization that includes plans for a new generation of weapon carriers. This expansion comes under a president who campaigned for 'a nuclear-free world' and made disarmament a main goal of American defense policy." Mind you, Mutual Assured Destruction is a dangerous path, and…
  • Mark Zuckerberg Throws Pal Joe Green Under the Tech Immigration Bus

    timothy
    21 Sep 2014 | 11:55 am
    theodp (442580) writes "A month after he argued that Executive Action by President Obama on tech immigration was needed lest his billionaire bosses at Mark Zuckerberg's FWD.us PAC have to hire 'just sort of OK' U.S. workers, Re/code reports that Joe Green — Zuckerberg's close friend and college roommate — has been pushed out of his role as President of FWD.us for failing to Git-R-Done on an issue critical to the tech community. "Today, we wanted to share an important change with you," begins 'Leadership Change', the announcement from the FWD.us Board that Todd Schulte is the new…
  • Emails Cast Unflattering Light On Internal Politics of Healthcare.gov Rollout

    timothy
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:15 pm
    An anonymous reader writes with this report from The Verge linking to and excerpting from a newly released report created for a committee in the U.S. House of Representatives, including portions of eight "damning emails" that offer an unflattering look at the rollout of the Obamacare website. The Government Office of Accountability released a report earlier this week detailing the security flaws in the site, but a report from the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform released yesterday is even more damning. Titled, "Behind the Curtain of the HealthCare.gov Rollout," the report…
  • Emails Cast Unflattering Light On Internal Politics of Obamacare Website Rollo

    timothy
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:15 pm
    An anonymous reader writes with this report from The Verge linking to and excerpting from a newly released report created for a committee in the U.S. House of Representatives, including portions of eight "damning emails" that offer an unflattering look at the rollout of the Obamacare website. The Government Office of Accountability released a report earlier this week detailing the security flaws in the site, but a report from the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform released yesterday is even more damning. Titled, "Behind the Curtain of the HealthCare.gov Rollout," the report…
 
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    The Independent: On The Campaign Trail

  • An afterthought, in the aftermath of London, for Meadham Kirchhoff’s Summer of Hate

    22 Sep 2014 | 8:40 am
    Two of the designers I find myself thinking about the most are Edward Meadham and Benjamin Kirchhoff. Their show last Tuesday ended London Fashion Week, for me at least, and heading into Milan, seated in plush showrooms and watching so much money and so many tired ideas swan by so pointlessly, it was something that niggled at the back of my mind.
  • Barking Blondes: ACCESS ALL AREAS FOR DOGS!!!!

    21 Sep 2014 | 6:23 am
    Busy old week this week. The new season of ITV’s Alan Titchmarsh show has kicked off and we are lucky enough to be joining it as Pet Experts for a third season. Monday found the two of us, with our seasoned performers Molly and Matilda, strutting our stuff through the corridors of ITV studios. The girls [...]
  • Designer doppelgängers, and the wonder of weariness: Versace, Emilio Pucci and Bottega Veneta in Milan.

    21 Sep 2014 | 5:05 am
    Designer identity is a big thing in Milan. Here, they’re practically rock stars, their lives and collections dissected with fervid, sometimes morbid curiosity. Earlier this month, the Corriere della Sera newspaper published a letter from Stefano Gabbana to Domenico Dolce professing his love.
  • Friday Book Design Blog: The Neapolitan Novels, by Elena Ferrante

    19 Sep 2014 | 3:47 am
    I’ve been sunk a bit deep in Elena Ferrante over the summer, reading the third volume in her ‘Neapolitan novels’ for review in this newspaper, and then taking part in a discussion with other critics at Foxed Books last week to mark the book’s publication – in preparation for which I read the two of [...]
  • India and China agree deals despite border face-off

    18 Sep 2014 | 9:15 am
    India and China’s leaders have successfully agreed in Delhi on plans for economic and other co-operation despite over 1,000 troops from each side facing off against each other in Ladakh on the two countries’ disputed border, known as the Line of Actual Control (LAC), 15,000ft up in the Himalayan mountains, China is to invest $20bn in [...]
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    Reason.com Full Feed

  • Another Police Beating Caught on Dash Cam, Ruled A-OK. It's Just Police Work

    Ed Krayewski
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:10 pm
    What kind of restraint should cops have to exercise when trying to induce compliance in a target? Judging from how often the use of force by cops is ruled not excessive, not much restraint is necessary. More cases of alleged police brutality may be videotaped, by passersby or by cops' various cameras, but cops can often still expect to be exonerated. It took fellow cops at the Red Bank Police Department in Tennessee about a month to rule that the use of force by their colleagues in the video below, including multiple punches while the suspect was already restrained, was not excessive: Typical…
  • U.S. and China Both Pledge Nothing at U.N. Climate Summit

    Ronald Bailey
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:47 pm
    New York-At the United Nations Climate Summit today, the world’s two biggest emitters of greenhouse gases, China and the United States, both held off on making any specific additional pledges regarding their future emissions. In 2012, humanity emitted 36 billion tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, of which 10 billion came from China and 5.2 billion from the United States. Convened by General-Secretary Ban Ki Moon, the Summit is supposed to “catalyze action” in advance of the big U.N. climate change conference at Paris in 2015. At the Paris conference, the nations of the world…
  • ACLU: TSA Now Using 'Hypothetical Threats' to Assign Passengers to Watchlists

    Scott Shackford
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:45 pm
    The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has put out a new report intended to analyze the performance of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in the operation of the watchlists that determine how much abuse passengers have to suffer before being allowed on a plane (assuming they're allowed). The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) read through the report and was a bit disturbed at what they've discovered. The ACLU, you may recall, has been suing the government (and winning) over the horrible, opaque way the watchlists and no-fly…
  • Going After 'Revenge Porn' With a Sledgehammer, Arizona Smashes the First Amendment

    Jacob Sullum
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:33 pm
    This year, seeking to combat "revenge porn," the Arizona legislature enacted a law that makes it a felony to "disclose, display, distribute, publish, advertise or offer" an image of a nude person who has not consented to the disclosure. The offender need not be driven by a malign motive, such as anger at an ex-girlfriend; nor must he cause harm or intend to do so. It is enough that he "knows or should have known that the depicted person has not consented to the disclosure." That makes him subject to a presumptive sentence of two years in prison, which rises to two years and six months "if the…
  • Ed Krayewski Offers Four Reasons Why Bombing Syria Isn't Well Thought-Out

    Reason.com
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Last night, the Pentagon announced that bombing operations by the U.S. and its anti-ISIS coalition "partners" had begun over Syria. The air campaign in Syria against ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (or Syria), extends the U.S. war on the terrorist group-cum-self-proclaimed caliphate from Iraq, where an American air campaign began earlier this month. Barack Obama became the fourth consecutive U.S. president to order air strikes in Iraq. Predictably, the U.S. war against ISIS, which claims territory in Iraq and Syria, has reached into Syria itself. The bombings in Syria are a bad…
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    Lehigh Valley Conservative

  • RADICALISM

    The Outsider
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:10 am
    We hear this word being used much lately, especially in describing some of the ISIS terrorists that are apparently from the U.S. I notice that they are blacks that have accepted the perverted Islamic beliefs and have changed their names to names that are common in the Muslim world. The Black Panther groups have done the same thing. Does anyone remember the Black Panther thugs that made their presence known at some of the voting precincts in Philadelphia a few years back? They should have been arrested for disrupting the people’s voting rights, a violation of the voters 1st amendment but…
  • 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…
 
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    The American Prospect

  • So Much For the End of the War on Terror

    Paul Waldman
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:09 am
    Remember when Barack Obama was going to end the War on Terror? Well today, not only did the U.S. launch air strikes within Syria to target ISIL, we also struck against the Khorasan group, a small al-Qaeda offshoot that was purportedly plotting to blow up American airplanes, and the al-Nusra front, an al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria. Back in May of last year, Obama gave a speech meant to signal a break with the prior twelve years, in which he said, "we must define our effort not as a boundless 'global war on terror,' but rather as a series of persistent, targeted efforts to dismantle specific…
  • The United Kingdom Nearly Died for Margaret Thatcher's Sins

    Robert Kuttner
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:05 am
    Why on earth did the Scots, largely quiescent as part of Great Britain for three centuries, suddenly become the mouse that roared? It wasn't because they became besotted watching re-runs of Braveheart or Rob Roy, or even because they coveted more of a share of North Sea oil revenues. No, the Scots got sick and tired of Thatcherite policies imposed from London. Thanks to the partial form of federalism known as "devolution" provided by the Labour government of Tony Blair in 1997, Scotland got to keep such progressive policies as free higher education and an intact national health service,…
  • Are We Getting Enough Religion With Our Politics?

    Paul Waldman
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:36 am
    The Pew Research Center's Religion and Public Life Project has a new survey out about the role of religion in politics (among other things), and the headline is that there has been something of an increase in the desire for religion to take a more active political role. So what would that look like? The survey only asks a few questions about that topic in particular, but here are the results: Not surprisingly, it's the religious group that already has the most political power as at least something of a bloc—white evangelical Christians—that is the most eager for more religious involvement…
  • The Politics of Pre-K: How A Program Known to Help Poor Mothers Could Doom Your Candidacy

    Rachel M. Cohen
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:24 pm
    (AP Photo/The Monitor, Gabe Hernandez) In Pennsylvania’s gubernatorial race, education has emerged as one of the most heated issues. A Quinnipiac University poll released this month found education ranked as the most important issue for voters, after jobs and the economy. Despite contentious politics surrounding reform of public education from kindergarten through twelfth grade, Republican incumbent Tom Corbett and Democratic challenger Tom Wolf have discovered that plugging expansion of pre-kindergarten programs wins them political points without treading into treacherous waters. That is,…
  • Does America Have the Greediest Doctors?

    Paul Waldman
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:08 pm
    Yesterday, The New York Times published a mind-boggling investigation into a way some physicians have found to hit patients with absolutely mind-boggling bills for not just routine procedures, but the involvement of doctors in their care that they neither asked for nor knew about until they got the bill. However widespread a practice this is, I'm going to argue that what we have here is not a few bad apples but a problem of culture. But first, here's an excerpt: In operating rooms and on hospital wards across the country, physicians and other health providers typically help one another in…
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  • So Much For the End of the War on Terror

    Paul Waldman
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:09 am
    Remember when Barack Obama was going to end the War on Terror? Well today, not only did the U.S. launch air strikes within Syria to target ISIL, we also struck against the Khorasan group, a small al-Qaeda offshoot that was purportedly plotting to blow up American airplanes, and the al-Nusra front, an al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria. Back in May of last year, Obama gave a speech meant to signal a break with the prior twelve years, in which he said, "we must define our effort not as a boundless 'global war on terror,' but rather as a series of persistent, targeted efforts to dismantle specific…
  • The United Kingdom Nearly Died for Margaret Thatcher's Sins

    Robert Kuttner
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:05 am
    Why on earth did the Scots, largely quiescent as part of Great Britain for three centuries, suddenly become the mouse that roared? It wasn't because they became besotted watching re-runs of Braveheart or Rob Roy, or even because they coveted more of a share of North Sea oil revenues. No, the Scots got sick and tired of Thatcherite policies imposed from London. Thanks to the partial form of federalism known as "devolution" provided by the Labour government of Tony Blair in 1997, Scotland got to keep such progressive policies as free higher education and an intact national health service,…
  • Are We Getting Enough Religion With Our Politics?

    Paul Waldman
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:36 am
    The Pew Research Center's Religion and Public Life Project has a new survey out about the role of religion in politics (among other things), and the headline is that there has been something of an increase in the desire for religion to take a more active political role. So what would that look like? The survey only asks a few questions about that topic in particular, but here are the results: Not surprisingly, it's the religious group that already has the most political power as at least something of a bloc—white evangelical Christians—that is the most eager for more religious involvement…
  • The Politics of Pre-K: How A Program Known to Help Poor Mothers Could Doom Your Candidacy

    Rachel M. Cohen
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:24 pm
    (AP Photo/The Monitor, Gabe Hernandez) In Pennsylvania’s gubernatorial race, education has emerged as one of the most heated issues. A Quinnipiac University poll released this month found education ranked as the most important issue for voters, after jobs and the economy. Despite contentious politics surrounding reform of public education from kindergarten through twelfth grade, Republican incumbent Tom Corbett and Democratic challenger Tom Wolf have discovered that plugging expansion of pre-kindergarten programs wins them political points without treading into treacherous waters. That is,…
  • Does America Have the Greediest Doctors?

    Paul Waldman
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:08 pm
    Yesterday, The New York Times published a mind-boggling investigation into a way some physicians have found to hit patients with absolutely mind-boggling bills for not just routine procedures, but the involvement of doctors in their care that they neither asked for nor knew about until they got the bill. However widespread a practice this is, I'm going to argue that what we have here is not a few bad apples but a problem of culture. But first, here's an excerpt: In operating rooms and on hospital wards across the country, physicians and other health providers typically help one another in…
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  • Coke and Pepsi concede that maybe soda is bad for you

    Roberto A. Ferdman
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Even Coke and Pepsi think you should drink less Coke and Pepsi. (Mark Lennihan/AP Photo) In an ambitious pledge announced on Tuesday, the U.S. soda industry is committing to cut America's calorie intake from beverages by 20 percent over the coming decade. As part of the agreement, which was reached by the American Beverage Association and Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Coca-Cola, Pepsi Co., and Dr. Pepper Snapple Group Inc. will promote smaller portions as well as zero and low calorie offerings, and provide calorie counts on vending machines, soda fountains, and retail coolers. "This…
  • More insurers line up to sell Obamacare plans in 2015, HHS says

    Jason Millman
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:58 am
    (Photo by Daniel Acker/Bloomberg) President Obama's top health official announced that the new health insurance marketplaces have seen a 25 percent increase in the number of insurers planning to sell coverage in the upcoming 2015 enrollment period, which administration officials cited as a sign of the private market's confidence in the Affordable Care Act. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell announced the figure during a speech at the Brookings Institution, where she said the Affordable Care Act is succeeding based on key metrics nearly one year into the law's coverage…
  • Survey: Support for legal weed drops 7 points in the past year

    Christopher Ingraham
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:22 am
    Partygoers dance and smoke pot at the annual 4/20 marijuana festival in Denver. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File) National support for legalized marijuana has slipped by seven percentage points in the past year, from 51 percent in 2013 to 44 percent today, according to the Public Religion Research Institute PRRI asked 4,500 Americans about the intensity of their support for or opposition to legalizing marijuana. The year-over-year drop in overall support was concentrated among those who favored marijuana legalization last year, but not strongly. Opposition increased greatest among those…
  • Americans throw out more food than plastic, paper, metal, and glass

    Roberto A. Ferdman
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:59 am
    Food waste is a big, and still growing, problem. (Charles Krupa/AP Photo) The much-anticipated U.N. Climate Summit, which began today in New York, is ostensibly a platform for world leaders to leap frog debates over whether climate change is real, and skip straight to discussions centered around how to overcome the challenges it poses. But it's also an impetus for those beyond the sessions' panels to illuminate troubling patterns of behavior that are contributing to our collective carbon footprint--and food waste is without question one of the most egregious, especially in the United…
  • What your education says about your health

    Jason Millman
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:12 am
    Go to school longer, live longer. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner) Access to health care alone isn't the great equalizer you might think it is. Analyzing 2011 data among Kaiser Permanente of North California patients, researchers at the Virginia Commonwealth University Center on Society and Health found that even when people have access to the same kind of care, educational achievement still played a huge role in whether people are in good health. Self-reported health data aren't always the most reliable, but you can see a clear difference in reported health status in the following chart. Adults ages…
 
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  • Read: Letter from the president — War Powers resolution regarding Syria

    23 Sep 2014 | 9:01 am
    President Obama on Tuesday hailed U.S. airstrikes against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) targets within Syria, but warned it was only the beginning of a campaign against the terrorist group.Letter from the president — War Powers resolution...
  • Obama to give update on airstrikes in Syria

    23 Sep 2014 | 4:47 am
    President Obama will deliver a statement at 10 a.m. Tuesday from the White House to explain the first U.S. airstrikes within Syria against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).A White House official said Obama would give remarks “on the latest...
  • Biden: 'Politics has become too personal'

    22 Sep 2014 | 9:16 am
    Gridlock in Washington is largely the byproduct of politics becoming “too personal,” Vice President Biden said in an interview Monday.Biden said previous generations also confronted highly divisive issues like civil rights, women’s issues, and the...
  • WH intruder is Iraq War vet

    21 Sep 2014 | 11:03 am
     The intruder who scaled a fence and was apprehended just inside the White House is an Army veteran who was award a medal for his service in Iraq and had to retire because of a disability, The Associated Press reported Sunday.Texas resident...
  • Sunday show wrap-up: ISIS dominates

    21 Sep 2014 | 10:09 am
    ISIS Senators spar over ISIS approach "You cannot negotiate with ISIS," Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) said. http://ow.ly/BK664 Feinstein: ISIS is beheading children “This is the mentality of the group that we are so concerned...
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  • Court orders additional briefing in securities case (UPDATED)

    Amy Howe
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:49 am
    UPDATED 4:57 p.m.  This post has been updated by Lyle Denniston with background material on the proposed settlement. —————- Today the Court ordered the parties in Public Employees’ Retirement System of Mississippi v. IndyMac MBS, Inc., to file new, ten-page briefs addressing the possibility that the case could become moot. The Court granted review in the case in early March to consider the statute of limitations for securities class actions, and oral argument is currently scheduled for October 6, the first day of the Court’s new Term. But today’s order…
  • Tuesday round-up

    Amy Howe
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:16 am
    In six days, the Justices will convene for the first private Conference since late June.  Among the petitions scheduled for consideration at the September 29 Conference are the seven petitions arising out of challenges to state bans on same-sex marriage.  In The New York Times, Adam Liptak looks at efforts by different lawyers involved in the cases to portray their case as the one best suited for the Court’s review; he observes that “[t]he jockeying among the titans of the Supreme Court bar for a place at the lectern when the justices hear the next same-sex marriage case is as…
  • Petition of the day

    Maureen Johnston
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:14 pm
    The petition of the day is: Bishop v. Humphrey 13-1345 Issue: (1) Whether it is error for a federal appellate court to undertake the same analysis for penalty phase prejudice in capital cases arising from both weighing states, where juries impose death sentences only after determining that aggravating circumstances outweigh mitigating factors, and non-weighing states, where juries are instructed that they may return a sentence less than death for any reason or no reason at all, even after finding a statutory aggravator; and (2) whether the Eleventh Circuit violated the Eighth Amendment by…
  • Monday round-up

    Amy Howe
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:07 am
    Briefly: At BuzzFeed, Chris Geidner discusses the possibility that, after the Justices first consider the seven petitions arising out of challenges to state bans on same-sex marriage at their September 29 Conference, the Court could ask the federal government to file a brief weighing in; he suggests that doing so “could be just the — thus far missing — step the court needs to give it the time to put the pieces in place that it has decided it needs before it takes on” the issue. In the Los Angeles Times, David Savage reports that, although Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg “is at the…
  • Petition of the day

    Maureen Johnston
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:05 pm
    The petition of the day is: Carroll v. Carman 14-212 Issue: (1) Whether, when a police officer approaches a residence to conduct a “knock and talk,” the Fourth Amendment requires the officer to go to the “front door” even where it reasonably appears that some other entrance is also customarily used by visitors; and (2) whether the court of appeals erred in holding that such a rule was “clearly established” for purposes of qualified immunity. In association with Bloomberg Law
 
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  • Peter King: "In 2011, (the Islamic State) attempted to attack Fort Knox."

    23 Sep 2014 | 2:03 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Rep. Peter King says Islamic State tried to attack Fort Knox in 2011 There’s considerable debate in Washington whether the Islamic State, the terrorist group now occupying parts of Iraq and Syria, presents a direct threat to the homeland. But to Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., there’s little doubt the threat is real. Why? Because, he said, they’ve tried to attack the United States before. "They're coming at us, and we have to be on our guard at all times," King said Sept. 21 on Fox News Sunday. "If (the Islamic State) went into…
  • Dan Sullivan: Says Sen. Mark Begich is ineffective because he has only "passed one bill, the naming of a building."

    22 Sep 2014 | 9:24 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Senate candidate Dan Sullivan says Sen. Mark Begich has only passed one law Dan Sullivan, the Republican Senate candidate in Alaska, is charging that his opponent, Sen. Mark Begich, is an ineffective lawmaker compared to other Alaska senators. According to a recent Sullivan campaign mailer, Begich -- who has been in office since 2009 -- has passed zero pieces of legislation during his first term. The Sullivan campaign reinforced this line of attack in a Facebook meme that said Begich has passed one bill, and all it did was name a building. This meme…
  • Tom Cotton: Says "President Obama hijacked the farm bill (and) turned it into a food stamp bill."

    19 Sep 2014 | 11:54 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | Tom Cotton incorrectly says Obama turned farm bill into food stamps bill Back in January, Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., took some heat for voting against the final version of the farm bill -- particularly being the only lawmaker from Arkansas, a state that depends on farming, to do so. Now, the Republican Senate candidate is out with an ad to defend his vote, arguing that it was the fiscally responsible course. The 30-second spot features Cotton and his father on their family farm. Cotton says his dad taught him financial lessons that he carried into his…
  • American Crossroads: Says Tom Steyer is a "California billionaire who stands to profit by blocking Keystone" and "is spending big to help" Bruce Braley.  

    19 Sep 2014 | 7:43 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Would billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer profit if Keystone Pipeline was killed? It’s Republican strategist Karl Rove versus billionaire Democratic donor Tom Steyer in Iowa. Rove’s group, American Crossroads, is up with a new ad that claims the Democratic Senate candidate there, Rep. Bruce Braley, is doing the bidding for Steyer by voting against the Keystone XL oil pipeline. "Now, a California billionaire who stands to profit by blocking Keystone is spending big to help Braley’s campaign," the ad says. "Bruce…
  • Bloggers: "Three of five detainees swapped (for Bowe Bergdahl) are now ISIS leaders."

    18 Sep 2014 | 11:01 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Pants on Fire! | Have three detainees swapped for Bowe Bergdahl now joined ISIS? A reader recently sent us a link to a rather startling claim -- that three of the five Guantanamo detainees released by the United States in late May in exchange for Taliban prisoner Bowe Bergdahl have now taken up arms for the Islamic State. That’s the militant group sometimes known as ISIS or ISIL that has taken control of portions of Iraq and Syria and has beheaded two American journalists and at least one other Westerner. The claim stems from a website, politicalears.com, that…
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    Balloon Juice

  • Another Ebola Update…

    Anne Laurie
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:33 pm
    As I said earlier, I’ve been collecting links on the Ebola outbreak. Slate has published a post from Tara C. Smith, “associate professor of epidemiology at Kent State, studies zoonotic diseases and blogs at Aetiology”, who does a much more professional job of aggregation than I can aspire to, in “Here’s Where We Stand with Ebola“: It’s nine months into the biggest Ebola outbreak in history, and the situation is only going from bad to worse. The outbreak simmered slowly in West Africa from December 2013, when the first case was retrospectively documented,…
  • For ten points, who is John Galt?

    Tim F.
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:17 pm
    If I were Steve Benen I would give you a couple dozen examples of tea party politician types just saying out loud what conservatives are supposed to say only in code, but I am lazy and have a day job. You just have to take my word that the whole epistemic closure business makes closedminded idiots a lot less careful about letting the world know what specific baseless fear or moronic superstition drives them to behave as they do. Tensions have run high in Jefferson County [CO] schools since three conservative candidates were elected to the school board. These new board members have suggested…
  • Open Thread: Terrible People with Terrible Ideas

    Anne Laurie
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Media Matters, with the nut graph: … On the September 22 edition of his show, O’Reilly claimed that the only credible plan to defeat the Islamic State had to include a mercenary force of 25,000 “English-speaking” fighters that would be recruited and trained by the United States. O’Reilly explained that his mercenary army would be comprised of “elite fighters who would be well-paid, well-trained to defeat terrorists all over the world.”… (Video at the link, in case you don’t believe them.) Steve Benen is beyond dubious: … For some…
  • Being Disabled Should Not Be A Crime

    Elon James White
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:32 am
    It’s hard enough to be disabled. Try being disabled and poor. According to a new report released by retiring Senator Tom Harkins (D-IA), 20 million Americans with disabilities are working age and only one third of them are in the workforce: Americans with disabilities are more likely to be poor than any other demographic group, and their average income in 2012 was about $6,000 less than people without disabilities, according to a report released Thursday….More than 28 percent of adults aged 21 to 64 who have a disability and are not institutionalized live in poverty, compared with…
  • Seriously, Don Lemon. Please Stop Talking.

    Elon James White
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:16 am
    Don Lemon has stepped in it yet again. This time he has equated disciplining children with disciplining his dog: “You have to teach who’s in control. It doesn’t matter whether it’s fear or what have you, I’m saying this, because it stops you from doing it,” he added. And then he threw in some slavery mentions for good measure. Please, CNN. Please stop letting this man have a platform. We’d suggest a muzzle, but we realize that people and animals aren’t the same. Team Blackness also discussed how much a woman’s virginity is worth, the…
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    The Moderate Voice

  • ALEC

    RON BEASLEY, Assistant Editor
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:43 pm
    The American Legislative Exchange Council has been around for over 4 decades but it really became powerful after the 2010 elections when Republicans gained control of state legislators.  ALEC represents everything that that populists like Theodore and Franklin  Roosevelt opposed.  Just yesterday Google announced it was leaving the organization: “The facts of climate change are not in question anymore. Everyone understands climate change is occurring, and the people who oppose it are really hurting our children and our grandchildren and making the world a much worse place,”…
  • Successful Syrian Strikes ‘Only the Beginning’

    DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Army Lt. Gen. William C. Mayville Jr., director of operations for the Joint Staff, during a press briefing at the Pentagon today, described the airstrikes U.S. and coalition forces conducted on ISIL targets in Syria and Iraq. Army Lt. Gen. William C. Mayville Jr., director of operations for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, briefs reporters on current operations in Syria as Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby looks on at the Pentagon, Sept. 23, 2014. DoD photo by Casper Manlangit Here is the full report by Cheryl Pellerin of DoD News, Defense Media Activity: Successful U.S. military…
  • Hillary Clinton Was Born In Kenya

    Ron Chusid
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:19 am
    The right wing has come up with letters tying Hillary to Saul Alinsky when young–just like Muslim Socialist Barack Obama. It is only a matter of time until someone uncover’s Hillary Clinton’s secret Kenyan birth certificate. The right wing blogosphere is salivating over these letters. To them, this proves she is a radical leftist, no matter how conservative the left considers Clinton to be. The average voter is asking, “Saul who?” or perhaps “Is he the guy Carrie hung out with on Homeland?” or maybe “Isn’t Saul Walter White’s lawyer?” It is also strange that to the right…
  • The Pearl Harbor Survivors Honor Flight

    DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:54 am
    As our airmen, sailors, marines, soldiers and other military once again risk their lives on the ground in Iraq and in the skies and on the waters around Iraq and Syria, it is appropriate to remember those brave troops who died and survived on a fateful day almost 73 years ago, “a date that will live in infamy.” December 7, 1941, was of course the date when Japan launched a series of dastardly, sneak air attacks on our unsuspecting Pacific Fleet anchored in its homeport, Pearl Harbor, and on U.S. military installations and airfields on Oahu, Hawaii — attacks that led to our…
  • President Obama “Pleased” With Congress’ Bipartisan Support for ISIS Air Strikes

    JANET SHAN
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:17 am
    President Obama spoke briefly ahead of his trip to the UN to address the air strikes the U.S. and its partners staged in Syria to disable ISIS (Islamic State) militants. He said he was pleased with the bipartisan support from the U.S. Congress. President Obama singled out members of the coalition who took part in the air strikes last night — Qatar, Bahrain, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates — saying the US is “proud to stand shoulder-to-shoulder” with them against ISIS. Obama said “This is not America’s fight alone.” He was very clear…
 
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  • Did Ken Burns “in” Eleanor Roosevelt?

    John Aravosis
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:17 pm
    I watched Ken Burns’ wonderful documentary “The Roosevelts” last week, and I finally understood why there are all those rumors about Eleanor Roosevelt being gay. Eleanor has some quite intimate friendships with other women, including a lesbian couple. And while that doesn’t make her gay any more than it makes my straight friends gay for knowing me, if you have any gaydar at all, it likely was set off, at least a bit, by Burns’ telling of it. The thing is, Burns didn’t mention the rumors. While he did mention Franklin’s youthful indiscretions, at…
  • John Oliver exposes Miss America Pageant scholarship debacle (video)

    John Aravosis
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:37 am
    John Oliver weighed in on the Miss America Pageant, which took place last week. Apparently, the pageant claims to provide $45 million per year in scholarships for women. Oliver dug up the tax forms, and it’s more like $482,000 per year. He’s got some great clips. They actually asked the women last week to solve the ISIS problem. Another was asked about the Gitmo hostage exchange. Also, Oliver really zings the pageant badly by going and checking out their tax records. While Miss America claims to give $45 million in scholarships a year, he found out that it’s more like…
  • Politics is plagiarism

    Jon Green
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Last week, Buzzfeed’s Andrew Kaczynski delivered gut punches to two candidates for statewide office when he reported that large portions of Monica Wehby’s (R-OR) and Mary Burke’s (D-WI) campaign platforms were plagiarized from other campaigns and partisan publications. Wehby is the Republican candidate for senate in Oregon; Burke the Democratic gubernatorial nominee in Wisconsin. In response to the news, Wehby issued a statement saying that the offending parties — namely, her former campaign manager — had already been fired, although The Oregonian has…
  • Rottweiler rescues little dog from coyote’s mouth (video)

    John Aravosis
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:18 pm
    Kind of a scary video, except that it ends quite well. A woman’s Dachshund-Chihuaha mix, Trixxie, is tied up outside and attacked by a coyote, that then tries to carry the little dog away for breakfast. All of a sudden, the neighbor’s Rottweiler comes out of nowhere, attacks the coyote, and saves the little dog.
  • Former French President Sarkozy is “humiliated” by gay marriage

    John Aravosis
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:29 pm
    France’s right needs to decide who they want to be when they grow up. Historically, France has not been the most religious of European states. And, generally speaking, it’s not a country that’s terribly tolerant of religion being injected into its politics. What’s more, France’s “right” has never been terribly right-wing. Sure, they’ve got the racist, immigrant-and-gay-bashing National Front, but in terms of the mainstream right, France’s “conservatives” have often been compared to Democrats in the US, at least by my friends in…
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  • Joe Rogan - American War Machine

    lurgee (/politics/member/lurgee)
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:51 pm
    YouTube Description: http://podcasts.joerogan.net(re)edited by: The Paradigm Shifthttp://www.youtube.com/TheParadigmShift
  • Would You Vote for a Psychopath?

    PlayhousePals (/politics/member/PlayhousePals)
    20 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    It appears that I already have! YouTube: Neuroscientist and self-described psychopath James Fallon discusses the psychopathic tendencies of leaders and madmen.
  • Real Time with Bill Maher: Jihad Me At Hello

    PlayhousePals (/politics/member/PlayhousePals)
    20 Sep 2014 | 9:21 am
    "But try selling that idea in the United States of Pants-Shitters." From September 19. 2014 YouTube: In his final New Rule, Bill Maher issues a call for courage in the face of terror.
  • Ewan MacGregor on the Scottish Independence Vote

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    19 Sep 2014 | 3:47 pm
  • Congressman Mistakes US Government Officials for Foreigners

    Ickster (/politics/member/Ickster)
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:16 am
    From MSNBC: An ‘intensely awkward congressional hearing’ In an intensely awkward congressional hearing of the House Foreign Affairs Committee on Thursday, freshman Rep. Curt Clawson misidentified two senior U.S. government officials as representatives of the Indian government. The two officials, Nisha Biswal and Arun Kumar, are Americans who hold senior positions at the State Department and Commerce Department, respectively. Although both Biswal and Kumar were introduced as U.S. officials by the chairman of the Asia and Pacific subcommittee, Clawson repeatedly asked them questions about…
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    The American Prospect

  • So Much For the End of the War on Terror

    Paul Waldman
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:09 am
    Remember when Barack Obama was going to end the War on Terror? Well today, not only did the U.S. launch air strikes within Syria to target ISIL, we also struck against the Khorasan group, a small al-Qaeda offshoot that was purportedly plotting to blow up American airplanes, and the al-Nusra front, an al-Qaeda affiliate in Syria. Back in May of last year, Obama gave a speech meant to signal a break with the prior twelve years, in which he said, "we must define our effort not as a boundless 'global war on terror,' but rather as a series of persistent, targeted efforts to dismantle specific…
  • The United Kingdom Nearly Died for Margaret Thatcher's Sins

    Robert Kuttner
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:05 am
    Why on earth did the Scots, largely quiescent as part of Great Britain for three centuries, suddenly become the mouse that roared? It wasn't because they became besotted watching re-runs of Braveheart or Rob Roy, or even because they coveted more of a share of North Sea oil revenues. No, the Scots got sick and tired of Thatcherite policies imposed from London. Thanks to the partial form of federalism known as "devolution" provided by the Labour government of Tony Blair in 1997, Scotland got to keep such progressive policies as free higher education and an intact national health service,…
  • Are We Getting Enough Religion With Our Politics?

    Paul Waldman
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:36 am
    The Pew Research Center's Religion and Public Life Project has a new survey out about the role of religion in politics (among other things), and the headline is that there has been something of an increase in the desire for religion to take a more active political role. So what would that look like? The survey only asks a few questions about that topic in particular, but here are the results: Not surprisingly, it's the religious group that already has the most political power as at least something of a bloc—white evangelical Christians—that is the most eager for more religious involvement…
  • The Politics of Pre-K: How A Program Known to Help Poor Mothers Could Doom Your Candidacy

    Rachel M. Cohen
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:24 pm
    (AP Photo/The Monitor, Gabe Hernandez) In Pennsylvania’s gubernatorial race, education has emerged as one of the most heated issues. A Quinnipiac University poll released this month found education ranked as the most important issue for voters, after jobs and the economy. Despite contentious politics surrounding reform of public education from kindergarten through twelfth grade, Republican incumbent Tom Corbett and Democratic challenger Tom Wolf have discovered that plugging expansion of pre-kindergarten programs wins them political points without treading into treacherous waters. That is,…
  • Does America Have the Greediest Doctors?

    Paul Waldman
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:08 pm
    Yesterday, The New York Times published a mind-boggling investigation into a way some physicians have found to hit patients with absolutely mind-boggling bills for not just routine procedures, but the involvement of doctors in their care that they neither asked for nor knew about until they got the bill. However widespread a practice this is, I'm going to argue that what we have here is not a few bad apples but a problem of culture. But first, here's an excerpt: In operating rooms and on hospital wards across the country, physicians and other health providers typically help one another in…
 
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  • Wouldn't Kashkari's world be amazing?

    22 Sep 2014 | 3:57 pm
    GOP candidate for governor pictures very different GOP than actually exists by Brian Leubitz Neel Kashkari made a big speech this weekend at the California Republican Party's convention. It was meant to do two things: shore up his base and project a vision of a moderate party that could face California's future challenges. In many ways, these goals are diametrically opposed to each other. It may have accomplished the base aspect, with convention goers seeming to be happy. Or at least they told the media that they were happy. Of course, it still wasn't enough for Controller candidate Ashley…
  • Brown Signs Ban against Spying on Consumers Using Rent-to-own Computers

    19 Sep 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill sponsored by the Consumer Federation of California to protect consumer privacy by restricting the use of spyware on rented computers. Thanks to Assembly Bill 2667 (Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica), consumers who rent a computer or similar electronic device in California will not fall victim to the use of invasive privacy technologies by the merchant or manufacturer who sold the item. The Assembly and state Senate each approved the bill without opposition. "Now that our legislation is signed, rent-to-own companies will no longer be able to use spyware to…
  • Was (Is) Six Californias a Trojan Horse?

    16 Sep 2014 | 11:11 pm
    [Even though I was planning to take a break from blogging for a while, something has been nagging me at the back of my mind about Six Californias. Since a brief email exchange I had with Mr. Draper indicates he may try again - which is why I have "Is" in the title - I decided I should post my concerns.] According to the story of the Trojan Horse, the Greek army wanted to invade Troy but couldn't breach Troy's well-defended walls. So they pretended to give up, and built a giant wooden horse as an appeasement gift. The Trojans saw the Greeks sail away, leaving the wooden horse just outside the…
  • Alex Padilla Will Bring Innovation and Efficiency to the SoS Office

    15 Sep 2014 | 7:52 am
    Effective legislator will bring new energy to SoS office by Brian Leubitz I'm not as big of a critic of Debra Bowen's time in office as some others. To be clear, while the office could have done a better job in some areas, like Cal-Access and some other very important data tools, she has made a concerted effort to make the voting process transparent. That being said, maybe we need a different type of leader in that office now. With the recent news that Sen. Alex Padilla was leading Republican electoral neophyte Pete Peterson by a relatively slim 43-36 lead in the recent Field Poll. Of course,…
  • Governor's Debate Gets Fiesty

    5 Sep 2014 | 8:18 am
    Governor and challenger spar in sole debate by Brian Leubitz Neel Kashkari had his big moment in the spotlight last night at the governor's debate. Jerry Brown remains the prohibitive favorite with a 19.5 point lead in the RCP polling average. At this point, it would take something of a disaster on multiple fronts for Kashkari to surge past Brown. But Brown is taking nothing for granted. His big war chest remains at the ready in case anything changes, and he is directly taking on his challenger. It began with a strong barb at Governor Brown from Kashkari: His 40 years in government has left…
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    Jeffrey Goldberg : The Atlantic

  • The Reluctant Loner President Builds a Coalition and Goes After Terrorists Across Syria

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:06 am
    So, our reluctant, hesitant, wan, diffident loner egghead of a president somehow managed to pull together a potent Arab coalition and launch an air war against extremists of the Islamic State terror group on their home turf. Very surprising, given his reputation. Defying expectations is one thing; winning a war in which victory has not yet been adequately defined is another. And yet, President Obama has taken the first, significant steps to at least slow, and possibly reverse, ISIS's expansion. Four quick, early morning observations (to be followed by more, I hope): 1. The Arabs of the Gulf…
  • Does Human Rights Watch Understand the Nature of Prejudice?

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:25 am
    A few days ago, the executive director of Human Rights Watch, Kenneth Roth, tweeted the following statement: “Germans rally against anti-Semitism that flared in Europe in response to Israel’s conduct in Gaza war. Merkel joins.” Roth provided a link to a New York Times article about the rally, which took place in Berlin. Roth’s framing of this issue is very odd and obtuse. Anti-Semitism in Europe did not flare “in response to Israel’s conduct in Gaza,” or anywhere else. Anti-Semitic violence and invective are not responses to events in the Middle East, just as anti-Semitism does…
  • Here's a New Way for Obama to Talk About Confronting ISIS

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:08 am
    A president is axiomatically having a bad week when his understanding of warfare is criticized, in public, by the most revered living Marine general. This is what happened yesterday when retired Gen. James Mattis, the legendary former chief of U.S. Central Command, told the House Intelligence Committee that, “You just don’t take anything off the table up front, which it appears the administration has tried to do.” Mattis is referring to President Obama’s promise to avoid deploying ground troops, no matter what, in the fight against the Islamic State terror group. (There are, of…
  • Were There Dinosaurs on Noah’s Ark?

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:06 pm
    Searching for the elusive answer to a persistent question concerning the seeming gullibility of my fellow Americans—namely, why did 42 percent of adults surveyed this spring by Gallup say they believe that God created humans in their present form less than 10,000 years ago?—I recently found myself in the office of Ken Ham, the born-again Barnum behind Kentucky’s $35 million Creation Museum, debating a separate but related question, one whose existence I had not previously recognized but which became for me a source of instant paleontological delight: How could dinosaurs have coexisted…
  • Not Fighting ISIS Could Be Worse Than Fighting It

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:23 am
    My friend and colleague David Frum makes a compelling case against America’s ramped-up war on the terrorist group ISIS. The thrust of David’s argument is that the U.S. will be waging this war on behalf of the Iranian regime, which, of course, is our prime adversary in the Middle East, one that is more wily, more consequential, and (of course) much closer to crossing the nuclear threshold than ISIS is: The trouble with the policy of aid-Iran-but-don’t-admit-it is that the United States receives nothing in return—and specifically, no abatement of the Iranian nuclear program. The Obama…
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  • Water, Water, Everywhere: Lehigh Valley Edition

    James Fallows
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Water is increasingly the theme that connects the world's big energy, environmental, and climate-related questions. Fracking in the United States, China, and elsewhere is creating new, cheaper, potentially cleaner energy sources; but it consumes a lot of water, and might pollute even more. Air pollution is the most visible (literally) environmental disaster in China, but maintaining water supplies for the country's cities, factories, and farms may be an even greater challenge. Water-level rise is one of the most feared future effects of climate change, and ocean-water acidification in the…
  • First Bowling Alone, Now Vaulting Together

    James Fallows
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:06 pm
    Whether in admiring ways (from Tocqueville to Frank Capra) or disparaging / mocking (from Babbitt onward), observers of America have marveled at the informal organizational fabric that held this disparate country together. Elks and Rotary, volunteer fire departments and Junior League, Cub Scouts and Brownies, PTA and library board, neighborhood sports, of course religious organizations—these all typified and governed America as much as its formal governing structures.    Over the past 20 years, Robert Putnam has been the best-known exponent of the idea that this essential fabric has…
  • Made in America, Again

    James Fallows
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:22 pm
    In the decade after World War II, the United States produced more goods than the rest of the world combined. Now America’s share of world production is about 20 percent, which, depending on how you count, is about the same as China’s or slightly more. Most of this change reflects other countries’ rise rather than any American decline. In fact, U.S. manufacturing output is about six times higher than it was in 1950; American workers are nearly 10 times more productive than those in China. Moreover, as any country develops—even factory-dense China, even a champion industrial exporter…
  • The 100 Percent Renewable-Powered City: Too Good to be True?

    James Fallows
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Yesterday I mentioned the latest accomplishment of Burlington, Vermont. Previously the site of such implausible-sounding but actually true achievements as "an airport that is pleasant" and "a newspaper that is doing well," it now boasted a "100% renewable" city energy supply. Reinvention and resilience across the nationRead more A reader in China, who is himself in the clean-energy business, writes to dispute the claim—really, how much of a step forward it represents. First he highlighted these parts of the AP story about the renewable claim. The story said: "[The local utility companies do…
  • Greening Up in Burlington, Rocking Out in Allentown

    James Fallows
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:15 am
    1) Green Power in Vermont. Last year our American Futures team reported on several almost-too-good-to-be-true aspects of life in Burlington, Vermont. A print newspaper that was thriving. A commercial airport that was actually pleasant. A brewery whose output was so much in demand that it rationed sales to give everyone a chance. A strong business-and-social-responsibility culture, including in clean tech and info tech. Advances in traditional higher-ed but also in a "career-oriented" approach. An ability to absorb refugees and immigrants. Overall, effective governance and public-private…
 
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    6 Sep 2014 | 10:51 pm
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    Obsidian Wings

  • Adrian Peterson, Charles Barkley, and other scattered thoughts

    liberal japonicus
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:26 am
    by liberal japonicus I'm back from 10 days in Kyrgyzstan, classes are about to start and there are too many interesting things to write about. ISIS? Scottish referendum? Ebola? But this piece responding to Charles Barkley's comments about the Adrian Peterson case had me thinking about growing up, discipline and a whole range of stuff. More below the fold A quick recap, Adrian Peterson, running back for the Minnesota Vikings, heard/saw his son push another boy off of his bike and he whipped him with a switch. Peterson was the person who a year earlier had  learned that he was the…
  • Is it more like Kafka or 1984?

    Ugh
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:59 am
    by Ugh I'm leaning Kafka, but could be convinced otherwise, or why not both?   The Justice Department intervened late Friday in a defamation lawsuit against United Against Nuclear Iran, a prominent advocacy group that pushes for tough sanctions against Tehran. The government said the case should be dropped because forcing the group to open its files would jeopardize national security. The group is not affiliated with the government, and lists no government contracts on its tax forms. The government has cited no precedent for using the so-called state-secrets privilege to quash a private…
  • Your binge-watching open thread

    SuperUser
    13 Sep 2014 | 9:15 pm
    by Doctor Science I've been binge-watching Brooklyn Nine Nine as I sort through papers, including paying the bills for my husband's double knee replacement. This is how broken the American health system is: surgeon's bill: $8500 per knee, total $17K. After the "negotiated discount adjustment" from the insurance company, the bill was ... $3700. That's a lot of negotiation. Total bill to us: about $1K, due to our deductible. inpatient hospital bill: $153,517, for surgery Wednesday, discharge on Friday. Plus $5742 for lab work, etc. Total: $159K. Then the insurance…
  • Help me Snopes myself!

    SuperUser
    7 Sep 2014 | 10:51 am
    by Doctor Science In his July Wired article about the history of autocorrect, Gideon Lewis-Kraus writes:A commenter on the Language Log blog recently mentioned hearing of an entire dialect in Asia based on phone cupertinos, where teens used the first suggestion from autocomplete instead of their chosen word, thus creating a slang that others couldn't decode. (It's similar to the Anglophone teenagers who, in a previous texting era, claimed to have replaced the term of approval cool with that of book because of happenstance T9 input priority.)A few days ago, Anna North of the NY Times asked…
  • Slart's country journal

    SuperUser
    4 Sep 2014 | 3:46 pm
    from Slartibartifast, found in a hermetically sealed tupperware container It has been very difficult for me to remain in touch, respond to runaway italics and the like. We have recently moved out in the sticks, and one of the bonus features of being out in the sticks is that internet may or may not be available. Satellite internet, it turns out, is woefully inadequate to support e.g. 8 hours a day continuous EVPN. So now, at age 53, I find myself working out of my Dad's basement. It seems like a good time to start blogging again, just to round out the image. We moved here end of July,…
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    International Budget Partnership » Blog Posts

  • Budgeting for Human Rights: Progressive Realization

    Ryan Flynn
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:15 am
    This post was written by Helena Hofbauer, Director of Partnership Development and Innovation at the International Budget Partnership My last blog post on budgeting for human rights explored the obligation for governments to use the maximum of available resources to realize rights enshrined under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). Here we will examine what the obligation of progressive realization means for government budgets. Article 2 of the ICESCR states “each State Party to the present Covenant undertakes to take steps…especially economic…
  • What Is PFM?

    Jay
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:56 am
    This post was written by Paolo de Renzio, Senior Research Fellow for the Open Budget Initiative at the International Budget Partnership Public Financial Management (PFM) is a term often thrown about when talking budgets and budgeting. Just as often its definition remains somewhat mysterious. A heterogeneous group of experts from academia, multilateral institutions, and think tanks—including yours truly from IBP, representing civil society views on the matter—collaborated on a recently published paper that tries to “demystify the concept.” It aims to present a simple yet innovative way…
  • 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,…
 
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  • The Dead Hand of Socialism: State Ownership in the Arab World

    Rick Kelo
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:41 pm
    Extensive government ownership in the economy is a source of inefficiency and a barrier to economic development. Although precise measures of government ownership across the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) are hard to come by, the governments of Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Syria,  …
  • ACLU: 62 Percent of SWAT Team Raids Were Searches For Drugs

    Rick Kelo
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:37 pm
    The American Civil Liberties Union has released a report looking at police militarization and the use of SWAT raids. The study looked at 800 deployments of SWAT teams among 20 local, state and federal police agencies in 2011-2012 and found some interesting (though not necessarily …
  • Otto von Bismarck and the Decline in European Fertility Rates - Real Time Economics - WSJ

    Rick Kelo
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:23 pm
    A European Central Bank paper has identified the culprit behind Europe’s grim population trends, although he happens to have died over a century ago: Otto von Bismarck. In the paper published late last week, authors Beatrice Scheubel from …
  • New Hampshire GOP embraces 'personhood' as election nears | MSNBC

    geewizz-6485144
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:18 pm
    Elections in New Hampshire always tend to be interesting, but 2014 is shaping up to be quite a year in the Granite State.  Gov. Maggie Hassan (D) is seeking a second term; there’s a closely watched U.S. Senate race underway pitting two prominent figures, including form …
  • Woman confuses voting and online dating in new GOP ad

    Par4TheCourse
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:13 pm
    The latest Republican ladies' outreach effort tops all previous Republican ladies' outreach efforts. For sheer awfulness, that is. Laura Clawson
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    FactCheck.org

  • Special Interest Battle in Midwest Races

    Lori Robertson
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Two ads from the conservative Crossroads organizations claim Democratic Senate candidates in Iowa and Michigan who oppose the Keystone XL pipeline are backed by an environmental activist who “stands to profit by blocking Keystone.” That’s based on outdated information on the activist’s former investments. American Crossroads, a super PAC founded with the help of former George W. Bush adviser Karl Rove, and Crossroads GPS, its 501(c)(4) sister organization, launched the ads in September against Rep. Bruce Braley in Iowa and Rep. Gary Peters in Michigan, respectively.
  • Alaska’s Pension Fight

    Eugene Kiely
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:45 pm
    The Alaska Senate candidates exaggerate the impact of a $500 million settlement that Republican Dan Sullivan reached as state attorney general in 2010. The Alaska Retirement Management Board sued its actuarial firm in December 2007 for erroneous calculations that the board claimed caused the state to underfund its pension system by $2.8 billion. The state sought $2.8 billion in damages and settled in June 2010 for $500 million. Sullivan and his Democratic opponent, Sen. Mark Begich, have put a misleading spin on the settlement in recent TV ads: Sullivan’s ad features a teacher who says…
  • False Choice: Veterans vs. Immigrants

    Robert Farley
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:17 pm
    An ad from Rep. Bill Cassidy attacks his Democratic opponent, Sen. Mary Landrieu, for not “fully funding veterans benefits,” even though he voted for the House version of a bipartisan budget bill that included those very same cuts. Cassidy even defended those reductions in a national radio interview. Moreover, less than two months later, both Cassidy and Landrieu voted in favor of stand-alone legislation that ended up restoring the cuts before they ever had a chance to kick in at the end of 2015. The Cassidy ad also sets up a false choice, claiming Landrieu voted to fund benefits…
  • No Cuts for Military Vets

    Brooks Jackson
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:36 am
    A Republican TV ad in Illinois features indignant veterans scolding a Democratic House member about cuts to “veterans benefits” that never happened. The ad features four men it identifies as Army and Navy veterans. “We risked our lives. … We put it all on the line. … How could you cut our benefits?” they ask of Rep. Cheri Bustos, after chastising her for voting for a $6 billion cut in “veterans benefits.” They add, “How could you? Shame on you.” In fact, the cut in question was not a reduction in veterans benefits at all, but rather…
  • Playing Politics With Immigration

    Robert Farley
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Competing ads from the leading candidates in the Louisiana Senate race play politics with the immigration issue and leave misleading impressions about the candidates’ positions. Rep. Bill Cassidy’s ad criticizes Landrieu for supporting “amnesty” based on her vote for a bipartisan immigration bill in 2013. The bill included an earned path to citizenship, not blanket amnesty — a distinction Cassidy himself made in a 2013 interview. An ad from Sen. Mary Landrieu quotes Cassidy out of context to suggest he’s weak on border security. He is heard saying,…
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    TechPresident

  • First POST: Climate Changes

    23 Sep 2014 | 9:42 am
    Google ends its support for ALEC; how network-centric organizing powered the big People's Climate march; is it time to retire the term "blogosphere"; and much, much more.
  • Germany Releases Open Data Action Plan Amidst Grassroots Enthusiasm and Pirate Party Turmoil

    22 Sep 2014 | 9:23 am
    The German government on Wednesday unveiled its open data action plan to implement the open data charter established by the G8, now G7, countries. But while German open government advocates welcomed its release, for them it does not go far enough. Even as the open data movement is taking new hold in Germany on the local level with encouragement from the new Code for Germany effort, in the national Pirate Party, the supposed German net party, internal leadership disputes are overshadowing its digital agenda.
  • First POST: Packed

    22 Sep 2014 | 8:29 am
    The impact of Sunday's giant People's Climate march in NYC; how the Kapor Center is increasing the role of minorities in tech; why Uber's business model is anti-worker; and much, much more.
  • How Network-Centric Organizing Made the People's Climate March

    22 Sep 2014 | 8:20 am
    At a reported 400,000 people, yesterday's People's Climate March was purportedly four times larger than expected. Other articles may feature the celebrities who turned out for a photo-op; this one is concerned with everyone else, the “odd juxtapositions” of a Muslim marching next to a Christian, a pagan next to a monk, and the work (and tech) that went into getting them there.
  • First POST: Scotched

    19 Sep 2014 | 9:29 am
    Why conservatives should back net neutrality; how big data may damage civil rights; the ways Silicon Valley start-ups are exploiting freelance workers; and much, much more.
 
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    Corrente

  • Tweet of the day (2)

    lambert
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:59 am
    Body:  "@wheeliesmom: @Joe_Espiritu yep. So happy. @FearDept pic.twitter.com/M0mYUWHbX5" Let me be clear... Cc @Thailander — Rehabbed One (@RehabbedO) September 23, 2014
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    lambert
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:57 am
    Body:  "Congratulations on your recent military coup and massacres of unarmed protestors." pic.twitter.com/FrRtQWfbsz — Murtaza Hussain (@MazMHussain) September 23, 2014
  • In the garden: Tapestries and decay

    lambert
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Body:  The same idea, but different: I wanted to try for the poppies in the front yard again, but they're all gone, now. (I did see a bee working, so that was heartening.) So I went to the wildflowers in the back:
  • Tweet of the day (2)

    lambert
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Body:  My design is totally responsive. The response is: stop bugging me about design. /cc @tofias — Pinboard (@Pinboard) September 22, 2014
  • Tweet of the day

    lambert
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:35 am
    Body:  Graffiti removal guy comes back to discover image of himself in the same spot: pic.twitter.com/oHlx2ZxCh0 — Vincent Dignan (@vincentdignan) September 22, 2014
 
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  • Happy Hour: Kenny Barron – The Only One

    Boohunney
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm
  • RFK Jr. confronted by talking parrot

    susie
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:21 am
    We all know wingnuts are neither creative (which is why their numerous attempts at doing humor fail) nor all that intelligent — that is, their intelligence is limited to parroting “gotcha!” lines meant to prove liberals are hypocrites, and not actual learning. So there’s nothing surprising about watching Valley girl Michelle “Twitchy Nutjobs Love Me” Fields from PJTV (the old Pajamas Media) confront Bobby Kennedy Jr. at the People’s Climate March on Sunday. Wingnut “journalists” are really not interested in having a conversation, which is…
  • Panhandle Slim… Art for Folk…

    Boohunney
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    Panhandle Slim…
  • We know who the real savage is, Pammy

    susie
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    *Here’s what the headline refers to. This is Pam Geller’s hate group putting up these disgusting ads. Geller is the wingnut blogger who, through her batshit crazy blog “Atlas Shrugged”, devotes her life (and makes nice bit of cash doing so) attacking the usually-imaginary “Islamic threat.” Everything is a jihad, she attacks at fever pitch, and the louder she gets, the more money rolls into her group. (Not that she needs it, after her $4 million divorce settlement and then a $5 million insurance policy when her ex died.) She is, truly, a dreadful person. I…
  • Horrible

    susie
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Only so many stories like this I can take in a week: Miller’s son, however, said that the officers hadn’t listened when he tried to tell them his father was deaf. I kept telling them that he can’t hear them. I kept telling them he can’t understand them. This just makes it even harder. I’m the only one who knows what happened. I was right there. I saw the whole thing.
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    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective

  • Latin America’s indigenous population growing

    Latina Lista
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Latin America’s indigenous population growing by Latina Lista LatinaLista — In addition to the UN Climate Summit happening in New York City which is attracting world leaders, Hollywood celebrities and politicians, there is also happening an equally important conference — the Indigenous People’s World Conference. The two-day conference (Sept. 21-22) drew about a thousand participants from all over the planet. On the first day of the conference, the…
  • Eligible Latino voters don’t yet make voting a priority

    Latina Lista
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Eligible Latino voters don’t yet make voting a priority by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Latino voters have the opportunity to, as they say, “rock the vote.” Unfortunately, in most elections, we can’t even accomplish a slight nudge. Though Latinos comprise 11.3 percent of all eligible voters, the civic duty of showing up at the polls falls low on the list of priorities for too many Latinos. In the 2012 national election, the U.S. Census…
  • Crowdfunder: Keeping endangered form of writing alive via a coloring book

    Latina Lista
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:27 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Crowdfunder: Keeping endangered form of writing alive via a coloring book by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Campaign: Endangered script coloring book for kids The Philippine script is endangered. A new coloring book will help teach this script to kids to keep it alive for future generations. Kulay: Baybayin is a coloring book Kristian Kabuay will be releasing to keep an ancient script from the Philippines alive. It has been a decade-long project when he started…
  • A quest to wake Texas Latinos from their political siesta

    Latina Lista
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:52 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. A quest to wake Texas Latinos from their political siesta by Latina Lista La Voz de Austin It’s no secret that Hispanic voters in Travis County have a hard time finding an election booth. In the recent March 4th, 2014 primary season, out of some 98,000 registered Hispanic voters, only 8,448 bothered to turn out to vote. In terms of percentage that’s a lousy 8%. But in the coming weeks, all of this is about to change if a man named JD Gins has anything to say…
  • Chicago’s Tamale Underground

    Latina Lista
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:33 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Chicago’s Tamale Underground by Latina Lista By Rebecca Burns In These Times Each afternoon in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood, 70-year-old Cuala resumes her quiet game of cat-and-mouse with police. After spending a few hours openly hawking cool drinks or hot chocolates from a cart, the street vendor (who declined to give her last name because of legal concerns) stocks an unmarked cooler with tamales, making furtive lunch sales to customers in the…
 
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    NYT > Columnists

  • Truths of a French Village

    23 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    Talks with a real estate agent illustrate why globalization does not alter the reality of cultural differences.
  • Behind the Chevron Case

    22 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    This lawyer may have movie-star good looks, but he has a lot to answer for, too.
  • Two Redheaded Strangers

    20 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    On the Honeysuckle Rose, Willie and Maureen talk pot, politics and a certain trip to the White House in the Carter years.
  • Three Cheers for Pluralism Over Separatism

    20 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Here’s why the no vote in Scotland was a good thing.
  • Up From Pain

    20 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    I had to stop hating my abuser to start loving myself. I had to let go of my past so that I could step into my future.
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    New York Observer

  • Christine Quinn Fails to Confront Rob Astorino in Midtown

    23 Sep 2014 | 3:09 pm
    Christine Quinn waiting for Rob Astorino. (Photo: Ross Barkan) It was a missed connection. Former Council Speaker Christine Quinn, a top surrogate for Gov. Andrew Cuomo and a leader of his Women’s Equality Party, failed this afternoon to ask Mr. Cuomo’s Republican rival to sign a pledge affirming his support for the 10-point Women’s Equality Act. Ms. Quinn, milling outside the Women’s National Republican Club in Midtown Manhattan where Mr. Astorino was to hold court with supporters, had arrived too late. “We told Rob Astorino we were coming at 4:15 and he showed…
  • A Small Step Towards a More Transparent Port Authority

    23 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    A year after a traffic jam in Fort Lee created a memorable political scandal in New Jersey, the Port Authority has embarked on a new policy of transparency. This, no doubt, will come as a culture shock for an institution accustomed to living in the shadows. Here’s one welcome reform that tells you all you need to know about the bad old ways of the Port Authority: the agency’s new chairman, John J. Degnan, recently announced that the Port’s board will take input from the public before it makes decisions, rather than after. Only at the PA could this be seen as a sign of progress, because…
  • Debbie Harry’s Heart of Glass Captured in Picture Show Honoring Blondie’s 40th Anniversary

    23 Sep 2014 | 2:55 pm
    It’s been 40 years since Chris Stein and Debbie Harry teamed up to form Blondie and take over the burgeoning punk scene in New York. To celebrate the milestone, Jeffrey Deitch, who’s no stranger to paying homage to the gloriously dirty downtown New York, curated a show that brought together the best pictures of Ms. Harry through the years, organized by photographers. There’s a cluster of shots by resident CBGB shutterbug Roberta Bayley, and pictures by Robert Mapplethorpe and Bob Gruen scattered through. You see Ms. Harry with Iggy Pop, with Sting, with William Burroughs,…
  • Sex at a Benefit: Cara Benedetto and Chapter NY Throw “Come Early Come Often”

    23 Sep 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Cara Benedetto (extreme right, in black) snuggles in bed. (Courtesy of the artist) “Things are about to happen in the bedroom,” whispered the artist Paul Heyer, who was rocking a tattered clown suit, tangerine wig and flashing red nose. It was a hot tip given the nebulous nature of the event—a simultaneously playful and thought-provoking benefit-cum-artwork by Cara Benedetto that explored, over the course of Sunday evening, various aspects of sex. The event was the climax (sorry) of “Come Early and Often,” Ms. Benedetto’s installation at young Lower East Side gallery Chapter NY,…
  • Eric Holder Talks Ferguson, Reducing Arrests, at NYU

    23 Sep 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Attorney General Eric Holder. (Getty Images) Attorney General Eric Holder told a crowd at New York University that the nation has a “critical opportunity” to change its approach to policing in the wake of Michael Brown’s death and the protests that followed in Ferguson, Missouri. “Will we again turn a blind eye to the hard truths that Ferguson exposed, burying these tough realities until another tragedy arises to set them off like a powder keg?” Mr. Holder asked. “Or will we finally accept this mandate for open and honest dialogue, reach for new and…
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    Gawker

  • Rand Paul Is Running for President in the Most Obnoxious Way Possible

    Adam Weinstein on Fortress America, shared by Lacey Donohue to Gawker
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:55 am
    Libertarians are having a moment or something, and there is much excitement over the possibility of a presidential run by a bizarrely coiffed amateur ophthalmologist and civil-rights opponent. How could he be more obnoxious? By staking his candidacy on Silicon Valley brogrammers.Read more...
  • Mississippi Dems Probably Committed Voter Fraud by Aiding Thad Cochran

    Adam Weinstein
    25 Jun 2014 | 12:05 pm
    It's no secret that Democrats in Mississippi, consigned to losing the general Senate election in November, turned out Tuesday night to support incumbent Republican Thad Cochran against a Tea Party primary challenger. But in doing so, they may have run afoul of state election laws.Read more...
  • A Tea Party Republican House candidate and author of the self-published sci-fi novel "George Buchana

    Adam Weinstein
    25 Apr 2014 | 12:03 pm
    A Tea Party Republican House candidate and author of the self-published sci-fi novel "George Buchanan Enters the Wormhole" vows to stop all immigration into the U.S. because immigrants vote for "big government." It's an improvement on his deportation plan, "Operation Wetback."Read more...
  • The Vatican Is Really Butthurt About U.S. Citizens Approving Gay Marriage

    MTanzer
    11 Nov 2012 | 1:33 pm
    Last week, voters in Maryland, Maine and Washington state voted for marriage equality and the gays rejoiced! After all, this was the first time that gay marriage had been approved by popular vote. But just like at the end of The Avengers, there's another villan hiding in a distant galaxy, in this case, it's Europe.Read more...
  • The Gawker 2012 Election Night Liveblog

    Max Read
    6 Nov 2012 | 4:45 pm
    Tonight, on television: the season finale of American Politics. After millions of years of campaigning, human president Barack Obama and liquid-metal terminator Mitt Romney will meet on the Sacred Plains for the mythical and deadly Dance of Swords, the traditional choosing ceremony for our people. Who will win their bloody game? Who will retain control the Senate? Will Chris Christie finally attract the attention of his crush Bruce Springsteen? Will top CNN analyst The Will.i.am Hologram seize return to prophesy the birth of a God-Emperor whose reign will surpass a thousand years? Crack…
 
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    The American Conservative » Daniel Larison

  • The Wages of Threat Inflation

    Daniel Larison
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:34 pm
    A Gallup poll released today shows that 60% of Americans support the war against ISIS, which represents a dramatic reversal from early summer when just 39% supported direct U.S. intervention. The report attempts to explain why: The increase in support is likely also tied to ISIS being perceived as a more direct threat to the U.S., which may not have been as clear in June. In recent weeks, ISIS has captured and beheaded two U.S. journalists. In fact, the current poll finds 50% of Americans describing ISIS as a “critical threat” to U.S. vital interests [bold mine-DL], with an…
  • The “Limited” Intervention That Will Take Years

    Daniel Larison
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:07 pm
    The ever-expanding war on ISIS will likely be with us for quite a while: Air strikes launched by the US and Arab allies against Islamists in Syria were the “beginnings of a sustained campaign” that could last years [bold mine-DL], the Pentagon said on Tuesday. When airstrikes began in Iraq six weeks ago, the administration initially said that a “sustained campaign” is exactly what the U.S. was not starting. That seemed hard to believe at the time, and that’s because it was plainly untrue. Interventionists always understate the costs and duration of the military action…
  • The Folly of Fighting Against Both Sides in Syria

    Daniel Larison
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:07 am
    If allying with the Syrian regime makes no sense, Mohammed Alaa Ghanem’s call for attacking Assad’s government is just as bad: Unless the United States wants to be striking ISIL in Syria yet again in another five to 10 years, America should hit Assad now. It may already be too late. Two years ago, the United States could have killed ISIL before it was born with limited airstrikes on the Assad regime. This is completely incoherent. Attacking the Syrian regime wouldn’t harm ISIS and other jihadist groups like it, but would almost certainly allow them to seize more territory…
  • Game of Thrones Is Not a Foreign Policy Manual

    Daniel Larison
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:08 am
    Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry is the latest to propose the terrible idea of allying with the Syrian regime, and tops it off with a ridiculous pop culture reference: And so the U.S. must pull its strategy from the Game of Thrones playbook, and be willing to do the ruthless and the unexpected. It’s not going to look good, but it will get the job done. That’s why the U.S. should team up with Bashar al-Assad’s regime — but not Assad himself. Let’s forget for the moment that this “playbook” of ruthlessness and surprise gets a lot of Game of Thrones characters…
  • The Illegal War Against ISIS Spreads to Syria

    Daniel Larison
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:24 pm
    ABC News reports that the illegal war already being waged in Iraq has expanded to Syria: American airstrikes against ISIS targets are under way in Syria, according to a Pentagon official. When Obama ordered the first airstrikes in Iraq last month, I had no confidence that he would be able to keep the intervention from expanding, and unfortunately I was correct. Loose talk of “destroying” ISIS practically demanded expanding the war into Syria. Obama stated he would not hesitate to do this. However, there is even less reason to think that U.S. air power will have the desired effect…
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    TIME

  • How Obama’s War Against ISIS Just Keeps Growing

    Michael Crowley
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:18 pm
    MoreU.S. Launches Air-Strike Campaign Against ISIS in SyriaWorse Than ISIS? A Primer on the Khorasan GroupThese Are the Weapons the U.S. Is Using to Attack ISISBarack Obama’s war against ISIS has come a long way from Sinjar Mountain. MoreDeadbeat Diplomats Owe NYC $16 Million in Unpaid Parking FinesU.S. Pledges to Destroy All Landmines Outside of Korean PeninsulaNYC's Top Cop: Terror Threat Will Increase in Months Ahead NBC News'True Detective' Casts Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn NBC NewsBritish Prime Minister on ISIS: 'These People Want to Kill Us' NBC NewsIt was six weeks ago, on…
  • White House Gets Extra Barrier After Trespasser Reaches Building

    Jack Linshi
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:35 pm
    The Secret Service erected a temporary extra barrier a few feet in front of the White House’s existing iron fence Tuesday as investigations continue into how a trespasser scaled the fence and entered the executive mansion last week. The additional fence, about three feet high, will serve as a buffer zone between the general public and the presidential residence, according to Bloomberg. “This temporary closure is in effect while the Secret Service conducts a comprehensive review of the fence jumping incident which occurred on Friday September 19th,” Secret Service Agent Ed…
  • Rudy Giuliani Explains Why Noriega’s Call of Duty Lawsuit Is ‘Absurd’

    Matt Peckham
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Rudy Giuliani minces no words when speaking about former Panamanian military leader Manuel Noriega. When he describes the man he calls “a criminal of the worst kind,” you can hear the outrage. And when he refers to Noriega’s lawsuit against Call of Duty publisher Activision over the use of his likeness in one of the games, he repeatedly calls it “absurd.” MoreThe 25 Biggest Video Games of Fall 2014Fall Video Game PreviewNYC's Top Cop: Terror Threat Will Increase in Months Ahead NBC News'True Detective' Casts Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn NBC NewsBritish Prime…
  • Chicago Mayor Pushes Illinois To Decriminalize Pot

    Alex Rogers
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel asked the Illinois state legislature Tuesday to decriminalize marijuana possession and to make all arrests for those caught with one gram or less of any drug a misdemeanor instead of a felony. “It’s time, in my view, to free up our criminal justice system to address our real public safety challenges and build on the progress that has been made,” Emmanuel told lawmakers, the Chicago Tribune reports. Emanuel is looking to expand upon a Chicago law passed in 2012 that made possession of 15 grams or less of marijuana a ticketable offense. Emanuel,…
  • Lawmakers Push Increased Access to Emergency Contraception

    Charlotte Alter
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Updated: September 23, 4:40 p.m. ET Five Democratic senators introduced legislation Tuesday that would require any federally-funded hospital to provide emergency contraception to rape survivors. The Emergency Contraception Access and Education Act of 2014 was introduced by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), with Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) signing on as co-sponsors. The bill would ensure that any hospital receiving Medicare or Medicaid funds provides accurate information and timely access to emergency…
 
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    The Brody File

  • Exclusive: Bobby Jindal Sends Op-Ed To The Brody File: “Another Broken Promise: Obamacare and Abortion”

    David Brody
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:33 am
    In an exclusive op-ed given to The Brody File, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal says President Obama doesn’t care about following the law when it comes to a host of issues, including how Obamacare pays for abortions with taxpayer funded money despite his insistence that it would never happen. “Does the Administration care that they’re not following the law? Not in the slightest,” Jindal states. The op-ed is titled, “Another Broken Promise: Obamacare and Abortion.” You can read it in its entirety below. From time to time, prominent newsmakers and politicians will send The Brody File…
  • The GOP Kansas Problem

    David Brody
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:01 am
    Here's what I know about Kansas: It's the heartland of the country, it's conservative and Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz is from there. Oh, and one more thing. The state could really decide who controls the U.S. Senate. Read below from The New York Times: The Senate race in Kansas may suddenly be the most crucial contest in the country. Republicans are scrambling to protect a longtime incumbent. Bob Dole is back on the campaign trail. The state’s Democrats have no candidate and are trying to say as little about that as possible. And a 45-year-old investor from suburban Kansas City may hold…
  • The Brody File Show: Abortion Toxicity

    David Brody
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:16 am
    This week on The Brody File Show, Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., makes a serious push to get possible GOP presidential contenders to support a ban on abortions after 20 weeks. Also, best-selling author David Limbaugh is here. We take a look at his story of redemption after finding Jesus.
  • Rand Paul In Guatemala

    David Brody
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:39 am
    Check out Jennifer Wishon's story on Sen. Rand Paul  down in Guatemala. Jenny was on The Brody File show this week.
  • Random Acts Of History

    David Brody
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:37 am
    The Brody File is proud to present a new feature on the show. Check out Matthew Keedy's, "Random Acts Of History."
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    The Reality-Based Community

  • Hundreds of thousands march for Pigou

    Andrew Sabl
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:16 am
    There were lots of great signs at the People’s Climate March yesterday. But for RBC readers, I’ll showcase this one: I don’t know who’s responsible for popularizing the term “carbon pollution.” But it’s the rare political catchphrase that’s both tremendously effective and perfectly accurate. There was plenty of idealism (and of course a bit of wackiness) at the march. But at root, the core message is Micro 101: Negative externalities should be taxed. And as a—poor, but politically necessary—second choice, they should be regulated.
  • Finding and Enjoying Older Movies

    Keith Humphreys
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:33 am
    In the past three years, about 150 movies have been reviewed on RBC. Johann Koehler is a young, au courant scholar whose reviews include at least some films in recent release (e.g., Fruitvale Station, The Double). In contrast, my knowledge of recent pop culture does not go much beyond being excited about this Bob Bailey guy who recently took over from John Lund in the lead part of Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar. Most of my film recommendations as well as some of Johann’s and our occasional guest recommenders can thus sometimes be hard to find. Some RBC readers wrote me about this challenge…
  • Shame on you, Comedy Central!

    Mark Kleiman
    20 Sep 2014 | 6:46 pm
    1. I don’t think there should be a sports team called the “Redskins” anymore than there should be one called the “Kikes” or the “Micks” or the “Dagos.” This isn’t rocket science. 2. I think Jon Stewart is not only a very funny man but the most incisive political analyst currently on the scene, except when Stephen Colbert is really on his game. 3. Making fun of Redskins fans who don’t want to give up the name, and who pretend or actually believe that it’s not racially offensive, is entirely justified, and if some of them…
  • Movie Trope #156: The Completely Ransacked Room

    Keith Humphreys
    20 Sep 2014 | 1:58 pm
    If you love movies as much as I do, you probably watch a lot of them. Generally that’s a joy, but some overused movie tropes can eventually to wear down even the most devoted cineaste. I have previously highlighted some of these, such as people yelling no-o-o-o-o-o-o!! in slow motion, military personnel signing off by saying “over and out“, the tell-tale cough of death, the mystery of weightless money, bullets that throw people across the room, and very patient villains who stand around pointing a gun for however long it takes a hero to show up. Today I highlight one that…
  • The test oath: the Air Force does the right thing

    Mark Kleiman
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:17 pm
    Some good news: though apparently there’s no one in the Air Force capable of reading the Constitution and drawing the correct conclusions, the DoD General Counsel office labors under no such disability, and accordingly the Air Force will return to its pre-2013 practice (matching the practice of the other services) and make the phrase “so help me God” optional in its enlistment oath. Patrick Vaughan, General Counsel for the American Family Association, had a very interesting post on the original decision. He reports, citing a 1951 case, [U.S. v. Slozes, 1 CMR 47], Long ago,…
 
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    Bleeding Heartland - Front Page

  • IA-04: Mowrer emphasizes crossover appeal, King finally agrees to debate

    23 Sep 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Catching up on news from Iowa's fourth Congressional district, a veteran who served with Democratic challenger Jim Mowrer in Iraq is the star of Mowrer's fourth television commercial. I've posted the video and transcript after the jump. The veteran explains that although he usually votes Republican, he supports Mowrer for Congress, because Mowrer "put his men and his responsibilities above himself" in Iraq and will "put Iowa first" in Washington. Mowrer appears near the end of the spot. Without mentioning Representative Steve King, he draws an unspoken contrast between himself and the…
  • Latest Iowa absentee ballot numbers (as of September 22)

    23 Sep 2014 | 7:37 am
    You might be an Iowa politics junkie if you are excited to see the new absentee ballot numbers in the morning. Follow me after the jump for tables showing the absentee ballots requested and returned statewide and in each of the four Congressional districts, updated to include the latest data from the Iowa Secretary of State's Office. I'm compiling all the tables on this page to make it easier to spot trends in the numbers. Note that the number of ballots returned is still quite low, because most of the 99 county auditors are starting to mail ballots this week. Yesterday, some Iowa Republicans…
  • U.S. begins bombing ISIS targets in Syria

    22 Sep 2014 | 8:08 pm
    This evening a U.S. military official confirmed to news media that airstrikes have begun in a part of Syria largely controlled by the terrorist group ISIS. Saudi Arabia, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain are partnering with the U.S. on the airstrikes, though the extent of their cooperation is not yet clear. The Obama administration had previously announced plans for "targeted actions against ISIL safe havens in Syria -- including its command and control, logistics capabilities, and infrastructure," according to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. I don't understand the endgame, since…
  • Iowa absentee ballot numbers in the 2014 general election

    22 Sep 2014 | 9:52 am
    This morning the Iowa Secretary of State's Office started posting absentee ballot statistics for this year's general election. They will update the chart on weekdays here (pdf). As in 2012, Bleeding Heartland will update the absentee ballot totals daily as they become available. The first set of numbers are after the jump. I've organized the data a bit differently from the Secretary of State's Office. For each day's totals, I will create two charts: the first shows the number of absentee ballots Iowans have requested, in each of the four Congressional districts and statewide. The second shows…
  • IA-03: Appel hits back on latest attack ad

    22 Sep 2014 | 7:51 am
    Over the weekend, Staci Appel's Congressional campaign released a new television commercial responding to Republican claims that she is weak on fighting terrorists. I've enclosed the video and transcript after the jump. From a statement accompanying the ad release: "Our campaign is not going to stand by and let David Young's Washington cronies play politics with national security in a desperate attempt to save his sagging campaign," said Appel Campaign Manager Ben Miller. "David Young should join former Congressman Boswell, veterans across the 3rd district and others in renouncing this…
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    Booman Tribune

  • Autumn in New York

    23 Sep 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Promoted by Steven D. I think Booman would agree with you about our dear Uncle Bobo. Shorter David Brooks, "Snap Out of It", New York Times, September 23, 2014: I don't know why everybody's so upset. There's nothing wrong with our government that couldn't easily be solved by eliminating partisanship and getting legislators to dock their own pay if they don't get their work done. Meanwhile it's autumn in New York! And the city's the most walkable it's been in years, in the parts I go to! I love walking in New York too, I'm not going to lie. Still, it's a little bit fatuous to be so pleased to…
  • Former Senator Webb thinking of running for President

    23 Sep 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Promoted by Steven D. Questions: Would Webb really be an anti-war candidate? What's your reaction to him as a potential candidate to oppose Hilary Clinton and/or Joe Biden? From politicalwire : Former Sen. Jim Webb (D-VA) said he was seriously considering running for president on an anti-war platform, The Hill reports. Said Webb: "I have strong reasons for being a Democrat. Basically if you want true fairness in society you want to give a voice in the corridors of power for the people who otherwise would not have it, I believe that will come from the Democratic Party and we're taking a hard…
  • Monkey Business

    23 Sep 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Back in the day I supported Gary Hart. Promoted by Steven D. Matt Bai has written a book.  But you can save yourself some money and get the gist of it from the article. Bai argues - somewhat persuasively - that Gary Hart's famous implosion in 1987 represents a sea change in American political reporting and therefore of American politics as a whole.  He traces the impulse to catch Hart in his infidelity back to Watergate.  It was Watergate, he argues, that made the personal morality of politicians a legitimate target of investigative reporting. Journalists - wanting the fame and…
  • Why? Why Not? (Must See Video)

    23 Sep 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Got this video in my email from The Climate Reality Project. Said I should watch it. I did. You should too. Now share it on social media or email the link to friends. Because, why not? Discuss
  • Pondering The Obamalypse ...

    23 Sep 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Promoted by Steven D & Other Musings On The Autumnal Equinox     The eve of the first day of autumn at the mountain retreat began with a stroll to the road and our mailbox under a sunlit canopy of leaves just beginning to turn to the sublime reds, oranges, yellows and browns of the season.  The mailbox disgorged a phone bill, the new issue of Vanity Fair ("Hell in the Ebola Hot Zone!"), several advertising circulars and some dragon smoke.  Alas, as I walked back to the house, my mind was not on the foliage, although I did pause long enough to notice that the maples are…
 
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    Politics » George Stephanopoulos

  • Samantha Power Predicts: U.S. Won’t Conduct Airstrikes in Syria Alone

    Benjamin Bell
    21 Sep 2014 | 8:23 am
    U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power made the bold prediction today on “This Week” that if the United States should go forward with airstrikes against ISIS targets in Syria, it would not do so alone — even though no country has yet to publicly commit to joining the U.S. in such an effort. “I will make you a prediction George, which is that we will not do the air strikes alone, if the president decides to do the air strikes,” Power told ABC News “This Week” anchor George Stephanopoulos. “It will be up to each country to announce…
  • Sunday on ‘This Week’: Ambassador Samantha Power

    ABC News
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:59 pm
    ABC This Sunday, as the campaign against ISIS intensifies, U.S. Ambassador to the United NationsSamantha Powercomes to “This Week.” And the powerhouse roundtable debates all the week’s politics, with Democratic strategist James Carville, ABC News contributor and Republican strategist Ana Navarro, Wall Street Journal columnist Bret Stephens, and editor and publisher of The Nation and WashingtonPost.com columnist Katrina vanden Heuvel. See the whole political picture, Sunday on “This Week.” Like “This Week” on Facebook here. You can also follow the show…
  • Excerpt: ‘Duty’ by Robert Gates

    ABC News
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Photo Credit: Alfred A. Knopf Excerpted from DUTY by Robert Gates. Copyright © 2014 by Robert Gates. Published in arrangement with Alfred A. Knopf, and imprint of The Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, a division of Random House LLC. Author’s Note This is a book about my more than four and a half years at war. It is, of course, principally about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, where initial victories in both countries were squandered by mistakes, shortsighted- ness, and conflict in the field as well as in Washington, leading to long, brutal campaigns to avert strategic defeat. It…
  • Sen. Richard Blumenthal: Roger Goodell ‘Should Go’ If He Lied

    ABC News
    14 Sep 2014 | 12:48 pm
    ABC News’ Micki Fahner reports: Sen. Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., added his voice to the growing debate surrounding NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s fate, saying that Goodell “should go” if he lied about the NFL not having seen the violent video of former Baltimore Ravens star Ray Rice knocking his then fiancé unconscious until TMZ posted the video last Monday. “If Roger Goodell lied, as a lot of people believe he did — because the security apparatus of the NFL is so competent and experienced that for them to not have known about this tape seems…
  • WH Chief of Staff Expresses Confidence Iraqi Army Can Take on ISIS

    Benjamin Bell
    14 Sep 2014 | 9:29 am
    White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough, saying the United States is at war with ISIS, today expressed confidence in the Iraqi army to take on the militant Islamic group even though it has failed to do so effectively in the past. “There is now a new multi-ethnic government in Baghdad. They will support a unified, capable multi-ethnic Iraqi force so that they can take this fight to ISIL,” McDonough said today on “This Week.” ISIL is also known as ISIS or the Islamic State. Obama Pledges to ‘Degrade and Ultimately Destroy’ ISIS: What You Need To Know…
 
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    POLITICOMIX

  • Dr. Brantly Goes to Washington

    Roberto
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:24 pm
    Click comic to ENLARGE.Who can resist an Ebola comic?
  • White House Journal: Cardinal al-Rahi Has an Idea

    Roberto
    12 Sep 2014 | 12:23 am
    Click comic to ENLARGE.
  • The ISIS Strategy

    Roberto
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:03 pm
    Click comic to ENLARGE.
  • Bored by the Border

    Roberto
    24 Aug 2014 | 2:44 am
    Click comic to ENLARGE.Another of my Arizona-specific efforts for TucsonSentinel.com.It's time for the Republican Party primary, which means it's time for candidates to talk about the issues that matter to voters. Not jobs, not education, not health care, not the environment (definitely not the environment) and not gun control (definitely not gun control). No, it's time to talk about The Border.
  • 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.
 
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    The Left Coaster

  • Costs of War

    paradox
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:52 am
    As the sickening urgency and excitement of war ripples across our consciousness once again (livetweets from a bombing run witness!), it would be very well to illuminate the various costs to all of us from this endless violence. Many are hidden, all insidiously destructive as a grim new war settles in. Of course the incredible fortune expended just to start can boggle the mind, $30 million jets firing $750,000 missiles from a $4 billion ship. The first war in all this insanity was in 1990, in all that time a trillion dollars has been spent that easily could have turned the United States into…
  • Finding the Narrative for Hillary

    Deacon Blues
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:39 pm
    I’ve been less than impressed at the initial stages of a likely Hillary Clinton presidential run in 2016. She was rusty on the early parts of the book tour, and even the recent appearances like at Tom Harkin’s last Iowa Steak Fry last weekend came across more as detached, regal appearances than those of someone comfortable in her skin and with the electorate. Having said that, Hillary is who she is, and asking someone in her sixties to remake herself into something she isn’t is a fool’s errand. For his part Chris Matthews thinks Hillary will start in the middle and stay there, while…
  • Gee, Obamacare Isn't That Unpopular After All

    Deacon Blues
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Despite the Fox News and right wing noise machine drumbeat about the unpopularity of Obamacare, it will come as a surprise to many observers that a large majority of those polled were happy with their plans obtained through the ACA’s marketplaces for subsidized coverage. In fact, 68% of those polled in a Commonwealth Fund study over several months earlier this year rated their plans as “good”, “very good”, or “excellent.” Now, when you ask folks what they think about “Obamacare”, or the Affordable Care Act, the fruits of the right-wing smear machine are evident in such…
  • Donate to the DSCC

    Deacon Blues
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:12 pm
    Despite my pessimism yesterday about the Democrats' chances this fall, it remains crucial for the Senate to remain in Democratic hands, unless you'd be entertained by watching two years of endless investigations, hearings, impeachment talk, stonewalled nominees, and total inaction while the country crumbled. And we haven't yet talked about what a Majority Leader Mitch McConnell would mean for the Supreme Court. Then last night, along comes Nate Silver to surprise us with the news that his latest statistical modeling shows the GOP's chances of taking the Senate slipping. Whereas Silver…
  • Giving the GOP Immigration

    Deacon Blues
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:43 pm
    It may sound like a broken record, but the Obama administration has found a way to undermine the Democrats’ long-standing advantage on immigration. And although I don’t think a Politico poll in battleground districts is necessarily the last word on the matter, it is indicative of how the president and his “political team” dealt a lethal blow not only to the party on the issue, but also to the chances of comprehensive reform any time soon. In the first place, the president should never have threatened in June to act on his own before the election to slow deportations. For all of the…
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    YouTube: Politics

  • François Asselineau: "L'OTAN nous entraîne vers des guerres illégales"

    On n'est pas couché
    20 Sep 2014 | 11:56 pm
    François Asselineau: "L'OTAN nous entraîne vers des guerres illégales" François Asselineau, Président de l'Union Populaire Républicaine, était l'invité de Laurent Ruquier dans "On n'est pas couché" le 20 Septembre 2014. #ONPC. From: On n'est pas couché Views: 17913 0 ratings Time: 04:49 More in Entertainment
  • Iranians In 'Happy' Video Get 91 Lashes & Jail Time

    Secular Talk
    20 Sep 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Iranians In 'Happy' Video Get 91 Lashes & Jail Time Seven young Iranian men and women have been sentenced to jail time and 91 lashes for the crime of being "Happy" and letting the world know. The group posted a video of themselves dancing with... From: Secular Talk Views: 6658 387 ratings Time: 04:45 More in News & Politics
  • Ohio Politician: Abortion Is Like ISIS

    Secular Talk
    20 Sep 2014 | 11:42 am
    Ohio Politician: Abortion Is Like ISIS Yesterday, Janet Porter hosted her "Appeal To Heaven" rally outside the Ohio statehouse, which is just the latest step in her years-long effort to get the state to pass her radical anti-choice... From: Secular Talk Views: 5090 247 ratings Time: 04:43 More in News & Politics
  • Republican Has No Qualms About War With Mexico

    Secular Talk
    20 Sep 2014 | 11:03 am
    Republican Has No Qualms About War With Mexico A Republican congressional candidate in North Carolina suggested that he'd be open to going to war with Mexico over problems with immigration and drug cartels. The candidate, Mark Walker (pictured... From: Secular Talk Views: 3998 203 ratings Time: 04:24 More in News & Politics
  • War of the Worlds & EU Lancers - Max Kolonko Mówi Jak Jest

    Max Kolonko - MaxTV
    20 Sep 2014 | 10:44 am
    War of the Worlds & EU Lancers - Max Kolonko Mówi Jak Jest CC ENGLISH "Telewizję TVN Kalifat zamieni na Meczet Wielkiego Imperium Kalifa" WSPIERAJ MaxTV! http://maxkolonko.com/main/mmk/?p=1106 WATCH the news https://www.youtube.com/user/MaxTVTUBE. From: Max Kolonko - MaxTV Views: 181582 9091 ratings Time: 24:47 More in News & Politics
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    Politics in the Zeros

  • Obama is blindly repeating LBJ’s mistakes in Vietnam

    Bob Morris
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Syrian rebels. Credit: sanders.senate.gov Small Wars Journal, which is neither leftist nor pacifist, explains how Obama is blundering into a quagmire fighting ISIS, just as LBJ did in Vietnam, saying “If You Liked Vietnam, You’ll Love the War With the Islamic State.” President Obama is repeating three key strategic mistakes that President Johnson made in Vietnam. First, he has embarked on an open ended commitment; there was no measurable end state. If the president’s aim is to destroy the military forces of the Islamic State, he is making the second mistake by thinking it can…
  • Slightly optimistic Colorado River Basin water forecast. No change for Cali

    Bob Morris
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:44 am
    The lower Colorado River Basin may get a bit more rain than normal for the next three months, which is certainly good. However it still looks dire for California and its all-important Sierras and Sacramento Delta. The good news is that odds favor wet for the southerly part of the basin, especially Arizona and New Mexico. The “meh” part is that the low country doesn’t contribute much of the river’s overall supply. Most of that falls in the Rockies to the north, where the current forecast could be worse – slight tilt in the odds toward wet for a portion of the basin. But only slight.
  • 25% of Americans want their state to secede

    Bob Morris
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Some years ago a Russian, I forget who, write a book saying the US could have an implosion on the scale of the collapse of the USSR. At the time, I thought this absurd. I now think it’s possible. A Reuters poll confirms that across the country. A solid 25% want their state to leave the union. The discontent is mostly inchoate now. That will change. DC politicians are mostly deliberately comatose and uncaring about the public they pretend to represent. Instead, they bow down and owe allegiance to corrupt banksters and sleazy corporations who give them “contributions” while…
  • Letter to America about the Scottish independence referendum

    Don MacKeen
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    The results of the Scottish Independence referendum are in: 55% No, 45% Yes. Not the result I was hoping for.  As an adherent to Eugene Debs’ dictum of “I’d rather vote for what I want and not get it, than vote for what I don’t want and get that”, I’m used to failure.  But this loss has been hard to take, for a couple of reasons. First, I went from thinking that there was no way we could win to thinking we just might. And all the people I spoke to, all the arguments I read, and the energy and creativity of the campaign made me realise we could do…
  • Open source vDos. Run 16-bit DOS programs in any version of Windows

    Bob Morris
    20 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Software developers like me sometimes need to be able to run ancient 16-bit DOS programs in 64-bit Windows. vDos allows these old programs to be run by booting into an open source version of DOS. It is an improvement upon Dosbox, which was meant for gaming. vDos adds a live file system, record locking, Windows printing, scalable fonts, and more. I have a niche business converting ancient Clipper and FoxPro database programs to modern Windows. I also support a few mission-critical Clipper apps (which were written in 1992.) I am now compiling and running 16-bit Clipper database apps on my Win…
 
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  • The Importance Of Board Level Buy In To Drive Enterprise-Wide Governance, Risk and Compliance

    17 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    For most financial services companies in Europe and North America, their very structure is, in many cases, flawed to begin with. Across the globe, emerging countries seem to be doing a whole lot better when it comes to GRC implementation simply because they do away with siloed structures to begin with. While they might not have the established reputations, brand promise and global reach of their European and North American peers, when it comes to organizational structure, they are far ahead of the curve. An integrated approach to GRC is the complete opposite of the original siloed…
  • The Essentials of Government Technology - Free Kit

    16 Sep 2014 | 2:50 pm
    The Essentials of Government Technology, brings together the latest in information, coverage of important developments, and expert commentary to help with your Government Technology related decisions.The following kit contents will help you get the most out of your Government Technology research:Top 5 Ways to Improve Protection from Advanced ThreatsMitigating the DDoS ThreatReal-Time Mission-Critical Information and Law Enforcement Mobility: Making Things Work When Failure Is Not an OptionFrost and Sullivan White Paper: Taking a Fresh Look at Data Center VirtualizationRequest Free!
  • GSA Schedule 70 Analysis by Govini

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Spend on the General Services Administration's Schedule 70 contract vehicle has been decreasing over the last three years. With the introduction of One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS), a government-wide vehicle for professional support services, the decreasing trend will likely continue. This analysis outlines some of the specific trends we see in spending changes by Schedule 70 item, as well as opportunities for additional business based on remaining spend projections for the 2014 fiscal year. About GoviniGovini is a next-generation business…
  • GSA Schedule 70 Analysis by Govini

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Spend on the General Services Administration's Schedule 70 contract vehicle has been decreasing over the last three years. With the introduction of One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS), a government-wide vehicle for professional support services, the decreasing trend will likely continue. This analysis outlines some of the specific trends we see in spending changes by Schedule 70 item, as well as opportunities for additional business based on remaining spend projections for the 2014 fiscal year. About GoviniGovini is a next-generation business…
  • 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…
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  • Writer Appears to Side With Prosecution Against Army Drill Sergeant Accused of Multiple Sexual Assaults

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    22 Sep 2014 | 8:50 am
    The number of inflammatory and suggestive words in a St. Louis Post-Dispatch article published today about the court-martial of an Army drill sergeant on sexual assault charges leaves me speechless. Almost. It may turn out that the accused, Staff Sgt. Angel M. Sanchez, committed these acts. Whether he did or not, however, I take issue with the way writer Jesse Bogan approached this story. Why? Because it appears Bogan might be working for the prosecution on this first day of the Soldier’s court-martial at Fort Leonard Wood, 147 miles southwest of St. Louis. According to Bogan, several…
  • Afghans in USA Missing After Vetting Process Fails Again

    admin
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    This morning, I came across a recent CBS News article about the disappearance of two Afghans who were in the United States to receive specialized training from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Based on what I learned during a four-year investigation into the federal government’s use of credibility assessment technologies, including the polygraph, I believe Americans have reason to be concerned about these men. Left to right: Mohd Naweed Samimi and Mohammad Yasin Ataye. Alarm bells began ringing in my mind after I read that, according to a DEA spokesperson cited in the article,…
  • My How Things Have Changed in Places like Iraq

    admin
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:47 am
    My how things have changed in places like Iraq. Election of the Ethically Dead by David Donar – http://politicalgraffiti.wordpress.com It’s 2014, President Barack Obama is in charge of U.S. efforts in Iraq, and things have gotten exponentially worse than they were four years ago. According to a BBC World News America/Harris Poll conducted Aug. 19 and 23, 2010, more than half of Americans — 57 percent to be precise — believed Iraq was better off than it was before the U.S. invasion seven years earlier. Conversely, according to an NBC/Wall Street Journal/Annenberg poll…
  • Special Forces Soldier Recalls Unusual Experience With TSA

    admin
    13 Sep 2014 | 5:43 am
    In a previous post, I shared details about what Army Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart experienced upon his arrival at the U.S. Military Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.  In this post, I share the former Green Beret’s recollections about an experience he had with Transportation Security Administration officials during a trip he took as a prisoner traveling under heavy security escort on a commercial passenger jet from Washington, D.C., to Kansas City. Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart Around 10 o’clock that morning, Stewart’s handlers asked if he was hungry.  He told…
  • Special Forces Soldier Treated as ‘Double-Max’ Prisoner

    admin
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:26 am
    After his conviction and sentencing, Army Green Beret Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart was sent to the U.S. Military Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kan.  Below is an excerpt from the book, Three Days In August, about his arrival at the Kansas prison: “The Green Mile” During the in-processing experience, Stewart received shorts, t-shirts, shoes and socks, shower shoes, toiletry items, toothbrush—“everything I need,” he said.  After that, his real prison experience began. “Then I’m walking down the long hall,” Stewart explained.  “There’s this huge hall…
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  • Once More on Counting Crowds at Demos

    CO2Insanity
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Once More on Counting Crowds at Demos. It appears we have yet another case of liars figure but figures don’t lie. 1. There were well over 100,000 people, likely a bit upwards of 120,000 in the march. 2. No way in hell were there 310,000 people on that march.
  • Biden 2012: Romney Wants to Go to War with Syria

    CO2Insanity
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:15 am
    Biden 2012: Romney Wants to Go to War with Syria. So look who’s dropping bombs now.
  • Something peculiar about climate marchers

    J.P. Travis
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:07 am
    Twitter users noticed something peculiar about Sunday’s climate marchers. They were all white. Whatever that says about the cognitive abilities of the Caucasian race, it can’t be positive.
  • Wait a minute the uninsured rate is HIGHER

    J.P. Travis
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:32 am
    Wait a minute… the uninsured rate is HIGHER? Hmm, that’s puzzling. Well, with climate science lower temperatures and more ice signify Global Warming so, in a similar vein, the higher uninsured rate probably means Obamacare is working.
  • AL GORE LEAVES PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MARCH IN CHEVY SUBURBAN SUV

    CO2Insanity
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:28 pm
    AL GORE LEAVES PEOPLE’S CLIMATE MARCH IN CHEVY SUBURBAN SUV. And we’ll bet he’ll fly home on a private jet, too. Hypocrite.
 
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  • The Horrors of Recent Christian Persecution By ISIS

    admin
    12 Sep 2014 | 1:32 pm
    This ISIS thing is out of control and we as Christians need to do something about it. The Christian persecution by ISIS is bad and is getting worse. The Pentagon has issued a statement warning of the severity of this issue and the danger that ISIS poses. This group by the name ISIS is much more than a terrorist group and they are letting everyone around them know that. They are beheading Christians, men, women and children. No one is off limits to this group of horrible people. I hope that they will be stopped before it is too late. I have heard rumors that ISIS members are crossing American…
  • Why Is Christian Persecution Ignored?

    admin
    29 Jun 2014 | 9:01 pm
    You hear all sorts of things on the news these days but none of them have anything to do with Christian persecution. You may wonder why this is true and so do I. The fact is that the world seem to care more about what gadget is hot and who is dating whom than who is being killed for their religious beliefs. It’s sad but true that neither the media nor anyone else these days cares about you, but it’s time to shed some light on things. The fact is things like a seven year old slave boy in Sudan being crucified on a board and left for dead by his owner simply because he snuck out to go to a…
  • Switching to South Beach Smokes to Help my Husband’s Career

    admin
    7 Apr 2014 | 8:31 am
    I never gave much thought to what people thought when they learned I was a smoker. I tried to make sure I only smoked in places where I was confident that my secondhand smoke wouldn’t phase anyone, and figured that it was my life and my body and no one had the right to tell me what I should and shouldn’t do. To a certain extent, I still think that way. But, when my brand new husband came home and announced that he’d decided to become an ordained preacher and help people better understand their chosen religion, I realized that my smoking wasn’t just my problem any longer. At every…
  • Keep the Energy in Your Home Positive

    admin
    20 Jan 2014 | 4:36 am
    You work hard to keep your home as clean as you possibly can. In a constant war with the dust, you sweep, vacuum, and dust every single day. Sometimes you even pull everything out of a room and scrub the place from the top to bottom. What might not have occurred to you at this point is that you should also focus on trying to free your home of any negative energy that might be clogging things up. This negative energy might be the reason everyone has been feeling frustrated and irritated all the time. It can also be one of the reasons you might be currently struggling to communicate with your…
  • What About Christian Rights?

    admin
    22 Nov 2013 | 1:59 pm
    It would seem that everywhere you turn these days there are cries for equal rights and freedom of speech. Some of the loudest speakers are the ones that speak out in favor of gay rights, women’s rights, immigrant rights, and so on. Let me be clear. Every group of people just mentioned deserves to have equal rights in the United States. There is no reason that a group should be maligned simply because they are different. However, the biggest issue in this drama is not the lack of rights given to a minority but the lack of rights given to a large majority. Who has the biggest target on their…
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  • Another Police Beating Caught on Dash Cam, Ruled A-OK. It's Just Police Work

    Ed Krayewski
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:10 pm
    What kind of restraint should cops have to exercise when trying to induce compliance in a target? Judging from how often the use of force by cops is ruled not excessive, not much restraint is necessary. More cases of alleged police brutality may be videotaped, by passersby or by cops' various cameras, but cops can often still expect to be exonerated. It took fellow cops at the Red Bank Police Department in Tennessee about a month to rule that the use of force by their colleagues in the video below, including multiple punches while the suspect was already restrained, was not excessive: Typical…
  • U.S. and China Both Pledge Nothing at U.N. Climate Summit

    Ronald Bailey
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:47 pm
    New York-At the United Nations Climate Summit today, the world’s two biggest emitters of greenhouse gases, China and the United States, both held off on making any specific additional pledges regarding their future emissions. In 2012, humanity emitted 36 billion tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, of which 10 billion came from China and 5.2 billion from the United States. Convened by General-Secretary Ban Ki Moon, the Summit is supposed to “catalyze action” in advance of the big U.N. climate change conference at Paris in 2015. At the Paris conference, the nations of the world…
  • ACLU: TSA Now Using 'Hypothetical Threats' to Assign Passengers to Watchlists

    Scott Shackford
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:45 pm
    The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has put out a new report intended to analyze the performance of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) in the operation of the watchlists that determine how much abuse passengers have to suffer before being allowed on a plane (assuming they're allowed). The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) read through the report and was a bit disturbed at what they've discovered. The ACLU, you may recall, has been suing the government (and winning) over the horrible, opaque way the watchlists and no-fly…
  • Going After 'Revenge Porn' With a Sledgehammer, Arizona Smashes the First Amendment

    Jacob Sullum
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:33 pm
    This year, seeking to combat "revenge porn," the Arizona legislature enacted a law that makes it a felony to "disclose, display, distribute, publish, advertise or offer" an image of a nude person who has not consented to the disclosure. The offender need not be driven by a malign motive, such as anger at an ex-girlfriend; nor must he cause harm or intend to do so. It is enough that he "knows or should have known that the depicted person has not consented to the disclosure." That makes him subject to a presumptive sentence of two years in prison, which rises to two years and six months "if the…
  • Ed Krayewski Offers Four Reasons Why Bombing Syria Isn't Well Thought-Out

    Reason.com
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Last night, the Pentagon announced that bombing operations by the U.S. and its anti-ISIS coalition "partners" had begun over Syria. The air campaign in Syria against ISIS, the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (or Syria), extends the U.S. war on the terrorist group-cum-self-proclaimed caliphate from Iraq, where an American air campaign began earlier this month. Barack Obama became the fourth consecutive U.S. president to order air strikes in Iraq. Predictably, the U.S. war against ISIS, which claims territory in Iraq and Syria, has reached into Syria itself. The bombings in Syria are a bad…
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  • American Jihadists' One-Way Ticket to Hell

    23 Sep 2014 | 2:04 pm
  • Media in 2014: Who Is Saul Alinsky?

    23 Sep 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Mollie Hemingway, The FederalistLast night the Washington Free Beacon’s Alana Goodman broke yet another story about Hillary Clinton by doing journalism any major media outlet could do but, for some reason, doesn’t. The Beacon looked through archives at UT-Austin and discovered correspondence between Clinton and Saul Alinsky.
  • Progressives Enthroned

    23 Sep 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Amity Shlaes, National Review‘He is at once God and their intimate friend,” wrote journalist Martha Gellhorn back in the 1930s of President Franklin Roosevelt. The quote comes from The Roosevelts, the new Ken Burns documentary that PBS airs this month. But the term “documentary” doesn’t do The Roosevelts justice. “Extravaganza” is more like it: In not one but 14 lavish hours, the series covers two great presidents, Theodore Roosevelt, who served in the first decade of the last century, and Franklin Roosevelt, who led our nation through the Great…
  • Republicans' Stunning Condescension

    23 Sep 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Joan Walsh, SalonRepublicans are relieved that so far, there’s no Todd Akin in the 2014 election cycle. Yet even without a clueless GOP candidate blathering about “legitimate rape,” the party still trails Democrats among women voters, even in races that feature female GOP candidates, and it could cost them a chance to take back the Senate. So Americans for Shared Prosperity is riding to the rescue with an ad so condescending to women it might have been made by Todd Akin. It rivals that “Creepy Uncle Sam” ad that backfired on the Koch brothers’ Generation…
  • Friday's WH Intruder Was Far From the First

    23 Sep 2014 | 12:58 pm
    George Condon, Natl JrnlOmar Gonzalez, the troubled Iraq War veteran who is under arrest for scaling the fence of and entering the White House, is not the first intruder to breach the building's security. Nor is President Obama the first president to express concern about his family's safety and await the results of a hastily arranged review of Secret Service practices. But given the embarrassment of the much-publicized incident and the disclosure of the arsenal in the intruder's car, this review could go beyond the wrist slaps that characterized many similar episodes in the past.
 
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  • Republican control of Senate not a slam dunk

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    21 Sep 2014 | 4:32 pm
    There is something deeply satisfying about the troubles punditry is having in nailing down exactly what’s happening in the 2014 elections. The careful statistical models keep gyrating on the question of whether Republicans will win control of the Senate this November. The prognosticators who rely on their reporting and their guts as well as the numbers are sometimes at odds with the statisticians. Read full article >>
  • A wistful ‘no’ in Scotland?

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:01 am
    Scotland’s referendum on independence will be decided by voters whose hearts say yes but whose heads say no. This is why the energy of the campaign in one of the most consequential democratic consultations in history has been with the “Yes” side. Passion, imagination and hope are always more inspiring than reason, calculation and doubt. That will make Thursday’s result close, but it’s also why Scotland is likely to choose to remain part of the United Kingdom. Read full article >>
  • How Congress should debate the Islamic State strategy

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    14 Sep 2014 | 4:55 pm
    There was a moment in the last quarter-century when the Congress of the United States made the nation proud. It did so across all its usual lines of division: Republican and Democratic, conservative and liberal, hawk and dove. Read full article >>
  • The new politics of foreign policy

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:32 pm
    Over the last decade, Americans’ views on foreign policy have swung sharply from support for intervention to a profound mistrust of any military engagement overseas. Over the same period, political debates on foreign affairs have been bitter and polarized, defined by the question of whether the invasion of Iraq was a proper use of the nation’s power or a catastrophic mistake. Read full article >>
  • When moderates fight back

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    7 Sep 2014 | 4:20 pm
    The missing component in the machinery of American politics has been moderate-to-liberal Republicanism, and the gears of government are grinding very loudly. You wonder if Kansas and Alaska have come up with a solution to this problem. Read full article >>
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  • How To Get Away With Being A Damaged White Man

    Jessica Goldstein
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Nic Pizzolatto and Matthew McConaughey. CREDIT: Richard Shotwell Invision/AP For context, I send you to Alessandra Stanley’s New York Times piece, “Wrought in Rhimes’s image.” When Nic Pizzolatto writes his autobiography, it should be called How to Get Away With Being a Damaged White Man. On Tuesday, Mr. Pizzolatto introduced the cast of True Detective season two, yet another HBO season from his acclaimed drama to showcase a conflicted, long-suffering white man. This one—well, actually, there are two—will be Ray Velcoro, “a compromised detective whose allegiances…
  • The United States Pledges To Give Up Landmines, Just Not Everywhere

    Joaquim Moreira Salles
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:51 pm
    CREDIT: AP Images Some good news on the humanitarian front came this morning as the White House announced that, after years of deliberation, the United States will mostly comply with the Ottawa Convention, which seeks to eradicate the use of anti-personnel landmines (APLs). The commitment means that the US will destroy its APL stockpiles and pledge not assist or encourage APL use by other states -– with one caveat: none of these commitments will apply to the Korean Peninsula. The Ottawa Convention, also known as the Mine Ban Treaty, was drafted in 1997 and to date, 162 countries are bound…
  • Spain Drops Its Effort To Roll Back Women’s Abortion Rights

    Amelia Rosch
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:37 pm
    Amelia Rosch is an intern for ThinkProgress. Anti-abortion activists march against the government’s plans to limit restrictions. CREDIT: AP Images/Andres Kudacki Following months of protests, the Spanish government announced that it’s ending its plans to severely restrict legal abortions in the country, dropping a bill that would have criminalized the procedure in most cases. If the proposed restrictions had passed, abortion would only be legal in Spain in the case of rape or if the mother’s health was in danger, which would make around 100,000 of the 118,000 abortions…
  • Justice Ginsburg: If I Resign, Obama Could Not Appoint ‘Anyone I Would Like To See In The Court’

    Ian Millhiser
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:17 pm
    CREDIT: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg does not plan to leave the Supreme Court anytime soon, and, as she tells Elle‘s Jessica Weisberg, that’s because the Senate is terrible: [Weisberg]: I’m not sure how to ask this, but a lot of people who admire and respect you wonder if you’ll resign while President Obama is in office. [Ginsburg]: Who do you think President Obama could appoint at this very day, given the boundaries that we have? If I resign any time this year, he could not successfully appoint anyone I would like to see in the court. [The Senate…
  • John Oliver And The Great National Pastime Of Mocking Miss America

    Jessica Goldstein
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Miss New York, Kira Kazantsev, walks the runway after she was named Miss America 2015 during the Miss America 2015 pageant, Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, in Atlantic City, N.J. (AP caption) CREDIT: AP Photo/Mel Evans After John Oliver’s investigation into the Miss America Organization’s claim that they “provide $45 million in scholarships each year” aired, something predictable happened, followed quickly by something strange. The predictable part: the video went viral, due as much to Oliver’s thoughtful and funny critique as to the proclivities of a big chunk of the…
 
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-22-2014

    Ramona
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. (E. Roosevelt) — And their power to make them real. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-22-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-21-2014

    Ramona
    21 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    Sometimes I've believed as many as 6 impossible things before breakfast. (L. Carroll) — And acted on half of them by lunch! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-21-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-20-2014

    Ramona
    20 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    Yesterday is today's memory, tomorrow is today's dream. (K. Gibran) — The present is a gift that must be opened right away! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-20-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-19-2014

    Ramona
    19 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    I've never known any trouble than an hour's reading didn't assuage. (C. DeSecondat) — For the real crises, a whole weekend! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-19-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-18-2014

    Ramona
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    Before a person begins something great, they must look foolish to the crowd. (I Ching) — Not something I worry about! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-18-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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  • Anna Greenberg: Election Won't Turn on 'Security Mom' Myth

    23 Sep 2014 | 4:15 pm
    The following article by Anna Greenberg, Senior Vice President at Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research, is cross-posted from HuffPo: In 2004, John Kerry had a problem with women voters. Pundits declared that Kerry was losing women voters - the so-called Security Moms - due to their deep-seated concerns about terrorism. These security moms simply trusted George Bush more to keep their children safe. Never mind that this swing bloc of mothers did not exist (security-focused women voters were Republicans), it was also clear that concerns about terrorism were not the main drivers of women's vote…
  • Beutler: Dems Should Leverage ACA to Win Women Voters

    23 Sep 2014 | 7:09 am
    It comes a little late for the 2014 midterm elections, but Brian Beutler's "How to Save Obamacare: Make It a Women's Issue" at The New Republic has some buzz-worthy advice for Democrats: As Matt Yglesias observed at Vox last week, in our political discourse, we tend to lump all "women's issues" together into the same category as culture war flashpoints like abortion. But for public opinion purposes, this is a big mistake. In truth, the politics of things like childcare and wage equality cut very differently than the "social" issues we associate them with, and that's at least in part because…
  • Political Strategy Notes

    22 Sep 2014 | 5:01 am
    Georgia has highest unemployment rate of 50 states, Republican Governor suggests statistical conspiracy has suddenly erupted. Meanwhile Georgia's Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp is reportedly "sitting on" 51 thousand voter registration forms. From Jackie Calmes's "To Win Back Older Voters, Democrats Talk Up Social Security" in the New York Times: "Democrats are stepping up their appeals to older voters in the final stretch before the midterm elections, spurred by polls showing the party has regained some support lost in the Obama years..."Doing even a little bit better with seniors…
  • Why Beating Tom Cotton Matters

    19 Sep 2014 | 6:51 pm
    There are a lot of obnoxious Republican candidates running for high office this November. But none of them bug me as much as Tom Cotton of Arkansas. I explained why at Washington Monthly yesterday, after reading a long profile of the man from Molly Ball of The Atlantic: Cotton's special status as the not-so-secret superstar of the GOP's future isn't just attributable to the resume or to his intellectual or political talents (the latter, in fact, are suspect when it comes to actual voters). A lot of it is about the way in which he manages to be a True Believer in the most important tenets of…
  • Remaining Obstacles To a Republican Senate

    18 Sep 2014 | 1:50 pm
    With a majority of prognosticators (but not all of them) still predicting enough Republican gains to produce a change of control, it's a good a time as any to look at some of the factors that could turn the trajectory around. I discussed several at TPMCafe yesterday: What should prudent Republicans fear? Money. You may find it shocking to learn that Democrats actually appear to have a national money and advertising advantage, at least in Senate races. But it's true. Here's how Charlie Cook of the Cook Political Report puts it in his National Journal column: Perhaps the biggest untold story of…
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  • Shiv Sena, BJP horses are unstoppable, says Saamana

    Alka Anand Singh
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:39 am
    Saamna, which is the official mouthpiece of the BJP has also become all sweetness and light towards the BJP. An editorial in the newspaper today said the situation in the state is “good” and the “horses of Sena-BJP are running fast and are unstoppable” against “Congress-NCP mules”. Sena, in an editorial in party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’, also blamed “some in the media” for wanting the alliance to snap. “The situation in Maharashtra is good. The horses of Sena-BJP are running fast and are unstoppable. There is no value of…
  • No new proposal from Sena, BJP says on seat-sharing row

    Gautam
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:17 am
    The BJP on Saturday said it hasn’t received any new proposal on seat sharing from Shiv Sena for the October 15 Maharashtra assembly polls as its state unit prepared to put the list of candidates before the central parliamentary board in Delhi on Sunday. “We have not received any proposal (on seat sharing) from Shiv Sena,” state BJP poll in-charge Om Mathur told reporters in Mumbai on Saturday after a meeting of the party’s state core committee at leader of opposition Eknath Khadse’s official residence. “We will submit list of our candidates at the BJP…
  • Sena-BJP alliance on the brink in Maharashtra, Modi takes stock

    Gautam
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:40 am
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday stepped in after talks between BJP and Shiv Sena over sharing seats hit a stalemate weeks before state elections in October. Modi took a note of the situation with his cabinet colleague Nitin Gadkari, who is a senior BJP leader in Maharashtra and will travel to Mumbai to meet state leadership. The PM’s move comes after his close aide and BJP’s national president Amit Shah received an unexpected response from the Sena on Thursday. The Sena dismissed Shah’s suggestion for protecting BJP’s self-esteem in sharing seats and snubbed him by…
  • RLD chief Ajit Singh’s supporters threaten to cut water supply to Delhi

    Gautam
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:48 am
    New Delhi: In a show of muscle power by RLD chief and former union minister Ajit Singh, his supporters on Thursday threatened to stop water supply to Delhi. Following this, a protest led by Ajit Singh and his supporters turned violent at Gang Nahar near Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh. Protestors pelted stones at the police, after which there was a lathicharge. Ajit Singh had called the agitation after the New Delhi Municipal Council had ordered that water and power supply be cut to the government-owned house allotted to him for overstaying. Earlier, haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda…
  • Free Karnataka from Congress: Amit Shah

    Gautam
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:01 am
    Sending a strong political signal on his first visit to the state, Bharatiya Janata Party’s national president Amit Shah has given a call to “free Karnataka from Congress”. He was speaking after laying the foundation stone for the construction of a martyrs’ memorial at the village, where 200 people were allegedly killed by the henchmen of the Nizam of Hyderabad in 1948 for hoisting the national flag and seeking unification with India. Mr. Shah’s visit to the village is being viewed by the political leaders within and outside the BJP as having political significance that goes…
 
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  • Rebooting Globalization

    Martina Larkin
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    For all of its undeniable benefits, globalization has spawned problems of governance and management that have exposed the inadequacy of national governments and international institutions. And fragile institutions have given rise to a political backlash and the danger of disaster on many fronts.
  • Obama Versus the Islamic State

    Anne-Marie Slaughter
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:20 am
    Barack Obama's new strategy for fighting the Islamic State reflects a mature and coherent US foreign policy – albeit one that does not fully live up to Obama's proclaimed values. That omission may yet defeat his plan.
  • Germany’s Economic Mirage

    Philippe Legrain
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:50 am
    For 60 years, successive German governments sought a more European Germany; but now, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s administration wants to reshape Europe's economies in Germany’s image. This would be a disaster: Far from being Europe’s most successful economy – as German officials boast – Germany’s economy is dysfunctional.
  • The Visual Politics of Terror

    Richard K. Sherwin
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:50 am
    The British artist Damien Hirst once referred to the 2001 attack on New York’s World Trade Center as “kind of an artwork in its own right." Today, Western governments, while able to describe in strategic terms the threat of the Islamic State, are still struggling to come to terms with its visual assault in the global media.
  • The Limits to Fighting the Islamic State

    Gareth Evans
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:50 am
    It is to be hoped that US President Barack Obama’s decision to wage war against the Islamic State will not prove to be another misconceived and over-reaching foreign military intervention in the Middle East. But as the US-led mission is currently conceived, it is not clear whether its objectives are achievable at acceptable costs.
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    Hip-Hop and Politics

  • Oakland’s Mystic Hits Hard on Black/ Brown Genocide w/ the ‘Country Roads’

    mrDaveyd
    30 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Glad to see Oakland emcee Mystic is back on the scene with a new album called ‘Beautiful Resistance’. It not only speaks truth to power but touches our soul in profound ways.. This is what she wrote about the song Country Roads which takes on different weight in light of what we just seen unfold in Ferguson and the ongoing assaults of Black and Brown girls and women. Country Roads” is the last free song before the release of the Beautiful Resistance album on 8/26. Like the first two free songs, this was produced Eligh. I would never have released this song separately from the…
  • Rickey Vincent & Chuck D Speak On the Legacy of Michael Jackson

    mrDaveyd
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Professor Rick Vincent-author of History of Funk drops a lot of insight about the musical legacy of Michael Jackson and his brothers Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5 are considered stellar musicians and entertainers who changed the game in major ways. Oftentimes when we speak of them they are presented as if they came out of nowhere and their musical prowess came out of a vacuum. We wanted to give people some deeper insight into their music and what it meant to Soul, Funk and the Black community. We sat down with Professor Ricky Vincent aka the Uhuru Maggot, author of the landmark book The…
  • Live Dispatches from Ferguson: Standing at the Crossroads

    mrDaveyd
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:02 am
    Here are some of our recent Interviews from Ferguson, Missouri. In recent days we spoke with local activist Bgyrl 4 Life along with long time activists and former Vice Presidential candidate Rosa Clemente. They give a breakdown of the harrowing events that transpired the night before when police drew guns on them and their contingent as they peacefully assembled. One of the cops threatened to shot a 14-year-old boy who was on the ground next to her hyper ventilating. Their narrative was in sharp contrast to what was being hailed on the news as a night of peace and a big turning point in the…
  • 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 Rhasaan from Occupy…
  • 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…
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  • U.S. Nuclear Spending Hits Record Level

    23 Sep 2014 | 12:07 pm
    President Barack Obama, who campaigned on the idea of ridding the world of nuclear weapons, now wants to commit the nation to spending more money than ever before on such armaments.   If the administration’s current 30-year plan for modernizing the arsenal is fully implemented, the government will wind up spending $872 billion to more than $1 trillion on new warheads, missiles, submarines and other facets of the program, according to a new report from the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies. These estimates ignore possible price increases and costs of dismantling…
  • U.S. Greenhouse Gases back on the Rise; U.S. Still Leads in Per Capita Pollution

    23 Sep 2014 | 12:03 pm
    The news on the global warming front is not good in the United States, which is pumping out more, rather than less, greenhouse gas emissions.   A new study shows that after years of emitting fewer carbon dioxide and other gases, U.S. output went up last year by 2.9%. The research produced by the Global Carbon Project also revealed that the United States remains the biggest emitter of carbon dioxide on a per-person basis.   The U.S. averaged 16.5 metric tons of carbon dioxide spewed into the atmosphere for each individual—a rate that’s far ahead of all other nations.
  • Police Departments Investigated for Civil Rights Abuses Still Get Free Military Weapons

    23 Sep 2014 | 11:59 am
    Caught using excessive force? Accused of violating people’s civil rights? No problem, as far as the federal government is concerned when it comes to distributing free military surplus hardware to police forces around the country.   The Associated Press found multiple police forces in the U.S. that have been under court order or under investigation by federal prosecutors for going beyond the law, and still have received high-powered weapons from the Department of Defense.   The Los Angeles Police Department received more than 1,600 M16 assault rifles even though the LAPD was…
  • California Pensions to Dump $4 Billion Hedge Fund Investments; Rockefeller Charity Drops Oil

    23 Sep 2014 | 11:56 am
    The nation’s largest pension fund and one of the most famous philanthropic families in the country are changing their investment strategies in surprising ways.   In California, the California Public Employees’ Retirement System (CalPERS) has decided to divest its investment portfolio of all hedge funds, a total of 24 plus six “funds of funds.” The total comes out to about $4 billion out of CalPERS’ total assets of $300 billion. The amount may not be that significant compared to the overall investing CalPERS does, but the pension fund’s sheer size makes…
  • One Cop in Charge of 461 Sex Offenders

    23 Sep 2014 | 11:51 am
    Providence, Rhode Island, has one police officer who does nothing but keep an eye on convicted sex offenders in that city.   Officer Chris Poncia has 461 people in his case file, all the sex offenders in Providence. His beat includes 175 Level 2 and 3 offenders, who are classified this way because they’re considered likely to commit sex crimes again.   Poncia is unique among his peers in Rhode Island, which has about 1,600 sex offenders. He is the only cop in the state who does nothing but patrol the sex offender beat. His days start by waiting at the police station for newly…
 
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  • Republicans line up to support Felecia Rotellini

    AZ BlueMeanie
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:36 pm
    This is becoming something of a trend for Democratic candidates: a committee of well-known Republicans who support their candidacy over their Tea-Publican opponent. I don’t see the reverse of this happening. The Arizona Capitol Times (subscription required) reports Raft of … Continue reading →
  • Tea-Publican candidates diss Tucson, the League of Women Voters, and AZPM

    AZ BlueMeanie
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:14 pm
    Tea-Publican candidates apparently believe that they never have to leave the crazy confines of the state of Maricopa and appear before voters in the rest of this state, in particular, the liberal blue island of the City of Tucson in … Continue reading →
  • Did the AZGOP Instruct Diane Douglas to Stay Inside?

    Bob Lord
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:04 pm
    I put up this post the other day, speculating on whether right-wing bloviator Michelle Malkin is cringing at Superintendent candidate Diane Douglas’ “duck and cover” campaign style: Is Michelle Malkin Retracting Diane Douglas Endorsement? When I googled Malkin and Douglas for … Continue reading →
  • If a debate occurs in Tucson, and the Star is not around to hear it, does it still make a sound?

    AZ BlueMeanie
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:25 pm
    “If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it, does it make a sound?” On Sunday night there was a gubernatorial forum in Tucson, hosted by the Associated Students of the University of Arizona … Continue reading →
  • Changes in LWVGT statewide candidate forums in October, some cancelled

    Carolyn Classen
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Posted on our Blog for Arizona image Calendar were 3 LWVGT and AZPM candidate forums for Arizona statewide offices in early October (6, 8, and 9).  As of today, three have been cancelled, the  ones for Attorney General, Superintendent of … Continue reading →
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    People Power from YES! Magazine

  • Can a “Firewall Strategy” Keep Big Energy Out of Climate Talks? It Worked for Fighting Tobacco

    Alexis Goldstein
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:55 pm
    Photo by Shutterstock. When more than 120 heads of state meet next week to discuss how to “galvanize and catalyze climate action,” they’ll be taking a break for a “private sector luncheon” with guests like Royal Dutch Shell and the Norwegian oil company Statoil. “Lying, destructive, polluting haters should not be allowed to sit at the table while the grown ups are trying to solve problems like the climate crisis." It won’t be the first time in the negotiations that big oil has made its voice heard. At the 2013 U.N. climate conference in Warsaw, thousands of lobbyists roamed the…
  • Watch Out Wall Street, Climate Marchers Are Coming For You Next

    Yates McKee
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:05 pm
    This article originally appeared at Waging Nonviolence. Photo by Shutterstock. Over the past month, a network of community spaces in Bushwick, Brooklyn, has been a buzzing organizational hub in the lead-up to the highly anticipated People’s Climate Mobilization taking place September 20-21 in New York City in advance of the U.N. special session devoted to climate change. Along with providing support for the march—including round-the-clock art-making parties—these spaces in the area have also been incubating a large-scale act of creative civil disobedience planned for lower Manhattan’s…
  • Stanford's Coal Divestment: Meet 2 Students—And 1 President—Who Made It Happen

    Dana Drugmand
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Erica Knox: Leveraging privilege Stanford University student Erica Knox went to see Bill McKibben’s “Do the Math” tour in November 2012. That’s when McKibben and 350.org launched a divestment movement to address climate change and challenge the power of the fossil fuel industry. Knox has been involved with divestment group Fossil Free Stanford ever since. “It’s definitely the group on campus where I feel like I’m actually creating change,” she said. Modeled after the anti-apartheid movement of the 1970s and ’80s, the divestment campaign pressures universities and other…
  • Most Social Change Groups Grapple with White Privilege—But This Book Can Help

    Joshua Kahn Russell
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Photo by Shutterstock. As an organizer in the climate movement, I see many young white people grappling with racism and privilege, struggling to break through the limitations of middle-class white environmentalism. So it’s exciting that compassionate facilitator Chris Crass has written a book that will help. Towards Collective Liberation is a memoir, toolkit, self-help book, strategy reflection, and call to arms all at once. Its lessons about how to work in solidarity with frontline organizations ring true to current challenges and remind us that we don’t need to reinvent the wheel.
  • Occupy Offshoot Cancels $4 Million in Predatory Student Loans—and Starts a Debtors Union

    Liz Pleasant
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:20 am
    Photo by Shutterstock. Nathan Hornes was sitting on the couch watching Maury when he saw the ad for Everest College. Owned by the for-profit education company Corinthian Colleges, Inc., Everest commercials are known to target low-income people, promising a flexible education and, through it, jobs that earn more than minimum wage. They're often aggressive, the actors calling viewers out for being lazy and then daring them to live up to their full potential. Hornes was an easy target. “The first commercial I saw was the girl and she’s like ‘Oh, you’ve got to get off the couch,’” he…
 
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    Reset San Francisco

  • Governments Enhance Wireless with the Cloud

    Matt Calvert
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Article originally appeared on statetechmagazine. By: Steve Zurier Municipal IT staffs have a challenging job. They must find ways to offer the mobility and technology tools workers expect today, yet deliver the services at the lowest possible cost. Frank Gentile, IT director for the city of Danbury, Conn., says the cloud-based system from Aerohive Networks helps support more mobile workers. “Each access point handles 15 to 20 connections, which lets us make more use of smart devices,” he says. “If we want to give iPads to the fire marshals, it’s now easier for us to do that.”…
  • National Voter Registration Day!

    Reset Team
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:48 am
    Today is National Voter Registration Day where city leaders across the country are encouraging residents to get registered! Guess what! You can now register to vote online – AND in nine languages other than English. You can also contact the San Francisco Department of Elections to register or re-register: 1. Register by Mail Call the SF Dept of Elections office at (415) 554-4411 or email SFGov and they will mail a voter registration card to you. Complete all required sections of the Voter Registration Card. • Fill out the Voter Registration Card using a dark ink pen • Use your legal…
  • Tuesday Morning News Roundup

    Reset Team
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:28 am
    Woman Arrested On Suspicion Of Stabbing Another Woman Saturday A 38-year-old woman was arrested on suspicion of stabbing another woman after an argument in Gilroy on Saturday, a police sergeant said. Officers responded to a report of a possible stabbing in the 300 block of Welburn Avenue on Saturday, police Sgt. Pedro Espinoza said. Arriving officers found a 42-year-old Gilroy woman suffering from multiple stab wounds to her upper body, Espinoza said. Emergency responders arrived to aid the woman and she was airlifted to a trauma center for injuries considered life-threatening, he said.
  • CHINA IS BUILDING THE FIRST SELF-SUSTAINABLE, ECO-FRIENDLY CITY

    Andrew Cullen
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    In an effort to create a more environmentally friendly and sustainable city, China has recently revealed plans to create a 78 million square foot city, to house 80,000 residents without the need for any of them to own a car. Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill Architecture has finished the plans for Chengdu’s Tianfu Ecological City, which is set to lie just outside Chengdu, a city of more than 14 million people in mainland China. This satellite city will be connected to the main urban area by a mass transit hub. According to the architects’ master plan, the city is intended as a solution to the…
  • Monday Morning News Roundup

    Reset Team
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:10 am
    Livermore: Woman Who Stole Package From Front Porch Last Week At Large Livermore police are looking for a woman who stole a package from the front porch of a home on Thursday. The theft happened at a home in the southeast side of the city where the woman went up to the victim’s driveway, stole the package and left, police said. The suspect is described as a white woman who is about 25 to 30 years old, standing about 5 feet 4 inches tall and weighing around 125 pounds with long blond hair. She left in a vehicle described as a silver 2014 or 2015 Chevrolet Traverse with tinted windows and…
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  • Last-Minute Campaign Websites

    Online Candidate
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:43 am
    Even though election day grows near, there’s still time to create your local campaign website. We have a fast  turnaround period, so we can get your site designed within a few days! With some prepared material ready, we can get your site built fast. With campaign website packages starting at $149, our websites are perfect […]
  • Elements of an Online Political Campaign

    Online Candidate
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:11 am
    An online presence is critical to election success. Online strategies have become more sophisticated. Candidates can be outclassed by opponents who simply run a better online campaign. Knowing the opportunities and taking advantage of them will improve your chance of success.
  • The Worst Advice We’ve Ever Heard About Online Campaigning

    Online Candidate
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:51 am
    Even though there is plenty of good information about politics and online marketing, a lot of awful ideas and assumptions are still floating around. Here are some truly bad things that clients have told us over the years. Some are just misconceptions about online marketing and how it works, while other ideas can be election-breakers if followed through.
  • Political Web Sites Are Here To Stay [Podcast]

    Online Candidate
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:07 am
    On Digital Politics with Karen Jagoda, we discuss the role of campaign websites in local races and use of social media to raise awareness and money.
  • Political Campaign Slogan Ideas

    Online Candidate
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:12 pm
    A lot rides on your campaign slogan, so choose yours carefully. A slogan should connect to voter concerns and acknowledge the current political environment. It needs to be both memorable and concise. Basically, your slogan should summarize the essence of your campaign in a single phrase.
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    The Alternative Conservative

  • Bill Maher Making Sense

    21 Sep 2014 | 10:41 pm
    It seems as if the last few times I've heard Bill Maher he has brought some truth to the table. Maybe Bill hasn't strayed as far as I once thought. I used to LOVE Politically Incorrect back in my college days but, for some reason he seemed to have strayed over the years, heading over to la-la-liberal-land.I digress.This time, Bill Maher is speaking with Charlie Rose and brings up issues about Islam that need to be heard. The issues with homosexuals being beheaded and  women not being treated equal and forced to wear burkas are those that should be a concern for all of us. This is not a…
  • Ward Churchill Tells More Fables on Megyn Kelly's Show

    13 Sep 2014 | 6:32 pm
    The creepy professor Ward Churchill seems to be hard up for money since he agreed to get grilled by Megyn Kelly on Fox News.Watch all parts of this interview here.Here is the full statement that Churchill now claims he only meant to apply toward those who were not the janitors or food service workers:There is simply no argument to be made that the Pentagon personnel killed on September 11 fill that bill. The building and those inside comprised military targets, pure and simple. As to those in the World Trade Center . . .Well, really, let's get a grip here, shall we? True enough, they were…
  • Why the Right Says the Media is Left

    7 Sep 2014 | 10:54 pm
    I often hear many people on the left mock those of us on the right whenever the topic of the media is brought up. As many of you already know the right, in general, does believe the media is predominately left. This of course is completely dismissed by those on the left and they typically follow up with insulting, snide remarks about Fox News.For myself, I do believe most of the people who work in mainstream are certainly left of center. We all have a bias and those in the media are no different.Fox News is but ONE station and they are not as conservative or right as many on the left would…
  • Joan Rivers - Rest In Peace

    4 Sep 2014 | 8:34 pm
    It is with great sadness that I am writing about Joan Rivers passing on. She will indeed be missed. I remember her well from when I was growing up and her latest show, Fashion Police was absolutely hysterical. Almost everything that came out of her mouth was a classic on-liner.One of my favorites roles she played was on the movie The Muppets Take Manhattan. Her and Miss Piggy had a classic scene where Rivers gave Miss Piggy a makeover."Pigs don't have eyebrows." "Well this pig is going to!"No doubt about it, Joan could make anyone's jaw drop with her harsh wit. She was quite a solid…
  • Michael Brown - Juvenile Record 2nd Degree Murder?

    4 Sep 2014 | 7:07 pm
    UPDATED: NBC News is stating that Brown had no top felony convictions but the records remained sealed.Yes, that's what's being reported. A reporter who claims to be connected with law enforcement is saying definitively that Brown had a juvenile record and one glaring charge involves 2nd degree murder."Gentle giant" Michael Brown is being linked to a gang and second degree murder. The information should indeed be made available to the public and let us not forget this "gentle giant" had previously engaged in a strong armed robbery merely moments before this shooting occurred.Just listen…
 
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    Politics

  • The missing section on the deficit and immigration from Miliband's speech

    George Eaton
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:17 am
    Labour leader forgot key passage during 64-minute, no-notes performance.  Ed Miliband delivering his keynote speech at the Labour conference in Manchester. Photograph: Getty Images. After Ed Miliband had finished his conference speech, he was immediately attacked by the Tories for failing to mention the deficit. George Osborne tweeted: "Ed Miliband didn't mention the deficit once. Extraordinary. If you can't fix the economy you can't fund the NHS."  But as I revealed on Twitter, the original text (posted on The Staggers) did feature a section on the deficit, as well as a longer one on…
  • Labour, Lib Dems and a mansion tax: what’s the story?

    Anoosh Chakelian
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:29 am
    Ed Miliband has announced that he will fund the NHS using a mansion tax. What’s the story of how Labour came to adopt this Lib Dem policy? The mansion tax is a notable area of overlap for Labour and Lib Dem policy. Photo: Flickr/@sage_solar During his final speech to Labour party conference before the general election next year, Ed Miliband made a headline pledge. He said he would boost funding to the NHS using a crackdown on tax avoidance, hitting tobacco firms, and introducing a mansion tax. He said: We will use the proceeds from a tax on houses worth over £2m. The party has briefed a…
  • Miliband plays to Labour's strengths but fails to bring flat conference to life

    George Eaton
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:13 am
    The Labour leader's speech was politically astute and intellectually coherent, but it rarely inspired. Ed Miliband delivers his keynote speech at the Labour conference in Manchester. Photograph: Getty Images. Ed Miliband arrived on stage for his speech badly needing to rouse a conference that has been universally (and accurately) described as "flat". The polls continue to show Labour on course for victory at the general election, but the opposition has not looked or sounded like a party on the brink of government.  Miliband's 65-minute address, again delivered without notes (a signature…
  • Apparently Ed Miliband only said "friends" once

    Harry Lambert
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:08 am
    Did the Labour leader really only use his favoured phrase for the masses nearly an hour into his speech?  Ed Miliband among friends. Photo: Getty. For more on the party conferences and the next election, explore our new elections site May2015.com. If you haven't heard, you are Ed Miliband's friend. His conference speech was littered with his favoured phrase for the assembled audience in the hall, at home and on Twitter. Except it wasn't and we aren't, according to the transcription the Labour Party just published.  It suggests Miliband used the term just once, towards the very end of his…
  • Ed Miliband’s speech to the Labour conference: full text

    New Statesman
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:29 am
    “Across every part of the United Kingdom there is a silent majority who want Britain to endure, but are also telling us it must change.” Ed Miliband and Justine Thornton at the Labour party's conference in Manchester. Photo: Getty. It’s great to be at Labour Party Conference in Manchester. A fantastic city. A city with a great Labour council leading the way. It’s here four years ago here that I won the leadership of this great party. We meet at Conference in serious times. Let’s face it: our country nearly broke up in last week’s Scottish referendum. And a country that nearly…
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  • Obama Announces Executive Actions to Fight Climate Change at UN

    23 Sep 2014 | 2:22 pm
    President Obama announced a series of executive actions to fight climate change on Tuesday, during a speech to the United Nations Climate Summit in New York City. Obama ordered all federal agencies to begin factoring “climate resilience” into all of their international development programs and investments. The action is expected to complement efforts by the federal government to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, according to the White House. Obama is also expected to release climate monitoring data used by the federal government to developing nations. The NOAA will also begin…
  • Obama: Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State One of the Best Decisions I Ever Made

    23 Sep 2014 | 2:06 pm
    President Obama believes choosing Hillary Clinton to serve as Secretary of State was one of the best decisions he has ever made. “I think one of the best decisions I ever made as President was to ask Hillary Clinton to serve as our nation’s Secretary of State,” he said during a speech at the Clinton Global Initiative event in New York City on Tuesday. “I’ll always be grateful for her extraordinary leadership representing our nation around the world.” Obama continued his tradition of speaking at the event hosted by former President Bill Clinton and explained…
  • President Obama: Syria Air Strikes 'Necessary to Defend Our Country'

    23 Sep 2014 | 1:44 pm
    In a short speech to reporters on Tuesday, President Obama asserted that the airstrikes conducted on targets in Syria were the product of a broad coalition of nations against Islamic State terrorists. “America is proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with these nations on behalf of our common security,” he said, pointing out that the strikes received support from Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Bahrain, and Qatar. “The strength of this coalition makes it clear to the world that this is not America's fight alone,” he said. Obama also reminded Americans…
  • Salon: Gabby Giffords Abandons 'Civility' in Gun Control Fight

    23 Sep 2014 | 12:37 pm
    On September 23, Salon ran a column explaining that Gabby Giffords tried to play nice in her push for more gun control. Since she failed in that approach, she has now abandoned "civility" in an effort to secure victory.  And Salon says that's fine. After all, Giffords "is under no obligation to be a Civility Unicorn." According to Salon:  Giffords is under no contract to serve as mascot for superficial "civility" standards. She tried to approach policy priorities the friendly way, by using her celebrity to unite Democrats and Republicans behind new gun legislation, and it…
  • Report: Canada Proposes to Track Released Illegal Aliens with Electronic Ankle Monitors

    23 Sep 2014 | 12:26 pm
    An internal Canadian government report recently proposed a program to release illegal aliens and monitor them with electronic ankle monitors, rather than detain them in government detention facilities. The proposed program is viewed as a cost-saving measure, one where detained immigrants can be released while they await appearances before immigration officials or eventual deportation. The government in Ottawa reports that it spends $239 a day detaining illegal aliens. The electronic ankle monitoring system would cost a fraction of that. The study does note that the immigrant would need to…
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    Beppe Grillo's Blog

  • Minister Maurizio Lupi’s unbreathable cities

    23 Sep 2014 | 8:52 am
    “When we think of the Italian countryside, we are faced with two scenarios. In one of these, the whole of the territory can be covered with cement. The right to private property takes precedence over the interests of the whole of society. Public initiatives are restricted so as not to lower the property value of the land belonging to a few private individuals. In this country the hydro-geological risk, the protection of the environment where we live and the protection of the landscape,, have disappeared from the radar of spatial planning (that is called “spatial planning” for a reason).
  • Passaparola - The other side of Renzi - Enrica Perucchietti

    22 Sep 2014 | 9:49 am
    Renzi’s Side B. 09:00 " In Renzi’s government team we not only have 5 individuals who are currently under investigation but another 27 people, including Ministers, Deputy Ministers and Undersecretaries that have been recycled from Enrico Letta’s Government, plus another 30 current and former Christian Democrats. So somehow the players are much the same as before and this is obviously more of a simple paint job rather than a total rebuild." Enrica Perucchietti "Hello to everyone and thank you for welcoming me here to Beppe Grillo’s Blog. My name is Enrica Perucchietti and I am a…
  • Your primary residence - not to be touched!

    21 Sep 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Ever since the beginning of this legislature, the M5S has insisted on the protection of your primary residence. And now we get a slap in the face and we see that for the poorest families the TASI {new local services tax} is higher than the IMU {old property tax}. This is the social justice of the left wing government that’s supported by the votes of the convicted criminal. A few months ago, during the committee-stage discussion of the 80-euro-decree, the M5S presented two amendments signed by Vacciano and Molinari. There was an attempt to protect those citizens in debt by putting a stop to…
  • Violante, the one from Dire Dawa who doesn’t remember

    19 Sep 2014 | 11:41 am
    "Luciano Violante is a person whom the parties are obstinately keen to have as a candidate for a really high supervisory position - namely to be one of the judges on the Constitutional Court. Not only does he havea lengthy curriculum as a politician, he is also able to resist the passage of time and the passing from the first to the second Republic. He also has large gaps in his ability to remember that brief period of time when there were numerous bombs, mafia pacts and blackmailing, that is the period from 1992 and 1994: one of the country’s darkest periods - a period about which Violante…
  • Napolitano’s serious questions

    18 Sep 2014 | 5:28 am
    The Head of State has been putting forward certain "serious questions" that he evidently hadn’t asked in the past about revolutionising the Senate and about the pact on constitutional reforms drawn up with a convicted criminal behind closed doors. But, as is only right, each person should ask the questions they want and they should then evaluate the answers as they need to. Now, it is evident that the candidates Bruno and Violante are not ones that this parliament wants to vote for. Oh - this parliament was voted into office based on an unconstitutional law, Mr President are you not asking…
 
 
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  • Old Technopanic in New iBottles

    Julian Sanchez
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Julian Sanchez Gather around young’uns: Back in the antediluvean early 90s, when the digital world was young, a motley group of technologists and privacy advocates fought what are now, somewhat melodramatically, known as the Crypto Wars. There were many distinct battlefields, but the overarching question over which the Crypto Wars were fought was this: Would ordinary citizens be free to protect their communications and private files using strong, truly secure cryptography, or would governments seek to force programmers and computer makers to build in backdoors that would enable any…
  • Obama Lonely at U.N. Climate Fest

    Patrick J. Michaels
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Patrick J. Michaels People should learn from their mistakes. The last time President Obama took it upon himself to “lead” a U.N. climate fest was at Copenhagen in December, 2009, which, from the point of view of my greener friends, was a notorious failure.  Today, he’s back, this time at Ban Ki-moon’s U.N. “climate summit,” but not a lot of his global peers are going to be there. Prime Ministers from China, India, Canada, Australia and Germany have all decided to stay home.  Together, they emit almost three times what the U.S. does, which means we are going it alone in…
  • Do the Benefits of Mandatory Disclosures Outweigh the Costs?

    Matthew Feeney
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Matthew Feeney Current regulations, which require companies that issue stocks and bonds to publicly disclose information to investors, allegedly assist those investors in determining the appropriate price for securities as well as detecting fraud. But mandatory disclosures impose heavy costs on issuers of debt and stock. Do the benefits outweigh the costs? In the forthcoming issue of Regulation Elisabeth De Fontenay, an associate professor at Duke University Law School, answers that question by examining a natural experiment in corporate debt markets. Corporate bonds are treated as securities…
  • Travel Card Abuse in the Department of Transportation

    Nicole Kaeding
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Nicole Kaeding Department of Transportation (DOT) employees are abusing their government travel cards, according to a new report from the agency’s Inspector General. The report suggests that DOT officials missed $183,000 in unallowable cash advances and $2.1 million in unauthorized purchases on government travel cards. The report details numerous examples of abuse such as: A Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) cardholder traveled to Houston, Texas, for 3 days and withdrew a $301 cash advance on the last day of the trip at an automated teller machine located 40 miles from his residence.
  • Targeting the Constitution

    Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:57 am
    Nicholas Quinn Rosenkranz [Cross-posted from The Volokh Conspiracy] It is now well known that the IRS targeted tea party organizations. What is less well known, but perhaps even more scandalous, is that the IRS also targeted those who would educate their fellow citizens about the United States Constitution. According to the inspector general’s report (pp. 30 & 38), this particular IRS targeting commenced on Jan. 25, 2012 — the beginning of the election year for President Obama’s second campaign. On that date: “the BOLO [‘be on the lookout’] criteria were again updated.” The…
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    A View from the Right

  • To Impeach or Not to Impeach, part 2

    sirrahc
    21 Sep 2014 | 4:22 pm
    “[S]ome provision should be made for defending the community against the incapacity, negligence, or perfidy of the chief magistrate. He might pervert his administration into a scheme of peculation [i.e., embezzlement] or oppression. He might betray his trust to foreign powers.”  — James Madison, during the debates of the Constitutional Convention (1787) In Part 1 […]
  • Of Rattlesnakes and Unity

    sirrahc
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:49 pm
    I had originally intended this post to be a continuation of “To Impeach or Not to Impeach”. But, unfortunately, I did not get as much done on it this week as I had hoped. (I blame Facebook.) As I worked on Part 2 — which may expand into a Part 3 — tonight, I realized […]
  • To Impeach or Not to Impeach, part 1

    sirrahc
    7 Sep 2014 | 4:09 pm
    “The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”  — U.S. Constitution, Article II, Section 4 Should President Barack Obama be impeached? A lot of people seem to think so. There have been […]
  • 5 Noteworthy Quotes from the Week Ending 8/30/2014

    sirrahc
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:06 pm
    The title says it all. These aren’t necessarily the “Top 5″ topics, based on any particular rating scale. But, they are (I thought) notable commentary on some important issues, foreign and domestic. I’ve added a few comments of my own, as usual. 1) UK Prime Minister David Cameron re Islamic State: “We are in the […]
  • Journey of Light + Creeping Superfluid

    sirrahc
    24 Aug 2014 | 5:01 pm
    I decided to throw a couple more science-bytes at you from astrophysicist Dr. Jeffrey Zweerink. They’re brief but fun bits of science trivia to pack into your “li’l pea brain” (as my friend likes to say). And, if you realize that, technically, that is not physically possible, then we’re on the same wavelength. 1) “We […]
 
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  • SapphireWire Podcast – Episode 2

    Kyle
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:29 pm
    In this episode, we listen to and dissect political ads from the Kansas Gubernatorial and US Senate races. As promised, all of the ads we discuss in this episode are embedded below. Preview this episode now: Listen to this episode now: Get The SapphireWire Podcast To Go: Download Episode (mp3) | iTunes | RSS | Stitcher Radio Watch the ads discussed in this episode: The post SapphireWire Podcast – Episode 2 appeared first on Sapphire Wire.
  • SapphireWire Podcast – Episode 1

    Kyle
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:10 pm
    In the inaugural episode of the SapphireWire Podcast, Lisa & Kyle discuss the week in Kansas politics, including a recap of the Kansas Gubernatorial and US Senate debates at the Kansas State Fair – who won, who lost, and missed opportunities. Download Episode (mp3) | iTunes | RSS | Stitcher Radio The post SapphireWire Podcast – Episode 1 appeared first on Sapphire Wire.
  • A Better Way Forward

    Lisa Johnston
    21 Feb 2013 | 12:44 am
    Reviewing problems is a useful exercise but channeling this information into recommendations is the key to progress. This is my focus today. While this post does not include an exhaustive list of all improvements that we should consider as a party, I have outlined some of the most critical that I feel deserve immediate attention. End “Friendly Fire” When it comes to backing candidates, we could learn a thing or two from our competitors. They will support candidates who have made ridiculous, over the top statements (e.g., Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock). They will support folks who are…
  • My Political Hiatus and Our Party Problems (Part 5)

    Lisa Johnston
    13 Feb 2013 | 1:00 am
    Before I launch into Part 5, I want to say I truly appreciate the supportive calls, emails, and messages I have received. It is clear that many individuals share some of my concerns but do not feel they can speak out publicly. Additionally, I appreciate those who have spoken out to add alternative views as vigorous debate is important for working through any issue. I also want to give a special thank you to those who have publicly shared their own thoughts and examples that echo my concerns. This is not easy and I appreciate your courageous candor. Once again, as with all of my posts, Part 5…
  • My Political Hiatus and Our Party Problems (Part 4)

    Lisa Johnston
    7 Feb 2013 | 12:27 am
    My initial plan was for this to be a four-part series. However, Part 4 turned out to be far too long so I am presenting it in two segments. This post will focus largely on issues and problems related to the Kansas Senate races. Next week in Part 5, I will outline concerns that relate to all races and the party as a whole. As I have continued this series, I have been contacted by a number of folks cautioning me about engaging in this discussion. Some were earnest, caring folks who agree with my perspective but wanted to make sure I realized that I could receive substantial anger and blowback…
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  • Alibaba IPO Underlines Rise of Chinese Private Sector

    Nicolas Veron
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:29 pm
    For all the fashionable talk of China’s dominant state capitalism and “Guo Jin Min Tui,” the numbers tell a slightly different story. On September 5, Alibaba Group filed details about its forthcoming Initial Public Offering (IPO), suggesting a mid-range valuation of $155 billion. This would make the Hangzhou-based web retailer the most valuable listed private-sector […] The post Alibaba IPO Underlines Rise of Chinese Private Sector appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Britain Betrays Hong Kong… Again

    Sophie Richardson
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:13 pm
    The British government has failed to condemn China for breaking its promise of greater democracy in Hong Kong. If you were told the Chinese government — an unelected, one-party state — will decide who you can vote for, what would your response be? Not only would you likely object, you would expect others, especially democracies, […] The post Britain Betrays Hong Kong… Again appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • War, Circus and Injustice Down Under

    John Pilger
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:24 am
    John Pilger reports on how Tony Abbott staged a political circus in the indigenous outback while “proving” himself as a war leader. There are times when farce and living caricature almost consume the cynicism and mendacity in the daily life of Australia‘s rulers. Across the front pages is a photograph of a resolute Tony Abbott […] The post War, Circus and Injustice Down Under appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Local Empowerment: Combating Security Threats in Africa

    Richard Howarth
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Concepts of local empowerment can combat both hard and soft security threats in Africa. There is currently an increasing amount of media attention on wildlife poaching in Africa, particularly in relation to the money it injects into local and regional terrorists groups, such as al-Shabab in the east of the continent. Wildlife conservation and the […] The post Local Empowerment: Combating Security Threats in Africa appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • No Tunisia, Barbed Wire is Not Good for Business

    Abul-Hasanat Siddique
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Tunisia has changed in the everyday person’s mind but, to build a functioning democracy, the next government has work to do. In most Arab countries, photos of the dictator will appear just about everywhere. On billboards, street corners and in random shops — you name it. Yes, the vain dictator just loves seeing his face […] The post No Tunisia, Barbed Wire is Not Good for Business appeared first on Fair Observer.
 
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    The one About

  • Tricouri barbatesti must have

    22 Sep 2014 | 7:52 am
    Imaginea clasica a barbatului rebel si sexy abia trezit din somn si imbracat intr-o pereche de jeansi uzati si in tricou a facut inconjurul cinematografiei si este deja o imagine iconica. De aici si ideea ca un barbat arata cel mai bine in tricou si jeansi si ca ar trebui sa luam mult mai in serios alegerile pe care le facem atunci cand vine vorba despre alegerea tricourilor pentru garderoba proprie.De la un obiect de lenjerie (si ma refer aici la tricourile simple, mulate sau chiar si mai largi) pana la un obiect vestimentar folosit la munci mai active si dinamice, astazi tricoul - in…
  • 10 ciudatenii care ne pot afecta luarea unei decizii

    22 Sep 2014 | 7:47 am
    Ritmul muzicii din fundal. Nu ar trebui sa asculti Nirvana cand studiezi sau sa dansezi cand incerci sa gandesti. Asta spune teoria. Ascultarea unei muzici alerte in timp ce inveti ori vrei sa iei o decizie importanta este o idee foarte proasta. Stiinta spune contrariul. Un ritm alert al muzicii te poate ajuta sa iei decizii mai rapide si mai bune decat atunci cand asculti muzica lenta, de obicei clasica.Un studiu din ianuarie 2009 a examinat ce efecte au ritmurile diferite ale muzicii asupra performantei si luarea deciziilor. Rezultatele au fost fara echivoc. Participantii care au ascultat o…
  • Rafturi de cea mai buna calitate

    17 Sep 2014 | 3:47 am
    Inscriptionarea pieselor din mase plastice se poate efectua fie direct din scula, fie aplicandu-se ornamente din metal (aluminiu, otel laminat etc.) sau din masa plastica, motiv pentru care este bine ca atunci cand doriti sa realizati rafturi depozitare, sa utilizati plasticul. Inscriptionarea din scula se realizeaza fie prin efecte speciale, adica prin joc de umbra si lumina care se realizeaza prin portiuni alternante de suprafete mate si lucioase, sau prin alternari de suprafete striate cu portiuni mate, sau caserate si multe altele.Rafturile de depozitare indiferent ca le utilizam la o…
  • Cursuri de la facultate la care nu ai participa niciodata

    17 Sep 2014 | 3:43 am
    Albul insuportabil al papusii Barbie. Da, chiar exista un curs despre asa ceva undeva in SUA, titlul complet fiind „The Unbearable Whiteness of Barbie-Race and Popular Culture in the United States” (despre cultura „populara” si rasa in SUA). In esenta, cursul isi propune sa gaseasca raspuns la o singura intrebare: cum a influentat rasismul stiintific crearea Barbie. Elizabeth Chin ii avertizeaza pe studenti inca din prima ora ca acest curs nu e o joaca de copii.Cu o bibliografie foarte bine pusa la punct, cursul incorporeaza un continut academic foarte bine structurat si gandit pentru…
  • Drumul din cariera de piatra in constructia ta e mai lung decat ai fi crezut

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:46 am
    Nu e cladire de birouri mai „rasarita” care sa nu aiba piatra naturala pusa pe jos sau pe pereti-marmura, granit, cine isi permite. Pana la urma, piatra a fost cam prima pe care omul a pus mana in preistorie. La inceput s-au folosit doar tehnici simple de cioplire, slefuire fina, chiar gaurire pentru a construi ceva rudimentar sau pentru a face unelte de vanatoare si pentru acasa-de cele mai multe ori, acasa era sinonim cu o grota.Astazi, piatra naturala e la mare cautare iar prelucrarea ei si drumul din cariera de piatra pana in cladirea unde este etalata e unul lung si costisitor. Sa…
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    FactCheck.org

  • Special Interest Battle in Midwest Races

    Lori Robertson
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Two ads from the conservative Crossroads organizations claim Democratic Senate candidates in Iowa and Michigan who oppose the Keystone XL pipeline are backed by an environmental activist who “stands to profit by blocking Keystone.” That’s based on outdated information on the activist’s former investments. American Crossroads, a super PAC founded with the help of former George W. Bush adviser Karl Rove, and Crossroads GPS, its 501(c)(4) sister organization, launched the ads in September against Rep. Bruce Braley in Iowa and Rep. Gary Peters in Michigan, respectively.
  • Alaska’s Pension Fight

    Eugene Kiely
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:45 pm
    The Alaska Senate candidates exaggerate the impact of a $500 million settlement that Republican Dan Sullivan reached as state attorney general in 2010. The Alaska Retirement Management Board sued its actuarial firm in December 2007 for erroneous calculations that the board claimed caused the state to underfund its pension system by $2.8 billion. The state sought $2.8 billion in damages and settled in June 2010 for $500 million. Sullivan and his Democratic opponent, Sen. Mark Begich, have put a misleading spin on the settlement in recent TV ads: Sullivan’s ad features a teacher who says…
  • False Choice: Veterans vs. Immigrants

    Robert Farley
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:17 pm
    An ad from Rep. Bill Cassidy attacks his Democratic opponent, Sen. Mary Landrieu, for not “fully funding veterans benefits,” even though he voted for the House version of a bipartisan budget bill that included those very same cuts. Cassidy even defended those reductions in a national radio interview. Moreover, less than two months later, both Cassidy and Landrieu voted in favor of stand-alone legislation that ended up restoring the cuts before they ever had a chance to kick in at the end of 2015. The Cassidy ad also sets up a false choice, claiming Landrieu voted to fund benefits…
  • No Cuts for Military Vets

    Brooks Jackson
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:36 am
    A Republican TV ad in Illinois features indignant veterans scolding a Democratic House member about cuts to “veterans benefits” that never happened. The ad features four men it identifies as Army and Navy veterans. “We risked our lives. … We put it all on the line. … How could you cut our benefits?” they ask of Rep. Cheri Bustos, after chastising her for voting for a $6 billion cut in “veterans benefits.” They add, “How could you? Shame on you.” In fact, the cut in question was not a reduction in veterans benefits at all, but rather…
  • Playing Politics With Immigration

    Robert Farley
    17 Sep 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Competing ads from the leading candidates in the Louisiana Senate race play politics with the immigration issue and leave misleading impressions about the candidates’ positions. Rep. Bill Cassidy’s ad criticizes Landrieu for supporting “amnesty” based on her vote for a bipartisan immigration bill in 2013. The bill included an earned path to citizenship, not blanket amnesty — a distinction Cassidy himself made in a 2013 interview. An ad from Sen. Mary Landrieu quotes Cassidy out of context to suggest he’s weak on border security. He is heard saying,…
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    Real Clear Liberty Network

  • It’s time to stop the climate scare stories

    Guest
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:08 pm
    By Willie Soon and Christopher Monckton of Brenchley   Using faulty computer models to forecast climate chaos condemns millions to untimely deaths. India Prime Minister Narendra Modi sensibly refuses to attend yet another climate summit – this one called by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon in New York for September 23, under the auspices of […]
  • Blathering Eco-Intellectuals

    Alan Caruba
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:47 am
      I confess I have always been wary of intellectuals. They love arcane theories that often have little to do with real life and this is particularly true of eco-intellectuals who have embraced a panoply of lies and claims about the “environment”, “fossil fuels”, “sustainability”, and other notions that permit them to bloviate without once […]
  • NIH Makes Monkey’s Uncles Out of Taxpayers

    Michael R. Shannon
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:42 am
    The National Institutes of Health has billions of tax dollars to give away each year in the form of research grants. I’m sure that senior bureaucrats have the really famous diseases and maladies already booked up. That means the newbies have to identify their own causes and studies to make sure that every last penny […]
  • What really drives anti-fracking zealots?

    Paul Driessen
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:38 am
      They want to end fossil fuels and capitalism, control our lives and impose eco-utopia. Recent news stories underscore the tremendous benefits brought by America’s fracking revolution. * The shale oil production boom could boost US crude production to 9.5 million barrels of oil per day (bopd) next year, reducing America’s crude oil imports to […]
  • Prepare for a Deluge of Climate Change Hype

    Alan Caruba
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    Despite the several thousands who will participate in a Climate March and the world leaders who will do so in a UN Climate Summit this week, is there anyone who seriously believes that humans have any impact or control over the climate? Or even the weather? The answer, unfortunately, is yes. In utter contempt for […]
 
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    Kamikaze Earth

  • In Times of War

    zimko
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:01 pm
    IN TIMES OF WARThe other day I had saw an old friend of mine and it was a terrible thing.  When I was sure it was him I took cover behind a tank that was constructed entirely with 12-packs of Mountain Dew, which was apparently sold best in tank form. I hid behind the thing like a cowardly deserter and was ready to set my basket right where I stood and casually beat it out of there.  My old friend drifted lazily away with his cart and I briskly left the store, cursing and looking back at the abandoned basket.I had not wanted to talk to this friend because his well adjusted eyes…
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    opposingviews.com

  • Climate Change Shouldn't Distract Kerry From Urgent Response Needed For ISIS, Ebola

    Will Hagle
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:37 pm
    Climate Change Shouldn't Distract Kerry From Urgent Response Needed For ISIS, Ebola Climate Change Shouldn't Distract Kerry From Urgent Response Needed For ISIS, Ebola Has Been Optimized In a speech to students in Jakarta, Indonesia this February, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry referred to climate change as “the greatest challenge of our generation.” In a recent speech to the foreign ministers of the world’s largest 20 economies, Kerry also placed climate change amongst ISIS and Ebola on the list of the biggest threats facing the international community.  “While we…
  • Texas Gov. Rick Perry Says His Anti-Abortion Law Might Have Saved Joan Rivers (Video)

    Michael Allen
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry Says His Anti-Abortion Law Might Have Saved Joan Rivers (Video) Texas Gov. Rick Perry Says His Anti-Abortion Law Might Have Saved Joan Rivers (Video) Celebrities Entertainment Health Politics Weird News Gov. Rick Perry Joan Rivers Abortion Law Has Been Optimized Comedienne Joan Rivers, 81, died a couple of weeks ago during a surgical procedure on her vocal cords, however, Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) recently made the astounding claim that an anti-abortion law might have saved Rivers' life. A year ago, Gov. Perry signed a controversial ominibus anti-abortion law that…
  • Sen. Mary Landrieu Helps LSU Fan Do Keg Stand

    Sarah Fruchtnicht
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:38 am
    Sen. Mary Landrieu Helps LSU Fan Do Keg Stand Louisiana Senator Caught Helping LSU Fan Do Keg Stand Controversial Senator Seen Helping Man Do Keg Stand At Tailgating Party Sen. Mary Landrieu Helps LSU Fan Do Keg Stand Politics Not Optimized Louisiana Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu caused a stir last weekend after she was caught on camera helping an LSU fan do a keg stand during a tailgate party on campus Saturday. The photo tweeted by Ellen L. Carmichael shows Landrieu put the beer keg spigot in a man’s mouth. The LSU Tigers played the Mississippi State Bulldogs in Baton Rouge Saturday…
  • Ted Kozlowski Looks To Become Mayor Of Stillwater, Minnesota

    Dominic Kelly
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:03 pm
    Ted Kozlowski Looks To Become Mayor Of Stillwater, Minnesota Ted Kozlowski Looks To Become Mayor Of Stillwater, Minnesota Has Been Optimized “Ten years is enough,” longtime Stillwater, Minnesota, mayor Ken Harycki announced in May of this year. With that announcement, a gaping void opened up in the city’s political structure – one that the next generation of local political leaders is eager to fill. Ted Kozlowski, President of DemandQuest Marketing Institute, was elected to city council in Stillwater in 2013. After what has generally been regarded by his constituents as a successful…
  • Elderly Marine Veterans Walk 300 Miles To Ask Obama To Have Former Marine Freed From Mexican Prison (Video)

    Emily Smith
    20 Sep 2014 | 11:52 am
    Elderly Marine Veterans Walk 300 Miles To White House, Hope To Deliver Message To Obama (Video) Elderly Marine Veterans Walk 300 Miles To Ask Obama To Have Former Marine Freed From Mexican Prison (Video) Elderly Marine Veterans Walk 300 Miles, Hope To Convince Obama To Free Jailed Marine (Video) Elderly Marine Veterans Walk 300 Miles To White House, Hope To Deliver Message To Obama (Video) Politics obama, white house, veterans, 300 miles, politics, marine, tahmooressi Has Been Optimized In an attempt to get President Barack Obama’s attention, two Marine Corps veterans are currently walking…
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    The Recovering Politician

  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: Facebook Messenger

    John Y. Brown III
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    I have received multiple “messages” today from Facebook’s new “Messenger” app. It essentially forces you to download it by making it too complicated to figure out how to avoid the irritation of the constant requests by Facebook to download it—and so you just downloading it to stop the requests to, well, download it. And then I seem constantly to have a tiny person pictured in a circle in the bottom right-hand corner of my phone who just messaged you. The messaging itself i…s fine, of course, but the giant bubble of a person appearing on your phone…
  • Erica and Matt Chua: Does it Float? Your Electronics Won’t

    Erica and Matt Chua
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    The biggest risk to your electronics? Accidents.  Here are pointers on how to be prepared for accidents and what to do when they happen. This is a continuation post from Saving Your Digital Ass and Backing Up Your Computer While Traveling. As we carry more electronics, whether at home or while traveling, we need to take special precautions to protect them.  The reality is that electronics have one nemesis: water.  There are a few other ememies such as heat, sand, and falls, but water is the ever present, catastrophic enemy of electronics.  While we want to assume our devices won’t…
  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: Mondays

    John Y. Brown III
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Slow down people. It’s Monday. We have all week to get on each others nerves. Some mornings I wake up and look over at my lovely wife Rebecca and am overcome with joy at how lucky she must feel to be married to me. God is good. I just smile and let her sleep. And keep my happy thought to myself. Deep thought: If thinking something –but not saying it— is almost as bad as saying it, does that mean that saying something –but not thinking it –is almost as bad as thinking it? Note: I didn’t think about this or say it out loud before writing it. I just wrote it.
  • Saul Kaplan: It’s the Innovator’s Day

    Saul Kaplan
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Today is the Day of the Next-Generation Innovator I am an innovation junkie. It’s a good place to be right now because there’s no more important time for New England to fulfill its promise as a regional innovation hot spot. Our region has the capacity to lead the way out of this economic mess and toward solutions for the big issues of our time, including health care, education, and energy independence. We must play offense. Here’s some good news: Innovators thrive during turbulent times. In the 2001 recession, Apple Inc. unveiled the first iPod and The Procter & Gamble Co. launched…
  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: Morgan Freeman

    John Y. Brown III
    19 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    I am at a point in my life when it would really help a lot if I had a voice that sounded like Morgan Freeman’s so people would listen in wonderment when I spoke to them. Instead I often am asked to repeat myself. And I do. In my non-Morgan Freeman-esque voice. I sometimes like to tell myself that ice chai tea latte is really a cover for some sort of secret super human jet fuel. That way I don’t feel as guilty for drinking so much of it. “You can still say the wrong thing later.” Food for thought before I blurt out an unneeded opinion in a tense situation.
 
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    Guernica / A Magazine of Art & Politics

  • Guernica at Brooklyn Book Festival 2014

    19 Sep 2014 | 7:54 am
    It’s almost here! We’ll be set up this Sunday, September 21 at the Brooklyn Book Festival, Booth #402.
  • Guernica Goes Analog

    18 Jul 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Join Guernica as we celebrate summer and our forthcoming print edition at the Guernica Summer Benefit.
  • Guernica: A Magazine of Art & Politics Appoints Lisa Lucas as Full-Time Publisher, Announces Investment in Long-Term Growth

    30 Jun 2014 | 7:41 am
    “To my mind, Guernica is the most important online intellectual and literary journal in America today.”
—Claire Messud FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 30, 2014 New York, NY — The board of Guernica Magazine—an award-winning, free online magazine of art & politics, now in its 10th year as an entirely volunteer-driven, nonprofit publication—today announced the appointment of Lisa Lucas as Publisher and the magazine’s first full-time, paid employee. Michael Archer, co-founder of the magazine, will remain Editor-in-Chief. Archer, along with fellow board members Joel Whitney and…
  • Ain’ts

    16 Mar 2014 | 9:15 pm
    Most summers my sister and I were taken along to family reunions and also to cemetery meetings, where the family discussed the upkeep of a fenced-in plot of graves on a bald hilltop in a valley we’d peppered with ourselves since the 1800s at least. It seemed to me then that the chief purpose of these gatherings was to figure out how we were all related to one another, that if we could just figure it all out then we wouldn’t have to keep meeting this way, year after year, always on the hottest day of the summer.
  • Silence and Southern Men

    16 Mar 2014 | 9:14 pm
    This was an age of great social upheaval—desegregation and the beginnings of the Civil Rights Movement, labor issues, the birth of the youth movement, a time when conversation might have opened on any number of relevant and important topics—but in my hometown in the American South, the region of the country known for its storytelling, men rarely said a word.
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  • NRCC Ties Gwen Graham to Obamacare in New TV Spot

    Kevin Derby
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:37 pm
    The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) unveiled a new TV ad on Tuesday linking Democrat Gwen Graham to President Barack Obama’s federal health-care law. Graham is running against U.S. Rep. Steve Southerland, R-Fla., in what is expected to be one of the most competitive congressional races in the nation. Sorry, you need to install flash to see this content. read more
  • Carlos Curbelo Uses Old Joe Garcia Ad to Hit the Democrat's Ethics

    Kevin Derby
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    On Tuesday, Miami-Dade School Board member Carlos Curbelo, the Republican candidate challenging U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia, D-Fla., released a new video attacking the Democrat incumbent on ethics. The new video features Garcia talking about a scandal-plagued congressman -- then-U.S. Rep. David Rivera, R-Fla., who the Democrat beat in 2012. But Garcia has been hobbled by his own ethics problems including having his chief of staff resign and do time in jail for his role in a voter fraud scandal resulting from the 2012 elections. read more
  • St. Lucie County Wins Florida VA Nursing Home

    Nancy Smith
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:21 am
    State Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, today applauded Gov. Rick Scott and the Florida Cabinet for selecting St. Lucie County as Florida's next Veterans Affairs nursing home site.In a written press statement, Negron said, "Today's decision is a testament to the great work and leadership of (St. Lucie County) Commissioner Frannie Hutchinson. I am pleased that the Legislature approriated $9 million in this year's budget to begin construction.read more
  • Marco Rubio and Mike Lee Call for Income Tax Reform

    Kevin Derby
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:47 am
    U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., teamed up with U.S. Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, to support a major reform in the federal income tax calling for “consolidating the many existing income tax brackets into two simple brackets -- 15 percent and 35 percent -- and eliminating or reforming deductions, especially those that disproportionately benefit the privileged few at everyone else's expense.” read more
  • David Jolly Wants Congress to Have Longer Sessions

    Kevin Derby
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:39 am
    On Monday, U.S. Rep. David Jolly, R-Fla., fleshed out his proposal for the U.S. House to spend more time in session. Last week, Jolly wrote the House Rules Committee and asked for a rules change so Congress could spend more time in session than the 110 days it was this week. “We should be in session more,” Jolly said on Monday. “We cannot rightfully address the many concerns of the American people like the national debt, tax reform, national security and education if we are not in session.”
 
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    PoliticusUSA

  • Lazy Republicans Need To Learn the Culture and Value of Work

    Rmuse
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:50 pm
    It is unfair and hypocritical for a person who has a job but refuses work to attribute laziness to a person who wants to work but cannot find employment, but that has been a defining characteristic of Republicans in Congress over the past four years. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Newt Gingrich Backtracks After Stupidly Complaining About Something Obama Didn’t Say

    Justin Baragona
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Former Speaker of the House and current conservative pundit Newt Gingrich took to Twitter Tuesday morning to whine about President Obama's statement about the airstrikes against ISIS that took place in Syria Monday night and early Tuesday. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Wendy Davis Could Be Catching Greg Abbott In Texas Governor’s Race

    Jason Easley
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:15 pm
    After a lackluster debate performance, Greg Abbott is launching negative TV ads against Wendy Davis, but experts in Texas suggest that Republican's negative shift might be a sign that the governor's race is tightening. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Members Of The Laziest Most Do Nothing Congress Make $608 For Each Hour They Are In DC

    Jason Easley
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:50 am
    Congress will only work eight days in the next three months, and are on pace to pass the fewest bills in sixty years, but for every hour that they are in DC, each member of Congress earns at least $608/hour. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Ferguson Residents Angry As Michael Brown Memorial Destroyed By Fire Tuesday Morning

    Justin Baragona
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:36 am
    A memorial dedicated to slain teenager Michael Brown was destroyed by a fire Tuesday morning. The memorial, made mostly of teddy bears and homemade signs, had been kept on the side of the street feet from where Brown was shot and killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson on August 9th. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • Act for the Disappeared during Lebanon civil war

    Ang Lebs
    20 Sep 2014 | 7:21 am
    Tomorrow is the day! Show your support to the families of #missing and visit their weekly sit in in front of grand serail in downtown Beirut from 11 to 4.  
  • The Masquerade of Lebanese Parliamentary Elections

    Ang Lebs
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:12 am
    While many suggest that another extension of Parliament’s term is almost inevitable, the total candidates’ number to the Lebanese Elections 2014 is 514. Right out of the bat, this supposed to be election is a masquerade. – The Lebanese Association for Democratic Elections (LADE) said in their statement yesterday that according to article 50 of the Law 25/2008, 10 candidates, among the 514 hopefuls are officially considered uncontested winners. (LADE official statement in Arabic) – The LADE statement added, the decree failed to provide for the voting of Lebanese expatriates,…
  • Another September 14

    Ang Lebs
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:24 am
    Its September 14. Its our yearly appointment. Both of us far away from the homeland. Both sad and disgusted to where our country ended up. I’m not like others who write pages and pages about you, your character, your dream and vision. On every 14 of September, I have my small chat with you and I remember. I used to renew the promise, but not this year. You have to excuse me not to renew it this year. So let us begin our chat as usual. Bachir: Tell me what happened to our land? Me: What land? The one you loved and gave your life for? The 10452 Square Km? The one you dreamed about…
  • Who is Hosting the most refugees?

    Ang Lebs
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:43 am
  • 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…
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  • Jim Webb ‘Seriously Looking’ at 2016 Presidential Race

    Rebecca Ballhaus
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb said Tuesday that he is “seriously looking at the possibility’’ of running for president in 2016, in a speech to a roomful of reporters in which he laid out a set of policy concerns and goals for government.
  • Meet the New White House Fence ‘Buffer Zone’

    Jeffrey Sparshott
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:45 pm
    The Secret Service says its new “temporary buffer zone” around the White House, marked by crowd-control style fencing, will remain in place until a full review of the recent fence jumping incident is complete.
  • Ad Attacks Iowa Hopeful Braley Over Billionaire Backer

    Rebecca Ballhaus
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:15 pm
    The conservative super PAC American Crossroads launched a new ad Tuesday suggesting Iowa Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley, who is running for Senate, shifted his positions to win the support of a liberal billionaire.
  • Could Civics Education Reduce Voter Apathy?

    Linda Killian
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:25 am
    Linda Killian: Gallup polling found that fewer than 40% of Americans can identify which party controls both chambers of Congress. Would civics education motivate more Americans to get involved?
  • U.S. on Supreme Court Protest Restrictions: Sidewalk is Wide Enough

    Brent Kendall
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:18 am
    Solemnity, decorum and Sierra Club t-shirts were hot topics Tuesday at a federal appeals court hearing that examined the constitutionality of a ban on demonstrations on the plaza of the U.S. Supreme Court.
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  • New Ukrainian Government Said To Be Working With Western P.R. Firm

    23 Sep 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Combating the Russian lobbying machine in DC. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko Kevin Lamarque / Reuters WASHINGTON — Public relations and lobbying firm BGR is working with the new Ukrainian government, according to multiple sources. According to four sources with knowledge of the situation, including an adviser to the Ukrainian government, BGR, which has three affiliates in the United States and a company called BGR Gabara in London and in the past represented the former Georgian government of Bidzina Ivanishvili, is working with the new Ukrainian government led by President Petro…
  • U.S. Hispanic Chamber Of Commerce Leader: Julian Castro Will Be The First Latino President

    23 Sep 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Javier Palomarez, the president of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, will make the remarks in Utah on stage with Julian Castro, BuzzFeed News has learned. Yuri Gripas / Reuters The president of the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (USHCC) will call Julian Castro the future first Hispanic president during closing remarks at the USHCC National Convention, BuzzFeed News has learned. According to prepared remarks obtained by BuzzFeed News, Javier Palomarez, the organization's president, will have Castro on stage after his keynote remarks and will say, "It was once said that 'The…
  • DHS Expansion Of Migrant Family Detention System Angers Activists

    23 Sep 2014 | 3:26 pm
    “Thousands of mothers and children who have suffered humanitarian atrocities will be unlawfully repatriated,” one activist says of new detention facility in Dilley, Texas. Juan Carlos Llorca/Associated Press Juan Carlos Llorca/Associated Press WASHINGTON — Immigration and civil rights activists Tuesday roundly criticized the Obama administration's decision to open a massive new detention facility for undocumented families in a remote Texas town, warning it is inhumane and could curtail immigrants' ability to make effective asylum claims. The Department of Homeland…
  • Syria Air Strikes Reignite Calls For New Congressional War Authorization

    23 Sep 2014 | 1:07 pm
    “Everybody can come back at a moment’s notice. Everyone is in their districts … we can all go back and I hope we do,” Rep. Iliana Ros-Lehtinen said. Stringer / Reuters WASHINGTON — Democratic and Republican lawmakers Tuesday called for a new vote authorizing the use of force against ISIS, with several arguing the Obama administration's air strikes against ISIS and Al Qaeda affiliated organizations in Syria should prompt Congress to return from recess and vote before the November election. Although the White House has insisted it has the authority to conduct…
  • Obama Administration Confident No Civilians Were Killed In Syrian Air Strikes

    23 Sep 2014 | 11:18 am
    Some reports have begun to emerge that civilians were killed. Pictures showing an ISIL Command and Control Center in Syria before (L) and after it was struck by bombs dropped by a U.S. F-22 fighter jets. Us Air Force / Reuters WASHINGTON — Obama administration officials emphasized Tuesday no civilians were killed during U.S,. air strikes in Syria, first tentatively in a televised Pentagon briefly, then much more strongly in an on background call, assuring reporters that no civilians had been killed. In the hours since the United States and allies launched the strikes, reports of…
 
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  • Scotland: May We All Live Free

    Gary L. Welton
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:41 am
    The important cultural analysis by Geert Hofstede, conducted in the 1970s and 80s, and impacting many research paradigms since, concluded that the United States is the most individualistic culture in the world. However, there are a handful of Western countries that approximate our American rugged individualism, including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. Along with the U.S., these countries share a legacy of freedom and liberty. The state of New Hampshire tells us, “Live Free or Die,” but this motto reflects the heritage of our entire Western experience. Although we…
  • War: A Matter of Semantics

    Earl H. Tilford
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:31 am
    “Mankind must put an end to war, or war will put an end to mankind.” —President John F. Kennedy For most people war is an unthinkable horror. While generals must think realistically about war, an important duty for a political leader is to inspire others to do the unthinkable. Modifiers attempt to qualify war with words like limited, total, defensive, preemptive, just, unjust, good, bad, glorious, tragic, legal, illegal, etc. A U.S. Marine and Vietnam veteran who fought in a war that was described as “limited” estimated that during his 13-month tour he spent about 20 terrifying…
  • God and science: Considering evolution through the eyes of faith

    Jan F. Dudt
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:02 am
    In our mainstream understanding of evolution, the denial of a personal God who designs and superintends every aspect of creation is all too typical. For the typical evolutionist, the thought of having God (or, for the Christian, Jesus Christ) in the role of creator (John 1, Colossians 1) is absolutely ludicrous. In fact, Darwin’s theory of evolution intentionally excluded design from the philosophical underpinnings of the theory. Newton would have been appalled by this, while at the same time sympathetic to natural explanations of the biological world. It is no wonder that Christian…
  • V&V Q&A – Talking climate science with physicist Glenn Marsch (Part One)

    Glenn Marsch
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:41 am
    Editor’s note: After two leading newspapers ran climate-related pieces seemingly at odds with one another, The Center for Vision & Values discussed the contrast with Grove City College physicist Dr. Glenn Marsch. A New York Times article reported that President Obama is pursuing an international global warming treaty at the United Nations while a Wall Street Journal piece noted that there has been no evidence of global warming for the past 15-26 years. This is the first in a series of climate discussions with Dr. Marsch. V&V: On August 26, the New York Times reported, “The Obama…
  • The NLRB’s contribution to Obama’s anti-business crusade

    Mark W. Hendrickson
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:37 am
    Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com. Having written earlier this summer about the whack-a-mole regulatory state running wild under the presidency of Barack Obama, the biggest question in my mind was which of the myriad federal regulatory agencies would be the next to throw a monkey wrench into the economy. It was a foregone conclusion that the EPA would be one of those agencies, and they haven’t disappointed, but the other most egregious offender is the National Labor Relations Board. The NLRB has issued a ruling that McDonald’s Corporation may be considered…
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    Politic365

  • 23-17: Vote to Fund Syrian Rebels Splits Black Caucus

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:43 pm
    The House vote to fund training and arming of Syrian rebels to take on ISIS split the Black Caucus in half.  The vote was 273-to-156.  Twenty three members of the CBC voted to fund the Syrian rebels and 17 voted against funding.The 23 Black Caucus members who voted YES to funding the Syrian members:  Reps. Karen Bass (D-CA), Joyce Beatty (D-OH), Sanford Bishop (D-GA), Corrine Brown (D-FL), GK Butterfield (D-NC), Andre Carson (D-IN), John Conyers (D-MI), Lacy Clay (D-MO), Jim Clyburn (D-SC), Keith Ellison (D-MN), Chaka Fattah (D-PA), Al Green (D-TX), Steve Horsford (D-NV), Sheila Jackson…
  • Attorney Ben Crump Attends Capitol Hill Racial Profiling Event

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Attorney Ben Crump, who represents the family of Michael Brown, was on Capitol Hill last week at a ACLU forum on racial profiling.  The crowded event was attended by congressional staff and several members of Congress.
  • #Videos: Freedom Sundays Black Vote Effort, $250,000 Spent on Kickoff

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:26 pm
    #FreedomSundays: Last Friday, Reps. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO), CBC Chair Marcia Fudge (D-OH), Democratic strategist Donna Brazile, CBC PAC Chair Rep. Greg Meeks (D-NY) and Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) announced their plans to get out the Black vote for the midterm elections. RELATED: – Praise Be the Ballot Box: CBC Launches Freedom Sundays to Turn Out Voters (BET) – CBC Rallies Churches to Boost Turnout (The HIll) The plan is to mobilize over 3,000 pastors across the nation — with a specific focus on battleground states — to inform congregations of the importance of voting.
  • Leading by Example: The White House’s Inclusive Vision for Solar Power

    Kristal High
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Last week, the Obama administration announced a series of new initiatives to enhance energy efficiency across the United States. Many revolved around commitments of funding and other resources to support the development and adoption of alternative energy sources like solar power. Among many worthwhile projects – support for new jobs for veterans; new efficiency standards for older air conditioning units; an array of programs to raise awareness of energy efficiency measures – several stood out as potentially impactful for low-income households, which typically don’t have energy…
  • Black Caucus Announces Plan to Boost the Black Vote for 2014

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:17 pm
    Congressional Black Caucus Chair Marcia Fudge (D-OH), CBCPAC Chair Greg Meeks (D-NY), Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) and Rep. Jim Clyburn (D-SC) announced their plans to boost black voter turnout for the midterms.   They were joined by political strategist and DNC Vice Chair Donna Brazile.  The get-out-the-vote strategy will involve thousands of Black churches and their pastors encouraging parishioners to vote on November 4th.  Rep. Fudge told reporters that the launch of campaign is this Sunday, September 21st and that $250,000 will be spent on that one day alone. “If there is…
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  • Get Rand Paul a calendar

    admin
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Someone needs to explain to Rand Paul that the presidential election is more than two years away. Addressing a rowdy crowd in front of a pub in Manchester, New Hampshire, home of first-in-the-nation... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • NFL Brings Political-Correctness to the League

    admin
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:36 pm
    If you’re not an NFL fan, you might not know that this year we encountered the first new NFL player that is openly gay. Michael Sam was drafted by the St. Louis Rams out of the University of Missouri... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • President Obama: Short memory with long term consequences

    admin
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:47 am
    Apparently President Obama doesn’t remember that just a few short years ago Al-Qaeda terrorists killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya as his Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 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! ]]
 
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  • Mental Health in the Workplace

    22 Sep 2014 | 6:28 am
    Things have been a bit quiet on here recently. A combination of finishing university, some personal nightmares, and the recent launching of my new business (Duke of Hazard...it's a health and safety company...get it?) have meant my attention has drifted away. However I am going to bring it back, and want to start with a bit about workplace mental health. While developing some new courses on workplace stress and mental health I have been researching workplace absence statistics. You may, or may not, be shocked to discover that workplace stress and mental health is continually one of the…
  • His Highness Blacker and his Privy Court

    31 Aug 2014 | 9:28 pm
    Yesterday I published an article about a gentleman by the name of Alan Blacker who has been making himself look like an utter moron in recent days. In that article I talked about a company that Mr Blacker had created in 1999 called The Privy Arbital Court Service Limited. Since posting that article I have had an email from a reader who shared a website stored on webacrhive that appears to show that Mr Blacker was part of quite an elaborate scam. There is a lot of information on this page and I haven't had a chance to look through it all, but it suggests that Mr Blacker was…
  • Dr. The Rt. Hon. The Lord Harley of Counsel KStJ. DPhil.

    30 Aug 2014 | 8:29 pm
    The profession has had the pleasure of learning more about Dr. The Rt. Hon. The Lord Harley of Counsel KStJ. DPhil. Most of you will know of this fellow by now, he made a mockery of himself at a recent trial and its ripples have a lot further to travel yet. 
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    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • Where is the Congress?

    Mike Dakkak
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:06 pm
    President Obama has asked Congress to grant his administration authorization to arm and train 5,000 Syrian rebels to confront the threat posed by the extremist group, ISIS. Instead of having a thorough debate, Congress tucked the authorization into a spending bill and broke for the November election recess. Has this Congress done enough to deliberate over the question of conflict with ISIS or have they punted on the issue until after elections? A more vigorous debate has been unofficially scheduled for December but why are so many of our elected officials so eager to avoid going on the record…
  • Tax Inversions and Corporations

    Mike Dakkak
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:06 am
    Does a corporation’s have a duty to the community it serves? Does it owe anything to the country in which it was founded? A corporation’s sole duty and responsibility is to maximize profits for its owners and shareholders. Do we, as a nation, want it any other way? Companies have been inverting (switching their tax addresses to foreign countries) to avoid paying taxes in the US. Is this unpatriotic as President Obama has called it or fair play? Where does the line lay between protecting the free market and the national interest, and whose responsibility is it to guard that line?
  • Unlearned Lessons

    Mike Dakkak
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:03 pm
    President Obama announced military operations against ISIS last week.  He said we would not be putting boots on the ground and that the US would not be drawn into another long ground war in Iraq.  But what of the questions he didn’t answer?  Namely: What does success against ISIS look like? How is degrading and destroying ISIS not beneficial to Bashar Al-Assad, Syria’s president who we have said has to go?  How are we going to ensure the political solutions that we see as vital to the long term success of this mission come to pass?  What are the unintended…
  • The Leadership Deficit

    Mike Dakkak
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:13 pm
    What is the role of an elected official? Is it to adopt their constituents’ positions on every issue or to lead their constituents figure out what position the public has taken on an issue and go along with that position? The answer may depend on the specific issue we’re talking about. But when it comes to the most important questions before a society shouldn’t elected officials have to voice their position whatever it is? President Obama spoke to the country yesterday about the threat posed by ISIS, the Islamic State in Syrian and Iraq, and how the US, along with coalition…
  • Reinventing NATO

    Mike Dakkak
    8 Sep 2014 | 1:48 pm
    NATO (the North Atlantic Treaty Organization), was formed at the height of the Cold War as a counter balance to the Soviet Union and the spread of Communism. For decades NATO kept a world order in place that helped keep peace in Europe and elsewhere. What made NATO so effective is that the line between the Soviet bloc and NATO allies was very clearly delineated. There was little overlap; few diplomatic ties. But with the growing economic activity between Russia and Western Europe, those lines have blurred. Western Europe’s most powerful nations now have energy, military and investment…
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  • The Hypocrisy of the Rights Activists

    tacharya@usdailyreview.com
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:34 am
    Photo by redjar     By April Dye, Contributor for USDR    I first want to come out and say that I love animals. I think we should treat animals in a humane and loving way. I also love the earth. I think we should be good stewards of it and take care of her. However, animals and the earth and their existence should not be placed above human life and liberties.   I find it amazing that the same people who get so outraged at the abuse or treatment of animals think it is okay to kill an unborn human baby.   They will fight tooth and nail for land owners to set aside land…
  • Week of Sept 23 – Sept 29

    sparkhurst
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:08 am
    Looking at the news and opinion out of London each day. 9-24-14 Miliband’s dividing lines The more we learn about Ed Miliband’s speech (to be given later this afternoon), the clearer the dividing lines that it is drawing are. The word is that Miliband will announce more money for the NHS paid for by a combination of taxes on mansions, hedge funds and big tobacco. Three reasons why Ed Miliband’s proposed ‘Mansion Tax’ is a bad idea Allister Heath reveals why he thinks that the ‘Mansion Tax’ proposed by Ed Miliband would be an economic disaster The Yes movement…
  • Netanyahu’s ISIS Moral Clarity

    brionnamuyco
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:10 am
    By Joseph Klein, Special for USDR     Confronted with pure evil in the form of ISIS, President Barack Obama treats the jihadists as if they represented an isolated threat that can be dealt with on its own. ISIS (or ISIL as the U.S. government calls it, or the Islamic State as the jihadists now call themselves) has no relationship to Islam, according to the president and his Secretary of State John Kerry.     ISIS is “not Islamic,” Obama declared in his speech last week announcing the steps he intends to take to combat ISIS in Iraq and Syria. “And it has no vision…
  • WAGE WARS

    brionnamuyco
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    By Michelle Seiler-Tucker, Special for USDR     A series of protests partially funded by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) sought to highlight the difficulty of low-wage workers. Workers across the country gathered over Labor Day demanding that they be paid no less than $15 per hour. Mr. President Obama, the man whose job is to make America a competitive economy globally, publicly sided against business owners when he stated, “America deserves a raise.” Such a statement by the president of the United States shows that even he does not understand why the US…
  • Principal Confiscates American Flags from Student Vehicles in School Parking Lot – on 9/11

    brionnamuyco
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:41 am
    By  Kyle Olson, Special for USDR           That move violated a school policy banning students from drawing an “unusual amount of attention to oneself.” GoUpstate.com reports: The four students came to school on 9/11 with large American flags mounted on posts in their truck beds. [Principal Aaron] Fulmer removed the flags from their trucks and returned them at the end of the school day.     Fulmer wanted them removed from the students’ vehicles. He was just enforcing a “long-standing district policy,” he says. “We all love America and support…
 
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  • Progressive Bloggers not impressed with Joe Biden’s Limousine Liberalism

    The American Patriot
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:01 am
    For the record, I am referring to this here: The sheriffs on both ends of the Roaring Fork Valley expressed their displeasure Sunday about the impact and costs that Vice President Joe Biden’s short visit to Aspen this past weekend placed on their communities and agencies. Helicopters buzzing above Aspen and multiple road closures along Highway 82 and Interstate 70 on Friday and Saturday accompanied Biden’s entourage, which involved a 40-car motorcade and at least nine local law enforcement agencies. Biden, who stayed in town for less than 24 hours, was here to speak at a private event…
  • Video: Art Thompson on Dangers of Arming ‘Moderate’ Muslims

    The American Patriot
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:31 pm
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  • UPDATED: Removed Cannonfire from the Blogroll

    The American Patriot
    21 Sep 2014 | 4:35 pm
    Why? Because of this: The next sentence contains the most politically incorrect words ever found on this blog. I’ve become a semi-regular Chick-Fil-A customer. To be specific: About once a month, I take the train out to the Chick-Fil-A in Hunt Valley, a restaurant run by outrageously dorky white people. It’s the epicenter of honkiness in the Western hemisphere. Let’s admit it: Part of the reason we go to certain restaurants is to acquaint ourselves with the stereotypical trappings of a foreign culture. You go to a Mexican restaurant expecting to hear the Spanish language (or…
  • Has it gotten that bad over at National Review?

    The American Patriot
    21 Sep 2014 | 8:31 am
    I hate to be the one say it. But, if I must, I must! Has it gotten that bad over at National Review that they are now linking to silly liberal articles at the Washington Post that question that official report on President Kennedy’s assassination? How hard is it for people just to accept that truth? The truth is that Lee Harvey Oswald, a military trained sniper and Castro sympathizer — shot and killed the President of the United States. Nothing more, nothing less. Anyone who preaches anything other than this, is looking to fatten his pocket and fund his or her own cottage…
  • Responding to stupidity

    The American Patriot
    14 Sep 2014 | 4:17 pm
    I rarely, if ever, engage in Blog wars anymore. Because quite frankly, I think they suck and they do nothing, but cause problems for all parties involved. However, when I see that someone takes it upon themselves to make baseless accusations against me; I feel the need to correct the record. What I am referring to is some blowhole on a blogspot webblog took it upon himself to accuse me of being a lap dog of Rod Dreher’s. Now, had he taken the time to search my site and see that I have disagreed with Rod Dreher in the past on this blog and my previous one; he would see that I am not a…
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    Conscience of a College Student

  • Inspire Students By Recruiting, Retaining, & Respecting Quality Teachers

    Kyle Graczyk
    14 Sep 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Notice: This is the first installment in a series of posts relating to the topic of education policy. These posts will cover the inns and outs of education policy, including the issues of teacher pay, student achievement, standardized testing, blended learning, and charter schools, among others. Since I am currently taking a class that centers on education policy, I thought that it would be appropriate to post these brief articles to the site. I hope you enjoy the first post in this series, below.             In the Hollywood movie Stand & Deliver,…
  • Why The Answer To ISIS May Lie In Demographics

    Kyle Graczyk
    5 Sep 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Notice: Here's my first regular blog post in quite a while, unaffiliated with the Government Accountability Project or other organizations. I wanted to pick a pertinent topic, and I hope you agree that I have. Enjoy the following article.             Samuel Huntington’s 1996 seminal book The Clash of Civilizations And The Remaking of World Order can be summarized by this brief phrase: “Culture Matters.” Indeed, nothing has changed since the early days of a post-Cold War world—a growing number of people around the globe are developing stronger ties with…
  • Whistleblower Summit For Civil & Human Rights Echoes King's Call For Truth

    Kyle Graczyk
    23 Aug 2014 | 7:34 pm
    Notice: This is my last post on behalf of the Government Accountability Project, which recaps the climax of the campaign that I had the chance to contribute towards. A new post will be released around Labor Day weekend, so keep your eyes peeled at that time. Hope you enjoy this entry. “There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.”                       …
  • 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…
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    Compete Pulse

  • Suck it up! Not only marketing, but consumer experience, drives conversion.

    Alyssa Maine
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:41 am
    Image from: Vacuum / Shutterstock At Millward Brown Digital, we know that driving traffic to your site is no easy task. Between affiliate, search, email and social marketing, consumers are often overloaded with ads, promotions and loyalty programs everywhere they turn. When shopping for a vacuum cleaner, it doesn’t get any easier, as consumers must decide between a variety of products and brands. But once vacuum shoppers land on a branded site, are those marketing efforts influencing a decision to purchase, and perhaps more importantly, is the experience helping to drive conversion? When we…
  • Sunday Series: Classes and Passes

    Laura Cantwell
    21 Sep 2014 | 2:07 pm
    School Is in Session: With the start of the school year comes a leap in traffic to educational websites. Last month, the K-12 Education category grew by 37%, and three sites did particularly well. K12.com topped the list with nearly one and a half million unique visitors in August. The educational company, which sells online schooling and curriculum, continued its annual trend of increasing its traffic in August after a strong decrease in July. Two other digitally-minded educational sites, Schoolloop.com and Aesopline.com, also saw heightened MoM traffic in August with an increase of 74.69%…
  • The Compete Weekly Pulse

    Laura Cantwell
    20 Sep 2014 | 6:54 am
    Welcome to another edition of the Compete Weekly Pulse! If you missed them, take a look at some of our favorite digital marketing articles from the past week below. A Glimpse Into Marketers’ Social Media Strategies Even the big guys struggle to measure ROI Curious as to what the social media priorities for marketers are? This infographic from Ad Week provides the top social media questions marketers are asking. Learn how marketers integrate social into their marketing strategies here. Past, Present And Future: Why SEO Might Transform, But Will Never Die SEO has been around the block,…
  • The Weekly Compete Pulse

    Laura Cantwell
    13 Sep 2014 | 7:04 am
    Welcome to the weekend, and your weekly edition of the Weekly Compete Pulse! Take a look at some of our favorite articles from the past week below. ALS Ice Bucket Raises $110M In Donations, Marketers Take Note As discussed in our recent blog post, traffic to ALSA.org skyrocketed and demographics shifted drastically as a result of the #ALSIceBucketChallenge. This article by MediaPost discusses the exciting data via Millward Brown Digital. Take a look at the analysis here. 4 Reasons Why CEOs Need to Care About Digital Marketing According to MDG, some CEOs tend to have a less than favorable…
  • August’s Top 50: Old and News

    Laura Cantwell
    12 Sep 2014 | 4:59 am
    Image from: Celebrity / Shutterstock The August Top 50 is here! See which sites saw a spike in traffic and which fell in the rankings. CNN & Huffington Post: Both CNN and the Huffington Post saw MoM growth in August. CNN.com cashed in at #35 after seeing 13.53% growth while Huffingtonpost.com climbed three spots to #16 with 16.65% growth in August. Why might these sites have seen such an increase in traffic last month? Well, search referrals point to celebrities. During the month of August, Robin Williams passed, Tracy Morgan issued a public statement that he was struggling to recover…
 
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    Tea Party 911

  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sheriff Joe Arpaio Coming to Forney

    Jan Shedd
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:49 am
    Kaufman County Tea Party                                                                              KaufmanCountyTParty.org 214.724.0337 RayMyers24@yahoo.com Forney, TX: America’s toughest sheriff, the honorable Joseph M. Arpaio, is coming to Texas and will be the keynote speaker at the Kaufman County Tea Party’s 2014 “Don’t Mess with Texas” Fundraiser and Silent Auction, to be held at the First Baptist Church of Forney on September 20th at 7:00 PM.  In a time when many conservatives are intimidated by…
  • Pot Rot

    Jan Shedd
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:42 am
    Three states have legalized marijuana with the blessing of the Obama administration.  Even the governor of Texas has dipped his toe into incremental legalization by expressing support for decriminalization. This country is in a fight for its very survival. We have a president who is a communist and hates America He is doing everything he can to undermine and destroy our Constitution. Unemployment and gas prices are through the roof. Unless Israel intervenes, Iran will soon have the bomb. We are being overtaken economically and militarily by other countries who hate us as much as our…
  • Sur-prise! Sur-prise!

    Terrell AronSpeer
    14 Sep 2014 | 2:53 pm
    You need to read the title with a Gomer Pile accent to get where we are going with this piece.  The picture introducing this article was emailed to me by a friend.  The image is of an ISIS jihadist placing an order at a Jason’s Deli in Houston Texas.  Although I cannot authenticate the picture myself, I like the fact that the post is dated, rare in any email article.  I also like that the geographic location of the incident mentioned is specific.  View the original article (here).  Also, in the photograph, one can clearly see the clerk at the named Jason’s Deli.  Someone from this…
  • FED Chair Yellen’s Latest Speech Is A Shell Game With An Invisible Pea

    Lee Cary
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:34 am
    By Lee Cary Janet Yellen’s August 22, 2014 speech at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Economic Symposium held in Jackson Hole, Wyoming was a verbal shell game with an invisible pea. The first paragraph in Yellen’s speech began with this sentence: “In the five years since the end of the Great Recession, the economy has made considerable progress in recovering from the largest and most sustained loss of employment in the United States since the Great Depression.” Then, the first paragraph ended with the admission that “…five years after the end of the recession, the labor…
  • 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…
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    The Arab World 360°

  • 10 George Orwell Quotes On Politics

    Mohammad Tomazy
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:45 am
    George Orwell1. “In our age there is no such thing as ‘keeping out of politics.’ All issues are political issues, and politics itself is a mass of lies, evasions, folly, hatred and schizophrenia.”2. “All the war-propaganda, all the screaming and lies and hatred, comes invariably from people who are not fighting.”3.“War against a foreign country only happens when the moneyed classes think they are going to profit from it.”4. “The very concept of objective truth is fading out of the world. Lies will pass into history.”5. “In a time of deceit, telling…
  • iPhone 6 or iSlave 6?

    Mohammad Tomazy
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:57 am
    Tribute to iphone 6, Hong KongFoxconn is the manufactory of Apple Inc. in China where workers are subjected to unlawful and dehumanizing working conditions.  According to Students & Scholars Against Corporate Misbehavior (SACOM), workers are often forced to work 6-7 days a week, resulting in a monthly overtime 2-3 times over the legal limit.  Many times these employees are enclosed and forced to work overtime until they reach their daily productivity goal.  Furthermore, when this goal is not met, the workers are at the mercy of the abuse of the managers, which is so brutal…
  • Gaza, The Miracle

    Mohammad Tomazy
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:43 am
    Gaza, people of Gaza and the resistance have made a real miracle. Personally, I can't talk about Gaza without passion and emotion. Gaza is the 21st-century's Leningrad.I proudly salute Gaza.
  • Is There Any Shifting In the U.S.-Iranian relation?

    Mohammad Tomazy
    20 Sep 2014 | 10:25 am
    Secretary of State John Kerry said on Friday that Iran has a role to play in defeating ISIL.  Addressing a meeting of the United Nations Security Council, he said that the military alliance put together by the US and its allies is only one part of the task, and that the other is political.  He seemed to suggest a role for Iran in that political settlement.  He mentioned that the Iranian Foreign Minister was present.Editor's comment:The U.S foreign policy is usually pragmatic. Obama's administration tends to rearrange priorities in the middle east; by delaying the fate of…
  • Documentary Film: Palestinian Children Kidnapped And Tortured

    Mohammad Tomazy
    20 Sep 2014 | 8:01 am
    Kidnapped Palestinian childA joint investigation by Four Corners and The Australian newspaper reveals evidence that shows the army is targeting Palestinian boys for arrest and detention. Reporter John Lyons travels to the West Bank to hear the story of children who claim they have been taken into custody, ruthlessly questioned and then allegedly forced to sign confessions before being taken to court for sentencing.
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    BizPac Review

  • Man trashes cops, releases video of ‘harassment’ at traffic stop; police have VERY different video

    Amanda Shea
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Photo Credit: WCBS-TV An attempt to film supposedly abusive police officers backfired for one man, when the cops used their own footage to back up their version of events. Hoping to capitalize on the rising number of viral videos showing cops overstepping their authority, Leonard Cephas posted a YouTube video that he suggested showed police racially targeting him. “I’m scared right now for my life because stuff are happening to black people,” the video shows Cephas saying to the officer through his closed window. “Am I being detained?” Unfortunately for Cephas, the officer’s…
  • New fence erected at the White House is beyond embarrassing; come on guys!

    George Upper
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Apparently, the U.S. Secret Service consulted with Harry “The border is secure” Reid before adding a new layer of security around the White House. The 10-foot wrought iron fence surrounding the White House is now itself surrounded by a four-foot fence held together with white plastic cable ties. The additional security was prompted by the successful intrusion last week of Omar Gonzalez, an Army veteran of the Iraq War who family members say suffers from PTSD. Gonzales scaled the 10-foot fence before making it into the White House. It is difficult to see how an additional shorter fence…
  • Team banner topples Mighty Mites football team in hilarious pile-up

    Michele Kirk
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:38 pm
    The kids on the Mighty Mites football team may need a little more work on the “mighty” part. Crashing through a vinyl banner after the first home game win, 24-0, wasn’t in the cards for the proud six and 7-year-old tacklers. According to the New York Post, James Cracolici, the man who posted the video on YouTube, explained what happened. “Few people asked about the banner,” he wrote in the comments section. “Yes it’s vinyl but it is actually two pieces held together by Velcro. What you can’t see is the sign is backwards with the writing facing us on the field.
  • Giant 100-yard penis burned into HS football field; you won’t believe who did it

    BizPac Review
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:34 pm
    There’s no place like homecoming. A 50-year-old mother, her 16-year-old daughter and another teenager are facing a felony charge after using weed killer to burn the shape of a giant penis into the turf at a local high school football field, causing up to $20,000 in damage, according to the Detroit Free Press. The Free Press reported the phallus stretched the length of the field and forced Bedford Senior High School in Temperance, Mich., to scramble after it popped up overnight Aug. 31. Six football games – two jayvee and four varsity – were moved to avoid playing on the you-know-what…
  • Obama ‘salutes’ Marines with coffee cup; no shred of respect!

    Joe Saunders
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:12 pm
    This is how the president salutes the military he’s sending to war? Coffee cup in hand, a distracted shrug and barely a glance of his shaded eyes as he strides disdainfully by two marines in dress uniform. And where was President Obama going that he couldn’t spare a second to return a military salute? At the same time American warplanes are going into combat over Syria and Iraq on his orders? An utterly pointless United Nations General Assembly meeting on the liberal boogeyman of “climate change.” Utterly typical. Check out this video of the slovenly “salute” sent in by a…
 
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    Sparking The Left

  • Indefensible and Illegal Israeli Land Seizure Given Laughable Reasoning

    Paul Phillips
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Yesterday, Israel showed the world just how much it wants peace in its land by taking more land away from the Palestinians, a move sure to make matters worse.  And they did this by giving a stunningly laughable reason for the seizure: Israel Radio said the step was taken in response to the kidnapping and killing of three Jewish teens by Hamas militants in the area in June. (Emphasis added) This reasoning begs the question: if Israel gets more land for the killing of three teens, how much land does Palestine get for Israel’s killing of over 2,000 people, including nearly 600 children,…
  • Social Protest Lit.: Albert Camus’ “Reflections on the Guillotine”

    Kleier
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:23 am
    Short essay by Albert Camus entitled “Reflections on the Guillotine” from Book IV called “Out of The Depths.” This chapter is focused on man’s pursuit of remedy for social injustice: In relation to crime, how can our civilization be defined? The reply is easy: for thirty years now, State crimes have been far more numerous than individual crimes. I am not even speaking of war, general and localized, although bloodshed too is an alcohol that eventually intoxicates like the headiest of wines. But the number of individuals killed directly by the State has assumed astronomical…
  • “Radicalization”

    Kleier
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:22 pm
      Douglas McAuthur McCain, and American Islamic State (IS) fighter, was reportedly killed by the Free Syrian Army on August 25, 2014. He is the first reported American killed in the line of fire with IS (also known as ISIS, or ISIL), not just fighting with rebels against Syrian dictator Bashaar al-Assad. According to a report in the NYT, it seems that Mr. McCain lost his way as a young man and turned strong religious beliefs and convictions to give himself purpose and stability. On the SITE (or SITE Intelligence Group) blog, a group that tracks radical Islamic websites and other traffic,…
  • Have to Admit, Sometimes Russia is Painfully Correct

    Paul Phillips
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, had some comments for the United States government regarding Syria and the Islamic State that deserve acknowledgement.  While the future of this situation can be debated, the past cannot.  And the truth sometimes hurts. “I think Western politicians are already realising the growing and fast-spreading threat of terrorism,” Lavrov said, referring to Islamic State advances in Syria and Iraq. “And they will soon have to choose what is more important, a [Syrian] regime change to satisfy personal antipathies, risking deterioration of the…
  • Social Protest Lit.: Bjornstjerne Bjornson, from “Beyond Human Might”

    Kleier
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:33 pm
    Excerpt from a play by Bjornstjerne Bjornson entitled “Beyond Human Might” from Book IV called “Out of The Depths.” This chapter is focused on man’s pursuit of remedy for social injustice: (Here a young clergyman is speaking to a crowd of miners in the midst of bitterly fought strike) Bratt: Here it is dark and cold. Here few work hopefully, and no one joyfully. Here the children won’t thrive–they yearn for the sea and the daylight. They crave the sun. But it lasts only a little while, and then they give up. They learn that among those who have been cast down…
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    Daily Signal

  • See Which Dogs Make the Best White House Guests

    Kelsey Harris
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Today is national “Dogs in Politics Day.” Yes–this is a real holiday, and you can thank former President Richard Nixon for this one (and the tribute to some adorable presidential dogs below). During Nixon’s campaign for vice president alongside Dwight Eisenhower, the then-senator was accused of stealing thousands from his campaign funds for personal use. He defended the charges to the American public in a Sept. 23, 1952 televised speech that made national news not only for its rare face-time with a national candidate, but because of one specific gift he admitted he…
  • What the Media Totally Ignored in Emma Watson’s Gender Equality Speech

    Ericka Andersen
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Actress Emma Watson’s U.N. speech on gender equality is all the buzz online, but for the wrong reasons. Many in the media have spotlighted her focus on the word “feminist” and the negative connotations associated with it–which was just a minor part in the beginning of her speech. There were two items that most media neglected to cover. The first was Watson’s heavy emphasis on the importance of men, as well as their vulnerabilities. “To date, I’ve seen my father’s role being valued less by society despite my needing his presence as a child as much as my mother’s,” she…
  • UK’s Fox: We Must Stop ISIS Before It Becomes ‘University of Jihad’

    Josh Siegel
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:30 pm
    If the world does not destroy the terrorist group ISIS, former British Defense Secretary Liam Fox said today, “they will become the University of Jihad, ready and willing to export their graduates to wherever they can do the greatest damage.” Fox, speaking at The Heritage Foundation, also addressed global economics, Russian aggression in Ukraine and the Scottish independence referendum. His comments about the Islamic State, the jihadist army of radical Sunni Muslims also known as ISIS or ISIL, came as the United States and allies in the region launched the first airstrikes against the…
  • 7 in 10 Americans Think Role of Religion Has Decreased in Public Life

    Kate Scanlon
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Americans say the role of religion in public life has diminished, according to a new Pew Research poll. Pew reports that 72 percent of Americans think religion is “losing its influence on American life,” a growth of five percentage points since the 2010 midterm elections. But an increased number of Americans think that religion should play a larger role. The percentage of Americans who report that they believe churches and other places of worship should be able to “express their views on social and political issues,” is up to 49 percent from 43 percent. Thirty-two percent believe…
  • These Celebrities Are Really Concerned About the Climate (When They Don’t Need to Fly on Private Jets)

    Kelsey Harris
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Hundreds of thousands of people from around the world gathered in 156 countries Sunday to raise awareness about climate change in the “People’s Climate March.” In New York City, more than 300,000 people participated. Oversized puppets, street-wide banners, marching bands, labor unions and even some indigenous groups laced the streets of Manhattan hoping to bring attention to the issue. Among the eclectic crowd were several celebrities. Leonardo DiCaprio He’s the newly-designated “U.N. Messenger of Peace” for climate change. Mark Ruffalo Ruffalo marched with a…
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    India News Analysis Opinions on Niti Central

  • Media mischief on VIP Security – Niti Exclusive

    Niticentral Staff
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:15 am
    NSG commandos deputed for protection of VIPs. File photo PTI Certain sections of the media earlier today claimed that the Ministry of Home Affairs has asked all VIPs with personal security officers to inform concerned police forces when they travel abroad, for better coordination.. In a bizarre case of political spin some sections of the electronic media claimed that the said Government circular was sent only to son-in-laws of former Prime Ministers to declare if they are travelling abroad. Information available exclusively with Team Niti Central suggests that these claims are malafide and…
  • Supreme Court on police encounters, Xi’s regional war comments and need of ‘Accessible Bharat Abhiyan’

    Niticentral Staff
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:25 am
    Representational image SC on investigating police encounters – Analysis Earlier today, a two judge SC Bench consisting of CJI RM Lodha and Justice Rohinton Nariman handed down a judgment issuing directives to be followed for investigating police encounters in cases of death to ensure a thorough, effective and independent investigation. Writes Katikeya Tanna Xi’s regional war comments must not distract Modi The regional revival of SAARC as a political vehicle signals India’s willingness to be counted afresh and to prevent China achieving a walk-over. This initiative has been rapid,…
  • SC on investigating police encounters – Analysis

    Kartikeya Tanna
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:25 am
    Fake encounter cases – SC must let the Union and States handle it as a part of police reforms exercise. (File Photo: PTI) Earlier today, a two judge SC Bench consisting of CJI RM Lodha and Justice Rohinton Nariman handed down a judgment issuing directives to be followed for investigating police encounters in cases of death to ensure a thorough, effective and independent investigation. Not satisfied with the adequacy of directions handed down by Bombay HC to Maharashtra State authorities in cases of police encounters, PUCL filed petition in the SC. In response, Government of India and some…
  • Reforms Agenda for PM Modi – Niti Editorial Picks

    Niticentral Staff
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:01 am
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi needs to aggressively reform archaic laws to pave way for economic growth and infrastructural growth could be a vital cog in India’s emergence as a global manufacturing hub. File photo PTI. Economics lies at the core of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s diplomatic engagement with Japan, China and now with the US. Here’s a round-up of what various policy experts and analysts feel is the prime agenda of the new Government and how it can help redefine global equations in times to come. Hussain Haqqani in his article – A foreign economic policy for The Indian…
  • Xi’s regional war comments must not distract Modi

    Gautam Mukherjee
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:57 am
    Nuclear weapons power creates a zero sum game, and everyone concerned must necessarily tread carefully. (File Photo: PTI) A pattern is emerging after just four months of the new Modi-led Government. It is quite simply focused on ‘sabka vikas’ to the exclusion of all distractions. And it is working foreign policy levers to give its vision the wings to soar. Domestic money just won’t stretch. And Narendra Modi declares he understands money and business instinctively as a Gujarati. The regional revival of SAARC as a political vehicle signals India’s willingness to be counted afresh and…
 
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    Cloud Computing News

  • Managed AWS: Fusing Managed Services Expertise and AWS Power

    JG
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:17 am
    Those who implement cloud computing in general, and AWS in particular, are often confused by the role that managed services providers play.  Cost and simplicity are driving the movement to leverage AWS through managed services providers as enterprises look for more ways to consume AWS services.  These services are easier to mix and match with […]The post Managed AWS: Fusing Managed Services Expertise and AWS Power appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Cloud Security Update: Recent Breaches

    JG
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:41 am
    Thanks to our friends at Alert Logic for contributing this article to our blog. Back in June, we took a look at some of the major breaches of 2014. We chose Heartbleed, the eBay breach and the data breach at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), mainly because of the magnitude of the breaches, the […]The post Cloud Security Update: Recent Breaches appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Understanding the Limits of AWS

    JG
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:01 am
    By default, Amazon Web Services, AWS, does not allow you to take all the resources you need.  Indeed, there are hard and soft limits that you should understand, before deploying to AWS. By the way, most public cloud providers set resource limits to protect cloud users from themselves, in terms of getting a huge bill […]The post Understanding the Limits of AWS appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • How We Hire At Logicworks: Careers, Culture, and More

    JG
    15 Sep 2014 | 10:31 am
    Note from the author: As the Head of Recruitment for Logicworks, I get a lot of questions from candidates about our hiring process.  People want to know when and how we open up new headcount, where we go to find candidates, and – most of all – what it takes to be a successful candidate.  […]The post How We Hire At Logicworks: Careers, Culture, and More appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • AWS Migration Best Practices Emerge

    JG
    9 Sep 2014 | 7:08 am
    The mass migration of applications to the AWS cloud is about to begin.  Most enterprises plan to migrate applications and systems to AWS to capture cost efficiencies, scalability, and agility benefits, and to avoid impending data center expansions. The issue is that there are many ways to migrate applications to AWS, each with its own […]The post AWS Migration Best Practices Emerge appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
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    The Burning Truth

  • Show Prep: Tues, Sept. 23

    Casey Hendrickson
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:21 pm
    New Hoax Has Apple Users Putting Devices in Microwave to Charge Batteries | Truth Revolt The new hoax is called the “Wave” and it allows ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Baby Bear Cub Plays At Golf Course

    Casey Hendrickson
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:58 pm
    This adorable video is further proof that bears and dogs are cousins. While playing at the golf course, Andi Dzilums and his friends noticed some bear cubs near the ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Knock Knock Music Video Made On 14 Screens

    Casey Hendrickson
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:27 pm
    This unique music video by the Brunettes Shoot Blondes for their song Knock Knock has instantly gone viral with over one million views! The music video stands out from the rest ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Koalas Get In Adorable Fight

    Casey Hendrickson
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:56 am
    It’s not just human being couples who get in fights. It appears that all animal couples fight sometime or another. This adorable clip by traveler ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Little Irish Girl Yells At Her Parents For Laughing During Her Frozen Performance

    Casey Hendrickson
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:25 am
    Sometimes kids are just so cute you can’t help but laugh. But this little princess is in no laughing mood. The Irish Elsa was trying ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Liberal Fix

  • Liberal Fix Radio- Progressive Politics

    Liberal Fix
    26 Sep 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…
  • Liberal Fix Encore: w/ GST Historian and "Sixteen Tons" Author Kevin Corley

    Liberal Fix
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Excellence in Progressive Radio. Join us for our 30 minute progressive politics news update. This episode is hosted by Dan Bimrose and features a pre-recorded interview with author and historian Kevin Corley.  In the novel "Sixteen Tons", Mr. Corley tells the story of the coal mine wars between the companies and the union organizers, that took place in the United States in the early 1900's.   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 Encore : w/ Hoosier School Heist Author Doug Martin

    Liberal Fix
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    The Liberal Fix team is honored to present Doug Martin, the author of Hoosier Shool Heist for the real truth on the privatization of public schools and what is really behind conservative reform efforts.  They discuss the tactics of the right and what we on the left can do to stop what is going on and create awareness around the country.  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…
  • Liberal Fix Encore: W/ Sociologist Salvatore Balbones (Ep 72)

    Liberal Fix
    5 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Excellence in Progressive Radio. The Liberal Fix team welcomes Salvatore Babones.  Mr. Babones is a senior lecturer in sociology and social policy at the University of Sydney and an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS). He holds both a master's degree in statistics and a Ph.D. in sociology from the Johns Hopkins University. Before moving to Australia in 2008, he worked in financial risk management and taught sociology and statistics at several universities in the United States. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning…
  • Liberal Fix Radio with Sandy Anglin Phillips and Deborah Hernandez

    Liberal Fix
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
      Special guests Sandy Anglin Phillips (campaign manager at the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence) and Deborah Hernandez (So Cal chapter leader with Moms Demand Action) will join co-hosts Naomi Minogue and John Sheirer to discuss the recent gun tragedy in Arizona where a 9 year old girl accidentally shot a man to death with an uzi. 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…
 
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    21st Century Wire

  • Masters of Chaos: Israel Shoots Down Syrian Air Force Jet Over Golan Heights

    21wire
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:11 pm
    21st Century Wire says…Earlier today, an IDF Patriot Missile battery shot down a Syrian MIG21, alleged because it violate Israeli airspace. The timing of the Israeli move was somewhat uncanny – coming just after the US launched its unilateral attack on Islamic State targets in northeastern Syria.Considering the sensitivity of the situation, you would expect that maybe Israel’s IDF leadership could figure out that with all it’s Damascus is facing this week – being attacked by the US, being over-run by Jihadist terror brigades, that Syria is not planning to go to…
  • US and ‘Arab Partners’ Launch First Wave of Airstrikes, Tomahawk Missiles into Syria

    21wire
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:05 pm
    SEE ALSO: US Will Use ‘ISIS Airstrikes’ in Syria as Aircover for Rebels, Hit Syrian Military Targets21st Century Wire says…Today, the US launched its first wave of bombing runs and missiles attacks inside the country of Syria. Initial US targets were focused on the northeastern Syrian city of Raqqa, along with some 20 other Islamic State, or ‘ISIL’ targets including “training sites, headquarters of Sunni fighters and troop encampments”, all expected to be acquired in the coming days. US Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon’s official press secretary Tweeted the…
  • The Millennial Cult of Global Warming

    21wire
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Andrew McKillop21st Century WireThe turn of the century has ushered in a golden age of cults. There are literally hundreds of them, and we’ll talk about some of the main ones in this article, but first we must understand why they are so pervasive in our society.Those on the ideological Right and Left will often fight to the death to prove that their end of times cult is the biggest threat to civilisation. In 2014, for the Right, it’s Islamic terror, and for the Left, it’s climate change. In reality, genuine threats could be things completely different, like Fukushima,…
  • Episode #51 – SUNDAY WIRE: ‘Scots Get a Whiff of Freedom’, Host Patrick Henningsen with Derek Nisbet

    21wire
    21 Sep 2014 | 8:27 am
    Episode #51 of The Sunday Wire Radio Show resumes this Sunday September 21st, 2014 presented by host Patrick Henningsen with 2 hours of power-packed talk radio and music…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 host Patrick Henningsen covers the top stories of the week from around the globe including the Scottish Independence vote – what happened, the fall-out, the future, and later joined by guest Derek Nisbet from the…
  • Stupid Senate: Lawmakers put $10 million bounty on head of ISIS YouTube actor

    21wire
    20 Sep 2014 | 3:37 pm
    21st Century Wire says…This is getting silly now…For US lawmakers, summer holiday is never enough. Before disappearing for an additional seven-week fall vacation, the US Senate unanimously passed a root’em toot’em piece of ‘WANTED’ legislation, which earmarks $10 million for, “any information leading to the capture of individuals involved” in the online ‘beheadings’ of American James Foley and Israeli-American Steven Sotloff.The obvious logic of this one must have escaped the brain trust in Washington. The only people actually able…
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    guanyinmiao's musings

  • “Apa Itu Activist?”

    Jin Yao Kwan
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:16 am
    It was a diverse line-up of speakers – of journalists, activists and advocates, lawyers and academics – with vastly dissimilar interests and backgrounds, tasked to address broad themes on civil society action and advocacy. And a crowd of 120 involved or interested in advocacy had gathered at the National University of Singapore (NUS) to hear more from them. Through plenary sessions and group discussions “Apa Itu Activist?”, organised by the Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE) and the Yale-NUS International Relations and Political Association last Saturday, sought to…
  • Social Enterprises In Singapore – A Survey

    Jin Yao Kwan
    18 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Social enterprises are the in-thing. Following calls for greater regulation of social enterprises in Singapore, on Monday ST featured different entrepreneurs who have used business strategies to advance a social cause, to "provide jobs to the needy or plough profits back into funding social programmes" (ST, Sept. 15) for instance. Earlier this year in response to a commentary in the ST I argued that the social entrepreneur could be forced to have "skin in the game", to reduce a wishful reliance on government grants and expertise. A social enterprise cannot rely on the goodwill of the public,…
  • The Chase Continues

    Jin Yao Kwan
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Mindsets are far too entrenched. Instead of asking junior college or polytechnic graduates to shun college, what should be emphasised is that the signalling effect of the degree is losing value, and is therefore no guarantee for a (well-paying, comfortable) job. Continue reading →
  • Our Finnish Obsession

    Jin Yao Kwan
    15 Sep 2014 | 8:09 am
    There appears to be a predilection to raise the Finnish example in public discussions without consideration for the details of education policies. Last year throughout the Our Singapore Conversation sessions, especially those organised by the Ministry of Education, whenever participants were asked about improvements to the education system in Singapore, “let Singapore be like Finland” was a common reply. But missing in these responses were the “whats” and “hows”: what approaches can Singapore adopt from Finland, and the implications for educators? How can we compare the strengths…
  • Eugene Tan: Captain Not-Obvious

    Jin Yao Kwan
    11 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Seeking approval from anyone, it would appear, has never been a priority for the law professor. “I look back at my time in Parliament without any regrets”. The “Captain Obvious” label hardly bothers him, and has not changed the way he contributes to socio-political discourse in Singapore rigorously. One might not always agree with Mr. Tan’s perspectives, but he will continue to do more – with academic training and knowledge – beyond this NMP stint. And I believe we are all the better for it. Continue reading →
 
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    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • Where is the Congress?

    Mike Dakkak
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:06 pm
    President Obama has asked Congress to grant his administration authorization to arm and train 5,000 Syrian rebels to confront the threat posed by the extremist group, ISIS. Instead of having a thorough debate, Congress tucked the authorization into a spending bill and broke for the November election recess. Has this Congress done enough to deliberate over the question of conflict with ISIS or have they punted on the issue until after elections? A more vigorous debate has been unofficially scheduled for December but why are so many of our elected officials so eager to avoid going on the record…
  • Tax Inversions and Corporations

    Mike Dakkak
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:06 am
    Does a corporation’s have a duty to the community it serves? Does it owe anything to the country in which it was founded? A corporation’s sole duty and responsibility is to maximize profits for its owners and shareholders. Do we, as a nation, want it any other way? Companies have been inverting (switching their tax addresses to foreign countries) to avoid paying taxes in the US. Is this unpatriotic as President Obama has called it or fair play? Where does the line lay between protecting the free market and the national interest, and whose responsibility is it to guard that line?
  • Unlearned Lessons

    Mike Dakkak
    15 Sep 2014 | 1:03 pm
    President Obama announced military operations against ISIS last week.  He said we would not be putting boots on the ground and that the US would not be drawn into another long ground war in Iraq.  But what of the questions he didn’t answer?  Namely: What does success against ISIS look like? How is degrading and destroying ISIS not beneficial to Bashar Al-Assad, Syria’s president who we have said has to go?  How are we going to ensure the political solutions that we see as vital to the long term success of this mission come to pass?  What are the unintended…
  • The Leadership Deficit

    Mike Dakkak
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:13 pm
    What is the role of an elected official? Is it to adopt their constituents’ positions on every issue or to lead their constituents figure out what position the public has taken on an issue and go along with that position? The answer may depend on the specific issue we’re talking about. But when it comes to the most important questions before a society shouldn’t elected officials have to voice their position whatever it is? President Obama spoke to the country yesterday about the threat posed by ISIS, the Islamic State in Syrian and Iraq, and how the US, along with coalition…
  • Reinventing NATO

    Mike Dakkak
    8 Sep 2014 | 1:48 pm
    NATO (the North Atlantic Treaty Organization), was formed at the height of the Cold War as a counter balance to the Soviet Union and the spread of Communism. For decades NATO kept a world order in place that helped keep peace in Europe and elsewhere. What made NATO so effective is that the line between the Soviet bloc and NATO allies was very clearly delineated. There was little overlap; few diplomatic ties. But with the growing economic activity between Russia and Western Europe, those lines have blurred. Western Europe’s most powerful nations now have energy, military and investment…
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    Malcolm Out Loud Podcast

  • The Award Goes To… British Prime Minister David Cameron

    19 Sep 2014 | 10:36 am
    To be willing to put a vote to the people, knowing full well that you could come out on the losing end... and the AWARD goes to... For standing up to islamic militant thugs that are out to destroy the world... and the AWARD goes to... Buckling under pressure because it's the PC thing to do... the AWARD goes to...  For bringing the most insensitive product to market... it reminded people of a 1970's massacre in a bad way... and the AWARD goes to... For learning the hard way that the coverup is always worse than the crime... the AWARD goes to...  A multibillion dollar corporation that…
  • The Award Goes To… the National Football League

    12 Sep 2014 | 11:25 am
    Protecting your brand at all cost... even if you have to tell a little white lie.... and the AWARD goes to... For not only fulfilling your campaign promise of never bringing America into another war, but for convincing the Secretary of State that... hear no war, see no war, smell no war... Thanks for the warning that our smart phones and computers may malfunction... and the AWARD goes to...  For sticking to his story even when it seemed like he was just trying to get away with murder! and the AWARD goes to... For reminding Americans that President Obama will be remembered, even 100 years…
  • The Award Goes To… Vice President Joe Biden

    5 Sep 2014 | 12:58 pm
    The most overly dramatic statement after the beheading of another American journalist... ‘We Will Follow Them to the Gates of Hell’... and the AWARD goes to... Trying to make a job flipping hamburgers seem like more than it really is... and the AWARD goes to...  For standing up to BIG government when big government says one thing and then does the exact opposite... and the AWARD goes to...  For writing the most nasty, threatening tweets to her students and then suggesting that it was just a gag... and the AWARD goes to... For going past GO, collecting $3.4 million, and…
  • The Award Goes To… the People of Toronto (Mayor Rob Ford)

    29 Aug 2014 | 8:18 am
    For giving a Mayor who admitted to smoking a little crack and having an alcohol problem... the AWARD goes to...  For realizing and understanding that doing nothing is NOT an option... and the AWARD goes to... Just because you're gay or black or male or white does NOT guarantee you a spot on the team... the AWARD goes to...  Being indicted by a grand jury for abuse of power... and turning it into a promotion to build awareness and raise money for your next venture... and the AWARD goes to...  Reviving an old brand while razing the stakes in a national promotion... and the AWARD…
  • The Award Goes To... ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    22 Aug 2014 | 9:36 am
    A man who helped found the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, before taking a deadly plunge... the AWARD goes to... For traveling to a domestic war zone and admitting what people thought all along... the AWARD goes to... A country for having the courage to point out our weaknesses here in America, especially since we're stuffing their wallet with American cash! The AWARD goes to... For standing up to the Justice Department to follow the rule of law... the Award goes to... For selflessly giving to others even when your week isn't going so well... the AWARD goes to... A lesson in economics and…
 
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    The Desert Lynx

  • War Always Comes Home

    Joël Valenzuela
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:50 am
    You can’t assemble a totalitarian war machine and expect it to never come home. Sooner or later, all those military-grade weapons end up in your own back yard. Pointed at you. Over the last several decades, we’ve seen the rise …
  • 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 …
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    Citizens News

  • Significant Strike

    Liberty Bell
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Written by GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD Whoa! Great Satan just bush wacked the brand spanking new Caliphate with a historic series of air raids. Arab air forces from Whahabbi Arabia, Bahrain, UAE and Jordan were sweetly escorted into combat courtesy Great Satan’s Air Force Raptors and Navy Super Hornets from USS GHW Bush. USS Philippine Sea […]The post Significant Strike appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Chris Christie says he has ‘concerns’ about Shaneen Allen gun case

    Liberty Bell
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Written by Red Alert Politics New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie remarked to a local radio program that he has “concerns” about the prosecution of legal gun owner Shaneen Allen, but deferred to the criminal justice system to have its say first before commenting further. Speaking to NJ 101.5′s “Ask the Governor” show Thursday, Christie did […]The post Chris Christie says he has ‘concerns’ about Shaneen Allen gun case appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Junkyard Owner Finds ID’s, Cellphones, Islamic Books in Car; DHS Won’t Investigate

    Liberty Bell
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Written by Creeping Sharia via Junkyard Owner Finds Suspicious Materials in Abandoned Car – The Rush Limbaugh Show. BEGIN TRANSCRIPT RUSH: Here’s Stephanie in Nebraska. Stephanie, thank you very much for waiting. Great to have you on the EIB Network. Hi. CALLER: Thanks, Rush. Hey, my birthday! This is best birthday present ever. RUSH: Well! […]The post Junkyard Owner Finds ID’s, Cellphones, Islamic Books in Car; DHS Won’t Investigate appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Fatah Official: “There Is No Difference between Hamas and ISIS”

    Liberty Bell
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Written by Foreign Policy Blogs » Foreign Policy Blogs | The FPA Global Affairs Blog Network The Middle East Media Research Institute (MEMRI) recently reported that Fatah Central Committee member Tawfiq Tirawi stressed in a TV interview on Al Awda TV that Hamas is no better than ISIS. The interviewer starts out by declaring that […]The post Fatah Official: “There Is No Difference between Hamas and ISIS” appeared first on Citizens News.
  • WATCH A KENNEDY KOOK UNRAVEL

    Liberty Bell
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:50 am
    Written by THE ANTI LIBERAL ZONE This is what happens when the gene pool gets thin and when it wasn’t very deep to begin with. Some call the Kennedy’s royalty, the Gunny calls them dogshit underfoot. Here, when confronted with facts and logic that trump the bullshit called global cooling, warming, climate WTF, a drunken […]The post WATCH A KENNEDY KOOK UNRAVEL appeared first on Citizens News.
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    Buckdog

  • "Coming up next .. Are ISIS terrorists hiding under your bed waiting for you to fall asleep? Our experts say 'It's possible'! '

    leftdog
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Tom Tomorrow ... Harper condemns Isis threat on Canadians ..
  • The New Democrats Get It Right On Iraq - Walkom

    leftdog
    19 Sep 2014 | 4:45 pm
    By backing Barack Obama’s ill-considered war, Stephen Harper and Justin Trudeau have signed onto a fool’s errand.America’s latest Middle East war is a fool’s errand.U.S. President Barack Obama’s campaign against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria is hastily conceived, relies on uncertain allies and risks further inflaming an already volatile region.In Canada, the only major political party with anything resembling a sensible position on this war is Tom Mulcair’s NDP.After days of dithering, the New Democrats have decided to oppose Canadian involvement. Mulcair made that…
  • Scotland Aye!!

    leftdog
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:54 pm
    Aye!!
  • Saskatchewan Taxpayers Cough Up Millions To Open Doors For Premier Brad Wall With American Republican Lawmakers

    leftdog
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:17 am
    By: Les Whittington Star Ottawa Bureau reporter, Laurent Bastien Corbeil Staff Reporter, Published on Mon Sep 15 2014  OTTAWA—When it comes to rubbing shoulders with movers and shakers in the halls of power in the United States, few governments are better represented than that of a place many Americans have never heard of — Saskatchewan.Since 2009, Premier Brad Wall’s government and Saskatchewan agencies have paid more than $3 million to a U.S. law firm to fund an ambitious lobbying onslaught in Washington, D.C., on the long-stalled Keystone pipeline proposal and other energy and…
  • Can We TRUST The RCMP's Warning On Threats To The Oil Industry?

    leftdog
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Environmental extremism a rising threat to energy sector, RCMP warns!September 14, 2014RCMP bombed oil site in 'dirty tricks' campaignJan 30, 1999 #STUFFtheMSMwontASKtheRCMP 
 
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    World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations"

  • Good Regional Vibrations from a Nuclear Deal with Iran

    22 Sep 2014 | 10:37 pm
    An Article by Paul Pillar published at The National Interest on September 18, 2014The negotiations between Iran and the consortium known as the P5+1 (the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany) about the future of Iran's nuclear program are inching back into the news after being largely obscured by other diplomatic tasks and events over the past couple of months. The two sides will be fully engaged in the talks during the remainder of this month, in anticipation of a late-November target date for completing a deal. We are hearing again technical and…
  • Thousands in Spain Protest Delays to Tough New Law Making Abortion Illegal

    21 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The Straits Times, September 21, 2014MADRID (AFP) - Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Madrid on Sunday, accusing the government of betrayal amid reports lawmakers are poised to abandon plans for tough new abortion laws."Yes to life, no to abortion," shouted demonstrators of all ages as they marched through the centre of Spain's capital, while others yelled: "If they kill, don't vote for them."
  • The People’s Climate March: Meet the Next Movement of Movements

    18 Sep 2014 | 8:41 pm
    Naomi Klein, thischangeseverything.org, September 14, 2014The most important climate gathering next week will not be happening at the UN, but in the streets: thousands upon thousands of us will be sounding the climate alarm, literally, at the historic People’s Climate March on September 21.
  • Stop Postulating the Clash of Civilizations

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:49 pm
    An Article by Dr. Mahathir Mohamad published at Counterpunch on September 17, 2014The British are mystified by their Muslim citizens becoming “jihadists” and joining the so-called Islamic State. They are horrified by the beheading of an American journalist by “John” a British citizen and member of the IS.I must admit that I, too am horrified. It is not Islamic at all. Islam does not advocate violence and terror. The people who were defeated by the Prophet were not even converted to Islam, much less executed. The Quran says, “There is no compulsion in Islam.”
  • EU Democracy Promotion through Civil Society

    17 Sep 2014 | 8:47 pm
    Raffaele Marchetti, Professor of International Relations, LUISS University, Italy, specially for wpfdc.orgThis is the second of a short series of articles on democracy promotion. The topic has been picked up because of its increasingly controversial nature in international politics. In the first two pieces, the democracy promotion policy carried out by the US and the EU are analyzed. In the remaining articles, a more comparative and critical examination will be developed.
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    RINF Alternative News & Alternative Media | Breaking News Real Independent

  • Chelsea Manning sues Pentagon for refusing to treat gender dysphoria

    User Submitted
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:31 pm
    WikiLeaks source Chelsea Manning filed a federal lawsuit against the United States military on Tuesday this week over the Pentagon’s ongoing unwillingness to properly treat the former Army intelligence analyst for gender dysphoria. Manning, 26, has been diagnosed with gender dysphoria — an incongruence between one’s expressed gender and what’s assigned at born — no ...
  • Minotaur Shit Economics

    User Submitted
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:08 pm
    What is the similarity between George Osborne and Ed Balls? They both dance to a Phrygian flute. This was not always the case, for the economic policies of the Conservative and Labour Parties were once slightly more distinct. The blending of the species to form a ‘ConLab’ hybrid echoes the creation of the Minotaur – ...
  • ‘Another Scotland is Possible!’ Activists Shut Down Factory Behind Israeli Drones

    User Submitted
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:04 pm
    After halting the work day of weapons manufacturer Thales UK, ten activists arrested Sarah Lazare Activists in Scotland were arrested Tuesday for blockading and shutting down Thales UK, renowned Govan, Glasgow-based weapons manufacturer, to protest the company’s role in producing drones used by Israel against Palestinian people. Early Tuesday morning some protesters climbed onto and ...
  • 12 Billion People By 2100 – And Why It’s No Big Deal

    User Submitted
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Tony Cartalucci Wired magazine recently published an article titled, “Boom! Earth’s Population Could Hit 12 Billion by 2100,” which despite the typical narrative of misanthropic population control that works its way into any Western mainstream article on the topic of growing populations, remained relatively positive. Wired quoted statistician and sociologist Adrian Raftery of the University ...
  • Headlines in the World’s Only Great Newspaper

    Eric Zuesse
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Headlines in the World’s Only Great Newspaper: Starting This Past Weekend, Till Today Eric Zuesse Where can one go in order to find honestly reported news in the English language? I have long searched to find the answer to that question; and here is what I have discovered. Newspapers and other ‘news’ media in the ...
 
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    Eurasia Review

  • Some Of Nigeria’s Kidnapped Schoolgirls Freed: Reports

    Ria Novosti
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:25 am
    Some of the nearly 200 schoolgirls that were kidnapped in Nigeria this April by Boko Haram have been freed, BBC News Africa reported Tuesday. BBC News Africa quoted Nigerian Army spokesman Brig. Gen. Chris Olukolade as saying that the exercise was “ongoing”. The spokesperson did not specify the number of the girls freed, who are […] The post Some Of Nigeria’s Kidnapped Schoolgirls Freed: Reports appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Tunisia: Surprise Results From Census

    Magharebia
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:23 am
    By Yasmin Najjar For the first time ever, there are more women than men in Tunisia, according to preliminary census results released September 12th. Tunisia now has a population of 10,982,754, including foreigners living in the country for six months or more. That’s an increase of more than a million compared to 2004. The increase […] The post Tunisia: Surprise Results From Census appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Global Gross Financial Assets Of Private Households Grew By 9.9 Percent In 2013

    Eurasia Review
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:20 am
    Today, Allianz unveiled the fifth edition of its “Global Wealth Report”, which puts the asset and debt situation of private households in more than 50 countries under the microscope. Based on the findings of the report, the global gross financial assets of private households grew by 9.9 percent in 2013, the highest rate of growth […] The post Global Gross Financial Assets Of Private Households Grew By 9.9 Percent In 2013 appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Spain’s PM Rajoy To Visit China

    Eurasia Review
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:18 am
    Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy will visit Wednesday on his first trip to the People’s Republic of China, where he will stay until 27 September, at a time in which bilateral relations between the two countries are progressing very fluidly, at both political and economic levels, according to a statement from the Spanish government. According […] The post Spain’s PM Rajoy To Visit China appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • China Blocking Access To DuckDuckGo

    Eurasia Review
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:12 am
    DuckDuckGo, an Internet search engine that distinguishes itself by not tracking its users, has joined the list of websites that are being censored by the Chinese authorities, according to Reporters Without Borders. The search engine’s creator and CEO, Gabriel Weinberg, reported on 21 September that Chinese Internet users have been unable to access his website […] The post China Blocking Access To DuckDuckGo appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
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    Tomás Guerra

  • Tacho sobre las riquezas Mexicanas/Tacho on Mexico's riches.

    Tomás Guerra
    20 Sep 2014 | 7:36 pm
    El gobierno como siempre, se ha mostrado muy activo,al hablar de nuestro suelo, como elemento efectivo. Y activo en cuanto riqueza, lo que es una gran verdad, para muchos es la fuente, de una gran prosperidad. Para otros sin embargo, representa mala suerte,ya que muchos en su lecho, han encontrado la muerte. Cuando no es porque trabajan, sin debida protección,es porque quienes los explotan, causan contaminación. Para Mexico, los daños, porque riqueza y dineros,Gaviota, ya lo sabemos, es para los extranjeros. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -- - -- - - - - - - - - - - - -…
  • Tacho Sobre La Independencia Mexicana - Tacho on Mexican Independence

    Tomás Guerra
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Todas las grandes ciudades, y hasta el más chico poblado, lucen en vistosos colores: verde, blanco y colorado.Cordeles de lado a lado, que cuadriculan los cielos, muestran fotos de los heroes Hidalgo, Allende y Morelos.Banderas por todas partes hacen acto de presencia, y todo  con un anhelo, festejar la independencia.Nomas que aquí algo no encaja. Se pierde más cada día, y conforme avanza el tiempo, hay menos soberanía.No hay mucho que festejar. No entiendo tanto jolgorio. Lo más congruente, Gaviota, es preparar un velorio.
  • Las Estrellas del Jackie Robinson West hacen historia en Chicago

    Tomás Guerra
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Picture ESPN ChicagoChicago tiene una razón más por la cual ser feliz ahora gracias a un grupo de niños de once y doce años del barrio de Morgan Park, en el lado sur de la ciudad. Durante las últimas dos semanas, el equipo Jackie Robinson West All-Stars ha capturado los titulares, honores y admiración de la gente aquí y en todos los Estados Unidos. Después de convertirse en los campeones de los Grandes Lagos en las pequeñas ligas de baseball, ahora ellos están en Williamsport, Pennsylvania, donde ya la han hecho hasta las semifinales de la Serie Mundial de Ligas Pequeñas. Al…
  • The All-Stars of Jackie Robinson West make history in Chicago

    Tomás Guerra
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:38 pm
    Pictures ESPN ChicagoChicago has one more reason to be proud right now, thanks to a group of 11- and twelve-year-old children from Morgan Park, a neighborhood in the South Side of the city.  During the last couple of weeks,  the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars team has captured headlines, praise and admiration from people here and all over the United States.  After becoming  Great Lakes champions in the little league of baseball they are now in Williamsport, PA, where they have made it to the semifinals of the Little League World Series. At first you didn't hear about…
  • Red Card for the Republicans

    Tomás Guerra
    30 Jun 2014 | 10:42 am
    While the rift between the Republicans in the House of Representatives and President Obama grows, Representative Luis Gutierrez, the most active politician in the quest for immigration reform, used a soccer analogy last week to put anti-immigrant Republicans in their place: "You are done," Gutierrez yelled from the podium in his passionate tone. "You are done."It was a year ago already that a comprehensive immigration bill was passed by the U.S. Senate, but the legislation was never submitted to a vote by Speaker of the House, John Boehner, for fear of retaliation by the "Tea Party," the most…
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    Washington Blade: Gay News, Politics, LGBT Rights

  • Three charged in connection with Philadelphia anti-gay attack

    Michael K. Lavers
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:29 pm
    The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday announced three people face charges in connection with an attack of a gay couple earlier this month. Police have credited a local Twitter user with helping identify potential suspects in the case. (Screen capture courtesy YouTube)The Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office on Tuesday announced three people have been charged in connection with an attack of a gay couple earlier this month. A press release from the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office identifies the suspects as Philip Williams, 24, Kevin Harrigan, 26, and…
  • Kerry Kennedy: Enactment of anti-LGBT laws ‘a global problem’

    Michael K. Lavers
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Kerry Kennedy, right, with Ugandan LGBT rights advocate Frank Mugisha on Capitol Hill in 2011. (Photo courtesy of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights)The president of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights told the Washington Blade on Tuesday the enactment of anti-LGBT laws is “a global problem” that is not confined to Africa. “It’s really important to recognize that this is not just an Africa problem,” said Kerry Kennedy during a telephone interview from New York. “It’s a problem wherever it happens in the world.” Kennedy spoke to the…
  • CARTOON: Facebook name

    ranslem
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:20 pm
    (Washington Blade cartoon by Ranslem)
  • ‘Romeo and Juliet’ get operatic treatment

    Staff reports
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:02 pm
    (Photo courtesy WCO) Washington Concert Opera presents a performance of Vincenzo Bellini’s “I Capuletti e i Montecchi” at Lisner Stage at George Washington University (730 21st St., N.W.) on Sunday at 6 p.m. The Italian opera is based on Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet.” It stars Olga Peretyatko as Giulietta, Kate Lindsey as Romeo and David Portillo as Tebaldo. Washington Concert Opera performs rarely heard, full-length operas in a concert setting. Tickets range from $40-110. For more details and to purchase tickets, visit concertopera.com.
  • Well-Strung brings pop strings to Rehoboth

    Staff reports
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Well-Strung (Photo by Scott Henrichsen; courtesy CAMP Rehoboth) Camp Rehoboth hosts Well Strung’s new show “Popssical” at Rehoboth Beach Convention Center (229 Rehoboth Ave., Rehoboth Beach, Del.) Friday night at 9 p.m. “Popssical” is a collection of performances by Well-Strung that include their take on classics such as Mozart and Vivaldi as well as modern artists like Rihanna, Adele, Lady Gaga and more. Well-Strung is a violin quartet that has performed internationally and been featured on “The Today Show.” Its members are gay. Tickets range from $35-100. For more…
 
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    Lady Freethinker

  • Why Domino’s Needs to Change Its Pizza Box Right This Second

    Lady Freethinker
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    If you’ve had the (dis)pleasure of ordering from Domino’s lately, you may have noticed the retro-designed box expressing some awfully sweet sentiments about the cows that supply the chain’s assortment of cheeses.  In case you haven’t, I took a picture during my last ordering experience (I know, I know — but they’re open late and unfortunately better than the other pizza places near me!).  Here it is: Makes you feel as warm and gooey as the melted cheese inside. But undercover investigators from Mercy for Animals went undercover to keep tabs on good old…
  • Fox News is Terrified of Meatless Mondays (Video)

    Lady Freethinker
    17 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
      Sure, we all expect Faux News to go after the First Lady when she tries to instill nutritional standards in schools — do they ever miss an opportunity to stick it to the White House? But it’s downright disturbing to see them attacking schools themselves just for taking meat off the menu one day a week. In a segment titled “Trouble with Schools” (see the video above, if you can stand it), Fox & Friends chatted up Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples, who accused schools of brainwashing children by serving vegetarian chili and grilled-cheese sandwiches…
  • 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…
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  • The Most Important Award In Public Education Struggles To Find Winners

    Ben Wieder
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan were both on hand Monday morning to crown the school districts in Gwinnett County, Georgia, and Orange County, Florida, as the first dual winners of the Broad Prize for Urban Education. They will split the $1 million prize, which comes in the form of scholarships worth up to $20,000 for graduating seniors.The prize, described variously as the Nobel or the Oscar or the Pulitzer of the education reform movement and sponsored by billionaire Eli Broad and his wife, Edythe, aims to “regain the American…
  • How The FiveThirtyEight Senate Forecast Model Works

    Nate Silver
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    The FiveThirtyEight Senate forecast model launched earlier this month. Right now, it shows Republicans with about a 53 percent chance of picking up the Senate next year. We owe you a lot more detail about how that forecast is calculated and how it might change between now and Nov. 4 — and how our model differs from some of the others out there.This article, which outlines the model’s methodology, is going to be on the detailed side. I’ve tried to keep the descriptions in plain language as often as possible (the footnotes get somewhat more technical). But it’s meant to be a…
  • After The Midterms, The Diversity Gap In The House Will Be Wider Than Ever

    David Wasserman
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:54 am
    Last week BuzzFeed reported that backers of Rep. Steve Southerland had thrown the Florida Republican a men-only fundraiser earlier this year. The invitation came complete with instructions that attendees should “tell the missus not to wait up” because “the after dinner whiskey and cigars will be smooth and the issues to discuss are many.” Southerland, who is locked in a tight race against a female Democrat, is one of just a few endangered House Republicans in 2014 and has mostly himself to blame for his predicament.In the short term, Republicans are a lock to keep the House. Yet the…
  • The Enduring Political Impact Of 9/11 For Those Who Were Closest

    Dan Hopkins
    11 Sep 2014 | 8:37 am
    In the days just after the Sept. 11 attacks, I called an uncle in Wyoming to check in and let him know how I was doing. At the time, I was living in a part of Brooklyn quite close to the World Trade Center site. But he made it clear that I wasn’t the only one on that phone call who was shaken. “You know, we really felt those attacks out here, too,” I remember him saying.I hadn’t yet gone to graduate school in political science at the time, but the bulk of political scientists wouldn’t have been surprised by my uncle’s level of concern. A long, distinguished body of research in…
  • Registered Voter Polls Will (Usually) Overrate Democrats

    Nate Silver
    9 Sep 2014 | 11:08 am
    Over the long run, Republicans and Democrats each win elections about half the time. This is not only a strong historical tendency84, but also one well predicted by political theory. A party that continually loses elections because it’s too far removed from the political center or because it appeals to too narrow a range of voters should seek to remedy that by expanding its coalition or moving toward the median voter — perhaps by compromising some of its ideological goals.Sometimes the transition can be rough. The Republican Party, for example, is currently engaged in a battle between…
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    Conservative Read

  • Obamacare Architect Says Society Would Be Better Off If People Only Lived To Age 75

    chris
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:03 am
    Michael Snyder | End Of The American Dream Dr. Ezekiel Emanuel, brother of Rahm Emanuel, says that society would be far better off if people quit trying to live past age 75.  His new... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Russia Holds Massive Military Drill: 155,000 Troops, 4,000 Tanks, 632 Aircraft, 84 Ships

    chris
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:59 am
    From Zero Hedge,– To “demonstrate that the degree of combat preparedness in Russian troops has risen”  At what point is a drill more than just a drill? Maybe when it is so... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Student bullies trump 1st amendment

    chris
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:56 am
    David Limbaugh,  Well, the wild and crazy 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals is at it again, this time ruling that in a conflict between bullies and the First Amendment, bullies win. The court... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Who Killed the American Family?

    chris
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:52 am
    Phyllis Schlafly,  The British press just reported the result of a new study by academics from Oxford and the University of London that children raised in stable marital homes are better behaved... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • CDC report predicts as many as 1.4 million cases of Ebola by January

    chris
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:35 am
     The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a report Tuesday predicting as many as 550,000 to 1.4 million cases of the Ebola virus in Liberia and Sierra Leone alone, by... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Why Socialism Failed

  • And Climate Change...

    23 Sep 2014 | 2:11 pm
    In New York following the Climate Change March, a group of left activists descended on Wall Street to protest the capitalism as the evil force behind climate change.#FloodWallStreethttp://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/23/nyregion/climate-change-protesters-wall-street.html?ref=nyregionApparently the case for socialism can and should be made regardless of the context. Any worthy cause can be hijacked for the purpose of the socialist propaganda. The gathering did not have anything to do with climate change, it is just using the crowds to recruit new foot soldiers for the Great Socialist Future -…
  • Lenin and the New Moral Imperative

    18 Sep 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Lenin, the Great Leader of the October 1917 Bolshevik Revolution,  was one of the first to throw around the notion that the source of all evil are the rich individuals that do not pay their "fair share" into society. Having more than you need, according to the Communist ideology, in itself was considered a crime.In 1920 in a speech at the 3rd Congress of the Union of the Russian Communist Youth, Lenin proclaimed that any peasant that has his own piece of land, and produces, and keeps from the harvest more than his family and his livestock needs, is turning  into an exploiter since…
  • Mon Dieu! France is Turning Away from Socialism!

    16 Sep 2014 | 7:12 am
    Mon Dieu! France is turning towards center! What's next?!Last week something quite significant happened in France and it was left unnoticed (intentionally?!) by the US media still reeling with its infatuation with Piketty's diatribe on the income inequality and how to punish the rich for having too  muchhttp://whysocialismfailed.blogspot.com/2014/04/pikettys-tour-de-force.html.Manuel Walls, the new French prime minister appointed by president Francois Hollande proclaimed "I love…
  • Ukraine Conflict Roots

    3 Sep 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Ukrainian Coat-of-Arms The current conflict in Ukraine has its roots in both the Russian, and the Ukrainian history. Indeed Kiev has a special place in the Russian history as the cradle of Russian statehood, the Kievan Rus. This is where Christianity was adopted in 867 AD so Russia was able to enter the civilized world as an equal.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kievan_Rus'On the other hand to be fair, both Ukraine and Belarus, in addition to Russia claim Kievan Rus as their ancestors. But the Kievan Rus was defeated and conquered by the Mongols.Ukraine has been for a long time in its…
  • Unification of Culture

    21 Jul 2014 | 11:18 am
     The socialist morale always was in favor of the spiritual over the material. Materialism itself was denounced as bourgeois leftover that was incompatible with the new social order. In order to build strong anti-materialism the socialist state has taken the task to educate its populace to appreciate fine art. The working masses were dragged to organized "cultural events" to show the world how educated and well-read are the builders of tomorrow.The Soviet Union's main cultural exports were its ballet and opera.Swan LakeOn the other hand any notion of modernism or avantgarde was…
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    The Alex Jones Show - Infowars.com

  • Alex Jones - 2014-Sep-23, Tuesday

    23 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    On this Tuesday, September 23 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Alex breaks down President Obama's historic decision to unconstitutionally carry out airstrikes against Syria, under the guise of fighting ISIS, without a declaration of war from Congress as the planet hurdles closer to an all-out world war. Alex will also discuss "Khorosan," the government's latest terrorism poster child, and their alleged plans to carry out terror attacks within the U.S. Then, Alex will be joined by legal analyst and commentator Lionel to cover "hydroimperialism," the elites move to hoard and control water…
  • Alex Jones - 2014-Sep-22, Monday

    22 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    On the Monday, September 22 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Jones breaks down the latest on ISIS, including how the US is responding to the terror threat by interrogating airline passengers over abstract travel logos, instead of by securing its porous borders. Alex also analyzes UN Ambassador Samantha Power's comments admitting that the real purpose of the fight against ISIS is to overthrow the al-Assad regime and the Syrian government. On today's show, Alex invites award-winning scientist and writer Dr. Devra Davis to explore the correlations between cell phone radiation and cancer, and ways…
  • Alex Jones - 2014-Sep-21, Sunday

    21 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    On this powerful, worldwide Sunday, September 21 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Alex digs deeper into Sen. Rand Paul's (R-Ky.) recent statements regarding President Obama's abuse of power and the loss of our system of checks and balances. Obama is a modern dictator in the sense that he doesn't use the military to enforce his will but rather relies on unconstitutional executive actions and unelected bureaucrats who promote his agenda. Additionally, a video has emerged showing alleged ISIS terrorists commuting freely on a subway in Turkey, which is a NATO country, highlighting how Western…
  • Alex Jones - 2014-Sep-19, Friday

    19 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    On this powerful Friday, September 19 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Alex covers the possibility that the vote for Scottish independence was rigged to keep Scotland in the United Kingdom. Also, the current economic boom is likely a bubble as stocks like Twitter appear to be overvalued and the ultra rich rush to buy gold. And, no surprise, the banksters behind economic bubbles are also behind the climate change agenda which only leads to a neo-feudalist society where people are heavily taxed in dense cities with few, if any, property rights. On today's show, radio broadcaster and pastor Chuck…
  • Alex Jones - 2014-Sep-18, Thursday

    18 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    On this Thursday, September 18 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Alex covers the deteriorating situation overseas as President Obama eyes arming Ukrainian neo-nazi militants following his victory in convincing the House to pass legislation to arm the jihadist Syrian rebels. Then, Alex will be joined by Dr. Edward Group to discuss ways in which people can boost their immune systems as Ebola and other health issues continue to spread across the globe. Alex will then examine multiple issues including Benghazi, ISIS and the NSA with Robert David Steele, a former Marine and CIA case officer.
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    Vox - All

  • No one liked Marvel's porny Spider-Woman. And the company listened.

    Alex Abad-Santos
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Last month, Marvel presented the variant cover for Spider-Woman #1 which featured the superhero in an overtly-sexualized, anatomically silly pose that had her presenting her lady bits to the city below. On Tuesday, the company announced that it had canceled two covers that Milo Manara, the artist responsible for the sexualized Spider-Woman, was slated to draw. Avengers & X-Men: Axis #1 and Thor #2 were both supposed to have Manara variant covers — collector's items that are rarer than standard covers — which will now be created by other artists, Newsrama reported. Manara is known for his…
  • Three reasons why New Zealand has the best-designed government in the world

    Dylan Matthews
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:10 pm
    On Saturday, September 20th, New Zealand held its 51st general election, in which the center-right National Party and its leader, Prime Minister John Key, made some modest gains. If this all sounds rather dull — a country of less 5 million people having an election in which no power changes hand — that's fair enough. But it's worth paying attention, as New Zealand's parliament is better designed than just about any other developed country government. The world's best electoral system If you pay any attention at all to American politics, you know that Republicans have a healthy majority in…
  • Why rich countries worry more about climate change than poor ones

    Brad Plumer
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Climate experts have long warned that global warming will have an unequal impact around the world. Poorer countries that are less well-equipped to deal with sea-level rise, heat waves, droughts, and other disasters will get hit harder than rich countries. Egypt will have more difficult time coping than the Netherlands: (Standard & Poor's) But who's actually more concerned about global warming? A massive worldwide survey by the UN suggests that rich countries actually place a higher priority on climate change than poor countries do. (Thanks to Annalisa Merellifor the pointer First, let's…
  • Making it cheaper and easier to trade stocks is a terrible idea

    Matthew Yglesias
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Sometimes you read about a startup idea that sounds too ridiculous to possibly be a business. Other times you read about a startup idea that's chillingly plausible. Robin Hood which wants to offer zero-commission smartphone-based stock trading, falls into the latter category: it makes perfect sense as a business, but it will be a disaster for customers if they use it. The deal with commissions is this. Traditional stock brokers exacted hefty transaction fees from consumers every time they made a trade. Then online brokerages like E-Trade entered the scene with a disruptive business model…
  • Newspaper owners celebrate newspapers’ “vibrant” future by shutting down a newspaper

    Todd VanDerWerff
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Aaron Kushner swept into the southern California media scene with bold proclamations about reinvesting in newspapers in 2012. First, he purchased the Orange County Register. Then, he started up many local offshoots in other communities near Los Angeles, before starting up a Los Angeles Register and purchasing Riverside's Press-Enterprise (for which I worked from 2005-2008). Kushner, however, has struggled to meet his vision. The O.C. Weekly went into detail on his troubles in June, and now, he and Freedom Communications co-owner Eric Spitz have had to shut down the Los Angeles edition of the…
 
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    LewRockwell

  • The Great and Holy War?

    Laurence M. Vance
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Review of Philip Jenkins, The Great and Holy War: How World War I Became a Religious Crusade (HarperOne, 2014), x + 438 pgs.. One would think that if there is any group of people that would be opposed to war it would be Christians. After all, they claim to worship the Prince of Peace. But such is not the case now, and such was not the case 100 years ago during the Great War that we now call World War I. I have often pointed out how strange it is that Christians should be so accepting of war. War is the greatest suppressor of civil liberties. War is the greatest creator of widows and orphans.
  • Creepy School District Returns Grenade Launchers

    No Author
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    The Los Angeles School Police Department, the largest school-based law enforcement agency in the country, is giving back three grenade launchers obtained under a Department of Defense program, but wants to keep some other gear– just in case. As reported by the Associated Press, the agency will be returning three grenade launchers of unspecified type but will keep a surplus Mine-Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) armored vehicle as well as 61 M16 rifles. The rifles, agency officials point out, have been modified to fire semi-auto only, and the MRAP can be used as a rescue vehicle…
  • Beware a Regime That Demands To Know Your Foreign Assets

    Ira Katz
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Following world events and their personal impact on me, I find threads of history weaving together in my mind with current events. First I will recount the history regarding a singular example of the Nazi era persecution of Jews that I became aware of a couple of years ago. I assisted a French friend, C, with a legal problem in the US.  A claim was made for Swiss bank accounts of her grandfather, RK, following from the findings of the Independent Committee of Eminent Persons (ICEP, also known as the Volker Commission).  The ICEP “was established in 1996 to investigate the accounts lying…
  • Alibaba and the 40,000 Thieves

    David Stockman
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    They do ring a bell at the top.On Friday Alibaba gained $65 billion of market cap in 5 minutes!  And that was on top of the $170 billion IPO price—-a valuation that was not all that shabby to begin with.  In fact,  BABA weighed in for the opening bell at 20X its $8.6 billion in sales.My Alibaba US $2.5-10 / Piece ( FOB Price) 800 Pieces (Min. Order) 30000 Piece/Pieces per Month (Supply capacity)  Well, the above red hot multiple was not actually with reference to the company’s results, but to its drop-box financials. That is, before the day was over it was trading at 27X…
  • American Zombies

    Butler Shaffer
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    That fear of Acheron be sent packing which troubles the life of man from its deepest depths, suffuses all with the blackness of death, and leaves no delight clean and pure. -   Lucretius It may be inevitable that, when a civilization dies, its inhabitants undergo a major transformation in character. No longer having formal social expectations as a guide for personal behavior, men and women take on the traits of the living dead; bodies capable of automatic, robotic movement, but without any focused, moral direction. Those whose personal identities had been attached to institutional systems,…
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    The Socratic Diablogs

  • Guinea Pigs, Basic Income, and Something for Nothing

    Gaura Rader
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:29 pm
    In speaking with people about basic income one common response is “Why should people get something for nothing? One response would simply be that civilization is essentially “something for nothing.” Here is the full quote from from James Harvey Robinson: “One cannot help but wonder at this constantly recurring phrase ‘getting something for nothing’, as if […]
  • Basic Income Week! (And My Top Posts On Basic Income)

    Gaura Rader
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:44 pm
    This week is basic income week!!!!! There’s lots of cool stuff going on around the world to promote basic income. Check the International Basic Income Week website here. There’s also going to be a great series of over 20 Reddit AMAs on basic income with whole bunch of super awesome people (and me). Check out […]
  • America Needs A French Revolution!

    Gaura Rader
    31 Aug 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Americans are strange. It’s not just fast food, (American) football, tailgating, nascar, big cars, bigger houses, huge portions, Walmarts, shopping malls, and suburbs. Americans are unique in the developed world in their political views. Sociologist have long puzzled over the fact that Americans are willing to tolerate much higher levels of inequality than those in […]
  • A Liberal Failure of Imagination

    Gaura Rader
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:38 pm
    Conservative rhetoric is fear based. Fear of terrorists, and foreign countries, and immigrants who will destroy the economy, and society being over run by drug addicts is drugs are decriminalized, and gay people taking over the country if gay marriage is legalized Liberal rhetoric calls us not to act out of fear but to act […]
  • Sam Harris is a racist and other thoughts on the future of Humanity

    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 […]
 
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    Pension360

  • Public Pension Funds Drive Venture Capital Boom, But Performance Is An Issue

    Ted Ballantine
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:51 am
    The venture capital industry is becoming a major force again, and pension funds are the major driver of the resurgence. From Businessweek: Public pension funds—the state-run investment pools responsible for the retirement benefits of nearly 20 million Americans—have quietly been funding the recent boom in venture capital. The investment pools are made up of tax dollars and contributions from state employees. For the last few years, they have made up the biggest single source of funds flowing to venture capital, according to the most recent Dow Jones Private Equity Analyst Sources of…
  • Linking Benefits to Investment Performance in US Pension Systems

    Ted Ballantine
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:28 am
    Some countries, such as Norway, have incorporated a pension model called “risk-sharing”—a model where COLAs (and sometimes even benefit amounts) are contingent on investment performance. In other words, plan participants bear much more investment risk than participants in traditional DB plans. What if that policy were extended to every public pension system in the United States? What effect would it have on liabilities? Robert Novy-Marx and Joshua D. Rauh published a paper on the topic in the Journal of Public Economics last month. From the paper: Replacing COLAs across the US with…
  • Oregon’s Governor Speaks On Future of Pension Reforms

    Ted Ballantine
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:23 am
    The Oregonian is running an interesting column in the weeks leading up to the Nov. 4 election for state governor. The column is called “Tough Questions”, and it gives readers a chance to ask questions to the two candidates, incumbent Gov. Kitzhaber and his challenger, Republican Rep. Dennis Richardson. Today, a reader asked the governor a question related to the pension reforms enacted by the state last year. Here’s the exchange, from the Oregonian: Reader: The court decision on the 2013 PERS changes is expected by the 2015 Legislature. You’ve said that you’re done with PERS…
  • Director Stole $739,000 From Small Massachusetts Pension Fund

    Ted Ballantine
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:09 am
    The pension fund run by Maynard, a small town 20 miles outside of Boston, isn’t very big. It has $29 million in assets and serves about 270 total members. But the fund is making headlines today for an unfortunate reason: it’s been revealed that the fund’s director, Timothy McDaid, had stolen $739,000 from the fund since 2007. What’s more, his scheme would have continued if it weren’t for an anonymous tipster who informed the fund of the theft. From the Boston Globe: McDaid, who oversaw Maynard’s $29 million retirement fund, was attending a 2012 conference of public pension…
  • Report: Maryland Fund’s Below-Median Returns Coincide With Shift to Alternatives

    Ted Ballantine
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:37 am
    The Maryland State Retirement and Pension System experienced a 14 percent return in the 2013-14 fiscal year. The fund’s then-Chief Investment Officer, Melissa Moye, touted the returns as “strong” – but a new report suggests not only that those returns were below-median level, but also that they were driven by a shift in investment strategy that put more money in alternative investments. From David Sirota at the International Business Times: According to [report authors] Walters and Hooke, a former Lehman Brothers executive, that shift [of assets to Wall Street] coincided with…
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    Message President

  • VISIT VISA FOR STUDENTS PLEASE MR PRESIDENT

    23 Sep 2014 | 10:28 am
    Dear Mr President, I pray all is well Sir, We respect and honour you. Its been days now and we are awaiting patiently for your reply, I know you must be very busy sir and am really very sorry to trouble you with our fantasy to see USA problems, but Sir my students come everytime to me asking if i recieved mail from you, during there tiffen break or during there physical training period they somehow land up in my office so eager to know if you have said yes, I have told them that you have a heart of Gold and that you would surely answer us, its that you are busy at the moment, our students…
  • assist Kurds in Syria

    23 Sep 2014 | 7:27 am
    Mr. President: The Kurdish people are our natural allies in the MIddle East. For this and for moral reasons, our warplanes should now be assisting Syrian Kurds by bombing IS forces which are threatening massacres of Kurds in northern Syria. I am requesting that the United States do all it can to destroy these IS extremist murderers and protect innocent Kurdish people.
  • The west is about to fall.

    23 Sep 2014 | 12:47 am
    Dear Vladimir Putin. I am not sure if you will receive this email, but i have some serious concerns about the West (Europe and America) destroying itself. America have shot itself in the foot one to many times now. It's self destructive behavior (9/11 and recently Mh370 just to name 2) has been used as fuel to fuel the nation into going to war. War is what runs these countries, now i know my view on this is very basic and highly naive, but it is very clear to see that Vladimir Putin, you have literally the power to save millions of millions of people. If you released evidence of American…
  • Bob Couper

    23 Sep 2014 | 12:08 am
    Hi Mr Putin, Don't forget if you can get away at the G20 in Brisbane we would love to have you for a BBQ. No political questions just a beer, and a bit of fun. Please bring your wife, my wife would love some company. Just let me know and all will be taken care of. Love to hear from you. Bob
  • Когда будет порядок в ПФР!!!?????

    22 Sep 2014 | 6:23 pm
    Владимир, большая просьба навести порядок в работе ПФР! в особенности с взносами от ИП, такого бардака больше нет сил терпеть, Владиовсток ул. Ильичева 15 - самое отвратное подразделение ПФР! Про хамсто тамошни тёток и говорить не приходится, НО главное в том, что закон, обязывающий неработающего ИПшника платить по 39к рублей сам…
 
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  • What is Responsible Social Commentary

    Bill Gelwick
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:11 am
    Social Commentary can take on many forms. From talk radio and editorial TV shows to single frame cartoon images in newspapers or floating around the internet, taking a stand on social issues is what it’s all about. Often times this process devolves into baseless propaganda, but not always. For this site, I can assure you, we will stick to facts. Junk science and nonsensical rhetoric have no place here. So then, just what is social commentary exactly? Dictionary.com defines it as: Social Commentary - noun – a spoken or written act of rebellion toward an individual or group;…
  • What Does NOT Cause Cancer

    Bill Gelwick
    3 Sep 2014 | 11:09 am
    These days, a list of things that do NOT cause cancer would be much shorter than the things that are said to cause it.   It SHOULD be common sense that talking on a cell phone is not going to cause brain cancer, but every once in a while you still see someone posting something to that effect on social sites. This is the sort of thing I want to shed some light on. Many thing, over the years, have been said to cause cancer. In truth though, most of the stats are, at best, skewed, and at worst, completely false. Image courtesy of professional.sweetnlow.com Saccharin   This one was big…
  • Common Sense for Your Inbox or Timeline

    Bill Gelwick