Politics

  • Most Topular Stories

  • 07/24/2014

    Day by Day Cartoon by Chris Muir
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
  • My War On Women

    Stately McDaniel Manor
    Mike McDaniel
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:54 pm
    I like women. I really like women, and not just in a stereotypically male manner. As a high school English teacher, most of my colleagues are women. Yes, it’s certainly pleasing to see women–men are wired that way–but I like them because they are female, because they are different than men, because they see things differently, feel things differently. Mrs. Manor is my best friend, bar none. I would rather do anything–or nothing–with her than anyone else. Equality? Of course, but with the understanding that in all things, people have different strengths and…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy's Page
    Betsy Newmark
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:55 am
    Daniel Henninger writes on the President's seeming insouciance about what is going on around the world.As the world burns, the president spent this week fiddling at fundraisers in the living rooms of five Democratic Party fat cats in Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles. As White House communications director Jennifer Palmieri famously explained, changing the president's fundraising schedule "can have the unintended consequence of unduly alarming the American people or creating a false sense of crisis."Alarmed? Who's alarmed? What false sense of crisis? Vladimir Putin's masked men in…
  • How’s California Doing?

    Paul Krugman
    By PAUL KRUGMAN
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:27 am
    Jobs and insurance and surpluses, oh my.
  • Barack Obama: "We've recovered (from the recession) faster and come farther than almost any other advanced country on Earth."  

    Politifact.com Truth-O-Meter rulings from National
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:12 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Barack Obama says U.S. has recovered from recession better than almost every advanced country While his critics decry his economic policies, President Barack Obama keeps insisting that he’s had economic success. In a speech in Wilmington, Del., last week, Obama offered several pieces of evidence that, in his view, suggests that the country is rebounding from the recession. Unemployment is at its lowest rate since 2008, he noted; the auto industry is "booming," America is making more oil than it imports, and the deficit has been cut in…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    The Atlantic

  • The One Number That Will Decide This Year's Election

    Molly Ball
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    What will be the deciding factor in this year's elections? Will it be Obamacare? The chaos erupting across the globe? The president's approval rating? Will it be single women voters, Hispanics, young people? Mike Podhorzer crunched the numbers and found there's one factor that, with eerie consistency, explains the way elections have swung for the past decade. Podhorzer, the political director of the AFL-CIO, is one of the top electoral strategists on the left. The crucial factor, he found, is Democrats' vote share among voters making less than $50,000. Republicans consistently win voters…
  • Is One of the Most Popular Psychology Experiments Worthless?

    Olga Khazan
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:23 am
    Harvard University justice professor Michael J. Sandel stood before a lecture hall filled with students recently and presented them with an age-old moral quandary: "Suppose you're the driver of a trolley car, and your trolley car is hurtling down the track at 60 miles an hour. You notice five workers working on the track. You try to stop, but you can't, because your brakes don't work. You know that if you crash into these five workers, they will all die. You feel helpless until you notice that off to the side, there's a side track. And there's one worker on the side track." The question: Do…
  • What is Hezbollah Doing in Europe?

    Matthew Levitt
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:19 am
    Two years ago this month, Hezbollah operatives murdered six people—five tourists and their bus driver—and wounded many more in a bus bombing at the airport in Burgas, Bulgaria. The incident brought global attention to the extent of the group’s operations in Europe, far afield of its traditional home base of Lebanon, where it was founded with a mission to fight Israel. But today, despite a European Union ban on the group's military wing, Hezbollah is just as strong on the continent as it was two years ago. Hezbollah’s European networks are so strong, in fact, that just this month it…
  • Learn How to Open a Door

    Steven Heller
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    If Seinfeld was a show about nothing, the National Geographic Channel's new show Going Deep With David Rees raises existential questions about what is less than nothing. There are episodes that teach the best way to do such thrilling stunts as open a door, climb a tree, dig a hole, tie your shoes, and make ice. But Rees, the creator of the comic strips “Get Your War On” and “My New Fighting Technique Is Unstoppable" and author of How To Sharpen Pencils, takes deadly dull themes and makes them both extraordinary and instructive. It may sound like watching paint dry. But were Rees to…
  • I Was a Naive Urban Teacher

    Florina Rodov
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:18 am
    “My parents emigrated from Russia with a mere hundred dollars between them. Some days my dad couldn't afford the bus, so he trudged 20 miles to and from his job scrubbing toilets at NYU, his calluses oozing,” I told my wide-eyed high school freshmen—mostly Dominican, all low-income—on my first day as a New York City Teaching Fellow in Washington Heights. “But the hard work paid off. My dad became a businessman and my mom became a doctor. They bought a house on Long Island and sent me to Columbia University.”   I aspired to be like the inspirational movie teachers—lyrical Robin…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Daily Kos

  • House moves towards vote on Boehner's pre-impeachment lawsuit

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions With the August recess right around the corner, House Republicans have taken another step towards turning Speaker John Boehner's planned lawsuit against President Obama into reality, approving a resolution in the House Rules Committee that will allow the full House to consider the lawsuit, most likely next week. The lawsuit claims that President Obama overstepped his authority when the Treasury Department authorized transitional relief to Obamacare's employer mandate by delaying its enforcement, which, ironically, is actually the outcome that…
  • John McCain very sad that President Obama has no desire to 'have social interface' with him

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    President Obama rebuffs McCain's attempts to have social interface with him Sen. John McCain is a very, very sad man. And he blames it all on President Obama, because: “The self-pity that Obama continues to exhibit is really kind of sad, really,” McCain said on Wednesday during Fox News’ “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.” Oh, and speaking of self-pity, McCain added: “You know, I can’t work with him at all,” McCain said. “When is the last time he really called leaders of both parties together over at the White House, say, for a dinner, a social event.” Boo hoo hoo.
  • Dear DNC, say no to Phoenix

    24 Jul 2014 | 7:56 am
    Let's have our next convention in a place that unites us all. We have finalist cities for the 2016 Democratic National Convention: Birmingham, Brooklyn, Cleveland, Columbus, Philadelphia, and Phoenix. Birmingham seems silly, and not because of the politics of Alabama. The location of a convention has little effect on the final vote tally. Problem is logistics. Last cycle's Democratic convention in Charlotte was a bit of a clusterfuck, with hotels up to 50 miles away booked solid. And that's a city with a population of 775,000. Birmingham has a population of 212,000. No way they have the…
  • Paul Ryan unveils plan to do his Paul Ryan thing to poverty programs

    24 Jul 2014 | 7:44 am
    Paul Ryan is once again attempting to stoke his carefully cultivated Republican Who Cares About Poverty image. Naturally, he's doing so with a proposal that would hurt poor people. Ryan wants to consolidate as many as 11 anti-poverty programs into one block of funding that states could do with as they wished, provided they instituted work requirements, limited the duration of benefits, and provided what Ryan refers to as accountability. Ryan insists that this isn't about cutting benefits but about using them differently, but here's a clue to what he's envisioning: elderly and disabled people,…
  • No immigration crisis, just a refugee one

    24 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    The Right-wing's newest hysteria: kids. Dear god how can our nation survive the marauding hordes at the border? I mean, it's WORSE THAN EVER, right? While the number of unaccompanied youth crossing the border has doubled to nearly 60,000 in the past year, the total number of undocumented immigrants has mostly declined. About 1 million people have been caught crossing the border nearly every year between 1983 until 2006, but that number has dropped to about 400,000 in 2013. Huh. So it turns out that the number of undocumented immigrants crossing the border is down about 60 percent from the…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Drudge Retort

  • 1 Child an Hour Dying in Gaza

    rcade
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:57 am
    Jon Snow, Britain's Channel 4 News: Israel has proved one bitter truth. There is no such thing as a forensic or even a surgical attack. In this densely packed slither of land, fenced off from the rest of the world, it has proved impossible to "kill a militant," without taking out a child, 20 children, or a grandmother, aunt, cousin, cousin's cousin. Gazan society is a construct of huge families interwoven across the territory. It is hard to pin-prick one man -- kill him, and leave. You can obliterate his house, and he most probably he wont be there, but his 17 relatives will be, and at the…
  • Israeli Shells U.N. School in Gaza, 15 Die

    rcade
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:18 am
    Israeli tank shells hit a compound housing a U.N. school in the Gaza Strip on Thursday, killing at least 15 people and wounding dozens who were seeking shelter from fierce clashes on the streets outside, Palestinian officials said. Survivors told CBS News that they were warned that the school was targeted and they were preparing to leave when they say Israeli forces opened fire. According to UNICEF, at least 15 Palestinian children were killed throughout Gaza during the last 24 hours. A CNN report said the Israeli military told CNN that a rocket fired from Gaza could be behind the attack.
  • Grove: David Gregory 'Toast' at Meet the Press

    rcade
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:26 am
    A ratings decline since he took over as Meet the Press moderator in 2008 has put David Gregory's job in jeopardy, according to Lloyd Grove of Daily Beast. The rumored replacements after the mid-terms are Chuck Todd or a tandem of Joe Scarborough and Mika Brzezinski. Meet the Press has been in third place consistently to ABC's This Week With George Stephanopoulos and CBS's Face the Nation, hosted by Bob Schieffer. "In multiple conversations that I had with people inside and outside NBC ... it was taken as a given that Gregory is toast," Grove writes.
  • Airliner Vanishes from Radar in Africa

    LadyGlass
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:45 am
    An Air Algerie flight with 116 people on board has dropped off radar, prompting a search for the missing plane, the airline's operator said Thursday. Flight 5017 lost radar contact 50 minutes after takeoff from Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso, early Thursday. It was supposed to arrive at Algiers' Houari Boumediene Airport about four hours later. The plane, an MD-83, was carrying 110 passengers, two pilots and four crew members.
  • Gun-Toting Lawnmower Driver Shoots Teen

    rcade
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:23 am
    A 40-year-old Minnesota man allegedly shot a 17-year-old female neighbor three times Monday night after she told him to stop riding his lawn mower through her yard. Chad Pickering of Bemidji faces an attempted first-degree murder charge. The girl told police that a man who lived nearby had been riding his mower through her yard and he routinely carried a pistol in his holster. He told police he waited outside the teen's home and shot her when she came out onto the porch, then hid his gun.
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Editor's Blog

  • Disaster Porn, For Once for Real

    Josh Marshall
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:59 am
    I usually tend to dismiss near-miss science and astronomy disaster porn, which usually comes in the form of asteroids that almost but didn't slam into the earth and other related horrors. The Earth has been around for a few billion years and it's been many millions of years since the planet suffered a true global catastrophe. So what are the odds, in this tiny sliver of decades at the leading edge of history, when we're finally able to have some inkling of what's going on in near space, that we're actually finding out about some real global catastrophe that had any real chance of happening?
  • Is This Real?

    Josh Marshall
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:45 am
    A UN official in northern Iraq is claiming that ISIS has ordered female genital mutilation for all women in Mosul between the ages of 14 and 46. But others are disputing the veracity of her claim or suggesting that she was unwittingly passed on a false claim. The current Middle East is a mix of horrific developments and agitprop and hoaxes aimed at inflaming various audiences in the region and the West. The fact that it is a UN official making the claim gives it weight. But it makes sense to treat this as yet as unconfirmed.
  • Not Sure That Works

    Josh Marshall
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:59 am
    Glenn Beck: That innocent Boston Bombing bystander I called a terrorist can't sue me for libel because he became a public figure when I accused him of being a terrorist.
  • My Standing 'Oh Good Grief' Headline

    Josh Marshall
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:05 am
    Gov. Brewer: Inmate who gasped and snorted for almost two hours before dying in botched execution "did not suffer."
  • It's Chaos!

    Josh Marshall
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:03 am
    Jon Stewart tackles the Obamacare subsidy chaos.
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Political Animal

  • Lunch Buffet

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:25 am
    The temptation to eat bad-for-me food is really overwhelming here in Georgia. Indulged in the fried green tomato bacon & cheese sandwich at Doug's Place in Emerson on Sunday, but it hasn't cured the craving entirely. Here are some less lethal midday snacks: * Lloyd Grove speculates about successor to "Dead Head Talking" David Gregory as moderator of Meet the Press (or just Meet as Beltway types often call it). * Twitter boasts of its diversity efforts. * Excellent profile of Michelle Nunn's campaign style as "grit, but no red meat," by Atlanta Journal-Constitution's Jim Galloway. * Nicholas…
  • More, Always More, on the "Enthusiasm Gap"

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:47 am
    As officials score-keepers of voter "enthusiasm," Pew is back with its latest estimates of the GOP "enthusiasm gap" at this point in the midterm cycle. Here's the relatively good, or perhaps relatively not-so-bad, news for Democrats: Today, the Republicans lead on a number of key engagement indicators, though in some cases by smaller margins than four years ago. Currently, 45% of registered voters who plan to support the Republican in their district say they are more enthusiastic about voting than in prior congressional elections; that compares with 37% of those who plan to vote for the…
  • Walsh and the Plagiarism Charge

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:02 am
    Clearly the Lord decided to toy with Democrats the last week, as a couple of polls came out suggesting that appointed Sen. John Walsh might not quite be the lost cause everyone had assumed him to be. Then the New York Times Jonathan Martin dropped this bomb: [O]ne of the highest-profile credentials of Mr. Walsh’s 33-year military career appears to have been improperly attained. An examination of the final paper required for Mr. Walsh’s master’s degree from the United States Army War College indicates the senator appropriated at least a quarter of his thesis on American…
  • Another Ex-Centrist Speaks Out

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:27 am
    If you want a good morning morale-booster about the righteousness of the progressive political stance, you should read the apologia penned by military journalist and historian Thomas Ricks at, of all places, Politico Magazine. The title is "Why Am I Moving Left?" and Ricks is very specific in answering that question. But first he expresses wonderment at finding himself "off-center:" I am puzzled by this late-middle-age politicization. During the time I was a newspaper reporter, I didn’t participate in elections, because I didn’t want to vote for, or against, the people I covered.
  • Will a Lawsuit Energize the Base?

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:49 am
    Greg Sargent reports today that the DCCC is planning to make the House GOP's sponsorship of a lawsuit against the president a major talking point in campaign communications this August: Democrats will be pumping robocalls highlighting the lawsuit into the districts of 18 vulnerable House Republicans, Israel says. The robocalls, which preview the messaging Dems will employ while Members are at home for recess, say: “Republicans in Congress are about to vote to spend millions of taxpayer dollars on a frivolous lawsuit against President Obama. Even worse, Congressman [X] is voting against…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    New Republic

  • Congress Is Almost as Dysfunctional as Ever

    Danny Vinik
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:34 am
    The foreign policy crises ongoing in Israel and Ukraine have rightfully dominated the news over the past week. But back in the United States, Congress is hurriedly trying to pass three pieces of legislation before the August recess—two to combat domestic crises and one to prevent one from happenin
  • 2014 Is Already the Worst Year in the History of Lethal Injection

    Ben Crair
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:08 pm
    On Wednesday afternoon, a prisoner named Joseph Rudolph Wood III suffered what was one of the longest executions in U.S. history. Executioners in Arizona began pumping the lethal drugs into Wood’s veins at 1:57 p.m. His death was not pronounced until nearly two hours later at 3:49 p.m. According t
  • Why Are There No Female Sheldon Adelsons?

    Rebecca Traister
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:59 pm
    This week, Politico asked why women give so much less as political donors than men do. In a story called “The Money Gap: Why Don’t Women Give?” Anna Palmer and Tarini Parti repo
  • The Israeli Army Knew Gaza Was a "Ticking Bomb" Before War Broke Out

    Neri Zilber
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Of all the reasons for the ongoing conflict in Gaza, the most important is arguably the most prosaic: money. Before Hamas started firing over a thousand rockets into Israel, before Israel responded with airstrikes (and now, ground forces), and before the brutal kidnappings and murders of three Israe
  • The Innovation Myth

    Elizabeth Winkler
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    In the twenty-first century, the crucial element of a more-perfect society is innovation. Or so think tanks, urban planners and entrepreneurs would have you believe. A recent report
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    MichelleMalkin.com

  • Hey, Snotty Bloomberg: Mind your own crumbling city!

    Michelle Malkin
    10 Jul 2014 | 9:27 pm
    Shooting off his mouth…again Hey, Snotty Bloomberg: Mind your own crumbling city! by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2014 Some sore losers just don’t know when to pick up their billion-dollar marbles and go away. Far, far away. I’m looking at you, Michael Bloomberg. The former New York City mayor mouthed off about my adopted hometown of Colorado Springs and my friends in nearby Pueblo in Rolling Stone magazine this month. He snidely bashed our neighborhoods as backwater holes “where I don’t think there’s roads. It’s as far rural as you can get.” Snotty…
  • Sen. Patty Murray authors ‘Not My Boss’s Business Act’ to exempt O-care from law she voted for in ’93

    Doug Powers
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:23 pm
    **Written by Doug Powers Sen. Patty Murray has written the “Not My Boss’s Business Act” as a “fix” to get around the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision: Democrats and women’s health groups believe they have a powerful campaign weapon in pushing back on the Supreme Court’s 5-4 ruling that Hobby Lobby and other closely held for-profit companies don’t have to comply with the health law’s contraceptive coverage requirement if it violates the owners’ religious beliefs. The bill was drafted by Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.), a longtime women’s health…
  • Obama’s Immigration Lawyers’ Enrichment Act

    Michelle Malkin
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:27 am
    Obama’s Immigration Lawyers’ Enrichment Act by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2014 The American Dream is dying for tens of millions of unemployed, underemployed and long-term jobless citizens. But the White House has guaranteed that one sector of the U.S. economy will thrive for decades to come: Open-borders immigration lawyers. Don’t believe the fibbing D.C. flacks. While the president’s spokesman Josh Earnest promised that “most” of the illegal immigrant youths from Central America flooding across our borders will “likely” be…
  • ‘Sobby Lobby’ rides again: Forget ‘it’s the law,’ Harry Reid pledges action against Hobby Lobby ruling

    Doug Powers
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:58 am
    **Written by Doug Powers Reid should be able to focus on this in the coming weeks thanks to all the extra time freed up by not worrying about a budget combined with the fact that he’s insane: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said Monday that Democrats will take up legislation in the “coming weeks” to address last month’s Supreme Court decision that allowed some employers with religious objections to opt out of Obamacare’s contraception mandate. Democrats on Capitol Hill have overwhelmingly criticized the high court’s ruling in the Hobby Lobby case and are working to craft a…
  • Uh huh: Costco says decision to pull Dinesh D’Souza’s book from shelves not political; Update: Costco caves

    Doug Powers
    8 Jul 2014 | 2:44 pm
    **Written by Doug Powers Word is that Costco has pulled Dinesh D’Souza’s book, “America: Imagine A World Without Her,” from store shelves. Costco reportedly said the decision to yank D’Souza’s book, which takes on progressivism head-on, was based on poor sales and was not political. Excuse me for a second… Just had to get that out of my system. Poor sales? Hillary Clinton’s book is currently #91 on Amazon and D’Souza’s is currently, er, #1. I think what Costco means is now that D’Souza’s book isn’t available there,…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    TIME » Time Sections » Politics

  • Platon: Life and Death on the Border

    Paul Moakley
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:18 am
  • Hispanic Caucus To Push Deportation Relief in White House Meeting

    Alex Rogers
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:58 am
    Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus plan to meet with Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and White House counsel Neil Eggleston at the White House on Friday morning, Jasmine Mora, a spokesperson for Rep. Ruben Hinojosa (D-Texas), told TIME. Hinojosa is the Chairman of the CHC. The meeting will focus on a memo the caucus sent to Johnson in April on administrative deportation relief and humane enforcement practices, Mora told TIME. “The intent of the meeting tomorrow is to talk about what administrative actions the President can take under the law,” she…
  • Morning Must Reads: July 24

    Alex Rogers
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:37 am
    New Push to Lure Hamas Into Truce [WSJ] Civilians as Human Shields? Gaza War Intensifies Debate [NYT] Obama wants Israel to limit casualties in Gaza. But he won’t say how. [TIME] FAA lifts its ban on flights to Israel [TIME] “Two Ukrainian fighter jets were shot down Wednesday over separatist-held territory not far from the site of the Malaysia Airlines crash as international outrage over the tragedy has done little to slow the fierce fighting in eastern Ukraine.” [WSJ] “Authorities have lost contact with an Air Algerie flight en route from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso…
  • 10 Questions With John Dean

    Megan Gibson
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:48 am
    May I turn on a recording device? Absolutely. You recruited G. Gordon Liddy to run President Nixon’s dirty-tricks campaign and were intimately involved in the cover-up. Why should a reader pay for your judgment on Watergate? These tapes do refresh recollection of things I had totally forgotten about … Anybody who wants to take the time to listen to the tapes will get a confirmation of exactly what I’ve said. I have no reason at this late date to try to distort anything, other than to really understand what did happen and why. Your book reminds us that the major players in…
  • How Hillary and Bill Clinton Raised $1.4 Billion

    Chris Wilson
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    There are great American political fundraisers. And then there are Hillary and Bill Clinton, the first couple of American political fundraising. Few in American history have collected and benefited from so much money in so many ways over such a long period of time. Since they arrived on the national political scene 32 years ago, the Clintons have attracted at least $1.4 billion in contributions, according to a review of public records by TIME and the Center for Responsive Politics. That sum helps illustrate Hillary Clinton’s enormous advantage should she decide to run for President in…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    CNN.com - Politics

  • J Street challenges the Israel lobby

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:15 am
    As rockets and missiles traced the skies over Gaza and Israel, every side of the conflict swarmed cable news and social media to stake a claim to the higher moral ground, amplifying the debate over how to resolve the conflict.
  • Senator admits plagiarism, blames PTSD

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:14 am
    John King, Manu Raju and Jonathan Martin on a Dem. Montana Senator admitting plagiarism.
  • Granderson: GOP's bogus slam of Obama over MH17

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:12 am
    LZ Granderson says Ronald Reagan went horseback riding and took a vacation after the Korean Air Crash of 1983. So why does the GOP keep airbrushing history to bash Obama?
  • Immigrants or refugees? A difference loaded with political consequences

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:07 am
    There is a very important degree of nuance and distinction in calling the surge of Central American children at the U.S. southern border with Mexico 'humanitarian crisis' while steering clear of deeming them "refugees."
  • Obama: Iran talks may take more time

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:06 am
    President Barack Obama said Wednesday the United States and its allies have "made real progress" in talks with Iran over its nuclear program, but "significant gaps" remain and more work is necessary.
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Politics News Headlines - Yahoo News

  • Russia convicts protest leader Udaltsov of fomenting 'mass riots'

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:32 am
    A Russian court on Thursday convicted an opposition leader and a political aide of organising "mass riots" ahead of Vladimir Putin's inauguration as president in 2012. Judge Alexander Zamashnyuk said the guilt of protest leader Sergei Udaltsov and his ally Leonid Razvozzhayev in fomenting unrest in Moscow and elsewhere had been "totally proven". Prosecutors have requested Udaltsov and Razvozzhayev be sentenced to eight years in a penal colony for organising the rally on May 6, 2012, which the government had described as a "riot", as well as plotting further…
  • IMF lowers 2014 global growth forecast

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:28 am
    The IMF lowered its 2014 global economic growth forecast Thursday, warning of "negative surprises" from the United States and China and geopolitical risks in Ukraine and the Middle East. The International Monetary Fund projected global growth of 3.4 percent for this year, down from its April estimate of 3.7 percent. In 2013, the world economy grew 3.2 percent. The downgraded 2014 growth outlook reflects "both the legacy of the weak first quarter, particularly in the United States, and a less optimistic outlook for several emerging markets," the IMF said, in an update of…
  • Gaza toll hits 788 as 15 killed at UN school

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:21 am
    Fifteen people were killed Thursday when Israeli fire hit a UN-run school in Gaza, as the Palestinian toll on the 17th day of the conflict rose to 788, medics said. Emergency services spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra said at least 15 people had been killed and 200 wounded by Israeli shelling of a school run by the UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) in the northern town of Beit Hanun, where hundreds had sought refuge from the violence. A later air strike between the southern cities of Rafah and Khan Yunis killed seven people, the "majority of them children" from three different…
  • Biden, in Ohio, urges infrastructure, job training

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:19 am
    CINCINNATI (AP) — Vice President Joe Biden said Thursday that more investment in infrastructure and job training is needed to increase economic opportunities in the nation's cities.
  • Mont. gov: Sen. in plagiarism row deserves respect

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:15 am
    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Montana Gov. Steve Bullock said Thursday he had no knowledge that Democratic Sen. John Walsh had plagiarized his master's thesis when he appointed the former lieutenant governor to the Senate in February.
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Political Irony

  • Hi-Speed Doublespeak

    Iron Knee
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:30 pm
    More than 20 states have telecom-sponsored laws on the books that prohibit local communities from building their own municipal high-speed internet networks. This despite the fact that these networks are wildly popular in communities that have them. In addition, communities that have installed their own high-speed internet networks have seen better than average population growth and a marked increase in the number of businesses relocating to and forming in their city. Take the example of Chattanooga, Tennessee, which built their own gigabit internet service last year (and had 100 Mb/s service…
  • Rewriting History

    Iron Knee
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:34 pm
    I guess no lie is too big if it compares Saint Ronnie Reagan favorably to Obama. And once again Jon Stewart proves that he is a better source of news than the worthless majority of our news media. Related posts: Romney Rewriting Reality “This may be the most hypocritical political ad in the history of Wisconsin politics” Bill Kristol: a history of being wrong
  • Late Night Political Humor

    Iron Knee
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:15 pm
    “To avoid being spied on by the NSA, Germany is considering using typewriters now to communicate so we can’t spy on them. Germany says they may even go further back and start using AOL accounts.” – Conan O’Brien “Congratulations to Germany! They have now won four World Cup soccer championships. But – they are still O for 2 in world wars.” – David Letterman “So the old Pope from Germany and the present Pope from Argentina got together at the Vatican and watched the World Cup together. We even have the footage – they’re praying over a…
  • Gimme that New Time Religion!

    Iron Knee
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:39 pm
    © Ruben Bolling You have to have faith in the holy trinity of CEO, board of directors, and shareholders. Our CEO who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy customers come, thy will be done, in the sales room, as it is in the board room. Give us this day our daily tax break, and forgive us our debts, as we forgive those who buy on credit, and lead us not into regulation, but deliver us from government. For thine is the corporation, and the power, and the money, for ever and ever. Amen. Related posts: Gimme that Old Time Religion Religion is Big Business The Religion of the Left
  • Legalize Vice!

    Iron Knee
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Once upon a time we tried to make drinking alcohol illegal. We all know how that turned out. And finally (after WAY too long) states are starting to make recreational use of marijuana legal, with promising results. Likewise, we finally eliminated laws against gay sex, and the world didn’t end. In fact, we took the next step and started giving civil rights to gays, including the right to get married. It seems like attempts to legislate morality, in particular by creating “victimless crimes” is not only doomed to failure, it is pretty stupid. This is one area where I…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Politics - The Huffington Post

  • David Gregory Stuck In Third Place As 'Meet The Press' Rumors Swirl

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:34 am
    These are surely not the numbers David Gregory was hoping for on Thursday. The woebegone "Meet The Press" host is weathering one of his worst periods of press coverage, with rumors running rampant that he is due to be ousted from his job within months. (NBC has called the rumors "false.") If anybody was wondering why Gregory appears to be on such thin ice, they got an answer on Thursday, when Nielsen's weekly roundup of the Sunday talk show ratings was released. ABC's "This Week" and CBS's "Face the Nation" battled it out for first place in the total viewer category, with ABC pulling well…
  • Russian Sanctions Spark AK-47 Buying Frenzy In U.S.

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:25 am
    In an effort to keep arms away from Russian-backed rebels in Ukraine, the United States may have kicked off something of an arms race back home. The Obama administration last week announced a new round of sanctions against Russia that it says are intended to discourage Russia from continuing to support rebel groups in eastern Ukraine. Companies blacklisted by the U.S. include Russian banks, energy firms and eight weapons manufacturers -- including Kalashnikov Concern, a maker of what is arguably the most popular weapon in the world, the AK-47. The move sent American gun buyers into a frenzy,…
  • Why We Called for a Boycott of the White House Iftar

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:22 am
    Muslim Congressman Keith Ellison said that "if we're not at the table, were on the menu." This was his justification for his attendance at this year's White House Iftar, which took place in the shadow of the U.S. government's support for Israel's massacre of Palestinians in Gaza, as well as new revelations surrounding the National Security Agency's illegal surveillance of Muslim- and Arab-American community leaders. While I completely agree with Congressman Ellison and have always advocated for this fact, what he and many other White House Ifar attendees have yet to recognize is that they…
  • Have We Lost Our Humanity?

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:13 am
    This past weekend, anti-immigration actions swept the country; on Tuesday, Texas Governor Rick Perry sounded the call for the immediate deployment of 1,000 national guardsmen to the U.S. border; and our leaders are currently considering gutting a bill that allowed for the humane treatment of child migrants from non-contiguous countries. Republican Congress members have made it clear that immigration reform is effectively dead this year. But these women and children are effectively dead if we do nothing. These refugees are facing life and death while Republican Congress members worry about…
  • Joe Lieberman Has A New Gig

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:09 am
    NEW YORK (AP) — Former U.S. Sen. Joseph Lieberman has been appointed a professor at Yeshiva University for the coming school year. The private New York university named him the Joseph Lieberman Chair in Public Policy and Public Service. He'll teach an undergraduate course and give three public lectures on topics ranging from Judaism and public service to the Middle East. Lieberman represented Connecticut in the U.S. Senate between 1989 and 2013. He was Democrat Al Gore's running mate during the 2000 presidential campaign but was re-elected to the Senate as an independent in 2006. Lieberman…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Media Matters for America - Latest Items

  • How Rupert Murdoch Pushed Australia Into A Climate Change Retreat

    24 Jul 2014 | 7:23 am
    Australia last week became "the world's first developed nation to repeal carbon laws that put a price on greenhouse-gas emissions." The country's carbon tax, which has been a passionate political topic there for more almost a decade, was finally instituted in 2012. But after a new conservative prime minister, Tony Abbott, was elected in September 2013, the carbon tax was aggressively targeted and then successfully repealed by Australia's Senate on July 17.  The retreat represents a win for climate deniers in Australia who dismiss the looming dangers of climate change and the science…
  • The Summer Of Nonsense: 2014 Features Glut Of Shady Anti-Clinton Books

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:17 am
    Three recent or upcoming books highlight the way an anti-Clinton cottage industry is trying to manipulate media vulnerabilities to smear Hillary and Bill Clinton. This summer will see the publication of Daniel Halper's Clinton Inc.: The Audacious Rebuilding of a Political Machine, Edward Klein's Blood Feud: The Clintons vs. the Obamas, and Ronald Kessler's The First Family Detail: Secret Service Agents Reveal the Hidden Lives of Presidents. Rush Limbaugh discussed all three books one after the other on July 22, commenting, "Do we really want to hand the country over to these people?" While…
  • On The Hottest June On Record, Most Media Missed This Key Context

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:15 am
    The globe recently experienced the hottest June on record, fitting in with the trend of global warming. Yet several top media outlets reported on the announcement without mentioning climate change at all. 2014 has been a record-breaking year for global temperatures. On July 21, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association announced that the average global temperature for the month of June was the hottest experienced for 134 years of records. This finding follows the hottest May on record, the hottest March to June period on record, and…
  • Fox & Friends Seems Concerned That Emergency Services Respond To 911 Calls From Non-Citizens

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:09 am
    Fox News' morning program questioned a Texas official about providing emergency services to undocumented migrants, asking whether 911 calls from immigrants must be answered "even though for the most part, when you get there, you realize they're not even American citizens." On July 23, Fox & Friends centered a discussion on how undocumented immigrants in Brooks County, Texas are "bombarding" the police department with 911 calls. Host Brian Kilmeade set up an interview with the Texas county's chief deputy by claiming that "illegal immigrants are learning the hard way…
  • National Review Online Editor Endorses "Ex-Gay" Therapy

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:48 am
    National Review Online editor-at-large Kathryn Jean Lopez praised an organization that practices discredited "ex-gay" therapy techniques, urging gay men and lesbians to choose the path of "conversion and renewal." In a July 22 review for NRO, Lopez lauded Desire of the Everlasting Hills, a documentary about three Roman Catholics who left gay relationships to pursue lives of celibacy. As Lopez noted, the documentary was a project of Courage, a Catholic organization that aims to help people with "homosexual desires" to lead "chaste lives." Hailing the documentary…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    The Women's International Perspective

  • A Damned Paradise: Does Haiti Need Tourism? Or Does It Need Justice?

    Kim Amador
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:43 am
    by Samiha Shafy, Der Spiegel, Germany – The attorney stares at a hut next to the grave. It’s made of wood and mud, and is covered with a plastic tarp. “I used to live like that,” Mario Joseph says quietly, more to himself than to the three women crouching behind him in the shade of a tree. The women are keeping watch over a rectangle of freshly dug up earth, surrounded by loose stones. One of them, Itavia Souffrant, says it is the grave of her mother. Two weeks ago, the mother had diarrhea and was vomiting, but because of heavy rains the family was unable to take her…
  • Israeli shells hit UN shelter in Gaza

    AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:29 am
    Shelling reported to have killed at least 15 people and injured 200 in a UN-run school builing in city of Beit Hanoun.
  • Ukraine PM resigns amid parliamentary turmoil

    AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:22 am
    Arseniy Yatsenyuk resigns in protest at the disbanding of the ruling coalition ahead of early parliamentary polls.
  • IMF lowers global growth forecast

    BBC News - Home
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:18 am
    The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has lowered its forecast for global economic growth this year, from 3.7% to 3.4%.
  • South Sudan: Rains and Lack of Toilets Threaten to Make Cholera Epidemic Even Deadlier

    AllAfrica News: Latest
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:55 am
    [AlertNet]The cholera epidemic in South Sudan is bad, but now that the rains have begun - in areas where a lack of toilets means a lot of faeces out in the open - it may become much worse.
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Wonkette

  • Fifty Shades Of Meh, Who Cares, That Book Sucked And So Will The Movie

    Kaili Joy Gray
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:22 am
    It’s baaaaaaaaack. Just as we were all beginning to forget that terrible, TERRIBLE Twilight-inspired tripe called Fifty Shades of Grey — do not even get me started on how 50 kinds of sad it is that E.L. James enjoyed Twilight so much, she wrote her very own fan-fic trilogy, which is basically the same story except with more sex, but not the wolf-on-virgin kind, and no sparkly vampires, and excuse me, but vampires do NOT sparkle, goddamnit, everyone knows that — now we get to relive the pain on the big screen. Of course we all remember how all the rage Fifty Shades was. It…
  • Iraqi Jerks Will Cut Off Your Clitoris, For Whatever The Islamic Version Of Jesus Is

    Doktor Zoom
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:01 am
    #451607616 / gettyimages.com You may have noticed that, apart from the supremely idiotic thoughts of the people who got America into Iraq in the first place, we haven’t been covering the terrible situation in that country much, because there is absolutely zero that’s funny about it. And there’s even less to laugh at in this latest development: The United Nations says that in Mosul, ISIS has ordered all women and girls between the ages of 11 and 45 to undergo female genital mutilation. We hope the Hobby Lobby folks don’t get any ideas. UN official Jacqueline Badcock…
  • Oopsies: Iowa Deputy Accidentally Shoots Into Car While ‘Helping’ With Medical Emergency

    Doktor Zoom
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:33 am
    Here’s a story that easily could have turned out awful but is ultimately nice time, though not for lack of trying! Near Grimes, Iowa, two Polk County deputies successfully stopped a car that had been weaving all over the road, but while trying to get to the driver, who was incapacitated due to a medical emergency, one of the deputies accidentally fired his gun into the car’s passenger-side door. Nobody was injured, because dumb luck. A local 911 dispatcher received a call from another driver Sunday evening, who described a Pontiac driving erratically and speeding: “He’s over…
  • Arizona Spokeschick Promises Botched Execution Was Really Kittens’ Whiskers And Unicorn Farts

    Dan Weber
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:06 am
    Polish up your resumes, Wonketeers, because it looks like the great state of Arizona will soon be in the market for a new press flack! After the AP and the Washington Post reported that the botched execution of convicted murderer Joseph R. Wood III was punctuated by nearly two hours of snorting and gasping, the Arizona Attorney General’s office felt it needed to set the record straight. State officials disputed these accounts, contending that Wood was never in pain and that he was only snoring. “I’m telling you he was snoring,” Stephanie Grisham, spokeswoman for the Arizona…
  • Why Won’t These Jerk Homeless People Give This Cool Cigar Guy All Their Money?

    Rebecca Schoenkopf
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:46 am
    Oh man, aren’t poor people the worst? Like, there you are, “working and playing” in … Indianapolis, sure, why not, just go with it. You are just trying to enjoy a “meal, cigar,” and some dirty homeless waif comes up and is like “waaah, good sir, I am so hungry, can you spare a ducat?” And then you are forced to kick them in the face while you laugh and laugh! Tell us all about it, Abdul-Hakim Shabazz, editor and publisher of IndyPolitics, writing in that liberal rag the Indianapolis Star! As someone who works and frequently plays in the Mile…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Hot Air

  • Video: Months later, ObamaCare exchanges still aren’t working properly

    Ed Morrissey
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:21 am
    Unless you're a fraud. This seems like an especially timely reminder, given yesterday’s news about how easily GAO investigators were able to buy insurance with faked credentials on Healthcare.gov. WECT in Wilmington, North Carolina reports that actual consumers have a much more difficult time in acquiring and paying for their health insurance coverage. One broker still has customers getting canceled […] View the video »
  • The obligatory “LA woman in labor can’t cross street because of Obama’s motorcade” post

    Allahpundit
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:41 am
    Priorities. My eternal standard of blogworthiness on a slow news day: If it’s good enough for a banner headline on Drudge, it’s good enough for me. (Infowars links not included.) All we need now is audio of Obama laughing sinisterly as his limo speeds by, or maybe a pic of him tenting his fingers a la […] Read this post »
  • Time: The West is losing Cold War II

    Ed Morrissey
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:01 am
    "Western leaders find themselves scolding him one minute while pleading with him the next." This isn’t just a think piece buried in the back of the magazine, either, but a full-fledged cover story from Time’s correspondent in Ukraine. Simon Shuster paints Vladimir Putin as a master manipulator, controlling events in order to make himself and Russia indispensable for addressing crises that Putin largely orchestrates. Note the color of the […] Read this post »
  • Arizona inmate takes nearly two hours to die by lethal injection in botched execution

    Allahpundit
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:21 am
    "Like a fish on shore gulping for air." Done right, execution by the needle is supposed to take 10-15 minutes. Obviously, this wasn’t done right. Clayton Lockett, the inmate who died during a botched lethal injection three months ago in Oklahoma, ended up having a heart attack on the gurney after 20 minutes. Joseph Wood, the inmate executed yesterday, didn’t have a heart […] Read this post »
  • ISIS reportedly orders women and girls of Mosul to undergo ‘genital mutilation’

    Noah Rothman
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:40 am
    Monstrous. Following the purge of Christians in the Iraqi city of Mosul and the destruction of a nearly 2,000-year-old Christian house of worship, fighters with the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) have continued to impose a grotesque and medieval form of Sharia Law on the city’s remaining Muslim residents. On Wednesday, a United Nations […] Read this post »
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Real PolitixReal Politix

  • Real Estate Tips That Will Save You Money

    Randy
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:08 pm
    TIP! When you have kids, or are planning to start a family in the future, make sure you buy a home that can accommodate everyone. Steep stairs or swimming pools are items to closely examine if you have children in the home. You just need to know the best ways to be a buyer in the market, whether you are an investor or a first time home buyer. Follow the tips laid out here if you wish to make the buying process an easy one. TIP! The Internet can be your best friend when house hunting, so remember to use the net to check out homes and neighborhoods. You can find out a good deal of information…
  • Navigating Insurance Information: Tricks Of The Trade

    Randy
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:23 am
    TIP! Get fresh quotes before buying or renewing an insurance policy, and save money. Each insurance company will differ in their criteria for premiums and discounts. Buying an insurance plan can be an aggravating experience, whether it’s for your apartment, home or car. However, there is no need for it to always be frustrating. Using the right advice, you may buy a policy stress-free. This article can be of assistance to you. TIP! Bundle together all of your insurance policies to save some money. The most common bundle you will come across is discounted home and auto insurances sold…
  • Stock Market Tips And Tricks That Will Surely Work

    Randy
    19 Jul 2014 | 7:01 am
    TIP! Keep your investment expectations reasonable. There is no such thing as overnight success with the stock market if you follow sound trading techniques which focus on long-term success. There are many important actions to take to ensure your success in stock market investing – researching companies, following trends, being patient, and many others. Your main goal should obviously be to profit, and profiting means learning the ins and outs of the marketplace. Your journey to smart investing and the stock market starts right here. TIP! If you are the owner of any common stocks,…
  • Top Tips And Advice For Any Home Improvement Project

    Randy
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:52 pm
    TIP! Be sure to keep your residential phone line and business phone line separate. A business that wants to be known as professional and established always has a message specific to it, not to mention you are taking a risk of a child or someone else in the home answering the phone in a less than professional manner. Many people think it is hard to start and run a business from their home. You have to understand that work from home business is not as difficult of a subject as you may think it is. These tips can help you understand and incorporate the skills necessary in running a online…
  • Things To Remember When Buying Real Estate

    Randy
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:57 pm
    TIP! A smart real estate agent will keep good contact with clients long after the sale, sending holiday cards and noting the anniversary of the home’s sale. When they hear from you, they will remember how much you helped them out. Purchasing properties can be scary, particularly if you have never done so before. On the other hand though, it has the potential to be a great investment in both your personal and financial life. Keep reading for some tips that should prove invaluable to novices and experienced buyers alike. TIP! If you’re trying to buy commercial real estate that costs…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    FamousDC

  • What’s Better Than A Bowl Of Chili Before Boarding A Plane?

    Redneck Genius
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Nothing. Ben’s Chili Bowl just opened in DCA. Because nothing says, “hey, that’s me in the middle seat,” as you clutch a bowl of chili before a 4-hour flight. h/t ByersThe post What’s Better Than A Bowl Of Chili Before Boarding A Plane? appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Famous Friday [Round Up]

    fdc
    18 Jul 2014 | 3:03 pm
    #NATIONAL Forbes sold their majority stake to Integrated Whale Media Investments, which just sounds like a practical joke; Whoa Microsoft, whoa; Silvio Berlusconi’s still got it; Congress wants us to go to another moon; origami spacecraft; taking endless appetizers way past an appropriate limit; swimsuit contest + insulin pump = Miss Idaho; a library you [...]The post Famous Friday [Round Up] appeared first on FamousDC.
  • ICYMI: The Washington Wizards Locked In a Great Player This Weekend.

    fdc
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:58 am
    Also, major props to Grantland writer Andrew Sharp for giffing up this article about the Washington Wizards‘ newest player. Don’t read this unless you want to get real excited about the Wizards – his timeline of this weekend’s events will make any fairweather fan tune in. “Paul Pierce is going to the Wizards. Paul Pierce [...]The post ICYMI: The Washington Wizards Locked In a Great Player This Weekend. appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Don Young Not Afraid of Anything

    fdc
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:25 am
    Hannah Hess at Roll Call reported some badass news last night: Republican Rep. Don Young, the self-described “alpha wolf” of Alaska politics, allegedly barged through the police line established to prevent members of Congress and staff from entering the Capitol following the spill. According to multiple sources, Young told an officer trying to stop him [...]The post Don Young Not Afraid of Anything appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Famous Birthday: Neil Chatterjee

    fdc
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    Happy birthday to the Justin Timberlake-loving, Kentucky basketball trash-talking, and Shane Battier super fan: Neil Chatterjee.The post Famous Birthday: Neil Chatterjee appeared first on FamousDC.
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Democracy Now!

  • Botched 2-Hour Arizona Execution "Shrouded in Secrecy" Fuels Outrage Over Lethal Injection Methods

    24 Jul 2014 | 5:53 am
    Arizona’s execution of Joseph Wood was supposed to take about 10 minutes, but stretched out for nearly two hours Wednesday night as he gasped for air after being injected with a controversial two-drug combination of the sedative midazolam and the painkiller hydromorphone. Halfway through the ordeal his lawyers filed an emergency motion to stop the execution, saying it violated Wood’s Eighth Amendment right against cruel and unusual punishment. This was a "predictable consequence of Arizona’s experimental drug procedure and the fact that Arizona shrouded its procedure in…
  • Katrina vanden Heuvel: With 100,000+ Displaced, Why is U.S. Ignoring Ukraine's Civil War?

    24 Jul 2014 | 5:41 am
    A high-level rebel commander has confirmed for the first time that pro-Russian separatists had an anti-aircraft missile of the kind the United States says was used to shoot down Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, killing all 298 on board. He blamed Ukrainian authorities for provoking the strike, saying they deliberately launched air strikes in the area, even though they knew the missile system was in place and rebels would fight back. Meanwhile, the area near the Russian border continues to see heavy fighting between government forces and Russian-backed separatists. On Wednesday, two Ukrainian…
  • Decrying "Brutal Operation Taking Place in Our Name," Israeli Military Reservists Refuse to Serve

    24 Jul 2014 | 5:19 am
    As Israel pledges to continue the assault on Gaza for "as long as is required," we are joined by two Israelis who have refused to serve in their country’s military reserves. On Tuesday, The Washington Post ran an open letter authored by Yael Even Or titled "We are Israeli reservists. We refuse to serve," announcing that more than 50 former Israeli soldiers have signed a petition declaring their refusal to be part of the Israeli military reserves. "This petition, long in the making, has a special urgency because of the brutal military operation now taking place…
  • Sharif Abdel Kouddous: Bombed in Their Homes and in the Streets, Where Can Gazans Flee?

    24 Jul 2014 | 5:10 am
    Israel has entered the 17th day of its bombardment of the Gaza Strip, where the Palestinian death toll has reached at least 732. Palestinian militants are now claiming to have killed eight more Israeli soldiers, which would bring the Israeli military toll to 40. Three civilians have died inside Israel. We speak with independent journalist and Democracy Now! correspondent Sharif Abdel Kouddous just after he visited the southern town of Khan Younis, which has faced heavy shelling since Tuesday. Israeli forces there killed an estimated 73 people in the last two days. Kouddous says residents…
  • Headlines for July 24, 2014

    24 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Gaza Neighborhoods Bombarded as Palestinian Toll Tops 730U.N.: 1 Child Killed Every Hour in Gaza; School Shelled for 2nd TimeU.S. Casts Lone No Vote Against U.N. Probe of Israeli War CrimesU.N. Rights Chief: Israel May Be Committing War CrimesPalestinian Militants Say 8 Israeli Soldiers Killed in GazaCeasefire Talks Deadlocked as Hamas Demands End to BlockadeFAA Lifts Ban on Commercial Flights to Tel Aviv60 Killed in Bombing of Iraqi Prison BusTwin Bombings in Northern Nigeria Kill 42Botched Lethal Injection Kills Arizona Prisoner After 2 HoursReport: U.S. Adopts Broad Criteria for Terrorist…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Outside the Beltway

  • Federal Judge Strikes Down Colorado Same-Sex Marriage Ban

    Doug Mataconis
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:48 am
    Thanks in large part to the decisions from the 10th Circuit decisions that struck down similar laws in Utah and Oklahoma, a Federal Judge in Colorado has ruled that the Centennial State’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional: Colorado Attorney General John Suthers lost another round in his fight to defend the state’s voter-approved ban on gay marriage. Federal and state judges have now declared the law unconstitutional, and Boulder’s clerk continues to defy him by issuing licenses to same-sex couples. On Wednesday, U.S. District Judge Raymond P. Moore rejected…
  • Montana Senator John Walsh Caught In Plagiarism Scandal

    Doug Mataconis
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:50 am
    Montana Senator John Walsh, who was appointed by the state’s Governor after Max Baucus resigned to become Ambassador to China and is now running for re-election in a race in which the Republican candidate is heavily favored, is finding himself in the middle of a campaign controversy related to one of the biggest parts of his resume: WASHINGTON — Democrats were thrilled when John Walsh of Montana was appointed to the United States Senate in February. A decorated veteran of the Iraq war and former adjutant general of his state’s National Guard, Mr. Walsh offered the Democratic…
  • Scott Walker In Dead Heat For Re-Election

    Doug Mataconis
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:44 am
    A new poll shows that Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker is looking to have a tough re-election bid on his hands after a spring and summer in which he was in the headlines over an investigation involving campaign finance improprieties: Dead heat. That’s what Wisconsin is staring at in the race for governor, with Gov. Scott Walker and Democratic challenger Mary Burke neck-and-neck heading into the November election, according to the latest Marquette University Law School poll released Wednesday. Among registered voters, Walker led Burke, 46% to 45%. Among likely voters, Burke led…
  • Bachmann And Santorum 2016? Dusting Off The GOP Nomination Clown Car

    Doug Mataconis
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:40 pm
    One of the hallmarks of the 2012 Republican Presidential field was the way it seemed to attract what can only be called fringe candidates to an even greater extent than in previous election cycles. There was Herman Cain, a former pizza magnate with no political experience whose claim to fame was a tax plan that boiled down to a simple phrase but made no economic sense whatsoever. From the world of politics, there was Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, a woman with a history of making bizarre public statements and accomplishing nothing of note in Congress who made a name for herself by claiming…
  • Rick Perry’s National Guard Deployment Even More Pointless Than It First Appeared

    Doug Mataconis
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:08 pm
    The head of the Texas National Guard conceded to reporters that those 1,000 troops that Governor Perry ordered to the border earlier this week are basically going to do nothing but sit around and watch: McALLEN, Texas (AP) — Most of the 1,000 National Guard troops headed to the Texas-Mexico border will take up observational positions and detain people only if they interfere with their mission, a top general over the deployment said Tuesday. Texas Adjutant General John Nichols said the troops will help deter illicit traffic while U.S. Border Patrol agents deal with a record spike of…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines

  • Glenn Greenwald Compares Benjamin Netanyahu’s ‘Telegenically Dead’ Comment to Nazi’s Essay

    editor@truthdig.com
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:25 am
    With the disclaimer that by contrasting the two statements, he wasn’t stating they were identical, Glenn Greenwald points out the similarities between the Israeli prime minister’s remark about Palestinians and another made by Joseph Goebbels; a writer argues that Israel helped make Hamas what it is today; meanwhile, a German graffiti artist uses light to protest the NSA in Berlin. These discoveries and more below. Netanyahu’s ‘Telegenically Dead’ Comment Is Grotesque but Not Original Benjamin Netanyahu on CNN, addressing worldwide sympathy for the civilian victims of Israeli…
  • Jon Stewart Explains How the Recent Obamacare Fiasco Could Be Solved With Two Words

    editor@truthdig.com
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:51 am
    “You could salvage this entire fucking thing with a mediocre Scrabble hand,” the “Daily Show” host shouts in exasperation. Related Entries January 11, 2006 Site Preferences July 23, 2014 Jon Stewart Launches Fake Kickstarter to Buy CNN
  • U.N. School Where Hundreds of Palestinians Sought Protective Shelter Shelled

    editor@truthdig.com
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:37 am
        Children injured during a strike on a compound housing the U.N. Beit Hanoun school in Gaza. (AP/Lefteris Pitarakis) A United Nations-run school in Gaza sheltering Palestinian evacuees was hit by shells Thursday, killing at least 15 people and wounding more than a hundred. According to Al-Jazeera, the shells came from the Israeli military, but The Washington Post says that has not been confirmed. A spokesman for the United Nations Relief and Works Agency said that the Israeli military had been told the “precise GPS coordinates” of the Beit Hanoun school and that his…
  • The Path to a New 1914? How America Chose War After 9/11

    editor@truthdig.com
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:41 am
    By Jonathan Schell, TomDispatch The analogy between 1914 and 2001, like all measurements of the present with yardsticks from the past, is useful only for querying events, not for predicting them. There are equally important differences between the two moments, some of them obvious, others less so. Related Entries May 12, 2014 Did CIA’s Fake Polio Vaccination Program in Pakistan Help Fuel a Global Health Emergency? May 1, 2014 How the U.S. Created the Afghan War—and Then Lost It
  • Win-Win Way to Aid Food Security and Climate

    editor@truthdig.com
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    By Tim Radford, Climate News Network Scientists in the U.S. believe they have identified a way to feed billions more people, while reducing the strains and stresses on the environment. Related Entries July 21, 2014 Svalbard’s Reindeer Thrive as Climate Warms July 20, 2014 High-Tech Quest for Arctic Sea Ice Answers
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    ThinkProgress

  • Kansas Governor Takes Credit For Wind Energy Then Suggests Phasing Out Support

    Ari Phillips
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    CREDIT: shutterstock Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback expressed support for gradually phasing out the state’s Renewable Energy Standard (RPS) during an impromptu meeting with reporters on Wednesday morning. Later that afternoon the Republican governor’s office said he wasn’t actually proposing to phase out the clean energy policy, but meant to refer to the federal energy production tax credit (PTC), which expired last year. Brownback, a far-right Republican affiliated with the Tea Party, is involved in an unexpectedly tight reelection campaign this year against Democrat Paul Davis…
  • Paul Ryan’s New Poverty Proposal Would Have Government Micromanage Poor People’s Lives

    Bryce Covert
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:03 am
    House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) CREDIT: AP Photo/Susan Walsh On Thursday, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) released his much-anticipated proposal for reforming the way the federal government tries to alleviate poverty. The core part of his proposal, the Opportunity Grant, would give participating states a lump sum of money rather than funding virtually all the current anti-poverty programs. And states would be instructed to hand that money down to community groups that work with poor people, because, as Ryan writes, “They are more effective than distant federal…
  • The Death Penalty Drug That May Be Causing Cruel And Unusual Executions

    Tara Culp-Ressler
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:39 am
    CREDIT: AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File Arizona inmate Joseph Rudolph Wood took nearly two hours to die. Even as botched executions are becoming more common as states are scrambling to get the lethal drugs they need to execute inmates, Wood’s execution stretched on for much longer than usual. Although state officials maintain he did not suffer, the incident has put the spotlight back on one controversial drug that may not effectively numb death row inmates. The Arizona corrections department has been reassuring the public that Wood’s execution was humane, saying he was in “deep…
  • Poverty Experts Skeptical That Paul Ryan’s Plan Can Actually Reduce Poverty

    Igor Volsky
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:12 am
    CREDIT: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) offered several new initiatives to combat poverty in the United States during a speech at the American Enterprise Institute Thursday morning, following months of Congressional hearings and personal visits to low income communities. Some of the proposals — expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit and reforming mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines — could well find bipartisan support in Congress, while others resemble the more conservative aspects of Ryan’s controversial budgets. Under one such measure, the government…
  • Judge Halts Plans To Drill Near California National Park

    Katie Valentine
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:53 am
    A nesting California condor in Pinnacles National Park. CREDIT: AP Photo/Pinnacles National Monument A California judge has struck down plans for oil drilling near Pinnacles National Park, saying county officials failed to account for the numerous environmental risks of the drilling project when they approved it. Monterey County Superior Court Judge Thomas Wills ruled Monday that San Benito County did not adequately consider the risk of spills, water, air pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions that would have resulted from the project, which planned on drilling 15 pilot wells near the…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Slate Articles

  • Bring Back the Stripes

    Jim Festante
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:35 am
    "When the lines get blurred between the culture outside the jail and the culture within the jail, I have to do something to redefine those boundaries,” the sheriff said.
  • The Most Sexist Video Game of All Time?

    David Auerbach
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:43 am
    Video games have always been a disproportionately male thing. In the 1980s they were marketed almost exclusively to boys, at the same time that the gender gap in computer science started growing; according to the New York Times, female enrollment in computer science majors dropped even further in the ’90s. Just this week John Keilman wrote about sexism in multiplayer online games such as World of Warcraft, while Brianna Wu discussed the harassment and threats faced by female gamers and game developers. Earlier this month Emily V. Gordon wrote about the difficulties of being a feminist…
  • DoubleX Gabfest: The Kim K. Skills Edition

    Noreen Malone
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:32 am
    Become a fan of DoubleX on Facebook. Leave us love letters and see what other listeners are saying about the Gabfest.
  • National Review’s Dishonest History

    Jamelle Bouie
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:22 am
    Writing at National Review, conservative journalist John Fund promises to “set the record straight on Jim Crow.” And what does he offer? A column’s worth of warmed-over partisan pablum that begins and ends with the idea that, as far as civil rights are concerned, Democrats are the real racists. Some choice passages:
  • Happy Captive Nations Week!

    Charles King
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:22 am
    Given the tragedy of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 and the war in Gaza, you would be forgiven for having missed the fact that we are now in the middle of America’s annual Captive Nations Week. Every summer since 1959, the White House has invited the American people to observe the occasion with “appropriate ceremonies and activities,” according to the original law signed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower. On July 18, Barack Obama followed his predecessors and issued a proclamation calling on the American people to “reaffirm our deep ties to all governments and people committed to…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Political Mojo | Mother Jones

  • Idaho Tribe Cancels Ted Nugent Concert Because of His Support for Washington Football Team Name

    Tim Murphy
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:59 am
    Ted Nugent doesn't have a racist bone in his body. But sometimes racist words just happen to come out of it. On Monday, tribal officials in Idaho canceled the aging rock-and-roller's scheduled concert at a Coeur d'Alene casino over his past rhetoricPer Indian Country Today: Later in the day, [tribe spokeswoman Heather] Keen said in a statement, "Reviewing scheduled acts is not something in which Tribal Council or the tribal government participates; however, if it had been up to Tribal Council this act would have never been booked." Then, Monday evening, Keen announced the concert was…
  • We're Still at War: Photo of the Day for July 24, 2014

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:34 am
    A US Marine discusses the best route through the jungle in a training area in Hawaii with an Indonesian squad leader. (Department of Defense photo by Cpl. Matthew Callahan, US Marine Corps.)
  • Twitter Releases Its Diversity Stats. And Boy, Are They Embarrassing.

    Josh Harkinson
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:37 pm
    Twitter today followed in the footsteps of Google, Yahoo, LinkedIn, and Facebook by releasing statistics on the race and gender of its workforce. The company certainly deserves credit for voluntarily making its diversity stats public, unlike, say, Apple. "Like our peers, we have a lot of work to do," Janet Van Huysse, its VP of diversity and inclusion, admits on the company blog. But perhaps that's an understatement; Twitter actually lags far behind its peers on some key measures. For instance, only 1 out of every 10 Twitter tech employees is a woman: Twitter In case you're wondering, other…
  • We're Still at War: Photo of the Day for July 23, 2014

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:51 am
    US Navy sailors honor Pearl Harbor survivor Motor Machinist's Mate 3rd Class Wesley E. Ford at a memorial service at Pearl Harbor. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Diana Quinlan.)  
  • In Georgia, Perdue Win Ends One of the GOP's Craziest Senate Primaries

    Tim Murphy
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:11 am
    In the run-up to last May's primary to replace retiring Sen. Saxby Chambliss, Georgia Republicans flirted with a large field of candidates that included Reps. Paul Broun (who once called evolution a lie "from the pit of hell") and Phil Gingrey (who once defended Todd Akin). But when the dust settled, it was former Dollar General CEO David Perdue and 11-term congressman Jack Kingston who went on to a top-two runoff—a decision framed at the time as a victory for the Chamber of Commerce Republican establishment over the tea party fringe. On Tuesday, after trailing in every poll, Perdue won…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Latest from Crooks and Liars

  • Listen, People: Paul Ryan Explains How To Be Poor The Right Way

    Susie Madrak
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:15 am
    Another "brilliant" pile of crap from Rep. Paul Ryan's big fat genius brain! Discuss the obvious flaws in the comments: On Thursday, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) released his much-anticipated proposal for reforming the way the federal government tries to alleviate poverty. The core part of his proposal, the Opportunity Grant, would give participating states a lump sum of money rather than funding virtually all the current anti-poverty programs. And states would be instructed to hand that money down to community groups that work with poor people, because, as Ryan writes, “They are more effective…
  • Thursday News Roundup Of Stories You Might Have Missed

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:11 am
  • Will Dancin' David Gregory Be Replaced With Mika And Joe?

    Susie Madrak
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Ms. Turness, here's the thing you don't seem to get: This is a management issue. Without proper ethical guidelines on what is acceptable and what isn't, what the hell do you expect? (Hint: Journalists shouldn't socialize with the people they cover.) A political talk show at least purports to be presenting an approximation of the truth. But when viewers see numerous lies, undisclosed conflicts of interests, and clearly partisan attacks, why should they bother with your crappy show? Do you suppose there's an actual reason we call it "Press the Meat" -- or do you think we just love to snark away…
  • Ted Cruz, You Are Nixon In Cowboy Boots

    karoli
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:17 am
    I figure we'd better set the record straight right away, or else the Fox Effect will kick in (it already has, I'm sure) and we'll see Google echoing Ted Cruz' lies throughout the Internet. Lie #1: "The FAA singled out Israel but didn’t ban travel to Pakistan, Yemen or Ukraine, where a commercial airline was just shot down." From the State Department's Travel Warning page, which any fool can find with a few keystrokes and The Google: Pakistan: Alert February 5, 2014 Yemen: Warning July 21, 2014 updates warning from January, 2014 Ukraine: Warning June 5, 2014 There's a whole passel of…
  • Israel Offers Students Grants If They Tweet Favorable Propaganda

    Susie Madrak
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:11 am
    As I mentioned yesterday, Israel's public image is taking a real hit from Twitter and Facebook reports on Gaza. Here's their solution: In a campaign to improve its image abroad, the Israeli government plans to provide scholarships to hundreds of students at its seven universities in exchange for their making pro-Israel Facebook posts and tweets to foreign audiences. The students making the posts will not reveal online that they are funded by the Israeli government, according to correspondence about the plan revealed in the Haaretz newspaper. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office, which…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Scholars and Rogues | Progressive Culture

  • Glenn Beck might be available for your call. Don’t delay. Dial now.*

    Frank Balsinger
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:04 pm
    Is there a word for espousing the practice of fine points of faith while breaking with the key themes? 888-727-BECK I realize my views on the following topic may well be considered heretical. I’m okay with that. The folks most likely … Continue reading →
  • I may never buy another internal combustion engine vehicle – Renewable Journal for 7/23/2014

    Brian Angliss
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:53 am
    Most electric vehicles suffer from range issues, and there really aren't any all-electric all-wheel-drive SUVs or minivans - yet. That is likely to change after 2015 when Telsa's Model X crossover is released and Tesla completes their bare-bones supercharger network. Continue reading →
  • Your Daily Devotional for July 23, 2014

    Jeff Tiedrich
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:46 am
    yes yes i tried shutting down my brain and restarting it just tell me what to try next Your Daily Devotional is a lightly-edited entry from my Twitter feed. Follow me at @jefftiedrich Your Daily Devotional for July 23, 2014
  • “Hang Obama!” Is that always racist?

    Frank Balsinger
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Correlation, causation, race, the President, and hanging Once upon a time not so long ago, someone on the Internet expressed an opinion. I found my umbrage and took all of it. And, thinking I’m the Deathmonger Whisperer, I took it upon … Continue reading →
  • Tony Dungy is the Clarence Thomas of football

    Sam Smith
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    When he goes to bed tonight, Tony Dungy should offer a prayer of thanks that the US isn’t at the mercy of people like him. Tony Dungy wouldn’t have drafted Michael Sam. But not because he’s gay! No, no. Because … Continue reading →
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Informed Comment: Global Affairs

  • Similarities and more similarities: Turkey, Israel, and the Kurds, and the Palestinians

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

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

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

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

    11 Mar 2013 | 6:10 pm
    Boston Study Group on Middle East Peace*[Cross-linked with From the Field.]If it were easy to do, an American president would have long ago shepherded Israelis and Palestinians into the negotiated two-state peace agreement that both peoples and their neighbors so clearly need — a peace that would greatly enhance U.S. interests.There are many reasons why it will be hard for President Obama to achieve, in his second term, the Israeli-Palestinian peace accord that has eluded him and his predecessors for so long. The rise of radical one-state nationalists and ideologically driven settlers in…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    The Daily Dish: Andrew Sullivan

  • The Worrying Vacuity Of Hillary Clinton

    Andrew Sullivan
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:40 am
    I’ve tried to avoid the Clinton book tour bullshit this past month or so. Not good for my blood pressure. When I checked in occasionally, it was to discover that nothing much has changed. The Clintons are still self-pitying money-grubbers – $12 million in speaking fees since she left the State Department? – and now their offspring, exploiting her nepotistic advantage with all the scrupulous ethics of her parents, is continuing the grift. If you ask of Clinton what she’s fighting for, what she believes in, if you want to get her to disagree with you on something, good…
  • How The Dutch Mourn

    Andrew Sullivan
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:20 am
    Russell Shorto admires it: The Dutch are strikingly different from Americans in their gut reactions to things. When hit with a national shock, Americans will almost instinctively reach for ideology or ideals. People saw 9/11 as an assault on “freedom.” The Dutch have an innate distrust of ideology. You could relate that to World War II and their experience under Nazism, but it goes much farther back. It has something to do with being a small country surrounded by larger countries that have had long histories of asserting themselves. It also stems from the fact that Dutch society grew not…
  • Torture-As-Execution

    Andrew Sullivan
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:55 am
    Sample of my notes from the Wood execution. I noted every time he gasped. Went through A LOT of paper. pic.twitter.com/3Xp6rueIAG — Astrid Galván (@astridgalvan) July 24, 2014 Ben Crair is troubled by Joseph Rudolph Wood III’s two-hour-long death: Arizona chose to become just the second state to use the same two drugs that Ohio used for McGuire, despite the apparent problems with that execution. A full picture of Wood’s death has not yet emerged, but the execution dragged on so long that Wood’s lawyers were able to file an appeal in U.S. district court during the procedure.
  • Best Cover Song Ever?

    Andrew Sullivan
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:39 am
    The in-tray is inundated with your submissions – over 800 so far. We might close the floodgates later today so we have time to process the Youtubes without hundreds more coming in. So send your top pick to contest@andrewsullivan.com. Cover songs that cross genres are especially preferred. On that note: I’d like to nominate Cake’s cover of Gloria Gaynor’s “I Will Survive”: The way it subverts a ’70s anthem with delightful sarcasm is brilliance! More submissions after the jump. This genre-bender was especially popular: The Gourds, an Austin alt country…
  • Is Obamacare In Jeopardy? Ctd

    Andrew Sullivan
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:19 am
    Ezra very much doubts SCOTUS will uphold the decision: For Halbig to unwind Obamacare the Supreme Court would ultimately have to rule in the plaintiff’s favor. And they’re not going to do that. By the time SCOTUS even could rule on Halbig the law will have been in place for years. The Court simply isn’t going to rip insurance from tens of millions of people due to an uncharitable interpretation of congressional grammar. For five unelected, Republican-appointed judges to cause that much disruption and pain would put the Court at the center of national politics in 2015 and…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    WSJ.COM

  • Ryan Seeks Poverty-Program Consolidation

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:08 am
    House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan proposes consolidating up to 11 federal antipoverty programs into a single funding stream for states, along with new work requirements.
  • Obama to Urge Quick Action on 'Inversions'

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:48 am
    President Barack Obama on Thursday will call on Congress to end a tax-code rule that allows some U.S. firms to reincorporate overseas and lower their tax bills, drawing new attention to an emerging issue that could figure prominently in the fall election campaign.
  • How Doctor Got Rich Invoking Antifraud Law

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:39 am
    Dr. William LaCorte, a "serial whistleblower," has won $38 million by reporting alleged health-care fraud—helping the U.S. recover hundreds of millions of dollars under a law critics say also encourages speculative lawsuits.
  • New Push to Lure Hamas Into Truce

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:47 am
    The Obama administration, Israel and other Middle East allies are refashioning an Egyptian cease-fire proposal to assure Hamas that Gaza's economic interests would be addressed if the Islamist group stops rocket attacks.
  • Key Query: Do Health Subsidies Harm?

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:18 am
    An argument is simmering beneath court battles about the legality of insurance subsidies tied to the Affordable Care Act: Were plaintiffs harmed by the government's action?
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Lew Rockwell: The LRC Blog

  • CIA Dream Come True?

    Jack D. Douglas
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    The Russians and New Russians have no reason in the world to shoot down a Malaysian jet airliner and every reason not to do so. It is at this point possible there was some kind of stupid mistaken firing, but, given the difficulty of hitting the plane at the altitude and speed with the equipment available to them, this is very unlikely. The Black Flag U.S. downing of the plane FOR THE PURPOSE OF UNLEASHING AN IMMENSE, STAGED MEDIA PROPAGANDA ASSAULT ON RUSSIA AND THE NEW RUSSIANS is obviously a serious possibility and would be easy for the U.S. to do, though it runs the risk of being exposed…
  • You Can Be Denied Access to Your Money Market Account

    Tyler Durden
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    It was nearly five years ago when Zero Hedge first wrote: “This Is The Government: Your Legal Right To Redeem Your Money Market Account Has Been Denied” in which we predicted as part of the ongoing herding of investors away from every other asset class and into stocks, regulation will be implemented to enforce that “money market fund managers will have the option to suspend redemptions to allow for the orderly liquidation of fund assets” or in other words implement redemption “gates.” The logic: spook participants in the $2.6 trillion money market…
  • Eat More Chocolate

    Elizabeth Renter
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Many of us hold chocolate in high regard, if for no other reason than the taste—the decadent flavor and texture that makes you feel a rush of endorphins. But chocolate isn’t only good because of its taste. On the contrary, some of the best qualities of chocolate are actually health-related. To be clear, when we talk about the health benefits of chocolate, we are largely talking about dark chocolate, that processed with the least amount of added sugar. Ideally, to get the health benefits from your chocolate treat, you should seek out cocoa concentrations as high as you can handle.
  • 10 Controversial Air Crashes

    No Author
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    The recent loss of Malaysian Airlines Flights MH370 and MH17 have been the source of endless speculation. Many questions remain unanswered. For MH17 at least, the answers suggest sinister goings-on and a crude attempt at a cover-up. Speculation over aircraft disasters isn’t new. Crashes from decades past continue to suggest that someone may have something they’re trying to hide. Editor’s note: Where photos of the planes or crash sites were not available or appropriate, photos of planes of the same model have been used. 10 Cubana de Aviacion Flight 455 Cubana de Aviacion Flight 455 was…
  • A Confession

    No Author
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    To Our Friends, and Friends of the Freedom Movement: We are excited to announce Ron Paul Channel’s expansion into Voices of Liberty, Powered by Ron Paul. As Voices of Liberty, we further amplify the messages of the freedom movement through engaging videos and insightful news coverage. There are some major changes coming that will allow you to become an integral part of the movement by making your voice truly matter. In addition to Ron Paul Channel programming you’re used to, Voices of Liberty will offer more video, audio and editorial from well-known champions of liberty as well as…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    town hall

  • Personal Declaration of Independence

    Stephanie
    19 Jul 2014 | 4:46 pm
    While rummaging through boxes of Cate's personal effects, we came across this gem.  Enjoy!2010Preamble  We The People of America declare our independence from The Emma Hall.  This child invades our privacy and personal space.  She also destroys our property and blackmails us.  The utterly worst part is, she gets away with it all without proper punishment, and therefore, she repeats her actions!Declaration of Nature Rights  We, us in America, would like the right to get revenge on The Emma Hall.  We would not exactly do what she has done to us; we only want…
  • hold me...

    Stephanie
    2 Jul 2014 | 10:18 am
    When my babies were still babies I'd often struggle with feeling "touched out".  Meaning, I would get physically and mentally tired of being physically smothered by my children all day long.  Picture this:  I'm sitting on the couch nursing one child, while my pre-schooler and toddler were snuggled up to or strewn about the rest of my body, rubbing my face or playing with my hair as they watched another episode of Little Bear.  Or, we'd all be sitting on a pew at church and I'd have a child on my lap, another on one side of me, another on the other side and one pulling on…
  • The summer of fulfilling realistic dreams

    Stephanie
    26 Jun 2014 | 8:39 pm
    Every summer my kids seem to compile a list of dreams they want to fulfill during the summer.  And, more often than not, those dreams include things like- walk on The Great Wall of China, adopt a miniature horse, or go on tour with One Direction (still loving that group, sigh.).  And, it's frustrating for me to constantly shoot down their dreams because of practicality and cost and everything else.  So, this year I proclaimed our 2014 summer theme to be: "The summer to fulfill realistic dreams!", and every Monday night we set out to do so.The first dream fulfilling night…
  • On pressing the pause button...

    Stephanie
    17 Jun 2014 | 8:40 am
    I've had a number of family members ask me why I haven't posted anything on my blog for several weeks now.  I don't know, or maybe I do know, but am not sure how to put it into words.  I'm feeling extra private right now.  I've always struggled with how much to share publicly, and how much to keep off the internet.  You see, the constant over-sharing I see on facebook makes me cringe, so I regularly re-evaluate what I'm doing here, and if I should even be doing anything here.Life is exciting right now for our family.  So many of my little baby birds are flapping their…
  • Your puzzle is not their puzzle

    Stephanie
    28 May 2014 | 6:30 am
    Isn't it beautiful this time of year?  The sun is shining, birds are chirping, flowers are blooming and the grass is greener (as green as mine is ever going to be for the rest of the year.  I should take a picture so I can remember it's beauty because, come late August it's going to look like it's on deaths door).  It's that time of year again when people start spending more time outside of their houses, in their yards and on their porches.  It's that time of year when the kids want to play outside until 9 pm because darkness hasn't fallen yet and once you do get them…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Mother Jones

  • Darrell Issa Investigation Benefits Ex-Aide

    Dana Liebelson
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:41 am
    Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W. Va.) has accused House oversight committee chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) of inappropriately intervening in an ongoing Federal Trade Commission case against a company being represented by a legal group run by a former Issa staffer. Last month, Issa sent a letter to the FTC questioning testimony the agency had gathered for the case, which targets a medical testing company called LabMD. The firm allegedly exposed the personal data of almost 10,000 people. On Thursday morning, Issa's committee held a hearing that featured LabMD CEO Michael Daugherty and focused on…
  • Halliburton Fracking Spill Mystery: What Chemicals Polluted an Ohio Waterway?

    Mariah Blake
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:28 am
    On the morning of June 28, a fire broke out at a Halliburton fracking site in Monroe County, Ohio. As flames engulfed the area, trucks began exploding and thousands of gallons of toxic chemicals spilled into a tributary of the Ohio River, which supplies drinking water for millions of residents. More than 70,000 fish died. Nevertheless, it took five days for the Environmental Protection Agency and its Ohio counterpart to get a full list of the chemicals polluting the waterway. "We knew there was something toxic in the water," says an environmental official who was on the scene. "But we had no…
  • Roxane Gay Will Make You Proud to Be a Bad Feminist

    Hannah Levintova
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    In the age of "leaning in" and "having it all," the superwoman model for female living persists with a vengeance. Feminism is supposed to be a refuge from all that perfection-seeking, but even there, it's easy to feel bested, lured by things that are bad for women but great for entertainment: Cue your guilty dancing every time "Blurred Lines" comes on the radio. In her new essay collection, Bad Feminist, out August 5, author Roxane Gay wrestles with this conundrum. "When I drive to work, I listen to thuggish rap at a very loud volume, even though the lyrics are degrading to women and offend…
  • The Child Migrant Surge Is Slowing Down, But Not Because America Freaked Out

    AJ Vicens
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    70,000 Kids Will Show Up Alone at Our Border This Year. What Happens to Them? Map: These Are the Places Central American Child Migrants Are Fleeing Why Our Immigration Courts Can't Handle the Child Migrant Crisis Are the Kids Showing Up at the Border Really Refugees? Child Migrants Have Been Coming to America Alone Since Ellis Island See MoJo's full coverage of the surge of unaccompanied child migrants from Central America. The federal government will tell you that it has heard the cries of the anti-immigrant protesters and created policies to slow down the surge of children picked up by the…
  • Glenn Beck Tells Common Core Activists They Shouldn't Mention His Name

    Tim Murphy
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:14 pm
    On Tuesday, 40 minutes into Glenn Beck's nationally broadcast "night of action" targeting the Common Core education standards being implemented in schools across the nation, a North Carolina activist named Andrea Dillon announced live that her state's governor had just signed a law directing the board of education to rewrite its standards—a step shy of jettisoning North Carolina from the initiative outright. A murmur went through the audience of two dozen or so parents and kids at the cinema in Ballston, Virginia where I was watching, one of hundreds of theaters around the country…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    The Raw Story

  • Excommunicated Mormon feminist tells elders: ‘Do the right thing and reinstate me’

    Reuters
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:40 am
    By Jennifer Dobner SALT LAKE CITY (Reuters) – A Mormon feminist excommunicated from her religion after advocating for the ordination of women has appealed the ejection in a letter to the same panel of male church leaders who decided to oust her from the largely patriarchal faith. Kate Kelly, the 33-year-old founder of the website Ordain Women, was excommunicated in June after church leaders deemed her actions and public statements to have violated the “laws and order” of the Utah-based Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and amounted to apostasy. “The decision to…
  • GOP-led House committee votes to authorize lawsuit against Obama

    Reuters
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:33 am
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday took a step toward authorizing a lawsuit against President Barack Obama, claiming he has overstepped his executive powers. In a partisan vote of 7-4, the House Rules Committee approved the legislation, setting it up for consideration by the full House. The legislation already has spawned a bitter debate between Republicans and Democrats less than four months before elections that will determine the political control of Congress next year. The lawsuit, if approved by the full House, would focus on…
  • Brooklyn woman accused of murder after neighbor’s dismembered body found

    Reuters
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:32 am
    By Laila Kearney NEW YORK (Reuters) – A Brooklyn woman faces murder charges in the killing of her neighbor whose dismembered body was discovered in New York near sites where other severed human limbs were found this month, police said on Thursday. Leah Cuevas, 42, was arrested on Wednesday and charged with the murder of 27-year-old Chinelle Browne, Suffolk County police said in a statement. She pleaded not guilty in Suffolk County District Court on Thursday and was being held without bail, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s office. Police discovered Browne’s…
  • Minnesota man asked to leave Southwest flight after critical tweet

    Reuters
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    (Reuters) – A Minnesota man and his two sons were asked to leave a Southwest Airlines flight after the man sent a tweet complaining about being treated rudely by a gate agent. Duff Watson said he was flying from Denver to Minneapolis on Sunday and tried to board in a spot for frequent flyer privileges he held and take his sons, ages 6 and 9, with him, even though they had a later spot to board the plane. The agent told him that he would have to wit if wanted to board with his children. Watson replied that he had boarded early with them before and then sent out a tweet that read…
  • Alabama man sues hospital he claims ‘amputated’ penis instead of circumcising it

    Reuters
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:29 am
    (Reuters) – An Alabama man who went in to a hospital last month for a circumcision awoke after surgery to find his penis had been amputated, his lawyer said on Thursday. Johnny Lee Banks Jr., 56, said in a lawsuit filed in state court earlier this week that no one at the Princeton Baptist Medical Center in Birmingham, Alabama, had told him why it had been necessary to remove his penis, according to his attorney, John Graves. “My client is devastated,” Graves said. Banks, who is married and does not work due to a disability, did not recall the precise date of the incident but…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Guardian: UK Politics

  • Tony Blair Faith Foundation is anything but mysterious | @guardianletters

    Guardian Staff
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:04 am
    The most basic research by Simon Jenkins would have shown him that it is totally wrong to assert that the Tony Blair Faith Foundation is mysterious (Tony Blair sees his millions as modest only in the world of the super rich, 22 July). On our website and through all our external communications we make absolutely clear what we do. The foundations charitable mission is to provide the practical support required to help prevent religious prejudice, conflict and extremism. We are a registered charity in the UK and abide by all relevant laws and governance procedures.  The foundation is…
  • Tory MP cautioned for domestic abuse faces disciplinary investigation

    Rowena Mason, political correspondent
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:03 am
    Conservatives take action after dean of St Edmundsbury cathedral writes to David Ruffley saying he should step downThe Tory MP who received a police caution for assaulting his ex-girlfriend is to face a disciplinary investigation conducted by chief whip Michael Gove.David Ruffley, MP for Bury St Edmunds, will be called to a meeting with Gove to discuss his conduct, after a complaint was sent to the Conservative party. Continue reading...
  • Scottish prisoners refused right to vote in referendum by supreme court

    Severin Carrell, Scotland correspondent
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:02 am
    Court dismisses attempt by Leslie Moohan and Andrew Gillon, serving life sentences for murder, to overturn voting banA bid by two Scottish prisoners to overturn a ban on inmates voting in the independence referendum has been dismissed by the UK supreme court.Leslie Moohan, 31, and Andrew Gillon, 46, are serving life sentences for murder and had argued that the ban on taking part in September's poll infringed their human rights under European and common law. Continue reading...
  • Russian ambassador gives press conference: Politics live blog

    Andrew Sparrow
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:42 am
    Lunchtime summary Russian ambassador's press conference - Summary Afternoon summary 4.30pm BST Alexander Yakovenko, the Russian ambassador to the UK, has said that sanctions against Russia will trigger a global crisis. He made the claim at a defiant press conference where he insisted that Russia was not to blame for the shooting down of flight MH17. A few words about the Western sanctions against Russia. First of all, we believe they are illegal, unreasonable and counter-productive. They have nothing to do with the national interests of the countries concerned, including America. In my view,…
  • Green party calls for wealth tax on assets of multimillionaires

    Rowena Mason, Political correspondent
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:19 am
    Party says levy would affect around 300,000 people with assets of more than £3m the richest 1% of people in the UKThe Green party has called for a wealth tax of up to 2% on the assets of multimillionaires that it believes could raise more than £40bn a year.Presenting the radical new proposal, Natalie Bennett, the Green leader, said other political parties only offered minor tweaks to the UK's failed economic system, instead of major changes to deal with inequality. Continue reading...
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Plum Line

  • The big problem with Paul Ryan’s new poverty plan

    Paul Waldman
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:38 am
    Today, Rep. Paul Ryan is unveiling his latest idea to change the federal government’s poverty programs. For someone who is constantly saying how concerned he is about poverty, Ryan’s previous budgets have relied an awful lot on slashing benefits to poor people. But this time, he promises that his proposal doesn’t cut benefits, but merely […]
  • Morning Plum: GOP lawsuit against Obama could play into Dems’ hands

    Greg Sargent
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:16 am
    Democratic leaders are planning an aggressive effort to turn the House GOP lawsuit against President Obama into a political positive in the 2014 elections, with ads and other paid media designed to cast the GOP as extreme and committed to destructive governing — which Dems hope will contrast sharply with their concrete economic policy agenda. […]
  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:55 pm
    * Liberal media bias alert: Today the New York Times had not one but two investigative blockbusters aimed at Democratic politicians. One tells the story of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s office hindering corruption investigations. The other contains some very bad news for Montana Senator John Walsh: An examination of the final paper required for Mr. Walsh’s […]
  • It doesn’t look like Congress will act on border crisis

    Greg Sargent
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Today, a House GOP border working group rolled out its plan for addressing the border crisis: Changes to the 2008 trafficking law to expedite removals of arriving minors, some kind of humanitarian role for the National Guard, and $1.5 billion for more border security. Meanwhile, Senate Dems are set to roll out their own proposal […]
  • The deepening divide between red and blue America

    Paul Waldman
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:14 am
    Halbig v. Burwell, the case in which opponents of the Affordable Care Act won a dramatic if temporary victory yesterday, has profound implications for millions of Americans’ health care. But it’s also a demonstration of a trend that is determining more and more of what our politics and our country are going to look like […]
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Watchblog: Democrats

  • 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…
  • About me/Refugees or Illegals?

    16 Jul 2014 | 9:50 am
    Hello fellow Democrats and Liberals! My name's Trey, I'm 19, and a sophomore at Western Michigan University, and despite coming from a family chock full of Republicans, I'm a Democrat. I'm openly gay and am a direct immigrant descendant. That leads me into the topic of my first entry here on WatchBlog: The immigrant children crisis in the Southwest. In case you haven't been paying attention, thousands of unaccompanied children have left their Central American countries and headed for the United States, were caught by the Border Patrol and are currently in makeshift detention centers pending…
  • Ah, that's gratitude for ya.

    13 Jun 2014 | 1:37 pm
    After several years of doing his best to obstruct the Obama Administration, and impress Republican voters, they dumped him for a Tea Partier named David Brat. So, as is appropriate for the New Republican Congress, Conservative dogma and theory has overtaken practice and perspective on history. Well, Eric, you should have seen this coming.From my point of view, and the view of many Americans, Cantor and the Tea Party aren't too far apart. Cantor and others, in fact, pushed much of the hard right stuff of the last two Congresses. He was part and parcel of the whole effort to obstruct the Obama…
  • Dependence and The Long Range Bet of Climate Change

    5 Jun 2014 | 9:28 am
    If you've ever played a game like StarCraft, you'll be familiar with what they call a dependency tree, a set of things you have to develop, like buildings, units, or whatever before you can build better and more powerful units, buildings, and defenses. Game developers do this to help mirror one part of the reality of warfare in this simulation, the fact that having certain units depends on having certain facilities, certain kinds of expertise, and so on and so forth. A complex civilization, army, or whatever, doesn't just spring out from nowhere.Models, maps, equations... Critics of global…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Watchblog: Third Party & Independents

  • Super Pacs May Be Needed To Rein In Putin

    21 Jul 2014 | 2:52 pm
    The downing of flight 17 could be a game changer as to how the world reacts to Putin's Ukraine adventures.In a previous post I had suggested that the corpocracy would keep their bank accounts at length in taking a stance on Putin. Now, there is a lot of pressure on the corpocracy to rachet up on Putin sufficiently to change his mind on reconstituting the empire. Likely, Putin will continue pushing until some really serious steps are taken. If little action has been taken prior to the midterms one might want to take their frustration to the voting booth. Better yet, get a couple of friends…
  • Finally

    19 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Elizabeth Warren's 11 Commandments of Progressivism Finally, someone willing to express what a liberal believes. At least someone on the left has some guts.For someone not willing to run for president, she sure is getting a lot of face time in the press. That's nothing new to the left. They pick unknowns and project them into the center of the political struggle with a plan to anoint them for the job. They did it with Clinton, an obscure governor of a state with a population less than Chicago. They did it with Carter, the same. They did it with Obama, an even more obscure, unremarkable, state…
  • Hillary Deserves This and That's All You Have to Know

    17 Jul 2014 | 7:56 am
    Real Clear Politics has released polls on the Republican and Democratic New Hampshire Primaries and if you're a Democrat, it seems to be over already. Hillary is so far ahead, the rest of the Democratic field seem like rounding numbers. That should clear things up for GOP candidates who - as of now and with more than six months to go - face a very competitive race. While they may not be sure who among them will be the winner, they have a pretty good idea of who they will be facing. Why is Hillary so far ahead? In an interview with freelance reporter Samuel Rosales-Avila, he provoked her with…
  • Subsidizing Corporations

    14 Jul 2014 | 9:31 am
    Allan Sloan has a good article in the WaPo today on how corporations are evading much of their tax liabilities. He laments that corporations, while receiving 'full benefits' are avoiding taxes and sticking Joe Citizen with the bill.Avoiding taxes is generally done in two ways. One, the 'inversion' route, by reincorporating in a country with a lower tax rate. The US tax rate for corporations is 35% while other countries may be much lower. Another, the 'never-here' route, is to create a spin off company that then goes public and moves overseas. According to the article some 60 US companies have…
  • Local Bill For Cleaner Elections

    13 Jul 2014 | 8:26 am
    Today's WaPo editorial relates that Montgomery County, Md is considering a bill that would change their CFR. This stems from a growing concern that labor unions and developers have exercised undue influence in local elections.A bill was proposed by then Council member Phil Andrews that would target the way elections are funded for County Executive and County Council. Individual contributions would be limited to $150. Any candidate that signed up for public matching funds would agree to reject contributions from special interest groups. Example given is that where a candidate collects $150k…
 
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    New Republic

  • Congress Is Almost as Dysfunctional as Ever

    Danny Vinik
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:34 am
    The foreign policy crises ongoing in Israel and Ukraine have rightfully dominated the news over the past week. But back in the United States, Congress is hurriedly trying to pass three pieces of legislation before the August recess—two to combat domestic crises and one to prevent one from happenin
  • 2014 Is Already the Worst Year in the History of Lethal Injection

    Ben Crair
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:08 pm
    On Wednesday afternoon, a prisoner named Joseph Rudolph Wood III suffered what was one of the longest executions in U.S. history. Executioners in Arizona began pumping the lethal drugs into Wood’s veins at 1:57 p.m. His death was not pronounced until nearly two hours later at 3:49 p.m. According t
  • Why Are There No Female Sheldon Adelsons?

    Rebecca Traister
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:59 pm
    This week, Politico asked why women give so much less as political donors than men do. In a story called “The Money Gap: Why Don’t Women Give?” Anna Palmer and Tarini Parti repo
  • The Israeli Army Knew Gaza Was a "Ticking Bomb" Before War Broke Out

    Neri Zilber
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Of all the reasons for the ongoing conflict in Gaza, the most important is arguably the most prosaic: money. Before Hamas started firing over a thousand rockets into Israel, before Israel responded with airstrikes (and now, ground forces), and before the brutal kidnappings and murders of three Israe
  • The Innovation Myth

    Elizabeth Winkler
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    In the twenty-first century, the crucial element of a more-perfect society is innovation. Or so think tanks, urban planners and entrepreneurs would have you believe. A recent report
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Comment is free | The Guardian

  • Both Israelis and Palestinians are all losers in this conflict

    Daniel Barenboim
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:25 am
    There can be no military solution. Both sides need to accept the others suffering and their rights Continue reading...
  • In praise of eating ice-cream cones

    Editorial
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:34 am
    Handling a melting ice-cream cone is an important skill Continue reading...
  • Bradley Wiggins is sick of fame but I bet hed miss it

    David Giles
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:22 am
    Celebrities often have to develop coping mechanisms to deal with fame. Wishing it away is not one I would advise to Wiggins Continue reading...
  • Conservative complacency wont help working people

    Ed Balls
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:26 am
    The Tories claim the economys fixed, but the facts suggest otherwise. Only Labours radical and credible economic plan can deliver a fairer Britain Continue reading...
  • Would you happily eat out alone?

    Guardian Staff
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:35 am
    With the number of us living alone on the rise, more and more restaurants are catering for the solo diner. The BBC reports that eateries often offer bar seating for the rising number of people eating out on their own. While traditionally, a table for one has been seen as a bit of a joke, it seems that many are embracing the idea of eating in peace. Would you be comfortable being your own date for the night? Continue reading...
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    WIRED » Danger Room

  • Have a Drone? Check This Map Before You Fly It

    Betsy Mason
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:58 pm
    The popularity of drones is climbing quickly among companies, governments and citizens alike. But the rules surrounding where, when and why you can fly an unmanned aerial vehicle aren’t very clear. The FAA has tried to assert control and insist on licensing for all drone operators, while drone pilots and some legal experts claim drones […]
  • Turns Out It’s Pretty Easy to Shoot Down a Passenger Jet

    Alex Davies
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Whoever fired a missile at Malaysia Flight 17 could have learned to do so in less than a week.
  • Shape-Shifting Wings, From Soviet War Planes to Top Gun’s Tomcat

    Nick Stockton
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    Take off. Rise. Soar. Bank. Turn. Stall. Swoop. Dive. Land. For each of the different kinds of flying an airplane has to do, there’s an ideal shape and configuration for its wings. Even though bird-like flappability isn’t feasible with struts and steel, engineers since the dawn of aviation have been trying to make wings that […]
  • Why Planes Still Flew Over Ukraine Until MH17 Was Shot Down

    Alex Davies
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:40 am
    Aviation authorities just didn’t think non-combatant planes flying at 33,000 feet were at risk.
  • The Crashed Malaysia Airlines Plane Wasn’t the Only Jet in Ukraine’s Airspace

    Alex Davies
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:01 pm
    A Boeing 777 operated by Malaysia Airlines crashed in eastern Ukraine this morning. Local authorities are saying the plane was shot down and that all 295 people aboard were killed. The plane’s route had been closed by Ukrainian authorities below 32,000 feet, but the Malaysia plane was flying at approximately 33,000 feet when it crashed, […]
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Stately McDaniel Manor

  • My War On Women

    Mike McDaniel
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:54 pm
    I like women. I really like women, and not just in a stereotypically male manner. As a high school English teacher, most of my colleagues are women. Yes, it’s certainly pleasing to see women–men are wired that way–but I like them because they are female, because they are different than men, because they see things differently, feel things differently. Mrs. Manor is my best friend, bar none. I would rather do anything–or nothing–with her than anyone else. Equality? Of course, but with the understanding that in all things, people have different strengths and…
  • Finding Out What’s In It: Obamacare Explodes–UPDATED–Again!

    Mike McDaniel
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:56 am
    The long-awaited Halbig decision from the D. C. Court of Appeals has finally come down, and for Barack Obama and supporters of Obamacare, it’s ugly indeed.  Why?  Because the judges actually decided it on the law and it’s merits.  As the execrable Nancy Pelosi said, now that we’ve passed it, we’re finding out what’s in it.  This is what happens when legislators pass massive bills without reading a word.  At least some judges actually think words matter.   Via The Washington Post: This morning the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit released its much…
  • Lessons In Smart Diplomacy, #4572: Israel v. John Kerry

    Mike McDaniel
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:22 am
    Credit: truckerphoto.com At the indispensable Powerline, Paul Mirengoff addresses the hapless, buffoonish Secretary of State, John Kerry in an article titled: “Israel Seen Ready To Tune John Kerry Out.”  In his recent “hot mic” moment, John Kerry responded to news of civilian deaths in Gaza with these words: It’s a hell of a pinpoint operation. Hell of a pinpoint operation. We’ve got to get over there. I think we ought to go tonight. The truth is that Kerry’s desire to “get over” to the Middle East has nothing to do with any lack of precision in Israel’s military…
  • Barack Obama: He’s Just Too Darned Rational And Honest

    Mike McDaniel
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    On September 24, 2012, I posted “Saving the Republic; Why Barack Obama Must Be Defeated: Reason 35It was subtitled “Delusions of Grandeur.” It’s an article I’ve reprised several times over the years, but now, as Russian backed-“separatists” shoot civilian airliners out of the sky and bodies rain down on Ukranian villages, as Iran once again pulls the wool over John Kerry’s eyes (OK, I admit that’s no real trick), As Mr. Obama offers praise for the terrorists of Hamas and nothing but scorn for Israel, as Mr. Obama fundraises rather than deal with deadly foreign provocations,…
  • I’m A Little Distracted These Days…

    Mike McDaniel
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:58 pm
    Photo Credit: chichsavvyreviews.net Gentle readers, please forgive me. I’m not keeping up with my usual posting tempo because I’m putting the finishing touches on a book, whipping out an average of 3-4 chapters a day. I plan to be done with the rough draft by the end of the month. Thanks for your forbearance, and when I have something to say about that endeavor–it must, alas, remain under wraps for the time being–you’ll be the first to know! In the meantime, I’ll do my best to come up with some interesting things as often as I can.Filed under: Culture
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Ace of Spades HQ

  • Our Enemy, The Sun: Two Years Ago, A Massive and Potentially Catastrophic Coronal Ejection Just Barely Missed The Earth

    24 Jul 2014 | 1:25 pm
    We probably would have survived. Most of us, anyway. It would depend on how well humans adapted to living without electricity for a few months or a year. Fortunately, the blast site of the CMEs was not directed at Earth....
  • Heat Map of John Walsh's Paper

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:56 am
    In this New York Times map, Yellow indicates "Plagiarism," and Pink indicates "En Fuego Plagiarism." Okay, just kidding. Yellow indicates where he footnoted sentences entirely or substantially lifted from a source, but did not put the words in quotes to...
  • Open Thread

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:09 am
    Per-Andre Hoffman...
  • Top Headline Comments (7-24-2014)

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:09 am
    OK, today I didn't forget. Gabe must just be catching up on all his fancy lawyerin'. Here's some actual news-ish content. Obama's going after "tax inversions" today. This isn't a good idea, a substitute for broader corporate tax reform, or...
  • Overnight Open Thread (7-23-2014)

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:25 pm
    First a little mood music... The Dave Brubeck Quartet - Jazz Gehort und Gesehen in Germany 30 minutes of cool jazz awesomeness from their 1960 tour. Quote of the Day I Nor do you ever have to lie in bed...
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Betsy's Page

  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:55 am
    Daniel Henninger writes on the President's seeming insouciance about what is going on around the world.As the world burns, the president spent this week fiddling at fundraisers in the living rooms of five Democratic Party fat cats in Seattle, San Francisco and Los Angeles. As White House communications director Jennifer Palmieri famously explained, changing the president's fundraising schedule "can have the unintended consequence of unduly alarming the American people or creating a false sense of crisis."Alarmed? Who's alarmed? What false sense of crisis? Vladimir Putin's masked men in…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:25 am
    Michael Cannon, who has been arguing that the Obamacare subsidies violated the actual text of the law, as a two to one panel on the D.C. Court of Appeals ruled today, explains how winners outnumber losers if the subsidies are struck down.Of course, if the D.C. Circuit should hear the Halbig case in an en banc review, we'll see the impact of Harry Reid's nuclear option as it put a majority of Democratic appointees on the court. That might get today's decision reversed, but this case is going to go to the Supreme Court. And, while the Fourth Circuit ruled in favor of the administration today,…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:27 am
    Robert Samuelson is exactly right as he bemoans the politicization of the civil service.Something has gone wrong in our civil service. Consider some recent developments. The IRS was forced to pay the National Organization for Marriage $50,000 for leaking the group’s donor list. Tea-party organizations and donors were much more likely than others to be audited by the IRS. This misbehavior was not the work of a few rogue employees in Cincinnati. In general, the IRS stalled tea-party applications for status as 501(c)(4) groups.Meanwhile, April Sands, an employee of the FEC, recently pleaded…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:09 am
    We knew this: "Obama aides were warned of brewing border crisis." They either didn't care or wanted the crisis to come. THe health and safety of the children were secondary.Ah, true diversity. It means something special at the University of Wisconsin.That framework includes eight essential “working definitions,” among them the already-discussed diversity, as well as others: “compositional diversity,” “critical mass,” “inclusion,” “equity mindedness,” “deficit-mindedness,” “representational equity,” and “excellence.” Let us take a closer look at one of these…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    18 Jul 2014 | 5:16 am
    This seems to be a time of perverse incentives leading to unintended consequences. Time after time, we've witnessed a policy choice by this administration that seems to be based more on wishful thinking than on a clear-eyed vision of what the results would be. And when the policy choices contain incentives for people to act a certain way, the administration has ignored that people will indeed respond to incentives even if that leads them to take actions that weren't the intent of the initial policy. We're seeing that now with the crisis on the border. President Obama's motives for announcing…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Riehl World News

  • Did the EPA Abuse It’s Authority to Influence the 2012 presidential election?

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

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

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

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

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

    Wizbang

  • The Halbig and King Decisions Highlight the FUBAR that is Obamacare

    Michael Laprarie
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:58 pm
    Yesterday, a The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit issued a ruling in the case of Halbig v. Burwell.  The plaintiff, Jacqueline Halbig, was the senior policy adviser to the Department of Health and Human Services under President George W. Bush.  In her lawsuit, Halbig contended that under the Patient Protection and Affordable […]
  • Just Who is Paying the $10K Coyote Fees for Illegals to Get Here?

    Warner Todd Huston
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:37 am
    A recent interview with the human traffickers known as “coyotes” reveals that they charge from between $5,000 to $10,000 US per individual to be guided from Central America to our border only leave the illegal immigrants to their own devices to stream across the border to take advantage of Obama’s amnesty policies. But, are we […]
  • Chicago Muslims Threaten Violence Against Jews Over Gaza

    Warner Todd Huston
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:46 am
    The “religion of peace” is at it again, this time posting warnings in Chicago that they intend to start attacking Jews in the Windy City. The Times of Israel reported on Monday that the threatening fliers were left on cars in Pulaski Park neighborhood on Chicago’s near northwest side. Chicago Police Department News Affairs Officer […]
  • Obama Cancels Obamacare in the US Territories and Protectorates

    Warner Todd Huston
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Obamacare is the best thing for everybody. Right? I mean, isn’t that what Democrats keep saying? So, why did Obama just take Obamacare away from all our protectorates and territories? Well, the answer to that is because Obamacare doesn’t work, that’s why. When Obama first strongarmed his law through Congress in the dead of night […]
  • VIDEO: Actor Paul Rodriguez Shocks CNN by Saying We Need to Deport Illegals

    Warner Todd Huston
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Actor and comedian Paul Rodriguez appeared on CNN and shocked those on the panel with his patriotic, American ideals and said that the USA has no reason whatsoever to keep all these hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens who are streaming across our border for Obama’s free handouts and his promise of amnesty. He directly […]
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Hullabaloo

  • Telling married women to "close their legs" doesn't seem to be working out for them

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:39 am
    Telling married women to "close their legs" doesn't seem to be working out for themby digbyWho would have guessed that the party which characterizes women who used birth control as evil sluts would have trouble getting women to vote for them?Republicans launched a new crop of super PACs, recruitment programs and messaging campaigns to boost the GOP’s female candidates and win over women who vote. The latest such effort, an unrestricted super PAC unveiled in June by former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina, cleared $1 million in its first four weeks.“We cannot permit liberal orthodoxy to…
  • The right-wing conning of America continues, by @DavidOAtkins

    24 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    The right-wing conning of America continuesby David AtkinsThe Republican big money men are literally making Americans more ignorant about basic science for this own profit, and making America both a laughingstock and an impediment to fixing the world's most pressing crisis:A new international survey shows that Americans are more divided and doubtful about climate change than people in other leading countries, even as the scientific evidence supporting it keeps piling up.Ipsos-MORI, one of the largest market research companies in Great Britain, released its new Global Trends 2014 survey…
  • QOTD: An American patriot (or ignorant sociopath, you decide)

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:00 pm
    QOTD: An American patriotby digby... or ignorant sociopath, you decide. This is William Gheen, head of the anti-immigrant group known as ALIPAC --- the group that exhorted its members to send used underwear to the border for the kids down there:"Well, what the illegals that are coming — and especially the ones that are coming from China — are going to do to America are much more powerful and lasting impacts than anything Al Qaeda could blow up, short of a nuclear detonation.""And how do you put a price tag on a family, let’s say that’s been in the United States for 300 years, and four…
  • Making everyone frustrated is a feature not a bug

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Making everyone frustrated is a feature not a bug by digbyMy piece in Salon today discusses the new call from Chuck Schumer for jungle primaries like we have in California all over the country.  What a great idea it is --- if you're a centrist bucket of lukewarm spit:If this were to work the way they want it to work what you’d end up with ... is the partisan minority voters having to hold their noses and vote for someone they really don’t like in order to elect someone the majority in the district also doesn’t like. (And the worst case scenario is when a bunch of candidates of the…
  • "Minority Report" for dummies

    23 Jul 2014 | 1:30 pm
    "Minority Report" for dummiesby digbyJeremy Scahill is out with a blockbuster story about the criteria the government uses to put you on a list of suspected terrorists. It's terrifying, all right. The rules are so loose and contradictory it basically can put anyone on there it chooses:“Instead of a watchlist limited to actual, known terrorists, the government has built a vast system based on the unproven and flawed premise that it can predict if a person will commit a terrorist act in the future,” says Hina Shamsi, the head of the ACLU’s National Security Project. “On that dangerous…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Eschaton

  • Kindler And Gentler

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:20 am
    They type up this RNC press release every election cycle.
  • The Only Intolerance That Matters Is Your Intolerance For My Intolerance

    24 Jul 2014 | 7:59 am
    Being pro-equality should be a hate crime, no?
  • HYPOCRISY

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Related to this is the genre of AL GORE HAS A BIG HOUSE* HYPOCRITE MUAHAHAHA. And, you know, if Al Gore was out there hectoring individuals for their individual choices this might be a fair charge. But he isn't. We can all do a bit through individual choices, though most of us probably aren't knowledgeable enough to know which choices really matter, but solving or ameliorating global climate change requires collective action. That's the point.*I have no idea how "green" Gore's big house is and don't care.
  • Thursday Is New Jobless Day

    24 Jul 2014 | 5:39 am
    284K new lucky duckies.Pretty low.
  • The Worst Person In The World

    24 Jul 2014 | 4:40 am
    Ron Fournier.
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Firedoglake

  • Cuomo Administration Interfered With Ethics Investigation

    DSWright
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:06 am
    Andrew Cuomo How is that Working Families Party endorsement looking now? Members of the administration of New York Governor Andrew Cuomo reportedly interfered with investigators trying to get to the bottom of political corruption in New York State. Corruption that has bubbled up from under the surface and spilled over into scandals leading to arrests and indictments that left the public outraged. In response to public pressure to clean up state politics, Governor Cuomo established a corruption commission in July of 2013. Cuomo announced that cracking down on political corruption was a top…
  • Democrats Suffer From Significant Enthusiasm Gap

    Jon Walker
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:12 am
    While Democrats hold a small two-point lead in the generic Congressional ballot, the big problem for them is their voters aren’t enthusiastic about turning out. According to Pew Research poll, enthusiasm among Democratic voters at this time in the midterm cycle is the lowest it has been in years. Only 37 percent of those who plan to vote for a Democratic candidate say they are more enthusiastic about this year than they have been in past Congressional elections. By comparison, 45 percent of Republican voters are more enthusiastic about voting this time. While the enthusiasm gap is not…
  • Leaked Rulebook Reveals Loophole-Ridden Criteria for Placing Individuals on Terrorist Watchlists

    Kevin Gosztola
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:01 am
    Graphic from 2013 Watchlisting Guidance published by The Intercept A secret United States government rulebook for placing “known terrorists” and “suspected terrorists” on government watchlists, including the No-Fly List, has been published by The Intercept. It was obtained from an unnamed “intelligence source.” The “March 2013 Watchlisting Guidance” [PDF] from the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) contains the criteria by which officials can blacklist individuals for “terrorism.” It also reveals some glaring loopholes, which…
  • US Only Country to Vote No on UN Resolution Against Killing Civilians in Gaza

    DSWright
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:52 am
    L.1 adopted w 29 votes for, 1 against and 17 abst, establishes #commissionofinquiry on current #humanrights in OPT. pic.twitter.com/00F5QoMSP2 — HRC SECRETARIAT (@UN_HRC) July 23, 2014 American exceptionalism strikes again. This time it manifested itself as the US being the only country on the United Nations Human Rights Council to vote against investigating the killing of civilians in Operation Protective Edge. The call to respect international legal restrictions on warfare and investigate whether any violations have taken place received a yea or abstention from every other country on…
  • The Roundup

    BrandonJ
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:45 am
    Good Morning. International Politics Overall - After reporting their offices in Gaza were targeted by the Israel Defense Force, Al-Jazeera journalists and staff evacuated - The UN launched an investigation into human rights violations in the Gaza Strip by Israel and thinks the country committed war crimes - The Obama administration wants Congress to push forward a bill providing $225 billion for Israel’s Iron Dome system - Journalists Ken Klippenstein and Paul Gottinger discover weapons used on civilians in Gaza by Israel were from the U.S. - A separatist commander confirmed rebels have…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    TalkLeft

  • Thursday Open Thread

    Jeralyn
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:33 am
    Hope I got the day right. Here's an open thread, all topics welcome. Check out the ISIS Tour bus. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Another Botched Execution: 2 Hours to Die

    Jeralyn
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:58 am
    Joseph Wood was executed in Arizona yesterday. It took two hours to kill him. The execution was not halted, even though he repeatedly gasped and snorted during it. An Associated Press reporter who witnessed the execution saw Wood start gasping... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Silva, Silva and Tsarnaev: A Confusing Story

    Jeralyn
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:09 am
    Yesterday the feds arrested Stephen Silva of Cambridge, MA for heroin dealing and possession of a firearm with a partially obliterated serial number. Leaks from law enforcement claimed the gun is the one used to kill a Cambridge police officer days... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • U.S. Judge Approves Search Warrant for Entire Gmail Account

    Jeralyn
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:57 pm
    U.S. Magistrate Court Judge Gabriel Gorenstein in the Southern District of New York has approved a search warrant request for the entire contents of an unnamed person's Gmail account, with no restrictions. Federal prosecutors requested the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Israel Says Fate of One Soldier in Ambush is "Unclear"

    Jeralyn
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:21 am
    Update: since writing the post below, the Israeli Defense Forces have posted on Twitter that they are trying to "identify" (not locate) the 7th soldier. Nor do they describe him as "missing." A vehicle carrying 7 soldiers was attacked July 20. We... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    The Fix

  • Republicans and Democrats agree: Their own member of Congress isn’t part of the problem

    Aaron Blake
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:16 am
    The American people claim they really, really hate Congress. We're a little skeptical. Want proof? According to a new Pew Research Center poll of voter attitudes, 69 percent of people would like to see most members of Congress sent packing in the 2014 election. That's up 13 points since the last midterm in 2010. And […]
  • Barely half of Americans know the political party of their representative

    Philip Bump
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:48 am
    Quick: To what political party does your member of Congress belong? About three-quarters of you came up with an answer. Of that number, a third of you were wrong. At least if we can extrapolate from analysis released by Pew Research on Thursday. They found that 53 percent of Americans could identify their representative's political […]
  • A look at death penalty sentences and executions, by state

    Philip Bump
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:44 am
    The drawn-out execution of Joseph Wood on Wednesday in Arizona, renewed scrutiny of the use of the death penalty in the United States.Using data from the Death Penalty Information Center, we looked at how the death penalty has been both sentenced and applied since the Supreme Court reintroduced it in the 1970s. And, in short, both sentences […]
  • Here’s why President Obama’s dismal approval ratings matter this November

    Chris Cillizza
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:26 am
    Any time I write about President Obama's lackluster poll numbers, any number of people take to Twitter to helpfully remind me that he isn't on the ballot this fall and is constitutionally barred from seeking a third time. Their argument comes down to this: Who cares what President Obama's approval ratings are? A new national […]
  • A brief history of illicit drug use at the White House

    Abby Ohlheiser
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:23 am
    Earlier this week, Snoop Dogg (aka Snoop Lion aka Snoopy Snoopy Poop Dog) said that he smoked weed last year in a White House bathroom. As it turns out, this grants him membership to an elite club of White House visitors who have, by their accounts, managed to use illicit drugs there. Below is a short […]
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Blue Jersey - Front Page

  • I

    24 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    I love Senator Ray Lesniak. He was a warrior in the fight for marriage equality from the beginning. He's for gun safety. He's a fellow Rutgers graduate who's always promoting our alma mater. He's an unabashed liberal. But I'm disappointed in his reluctance to support his legislative and party colleague, Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula for a post on the state's Board of Public Utilities. If the reporting in PolitickerNJ is true, Lesniak is waffling on that support because Chivukula had the temerity to throw his hat into the ring for the seat that's being vacated by Rush Holt. Lesniak was…
  • News Roundup & Open Thread for Thursday, July 24, 2014

    24 Jul 2014 | 5:31 am
    Today's roundup is brought to you by more than 300 Lutheran kids from Nebraska who came to help. Christie Tom Moran seems finally to grasp Chris Christie's MO though this reads like Christie's purely self-promotional behavior at the expense of good governing is something new. Whatever.  A good read nonetheless. In case you were concerned, it seems like Chris Christie and his mentor are on speaking terms again. Donald Scarinci suggests the Rabner opinion on marriage keeps "Christie for President" alive. Garden State Equality makes some new history Andrea "Andy" Bowen will be tone of the…
  • My open letter to President Obama about public education and his legacy

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Cross-posted with Marie Corfield. And promoted by Rosi. Dear President Obama, Along with millions of Americans, I proudly and joyously voted for you in 2008. I believed that finally our nation was living up to its promise of a land where 'all men [and women] are created equal'. I have continually admired your resolve and poise in the face of birthers and other racists who have purposefully jeopardized the best interests of our nation as they plot your political demise. And I voted for you again in 2012, albeit without the same level of enthusiasm. In many ways I'm still happy you are my…
  • Snapshots: Tuesday's protest of bigoted Ted Nugent

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:56 am
    John Atlas put it well: "He's a decent guitar player, but a vile human being." That's about right. And that's why a crowd showed up outside Ted Nugent's show at the Wellmont Theater last night. They weren't there for the guitar playing, but to protest Nugent's nasty-ass view of the world and other people. The Wellmont didn't cancel Nugent's show, despite calls asking them to do just that. Disgust with his racist and otherwise bigoted statements has cost Nugent gigs, like the casino booking Nugent lost Monday. Nugent calls people who protest him "unclean vermin". I say there were a lot of good…
  • News Roundup & Open Thread for Wednesday, July 23, 2014

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    Economics, poverty, health For the 3rd straight year, NJ slid down the rankings of overall children's well-being and is now out of the top five in the nation, according to the annual Kids Count data book. Justice Department calls for federal monitor of Newark Police Department This, after a 3-year review of the Newark Police Department. Braun: Feds will investigate "One Newark" In response to a detailed request for a probe from parent activist group PULSE New Jersey,the U.S. Dept. of Education will determine whether the plan-which has confused the lives of thousands of city children and their…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    xpostfactoid

  • Could the ACA exchanges go the way of the Medicaid expansion?

    Andrew Sprung
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:23 am
    If the D.C. Circuit panel ruling in Halbig stands, and the state exchanges currently run by the federal government are deemed unable to grant subsidies to health plan buyers who qualify for them under the ACA's criteria, Nicholas Bagley posits that "the states with federally established exchanges will come under enormous pressure to establish their own exchanges." The federal government could make it easy for them, Bagley suggests, essentially allowing them to decree that they've "established" exchanges while letting Healthcare.gov continue to run them.  Thus the ACA would likely prove…
  • Let them all in? Laying a thought experiment on top of a thought experiment

    Andrew Sprung
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
    Jeff Spross of ThinkProgress thinks we should give all kids who arrive on our borders immediate legal status. Josiah Neeley of the Texas Public Policy Foundation responds (on Twitter) by dangling a bit of bait: "why not let in anyone who wants come? Spross suggests that the U.S. could handle the influx if it had to or wanted to. Neeley then asks, "How many do you think would come if we accepted anyone who wanted to come?"This recalled me to a thought experiment that seems apropos, though I'm not sure why -- maybe because it suggests, indirectly, how much running room we have. Courtesy of…
  • Winning asylum in the U.S.: imminent danger of death is not enough

    Andrew Sprung
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:14 pm
    Reading about the flood of children now arriving on U.S. shores from Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador, those of us not well versed in immigration law might assume that children who can demonstrate that they will be in imminent danger of death from gangs terrorizing their home towns if deported will be granted asylum. That is probably not so.Determinations of refugee status or asylum in the U.S. are governed by the Refugee Act of 1980, which derives its criteria from the Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees approved by the U.N. in 1951. To be granted asylum, an applicant"must prove…
  • The U.S. healthcare system, up my nostrils

    Andrew Sprung
    13 Jul 2014 | 1:24 pm
    If you'll bear with a brief personal medical narrative, I think it holds some lessons about overutlization and economic incentives in our healthcare system, though I'm not entirely sure what they are yet.I've been plagued with nasal allergies all my life, and almost twenty years ago I also developed nasal polyps. The worst of the allergy symptoms moderated at about the same time, except when the polyps flared up, which would happen when I had a cold. On three separate occasions, I took steps to have the polyps removed surgically, which entailed taking the steroid spray Nasonex for a few weeks…
  • Bypassing healthcare.gov, revisited

    Andrew Sprung
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:01 pm
    Just a brief teaser here, as I work to finish a reported story about different approaches to improving the shopping experience at healthcare.gov and getting essential information to users.I have caught up again with HealthSherpa, which began life as one of the first ACA comparison shopping sites to spring up while Healthcare.gov was dysfunctional last fall, then went on to become a licensed broker and go live last February as one of the first third-party sites to start enrolling people in subsidized ACA plans. As I reported at the time (or rather, added some explanation to an initial report…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Comment is free | The Guardian

  • Both Israelis and Palestinians are all losers in this conflict

    Daniel Barenboim
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:25 am
    There can be no military solution. Both sides need to accept the others suffering and their rights Continue reading...
  • In praise of eating ice-cream cones

    Editorial
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:34 am
    Handling a melting ice-cream cone is an important skill Continue reading...
  • Bradley Wiggins is sick of fame but I bet hed miss it

    David Giles
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:22 am
    Celebrities often have to develop coping mechanisms to deal with fame. Wishing it away is not one I would advise to Wiggins Continue reading...
  • Conservative complacency wont help working people

    Ed Balls
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:26 am
    The Tories claim the economys fixed, but the facts suggest otherwise. Only Labours radical and credible economic plan can deliver a fairer Britain Continue reading...
  • Would you happily eat out alone?

    Guardian Staff
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:35 am
    With the number of us living alone on the rise, more and more restaurants are catering for the solo diner. The BBC reports that eateries often offer bar seating for the rising number of people eating out on their own. While traditionally, a table for one has been seen as a bit of a joke, it seems that many are embracing the idea of eating in peace. Would you be comfortable being your own date for the night? Continue reading...
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Reuters: Politics

  • Honduran president links border crisis to U.S. policy divide

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:11 am
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. lawmakers' inability to reach an agreement on immigration policy is at least partly to blame for a crisis that has seen thousands of children flee Honduras for the U.S. border, Honduran President Juan Hernandez said on Thursday.
  • House committee votes to authorize lawsuit against Obama

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:01 am
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday took a step toward authorizing a lawsuit against President Barack Obama, claiming he has overstepped his executive powers.
  • Republican Paul Ryan wants choice in delivering aid to poor

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:57 am
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republican U.S. Representative Paul Ryan proposed a new way to help poor Americans on Thursday with a plan to allow charities, community groups and even for-profit firms to compete with government for federal money to fight poverty.
  • Obama presses to close corporate tax loophole 'inversions'

    24 Jul 2014 | 3:04 am
    LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama will call on Thursday for an end to a corporate loophole that allows companies to avoid federal taxes by shifting their tax domiciles overseas in deals known as "inversions," White House officials said.
  • Republican lawmaker to grill U.S. SEC over Ackman tactics

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:10 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. lawmaker will pressure the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Thursday to consider a raft of reforms, after William Ackman's aggressive efforts to take over Allergan Inc raised concerns about loose rules governing disclosure and shareholder voting.
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Slashdot: Politics

  • VP Biden Briefs US Governors On H-1B Visas, IT, and Coding

    Soulskill
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:19 pm
    theodp writes: Back in 2012, Computerworld blasted Vice President Joe Biden for his ignorance of the H-1B temporary work visa program. But Joe's got his H-1B story and he's sticking to it, characterizing the visa program earlier this month in a speech to the National Governors Association as "apprenticeships" of sorts that companies provide to foreign workers to expand the Information Technology industry only after proving there are no qualified Americans to fill the jobs. Biden said he also learned from his talks with tech's top CEOs that 200,000 of the jobs that companies provide each year…
  • States That Raised Minimum Wage See No Slow-Down In Job Growth

    Soulskill
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    An anonymous reader writes: The U.S. Department of Labor has released data that some proponents of raising minimum wage are touting as evidence that higher minimum wage promotes job growth. While the data doesn't actually establish cause and effect, it does "run counter to a Congressional Budget Office report in February that said raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour, as the White House supports, would cost 500,000 jobs." The data shows that the 13 states that raised their minimum wages in January added jobs at a faster rate than those that didn't. Other factors likely contributed to…
  • World Health Organization Calls For Decriminalization of Drug Use

    Soulskill
    19 Jul 2014 | 6:44 am
    An anonymous reader writes: We've known for a while: the War on Drugs isn't working. Scientists, journalists, economists, and politicians have all argued against continuing the expensive and ineffective fight. Now, the World Health Organization has said flat out that nations should work to decriminalize the use of drugs. The recommendations came as part of a report released this month focusing on the prevention and treatment of HIV. "The WHO's unambiguous recommendation is clearly grounded in concerns for public health and human rights. Whilst the call is made in the context of the policy…
  • US Senator Blasts Microsoft's H-1B Push As It Lays 18,000 Off Workers

    Unknown Lamer
    19 Jul 2014 | 5:34 am
    dcblogs (1096431) writes On the floor of U.S. Senate Thursday, Sen. Jeff Sessions delivered a scalding and sarcastic attack on the use of highly skilled foreign workers by U.S. corporations that was heavily aimed at Microsoft, a chief supporter of the practice. Sessions' speech began as a rebuttal to a recent New York Times op-ed column by Microsoft founder Bill Gates, investor Warren Buffett and Sheldon Adelson ... But the senator's attack on "three of our greatest masters of the universe," and "super billionaires," was clearly primed by Microsoft's announcement, also on Thursday, that it…
  • New York State Proposes Sweeping Bitcoin Regulations

    samzenpus
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:20 pm
    An anonymous reader writes On Thursday, Benjamin M. Lawsky, the superintendent of financial services, announced proposed regulations for virtual currency companies operating in New York. The "BitLicense" plan, which includes rules on consumer protection, the prevention of money laundering and cybersecurity, is the first proposal by a state to create guidelines specifically for virtual currency. "We have sought to strike an appropriate balance that helps protect consumers and root out illegal activity—without stifling beneficial innovation," he said in a statement.Read more of this story…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Reason.com Full Feed

  • Court Tethers Old Man to SoCal for Letting Dog Off Leash

    Zenon Evans
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:20 am
    John Gladwin, a 69-year-old Army veteran, "must allow home visits by a federal probation officer, file monthly activity reports and … must get written authorization anytime he leaves the massive Central District covering most of Southern California," details LA Weekly. The government chooses to monitor this retiree and restrict his movement, though he's never committed a violent crime or sold illegal drugs or weapons. No, he let his dog, Molly, off her leash to play just beyond their yard in the vast expanse of Santa Monica Mountains. The thing is, Molly has never actually caused trouble…
  • Why Lack of Political Support is a Problem For Obamacare

    Peter Suderman
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:06 am
    Over at The Washington Post, editorial writer Stephen Stromberg notes my current print-edition feature on the challenges ahead for Obamacare and the ways the administration has either exaggerated the health law’s successes or downplayed its potential problems. Stromberg argues that my piece is "ultimately too negative," but we do have a few points of agreement, mainly that "President Obama and his staff oversold the law, promising coverage expansion, cost containment, and unrealistic levels of consumer choice." In addition to laying out remaining problems for the law and noting the ways…
  • John Buckley, Libertarian Senate Candidate From West Virginia

    Brian Doherty
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:05 am
    John Buckley, cousin to William F. Buckley, had a long personal background in Republican Party and conservative movement politics, including a stint running Young Americans for Freedom in the 1970s. He won a state legislative seat in Virginia in 1979. He lost his seat after one term and says that "by the early ‘90s I had soured on the Republican Party as a vehicle for expressing my political principles"—not because his principles had changed that much, or even that the Party’s lip service stated principles had, but that no Republicans seemed to act on the free-market side of their…
  • Damon Root: Will John Roberts 'Redeem Himself' on Obamacare?

    Reason.com
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Obamacare appears to be headed back to the U.S. Supreme Court. On Tuesday the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit issued dueling opinions on the legality of an I.R.S. rule which provides tax credits to individuals who purchased their health insurance from federally run health care exchanges. That circuit split makes it likely the Supreme Court will get involved. How will the Court rule on the matter? Senior Editor Damon Root examines what Chief Justice John Roberts' 2012 decision, in which he invoked the principle of judicial deference…
  • Will John Roberts 'Redeem Himself' on Obamacare?

    Damon Root
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Obamacare appears to be headed back to the U.S. Supreme Court. On Tuesday the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit issued dueling opinions on the legality of an I.R.S. rule which provides tax credits to individuals who purchased their health insurance from federally run health care exchanges. The controversy here stems from the fact that the text of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act limits such tax credits to individuals who purchased their insurance from an "exchange established by a State." In other words, as the…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    The American Prospect

  • Hobby Lobby Decision Could Give License to Anti-Labor 'Biblical Economics' Practices

    Peter Montgomery
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:26 am
    AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais A demonstrator dressed as the 'Bible' stands outside the Supreme Court building awaiting the court's decision on the Hobby Lobby case in Washington, Monday, June 30, 2014. The Supreme Court says corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women. This article originally appeared on Right Wing Watch, the website published by People For the American Way. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote in her dissent in the Hobby Lobby case that the Court’s…
  • Hillary for Liberals: A Conversation With Walter Shapiro

    Harold Meyerson
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:37 pm
    As a reporter and columnist for Time, Newsweek, the Washington Post, USA Today, Esquire, Salon, and other publications, Walter Shapiro has covered nine presidential elections and the nation’s politics for four decades. He is currently a fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University and a lecturer in political science at Yale while he finishes a book about his great-uncle, a vaudevillian and con man who once swindled Hitler. Shapiro is also an accomplished Hillary-ologist, having first interviewed Hillary Clinton in the Arkansas governor’s mansion for Time in September…
  • On Israel, Looking for Hope In a Sea of Bad Faith and Despair

    Paul Waldman
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:08 am
    If you don't have mixed feelings about what's going on in Gaza, there's something seriously wrong with you. As Gershom Gorenberg says in his piece today, in a war, both sides can be wrong, and that's the case now. So how do we find a way to think and talk about this conflict when our natural impulse is to take a side? Complicating things even further is the fact that the people who do think that there's no ambiguity here range from the morally infantile to the unspeakably ghastly, and no matter what you say you'll find yourself on the same side as some of them, if only for a moment. On one…
  • This Is Your Brain on War: A Dispatch From Jerusalem

    Gershom Gorenberg
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    AP Photo/Hatem Moussa Smoke and fire from the explosion of an Israeli strike rise over Gaza City, Tuesday, July 22, 2014, as Israeli airstrikes pummeled a wide range of locations along the coastal area and diplomatic efforts intensified to end the two-week war.   As I write, the livestream from Gaza of news about death continues. If I give a casualty count, it may be outdated before I finish typing it. It won't include those Palestinians—civilians and Hamas fighters—who may be buried in rubble in the Sajaiya neighborhood of Gaza City, which the Israeli army has invaded in search of…
  • There Is No Border Crisis: There Are Frightened Children, Fleeing Death

    Joshua Holland
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:21 pm
    AP Photo/Eric Gay In this June 25, 2014 file photo, a group of immigrants from Honduras and El Salvador who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally are stopped in Granjeno, Texas. Tackling what he has called a humanitarian crisis, President Barack Obama on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 asked Congress for $3.7 billion to cope with a tide of minors from Central America who are crossing the U.S. border, causing a political firestorm in Washington.   This article originally appeared at BillMoyers.com, the website of the Moyers & Company television program.   Those seething with so much rage and…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    The American Prospect

  • Hobby Lobby Decision Could Give License to Anti-Labor 'Biblical Economics' Practices

    Peter Montgomery
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:26 am
    AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais A demonstrator dressed as the 'Bible' stands outside the Supreme Court building awaiting the court's decision on the Hobby Lobby case in Washington, Monday, June 30, 2014. The Supreme Court says corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women. This article originally appeared on Right Wing Watch, the website published by People For the American Way. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote in her dissent in the Hobby Lobby case that the Court’s…
  • Hillary for Liberals: A Conversation With Walter Shapiro

    Harold Meyerson
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:37 pm
    As a reporter and columnist for Time, Newsweek, the Washington Post, USA Today, Esquire, Salon, and other publications, Walter Shapiro has covered nine presidential elections and the nation’s politics for four decades. He is currently a fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University and a lecturer in political science at Yale while he finishes a book about his great-uncle, a vaudevillian and con man who once swindled Hitler. Shapiro is also an accomplished Hillary-ologist, having first interviewed Hillary Clinton in the Arkansas governor’s mansion for Time in September…
  • On Israel, Looking for Hope In a Sea of Bad Faith and Despair

    Paul Waldman
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:08 am
    If you don't have mixed feelings about what's going on in Gaza, there's something seriously wrong with you. As Gershom Gorenberg says in his piece today, in a war, both sides can be wrong, and that's the case now. So how do we find a way to think and talk about this conflict when our natural impulse is to take a side? Complicating things even further is the fact that the people who do think that there's no ambiguity here range from the morally infantile to the unspeakably ghastly, and no matter what you say you'll find yourself on the same side as some of them, if only for a moment. On one…
  • This Is Your Brain on War: A Dispatch From Jerusalem

    Gershom Gorenberg
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    AP Photo/Hatem Moussa Smoke and fire from the explosion of an Israeli strike rise over Gaza City, Tuesday, July 22, 2014, as Israeli airstrikes pummeled a wide range of locations along the coastal area and diplomatic efforts intensified to end the two-week war.   As I write, the livestream from Gaza of news about death continues. If I give a casualty count, it may be outdated before I finish typing it. It won't include those Palestinians—civilians and Hamas fighters—who may be buried in rubble in the Sajaiya neighborhood of Gaza City, which the Israeli army has invaded in search of…
  • There Is No Border Crisis: There Are Frightened Children, Fleeing Death

    Joshua Holland
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:21 pm
    AP Photo/Eric Gay In this June 25, 2014 file photo, a group of immigrants from Honduras and El Salvador who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally are stopped in Granjeno, Texas. Tackling what he has called a humanitarian crisis, President Barack Obama on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 asked Congress for $3.7 billion to cope with a tide of minors from Central America who are crossing the U.S. border, causing a political firestorm in Washington.   This article originally appeared at BillMoyers.com, the website of the Moyers & Company television program.   Those seething with so much rage and…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Wonkblog

  • These two charts explain why it’s unusually tough right now to find a newly built home

    Dina ElBoghdady
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:25 am
    If you’re looking to buy a home, finding a newly built one may be tough. The share of new homes being sold is unusually low, in part  because fewer of them are being constructed.  It is not likely to get better anytime soon.  The Commerce Department reported Thursday that new home sales fell 8.1 percent in June from the previous month to a seasonally adjusted rate of 406,000. That’s down 11.5 percent from a year earlier. Jed Kolko at Trulia crunched numbers to demonstrate how the share of new home sales has been off the norm for years. It used to be that one new home was sold for…
  • The long-term unemployed might finally be getting jobs

    Matt O'Brien
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:50 am
    It's not quite Morning in America, but, at least for the long-term unemployed, it's no longer the middle of the night. Here's the good news: in the past six months, unemployment has fallen much faster than expected, from 6.7 to 6.1 percent. And as you can see above, 88 percent of that has been due to declining long-term unemployment. But is it really good? Long-term unemployment might be falling for the bad reason that people are giving up, rather than for the good one that they're getting jobs. (Remember, you have to have looked for work in the past month to count as "unemployed"). Now, this…
  • No, you aren’t crazy: Some Lay’s potato chip bags actually do have fewer chips inside

    Roberto A. Ferdman
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:41 am
    Less flavor, more chips. (Daniel Acker/Bloomberg News) This is going to ruffle a few feathers. PepsiCo purposely packs fewer chips into its flavored chip bags, Hugh Johnston, the company's CFO, told the Associated Press. "There might be an ounce or two less [in those bags]," Johnston said. Actually, it's half an ounce less. Regular Lay's are sold in 10-ounce bags; flavored Lay's are sold in 9.5-ounce bags; and both are sold for the same $4.29 price. That might not sound like a lot, but it will with a bit of simple math. Americans buy some $1.6 billion worth of Lay's potato chips every…
  • Wonkbook — The latest risk in the migrant crisis: politics

    Puneet Kollipara
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:31 am
    Welcome to Wonkbook, Wonkblog’s morning policy news primer by Puneet Kollipara (@pkollipara). To subscribe by e-mail, click here. Send comments, criticism or ideas to Wonkbook at Washpost dot com. To read more by the Wonkblog team, click here. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook. (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo) Wonkbook’s Number of the Day: 1.7 percent. That's the International Monetary Fund's latest projection for U.S. economic growth in 2014, and a further downgrade. Wonkbook’s Chart of the Day: This chart shows that the federal Obamacare exchange remained surprisingly busy, even after…
  • The many stubborn kinds of inequality that children face growing up in the U.S.

    Emily Badger
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Flickr user Spyros Papaspyropoulos In the 25 years since the Annie E. Casey Foundation began producing an annual databook on the status of American children, their well-being has improved in some significant ways: Teen pregnancies are much less common today than they were in 1990, and a larger share of children are now covered by health care thanks to the expansion of government programs. Over the same time, though, the number of children living in two-parent families has steadily declined, as the number living in high-poverty neighborhoods has grown. And across this mixed record, one trend…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    News

  • Sen. Graham: 'This administration is throwing Israel overboard'

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:07 am
    Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) on Thursday said the Obama administration is “throwing Israel overboard” and Secretary of State John Kerry is “bailing Hamas out.” On Fox News’s “Happening Now,” Graham argued Kerry should not be pushing for a cease...
  • Report: Obama sends team to consider deploying Guard

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:21 am
     President Obama has dispatched a team to Texas to review whether deploying National Guard troops could help the crisis at the border, White House officials told Reuters on Wednesday. The team consists of officials from the departments of...
  • Jeb Bush takes tough line on border

    24 Jul 2014 | 5:58 am
    Former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.) took a tougher line on illegal immigration Thursday, writing in an op-ed that federal law should be changed so that people who illegally cross the border aren't released from custody as they await hearings.Bush, who has...
  • Judge strikes down Colorado's same-sex marriage ban, stays ruling

    24 Jul 2014 | 5:25 am
    A federal judge on Wednesday ruled that Colorado’s ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, according to Reuters. U.S. District Judge Raymond Moore issued his opinion, but stayed the ruling until Aug. 25 so the case can be reviewed by a...
  • Walsh says PTSD 'a factor' in stolen thesis

    24 Jul 2014 | 5:13 am
     Sen. John Walsh (D-Mont.) on Wednesday said his post-traumatic stress disorder might have contributed to him unintentionally plagiarizing his master’s thesis.“I don't want to blame my mistake on PTSD, but I do want to say it may have been a...
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    SCOTUSblog

  • SCOTUSblog on camera: Steven R. Shapiro (Part Four)

    Fabrizio di Piazza
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:07 am
    How the ACLU thinks about and uses amicus briefs — and when — and what a successful amicus practice looks like. In this six-part interview, Steven R. Shapiro, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) since 1993, discusses his background; the ACLU’s history and mission; what civil liberties and Supreme Court advocacy look like now; and what civil liberties challenges we face next. In association with Bloomberg Law
  • Petition of the day

    Maureen Johnston
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:38 pm
    The petition of the day is: Dize v. Association of Maryland Pilots 13-1268 Issue: Whether, when applying the Chandris, Inc. v. Latsis thirty-percent rule—that, ordinarily, a qualifying “seaman” under the Jones Act must spend thirty percent or more of his time in service of a vessel in navigation—a court may consider the time a maritime worker spends in the service of a vessel in navigation that is moored, dockside, or ashore, as the Third, Fifth, Sixth, and Ninth Circuits have held, or whether a court must categorically exclude such time, as the Eleventh Circuit and the Maryland…
  • A gentle chiding of the Court on same-sex marriage

    Lyle Denniston
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:48 pm
    Gently chiding the Supreme Court for not making itself clear, a federal trial judge in Colorado refused on Wednesday to interpret the Justices’ recent actions on same-sex marriage as binding on lower courts.  U.S. District Judge Raymond P. Moore of Denver spoke out as he issued a ruling striking down Colorado’s ban on such marriages.  Refusing a formal plea by the state to put his ruling on hold, the judge nevertheless gave the state attorney general a month to ask a higher court to do that. The Supreme Court has twice ordered delays in lower court decisions striking down…
  • SCOTUSblog on camera: Steven R. Shapiro (Part Three)

    Fabrizio di Piazza
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:07 pm
    How a changing legal landscape and the breadth and depth of civil liberties affect ACLU advocacy in and out of the courts. In this six-part interview, Steven R. Shapiro, legal director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) since 1993, discusses his background; the ACLU’s history and mission; what civil liberties and Supreme Court advocacy look like now; and what civil liberties challenges we face next. In association with Bloomberg Law
  • Commentary: The fate of the Obamacare subsidies in the Supreme Court

    Tom Goldstein
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:19 am
    Yesterday, two federal courts of appeals issued conflicting decisions on a major challenge to the operation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The stakes are huge.  The rule at issue provides a big subsidy for millions of people to buy insurance.  Without those subsidies, many Americans would not be required to buy insurance, including young healthy individuals that are so important to the insurance pool.  The rule also determines whether employers have to comply with the upcoming mandate to provide insurance to their employees. Here is how the statute works.  The ACA requires states to…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Politifact.com Truth-O-Meter rulings from National

  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit compared the health care law to buying a pepperoni and ham pizza from Domino's or Pizza Hut.

    24 Jul 2014 | 7:49 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | DNC Chair says Fourth Circuit court used pizza analogy to uphold health care law What does cheap pizza have to do with health care — other than if you eat too much, you might need to see a doctor? Apparently, it’s the perfect metaphor to explain why a key provision in the Affordable Care Act is legal. That’s what we heard from Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz. During a July 22 Las Vegas TV appearance, the Florida congresswoman discussed two new dueling court decisions on the health care law. She said the…
  • Debbie Wasserman Schultz: "There were 36 states where Republicans who were in charge refused to implement a state (health insurance) exchange."

    24 Jul 2014 | 7:49 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Debbie Wasserman Schultz says GOP governors blocked state insurance markets in 36 states Two recent federal court cases, both about federal subsidies for health insurance, came within hours of each other this week, putting the future of the Affordable Care Act into question. In Halbig vs. Burwell, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit issued a 2-1 ruling that said people in states that don't operate their own marketplaces can't get subsidies. But a few hours later, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit reached the opposite…
  • Barack Obama: "We've recovered (from the recession) faster and come farther than almost any other advanced country on Earth."  

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:12 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Barack Obama says U.S. has recovered from recession better than almost every advanced country While his critics decry his economic policies, President Barack Obama keeps insisting that he’s had economic success. In a speech in Wilmington, Del., last week, Obama offered several pieces of evidence that, in his view, suggests that the country is rebounding from the recession. Unemployment is at its lowest rate since 2008, he noted; the auto industry is "booming," America is making more oil than it imports, and the deficit has been cut in…
  • Mitch McConnell: Says a new report shows the "devastating tax hikes (in the health care law) will have on middle-class Kentuckians."

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:03 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Mitch McConnell claims 'devastating' tax increase on middle class looming due to health care law Coal and health care are the two dominant themes in Kentucky’s hotly contested U.S. Senate race. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s campaign saw an opportunity to attack his Democratic opponent, Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, on the second issue after a new report came out on the country’s long-term fiscal health. "Alison Lundergan Grimes fully supports the implementation of Obamacare and the devastating tax hikes it will have…
  • Fresh Start PA: Under Gov. Tom Corbett, "Pennsylvania ranks 49th in job creation."

    22 Jul 2014 | 2:51 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Democratic group says Pennsylvania is 49th in job creation under Gov. Tom Corbett Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, a Republican, remains one of the most vulnerable incumbent governors running this year. Elected to his first term in 2010, Corbett now trails Democratic challenger Tom Wolf by more than 20 points in most recent polls. Despite Wolf’s lead, pro-Democratic groups are leaving nothing to chance. One of these is Fresh Start PA, a political action committee running parallel to the state Democratic Party. It’s headed by Katie McGinty, one…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Balloon Juice

  • Thursday Morning Open Thread

    Anne Laurie
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:02 am
    Another ‘natural conservative’ has publicly recanted. Here’s Thomas E. Ricks, “journalist who writes on defense topics“, in Politico: In my late 50s, at a time of life when most people are supposed to be drifting into a cautious conservatism, I am surprised to find myself moving steadily leftward… …[S]ince leaving newspapers, I have again and again found myself shifting to the left in major areas such as foreign policy and domestic economic policy. I wonder whether others of my generation are similarly pausing, poking up their heads from their…
  • Late Night Open Thread

    John (MCCARTHY) Cole
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:22 pm
    Barium Shits would be an awesome punk rock band name. Also, has anyone else been getting autoplay ads when you load the front page? If so, I need to nip that shit in the bud. Share
  • FAIL

    John (MCCARTHY) Cole
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:41 pm
    As you know, yesterday my physician referred me to a hospital to get a bunch of checks on the hernia and make sure I was medically sound to be checked. According to my doctor and the nursing staff, this hospital worked closely with the rehab unit I was going to go to. So I packed up my suitcase again, and Shawn and I headed to Wheeling Hospital for some tests and then hopefully off to the rehab. This included checking into the ER and waiting three hours for anyone to do anything, while I paced the little waiting room thinking if these guys don’t act fast, I’m goingt o start…
  • Wednesday Night Open Thread

    Betty Cracker
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:10 pm
    Cole is away healing, but that doesn’t mean we can’t have blurry, poorly lit pet pictures: Having a pretty quiet night here. I’m simultaneously reading a book, watching the Rays beat the Cardinals and fighting the dogs for sofa space. The mister is snoozing away already, poor thing. He works outside, which is exhausting this time of year. What are y’all up to this evening? Share
  • The NRA’s Newest Marketing Fantasy: Teach the Children “Gun Required”

    Anne Laurie
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:59 pm
    The NRA takes its role as the gun industry's marketing arm to its logical extreme: http://t.co/k3HyVf9zwI pic.twitter.com/KROwGZlkiZ — billmon (@billmon1) July 23, 2014 From Timothy Johnson at Media Matters: A new commentary video from the National Rifle Association suggests we can live up to the Founding Fathers’ ideals by creating “gun-required zones,” and making gun training for children “necessary to advance to the next grade.” In a July 21 NRA News video titled “Everyone Gets A Gun,” NRA News commentator Billy Johnson said,…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    The Moderate Voice

  • Near Miss

    RON BEASLEY
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:24 am
    In July of 2012 the earth had a near miss, a huge coronal mass injection barely missed the earth.  Such an event did hit the earth in 1859′ Before July 2012, when researchers talked about extreme solar storms their touchstone was the iconic Carrington Event of Sept. 1859, named after English astronomer Richard Carrington who actually saw the instigating flare with his own eyes. In the days that followed his observation, a series of powerful CMEs hit Earth head-on with a potency not felt before or since. Intense geomagnetic storms ignited Northern Lights as far south as Cuba and caused…
  • Going to China? You May Want to Skip the Fast Food

    COURTNEY GORDNER
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:52 am
    Recently, fast-food chains in China have been receiving a lot of bad press after a Chinese television station revealed some McDonald’s, KFC and Pizza Hut restaurants were stocked with spoiled meat. The popular fast-food chains allegedly received shipments of rotten meat from a supplier known as Shanghai Husi Food Co., the Chinese branch of Illinois-based OSI Group. Authorities believe the shipment occurred after senior management at Shanghai Husi sent an email asking employees to set back the expiration date on certain batches of meat by 10 days. This caused already or soon-to-be…
  • As We Dutch Mourn Our Dead, Russians Should Mourn their State (Elsevier, The Netherlands)

    WILLIAM KERN (Worldmeets.US)
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:47 am
    Generally speaking, it takes a lot to knock the Dutch off balance, but the catastrophe in Ukraine has done so, even to the point of bringing Dutch threats of unilateral military action. Continuing with our monitoring of the Dutch reaction to the crisis, for Elsevier, columnist Afshin Ellian lashes out at Vladimir Putin and the ‘mafia state’ that according to him, comprises part of a new ‘axis of evil.’ Highlighting the propaganda war that he feels averge Russians are victims of, Afshin Ellian writes in part: The media manipulation by the Kremlin reminds us of the…
  • Off and on the record

    Guest Voice
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:13 am
    Off and on the record By Ruth Marcus Washington Post Writers’ Group Columnist WASHINGTON — Let us now praise anonymous sources. The new White House press secretary got into a familiar old spat with the White House press corps the other day over the use of anonymous sources. Josh Earnest — has there ever been a more perfectly named White House spokesman? — was a bit off in his timing. He lit into The Washington Post — and noted, more than once, that its reporters were absent from the briefing — for its alleged overuse of unnamed sources. This critique came…
  • Arizona criminal Joseph R. Wood III “…repeatedly gasped for one hour and 40 minutes before dying” in execution

    PRAIRIE WEATHER
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:01 am
    “…repeatedly gasped for one hour and 40 minutes before dying,,,, If that doesn’t stop America’s barbaric executions, I don’t know what will. Certainly the Supreme Court is pushing to enter the hall of shame. At 1:52 p.m. Wednesday, one day after the United States Supreme Court overturned a stay of execution granted by a federal appeals court last Saturday, the execution of Joseph R. Wood III commenced. But what would normally be a 10- to 15-minute procedure dragged on for nearly two hours, as Mr. Wood appeared repeatedly to gasp, according to witnesses……
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    AMERICAblog News

  • Greeks gone west: A video profile of Greek-Americans

    John Aravosis
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    The US Embassy in Athens contacted me a few months about a neat project they were doing, in conjunction with the newspaper, Kathimerini, profiling various Greek-Americans in various professions.  I made it on to the list, so they came over and interviewed me for an hour, and then crystallized the interview into the following 3 minute video. They did a really good job. Hey, when you’re Greek, any interview that gets your last name right is well-done. :) (And I’m surprised I was speaking so slowly, maybe they drugged my drink, knowing how I normally speak.) Here’s a pic of…
  • If you want peace in Israel, evict God

    Jon Green
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:05 am
    This weekend, I travelled to Philadelphia for my grandmother’s unveiling. What is an unveiling? One of the most pleasantly outdated religious traditions I’ve ever encountered. According to Jewish law, when a person dies they must be buried as soon as possible – generally no more than a week after passing. However, during the early Diaspora it took longer than that to carve headstones or erect small monuments, around which multiple members of the family would be buried. This being the case, the funeral would be held sans-headstone and the family would reconvene at the cemetery some…
  • It’s time for my annual medical tourism trip to Europe

    John Aravosis
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:16 pm
    It’s that time again. When I act like I’m from a small village in a developing country and fly to western Europe in order to buy my asthma drugs that are 5x cheaper in France than they are America. Why are they cheaper in France?  Not because of government subsidies. But rather because international pharmaceutical companies charge you and me, in general, three to five times what they charge Europeans SIMPLY BECAUSE WE’RE AMERICAN. So, in a way, you could say we’re number 1. Advair costs 5x in America what is costs in France because the drug companies simply charge…
  • Parental angst and the Invasion of Gaza

    Marti Teitelbaum
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Today I spent two hours on the phone arguing, threatening, pleading and on hold with United Airlines. The flight my 14-year-old was on has been delayed, and it may mean she doesn’t make it to her connecting flight in Chicago’s O’Hare Airport. If she misses the flight to Fargo ND, she won’t be in time to be picked up by her summer camp counselors. I have visions of her wandering the complex and incomprehensible corridors of O’Hare like a 14-year-old Chinese-American female version of Tom Hanks in the movie “Terminal,” stuck in the airport without resources or any hope of…
  • Remote control contraceptives? Yup.

    Dr. Mark Thoma, MD
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Implantable contraceptives have been available for quite some time now. This variety of birth control gets implanted under the skin and remains in place, slowly releasing a hormone that prevents pregnancy.  The patient doesn’t have to worry about missing a dose of her oral birth control pill (BCP), or worry about running out of pills. However, this method does require a minor surgical procedure to implant the unit.  And, when the hormone contents of the unit’s reservoir are depleted, the unit needs to be surgically removed and replaced.  And that has to be done fairly frequently.
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    VideoSift.com

  • untold history of the US-bush and obama-the age of terror

    enoch (/politics/member/enoch)
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:36 am
    episode 10 of oliver stones showtime documentary series "the untold history of the united states".along with historian peter kuznick stone reveals many facets of the bush and obama presidency that may not be common knowledge to most americans.
  • chris hedges-fascist corporatocracy

    enoch (/politics/member/enoch)
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:20 pm
    chris hedges talks about the death of the liberal class and the rise of corporate dominance in our political life and how it has become a fascist corporatocracy,or otherwise refers to the new system as inverted totalitarianism.
  • RFTC: FAA Seeks to Ban FPV Flying and Limit Model Aviation

    My_design (/politics/member/My_design)
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:47 pm
    From the Tube: The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is abusing its rule-making power in an attempt to force through an outright ban on First-Person View (FPV) flying, as well as putting severe restrictions on other types of model aviation. It is time for traditional aeromodelers and the FPV community to come together and fight back against the massive bureaucratic overreach. Here is what you can do to help: To join the Academy of Model Aeronautics (AMA), follow this link: https://www.modelaircraft.org/joinren... To read about the AMA's response to this proposed rule, follow this link:…
  • Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Prison (HBO)

    Ickster (/politics/member/Ickster)
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:03 am
    YouTube Description: America's prisons are broken. Just ask John Oliver and several puppets.Connect with Last Week Tonight online...Subscribe to the Last Week Tonight YouTube channel for more almost news as it almost happens: www.youtube.com/user/LastWeekTonightFind Last Week Tonight on Facebook like your mom would:http://Facebook.com/LastWeekTonightFollow us on Twitter for news about jokes and jokes about news:http://Twitter.com/LastWeekTonightVisit our official site for all that other stuff at once:http://www.hbo.com/lwt
  • Following that logic; You would prefer President Obama died?

    JiggaJonson (/politics/member/JiggaJonson)
    19 Jul 2014 | 10:53 am
    LOGIC?!?! Me no do logical conclusions DURRRRRRR http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/05/11/martin-bashir-tancredo-obama-bin-laden_n_860474.html
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    The American Prospect

  • Hobby Lobby Decision Could Give License to Anti-Labor 'Biblical Economics' Practices

    Peter Montgomery
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:26 am
    AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais A demonstrator dressed as the 'Bible' stands outside the Supreme Court building awaiting the court's decision on the Hobby Lobby case in Washington, Monday, June 30, 2014. The Supreme Court says corporations can hold religious objections that allow them to opt out of the new health law requirement that they cover contraceptives for women. This article originally appeared on Right Wing Watch, the website published by People For the American Way. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg wrote in her dissent in the Hobby Lobby case that the Court’s…
  • Hillary for Liberals: A Conversation With Walter Shapiro

    Harold Meyerson
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:37 pm
    As a reporter and columnist for Time, Newsweek, the Washington Post, USA Today, Esquire, Salon, and other publications, Walter Shapiro has covered nine presidential elections and the nation’s politics for four decades. He is currently a fellow at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University and a lecturer in political science at Yale while he finishes a book about his great-uncle, a vaudevillian and con man who once swindled Hitler. Shapiro is also an accomplished Hillary-ologist, having first interviewed Hillary Clinton in the Arkansas governor’s mansion for Time in September…
  • On Israel, Looking for Hope In a Sea of Bad Faith and Despair

    Paul Waldman
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:08 am
    If you don't have mixed feelings about what's going on in Gaza, there's something seriously wrong with you. As Gershom Gorenberg says in his piece today, in a war, both sides can be wrong, and that's the case now. So how do we find a way to think and talk about this conflict when our natural impulse is to take a side? Complicating things even further is the fact that the people who do think that there's no ambiguity here range from the morally infantile to the unspeakably ghastly, and no matter what you say you'll find yourself on the same side as some of them, if only for a moment. On one…
  • This Is Your Brain on War: A Dispatch From Jerusalem

    Gershom Gorenberg
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    AP Photo/Hatem Moussa Smoke and fire from the explosion of an Israeli strike rise over Gaza City, Tuesday, July 22, 2014, as Israeli airstrikes pummeled a wide range of locations along the coastal area and diplomatic efforts intensified to end the two-week war.   As I write, the livestream from Gaza of news about death continues. If I give a casualty count, it may be outdated before I finish typing it. It won't include those Palestinians—civilians and Hamas fighters—who may be buried in rubble in the Sajaiya neighborhood of Gaza City, which the Israeli army has invaded in search of…
  • There Is No Border Crisis: There Are Frightened Children, Fleeing Death

    Joshua Holland
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:21 pm
    AP Photo/Eric Gay In this June 25, 2014 file photo, a group of immigrants from Honduras and El Salvador who crossed the U.S.-Mexico border illegally are stopped in Granjeno, Texas. Tackling what he has called a humanitarian crisis, President Barack Obama on Tuesday, July 8, 2014 asked Congress for $3.7 billion to cope with a tide of minors from Central America who are crossing the U.S. border, causing a political firestorm in Washington.   This article originally appeared at BillMoyers.com, the website of the Moyers & Company television program.   Those seething with so much rage and…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Mike's Washington Watch

  • State of the Nation

    3 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    In mid-June, the NBC/WSJ poll found that 63% of us think the country is on the wrong track. This is about the same as has been found each month since December, 2013. The official BLS unemployment rate for May 2014 is 6.3%, unchanged from the previous month. If one takes into account the total unemployed + those marginally attached to the labor force + those working part-time who want full- time work, the rate is 12.2%. This is down from 13.8% a year ago. In the 3rd week of June, Gallup found an unemployment rate of 6.1%. This is down from an average of 7% for the month of May. It also found…
  • President Obama

    3 Jul 2014 | 9:59 am
    The public’s grade on the job President Obama is doing (as found by Gallup 6/26-28/14) is 43% approval/51% disapproval. In mid-June his approval rating was at 41%, just a point higher than his all-time low of 40% in mid-January. Of the 6 most recent, two-term Presidents at this point in their second term, Obama’s current approval rating continues to be better than George Bush II and Richard Nixon. He trails Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, and Dwight Eisenhower. The list of 6 follows:   Approve Disapprove Reagan 63 28 (7/14/86) Clinton 61 34 (7/8/98) Eisenhower 52 32 (7/15/58) Obama 43…
  • The Congress

    3 Jul 2014 | 9:57 am
    Public confidence in the Congress has hit a new low, with only 7% expressing a “great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in the Congress. The high point in the last decade was 19% in 2006. This 7% confidence figure compares to confidence of 74% in the military, 53% in the police, 30% in the Supreme Court, and 29% in the Presidency. [Gallup 6/14] 14% approve of the way that Congress is handling its job, 78% disapprove. [NYT/CBS 6/14] In June, surveys conducted by Fox, Gallup, and CBS/NYT show that approval of the job being done by Congress ranges from 13-16% approval. Three surveys…
  • The Races: U.S. Senate, U.S. House, President

    3 Jul 2014 | 9:56 am
    The U.S. Senate Democrats 53 Republicans 45 Independents 2   Democrats Republicans Seats not up in 2014 34 30 Safe in 2014 10 13 Leaning in 2014 1 3   Shaheen (NH) Walsh (MT)     West Virginia     South Dakota Total 45 46 Toss-ups 7 Democrats 2 Republicans Iowa Mcconnell (KY) Landrieu (LA) Georgia Hagan (NC)   Pryor (AR)   Michigan   Begich (AK)   Udall (CO)   There is nothing particularly exciting to report in the contest for control of the House of Representatives. Republicans will maintain control. Based on the number of current…
  • This and That

    3 Jul 2014 | 9:55 am
    Recently WW engaged in a discussion with one of its readers: WW: Here are the latest performance numbers for Obama. Reader: What happens when the main stream press stops covering up for Obama in its ongoing coverage? WW: That part of the press that appears to cover his back won’t change, but their impact is less because there is an increasingly active more conservative press. Reader: The difference is that the negative, right-wing press reinforces opinion, whereas the mainstream media helps form opinion. Right-wing media only serves those who are looking to reinforce their preconceptions.
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Calitics - Front Page

  • Californians Want Action on Environment

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:01 pm
    New poll shows Californians want to lead on responding to climate change by Brian Leubitz In a PPIC poll just released this evening, Californians said that they want action on the environment. As you can see from the graph, Californians think the time to act is now. About two-thirds of Californians (68%) support the state law, AB 32, which requires California to reduce its emissions to 1990 levels by 2020. Strong majorities have favored this law since the survey first asked about it in July 2006, but a partisan divide has emerged on the question. While most Democrats, Republicans, and…
  • Actually, Top 2 Doesn't Make Government Better

    23 Jul 2014 | 11:12 am
    Senator called for nationwide adoption of the failing electoral system by Brian Leubitz A few days ago, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) had something to say about California, which probably mirrors the diversity of America more than any other state, was racked by polarization until voters approved a constitutional amendment in 2010 that adopted a "top-two" primary system.  ... While there are no guarantees, it seems likely that a top-two primary system would encourage more participation in primaries and undo tendencies toward default extremism. It would remove the incentive that pushes our…
  • Brown Picks Mariano-Florentino Cuellar for Supreme Court

    22 Jul 2014 | 5:04 pm
    Stanford Law Professor is first of two picks that Brown will make by Brian Leubitz Gov. Brown will replace Justices Baxter and Kennard this year, and today he announced his first pick, Stanford law professor Mariano-Florentino Cuellar . Cuellar, 41, was born in Matamoros, Mexico, and for years crossed the border by foot to attend school in Texas. He moved with his family to the Imperial Valley when he was 14 and obtained his bachelor's degree from Harvard College, his law degree from Yale Law School and a doctorate in political science from Stanford. In selecting Cuellar, Gov. Jerry Brown…
  • Yee Advances to General Election as Pérez Concedes

    18 Jul 2014 | 6:07 pm
    Former speaker concedes to allow election to move forward by Brian Leubitz The trouble with elections decided by less that 500 votes is that you are basically within the margin of error. It isn't the same kind of error you get in a poll, but the point remains. There are just going to be mistakes somewhere along the line. That's the nature of the process. But John Pérez has decided that in the interest of moving the election forward to concede. While I strongly believe that completing this process would result in me advancing to the General Election, it is clear that there are significant…
  • Have We Seen the Last of the Death Penalty in California?

    18 Jul 2014 | 10:52 am
    Court ruling could mean big changes at San Quentin by Brian Leubitz The death penalty isn't actually executed in California anymore. Oh, our courts sentence people to death, but it hasn't actually been executed since 2006, when Clarence Ray Allen was put to death in January. Bay Area Fox affiliate KTVU did a little slideshow that shows our death row looking more like the early bird special at the local buffet. For a variety of legal and pragmatic reasons, we just don't perform executions anymore. And now that is increasingly likely to stay the case for the foreseeable future: A conservative…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Jeffrey Goldberg : The Atlantic

  • Obsessing About Gaza, Ignoring Syria (And Most Everything Else)

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

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:13 am
    1. We can thank former President Bill Clinton for perfect clarity in his comments about the chaos and horror of Gaza. In an interview on Indian television, Clinton—who told us in his memoir that Palestinian self-destructiveness (in the form of Yasir Arafat’s various delusions and prevarications) undid his effort to bring about a two-state solution to the Middle East conflict—blames the Muslim Brotherhood’s Gaza affiliate, Hamas, for adopting a policy of deliberate self-murder in order to present Israel with a set of impossible dilemmas. “Hamas was perfectly well aware of what would…
  • Netanyahu's Mistake

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    David Horovitz, the editor of the indispensable Times of Israel, noticed something on Friday that other observers did not. At a press conference, the Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, who has been on record for several years now supporting the idea of a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian crisis, essentially said, "Never mind." Here's Horovitz: [Netanyahu] spoke only in Hebrew, and we are in the middle of a mini-war, so his non-directly war-related remarks didn’t get widely reported. But those remarks should not be overlooked even in the midst of a bitter conflict with…
  • What, Exactly, Is Hamas Trying to Prove?

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    13 Jul 2014 | 3:50 am
    Mahmoud Abbas, the sometimes moderate, often ineffectual leader of the Palestinian Authority, just asked his rivals in Hamas a question that other bewildered people are also asking: “What are you trying to achieve by sending rockets?” The Gaza-based Hamas has recently fired more than 500 rockets at Israeli towns and cities. This has terrorized the citizenry, though caused few casualties, in large part because Israel is protected by the Iron Dome anti-rocket system. In reaction to these indiscriminately fired missiles, Israel has bombarded targets across Gaza. Compared with violent death…
  • On the Israeli Police Beating of a Palestinian, and Other Crimes

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    8 Jul 2014 | 11:46 am
    The torture and murder by fire in Jerusalem of Muhammad Abu Khdeir, allegedly by a gang of Israeli hooligans, initially prompted in me a desire to say, "But," but then this short piece, by Rabbi David Wolpe, of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, came over the wire: Please, please don’t say ‘but.’ The words after ‘but’ invalidate everything that comes before—“He’s a nice person, but he does steal from the company.”  You see? “But” is a meaning duster, sweeping all that precedes it. So everyone who has written condemning the murder of Muhammad Abu Khdeir, and then goes on to…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    The Weekly Standard Blog

  • Paul Ryan Unveils Anti-Poverty Reforms

    John McCormack
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:09 am
    In a USA Today op-ed and speech at the American Enterprise Institute on Thursday, House budget committee chairman Paul Ryan unveiled his plans to reform anti-poverty programs.  At the center of the reforms is a proposal consolidate federal funding for up to 11 anti-poverty programs and give that money to states that request the opportunity to see if they can do a better job of fighting poverty. Ryan emphasized in his speech at AEI that a "state would get the same amount of money as under current law—not a penny less." Ryan explained that "in effect, the state would say,…
  • Sudanese Woman Sentenced to Die for Her Religion Is Finally Safe

    John McCormack
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:29 am
    NBC News reports that Meriam Ibrahim, who was sentenced to death by a Sudanese court because she was a Christian, has made it to safety in Italy: A mother put on death row for refusing to reject Christianity met Pope Francis at the Vatican on Thursday, just hours after she fled Sudan. Meriam Ibrahim was flown out of the country with her American husband and two young children. She was blessed by the pontiff during a private audience and is expected to fly onto the United States in the next few days. After an almost year-long ordeal that triggered outrage around the world, the State…
  • Hillary Doubles Down: Obama Administration's Russia Policy 'Worked'

    John McCormack
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:57 am
    One week after pro-Russian separatists shot down a civilian jetliner flying over Ukraine, Hillary Clinton said that the Obama administration's policy toward Russia was a success.  'I think the Russian Reset worked.' @HillaryClinton http://t.co/urAHM20Gib — On Point - NPR (@OnPointRadio) July 24, 2014 Clinton, who as secretary of state was the lead diplomat promoting the so-called reset, called the policy a "brilliant stroke" during an interview with the BBC in June. Update: CNN has more on Clinton's comments: "What I think I demonstrate in the book, is…
  • Washington's FOIA Denials Up 33 Percent

    Jeryl Bier
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:01 am
    Each year the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requires all federal agencies and departments to file reports detailing FOIA requests submitted by the public. Each report contains statistics on requests submitted, processed, granted (full or partial), and denied, in addition to current backlogged requests. The Justice Department then compiles a summary of the information provided by the other governmental units. The report for 2013 indicates a government-wide increase of 33 percent in full denials of FOIA requests from the previous year. The 2013 report shows that of the 678,391 requests…
  • The Great Recall (Cont.)

    Geoffrey Norman
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:15 am
    General Motors recalled another 718,000 of its vehicles yesterday to correct defects serious enough to require the action. This puts the number at "nearly 30 million vehicles since the start of the year, by far a record for any automaker and more than half the vehicles recalled by the industry as a whole." Many of those 30 million were built buy the “old GM,” which the taxpayers bailed out in a unique bit of economic jury rigging that Vice President Joe Biden once liked to celebrate with a clever couplet: “Bin Laden is dead and GM is alive.” The vehicles recalled…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    James Fallows : The Atlantic

  • California High Speed Rail: 10 Readers With 10 Views

    James Fallows
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:07 pm
    As a reminder: California's plan to build a north-south High-Speed Rail (HSR) system is the most ambitious and important infrastructure project now being contemplated anywhere in the United States. It has also become one of the most controversial. Jerry Brown, now running for an unprecedented fourth term as governor, has stuck with HSR as his signature/legacy project. Reinvention and resilience across the nationRead more He is opposed by Republicans, probably most significantly in the form of Rep. Kevin McCarthy, Eric Cantor's successor as House Minority Leader, who is trying to deploy…
  • You Think Your Summer Travel Plans Are Rough? Spare a Thought for People in China

    James Fallows
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:25 am
    The point of my book China Airborne was that just about everything involving China's potential, and its challenges, could be seen in its ambition to become an all-fronts aerospace power. Chinese scientists and officials are trying to advance their civilian space program, and also their network of military satellites. Their state planners and their industrial companies are trying to build big airliners, like Boeing and Airbus. They are trying to build smaller jet and piston airplanes, like Gulfstream and Bombardier and Cessna and Cirrus (the last of which the Chinese aerospace corporation…
  • America Going to Hell, in 1 Sentence

    James Fallows
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:34 am
    A woman I know in Washington asked her local health club why the "good" yoga teacher, who was usually scheduled for Saturday mornings, seemed not to be there any more and was replaced by subs. The emailed reply today from the manager: Sadly [the teacher] is giving up her Saturday class because she is focusing on honoring her weekends more. Previously in the "America's fate as documented through yoga" series, please see "There Will Always Be a San Francisco." (To save you the effort of writing in, I like and respect yoga! And I know that people need a break. I just thought "focusing on…
  • From Inside and Outside the Iron Dome, Once Again

    James Fallows
    19 Jul 2014 | 10:17 am
    I have received lots of mail on the technical aspects of the "Iron Dome" system: its origin, performance, strengths, and potential weaknesses, plus comparisons with its Patriot predecessors. Watch this space for follow-ups as more information becomes known. But I intend this to be the last installment on the string begun with the powerful note from an American rabbi in Jerusalem, about his gratitude for Iron Dome protection as Hamas rockets were falling. I have received enough mail since then to be reminded that there is an inexhaustible supply of passionate but irreconcilable, and familiar,…
  • Don't Blame Malaysia Airlines

    James Fallows
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:37 pm
    I have an op-ed in Saturday morning's NYT, whose title gets across its point: "Don't Blame Malaysia Airlines." Short version: Airlines rely on regulators and national and international bodies to tell them about airspace they should avoid. Absent such warnings, airspace is presumptively legal and safe for transit. MH17 was following the rules by staying out of no-fly and warning zones. A terrible crime and disaster occurred, but that is not Malaysia Air's fault. Shorter still: According to Spiegel (German version here), while some airlines, including Air France, had changed their routes to…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Obsidian Wings

  • Don't bring back the draft, bring back war taxes

    SuperUser
    19 Jul 2014 | 10:19 am
    by Doctor Science One thing we agree on about the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars is that the (American) human costs were borne by only a small part of the population. For people in the military and their families the war was a constant and excessive burden, but most Americans felt no direct consequences at all. And I think we all agree that one reason these wars dragged on so long -- the longest of *any* of this country's wars -- was because the burden was so very unevenly distributed, so that the public -- and their representatives, and the media -- could basically forget about the wars for weeks…
  • O-hisashiburi open Friday thread

    liberal japonicus
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:48 pm
    by liberal japonicus Which is basically, 'long time, no see' in Japanese. Though the formality marker at the end is probably too much. I hope this article, pulled from the LGM thread, is of interest. I loved it and don't skip over the footnotes at the end.  What is everyone else reading?
  • A Parenting Scene Open Thread

    Ugh
    15 Jul 2014 | 10:35 am
    by Ugh The Scene:  Saturday, Pizza Joint The Players:  Ugh, Ugh’s almost 3 year old The Setting:  Pizza ordered, just sat down to wait. Almost 3 Year Old (cheerily):  I want pizza! Ugh:  Okay, it’s coming soon. [30 seconds later] A3YO (cheerily):  I want pizza! Ugh:  Don’t worry, it’s coming. [30 seconds later] A3YO (cheerily):  I want pizza! Ugh:  Good, it will be here in a little bit. [repeat for 20 minutes until pizza arrives, pizza is the make and style favored by the A3YO] A3YO:  Nooooooooooooooo! Not dat one!!!!!  Nooooooooooooo!!!! [throws self on floor]…
  • My Cyborg Spouse

    SuperUser
    12 Jul 2014 | 8:02 am
    by Doctor Science On Wednesday my husband D had both his old knees replaced with new, shiny robot knees. I am now married to a cyborg.We can rebuild him. We have the technology. We can make him better than he was. Better...stronger...faster. D and I met in 1974 (as friends, we didn't start dating for 10 years), when The Six Million Dollar Man was starting its first season. I'm pretty sure D owned a jacket very like that one, too. Ah, 70s fashion. We've had the technology for a while, but because of the frakked-up US health care system, we haven't had the *money* until this year. You don't get…
  • The list of people we didn't spy on is shorter

    Ugh
    11 Jul 2014 | 6:46 am
    by Ugh The dribs and drabs of N!S!A! and other U.S. intelligence apparatus spying news continue to flow from the Edward Snowden FilesTM and elsewhere.  Here is a story about how even "incidentally" collected information is stored and searched.  Most disturbingly (to me at least, there are many other disturbing details) in that story, is that "The NSA treats all content intercepted incidentally from third parties as permissible to retain, store, search and distribute to its government customers."  So, where is the incentive to keep from "incidentally"…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    International Budget Partnership » Blog Posts

  • Links Roundup: Research, Publications, and Country Budget Developments

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

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

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

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

    Jay
    14 May 2014 | 7:05 am
    This post was written by Ravi Duggal, Program Officer at the International Budget Partnership. Elections are underway in the world’s largest democracy. With over 800 million voters spanning 543 political constituencies, voting will last until mid-May. And transparency and accountability are shaping up to be key issues for voters. Turbulence in the last few years The last two years have seen major upheaval in Indian politics and the general mood is against the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) – a centre-left coalition led by the Congress party. Many believe the UPA has…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Newsvine - politics

  • McCain: The Self-Pity Obama Continues to Exhibit Is Really Kind of Sad

    Mars-ax
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:01 am
    VAN SUSTEREN: -- out in California, you know what he said at a fundraiser today? He was talking, he said, I would love nothing more than a loyal and rationale opposition but that's not what we have right now. Essentially, saying the GOP is not loyal and is irrational. MCCAIN: Th …
  • Tea Partiers Explode When One of Their Own Suggests 'Compassion' for Refugee Children

    Par4TheCourse
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:22 am
      A Texas town hall meeting held by state Tea Party Rep. David Simpson on Wednesday served perfectly to highlight the bigotry of the average Tea Partier. For a while, we’ve been wondering what would happen if one among them said something sensible, for a change. Now …
  • Stop Calling U.S. Christian Lawmakers the 'Taliban'

    Soph0571
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:22 am
    I saw it on posters last summer at the Texas capitol, during protests against the state’s omnibus anti-abortion law: “TEXAS TALIBAN.” I’ve heard pundits and preachers on cable news, decrying the “American Taliban” that wants to take …
  • Almost 60% Of U.S. Say Obama Is 'Incompetent'

    Mars-ax
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:21 am
    Has the Obama administration competently and effectively managed the government? A Fox News poll released Wednesday finds a majority of American voters says no -- including about a third of Democrats. A 58-percent majority says the White House has not been competent at mana …
  • Type Your Headline Here ...

    SteveH USA
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:08 am
    Imagine a President who's priority is Fund Raising!
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    FactCheck.org

  • Wisconsin Trek-ery

    Brooks Jackson
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker claims his wealthy Democratic opponent is “sending jobs overseas.” But Mary Burke says the family company, Trek Bicycle Corporation, is “making more bikes in the U.S. than anyone.” Both are at least partly correct, but neither is telling the whole story. Walker’s Attack Walker started the latest round with a TV spot July 16 claiming Burke “[made] millions” sending jobs “that could have been done in Wisconsin” to “countries where women and children might work up to 12 hours a day, earning only $2 an…
  • Stretching the Truth in Arkansas

    Eden Everwine
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:28 pm
    The conservative group Americans for Prosperity stretches the truth to attack Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas for “higher gas and grocery bills.” AFP blames Pryor’s vote to ban drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) for higher gas prices. But the Energy Information Administration says drilling in ANWR would translate to little, if any, drop in prices at the pump. As for higher grocery bills, AFP cites Pryor’s vote to increase ethanol production, which raised the demand for corn and the price of livestock. But the Department of Agriculture says the impact on…
  • Surge of ‘Unaccompanied Children’

    Lauren Shapiro
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Q: Did the Obama administration advertise in January to transport 65,000 foreign children apprehended at the border? Did it expect a surge of illegal immigration? A: Yes. There’s been a sharp increase in unaccompanied children from Central America since FY 2012, and the U.S. projected a bigger increase this year. FULL QUESTION Is it true that the US government advertised for “escort services for unaccompanied alien children” back in January, 2014. And, if so, how did they know there would be this influx of children from Guatemala? (Or, some other country?) FULL ANSWER The…
  • Cherry-Picking Season in Illinois

    Carolyn Fante
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Republican Bruce Rauner falsely claims in a TV ad that Illinois leads the Midwest in “job losses” under Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. In fact, Illinois has experienced job growth — albeit small — since Quinn took office. The Illinois governor’s race is one of the most closely watched in the nation. Rauner, a businessman, is making a strong bid to defeat Quinn, a former lieutenant governor who was elevated to the top spot on Jan. 29, 2009, when then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich was removed from office. Real Clear Politics, which aggregates polling data, shows Rauner up by…
  • Kingston’s False ‘Amnesty’ Connection

    Alexander Nacht
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:20 am
    Less than a week before the Republican runoff election for Senate in Georgia, Rep. Jack Kingston is falsely claiming that his opponent, David Perdue, “sat on a board promoting amnesty for illegal immigrants.” Perdue did not sit on the board in question, and he had nothing to do with the group’s endorsement of a 2006 immigration bill. The ad also repeats a misleading claim about the Common Core State Standards Initiative and distorts Perdue’s nuanced position on it. Kingston, an 11-term congressman, is facing Perdue, a businessman, in a July 22 runoff. Kingston and…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    TechPresident

  • First POST: Precrime

    24 Jul 2014 | 6:17 am
    How the US government determines who to put on its "known or suspected terrorist" list, no-fly list and selectee list; Israelis sharing Gaza casualty news over social media; Twitter's diversity report; and much, much more.
  • First POST: Angry News Feed

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:47 am
    How Facebook's News Feed may be accentuating negative political polarization; new tools for visualizing political corruption; how posting your cat's photo online gives away your location; and much, much more.
  • First POST: Addressable Transcendence

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:20 am
    What San Francisco techies and tenant activists have in common; the future of online political targeting; problems with Washington DC's new open data policies; and much, much more.
  • Tweets2Rue Helps Homeless to Help Themselves Through Twitter

    21 Jul 2014 | 1:25 pm
    While most solutions to homelessness focus on addressing physical needs -- a roof over the head and food to eat -- one initiative in France known as Tweets2Rue knows that for the homeless, a house is still not a home, so to speak: the homeless are often entrenched in a viscous cycle of social isolation that keeps them invisible and powerless.
  • First POST: Power Brokers

    21 Jul 2014 | 10:43 am
    Why Microsoft's Bradford Smith is so influential in tech policy; the split between DailyKos and Netroots Nation; how the GOP is wooing conservative and libertarian techies; and much, much more.
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Corrente

  • In the garden: Happier morning glories

    lambert
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:10 am
    Body:  These morning glories want something to climb on! And so herewith:
  • Who votes in primaries

    DCblogger
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:56 am
    Body:  Voters in primaries are Democratic committee members and their friends and family. That is about it. If you look at turnout precentages, they are pathetic, usually less than 20% of the eligable voters will vote in a primary. It is better in a presidential primary, especially early in the cycle, but down ballot the turnout figures go from weak to pathetic. Once you understand this, you will begin to understand the challenge to Teachout.
  • Zephry Teachout before the Ulster County Democratic Club

    DCblogger
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:39 am
    Body:  Democratic gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout addresses an Ulster County Democratic Women’s gathering Tuesday evening in Kingston:
  • "The better we understand dictatorship, the better we can make democracy"

    mellon
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:34 pm
    Body:  http://www.bstu.bund.de/DE/Home/home_node.html (must translate - German to English) (English language pages: http://www.bstu.bund.de/EN/PublicEducation/Publications/_node.html )
  • In the garden: Maine monsoon

    lambert
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:12 pm
    Body:  From the porch: Impressive.
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    susiemadrak.com

  • Panhandle Slim… Art for Folk…

    Boohunney
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    Panhandle Slim…
  • Targeted

    susie
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    A school that was run as a shelter by the UN was struck this morning. Israel says it wasn’t them, they would “never” target a UN facility: A United Nations official told reporters in New York on Wednesday that at least 72 United Nations schools, hospitals and offices have been damaged in the latest fighting, even though they are visibly marked. “Each and every one of their GPS references have been provided to the Israeli military,” the official, said John Ging, director of operations for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs. Blood and…
  • Odd

    susie
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:30 am
    How consistently male-dominated extremist religions turn to abusing women as a public good: GENEVA – Militants have ordered all girls and women in and around Iraq’s northern city of Mosul to undergo female genital mutilation, the United Nations said on Thursday. The “fatwa” issued by the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) would potentially affect 4 million women and girls, U.N. resident and humanitarian coordinator in Iraq Jacqueline Badcock told reporters by videolink from Erbil, Iraq. I don’t even know what to say. These aren’t women who grew up in…
  • Less than human

    susie
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:00 am
    I don’t normally get into the Fox News insanity, because it’s so self-evidently insane, right? But every once in a while, I like to remind people of the kind of anti-human propaganda that’s getting spooned into the open yearning brains of their regular viewers: Fox News’ morning program questioned a Texas official about providing emergency services to undocumented migrants, asking whether 911 calls from immigrants must be answered “even though for the most part, when you get there, you realize they’re not even American citizens.” On July 23, Fox…
  • The logical outcome of austerity is unenforced regulation

    susie
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:59 am
    One of the reasons I’m always so pissed at Obama for going along with austerity cuts is the loss of vital services, and his apparent inability to effectively advocate for them. I kept waiting to hear him make this speech: “Let me be clear. What these Republican cuts mean are increasing numbers of illness and death from uninspected meat and medication, dirtier water and air, more dangerous roads, and a whole host of necessary parts of invisible government. Things you don’t think about, but that you’ll feel the effects when they’re no longer there, things that make…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective

  • Today’s Crowdfunding Campaign: Kids Can! Mexico Online

    Latina Lista
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Today’s Crowdfunding Campaign: Kids Can! Mexico Online by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Crowdfunding Campaign: Kids Can! Mexico Online Fifteen years ago, two remarkable women in rural Mexico started a school on a shoe string. Now they have a savvy plan to take all their 160 students online. The future is digital. Everybody knows it. Children without computer skills will have no chance in the coming world economy. BBC News reported on May 20, 2014 that Mexico…
  • A closer look at what’s driving Central American unaccompanied minors northward

    Latina Lista
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:21 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. A closer look at what’s driving Central American unaccompanied minors northward by Latina Lista By Mike Allison Central American Politics One of the many things that has bothered me about the crisis of unaccompanied minors on the border is that I totally missed the story as the number of young people from Central America exploded over the last two-plus years. President Obama was warned over a year ago and frankly others have been warning about the number of…
  • Visiting the Ixil Triangle and Uncovering its History with Community Radios

    Latina Lista
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:49 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Visiting the Ixil Triangle and Uncovering its History with Community Radios by Latina Lista Cultural Survival Guatemala has a sad history for the Mayan people. The civil war tore its population and left a veil of fear that has taken years to uncover. Despite the signing of the Peace Accords in 1996 that brought peace to Guatemala and ended its 36 years of war, little has actually changed for indigenous communities. The Ixil triangle holds much of Guatemala’s war…
  • UCONN Study: Puerto Rican Foods Preserve Cultural Identity

    Latina Lista
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:31 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. UCONN Study: Puerto Rican Foods Preserve Cultural Identity by Latina Lista CTLatinoNews.com A long-term study by two ethno-botanists demonstrated that people retain culinary customs years after they migrate, and identified key foods that are emblematic of a community’s culinary conservation. The two-part study by UConn alum David W. Taylor ’94 (CLAS), now an assistant professor of biology at the University of Portland, and his former professor Gregory J.
  • Lupillo Rivera: A Stranger In His Own Land

    Latina Lista
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Lupillo Rivera: A Stranger In His Own Land by Latina Lista By Eliana Alcaraz Esparza LatinaLista (Editor’s Note: This story originally appeared the Herald de Paris) HOLLYWOOD – On this particular Tuesday morning, July 1, 2014, Mexican singer Lupillo Rivera felt happy as a “King.” It was on this day his much-anticipated single, “El Rey de los Borrachos” was to be released. He had been signing pre-sold CDs for days and today was the day they would…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    NYT > Columnists

  • Hope in the Abattoir

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The peoples of the Holy Land are condemned to each other. Realizing that is their only way forward.
  • Paul Ryan and His Poverty Prophet

    23 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Will a new conservative anti-poverty plan, however well-intended, just lead directly to the soup kitchen?
  • Did Dodd-Frank Work?

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    We really have no way of knowing whether “too big to fail” is still with us until we have another crisis.
  • The Suns of August

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Bodies rot, looters roam. The Russian-enabled downing of Flight 17 marks the nadir of the West.
  • The Fiscal Fizzle

    20 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The deficit scolds are still going at it, even though the whole panic turned out to be a false alarm.
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    New York Observer

  • Can the Ritz Brand Carry a $118M Condo in Battery Park City?

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    The Penthouse at 10 West Street. River House, the storied uptown co-op tower overlooking the East River, recently tried and failed to attract a buyer for its $130 million listing. The triplex penthouse of the Pierre on the Upper East Side slashed its $125 million ask down to $95 million—where it has lingered for the last eight months. And Midtown’s rotund CitySpire penthouse hasn’t traded after more than a year on the market at $100 million. Now, a gargantuan new penthouse is trying its luck at $118 million, making it the most expensive condo on the market, according to brokers and…
  • The Quest for the Perfect Scotch Libation Leads to New Orleans’ Tales of the Cocktail

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Balvenie’s Lorne Cousin pours ‘em strong at William Grant & Son’s party at the Lakefront Airport. (WGS portfolio Party Photographs courtesy WGS /Jennifer Mitchell Photography) Last winter at the end of a stealthy 50-day alcohol and party cleanse, Shindigger had a yearning for one drink: Fine, sherry cask-finished, single-malt whiskey from the Scottish Highlands. Our curiosity about the magic in those oak barrels took us to Dufftown, Scotland, home of the distillery of Glenfiddich Scotch. There Peter Gordon, great-great grandson of Glenfiddich founder William Grant, told us,…
  • Scott Stringer Bashes NYCHA With Latest Audit

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:38 am
    Comptroller Scott Stringer. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images) Comptroller Scott Stringer today blasted the New York City Housing Authority for failing to comply with city and federal regulations requiring them to only contract companies that hire NYCHA residents or other low-income New Yorkers. Auditing just 29 of the 224 contracts the agency issued between 2010 and 2012, Mr. Stringer’s office discovered that companies misrepresented their hiring of NYCHA tenants and that the city failed to demand required the paperwork from the employers or do proper inspections and check-ups. The…
  • Astorino Calls Out Cuomo for ‘Hiding’ From Press

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:38 am
    Rob Astorino. (Photo: Facebook) Gov. Andrew Cuomo is in Albany with no public schedule. His Republican rival, predictably, is fuming. A day after the New York Times published a lengthy report about Mr. Cuomo’s interference with an anti-corruption commission he created, Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino is accusing the governor of ducking the press. Mr. Astorino, a long-shot rival who predicted yesterday that Cuomo administration officials would eventually be indicted for meddling with the Moreland Commission, charged today Mr. Cuomo had breached the public’s trust and…
  • Woman Overboard: How Swimming in a Rooftop Pool Saved Me From Addiction

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:36 am
    After graduate school, as a single,  broke freelancer, I spent years of hot months in the big city partying and sweating  in a black bikini with a series of bad boyfriends atop my unpaved Manhattan building, christened Tar Beach. Apartment hunting the July I turned 35, seeing the lovely landscaped rooftop with a pool above  the Greenwich Village high rise that my (sweet) fiancé and I could barely afford, I yelled “It’s Roof Hampton! We have to take it.” After we married and moved in, he said: “Now you have to stop smoking and drinking,” I laughed. He wasn’t joking.
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    The American Conservative » Daniel Larison

  • Gaza and Moral Idiocy

    Daniel Larison
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:22 am
    Rich Lowry dutifully recites the official line on the conflict in Gaza: Each civilian death in Gaza is a tragedy, but who is ultimately responsible? The moral calculus here is simple. Hamas precipitated the war and persisted in waging it even when Israel was willing to accept an Egyptian offer of a cease-fire. Hamas hides its rockets in schools and places its command bunkers under hospitals. It wants war, and it wants civilian casualties. The summary is misleading at best, but even if we accept all of it as true it doesn’t make Israel’s current military operation defensible. Hamas…
  • The Folly of Unquestioning Support for a Client

    Daniel Larison
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:40 am
    Politico reports some of Rand Paul’s recent foreign policy comments: Potential GOP presidential contender Rand Paul said Wednesday that no one should question Israel’s actions in a time of war. “I wouldn’t question what they need to do to defend themselves,” the Kentucky Republican told conservative radio host Glenn Beck on “The Blaze.” “These are difficult decisions people make in war when someone attacks you. It’s not our job to second guess.” It may be not be “our job” to question what a client state does, but that doesn’t really explain why Paul…
  • Why Republicans Still Haven’t Regained the Public’s Trust on Foreign Policy

    Daniel Larison
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:34 am
    Matt Yglesias comments on a new Politico poll: By a margin of 39 to 32 the GOP is the party that’s more trusted with the country’s foreign policy. That points to an optimal political strategy for Republicans of complaining loudly and repeatedly about Obama’s lack of leadership in various foreign crises without saying too much in detail about what they would do specifically. In other words, what the GOP is already doing. Most people, it turns out, don’t have detailed and fully coherent ideas about the whole range of public policy issues so they can turn toward the more hawkish party…
  • CUFI and “God’s Foreign Policy Statement”

    Daniel Larison
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:51 pm
    Dave Weigel reports from the Christians United for Israel conference: “I’ll bless those that bless you and I’ll curse those that curse you,” said Hagee, quoting from the book of Genesis. “That’s God’s foreign policy statement, and it has not changed.” [bold mine-DL] I confess that I don’t really understand Hagee and his organization. Oh, I know what the organization wants and why it thinks its activism on these issues is important, but that’s not what I mean. I still don’t understand why any group of Christians in this country believes it is so important to…
  • Substituting Storytelling for Foreign Policy

    Daniel Larison
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Peter Beinart flagged a telling quote from Hillary Clinton’s interview on the Daily Show last week: What I found when I became secretary of state is that so many people in the world—especially young people—they had no memory of the United States liberating Europe and Asia, beating the Nazis, fighting the Cold War and winning, that was just ancient history. They didn’t know the sacrifices that we had made and the values that motivated us to do it. We have not been telling our story very well. We do have a great story. We are not perfect by any means, but we have a great story about…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    RollingStone.com: All News

  • Ryan Adams' Road to Recovery

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    A few years ago after multiple canceled tours and the breakup of his band the Cardinals Ryan Adams sought a hypnotherapist for help with Ménière's disease an inner ear disorder "I said 'I'm not playing music anymore and I'm scared to play live and I feel jaded All I ever...
  • Flashback: 'Mystery Science Theater 3000' Battles 'Hercules'

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:40 am
    Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson's Hercules hits theaters this weekend but it's far from the first time the hero has appeared on the big screen Hell it's not even the first time this year In January The Legend of Hercules opened to scathing reviews and a minuscule box office This new...
  • Flashback: Johnny Cash's 'Hurt' Feels MTV Love

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    With its vulnerable unflinching depiction of Johnny Cash's deteriorating health the video for Cash's stark interpretation of Nine Inch Nails' "Hurt" captured the attention of not only the country community but the entire music industry Even MTV then still in the throes of Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera recognized the...
  • Stevie Nicks Details Release Plan for New Solo Album '24 Karat Gold'

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Stevie Nicks may have spent much of 2013 touring with Fleetwood Mac and celebrating the 35th anniversary of the group's landmark LP Rumours but the frontwoman still found time to record a solo LP 24 Karat Gold — Songs from the Vault will see release on October 7th via Warner Bros though...
  • Dolly Parton Welcomes Families 'Home' to Tennessee — Exclusive Video

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:10 am
    In 1973 Dolly Parton wrote and first recorded "My Tennessee Mountain Home" painting an indelible picture of her rural birthplace Since that time the song has become not only a signature tune for the singer-songwriter but also the perfect musical accompaniment to the scenic natural wonder that is the Great...
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    TIME » Time Sections » Politics

  • Platon: Life and Death on the Border

    Paul Moakley
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:18 am
  • Hispanic Caucus To Push Deportation Relief in White House Meeting

    Alex Rogers
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:58 am
    Members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus plan to meet with Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and White House counsel Neil Eggleston at the White House on Friday morning, Jasmine Mora, a spokesperson for Rep. Ruben Hinojosa (D-Texas), told TIME. Hinojosa is the Chairman of the CHC. The meeting will focus on a memo the caucus sent to Johnson in April on administrative deportation relief and humane enforcement practices, Mora told TIME. “The intent of the meeting tomorrow is to talk about what administrative actions the President can take under the law,” she…
  • Morning Must Reads: July 24

    Alex Rogers
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:37 am
    New Push to Lure Hamas Into Truce [WSJ] Civilians as Human Shields? Gaza War Intensifies Debate [NYT] Obama wants Israel to limit casualties in Gaza. But he won’t say how. [TIME] FAA lifts its ban on flights to Israel [TIME] “Two Ukrainian fighter jets were shot down Wednesday over separatist-held territory not far from the site of the Malaysia Airlines crash as international outrage over the tragedy has done little to slow the fierce fighting in eastern Ukraine.” [WSJ] “Authorities have lost contact with an Air Algerie flight en route from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso…
  • 10 Questions With John Dean

    Megan Gibson
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:48 am
    May I turn on a recording device? Absolutely. You recruited G. Gordon Liddy to run President Nixon’s dirty-tricks campaign and were intimately involved in the cover-up. Why should a reader pay for your judgment on Watergate? These tapes do refresh recollection of things I had totally forgotten about … Anybody who wants to take the time to listen to the tapes will get a confirmation of exactly what I’ve said. I have no reason at this late date to try to distort anything, other than to really understand what did happen and why. Your book reminds us that the major players in…
  • How Hillary and Bill Clinton Raised $1.4 Billion

    Chris Wilson
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    There are great American political fundraisers. And then there are Hillary and Bill Clinton, the first couple of American political fundraising. Few in American history have collected and benefited from so much money in so many ways over such a long period of time. Since they arrived on the national political scene 32 years ago, the Clintons have attracted at least $1.4 billion in contributions, according to a review of public records by TIME and the Center for Responsive Politics. That sum helps illustrate Hillary Clinton’s enormous advantage should she decide to run for President in…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    The Brody File

  • Washington Post Blasts Hamas

    David Brody
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:07 am
    I know it may seem shocking to you but The Washington Post’s editorial board blasted Hamas for their, “tunnel vision.” Read below. It’s refreshing to see The Washington Post “intellectuals” understanding the real problem. Washington Post Editorial THE DISTINGUISHING feature of the latest war between Israel and Hamas is “offensive tunnels,” as the Israeli army calls them. As of early Wednesday, 28 had been uncovered in Gaza, and nearly half extend into Israel, according to Israeli officials. The tunnels are the reason that the government of Benjamin Netanyahu decided last…
  • Video: Marco Rubio Stands Up For Traditional Marriage: Calls Gay Americans Out For Their Hypocrisy

    David Brody
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Senator Marco Rubio didn’t hold back today at Catholic University when talking about traditional American values. Instead of shying away from the now controversial topic of marriage (ridiculous), Rubio had the following stern rebuke for homosexuals who seem to think anyone who is against gay marriage is a bigot.   Senator Marco Rubio: “This intolerance in the name of tolerance is hypocrisy. Supporting the definition of marriage as one man and one woman is not anti-gay. It is pro-traditional marriage. And if support for traditional marriage is bigotry then Barack Obama was a bigot until…
  • The Brody File Show: The Immigration Reformation

    David Brody
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:29 am
    This week on the Brody File we take a look at the political sparring over immigration reform as thousands of undocumented minors enter the United States. We also explore the different ways evangelical Christians are responding to the border crisis.
  • Brody File Exclusive: Todd Akin Says 'Legitimate Rape' Comment Became A Spiritual Warfare Moment

    David Brody
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Todd Akin, the former Congressman who angered the Republican establishment when he uttered the words, “legitimate rape” during his campaign for the Senate two years ago, tells The Brody File that during that time he felt a spiritual warfare battle going on saying, “I was protected but it seemed like there was this intense war between good and evil.” Watch below and read the partial transcription below the video. Todd Akin: I felt sort of peaceful, as though I was in a parachute. I sort of felt that on each side of me were these towering cumulus clouds. On the one side lightning and…
  • The Brody File Show: White House Calling?

    David Brody
    11 Jul 2014 | 9:14 am
    This week on the Brody File we look at how three presidential hopefuls plan to make their way from the Capitol building to the White House. We're breaking down the views, strategies and potential stumbling blocks of Sens. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Ted Cruz, R-Texas.
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    The Reality-Based Community

  • The $21 gift horse

    James Wimberley
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:04 am
    David Klemencic is one of the appellants in the Halbig v. Burwell lawauit that threatens to upend the entire subsidy scheme in the federal ACA exchanges. (He turned out to be the key one to establish standing as an injured party, here page 9.) He objects to paying $21 a year for a Bronze policy with the subsidies. That’s not a number picked from thin air, it’s a calculation supplied under oath by Donald Moulds, the acting assistant secretary for planning and evaluation at the HHS (h/t Stephanie Mencimer at Mother Jones). On the open market, the cover would cost the 20-year-old…
  • Military education, apparently,…

    Michael O'Hare
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:07 pm
    is to education as military music is to music, as the old joke about military justice goes. When we don’t need to kill people (and I do not diss the military function of the military), our armed forces still create value for our society by modeling a code of honesty and personal honor, just like professional sports; people we can look up to and try to emulate, who do it the hard way and don’t cheat, and who know we all depend on each other and go out of their way to share credit for their accomplishments. Right? Oops.  Poor Walsh is being savaged as a plagiarist, and I think…
  • Cowardice, mendacity, and cruelty…

    Michael O'Hare
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:46 pm
    …elegantly proportioned in the unspeakable Steve Pearce. What a guy!
  • The Enduring Myth of “Killer Heroin”

    Keith Humphreys
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:39 am
    I was at a meeting with the Australian drug addiction researcher Shane Darke last week, which gave me the chance to congratulate him for publically predicting correctly that Philip Seymour Hoffman’s autopsy would show that the actor’s tragic overdose death was due to a combination of drugs and not an unusually strong or contaminated batch of heroin. I talked with Harold Pollack recently about how careful research on overdoses destroyed my prior belief in “killer heroin” hype: There’s a very nice paper just out by Professors Shane Darke and Michael Farrell, who…
  • Tangled-web Dep’t

    Mark Kleiman
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Julia Ioffe, reporting on the insane theories about the Malaysian jetliner peddled on Russian TV and in Russian newspapers, points reports that Vladimir Putin is now caught in a trap of his own making. Russian mass media is now dominated by an extreme-nationalist lunatic fringe, built up by Putin and his cronies but no longer under their detailed control. And the alternative reality presented there influences not only mass public opinion but also elite opinion, since to stay in touch people with real decisions to make have to pay attention to the prolefeed. If Putin wanted to act responsibly,…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Bleeding Heartland - Front Page

  • Iowa wildflower Wednesday: Wild petunia, plus May apple with fruit

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:22 pm
    This week's featured flower resembles a common garden planting, but wild petunia (Ruellia humilis) is native to much of the U.S. east of the Rocky Mountains. In Wildflowers of the Tallgrass Prairie, Sylvan Runkel and Dean Roosa note that this plant can grow "in a variety of habitats, from open woodlands to moist prairies to sand plains." According to Iowa naturalist Leland Searles, the petunias often grown in gardens are in the nightshade family (Solanaceae) and have alternate leaves. Wild petunia is a member of the acanthus family (Acanthaceae) and has opposite leaves. Also known as hairy…
  • More Iowa political reaction over unaccompanied immigrant children (updated)

    22 Jul 2014 | 6:49 pm
    As new reports indicate that Iowa families are caring for more than 100 unaccompanied immigrant children who have entered the U.S. illegally during the past year, Governor Terry Branstad stands by his cold shoulder to the kids, while leading Iowa Democrats have called for a more welcoming stance. I enclose below some recent news and commentary about how Iowans should react to the humanitarian crisis. Martha Stoddard reported for the Omaha World-Herald on July 22, Iowa received 122 unaccompanied illegal immigrant children during the first six months of this year, according to a federal…
  • Lots of links on potential 2016 Iowa caucus candidates

    21 Jul 2014 | 12:16 pm
    It's been a while since Bleeding Heartland dedicated a thread to the potential 2016 presidential candidates. Please share any comments related to the next Iowa caucus campaign in this thread. Lots of links on various Democratic and Republican contenders are after the jump. DEMOCRATS The Democratic presidential field is frozen until former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton makes up her mind. She didn't tip her hand during an appearance on The Daily Show last week to promote her new book. Speaking on CNN today, former President Bill Clinton said his wife needs more time to consider another…
  • Obama executive order bans federal contractors from discriminating against LGBT

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:40 am
    President Barack Obama signed an executive order today that prohibits federal contractors from discriminating against workers based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Labor Secretary Tom Perez explained, My colleagues in the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs have enforced the government's nondiscrimination laws for federal contractors for years. Their work ensures that contractors and subcontractors doing business with the government don't use taxpayer money to discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability or status as a…
  • Weekend open thread: Walking the talk edition

    20 Jul 2014 | 6:01 am
    What's on your mind this weekend, Bleeding Heartland readers? This is an open thread. State Representative Chuck Isenhart, the ranking Democrat on the Iowa House Environmental Protection Committee, has installed solar panels on his Dubuque home as a personal step to address climate change. Details are after the jump. Solar power has a reputation for being expensive to install, but technological advances and policy changes have reduced the payback time for many home and business owners. Isenhart expects to save money in the long-term. A bill approved during this year's legislative session…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Booman Tribune

  • Casual Observation

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:25 am
    While generally not true in the United States, globally this past June was the hottest June ever recorded. But I am not a scientist so I have no opinion about this. Discuss
  • And the Beat Goes On

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:25 am
    The good news for Israel is that the FAA and their European counterparts lifted the ban on air travel to Tel Aviv. The bad news is that there has been no cessation of rocket fire. Brazil and Ecuador have recalled their ambassadors from Israel, condemning disproportionate violence in the Gaza Strip. The Foreign Press Association has lodged a complaint against Israeli intimidation of reporters. I guess the BBC doesn't like it's correspondents to be attacked and called "son of a whore." Meanwhile, according to Palestinian sources, Israel managed to blow up a school, killing 15 and wounding…
  • Obama Should Call For a Special Session

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:25 am
    I just had the pleasure of reading Harry S. Truman's acceptance speech (pdf) at the 1948 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It was there that President Truman announced that he was calling for a special July session of the 80th Congress, which he termed the "Do-Nothing Congress." He called them back into session to shame the Republicans who had claimed to support the expansion of Social Security, a housing bill, and more education spending but who hadn't acted on any of the bills then circulating in Congress. Francis Berry thinks that Barack Obama should do…
  • Tackling Religious Freedom in the Workplace

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:25 am
    If Bob Eschliman was a dishwasher working at IHOP, I think people might have a different view about him being fired for making anti-gay comments on his personal blog, but he was the editor of a newspaper. Now he's claiming that he was fired for expressing his religious beliefs, which isn't really the case. He was fired for writing things that hurt the reputation of his employer and undermined their reputation for objectivity. It's as if the IHOP dishwasher peed in the pancake batter. But that doesn't mean that it's easy to draw the legal lines in a case like this. Employees do deserve some…
  • Not Going Well

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:25 am
    I don't think Israel's problem is that the Palestinians have telegenically dead people. I think their problem is that they started a war of choice and they aren't achieving their goals and are showing signs of being more vulnerable than ever. I don't care how much vacuous analysis is published in the United States, if Israel cannot stop the rocket fire then they are not winning this war. By blowing off the United States' effort to achieve a peaceful settlement, Israel has basically no standing to complain about their predicament. They're actually lucky that the administration is officially…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Politics » George Stephanopoulos

  • Former NASA Boss: Russia Has US Space Program in ‘Hostage Situation’

    Camille Squires
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:20 am
    Forty-five years ago today, the world watched as astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin took “one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” becoming the first humans to walk on the moon on July 20, 1969. The historic Apollo 11 landing established the U.S. as the leader in the Space Race against the Soviet Union, a key victory at the height of the Cold War. Today, in contrast, with the retirement of the Space Shuttle program, NASA has to pay for space aboard Russian rockets to ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station. Political tensions between the two…
  • PLO’s Hanan Ashrawi: ‘Deliberate Massacre’ in Gaza

    ABC News
    20 Jul 2014 | 10:23 am
    From ABC’s Sandra Petrykowski PLO executive committee member Hanan Ashrawi lashed out at Israel today over what she described as “war crimes” and the “deliberate massacre” of Palestinian civilians during Israel’s current ground offensive in the Gaza Strip. “This morning, it’s nothing short of a massacre, a deliberate massacre. War crimes committed daily. But now there is a deliberate shelling and bombing and destruction of whole areas, of residential areas,” Ashrawi said on “This Week.” “These are war crimes being…
  • Benjamin Netanyahu: Hamas Committing ‘Double War Crime’; Rails Against ‘Mad Islamists’

    Benjamin Bell
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:26 am
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said today he is sorry for civilian casualties in Gaza, but he lashed out at Hamas, asserting the Islamic group that controls the Gaza Strip is purposefully putting civilians in harm’s way while also attacking innocent Israelis with rockets. “We regret any civilian deaths but those lay entirely at Hamas’ door,” Netanyahu told ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos on “This Week” Sunday. “Hamas is deliberately targeting our civilians; they’ve fired 2,000 rockets, 2,000 rockets at Israel cities.
  • ‘Enormous Array of Facts’ That Russia Supported Rebels Accused of Shooting Down Plane, Says John Kerry

    Ali Weinberg
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:14 am
    Evidence indicates Russia was involved with the separatists accused of shooting down Malaysia Airlines flight MH 17 over Eastern Ukraine, said Secretary of State John Kerry, who urged Russian president Vladimir Putin to do more to avoid future tragedies like Thursday’s crash. “There are an enormous array of facts that point at Russia’s support for and involvement in this effort,” Kerry told ABC News’ George Stephanopoulos, noting that many of the separatists in the region are actually Russian, not Ukrainian, and that the U.S. has strong intelligence that Russia…
  • Sunday: Secretary of State John Kerry; Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

    ABC News
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:38 pm
    Joe Klamar/AFP/Getty Images With crisis from Ukraine to the Middle East, George Stephanopoulos goes one-on-one with Secretary of State John Kerry. And as Israel launches its ground offensive into Gaza, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu comes to “This Week.” Plus, House Intelligence Committee Chair Rep. Mike Rogers, R-Michigan, discusses the latest details on the investigation of the shooting down of Malaysian Air Flight 17. And the “This Week” roundtable debates all the week’s global politics, with ABC News Chief Global Affairs Correspondent Martha…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Dandelion Salad

  • Passing the Buk by William Bowles

    dandelionsalad
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:24 pm
    by William Bowles Writer, Dandelion Salad williambowles.info July 22, 2014 Well, aside from a few comments I’ve posted on Moon of Alabama, I’ve spent most of the time reading (when I’ve not been compiling) just about everything I could on the subject of the downing of Malaysian Airlines #MH17 and I think it’s pretty obvious […]
  • Downed Airliner: Fake Audio Tape Shows US-Backed Hit to Frame Russia by Finian Cunningham

    dandelionsalad
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:31 pm
    by Finian Cunningham Writer, Dandelion Salad East Africa Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation July 21, 2014 In a devastating twist to emerge over the weekend it now seems that the Malaysian civilian airliner downed over Ukraine was most probably brought down as a result of sabotage by the US-backed Kiev regime. The purpose of this […]
  • US Aims at Blowing EU-Russia Rift with Downed Airliner by Finian Cunningham

    dandelionsalad
    20 Jul 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Sincere condolences to the families and friends of those who perished. ~ Lo by Finian Cunningham Writer, Dandelion Salad East Africa Crossposted from Strategic Culture Foundation July 20, 2014 The downing of Malaysian Airlines MH17 over eastern Ukraine with the loss of all 298 onboard comes amid mounting frustration between Washington and its European allies […]
  • Lawrence Lessig: Break the Hold of Big Money Over American Elections, interviewed by Chris Hedges

    dandelionsalad
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:26 am
    Dandelion Salad with Chris Hedges paul jay on Jul 15, 2014 Chris Hedges interviews Lawrence Lessig about his plans to break the hold of big money over American elections * Transcript *** Hedges and Lessig on Money and Politics, Part 2 TheRealNews on Jul 15, 2014 Chris Hedges and Lawrence Lessig continue their discussion about how […]
  • A War Crime In Progress by Jason Farbma

    dandelionsalad
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:31 am
    Dandelion Salad by Jason Farbma socialistworker.org July 14, 2014 ISRAEL’S RELENTLESS pounding of a trapped civilian population in Gaza entered a frightening new phase as its bombing campaign continued into its seventh day. On July 13, the Israeli military dropped leaflets warning the residents of northern Gaza that whoever stayed behind risked being caught in […]
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    POLITICOMIX

  • The Statesmen

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

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

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

    Roberto
    9 Jul 2014 | 8:16 pm
    Click comic to ENLARGE.
  • Giustificazione

    Roberto
    25 Jun 2014 | 4:43 am
    Click comic to ENLARGE.
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    The Left Coaster

  • Hello Public Option?

    Deacon Blues
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:53 am
    Image courtesy of Talking Points Memo Those of us who track and know something about health care policy have been tracking the Halbig v. Burwell case for months, knowing that it (and not the Hobby Lobby case) represented the biggest legal threat to Obamacare's long-term viability. Those chickens came home to roost this morning when a three-judge panel of the DC Court of Appeals (DCA) ruled 2-1 to eliminate the federal subsidies for individual insurance purchased in states with federally-run health benefit exchanges. The DCA's reasoning was that the law passed by Congress provided subsidies…
  • Hot Air For Nothing

    Deacon Blues
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:07 pm
    I think it’s safe to say that given the mood of the likely 2016 electorate, foreign policy may not be a determinative issue. Americans seem to generally be more focused on pulling back overseas and wanting more engagement on domestic issues like the overall economy and jobs. As such, the upcoming presidential election will turn on which candidate can effectively address that mood and speak to those issues, while demonstrating to voters their aptitude to handle the job based on their experience to date. This makes the GOP effort to tear down Hillary Clinton on Benghazi all the more…
  • Shut Up John

    Deacon Blues
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:14 am
    John McCain long ago reached the "get off my lawn" stage of irrelevancy, mostly as a result of his unending bitterness over losing the 2008 election to an inexperienced and well-talking African American colleague. As usual with Republicans, they want to blame everyone else for their plight, and McCain needs to look in the mirror as to why he wasn't president with a Vice President Palin. But McCain is especially despicable of late, taking whatever credibility the Beltway bestowed upon him for allegedly being a military and foreign policy expert, and flushing it down the toilet with stupid-ass…
  • Just Another Political Prop

    Deacon Blues
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:04 am
    Is anyone surprised that after John Boehner and the rest of the GOP browbeat the president earlier this month over the “invasion” of immigrant children rushing our borders, that Boehner now says the House GOP can’t be bothered to actually send their solution over to the Senate before they all run off to recess? If Obama had real political skills, and knowing as he does that a significant part of the Democratic caucuses in both houses are against amending the 2008 law that contributed to this problem, he would hammer the GOP for the remainder of July over their inhumane and craven…
  • A Real Disgrace

    Deacon Blues
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:24 pm
    ABC Image of New Hampshire GOP Senator Kelly Ayotte, an accomplished master of BS Today, the Senate GOP managed to filibuster a Democratic attempt to overcome the harm done by the "Catholic Five" on the Supreme Court in the Hobby Lobby case. What's surprising in the 56-43 failed vote was that Democrats picked up the support of three GOP senators to fix the discrimination sanctioned by the Catholic Five. What isn't surprising is that the GOP, including the endangered Mitch McConnell and the deceitful Kelly Ayotte tried to skirt the fallout by misdirecting the issue to cover their asses. Ayotte…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    YouTube: Politics

  • Raw: Eric Garner's Wife Collapses at Rally in NY

    Associated Press
    19 Jul 2014 | 7:09 pm
    Raw: Eric Garner's Wife Collapses at Rally in NY A New York City police officer involved in the arrest of Eric Garner, who died in custody after being placed in an apparent chokehold, has been placed on desk duty. Garner's wife burst into... From: Associated Press Views: 30253 158 ratings Time: 00:44 More in News & Politics
  • Man Killed By Unnecessary NYPD Chokehold

    Secular Talk
    19 Jul 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Man Killed By Unnecessary NYPD Chokehold Credit To: https://www.youtube.com/user/FakeDodgeViperGuy A Staten Island man died Thursday after police placed him in a chokehold as they attempted to arrest him for selling untaxed cigarettes.... From: Secular Talk Views: 19039 607 ratings Time: 05:52 More in News & Politics
  • STUDY: Religious Kids Don't Know Fact From Fiction

    Secular Talk
    19 Jul 2014 | 1:39 pm
    STUDY: Religious Kids Don't Know Fact From Fiction A study published in the July issue of Cognitive Science determined that children who are not exposed to religious stories are better able to tell that characters in "fantastical stories" are... From: Secular Talk Views: 11861 753 ratings Time: 05:20 More in News & Politics
  • Fox Guest: 8-Year-Old Immigrants 'Torture' & 'Murder'

    Secular Talk
    19 Jul 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Fox Guest: 8-Year-Old Immigrants 'Torture' & 'Murder' Clip from the Friday, July 18th 2014 edition of The Kyle Kulinski Show, which airs live on Blog Talk Radio and Secular Talk Radio monday - friday 4-6pm Eastern. Check out our website - and... From: Secular Talk Views: 5207 355 ratings Time: 07:02 More in News & Politics
  • CO2 Treated Like Jews In WW2 Says Oil Shilling Professor

    The Young Turks
    19 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    CO2 Treated Like Jews In WW2 Says Oil Shilling Professor "The cable business channel CNBC continued to push climate change denial on its network, hosting a professor who compared the "demonization" of carbon dioxide to the Holocaust. Physics Professor... From: The Young Turks Views: 54263 1221 ratings Time: 04:43 More in People & Blogs
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Politics in the Zeros

  • Armed self-defense by blacks during the civil rights movement

    Bob Morris
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:25 am
    This Nonviolent Stuff’ll Get You Killed: How Guns Made the Civil Rights Movement Possible Standing behind Martin Luther King in the South were considerable numbers of heavily armed blacks who weren’t about to let the Klan terrorize them. This history of armed self-defense stretches back to the days of slavery. Voter registration drives in the South signed up far more voters when they were protected by armed blacks. Even MLK had guns. His house was described as an “arsenal.” He was a huge moral force. However, implicit in his nonviolence was “if you don’t…
  • What a crock. Smartphone-controlled crock pot

    Bob Morris
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:38 am
    Tell me again why I need to control a crock pot remotely. The Belkin wi-fi crock pot costs $130, 3-4 times more than your basic paleolithic crock pot, which force users to agonizingly walk over to it to adjust the controls. The Belkin frees you from such horrors. In fact, to set the timer you have to use the smartphone app because the crock pot doesn’t have a timer that can be manually set. This is progress? If something can be controlled remotely it doesn’t mean it needs to be or there is any advantage in doing so. But I did have an incident where I checked the app to see how…
  • Brit secret service funded pedophile groups to blackmail them

    Bob Morris
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:49 am
    Moloch demanded child sacrifices This explains why pedophile activity by high-ranking people in Britain was never prosecuted. The government helped finance pedophile groups so the pedophiles, who were powerful politicians, could be blackmailed. The abused and raped children of course were of no concern to anyone. This shows the degeneracy of the ruling class and how law enforcement is just not very concerned with protecting people but rather with protecting power. J Edgar Hoover engaged in the same type of blackmail in the US. NSA almost certainly is doing it too. We are governed by monsters.
  • Michigan Urban Farming Institute

    Bob Morris
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:28 pm
    Out of apparent ashes comes Detroiters who are taking what they having and creating something better from it. The Michigan Urban Farming Institute has a production urban farm, training center, demonstration urban farm, shipping container house, and are rebuilding a distressed apartment so it is habitable again. We believe that challenges unique to the Michigan community (e.g., vacant land, poor diet, nutritional illiteracy, and food insecurity) present a unique opportunity for community-supported agriculture. Using agriculture as a platform to promote education, sustainability, and…
  • SF Bay Area housing prices in bubble fueled by startups, stock options

    Bob Morris
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:40 am
    One million for a no-view 2 bdr apartment in SF highlights the real estate bubble currently enveloping San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Prices are driven by play money. Startups get huge funding even though they have no possibility of profits for the forseeable future. Those who work at tech companies often get stock options. In both cases they take what is essentially free money for them and bid up real estate prices. High housing prices drive out even those making good money. It makes the market unstable. It will end, because all bubbles end. This time is not different. It will end when…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Free Government Magazines and Downloads from alltop.tradepub.com

  • Cloud without Compromise for the US Federal Government

    16 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    These capabilities start with SoftLayer data centers in Texas (open now) and Virginia (opening Fall 2014). Each center is designed and built to comply with demanding federal standards, and each device in each center — from servers to power supplies — is connected to a single integrated management system. This design enables automated deployment and control of the entire platform, including both bare metal and virtual components, and extends that control to you through one web portal and API for on-demand scalability and management. The highly secure SoftLayer data centers will initially…
  • Mitigating the DDoS Threat

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

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

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

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

    Bob McCarty

  • Welcome

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

    Fort Hard Knox

  • 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…
  • Increase Your Home’s Value by Adding a Boat Dock

    admin
    27 Nov 2013 | 8:38 pm
    If you live on the lake then you should totally have a boat dock if you don’t already. You might like to know that by adding a boat dock to your home you are increasing the value of it. This is especially important to know if you are ever going to consider selling your home. A potential buyer will look right past your home if the neighbors house for sale has a boat dock and yours does not. Keep this in mind and perhaps build your own boat dock before you sell. If you don’t plan to sell your home right now but you are interesting in adding value to your home, you should still considering…
  • 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…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Hit & Run

  • Former Bircher No Longer Believes in Vast Communist Conspiracy, Fears Vast Conservative Conspiracy Instead

    Jesse Walker
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:39 am
    The economist and historian Jeffrey Rogers Hummel, who sometimes contributes to Reason, has reviewed Claire Conner's Wrapped in the Flag, a memoir of growing up in a family of John Birch Society believers. Conner, he concludes, is unable to separate fully her wrenching childhood from the ideas and opinions of those she generally identifies as right wing. While there is always a note of tenderness in her writing about her parents, their fanatical harshness becomes the template for her damning of not only all Birchers but also most conservatives and even libertarians. This makes her utterly…
  • Court Tethers Old Man to SoCal for Letting Dog Off Leash

    Zenon Evans
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:20 am
    John Gladwin, a 69-year-old Army veteran, "must allow home visits by a federal probation officer, file monthly activity reports and … must get written authorization anytime he leaves the massive Central District covering most of Southern California," details LA Weekly. The government chooses to monitor this retiree and restrict his movement, though he's never committed a violent crime or sold illegal drugs or weapons. No, he let his dog, Molly, off her leash to play just beyond their yard in the vast expanse of Santa Monica Mountains. The thing is, Molly has never actually caused trouble…
  • Why Lack of Political Support is a Problem For Obamacare

    Peter Suderman
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:06 am
    Over at The Washington Post, editorial writer Stephen Stromberg notes my current print-edition feature on the challenges ahead for Obamacare and the ways the administration has either exaggerated the health law’s successes or downplayed its potential problems. Stromberg argues that my piece is "ultimately too negative," but we do have a few points of agreement, mainly that "President Obama and his staff oversold the law, promising coverage expansion, cost containment, and unrealistic levels of consumer choice." In addition to laying out remaining problems for the law and noting the ways…
  • John Buckley, Libertarian Senate Candidate From West Virginia

    Brian Doherty
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:05 am
    John Buckley, cousin to William F. Buckley, had a long personal background in Republican Party and conservative movement politics, including a stint running Young Americans for Freedom in the 1970s. He won a state legislative seat in Virginia in 1979. He lost his seat after one term and says that "by the early ‘90s I had soured on the Republican Party as a vehicle for expressing my political principles"—not because his principles had changed that much, or even that the Party’s lip service stated principles had, but that no Republicans seemed to act on the free-market side of their…
  • Damon Root: Will John Roberts 'Redeem Himself' on Obamacare?

    Reason.com
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Obamacare appears to be headed back to the U.S. Supreme Court. On Tuesday the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 4th Circuit issued dueling opinions on the legality of an I.R.S. rule which provides tax credits to individuals who purchased their health insurance from federally run health care exchanges. That circuit split makes it likely the Supreme Court will get involved. How will the Court rule on the matter? Senior Editor Damon Root examines what Chief Justice John Roberts' 2012 decision, in which he invoked the principle of judicial deference…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    THE SECOND CHANCE SHEEPDOG

  • Wilson Co. (TN) County Commission District 16 Race - Brockman vs. Weathers

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

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

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

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    4 Jul 2014 | 10:06 am
    As you gather with family and friends today in celebration of another Independence Day, take a moment to remember all the men and women who have fought, and many died, over these last 238 years to protect you, your family, and your freedom. Besides the Lord's blessing, they are the reason we can still celebrate this day.
  • A Second Chance for District 17

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    26 Jun 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Do you live in the Tennessee counties of Wilson, Macon, Clay, Cannon, DeKalb, or Smith? If so, you are in Tennessee State Senate District 17 and are currently represented by an entrenched, incumbent, career politician who's been in the Tennessee Legislature for the last 20 years (8 years in the House and the last 12 in the Senate). Prior to that, she was on the Wilson Co. Commission for 4 years. In other words, she has held some political office for 24 consecutive years. Do you realize that is 6 presidential terms? In fact, she's been in office since early in George H.W. Bush's only term in…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    New Republic

  • Congress Is Almost as Dysfunctional as Ever

    Danny Vinik
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:34 am
    The foreign policy crises ongoing in Israel and Ukraine have rightfully dominated the news over the past week. But back in the United States, Congress is hurriedly trying to pass three pieces of legislation before the August recess—two to combat domestic crises and one to prevent one from happenin
  • 2014 Is Already the Worst Year in the History of Lethal Injection

    Ben Crair
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:08 pm
    On Wednesday afternoon, a prisoner named Joseph Rudolph Wood III suffered what was one of the longest executions in U.S. history. Executioners in Arizona began pumping the lethal drugs into Wood’s veins at 1:57 p.m. His death was not pronounced until nearly two hours later at 3:49 p.m. According t
  • Why Are There No Female Sheldon Adelsons?

    Rebecca Traister
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:59 pm
    This week, Politico asked why women give so much less as political donors than men do. In a story called “The Money Gap: Why Don’t Women Give?” Anna Palmer and Tarini Parti repo
  • The Israeli Army Knew Gaza Was a "Ticking Bomb" Before War Broke Out

    Neri Zilber
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Of all the reasons for the ongoing conflict in Gaza, the most important is arguably the most prosaic: money. Before Hamas started firing over a thousand rockets into Israel, before Israel responded with airstrikes (and now, ground forces), and before the brutal kidnappings and murders of three Israe
  • The Innovation Myth

    Elizabeth Winkler
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:00 pm
    In the twenty-first century, the crucial element of a more-perfect society is innovation. Or so think tanks, urban planners and entrepreneurs would have you believe. A recent report
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    E.J. Dionne Columns and Blog Posts

  • A conservative judiciary run amok

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:26 pm
    Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens captured our ideal when he wrote of the judge as “an impartial guardian of the rule of law.” By effectively gutting the Affordable Care Act on Tuesday, two members of a three-judge panel on the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals showed how far right-leaning jurists have strayed from such impartiality. We are confronted with a conservative judiciary that will use any argument it can muster to win ideological victories that elude their side in the elected branches of our government. Read full article >>
  • Will Flight 17 sober us up?

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Tragedies concentrate the mind. U.S. politics was trundling along on its usual unserious and trivial trajectory when news of the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in Ukraine shook the world. Suddenly, the stakes in public life and foreign policy were very high. Read full article >>
  • Can you be a pro-business populist?

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:09 pm
    Here’s the thing to watch in this year’s campaign: Democrats are trying to be populists and pro-business moderates at the same time. The tea party’s success in transforming the Republican Party is making this two-step possible as conservatism’s increasingly ferocious opposition to government creates points of friction with both business and middle-class constituencies. Read full article >>
  • Bordering on heartless

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    13 Jul 2014 | 4:40 pm
    Glenn Beck says he has come under fierce attack from some of his fellow conservatives for a grave transgression. His crime? He announced plans to bring food, water, teddy bears and soccer balls to at least some of the tens of thousands of Central American children who have crossed the border into the United States. Read full article >>
  • Harry Reid’s effort to affix the blame for dysfunction

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:22 pm
    Some elections are contests between voters who are happy and voters who are not. This fall’s elections are of a different sort: Since almost all the voters are unhappy with politics, the battle will be over which party gets the blame for dysfunction, inaction and disillusionment. Read full article >>
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    ThinkProgress

  • Kansas Governor Takes Credit For Wind Energy Then Suggests Phasing Out Support

    Ari Phillips
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    CREDIT: shutterstock Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback expressed support for gradually phasing out the state’s Renewable Energy Standard (RPS) during an impromptu meeting with reporters on Wednesday morning. Later that afternoon the Republican governor’s office said he wasn’t actually proposing to phase out the clean energy policy, but meant to refer to the federal energy production tax credit (PTC), which expired last year. Brownback, a far-right Republican affiliated with the Tea Party, is involved in an unexpectedly tight reelection campaign this year against Democrat Paul Davis…
  • Paul Ryan’s New Poverty Proposal Would Have Government Micromanage Poor People’s Lives

    Bryce Covert
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:03 am
    House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) CREDIT: AP Photo/Susan Walsh On Thursday, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) released his much-anticipated proposal for reforming the way the federal government tries to alleviate poverty. The core part of his proposal, the Opportunity Grant, would give participating states a lump sum of money rather than funding virtually all the current anti-poverty programs. And states would be instructed to hand that money down to community groups that work with poor people, because, as Ryan writes, “They are more effective than distant federal…
  • The Death Penalty Drug That May Be Causing Cruel And Unusual Executions

    Tara Culp-Ressler
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:39 am
    CREDIT: AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File Arizona inmate Joseph Rudolph Wood took nearly two hours to die. Even as botched executions are becoming more common as states are scrambling to get the lethal drugs they need to execute inmates, Wood’s execution stretched on for much longer than usual. Although state officials maintain he did not suffer, the incident has put the spotlight back on one controversial drug that may not effectively numb death row inmates. The Arizona corrections department has been reassuring the public that Wood’s execution was humane, saying he was in “deep…
  • Poverty Experts Skeptical That Paul Ryan’s Plan Can Actually Reduce Poverty

    Igor Volsky
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:12 am
    CREDIT: AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) offered several new initiatives to combat poverty in the United States during a speech at the American Enterprise Institute Thursday morning, following months of Congressional hearings and personal visits to low income communities. Some of the proposals — expanding the Earned Income Tax Credit and reforming mandatory minimum sentencing guidelines — could well find bipartisan support in Congress, while others resemble the more conservative aspects of Ryan’s controversial budgets. Under one such measure, the government…
  • Judge Halts Plans To Drill Near California National Park

    Katie Valentine
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:53 am
    A nesting California condor in Pinnacles National Park. CREDIT: AP Photo/Pinnacles National Monument A California judge has struck down plans for oil drilling near Pinnacles National Park, saying county officials failed to account for the numerous environmental risks of the drilling project when they approved it. Monterey County Superior Court Judge Thomas Wills ruled Monday that San Benito County did not adequately consider the risk of spills, water, air pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions that would have resulted from the project, which planned on drilling 15 pilot wells near the…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    RamonaCreel.com

  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-23-2014

    Ramona
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
    Loss and gain are Siamese twins, joined at the heart. (C. Eire) — Separate them, and you cut your own soul in two. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-23-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-22-2014

    Ramona
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
    New ideas are easy. The hard part is letting go of what worked 2 years ago. (R. VonOech) — Creativity means cleaning out. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-22-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-21-2014

    Ramona
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
    If you can't make it better, you can laugh at it. (E. Bombeck) — Any problem is more bearable with a few endorphins! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-21-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-20-2014

    Ramona
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
    Women must do things twice as well as men to be thought half as good. This is not difficult. (C. Whitton) — Grrrlz rock! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-20-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-19-2014

    Ramona
    19 Jul 2014 | 11:22 am
    There's a party all the time for them what choose. (Dr. Teeth) — Why would you choose anything else?? (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-19-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Democratic Strategist

  • Georgia GOP's House Wingnut Replacement Plan

    23 Jul 2014 | 2:36 pm
    While most of the meager national attention paid to yesterday's Georgia primary runoffs was devoted to David Perdue's upset win over Jack Kingston for the U.S. Senate nomination, there were significant contests also held in the three heavily Republican districts vacated by House members running for the Senate. Remember back in May when people talked about ridding the House of hard-core wingnuts Phil Gingrey and Paul Broun, who finished fourth and fifth (respectively) in the Senate primary? Well, their successors are in the same mold, as I noted at TPMCafe today: Gingrey, never the sharpest…
  • Game On in GA: Nunn in Good Position to Grab Senate Seat for Dems

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:09 am
    Georgia Republicans have nominated David Perdue to hold Saxby Chambliss's senate seat for the GOP, and all indications are that it will be a close race against Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn. Some regard Perdue's win as an upset. The AJC's 'Political Insider' Jim Galloway has posted "5 reasons David Perdue shocked Georgia's political world to win GOP Senate nod," noting his money advantage, a possible anti-incumbency trend, his ground game edge and other factors. TDS managing editor Ed Kilgore explains at Talking Points Memo:" In the end, with turnout barely reaching double-digits, down…
  • The Difference in the Senate Battleground? Economic Agenda for Working Women and Men

    22 Jul 2014 | 1:53 pm
    From Democracy Corps and Womenms Voices Womens Vote Action Fund: A new poll of the 12 states where control of the Senate is being contested, fielded by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner for Democracy Corps and Women's Voice Women Vote Action Fund, shows that control of the Senate rests on a knife's edge, but that Democrats' have a powerful weapon in a policy agenda and narrative centered around the needs of working women and men. This survey, the first to poll in all 12 battleground states using a named ballot, reveals a 44-46 race in states that were won by Mitt Romney by 9 points just 2 years ago.
  • Creamer: United Airlines' Outsourcing Jobs to Company That Pays Near-Poverty Wages Is Shameful

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:55 am
    The following article by Democratic strategist Robert Creamer, author of "Stand Up Straight: How Progressives Can Win," is cross-posted from HuffPo: On October 1, United Airlines is planning to outsource 630 gate agent jobs at 12 airports to companies that pay near-poverty level wages. The airports affected include Salt Lake City; Charlotte, North Carolina; Pensacola, Florida; Detroit and Des Moines, Iowa. As a result hundreds of employees who formerly made middle-class, living wages will be forced to transfer to other cities, take early retirement or seek employment elsewhere. Union…
  • Political Strategy Notes

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:31 am
    Hats off for the top 'regular guy' actor James Garner -- also a lifelong Democrat who supported the campaigns of "Dennis Kucinich (Congress in 2002), Richard Gephardt, John Kerry, Barbara Boxer, and various Democratic committees and groups," according to wikipedia. He was one of a handful of leading actors who supported MLK and sat in the third row during King's "I Have a Dream" speech. Below is a clip of Garner in one of his best performances as a reluctant warrior (he had two purple hearts in real life) in "The Americanization of Emily." But don't miss his hilarious portrayal of RJR Nabisco…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India » Politics

  • A New Team for Amit Shah: BJP, RSS Leaders Discuss Names

    Gautam
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:04 am
    New Delhi: Amit Shah is firmly in the driving seat as BJP president. Now for a team for him. Mr Shah is at former party president Nitin Gadkari’s home in Delhi today in a crucial meeting with top leaders of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh or RSS, the BJP’s ideological mentor. Also at the meeting is Mr Shah’s predecessor Rajnath Singh. At the top of the agenda is putting together a new team of BJP officeholders for Mr Shah, who is building strategy for assembly elections in four states later this year. The BJP hopes to extend in these state elections, its spectacular…
  • Railway Minister Gowda to seek Bihar CM’s help for patrolling of railway tracks in Aurangabad

    Gautam
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Railways Minister D.V. Sadananda Gowda said here on Wednesday that he will be contacting Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi to seek more help in the patrolling of railway tracks in that state’s Aurangabad District, where Maoists blew up the Delhi-Howrah railway track late on Tuesday night. Expressing grief over the incident, Gowda said that though it was unfortunate, but he was relieved to hear that there were no casualties.”Fortunately, no causalities have been reported. My officers detected the blast while patrolling. My officers and the state government, both took great care…
  • For Rise in Rape Cases, Akhilesh Yadav ‘Punishes’ Officers

    Gautam
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:34 am
    Lucknow:  Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has ordered action against officers and bureaucrats for lack of progress in rape cases. A tweet from the Chief Minister’s Office today said, “CM instructs CS to take action against those delinquent DMs/ SSPs (District Magistrates and Senior Superintendents of Police) who haven’t followed-up prosecution in rape cases in their monthly review.” Mr Yadav and his Samajwadi Party have been battling criticism over a series of rapes and killings in India’s most populous state. Commenting on the incidents, the…
  • Rs 17.60 lakh were spent on Modi’s oath-taking ceremony

    Gautam
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:16 am
    NEW DELHI: An expenditure of at least Rs 17.60 lakh was incurred on the oath-taking ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan, an RTI reply has found. The reply provided by the President’s Secretariat said approximate cost incurred on the arrangements of the oath-taking ceremony, attended by 4017 guests, related to tentage, stage, furniture and other allied items is Rs 17.6 lakhs.In its response to activist Ramesh Verma, the Secretariat said that it does not maintain the records of expenditure function-wise. “Hence the information sought for…
  • Every crime can’t be checked in UP, says Mulayam Singh Yadav

    Gautam
    19 Jul 2014 | 2:32 am
    Amidst growing criticism over deteriorating law and order in Uttar Pradesh, Samajwadi Party leader Mulayam Singh Yadav on Friday said that the state government should not be expected to keep a check on each and every crime. When asked about gang-rape and murder of a 30-year-old woman in Lucknow’s Mohanlalganj area, Mulayam gave a bizarre statement, saying: “The population of Uttar Pradesh is 21 crore. The least number of rapes take place in Uttar Pradesh. Every crime cannot be checked in the state. The police take action against the criminals if such cases take place” Rather…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Project Syndicate RSS-Feed

  • The Other Nigeria

    Paul Collier, et al.
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:33 am
    Nigeria has been getting a lot of bad press lately. But, while the militant Islamist group Boko Haram’s brutal campaign of kidnappings, bombings, and murder merits international concern, it should not be allowed to obscure Nigeria's considerable achievements – or impede the country's progress toward stable, inclusive economic growth.
  • India’s Chinese Dream

    Lee Jong-Wha
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    China and India have both emerged as global economic superpowers in recent years, with China leading the way. But, with Chinese growth slowing amid far-reaching structural change, will the economic-reform efforts of India’s new prime minister, Narendra Modi, enable the country to catch up?
  • The Onshoring Myth

    Federico Díez, et al.
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    There has been much talk about the "onshoring" of US manufacturing, fueled by moves by companies like Apple and General Electric to shift production back to the US. But, overall, the data do not back up such claims.
  • Antarctica’s Point of No Return

    Anders Levermann
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Recent satellite observations have confirmed the accuracy of two independent computer simulations that show that the West Antarctic ice sheet has now entered a state of unstoppable collapse. The planet has entered a new era of irreversible consequences from climate change.
  • PISA’s Promise

    Ángel Gurría
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    The OECD’s Program for International Student Assessment has elicited considerable criticism. But, though there are significant challenges inherent in comparing schools across countries, PISA remains an invaluable tool for policymakers attempting to improve their national education systems.
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Hip-Hop and Politics

  • Be Patriotic & Reflect on Frederick Douglass’ Independence Day Speech

    mrDaveyd
    4 Jul 2014 | 8:54 am
    So today is July 4th Independence Day for the Good Ole USA, Land of the Free, Home of the Brave ..This is the beloved place where we have written before the statue of Liberty.. “Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,I lift my lamp beside the golden door!” This is the land where in spite of this eloquent, compassionate writing we have ugly, racist Americans who stand on US freeways blocking the paths of frightened desperate children and women who have…
  • How Some Black Members of Congress Are Selling Out to Telecom Companies

    mrDaveyd
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:43 am
    Big phone and cable companies are attacking the free and open Internet – and some Black members of Congress are helping them do it. Ten members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) recently signed a letter to the FCC attacking net neutrality, the principle that prevents Internet service providers from discriminating online. All of these members have taken thousands in campaign contributions from the telecom industry. We’ve seen this before – but this summer is a crucial time when the FCC will choose to either protect Internet freedom, or allow phone and cable companies to take…
  • Phil Agnew and the Dream Defenders are No Joke

    mrDaveyd
    25 Jun 2014 | 7:29 am
    We recently sat down with Phil Agnew of the Dream Defenders which is an incredible organization based in Florida. They were the first on the scene kicking up dust and doing all that they could do to bring attention to the grave injustice that befell 17-year-old  Trayon Martin who racial profiled and then shot by self-proclaimed neighborhood watch captain George Zimmerman. During our interview, Phil walked us through all the direct action the Dream Defenders executed leading up to the Trayvon Martin saga getting national attention. These activities included blocking the doors to the Standford…
  • Mike Hutchinson: How Oakland’s School Board Plans to Further Gentrification

    mrDaveyd
    23 Jun 2014 | 9:10 pm
    Mike Hutchinson Oakland, California like most city’s around the country and for that matter around the world has two big buzz word that spark intense, heated  passions among its residents GENTRIFICATION and PRIVATIZATION… Here in ‘tha town‘ public school privatization has been a key ingredient in the attempts by developers and big power brokers seeking to bring about an economic and demographic change. Translation, there are many in power who want Oakland to be whiter and more affluent. This is playing out in very ugly ways within the Oakland Unified School District…
  • Courts Rule Teaching Tenure is Unconstitutional-Here’s the Real Deal Behind that Fight

    mrDaveyd
    12 Jun 2014 | 7:26 am
    On Tuesday a Superior Court here in the state of California issued a landmark ruling declaring teachers who receive tenure is unconstitutional. Immediately afterwards a number of folks jumped on social media and took to the airwaves declaring the ending of teaching tenure as a grand victory and now our children will be saved. A closer look at some of those prominent voices including the Black and Brown ones, showed that they were a small fraction of folks who had aligned themselves with big corporations and neo-liberal factions that want nothing more but to privatize public education. This…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    News - AllGov

  • Hedge Funds do not Make Good Landlords

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Having a Wall Street powerhouse for a landlord can result in lousy living conditions.   Take, for example, the Blackstone Group, one of the world’s largest hedge funds. It decided to get into the rental housing business, buying up at least 40,000 homes, most of which were properties foreclosed in the wake of the financial crisis. The houses were spruced up and then rented out by Blackstone’s property management subsidiary, Invitation Homes. Over the course of nearly two years, the enterprise turned Blackstone into the country’s biggest landlord of single-family homes.
  • Nuclear Waste Company Received $1.9 Million Performance Bonus…5 Days after Underground Fire Shut Facility

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:55 am
    Government officials overseeing the nation’s only underground storage for nuclear waste allowed a nearly $2 million bonus go to a private contractor just days after its shoddy work resulted in a fire that closed the facility.   The Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP) in New Mexico shut down in February after a salt-hauling truck caught fire in the facility’s underground tunnels.   The fire may have been the result of diesel oil building up on the vehicle’s engine. Shortly after that event, a container with radioactive waste sprung a leak. Investigators are still…
  • Corporate Tax Evasion Strategy Debated in Senate

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:50 am
    Large American corporations are bailing left and right out of the United States for (tax free) greener pastures overseas. The problem has both Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill seriously concerned as far as its implications for the U.S. Treasury and the government’s ability to fund programs. But the two sides can’t agree on how to fix the problem.   Democrats in the Senate have introduced reform measures based on a White House plan that calls for amending the tax code to discourage so-called corporate inversions. Currently, U.S. businesses can claim they are foreign…
  • U.S. Pork Producers Keep Using Drug Banned or Restricted in 160 Countries

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:45 am
    Pig farmers in the United States have continued to feed a controversial drug to their livestock, choosing production needs over human and animal health concerns, according to critics.   The drug is ractopamine, which is given to 60% to 80% of all domestic pigs and cattle to make them grow leaner before slaughter. The Food and Drug Administration first approved it 15 years ago, claiming the drug was safe to use.   But food safety advocates disagree with this claim and the assertions of farmers who rely on the product made by Elanco, a division of drug maker Eli Lilly. They point out…
  • If You Ask for a Public Defender in One Texas County, You Get a Sheriff’s Detective Instead

    24 Jul 2014 | 11:40 am
    Local officials in Texas have decided it is more important to save tax dollars than provide a criminal suspect with a public defender.   Starting late last year, McLennan County decided to send a sheriff’s detective to the home of any person requesting a court-appointed lawyer. The purpose: to see if the individual was poor enough to not afford their own legal counsel, or determine if they were lying.   Officials stand by their decision to carry out the investigations, believing some residents were taking advantage of free legal help.   “I think this has been very,…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Blog for Arizona

  • Gaza: Your Tax Dollars at Work

    Bob Lord
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:49 pm
    I’ve intended to write on the massacre in Gaza but can’t stop reading long enough to write. It’s late, and the best I can do is pass along a few posts on the U.S. role in this tragedy, one from … Continue reading →
  • What about the ladies with this boycott thing?

    Donna Gratehouse
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:21 pm
    I can’t argue with Markos Moulitsas for keeping his pledge to boycott Arizona until SB1070 is fully overturned and I doubt he’s going to be persuaded out of it, judging from the scathing statement he issued about Phoenix hosting Netroots … Continue reading →
  • Sen. Chuck Schumer shills for corporate Democrats

    AZ BlueMeanie
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-Wall Street)  penned an op-ed in the New York Times in support of a Top Two Primary, like the dismal experiment in California. End Partisan Primaries, Save America. The reason for this is that it would advance … Continue reading →
  • Adam Kwasman’s defining moment

    AZ BlueMeanie
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Local conservative commentator Emil Franzi writes that: Recently, I pointed to the inadequacies of two losers on the GOP primary ticket. Bad news for the GOP — there’s more. Tom Horne and John Huppenthal are trumped in the bozo category … Continue reading →
  • The GOP’s war on healthcare

    AZ BlueMeanie
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Q. What’s the difference between a Ukrainian rebel with a rocket launcher and a lawyer challenging the Obamacare subsidies? A. The Ukrainian doesn’t intend to hurt innocent people. So says Andre Koppelman at the Balkinization blog and The New Republic … Continue reading →
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    People Power from YES! Magazine

  • Protecting the Truth: The Japanese American Legacy Project

    Kali Swenson
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:40 pm
    Photo of Japanese Americans, including the Kitamoto family, being taken from their homes on Bainbridge Island, Wash. Photo from Bainbridge Island Japanese American Community. “A lot of my cultural background was probably taken away or hidden,” says Frank Kitamoto in a video interview recorded by Densho: The Japanese American Legacy Project. Like many Japanese Americans, Kitamoto and his family were incarcerated in concentration camps during World War II. For many of those who were incarcerated, their stories remained locked away as difficult personal memories. Densho is preserving those…
  • Red and Blue States Agree on Taxing Corporations More (And Lots of Other Stuff)

    Miriam Axel-Lute
    9 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    This article originally appeared on the Shelterforce blog at Rooflines.org. Photo by Daniel Parks / Flickr. Americans are a people hopelessly divided by culture wars and fundamental disagreements about the role and appropriate size of government. You know this; I know this. Everyone knows this. In some parts of the country people carry machine guns through the baby products aisle and want to cut both food stamps and millionaire’s taxes, while in others we’re extending marriage equality and trying to build decent mass transit and celebrating diversity. It’s a deep, unbridgeable rift, and…
  • How Mischief-Makers Built Australia Through Pranks and Protests

    Madeline Ostrander
    8 Jul 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Australians have long been troublemakers—witty, willing to mock and thwart authority, and full of the kind of no-nonsense pragmatism that comes from making a society in a harsh landscape. Iain McIntyre’s How to Make Trouble and Influence People: Pranks, Protests, Graffiti & Political Mischief-Making from Across Australia is a new edition of a book that began as a zine nearly 20 years ago. While the title, of course, parodies the most famous example of the self-help genre, How to Make Trouble is more Howard Zinn than Dale Carnegie. It offers an alternative history of Australia,…
  • Meet the 99-Year-Old Revolutionary Who's Still Changing Detroit

    Liz Pleasant
    3 Jul 2014 | 4:15 pm
    On June 30th, PBS premiered American Revolutionary, a feature length documentary film about the life of Grace Lee Boggs. Boggs has been active in radical labor and civil rights movements since 1939 and has an impressively long FBI rap sheet to prove it. American Revolutionary explores what drew Boggs to Detroit's African-American community and how she is inspiring a new generation of activists. You can watchit for free at PBS.org, now through July 30th. Read more: Planting Seeds of Hope: How Sustainable Activism Transformed Detroit Bring On the Next American Revolution Grace Boggs: Reviving…
  • These Native American Filmmakers Are Telling Their People's Stories—Their Way

    Christine St. Pierre
    1 Jul 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Photo by Jack Storms. Great Native leaders appear to be overlooking contemporary Aztec dancers in a scene from Hummingbird, a short film that captures the spiritual power of ritual and tradition. The film was made by Longhouse Media, an organization that aims to catalyze indigenous people and communities to use media as a tool for self-expression, cultural preservation, and social change. Click here to subscribe to YES! Longhouse Executive Director Tracy Rector emphasizes the group’s mission to nurture Native artists who use both traditional and modern forms of storytelling: “Our stories…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Divided Under God

  • Reminder: Live-tweet Today at Secular Invocation 6pm ET

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

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

    Kevin Davis, Head Writer
    10 Jun 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Last Monday, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill that would clear the way for the National Motto, “In God We Trust,” to be posted in all PA public schools. One of the few lawmakers to vote “no” on the bill was Democratic Representative Mike O’Brien. Rep. O’Brien warned against supporting legislation that promotes any public religious statement, saying, image courtesy http://www.legis.state.pa.us Our role is not to create a theocracy, but to create a commonwealth that represents all people of all beliefs, and I think that…
  • Todd Starnes Promotes New Book on Fox By Touting Debunked Christian Persecution Case

    Tim Peacock, Contributor
    6 May 2014 | 8:03 am
    (originally posted on Peacock-Panache.com) Appearing on Fox News to promote his new book, Todd Starnes (the man who repeatedly cried Christian persecution wolf to anyone who would listen) touted a debunked theory about anti-Christian persecution on military bases. His book God (B)less America appears to be chock full of these sorts of cases (in addition to a case Starnes has personally worked to manufacture and promote with the assistance of his publisher’s vice president of sales). Right off the bat in the interview – led by none other than far right personality…
  • No One Is Shocked: Greece v. Galloway Decided 5-4 For Jesus

    Kevin Davis, Head Writer
    5 May 2014 | 8:18 am
    Back in October, we published a post entitled Town of Greece v. Galloway Won’t Accomplish Anything Worthwhile.  That assumption was based on SCOTUS focusing narrowly on the case at hand, rather than on state-sponsored prayer altogether.  We argued that SCOTUS may decide that the specific town’s opening prayers need to be spread out among religions more equally, rather than allowing them to be overwhelmingly Christian.  We were right about one thing — that SCOTUS would focus only on the case at hand, rather than the larger issue of prayer at government meetings.
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    The Alternative Conservative

  • Dear Eddie Vedder,

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

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

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

    29 Jun 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Jodi Arias Trial Truth: The Herr Speights Sinus Theory Debunked: " The most difficult student to educate is the one who is not willing to admit their ignorance" - anonymous "Herr" S...
  • Jodi Arias -- My Response to the Absurdity

    11 Jun 2014 | 8:55 pm
    …" You [Jodi Arias] are the worst thing that has ever happened to me…"-Travis AlexanderFor the past month or so I've been dedicating my free time to re-watching the Jodi Arias Trial. Obviously I have been fascinated with this case and am looking forward to the upcoming penalty phase.Read more »
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Politics

  • Labour and the Tories are both framing 2015 as a two-horse race

    George Eaton
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:55 am
    But which will benefit the most? David Cameron and Ed Miliband walk through the Members' Lobby before the Queen's Speech on June 4, 2014. Photograph: Getty Images. After last year's "summer of silence" (in the words of one shadow minister), Labour is aiming to hit the parliamentary recess running. Ed Miliband's speech tomorrow marks the beginning of a "summer offensive" that will feature more than a dozen major speeches by members of the shadow cabinet in the next five weeks.  The campaign will be framed around "The Choice" between a "Labour future" and "Tory threat". The aim, as I write in…
  • Why Ed Miliband should gamble on a snap election after 2015

    Owen Bennett
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:46 am
    After 2015, Ed Miliband should evoke the spirit of Harold Wilson and gamble on a snap election – not dither and drown like Gordon Brown. Ed Miliband could call a snap election following 2015 if he wins. Photo: Getty Next year’s election has been touted as the most significant for a generation. But then they always are. But after a five-year wait for this general election, we may be asked to go to the polls again even sooner than we think. For while there is legislation saying the next government will last five years, like the current administration, the realities of politics – and a…
  • Tories investigate MP over domestic assault caution

    Lucy Fisher
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:29 am
    Michael Gove has launched a probe into Bury St Edmunds MP David Ruffley, after he was issued with a domestic assault caution earlier this year. Former shadow policing minister David Ruffley was cautioned for domestic assault on his former partner in March this year. Photo: Getty David Ruffley MP is under investigation by the Conservative party after receiving a caution for domestic assault earlier this year. Michael Gove, the Government chief whip, launched an inquiry into the MP for Bury St Edmunds after his constituency Police and Crime Commissioner and a prominent member of the local…
  • Is a return to constructive relations between Russia and the West possible?

    David Clark
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:48 am
    Russia may be destined to remain a source of instability and confrontation for as long as Putin remains in the Kremlin. The "Putin Doctrine of muscular nationalism" makes Russia's relations with the West fraught. Photo: Getty Just when it looked as if tensions between Russia and the West couldn't get any worse, an international arbitration tribunal in The Hague is set to make a ruling on Monday that could have far-reaching consequences for relations with Moscow. It's the culmination of a decade long legal battle by the former majority shareholders of Yukos Oil to secure compensation for the…
  • “But they have a space programme!”: untangling the foreign aid debate

    Richard Mallett
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:09 am
    Mainstream narratives about aid are clumsy and confused: here's how to talk about international development. Sierra Leone. Photo: Richard Mallett Aid is one of the great political footballs of our time. Certainly, it’s one of those issues that gets some pretty strong reactions on a fairly frequent basis. But most of the time, the way it’s talked about is unhelpful. Whatever your stance, engaging productively in the public debate on aid is really hard because of the clumsy and confused nature of mainstream narratives. To me, a lot of what people say conflates several different aspects of…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Breitbart Feed

  • Fleming To Boehner: Don't Give Obama Border Bill Until He Rescinds Executive Amnesty

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:02 am
    Rep. John Fleming (R-LA), an influential conservative member, wrote to Speaker John Boehner and other members of House GOP leadership to urge them to drop plans for a new border crisis bill until President Barack Obama rescinds his executive orders that administratively have granted amnesty to hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens in America. “President Obama and others have been suggesting that Congress must act to address the recently heightened border crisis and unlawful entries by Central American residents,” Fleming wrote to Boehner, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor,…
  • Honduran President Blames United States Immigration Debate For Border Crisis

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:48 am
    Honduran President Juan Orlando Hernandez criticized United States lawmakers for creating "ambiguity" over the border laws during the fight for immigration reform. "It is a matter that arises, we believe, from the lack of clarity … the ambiguity .. that has become the hallmark of the policies and the debates that are being carried on the question of immigration reform here in the United States," he said through a translator according to The Hill. "And that is a situation that the coyotes are very perversely taking very much an opportunity to exploit." Hernandez appeared on Capitol Hill…
  • Speaker Boehner: President Obama 'AWOL' on Border Crisis

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:47 am
    House Speaker John Boehner accused President Obama of flip-flopping on the border crisis and of being AWOL on the issue. Boehner explained that he continues to discuss the issue with House members, but that it wasn’t helping that the White House was sending uncertain messages on changing the 2008 law. “The administration started earlier this month by signaling some openness to changes in the 2008 law to accelerate the process of returning these children to their home countries,” Boehner said. “Now the president and his team have apparently flip-flopped.”…
  • Marco Rubio: Letting Unaccompanied Minors Stay in U.S. Would Be 'Big Mistake'

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:36 am
    On Fox News Thursday night, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) said that letting the thousands of unaccompanied minors stay in the United States would be a “big mistake.” “That would be a big mistake,” he said, adding that although Americans wanted to be humane while handling the children, it "would be inhumane is to allow this to continue.” “The only way to stop this from continuing is if in fact people are returned to their country,” he said, insisting that it was important to send a message to these countries that things had changed on the border. Rubio…
  • Christie, Perry Feud Over RGA Snub To GOP Candidate Astorino

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:17 am
    ASPEN, Colorado—Chris Christie's snub of the Republican challenger to New York Governor and Christie pal Andrew Cuomo is causing a surprising amount of bad blood here, the site of an Republican Governors Association conference, including behind-the-scenes gamesmanship between Christie and Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Christie, the New Jersey Governor and RGA Chairman, has refused to direct RGA funds to back Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino, who is far behind in polls and campaign funds against Cuomo, saying “we don’t invest in lost causes.” Tuesday, Astorino…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Beppe Grillo's Blog

  • Economy without government

    24 Jul 2014 | 9:50 am
    “Apart from the optimistic announcements and the song and dance about prospects of recovery that brings to mind a film that we have unfortunately already seen (protagonist: Berlusconi when he said there was no crisis because the restaurants were full ...), what is the economic situation of Italy in the time of Renzi? If one looks at the main economic parameters, there’s little to cause joy and the current government has indeed failed to change direction in relation to the inauspicious austerity policies put in place by previous governments. Let’s start with the public debt that has…
  • Open letter to Minister Boschi

    23 Jul 2014 | 12:46 pm
    "Honourable Minister, I followed the clash you had in Parliament with the M5S and Sel senators in relation to the institutional reform proposals that are currently under discussion. Understandably you defended your work and you have rejected the idea that these reforms represent an authoritarian change of direction associated with an illiberal spirit. Going beyond the polemics that in this case were particularly fiery, I would like to calmly present you with a few thoughts that are purely personal. I’m offering them simply as a citizen and as one who has been studying these matters. As an…
  • From Matteotti to Di Matteo? #lanuovadittatura - the new dictatorship

    22 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    History never repeats itself in the same way, but if you look at the Italy of today and that of 1924, the year when Giacomo Matteotti was kidnapped and killed, there are many striking similarities. The outcomes could be the same: the end of the democracy, with fascism being brought in in its place, a system involving all the country’s organisations that want to protect their privileges and keep the will people at a safe distance: organised crime, P2-ists, corrupt institutions, and political parties. Since the victory of the M5S in the 2013 national elections we have been experiencing a…
  • Passaparola - Mothers in crisis

    21 Jul 2014 | 10:21 pm
    Watch the Passaparola of the Mothers in Crisis10:00 We are the "Mothers in Crisis", about 100 healthcare and social workers that worked at Milan’s Mangiagalli Polyclinic for many years. We formed this group by attending a Healthcare and Social Workers course at our own expense. Then the Polyclinic held a public selection testing process to fill 29 posts. In the end they took around 90 people, but we were all left at home. After having discarded us, they even expected us to train the new employees that had come through the selection process, in other words the ones who would be replacing us,…
  • Honest Italy by Di Matteo

    20 Jul 2014 | 9:55 am
    What follows is part of the speech delivered by the prosecutor Nino Di Matteo yesterday in via D'Amelio, Palermo. “We cannot stay silent in the face of the overwhelming attempt to transform the investigative magistrates into simple bureaucrats constantly subject to the will of their boss, and of those official leaders that are unfortunately ever more frequently appointed by the magistrates’ governing body, the CSM, that is at risk of being squashed and influenced in its self-governing choices by the pressing needs of different factions and political groups and by the ever more exacting…
 
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Cato @ Liberty

  • Was the Halbig Decision Political?

    David Boaz
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:59 am
    David Boaz Writing in the Washington Post about the D.C. Circuit’s decision in Halbig v. Burwell, E. J. Dionne Jr. bemoans  a conservative judiciary that will use any argument it can muster to win ideological victories that elude their side in the elected branches of our government. There are several problems with his argument. First, of course, the argument accepted by two judges on the D.C. Circuit is pretty strong: the IRS can’t rewrite a law just because because the law isn’t working out so well. Second, it’s not so clear that it’s conservatives who…
  • Who Is Transit for?

    Randal O'Toole
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:55 am
    Randal O'Toole Rail advocates often call me “anti-transit,” probably because it is easier to call people names than to answer rational arguments. I’ve always responded that I’m just against wasteful transit. But looking at the finances and ridership of transit systems around the country, it’s hard not to conclude that all government transit is wasteful transit. Nationally, after adjusting for inflation, the APTA transit fact book shows that annual taxpayer subsidies to transit operations have grown from $1.6 billion in 1970 to $24.0 billion in 2012, yet per capita…
  • Corporate Tax Inversions Made Simple

    Chris Edwards
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Chris Edwards Numerous responses to my article in the New York Times yesterday about corporate tax inversions indicated a lack of understanding. Related articles by Levin, Johnston, and Huang similarly suggested that further enlightenment is needed. The following chart should simplify the issue for NYT readers, columnists, and policymakers. All data from KPMG. Global average is for 134 countries.
  • South Carolina Police Are Ready To Crack Down on Uber

    Matthew Feeney
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:47 am
    Matthew Feeney Earlier this month UberX, Uber’s rideshare service, launched in four cities in South Carolina. Residents of Charleston, Greenville, Columbia, and Myrtle Beach are free to download Uber’s app and request a ride from a driver using his or her own vehicle. However, police across South Carolina are planning on taking action against UberX drivers, who they believe are violating regulations. According to the South Carolina Office of Regulatory Staff, Uber is illegally operating in the Palmetto State without state or local business licenses. The Nervea project of the South…
  • A Needlessly Confrontational Trade Policy Pitch

    K. William Watson
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:36 am
    K. William Watson Thanks to an ad campaign by a U.S. agriculture group, Washington, DC, commuters—especially those who work on Capitol Hill—have been learning about Japan and the Trans-Pacific Partnership.  The agribusiness lobby group called “Keep Food Affordable” has covered one DC metro station with ads complaining about Japan’s effort to maintain some of its tariffs in the TPP negotiations.  It’s rare to see public advertising about trade policy.  This is true even in the unique DC market where commuters encounter pitches for other strange things like fighter…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    A View from the Right

  • Before You “Claim” II Chronicles 7:14, Read This

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

    sirrahc
    13 Jul 2014 | 6:44 pm
    I cried. I’m man enough to admit it. I was watching a recent episode of “NCIS: Los Angeles” [SPOILER ALERT!] in which an entrepreneurial young Afghan immigrant aids the NCIS team. At the end, he unnecessarily risks his life to help stop jihadist suicide bombers. As a reward, Hetty (the team’s boss) arranges to have […]
  • God, Science, and Christianity

    sirrahc
    6 Jul 2014 | 6:41 pm
    The other day, I was listening to a Christian podcaster by the name of Joe Messina — the first time I’d ever heard him. His normal topics are, I think, politics and culture. But, he had on a guest who was explaining his skepticism of the validity of radiometric dating. At one point, they were […]
  • Does the Treaty of Tripoli Disprove a “Christian” Founding of America?

    sirrahc
    29 Jun 2014 | 7:49 pm
    “The general Principles on which the Fathers achieved Independence were the only Principles in which that beautiful Assembly of young Gentlemen could unite, and these Principles only could be intended by them in their Address, or by me in my Answer. And what were these general principles? I answer, the general Principles of Christianity, in […]
  • The Burden of the U.S. Tax Code

    sirrahc
    22 Jun 2014 | 8:07 pm
    “[The U.S. income tax is] a disgrace to the human race.” — President Jimmy Carter [Editor's note: I would probably get more mileage out of this post if I published it during "tax season". On the other hand, it is a perennial topic, so maybe it will pique someone's interest....] We all like to complain […]
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Fair Observer

  • Nigeria and Efforts at Environmental Management

    Akunyili Tochukwu
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:19 pm
    For environmental laws and regulations to become effective in Nigeria, the government must enact change. Human beings cannot really claim to be living a life that is fully human, if they do not live in harmony with nature. In countries like the United States, Britain, Germany and France, environmental sustainability is a significant issue that […] The post Nigeria and Efforts at Environmental Management appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Human Rights Watch Whitewashes Israel: The Law Supports Hamas

    Norman Finkelstein
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Do Palestinians have the legal right to resist the Israeli blockade and occupation? [The analysis and data in this article refer to the period prior to the Israeli ground invasion.] On July 7, Israel unleashed Operation Protective Edge against Gaza. When it launched a ground invasion on July 18, Israel had already killed 230 Gazan Palestinians […] The post Human Rights Watch Whitewashes Israel: The Law Supports Hamas appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • The UN, War Crimes and Israel’s “Right to Defend Itself”

    Manuel Langendorf
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:49 am
    Every country would have done what Israel is doing now; it is called self-defense, according to Josef Olmert. Violence in Gaza has escalated. Operation Protective Edge, which began on July 8, has transformed into an Israeli ground invasion in one of the most densely populated areas in the world. At the time of writing, over […] The post The UN, War Crimes and Israel’s “Right to Defend Itself” appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Kenya: From Prison Inmates to Ambassadors of Change

    Vickie Wambura Wamonje
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:02 am
    Nafisika Trust aims to help young people in Kenyan prisons to become ambassadors of change, not of crime. Vickie Wambura Wamonje founded Nafisika Trust after discovering that Kenyan prisoners were often young repeat offenders who continued to commit crimes following their release from prison. She wanted to provide transformational experiences to help inmates become agents of positive […] The post Kenya: From Prison Inmates to Ambassadors of Change appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • The OAS: The Forgotten Continent’s Forgotten Organization

    Samuel Guzman
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Can the Organization of American States agree on reforms to the approach of regional governance? Latin America is home to 14 different regional international organizations, which often espouse overlapping goals and have similar members. Among these, probably the best developed is the Organization of American States (OAS), which recently concluded its44th annual summit in Paraguay’s […] The post The OAS: The Forgotten Continent’s Forgotten Organization appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    The one About

  • Cea mai buna investitie in sine - masajul

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

    15 Jul 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Viermisorii sunt cei mai neplacuti locatari care se gasesc cel mai des la copii. Acestia sunt mai predispusi la copii, atunci cand ei frecventeaza gradinita sau scoala, merg in excursii sau tabere. Una dintre cause poate fi ca pentru cei mici este un chin spalatul pe maini, iar dulcurile le sunt cei mai buni prieteni. Asa apar si viermisorii.Precum remediile, viermisorii sunt si ei de mai multe tipuri. Parazitii intestinali, tenia sau limbricii, giardia sau organisme microscopice sunt cateva tipuri de viermisori.Atunci cand observam o pofta de dulce mai mare decat cea normala si cand apar…
  • Cele mai utile sfaturi pentru calatori care pleaca in excursie safari parc thoiry

    10 Jul 2014 | 9:16 am
    O excursie safari parc Thoiry este un eveniment impresionant, mai ales pentru cei care calatoresc acolo pentu prima data. Sejururile oferite de www.aeroshuttletransfers.ro sunt complete si personalul vorbeste limba romana, insa asta te scapa doar de probleme organizatorice la nivel de calatorie. Cand vine vremea pentru facutul bagajului, esti pe cont propriu. Ca sa te ajutam sa fii cat mai eficient/a iti aduce cele mai utile sfaturi pentru calatori. Citeste, invata si apoi fugi la bagaje, fiindca excursie safari parc Thoiry te asteapta.Foloseste paie pentru a pastra lantisoarele si alte…
  • Un nou jurat

    10 Jul 2014 | 9:11 am
    Un celebru artist din Romania se muta la Antena 1! Stefan Banica Jr. va fi unul din juratii emisiunii “X Factor”.Pentru a afla mai multe despre intrarea lui Stefan Banica Jr. in familia Antena 1, acesta a facut cateva dezvaluiri cu privire la planurile de viitor. “Propunerea Antenei 1 de a face parte din juriul X Factor este onoranta, am ales sa fac acest pas cu toata convingerea, mai ales ca vorbim despre o super-productie, un mare succes, atat in strainatate, cat si in Romania”, a declarant artistul.Faptul ca Stefan Banica Jr. a acceptat sa intre in familia Antena 1 nu este ceva…
  • Parasirea tarii cu masina inchiriata

    7 Jul 2014 | 6:12 am
    Atunci cand motivul pentru care se doreste inchirierea unei masini de la una dintre firmele de rent a car din Romania este o deplasare in afara teritoriului tarii, este bine ca acesta sa fie punctul de pornire in discutia cu firma de inchirieri. Asa cum in Bucuresti exista firme de inchirieri auto care permit deplasarea in afara tarii cu masini din flota proprie, exista si firme de rent a car ce nu permit parasirea tarii. Acesta este si motivul pentru care fie va trebui sa faceti un research online dupa firme care permit si deplasari internationale, fie daca aveti o companie preferata, asa…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    FactCheck.org

  • Wisconsin Trek-ery

    Brooks Jackson
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker claims his wealthy Democratic opponent is “sending jobs overseas.” But Mary Burke says the family company, Trek Bicycle Corporation, is “making more bikes in the U.S. than anyone.” Both are at least partly correct, but neither is telling the whole story. Walker’s Attack Walker started the latest round with a TV spot July 16 claiming Burke “[made] millions” sending jobs “that could have been done in Wisconsin” to “countries where women and children might work up to 12 hours a day, earning only $2 an…
  • Stretching the Truth in Arkansas

    Eden Everwine
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:28 pm
    The conservative group Americans for Prosperity stretches the truth to attack Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas for “higher gas and grocery bills.” AFP blames Pryor’s vote to ban drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) for higher gas prices. But the Energy Information Administration says drilling in ANWR would translate to little, if any, drop in prices at the pump. As for higher grocery bills, AFP cites Pryor’s vote to increase ethanol production, which raised the demand for corn and the price of livestock. But the Department of Agriculture says the impact on…
  • Surge of ‘Unaccompanied Children’

    Lauren Shapiro
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Q: Did the Obama administration advertise in January to transport 65,000 foreign children apprehended at the border? Did it expect a surge of illegal immigration? A: Yes. There’s been a sharp increase in unaccompanied children from Central America since FY 2012, and the U.S. projected a bigger increase this year. FULL QUESTION Is it true that the US government advertised for “escort services for unaccompanied alien children” back in January, 2014. And, if so, how did they know there would be this influx of children from Guatemala? (Or, some other country?) FULL ANSWER The…
  • Cherry-Picking Season in Illinois

    Carolyn Fante
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Republican Bruce Rauner falsely claims in a TV ad that Illinois leads the Midwest in “job losses” under Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. In fact, Illinois has experienced job growth — albeit small — since Quinn took office. The Illinois governor’s race is one of the most closely watched in the nation. Rauner, a businessman, is making a strong bid to defeat Quinn, a former lieutenant governor who was elevated to the top spot on Jan. 29, 2009, when then-Gov. Rod Blagojevich was removed from office. Real Clear Politics, which aggregates polling data, shows Rauner up by…
  • Kingston’s False ‘Amnesty’ Connection

    Alexander Nacht
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:20 am
    Less than a week before the Republican runoff election for Senate in Georgia, Rep. Jack Kingston is falsely claiming that his opponent, David Perdue, “sat on a board promoting amnesty for illegal immigrants.” Perdue did not sit on the board in question, and he had nothing to do with the group’s endorsement of a 2006 immigration bill. The ad also repeats a misleading claim about the Common Core State Standards Initiative and distorts Perdue’s nuanced position on it. Kingston, an 11-term congressman, is facing Perdue, a businessman, in a July 22 runoff. Kingston and…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    WesternFront America

  • Killing marine life with ethanol

    Paul Driessen
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:31 pm
    Ethanol damages your cars, small engines, food budget – and kills Gulf of Mexico animals. Ethanol and other biofuel mandates and subsidies got started when politicians bought into claims that we are rapidly depleting our petroleum, and fossil-fuel-driven global warming is boiling the planet. Hydraulic fracturing destroyed the depletion myth. It also reminds us that “peak oil” applies only if we wrongly assume that resource needs and technologies never change. The 18-year “hiatus” in planetary warming has forced alarmists to change their terminology to climate change, climate…
  • Obama Encounters an Apex of Anger

    Alan Caruba
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:25 pm
    Barack Obama has managed to do something one would hardly imagine a President could achieve by the midpoint of his second term. He has managed to anger most segments of the American populace, including those to the far Left who constitute a significant part of his base. It has taken time for most people to reach this point. Americans are amazingly patient with their presidents, but Obama has pushed them beyond scandal fatigue. The “final straw” appears to be the illegal alien invasion masterminded by Obama. What they are seeing and hearing is not what they were sold; a charming man of…
  • No Longer the World’s Policeman, We’re Now the World’s Social Worker

    Michael R. Shannon
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:05 pm
    It’s 9AM late July and already the day is shot to hell. The temperature is over 80 and the humidity would wilt a Puritan’s collar. You’re supposed to be taking Migra, your Mexican Water Spaniel, on a 400–hundred-mile car trip. The dog’s 14–years–old if he’s a day, and who knows if he’ll live long enough to be reunited with the rest of your family. Plus, you can’t just motor out the driveway because that’s not a good idea where you live. It’s one of those ‘transitional neighborhoods’ that you thought was transitioning into a community where people worry about their…
  • Flaunt It Or Cover Up? The Great Public Breastfeeding Debate Continues.

    David Huntwork
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:58 pm
    This is one of those recurring social debates and issues that seem to pop up quite frequently in one form or another. As a male it’s a bit of a delicate topic to openly muse about. But rarely have I seen the true issue at the heart of this debate addressed and perhaps it’s time that someone does. Breastfeeding Campaign Posters Stir Online Debate (https://shine.yahoo.com/parenting/breastfeeding-campaign-posters-stir-online-controversy-190307806.html) “Private dining. Would you eat here?” asks the text of one of poster, which features a photo of a young mother breastfeeding her…
  • How "Normal" is Bowe Bergdahl?

    Alan Caruba
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:46 pm
    There are few military crimes worse than desertion to the enemy short of outright treason by giving them aid and comfort. So why is the U.S. Army declaring Sgt. Berghdal (he received a promotion from private first class while being either a Taliban captive or guest) a “normal soldier now”? When one’s entire unit declares him a deserter for leaving their Afghanistan based on June 30, 2009—as they did on a show with Fox’s Megyn Kelly—by what stretch of the imagination is he just a normal soldier stationed at the headquarters of Joint Base San Antonio-Fort Sam Houston? Fox News…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    opposingviews.com

  • Christian Radio Host Says Obama Wants 'No Aid for Israel, Just Aid to Hamas' (Audio)

    Michael Allen
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:50 pm
    Christian Radio Host Says Obama Wants 'No Aid for Israel, Just Aid to Hamas' (Audio) Christian Radio Host Says Obama Wants 'No Aid for Israel, Just Aid to Hamas' (Audio) Politics Religion World President Obama Israel Aid Has Been Optimized Christian radio host Sandy Rios said yesterday on her show that President Obama does not support aid for Israel, but wants to send aid to Hamas. Rios claimed that White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the Obama administration "wants to send aid to [Israel's] enemies, the people they are fighting. No aid to Israel, just aid to Hamas,"…
  • Two Military Fighter Jets Shot Down In Eastern Ukraine

    Will Hagle
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:14 am
    Two Military Fighter Jets Shot Down In Eastern Ukraine Ukraine Reports Two Military Jets Shot Down In Eastern Region Two Military Fighter Jets Shot Down In Eastern Ukraine Has Been Optimized Ukraine’s Defense Ministry is claiming that two of its military fighter jets have been shot down in the eastern portion of the country, where violent outbreaks have been increasing among Ukrainian forces and Russian separatists. According to the Huffington Post, the aircrafts were Sukhoi-25 fighter jets that were shot down at 1:30 p.m. local time in Savur Mogila. As Fox News reports, Ukraine Defense…
  • Arizona Republican Promises to Stop Immigrants, Gay People if Elected Governor (Video)

    Michael Allen
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:07 am
    Arizona Republican Promises to Stop Immigrants, Gay People if Elected Governor (Video) Arizona Republican Promises to Stop Immigrants, Gay People if Elected Governor (Video) Local Politics Andrew Thomas Has Been Optimized Former Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas, who is running for governor in Arizona, is building his campaign on stopping undocumented immigrants and homosexuals. Thomas recently released a campaign ad (video below) in which a voice over states, “Conservatives are backing Andrew Thomas for governor because he’s the only candidate who has stopped illegal immigration,…
  • Sarah Palin Ticketed In Alaska: ‘I Wasn’t Speeding, I Was Qualifying’

    Sarah Fruchtnicht
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:04 am
    Sarah Palin Ticketed In Alaska: ‘I Wasn’t Speeding, I Was Qualifying’ Sarah Palin Ticketed In Alaska: ‘I Wasn’t Speeding, I Was Qualifying’ Politics Has Been Optimized Sarah Palin was ticketed in her hometown of Wasilla, Alaska, for going 63 mph in a 45 mph zone. Palin, 50, was driving her Toyota Tundra when she was pulled over last Wednesday, according to the state’s CourtView system. She blamed her lead foot on Sammy Hagar’s “I Can’t Drive 55,” which she said was playing on an oldies station while she was driving. “I wasn't speeding; I was qualifying,” she told…
  • Former Reebok CEO David Perdue Wins GOP Senate Runoff In Georgia

    Jared Keever
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:55 am
    Former Reebok CEO David Perdue Wins GOP Senate Runoff In Georgia Former Reebok CEO David Perdue Wins GOP Senate Runoff In Georgia Headlines Nation Politics Has Been Optimized Republican businessman David Perdue won his party’s nomination to run for Senate later this year in a race experts say the GOP can’t afford to lose.  Perdue defeated his opponent, Jack Kingston, a 22-year veteran of the House of Representatives, putting an end to more than two months negative campaigning. The two were vying for a chance to run against Democrat Michelle Nunn in November’s general election for…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    The Recovering Politician

  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: Losin’ It (Not a Diet Post)

    John Y. Brown III
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Losing it! After receiving 3 calls in less than 5 minutes from a telemarketing company—and all 3 interrupting an important business call– I decided to retaliate. I called back the number and got an answer from a robotic telemarketing sales rep and I said, “Hello. How are you doing today? I’m interrupting your day to try to sell you some s**t you don’t need. Do you have a few minutes to talknow?” And then I gave the real reason I was calling and asked that my number be removed from their call list. But he hung up on me. Cold call sales is just hard like…
  • Josh Bowen: Is it Really About Fitness? 5 Reasons Why its Not

    Josh Bowen
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    The title of the blog may seem confusing and even appalling to most. It may lead you to question my sanity after 11 years as a personal trainer. “How does he not know what his job is?” Just hold on for a minute. For years I have had this approach when it came to clients, focus on more than fitness and nutrition. See I believe fitness is a vehicle that we use to improve people. People HATE exercise, for the most part. For one reason or another most people disdain the process of trying to get into shape. They have goals but most of the time those goals are deeper than fitness. They impact…
  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: Instant Personality Test

    John Y. Brown III
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    My new instant personality test. You are driving along in no particular hurry to get anyplace and notice your gas tank has just over a quarter tank of gas left as you are about to drive by a service station. What do you do?  1) If you pull over and fill up, you are typical and are probably a responsible person who doesn’t leave things to chance but carries an extra jacket (or even blanket) in the car during the winter. They will likely be suited for middle management level positions. Or own a gas station. And likely coach little league and teach Sunday school. They sometimes teach…
  • Lauren Mayer: our Tired, Your Poor, Your Huddled Masses – 2014 version

    Lauren Mayer
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    People have often used ‘the melting pot’ as a metaphor for immigrants from all over the world, coming together to make America a great and diverse country.  (Although when I was growing up, I had a creative teacher come up with ‘fruit salad’ as a better metaphor, implying that immigrants retained some elements of their native culture and blended together in a tasty mixture – unfortunately, California also became known as the ‘granola state’, full of flakes & nuts, but I digress . . . ) However, immigration has become so politicized lately,…
  • The RP on Rebuilding West Liberty

    Jonathan Miller
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    At the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative America Meeting, Jonathan Miller announced a new CGI Commitment to Action by Rebuilding West Liberty, Kentucky:
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Guernica / A Magazine of Art & Politics

  • 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.
  • Call for Submissions: American Empires Special Issue

    15 Jul 2014 | 6:28 am
    Guernica is currently accepting submissions for its upcoming American Empires special issue.
  • 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.
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Sunshine State News feed

  • Obama Upside Down in Florida as Independents Leave Him

    Kevin Derby
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:44 am
    A new poll shows President Barack Obama continues to sink in Florida despite carrying it in 2008 and 2012, something which could factor into November’s elections, as he loses independent voters.  A poll from Quinnipiac University released on Thursday shows a majority -- 52 percent -- of those surveyed disapprove of Obama’s performance in office while 44 percent approve of the job he has done. In a Quinnipiac poll released on May 1, 50 percent of Florida voters disapproved of Obama’s job performance while 46 percent approved of it. read more
  • Hillary Clinton has the Edge on Republicans in Florida 2016 Poll

    Kevin Derby
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:20 am
    A poll from Quinnipiac University released on Thursday finds former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the easy favorite for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, ahead of her Republican rivals in Florida, the largest swing state on the electoral map. The poll shows Clinton besting her possible Republican opponents, including two from the Sunshine State. read more
  • Hillary Clinton Blowing Out 2016 Dem Field in Florida

    Kevin Derby
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:10 am
    Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is headed for a landslide victory in the Florida Democratic presidential primary in 2016, according to a Quinnipiac University poll released on Thursday. Clinton leads the Democratic pack with 67 percent. Vice President Joe Biden and U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., are tied in distant second with 8 percent each. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-N.Y., garners 1 percent. Gov. Martin O'Malley, D-Md., and former Gov. Brian Schweitzer, D-Mont., take below 1 percent. read more
  • Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio Out Front in Florida GOP 2016 Poll

    Kevin Derby
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:04 am
    Two favorite sons lead the pack of Republican presidential candidates in the Sunshine State for 2016 in a poll from Quinnipiac University released on Thursday. read more
  • Florida TaxWatch Report Finds Job Growth Helping Economy

    Kevin Derby
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:47 am
    Florida TaxWatch released a report on Thursday showcasing the increased number of jobs in the Sunshine State and insisting it shows the economy is on the rebound.  "Florida's economy is strengthening every day thanks to the policies enacted by the state Legislature and governor, who have made job creation a priority for Floridians," said Dominic Calabro, the president and CEO of Florida TaxWatch. "More Floridians are working in 2014 than ever before." read more
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    The Conference Channel Blog

  • Must See on FORA.tv: Mark Zuckerberg’s Knowledge Economy, Lean In vs. Lean Back, and More

    Liam Curley
    9 Jul 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Mark Zuckerberg Explains the Knowledge Economy in 30 Seconds Facebook founder and billionaire Mark Zuckerberg chooses sides between Democrats and Republicans and explains why the new “knowledge economy” is all that matters. What Your Home Will Look Like In 2025 The kitchen of the future has long piqued curiosity. Will we ever have that Jetsons-like experience where meals materialize at the push of a button? It’s closer than you may think.  Arianna Huffington’s Advice: Lean Back to Lean In Better Arianna Huffington, founder of the Huffington Post and author of Thrive,…
  • Up For Debate: Does Unrestricted Political Spending Constitute Free Speech?

    Zain Iqbal
    23 Jun 2014 | 1:00 am
    How has unlimited political spending changed the political landscape in the United States? Just ask the “politicos” themselves. A story on MSNBC last week details a report on the impact of the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision in 2010, which effectively struck down any limits on campaign contributions by corporations. Coupled with another recent provision in campaign finance law in FEC v. McCutcheon, some Americans believe politics awash with money could mean the end of democracy. But is independent political speech both the linchpin of our democracy and its…
  • GSummit Live on FORA.tv: Don’t Miss Smart Fun with Jane McGonigal and More

    Liam Curley
    11 Jun 2014 | 7:37 pm
    At this year’s GSummit: San Francisco, the gamification industry’s best thinkers and gamers will demonstrate how to mute the marketing noise and conquer low attention spans by bringing exciting, interactive design back to business. A gamified world–fully stocked with gizmos and goods like loyalty programs, prize purses, badges, iBeacons, and wearbles–is better at motivating everyone of us to get up and move, buy and play. Miss day one of GSummit? No problem. We’ve got some choice highlights below, featuring Stanford’s B.J. Fogg and serious gamers from IBM, X…
  • EPA Carbon Pollution Guidelines Put Climate Change Policy Front and Center

    Zain Iqbal
    3 Jun 2014 | 10:14 am
    President Obama’s vow to make the United States a leader in the global fight against climate change moved to the front and center of national headlines yesterday following a proposed rule by the Environmental Protection Agency to limit carbon emissions from U.S. power plants. The proposal, which will be under public comment for a year before being finalized, cuts emissions from existing power plants by 30 percent by 2030. The EPA announcement comes less than a month after the Obama administration released the Third U.S. National Climate Assessment; described by the White House as…
  • The Next Billion: Seattle Hosted by Quartz Live on FORA.tv!

    Liam Curley
    28 May 2014 | 1:30 am
    By 2016, global internet traffic is expected to double. This fundamental change in online habits is occurring largely on mobile devices, with rapid growth in emerging markets, specifically. The creation of this connected world will profoundly impact society, politics, technology, education, commerce, and finance. Quartz will explore this seismic shift and its implications for how we conduct business and lead our lives at The Next Billion: Seattle. Watch June 2 right here on FORA.tv.  Topics will be explored in curated conversations, demonstrations, and debates from the most prominent…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    PoliticusUSA

  • Ted Cruz Accuses Obama of Sinister Conspiracy to Impose Economic Boycott on Israel

    Eric Shapiro
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:31 am
    Ted Cruz: President Obama uses FAA to Boycott Israel by Imposing flight ban on Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport, crippling Israeli tourism [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • New NRA Plan: Bullet Subsidies and Forcing Kids to Shoot Their Way to Graduation

    Adalia Woodbury
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:54 am
    Mandatory gun zones and making marksmanship a mandatory requirement to advance in school are just a couple of the NRA's newest gimmicks to maintain our lead as the country with the most guns, albeit in a fewer hands. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Fake Christians All Up in Arms about the Black Jesus TV Show

    Hrafnkell Haraldsson
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:29 am
    The real problem seems to be "Jesus as a 'black guy' living in the hood," when every bigot knows black folks can't share in his AR-15 totin' goodness! [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Editorial Cartoon: Wingnut Gear Shift

    Bill Day
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:16 pm
    Time for a recall. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Democrats Have A Chance To Get Rid of Scott Walker as Wisconsin Governor Race Is Tied

    Jason Easley
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:40 pm
    Democrats weren't able to recall him, but they may be able to beat Republican Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker in November. The latest Marquette Law School poll finds that Democrat Mary Burke and Walker remain locked in a statistical dead heat. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Angry Lebs

  • 260 Arab intellectuals against ISIS

    Ang Lebs
    1 Jul 2014 | 9:50 am
    Bravo to these 260 intellectuals. They stood up against the expansion of ISIS (The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham ). There is always hope in this Arab world. There will be a better future if regional and international country support the intellectuals and not radical groups to make political or geographical changes in the region.  The Intellectuals saw in the expansion of ISIS and their declaration of the Khilafa, as a serious threat to the rights to freedom, justice and peace of the people of the Levant.  To read parts of the statement in English, follow this link. The Arabic…
  • The Logic of Lebanese Minister of Justice

    Ang Lebs
    26 Jun 2014 | 9:38 am
    Many voices started to demand that Lebanon should impose a visa entry on the population of the Gulf area. This demand came after the bombings of the past few days in which several Saudis were involved in. The reply of the Minister Rifi, the Minister of Justice was: “there is no need to impose an entry visa on Gulf States and if we do so, we must impose it on the Iranians too.” So far, the bombers are Saudis. No Iranian was found guilty of these bombings. Any state, that respects itself and the lives of their citizen, after knowing the nationality of the bombers, the least thing it…
  • What if …

    Ang Lebs
    25 Jun 2014 | 6:50 am
    What If … STOP Cultural Terrorism in Lebanon posted on their facebook page this picture. They said it’s circulating on Facebook with a caption “What if…” It would be nice to live on an Island but I am pretty sure the Lebanese will make sure to mess it up. In addition, don’t you think we will need inside waters to separate different communities?    
  • Jumblatt to save what he fought the Christians of Lebanon against

    Ang Lebs
    23 Jun 2014 | 9:16 am
    On September 1, 1920, French General Henri Gouraud proclaimed the birth of the State of Greater Lebanon, with Beirut as its capital. The process began at the end of WWI. The French and the British divided the territories of the Ottoman Empire. The Christians of Lebanon were the first to sell the idea of Phoenician heritage and defend the Lebanese identity as different than Arab identity. Not all Lebanese felt the same.  The Arab nationalist in the country fought this idea since the creation of Lebanon. Couple of uprising occurred in the country and the latest in 1975 which led to a 15…
  • If the Curse of Baath in Syria and Iraq parallels fascism and Nazism, what about their allies?

    Ang Lebs
    16 Jun 2014 | 4:18 am
    In his weekly opinion to Al Anba’ site, MP Walid Jumblatt said: “The Curse of the Baath in Syria and Iraq parallels fascism and Nazism “. I totally agree with him. That’s what we have said since the creation of the Baath party. But MP Jumblatt failed to tell us about the local allies of the Syrian Baath party in Lebanon are what?  What can we call those who sided with Syrian Baath in killing Lebanese? What can we label those who joined ranks with the Syrians in their occupation of Lebanon? Those who benefited from the Syrian Baath hegemony of Lebanon are what?
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    BuzzFeed - Politics

  • Al Sharpton's Group Backs Public Workers Union In Split With Historic Black Group Over Koch Brothers

    24 Jul 2014 | 10:25 am
    AFSCME versus the United Negro College Fund. “We believe that AFSCME is doing what is right for its members.” Lucas Jackson / Reuters WASHINGTON – The National Action Network will side with one of the nation's largest public sector unions in its recent decision to break ties with the United Negro College Fund because of donations the group received from the Kochs. National Action Network, whose president is MSNBC host and civil rights activist Rev. Al Sharpton, said in a statement provided to BuzzFeed that while it recognizes the "funding landscape has changed," the Koch…
  • Obama Campaign Vets: Pay Us $5,000 To Learn — And Work On A Campaign

    24 Jul 2014 | 8:39 am
    Started by top Obama campaign vets, 270 Strategies’ new training program has drawn skepticism from Democrats and progressives on the campaign trail. Darren Hauck / Reuters WASHINGTON — Two top veterans of President Obama's campaigns are asking political campaigners to pay $5,000 per person for the chance to learn their secrets and then work for five weeks in an unpaid campaign job somewhere in America. Democratic operatives and progressive activists are questioning this training program launched by Obama campaign architects Mitch Stewart and Jeremy Bird. The $5,000 program…
  • Arizona Attorney General's Office Pushes Back, Says Inmate "DID NOT Gasp For Air" During Execution

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:58 pm
    “I counted about 660 times he gasped,” a reporter who witnessed the execution of Joseph Wood had said. AG’s office tells BuzzFeed it’s “[j]ust reporters and defense attorneys” saying there was gasping. In a request to Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy made while the execution was in progress, the lawyers for Wood wrote that he was "gasping and snorting for more than an hour": View Entire List ›
  • Federal Judge Strikes Down Colorado Same-Sex Marriage Ban

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:25 pm
    Although the judge issued a temporary stay, he ruled that a more lengthy stay to stop marriages from starting in the coming days would have to come from a higher court. [ Update: Colorado Attorney General files notice he is appealing the ruling. ] U.S. District Court Judge Raymond Moore had an easy time striking down Colorado's ban in a ruling Wednesday — largely because Colorado is in the 10th Circuit, which already has struck down similar bans. The 10th Circuit earlier struck down Utah and Oklahoma's bans on same-sex couples marrying as unconstitutional. Ultimately, though,…
  • Quickly And Quietly, Rep. Jared Polis Just Created A New LGBT Rights Bill

    23 Jul 2014 | 3:34 pm
    A changed religious exemption. Alex Wong / Getty Images WASHINGTON — The lead House sponsor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act has quietly rewritten the legislation to narrow the religious exemption in the LGBT rights bill sitting in the House. The move comes in the context of an effort to force a vote on the bill in the Republican-led House through a process called a discharge petition. Although it's been an uphill battle, Rep. Jared Polis filed a resolution a month ago that would force the House to consider and vote upon the version of ENDA that was passed this past fall by…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    visionandvalues.org

  • In Memoriam: John Blundell (1952-2014)

    Editor
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:13 am
    John Blundell, a champion of liberty—and a friend of The Center for Vision & Values—passed away on July 22, 2014. “John had much still to contribute,” said Dr. Paul Kengor, executive director of The Center for Vision & Values. “He was continuing to do some of the very best work on the contributions of women to the American Revolution and to the cause of freedom generally. He shared that work with our students. He was a witty, engaging, and delightful person and speaker. John Blundell will be missed.” John spent 20 years as the general director of the Institute of Economic…
  • KAL 007 and MH17 … A Presidential Response

    Paul G. Kengor
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:17 am
    Editor’s note: A longer version of this article first appeared at The American Spectator. This generation has its KAL 007. The stunning downing of Malaysian flight 17 is strikingly similar to the shock of September 1, 1983, when the Russians downed a Korean passenger airliner, flight 007, which had left New York City for Seoul via Alaska. In both cases, the Russian government vehemently denied any involvement, disparaging anyone who dared to accuse it of prior knowledge. Both planes were Asian with similar numbers of dead. KAL had 269 passengers; the Malaysian flight nearly 300. They were…
  • STREAMING VIDEO – 2014 – Economic Freedom in the Early American Tradition: The Economic Thought of the Founders

    American Founder Luncheon Series
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:13 am
    Dr. Shawn Ritenour, professor of economics at Grove City College, speaks before more than 120 guests at the American Founders Luncheon Series in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on June 3, 2014.
  • The VA scandal: Should we expand the federal failure?

    Gary L. Welton
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:43 am
    Wikipedia has called it the Veterans Health Administration Scandal of 2014. An audit released in early June found that more than 120,000 veterans were left waiting or never got care, and that records were intentionally vague, misleading, and falsified. More recent reports, as announced by CNN, indicate that at least seven times in the last year, records that showed that veterans died while waiting for care were altered or rewritten by someone else; the changes listed the veterans as living, not deceased, essentially hiding their deaths. In another report, CNN said that one veteran with a…
  • Privacy battles: as old as the Old Testament

    Daniel Brown
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:07 am
    Last month marked the beginning of a new campaign for Internet privacy with the unveiling of the “Reset the Net” campaign. Academics, tech companies, and civil rights organizations from around the globe, including Google, Mozilla, WordPress, Tumblr, and the Committee to Protect Journalists, are urging individuals to act now to reclaim their technology privacy. NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden released a statement to correspond with the beginning of the campaign.Modern privacy concerns, of course, predate Snowden by more than a century and we find evidence of similar concerns even…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Politic365

  • National Minority Organizations Urge Renewed Focus on Broadband Adoption Amid Net Neutrality Debate

    Kristal High
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:41 am
    Forty-two national minority organizations representing diverse, multicultural communities filed comments in the Federal Communications Commission’s open Internet proceeding focused on protecting some of the country’s most vulnerable communities. “Ensuring that every American has access to broadband is one of the most critical civil rights challenges of the 21st century,” said David Honig, President of the Minority Media and Telecommunications Council, acting of cousel to the National Minority Organizations. “Any regulatory framework that does not emphasize broadband adoption,…
  • Conservative Silence on #EricGarner Case Verifies Black Outreach is a Joke

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:36 am
    Eric Garner and Conservative Republican silence. Where is the shouting about “less government?”  Where are the calls for violations of 4th Amendment rights and police state overreach? Was there conservative support for Cliven Bundy? Sure. For Eric Garner those same calls are no where to be found. Reince Pribus’ effort on Black outreach would appear to be a one person journey.  The case of Eric Garner in New York, which comes on the heels of a police brutality case in California where a California Highway Patrolman is seen on tape beating a woman by the side of the road.
  • Report: Obama administration warned of Central American refugee crisis

    Adriana Maestas
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:03 am
    Over the weekend, the Washington Post published an article detailing the extent that the Obama administration was warned of the surge of child refugees from Central America. The upshot is that the administration treated the increase in unaccompanied minors as a localized problem and was focused more on political considerations than alleviating the situation when it has had an opportunity to do so earlier. It was projected that some 60,000 minors would enter the US from Central America this year. According to the Washington Post: “Revised Border Patrol estimates now suggest the number…
  • Pigs Fly During Do-Nothing Congress: Chaka Fattah, Gillibrand + GOP Pass Urban Jobs Bill

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:27 am
    Last week as everyone was paying attention to the crisis at the Mexican border, violence in Israel, and shootings in Chicago, Congress actually got something relevant done.  Although the 113th Congress is set to be the least productive Congress since 1965, a jobs bill passed last week and is on the President’s desk. In terms of substantive legislation there has been very few significant pieces to discuss since January 2013. But when the House passed the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act last week to relative media silence, the first bill related to urban jobs was one huge step…
  • D.C. Council Set to Ban Expelling Pre-Schoolers From Publicly Funded Programs

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:49 am
    You would think that suspending or expelling a 3 yearly who threw a tantrum from a program would be unthinkable right?  But in Washington, D.C. — just like in so many other cities — officials have to act to pass laws to stop the practice. The habit of getting expelling kids for misbehavior, and even involving law enforcement, has become the new go-to practice for school officials in rent years.   It has also become a leading force in the driving the cradle-to-prison pipeline that gets young people in the track for a life full of encounters with law enforcement. The U.S. leads…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Conservatively Speaking

  • Barack Obama: fundraising over leading

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

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

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

    admin
    12 Nov 2013 | 8:28 pm
    The chief of the Federal Aviation Administration predicted Thursday that U.S. airspace could be crowded with as many as 7,500 commercial drones within the next five years, as he unveiled a long-... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Obama tries to distract from his dishonesty

    admin
    10 Nov 2013 | 10:42 pm
    With his poll numbers dropping almost as fast as his credibility, President Obama has decided it is once again time to pivot his focus away from the disastrous ObamaCare rollout and towards an even... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • Going to Get Worse Before it Gets Better

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:19 pm
    The world is shocked over the tragic downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 over the skies of eastern Ukraine. Many world leaders have pleaded with Russian president Vladimir Putin to exert influence over Russian separatists operating in the region to bring hostilities with the central government in Kiev to an end. These please have gone largely ignored. In this episode we explore the vital national security interest that Ukraine represents for Vladimir Putin and the Russian Federation, and discuss why a peaceful resolution to this conflict may be a ways off. This episode is a bit of a…
  • Earmarks and Filling Potholes

    17 Jul 2014 | 3:54 pm
    Earmarks were once considered to be what greased the wheels of government.  They have been done away with but is our political system more corrupt without them than it was with them? The Highway Trust Fund is set to run dry this summer.  The president sent a 4-year $302 billion proposal to Congress earlier this year but was deemed DOA by Congress.  Instead, the House has approved a 1-year $10 billion bill that is paid for by so called “pension smoothing.” What is pension smoothing and who decides what sources of funding are “workable” and what are…
  • Lawsuits and Impeachment

    14 Jul 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Article II, Section 4, of the Constitution says “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.”  But what exactly are “high crimes and misdemeanors?”  It’s believed that the Founding Fathers left the wording deliberately vague trusting subsequent generations to know impeachment-level offenses when they saw them. Speaker of the House John Boehner recently announced that he is bringing a lawsuit against…
  • Ukraine, Immigration and More

    10 Jul 2014 | 3:09 pm
    We apparently have been having problems with the show’s feed and it has caused our episodes in some apps to stop updating. We apologize for any inconvenience and are working hard to resolve the problem. We hope to have it resolved within the next few days. Please remember that you can always subscribe to us in iTunes or check out our website at www.itnshow.com to get the very latest information and updates about our episodes and show. In this episode we discuss the continuing crisis on our southern border. The President has asked Congress for $3.7 billion to help address the issue. But…
  • The Hobby Lobby Verdict and Freedom of Religion

    7 Jul 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Last week the Supreme Court found that for-profit corporations can be protected under the first amendment and religious freedom grounds. They ruled that a closely held corporation, Hobby Lobby Stores, can be exempted from the contraceptive coverage mandate under Obamacare. Many reproductive-rights advocates argued that the verdict infringes on the religious freedoms of Hobby Lobby’s employees. The question we pose in today’s episode is at what point does one person’s religious rights become oppressive to another’s? We also discuss a new Pew Research pole that attempts…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    A Nation at the Crossroads: The Views of an American Citizen

  • Hillary Clinton - Fool Me Twice, Shame on Me

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

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

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

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

    25 Nov 2013 | 11:01 pm
    How ironic that the election of President Obama was supposed to herald in a new age of racial harmony.  Through the election of a biracial president, we as a nation had finally made a grand enough gesture to show our sincerity about the notion of all men being created equal.  The United States was now a sufficiently color blind nation that we were able to look beyond skin in the selection of our national leader.  The problem is, however, we didn’t look beyond skin.  Instead of being the reason why someone wasn’t considered, it became the main reason they were. …
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    US Daily Review

  • 6 Questions for the DOJ About Lois Lerner’s “Lost Emails”

    brionnamuyco
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:28 am
    By IAITAM, Special for USDR         What questions should the Justice Department and Congress ask as they probe the lost emails of Lois Lerner at the IRS?  The roadmap is clear to International Association of Information Technology Asset Managers (IAITAM) experts, who deal with issues of this sort on a daily basis.     Dr. Barbara Rembiesa, the president and founder of IAITAM, urges investigators at the DOJ and in Congress to focus on the following:     What happened to the IRS’s IT Asset Managers who appear to have disappeared at a key…
  • Illegal Alien Horror Story

    brionnamuyco
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:05 am
    By USDR     The U.S. government not only failed to prosecute an illegal alien who stole the identity of his dead baby son—who had collected SSI before he died—but granted the father legal status to work in the United States.     This one-time illegal alien, the Office of Inspector General for the Social Security Administration believes, fraudulently used his son’s Social Security Number for at least three years.     Tracy B. Lynge, deputy assistant inspector general for external relations, told CNSNews.com that this illegal-alien father hadnot…
  • Circuit Court “Sweeps Away” Right of Utah and Oklahoma Voters

    brionnamuyco
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:24 am
    By FRC, Special for USDR     Today a divided 10th Circuit Court of Appeals panel struck down Oklahoma’s marriage amendment. Last month the same appeals panel also struck down Utah’s constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of a man and woman.     Family Research Council President Tony Perkins released the following comments:     “Two appeals court judges in imposing marriage redefinition have substituted their own ideology for the right of the people to preserve marriage. This divided court has swept away the 1,668,513 voters…
  • Dutch Safety Board Heads Investigation Into Crash MH17

    brionnamuyco
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:01 am
    By USDR         - Investigation effort in full swing, black boxes currently being read out     The Dutch Safety Board took over formal responsibility for the air crash investigation from Ukraine yesterday evening. The two black boxes have since arrived in the United Kingdom, where they are currently being read out and analysed by a team of international specialists. The on-site investigation in Ukraine is currently in full swing. Although investigators still do not have safe access to the crash site, work to gather and analyse data from various sources is…
  • What a “Good” Nuclear Deal with Iran Might Look Like

    brionnamuyco
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:47 am
    By USDR         The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) released a new infographic and analysis today that shows what would constitute an acceptable nuclear deal with Iran as the Joint Plan of Action (JPA) deadline approaches this weekend. The visual shows various ideas of what a “good” outcome could consist of and the analysis expands on the options.     The analysis is authored by Senator Charles Robb, General (ret.) Charles Wald and Blaise Misztal, director of BPC’s Foreign Policy Project. Over the past six years in four comprehensive reports,…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    The American Patriot

  • A very good observation

    Charles Patrick Adkins
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:43 am
    This, I agree with…. DaTechGuy observes: How is it possible if Israel is the 2nd coming of the Nazi that arab & Muslim populations grow where they rule while in places like Iraq where devout Muslims are taking control the Christian population flees for its life (following the jews who fled over half a century ago). If you can come up with a good answer I’d be delighted to hear it. My thoughts exactly. Which is why I take the position on Gaza and Hamas as I do. The funny thing is that the liberal media will try and say that Israel and Gaza; and Iraq are two separate issues. I call…
  • CBN News Today for July 24, 2014

    Charles Patrick Adkins
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:55 am
    On CBN News Today, July 24: Sudanese mother now free, arrives in Italy Jihadists expel ancient Iraqi Christian community UN accuses Israel of ‘war crimes’ against Hamas …and more. (Via CBN TV)
  • Uh-oh: Obamacare is in deep, deep trouble

    Charles Patrick Adkins
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:40 pm
    First off, Watch this video: Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com Now, you see that person that Megan is interviewing? That’s Jonathan Turley. Turley is not a Conservative. He’s a liberal. He’s also a Constitutional scholar; and he is basically saying that Obamacare is in deep trouble. Turley saying this, is like God talking to Moses from the mountain. If I were an elected Democrat; I would be either one of two things; very, very afraid or highly pissed off at Obama — or Both. Now, go look at this posting by “AllahPundit” over at HotAir.com. AP is a…
  • Video: Fight For the Children

    Charles Patrick Adkins
    22 Jul 2014 | 2:57 pm
    (Via LifeNews.com)  
  • CBN News Today for July 22, 2014

    Charles Patrick Adkins
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:52 am
    On CBN News Today, July 22: Human shields: ‘Hamas wants Israel to kill their children’; Newest citizens defy rockets to make Israel home Russia faces sanctions over compromised crash site ….and more (Via CBN TV)
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Compete Pulse

  • Getting Digital Right with Sargi Mann

    Kristen Luongo
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:51 am
    This past April, Millward Brown Digital hosted the eleventh annual Digital CMO Summit in Miami, FL. The event brought together 200 industry leaders for three days of hard-hitting sessions and networking opportunities. The agenda was jam-packed with top-notch speakers who shared their perspectives on this year’s theme, #GettingDigitalRight. Over the next few weeks we plan to share with you the one-on-one video interviews with select speakers and attendees. In this video, hear from Sargi Mann of Carat on the importance of reaching consumers across screens… “It’s not about getting…
  • The Weekly Compete Pulse

    Laura Cantwell
    19 Jul 2014 | 7:50 am
    We kicked off this week on a great note—Sunday was national “Embrace Your Geekness Day.” Over here at Millward Brown Digital, we were happy to oblige. Lots of articles this week were all about email and content marketing. Geek out with us over some of our favorites: The Laws That Govern Email Marketing: How Many Are You Breaking? Believe it or not, email marketing has quite a few intense laws that come along with it. If you’re not careful, you may need to budget about sixteen grand for your next campaign. And that’s just for the fees—it doesn’t take into account the financial…
  • Amazon Fire Sparks an Interest

    Aaron Peterson
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:59 am
    On June 18, 2014, Amazon introduced its latest tech device, the Fire Smartphone, potentially interrupting the device industry for the second time after entering the tablet market in 2011. The big question is: will it be successful, especially given a saturated smartphone market? Several signs point to yes: Amazon’s track record in launching a device (the Kindle Fire tablet), its performance as an online retailer for Wireless devices and services, and the offer & functionality that comes with the Fire Smartphone. First, Amazon has a positive track record in launching a device to a…
  • Getting Digital Right with Nigel Hollis

    Nigel Hollis
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:46 am
    This past April, Millward Brown Digital hosted the eleventh annual Digital CMO Summit in Miami, FL. The event brought together 200 industry leaders for three days of hard-hitting sessions and networking opportunities. The agenda was jam-packed with top-notch speakers who shared their perspectives on this year’s theme, #GettingDigitalRight. Over the next few weeks we plan to share with you the one-on-one video interviews with select speakers and attendees. “Fragmented media must not lead to fragmented brands.” Following Millward Brown Digital’s DCMO Summit, I wrote about Rob Norman’s…
  • June Data is Now Live – World Cup, Urban Dictionary, E3, and More

    Conor O'Mahony
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:34 am
    Image from: World Cup Ball / Shutterstock July 22 Update: June 2014 data is now live for free users of Compete.com as well! To get priority early access to data each month, start your free trial of Compete PRO! After the end to an exciting World Cup, we’ve got June 2014 data live and available in Compete PRO and the World Cup is the star of the show. Leading the pack is FIFA.com, the official website of the International Federation of Association Football. Unsurprisingly, World Cup-related keywords accounted for 33 of the top 50 keywords driving traffic to FIFA.com, and that’s only…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Tea Party 911

  • I’m Not My Brother’s Keeper

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

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

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

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

    Terrell AronSpeer
    20 Jun 2014 | 12:42 pm
    There is little about our current President which is libertarian.  Using the mechanisms of the state to punish political enemies, rewarding political allies with contracts and gifts from the treasury, the affinity for “public-private partnerships,” and “Crony-Capitalism,” are all hallmarks of fascism, not libertarianism.  However, the favorite foreign policy stance of the current administration, isolationism, has been a cornerstone of the Libertarian Party from its inception.   Isolationism was embraced by a significant population of Republicans prior to WWII.  During this…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    The Arab World 360°

  • Leaked Snowden's document: 'Jihadists' and Porn Habits

    Mohammad Tomazy
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:07 pm
    In a leaked Snowden's NSA document, published in the Huffitngton Post:Six suspected Jihadists --named Radicalizers--  (or urging for Jihad) were found:1- Browse online explicit sexual materials privately.or 2- Ready to use explicit sexual language when communicating with young girl.3- one out of six has used donations to buy personal stuff.NSA goal: to exploit some of "vulnerabilities" which, if exposed, would likely degenerate 'radicalizers' credibility, thus loss of his authority to call for 'Jihad'.NB: The Editor here is totally against violating people's privacy under whatever…
  • If the Irondome is really effective, then why?

    Mohammad Tomazy
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:07 pm
    If the Irondome is really effective, then why bomb Sirens at Ben-Gurion International Airport ? By the way, Israeli government tells Israelis that Gaza rockets are merely 'fireworks'.
  • Israel: Occupation, War Crimes, and Apartheid

    Mohammad Tomazy
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:02 pm
    By Akbar GanjiThe Middle East is burning in fires of wars, violence, and destruction from Syria, to Yemen, and Iraq. But, amid all these wars, a new one has begun between Israel and the Palestinian people living in Gaza. The truth is that the war between Israel and the Palestinians is the mother of all the wars in the region. If there were peace between the people of Israel and Palestinians, we would probably never have any war in that region, at least not one initiated by the people of the Middle East. To understand this we must consider at least four important factors.Israel as an occupying…
  • Gaza is under fire, while Arab regimes are 'fighting' each other

    Mohammad Tomazy
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:17 pm
    Israel prefers Egyptian mediation to accomplish the truce in Gaza Strip, since the Egyptian government shares Israelis with hostility toward Hamas, but Palestinian resistance --including Hamas-- rejected the proposed Israeli-Egyptian truce, because it completely adopts Israeli demands . Meanwhile, Qatari and Turkish governments have suggested another truce's draft carries some of Palestinian demands. The Qatari-Turkish suggestion triggers anger of Egyptian government, which keeps the 'coldest' relations with Qatar after ousting former Egyptian president Mohammad Morsi. And the diplomatic…
  • The CNN Lies

    Mohammad Tomazy
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:21 pm
    This is how the CNN twist facts. The real story is 7 Israeli soldiers were killed in the battlefield today, while more than 100 Palestinian civilians were killed in the last 24 hours (including 24 victims within the last 2 hours). CNN reverse the story as Main Stream Media usually do.
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    BizPac Review

  • International flights resume to Israel; Hamas ‘victory’ short-lived

    Richard Berkow
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:20 am
    The Federal Aviation Administration lifted its restrictions late Wednesday night on American flights to and from Israel’s Ben-Gurion Airport and the European Aviation Safety Agency followed suit shortly thereafter, the Jerusalem Post reported. On Tuesday, an unguided missile shot by Hamas into central Israel landed harmlessly a mile away from the airport, prompting a knee-jerk reaction by the Federal Aviation Authority to ban flights into Israel. With the memory of the tragic Malaysian flight 17 still fresh, the EASA soon did the same, which Hamas propagandists described as “a great…
  • Brazen Wasserman Schultz called out for being flat wrong: ‘That’s OK. That’s not even the point’

    Joe Saunders
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:48 am
    Big Dem attack dog Debbie Wasserman Schultz was barking up the wrong tree. During an appearance this week on a political talk show in Nevada to discuss the court perils facing Obamacare, the Florida congresswoman and chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee cited Nevada’s Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval as being one of the many state leaders who declined to participate in a state-run insurance exchange. “Just take a state like Nevada, where you have a governor who refused to implement a state exchange and as a result people who get Affordable Care Act health-care plans are getting…
  • Ted Cruz teaching a lesson to John Kerry’s State Dept: Don’t mess with Texas

    Joe Saunders
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:10 am
    Already embroiled in bad blood with the State Department, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is doubling down. On Wednesday, Cruz announced he has put a “hold” on all nominations for State Department posts – including 43 ambassador positions — because of the U.S. response to fighting between Israel and Palestinian terrorists. Photo: WN.com The latest flare-up started when Cruz released a list of questions about the FAA’s now-lifted decision to impose a ban on U.S. flights to Israel because of fighting there and a Palestinian missile strike that hit near Tel Aviv’s Ben Gurion International…
  • Uncle Sam picks up huge tab on big business of sheltering illegal minors

    Don Noel
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:37 am
    Sheltering minors who enter the United States illegally is a big business – and Uncle Sam is paying the bill. According to KEYE TV, one Austin-Texas, based nonprofit has received $120 million from the federal government so far this year to shelter unaccompanied minors. Southwest Key Programs, a 501(c)3 organization, is the “largest provider of services to unaccompanied children in the United States,” according to its website. “Our programs encourage the development of personal and academic skills while facilitating permanency for these refugees,” the website states. “Permanency”…
  • Pregnant woman in labor forced to wait for Obama motorcade … for 30 minutes

    Tom Tillison
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    Protecting the President of the United States is an all important task that takes precedent over all else, apparently even a pregnant woman in labor. Unfortunately, for a woman on her way to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles to have a baby, President Obama was in town to raise cash for the Democratic Party and this resulted in her being stopped a few hundred feet from the front door, The Blaze reported. For at least 30 minutes. KNBC-TV reporter Robert Kovacik posted a video on Instagram that shows the woman sitting in a bus stop shelter holding her stomach. All she needed to do was…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Sparking The Left

  • Social Protest Lit: Ebenezer Elliot, “The People’s Anthem”

    Kleier
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:34 pm
    A poem from Ebenezer Elliot entitled The People’s Anthem from Book IV called “Out of The Depths.” This chapter is focused on man’s pursuit of remedy for social injustice: When wilt thou save the people? O God of mercy! when? Not kings and lords, but nations! Flowers of the heart, O God, are they! Let them not pass, like weeds, away! Their heritage a sunless day! God save the people! Shall bring crime for ever, Strength aiding still the strong? Is it thy will, O Father? That man shall toil for wrong? “No!” say thy mountains; “No!” thy skies;…
  • Stephen Moore’s Ridiculous Anti-Clean Energy Rant

    Paul Phillips
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Hard right-winger Stephen Moore took a break from pushing debunked trickle-down economic policies to take a pathetic shot at clean energy.  Let the stupid begin. …radical Greens, one of the most influential political forces in America today… Seriously?  He goes on to mention the famed Sierra Club as one of these forces.  And where did they rank in 2013 on lobbying: 755.  In fact, if we look at the top 50 interest groups giving to members of Congress this year, no sign of a “clean energy” or “renewable energy” group in the rankings.  Yet, they are one…
  • Anti-Israel Policies/Actions Is Not Anti-Semitsim

    Kleier
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:43 pm
    There have been growing protests in Europe against the mass murder of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip by the State of Israel. These actions are in response to the IDF killing 500 Muslims there with the vast majority of them being civilians. But what is troubling about these movements is, according to this article in the NYT, an anti-Semitic tinge has taken place at these protests. The story reads that in France: Several recent pro-Palestinian demonstrations in Paris have boiled over into violence, and earlier this month several hundred protesters sought to storm two synagogues in the French…
  • Warren For President?

    Kleier
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Today at the the annual Netroots Nation conference in Detroit, the nation’s largest gathering of liberal activists and organizers, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D) reportedly drew an applause that Hillary could only dream of. According to NYT and Politico reports, Warren was a rock-star while Hillary Clinton, the likely Democratic candidate for President, was absent. Warren’s populist talking points and her history of taking Wall Street to task (remember that Warren was an early advocate for the creation of a new Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), and later worked…
  • Social Protest Lit: Ruskin, “The Veins of Wealth”

    Kleier
    16 Jul 2014 | 2:25 pm
    A piece from “Book II: The Chasm” which regards economic/social inequality with an excerpt by John Ruskin from The Veins of Wealth: Primarily, which is very notable and curious, I observe that men of business rarely know the meaning of the word “rich.” At least if they know, they do no in their reasonings allow for the fact, that it is a relative word, implying its opposite “poor” as positively the word “north” implies its opposite “south.” Men nearly always speak and write as if riches were absolute, and it were possible, by…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Daily Signal

  • Newt Gingrich: ‘Turn the Pentagon Into a Triangle’

    Natalie Johnson
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:35 am
    Former speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said Wednesday that he would like to “turn the Pentagon into a triangle.” “I always tell people I’m a hawk,” Gingrich said. “But I’m a cheap hawk.” Gingrich honored the 20th anniversary of his “Contract with America” by pointing conservatives back to a key point in his Republican blueprint, arguing that federal bureaucracy cannot simply be “fixed” but must be overhauled and replaced. The Pentagon, Gingrich stressed,  must be included in this overhaul. “You have 23,000 people working in a building built in the middle of World…
  • Iran: Don’t Forget About the Missiles

    Harrison Menke
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:22 am
    On Tuesday, Senators Kelly Ayotte (R–NH) and Marco Rubio (R–FL) sent a letter urging President Obama to include restrictions on Iran’s long-range missile program during the P5+1 nuclear negotiations. “An Iran with a nuclear weapons capability represents a grave threat to the United States and our allies,” wrote Ayotte and Rubio, “and an effective delivery system is a key element of a nuclear weapons capability. We believe the administration should not conclude any nuclear accord with Tehran without addressing the threat that Iranian ballistic missiles could pose to our nation.”…
  • Our President Is Missing in Action

    Genevieve Wood
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:53 am
    Serious fires are burning around the world and President Obama is playing golf, fundraising and issuing unnecessary executive orders regarding sexual orientation and gender identity. At home and abroad, when it comes to the big issues, Obama is increasingly missing in action or focused on less important matters. Take the border crisis. We learned this week that Obama and company ignored multiple warning signs over the past two years that a crisis was building on the U.S. southern border. A former federal law enforcement official told the Washington Post, “There were warning signs,…
  • Does Green Group Cross the Line With Inspection at Virginia Farm?

    Kevin Mooney
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:27 am
    Robert Marmet knew he was supposed to inspect Martha Boneta’s farm, but he didn’t know exactly what for. He knew there were limits on what he could inspect, but he had no idea where they were. So when Marmet, a senior energy policy analyst with the Piedmont Environmental Council, and his partner Mike Kane, a conservation officer with the group, turned up June 12 to inspect Boneta’s Liberty Farm in Paris, Va., they more or less inspected what they wanted to inspect. They walked through the upstairs and downstairs portion of the barn that sits on the property. They inspected every room…
  • China: Free Trade Zone Fumbles Reform

    Jack McKenna
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:55 am
    Last October, China debuted the Shanghai free trade zone (FTZ). Chinese officials hoped to attract foreign investment into Shanghai’s Pudong district with a free flow of capital, less restrictive business regulations, and market-determined interest rates. China’s top commerce minister, Gao Hu Cheng, described the new FTZ as part of “a more active opening up strategy” and promised prospective investors the greatest economic reform since Deng Xiaoping championed China’s first FTZ in Shenzhen in 1980. Since 1979, other special economic zones in China have served as areas where specific…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    India News Analysis and Op-Ed Commentary | Politics | Governance | Economic Freedom | National Interest

  • Narendra Modi’s hydropower diplomacy will bring Nepal closer

    Shivkant Gautam
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:25 am
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi is dispatching External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj to Nepal with a proposal to tap the enormous hydropower potential available in the Himalayan country. Speaking on Swaraj’s visit, senior journalist Pushp Ranjan said that India’s proposal for electricity generation in Nepal is very ambitious as kingdom is the second country in the world after Brazil with highest potential from hydro-electricity generation point of view. Besides, Nepal, other SAARC countries which have the potential include Bhutan and Bangladesh. By harnessing it, a power grid can…
  • Israel rightly denounces UNHRC as kangaroo court: MD Nalapat

    Preksha Sharma
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:55 am
    After the United Nations Human Rights Council, in a special Emergency Session in Geneva passed a resolution to probe against Israel’s ‘persumed’ war crimes in Gaza, the Prime Minister’s Office in Israel denounced UNHRC as a kangaroo court. Israel claimed that such a probe only emboldens Hamas in its policy of using civilians as human shields. Professor MD Nalapat, on Niti Central, welcomes the step by Government of India to vote in favour of the probe and explains why the UNHRC is indeed irrelevant.
  • Global gas price free fall may benefit Indian players, consumers

    Saurabh Bhattacharya
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:55 am
    File photo: ONGC well off the Mumbai coast. (PTI photo) The international natural gas future prices have had a steep fall from somewhere between $4.4 to $4.5 mmBTU (million British Thermal Units) on July 4 to $3.9 to $ 3.7 mmBTU on July 19. The collapse of prices has primarily been caused by low usage of gas for power generation in Eastern America and Europe. As demand for gas remains subpar, gas storage facilities are re-filling at a rapid rate, turning gas back into buyer’s market. That’s a quick change from six months ago when gas was being consumed at a faster-than-normal…
  • Israel rejects UNHRC’s irrelevant resolution

    Vijayendra Mohanty
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:55 am
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during joint statements with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond at the Knesset, Israel’s Parliament in Jerusalem on Thursday. (AP Photo by Sebastian Scheiner) Israel on Wednesday rejected the UN resolution to open an inquiry against it for alleged human rights violations in the conflict over Gaza. Israel criticised the UN decision calling it a “travesty of justice”. A Jerusalem Post report quotes the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office as saying, “This investigation by a kangaroo court is a foregone conclusion.” Israel of…
  • Nationalism can co-exist with Market Freedom

    Surajit Dasgupta
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:55 am
    A file photo of a local sabzi mandi. (Photo by PTI) While upholding Bal Gangadhar Tilak’s idea of economic nationalism, mentioning a fundamental difference between European-style nationalism — which eventually led to two world wars — and Indian nationalism will be in order. India does not suffer from a superiority complex, looking down upon the other civilisations with which it would like to compete in selling goods and which it would like to rule as a colonial lord. However, much as we believe in vasudhaiva kutumbakam — the world is one family — the international community does not…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Cloud Computing News

  • AWS & Security – Thoughts from AWS Summit New York

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

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

    JG
    17 Jul 2014 | 8:02 am
    This blog post is for informational and educational purposes only. Any legal information provided in this post should not be relied upon as legal advice. It is not intended to create, and does not create, an attorney-client relationship and readers should not act upon the information presented without first seeking legal counsel. In light of the disclosures by Edward Snowden, there has been a […]The post Standardization of Cloud Contracts In Europe: Coming Soon to the U.S.? appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Cloud Migration Best Practices for Law Firms

    JG
    15 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
      Legal IT Professionals’ online survey of its readership presented a split decision on about a move to the cloud.  “The online news publication covering international legal information technology asked readers: ‘If your law firm’s management asked for your advice regarding moving key applications to the cloud, would you be in favor of this strategy?’ […]The post Cloud Migration Best Practices for Law Firms appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Why Lawyers Love Cloud Computing

    JG
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:40 am
      According to MSPNews, “Cloud computing services and technology is on the cusp of mass adoption by the legal industry, according to a report from LexisNexis.”  That means, the next time you see your lawyer for a will update, your will could be out on AWS S3. While lawyers are famous for not trusting anything, […]The post Why Lawyers Love Cloud Computing appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    The Burning Truth

  • Wednesday, July 23 – Hour 3

    Casey Hendrickson
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:18 pm
      Do you agree with Harvard that South Bend is unhappy?   [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Wednesday, July 23 – Hour 2

    Casey Hendrickson
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:16 pm
      Straight white guy festival is apparently racist White House wants emails in Shirley Sherrod lawsuit kept secret   [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Wednesday, July 23 – Hour 1

    Casey Hendrickson
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:14 pm
      Harvard says South Bend is 3rd most unhappy city in America Lois Lerner’s hard drive was only scratched, IRS IT department recommended it be sent out for data recovery, IRS shredded it instead Southwest airlines takes passenger off... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Show Prep: Wed, July 23

    Casey Hendrickson
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:04 pm
    South Bend ranks 3rd on list of unhappiest cities No more teacher-led prayer in Vigo schools » News » News From Terre Haute, Indiana As the result of a complaint from the Freedom from Religion Foundation, Vigo County School Corp. teachers and other... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Tuesday, July 22 – Hour 3

    Casey Hendrickson
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:15 pm
      Who’s a good role model for kids today What’s next for Henry Davis Jr.   [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Liberal Fix

  • Liberal Fix Radio- Progressive Politics

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

    Liberal Fix
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Excellence in Progressive Radio. Join us for our 30 minute progressive politics news update. A daily dose of politics and the Liberal Fix to fit your busy schedule. Tonight's episode is hosted by Dan Bimrose. He will be discussing Joe Scarborough's having to eat crow, the hottest June on record, a heartwarming rally in Texas about the influx of undocumented minors and homophobe Tony Dungy. As always, we offer news, commentary and analysis important to progressives and liberals across America. This is a must-add to your can't-miss directory of Progressive Podcasts or Liberal Podcasts. If you…
  • Liberal Fix Radio-Keith and Naomi Talk Campaigns and What it Will Take to Win

    Liberal Fix
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Keith and Naomi will talk about 2014 campaign season as both are currently working on Democratic campaigns. We also may open up the phone lines and invite calls from fellow progressives and people attending the Netroots Nation convention in Detroit. 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…
  • Liberal Fix: Dan Bimrose Focuses In On Income Inequality

    Liberal Fix
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Excellence in Progressive Radio. Join us for our 30 minute progressive politics news update. A daily dose of politics and the Liberal Fix to fit your busy schedule. Tonight Dan Bimrose talks about income inequality. He discusses Nick Hanauer's recent article "The Pitchforks Are Coming For Us Plutocrats." at politico.com, and another article which suggests that the Bush tax cuts cost all of us a lot of money. As always, we offer news, commentary and analysis important to progressives and liberals across America. This is a must-add to your can't-miss directory of Progressive Podcasts or Liberal…
  • Liberal Fix: Dan and Lou Colagiovanni Discuss TX GOP Cheats and Boehner's Folly

    Liberal Fix
    14 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Excellence in Progressive Radio. Join us for our 30 minute progressive politics news update. A daily dose of politics and the Liberal Fix to fit your busy schedule. For tonight's episode Dan Bimrose and Lou Colagiovanni discuss a drop in the deficit, Texas GOP in trouble over gerrymandering and John Boehner and his lawsuit. Lou is a Staff writer at WTF Magazine, Editor in Chief at We survived Bush. You will survive Obama. and Political and Criminal Journalist at Examiner.com. As always, we offer news, commentary and analysis important to progressives and liberals across America. This is a…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    21st Century Wire

  • Human Rights Watch Blasts the FBI’s ‘Terror Informant’ Industry

    21wire
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:54 pm
    21st Century Wire says…After over a decade of the War on Terror, the facade is beginning to crumble for US federal agencies who have been pretending they’ve saved us from countless ‘terror plots’ at home (read the full report by Human Rights Watch below)…Here one prime example of the FBI’s Informant Industry – ever since the two Tsarnaev brothers were announced by the FBI as their “prime suspects” in the Boston Bombing which occurred on Monday April 15th, 2013, every major US media network and government agency had assumed (along with President…
  • MH17: Are Pristine and Expired Passports a Smoking Gun for a False Flag?

    21wire
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    21st Century Wire SPECIAL REPORTAs the dust settles on this latest air tragedy, a number of very visible anomalies exist, all of which have been willingly glossed over by western media analyists and government officials. Putting the current media storm into context, it’s essential to establish the political motives of those parties rushing to assign blame. Western government and major western media outlets, namely in the US and Great Britain, have been keen to politicize the incident and pin the blame for this tragedy either directly, or indirectly on Russia. 21st Century…
  • MH17: Malaysian Airlines False Flag Scripting Straight Out of BBC’s ‘Sherlock’

    21wire
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:01 am
    Jay Dyer21st Century WireLike many 9/11 examples, the scripting of the Malaysian Plane fiasco matches the plot of BBC’s ‘Sherlock’…Our latest media theatrical blitz is the Hollywood-esque sequel to last spring’s suspicious and likely scripted airplane disaster, the mystical Malaysian Plane fiasco.  News junkies and analysts will recall the recent “loss” of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 which sparked a media furor of high ratings, speculation, pundit nonsense and even the enlistment of Courtney Love’s noteworthy, famed sleuthing abilities.  In a rare anomaly,…
  • Episode #43 – SUNDAY WIRE: ‘MH17 and the New Normal’ with Vladimir Suchan, Dean Ryan and Basil Valentine

    21wire
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:48 am
    Episode #43 of The Sunday Wire Radio Show resumes this Sunday July 20th, 2014 presented by host Patrick Henningsen with 3 hours of power-packed talk radio and music broadcast live on GMN from 9am to 12pm PST…This week’s theme: “MH17 and the New Normal“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 Valley of the Sun, as Patrick returns from the frontline of the immigration protests at Oracle, Arizona, covering US and…
  • FLIGHT MH17 – Kiev Flash Mob’s Final False Flag?

    21wire
    19 Jul 2014 | 3:38 pm
    Andrew McKillop21st Century WireThe downing of Flight MH17 means that Washington’s gang are on the war path again. Barack Obama, Joe Biden, John McCain and even Hillary Clinton – are all insisting that the west has to ‘get tougher’ with Russia. Was this the plan all along?With little or no evidence to back their claims (déjà vu Syria), the usual suspects and their media moguls are pointing the finger at Russia again. With so much going on in the US and to its special friends in other parts of the world, this crisis event could not have come at a better time. Is this…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    guanyinmiao's musings

  • Legitimising Petitions

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

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

    Jin Yao Kwan
    19 Jul 2014 | 6:17 am
    So over 699 articles in the last five years, I thank you – the reader – for bearing with my ego. That is more than 300,000 words you had to plough through (without cringing). Continue reading →
  • Lazy, Lazy, Lazy

    Jin Yao Kwan
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:20 am
    And if sex with minors was a concern, there could have been a probe of whether there is correlation between stricter laws and the number of suspected or actual cases of under-aged sex. How do the numbers compare over the years? Singaporeans now hold the media to higher standards, and with this lazy commentary My Paper does itself no justice. Continue reading →
  • Roots? What Roots?

    Jin Yao Kwan
    14 Jul 2014 | 8:07 am
    Already I hear frustrated groans from the Han Chinese community, that this young bloke is an ignoramus. They might be right about my detachment. I have never set foot on China (besides a school trip to Hainan). I do not know which village or province my ancestors were from (my grandparents first lived on Pulau Ubin before moving to mainland Singapore), and have no interest in finding out. My understanding of the “Chinese traditions” PM Lee alludes to stretches no further than the rites and rituals my family observes, and I am not sure if I will pass these practices on. I am also clueless…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • Going to Get Worse Before it Gets Better

    21 Jul 2014 | 4:19 pm
    The world is shocked over the tragic downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 over the skies of eastern Ukraine. Many world leaders have pleaded with Russian president Vladimir Putin to exert influence over Russian separatists operating in the region to bring hostilities with the central government in Kiev to an end. These please have gone largely ignored. In this episode we explore the vital national security interest that Ukraine represents for Vladimir Putin and the Russian Federation, and discuss why a peaceful resolution to this conflict may be a ways off. This episode is a bit of a…
  • Earmarks and Filling Potholes

    17 Jul 2014 | 3:54 pm
    Earmarks were once considered to be what greased the wheels of government.  They have been done away with but is our political system more corrupt without them than it was with them? The Highway Trust Fund is set to run dry this summer.  The president sent a 4-year $302 billion proposal to Congress earlier this year but was deemed DOA by Congress.  Instead, the House has approved a 1-year $10 billion bill that is paid for by so called “pension smoothing.” What is pension smoothing and who decides what sources of funding are “workable” and what are…
  • Lawsuits and Impeachment

    14 Jul 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Article II, Section 4, of the Constitution says “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.”  But what exactly are “high crimes and misdemeanors?”  It’s believed that the Founding Fathers left the wording deliberately vague trusting subsequent generations to know impeachment-level offenses when they saw them. Speaker of the House John Boehner recently announced that he is bringing a lawsuit against…
  • Ukraine, Immigration and More

    10 Jul 2014 | 3:09 pm
    We apparently have been having problems with the show’s feed and it has caused our episodes in some apps to stop updating. We apologize for any inconvenience and are working hard to resolve the problem. We hope to have it resolved within the next few days. Please remember that you can always subscribe to us in iTunes or check out our website at www.itnshow.com to get the very latest information and updates about our episodes and show. In this episode we discuss the continuing crisis on our southern border. The President has asked Congress for $3.7 billion to help address the issue. But…
  • The Hobby Lobby Verdict and Freedom of Religion

    7 Jul 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Last week the Supreme Court found that for-profit corporations can be protected under the first amendment and religious freedom grounds. They ruled that a closely held corporation, Hobby Lobby Stores, can be exempted from the contraceptive coverage mandate under Obamacare. Many reproductive-rights advocates argued that the verdict infringes on the religious freedoms of Hobby Lobby’s employees. The question we pose in today’s episode is at what point does one person’s religious rights become oppressive to another’s? We also discuss a new Pew Research pole that attempts…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Malcolm Out Loud Podcast

  • The Award Goes To… ‘Licking Me To Death, But Actually Saving My Life’

    18 Jul 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Selling weapons to terrorists and dumb people and then acting all innocent AWARD goes to...  The I'm finally telling the truth award since I don't have to answer to the Paper AWARD goes to... For having the persistency and consistency in fighting the bad guys and never losing hope AWARD goes to... Using your product to conceal other products to make the company a wad of money AWARD goes to... Buy a business, slash the workforce, and add to the dismal unemployment numbers AWARD goes to... Thanks for almost licking me to death, but actually saving my life AWARD goes to... This is Malcolm's…
  • Destructive Economics 101

    16 Jul 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Disappearing middle class, Minimum wage, Income inequality… Are these factors destroying America as an economic power? Nick Hanauer has made a ton of money from a capitalistic society that is now under attack… he is an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, author and civic activist who gets Out Loud real quick! “I’m all about some economic inequality, I think it’s fabulous… but runaway economic inequality is a catastrophe for capitalism, because it really represents a death spiral of falling demand,” says Nick Hanauer.
  • The Award Goes To… 'The Smoking Email'

    11 Jul 2014 | 8:05 am
    ‘I’m Just Telling The Truth Now—I’m Not Running For Office Anymore’ Award goes to...  The Shut Up Already Enough Award goes to... The I'm Getting Paid Way Too Much & Have No Experience Award goes to...  The Headline Of The Week Award goes to...  We Make Crappy Products And Put Your Life At Risk Award goes to...  You Can't Make Me Go, I've Done Nothing Wrong Award goes to...  The Don't Go Pass Go - Go Straight To Jail Award goes to...  This is Malcolm's take on what mattered most for this the second week of…
  • Israeli Headlines Tell Story

    10 Jul 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Israeli headlines tell it all. “PM Netanyahu speaks with Ban, Cameron, Merkel, Hollande, Harper - but not Obama.” Netanyahu proclaims that he will not back off this time around. As tensions escalate, what will the U.S. role be? How did we go from a peace negotiation being brokered by Secretary State John Kerry to the murder of Israeli and Palestinian teenagers to the escalation of a major war in the Middle East? Early predictions indicate that this may very well be a protracted war.  Colonel Jim Waurishuk, USAF, has been a career senior intelligence and political-military…
  • Dinesh D'Souza On America

    4 Jul 2014 | 11:34 am
    Thought provoking, intellectual and profound... listen in as Malcolm and Dinesh D'Souza discuss the dangers of the progressive movement and the vital need for American world leadership. An immigrant from India who epitomizes the pursuit of the American Dream, Dinesh vigorously espouses American exceptionalism. His new movie America Imagine a World Without Her debuts as we celebrate 238 years of American Independence. Dinesh is on a crusade to “blow the whistle” on the people and policies responsible for the decline and potential end of America’s leadership position in the…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    The Desert Lynx

  • Gaza Casualties Speak Volumes

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

    Joël Valenzuela
    3 Jun 2014 | 12:37 pm
    When reading the story of American POW Bowe Bergdahl, I couldn’t help but think: that could’ve been me. Joël Valenzuela is the editor of The Desert Lynx. Like this article? Show him some love and send him some Bitcoin!…
  • Activism vs. Slacktivism

    Joël Valenzuela
    16 May 2014 | 12:38 pm
      “The winner in a political contest is determined by the number and the effectiveness of the activists on the respective sides.” -Morton Blackwell Activism is a great way to effect social and political change. Unfortunately, it’s often confused with …
  • The Ballad of Rich Paul

    Joël Valenzuela
    12 May 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Rich Paul, legendary civil disobedience activist most known for his work in marijuana activism, tells his incredible story of inspiration, courage, and struggle. A joint (no pun intended) production with the Rebel Love Show.…
  • Government Only Understands Force

    Joël Valenzuela
    25 Apr 2014 | 1:32 pm
    “Political power grows out of the barrel of a gun.” – Mao Tse Tung Behind every eloquent speech, every lofty ideal, every claim of legitimate governance, there lies a wicked undercurrent of deadly force. Behind all resistance to the purportedly …
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Citizens News

  • THE SOROS PARTY (DEMS) MOVES TOWARD FULL-BLOWN

    Liberty Bell
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:50 am
    Written by THE ANTI LIBERAL ZONE fascism. EXCERPT:  “The chairman of the Federal Election Commission today blasted Democratic colleagues opposed to his effort to protect conservative media after they imposed rules on the publisher of Rep. Paul Ryan’s new book, opening the door to future book regulations — or even a ban. “By failing to […]The post THE SOROS PARTY (DEMS) MOVES TOWARD FULL-BLOWN appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Wine fraudster to be sentenced over $20M of bogus bottles

    Liberty Bell
    24 Jul 2014 | 8:49 am
    Written by Al Jazeera America California collector Rudy Kurniawan manufactured fake bottles of wine in his kitchen, sold them as ‘vintage’The post Wine fraudster to be sentenced over $20M of bogus bottles appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Hundreds Of CA Taxpayers And Professors Write To Express Outrage Over SFSU-Funded Terrorist Meetings

    Liberty Bell
    24 Jul 2014 | 7:15 am
    Written by Rhymes With Right By: Tammi Rossman-Benjamin Independent Sentinel 7 Groups Demand Cal State Governing Board Investigate  Los Angeles, CA, July 22, 2014 – Citing broad academic and community outrage, seven groups, today, urged the California State University (CSU) Board of Trustees, the group with ultimate authority over educational and fiscal matters at SFSU and […]The post Hundreds Of CA Taxpayers And Professors Write To Express Outrage Over SFSU-Funded Terrorist Meetings appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Guardian blogger says “Thomas the Tank Engine” is racist, sexist and classist

    Liberty Bell
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:50 am
    Written by Red Alert Politics Image via HITEntertainment/PA Wire “Thomas the Tank Engine” is racist. Guardian blogger Tracy Van Slyke seems to have gone full steam ahead on the crazy train, when she called out the children’s TV show for being sexist, racist and classist. That’s pretty good for a show with one recognizable human […]The post Guardian blogger says “Thomas the Tank Engine” is racist, sexist and classist appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Who Is Transit for?

    Liberty Bell
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:46 am
    Written by Cato @ Liberty Randal O’Toole Rail advocates often call me “anti-transit,” probably because it is easier to call people names than to answer rational arguments. I’ve always responded that I’m just against wasteful transit. But looking at the finances and ridership of transit systems around the country, it’s hard not to conclude that […]The post Who Is Transit for? appeared first on Citizens News.
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Buckdog

  • How Stephen Harper AND The Conservative Party LIE To You Every Day And The MSM Backs Up Their Bullshit ....

    leftdog
    19 Jul 2014 | 11:38 am
    REGINA — So much of what many Canadians consider conventional wisdom is what Henry Ford used to call 'history': mostly bunk.I’m talking about statements like the Harper Conservatives are the best party to manage the economy, or that internal trade barriers are costing the Canadian economy $50 billion a year, or that carbon taxes are killers of investment, economic activity and jobs.Each of these statements has been widely circulated in the media recently, so much so that they appear to be self-evident truths. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth.Let’s look at the first…
  • As Bad As Things Are For Mike Duffy ... They Look Even Worse For Stephen Harper

    leftdog
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Stephen Harper, without public consultation or election, hand picked and anointed Mike Duffy to be a Canadian Senator. No matter what Mike Duffy did .. Stephen Harper committed the undemocratic actions that set this whole sorry mess in play.He should bear considerable responsibility.'Mike Duffy's defence could put Harper on hot seat' - Kady O'Malley, CBC News
  • Tax Revenues Up - Crime Down in Washington and Colorado With Pot Reform ..

    leftdog
    10 Jun 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Too bad that Stephen Harper doesn't take note ...Colorado Washington
  • Thoughts On The Murder Of RCMP Officers In New Brunswick ...

    leftdog
    5 Jun 2014 | 12:11 pm
    I live within two blocks of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Academy in Regina, Saskatchewan. Every single member of the RCMP has received their training here at the RCMP Depot. The history of this facility and location dates back to the days of the old North West Mounted Police and the Riel Rebellion.Living in such close proximity to the training academy, it's a routine sight for me to see the raw, short haired recruits jogging their daily quota of kilometers as part of basic training.  I own two dogs and we walk twice every day along the banks of Wascana Creek beside the RCMP…
  • Leader Cam Broten Receives Massive Endorsement At Sask NDP Convention

    leftdog
    1 Jun 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Saskatchewan NDP gives leader 98.7 per cent approval at party conventionMOOSE JAW, Sask. – The leader of Saskatchewan’s Opposition has received an overwhelming endorsement at his party’s convention in Moose Jaw.NDP delegates voted 98.7 per cent to approve Cam Broten’s leadership on Saturday.The leadership review by secret ballot was required by the party’s constitution. Broten says the party will continue to focus on what is important to Saskatchewan families, including health care and education.A detailed platform will be released closer to the next provincial election…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Political Dresser - Home

  • ISIS Approved Mannequins

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    You’d be hard pressed to find someone that doesn’t think that for a terror organization ISIS, from their line of jihadi tees to the group’s latest moves in Mosul, sure does take their fashion marketing seriously. While Dear Leader works on his mental handicap, it’s not just the Christians and ethnic Kurds getting a spiritual makeover.
  • Horizontal Stripes as Punishment

    23 Jul 2014 | 5:39 am
    Michigan has its problems, and PD’s not just talking about the stellar governorship of Jennifer Granholm (the prettier version of Elizabeth Spreading Bull Warren) and the welfare utopia of Detroit, where people are now refusing to pay even their water bills.
  • Amendment IV: Search and Seizure

    22 Jul 2014 | 4:25 am
    One of the least followed bits of the Bill of Rights is surely the fourth amendment. From any episode of Castle or CSI-Wherever it’s obvious the American people have no idea what the fourth amendment even stands for.
  • Memory Lane Monday: Biden’s Tea Party Cop-out

    21 Jul 2014 | 1:26 am
    The Archduke of Eloquence, Uncle Joe Biden is back at it after stocking up on duty free Clinque, and wasting time and taxpayer funds doing next to nothing in Latin America (well no, he actually did manage to encourage even more parents to entrust their kiddos to drug cartel coyotes or put them on AMTRAK death trains to the US).
  • Genius Idea: Secretary of Strategic Coordination of National Thought

    18 Jul 2014 | 4:41 am
    Still basking in the glow from Brazil’s World Cup embarrassment, Argentinians do not seem to be all that concerned with el Presidente Cristina Kirchner’s new National Thought Secretary. Hey, with less than a year and a half left to Kirchner’s “last” term someone has to make sure all of the sheep are on the same page of 1984, right?
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations"

  • War in Gaza: Agreement on Ceasefire Must Address Root Causes of Conflict

    24 Jul 2014 | 3:23 am
    Statement of the International Progress OrganizationVienna, 24 July 2014RE/25057c-isThe international community, represented by the United Nations Organization, has a joint responsibility to stop the ongoing armed conflict between Israel and the Palestinian people in Gaza. The situation constitutes a serious threat to peace and security according to Article 39 of the UN Charter. Due to their political paralysis resulting from disputes among member states, neither the League of Arab States nor the Organization of Islamic Cooperation can play any constructive role for the ending of hostilities.
  • Gandhi and Nehru - Frustrated Visionaries?

    24 Jul 2014 | 2:07 am
    An Article by Judith Brown published in History Today, Volume 47, Issue 9, 1997Above all, the hallmark of new Indians would be a commitment to non-violence in all public and private relationships, as the only moral means of achieving true change. For Gandhi non-violence was the only way to follow after what one perceived as truth without endangering the perception of truth held by others: by its very presence and working it would transform attitudes and relationships, and so begin the process of change at the roots of the individuals who formed the bedrock of society.
  • Rhodes Veteran Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Dürr passed away on May 18, 2014

    22 Jul 2014 | 8:21 pm
    One of the outstanding personalities who contributed substantially to the deliberations of several Rhodes Forums and formed together with others the spirit of Rhodes, Prof. Dr. Hans-Peter Dürr passed away on May 18, 2014 in the age of 84. Prof. Dürr was born on October 7, 1929 in Stuttgart. He received his doctorate in 1956 at the University of California at Berkeley with Edward Teller and got his habilitation in 1962. From 1958 to 1976, Dürr worked with Werner Heisenberg, whom he succeeded in 1978 as managing director of the Max Planck Institute for Physics in Munich. In addition to his…
  • Lawrence H. Summers on the Economic Challenge of the Future: Jobs

    22 Jul 2014 | 12:07 am
    An Article by Lawrence H. Summers published at The Wall Street Journal on July 7, 2014The great economic problem for millennia has been scarcity. People want much more than can be produced. The challenge has been to produce as much as possible and to ensure that everybody gets their fair share.In important respects, the problem has changed. There are many more Americans who are obese than who are undernourished, for example. But that is only a harbinger of things to come. The economic challenge of the future will not be producing enough. It will be providing enough good jobs.
  • Illusions Bred by a Reserve Currency

    20 Jul 2014 | 10:33 pm
    An Article by Vivek Dehejia published at LIVEMINT on July 17, 2014Short-term US macroeconomic goals conflict with long-term interests of a world reliant on the dollar.Since the Bretton Woods system broke down in August 1971, economist Robert Mundell has convened periodic round-table meetings of economists, bankers, and officials to deliberate on the future of the international monetary system. The Santa Colomba Conference is named after the venue, a magnificent Renaissance villa situated on a crest in the rolling hills outside the city of Siena in Tuscany, which Mundell has called home since…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Michael Tomasky

  • What You Don’t Know About Obama and Jobs

    Michael Tomasky
    7 Jul 2014 | 2:45 am
    Do you have any idea how many more jobs Obama has created than Bush did? You don’t, because liberals are less likely than conservatives to cheerlead.
  • Hill’s Golden Ticket: Paid Family Leave

    Michael Tomasky
    3 Jul 2014 | 2:45 am
    Forget about liberals—by pushing the issue in a 2016 presidential campaign, Clinton can galvanize women and show everyone she has guts.
  • You Can Turn the Supreme Court Liberal

    Michael Tomasky
    30 Jun 2014 | 1:20 pm
    There will be more Hobby Lobbies and Citizens United if Democrats don’t get a lock on the White House and pack the bench for a generation.
  • You Lost One, Tea Party. Deal With It.

    Michael Tomasky
    27 Jun 2014 | 2:45 am
    Democrats had their own intraparty upset in 2006, courtesy of Joe Lieberman. They moved on, unlike the ‘real American’ Tea Partiers who are still blubbering over Thad Cochran’s victory.
  • Sanity Caucus Strikes Back

    Michael Tomasky
    24 Jun 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Democrats might have been praying for a McDaniel victory in Mississippi’s Senate runoff—why not make the Republicans look nuttier? Here’s why they should be glad the establishment won.
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Truth Will Overcome Tyranny Podcast

  • A Libertarian in the Senate, What is the World Coming to?

    20 Jul 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Senator David Leyonhjelm (LDP) makes his maiden speech to the NSW Parliament on the 9th of July, 2014, establishing his Libertarian credentials and philosophy. We discuss the speech in our podcast, along with the repeal of the carbon tax the shooting down of a Malaysian Airline in Ukraine, the slaughter in Gaza and much more. Listen as David lopez and Bazra Parsons break down the current paradigm that we live under.    DOWNLOAD MP3 or listen using the player by clicking read more. Read More...
  • Exposing the Federal Budget Smugglers

    16 May 2014 | 11:43 pm
    Bazra and I hadn't had much of an opportunity to podcast over the last fortnight but now i have settled into new quarters we're 'rolling' again. Caught up tonight to discuss the 'budget butt-hurt' for (most) Australians while revealing the lies between the lines of the ledger, the Washington muster of US militia due to march today and the dreadful state of governance, worldwide, in general.DOWNLOAD MP3 or read more to listen using the embedded player Read More...
  • Interview with James Farganne

    15 Apr 2014 | 7:54 am
    James Farganne is a talented american writer, living and working in Korea. As an ex-patriot he maintains a strong interest in hi home country and, particularly the politics that made him so keen to find a new home. Working as an english teacher, like many of us, he kept in touch with the wider world via the internet.DOWNLOAD MP3 or read more to listen using the embedded player. Read More...
  • Interview with Fergus Hodgson, Editor of PanAm Post

    30 Mar 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Our guest today is Fergus Hodgeson who is chief editor of the Pan American Post, an independent liberty oriented online news publication that focuses on the western hemisphere. Fergus helps us navigate the strife in Venezuela and the evidence of a rising of tyranny there. Censoriship, intimidation, torture, and other repression and corruption has increased and many freedoms we take for granted are being taken away. PanAm Post is a rare jewel of independent reporting that challenges the bolivarian socialist system that is in power in Venezuela and enjoys a rapidly growing readership. DOWNLOAD…
  • Interview with Scott Rickard on US Imperialism

    18 Mar 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Scott Rickard, military intelligence man turned liberty activist and whistle blower joins TWOT for a chat about some little known History and politics. We are very grateful for Scott's time with us and fitting us into his very busy schedule. Despite his depth of knowledge of true conspiracies involving the United States and other governments, Scott has a great energy and sense of humour. We covered a lot of subjects, such as the history of government drug running, some of which he has first hand knowlege. We also discuss the so-called "Arab Spring" and western government and corporate…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    rinf.com

  • In the Wake of Fukushima: “Why I Left Tokyo”? Eastern Japan Contaminated with Radiation. “Metro Tokyo Should no Longer be Inhabited”

    User Submitted
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:21 am
    Doctor Shigeru Mita, who recently moved to Okayama-city, Okayama prefecture, to open a new clinic there, wrote a short essay in the newsletter published by Association of Doctors in Kodaira, metropolitan Tokyo. Although the target readers for this essay were not the general public, it has been cited in a weekly e-mail magazine published by journalist Kota Kinoshita, who has been organizing actions to urge people to leave radiation affected areas (including Tokyo) since 3.11, 2011. On many occasions, public talks and gatherings, both Dr. Mita and Mr. Kinoshita have acknowledged the…
  • Leaked Document Reveals US-EU Trade Agreement Threatens Public Health, Food Safety

    User Submitted
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:19 am
    WASHINGTON – A draft chapter of the U.S-EU trade agreement leaked today by the Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy (IATP) reveals public health and food safety could be at risk, according to an accompanying analysis. The leaked chapter concerns Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) issues—those surrounding food safety and animal and plant health—in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) currently being negotiated. Only TTIP negotiators and security cleared advisors, mostly corporate representatives, can read and comment on draft negotiating texts. According…
  • Chris Hedges: The Palestinians’ Right to Self-Defense

    User Submitted
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:14 am
    Chris Hedges If Israel insists, as the Bosnian Serbs did in Sarajevo, on using the weapons of industrial warfare against a helpless civilian population then that population has an inherent right to self-defense under Article 51 of the United Nations Charter. The international community will have to either act to immediately halt Israeli attacks and lift the blockade of Gaza or acknowledge the right of the Palestinians to use weapons to defend themselves. No nation, including any in the Muslim world, appears willing to intervene to protect the Palestinians. No world body, including the…
  • Blacklisted: The Secret Government Rulebook For Labeling You a Terrorist

    User Submitted
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:11 am
    The Obama administration has quietly approved a substantial expansion of the terrorist watchlist system, authorizing a secret process that requires neither “concrete facts” nor “irrefutable evidence” to designate an American or foreigner as a terrorist, according to a key government document obtained by The Intercept. The “March 2013 Watchlisting Guidance,” a 166-page document issued last year by the National Counterterrorism Center, spells out the government’s secret rules for putting individuals on its main terrorist database, as well as the no fly list and the selectee…
  • Fine Print of the Food Wars: Monsanto and Biotech Industry Pushing for World Food Monopoly Through Seed Supply

    User Submitted
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:46 am
    Creating ‘ownership’ of seed through patents and intellectual property rights and imposing it globally through the WTO, the biotech industry has established a monopoly empire over seed and food. Monsanto and friends, the biotech industry, its lobbyists and its paid media representation continue to push for monopoly control over the world’s food through its seed supply.This “empire” is being built on false foundations: that Monsanto is a creator/inventor of life and hence can own the seed through patents and that life can be engineered and machined like an iPhone. Through ecology and…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Eurasia Review

  • Iran Energy Profile: Fourth In Crude Oil Reserves, Second In Natural Gas – Analysis

    EIA
    24 Jul 2014 | 12:04 am
    Iran holds some of the world’s largest deposits of proved oil and natural gas reserves, ranking as the world’s fourth-and second-largest reserve holder of oil and natural gas, respectively. Iran also ranks among the world’s top 10 oil producers and top 5 natural gas producers. Iran produced 3.2 million barrels per day (bbl/d) of petroleum […] The post Iran Energy Profile: Fourth In Crude Oil Reserves, Second In Natural Gas – Analysis appeared first on Eurasia... To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • The EU And South Africa: Towards New Partnership For Development – Analysis

    FRIDE
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:32 pm
    By Lesley Masters The growing role of emerging countries in the development assistance landscape is bringing about a change in the international politics of development. South Africa, along with other emerging countries such as China and India, is moving beyond a position as an ‘aid’ recipient towards defining its role as a development assistance partner. […] The post The EU And South Africa: Towards New Partnership For Development – Analysis appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Can Islamic State Survive? What Can US Do? – Analysis

    Syria Comment - Joshua Landis
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:53 pm
    By Matthias Baun Brubaker Christensen The Islamic State (formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Sham) emerged out of the ashes of two conflicts. It was born as a result of the US invasion of Iraq in 2003 and then used the power vacuum created by the civil war in Syria to create […] The post Can Islamic State Survive? What Can US Do? – Analysis appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Tunisia Cuts Libya Diplomatic Presence Amid Unrest

    Magharebia
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:40 pm
    By Monia Ghanmi Tunisia is taking steps to protect citizens from the security chaos across the border in Libya. In the latest move, Tunisia recalled diplomats from Libya and urged expats to leave the embattled country. “We have decided to cut consular services provided by our consular missions in Tripoli and Benghazi, and to provide […] The post Tunisia Cuts Libya Diplomatic Presence Amid Unrest appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Tajikistan Ranked Top 10 Travel Destination By Globe Spots

    Central Asia Online
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:39 pm
    By Nadin Bahrom More foreign tourists are coming to Tajikistan every year, a windfall for the country’s economy. In 2013, 208,000 tourists arrived, up from 183,000 in 2011. In the first half of 2014, 74,000 tourists came, but that number doesn’t reflect peak tourism time. A growing tourism industry holds the promise of keeping Tajiks […] The post Tajikistan Ranked Top 10 Travel Destination By Globe Spots appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Tomás Guerra

  • 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…
  • Tarjeta Roja Para los Republicanos

    Tomás Guerra
    30 Jun 2014 | 10:40 am
    Mientras la grieta entre los Republicanos de la Cámara de Representantes y el Presidente Obama se sigue anchando, el Representate Luis Gutiérrez, el político más activo en el camino por la reforma migratoria, uso una analogía sobre el futbol para poner a los Republicanos anti-inmigrantes en su lugar: "Estan acabados", Gutiérrez grito desde el podio en su usual tono pasional. "Estan acabados".Fué hace un año ya que una ley de reforma migratoria comprensiva fué aprobada por el Senado de Estados Unidos, pero la legislación nunca fue sometida a voto por el Speaker de Cámara de…
  • América, El Paraíso de los Bullys

    Tomás Guerra
    13 Jun 2014 | 10:54 am
    Héctor Alejandro MendezAsesinado por bulliesLos sueños de un niño de 12 años de Ciudad Victoria, México, nunca se van a volver realidad. Héctor Alejandro Méndez, un estudiante de la Escuela Secundaria Eleazar Gómez, fué asesinado por bullies de su clase el mes pasado, en mero frente de su maestra. Cuatro de los adolescentes sujetaron a Héctor Alejandro de sus brazos y pies, lo columpiaron, y después lo arrojaron hacia la pared de concreto de su salón dos veces, causándole heridas cerebrales y un estado de coma que lo llevó a su muerte el día 20 de mayo. Ahora los…
  • America, The Paradise of the Bullies

    Tomás Guerra
    13 Jun 2014 | 10:53 am
    Héctor Alejandro MéndezKilled by bulliesThe dreams of a 12-year-old child from Ciudad Victoria, Mexico, will never come true. Hector Alejandro Mendez, a student from the Secondary School "Eleazar Gomez," was killed last month by bullies from his class, right in front of his teacher. Four of them held Hector Alejandro by his arms and legs, swung his body, and then threw him against the classroom's concrete wall twice, causing brain injuries and a state of coma that led to his death on May 20. Now Hector Alejandro's  parents want justice. They are inconsolable and blame the teacher that…
  • 12 Million Shadows in Limbo

    Tomás Guerra
    3 Feb 2014 | 8:53 am
    Elvira Arellano/Chicago ReaderChicago, IL.- On November 15, 2006, Elvira Arellano became a fugitive of U.S. authorities. She was due to leave the country after being arrested at O'Hare airport by immigration officials, where she worked cleaning airplanes for $6.20 an hour. She was working and paying taxes under a fake Social Security number. To avoid deportation, Arellano, an undocumented migrant from Mexico, took her 7-year-old son, Saul, a U.S. national to Adalberto United Methodist Church, in Humboldt Park, and made the church their sanctuary. They've been refuged there ever since. In…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    A Michigander

  • If It Isn't Obvious Yet...

    19 Jul 2014 | 10:29 am
    This blog is on hiatus for an undetermined period.Thanks for your support!
  • Maps of the Day - Kentucky Has Never Cared Much For Barack Obama

    25 Feb 2014 | 3:00 pm
    The only thing that seems to get some white Americans more riled up than being accused of racism by non-whites is the same accusations coming from fellow whites. So do not be surprised if Jonathan Chait's well-stated trolling of Appalachian's seeming love for Bill Clinton and hatred for Barack Obama starts to gain some steam. And while it's not surprising that, given his "war on coal" that Obama would tank in the region in 2012, given that signs like these are common (taken by me this following summer, the former at a coal mine in Logan County, WV and the latter in Lynch, Kentucky)People…
  • Politicians Sometimes Do Lie To You, But Are Unmatched By The Lie You Tell Yourself

    7 Feb 2014 | 3:34 pm
    As much as I love politics, including many of those aspects which cause other people to cringe, there is something about taking an incriminating tone in political discourse which always makes it sound petty. In particular, something which makes me really cranky is the tendency of liberals and progressives to go on and on about how policies and concepts such as the Affordable Care Act, freeing people from job lock and personal responsibility are "conservative" or "Republican" priorities that were shamelessly abandoned merely because a Democrat is in office.Is this true for many rank-and-file…
  • Things You Might Have Missed

    27 Jan 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Efforts To Get Minimum Wage Raise on Michigan Ballot Gain Support.If you want to read the whole New Yorker profile where L. Brooks Patterson made an ass of himself, you can find it here.Though Cannabis Now Legal In Some Areas, Localities Still Resisting It.Corruption Not As Rampant As It Might Seem.Feds Charge Bitcoin Start-Up Founder With Money Laundering.Karzai Suspects U.S. Is Behind Insurgent-Style Attacks, Afghan Officials Say.Egyptian Military Commander Set to Run for President. Or, in other news, Military Dictator Who Overthrows Democratically Elected Leader Wants To Hold Onto…
  • The One Time I'll Probably Praise Rand Paul

    27 Jan 2014 | 4:08 pm
    Not the devil, but also not a saint who erredThe most recent Facebook/Twitter/Upworthy/etc. liberal cause de jour is Rand Paul's comments on Meet the Press that Bill Clinton "... took advantage of a girl that was 20 years old and an intern in his office," calling his behavior "predatory." Luckily for him, this outrage has so far overshadowed his ignorant and Sheen-esque comments that, because women are making "... great strides..." and "... now make up more than half the students at medical and law schools," which in his mind somehow negates any complaints they might have about…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Washington Blade | Gay News | Washington, DC | LGBT

  • Equality Md. celebrates passage of FAMA

    Steve Charing
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    A series of happy hour parties are to be held throughout the state celebrating the Fairness for All Marylanders Act. Equality Maryland has scheduled a series of celebrations around the state to mark the passage of the Fairness for All Marylanders Act. At these casual happy hour celebrations there will be food and drink specials and no cover charge. All ages are welcome. The next celebration will take place in Baltimore on July 29 between 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Waterstone Bar and Grille, 311 W. Madison St.
  • Gay physician wins AMA Leadership Award

    Steve Charing
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:30 am
    (Photo by stethoscopes via Wikimedia Commons) Dr. Carl Streed Jr. recently received the AMA Foundation Excellence in Medicine Leadership Award. Streed has advocated for the inclusion of LGBT health issues in the Johns Hopkins Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health curricula and successfully worked for transgender equity in health insurance coverage. Nationally, Streed has served as the American Medical Student Association (AMSA) LGBT Policy Coordinator and Liaison, advised the American Medical Association Board of Trustees as a member of the Advisory Committee on GLBT Issues, and…
  • Remembering the inimitable Elaine Stritch

    Kathi Wolfe
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    Elaine Stritch (Photo by Allan Warren; courtesy Wikimedia Commons) An inimitable, outrageously funny, unflinchingly honest, irreplaceable force of nature has left us. On July 17, Elaine Stritch, the Tony and Emmy Award-winning, star of stage, screen and TV, died at age 89 at her Michigan home after living and performing for years at the Carlyle Hotel in New York City. Stritch, a gay icon, was beloved for her acting talent, performance of Stephen Sondheim’s music, perfectly aimed repartee, and sartorial audacity. (Who else could have pulled off dressing in tights, a white shirt, sans pants?)…
  • New doc examines marriage fight, black church

    Steve Charing
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:42 am
    ‘The New Black’ is a documentary by Yoruba Richen that tells the story of how the African-American community is grappling with gay rights issues. Equality Maryland is sponsoring the screening of “The New Black,” which will take place on July 30 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Chase Brexton Building Community Meeting Room, 1111 N. Charles St. in Baltimore. “The New Black” is a documentary by Yoruba Richen that tells the story of how the African-American community is grappling with gay rights issues in light of the marriage equality movement and the fight over civil rights. The film…
  • Beloved bartender Rudi Appl dies at 79

    Lou Chibbaro Jr.
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Rudy Appl (Washington Blade archive photo by Doug Hinckle) Rudi Appl, a bartender at Mr. Henry’s restaurant and pub on Capitol Hill for nearly 50 years, died July 16 at his home from complications associated with heart disease. He was 79. Longtime friends and co-workers at Mr. Henry’s say Appl’s bright and charming personality, his skills as a listener and conversationalist along with his distinctive accent as a native of Czech Republic appeared to immediately win over the affection of everyone that came in contact with him. “I never heard him ever say a bad word about anybody,”…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Lady Freethinker

  • Survey Says: Congress Less Popular than Most-Hated Star Wars Character of All Time

    Lady Freethinker
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    photo credit: nickstone333 via photopin cc Meesa thinks we have a problem. By the numbers, Congress now ranks below Jar Jar Binks — the least-liked Star Wars character ever — in popularity. In the name of accuracy, the two weren’t actually compared in the same study. But as the Huffington Post reports, a survey by FiveThirtyEight showed Mr. Binks to have a 29-percent favorable rating and a 37-percent unfavorable rating, giving him a net score of -8. Congress, on the other hand, appears to have a pitiful net rating of -57, according to data taken from multiple polls. So Americans…
  • Frozen Pee and Gene Roddenberry’s Ashes – What You Never Knew About Space Debris (Infographic)

    Lady Freethinker
    20 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Most of our trash may go into landfills (and, unfortunately, the ocean), but as this infographic shows, there’s also a surprisingly massive layer of space junk orbiting the planet right this second. The facts here are so interesting, I’m forgiving the author for referring to Gene Roddenberry’s remains as “junk.” The post Frozen Pee and Gene Roddenberry’s Ashes – What You Never Knew About Space Debris (Infographic) appeared first on Lady Freethinker.
  • Yes, Donkey-Powered Internet is a Real Thing (And Why I Wish it Weren’t)

    Lady Freethinker
    3 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Just when I thought humans had exhausted every possible form of animal exploitation, along comes something too bizarre to dream up. In Turkey, one company is turning donkeys into roaming power stations for rural herdsmen to juice up their laptops and go online. In this video, you’ll see a weary-looking donkey lugging around a power pack topped with a solar panel, then tied up to serve as a stationary electricity source. After long stretches of travel, a human even gets to use the donkey for shade. (Too bad nobody’s thinking about how the animal may feel after schlepping this…
  • McDonald’s Latest – GMO Potatoes?

    Lady Freethinker
    30 Jun 2014 | 3:00 am
    Courtesy of Flickr If the pink slime and the duck-feather-laced apple pies of Mickey D’s aren’t enough to keep you away from the fast-food chain for good, this just might do it: McDonald’s is poised to use genetically modified potatoes in their french fries, and you can bet it won’t be mentioned on the menu. Anti-GMO groups are still fighting USDA approval, but agriculture giant J.R. Simplot — which has supplied McDonald’s potatoes since 1967 — is pushing to market five new GM potato varieties this year. These biotech potatoes are resistant to…
  • Monsanto is Suing Vermont to Fight GMO Labeling – Sign This Petition to Stop Them!

    Lady Freethinker
    23 Jun 2014 | 3:00 am
    photo credit: msdonnalee via photopin cc Vermont is doing what all states should: requiring labeling for GMO foods. But Big Agriculture doesn’t want that — so Monsanto is preparing to sue the state, claiming the requirement is a violation of their free speech. Yes, somehow they believe they have a constitutional right to withhold information from the public. This is an important case, because half of the states in the U.S. are considering similar labeling laws. If Monsanto succeeds in blocking Vermont’s legislation, it could kill similar proposals around the country, which…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    FiveThirtyEight » Politics | FiveThirtyEight

  • Determining the Body Count in Gaza

    Clare Malone
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    The modern media coverage of war and conflict is a grim numbers game. As tensions escalate, so do the body counts. In Syria, Ukraine, Gaza and on other battlefields, the most visceral articulation of despair is a statistic: How many dead?The fighting in Gaza, now in its second week, already has its own trove of casualty databases. The New York Times has kept a running tally of fatalities, and there are charts available to those who want to see all the deaths in the conflict since 2000 broken out by ethnic group, month and year. The Times put the death toll since July 8 at 556 Palestinians…
  • Immigration Is Changing Much More Than the Immigration Debate

    Ben Casselman
    9 Jul 2014 | 3:08 am
    In 1994, California Governor Pete Wilson aired television ads showing people scrambling across the Mexican border near San Diego. “The rules are being broken,” a narrator intoned. “Pete Wilson has had the courage to say enough is enough.” Wilson, who at one point trailed in the polls, ended up cruising to an easy re-election.Two decades later, the rhetoric around immigration hasn’t changed much — just look at Virginia, where long-shot challenger Dave Brat upset Eric Cantor in part by promising to “secure the border” and “reject any proposal that grants amnesty” to…
  • What We Can Learn From Eric Cantor’s Defeat

    David Wasserman
    20 Jun 2014 | 3:06 am
    On May 30, 11 days before one of the biggest upsets in modern American politics blocked Majority Leader Eric Cantor’s path to speaker of the House, one of his top aides emailed me in an unusually defensive tone. Doug Heye, Cantor’s deputy chief of staff, had a “quibble” with an analysis I had written for the Cook Political Report on the state of play in the GOP primary for Cantor’s congressional district.In my analysis I wrote, “Economics professor [and Cantor's primary opponent] Dave Brat has forced Majority Leader Eric Cantor to take his primary very…
  • Brazil’s Presidents Are More Maradona Than Pelé

    Sebastian Saiegh
    18 Jun 2014 | 8:10 am
    When Brazil returned to democracy in 1985 after almost 20 years of military rule, many observers were rightly pessimistic about whether the country’s political institutions could function. Brazil’s previous experience with democracy, during the so-called Second Republic (1946-1964), was characterized by executive-legislative deadlock. At that time, the immobility of chief executives contributed to a breakdown in the democratic process. In addition to the challenges produced by this legacy, the newly established Brazilian democracy of the 1980s took the form of a multiparty…
  • Americans’ Faith in Government Shapes How They Feel About Obamacare — Trust Me

    Dan Hopkins
    17 Jun 2014 | 11:31 am
    Four years after the passage of the Affordable Care Act, Americans are still of two minds about the health care reform law. When pollsters break Obamacare apart, nearly all of the individual pieces are well regarded. But when they ask about Obamacare as a single, hulking policy, it’s derided. Americans trust the parts, but not the whole.In a March 2014 poll, the Kaiser Family Foundation surveyed 1,504 adults about nine components of the law and found that only the individual mandate lacked majority support. In fact, even among Republicans, all but two of the surveyed elements enjoyed…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    kai arzheimer

  • One, two, three Excellent Online Surveys

    Kai Arzheimer
    9 Jul 2014 | 1:36 pm
    An Imperial Duck. Because. My wonderful PhD students are running a series of short online surveys, two of them with a slightly unusual and rather intriguing format. If you read German, do them a favour and click on the link. You should be done in 10 minutes or less. And while you’re about it, share the link with your networks to make this a bit less of a convenience sample. The post One, two, three Excellent Online Surveys appeared first on kai arzheimer.
  • How to Get a 100 per cent Response Rate

    Kai Arzheimer
    28 Jun 2014 | 10:59 am
    When I drove home from work a couple of days ago, I noticed a policeman flagging down precisely every tenth car in the other lane and directing the drivers towards a lay-by. He was in uniform, wearing hi-vis gear and his government-issued Walther, so non-compliance was clearly not an issue. The scene was completed by a large billboard, stating that this was no ordinary vehicle spotcheck but rather a road use survey. I badly want these guys on our team. The post How to Get a 100 per cent Response Rate appeared first on kai arzheimer.
  • Another Update for the Extreme Right Bibliography

    Kai Arzheimer
    18 Jun 2014 | 7:04 am
    Once more, I have updated the ever more eclectic bibliography on the Extreme Right in Europe. Help making it slightly less eclectic by mailing/tweeting/facebooking (is that a thing now?) suggestions for additions. The post Another Update for the Extreme Right Bibliography appeared first on kai arzheimer.
  • Germany: The AfD’s (Moderate) Success in Perspective

    Kai Arzheimer
    26 May 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Today, I’m guest blogging on the #EP2014 results at the LSE’s execellent EUROPOPP blog. Click here for a number of opinionated and short “expert reactions” to yesterdays’s train wreck election. The post Germany: The AfD’s (Moderate) Success in Perspective appeared first on kai arzheimer.
  • The Weirdest Campaign Poster Yet (Groundhog Day Edition)

    Kai Arzheimer
    24 May 2014 | 5:31 am
    Those old enough to remember that Bill Murray had a career before Lost in Translation (or to remember Bill Murray) will instantly recognise this scene: Punxsutawney Phil is predicting six more electoral cycles of political misery for Germany’s Liberal Democrats. Granted that the animal is a bit on the small side, but first, This is not America, and second, the choice of rodent is rather apt: Aren’t we all guinea pigs when it comes to policy making? Punxsutawney Phil predicting six more cycles of electoral Misery The hopeful candidate molesting the furry bugger promises  that he…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Conservative Read

  • Air Algerie loses contact with plane over Africa as Another plane goes missing

    chris
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:55 am
    Air Algerie has lost contact with one of its planes over Africa The plane was flying from Burkina Faso to Algeria. AIR ALGERIE HAS lost contact with one of its aircraft nearly an hour after take-off... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Mumbai Muslims Protest Gaza by Boycotting Pepsi, Nescafe

    chris
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:49 am
     Wedged in a haphazard row of shops in Mumbai’s crowded Bhendi Bazar, a predominantly Muslim area, the tiny Shalimar Restaurant exhorts patrons to reject products made by PepsiCo Inc.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • EU to Mull Russian Sanctions as Black Box Analysis Starts

    chris
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:44 am
     European leaders will consider proposals for new sanctions against Russia as officials began downloading data from the voice recorders of the Malaysian Air (MAS) jet that crashed last week in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • DOJ Scandal? More Political Targeting ‘Operation Choke Point’ Attacks Conservatives

    chris
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:17 am
     A congressional committee chairman released a report on Tuesday that appears to further question the identity of who triggered the IRS investigation into conservative groups when testimony from... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • US Government Turns Fully Against Americans and Few Seem to Care

    chris
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:10 am
     Sher Zieve  Over last weekend, it finally got out–despite suppression from the White House and the media– that the Mexican drug cartels/human traffickers are now firing .50... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Why Socialism Failed

  • 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…
  • Liberal Campaign Money Hypocrisy

    17 Jun 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Everyone reading the news today can be inclined to believe that the all the GOP campaign contributions aimed at destroying the Democrats flow from just two people - Edward and Charles Koch.Charles KochEdward KochThe rich industrialist brothers are the favorite target of everyone on the left. A recent article in the New York Times does actually a lot to dispel the myth of the heartless tycoons bent on destroying the working class. They both are very active philanthropists and civic leaders and employ thousands of well paid workers in Wichita,…
  • May Day Parades or Display of People's Affection

    1 May 2014 | 8:30 am
    The May Day parades during Socialism were supposed to extol the virtues of the free labor (pun intended) and the devotion of the people to the Party leaders who were presiding over the parade usually from the height of a mausoleum where the Great Leader's mummified  body lays on  public display.May Day Parade in Sofia, BulgariaNote the presence of the iconic portrait of Marx on the building. It was part of the Holy Trinity of Socialism - Marx, Engels, Lenin.Although May Day as the International Labor Day originated in  Chicago, US it has been more popular in Europe, mostly…
  • Piketty's Tour de Force

    30 Apr 2014 | 3:06 pm
    The current fascination with the French economist Thomas Piketty book "Capital in the Twenty-First Century" on this side of the Atlantic is telling about how much regurgitated ideas from 19th century can hold sway in this highly politicized environment.First of all, as I have mentioned earlier, the highly progressive taxes, advocated as early as Marx in the Communist Manifesto have not worked in any country, yet we again seem to fantasize about 80 - 90 percent income tax. And this is not for the purpose of increasing tax revenue but to stop the "excessive wealth".“Economists can…
  • China and the Market Experiment

    18 Apr 2014 | 11:01 am
    The free enterprise economy remains the best tool for lifting people our of poverty. In fact between 1970 and 2006 the share of people living on less than $1 a day plummeted by 80 percent. Was this a result of government redistribution? The answer is a resounding "No".http://www.voxeu.org/article/parametric-estimations-world-distribution-incomeChina as one of the most populous countries in the world is an example of this notion. After the cruel Cultural Revolution and the death of Mao Zedong, Den Xiaoping advanced the idea that "socialism does not mean shared poverty". Indeed in the 1970's…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Vox - All

  • Here are America's most polarized, and most extreme, state legislatures

    Dylan Matthews
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:10 am
    At this point, it's pretty well known that the House and Senate are growing increasingly polarized on ideological lines, but information about what's going on at the state level is harder to come by. Luckily, the Georgetown's Boris Shor and Princeton's Nolan McCarty maintain a massive dataset on state legislatures' ideological standings from 1993 to 2013; that's a lot less than we have for national politics (the most-cited dataset there goes back to 1879) but it's still a lot to work with. Shor and McCarty have just updated the data to include 2013 data for all but a few states, so you can…
  • 5 reasons HIV is on the rise among young gay and bisexual men

    German Lopez
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:00 am
    HIV is on the rise among young gay and bisexual men. A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found annual diagnoses of HIV among men ages 13-24 who have sex with men rose by 132.5 percent between 2001 and 2011 — a much higher increase than the trend among older gay and bisexual men, and quite stark from the one-third drop in diagnoses among the general population. Previous CDC studies also found a 22 percent increase in new HIV infections among these men between 2008 and 2010, and youth aged 13 to 24 accounted for more than one in four new HIV infections in the US in…
  • Democrats should welcome Paul Ryan's poverty plan

    Ezra Klein
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:40 am
    The most important idea in Paul Ryan's poverty plan reverses the most important idea in Paul Ryan's budgets. Those budgets were built atop a series of promises — no new taxes, sharp deficit reduction, no near-term changes to Medicare or Social Security, and no more defense cuts — that combined to make deep cuts to spending on programs for the poor the cornerstone of Republican fiscal policy. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities calculated that fully two-thirds of Ryan's savings came from cuts to those programs. So that was the GOP's basic poverty plan: cut spending on programs for…
  • The European Commission's aggressive 4-point plan for kneecapping the Russian economy

    Matthew Yglesias
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:30 am
    European ambassadors are meeting today in Brussels to consider European Union actions against Russia in light of continued developments in Ukraine. Simultaneously, the European Commission — which serves as both a kind of EU cabinet and an EU permanent bureaucracy — has sent a ten-page memo to European capitals detailing possible options for anti-Russian moves. The memo, obtained by the Financial Times, belies the notion of a "weak" Europe that is refusing to counter Russian aggression. The truth is simply that the EU's decision-making process is slow. These proposals will have to be…
  • How Israel decides to go to war

    Zack Beauchamp
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    How does the Israeli government think about going to war? It's a critically important question for understanding its ongoing invasion of Gaza, which it launched on July 17, yet it's also surprisingly difficult to answer, at least in simple terms. Israeli politics is complex and fractious, and the Israeli bureaucracy and military establishment isn't always the easiest thing for outsiders to get a handle on. I asked Brent Sasley, a professor at the University of Texas-Arlington whose research focuses on Israeli politics, to shed some light on these questions. We talked over the phone about the…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Contemplations

  • On Flight MH17

    19 Jul 2014 | 7:27 am
         Much like Jon Stewart, I was really surprised to get home from vacation and learn that the world had gone to crap while I was lounging on the beach. This post was originally going to be about my vacation by the ocean, but I think we can all agree that there are some much more important matters to be discussed, namely - Flight MH17.Read more »
  • On the FIFA World Cup

    26 Jun 2014 | 11:09 am
         Lately everything from Google to Facebook has talked of nothing but the 2014 FIFA World Cup. I get it, we're all excited to see which country produces the best soccer players, but there is more to life than kicking a ball around on artificial turf. At least when the Olympics come around, we can all see a nice big variety of sports. Unfortunately, FIFA forces us to endure to weeks full of a single event, namely the aforementioned ball kicking on artificial turf.Read more »
  • On Binge-Watching

    19 Jun 2014 | 1:03 pm
         Has Netflix taken over control of your life? If you answered "Yes" to that question, you're not alone. Online streaming has ruined the existence of many individuals, myself included. If by some strange act of God you actually haven't been corrupted by the ability to watch one TV show for hours (and hours) on end, run. Run and never look back, because there is still hope for you. Hope that one day, you may be a productive member of society. As for the rest of us, we're screwed.Read more »
  • 'Tis Finally Summer!

    14 Jun 2014 | 9:56 am
         I'm going to apologize right now for my last post about Graham's number, as it was pretty awful. In my defence, I was studying furiously for exams that evening (and/or marathoning Torchwood on Netflix.) But I am oh-so happy to announce that this school year is officially over! I've had a great freshman year and I've made some excellent new friends at my high school, but I'm just ready for the year to be over at this point.Read more »
  • On Graham's Number

    8 Jun 2014 | 3:36 pm
         Graham's number, named after its creator, Ronald Graham, is a very, very large number. It is in fact quite a lot larger than you or I can understand. It dwarfs numbers even as huge as googolplex (10^10^100). To see just how staggeringly big Graham's number is, take a look at the Numberphile video below.Read more »
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    LewRockwell

  • CIA Dream Come True?

    Jack D. Douglas
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    The Russians and New Russians have no reason in the world to shoot down a Malaysian jet airliner and every reason not to do so. It is at this point possible there was some kind of stupid mistaken firing, but, given the difficulty of hitting the plane at the altitude and speed with the equipment available to them, this is very unlikely. The Black Flag U.S. downing of the plane FOR THE PURPOSE OF UNLEASHING AN IMMENSE, STAGED MEDIA PROPAGANDA ASSAULT ON RUSSIA AND THE NEW RUSSIANS is obviously a serious possibility and would be easy for the U.S. to do, though it runs the risk of being exposed…
  • You Can Be Denied Access to Your Money Market Account

    Tyler Durden
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    It was nearly five years ago when Zero Hedge first wrote: “This Is The Government: Your Legal Right To Redeem Your Money Market Account Has Been Denied” in which we predicted as part of the ongoing herding of investors away from every other asset class and into stocks, regulation will be implemented to enforce that “money market fund managers will have the option to suspend redemptions to allow for the orderly liquidation of fund assets” or in other words implement redemption “gates.” The logic: spook participants in the $2.6 trillion money market…
  • Eat More Chocolate

    Elizabeth Renter
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Many of us hold chocolate in high regard, if for no other reason than the taste—the decadent flavor and texture that makes you feel a rush of endorphins. But chocolate isn’t only good because of its taste. On the contrary, some of the best qualities of chocolate are actually health-related. To be clear, when we talk about the health benefits of chocolate, we are largely talking about dark chocolate, that processed with the least amount of added sugar. Ideally, to get the health benefits from your chocolate treat, you should seek out cocoa concentrations as high as you can handle.
  • 10 Controversial Air Crashes

    No Author
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    The recent loss of Malaysian Airlines Flights MH370 and MH17 have been the source of endless speculation. Many questions remain unanswered. For MH17 at least, the answers suggest sinister goings-on and a crude attempt at a cover-up. Speculation over aircraft disasters isn’t new. Crashes from decades past continue to suggest that someone may have something they’re trying to hide. Editor’s note: Where photos of the planes or crash sites were not available or appropriate, photos of planes of the same model have been used. 10 Cubana de Aviacion Flight 455 Cubana de Aviacion Flight 455 was…
  • A Confession

    No Author
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:01 pm
    To Our Friends, and Friends of the Freedom Movement: We are excited to announce Ron Paul Channel’s expansion into Voices of Liberty, Powered by Ron Paul. As Voices of Liberty, we further amplify the messages of the freedom movement through engaging videos and insightful news coverage. There are some major changes coming that will allow you to become an integral part of the movement by making your voice truly matter. In addition to Ron Paul Channel programming you’re used to, Voices of Liberty will offer more video, audio and editorial from well-known champions of liberty as well as…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Inside Ben's Brain

  • What is Obama

    Ben Spera
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:48 pm
    The post What is Obama appeared first on Inside Ben's Brain.
  • News Anchor Slaps Fan in Face

    Ben Spera
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:44 pm
    The most disturbing part of the story is that it was completely unintentional; the reporter was just trying to give the poor guy a high five. This is some of the worst hand-eye coordination I’ve seen… and a respectable amount of restraint shown by the guy who got palmed in the face. The post News Anchor Slaps Fan in Face appeared first on Inside Ben's Brain.
  • Teddy Roosevelt’s Bar Fight with a Bully

    Ben Spera
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:56 am
    President Teddy Roosevelt has a reputation for being a tough guy, but here’s a story a bit more personal than the common tale of his days leading the Rough Riders. The best part of this story is that it’s in the President’s own words. It really does justice to the fair but tough man that […] The post Teddy Roosevelt’s Bar Fight with a Bully appeared first on Inside Ben's Brain.
  • Marine Corps Generals Openly Turning Against Obama

    Ben Spera
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:38 pm
    In an unprecedented act of open criticism of a sitting President, two 4-star Generals have publicly blasted President Obama’s policies. Several weeks ago Marine Corps General John Kelly, commander of U.S. Southern Command, first spoke out about the President’s border crisis, and now the Marine Corps top commander, Gen. James Amos, Marine Corps Commandant, publicly […] The post Marine Corps Generals Openly Turning Against Obama appeared first on Inside Ben's Brain.
  • Ig Finds 68 Boxes of Unopened Mail from Veterans at Philly Va

    Ben Spera
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:12 pm
    This is the same VA that made headlines recently after they were caught bugging a room being used by investigators. The post Ig Finds 68 Boxes of Unopened Mail from Veterans at Philly Va appeared first on Inside Ben's Brain.
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    The Socratic Diablogs

  • We Die Too Fast

    Gaura Rader
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Progress seems to be so painfully slow. The future possibilities are incredible and yet we languish in a world full of poverty, disease, crime, war, and environmental degradation. We have the technology where everyone in the world could live a long, happy, peaceful life, yet most of world lives  under threat of terrorism, war, disease, or […]
  • American Conservatives are the Most Extreme in the World

    Gaura Rader
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:55 pm
    Out of all the conservatives measured Americans were the most extreme in their conservatism. American conservatives were the only conservatives in the world to value traditional conservative values of in-group loyalty, authority, and purity more than fairness or justice. Jonathan Haidt, in his research on liberal and conservative morality, found that liberals have a have […]
  • The False Dilemma of Communism or Capitalism without any Income Redistibution

    Gaura Rader
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:16 am
    There is an argument that often underlies criticism used against redistribution of income that I call the “either-or argument.” Milton Friedman uses it in Capitalism and Freedom. Robert Nozick uses it in Anarchy State and Utopia. The argument goes like this: 1. Either capitalism is the right economic system or communism is the right economic system. 2. […]
  • Jeffrey Dorfman’s Argument Against Redistribution of Wealth

    Gaura Rader
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:13 am
    Writing for Forbes Jeffrey Dorfman argues that the only two positions that make sense are communism or no redistribution of wealth at all. He says: . . . how is a society supposed to decide what is “fair” as far as income redistribution goes? This is a question both difficult and simple. Logic suggests that you […]
  • The C Word

    Gaura Rader
    16 Jul 2014 | 6:37 pm
    Not that C word, the other C word, “communism.” I’ve been informed, after my last post, that