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  • Incredible: Group Objects to Mentioning "Islam" or "Jihad" in Film Explaining 9/11 To Be Shown at the 9/11 Museum

    Ace of Spades HQ
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:39 pm
    The future belongs to those who control the past. AllahPundit doesn't think this group will win out in its Outrage Trolling Initiative. Too many leftists in good standing would have to own up to their own Politically Incorrect mentions of...
  • Six things that are wrong with me

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    VincentWhite
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:14 pm
    I was thinking about bringing back some content that’s easy to write and something that’s more thematic than the usual bullshit that gets posted on here, something similar to the how to succeed at life posts that we used to do a long time back and the only thing that I could really come up with was jumping on the lists bandwagon. I present to you what will be more ‘regular’ content from here on in. Regular in the sense of when I can be arsed, if I can be arsed. I felt it was pretty unfair to start picking on other things and other people without first actually being…
  • Ladies, Your Endless Pawing At Your Genitals Isn’t Winning You Any Friends In Heaven

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    Rebecca Schoenkopf
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Hey ladies! How’s it hanging? And by “it,” I mean your engorged clitoris, which you are currently diddling because of Satan and lust and sadness and idolatry and the “void” that is your ginny. Let’s all get out our hand mirrors and hold them up to inspect … OUR SOULS! READ MORE
  • GOP Condemn A Black Woman Over A Tweet: A Timeline | #StandWithJamilah

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    Elon James White
    28 Mar 2014 | 12:12 pm
    The morning of Thursday March 27, 2014, Jamilah Lemieux was tweeting about Kobe Bryant’s latest comments in the New Yorker Magazine. In the middle of that discussion, she tweeted: About 15 minutes later, @BETpolitichick responded to Lemieux and included @orlandowatson @Raffiwilliams @hugheynewsome on the tweet. Lemieux responded: At this point, Raffi Williams joined the conversation with: Lemieux responded: And the following exchange ensued: Lemeiux went on to say that though everyone has the right to their opinions, she is under no obligation to respect or engage them. About an hour after…
  • Scalia: 'Perhaps You Should Revolt'

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    danni
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:33 pm
    During an event at the University of Tennessee's law school on Tuesday, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia suggested to the capacity crowd that perhaps they should revolt against the U.S government if their taxes ever get too high. A student asked Scalia about the constitutionality of a federal income tax. Scalia assured the questioner that the tax was in fact permissible by the constitution, but added that if it ever became too high, "perhaps you should revolt."
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    The Atlantic

  • Why New Lightbulbs Will Make White T-Shirts Look Bad

    Rachel Feltman
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:51 pm
    LED lightbulbs are incredibly energy efficient, but they could do a number on your crisp white button-downs: According to a new study led by Kevin Houser, a professor of architectural engineering at Penn State University, the most common type of LED lightbulb renders clothing brighteners—the chemicals in detergents that claim to make your whites whiter—useless. Unlike bleaches, those detergents don’t actually change the fabric’s color: but they make it look whiter, at least under the lights we’re used to. Optical brighteners are used to make white clothes (and other things,…
  • 13 Minutes: The Average Warning-Time Before a Tornado Hits

    Brendan Heberton
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:31 pm
    There are a number of regions across the United States that see an exorbitant amount of tornadoes in a given year. None more so than what’s classified as Tornado Alley by the National Climatic Data Center. But on a smaller scale there also exists Dixie Alley in the south, Hoosier Alley in the upper Ohio Valley, and out east the Carolina Alley. While every state in the contiguous U.S. has recorded at least one tornado since 1950, these regions often host the greatest threat in any given year. Tornado Alley Roughly 17 million people live in what is widely considered Tornado Alley, an area…
  • It's Official: Apple and Facebook Are Phone Companies Now

    Derek Thompson
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Apple is a phone company.  Yes, it makes other screens and products for other screens—iPads, iPods, Apple TV, iTunes. But now about 60 percent of its revenue comes from the iPhone, and all of its new revenue comes from selling phones, mostly to people overseas. The rest of the company is actually shrinking. Facebook is a phone company, too. Yes, it makes products for desktop. But about 60 percent of its ad revenue now comes from mobile, up from 30 percent just a year ago. Like Apple, it's an American tech company whose future is (literally) in the hands of foreigners. For Apple, every $1…
  • The League of Extraordinary Black Gentlemen

    Theodore R. Johnson
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:34 pm
    In “Strivings of the Negro People,” the seminal 1897 essay published in The Atlantic, the renowned writer W.E.B. DuBois succinctly captured the issue that’s haunted black America since before the ink dried on the Declaration: “How does it feel to be a problem?” These precise words were never spoken aloud, he explained. But they were implied every time a well-meaning white person praised an “excellent colored man” from his hometown, or went out of his way to mention his service in the Union Army. Addressing the hidden question, DuBois wrote: It is a peculiar sensation, this…
  • Why Nevada, Home of Cliven Bundy, Abolished Slavery Twice

    Matt Ford
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Cliven Bundy, the controversial Nevada rancher resisting a federal court order alongside armed members of the militia movement, shared his unorthodox perspective on race relations and American slavery with The New York Times earlier this week: "I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” he said. Mr. Bundy recalled driving past a public-housing project in North Las Vegas, "and in front of that government house the door was usually open and the older people and the kids—and there is always at least a half a dozen people sitting on the porch—they didn't have nothing to…
 
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    Daily Kos

  • North Carolina GOP Senate hopeful doesn't understand the meaning of the world 'false'

    24 Apr 2014 | 5:30 pm
    The ad at the top of this post takes North Carolina House Speaker and GOP senate candidate Thom Tillis to task for having not one but two of his top staffers—one of whom was his roommate—involved in sexual affairs with married lobbyists and then using taxpayer dollars to reward their service before announcing their resignations. It's a pretty tough ad, but it's accurate. Nonetheless, Tillis is crying foul, putting up an ad of his own accusing Democrats of launching a "false" and "sleazy" ad. But as the Washington Post's Glenn Klessler explains, the facts aren't on Tillis's side because…
  • Cartoon: Back to business

    24 Apr 2014 | 2:50 pm
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  • Cuomo defends stymying corruption commission: 'Because I could'

    24 Apr 2014 | 1:23 pm
    If part of the equation for good government is "trust", NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo has blown that away. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo promised to clean up New York's rampant corruption in the state capitol in Albany. Then when the commission he appointed, the Moreland Commission, got close to his patrons, his office squashed those investigations. [W]atchdog groups raised concerns about the panel’s credibility after reports about interference by the governor’s office, which leaned on the commission to limit the scope of its investigations, influence which subpoenas it would issue, and in some…
  • Sean Hannity calls Bundy comments 'repugnant, despicable'

    24 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    But the pointing guns at federal agents part Sean was fine with. Welp, pack it in, fellas. Cliven Bundy has lost Sean Hannity. Bundy's comments "are beyond repugnant to me. They are beyond despicable to me. They are beyond ignorant to me," Hannity said during his radio show. And Hannity knows the real problem here, which is that no matter how much Hannity agreed with the general premise of pointing a crapload of weapons at federal agents trying to enforce a law that Cliven Bundy doesn't personally want to abide by, now Bundy is making conservatives look bad. "They want to say that…
  • Christie lawyer condemns revolting attack ad released by Christie

    24 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Christie heads the Republican Governors Association which aired this attack ad in South Carolina How thoroughly disgusting is the Republican Governors' Association new ad attacking South Carolina State Sen. and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Vincent Sheheen for having represented criminals as a defense attorney? It's so disgusting that one of RGA Chairman Chris Christie's own lawyer's—hired to to represent him in the lane closure scandal—is condemning it: "I did watch the ad and, wow, it's a disgrace," Robert D. Luskin, a partner at Patton Boggs, told The Huffington Post in an email.
 
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    Drudge Retort

  • Conservative Group Exploits Aurora in Ad

    Harry_Powell
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:33 pm
    On Wednesday, the conservative group Americans for Prosperity retracted a TV ad in Colorado that used a photograph of a grim-faced Democratic Sen. Mark Udall standing alongside a tense President Barack Obama. The spot blamed Udall for cancellation of nearly 335,000 health insurance policies in Colorado under the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, the blame-laying being the second element in the GOP' election season one-two punch. The problem is the photograph was taken two days after the July 2012 mass shootings at an Aurora, Colo., movie theater, when Udall and Obama visited a…
  • Philly Cops Shoot Pizza Man in Hoodie

    rcade
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Two plainclothes Philadelphia police officers responding to a report of gun shots Tuesday night confronted a 20-year-old man in a hoodie, then shot him three times after he got in his car and drove towards them. "We are getting information that he is a pizza deliveryman, so it is a possibility he may have thought he was being robbed," deputy police commissioner Richard Ross said. Philippe Holland is at the University of Pennsylvania hospital in critical condition. Ten shots were fired into the car, sources told CBS Philadelphia. "The officers ... at no time said they saw a gun," Ross said.
  • Cassidy: A Good Day for the White Backlash

    Corky
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:32 pm
    John Cassidy, The New Yorker: It's been almost 50 years since Richard Nixon settled on his "Southern strategy" of mobilizing white voters alienated by civil-rights reforms. Almost the same amount of time has elapsed since the John Olin Foundation and other conservative groups set out to rein in the nation's courts, and, in particular, the Supreme Court, which had played a key role in expanding the civil-rights agenda. Both of these efforts reflected a broad-based backlash, overwhelmingly white, that Lyndon Johnson, Patrick Moynihan, and others foresaw quite clearly during the 1960s. Partly…
  • FCC Moves to End Net Neutrality

    danni
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:33 pm
    The principle that all Internet content should be treated equally as it flows through cables and pipes to consumers looks all but dead. The Federal Communications Commission said on Wednesday that it would propose new rules that allow companies like Disney, Google or Netflix to pay Internet service providers like Comcast and Verizon for special, faster lanes to send video and other content to their customers. The proposed changes would affect what is known as net neutrality -- the idea that no providers of legal Internet content should face discrimination in providing offerings to consumers,…
  • Scalia: 'Perhaps You Should Revolt'

    danni
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:33 pm
    During an event at the University of Tennessee's law school on Tuesday, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia suggested to the capacity crowd that perhaps they should revolt against the U.S government if their taxes ever get too high. A student asked Scalia about the constitutionality of a federal income tax. Scalia assured the questioner that the tax was in fact permissible by the constitution, but added that if it ever became too high, "perhaps you should revolt."
 
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  • Hate When That Happens

    Josh Marshall
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:06 pm
    One minute you're keeping it real defending a far-right scofflaw rancher who's skipped out on a million dollars in back fees to the federal government for using public land and is now guarding himself with a crew of heavily armed militia types and the next thing you know he turns out to be kinda racist.
  • Bundy's Biggest Gaffe?

    Nick R. Martin
    24 Apr 2014 | 11:03 am
    Of all his comments, this little-noticed statement might be what really sinks Cliven Bundy with some of his diehard supporters.
  • Waiting On Hannity

    David Kurtz
    24 Apr 2014 | 10:49 am
    What are the big Bundy defenders saying now about his pro-slavery remarks? Here's the definitive rundown.
  • Media Just Twisting Bundy's Words

    David Kurtz
    24 Apr 2014 | 10:45 am
    Bundy Ranch Facebook page comes to Cliven Bundy's defense.
  • 'I'm Not Racist'

    David Kurtz
    24 Apr 2014 | 10:25 am
    Cliven Bundy tells Alex Jones(!) that the NYT should retract it's story on his pro-slavery remarks, then in a separate interview tries to explain what he meant -- and basically reiterates everything he said initially. Historically, threading the needle of pro-slavery/not racist has been exceedingly difficult.
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    Political Animal

  • Day's End and Night Watch

    24 Apr 2014 | 3:57 pm
    Today served up more political-analysis discussion items than I've seen in a while, which whets my appetite for the upcoming primaries. Here are some remains of the day: * WaPo's Emily Badger nicely aggregates numbers about the Youth Vote's tendency to undercut influence by not turning out. * Good overview by LAT's Mark Barabak of upcoming Hawaii Democratic Senate primary. * 22 Senate Republicans sign letter warning Obama not to relax deportations. * At Ten Miles Square, Mark Kleiman discusses the relative tolerance of the two parties for extremists. * At College Guide, Daniel Luzer reports…
  • Co-opting Rand Paul Into the Veepship

    24 Apr 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Last night at Ten Miles Square, we published a Bloomberg column by conservative writer Ramesh Ponnuru that made an intriguing suggestion: Rand Paul might turn out to be the rare failed Republican candidate who could actually add significant value to a GOP ticket in 2016 in the second position. The reasoning is pretty obvious: Paul would likely reduce the vote siphoned off by the Libertarian Party, which could matter a great deal in a very close race or in very close states. But Ramesh's piece got me thinking about something a bit different: the peace of mind orthodox Republicans could derive…
  • "Populist" Issues Are Persuasive

    24 Apr 2014 | 3:12 pm
    As a follow-on to my last dyspeptic post disputing the idea that "anger" is the key to good Democratic midterm, and also to a post yesterday on how well issues like the minimum wage and pay equity and Medicaid expansion are polling, even in red states--maybe it's time to rethink some really ancient memes of Democratic politics. From time immemorial, many Democrats who are really into "base mobilization" urged the party to go big on "populist" economic issues, while many Democrats who focused on "persuasion" strategies downplayed such issues. We may be in a cycle where the old songs are…
  • Anger Management in '14

    24 Apr 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Regular readers know that I'm skeptical of election forecasts that rely excessively on assessments of voter "enthusiasm." To put it simply, any "enthusiasm" beyond that necessary to convince a voter to vote is politically meaningless unless it is communicable to other voters who may or may not vote. So getting one's "base" all excited, especially via strategies that help excite the other team's "base," is of dubious value as compared to less noisy approaches to turnout. But at the Daily Beast today, comedian/activist Dean Obeidallah, in what I assume was not a comedic take, offers an even…
  • Campaign '14: Writing Tomorrow's Spin Today

    24 Apr 2014 | 1:14 pm
    At TNR today, Brian Beutler spells out the flip side of the monomania with which some of us have been writing about the structural advantages Republicans should enjoy in this midterm elections, especially in Senate races: It's a ripe year for Republicans, and everyone has known it would be since 2008, when Democrats picked up Senate seats in states like Alaska and held on to others in Louisiana, Arkansas, West Virginia, and Montana. But Republicans don't want to pick up seats in 2014—perhaps even enough to capture the Senate—only to be met with shrugs from an unimpressed media.
 
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  • Kerry Lays Out Case Against Russia As U.S. Readies New Sanctions

    Zeke J Miller
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Secretary of State John Kerry laid out the case for additional American sanctions on Russia for promoting instability in Ukraine, warning Thursday that Russia’s “window to change course is closing” before sanctions are imposed on its economy. Adopting the tone of a prosecutor, Kerry detailed the interim Ukrainian government’s compliance with last week’s Geneva agreement to de-escalate the situation, adding “Russia has refused to take a single concrete step in the right direction.” Kerry firmly laid out alleged Russian actions in eastern Ukraine, from…
  • Name That Influencer on the TIME 100

    Josh Raab
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:59 pm
    How well do you know the most influential people in the world? One slide has a clue, and the next has the answer. Click through and see how many you can identify
  • A Misdemeanor Conviction Is Not a Big Deal, Right? Think Again

    Maya Rhodan
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Christian Watts made a bad decision in 2002, and he has been paying for it ever since. As a 31-year-old, Watts was working for a Las Vegas limousine service when he connected a friend with someone who had a supply of the illegal party drug MDMA, or ecstasy. Federal investigators who were tracking another drug dealer got wind of the deal, and charged him with felony possession. At the advice of his lawyers, he pleaded the conviction down to a misdemeanor, and served no jail time. MoreLow-Level Drug Convicts Get New Route to Ask Obama For ClemencyCalifornia Bill Banning ‘Affluenza’…
  • Federal Judge Strikes Down New York’s Super PAC Limits

    Noah Rayman
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:01 pm
    A federal judge in New York struck down the state’s limits on donations to independent political action committees, or super PACs, citing prior Supreme Court decisions with which he himself disagreed. District Judge Paul Crotty ruled that New York’s restrictions could not overcome First Amendment scrutiny given recent Supreme Court decisions, Reuters reports, including a ruling on campaign finance earlier this month and the 2010 ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. “We know what the Supreme Court has held, whether we like it or not, and I’m bound to follow…
  • 1812: The War No One Wants to Commemorate

    Jay Newton-Small
    24 Apr 2014 | 11:45 am
    Selling the burning of Washington to Washingtonians turns out to be not so easy. MoreIs Today Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday? MaybeThe History of Technology, as Told in Wacky British Pathé NewsreelsMen Charged With Toppling Ancient Rock Formation Avoid Jail Time Huffington PostHere's An Updated Tally Of All The People Who Have Ever Died From A Marijuana Overdose Huffington PostJustin Bieber Detained by Customs at Los Angeles Airport PeopleThis summer marks the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. Why, one might ask, is a war that began in Canada in 1812 and ended in 1815 in New Orleans…
 
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  • California lawmakers aim to tighten handgun restrictions

    24 Apr 2014 | 5:39 pm
    By Sharon Bernstein SACRAMENTO, California (Reuters) - A bill banning the sale of single-shot handguns that can be modified into semi-automatic weapons advanced in the California legislature on Thursday as lawmakers sought to close what the bill's supporters say is a loophole in the state's gun safety laws. Gun control advocates say thousands of weapons are sold in California each year without a required safety feature that indicates when a bullet is in the chamber, endangering children and others who may be shot accidentally. "Right now there is a very large opening in the law that permits…
  • Pedophile Drugged and Abused 90 Students

    24 Apr 2014 | 5:20 pm
    How did an American educator’s child-molesting past elude authorities on four continents? Officials say thou-sands of International school boys may have crossed paths with William Vahey.
  • Japan minister says no accord with US over TPP trade deal

    24 Apr 2014 | 5:06 pm
    Japan's economy minister said Friday that Tokyo had not reached a basic accord with Washington over a Pacific-wide trade deal despite intense talks after a bilateral summit. There had been hopes that Tokyo and Washington might break an impasse in the stalled talks during US President Barack Obama's visit to Tokyo. Speaking hours before Obama's departure, however, Japanese economy minister Akira Amari said what had been achieved was "not a basic accord although there was progress".
  • South Korea ferry disaster may cloud Obama visit

    24 Apr 2014 | 5:02 pm
    TOKYO (AP) — When President Barack Obama arrives in South Korea on Friday, he will be thrust anew into the role of consoler in chief in a time of crisis, a responsibility he has become all too accustomed to in the United States.
  • Nevada rancher defends remarks, loses supporters

    24 Apr 2014 | 5:02 pm
    LAS VEGAS (AP) — A Nevada rancher who became a conservative folk hero for standing up to the government in a fight over grazing rights lost some of his staunch defenders Thursday after wondering aloud whether blacks might have had it better under slavery.
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    Political Irony

  • More Cow Turds

    Iron Knee
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:27 pm
    © Tom Tomorrow A good article in Newsweek summing up the whole affair. UPDATE: It turns out that Cliven Bundy’s claimed “ancestral rights” to graze cattle “from the time the very first pioneers come here [sic]” are a lie. A local TV station discovered that his parents bought their ranch in 1948, and didn’t start grazing cattle there until 1954. Protestors are claiming that Bundy is being forced off his land, just like the Indians were: They are literally treating western United States citizens, ranchers, rural folks like this- are the modern day…
  • Cow Turd

    Iron Knee
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you’ve probably heard about Cliven Bundy, the rancher from Nevada who refuses to pay grazing fees because he doesn’t believe the US government exists. Some people (like Fox News’ Sean Hannity) think Bundy is a hero. Jon Stewart trivially destroys that idea and shows the hypocrisy of Hannity: Related posts: More Cow Turds Obamacare’s Blossoming Turd Fork You Donald Trump
  • Late Night Political Irony

    Iron Knee
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:15 pm
    “A Colorado company has introduced the first marijuana vending machine. As a result, the vending machines around it are doing much better.” – Conan O’Brien “This year’s Easter Sunday happens to fall on the same day as the marijuana holiday, 4/20. Which means no matter what your religion, this Sunday you’re probably going to see a giant bunny.” – Conan O’Brien “Speaking of religion, the Pope let two 11-year-old boys ride in the Pope-mobile with him. Afterwards the Vatican told the Pope, ‘That’s not the kind of publicity…
  • Family Matters

    Iron Knee
    20 Apr 2014 | 11:31 pm
    Charles Cooper was a former top official in the Reagan Justice Department and was named “Republican lawyer of the year”, but he is more recently famous for defending California’s ban on gay marriage (Prop 8) in front of the Supreme Court. He lost. Ironically, Cooper now finds himself planning his daughter’s gay marriage. Cooper learned of his daughter’s engagement before he argued the case, but the news was only made public recently in a new book about the movement to legalize gay marriage. In the book, Cooper is quoted as saying that he came to admire the…
  • Late Night Political Humor

    Iron Knee
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:01 pm
    “A woman in Las Vegas was arrested after she threw a shoe at Hillary Clinton while Hillary was giving a speech. The woman was tackled, cuffed, and thrown into a police car. Then the cops said, ‘Normally, WE do that, Hillary, but thank you for the help.’” – Jimmy Fallon “A super-PAC urging Hillary Clinton to run for president says it raised $1.7 million in the first three months of the year. Said President Obama, ‘I’ll kick in another million if she’s willing to start early.’” – Seth Meyers “Congratulations to our pal…
 
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    Politics - The Huffington Post

  • Occupy Amazon: Elizabeth Warren, Thomas Piketty, Michael Lewis Books Surging Online

    24 Apr 2014 | 4:41 pm
    If Amazon's top-sellers list is any indication, Americans are fed up with rising income inequality. As of Thursday evening, Sen. Elizabeth Warren's new memoir, A Fighting Chance, is the number two best-selling book on Amazon, trailing only Thomas Piketty's Capital In The Twenty-First Century. Michael Lewis' Flash Boys, which exposes the world of high-frequency traders, is number five. Both Capital and A Fighting Chance are also among Barnes & Noble's top five sellers. While the three works come at the issue from different vantage points, they all arrive at essentially the same conclusion: the…
  • Federal Guardians

    24 Apr 2014 | 4:38 pm
    A Nevada rancher disputes Washington's jurisdiction over federally owned lands he uses, and thus, refuses to pay the legally required grazing fees. A number of prominent Republican politicians (Kentucky Senator Rand Paul and Nevada governor Brian Sandoval among them) tacitly support the rancher's rejection of public domain by treating him as a folk hero. This is a far cry from the GOP of old, who along with Democrats in true bipartisan fashion approved congressional funding for federal acquisition of major tracts of public land. It was well understood then, one might add, that most of this…
  • Maui, a Paradise of Racial Tolerance?

    24 Apr 2014 | 4:21 pm
    My husband and I were always proud to have an "international marriage," as it was called in Japan. I was an American expat living in Tokyo and my husband was Japanese. Our marriage spanned two nations and two cultures, and for us it seemed ideal. Not long after we were married, we saw a TV documentary in which mixed-race children around the globe were interviewed about their experiences. In each case, the children complained bitterly about the lack of a single identity, about not knowing where they belonged, and about the racism they experienced from the races of both parents. There was only…
  • Reject = Protect

    24 Apr 2014 | 4:20 pm
    On the day that President Obama finally rejects the Keystone XL pipeline, the connection between tar sands development and climate disruption should be only one of the reasons (although it's certainly reason enough). For someone like Obama, whose first real job was as a community organizer on the south side of Chicago, the effect of the pipeline and its toxic payload on the people and communities in its path will surely also be a factor. This week, the president will hear the voices of those people loud and clear, thanks to the Reject and Protect encampment and march on the National Mall.
  • Gabby Giffords Writes Moving Tribute To Malala For Time Magazine Influencers List

    24 Apr 2014 | 4:06 pm
    Malala Yousafzai and Gabrielle Giffords both know bravery and perseverance. So it's only fitting that the former congresswoman was chosen to profile the Pakistani teen activist, named one of Time magazine's "100 Most Influential People in the World" Wednesday. Giffords wrote for Time that she, like many people, draws inspiration and strength from Yousafzai, who was shot in the head by the Taliban in 2012. "Malala is a testament that women everywhere will not be intimidated into silence." Giffords, who was shot in the head in Tuscon, Ariz. in 2011, also wrote that Yousafzai's courage is rare,…
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    Media Matters for America - Latest Items

  • Fox News' Anti-Gay Selective Outrage In One Chart

    24 Apr 2014 | 9:56 am
    Fox News completely ignored the growing controversy surrounding an anti-gay South Carolina mayor's firing of his town's lesbian police chief, despite devoting nearly two hours of coverage to the resignation of Mozilla CEO Brendan Eich, who departed in the wake of an outcry over his support for California's 2008 ban on same-sex marriage. On April 15, newly elected Latta, SC Mayor Earl Bullard fired Police Chief Crystal Moore, a 20-year veteran of the department. Bullard alleged that Moore had failed to maintain order and questioned authority - the first such complaints lodged against…
  • VIDEO: Cliven Bundy's Racist Comments

    24 Apr 2014 | 9:12 am
    Here is the video of Cliven Bundy's racist tirade, in which he questioned whether black Americans were "better off as slaves" or "better off under government subsidy." His remarks initially appeared in a New York Times article on April 23. Bundy was heavily praised by conservatives in the media, who lauded his standoff with the federal government. UPDATE: The video was initially uploaded by user Jasonpatrick11 to the website bambuser.com. The Bundy Ranch responded to criticism of the tirade on their Facebook page on April 24, claiming that "words are taken out of context" and that Cliven…
  • Fox Goes Silent On Bundy After Racist Tirade

    24 Apr 2014 | 9:04 am
    Fox News' incessant promotion of Cliven Bundy abruptly ended after the Nevada rancher's racist rant was published in The New York Times. Bundy's public feud with the Bureau of Land Management over his refusal to pay grazing fees received extensive support from Fox News, which devoted nearly five hours of primetime coverage to the story, including numerous interviews with Bundy and his family. Sean Hannity provided him so much positive coverage, Bundy praised the Fox News host as a "hero."  That praise fell silent after Bundy used one of his daily press conferences to engage in…
  • Allies Repeatedly Compared Racist Rancher To Civil Rights Figures

    24 Apr 2014 | 8:13 am
    Several conservative media figures are in an awkward position this morning after Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher they've spent weeks lionizing and comparing to civil rights heroes, was quoted by The New York Times saying appalling things about "the Negro."   In a story published late Wednesday, the Times reported on a news conference Bundy held on Saturday, in which he "wondered," among other things, whether blacks were "better off as slaves": "I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro," he said. Mr. Bundy recalled driving past…
  • Lawless Rancher's Slavery Comments Echo Conservative Media Rhetoric

    24 Apr 2014 | 8:04 am
    Cliven Bundy's abhorrent, racist comparison of slavery to federal poverty assistance bears a striking resemblance to common claims from conservative media, who have frequently invoked slavery to describe the supposed damage "the welfare state" has done to black Americans. Nevada rancher Bundy, who was praised by conservative media for engaging in an armed standoff with federal agents after refusing to pay decades worth of federal grazing fees on public land, on April 19 questioned whether black Americans were "better off as slaves" or "better off under government subsidy," telling a…
 
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    The Women's International Perspective

  • Two to Be Charged With Murder After Kenyan FGM Victim Dies

    Katharine Daniels
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:03 pm
    by Katy Migiro, AlertNet, Kenya - Two guardians and a circumciser will be charged with murder in a landmark case in Kenya after a Maasai girl bled to death following Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Rehema Lesale , 13, died on April 14 after undergoing FGM in a remote part of Kajiado County, south of the capital, Nairobi. Her body was found lying in a pool of blood at her homestead and her grave had already been dug. “We are in court today. The guardians are going to be charged with murder,” Christine Nanjala, head of Kenya’s one-month-old anti-FGM prosecution unit, told Thomson…
  • Ukraine forces kill up to five rebels, Russia starts drill near border

    Reuters: World News
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:36 pm
    SLAVIANSK, Ukraine/ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - Ukrainian forces killed up to five pro-Moscow rebels on Thursday as they closed in on the separatists' military stronghold in the east, and Russia launched army drills near the border in response, raising fears its troops would invade.
  • Africa: Long-Term Food Production Must Factor in Potential Impacts of Climate Change – UN Official

    AllAfrica News: Latest
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:32 pm
    [UN News]Countries need to shift to more sustainable food systems to adapt to the effects of climate change, the Director-General of the United Nations Food and Drug Organization (FAO) José Graziano da Silva told a conference in Morocco today, warning that the phenomenon has the potential to reshape the planet's food production scenario.
  • Somalia: UN Envoy Reaffirms World Body’s Strong Resolve to Stay the Course

    AllAfrica News: Latest
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:28 pm
    [UN News]The top United Nations envoy in Somalia today called on the country's international partners to boost support to aid peacebuilding and humanitarian efforts there, while reaffirming that the world body has no plans to withdraw amid attacks by Al-Shabaab militants.
  • Africa: For Africa, Good Policies Bring Good Prospects

    AllAfrica News: Latest
    24 Apr 2014 | 11:11 am
    [IMF]Once again, the latest review of growth prospects for sub-Saharan Africa shows that the region’s economy is in strong health. Growth in the region is set to pick up to 5½ percent in 2014 compared to 4.9 percent last year (see Chart 1). My view is that this growth momentum will continue over the medium term if countries rise to new challenges and manage their economies as dexterously as they have over the past decade or
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  • Dear White Sox Fans …

    David Von Ebers
    4 Apr 2014 | 11:58 am
    Photo: “Wrigley Field, Home of the Cubs,” by Paul Cogswell on Flickr Thank you for reminding us, again, that you’re fans of the South Siders. Although, it was kind of a giveaway, what with the matching jacket and cap. Not to mention the faded “2005 World Series Champions” bumper sticker on your pickup truck. And the Sox flag you fly off your front porch year-round, rain, snow, sleet, and dark of night. Oh, and your baseball jersey collection. The one that represents each time the Sox changed their uniform – and their team colors – during the 1970s and ’80s. Except for the…
  • Torture, Fort Hood, and the Legacy of War

    Rad-Femme Lawyer
    31 Dec 1969 | 4:00 pm
    By United States Air Force photo by Major Francisco G. Hamm [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons “My fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.” - John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Address, January 20, 1961 “…Any man’s death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind; and therefore, never send to know for whom the bells tolls; it tolls for thee.” -John Donne This week, we learned so much that we already knew, but did not want to know, from the Senate report on the CIA. The CIA used to run a…
  • Hobby Lobby’s Poorly Crafted 401(k) Plan Stirs Controversy

    Rad-Femme Lawyer
    3 Apr 2014 | 9:50 am
    It’s delicious irony that Hobby Lobby’s 401(k) plan invests in pharmaceutical companies that provide contraception, while it’s been making headlines, and history, over the past year because it doesn’t want to give its employees access to health care plans that offer birth control. Notwithstanding, some say that this isn’t as devastating a tale of hypocrisy as people think. Forbes’ Ryan Ellis argues that, because 401(k) plans are only indirectly supported by employers, and the mutual funds therein are actually chosen by employees and plan administrators, Hobby Lobby is too…
  • CNN’s Sanjay Gupta Plays The Blame Game With Prescription Drugs, America Loses (VIDEO)

    Randle Aubrey
    31 Mar 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Despite their numerous gaffes over the course of the last year, the journalists and pundits of CNN usually do a decent job of getting their facts straight. Unless, of course, those facts include telling you who to blame whenever something goes wrong. For example, daytime talk show host Dr. Oz hosted CNN’s chief medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Gupta last Wednesday for a discussion about the recent FDA approval of a new and potentially dangerous prescription drug called Zohydro. An opioid derivative similar to OxyContin but significantly more powerful, Zohydro was approved by the FDA…
  • GOP Condemn A Black Woman Over A Tweet: A Timeline | #StandWithJamilah

    Elon James White
    28 Mar 2014 | 12:12 pm
    The morning of Thursday March 27, 2014, Jamilah Lemieux was tweeting about Kobe Bryant’s latest comments in the New Yorker Magazine. In the middle of that discussion, she tweeted: About 15 minutes later, @BETpolitichick responded to Lemieux and included @orlandowatson @Raffiwilliams @hugheynewsome on the tweet. Lemieux responded: At this point, Raffi Williams joined the conversation with: Lemieux responded: And the following exchange ensued: Lemeiux went on to say that though everyone has the right to their opinions, she is under no obligation to respect or engage them. About an hour after…
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  • The Curious Case Of The Japanese Remake Of 'Sideways'

    24 Apr 2014 | 4:58 pm
    For better or worse, 'Saidoweizu' is exactly what one would expect from an Alexander Payne remake helmed by the first assistant director of the second unit of 'Mr. Baseball.'
  • Exquisite Macro Photos Reveal The Miniature World Of Insects

    24 Apr 2014 | 4:58 pm
    Indonesia-based photographer Nordin Seruyan uses photography to unveil a tiny world that often goes unnoticed by human eyes.
  • I Was Kidnapped In Ukraine

    24 Apr 2014 | 4:58 pm
    The car is surrounded. I hear the unmistakable sound — though I’d never heard it firsthand before — of guns being cocked, accompanied by high-velocity instructions in Russian to get out of the car. Doing as we are bidden, we are next told by men in full-face balaclavas and in full camouflage fatigues to place our hands on the top of the car.
  • How The Military Collects Data On Millions Of High School Students

    24 Apr 2014 | 4:03 pm
    More than 30 million Americans between the ages of 16 and 25 have details about their lives stored in a Pentagon registry. Their names, phone numbers, email addresses, ethnicities are available to recruiters 24 hours a day.
  • One Percenters Control Online Reviews

    24 Apr 2014 | 4:03 pm
    Contrary to appearances, online reviews reflect the opinions of the few.
 
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    Wonkette

  • Academic Freedom To Teach Bible As Science Upheld In Lucky Louisiana

    Doktor Zoom
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Nice try, but no cigar, lovers of science in the Pelican State. For the fourth time since the Doublespeaky “Louisiana Science Education Act” (LSEA) was passed in 2008, an attempt to repeal the law has been shot down, by a 3-1 vote in the Senate Education Committee. This means that teachers in the Great State of Jindalia can continue to teach “critical thinking” by supplementing the state’s official science curriculum with additional materials of their choice, which (nudge-nudge) may “help students understand, analyze, critique, and review scientific…
  • Which Branch Of Oklahoma’s State Government Is Most Eager To Kill People?

    snipy
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:30 pm
    It’s been all of three days since we checked in with horrible shell of a human being Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin and her merry band of state GOPers. A week before that, we saw them kicking the poor in the teeth again and again by banning minimum wages and sick days. You knew that would never fill the yearning maw of hate that is Mary Fallin and the OK GOP though, didn’t you? Of course not! Come learn all about just how hard they’ve been working to ensure they can engage in some sweet sweet state-sanctioned murder, execution-stylee, even though no one is really sure what is…
  • Ladies, Your Endless Pawing At Your Genitals Isn’t Winning You Any Friends In Heaven

    Rebecca Schoenkopf
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Hey ladies! How’s it hanging? And by “it,” I mean your engorged clitoris, which you are currently diddling because of Satan and lust and sadness and idolatry and the “void” that is your ginny. Let’s all get out our hand mirrors and hold them up to inspect … OUR SOULS! READ MORE
  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez Loved Fidel Castro, Time To Burn All Your Copies Of ‘Solitude’

    Doktor Zoom
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    OK, sure, you may have thought that Gabriel García Márquez, who died last week, was a pretty good writer, but the Washington Post‘s Charles Lane just wants to remind you that García Márquez was also a communist, and entirely too close to Fidel Castro to actually count as someone worth remembering. Lane, the genius who in 2011 decided that a then-comatose-from-gunshot-wounds Gabby Giffords would not have approved of all the mean things liberals were saying about Scott Walker, understands that a lot of “intellectuals” thought García Márquez was pretty cool, but he…
  • Porn Performers: Chase Bank Does Not Want Your Jizzed-On Money, Nosiree

    snipy
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    You will probably not be surprised to learn that here at yr Wonkette we think that porn is a totally respectable way to earn a living, presuming, of course, that consent and equal power and equity and yadda yadda exist. Point is, we don’t discriminate about how you pay the bills. Chase Bank, on the other hand, is pretty certain they don’t want your filthy money if you ever made it doing sexytime, as Chase has sent letters to hundreds of porn performers telling them that they’ll close their bank account in May. This is not Chase’s first time getting all moralistic about…
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    Hot Air

  • Who’s up for a Throwback Thursday with Kim Jong Un?

    Erika Johnsen
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:41 pm
    I kid, of course. North Korea’s state-run television broadcast the never-before-seen photos on Monday during a military concert held in his honor, and they didn’t do it for all of the warm fuzzies. Scott Bixby explains at the Daily Beast: At first glance, the photographs appear to prove that the youngest son and successor of […] Read this post »
  • Georgia governor signs liberalizing concealed carry law

    Erika Johnsen
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:11 pm
    "Extreme"? The distraught opponents of the gun-rights legislation passed by the Georgia legislature last month and signed into law by Gov. Nathan Deal on Wednesday have dubbed the package the “guns everywhere bill.” I gather that the moniker is meant as a disparagement, but I don’t get that. Allowing responsible citizens to carry concealed firearms in […] Read this post »
  • McCain: It’s a stain on America’s honor that we haven’t passed amnesty yet

    Allahpundit
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:01 pm
    "They're not going home. And so why don't we give them a path to citizenship." Skip to 43:30 for the key bit. Offhand, I don’t think I’ve ever heard him put it this way before. The “de facto amnesty” line is an old chestnut, the line about people in the shadows is a very old chestnut, but the idea that America has actually dishonored itself by dragging its feet in […] Read this post »
  • Hannity: Bundy’s comments on race are beyond repugnant to me

    Allahpundit
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:21 pm
    "They are beyond despicable to me. They are beyond ignorant to me.” It’s the story du jour and Hannity’s take is probably the most eagerly awaited in media given how much airtime he’s devoted to the BLM standoff lately, so here you go — a sneak preview of his (presumptive) opening segment on tonight’s Fox News program at 10 p.m. An hour later, the guy he’s been […] Read this post »
  • Should the GOP push to lower the drinking age to 18?

    Allahpundit
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Cheers. Camille Paglia wants to see it happen. So does InstaGlenn, who adds that it’d be particularly smart for Republicans to take the lead on this since it would help ingratiate them to otherwise chilly left-leaning young voters. I remember reading his op-ed on this subject last year and nodding along, but the more I think […] Read this post »
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  • On The Ballot In Georgia This Year: JFK

    24 Apr 2014 | 3:29 pm
    JFK is running for a Georgia state Senate seat this year — John Flanders Kennedy, that is. He's a Republican, but his signs bear an uncanny similarity to the logo the former president once used.» E-Mail This
  • Jeb Bush Treads Fine Line With Latest 2016 Hint

    24 Apr 2014 | 12:35 pm
    The former Florida governor must reassure major donors about his intentions while avoiding making himself an early target.» E-Mail This
  • Is Drug Testing For Welfare Fair?

    24 Apr 2014 | 9:02 am
    Florida Gov. Rick Scott's plan to drug test state workers and welfare recipients ran into trouble in the courts. Law professor Pauline Kim and reporter Curt Anderson discuss the drug testing battle.» E-Mail This
  • Obama: Japan's Administration Of Disputed Islands Shouldn't Change

    24 Apr 2014 | 7:50 am
    A standoff over sovereignty of an island chain that Japan calls Senkaku and China calls Diaoyu has been a source of deep tension between the two countries in recent years.» E-Mail This
  • Bob Dole Returns To Kansas For Gratitude Tour

    24 Apr 2014 | 12:39 am
    The 90-year-old former GOP senator says it's an opportunity to meet with friends and thank voters who supported him during his decades-long career in state and national politics.» E-Mail This
 
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  • Get The Most Out Of Your Home Business Enterprise With These Tips

    Randy
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:12 pm
    TIP! Always put your customers’ needs first, and go out of your way to please them. Give customers free stuff when they buy your products, and let them know that you appreciate their business by thanking them for their orders. Online business allows you the opportunity to turn a profit from your own home. It’s important for your home based business to remain viable in order to preserve your working-from-home lifestyle. Follow the advice in this article to establish and maintain your home business. TIP! Always know how much you are spending to make the products you sell, so that…
  • Great Ideas For Purchasing Your New Home

    Randy
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:28 pm
    TIP! Have a moderate approach when you negotiate while buying real estate. Some people try to push for their own advantage in every possible way, but this can bring resistance from the other party. Purchasing a piece of real estate is daunting for a first time buyer. However, if you play your cards right, you can make quite a bit of money from it and make a huge improvement to your lifestyle as well. This article has some information to help you get started buying real estate whether you are a first-time buyer, or a veteran. TIP! All real estate agents need to be in touch with their previous…
  • Avoid Future Problems By Following These Essential Insurance Tips

    Randy
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:22 am
    TIP! In order to save on your insurance cost, obtain fresh quotes prior to purchasing or renewing your policy. Each company is different in exactly how they price your quote. You may find it difficult to navigate through the many types of policies available. In this article, you will find numerous tips that will teach you about insurance, and how to get the best deals on insurance policies. TIP! Bundle your insurance policies to save money. Most insurance companies offer a discount to their clients who have all of their insurance polices with the company. Pay less on your insurance premiums…
  • Stock Market Advice You Need To Know

    Randy
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:42 pm
    TIP! Prior to placing funds with a professional broker, be sure you conduct sufficient research into their background. Carefully investigating before giving them your money helps you avoid unscrupulous and inexperienced brokers. Have you considered becoming part owner of a company? Perhaps the stock market is the place for you. Don’t just go out and buy a ton of stock; inform yourself with research and information. Below is some of the information that you will need. TIP! Remember to be realistic in what your expected return is when investing. Everyone knows that wealth through the…
  • Work For Yourself From Home With These Tips

    Randy
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:45 am
    TIP! Any expense incurred by you for business purposes, such as lunch with a client, may qualify as a legitimate tax deduction. In these cases, these meetings are actual business expenses. There are a number a advantages that go along with running a home based business, including being your own boss, but there are a lot of things to watch out for, as well. If you don’t take the time to fully research how to run a work from home business, you may find yourself making mistakes constantly. This article contains some useful information that will help you to have a thriving business. TIP!
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    FamousDC

  • Closing Bell: It’s Not Pitbull

    Marie Formica
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:48 pm
    The post Closing Bell: It’s Not Pitbull appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Someone Titled Their Dance Party “Hau5 of Representatives”

    fdc
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:36 pm
    They played on the “house music” phrasing.The post Someone Titled Their Dance Party “Hau5 of Representatives” appeared first on FamousDC.
  • John Kerry Created a Twitter Account for His Dog

    fdc
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:07 am
    The US Secretary of State Dog, Ben (aka DiploMutt) is on Twitter. He hasn’t Tweeted, but we’re keeping a close eye out for any instances of “Woof” and “Bark” in our feed. h/t Morgan Gress Happy First Birthday to my dog Ben. @DiploMutt apparently an Earth Day baby. He keeps the office on its toes. [...]The post John Kerry Created a Twitter Account for His Dog appeared first on FamousDC.
  • WMATA Bus Rolls Backwards into Building

    Marie Formica
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:58 am
    Nice. Real nice. viaThe post WMATA Bus Rolls Backwards into Building appeared first on FamousDC.
  • H.R. 9.26.14 – The Most D.C. “Save the Date” Ever

    Marie Formica
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:39 am
    Our good friends Michael Mansour and Ginny Veatch are getting married this year, and last week they sent out the most epic DC save the date ever. Full text below. Presumably Michael, a Legislative Assistant in Congress, has experience writing bills and we believe this deserves bipartisan support. Ginny, a Manager in Corporate Relations at [...]The post H.R. 9.26.14 – The Most D.C. “Save the Date” Ever appeared first on FamousDC.
 
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    Democracy Now!

  • "Silenced" Film Explores the Human Toll of Obama's Crackdown on National Security Whistleblowers

    24 Apr 2014 | 5:44 am
    How far would you go to tell the truth? That is the question posed by the new documentary "Silenced," which follows three national security whistleblowers who fight to reveal the darkest corners of America’s war on terror while enduring the wrath of a government increasingly determined to maintain secrecy. The three are former Justice Department lawyer Jesselyn Radack, former senior National Security Agency official Thomas Drake, and former CIA officer John Kiriakou. On the heels of the film’s premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, we speak with director James Spione…
  • In Landmark Ruling, U.S. Ordered to Release Memo Behind Targeted Killings of U.S. Citizens

    24 Apr 2014 | 5:29 am
    In a major development chipping away at the secrecy of the Obama administration’s drone wars, a federal appeals court has ordered the government to release a legal memo that provides the legal rationale for killing U.S. citizens overseas. The court ruled that the government had waived its right to keep the memo secret following public statements in defense of the killings by top officials, as well as the release of a Justice Department "white paper" on the subject. We speak with Hina Shamsi, director of the National Security Project at the American Civil Liberties Union, which…
  • Muslim Americans Who Claim FBI Used No-Fly List to Coerce Them Into Becoming Informants File Lawsuit

    24 Apr 2014 | 5:13 am
    Naveed Shinwari is one of four American Muslims who filed suit against the government this week for placing them on the U.S. "no-fly list" in order to coerce them into becoming FBI informants. The plaintiffs say the government refuses to explain why they were named on the no-fly list. They also believe that their names continue to be listed because they would not agree to become FBI informants and spy on their local communities. "It’s very frustrating, you feel helpless," Shinwari says. "No one will tell you how you can get off of it, how you got on it. It has a…
  • Headlines for April 24, 2014

    24 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Obama Admin Details Historic Clemency Eligibility for Drug OffendersNew FCC Rules Allow Tiered Pay System for Content DeliveryPalestinian Factions Reach Consensus Deal After 7-Year RiftIsrael, U.S. Reject Palestinian Unity Agreement3 U.S. Doctors Killed in Afghan ShootingDeadly Clashes Erupt in Ukraine as Soldiers Confront SeparatistsObama Warns Russia of New Sanctions, Backs Japan in Island DisputeMississippi Enacts 20-Week Abortion BanGeorgia Expands Firearms Permits in Public SpacesOklahoma Supreme Court Reverses Execution Stay After Outcry from Gov., LawmakersTexas Couple Wins $2.9…
  • Toms River: How a Small Town Fought Back Against Corporate Giants for Toxic Dumping Linked to Cancer

    23 Apr 2014 | 5:34 am
    Environmental reporter Dan Fagin joins us to discuss his book, "Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation," which has just won the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction. Fagin tells the story of how a small New Jersey town fought back against industrial pollution and astronomical rates of childhood cancer, and ultimately won one of the largest legal settlements in U.S. history. "We don’t look for patterns, we don’t analyze those patterns. That is a terrible tragedy," Fagin says of the failure to examine environmental and industrial data gathered by local,…
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    NYT: The Caucus

  • Sunday Breakfast Menu, April 20

    By ELENA SCHNEIDER
    19 Apr 2014 | 11:33 am
    As runners prepare for the Boston Marathon on Monday, several lawmakers will discuss the new security measures at the race, one year after an explosion killed three people at the finish line.
  • Sunday Breakfast Menu, April 13

    By ELENA SCHNEIDER
    12 Apr 2014 | 11:42 am
    Kathleen Sebelius, the health and human services secretary, resigned this week, just weeks after the Obama administration announced seven million had enrolled in the health care exchanges.
  • Sunday Breakfast Menu, April 6

    By ELENA SCHNEIDER
    5 Apr 2014 | 11:29 am
    The tragic shootings at Fort Hood will dominate the conversation on the Sunday shows — particularly the treatment of mental health problems in the military.
  • Sunday Breakfast Menu, March 30

    By ELENA SCHNEIDER
    29 Mar 2014 | 12:23 pm
    The Obama administration unveiled a legislative proposal to put an end to a controversial bulk phone records program this week, a topic that will dominate many conversations on the Sunday shows.
  • Sunday Breakfast Menu, March 23

    By ELENA SCHNEIDER
    22 Mar 2014 | 11:46 am
    Russia's decision to annex Crimea and the still missing Malaysian Airlines flight will dominate the conversation on the Sunday talk shows.
 
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    Outside the Beltway

  • Republican Lawmaker: Unequal Pay Justified Because Men Are ‘More Motivated’ Than Women

    Doug Mataconis
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    One Republican legislator in New Hampshire has a rather unique take on the equal pay issue: A Republican lawmaker from New Hampshire on Wednesday said that women are paid less than men because they don’t work as hard or as often, insisting throughout his speech that his argument was legitimate, despite objections from his fellow lawmakers. “Men, by and large, make more because of some of the things they do,” state Rep. Will Infantine (R) said during a speech on a paycheck fairness bill. “Their jobs are, by and large, riskier. They don’t mind working nights and…
  • Charlie Crist Leads Rick Scott In Florida

    Doug Mataconis
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:03 pm
    A new Rasmussen poll has former Governor, and former Republican, leading his successor Rick Scott: Republican-turned-Democrat Charlie Crist leads incumbent GOP Governor Rick Scott by six points in Rasmussen Reports’ first look at Florida’s 2014 gubernatorial race. The latest statewide telephone survey of Likely Florida Voters shows Crist, who served as governor from 2007 to 2011, picking up 45% of the vote to Scott’s 39%. Six percent (6%) prefer some other candidate, while 10% are undecided. This number is largely consistent with a SurveyUSA poll from earlier this month, and…
  • Eric Holder To Remain As Attorney General Through Midterm Elections

    Doug Mataconis
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Back in February, Attorney General Eric Holder stated that he would be stepping down before the end of the year. Due mostly to the fact that the changes that Harry Reid orchestrated to the filibuster rule last November meant that a Democratic-controlled Senate would be able to push the nomination of a replacement through by a simple majority, most observers expected that we’d see him step aside in enough time that President Obama would be able to appoint a replacement while his party was still assured of control of the nomination process. Today though, Holder said he has no plans to…
  • Baseball Fandom Mapped

    Doug Mataconis
    24 Apr 2014 | 11:52 am
    You  The guys at the new New York Times blog Upworthy have done some data crunching and generated a bunch of maps showing which Major League Baseball teams are most popular throughout the country: Steve Rushin of Sports Illustrated has called the line running through Connecticut that separates Yankee fans and Red Sox fans the Munson-Nixon line. Mr. Rushin came up with the name — in honor of the late Yankee catcher Thurman Munson and the retired Red Sox right fielder Trot Nixon — in 2003, and he had to guess where the line ran: “north of New Haven but…
  • Cliven Bundy Tries To Clarify Himself, and Fails

    Doug Mataconis
    24 Apr 2014 | 10:41 am
    Nevada Rancher Cliven Bundy appeared on a radio show this morning to respond to the reports regarding his statements about race and slavery. To say the very least, he didn’t help his case at all He said, “I’m wondering are they happier now under this government subsidy system than they were they were slaves when they were able to have a family structure together… and the people have something to do.” Bundy then asked, “Are they better off being slaves in that sense or are they better off being slaves of the United States government in the sense of a…
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    Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines

  • Israel Halts Peace Talks After Palestinian Unity Deal

    editor@truthdig.com
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Israel halts peace talks after Palestinian unity deal (via AFP) Israel said on Thursday it was halting peace talks with the Palestinians following their unity deal with the Hamas rulers of Gaza, as the faltering US-backed process approached its deadline. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed the agreement between…   Related Entries April 24, 2014 Israel, U.S. Complain About Not Being Able to Divide and Rule the Palestinians April 23, 2014 Palestinians Reunite Over Israel’s Objections
  • Elizabeth Warren on Being a Woman in Politics and How Government Turned Into a ‘Rigged Game’

    editor@truthdig.com
    24 Apr 2014 | 11:37 am
    The Massachusetts senator went on “The Daily Show” on Tuesday night to talk about “A Fighting Chance,” her new book, but ended up explaining all the things that are terribly wrong with our country these days. Related Entries April 24, 2014 Israel, U.S. Complain About Not Being Able to Divide and Rule the Palestinians April 23, 2014 Palestinians Reunite Over Israel’s Objections
  • Neoliberalism, Democracy and the University as a Public Sphere

    editor@truthdig.com
    24 Apr 2014 | 11:36 am
    By Victoria Harper, Truthout Of neoliberalism, Truthout contributor Henry Giroux tells Victoria Harper in an interview: “Not only is it the latest stage of predatory capitalism, but it is also part of a broader project of restoring class power and consolidating the rapid concentration of capital, particularly financial capital.” Related Entries April 24, 2014 Israel, U.S. Complain About Not Being Able to Divide and Rule the Palestinians April 23, 2014 Palestinians Reunite Over Israel’s Objections
  • You Can No Longer Eat American Apples in Europe. Here’s Why

    editor@truthdig.com
    24 Apr 2014 | 11:32 am
    Tom Gill (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0) Apparently an apple a day will not keep the doctor away in the U.S. A chemical called diphenylamine, or DPA, applied to apples after harvest has been troubling the European Food Safety Authority since 2008. The substance is used to keep apples from getting those aesthetically displeasing brown spots, but has “the potential to break down into a family of carcinogens called nitrosamines.” Yikes! No wonder EFSA officials wanted to know more about this chemical being sprayed on food people were consuming. But here’s what happened when they tried to dig…
  • Film Explores Human Toll of Obama’s Crackdown on Whistle-Blowers

    editor@truthdig.com
    24 Apr 2014 | 11:04 am
    How far would you go to tell the truth? “Democracy Now!” talks with James Spinoe, director of the new documentary “Silenced,” which follows three national security whistle-blowers who struggle “to reveal the darkest corners of America’s war on terror while enduring the wrath of a government increasingly determined to maintain secrecy.” Related Entries April 24, 2014 Israel, U.S. Complain About Not Being Able to Divide and Rule the Palestinians April 23, 2014 Palestinians Reunite Over Israel’s Objections
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    ThinkProgress

  • Fox News Host Says He’s Considered Converting To Islam For The 72 Virgins

    24 Apr 2014 | 4:24 pm
    Hosts of The Five CREDIT: Photo by Carlo Allegri/Invision/AP Images Fox News host Bob Beckel on Thursday told his co-hosts on The Five that he had considered converting to Islam because he was interested in being rewarded with 72 virgins. In the Koran, the concept of jannah, or paradise, is depicted as a place where men are rewarded for their religiosity with marriage to 72 virginal women. That fact has been widely distorted to be interpreted as a driving factor for radical Islam — suicide bombers, the thinking goes, commit their acts of violence to prove they are true believers and be…
  • Craven

    24 Apr 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Anti-Government Rancher Makes Racist Comments Cliven Bundy, the 67-year-old Nevada cattle rancher, has been breaking the law for twenty years. It was in 1993 that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), in an effort to protect the endangered desert tortoise, designated hundreds of thousands of acres of land near Las Vegas for strict conservation efforts. Bundy, refusing to abide by the new rules, continued to graze his cattle on the land. This led, over time, to the BLM repeatedly fining Bundy (he has never paid) and then revoking his permit (he has not applied for a new one). Fast forward to…
  • After Championing Cliven Bundy, Fox News Studiously Ignores His Racist Meltdown

    24 Apr 2014 | 2:34 pm
    CREDIT: Screenshot Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy owes much of his newfound fame to Fox News, which has given his armed standoff against the federal government close to wall-to-wall coverage and elevated him as a victim of government overreach. Since the rancher’s standoff with the Bureau of Land Management over his decades of illegal grazing on public lands, Fox News has mentioned Bundy 469 times. But on Thursday, after the New York Times highlighted racist remarks Bundy made suggesting “the Negro” was better off under slavery, the conservative network stayed remarkably quiet.
  • Ohio’s Clean Energy Programs Save Customers $2 For Every $1 They Spend

    24 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    An $11 million solar panel canopy covers the parking lot across from the entrance to The Cincinnati Zoo. CREDIT: AP Photo/Al Behrman Energy efficiency standards in Ohio that have been facing attacks from state lawmakers provide significant consumer savings relative to their costs, according to an Ohio-based clean energy organization. From 2009 through 2013, the standards saved Ohio residents $1.03 billion and cost $456 million, according to reports from the Public Utility Commission of Ohio analyzed by the Ohio Advanced Energy Economy. Ohio’s renewable energy and energy efficiency…
  • National Labor Relations Board Will Decide If Northwestern Football Players Can Form A Union

    24 Apr 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter has led the fight to former a players union. CREDIT: AP The National Labor Relations Board announced Thursday that it has granted Northwestern University’s request to review the case involving the unionization of the university’s college athletes. The regional director of the NLRB’s Chicago chapter ruled in March that the school’s college athletes were employees and could vote to form a union, but Northwestern disputed the decision and petitioned the NLRB to review the case. If the full NLRB rules in favor of the players, athletes…
 
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  • Perry’s Peril

    John Dickerson
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:23 pm
    AUSTIN, Texas—Reporting on Rick Perry this week has included more talk about a spit guard than I would have expected. The Texas governor is thinking about running for president again and he’s been on an extended reboot to get himself ready to make the final decision. Lately, though, there has been speculation that his plans might be derailed  by a grand jury investigation into whether he abused the powers of his office. The probe concerns Perry’s effort to eject the district attorney of Travis County after she was arrested and convicted of driving while intoxicated.
  • Blue Ruin

    Dana Stevens
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:35 pm
    Alfred Hitchcock’s Torn Curtain (1966) is a stiff, somewhat unengaging Cold War espionage movie with one justly famous scene: In the barren kitchen of a farmhouse near Berlin, Paul Newman’s American spy and a terrified German housewife (Carolyn Conwell) do away with an East German agent the hard way. After trying and failing to stab the man to death, they beat him with a shovel, attempt to strangle him and, finally, drag his still-struggling body to the oven, where they turn on the gas, push his head in, and wait. It’s a darkly comic scene about the sheer difficulty of killing someone,…
  • Navy Proposal or Half-Baked Jerry Bruckheimer Movie?

    Jim Festante
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Imagine drones the size of F-14 Tomcats that could fly for 14 hours straight, refuel other aircraft, and even act as a robotic wingman to manned aircraft.
  • What’s Wrong With Chernobyl's Trees?

    Jim Festante
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:30 pm
    The effects of the nuclear disaster in Chernobyl are still evident nearly 30 years after the catastrophic meltdown in local animals, plants, and, researchers now note, all the way down to microbes.
  • What We Talk About When We Talk About Talking About Race

    Dahlia Lithwick
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Is it OK if we talk about race for a minute?
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    Political Mojo | Mother Jones

  • Meet 5 of the Low-Level Drug Offenders Obama Could Set Free. There Are Thousands More Like Them

    Erika Eichelberger
    24 Apr 2014 | 9:32 am
    On Wednesday, the Department of Justice announced that thousands of federal inmates serving time for certain non-violent crimes will soon be able to apply for clemency. Those eligible to be set free will be prisoners convicted of low-level nonviolent crimes—mostly drug offenses—who have already served 10 years of their sentence, don't have a significant criminal history, and are serving out a sentence the would likely be shorter had they been convicted for the same crime today. The rule change could apply to some 2,000 of the 200,000 inmates in federal prison, and is part of a…
  • Report: Solitary Confinement Used to Punish Female Prisoners Who Report Rape

    Dana Liebelson
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:52 am
    When an incarcerated pregnant woman in Illinois slept too long through mealtime, a guard decided to punish her by placing her in solitary confinement. While in isolation, the woman—who had a long history of depression—was denied access to her prenatal vitamins and was not given water for hours. She soon became highly anxious. This is one of the disturbing ways that US prisons treat incarcerated women who are pregnant, transgender, mentally ill, or who report that they are raped, according to a new report published Thursday by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). Many of the…
  • We're Still at War: Photo of the Day for April 24, 2014

    24 Apr 2014 | 7:11 am
    Marines with Marine Medium Tiltrotor Squadron 163 (Reinforced), 11th Marine Expeditionary Unit, watch as MV-22B Ospreys take off from the flight deck of the USS Makin Island during Amphibious Squadron Marine Expeditionary Unit Integration Training (PMINT) off the coast of San Diego, April 15, 2014. PMINT is a two-week predeployment training event focused on the combined capabilities of the MEU and Amphibious Ready Group, conducting amphibious operations, crisis response, and limited contingency operations. (U.S. Marine Corps photo by Lance Cpl. Laura Y. Raga/Released)
  • Koch-Linked Firm Devoted to Grooming "Electable" Candidates Signs Up Arkansas GOP Leader

    Andy Kroll
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:06 am
    In January, Mother Jones broke the story of one of the newest affiliates of Charles and David Koch's sprawling political machine, a consulting firm named Aegis Strategic created to identify, recruit, and groom free-market-minded candidates for elected office. Aegis bills itself as a one-stop shop for aspiring politicians, able to handle general consulting, fundraising, direct mail, social media, and more. The firm is run by Jeff Crank, a radio host and two-time congressional candidate who previously ran the Colorado chapter of Americans for Prosperity, the advocacy group founded by the Koch…
  • We're Still at War: Photo of the Day for April 23, 2014

    23 Apr 2014 | 7:07 am
    Marines with Battalion Landing Team, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit, convoy their light armored vehicles across the beach as a Navy landing craft, air cushion with Assault Craft Unit 4 departs the beach of Sierra del RetÌn, Spain, during Spanish Amphibious Bilateral Exercise 2014 Feb. 24, 2014. Spanish PHIBLEX is an annual exercise designed to improve interoperability, increase readiness and develop professional and personal relationships between U.S. forces and participating nations. The MEU is deployed to the U.S. 6th Fleet area of responsibility…
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  • NH Republican Will Infanite: Women Don't Deserve Same Pay As Men

    John Amato
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Michigan GOP Senate candidate Terri Lynn Land said on Wednesday that there is no Republican war on women and the real war on women is Obamacare, but I guess she hasn't been paying attention to anything that goes on outside of her house. New Hampshire State Representative Will Infantine infuriated many of his colleagues when he publicly stated that men deserve more money than the ladies. Boston.com: New Hampshire State Representative Will Infantine incensed fellow lawmakers when he suggested that the wage gap exists because women don’t work as hard as men do. The state House of…
  • Watch Fox Host Shut Down Dem Mentioning Bundy After Network Goes Silent On 'Negro' Remarks

    David
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Fox News spent most of the day on Thursday avoiding the topic of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy after his racist remarks were revealed -- and host Gretchen Carlson wasn't about to let Democratic strategist Joe Trippi break the news to loyal viewers. The New York Times reported on Wednesday that Bundy had recently held a press conference to blast the federal government for requiring him to pay grazing fees, but it was his comments about "the negro" and slavery that most likely shut down Fox News' favorable, non-stop coverage of the rancher. “I want to tell you one more thing I know about the…
  • Report: White Supremacist Was Caught In '80s With Black Male Prostitute

    Susie Madrak
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Funny how often that happens: F. Glenn Miller, the white supremacist accused of murdering three people at Jewish sites in Johnson County, was caught by police in the 1980s having sex with a black male prostitute dressed as a woman, according to multiple media reports. An ABC News report says that while authorities investigated Miller for hate crimes in the late 1980s, they learned of his arrest a year earlier in Raleigh, N.C. Police officers had caught Miller in the back seat of a vehicle, in mid-act with a black male prostitute masquerading as a woman. “It was pretty shocking because of…
  • Dana Loesch: Cliven Bundy Just Needs A Little Media Training

    John Amato
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Conservatives talkers will go to extraordinary measures to try and justify their positions and here's a prime example of this. Cliven Bundy has been at the center of the news lately over his zealous anti-government positions and his refusal to pay fines to the BLM. As we know, he's lost a few court battles already, but still refuses to comply and he also has no "Ancestral Rights' claims on the land since his family didn't obtain it until 1948. He's also aligned himself with far right militia groups like the Oath Keepers as a way to spark a conflict with the feds so The NY Times dug a little…
  • Three Things Obama's New Clemency Initiative Doesn't Do

    ProPublica
    24 Apr 2014 | 11:27 am
    by Kara Brandeisky ProPublica, April 23, 2014, 6:15 p.m. Today, the Department of Justice outlined expanded criteria that could allow prisoners convicted of non-violent crimes to win early release from prison. Under the new initiative, the Office of the Pardon Attorney will fast-track commutation applications from inmates who have served more than 10 years for non-violent offenses and who were well-behaved while imprisoned. As part of the shift, the department is replacing Pardon Attorney Ronald Rodgers. Two years ago, we reported that Rodgers had failed to provide critical information to the…
 
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    Scholars and Rogues | Progressive Culture

  • Cliven Bundy is not a racist

    Rev. Dickie "Drive-By" Dixon
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:05 pm
    He meant that The Negro would be better off as a slave in the progressive way. What the hell is wrong with you people? Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy said Thursday he is “not racist,” following an outcry over comments, in … Continue reading →
  • Your Daily Devotional for April 24, 2014

    Jeff Tiedrich
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:20 am
    First they came for Cliven Bundy, and I did not speak out, because seriously, fuck that guy. Your Daily Devotional is a lightly-edited entry from my Twitter feed. Follow me at @jefftiedrich Your Daily Devotional for April 24, 2014
  • The Oyster Climbs the Great Chain of Being: Eleanor Clark’s Locmariaquer

    Jim Booth
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:38 am
    “…But thilke text heeld he nat worth an oyster….” – Geoffrey Chaucer Anyone who reads Eleanor Clark’s classic The Oysters of Locmariaquer will come away from the book convinced of two things: 1) cultivating oysters is a complex and difficult task that might … Continue reading →
  • Five ways the myth that Iran was developing nuclear weapons was hyped

    Russ Wellen
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:09 am
    How an Iranian nuclear-weapons program became accepted wisdom. More and more men and women are either born with a talent for, or are developing skill in, technical matters, especially computer hardware and software. With those capabilities now widespread, it’s odd … Continue reading →
  • Cynical foreign policy thought for today

    Brian Angliss
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:45 am
    Russia’s foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, has said that Russia will “respond” (read that as “attack Ukraine”) in the event that Russia’s “legitimate” interests, including Russian citizens, are attacked. Assume for the moment that the Ukrainians are right and the various … Continue reading →
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    Informed Comment: Global Affairs

  • 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…
  • Murat Menguc sent you an invitation

    25 Jun 2013 | 9:33 am
                        Murat Menguc has invited you to join Twitter!       Accept invitation             Twitter helps you stay connected with what's happening right now and with the people and organizations you care about.     This message was sent by Twitter on behalf of Twitter users who entered your email address to invite you to Twitter. You can unsubscribe if you'd prefer not to receive these emails. Please do not reply to this message; it was sent from an unmonitored email address. For…
  • 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…
 
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    The Daily Dish: Andrew Sullivan

  • Face Of The Day

    Andrew Sullivan
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:39 pm
    A Kashmiri Muslim woman show her indelible ink-marked finger after casting her vote during the sixth phase of Indian parliamentary elections on April 24, 2014 in Vejbeour 45 km (28 miles) south of Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian-administered Kashmir, India. Polling stations opened amid tight security, but very few people turned out to cast their votes in the South Kashmir constituency during the Sixth phase of parliamentary elections (Indian national elections). Scores of people were left injured in four South Kashmir districts as youth clashed with government forces to enforce a poll…
  • The Obamacare Debate Is Not About Obamacare, Ctd

    Andrew Sullivan
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:11 pm
    I echoed this point a few months ago. Garry Wills nails it: I fear that the president declared a premature victory for the Affordable Care Act when he said that its initial goals were met, it was time to move on to other matters, and the idea of repealing it is no longer feasible. He made the mistake of thinking that facts matter when a cult is involved. Obamacare is now, for many, haloed with hate, to be fought against with all one’s life. Retaining certitude about its essential evil is a matter of self-respect, honor for one’s allies in the cause, and loathing for one’s opponents. It…
  • Cowardice In Combat

    Andrew Sullivan
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:52 pm
    The made-for-tv movie The Execution of Private Slovik – based on the true story of Eddie Slovik, the only American soldier executed for desertion during WWII – aired 40 years ago last month. Chris Walsh considers the film’s success in 1974 and ponders why today “cowardice in the military is a topic too obscure and tender for nonmilitary Americans to contemplate”: We are willing to have other people’s children put themselves in harm’s way, but we feel both ignorant and guilty about it, and that is enough to keep us from presuming to criticize, much less punish, a…
  • A Supreme Impediment

    Andrew Sullivan
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:25 pm
    The chances of an Iranian deal are looking up, but Daniel Berman rightly worries about domestic politics over there: Khamenei is 78 years old, and rumored to be ailing. His successor will be chosen by the Assembly of Experts, a group of clerics elected by the public (from an approved list of candidates) who are tasked with selecting the Supreme Leader and supervising his activities (at least in theory). Last elected in 2006, the Assembly serves for a term of eight years, though the term of the present Assembly has been extended to 2016. That means that the next Assembly will serve until…
  • When Home Is Where You Travel

    Andrew Sullivan
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Having grown up a third culture kid, Ruth Behar considers the cultural impact of “the transient places that the French anthropologist Marc Augé has called ‘non-places’ – airports, shopping malls, hotels, highways, bus terminals, and subways”: As ‘non-places’ expand from centers to peripheries all around the world, there is renewed pressure to work hard to prevent the home from becoming a long-term hotel room. Sentimental notions of the sanctity of the home are enlisted as a means of challenging the threat of ‘non-places.’ A preponderance of guides, including websites…
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  • North Carolina Judge Puts Teachers' Tenure Law In Question

    24 Apr 2014 | 5:30 pm
    A North Carolina judge has given two school districts temporary reprieve from part of a new law that ends teacher tenure, potentially upending the controversial policy a year after it was adopted by state lawmakers.
  • VA Expands Probe of Phoenix Hospital

    24 Apr 2014 | 5:26 pm
    The Department of Veterans Affairs said it has expanded an investigation of a Phoenix hospital where a whistleblower alleges that as many as 40 veterans died amid lengthy waits for appointments.
  • Radioactive Release at New Mexico Site Called 'Preventable'

    24 Apr 2014 | 5:26 pm
    A radioactive release above ground during a February accident at an underground federal nuclear-waste repository in New Mexico was 'preventable,' according to an Energy Department report.
  • White House Warns Bill Would Crimp Food Aid

    24 Apr 2014 | 5:17 pm
    A little-noticed provision in a bill passed by the House this month calls for relying more on U.S.-flagged ships to deliver food aid to foreign countries—a change backed by labor groups and criticized by the White House.
  • Obama Reassures Abe on Disputed Islands

    24 Apr 2014 | 5:16 pm
    Obama reassured Abe that if islands at the center of Japan's territorial dispute with China were attacked, the U.S. would come to Japan's aid, provoking a swift response in Beijing.
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    Lew Rockwell: The LRC Blog

  • Bankers Love War

    No Author
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    War Makes Banks Rich Bankers are often the driving force behind war. After all, the banking system is founded upon the counter-intuitive but indisputable fact that banks create loans first, and then create deposits later. In other words, virtually all money is actually created as debt. For example, in a hearing held on September 30, 1941 in the House Committee on Banking and Currency, the Chairman of the Federal Reserve (Mariner S. Eccles) said: That is what our money system is. If there were no debts in our money system, there wouldn’t be any money. And Robert H. Hemphill, Credit…
  • No Room in the Libertarian Tent

    Brian Wilson
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Adding to the Libertarian tent in Scott Lazarowitz’s excellent LRC piece  and “… because the “libertarianism” argument seems to be such a hot-button issue at this time, I instead want to add my two-cents worth on that issue.”…. I’ll see those two cents and raise ya two! Among the many worthy statements made, this paragraph crystallizes the essential element missing from the “Me,Too”-ism currently buzzing around all around Libertarianism-ville. There is no compromise, no middle ground between statism and libertarianism. “Limited government” is not libertarian…
  • Worldwide and Satanic

    Jack D. Douglas
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    The rulers of the U.S. have just celebrated the most holy day of Christianity, Easter, by massive secret murders of Muslims from the skies by firing Hell Fire missiles into their impoverished homes, village gatherings, and old family automobiles. These massive killings of the poor around the world with Hell Fire missiles from the heavens have become a Satanic Celebration for the U.S. totalitarian rulers. It fills them with blood lust, power lust, and blinding hubris. Most of these Satanic Celebration murders take place in Afghanistan, or Pakistan, or Somalia, or other states Americans have…
  • Christian Anarchism and Pacifism

    Robert Higgs
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    I’ve just finished reading Leo Tolstoy’s remarkable book The Kingdom of God Is Within You. This was written in Russian and completed in 1893, but the Russian censors forbade its publication. It circulated in unpublished form in Russia, however, and was soon translated into other languages and published abroad. It had substantial influence on the course of history, perhaps most of all because of its influence on Gandhi. The book is odd in several respects. In a purely literary sense, it is by no means a masterpiece, as Tolstoy’s great novels, written earlier in his life, were. In places…
  • Do You Have Signs of Asberger’s?

    No Author
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Do you struggle in social situations, hate making small talk and changes in routine? These are all key questions in a quiz designed to identify symptoms autism and its milder form, Asperger syndrome. Psychologist Simon Baron-Cohen and his colleagues at Cambridge’s Autism Research Centre created the Autism-Spectrum Quotient as a measure of the extent of autistic traits in adults. This quiz below contains 50 simple multiple choice questions about your outlook on life – judged by how much you agree with certain statements. Examples include: ‘I prefer to do things with others…
 
 
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  • Easter 2014

    Stephanie
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:19 am
    It was the last Easter with all of my kids still living at home.  So many freakin' lasts around here it's heartbreaking.  No one tells you that one day your kids will grow up and leave you.  No one tells you that!  (well, maybe they do tell you, but you are so mired down in piles of dirty laundry and screaming toddlers you think of that phase as an unobtainable oasis in current desert of scorched insanity you toil within you can't even comprehend its existence much less realize it is literally just around the corner)Cate won't be here for the next two Easters.  That's…
  • Sometimes I feel bad because my kids are naughty...

    Stephanie
    22 Apr 2014 | 9:10 am
    but then, sometimes I have to laugh because they are so clever in their naughtiness.It was my mom's birthday last Saturday, so my benevolent sister and her family hosted a party in honor of her that night at their house.And, of course we sang to my mom as she got ready to blow her candles out on her favorite banana cream cake purchased by my dad from Beaverton Bakery. And, while we were singing, I guess Alice hatched a little plan to get back at the younger cousins who always blow every one's birthday candles out before the guest of honor has a chance to.So, right as the little ones were…
  • tattered and torn

    Stephanie
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:43 pm
    (Family Home Evening Selfie)Although my words have been spare lately, my thoughts have been swimming.  Particularly about blogging, and what it means- to me, and to others.Blogging is a weird thing.  It's a relatively new platform in the grand scheme of things.  And, with it's newness, I struggle with a desire to continue writing unabashed and sort-of uncensored, and my desire to crawl in my cave and deliver soliloquies to my bedroom wall instead.  I've been known to do that before.I've been spending time this week reading a lot of critiques of popular bloggers (and I am…
  • dinner simplified: fancy grilled cheese sandwiches

    Stephanie
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:04 pm
    Goodness friends, I'm sorry I've been such a spotty blogger lately.  We are at the height of busyness in our house at this very moment (ramping up to a high school graduation + another high schooler + middle school + track practices + my son + a bunch, bunch more).  I often stop myself during the whirlwind evening marathon and think about how this could possibly be the peak of our wild family-life roller coaster- these final six months of having all four of our kids still living under our roof.  So, instead of borrowing precious time to blog, I am simply enjoying the ride,…
  • San Francisco road trip 2014

    Stephanie
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:25 am
    If you follow me, or my girls, on Instagram then you are well aware of our Spring Break road trip to San Francisco.  My mom and I had been itching to take my girls on a trip there for a while, so the last week in March seemed like the perfect time to make that happen.All three of my girls had never been to S.F., so they really had no idea what to expect.  We were staying in Concord, so each morning we drove into the city, and it wasn't until we drove them down Lombard St. did they really start to "see" what was in store.I had read up a bunch on where to eat while we were in the…
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    Mother Jones

  • Which Bundy Said It: Cliven, Al, Ted, or McGeorge?

    AJ Vicens and Tasneem Raja
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:21 pm
    Cliven Bundy, everybody's favorite Nevada land-fee delinquent, took it to another level this week by questioning whether black people were better off as slaves. Bundy insists his comments weren't racist, just that he's "wondering" if black people have traded traditional slavery for slavery to the US government, in the form of subsidies. As Cliven Bundy's words ricochet through the news cycle, it's worth noting that he's not the only Bundy who's had some whack things to say in the annals of American history. Can you guess which Bundy uttered the…
  • My Life in the New American Minimum Wage Economy

    Peter Van Buren
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:29 pm
    This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. There are many sides to whistleblowing. The one that most people don't know about is the very personal cost, prison aside, including the high cost of lawyers and the strain on family relations, that follows the decision to risk it all in an act of conscience. Here's a part of my own story I've not talked about much before. At age 53, everything changed. Following my whistleblowing first book, We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People, I was run out of the good job I had held for more than 20…
  • Hey Wonk Reporters, Liberate Your Data!

    Simon Rogers
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:06 am
    When it comes to data journalism, everyone's a critic. The launch of three major data journalism operations in only a few weeks—the revamped 538, Vox, and the New York Times' The Upshot—have produced a slew of opinion pieces. They are summarized quite nicely in this piece by Guardian journalist James Ball, but the one critique that sticks with me the most is the idea that we are at a moment in which there is lots of content about data but not so much actual, you know, data. This may all seem like journalistic navel gazing, but it matters. Here's how journalism used to work: as a…
  • This Town Was Almost Swallowed by a Coal Mine

    Tim McDonnell
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:06 am
    Holzweiler, Germany, just escaped impending death. A tidy village of stone houses clustered around an aging cathedral, it's only 40 minutes up the Autobahn from the modernist bustle of Cologne, the country's fourth-largest city. The drive winds past farms spiked with towering wind turbines, standard-bearers of Germany's nationwide green energy overhaul. But Holzweiler's quiet sidewalks are also precariously close to one of Europe's largest open-pit coal mines. When I visited last fall, residents of Holzweiler and a cluster of neighboring villages had been living on borrowed time. The villages…
  • Darren Aronofsky: We Nearly Abandoned "Noah" Because of Racial Issues

    Molly Redden
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:55 pm
    The release of Darren Aronofsky's film epic Noah last month left many pop-culture writers wondering: Why was the cast—the film's representation of humanity before the great flood—so white? Ari Handel, who cowrote Noah with Aronofsky, drew critical responses a few weeks ago when he answered that very question, saying that "as a mythical story, the race of the individuals doesn't matter" and that the film's characters were "supposed to be stand-ins for all people." PBS host Tavis Smiley called Handel's comments "one of the most demeaning and dehumanizing portrayals of nonwhite…
 
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    The Raw Story

  • ‘X-Men’ director Bryan Singer avoids promoting film amid legal ‘shakedown’

    Agence France-Presse
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:17 pm
    U.S. filmmaker Bryan Singer said Thursday he will not help promote the release of his latest X-Men blockbuster next month, to keep the launch free of distraction by sex abuse claims against him. Singer said a lawsuit filed in Hawaii last week was a “sick twisted shake down” attempt to get money out of him, weeks before the release of X-Men: Days of Future Past. “The allegations against me are outrageous, vicious and completely false. I do not want these fictitious claims to divert ANY attention from X-Men: Days of Future Past,” the director said in a statement.
  • ‘Bollywood’ stars highlight climate change during first U.S. awards ceremony

    Agence France-Presse
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:11 pm
    Bollywood’s glitterati on Thursday heard an appeal to use their star power to fight climate change as they opened their first awards ceremony in the United States. Bringing a somber note in the midst of Bollywood’s trademark festive dancing, Rajendra Pachauri, the Indian scientist who leads the Nobel Prize-winning UN climate panel, took the stage in Tampa, Florida, to urge stars to channel their influence for the planet. “We are all residents of spaceship Earth and anything we do — anything that happens on that spaceship — has implications for everybody…
  • Kerry warns Russia against ‘expensive mistake’ in Ukraine

    Agence France-Presse
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:06 pm
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry warned Thursday that Russia’s refusal to take any steps to end the crisis in Ukraine would prove costly, saying the window for Moscow to change course was closing. In a surprise evening statement to reporters, the top US diplomat slammed Russia for breaking its promises by failing to implement the terms of a deal struck in Geneva last week with the U.S., E.U. and Kiev. “For seven days Russia has refused to take a single concrete step in the right direction, not a single Russian official… has publicly gone on television in Ukraine and called…
  • ‘We reject rape culture’: American Univ. students demand sanctions against rogue frat

    Arturo Garcia
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:51 pm
    Students at American University in Washington D.C. marched to school president Neil Kerwin’s office calling for immediate action against the members of a banned fraternity still operating on campus, News2Share reported on Thursday. The protest specifically called on the university to recognize involvement in the unofficial Epsilon Iota (EI) chapter of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity as “gang activity,” and that members be expelled if they are found to have “discussed being present, or condoning sexual violence, assault, battery, slander and all other actions relevant to…
  • Landslide threatening Wyoming resort town slows to a crawl

    Reuters
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:55 pm
    By Laura Zuckerman (Reuters) – A Wyoming landslide menacing houses and businesses in an upscale resort town has slowed to a crawl, giving crews time to prevent the rupture of a water main, although one official cautioned on Thursday that the respite could prove temporary. The slow collapse of the East Gros Ventre Butte in Jackson, a popular international ski destination and gateway to the Grand Teton and Yellowstone national parks, has torn a house in two, buckled roads, displaced dozens of residents from their homes and shuttered several businesses. The landslide first prompted…
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    Guardian: UK Politics

  • Diary: Under wraps who really ticks the boxes on social care | Hugh Muir

    Hugh Muir
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    You have the right to know which councils are failing, of course but not yet Full steam ahead for the local and Euro elections: the voters will have their say. But are they being given the information they need to make a proper choice? This might seem a good time to insert relevant information into the public domain. Instead, the local government ombudsman has decided to delay publication of a list informing voters which councils have been subject to most complaints about provision of social care. It has actually drawn up a league table of the worst offenders. But we'll have to wait until…
  • Zero-hours contracts not controlled if Scotland votes yes Ed Miliband

    Patrick Wintour, political editor
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:47 pm
    Labour cabinet travelling north to unveil review into contracts, claiming independence will make it difficult to regulate themEd Miliband will on Friday promise strict controls on zero-hours contracts across the UK including Scotland, as he seeks to warn the Scots that independence might force their country to compete with England by becoming a low tax, low regulation economy.The Labour leader's aides draw parallels with the way in which the Irish economy has tried to compete with the UK through low regulation and low taxes. Continue reading...
  • Taxpayer subsidies and the price of a firearms licence | @guardianletters

    Guardian Staff
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    The price of a firearms licence hasn't risen since 2001, but it is a matter of great concern to me that for whatever reason I am being required to subsidise gun owners across Warwickshire.Frankly, it defies all logic and is manifestly unfair. To my disappointment, when Midlands Today chose to cover the issue, its report failed to point out that the £50 licence fee covered five years; it said the charge was for "processing paperwork". The truth is that the costs cover rigorous background checks, as well as inspections of the gun owner's property and security. One reason that we…
  • Vote for Ukip to shake up British politics | @guardianletters

    Guardian Staff
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Suzanne Moore (G2, 24 April) identifies the rise of Ukip as due to alienation of voters from mainstream parties who seek to represent ordinary people "without ever talking to them". May I suggest "without ever listening to them"? That a Conservative government might not listen is no surprise but for many, the defining moment of not listening arrived when a New Labour government ignored a million voters marching against war in Iraq. Britain needs an effective opposition party, with the courage to present clearly discernible alternatives but where is such an opposition?
  • Insults on Hillsborough Wikipedia page 'sent from Whitehall'

    Conal Urquhart
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Cabinet Office launches inquiry after Liverpool paper claims page on disaster was changed by government computerThe Cabinet Office has launched an investigation into claims that insults which were sent to the victims and families of the Hillsborough disaster were sent from government computers.The Liverpool Echo said it had discovered that text on the Wikipedia page of the disaster had been changed from computers within Whitehall. It said that in 2009, "Blame Liverpool Fans" was added to the page, while in 2012 the phrase "You'll never walk alone" was changed to…
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    The Plum Line

  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:30 pm
    * John Boehner was clearly joking here, but this is still a revealing moment: House Speaker John Boehner criticized his GOP colleagues at an event in his district on Thursday for resisting immigration reform, the Cincinnati Enquirer reported. “Here’s the attitude. ‘Ohhhh. Don’t make me do this. Ohhhh. This is too hard,’” Boehner told the […]
  • The GOP position on immigration: Get out

    Greg Sargent
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:24 pm
    With Obama considering whether to act to ease deportations, nearly two dozen Republican Senators today fired off a letter putting him on notice: Any such move would constitute an abdication of the responsibility to secure the border, an abandonment of the rule of law, and a threat to the country’s constitutional order. This is an occasion to […]
  • Cliven Bundy and the perils of identity politics

    Paul Waldman
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:57 am
      Is anyone surprised that Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher who has become a Fox News hero because of his stand-off with the Bureau of Land Management, turns out to be a stone-cold racist? Not the kind where we might disagree about whether he’s actually a racist, but a lazy-blacks-had-it-better-when-they-were-slaves kind of racist. Conservatives may […]
  • Morning Plum: Republicans aren’t winning the big argument

    Greg Sargent
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:22 am
    Americans for Prosperity is out with new ads attacking Senate Dems over Obamacare, bringing their total spending to $35 million and counting. And yet, despite the tsunami of cash, there are no signs Republicans are winning the big argument over the health law. They aren’t necessarily losing the argument, either: What is really happening is […]
  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:07 pm
    * A New York Times poll of four Southern states finds that even there, more voters want their representatives to work to improve the law than support getting rid of it, the position of every 2014 GOP candidate: Despite strong dislike of President Obama’s handling of health care, a majority of people in three Southern […]
 
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    Watchblog: Democrats

  • Twenty Sigma: Chaos and Order in American Governance.

    22 Apr 2014 | 3:44 am
    1987's crash, Black Monday, shouldn't have happened. Yes, morally, that's true, but I'm not simply talking about that. I'm talking about in statistical terms, if we're dealing with things from a normal distribution. We should have been able to wait billions of years and never see a day on the stock market like this, the odds being 10 to the 50th power that things would ever turn out that way. To provide some perspective, last year, the scientists at CERN said they were certain they found the Higgs Boson within five or six sigma. It's a million to one chance, roughly speaking, that they were…
  • WatchBlog Joins Social Media! Like, Follow & Share with Us!

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:02 am
    We're happy to announce that WatchBlog has plunged into the viral world of social media, where we can continue to grow and share the great community of WatchBlog. We hope we can bring more people to this brilliantly opinionated political domain. Thank you to all of the supporters, old and new! Like us on FACEBOOK Follow us on Twitter @RealWatchBlog
  • Hope is Optional. Change isn't.

    26 Mar 2014 | 8:51 am
    Recently, I've started doing thirty-minute walks about every day, during my lunch hour in the city I work. For the sake of variety, I try not to take the same route too much. Having done so for a while, I've seen much of my city, many of the layers of change that it has undergone, and that it continues to undergo. More than ever, it leads me to see the necessity for actively dealing with our nation's change.I've been working in the city for almost a decade now. When I started making regular trips into the city, part of my trip went towards the southern part of the city, near the Astrodome. A…
  • Public Sector Still Slowing Job Gains

    10 Mar 2014 | 3:57 am
    Comparing public and private sector job growth to other recessions shows a pretty stark contrast.First of all before I continue, I apologize to anyone who might have been enjoying my monthly discussion of the BLS employment situation. I know there's one or two folks still around that like them and I really enjoy the comment threads that come from it. I've missed the last two months of reports because my life is so hectic right now. My wife and I have a foster home now with three kids ages 3, 2 and an infant. Going from zero to three kids in just a few months is about as good of an excuse as…
  • America Contradicts Itself, For it Contains Multitudes

    4 Feb 2014 | 10:36 am
    Glenn Beck's response to a Super Bowl Commercial that showed a diverse selection of Americans, and "America the Beautiful" in multiple languages is correct in almost every way, except the way that matters most. He says that one's reaction to such a commercial can set one apart, that if one doesn't like the diversity presented, that you won't feel like you fit in, that you'll feel like a racist or something. Well, if the shoe fits...The beauty of this country is in it's capacity to safely contain all the religions, the nationalities, the languages, the traditions and the races of the old…
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    Watchblog: Third Party & Independents

  • Memos Through the Back Door

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:04 am
    What does it mean to not possess legal status but still be not unlawfully present in the USA? It seems one has to wait for the latest lawsuit by the ACLU against the US Citizenship and Immigration Services to see what definition issued by which department will confer what kind of status on someone who arrived in the country without following the law. And to see how any paticular State reacts with legislation or orders of its own. In this twilight zone, who is subject to deportation and who may not be is an increasingly baffling battle of rules and deadlines that makes one pity the officers…
  • Jeff Bezos Really Gets It

    16 Apr 2014 | 10:32 am
    Thank you Jeff Bezos for putting it so clearly. Pay to Quit, which offers unhappy workers from $2,000 to $5,000 to quit depending on how long they have worked for Amazon, is a great reminder that all employment is essentially a contract between employer and employee. It may not have the most attractive terms if the skill level is low and the available supply of labor is high, but it is a contract into which both parties enter. While the obligations and rights as detailed by labor laws are a very complex bundle of rules and taxes nowadays, the essence of what it means to seek and accept, or…
  • That Marxist at JP Morgan

    11 Apr 2014 | 8:44 am
    As has been convincingly stated here, liberal guilt is a painless path to redemption for our society's problems for any individual who wishes to suffer just a little without actually doing much about the particular problem they feel a need to shed a few reptilian tears over. It's interesting to ask why this neccessary guilt, why do they believe we should feel guilty? The answer to this question tends to end up talking about inequality in some shape or form; most often it is economic inequality that seems to be the underlying issue in their minds. We have too much inequality, or too much lack…
  • Mexican Soldiers Drop in for a Visit

    7 Apr 2014 | 6:43 am
    It's not an easy job being a U.S. Border Patrol official guarding the frontier with Mexico, say in Arizona where you have to confront heavily armed Mexican soldiers who draw their guns on you. In southern Arizona it seems to be an increasingly common occurrence to have soldiers from a neighboring country drop in on you for a visit. The question is, what exactly were those Mexican soldiers doing there when they drew their guns on the Border Patrol agents and faced off for a very tense 35 minutes or so? Chasing bad guys like drug smugglers they claim although some officials suspect they were…
  • Op-Eds in the Shadows

    4 Apr 2014 | 12:12 pm
    In Senate Majority leader Harry Reid's rhetoric, the Koch brothers are "a pair of shadowy billionaires" trying to rig the political system. Ok, no one can deny they are rich, having taken their father's company and increased it's value at an astonishing rate of about 18% a year by innovating, investing and producing products most of us want to buy and use. They also employ tens of thousands of people and while they may not be as hungry for a camera as say Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group and a fellow billionaire, it seems hard to describe as "shadowy" two business leaders who want…
 
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    Foreign Policy: Passport

  • How a Polish Courier Tried to Tell the World About the Holocaust

    Hanna Kozlowska
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:45 pm
    In 1943, Jan Karski, a Polish diplomat and courier for the Polish resistance, met with U.S. Supreme Court Justice Felix Frankfurter and relayed to him in detail the horrors of the Holocaust. Karski had personally witnessed Nazi atrocities in the Warsaw ghetto and a Nazi transit camp in Poland. He told Frankfurter of his experience, but his appeal fell on deaf ears. "I do not believe you," the judge responded. "Felix! What are you talking about?" interrupted Jan Ciechanowski, Poland's ambassador to the United States, who was present at the meeting. "He is not…
  • How North Korea Turned Kim Jong Un’s Baby Photos Into Propaganda

    Elias Groll
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Kim Jong Un was adorable as a child. He had big puffy cheeks, a funny smile, and made military salutes from an early age. His parents -- or perhaps his caretakers -- liked to dress him up in military uniforms. And that's how he's portrayed in baby pictures released this week by North Korean state television. Clothed in military uniforms complete with shoulder boards, collar insignias, and an officers cap, Kim appears to be between the ages of four and six. He is pictured drawing. In another photograph, he is pictured saluting someone off camera. The photographs, which were displayed during a…
  • Morning Brief: Ukraine Offensive in Sloviansk Draws Threat of “Consequences” From Russia

    Ty McCormick
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:33 am
    Ukraine Offensive in Sloviansk Draws Threat of “Consequences” From Russia Top news: Ukrainian forces on Thursday moved to take back the eastern city of Sloviansk from pro-Russian separatists, killing as many as five militants and prompting Moscow to warn of "consequences" for the government in Kiev. In accordance with an international agreement signed in Geneva last week, rebel forces occupying government buildings in eastern Ukraine were supposed to disband. Moscow, however, has reiterated that it reserves the right to protect ethnic Russians inside Ukraine. News that Kiev had…
  • Hey Justin Bieber, We Made You a Travel Itinerary!

    Catherine A. Traywick
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Tattooed pop star Justin Bieber is a Canadian, but you'd be forgiven for assuming that he's a millennial version of the stereotypical "ugly American." In Brazil, he raised eyebrows by allegedly visiting a brothel and leaving with two prostitutes in tow. In Australia, he riled a local mayor by vandalizing a hotel with some less than inspired graffiti. And now, Bieber's at it again, courting controversy by visiting Japan's infamous Yasukuni Shrine, a controversial monument that commemorates the country's war dead, including more than 1,000 soldiers later accused of war crimes. On…
  • Polish Prime Minister Sings ‘Hey Jude,’ Internet, Opposition Go Crazy

    Hanna Kozlowska
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Donald Tusk is no Barack Obama. Earlier this week, the Polish prime minister posted a mysterious link to a YouTube video on his Twitter account. That clip featured a snippet of none other than Tusk singing The Beatles' 1968 hit "Hey Jude." As far as singing goes, Tusk doesn't even hold a candle to his American counterpart, who famously pulled off a decent rendition of Al Green. Tusk is off-pitch and bursts out laughing toward the end, making for an embarrassing, if somewhat endearing performance: So why is Tusk singing a song that Paul McCartney wrote for John Lennon's son Julian to…
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    Patrick Ruffini

  • New Projects, New People

    11 Apr 2014 | 7:51 am
    Here at Engage our team and our practice are expanding and I’d like to give you a quick update. First, we’re honored to have worked with House Republican Conference Chair Cathy McMorris Rodgers on the redesign of one of the most prominent websites on Capitol Hill – GOP.gov.  GOP.gov has long set the standard for Congressional websites on both sides of the aisle, and this latest release continues that proud tradition. House Republicans’ new home on the web features a sleek, responsive design aimed at making it simple to browse and share the Conference’s massive library of…
  • Engage Takes Gold at the 2014 Pollie Awards

    9 Apr 2014 | 8:17 am
    This weekend, the American Association of Political Consultants announced their annual Pollie Awards, which honors the best work in political campaigns and advocacy. Engage took home four awards — including gold for International Best Use of Internet and Best Use of Social Media by a candidate. Our work for the Liberal Party of Australia won a Gold Pollie for the best use of the Internet by an international campaign. Engage was brought in to redesign and rebuild the party’s web platform for the 2013 Federal election, giving the party and its leader, Tony Abbott, a fresh and modern…
  • The Secrets of 5 Standout SXSW Talks

    11 Mar 2014 | 8:42 pm
    Every year, SXSW is an incredible opportunity to learn, recharge, and connect with some of the best minds in the digital world. Our team was on the ground this year, speaking on a session about startup political strategy and co-sponsoring Innovation Policy Day with the Consumer Electronics Association, Motorola, Glen Echo Group, Yelp, and Uber. This year, SXSW Interactive featured more than 800 sessions. I thought I’d share five of the best I attended, highlighted in tweets and photos. [View the story "#SXSW2014 Highlights" on Storify]
  • Big Facebook Changes Via Small Words: How “set” & “and” will change how marketers use Facebook

    6 Mar 2014 | 8:32 am
    There are big changes coming to Facebook and hardly anyone has noticed, yet. We take it for granted that major social platforms change a lot. As Katie Notopoulos of BuzzFeed has documented and others have noted, Twitter and Facebook are constantly trying out new layouts and designs. Once a new way of doing things improves the site, those platforms will roll out to all users. Whether it’s the latest version of the News Feed, the addition of imagery or big acquisition news, lots of ink (mostly digital) gets spilled covering major changes to platforms that we all use. But, what about the…
  • Leveraging Your Social Network: CPAC Targeted Sharing

    10 Feb 2014 | 11:12 am
    Whether you are taking a road trip, going to the movies, or attending a conference, it’s always more fun with friends. At Engage, we understand the power of social connections and the important role they play in fostering memorable and meaningful interactions. That is why a key element in our partnership with the American Conservative Union is a targeted sharing application for CPAC 2014. The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) was named by Politico as one of the top political events of this year, and it will—as it has for decades—be the premier gathering of conservative…
 
 
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    Why Tuesday?

  • On Photo Social Security Cards

    WhyTuesday
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:09 am
    Last week, Why Tuesday? co-founder and civil rights leader Andrew Young called upon the Social Security Administration to issue optional Social Security cards with photographs. Young argues that such cards could provide government-issued photo ID for at least some of the estimated 11% of Americans who are currently disenfranchised by strict photo ID laws. While attracting support from two former presidents, President Clinton and President Carter, this proposal has also sparked contentious debate nationwide—including within Why Tuesday?’s own leadership. Let’s be clear: Why Tuesday?
  • An Alternate Take On Voter ID

    WhyTuesday
    12 Apr 2014 | 8:03 am
    “It’s just an idea whose time may have come," said @AmbAndrewYoung of using SSA cards to push back on voter ID laws. pic.twitter.com/jU7TzuAcoI — Why Tuesday? (@WhyTuesday) April 12, 2014 This week at the Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Library in Austin, our chairman and co-founder Ambassador Andrew Young proposed adding a photo to Social Security cards in order to push back on restrictive voter ID laws being enacted in the United States. Former United States Presidents Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter endorsed the idea. President Clinton, as quoted in the Washington Post: The…
  • WT? Helping DC Vote

    WhyTuesday
    23 Feb 2014 | 7:26 am
    Our board member and resident scholar Norm Ornstein has a piece in today’s Washington Post all about increasing Washington D.C.’s voter turnout. Improving voter turnout, the great DC experiment: http://t.co/GVFTr3S7gH — Norman Ornstein (@NormOrnstein) February 21, 2014 You probably will not be surprised by his first suggestion: Move Election Day to the weekend. Here’s what Norm has to say about weekend voting: As the group WhyTuesday.org has pointed out, the practice of holding elections on Tuesdays stems from an 1845 law meant to accommodate an agrarian society that…
  • WT? At Voting Summit 2014

    WhyTuesday
    30 Jan 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Thanks to our co-founder and board member Norm Ornstein for the shout out at the Overseas Vote Foundation’s eighth annual Voting Summit today. The Twitterverse is talking! To sign our petition to ask the President and Congress to move Election Day to the weekend, click here.
  • On The Obama Commission Report

    WhyTuesday
    22 Jan 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Why Tuesday? board member Norman J. Ornstein issued the following statement on today’s report issued by The Presidential Commission on Election Administration: “We applaud the Commission’s bipartisan consensus on the need to make voting easier and more accessible for all eligible Americans, but believe that many more steps can be taken beyond the Commission’s recommendations. While we favor more opportunities for voting before Election Day, Election Day itself needs to be changed from Tuesday – which reflects an antiquated law enacted in 1845 – to the weekend, which is a vastly…
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    Stately McDaniel Manor

  • It Was Worth It…

    Mike McDaniel
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:35 pm
    credit: www,businessinsider.com The Vice Presidency isn’t worth a bucket of warm spit. This obviously heartfelt sentiment has been attributed to John Nance Garner and Lyndon Johnson. Both served as Vice President, though I suspect LBJ would surely have used the more colorful “piss” in place of “spit.” Our current VP, Joe Biden (D-State of Confusion), is famous for gaffes, syntactic car wrecks that would have destroyed the career of any lesser politician, or any Republican of any stature. The media, as one might expect, have carefully protected Biden, fostering an “Aw, it’s just…
  • School Attacks: Proper Planning

    Mike McDaniel
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:21 pm
    credit: en.wikipedia.org John Matthews is billed by Fox News thus: John Matthews is the executive director of the Community Safety Institute. He is a 30-year law enforcement veteran, the author of Mass Shootings: Six Steps for Survival , School Safety 101,and the co-author of The Eyeball Killer, a first-hand account of his capture of Dallas’ only serial killer. His April 17, 2014 article, “Fifteen years after Columbine: What we still need to do to protect our kids” is a remarkable compendium of suggestions, which on their face seem reasonable, but in reality, do nothing more than spend…
  • Preferences and Priorities

    Mike McDaniel
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:41 pm
    The good folks at The Truth About Guns have published my article on the knife attack at a high school near Pittsburg that left 21 students and an adult injured, three critically. It’s titled “Knives vs. Guns: Deadly Distance.” I wrote the article in response to various media commentators and others who thought it a good thing that the attacker only had knives rather than a firearm. Their assumption was that the number of injured would have been much higher, and there would have been far more killed. Past attacks, and an actual understanding of the weapons involved do not bear that…
  • An Informed Ex-Progressive Viewpoint

    Mike McDaniel
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:11 pm
    My favorite Bookworm, who writes at Bookworm Room, is not only a friend, but a recovering Progressive. We met through her interest in learning about firearms and learning to shoot, and we maintain something of a writer’s mutual admiration society. She is one of the most lucid and convincing writers extant in explaining the progressive mindset (and other topics), a topic about which all must be familiar if preserving our constitutional republic is to be possible. In fact, her e-book “The Bookworm Turns,” is a collection of her essays chronicling her path out of progressivism. I’ve…
  • An Infinitely Flexible Definition of “Domestic Terrorism”

    Mike McDaniel
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:03 pm
    credit: thebulletwire.com Senate Majority leader Harry Reid (D-NV) has become a wealthy man while a life-long public servant. He did not come from money, but he has ensured that it has come his way, and the way of his family. He is well known for routinely slandering others from the Senate floor, where he is protected from the consequences of his slanders. Reid obviously doesn’t care if his wild accusations are even remotely true. During the 2012 presidential election he accused Mitt Romney of tax violations, admitting as he did that he couldn’t prove his wild accusation. Reid’s claims…
 
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    Betsy's Page

  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:58 am
    The State Department had a day to come up with accomplishments from the Clinton time as Secretary of State. You can read what they came up with, but it's not very impressive. They're proud that she traveled overseas promoting trade and focused more on women and girls. They also did some bureaucratic reorganization and created some new bureaus. That's it. The reporter who asked the original question was not impressed.There it was. With plenty of time to prepare, the State Department came up with a number of mostly bureaucratic reorganizations as the legacy of Secretary Clinton's QDDR. Lee was…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:16 am
    The Obama administration has tried to deny that any employer would adjust hiring behavior to make sure it didn't have to provide insurance for its employees. Tell that to the University of North Carolina system.Starting next year, large employers must provide insurance for all employees who work more than 30 hours a week. The UNC system has 8,586 visiting professors, graduate assistants and others who meet that threshold but don't qualify for coverage under the State Health Plan because they are considered non-permanent employees.Under the Affordable Care Act, the university system would have…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    These two maps show how ridiculous the objections are as they contrast the part of the proposed pipeline that Obama keeps postponing a decision on with all the pipelines that we already have in the United States. Now do you get it? The Keystone Pipeline would represent a .04% increase in U.S. pipelines. That’s 4/100ths of 1%, a comparison identical to 2 feet versus 1 mile, or 1 teaspoon compared to 3 1/4 gallons.I had no idea. It makes the objections even more ludicrous.Sadly, American universities have imposed their own hegemony over views that are considered anathema to the liberal…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:54 am
    Gosh, people don't seem so eager to belong to a union when they are no longer forced to pay for membership by the government. Such a surprise, no?Ann Althouse isn't too impressed with Obama's analogy of Republican resistance to Obamacare as going through the Kübler-Ross model for dealing with dying.The stages Obama failed to enumerate are: 3. bargaining, 4. depression, and 5. acceptance. Maybe he didn't want to say bargaining, because he doesn't want his party to have to bargain with the other side. He just wants the GOP to get over it. The analogy to dying is, once again, terrible. Because…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:08 am
    So the President had another victory-lap press conference yesterday to announce that Obamacare is a success and the debate is over, done with, kaput. Has anyone ever had so many victory laps trying to convince the public what a success something has been? Of course, he had to mislead people right from the beginning was to say that 35% of the sign-ups were under 35. That might have been a truly meaningful statistic since it represents a big jump from previous estimates of how many young people were signing up, but, as Guy Benson points out, that number also includes children who are not paying…
 
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    Riehl World News

  • Several Influential Conservatives Favor Comcast Merger

    Dan
    8 Apr 2014 | 11:16 am
    Via email. No particular dog in this fight myself; however, I prefer to see business decisions made by business people, not politicians. That sentiment would argue for Congress to stay out of the way and let them do the deal. There’s more detail at link. The submitted letter is here. Heavyweight conservatives and banterweight conservatives are lining up on both sides the Comcast/Time Warner merger. The heavyweights, which include Grover Norquist at Americans for Tax Reform, Wayne Crews at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and Duane Parde at the National Taxpayers Union, have penned…
  • Why Did Dylan Byers Discreetly Change His Mike Rogers Cumulus Story?

    Dan
    28 Mar 2014 | 5:43 am
    I’m curious as to why Politico’s Dylan Byers changed the text of this story without noting it, as I’m unclear how this all may bring House ethics rules into play. Here is how Byers story reads now. The Michigan Republican and longtime House Intelligence Committee chairman will join Cumulus in 2015, according to a press release. Cumulus is the second-largest radio operator in the country, with 460 stations in 89 markets. I didn’t screen cap it but I did copy and paste it in an email at 7 Am this morning. This version is also supported by an aggregated version of the…
  • Cue the Outrage Mongers: AmSpec – Michelle Malkin Is Wrong

    Dan
    28 Mar 2014 | 1:54 am
    Right-wing harpies are as, if not more annoying than the Left-wing strain due to their hypocrisy. And Twitchy often leads the pack when it comes to being the Twitter outrage police. This PC speech police nonsense is particularly sad to see on the Right. One can’t hypocritically claim the 2nd Amendment is inviolate, while standing the 1st Amendment on its head because you don’t like what someone else says. And this isn’t mere grievance mongering. This, ultimately, is a form of scalp hunting that can not help but silence speech through fear and intimidation. Those are Leftist…
  • Why Romney’s Attack On Obama Is Misguided

    Dan
    18 Mar 2014 | 9:08 am
    I was going to let Romney’s misguided attack on Obama go by without comment; however, Mediaite’s Noah Rothman weighed in, so I thought I’d link that and add my two cents. … Romney marshalled every ounce of that authority when he mounted a multi-pronged attack on the president’s handling of America’s foreign affairs. Politically speaking – and Romney’s attack is all about politics – it’s a dumb move regardless of whether Romney is correct or not in his point of view. I’ve seen nothing to indicate that the American people are interested…
  • Dateline 4/11/2007: Why Chris Hayes was “quietly crying” into his sweater

    Dan
    18 Mar 2014 | 8:27 am
    Okay so we know this happened: Looking out the window and quietly crying into my sweater/ — Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) April 11, 2007 h/t  The Daily Caller. But what triggered it? Hm…. via Wiki here are the day’s key events. April 11, 2007 (Wednesday). Trade officials from the United States, European Union, India and Brazil meet in New Delhi, India, to revive the World Trade Organization‘s Doha round of negotiations. (Forbes)(BusinessWeek) The United States Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates meets with the Defense Ministers of the United…
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    Wizbang

  • Western States Finally Standing Up to Rapacious Federal Gov’t

    Warner Todd Huston
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:05 pm
    The Federal government is quickly becoming an enemy to the people. One more example of that is its theft of land. We recently saw an example of this in Nevada with Obama’s Bureau of Land Management attempting to destroy the livelihood of a Nevada rancher by stealing his cattle–and killing them–and sending hundreds of SWAT […]
  • Now Obama Bows to Foreign Robot, Seriously!

    Warner Todd Huston
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Our simpering president, Barack Hussein Obama, has a a habit of bowing for foreign dictators like the mewling, subservient, simpleton he is. But this week he took his bowing to foreigners to its most absurd end. He bowed to a Japanese robot! Back in 2010 after Obama had toured various parts of the world, photos […]
  • Outnumbered! Fox News to Debut New Show With Four Females Hosts & One Male

    Warner Todd Huston
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Before it even debuts, the new Fox News show Outnumbered is being called a “stroke of evil genius.” It features four, count ‘em, four, female hosts and only one, lonely male. The four female hosts and one male host will mostly be rotating. Two of the females will be FOX Business Network’s Sandra Smith and […]
  • Obama Gives IRS, Obamacare Employees BIG Raises While Americans Lose Jobs

    Warner Todd Huston
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:17 am
    So, if you work for a federal agency that engages in illicit attacks on political opponents in obvious violation of the spirit of the U.S. Constitution or you work for the agency responsible for the disastrous rollout of the President’s take over of our national healthcare system, what do you get? Fired? A cut in […]
  • The Anti-Intellectualism, Ignorance, and Intolerance at Our American Universities

    Warner Todd Huston
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:15 am
    Since the 1960s the American University as an institution has ceased to be geared for education. It has, instead, become an institution geared to the indoctrination of an anti-American leftism that is wholly anti-intellectual. This is something that a member of the American Enterprise Institute recently saw first hand, but he isn’t the only one. […]
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    Hullabaloo

  • Travel advisory for Georgia?

    24 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Travel advisory for Georgia?by digbyAnd no I'm not talking about the country "over there" near Russia where all the action is. I'm talking about our Georgia. I can imagine that many travelers from more civilized parts of the world would not feel comfortable in a place this armed and dangerous:Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal (R) just signed a law former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords’ (D-AZ) organization described as “the most extreme gun bill in America.” The new law allows guns in bars, churches, nightclubs and libraries. It eliminates criminal charges against people who accidentally bring…
  • The Times Public Editor takes a look at the story of those pictures

    24 Apr 2014 | 3:34 pm
    The Times Public Editor takes a look at the story of those picturesby digbyMargaret Sullivan writes:The Times led its print edition Monday with an article based in part on photographs that the State Department said were evidence of Russian military presence in popular uprisings in Ukraine. The headline read: “Photos Link Masked Men in East Ukraine to Russia.”And the article began:For two weeks, the mysteriously well-armed, professional gunmen known as “green men” have seized Ukrainian government sites in town after town, igniting a brush fire of separatist unrest across eastern…
  • QOTW: Erick Erickson

    24 Apr 2014 | 1:30 pm
    QOTW: Erick Ericksonby digbyOn why he thinks Hillary isn't the shoo-in for the nomination everyone thinks she is:She’s going to be old!I don’t know how far back they can pull her face!He's such a beautiful man himself --- the Don Draper of right wing commentators --- that he's certainly got standing to say something like this. As I have discussed many times before, this was a theme of the 2008 campaign as well, with people from all sides of the political spectrum feeling free to point out that older women are such repulsive creatures they should not even be seen in public much less run…
  • The next time a Republican gets on the wrong side of the law, tell him to call a plumber

    24 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The next time a Republican gets on the wrong side of the law, tell him to call a plumberby digbySo we're finally coming to the point where political candidates feel free to run ads against a rival who was a criminal defense lawyer --- for the crime of defending criminals. This ad from Chris Christie's Republican Governor's Association comes right out and says it:So much for that "you have a right to an attorney" balderdash. This follows the recent similar campaign against Debo Adegbile, resulting in his being rejected by the Senate for the civil rights post at the Department of Justice, a…
  • Look what the Kochs are buying with the spare change they find in their couch cushions

    24 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    Look what the Kochs are buying with the spare change they find in their couch cushionsby digbyI know it's hard to believe, but it looks as though the .001% are vastly outspending everyone else on political campaigns. Campaign contributions are about 10 times as concentrated as income. Moreover, as both income and campaign contributions have become more concentrated in the top 0.01 percent, inequality in campaign contributions have needed to grow at ten times the rate of income growth — that is, each 1 percent increase in the top 0.01 percent share of income needed to be matched by a 10…
 
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    Eschaton

  • The Great White Father

    24 Apr 2014 | 2:54 pm
    The "slavery wasn't so bad, maybe we should bring it back" idea basically comes from the belief the black people can't or won't take care of themselves and that all the secret welfare they get just encourages them to be even more lazy than they'd otherwise be. So perhaps they would just be better off if they were taken care of by the benevolent Great White Father who would "encourage" them to fight their basic nature and work a bit, while making sure they were well taken care of.Racist and more than a little ignorant of the reality of slavery, but there you go.
  • Happy Hour

    24 Apr 2014 | 2:10 pm
    If this post by Meander doesn't have you reaching for a drink, then you're just not paying attention.
  • It All Comes Back To Bullshit Mountain

    24 Apr 2014 | 10:24 am
    Conservative White America, summarized:"I've been on food stamps and welfare, did anybody help me out? No."
  • The Poors Definitely Can't Have Nice Things

    24 Apr 2014 | 8:48 am
    It isn't the full story, but part of the acceptance of "only poor people get busted for drugs" is based on the idea that the poors don't deserve any "fun" at all. Obviously given addiction issues drug use is a bit more complicated than "fun," but people who have no problem shelling out $50 for a bottle of wine are horrified to see the poors with a six pack of cheap beer. Likewise, upper middle class people who for one reason or another rely on drugs, legal or not, think the poor, with their slightly more acute struggles, must have purity of essence.
  • Just Change A Few Words

    24 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    And Bundy's rhetoric is pretty typical.
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    Firedoglake

  • Let’s Stop Letting Bundy Supporters Off the Hook

    spocko
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:14 pm
    Today Joan Walsh and David Atkins have talked about how politicians and others are distancing themselves from Bundy. Roger Ailes owns Cliven Bundy now: How dumb opportunism became a right-wing nightmare. – Salon, Walsh Republicans lie down with racist welfare rancher Bundy, wake up with racist fleas – Hullabaloo, Atkins Here is something I’d like everyone to notice, and I want you to think about different ways to handle this in the future. When someone that the Right or the Left has embraced is caught doing or saying something bad the MSM go to the supporters and ask,…
  • Peter Van Buren: I’m a Whistleblower, Want Fries With That?

    Tom Engelhardt
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:19 pm
    NOTE: Peter Van Buren and his Ghosts of Tom Joad: A Story of the #99Percent will be featured on the Saturday, May 24th FDL Book Salon Whistleblower and author Peter Van Buren shares his experiences in minimum wage work. Before November 2012, fast-food workers in America had never gone on strike. There was a good reason for that. Many burger-flippers were teenagers in need of a few extra bucks, and thanks to high turnover in the industry, most workers didn’t have to stay long in those poverty-wage jobs. After the economic meltdown of 2007-2008 and the Great Recession, things changed. A…
  • Cover Oregon Recommendeds Shutting Itself Down

    Jon Walker
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Oregon has, by far, the most trouble-ridden of all the 14 state-created Affordable Care Act exchanges. Half a year after it should have been up the site is still not work so a group of employees are recommending they simply pull the plug and replace it with the federal exchange. From Portland Business Journal: Cover Oregon’s technology committee recommends shifting individual enrollment from the state’s embattled health exchange to the federal government’s website, HealthCare.gov. The recommendation, at a Thursday meeting, comes a day before the Cover Oregon board of…
  • Communication Management Units: BOP’s Lack of Process Allows for Targeting of Muslims, Political Speech

    Kevin Gosztola
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:23 pm
    FCI Terre Haute, which has Communication Management Units (CMUs) The Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR), which has brought a lawsuit on behalf of prisoners placed in restrictive prison units known as Communications Management Units (CMUs), has revealed documentation that shows for the first time how people are designated for placement in CMUs, what they are told by the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) when placed in a CMU, and how they’re ongoing imprisonment in the CMU is reviewed by BOP. CMUs can be found in prisons in Terre Haute, Indiana, and Marion, Illinois. They opened in 2006 and…
  • Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens Backs Federal Marijuana Legalization

    Jon Walker
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:35 pm
    Since Stevens is no longer in office he has no direct power over federal policy, but his opinions still carry significant intellectual weight among federal politicians, scholars and people in the media.During an interview with NPR Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens said that the federal government should legalize marijuana. From NPR: [NPR's Scott Simon] asked him if the federal government should legalize marijuana. “Yes,” Stevens replied. “I really think that that’s another instance of public opinion [that's] changed. And recognize that the distinction…
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    TalkLeft

  • AZ Supreme Court Rejects Presence of THC Metabolite as Proof of Drugged Driving

    Jeralyn
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:37 pm
    The Arizona Supreme Court has ruled that prosecutors need proof a driver was impaired by his consumption of marijuana to convict of drugged driving. The presence of THC metabolites in the driver's blood is not enough. The opinion, available... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • DOJ Announces Broadened Clemency Criteria for Drug Offenders

    Jeralyn
    23 Apr 2014 | 11:59 am
    On Monday, the Justice Department announced it would soon be implementing new and broader criteria for drug offenders seeking clemency. Today, the Justice Department announced the new criteria. It is a welcome sea change: The Justice... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Tuesday Night Open Thread

    Jeralyn
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:07 pm
    It's time for El Capo. How will he escape the guerrillas in Colombia? This is an open thread, all topics welcome. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • President of Colombia: War on Drugs a Failure

    Jeralyn
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:04 pm
    Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos says the War on Drugs has failed and we need a new approach to drug trafficking. In an interview on Monday with The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Santos noted a softening of hard-line antidrug policies both in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Supreme Court Upholds Michigan Ban on Affirmative Action

    Jeralyn
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:54 pm
    In a 6-2 vote, the Supreme Court has upheld Michigan's ban on affirmative action in college admissions. The full opinion in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action is here. The opinion holds that Michigan voters had the right to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    The New Republic - The Plank

  • Obama Has Not Kept His Promise to Enforce Net Neutrality

    John B. Judis
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Imagine for a moment that normal telephone lines were afflicted with static, and that when your office called you, you had difficulty making out what the person on the other end was saying, and imagine that the telephone companies started offering a static-free service for a large sum that only the big telemarketers could afford, so that when Visa called you to offer you a new deal on your credit card, you could hear them clearly. That would be pretty awful, wouldn't it? Under Federal Communications Commission law, a common carrier like the telephone company can’t do that. Yet that is…
  • You Have to Smoke E-Cigarettes for This Many Days Before Saving Money Over Tobacco

    Danny Vinik
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:28 pm
    E-cigarettes, for which the F.D.A. proposed new regulations Thursday, have grown in popularity in recent years thanks to the perception—true or not—that they are healthier than traditional cigarettes. But Americans have been drawn to e-cigarettes for another reason: cost. While the price of an e-cigarette starter kit can run from $40-$100, the liquid-nicotine cartridges are cheaper than tobacco cigarettes. Given the upfront cost of e-cigs, how long do you have to smoke them before saving money over traditional "cancer sticks"?The median price of a pack of Marlboro Reds is about $6.38…
  • The GOP Is Still Demanding More Deportations—and Staying Silent on Reform

    Nora Caplan-Bricker
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:38 pm
    It looks like the slim prospects for passing immigration reform this year just got slimmer. On Thursday, 22 Senate Republicans released a letter excoriating Obama for what they view as his lax enforcement of existing immigration policies—and expressing “grave concern” over an ongoing review that may culminate in the administration altering deportation priorities through executive action. “According to reports, the changes under consideration would represent a near complete abandonment of basic immigration enforcement and discard the rule of law and the notion that the United States…
  • Michael Pineda’s Foul Ball

    Marc Tracy
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:15 pm
    During Wednesday night's matchup against the Boston Red Sox, a young New York Yankees pitcher, Michael Pineda, was discovered to have pine tar smeared on his neck. He was presumably using the substance to help him grip the ball in the 51-degree, humid night air.By itself, no big deal: At any given moment, any number of players on any number of teams are doing small, illicit things, such as stealing the catcher’s signs from second base, in order to gain a competitive edge. Putting pine tar on the ball is a violation—“The pitcher shall not apply a foreign substance of any kind to the…
  • Conservatives Hold the Line, Offer Weak Defense of Racist Rancher As Martyr for Liberty

    Brian Beutler
    24 Apr 2014 | 10:55 am
    I had assumed that Cliven Bundy's lapse into slaver nostalgia would augur the end of his martyr status on the right. But I was wrong.National Review writer Kevin Williamson, for one, is sticking to his guns. Whether Bundy's a racist or not is irrelevant to the central questions of whether he's right to refuse to pay federal fees for the right to graze on public land, and whether he's less heroic or more heroic than the men who died fighting Santa Anna for an independent Texas."I very strongly suspect that most of the men who died at the Alamo held a great many views that I would find…
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    The Fix

  • President Obama added basketball players, a ballerina and a celebrity chef to his administration today

    Jaime Fuller
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:34 pm
    When the White House sends out a press release on key administration posts, you don't expect to see names that most -- ok, any -- Americans would recognize. But not today! President Obama announced the appointment of five people to his Council on Fitness, Sports and Nutrition -- which first lady Michelle Obama helped launch […]
  • John Kerry brought his dog to work. Then the dog jumped on him.

    Chris Cillizza
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Thursday was bring your child to work day. (Whoops! Sorry Fix Jr. and Fix III. Or, you're welcome.) And, since Secretary of State John Kerry's kids are all grown up, he brought his dog, a dog who has a human name. His name is Ben. And he has his own Twitter handle -- @diplomutt. Get […]
  • This is one of the best political ads of 2014

    Chris Cillizza
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Positive ads are having a bit of a renaissance in politics these days. And here's one of the best we've seen. It's an ad for Monica Wehby, a doctor running for the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate in Oregon produced by FP1 Strategies. And man is it good. Why? Because it: a) Shows rather than […]
  • Here’s the first story the Washington Post ever wrote about Hillary Clinton. In 1969.

    Masuma Ahuja
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:49 pm
    The former first lady, secretary of state, 2016 hopeful and grandmother-to-be was making waves long before she appeared on the national political stage. Digging through The Washington Post archives, we found the first-ever mention of Hillary Clinton, then Hillary Rodham, in The Post on June 8, 1969. The article, published a few days after Rodham's graduation […]
  • Here’s why Obamacare is still a major problem for Democrats

    Chris Cillizza
    24 Apr 2014 | 11:32 am
    Buried in new New York Times/Kaiser polling on four Southern Senate races is this question: "Is it possible you would ever vote for a candidate who does not share your views on the 2010 health care law, or is this issue so important that you would not vote for a candidate who disagrees with you?" And here's […]
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    Blue Jersey - Front Page

  • TV Spot Links Chris Christie - Deeply Resented in Newark - to Shavar Jeffries

    24 Apr 2014 | 4:46 pm
    I do not live in Newark. And I'm interested if somebody wants to make the case here for Shavar Jeffries for Newark mayor. But I can tell you that every ally I respect who has taken sides in this race is coming in strong for Ras Baraka. Among them, Hetty Rosenstein, Marie Corfield. Public education is the key issue in this race, and the dividing line between the candidates. Behind Shavar Jeffries, $850k from pro-charter, pro-privatization investors. Same kind of people who back Chris Christie. Behind Ras Baraka, principal on leave at Newark Central High School, considerable grassroots support,…
  • Chris Christie missing from TIME's 100 Most Influential

    24 Apr 2014 | 11:03 am
    Darryl Isherwood at the Ledger just noticed Chris Christie was left off TIME Magazine's annual list of the most influential titans, pioneers, artists, leaders and icons. Christie made that list in 2011, during a time he was successfully co-opting NJ Democrats and again last year, when he was still the fleece-wearing hero riding high after Hurricane Sandy. But - interesting - Christie pops up somewhere else.   I tend to ignore national polls this early (even though some of the indicators are way down for Christie). It's just too damned early for any of this temperature-taking to mean…
  • News Roundup & Open Thread for Thursday, April 24, 2014

    24 Apr 2014 | 5:19 am
    Today - Christie "Town Hall" in Brick The Gov could face some flak today at his 120th "Town Hall" in Ocean County, where he'll have state officials who can answer specific Sandy-related questions. Still, Sandy is his comfort level and he doesn't tend to get questions about the scandals when he's speaking in areas where people are still battling back from the storm. Natural gas pipeline through the Pinelands still not dead Environmentalists see Christie's first-ever exercise of his veto over the Pinelands Commission (on a salary raise) as retaliation for the commission vote against the…
  • News Roundup & Open Thread for Wednesday, April 23, 2014

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:06 am
    Earth Day Earth Day message: Scrap power plant plans, block Pinelands pipeline. Here's what happened when activists showed up at the state Ethics Commission yesterday: The takeaway: NJ unions going on offensive against Christie. Thanks, John Connelly, for this first-hand account. Embattled Ethics Commission confirms Samson probe. NJ ethics commission clears union leader, acknowledges complaint against Samson. Union members confront NJ ethics panel over Samson complaint, 'persecution'. Jerseynomics Christie vetoes raises for DRBA employees, gets howls from Delaware commissioners and Gov. Jack…
  • Rush Holt: Not Goodbye

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:56 pm
    My old boss sent this out to supporters tonight, so I thought I'd post it here. The possibilities in the next crop of CD12 hopefuls - our first Indian-American to Congress from NJ, or the first woman in ages or our first African-American woman ever - are better than OK. It's still going to be a charmed district. But losing Rush Holt's voice in the House? Big. The arc of his years in Congress gave the 12th a representative of unusual intelligence (particularly since the Tea Party moved in), clarity, thoughtfulness and good judgement. When we lose his voice in the House, I hope we hear it…
 
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  • Red state attitudes toward the ACA: like America's, but more so

    Andrew Sprung
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:19 pm
    A New York Times/Kaiser Family Foundation poll released yesterday probes perceptions of the Affordable Care Act in four red states, Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana and North Carolina. * In all of these states, Obama's approval rating is in the 30s, and the ACA is also deep underwater, with approval/disapproval percentages ranging from 29/62  in Arizona to 38/54 in North Carolina.*Those overall judgments, stoked by five years of relentless Republican denunciations and a barrage of negative advertising in recent months, are stark.  And yet, the underlying attitudes revealed in the…
  • Bringing a fire extinguisher to a flood

    Andrew Sprung
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:27 am
    A few days ago,  a friend sent me a 297-word graduation speech by economics Nobel laureate Thomas Sargent, delivered in 2007, that's been making the rounds. The speech consists of twelve precepts, delivered with economists' economy, that have been hailed as a distillation of "everything you need to know about economics," as Ezra Klein -- too fond of such sweeping overstatement since launching Vox -- put it.The piece rubbed me the wrong way, not because its precepts are not true, but because their uber-message seems out of step with our slow-growth, post-meltdown, austerity-hog-tied…
  • In December 2008, support for ACA linchpins was broad and shallow

    Andrew Sprung
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:23 pm
    As the Affordable Care Act's first open enrollment season wraps up with a major surge, the law's implementation remains as polarized as public opinion and party rhetoric. States that ran their own exchanges and accepted the Medicaid expansion reduced their uninsured populations by three times as much as states that abstained on both counts, according to Gallup polling. California and Connecticut reached 175% of the CBO's projection for first-year private plan signups; Oklahoma, just 28%, according to Charles Gaba's spreadsheet. Meanwhile, as Obama declared, "the repeal debate is and should be…
  • Liberal Dem, Conservative Doc

    Andrew Sprung
    21 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    As a front-page blogger at Daily Kos and creator of the site's popular Daily Pundit Roundup, Dr. Greg Dworkin (f.k.a.DemFromCT, now blogging under his real name) is a high-profile political liberal.  On Twitter, he is an enthusiastic if scrupulously evidence-based proponent of the Affordable Care Act, defending the efforts it embodies to extend access, control costs and improve quality in healthcare delivery. As a pediatric pulmonary physician with nearly 25 years in private practice, however, Dr. Dworkin spontaneously describes his approach to systemic change in the medical delivery…
  • Program note

    Andrew Sprung
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:39 am
    Blogging has been slower here because I'm working on two reported pieces. One, which I'll post tomorrow morning, is an interview with  Dr.Greg Dworkin, pediatric pulmonary physician and headline Daily Kos blogger, exploring what efforts to control healthcare costs look like from a physician's standpoint. While obviously politically liberal, Dr. Dworkin, like most doctors, is an empiricist and therefore "conservative" in the sense of requiring evidence before crediting any given reform measure.Happy Easter, everyone. I gather it's all about "chocolate eggs and Jesus risen," as C.S. Lewis…
 
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    Opinionator

  • Humanity and Hope in a Southern Prison

    By PETER COZZENS
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Confederate prisons were hellish places -- except the one at Cahaba.
  • A Return to Nigeria

    By ENUMA OKORO
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    What was I doing in America, when there was another land and a people that rightfully claimed me?
  • Bangladesh’s Chance to Get It Right

    By AMY YEE
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Amid the efforts to improve garment-factory safety after the Rana Plaza collapse, some lessons from a shipbuilding company.
  • The Lives of Emma Edmonds

    By CARL SENNA
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:22 pm
    The amazing story of a woman who went undercover as a man to spy for the Union.
  • The End, or Something

    By KRISTOPHER JANSMA
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I knew what was going to happen, I just didn’t write it down – like George Costanza in a board meeting, know when you’ve peaked and get out fast.
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    Hendrik Hertzberg

  • Is Bloomberg’s Aim True?

    Hendrik Hertzberg
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:50 am
    Michael R. Bloomberg, making his first major political investment since leaving office, plans to spend $50 million this year building a nationwide grass-roots network to motivate voters who feel strongly about curbing gun violence, an organization he hopes can eventually outmuscle the National Rifle Association. That’s the lede on a Jeremy W. Peters story in Wednesday’s Times. If you saw it, did your heart leap? Mine did. But then I read the second graf: Mr. Bloomberg, the former mayor of New York, said gun control advocates need to learn from the N.R.A. and punish those…
  • The Late Stephen Colbert

    Hendrik Hertzberg
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:51 am
    One’s first reaction to the ascension—or descent—of Stephen Colbert to the helm of the CBS program soon to be formerly known as “Late Show with David Letterman” is grief: uncomprehending, possibly inconsolable grief. Why? Because, according to more than one news bulletin, the move means “the end of the character Colbert made famous on ‘The Colbert Report.’ ” What? What? How can that be? What does that even mean? ...read more
  • Renaming Names, or Welcome to FDR

    Hendrik Hertzberg
    14 Mar 2014 | 10:02 am
    Apart from hopeless dysfunction, K Street excess, and mindless Republican nihilism, the most annoying thing about Washington, D.C., is its airports. Not the facilities—they’re all right, pleasanter and more navigable than the sprawling, Mumbai-like chaos of New York’s. The names.The other day, deplaning at the older and closer of the two portals, I (along with everybody else) was met at the gate by a young woman with an official-looking uniform, a bored look, and a rote greeting: “Welcome to Reagan National Airport.”“Ugh,” I said. “Let’s…
  • Nobody Said That Then! (Continued)

    Hendrik Hertzberg
    25 Feb 2014 | 1:38 pm
    After complaining recently about language anachronisms in Showtime’s (otherwise excellent) “Masters of Sex,” I lamented thusly: “There are no production designers for language, but there ought to be.” I’ve since learned that there are some: one is Ben Schmidt, a thirty-three-year-old historian at Northeastern University. Schmidt managed to get paid for performing this service for the makers of “Vegas,” starring Dennis Quaid, which ran on CBS for twenty-one episodes, in 2012 and 2013....read more
  • Nobody Said That Then!

    Hendrik Hertzberg
    10 Feb 2014 | 12:34 pm
    More than ever before, the makers of movies and television shows set in the historical past take care to get period details right. What we see on the screen tends to have been conscientiously researched. Medieval peasants, Civil War-era soldiers and politicians, and Old West cowboys and Indians no longer wear obviously machine-sewn clothes made of obviously synthetic fabrics. Houses and streets contain furnishings and vehicles actually in use in the era portrayed. There is some recognition of the fact that, in days of yore, men wore hats year-round, often got dirty, and didn’t…
 
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  • Senate panel to vote on Fischer, other Fed nominees on Tuesday

    24 Apr 2014 | 3:50 pm
    NEW YORK/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Senate Banking Committee will vote next week on three nominees to the Federal Reserve's board, including Stanley Fischer for vice chairman, in a big step toward bulking up the U.S. central bank's depleted ranks.
  • Obama administration may unveil new deportation policy in two stages

    24 Apr 2014 | 3:25 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House is considering small steps in the near term to ease the threat of deportation for some undocumented immigrants, but advocates in communication with the administration expect President Barack Obama to make bigger changes later in the year.
  • Conservative group pulls photo of Colorado theater massacre from attack ad

    24 Apr 2014 | 3:02 pm
    DENVER (Reuters) - A conservative advocacy group has pulled a photograph used in an attack ad against Democratic Senator Mark Udall that depicted him with a grim-faced President Barack Obama in the aftermath of the Colorado theater massacre, after victims' families complained.
  • Judge strikes down NY limits on donations to 'super PACs'

    24 Apr 2014 | 1:30 pm
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - A federal judge on Thursday reluctantly struck down New York's limits on donations to independent political action committees as unconstitutional, potentially ushering in a new era of "super PACs" in state campaigns.
  • Michelle Obama changes Kansas speech date after students protest

    24 Apr 2014 | 12:57 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - First lady Michelle Obama has switched her plans to address a high school commencement ceremony in Topeka, Kansas, in May after students protested that her presence would limit the number of family members they could invite to the ceremony.
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    Slashdot: Politics

  • New White House Petition For Net Neutrality

    Unknown Lamer
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Bob9113 (14996) writes "On the heels of yesterday's FCC bombshell, there is a new petition on the White House petition site titled, 'Maintain true net neutrality to protect the freedom of information in the United States.' The body reads: 'True net neutrality means the free exchange of information between people and organizations. Information is key to a society's well being. One of the most effective tactics of an invading military is to inhibit the flow of information in a population; this includes which information is shared and by who. Today we see this war being waged on American…
  • VK CEO Fired, Says Company Under Kremlin Control

    timothy
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:51 am
    An anonymous reader writes "The embattled founder of VK, Russia's largest social networking site, said this week that the company is now 'under the complete control' of two oligarchs with close ties to President Vladimir Putin. In a VK post published Monday, Pavel Durov said he's been fired as CEO of the website, claiming that he was pushed out on a technicality, and that he only heard of it through media reports."Read more of this story at Slashdot.
  • Biofuels From Corn Can Create More Greenhouse Gases Than Gasoline

    timothy
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:08 pm
    New submitter Chipmunk100 (3619141) writes "Using corn crop residue to make ethanol and other biofuels reduces soil carbon and can generate more greenhouse gases than gasoline, according to a study published today in the journal Nature Climate Change. The findings by a University of Nebraska-Lincoln team of researchers cast doubt on whether corn residue can be used to meet federal mandates to ramp up ethanol production and reduce greenhouse gas emissions."Read more of this story at Slashdot.
  • Google Aids Scientology-Linked Group CCHR With Pay-Per-Click Ads

    timothy
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:59 am
    An anonymous reader writes "The Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR), a Scientology front group, has received a 'grant from Google in the amount of $10,000 per month worth of Pay Per Click Advertising to be used in our Orange County anti-psych campaigns.' CCHR believes that ALL psychiatrists are evil. They believe that psychiatrists were behind the holocaust, and these shadow men were never brought to justice. CCHR also believes that psychiatrists were behind the 911 attacks. Scientologists believe that psychiatrists have always been evil, and their treachery goes back 75 million years…
  • Google and Facebook: Unelected Superpowers?

    timothy
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:48 am
    theodp (442580) writes "'The government is not the only American power whose motivations need to be rigourously examined,' writes The Telegraph's Katherine Rushton. 'Some 2,400 miles away from Washington, in Silicon Valley, Google is aggressively gaining power with little to keep it in check. It has cosied up to governments around the world so effectively that its chairman, Eric Schmidt, is a White House advisor. In Britain, its executives meet with ministers more than almost any other corporation. Google can't be blamed for this: one of its jobs is to lobby for laws that benefit its…
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  • Alexander McQueen’s Savage Beauty comes home to roost

    24 Apr 2014 | 4:41 pm
    London’s Victoria and Albert Museum today confirmed that next year they will present the exhibition Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty, a retrospective of the work of the late British fashion designer originally staged by the Costume Institute of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2011. “Lee Alexander McQueen was brought up in London, studied here and based his globally successful McQueen fashion brand here,” said Martin Roth, the Director of the V&A. “By staging the exhibition at the V&A it feels like we are bringing his work home.”
  • Wheels: Journeys in Paralympic Sport

    24 Apr 2014 | 8:24 am
    Pushing a wheelchair should be easy, right? You put your hands on the wheels and, well, push. Except, when it comes to sport it's anything but as James Moore finds out
  • Dish of the Day: The Reluctant Vegetarian’s Sticky & Sweet Bruschetta to Share

    24 Apr 2014 | 7:31 am
    There's no excuse to not try this one, it's super simple and really delicious. Perfect for sharing and quick enough to whip up after a busy day if you're entertaining.
  • Armin van Buuren: ‘I’m focusing on the future of trance’

    24 Apr 2014 | 7:25 am
    Armin Van Buuren is possibly the world's biggest trance DJ. He has landed the top spot in DJ Mag's top 100 DJs poll five times, hosts a weekly radio show that attracts over 20 million listeners per week and was the first Dutch dance music artist to land a No.1 album in the Dutch charts with 2008's 'Imagine'. Last year he got together with Philips to work on creating a pair of DJ-friendly headphones and they will soon be launching, so I spoke to him about the product and what he's been up to lately...
  • Top 10 Unrelated Pairs of Words

    24 Apr 2014 | 7:11 am
    My favourite Top 10 so far in The Independent on Sunday last weekend: surprisingly unrelated pairs of words. I started with male and female, which came to English from different Latin roots (masculus and femina), but which came close to rhyming in Old French (masle and femelle) and thus converged in modern English. These kinds of [...]
 
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  • Hawaiian Student Sues After Being Ordered to Stop Handing Out Pocket Constitutions

    Katherine Mangu-Ward
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:24 pm
    The always formidable defenders of free speech at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) filed a lawsuit in federal court today on behalf of a student who committed the heinous crime of handing out wee copies of the U.S. Constitution at the University of Hawaii at Hilo: The complaint alleges that on January 16, 2014, plaintiff Merritt Burch, who is president of the UH Hilo chapter of Young Americans for Liberty (YAL), and a fellow student YAL member were participating in an outdoor event where student groups set up tables to distribute literature. Observing other students…
  • Feds to Take Over Oregon's Failed $300 Million Health Insurance Exchange

    Peter Suderman
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:34 pm
    The state of Oregon received $303 million in federal grants—more than all but two other states—to build and operate a health insurance exchange, dubbed Cover Oregon, under Obamacare. One of those grants was a $48 million "early innovator" grant for states whose exchanges were intended to serve as models for the nation. The state was among the most enthusiastic about implementing the law, with Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber touting both the law and his state's work building the exchange.  The state's work on its exchange recieved praise throughout the media, and it was reportedly loved by…
  • Tax Resistance in Africa

    Jesse Walker
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Black-market carpentry is booming in Zimbabwe, the Inter Press Service reports: According to the Informal Woodworkers' Association, a Harare-based organisation, 18,500 people are currently engaged in informal carpentry in the capital. "Most carpenters here shun practicing formally, evading operational costs from local and government authorities for the land and resources they use, resulting in close to 20,000 people turning to informal carpentry. Indeed it is a sharp rise from about 7,000 back in 2009," the association's chairperson, Dickson Mapuranga, tells IPS. I found that article via…
  • Israel Suspends Peace Talks, Russia Orders Military Exercises on Ukrainian Border, Republican Lawmakers Denounce Cliven Bundy: P.M. Links

    Matthew Feeney
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Israel suspended peace talks in the wake of Hamas and Fatah agreeing to a unity deal. A recent Quinnipiac University poll shows that Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) would beat former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Colorado if they both win their party's 2016 presidential nominations. Republican lawmakers who have expressed support for Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who is in a legal fight with the Bureau of Land Management, have denounced him in light of his comments on slavery. A Kansas man on trial for murder worries that his "murder" neck tattoo may influence the jury against him. Russia…
  • Is John Bolton a ‘hawkish libertarian’?

    Matt Welch
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:15 pm
    The words "libertarian" and "John Bolton" are not typically contained in the same sentence, unless that sentence also contains phrases like "virulently disagrees with," or "WTF?" Still, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations is both a lower-tier potential presidential aspirant and a willing debater, so on The Independents last night we had the weird idea to ask the mustachioed hawk some questions about domestic policy, on issues such as spending, entitlements, gay marriage, prostitution, and more. Some of the answers may surprise you.... We didn't ask about the drug war, since he…
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  • Latest White House Gatecrasher a Real Fox

    Katie Kindelan
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:11 am
    While President Obama deals with Russian President Vladimir Putin abroad, the groundskeepers and Secret Service agents who guard the White House are trying to combat an equally wily opponent at home. The latest gatecrasher to show up at the president’s home uninvited is not a “Real Housewife” but a real, live fox. The little red fox was first spotted on the White House grounds last fall, just before the government shutdown. According to The Wall Street Journal, while White House staffers found themselves at home during the furlough, the fox made himself at home at the White…
  • IRS Defends Agency ‘Obamacare’ Official

    Abby D. Phillip
    17 May 2013 | 11:10 am
                    (Image Credit: Ann Hermes/The Christian Science Monitor/Getty Images) Despite her congressional testimony, the Internal Revenue Service today denied that the former commissioner of tax exempt and government entities – now running the agency’s health care office – was in charge of the unit’s day-to-day operations after Dec. 2010. Sarah Hall Ingram retained the title of commissioner, with oversight over tax-exempt groups, but the IRS says she moved to the agency’s…
  • IRS Official in Charge During Tea Party Targeting Now Runs Health Care Office

    John Parkinson
    16 May 2013 | 3:15 pm
    The Internal Revenue Service official in charge of the tax-exempt organizations at the time when the unit targeted tea party groups now runs the IRS office responsible for the health care legislation. Sarah Hall Ingram served as commissioner of the office responsible for tax-exempt organizations between 2009 and 2012. But Ingram has since left that part of the IRS and is now the director of the IRS’ Affordable Care Act office, the IRS confirmed to ABC News today. Her successor, Joseph Grant, is taking the fall for misdeeds at the scandal-plagued unit between 2010 and 2012. During at…
  • IRS Asks for Reading List, Tea Party Group Sends Constitution

    Abby D. Phillip
    14 May 2013 | 11:31 am
                                                    (Image Credit: Visions of America/UIG via Getty Images) When Marion Bower decided to start her tea party organization in 2010, she didn’t know that it would take nearly two years for the Internal Revenue Service to approve her request for tax-exempt status. The Ohio woman also did not expect that providing…
  • New NRA President Jim Porter Knocked ‘Fake President’ Obama

    Abby D. Phillip
    3 May 2013 | 12:41 pm
                                                                                              (Image Credit: NRANews/YouTube) The NRA has a new president,…
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  • What is This Thing?—-Separation of church and State

    Randy Toman
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:46 am
    All cultures with advanced intellect will have attraction to some authority and the only questions that need be ask are: What will be it’s religious authority?—-and/or—-What will be its Philosophy and Worldview? These types of questions are not being ask today—-as if the Constitution of old and this era of time did not hinge on any consideration of—or—formulation by a fixed thought process with a “Worldview” that guided the individual citizens and it’s culture. Was the United States formed with it’s “Constitution” as a Christian nation…
  • What did Happen?

    Randy Toman
    4 Apr 2014 | 12:40 pm
    “Where there is no Justice there is no State” St. Augustine Bishop of Hippo “City of God” With no justice—no state—and I say—there can be no social compact without that—–nor is there social justice within the culture. And because of none of the above we have no “liberty” but rather a self rule with little respect for anything or anybody. There is nothing but “Might” makes right—–through some kind of government and with a deception of what should be and is called “Liberty”. So what did happen to Liberty and the Constitution we once…
  • Will Reason Work?

    Randy Toman
    19 Mar 2014 | 8:04 am
    Have we reached a point in governing were “Reason” or the art of reasoning in guiding the government process is not working. If that is true we must ask—–Why is that? Reasonable men have differ in the past—-yet governed—-what is making these times so different that I can ask—-Is the reasoning process working? Has it never been that men have ask—–What reason is? Has reason and the use of it drifted past the simplicity of being able to solve problems—-will the art of reasoning be restored to its proper place? I do not believe the saying…
  • Is It time To Resist (Part 3)

    Randy Toman
    20 Feb 2014 | 6:41 am
    In the the first article: http://www.lehighvalleyconservative.com/is-it-time-to-resist/ I begin my case: “This Slavish doctrine of Non-Resistance now exhibits itself here in America and must be looked at with great concern and as one of the great Biblical errors of the time.” I set the tone of the inquiry, with back ground, saying there will be no security in the land. “The citizen has no security against a magistrate who wishes to do evil to his people.” Because the citizen has been: “We have today a citizen that is dumb down not understanding what is or has happened to him and his…
  • Is it time to Resist? (Part 2)

    Randy Toman
    17 Feb 2014 | 8:50 am
    We have as our text Roman13:1-6 and with that we find it difficult to recognize how the Christians here in America do not understand their duty to the “Higher Authority”. Note what the apostle Paul says: “… the power that be are ordained of God.” Romans 13:1 (KJV 1611). Those powers that are to be used by the the magistrate are put in place by God’s authority to have a government—–placing Biblical law over us for our good. Nowhere does it say the magistrate has the “Authority” to do what be wants—-to his subjects—especially if that what the…
 
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    The American Prospect

  • Daily Meme: The Fall of Cliven Bundy

    Paul Waldman
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:49 pm
    It's media discovery day here at the Daily Meme. What's being discovered? The story of the day is of course Nevada rancher and public property thief Cliven Bundy, who, to the surprise of pretty much nobody, turns out to be a stone-cold racist. When a guy holding a press conference starts a sentence with, "I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro," the clever reporter starts writing. And so does a right-wing hero fall from his perch. Bundy will now disappear from Fox News, where he was getting round-the-clock coverage. Bundy's greatest media advocate has been Sean Hannity,…
  • With Cliven Bundy, the Right Is Reaping What It Sows

    Paul Waldman
    24 Apr 2014 | 10:35 am
    Some great causes achieve their goals and transform the world, while others fizzle out when it's discovered that their leaders are unadorned racists who think black people were in much better shape when they were slaves. Isn't that how it goes? At least that's what some conservatives must have thought today as they learned of the New York Times report on Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher who has been grazing his cows on federal land and refusing to pay grazing fees, what you or I might consider "stealing," but what the folks at Fox News, who have given Bundy hour after hour of glowing…
  • Let's Get Together

    Matthew Duss
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:57 am
    Rex Features via AP Images Senior Fatah official Azzam Al-Ahmed, left, shakes hands with head of the Hamas government Ismail Haniyeh after announcing a reconciliation agreement between Hamas and Fatah, in Gaza City. It’s probably smart to view yesterday’s deal between the leading Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas—in which the two groups agreed to create a consensus government and hold elections later this year—with some skepticism. Announced with similar fanfare, accords in Cairo in 2011 and in Doha in 2012 went nowhere, with neither side believing it had more to gain than lose…
  • We Hate Obamacare (But Like What It Does)

    Harold Meyerson
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:12 am
    The word on Americans—one bit of conventional wisdom that is nonetheless true—is that they are ideologically conservative and operationally liberal. They are opposed to big government but support actual universal government programs like Social Security and Medicare.  Confronted with Obamacare, conservative Americans have taken this paradox to new heights. They intensely dislike the program, but they like what it actually does. The New York Times has a poll of four Southern states (Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina) out today, undertaken in conjunction with the Kaiser Family…
  • Daily Meme: The Court's Faux Colorblindness

    Gabriel Arana
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:24 pm
    "A blinkered view of race in America won out in the Supreme Court on Tuesday when six justices agreed, for various reasons, to allow Michigan voters to ban race-conscious admissions policies in higher education ... " So starts the New York Times's righteous take-down of today's Supreme Court ruling in Schuette v. BAMN, in which the Justices upheld a Michigan law banning the consideration of race in admissions. The plurality's justification—six Justices in total agreed with the ruling, but differed in their reasons for doing so—for reversing the lower-court decision? As long as the…
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  • Daily Meme: The Fall of Cliven Bundy

    Paul Waldman
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:49 pm
    It's media discovery day here at the Daily Meme. What's being discovered? The story of the day is of course Nevada rancher and public property thief Cliven Bundy, who, to the surprise of pretty much nobody, turns out to be a stone-cold racist. When a guy holding a press conference starts a sentence with, "I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro," the clever reporter starts writing. And so does a right-wing hero fall from his perch. Bundy will now disappear from Fox News, where he was getting round-the-clock coverage. Bundy's greatest media advocate has been Sean Hannity,…
  • With Cliven Bundy, the Right Is Reaping What It Sows

    Paul Waldman
    24 Apr 2014 | 10:35 am
    Some great causes achieve their goals and transform the world, while others fizzle out when it's discovered that their leaders are unadorned racists who think black people were in much better shape when they were slaves. Isn't that how it goes? At least that's what some conservatives must have thought today as they learned of the New York Times report on Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher who has been grazing his cows on federal land and refusing to pay grazing fees, what you or I might consider "stealing," but what the folks at Fox News, who have given Bundy hour after hour of glowing…
  • Let's Get Together

    Matthew Duss
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:57 am
    Rex Features via AP Images Senior Fatah official Azzam Al-Ahmed, left, shakes hands with head of the Hamas government Ismail Haniyeh after announcing a reconciliation agreement between Hamas and Fatah, in Gaza City. It’s probably smart to view yesterday’s deal between the leading Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas—in which the two groups agreed to create a consensus government and hold elections later this year—with some skepticism. Announced with similar fanfare, accords in Cairo in 2011 and in Doha in 2012 went nowhere, with neither side believing it had more to gain than lose…
  • We Hate Obamacare (But Like What It Does)

    Harold Meyerson
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:12 am
    The word on Americans—one bit of conventional wisdom that is nonetheless true—is that they are ideologically conservative and operationally liberal. They are opposed to big government but support actual universal government programs like Social Security and Medicare.  Confronted with Obamacare, conservative Americans have taken this paradox to new heights. They intensely dislike the program, but they like what it actually does. The New York Times has a poll of four Southern states (Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina) out today, undertaken in conjunction with the Kaiser Family…
  • Daily Meme: The Court's Faux Colorblindness

    Gabriel Arana
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:24 pm
    "A blinkered view of race in America won out in the Supreme Court on Tuesday when six justices agreed, for various reasons, to allow Michigan voters to ban race-conscious admissions policies in higher education ... " So starts the New York Times's righteous take-down of today's Supreme Court ruling in Schuette v. BAMN, in which the Justices upheld a Michigan law banning the consideration of race in admissions. The plurality's justification—six Justices in total agreed with the ruling, but differed in their reasons for doing so—for reversing the lower-court decision? As long as the…
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  • Oregon will drop its Obamacare exchange. What now?

    Jason Millman
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Cover Oregon launched with such high hopes and catchy jingles. (YouTube) After failing to launch a fully functioning Obamacare enrollment Web site, it looks like Oregon's health insurance exchange will be taken over by the Obama administration. It's a sign of how deeply flawed the Oregon enrollment system is despite initial lofty hopes, and a further indication of how much HealthCare.gov has improved since its own awful rollout. The Oregon exchange board is scheduled to vote on the recommendation Friday, but as my colleague Amy Goldstein reported Thursday, federal officials have strongly…
  • The price of new homes is surging — in part because houses are getting bigger

    Dina ElBoghdady
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:59 pm
    The surge in prices of newly built homes is not as steep as it looks at first glance. The median price of a new home reached $290,000 in March, the highest level since the U.S. Census Bureau began tracking the figures in the mid-1960s, data released Thursday show.  That’s up about 11 percent from February, and nearly 13 percent from a year earlier. The limited supply of properties and higher building costs played a role in the increase. But so has the mix of homes.  They’re getting bigger and fancier – and therefore pricier – as builders chase after wealthier buyers. The Census…
  • Millennials are undercutting their own influence on social policy

    Emily Badger
    24 Apr 2014 | 11:43 am
    Much has been made of the vaunted "youth vote" in the Obama era, of the surge in voters younger than 30 who've turned out -- many for the first time, all defying expectations -- in numbers crucial to influencing the last two presidential elections. But even during the 2012 election, younger voters in fact cast significantly fewer ballots than we might expect, given their share of the voting-eligible population. During the last presidential election, voters aged 18-29 made up 21.2 percent of the population of voting-age citizens in the United States. But they made up just 15.4 percent of all…
  • Aetna: Late Obamacare changes account for half of 2015 premium increases

    Jason Millman
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:08 am
    Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini (Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg) Major health insurers are starting to report their first quarter of financial results under Obamacare's new market rules, giving us some perspective on how they're seeing the law's new insurance marketplaces playing out. It was Aetna's turn Thursday morning, a week after UnitedHealth Group reported its results. Here are some highlights from the Aetna call: 1. The nation's third-largest health insurer is participating in 17 state Affordable Care Act exchanges in 2014. The company says its "bias" is to stay at that level in 2015. 2. Aetna chief…
  • Wonkbook: The FCC is trying to thread the needle on net neutrality

    Puneet Kollipara
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:27 am
    Welcome to Wonkbook, Wonkblog’s morning policy news primer by Puneet Kollipara. 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. (Photo by Gary Cameron/Reuters) Wonkbook’s Number of the Day: 397.7 million. That's the U.S. supply of crude oil in barrels, the highest value since the Great Depression thanks to the shale boom. Wonkbook’s Chart of the Day: This chart analyzing CBO data shows that Obamacare's Medicaid expansion is a better deal for the states than previously thought.
 
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  • Boehner mocks GOP colleagues for balking at immigration reform

    24 Apr 2014 | 3:42 pm
    House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) mocked the rest of his GOP caucus on Thursday for being too scared to take on immigration reform."Here's the attitude. 'Ohhhh. Don't make me do this. Ohhhh. This is too hard,'" Boehner said at a lunch hosted by a...
  • Arkansas judge strikes down voter ID law

    24 Apr 2014 | 3:17 pm
    An Arkansas judge struck down the state’s strict photo ID law on Thursday, saying it illegally adds a requirement voters must fulfill before going to the polls.Judge Tim Fox of the Pulaski County circuit court said the state’s law is...
  • Hillary Clinton to speak with McCain in Arizona

    24 Apr 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Hillary Clinton will speak at the McCain Institute's annual Sedona Forum on Saturday with Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), the institute announced Thursday.In a statement, McCain said he is "very pleased" his "friend" Clinton could join this year's forum...
  • Retired Supreme Court justice: Legalize pot

    24 Apr 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens on Thursday said the federal government should legalize marijuana."Yes," Stevens, 94, replied after NPR host Scott Simon asked him whether it should be his radio show. [LISTEN HERE]"I really think that...
  • State Department dismisses 'ludicrous' claims from Russia

    24 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
     The State Department on Thursday rejected as "ludicrous" accusations from Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov that the United States was in control of a Ukrainian crackdown.At a department press briefing, a journalist asked spokeswoman Jen...
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  • But what about the “cloud”? The Aereo argument in Plain English

    Amy Howe
    24 Apr 2014 | 11:59 am
    Before Tuesday’s oral arguments in American Broadcasting Companies v. Aereo, Justice Kennedy announced the Court’s much-anticipated decision in Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, upholding Michigan’s state constitutional ban on the use of affirmative action by state universities.  Given the palpably tense atmosphere that accompanied Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s dissent from the bench in Schuette, you had the sense that the Justices were relieved to move on to easier – or at least less controversial – topics, like the David-and-Goliath battle that pits Aereo, the…
  • Argument preview: First Amendment protections for public employee’s subpoenaed testimony

    Ruthann Robson
    24 Apr 2014 | 10:26 am
    On Monday, April 28, the Court will hear oral arguments in Lane v. Franks on the First Amendment protections for a public employee who testifies in court.  There are two respondents — the previous and current presidents of the college in question – and they disagree with each other on the First Amendment question.  The Solicitor General will participate in the oral argument. Background Central to the resolution of Lane v. Franks is the reach of Garcetti v. Ceballos, the Court’s latest pronouncement on the First Amendment rights of public employees.  Since Pickering v. Board of…
  • Argument analysis: Was Congress more “legally sophisticated” than the Justices when it overrode state limitations on lawsuits for toxic exposure?

    Robert Percival
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:47 am
    Was Congress legally sophisticated enough to distinguish between “statutes of limitations” and “statutes of repose” when it amended the “Superfund” legislation (known as CERCLA) in 1986?  At the oral argument in CTS Corp. v. Waldburger, some Justices confessed that the crucial distinction that CTS ascribes to Congress was complete news to them.   The case turns on whether the respondents – homeowners whose well water was polluted by toxics – are barred from suing CTS by a North Carolina law that requires suits to be brought less than ten years after the defendant’s last…
  • Opinion analysis: Extending limitations on habeas relief

    Jordan Steiker
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:46 am
    On Wednesday, in White v. Woodall, the Court reversed a grant of habeas relief by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit.  Woodall’s underlying claim concerned the state trial court’s refusal to accommodate his request for a “no-adverse-inference” instruction at the punishment phase of his capital trial; Woodall did not testify at the punishment phase, and he had sought an instruction that would have acknowledged his right not to testify and forbade jurors from holding his choice not to testify against him “in any way.”  On appeal, the Kentucky Supreme Court affirmed. …
  • Thursday round-up

    Amy Howe
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:19 am
    Yesterday the Court issued decisions in two cases:  Paroline v. United States, involving restitution for victims of child pornography; and White v. Woodall, a habeas case.  Lyle Denniston covered the decision in Paroline for us; other coverage comes from Bill Mears of CNN and Jaclyn Belczyk of JURIST, while Tony Mauro profiles Stanley Schneider, the Texas lawyer who represented Paroline, for The National Law Journal (registration required).  Commentary on Paroline comes from Rick Hasen, who predicts at his Election Law Blog that Congress will step in to override the Court’s decision,…
 
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    Politifact.com Truth-O-Meter rulings from National

  • Chain email: "The President wants the U.S. to sign on to the U.N.’s International Criminal Court."

    24 Apr 2014 | 2:45 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Chain email says Barack Obama wants U.S. to join International Criminal Court A reader recently sent us an email that had a meandering -- but strongly critical -- message of opposition to President Barack Obama. The email, which can be read in its entirety here, urges veterans and their families to vote in the 2014 midterm elections in order to send Obama a message. Here are excerpts: "The President, the Commander in Chief, has made the Rules of Engagement (ROE) so difficult, that our troops are often killed before they can even get permission to fight.
  • Chain email: "More than 1,000 American soldiers have lost their lives in Afghanistan in the last 27 months. This is more than the combined total of the nine years before."

    24 Apr 2014 | 1:03 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Chain email says 'more than 1,000 American soldiers have lost their lives in Afghanistan in the last 27 months' A reader recently sent us an email that had a meandering -- but strongly critical -- message of opposition to President Barack Obama. The email -- which can be read in its entirety here -- urges veterans and their families to vote in the 2014 midterm elections in order to send Obama a message. Here are excerpts: "The President, the Commander in Chief, has made the Rules of Engagement (ROE) so difficult that our troops are often killed before they…
  • Mike McFadden: Says Al Franken "voted to exempt himself and Congress from enrolling in (the Affordable Care Act marketplaces)."

    24 Apr 2014 | 12:52 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: False | GOP challenger says Al Franken voted to exempt himself from health care law Republican Mike McFadden claims his midterm opponent, incumbent Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn., wanted to excuse himself from the health care reform’s requirement to buy insurance on the marketplace. "What’s Minnesota gotten from Al Franken?" the narrator asks in McFadden’s April 17 TV ad "Miss," a $9,800 buy. In the background, a hockey player misses each shot he takes. "Record spending, over 40 votes for higher taxes and Franken voted for…
  • The Tax Foundation: "Americans will spend more on taxes in 2014 than they will on food, clothing and housing combined."

    23 Apr 2014 | 2:36 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Do Americans pay more in taxes than in food, clothing and housing? With the April 15 tax deadline a fresh memory, Americans have seen an uptick in social media posts about taxes. One reader saw a Facebook post and forwarded it to us, asking whether it was accurate. "Americans will spend more on taxes in 2014 than they will on food, clothing and housing combined," the post said, and it included a chart showing that the combination of state, local and federal taxes exceeded the amount spent on food, clothing and housing. The post was credited to the…
  • Kay Hagan: Says North Carolina Republican Senate candidate Thom Tillis "called Obamacare ‘a great idea.’ "

    22 Apr 2014 | 1:05 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Kay Hagan says GOP rival Thom Tillis called Obamacare 'a great idea' In her quest to win a second term, Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., has been hit hard by attacks over her vote for Obamacare. In a recent radio ad, she fights back, charging that her potential Republican opponent, state House Speaker Thom Tillis, actually said he liked the health care law. Here’s a portion of the narration in Hagan’s ad: "Politicians. These days, you’ve got to watch them close. Real close. Here’s Republican Senate candidate Thom Tillis describing…
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    Balloon Juice

  • Holly Update

    John Cole
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:02 pm
    She had surgery this morning, and they removed the aneurysm successfully, but there was some bleeding. Her vitals and I guess what are called electronic pulses remained stable through out the procedure, and Brooke just told me that her CT scan a bit ago was very good, and now they are just waiting for her to wake up. Stopped her mail this morning, and since she was on vacation when this happened, her car is still in the airport parking lot, so dad and Harald Are going to go up tomorrow and pick that up so she doesn’t have an enormous bill and a car rusting out in an airport parking lot.
  • Another Fucking Disgrace

    John Cole
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Good grief: At least 40 U.S. veterans died waiting for appointments at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system, many of whom were placed on a secret waiting list. The secret list was part of an elaborate scheme designed by Veterans Affairs managers in Phoenix who were trying to hide that 1,400 to 1,600 sick veterans were forced to wait months to see a doctor, according to a recently retired top VA doctor and several high-level sources. My first instinct is to hang them all, followed up by “WHY THE FUCK ARE THEY NOT GIVEN MORE RESOURCES IF THEY HAVE THIS KIND OF BACKLOG?”…
  • Open Thread: A Smorgasbord of GOP Ugliness

    Anne Laurie
    24 Apr 2014 | 11:54 am
    MisterMix beat me to the front page with the YouTube clip of Cliven Bundy making his “never said that, taken out of context” extremely racist remarks, so we have had a chance to judge his affect and sincerity for ourselves. Now that I’ve watched it, I retract my suggestion from the wee hours that some people were saying Bundy might be clinically senile; from the evidence of this video, he’s just old and mean and (as my lace-curtain Irish granny would put it) common as pig tracks. *********** The Rude Pundit offers his usual excellent discourse on the latest Rising…
  • Badlands, you got to live it every day

    DougJ
    24 Apr 2014 | 11:39 am
    Who knew the Real Murkins from North Dakota loved book-lurnin’ from librul perfessors so much? About 52 percent of Massachusetts residents had at least an associate degree in 2012, the highest proportion in the nation. Minnesota comes in second, with New York and North Dakota close behind. Minnesota and North Dakota are perennial overachievers, Matthews says. “It is by all accounts cultural,” he said. “These communities have traditionally placed a huge value on education, stressed education. And so this has always been the case.” Both states have strong high…
  • Here’s the Video

    evolved beyond the fist mistermix
    24 Apr 2014 | 11:23 am
    Here’s my question to the learned scholar Bundy: Why are so many of them sitting on their porches if they abort their young children because they never learned to pick cotton? Update: Our deep thinker on the subjects of race and culture probably lost Hannity with this: “Now let me talk about the Spanish people,” Bundy said in a new video unearthed by New York magazine, right after he concluded his thoughts on “the Negro.” “I understand that they come over here against our Constitution and cross our borders,” he says. “But they’re here and…
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    The Moderate Voice

  • Beutler on 2014 Election

    Ballard Burgher
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:05 pm
    Brian Beutler critiques the 2014 GOP election strategy pushing repeal of Obamacare in The New Republic. The Democrats’ working theory of 2014 is that they must minimize presidential election drop-off among young people, ethnic minorities, and single women. Get the Obama coalition back to the polls one last time, or at least split the difference between a typical campaign with Obama atop the ticket and a midterm. This explains the party’s legislative strategy over the past year and a half. If you can pass a law, do it. If you can’t, then at least make it clear who killed it.
  • Putin calls Internet ‘CIA project’

    Guest Voice
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:58 pm
    Putin calls Internet ‘CIA project’ (via AFP) Russian President Vladimir Putin on Thursday called the Internet a “CIA project” and warned Russians against making Google searches. Putin assured a group of young journalists that the Internet was controlled from the start by the CIA and its surveillance…  
  • Twitter conservatives defend Cliven Bundy’s ‘Negro’ remarks, but also demand video proof

    Guest Voice
    24 Apr 2014 | 11:14 am
    Twitter conservatives defend Cliven Bundy’s ‘Negro’ remarks, but also demand video proof (via Raw Story ) As conservative politicians and commentators rushed to distance themselves from Cliven Bundy’s plainly racist remarks, Twitter conservatives offered their defense of the scofflaw rancher. Some supporters accused media liberals of playing the race…  
  • Cliven Bundy wonders if blacks were ‘better off as slaves’: Republican supporters start fleeing (UPDATED)

    JOE GANDELMAN, Editor-In-Chief
    24 Apr 2014 | 9:03 am
    More responsible Republicans are now starting to flee. Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, the rancher who refused to pay grazing fees, suggested he’d violently resist if the feds showed up to try and coerce him or touch his land or property, made comments in a New York Times interview that even one of cows would look at and say: “Those comments are racist!” (UPDATE: Bundy is now in damage control mode, visiting friendly conservative talk show hosts. But there is, in fact, video of him making the comments. DETAILS ARE HERE. My prediction now: many Republicans and libertarians will…
  • New CBO Report Shows Medicaid Expansion Is A Better Deal For The States Than Previously Predicted

    Ron Chusid
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:28 am
    The trend continues. We have seen predictions regarding costs and benefits of the Affordable Care Act and then receive further data which shows that Obamacare is working even better than expected. The latest news comes from a new Congressional Budget Office report on Medicaid expansion. Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates released last week show that health reform’s Medicaid expansion, which many opponents wrongly claim will cripple state budgets, is an even better deal for states than previously thought.[1]  CBO has sharply lowered its estimates of the costs to states of adopting…
 
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  • Bad lip reading: Game of Thrones (video)

    John Aravosis
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:24 pm
    I’d never seen this version of “bad lip-reading,” it’s done to the Game of Thrones. There’s a bit of a lot of gay stuff thrown in, and some other accents, but it’s all done in good fun, so on behalf of gay-land I think we can handle it. And for anyone not familiar, “bad lip-reading” is basically taking a video clip of a famous movie or TV show, and having some very good at lip-reading “read” it incorrectly.  So the dialogue is usually nonsense, though in this case they actually made the dialogue rather sensible, which is even more…
  • Mozilla announces Cliven Bundy as new CEO

    John Aravosis
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:08 pm
    From Mozilla’s press release: MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA (April 24, 2014) — The Mozilla Foundation today announced the appointment of rancher and family-man Cliven Bundy as the organization’s new CEO. Bundy’s appointment followed the promotion, and then resignation, of longtime Mozilla board member Brendan Eich to run the foundation that oversees the Firefox Web browser, among other technology projects. Eich resigned after it was discovered that he donated $1,000 in support of Proposition 8, the campaign that repealed the civil right of marriage for gays in California, and…
  • US journalist Ostrovsky freed by Russian puppets in Ukraine

    John Aravosis
    24 Apr 2014 | 11:21 am
    UPDATE: Russia’s puppets in Ukraine have freed their hostage, American journalist Simon Ostrovsky. Russian puppet Vyachislav Ponomaryov, the self-proclaimed “mayor” of the eastern Ukrainian town of Slovyansk, held a press conference yesterday in which he explained why his forces, which everyone assumes are working at the behest of Russian President Vladimir Putin, kidnapped an American journalist, Simon Ostrovsky. The Russian puppet’s excuse? He didn’t like what Ostrovsky was reporting. Welcome to Soviet Union 2.0. Simon Ostrovsky, courtesy of his eponymous Web…
  • Jon Stewart & Sean Hannity declare war on each other over Cliven Bundy (3 delicious videos)

    John Aravosis
    24 Apr 2014 | 11:03 am
    Oh my. Jon Stewart and Sean Hannity broke into open war this week over Hannity’s open embrace of racist seditionist Cliven Bundy.  Hannity ripped into Stewart repeatedly, and Stewart, god bless him, utterly destroyed Hannity in return. There are 3 videos.  Watch them all. You will not be disappointed. Stewart starts off with various Hannity segments praising Bundy (for more info, Becca did a huge post explaining all the background on the Cliven Bundy controversy). At one point, Hannity talks about how people like Bundy, who are squatting on federal lands without paying the necessary…
  • Cliven Bundy, proud racist, shares his thoughts on “the negro” (video)

    Becca Morn
    24 Apr 2014 | 9:04 am
    Yesterday,  I posted a long article about Cliven Bundy and his friendly band of heavily-armed Oath Keeper militia men (and their human-shield wives and daughters), who are happy to threaten bloodshed and violence against government employees doing their jobs. UPDATE: There’s video. Well, having found he really likes the spotlight, Bundy has taken to doing long, rambling daily interviews with his supporters and an increasingly dwindling number of reporters who actually care. He said he would continue holding a daily news conference; on Saturday, it drew one reporter and one…
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    VideoSift.com

  • Jon Stewart epic Sean Hannity take-down. Truth recovered.

    Grimm (/politics/member/Grimm)
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:05 pm
    This was one of the most epic takedowns of Sean Hannity to date. Jon Stewart used Sean Hannity’s own words against him. What makes it epic is how he uses the history that Sean Hannity wraps himself in to actually prove that he is either ignorant to US history or a willful misinforming hypocrite. The statement is kind when placed in the context of the damage Sean Hannity and his ilk are effecting on the American society.
  • Volunteers For Simd School Shooting with COCKPUNCHER!

    chingalera (/politics/member/chingalera)
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:08 pm
    This is to all you Hollywood "stars" who have already become involved in making PSA's on shit which you are wholly unqualified to pop spit about, but were told by your agents and executives that OWN you that it would be essential for your future (you wanna stay in Hollywood making money?) , short-lived careers...
  • Moyers | P. Krugman on how the US is becoming an oligarchy

    radx (/politics/member/radx)
    19 Apr 2014 | 3:19 pm
    "A new book that’s the talk of academia and the media, Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty, a 42-year-old who teaches at the Paris School of Economics, shows that two-thirds of America’s increase in income inequality over the past four decades is the result of steep raises given to the country’s highest earners." -- Moyers & Co
  • "Not Now, Not Ever!" (Gillard Misogyny Speech)

    dag (/politics/member/dag)
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:21 pm
    From Youtube: From the composer, Rob Davidson: "When I heard Julia Gillard's parliamentary speech addressing misogyny, it struck me that behind the politics there was a lot of personal feeling being communicated. I wanted to put a frame around this slice of time, to heighten my perception of what was being said behind the words, in the intonation of the voice, and in the dynamics of what was being said in interjections and reactions. The resulting choral piece, in which the singers echo and support the Prime Minister's speech melodies, is initially quite humorous, as we are confronted with…
  • Broken lives of immigrants deported from US to Mexico

    oritteropo (/politics/member/oritteropo)
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:16 pm
    YouTube Description: Almost two million undocumented immigrants have been deported from the US since Barack Obama entered the White House, more than under any previous president. Many of those sent back to Mexico have to walk through a door in the fence separating California and the Mexican town of Tijuana. Some were caught trying to enter the US illegally, others had lived in the US - without papers - for years. The BBC's Valeria Perasso reports from both sides of the border on what happens to deportees once they pass through this door.
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    The American Prospect

  • Daily Meme: The Fall of Cliven Bundy

    Paul Waldman
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:49 pm
    It's media discovery day here at the Daily Meme. What's being discovered? The story of the day is of course Nevada rancher and public property thief Cliven Bundy, who, to the surprise of pretty much nobody, turns out to be a stone-cold racist. When a guy holding a press conference starts a sentence with, "I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro," the clever reporter starts writing. And so does a right-wing hero fall from his perch. Bundy will now disappear from Fox News, where he was getting round-the-clock coverage. Bundy's greatest media advocate has been Sean Hannity,…
  • With Cliven Bundy, the Right Is Reaping What It Sows

    Paul Waldman
    24 Apr 2014 | 10:35 am
    Some great causes achieve their goals and transform the world, while others fizzle out when it's discovered that their leaders are unadorned racists who think black people were in much better shape when they were slaves. Isn't that how it goes? At least that's what some conservatives must have thought today as they learned of the New York Times report on Cliven Bundy, the Nevada rancher who has been grazing his cows on federal land and refusing to pay grazing fees, what you or I might consider "stealing," but what the folks at Fox News, who have given Bundy hour after hour of glowing…
  • Let's Get Together

    Matthew Duss
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:57 am
    Rex Features via AP Images Senior Fatah official Azzam Al-Ahmed, left, shakes hands with head of the Hamas government Ismail Haniyeh after announcing a reconciliation agreement between Hamas and Fatah, in Gaza City. It’s probably smart to view yesterday’s deal between the leading Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas—in which the two groups agreed to create a consensus government and hold elections later this year—with some skepticism. Announced with similar fanfare, accords in Cairo in 2011 and in Doha in 2012 went nowhere, with neither side believing it had more to gain than lose…
  • We Hate Obamacare (But Like What It Does)

    Harold Meyerson
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:12 am
    The word on Americans—one bit of conventional wisdom that is nonetheless true—is that they are ideologically conservative and operationally liberal. They are opposed to big government but support actual universal government programs like Social Security and Medicare.  Confronted with Obamacare, conservative Americans have taken this paradox to new heights. They intensely dislike the program, but they like what it actually does. The New York Times has a poll of four Southern states (Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, North Carolina) out today, undertaken in conjunction with the Kaiser Family…
  • Daily Meme: The Court's Faux Colorblindness

    Gabriel Arana
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:24 pm
    "A blinkered view of race in America won out in the Supreme Court on Tuesday when six justices agreed, for various reasons, to allow Michigan voters to ban race-conscious admissions policies in higher education ... " So starts the New York Times's righteous take-down of today's Supreme Court ruling in Schuette v. BAMN, in which the Justices upheld a Michigan law banning the consideration of race in admissions. The plurality's justification—six Justices in total agreed with the ruling, but differed in their reasons for doing so—for reversing the lower-court decision? As long as the…
 
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    Calitics - Front Page

  • The Fallacy of Taxes v Services

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:57 am
    Field poll shows voters want lower taxes and services, just not any of the services they like By Brian Leubitz The Field polling organization occasionally asks voters how they feel about the balance of government services versus taxes. And in the most recent such poll, by a 54% to 35% margin, most California voters say they prefer lower taxes and fewer government services to higher taxes and more government services. But if you are a Republican, you are going to want to stop reading there. You see, voters aren't really sure what they want. They say they want fewer services, but when it comes…
  • Gov. Brown looks to fix Rainy Day Fund measure

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Looks to fix 2010's ACA 4 that will appear on November ballot by Brian Leubitz Gov. Brown has always been fond of the concept of a rainy day fund. He's included the concept on many occasions, speeches, budgets, etc. Add "special session" to that list: Gov. Jerry Brown on Wednesday called a special session of the Legislature to replace the "Rainy Day Fund" measure on November's ballot with a dedicated reserve to let the state to pay down its debts and unfunded liabilities. "We simply must prevent the massive deficits of the last decade and we can only do that by paying down our debts and…
  • The Problem with Polling and Top-2

    14 Apr 2014 | 11:01 am
    Flawed polling in SoS race by Brian Leubitz With Sen. Yee dropping out of the Secretary of State's race, the media and the polling operations have been in something of a frenzy to figure out how that will impact the race. And, so, you would think that a poll that was being conducted during that mess could have some very interesting data. It could, but the Field Poll that was being conducted while Yee was arrested has a few very serious flaws. First, here are the up-front numbers after the Yee arrest: Peterson-R: 30%, Padilla-D: 17%, Curtis-G: 5%, Schnur-NPP: 4%, Cressman-D: 3%,…
  • Butte County Considers Fracking Ban

    11 Apr 2014 | 11:22 am
    County concerned about water and seismic risk by Brian Leubitz Butte County doesn't actually have any fracking operations right now, and isn't likely to become a hotbed of fracking anytime soon. But the Board of Supervisors is making a preemptive statement this week: Tuesday the Board of Supervisors voted to have county staff prepare an ordinance that bans fracking. Documents prepared by county staff for Tuesday's meeting described fracking as "a common term for hydraulic fracturing that is a technique of well stimulation used to increase petroleum production," At request from the county's…
  • Field Poll: Governor Up, Legislature Down

    10 Apr 2014 | 8:01 am
    Yee arrest shifts legislative numbers by Brian Leubitz It turns out having one of your members arrested for involvement in a gun running scandal hurts your approval numbers. Who'd have thunk it? Following Yee's arrest, voter sentiment of the legislature has turned negative. The proportion of voters expressing disapproval jumped six points from 40% to 46%, and now is greater than the proportion approving (43%), which declined three points. Thus, voter opinions of the legislature swung a net nine points in the negative direction in the days following news of Yee's arrest.(Field poll PDF) Now,…
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    James Fallows : The Atlantic

  • Beer Notes From All Over, Starkville Edition

    James Fallows
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:37 pm
    Here we see the on-draft menu from the Beer Garden in Starkville, Mississippi -- the kind of place where recently you might have expected to find Bud, Bud Light, and Corona. Reinvention and resilience across the nationRead more You probably can't read the beer list, so I'll clarify that on draft it offers beers from: Crooked Letter brewery in Ocean Springs, Mississippi; Southern Prohibition Brewing in Hattiesburg; Bayou Teche/ LA 31 brewery in Louisiana; and Yazoo Brewery in Nashville, Tennessee. Plus Sierra Nevada and Green Flash from California. This is the new America. Also, as a big IPA…
  • A Song of America's Downtowns

    James Fallows
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    Last weekend my wife and I had three young software developers from Uzbekistan staying with us at our house. (It's a long story.) They were charming young men—Pavel, Igor, and Roman—who had come to America for a tech meeting in North Carolina and had driven from there up to Washington, to spend a little time touring before their flight back to Tashkent. We mainly wanted to hear about Uzbekistan, but inevitably we had to ask: What's surprised you most in what you've seen in America? "I am surprised that it can be hard to know where a city ends," one of them said, describing his trip north…
  • The Spirit of Easter, Small-Airport Edition

    James Fallows
    20 Apr 2014 | 7:42 pm
    It has been a full and interesting day in the air, from Maryland to Mississippi, and a longer day than expected for a surprisingly touching reason.  Reinvention and resilience across the nationRead more By chance, en route from KGAI, Montgomery Country Airpark outside Washington, to KUBS, the Lowndes County airport in Columbus, Mississippi, we ended up stopping for gas and a break in a place we hadn't expected. It wasn't the site I'd had in mind in Tennessee (because that would have meant going over the mountains near Asheville while the winds turned out to be stronger than I would have…
  • A Report With Slightly Encouraging Environmental Implications

    James Fallows
    20 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    In the current issue, I have a brief story based on an interview with Steven Chu and Yi Cui, now both of Stanford, about advances in the seemingly boring but actually exciting world of battery technology, and why that is essential to lower-carbon, cleaner-fuel power systems.  The discouraging signals in the race for less destructive paths toward growth keep piling up. For instance, the recent charts about air pollution in China*. Yet like every systemic problem human beings have created for themselves and then tried to correct, this is an all-out race, between destruction and creation. On…
  • 6th and I Program on C-SPAN Tonight

    James Fallows
    19 Apr 2014 | 11:05 am
    Reinvention and resilience across the nationRead more This week the Atlantic's editor in chief, James Bennet, interviewed Deb Fallows and me in an evening program at Washington's historic Sixth and I Street Synagogue. The topic was our "American Futures" trip around the country, and what we've learned and been surprised by so far. At least from our perspective, the discussion was a lot of fun, including in hinting at some of the changes wrought even in a long and happy marriage that has seen its share of other odd locales, once you start trekking around the country in a little plane. Tonight…
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    Obsidian Wings

  • Memories and memorials

    liberal japonicus
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:04 pm
    by liberal japonicus Whether it is nature or nurture or both, I am achronic. Don't know if that is a word, but within me, there seems no clock or calendar organizing my time, which is why I enjoy the doctor's posts about solstices, and holidays. As my wife and daughters will tell you, my memory of anniversaries and birthdays is pretty hopeless. With memories of losses, rather than bounding the grief in the walls of 24 hours, it seems to color all the rest of the days. So if you are someone who is tied to memorials as events that take place on a date, apologies, but hilzoy noted that…
  • Gay marriage and Obama

    liberal japonicus
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:55 pm
    by liberal japonicus Not quite an open thread, but definitely open thready (something coming up on Saturday, I promise). This NYT piece on the back stage events about Obama and gay marriage is fascinating. It is amazing to me the number of Republican stalwarts (Melhman, Olsen) that appear in this narrative. I suppose that if you didn't like Obama and Biden, this will only solidify your dislike, but for me, the attempt to cope with what they see and how they are (and they think they are) expected to behave is compelling. 
  • Life is skittles and life is matzah

    SuperUser
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:32 pm
    by Doctor Science (Obligatory Tom Lehrer reference) It's that time of year again! Two male cardinals are working out a territory boundary in the back yard, we had windows open all night, daffodils are blooming their bloomin' 'eads off, and I've spent all day in the kitchen: A page from the Rylands Haggadah. If the Hebrew-literate can read the marginalia, please speak up and let me know what is says. See that person in the red tunic? That would be me. Fortunately, I don't have to slaughter my own lamb, but I have made Brisket with 36 Cloves of Garlic, Charoset (basic Ashkenazi style, though I…
  • Your friday open thread (courtesy of wj)

    liberal japonicus
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:45 am
    by liberal japonicus Outsourcing at its best. wj suggests On the general topic, we might profitably have a discussion of whether or not it is even possible for someone to take a wrong position and later change it. Is it possible to have that change accepted as a good-faith change? Especially if one is a public figure or a politician. And if someone does have a change of position, how much do they have to do to demonstrate that it is something more than a gesture of convenience? Presumably that would depend, in part, on whether they merely agreed publicly with something, or argued for it, or…
  • What we do for science open thread

    liberal japonicus
    7 Apr 2014 | 3:10 pm
    by liberal japonicus A little early for yet another open thread? Not after you check this one out! Smith is a graduate student at Cornell University, who studies the behaviour and evolution of honeybees. In this line of work, stings are a common and inevitable hazard. “If you’re wearing shorts and doing bee work, a bee can get up there easily,” he says. “But I was really surprised that it didn’t hurt as much as I thought it would.” That got him thinking: Where’s the worst place on the body to get stung? link Discuss what you have done for science lately.
 
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    International Budget Partnership » Blog Posts

  • What to Do When Government Fights Back?

    Jay
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:01 am
    This post was written by Albert van Zyl, Manager, Learning and Knowledge Development at the International Budget Partnership. Indian civil society organization Samarthan monitors the implementation of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme (MGNREGS) in the state of Madhya Pradesh. MGNREGS obliges government to provide work to poor people or to compensate them when, or where, no work is available. Samarthan informs eligible workers of their entitlements, works with government to unblock administrative problems, and blows the whistle on corruption. Initially, Samarthan…
  • Links Roundup: News and Publications on Open Budgets

    Alec Simantov
    24 Mar 2014 | 6:26 am
    IBP News Latest IBP Newsletter (Jan-Feb) with articles on citizen participation in Latin America, technology and open budget data, as well as new publications, job postings, and more. New brief and infographic on Kenya’s Division of Revenue Bill for 2014 featuring tables with sectoral breakdown of revenue allocations. New blog post on whether sub-Saharan African governments are publishing the comprehensive budget data that CSOs need to carry out independent and credible analysis. News from Around the World The Good Governance Summit held by the Philippines in January brought…
  • Transparency for What? Do Governments Publish the Budget Information that CSOs Need?

    Jay
    13 Mar 2014 | 7:02 am
    This post was written by Paolo de Renzio, Senior Research Fellow for the Open Budget Initiative at the International Budget Partnership. Access to budget information is a fundamental precondition for civil society budget work. When governments do not release detailed budget data to the public, it is impossible for civil society organizations (CSOs) and other actors to carry out independent analyses which can be used to influence government policy. In order to overcome this major obstacle and put pressure on governments to publish more budget information, the International Budget Partnership…
  • ¿Dónde Van Mis Impuestos? (Where Does My Money Go?): How Political Will Can Answer This Question

    Jay
    6 Mar 2014 | 8:08 am
    This post was written by David Cabo, Director of Fundación Ciudadana Civio When we started ¿Dónde Van Mis Impuestos? ­– the Spanish version of the Open Knowledge Foundation’s Where Does My Money Go? (a website that graphically “visualizes” how tax money is spent in countries around the world) – in December 2010, the platform quickly became the model for tax visualization in Spain. This is true even though the platform presents only a high-level summary of the national budget. However, there is no other similar resource in Spain, which demonstrates both the scarcity of publicly…
  • Lessons Learned from Water and Sanitation Budgets Analysis in Pakistan

    Jay
    27 Feb 2014 | 4:28 am
    This post was written by Muhammad Zahoor, Executive Director of the Centre for Governance and Public Accountability. In July 2013 the Centre for Governance and Public Accountability (CGPA) and Integrated Regional Support Program (IRSP), two civil society organizations based in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province of Pakistan, analyzed the water and sanitation budgets for the area to better understand allocations and spending on these services. The two groups were concerned that water and sanitation service delivery was inadequate and that the public did not have enough opportunities to…
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  • Did Sen. Harry Reid drive the standoff at the Bundy ranch for personal gain? (Verdict: Pants On Fire)

    SuperSaiyan
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:43 pm
    The furor over Cliven Bundy’s cows in Nevada has churned up some powerful speculation about the murky forces at play. A long-running effort by the federal Bureau of Land Management to stop Bundy from letting his cattle forage without paying any grazing fees (on land that wa …
  • Feminism Protest Shows Why The Movement Is Dying

    secaa23
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:10 pm
    A male commenter had this to say: “I’m having difficulty putting together a sentence that does not question the merits of my own thoughts on feminism. I grew up in a loving, largely female household. What I do find within me however is a growing lack of sympathy for …
  • John Paul Stevens: Pot should be legalized

    anti-status quo
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens said marijuana should be legalized, saying there’s “not much of a distinction” between the drug and alcohol.
  • The Flat-Earth Society Has Arisen Again

    anti-status quo
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Ever heard of geocentrism? It's the belief that the Earth is at the center of the universe and that the sun - and everything else in creation - revolves around the Earth. It's considered pretty stupid right now, given that Galileo, Copernicus and Kepler debunked it over 500 ye …
  • GOP Lawmaker: Women Get Paid Less Because 'Men Are More Motivated' (VIDEO)

    Par4TheCourse
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:37 pm
    A Republican lawmaker from New Hampshire on Wednesday said that women are paid less than men because they don't work as hard or as often, insisting throughout his speech that his argument was legitimate, despite objections from his fellow lawmakers. Caitlin MacNeal
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  • McConnell’s Bloated Tax Boast

    Robert Farley
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:29 pm
    A new ad from Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell grossly oversells the percentage of Kentuckians that McConnell “saved” from income tax hikes last year. The ad says McConnell saved 99 percent from “Obama’s tax increases,” but the actual figure is closer to 1 percent to 2 percent. The claim is based on the compromise McConnell helped to forge to avert the so-called fiscal cliff last year. As part of the deal, Bush-era tax cuts that were set to expire were permanently extended for individuals making more than $400,000 and couples making more than $450,000.
  • Inventing a ‘Pelosi Republican’ in N.Y.

    Eugene Kiely
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:12 pm
    There may be nothing more damning in a Republican primary than labeling your opponent a “Pelosi Republican.” That’s what Lee Zeldin does in a TV ad attacking his opponent, George Demos, in New York’s 1st Congressional District. But this is a case of mislabeling. The ad says Demos is funded by “Pelosi’s team” and “has been called a ‘Pelosi Republican.’ ” It features a clip of Nancy Pelosi discussing a single-payer health care system as the ad’s narrator interrupts to say, “If you like Nancy Pelosi, you’ll love…
  • American Encore

    Rachel Finkel
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Political leanings: Conservative/Republican Spending target At least $10 million American Encore, formerly known as the Center to Protect Patient Rights, is an Arizona-based 501(c)(4) “social welfare” organization that has ties to billionaire businessmen David and Charles Koch. CPPR was formed in April 2009 in opposition to the Affordable Care Act. Its stated mission was to “protect the rights of patients to choose and use medical care providers, promote the relationship between patients and their medical care providers, [and] advocate the rights of patients to independence and…
  • Tillis Response Ad Cries ‘False’

    D'Angelo Gore
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:57 am
    A TV ad from GOP Senate candidate Thom Tillis says that a recent attack ad about him from the Senate Majority PAC is “false.” We don’t think so. The Tillis campaign’s response ad says, “Seen those ads attacking Thom Tillis? They’re false. Tillis fired the staffers.” That’s a reference to an ad from the liberal Senate Majority PAC that says two of Tillis’ former top aides had inappropriate relationships with lobbyists, later “resigned” and then were “rewarded” with “taxpayer-paid bonuses.” Based on news…
  • Playing Politics with the Pay Gap

    Robert Farley
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:49 am
    Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn took a page from Democrats when she wrongly claimed that “the White House [is] paying women 88 cents for every dollar that a guy earns in comparable positions.” That’s not true for the same reason Democrats have been wrong when they’ve said women in the U.S. earn 77 cents for every dollar earned by men for doing the same work. Neither is a direct comparison of pay for doing the same job. Blackburn’s claim was based on an analysis of White House staff members’ pay by the conservative American Enterprise Institute that concluded female…
 
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  • Civic Hackers Call on de Blasio to Fill Technology Vacancies

    24 Apr 2014 | 2:25 pm
    New York City technology advocates on Wednesday called on the de Blasio administration to fill vacancies in top technology policy positions, expressing some frustration at the lack of a leadership team to implement a cohesive technology strategy for the city.
  • #PDF14 Preview: An Interview with Marci Harris of POPVOX

    24 Apr 2014 | 1:01 pm
  • China's Porn Purge Has Only Just Begun, And Already Sina Is Stripped of Publication License

    24 Apr 2014 | 12:24 pm
    It seems that China is taking spring cleaning pretty seriously. On April 13 they launched their most recent online purge, “Cleaning the Web 2014,” which will run until November. The goal is to rid China's Internet of pornographic text, pictures, video, and ads in order to “create a healthy cyberspace.” More than 100 websites and thousands of social media accounts have already been closed, after less than a month. Today the official Xinhua news agency reported that the authorities have stripped the Internet giant Sina (of Sina Weibo, the popular microblogging site) of its online…
  • In China, An Open Data Movement is Starting to Take Off

    24 Apr 2014 | 12:06 pm
    About eight months ago when techPresident first wrote about the state of open data in China, there were only three non-user friendly government open data sites and a smattering of open data enthusiasts who often had to find their own data sources and even create hardware to generate their own data. They were not a formally connected group but rather, individuals who created open data apps out of personal interest. Now, the recently launched Open Data Community is trying to create a multi-disciplinary network of businesses, research institutes, and NGOs interested in open data.
  • First POST: Wheeler Dealer

    24 Apr 2014 | 8:34 am
    The FCC wants to allow "commercially reasonable" discrimination online; net neutrality advocates protest; Comcast Country (aka "Philadelphia") comes under scrutiny; and much, much more.
 
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  • Happy Hour News Briefs

    Tengrain
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    News that will drive you to drink Rev. Fishsticks is firmly in the supporting notorious moocher, millionaire rancher Cliven Bundy (Fair Warning: it is long, but definitely some of Fishsticks best tap dancing.) The Turn of the Screwie - After calling millionaire squatter white nationalist Cliven Bundy a man of god, free-range conspiracy theorist Glenn Beck has turned on him. (The Blaze) However, seditionist heartthrob Erik Rush has turned on Glenn Beck for not standing with Bundy. (World Nut Daily) Meanwhile, convicted felon and former GOP Majority Leader The Bugman enthusiastically supports…
  • Happy Hour News Briefs

    Tengrain
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    News that will drive you to drink Love-struck Puty-poot-kisser Rev. Fishsticks thinks that it is inexcusable that the U.S. doesn't have an anti-gay law like Russia's. The headline of the day (if not the week and maybe the year): Torquemada Invades America (Accuracy in Media, which is the wingnut's version of Media Matters) Souther Poverty Law Center hate-group designate The Family Research Council offers yet another proof of Betteridge's law of headlines: Can You Be Gay and Christian? Betcha cannot guess their answer! Also/too they are grifting their rubes having a conference to discuss this…
  • Happy Hour News Briefs

    Tengrain
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    News that will drive you to drink Free-range conspiracy theorist Glenn Beck is not one to doubt that Sweet Baby Jeebus communicates to us through the miracle of pancakes. Numbers don't lie - But infamous hate group (Southern Poverty Law Center designate) Family Research Council does. Anyway, they commissioned a poll of Republicans that shows 80+% of 'em are bigots opposed to marriage equality. Whodathunkit? (Family Research Council) This over-the-top lie from Rafael Cruz, father of Canadian-born latino and immigrant-hating southern white supremacist Senator Ted Cruz: “All we have to do is…
  • Happy Hour News Briefs

    Tengrain
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    News that will drive you to drink Your Daily Gohmert: Screwie Louie wants Congress to arrest (walking dead?) US Attorney General Eric Holder. Rev. Fishsticks again is thinking about what goes on when gay Boy Scouts pitch a pup tent. So to speak. (American Family Association) Free-range conspiracy theorist Glenn Beck is upset that he never got a thank you note from The Stench. (The Blaze) Let us sing the praises of waterboarding enthusiast Sean InSanity just like his greatest fan, should-be evicted, deadbeat renter Cliven Bundy. (Media Matters) --Tengrain
  • Happy Hour News Briefs

    Tengrain
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Drink-up, Bitchez! babyghazi! Babyghazi! BABYGHAZI!!1! Just make sure you get the baby's birf certificate notarized so they cannot accuse it of being Kenyan. Grifters Gotta Grift - The National Draft Ben Carson for President Committee raised $2.4 million over the past three months, according to documents filed with the Federal Election Commission, outpacing far more prominent rivals. The odd thing is, they have no actual affiliation with Carson. Oopsie! (Time) Comings and Goings - Tea Party Express Chairman and bus scheduling Mepe Amy Kremer resigned Friday to join the campaign of…
 
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  • No big deal

    susie
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Just move along, nbcnews.com/science/environment/scientists-monitor-huge-iceberg-broke-antarctica-n87791″>nothing to see here: Scientists are monitoring an iceberg roughly six times the size of Manhattan — one of the largest now in existence — that broke off from an Antarctic glacier and is heading into the open ocean. NASA glaciologist Kelly Brunt said on Wednesday the iceberg covers about 255 square miles (660 square km) and is up to a third of a mile (500 meters) thick. Known as B31, the iceberg separated from Antarctica’s Pine Island Glacier last November, Brunt…
  • Hmm

    susie
    24 Apr 2014 | 11:59 am
    This is probably good news: WASHINGTON — Criticism over new cholesterol treatment recommendations appears to be growing, judging by remarks made by cardiologists this week at the annual meeting of the American College of Cardiology, the group that issued the new guideline last November along with the American Heart Association. Doctors are supposed to use the guideline to help them determine whether to prescribe statins for patients without heart disease to prevent future heart attacks or strokes. But cardiologists complain that a new risk calculator tool — which takes into account…
  • Kochs trying to suppress vote in state they already supposedly won

    susie
    24 Apr 2014 | 9:37 am
    Markos: Conventional wisdom is that Republicans are guaranteed a Senate pickup in West Virginia, where Sen. Jay Rockafeller’s retirement has created an open-seat race in this reddening state. While I wouldn’t peg the GOP’s chances at 100 percent, it’s certainly hard to see a legit path to Democratic victory. But if it’s such a gimme, why are the Kochs working hard to suppress the vote? West Virginia Secretary of State Natalie Tennant attacked Americans for Prosperity, a conservative nonprofit backed by billionaires Charles and David Koch, on Tuesday for…
  • What if the tea party was black?

    susie
    24 Apr 2014 | 9:25 am
    Jasiri X: Bookmark It
  • Frack you, too

    susie
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:51 am
    This certainly cheered me up! A family claiming they were sickened because of pollution from hydraulic fracturing operations near their home should be awarded $2.95 million for their troubles, a jury ruled on Tuesday. The Parr family had sued Aruba Petroleum Inc. in 2011, alleging the oil and gas producer exposed them to hazardous gases, chemicals and industrial waste that seeped into the air from 22 wells drilled near the family’s 40-acre plot of land, which sits atop the Barnett Shale. The jury returned a 5-1 verdict saying Aruba “intentionally created a private nuisance,” awarding…
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    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective

  • Report reveals young adult voters losing interest showing up at the polls

    Latina Lista
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:25 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Report reveals young adult voters losing interest showing up at the polls by Latina Lista LatinaLista — With the line blurring between politicians and celebrities, it’s no wonder that voting rates among young voters (18-29) has fallen off over the last few years. In Hollywood-speak, there isn’t a “box office” name at the polls that has captured the attention or generated the enthusiasm among young voters since Obama ran in his first…
  • 5 Qs With Geekdom’s Lorenzo Gomez

    Latina Lista
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. 5 Qs With Geekdom’s Lorenzo Gomez by Latina Lista By Sara Inés Calderón Más Wired Latinos statistically speaking are one of the most entrepreneurial groups in the country, and Lorenzo Gomez of San Antonio’s Geekdom and 80/20 Foundation says that with a bit of determination, they can have a huge impact. Más Wired had a chance to catch a few minutes of Lorenzo Gomez’s time recently. As the Director of San Antonio’s Geekdom and Executive Director of The…
  • Professional storyteller educates Tennessee audiences on Hispanic culture

    Latina Lista
    24 Apr 2014 | 11:26 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Professional storyteller educates Tennessee audiences on Hispanic culture by Latina Lista By Lurah Lowery El Nuevo Tennessean She loves history, she loves to read, she loves listening to stories and she loves telling stories. Thirty-three-year-old Carolina Quiroga Hurtado found these passions as a child, and because of her mother’s ability to tell humorous stories as a school teacher, she found her love of storytelling. “It is very easy for me because…
  • Mexican children to march for a childhood without violence

    Latina Lista
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Mexican children to march for a childhood without violence by Latina Lista LatinaLista — On April 25, hundreds of children will take to the streets throughout Mexico. Not to play but to work — to demand that they have a childhood without violence. In a country where kidnappings exceed 100,000 a year, where violence against women has reached “pandemic” levels, and academic analysts estimate people murdered by cartel violence average 55 a day, Mexico…
  • Commentary: Arresting Babies on the Border

    Latina Lista
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:51 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Commentary: Arresting Babies on the Border by Latina Lista By Scott Nicol Rio Grande Guardian McALLEN, TX — “They’re arresting babies.” The thought struck hard, and it kept echoing. I had come to the border wall with a correspondent from National Public Radio to see its impact on the environment. We had also seen evidence of the apprehensions that occur there daily: piles of shoelaces and belts that immigrants were forced to abandon before being taken into…
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    NYT > Columnists

  • Israel's Sustainable Success

    24 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    It's time to retire the unsustainability myth. Peace can only be based on facts.
  • Lions to the Ballot Box

    23 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Much political power plays out on the state and local level, so it’s negligent to stay home when legislatures are being elected.
  • Meet Me at the Fair

    23 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Fifty years after the 1964 New York World’s Fair, many predictions were not that far off.
  • A Saint, He Ain’t

    22 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The rush to canonize John Paul II and John XXIII is clearly a case of two popes and one halo.
  • It’s All About May 25

    22 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The revolution that started in Tahrir Square in Cairo has moved to the Maidan in Kiev. The first big test for Ukrainians will come with their presidential elections next month.
 
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    New York Observer

  • De Blasio Huddles With Council Members

    jcolvinobserver
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:35 pm
    Bill de Blasio during his council days. (Photo: Getty) Mayor Bill de Blasio met today with council members from both sides of the aisle, and spent about 40 minutes discussing housing issues and making clear to members he wants an open dialogue between both sides of City Hall. The mayor, members said after the meeting, spent much of his time discussing the affordable housing plan he’s set to unveil next week, and expressing his eagerness to work with the council going forward. Mr. de Blasio’s plan will outline how he intends to build and preserve 200,000 units of affordable…
  • Why Realtors Are Therapists Too

    skennedy93
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:34 pm
      During the snowy, drawn-out winter, residential real estate sales took a hit but not as bad a hit as you might think. Less people turned up to viewings on the worst weather days, so the eager beavers who showed up were lucky. Seems like the law of averages, right? Wrong. Psychologists would say there was more than mere numbers at work. Those with determination of spirit and a goal in mind got the deals. Robert Dankner of Prime Manhattan Residential, who sold a loft apartment at 7 East 17th Street for $3.3 million on one of the snowiest days, told the Observer: “People who bother to…
  • Live Like a King: Spa Castle Is Coming to Manhattan

    dispatches
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Find your inner-peace in the least peaceful borough on Earth. (Spa Castle) Are you dying for Hinoki Baths, Himalaya Salts and Color Therapy but don’t want to go all the way to College Point, Queens? Do you not believe those treatments actually exist? Either way, it’s your lucky day: Spa Castle is coming to Manhattan. The new location, called Spa Castle Premier, will open at 115 East 57th Street, which was previously leased by the New York Tennis and Racquet Club. According to Spa Castle’s website, it will feature three floors of spa facilities, plus an outdoor sun deck…
  • The Yard, Provider of Start-up Office Suites, Expands to ‘NoMad’

    cpomorski
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:18 pm
    A work station at The Yard. If “The Yard” sounds more like a business selling milled lumber than one renting office space to start-up tech and media outfits, any confusion has caused no apparent harm to the venture by that name co-owned and operated by Richard Beyda and Morris Levy. In 2011, the pair opened the inaugural Yard location in Williamsburg—a 14,000 square-foot facility overlooking McCarren Park, and offering month-to-month rentals for office space to companies of roughly one to eight people. Supplying workplace standards like a shared receptionist, conference rooms,…
  • We’re This Much Closer to Becoming a Really Expensive Water World

    dispatches
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:01 pm
    We may have to deal with this more often. The sea level around New York City has risen nearly one and a half feet since the mid-19th century, mimicking a worldwide trend. But the maximum height of the city’s storm tide has also grown by about a foot, according to a new study accepted for publication by the Geophysical Research Letters journal, which means New York is 20 times more likely to flood than it was 170 years ago. In a “10-year storm”–a storm with a 10 percent chance of happening in any given year–the water around our beloved metropolis can reach a max…
 
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    The American Conservative » Daniel Larison

  • Mindless Interventionism Is Bad For America

    Daniel Larison
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:37 am
    Leon Wieseltier makes a very tired argument: It turns out that Obama’s Iraq-based view of America’s role in the world, according to which American preeminence is bad for the world and bad for America, is not shared by societies and movements in many regions. They need, and deserve, support in their struggles. That doesn’t describe Obama’s view all that well, but then accuracy has never been all that important for Wieseltier. Whether it involves calling Obama “Henry Kissinger’s epigone” or attributing other views to him that he almost certainly doesn’t…
  • Killing Syrians For Ukraine (II)

    Daniel Larison
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:09 pm
    Robert Golan-Vilella also rejects Slaughter’s terrible proposal for what the U.S. should do about Syria and Ukraine: At a basic level, she is proposing to go to war with one country in order to send a message to the leadership of another one. This is reckless, dangerous stuff. Slaughter also supports striking Syria on its own merits (and has for some time), but what’s important is that the argument she makes here doesn’t even require one to believe that doing so would have any beneficial effects in Syria at all. It could even have negative effects for Syria and the Middle East, as…
  • Killing Syrians For Ukraine

    Daniel Larison
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Anne-Marie Slaughter reminds us why we’re glad that she doesn’t work in government anymore: The solution to the crisis in Ukraine lies in part in Syria. It is time for US President Barack Obama to demonstrate that he can order the offensive use of force in circumstances other than secret drone attacks or covert operations. The result will change the strategic calculus not only in Damascus, but also in Moscow, not to mention Beijing and Tokyo. It makes absolutely no sense to argue that bombing a Russian client in one place will change Russian behavior in another place for the…
  • Why Are Republican Senate Candidates Struggling?

    Daniel Larison
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:38 am
    Ross Douthat suggests an explanation for why Republican Senate candidates appear to be underperforming once again: Now one would expect significantly better results for Republican candidates in a midterm, given turnout differences and second-term fatigue and all the rest. I expect better results. But still: This kind of pattern is consistent with a deeper reality, which is that the G.O.P. is still a weak party with a weak message, and weak parties with weak messages have a way of underperforming the fundamentals, struggling in races that feature larger electorates and more persuadable voters…
  • The Problem With The Old Hawkishness

    Daniel Larison
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:56 am
    Cathy Young makes a tedious argument against the “new isolationism.” Here she repeats a common hawkish claim: If the United States scales back its presence on the international scene, others will step up to fill the gap. This is meant to sound menacing and dangerous, because the assumption behind it is that authoritarian regimes and terrorists will be the only ones willing or able to “fill the gap.” This already overstates the danger, since it greatly overestimates the ability of what Young calls “anti-freedom regimes” to project power, but it also ignores…
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    RollingStone.com: All News

  • Eric Paslay Covers Sheryl Crow's 'I Shall Believe'

    24 Apr 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Eric Paslay knows a thing or two about songwriting In addition to his self-titled debut album released in February and which boasts every single song written or co-written by himself the country musician has written for fellow luminaries including Jake Owen the Eli Young Band Rascal Flatts and Lady Antebellum Paslay...
  • Anthony Bourdain Calls EDM Fans 'Lords and Princelings of Douchedom'

    24 Apr 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Chef and TV personality Anthony Bourdain does not like electronic dance music He dislikes it so much in fact that he dedicated three whole minutes of his CNN show Parts Unknown to the subject "It's a DJ's world and where once they used to say 'Cocaine is God's way of...
  • Help Pharrell Recover the Words of His New Social Book, 'Inspiration'

    24 Apr 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Pharrell has released a new "social book" Inspiration which is currently available to read online The catch? The words are missing Fans can guess the absent words and the first person to correctly guess any missing word will be credited in the book when it is published Watch Pharrell Cry Over 'Happy'...
  • New Guns N' Roses Music May Arrive 'In the Next Year,' Guitarist Says

    24 Apr 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Guns N' Roses guitarist Richard Fortus reported this week that the group was "working on stuff" "Hopefully very soon we're going to have new stuff out" he told an Associated Press reporter at the Revolver magazine Golden Gods Awards in Los Angeles "Well in the next year" Guns N' Roses' Appetite for...
  • Bryan Singer Calls Sexual Abuse Allegations 'Completely False'

    24 Apr 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Bryan Singer called the accusations of sexual abuse leveled against him "outrageous vicious and completely false" in a statement issued today according to The Hollywood Reporter The director said that he was also withdrawing from all media events ahead of his upcoming movie X-Men Days of Future Past which opens...
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    TIME » Sections » Politics

  • Kerry Lays Out Case Against Russia As U.S. Readies New Sanctions

    Zeke J Miller
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Secretary of State John Kerry laid out the case for additional American sanctions on Russia for promoting instability in Ukraine, warning Thursday that Russia’s “window to change course is closing” before sanctions are imposed on its economy. Adopting the tone of a prosecutor, Kerry detailed the interim Ukrainian government’s compliance with last week’s Geneva agreement to de-escalate the situation, adding “Russia has refused to take a single concrete step in the right direction.” Kerry firmly laid out alleged Russian actions in eastern Ukraine, from…
  • Name That Influencer on the TIME 100

    Josh Raab
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:59 pm
    How well do you know the most influential people in the world? One slide has a clue, and the next has the answer. Click through and see how many you can identify
  • A Misdemeanor Conviction Is Not a Big Deal, Right? Think Again

    Maya Rhodan
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Christian Watts made a bad decision in 2002, and he has been paying for it ever since. As a 31-year-old, Watts was working for a Las Vegas limousine service when he connected a friend with someone who had a supply of the illegal party drug MDMA, or ecstasy. Federal investigators who were tracking another drug dealer got wind of the deal, and charged him with felony possession. At the advice of his lawyers, he pleaded the conviction down to a misdemeanor, and served no jail time. MoreLow-Level Drug Convicts Get New Route to Ask Obama For ClemencyCalifornia Bill Banning ‘Affluenza’…
  • Federal Judge Strikes Down New York’s Super PAC Limits

    Noah Rayman
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:01 pm
    A federal judge in New York struck down the state’s limits on donations to independent political action committees, or super PACs, citing prior Supreme Court decisions with which he himself disagreed. District Judge Paul Crotty ruled that New York’s restrictions could not overcome First Amendment scrutiny given recent Supreme Court decisions, Reuters reports, including a ruling on campaign finance earlier this month and the 2010 ruling in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission. “We know what the Supreme Court has held, whether we like it or not, and I’m bound to follow…
  • 1812: The War No One Wants to Commemorate

    Jay Newton-Small
    24 Apr 2014 | 11:45 am
    Selling the burning of Washington to Washingtonians turns out to be not so easy. MoreIs Today Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday? MaybeThe History of Technology, as Told in Wacky British Pathé NewsreelsMen Charged With Toppling Ancient Rock Formation Avoid Jail Time Huffington PostHere's An Updated Tally Of All The People Who Have Ever Died From A Marijuana Overdose Huffington PostJustin Bieber Detained by Customs at Los Angeles Airport PeopleThis summer marks the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812. Why, one might ask, is a war that began in Canada in 1812 and ended in 1815 in New Orleans…
 
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    The Brody File

  • Rand Paul’s Winning Presidential Ticket Is All in the 'Jeans'

    David Brody
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Let’s be clear: Anyone who thinks Rand Paul can’t win the GOP nomination for president of the United States is foolish. He can. And if he wins, his “jeans” will be the reason. The jeans symbolize something that no other potential candidate for president possesses. Let’s explore. You see, Rand Paul likes to wear jeans. While other politicians are wearing a suit and tie, Paul is different. At the recent CPAC event, all the other politicians went with the traditional look. Not Paul. Jeans were in order. Some conservative commentators were upset. Peggy Noonan remarked that, “it’s…
  • The Brody File Show: Colorado: The Beauty and the Battle

    David Brody
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:28 am
    This week on the Brody File we hit the road and head to colorful Colorado. We explore the Rocky Mountain State's battle over gun control, drones and the legalization of marijuana.
  • The Brody File Show: Huckabee and the Selfie

    David Brody
    11 Apr 2014 | 12:21 pm
    This week on The Brody File, we go one-on-one with former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and get his take on the battle for Ukraine. Plus, we take a look at the "selfie craze." What's up with all the "selfies"? We bring you the latest in pop culture and politics with another edition of "Pop-Litical."
  • Pop-Litical Alert! Rick Santorum Makes An Appearance

    David Brody
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:55 am
    It’s a Brody File segment worth watching. What do you get when you cross pop culture and politics? You get, “Pop-Litical” with our new contributor Amber Strong. It’s a must watch.
  • Mike Huckabee's Warning: Evangelicals Will Stay Home If GOP Ditches Social Issues

    David Brody
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:40 am
    Watch Mike Huckabee's interview on The Brody File show this week. When asked what would happen with evangelical voters if the GOP ditches and downplays social issues, he tells me, “It just leaves them at home. They just don't go vote." And when it comes to his view on traditional marriage? "I'm not going to change my view just to win your vote." Watch.
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    The Reality-Based Community

  • Hudathunkit? Dep’t.: Bundy’s racist rant and the partisan asymmetry in motivated cognition

    Mark Kleiman
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:48 pm
    Cliven Bundy, right-wing hero, is a howling racist. Good to watch Rand Paul and Greg Abbott backpedaling now. But wasn’t it enough that Bundy denied the jurisdiction of the government of the United States and organized an armed mob to threaten federal officials carrying out lawful court orders? It should have been. This just illustrates the point of Ezra Klein’s sophisticated take on Dan Kahan’s work about motivated cognition. Yes, human beings divided into feuding factions tend to act less intelligently than those same human beings would in a less polarized context. But all…
  • Why We Struggle to Accept the Dual Nature of Addicted Criminal Offenders

    Keith Humphreys
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:30 am
    An elderly man is found unconscious at the wheel of his idling car in the median strip of a busy interstate. Miraculously, he struck no other vehicle when he careered off the highway. When roused by the police, he blows a blood alcohol level of .18, leading to his third DUI arrest. A young meth-addicted woman thinks her reflection in a store window is watching her, so she hurls a brick at it. A terrified customer calls the police, who arrest her for shattering the window and spraying the store’s customers with glass shards. In some people’s eyes, the millions of people like the…
  • Some actual bipartisan legislation to help people living with disabilities

    Harold Pollack
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:22 pm
    My latest at Wonkblog. Veronica Perrone Pollack and Vincent Perrone, blowing out the birthday candles. The Achieving a Better Life Experience (ABLE) Act would allow people with disabilities and their families to establish 529-style accounts for education, transportation, and other expenses. Identical versions are co-sponsored by seventy senators and by 359 members of the House. It’s amazing to see Senators Bernie Sanders, Jay Rockefeller, Mitch McConnell, and James Imhofe co-sponsoring the same bill. In an era so disfigured by mean-spirited and polarized gridlock politics, this is no little…
  • Thomas Piketty’s other book

    James Wimberley
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Americans think the French don’t work hard. Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the XXIst Century has 970 pages in the French edition before me. That’s with merely a table of contents. Following the annoying and backward French habit, there’s no index. The scholarly apparatus – bibliography, data tables, and more – is shifted to a website. You can download the lot in a zip file of a mere 13 MB. It matters that Piketty has written a doorstopper not an article. The book is very accessible to the general reader with stamina; in fact it’s too leisurely and repetitive for my taste, more…
  • Talking cannabis: Kilmer, Sterling, DuPont, Volkow

    Mark Kleiman
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:25 am
    Beau Kilmer, Eric Sterling, Robert DuPont, and Nora Volkow discuss cannabis legalization on the Diane Rehm show. Volkow’s presentation is a masterpiece of jumping to conclusions. She assumes that the net effects of cannabis legalization are negative, without even mentioning the costs of prohibition (arrest can be hazardous to your health) or the possibility that cannabis might substitute for alcohol. DuPont jumps from the correct obsevation that alcohol use and cannabis use are positively correlated across individuals to the unjustified conclusion that they are complements. Kilmer is…
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    Bleeding Heartland - Front Page

  • IA-03: Two windows onto Matt Schultz's management skills

    24 Apr 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Matt Schultz is touting his management of the Iowa Secretary of State's office in a television commercial promoting his campaign in Iowa's third Congressional district. But new reports by Ryan Foley of the Associated Press indicate that when reorganizing the Secretary of State's office, Schultz showed preference to a political appointee and allowed him to keep collecting a large salary despite doing little if any work for the office. First, let's look at the narrative Schultz started building on April 10, when his office announced, Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz plans to return more…
  • Mysteries of the Iowa legislature: Dog racing edition

    24 Apr 2014 | 8:34 am
    Did you ever notice how some things that make no sense are accepted as completely normal in the Iowa legislature? Case in point: ongoing negotiations over the future of greyhound racing in Iowa, which may produce an enormous payoff for private businesses that would otherwise fail. Radio Iowa's O.Kay Henderson reported yesterday, The final race at the "Bluffs Run" at the Horseshoe Casino in Council Bluffs would be on December 31, 2015 and Caesar's, which owns the casino, would pay $65 million over seven years, money the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission would distribute to greyhound owners and…
  • Iowa wildflower Wednesday returns: Virginia bluebells

    23 Apr 2014 | 1:56 pm
    After a brutal winter and an unusually cold March, I'm more happy than ever to see early spring wildflowers. Two weeks ago, nothing was blooming yet around my corner of Windsor Heights. About ten days ago I finally saw the first blossoms on bloodwort, which can sometimes flower in mid-March. Within the past week I've see the first Dutchman's breeches, rue anemone, toothwort, and even a dogtooth violet flowering. I've heard reports of spring beauties opening up in central Iowa, but haven't seen any in bloom yet. The star of today's diary may be the Iowa wildflower most commonly planted in…
  • IA-04: Democracy for America endorses Jim Mowrer

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:55 am
    Democracy for America announced this morning that it has endorsed Jim Mowrer, Representative Steve King's Democratic challenger in Iowa's fourth Congressional district. I've posted the official statement after the jump. The progressive advocacy group Howard Dean created after his 2004 presidential campaign has 1 million members across the country, including 9,589 members in Iowa. Some of them may be more likely to volunteer for Mowrer knowing he has DFA'a backing. The group's endorsement should also help Mowrer raise more money from inside and outside Iowa--although he's done quite well in…
  • Tom Harkin endorses Ned Chiodo in Iowa Senate district 17

    22 Apr 2014 | 5:05 am
    Iowa politics junkies, help me out here: Has U.S. Senator Tom Harkin ever endorsed a candidate for an Iowa legislative district in a competitive Democratic primary with no incumbent? I can't think of any prior examples, but it happened yesterday. The full text of Ned Chiodo's press release is after the jump. Money quote: "I am proud to support Ned Chiodo for State Senate," said Harkin. "I have known him for many years, and without question he has the integrity and experience to lead Iowa forward." Chiodo certainly has a lot of political experience: five terms in the Iowa House, one term as…
 
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    Booman Tribune

  • Yes, Conservatism is Doomed

    24 Apr 2014 | 5:35 pm
    There's too much on-the-one-hand-on-the-other-hand in Jonathan Chait's latest piece. When he finally comes to some decisions, it's not very satisfying. I will say, though, that I agree with him that conservatism is doomed, but for a slightly different reason. Here's his take: My belief, of which I obviously can’t be certain, is that conservatism as we know it is doomed. I believe this because the virulent opposition to the welfare state we see here is almost completely unique among major conservative parties across the world. In no other advanced country do leading figures of governing…
  • Wanker of the Day: Camille Paglia

    24 Apr 2014 | 5:35 pm
    Camille Paglia is just weird. I was prepared to consider her argument for doing away with the requirement that people be 21 years old before they can legally purchase alcohol, but she just used her space to write an incoherent rant. The sole point she made that has any salience is that other countries seem to do better at avoiding the problems associated with alcohol consumption by making it less of a taboo for children. Other than that, though, her argument was very uneven. I don't think youngsters are using more pills today because they can't sit in a dive-bar at 19 and drink Pabst Blue…
  • Arkansans Line Up for Private Option

    24 Apr 2014 | 5:35 pm
    The Arkansas Department of Human Services sent out a press release (pdf) that is quite amazing. Arkansas is one of the few southern states not to outright reject the Medicaid expansion. They applied for and gained approval for an alternative to strict Medicaid expansion. Instead, they are taking the federal Medicaid money and using it to give people vouchers to buy a "private option" health care plan. A total of 155,567 of the estimated 225,000 Arkansans who qualify for health insurance through the Private Option had applied and been determined eligible as of March 31, surpassing expectations…
  • Ungrateful Bastards

    24 Apr 2014 | 5:35 pm
    I haven't written about Cliven Bundy because I don't really give a crap about him. I am not surprised to learn about his belief that blacks were better off as slaves, but it actually doesn't lower my opinion of him. My opinion of him was already as low as it can get. He's really just a mirror for the conservative movement. He's no different from the hundreds of thousands of white Kentuckians who complain about blacks on welfare while they are on food stamps and have subsidies that allow them to have access to quality health care for the first time. Probably no president in history has done…
  • The Roots of Selective Admissions

    24 Apr 2014 | 5:35 pm
    It's pretty interesting to read about the history of selective admissions at Ivy League schools. Having grown up in Princeton, I had many Jewish and half-Jewish friends, so I'd heard about the history of Anti-Semitism in admissions but didn't know exactly how they'd implemented their screening process. And I especially didn't realize that they began giving preference to geographical diversity as a way to avoid letting Jews test into too many open slots. It always seemed odd to me that I'd meet Princeton students from Oklahoma or Alaska who were smart but who wouldn't have been in the top…
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  • Excerpt: Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s ‘A Fighting Chance’

    ABC News
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Rick Pracher From the Book A FIGHTING CHANCE by Elizabeth Warren. Copyright © 2014 by Elizabeth Warren. Reprinted by arrangement with Metropolitan Books, an imprint of Henry Holt and Company LLC. Prologue A Fighting Chance I’m Elizabeth Warren. I’m a wife, a mother, and a grandmother. For nearly all my life, I would have said I’m a teacher, but I guess I really can’t say that anymore. Now I’d have to introduce myself as a United States senator, though I still feel a small jolt of surprise whenever I say that. This is my story, and it’s a story born of…
  • Rep. Michael McCaul Expresses Concern Over Potential Marathon Terrorist Copycat

    Benjamin Bell
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:40 am
    This morning on “This Week,” House Homeland Security Committee Chair Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, while noting the increase in security in Boston ahead of the marathon tomorrow, expressed concern over the potential that someone may try to replicate the attack last year on the Boston Marathon that left three people dead and hundreds injured. “I do believe it’s very ramped up security wise, cameras, personnel, canines, all sorts of bomb detecting equipment. So I do think it’s very well fortified. It’d be difficult to penetrate that,” McCaul said on…
  • ‘This Week’ Panel: Are Evangelicals Out of Touch With Mainstream Views?

    MaryAlice Parks
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:35 am
    Despite major changes in public opinion in recent years, Rev. Franklin Graham, son of perhaps the most famous American preacher of all time, Billy Graham, reiterated his strong opposition to gay marriage and gay adoption today on ABC’s “This Week.” As a part of a special Easter week discussion on religion, Graham told ABC News’ Martha Raddatz that gays could go to heaven if they repent. “Maybe gays that are watching want to know, ‘Can God forgive me? Or can I go to heaven as a gay person?’ Absolutely. But the same for any of us. We have to repent of…
  • John Paul Stevens: Okay to Consider Politics in Retirement Decision

    ABC News
    20 Apr 2014 | 7:04 am
    ABC’s Adam Teicholz reports: In an interview with George Stephanopoulos airing today on “This Week,” retired Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens revealed that he believes it is appropriate for justices to take “politics” into account in deciding when to retire. “I think so… It’s an appropriate thing to think about your successor, not only in this job,” Stevens said on whether to take into account which president will choose a successor. “I’m just finishing the book by former Secretary [of Defense Robert] Gates. He thought a…
  • Sunday on ‘This Week’: Boston Marathon Security

    ABC News
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Charles Krupa/AP Photo House Homeland Security Committee Chair Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, and former New York City police commissioner and ABC News contributor Ray Kelly discuss security for Monday’s Boston Marathon Sunday on “This Week.” Plus, George Stephanopoulos goes one-on-one with former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens on his new book “Six Amendments,” only on “This Week.” The powerhouse roundtable debates all the week’s politics, with ABC News contributor and Democratic strategist Donna Brazile, CNN “Crossfire”…
 
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    Dandelion Salad

  • If War Was Funded Like College Tuition by David Swanson

    dandelionsalad
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:19 pm
    by David Swanson Writer, Dandelion Salad warisacrime.org April 24, 2014 Are you as tired as I am of news stories about college tuition costs rising? I’ve been out of college for many years, and you’d have to pay me to go back, but this is ridiculous. To see how ridiculous, try a little thought experiment. […]
  • American Democracy Now An Oligarchy by Joel S. Hirschhorn + Ivy League Study Says the General Public Has Virtually No Influence on Policy

    dandelionsalad
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:45 pm
    by Joel S. Hirschhorn Writer, Dandelion Salad www.foavc.org April 24, 2014 History has been made. But few Americans are aware of it or angry about it. I say: Wake up Americans. A war has been waged against US democracy, from the inside. Time to pick a side and fight back. If you are not totally […]
  • Why Are We Doing Business With A Corrupt Global Banking Cartel? by Ellen Brown

    dandelionsalad
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:28 pm
    by Ellen Brown Writer, Dandelion Salad The Web of Debt Blog April 23, 2014 Sixteen of the world’s largest banks have been caught colluding to rig global interest rates. Why are we doing business with a corrupt global banking cartel? United States Attorney General Eric Holder has declared that the too-big-to-fail Wall Street banks are […]
  • Washington’s Trans-Pacific Power Play by Ashley Smith + TPP Raises Fears of Global Internet Censoring

    dandelionsalad
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:35 pm
    Dandelion Salad [Please scroll down to find the Action Alerts and sign them.] by Ashley Smith www.workers.org April 23, 2014 The U.S. military wants it, and so does Corporate America–which is why we should beware BARACK OBAMA is headed to Asia for a four-country tour designed to revive diplomatic and economic attention on the region […]
  • Doomed US Targets China and Russia by Finian Cunningham

    dandelionsalad
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:41 pm
    by Finian Cunningham Writer, Dandelion Salad East Africa Crossposted from PressTV April 23, 2014 US President Barack Obama kicks off his East Asia tour this week with a threat of military aggression towards China at the same time that vice president Joe Biden was stepping up similar provocations to Russia over the Ukraine crisis. That […]
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    The Best Defense

  • 10 reasons why you shouldn't vote for a vet

    Thomas E. Ricks
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:20 am
    By Jim Gourley Best Defense regular columnist Maryland Attorney General and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Douglas Gansler committed a campaign faux pas this week when he intoned that his opponent, Lieutenant Governor and Iraq war veteran Anthony Brown, was not as prepared to do a "real job." The situation is full of peculiarities. Fox News jumped all over the opportunity to support the military, and slam a Democrat at the same time, but they misconstrued Gansler's "real job" remark to mean the job of governor when he was really talking about healthcare reform.* Fox…
  • Sherman (X): Never judge a battle by what you first encounter in the rear

    Thomas E. Ricks
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:12 am
    General Sherman on coming to the scene of a battle: "I never saw the rear of an army engaged in battle but I feared that some calamity had happened at the front -- the apparent confusion, broken wagons, crippled horses, men lying about dead and maimed, parties hastening to and fro in seeming disorder, and a general apprehension of something dreadful about to ensue; all these signs, however, lessened as I neared the front, and there the contrast was complete -- perfect order, men and horses full of confidence."
  • Do military women want combat jobs? The survey numbers say yes -- and so do more than 9,000 combat action badges

    Thomas E. Ricks
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:10 am
    By Col. Ellen Haring, USAR Best Defense guest columnist Headlines that claim that "Few Army Women Want Combat Jobs" leave me scratching my head and wondering what constitutes a "few women" and why this is even a newsworthy headline? I am one of the Army women who took the survey that asked us about our interest in serving in combat jobs. At a briefing in December, the Army reported the results of the propensity to serve in combat specialties survey to the Defense Advisory Council on Women in the Services. The Army reported that 22 percent of currently serving women…
  • The future of war (no. 26): Where are the professional military voices in New America's project on the future of war?

    Thomas E. Ricks
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:37 am
    By Maj. Matt Cavanaugh, U.S. Army Best Defense Future of War essay contest entry Though New America is doing great service by leading some much-needed public discussion, its "Future of War" project is seriously flawed. It's not who New America selected for the team. The named panel includes two superstars from the world of academia, law, and policy, plus an innovative technology thinker, and two journalists who likely have spent more time in interesting combat zones than the vast majority of military officers currently in uniform. The issue is the demographic not represented. The…
  • Gen. Sherman (IX): His wartime communications with the enemy

    Thomas E. Ricks
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:35 am
    More from good old General Sherman to continue our celebration of Confederate Defeat Month: In Afghanistan some American soldiers were shocked that members of government forces sometimes would talk over the radio with their Taliban enemies across the front lines. I thought of that when reading the Civil War letters of General William T. Sherman, which one of you recommended recently after I began dipping into his memoirs. Given his performance in torching a wide swath of Georgia and South Carolina, no one would call Sherman a Confederate sympathizer, or even doubt his strong loyalty to the…
 
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    Bill Starr's Blog

  • Sharpening the saw for liberty

    Bill Starr
    12 Apr 2014 | 10:03 am
    In recent discussions, the questions has been raised as to the best actions a person living in the United States can take to improve our society.For those with a bent to liberty, it is important to remember that sharpening the saw is as important as using it. (Thanks to Stephen Covey).One of the advocates for freedom whose writings have been influential on me is Leonard Read, and in particular, his book "Elements of Libertarian Leadership". I highly recommend this book to any who would make themselves more effective in the cause of liberty in this world. In his closing remarks, Read…
  • Some thoughts on the Jim Irsay arrest

    Bill Starr
    19 Mar 2014 | 6:15 pm
    I read an Associated Press article in the paper today that says police found multiple prescription drugs in the vehicle of Indianapolis Colts owner, Jim Irsay, during a Sunday night traffic stop.The AP also reports that Irsay acknowledged a painkiller dependency more than a decade ago.I know little about Mr. Irsay, but I have trouble understanding why either of these things amounts to a case for government action against Mr. Irsay.The article gives no indication that the prescription medicines were not legally obtained, nor whether Mr. Irsay caused any injury or property damage while driving,…
  • Two Hours Before the Sun, Jim Burdsall

    Bill Starr
    17 Mar 2013 | 5:49 pm
    A shorten version of the following was published in today's Sunday Indianapolis Star newspaper.Two Hours Before the SunWhat are Senate President Pro Tempore David Long and House Speaker Brian Bosma afraid of? Why won’t they permit a summer study to review Indiana’s time zone? Is it because there is no social, commercial, or geographical reason for any portion of Indiana to be in the Eastern Time Zone? In 2005, the leadership of the General Assembly killed a proposal for a time zone referendum to be placed on the 2006 ballot. It is obvious that Big Brother believes Big Brother knows what…
  • Tragic accident related to Indiana's time zone

    Bill Starr
    12 Mar 2013 | 5:34 am
    From: Bill StarrTo: Tom Jekel <tjekel at therepublic.com>Cc: Susannah H. Dillon <shdillon at indy.rr.com>; Dr. John B. Quick <bcscsupt at bcsc.k12.in.us>; Barry Wright -- WCSI News <news at wcsiradio.com>Sent: Tuesday, March 12, 2013 8:24 AMSubject: Fw: News releaseHello, Mr. Jekel.This is not a letter to the editor for publication, but I encourage you to run the attached letter from my friend, Sue Dillon, as a guest column. Sue is president of the Central Time Coalition, an organization of Hoosiers, including myself, who would like to see Indiana restored to the…
  • My two cents on Indiana's quirky time zone

    Bill Starr
    9 Mar 2013 | 12:52 pm
    Wow. A year since my last blog post, and this one is the same subject as the last one.Indiana's quirky time zone
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    POLITICOMIX

  • POTUS Dreams of Sushi

    Roberto
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:23 am
    Click comic to ENLARGE.
  • It's War!

    Roberto
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:02 am
    Click comic to ENLARGE.[Former mayor] Michael Bloomberg has declared war (again) on the National Rifle Association, pledging to spend $50 million this year to build a nationwide grass-roots network he hopes will be able to fight the N.R.A.
  • As Good As Any Other Explanation

    Roberto
    18 Mar 2014 | 1:57 am
    Click comic to ENLARGE.It probably didn't happen this way, but this is ... as good as any other explanation.
  • Judgment Day

    Roberto
    16 Mar 2014 | 3:38 pm
    Click comic to ENLARGE.Word has it Fred Phelps, Sr., merchant of hate and prejudice, is at death's door.I can't imagine what Hell for Fred Phelps would look like, but I bet it will be nicely decorated, and that all the boys at the gym will be wearing short shorts.
  • Jan

    Roberto
    12 Mar 2014 | 6:31 pm
    Click comic to ENLARGE.Arizona Governor Jan Brewer announced Wednesday that she will not run for re-election, ending speculation that she might seek a third term.Chances, are, though, that when Jan rides off into the sunset, there will be plenty of guns left in the valley.
 
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    The Left Coaster

  • Net Neutrality? Ha, DC is Captured

    paradox
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:21 am
    As the appalling news arrived yesterday that the FCC mentally flipped and decided the internet was best served for corporate masters I remembered the many media observations of blogger Duncan Black: the internet is an accident, it never would have been set up in an open, public way like this by the insatiably greedy corporate masters who own the infrastructure. Status quo media interests are simultaneously threatened by the new technology of the web and yet are presented with many opportunities. Rather than honestly adapt, work and change these very deep pocket interests fiercely hold onto…
  • Canadian, Swedish Middle Class Richer Than Ours

    Steve
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:07 pm
    Three decades of trickle-down economics have led to this: Canada and Sweden’s middle-classes, with their higher social spending and more progressive societies, are now financially better off than America’s. The poor and middle class in America are sliding to second-class status against countries that conservatives mock. The only thing that Beltway economic policies succeed at is enriching the elites at the expense of the rest of us. Remember this the next time you see Paul Ryan or any other GOP very serious person suggest more of the same.
  • Re-Activate the 12th Fleet

    Steve
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:04 pm
    From the moment Vladimir Putin starting referring to eastern Ukraine as “New Russia” last week, Obama needed to abandon any notion that Putin needed off-ramps from his behavior, and instead needed to acknowledge that Putin looked for an opening to implement a sophisticated effort to swallow Crimea and then Ukraine. No one should think it will stop here. As such, after seeing people like Bob Gates, Dick Cheney, and Hillary Clinton be proven right about Putin, Obama is taking a clear-eyed view of Putin and his true ambitions, and has now recast the relationship as one of containment rather…
  • Of Course They'd Shut Him Down

    Steve
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:27 pm
    With increasing talk of the GOP retaking the Senate this fall, even if only numerical control and not operational control, why after watching the full range of Republican obstructionism these last five years do members of the media question how far the GOP would go once they seized control of both houses? Would the GOP tie down the White House into endless congressional hearings and investigations by both houses? Of course they would. Would a GOP Senate stop Obama's ability to make appointments and get lower-court justices confirmed for the remainder of his term? Of course they would. Do you…
  • Paul's Real Target Is Jeb

    Steve
    7 Apr 2014 | 10:21 pm
    While Democrats focus on avoiding any more losses in 2014, a major civil war is shaping up within the GOP for 2016. As Mother Jones reported today, Rand Paul is opening a new front against the GOP establishment not on domestic policy or fealty to Tea Party dogma, but rather foreign policy. And Paul is choosing his targets carefully, and in a way that some beltway pundits have yet to see. While Chris Matthews and others were focusing on how Paul is directly going after the Bush/Cheney foreign policy record and asserting the need for an isolationist course, they never went a step further to…
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  • 62-Year-Old Bully Picks On Disabled Kids, But He's The Real Victim

    The Young Turks
    19 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    62-Year-Old Bully Picks On Disabled Kids, But He's The Real Victim "An Ohio man who spent hours on a street corner Sunday with a sign declaring he's a bully says that the punishment in a disorderly conduct case was unfair and that the judge who sentenced him... From: The Young Turks Views: 85169 2629 ratings Time: 04:03 More in News & Politics
  • Sensitive Mayor Sends SWAT Team After Fake Twitter Account

    The Young Turks
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:03 pm
    Sensitive Mayor Sends SWAT Team After Fake Twitter Account "Police trying to find out who was behind a fake Twitter account set up in the name of Peoria's mayor have raided a home and seized computers. Three people at the home were taken for questioning,... From: The Young Turks Views: 48302 1476 ratings Time: 08:11 More in News & Politics
  • The Best/Worst Part About Obama's Immigration Talk With Cantor

    The Young Turks
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:26 pm
    The Best/Worst Part About Obama's Immigration Talk With Cantor President Barack Obama said Thursday he was "surprised" by House Majority Leader Eric Cantor's strong-worded attack on Democrats' immigration reform push after the president called the Virginia... From: The Young Turks Views: 32619 915 ratings Time: 11:22 More in News & Politics
  • Convicted & Sentenced But They Forgot The Most Important Part

    The Young Turks
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:40 pm
    Convicted & Sentenced But They Forgot The Most Important Part "Michael Cornelius Anderson was arrested in 1999 for armed robbery. He helped rob a Burger King manager. He was then sentenced to 13 years behind bars. He po... From: The Young Turks Views: 72266 2030 ratings Time: 07:18 More in News & Politics
  • Proof The US Is An Oligarchy, Not A Democracy

    The Young Turks
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:03 pm
    Proof The US Is An Oligarchy, Not A Democracy SUPPORT the 28th Amendment to #GetMoneyOut http://www.wolf-pac.com/petition?=tyt13gmo. CLICK here to support Wolf PAC: http://www.wolf-pac.com/wolf_pac_membe... From: The Young Turks Views: 73822 3457 ratings Time: 10:29 More in News & Politics
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    Politics in the Zeros

  • Cattle grazing in the American West is untenable economically

    Bob Morris
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:53 am
    Cattle grazing in the American West is heavily supported by federal subsidies and benefits only a small rural elite, says journalist Susan Zakin in smart comments to my post ‘Bundy Ranch. The underlying issue. Too much federal land.” People in the East don’t understand, it’s true. But after living in the West for 30 years and spending much of that time researching these issues, both academically and on the ground, I have zero sympathy for privatizing federal land or so-called “local control.” The federal government set up the BLM, Forest Service and Park…
  • Yes, IRS gave bonuses to employees who owed back taxes, however…

    Bob Morris
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:11 pm
    The bonuses were uncovered by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, not an outside investigation. TIGTA is independent, does internal audits, and is the equivalent of Internal Affairs in law enforcement. They are feared. And they did their job correctly and well. The report doesn’t say what rank the IRS employees were. I doubt they were IRS agents, who are required to file on time with full payment made. Extensions are not allowed. IRS agents also have a full audit of their personal returns done each year by an IRS auditor in another office who does not know them.
  • In drought areas, the big problem is grass – lawns, golf courses, parks

    Bob Morris
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Xeriscaping. Low water usage doesn’t mean barren or drab. In Las Vegas, as well as in other drought areas, lawns and grass use 70% of the water. Grass in semi-arid areas and deserts can no longer be tolerated. There are too many people and not enough water. Xeriscaping creates attractive landscaping in homes and parks and conserves water use. Grass is not needed. Neither are golf courses in deserts. They just aren’t. The real water hog is not people, many say, but grass: About 70% of Las Vegas water goes to lawns, public parks and golf courses. A rebate program has already ripped…
  • Bundy Ranch. The underlying issue. Too much federal land

    Bob Morris
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:47 am
    Officials from nine Western states met recently in Salt Lake City to discuss ways to take back control of federal lands within their borders, saying the feds mismanage it. Utah lawmakers have passed a resolution demanding the federal government cede title to federal land. This not a fringe movement. It’s going mainstream in the West, propelled by the highly visible Bundy Ranch confrontation. “What’s happened in Nevada is really just a symptom of a much larger problem,” [Utah House Speaker Becky] Lockhart said, according to The Salt Lake Tribune. The West historically has never had…
  • Rise of corporate Democrats, beholden to business not people

    Bob Morris
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Credite: vimeo.com/laane Faux progressives, pretend liberals, and corporate Democrats are increasingly taking power, especially in California. You know the type. They mouth platitudes about supporting the environment and helping the poor then consistently vote against any such measures, preferring instead to shovel in corporate money. And there is plenty of corporate, PAC, and special interest money available to them. Those who whine about how the Koch Brothers control politics through money are being deliberately evasive. Democratic politicians also have access to huge amounts of money. Both…
 
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  • Buyer's Guide to Electronic Medical Records Systems

    17 Apr 2014 | 2:50 pm
    EMR systems replace paper patient charts with computer records: they store physicians' notes, x-rays, prescriptions, and any other medical information usually found in paper records in electronic form. This makes searching and retrieving data easier, improves efficiency and accuracy, and allows doctors to access patients' information remotely.Electronic medical records systems also provide benefits such as reduced mistakes caused by bad handwriting, drug interaction precautions, and improved billing and insurance handling. They're also required by law to meet certain security and privacy…
  • The 2014 Business License Compliance Handbook

    10 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Almost every business operating in the United States of America is required to maintain multiple business licenses, permits, and tax registrations with the government. That’s a tall order when you consider that there are 55 states and territories, over 3,000 counties and parishes, approximately 36,000 municipalities, and over 35,000 special purpose districts that overlay these governmental authorities. Every one of these entities has the authority to require a license, permit, or registration. They often do. Consequently, a comprehensive business license portfolio often includes 4…
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  • Is Radical Islam Un-American?

    BobMcCarty
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Guest writer Paul R. Hollrah reminds us there is no place in a democracy for those who want to abolish [it], even with a peaceful vote and there is no place in a democracy for Islamists who acknowledge no respect for U.S. constitutional principles or the rule of law. Continue reading →
  • Why Can’t Elected Officials Force DIA to Comply With the Law?

    BobMcCarty
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:05 pm
    I stand amazed at how much the responses I've received from Sen. Roy Blunt, Sen. Claire McCaskill and U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner have varied since Jan. 13 when I contacted the offices of these people who purport to represent me and my fellow citizens in the Show-Me State in the U.S. Congress and asked for help in dealing with officials at the Defense Intelligence Agency. Continue reading →
  • DIA Continues to Stonewall Freedom of Information Act Request — 639 Days (So Far)

    BobMcCarty
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:56 am
    Unless something unexpected happens during the next two days, a Freedom of Information Act request I submitted to the Defense Intelligence Agency will turn 639 days old Wednesday, and a citizen's access to unclassified details about government purchases of polygraph machines will continue to be squelched. Continue reading →
  • WE’RE CLUCKED: Obama’s ‘Chickens’ Have Come Home

    BobMcCarty
    12 Apr 2014 | 8:43 am
    Since the first day that Barack Obama occupied the White House, he has extended the hand of friendship to the most brutal and intolerant people on the face of the Earth, writes guest writer Paul R. Hollrah. In doing so, he has denied the Judeo-Christian origins of our great nation. He has caused the gloom of a declining culture to fall across the face of America; his chickens have come home to roost. Continue reading →
  • Third Book Nears Finish Line

    BobMcCarty
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Three weeks ago, I began editing the 400-plus pages of the final draft of my still-untitled first fiction novel (a.k.a., "book #3). Today, I finished the process! I think you'll like it when it's released this summer. Continue reading →
 
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    Fort Hard Knox

  • 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?

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    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…
  • A Christian Perspective on the Syria Situation

    admin
    8 Sep 2013 | 10:21 am
    We are just days away from watching the United States Congress take a vote on whether or not to take military action in Syria. Our president is adamant that this is the best decision, but the vast majority of Americans vehemently disagree. I have spent a lot of time studying the situation in Syria and I thought I would share my thoughts on it from a Christian perspective. First of all, let’s look at what’s happening in Syria right now. The Assad regime is undeniably cruel and no one doubts that this leader is not good for either Syria as a nation or for relations in the Middle East.
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    Hit & Run

  • Hawaiian Student Sues After Being Ordered to Stop Handing Out Pocket Constitutions

    Katherine Mangu-Ward
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:24 pm
    The always formidable defenders of free speech at the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) filed a lawsuit in federal court today on behalf of a student who committed the heinous crime of handing out wee copies of the U.S. Constitution at the University of Hawaii at Hilo: The complaint alleges that on January 16, 2014, plaintiff Merritt Burch, who is president of the UH Hilo chapter of Young Americans for Liberty (YAL), and a fellow student YAL member were participating in an outdoor event where student groups set up tables to distribute literature. Observing other students…
  • Feds to Take Over Oregon's Failed $300 Million Health Insurance Exchange

    Peter Suderman
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:34 pm
    The state of Oregon received $303 million in federal grants—more than all but two other states—to build and operate a health insurance exchange, dubbed Cover Oregon, under Obamacare. One of those grants was a $48 million "early innovator" grant for states whose exchanges were intended to serve as models for the nation. The state was among the most enthusiastic about implementing the law, with Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber touting both the law and his state's work building the exchange.  The state's work on its exchange recieved praise throughout the media, and it was reportedly loved by…
  • Tax Resistance in Africa

    Jesse Walker
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Black-market carpentry is booming in Zimbabwe, the Inter Press Service reports: According to the Informal Woodworkers' Association, a Harare-based organisation, 18,500 people are currently engaged in informal carpentry in the capital. "Most carpenters here shun practicing formally, evading operational costs from local and government authorities for the land and resources they use, resulting in close to 20,000 people turning to informal carpentry. Indeed it is a sharp rise from about 7,000 back in 2009," the association's chairperson, Dickson Mapuranga, tells IPS. I found that article via…
  • Israel Suspends Peace Talks, Russia Orders Military Exercises on Ukrainian Border, Republican Lawmakers Denounce Cliven Bundy: P.M. Links

    Matthew Feeney
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Israel suspended peace talks in the wake of Hamas and Fatah agreeing to a unity deal. A recent Quinnipiac University poll shows that Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) would beat former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Colorado if they both win their party's 2016 presidential nominations. Republican lawmakers who have expressed support for Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who is in a legal fight with the Bureau of Land Management, have denounced him in light of his comments on slavery. A Kansas man on trial for murder worries that his "murder" neck tattoo may influence the jury against him. Russia…
  • Is John Bolton a ‘hawkish libertarian’?

    Matt Welch
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:15 pm
    The words "libertarian" and "John Bolton" are not typically contained in the same sentence, unless that sentence also contains phrases like "virulently disagrees with," or "WTF?" Still, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations is both a lower-tier potential presidential aspirant and a willing debater, so on The Independents last night we had the weird idea to ask the mustachioed hawk some questions about domestic policy, on issues such as spending, entitlements, gay marriage, prostitution, and more. Some of the answers may surprise you.... We didn't ask about the drug war, since he…
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  • John Anderson, Helen Garner & racial offense

    Geoff
    3 Apr 2014 | 2:47 am
    I am writing a book with the working title of Australia after socialism that explains the Australian intellectual left since the early 1990s. Tim Rowse in a review in Arena Magazine No. 4 of Meaghan... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Is Parliament worthwhile? Further thoughts

    Geoff
    1 Apr 2014 | 1:29 am
    I have an article in The Conversation on controversies around the performance of the Speaker of the Australian federal parliament.  A veteran MP from the conservative wing of a conservative party she... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The end of Catholic reconservatism: reblogged from 2010

    Geoff
    24 Feb 2014 | 10:20 pm
    The appointment of George Pell to a position in the Vatican (as a budget-cutting manager) reminds us of the interminable debate about the power of Catholic conservatism in Australia. Back in 2010 I... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Class in Australia: further comments to my article

    Geoff
    24 Feb 2014 | 9:48 pm
    I have an article in The Conversation examining conservative responses to class in Australia. My inspiration was the rather clunky Anglo-Marxism of John Strachey and Harold Laski in the 1930s. They... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Alfred Chandler and Amazon

    Geoff
    4 Jan 2014 | 7:08 pm
    What parallels can be drawn between contemporary transformations in the Internet and the corporate reconstruction of capitalism (to use Martin Sklar’s phrase) in the past? Says Xavier Rizos The... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • The Haslam Administration - Cronyism Or Just "Good Business"? You Decide - Part 7 of 7

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:52 pm
    As promised on Tuesday, today, on Freedom Friday, I am wrapping up sharing the video series, "Questions of Influence", NewsChannel5 ran concerning the questionable dealings of the Haslam Administration. Part 7 is basically a summary of the first 6 parts, but it does add some new information, too. The video for Part 7 is embedded below, or can be watched by clicking here.Below today's video, I review what we've learned.NewsChannel5.com | Nashville News, Weather NewsChannel5 brought out the following in this investigative report :The state's motor pool was turned over to Enterprise Rental Car…
  • The Haslam Administration - Cronyism Or Just "Good Business"? You Decide - Part 6 of 7

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Today, we're into the stretch run of the video series detailing the questionable dealings of Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam's Administration. Part 6 is about five-and-a-half minutes long and can be summarized with one simple question - "What's the big secret?"I plan to wrap the series up on Friday. So, don't miss it. Segment 6 is embedded below or can be watched by clicking here.NewsChannel5.com | Nashville News, Weather Source - www.NewsChannel5.com investigative report titled "Questions of Influence".Related articlesThe Haslam Administration - Cronyism Or Just "Good Business"? You Decide -…
  • The Haslam Administration - Cronyism Or Just "Good Business"? You Decide - Part 5 of 7

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:20 pm
    "Unfair advantage"? Competiveness? Bids?We don't need no stinking competitive bids! Fuhgeddaboutit.Today is Part 5 in the series about the dealings of The Haslam Administration. The video is embedded below or can be watched by clicking here.NewsChannel5.com | Nashville News, Weather Source - NewsChannel5.com's investigative report titled "Questions of Influence".Related articlesThe Haslam Administration - Cronyism Or Just "Good Business"? You Decide - Part 4 of 7 (thesecondchancesheepdog.blogspot.com)The Haslam Administration - Cronyism Or Just "Good Business"? You Decide - Part 3…
  • The Haslam Administration - Cronyism Or Just "Good Business"? You Decide - Part 4 of 7

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:01 am
    Today's video segment is Part 4 of NewsChannel5's investigative report, "Questions of Influence", about the questionable wheelings and dealings of Bill Haslam's Adminstration. I plan to run Part 5 later in the week and wrap the series up next week.The interesting thing about this segment is that, like in Part 3, I find myself once again agreeing with someone, Steve Gill, that I'm not a fan of. When he says that if a Democrat was in the governor's office with this sort of stuff going on, the Republicans would "be pitching a hissy fit," he's absolutely right. They would. So why are they…
  • The Haslam Administration - Cronyism Or Just "Good Business"? You Decide - Part 3 of 7

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    2 Apr 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Today is Part 3 of the video series on the "dealings" of the administration of Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam, and the series starts picking up some steam. The segment shared today is just under six minutes and will likely get your blood pressure up a bit.Normally, there is very little that I agree with Democratic Tennessee State Representatives Sherry Jones and Mike Turner about. However, this is one of those times. Rep. Jones nailed it on the head when she referred to these real estate dealings as "conflicts of interest."Part 3's video is embedded below or can be watched by clicking…
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  • Against Piketty's Global Wealth Tax

    24 Apr 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Tyler Cowen, Foreign AffairsEvery now and then, the field of economics produces an important book; this is one of them. Thomas Piketty’s tome will put capitalist wealth back at the center of public debate, resurrect interest in the subject of wealth distribution, and revolutionize how people view the history of income inequality. On top of that, although the book’s prose (translated from the original French) might not qualify as scintillating, any educated person will be able to understand it -- which sets the book apart from the vast majority of works by high-level economic…
  • The Power of Piketty's "Capital"

    24 Apr 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Eric Alterman, The NationIf you were among those who followed the reports on French economist Thomas Piketty’s US book tour in support of his university-press-published, 696-page, Marxism-tinged treatise on inequality, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, and taxed your brain trying to recall a remotely recent antecedent for the ensuing excitement, well, relax—there isn’t any.
  • Is the U.S. Such a Bad Place for Women?

    24 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Mollie Hemingway, The FederalistWho could deny that the problems identified by feminists in America are serious? Here are just five recent examples of how bad women have it in the States, each followed by a look at a minor problem faced by women in other parts of the world.
  • U.K. "Austerity" Update

    24 Apr 2014 | 11:58 am
    Francis Menton, Manhattan ContrarianI haven't been reading too much lately about so-called "austerity" in the New York Times. Something must be up. Let's go look for some data.
  • Sen. Shaheen Gets Defensive in N.H.

    24 Apr 2014 | 11:56 am
    James Taranto, Wall Street JournalJeanne Shaheen, the senior senator from New Hampshire, won her seat by defeating a Republican incumbent in 2008. She was thought to have a safe seat this year, and most polls and observers still give her an edge, if a tenuous one, over likely GOP challenger Scott Brown.
 
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  • How Democrats can woo swing voters and hold onto their base

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:03 pm
    CHICAGO The Democrats’ biggest strategic challenge in maintaining control of the Senate involves motivating the party’s base while simultaneously attracting swing and even Republican voters in contests being waged in conservative states. Read full article >>
  • An interview with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:02 pm
    NEW YORK Last Wednesday afternoon, I interviewed New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) in his office at New York’s City Hall. Here is a transcript of the interview, which is the basis of my Monday column on de Blasio and the city. My questions have been shortened and I have included some background on issues that might not be familiar to those who live outside New York. My thanks to Ross Tilchin and Jeremy Waldron for helping me put together this transcript. Read full article >>
  • New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio stays on offense

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    20 Apr 2014 | 3:46 pm
    NEW YORK To say that New York Mayor Bill de Blasio is unbowed after some difficult moments in his first few months in office is not entirely true. The 6-foot-5 progressive bows regularly so he won’t overwhelm interlocutors who don’t meet NBA specs. Read full article >>
  • Jeb Bush’s optimism school

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:58 pm
    NEW YORK The Republican Party faces a long-term challenge in presidential elections because it is defining itself as a gloomy enclave, a collection of pessimists who fear what our country is becoming and where it is going. Read full article >>
  • A program conservatives should love

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    13 Apr 2014 | 4:41 pm
    We are at a point at which we will soon have vicious ideological debates over motherhood and apple pie. Don’t laugh. If we can agree on anything across our philosophical divides, surely we can support efforts to promote voluntary service by our fellow citizens and to strengthen our nation’s extraordinary network of civic and religious charities. Read full article >>
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  • Fox News Host Says He’s Considered Converting To Islam For The 72 Virgins

    24 Apr 2014 | 4:24 pm
    Hosts of The Five CREDIT: Photo by Carlo Allegri/Invision/AP Images Fox News host Bob Beckel on Thursday told his co-hosts on The Five that he had considered converting to Islam because he was interested in being rewarded with 72 virgins. In the Koran, the concept of jannah, or paradise, is depicted as a place where men are rewarded for their religiosity with marriage to 72 virginal women. That fact has been widely distorted to be interpreted as a driving factor for radical Islam — suicide bombers, the thinking goes, commit their acts of violence to prove they are true believers and be…
  • Craven

    24 Apr 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Anti-Government Rancher Makes Racist Comments Cliven Bundy, the 67-year-old Nevada cattle rancher, has been breaking the law for twenty years. It was in 1993 that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), in an effort to protect the endangered desert tortoise, designated hundreds of thousands of acres of land near Las Vegas for strict conservation efforts. Bundy, refusing to abide by the new rules, continued to graze his cattle on the land. This led, over time, to the BLM repeatedly fining Bundy (he has never paid) and then revoking his permit (he has not applied for a new one). Fast forward to…
  • After Championing Cliven Bundy, Fox News Studiously Ignores His Racist Meltdown

    24 Apr 2014 | 2:34 pm
    CREDIT: Screenshot Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy owes much of his newfound fame to Fox News, which has given his armed standoff against the federal government close to wall-to-wall coverage and elevated him as a victim of government overreach. Since the rancher’s standoff with the Bureau of Land Management over his decades of illegal grazing on public lands, Fox News has mentioned Bundy 469 times. But on Thursday, after the New York Times highlighted racist remarks Bundy made suggesting “the Negro” was better off under slavery, the conservative network stayed remarkably quiet.
  • Ohio’s Clean Energy Programs Save Customers $2 For Every $1 They Spend

    24 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    An $11 million solar panel canopy covers the parking lot across from the entrance to The Cincinnati Zoo. CREDIT: AP Photo/Al Behrman Energy efficiency standards in Ohio that have been facing attacks from state lawmakers provide significant consumer savings relative to their costs, according to an Ohio-based clean energy organization. From 2009 through 2013, the standards saved Ohio residents $1.03 billion and cost $456 million, according to reports from the Public Utility Commission of Ohio analyzed by the Ohio Advanced Energy Economy. Ohio’s renewable energy and energy efficiency…
  • National Labor Relations Board Will Decide If Northwestern Football Players Can Form A Union

    24 Apr 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Northwestern quarterback Kain Colter has led the fight to former a players union. CREDIT: AP The National Labor Relations Board announced Thursday that it has granted Northwestern University’s request to review the case involving the unionization of the university’s college athletes. The regional director of the NLRB’s Chicago chapter ruled in March that the school’s college athletes were employees and could vote to form a union, but Northwestern disputed the decision and petitioned the NLRB to review the case. If the full NLRB rules in favor of the players, athletes…
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    Democratic Strategist

  • Limits of An Angry Base

    24 Apr 2014 | 4:52 pm
    As Democrats (quite appropriately) focus on ways to boost turnout this November, there's often, in my opinion, an excessive emphasis on "voter enthusiasm" as opposed to more mechanical ways of getting out the vote. But some analysts go even further, as I discussed today at Washington Monthly. [A]t the Daily Beast today, comedian/activist Dean Obeidallah, in what I assume was not a comedic take, offers an even more dubious variation on the "enthusiasm" theory: the "anger" theory. Angry voters, he asserts, win midterms, and since Republican voters are really angry right now, Democrats are going…
  • Cillizza: Study Shows GOP's Rightward Drift

    24 Apr 2014 | 5:08 am
    In Chris Cillizza's "Bob Dole says the GOP is way more conservative than it was even 20 years ago. He's right." at The Fix, he analyses a VoteView study of roll call votes in the U.S. House and Senate to show that the Republican Party has indeed become more ideologically-extreme. ...What VoteView did is analyze every roll call vote in the House and Senate and then use that data to map how liberal or conservative the average Republican and Democrat was over time...If you start in the early 1990s, you begin to see the Republican and Democratic lines heading in opposite directions -- with…
  • Midterm Falloff Rates Not So Bad for African-Americans

    23 Apr 2014 | 4:11 pm
    In the midst of a sudden effusion of stories about the likely fate of southern Democratic Senate candidates this fall, I noted at Washington Monthly that one thing to keep in mind is that the African-Americans who form so important a part of southern Democratic turnout sometimes defy the "falloff" pattern: [A]s everyone has noted who writes extensively about the "midterm falloff" problem for Democrats, in the past the pro-Democratic demographic group least prone to "falloff" has been African-Americans. On occasion (e.g., the Deep South in 1998, and Virginia just last year), black voters have…
  • Ornstein: 'Green Lantern' Critics of Obama Should Get Real

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:52 am
    Norm Ornstein's National Journal article "The Most Enduring Myth About the Presidency: The Green Lantern theory just won't go away" provides a timely reminder about the folly of attributing unlimited powers to the President. Referencing the recent 50th anniversary celebration of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 at the LBJ Library, Ornstein writes in his set-up: The meme is what Matthew Yglesias, writing in 2006, referred to as "the Green Lantern Theory of Geopolitics," and has been refined by Greg Sargent and Brendan Nyhan into the Green Lantern Theory of the presidency. In a nutshell, it…
  • Dems Self-Inflicted Wound: Weak Leadership for Retirement Reform

    22 Apr 2014 | 10:51 am
    If you had to pick the Democratic Party's most harmful blind spot, a good choice would be its general indifference to retirement policy. We're so busy chasing after young voters and other constituencies that we have apparently ceded the senior vote to the conservatives, who gleefully accept it as a freebie, offering seniors nothing but fear-mongering about government spending and tax cuts for the wealthy in return. Yes, I know senior voters tend to cast their ballots for the GOP, at least the ones who show up. And show up they do in the midterm elections in more impressive numbers than any…
 
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  • Arvind Kejriwal beats Narendra Modi to win TIME magazine’s online poll

    Alka Anand Singh
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:05 am
    Indian politician Arvind Kejriwal has won the readers’ poll for the 2014 TIME 100, TIME’s annual list of people who influenced the world this past year for better or worse. As the world’s largest democracy votes in the ongoing elections, the key candidates obviously have made an impact internationally. Narendra Modi, who is already being hailed as the leader at the helm of affairs by Goldman Sachs and other agencies, was expected to be the top candidate from India on TIME magazine’s list. But Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal has managed to edge past the BJP’s…
  • Akhilesh Yadav confident about SP getting maximum seats in UP

    Alka Anand Singh
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:10 am
    Saifai: Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday cast his vote from Saifai in Etawah district saying that he was confident that the Samajwadi Party would get maximum number of seats in the state. “This is that area where votes have always gone in favour of our party. The farmers, the poor, all the people here have always supported the Samajwadi Party,” said Yadav. “According to me, in the third phase of polling will be in favour of SP and I am sure that we are going to win the maximum number of seats here,” he added. Polling is underway for the sixth…
  • Election expenses for five years cross Rs 1.5 lakh crore

    Alka Anand Singh
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:14 am
    As ongoing Lok Sabha polls reach the sixth phase, a new study has found that the total money spent on all elections in last five years has crossed Rs 1,50,000 crore and over half of these funds have come from “unaccounted sources”. The study, conducted by think-tank CMS, comes at a time when various political parties are accusing each other of using alleged black money in the ongoing Lok Sabha polls, which began on April 7 and will continue till May 12. So far, voting has taken place in 232 Lok Sabha seats across five phases, while a further 311 constituencies will go to polls in…
  • Kejriwal slams Modi, Rahul for “massive poll spending”

    Alka Anand Singh
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:02 am
    Pitching his ‘aam-aadmi’ credentials, AAP leader Arvind Kejriwal on Wednesday hit out at BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi for their “helicopter democracy,” while projecting himself as an “honest” alternative. On his way to file his nomination papers for the Lok Sabha polls from this holy city, the AAP leader highlighted the “massive” spending in the advertisement campaigns for Mr. Modi and Mr. Gandhi and asked people to decide what kind of democracy they want. “Somebody was saying that Modi is spending Rs. 5000 crore…
  • Jharkhand court issues arrest warrant against BJP leader Giriraj Singh

    Alka Anand Singh
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:52 am
    BOKARO (Jharkhand): A court here on Wednesday issued arrest warrant against former Bihar minister and BJP leader Giriraj Singh for his inflammatory speech during a poll meet in the district. Sub-divisional judicial magistrate Amit Sekhar issued the warrants against Giriraj Singh for his alleged remarks that people who do not vote for Narendra Modi will have to find a place in Pakistan. Singh is facing charges under IPC sections 153 A (promoting enmity between classes), 295 A (maliciously insulting religion or religious beliefs of any class) and 298 (uttering any word or making any sound in…
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  • Europe’s Next Moral Hazard

    Hans-Werner Sinn
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    The limit beyond which eurozone governments' creditors become anxious has been raised significantly by the bailout architecture put in place over the last two years. This will bring a few years of calm as debt levels climb steadily to that limit, before the architecture collapses, injuring ordinary citizens the most.
  • Re-Governing China

    Andrew Sheng, et al.
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    The Chinese leadership's Third Plenum last November produced a reform blueprint of unprecedented scale, depth, and complexity. In order to implement it successfully, China's leaders must upgrade and recalibrate the tools of central control on which they have long relied.
  • Alarm Bells in Asia

    Brahma Chellaney
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Over the last two years, America’s Asian allies have received three wake-up calls, all of which have delivered the same clear message: the US cannot be relied upon to protect their interests. Indeed, America's weak response to regional disputes could spur game-changing developments.
  • The Other Transatlantic Partnership

    Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg, et al.
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    The EU and Canada have been deepening bilateral ties, including the recent completion of a strategic partnership agreement and a comprehensive economic and trade agreement. Given the crisis in Ukraine and both countries' rising tensions with Russia, this effort could not be more timely.
  • Stopping Russia Starts in Syria

    Anne-Marie Slaughter
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    The solution to the crisis in Ukraine lies in part in Syria. If US President Barack Obama demonstrates that he can order the use of force in circumstances other that secret drone attacks or covert operations, the result will change the strategic calculus not only in Damascus, but also in Moscow, not to mention Beijing and Tokyo.
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  • Remembering Rubin Hurricane Carter..Our Hard Knock Radio Interview

    mrDaveyd
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Rubin Hurricane Carter Hard Knock Radio 04-21-2014: We talk with the two reporters who were on the scene last year in Boston during the bombings that took place at the conclusion of the marathon.. Chris Farone and Dart Adams share their thoughts on what was going on then and now and how the response to those bombings impacted our civil liberties .. Later on in the show we give a throwback interview featuring former HKR co-host  Weyland Southon speaking w/ Rubin Hurricane Carter who passed away over the weekend.. The former celebrated boxer turned prison rights activist was someone who showed…
  • MSNBC Legal Analyst Lisa Bloom Breaks Down Trayvon Martin Case

    mrDaveyd
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:04 am
    Lisa Bloom Hard Knock Radio 04-16-14: We speak NBC legal analyst, lawyer and author Lisa Bloom about the her book Suspicion Nation which gives keen insight into the Trayvon Martin/ George Zimmerman trial which she feels was botched by the prosecutors.. During our conversation Ms Bloom lays out 5 key egregious mistakes and oversights about the trial which led to its messed up outcome. Among the points raised is the mistreatment and harassment of  the only non white juror, Maddy, who for weeks felt singled out, demeaned, and belittled by the five white jurors. Things got so bad that she…
  • Reflections on a Good Friday… Are We Crucifying or Stopping Crucifixions?

    mrDaveyd
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:26 am
    Thinking about Jesus and the sacrifice he made this Good Friday..In doing so, its noted that he was chased down, unfairly prosecuted and crucified. And while we all know the story of his resurrection in which there is joy, the question for us as Christians, who are we chasing down, unfairly prosecuting and symbolically, literally crucifying?? Is it the poor and homeless who we point fingers at and scorn because they do not have the material trappings and economic security we have been blessed with, so we chase them out of our neighborhoods? Do we recognize their humanity and try to be…
  • Can We Trust the Uber Rich like Michael Bloomberg on Gun Control?

    mrDaveyd
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:01 am
    Was peeping Michael Bloomberg on the Today Show talking about all the money he’s set to lay out and the new tactics he set to deploy to enact what he describes as sensible gun control legislation.. He’s gearing up to launch NRA type organization that pushes for gun control. His goal is to have this organization be such that if politicians don’t follow its dictates they pay a hefty price at the ballot box. He intends to use the same political strong-arm bullying approach as the NRA.. Like most of the folks around me, I can’t stand the wanton violence that frequently…
  • A Tale of Two Mothers in America in a Post Racial Society

    mrDaveyd
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:36 am
    A tale of two mothers…. The one with red hair on the left, Catalina Clouser decided to get high and drove for 12 miles with her 2 month old baby on the roof of her car..By the time she realized her baby wasn’t in the car, it was too late.. The baby fell off and was found still in his car seat in the middle of busy freeway.. fortunately unharmed…Clouser was just sentenced and got probation..http://nydn.us/1m7ogNE Meanwhile in the woman on the right Shanesha Taylor was homeless and trying to get her life on better footing. She had a job interview and could not get anyone to…
 
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  • When Parents Die, Private Student Loans can Come Due

    24 Apr 2014 | 12:50 pm
    College students with private loans whose co-signer, often a parent or grandparent, dies or declares bankruptcy are often being forced to repay the entire remaining balance immediately.   Individuals caught in this situation include those in good standing who have kept up on their loan repayments, leaving federal regulators puzzled about why lenders are putting these people at risk of defaulting.   The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) says it received more than 2,300 private student loan complaints and more than 1,300 debt collection complaints related to student loans in…
  • Military Judge Orders Release of Information about CIA Torture at Secret Prison

    24 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has been ordered by a military judge to turn over classified information regarding its secret prisons used last decade to hold and interrogate suspected terrorists.   The order came during the military tribunal for Abd al Rahim al-Nashiri, accused mastermind of the 2000 attack on the USS Cole in Yemen, which killed 17 American sailors and wounded 42 others.   Nashiri was held at several secret CIA prisons before being shipped to Guantánamo Bay, where he has been detained since 2006.   His lawyers contend that he was tortured at the…
  • IRS Paid Bonuses to 1,100 Employees who Underpaid or Didn’t Pay Their Own Taxes

    24 Apr 2014 | 11:55 am
    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) awarded more than a thousand workers with cash bonuses even though they hadn’t paid their taxes or underpaid them.   About $1.1 million was paid to more than 1,100 employees over a two-year period, according to a report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.   A total of 2,800 employees who were disciplined for all types of misconduct collectively received $2.8 million in bonuses, extra paid time off or raises between October 2010 and December 2012, the inspector general found.   How did it happen that employees whose…
  • Two-Thirds of Criminals Released from Prison are Rearrested within 3 Years

    24 Apr 2014 | 11:45 am
    Recidivism among prisoners is still quite common in the United States, with 67.8% winding up back behind bars within three years of being released.   A new study from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), the first such federal survey in nearly 20 years, revealed an even higher recidivism rate within five years of inmates being let out: 76.9%. The research also determined that of those prisoners who were rearrested within five years of release, 36.8% were arrested within the first six months and 56.7% within the first year.   The DOJ’s findings showed higher return rates than…
  • Chinese Government Accused of Sending Spies to Universities in U.S. and Australia

    24 Apr 2014 | 11:40 am
    Among the growing number of students and professors from China at American and Australian universities are spies working for the Chinese government.   In the United States, some Chinese scholars are not just sharing their expertise, but also gathering information for China’s Communist Party, according to Xia Yeliang, a former Peking University economics professor now working at the Cato Institute in Washington, D.C.   “Every year among those top universities there are some visiting scholars, and among them I can definitely say there are some people who are actually…
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    Blog for Arizona

  • About that GOP push poll for McSally

    AZ BlueMeanie
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:42 pm
    The Tucson Weekly reports today that the GOP push polling firm OnMessage Inc. has released a poll showing that its client, Martha McSally, leads Congressman Ron Barber. McSally Poll: McSally Leads Barber By 3 Percentage Points in Congressional District 2 … Continue reading →
  • Cliven Bundy says the Negroes ‘were better off as slaves, picking cotton’ – what do Rep. Paul Gosar and Tea-Publican legislators think?

    AZ BlueMeanie
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Well I’m shocked! (not) It turns out that the conservative media entertainment complex-invented anti-government hero of the moment, Cliven Bundy, is an unrepentant racist who thinks that Negroes were better off when they were slaves pickin’ cotton. The welfare cowboy … Continue reading →
  • Politicians looking out for #1

    AZ BlueMeanie
    24 Apr 2014 | 11:31 am
    Rep. J.D. Mesnard got what he wanted before the Arizona legislature went sine die early this morning. His earlier campaign finance limit law increasing contribution limits was interpreted by the Secretary of State to require separate campaign committees for primary … Continue reading →
  • Mexican Fiesta to benefit Lend a Hand

    Carolyn Classen
    24 Apr 2014 | 9:22 am
    RSVP to 520-360-7613 or jhos7@cox.net for this fun fiesta on April 26. Lend A Hand Senior Assistance, Inc. is a growing coalition of central Tucson neighborhoods, faith-based communities, and business partnerships. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and a member … Continue reading →
  • Thanks for the Validation, Mr. Piketty

    Bob Lord
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:46 am
    The Thuckmeister’s been a bit quiet these days. He’s taking it in the teeth on at least two fronts. First, the Common Core standards pushed by John Huppenthal, whom Thucky worships and adores, are not holding up to public scrutiny. … Continue reading →
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    People Power from YES! Magazine

  • When Big Money Controls Big Media, There’s a Big Decline in Democracy

    David Kortava
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Photo by trekandshoot/Shutterstock. Dollarocracy: How the Money and Media Election Complex is Destroying America by John Nichols and Robert McChesney Nation Books, $26.99, 368 pages With more than $10 billion spent on political advocacy, the U.S. 2011-2012 election cycle was the most expensive in history. In Dollarocracy: How the Money and Media Election Complex is Destroying America, veteran journalists John Nichols and Robert McChesney argue that the flood of money into politics, compounded by declining standards in journalism, amounts to a crisis of democracy. The way U.S. elections are…
  • They Started by Blockading a Bus Full of Detainees—And Went on to Shake Up the Immigration Debate

    Rachael Stoeve
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:20 am
    Supporters of detainees on hunger strike the Northwest Detention Center gather during a demonstration on April 5. Photo by Alex Garland Photography. At 6:30 in the morning on February 24, Maru Mora Villalpando and eight other people locked their arms together and formed a human chain across the driveway of the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Wash. A cold rain drizzled down as they stood in the path of a bus departing the facility, which held immigrants being considered for deportation, asylum, or residency. Through the tinted windows of the bus, Maru could just make out the silhouettes…
  • Why Saul Alinsky, Author of "Rules" for Social Change, Would Probably Break Them Today

    Mark Engler
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:20 pm
    This article originally appeared at Wagingnonviolence.org. Photo by Brett Tatman/ Flickr. Although Saul Alinsky, the founding father of modern community organizing in the United States, passed away in 1972, he is still invoked by the right as a dangerous harbinger of looming insurrection. And although his landmark book, Rules for Radicals, is now nearly 45 years old, the principles that emerged from Alinsky's work have influenced every generation of community organizers that has come since. The most lasting of Alinsky's prescriptions are not his well-known tactical guidelines—"ridicule is…
  • How Better Health Care for the Poor Makes a Stronger Economy for All

    Imara Jones
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:25 pm
    This article originally appeared at Colorlines.com. Photo by Kanaka Menehune / Flickr. As the enrollment date for Obamacare came to an end this week, one overlooked fact is that the law could have a dramatic impact on the job security and earnings of the working poor. More than one out three people who’ve signed up for coverageearn below the poverty threshold qualifying them for Medicaid, with the incomes of millions more eligible for subsidies to help pay insurance premiums. Disproportionately, people of color are clustered in jobs that pay by the hour and these individuals are more…
  • Get Intersectional! (Or, Why Your Movement Can't Go It Alone)

    Kristin Moe
    4 Apr 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Photos courtesy of National Workers Alliance, Matthew Black, and Minnesota AFL-CIO./p> "There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle because we do not live single-issue lives." –Audre Lorde Here’s the scenario: This year’s epic drought devastates agriculture in California. Water use is rationed, so the cost of grain goes up, and, because cattle eat grain, the cost of beef goes up too. To cut expenses, the owners of a fast food restaurant cut a worker's wages and benefits by a couple bucks an hour. Next month he won’t be able to send money to his wife and kids back in Mexico,…
 
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    Divided Under God

  • Fred Phelps Created the Monster that Betrayed Him

    Don Yonker, Contributor
    28 Mar 2014 | 8:35 am
    Image courtesy indecisionforever.com One can only wonder if the phrase, “et tu, Brute” ran through Fred Phelps mind when the congregation he nurtured and, in most cases, literally spawned, excommunicated him from the Westboro Baptist Church.  The sense of betrayal must have been crushing. As Fred’s estranged son Nathan Phelps said, “They took the one thing that meant everything to the man…That old man and his reason to exist have gone away.”  Nathan Phelps also reported that prior to his father’s death he had been moved to a new house and watched over so he would not harm…
  • Twisting Freedom of Religion Into Religious Freedom

    Jim Phynn, Contributor
    21 Mar 2014 | 7:23 am
    Image courtesy thinkprogress.org If there is a single unifying theme that spans the entire career of the late, great comedian George Carlin, it is the importance of the words we use.  As far back as his original list of the seven words you can’t say on television, he spoke of the power of words, and warned us all that those who would manipulate language can easily manipulate thoughts. I was reminded of the relevance of Carlin’s warnings during the recent fight over the nameless Arizona SB 1062 bill, which Governor Jan Brewer (thankfully) vetoed.  This was the bill that would have…
  • A Dying Fred Phelps Will Be Silent — Let’s Keep It That Way

    Jim Phynn, Contributor
    19 Mar 2014 | 10:49 am
    Photo by Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post via Getty Images In the mid-1990s, I was one of the owners of the Humor listserv centered out of the University of Georgia, which was dedicated to sharing humorous anecdotes and jokes of all kinds, via email, in those early days of the Internet.  There were two groups of people in this particular listserv: those who received the humor emails, and those authorized to post the jokes.  My responsibilities included monitoring the traffic and analyzing and reporting on statistical trends associated with the subscribers.  This position made me…
  • AHA Forces Removal of Memorial Cross — Atheist Community Divided

    Kevin Davis, Head Writer
    10 Mar 2014 | 6:55 pm
    Image courtesy of Christian Post On March 6th, AnnMarie Devaney of Riverside, CA was forced to remove a 5-foot tall cross from a Lake Elsinore roadside — a memorial to her son that had been in place for almost two years.  The cross was on government property and had been ordered to be removed in January but, as of early March, was still in the place where Devaney’s son, Anthony, was hit by a car and killed while crossing the street in 2012. After receiving complaints from residents, the American Humanist Association wrote to government officials in Lake Elsinore, urging them to…
  • FoxNews’ Todd Starnes Attacks Atheists with Misleading and Irresponsible Article Title

    Kevin Davis, Head Writer
    18 Feb 2014 | 7:34 am
    He’s at it again. Todd Starnes, the Fox contributor who has been known to champion made-up claims of anti-Christian persecution, has desperately gone the way of sites like Upworthy and Buzzfeed by using a ridiculous article title in order to lure readers in and pump up his hit count.  The difference is that his article is not a mindless distraction for procrastinators like you’d see in a typical Buzzfeed article such as You Need To See This Photo Of Queen Elizabeth And Helen Mirren.  (Chance are, those of you who clicked that Buzzfeed link saw the picture and then thought…
 
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    Politics

  • Alex Salmond's St George's Day speech: full text

    Alex Salmond
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    Scottish First Minister says the ties between Scotland and England "are based instead on links of family and friendship that are facts of geography, not acts of parliament." Alex Salmond addresses a Business for Scotland event on February 17, 2014 in Aberdeen. Photograph: Getty Images. Thank you. It’s a pleasure to speak here in Carlisle on St George’s Day. Sir Walter Scott, who married Charlotte Carpenter in the Cathedral here, once wrote that “there are few cities in England which have been the scene of more momentous and more interesting events than Carlisle”. He was referring to…
  • How the left can win in the 5-75-20 society

    Patrick Diamond
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:07 am
    Social democrats must champion the interests of the newly insecure middle class if they are to govern again.  Ed Miliband at the Labour conference in Brighton last year. Photograph: Getty Images. For decades, social democrats in western Europe conceived their natural constituency as the "blue-collar" working class: the affluent middle class aligned themselves with Conservative parties. In the intervening decades, social and economic change has transformed that world out of existence. Today, lack of aspiration and insecurity are not only afflicting the "left behind". The disease is spreading…
  • St George’s Day is no time to ignore how people feel about being English

    Michael Kenny
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:33 am
    The past 20 years have seen the growth of a more deeply felt and prominent sense of English identity, going beyond a chauvinist form of nationhood. Cross faces: children with St George's flag painted faces at the England-Belgium friendly match, 2012. Photo: Getty “Great Britain vs Little England” was the stark choice posed by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg in his debates with the UKIP leader, Nigel Farage. This pitch follows hard on the heels of the former prime minister Gordon Brown’s failed attempt – first as chancellor and then as prime minister – to promote and codify an…
  • Is illegal immigration really "getting worse"?

    Jonathan Portes
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:13 am
    Contrary to Yvette Cooper, the evidence suggests that the problem is less severe than commonly thought. Immigration and border control signs at Edinburgh Airport. Photograph: Getty Images. The shadow home secretary, Yvette Cooper, recently made a major speech on "Labour’s approach to immigration". This blog isn’t about the speech as a whole (much was fairly sensible on the benefits of migration and the damage being done by government policy in some areas, but it lacked substantive policy proposals to improve matters). Instead I want to focus on one specific paragraph, because it…
  • The Tories are taking the morality war to the enemy

    Bruce Anderson
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:20 am
    Cameron, Duncan Smith, Gove and Osborne are sincere in their desire for social emancipation. They must now find the words to express it.  George Osborne and Michael Gove at the Conservative conference in Manchester in 2013. Photograph: Getty Images. Now that the Great Recession is over, the Cameroons are returning to their radical roots. George Osborne recently spoke in favour of full employment. Just about every senior Tory is keen to address social mobility. A strategy is emerging. The Tories are determined to take the morality war to the enemy. The modern economy has eroded Labour’s…
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    Breitbart Feed

  • Oregon County Orders Incinerator: Stop Using Aborted Babies to Generate Power

    24 Apr 2014 | 4:03 pm
    Marion County, Oregon commissioners approved an order Thursday to stop an incinerator from using aborted babies to generate power. The order states that the incinerator must stop accepting medical waste until procedures are in place to ensure aborted babies are not among the substances burned to produce electricity. As Breitbart News’ Warner Todd Huston reported earlier on Thursday, authorities in Victoria, British Columbia revealed that the remains of aborted babies are disposed of in the United States and sent to a facility that burns waste to provide electric power for Oregon…
  • Chris McDaniel's Biloxi Barn Burner

    24 Apr 2014 | 3:22 pm
    BILOXI, Mississippi—"You feel it don’t you? The momentum is growing. The people are waking up again,"state senator Chris McDaniel told a crowd of about 150 Tea Party activists here. McDaniel was in his element at the event, part of the Tea Party Express nationwide bus tour. Hours earlier, he had picked up the endorsement of the American Conservative Union. On stage, he was flanked by Katrina Pierson, a Tea Party activist who recently lost a bid to challenge longtime Texas GOP Rep. Pete Sessions, Sirius XM Patriot radio host Mike Church, conservative media reporter Charles Johnson…
  • Bulletproof Subway Restaurant Sign of Chicago Violence

    24 Apr 2014 | 2:42 pm
    As violence in Chicago continues to spin out of control, businesses are reacting in logical ways. A Subway sandwich shop with a bulletproof enclosure for employees, for instance, made the news in the Windy City, showing that violence is affecting everyone, not just gang members. With Chicago's long, harsh winter finally over, the gangbangers and drug dealers have come out of hibernation; shootings and murders are rising to uncontrollable numbers. But this is nothing new. Chicago has been a war zone for years, and businesses have had to take measures to protect their cash registers, as well as…
  • University of Connecticut Professor Goes 'Ape' at Christian Campus Presentation

    24 Apr 2014 | 2:20 pm
    A University of Connecticut professor went on a wild tirade on the Storrs campus Tuesday, claiming he came from an ape as he confronted a Christian gospel presentation that included discussion on evolution. As Christian News Network reported, anthropology professor James Boster spent more than two hours trying to draw students away from Christian evangelists who were preaching outdoors and distributing literature on campus. Christian evangelist Don Karns of Hampton, Virginia, said Boster approached him as he was holding a sign about evolution, mocked him, and then became confrontational.
  • Boehner Mocks Conservative Amnesty Opponents

    24 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) reportedly mocked amnesty opponents in Congress on Thursday during a lunch event in his home district. "Here's the attitude. Ohhhh. Don't make me do this. Ohhhh. This is too hard," Boehner reportedly "whined" at Brown's Run County Club in Madison Township, according to Cincinnati.com. "We get elected to make choices. We get elected to solve problems and it's remarkable to me how many of my colleagues just don't want to ... They'll take the path of least resistance." Boehner, who has also said he was "hellbent" on passing amnesty and agreed with President…
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    Beppe Grillo's Blog

  • The P2’s reform of the Senate #glielochiedelicio

    24 Apr 2014 | 9:03 am
    “Bring about reforms: rather than a political programme, this is the advertising slogan that the Government is repeating obsessively, using tweets, slides, press conferences and interviews. And meanwhile, nothing has been done. But it will be done. And it’s this action that we have to fear, more than any inertia or “stalling” (Do you remember Montale? We have done our best to make the world a worse place). The last few days have seen the first steps towards the reform of the Senate, to transform it into a Senate of the local government institutions. Four slogans for Renzi: «no “no…
  • Enasarco and the pension money used to play financial roulette

    23 Apr 2014 | 9:34 am
    “Contributions paid in by workers for their pensions that are happily played on the roulette wheel for the joy of financial speculation. A Foundation like Enasarco that gets money from 250,000 active members including commercial agents and financial advisers, and then invests the money in funds located in tax havens, including one called “Anthracite”, a structured bond that was guaranteed by the failed Lehman Brothers, that has been subject to an array of different financial restructuring all of which were very opaque. We are waiting for responses about this. But above all, and here is…
  • Renzie and La Repubblica without shame

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:27 am
    “After the “80 euro”, the “Jobs Act” for a lifetime spent as a “precarious worker” and other “clever talker“ promises, Renzi even goes on about the dark heart of Italy: the slaughters for which no one has yet been found guilty. In his revelation to the newspaper La Repubblica, he said "We have decided to remove the stamp of secrecy from the documents relating to the main happenings that struck our country and we’ll transfer them to the State Archive. To be clear: we’re talking about all the documents relating to the slaughters of Piazza Fontana, of Italicum and the…
  • Passaparola - The Italicum is unconstitutional - Attorney Besostri

    21 Apr 2014 | 10:32 pm
    The Italicum is unconstitutional(11:00) Your videos on : "Passaparola - The Ital ..." (4)Send in your video Last January (it seems like eons ago) the political parties and the official media were explaining to the Italians that without a new electoral law this Country was headed for disaster. One had to be devised immediately if not sooner and it wasn’t important with whom, even with someone that had been expelled from Parliament, like Berlusconi. In the interests of the poor dear souls (where do they live? Are they there or are they screwing us?), the M5S had to go and take a look at the…
  • Renzie’s promises pulled apart by The Economist

    20 Apr 2014 | 8:22 am
    “When a politician of populist inclinations takes office, forms a government and unveils his programme, he usually has something to please everyone. So it seemed at first with Italy’s new prime minister, Matteo Renzi. Eight of the 16 ministers he announced on February 21st were women. They included Italy’s first female defence minister, Roberta Pinotti, and Federica Mogherini, who at 40 will be its youngest foreign minister since 1936. The average age of his cabinet (47) is even lower than that of his predecessor, Enrico Letta. It included choices to reassure employers and investors:…
 
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    Robert Reich

  • Raising Taxes on Corporations that Pay Their CEOs Royally and Treat Their Workers Like Serfs

    21 Apr 2014 | 4:08 pm
    Until the 1980s, corporate CEOs were paid, on average, 30 times what their typical worker was paid....
  • Antitrust in the New Gilded Age

    16 Apr 2014 | 4:28 pm
    We’re in a new gilded age of wealth and power similar to the first gilded age when the...
  • HAPPY TAX DAY, AND WHY THE TOP 1% PAY A MUCH LOWER TAX RATE THAN...

    15 Apr 2014 | 8:09 am
    HAPPY TAX DAY, AND WHY THE TOP 1% PAY A MUCH LOWER TAX RATE THAN YOU It’s tax time again, April 15, when our minds turn toward paying the taxes we owe or possibly getting a tax refund.But what we don’t think about enough is whether our tax system is fair.The richest 1 percent of Americans are now getting the largest percent of total national income in almost a century. So you might think they’d pay a much higher tax rate than everyone else.  But you’d be wrong. Many millionaires pay a lower federal tax rate than many middle-class Americans. Some don’t pay any federal taxes at…
  • WHY THE MINIMUM WAGE SHOULD REALLY BE RAISED TO $15 AN...

    8 Apr 2014 | 3:54 pm
    WHY THE MINIMUM WAGE SHOULD REALLY BE RAISED TO $15 AN HOUR Momentum is building to raise the minimum wage. Several states have already taken action  — Connecticut has boosted it to $10.10 by 2017, the Maryland legislature just approved a similar measure, Minnesota lawmakers just reached a deal to hike it to $9.50. A few cities have been more ambitious — Washington, D.C. and its surrounding counties raised it to $11.50, Seattle is considering $15.00 Senate Democrats will soon introduce legislation raising it nationally to $10.10, from the current $7.25 an hour. All this is fine as far as…
  • Today's Jobs Report and the Supreme Court's "McCutcheon" Debacle

    4 Apr 2014 | 8:49 am
    What does the Supreme Court’s “McCutcheon” decision this week have to do with...
 
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    Cato @ Liberty

  • Sentencing Reform and Clemency

    Tim Lynch
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Tim Lynch Today’s Washington Post has an article about Obama’s new clemency project and talks about the work of former Catoite, Julie Stewart.  Julie left Cato to start Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) in 1991.  Here’s an excerpt from the Post story: An Obama administration initiative to encourage nonviolent drug offenders in federal prison to seek clemency is likely to trigger tens of thousands of petitions, and the government could be processing applications for the next three years, according to lawyers and civil rights activists…. “We will get…
  • A Visual Aid to Prevent Future Core Shock

    Neal McCluskey
    24 Apr 2014 | 11:46 am
    Neal McCluskey While almost certainly not intended to do this, yesterday the Council of Chief State School Officers – one of the creators of the Common Core – held a revelatory panel discussion with four state superintendents. Revelatory, because two Core-supporting state superintendents said pretty much what many Core opponents have long explained: Even if the standards are of outstanding quality, the Core won’t work because “accountability” won’t be rigorously implemented. Starting around the 30-minute mark of the event video you can start catching comments from Tennessee Supe…
  • Federal Government Often Selfish, Not Selfless

    Chris Edwards
    24 Apr 2014 | 10:53 am
    Chris Edwards A new Rasmussen poll finds that just 19 percent of voters think that the federal government “does the right thing nearly all the time.” The poll also finds that two-thirds of voters think that the government “looks out primarily for its own interests.” These public perceptions about the federal government are correct, as frequent stories in the Washington Post confirm. Today, the newspaper has front-page stories about how the Navy’s Blue Angels may have been a “hotbed of hazing, sexual harassment and other forms of discrimination,” and how the Department of…
  • Further Thoughts on Schuette v. Coalition

    Walter Olson
    24 Apr 2014 | 10:13 am
    Walter Olson A few more notes on the Michigan higher education racial-preferences case already covered in this space by Roger and Ilya: Justice Scalia could hardly have set the rhetorical stage more vividly: “[In this] jurisprudential twilight zone… we confront a frighteningly bizarre question: does the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment forbid what its text plainly requires?” Some readers will be let down to discover on proceeding further that the case doesn’t actually turn on that question: all eight participating…
  • White House Helicopter Fleet

    Chris Edwards
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Chris Edwards Did you know that the White House has a fleet of 19 helicopters? The Washington Post today discusses efforts to replace this fleet of aging Sikorsky’s with 21 new vehicles yet to be procured. The fleet is used by the president, vice president, and cabinet secretaries. The size of the helicopter fleet seems excessive. For one thing, I understand that cabinet secretaries have become mere minions to presidential aides, so I’m surprised that they would generally need access to such high-cost transportation. The Post story focuses on the $3.2 billion flushed down the drain the…
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    A View from the Right

  • Torn-Curtain Call

    sirrahc
    20 Apr 2014 | 7:22 pm
    I have something different for you this Easter season. A real treat! A Facebook acquaintance of mine is Tom Graffagnino, Esq. (I added the “esquire” bit. Just sounded right.) Like me, Tom is a Bible-believing follower of Jesus Christ, who is also quite concerned about the moral decline (among other things) in this nation and […]
  • The Growing Commercial Spaceflight Industry

    sirrahc
    13 Apr 2014 | 8:16 pm
    The following guest-post is from a young man trying to grow his essay-writing business. He contacted me and offered to research/write an original post on a topic of my choice. Since I had been meaning to return to the subject — well, some aspect of it, anyway — of commercial spaceflight, I decided to let […]
  • Response to a YEC about Creation and the Bible, part 2: Plain Readings and Explanatory Power

    sirrahc
    6 Apr 2014 | 4:54 pm
    Unless you somehow missed it (and how could you?!), the previous post was the first part of my response to a Young-Earth Creationist, who expressed several concerns about my Old-Earth Creationist comments at the STR blog. I don’t recall the exchange being contentious, but “Doc” sure did think I was in danger of compromising the […]
  • Response to a YEC about Creation and the Bible, part 1: Biblical Truth and Scientific Theory

    sirrahc
    30 Mar 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Earlier this month, I posted (in 2 parts) a response I gave some years ago to a skeptic who questioned the cosmology represented in the Bible. The exchange occurred in the comments section of the blog for STR, and there were others involved in the larger conversation. One of them in particular was a Young-Earth […]
  • The Tea Party Needs to Get Its Act Together

    sirrahc
    23 Mar 2014 | 7:02 pm
    “You’ve got to think about big things while you’re doing small things, so that all the small things go in the right direction.”  — Alvin Toffler I would like to share an excerpt from a lengthy article I read recently. It was in the January 2014 issue of Hillsdale College’s Imprimis magazine. The author, Charles […]
 
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    Fair Observer

  • Oman's Burgeoning Private Sector: An Inside Perspective

    Najlaa Habriri
    10 Apr 2014 | 5:24 pm
    The Middle East Economy: Between Oil Wealth and Youth Unemployment Quality education is fundamental to boost a country's economic performance. Over the past few years, the Sultanate of Oman has maintained an increasing growth rate and registered a mounting budget deficit against a backdrop of rising oil prices. As a middle-income economy, Oman relies heavily on energy revenues, which constitute as much as 45% of government revenues and around 50% of the country's gross domestic product (GDP). In turn, unemployment is considered as a significant problem in a country of 3 million…
  • Joseph Conrad's The Secret Agent: Herald of Contemporary Terrorism? (Part 1/2)

    Matthew Feldman
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:17 pm
    What can a 1907 novel teach us about contemporary terrorism? The modernist author Joseph Conrad "can be read," British philosopher John Gray provocatively argued, "as the first great political novelist of the twenty-first century." The case set out for this agonistic view in his 2002 "Joseph Conrad: Our Contemporary" departs from Conrad's 1907 novel The Secret Agent, which is based upon an "actual terrorist attempt on the Royal Observatory in 1894, when a French anarchist accidentally blew himself up in Greenwich Park before reaching his…
  • The Colors of a Potential Indian Prime Minister

    Nikita Sud
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:17 am
    History in the Making: A Guide to the 2014 Indian Elections Transparency and accountability are hardly Narendra Modi's forte. India's Hindu Right is associated with the color saffron. The saffron flag, or bhagwa dhwaj, adorns the offices of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS or Sangh for short), which is at the core of the Hindu nationalist movement. The Sangh stands for an India of "one nation, one culture, one people." Under this philosophy, the Muslims and Christians of multi-religious, multi-cultural India must either depart the country's shores, or live as…
  • The New Cold War: Helping Ukraine

    Shawn Donnelly
    9 Apr 2014 | 4:04 pm
    Ukraine's Crisis Explained Ukraine can and should be helped with a coordinated response from the EU and NATO. Russia's attempt to incorporate Ukraine into a new Russian sphere of influence or into a new Russian Empire poses clear and pressing challenges to the West in general, and the European Union (EU) in particular. While one may hope that sanctions deter future aggression from Moscow, Vladimir Putin's self-appointed guardianship of Russian-speaking minorities outside his country's borders suggests otherwise; as do Russian troop build-ups on the…
  • Malaysia in 2014: A Perspective from Thailand

    Pavin Chachavalpongpun
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:38 am
    Political Unrest in Thailand: The Crisis Explained Unrest in Thailand could influence political developments in Malaysia. Thai-Malaysian relations have in the past decade been predominantly shaped by the situation in the three southernmost provinces of Thailand. In 2004, under the Thaksin Shinawatra administration, an Islamist insurgency re-erupted, seen in the incidents at Krue Sae Mosque in Pattani, where 32 Muslim militants were executed, and at Tak Bai district in Narathiwat, where 78 Muslim detainees suffocated to death while being transported to a military camp. But the real…
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    FactCheck.org

  • McConnell’s Bloated Tax Boast

    Robert Farley
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:29 pm
    A new ad from Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell grossly oversells the percentage of Kentuckians that McConnell “saved” from income tax hikes last year. The ad says McConnell saved 99 percent from “Obama’s tax increases,” but the actual figure is closer to 1 percent to 2 percent. The claim is based on the compromise McConnell helped to forge to avert the so-called fiscal cliff last year. As part of the deal, Bush-era tax cuts that were set to expire were permanently extended for individuals making more than $400,000 and couples making more than $450,000.
  • Inventing a ‘Pelosi Republican’ in N.Y.

    Eugene Kiely
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:12 pm
    There may be nothing more damning in a Republican primary than labeling your opponent a “Pelosi Republican.” That’s what Lee Zeldin does in a TV ad attacking his opponent, George Demos, in New York’s 1st Congressional District. But this is a case of mislabeling. The ad says Demos is funded by “Pelosi’s team” and “has been called a ‘Pelosi Republican.’ ” It features a clip of Nancy Pelosi discussing a single-payer health care system as the ad’s narrator interrupts to say, “If you like Nancy Pelosi, you’ll love…
  • American Encore

    Rachel Finkel
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Political leanings: Conservative/Republican Spending target At least $10 million American Encore, formerly known as the Center to Protect Patient Rights, is an Arizona-based 501(c)(4) “social welfare” organization that has ties to billionaire businessmen David and Charles Koch. CPPR was formed in April 2009 in opposition to the Affordable Care Act. Its stated mission was to “protect the rights of patients to choose and use medical care providers, promote the relationship between patients and their medical care providers, [and] advocate the rights of patients to independence and…
  • Tillis Response Ad Cries ‘False’

    D'Angelo Gore
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:57 am
    A TV ad from GOP Senate candidate Thom Tillis says that a recent attack ad about him from the Senate Majority PAC is “false.” We don’t think so. The Tillis campaign’s response ad says, “Seen those ads attacking Thom Tillis? They’re false. Tillis fired the staffers.” That’s a reference to an ad from the liberal Senate Majority PAC that says two of Tillis’ former top aides had inappropriate relationships with lobbyists, later “resigned” and then were “rewarded” with “taxpayer-paid bonuses.” Based on news…
  • Playing Politics with the Pay Gap

    Robert Farley
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:49 am
    Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn took a page from Democrats when she wrongly claimed that “the White House [is] paying women 88 cents for every dollar that a guy earns in comparable positions.” That’s not true for the same reason Democrats have been wrong when they’ve said women in the U.S. earn 77 cents for every dollar earned by men for doing the same work. Neither is a direct comparison of pay for doing the same job. Blackburn’s claim was based on an analysis of White House staff members’ pay by the conservative American Enterprise Institute that concluded female…
 
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    WesternFront America

  • Earth Day – High Holy Day of Paganism

    J.D. Longstreet
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:40 am
    Let me be clear at the outset of this commentary.  I am not making an attempt to impress you with my piety.  Heck, I’m just another old Pharisee trying to make my way through my remaining days on this confused, baffling, wondrous, puzzling, and often enigmatic little mud ball floating in third place from the sun. I’m as confused as the next guy, but then, occasionally, there’s a spark somewhere deep down in that place that passes for my mind.  It’s an idea that I feel compelled to pass along to my companions on this brief journey we call life. There’s nothing stellar or…
  • Eros and Estrogen on the Front Line

    Michael R. Shannon
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:33 am
    This December it will be 42 years since the last male was drafted into combat, but it looks like the fun is just starting for women. Not that they will be going to the post office to register anytime soon. Instead woman already in the military — who thought they were being all they can be by typing 130 WPM or checking PowerPoint presentations for typos — will find themselves assigned to combat arms to meet a quota designed by a wide–load Member of Congress whose most strenuous activity is the Pilates class she makes once a month. Still, they won’t be seeing the elephant overnight.
  • Obama’s War on U.S. Energy

    Alan Caruba
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:26 am
    A nation without adequate energy production is a nation in decline and that has been the President’s agenda since the day he took office in 2009. He even announced his war on coal during the 2008 campaign even though, at the time, it was providing fifty percent of the electricity being utilized. It’s useful to know that the U.S. has huge coal reserves, enough to provide energy for hundreds of years and reduce our debt through its export to nations such as Japan. It increased coal-fired power generation by ten percent in 2013 while Germany’s coal use reached the highest level since 1990.
  • Tower of Pisa policies

    Paul Driessen
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:58 am
    Using lies to shore up policies built on shaky foundations of climate, peak oil and sustainability. Built on a foundation of sand, the Leaning Tower of Pisa would have toppled over long ago, if not for ingenious engineering projects that keep it from tilting any further. The same thing is true of ethanol, automobile mileage, power plant pollution and many other environmental policies. Not only are they built on flimsy foundations of peak oil, sustainability and dangerous manmade climate change. They are perpetuated by garbage in-garbage out computer models and a system that rewards activists,…
  • Try to Ignore Earth Day

    Alan Caruba
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:49 am
      Try to ignore Earth Day, April 22. It won’t be easy. The print and broadcast media will engage in an orgy of environmental tall tales and the usual end-of-the-world predictions. It will scare the heck out of youngsters and bore the heck out of anyone old enough to know that we have had to endure the lies that hide the agendas that have driven the Greens since 1970 when the event was first proclaimed. The Earth is 4.5 billion years old. It is the third planet from the Sun and fifth-largest of the eight other planets that orbit it. It is the only planet in our galaxy that has life on…
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    Kamikaze Earth

  • Kuhl Pants are Kewl

    zimko
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:54 pm
    If you can, try to ignore this guy's bulging forearm veins and take a look at these pants.  They remind me of Charharts, without weighing thirty-five pounds.  They are made of some synthetic material that allows you to bound up mountains without chafing, as well as more standard activities. The Desperado and Exile seem to me as the best-looking of the Kuhl line, with the 'tactical" look. "The Law" pants (desperados)Price:50-90$Site: http://www.kuhl.com/kuhl/mens/pants/desperado/
  • Guide to Badass Backpacks

    zimko
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Last month I said to myself, "Hmm, I need a backpack."  An innocent enough thing, that slowly turned into an all-consuming quest to find the best one. Maybe it's because I'm getting older, but more and more I feel a need to ditch the old junk and just invest in something that fits my personality.  Call it vanity if you must, but really I think its a basic interest in personal apearance.  A Jansport or bargain bin backpack just screams "derelict," and when I see a grown man with one I can't help but view him a bit unfortunate, possibly homeless.  And no, duct tape doesn't…
  • Ember Tactical Backpack

    zimko
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:30 pm
    When I started looking for a backpack last month I had already figured out my criteria for it.  I wanted something that had pouches on it that were easy to access, rather than digging around in the main compartment.  I wanted something that stood out and didn't blend in with all the other North-Face-style yuppie-wear. Then I saw this...The Ember backpack is fully customizable.  You can add a slew of pouches, snaps, handles and more.  The bag features fleece lining to keep your precious lil' gadgets precious.  It's got waterproof lining...yada...yada...whatever it…
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  • Cliven Bundy Says 'The Negro' Might be 'Better Off' as a Slave (Video)

    Michael Allen
    24 Apr 2014 | 10:16 am
    Cliven Bundy Says 'The Negro' Might be 'Better Off' as a Slave (Video) Cliven Bundy Says 'The Negro' Might be 'Better Off' as a Slave (Video) Nation Politics Cliven Bundy Black People Has Been Optimized Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy is suddenly losing support of Republicans after making some bizarre remarks about African-Americans. A video (below) of Bundy's remarks was posted by MediaMatters.org.During a news conference last Saturday, Bundy told reporters, "I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro."  According to The New York Times,…
  • At Least 40 Veterans Died Waiting For Care At Phoenix VA Hospital

    Will Hagle
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:17 am
    At Least 40 Veterans Died Waiting For Care At Phoenix VA Hospital At Least 40 Veterans Died Waiting For Care At Phoenix VA Hospital Has Been Optimized A new report from CNN suggests that at least 40 U.S. veterans died while waiting for appointments at the Phoenix Veterans Affairs Health Care system. The report is another instance of lengthy wait times and inadequate health care on behalf of the VA that has led to unintended or fatal consequences.  According to Business Insider, many of those that died in Phoenix were part of a “secret waiting list,” which was allegedly created so…
  • Immigration Activists Feel "Betrayed" By Obama's Harsh Deportation Record

    Will Hagle
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:01 am
    Immigration Activists Feel "Betrayed" By Obama's Harsh Deportation Record Immigration Activists Feel "Betrayed" By Obama's Harsh Deportation Record Has Been Optimized The Obama administration has been surprisingly harsh on the issue of immigration throughout the past several years. According to CNN, the United States has deported an average of 400,000 undocumented immigrants each year Obama has been in office, making him the harshest president in regards to deportation.  According to a Fox News Latino report, many immigrant activists feel betrayed by the…
  • Doctors May Eat Costs For ObamaCare Enrollees Who Fail to Pay Premiums

    Allison Geller
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:40 am
    Doctors May Eat Costs For ObamaCare Enrollees Who Fail to Pay Premiums Doctors May Eat Costs For ObamaCare Enrollees Who Fail to Pay Premiums Headlines Politics Has Been Optimized Doctors are worried that due to a quirk in the Affordable Care Act, they may end up bearing the costs of premiums that enrollees stop paying. According to the law, people who stop paying their premiums have a three-month grace period in which they can still receive care. “This law provides a 90-day grace period for people who have subsidized ObamaCare exchange plans and stopped paying their premium," Betsy…
  • Jeb Bush Admits He Is "Thinking About Running For President"

    Will Hagle
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Jeb Bush Admits He Is "Thinking About Running For President" Jeb Bush Admits He Is "Thinking About Running For President" Has Been Optimized In a speaking engagement at a Catholic school benefit in New York Wednesday morning, Jeb Bush claimed he is “thinking about running for president.”  The statement, made in response to a question about the former Florida governor’s “immediate plans,” marks the first indication that a third Bush is considering a run for  head of state.  According to Fox News, the benefit attendees followed Bush’s declaration…
 
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    The Recovering Politician

  • EXCLUSIVE EXCERPT: Rod Jetton’s “Success Can Kill You”

    Rod Jetton
    24 Apr 2014 | 9:05 am
    Click here to review and purchase  The Recovering Politician Books is proud to publish its newest title, former Missouri House Speaker Rod Jetton, “Success Can Kill You: One Man’s Story of Success, Failure, Faith and Forgiveness.” The book targeted to driven leaders, and points out how pride, flattery, bitterness and paranoia can have terrible consequences for those in charge of large organizations.  Using personal examples, Rod warns readers about the dangers of letting success go to their heads.  The book chronicles Rod’s meteoric rise from a young Marine officer to…
  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: Talking ATMs

    John Y. Brown III
    24 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Is it me or do ATM’s seem more talkative than they used to be? It used to be you’d slide in your card and enter the amount you wanted and out the money would come. Nowadays, though, ATM’s seem emotionally needy and ask endless and unnecessary questions–about my balance, my different accounts, service charges, and my judgement (“are you sure you want this amount?”) and on and on. It’s as if they are lonely and just want some sort of interaction with anybody or anything. I am waiting for them to ask me if I saw the game Thursday or ask me where I am…
  • Josh Bowen: 5 Things I’ve Learned About Life From Being a Personal Trainer

    Josh Bowen
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    My 11 years in the fitness industry has taught me a lot about life. It has taught me what to do and in some cases what not to do. Life often emulates art and I have always thought of personal training as art, it makes sense that I have learned some important life lessons. In no particular order, these are the 5 things I have learned about life from being a personal trainer: 1. Anything can be achieved with passion. I’m not the best personal trainer and I am far from perfect. I am however passionate, a word that is thrown around in the fitness industry more than anything. My definition is…
  • Rod Jetton: Response to Jonathan Miller’s “Leaning Into Obamacare”

    Rod Jetton
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    (RP Rod Jetton responds to Jonathan Miller’s column yesterday in The Daily Beast, “Leaning Into Obamacare.” I love Jonathan Miller, but someone has to add some reality to this debate.  The political experts will find Jensen’s pro-ACA strategy will lead to defeat in November.  I give her credit for being bold, heck I even admire her for her valiant effort, but sadly, it will end in failure. I’m sure her fundraisers and campaign events are filled with all kinds of praise, encouragement and pats on the back as her liberal friends encourage her to rush up little round…
  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: Decisiveness

    John Y. Brown III
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Alright! That’s it! Decisiveness is a critical ability we each must develop to navigate life successfully. By the time we are 50 we have to be able to size up data guickly—almost intuitively–and make snap decisions on the spot on important matters. And never look back at what might have been. Like just now, after exactly 3 months of dieting and low-intensity weight training 7-9 minutes a day (including breaks) 3 or 4 days a week, I have lost 16 lbs and cut 4 inches off my waistline. And I have just decided, this moment, that I WILL continue with this health regimen but I…
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    Guernica / A Magazine of Art & Politics

  • Call for Submissions: Class in America

    22 Apr 2014 | 6:28 am
    The focus of the June 15, 2014 issue is Class in America. The nation is divided, with class at the forefront. Who has voice in America? In terms of class divisions, where are we heading? We are particularly interested in under-told stories and lived experiences.
  • 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.
  • Astonishing Yankees

    16 Mar 2014 | 9:13 pm
    As a boy, I watched mothers of classmates spit on a crucifix held up by our parish priest as he attempted to lead a little black girl to a waiting car the day my Catholic school was integrated in New Orleans. But I witnessed incidents of racial prejudice that shocked me just as deeply in summer visits to my mother’s hometown of Brooklyn.
  • The Borderland

    16 Mar 2014 | 9:12 pm
    There are times this love, like all love, makes me feel stupid and ridiculous—giving a piece of my heart to a man born a lifetime ago a thousand miles away. I know what I look like. I know the sound of my voice. I know that a four-story walk-up is not a shotgun shack and the BQE is not the crossroads and that the Key to the Highway was never really mine.
 
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    Sunshine State News feed

  • Want One of Roger Stone's 2016 GOP Campaign Buttons?

    Nancy Smith
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:10 pm
    Waggish Roger Stone, one of my favorite authors, a general bon vivant and Florida political-everything, may be a little despondent about the GOP's 2016 White House prospects. My clue is this campaign button he sent me to wear.He asks, "You got anyone better?" 
  • Rick Scott Urges Jeff Miller to Hold Field Hearings on VA Issues

    Allison Nielsen
    24 Apr 2014 | 10:50 am
    Gov. Rick Scott sent a letter Wednesday to Jeff Miller, chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives' Committee on Veterans Affairs, requesting that field hearings be held in Florida regarding allegations of neglect plaguing the federal VA facilities. The letter reads:   Dear Chairman Miller:read more
  • Marco Rubio Gets Little Backing in Florida for 2016 Bid

    Kevin Derby
    24 Apr 2014 | 10:25 am
    A new poll shows U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., does not garner much support in his home state of Florida if he runs for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016.read more
  • New Study Shows How Renewable Fuels Shape Florida's Economy

    Kevin Derby
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:35 am
    The Fuels America coalition unveiled a study on Thursday by John Dunham & Associates on how renewable fuels benefit Florida, leading to $4.4 billion, almost 20,100 jobs and $136.6 million in revenue for the state government. The report can be read here.
  • Rick Perry Renews Debate Challenge to Andrew Cuomo, Praises Rick Scott

    Kevin Derby
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:45 am
    Appearing on “Your World” on Fox News on Wednesday, Gov. Rick Perry, R-Texas, weighed in on his challenge to debate Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-N.Y., and offered praise to Gov. Rick Scott, R-Fla., and other Republicans governors. Perry is in New York this week, promoting Texas’ business climate and encouraging businesses based in the Empire State to look at relocating. “I am here to give people the opportunity to relocate or expand their business to the state of Texas,” Perry said.read more
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    The Conference Channel Blog

  • California Drought Illustrated in Two Grim Photos

    Zain Iqbal
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    While the majority of America cursed the polar-like conditions that seemed to linger on throughout this winter, Californians couldn’t help but smile about their state’s warmer-than-average temperatures. But from Eureka to Lake Tahoe to San Diego, the reality was clear for citizens of the Golden State: day-after-day of sunshine was also a grim reminder that California was drying up because of a lack of rain. 2013 was certainly a dry year, but 2014 could prove to be a record breaker. A high pressure system over the Pacific continues to extend the California drought, which has…
  • Earth Day 2014: Time is Short

    Blaise Zerega
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:01 pm
    Just a few weeks ago, in time for Earth Day 2014, the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) issued a stern report warning that time is short to curb global warming. With only a few decades remaining to stave off environmental catastrophe, FORA.tv asks, what steps should be taken? Earth Day: Our Fragile Planet Our Earth Day video series focuses on sustainability and the ways nations, states and individuals might slow climate change: Whether it’s green tech like electric cars and smart thermostats or environmental efforts like conservation and de-extinction.
  • New York World’s Fair at 50: Is the Future Here Yet?

    Zain Iqbal
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Fifty years ago, the 1964 New York World’s Fair opened in Flushing Meadows in the borough of Queens; a showcase of the consumer age and modernism as well as the strength of innovation–in particular, American innovation. Automakers displayed sleek new car designs, including the debut of the Ford Mustang. The Bell System introduced a videophone concept, which is now commonly-used technology on most smartphones. IBM and other technology pavilions demonstrated the power of the personal computer. So what can we expect in the next 50 years? A Pew Research Center survey queried what…
  • 420 National Weed Day as Pot Goes Public

    Blaise Zerega
    19 Apr 2014 | 10:22 pm
    Around the world today at 4:20 pm, the marijuana community will celebrate “420,” or National Weed Day, which takes place annually, appropriately on 4/20 — April 20. Another milestone as “Pot Goes Public.” 420 Celebrations With Colorado and Washington having passed marijuana legalization, and medical marijuana lawful in more then two dozen states, expectations are high for large turnouts in public 420 gatherings everywhere. In 2013, for instance, approximately 15,000 people gathered in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park in appreciation of cannabis. With…
  • Want to Upload Your Brain? How Johnny Depp’s ‘Transcendence’ Comes to Life

    Zain Iqbal
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:34 pm
    In his new movie Transcendence, Johnny Depp plays Dr. Will Caster– an artificial intelligence researcher whose consciousness is uploaded onto the Internet. Will, who becomes the target of luddite extremists, lays dying after being shot by a radiation-laced bullet. But with the help of a neurobiologist, his wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) transfers his brain to a supercomputer that Will created called PINN. Is it firmly the stuff of science fiction, or is there some plausibility to the Transcendence plot? First, take a look at the movie’s trailer. Then, watch this Commonwealth Club of…
 
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    Maddow Blog

  • Ahead on the 4/24/14 Maddow show

    willfemia
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:29 pm
    What's in store for Thursday night's show
  • Thursday's Mini-Report, 4.24.14

    Steve Benen
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:28 pm
    Today's edition of quick hits.
  • 'This is not net neutrality'

    Steve Benen
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:56 pm
    The future of the policy is not yet set in stone, but it would appear the future of net neutrality is in great jeopardy.
  • The fight over clemency

    Steve Benen
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:08 pm
    In terms of real-world impact, the Obama administration's policy on presidential clemency is quietly going to be one of the year's biggest political stories.
  • When ACA attacks turn on themselves

    Steve Benen
    24 Apr 2014 | 9:57 am
    It appears that the point is to attack for the sake of attacking, even if the criticisms are incoherent, even if the attackers are contradicting themselves.
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    Angry Lebs

  • In order to win a battle you need good horses

    Ang Lebs
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Eddi Abi Lamaa is not a good one. His party leader, Samir Geagea failed yesterday to get the necessary votes (68 votes) to win the Presidential election and only got 48. Geagea wife, Deputy Setrida Geagea, predicted to get a bit more than 50 votes. Geagea needed to 68 votes to win. Geagea could have made a mistake in running for elections or he didn’t, this is not the point of this post. Eddi Abi Lamaa is. He said to day in a radio interview that: “A consensual president cannot rule,  Lebanon needs to be governed with a decision,” adding, “Either we seek to establish…
  • Regional differences in the conditions of Syrian refugees in Lebanon

    Ang Lebs
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:18 am
    A good paper written by Sam van Vliet and Guita Hourani. “This paper explores these variations by analyzing, first, differences among host communities and, second, by examining the dissimilarities among geographic settlements. The paper reveals that the conditions of Syrian refugees depend on the geographical areas of their settlement within Lebanon. Host-refugee relations also show a direct relationship to the variant geographical areas and their socio-demographic compositions. This paper concludes that geographical differences are of vital importance to be considered when studying…
  • Lebanese Next President: White Paper

    Ang Lebs
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:10 am
    Few minutes ago, the first round of attempting to elect a Lebanese President led to the following results: 52 White Paper, 48 votes to Samir Geagea, One vote for Amine Gemayel and 7 cancelled ballots. Samir Geagea didn’t get the 50 plus votes that he said he will get and he was beat by the White paper. Next Wednesday will witness the second round of elections.
  • What is wrong with Geagea run for Presidency

    Ang Lebs
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:45 am
    The Lebanese Forces announced on April 04 its leader, Samir Geagea, as its candidate for the presidency. “The Lebanese Forces Executive Body unanimously agreed to nominate party leader Samir Geagea for the presidential elections,” LF MP George Adwan said following a party meeting. On April 16, Samir Geagea announced his 24-point platform. It highlights the importance of central government authority, particularly in terms of the control of arms. As any Maronite, Samir Geagea has all the right to run for the presidential position. What I don’t like is how the head of the…
  • Who is more important?

    Ang Lebs
    29 Mar 2014 | 1:31 am
    Russian President Putin called American president Obama to discuss the situation in Ukraine. According to the White House, Putin called to talk about an American proposal “for a diplomatic resolution to the crisis” and the two presidents agreed that their respective top diplomats “would meet to discuss next steps.” In Lebanon presidential race, for the moment, there are two major candidates: Samir Geagea and Michel Aoun. Geagea belongs to March 14 group and Aoun to March 8. If the House Speaker calls election today, each side will back its own candidate. Which mean…
 
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    BuzzFeed - Politics

  • Net Neutrality Activists Are Mobilizing For A "Day Of Action"

    24 Apr 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Open internet activists prepare for a digital march on Washington. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler. Gary Cameron / Reuters / Reuters Internet activists are hunkered down today, meeting with major tech companies, startups, venture capitalists, and organizations representing communities of color in preparation for a coordinated response to counter the Federal Communications Commission's proposed new rules that could destroy net neutrality. The proposed FCC regulations, first reported yesterday by the Wall Street Journal, would allow broadband providers to essentially act as gatekeepers and charge…
  • Here's Cliven Bundy Being Super-Racist Again

    24 Apr 2014 | 2:27 pm
    “Cliven Bundy is wondering about the black community,” says Cliven Bundy. Cliven Bundy is the Nevada rancher who recently had a standoff with the federal government over the Bureau of Land Management's assertion that he owes $1.1 million in unpaid grazing fees. Jim Urquhart / Reuters Bundy has refused to pay grazing fees for 20 years and has ignored multiple court orders to remove his animals from land where his grazing rights have been revoked. The Bureau of Land Management agents who had rounded up Bundy's cattle eventually released them out of fear for the safety of…
  • UAW Might Never Give Up On Volkswagen And Tennessee

    24 Apr 2014 | 1:53 pm
    “We’re gonna be there. We’re gonna provide resources and assistance,” UAW President Bob King said.” Christopher Aluka Berry / Reuters WASHINGTON — First they lost the election and then they dropped their legal challenge with the National Labor Relations Board, but the United Auto Workers still aren't done trying to organize workers at the the Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Because of NLRB rules, the union would have to wait at least until 2015 to hold another official NLRB vote, but UAW President Bob King said he is keeping his options open…
  • Conservative Group Also Tweeted Aurora Shooting Photo Featuring Obama In 2013

    24 Apr 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Americans for Prosperity Colorado, a conservative group, used the same image of Obama and Sen. Mark Udall after a shooting in a tweet last year. Update: AFP deleted the tweets, but did not respond to a request for comment about them. WASHINGTON — Late last year, Americans For Prosperity posted a tweet attacking Colorado Sen. Mark Udall and Gov. John Hickenlooper for being "Obama buds." The Koch-funded group used an image of the two Democrats standing with President Obama looking dismayed to make the point that the three men were sharing "a sinking feeling." The image AFP Colorado used…
  • Photo Of Obama In Conservative Attack Ad Is Photoshopped From Hospital Trip After Aurora Shooting

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Conservative group Americans For Prosperity cut out the hospital and the governor of Colorado to show President Obama and Democratic Sen. Mark Udall looking sad together for a negative campaign ad. Update: AFP called the image “unfortunate.” WASHINGTON — President Obama and Colorado Sen. Mark Udall stand together looking dismayed in Americans For Prosperity's latest ad attacking Udall over his vote for Obamacare. There's a reason for that, though a viewer wouldn't guess it from the picture AFP, an outside group funded by the Kochs, uses in the ad. The image is…
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    visionandvalues.org

  • TheBlaze Q&A: An interview with Dr. Paul Kengor

    Paul G. Kengor
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:13 am
    Editor’s note: A longer version of this Q&A first appeared at TheBlaze.com. What do you most hope that readers take away from your book? Kengor: I want Republicans and conservatives to understand the difference between conservatism, libertarianism, and progressivism. As to progressivism, when readers look at my 11 principles of Reagan conservatism, they will immediately recognize those principles as not just Reagan principles but the very antithesis of progressive “principles,” assuming we can really ever define progressive principles. (I won’t get into that here.) I want…
  • STREAMING VIDEO – Faith, Family & Federated

    Editor
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:42 am
    What’s it like to manage $350 billion, including a quarter-trillion in money market funds that countless people depend upon on a daily basis … especially during a financial crisis? It’s a huge responsibility that requires a high degree of financial expertise and an even higher degree of institutional ethics. And, that’s why Grove City College invited Mr. J. Christopher Donahue, the chief executive officer of one of the nation’s most important and respected financial institutions, Federated Investors, to deliver the 2014 J. Paul Sticht ’39 Memorial Lecture in Business and Ethics.
  • The might and majesty of the risen Savior

    Mark W. Hendrickson
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:39 am
    At Eastertime, Christians rejoice and give praise for the resurrection of mankind’s Savior. Words often fall short of communicating the full magnificence of the Lord Jesus Christ. Let me try by offering that he was the most complete package ever to grace this earth. He was the supreme example of both meekness and might—widely different qualities that often are mutually exclusive in a typical human being, but were a divinely natural and necessary combination in the Savior. Indeed, as both Son of God and Son of Man—as both divine and human united in one individuality—Christ Jesus was…
  • Forgiveness Incarnate

    Gary L. Welton
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:24 am
    On the cross, Christ personified ultimate forgiveness. “Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do” (Luke 23:34). Christ is forgiveness incarnate. Our responsibility to “Put on the Lord Jesus Christ” (Romans 13:14) requires us to practice forgiveness. Indeed, the failure to forgive is described by Christ in the most serious of terms. “If you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses” (Matthew 6:14-15). Hence the statement by Fyodor…
  • Pending Supreme Court Rulings (Part Four) – Obama and Recess Appointments: NLRB v. Canning

    John A. Sparks
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:56 am
    In January 2012, President Obama appointed three people to the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), which is the federal regulatory board that determines whether or not certain labor practices have been unfair. Since 2008, it had been without the three of the five members that are required to conduct business. Just a month after the new appointments, the board determined that a bottling firm, Noel Canning Company, had committed an unfair labor practice in its dealings with the Teamsters Union. The company appealed the NLRB’s decision to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, maintaining that…
 
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    Politic365

  • Florida Power & Light: Investing to Increase Reliability

    Jessica Washington
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:30 pm
    As one of the largest regulated utilities in the United States – and the largest electric utility in the state of Florida – Florida Power & Light serves approximately 4.6 million people and employs more than 10,000 people in the state, more than any other company. With consumer satisfaction a top priority, FPL has invested more than $1.4 billion over the past eight years to improve the reliability of its electric services.  For the past two years, FPL has reduced by 21% the average time a consumer may go without service and the company consistently strives to reduce consumer bills,…
  • Incentive Auctions: We Don’t Need a Repeat of September 11th

    Alton Drew
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:31 pm
    I lived in Maryland during the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.  To fill the need to give something back to the community during this time, I took the opportunity to volunteer with the Civil Air Patrol, the civilian auxiliary of the United States Air Force.   As part of flight and ground crews, I helped run communications between two squadrons and the U.S. Coast Guard for surveillance of the Chesapeake Bay Bridge. A six-hour stint communicating between the Coast Guard and CAP planes was straight forward, but multiply those efforts by a factor of a thousand; that may reflect the…
  • Eva Longoria’s El Voto Hispano documentary closes in on Kickstarter funding deadline

    Adriana Maestas
    24 Apr 2014 | 10:58 am
    Eva Longoria, who in the 2012 election cycle, emerged as one of the top Latino supporters of President Barack Obama is continuing her political work. This time she’s merging her film expertise with her interest in turning out the Latino vote. Longoria is teaming up with director Gianpaolo Pietri to more closely examine Latino voter participation. The filmmakers are using Kickstarter to help fund the documentary to encourage community participation from all sides of the political spectrum. The Kickstarter deadline is Saturday, April 26 at 11:15 PM PDT. Speaking to Politico, Longoria…
  • Amara Enyia, 30-year-old Community Activist, Takes on Rahm Emanuel

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    24 Apr 2014 | 9:33 am
    Dr. Amara Enyia, a 30-year-old community organizer and attorney, is running against Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel.  The election is in February 2015. With 40 shootings per weekend becoming routine, a year that featured the most murders in six years, and 45 schools closed in Chicago to the sound of loud protest, the approval ratings for Rahm Emanuel have plummeted.  The former White House Chief of staff appears to have few answers to solve the big problems that plague the city. Dr. Enyia is focused on big change.  Changing the way Chicago politics works and introducing a spirit of transparency…
  • Clarence Thomas: Affirmative Action Heir Stands Against It Again From High Court

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:25 pm
    On affirmative action, no one is likely confused by John Roberts or Anthony Kennedy or Sam Alito.  They likely don’t have a clue of what it is to be a minority in America.  In American life one can be in the racial majority and drift along convinced that racism is over.  And in there life, it probably is. But how does that explain Clarence Thomas?  Thomas grew up in deep poverty in Georgia.  He then went to Yale Law. He likely benefited from affirmative action — there very program he stands against every time the issues comes before the Supreme Court. Thomas was six when…
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    Diet Justice Version 5: News

  • 3 documentaries that every Police probationer must see

    7 Apr 2014 | 10:33 am
    Here are 3 documentaries that i think every police officer should be. They'll show how the actions of individuals can damage relations with the public, but they will also show a human side to policing.
  • National Crime Agency and their Special Constables

    26 Mar 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Today i was just casually browsing the website of the new National Crime Agency (NCA), as i so often do, and came across something that initially took me by surprise. The NCA has it's very own Special Constabulary, but it looks like they have a very different job to Specials you might be used to, and they may have struck gold!
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    In the News with Terrance McAndrews

  • Keystone Delay, Obamacare, Ukraine and More…

    Terrance McAndrews
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:34 pm
      The Obama administration has once again delayed a decision on the Keystone pipeline, this time citing a case that is being appealed to the Nebraska Supreme Court on the proposed route of the pipeline through that state.  The decision has rankled many on both sides of the issue.  The administration is being accused of acquiescing to political pressure in order to delay a final decision on the pipeline until after the November elections.  We discuss the details of the decision and how the president may have played a part himself in having this issue President Obama…
  • Sebelius Resigns, Bundy Ranch and More…

    Terrance McAndrews
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:54 pm
         Do your parents owe the federal government money?  If so, the Treasury Dept. may target your tax refund to try and retrieve those funds.  Thanks to a change made to legislation 3 years ago the 10-year statute of limitations on such debts have been lifted clearing the way for the federal government to come after you in search of such debts.  The change affects nearly 400,000 people to the tune of $714 million.  We’ll talk about the program today and why it plays right into the hands of the caricature of a nameless, faceless bureaucracy abusing…
  • Cuban Twitter, Supreme Court McCutcheon case…and More

    Terrance McAndrews
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:23 pm
         The AP recently revealed that the US gov’t, through foreign aid organization USAID, funded a secret Twitter-like program to stir political unrest in Cuba.  We discuss the revelation and the details of the program.  We also discuss the consequences these revelations of secret programs are having on national security and on the credibility of the US government. The Supreme Court ruled last week that overall limits on campaign donations were unconstitutional.  The Court, in its opinion, stated that it was not a legitimate objective of government to…
  • Ft. Hood, Unemployment, Obamacare Meets its Goal…and More

    Terrance McAndrews
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:27 pm
         Unemployment benefits expired for about 2.2 million people at the end of December 2013.  Republicans and Democrats are currently debating whether to pass, and how to pay for, an extension of those benefits.  We discuss why the current bill making its way through the Senate should pass.  We then broaden the discussion out to why we, as a country, need to differentiate between good and bad types of spending, and between government spending and government investment.  Obamacare to the surprise of many has reached its goal of 7.1 million enrollees…
  • NSA Spying, Hobby Lobby Case, and More…

    Terrance McAndrews
    27 Mar 2014 | 2:34 pm
         The Obama Administration has proposed changes to the NSA surveillance programs that aim to assuage the fears of most Americans.  Under the proposal telephone companies would keep the information and the NSA, if need be, would have to obtain a court order in order to analyze specific phone records.  It was also revealed this week that the NSA has been trying to hack the network of Huawei, the Chinese global telecomm giant, after years of accusing the company of doing the same thing to us.  We discuss the week’s developments and discuss the broader…
 
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    A Nation at the Crossroads: The Views of an American Citizen

  • 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. …
  • The Mistake We Currently Call Our National Government

    13 Oct 2013 | 10:14 pm
    As we continue to collectively rant and rave about those out of touch politicians that are making a mess of our country there is something we must remember, this government is our fault.  The very definition of dysfunctional we see playing out in Washington currently is a creation of our making for it was our votes that placed them in office.  It is really quite simple, when knowledge and prudence are not part of the selection process an effective government is not a realistic possibility.  Further, when something is not held accountable there is little motivation for it to act…
  • Choose Wisely

    30 Sep 2013 | 9:48 pm
    Though the situation of the recent deployment of chemical weapons in the Syrian conflict seems to be fading into the background with the self-serving arrangement orchestrated by the Russians, I want to address those that said the United States had a moral obligation to intervene.  While I understand how the scenes of people writhing in pain and suffering the disturbing effects of poisonous gas on the human body incite a primal, or for some, a political reaction, we must go beyond instinct to that which supposedly separates us from all other life on this planet, reason.  When we…
  • The Tragedy of Self-Rule

    28 Aug 2013 | 10:17 pm
    It is absolutely disgraceful what we have allowed to happen in this country.  Self-rule is a most noble concept and the greatest leap of faith in humanity, but it becomes the greatest tragedy when the people prove unworthy of the supreme challenge it presents.   Unfortunately, this is the point we have reached.  Knowing what is best is really not very hard; it is doing what is best that proves more difficult for many because of things like desire and denial clouding one’s judgment.  The current state of our nation and society show that our moral compass seems to be…
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    US Daily Review

  • Heartwarming Story of a Man and His Cat

    brionnamuyco
    24 Apr 2014 | 9:40 am
    By USDR     Boosted by unexpected media support, and rave reviews from book reviewers and web bloggers, Nashville-based author Tom Templeman continues to pile up sales with his first book, My Best Little Buddy; and this means bigger checks to Nashville Cat Rescue.     “We give Nashville Cat Rescue 20% of the profits from all book sales,” says Templeman. “We depend heavily on word of mouth, Facebook and Twitter posts, and book-signing events at Nashville-area PetSmarts, Pet Supermarkets and special events. Thanks to unexpected media support,…
  • Leading Critic of Obamacare Attends White House Meeting on Subject

    brionnamuyco
    24 Apr 2014 | 9:10 am
    By USDR     Oklahoma Insurance Commissioner John D. Doak, along with insurance regulators from 43 other states, went to Washington, D.C. Thursday to voice concerns about upcoming steps in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) directly to President Barack Obama.     “Today we were collectively able to drive home the importance of state-based regulation,” said Doak. “I was able to speak to the President and express my gratitude for his quick response to the tornado outbreak we experienced in May. Even though we are far apart on health care…
  • Consumer Spending is on a Slide

    brionnamuyco
    24 Apr 2014 | 8:16 am
    By USDR       The Deloitte Consumer Spending Index (Index) dropped half a point in March, but continues to indicate positive conditions for consumers. The Index tracks consumer cash flow as an indicator of future consumer spending[i].       “The outlook for consumer spending remains healthy,” said Daniel Bachman, Deloitte’s senior U.S. economist. “The Index declined primarily due to a slower increase in median home prices. While housing prices are cooling off a bit, possibly due to the weather, there is no indication that the inventory of…
  • Why Journalists are Leaving U.S. Networks

    brionnamuyco
    24 Apr 2014 | 7:10 am
    By Christina Tobin, Special for USDR     For too many years, journalism seemed to have lost its bearings and lost sight of the crucial function free and diverse speech plays in a democracy. That may finally be changing.     In 2012, Amber Lyon stood up against her employer CNN International for censoring iRevolution, a documentary she made about human rights abuses in Bahrain. She now has her own blog called amberlyonlive.com. In October 2013 she released a book of photojournalism,Peace, Love, and Pepper Spray, about the Occupy protests, and she will be speaking at the…
  • For the GOP, Immigration Could Play an Existential Role

    brionnamuyco
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    By CIS, Special for USDR       The nation’s prolonged flow of legal immigration has changed – and continues to change – the political landscape. A new Center for Immigration Studies report, “Immigration’s Impact on Republican Political Prospects, 1980 to 2012″, finds that each one percentage-point increase in the immigrant share of a large county’s population reduces the Republican share of the two-party presidential vote by an average of nearly 0.6 percentage points.     This shift is relatively uniform throughout the country,…
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    The Americanist

  • Clive Bundy’s Son Defends his Dad, “My Dad is not a racist”

    Charles Patrick Adkins
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:23 pm
    I was going to add this to my Clive Bundy posting, but I thought it needed it’s own blog entry. It seems that Mr. Bundy’s son is speaking out. Via WorldNetDaily.com: A comment by embattled Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy about blacks and slavery was taken out of context by the New York Times, according to Bundy’s son, Ammon Bundy, who told WND in an interview Thursday his father was trying to reach out to the black and Hispanic communities. “They took what they wanted. They knew when they were there his comments were not racist. He wasn’t able to completely articulate,” Ammon…
  • Clive Bundy in the crosshairs…..for telling the truth

    Charles Patrick Adkins
    24 Apr 2014 | 5:46 am
    Clive Bundy, whom I have written about before, let some of that politically incorrect truth slip; and of course, the New York Times was there to catch it. Quoting Mr. Bundy: He said he would continue holding a daily news conference; on Saturday, it drew one reporter and one photographer, so Mr. Bundy used the time to officiate at what was in effect a town meeting with supporters, discussing, in a long, loping discourse, the prevalence of abortion, the abuses of welfare and his views on race. “I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” he said. Mr. Bundy recalled driving…
  • Progressive Obama apologist blogger attacks Sharyl Attkisson

    Charles Patrick Adkins
    21 Apr 2014 | 4:49 pm
    There are no depths or limits that these progressives jerks will not go to, just to defend that marxist moron in the White House. Via Gateway Pundit, who I rarely, if ever, link to anymore for some very good reasons. But this one warrants mentioning: Josh Marshall, the editor and publisher of the leftists media site Talking Points Memo, attacked former CBS News reporter Sharyl Attkisson in an article published Monday morning that reeks of sexism. Attkisson is in the news for her interview with CNN on Sunday in which she revealed that the Democratic Part front group Media Matters for America…
  • Happy Resurrection Day 2014! #Easter #Jesus #God #Christianity #Church #Christian

    Charles Patrick Adkins
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye: for I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified. He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you. – (Matthew 28:5-7 KJV) Some Music: What happened on this day, according to the Word of God: In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the…
  • Is the collapse of China’s economy beginning?

    Charles Patrick Adkins
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:26 pm
    I have written and posted videos of the situation of China’s economy. Now, it seems that the real estate bubble in China is finally starting to pop. Gordon Chang over at Forbes reports the following: Nothing is going right for Hangzhou at this moment.  Walmart will be closing its Zhaohui store in that city on April 23 as a part of its overall plan to dump marginal locations—about 9% of the total—in China. Thanks to the world’s largest retailer, another large block of space in Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang province, will go on the market at a time when there is generally…
 
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    Compete Pulse

  • Fast Fashion Resonates with Young Shoppers

    Sarah Friedman
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Image from: Fashion / Shutterstock Teen retailers may have a run for their money this spring. In the digital age, many consumers have become accustomed to getting what they want as soon as they click a mouse. The ever growing reliance on instant gratification could soon have profound impacts on the teen retailer space. Unsurprisingly, teens and young adults have a tendency to change their minds often, and it’s no different when it comes to what they choose to wear. In an attempt to cater to the way younger demographics shop, highly recognizable companies have implemented a fast-fashion…
  • Getting Digital Right: The Full Study

    Johanna Gunawan
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    The Fountain of Youth. Extraterrestrial life. Marketing nirvana. These are a few of the ever-elusive miracles that mankind has always sought after. But what if we said that Millward Brown Digital can help you achieve marketing nirvana? You’d better believe it! After conducting a study with top marketing executives, we identified pain points that plague marketers today as they navigate increasingly digital waters. We then matched our solutions and insights to help solve these issues, all around our core purpose of getting digital right.   If you keep track of us on social,…
  • Social Media Takeover: Connecting with the News

    Alison Shafer
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:22 am
    Image from: Social Media Connnectivity / Shutterstock Social Media is becoming a pathway to news for a significant portion of the U.S. population.  We can clearly see the relationship between news outlets and social media sites growing through multiple avenues. For example, most articles posted online now have a “Share This” option – with icons linking to social media sites, promoting and facilitating constant information sharing. Compete PRO data also confirms the growing relationship between news websites and social networking sites—specifically Facebook. In March, one of the…
  • March’s Top 50: Spring Black Friday, News Sites, and more

    Johanna Gunawan
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:24 am
    Image from: Home Depot / Shutterstock March’s Top 50 sites are an interesting array of companies from the web. Fast movers included Home Depot, news sites, and quite a few Microsoft websites as well. Want to know more? Keep reading! Home Depot saw a remarkable MoM UV growth of 17.72%, bringing it up into our Top 50 for last month. Why is that? Spring is the season for home renovations (especially for gardens and yards), so Home Depot launched their own “Spring Black Friday” sales to be rolled-out across the continent based on regional climate. Their press release describes…
  • Sunday Series: Theme Parks’ Not-So-Smooth Ride

    Johanna Gunawan
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:16 am
    Image from: Theme Park / Shutterstock This week’s mention for March fast movers is hopefully one that will have you thinking about summer vacation. Read up on why the Theme Park category made its way to the top — but also how a variety of reasons can impact online traffic. March marks the ideal time to start building summer travel itineraries, so it’s understandable that all of the top ten sites saw month-over-month growth in unique visitors. More intriguing is the category’s performance year-over-year, as several of the top ten actually saw YoY declinesin unique…
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    The Arab World 360°

  • Dramatic Change

    Mohammad Tomazy
    31 Mar 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Five years ago, Palestinian factions oppose the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO) announced what so called  'Damascus Alliance', and decreed announcement against the PLO policy regarding negociation with Israel and what so called 'peace process'. The alliance included Hamas, Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Palestinial Popular Front for Liberation of Palestine - General Comnand (PFLP-GC) and other small factions like Popular Struggle Front.Now a days, There is no presence of this alliance due to Syrian Crisis which divided the previous stances. More specifically, PFLP-GC which is the…
  • Exploiting Nietzche's political views

    Mohammad Tomazy
    22 Dec 2013 | 2:07 pm
    The great german philosopher, Friedrich Nietzche introduced political views alongside morals, religions and existance. However, many different, even contradictory ideologists exerted efforts to engage Nietzche's writings within their ideology.Nazis exploited some of his quotes to spread their racist ideology among germans by removing them out of the texts and chronology.In the context of magnifying 'individualism' within (production cycle), Max Weber used Nietzche's 'aristocratic' theory. Liberals utilize Nietzches elitist view and his few early writings about his appreciation to the Reich's…
  • Behind Morsi Ousting

    Mohammad Tomazy
    15 Dec 2013 | 6:03 am
    Muslim Brothers reached the power through free elections in Egypt, despite strong opposition. In percentile language, The Islamist president had 51.7 % while the other Mubarakist candidate had 48.3%.The other secular parties supported Morsi in elections to drop-down Ahmad Shafeq, one of toppled regime figures.Army leaders were worry because Mubarak kept wide-spectral privileges for them.Magdi Abdelhadi says: "The resort is complete with a hotel and other facilities, including an impressive five-lane motorway, a flyover and a tunnel to ease potential traffic congestion on the way to a vast new…
  • Update: The Conflict in Syria

    Mohammad Tomazy
    15 Dec 2013 | 5:28 am
    Undoubtedly, the conflict in Syria has internal and external elements, however, it is no longer an uprising against tyrant regime. The Syrian social texture has been profoundly 'de facto' teared in which Sunni majority maintains support for the various opposition forces against the pro-regime 'alliance of minorities' including Alawis, Shia and Druze.Two Shiite villages northern Syria (Nubbul and Az-Zahra') are constantly being attacked from the surrounding villages by mortar and different missiles.Qatar and Saudi Arabia support al-Qaeda-affiliated opposition fighters, meanwhile, Iran supports…
  • Israel to apply racist 'Prawer Plan' in Naqab

    Mohammad Tomazy
    13 Jul 2013 | 11:31 am
    Prawer is pronounced as 'Praver' (German W)"In September 2011, the Israeli government approved the Prawer Plan for mass expulsion of the Arab Bedouin community in the Naqab (Negev) desert. If fully implemented this plan will result in the forced displacement of up to 70,000 Arab Bedouin citizens of Israel and the destruction of 35 “unrecognized” villages. Despite the Arab Bedouin community's complete rejection of the plan and strong disapproval from the international community and human rights groups, the Prawer Plan is happening now. More than 1,000 homes were…
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    BizPac Review

  • Don’t mention Holder and Obama reaching nation’s highest ranks; cry racism anyway

    Richard Berkow
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Known for playing fast and loose as President Obama’s lead agenda champion, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder surprised few when he led the charge Wednesday supporting Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s passionate dissent against banning affirmative action in Michigan universities’ admissions. At a diversity event held at the Department of Justice, Holder called Sotomayor’s minority opinion in the 6-2 constitutional amendment case “courageous.” Even though the vast majority of justices supported Michigan voters’ right to amend state law, Holder saw the ruling as an opening to…
  • Critics outraged that 9/11 memorial film depicts Muslims in bad light; really?

    Michael Dorstewitz
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Critics are slamming a 7-minute video, narrated by NBC News’ Brian Williams and produced to be included in the 9/11 Memorial Museum. They object because it fails to distinguish the radical Islamists who committed the attack from the religion’s peaceful followers. Rev. Chloe Breyer, executive director of the Interfaith Center of New York, told Fox News host Megyn Kelly that the video lacks the context she feels is necessary to depict “Islam as a peace-loving religion.” She and others specifically had objections to the words “Islamist” and jihad,” claiming that jihad is actually…
  • Michelle Obama’s Kansas graduation day speech cancelled after angry parents petition

    Michael Dorstewitz
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Photo: youth.as220.org Proof that prayers are indeed answered came to almost 2,000 Topeka, Kan., graduating seniors who signed a petition protesting first lady Michelle Obama‘s appearance at their graduating class. The White House announced that she was scrapping those plans. The petition began circulating when the students realized the already limited seating for the graduates’ friends and family would be further reduced, and the first lady intended to focus her remarks on politics instead of the seniors. Instead, she will speak the day before graduation at a “Senior…
  • Only a dad could come up with crazy way of pulling out a loose tooth

    Cheryl Carpenter Klimek
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Funny movies and cartoons have offered a variety of ways to pull teeth, but it’s probably safe to say none have used a quadcopter. “Adam has a very loose tooth,” the father in the video says. The tooth is attached to the copter with floss. You can guess what happens next. H/T: Mom.me Also watch: Woman throws hand grenade like a girl, chaos ensues
  • ‘Watters’ World’ tests study’s conclusion that pot affects the brain

    Michael Dorstewitz
    24 Apr 2014 | 11:33 am
    A recent study showing that even limited marijuana use adversely affects the brain was confirmed after being put to the test at Denver’s 4/20 pot festival last weekend. Fox News host Bill O’Reilly sent sidekick Jesse Watters out to interview festival participants, and most appeared to have little memory or care of world events. One sounded surprised that the following day was Easter. “Uh, that kinda sneaked up on me,” he said. And it wasn’t just the 21-and-over set who attended. Watters interviewed at least one girl as young as 13. “The greatest argument against democracy is a…
 
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    Sparking The Left

  • Countering the Right: Two Ludicrous Op-ed Claims by Conservatives for the Day

    Paul Phillips
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:31 pm
    Oh, the things the right will say to fool people! First up, Robert J. Samuelson gave us his take on a new book detailing the perils of economic inequality by, of course, pretending like it isn’t a problem.  Buried in his critique was this ridiculousness: As for the power of the super-rich, they hardly control most democracies. In the United States, where about 70 percent of federal spending goes to the poor and middle class, the richest 1 percent pay nearly a quarter of federal taxes. Saying that 70% of federal spending goes to the lower classes does seem to back his first point on the…
  • Human Rights Before Animal Rights

    Kleier
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:16 pm
    An op-ed in The Guardian by Sadhbh Walshe brings up a point I’ve been thinking about lately, namely, why does it seem violations against animal rights are becoming more more important than abuses of human rights. Read Here. 
  • Sign-Up GOP, Win A Gun

    Kleier
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:05 pm
    An article in the NYT reports that GOP candidates for Congress are conducting “gun sweepstakes,” i.e., running “gun giveaways” (like raffles) for those who sign up on their website with names, e-mail addresses, mailing addresses, etc. It’s an attempt by far-Right politicians to reach gun nuts who are insane about protecting their second amendment rights. It reports that the NRA has been conducting these “giveaways” since the 80′s but it is a new phenomenon amongst political candidates. Unbelievable… Read Here.
  • The Working Poor and Raising Minimum Wage

    Kleier
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:47 pm
    A powerful argument by Charles M. Blow in the NYT on why the minimum wage should be increased with the rising numbers of the working poor in the “Land of Opportunity.” He argues that it is about dignity and not being in a state of constant worry over paying one’s bills. He also makes the good argument that the working poor cannot afford to donate to political campaigns and can only reach the voting boot on election day with great effort. Read Here.
  • Will Iraq Fracture?

    Kleier
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:21 pm
    A great piece in the CSM asking will the country of Iraq fracture into separate nations that will be determined by ethnicity, religion, or simple economic interests. The piece goes through all of the contributing factors and is well researched with quotes from analysts and Iraqis themselves. Read Here.  
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    The Foundry: Conservative Policy News from The Heritage Foundation

  • Oregon’s Top IT Official Recommends Scrapping Obamacare Website

    Marguerite Bowling
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Photo: Spencer Platt/Getty Images Oregon’s top IT official is recommending Cover Oregon scrap the state’s disastrous online health insurance exchange that failed to sign up a single resident, The Oregonian today reported. Alex Pettit, Oregon’s Chief Information Officer, this morning recommended to a 16-member technical advisory committee that Cover Oregon—the state insurance exchange that is part of the health law known as Obamacare—should drop its glitch-filled website and join the federal government’s online insurance exchange, which also had a rocky rollout. The state received…
  • Turning Bipartisan Policy Into Partisan Politics

    John G. Malcolm
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Photo: Christy Bowe/ZUMAPRESS/Newscom Well, there he goes again! President Obama has, once again, taken unilateral action by announcing a new clemency initiative. The Department of Justice, which reviews applications for pardons and clemency and makes recommendations to the president, said that it will “prioritize” clemency applications for inmates who meet certain criteria. The Bureau of Prisons will notify inmates about this initiative, and DOJ is contemplating using dozens of new attorneys to deal with the hundreds, if not thousands, of applications it will likely receive. Unlike many…
  • Rick Perry Defends Jeb Bush’s Controversial Statement About Illegal Immigration

    Alissa Tabirian
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Gov. Rick Perry (R–Texas) weighed in on former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush’s contentious comments about illegal immigration, expressing sympathy for those who broke laws “to take care of their family.” “I totally understand about people breaking a law to take care of their family, particularly when the country whose law you’re breaking has for forty years basically said, ‘come on over, don’t worry about it’,” Perry said on Fox News. Perry said that since “all of a sudden the rules [got] changed” after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, “We have to stand up and truthfully say that…
  • Americans to Congress: Don't Give Up on Benghazi

    Helle Dale
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images Americans are still outraged at what happened in Benghazi on Sept. 11, 2012. They know that four brave Americans, including U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens, died at the hands of terrorists. They know American diplomats did not receive the protection and the support they deserved. But what remains incomprehensible is why no one at the White House has done anything about these terrible acts; why none of the guilty parties have been punished; or why Congress has not managed to force officials—from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on down—to…
  • Amid Chinese Aggression, Obama Affirms U.S. Defense of Japan’s Senkaku Islands

    Bruce Klingner
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Photo: Xinhua/Sipa USA During his trip to Japan, President Obama publicly affirmed long-standing U.S. policy that the bilateral security treaty applies to the Japanese-controlled Senkaku Islands. China claims sovereignty over the islands and, in recent years, has tried to intimidate Japan—much as Beijing has bullied the Philippines in pursuit of its extralegal territorial claims in the South China Sea. President Obama’s statement was a welcome and proper confirmation of U.S. support for a critical Pacific ally. During a joint press conference with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Obama…
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    FreakOutNation

  • 40 deaths result from VA hospital’s secret waiting list

    Cosmic Surfer
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:25 pm
    CNN's Drew Griffin investigates 40 veteran deaths resulting from a VA hospital in Phoenix creating a secret waiting list. More from CNN at http://www.cnn.com/ To license this and other CNN/HLN content, visit http://imagesource.cnn.com or e-mail cnn.…
  • DOJ Whines That A Warrant To Search A Mobile Phone Makes It More Difficult To Catch Criminals

    Cosmic Surfer
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:27 pm
    The US government has entered its reply brief in the US vs. Wurie case and its argument in favor of warrantless searches of arrestees' cell phones contains some truly terrible suppositions. Here's a brief recap of the situation in this case: In 2007…
  • White Supremacist Was Caught In ’80s With Black Male Prostitute

    Anomaly
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Report: White Supremacist Was Caught In ’80s With Black Male Prostitute (via http://crooksandliars.com) Funny how often that happens: F. Glenn Miller, the white supremacist accused of murdering three people at Jewish sites in Johnson County, was caught by police in the 1980s having sex with a black male prostitute dressed as a woman, according to multiple…  
  • Bernie Sanders Presents America’s Top 10 Corporate Tax Evaders

    Cosmic Surfer
    24 Apr 2014 | 11:22 am
    American hero Bernie Sanders has put together a list of America’s top ten recipients of corporate welfare. These are the worst of the worst. The next time you hear some right-wing GOP/Tea Partier claim that corporate taxes are “too high” and are…
  • Cliven Bundy explains: My ‘negro’ remarks were totally not racist

    Anomaly
    24 Apr 2014 | 10:51 am
    Cliven Bundy’s remarks on ‘the negro’ have exploded on the Internet, so much so that Republicans are distancing themselves from the old moocher. Still yet, Bundy insists he’s not a racist. This is what he said via an interview with the New York Times, “I want to tell you one more thing I know about the Negro,” he said while describing a “government house” in Las Vegas where he recalled that all the people who sat outside seemed to “have nothing to do.”               Bundy continued, “And because they were…
 
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    Logicworks Gathering Clouds

  • Understanding Meaningful Use Stage 2 and Stage 3…What Changes?

    JG
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:40 am
    ‘Meaningful Use Stage 2’ is the second phase of the ‘meaningful use’ incentive program that defines the second phase of requirements for the use of electronic health record (EHR) systems by healthcare providers.  This builds on stage 1, and is the second list of criteria and regulations established by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid […]The post Understanding Meaningful Use Stage 2 and Stage 3…What Changes? appeared first on Logicworks Gathering Clouds.
  • EHR Security and Compliance Objectives Get Real Results

    JG
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:27 am
    My doctor now uses an iPad to jot things down during my exam. In the old days, it used to be clipboards and folders, ‘old days’ meaning 2012. With the use of automation, physicians can now leverage technology to better their ability to provide care. It’s easier to spot drug compatibility issues, validate diagnosis, even […]The post EHR Security and Compliance Objectives Get Real Results appeared first on Logicworks Gathering Clouds.
  • Achieving High Availability Through Managed AWS

    JG
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:42 am
    On May 6, Logicworks will be hosting a webinar with AWS to highlight some of the innovative approaches to enabling High Availability (HA) that a managed approach to utilizing AWS can yield for a business looking to ensure that mission critical applications and websites never go down. We encourage you to register for the HA […]The post Achieving High Availability Through Managed AWS appeared first on Logicworks Gathering Clouds.
  • Who’s Who in Cloud – April 11, 2014

    IL
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:58 am
    This week has been bubbling with news on the affliction of Heartbleed and data security. If you haven’t already, please take the appropriate measures in protecting your business as well as yourself on the internet. Check out how security experts are addressing this widespread computer bug. Tony Bradley - “What you need to know about Heartbleed […]The post Who’s Who in Cloud – April 11, 2014 appeared first on Logicworks Gathering Clouds.
  • Healthcare Cloud Security: Now and Into the Future

    JG
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:51 am
    Healthcare providers and payers that utilize cloud platforms to store and access personnel records (and like data) are probably storing protected health information (“PHI”), which is protected by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (“HIPAA”). Rules now in place govern the use of cloud computing to store health-related data, including personnel-related data.  […]The post Healthcare Cloud Security: Now and Into the Future appeared first on Logicworks Gathering Clouds.
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    The Burning Truth

  • Thursday, April 24 – Hour 3

    Casey Hendrickson
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:16 pm
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    Casey Hendrickson
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:13 pm
      South Bend looking to ban all cigarettes in the workplace   [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Casey Hendrickson
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:08 pm
    South Bend to consider comprehensive smoking ban – Fox 28: South Bend, Elkhart IN News, Weather, Sports South Bend is considering a comprehensive smoking ban ordinance that would prevent people from smoking in any indoor business, including... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Wednesday, April 23 – Hour 3

    Casey Hendrickson
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:13 pm
      IRS employees who don’t pay their taxes got bonuses Students who have a co-signer die or file bankruptcy could have loan called due Skeletons in Harry Reid’s closet   [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Freedom Seeker

  • Mark Fisher wins decisive ruling against Mass GOP - Court date set

    Jon Norsu
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:17 pm
    In a stunning denial, the Mass GOP motion to dismiss the Mark Fisher case was not only denied but the judge ruled that all of Fisher's allegations had been proven true. The judge ruled that Mark Fisher had indeed received the 15% vote required to be put on the Republican primary ballot. He sited a litany of reasons that Mark Fisher met the 15% threshold - with the major thrust being that blank votes should NOT be counted Citing party rules, Roberts rules, Party & Rules officials own comments  - From the courts ruling referenced below:The Defendants (Mass GOP, Kirsten Hughes, Robert…
  • Mark Fisher's lawsuit against the MassGOP wins expedited trial status

    Jon Norsu
    19 Apr 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Breaking News in the Mark Fisher lawsuit against the Mass GOP is in. Conservative Republican Mark Fisher has been granted an expedited trial. The judge has fast tracked the trial, which could start as early as next week.Suffolk Superior Court Justice Douglas H. Wilkins also said said that Fisher is free to continue to collect signatures on his nomination papers while the case is continued. Nomination papers with 10,000 signatures must be turned in by May 6th.  This is a setback for the Plaintiffs, Kirsten Hughes, Rob Cunningham and the MASS GOP who now face full discovery,…
  • Conservative Mark Fisher poised to make noise in September Mass GOP primary for Governor

    Jon Norsu
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:21 pm
    The Mass GOP's plan for anointing Charlie Baker as their Governor nominee via "backroom politics" and machine party top down intimidation tactics has run into a problem. Mark FisherThe Teaparty Conservative alternative to the status quo liberal candidate Baker, Mark Fisher has sued the Mass GOP over a Convention vote that didn't follow its own rules, lacked transparency and reeked of "back room politics".  The case has been continued twice and Mark Fisher is poised for a stunning legal victory that would force a September primary with Charlie Baker. Baker's Pro abortion, Pro gay…
  • Freedom Seeker endorses Mark Fisher in Massachusetts GOP primary for Governor

    Jon Norsu
    30 Mar 2014 | 5:13 pm
    The editorial Board at Freedom Seeker has enthusiastically endorsed Mark Fisher for the Massachusetts GOP primary nomination. In reviewing Mark's platform side by side with Charlie Baker it is very clear that Mark Fisher is the Conservative choice for Governor. Fisher is running as a full spectrum unapologetic Republican, refreshing in a state that meekly runs left leaning GOP candidates looking to appease and assimilate the liberal Democrats. Mark Fisher will work to hold failed liberal politicians and government accountable. Mark is also the only candidate to sign the no new taxes…
  • When GOP MSM media gets questioned in Mass - they attack and slander Conservative activist

    Jon Norsu
    5 Jan 2014 | 9:39 am
    Case in point - Ex 96.9 WTKK Talk Host Michael Graham who now has a part time AM radio gig and is a part time writer for the Boston Herald. If you have caught his schtick - he loves to attack some Mass Rino's yet turns around and endorses his sanctioned Mass Rino's then gets all worked up when he gets called out on it.Graham loves to 24/7 bash former #MAsen Primary winner Gabriel Gomez (Pro Life) but doesn't like to talk to the fact he actually endorsed Liberal Republican Dan Winslow in said #MAsen race. His epic endorsement of Winslow on 2/6/13 on his blog lives on in infamy > "All I…
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    The Sunshine Empire| Sunshine Empire

  • Billionaire Kleptocracy Or Two Dudes On A Wedding Cake

    Dutch
    5 Apr 2014 | 1:29 pm
    The fundamental differences between the two wings of American political thought are fairly plain to see. We’re often told that Democrats and Republicans are either Siamese twins or water and oil. But it’s telling if you look to what reasons both feel the American republic is doomed. Ask any progressive and they will tell you […] Related posts: Conservatives Forget Democracy To Spite Their Favorite Boogie Man From Towels You Can’t Use To Cake You Can’t Eat Obama Says Sorry For Bush, Not America
  • Sunshine Empire Podcast #60: Putin Invades Ghostbusters II

    Dutch
    4 Mar 2014 | 7:18 pm
    Walk along with me in a world where conservatives have enough breathing room from their Iraq debacle to knock Barry on a conflict in Eastern Europe older than America itself. Also my sister joins the show to fight me on who knows more quotes from Ghostbusters. MP3 File Related posts: Sunshine Empire Podcast #52: Rickus LIVES! and CRUZAPALOOZA! Sunshine Empire Podcast #55: Never LOL Your Own Material The Sunshine Empire Podcast #57: Gays, Football, And Legos
  • Shouldn’t The Promised Man-Animal Marriage Movement Have Started By Now?

    Dutch
    26 Feb 2014 | 7:12 am
    Big Gay is in the news again this week with the firestorm over Arizona’s newly passed gay discrimination law. All across the fruited plain and on Twitter the arguments have again erupted over acceptance of our LGBT brothers and sisters. With discrimination and marriage equality, when the religious arguments are exhausted the discussion always goes […] Related posts: Marriage Equality Issue Is A Choice Between The Constitution And Sharia Law A Random Thought On The Present State Of The Occupy Movement The political ramifications of poll movement and commentary aside
  • Sunshine Empire Podcast #59: Game Of Quotes Season Two

    Dutch
    24 Feb 2014 | 3:49 pm
    Shocked by developments in Ukraine and the death of comedy legend Harold Ramis, we celebrate the return of Quotegame Empire and Biggus Rickus. It's a full crew game show podcast. MP3 File Related posts: A Game Of Quotes As We Wait For Beryl On Podcast Episode 17 Horribly Great Movies And Quote-Game Empire On Podcast #12 Episode 50: It’s The Season Finale Podcast Cliffhanger
  • Sunshine Empire Podcast #58: Why Is Florida So Florida?

    Dutch
    18 Feb 2014 | 7:00 pm
    With the aftermath of the Michael Dunn trial here in Duval, a Florida man rambles about what makes Florida so damn Florida. Then our friend Jolemite joins us from his basement beneath a snow covered Portland to discuss the news of the day and to say hi to my baby. MP3 File Related posts: Sunshine Empire Podcast #54: Don’t You Dare Hold The Door! Sunshine Empire Podcast Season Premier: Who Shot The Rick? Podcast Empire #56: Tasteful Paul Walker and Mandela Jokes
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    Liberal Fix

  • Liberal Fix Radio- Progressive Politics - Apr 26,2014

    Liberal Fix
    25 Apr 2014 | 7:00 pm
    A recap of the week in Progressive or Liberal Politics. News, Commentary and Analysis. Hosted by Indiana writer Dan Bimrose, sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana and Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue. Every week the three 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…
  • Liberal Fix: Supreme Ct Ruling on Affirmative Action Case and More - Apr 24,2014

    Liberal Fix
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Keith and Naomi will discuss the Supreme Court's 6-2 ruling upholding Michigan's ban on race-based Affirmative Action in college admissions. They will also discuss a NYT poll of four Southern states showing Democratic Senate candidates with decent numbers and also showing that two Democratic Governors in the South who accepted the Medicaid expansion are very popular. 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. As always, we offer news, commentary and analysis important to…
  • Liberal Fix w/ Sociologist, Author and Activist Betsy Leondar-Wright - Apr 22,2014

    Liberal Fix
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:00 pm
    This episode will feature a live discussion with Betsy Leondar-Wright author of Missing Class: Strengthening Social Movement Groups by Seeing Class Cultures. Betsy is an economic justice activist, sociologist, and author, who writes on class and economic inequality. She has a PhD in Sociology from Boston College and she is a former Communications Director for United for a Fair Economy. 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. Monday…
  • Liberal Fix Radio- w/ ND State Rep Kylie Oversen (D- Dist 42) - Apr 19,2014

    Liberal Fix
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:00 pm
    An interview with North Dakota State Representative Democrat Kylie Oversen (ND-42). A recap of the week in Progressive or Liberal Politics. News, Commentary and Analysis. Hosted by Indiana writer Dan Bimrose, sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana and Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue. Every week the three 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:…
  • Liberal Fix: Judge Strikes Down ND Anti-Choice Law and More - Apr 17,2014

    Liberal Fix
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Keith and Naomi discuss todays ruling by a federal judge striking down North Dakota's anti-abortion law. They will also remember the 7th Anniversary of the VA Tech shootings and discuss the launch of the new organization Everytown for Gun Safety 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. 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…
 
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    21st Century Wire

  • Bundy Responds to Race Storm, As Media Attempt to Divert Away From BLM Crimes

    21wire
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:19 pm
    SPECIAL REPORT21st Century WireNevada rancher Cliven Bundy took to the podium at this morning’s press conference at the Bundy Ranch expecting a media race storm, and that’s exactly what happened.For the family patriarch, it was baptism by fire into the unforgiving world of public relations. Press appeared somewhat shocked, as Bundy stood up and took the media punches for 20 minutes, and somehow managed to use the media’s race inquisition as an opportunity to articulate his own emotions, and his personal views on America’s failing socialized state and the need for more…
  • Hitler Debate Heats Up As New Evidence is Presented About His Escape to Argentina

    21wire
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:08 am
    SPECIAL REPORT21st Century WireMainstream accepted history tells us that on April 30, 1945, deep inside a Berlin bunker, the infamous Nazi leader Adolph Hitler took his own life and that of his wife Eva Braun. That piece of history is now being serious challenged, but not without its share of controversy.Recently unearthed evidence comprised of eyewitness accounts and other supporting FBI documents, tell a different story – that Hitler did indeed escape the bunker in the final days of the Fall of Berlin, flying to Denmark, then to Spain where General Franco supplied him with an aircraft…
  • ‘Nulandistan’ in Ukraine: Cross Talk guest Patrick Henningsen explains how the West spins

    21wire
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:45 pm
    21st Century Wire says…Western politicos and media repeaters are on extra spin cycle regarding the facts and context of events surrounding the Ukraine. Beyond Washington and London’s hollow rhetoric about ‘freedom and democracy’, there is a real long term agenda to reshape the geopolitical chessboard in that region.21WIRE founder and commentator, Patrick Henningsen, joins host Peter LaVelle, along with guests Marcus Papadopoulus and Vladimir Suchan to cross talk the Washington and NATO’s latest nation-building crisis in Ukraine…READ MORE UKRAINE NEWS AT:…
  • The Bundy Paradigm: Will You Be a Rebel, Revolutionary or a Slave?

    21wire
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:36 pm
    21st Century Wire says…Most Americans are still unaware of what happened and why, at the Bundy Ranch last week – and how it potentially affects everyone.The story is much deeper, and far-reaching than anyone had previously imaged… John W. WhiteheadThe Rutherford InstituteThose tempted to write off the standoff at the Bundy Ranch as little more than a show of force by militia-minded citizens would do well to reconsider their easy dismissal of this brewing rebellion. This goes far beyond concerns about grazing rights or the tension between the state and the federal…
  • BLM Shame: Shocking ‘Animal Auschwitz’ left behind at the Bundy Ranch in Nevada

    21wire
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:26 am
    SEE ALSO: EXCLUSIVE: Evidence of BLM’s Deadly Abuse of Animals Taken from Bundy Ranch(WARNING: Article contains graphic images of severe animal abuse and mutilation)SPECIAL REPORT21st Century WireAfter being forced to vacate public lands by ranchers and peaceful protesters, Uncle Sam left the most disturbing calling card of all at the Bundy Ranch. This week farmers and public officials have unearthed more fresh evidence proving the existence of US taxpayer-funded mass animal graves – left behind at the Bureau of Land Management’s field operations compound.So far, it is believed…
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    MutantRambler

  • Six things that are wrong with me

    VincentWhite
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:14 pm
    I was thinking about bringing back some content that’s easy to write and something that’s more thematic than the usual bullshit that gets posted on here, something similar to the how to succeed at life posts that we used to do a long time back and the only thing that I could really come up with was jumping on the lists bandwagon. I present to you what will be more ‘regular’ content from here on in. Regular in the sense of when I can be arsed, if I can be arsed. I felt it was pretty unfair to start picking on other things and other people without first actually being…
  • The EU can also suck my dick.

    VincentWhite
    7 Mar 2014 | 2:52 pm
      These fucking genius things. Do you know what they are? I sure do. This ladies and gentlemen, is an electronic cigarette, or a ECig, whatever the fuck you want to call it, it doesn’t really matter. The main point here is that this device, this genius little device is the greatest breakthrough for smokers since the lighter. What this little device does, in case you’re trapped in a cave somewhere, is provide you with vapourised nicotine from the little tank in the device, atomised and then sent into your lungs. Essentially its a cigarette. BUT, with one important difference.
  • PETA can suck my dick.

    VincentWhite
    3 Mar 2014 | 11:17 am
    It’s been a while since I’ve written anything. 2014 seems to be going so quickly, yet nothings being done. Such is life. Here is some stool water that I’ve had wrangling around in my brain for a while now. PETA blows. PETA really blows.   In case you’re unaware, PETA, is an acronym for: “People for the ethical treatment of animals”, an American animal rights organisation and one that’s been running since the late 1980s onwards. You’ll probably know it best from the I’ll never wear fur adverts with poncy women declaring their disdain…
  • Its been a funny old start to the year.

    VincentWhite
    27 Jan 2014 | 6:32 pm
    So. 2013 was a pretty shite year on reflection. I seem to recall I had a few relationships that failed in the usual way and a few jobs that lasted about as long as a premature ejaculator with a really beautiful woman. I spent the last three months of 2013 working for a mobile phone company, selling phones to people who already have mobile phone contracts with them. A truly worthwhile and interesting job as you might imagine. One that really pushed the limits of my intellectual capacity. I made a conscious decision, in a manner that alcoholics might refer to as a moment of clarity, that 2014…
 
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    guanyinmiao's musings

  • The Finnish Line

    guanyinmiao
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:47 pm
    During this sojourn – and after, I would imagine – one of the most common questions is whether Singapore can do what Finland does. We could draw lessons, yet while doing so understand that mechanisms do not function in isolation, and there are elements of a system which cannot be conveniently replicated. We have an education system that works, and it could be enhanced as educators are granted more autonomy in the classroom, and greater emphasis on non-scholastic achievements for students. We might look at the many Finnish newspapers in envy, but the two countries do not share similar…
  • Along The Streets Of Helsinki

    guanyinmiao
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:49 pm
    On a few occasions I have tried to strike up conversations with a beggar after I had dropped a one or two euro coin, but the language barrier meant we rarely went beyond the pleasantries. The stories – if some of the cardboard signs in Finnish, Swedish, and English are anything to go by – are similar: the need to support a large family back home without steady income, to pay for hefty medical bills, or to get enough money for food, transportation, and shelter. Photographs of young children and families often accompany these signs. The beggar sits or kneels gingerly on cardboards,…
  • Petitioning In Vain

    guanyinmiao
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:36 pm
    It would however be naïve to think that these unfortunate incidents are the result of the Internet, even if the medium does perpetuate them. In real life we might be less likely to make disparaging remarks or spout nasty things, but sometimes we remain quick to cast aspersions or castigate others for their shortcomings. I am guilty too, for my cynicism clouds my perceptions and interactions with others. The proposals for education and media literacy programmes may be clichéd, yet they are reasonably the most sustainable solutions. Learning about the consumption of content and ascertaining…
  • The Finnish Model United Nations

    guanyinmiao
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:55 pm
    On my hundredth day in Finland I was seated as a Chair in front of a Security Council of 15, engaged in a discussion over a fictitious scenario of cyber-attacks against the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations. My final examinations had ended. In some sense I was in my element: keeping track of proceedings, … Continue reading →
  • Finnish Lessons

    guanyinmiao
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:50 pm
    The Finnish university student is not too different from a Singaporean one. My five months at the Aalto University School of Business – perhaps given the universality of the business education and degree – have been similar to the experience in Singapore. Juha is a marketing major at Aalto, and his fascination with Korean popular culture has brought him to Yonsei University at Seoul, South Korea for an exchange programme. The 20 year-old was the vice president of the sub-committee for international students of the school’s student union, and is very into machine dance gaming. He has…
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    In the News with Terrance McAndrews

  • Keystone Delay, Obamacare, Ukraine and More…

    Terrance McAndrews
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:34 pm
      The Obama administration has once again delayed a decision on the Keystone pipeline, this time citing a case that is being appealed to the Nebraska Supreme Court on the proposed route of the pipeline through that state.  The decision has rankled many on both sides of the issue.  The administration is being accused of acquiescing to political pressure in order to delay a final decision on the pipeline until after the November elections.  We discuss the details of the decision and how the president may have played a part himself in having this issue President Obama…
  • Sebelius Resigns, Bundy Ranch and More…

    Terrance McAndrews
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:54 pm
         Do your parents owe the federal government money?  If so, the Treasury Dept. may target your tax refund to try and retrieve those funds.  Thanks to a change made to legislation 3 years ago the 10-year statute of limitations on such debts have been lifted clearing the way for the federal government to come after you in search of such debts.  The change affects nearly 400,000 people to the tune of $714 million.  We’ll talk about the program today and why it plays right into the hands of the caricature of a nameless, faceless bureaucracy abusing…
  • Cuban Twitter, Supreme Court McCutcheon case…and More

    Terrance McAndrews
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:23 pm
         The AP recently revealed that the US gov’t, through foreign aid organization USAID, funded a secret Twitter-like program to stir political unrest in Cuba.  We discuss the revelation and the details of the program.  We also discuss the consequences these revelations of secret programs are having on national security and on the credibility of the US government. The Supreme Court ruled last week that overall limits on campaign donations were unconstitutional.  The Court, in its opinion, stated that it was not a legitimate objective of government to…
  • Ft. Hood, Unemployment, Obamacare Meets its Goal…and More

    Terrance McAndrews
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:27 pm
         Unemployment benefits expired for about 2.2 million people at the end of December 2013.  Republicans and Democrats are currently debating whether to pass, and how to pay for, an extension of those benefits.  We discuss why the current bill making its way through the Senate should pass.  We then broaden the discussion out to why we, as a country, need to differentiate between good and bad types of spending, and between government spending and government investment.  Obamacare to the surprise of many has reached its goal of 7.1 million enrollees…
  • NSA Spying, Hobby Lobby Case, and More…

    Terrance McAndrews
    27 Mar 2014 | 2:34 pm
         The Obama Administration has proposed changes to the NSA surveillance programs that aim to assuage the fears of most Americans.  Under the proposal telephone companies would keep the information and the NSA, if need be, would have to obtain a court order in order to analyze specific phone records.  It was also revealed this week that the NSA has been trying to hack the network of Huawei, the Chinese global telecomm giant, after years of accusing the company of doing the same thing to us.  We discuss the week’s developments and discuss the broader…
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    nkornitankwa.com

  • Video Of Green Bay Police Officer Viciously Attacking Bystander Goes Viral

    Nkorni Tankwa
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    The video of the Green Bay police officer who viciously attacked a bystander, for mouthing off, has been creating a lot of buzz on web and social media sites. After he and his fellow officers arrested a college student, in … Continue reading →
  • Jon Stewart Lashes Out At The Media’s Sexist Treatment Of Hilary Clinton And Female Politicians

    Nkorni Tankwa
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:03 am
    A few hours ago Jon Stewart, weighed in on what he sees as sexiest treatment of female politicians in the media. He began the segment by noting the amount of sexist commentary Hilary Clinton, the 2016 Democratic presumptive nominee, has … Continue reading →
  • Jon Stewart Slams Hannity Over Cliven Bundy Hypocrisy

    Nkorni Tankwa
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:34 am
    A few hours ago Jon Stewart weighed in on the Cliven Bundy situation and called out Fox News’ Sean Hannity for being a hypocrite. After pointing out that Bundy has, for twenty years,  accrued a bill of about a million … Continue reading →
  • Here Are 25 Things You May Not Have Known About U.S Presidents

    Nkorni Tankwa
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:16 pm
    So far we’ve had 44 presidents, actually 43 since Grover Cleveland served as the 22nd and the 24th, and while we know a lot about them, thanks to the fact that historians have and continue to document facts about their … Continue reading →
  • How To Know If You Have ADHD

    Nkorni Tankwa
    19 Apr 2014 | 11:24 pm
    I think by now it’s safe to assume that most people have heard of the psychiatric disorder that’s commonly referred to as ADHD, which is short for Attention Deficit-hyperactivity Disorder. While there is no doubt that the condition is real … Continue reading →
 
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    MalcolmOutLoud

  • It’s Time For A New Declaration

    24 Apr 2014 | 1:03 pm
    “The constitution is the answer for every one of our crisis in America” says Tim Aalders, candidate for the U.S. Congress out of the 4th district in Utah. Tim is the author of the Declaration of Restoration, a powerful reminder to politicians that the American people have grievances today. He shares his insight on the class-warfare being waged on the people and the distraction strategies politicians use to keep Americans divided. “It’s not a battle about the constitution, it’s a battle about ideology,” explains Aalders.
  • Heroic and Horrific Acts Define Us

    19 Apr 2014 | 8:59 am
    Human nature has both tendencies for heroic and horrific acts, but what defines this? How bad does one have to be to inflict pain and death upon others? As long as a culture or a society accepts an act as normal then it becomes acceptable, but does that make it good? What if society had no concept or definition of right and wrong? Attacks, mass murders, evil acts… what provokes people and is there more crime in the world today than at any other time? We’ll bring the conversation back to the time of the Centurion named Longinus, and the spear that pierced the side of Christ.
  • Doctor Prescribes Obamacare Truth

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:20 pm
    We hear a great deal about the Affordable Care Act from politicians and the media elite…. but what about our doctors? How do they feel about government managed medicine? You are about to find out… meet Dr. Alfred Bonati. He revolutionized the field of spine surgery through the use of patented minimally invasive techniques. “Governmental medicine all over the world has failed,” says Dr. Bonati. Studies indicate that government run medical services, such as the VA, are inferior. “Our government is corrupted, they are elite, they don’t work for us, they work…
  • Venezuelan War of Propaganda

    14 Apr 2014 | 5:03 am
    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is grasping at any and everything he can do to remain in power. Maduro is trumping up charges in his attempt to silence those that are standing up to his authoritarian aggression! He wants to portray the opposition as a small minority that wants to undo Venezuela's socialist policies aimed at helping the poor. Venezuela's high unemployment, high violent crime rate, government price controls and widespread food shortages have lead to months of unrelenting protests. How can the opposition fight this “Propaganda War?” Col EJ Otero is an expert in…
  • Gun-Free Zones Invite Crime

    12 Apr 2014 | 9:34 am
    Americans reacted with shock and horror from reports of an additional attack at The Fort Hood Army base in Texas. Similar to the attack in 2009, a lone gunman entered the gun free military base firing randomly in a mad rampage. Have we inadvertently created targets with GUN FREE ZONES instead of protecting the ones we love? Col EJ Otero and Col Jim Waurishuk join me to discuss this tragedy. While we may never know what prompted the attack what we can review and debate is whether or not gun free zones invite a higher degree of violence and result in greater loss of life.
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    The Desert Lynx

  • Bundy Ranch Woke Up Conservatives to Police Abuse

    Joël Valenzuela
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Before the recent incident at the Bundy ranch, it was easy for conservatives to ignore the issue of police abuse. Not anymore. Police brutality in America has gone largely unnoticed by the general, unaffected public for years. There was a …
  • Do We Really Want Gender Equality?

    Joël Valenzuela
    11 Apr 2014 | 12:58 am
    Gender equality, and how to implement it in modern society, has been on people’s minds for several decades. We’re supposed to want it. I know I do. I can’t wait for the day when all humans enjoy equal rights to …
  • Is U.S.-Russian Rivalry Only for Show?

    Alon Starkman
    3 Apr 2014 | 12:56 am
    The United States and Russia put on a good display of being at each other’s throats. But what if that rivalry is nothing more than a show? As I covered in my last article on the relationship between the Russian …
  • The Walking Dead vs. the State

    Miguel Duque
    1 Apr 2014 | 12:44 am
    ***SPOILER ALERT: Please, do not read any further if you have not completed watching the entirety, including the season finale, of Season 4 of the AMC television show The Walking Dead and you don’t want anything spoiled for you.*** The …
  • The Desert Lynx Joins the Rebel Love Show

    LynxFreeorDie
    27 Mar 2014 | 12:30 pm
    The Desert Lynx joins forces with the Voluntaryist Rebel to create the Rebel Love Show, a new show documenting the march of freedom in New Hampshire.…
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    Citizens News

  • Vyacheslav Ponomarev: the ‘people’s mayor’ who runs Slavyansk

    Liberty Bell
    24 Apr 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Written by World news and comment from the Guardian | The Guardian Public face and apparent leader of pro-Russian separatists in city was previously little-known even in the area Continue reading…The post Vyacheslav Ponomarev: the ‘people’s mayor’ who runs Slavyansk appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Report: Obama Admin Never Defined Al Qaeda

    Liberty Bell
    24 Apr 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Written by Washington Free Beacon The Obama administration never actually defined what the al Qaeda terrorist group is before declaring that it was on the path to defeat, according to a new report that says the group now has its largest-ever global presence. The report from Mary Habeck, a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) […]The post Report: Obama Admin Never Defined Al Qaeda appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Racism In Western Washington

    Liberty Bell
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Written by Rhymes With Right Subsidized by the taxpayer dollar. A school-wide questionnaire at Western Washington University (WWU) asked the community “How do we make sure that in future years ‘we are not as white as we are today?’” The question, released through the communications and marketing department’s daily newsletter Western Today, comes on the […]The post Racism In Western Washington appeared first on Citizens News.
  • The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway Destroys Overwrought, Trivial Laments of American Feminists

    Liberty Bell
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Written by NewsBusters blogs A popular hashtag folks like to use on Twitter is #firstworldproblems, often to accompany some lament about a minor nuisance or inconvenience. It's a way of sharing your gripe but recognizing, that, yes, we have it oh so good to have problems oh so trivial. But with the American Left, there's […]The post The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway Destroys Overwrought, Trivial Laments of American Feminists appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Morning Brief: Ukraine Offensive in Sloviansk Draws Threat of “Consequences” From Russia

    Liberty Bell
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Written by FP Passport Ukraine Offensive in Sloviansk Draws Threat of “Consequences” From Russia Top news: Ukrainian forces on Thursday moved to take back the eastern city of Sloviansk from pro-Russian separatists, killing as many as five militants and prompting Moscow to warn of "consequences" for the government in Kiev. In accordance with an international […]The post Morning Brief: Ukraine Offensive in Sloviansk Draws Threat of “Consequences” From Russia appeared first on Citizens News.
 
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    Buckdog

  • The Foul Odour Of Corruption That Comes From The Office Of The Prime Minister Of Canada ..

    leftdog
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:34 am
    The Canadian Progressive hits the nail on the head with this article.....New documents released by the RCMP suggest that the Senate expenses scandal is closing in on Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservatives. For Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, the documents show that Harper, who came to office in 2006 promising to clean up Ottawa, is "guilty of corruption“.The documents, filed in court on Wednesday, allege that Harper’s former chief of staff, Nigel Wright, violated the Criminal Code when he cut a $90,172 cheque to cover up Sen. Mike Duffy’s fraudulent…
  • The Demise Of The Parti Quebecois - 'A Bad Campaign' by John Conway

    leftdog
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:42 am
    Regina's alternative newspaper, The Prairie Dog, has an excellent article by retired Political Science professor, Dr. John Conway:A Bad CampaignThe party invented by René Lévesque in 1968 is in troubleby John F. Conway The Parti Québécois (PQ) was founded with two missions: bringing about an independent Quebec and creating a social democratic nation-building project, rooted in the great achievements of the Quiet Revolution. The goals were popular, and the Québécois working class became a fortress of support for the PQ. And while there were zigs and zags over the years, after…
  • $$$ Why Is High Spender June Draude Still Sitting At Brad Wall's Cabinet Table? $$$

    leftdog
    3 Apr 2014 | 7:35 am
    REGINA — Saskatchewan Social Services Minister June Draude came under fire Wednesday after it was revealed her expenses for an overseas trip last summer included more than $3,600 for a car service and over $200 for lunch with a friend. [...]There weren’t any reports produced as a result of the trip and Draude struggled to list any specific benefits for Saskatchewan resulting from the meetings she had.BY THE NUMBERSWhat was taxpayer money spent on during Draude’s overseas trip?$3,634.33 — car service for Draude and (staffer) Mantey while in London$4,366.43 — Mantey’s flights to…
  • Fuddle Duddle 2.0

    leftdog
    31 Mar 2014 | 4:00 am
    Liberal leader Justin Trudeau used some decidedly un-prime ministerial language when speaking publicly at the Fight for the Cure charity boxing match in Gatineau, Que. on Saturday night.Invited by the ring announcer at the Hilton Lac Leamy, Trudeau climb through the ropes and took the microphone to say a few words about the event at which, two years ago, he thrashed a much larger Sen. Patrick Brazeau. (The two mens’ career trajectories since the fight are documented in a Citizen piece this weekend.)“I’m going tell you, there is no experience like stepping into…
  • I don't like to speak ill of the dead, but the air is a bit fresher today ...

    leftdog
    20 Mar 2014 | 3:14 pm
    I don't like to speak ill of the dead, but the air is a bit fresher today http://t.co/md8U85ZUbn #RevFredPhelps— leftdog (@leftdog) March 20, 2014 Anti-gay hate monger, Rev Fred Phelps dies ...(I'm not even going to put his ugly pic up on my site ...)Montreal Gazette
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    Political Dresser - Home

  • Part 1: The Case For Sweatshops

    24 Apr 2014 | 5:23 am
    And now for something completely different… Okay, PDers, get ready, because today we’re going to put on our scholastic hats in order to make the case for sweatshops.For? Did we really mean to say for? Yes, for.
  • Haute Rain Boots for Politicians

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:18 am
    Tis the season for flood tourists, i.e. government officials clad in Savile Row suites and Wellingtons that descend upon the peasants for a campaign photo op.Do not be mistaken though, flood tourists are not limited to the United Kingdom. No, in fact they manage to spring up everywhere a tragedy can be exploited.April showers bring May voters? Isn’t that how the old adage goes?
  • The Art of Leadership: A President’s Personal Diplomacy

    22 Apr 2014 | 3:51 am
    Say what you will, but clearly the former President George W. Bush has come a long way from his bathtub portrait days, showcasing his lastest works until June at an exhibition held at the Southern Methodist University called, The Art of Leadership: A President’s Personal Diplomacy.
  • Memory Lane Monday: Michelle on Moms Grocery Shopping

    21 Apr 2014 | 1:32 am
    Do you find grocery shopping to be a terrible and perplexing experience, and not just on holidays when some stores have limited hours? Well, Michelle Antoinette Obama seems to think you do.
  • Genius Idea: 9 Rules For Dealing with the Government

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:42 am
    Another Friday, and another genius idea brought to you by those teaching the next generation of fine citizens. Zeman Elementary School (in Nebraska, not related to, or to be confused with the inebriated Czech President Zeman) students were recently sent home with an informational flyer on how to best handle bullying, which reads a bit like an abuser’s manifesto.As with every genius idea from whistling to rapists, and banning bossy, let’s have some fun.
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    World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations"

  • A Case of Bad Politics

    23 Apr 2014 | 8:57 pm
    By Fred Dallmayr, Co-chairman, WPF “Dialogue of Civilizations”, April 24, 2014 Political philosophy has traditionally been divided on the issue of “human nature.” According to some thinkers, human nature is essentially flawed, corrupt, or bad—a corruption which can only be mitigated by strong external constraints. According to others, human nature is essentially benign or good—a goodness which manifests itself best in the complete absence of regulation. A third and probably wiser view avoids both of these strong claims, shifting the accent from “essence” to “potentiality.”…
  • The Change Within: The Obstacles We Face Are Not Just External

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:04 pm
    Naomi Klein, April 22nd, 2014 Climate change, meanwhile, is busily adding to the ranks of the rootless every day, as natural disasters, failed crops, starving livestock and climate-fueled ethnic conflicts force yet more people to leave their ancestral homes. And with every human migration, more crucial connections to specific places are lost, leaving yet fewer people to listen closely to the land.
  • International Conference “Europe: Lost in Translation?”

    22 Apr 2014 | 2:14 am
    An international conference for European and Non-European NGO representatives, political leaders, economists and experts in social sciences with a focus on the future of a wider Europe as a unique space for inter-civilizational dialogue and coexistence will take place in Berlin on May 14-16, 2014. The conference is organized by consolidated efforts of the World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations" and "German-Russian Forum". 25 years after the end of the Cold War, Europe is still in search of an identity beyond the old divisions. Culturally and socially, there is a great deal that…
  • Paul Krugman: What the 1% Don't Want You to Know

    20 Apr 2014 | 9:55 pm
    A Transcript of the Interview with Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman conducted by journalist Bill Moyers, April 18, 2014 Paul Krugman: Piketty is telling us that we are on the road not just to a highly unequal society, but to a society of an oligarchy. A society of inherited wealth.
  • What Venezuelan ‘Regime Change’ Could Mean

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:24 am
    Andrés Cala, Consortiumnews, April 15, 2014 For 15 years, the economic keystone of Latin America’s growing independence from U.S. domination has been energy-rich Venezuela’s willingness to provide discounted oil to many of its neighbors, a project now at risk amid violent opposition protests at home and threats of destabilizing sanctions from Washington. The preferential financial terms for oil was the brainchild of Venezuela’s late leader Hugo Chavez who understood that the only way that he could counter America’s economic might was to use his nation’s petroleum to stabilize the…
 
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    The Campaign Workshop

  • Decision Fatigue- Streamline Your Process

    Margo Scott Dunn
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
     Don’t Let decision fatigue consume your campaign Running for office, campaign management, and working on campaigns for that matter, are really about making quick, informed decisions and a lot of them. Particularly at the beginning, there are a lot of things to decide on right away in your campaign management process: what office, what party, who to hire, who to target, what medium, who to call for money, how much to ask for, etc.  The whole process can get away from you and turn into a paralyzing rumination if you’re not careful. We know from research and anecdotes (and articles in…
  • 15 GOTV Myths Busted

    Joe Fuld
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Know the facts about your GOTV plan! There is no cable show dedicated to busting myths about political tactics, but if there was, GOTV myths would surely be a topic.  Over the years, there have been a lot of notions about GOTV that I believe are wrong. Here is my attempt to dispel these myths and show GOTV for what it is: a cornerstone in the foundation of any campaign plan. 15. You can start planning for GOTV after Labor Day. A real GOTV plan should be a part of your campaign plan from day one.  It is something you should be planning for a year out, not a couple of months out. 14. GOTV is…
  • SMS for non-profit advocacy

    Sophie Thurber
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Non-profits engaged in advocacy should be texting. If you’re a non-profit working in the advocacy arena, you should be thinking about incorporating SMS (or texting) into your communications program.  Texts are, in many ways, a very personal way of communicating – a quick way to touch base with friends, family, colleagues, etc.  But as people increasingly depend on mobile phones they turn to SMS as a way to communicate (as of 2010 – four whole years ago – data use outpaced actual phone use for Americans with cell phones), it’s important to adapt and incorporate text into your…
  • A Glossary for Political Direct Mail

    Sophie Thurber
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Political direct mail cheat sheet The world of political direct mail involves a lot of terms you don’t hear in everyday.  This post will take you through the acronyms, strange words and technical terms that you need to be a pro when it comes to your political direct mail program. Mail Panel The mail panel is exactly what it sounds like.  It’s that (usually) white space where return address, mailing address and postage can all be found.  The USPS has certain specifications for the mail panel (e.g. on oversize flats, it must be placed at the top of the mailer) and your production person…
  • 5 ways to help your Democratic direct mail stand out

    Sophie Thurber
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Make all the other Democratic direct mail jealous! “Nasty, brutish and short,” doesn’t just sum up Thomas Hobbes’ feelings about the state of nature – it also applies to the often-lonely life of a piece of Democratic direct mail. It’s tough to get noticed and stand out from the other items stuffed in the mailbox, and even if it does get noticed, it’s usually quickly tossed out and forgotten. Sad stuff if you’re a piece of Democratic direct mail. But your Democratic direct mail doesn’t have to exist in a Hobbesian nightmare (extra points if you’ve slogged through…
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    Patriots Movement

  • Is Affirmative Action Going Out The Door?

    Christopher Grear
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:05 pm
    Well yesterday was an interesting day to say the least. SOCTUS (Supreme Court of the United States) made a what some would call a controversial ruling on Affirmative Action.   In a 6-2 ruling SOCTUS ruled that Michigan had the right to do away with the Affirmative Action law when it came to State College Education. This would mean that all people would be either accepted or denied admission based on the academic achievements. Though it is a tad bit more complicated this is the gist of it. White, Blacks, Hispanic, Chinese, Japanese are all on level playing fields.   Affirmative…
  • Krugman And His Hypocrisy.

    Christopher Grear
    19 Apr 2014 | 9:29 am
    So Paul Krugman the Liberal Economist has made a little news this week. Krugman a big advocate on income inequality in America has shown what a hypocrite he truly is when it comes to his preaching.   Krugman who was made famous from his New York Times column is leaving his professor’s job at Princeton University. Why is he leaving his more lucrative Ivy League job. Well it would seem that he was offered a job at CUNY (City University of New York). I know what you maybe thinking well what is the problem he is leaving to be a professor for this University. Well I would concede if you…
  • Is Cliven Bundy Right?

    Christopher Grear
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:39 am
    There are several things I have to say about this whole ordeal. This set of events was 20 years in the making.   So lets get the rundown on what happened and why.   The Federal Government last week Friday I believe though last week none-the-less started seizing one Cliven Bundy’s cattle. Why because he was grazing on Federal land and has failed to pay the grazing fees for over 20 years. So the government did what it does best shows up in force and takes. Which they did with Cliven Bundy.   Now this sparked a standoff between the Bundy family and the Fed. As it played out…
  • IRS Scandal Takes A New Turn.

    Christopher Grear
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:38 am
    Well it would seem this scandal is never going to die down for the Obama Administration. Yet it took a strange and interesting new twist. Though to be fair to the Administration no evidence has been found linking it to the IRS scrutiny of Tea Party type groups. Also to be fair the Investigation by the House Ways and Means Committee has been hampered with stonewalling by the IRS on documents it has requested. So for now there is no evidence linking the Obama Administration to the IRS.   Now this new twist in this scandal came last week. An attorney for True the Vote who was one of this…
  • Gohmert vs. Holder

    Christopher Grear
    12 Apr 2014 | 10:08 am
    This has got to be the best thing I seen in quite a while. What did I see you ask well let me tell you.   Last week our AG Eric Holder went before Congress yet again. Though I don’t think he quite expected what he got from Rep. Louie Gohmert. Gohmert laid into Holder about his withholding of evidence to help them advance the F&F (Fast and Furious) investigation.   It would seem Holder did not like it and for a few minutes the discussion between the two was heated. Now last time I looked Holder would be below the Congressmen in the chain of command. Congress is appointed by…
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    Quotidian Wonders

  • Paying for the (American University) Brand, or The New Era of Higher Education Colonialism

    George T. Sipos
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:55 pm
    During my years as an in-house global strategy consultant for a major Japanese auto manufacturer, I found myself on numerous occasions in the position of delivering not-so-good news and reports from the outside world to company’s top executives. Cloistered as they were at the company headquarters (no, I don’t mean the Tokyo headquarters, but the real ones, in the majority of cases lost somewhere in the middle of nowhere-Japan), and most of the time surrounded by a posy of Japanese employees too worried for their jobs, or too shy in front of their superiors to say anything remotely…
  • Could I Be Noah, or, Is Crimea Sarajevo 100 years later?

    George T. Sipos
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Warning: This is not an article about the recent Hollywood blockbuster. So, for those of you brought here by my tags, please feel free to withdraw yourselves from this page right away. And do fret: you’re not missing a rant against the (non)accuracy of the Biblical story as shown in the movie. That may follow in a future post. A few days ago, I made a comment on Facebook (where else can people still make intelligent political comments these days? After all, who really reads Project Syndicate? [just kidding, PS, I still do. Please don’t delete my account!]) on an article detailing a recent…
  • Navigating the Incompetence Era or Why I Despise the Current Job Search Process

    George T. Sipos
    27 Mar 2014 | 11:20 am
    For those of us currently navigating the job market, it has become a somewhat tired and banal statement that connections are everything, that (social) networking is key to getting the right job and business opportunities, to finding the best place to work, where your skills, experience and passion would be truly and productively put to work. In other words, it doesn’t really matter anymore (has it ever? I am tempted to ask) who you are, what you know or how and why you learned it, but whom you know. Period. On one hand, I can see how human touch may be beneficial in determining a young…
  • Prepaid Cards: Increasing Payment Security Online (by Edward Phelan)

    George T. Sipos
    17 Feb 2014 | 8:34 am
    If you’ve ever been put off from buying a bargain online because you felt it might be some sort of scam, you may have been right. There were at least 45,000 cases of fraud involving online shopping and online auctions reported to the Action Fraud centre in the UK last year. Typical scams involve taking a payment but not sending the goods, sending out items that are fake, or just not worth the price that was paid. It’s wise to be wary of internet offers, but by taking a few precautions, it’s possible to take advantage of some genuinely good deals. For example, make sure there’s a…
  • White Woman’s Burden, Part 1 (by Jessica Sipos)

    George T. Sipos
    16 Oct 2013 | 4:29 pm
    Time Magazine Cover (May 21, 2012): Are you Mom Enough? Photo: Time Magazine Jessica latest post on Tiny Shells. Enjoy! White Woman’s Burden, Part I
 
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    Michael Tomasky

  • Red State Obamascare Tactics

    Michael Tomasky
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:05 pm
    In Kansas and Georgia, Democrats running for governor are closer than expected. The GOP response? Rewrite the laws so they couldn’t take Medicaid money. It’s 2014’s sleeper controversy.
  • SC GOP Snubs Desegregation Judge

    Michael Tomasky
    21 Apr 2014 | 2:45 am
    Julius Waties Waring, a challenger of ‘separate but equal,’ finally got a statue, but Lindsey Graham, Tim Scott, and Mark Sanford had better things to do than attend the dedication.
  • Krugman Is a Steal at $225K

    Michael Tomasky
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:45 am
    The only thing hypocritical about acclaimed economist Paul Krugman’s CUNY salary is the right-wingers suddenly begrudging someone his free-market value.
  • How to Win the War on Inequality

    Michael Tomasky
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:45 am
    If only Ted Cruz and Rand Paul would pick up Thomas Piketty’s book. Failing that, Hillary Clinton should heed his findings about wealth and inequality—and take on the crisis head on.
  • Yes, Some Republicans Are Racist

    Michael Tomasky
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:45 am
    Not a month goes by without a GOP racial gaffe, racist vitriol fills conservative websites’ comment sections, and the party refuses to take on the issue. Of course Steve Israel’s right.
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    Truth Will Overcome Tyranny Podcast

  • 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 Read More...
  • Interview with Fergus Hodgson, Editor of PanAm Post

    30 Mar 2014 | 2:39 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…
  • SWISSINDO Exposed Part 2

    18 Mar 2014 | 9:47 am
    Pieta Morgan and Sean O'Connor join TWOT to discuss their experiences as former delegates of SWISSINDO; the new age United Nations front who claim to be emancipating humanity from their bankster chains and replacing them with another set. The new set is legitimate though because they are doing God's work, unlike the our former overlords .Say hi to the new boss (pictured left signing some fiat paper money), Mr. Sino, the self-proclaimed "King of Kings" who says it's just a title and he really cares about you and would never let such an important job go to his head. He is of course prepared to…
  • Being the Only Free Market Anarchist at Camp Anarchy

    12 Mar 2014 | 11:45 am
    Despite being aware that most of the participants at Camp Anarchy would be of the left political persuasion, the idea of hanging out with ideological anarchists proved very alluring to me. Sure, most anarcho-communists are against market based economys on the whole, sure they generally feel a great urge to "smash capitalism", but at least they are for a stateless society. On this subject I see eye to eye with anyone who claims to be anarchist, so I was confident I would make some friends and have some interesting discussions.The atmosphere was mostly friendly, although being something of an…
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    LeftVoices

  • On the Anniversary of Chernobyl, a New Nuclear Threat in Ukraine

    Andrea Sears
    24 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    As military posturing and tensions increase in Eastern Europe, Ukraine’s nuclear reactors could become deadly targets in the growing hostilities. Saturday, April 26th, is the twenty-eighth anniversary of the explosion and fire at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power plant in Ukraine.  The site of the reactor is still surrounded by a one thousand square mile “exclusion zone” where radioactive contamination from fallout is highest and public access is restricted.  But while accidents and natural disasters have caused nuclear catastrophes, in…
  • The FBI Tried Blackmailing Innocent Muslims to Become Informants

    Andrea Sears
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Late Tuesday a complaint was filed in the federal district court in New York, claiming the FBI has used the no-fly-list to coerce law-abiding Muslim Americans into spying on their  community.  CLEAR - Creating Law Enforcement Accountability & Responsibility –the Center for Constitutional Rights and the lawfirm Debevoise & Plimpton filed the suit on behalf of four plaintiffs, all Muslim men with no criminal records, who were approached by FBI agents and aggressively recruited to become informants.  We speak with Susan Hu, an…
  • Louisiana Justice: Thirteen Years Hard Labor for Possessing Two Joints

    Andrea Sears
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:51 pm
    Civil rights and drug policy reform organizations have filed an amicus brief asking the Louisiana State Supreme Court to review the extraordinarily harsh prison sentence imposed on Bernard Noble.  Noble was arrested for having three grams of marijuana, about enough to roll two cigarettes.  The trial judge had sentenced him to five years in prison.  But because Noble had two other, minor, nonviolent drug possession charges on his record his sentence was ultimately increased to thirteen and a third years at hard labor with no chance of parole.  We speak with Daniel…
  • An FBI Probe of Attorneys Halts Guantanamo Military Commission Hearings

    Andrea Sears
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:17 am
    On Monday lawyers representing the five Guantanamo detainees charged with planning the September 11th terror attacks said the FBI had asked a member of the defense team to be an informant in a leak investigation.   They have asked the judge presiding over the military commission, to investigate the incident.  It’s the latest delay in a process that has been fraught with unresolved legal and human rights issues since the beginning. We speak with Shayana Kadidal, senior managing attorney for the Guantanamo Project at the Center for Constitutional Rights.
  • A Move Toward Justice for Torture, Assassinations and Massacres in El Salvador

    Andrea Sears
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:42 pm
    An immigration Judge in Miami has ordered that former Salvadoran Defense Minister José Guillermo García be deported from the United States for his assistance and participation in many of the worst atrocities committed during the civil war in El Salvador.  Garcia served as Defense Minister from 1979 to 1983 and presided over that country’s military and police during the El Mozote Massacre, the assassination of Arch Bishop Oscar Romero and the murder of four American nuns.  We speak with Pamela Merchant, executive director of the Center for…
 
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    RINF Alternative News & Alternative Media | Breaking News Real Independent

  • Wall Street Greed: Not Too Big for a California Jury

    User Submitted
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Sixteen of the world’s largest banks have been caught colluding to rig global interest rates.  Why are we doing business with a corrupt global banking cartel? Ellen Brown  RINF Alternative News United States Attorney General Eric Holder has declared that the too-big-to-fail Wall Street banks are too big to prosecute.  But an outraged California jury might have different ideas. As noted in the California legal newspaper The Daily Journal: California juries are not bashful – they have been known to render massive punitive damages awards that dwarf the award of compensatory…
  • 53% Think Neither Political Party Represents the American People

    User Submitted
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Voters continue to believe Democrats have more of a plan for the future than Republicans do, but most again say neither party represents the public. A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 53% of Likely U.S. Voters think it is fair to say that neither party in Congress is the party of the American people. That’s up six points from 47% last October and matches the previous high foundin June 2012 during the last national election cycle. Just 28% disagree, while 19% are not sure. (To see survey question wording, click here.) But a plurality (47%) believes the…
  • Poverty Is Killing Us

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    24 Apr 2014 | 1:01 pm
    According to a new study from the Brookings Institute, wealthy Americans are living considerably longer lives than Americans who are struggling with poverty. The report points out that the by the age of 55, the average American man in the top 10 percent of the income bracket can expect to live another 35 years or so. But, by the age of 55, the average man in the bottom 10 percent of the country’s income bracket only has around 24 years left to live. The lifespan discrepancy between wealthy and poorer women is even worse. While these new findings are startling, they shouldn’t be…
  • Targeted killing could become a game for all

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    24 Apr 2014 | 12:37 pm
    By Stuart Littlewood Secret mafia-like cabals are systematically wrecking our planet to feed their greed. They do so with impunity and without regard to human misery. An enormous backlog of war criminals still strut the international stage while we seethe with impotent rage. Pushed into a corner like this, and denied normal ways and means of eradicating the evil that stalks our precious world, we begin to fantasize, to think the unthinkable, as I did six years ago when I wrote a tongue-in-cheek piece about the rising popularity of assassination as practised by the “great and good”. The…
  • CIA Is Quietly Ramping Up Aid To Syrian Rebels, Sources Say

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    24 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    The U.S. is providing more arms and training to the moderate rebels in Syria, under a growing secret program run by the CIA in Jordan. Sources tell NPR that secret program cou