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    Plum Line
    Paul Waldman
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:35 pm
    * Marc Fisher and Wesley Lowery put last night’s events in context: … what distinguishes Ferguson from the crowded historical catalogue of racially-motivated street violence is what has happened in recent weeks: The unseemly buildup to the announcement of the grand jury’s conclusion that no crime was committed in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael […]
  • Why congressional Republicans are losing the battle against themselves

    Plum Line
    Paul Waldman
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:17 am
    This is a complex and in some ways contradictory moment for congressional Republicans. They just won a significant victory by gaining control of the Senate and holding on to the House. The president they’ve opposed with such vigor is in the autumn of his term and has weak approval ratings. And yet much as this […]
  • Barack Obama, Ferguson, and racial wounds unhealed

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    Paul Waldman
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:55 am
    Seldom in Barack Obama’s presidency has he looked quite so impotent as he did last night, pleading from a podium in the White House for calm while the cable news split screens showed clouds of tear gas enveloping the streets of Ferguson, Missouri. He repeated the same themes as every time he has spoken about […]
  • Chuck Schumer says Democrats shouldn’t have bothered to reform health care

    Plum Line
    Paul Waldman
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:26 am
    Today, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), who among other things is in charge of messaging for the Senate’s Democrats, delivered a speech about the Democrats’ message at the National Press Club. His central theme was that Democrats must be the party that advocates for government’s role in making people’s lives better, a sentiment with which I […]
  • Republicans Bury 7th Benghazi Investigation Results Because It Debunks Their Arguments, Just Like the Other Six

    Sparking The Left
    Paul Phillips
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:32 pm
    One of the tried-and-true tactics that both political parties use to bury news they don’t really want getting to the public is the release of information late in the day before the weekend starts.  This catches the public when their attention on political matters is waning for the week and doesn’t allow for the information to be debated in the usual news cycle like it normally would.  Last Friday was no different when the House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, headed by Republicans, released its findings on the 7th investigation into the attacks on…
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    The Atlantic

  • How to Land an Airplane, If You're Blind

    James Fallows
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:51 pm
    I spent much of this afternoon flying a small airplane, with my wife Deb. The idea (after closing an article) was to get off the East Coast, toward our destinations in the west, before the latest winter storm immured people in the east for Thanksgiving. Our landing at Huntington airport, on the West Virginia - Kentucky - Ohio border was right at dusk, so I was grateful for the big, wide runway and the absence of any problematic wind. On the other hand, I can see pretty well ... which is why I noted this video about what it is like to land the same kind of airplane I've been flying, if you…
  • What's Next for the Democrats?

    Molly Ball
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:51 pm
    I was talking to Ted Strickland, the former governor of Ohio, when Nick Hanauer approached. "What did you call it again?" Strickland asked Hanauer, a Seattle-based tech zillionaire who has become a celebrity on the left for his advocacy of wealth redistribution. "Feckless corporate stooges," Hanauer said, enunciating each word with a broad grin. In his speech earlier in the day at a summit hosted by the Center for American Progress, the Washington-based liberal outfit where Strickland now works, that was how Hanauer had described the way voters perceive Democratic candidates. According to…
  • How Not to Make a PSA About Rape

    Adam Chandler
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Hungarian democracy has suffered a number of blows in recent years, including the erosion of media and religious freedoms and the rise of the fascist, anti-Semitic, homophobic Jobbik Party, while also producing more curious plans like a "fat tax" and the world's first "Internet tax." These developments have been accompanied by setbacks in the World Economic Forum's gender-equity ranking, which measures the quality of life for women around the world. In 2006, Hungary ranked 55 in the index. But earlier this year, the Central European country fell to 93. Sure, the number of ranked countries…
  • No Indictment

    Dashiell Bennett
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:29 pm
    After nearly three months of investigation and deliberation, a St. Louis County grand jury declined to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Demonstrators took the streets after the announcement was made on Monday evening. Read below for updates from throughout the night. All times Eastern November 25, 6:20 p.m. Obama: 'Nothing of Benefit Results From Destructive Acts' For a second consecutive night, President Obama sought to discourage protesters in Ferguson from resorting to violence as they respond to the grand jury's…
  • John Boehner Forges Ahead on the House Benghazi Probe

    Russell Berman
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:21 pm
    When the Republican-led House Intelligence Committee released, via a classic Friday evening news dump, the declassified final report of its bipartisan inquiry into the 2012 Benghazi terrorist attack, Speaker John Boehner's office was silent. The findings were surprising only for how much they appeared to vindicate the Obama administration on several hotly-debated questions about the before, during, and aftermath of September 11, 2012, when four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, were killed at U.S. facilities in Libya. There was no intelligence failure prior to the attacks,…
 
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    Daily Kos

  • Open thread for night owls. Johnson: What '60 Minutes' should have said about funding infrastructure

    25 Nov 2014 | 8:00 pm
    It's way past time to build a 21st Century infrastructure. Dave Johnson at the Campaign for America's Future writes Here’s What ’60 Minutes’ Should Have Reported About Infrastructure: “60 Minutes” ran a report Sunday, “Falling apart: America’s neglected infrastructure,” describing the seriousness and damage to the economy caused by our country’s crumbling infrastructure. […] How bad is the problem? The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) issues a regular “report card” on “the condition and performance of the nation’s infrastructure.” The 2013 grade is D+…
  • The mystery and controversy of 'Serial'

    25 Nov 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Who killed Hae Min Lee? On January 13, 1999, an 18-year-old girl named Hae Min Lee disappeared. She was last seen leaving Woodlawn High School in Baltimore County, Maryland. Less than a month later, Lee's body was discovered. She had been strangled to death, and her body buried in a public park. Through a confluence of events and the information provided by one particular witness, police came to believe Lee's ex-boyfriend, Adnan Syed, was responsible for the crime. At trial, Syed is convicted for Lee's murder and sentenced to life in prison. To this day, Syed maintains his innocence. Some…
  • Fox & Friends: What's been the toughest part of this for the guy who killed Michael Brown?

    25 Nov 2014 | 6:20 pm
    I'm convinced that the people of Fox & Friends spend every morning rededicating themselves to the fine art of making the news worse.
  • This is our normal

    25 Nov 2014 | 5:40 pm
    A white cop. A dead black teenager. The white cop fires multiple rounds. The dead black teenager was unarmed. This is our normal. It's often said that a prosecutor can get a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich if the prosecutor so desires. This prosecutor not only didn't desire to get an indictment, he clearly desired to get an exoneration. His press conference sounded like that from a defense attorney, which is what he effectively was. It was timed to maximize the potential for public backlash. The worst thing about the failure to indict was that it came as a surprise to no one. We take it…
  • Ferguson news and updates

    25 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Michael Brown Sr. stands silently at a press conference condemning the grand jury process that led to no charges being filed over the death of his son. Some brief evening updates on today's events in and around Ferguson, Missouri. Officer Darren Wilson released a letter to his supporters. I would like to thank you all for standing up for me during this stressful time. Your support and dedication is amazing and it is still hard to believe that all of these people that I have never met are doing so much for me. In his first interview since the shooting, Wilson says he has a "clean conscience"…
 
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    Drudge Report

  • 'Black Death' Spreads in Madagascar...

    25 Nov 2014 | 10:33 pm
    'Black Death' Spreads in Madagascar...(Third column, 14th story, link)
  • Grip Weakening...

    25 Nov 2014 | 10:33 pm
    Grip Weakening...(Second column, 16th story, link)Related stories:OPEC IN DISARRAY AS OIL PRICE TUMBLES...Saudi Arabia Stares Down Texas and North Dakota...
  • Block traffic on Interstate...

    25 Nov 2014 | 10:33 pm
    Block traffic on Interstate...(Top headline, 2nd story, link)Related stories:Ferguson protesters overturn barricades, swarm courthouse...OBAMA LECTURES AMERICA ABOUT JUSTIFIED ANGER...Stepfather changes his tune: 'BURN THIS BITCH DOWN'...MAG: In Defense of Rioting...Most Businesses Destroyed Minority Owned...POLICE SCANNER UPDATES...Body Found Shot to Death, Set Fire...PAPA JOHN'S Manager Defends Store From Looters -- With Bare Hands...2,200 TROOPS ON ALERT...Mayor: Delayed deployment 'deeply disturbing'...Legal scholars praise grand jury for fairness beyond the norm...Rioting as 'planned…
  • Army may station tanks in Eastern Europe...

    25 Nov 2014 | 10:33 pm
    Army may station tanks in Eastern Europe...(Second column, 8th story, link)
  • OBAMA LECTURES AMERICA ABOUT JUSTIFIED ANGER...

    25 Nov 2014 | 10:33 pm
    OBAMA LECTURES AMERICA ABOUT JUSTIFIED ANGER...(Top headline, 3rd story, link)Related stories:Ferguson protesters overturn barricades, swarm courthouse...Block traffic on Interstate...Stepfather changes his tune: 'BURN THIS BITCH DOWN'...MAG: In Defense of Rioting...Most Businesses Destroyed Minority Owned...POLICE SCANNER UPDATES...Body Found Shot to Death, Set Fire...PAPA JOHN'S Manager Defends Store From Looters -- With Bare Hands...2,200 TROOPS ON ALERT...Mayor: Delayed deployment 'deeply disturbing'...Legal scholars praise grand jury for fairness beyond the norm...Rioting as 'planned…
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    Drudge Retort

  • U.S. Drone Strikes: 41 Targets, 1,147 Killed

    sitzkrieg
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:33 pm
    A new analysis of the data available to the public about drone strikes, conducted by the human-rights group Reprieve, indicates that even when operators target specific individuals -- the most focused effort of what Barack Obama calls "targeted killing" -- they kill vastly more people than their targets, often needing to strike multiple times. Attempts to kill 41 men resulted in the deaths of an estimated 1,147 people, as of November 24.
  • Rand Paul Calls for Declaration of War

    reinheitsgebot
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:30 pm
    U.S. Senator Rand Paul, a possible Republican candidate for president in 2016, is calling for a formal declaration of war against Islamic State militants who control parts of Iraq and Syria, the New York Times reported on Monday. In an interview on Saturday, Paul said his proposal would limit the duration of military action to one year and significantly restrict the use of ground forces. His proposal differs from others circulating in Washington in that he wants to formally declare war against Islamic State, which Congress has not done since World War Two, the newspaper said.
  • Darren Wilson vs. the Big Black Supermonster

    rcade
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:44 pm
    Shawn King, Daily Kos: After a thorough examination of Darren Wilson's four-hour long open testimony before the grand jury, it's clear that he was well-prepared to paint the narrative of a cordial, helpless, respectable community servant who shockingly found himself up against the biggest, blackest, strongest, demonic super monster he's ever seen in his life. Below is an analysis and destruction of that racist narrative which has a deep history known as the big black buck or big black brute.
  • GOP Leaders Uniting Around Plan to Avoid Shutdown

    726
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:33 pm
    House Republican leaders are beginning to coalesce around a strategy to avoid a government shutdown in less than a month. The likely proposal would fund nearly the entire government through September 2015, but immigration enforcement related funding would be renewed on a short-term basis, according to several high-ranking GOP lawmakers and aides who described the plan as it stands now. The strategy is designed to keep the government open, while satisfying the base, which is livid with President Back Obama for issuing an executive order that ends deportations for millions of undocumented…
  • U.S. Economy Has Strong Momentum

    Corky
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:31 pm
    The economy in the second and third quarters posted its best back-to-back growth in 11 years, offering fresh evidence that the U.S. entered the final three months of the year with a good head of momentum. The government on Tuesday said gross domestic product rose at a 3.9% annual pace in the third quarter instead of 3.5%. Combined with a 4.6% gain in the second quarter, the U.S. has posted its best six-month stretch of growth since the middle of 2003.
 
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    Editor's Blog

  • Two More Down

    Josh Marshall
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:24 pm
    Flock of pigs flies over Mississippi as federal judge strikes down the state's gay marriage ban (Arkansas's too.)
  • GOP Floats New EBI Policy on Immigration

    Josh Marshall
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:42 am
    DC Republicans have arrived at their policy for blocking President Obama's immigration order - EBI - everything but impeachment.
  • "Demon"

    Josh Marshall
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:36 am
    Fraught and loaded with meaning, Darren Wilson told the St. Louis County grand jury that during his scuffle with Michael Brown, the 18 year old Brown looked "angry", like a "demon." Read More →
  • Obama To Speak Shortly

    David Kurtz
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:08 pm
    The President will address the grand jury decision in Ferguson. Watch.
  • Watch Ferguson Announcement Live

    David Kurtz
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:43 pm
    A press conference is scheduled for 9 p.m. ET to announce the grand jury decision in the shooting of Michael Brown. Watch.
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    Political Animal

  • Getting the News Out of Yemen

    25 Nov 2014 | 2:48 pm
    In the November/December issue of the Washington Monthly, Kelly McEvers has a review of Laura Kasinof's new book: Don’t Be Afraid of the Bullets: An Accidental War Correspondent in Yemen. McEvers was stationed in Saudi Arabia when the Arab Spring broke out, and Kasinof was a 25 year old stringer for the New York Times stationed in Yemen. The review looks back at the early, hopeful days of the Arab Spring and traces developments in Yemen as that hope dissipated, briefly revived, and ended in chaos. It also focuses on the diligence and bravery of a small handful or reporters, including…
  • Odds & Ends

    25 Nov 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Dr. Grist explains our problems in 36 tweets. It looks like we will not have our first female Secretary of Defense, as Michele Flournoy has taken herself out of the running for the post. The White House doesn't seem happy about a proposed tax-cut deal Harry Reid is making with the House Republicans. Will they veto it or just send out emails complaining about it? When a Christian home-schooler visits the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago the results are hilarious. Texas should go ahead and add the U.S. Constitution as a bona fide book in the Old Testament. But the question is: "Is our…
  • "The Most Intense, Aggressive Face I've Ever Seen" (i.e., Black)

    25 Nov 2014 | 11:16 am
    From Darren Wilson's testimony, after the altercation in the car was over and Michael Brown had started to run away, he says this: When he stopped, he turned, looked at me, made like a grunting noise and had the most intense, aggressive face I've ever seen on a person. The only way I can describe it, it looks like a demon. That's how angry he looked. According to Wilson's testimony, that's when he started shooting. It sounds an awful lot like South Carolina State Trooper Sean Groubert's initial testimony about why he started shooting at Levar Jones after pulling him over for a seat belt…
  • Chuck Schumer is Wrong About Health Care

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:50 am
    I frequently lose patience with Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York. Perhaps his comments wouldn't look so bad in their full context but he sounds like he values middle class voters more than the underclass and the medically uninsured: Democrats made a mistake by passing President Barack Obama’s health-care law in 2010 instead of focusing more directly on helping the middle class, third-ranking U.S. Senate Democrat Charles Schumer said today. “Unfortunately, Democrats blew the opportunity the American people gave them” in electing Obama and a Democratic Congress in 2008 amid a…
  • A Grave Injustice

    25 Nov 2014 | 5:23 am
    Rodney King died too young on June 17, 2012. He was beaten nearly to death by Los Angeles police officers on March 4, 1991. He lived over 21 years after his beating. Michael Brown did not survive his encounter with Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. Which outcome was more outrageous? Once the nation's eyes were trained on the LAPD, it wasn't long before we learned that it was an embarrassingly corrupt organization. The same has proven true for St. Louis County, which runs "a system that raises money for itself by deluging a largely-black population with fines and tickets for minor civic…
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    New Republic

  • Creating New Opportunities for African-American Entrepreneurs

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    All entrepreneurs—even the most successful—need help along the way. They need capital to fund their growth. They need operational experience and industry expertise to scale. And they need a peer network to call on. With the October launch of the Credit Suisse Entrepreneurs Circle, the bank will
  • Glimpses of a Ghetto-Free Future

    William H. Frey
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    One of the most intimate settings of American life is the neighborhood. Neighborhoods are where Americans socialize, shop, and attend school. They are where civic matters have the most impact—and where a place’s racial makeup can foster interactions with other groups, or not. For many Americans,
  • A Civil Rights Lawyer Explains Why Obama's Immigration Order Is an Even Bigger Deal Than It Seems

    Margo Schlanger
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:30 pm
    If you’ve read or heard anything about President Obama’s immigration orders last week, then you’ve probably heard that he’s giving millions of undocumented residents a three-year reprieve from deportation and legal working papers.You probably haven’t heard that he’s also rewriting the pr
  • This Is What Power Looks Like

    Rebecca Traister
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:00 pm
    November’s biggest stories have revealed not just what’s broken in this country, but also the complicated systems that obscure that damage. From Darren Wilson’s non-indictment in Ferguson, Missouri, to the horrific alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia to Bill C
  • St. Louis Prosecutor Bob McCulloch Abused the Grand Jury Process

    Noam Scheiber
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:10 pm
    On the left, there were basically two reactions to Monday’s announcement that Darren Wilson would not be indicted for killing Michael Brown. There were those who believed Wilson should have been indicted because it’s hard to see how the killing of an unarmed man by a cop doesn’t establish prob
 
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    MichelleMalkin.com

  • What Obama’s Ferguson sermon left out

    Michelle Malkin
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:44 pm
    What Obama’s Ferguson sermon left out by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2014 In his 967-word statement to the nation about the Ferguson grand jury decision on Tuesday night, President Obama devoted precisely one sentence to the risks and sacrifices police officers make to keep the peace. One. Obama delivered a tepid, obligatory acknowledgement that “our police officers put their lives on the line for us every single day.” But he sandwiched it between a finger-wagging admonition that cops need to “show care and restraint” and a pandering discourse justifying the…
  • Eric Holder: Remember, there’s still a federal investigation open about the Ferguson shooting

    Doug Powers
    **Written by Doug Powers After it was announced that a grand jury would not indict Darren Wilson, Attorney General Eric Holder went into placate mode: “While the grand jury proceeding in St. Louis County has concluded, the Justice Department’s investigation into the shooting of Michael Brown remains ongoing. Though we have shared information with local prosecutors during the course of our investigation, the federal inquiry has been independent of the local one from the start, and remains so now. Even at this mature stage of the investigation, we have avoided prejudging any of the…
  • Satire collides with satire: WaPo ‘fact checks’ SNL’s Obama/immigration bit

    Doug Powers
    **Written by Doug Powers I don’t remember a lot of WaPo “fact checks” of SNL skits about Bush or when Tina Fey said “I can see Russia from my house” which Dem supporters attributed to Sarah Palin without question, but mockery about Obama’s executive amnesty has for some reason caused a circling of the wagons: https://twitter.com/washingtonpost/status/536555529397886977 The paper that brought down Richard Nixon can once again hang its hat on a journalistic coup. **Written by Doug Powers Twitter @ThePowersThatBe
  • Hillary

    Doug Powers
    **Written by Doug Powers During President Obama’s announcement about his executive amnesty, he said it would be to the benefit of bed makers and fruit pickers. Hillary Clinton expanded that list Friday night: At a gala for the New York Historical Society, which honored Clinton with its “History Maker” award, the former secretary of state called Obama’s order “historic.” The move will spare over 4 million undocumented immigrants from deportation. If Republicans have a problem with it, she said, they should pass their own law, echoing a statement she released Thursday night.
  • Obama’s executive amnesty helps draw thousands of Lois Lerner’s emails out of the shadows

    Doug Powers
    **Written by Doug Powers By the time some of these 30,000 emails are run through the Insta-Redactor 5000, there might end up being just a few thousand remaining: Up to 30,000 missing emails sent by former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner have been recovered by the IRS inspector general, five months after they were deemed lost forever. The U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) informed congressional staffers from several committees on Friday that the emails were found among hundreds of “disaster recovery tapes” that were used to back up the IRS email…
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    TIME

  • President Obama Says There Is ‘No Excuse’ for Ferguson Violence

    Zeke J Miller
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:40 pm
    President Barack Obama condemned the violence in Ferguson, Mo., on Tuesday, after a night of protests in the area turned violent following the announcement that a grand jury chose not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in Michael Brown’s death. Speaking in Chicago before a scheduled speech on immigration reform, the President acknowledged that many Americans are upset by the decision but appealed for calm. “Burning buildings, torching cars, destroying property, putting people at risk, that’s destructive and there’s no excuse for it,” Obama said. “Those…
  • How Will Congress React to Ferguson Decision?

    Alex Rogers
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:05 am
    As the fires of unrest smolder in Ferguson, Mo., some members of Congress expressed their solidarity with the protesters of the Michael Brown grand jury verdict sparring police officer Darren Wilson from charges connected to the August 9 shooting. “I know this [is] hard,” tweeted Democratic Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, the civil rights hero, on Monday. “I know this is difficult. Do not succumb to the temptations of violence. There is a more powerful way.” “Only love can overcome hate,” he added. “Only nonviolence can overcome violence.” But the…
  • Why We Loved Marion Barry

    Sam Jacobs
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:03 am
    The twenty-third of November forever marks the death of a legend. Mayor for Life, Marion Barry was a prodigious politician, a once in a lifetime talent, and a man of the community who was eternally beloved by the people he served. It was here, the District of Columbia, where Marion decided to make his home, it is where his people are, it’s where he fought, and it is in this great city on a hill where his legacy will most fervently live on. The Washington Post once aptly wrote that “to know the District of Columbia is to know Marion Barry.” Mayor Barry’s narrative: his…
  • How to Argue About Immigration Over Thanksgiving

    Tessa Berenson
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:18 am
    Americans may be living in states, cities and even neighborhoods that are divided politically, but there’s one place where people of all political stripes meet: the Thanksgiving table. This year, that means it’s pretty likely that you’ll be debating President Obama’s recent recent executive actions on immigration with a relative who sees things very differently. But if you want to make the best case for your side, you’ll need to prepare. Below, we’ve put together a guide to how to argue about immigration while you wait for the turkey to cook. If you talk…
  • Morning Must Reads: November 25

    mileskohrman2014
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:29 am
    Ferguson Erupts as Cop Cleared A prosecutor’s announcement late Monday that a grand jury declined to indict Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson for fatally shooting unarmed black teenager Michael Brown sparked renewed violent protests in the St. Louis suburb throughout the night Understanding the Cosby Scandal Here’s a cheat sheet to understanding a scandal that mixes old allegations and new; 16 women have publicly accused the comedian of sexual assault Why Chuck Hagel Resigned The Defense Secretary is stepping down less than two years into the job, after his low-profile…
 
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    Politics News Headlines - Yahoo News

  • Today in History

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Today is Wednesday, Nov. 26, the 330th day of 2014. There are 35 days left in the year.
  • Republicans' next clash with Obama: Iran nuclear talks

    25 Nov 2014 | 8:37 pm
    The extension of international nuclear negotiations with Iran is likely to prompt a far-reaching showdown between the White House and US Republicans who seek to tighten economic screws against Tehran. With hawkish lawmakers eager to pass new sanctions through Congress to prod the Islamic republic into a lasting deal that prevents Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, experts warned that attempts to impose economic penalties could rip apart the delicate negotiation process. Iran and world powers agreed to extend terms of an interim deal -- which include limited sanctions relief -- for another…
  • Tough to make a case against police in shootings

    25 Nov 2014 | 8:29 pm
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict a policeman for the killing of Michael Brown illustrates the difficulty of bringing criminal charges against officers in fatal shootings and points to the likelihood of a similar outcome for a federal civil rights probe of the case.
  • US National Guard deployed as Ferguson protests

    25 Nov 2014 | 7:27 pm
    More than 2,000 soldiers deployed in the US town of Ferguson, on a second night of protest after a grand jury chose not to charge a white policeman who shot dead an unarmed black teen. After a night of racially-charged unrest following Monday's decision, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon said the National Guard force in the Ferguson area would be tripled to halt the looting and arson.
  • AP sources: EPA to propose stricter smog standard

    25 Nov 2014 | 6:40 pm
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Coming full circle on a campaign promise, the Obama administration will propose Wednesday to reduce the amount of smog-forming pollution allowed in the air, which has been linked to asthma, lung damage and other health problems.
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    Political Irony

  • Why the 2014 Midterms Were Bad News for Republicans

    Iron Knee
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:30 pm
    Wait a minute, didn’t the Republicans just sweep the midterm elections in their largest wave in modern history? Didn’t they increase their majority in the House and take over the Senate? Isn’t the GOP now boasting that the American people repudiated the entire Democratic agenda? Isn’t Obama so unpopular that even Democratic candidates were distancing themselves from him and his achievements? Maybe so, but none of that matters. In reality, the midterm elections were very bad news for the GOP. Let’s look at the facts, starting with why this election doesn’t…
  • Late Night Political Humor

    Iron Knee
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:15 pm
    “The heroic New York doctor who caught Ebola has been declared Ebola free. President Obama called the doctor to thank him for his selflessness and compassion. Then to be safe, Obama threw his phone in a trash can and lit it on fire.” – Jimmy Fallon “Once you’re president, you can’t go anywhere without causing trouble. President Obama shows up in China, he’s chewing gum, they go crazy. A big stink because the president’s chewing gum. And you think, the Chinese are so easygoing about human rights. What’s the problem?” – David Letterman…
  • Long Live Benghazi!

    Iron Knee
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:52 pm
    The GOP-led investigation by the House Intelligence Committee took two years to study the attack on the US embassy in Benghazi. It was not the first Congressional investigation to look into it (in fact, it was the seventh), but Republicans promised that it would be the authoritative one. Well, like all the investigations before it, this one found no wrongdoing and no cover-up. In other words, there is no there there. But of course, that will not stop the investigations. South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham has already condemned the report from his own political party, calling it “full…
  • Toothless Dog

    Iron Knee
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:14 am
    The list of crimes committed by large banks is long: money laundering for terrorists and drug cartels, manipulation of interest rates to defraud investors, rigging commodities markets to raise the prices you pay, mortgage fraud (including breaking state and federal laws when kicking people out of their homes and foreclosing on them), and manipulating municipal debt markets. And these are just the ones we know about. Yet no bankers have actually gone to jail for these crimes. No wonder people believe the system is rigged — it is! So it comes as little surprise when during testimony in…
  • Late Night Political Humor

    Iron Knee
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:58 pm
    “President Obama is in China now for an economic summit in Beijing. The president wore a traditional purple silk shirt along with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin. That’s after they taught Putin how to put a shirt ON.” – Jimmy Fallon “President Obama is in China. Also in China is evil Russian dictator Vladimir Putin. They’re both in China at the same time. It’s like running into your ex-girlfriend on vacation.” – David Letterman “It is Veterans Day, when we honor everyone who served in all of the campaigns. We honor them with…
 
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    Politics - The Huffington Post

  • Festivus Could Be A Holiday For Washington Workers Under New Law

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:26 pm
    A Washington state law designed to give public employees unpaid time off for religious reasons is so ambiguous that it could be used to take a day off next month to celebrate Festivus, according to Seattle's KING 5 News. Festivus is the Dec. 23 holiday from a 1997 "Seinfeld" episode centered around a pole and a ceremony known as the airing of grievances. In Washington, Christmas is already a state holiday. The new law was created to give people of other faiths a chance for their own holiday time -- but since it doesn't define religion, there's no way to stop workers from using it to celebrate…
  • 12 Things White People Can Actually Do After the Ferguson Decision

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:21 pm
    By Joseph Osmundson and David J. Leonard In the wake of the decision in Ferguson, and the killing of Tamir Rice in Cleveland, Ohio and Akai Gurley in New York, righteous anger is boiling over on the streets, on social media and within our everyday lives. So many of us feel so powerless, unable to affect substantive change, unable to do anything other than hurt. Powerless does not mean there isn't work to be done. It is silence, inactivity, complacency and disconnect that are the enemies of justice, not rage. White people of good conscious, too, want to act in solidarity in the fight for…
  • Powerful Photos Show The Nationwide Response To Michael Brown Won't End Any Time Soon

    25 Nov 2014 | 8:52 pm
    On the night after an announcement of a St. Louis County grand jury decision to not indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for the killing of Michael Brown, protesters around the U.S. continued to assemble and raise their voices as they demanded justice for Brown's death on Tuesday evening. In New York City, groups swarmed major streets and bridges, including the Lincoln Tunnel, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Drive, Manhattan Bridge and Brooklyn Bridge. A march paused on Wall Street to observe a moment of silence, then sang "We Shall Overcome." After a crowd refused orders to disperse…
  • How Robert McCulloch Indicted Himself

    25 Nov 2014 | 8:46 pm
    Each and every minute felt like an hour. The first bulletin on Monday that the Ferguson grand jury had reached its decision -- and that it would be announced that night -- came around lunch time. All through the day, news anchors jumped back on CNN after every commercial break to declare breathlessly that word on the fate of Officer Darren Wilson was "just moments away!" As gray November skies turned a metallic black, Gov. Jay Nixon held a news conference to do nothing but voice his desire that reaction to this grand jury decision -- not knowing what it would be, of course -- would be…
  • Please Stop Telling Me That All Lives Matter

    25 Nov 2014 | 8:43 pm
    When I say "Black lives matter," it is because this nation has a tendency to say otherwise. Racial discrimination does affect all minorities but police brutality, at such excessive rates, does not. A black person is killed extrajudicially every 28 hrs, and Black men between ages 19 and 25 are the group most at risk to be gunned down by police. Based on data from the Center on Juvenile and Criminal Justice, young Blacks are 4.5 times more likely to be killed by police than any other age or racial group. African-Americans have comprised 26 percent of police shootings though we only makeup 13…
 
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    Media Matters for America - Latest Items

  • NRA's Ted Nugent Goes On Racially Charged Ferguson Rant Targeting "Black Klansmen"

    25 Nov 2014 | 7:09 am
    National Rifle Association board member Ted Nugent reacted to the decision of a Missouri grand jury to not indict police officer Darren Wilson by attacking "black klansmen" and claiming "millions" of African-Americans "slaughter" each other "every day." The grand jury was considering whether Wilson should be charged with a crime over his fatal shooting of unarmed teenager Michael Brown on August 9 in Ferguson, Missouri. In a November 24 post on Facebook, Nugent, who is a columnist for several conservative websites, offered "lessons from Ferguson," writing, "Don't let your kids growup to be…
  • Mike Huckabee's Latest Fox Appearances Confirm He Needs To Go

    25 Nov 2014 | 6:44 am
    After the Washington Post reported on the numerous steps Mike Huckabee is taking towards mounting a presidential run, Fox News announced that it was "evaluating his current status" as a contributor and planning to meet with him when he returned from an overseas trip. But Huckabee has returned from the trip and is back on-air at the network, hosting GOP megadonor Sheldon Adelson's lobbyist to promote Adelson's "top" issue. While Huckabee continues to use Fox News to bolster his political ambitions, the network has not offered a public update on his…
  • Mark Levin: Officer Darren Wilson "Is Owed An Apology" After Grand Jury Decision In Michael Brown Case

    25 Nov 2014 | 5:19 am
    From the November 25 edition of Premiere Radio Networks' The Mark Levin Show:Previously: Mark Levin Says Eric Holder Is Guilty Of "Hate Crimes, If You Will," In Ferguson, MO
  • Fox Panel Lashes Out At GOP-Led Benghazi Report

    25 Nov 2014 | 5:04 am
    From the November 25 edition of Fox News' Special Report:Previously:  Fox Hosts Refuse To Accept Findings Of GOP Report Debunking Right-Wing Media's Benghazi Hoax Fox Clings To Benghazi "Stand Down" Hoax After GOP Report Finds No Such Order Was Given GOP-Led Report Debunks Right-Wing Media's Benghazi Hoax Memo To The Media: GOP Intel Committee Report Is Just The Latest To Debunk Right-Wing Benghazi Myths
  • Memo To The Media: GOP Intel Committee Report Is Just The Latest To Debunk Right-Wing Benghazi Myths

    25 Nov 2014 | 3:51 am
    On November 21, the Republican-led House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence released the findings of its investigation into the September 2012 attacks on two U.S. facilities in Benghazi, Libya, debunking many right-wing media myths about the attacks. Despite the fact that this is just the latest of several reports that clear Obama administration officials of any wrongdoing, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) reappointed Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) to lead a special committee in furtherance of the right-wing Benghazi hoax.House Committee On Intelligence Report Debunks Right-Wing Media's…
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    The Women's International Perspective

  • The Brutal Triple Murder Behind the International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women

    Kirstin Kelley
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:36 pm
    by Charlotte Alter, Time, USA – The International Day for the Elimination of Violence Against Women isn’t just a single day — it’s the beginning of 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, which culminates on Human Rights Day on Dec. 10. The days are meant to “symbolically link violence against women with human rights, and to emphasize that such violence is the worst form of violation of women’s human rights,” explains Lakshmi Puri, Assistant Secretary-General of the U.N. and Deputy Executive Director of U.N. Women. “Violence against women is one of the most…
  • Nine Ways to a Food Waste-Free Thanksgiving

    daniellenierenberg
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:50 am
    Between Thanksgiving and the New Year, the United States will waste about five million tons of food. In one year, Americans alone waste about 34 million tons. That’s a lot of turkey, pie, and Christmas cookies ending up in the trash—instead of in our stomachs. Thanksgiving is a good time to remember to be grateful for farmers, farm laborers, cooks, and food service workers. Unfortunately, while we are giving thanks for the harvest, we are also wasting massive amounts of food. According to author and food waste expert Jonathan Bloom, food waste is not just a moral issue, but also an…
  • Iran Reaps Less Cash From Eased Sanctions Than Predicted

    Katharine Daniels
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:37 am
    by Indira A.R. Lakshmanan, BusinessWeek, USA – With world powers unable so far to win Iran’s agreement to curb its nuclear program, members of both parties in the new Republican-led U.S. Congress will push in January for more economic sanctions on the Islamic Republic. As the nuclear negotiations continue for an additional seven months, Iran has been promised that it will continue to enjoy limited relief from the existing U.S. sanctions in exchange for continuing to curtail its nuclear efforts under an interim accord signed a year ago yesterday. Read More »
  • ‘Scores dead’ in air strikes on Syria’s Raqaa

    AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:57 am
    Government raids on ISIL-held northern city have mainly killed civilians, with hundreds more injured, activists say.
  • Pakistan confident of resisting Islamic State threat

    Channel NewsAsia Asia Pacific News
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:32 am
    After capturing large swathes of Iraq and Syria, Islamic State (IS) has set its sight on other countries, but military officials say Pakistan has no reason to fear.
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    This Week in Blackness | #TWIBnation

  • #TWIBprime #610 | No Indictment #Ferguson

    aaron rand freeman
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:14 pm
    Remember The Day. #TeamBlackness discussed the decision to not indict Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Wilson. Featuring: Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman Shane Paul Neil @shanepaulneil Imani Gandy @angryblacklady Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon - Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! Want more @TWIBprime:  SUBSCRIBE: iTunes |Stitcher| RSS Feed FOLLOW: Facebook |Twitter|[DONATE]
  • Darren Wilson Not Indicted for the Death of Michael Brown

    Shane Paul Neil
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:28 pm
    A  Missouri grand jury has decided not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown. The decision, though controversial, is not a surprise for those who have been paying close attention to the case since Brown was first shot on August 9. Officer Wilson, 28, shot and killed Brown in the midst of an arrest/altercation. The details of the incident have been hotly debated on the news and social media for nearly four months and have become a focal point in the ongoing debate over race and police brutality in America. Ferguson Police Chief Tom Jackson has already stated that…
  • Grand Jury Indictment Live Broadcast | #TWIBnation

    Elon James White
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:18 pm
    LIVE BROADCAST STARTING AT 8:45pm EST. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER/LOGIN
  • Indictment Decision To Be Announced #Ferguson

    Emily Epstein White
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Both protest leaders and news organizations are stating that the indictment decision has been made concerning the murder of Michael Brown by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson: Announcement tonight. Keep Ferguson and STL lifted please. — BrownBlaze (@brownblaze) November 24, 2014 According to CBS St. Louis affiliate KMOX, a press conference has allegedly been set for 3:30 PST/5:30 CST/6:30 pm EST today with Missouri Governor Jay Nixon: got word of a potential press conference by Gov Nixon today at 5:30. — ShordeeDooWhop (@Nettaaaaaaaa) November 24, 2014 There has been word that…
  • #TWIBprime #608 | People Are Horrible Vol. 17

    aaron rand freeman
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:22 pm
    Awful. #TeamBlackness discusses Don Lemon … again, a fire chief refuses to help Black family in a traffic accident, and Tanzania evicting 40,000 people from homeland to make room for Dubai royal family. Featuring: Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman Shane Paul Neil @shanepaulneil Imani Gandy @angryblacklady Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon - Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! Want more @TWIBprime:  SUBSCRIBE: iTunes |Stitcher| RSS Feed FOLLOW: Facebook |Twitter|[DONATE]
 
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    Wonkette

  • Forget GoKickStartMe, Here Is All Millennials Need To Make Dreams Come True

    Kaili Joy Gray
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:30 pm
    If you’re a struggling “creative” type who thinks a little charity from the interwebs is all you need to achieve success, think again. All you really need is the proper motivation. And now there’s a new tool to do just that: WorkHarder is the world’s largest non-funding online platform for creative projects. Here’s how it works. You post your creative project on WorkHarder. Our site links to Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to find people in your social network who think your idea sucks. Through WorkHarder’s innovative public shaming tools, the honest, unfiltered…
  • Don’t Let Obama Give State Of The Union Speech, For The Constitution

    Doktor Zoom
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:05 pm
    As a lovely holiday gift for the president (not a Christmas gift; he doesn’t get one), the geniuses at Dead Breitbart’s Home For Creative Assholery have floated a doozy of an idea — though only time will tell whether it’s a floater or a sinker. Joel Pollak has this modest proposal: Maybe Congress could express its displeasure at the president’s Illegal Unconstitutional Power Grab What Is Illegal And Unconstitutional by simply not inviting the Kenyan Usurper to sully its honorable halls with his presence for the State of the Union address next year. Genius! And…
  • Let’s Put Some Food On People

    Mojopo
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:30 pm
    We at your Recipe Hub are monsters who like to play in butter all day, but the payout is being able to share our meals. Few things make me happier than putting food inside of people, especially because they are hungry and even more so because they need it. With that in mind, and with Thanksgiving around the corner, Yr Wonkette wants to share some important information about food banks. Politicians have tried very hard to eliminate poverty in the US by decreasing benefits or threatening to starve people (or hey – tell them to go fishing). Fixing a problem by making it worse is like…
  • Judicial Nice Time: Man Wrongly Convicted Of 1978 Murder Exonerated, Finally

    Doktor Zoom
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:44 am
    Photo by Anne Cusack / Los Angeles Times Here’s a nice change: A story of what happens when the court system gets it right — belatedly, yes, but on a day like this, we’re about one post away from just saying screw it and posting adorable kitten videos all day, so we’ll take what we can get. In Los Angeles, Michael Hanline, 68, was released from prison Monday after being exonerated of a 1978 murder. California’s longest known wrongful imprisonment came to an end when Hanline was freed on the basis of DNA evidence and re-examination of flawed testimony in his 1980…
  • Will Fox News Accuse Ferguson Of Doing War On Christmas?

    Doktor Zoom
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:04 am
    Just a quick question for Todd Starnes and Bill O’Reilly: Would this photo be better or worse if the sign said “Merry Christmas”? Our guess: If Fox News does mention this sign, one of the resident Professionally Oppressed Christians will argue that perhaps Ferguson brought some of the misery on itself. If only they’d reminded the young hotheads — the rioters, of course, not the dudes firing tear gas willy nilly — that Jesus is the Reason for the Season, they’d have calmed down and gone home. We can almost guarantee we will see someone claim that in…
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    Hot Air

  • Quotes of the day

    Allahpundit
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:41 pm
    Blame. I drew my firearm, I pointed at him… “stop I’m going to shoot you” is what I ordered him to get on the ground. He said, “You’re too much of a fuckin’ pussy to shoot me” and grabbed my gun. When he grabbed my gun, he twisted it, pointed at me and into my hip, […] Read this post »
  • Who will crowdsource the Lois Lerner e-mails?

    Jazz Shaw
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:01 pm
    crickets When we first talked about the “discovery” of tens of thousands of Lois Lerner e-mails stored on backup tapes, I asked who was going to be doing the scud work of digging through them all. I also suggested that it might better to shop the job out to some bloggers who could make the time […] Read this post »
  • The ultimate troll: Peter King advises Obama to invite Darren Wilson to the White House

    Noah Rothman
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:21 pm
    Only fair. The press will dismiss this as just an attempt to provoke the administration, and it is that. But Rep. Peter King’s (R-NY)… suggestion… that President Barack Obama invite the freshly exonerated Officer Darren Wilson to the White House is not without merit. “I think it would be very helpful if President Obama went and met […] Read this post »
  • Kerry to Russians: Just ignore Obama

    Jazz Shaw
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:41 pm
    “Just ignore Obama’s statements.” The President has a lot of Rodney Dangerfield days as the lame duck session grinds on, and I’m sure he feels that he just can’t get any respect. But he was probably expecting better from his own Secretary of State. Well… at least a little better than this. Though it went entirely unnoticed in the […] Read this post »
  • Video: “Jurassic World” trailer

    Allahpundit
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Franchise. A little something to cleanse the palate as America waits to see whether it’ll be another long night in Ferguson. I’m tempted to make fun of you guys, as I usually do in these movie-trailer posts, for getting excited over yet another serving of the same ol’ dinosaur/superhero/hobbit crap. But I gave up my highbrow […] View the video »
 
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    Real PolitixReal Politix

  • Crucial Advice For Anyone Investing In The Stock Market

    Randy
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:03 pm
    TIP! Check a broker’s reputation before using them to invest. When you spend time doing the necessary background checks, you reduce the risk of becoming a victim of investment fraud. Stock market investing is one of the most popular ways to make money. That being said, you won’t be successful unless you have the correct knowledge. This article will give you some great advice so you can earn a solid profit from your investments. TIP! Utilize an intelligent, long-term plan to help you make as much money as you possibly can from the stock market. You are likely to achieve even…
  • Work From Home Can Be Successful And Fun

    Randy
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:21 pm
    TIP! If you need to have the Internet to run your business, know that you can get tax deductions. Keep in mind that the percentage that you deduct from your bottom line can only be what is used exclusively for your business and not for other uses. Running a home business enterprise is a wonderful way to spend more time at home. In order to make profits, you have to keep up your business. Many people are not successful at this. So, what must you do so that you have a successful work from home business that makes money? That is what this article is all about. Read these tips to making a work…
  • Looking At Purchasing Real Estate? Check Out These Tips!

    Randy
    22 Nov 2014 | 1:36 am
    TIP! When negotiating with real estate purchases, always use a moderate approach. Many times people are too aggressive because they are trying to get the best price, and they end up losing out entirely. It is easy to be overwhelmed by all of the regulations, financing options, and other details associated with real estate investing. Discovering the various insights and ideas for a winning journey are important before you start looking for a home. TIP! If you are with kids or are planning on having kids, you need a home that has a lot of space. Your new home should be equipped for safety;…
  • Nervous About Insurance Then Try These Tips And Relax

    Randy
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:33 pm
    TIP! Make sure you get current quotes before choosing or renewing your policy. A variety of factors go into determining your premiums, and different companies consider a different mix of factors. Insurance helps cover you financially in times of tragedy, illness, or in the event of an accident. Many types of insurance exist that can help protect you in different ways. You can have insurance for your life, home, vehicle, and even your beloved pets. Insurance is essential when an accident occurs. It will help pay for unexpected costs associated with accidents. The following article will offer…
  • Wise Investment Strategy Tips For A Newbies And Experienced Investors

    Randy
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:50 pm
    TIP! If you invest using the stock market, it is a good idea to keep it simple. Try to streamline your investing decisions such as prognosticating, trading and reviewing new information as much as you can so that you minimize risks. Delving into the stock market can be an alluring opportunity. Depending on your investment goals, there are a wide variety of strategies that you can employ. It doesn’t matter what you choose to invest in, knowing as much as possible beforehand will give you a great advantage. The following are a few investing ideas able to help you do precisely that. TIP!
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    FamousDC

  • SNL Open: Obama Shoves Schoolhouse Rock Bill Down Capitol Steps

    fdc
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:47 am
    The post SNL Open: Obama Shoves Schoolhouse Rock Bill Down Capitol Steps appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Famous Friday [Round Up]

    fdc
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:33 pm
    #NATIONAL #ThanksMichelleObama; Interstellar led to a real scientific discovery; we’re not #SayingThanks, Facebook; the Onion writers are increasingly brilliant characterizing Joe Biden; we will call anyone Ebola Nurse if we want to because this is America; Uber this week; more celebrities reading mean Tweets; Russia is creepin on your webcam; Amazon planning to take over […]The post Famous Friday [Round Up] appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Closing Bell: Jayson Werth Gnome Built with $3,800 of Canned Seafood

    fdc
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:46 pm
    Exactly what the title says. h/t DCistThe post Closing Bell: Jayson Werth Gnome Built with $3,800 of Canned Seafood appeared first on FamousDC.
  • David M. Drucker Nails It

    fdc
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:41 am
    Obama to announce #immigration action in Vegas so as to make easier for everyone to write "doubles down" in their stories. — David M. Drucker (@DavidMDrucker) November 19, 2014   Burn.The post David M. Drucker Nails It appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Tom Manatos Popping Up in Inboxes and Your News Feed

    fdc
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:36 am
    You probably know Internet Association Government Affairs Director and job lobbyist extraordinaire Tom Manatos because his name probably pops up daily among your emails. Now you get to see him in a different light: written up in the Washington Post Style Section this week. “My public service bug gets filled by this. I love it,” […]The post Tom Manatos Popping Up in Inboxes and Your News Feed appeared first on FamousDC.
 
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    Business and finance

  • How strong is it?

    25 Nov 2014 | 12:47 pm
    ACCORDING to new data released today, America's economy grew at a 3.9% annual pace in the third quarter of this year. That was an upward revision from the advance estimate, of 3.5%. It came on the heels of a second quarter in which real output expanded at a 4.6% rate. Indeed, in four of the last five quarters GDP has increased by 3.5% or more (and by 4.5% or more in two of the last five quarters). The American economy hasn't strung together five quarters like that since the late 1990s. Neither is that the only encouraging indicator. Over the last year employment has grown at the fastest…
  • Meetings in Mogadishu

    25 Nov 2014 | 6:48 am
    AROUND the world certain cities have sadly become synonymous with war, brutality and lawlessness. For the business traveller, particularly the Western business traveller, Baghdad surely ranks among the most feared of assignments. Tripoli looks to be going that way soon. Beirut, long considered a byword for chaos, has in recent times rehabilitated its image. But of all the godforsaken places on the planet, Mogadishu, the damned capital of Somalia, evokes uniquely and impenetrably negative connotations. So it was with some trepidation that Gulliver set foot on the tarmac of Mogadishu's Aden…
  • Going native

    25 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    Even James Joyce now shops at LidlSHOPPERS all over Europe are gearing up for "Black Friday", a pre-Christmas sales peak, due this week. Supermarkets are hoping it will mean bumper sales for them in the run up to Christmas. Although this shopping phenomenon originates in America, it is quickly taking hold in Europe too. Tesco of Britain and Carrefour of France are launching pre-Christmas offers this week, as are the European operations of Amazon, an American online retailer. However, after a dreadful year for mainstream supermarkets in Europe, discounters such as Aldi and Lidl are…
  • Harmless or harmful?

    24 Nov 2014 | 4:13 pm
    DOVEISH action and words from central banks in China and Europe, Russia's economy and more trouble for Google in Europe
  • The worst American airports for winter flying

    24 Nov 2014 | 9:04 am
    WINTER weather wreaks all sorts of havoc on business travellers. But perhaps the worst consequence of snowshowers, hailstorms and outright blizzards are the flight delays. The best way to avoid these is to steer clear of airports that are especially prone to winter problems. Sometimes, of course, you have to use a particular airport because it's your destination. But if you're picking between a handful of airports to transfer through, the travel website Hopper has you covered.Hopper combined its own flight popularity data with 2013 Bureau of Transportation Statistics to show which American…
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    Democracy Now!

  • Riot as the Language of the Unheard: Ferguson Protests Set to Continue In Fight For Racial Justice

    25 Nov 2014 | 5:43 am
    "It is not enough for me to stand before you tonight and condemn riots. It would be morally irresponsible for me to do that without, at the same time, condemning the contingent, intolerable conditions that exist in our society. These conditions are the things that cause individuals to feel that they have no other alternative than to engage in violent rebellions to get attention. And I must say tonight that a riot is the language of the unheard." Those were the words of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in March 1968, weeks before he was assassinated. Today parts of Ferguson are still…
  • "It is Officially Open Season on Black Folks": Legal Expert Decries Handling of Wilson Grand Jury

    25 Nov 2014 | 5:33 am
    On Monday St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch announced the grand jury had found "that no probable cause exists" to charge Officer Darren Wilson with any crime in the death of Michael Brown. The jury deliberated for three months and heard dozens of hours of testimony, including from Wilson himself. But did they hear the full story? McCulloch himself had faced public scrutiny throughout the grand jury investigation, with calls for him to resign over allegations of a pro-police bias and questions raised about an unusual grand jury process that resembled a trial. We speak to…
  • Black Lives Matter: Ferguson Erupts After Grand Jury Clears Officer in Michael Brown Killing

    25 Nov 2014 | 5:11 am
    A grand jury in St. Louis, Missouri has chosen not to indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson for the fatal shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American teenager. The decision follows three months of deliberation by the jury of nine whites and three blacks, including four hours of testimony from Wilson himself. The grand jury decision set off outrage in Ferguson and communities across the country who see Brown’s killing as part of a wide-scale pattern of police mistreatment of people of color. In a statement, the Brown family said: "We are profoundly disappointed…
  • Headlines for November 25, 2014

    25 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Ferguson Erupts After Grand Jury Decides Not to Indict Darren WilsonSecretary of Defense Chuck Hagel Forced to ResignReport: U.S. Drone Strikes Kill 28 Unnamed People for Every 1 TargetIran Nuclear Talks Extended for 7 MonthsHong Kong Authorities Arrest 30, Clear Protest SiteMexico: 11 Held in Maximum Security Prisons After ProtestMarissa Alexander Takes Plea Deal in Warning Shot CaseBritish Journalists Sue London Police over SpyingMore Bill Cosby Events Cancelled amid Growing Rape ScandalUniversity of California Students Stage Walkouts, Occupations over Tuition HikeObama Awards Medal of…
  • Longest-Serving U.S. Prisoner in Solitary Ordered Free Again, But State Obstruction Bars His Release

    24 Nov 2014 | 5:46 am
    A federal appeals court has upheld a lower court ruling ordering Louisiana to release Albert Woodfox, a former Black Panther who has spent more than 40 years in solitary confinement, longer than any prisoner in the United States. Woodfox and the late Herman Wallace, another prisoner of the "Angola 3," were convicted of murdering a guard at Angola Prison. The Angola 3 and their supporters say they were framed for their political activism. A federal judge ruled last year that Woodfox should be set free on the basis of racial discrimination in his retrial. It was the third time…
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    NYT: The Caucus

  • First Draft Focus: Chicago Greeting

    Jabin Botsford
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Gov. Pat Quinn of Illinois, center, greets President Obama, with Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago, left, at O'Hare International Airport on Tuesday. Mr. Obama was in Chicago to meet with community leaders to discuss immigration reform.
  • Fight Brews in Congress Over Spending Bill

    Ashley Parker
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Party leaders in the House spar over the Cromnibus, a combination of the omnibus spending bill and a short-term stop-gap spending measure.
  • Justices Take a Major Environmental Case

    First Draft
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:59 am
    Industry groups, energy companies and 20 states are challenging the E.P.A.'s interpretation of the law and whether the costs of adhering to regulations should be taken into account.
  • A Missed Chance for Tax Revenue: Congressional Parking

    Andrew Siddons
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:11 am
    Congress keeps one perk: free parking.
  • Schumer Calls Passing Health Act in 2010 a Political Mistake

    Jeremy W. Peters
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:55 am
    Senator Charles E. Schumer said Tuesday that it was a political mistake to pass the Affordable Care Act in 2010 because voters at the time were looking for relief from the recession -- not universal health care.
 
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    Outside the Beltway

  • Top Senate Democrat: Democrats Should Not Have Focused On Obamacare in 2009, 2010

    Doug Mataconis
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:54 pm
    The Number Three Democrat in the Senate says that his party made a mistake five years ago when it turned its attention away from taking steps to continue stimulating the economy and toward the still-controversial Affordable Care Act: Sen. Charles E. Schumer (N.Y.), the Senate’s third-ranking Democrat, slammed his party Tuesday for pursuing health-care reform in 2009 and 2010, arguing that Democrats hurt themselves politically by not focusing instead on policies aimed at helping a “broader swath” of middle-class Americans. “After passing the stimulus, Democrats should…
  • Photos of the Border

    Steven L. Taylor
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:15 am
    I can’t recall if I have posted this link before or not (so apologies if this is a rerun) but it is worth  look (if anything there are some stunning photos).  Via The Atlantic: On the Border.
  • Regardless Of The Grand Jury Decision, Ferguson Raises Issues Americans Need To Address

    Doug Mataconis
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:44 am
    In the moments after the announcements regarding the decision of the Ferguson Grand Jury’s decision last night, President Obama spoke in the White House Press Room regarding the decision, the need for calm, and the need for the nation to recognize the underlying issues behind the protests that the Michael Brown shooting itself. Unfortunately, and due in no small part to the media itself, his words mostly fell on deaf ears even among people that would seem to be inclined to support him: Washington (CNN) — President Barack Obama called for calm Monday night, moments after a Missouri…
  • Speaking of Visa Over-stayers

    Steven L. Taylor
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:47 am
    Check out the top three:  Undocumented before they were celebrities.
  • Six Observations on Immigration Reform

    Steven L. Taylor
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:33 am
    None of this is new, but every time I read or hear a discussion on immigration reform, I feel the need to point these things out: 1.  This is a Permanent Issue.  No immigration policy will solve the problem once and for all.  I read people make assertions about enforcing the law or border security in particular (but also form proponents of reform) who speak as if there is a way to end the issue of undocumented persons being in the country or that it is possible to find a means by which to stop all illegal entries.  This is nonsense. The goal shouldn’t be solving the…
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    Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines

  • Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson Does Post-Grand Jury Press

    editor@truthdig.com
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:09 pm
    As for why Wilson pursued and fired at Brown when the unarmed teenager was running away, he said, “My job isn’t to just sit and wait.”   Related Entries November 25, 2014 Not Every Ferguson Protest Is Violent November 24, 2014 Still No Justice for Michael Brown
  • Not Every Ferguson Protest Is Violent

    editor@truthdig.com
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Protesters across the country are demonstrating in solidarity with marchers in Ferguson, Mo., where a riot broke out Monday night. After a St. Louis County grand jury decided not to indict a white police officer in the shooting death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, protesters clashed with police officers in the St. Louis suburb. Tear gas filled the air, fires broke out at a dozen locations, and there were reports of looting and nonviolent protesters caught between police and mayhem. Elsewhere in the country, the demonstrations were mostly nonviolent. As The Guardian reports, Los…
  • A Soldier Among Chickenhawks

    editor@truthdig.com
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:34 pm
    By William Pfaff Chuck Hagel’s departure from his post as defense secretary has been attributed to his failure to fit in with the Obama cabinet’s crowd. Among his other reported deficiencies was that he was only a sergeant in Vietnam, twice wounded. Related Entries November 25, 2014 Does Hagel’s Departure Pave the Way for Combat Troops to Iraq? November 24, 2014 Obama Exposes Republican Malfunction
  • Why North Dakota’s Oil Boom Threatens Towns and Cities Nationwide

    editor@truthdig.com
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:52 pm
    By Isaiah Thompson, ProPublica Using rail networks to transport crude has saved the oil and gas industry time and capital, but the trade-off is greater risk. Related Entries November 22, 2014 The Best of November’s Green Energy Good News Stories November 21, 2014 The Pipeline
  • Does Hagel’s Departure Pave the Way for Combat Troops to Iraq?

    editor@truthdig.com
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:24 pm
    By Eugene Robinson It’s a surprise to see President Obama actually fire someone. But I have to worry that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s forced departure may signal further expansion of U.S. military involvement in Iraq and Syria. Related Entries November 25, 2014 A Soldier Among Chickenhawks November 24, 2014 Obama Exposes Republican Malfunction
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    ThinkProgress

  • Federal Judge Overturns Mississippi’s Ban On Same-Sex Marriage

    Zack Ford
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:43 pm
    CREDIT: Shutterstock/David P. Smith Mere hours after a federal judge overturned Arkansas’ ban on same-sex marriage, another federal judge similarly ruled against Mississippi’s ban. The order was stayed for two weeks, and given the Fifth Circuit is already considering cases from Texas and Louisiana, the stay will likely be extended pending the higher court’s ruling on the question. Nevertheless, Judge Carlton Reeves, an Obama appointee, wrote a lengthy, fiery opinion full of fresh nuance and points despite the dozens of similar rulings in other states. Before even addressing…
  • Federal Judge Overturns Arkansas’ Ban On Same-Sex Marriage

    Zack Ford
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:22 pm
    CREDIT: Shutterstock Wednesday evening, a federal judge declared that Arkansas’ ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and ordered the state to stop enforcing it. The decision came with a stay, meaning that same-sex couples cannot begin marrying begin until the deadline to appeal, and only if no appeal is filed. The Arkansas Supreme Court, however, is also considering a case challenging the ban, and if that court rules against it, the timeline for the suit in federal court will be irrelevant. In her opinion, Judge Kristine Baker, an Obama appointee, largely quoted from the myriad…
  • Ferguson Residents Speak Out: ‘I Just Started Crying, Because There Is No Hope For Us’

    Carimah Townes
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Down the street from Ferguson Police Department CREDIT: ThinkProgress/Erica Hellerstein FERGUSON, MO — The morning after the grand jury in Ferguson decided not to indict Officer Darren Wilson, following the subsequent protests in and around Ferguson, ThinkProgress sat down with Canfield residents about the events that took place and their initial reactions to the decision and neighborhood unrest. I thought they was going to shoot me in the head. I was scared for my life. It’s treacherous out here. “The verdict ignited anger in some younger residents in the community, who are…
  • Maryland Governor Is Officially Ready To Allow Fracking In The State

    Emily Atkin
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley. CREDIT: AP Photo/Patrick Semansky Maryland’s outgoing Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley announced on Tuesday that he will soon release proposed regulations for fracking — regulations that when finalized will officially allow natural gas drilling in the western part of the state. The historically environmentally-friendly governor said the regulations when issued would be strict, going above and beyond to restrict drilling in certain locations and including strong protections from drinking-water contamination and air pollution. “We’re…
  • Horrific Gang Rape At UVA Reopens The Debate About Whether We Should Ban Frats

    Tara Culp-Ressler
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:29 pm
    The door of a UVA dorm covered with Post-It notes related to the Phi Kappa Psi gang rape allegations CREDIT: AP Photo/Steve Helber After the horrifying details of a gang rape committed at a University of Virginia frat house were published in a Rolling Stone article at the end of last week, the allegations have rocked the campus and led to calls for “cultural and institutional changes” to make UVA a safer place. In response to the news, the administration announced the suspension of all fraternities until the beginning of January. That move has reopened the contentious debate over…
 
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    Slate Articles

  • Michael Brown Wasn’t a Superhuman Demon

    Jamelle Bouie
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:07 pm
    To his friends, Michael Brown was a “gentle giant”—a “quiet person with a wicked sense of humor.”
  • Protest Nation

    Juliana Jiménez Jaramillo
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:04 pm
    Protesters returned to the streets of Ferguson on Tuesday night, facing a National Guard presence that had been tripled by Gov. Jay Nixon earlier in the day. While many of the protesters were peaceful, some managed to overturn a police cruiser and set it ablaze, prompting police to use tear gas. Others in the crowd broke windows at Ferguson City Hall. Large protests also took place in New York City; Washington, D.C.; Atlanta; Pittsburgh; New Orleans; Portland; Minneapolis; Los Angeles; and Durham, North Carolina—including instances of protesters shutting down highways.
  • The People’s Republic of Plymouth

    Joshua Keating
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:48 pm
    This Thursday, Americans will gather together for an evening of family, food, football, and arguing with the relatives about politics. And why shouldn’t that argument extend to the meaning of the holiday itself?
  • Demons and Spirits

    Mike Pesca
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Listen to Episode 144 of Slate’s The Gist:
  • Moses and the American Constitution

    Zack Kopplin
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Last week, the Texas State Board of Education held its final public hearing on new social studies textbooks being adopted for use in the state’s schools over the next decade. Despite being deep in the heart of Texas, some right-wing activists testifying at the hearing appeared to believe we were actually trapped somewhere between Syria and Iraq. Our children are under threat of Islamic indoctrination in schools! Sharia! Jihad! Intifada! The tense negotiations among activists, Texas politicians, and textbook publishers will influence what children in Texas, and around the country, will…
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    Political Mojo | Mother Jones

  • Media Goes Wild Over Hagel Firing But Not Obama's Secret Afghanistan Reversal

    David Corn
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:03 am
    There's little the Washington-centric political-media universe loves more than the story of a fallen star. The defenestration of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has reporters and pundits in a schadenfreude-driven tizzy. Was he fired? Was he in over his head? OMG, look at how the White House is dumping on him, as he departs! Who's passing nasty notes in class about him? The presumably forced resignation of Hagel is indeed big news. The Obama administration is confronting a host of new national security challenges: ISIS, Ukraine, Ebola. So the guy (or gal) in charge of the Pentagon has to be…
  • Chuck Hagel Resigning as Secretary of Defense

    Inae Oh
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:36 am
    President Barack Obama is expected to announce the resignation of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Monday. The New York Times reports that the president's decision to ask Hagel to step down follows a series of meetings, which concluded that a change in leadership was needed in order to deal with international threats including the Islamic State. Candidates for Hagel's replacement reportedly include former Undersecretary of Defense Michelle Flournoy, former Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, and Senator Jack Reed (D-R.I.) Hagel, the only Republican in the president's national…
  • The Ohlone People Were Forced Out of San Francisco. Now They Want Part of Their Land Back.

    Prashanth Kamalakanthan
    22 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    "There are only three ways to get land," said Tony Cerda, chairman of the Costanoan Rumsen Carmel Tribe, in 2010. "You can buy it, have it given to you, or steal it." It's clear which one of those applies to his people, the Ohlone, who lived in the central California coastal region for thousands of years prior to the arrival of Spanish missionaries in the 1700s. The Ohlone once numbered as many as 15,000 on lands stretching from the San Francisco Bay to Big Sur. But following years of enslavement under the Spanish mission system and, later, persecution by settlers, they are now largely a…
  • Native Children Have the Same Rate of PTSD as Combat Veterans

    Tim Murphy
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Here's the most sobering statistic you'll see today: American-Indian and Alaskan Native children experience PTSD at the same rate at veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. According to a new report from a Department of Justice advisory committee, 22 percent of American-Indian and Alaskan Native juveniles have PTSD—three times higher than the national rate. Among other proposals, the committee recommends Congress grant tribes the ability to prosecute non-Indians who abuse children. Under the 2013 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, Congress empowered tribes to…
  • President Obama Acted Unilaterally on Immigration and the Right Is Predictably Outraged

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:25 am
    President Barack Obama, who has issued fewer executive orders than any president since Grover Cleveland, issued a set of directives this week to protect 5 million undocumented residents from deportation. The new executive actions will allow undocumented parents of US citizens to stay in the country, and allow children who were brought to the United States by their parents to apply for employment visas. It also, according to various Republican critics, cements Obama's status as a dictator, a king, an emperor, and maybe even a maniac bent on ethnic cleansing: Obama is a king. "The president…
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    Latest from Crooks and Liars

  • Rep. Peter King: It Would Be 'Very Helpful' If President Obama Invited Officer Wilson To The White House

    Heather
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:40 pm
    Isn't this lovely? Peter King: President Obama should invite Officer Darren Wilson to the W.H.: Rep. Peter King has a suggestion for the White House in dealing with the latest developments in Ferguson — invite Officer Darren Wilson over. “I think it would be very helpful if President Obama went and met with the police officer, or invited him to the White House and said, ‘You’ve gone through four months of smear and slander, and the least we can do is tell you that it’s unfortunate that it happened and thank you for doing your job,’” the New York Republican told Fox Business on…
  • Open Thread - Whose Streets?

    Bluegal aka Fran
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Gimme more and more of disoriented vision. The blood in the streets is the product of the system. They privatize the prison to profit that's the mission. The money from the poor feeds the one world religion. It's clear they want you out in the cold and uneducated, emasculated, it's time to make a statement. Wall Street was gettin' over now it's time for payment. It's time to occupy and pound the pavement. Come on- brothers and sisters West to East don't let these corporate suit and ties disrespect the streets lets be more than outsiders with an angry speech it's time to occupy, speak your…
  • Ferguson Protests Continue All Over Tonight

    Susie Madrak
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:18 pm
    Thousands of protesters shut down FDR Drive, a major highway in NYC, for 2 hours in a call for #JusticeForMikeBrown pic.twitter.com/ObuelfuMX5 — Jenna Pope (@JennaBPope) November 26, 2014 I-35 closed in #Dallas as #Ferguson protesters march on highway. Live: http://t.co/672LaOPVVE pic.twitter.com/tnmztcQH2d @wfaachannel8 #mapoli — RightWingWatch Fan (@RWwatchMA) November 26, 2014 'You Are Promoting a Certain Narrative!' #Ferguson Protestor Confronts CNN Reporter http://t.co/2Lk4qiXpZe (VIDEO) pic.twitter.com/Japjm88GwQread more
  • C&L's Late Nite Music Club With Sublime

    Ryan Pressman
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:00 pm
    The Ferguson verdict reminds me of a very similar situation that happened just over twenty years ago, this song summarizes what happened pretty well. What are you listening to tonight?
  • Black Friday - Movie Trailer

    oresmas
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:17 pm
    With the holidays coming up and with all the tension taking place in the news this week, I figured we all needed a laugh. Nacho Punch provides that by poking fun at our greed and mass consumerism with a fake movie trailer done in the style of horror film, The Purge. Enjoy the video above and Happy Thanksgiving.
 
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    Scholars and Rogues | Progressive Culture

  • From the bully pulpit — not much, let alone outrage

    Patrick Vecchio
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:06 pm
    Obama’s Ferguson ‘speech’ says little, offers less, provides no national direction I just finished watching President Obama’s remarks last night after the grand jury decision in the Michael Brown shooting. Shortly after the shooting, a friend and I were discussing … Continue reading →
  • Your Daily Devotional for November 25, 2014

    Jeff Tiedrich
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:17 am
    “God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, The courage to change the things I can,” *oh man, I can’t believe I just wasted my first two wishes on serenity and courage. come on, don’t blow … Continue reading →
  • Ferguson grand jury: no indictment, but was that a foregone conclusion?

    Frank Balsinger
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:46 pm
    We may or may not ever get to see “all the evidence,” but that the grand jury did is itself an issue As I’ve noted before, if I’m not privy to the evidence, and you’re not privy to the evidence, … Continue reading →
  • Your Daily Devotional for November 24, 2014

    Jeff Tiedrich
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:07 am
    Thanksgiving is almost here and I can’t decide whether to dress as a slutty white imperialist invader or a slutty oppressed native. Your Daily Devotional is a lightly-edited entry from my Twitter feed. Follow me at @jefftiedrich Your Daily Devotional … Continue reading →
  • [(Ferguson * Occupy) + police brutality]/Obama

    Frank Balsinger
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:43 pm
    One of these things is not like the other In a Sunday interview, President Obama defended his recent controversial executive order that shields some, but not all, illegal immigrants from deportation. The president also fielded questions about other issues during … Continue reading →
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    The Daily Dish: Andrew Sullivan

  • The Best Of The Dish Today

    Andrew Sullivan
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:15 pm
    So it looks as if we’re going to have a showdown between the citizens of the District of Columbia who have just voted by an overwhelming margin to legalize possession of weed and a congressman from Maryland, Andy Harris: Rep. Andy Harris said he “absolutely” intends to launch a push to dismantle the new law when Congress returns with an empowered GOP majority in the 114th Congress. The Maryland Republican, who led the GOP’s charge this year against a separate D.C. law decriminalizing the drug, said the newer legalization statute poses an even greater health risk for…
  • The Racial Divide Over Ferguson

    Andrew Sullivan
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:41 pm
    YouGov measured it recently: Russell Moore observes that “the Ferguson situation is one of several in just the past couple of years where white and black Americans have viewed a situation in starkly different terms”: White Americans tend, in public polling, to view the presenting situations as though they exist in isolation, dealing only with the known facts of the case at hand, of whether there is evidence of murder. Black Americans, polls show, tend to view these crises through a wider lens, the question of whether African-American youth are too often profiled and killed in…
  • Chilled By Climate Denial

    Andrew Sullivan
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Chris Mooney flags a study suggesting “the climate issue may have become so politicized that our very perceptions of the weather itself are subtly slanted by political identities and cues”: Comparing Gallup polling results from early March 2012 (just after the winter ended) with actual temperature data from the lower 48 U.S. states, the researchers analyzed people’s perceptions of the warmth of the winter they’d just lived through in light of the temperature anomalies that actually occurred. … It was no surprise that temperatures predicted people’s perceptions of…
  • Face Of The Day

    Andrew Sullivan
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Missouri national guardsmen in riot gear line up in front of the police station on November 25, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Over 2,000 Missouri national guardsmen are being deployed a day after demonstrators caused extensive damage in Ferguson and surrounding areas following a St. Louis County grand jury decision to not indict Ferguson police Officer Darren Wilson in the shooting of Michael Brown. By Justin Sullivan/Getty Images.
  • Yglesias Award Nominee

    Andrew Sullivan
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:45 pm
    “As I was blearily trying to indicate last night, I am open to the argument that McCulloch was in fact not right. I said his critics have a point. And as I read up on the proceeding this morning, I think that point gets stronger. For those who believe Michael Brown was murdered, what they see is a prosecutor who bent over backwards for a police officer in a way he never would have for nearly any other criminal suspect in the dock. McCulloch let Wilson testify at great length … If McCulloch was determined to get an indictment, this process wouldn’t have taken nearly as long…
 
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    Lew Rockwell: The LRC Blog

  • The Government Safety Device That Kills You

    Eric Peters
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Well, how ’bout it? If you’ve been anywhere near a TeeVee or radio lately, you’re probably aware that the explosive devices government forces every car company to build into its cars sometimes… explode defectively. These “safety” devices send shrapnel – literally, metal shards; just like a grenade or mine – toward people’s faces at high velocity, shredding flesh and causing severe (and often, permanent) injuries. People have had their eyes gouged out; others have merely been disfigured for life. So far, it’s “only” a handful of people. (Isn’t it interesting the…
  • Here Comes France

    Tyler Durden
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:01 pm
    First Germany, then the Netherlands, perhaps Switzerland this weekend, and now the French right-wing Front National, which shockingly came first in May’s European parliament elections, and whose leader Marine Le Pen is currently polling in first place in a hypothetical presidential election (in both a first and run off round), ahead of president Hollande, has sent a letter to the governor of the French Central Bank, the Banque de France, demanding that France join the list of nations which have repatriated, or at least tried to, their gold. From her letter, here is the full list of…
  • Are Lower Gasoline Prices Here To Stay?

    No Author
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:01 pm
    For the last 4 years, the national average retail price of gasoline in the United States stayed within a range of $3.25-$4.00 a gallon. But that all changed this fall, with U.S. consumers now paying an average price of $2.82. This usually is the time of year when gasoline prices tend to be at their lowest. But the current U.S. price of gasoline is exactly what we’d predict given the long-run relation between the price of gasoline and crude oil. There’s essentially no seasonal component in the price of crude. In other words, if crude stays at its current value (namely, Brent at $80), the…
  • Abolish the Grand Jury

    No Author
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Unfortunately, this is as expected as the Missouri grand jury decided not to indict a white police officer over the fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager in August. I have explained that this need not even be racist because the grand jury system has become a joke. The government only needs to present whatever evidence they want. There is no obligation to present all the evidence because the Supreme Court has ruled that the Grand Jury is NOT entitled to all the evidence, since the trial jury will correct any deficiencies. The problem – indictments are not rendered against government…
  • War-Crime Denial

    Thomas DiLorenzo
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:01 pm
    “[F]rom the military policies of Sherman and Sheridan there lies but an easy step to the total war of the Nazis, the greatest affront to Western civilization since its founding.”                    –Richard M. Weaver, The Southern Essays of Richard M.                       Weaver, pp. 168-169. Having lied about secession, states’ rights, the origins of the Constitution, Lincoln, and just about everything having to do with the American “Civil War” for many generations, the Lincoln cult is now hard at work on its biggest lie of all: that…
 
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  • Are we getting soft in the schools?

    Stephanie
    10 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    I've got all the respect in the world for quality teachers and administrators who do a valiant job in the public school system around these parts.  Heck, I've got dozens of dear friends who are brilliant teachers and administrators who I know rock their jobs and do their absolute best to educate the children entrusted to their care.  Additionally, my oldest daughter is currently studying to be an elementary school teacher as we speak.  So, I am wholeheartedly on the side of educators who do a fantastic job day in and day out.So, this year, and last year too, as my middle school…
  • My greatest joy as a mom

    Stephanie
    4 Nov 2014 | 11:57 am
    Yesterday, I updated my status on facebook and mentioned how much I love to listen to my kids while they are in the bathroom together brushing their teeth and getting ready for bed.  Having four kids share one bathroom (with two sinks though-which is a huge deal let me tell you) is something that can be a huge source of frustration in many homes.  As a young girl, only my sister and I shared a bathroom, because my brother had his own bathroom downstairs.  I don't remember her and I spending much time in there together, but I'm sure we did somewhat.  Mere and I didn't fight…
  • Grateful to provide

    Stephanie
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:32 am
    I'm sure most people would agree that having children is an expensive endeavour.  And, since everyone and their dog likes to bemoan this fact ad nauseam, I would love to offer an alternative view to the often negative notion about the cost of raising your child.Just in the past six weeks I have spent thousands of dollars on my kids.  That's crazy right?  I, like so many other parents I know, am literally hemorrhaging money on a daily basis.  With things like drivers ed., orthodontics, airplane tickets for holiday travel,  and Christmas looming it can be so easy to get…
  • Blessed with moisture

    Stephanie
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    We had the hottest, driest and most awesomest summer this year.  And, when it was still dry and 84 degrees in late September I remember telling myself that we got our share.  That we can't complain.  Summer had come and gave us a massive piece of it's scorching hot pie this year, so when the rains finally arrived it would feel right.  It would be time.  Our crust of earth was due.And now they're here.Soaking rain, gusting winds, power outages and fallen trees have smacked us all upside the head, and just like any good Oregonian would do, we turn indoors and bunker…
  • Let moderation be your guide

    Stephanie
    24 Oct 2014 | 3:11 pm
    About three years ago I was asked to give a talk during our sacrament meeting, and the topic was "living a balanced life".  Sounds like a simple and straightforward enough topic, but I struggled exceedingly with it.  I racked my brain, read a variety of sources and pleaded with God above to help me feel inspired by this topic and to know what to share that would be uplifting and helpful to the dear members of my ward who had to endure 12-15 minutes of my rambling.  Finally, I confessed to Wes that I had no idea what to say and I knew this was the one talk in church that would…
 
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    Mother Jones

  • 16 Interesting Photos From the Ferguson Grand Jury Files

    AJ Vicens
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:21 pm
    After St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch announced Monday that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson would not be indicted for killing Michael Brown, the county released a collection of documents from the grand jury proceedings. Among them were hundreds of photos from the investigation, depicting everything from the crime scene to Wilson at the hospital after the shooting. Here are just a few (all photos provided by the St. Louis County Prosecutor's Office): Wilson's police SUV after the shooting. Brown's hat lies next to it.     Brown's hat.   The inside of the police…
  • 6 Basic Assumptions About the Middle East That the Washington Consensus Gets Dead Wrong

    Andrew Bacevich
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:34 pm
    This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. "Iraq no longer exists." My young friend M, sipping a cappuccino, is deadly serious. We are sitting in a scruffy restaurant across the street from the Cathedral of St. John the Divine on Manhattan's Upper West Side. It's been years since we've last seen each another. It may be years before our paths cross again. As if to drive his point home, M repeats himself: "Iraq just doesn't exist." His is an opinion grounded in experience. As an enlisted soldier, he completed two Iraq tours, serving as a member of a rifle company, before and during…
  • 6 Revelations from the Michael Brown Grand Jury Documents

    Jaeah Lee and Erika Eichelberger
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:10 am
    After Monday's announcement that a grand jury would not indict Officer Darren Wilson in the killing of Michael Brown, St. Louis County prosecutor Robert McCulloch released the hundreds of pages of evidence that the grand jury considered. Following are six excerpts from the documents: When grabbing Brown, Wilson says he felt like a 5-year-old holding onto Hulk Hogan:   Wilson says Brown charged at him with the look of a demon:   Wilson's emergency room medical report showed no sign of distress:   Though much has been made of Brown's size, Wilson was not much smaller:   A…
  • Chart: How Black Friday Invaded Thanksgiving

    Josh Harkinson and Ivylise Simones
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Remember the holiday formerly known as Thanksgiving? It had a pretty good run for about 390 years—until around 2011, when it began to be replaced with a shopping extravaganza. In the past few years, the traditional dividing line between Thanksgiving and Black Friday, the official start of the holiday retail season, has blurred. At many major retail stores, this Thursday won't be a day of turkey and family time but a mad rush for XBoxes and iPhones. Here's how Black Friday's Thanksgiving creep became a full-blown takeover:  
  • Ohio Could Pass the Country's Most Extreme "Secret Executions" Bill

    Hannah Levintova
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    The execution of Dennis McGuire on January 16 of this year did not go as planned. Injected with an untested cocktail of drugs, the Ohio death row inmate gasped, choked, and writhed in his restraints. McGuire was declared dead after 26 minutes, having endured the longest execution in the state's history. "To a degree of medical certainty, this was not a humane execution," an anesthesiologist testified in a subsequent federallawsuit against the state's execution team. The lawsuit, filed by McGuire's children, declares the execution method used on McGuire cruel and unusual and…
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    Raw Story

  • Megaupload’s Kim Dotcom says extradition fight has cost him $10 million

    Reuters
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:44 pm
    Internet entrepreneur Kim Dotcom, one of the world’s most wanted cyber fugitives, says his nearly three-year fight against extradition to the United States to face online piracy charges has left him broke. Dotcom, the New Zealand resident who once flaunted a fleet of vintage cars, a fully staf...
  • WATCH LIVE: Ferguson solidarity protests continue around the country

    Arturo Garcia
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:19 pm
    Demonstrations in solidarity with the family of slain Missouri teen Michael Brown continued on Tuesday night around the country. Protesters in Los Angeles and New York City had blocked traffic as part of the demonstrations, which were spurred by a grand jury’s decision on Monday not to indict ...
  • Federal judges strike down marriage equality bans in Arkansas and Mississippi

    Reuters
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:23 pm
    U.S. district judges struck down same-sex marriage bans as unconstitutional in Arkansas and Mississippi on Tuesday, overturning measures voters had overwhelmingly approved in both socially conservative Southern states. The two judges, Kristine Baker in Little Rock, Arkansas, and Carlton Reeves in Ja...
  • Microsoft to pay China $140 million for ‘tax evasion’: Report

    Reuters
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:50 pm
    China has levied about $140 million in back taxes from Microsoft Corp in the first major case concerning cross-border tax evasion in the country, as regulators ramp up pressure on U.S. corporations doing business there. According to an article published by China’s Xinhua official news agency o...
  • WATCH: Car runs over protesters during Michael Brown rally in Minneapolis

    Arturo Garcia
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:32 pm
    An unidentified motorist in Minneapolis drove into protesters at a rally in solidarity with the family of slain Missouri teen Michael Brown, leaving one woman in need of medical attention, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reported. Footage posted online shows the woman getting pinned under the front of ...
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    Guardian: UK Politics

  • Jeremy Hunt jousts with Labour shadow over children's A&E visit

    Press Association
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:35 pm
    Andy Burnham accuses health secretary on Twitter of ignoring official advice by not taking his family to see a GP before going to hospitalJeremy Hunt has been accused of contradicting official government advice for taking his children to A&E at the weekend rather than waiting to see a GP.The health secretary told the Commons he visited an accident and emergency department as he “didn’t want to wait” for the GP surgery to reopen. Continue reading...
  • Angelina Jolie could be deterred from UK move by mansion tax

    Ben Quinn
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Celebrity said it ‘would be really nice to have a foothold here for work’ but may be put off by tax on houses worth over £2mAfter Labour leader Ed Miliband’s bruising encounter with singer Myleene Klass on the same issue, an even more formidable potential opponent of his plans for a so-called “mansion tax” on properties worth more than £2m looms large: Angelina Jolie.The Hollywood A-lister, who has been the focus of speculation that she and her family are considering establishing a new home in the UK, said on Tuesday that such a tax “could” put her off such a move.
  • Police launch inquiry into Tory peer Lord Hanningfield’s allowance claims

    Press Association
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:11 pm
    Former council leader ordered to repay £3,300 for claiming allowance for days on which he did no parliamentary workPolice have launched an inquiry after Lord Hanningfield was found to have claimed a £300 allowance for days on which he did no parliamentary work.The former Conservative council leader was suspended for the rest of the parliament in May by the Lords privileges and conduct committee and ordered to repay £3,300 which he had wrongly claimed. Continue reading...
  • Nick Clegg sets out plans to curb benefits to EU migrants

    Press Association
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:25 pm
    Deputy PM insists UK can tackle ‘benefits tourism’ without challenging the key principle of free movementNick Clegg, the deputy prime minister, has set out proposals to curb benefits to European Union migrants without “tearing up” freedom of movement rules within the 28-member bloc.David Cameron is due to set out his own plans to restrict EU migration in a highly anticipated speech in the coming weeks, but Clegg warned the Tories were in danger of making “irresponsible declarations” on Europe in a bid to quell unrest at the rise of Ukip. Continue reading...
  • Crisiswhatcrisis? Iain Duncan Smith tries to bat off Rachel Reeves’ questions

    John Crace
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Work and pensions secretary sings his own praises a day before critical National Audit Office report on universal creditRachel Reeves, the shadow work and pensions secretary, has been desperate for revenge on Iain Duncan Smith ever since he refused to apologise for accusing her of missing a Commons vote by having her nails done in Rochester. She might be wishing she had waited one more day before making him come to the House for an update on the rollout of universal credit.Earlier in the day, the work and pensions secretary had announced a further rollout of UC in the north-west – the ideal…
 
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    Plum Line

  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:35 pm
    * Marc Fisher and Wesley Lowery put last night’s events in context: … what distinguishes Ferguson from the crowded historical catalogue of racially-motivated street violence is what has happened in recent weeks: The unseemly buildup to the announcement of the grand jury’s conclusion that no crime was committed in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael […]
  • Chuck Schumer says Democrats shouldn’t have bothered to reform health care

    Paul Waldman
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:26 am
    Today, Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), who among other things is in charge of messaging for the Senate’s Democrats, delivered a speech about the Democrats’ message at the National Press Club. His central theme was that Democrats must be the party that advocates for government’s role in making people’s lives better, a sentiment with which I […]
  • Why congressional Republicans are losing the battle against themselves

    Paul Waldman
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:17 am
    This is a complex and in some ways contradictory moment for congressional Republicans. They just won a significant victory by gaining control of the Senate and holding on to the House. The president they’ve opposed with such vigor is in the autumn of his term and has weak approval ratings. And yet much as this […]
  • Barack Obama, Ferguson, and racial wounds unhealed

    Paul Waldman
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:55 am
    Seldom in Barack Obama’s presidency has he looked quite so impotent as he did last night, pleading from a podium in the White House for calm while the cable news split screens showed clouds of tear gas enveloping the streets of Ferguson, Missouri. He repeated the same themes as every time he has spoken about […]
  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:33 pm
    * This will be tomorrow’s biggest news: A grand jury has reached a decision on whether to indict Darren Wilson, the white Ferguson, Mo., police officer whose fatal shooting of an unarmed black teenager sparked days of turbulent protests, sources close to the process said. Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon (D) and the county prosecutor’s office […]
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    Watchblog: Democrats

  • GOP vindicates administration on Benghazi allegations

    22 Nov 2014 | 9:36 am
    A report has been released from the GOP-controlled House of Representatives regarding the events of 9/11/2012 in Benghazi, Libya. Every conservative conspiracy theory regarding the incident was thoroughly debunked:-- No "stand down" order was ever ordered. -- Air Support was never denied -- Security for the CIA facility was sufficient -- Intelligence gathered before September 16, 2012 indicated that the attack evolved from a protest against an islamaphobic YouTube video. Evidence to the contrary was not discovered until two days later. -- Nobody involved with the incidents was intimidated or…
  • Obama Strikes Back on Immigration

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The Constitution assigns the executive branch of our government the task of enforcing the laws of our nation. The Constitution also assigns the President with the duty to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." Taken together, these two obligations certainly empower a President to not enforce laws he believes may be unconstitutional. However, that does not seem to be the case with Obama's decision to change how his administration will enforce immigration law.Rather than citing Constitutional grounds, the decision rests upon the concept of prosecutorial…
  • Obfuscation and the Stupidity of Americans

    15 Nov 2014 | 1:48 am
    Jonathan Gruber recently got into a lot of trouble recently for a candid comment. Essentially, Gruber revealed an important aspect of American politics that we often like to sweep under the rug. However, nobody should be surprised here. The presentation of faux outrage by the Right is simple posturing.Elites on both sides believe the American voter is stupid. And for good reason, most people are quite stupid and both political parties know this. While I believe lie is too strong of a word, it is certainly true that both sides obfuscate the truth quite often. Sometimes for a noble purpose and…
  • Narratives Succeed Easier Than Realities

    6 Nov 2014 | 4:07 am
    "In a world..." the guy who did those trailers often started, setting the scene for one movie or another. "One man will-" this, one man will that, that trailer tells us. Very often, the hero is trying to save the world, save society, save whatever. In reality, we're very often confronted with the challenge of keeping our world going, rather than saving it from some sort of catastrophe.People are narrative-driven creatures. We see our lives as stories, we relate events to others and get them back in return as stories. Some can be fairly minimal. You might only need to mention the outcome to a…
  • A Personal Pride in Citizenship

    4 Nov 2014 | 11:14 am
    I believe that however many polls somebody takes before an election, the poll that matters is the one we visit on election day. I believe that cynicism about the system, however justified, has failed to position voters better to exercise their power against the powers that be. You can talk about what you feel, you can complain about your choices, but if you make no choice, you can no more succeed in making the right choice than you can fail in making the wrong choice.I get it. The candidates suck. But why do they suck? They suck because people have told themselves they have no choice so many…
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    Watchblog: Third Party & Independents

  • Obama's speech on YouTube

    20 Nov 2014 | 3:49 pm
    This is a link to Obama's immigration speech. He begins speaking at the 58 minute mark. Most of the speech was emotional. The speech had no specifics about how he is going to stop the illegal entry into the country. This idea that children are being "ripped from their mother's arms" (that's a quote) is melodramatic to say the least. Obama also said immigrants don't come here for a free ride. Does that mean those who are living off of government assistance will not be staying? Will they be paying their own hospital bills? Will they be held accountable if they break the law? There was nothing…
  • The GOP and College Tuition

    14 Nov 2014 | 6:55 am
    The cost of higher education is a problem, and solutions seem to be diametrically opposed. But one thing both conservatives, no make that free-marketers instead, and interventionists - rather than liberals - agree on is that the supply of higher education is price-inelastic. That means that as federal loan programs and other subsidies increase, the result is sharply higher tuition costs, rather than more institutions, over the last couple of decades. One answer is not to accept Federal loans, as some US Colleges have done. Their tuition costs have tended to be about half of those of colleges…
  • All you have to do is wait...

    11 Nov 2014 | 6:15 am
    I've said it and now they've said it. It's obvious to people who aren't smitten by the Democratic party and it's politics. Jonathan Gruber, an MIT economist, and the chief architect of ObamaCare, has let the cat out of the bag by actually saying what the Democratics have been thinking for decades. The Democratic Party thinks the American people are stupid. The new Gruber comments come from a panel discussion that he joined on October 17, 2013 at the University of Pennsylvania's Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics. Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call…
  • It's Election Day! Vote! Vote! Vote!

    4 Nov 2014 | 8:16 am
    As we all know, just because it's not a presidential election, doesn't mean it's not important. We could see some changes today! Will the Senate gridlock go on? Can Republicans maintain House majority? Will they take control of the Senate? Most of all, who will have bragging rights leading up to the 2016 election? Tell all your family and friends. Today is the day to vote! ...
  • More See The Money Influence As A Bad Deal

    3 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    A long opine in today's WaPo re 'subduing pessimism' alluding to the idea that 'Washington is broken' and how to regain partisanship in congress.The article rattles on about a "Johnson-Crapo" bill that just might break the deadlock and restore congress to, whatever. . . Ain't going to happen. The problem isn't pessimism or gridlock, etc. It's Corpocracy, pure and simple. A Harvard fello, Lawrence Lessig, was on CNN's GPS program this morning and he agrees with me. Well, not on the Corpocracy bit, but that the wealthy have undue influence over the goings on in congress . He stated that…
 
 
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  • Creating New Opportunities for African-American Entrepreneurs

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    All entrepreneurs—even the most successful—need help along the way. They need capital to fund their growth. They need operational experience and industry expertise to scale. And they need a peer network to call on. With the October launch of the Credit Suisse Entrepreneurs Circle, the bank will
  • Glimpses of a Ghetto-Free Future

    William H. Frey
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    One of the most intimate settings of American life is the neighborhood. Neighborhoods are where Americans socialize, shop, and attend school. They are where civic matters have the most impact—and where a place’s racial makeup can foster interactions with other groups, or not. For many Americans,
  • A Civil Rights Lawyer Explains Why Obama's Immigration Order Is an Even Bigger Deal Than It Seems

    Margo Schlanger
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:30 pm
    If you’ve read or heard anything about President Obama’s immigration orders last week, then you’ve probably heard that he’s giving millions of undocumented residents a three-year reprieve from deportation and legal working papers.You probably haven’t heard that he’s also rewriting the pr
  • This Is What Power Looks Like

    Rebecca Traister
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:00 pm
    November’s biggest stories have revealed not just what’s broken in this country, but also the complicated systems that obscure that damage. From Darren Wilson’s non-indictment in Ferguson, Missouri, to the horrific alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia to Bill C
  • St. Louis Prosecutor Bob McCulloch Abused the Grand Jury Process

    Noam Scheiber
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:10 pm
    On the left, there were basically two reactions to Monday’s announcement that Darren Wilson would not be indicted for killing Michael Brown. There were those who believed Wilson should have been indicted because it’s hard to see how the killing of an unarmed man by a cop doesn’t establish prob
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    Roll Call: Politics

  • Democrats Announce Finalists for 2016 Convention (Updated)

    24 Nov 2014 | 11:29 am
    Updated 3:15 p.m. | The Democratic National Committee announced Monday that Philadelphia, New York and Columbus are the three finalists to host its 2016 national convention.
  • Bill Cassidy Utilizes Weekly GOP Address, Again

    24 Nov 2014 | 10:25 am
    Heading into a Dec. 6 runoff in Louisiana against Democratic Sen. Mary L. Landrieu, Rep. Bill Cassidy took a second crack at the Republican weekly address to make his case for election to the Senate.
  • What Did — and Didn't — Surprise Me This Cycle

    24 Nov 2014 | 8:47 am
    Every election cycle is filled with twists and turns, upsets and surprises. And every cycle is filled with goofy arguments, warnings about things that never happen and unsurprising outcomes that surprise only the politically uneducated.
  • Roger Wicker Looks for Fast Start at NRSC

    24 Nov 2014 | 2:01 am
    Twenty-one Republican senators up for re-election in 2016 filed into the National Republican Senatorial Committee on the morning of Nov. 19 to meet with party strategists about campaign preparations.
  • New DCCC Chairman Rides on Air Force One

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Four days after being named chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, New Mexico Rep. Ben Ray Luján was among several lawmakers who flew to Las Vegas Friday on Air Force One with President Barack Obama for an immigration event.
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    WIRED » Danger Room

  • The World’s First Computer Has Finally Been Resurrected

    Brendan I. Koerner
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    How the world's first real computer, the ENIAC, was restored by an unlikely group of conservationists—all thanks to Ross Perot. The post The World’s First Computer Has Finally Been Resurrected appeared first on WIRED.
  • This Scaled-Down Armored Truck Could Be the Next Humvee

    Jordan Golson
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:54 am
    The DoD is looking for a new Humvee, and Oshkosh has got a potential replacement. The post This Scaled-Down Armored Truck Could Be the Next Humvee appeared first on WIRED.
  • The Navy’s Developing Little Autonomous Boats to Defend Its Ships

    Jordan Golson
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Navy ships are at their most vulnerable when they’re resupplying in port or navigating narrow straits or rivers because they’re tricky to maneuver in tight quarters and vulnerable to attack. The attack 14 years ago on the USS Cole as it refueled while berthed in Yemen, an attack that killed 17 American sailors and reiterated […] The post The Navy’s Developing Little Autonomous Boats to Defend Its Ships appeared first on WIRED.
  • WWI Zeppelins: Not Too Deadly, But Scary as Hell

    Jordan Golson
    3 Oct 2014 | 9:43 am
    Airships were decent for surveillance, no good for bombing, and great for scaring the hell out of people. The post WWI Zeppelins: Not Too Deadly, But Scary as Hell appeared first on WIRED.
  • Incredible Close-Up Drone Video of an Erupting Volcano in Iceland

    Brian Lam
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:21 am
    This epic video isn’t a CGI outtake from Lord of the Rings. It’s proof that a guy with a quadcopter managed to get very, very close to an erupting Icelandic volcano---close enough to melt the face of the GoPro camera that shot the video. The post Incredible Close-Up Drone Video of an Erupting Volcano in Iceland appeared first on WIRED.
 
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    Why Tuesday?

  • Believe Us Now?

    WhyTuesday
    12 Nov 2014 | 2:19 pm
    A staggering 69% of people who didn’t vote in the 2014 midterm elections, which had historically low turnout, didn’t vote because they were stuck at school or work, or were too busy, out of town, sick or forgot, according to Pew via Wonkblog. WOW → 2/3 of 2014 nonvoters didn't cast a ballot bc voting is inconvenient. Ready for weekend voting? via @Wonkblog pic.twitter.com/d35thW1Z51 — Why Tuesday? (@WhyTuesday) November 12, 2014 If you need more evidence Tuesday voting is outdated and it’s time for a change to protect our right to vote, click here.
  • #LetsFixIt With The Roots

    WhyTuesday
    4 Nov 2014 | 6:59 am
    It’s not every day our team gets together with Martin Luther King III, Robert Kennedy Jr. and Questlove and The Roots to rally to get out the vote and protect the right to vote. But that’s exactly what we did this week. See photos of the Roots, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Martin Luther King III and more from last night's #LetsFixIt event: http://t.co/hAYfnp7hqc — Rolling Stone (@RollingStone) November 3, 2014 The fathers of Bill Wachtel, our founder, King III and Kennedy Jr. all fought together for the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Each of them took turns…
  • Our #LetsFixIt Challenge

    Tom Rossmeissl
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:25 am
    Win $64,000 by predicting this year’s turnout As usual, 2014 voter turnout is going to be low. How low? Predict this years turnout correctly and you could win up to a $64,000 cash prize. Check out the challenge here.
  • The 2014 Voting in America Summit

    Tom Rossmeissl
    13 Jun 2014 | 11:40 am
    Wednesday night, we turned a page in our movement to fix our broken voting system. Bringing together leaders from across the political spectrum — including Democratic House Whip Steny Hoyer, former Republican Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott, Congressman John Larson and dozens of voting experts — we renewed the debate about how to reform our voting system. Former Republican Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott started last night’s discussion by explaining his father’s own struggle with the inconvenience of voting. His father started his shift at the shipyard at 7 AM, and…
  • Summit on Election Reform

    Tom Rossmeissl
    11 Jun 2014 | 8:29 am
    While the world’s most famous democracy ranks 138th out of 172 countries in the world in voter turnout, there remains a deafening silence in Washington about the critical condition of our voting system. We’re determined to change that. So this week we kick-off a new chapter for Why Tuesday?. Join us today for a summit on election reform, and stay tuned for a new grassroots platform to push for a renewed debate. WhyTuesday is sponsoring a summit along with The Hill brining together academics, thought leaders, and legislators from across the political spectrum. Wednesday, June 11 |…
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    Stately McDaniel Manor

  • The Michael Brown Case, Update 9.2: Augmentation

    Mike McDaniel
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:20 pm
    credit: ksdk.com My good friend and the editor of “Bearing Arms,” Bob Owens, who is kind enough to regularly publish my fevered scribblings, has posted a very good review  of the testimony of Officer Darren Wilson. It augments Update 9, makes clear why the Grand Jury had no choice but to no bill on all charges, and is well worth your time.Filed under: The Michael Brown Case Tagged: Bob Owens, Darren Wilson
  • AT&T Customer Service: The Horror!

    Mike McDaniel
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:32 pm
    I almost feel a little sorry for AT&T. They provide a useful and necessary service for tens, even hundreds, of millions, and often, people try to stiff them. I am not among them. In fact, I recently worked very, very hard to pay them a great deal of money, and had a damned hard time of it. It turned into a two month long Kafkaesque commercial for blood pressure medication. It all started because Mrs. Manor wanted a new iPhone6+. We’re both getting a bit long in the tooth, and with age, eyesight and hearing dim a bit. We’re far from impaired, but things just aren’t quite as razor…
  • The Michael Brown Case, Update 9: Resolution or Respite?

    Mike McDaniel
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Prosecutor Bob McCulloughcredit: ksdk.com At 2016 CST on November 24, 2014, St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCullough announced the verdict in the shooting of Mike Brown. No bill on all five counts presented to the jury. He began with a general time frame of events, and throughout his prepared statement, confirmed many previous bits of speculation and leaked information. He also added facts not previously known. He noted that the evidence seen and considered by the grand jury of nine white and three black members would be immediately released to the public. McCullough confirmed that the…
  • Legal Gun Grabbing

    Mike McDaniel
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:27 pm
    credit: policestateusa.com Have you ever experienced the fallout of a badly written law, a law that, due to incompetence or stealthy malice, criminalizes entirely reasonable, common and non-criminal behavior? Such laws are all too common, and all too often catch the law-abiding and honest in their widely spread nets. Such is the case in Buffalo, NY where local authorities are invoking a little known and rarely enforced law to seize the guns of the recently deceased. It doesn’t matter if there are spouses or relatives, the law actually forces them to apply for permission to keep the property…
  • Guns and Politics, Part 2

    Mike McDaniel
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:04 am
    Credit: riehlworldview.com Any gun owner that is not politically aware, that does not know precisely where their senators and representatives, and the leaders of the two primary political parties stand–and vote (rhetoric and action are often two very different things)–on the Second Amendment and every issue relating to it, is relying, as Tennessee Williams wrote in A Streetcar Named Desire, on the kindness of strangers. Where unalienable, fundamental rights are concerned, that’s not a smart way to live. With that in mind, I’ve updated a series I began years ago on the…
 
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  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:47 am
    It really sounds that the Grand Jury did a careful job and reached the right decision. But that doesn't matter to the people who would prefer to hug their grievances to themselves and take to the street. The media deserve blame up and down from hyping up this story. The race mongers who crowded into the Missouri to exacerbate the tensions are serving to help destroy a community. And now they've rioted, looted, and burned down businesses. Is that going to help people in that town find jobs? Who will want to operate a business in Ferguson? Where are these protesters as thousands of blacks are…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:06 am
    Son now poor ol' Chuck Hagel has been fired is stepping down as Secretary of Defense.Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is stepping down amid criticism of the president’s national security team on a series of global issues, including the threat posed by the militant group known as ISIS.Senior defense officials confirmed to NBC News Monday that Hagel was forced to resign.The officials say the White House has lost confidence in Hagel to carry out his role at the Pentagon. According to one senior official, “He wasn’t up to the job.”Well, what a surprise that he wasn't up to the task. Remember…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:54 am
    This headline from Ed Morrissey about sums it up.Semi-retired President invokes the Sick And Tired clause of the ConstitutionObama claims that he has to act because Congress hasn't acted doesn't mean that he can just ignore Congress. In fact, knowing that Obama was planning this action, the voters sure didn't vote an endorsement of Democrats in this past election. If the situation was so exigent, why didn't he move in the first two years when he had control of both houses and could have easily passed what he wanted? If the situation was such an emergency, why could he postpone it until after…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:18 am
    Here's a true sign of how far Obama has fallen - the networks aren't going to air his prime-time address tonight.Thomas Sowell slashes away at the idea that it is the "legacy of slavery" that is keeping blacks poor today.Kristof’s other “overwhelming” evidence of the current effects of past slavery is that blacks do not have as much income as whites. But Puerto Ricans do not have as much income as Japanese Americans. Mexican Americans do not have as much income as Cuban Americans. All sorts of people do not have as much income as all sorts of other people, not only in the United States,…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:13 am
    Well now that Mary Landrieu's pretense of exercising her supposed influence to get a Keystone bill through the Senate has fallen short, she seems to have no hope of winning her runoff election. Why should Louisiana voters choose to keep her there for her supposed influence when her influence couldn't get through a bill when her party is in control of the Senate? They can elect Cassidy and look for the new GOP majority to easily pass in January what Landrieu couldn't get done for the past several years. I count up 9 Democrats who voted Yea and who will be in the Senate come January. So the…
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    Riehl World News

  • Watch The Raw Video Of The Michael Brown Shooting Scene

    Dan
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:05 am
    I watched this last night for the first time and was wondering how many people have actually viewed it. Certainly people can and will see what they want in it. But I would encourage you to watch it if you haven’t and really want to try and understand what happened that day and how it subsequently played out. Scroll a bit for the 20 minute video, much of it raw amateur video from the scene that day. I’ve produced this video from clips taken from residents on the day Michael Brown was shot and killed.  A number of the clips from across the street where Ace Johnson taped had to be…
  • ‘I followed my training and followed the law': Officer Darren Wilson issues statement

    Dan
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:40 pm
    Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson’s lawyers have issued a public statement following a grand jury’s decision not to indict him in Michael Brown’s shooting case, saying he acted ‘lawfully’. via ‘I followed my training and followed the law': Officer Darren Wilson issues statement following decision not to indict him as it’s revealed he shot at Michael Brown 12 times | Daily Mail Online. The post ‘I followed my training and followed the law': Officer Darren Wilson issues statement appeared first on Riehl World News.
  • ‘This is wrong!’ Mother of Michael Brown collapses outside Ferguson police station

    Dan
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:39 pm
    Well, at least she’s not beating down a street vendor this time. A grand jury has decided that police officer Darren Wilson will not face charges for shooting dead unarmed teenager Michael Brown. More via Ferguson, Missouri Police officer Darren Wilson WILL NOT face charges The post ‘This is wrong!’ Mother of Michael Brown collapses outside Ferguson police station appeared first on Riehl World News.
  • Official Broadcast: NO PROBABLE CAUSE – NO INDICTMENT — Ferguson grand jury on Darren Wilson

    Dan
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:26 pm
    Official Broadcast: NO PROBABLE CAUSE – NO INDICTMENT — Ferguson grand jury on Darren Wilson Ferguson grand jury news via WATCH: Ferguson grand jury announcement at 8 p.m. – KFVS12 News & Weather  The post Official Broadcast: NO PROBABLE CAUSE – NO INDICTMENT — Ferguson grand jury on Darren Wilson appeared first on Riehl World News.
  • No indictment in Ferguson case

    Dan
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:17 pm
    A white police officer will not face charges for fatally shooting an unarmed black teenager in a case that set off violent protests and racial unrest throughout the nation, an attorney close to the case said Monday night. via No indictment in Ferguson case. The post No indictment in Ferguson case appeared first on Riehl World News.
 
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    Wizbang

  • Leadership? What Leadership?

    David Robertson
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:29 pm
    “It will be an image that may endure beyond Barack Obama’s tenure,” writes James Oliphant about the above image. Meanwhile, Juan Williams asks, “Where is the black leadership now that a grand jury has decided not to indict the police officer that killed Michael Brown?” President Obama’s leadership didn’t do much (if any) good. Here is more from James Oliphant’s commentary about Obama’s response to Ferguson: As to whether Obama himself will travel to Ferguson to make another appeal for restraint, he was noncommittal. “Let’s take…
  • You Built This, Mr. President, Ferguson is all That is Wrong With Democrats

    Warner Todd Huston
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:33 pm
    The pointless and illicit rioting in Ferguson, Missouri is a perfect example of all that is wrong with the Democrat Party, the unavoidable end game of that party’s actions, and proof of the illegitimacy of everything Democrats do to win elections. Democrats win elections by lying to blacks and telling them that they are still living in the 1930s where it concerns race relations in America. The Democrat Party lies to blacks telling them Jim Crow is still in force, that blacks have made no progress, that they are oppressed every day and all their personal failures are the fault
  • Dana Perino Wrongly Claims Obama ‘Has The Prosecutorial Discretion’ To Issue His Amnesty

    Warner Todd Huston
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:40 am
    One of the claims that the left is erroneously using to justify Obama’s new amnesty policy is that he has the “prosecutorial discretion” to do what he is doing and on Thursday Fox News’ Dana Perino agreed with the left that Obama does, indeed, have that power. Perino appeared on the November 20 edition of Fox News’ The Five where she insisted that Obama does have the power to issue his amnesty. But she also noted that it was “strange” that the first major thing that Obama did after the elections was to “poison the well” with his amnesty…
  • Obama Shocked by Suggestion Another Prez Might Selectively Enforce Tax Law

    Warner Todd Huston
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:45 am
    (A personal note: I was just offered a writing job that might be VERY time consuming and it might interfere with my posting here because of time constraints. No final decisions have been made on this offer, but I wanted to alert everyone to the possibility.) A recent encounter that Obama had with ABC so entirely illustrates his arrogance that it can only make you laugh. George Stephanopoulos asked Obama what would stop a future president from following his example of selectively enforcing laws by refusing to collect certain taxes. Obama was shocked, SHOCKED, I tell you, at the suggestion
  • Fast & Furious Scandal: More information comes to light.

    David Robertson
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:57 am
    Investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson has done it again. She has exposed more dirty deeds pertaining to the Fast & Furious scandal. Here is an excerpt from a post on Attkisson’s website: “Lesson in how the administration attempts to manipulate the press and news coverage: Fast and Furious email to Attorney General Eric Holder from a communications adviser, Oct. 5, 2011 . (President Obama withheld this email under executive privilege but it was recently released as a result of a lawsuit filed by Judicial Watch against the Justice Department). p. 733 Matthew Miller to…
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    Hullabaloo

  • I'm not saying we won't get our hair mussed ...

    25 Nov 2014 | 6:30 pm
    I'm not saying we won't get our hair mussed ...by digbyJesus. Panetta:Panetta: “You never tell your enemy what the hell you’re going to do…It is important for our military leaders to know that they have to be able to use every possible option on the table in order to be able to succeed in that area.”
  • Building the GOP bench: no girls allowed

    25 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Building the GOP bench: no girls allowed by digbyHow surprising:[A]ll 11 state lawmaking chambers that flipped to Republican control in this month’s elections –- six senates, five houses or assemblies — will be led by men. In 10 of the 11, the new Speaker or Senate President (or President Pro Tempore, depending on the state’s particular quirks) has been chosen; in the other, all the reported contenders are male.But give the GOP some credit where it’s due. Republicans in Montana and Wisconsin have selected Debby Barnett and Mary Lazich to the top state senate posts, joining Susan…
  • Ain't it the truth? #everythingisawful

    25 Nov 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Ain't it the truth?by digbyVia
  • Troll 'o the day: An alien from another planet

    25 Nov 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Troll 'o the day: An alien from another planet by digbyThe other creepy congressman named King:“I think it would be very helpful if President Obama went and met with the police officer, or invited him to the White House and said, ‘You’ve gone through four months of smear and slander, and the least we can do is tell you that it’s unfortunate that it happened and thank you for doing your job,’” the New York Republican told Fox Business on Tuesday.And maybe afterwards they could wave the confederate flag and sing Dixie. I love the fact that he thinks the president should thank the…
  • Rodney, Trayvon and Michael

    25 Nov 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Rodney, Trayvon and Michaelby digbyI did a little meditation on Ferguson for Salon this morning. As I watched the broadcast last night and listened to the rambling statement of the prosecutor, it reminded me of an earlier incident:I remember the night the Rodney King video first surfaced on Los Angeles television like it was yesterday.  In those days you didn’t see videos of police beatings unless a news camera happened to catch it  — video cameras were bulky items that people didn’t carry around with them. That footage of those police beating a man mercilessly, grainy…
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    Eschaton

  • Evening Thread

    25 Nov 2014 | 5:24 pm
    Have at it.
  • Blowback

    25 Nov 2014 | 1:20 pm
    This covert ops thing never seems to work out well. Certainly not in the long run.Marcy on Bhengazzzzz.But the key questions all come down to what degree the attack on Chris Stevens and two former SEALs who might have been training the Special Forces that didn’t come through when it mattered was blowback, a horrible but perhaps unsurprising outcome when you arm a range of militias to overthrow someone you want gone.
  • Afternoon Thread

    25 Nov 2014 | 10:30 am
    Travel day for me...
  • Witness #40

    25 Nov 2014 | 8:30 am
    Dear Penthouse Forum...
  • Justice In America

    25 Nov 2014 | 7:35 am
    Only looked at snippets of the grand jury stuff, but it's quite obvious that it wasn't a grand jury proceeding, it was a trial without a prosecutor.
 
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    Firedoglake

  • Late Night: Have Fun

    Elliott
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:00 pm
    Cyndi Lauper – Girls Just Want To Have Fun That’s right, we want to have fun – deal with it. Lordy, 1985 was so long ago, here’s me creaking up the stairs with my warm milk.
  • The Womb Lottery

    Alan Grayson
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:10 pm
    I’m happy that President Obama finally has moved forward with immigration reform. But the six-year-long White House Bad Messaging Plague (WHBMP) continues unabated. We’re in danger of losing the public on this issue even before the first work permit is issued. President Obama’s executive order removes the loaded guns pointed at the temples of five million human beings, who also happen to be undocumented U.S. immigrants. It is a sincere act of compassion and mercy that has eluded House Speaker John Boehner for years, Boehner’s utterly hypocritical nattering about the urgent…
  • Over Easy: Putting It All Together

    cmaukonen
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:05 pm
    Transmitter 1933Went to Westside Market today to do my shopping for the next two weeks. I knew that on Wednesday it would be a zoo, with tons of people doing last minute shopping for Thanksgiving. West 25th Street paving was finished, so not so big a hassle driving it today. Much warmer with the temps in the 60s but off and on rain. One of the members of our theater group set up a private FB group for us all to exchange photos and stories and memories of when we were together putting on shows at the university and sometimes elsewhere. A lot of them concerning how each of us often had to…
  • A Quick Whirl Around the Mining and Fracking Worlds: 25 Nov 2014

    KateCA
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:02 pm
    Celebrate the cycle of life with a Hoop Dance accompanied by Jazz music, both unique to this country. Today’s article is a combination of news items for both Mining and Fracking, beginning with Mining.  Next week, it’s back to the usual schedule (Mining on Tuesdays, Fracking on Thursdays).   MINING THE EARTH *AK.  The Pebble Mine is back in the news as a federal judge “temporarily blocked” the EPA’s efforts to stop the mine, following Northern Dynasty Minerals’ objections to the process. *KY.  A judge has ruled that the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet is “so…
  • Police Fired Tear Gas at Coffee Shop in St. Louis That Was Supposed ‘Safe Space’ – Twice

    Kevin Gosztola
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Safe space raided; @Amnesty Int'l observer team tear gassed. Three delegates hit with rubber bullets #Fergsuon pic.twitter.com/TWuq9iuiov — Rachel O'Leary (@racheloleary) November 25, 2014 Police deployed in riot gear fired tear gas directly at a coffee shop in St. Louis early in the morning on Tuesday. The scene unfolded just hours after an announcement by St. Louis County prosecutor, Robert McCulloch, that a grand jury had found no “probable cause” to indict white Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for killing an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, on August…
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  • More National Guardsmen Called to Ferguson

    Jeralyn
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:40 pm
    MO Governor Jay Nixon has ordered 2,200 more national guardsman to Ferguson. More than 2,200 additional National Guard troops will take to the streets in the St. Louis area at night, Gov. Jay Nixon announced. They will join 700 Guardsmen already... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Ferguson G. J. Decision : No Indictment, Violence Erupts

    Jeralyn
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:34 am
    The prosecutor's office has released the grand jury testimony in the investigation of the Michael Brown shooting. The grand jury declined to indict Officer Wilson. The local CBS affiliate has this recap, with links to some of the testimony.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Monday Open Thread

    Jeralyn
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:20 am
    Showtime's Homeland is back in its element. After a shaky start this season, it slowly got back on track, and the last two episodes were Homeland at it's best. Separated at birth: One of the two guys above is Saddam Jamal, a terrorist in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Rudy Giulani's Shows His True Colors

    Jeralyn
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:14 pm
    Rudy Giuliani is justly taking a heap of justly deserved criticism for his comments on Meet the Press about race and crime today. In a discussion about Ferguson and the disproportionate number of white cops in neighborhoods with a large minority... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Next Generation of Mujahideen

    Jeralyn
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:04 am
    ISIS has released a lot of videos the past few days. In one, Race Towards Good (link removed),ISIS takes us inside a training camp for Kazakh children. They are purposely indoctrinated from a young age (There's even a toddler holding a toy gun.)... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    The Fix

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

    Jaime Fuller
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:11 pm
    1. Marc Fisher and Wesley Lowery discuss how the protests in Ferguson defy historical analogies. But August’s violence in Ferguson broke the mold in three important ways — one of which is just unfolding now. These were rare suburban riots, racial violence coming to the very place where many Americans — both white and black […]
  • The 27 worst headline puns made about presidential turkey pardons

    Jaime Fuller
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    On Wednesday, two obese birds will be sent into retirement in an opulent ceremony at the White House. The beneficent ritual happens in anticipation of the annual mass consumption of their unlucky brethren, as political precedent mandates. Michael Pollan told fellow Post writer Tim Carman this week, “It’s sort of an animal sacrifice in reverse — instead […]
  • Why speaking on Ferguson was a lose-lose proposition for President Obama

    Chris Cillizza
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:07 am
    It was a night of split screens. Even as St. Louis County prosecuting attorney Robert McCulloch was wrapping up a nearly hour-long recitation of the events surrounding the shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo. -- and the decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson -- the White House briefing room was being made […]
  • Our rude and subjective assessment of the best place for the 2016 Democratic convention

    Philip Bump
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:59 am
    The Democratic National Committee has narrowed its choice of possible 2016 convention cities to three: Philadelphia; Columbus, Ohio; and New York. As someone who has lived in two of those cities and has frequently traveled through the third, I feel as though I am well-positioned to offer an analysis of these choices. A few things […]
  • More than a third of Americans think illegal immigrants can’t stay

    Philip Bump
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:17 am
    Here's a detail worth pulling out from a new Quinnipiac University survey on immigration: Thirty-five percent of respondents indicated that immigrants who entered the country illegally "should be required to leave" -- a high in Quinnipiac polling since early 2013. When the polling firm first asked the question in April 2013, 60 percent said they […]
 
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    Blue Jersey - Front Page

  • Ferguson - The Psychology of Riots and Poverty

    25 Nov 2014 | 6:44 am
    The rare non-NJ-specific post. Because most of us were watching last night, and some of us may be attending gatherings today in Montclair, Cherry Hill, Newark, Princeton or elsewhere. Promoted by Rosi. I'm not going to sit here and Monday morning quarterback the jury's decision. I don't have all the evidence, you don't have all the evidence the grand jury saw. We just...don't...know. But I wanted to address something else. I've seen a lot of people decrying the rioting and looting behavior. While I agree - it's reprehensible, I also like to come at this from a…
  • News Roundup & Open Thread for Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014

    25 Nov 2014 | 5:51 am
    Philadelphia, Brooklyn, or Columbus DNC names convention finalist cities. No evidence that N.J. state job held by DiVincenzo's son was publicly advertised Joe D endorses Christie, his son gets a high-paying job he doesn't have to compete for. Christie's Dept. of Ed ducks press OPRA requests, and all accountability. And I remind you: DiVincenzo wants a fifth term as Essex County Executive. Media Hank Kalet at Channel Surfing makes a good case that newspaper endorsements - which apparently now stretch to pre-endorsement endorsements - are less valuable than laying out issues that matter,…
  • A collective, national holding of breath #Ferguson

    24 Nov 2014 | 6:04 pm
    UPDATE 9:24pm: No indictment of Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. Missouri authorities have known the outcome of the Grand Jury's decision whether to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for the killing of unarmed teen Mike Brown for at least 7 hours. But despite the arrival of Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon, and the assembling of long police lines around the Justice Center in Clayton, and in the streets of Ferguson, the decision has been delayed and delayed, and is now scheduled for just minutes away - after dark. South Jersey commuters coming home from Philadelphia workdays may have…
  • Christie Gambled with Your Money and Lost. Again.

    24 Nov 2014 | 10:16 am
    In a world where government revenue is shrinking and demands for services are increasing, state governments continue to look for ways to generate more income. One such method has been state lotteries, which have been around in their present form since the mid-'80s. In spite of the fact that state lotteries are really a form of regressive taxation, they have become a popular and essential element of the state fiscal budgeting process. In New Jersey, they represent the fourth largest source of revenue. But that source has been decreasing over the past several years. Exacerbating the problem is…
  • Shorter @tomamoran: We Had To Destroy Camden to Save it

    24 Nov 2014 | 8:18 am
    Cross-posted from Jersey Jazzman. The fact that Tom Moran gave himself gobs of print space in the op-ed section of today's Star-Ledger solely for the purpose of kissing South Jersey Democratic boss George Norcross's posterior pretty much tells us all we need to know about that newspaper's sad decline. But I just want to point out a few things for the record that Moran, as usual, completely misses: - Let's start with Moran's rather selective memory about the history of policing and Camden: For the drug dealers and gangs, things got even better when Camden was hit by the double-whammy of the…
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    Truthout Stories

  • Torture Report: Mark Udall's Historic Moment to Rescue CIA Oversight

    25 Nov 2014 | 12:40 pm
    In the struggle over the release of the CIA torture report, a litmus test of the ability and willingness of Congress to conduct any meaningful oversight of the CIA, outgoing Colorado Sen. Mark Udall may be the Senate Democrats' last line of defense.Sen. Mark Udall. (Photo: Talk Radio News Service / Flickr)Will Truthout keep publishing stories like this in 2015 and beyond? That depends on readers like you. Donate now to ensure our work continues! "Time Is Running Out on the CIA Torture Report," National Journal reports: Backroom negotiations over the release of a long-delayed Senate report on…
  • Can Democrats Set Out a New Path?

    25 Nov 2014 | 12:22 pm
    US Senators, including Chuck Schumer (D-New York), push for passage of the Paycheck Fairness Act, a bill that would ensure women receive equal pay for equal work, April 2014. (Photo: Senate Democrats / Flickr)If you value media that isn't controlled by advertisers or billionaire sponsors, show your support today! Donate to Truthout now to keep independent media strong. Democrats must embrace a pro-government platform, not run away from it. Those were the sentiments of Sen. Chuck Schumer today, in a speech given at the National Press Club. Talking about the reasons for Democrats' losses on…
  • The Games People Play: One Year After the Rise of the Maidan Movement in Ukraine

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:52 am
    One year after mass protests erupted in Kiev's Maidan Square, a Ukrainian commentator looks back on a protest movement ostensibly aimed against "corruption," devoted to forging economic and political ties with the leading capitalist countries and ultimately dominated by right-wing nationalism.Protests in Maidan Square in Kiev, Ukraine, December 29, 2013. (Photo: maksymenko oleksandr / Flickr) Will Truthout's mission continue in 2015 and beyond? That depends on readers like you. Make a tax-deductible donation now to sustain our work! It is one year since mass protests erupted in Maidan Square…
  • Russians Invade Afghanistan (Again!), Chinese Fight Iraq War (Again!): What If It Weren't Us?

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:38 am
    Let’s play a game, the kind that makes no sense on this single-superpower planet of ours. For a moment, do your best to suspend disbelief and imagine that there’s another superpower, great power, or even regional power somewhere that, between 2001 and 2003, launched two major wars in the Greater Middle East. We’re talking about full-scale invasions, long-term occupations, and nation-building programs, first in Afghanistan and then in Iraq. In both countries, that power quickly succeeded in its stated objective of “regime change,” only to find itself mired in deadly conflicts with…
  • On the News With Thom Hartmann: Walmart Is One of the World's Biggest Consumers of Coal, and More

    25 Nov 2014 | 8:34 am
    In today's On the News segment: According to a new report from The Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Walmart is one of the world's biggest consumers of coal; learning a second language is like bodybuilding for your brain; the Food and Drug Administration is tasked with ensuring the safety of what we put into our bodies, but it has no authority over most of the stuff we put on our skin; and more. TRANSCRIPT: Thom Hartmann here - on the best of the rest of....science & green news..... You need to know this. Most of us know that taxpayers subsidize Walmart's low wages with billions of…
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  • Can the ACA exchanges steer customers away from bad choices?

    Andrew Sprung
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:02 pm
    An important feature on Healthcare.gov -- improved for the new open season, I believe -- could steer significant numbers of users toward plans best suited to their needs -- and perhaps point a way towards solving the "auto-renewal" problem, whereby existing plan holders may face steep price hikes if they fail to comparison -shop.The feature in question is addressed to those buyers who are eligible for Cost Sharing Reduction subsidies, which lower plan deductibles and out-of-pockets costs for lower-income buyers -- but only if they buy silver-level plans, which will cost them significantly…
  • Why go for the bronze?

    Andrew Sprung
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:11 pm
    I've devoted a lot of posts to worrying about who bought high deductible bronze plans but shouldn't have, especially those who were eligible for Cost Sharing Reduction subsidies if they bought silver (Fortunately, most CSR-eligible buyers did choose silver.) This evening I have a post up on healthinsurance.org digging into who should buy bronze -- that is, for whom is a plan with, say, a $5,000 deductible at least a rational choice.One key: in  some states and counties, some bronze plans provide substantial benefits that kick in before the deductible is reached -- say, $20 primary…
  • The ACA and the white working class

    Andrew Sprung
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:27 am
    When Bill Gardner this morning pointed out, as many have, that Americans approve of the core components of the ACA but disapprove of the law, I expected the corollary to be "slander works," or"it's really hard to communicate how these moving parts fit together," or some combination of the two.Instead, I was confronted with this chart from a paper by Henry Aaron and Gary Burtless(Redistributive effects of the ACA (from Aaron & Burtless, 2014).There's a lot of factors packed into that chart - taxes (including the individual mandate), the employer mandate, Medicare payment cuts. I would…
  • Gruber clips inspire powerful condensed defenses of the ACA

    Andrew Sprung
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:19 am
    On occasion, I've made my case against opinion writers' "paragraph briefs," which make an omnibus case for something by packing disparate and often dubious assertions in comma-separated series.An often more powerful variant, though still subject to slipping in slugs and ringers, is the link-packed paragraph brief.  These cite an array of evidence in a way that dares the reader not to take the cited authorities on faith -- each of them, maybe a half-dozen, are a click away. Of course, most of us do take most of them on faith most of the time. But the cards are on the table.The Gruber…
  • Fleshing out a (real) ACA hardship story in the WSJ

    Andrew Sprung
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:41 am
    It's inevitable that reporters' vignettes about ACA shoppers will often lack context or essential details. Print space is limited, readers' attention is limited,  reporters' time is limited, and protagonists' grasp of their own experience may even be limited.Still, the back stories are often worth probing (3, 2, 1. 0). Here's one from today's Wall Street Journal, with Louise Radnofsky, Stephanie Armour, and Anna Wilde Mathews reporting on the first day of Open Season II. There's no inaccuracy, but the rate-shock subplot in this brief account does leave a question…
 
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    Opinionator

  • How the Civil War Created Thanksgiving

    By Kenneth C. Davis
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:12 pm
    It took the war to make a regional New England holiday into a national one.
  • Should Immigrants Have Human Rights?

    By Gary Gutting and Joseph Carens
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Like the feudal system and slavery before it, our current immigration policy ignores our fundamental moral obligations.
  • Surviving Andersonville

    By Ronald S. Coddington
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:43 pm
    The story of one wounded Union soldier who lived through the horrors of the South's worst prison camp.
  • A Gander at Love

    By Anica Mrose Rissi
    23 Nov 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Geese are mean and geese are dumb. But this is not really about geese.
  • The ‘Rules’ of Psychotherapy

    By Robin Weiss
    22 Nov 2014 | 11:30 am
    Would I talk to my patient about myself?
 
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    Slashdot: Politics

  • Cameron Accuses Internet Companies Of Giving Terrorists Safe Haven

    timothy
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:25 am
    An anonymous reader writes with this snippet from The Guardian: "Internet companies are allowing their networks to be used to plot "murder and mayhem", David Cameron has said in response to the official inquiry into the intelligence agencies' actions ahead of the killing of Lee Rigby. He demanded that internet companies live up to their social responsibilities to report potential terror threats and said there was no reason for such firms to be willing to cooperate with state agencies over child abuse but not over combatting terrorism. His comments to the House of Commons came after the…
  • How "Big Ideas" Are Actually Hurting International Development

    Soulskill
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:10 am
    schnell writes: The New Republic is running a fascinating article that analyzes the changing state of foreign development. Tech entrepreneurs and celebrities are increasingly realizing the inefficiencies of the old charitable NGO-based model of foreign aid, and shifting their support to "disruptive" new ideas that have been demonstrated in small experiments to deliver disproportionately beneficial results. But multiple studies now show that "game changing" ideas that prove revolutionary in limited studies fail to prove effective at scale, and are limited by a simple and disappointing fact: no…
  • Great Firewall of China Blocks Edgecast CDN, Thousands of Websites Affected

    Soulskill
    22 Nov 2014 | 11:01 pm
    An anonymous reader writes: Starting about a week ago, The Great Firewall of China began blocking the Edgecast CDN. This was spurred by Great Fire's Collateral Freedom project, which used CDNs to get around censorship of individual domains. It left China with either letting go of censorship, or breaking significant chunks of the Internet for their population. China chose to do the latter, and now many websites are no longer functional for Chinese users. I just helped a friend diagnose this problem with his company's site, so it's likely many people are still just starting to discover what's…
  • Ukraine's IT Brigade Supports the Troops

    Soulskill
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:50 am
    An anonymous reader sends this story from BusinessWeek: Eight months ago, David Arakhamiya was running a small IT company in the southern Ukrainian city of Mykolayiv. Today, as an adviser to Ukraine’s defense minister, he oversees a massive crowdfunding effort that since March has raised about $300 million from ordinary citizens. The money is being used to equip Ukraine’s army with everything from uniforms, water, and other basic supplies to high-tech gear such as reconnaissance drones. Yaroslav Markevich, another IT entrepreneur with a small company in Kharkiv, once a Soviet hub…
  • Obama's Immigration Order To Give Tech Industry Some, Leave 'Em Wanting More

    Soulskill
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:06 pm
    theodp writes: "The high-tech industry," reports the Washington Post's Nancy Scola, "will have at least two things to be happy about in President Obama's speech outlining executive actions he'll take on immigration. The president plans to grant the tech industry some, but not nearly all, of what it has been after in the immigration debate. The first is aimed at increasing the opportunity for foreign students and recent graduates from U.S. schools to work in high-tech jobs in the United States. And the second is aimed at making it easier for foreign-born entrepreneurs to set up shop in the…
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    The Independent: On The Campaign Trail

  • Ric Blackshaw tells us Scrawl about his street art enterprise

    25 Nov 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Ric Blackshaw runs the Scrawl Collective, an agency that hires out the services of a group of street artists to big brands and anyone who wants only the finest in professional art from the streets.
  • Barking Blondes: What breed of dog makes the best pet?

    23 Nov 2014 | 11:51 am
    A question for all you dog owners out there.. “What made you choose one breed over another? Everyone has a ‘preferred’ view on what’s the  perfect or ‘Top Dog’. Some decisions might be based on ‘personality’ , looks and fashion rather than more fundamental points like intelligence, health and lifespan. Often its based on history “My family [...]
  • DJ Pied Piper: ‘People still ask me if I really really like it’

    23 Nov 2014 | 11:50 am
    Garage Nation’s Boiler Room special a few months ago totally blew my mind. I fell asleep streaming it, and when I woke up it was still going. Straight away I was on Twitter, saying how impressed I was that they’d been on for eight hours straight and everyone in the club was still looking fresh [...]
  • D Double E: There’s only way for grime to go, and that’s UP

    21 Nov 2014 | 7:26 am
    Grime has been a big love of mine since its very early days, before the genre really had a name. I’d listen to, and tape, shows from stations like Rinse and Dejavu on a regular basis, witnessing the evolution from garage to grime first-hand. D Double E is an MC who stood out right from [...]
  • Children’s books for November: The Something, The Imaginary and Eren

    21 Nov 2014 | 6:39 am
    This month’s theme is imaginary friends. Though, as you’ll see, some of the imaginary creatures in the stories I’ve chosen are perhaps not as friendly as they first seem. And some of them may or may not be all that imaginary… PICTURE BOOK OF THE MONTH: The Something Rebecca Cobb is something of a rising star [...]
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  • Tonight on The Independents: Let’s Try That Ferguson Show Again, Featuring Deroy Murdock, Basil Smikle, Eric Guster, Mollie Hemingway, and More

    Matt Welch
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:25 pm
    Well, last night got a bit pear-shaped, but tonight, knock on wood, we'll be back with a fresh new episode of The Independents (Fox Business Network, 9 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. PT, repeats three hours later), where we'll have a chunk of the same topic (Ferguson!) and two of our same scheduled guests: Fox News contributor/National Review writer Deroy Murdock, and Democratic political strategist Basil Smikle. In addition, legal analyst Eric Guster will talk about what can/should/might happen in the legal case next. Did you read Mollie Hemingway's "20 Ways Media Completely Misread Congress’ Weak-Sauce…
  • Polling Finds a Stark Racial Divide in Perceptions of Law Enforcement

    Jason Keisling
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:45 pm
  • Robby Soave: The UVA Rapists Shouldn't Have Been Expelled

    Reason.com
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:31 pm
    It’s difficult to imagine a more callous, wholly inadequate response to a culture of seemingly rampant sexual assault at the University of Virginia than the one its administrators practiced year after year, according to a horrifying account finally publicized by Rolling Stone last week. But that’s precisely what happens when an entity equipped only to deal with academic misbehavior is instead pushed to do something about sexual assault: it finds itself putting the university’s brand name first and the victims second, writes Robby Soave. The lesson of the UVA assault, then, is that…
  • George Stephanopoulos Lands First Interview with Darren Wilson, Obama Hurts Hagel's Feelings, First Jurassic World Trailer Debuts: P.M. Links

    Robby Soave
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:30 pm
    In the continuing fallout from the Ferguson grand jury decision, George Stephanopoulos will be the first journalist to air an interview with Darren Wilson, the cop who killed Michael Brown. Documents suggest the grand jury confronted huge volumes of conflicting eyewitness testimony from people who claimed to have seen what happened between Wilson and Brown. President Obama reportedly thought Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel "just wasn't the right man for the job." Sen. Charles Schumer says focusing on healthcare reform was a mistake for Democrats. Obama doled out the Presidential Medals of…
  • The UVA Rapists Should Not Have Been Expelled

    Robby Soave
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:30 pm
    It’s difficult to imagine a more callous, wholly inadequate response to a culture of seemingly rampant sexual assault at the University of Virginia (UVA) than the one its administrators practiced year after year, according to a horrifying account finally publicized by Rolling Stone last week. But that’s precisely what happens when an entity equipped only to deal with academic misbehavior is instead pushed to do something about sexual assault: it finds itself putting the university’s brand name first and the victims second. The lesson of the UVA assault, then, is that efforts undertaken…
 
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    Lehigh Valley Conservative

  • Confused

    Randy Toman
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:05 am
    In Otto Scott’s book “Robespierre” copyright 1974— on page 169—–it has this sentence: “Like many young men they subconsciously confuse education with character.” Scott is obviously talking about the young men in late 1700’s France with Robespierre and the French Revolution.  This same confusion I think is ramped in today’s culture.  We have in today’s Colleges and Universities a twisting of what is to make-up the young man’s character in that education as if the educational process will turn out fine upright citizen even as they are filling their…
  • The FED is killing us

    Randy Toman
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:17 pm
    “The real cause of the disaster is the very financial structure that was fashioned by legislators and guided by regulators; they together created a cartel that, like all other monopolistic concoctions is playing mischief with its victims.” Quoted from; “The Great Banking Scandal” (1990) Hans Sennholz You will note I was quoting something written in 1990—almost 25 years ago. And we all know that was well before the sophistication of today’s Wall Street—with its high power computerized buying and selling. It is troubling to know, debt was there (1990) but small and…
  • Words to the Pastor

    Randy Toman
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:17 am
    Charles G. Finney (1792-1875) was an effective teacher at Oberlin theological department for 40 years. (1835- 1875) Robert Fletcher’s article “The Pastor Theology of Charles G. Finney” nails the problems of today as he tells what Finney taught his young preachers. Fletcher writes of Finney; “The pastor and his flock had reciprocal duties, according to Finney. The pastor must demean himself so as to deserve the confidence of the people, giving himself wholly to the work and avoid every irrelevant engagement, feeding the flock with truth well digested, warning them publicly and…
  • Truth and How You Get to it

    Randy Toman
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:46 am
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881) wrote: “If God does not exist, everything is permitted.” The truth of the statement cannot be questioned—-at least I don’t think so. If God does exist then compromise with a branding of some sort of Conservative leaning cannot in fact be the way to a truth because God allows anyone to attempt to identify truth, which must be the starting point. Anything said, should be considered as what is the truth rather than some position of a compromising agenda. It is this truth of the matter that should be hinged to a higher authority if that truth or…
  • Is it easy to fall?

    Randy Toman
    11 Oct 2014 | 10:37 am
    Is it easy to fall from the rule of good men with intelligence, having religious convictions? To a group of few men trying to do good—–all the while those few good men think they are doing good as they cannot stopping the drift——nor can they focus on the complex issues of religious doctrine, with its connections, that makes a citizen and government righteous and work correctly. There is that drift away from religious connections for its citizens and government—that makes government not function, and from there, but an easy step into tyranny. From that drift toward…
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    The American Prospect

  • Chaos or Community? Ferguson's Aftermath Calls the Question

    Kevin Cokley
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:59 am
    As I watched the images of burning stores and looting in Ferguson, Missouri, Monday night, I was reminded of the 1965 Watts riots and the 1992 riots in Los Angeles. These uprisings, or rebellions, as they are referred to in certain activist circles, reflected simmering and justified rage beneath the surface of so many blacks. This special brand of rage is omnipresent and, at times, all-consuming. It rarely goes completely away. It becomes muted over time, but is always a Trayvon Martin or Michael Brown incident away from becoming fully combustible. The match in this case was the grand jury…
  • Iran Nuclear Talks Still Face Sabotage

    Matthew Duss
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:11 am
    One of the best and most predictive pieces of the 2008 presidential campaign was one by Michael Scherer and Michael Weisskopf, which examined the gambling styles of John McCain and Barack Obama, and what this suggested about their approaches to strategy. McCain, the craps enthusiast, was a risk- taker, ready to bet a thousand dollars on a single, luck-changing roll. This is the McCain we saw who tried to enliven his presidential campaign with the surprise selection of the comically unqualified Sarah Palin as his running mate and who tried to change the game by suspending his campaign in the…
  • Who Knew Cleveland Was Cool? Quite a Few Good Writers

    Amanda Teuscher
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:22 am
    (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File) This Tuesday, September 11, 2012, file photo shows the Cleveland skyline taken from the city's Edgewater Park. When news outlets and websites write about the industrial Midwest, the coverage can vacillate between boosterism and “ruin porn,” often at the expense of telling compelling stories about the people and complexities of cities like Detroit, Cleveland, and Buffalo. Belt Magazine, an online publication based in Cleveland, just celebrated its first anniversary with the release of Dispatches from the Rust Belt, a collection of the magazine’s best content.
  • Fair Work Schedules: The Next New Human Right

    David Bensman
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:49 pm
    Though it would be hard to see it in the midterm election results, we live in the opening phase of a great countermovement against neoliberalism. The evidence is everywhere you look, and not only in the United States and Latin America. The stunning success of Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century can only be understood in this context. Throughout America, there are campaigns for raising the minimum wage and for setting a $15 floor. (On November 4, four red states approved ballot initiatives to up the minimum wage, and San Franciscans voted to follow Seattle’s lead by…
  • In Early Polling, God Remains Undecided On Pick For 2016 GOP Nominee

    Paul Waldman
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:16 am
    Had you asked me which of the 20 or so potential Republican presidential candidates would be first to claim that his candidacy was endorsed by God himself, I would have said Ben Carson, who has the necessary combination of deep religious faith and self-aggrandizing nuttiness. And today we learn that while the creator of the universe is still mulling his options, he's not exactly giving Carson a no: In an interview on Thursday with Pat Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network, Carson said he felt the hand of the Lord pushing him toward the White House. "Has He grabbed you by the collar yet?"…
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  • Chaos or Community? Ferguson's Aftermath Calls the Question

    Kevin Cokley
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:59 am
    As I watched the images of burning stores and looting in Ferguson, Missouri, Monday night, I was reminded of the 1965 Watts riots and the 1992 riots in Los Angeles. These uprisings, or rebellions, as they are referred to in certain activist circles, reflected simmering and justified rage beneath the surface of so many blacks. This special brand of rage is omnipresent and, at times, all-consuming. It rarely goes completely away. It becomes muted over time, but is always a Trayvon Martin or Michael Brown incident away from becoming fully combustible. The match in this case was the grand jury…
  • Iran Nuclear Talks Still Face Sabotage

    Matthew Duss
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:11 am
    One of the best and most predictive pieces of the 2008 presidential campaign was one by Michael Scherer and Michael Weisskopf, which examined the gambling styles of John McCain and Barack Obama, and what this suggested about their approaches to strategy. McCain, the craps enthusiast, was a risk- taker, ready to bet a thousand dollars on a single, luck-changing roll. This is the McCain we saw who tried to enliven his presidential campaign with the surprise selection of the comically unqualified Sarah Palin as his running mate and who tried to change the game by suspending his campaign in the…
  • Who Knew Cleveland Was Cool? Quite a Few Good Writers

    Amanda Teuscher
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:22 am
    (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File) This Tuesday, September 11, 2012, file photo shows the Cleveland skyline taken from the city's Edgewater Park. When news outlets and websites write about the industrial Midwest, the coverage can vacillate between boosterism and “ruin porn,” often at the expense of telling compelling stories about the people and complexities of cities like Detroit, Cleveland, and Buffalo. Belt Magazine, an online publication based in Cleveland, just celebrated its first anniversary with the release of Dispatches from the Rust Belt, a collection of the magazine’s best content.
  • Fair Work Schedules: The Next New Human Right

    David Bensman
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:49 pm
    Though it would be hard to see it in the midterm election results, we live in the opening phase of a great countermovement against neoliberalism. The evidence is everywhere you look, and not only in the United States and Latin America. The stunning success of Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century can only be understood in this context. Throughout America, there are campaigns for raising the minimum wage and for setting a $15 floor. (On November 4, four red states approved ballot initiatives to up the minimum wage, and San Franciscans voted to follow Seattle’s lead by…
  • In Early Polling, God Remains Undecided On Pick For 2016 GOP Nominee

    Paul Waldman
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:16 am
    Had you asked me which of the 20 or so potential Republican presidential candidates would be first to claim that his candidacy was endorsed by God himself, I would have said Ben Carson, who has the necessary combination of deep religious faith and self-aggrandizing nuttiness. And today we learn that while the creator of the universe is still mulling his options, he's not exactly giving Carson a no: In an interview on Thursday with Pat Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network, Carson said he felt the hand of the Lord pushing him toward the White House. "Has He grabbed you by the collar yet?"…
 
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  • How the Obama administration gives away military-grade weapons to local police

    Max Ehrenfreund
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Police stand watch as demonstrators protest the shooting death of Michael Brown on August 13, 2014 in Ferguson. (Scott Olson/Getty Images) In the weeks after the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., images of officers training rifles on crowds of protesters from the turrets of armored vehicles became a potent symbol of the distrust between law enforcement and citizens in Ferguson -- and elsewhere. Now, civil rights and civil liberties advocates are calling on the Obama administration to respond to the events in Ferguson by discouraging police from relying so heavily on military…
  • Every actor from your favorite holiday movies is dead

    Philip Bump
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:06 am
    (AP Photo/Warner Bros., file) Hey, happy holidays! Did you know that as you sit down to watch your favorite holiday movies this year, cuddled next to your family, you will be gazing upon the faces of people long dead from this Earth? Yes, the people in your favorite holiday movies are almost all dead. In addition to being a wonderful, Eeyore-esque drag on your upcoming festivities, it's actually fascinating to consider the permanence of these films, artifacts that tell a beloved story but also capture the overlap of dozens of lives, now immortalized in as real a sense as modern technology can…
  • Diagrama: Quien califica para el nuevo amparo de la deportación de Obama—y quien no

    Emily Badger, Kennedy Elliott and Roberto A. Ferdman
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:04 am
    You can read an English-language version of this post and graphic here. El amparo de la deportación que el presidente Obama extendió a millones de inmigrantes la semana pasada es relativamente arbitrario. La acción ejecutiva del presidente suspenderá la deportación de una madre sin documentos que tenga un hijo nacido en los Estados Unidos el jueves pasado—pero no para una madre sin documentos que dio a luz a un hijo en los Estados Unidos un día después. Similarmente, el presidente ha ofrecido suspender la deportación de niños traídos a este país por sus padres antes de que…
  • People literally have no idea how many calories are in their food

    Jason Millman
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:53 am
    People really have no idea how many calories are in this meal. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) America is about to find out how many calories are in their favorite dishes and snacks — and it could be a pretty big wake-up call. After years of delay, the FDA on Tuesday approved sweeping new rules that will mandate calorie counts at many places where Americans eat out — chain restaurants, movie theaters, pizza joints, vending machines and more. Most affected companies will have a year to get on board with the new requirements, while vending machine operators have been given two years to comply. The…
  • This week’s OPEC meeting is the most important in years

    Steven Mufson
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:26 am
    Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) Secretary-General Abdullah al-Badri addresses the media during the presentation of OPEC's World Oil Outlook in Vienna November 6. (REUTERS/Heinz-Peter Bader) For most of the past four years, OPEC has had an easy time. The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries hasn’t had to do much to keep oil prices over $100 a barrel. Disruptions in supply — most notably the Libyan civil war — and rising demand have kept the cartel’s coffers full. It has been, say Barclays’ commodities analysts, the culmination of OPEC’s…
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  • Holder 'disappointed' by violence

    25 Nov 2014 | 8:42 pm
    Outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder said he was "disappointed" in the backlash that followed a grand jury's decision to not indict officer Darren Wilson in the death of Michael Brown."It is clear, I think, that acts of violence threaten to drown...
  • Obama fires back at hecklers: 'Get the facts'

    25 Nov 2014 | 6:46 pm
    President Obama shot back at hecklers Tuesday who interrupted his speech in Chicago, insisting they "get the facts."Back in his hometown, Obama pitched his sweeping executive actions on immigraton to a pre-dominantly Polish-American crowd.Midway...
  • For second night, Ferguson fallout grows

    25 Nov 2014 | 6:24 pm
    The center of protests shifted somewhat away from Ferguson, Mo., on Tuesday night to marches in cities across the country.A day after the grand jury decided not to charge officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of black teenager Michael Brown,...
  • Arkansas gay marriage ban overturned

    25 Nov 2014 | 5:32 pm
    A federal judge on Tuesday struck down Arkansas' gay marriage ban, ruling it unconstitional.However, the order was put on hold so the state can consider an appeal, the Associated Press reported.U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker ruled against a law...
  • Wilson: I have a 'clean conscience'

    25 Nov 2014 | 4:32 pm
     Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson says that he has a "clean conscience" after fatally shooting Michael Brown in a case that has sparked months of protests."The reason I have a clean conscience is because I know I did my job right," Wilson...
 
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  • Mississippi, Arkansas same-sex marriage bans fall (UPDATED)

    Lyle Denniston
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:11 pm
    UPDATED Wednesday 12:11 a.m.  The wave of federal court rulings against state bans on same-sex marriage swept into the Deep South on Tuesday, as a federal judge in Jackson, Miss., struck down that state’s prohibition.  In a fervent defense of the role of the courts in protecting individual rights against majority voter sentiment, and a lengthy critique of Mississippi’s history against gay rights, U.S. District Judge Carlton Wayne Reeves found the ban to be a violation of the Fourteenth Amendment guarantee of equality.  He put his ruling on hold for two weeks to allow the…
  • Petition of the day

    Maureen Johnston
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:15 pm
    The petition of the day is: Med-1 Solutions, LLC v. Suesz 14-370 Issue: Whether the term “judicial district” in section 1692i of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act should be defined with respect to state law, by determining the smallest unit into which the state consistently and uniformly divides itself (as is the rule in the Second Circuit), or whether the term should be given a federal common law definition that asks what is the smallest geographic area relevant for state court venue (as held by the Seventh Circuit below).
  • Editor’s Note

    Andrew Hamm
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:19 pm
    At 9:30 a.m. on Monday we expect additional orders from the Court’s November 25 Conference. On Tuesday, December 2, we expect one or more opinions in argued cases; we will begin live blogging shortly before 10:00 a.m.
  • Cases and controversies: Not your typical grand jury investigation

    Eric Citron
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Today’s news coverage features a vigorous debate over last night’s announcement that a grand jury in Missouri declined to indict police officer Darren Wilson for his role in the death of Michael Brown, an unarmed African-American teenager. Some believe that Wilson clearly should have been indicted for an unnecessary and unjustified killing; others counter that the grand jury process allowed the development of facts which show that Wilson acted well within the rules governing law enforcement and self-defense. In this column – which we hope to make a recurring feature on the blog – I…
  • Breaking News

    Andrew Hamm
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:41 am
    The order list is here.
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  • Open Thread: Dance of the Sugarplum Patsies

    Anne Laurie
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:15 pm
    Under the “I read these idiots so you don’t have to” rubric, Jonathan Bernstein at Bloomberg View: The Republican presidential field just gets bigger and bigger. Three early-look lists last week — compiled by Karl Rove, by Politico’s Mike Allen and by conservative talk-show host Steve Deace — identified 26 candidates in total. Yikes!… Early in 2015, which will be about a year away from the Iowa caucuses, candidates must start establishing campaign organizations, nationally and in the early states. Stronger candidates don’t have to declare formally…
  • Ohh, the Humanity

    John Cole +0
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:31 pm
    So the FDA is finalizing rules on calorie counts for foods contained in vending machines, movie theatres, etc., which I think most people would consider either a good thing or no big deal. This, however, has deeply upset the glibertarian sect, and you can read their extended plaintive wail here, but what made me laugh out loud was the closing line: And one final indignity: Every menu must also include this verbiage: “2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice, but calorie needs vary.” FSM spare us all from this evil. BTW, a bonus middle finger to the folks at the NY…
  • I’ll Tell You Why

    John Cole +0
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:04 pm
    Apparently there is very clear video of the police shooting of the 12 year old in Cleveland over the week-end which is not yet available to the public (nor do I know if it ever will be), but the USA Today write-up contains the following: Deputy Chief Ed Tomba said the officer, one of two who responded to a dispatcher’s call, was less than 10 feet from Tamir under a gazebo when the confrontation took place He declined to say if the video matches the officer’s description of events, saying a full interview of the officer has not been conducted. Neither he nor Chief Calvin Williams…
  • Tuesday Evening Open Thread

    Betty Cracker
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Here’s another recent local landscape: It’s been raining all day. The entire Balloon Juice community is lucky I’m otherwise distracted or I’d be going all bitch-kitty on random innocent posters because I’m just generally irritated and disgruntled. I’ll snap out of it, hopefully before Thursday so I don’t throttle ignorant wingnut relatives who express moronic political opinions while using my awesome homemade rolls to sop up my excellent turkey gravy. Pricks. Open thread. Share
  • Long Watch: The Dingo Really Did Take Her Baby

    Anne Laurie
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:08 pm
    Because neither lazy media or hateful mobs are a recent or American-only invention. I never did understand how that line became an all-purpose funny… …[T]here is nothing laughable about the dingo, Australia’s native wild dog and a predator capable of inflicting considerable harm. Certainly, nothing was funny about the most famous episode involving that animal: the 1980 disappearance of 9-week-old Azaria Chamberlain while her family was camping in the Australian outback. Her mother, Lindy Chamberlain, said that a dingo had entered a tent where the baby lay, and made off with her;…
 
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  • Bill Cosby Is Sick, But He Wasn’t Wrong About Black America’s Problems

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:12 pm
    It is very clear from all the recent reports that there was and still probably is something very wrong with Bill Cosby. Something like 16 women have come forth to say Cosby either sexually assaulted, molested, raped, or took advantage of them. Court finding or not, it defies common sense to believe he didn’t do something very wrong with those victims. The problem is I’ve seen the occasion of these revelations taken by some as vindication about the crusade Cosby embarked on a few years ago, embodied by what is now known as the “pound cake” speech. Essentially, Cosby…
  • What Was The Southern Strategy?

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:18 am
    After the passage of the Civil Rights Act, many southern Democrats rebelled against the party. Alabama Governor George Wallace ran against Johnson in the Democratic primary, but lost. By 1968, Wallace had left the Democrats and ran in the general election on the segregationist American Independent Party ticket, earning 9.9 million votes, 13% of the popular vote, almost all from the south. By 1972, Richard Nixon had coopted much of this movement, putting the blatant racial animus on the back burner but running on a promise to restore law and order after turbulent protests roiled the country in…
  • Who Passed The Civil Rights Act?

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:18 am
    Martin Luther King Jr., Lyndon Johnson You wouldn’t think we need to lay this out, but based on repeated erroneous comments I’ve received from conservatives over the years on this topic, here we go. The Civil Rights Act Passed The House And Senate With A Majority Vote From Both Parties The Civil Rights Act of 1964 (H.R. 7152) was introduced in the House of Representatives by a Democrat, Emanuel Celler of New York on June 20, 1963. A majority of Democrats voted for the bill in the House. 152 – 96 A majority of Republicans voted for the bill in the House. 138-34 More Democrats than…
  • Obama, Immigration Action, And Doing The Right Thing

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:56 pm
    It’s always a much better feeling when you just do the right thing. President Obama is on that path tonight with his executive action on immigration. The GOP has had years to get this right. They had a chance under George W. Bush when they ran the entire government, they had an opportunity to do this even with Democratic control. The votes are in the House right now to pass this but Speaker Boehner as usual was too cowardly to pull the trigger. Now substantive action on immigration reform belongs to Barack Obama and the Democratic Party. While Republicans have made themselves into the…
  • Jim Webb’s Bizarre Presidential Campaign Launch

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:23 pm
    Jim Webb is running for President, I guess. Jim Webb launched his presidential campaign with a strange video with bargain basement production values. There’s no real base of support for Webb within the Democratic Party. He’s not a rock star like Sec. Clinton, a progressive icon like Elizabeth Warren, a sitting progressive governor like Martin O’Malley, or an ideological warrior like Sen. Bernie Sanders. Webb was a decent enough senator, opposing the Iraq War with a centrist portfolio when that’s the sort of thing you needed to win as a Democrat in Virginia, but he…
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  • Republicans Seek To Block Marijuana Law In Washington, D.C.

    Ron Chusid
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:06 pm
    Republicans, members of the party which claims to support small government, individual freedom, and states’ rights, once again shows that it doesn’t mean a word of this.  The Hill reports on one action planned by Republicans: House Republicans next year will try to block Washington, D.C.’s, newly enacted law legalizing recreational marijuana. Rep. Andy Harris said he “absolutely” intends to launch a push to dismantle the new law when Congress returns with an empowered GOP majority in the 114th Congress. While technically not a states’ rights issue, the same principle should apply…
  • Priorities and realities

    Guest Voice
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:28 am
    Hate that the White House wants to urge the protesters in #Ferguson to act peacefully but doesn’t urge the same of the police. …Corrente ___ Researchers — psychologists and social scientists, mostly — in the U.S. and United Kingdom say data indicate that, contrary to those mainstream media stereotypes, “conspiracy theorists” appear to be more sane than people who accept official versions of controversial and contested events. The most recent study was published in July 2013 by psychologists Michael J. Wood and Karen M. Douglas of the University of Kent in the UK. Entitled…
  • Ferguson Riots: Photos Capture The Chaos

    Guest Voice
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:59 am
    Ferguson is exploding. Over three months after 18-year-old Michael Brown was shot and killed, the city is experiencing one of its most violent nights of demonstrations. Hundreds of protesters took to Ferguson’s already fragile streets late Monday, following the grand jury’s decision not to indict Officer Darren Wilson. A car burns on the street after a… Ferguson Riots: Photos Capture The Chaos The post Ferguson Riots: Photos Capture The Chaos appeared first on The Moderate Voice.
  • Cartoons: World Cartoonists look at Ferguson

    CAGLE CARTOONS
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:39 am
    Cartoonists are now doing their takes on the grand jury’s decision in Ferguson. The events in Ferguson and the ever-growing number of policy shoots of African-Americans has kept cartoonists busy over the past year. Here’s a cross section with the publication dates: Rainer Hachfeld, Neues Deutschland, Germany11/24/2014 Daryl Cagle, CagleCartoons.com11/16/2014 Daryl Cagle, CagleCartoons.com11/12/2014 Bill Schorr, Cagle Cartoons10/15/2014 Bill Schorr, Cagle Cartoons8/2/14 Bill Day, Cagle Cartoons8/26/14 Angel Boligan, El Universal, Mexico City, www.caglecartoons.com8/24/2014 See…
  • No Indictment In Furguson

    PATRICK EDABURN, Assistant Editor
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:33 pm
    Just breaking that the grand jury has voted not to indict I would hope we could all wait for the evidence to be released before reacting knee jerk but then I hope for a lot of things. Discuss away The post No Indictment In Furguson appeared first on The Moderate Voice.
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  • Never mind

    John Aravosis
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:09 pm
    The NYT has issued a correction over its embarrasingly-erroneous report about Kim Kardashian and Kayne West. I have no idea who Kardashian is — I had to ask a friend about her last week. And I’m only marginally more familiar with Kanye West. In any case, I still got a chuckle of out this, considering it comes from the New York Times: Oh NYT, why can’t I quit you?
  • Was there a plot to kill JFK in Chicago, just weeks before his assassination?

    Arlene Lee
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:38 am
    Was there a plot to kill JFK in Chicago, just weeks before his assassination on November 22, 1963? And did the unraveling of that scheme force the plotters to move on to a secondary plan, in Dallas? There is so much fascinating — and often mind-boggling — information in James W. Douglass’ meticulously researched, extensively footnoted book “JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters.” (“The 2013 edition of the book was endorsed by Kennedy’s nephew Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., who said it had moved him to visit Dealey Plaza for the first time.”)…
  • Chuck Hagel’s resignation: McCain and Cornyn were right

    Chris Trejbal
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Republican senators who opposed the Chuck Hagel’s nomination to be defense secretary were right about one thing: Hagel wasn’t qualified. Hagel resigned on Monday, reportedly under administration pressure to do so. Two years ago, when President Obama nominated the Vietnam veteran and former Republican senator from Nebraska to join his cabinet, he might have thought it would boost his bipartisan bona fides after the bitter 2012 presidential election. He might have even thought that senators would rally around one of their own nominated to a position that historically saw confirmations…
  • BREAKING: Grand jury refuses to indict Officer Wilson

    Chris Andoe
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:54 pm
    UPDATE: A grand jury has decided not to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the death of Michael Brown. ______________ It’s pandemonium out here, they’re stampeding the police, they’re pushing down the barriers. Michael Brown’s mother was standing on a car when the decision was read, she broke down. The crowd broke down the temporary gate, things were being thrown at the cops, but things have now calmed down. I have a front row seat. Here’s video of Michael Brown’s mother, wearing the brown leather jacket and white hat (the paper confirms that’s her),…
  • Ferguson grand jury has reportedly reached a decision

    John Aravosis
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:54 am
    The media is reporting that the grand jury in Ferguson, Missouri has reached a decision about whether to indict police officer Darren Wilson in the fatal shooting of Michael Brown. Wilson is white, brown was black. No one knows what the grand jury has decided. I’ve not weighed in much about this topic because I’m a lawyer, and I have a lawyer’s sensibility. That means I tend not to knee-jerk believe, or disbelieve, any accusation or allegation. I tend to dissect the news, and let the chips fall where they may. And I’ve found that sometimes the masses, on an…
 
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  • I'm Just A Bill vs Executive Order - SNL

    Grimm (/politics/member/Grimm)
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:48 am
    A bill (Kenan Thompson) and an executive order (Bobby Moynihan) explain how government really works with a little help from President Obama (Jay Pharaoh).
  • Doubt - How Deniers Win

    speechless (/politics/member/speechless)
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:58 am
  • Real Time with Bill Maher: Why Voting Matters

    PlayhousePals (/politics/member/PlayhousePals)
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    YouTube: In his editorial New Rule, Bill Maher imagines an alternative reality where Obama lost the last two elections and the country has been run by his rival, President Mitt McCain.
  • This Is What Winning Looks Like

    speechless (/politics/member/speechless)
    14 Nov 2014 | 2:52 pm
    YT: This Is What Winning Looks Like is a disturbing new documentary about the ineptitude, drug abuse, sexual misconduct, and corruption of the Afghan security forces as well as the reduced role of US Marines due to the troop withdrawal.
  • The Republicans' Inspiring Climate Change Message

    Grimm (/politics/member/Grimm)
    14 Nov 2014 | 10:36 am
    Oklahoma Republican James Inhofe gears up to chair the Senate's Environment and Public Works Committee despite literally writing the book on global warming denial.
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  • Chaos or Community? Ferguson's Aftermath Calls the Question

    Kevin Cokley
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:59 am
    As I watched the images of burning stores and looting in Ferguson, Missouri, Monday night, I was reminded of the 1965 Watts riots and the 1992 riots in Los Angeles. These uprisings, or rebellions, as they are referred to in certain activist circles, reflected simmering and justified rage beneath the surface of so many blacks. This special brand of rage is omnipresent and, at times, all-consuming. It rarely goes completely away. It becomes muted over time, but is always a Trayvon Martin or Michael Brown incident away from becoming fully combustible. The match in this case was the grand jury…
  • Iran Nuclear Talks Still Face Sabotage

    Matthew Duss
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:11 am
    One of the best and most predictive pieces of the 2008 presidential campaign was one by Michael Scherer and Michael Weisskopf, which examined the gambling styles of John McCain and Barack Obama, and what this suggested about their approaches to strategy. McCain, the craps enthusiast, was a risk- taker, ready to bet a thousand dollars on a single, luck-changing roll. This is the McCain we saw who tried to enliven his presidential campaign with the surprise selection of the comically unqualified Sarah Palin as his running mate and who tried to change the game by suspending his campaign in the…
  • Who Knew Cleveland Was Cool? Quite a Few Good Writers

    Amanda Teuscher
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:22 am
    (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File) This Tuesday, September 11, 2012, file photo shows the Cleveland skyline taken from the city's Edgewater Park. When news outlets and websites write about the industrial Midwest, the coverage can vacillate between boosterism and “ruin porn,” often at the expense of telling compelling stories about the people and complexities of cities like Detroit, Cleveland, and Buffalo. Belt Magazine, an online publication based in Cleveland, just celebrated its first anniversary with the release of Dispatches from the Rust Belt, a collection of the magazine’s best content.
  • Fair Work Schedules: The Next New Human Right

    David Bensman
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:49 pm
    Though it would be hard to see it in the midterm election results, we live in the opening phase of a great countermovement against neoliberalism. The evidence is everywhere you look, and not only in the United States and Latin America. The stunning success of Thomas Piketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century can only be understood in this context. Throughout America, there are campaigns for raising the minimum wage and for setting a $15 floor. (On November 4, four red states approved ballot initiatives to up the minimum wage, and San Franciscans voted to follow Seattle’s lead by…
  • In Early Polling, God Remains Undecided On Pick For 2016 GOP Nominee

    Paul Waldman
    21 Nov 2014 | 11:16 am
    Had you asked me which of the 20 or so potential Republican presidential candidates would be first to claim that his candidacy was endorsed by God himself, I would have said Ben Carson, who has the necessary combination of deep religious faith and self-aggrandizing nuttiness. And today we learn that while the creator of the universe is still mulling his options, he's not exactly giving Carson a no: In an interview on Thursday with Pat Robertson's Christian Broadcasting Network, Carson said he felt the hand of the Lord pushing him toward the White House. "Has He grabbed you by the collar yet?"…
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  • The 2014 Election: A Summary

    22 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    The story of the 2014 election is very simple. At each elected level of the Federal and State governments...with the exception of the White House, which was not on the ballot...the Republicans won handily, increasing their margin of control. Turnout (on a percentage basis) was the worst it has been since the 1942 national election. A Summary: Cook Political Report Votes Received as of 11/14/14 Republicans: 39,582,779 (51.77%) Democrats: 34,720,906 (45.41%) Others: 2,149,804 (2.8%) Republicans: 8 U.S. Senate seats (1 Senate race still undecided) 13 U.S. House seats (Assumes results of 5 house…
  • The 2014 Election: Voter Turnout

    22 Nov 2014 | 3:59 am
    Turnout of the eligible voting population regardless of voter registration status. The 2014 national voter turnout was 36.4%. This was the worst turnout in 72 Years. The 1942 Federal election turnout had a lower participation rate at 33.9%. The 2014 turnout rate was substantially lower than 2010 (42%), 2006 (41%), and 2002 (39.5%). Year Voter Turnout (of Total Eligible Voters) 2014 36.4% 2012 58% 2010 40.9% 2008 61.6% 2006 40.4% 2004 60.1% 2002 39.5% In 43 States less than half of the eligible population voted. No State broke the 60% voter turnout mark. In the three largest States - CA, TX…
  • Ideological Bent of the 2014 Electorate

    22 Nov 2014 | 3:58 am
    In its post-election survey of the ideological bent of the 2014 electorate, The Winston Group found the following “philosophical bent” of the electorate: (1 is Liberal and 9 is Conservative) 1 Liberal -3.37 Obama -3.67 Democrats in Congress -5 The middle -5.55 Independents -5.79 Your own political ideology -6.6 Republicans in Congress -9 Conservative
  • 2014 Election Highlighted the Divide between the Major Parties

    22 Nov 2014 | 3:57 am
    The national exit poll of those voting in 2014 demonstrates the nature of the large divide between the two major political Parties. 68% of Republicans and 30% of Democrats are “very worried about the direction of the nation’s economy” in the next year. 78% of Democrats think the government should do more to resolve problems, while 77% of Republicans think the government is doing too many things and/or it is better left to business and individuals. 67% of Republicans said their family’s financial situation is worse compared to two years ago, while 57% of Democrats say the family’s…
  • Composition of the Electorate Based on Exit Polls

    22 Nov 2014 | 3:56 am
      2014 2012 2010 2008 Men 49 47 48 47    Married 33 29 xx xx    Unmarried 16 18 xx xx Women 51 53 52 53    Married 30 31 xx xx    Unmarried 21 23 xx xx           18-29 13 19 12 18 30-44 22 27 24 29 45-64 43 38 43 37 65+ 22 16 21 16           White 75 72 77 74 Black 12 13 11 13 Hispanic / Latino 8 10 8 9 Asian 3 3 2 x Other 2 2 2 3           Liberal 23 25 20 22 Moderate 40 41 38 44 Conservative 37 35 42 34           Democrat 35 38…
 
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    Calitics - Front Page

  • We Didn't Vote

    25 Nov 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Turnout hits dismal records by Brian Leubitz Yikes. With almost every vote counted across the state, it appears about 42 percent of the state's 17.8 million registered voters cast ballots. That shatters the previous low of 50.5 percent set in 2002, when Gov. Gray Davis won re-election over Republican businessman Bill Simon.(SF Chronicle) It was something of a perfect storm here in California. No major statewide contests and nothing national to draw voters in combined with some rather boring statewide measures. But still, yikes. It is hard to argue that California has made it hard to vote, but…
  • Brown Appoints Leondra R. Kruger, 38, to State Supreme Court

    24 Nov 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Will join a block of young Brown-appointed justices by Brian Leubitz Governor Brown is making judicial appointments for the long-term. After appointing now Justices Liu and Cuéllar, he has appointed Deputy Assistant Attorney General Leondra R. Kruger to replace Justice Joyce Kennard. Here's the quick bio: Leondra R. Kruger, 38, of Washington, D.C., has served as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Legal Counsel since 2013. She served as an Assistant to the Solicitor General and as Acting Principal Deputy Solicitor General in the U.S. Department of…
  • Another Wave Crashes Weakly on California Shores

    11 Nov 2014 | 8:50 am
    A few close elections remain by Brian Leubitz Well, another election has come and gone. And once again, California was the break against a national wave election. Sure, there were a few disappointments, and a few races that are still in question. But California is still a state where the divisive values of the extreme right represented by the Republican party do not sell. The close ones to watch at this point are in the House of Representatives, where three Democrats are fighting to maintain their seats. Ami Bera and Jim Costa are just barely behind their Republican opponents, and Julia…
  • Field Issues Final Poll of the Year, Light Turnout Expected Tomorrow

    3 Nov 2014 | 2:58 pm
    Prop Yes No D/K 1 (Water) 54 22 24 45 (Justify Rates) 30 42 28 46 (Patient Safety) 32 49 19 47 (Sentencing) 51 23 26 Light turnout expected as we approach tomorrow's election by Brian Leubitz Field released their final piece of polling data on Halloween, this time a slew of data on the ballot measures. You can see a quick summary to the right. In terms of turnout, well, don't hold out high hopes. Despite a record number of registered voters in California, some analysts are predicting the total turnout for Tuesday's election could fall below 50 percent. KNX 1070's Pete Demetriou reports about…
  • Field Poll Shows Dems in Good Shape for Statewide Races, SSPI will be close

    30 Oct 2014 | 11:11 am
    Dems all carry leads in statewide races. Tom Torlakson is in a dogfight with Marshall Tuck by Brian Leubitz The final Field Poll came out today, and it had Democrats looking good in all of the partisan statewide races. As you can see from the table to the right, the Dems are all showing statistically significant leads. Add that to the Governor's 54-33 lead and all seems well in Democratic party land. However, state superintendent of public instruction Tom Torlakson has quite the fight in front of him in the next few days. While it is a nonpartisan race, the California Democratic Party has…
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    Jeffrey Goldberg : The Atlantic

  • The Many Iranian Obstacles in the Way of a Strong Nuclear Deal

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:25 am
    The other day I fell into conversation with a very smart Congressman named Ted Deutch, a Democrat from Florida, about his minimum requirements for an Iran nuclear deal. Deutch, who sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, is – like a large number of Democrats – fairly-to-very dubious about the possibility of a true breakthrough with Iran, and fairly-to-very worried about the consequences of a bad deal. (It seems likely, at this moment at least, that the Iran talks will be extended for several more months.) Democrats such as Deutch will need to be convinced by the Obama Administration…
  • Hamas Endorses a Massacre

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:51 am
    One of the most shocking aspects of the murderous attack on a Jerusalem synagogue this morning by men with guns and axes is not the attack itself—we've seen, from time to time, this sort of sectarian barbarism take place in places like Jerusalem, and Hebron. The most shocking aspect is the wholesale endorsement of this slaughter by Hamas, a group that, during this summer's war in Gaza, half-succeeded in convincing the world that it wasn't what it actually is: a group with actual genocidal intentions. According to witnesses, the two attackers entered the synagogue, in the Har Nof…
  • Before the Beheadings

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    16 Nov 2014 | 1:43 pm
    In the spring of 2000, I lived for a month in a Taliban madrasa, a religious seminary, located on the Grand Trunk Road outside of Peshawar, in Pakistan. The chancellor of the madrasa, a wrinkled, bearded, and often barefoot man named Samiul Haq, was said to be a confidante of Mullah Omar, the Taliban leader. I did not believe, when we first met, that he would agree to my presence in his school. I was open about my intentions: my goal was to write about the religious education of Pashtun boys who would soon be fighting on behalf of the Taliban, and by extension al-Qaeda, in Afghanistan. It…
  • A Withering Critique of Obama's National Security Council

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    12 Nov 2014 | 11:59 am
    If George W. Bush's foreign policy was a testament to the perils of overreaction, Barack Obama's foreign policy is becoming, to many experts, a testament to the dangers of underreaction. On the matter of Syria, in particular, fear of renewed U.S. involvement in the problems of dysfunctional Arab countries (a legitimate fear, of course) kept the Obama administration from trying to shape the Syrian opposition, and therefore the outcome of that country's ruinous civil war. The Syrian war is not Obama's fault (people in Washington have a tendency to think that Washington matters more than it…
  • A Troubling Letter to an Unbending Ayatollah

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    7 Nov 2014 | 9:51 am
    The Wall Street Journal’s Jay Solomon and Carol Lee reported this week that President Obama recently wrote a letter to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the Iranian supreme leader, in which he laid out the benefits for Iran of a nuclear compromise. “The letter appeared aimed both at buttressing the campaign against Islamic State and nudging Iran’s religious leader closer to a nuclear deal,” the Journal reported. “Mr. Obama stressed to Mr. Khamenei that any cooperation on Islamic State was largely contingent on Iran reaching a comprehensive agreement with global powers on the future of…
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    James Fallows : The Atlantic

  • How to Land an Airplane, If You're Blind

    James Fallows
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:51 pm
    I spent much of this afternoon flying a small airplane, with my wife Deb. The idea (after closing an article) was to get off the East Coast, toward our destinations in the west, before the latest winter storm immured people in the east for Thanksgiving. Our landing at Huntington airport, on the West Virginia - Kentucky - Ohio border was right at dusk, so I was grateful for the big, wide runway and the absence of any problematic wind. On the other hand, I can see pretty well ... which is why I noted this video about what it is like to land the same kind of airplane I've been flying, if you…
  • Talking With Chuck Hagel

    James Fallows
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:55 pm
    I like and respect former Senator, soon-to-be-former Defense Secretary, Chuck Hagel, and I am sorry that he is leaving this position. For day-job reasons, namely closing a long magazine story that involves the Pentagon, I have been absent from this site for a while and will be for another day. But let me quickly put up what I consider a useful reference: it's a conversation I had with Hagel just four weeks ago, at the Washington Ideas Forum here in D.C: In particular I direct your attention to: The section beginning at 15:30 in the video above, when I ask Hagel how his experience as an…
  • Is the U.S.-China Climate Pact as Big a Deal as It Seems?

    James Fallows
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:34 pm
    I've been offline for many hours and am just now seeing the announcements from Beijing. The United States and China have apparently agreed to do what anyone who has thought seriously about climate has been hoping for, for years. As the No. 1 (now China) and No. 2 carbon emitters in the world, and as the No. 1 (still the U.S.) and No. 2 economies, they've agreed to new carbon-reduction targets that are more ambitious than most people would have expected. We'll wait to see the details—including how an American president can make good on commitments for 2025, when that is two and possibly…
  • How to Sign Up for Our 'American Futures' Newsletter

    James Fallows
    6 Nov 2014 | 8:05 am
    This post is to introduce a new email newsletter that I hope you’ll be interested in. It’s about the “American Futures” reporting project that my wife Deb and I have been undertaking through the past year and are ready to take in what we think will be exciting new directions. When we began this project for The Atlantic in the summer of 2013, with our colleagues at Marketplace radio and the digital-mapping company Esri, our idea was to visit some of the smaller towns and cities the media tend to overlook, to see  how people were adjusting to the economic, environmental, and…
  • Vote Early and Often!

    James Fallows
    4 Nov 2014 | 8:19 am
    Get out and vote! I will be doing so in D.C. later today, though not, alas, for a full-fledged senator or representative, nor an anti-leafblower ordinance, but there's always next time. I'll vote once my wife Deb and I get back to D.C. from West Virginia, latest stop on our American Futures journeys. What you see above is part of the mailings flooding into homes in West Virginia's Second Congressional District. It's now represented by Shelley Moore Capito, a Republican, who is expected to win today to succeed Jay Rockefeller in the U.S. Senate. Alex Mooney is the Republican candidate to…
 
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    The American Scene

  • I Am Hassle, For We Are Many

    Gabriel Rossman
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:44 am
    Starting in the 2012 cycle and in a much more serious way in the 2014 cycle, the Republicans decided that they could square the circle of their conscience clause position on sexual ethics with Democratic #waronwomen attacks through pitching over-the-counter oral contraception. Somewhat surprisingly, the left was not especially enthusiastic about this. The way I’ve been thinking about this is that both liberals and conservatives are addressing hassle. The emerging right-wing position is that the state requiring you to get a doctor’s scrip is unacceptable hassle and some nontrivial number…
  • Heighten the contradictions

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

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

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

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

  • Your Thanksgiving Recipes Open Thread

    SuperUser
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:42 am
    by Doctor Science Brett asked for "a Thanksgiving recipe thread in time for pre-Thanksgiving grocery shopping", and it sounded good to me. Also, I'd like to have my traditional Thanksgiving (or other turkey-based holiday) recipes up somewhere that the family can find them in an emergency. My traditional turkey dinner includes: Herb-Brined Turkey, Chestnut-Rice-Rye Stuffing, Roasted-Garlic Gravy, and Two-Cranberry Sauce with Grand Marnier. The herb brining comes from this Epicurious recipe, the herb butter from this one, the stuffing was invented by my mother (who finds traditional bread…
  • The peculiar institution of American violence

    SuperUser
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:19 am
    by Doctor Science I hadn't really understood, on a gut level, how unusual American violence is until after Michael Brown was killed in Ferguson, MO. As people started talking about what happens in other wealthy, "civilized" countries, I realized that Americans experience -- and expect -- an extreme level of violence from both police and their fellow citizens. As I've thought about it, I've come to the conclusion that the most important ingredient in American violence is slavery. The past isn't dead, it isn't even past. Here are some facts for comparison: How many Americans are killed by…
  • Don't know much about philosophy (NPhL Chinese, Curry and Caliphate division) open thread

    SuperUser
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:40 am
    by liberal japonicus Those crazy folks over at Superscholar heard your complaints about the Eurocentric nature of the last chart and have come up with this. The title is a reference that I hope is obscure enough to keep the likes of y'all guessing, though whenever I think that, someone usually gets in within the first 3 comments.   Source: SuperScholar.org/
  • Words I never heard in the Bible

    SuperUser
    16 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    One of them is "abuse". Warning: this post and the comments will be about abuse of all kinds. Know your triggers & limits. New Yorker reporter Rachel Aviv wrote about how exposing child abuse in the Brooklyn Hasidic community has made Sam Kellner an outcast. The article covers what I have to call "the usual": yet another tight-knit, conservative religious community that would rather toss abuse victims and their families aside than recognize what powerful men have been getting away with. I'm just going to talk about one aspect. After Kellner's son told him he'd been molested,…
  • The ACA, Statutory Construction, and SCOTUS

    Ugh
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:24 pm
    by Ugh Some comments on the midterm post have delved into the ACA and what's going on at SCOTUS and the state itself.  I was going to write a post on this but haven't had time.  So, take any angle you want on the ACA, no need to respond to the below. Proponents of the view that the ACA permits tax credits for those who purchase insurance on the federally run exchanges - despite statutory language arguably to the contrary - are quick to point out that more than 4 million people have obtained health insurance through the federal exchange and a decision denying the credits puts those…
 
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    FactCheck.org

  • Obama and Cruz Clash on Immigration

    D'Angelo Gore
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:36 pm
    President Obama and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz made seemingly conflicting statements about public opinion on the president’s plan to address immigration issues in the U.S. Obama claimed that “most Americans support the types of reforms I’ve talked about tonight,” in a Nov. 20 address to the nation. Cruz, meanwhile, claimed that “this last election was a referendum on amnesty” and that voters had sent a clear message opposing it. Obama is right that opinion polls show a majority of Americans support allowing immigrants now living in the country illegally to stay. But…
  • Bachmann’s Immigration Exaggerations

    Lori Robertson
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann wrongly suggested that Obama is granting citizenship and voting privileges to immigrants who are in the country illegally. His executive actions do neither of those. In a Nov. 20 email fundraising appeal for her political action committee — sent before Obama’s prime-time speech that evening but after details of his plan had been reported – Bachmann wrote: “What could more fundamentally transform our nation than making our precious American citizenship — and the rule of law — merely commodities to be dispensed with as our…
  • Behind the Rising Deportations of ‘Criminals’

    Eugene Kiely
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:35 pm
    In his immigration speech, President Obama said “deportations of criminals are up 80 percent.” But an independent analysis of deportation data found the increase is driven largely by the removal of individuals “whose most serious conviction was an immigration or traffic violation.” In fact, “the number of individuals deported who have been convicted of any criminal offense apart from an immigration or traffic violation has actually declined,” according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University, which collects and…
  • Obama’s Actions ‘Same’ as Past Presidents?

    Robert Farley
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:05 pm
    President Obama repeatedly claimed that there is presidential precedent for the executive actions he took on immigration. But are the actions Obama announced really the “same kinds of actions” taken by past presidents? Obama’s use of executive actions to defer deportation for up to 5 million people living in the country illegally relies on similar legal principles used by past presidents, although the issue of presidential authority may ultimately have to be decided in federal court. But there are some fundamental differences between Obama’s actions and those taken by…
  • The ACA-Gruber Connection

    Lori Robertson
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:20 am
    President Obama and Rep. Nancy Pelosi downplayed the contribution of MIT economist Jonathan Gruber to the Affordable Care Act, after controversial comments by Gruber came to light, while Republicans exaggerated his role. We find both sides are stretching the facts. Pelosi, in a blog post, said the White House “sometimes consulted” with Gruber, who “testified at one Senate hearing.” He actually testified at three. Obama called him “some adviser who never worked on our staff.” Sure, he wasn’t on the White House staff, but he was a paid consultant on…
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    TechPresident

  • How Brigade is Taking Shape: An Interview with James Windon

    25 Nov 2014 | 11:49 am
    The following is an edited transcript of an interview that Alex Howard conducted with James Windon, the president of civic engagement startup Brigade, last Wednesday November 19 at the Fusion RiseUp event in Washington, DC. That morning, Brigade had announced that it was partnering with a “carefully curated” set of organizations: Rainforest Action Network, Americans for Tax Reform, the Drug Policy Alliance, Represent.Us, Generation Opportunity, Forecast the Facts, FreedomWorks and Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. With more than $9 million in venture funding from Napster…
  • First POST: Sad Reality

    25 Nov 2014 | 7:25 am
    How social media changed the course of the Ferguson story; Ready for Hillary's 3-million-member email list; why Mark Cuban opposes net neutrality rules; and much, much more.
  • Civic Tech and Engagement: Can Hollaback's Storytelling Make For Safer Streets?

    24 Nov 2014 | 9:17 am
    An in-depth look at how Hollaback!, a global anti-street harassment movement, goes from telling stories online to actually stopping harassment on the streets.
  • First POST: All Against All

    24 Nov 2014 | 8:49 am
    Why Uber isn't "the future" of cities; why journalists lost control of journalism; how Sean Parker is spending his political money; and much, much more.
  • First POST: Power Frames

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:24 am
    The differences between "old power" and "new power"; Uber as a new/old power hybrid; debating Clay Shirky's feminist cred; and much, much more.
 
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    Corrente

  • National Bar Association calls for Federal Prosecution of Darren Wilson

    lambert
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:04 pm
    Body:  Press release:
  • "Nation Doesn’t Know If It Can Take Another Bullshit Speech About Healing"

    lambert
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:03 pm
    Body:  As usual, The Onion is pitch perfect: “I honestly don’t know if I’m physically capable of listening to another community leader recite the same unbearable garbage about how it’s time for an open and honest dialogue. I swear to God, if I hear even one goddamn person assert there’s more that unites us than divides us, I will immediately blow my brains out.” Then again, Obama didn't give that speech. Snippets because the White House transcript seems not to be up yet::
  • Tweet of the day

    lambert
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:45 pm
    Body:  Scripted and manipulative. Telegraph non-indictment, call NatGuard, raise tension, let anger boil over, blame black rage, absolve the state. — Liliana Segura (@LilianaSegura) November 25, 2014
  • Quotes on the Soul

    libbyliberal
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Body:  "QUOTES ABOUT SOULS" “Walking was not fast enough so we ran. Running was not fast enough, so we galloped. Galloping was not fast enough, so we sailed. Sailing was not fast enough, so we rolled merrily along on long metal tracks. Long metal tracks were not fast enough, so we drove. Driving was not fast enough, so we flew.
  • Ferguson open thread

    lambert
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Body:  Looks like somebody told Obama the score. BREAKING: President Obama urges those who wish to protest in #Ferguson to do so peacefully: White House spokesman — Reuters Top News (@Reuters) November 24, 2014
 
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    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective

  • How to train a baby to learn language faster

    Latina Lista
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:33 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. How to train a baby to learn language faster by Latina Lista By Rob Forman Futurity Brain scans show that training babies to distinguish language sounds from other sounds can speed up development in parts of the brain that are central to language skills. Researchers taught 4-month-old babies to pay attention to increasingly complex non-language audio patterns by rewarding them for correctly shifting their eyes to a video reward when the sound changed slightly.
  • Crowdfunder: Bringing the world’s attention to the senseless slaughter of thousands of animals at India’s Gadhimai Festival

    Latina Lista
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Crowdfunder: Bringing the world’s attention to the senseless slaughter of thousands of animals at India’s Gadhimai Festival by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Campaign: All Living Things – Manoj Gautam and Jane Goodall in Nepal In southern Nepal, every five years at the Gadhimai festival, up to 500,000 animals- cows, pigs, goats, chickens, but mostly water buffaloes- are slaughtered in public. The festival takes place this year, in late November. Gabriel…
  • English without borders

    Latina Lista
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:54 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. English without borders by Latina Lista By Whitney Palmeter El Nuevo Tennessean Every Thursday evening at Cherokee United Methodist Church in Johnson City, Tenn., an exchange takes place as different tongues learn to speak in one common language. Leading this conversation is Dr. Rosalind Gann, an East Tennessee State University professor and English as a Second Language advocate. The main goal of this gathering is to equip people whose first language is not English…
  • Separate polls show Obama’s base approve his Executive Action, leaving critics red

    Latina Lista
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Separate polls show Obama’s base approve his Executive Action, leaving critics red by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Ever since President Obama issued his Executive Action to address immigration last week, Republican leadership has been on a rampage threatening everything from legal action to predicting there would be riots in the streets and our southern border overrun with new undocumented entries. On Day 4 of the announcement, none of what the GOP leadership…
  • Guest Voz: Over Time, Myth of Color-Blind Society Takes Toll on Latinos

    Latina Lista
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:51 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Guest Voz: Over Time, Myth of Color-Blind Society Takes Toll on Latinos by Latina Lista By Barbara Ferrer LatinaLista Migration of Latino families to America is an inspiring story of men, women and children leaving their native countries, often searching for better opportunities and safety for their families. Yet, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s recent poll of Latino families also reveals that a different narrative develops – frustration from racism and…
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    NYT > Columnists

  • Keep Pushing for an Iran Deal

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:30 am
    If you don’t like the idea of America at war with Islamic State and with Islamic State’s sworn enemy, Iran, double down on diplomacy.
  • When Italians Meet Turkey

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
     Our Thanksgiving menu tends to sprawl. But then so do our feelings.
  • News Drumsticks

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Need something to talk about over Thanksgiving dinner? Here are some suggestions.
  • The Unifying Leader

    24 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The only way for American political culture to change is for leaders to be more creative in their approach to collaboration.
  • Committed to Carbon Goals

    24 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The chief executive of NRG Energy is making his company part of the solution.
 
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    New York Observer

  • Councilman Aims to Knock Down Uber’s Surge Pricing

    25 Nov 2014 | 5:46 pm
    A New York City Councilman seeks to limit Uber’s high surge pricing. (Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images) New York City Councilman David Greenfield isn’t the first lawmaker who is sick of car service Uber’s high prices–New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman beat him to it. But on Tuesday Mr. Greenfield took his concerns a step further, by introducing a new bill to limit the company’s notoriously high surge pricing, which raises fares by a percentage during peak hours. The premise behind the car service’s surge pricing is to entice more drivers…
  • Cuomo’s Climate Control

    25 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Gov. Cuomo didn’t win many friends in the world of meteorology last week when he criticized the National Weather Service for not getting it right when the snow began to fall in western New York. As the region struggled to dig out from seven feet of snow, Mr. Cuomo insisted that the “weather service was off,” having failed to anticipate the historic nature of the storm. Forecasters fought back on social media, showing that they did, in fact, warn of snowfalls of up to five inches an hour for hours upon hours at a time. This was a battle the governor didn’t really need to fight,…
  • Diller’s Generosity

    25 Nov 2014 | 4:45 pm
    New Yorkers are going to get a new entertainment center to be built on a pier on the Hudson River waterfront. Barry Diller says he’ll cover the estimated $170 million cost for the project. To which the proper response should be, “Thank you, Mr. Diller.” But not everybody is quite so gracious toward Mr. Diller’s philanthropy. Some politicians are wringing their hands about a privately funded development in the middle of a public space, the Hudson River Park. Others contend that Mr. Diller’s plan doesn’t conform to the original intent of regulations governing the reconstruction of…
  • The Met to Showcase the Plains Indians and China’s Influence on Fashion in 2015

    25 Nov 2014 | 2:49 pm
    An Evening dress by American designer Travis Banton, worn by actress Anna May Wong, (1934). Part of the Brooklyn Museum Costume Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. (Courtesy the Metropolitan Museum of Art) Yesterday, the Metropolitan Museum of Art held its semi-annual luncheon for press to announce its spring 2015 exhibition schedule. In addition to a four-painting Van Gogh exhibition opening in May that will reunite his late Irises and Roses series, here is a run-down of some of the other shows we’re looking forward to next spring: From March 9 to May 10, the museum will host a…
  • Splashing Bratton With Paint a ‘Cowardly Act,’ de Blasio Says

    25 Nov 2014 | 2:47 pm
    NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty) You can express your opinion, but you can’t throw paint at the police commissioner. That was the message from Mayor Bill de Blasio today as he blasted a protester’s “cowardly act” of splashing red paint on Commissioner Bill Bratton at last night’s demonstrations surrounding a police shooting in Ferguson, Mo. “It was absolutely a cowardly and inappropriate act for anyone to assault a public servant who’s–you know, any public servant, but particularly a public servant who’s doing…
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    Gawker

  • Are Mark Udall and Other Endangered Democrats Liberals, or Not?

    Adam Weinstein on Fortress America, shared by Lacey Donohue to Gawker
    4 Nov 2014 | 10:49 am
    In the leadup to today's votepocalypse , I've been pretty harsh to Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.), a terrible campaigner who's blown a pretty sure thing in his limp, cynical reelection campaign . But one reader wrote to me with a counterpoint——one strong enough that it's worth publishing here.Read more...
  • Lil Jon Flew Cross-Country to Vote After Not Receiving Absentee Ballot

    Adam Weinstein on Fortress America, shared by Lacey Donohue to Gawker
    4 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    With a nod to his "Turn Out For What" Rock the Vote campaign, rapper Lil Jon complained this morning on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram that he was forced to board an early flight from L.A. to Georgia to vote in person in today's election after he never received a requested absentee ballot.Read more...
  • The Gawker Voter's Exhaustive Guide to the 2014 Midterm Elections

    Adam Weinstein on Fortress America, shared by Lacey Donohue to Gawker
    4 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Voting sucks. Off-year voting sucks the worst. Like Valentine's, Election Day 2014 seems less a heartfelt chance to express preferences than a mandate to give one's limited purchasing options a whiff of will and legitimacy. You can be forgiven for apathy. But you still must make some choices. Here's some info to help.Read more...
  • Rand Paul Is Running for President in the Most Obnoxious Way Possible

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

    Adam Weinstein
    25 Jun 2014 | 12:05 pm
    It's no secret that Democrats in Mississippi, consigned to losing the general Senate election in November, turned out Tuesday night to support incumbent Republican Thad Cochran against a Tea Party primary challenger. But in doing so, they may have run afoul of state election laws.Read more...
 
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    The American Conservative » Daniel Larison

  • How Iran Hawks Spread Misinformation

    Daniel Larison
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:53 am
    Bret Stephens just makes things up: Iran came to the table cheating on its nuclear commitments. It continued to cheat on them throughout the interim agreement it agreed to last year [bold mine-DL]. And it will cheat on any undertakings it signs. This was reported yesterday: Iran has taken the necessary steps to continue to comply with an interim nuclear agreement, according to a U.N agency report seen by Reuters on Monday, as Tehran and six world powers gave themselves an extra seven months to clinch a final deal. The International Atomic Energy Agency issued its monthly update on the…
  • How Extension Benefits Foes of a Nuclear Deal

    Daniel Larison
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Negotiations with Iran are being extended into next year in order to provide more time to reach a final agreement on the nuclear issue. However, as John Hudson reports, that additional time provides opponents of any deal new opportunities as well: The failure of Barack Obama’s administration to secure a deal to restrain Iran’s nuclear program by Monday’s self-imposed deadline hands a significant gift to hard-liners in both countries: a seven-month window to criticize, and potentially sabotage, a final deal between Iran and the West. There is a reason why Netanyahu was…
  • Scapegoating Hagel

    Daniel Larison
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Julia Ioffe points out the big flaw in firing Hagel: All of this adds up to a rather strange way to address the criticism leveled at the administration’s foreign policy: If you fire the guy least responsible for it, it’s essentially a doubling down on what you’re already doing, thereby denying there’s a problem with it. That confirms the view that Hagel has been made a scapegoat for administration policy failures that he had little to do with, and it tells us why replacing Hagel probably isn’t going to lead to any significant changes in policy. Dumping Hagel is a…
  • So Much For Hagel

    Daniel Larison
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:01 am
    So Chuck Hagel “resigned” from his post as Defense Secretary this morning: Administration officials said that Mr. Obama made the decision to remove Mr. Hagel, the sole Republican on his national security team, last Friday after a series of meetings between the two men over the past two weeks. Hagel was reportedly dumped because of “concerns that he wasn’t up to the job of leading the Pentagon during its escalating war with the Islamic State.” I don’t know if that’s the real reason, but even so it’s still a somewhat odd decision to get rid of him…
  • The Weak Objections to a Nuclear Deal

    Daniel Larison
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:45 pm
    Jeffrey Goldberg makes a silly objection to a time-limited nuclear deal with Iran: Ten or 15 or even 20 years might seem like a long time in the U.S., but the people of the Middle East are patient. Any agreement that contains an expiration date is an inadequate agreement, because it will, in essence, grant Iran time-delayed permission to build nuclear weapons [bold mine-DL]. Let’s consider just a few of the flaws in this argument. First, it is quite reasonable for an agreement like this one to expire at some future date. Allowing for expiration of the agreement a decade or two in the…
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    TIME

  • President Obama Says There Is ‘No Excuse’ for Ferguson Violence

    Zeke J Miller
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:40 pm
    President Barack Obama condemned the violence in Ferguson, Mo., on Tuesday, after a night of protests in the area turned violent following the announcement that a grand jury chose not to indict police officer Darren Wilson in Michael Brown’s death. Speaking in Chicago before a scheduled speech on immigration reform, the President acknowledged that many Americans are upset by the decision but appealed for calm. “Burning buildings, torching cars, destroying property, putting people at risk, that’s destructive and there’s no excuse for it,” Obama said. “Those…
  • How Will Congress React to Ferguson Decision?

    Alex Rogers
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:05 am
    As the fires of unrest smolder in Ferguson, Mo., some members of Congress expressed their solidarity with the protesters of the Michael Brown grand jury verdict sparring police officer Darren Wilson from charges connected to the August 9 shooting. “I know this [is] hard,” tweeted Democratic Rep. John Lewis of Georgia, the civil rights hero, on Monday. “I know this is difficult. Do not succumb to the temptations of violence. There is a more powerful way.” “Only love can overcome hate,” he added. “Only nonviolence can overcome violence.” But the…
  • Why We Loved Marion Barry

    Sam Jacobs
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:03 am
    The twenty-third of November forever marks the death of a legend. Mayor for Life, Marion Barry was a prodigious politician, a once in a lifetime talent, and a man of the community who was eternally beloved by the people he served. It was here, the District of Columbia, where Marion decided to make his home, it is where his people are, it’s where he fought, and it is in this great city on a hill where his legacy will most fervently live on. The Washington Post once aptly wrote that “to know the District of Columbia is to know Marion Barry.” Mayor Barry’s narrative: his…
  • How to Argue About Immigration Over Thanksgiving

    Tessa Berenson
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:18 am
    Americans may be living in states, cities and even neighborhoods that are divided politically, but there’s one place where people of all political stripes meet: the Thanksgiving table. This year, that means it’s pretty likely that you’ll be debating President Obama’s recent recent executive actions on immigration with a relative who sees things very differently. But if you want to make the best case for your side, you’ll need to prepare. Below, we’ve put together a guide to how to argue about immigration while you wait for the turkey to cook. If you talk…
  • Morning Must Reads: November 25

    mileskohrman2014
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:29 am
    Ferguson Erupts as Cop Cleared A prosecutor’s announcement late Monday that a grand jury declined to indict Ferguson, Mo., police officer Darren Wilson for fatally shooting unarmed black teenager Michael Brown sparked renewed violent protests in the St. Louis suburb throughout the night Understanding the Cosby Scandal Here’s a cheat sheet to understanding a scandal that mixes old allegations and new; 16 women have publicly accused the comedian of sexual assault Why Chuck Hagel Resigned The Defense Secretary is stepping down less than two years into the job, after his low-profile…
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    John Hawkins' Right Wing News

  • Thanks, Property Rights!

    John Stossel
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:10 pm
    This Thanksgiving, I give thanks for something our forebears gave us: property rights. People associate property rights with greed and selfishness, but they are keys to our prosperity. Things go
  • Elite Contempt for Ordinary Americans

    Walter Williams
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:09 pm
    Jonathan Gruber, MIT economist and paid architect of Obamacare, has shocked and disgusted many Americans. In 2013, he explained to a University of Pennsylvania audience: “This bill was written in
  • Amnesty Will Force Layoffs

    Dick Morris
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:07 pm
    Obama’s amnesty for illegal immigrants will produce a disaster of unparalleled magnitude when the Obamacare employer mandate kicks in. Those granted amnesty will not be eligible for Obamacare. Amnesty will
  • Feelingstown, Missouri

    Ben Shapiro
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:04 pm
    On Monday night, St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch announced that Officer Darren Wilson, who is white, would not be indicted in the shooting death of black 18-year-old Michael
  • A Bigger Problem than Obama

    Betsy McCaughey
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:04 pm
    We have two major parties in the nation now: the Republican Party and the Banana Republic Party, otherwise known as Democrats. The difference between them is over the rule of
 
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    The Brody File

  • Video Exclusive: Ben Carson “Feeling Fingers” From God To Run For President

    David Brody
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:26 pm
    In an exclusive one-on-one interview with The Brody File from his home in West Palm Beach Florida, Dr. Ben Carson says there’s a, “good chance” that he will run for President of the United States and says he feels God’s fingers pulling on his collar to get into the 2016 race. The Brody File spent the afternoon with the fascinating Dr. Carson and his wife Candy on Wednesday (See us shooting pool here). We’re working on an upcoming national profile story for The 700 Club. He talked in depth about the intersection of faith and politics along with a myriad of other issues. We’re…
  • Brody File Video Exclusive: Ben Carson Compares President Obama To Vladimir Putin

    David Brody
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:12 pm
    In an exclusive one-on-one interview with The Brody File from his home in West Palm Beach Florida, Dr. Ben Carson says President Obama is like Russia’s President Vladimir Putin, citing the fact that the president has overstepped his constitutional authority. The Brody File spent the afternoon with the fascinating Dr. Carson and his wife Candy on Wednesday (See us shooting pool here). We’re working on an upcoming national profile story for The 700 Club. He talked in depth about the intersection of faith and politics along with a myriad of other issues. We’re releasing a short video…
  • The Brody File Show: Lame Ducks

    David Brody
    14 Nov 2014 | 6:12 am
    This week on the Brody File Show, Congress is back in session and it has a lame-duck feel as Republicans get set to take over the reins. We go one-on-one with Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus. Plus, we take a look at the controversy over "net neutrality." Finally, we speak with a U.S. healthcare worker in Liberia fighting the good fight against Ebola.
  • American Worker In Liberia Discusses Ebola With Brody File

    David Brody
    13 Nov 2014 | 10:44 am
    This week on our Brody File show, we talked to Jolene Mullins, an American working in Liberia right now for PCI. The organization is doing great work and being quite an influence as they help prevent disease, improve communities and help with sustainable development all across the world. Watch her Skype interview below.
  • The Judges Strike Back: Gay Marriage Bans Ruled OK

    David Brody
    6 Nov 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Well this is a BIG deal. Hey, same-sex marriage advocates, here’s a newsflash for you: Your march to so-called equality just took a big hit. And it came from your favorite avenue of change: Judges! Turnabout is fair play, right Read below from USA Today: The same-sex marriage movement lost its first major case in a federal appeals court Thursday after a lengthy string of victories, creating a split among the nation's circuit courts that virtually guarantees Supreme Court review. The ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit reversed district court rulings that had struck…
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    The Reality-Based Community

  • Providing Drug Treatment Under Threat of a Felony Charge

    Keith Humphreys
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:50 am
    Proposition 47, which California voters passed by a large margin last month, converts simple drug possession from a felony to a misdemeanor. Opponents of the law maintain that the threat of a felony and the prison time that goes with it are necessary to pressure drug offenders seek addiction treatment. This argument makes four assumptions, all of which I find questionable. (1) Everyone who gets charged with drug possession needs addiction treatment. Epidemiologic data shows that the number of people who use drugs is substantially larger than the number of people who meet medical criteria for…
  • Arlene Pollack’s response to Zeke Emanuel on aging

    Harold Pollack
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:49 pm
    Zeke Emanuel attracted widespread attention with his piece, “Why I hope to die at 75.” I wrote a response to Zeke’s piece at the Washington Post here. My stepmother Arlene had a better response, part of which was published in the Atlantic Monthly as well. They edited for reasons of space. I believe her response is worth including in-full: People like us, octogenarians, who despite an onslaught of medical issues requiring ultra frequent medical appointments, frequent procedures, tests for suspected problems, and all sorts of treatments to manage the aforesaid, are moving…
  • On not over-praising the dead

    Mark Kleiman
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:44 pm
    Look, de mortuis and all that; if you don’t want to speak ill of the dead, then you’re justified in not mentioning Marion Barry at all. Or if you want to praise his verbal wit  - “Jesse? Jesse don’t wanna be no Mayor. Jesse don’t want to run nothin’ but his mouth.” – you’ll be on solid ground. But please, please don’t try to pretend that as a politician and public official he was anything but a disaster to anyone but himself and his cronies. Stealing from mostly Black taxpayers to make some of your friends rich is not giving…
  • Rule of thumb

    Mark Kleiman
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:41 pm
    Any pundit or politician who helped promote the Benghazi! hoax, and who doesn’t fully retract and apologize now that a Republican-dominated House committee has fully debunked all the accusations against the Administration other than having paid attention to what turned out to be inaccurate initial reports from the intelligence agencies, should from now on be conclusively presumed a fool and a scoundrel. Of course we already knew that about Lindsay Graham, who is sticking to his principles by denying reality. But so far none of the loud Behghazi!-mongers has stepped up to eat his plate…
  • Solar disobedience

    James Wimberley
    23 Nov 2014 | 3:21 pm
    That’s not a coinage but a quote. From the website of Spanish solar equipment vendor Efimarket: (Key graf: “Enjoy self-consumption and solar disobedience, supporting the democratization of solar energy and environmental sustainability”.) What is going on? How on Earth did Spain get to the position where businessmen are using civil disobedience as a selling-point for solar DIY kits? A little history. In 2002, Rodrigo Rato, economics minister in Aznar’s PP government, decided that electricity prices should not rise by more than 2% a year.  The result was a growing gap…
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    Bleeding Heartland - Front Page

  • This is why presidents bury big news during holiday weeks

    24 Nov 2014 | 8:15 pm
    After a busy day, I sat down this evening to write my "Iowa reaction to Chuck Hagel's resignation" blog post. Only problem was, more than twelve hours after the news broke, I couldn't find any Iowa reaction. No press releases, no statements on Facebook or twitter from anyone in Iowa's current Congressional delegation or newly-elected delegation. Does that strike anyone else as odd? I would have thought the defense secretary resigning after less than two years on the job, probably under pressure from the president, possibly over disagreement with the administration's approach to Iraq and…
  • New Big 10 Rivalry? Iowa can compete with Maryland on clean water

    24 Nov 2014 | 8:09 pm
    Iowans want clean water, but that has not motivated Iowa policymakers to tackle water pollution. Rather, the driving fear is stronger regulation by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) because of the "dead zone." That 5,000-square-mile area in the Gulf of Mexico has become toxic to life because of nitrogen and phosphorus, mostly from farm runoff. Iowa and Illinois are the top culprits. The state's "nutrient reduction strategy" is a narrow approach designed not to clean up Iowa's water in our lifetimes, but to forestall specific federal limits on polluted water. The plan is focused on how…
  • House continues assault on EPA: How the Iowans voted

    24 Nov 2014 | 9:50 am
    Before adjourning for the Thanksgiving recess, the U.S. House approved three bills last week designed to limit the Environmental Protection Agency's ability to function. Iowa Republicans Tom Latham (IA-03) and Steve King (IA-04) voted for all three bills, while Democrats Bruce Braley (IA-01) and Dave Loebsack (IA-02) voted against them all. On November 18, representatives passed the "EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act" by 229 votes to 191 (roll call). Cristina Marcos reported for The Hill, "Among other provisions, the measure would require the Scientific Advisory Board, which consults the…
  • House sues Obama administration over health care reform law

    24 Nov 2014 | 5:35 am
    On Friday the U.S. House of Representatives filed a federal lawsuit challenging several aspects of how the Obama administration has implemented the 2010 Affordable Care Act. You can read the plaintiffs' full case here (pdf) against two cabinet secretaries and the agencies they lead. The main arguments are that the Obama administration broke the law by delaying the employer mandate to provide health insurance, and also by providing certain payments to health insurance companies without having Congress appropriate those funds. The first point was expected, but the second argument surprised even…
  • Weekend open thread: More limbo for ethanol industry edition

    23 Nov 2014 | 5:50 am
    What's on your mind this weekend, Bleeding Heartland readers? This is an open thread: all topics welcome. About a year ago, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced plans to change the Renewable Fuel Standard, which regulates how much ethanol must be blended into gasoline. Iowa elected officials from both parties expressed unanimous outrage, with Governor Terry Branstad and Representative Bruce Braley seeking out especially prominent roles in the battle against reducing the Renewable Fuel Standard. The very first week of the Iowa legislature's 2014 session, state lawmakers…
 
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    Booman Tribune

  • Getting the News Out of Yemen

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:35 pm
    In the November/December issue of the Washington Monthly, Kelly McEvers has a review of Laura Kasinof's new book: Don’t Be Afraid of the Bullets: An Accidental War Correspondent in Yemen. McEvers was stationed in Saudi Arabia when the Arab Spring broke out, and Kasinof was a 25 year old stringer for the New York Times stationed in Yemen. The review looks back at the early, hopeful days of the Arab Spring and traces developments in Yemen as that hope dissipated, briefly revived, and ended in chaos. It also focuses on the diligence and bravery of a small handful or reporters, including…
  • Odds & Ends

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:35 pm
    Dr. Grist explains our problems in 36 tweets. It looks like we will not have our first female Secretary of Defense, as Michele Flournoy has taken herself out of the running for the post. The White House doesn't seem happy about a proposed tax-cut deal Harry Reid is making with the House Republicans. Will they veto it or just send out emails complaining about it? When a Christian home-schooler visits the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago the results are hilarious. Texas should go ahead and add the U.S. Constitution as a bona fide book in the Old Testament. But the question is: "Is our…
  • Let a Democrat Run the Pentagon

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:35 pm
    If I remember correctly, the Obama administration waited about seven nanoseconds after the 2012 exit polls were released on Election Day to announce the resignation of CIA director David Petraeus. Once they knew they had won, they threw Petraeus under the bus immediately. Now, with no more election days to worry about, the administration was only modestly more deliberative in cashiering Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. They also made sure to shovel plenty of dirt on top of him while they were at it. Whatever the case, Mr. Hagel struggled to fit in with Mr. Obama’s close circle and was…
  • Chuck Schumer is Wrong About Health Care

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:35 pm
    I frequently lose patience with Sen. Chuck Schumer of New York. Perhaps his comments wouldn't look so bad in their full context but he sounds like he values middle class voters more than the underclass and the medically uninsured: Democrats made a mistake by passing President Barack Obama’s health-care law in 2010 instead of focusing more directly on helping the middle class, third-ranking U.S. Senate Democrat Charles Schumer said today. “Unfortunately, Democrats blew the opportunity the American people gave them” in electing Obama and a Democratic Congress in 2008 amid a…
  • Immigration Part 2: All That Cryin'

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:35 pm
    I've really enjoyed the right-wing freakout in the wake of Obama's executive order on immigration. I'm not going to bother to link, because we all know the usual suspects. Boehner's calling Obama a king, Ted Cruz is babbling about the usual nonsense, and the base is demanding things that are impossible. Over on Twitter, the usually quiet Pat Toomey is urging his followers to sign a petition that will go nowhere and accomplish nothing. Why? Who the fuck knows? Pat may be crazy, but he's no dope: he knows as well as anyone else that the SCOTUS upheld Obama's broad authority to decide who to…
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    Politics » George Stephanopoulos

  • President Obama Defends Use of Executive Action on Immigration

    Benjamin Bell
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:21 am
    President Barack Obama defended his decision to use executive authority to enact changes to the U.S. immigration system during an exclusive interview with “This Week,” challenging Republican Speaker John Boehner to “pass a bill” if he was not satisfied with the president’s unilateral actions. “Congress has a responsibility to deal with these issues and there are some things that I can’t do on my own,” the president told ABC News’ chief anchor George Stephanopoulos during an interview in Las Vegas on Friday. “What I do have is the…
  • Full Interview Transcript: President Obama on ‘This Week’

    ABC News
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:10 am
    Pete Souza/The White House Below is the full interview transcript for the interview conducted by ABC News chief anchor George Stephanopoulos with President Barack Obama. This may contain errors and will be updated. “THIS WEEK” PRESIDENT OBAMA INTERVIEW TRANSCRIPT GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: Mr. President, thank you for doing this. PRESIDENT OBAMA: Great to be here. STEPHANOPOULOS: So you had a friendly crowd out there but a pretty fierce Republican reaction in Washington. The Speaker this morning says your acting like an emperor and you’re damaging the presidency. Your response?
  • Positive Conversation About Sen. Ted Cruz Drops Sharply on Facebook After Net Neutrality Comments

    Benjamin Bell
    16 Nov 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Sen. Ted Cruz speaks about net neutrality at Capital Factory in Austin, Texas, Nov. 14, 2014. The percentage of conversation about Sen. Ted Cruz that was positive on Facebook fell after the Texas Republican criticized net neutrality, calling it “Obamacare for the Internet.” Positive interactions related to Cruz on Facebook dropped from 52 percent over the period of Oct. 29 to Nov. 4 to 34 percent from Nov. 5 to Nov. 11, following the firebrand Texas senator’s reaction to Obama’s embrace of net neutrality, according to data supplied by Facebook. The percentage of…
  • TransCanada CEO: ‘High Probability’ Keystone XL Pipeline Will Be Built

    Jessica Puckett
    16 Nov 2014 | 10:50 am
    Russ Girling, head of the company proposing the Keystone XL Pipeline, expressed confidence today that the project would soon be under way. “There is a very high probability this pipeline gets built,” Girling said today on ABC News’ “This Week.” “The need for transportation continues to grow, and the place where these producers want to put those barrels is into the Gulf Coast of the U.S. So, our shippers have not wavered one bit in the past six years.” If built, the 1,700-mile pipeline would pump about 830,000 barrels of crude oil a day from Alberta,…
  • Excerpt: Daniel Bolger’s ‘Why We Lost’

    ABC News
    15 Nov 2014 | 6:05 am
    Excerpted from WHY WE LOST : A General’s Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars by Daniel Bolger. Copyright © 2014 by Daniel Bolger. Used by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved. Cover for WHY WE LOST : A General's Inside Account of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars" by Daniel BolgerINTRODUCTION I am a United States Army general, and I lost the Global War on Terrorism. It’s like Alcoholics Anonymous; step one is admitting you have a problem. Well, I have a problem. So do my peers. And thanks to our problem, now all of…
 
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    Dandelion Salad

  • Chris Hedges: Defending Our Civil Liberties (#NDAA)

    dandelionsalad
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:04 am
    Dandelion Salad with Chris Hedges Romero Institute on Nov 23, 2014 Chris Hedges with civil rights attorney Daniel Sheehan and Food Not Bombs co-founder Keith McHenry. 20:08 Event starts 34:04 Chris Hedges takes the stage 1:46:34 Discussion begins with Chris Hedges, Daniel Sheehan, and Keith McHenry Join the campaign to make Santa Cruz a Constitution Protection […]
  • Chris Hedges: No Ramifications For Police Who Murder + No Indictment For #Ferguson Cop Who Killed Michael Brown

    dandelionsalad
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:20 pm
    Dandelion Salad with Chris Hedges GRITtv on Nov 24, 2014 Chris Hedges talks in anticipation of protests in Ferguson after the grand jury decision in the case of Darren Wilson, who shot and killed an unarmed teenager Mike Brown, this summer. *** No indictment for Ferguson cop who killed Michael Brown RT on Nov 24, […]
  • Tony Blair, Infanticide Endorser is Rewarded by Save The Children by Felicity Arbuthnot

    dandelionsalad
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:04 pm
    by Felicity Arbuthnot Writer, Dandelion Salad London, England November 23, 2014 “At Save The Children we want to delight and surpass your expectations.” (Save The Children website, complaints page) When the Orwellianly name “Middle East Peace Envoy” Tony Blair was named “Philanthropist of the Year” by GQ Magazine in September for “his tireless charitable work” […]
  • Ian Angus: Ecosocialism: Why Greens Must be Red and Reds Must be Green + Q&A

    dandelionsalad
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:53 pm
    Dandelion Salad Austerity fightback on Nov 17, 2014 Ian Angus, author and editor of www.Climateandcapitalism.com discusses the need to build a movement based on socialist principles to counter and supplant the destructiveness of capitalism. Ian is introduced by Richard Fidler, who writes and blogs at http://lifeonleft.blogspot.ca/ Recorded in Ottawa on November 16th, 2014, this event […]
  • Cornel West: They Call Obama a Muslim, Not True; They Call Him a Socialist, Definitely Not True

    dandelionsalad
    15 Nov 2014 | 8:55 pm
    Dandelion Salad Introduction by Chris Hedges LeighaCohen on Nov 15, 2014 […] In his new book, Cornel West, together with distinguished scholar Christa Buschendorf, provides a fresh perspective on six revolutionary African American leaders: Frederick Douglass, W. E. B. Du Bois, Martin Luther King Jr., Ella Baker, Malcolm X, and Ida B. Wells. He examines […]
 
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    The Left Coaster

  • Bring Out The GOP's Ugliness

    Deacon Blues
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:28 pm
    New York GOP congressman Peter King has almost outdone himself today with his suggestion that President Obama call Ferguson, Missouri police office Darren Wilson and thank him for going through a tough four months for simply doing his job. We all know Wilson was simply doing his job and wasn't demonstrating unnecessary force when he pumped two slugs into the head of a wounded, unarmed black man at twenty-five feet, right Pete? And King's not alone, as other members of the GOP clown car now blame Obama for the unrest in Ferguson, as if all those uppity black agitators and commies had no reason…
  • Hagel Latest Casualty of White House Control

    Deacon Blues
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:59 am
    I was all set today to do a quick post on how the House GOP just gave Hillary Clinton her free shot to the White House with their late Friday news dump that they found nothing to their own Benghazi conspiracy theories after all. Sure, Lindsey Graham wants to still make headlines by attacking his own party for issuing a report that he says is "full of crap", but Trey Gowdy's committee now is pretty much dead before it started with this final report from the House intelligence committee dismissing their own theories that Hillary and the White House engaged in a massive cover-up of their own…
  • Shut Up John

    Deacon Blues
    19 Nov 2014 | 10:11 am
    I have a simple message for John Boehner when he whines about President Obama not following the will of the people in opposing the Keystone pipeline: shut the f*ck up. "Let's be clear about this. A Keystone pipeline veto would send the signal that this president has no interest in listening to the American people," Boehner said. "Vetoing an overwhelmingly popular bill would be a clear indication that he doesn't care about the American people's priorities. It would be equivalent of calling the American people stupid." When all you have in your rhetorical bag is a Gruberian swipe, then you're…
  • Jerry Brown's Empty Legacy

    Deacon Blues
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:33 am
    As California Governor Jerry Brown heads into his historic fourth term in 2015, his record since returning to Sacramento has things to admire. But as some in the media and elsewhere have noted, what exactly will his legacy be at the end of this next term? Yes, he has turned around the state’s finances and long-term bond rating from the mess he inherited from the outgoing Schwarzenegger administration. But what will be the lasting imprint Brown leaves upon the state? To put it bluntly, not much. Brown’s signature “think big” initiatives are the ill-advised bullet train and the Delta…
  • Time for Reid and Pelosi to Go

    Deacon Blues
    13 Nov 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Despite pleas from Democratic leaders to not act unilaterally on immigration until at least after an omnibus spending bill can be passed in the lame-duck congressional session, and from Republicans who've been warning him not to forego opportunities for collaboration with the new Congress, the White House is letting it slip out today that Obama will act next week by way of executive order to shield up to five million immigrants from deportation. This happens on the same day that the Senate Democratic caucus re-elected Harry Reid to be their leader, but not without opposition from centrist…
 
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    YouTube: Politics

  • Ayotzinapa: 43 estudiantes desaparecidos. Lo que pienso.

    DrossRotzank
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Ayotzinapa: 43 estudiantes desaparecidos. Lo que pienso. Ayotzinapa: 43 estudiantes desaparecidos. Lo que pienso. From: DrossRotzank Views: 1320372 126399 ratings Time: 05:46 More in Entertainment
  • EPN Y LOS PADRES DE AYOTZINAPA - EL PULSO DE LA REPÚBLICA

    El Pulso De La República
    3 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    EPN Y LOS PADRES DE AYOTZINAPA - EL PULSO DE LA REPÚBLICA BAJA LA APP DE EL PULSO PARA ANDROID e iOS aqui: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.iktwo.elpulso https://itunes.apple.com/es/app/id916281976?... From: El Pulso De La República Views: 543304 19926 ratings Time: 16:05 More in News & Politics
  • Quick and Easy Voting for Normal People

    CGP Grey
    3 Nov 2014 | 2:25 am
    Quick and Easy Voting for Normal People CGP GREY HOODIE: http://goo.gl/Gypvhx Read about why you might want email from me: http://www.cgpgrey.com/blog/the-professional-sharer Discuss this video: ht... From: CGP Grey Views: 376680 17433 ratings Time: 01:36 More in Education
  • Asian Responses to Imperialism: Crash Course World History #213

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    24 Oct 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Asian Responses to Imperialism: Crash Course World History #213 In which John Green teaches you about Imperialism, but not from the perspective of the colonizers. This week John looks at some Asian perspectives on Imperia... From: CrashCourse Views: 284781 7496 ratings Time: 12:55 More in Education
  • Politics in the Animal Kingdom: Single Transferable Vote

    CGP Grey
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:21 am
    Politics in the Animal Kingdom: Single Transferable Vote The 2014 Midterm Elections are coming up in the United States so it's time for another installment of 'Politics of the Animal Kingdom'. Make sure to start at... From: CGP Grey Views: 559213 24264 ratings Time: 07:11 More in Education
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  • Epic geek-out. Scottevest jacket with 35 pockets for gearheads!

    Bob Morris
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    Listen to Skrillex while being pursued by shadowy forces of evil but be sure to remember what pocket you put the gun in. Don’t reach for the iPad by mistake. Do you need to travel with a tablet, a couple of smartphones, chargers,  assorted gear and cables, headphones, and maybe a weapon or two? No problem. The Brad Thor Alpha Jacket can handle that and more. Knives slip in the end of the sleeves, Handguns fit with no apparent bulge. Headphones can be attached to a smartphone and easily accessed along with the electronics. Scottevest has a full line of pants, shirts, and jackets. They…
  • Google says renewable energy on its own cannot reduce carbon emissions

    Bob Morris
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    Google has tried long and hard to reduce the cost of renewable energy to that of coal. They now say this is not possible and further, entirely new methods of generating energy are needed because renewable energy, even in a best-case scenario, can’t do it all in reducing carbon emissions. Renewable energy is too variable and too location-specific. Further, the cost of replacing coal and natural gas with new energy sources needs to include the cost of shutting down the old plants, building new ones, then producing power at 4-6 cents per kWh with the power company making a profit (or at…
  • Ira Hansen, Nevada State Assembly Speaker, makes a “male apology”

    Bob Morris
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:15 am
    The new speaker of the Nevada State Assembly is sorry you are so upset by his totally taken-out-of-context comments about Blacks being simple-minded and Hispanics being mostly criminals. This is a classic “male apology” is where, instead of apologizing for being a douchebag, Ira Hensen is upset that you got so upset by his comments, which were clearly meant to be provocative and / or humorous. I’m glad I could clear that up for you for you. [His] statement is almost pure Limbaugh. “I’m sorry IF you were offended.” Of course people were offended – his comments were…
  • I don’t care how much I pay, gonna ride my poo-powered bus every day

    Bob Morris
    22 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    The Bio-Bus will go into service in Britain next next, shutting people to an airport. It runs on biomethane derived from food waste and human poop. The company says that by using the alternative energy source, its new bus will also put out less carbon emissions than those powered by traditional diesel engines. The biomethane is being produced at a sewage treatment plant; the BBC says it “takes the annual waste of about five people to produce” a full tank. No shit, this is the best headline: All aboard the poop bus, now farting around the UK Inquiring minds want to know if the bus…
  • San Diego, San Francisco Bay planning toilet-to-tap water reuse

    Bob Morris
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:42 am
    In urban areas where water is scarce, it just makes sense to clean wastewater and make it drinkable again. Las Vegas has done this out of necessity for years. All household water including what is flushed down toilets is cleaned up, pumped back into Lake Mead and reused over and over. There is no yuck factor. I live in Vegas and the water is quite drinkable. In areas where there isn’t a nearby huge lake to pump water into then reservoirs or aquifers can be used for storage. Orange County CA already reclaims 70 million gallons a day and is expanding that to 100 million. The San Diego…
 
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  • Mobile Device Management for Healthcare

    3 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Data security is of paramount importance in the healthcare industry, where regulations are numerous and fines are serious. With MDM, your staff can use the smartphones and tablets they need to provide the best possible care, and IT can rest easy that devices comply to the policies that protect confidential data. Learn how to protect devices, no matter where they are or who owns them.Request Free!
  • BYOD & HIPAA Breaches at Hospitals Infographic

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Providing high-quality healthcare is a science—but securely managing the expanding amount of highly personal healthcare content can be an art. As the already-large volumes of healthcare-related data continue to grow, many organizations are turning to the cloud to store, manage and share data. When looking at ways to better share documents and files across healthcare organizations, IT and Security professionals need a cloud-based content management and collaboration platform that offers enterprise-grade security.Box is a HIPAA compliant collaboration platform that allows employees to share…
  • Drone Wars: How UAV Tech Is Transforming the Future of War

    8 Oct 2014 | 4:50 pm
    A new revolution is taking place right now on the battlefields of the world: wars are fought increasingly by drones. Of course, people are still in the line of fire, and they always will be (the Pentagon stated last year that there were 1.4 million active US troops overseas)—but their role and numbers could be vastly different than they are now. There’s no question that drones are changing the face of warfare: militaries have always been in technology races, but never before has the winner of the race gained the ability to wage war without putting troops on the front line.Download…
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    2 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Providing high-quality healthcare is a science—but securely managing the expanding amount of highly personal healthcare content can be an art. As the already-large volumes of healthcare-related data continue to grow, many organizations are turning to the cloud to store, manage and share data. When looking at ways to better share documents and files across healthcare organizations, IT and Security professionals need a cloud-based content management and collaboration platform that offers enterprise-grade security.Box is a HIPAA compliant collaboration platform that allows employees to share…
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  • Ferguson Pizza Shop Owners Suffer Third Major Disaster

    admin
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    If you read the KSDK.com story published this morning about an apparent arson fire that destroyed a Little Caesar’s Pizza in Ferguson, you know the fire came some three and a half years after the same building suffered severe damage caused by a tornado. But there’s more to this story that the St. Louis television news outlet did not report. For Doyle and Joy Beck, owners of the long-established Ferguson business who also own a Little Caesars at 3100 Godfrey Road in Godfrey, Ill., the fire and tornado stand as Parts 1 and 3 of a real-life drama in which they never wanted starring…
  • Twenty-Five Structures Burn After Jay Nixon Fails Ferguson

    admin
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:36 am
    Five hours after sharing Ferguson news with 10 updates, I awoke to find this KSDK-TV video. Coming on the heels of the St. Louis County grand jury decision against indicting Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown, it stands as perhaps the most-disturbing evidence of unrest in Ferguson, Mo. Twenty-five structures plus 10 cars at a car dealership set ablaze! Turning to Fox2Now.com, I watched and listened as a man — I think he was a local business owner, but have not found a video clip to share yet — was being interviewed about the unrest and…
  • NO INDICTMENT OF OFFICER DARREN WILSON!

    admin
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:25 pm
    in the case of the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch announced at 8:20 p.m. Central that the 12 members of the grand jury could find no grounds upon which to issue a criminal indictment against 28-year-old police officer Darren Wilson. More details coming soon. UPDATE #1 Nov. 24, 2014, at 8:31 p.m. Central:  USA TODAY UPDATE #2 Nov. 24, 2014, at 8:35 p.m. Central:  St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney’s website overloaded (see pic below). UPDATE #3 Nov. 24, 2014, at 8:40 p.m. Central:  Item by item, Prosecuting…
  • Test Your Skills in ‘Can You Spot the Liar?’

    admin
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Over the weekend, I came across a New York Times piece, Can You Spot the Liar?  Though more than six months old, this interactive piece remains relevant and interesting. Click image above to link to “Can You Spot the Liar?” The Times offered this description of how to play: Poker players might call it the “tell” — it’s the idea that your body language tells your questioners if the words you’re saying are actually true or false. These subjects in a University of Chicago study on body language and lying were asked several general questions — and then told off camera to…
  • Guest Writer Believes Race Relations Near Tipping Point

    admin
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:25 am
    EDITOR’S NOTE: Below is a guest post by Paul R. Hollrah, a resident of Oklahoma who writes from the perspective of a veteran conservative politico who served two terms as a member of the Electoral College. Even if you disagree with him, this piece will make you think long and hard. My eighty-first birthday earlier this week was to have been a happy occasion, featuring a great dinner with friends at Tulsa’s finest German restaurant and many cards and letters from far-flung children and grandchildren. But a late email printout detailing events in Geneva, Switzerland, took a bit of the…
 
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  • Tonight on The Independents: Let’s Try That Ferguson Show Again, Featuring Deroy Murdock, Basil Smikle, Eric Guster, Mollie Hemingway, and More

    Matt Welch
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:25 pm
    Well, last night got a bit pear-shaped, but tonight, knock on wood, we'll be back with a fresh new episode of The Independents (Fox Business Network, 9 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. PT, repeats three hours later), where we'll have a chunk of the same topic (Ferguson!) and two of our same scheduled guests: Fox News contributor/National Review writer Deroy Murdock, and Democratic political strategist Basil Smikle. In addition, legal analyst Eric Guster will talk about what can/should/might happen in the legal case next. Did you read Mollie Hemingway's "20 Ways Media Completely Misread Congress’ Weak-Sauce…
  • Polling Finds a Stark Racial Divide in Perceptions of Law Enforcement

    Jason Keisling
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:45 pm
  • Robby Soave: The UVA Rapists Shouldn't Have Been Expelled

    Reason.com
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:31 pm
    It’s difficult to imagine a more callous, wholly inadequate response to a culture of seemingly rampant sexual assault at the University of Virginia than the one its administrators practiced year after year, according to a horrifying account finally publicized by Rolling Stone last week. But that’s precisely what happens when an entity equipped only to deal with academic misbehavior is instead pushed to do something about sexual assault: it finds itself putting the university’s brand name first and the victims second, writes Robby Soave. The lesson of the UVA assault, then, is that…
  • George Stephanopoulos Lands First Interview with Darren Wilson, Obama Hurts Hagel's Feelings, First Jurassic World Trailer Debuts: P.M. Links

    Robby Soave
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:30 pm
    In the continuing fallout from the Ferguson grand jury decision, George Stephanopoulos will be the first journalist to air an interview with Darren Wilson, the cop who killed Michael Brown. Documents suggest the grand jury confronted huge volumes of conflicting eyewitness testimony from people who claimed to have seen what happened between Wilson and Brown. President Obama reportedly thought Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel "just wasn't the right man for the job." Sen. Charles Schumer says focusing on healthcare reform was a mistake for Democrats. Obama doled out the Presidential Medals of…
  • How Grand Was That Ferguson Grand Jury? A Couple of Perspectives

    Brian Doherty
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:18 pm
    A couple of perspectives on the behavior of the grand jury and particularly of Prosecutor Bob McCulloch. Excerpts from a tweetstorm from lawyer and TV personality Lisa Bloom: "It is just not a very well-liked community," Darren Wilson testified at p. 238 about Mike Brown's neighborhood. Meaning despised by police.... "That's not an area where you can take anything really lightly," Darren Wilson testified about Mike Brown's neighborhood.... After the shooting, Darren Wilson said he didn't need to go to the hospital. Speaks to his attorney, then agrees to go. p. 248... Hospital finds no…
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  • Regional variations & personal votes at the 2010 Victorian election

    Geoff
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:48 pm
    With the Victorian election almost upon us there are many guides to individual seats available. To add to these I have developed a simple regression model to predict the 2010 Labor primary and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Corruption & machine politics

    Geoff
    22 May 2014 | 7:01 pm
    I have an article in the Conversation about the trade union and home insulation Royal Commissions held by the government. The article doesn’t imply any judgement about the significance of the matters... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 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! ]]
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  • The Debt Dialogues [Episode 32]: John Cochrane on Inequality

    25 Nov 2014 | 10:59 am
    The Debt Dialogues is a weekly podcast that aims to educate young people about the welfare state and how it will affect their future. In this episode, I interview John Cochrane, University of Chicago economist and senior fellow at the Hoover Institution, on the campaign to limit economic inequality.
  • Steve Simpson on C-SPAN2 on November 25

    24 Nov 2014 | 11:01 am
    Tomorrow night, C-SPAN2 will air a talk by Steve Simpson, ARI’s director of legal studies, titled “Cronyism, Corruption and Government Power.”
  • How Iran Gamed the Nuclear Talks

    21 Nov 2014 | 10:36 am
    Monday, November 24, marks a deadline in the negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program. A glance at where things stand tells you just how well Iran has gamed the process. The pattern: Iran has set the terms and pocketed concessions.
  • The Garden of Eden Premise

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:44 am
    The other day I was thumbing through an interesting book, Pursuing Liberty: America Through the Eyes of the Newly Free, which contains interviews with eight American immigrants. It really captured what I think is one of the most notable and admirable characteristics of immigrants to this country: how many of them come expecting to work for a better life. They value freedom, not because it makes life easy, but because it makes success possible.
  • Mark Cuban, Ayn Rand, and Neutering the Internet

    19 Nov 2014 | 10:40 am
    “If Ayn Rand were an up and coming author today,” Mark Cuban recently tweeted, “she wouldnt (sic) write about steel or railroads, it would be net neutrality.”
 
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  • Where Is the Black Leadership Now?

    25 Nov 2014 | 5:54 pm
    Juan Williams, FOX NewsWhere is the black leadership now that a grand jury has decided not to indict the police officer that killed Michael Brown?Where is Al Sharpton? He advertises himself as a spokesman for the best interests of black America. But he is absent.Where is Jesse Jackson, another popular media personality who says he speaks for black America? HeÂ’s missing in action, too.
  • Temperamentally Yours

    25 Nov 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Noemie Emery, Washington ExaminerIn their public lives, presidents have to hone their skills at facing disaster — see “midterm elections, 1994, 2006” — but the coping skills developed by President Obama are, one may say, unique.Piqued by the results of the midterm elections, he denies that they happened, as the feelings of the millions who voted against him and his party matter much less than those who skipped voting completely. He believes (or assumes) that they all prefer him. He may be unaware he is opening a large can of worms for future…
  • The Joke That Brought Down Bill Cosby

    25 Nov 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Adam Sternbergh, NY MagazineIt will be ironic if, in the end, Bill Cosby is brought down by a joke. Not only a joke, of course — it’s the testimony of, at last count (and the depressing fact is, you have to keep Googling “Bill Cosby accuser” to keep up with the latest tally), 16 women who’ve now come forward with allegations of rape and sexual assault against Cosby, according to a long and powerful Washington Post piece published this weekend. Not to mention this lurid Daily News account from a now-90-year-old ex-NBC employee of the years he spent as…
  • Obama Doesn't Want Immigration Reform

    25 Nov 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Andy Puzder, RealClearPoliticsOn Friday, I spoke to Neil Cavuto on Fox Business News following President ObamaÂ’s announcement that he will allow nearly 5 million undocumented immigrants to stay in the country. IÂ’m a big supporter of immigration reform as these two articles demonstrate:San Diego Union-Tribune: Immigration reform needed for global competitivenessPolitico: How to renew the American dreamBut, IÂ’m also a believer in our Constitution which establishes the legal foundation upon which this great nation was built. ThatÂ’s why I…
  • How Ferguson Riots Broke the Mold

    25 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Fisher & Lowery, Washington PostEven as the president, live from the White House, said “there is inevitably going to be some negative reaction, and it will make for good TV,” the news channels split their screens to show police shooting tear-gas canisters at protesters in Ferguson, Mo. — a presidential appeal for calm competing against frightening scenes of angry confrontation.
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  • Creating New Opportunities for African-American Entrepreneurs

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    All entrepreneurs—even the most successful—need help along the way. They need capital to fund their growth. They need operational experience and industry expertise to scale. And they need a peer network to call on. With the October launch of the Credit Suisse Entrepreneurs Circle, the bank will
  • Glimpses of a Ghetto-Free Future

    William H. Frey
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    One of the most intimate settings of American life is the neighborhood. Neighborhoods are where Americans socialize, shop, and attend school. They are where civic matters have the most impact—and where a place’s racial makeup can foster interactions with other groups, or not. For many Americans,
  • A Civil Rights Lawyer Explains Why Obama's Immigration Order Is an Even Bigger Deal Than It Seems

    Margo Schlanger
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:30 pm
    If you’ve read or heard anything about President Obama’s immigration orders last week, then you’ve probably heard that he’s giving millions of undocumented residents a three-year reprieve from deportation and legal working papers.You probably haven’t heard that he’s also rewriting the pr
  • This Is What Power Looks Like

    Rebecca Traister
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:00 pm
    November’s biggest stories have revealed not just what’s broken in this country, but also the complicated systems that obscure that damage. From Darren Wilson’s non-indictment in Ferguson, Missouri, to the horrific alleged gang rape at the University of Virginia to Bill C
  • St. Louis Prosecutor Bob McCulloch Abused the Grand Jury Process

    Noam Scheiber
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:10 pm
    On the left, there were basically two reactions to Monday’s announcement that Darren Wilson would not be indicted for killing Michael Brown. There were those who believed Wilson should have been indicted because it’s hard to see how the killing of an unarmed man by a cop doesn’t establish prob
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  • With immigration action, Obama calls his opponents’ bluff

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:12 pm
    Stay wide awake in the coming weeks. This is a historic moment when all of the divisions, misunderstandings and hatreds of President Obama’s time in office have come to a head. We are in a different place than we were. We are also in a place we were bound to get to eventually. Read full article >>
  • A mission for Jeb Bush

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:46 pm
    President Obama will no doubt clash regularly with his newly empowered partisan adversaries in Congress. But the most important struggle in U.S. politics over the next two years will be inside the Republican Party. And the person who can play a decisive role in that battle is Jeb Bush. Read full article >>
  • Obama pursues a can-do approach

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    16 Nov 2014 | 3:33 pm
    House Speaker John Boehner has said that President Obama would “poison the well” for legislative action on immigration reform by unilaterally issuing executive orders. But how can you poison a well that has already been filled with partisan cyanide? Read full article >>
  • Will Obamacare separate Scalia from his principles?

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    12 Nov 2014 | 4:52 pm
    Republican leaders in the House and Senate have made clear that they’ll deploy every weapon in the legislative arsenal to repeal the Affordable Care Act. They’ll try to chip away at the taxes that support it and abolish the mandates that make its insurance markets work. Read full article >>
  • Don’t govern on fantasies

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    9 Nov 2014 | 4:42 pm
    When high-mindedness collides with reality, reality usually wins. Remember this when you hear talk of making the next two years a miracle of bipartisan comity. Begin by being skeptical of the lists of what President Obama and the now Republican-controlled Congress should “obviously” agree on. Notice that liberal lists (including mine) start with immigration and sentencing reform while conservative lists focus on free trade and tax reform. Surprise! The election changed no one’s priorities. Read full article >>
 
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  • Message for the Commenters

    Noah Kristula-Green
    6 Jan 2012 | 6:23 pm
    Hello everyone. David and I have been in meetings all day but we made time to check in on the comment thread announcing the move to the Daily Beast and Newsweek. The support in the comments has been remarkable. However, there seems to be some misunderstanding going around so we wanted to clear up a few things: 1. Although David has been mandated with writing excellent magazine pieces for Newsweek, he will still be blogging regularly at The Daily Beast. In fact, we will be getting our own Andrew Sullivan-style blog. As of my most recent meeting, the url will be:…
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    David Frum
    6 Jan 2012 | 7:09 am
    -FrumForum Goes Live FrumForum launched itself almost exactly three years ago, on Inauguration Day 2009. Over the subsequent interval, our hundreds of contributors have reached more than 5 million individual readers. I like to think that together we have helped to move the national debate. When we launched, Sarah Palin was a leading candidate for president and Glenn Beck was broadcasting conspiracy theories on cable TV. Three years later–not so much. OK, maybe we can’t claim all the credit. But we won’t refuse some fair share. Now like all good things, this adventure is…
  • Gridlock Forever

    Steve Bell
    5 Jan 2012 | 1:50 pm
    Far from yielding an ambiguous electoral outcome, the Iowa caucuses solidly confirmed the Balkanization of the Republican Party, a fact that will lead to potential electoral failure in 2012 unless neutralized soon. These internal divisions hurt the party’s leadership in Congress in 2011; they have already improved Democratic chances to retain the Senate, gain substantial seats in the House, and keep the White House in 2012. Super-imposed on this chaos is a 2012 Congressional legislative schedule that virtually no one on Capitol Hill believes has a snowball’s chance in hell of ever…
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  • Federal Judge Overturns Mississippi’s Ban On Same-Sex Marriage

    Zack Ford
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:43 pm
    CREDIT: Shutterstock/David P. Smith Mere hours after a federal judge overturned Arkansas’ ban on same-sex marriage, another federal judge similarly ruled against Mississippi’s ban. The order was stayed for two weeks, and given the Fifth Circuit is already considering cases from Texas and Louisiana, the stay will likely be extended pending the higher court’s ruling on the question. Nevertheless, Judge Carlton Reeves, an Obama appointee, wrote a lengthy, fiery opinion full of fresh nuance and points despite the dozens of similar rulings in other states. Before even addressing…
  • Federal Judge Overturns Arkansas’ Ban On Same-Sex Marriage

    Zack Ford
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:22 pm
    CREDIT: Shutterstock Wednesday evening, a federal judge declared that Arkansas’ ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional and ordered the state to stop enforcing it. The decision came with a stay, meaning that same-sex couples cannot begin marrying begin until the deadline to appeal, and only if no appeal is filed. The Arkansas Supreme Court, however, is also considering a case challenging the ban, and if that court rules against it, the timeline for the suit in federal court will be irrelevant. In her opinion, Judge Kristine Baker, an Obama appointee, largely quoted from the myriad…
  • Ferguson Residents Speak Out: ‘I Just Started Crying, Because There Is No Hope For Us’

    Carimah Townes
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Down the street from Ferguson Police Department CREDIT: ThinkProgress/Erica Hellerstein FERGUSON, MO — The morning after the grand jury in Ferguson decided not to indict Officer Darren Wilson, following the subsequent protests in and around Ferguson, ThinkProgress sat down with Canfield residents about the events that took place and their initial reactions to the decision and neighborhood unrest. I thought they was going to shoot me in the head. I was scared for my life. It’s treacherous out here. “The verdict ignited anger in some younger residents in the community, who are…
  • Maryland Governor Is Officially Ready To Allow Fracking In The State

    Emily Atkin
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley. CREDIT: AP Photo/Patrick Semansky Maryland’s outgoing Democratic Gov. Martin O’Malley announced on Tuesday that he will soon release proposed regulations for fracking — regulations that when finalized will officially allow natural gas drilling in the western part of the state. The historically environmentally-friendly governor said the regulations when issued would be strict, going above and beyond to restrict drilling in certain locations and including strong protections from drinking-water contamination and air pollution. “We’re…
  • Horrific Gang Rape At UVA Reopens The Debate About Whether We Should Ban Frats

    Tara Culp-Ressler
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:29 pm
    The door of a UVA dorm covered with Post-It notes related to the Phi Kappa Psi gang rape allegations CREDIT: AP Photo/Steve Helber After the horrifying details of a gang rape committed at a University of Virginia frat house were published in a Rolling Stone article at the end of last week, the allegations have rocked the campus and led to calls for “cultural and institutional changes” to make UVA a safer place. In response to the news, the administration announced the suspension of all fraternities until the beginning of January. That move has reopened the contentious debate over…
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  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-25-2014

    Ramona
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:22 am
    Life has no limitations, except the ones you make. (L. Brown) — You can either build walls or knock them down. Your choice. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-25-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-24-2014

    Ramona
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:22 am
    Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly, until you learn to do it well. (Z. Ziglar) — And have fun, even if you suck! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-24-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-23-2014

    Ramona
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:22 am
    He who leads and has no one following him is only taking a walk. (Unknown) — But with others beside you, it's an adventure. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-23-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-22-2014

    Ramona
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:22 am
    Stress is the desire to get things done and the fear of not getting them done. (C. Titmuss) — Trade fear for commitment! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-22-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-21-2014

    Ramona
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:22 am
    Eat what you like and let the food fight it out inside. (M. Twain) — A never-ending battle between chocolate and broccoli! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 11-21-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
 
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    Democratic Strategist

  • Were the Midterm Results Part of a Straight Line Or a Cycle?

    25 Nov 2014 | 7:31 am
    It's now three weeks after the 2014 midterm elections, and a good time to reflect on how serious analysts differ on what happened and what it means. I did a bit of that at Washington Monthly: I'm no big number-cruncher, and don't have access to voter files or other data more sophisticated than exit polls, but my general take (articulated here and here) has been that the big GOP victory was the product of a number of things that happened to coincide in one cycle: a strongly pro-GOP midterm turnout pattern, a strongly pro-GOP "map" (at least for the Senate), a second-term midterm "drag" on the…
  • Political Strategy Notes

    24 Nov 2014 | 3:35 am
    "The states with consistently high turnout tend to make it easy to cast ballots. Maine, Minnesota and Wisconsin allow voters to register on Election Day. Colorado, Oregon and Washington state hold elections exclusively by mail. Washington often has high turnout but was closer to the middle of the pack this year at 41 percent." -- from Associated Press's Terrence Petty and Jonathan J. Cooper. Looking at it from other angles, six states, Maine, Wisconsin, Colorado, Alaska, Minnesota and Oregon had voter turnouts of more than 50 percent. Four of the six states, allow election day registration,…
  • Counter-Punching the GOP "Outrage" on Immigration

    21 Nov 2014 | 3:25 pm
    So the president's executive action on immigration has finally been announced, and as expected Republicans are full of real and phony outrage. Outside the immigrant communities most affected, how should progressives respond? I discussed that topic today at the Washington Monthly. For all the yelling and screaming about "Emperor Obama," his action was temporary and could be instantly revoked by a Republican president or superseded by legislation from a Republican Congress. But Republicans are in complete disarray on the subject, though there is a distinct trend towards "deport 'em all"…
  • Obama's Immigration Reform Rooted in Decency

    21 Nov 2014 | 10:49 am
    The headline of Harold Meyerson's Washington Post column hits a core issue of the immigration debate: "Obama calculates the human cost of deportations." Written before the President issued his executive order, Meyerson nonetheless captured the central issue, the one few Republicans are willing to address: Of the thousands of words written lately on President Obama's impending order to exempt some undocumented immigrants from the threat of deportation, most have dealt with the politics of the issue, not the humanity behind it. What the media have largely failed to emphasize is that Obama's…
  • Political Strategy Notes

    20 Nov 2014 | 7:37 am
    Among the most popular reforms the public would like to see the new congress address, according to a new NBC News/Wall St. Journal Poll: 82 percent support Congress providing access to lower the costs of student loans; 75 percent support increasing spending on infrastructure, roads and highways; 65 percent support Congress raising the minimum wage; 60 percent support approving emergency funding to deal with Ebola in West Africa; 59 percent support addressing climate change by limiting carbon emissions...So much for the Republican's midterm 'mandate.' Democratic strategist Cornell Belcher…
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  • JD(U) may oust Manjhi as Bihar chief minister

    Gautam
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:03 am
    PATNA: Speculation is rife in Bihar’s political circles over the possible ouster of Jitan Ram Manjhi as the chief minister after he said his days in the office are numbered. The speculation gained strength a day after Manjhi said his days in office were numbered as his detractors in the party were making every effort to remove him from the chief minister’s post. Manjhi said, “I know efforts are on to remove me, I may or may not continue till November end.” Manjhi, who belongs to the economically backward Mahadalit community, is known for his controversial remarks.
  • Devendra Fadnavis hopeful of breakthrough in talks with Shiv Sena

    Gautam
    22 Nov 2014 | 1:59 am
    NEW DELHI: Voicing confidence of a breakthrough in talks with Shiv Sena, Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday said it has been a friend of BJP and the two parties will remain friends in the future. “Shiv Sena has always been a friend and in future we will be friends,” Fadnavis said at a seminar in New Delhi. The comment by the chief minister comes two days after Union minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy, who was BJP’s Maharashtra in charge, hoped that something good will emerge out of the talks between the two parties. There is growing pressure from the ranks of…
  • Muslims and Dalits must come together: MIM’s Owaisi

    Gautam
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:02 am
    Although just a fraction, this share means MIM candidates managed to make quick inroads into the bases of bigger parties. A barrister by training from London’s Lincoln’s Inn, Owaisi’s anti-Hindutva stand helped build his image as a next-generation Muslim leader, but he is increasingly taking his fight to the bastions of the so-called secular parties. Owaisi has shaped his politics around the credo of his father and former MP, the late Sultan Salahuddin Owaisi: that Indian Muslims are a neglected lot and therefore they must empower themselves. Mercurial, strident and sometimes seen as…
  • Sena slams Pawar over snap poll remarks

    Gautam
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:45 am
    The Shiv Sena today hit out at NCP Sharad Pawar after he asked his party to be ready for snap poll, saying he “is known for playing politics of distrust” and was trying to take advantage of the current instability. Though NCP declared unconditional outside support to the minority BJP government the day Assembly poll threw up a hung verdict, party chief Sharad Pawar yesterday said that the state government’s stability was not NCP’s responsibility and asked party workers to be ready to face a snap poll. “Sharad Pawar is taking advantage of this unstable government,…
  • RSS likely to get Shiv Sena-BJP patch-up in place

    Gautam
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:55 am
    MUMBAI: The Shiv Sena has begun preparations for a show of strength here on Monday to mark the second death anniversary of Balasaheb Thackeray. But it was not clear till late on Sunday if chief minister Devendra Fadnavis and other state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) bigwigs would visit the Thackeray memorial at Shivaji Park on Monday. Speculation was rife in political circles that the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) was ready to intervene in the Sena-BJP spat over power-sharing in the state. Sena president Uddhav Thackeray may soon hold talks with RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat. The Sena wants the…
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  • Education in the Second Machine Age

    Dalia Marin
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:50 am
    Until the 1980s, about 70% of income went to labor income and 30% to capital income. But, since then, the share of income going to labor has declined in all rich countries, and research indicates that half of this decline is the result of cheaper information technology – allowing firms to replace workers with computers.
  • Sustainable Development Economics

    Jeffrey D. Sachs
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    Free-market and Keynesian approaches dominate today’s economic debates. Yet neither approach is delivering good results, underscoring the need for a new Sustainable Development Economics, with governments promoting new types of investments.
  • Something to Smile About

    Chris Patten
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    P.J. O’Rourke had a point when he argued that the best thing about living in the twenty-first century, rather than in some “golden age” of the past, is modern dentistry. At a time when the world is plagued by conflict and tragedy, healthy teeth are a reminder, however mundane, of economic progress and human happiness.
  • Inequality and the Internet

    J. Bradford DeLong
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Today, nearly every resident of a developed country can easily afford a smartphone, thereby gaining inexpensive access to a universe of human knowledge that, until a generation ago, only the richest could afford. Is it possible that conventional measures of inequality and income vastly underestimate just how good we have it?
  • Romania’s Underdog of Hope

    Norman Manea
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:30 am
    The unexpected victory of Klaus Werner Iohannis in Romania's recent presidential election may well be as important a milestone for Romanian democracy as the 1989 revolution that led to the overthrow of Nicolae Ceaușescu. Then and now, Romanians had their limit – and their governments pushed them too far.
 
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  • You Mad Because the GOP Knocked You Out?

    mrDaveyd
    6 Nov 2014 | 5:01 am
    Election 2014 The Aftermath: Well folks, the people have spoken with their choice of candidate or their willingness to sit it out and make a statement of how unhappy they are with the system or the electoral process. The agendas of those who are now in control of both houses has been made crystal clear for a number of years.. Hence look for them to carry it out full steam. The privatization of schools, medicare, social security and the elimination of safety net programs are all on the menu. Look for them to go full steam ahead with pushing forth Keystone XL and TPP..(Trans Pacific Partnership…
  • Election Day 2014-Deep East Oakland Mayoral Debate

    mrDaveyd
    4 Nov 2014 | 5:59 am
    A couple of weeks ago it was pointed out that the 15 people vying for Oakland’s top post as Mayor had done a record number of debates. They had reached into every part of the city except Deep East Oakland. We are talking specifically about the area about 98th Avenue. Its apart of the city that is often bashed upon by the media. Some folks came together and decided to change things. Rev Mustafa and Rev Harry Williams of Basic Ministries which is located  on a 107th street did what was deamed impossible. They reached out and got all the top candidates to show up. This is the only time…
  • Bob Law: History of Black Radio and the Removal of Black Militant Thought

    mrDaveyd
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:55 pm
    Over the past few weeks Hard Knock Radio has been doing a series of interviews focusing on the state of Black media. Such a series would not be complete without getting some critical insight from long time freedom fighter and media justice advocate Bob Law.  He is one of the Godfathers of Black radio and has never wavered in using the airwaves as a tool for liberation. In our conversation, he gives a serious history lesson not just on the evolution of Black Radio and the role it has long played in the Black Freedom Struggle, but he also talked to us about how there has been an attempt to…
  • Oakland’s Mystic Hits Hard on Black/ Brown Genocide w/ the ‘Country Roads’

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

    mrDaveyd
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Professor Rick Vincent-author of History of Funk drops a lot of insight about the musical legacy of Michael Jackson and his brothers Michael Jackson and the Jackson 5 are considered stellar musicians and entertainers who changed the game in major ways. Oftentimes when we speak of them they are presented as if they came out of nowhere and their musical prowess came out of a vacuum. We wanted to give people some deeper insight into their music and what it meant to Soul, Funk and the Black community. We sat down with Professor Ricky Vincent aka the Uhuru Maggot, author of the landmark book The…
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  • Obama Orders U.S. Troops in Afghanistan to Keep Fighting for a 14th Year

    25 Nov 2014 | 12:55 pm
    In May, President Barack Obama said American troops in Afghanistan would cease their “combat mission” by January 1. Now, come January 1, U.S. soldiers will engage in “combat operations,” marking the 14th consecutive year of fighting. So much for the war ending.   The only significant difference between what the U.S. military has been doing in Afghanistan and what it will be doing starting next year is the size of its forces. Instead of tens of thousands of soldiers, the U.S. will station only 9,800 to fight al-Qaeda and Taliban militants.   “Senior…
  • Supreme Court to Decide if Violent Threats on Facebook are Free Speech or Criminal Acts

    25 Nov 2014 | 12:50 pm
    The U.S. Supreme Court will begin hearing a case next week on whether violence-laden posts on Facebook constitute protected free speech or criminal acts that deserve prosecution.   Elonis v. United States stems from the conviction of Anthony Elonis, who served more than three years in prison for posting messages using rap-style prose to his wife Tara on Facebook that she took as threats. He was convicted under a federal law that prohibits the use of interstate communications of threats to harm individuals. In one post, Elonis indicated his desire to shoot Tara despite a court order…
  • Goldman Sachs Gets Harsh Words but Open Pockets from Congressional Subcommittees

    25 Nov 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Recent events in Congress might lead one to think that Goldman Sachs has been putting its money in the wrong place if the point of hefty contributions is to win key friends.   In one corner of the Senate, a powerful lawmaker was letting Goldman have it over the financial giant’s investments—and influence—in the commodities market. Senator Carl Levin (D-Michigan), chairman of the Senate’s Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, charged that Goldman’s control of aluminum supplies, coal mines, and a uranium company put it in a position to sway commodities…
  • Obama Justice Dept. Insists Details of Anti-Iran Campaign are so Secret they won’t Say Why It’s Secret

    25 Nov 2014 | 12:40 pm
    The Obama administration has asserted that the secretive nature of its demand for throwing out a lawsuit brought against an anti-Iran organization is consistent with previous hush-hush attempts to stymie the judicial system. Officials just can’t say why that’s so … because it’s (that’s right) a secret.   United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) is being sued by Greek shipping magnate Victor Restis for defamation after the group accused Restis of doing business with Iran and violating the U.S. sanctions against that country.   In what amounts to a…
  • Is Volleyball a Threat to Islamic Extremists?

    25 Nov 2014 | 12:35 pm
    From suicide bombings to political protests, volleyball has been at the center of recent high-profile incidents in countries known for Islamic extremists.   In eastern Afghanistan, about a hundred people were killed or wounded by a suicide bomber at a volleyball game in the Yahya Khel district of Paktika province. Most of the dead were civilians, but eight were members of the Afghan Local Police, a paramilitary unit that backs the Afghan government, according to The New York Times. Volleyball is popular in rural areas of Afghanistan, and has not been known as a target for extremists.
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    Blog for Arizona

  • Over 200 in downtown Tucson protest Ferguson shooting (photos)

    Carolyn Classen
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:30 pm
    200 protesters of all ages, ethnicities were at Ronstadt Transit Center tonight to exercise their freedoms of speech and assembly, against the failure of the Ferguson Missouri grand jury to indict Police Officer Darren Wilson in the August 9, 2014 … Continue reading →
  • IOKIYAR: President Willard ‘Mittens’ Romney’s executive orders

    AZ BlueMeanie
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:21 pm
    The high priest of Beltway centrism, political scientist Norm Ornstein, writing at The Atlantic takes another look at those executive orders that President Willard “Mittens” Romney promised he would sign on “Day One in office” — that thankfully never came … Continue reading →
  • John Boehner continues to waste taxpayer money on right-wing conspiracy theories

    AZ BlueMeanie
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:32 pm
    The Benghazi! Benghazi! Benghazi! wild-eyed conspiracy theories of the right-wing noise machine were laid to rest last week with the Friday evening news dump of the House Intelligence Committee’s report on the 2012 attack in Benghazi. “The report,” the Republican-led Committee … Continue reading →
  • Watch University of AZ Wildcats take on ASU at the Loft Theater (for free)

    Carolyn Classen
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Big Territorial Cup rivalry game and last home UA Wildcats football game coming on on Friday November 28, 1:30 p.m. kickoff at AZ Stadium. If you don’t have tickets and don’t have plans to watch it on at a sports … Continue reading →
  • Remember that time a bunch of mostly white people rioted near Penn State?

    Donna Gratehouse
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Nick Baumann did and he tweeted this as the protest and unrest after the announcement that the grand jury would not indict Ferguson police officer for shooting and killing Michael Brown unfolded. Here's an image from the Penn State protests … Continue reading →
 
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    People Power from YES! Magazine

  • Video: Vancouver Opera Violinist Plays 19th-Century Ballad for Protesters in Pipeline Fight

    Mary Hansen
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:56 pm
    Vancouver Opera violinist Carolyn Cole joined environmental activists and First Nations this week to protest energy company Kinder Morgan’s pipeline expansion through British Columbia’s Burnaby Mountain. The Trans Mountain pipeline would bring 890,000 gallons of unrefined oil daily to export through the Burrard Inlet. “If it comes to me, I’m not going to back down.” Since September Kinder Morgan has been surveying the land in preparation for building the pipeline. But once workers started cutting down trees, activists disrupted progress by setting up camp at the site. The energy…
  • The Hunger Games Are Back: “Saw Mockingjay—Now I Want to Go Solve All the World's Problems”

    Christopher Zumski Finke
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Saw #MockingjayPart1. Four words: IT WAS SO GOOD. Now I want to go solve all the world's problems. #MyHungerGames pic.twitter.com/dQFT7lrDcW — Liz Mallory (@Eliz_Mallory) November 21, 2014 This week, fans of the popular Hunger Games series relaunched a campaign called “Odds in Our Favor” to draw attention to economic and social inequality. The campaign asks fans to “fill the gap” between the social commentary of The Hunger Games and the world fans inhabit by sharing their stories of economic inequality with the hashtag #MyHungerGames. The result has been an outpouring of personal…
  • Want to See How Governments Are Making Real Progress? Look to the Cities Tackling Our Biggest Problems

    Sarah van Gelder
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Photo by Martha Williams. If you’ve been looking to the federal government for action on big challenges such as poverty, climate change, and immigration, this has been a devastating decade. Big money’s dominance of elections, obstructionism by the Tea Party, and climate denial have brought action in Washington to a near standstill. But while the media focuses on the gridlock, a more hopeful story is unfolding. Cities are taking action. Cities can’t afford to wait for the ideological wars to play out. Climate change is a case in point. Cities are already experiencing the damage caused by…
  • Urban Comeback: How Cities Are Leading Us Into the Future

    Sarah van Gelder
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:05 pm
    This article appears in Cities Are Now, the Winter 2015 issue of YES! Magazine. Times Square, New York City. Photo by Mo Riza. When I first met Jane Jacobs, I didn’t know that she was the author of The Death and Life of Great American Cities, that she was dismissed as a “housewife” and “a crazy dame” for her takedown of the orthodox views of cities, and that she had been arrested for inciting a riot. The suburban craze, fueled by highways and suburban sprawl brought with it white flight, car dependence, and congestion. At the time, I was a preteen, trailing behind my mother on…
  • These 14 Teenage Inventors Built a Glove That Translates Sign Language—and Other Tech Solutions

    Lindsey Weedston
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:50 pm
    Photo from Shutterstock. Teenagers tend to get a bad rap. No, I don’t mean they listen to bad rap. I mean that they get unfairly judged as lazy, immature, and generally incapable. Just last month, Roger Daltrey of The Who was moaning that kids these days don’t have any movements or sense of purpose, because apparently the only new band he knows is One Direction. However, if you pay attention, you’ll notice that our young people are capable of amazing things, whether it’s starting entire online revolutions or coming up with better ideas than adults ever have. In creating this list, I…
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    Reset San Francisco

  • Tuesday Morning News Roundup

    Reset Team
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:39 am
    Protesters Arrested After Announcement In Grand Jury Decision On Fatal Missouri Shooting Oakland police have made numerous arrests Monday night in a protest that started in the downtown area and continued to Interstate Highway 580 following a grand jury’s decision to not indict a police officer in a fatal Missouri shooting. About 1,000 people have gathered in the downtown area Monday night in response to the grand jury’s decision announced around 6:30 p.m. in the shooting death of 18-year-old Michael Brown by Officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9 in Ferguson, Missouri. St. Louis County…
  • Weighing Housing Against History

    Andrew Cullen
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    There was once a time where San Francisco was known and loved for being a big city with a small town feel; full of classic bars and coffee shops, mom-and-pop businesses galore; a self declared home of the freaks. San Francisco was once a place made for, and made by, people from nowhere. As the city expands, sometimes harsh changes inevitably come with it. Even San Francisco’s Mayor, Edwin Lee has admitted that the city is indeed in a housing “crisis.” As San Franciscans scramble to make rent with combusting housing and living costs, City officials are tasked with making room for city…
  • Former SRO Tenants Illegally evicted for “Techie Commune”

    Andrew Cullen
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Six former tenants of a single room occupancy (SRO) hotel are suing their former landlord over wrongful eviction, after their building was damaged in a 2011 fire, then illegally converted into a “techie co-op.” “The Negev” – Dorm-Style Living for “The Tech World” The Park Hotel at 1040 Folsom Street was badly damaged in a fire in May 2011. Under the San Francisco rent control ordinance, the former tenants were entitled to return to their homes at the same rental price of $700 within 30 days of repairs. However, the former tenants reported to the Examiner, that they were unaware…
  • Urban Development Plans: Too Much for Mid-Market?

    Guest Author
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:53 am
    By: Caitlin Nelson The San Francisco Chronicle recently published an article by urban design critic John King about the proposed developments along Market Street. King notes that a number of developers are looking to build housing and hotels on the blocks between Fifth and Eighth streets, but isn’t optimistic about the potential for the future projects to rejuvenate the historically crime-ridden area. He argues that most of the new buildings seem to be aesthetically overcompensating, with too many competing architectural styles that will result in an overall look of confusion in the area…
  • Monday Morning News Roundup

    Reset Team
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:22 am
    Emergency Personnel Continue Search For Missing Surfer Emergency personnel continued to search for a person who was last seen face down in the water near a Pacifica beach on Sunday evening, according to the Coast Guard. The San Mateo Fire Department responded to a report of a possible surfer in distress at 4:48 p.m. at Rockaway Beach, according to a dispatcher. Coast Guard officials said they launched a helicopter and a motor lifeboat crew at 4:56 p.m. Shortly before the Coast Guard rescue teams arrived, Pacifica fire and Daly City police lost sight of the person, who was last seen face down…
 
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    The Alternative Conservative

  • Michael Brown's Mother Reacts to Descison

    25 Nov 2014 | 4:51 pm
    Of course we expect a mother to be upset in this Ferguson case. Certainly we have all been in situations where we are too close for comfort, it prevents us from understanding the full picture or taking in the reality.The decision was made not to indict Officer Wilson because this is what the Grand Jury concluded based on the facts, the witnesses, the physical evidence, and other statements. They had the option of inditing him on a wide variety of charges including involuntary manslaughter. There simply was NO case to be made. No probable cause was found.Read more »
  • Ferguson - Riot Time

    24 Nov 2014 | 11:17 pm
    SourceI guess I knew it was going to happen. I feel as if no matter what the decision was going to be - indictment or not, Ferguson was going to get rocked tonight by unruly people who are hell bent on destroying their own home town.Officer Darren Wilson will not be indicted. The grand jury was given the entire facts of the case and have determined that there simply is no case against this man According to various current sources, the federal investigation will produce the same outcome - no case against Wilson.Let's be clear here. Many of the witnesses had changed their stories when…
  • Top Obama Supporter and Gay Rights Advocate Terry Bean Arrested - Child Sex Scandal

    24 Nov 2014 | 2:45 pm
    (Photo: Multnomah County Detention Center)Terrance Patrick Bean has been arrested on two felony counts of sex with a minor. Terrance Bean is also a huge supporter of Obama and in 2012, he is responsible for raising more than half a million dollars for the re-election campaign. "Bean has been one of the state's biggest Democratic donors and an influential figure in gay rights circles in the state," reports oregonlive.com. "He helped found two major national political groups, the Human Rights Campaign and the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund and has been a major contributor for several…
  • Bill Cosby - Oh Boy...Say it Ain't So

    17 Nov 2014 | 6:42 pm
    Okay, I admit; I like Bill Cosby; I do not want to picture him as a man who would do harm to anyone, let alone rape a woman. With that being said, watch the video on the link...here. .Here is another interview from Barbara Bowman. In addition, her story - in her words, can be found here.Bowman, sort of a Sharon Stone-looking gal back in the day. When the news and allegations first came out about Bill Cosby, they seemed to surface and disappear as quick as they came. This was years ago. I think it's fair to say that the public at large assumed the matter was settled and that the claims…
  • Jonathan Gruber - "Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage."

    15 Nov 2014 | 2:24 pm
    It's not that I was not aware of how the democrats in this country feel about the American voter; I am fully aware that they believe Americans are stupid. What shocks me is that there are still people inside this country who haven't figured it out yet.Read more »
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  • Will Northern Ireland’s culture wars kill power-sharing?

    Kevin Meagher
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:15 am
    Westminster’s general indifference to what goes on in Northern Ireland is blinding it to the fact that the political process there is rapidly losing momentum. Gerry Adams called those like the DUP's Gregory Campbell "bastards". Photo: Getty Westminster’s general indifference to what goes on in Northern Ireland is blinding it to the fact that the political process there is rapidly losing momentum. The past few months have been dogged by serious disagreements about welfare cuts between the Democratic Unionists and Sinn Fein, unhappy bedfellows in the cross-community, power-sharing…
  • While the number of benefit claimants is falling, flaws are emerging in the system

    Theo Barry Born
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:37 am
    A new report shows the early signs of claimant numbers decreasing, but serious problems nevertheless emerging with how the system operates. Parties need to make the welfare system work, not just act "tough". Photo: Getty Welfare reform has been one of the most controversial parts of the coalition government’s reform programme since coming to power in 2010. A New Policy Institute report published this week finds that while claimant numbers are falling, serious problems are emerging with how the system operates. Earlier this week, the New Policy Institute published its latest Monitoring…
  • Tory MP and former Health Secretary Stephen Dorrell to stand down after 35 years

    Anoosh Chakelian
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:33 am
    The MP for Charnwood Stephen Dorell has announced that he will stand down as an MP at the general election, after accepting a role with accountancy firm KPMG as a health policy consultant. Stephen Dorrell MP will stand down after 35 years. Photo: YouTube screengrab The Tory MP for Charnwood and former Health Secretary Stephen Dorrell has announced that he will stand down as an MP next May. He has been an MP since 1979, so will have served 35 years in parliament by the general election. He will take a job as a health policy consultant with KPMG, a bit accountancy and consultancy firm.
  • Labour neglects English marginal seats at its peril – it can't just appeal to its "heartlands"

    Patrick Diamond
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:05 am
    Labour does best in places worst hit by the recession, but it has to branch out to enlarge its electoral base. It's time for Ed Miliband to move beyond his party's "heartland" comfort zone. Photo: Getty To have a hope of outright victory in 2015, Labour has to significantly improve its position in the southern and Midlands marginals, articulating a new economic narrative about the politics of production and supply-side modernisation. This has been the case since Labour’s dismal 2010 election result: Labour governments were elected in 1945, 1964-6 and 1997 by amassing a broad coalition of…
  • That families can only just claim Universal Credit shows how disastrous it has been

    Anoosh Chakelian
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:37 am
    The government’s reformed benefit programme is being rolled out to parents in the northwest today, revealing its slow progress. Iain Duncan Smith has had to defend the progress of Universal Credit. Photo: Getty Iain Duncan Smith, the Work and Pensions Secretary, has extended his “revolutionary” reformed welfare programme to some families in Britain for the first time today. The fact that parents, and initially just in parts of the northwest, are only just able to claim Universal Credit shows how much of a disaster the scheme’s implementation has been. The term "Universal Credit" has…
 
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  • *LIVE UPDATES* NYC Ferguson Protesters Block Manhattan Bridges, Tunnels

    25 Nov 2014 | 7:44 pm
    While the first day of protests against a Missouri grand jury's decision not to indict police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting of Michael Brown was characterized by violent riots in Ferguson itself, this second night has seen the protests go national. In New York, protesters have taken to the streets to antagonize police officers and close down Manhattan's major thoroughfares. 10:32 PM: According to multiple reports, Ferguson protesters have begun to block the entrance to the Lincoln Tunnel, preventing Manhattan commuters from taking the tunnel to New Jersey. They have also attempted to…
  • Caught on Tape: Car Runs over Ferguson Protester in Minneapolis

    25 Nov 2014 | 7:27 pm
    A security camera caught footage of a grisly scene as a driver in Minneapolis barreled through protesters demonstrating against the grand jury decision not to indict Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson in the shooting death of Michael Brown. One woman fell under the vehicle, and the driver still accelerated, dragging her several feet and running over her leg. The woman was taken to a local hospital and released after treatment for minor injuries. Police apprehended and questioned the driver, but they have not brought any charges against him.
  • Judicial Watch Victory: Obama Gives Up Fast and Furious Documents

    25 Nov 2014 | 6:04 pm
    We have big news to report on the latest in the growing Operation Fast and Furious scandal implicating President Obama’s Department of Justice (DOJ). On November 18, 2014, Judicial Watch obtained a massive production of documents in response to a June 2012 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request and our subsequent FOIA lawsuit.  All told, over 10,000 documents, which include about 42,000 pages, were disclosed to Judicial Watch. They are now available at this link. Fast and Furious was a joint Justice Department-Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives…
  • Obama to Amnesty Hecklers: 'Sit Down... Nobody's Removing You... I Just Took an Action to Change the Law'

    25 Nov 2014 | 5:37 pm
    On Tuesday, President Barack Obama told at least three amnesty hecklers to "sit down" and stop yelling at him because he just unilaterally changed the country's immigration laws.  While Obama was speaking about immigration at a Polish community center—after he doubled down on his remarks about how the "deeply rooted" frustrations at the Ferguson's grand jury's decision to not indict officer Darren Wilson were "understandable"—pro-amnesty hecklers started yelling "no more deportations" and "not one more," which pro-amnesty groups have often chanted during their protests.
  • Luis Gutierrez: 'My Responsibility' to Register as Many Illegal Immigrants as I Can for Exec Amnesty

    25 Nov 2014 | 5:24 pm
    On Tuesday, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) said it is now his goal and "responsibility" to register as many illegal immigrants as he can for President Barack Obama's executive amnesty.  He appeared on MSNBC before he joined Obama at a Polish community center in Chicago to help explain why amnesty "is important for America." Gutierrez said that after demanding that Obama enact a broad executive amnesty, it is "my responsibility, now that he has done the executive action, to sign up as many people as possible." He said he would be going around the country signing up illegal immigrants and…
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    Beppe Grillo's Blog

  • 24 hours to cancel the gift to the mafia from the Renzi government

    25 Nov 2014 | 6:41 am
    “Time has nearly run out to cancel the umpteenth gift to the mafia from the Renzi government How? By approving the draft law put forward a few days ago by the 5 Star MoVement“. This is the message issued a few days ago by the 5 Star MoVement in a Facebook message. The message goes on to explain what’s happening in our Parliament. Here’s the rest of the message: “1 October saw the arrival in the Senate of the Renzi government’s legislative decree that alters the code of Anti-mafia laws (Government Act No. 103). An opinion on the text is needed first from the Committee on…
  • Passaparola - Mussolini did not kill Matteotti, by Arrigo Petacco

    24 Nov 2014 | 10:06 pm
    The Matteotti Case07:00 Arrigo Petacco- Good Day dear friends, I’m Arrigo Petacco and I was invited to come and speak on your blog about a very controversial case, even though it’s somewhat old, namely the Matteotti case and I’ll tell you what I think. Blog- The Matteotti murder of 1924 was a turning point for fascism because it was after this that the dictatorship was openly implemented, however, “Il Duce” claimed that he had nothing to do with Matteotti’s murder and that the people behind the murder should be sought in certain putrid financial and capitalist circles, into which…
  • Giacomelli against the people who are hard of hearing

    23 Nov 2014 | 10:57 am
    “Imagine coming home one day, turning on the TV and not being able to hear the audio of a film or a TV News programme or if you are a child and you can’t follow a TV series because you are isolated by a wall of silence. And if the same thing happens the following day - and the day after that? This is what happens every day for the people with hearing loss (about 20,000) and they are thus not making full use of the public radio and TV service even though they are paying the licence fee without getting a discount. It’s definitely a situation that needs improving. In the Parliamentary…
  • Cono Cantelmi for a 5 Star Calabria #CalabriaPuoi

    21 Nov 2014 | 10:23 am
    To govern Calabria you need courage. 41 year old Cono Cantelmi, a lawyer in Catanzaro, is the 5 Star MoVement’s candidate for the Region of Calabria in the elections on 23 November. Today he’s giving us a detailed account of the M5S programme for the Calabria that can finally make a change. What are the main points of the M5S programme in Calabria? The first: the citizen’s income to help those who are struggling to get by to give hope once more to the people of Calabria without work and to those people of Calabria that lose their job when they are expecting a baby so that youngsters can…
  • Bring honesty to the leadership of Emilia Romagna

    20 Nov 2014 | 8:52 am
    On Sunday 23 November Emilia Romagna will have early elections. One or two people have forgotten why. The reason is simple: the outgoing president, Vasco Errani, a PD member, was convicted of “fraudulent misrepresentation” and sentenced to spend a year in prison in relation to the “Terre Emerse” scandal that has seen his brother Giovanni, sentenced to two and a half years in prison having been convicted of fraud causing damage to the Region for financing of a million euro that went to his cooperative. The day after the verdict, the PD was begging him not to resign. Renzi phoned Errani…
 
 
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    Cato @ Liberty

  • SCOTUS to Hear Case on EPA Power Plant Rule

    Patrick J. Michaels
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Patrick J. Michaels Today the Supreme Court granted a writ of certiorari on EPA’s 2012 ruling, Mercury and Air Toxics Standards. This ruling, projected in 2012 to result  in the closing of 68 power plants supplying electricity to 22 million homes, is EPA’s version of swatting a gnat with an atomic bomb. Here’s some sobering numbers, from a 2010 article in the refereed scientific journal Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics Discussions: Total emissions of mercury (in metric tons): From natural sources (mainly volcanoes and forest fires): 5200 tons From human activity: 2320 tons Total,…
  • [Insert Winter Storm Cato Joke Here]

    Patrick J. Michaels
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Patrick J. Michaels We’d be remiss if we didn’t acknowledge Winter Storm “Cato” is probably going to do a pretty good job limiting the government tomorrow, as well as shortening tempers throughout the country if it jams up the BosNYWash flyway on the day before Thanksgiving. Surely many climate alarmists will blame this garden-variety coastal cyclone on global warming. Rational minds should know that these types of storms are largely powered by the midlatitude jet stream. The jet is nature’s way of dissipating the difference in energy between warm tropical air and polar cold on a…
  • The Decision of the Ferguson Grand Jury

    Walter Olson
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:00 am
    Walter Olson President Obama has called on the nation to accept the decision of the Ferguson grand jury. But looking forward, across much of this country, our system for dealing with police use of deadly force is broken. Police shoot and kill civilians at a rate unheard of in many other advanced nations, and even after incidents where there are indications that excessive force was used, police across many parts of the country seldom face trial or even dismissal from the force. A system for review of police misconduct must take care to vindicate and protect the innocent cop, but it also needs…
  • The Ongoing Situation in Ferguson

    Tim Lynch
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:57 am
    Tim Lynch The grand jury’s decision not to indict Darren Wilson is not surprising because police officers are rarely prosecuted for on-duty shootings.  And in the rare instances in which criminal charges are ever brought against police, juries are reluctant to hold them accountable with a felony criminal charge.  A report on Cato’s Police Misconduct web site found a conviction rate of only 33% – roughly half the percentage in non-police, civilian prosecutions.  It remains to be seen whether Wilson will be held accountable in some other way.  We must remember that…
  • Broad Reforms Needed to Stop Another Ferguson

    Trevor Burrus
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:56 am
    Trevor Burrus The violence in Ferguson is inexcusable. But it should not be seen as primarily a reaction to the grand jury’s decision not to indict Darren Wilson. Rather, it should be seen as a reaction to years of racially charged policing and a discriminatory justice. Focusing on Officer Wilson’s culpability detracts from the bigger, nation-wide story: That every month there are innumerable police abuses throughout the country that go unnoticed and unreported, and, even if they are reported, the accused officers will likely never be disciplined, much less charged with a crime.
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    A View from the Right

  • Replacing Boehner and McConnell

    sirrahc
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:13 pm
    “[I]f the Republican Party does not start positively responding to grassroots conservatives, these key activists may bolt the GOP…. If the GOP in Congress will not stand up to Obama, what good is having the leadership positions?”  — Jeff Crouere, media host and columnist at Townhall.com The recent midterm elections and discussions of “lame duck” […]
  • Three Legislative Acts Ripe for Bipartisan Passage

    sirrahc
    16 Nov 2014 | 6:06 pm
    “[W]e can surely find ways to work together on issues where there’s broad agreement among the American people.”  — President Barack Obama, post-midterms news conference (11/5/2014) A lot of the news these days is filled with talk about Obamacare (Grubercare?), immigration/amnesty, net neutrality, and climate change. But, I don’t feel like wading into those messes. […]
  • Don’t Screw It Up!

    sirrahc
    9 Nov 2014 | 6:07 pm
    Though some of you may have already read your fill, I feel obliged to write some commentary on last week’s elections in the U.S. So, I’ll begin with the obligatory summary of election results: o  Not only did Republicans maintain their majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, but they gained at least an additional […]
  • An Introduction to Atheist Delusions (Part 2 of 2)

    sirrahc
    2 Nov 2014 | 7:20 pm
    “With impressive erudition and polemical panache, David Hart smites hip and thigh the peddlers of a ‘new atheism’ that recycles hoary arguments from the past. His grim assessment of our cultural moment challenges the hope that ‘the Christian revolution’ could happen again.”  — Richard John Newhaus, former EIC at First Things Continuing from last week, […]
  • An Introduction to Atheist Delusions (Part 1 of 2)

    sirrahc
    26 Oct 2014 | 8:36 pm
    “Few things are so delightful as watching someone who has taken the time to acquire a lot of learning casually, even effortlessly, dismantle the claims of lazy grandstanders.”  — Stefan Beck, New Criterion If you thought from this post’s title that I was going to enumerate several “delusions” of the “new atheists”, then I am […]
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    Sapphire Wire

  • SapphireWire Podcast – Episode 9

    Kyle
    10 Nov 2014 | 11:32 pm
    The campaign secrets the Dems don’t want you to know. In this episode, Lisa and Kyle discuss the intra-party dynamics that are stifling Democrats in Kansas – including challenges with recruiting and keeping candidates, chilly receptions from the party and its leaders, the real challenges with fundraising, and the myth of the level playing field. Listen to this episode now: Get The SapphireWire Podcast To Go: Download Episode (mp3) | iTunes | RSS | Stitcher Radio Links to topics covered in this episode: My Political Hiatus and Our Party Problems – Lisa’s six-part series on the…
  • SapphireWire Podcast – Episode 8

    Kyle
    5 Nov 2014 | 9:45 pm
    Post-election pondering – Lisa & Kyle discuss the 2014 election results, focusing on the Governor & US Senate races, polling, and what went wrong for the Democrats in Kansas – will they ever learn? Listen to this episode now: Get The SapphireWire Podcast To Go: Download Episode (mp3) | iTunes | RSS | Stitcher Radio Links to topics covered in this episode: Kansas Secretary of State – Statewide Election Results Kansas Secretary of State – County by County Results (Governor) How the Kansas Democratic Party Drove Itself to Near Extinction – A lengthy…
  • SapphireWire Podcast – Episode 7

    Kyle
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:31 pm
    Lisa & Kyle discuss Greg Orman’s recent events and Lisa shares her outrage about his “College Affordability Plan”. They also react to the Gubernatorial debates, including Brownback’s sleazy “Carr Brothers” ad and the televised Secretary of State debate, where the moderator nearly stole the show. Listen to this episode now: Get The SapphireWire Podcast To Go: Download Episode (mp3) | iTunes | RSS | Stitcher Radio Links to topics covered in this episode: Greg Orman’s College Affordability Plan Lawrence Journal World – Orman delivers “closing…
  • SapphireWire Podcast – Episode 6

    Kyle
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:51 pm
    Lisa & Kyle discuss the final U.S. Senate debate between Pat Roberts and Greg Orman, hosted at KSN-TV in Wichita (including our thoughts Orman’s “get past abortion” comment). And the dispute over the new “Sex, Drugs and Politician” ad in the Governor’s race. Listen to this episode now: Get The SapphireWire Podcast To Go: Download Episode (mp3) | iTunes | RSS | Stitcher Radio Links to topics covered in this episode: October 13th PPP Poll Results October 9th Remington Research Group Poll Results (PDF) Lisa’s Kansas City Star article, “As I See It: Lisa Johnston on money…
  • SapphireWire Podcast – Episode 5

    Kyle
    9 Oct 2014 | 3:19 am
    In this episode, Lisa & Kyle discuss the October 8th U.S. Senate debate, the reasons behind conflicting poll results, and whether or not citizens are getting dumber. Listen to this episode now: Get The SapphireWire Podcast To Go: Download Episode (mp3) | iTunes | RSS | Stitcher Radio Links to topics covered in this episode: NBC/Marist Poll Results Kansas.com Coverage of the SurveyUSA Poll Results CNN/ORC Poll Results Fox News – October 8th Poll Results Videos: Jimmy Kimmel: Who is Joe Biden? and the October 8th US Senate Debate The post SapphireWire Podcast – Episode 5…
 
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    Fair Observer

  • The European Union Will Accompany Latin America in the Path of Progress

    Kourosh Ziabari
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:59 am
    An exclusive Fair Observer interview with former Austrian Foreign Minister Benita Ferrero-Waldner. Trade ties and political exchanges between the European Union (EU) and Latin America are growing. The EU is the second biggest trade partner for Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC), and some 2.2 million Latin Americans live in Europe. According to recent data, […] The post The European Union Will Accompany Latin America in the Path of Progress appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Central Asia Is Leaning East Toward an Energy-Thirsty China

    Even Kuross
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:17 am
    Central Asian states are turning away from Russia and toward China as a market for their natural resources. While Moscow’s attention is directed towards its western border, another geopolitical development is taking place in Central Asia, where a number of hydrocarbon-rich states are being openly courted by Beijing as they look to transition past their one-dimensional […] The post Central Asia Is Leaning East Toward an Energy-Thirsty China appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • No, Tunisia Will Not Slide Back Into a Dictatorship

    Naim Ameur
    23 Nov 2014 | 9:02 am
    Tunisians voted for Nidaa Tounes to ensure the defeat of Ennahda, an Islamist party that led the country after Ben Ali’s ouster. On October 26, Tunisia held its first parliamentary elections since an uprising ousted former President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali in 2011. US President Barack Obama congratulated “the people of Tunisia on the democratic […] The post No, Tunisia Will Not Slide Back Into a Dictatorship appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Tunisia’s Youth Will Not Give Up Its Newly Found Freedom

    Cindy Reiff
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:03 am
      Tunisia’s young voters play a vital role in the country’s first free and fair election.  For many years the results of the presidential elections in Tunisia were known even before the elections had actually taken place. Not this time. Three years after the small North African country sent its autocratic leader Zine El Abidine […] The post Tunisia’s Youth Will Not Give Up Its Newly Found Freedom appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Explaining The Intractability of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

    Clotilde de Swarte
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:02 am
    Peace between Israelis and Palestinians is hindered by the attitude, perception and claims to victimhood. As Gazans are trying to repair what is left of their belongings, with tensions in Jerusalem running high, it seems important to analyze the latest round of violence in its proper context. As a matter of fact, Israel’s launch of Operation Protective […] The post Explaining The Intractability of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict appeared first on Fair Observer.
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    Booker Rising

  • Hello world!

    Rising_Booker
    7 Nov 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!
 
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    The one About

  • Alegeti unul dintre ceasurile de dama Casio si exprimati-va feminitatea

    18 Nov 2014 | 4:22 am
    Daca in trecut, Cartier, un producator renumit de ceasuri, fabrica printre primele ceasuri de mana destinate doamnelor si domnisoarelor, realizate cu bratari din aur si incrustatii din diamante, fiind practic niste bijuterii scumpe, mai mult decat un simplu indicator al trecerii timpului, astazi, ceasurile de dama au evoluat, aurul si diamantele au fost inlocuite cu materiale mai putin costisitoare, mai toti fabricantii de ceasuri moderni au si o colectie de lux cu pietre pretioase si poate bratari si cadrane suflate cu aur, tocmai ca vanzarile sa fie cat mai mari. Astazi, printre cele mai…
  • Scandaluri bizare si fascinante iscate in jurul mancarii

    18 Nov 2014 | 4:14 am
    Pepeni verzi care explodeaza. Daca este un singur lucru pe care mancarea nu are voie sa-l faca este sa exlodeze. Daca este un singur loc de pe glob unde asa ceva se intampla acela este China. Poate cel mai ciudat scandal legat de mancare care a zdruncinat China a fost in 2011, cand pepenii verzi din provincia Jiangtsu au inceput sa pocneasca, sa explodeze.Exploziile au inceput cu niste coji crapate pana la „suflul” unei explozii de marimea celei generate de o grenada si bucati sarite peste tot in jur. Un fermier a descris pepenii verzi ca pe niste mine antipersonal care nu il lasau sa…
  • Jucariile, cele mai cautate idei de cadouri in prag de sarbatoare

    14 Nov 2014 | 6:45 am
    Mos Nicolae si Craciunul sunt sarbatori in care cadourile capata un alt sens. Placerea de a oferi cadouri in aceasta perioada din an este foarte mare, iar copiii sunt cei care se bucura cel mai mult pentru ca primesc cadourile pe care le asteptau de mult.In materie de cadouri pentru copii, jucariile sunt cele mai cautate, in detrimentul articolelor de imbracaminte sau a altor idei de cadouri pentru copii. Este absolut normal sa se intample asa, avand in vedere ca universul celor mici este alcatuit din jucarii, care mai de care mai interactive si mai moderne. Reclamele TV contribuie si ele la…
  • Cum sa alegi un contabil pentru administrarea asociatiei de locatari?

    12 Nov 2014 | 6:04 am
    Un contabil bun te poate tine departe de necazuri, te poate ajuta sa iei deciziile potrivite, te poate scuti de cheltuieli inutile sau de amenzi. Iti simplifica viata, intr-un cuvant! Asta o stie oricine! Putin stiu, insa, cum sa aleaga un contabil potrivit sau un contabil profesionist si de incredere.Cand vine vorba despre administrarea unei asociatii de locatari, alegerea unui contabil potrivit este si mai dificila. Ai nevoie de un expert contabil sau de o firma de contabilitate cu experienta in gestiunea financiar-contabila a unei asociatii de proprietari. Contabilitatea pentru asociatiile…
  • Durerea omeneasca si ironia ei

    12 Nov 2014 | 5:57 am
    Cea mai mare parte a durerilor omenesti sunt inutile. Ele sunt create de dvs. insiva, atata timp cat viata va este condusa de o minte care nu este supusa observarii. Durerea pe care o creati acum este intotdeauna o forma de neacceptare, de rezistenta inconstienta la ceea ce exista. La nivelul gandului, rezistenta este o forma de a judeca. La nivel emotional, este o forma de negativism. Intensitatea durerii depinde de gradul de rezistenta la momentul prezent, care la randul sau depinde de gradul in care va identificati cu mintea.Mintea incearca mereu sa nege clipa de acum si sa scape de ea. Cu…
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    FactCheck.org

  • Obama and Cruz Clash on Immigration

    D'Angelo Gore
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:36 pm
    President Obama and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz made seemingly conflicting statements about public opinion on the president’s plan to address immigration issues in the U.S. Obama claimed that “most Americans support the types of reforms I’ve talked about tonight,” in a Nov. 20 address to the nation. Cruz, meanwhile, claimed that “this last election was a referendum on amnesty” and that voters had sent a clear message opposing it. Obama is right that opinion polls show a majority of Americans support allowing immigrants now living in the country illegally to stay. But…
  • Bachmann’s Immigration Exaggerations

    Lori Robertson
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Republican Rep. Michele Bachmann wrongly suggested that Obama is granting citizenship and voting privileges to immigrants who are in the country illegally. His executive actions do neither of those. In a Nov. 20 email fundraising appeal for her political action committee — sent before Obama’s prime-time speech that evening but after details of his plan had been reported – Bachmann wrote: “What could more fundamentally transform our nation than making our precious American citizenship — and the rule of law — merely commodities to be dispensed with as our…
  • Behind the Rising Deportations of ‘Criminals’

    Eugene Kiely
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:35 pm
    In his immigration speech, President Obama said “deportations of criminals are up 80 percent.” But an independent analysis of deportation data found the increase is driven largely by the removal of individuals “whose most serious conviction was an immigration or traffic violation.” In fact, “the number of individuals deported who have been convicted of any criminal offense apart from an immigration or traffic violation has actually declined,” according to the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) at Syracuse University, which collects and…
  • Obama’s Actions ‘Same’ as Past Presidents?

    Robert Farley
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:05 pm
    President Obama repeatedly claimed that there is presidential precedent for the executive actions he took on immigration. But are the actions Obama announced really the “same kinds of actions” taken by past presidents? Obama’s use of executive actions to defer deportation for up to 5 million people living in the country illegally relies on similar legal principles used by past presidents, although the issue of presidential authority may ultimately have to be decided in federal court. But there are some fundamental differences between Obama’s actions and those taken by…
  • The ACA-Gruber Connection

    Lori Robertson
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:20 am
    President Obama and Rep. Nancy Pelosi downplayed the contribution of MIT economist Jonathan Gruber to the Affordable Care Act, after controversial comments by Gruber came to light, while Republicans exaggerated his role. We find both sides are stretching the facts. Pelosi, in a blog post, said the White House “sometimes consulted” with Gruber, who “testified at one Senate hearing.” He actually testified at three. Obama called him “some adviser who never worked on our staff.” Sure, he wasn’t on the White House staff, but he was a paid consultant on…
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    Real Clear Liberty Network

  • Being Anti-Energy is Being Anti-Humanity

    Alan Caruba
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:54 am
      Everything you need to know about how perverse and dangerous the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is summed up in its latest report. Released on November 2, it issued the same tired, old and untrue claims of “severe, pervasive and irreversible impacts for people and ecosystems” The IPCC wants the world to […]
  • Needed: Accurate climate forecasts

    Paul Driessen
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:50 am
      Focusing on carbon dioxide (because that’s where the money is) threatens forecasts, and lives Paul Driessen and David R. Legates President Obama’s agreement with China is about as credible as his “affordable care” pronouncements. Pleistocene glaciers repeatedly buried almost half of the Northern Hemisphere under a mile of ice. The Medieval Warm Period (~950-1250 […]
  • You’ve been Gruber’d, Stupid!

    Alan Caruba
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:13 am
      “No.  I — I did not.  Uhhh, I just heard about this… I — I get well briefed before I come out here.  Uh, th-th-the fact that some advisor who never worked on our staff, uhh, expressed an opinion that, uhh, I completely disagree with wuh, uhh, in terms of the voters, is no […]
  • Obama’s Not the Only Democrat Hearing Voices

    Michael R. Shannon
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:54 am
    Letting voters that don’t vote set your political agenda is so liberating I’m surprised politicians didn’t think of it years ago. Richard Nixon used to refer to the “silent majority” when he was beleaguered and isolated in the White House. (This was during the dark days when a rogue IRS investigated and persecuted political groups […]
  • Obama Declares an Amnesty War

    Alan Caruba
    17 Nov 2014 | 7:33 am
      The same mindset that could conspire to foist ObamaCare on Americans by deception is at work to do the same thing with an unconstitutional, unilateral announcement of amnesty for millions of illegal—oops, “undocumented”—aliens living in America. What is amazing about this is that it was announced the day after the midterm election when Obama […]
 
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    opposingviews.com

  • John McCain Encourages Lindsey Graham for President 2016

    Edward Arnold
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:44 am
    John McCain Encourages Lindsey Graham for President 2016 John McCain Encourages Lindsey Graham for President 2016 John McCain Encourages Lindsey Graham for President 2016, Republican, Edward Arnold Has Been Optimized Senator John McCain (R-AZ) is encouraging Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) to run for President in 2016. “I think he is looking at it, and I am strongly encouraging him to take a look at it,” McCain told ABC News. “I know of no one who is better versed and more important on national security policy and defense than Lindsey Graham, and I don't think these challenges to our…
  • Who Will Succeed Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel?

    Edward Arnold
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:53 am
    Who Will Succeed Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel? Who Will Succeed Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel? Chuck Hagel successor Has Been Optimized Yesterday, Chuck Hegel resigned from his position as Secretary of Defense. Today, we ask the question: who will succeed him? Several news outlets have poised three candidates as leading frontrunners to become Obama's next Pentagon chief. Whoever is chosen, they will be the fourth defense secretary in Obama's Presidency. First is Michele Flournoy. Between 2009 and 2012 she served as undersecretary of Defense for Policy and was a top advisor to former…
  • President Obama's Approval Rating Near All-Time Low

    Edward Arnold
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:39 am
    President Obama's Approval Rating Near All-Time Low President Obama's Approval Rating Near All-Time Low Quinnipiac Poll Has Been Optimized A new Quinnipiac University poll released today revealed that the President's approval rating is near an all-time low. American voters voiced a 39 percent approval rating of the President, which is close to his lowest ever rating of 38 percent in December 2013. The poll was aimed at understanding America's thoughts on the President's recent immigration reform. The American voters are divided. 45 percent say Obama was right to take action…
  • Ben Carson Says Citizens Should Own 'Any Kind of Weapon They Want'

    Michael Allen
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:42 am
    Ben Carson Says Citizens Should Own 'Any Kind of Weapon They Want' Ben Carson Says Citizens Should Own 'Any Kind of Weapon They Want' Nation Politics Weird News Ben Carson Has Been Optimized Christian conservative neurosurgeon Ben Carson is often mentioned as a possible Republican presidential candidate for 2016. Carson recently tried to bolster his credibility with pro-gun advocates after telling Glenn Beck in Feb. 2013 that he supported limits on automatic weapons (video below). “It depends on where you live,” Carson told Beck at the time. “If you live in the midst…
  • President Obama Responds To Grand Jury Decision Not To Indict Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson (Video)

    Dominic Kelly
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:37 pm
    President Obama Responds To Grand Jury Decision Not To Indict Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson (Video) Grand Jury Decision Not To Indict Darren Wilson In Mike Brown Death Elicits Response From President Obama (Video) President Obama Responds To Grand Jury Decision Not To Indict Ferguson Officer Darren Wilson (Video) Headlines Legal Lifestyle Nation Politics World Has Been Optimized In the wake of the grand jury’s decision not to indict Ferguson, Missouri, police officer Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Michael Brown, President Barack Obama spoke to the nation. In the president’s…
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    The Recovering Politician

  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: Obvious Shortcuts

    John Y. Brown III
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    Am I the only one who thinks of these obvious shortcuts? In line boarding a flight and listening to a plastic surgeon boast about all his recent cosmetic surgery successes. Um, OK. That’s great and all. But wouldn’t it be a lot easier to just make glasses for everyone with lenses that makes everybody else look thin and hot? Pretty obvious. There is always an easier fix for those, like me, who are willing to think outside the box. Or see things through a slightly different lens. Sigh.
  • Erica and Matt Chua: 36 Hours in Bangkok

    Erica and Matt Chua
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
      My disclaimer on 36 hours in Bangkok is that no sane person should ever attempt to see Bangkok in 36 hours.  You certainly won’t be able to get through the aggressive timeline that I lay out below even if there was no traffic, heat or throngs of tourists to deal with.  That being said book a few extra days to see this remarkable city and learn the in’s and out’s of the city’s mass transit system because bypassing it will immediately change the way you feel about this Asian metropolis.  In fact if you really take the time to enjoy Bangkok you will find quiet wat’s off the…
  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: Flight Attendant Revenge

    John Y. Brown III
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    I am on a flight right now and not speaking to my flight attendant. She asked me twice to turn off my “mobile device” and then checked to make sure I hadn’t turned it back on as she walked past me a third time before take off. And she said it to me in a really stern and authoritative way that made me feel like I was talking in class in 2nd grade, like the time Ms White at Wilder Elementary pulled me several feet out of my chair by my hair — in front …of the whole class. She doesn’t know I’m not speaking to her. She thinks I didn’t even notice her sassiness and that I…
  • Saul Kaplan: Innovation Lessons from the Battlefield to the Boardroom

    Saul Kaplan
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    This is the eighth in a series of conversations originally published on the Time website, authored by myself and Nicha Ratana, with transformational leaders who will be storytellers at the BIF10 Collaborative Innovation Summit in Providence, RI. Leading a team of 700 people through an enterprise-wide change management process on a tight schedule is formidable enough when undertaken in the business world. Imagine, then, the difficulty of doing so in the Afghanistan war zone. Such was the leadership challenge of Col. Matthew Fritz, who just returned to the U.S. last week from a stint as…
  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: Credit Card Fraud

    John Y. Brown III
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    I was just notified I have been–again–a victim of credit card fraud. Someone in NY manually charged some product from Nevada that costs 99 cents. I thought it was kinda pitiful. If I had met the man on the street and he’d told me about the 99 cents and that he was about to commit a major crime for it, I might have given him the money myself. Especially if it would have meant he would have left my credit card alone and I wouldn’t have to go through getting a new one. Heck, that would be worth maybe $1.50 to me. Just to avoid the hassle. If you are out there and thinking…
 
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    Guernica / A Magazine of Art & Politics

  • Sri Lanka: Beyond an Uncivil Season. With Leslie Jamison, Rohini Mohan, and more

    30 Oct 2014 | 5:26 pm
    Enjoy Sri Lankan food and hear four great authors discuss one big question: What happens in the aftermath of a three-decade long war?
  • Guernica at Brooklyn Book Festival 2014

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

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

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

    16 Mar 2014 | 9:15 pm
    Most summers my sister and I were taken along to family reunions and also to cemetery meetings, where the family discussed the upkeep of a fenced-in plot of graves on a bald hilltop in a valley we’d peppered with ourselves since the 1800s at least. It seemed to me then that the chief purpose of these gatherings was to figure out how we were all related to one another, that if we could just figure it all out then we wouldn’t have to keep meeting this way, year after year, always on the hottest day of the summer.
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  • Saltwater License-Free Fishing Day in Florida Is Nov. 29

    Nancy Smith
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Gov. Rick Scott and the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission announced Tuesday a saltwater license-free fishing day for Nov. 29.On this day, Florida residents and visitors "can experience Florida’s unique saltwater fishing opportunities firsthand" without being required to have a recreational saltwater fishing license, according to a press statement from the governor's office.read more
  • Ron DeSantis Wants More Sanctions on Iran

    Kevin Derby
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:06 am
    U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, called for more sanctions on Iran, even as the P5+1 extended talks with that nation on its nuclear program after Monday’s deadline passed.read more
  • Florida TaxWatch: Holiday Retail Sales on the Rise

    Kevin Derby
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:33 am
    Florida TaxWatch released an economic commentary on Tuesday showing holiday sales will be on the rise from last year but insisted online sales continue to hurt revenue. "Florida's retail industry is alive and well, producing more jobs and bolstering state revenues, which enables our elected officials to fund necessary programs that benefit all Floridians," said Dominic Calabro, the president and CEO of Florida TaxWatch on Tuesday. Jerry Parrish, the chief economist for Florida TaxWatch, said increased tourism will help Florida garner more revenue.read more
  • Jeff Miller Calls Sharon Helman Firing a 'Positive Step'

    Kevin Derby
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:09 am
    Phoenix VA Health Care System Director Sharon Helman was at the center of much of the firestorm that erupted after news emerged of altered waiting lists at VA medical centers across the nation. In Phoenix alone, at least 40 veterans on altered waitlists died while waiting for treatment. On Monday, the VA announced Helman had been fired, bringing some applause from U.S. Rep. Jeff Miller, R-Fla., the chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee.read more
  • Ander Crenshaw: Obama Should Act Fast to Replace Chuck Hagel

    Kevin Derby
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    U.S. Rep. Ander Crenshaw, R-Fla., a member of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, urged President Barack Obama to quickly replace Chuck Hagel, who is on his way out as secretary of defense.read more
 
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  • The Ferguson Grand Jury Decision — A Social Pearl Harbor

    Dennis S
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:40 pm
    December 7, 1941, the date of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor is not the only " horrific event that can be characterized, as it was at the time by President Roosevelt, as "A date which will live in infamy." Add Monday, November 24th, to that infamous roster. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Right-Wing Newspapers; Their Version And The True Version

    Dennis S
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:56 pm
    Most of what passes for newspapers these days are embarrassingly partisan rags and feature, above all else, totally irresponsible right-wing opinion detritus hardly worth a second glance. U.S. dailies are little more than Republican propaganda sheets. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Hypocritical Conservatives Who See Revolt In Ferguson Easily Forget Their Own Actions

    Tim From LA
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:04 pm
    As cities across the nation either burn or shut down because of protests, conservatives jump in and express their opinion about the revolt in Ferguson and across the nation. Sites like The Blaze allow hate on their comments section by gun-totting thugs to express their feelings and divide themselves from understanding the pain and suffering […] [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • President Obama Lets Hecklers Have It By Telling Them That They Haven’t Been Paying Attention

    Jason Easley
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:23 pm
    After pro-immigration hecklers interrupted President Obama's speech in Chicago. The president listened to the hecklers then pointed out to them that they either don't have the facts or have not been paying attention. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Obama Threatens To Veto Congress’ Plan To Give Corporations A $400 Billion Tax Cut

    Jason Easley
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:34 pm
    President Obama is threatening to veto a congressional plan that would give hundreds of billions of dollars in tax cuts to corporations. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Angry Lebs

  • Lebanese political system in a state of clinical death

    Michel
    6 Nov 2014 | 4:24 am
    After the masquerade of extending the Lebanese parliament mandate by more than 2 years, I couldn’t find the right words to describe the political disaster committed by Lebanese MPs. This is the second time, the Lebanese Parliament extended its own term. The first time was in 2013. I’ve read for the past couple of days that the right to vote was stolen from the people. What people? I didn’t see any serious opposition for both extensions? Few hundred demonstrated yesterday and that was it. Some might argue that people were represented by the boycott of the extension session…
  • A Letter to Christians by Mr. Antoine Najem

    Michel
    1 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    In 1992, Mr. Antoine Najem, the conscience of the Lebanese resistance and the Lebanese Cause, wrote a letter to Lebanese Christians. He made it clear that to face current events, “we must look at the roots of the problem and concentrate on them, in order not to forget the first, and it must be the starting point. If we don’t we will not be able to have the right diagnosis or a clear vision for our future”. In the introduction of his letter, Mr. Najem added that: “The basis for this vision is to stay. To stay free Christians in our country Lebanon and not somewhere…
  • Follow up on the post “The future of the country”

    Michel
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:39 am
    Following up on yesterday’s post “The future of the country“, I would like to share with you a letter written by Dani Haddad to Samir Geagea and Michel Aoun. The letter is in Arabic language and posted on MTV Lebanon website: ثمّة من سيقرأ هذه السطور ويقول إنّ “الحقّ على عون”، أو “الحقّ على جعجع”. كفى تقاذفاً للمسؤوليّة! بادرا الى الحوار والاتفاق. حاضر المسيحيّين ومستقبلهم ودورهم أكبر من خلافاتكما. أيّ…
  • The future of the country

    Michel
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    They say students are the future leaders of the country. Since the late 90’s, two Lebanese Christian groups (Lebanese Forces and Tayyar Movement) been fighting each other. In the 90’s they massacred each other which led to the total control of the Baath Syrian regime over Lebanon. Since then, these two groups never managed to get over their enmity. Yet both groups claim that they are educated, working for freedom …. and want to defend democracy in Lebanon. While their fellow Christians in Iraq and Syria got kicked out of their villages and country, while ISIS is massacring…
  • Simply Disgusting

    Michel
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    After reading this story: Sukleen Worker Forced to Kneel, Cheek Cut in Dekwene, all I can say is WTF. How low can this society of ours can go? Regardless of what is going on in the country, you can lose touch with humanity, civility and respect. This old man, foreigner or not, should have not been treated this way. If you think this senior man, who is cleaning the street, is taking jobs from Lebanese, I dare you to find me a Lebanese who is willing to do the same job for the same salary. This country lost its morality …. Please read and share: Sukleen Worker Forced to Kneel, Cheek Cut…
 
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    Washington Wire

  • On Twitter, Obama Loyalists Counter Schumer on Health Law

    Byron Tau and Natalie Andrews
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:40 pm
    Obama aides and former staffers pushed back hard against Chuck Schumer on Tuesday — taking to Twitter to upbraid the veteran New York lawmaker for his comments on health care.
  • The Case for Obama Going to Ferguson

    Dan Schnur
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Dan Schnur: Barack Obama should go to Ferguson--not because he can single-handedly prevent another outbreak of violence or magically heal the nation’s racial divisions but because he has an opportunity to lead.
  • White House Condemns Ferguson Violence

    Byron Tau
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:21 pm
    The White House condemned the violence and looting that happened in Ferguson on Monday following the decision of a grand jury not to indict a white police officer for the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in Missouri.
  • How the Data Show the Economic Recovery Is Still Young

    Josh Bivens
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Josh Bivens: Data released on Tuesday highlight that the economic recovery from the Great Recession, despite having gone on for more than five years, is still very young.
  • Why the GOP Is Better Off Passing an Omnibus Spending Bill

    John Feehery
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:25 pm
    John Feehery: It is better for Republicans to get this year's spending priorities behind them and start with a blank slate in January, when they can embark on regular order.
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    BuzzFeed - Politics

  • Mississippi's Same-Sex Marriage Ban Is Unconstitutional, Federal Judge Rules

    25 Nov 2014 | 5:54 pm
    “This court joins the vast majority of federal courts to conclude that same-sex couples and the children they raise are equal before the law.” The decision is on hold for 14 days. WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Mississippi on Tuesday night ruled that Mississippi's ban on same-sex couples' marriages is unconstitutional — but the decision has been put on hold for two weeks. "Today's decision may cause uneasiness and concern about the change it will bring," U.S. District Court Judge Carlton Reeves wrote. "Mississippi continues to change in ways its people…
  • Arkansas Same-Sex Marriage Ban Is Unconstitutional, Federal Judge Rules

    25 Nov 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Ruling is put on hold pending any appeal from the state. Jennifer Rambo, right, of Fort Smith, Ark., kisses her partner Kristin Seaton, left, of Jacksonville, Ark., were the first same-sex couple to be granted a marriage license in Eureka Springs on May 10, 2014. AP Photo/Sarah Bentham WASHINGTON — A federal judge in Arkansas on Tuesday ruled that the state's ban on same-sex couples' marriages is unconstitutional, but the ruling is on hold pending any appeal from the state. The ruling is the second court ruling to find Arkansas' ban to be unconstitutional. The first ruling…
  • Democratic Congressman: Opposition To Executive Action Result Of "Person Of Color Being In The White House"

    25 Nov 2014 | 10:26 am
    “So but again, this is just a reaction in Bennie Thompson’s words to a person of color being in the White House.” View Video › A Democratic congressman says opposition to President Obama's extending temporary legal status to millions of undocumented immigrants is a result of the president's race. "The president, by executive order, which everybody agrees — who has a real brain — that presidents since George Washington have had executive authority privilege to do certain things," said Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi on On Joe Madison's radio…
  • Key Signature From Con Man’s Ebola Firm May Be Fake

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:51 am
    A routine corporate document, filed in January of this year, declares that Christine Dye is the chief executive officer and president of Bio-Recovery Corporation. Her signature is affixed to the bottom of the page.And, indeed, a woman named Christina Dye worked for the company at that time. But her signature, found in a separate public document for another company, does not match the one on the Bio-Recovery papers. When she started working with Pane, Dye told BuzzFeed News, he promised to make her CEO in a year. But she left after six months, she said, and was never Bio-Recovery’s CEO…
  • Clinton Shadow Campaign Gets Ready For The Real Thing

    25 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    How three groups plan to raise unimaginable money, duel Republicans, and deliver a huge email list to Hillary Clinton. A big shift is coming after an unprecedented year. Brendan McDermid / Reuters The first item on the agenda was titled "Why We're Here." That's how it started, one year ago this month. Except no one at the Parker Meridien that day in New York seemed to know the answer. Political operatives wandered the halls of the hotel between meetings, while two or three reporters hung around near the elevators, aimless. What they were covering, how it would all work, and exactly to…
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    visionandvalues.org

  • V&V Flashback – Thankful for a Fourth Grade Play

    Lee Wishing
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:16 am
    Editor’s note: This article was first published by the Center for Vision & Values on November 24, 2004. Did you ever learn anything profound from a fourth grade play? I did yesterday. I took an hour off of work to go to the humble theatre of Grove City Christian Academy — the little gymnasium of First Baptist Church in Grove City, Pennsylvania — to see my son’s play about the Mayflower Compact. I didn’t expect to learn anything. But I did. Among other things, I learned that the little Mayflower set sail for the Hudson Bay area in what was then part of the Virginia colony but it…
  • Faith-based Voters and the 2014 Midterm Elections: Is the GOP the Religion Party?

    Brad Tupi
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:10 am
    National exit polling from Congressional races tells us some interesting things about the role of religious values in the 2014 midterm elections. It also sends a signal to the Republican Party about its supporters now and in the future. The most obvious piece of information about religious voters is that a majority of them voted for Republican candidates a few weeks ago. Of voters who identified themselves as Protestants, 61 percent voted Republican and 37 percent Democrat. Catholics voted 54 percent Republican, 45 percent Democrat. Conversely, those who identified their religion as…
  • Conflict Between the Circuits: Gay Marriage back on the Supreme Court’s Table

    John A. Sparks
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:27 am
    A month ago, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear a collection of cases which raised the question of traditional marriage vs. same-sex unions. Now, a Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals decision may have changed all of that. By voting 2-1 to uphold same-sex marriage bans in four states under the appellate jurisdiction of the Sixth Circuit—Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, and Tennessee—the panel has now created a conflict between the circuits. This conflict exists because four other federal circuit courts had found bans on same-sex unions to be unconstitutional. We know now, at least according to…
  • Saudi Arabia versus the Keystone Pipeline

    Mark W. Hendrickson
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:11 am
    Wow, I had barely recommended repealing the laws that restrict U.S. oil exports as part of an overall ramping up of competition in global oil markets when news hit that the Saudis were cutting the price of oil shipped to the U.S. The price of oil has been zigzagging downward since then—much to the benefit and delight of American motorists, who have seen gasoline prices fall, and to the angst of oil producers as lower prices squeeze profit margins. Some may think that the Saudis are targeting American producers by cutting the price of crude oil shipped to the States even as they raised their…
  • Pick Your Poison: NSA, Google, or Facebook

    Freedom Readers
    17 Nov 2014 | 12:35 pm
    On October 21, 2014, Grove City College professors Dr. William Birmingham, Dr. Jeffrey Herbener, Dr. Samuel Stanton, and Mr. Brian Dellinger ’07 spoke to over 130 students and guests at the Freedom Readers Economic Dessert Series. In this interesting discussion–held in the beautiful new STEM Hall–the panel discusses privacy issues and concerns.
 
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    Politic365

  • #HandsUpDontSpend: Pastor Jamal Bryant Urges Economic Boycott Ferguson Protest

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Nov. 27 to Dec. 2nd. Baltimore based Pastor Jamal Bryant has kicked off an economic protest/boycott set to take place from Thanksgiving to Cyber Monday.  The economic boycott is a way to protest the lack of prosecution of Ferguson, Mo., Police Officer Darren Wilson in the killing of teenager Michael Brown. The protest would last from November 27th (Thanksgiving) to December 2nd.  Bryant is calling on people to buy absolutely nothing during those days.  Those days are usually a time each year when retailers enjoy their best sales. Pastor Bryant led a successful and large protest in…
  • Walmart’s Associates: The Heartbeat of the Company

    Charlyn Stanberry
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:12 pm
    It’s the week of Thanksgiving and one of shoppers’ favorite days: Black Friday. On Black Friday, over 15 million people will descend upon Walmarts across the nation to take advantage of holiday specials. In fact, Walmart refers to Black Friday as the Super Bowl of retail. Walmart U.S. CEO Greg Foran, recently revealed the main reason he believes Walmart will be successful this holiday season: their associates. He refers to their associates as the heartbeat of the company as they’re on the front lines serving customers every day. With over 1.3 million associates,Walmart is a place of…
  • Activists gear up for Dec. 3 protests to highlight US role in funding Mexican security forces

    Adriana Maestas
    23 Nov 2014 | 3:57 pm
    As activists in Mexico have been protesting for weeks to draw attention to the 43 missing students from the Mexican state of Guerrero, their counterparts here in the United States are gearing up for an action on December 3 to draw the American public’s attention to the role that its tax dollars play in the state violence happening south of the border. The #USTired2 campaign seeks to promote peace instead in Mexico instead of continuing to fund Mexican security forces through the Merida Initiative. Since 2006 when former Mexican President Felipe Calderon ramped up his war on drugs with…
  • Wasserman Schultz Is Only Top to Admit Dem “Party Has a Problem”

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:46 am
    “We’re looking to identify our mistakes.” Notice how Democratic National Committee Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL) is the only top Democrat to admit there’s “a problem” with getting beat by Republicans with a 12% approval rating? Republicans shut down the government, led the least productive House in history, were the kings of the fillibuster and showed close to zero work product for two years yet the Democrats STILL couldn’t capitalize.While Rep. Wasserman Schultz admits a need to identify “mistakes” and that Democrats…
  • Marion Barry (1936-2014) and Summer Jobs

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:43 am
    From the suites to the streets. Early this morning former Washington, D.C. Mayor and current Ward 8 Councilman Marion Barry died.   In an age of gridlock where many members of Congress brag about flying back and fourth from home to Washington, D.C. and get paid for doing nothing, Barry is remembered by many residents in the District of Columbia well.  And the reason is obvious: Barry got something done for residents in the District — particularly the much ignored predominantly Black Ward 8.  Barry was successful in doing something on the most important issue in most communities black…
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    Conservatively Speaking

  • Jonathan Gruber’s Obamacare: Arrogance, Greed and Deceit

    admin
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:27 pm
    The once renown economist Jonathan Gruber has become something of a pariah since numerous videos became public showing Gruber bragging how he and his cohorts deceived the “stupid”... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Despite attempts DOJ cannot mar relations with Equatorial Guinea

    admin
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:51 pm
    An African topic, not related to the current Ebola crisis, once again appeared in the largest global media outlets; this time, devoted to a friendly settlement agreed upon by the U.S. Department of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Screw the other victims…I’m a star!

    admin
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:59 pm
    The double-standards in Hollywood never cease to amaze. In the age of the left-wing “War against women,” Hollywood is in lockstep with the White House, but only as it applies to you; not them.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Obama sends letter of appreciation to beheader’s mosque

    admin
    10 Oct 2014 | 12:02 pm
    It appears that the Obama Administration is akin to the Keystone Cops. Just two days before Alton Nolen, the now notorious Islamic beheader, killed an innocent woman, the Obama Administration sent... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Get Rand Paul a calendar

    admin
    20 Sep 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Someone needs to explain to Rand Paul that the presidential election is more than two years away. Addressing a rowdy crowd in front of a pub in Manchester, New Hampshire, home of first-in-the-nation... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Diet Justice Version 5: News

  • Employability: The lectures I regret missing

    4 Nov 2014 | 9:04 am
    'Employability' was a new word on me back in 2009 when I started Uni. It was an extra lecture a week, almost always at 9am, and covered topics that I had no interest in. I didn't want to be a lawyer, so I didn't go to the lectures about becoming a lawyer. I didn't want to be a barrister, so I missed those as well. I came to university age 24, after having been knee deep in the job market for 6 years...why would I need employability? Turns out, I could have done with those employability lectures... I've graduated, with no idea of what I want to do. I've been running…
 
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    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • Ferguson Grand Jury

    Mike Dakkak
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:38 pm
    A grand jury in Ferguson, MO has reached a decision in the case involving officer Darren Wilson and the shooting of unarmed African-American teenager, Michael Brown. The jury of 12 declined to bring an indictment against officer Wilson for his actions on August 9th of this year. There was unrest in the community of Ferguson after the decision was released and several incidents of rioting as well as some looting. In this episode we detail the case and discuss the decision not to indict and how the community, and the nation as a whole, can proceed from here. Follow In the News on…
  • Not So Fast Out of Afghanistan

    Mike Dakkak
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:35 pm
    News dumps are when an organization releases a story at a time when it is likely to get the least amount of attention. Friday evenings are usually the best time to release stories that you don’t want to have a lot of attention paid to. This past Friday we got perhaps one of the saddest story dumps of the year. The administration announced that we will be widening the mission of troops in Afghanistan to include combat operations next year and beyond. We discuss whether the debates that we have about the ongoing conflicts in both Iraq and Afghanistan are loud enough and whether they…
  • Where do R’s Go From Here?

    Mike Dakkak
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:05 pm
    The president outlined his immigration executive order in a primetime address to the nation last night. The order would defer deportation for an estimated 5 million undocumented immigrants. Republicans have vowed to fight the action. We discuss the president’s order, the options Republicans have to fight it and the untenable political position the seemingly find themselves in. Follow In the News on Twitter @itnshow and on Facebook at facebook.com/itnshow. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com
  • Battle Lines Drawn

    Mike Dakkak
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:01 pm
    The president will be addressing the nation tonight to outline his executive order on immigration. The measure is expected to defer deportation for an estimated 5 million people and grant them the ability to work in the US. The order will, by most accounts, hold to up legal scrutiny but the question that Republicans are facing now is, “where do we go from here?” We discuss the order and the broader immigration debate in today’s show. Follow In the News on Twitter @itnshow and on Facebook at facebook.com/itnshow. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com
  • Landrieu’s Last Stand

    Mike Dakkak
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) is locked in a hard-fought runoff battle with Republican opponent Bill Cassidy. Some polls have her trailing her opponent by as much as 20 points. Her last-ditch strategy was to try and get a bill approving the Keystone pipeline passed. After years of denying one, a vote was finally brought to the Senate floor yesterday. In this episode we discuss the results of the vote and why the country may be better off moving on from the debate surrounding the Keystone Pipeline XL. Follow In the News on Twitter @itnshow and on Facebook at facebook.com/itnshow. Email the…
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    US Daily Review

  • Thanksgiving through the Eyes of Economic History

    brionnamuyco
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:30 pm
    By USDR   Kevin Price, host of the Price of Business on Bloomberg’s Home in Houston and Publisher/Editor in Chief, US Daily Review, was recently on the Successful Living Show on KKHT 100.7 FM in Houston. Among topics discussed included economic history and Thanksgiving.  Check out the audio here.  Share
  • Week of Nov 25 – Dec 1

    sparkhurst
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:44 am
    Looking at the news and opinion out of London each day. 11-25-14 Owen Paterson’s speech Owen Paterson made an interesting speech yesterday. He was right to say the UK has no wish to pursue the political union being created on the continent, and right to say our future must lie outside the federalising treaties, as  many of us have been arguing for years. Ukip and the hard-Left are both blinded by Tory hatred The Left’s rhetoric has become as toxic as that of the hard-Right Labour leadership frontrunner Jim Murphy set to back full income tax-raising powers for Holyrood In a speech…
  • The Amnesty Debacle

    brionnamuyco
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:22 am
    By Dave Bego, Special for USDR   In recent days, President Obama has threatened that he will utilize an Executive Order to pass immigration reform and, in so doing, provide amnesty to thousands of illegal immigrants (see Obama to Announce Immigration Executive Actions Friday). This ploy, which is done for no other purpose than to secure votes for the Democratic Party, is in fact an illegal amnesty and violates the U.S. Constitution and separation of powers (see Amnesty Designed to Help Democrats Win Elections at the Expense of the American People and An Illegal Amnesty). Unfortunately,…
  • It Doesn’t Always Stay in Vegas

    brionnamuyco
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:02 am
    By Bill Tatro, Special for USDR As I wait in breathless anticipation for the announcement to be made by Barack Obama about his new illegal immigration policy I can’t help be amused at the irony of the chosen venue, Las Vegas. No…not because he used Vegas in 2013 to outline his blueprint for immigration legislation with no follow through, nor because of his infamous “you don’t blow a bunch of cash in Vegas when you are trying to save for college”, I’ll even cut him some slack when he chastised corporate America for holding conferences in Vegas in bad economic times. The Chamber of…
  • Keeping Your Website Legal and More on The Price of Business

    brionnamuyco
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:20 am
    By The Price of Business (1110 AM KTEK, Houston, TX is the sister radio program of US Daily Review and is Hosted by USDR Publisher and Managing Editor, Kevin Price).  These are interviews Kevin Price had with his contributors and guests. *Sponsored   Host Kevin Price, Co-Host Chris Hudspeth, & Guest Jeremy Hall discuss “Keeping Your Website Legal” on this segment of the Price of Business. www.humankindseo.com HallFirm.com   Host Kevin Price, Co-Host Frank Granett, & Guest Dr. David Sack discuss “Finding Help With Your ADD” on this segment of the…
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    American Patriot

  • Special Comment: “You are too much of a p*ssy to shoot me.”

    The American Patriot
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:07 pm
    Those are the last recorded words of Michael Brown, the 18-year-old black man, who decided that it would be cute to try to football tackle a Ferguson, Missouri police officer named Darren Wilson, who also happened to be a white man. A grand jury was convened, and the decision took a very long time. All the facts were considered. Witnesses were questioned, inconsistencies and outright lies were discarded. The facts are that this black man of 18 years of age and crazed on THC, attacked a white officer and was shot dead. Officer Darren Wilson was doing his job and because of that, was not…
  • UPDATE: Steps down – My feelings on Republican Nevada Assembly Speaker-dessignate Ira Hansen

    The American Patriot
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:32 pm
    I am referring to this story here and here.  Please, go over and read the stories; I am not quoting that man’s tripe here. As I rule, I do not like to toss around the race card. However, this guy has zero business in the nevada legislature. I mean, I think it is every man’s right to think what he feels; but that sort of hatred has no place in public business of any sort; whether it be local, state or federal. Conservatism or more specifically, Republicanism and white nationalism are not compatible at all. Something that I have written about in the past. The Nevada Assembly just…
  • Pamela Geller is now starting to sound like David Duke

    The American Patriot
    15 Nov 2014 | 8:19 am
    This is unreal. I support this woman and all; but she is dead wrong here. This is nothing more than straight up Jewish bigotry. Maybe Charles Foster Johnson was right about her after all. Read it and follow the link: (Opens in new window or tab) If 50 non-Muslims petitioned Walmart for anything — anything! — do you think Walmart would immediately cave? Neither do I. But when it comes to Muslims and the cruelty of halal slaughter, Walmart knew they would be facing headlines: “Islamophobia at Walmart!” “Walmart racist!” And who knows? Maybe even a visit from Obama’s DoJ would have…
  • Videos: Glenn Beck reveals disorder

    The American Patriot
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:14 am
    The Videos: Your browser does not support iframes. Your browser does not support iframes. Your browser does not support iframes. Your browser does not support iframes. The Story via The Blaze: Glenn Beck on Monday revealed the true extent of his health issues, saying he can no longer keep what has happened a secret from his friends, his staff or audience, whom he considers to be his family. If you have sensed a change in Beck — maybe you even thought he was losing interest in his program — Beck said it is because he was told he may only have several functional years left, and his health…
  • Video: Patrick Buchanan on the 2014 election

    The American Patriot
    7 Nov 2014 | 6:49 pm
    The video starts at around 01:01:00: (Via Rare.us)
 
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    Conscience of a College Student

  • In Defense of Common Core State Standards

    Kyle Graczyk
    13 Nov 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Notice: This is the fifth and last installment in a series of posts relating to the topic of education policy. These posts cover the inns and outs of education policy, including the issues of teacher pay, student achievement, standardized testing, blended learning, and charter schools, among others. Since I am currently taking a class that centers on education policy, I thought that it would be appropriate to post these articles to the site. This article is written from a perspective that is geared towards explaining why preserving Common Core would make sense for New Jersey and other states.
  • Why Educational Security Depends on Reviving The Elementary & Secondary Education Act

    Kyle Graczyk
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:10 pm
    Notice: This is the fourth installment in a series of posts relating to the topic of education policy. These posts cover the inns and outs of education policy, including the issues of teacher pay, student achievement, standardized testing, blended learning, and charter schools, among others. Since I am currently taking a class that centers on education policy, I thought that it would be appropriate to post these brief articles to the site. I hope you enjoy the latest post in this series, below.Johnson at ESEA signing with childhood…
  • Jefferson County's Revisionist Fight Within The Larger Battle Over Curriculum

    Kyle Graczyk
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:58 pm
    Notice: This is the third installment in a series of posts relating to the topic of education policy. These posts cover the inns and outs of education policy, including the issues of teacher pay, student achievement, standardized testing, blended learning, and charter schools, among others. Since I am currently taking a class that centers on education policy, I thought that it would be appropriate to post these brief articles to the site. I hope you enjoy the latest post in this series, below.            Thousands of concerned teachers, parents, and students…
  • Successful New Jersey Education Spending & Standards Must Overcome Localism

    Kyle Graczyk
    4 Oct 2014 | 9:43 am
    Notice: This is the second installment in a series of posts relating to the topic of education policy. These posts cover the inns and outs of education policy, including the issues of teacher pay, student achievement, standardized testing, blended learning, and charter schools, among others. Since I am currently taking a class that centers on education policy, I thought that it would be appropriate to post these brief articles to the site. I hope you enjoy the second post in this series, below.            The old maxim goes, “you only reap what you sow.” This…
  • Inspire Students By Recruiting, Retaining, & Respecting Quality Teachers

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

  • Sunday Series: NHL Scores Big in October

    Laura Cantwell
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:10 am
    Image from: NHL / Shutterstock October 8 kicked off the 2014-2015 season for the National Hockey League causing a drastic increase in traffic to hockey-related sites. With the start of the 98th NHL season of operation, and 97th season of play (#NHLLockout, never forget) many sites in our Hockey category saw a spike in unique visitors, most notably, NHL.com. Traffic grew by 77.78% for the site in October, bringing the total number of UVs to 3.2 million, up from 2.7 million in 2013. Perhaps this YoY increase is in part influenced by the upcoming NHL All-Star Game to be held in January, the…
  • The Weekly Compete Pulse

    Laura Cantwell
    22 Nov 2014 | 8:50 am
    Welcome to the weekend! As we prepare to dive into holiday-shopping season, we’ve collected a few of our favorite digital marketing articles from the past week. If you missed them, check them out below! Why It’s So Hard for Brands to Get Noticed on Amazon With regard to Amazon, brands have a lot of questions. What entices shoppers to click on which search result? How do certain brands appear to consumers on the site? What is the likelihood of shoppers to view products beyond the first search results page? Our study provides insight. How to Shift Your Marketing from Traditional to…
  • Webinar Replay: Mobile vs. Desktop Retail Shopping Trends & Implications

    Matt Pace
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:46 am
    Today we are all witnesses to the ever-expanding role of mobile on consumers’ lives, and the explosion of new channels through which marketers can connect with shoppers as they research, engage with, and purchase products. Shoppers, of course, are savvier than ever. With the near ubiquity of smartphones and other mobile devices, consumers can now shop freely whenever they desire to online, or use their devices to better inform in-store purchases. Today, consumers don’t go to stores so much as stores go with them. To examine how consumers are using their mobile devices to shop, Millward…
  • Brands Searching for Success on Amazon

    Matt Pace
    17 Nov 2014 | 9:19 am
    Image from: Amazon / Shutterstock Despite recent stumbles with investors and cell phone shoppers (Fire Phone anyone?), Amazon remains the dominant player in US ecommerce. As the top spot for online shopping, Amazon’s reach is hard to overstate. Amazon accounted for 22% of consumer visits to any online retailer in September this year, up from 19% last year. For comparison, the top 5 online retailers combined account for half of all visits, while all other online retailers vie for share of the remaining 50%. For manufacturers of toys, diapers, groceries, auto parts, and everything in between,…
  • Sunday Series: Traffic Accelerates for Tesla

    Laura Cantwell
    16 Nov 2014 | 6:44 am
    Image from: Tesla / Shutterstock The Vehicles category saw a strong increase in traffic in October, and traffic for one site in particular nearly doubled m-o-m. That site was Telsamotors.com, website for automaker Tesla. The lift coincided with a press event on October 9 in Los Angeles. During the event, Tesla revealed new features added to their Model S sedan, and “unveiled the D,” a new version of the Model S with “dual motors.” Since the event, reservations for Teslas have surged. The new releases claim’s the D has an impressive top speed of 155 mph and can travel up to 275 miles…
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    Tea Party 911

  • National Popular Vote Compact is a Bad Idea

    Editorial Staff
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:37 pm
    by Donald Mellon A movement is underway to change the method of electing presidents. The objective of this movement is to convince states whose cumulative electoral vote count equals or exceeds 270 (the number needed to elect a president) to join an interstate compact. This compact requires that all member states cast all of their electoral delegate votes to the presidential slate obtaining the greatest national popular vote count during that election. To date the compact has been joined by the legislatures of 10 states and the District of Columbia representing 165 electoral votes. See if you…
  • Obama’s Amnesty and the Democrats’ War on Black Americans

    Lee Cary
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:43 am
    Obama’s proclamation of amnesty to illegal aliens is just the latest step in a long-running war conducted by Democrats against American citizens of African descent. But, there are early signs that the African-American community is waking up to the decades-long, false claim by Democrats, heralded since the Civil Rights Act of 1964, as being the political party most concerned with the condition of Blacks. Obama’s dictatorial edict granting functional amnesty to millions of Hispanic illegal immigrants is not being well-received by some African-Americans who feel betrayed by the first Black…
  • It’s Déjà Vu All Over Again

    Jan Shedd
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:17 am
      Amnesty for illegals is about to be shoved down the throats of the American people.  As everyone knows by now, tonight Emperor Obama will violate his oath of office and plunge yet another knife into the heart of America with an illegal order granting amnesty to 5 million illegal aliens, in direct defiance of the will of the American people–just like Obamacare was. His Marxist supporters—pathological liars all—are trying to quell the blowback that the Democrats will suffer on account of this impeachable atrocity by telling us that none of the affected illegals will be…
  • Texas, We Have a Problem

    Jan Shedd
    18 Nov 2014 | 11:40 am
    We’ve all heard it: “Texas is the #1 job creator in the country.”  “We passed a conservative budget with no new taxes.” “Gross domestic product is up, & unemployment is down.” “We have jobs-jobs-jobs,” 81% of which go to immigrants, legal and illegal.  Ever wonder what else are they aren’t telling us?  Turns out, a lot. How many rank & file Texans know that Texas: is #11 in the nation for reliance on federal dollars leads the nation in road debt is in more debt than the Postal Service, which is bankrupt has passed spending increases totaling $8 billion over…
  • Illinois Senatorial Election: The Combine At Work

    Lee Cary
    6 Oct 2014 | 4:33 pm
    By Lee Cary On November 4, 2014, Democrat Senator Dick Durbin likely will reap the benefits of the Illinois Political Combine, again. In Illinois, there’s only one political party. It’s the “Combine” – the collaborative combination of Democrat and Republican politicians and party officials who work together to harvest the taxpayers’ money.  (Credit John Kass, Chicago Tribune writer, for coining the term about 16 years ago.) On June 17, 2013, TeaParty911 posted a two-part exposé on how the Illinois Republican Central Committee elected a new Republocrat Committee Chair.  That’s…
 
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    Leah Griesmann

  • At Hohenschonhausen

    Leah Griesmann
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:04 am
    Though Berlin is one of Europe's most diverse and progressive cities, it doesn't take long for a foreign visitor to start to feel like they're partaking in a form of gloom tourism. Should we visit the Stasi Museum or the Holocaust Memorial? The Oranienburgerstrasse Synagogue or the Reichstag? The bronze Stars of David commemorating Jewish Shoah victims embossed in the sidewalks below, and billboards with messages such as, "We Must Never Forget" overhead can feel like a non-stop assault of the city's horror-filled past. It was on a fittingly gray day that I decided to take the S-Bahn to former…
  • Dr. Nafis Sadik, 'Champion of Choice,' Talks Women's Rights

    Leah Griesmann
    8 Mar 2013 | 3:42 pm
    Dr. Nafis Sadik, the first female head of a major United Nations program (UN Population Fund 1987-2000), is the subject of a new biography, Champion of Choice (Cathleen Miller, University of Nebraska Press, March 2013). The biography follows Sadik's life from her birth in India through medical school in Pakistan and a storied career that includes brokering a twenty-year agreement on women's reproductive rights at the International Conference on Population and Development in Cairo that was signed by 179 governments ranging from China to Vatican City. When Dr. Sadik took a post at the fledgling…
  • Guns Do Kill People

    Leah Griesmann
    18 Dec 2012 | 8:17 am
    With millions mourning yet another of the mass shootings that have become the new normal in the U.S., the familiar pro-gun mantras are again trotted out, the most specious of which is, "guns don't kill people, people kill people." In order to begin any productive discussion about guns we must first set the record straight: Guns kill people -- they kill people effectively, thoroughly, and at an alarming rate in America, where gun access is much greater than any member country in the OECD. Guns kill people, and the greater the access to guns, the more people killed. The link between access to…
  • Asheville Tea Party Response to Sandy Hook: Great Gun Giveaway!

    Leah Griesmann
    18 Dec 2012 | 5:03 am
    As the nation mourns the horrifying mass shooting of children and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the Asheville, North Carolina Tea Party has posted a new flyer advertising their upcoming fundraiser The Great Gun Giveaway. Without a word of sympathy for the victims, the group's website also offers as a solution to future mass shootings an article urging teachers to carry and gun-free zones to be banned.
  • Lessons I Learned Waiting on Line

    Leah Griesmann
    25 Oct 2012 | 3:10 pm
    For tourists willing to brave monsoon-level humidity and odorous subway cars, summer in New York City offers many pleasures -- including that beloved theater tradition, Shakespeare in the Park. For a Sondheim fan like myself, this summer's revival of the Broadway musical Into the Woods set outdoors sounded like just the ticket. But how to get the ticket? Fortunately, when it comes to discounted arts events, New York City lives up to the ideal of egalite its famous statue proclaims. For those who can't afford to purchase tickets to Shakespeare in the Park there are two options that don't…
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    The Arab World 360°

  • Reviving The NATO

    Mohammad Tomazy
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:45 am
    NATO’s Secretary General Jens StoltenbergNATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has called on NATO-member countries to boost their military spending on defense....Stoltenberg's demands come at a time of heightened economic tension in the European Union as ministers discuss a draft spending budget of €142 billion for 2015.The budget includes spending roughly €17 billion on boosting employment and roughly €3 billion on security and citizenship, according to the European Commission.Source: World Bulletin
  • No Individual Can Save A Nation

    Mohammad Tomazy
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:17 am
    “No individual can save a nation. If a nation is sleepwalking and doesn’t wake then it will never be saved. But an individual can be a catalyst to wake them up”-Professor Cornell WestEditor's Comment:I totally agree with professor West. Political individualism introduced Hitler, Stalin and all other dictators who reached the power through elections or coups. However, the scientist or the intellectual or the catalyst or the philosopher is individual who can have great effect on the nation. Now a days, the world is ruled by oligarchs under various names. Goldman Sachs group inc., has…
  • Dedicated To American Tax-payers

    Mohammad Tomazy
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:23 am
    BIDEN’S HOTEL BILL FOR TURKEY VISIT: $625KTrip lasted only 48 hoursThe vice president, his wife, and his entourage arrived in Turkey via Ukraine Friday evening around 7:30 local time for meetings with President Erdogan and other government officials. Biden departed for Washington, D.C. Sunday after meeting with Patriarch Bartholomew of the Eastern Orthodox Church. The stay in Turkey alone racked up a hotel bill of approximately $624,734.Image Credits: Robert Linsdell / FlickrThe notice of the hotel contract was posted online uncharacteristically quickly, appearing on the very day of…
  • Mohammad Dheif

    Mohammad Tomazy
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:09 am
    The commander of Hamas military wing, and Israel's most wanted fighter who survived after many assassination attempts. Israel claimed his death during Gaza'a last war, but denied that later on. The man did not rush to deny his death which might be necessary in psychological warfare, but instead, he works silently and professionally to develop Hamas's military wing, according to the Israeli media.Portrait: Mohammad Dheif
  • Russians And Americans

    Mohammad Tomazy
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:47 am
    According to Google analytics, Americans are constituting most of this website visitors, followed by Russians.Where are Chinese people?  the dragon seems busy.
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    BizPac Review

  • Angry Bald Dude: Black lives DO matter, but so do facts

    Carmine Sabia
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:12 pm
    On Monday night and into the early morning hours Tuesday, we watched as some of Ferguson, Mo., literally burned to the ground. We watched as rioters chanted, “hands up, don’t shoot,” as they set fire to businesses, stole merchandise and fired random gunshots. All of this was supposedly designed to protest what the rioters felt was an injustice for Michael Brown, a black teenager shot and killed by white police Officer Darren Wilson. The narrative they are spouting is that Brown was a poor, innocent victim viciously executed by an uncaring, evil police officer with murder on his mind.
  • German shepherd’s got talent! Check out his moves to Flo Rida’s song “Low”

    Vada Mossavat
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Jaxson Rose, this 4-year-old German shepherd from Marion, Ind., feels like dancing when he hears Flo Rida’s “Low.” When the 2007 hit song plays, this dog’s ears flap right in time with the music. What an adorable parlor trick!
  • Most unusual pingpong match you’ll ever see goes down in London subway

    Vada Mossavat
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Think ping-pong matches have no place in the London’s subway system? These men are about to change your mind!
  • … And police were instantly on the scene of this crash

    Vada Mossavat
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:48 pm
    Oh, Russian drivers, you really must be more careful. People will start to say bad things about your country and Putin wouldn’t like that, now would he?  
  • Must see: Seven ways to compliment the ladies

    Vada Mossavat
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:43 pm
    If you’re a woman with more than a B-cup, you’ve likely had some guy on the street randomly say to you, “nice rack” or “nice melons.” However, if you were one of the ladies in this video, you might have been embarrassed when you realized these funny filmmaking NelkFilmz boys weren’t talking to you and they weren’t talking about your breasts. They were actually talking about real racks and watermelons. A wonderfully funny, and not at all mean, prank.  
 
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    Sparking The Left

  • Republicans Bury 7th Benghazi Investigation Results Because It Debunks Their Arguments, Just Like the Other Six

    Paul Phillips
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:32 pm
    One of the tried-and-true tactics that both political parties use to bury news they don’t really want getting to the public is the release of information late in the day before the weekend starts.  This catches the public when their attention on political matters is waning for the week and doesn’t allow for the information to be debated in the usual news cycle like it normally would.  Last Friday was no different when the House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, headed by Republicans, released its findings on the 7th investigation into the attacks on…
  • Why Ferguson Shooting is Officer Darren Wilson’s Fault

    Paul Phillips
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Re-posting this since nothing has changed this reality, including all of the variously disputed autopsy results.  Officer Wilson performed his job poorly and, as the decision now looms very close, should be justifiably punished for his actions. As the situation in Ferguson continues to unfold, one aspect of the shooting should be examined profusely: the initial action of Officer Darren Wilson. The only witness to the initial contact outside of Wilson is Brown’s friend, Dorian Johnson, so this is a bit of a he-said-he-said.  But, as has been widely reported, according to Johnson the…
  • Just Like in 2012, Progressive Ideas Win Big on Election Day

    Paul Phillips
    5 Nov 2014 | 3:25 pm
    After President Obama won reelection in 2012, I pointed out how progressive ideas did really well when put to the vote by the public on ballot measures.  While the Republican party is celebrating their non-surprising gains in the legislative branch, progressive ideas absolutely dominated on the ballot, even in red states. Taking a look at the 13 initiatives highlighted by CNN, 12 have been decided as of this writing.  In only one case did the progressive side lose and even that was not a majority loss (58% approved medical marijuana in Florida, 60% was needed).  CNN’s list did not…
  • Indefensible and Illegal Israeli Land Seizure Given Laughable Reasoning

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

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

  • Those Who Confront Death

    Patrick Kelly
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:42 am
    The Kurdish people are often described as the largest ethnic group in the world without a nation-state; nevertheless, they have greatly influenced regional events—most recently in combating the Islamic State (IS), which now controls large swaths of territory within Iraq and Syria. Historically a nomadic people, the Kurds (today numbering about 20–30 million) inhabit a mountainous region along the borders of Turkey, Iraq, Syria, Iran, and Armenia. Under the brutal dictatorship of Saddam Hussein, the Kurdish people of northern Iraq (accused of supporting Iran) were targeted in a chemical…
  • White House, Congress Raided Hundreds of Millions from Anti-Bioterrorism Fund

    Melissa Quinn
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:01 am
    Congress and the Obama White House looked for billions of dollars a few years ago to offset the costs of a legal settlement with black farmers and American Indians,  to increase education aid to the states and to develop a vaccine for swine flu. To get those billions, they looked to the same coffer: Project BioShield, a $5.6 billion fund created specifically to prepare America for a bioterrorist attack and develop treatments for deadly viruses such as Ebola. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., warned that the BioShield fund was not supposed to be raided as a source of “Monopoly money for…
  • After Debate, Massachusetts Town Won’t Ban All Sales of Tobacco

    M.D. Kittle
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:01 am
    Smokers and nonsmokers alike in Westminster, Mass., came together to push back against a move by the town’s board of health to ban the sale of all tobacco and nicotine products within the city limits. This community of about 7,700 residents in north-central Massachusetts took on the Nanny State and won. “This really wasn’t just about selling tobacco. This was about a board that said, ‘We’re going to do what’s right for you.’ That’s what really fired everyone up,” said Joe Serio, owner of Westminster Pharmacy, located in the town’s center. The pharmacy is one of eight…
  • Governor-elect’s Proposal for Sick Days Upsets Some Businesses

    Andrew Staub
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:01 am
    Pennsylvania Gov.-elect Tom Wolf won’t take office for another two months, but one part of his Fresh Start policy plan already has business types feeling queasy. Wolf wants to implement a new sick leave policy mirrored after a two-year-old law in Connecticut, saying employees shouldn’t have to choose work over staying at home to care for a sick family member. “Hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvania workers do not have paid sick time,” said Jeffrey Sheridan, Wolf’s press secretary. “It affects productivity and it negatively impacts the economic growth.” But critics of such a…
  • Raw Footage of Violence in Ferguson After No Indictment

    Video Team
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:55 pm
    As a startled nation watched on television, protesters turned violent in Ferguson, Mo., after a grand jury decided not to indict the police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown. >>> Obama Urges Calm as Grand Jury Decides Not to Charge Ferguson Police Officer in Fatal Shooting Throughout the night, the Associated Press posted raw video from the streets of Ferguson. Ferguson Protests Inflame After Verdict Protests, Looting in Ferguson Cars, Stores Torched in Ferguson Violence in Ferguson After No Indictment Police Use Smoke, Pepper Spray on Crowds Initial Crowd Reaction to…
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    India News Analysis Opinions on Niti Central

  • J&K trumps militancy for Democracy

    Manoj Kureel
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Jammu and Kashmir on Tuesday registered a record 71.28 per cent turnout in the first phase of incident-free Assembly elections when people ignored boycott calls by separatists and cold conditions to cast their votes in 15 constituencies. The post J&K trumps militancy for Democracy appeared first on India News Analysis Opinions on Niti Central.
  • 26/11 attacks: PM Modi pays homage to victims, security personnel

    Niticentral Staff
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:19 pm
    File photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi (PTI photo) Remembering victims of deadly 26/11 attacks, Prime Minister Narendra Modi ahead of his maiden address at SAARC Summit tweeted, ” Day to reaffirm our commitment to combat menace of terror.” “We remember the horrific terror attacks in Mumbai on this day in 2008 and pay homage to the innocent men and women who lost their lives,” Modi tweeted, adding that the nation “salutes the brave security personnel who laid down their lives to protect several lives on that fateful day. They are our true heroes.” In…
  • China longing for entry into SAARC, concern for India

    Mrityunjay Kumar
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:30 pm
    PM Narendra Modi arrives in Kathmandu to attend a two-day SAARC summit beginning from November 26. The 18th SAARC Summit (South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation) is set to begin in Kathmandu on November 26. The two-day Summit is abuzz with the report of China’s bid to get its membership. An Indian Express report said thatChina, at present an observer at SAARC, has engaged top Nepalese politicians and diplomats to help it get membership of the group of South Asian countries, which at present comprises of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri…
  • Govt launches ‘Swachh Bharat Kosh’ to channelise public funds

    Niti PTI Bot
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:40 pm
    New Delhi, Nov 25 (PTI) The government today launched the ‘Swachh Bharat Kosh’, a fund that will be utilised to build toilets in schools, rural and urban areas to achieve the objective of cleanliness across the country. The fund would seek “channelisation of philanthropic contributions and Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) funds”, according to the guidelines issued by the government. “The Kosh will be used to achieve the objective of improving cleanliness levels in rural and urban areas, including in schools. It may also be enabled to bring…
  • Punjab CM bats for self employment opportunities for youth

    Niti PTI Bot
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Chandigarh, Nov 25 (PTI) Aiming to ensure ‘employment for every hand’, Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal today asked the state officials to achieve this “gigantic task” by providing requisite frame work and empowering the unemployed youth with viable self-employment opportunities. He also said that the objective can only be achieved after thoughtful deliberations followed by a series of such meetings with the leading mentors in the field of self-employment and inclusive development. Badal was speaking in his inaugural address on the day long…
 
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    Cloud Computing News

  • How DevOps can Improve Reliability When Deploying with AWS

    JG
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:36 am
    This the 8th part of our 10 part series on DevOps. Check out Part 7 here. Reliability, in the cloud technology era, can be defined as the likelihood that a system will provide uninterrupted fault-free services, as it is expected to, within the constraints of the environment in which it operates. According to the Information Technology […]The post How DevOps can Improve Reliability When Deploying with AWS appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • The Importance of DevOps in Enabling Compliance in AWS Environments

    JG
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:08 am
    This the 6th part of our 10 part series on DevOps. Check out Part 5 here. The increased collaboration between Development and Operations teams in the DevOps paradigm of software development introduces compliance challenges. The primary compliance issues come in the areas of change management, code access, production environment access, segregation of duties and data […]The post The Importance of DevOps in Enabling Compliance in AWS Environments appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Meeting Audit Requirements with Managed Cloud Solutions

    JG
    3 Nov 2014 | 8:50 am
    This blog post is for informational and educational purposes only. Any legal information provided in this post should not be relied upon as legal advice. It is not intended to create, and does not create, an attorney-client relationship and readers should not act upon the information presented without first seeking legal counsel. Linda Sanches, a senior advisor on health information privacy to the Department […]The post Meeting Audit Requirements with Managed Cloud Solutions appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • How DevOps Can Improve Security When Deploying With AWS

    JG
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    Recent high-profile security breaches prove the difficulty in assuring the three core tenets of information security – Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability (CIA.) Throw DevOps into the mix of deploying cloud apps, and one begins to question the co-existence of Information Security and DevOps, which fosters a rapid application development culture, that in the past, generally […]The post How DevOps Can Improve Security When Deploying With AWS appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • DevOps And High Availability When Deploying with AWS

    JG
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:02 am
    This is the fourth piece in our ongoing 10 part series on DevOps. Check out the third piece here: The Importance of DevOps When Deploying with AWS – Part III. Winston Churchill once said said, “He who fails to plan is planning to fail.”  When it comes to the availability of systems and software in today’s computing ecosystem, […]The post DevOps And High Availability When Deploying with AWS appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
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    The Burning Truth

  • Here Are the Top Ten Lies from Barack Obama’s Executive Amnesty Speech

    Casey Hendrickson
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:46 pm
    Here Are the Top Ten Lies from Barack Obama’s Executive Amnesty Speech | The Gateway Pundit. Lie #1: Every President has Taken Executive Action on ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 30,000 missing emails from IRS’ Lerner recovered

    Casey Hendrickson
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:37 pm
    30,000 missing emails from IRS’ Lerner recovered | WashingtonExaminer.com. Up to 30,000 missing emails sent by former Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner have been ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Professor Dresses as Cheney, Pretends to Shoot Up Class (Video)

    Casey Hendrickson
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Indoctrination in the Classroom: Prof Dresses as Cheney, Pretends to Shoot Up Class (Video) | The Gateway Pundit. WAR PRESIDENT: Bush Bombed 4 Countries… Obama ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Three things that are illegal about Obama’s immigration plan

    Casey Hendrickson
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:52 pm
    Three things that are illegal about Obama’s immigration plan | Fox News. 1. Distorting Prosecutorial Discretion President Obama claims he is entitled to overhaul immigration ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Show Prep: Thurs, Nov. 20

    Casey Hendrickson
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:07 pm
    Obama’s Amnesty Will Add As Many Foreign Workers As New Jobs Since 2009 | The Daily Caller Since 2009, the U.S. economy has added only ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Liberal Fix

  • Liberal Fix Radio

    Liberal Fix
    28 Nov 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue.  Every week the two of them feature a special guest and tackle those tough issues with a perspective that comes from outside the beltway. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna Minogue via email: naomi@liberalfixradio.com. Join the Liberal Fix community, a like-minded group of individuals dedicated to promoting progressive ideals and progressive activists making a difference.
  • Liberal Fix Encore with Walter Brasch, author of "Fracking Pennsylvania"

    Liberal Fix
    14 Nov 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue.   If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna Minogue via email: naomi@liberalfixradio.com. Join the Liberal Fix community, a like-minded group of individuals dedicated to promoting progressive ideals and progressive activists making a difference. Liberal Fix Website Liberal Fix Facebook Liberal Fix Twitter
  • Liberal Fix Radio- Post-Election Show

    Liberal Fix
    7 Nov 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Keith and Naomi discuss the outcome of the 2014 Midterm elections. Our co-hosts will provide analysis of the 2014 results and the future of liberal politics. In addition, we will resist the temptation to follow others in conducting an autopsy on the Democratic Party, pointing instead to what we can do to turn things around in time for 2016. Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue.  Every week the two of them feature a special guest and tackle those tough issues with a perspective that comes from outside the beltway. If you are…
  • Liberal Fix Radio- Midterm Election 2014

    Liberal Fix
    24 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Keith and Naomi will discuss the political landscape for the upcoming 2014 Midterm elections.  If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna Minogue via email: naomi@liberalfixradio.com. Join the Liberal Fix community, a like-minded group of individuals dedicated to promoting progressive ideals and progressive activists making a difference. Liberal Fix Website Liberal Fix Facebook Liberal Fix Twitter
  • Liberal Fix ENCORE: w/ VT State Senator David Zuckerman (Progressive Party)

    Liberal Fix
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:00 pm
    This episode will feature Vermont Progressive Party State Senator David Zuckerman. We will discuss progressive politics, Vermont's GMO-labeling law, and the success of Vermont's Progressive Party. Excellence in Progressive Radio.  If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna Minogue via email: naomi@liberalfixradio.com. Join the Liberal Fix community, a like-minded group of individuals dedicated to promoting progressive ideals and progressive activists making a difference. Liberal Fix Website…
 
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    21st Century Wire

  • LIVE UPDATES: Ferguson Protests, Riots Break Out Across U.S. After ‘Not Guilty’ Verdict

    21wire
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:36 pm
    (REFRESH THIS PAGE FOR NEW UPDATES)FERGUSON LIVE21st Century Wire NOT GUILTY VERDICT DELIVERED IN FERGUSON – FOLLOWED BY PROTESTS AND RIOTING(START)MONDAY NOV. 24, 2014:10:00pm EST/9:00pm CSTSt. Louis County attorney and spokesperson for the prosecution, Bob McCulloch (D), delivers a live address from Clayton, Missouri on the Grand Jury’s decision on the Officer Darren Wilson vs Michael Brown case. A total of 5 indictment charges were presented to the Grand Jury, and the jury found “no probable cause” and a “no true” bill on all five of the original…
  • FERGUSON VERDICT: ‘No Probable Cause’ – Street Mobs Let Off Gunshots, Riots Begin

    21wire
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:08 pm
    CLICK HERE TO CONTINUE WITH MORE LIVE UPDATES SPECIAL REPORT21st Century WireA St. Louis County attorney and spokesperson for the prosecution, Bob McCulloch (D), just delivered a live address from Clayton, Missouri on the Grand Jury’s decision on the Officer Wilson vs Michael Brown case. A total of 5 indictment charges were presented to the Grand Jury, and the jury found “no probable cause” and returned a “no true” bill on all five original charges.The family of the deceased 18 year old Michael Brown released a statement expressing their “profound…
  • ‘Empire Debate’ on CrossTalk: Sparks fly between Henningsen and DC Think Tank staffer

    21wire
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:03 pm
    21st Century Wire says…‘Empire of Chaos’ was the debate topic on RT International’s CrossTalk today. Always a hotly contested subject when diverse opinions are brought together for a round table discussion.Sparks began to fly on air however, when 21WIRE’s Henningsen begins to challenge Washington DC foundation staffer Carafano’s establishment narrative about the true state of the geopolitical scene in 2014. Luckily, CrossTalk’s veteran host (and referee) Peter Lavelle was on hand to maintain a semblence of orderWatch on RT: How should we describe…
  • Hagel’s Ritual Resignation and ‘The War Ahead’

    21wire
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Patrick Henningsen21st Century Wire Another ritual resignation took place today in Washington… Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel (R) threw in the towel today by tendering his resignation to President Barack Obama, amidst all the usual pomp and circumstance at the White House (America’s equivalent to a royal divorce). His swift departure could be for a number of reasons – health, stress from having to lie to the public on a daily basis, or simply poor performance. Did Hagel really resign, or was he actually relieved of duty by his betters? The writing was already on the…
  • Episode #60 – SUNDAY WIRE: ‘Beyond Thunderdome’ with Patrick Henningsen, guest Basil Valentine

    21wire
    22 Nov 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Episode #60 of The Sunday Wire Radio Show resumes this Sunday November 23, 2014 presented by host Patrick Henningsen with 3 hours of power-packed talk radio and music…LISTEN LIVE ON THIS PAGE AT THE FOLLOWING SCHEDULED SHOW TIMES:SUNDAY – 5pm-7pm GMT | 12pm-3pm EST | 9am-12pm PSTThis week’s edition of THE SUNDAY WIRE will be broadcasting LIVE from the UK, as this week’s host Patrick Henningsen from 21WIREcovers the week’s top stories from the US, Europe and beyond. In the first hour – Patrick covers breaking ISIS news, Ferguson Riots, the Madness of John…
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    MutantRambler

  • lololollolololololololol.

    29 Oct 2014 | 11:25 am
    lololollolololololololol.
  • Sometimes I wish writing was like masturbation.

    26 Oct 2014 | 11:18 pm
    Just being able to sit down and do it wherever you are.
  • Wind turbines make me rock hard.

    29 Sep 2014 | 7:27 am
    Why has noone from Antarctica ever visited this website? It’s been around for at least 5 years now and not one single person from Mcmurdo has fancied a quick gander. This leaves me very disappointed.Something else that leaves me disappointed, like a child looking for reason in the universe, is peoples adversity towards renewable electricity; especially Wind Turbines.In case you couldn’t tell by the title of this article, I’m going to be bigging up some renewable energy generation over the next few minutes or until I get bored of writing and hit the post button. Something…
  • How to create a professional website logo.

    22 Jun 2014 | 11:16 pm
    Step 1. Open up professional graphics program. Microsoft Paint or Microsoft notepad will suffice. Step 2. Spend at least four minutes browsing your list of installed fonts before reluctantly settling on Helvetica. State that this is an artistic choice and not a lack of ability determining a suitable font. Step 3. Realise that Helvetica is not installed on your computer, investigate the possiblity of torrenting the font, but realise that you live in the UK and the government are a bunch of facist asshats who block access to torrent websites. Step 4. Investigate the possibility of proxy servers…
  • Why fat people believe they can give out free health advice.

    22 Jun 2014 | 10:44 pm
    I think the title says it all; I’m not talking about people who could do with loosing a little bit of weight, I am talking about full on heffalumps getting off on giving me health advice on a daily basis like they’re a temple of physique and health. I’m pretty sure that being clinically, morbidly, ridiculously obese is more dangerous for you than any cigarette is going to be for me. Now, before you all start taking to your keyboards to leave me some wonderful comment below; please bear in mind that I know smoking is unhealthy and will probably be what kills me if I carry on for the next…
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    The Politic

  • Panel Condemns US Response to Ebola

    Michael Mei
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:22 am
    “We’ve had two deaths from Ebola in the United States. Meanwhile, thousands have died in West Africa. It’s obscene [that] we’re panicking, hiding under our beds about something that will never really affect most people in this country.”
  • An Interview with Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, former CIA Intelligence Officer

    David Shimer
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Rolf Mowatt-Larssen is a Senior Fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He has served as a CIA Intelligence Officer for some 23 years, including domestic assignments such as the Chief of the Europe Division in the Directorate of Operations and...
  • Dollar Dollar Bill: Mujib Mashal on American Money in Afghanistan

    Stella Shannon
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:02 pm
    The American story in Afghanistan is less about military power and more about the power of the purse.
  • An Absurd “State of Affairs”

    Jackson Beck
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:08 pm
    We should be thrilled by the show's break neck pace, but it's all too much.
  • A Hundred-Year Majority?

    JP Meredith
    16 Nov 2014 | 9:45 am
    Are this year's Republican congressional gains all that historic? The answer may surprise you.
 
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    guanyinmiao's musings

  • Mad November

    guanyinmiao
    3 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Will be back in December! Continue reading →
  • When We Appropriate Community Service

    guanyinmiao
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:55 am
    Somehow, it unsettles when community service and its initiatives are valorised. Schools - like corporations - have incentives to appropriate projects, because they are proof of civic-mindedness. But so much goes unchallenged. Are we portraying individuals to fit a predetermined narrative, one that benefits is disproportionately? Why are we clamouring to be recognised, to give ourselves public pats on the back? In our anxiety to represent these individuals have we objectified them, and thereby lost sight of broader, structural challenges? Continue reading →
  • The Road To 42

    guanyinmiao
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    On a whim I signed up for the Standard Chartered Marathon in December, when I completed my internship in July. It was going to be tough, the full marathon, but it was on the bucket list after all. I downloaded a 16-week running plan off the Internet (which called for four running sessions a week, of increasing durations), read up a little on dietary tips, and assured myself that this was just an extension of my weekly routine. Continue reading →
  • Philanthropy As Civic Engagement

    guanyinmiao
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    In this vein StarHub has taken a good step forward. Around the world (corporate) philanthropy has evolved from basic relief to improvement, to social reform, and then to civic engagement. The telco has identified an underlying challenge – one that makes it hard for students from low-income households to be plugged into the technological infrastructure of schools, for instance – with a solution which ties in neatly with its business operations. The 500 beneficiaries from five charities StarHub has helped may pale in comparison to the 150,000 households in Singapore who “have no computer,…
  • Crossing The Line

    guanyinmiao
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    The allegations of rough treatment experienced by performers for the annual Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Singapore - of "been pushed around and groped by guests" (TODAY, Oct. 17), for instance - have been met by poor responses from the management. It may be convenient to brush the concerns aside as mere anecdotes, or remain somewhat nonchalant because consumer demand has not been affected, yet Resorts World Sentosa could provide more information. Continue reading →
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    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • Ferguson Grand Jury

    Mike Dakkak
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:38 pm
    A grand jury in Ferguson, MO has reached a decision in the case involving officer Darren Wilson and the shooting of unarmed African-American teenager, Michael Brown. The jury of 12 declined to bring an indictment against officer Wilson for his actions on August 9th of this year. There was unrest in the community of Ferguson after the decision was released and several incidents of rioting as well as some looting. In this episode we detail the case and discuss the decision not to indict and how the community, and the nation as a whole, can proceed from here. Follow In the News on…
  • Not So Fast Out of Afghanistan

    Mike Dakkak
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:35 pm
    News dumps are when an organization releases a story at a time when it is likely to get the least amount of attention. Friday evenings are usually the best time to release stories that you don’t want to have a lot of attention paid to. This past Friday we got perhaps one of the saddest story dumps of the year. The administration announced that we will be widening the mission of troops in Afghanistan to include combat operations next year and beyond. We discuss whether the debates that we have about the ongoing conflicts in both Iraq and Afghanistan are loud enough and whether they…
  • Where do R’s Go From Here?

    Mike Dakkak
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:05 pm
    The president outlined his immigration executive order in a primetime address to the nation last night. The order would defer deportation for an estimated 5 million undocumented immigrants. Republicans have vowed to fight the action. We discuss the president’s order, the options Republicans have to fight it and the untenable political position the seemingly find themselves in. Follow In the News on Twitter @itnshow and on Facebook at facebook.com/itnshow. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com
  • Battle Lines Drawn

    Mike Dakkak
    20 Nov 2014 | 3:01 pm
    The president will be addressing the nation tonight to outline his executive order on immigration. The measure is expected to defer deportation for an estimated 5 million people and grant them the ability to work in the US. The order will, by most accounts, hold to up legal scrutiny but the question that Republicans are facing now is, “where do we go from here?” We discuss the order and the broader immigration debate in today’s show. Follow In the News on Twitter @itnshow and on Facebook at facebook.com/itnshow. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com
  • Landrieu’s Last Stand

    Mike Dakkak
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-LA) is locked in a hard-fought runoff battle with Republican opponent Bill Cassidy. Some polls have her trailing her opponent by as much as 20 points. Her last-ditch strategy was to try and get a bill approving the Keystone pipeline passed. After years of denying one, a vote was finally brought to the Senate floor yesterday. In this episode we discuss the results of the vote and why the country may be better off moving on from the debate surrounding the Keystone Pipeline XL. Follow In the News on Twitter @itnshow and on Facebook at facebook.com/itnshow. Email the…
 
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    Malcolm Out Loud Podcast

  • The Award Goes To… a Historic Election!

    8 Nov 2014 | 7:49 am
    Recognizing that the United States of America needed a correction course immediately... this AWARD does not go to the Republicans... it goes to… One of the most controversial societal issues facing Americans. Let's call it the hot potato contest... and the AWARD goes to...  Authenticity and politics is equivalent to environmentalists being supportive of the keystone pipeline. Being Yourself no matter what... the AWARD goes to...  What goes around comes around... you scratch my back and I'll ignore you when you need me! and this AWARD goes to...  For making the dummies…
  • The Award Goes To… Hurricane and Jordan

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Okay so maybe it was that they were only doing their job, but looking at the track record of previous security mishaps... and the AWARD goes to... The latest EBOLA screwup from a medical professional who should have known better.... and the AWARD goes to... For getting with the times, breaking with tradition and sending her very first tweet out... and the AWARD goes to... For telling the truth even though it hurts. The quote of the week, and the AWARD goes to... Using your stardom, money and fame to get away with murder, and the AWARD goes to... Telling the truth even though it sounds…
  • 20,000 Physicians Can’t Be Wrong! & The Story of Command Sgt. Maj. Gary Littrell

    10 Oct 2014 | 8:51 am
    81% of physicians report that they can NOT take any new patients. People are now using the ER as the local doctors offices causing an overload in the Emergency Room, God forbid you have a real emergency! Dr. Alfred Bonati joins us to discuss the latest in healthcare. You must stay tuned at 21:26... Medal of Honor Recipient Command Sgt. Maj. Gary Littrell discusses his life changing experience.
  • The Award Goes To… Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

    3 Oct 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Never let a good crisis go to waste - especially when you can use if for a good purpose... and the AWARD goes to…  Big corporate greed and the dumbest PR move... and the AWARD goes to…  To the most populous country in Africa, a glimmer of hope to have possibly beaten the deadly Ebola virus.... and the AWARD goes to…  For bringing the umbrella back in vogue again and for giving an entirely new purpose to this useful product... and the AWARD goest to… For protecting the youth of America from devious computer activities... and the AWARD goes to……
  • The Award Goes To… 3 Firefighters From September 11

    26 Sep 2014 | 2:41 pm
    For their heroic service and bravery to America at a time when the country needed it the most... and the AWARD goes to...  What a feat! For single-handedly changing the focus and name of a branch of the federal government... and the AWARD goes to... Discovering that what you purchased was nothing more than a worthless brand of liberal lies to go along with your extreme views of the world... and the AWARD goes to... For staying consistent with an attitude of arrogance and persistency that she is innocent of all wrongdoing... and the AWARD goes to... Struggling through the task of watching…
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    The Desert Lynx

  • Anarchist’s Guide to Voting

    Joël Valenzuela
    4 Nov 2014 | 5:37 am
    Do you believe in a world without government? Follow the Non-Aggression Principle? Hold that voting is violence? Then this article is for you. I’m going to tell you why you should vote. No, I’m not here to tell you to …
  • War Always Comes Home

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

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

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

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

  • THE LESSON THAT THE GUTLESS OLD PANSY (GOP)

    Liberty Bell
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:52 pm
    Written by THE ANTI LIBERAL ZONE party simply refuses to learn. We were given a playbook by Ronaldus Magnus. A WINNING playbook with rules SO EASY TO FOLLOW that even a Democrud could do it; that is, if they weren’t steeped in Marxism, Leninism, Stalinism, Alinsky, and bought and paid for by Soros, Zuckerberg, Steyer, and the Limo […]The post THE LESSON THAT THE GUTLESS OLD PANSY (GOP) appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Double Standards

    Liberty Bell
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Written by GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD In the magical Forever Quest for something something Mid East Peace – ever note the noticable diff betwixt nation/states? Think about this: Little Satan closes the major crossing point into Gaza. Thousands of Gazans are stranded in other countries and cannot get home.  In Gaza a thousand more people, in need […]The post Double Standards appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Michael Bloomberg believes Thanksgiving is the perfect time to share anti-gun propaganda

    Liberty Bell
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:50 pm
    Written by Red Alert Politics Image via Screenshot Set the scene: You’re sitting around the dining room table, surrounded by your family and loved ones, and everyone is sharing what they are most thankful for this year. At least until your liberal cousin decides to take Michael Bloomberg’s advice and shatter the mood by sharing some anti-gun […]The post Michael Bloomberg believes Thanksgiving is the perfect time to share anti-gun propaganda appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Some Thoughts On Ferguson

    Liberty Bell
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:15 pm
    Written by Rhymes With Right Some may notice that I’ve said very little about matters in Ferguson, Missouri. Such reticence may surprise some people, since I voice my opinion on so many controversial issues. Others may assume it is due to cowardice, fearing that I would say the wrong thing. But there are a number […]The post Some Thoughts On Ferguson appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Michèle Flournoy Doesn’t Want To Be Obama’s Sec of Defense Either. (Does Colin Powell?)

    Liberty Bell
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:49 pm
    Written by “The Lid” Michèle Flournoy considered the most likely candidate to replace Chuck Hagel as the next secretary of defense, sent Obama a letter saying thanks but no thanks, complicating what will be already one of the most controversial cabinet selections of his second term. Foreign Policy is reporting that Flournoy, the co-founder and […]The post Michèle Flournoy Doesn’t Want To Be Obama’s Sec of Defense Either. (Does Colin Powell?) appeared first on Citizens News.
 
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    Political Dresser - Home

  • A Little on the Icelandic Banking Crash

    24 Nov 2014 | 11:33 pm
    Still a little confused after flipping through Deep Freeze on what exactly happened with Icelandic banking? Don’t worry, as always PD has you covered. Sit back for the cliff notes version.
  • Memory Lane Monday: The Obama Nutcracker

    23 Nov 2014 | 11:07 pm
    Oh, Obama. His Administration has pivoted to so many things over his six incredibly long years. The Obama Administration has pivoted to healthcare, then to resuscitating the ACA website. He’s pivoted to the three letter word jobs. Hell, he’s even pivoted to Asia.
  • Genius Idea: US Aid Going to Daash

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:30 am
    Need more proof that your taxpayer dollars are wasted? Okay, we’ve got that in spades. Obama Claus seems to think that the behead happy jihadists of Daash haven’t really been all that naughty this year. Sure they took over a few countries cities and left thousands of corpses along the roadside, but it’s not like they want the FED to be audited like those awful Tea Partiers (whom incidentally Obama Claus has decided were so bad that he’s actually taking coal from them).
  • More QE

    20 Nov 2014 | 1:23 am
    From Deep Freeze to all types of inflation and liquidity traps, how about a little QE now?
  • A Nile Cruise Wedding

    19 Nov 2014 | 1:26 am
    Everyone knows how pure and clean (like most brides these days) the Nile River is, in fact our staff has written about it at length before. So, if you are considering tying the lead knot, why not do so on a Nile cruise?
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    World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations"

  • Obstacles to Development Arising from the International System

    24 Nov 2014 | 11:37 pm
    By Manuel F. Montes, Senior Advisor on Finance and Development at the South Centre in Geneva, IPS, November 12, 2014As the international community wades into the political discussions regarding the alternatives to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) after 2015 and the design of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as mandated by the Rio+20 conference, it is timely to consider the question of whether development is a matter mostly of individual effort on the part of nation-states or whether there are elements in the international economic system that could serve as significant…
  • An Interview with Christopher Black

    23 Nov 2014 | 10:58 pm
    A Transcript of the interview with Christopher Black, International Criminal Lawyer, taken at the 12th Rhodes ForumMy name is Christopher Black, I am a criminal lawyer based in Toronto, Canada. But for the last 15 years I’ve been involved in international war crimes tribunal work at the Yugoslav tribunal in the Hague, but most of my time Rwanda tribunal in Tanzania. There I was defending the chief of staff at the National Police, Gendarmerie General Augustin Ndindiliyimana, who was acquitted just this February of all the charges after 15 years of imprisonment.My position here at this Forum…
  • UN GA's Third Committee Passed a Resolution Condemning Attempts to Glorify Nazism

    22 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    United Nations, November 21, 2014A draft text on combating glorification of Nazism, neo-Nazism and other practices was approved by a record vote of 115 in favour, 3 against (Canada, Ukraine, United States), with 55 abstentions.The Resolution condemns glorification of Nazism, neo-Nazism and other practices that contribute to fuelling contemporary forms of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance.Click here to learn more
  • Behind the Guns: International Economic Law as a Strategy for Regime Change

    20 Nov 2014 | 11:45 pm
    A Transcript of the Paper by Jane Kelsey, Professor of Law, University of Auckland, New Zealand, delivered at the 12th Rhodes Forum in September 2014I am delighted to be able to make some contribution to such an esteemed panel. When I got the invitation I thought as a critic of international economic agreements what might I be able to contribute to this dialogue. My starting point is some reflections on international law from Tony Anghie in his book entitled “Imperialism, Sovereignty and the Making of International Law”. One of the features of the post-World War II period has been the…
  • Wir verlieren Russland

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:07 am
    Von Martin Hoffmann, Der Tagesspiegel, 18 November, 2014Plädoyer für einen Neuanfang der BeziehungenDies ist ein Weckruf. Ein Weckruf an all jene in der Politik, die schlafwandelnd auf die Überlegenheit des Westens vertrauen. An diejenigen, die davon überzeugt sind, der Westen müsse endlich Stärke zeigen und seine Sanktionen verstärken. Auch an jene Ostpolitiker mit Augenmaß, die auf den Dialog setzen, aber überzeugt sind, ein Krieg sei ausgeschlossen und am Ende werde die Vernunft siegen.
 
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  • France Will Renege on Russian Contract, Says Pres. Francois Hollande

    Eric Zuesse
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:40 pm
    Eric Zuesse On November 25th, French President Francois Hollande announced that France, which has already missed two deadlines to deliver to Russia two completed Mistral helicopter-carriers to Russia, won’t deliver either ship until Washington has no further complaints about Russia’s support of breakaway rebels in Ukraine’s southeast. Russia had already paid for both of these ...
  • Menace on the Menu: The Globalization of Servitude

    Colin Todhunter
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Colin Todhunter In his book ‘The World Economy: A Millennial Perspective’, economist Angus Maddison noted that India was the richest country in the world and had controlled a third of global wealth until the 17th century [1]. Political unity and military security helped evolve a uniform economic system, increased trade and enhanced agriculture productivity. India was ...
  • What Americans Celebrate On Thanksgiving Day

    Paul Craig Roberts
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:53 am
    Dr. Paul Craig Roberts RINF Alternative News When Americans celebrate Thanksgiving, they don’t know what they are celebrating. In American folklore, Thanksgiving is a holiday that originated in 1621 with the Pilgrims celebrating a good harvest. Some historians say that this event is poorly documented, and others believe that the Thanksgiving tradition travelled to the ...
  • Are All Psychiatric Drugs Too Unsafe to Take?

    User Submitted
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:49 am
    Dr. Peter R. Breggin Psychiatric drugs are more dangerous than you have ever imagined. If you haven’t been prescribed one yet, you are among the lucky few. If you or a loved one are taking psychiatric drugs, there is hope; but you need to understand the dangers and how to minimize the risk. The following ...
  • Britain’s Vice News Reports Ukraine’s Firebombing of Southeast

    Eric Zuesse
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:40 am
    Eric Zuesse Vice News uploaded to youtube on November 12th this video of the firebombing of the southeastern Ukrainian village of Iliovaisk https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V70lGPnycxk#t=47 and they also identified what the incendiary weapon used was. Headlining, “’A Rain of Fire': Ukrainian Forces Used Little-Known Soviet-Era Incendiary Weapons to Attack Iloviask,” their Harriet Salem reported, on November 13th, ...
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    Eurasia Review

  • Avro-Replacement Program Hits Air Pocket – Analysis

    IDSA
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:39 pm
    By Amit Cowshish The Avro-replacement programme of the Indian Air Force (IAF) hit an air pocket last Saturday (22nd November 2014) when the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC) deferred the decision on whether to go ahead with the single response to the Request for Proposal (RFP), issued more than two years back, for 56 transport aircraft […] The post Avro-Replacement Program Hits Air Pocket – Analysis appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Libya Emerges As A New Challenge – OpEd

    Arab News
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:26 pm
    By Osama Al Sharif While international and regional efforts are focused on fighting militants in Syria and Iraq, one country is quickly emerging as an immediate danger to its neighbors, to most of North Africa and perhaps to Europe. Libya is already a failed state; a divided country with two governments and two parliaments and […] The post Libya Emerges As A New Challenge – OpEd appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • GCC To Upgrade Contracts For Maids

    Arab News
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:23 pm
    GCC labor ministers have agreed on minimum terms in the contracts of domestics to improve the widely criticized working conditions of over 2.4 million foreign maids, an official said. The move comes as these ministers are to meet with their Asian counterparts in Kuwait City this week to discuss the conditions of foreign labor in […] The post GCC To Upgrade Contracts For Maids appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Hindus Upset At Mounting Of Lord Ganesha Grotesque At Windsor Chapel

    Eurasia Review
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:21 pm
    Hindus are upset at placing of carved Lord Ganesha as a grotesque creature on the medieval walls of St. George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle, England – calling it highly inappropriate. Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada (USA) today, was critical of this reimagined Lord Ganesha image as grotesque installed on a Chapel […] The post Hindus Upset At Mounting Of Lord Ganesha Grotesque At Windsor Chapel appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Will Obamacare Hit Its Enrollment Target? – OpEd

    John R. Graham
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:18 pm
    The media seems to think that Obamacare’s second open enrollment is going just swimmingly. (How could it be going worse than last year’s?) Unfortunately, the Obama administration still isn’t counting last year’s sign-ups accurately. Jonathan Cohn of The New Republic has called the administration’s over-counting of Obamacare sign-ups “inexcusable.” And that’s from one of Obamacare’s biggest fans. What […] The post Will Obamacare Hit Its Enrollment Target? – OpEd appeared first on... To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
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    Tomás Guerra

  • President Obama's Speech at Del Sol High School on Executive Action on Immigration

    Tomás Guerra
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Photo/USAttorneys.comTwo years after visiting Del Sol High School, in Las Vegas, President Barack Obama came back. Before an overwhelmingly Hispanic audience, and tired of anti-immigrant Republicans in the House of Representatives, the President promoted his executive action on immigration, a measure that will benefit around five million undocumented immigrants. Following is most of his speech. "Two years ago we had a coalition." (There were business leaders, Democratic and Republican lawmakers, and farm and religious leaders). "The senate bill wasn't perfect: It was a compromise. That's how…
  • Discurso Sobre la Acción Ejecutiva de Inmigración por el Presidente Obama en la High School Del Sol

    Tomás Guerra
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Photo/USAttorneys.comDos años después de su visita a la high school Del Sol, en las Vegas, el Presidente Barack Obama regresó. Frente a una audiencia abrumadoramente Hispana, y cansado de los Republicanos anti-inmigrantes de la Cámara de Representantes, el Presidente promocionó su acción ejecutiva en inmigración, una medida que beneficiará a alrededor de cinco millones de migrantes indocumentados. A continuación se encuentra gran parte de su discurso. "Hace dos años teníamos una coalición." (Esta contaba con líderes empresariales, legisladores Demócratas y Republicanos, y…
  • Mexicans Have Nothing to Celebrate This November 20th

    Tomás Guerra
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Calavera by Jose Guadalupe PosadaToday is November 19th, and tomorrow we will celebrate the anniversary of the Mexican Revolution, a movement during which heroes like Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata fought so that peasants and native Mexicanos—groups that were alienated by the government of Porfirio Díaz—could be integrated into mainstream society. Porfirio Diaz abdicated in 1910, and a new constitution that redistributed land and improved the treatment of workers was comulgated in 1917. But this constitution did not end the quest for equality in Mexico, and the battle for power…
  • Los Mexicanos No Tienen Nada Que Celebrar Este 20 de Noviembre

    Tomás Guerra
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Calavera por Jose Guadalupe PosadaHoy es 19 de noviembre, y mañana se celebrará el aniversario de la Revolución Mexicana, un movimiento durante el cual heroes como Pancho Villa y Emiliano Zapata lucharon para que los campesinos e indígenas—grupos alienados por el gobierno de Porfirio Díaz—fueran integrados a la sociedad. Porfirio Díaz renunció a su gobierno en 1910, y en 1917 se logró comulgar una constitución que facilitó la distribución de tierras y el mejor trato de los trabajadores. Pero esta constitución no terminó la busqueda por igualdad en México, y la batalla por el…
  • Nadie Conoce a Abarca/Nobody Knows Abarca - El Tacho

    Tomás Guerra
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:19 pm
     José Luis Abarca Nunca nadie supo de él Ni siquiera por rumoresPero claro está que muchos, recibieron sus favoresMas como el bíblico gallo, en este asunto se juegaUna actitud similar, simplemente se le niega¿Quién fue el impulsor de Abarca*? Aquí se forma un enredoPorque entre tantos padrinos, no hay uno que pare el dedoHay un amigo de El Peje*, con el que tuvo mucho rocePero ante su actual desgracia, dice que ni lo conoceGaviota, grave verdad, con esto que ha acontecidoLa PGR detuvo, a un pobre desconocido* Jose Luis Abarca era alcalde de de Iguala Guerrero, y es el actor…
 
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    Washington Blade: Gay News, Politics, LGBT Rights

  • Judge strikes down Miss. same-sex marriage ban

    Michael K. Lavers
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:16 pm
    A federal judge has struck down Mississippi’s same-sex marriage ban. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key) A federal judge on Tuesday struck down Mississippi’s same-sex marriage ban. U.S. District Judge Carlton W. Reeves issued his 72-page ruling less than two weeks after he heard oral arguments in the case the Campaign for Southern Equality last month filed on behalf of two lesbian couples seeking marriage rights in the Magnolia State. “The court concludes that Mississippi’s same-sex marriage ban deprives same-sex couples and their children of equal dignity under the…
  • Fed’l judge rules against Arkansas ban on same-sex marriage

    Chris Johnson
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:25 pm
    A federal judge has ruled against Arkansas’ ban on same-sex marriage.A federal district judge struck down on Tuesday the ban on same-sex marriage in Arkansas, making for the latest in a series of more than 50 court decisions in favor of marriage equality. U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker, an Obama appointee, wrote in a 45-page decision that Arkansas’ prohibition on gay nuptials, known as Amendment 83, violates the fundamental right to marriage protected by Due Process Clause and Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. “As demonstrated,…
  • Jason Collins talks retirement

    Kevin Majoros
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Jason Collins at the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce dinner on Nov. 21 in Washington. (Washington Blade photo by Damien Salas) Jason Collins announced his retirement from the NBA on Nov. 19 after a 13-year career that included 10 trips to the playoffs. He says his body, especially his back, was telling him it was time. When Collins was signed by the Brooklyn Nets earlier this year for a 10-day contract, he became the first openly gay athlete in one of the four major male professional sports leagues. He was retained by the Nets and went on to play 22 games in the regular season…
  • Walking among HIV’s dead at Congressional Cemetery

    guest columnist
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:30 pm
    D.C.’s historic Congressional Cemetery is the final resting place for many single men who died between the early-‘80s and mid-’90s, between the ages of 25 and 55. (Washington Blade photo by Damien Salas) By NATHAN A. PAXTON I encounter the HIV epidemic in unexpected places, particularly when I take my dachshunds out for a walk. I live near the Historic Congressional Cemetery in Washington, D.C., and one of the programs of the cemetery allows some of us to walk our dogs among graves of the well known and almost anonymous. The graves of J. Edgar Hoover, Elbridge Gerry (he of the…
  • LGBT groups assail decision in Ferguson shooting

    Staff reports
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Michael Brown was shot and killed in August. FERGUSON, Mo. — LGBT advocacy organizations on Nov. 24 sharply criticized a grand jury’s decision not to indict a white police officer who shot a black teenager to death in August. Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin in a statement said Michael Brown’s family and the American people “deserve to have this case fully adjudicated in a public trial.” GetEQUAL’s response to the grand jury’s decision was more blunt. “Tonight’s news from Ferguson is disgusting and outrageous,” said the group. “The profiling and…
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    Lady Freethinker

  • Use Verizon or AT&T? ‘Supercookies’ May Be Spying On You

    Lady Freethinker
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    photo credit: mirkuz via photopin cc I’ve long given up the delusion of privacy on the Internet. But it’s still jarring to learn that corporate espionage on citizens is even worse than most of us realize. As the The Washington Post revealsboth AT&T and Verizon use things called “supercookies,” which despite the tasty name are thoroughly nauseating. These supercookies  track our activity without any consent – and switching to “privacy mode” won’t help you. In fact, changing your browser settings will do nothing to protect you from the prying…
  • How Much Did We Pay To Arm ISIS?

    Lady Freethinker
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    You don’t want to know. But in case you do, here you go:
  • These Are The World’s Worst Places to be Gay

    Lady Freethinker
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    While I normally encourage people to live true to themselves, in some countries you need to stay in the closet if you want to live at all. As this graphic shows, homosexuality is punishable by imprisonment or death in a disturbingly large portion of the world. (I just wish the two weren’t lumped in the same color – I’m curious to know how much of the map actually believes homosexuality is an “offense” worthy of execution.) I was very pleasantly surprised, however, to see that same-sex marriage is legal in so much of South America. Qué bueno! Via: TakePart.com
  • Watch the Rare Platypus Sighting that Took 7 Years to Catch

    Lady Freethinker
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    How strange is the platypus? So odd that the first scientists to ever see one thought someone was pulling a hoax. The web-footed mammals are also so shy that documentarian Max Moller tracked them for seven years in Tasmania without gathering enough footage for a single decent video. Then finally last month, a platypus came out for a stroll right in front of Moller and his assistant – and now we all get to enjoy the fruits of his patience:
  • Watch a Feather and a Bowling Ball Fall at the Exact Same Speed

    Lady Freethinker
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you’re like me, you had a hard time believing your seventh-grade physical science teacher when he told you that, without air resistance, a feather and a bowling ball would fall from an airplane to the Earth at exactly the same speed. While I eventually accepted this as truth, I never thought I would actually see it happen. But here we go, courtesy of NASA’s giant vacuum, which is virtually air-free. And just like Mr. George said, the fall is perfectly synchronized.
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    FiveThirtyEight » Politics | FiveThirtyEight

  • The Census Still Doesn’t Know How Many Same-Sex Couples There Are

    Ben Casselman
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    At FiveThirtyEight, we use census data all the time to track demographic and social trends, from the aging of the U.S. population to the decline in marriage and shifts in immigration patterns. But the census not only reveals societal changes, it responds to them. This week, we’re examining three changes that the Census Bureau is considering for its 2020 questionnaire. We first looked at how the census counts Arab Americans. In this installment: counting same-sex couples.Same-sex marriage has gained legal acceptance faster than even its most ardent backers could have believed just a few…
  • The U.S. Census Is Trying To Get A More Accurate Count Of Arab Americans

    Ben Casselman
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:38 am
    At FiveThirtyEight, we use census data all the time to track demographic and social trends, from the aging of the U.S. population to the decline in marriage and shifting immigration patterns. But the census not only reveals societal changes, it responds to them. This week, we’re taking a look at three changes that the Census Bureau is considering for its 2020 questionnaire. First up: the proposed addition of a new racial category for Arabs.The first time Rashad Al-Dabbagh saw a census form, he didn’t know how to respond.Sex? Male. Age? 20. But race? Al-Dabbagh, who moved to the United…
  • The Election Map Alone Doesn’t Explain The 2014 Republican Wave

    Harry Enten
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:24 am
    Throughout the 2014 campaign, we kept hearing that Republicans were going to do well because of the “map.” To take back the Senate, all they had to do was win seats in six states (Alaska, Arkansas, Louisiana, Montana, South Dakota and West Virginia) that voted against President Obama in 2008 and 2012. Even before Election Day, Obama blamed the map for the impending misfortune of the Democratic Party.It’s time to give the map argument a rest. Even if you control for the fact that a large number of races took place in red states, the Republican performance was the fourth-best by either…
  • Calling In The Missouri National Guard May Have Been A Bad Idea

    Oliver Roeder
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:05 am
    On Monday, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon declared a state of emergency. The emergency hasn’t happened yet — it’s what might happen if a grand jury decides not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for the killing of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown. The National Guard, thanks to the order, is standing by.Nixon says he owes it to his citizens to protect them “from violence and damage” and that “the State of Missouri will be prepared to appropriately respond to any reaction to these announcements.”The declaration “immediately enraged protest leaders and some…
  • The Supreme Court Won’t Be Getting Another Sotomayor Anytime Soon

    Harry Enten
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:01 am
    Democrats lost the Senate, but so what? President Obama still has two more years and a veto.But there is at least one area where the GOP’s new Senate majority makes a big difference: a Supreme Court nomination. While it’s still unclear whether Obama will get to nominate another justice, the Republican gains in November make it unlikely a liberal nominee, such as Justice Thurgood Marshall, would be confirmed. And a nominee like the two Obama-appointed justices currently sitting on the court, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, would face a possible filibuster.Only a true middle-of-the-road…
 
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    kai arzheimer

  • The Math of Post-Socialism

    Kai Arzheimer
    16 Nov 2014 | 6:09 am
    Much merriment in the Eastern state of Thuringia: 25 years after the fall of the wall, the Greens and the SPD in the state parliament are poised to form a coalition with the Left (die Linke), which would give the Left its first minister president ever. What’s the Matter with the Left? Predictably, this is creating all sorts of backlash. On the surface, it is all about Thuringia, and about the Left’s uneasy relationship with the past. But on another level, it’s about the prospects of triple left (or red/red/green) coalitions in Western states and ultimately on the federal level. Photo by…
  • Google Scholar Fail

    Kai Arzheimer
    10 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Google decided some time ago that their algorithms are so good that the old Humanities/Social Sciences/Hard Sciences button on Google Scholar did no longer earn its keep. As a Social Scientist trying to remember the exact title of that dear old Dalton 1984 piece, I could not agree less. Not my Dalton 1984 The post Google Scholar Fail appeared first on kai arzheimer.
  • Links I Liked

    Kai Arzheimer
    7 Nov 2014 | 4:04 am
    From the excellent LSE blog: European Parliament staff: who are they and do their backgrounds influence decision-making? http://t.co/huQ7dj1FNb @DarthPutinKGB: Russia Today has changed since the Donbass elections. http://t.co/eiwP7k7sQo (picture) Book chapter “Estimation techniques: Ordinary least squares and maximum likelihood” — Martin Elff http://t.co/NFw2rgYStd No real surprise is here, as tax-dodging assistance is a business model: Luxembourg tax files: how tiny state rubber-stamped tax avoidance on an industrial scale http://t.co/1YunXbJIk1 Short Gordon Tullock  obituary &…
  • East Germans Killed the FDP

    Kai Arzheimer
    3 Nov 2014 | 3:12 am
    Even the Washington Post has woken up to the fact that 25 years after the uprising in the GDR, Germany stubbornly remains divided economically, politically, and socially. In the great scheme of things, this may matter less than you might think: In Western Europe alone, the UK, Spain, Belgium, or Switzerland – countries that have been around as nation states for much longer than Germany’s current iteration – are similarly diverse. But it keeps the German Politics crowd busy enough. I’m currently working on a piece that looks at the latest federal election in comparative (east…
  • Online Survey: Students & Politics

    Kai Arzheimer
    1 Nov 2014 | 1:47 pm
    My very clever PhDers strike again: Here is yet another online survey (in German – auf Deutsch). This one is on political attitudes of students and takes just ten minutes of your. You might even win a gift voucher. Need I say more? The post Online Survey: Students & Politics appeared first on kai arzheimer.
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    Conservative Read

  • Walter E. Williams: Gruber and the Elite Contempt for Ordinary Americans

    chris
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:39 pm
     Jonathan Gruber, MIT economist and paid architect of Obamacare, has shocked and disgusted many Americans. In 2013, he explained to a University of Pennsylvania audience: “This bill was... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Dr. Ben Carson: Illegal Executive Orders Reward Illegal Immigration

    chris
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:36 pm
     Like millions of other Americans, I appreciate the plight of billions of people throughout the world who would like nothing more than to find themselves in the United States, where they could... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Michelle Malkin: What Obama’s Ferguson Sermon Left Out

    chris
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:33 pm
     In his 967-word statement to the nation about the Ferguson grand jury decision on Tuesday night, President Obama devoted precisely one sentence to the risks and sacrifices police officers make... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Truth about Gun Owners: Help set The Record Straight – Tag Poll

    chris
    25 Nov 2014 | 9:30 pm
    President Obama and the media are waging all-out war on the Second Amendment. And unless you take action now, your right to own a gun will soon be a thing of the past. Right now Congress and the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Black-on-white Violence Rampant, Ignored by Authorities and Media

    chris
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:27 pm
     Imagine you’re walking down the street and someone sucker punches you, breaking your glasses and swelling your lip. Your attacker then continues raining down blows upon you, spits on you,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Why Socialism Failed

  • Liberal Vocabulary Evolution

    6 Nov 2014 | 12:11 pm
    The current liberal obsession with the 1 percent provides for some very interesting analogies regarding the words being used to describe them.The rich entrepreneurs are all "plutocrats" or "oligarchs" according to the new Liberal Vocabulary.The corporations are "fascist" and so on.How can the corporations be fascist? For reference why such a designation is a misnomer at best see my post Nazism, Fascism, Socialism.The New Yorker branded the outgoing mayor Michael Bloomberg a plutocrat in a piece in August 2013"He is an outsized character: the biggest plutocrat in…
  • Low Ideals

    27 Oct 2014 | 4:05 pm
    David Brooks in the New York Times argued for low ideals in this piecehttp://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/17/opinion/david-brooks-the-case-for-low-ideals.html?partner=rssnyt&emc=rssThe case for low ideals can be made in a variety of ways. One of the most important, in my opinion, is that high ideals come always at a price. The price is usually a high dose of self-righteousness and overconfidence that at certain point in time the people will understand how much better is the ideal and rush to implement it. The history of Socialism is a cautionary tale of what happens when high ideals are…
  • Climate Change and ... Socialism?!

    23 Sep 2014 | 2:11 pm
    In New York following the Climate Change March, a group of left activists descended on Wall Street to protest the capitalism as the evil force behind climate change. The estimates vary widely depending on ideological affiliation, so I would not put a number.#FloodWallStreethttp://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/23/nyregion/climate-change-protesters-wall-street.html?ref=nyregionIn other news Wall Street is actually investing in renewable energy sources that the crowds choose to ignore for the sake of the anti-capitalist…
  • Lenin and the New Moral Imperative

    18 Sep 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Lenin, the Great Leader of the October 1917 Bolshevik Revolution,  was one of the first to throw around the notion that the source of all evil are the rich individuals that do not pay their "fair share" into society. Having more than you need, according to the Communist ideology, in itself was considered a crime.In 1920 in a speech at the 3rd Congress of the Union of the Russian Communist Youth, Lenin proclaimed that any peasant that has his own piece of land, and produces, and keeps from the harvest more than his family and his livestock needs, is turning  into an exploiter since…
  • Mon Dieu! France is Turning Away from Socialism!

    16 Sep 2014 | 7:12 am
    Mon Dieu! France is turning towards center! What's next?!Last week something quite significant happened in France and it was left unnoticed (intentionally?!) by the US media still reeling with its infatuation with Piketty's diatribe on the income inequality and how to punish the rich for having too  muchhttp://whysocialismfailed.blogspot.com/2014/04/pikettys-tour-de-force.html.Manuel Walls, the new French prime minister appointed by president Francois Hollande proclaimed "I love…
 
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    The Alex Jones Show - Infowars.com

  • Alex Jones - 2014-Nov-25, Tuesday

    25 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    On the Tuesday, November 25 broadcast of Infowars Live, Alex Jones is back in the hot seat to break down the widespread chaos and destruction that ensued in Ferguson and other parts of the country, as a result of a grand jury decision not to indict a police officer over a justifiable shooting. Jones looks at how the event was politicized from the start and used to manipulate the masses and enflame racial tensions, with all the usual race-baiters taking the stage. Jones also examines why “Justice for Mike Brown” turned into looting and razing of minority-owned businesses, and also…
  • Alex Jones - 2014-Nov-24, Monday

    24 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    On this Monday, November 24 edition of the worldwide Alex Jones broadcast, Nightly News host David Knight covers developments in Ferguson, Missouri, as a grand jury decides the fate of police officer Darren Wilson. Demonstrators calling for Wilson's prosecution have increased their protests, including a march in St. Louis that resulted in the closure of a highway and violence against reporters. Journalists in Ferguson also face continued harassment by police. Infowars reporters Jakari Jackson and Joe Biggs file live reports from Ferguson on today's global transmission. David also transits…
  • Alex Jones - 2014-Nov-23, Sunday

    23 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    On the LIVE Sunday, November 23 edition of the Alex Jones Show, we've had Obama-care and Obama-phone, now comes Obama-law, and he's going to do more! Fill-in host David Knight looks at Obama's gloating about his ruling by fiat, the Republican reaction, or lack thereof, and also take your suggestions on what needs to be done. We'll also look at a case out of New York, in which a whistleblower was fired for questioning an “excessive force” report, as yet another apparent shooting of an innocent man hits the headlines. On today's show, Knight also covers the latest on the situation in…
  • Alex Jones - 2014-Nov-21, Friday

    21 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    President Obama has just committed his most blatant, impeachable offense and David Knight breaks it all down on this Friday, November 21 edition of the Alex Jones Show. Obama completely bypassed Congress and announced amnesty for millions of "anchor baby" parents and illegal immigrant children - as long as they've been in the country for five years. The Constitution, however, reveals he lacks the authority to pick and choose which to deport. His order will grant illegals social security numbers, work permits, and government-issued IDs, and many of these illegals will be able to obtain green…
  • Alex Jones - 2014-Nov-20, Thursday

    20 Nov 2014 | 2:00 pm
    On the Thursday, November 20 transmission of Infowars Live, guest hosts David Knight and Paul Joseph Watson walk us through the latest on Obama's promise to unilaterally pass an executive order legalizing millions of illegal immigrants, a plan which one US senator warns could lead to anarchy and violence. We'll also get on-the-ground updates from reporters Joe Biggs and Jakari Jackson regarding the situation in Ferguson, Mo., where demonstrators are anticipating a controversial grand jury decision... which could also lead to anarchy and violence. On today's show, Infowars invites Love Thy…
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  • Same-sex marriage rights are sweeping the US. Here's where each state stands.

    German Lopez
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:25 pm
    Update: On November 25, a federal judge struck down Mississippi's same-sex marriage ban, but the judge put the decision on hold for two weeks. Since 2013, when the Supreme Court struck down the federal ban on same-sex marriage, lower courts have followed with their own decisions effectively ending same-sex marriage bans in several states. As the decisions pile up, it can get a little difficult to track which same-sex marriage bans are legally valid and which have been overturned. This simple list tracks where each state stands. States where same-sex couples can or will soon be able to marry…
  • Vox Sentences: Ferguson, the day after

    Dylan Matthews
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    1. We have a decision : 4 year old Marley Hendrix Totten joins a group of protesters as they gather outside the headquarters of the Washington DC Metropolitan Police Department as part of a planned '28 Hours for Mike Brown' protest November 25, 2014 in Washington, DC. (Win McNamee/Getty Images) Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, who killed Michael Brown on August 9, will not face any criminal charges from St. Louis County. [Vox / German Lopez] Protests in Ferguson, some violent, immediately broke out after the decision was announced. [Vox / Jenée Desmond-Harris] Keep in mind that a…
  • Grand jury testimony suggested marijuana made Michael Brown violent. That's unlikely.

    German Lopez
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Michael Brown had marijuana in his system when Darren Wilson shot and killed him on August 9, according to the official and independent autopsies. In the grand jury testimony released to the public Monday, both prosecutors and grand jurors seemed to push the idea that highly concentrated pot made Brown more likely to be aggressive — even when an unnamed medical expert insisted that it's unlikely pot could make Brown attack Wilson. "The amount of marijuana he has could cause abnormal behavior, but usually doesn't," the unnamed expert said on November 13. "Ninety-nine out of 100 people taking…
  • Michael Brown spent his last day with his friend Dorian Johnson. Here's what Johnson saw.

    Ezra Klein
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Earlier today, I wrote that Officer Darren Wilson's newly released account of his altercation with Michael Brown was unbelievable. Which isn't to say it was wrong. It was just hard to believe that events played out exactly as Wilson described. But the story Wilson tells makes much more sense if you also read it alongside Dorian Johnson's testimony — and use the two accounts to balance each other out. Johnson presents a more nuanced picture of provocations on both sides Johnson, remember, was Brown's friend. He was there when Brown robbed the convenience store. He was there when Wilson…
  • Obama vows veto of bipartisan corporate tax deal

    Matthew Yglesias
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:48 pm
    President Obama is prepared to veto a bipartisan package of business tax breaks that House and Senate negotiators are close to finalizing. The deal would make several corporate tax breaks permanent without offsetting the cost in any way, while failing to extend provisions of the Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit that are favorable to low-income households. In a statement, Treasury Secretary Jack Lew described the proposal as "fiscally irresponsible" and said "any deal on tax extenders must ensure that the economic benefits are broadly shared." The tax extender impasse The origin…
 
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  • The Government Safety Device That Kills You

    Eric Peters
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Well, how ’bout it? If you’ve been anywhere near a TeeVee or radio lately, you’re probably aware that the explosive devices government forces every car company to build into its cars sometimes… explode defectively. These “safety” devices send shrapnel – literally, metal shards; just like a grenade or mine – toward people’s faces at high velocity, shredding flesh and causing severe (and often, permanent) injuries. People have had their eyes gouged out; others have merely been disfigured for life. So far, it’s “only” a handful of people. (Isn’t it interesting the…
  • Here Comes France

    Tyler Durden
    25 Nov 2014 | 10:01 pm
    First Germany, then the Netherlands, perhaps Switzerland this weekend, and now the French right-wing Front National, which shockingly came first in May’s European parliament elections, and whose leader Marine Le Pen is currently polling in first place in a hypothetical presidential election (in both a first and run off round), ahead of president Hollande, has sent a letter to the governor of the French Central Bank, the Banque de France, demanding that France join the list of nations which have repatriated, or at least tried to, their gold. From her letter, here is the full list of…