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  • NerdScreen: Jeb and Hillary

    NBC News Politics
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:24 am
    Chuck shows new polling that indicates a third President Bush and second President Clinton is possible.
  • Goodbye to the Colbert Report

    Political Irony
    Iron Knee
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:42 pm
    The Colbert Report had its final episode and is off the air forever. Unfortunately, I can’t embed the video of the entire last show, but here’s a link to it. The most amazing part was the sing-along. You really should watch the whole show, but if you don’t want to, here’s just the sing-along: After you watch that, you may have a question or two (or three, or more). You can get the answers here. The Colbert Report is dead. Long live Stephen Colbert! UPDATE: On Fox News show The Five, host Greg Gutfeld says that Colbert “should really write an 8-figure check to Fox…
  • In which a world leader is doused with french fries and mayonnaise

    The Fix
    Aaron Blake
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:01 am
    In case you thought politics in the United States have devolved to the point of no return, here is the the leader of a major European country -- Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel -- being doused in pommes frites by anti-austerity protesters. And like the pro he is, he smiles the whole time. Here's the full […]
  • Conservatives use N.Y. shooting to bash Obama

    Plum Line
    Paul Waldman
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:48 am
    The horrifying shooting of two police officers in Brooklyn on Saturday has brought out the worst in some people. But it also gives us an opportunity to consider how we talk about the way we talk and whether we might do it in a more enlightening fashion. We regularly argue over not just the substance […]
  • I Don’t Want An Apple Watch, and You Shouldn’t Either

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

  • No Phones in Bed

    James Hamblin
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:27 pm
    The bed must be reserved as a place for sleep and sex only. That was the decree of psychologist Richard Bootzin in his influential 1972 proposal for the "stimulus-control" approach to better sleep. One key point was operant conditioning: The bed must be a sanctuary, such that the brain is conditioned to sleep when it is in the bed. The allowance for sex—which, in its ideal form, is one of the most stimulating things a human body can experience—always seemed to me at odds with the stimulus-control approach. A note to aspiring self-help writers: The book For Better Sleep, Kitchen Sex…
  • How to Write: A Year in Advice from David Mitchell, Yiyun Li, and More

    Joe Fassler
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:20 pm
    2014 was the second year of “By Heart,” The Atlantic’s weekly series about writing, artistic influence, and the creative process. Though the series is based on a formula—artistic creators choose a favorite line from literature and explain how it shaped them—the responses are never formulaic. As I spoke to breakout successes (Edan Lepucki, Leslie Jamison), established masters (Stuart Dybek, Mona Simpson) and lifetime achievers (Jim Harrison, New York Review of Books editor Robert Silvers) I was amazed by the scope and variety of contemporary literature. Writers have such wildly…
  • The Ethics of Sarcastic Science

    Rose Eveleth
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:43 am
    Every holiday season, the British Medical Journal puts out a special Christmas issue. It’s full of papers, as usual, but they’re all a little bit different. They’re jokes. Not fake—the data presented in these BMJ articles aren’t made up—but the premises of the papers are all a bit off-kilter. This year, for example, they showed that men die earlier than women because they’re stupid. The BMJ has been loosening its ties every Christmas now for 30 years. In that time it has amassed a fair amount of odd little bits of science. But a recent paper on the subject of joke papers, by…
  • The Pinup and the Photographer

    Kevin O'Keeffe
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:23 am
    Behind every great pinup model is a great photographer, if Bunny Yeager is any example. A former pinup herself, Yeager—who died this past May at age 85—had a long list of credits to her name during her '50s and '60s heyday: Playboy model Lisa Winters, Bond girl Ursula Andress, and queen of the pinups, Bettie Page. Bunny Yeager/RizzoliYeager and Page's collaboration took place during 1954, and within just a year, the photographer had captured Page on film over a thousand times. Some of these images are among Page's most famous—the nude Santa hat photo, shots of Page with two live…
  • White Christmas, Black Christmas

    Robert P. Jones
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:13 am
    Now to the Lord sing praises, All you within this place, And with true love and brotherhood Each other now embrace; This holy tide of Christmas Doth bring redeeming grace —God Rest Ye Merry, Gentleman This week, approximately nine in 10 Americans will celebrate Christmas, in a wide variety of ways. Among Christians, the two groups who share the most in their approach to Christmas celebrations are white and minority evangelical Protestants. These two groups stand apart even from other Christians in that they are significantly more likely to celebrate Christmas as a religious holiday, to read…
 
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    Daily Kos

  • Ben Carson's presidential ambitions are making his party sad

    22 Dec 2014 | 1:30 pm
    This story about GOP party wags getting nervous that tea party hero Ben Carson may insist on running for the presidency is both very sad and very hilarious. With former Gov. Jeb Bush of Florida moving closer to declaring his candidacy, and the Republican establishment determined not to repeat the mistakes of the lengthy nominating fight of 2012, the rise of Mr. Carson suggests the best-laid plans of the party for 2016 may not go as smoothly as desired. [...] Though few Republican strategists expect Mr. Carson, 63, to be the nominee, they acknowledge his potential to throw a wrench into the…
  • Midday open thread: 8 things, 10 things, year's end listicles wrapping it all up

    22 Dec 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Today's comic by Tom Tomorrow is Year in review, part one: The Midday Open Thread will be on holiday until January 5, 2015. What you may have missed in Sunday Kos ... Ignoring torture here at home, by Denise Oliver Velez We are no better than our enemies, by Mark E Andersen You won't believe what happens in a manual recount, by Dante Atkins It's time to end America's global isolation over Cuba, by Jon Perr 50 years of other foreign policy failures, brought to you by a willfully ignorant media, by Egberto Willies When the war on women meets the war on drugs, by Susan Grigsby 2014 candidates…
  • Congratulations to Staten Island, New York, for electing a felon!

    22 Dec 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Grimm's April perp walk ... Hey, Republican Rep. Michael Grimm didn't mention this before the election: Rep. Michael Grimm will plead guilty on Tuesday to a felony charge of cheating on his taxes at a Manhattan restuarant he co-owned before entering Congress, the Daily News has learned. Of course it probably wouldn't have mattered to the idiots who voted for him last November given that they already knew about the 20-count indictment and his anger management issues. And let's try and guess how this will turn out: Grimm said during the campaign that he would step down from his seat if he was…
  • The Kos guide to a carbon neutral household: Intro

    22 Dec 2014 | 11:30 am
    Intro Reducing electricity consumption I: Lighting Reducing electricity consumption II: vampire/standby power Reducing electricity usage III: the big power draws Renewable energy for the home Home automation and the efficient home Reducing natural gas usage: Insulation, heating and cooling Reducing water consumption Hi, my name is Markos, and I am an energy efficiency junky. I am obsessed with it. I'm downright OCD about it. It consumes a huge part of my life. I bored my wife talking about it, I bored my co-workers talking about it, I bored my friends talking about it, and I might even bore…
  • The Year in Crazy: 12 Signs of the Upcoming Apocalypse

    22 Dec 2014 | 10:45 am
    ex-Rep. Trey Radel It is the end of the year, and I have once again been tasked with compiling a list of all the most ridiculous (politically minded) things that happened in the last twelve months. To be honest, my heart isn't in it. Listening to many of our politicians talk is excruciating the first time around, and subjecting ourselves to it again willingly seems like petty masochism. Last year we at least had Steve "Melon Calves" King as a highlight, and as far as I am concerned I could listen to that again once a week and never get tired of it, but this year seems a bit sparser. So I've…
 
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    Drudge Retort

  • Kareem: Protests Not to Blame for Cops' Deaths

    rcade
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: The recent brutal murder of two Brooklyn police officers, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, is a national tragedy that should inspire nationwide mourning. Both my grandfather and father were police officers, so I appreciate what a difficult and dangerous profession law enforcement is. ... At the same time, however, we need to understand that their deaths are in no way related to the massive protests against systemic abuses of the justice system as symbolized by the recent deaths -- also national tragedies -- of Eric Garner, Akai Gurley, and Michael Brown.
  • U.S. Companies Claim Cuba Owes Them Billions

    726
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:33 pm
    When the Castro regime assumed power in Cuba in 1959, it quickly nationalized the assets of almost every foreign corporation within its borders as the country transitioned to communism. For half a century now, American companies have laid claim to billions of dollars in lost assets on the Caribbean island 90 miles from U.S. shores. Under American law, the claims have been steadily accruing interest, but the companies have never seen a penny. It's one of many knotty issues for the two Cold War adversaries to resolve as they end their prolonged estrangement that outlasted the Cold War itself by…
  • Singer Joe Cocker Dies

    whatsleft
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:52 am
    The British singer Joe Cocker, best known for his cover of the Beatles' "With A Little Help From My Friends," has died of an unknown illness, his agent Barrie Marshall confirmed. Cocker was 70. Known for his gritty voice, Cocker began his singing career in the pubs and clubs of Sheffield in the 1960s. His duet with Jennifer Warnes, "Up Where We Belong," from the movie An Officer And A Gentleman hit number one and went on to win both a Grammy and an Academy Award.
  • Giuliani: Police Killings Not De Blasio's Fault

    rcade
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:48 am
    A day after two New York City policemen were brutally murdered in a broad-daylight ambush, former mayor Rudolph Giuliani said that pointing fingers and assigning blame, particularly against the current mayor, is not helping an already tenuous situation in the city. "Stop this stuff with 'the blood is on his hands.' The blood is not on his hands," Giuliani told CBS New York, referring to remarks made by Patrolmen's Benevolent Association president Pat Lynch after the deaths of officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, who were shot to death by 28-year-old gunman Ismaaiyl Brinsley while they sat…
  • U.S. Helped Jailed Cuban Spy's Wife Get Pregnant

    rcade
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:43 am
    Cubans watching the nonstop coverage of the prisoner swap were shocked when the cameras zeroed in on freed spy Gerardo Hernandez hugging his wife Adriana Perez, who was obviously in the late stages of pregnancy. Perez, who also worked for Cuba's intelligence services, was banned by U.S. officials from visiting her husband in prison. Two sources involved with the diplomatic talks, when questioned by CNN, said that during the negotiations, Hernandez's sperm was collected and sent to Cuba, where Perez was artificially inseminated.
 
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    Editor's Blog

  • Fascinating Story

    Josh Marshall
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:38 am
    Most of us know that in its first months and years the Cuban Revolutionary government nationalized and confiscated billions in assets of US corporations. Most of us think of that as something for the history books, not the ledger books. But the companies remember. And with the normalization of relations between the two counties, now they want their money back. Dylan Scott has the story.
  • 1000 Percent

    Josh Marshall
    20 Dec 2014 | 10:13 pm
    City Councilman Robert Cornegy (Bed-Stuy, Crown Heights): "This sets us back 1000 percent. I don't even know how you come back from this. If you wanted to articulate what the worst case scenario could be at a time when the city is trying to get back on track with police and community relations, this is it."
  • Sony CEO: "We Have Not Backed Down"

    Josh Marshall
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Sorry, Sony dude. If you want a mulligan you're gonna have to ask for it.
  • Good Lord, People

    Josh Marshall
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:06 am
    Michigan woman files trademark on phrase "I Can't Breathe" for hoodies and t-shirts.
  • FBI Statement on Sony Hack

    Josh Marshall
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:59 am
    Here's the FBI statement placing blame on North Korea for the cyber attacks on Sony. Full statement after the jump ... Read More →
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    Political Animal

  • Day's End and Night Watch

    22 Dec 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Just had another brief brush with the hellish realities of exurban Xmas shopping. Bring on Agenda 21. If you enjoy having a blogger around who mocks the Right with the special zest of someone who likes college football and loves Jesus, then help us stay on the inter-tubes by making a tax-deductible donation in what ever amount you can afford. Thanks so much! Here are some remains of the day: * Jeb Bush has been making the rounds among donors the last week. Looks like he's serious this time. * De Blasio urges halt to all protests against police until two slain officers buried. * Republicans to…
  • North Korea Goes Dark

    22 Dec 2014 | 2:29 pm
    A friend of mine who visited Pyongyang back in the 1990s said the weirdest part of his weird sojourn there involved the city's tenuous power grid, which meant that before you headed anywhere--even down your hotel hallway--at night you better know where you were going. In a more contemporary sense, North Korea just went dark today, per a report from the New York Times' Perlroth and Sanger: North Korea’s already tenuous links to the Internet went completely dark on Monday after days of instability, in what Internet monitors described as one of the worst North Korean network failures in…
  • SEC Primary Takes Shape

    22 Dec 2014 | 2:06 pm
    So according to Politico's James Hohmann, the Republican-driven "SEC Primary" for 2016 is increasingly looking like a done deal, at least in some configuration: Officials in five Southern states — Tennessee, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas — are coordinating to hold their primary on March 1, 2016. Texas and Florida are considering also holding a primary the same day but may wait until later in the month. Either way, March 1 would be a Southern Super Tuesday, voting en masse on the heels of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada. Apparently Texas and Florida want…
  • Wanna Play the Blame Game?

    22 Dec 2014 | 12:44 pm
    If conservatives really want to play the blame game over the murder of New York police officers, they may be biting off more than they can chew, as Kevin Drum suggests: I assume this means we can blame Bill O'Reilly for his 28 episodes of invective against "Tiller the Baby Killer" that eventually ended in the murder of Wichita abortion provider George Tiller by anti-abortion activist Scott Roeder. We can blame conservative talk radio for fueling the anti-government hysteria that led Timothy McVeigh to bomb a federal building in Oklahoma City. We can blame the relentless xenophobia of Fox News…
  • Tables Turned in Utah?

    22 Dec 2014 | 11:30 am
    In often mocking the "Great Big Adult GOP Tames the Tea Party" meme, I understand there are circumstances where self-styled "constitutional conservatives" may have to watch their intra-party backs. And that could be true of Sen. Mike Lee, often a boon companion of Ted Cruz or Rand Paul in various "stands" they are making for that perfect pre-New Deal (or maybe even pre-Civil War) constitutional order. It seems Lee has run afoul of one of Utah's richest and most prominent figures, Jon Huntsman, Sr. (not to be confused with his RINO son, the former governor and U.S. Ambassador to China), per…
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    The New Republic

  • Why Couldn’t Patrick Leigh Fermor Finish His Masterpiece?

    Jason Guriel
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:22 pm
    In 1933, a 19-year-old Englishman, finding himself booted from school for holding hands with a local, decided to cross Europe on foot. He had a mind to make it from the Hook of Holland down to Constantinople—unpurple “Istanbul” would never do. Even more romantic than the goal was the gear: use
  • The New York Cop Killer Was Arrested 19 Times. Why Was He Able to Get a Gun?

    Rebecca Leber
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:32 am
    The last year when Ismaaiyl Brinsley—the man who killed two New York City cops on Saturday—should have been able to buy or carry a gun was 2008, when he was convicted of felony shoplifting, according to the
  • Finally, a Financial Executive Is Sacked for His Company's Misdeeds

    David Dayen
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:42 am
    Let’s say you run a company whose misdeeds are splashed across the front pages of the business section on an almost weekly basis. You might reasonably expect to be fired without delay. But then let’s also stipulate that you’re in the financial services industry. Recent history suggests you’l
  • How 'Silent Night' Became the Most Popular Christmas Carol of All Time

    Elaine Teng
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:24 am
    It’s difficult to imagine today, but there was a time when “Silent Night” was not virtually synonymous with Christmas.  As recently as the nineteenth-century, Christmas was not widely celebrated in the English-speaking world. The Puritans
  • Conservatives Are Right About Reckless Political Rhetoric

    Brian Beutler
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:49 am
    After Jerad and Amanda Miller killed two police officers and a civilian in Las Vegas this past June, we learned what set them off from his Facebook page. Jerad was a
 
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    MichelleMalkin.com

  • Priorities: Obama admin tasks healthcare facilities with focusing more on … climate change

    Doug Powers
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:05 am
    **Written by Doug Powers “Welcome to Solyndra Memorial Hospital. We’d like to introduce you to your team of heart surgeons: Al Gore, the U.N. and Dr. Steven Chu — Good luck!” The White House wants healthcare providers to get serious about bulking up their defenses against climate change. In a best-practice guide for healthcare providers and policymakers released on Monday, the administration advises them on how to best improve their “climate readiness.” The guide is one piece of a larger initiative at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) launched by…
  • Now how about a report about how many Dems already knew about the CIA’s interrogation techniques?

    Doug Powers
    **Written by Doug Powers Dianne Feinstein should call for another in-depth study: How many Democrats already knew about the things they’re acting shocked about in the Senate’s “torture report”? The man who oversaw the controversial CIA interrogation program said Sunday that Rep. Nancy Pelosi was “fully aware,” of the methods used against militants, while former Vice President Dick Cheney continued to defend the program and reiterated that the U.S. “stopped short of torture.” Both men said the techniques used — including waterboarding — had been…
  • If you like your Slurpee, you can keep your Slurpee: Obamacare ads coming to 7-Eleven receipts

    Doug Powers
    **Written by Doug Powers Obamacare ads are coming not just to 7-Eleven receipts, but other stores accepting the same payment service: ObamaCare ads will now appear on 7-Eleven receipts at more than 7,000 stores nationwide as government health officials expand their outreach in the second year of healthcare sign-ups. Information about ObamaCare sign-ups will appear on the bottom of receipts for anyone using a mobile payment company called PayNearMe, which allows bank-less customers to pay in stores like 7-Eleven and Family Dollar. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Mathews…
  • The cop-hating cult of Larry Davis

    Michelle Malkin
    The cop-hating cult of Larry Davis by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2014 In Manhattan’s Union Square last week, a protester wielded a menacing sign. It didn’t make the front page of any newspaper. You didn’t see it on cable news. An appalled bystander sent me a photo of the marcher and his inciteful placard, but didn’t want to be identified in any way. You’ll know why in a moment. “Justice Please,” the top line of the poster read. “Before we see a lot of new Larry Davis[es],” the message threatened. “1986 6 cops…
  • Elizabeth Warren was against government shutdowns before she was for them

    Doug Powers
    **Written by Doug Powers Last year, Elizabeth Warren referred to some in the GOP as the “Anarchy Gang” for bringing the government to the point of a shutdown: Warren telling GOPers last year that “this democracy has already rejected your views” is an overdose of retro-irony considering the results of last month’s election. But anyway, fast forward to this week: Congressional Democrats objected on Wednesday to controversial financial and political campaign provisions tucked into a $1.1 trillion U.S. spending bill, keeping the risk of a government shutdown alive.
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    TIME

  • Why New York Cops Turned Their Backs on Mayor de Blasio

    Alex Altman
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:09 am
    The killing of two New York City police officers on Dec. 20 has turned the department’s simmering feud with city hall into a political firestorm that has implications for the national debate over policing. After officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were shot and killed Saturday afternoon in an unprovoked attack, cops and union leaders publicly rebuked Mayor Bill de Blasio, arguing his earlier remarks had stoked anti-police sentiment. That night, officers turned their backs on the mayor as he walked through the Brooklyn hospital where the officers were taken. De Blasio on Monday called…
  • Federal Court Strikes Down North Carolina Abortion Ultrasound Law

    mileskohrman2014
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:36 am
    (RICHMOND, Va.) — A federal appeals court has struck down a North Carolina law requiring abortion providers to show and describe an ultrasound to the pregnant woman, even if she refuses to look or listen. The unanimous ruling Monday by a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond upheld a lower court ruling that the mandate violates abortion providers’ free-speech rights. Appeals court Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III wrote that the law “is ideological in intent and in kind.” He says the ultrasound mandate goes far beyond what most states have…
  • Jeb Bush, Mr. Sunshine

    Christine Lim
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:46 am
    At times like this, Joy is not the most obvious theme to build a presidential campaign around. So it is all the more surprising that Jeb Bush cannot stop talking about that most delightful and fleeting of human emotions. The 61-year-old second son of George and Barbara Bush likes to say that the matter of running for President comes down to his inner spirits–“whether I can do it with joy in my heart.” As 2014 came to a close, all signs pointed to a long season of merriment. …
  • Hillary Clinton, Up, Up and Away

    Christine Lim
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:45 am
    It wasn’t until this fall that Hillary Clinton began to show her hand. Her book tour was winding down, the midterm elections were gearing up, and her paid speaking events, for which she charged up to $300,000 a pop, had passed from initial curiosity into the realm of postmodern performance art–spectacles, like Andy Warhol prints, remarked on mainly for their cost.
  • Morning Must Reads: December 22

    mileskohrman2014
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:07 am
    New York Mourns Slain Officers Following the shooting of Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos in Brooklyn on Saturday, NYPD officers have been directed to only go on foot patrols in pairs, detectives have been told to go out in teams of three and sentries have been deployed outside station houses Cop Deaths and Race Relations Kareem Abdul-Jabbar writes that the murder of two NYPD officers should inspire nationwide mourning, but also the pursuit of a better justice system The Interview Still to Be Distributed Sony Pictures lawyer David Boies asserted that the studio will still distribute the…
 
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    Politics News Headlines - Yahoo News

  • Exclusive: U.S. Senate Republican leader McConnell opposes Obama on Cuba

    22 Dec 2014 | 3:38 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Monday he opposed President Barack Obama's move to normalize relations with Cuba, and spoke of steps lawmakers could take to try to rein in the new policy. In an interview with Reuters, McConnell also said that he and Obama have discussed the possibility of tackling major tax reform legislation and that any effort should not just focus on the country's biggest corporations, but should include help for small businesses as well. ...
  • Ten injured in van attack on French Christmas market

    22 Dec 2014 | 3:34 pm
    A driver ploughed into a Christmas market in western France Monday, injuring 10 people before stabbing himself, a day after a man shouting "Allahu Akbar" ran down pedestrians in another French city. At least four people were badly hurt in the latest incident in the city of Nantes, the third attack in three days by individuals against civilians or security forces in France, sparking fears of possible copycat action. Authorities were quick to stress there were no apparent terrorist motives in the Christmas market attack. He too had yelled "Allahu Akbar".
  • French power company to pay $772M in bribery case

    22 Dec 2014 | 3:31 pm
    WASHINGTON (AP) — A French power and transportation company has agreed to pay $772 million to resolve allegations that it bribed high-ranking foreign government officials for lucrative projects, the Justice Department said Monday.
  • N.Korea's Internet collapses after Sony hack

    22 Dec 2014 | 3:31 pm
    North Korea's Internet went completely dark Monday after hours of instability, cyber experts said, suggesting the country's network could be under attack following the hacking of Sony Pictures. "North Korea is completely off the Internet," Earl Zmijewski, vice president of data analytics at respected cyber security firm Dyn Research, told AFP. Pyongyang's connection woes came after US President Barack Obama vowed to retaliate for what the FBI said was North Korea's cyber assault on the Hollywood studio. While US officials refused to confirm whether Washington has…
  • Tribes tread carefully into marijuana discussions

    22 Dec 2014 | 3:30 pm
    FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The Navajo Nation had bitter debates when it was deciding whether to allow casinos on the reservation and if alcohol should be sold in them. The arguments focused on the revenue and jobs casinos and liquor could bring to a reservation where half the workforce is unemployed and most arrests and pervasive social ills are linked to alcohol abuse.
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    Political Irony

  • Elections have Consequences

    Iron Knee
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:08 am
    Politico, which has never been particularly liberal, nevertheless has a article whose headline says it all “GOP goes on K Street hiring spree”. As Republicans take control of Congress, they are bringing in veteran influence peddlers to help them run the show. Nearly a dozen veteran K Streeters have been named as top staffers to GOP leaders or on key committees as lawmakers prepare to take the gavel in January. For example, the new Senate Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell has picked for his policy director Hazen Marshall, who has spent the last ten years as a lobbyist representing…
  • Ayn Rand Reviews Children’s Movies

    Iron Knee
    20 Dec 2014 | 10:30 pm
    [excerpted from The New Yorker] “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” An industrious young woman neglects to charge for her housekeeping services and is rightly exploited for her naïveté. She dies without ever having sought her own happiness as the highest moral aim. I did not finish watching this movie, finding it impossible to sympathize with the main character. — No stars. “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” An excellent movie. The obviously unfit individuals are winnowed out through a series of entrepreneurial tests and, in the end, an enterprising young boy receives a…
  • Goodbye to the Colbert Report

    Iron Knee
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:42 pm
    The Colbert Report had its final episode and is off the air forever. Unfortunately, I can’t embed the video of the entire last show, but here’s a link to it. The most amazing part was the sing-along. You really should watch the whole show, but if you don’t want to, here’s just the sing-along: After you watch that, you may have a question or two (or three, or more). You can get the answers here. The Colbert Report is dead. Long live Stephen Colbert! UPDATE: On Fox News show The Five, host Greg Gutfeld says that Colbert “should really write an 8-figure check to Fox…
  • Turnabout

    Iron Knee
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:42 pm
    © Jen Sorensen Actually, if they did only half as much horrible shit to us as we have admitted doing to them, we would have likely dropped nuclear weapons on them by now. Related posts: Turnabout is Fair Play Turnabout Turnabout
  • The End of Insanity

    Iron Knee
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:38 pm
    They say that insanity is when you keep doing the same thing, hoping for a different result. Well, we’ve had an embargo against Cuba for 53 years, hoping that would change Cuba. It hasn’t worked. So I am overjoyed that Obama has decided to change our relationship with Cuba. We are going to open an embassy in Cuba and chart a course toward normalizing relations. For those who say that is a bad idea, we normalized relations with many of our former enemies, including Russia, China, and Vietnam, and the world didn’t end. Our dysfunctional relationship with Cuba is the last relic…
 
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    Politics - The Huffington Post

  • The Obama Library Might Look Like Something Out Of A Sci-Fi Fever Dream

    22 Dec 2014 | 3:23 pm
    If Hawaii gets its way, the future Barack Obama Presidential Library will resemble a futuristic oceanside retreat more than a traditional government archive. Universities in Chicago, Honolulu and New York City are vying for the right to host the Obama library. Earlier this month, committees from each school submitted proposals, and details and renderings are starting to emerge. One of the plans submitted by the University of Hawaii, located in the president's birthplace of Honolulu, includes detailed renderings of a teardrop-shaped structure on the edge of a coral reef. Stunning images from…
  • Solstice Solace

    22 Dec 2014 | 3:18 pm
    "What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness." -- John Steinbeck Given all of the tragedy, grief and outrage that is enveloping our world right now, this is my favorite holiday 2014 image. Credit: Pierre Hauser This powerful and provocative photo is worth a million words not only for the holiday season but for life in general. I don't know what is happening right now but it seems that everyone I know is going through a very difficult time and this image embodies the desperate, the weak, the hunger in us all coupled with the joy that can be both real and…
  • Police Unions 'Standing Down' After Controversial Comments In Wake Of NYPD Shooting

    22 Dec 2014 | 2:58 pm
    WASHINGTON -- New York City's police unions have agreed to refrain from putting out more statements on Saturday's cold-blooded murder of police officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, after the unions came under scrutiny for blaming Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) for the shooting. Ismaaiyl Brinsley, the man who killed the two officers, shot his former girlfriend in Maryland before heading up to New York and killing Liu and Ramos on Saturday. Before his rampage, Brinsley put a photo on Instagram, threatening to put "wings on pigs" and adding the hashtags used to support Michael Brown and Eric Garner,…
  • Ella Baker, Ferguson, and 'Black Mothers' Sons'

    22 Dec 2014 | 2:54 pm
    In 1964, at the height of the civil rights movement, the great organizer Ella Baker said: "Until the killing of black men, black mothers' sons, becomes as important to the rest of the country as the killing of a white mother's sons, we who believe in freedom cannot rest." Bernice Johnson Reagon later wrote "Ella's Song" based on those words, made famous by the a cappella group, Sweet Honey in the Rock. Baker's words certainly resonate today, as we witness the rebirth of a new civil rights movement, sparked by the police killings of young black men, but rooted in the underlying grievances of…
  • The U.N.'s Man in Syria: ISIS Is Like a Political Ebola

    22 Dec 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Staffan de Mistura is the new United Nations Special Envoy for Syria, tasked with seeking a peaceful resolution to the ongoing conflict there. I spoke with him on Dec. 18. What is your job about? My job is first to reduce the violence of the conflict in Syria that has produced 220,000 dead people and 3.2 million refugees. Second, therefore, is to try to increase assistance to these people. We are trying to find a basically political process, because everybody agrees at this stage that there is no military solution. Everybody agrees that there has to be a political solution, involving all…
 
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    Media Matters for America - Latest Items

  • 9 Ways The Media Failed Women In 2014

    22 Dec 2014 | 8:24 am
    This year, media coverage of issues affecting women often failed badly, from trivializing sexual assault to pushing inaccurate reports on pending state abortion restrictions. Below are nine major ways the media failed women in 2014. Blaming And Mocking Survivors Of Sexual Assault Downplaying Prevalence Of Sexual Assaults Using The Hobby Lobby Case To Push Misinformation About Abortion And Contraception Providing Shoddy Coverage Of States' Unprecedented Abortion Restrictions Denying The Existence Of The Gender Pay Gap Failing To Treat Harassment As A Serious Issue Blaming Feminism…
  • Major Cleveland Outlet Is Dead Wrong About The City's Transgender Non-Discrimination Law

    22 Dec 2014 | 7:27 am
    Cleveland.com, the news portal for the Cleveland Plain Dealer and Northeast Ohio Media Group (NOMG), is grossly misrepresenting an ordinance that would protect transgender people from discrimination in public accommodations, falsely claiming the measure will open public restrooms to both genders. The Cleveland City Council is considering an ordinance that would close a loophole in the city's non-discrimination law that currently allows places of public accommodations to deny transgender people access to restrooms and other facilities. The…
  • Fox News' Double Standard For Right-Wing Cop Killers

    22 Dec 2014 | 12:33 am
    The politicization surrounding the killing of two New York Police Department officers over the weekend was amazingly swift. Fox News led the right-wing media charge, immediately claiming Democratic elected officials were somehow responsible for the gun rampage, which began in Baltimore when Ismaaiyl Brinsley allegedly shot his ex-girlfriend, and extended to Brooklyn when the mentally troubled shooter assassinated two police officers, before killing himself on a city subway platform. On Fox, hosts and guests were sure who was to blame for the tragedy; not the gunman necessarily, but political…
  • The National Rifle Association's Culture Shock

    21 Dec 2014 | 11:37 pm
    Following intense legislative fights over gun safety legislation in 2013, the fight over gun policy exploded into the cultural world in 2014. And in that sphere, the National Rifle Association and the gun lobby are losing. The NRA is losing because it's forced to defend -- lest it offend its most hardcore activists -- gun extremists who openly carry assault weapons into shops and restaurants as a form of political protest. The gun industry, and the NRA by proxy, is losing as mainstream America begins to recognize the gun industry's trade group is less focused on hunting and sporting and more…
  • Misinformer Of The Year: George Will

    21 Dec 2014 | 10:31 pm
    "[W]hen they make victimhood a coveted status that confers privileges, victims proliferate."  This single phrase has followed George Will for the last six months. The syndicated conservative columnist, considered by many a thoughtful intellectual rather than a bomb-thrower, severely damaged his brand when he wrote a June 2014 column dismissing efforts on college campuses to combat the epidemic of sexual assault and suggesting that women who say they were raped receive "privileges." The column has sparked hundreds to protest his…
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    The Women's International Perspective

  • As Obama Makes History over Cuba, Will the Castros Be the Real Winners?

    Katharine Daniels
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:17 am
    by Ann Louise Bardach, The Guardian, UK – To the astonishment of even the most seasoned and wired-in of Cuba hands, the half century-long cold (and hot) war between the US and Cuba is over. In what will rank alongside Nixon’s opening to China and Reagan’s embrace of Gorbachev, Obama has achieved the diplomatic coup and historic legacy that so insistently eluded his 10 White House predecessors. But the towering question is: what finally drove the Cubans to the bargaining table? Was it political courage, as was certainly the case for Obama? Or was it simply a matter of survival? Read…
  • Germany Wants More Women in Boardroom

    Katharine Daniels
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:52 am
    by Jenny Hill, BBC News, UK – Across Europe women are paid less than men. But the pay gap in Germany is especially high at 22%. In the UK women it’s 19%, and the EU average is 16%. At board level, German women fill 18.9% of the positions on the supervisory boards of 160 of the largest German companies. And just 5.8% of chief executives are women, according to the group who’ve campaigned for the quotas. It is surprising, perhaps, for a country with a female chancellor and a government that consists of nearly 40% women. Read More »
  • North Korea faces UN rebuke over rights violations

    Channel NewsAsia Asia Pacific News
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:06 am
    North Korean envoys at the United Nations are not planning to attend the unprecedented meeting at the request of 10 of the council's 15 members.
  • Veteran Essebsi wins Tunisia’s first free presidential vote

    Reuters: World News
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:55 am
    TUNIS (Reuters) - Veteran Tunisian politician Beji Caid Essebsi won the country's first free presidential election, in the final step of a transition to democracy after an uprising that ousted autocrat Zine El-Abidine Ben Ali in 2011.
  • Pope Francis, At Christmas Gathering, Blasts Vatican’s Bureaucrats

    Krishnadev Calamur
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:51 am
    He accused the Curia, which oversees the world's 1.2 billion Catholics, of "spiritual Alzheimer's" and careerism. Francis has made reforming the Vatican a major part of his agenda.» E-Mail This
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    This Week in Blackness | #TWIBnation

  • #Sportsball #46: The Invisible Streak

    aaron rand freeman
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:23 am
    The Team Never To Be Mentioned. The Sportsball Crew discusses Aaron Rodger’s terrible game, the Saints getting into the playoffs, the Bulls, the enjoyably terrible Knicks and Nets, and the winning streak of the NBA Franchise in Oakland. Featuring: Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman, Rachael Parenta @rachaelparenta Shane Paul Neil @shanepaulneil and David Von Ebers @D_V_E. 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 @Sportsball: SUBSCRIBE: iTunes | Stitcher | RSS Feed…
  • #TWIBprime #618 | ‘Till Death Do Us Part

    aaron rand freeman
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:02 pm
    Not The Best Response. #TeamBlackness discusses Camille Cosby’s defense of her husband, Charles C. Johnson making strides to be the worst journalist ever, and how to be a proper ally in the struggle against oppression. Featuring: Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman Elon James White @elonjames 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]
  • @BlackGirlNerds #15 | The Age of Nerdcore

    aaron rand freeman
    14 Dec 2014 | 10:16 pm
    Nerdcore. Jamie discusses the growing Nerdcore genre of music with artists Raheem Jarbo, Sammus Synthesizer, Mario SkyBlew, and more! Featuring: Jamie Broadnax @jamiebroadnax Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon - Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! Want more @BlackGirlNerds: SUBSCRIBE: iTunes |Stitcher| RSS Feed FOLLOW: Facebook |Twitter|[DONATE]  
  • #TWIBprime #617 | A Difficult Year

    aaron rand freeman
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:32 pm
    2014 Was A Thing. #TeamBlackness discusses the aftermath of episode 616, a misunderstanding involving Jay-Z, the “Driving While Black” app, and the New York Attorney General seeking the power to investigate police killing of unarmed civilians. Featuring: Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman Elon James White @elonjames 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]
  • @WeNerdHard #88 | The Exclusivity Wars

    aaron rand freeman
    10 Dec 2014 | 1:34 pm
      Tomb Raider to X1. #BitterCynicalAdults discuss Street Fighter 5 and Tomb Raider, the new era in exclusivity deals, Dragon Age, and general dragon bigotry. Featuring Elon James White @elonjames,  Fahnon Bennett @FahnonB , N’Jaila Rhee @blasianbytch and  Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman 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 @WeNerdHard: SUBSCRIBE:  iTunes |  Stitcher | RSS Feed FOLLOW: Facebook | Twitter | [DONATE]
 
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    Wonkette

  • Israel Defense Forces Wishes You A Happy Hanukkah, With Drones!

    Doktor Zoom
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:43 pm
    The Israel Defense Forces’ official Twitter account brings us this festive holiday image to celebrate the miracle of a Skylark hand-launched surveillance drone staying aloft for eight hours, when it only had enough battery charge for an hour: IDF sources refused to comment on a rumor that the Hanukkah drones are commanded by an officer named “General Dreidel.” [Twitter]
  • New York Times Calls For Extradition Of Dick Cheney To Any Planet With A Justice System

    Doktor Zoom
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:54 pm
    The New York Times editorial board ran an editorial Monday calling for the prosecution of those who ran the CIA’s torture program, proving that they are a bunch of hopeless romantics who believe in justice. They aren’t especially hopeful, noting that President Obama has shown virtually no interest in actually prosecuting anyone for torturing some folks, but bless them, they make the case anyway: Mr. Obama has said multiple times that “we need to look forward as opposed to looking backwards,” as though the two were incompatible. They are not. The nation cannot move forward in…
  • Pervy Pol’s Taint Leads To Private Caucus, All Political Dick Puns Currently In Use

    Beth Ethier
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Joseph Dee Morrissey, at least for the moment, stubbornly remains a Democratic member of the Virginia House. He was all “okay, fine, I’ll resign, GOD” after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor to avoid trial for child pornography, then announced he planned to stay in office while running in the special election for his replacement in order to remove the “taint over his seat.” He was totally busted this week campaigning in front of a grocery store, which is verboten under his day-release conditions as a criminal who sleeps in a jail, but a judge declined to…
  • Dumb New Mexico Hippies Refusing To Burn Their Fair Share Of Coal

    Doktor Zoom
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:51 am
    Image by Daniel Nadelbach, Mother Earth Living In what’s just the latest of several similar moves to make customers who have rooftop solar electricity systems “pay their fair share” for being less polluting, the largest utility in New Mexico, PNM Resources, has proposed a surcharge on home solar customers, aimed at keeping those damned greenies from getting a free ride for the cost of their connection to the power grid. You see, people with home solar are a pain in the ass for conventional utility business models. On the one hand, yay for them getting clean energy from the…
  • Fox News ‘Psychiatrist’ Keith Ablow: COPS DON’T NEED TO CALM DOWN YOU NEED TO CALM DOWN!!!1!

    Doktor Zoom
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:44 am
    Fox News resident Psychopath psychiatrist Keith Ablow has Thoughts on the murder of two policemen in New York City this weekend. (We’re quite certain you were waiting to hear from him before deciding what you think of the horrific killings.) In addition to calling on New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio to admit his personal responsibility for the murders, Ablow also insightfully diagnosed calls for police to be equipped with body cameras and to be trained in methods for de-escalating tense situations as signs of a sick society, calling it insulting to the good judgment of Our…
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    Hot Air

  • Hot new gun-control idea: Steal your parents’ gun and bring it to school

    Allahpundit
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:31 pm
    What could go wrong? Via the Blaze and Charles Cooke, who spots three separate crimes committed by this young do-gooder in the span of about 40 seconds. Imagine how excited mom will be to learn not only that her baby boy was handling the family semiautomatic but actually reported her to the authorities. A few years ago, before the […] Read this post »
  • The Ben Carson Super PAC has some money issues

    Jazz Shaw
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Money goes in, money goes out The campaign to draft Dr. Ben Carson into a presidential run is clearly bigger than some flash in the pan and worthy of serious consideration, particularly given his showings in multiple polls. (Of course, I’ve been of the opinion for some time that he really doesn’t need that much coaxing and may well be enjoying […] Read this post »
  • The war between Rand Paul and Marco Rubio is going nuclear

    Noah Rothman
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Senator fight. President Barack Obama’s decision to unilaterally abandon over five decades of American policy toward Cuba and seek the normalization of relations with that recalcitrant communist dictatorship was met with near universal acclaim from the Democratic Party base. Obama’s decision has not, however, been so uniformly opposed on the Republican side of the aisle. Led by […] Read this post »
  • Coincidence? North Korea loses Internet connection

    Ed Morrissey
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:36 pm
    "Toast." Not a coincidence, says the New York Times. The massive Internet outage in North Korea looks like a DDOS attack, and since it comes after the US threatened a “proportional response” to the hacking and extortion of Sony Pictures, well … draw your own conclusions: North Korea’s already tenuous links to the Internet went completely […] Read this post »
  • Salon: Have a rapey Christmas, you religious dinosaurs

    Ed Morrissey
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:01 pm
    'Tis the season? Ah, Christmas — the season for joy, tolerance, and goodwill amongst all. Usually in these days, media outlets queue up the glurge — the sappy stories, the tearjerker videos, and the essays about finding meaning in a season defined by religion and its observance. Everyone likes to tap into the happy memories and high ideals […] Read this post »
 
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    Real PolitixReal Politix

  • You Need To Hire A Real Estate Agent That Is Not Afraid To Negotiate When You Are Buying A Home

    Randy
    20 Dec 2014 | 10:35 pm
    TIP! Try to contact your former clients around the holidays and during anniversaries of their purchases. They will remember how you helped them with their home buying experience. There are different rules when it comes to financing, searching, and buying a home, so the whole process can be overwhelming and complex. It is imperative to learn the tricks of the trade in the real estate market in order to have a great home buying experience. TIP! Often times, homes that require a lot of fixing up will be sold at discounted prices. This saves you money on your purchase, allowing you to invest…
  • Tips About Insurance To Help Make It Stress Free

    Randy
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    TIP! When it’s time to renew your insurance policy or change providers, have the agent give you a new quote. Insurance carriers use all kinds of criteria when determining premiums, and each company is a bit different regarding what they use. There are a lot of different policies you can get, and it can be confusing! The advice in this article will help you to understand what sort of insurance coverage you need and how to get the best deal possible. TIP! When searching for insurance, look for a company that offers the best overall solution for your needs. In many cases, having multiple…
  • For Great Advice On How To Invest, Try These Helpful Tips!

    Randy
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:56 am
    TIP! Be sure to diversify your investments across a few different areas. It is not a wise decision to have all your money tied up into one specific investment. Whether you are a beginner investor, or a seasoned trader, you can always gain more knowledge about the stock market. Investing is more than simply buying stock when it’s low and selling when it’s high. Continue on to the article below so you begin to learn how to be a profitable investor. TIP! Don’t buy into any talk of market timing. Historical data shows that results come from investing the same amount of money…
  • Deal With Your Home Based Business With These Tips

    Randy
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:35 am
    TIP! If a product that you sell is no longer in stock, say so on your website. Customers are certain to be upset with you if the products they ordered will take weeks to arrive to them. There are undoubtedly many would-be entrepreneurs out there who dream of launching a home-based business. The luxury of working the hours you desire and having no boss is very appealing. However, actually implementing this plan is separate from dreaming it. This article provides some advice on how to put your plan into action. TIP! Become a part of a forum of home business group online. You can network with…
  • Before Buying A House, Read This Article

    Randy
    13 Dec 2014 | 2:56 pm
    TIP! When negotiating with a seller, make a reasonable offer. Many people get too aggressive so that they can get a great deal, and they end up overdoing it and losing it. This is the best time in history to follow the crowd and invest in real estate. It can provide respectable profits, and doesn’t require much start up cost. Advice in this article can help you find solutions that are affordable and are sure to be profitable. TIP! Real estate agents need to get a hold of their former clients during anniversaries and holidays of their date of purchase. When you keep in touch with them,…
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    FamousDC

  • Capitol Hill Landmark is Saved from Extinction

    fdc
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:32 am
    For a few weeks last summer, the march of progress threatened the demise of neighborhood landmark, Mr. Henry’s. When in July 2014 longtime managing partner Alvin Ross retired from Mr. Henry’s, the Quillian family (owners of the restaurant since 1972) was faced with a difficult decision. Current business thought would be to shutter the old […]The post Capitol Hill Landmark is Saved from Extinction appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Everything That is Right With Politics Today

    fdc
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:05 am
    You read that headline right. CNN’s Ashley Codianni found the absolute best Vines of 2014 featuring politicians. If at least one of these videos doesn’t warm your heart as you watch on loop, you’re probably a D.C. grinch. Whether it’s competing in a guitar battle or doing a karate kick in costume, there’s a lot […]The post Everything That is Right With Politics Today appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Federal Election Commission vs. Shaun McCutcheon + Paris Hilton

    fdc
    21 Dec 2014 | 6:58 am
    Because America.The post Federal Election Commission vs. Shaun McCutcheon + Paris Hilton appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Famous Friday [Round Up]

    fdc
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:23 pm
    #NATIONAL We miss Boardwalk Empire; North Korea = 1, Sony = 0;  Jay Cutler is not having a good week; Can you make this go Woodhouse? err… viral?; Got the club going up … on a Tuesday; North Korea is so ********{HACKED}********{REMOVE TEXT}******; #DISTRICT Bill Clinton still has A-game; Ask Sean Spicer where Reince Priebus […]The post Famous Friday [Round Up] appeared first on FamousDC.
  • The Best Thing to Happen on C-SPAN This Decade?

    Marie Formica
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    That feeling when your mom calls you and your pundit brother out on C-SPAN: “Oh God, it’s mom.” – Dallas Woodhouse   h/t C-SPANThe post The Best Thing to Happen on C-SPAN This Decade? appeared first on FamousDC.
 
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    Business and finance

  • Flights of fancy

    22 Dec 2014 | 7:35 am
    STOP me if you've heard this one before: a small city begs a central government for money to upgrade its tiny, underused airport. If only the airport had nicer facilities, the city's politicians claim, more people would use it. The central government, bowing to political expediency and citing rosy traffic projections, gives in. The airport is shiny, new—and mostly empty.This story has played out all over Europe in recent years, according to a new report by the European Court of Auditors. The report, titled "EU-funded airport infrastructures: poor value for money", found that:too many…
  • End of year edition

    22 Dec 2014 | 6:53 am
    OUR correspondents on the biggest business and finance stories of 2014, and what will make headlines next year
  • The road to nowhere near Wigan Pier

    20 Dec 2014 | 11:10 am
    OVER the past few weeks, debates over British fiscal policy have been conducted under the shadow of George Orwell's "The Road to Wigan Pier" a powerful description of the poverty he found in the north of England in the 1930s. On December 3rd, George Osborne, the chancellor of the exchequer, in his Autumn Statement, announced plans to turn Britain's deficit, which stood at £108 billion ($169 billion) last year, into a surplus of £23 billion by 2020. Because the government does not want to raise taxes to fund these plans, public spending is forecast to fall from 41% of GDP…
  • Cracking the shells

    18 Dec 2014 | 4:45 pm
    CORPORATE secrecy has shot up the global political agenda over the past couple of years. Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have been kicking up a stink about the liberal use of anonymous shell companies—which exist on paper only, with no real employees or offices—by corrupt officials, money launderers and other financial ne’er-do-wells. For proof of the economic harm this can cause, look no further than the billions of dollars siphoned out of Ukraine through shady shells by Viktor Yanukovich and his cronies. New legislation in the European Union, agreed on December 16th, marks…
  • The new American

    18 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    IT HAS BEEN a bit more than a year since American Airlines and US Airways officially merged. Integrating the two airlines will take another few years. But the merged entity—dubbed American Airlines—is already planning to spend significant sums on its planes and hubs.American announced earlier this month that it will shell out $2 billion on new seats, power outlets for passengers' gadgets, and in-flight entertainment upgrades. It also claims that its aircraft fleet will be the youngest, on average, of the big traditional American carriers by the end of 2014. Additionally, American plans to…
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    Democracy Now!

  • "The Interview" Belittles North Korea, But is Film's Backstory and U.S. Policy the Real Farce?

    22 Dec 2014 | 5:44 am
    President Barack Obama has said the United States is considering putting North Korea back on its list of terrorism sponsors after the hacking of Sony Pictures. Last week, the studio canceled the release of the screwball comedy film "The Interview," about a plot to kill North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, following threats against theaters and a hack of corporate data, which officials say was ordered by the North Korean government. North Korea was on the U.S. list of state terrorism sponsors for two decades until the White House removed it in 2008, after Pyongyang agreed to full…
  • Calls for Calm After NYPD Union Says Mayor, Protesters Have Blood on Their Hands for Cops' Murder

    22 Dec 2014 | 5:13 am
    New York City is grappling with the aftermath of the first targeted killings of police officers in years. Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were ambushed in broad daylight while sitting in their patrol car in Brooklyn on Saturday. The shooter, 28-year-old Ismaaiyl Brinsley, fled to a nearby subway station where he turned the gun on himself. Brinsley had shot his former girlfriend hours earlier in Maryland, leaving her wounded. He later used her Instagram account to make anti-police statements suggesting he would kill officers to avenge the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown. Criminal…
  • Headlines for December 22, 2014

    22 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Killer of NYPD Officers Had Criminal Past, Mental Health IssuesFamilies, Protesters Condemn Targeted Killing of NYPD OfficersPolice Union Head: NYC Mayor "Has Blood on His Hands"Anti-Police Brutality Protesters Hold Silent Vigil After ShootingsDozens Arrested at Michael Brown-Eric Garner Protests in Minnesota, WisconsinFerguson Prosecutor Admits Calling Witnesses Who LiedU.S. May Restore North Korea to Terror List; Regime Offers Joint ProbeObama Urges Congress to Lift Cuban Embargo After Historic AgreementCastro Calls on U.S. to Respect Cuban Political SystemNew Jersey Asks Obama to…
  • Assata Shakur: What Does New U.S.-Cuba Pact Mean for Exiled Black Panther Wanted in New Jersey?

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:55 am
    Authorities in New Jersey have said they hope a historic warming of ties between the United States and Cuba will help them capture and imprison Black Panther Assata Shakur. "We view any changes in relations with Cuba as an opportunity to bring her back to the United States to finish her sentence for the murder of a New Jersey State Trooper in 1973," said State Police Superintendent Colonel Rick Fuentes. The encounter left both the officer and a fellow Black Panther, Zayd Malik Shakur, dead. Shakur has said she was shot by police with both arms in the air, and then again from the…
  • Should Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld & CIA Officials Be Tried for Torture? War Crimes Case Filed in Germany

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:43 am
    A human rights group in Berlin, Germany, has filed a criminal complaint against the architects of the George W. Bush administration’s torture program. The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights has accused former Bush administration officials, including CIA Director George Tenet and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, of war crimes, and called for an immediate investigation by a German prosecutor. The move follows the release of a Senate report on CIA torture which includes the case of a German citizen, Khalid El-Masri, who was captured by CIA agents in 2004 due to mistaken…
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    NYT: The Caucus

  • From The Upshot: The Social Campaign

    First Draft
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:03 am
    Some of the processes the company used were opaque, so a number of questions remain unanswered.
  • Today in Politics

    The New York Times
    22 Dec 2014 | 4:12 am
    Jeh Johnson, the Homeland Security secretary, placed flowers at a memorial to the officers; President Obama is under pressure to address growing racial tensions after the fatal shootings of two New York City police officers.
  • First Draft Focus: The Year in Political Pictures

    First Draft
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Here are some of our favorite political images of the year by the staff photographers Doug Mills and Stephen Crowley, and the interns Gabriella Demczuk and Jabin Botsford.
  • What We’re Watching: Sunday Shows

    Elena Schneider
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:33 pm
    President Obama's announcement to normalize relations with Cuba will dominate conversations on the Sunday shows.
  • A Parting Wish From the President: ‘Mele Kalikimaka’

    Alan Rappeport
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:57 am
    After a somber meditation on the state of race relations in America, President Obama signed off with a Hawaiian flourish, wishing reporters a Merry Christmas and his gratitude.
 
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    Outside the Beltway

  • North Korean Internet Connections Collapse

    Doug Mataconis
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:38 pm
    What does exist of North Korea’s connection to the Internet has largely collapsed in what may be an attack from outside sources: SAN FRANCISCO — North Korea’s already tenuous links to the Internet went completely dark on Monday after days of instability, in what Internet monitors described as one of the worst North Korean network failures in years. The loss of service came just days after President Obama pledged that the United States would launch a “proportional response” to the recent attacks on Sony Pictures, which government officials have linked to North…
  • China Losing Patience With Pyongyang? Don’t Believe It Until You See It Happen

    Doug Mataconis
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:42 am
    With world attention focused yet again on Pyongyang thanks to U.S. Government claims that the modern day Hermit Kingdrom is behind the cyber attacks on Sony Pictures over the release of a move that depicts the assassination of Kim Jong Un, we’re once again seeing reports that the Kim regime’s sponsors and protectors in Beijing may be growing frustrated with them: BEIJING — When a retired Chinese general with impeccable Communist Party credentials recently wrote a scathing account of North Korea as a recalcitrant ally headed for collapse and unworthy of support, he exposed a…
  • OTB Caption Contest

    Rodney Dill
    22 Dec 2014 | 4:47 am
    Time the Monday OTB Caption ContestTM TMZ.COM/Slash News Winners for this contest will be announced next weekend.
  • US Ground Troops Fighting ISIL

    James Joyner
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:20 am
    The ground troops that United States has not sent into Iraq to fight ISIL are reportedly in Iraq fighting ISIL. BloombergBusinessweek (“U.S. Soldiers Fight Islamic State in Iraq, Kurds Advance“): U.S. soldiers clashed with Islamic State militants, helping the Iraqi army repel attacks against the town of al-Baghdadi in the western Anbar province, Al Jazeera TV reported, as Kurdish forces advanced in the north. The U.S. troops were from al-Assad military base, the biggest in Anbar, First Lieutenant Muneer al-Qoud from the Iraqi police said by phone. Meanwhile, a U.S. senior military…
  • In Responding To North Korea’s Cyber Attacks, The U.S. Has Limited Options

    Doug Mataconis
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:58 am
    Although careful not to call it an act of war, President Obama has made clear that he does intend for their to be some sort of response by the United States to the hacking attack against Sony Pictures and the related threats of unspecified acts of terror if Sony released the move ‘The Interview,” which depicts the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un and which the F.B.I. has specifically tied to North Korea. As The Atlantic’s Adam Chandler notes, though, our options may be quite limited: As Reuters points out, Washington may not have a lot of options.
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    Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines

  • This Public Alabama Hospital Sues the Poorest of the Poor

    editor@truthdig.com
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:24 pm
    By Paul Kiel, ProPublica More than a century ago, Alabama enshrined a basic protection in the state’s constitution shielding its poorest citizens from being forced to pay debts they couldn’t afford. But a public hospital in the mostly rural southeast corner of the state has found a way around the law. Related Entries December 17, 2014 What Is Chuck Schumer Up To? December 17, 2014 Is This Alito’s Court Now?
  • The Duck That Roared

    editor@truthdig.com
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:10 pm
    By E.J. Dionne, Jr. In the short run, President Obama has demonstrated that the term “lame duck” has its limits. Related Entries December 21, 2014 Truthdiggers of the Week: Pardiss Kebriaei and the Center for Constitutional Rights December 20, 2014 ‘Left, Right & Center’: The Sony Hack and Cuba
  • Army Testimony Suggests Administration Tortured to Gain Justification for Iraq War (Video)

    editor@truthdig.com
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:25 pm
    The Bush administration and the CIA tortured al-Qaida suspects because they wanted evidence that linked Saddam Hussein to 9/11 and could be used to justify the 2003 invasion of Iraq, Middle East expert Patrick Cockburn writes at The Independent. “The agency was under intense pressure from the White House and senior figures in the Bush administration to extract confessions confirming co-operation between the Iraqi leader and al-Qaeda, although no significant evidence was ever found,” Cockburn continued. In the interview with The Real News Network above, Cockburn adds that the…
  • Lame Duck

    editor@truthdig.com
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:32 pm
    By Clay Bennett Related Entries December 22, 2014 Regifting December 22, 2014 Cuba Invasion
  • Regifting

    editor@truthdig.com
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:30 am
    By Steve Sack, Cagle Cartoons, The Minneapolis Star Tribune Related Entries December 22, 2014 Lame Duck December 22, 2014 Cuba Invasion
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    PunditGuy

  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    PunditGuy
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:33 am
  • Seahawk Distress

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

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

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

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

  • The Best Culture Writing Of 2014

    Jessica Goldstein
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Read on for an unranked list of outstanding stories about culture. These are the gems that made me think about the things I think about all the time in a completely different way than I had before. They’re the stories did not leave me alone when I was done reading them. This is not a list of every excellent culture piece written this year, but every piece on this list is excellent. Let’s Be Real: ‘Let’s Be Cops,’ cop movies, and the shooting in Ferguson, by Wesley Morris Grantland Let’s Be Cops is a buddy comedy starring New Girl guys Jake Johnson and Damon…
  • What The Latest European Royals Scandal Can Tell Us About Spain’s Economy

    Beenish Ahmed
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:18 pm
    CREDIT: AP Princess Cristina de Borbon, sister of King Felipe VI, will be the first Spanish royal to face prosecution when she stands trial for charges of tax fraud next year. The trial follows a four-year long investigation into corruption allegations leveled against the royal family at a time when Spain faces a major economic crises. Princess Cristina’s husband, Inaki Urdangarin, is accused of using his title to embezzle about $7.4 million in public contracts through the Noos Institute, a nonprofit organization that he co-founded. Cristina is charged with two tax-related crimes. She has…
  • What It Means That Deportations Were Down 14 Percent This Year

    Esther Yu-Hsi Lee
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Aerial view of the Rio Grande. CREDIT: AP Photo/Eric Gay The Obama administration deported 14 percent fewer immigrants in the 2014 fiscal year compared to the previous year and focused its deportation resources on criminal immigrants, according to the latest Immigration and Customs Enforcement data released last week. About two-thirds of ICE removals came from immigrants who were apprehended at the border, while the majority of the rest were of immigrants previously convicted of a crime. The statistics may help lend a persuasive narrative for the Obama administration which has heavily…
  • Women With The Same Qualifications As Men Get Passed Over For Promotion

    Bryce Covert
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:13 pm
    CREDIT: Shutterstock Even when women have the same experience, tenure, and jobs as men, they have a much lower chance of being promoted, according to a new study. Authors Astrid Kunze and Amalia R. Miller examined private sector employment data from Norway, known as a generally women-friendly country, between 1987 and 1997. They found that even when controlling for industry, occupation, age, education, experience, tenure, and whether workers are full or part time, women are 2.9 percentage points less likely to get a promotion than men. On top of that, they found that “[f]or men,…
  • Faced With Melting Ice, The NHL Is Going Carbon Neutral

    Emily Atkin
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:58 am
    Cold weather is necessary to continue annual NHL events like the Winter Classic, the league highlighted in an environmental report released earlier this year. CREDIT: AP The National Hockey League is going carbon neutral. On Thursday, the professional ice hockey league said it would buy enough renewable energy credits to completely offset its carbon footprint during the 2014-2015 season — an estimated total of 550,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide, or the emissions equivalent of 115,000 cars. The move is meant to raise awareness about the impacts of climate change, not only on the…
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    Slate Articles

  • The Venus Express Will Go Out in a Burst of Glory

    Glyn Collinson
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Not long ago, my spaceship ran out of fuel, 150 million miles from the nearest gas station. She is the European Space Agency’s Venus Express, launched in 2005 on a two-year mission. She’s lasted more than eight. For the past year she’s been using the very last dregs of her fuel to plunge through the upper atmosphere, but now she’s out of gas; her orbit will decay until she ends as a spectacular fireball shooting through the cloudy skies of Venus. I started out as a student working on one of the Venus Express instruments, and since then have been a member of one of her science teams,…
  • North Carolina’s Outrageous Abortion Requirement Is Struck Down

    Dahlia Lithwick
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:11 pm
    A panel of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals voted today to strike down a highly controversial North Carolina law requiring doctors and ultrasound technicians to perform an ultrasound, display the image of the sonogram, and specifically describe the fetus to any pregnant woman seeking an abortion, even if the woman actively “averts her eyes” and “refuses to hear.” The American Civil Liberties Union, the Center for Reproductive Rights, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and others challenged the law, which was enjoined last year by a lower federal court.
  • Father’s Christmas

    Emily Yoffe
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Emily Yoffe, aka Dear Prudence, is online weekly to chat live with readers. An edited transcript of the chat is below. (Sign up here to get Dear Prudence delivered to your inbox each week. Read Prudie’s Slate columns here. Send questions to Prudence at prudence@slate.com
  • Slate Voice: “Santa Should Not Be a White Man Anymore”

    Aisha Harris
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:01 pm
    This content is free to all Slate readers to promote our new membership program, Slate Plus. Join Slate Plus to get bonus segments on our most popular podcasts, behind-the-scenes content, discounts on merchandise and live events, and more. Try Slate Plus free for two weeks! Go to slate.com/plus to sign up. 
  • The TV Club, 2014

    Maureen Ryan
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Dear Willa, Jim, and June,
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    Political Mojo | Mother Jones

  • A Majority of Cop Killers Have Been White

    Gabrielle Canon
    21 Dec 2014 | 5:59 pm
    As officials continue to investigate Saturday's tragic killing of two NYPD officers, Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, details have surfaced about the suspect, 28 year old Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who allegedly shot a woman in Baltimore before traveling to New York. Anti-police posts he appears to have published on social media sites prior to the killings have lead many to connect his crime to protests that occurred in previous weeks, and some commenters have cast blame on officials including New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, Attorney General Eric Holder, and President Obama, all of whom have…
  • Here Is President Obama's Statement on Today's Tragedy In New York

    Ben Dreyfuss
    20 Dec 2014 | 10:17 pm
    Two NYPD officers were murdered in cold blood Saturday by a gunman who then killed himself before being apprehended. Details are still sketchy, but New York is at fever pitch right now. Some people are trying to blame this horrendous tragedy on Bill de Blasio, Eric Holder, Barack Obama, and the thousands of protestors who have taken to the streets over the last few weeks to protest the decisions of the Eric Garner and Michael Brown grand juries. Here's President Obama's statement from tonight making clear that he "unconditionally condemns today's murder of two police officers." The fact that…
  • Watch President Obama Call on Female Reporters for Every Single Question During Friday's Presser

    James West
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:12 pm
    For his final press conference of 2014, President Obama exclusively called on female reporters. The White House had planned it that way: .@PressSec statement on questioner list: pic.twitter.com/QA44ySvsL3 — Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) December 19, 2014 By the eighth and final question, Obama even appeared to ignore a male reporter's attempt to participate. The result was amazing. Watch below:
  • Elizabeth Warren: Wall Street Just Got Another Giveaway

    Erika Eichelberger
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Last week, Congress did Wall Street a solid. When lawmakers passed a giant spending bill that funds the government through September, they included a provision written by Citigroup lobbyists that allows banks to make more risky trades with taxpayer-insured money. Then, on Thursday, bankers got another giveaway: The Federal Reserve announced it would delay for up to two years implementation of a crucial section of the Volcker rule—one of the most important regulations to come out of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform bill. The rule generally forbids the high-risk trading by commercial…
  • Obama: Sony "Made a Mistake" Stopping the Release of "The Interview"

    Inae Oh
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:40 am
    On Friday, President Barack Obama called Sony's decision to cancel the release of "The Interview" a "mistake." "We cannot have a society in which a dictator in some place can start imposing censorship in the United States," he told reporters at his final press conference of the year. "Imagine if producers and distributors and others start engaging in self-censorship because they don’t want to offend the sensibilities of someone who’s sensibilities probably need to be offended." "I wish they'd spoken to me first," he added. "I would have told them: Do not get into the pattern in…
 
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    Latest from Crooks and Liars

  • Cops Are Awesome. America Is Awesome. In Both Cases, Criticism Is Forbidden.

    Steve M.
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
    John Cole writes: Put Up or Shut Up Since the right wing and members of the media have decided to blame everyone but the god damned shooter for the murder of two policemen in NYC, a phrase keeps popping up over and over and over again- "anti-police rhetoric." Here is a prime example: We have seen nothing but police bashing from some of the highest offices in the land.... When Ismaaiyl Abdulah Brinsley brutally executed Officers Ramos and Liu he did so in an atmosphere of permissiveness and anti-police rhetoric unlike any that I have seen in 45 years in law enforcement. The rhetoric this time…
  • The Middle Class Is Overdue For Overtime Pay Raise

    Jon Perr
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Working Americans have a problem. And that means President Obama and his Democratic Party have a problem, too.read more
  • Rep. Grimm To Plead Guilty To One Felony Count

    Susie Madrak
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:44 pm
    I mean, the guy's a former FBI agent, they should throw the book at him with the maximum sentence. But I'll be very surprised if this guy serves even a day. Hell, they'll probably give him his own Fox show! Rep. Michael Grimm will plead guilty on Tuesday to a felony charge of cheating on his taxes at a Manhattan restuarant he co-owned before entering Congress, the Daily News has learned. The Staten Island Republican will enter the plea in Brooklyn federal court. A 1 p.m. hearing in the case has been scheduled, a court official said. Grimm was charged in a 20-count federal indictment in April…
  • Keith Ablow: Body Cameras And Training Are 'An Insult To Police Officers'

    David
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Fox News resident psychiatrist and Medical A-Team member Dr. Keith Ablow asserted on Monday that it was "an insult to police officers" to provide them body cameras and additional de-escalation training. Following the murder of two NYPD officers over the weekend, Ablow argued that Mayor Bill de Blasio "has to, just out of intellectual honesty, assume responsibility for launching a hate offensive against New York police officers." Ablow pointed out that the mayor had said that his son, who is black, was at a higher risk for being killed by police officers just like Eric Garner, an unarmed man…
  • Mayor DeBlasio Asks Protesters To Stop Until After Police Funerals

    Susie Madrak
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Trying to calm down a very volatile situation, Mayor deBlasio called for a moratorium on protests until after the funerals of the two dead officers. Via Raw Story: New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio sought to ease tensions with the police force on Monday, calling for a suspension of protests against the use of excessive force until after the funerals of two officers killed by a gunman over the weekend. De Blasio, a Democrat who has come under intense criticism from some police unions for his handling of protests over police killings of unarmed black men, asked the city to stand by families of…
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    Scholars and Rogues | Progressive Culture

  • Tamir Rice in the land of “A Christmas Story”

    Cat White
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:38 pm
    Tamir Rice grew up–and died–in the city that has adopted the movie A Christmas Story as its own, Cleveland, Ohio. But there is a vast gulf between Tamir Rice and Ralphie Parker that, even accounting for the gulf between real … Continue reading →
  • The Shortest Day

    wufnik
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:12 am
    And so the Shortest Day came and the year died And everywhere down the centuries of the snow-white world Came people singing, dancing, To drive the dark away. They lighted candles in the winter trees; They hung their homes with … Continue reading →
  • Happy Winter Solstice from Scholars & Rogues

    Scholars & Rogues
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:24 am
  • Defoe’s Moll Flanders: The Economies of Life

    Jim Booth
    21 Dec 2014 | 6:25 am
    What Daniel Defoe depicts in Moll Flanders is the story of a person who lives purely for pursuit of “the main chance”: accruing wealth at the cost of family, friends, self-respect…in the hope that once one has “a stock” there … Continue reading →
  • A strange moment in a New Age bookstore

    Samuel Smith
    20 Dec 2014 | 7:41 pm
    Never mind religion. Know your customer, right? Something … odd … happened today. As I have noted here before, I am not a Christian. I’m either atheist or pagan, depending on your perspective, and this afternoon I was in full-on … Continue reading →
 
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    The Daily Dish: Andrew Sullivan

  • Face Of The Day

    Andrew Sullivan
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:45 pm
    A man wears a costume as he attends the draw of Spain’s Christmas lottery, which is named ‘El Gordo’ (Fat One) at Teatro Real on December 22, 2014 in Madrid, Spain. This year’s winning number is 13437. The top prize of 4 million euros will be shared between ten ticket holders. The total prize fund is worth 2.24bn euros. By Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images.
  • Losing Your Faith In Santa, Ctd

    Andrew Sullivan
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Readers continue the popular thread: I remember the moment I knew for a fact that Santa wasn’t real. All my life, Santa used different wrapping paper than my mom. Gifts from my parents were in one style and Santa’s gifts looked completely different. One July, when I was 11 or 12, I was helping my mom clean out the garage and I came across Santa’s wrapping paper. I was old enough that I had a good idea that Santa wasn’t real, but I remember the look my mom and I exchanged. Mom said, “Well, that’s that. Don’t tell your little sister.” And I…
  • Terminating A Pregnancy Based On A Test

    Andrew Sullivan
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Beth Daley recently reported on prenatal screening errors: Two recent industry-funded studies show that test results indicating a fetus is at high risk for a chromosomal condition can be a false alarm half of the time. And the rate of false alarms goes up the more rare the condition, such as Trisomy 13, which almost always causes death. Companies selling the most popular of these screens do not make it clear enough to patients and doctors that the results of their tests are not reliable enough to make a diagnosis. … Now, evidence is building that some women are terminating pregnancies…
  • Mental Health Break

    Andrew Sullivan
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Even cows get jazzed for Christmas:
  • And Everybody Hates The Gays

    Andrew Sullivan
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Earlier this month, 26 men were arrested at a Cairo bath house. Scott Long attended the first day of their trial: The lawyers still hadn’t seen the prosecutors’ or police reports, so we don’t know definitely what the charges are. It seems likely, though, that 21 men were customers at the bathhouse; they will be charged with the “habitual practice of debauchery” (article 9c of Law 10/1061), or homosexual conduct, facing up to three years in prison. The owner and staff probably make up the other five prisoners. They’re likely to be tried for some combination of: keeping a residence…
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    Lew Rockwell: The LRC Blog

  • 10 Cheap, Effective Home Security Tips

    No Author
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Part of prepping is making sure your home is secure now so your prep, as well as your family, is safe and secure. As your stockpile increases the threat of robbery becomes all too real. All it takes is the wrong person seeing you load up your guns for a day at the range to get a thief more than a little interested in what else you have in your home. Instead of leaving things to chance or relying on an alarm system, check out these cheap yet effective home security tips below to keep your home safe and secure while making sure you have as much of your budget as possible to use for your prep.
  • Taki’s Older Gentleman’s Guide

    Taki Theodoracopulos
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Here is my Christmas gift to Takimag readers, one that applies mostly to unmarried males, but it’s also available to married ones who might wish to test whether that old magic still works. (Female readers of the best magazine in the whole wide world may also pick up a few hints.) This is not to be confused with the amateurish, vulgar, and embarrassing inventory of the Swiss-American Julien Blanc on how to pick up women. His guide was meant for tattooed beer drinkers trying to pull drunken tarts in cheap bars. Mine is for gentlemen endeavoring to make an impression on ladies and well brought…
  • Anti-Male Lies

    William L. Anderson
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:01 pm
    In the month since Rolling Stone published its infamous “rape of Jackie” story about a University of Virginia student who was brutally raped at a fraternity party, a number of things have come to light. First, the story was false; Jackie was not raped, there was no party at the fraternity house in question the night the assault was supposed to have occurred, and even Jackie’s “date” was a work of fiction. Second, UVA officials acted in typical Pavlovian style when RS published the story: President Teresa Sullivan – whose tenure at UVA already has included an unsuccessful attempt…
  • Inspire Self-Reliance and Freedom

    Daisy Luther
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Do you want to inspire your kids to be free and self-sufficient?  There’s nothing better than a good book to point them in the right direction. My kids are total bookworms, so I enlisted their help to compile this list of favorites. Some folks may pooh-pooh the idea of fiction as  a teaching tool, but reading about a character who is smart, adaptable, self-reliant, and skilled can influence the way your child or teenager thinks.  These books are not all specific to kids in prepper families – many of them are just tales of kids who are put into situations in which they must rely on…
  • Mean-Spirited Vengeance

    Fred Reed
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Vi and I spent a couple of weeks in Cuba a few years back for The American Conservative. Nice place, good people, government a mixed bag, mostly sorry. Varadero, Cuba. Photo: FOE Staff Some things surpass all understanding. Why in the name of God and little catfish are we embargoing Cuba? The revolution occurred in 1959, some 55 years ago. A young man then of 20 would now be 75. The Mariel boat lift came in 1980, 35 years ago. The same man of 20 would now be 55. Even a newborn would be 35. Which is to say that all “Cubans” under thirty-five, and a very high proportion of those older, in…
 
 
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    Mother Jones

  • Jim Webb Wants to Be President. Too Bad He's Awful on Climate Change.

    Patrick Caldwell
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    Hillary Clinton may be dominating every poll of potential Democratic hopefuls for the White House, but some progressives are desperate to find a candidate who will challenge her from the left. Groups have sprung up to encourage Elizabeth Warren to take a stab at the nomination, but with the Massachusetts senator repeatedly saying she isn't running, liberal activists will likely have to turn elsewhere—perhaps to socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders (Vt.) or Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley—if they aren't satisfied with Clinton. But so far, the only Democratic alternative officially in the…
  • This Is the Stupidest Anti-Science Bullshit of 2014

    Tim McDonnell
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    2014 had its fair share of landmark scientific accomplishments: dramatic cuts to the cost of sequencing a genome; sweeping investigations of climate change impacts in the US; advances in private-sector space travel, and plenty more. But there was also no shortage of high-profile figures eager to publicly and shamelessly denounce well-established science—sometimes with serious consequences for public policy. So without further ado, the most egregious science denial of 2014:   Basically everything said by Donald Trump: You can always count on The Donald to pull no punches. He got…
  • Obama Sounds Like He’s About to Reject the Keystone Pipeline

    Ben Adler
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:51 am
    This story first appeared on the Grist website and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Speaking at his end-of-the-year press conference on Friday afternoon, President Obama sounded very much like he's poised to reject the Keystone XL pipeline. He gave his sharpest assessment to date of its potential costs and benefits—lots of costs and few benefits. Climate hawks rejoiced, not only because of Obama's implied opposition to Keystone, but because he finally confronted American ignorance of how the oil market works, and attempted to reorient our energy policy…
  • Sean Penn on Sony Pulling "The Interview": This Sends ISIS an "Invitation"

    David Corn
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:34 am
    Actor and activist Sean Penn, no surprise, has some thoughts about the Sony hacking and the movie studio's decision to pull The Interview after cyber-saboteurs linked (by the FBI) to North Korea threatened moviegoers and theaters. Here's a statement Penn sent me: It's not the first time culture has been threatened by foreign interests and corporate caution. See [then Disney CEO] Michael Eisner's interview with Charlie Rose in 1997, when Disney was dealing with pressure from China about Martin Scorcese's Tibet film, Kundun. Eisner said, "we do not take, as a company, a position either in human…
  • Could Bacteria Help Convict Rapists?

    Jenna McLaughlin
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:45 am
    Could the trillions of bacteria living on the human body help identify and convict rapists? That's the question raised in a fascinating new study by a team of Australian researchers. The paper is the latest in a growing body of research on the microbiome, a term that refers to the microorganisms residing in and on our bodies. These microbes outnumber our own cells 20-to-1. And each person's microbiome is unique. Recent research has suggested that in humans, a healthy microbiome may play an important role in everything from speeding up metabolism to fighting disease, and major companies like…
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    Guardian: UK Politics

  • Francis Maude: give private firms a bigger role in NHS to combat 'endless process and bureaucracy' – video

    Guardian Staff
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Speaking at an event in London, the Cabinet Office minister criticised the government's £5.3bn central policy to save the NHS. He described the Better Care Fund as a disappointment which was unlikely to lift the pressure from overcrowded hospitals Continue reading...
  • Tory Francis Maude says NHS reforms hinge on inclusion of private firms

    Denis Campbell, health correspondent
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Maude wants private firms to get health service work under £5.3bn Better Care Fund aiming to knit health and social careA senior minister has criticised the government’s £5.3bn central policy to save the NHS and claimed it will only work if private firms are given a much bigger role. Continue reading...
  • Record 17,000 join nationalist march in Germany

    Agence France-Presse in Berlin
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Many in Berlin shocked by emergence of far-right anti-Islamist group Pegida as growing numbers join weekly Dresden protest ‘Pinstripe Nazis’ show the immigration debate is overheatedA record 17,000 people have joined the latest in a string of demonstrations against Islam in Dresden, eastern Germany, celebrating the rise of their far-right populist movement by singing Christmas carols.The march on Monday night was organised by Patriotic Europeans Against Islamisation of the West – a group that has grown rapidly since its first protest in October. Continue reading...
  • Labour warns of risk to policing as officers stand on the austerity frontline

    Nicholas Watt, chief political correspondent
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Warning of return to 1980s emergency-based policing, with thousands of job losses possible in coming years as cuts biteThousands of police officers around the country face losing their jobs by the end of the decade as part of George Osborne’s plans to shrink the size of the state, according to a Labour analysis of figures compiled by the House of Commons library.Amid warnings of a return to the emergency-based policing of the 1980s, the analysis suggests that the Metropolitan police, Britain’s largest force, may have to cut between 1,300 and 5,200 police officers – out of a total…
  • Gay donkey rapists and other oddities: how Ukip keeps going off-message

    Andrew Sparrow
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:18 pm
    John Rees-Evans has joined the ranks of Ukip members whose comments are attracting more attention than the party would like“Just don’t,” Ukip’s chairman, Steve Crowther, recently told party members tempted to express odd views on Twitter. In the light of a “Gay donkey tried to rape my horse” headline generated by a Ukip candidate in Cardiff, Crowther should probably tell them to avoid being filmed on YouTube too.The culprit was John Rees-Evans, Ukip’s candidate in Cardiff South and Penarth, who produced his bizarre claim on Saturday in an exchange with protesters outside a new…
 
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    Plum Line

  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:19 pm
    * Here’s the latest from New York: An emotional New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio paid tribute on Monday to the families of the two New York City police officers killed in an execution-style slaying, calling for a halt to police-related demonstrations until the officers are laid to rest. In a speech at the […]
  • Is President Obama reinventing the bully pulpit?

    Paul Waldman
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:04 am
    President Obama’s policy change on Cuba was remarkable in many ways, not least because it came as such a surprise. The administration managed to keep the negotiations secret, then made a dramatic announcement on an issue that most people in politics hadn’t given much thought to in years. The result, particularly for a lame-duck president […]
  • Conservatives use N.Y. shooting to bash Obama

    Paul Waldman
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:48 am
    The horrifying shooting of two police officers in Brooklyn on Saturday has brought out the worst in some people. But it also gives us an opportunity to consider how we talk about the way we talk and whether we might do it in a more enlightening fashion. We regularly argue over not just the substance […]
  • Morning Open Thread

    Greg Sargent
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:39 am
    All: I’m off this week, but the always-excellent Paul Waldman will be dropping in any minute to entertain you, and he just may have the keys to the liquor cabinet. Enjoy!
  • Sunday Open Thread

    Greg Sargent
    21 Dec 2014 | 2:26 am
    Enjoy.
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    Watchblog: Democrats

  • Thank you President Romney for 2014 being best year for job gains since 1999

    15 Dec 2014 | 11:48 pm
    Wait, he didn't win? This job growth is still happening despite having a Democrat in the White House? Oh.Folks will remember that Romney promised robust job growth if he were elected. At the time many folks pointed out that projections already showed robust growth coming either way. My biggest fear was simply that Romney would win and the narrative would be set in stone that he saved our country from the Obama doldrums. It was a running theme on this site as well as others. Now we see that growth and we didn't need a new president to get it. We've averaged 217,000 jobs per month since…
  • Pride in its Two Senses

    11 Dec 2014 | 4:37 am
    One of the most galling things about the lead-up to the Iraq war was being told that I didn't care enough about my country, even that I wanted to see harm come to it. I continued to see people insulting liberals about wanting to lose the Iraq war, and today, they claim we want to see ISIS behead people, and another attack on our soil. What a waste, to so discourage people, to make pride in our country once again the provinced of the gullible and the extreme.I feel you have to earn a reputation. America isn't great because we're somehow surrounded by some sort of divinely bestowed aura.
  • Senate Releases Torture Report

    9 Dec 2014 | 4:02 am
    The US Senate has recently released and declassified a report investigating the CIA's detention and interrogation programs. I have not had an opportunity to actually look at the report so I will not comment on its details. There a lot of things that this country did that many wish were not publicized. I have the opposite view. It is important to publicize these things in order to serve as a reminder to any future decision-makers that their decisions will be scrutinized by the public. In the long run, I always come down on the side of more transparency for those who seek it because…
  • 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…
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    Watchblog: Third Party & Independents

  • Good Reasons to Uphold the Cuban Embargo

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:44 am
    Rather than reviewing Obama's attempt to normalize relations with Cuba in terms of the last 116 years of Cuban American history, those angered by the White House's unilateral announcement have framed the issue in terms of Obama's questionable ability as a negotiator. The comparisons with Jimmy Carter are inevitable, and for those who are waiting and watching for the final fall of the Cuban regime, weakened by a less-solvent Venezuela in the face of falling oil prices, this agreement is not just infuriating on a political and human rights basis, it's simply weak negotiating. So who's right?
  • I Have An Idea!

    13 Dec 2014 | 11:40 pm
    Instead of building every electrical appliance with a cord, how about making a recip extention?Imagine the savings! A lamp with no cord. A refrigerator with no cord. No cord on the next soni tv! You supply the cord. Did you ever notice all of those cords that are wrapped around those appliances you don't use any more? Why are they there? Why not have just one cord coming out of the wall?
  • What Exactly Is a Minimum Wage Job?

    10 Dec 2014 | 5:55 am
    Is a wage a contract or a social obligation? As the debate over raising the minimum wage continues, this fundamental question seems to underlie the differences between those who advocate a state-based mandated raise in the minimum wage and those who state that market forces need to play out, and that local state conditions should determine minimum wages, rather than a national standard. Wisconsin governor Scott Walker has received tons of flack from liberal and hard-left organizations, some of whom say the minimum wage should be raised to over $20.00 an hour, a proposition that goes beyond…
  • It's Time Washington Got Serious About Driverless Cars

    2 Dec 2014 | 1:57 am
    Like it or not, driverless vehicles are on their way. While it's easy to imagine what kind of implications they will have on our everyday lives - more time during your commute to read the morning paper or enjoy your coffee, for example - it's a little more difficult to imagine how they will affect the economy on both a national and global scale, not to mention our personal finances. That said, the news so far is very promising, making it all the more obvious that our leaders need to get serious about this coming revolution. So far, only four states (California, Nevada, Florida, and Michigan)…
  • Wise Words from Mike Rowe

    28 Nov 2014 | 3:51 am
    Mike Rowe encountered a liberal spamming his Facebook page, who repeatedly asked how ANY Christians could possible vote Republican. Rowe's response in brilliant. Post by Mike Rowe.
 
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    Patrick Ruffini

  • Jillian Sobeck Joins the Engage Team

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Hi everyone! As I sit at my desk that overlooks King Street in Old Town, Alexandria, I can’t help but think about my first visit to this town and Washington, D.C. ten years ago. I came here with my family for a trip to explore our nation’s capital, and was immediately mesmerized by the energy that this town and its people gave off. Fast-forward ten years later and here I am, beginning my newest journey in my career as a Client Strategist at Engage. With more than three years of social media strategy and marketing experience under my belt, I am excited to put my experience to work for our…
  • Introducing dirt: An opinionated deployment and bootstrapping tool

    4 Dec 2014 | 10:14 am
    Today, we’re excited to open source something we have been working on internally for a couple of years: Dirt. Dirt, which is a backronym for “Done In Record Time,” is a command-line deployment and bootstrapping tool for rapidly creating and launching new projects. It was born out of the need for automating and standardizing common tasks such as creating a git repository, setting up a Vagrantfile, or transferring MySQL dumps between development environments. The following is an overview of some of Dirt’s features. Create Entering “dirt create” in the…
  • Have You Seen ‘Back to the Future’?

    7 Oct 2014 | 2:02 pm
    At trade shows, startup fairs, and other booth-style conventions, every exhibitor has the same problem: How do I get people to stop by my booth and listen to my pitch? Last Thursday, Engage participated in DC Tech Day to promote our new product, Proximity. We’re pretty jazzed about it — it lets you launch landing pages in a matter of minutes rather than days — but we knew we needed something unique to get others excited about it too. Enter Goldie Wilson, Marty McFly, and Doc Brown. (Yep, you read that right.) The inspiration for our booth came from one of our earliest designs…
  • Celebrating 125 years of the National Zoo

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

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

  • Why Couldn’t Patrick Leigh Fermor Finish His Masterpiece?

    Jason Guriel
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:22 pm
    In 1933, a 19-year-old Englishman, finding himself booted from school for holding hands with a local, decided to cross Europe on foot. He had a mind to make it from the Hook of Holland down to Constantinople—unpurple “Istanbul” would never do. Even more romantic than the goal was the gear: use
  • The New York Cop Killer Was Arrested 19 Times. Why Was He Able to Get a Gun?

    Rebecca Leber
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:32 am
    The last year when Ismaaiyl Brinsley—the man who killed two New York City cops on Saturday—should have been able to buy or carry a gun was 2008, when he was convicted of felony shoplifting, according to the
  • Finally, a Financial Executive Is Sacked for His Company's Misdeeds

    David Dayen
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:42 am
    Let’s say you run a company whose misdeeds are splashed across the front pages of the business section on an almost weekly basis. You might reasonably expect to be fired without delay. But then let’s also stipulate that you’re in the financial services industry. Recent history suggests you’l
  • How 'Silent Night' Became the Most Popular Christmas Carol of All Time

    Elaine Teng
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:24 am
    It’s difficult to imagine today, but there was a time when “Silent Night” was not virtually synonymous with Christmas.  As recently as the nineteenth-century, Christmas was not widely celebrated in the English-speaking world. The Puritans
  • Conservatives Are Right About Reckless Political Rhetoric

    Brian Beutler
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:49 am
    After Jerad and Amanda Miller killed two police officers and a civilian in Las Vegas this past June, we learned what set them off from his Facebook page. Jerad was a
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    WIRED » Danger Room

  • The Navy’s New Robot Looks and Swims Just Like a Shark

    Jordan Golson
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    The Navy’s new underwater drone is designed to look and swim like a real fish. The post The Navy’s New Robot Looks and Swims Just Like a Shark appeared first on WIRED.
  • America’s Toughest, Ugliest Warplane Is Going Back Into Battle

    Jordan Golson
    5 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    The A-10 is old, ugly, and effective. So effective that now, it's headed back into battle to help in the fight against ISIS. The post America’s Toughest, Ugliest Warplane Is Going Back Into Battle appeared first on WIRED.
  • How the World’s First Computer Was Rescued From the Scrap Heap

    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 How the World’s First Computer Was Rescued From the Scrap Heap 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.
 
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    Stately McDaniel Manor

  • Revolvers or Semiautos?

    Mike McDaniel
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:57 am
    The latest article in my continually updated gun ownership series, A Gun Ownership Primer: Revolver or Semiauto? Part 1, is now up at Bearing Arms, the excellent site edited by Bob Owens. This section of the series, which will be published in two parts over two weeks, deals with the mechanical realities of modern handguns and their advantages and disadvantages. If you’re considering a handgun for yourself or a loved one this Christmas season, there may be some useful information.Filed under: Firearms Tagged: advantages and disadvantages, Bob Owens, gun ownership
  • A Christmas Story

    Mike McDaniel
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:58 am
    This is the Santa story of the Christmas season:  George W. Bush is nothing if not a good sport. And in no better way was that illustrated when the former President donned a Santa suit for a hospital visit in Dallas. The 68-year-old was handing out toys at the Children’s Medical Center of Dallas to patients who have to spend Christmas at the facility. The family that posted the picture of Bush to Facebook lost one of their twin daughters earlier this year to a heart disease called restrictive cardomyopathy. ‘Guess who just came and gave Emily a Christmas present dressed in a…
  • The Age of False Accusations

    Mike McDaniel
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Catherine Bellcredit: the dailymail.com These are dangerous days to be a police officer, an educator, or a young man in college. False accusations of all kinds are flying fast and thick, and once one sticks to an innocent, they are forever stained. How can this be? How can the innocent be harmed by any false accusation? Consider the case of Catherine Bell, a former assistant principal whose life was upended by an absolutely false accusation. The Daily Mail has the story:  An assistant principal falsely accused of having sex with a teenage student was forced to sell her home and has revealed…
  • Obama DOJ: Unconscious Thought Crime

    Mike McDaniel
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:45 pm
    credit:cafeconlecherepublicans.com During my police days, street cops hated “shotgun supervision.” Shotgun supervision occurs when supervisors notice what may or not be a problem exhibited by one officer, and impose “solutions” that effect everyone. Instead of focusing on the single officer that may or may not have a problem, they blast everyone. This not only insults and angers the officers that aren’t doing anything wrong, since supervisors are not directly talking to the person they think is doing something wrong, that person probably won’t get the message. Now we have a…
  • Sex Mis-Education

    Mike McDaniel
    20 Dec 2014 | 3:58 pm
    credit: foxnews There is little question that schools are responsible for teaching more than the “three Rs.” As a high school teacher, I strive to inculcate positive habits and behaviors in my students, things like organization, cheerfulness, politeness, industry, reliability, promptness, attention to detail, kindness and altruism, appreciation for literature, democracy and the accomplishments of ancestors, and above all, appreciation for America. It will surprise no one, I suspect, that in California, they focus on rather more earthy concerns. Fox News has the story:  Students at one…
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    Ace of Spades HQ

  • Winter Sky Wonders For Your Christmas Telescope

    21 Dec 2014 | 7:00 pm
    The universe is waiting Greetings everyone! It has been a long time since I've posted the astronomy thread, but I wasn't going to let Christmas come and go without a quick guide for you amateurs just getting your first...
  • Ted Nugent Explains How An Electric Guitar Works (CBD)

    21 Dec 2014 | 6:07 pm
    Probably a better description than 99% of America's high school physics teachers are capable of.......
  • Food Thread: Miscellaneous Stuff [CBD]

    21 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Hanukkah is a relatively minor Jewish holiday that has been raised to ridiculous heights because of its proximity to Christmas. But that's okay, because giving and receiving gifts is rarely a bad thing. And we get to make potato...
  • The Gaming thread (without much gaming)

    21 Dec 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Not gaming related but this is cool Comic book fan, cosplay aficionado, and 15-year veteran deputy sheriff Michael Wilson (@knightmage) brought cheer to countless families on December 18 when he strolled into his local Ohio TOYS R US dressed as...
  • What Happened to "Reasonable People Can Disagree?" [Y-not]

    21 Dec 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Recent events have led me to a troubling realization about the state of the GOP (to which I have belonged since 1980 and to which I still belong, but perhaps not for long) -- it is currently dominated by factions...
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    Betsy's Page

  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:48 am
    charlie Cook has produced "40 interesting facts about the 2014 election." Here are some examples:- Democrats now have the lowest number of U.S. House seats they have held in 86 years, or since 1928.- Democrats are tied for the lowest number of U.S. Senate seats they have held in 86 years, or since 1928.- Democrats now hold fewer state legislative seats than they have in 86 years, or since 1928.17. After the 2006 election, there were 57 Democrats who sat in districts carried by George W. Bush. After the 2014 election, there are just 5 Democrats who sit in a district carried by Mitt Romney.18.
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    Betsy Newmark
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:03 am
    The Washington Post explains pretty clearly what was wrong with the President's gift to the Castro regime.Mr. Obama argued that his sweeping change of policy was overdue because the strategy of isolating the Communist regime “has had little effect.” In fact, Cuba has been marginalized in the Americas for decades, and the regime has been deprived of financial resources it could have used to spread its malignant influence in the region, as Venezuela has done. That the embargo has not succeeded in destroying communism does not explain why all sanctions should be lifted without any meaningful…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:11 am
    Is there any tyrant around whom Obama won't appease without getting anything in return? He started off by giving Russia what it wanted by backing out of a deal to put a missile defense system in Poland. And we got nothing in return. He's made a deal with Syria to ignore his supposed "red line" and got only empty prisons. The administration continues its negotiations in Iran without achieving anything except extending Iran's opportunity to continue building its weapons program. It's not so much that recognizing Cuba and ending the embargo is the wrong thing to do, but that Obama gave Cuba what…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:53 am
    This is what mush sounds like. Secretary Kerry was asked about why he was holding discussions about the Palestinians' move to introduce a draft UN resolution to end Israeli occupation instead of just vetoing the resolution as the U.S. has always done in the past. See if you can parse what Kerry said in his answer.Now, coming back to the first part of the questions, right now, what we’re trying to do is have a constructive conversation with everybody to find the best way to go forward in order to create the climate; the atmosphere; the political space, if you will, to be able to go back to…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:19 am
    Patrick Poole writes that the Iranian cleric who took the Sydney cafe hostage was more than a "lone wolf." He was a "known wolf." He was someone who was well-known to Australian authorities from his prior actions. orn Manteghi Bourjerdi, Monis fled Iran for Australia in 1996 and thereafter had multiple run-ins with the law. He was convicted of sexually assaulting a woman while working as a “spiritual healer” in 2002, and was also charged as an accessory when his ex-wife was stabbed to death by his girlfriend last year.He had written despicable letters to families of Australian soldiers…
 
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    Riehl World News

  • Hm: Rolling Stone begins fully reporting botched rape story

    Dan
    14 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    This should be interesting: via Rolling Stone begins fully reporting its rape story – The Washington Post. The post Hm: Rolling Stone begins fully reporting botched rape story appeared first on Riehl World News.
  • CBS This Morning has also spoken with Jackie’s 3 friends

    Dan
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:05 am
    Hmm Alex, a third year student at UVA who asked we only use his first name, said he first read the piece not realizing he’d be a central figure in the Rolling Stone article. “I, you know, slowly dawned on me that this was, you know, in fact, the story Jackie, you know, similar to the story Jackie had told me in some ways,” Alex said. Alex realized he was the “Andy” in the article identified as a friend of Jackie’s who saw her after the incident in 2012. The post CBS This Morning has also spoken with Jackie’s 3 friends appeared first on Riehl World…
  • Discrepancies: U-Va. Rolling Stone alleged sexual assault

    Dan
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:01 am
    The obvious discrepancies between different versions of the now infamous UVA rape story will be much discussed. I’m not going through all of them, just a few I found particularly interesting for my own processing  of the different reports. To kick that off, lest we forget, for whatever reason, Buzzfeed dropped this into the middle of the UVA story on the 5th and we haven’t heard more on it. It at least appears to be a significant thread left hanging. Christopher Pivik, a former member of Phi Kappa Psi at the University of Virginia, has retained attorney Andrew Miltenberg, a…
  • Charles C. Johnson’s Dumb, Despicable New Low In Attacking Jackie

    Dan
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:19 am
    Intent on continuing his despicable stalking of a 20 year-old girl named Jackie, the central figure in a now infamous Rolling Stone story, seemingly deranged mud-slinger Charles C. Johnson put up a post that claims to reveal how Jackie’s “activism” goes all the way back to high school. What it does is give the despicable little man-child yet one more opportunity to publish the full name of an alleged rape victim. I won’t link his fetid site and have redacted her last name. Oh my gosh!!! This devious little girl sounds like the second coming of Lena Dunham, Sandra Fluke…
  • Jann Wenner Declines Resignation from Rolling Stone Deputy Ed. Sean Woods

    Dan
    9 Dec 2014 | 1:26 pm
    The report says Wenner’s furious – not furious enough, evidently. People should be being fired, not re-signing. What bullshit. The Observer has exclusively learned that in the wake of Rolling Stone‘s blockbuster story about campus rape at the University of Virginia and the subsequent fire that that story’s reporting has come under, the magazine’s deputy managing editor offered to resign. The post Jann Wenner Declines Resignation from Rolling Stone Deputy Ed. Sean Woods appeared first on Riehl World News.
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    Wizbang

  • Time to Pressure the Corporations That Donate to Cop-Murdering Al Sharpton’s National Action Network

    Warner Todd Huston
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Al Sharpton is able to fly around the country advocating for violent protests and the murder of cops because many of the nation’s top corporations have fallen for his shakedown efforts and give him millions to fund his activities. It is time to pressure these corporations to stop finding this charlatan’s efforts. Did you know that Walmart gives Sharpton’s National Action Network (NAN) millions every year? So does beer giant Anheuser-Busch. And so do Macy’s and drug company Pfizer. And it’s time they all stop doing so. These companies have all been afraid of…
  • Weekend Caption Contest™ Winners

    Kevin
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:32 pm
    This weekend’s edition of the Weekend Caption Contest™ was another smashing success. The assignment this weekend was to caption the following picture: Here are the winning entries: 1) (RestlessLegs) – “Oops. Gotta go. SportsCenter is on.” 2) (yetanotherjohn) – “Takes a midterm lickin’ and keeps on tickin’.” 3) (David Robertson) – Obama: “I would like to stay and discuss how to solve our nation’s problems, but I have a tee time in 30 minutes.” 4) (Rick Adams) – “‘A Republic, if you can keep…
  • Last Weekend’s Caption Contest™ Winners

    Kevin
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:18 pm
    Last week’s Weekend Caption Contest™ was another hit. The assignment last week was to caption the following picture: Here are the winning entries: 1) (Rodney Dill) – “William…. you won’t believe this… I’ve stumbled into a Camilla Parker Bowles Fan Club… or convention… or something…” 2) (fustian24) – “Someone tell Cosby it’s a TRAP!” 3) (EricSteel) – “Hello Jeeves, bring me my Hitler costume.” 4) (Vagabond661) – “Yes the carpet matches the drapes. And they come with a…
  • Liberals Lose: FCC Rules That ‘Redskins’ Isn’t Profanity

    Warner Todd Huston
    20 Dec 2014 | 10:44 am
    Left-wing pushers of political correctness have been trying to find any legal thread to force the NFL’s Washington DC-based football team to stop using the name “Redskins,” a word that activists claim is “racist.” The left’s most recent attempt was to get the FCC to rule that “Redskins” was “profane” and so cannot be used on the air because it breaks profanity rules. But the FCC just ruled against the liberal’s effort to redefine the team name as a profanity. Last week the FCC ruled against the liberal activist’s claims…
  • OPEN THREAD: Texas Plumber Gets Threats After Video Shows ISIS Using His Old Truck

    Warner Todd Huston
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:12 am
    Consider this an Open Thread. But first…. Some very, very bad luck has rocked a Texas plumber who’s used truck somehow ended up on video and seen being used in Syria by ISIS terrorists. The Plumber’s name and phone number are right there as big as life on the door and now he is getting all sorts of threats. Texas City plumber Mark Oberholtzer sold his old truck a while ago, but was dismayed to see it being used as a gun platform by ISIS. Once the truck started showing up on video–with his phone number still prominently displayed on
 
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    Hullabaloo

  • Rolling boxcars

    22 Dec 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Rolling boxcars by digby... and still at the tableI just wanted to check in and thank all of you who've contributed to the holiday fundraiser so far and send out a special thanks to those of you who have taken out subscriptions over the years. Some of you have been loyal subscribers for quite a long time and I sincerely appreciate it.  With the collapse of online advertising the last few years it's that revenue stream that's partially taken its place.I also wanted to point out that if some of you are still ordering from Amazon online, if you go through my portal over there on the left…
  • I happen to have the founders right here ...

    22 Dec 2014 | 1:16 pm
    I happen to have the founders right here ...by digbyWell, Juan Cole does.  In this post he foundersplains to the torture apologists why they are wrong when they say the constitution allows itThe Bill of Rights of the US Constitution is full of prohibitions on torture, as part of a general 18th century Enlightenment turn against the practice. The French Encyclopedia and its authors had agitated in this direction. Two types of torture were common during the lifetimes of the Founding Fathers. In France, the judiciary typically had arrestees tortured to make them confess their crime.
  • Hateful talk in glass houses

    22 Dec 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Hateful talk in glass housesby digbyApparently it's not ok to say you hate Republicans. Good to know. University of Michigan professor Susan Douglas wrote an article for In These Times in which she wrote straight up, “I hate Republicans. I can't stand the thought of having to spend the next two years watching Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, Ted Cruz, Darrell Issa or any of the legions of other blowhards denying climate change, thwarting immigration reform or championing fetal 'personhood'." And then she quoted those studies that show that the conservative psychology is, shall we say, a bit…
  • Fables of freedom by @BloggersRUs

    22 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Fables of freedomby Tom Sullivan Bill Moyers' guest, historian Steve Fraser, deconstructs how the second Gilded Age differs from the first. Then, people banded together and rose up to challenge their newfound serfdom. But these are "acquiescent times," says Fraser. We live in a fable of capitalism as "a democracy of the audacious who will make it on their own, while in fact most of the people are headed in the opposite direction." There is way too much in this conversation to unpack this morning. Fraser's key obstacle to our exiting the second Gilded Age? Capitalism and freedom have become so…
  • With a secret service elf in tow

    21 Dec 2014 | 6:00 pm
    With a secret service elf in towby digbyHo, ho, ho ...President George W Bush turned up at a hospital in Santa outfit just recently - no media (via @sarahrstevenson) pic.twitter.com/cl0N9mJ9JJ— Tim Stanley (@timothy_stanley) December 20, 2014Some of the commentary about him being the greatest living president is a bit much though. Let's not get carried away. Playing Santa for a day doesn't change anything.  But it is a nice thing to do.  Good for him.It's annual holiday fundraiser time. Your support is very much appreciated.
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    Eschaton

  • Wrong Way Of Thinking

    22 Dec 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Rising gas prices never had much to do with people increasing their use of public transit. Some of it is simply that there are more options in more places now. Some of it is a change in preferences for where people want to live. And, yes, there is an economic component. No damn jobs and no damn money encourage people to live where they don't need a car, and to live in places with more rental housing availability. Those generally match up fairly well.While gas at $4-4.50 might nudge a few people to the park-n-ride, it'd take a much higher price than that for people, given their existing…
  • Nice Civilization You Have There

    22 Dec 2014 | 1:28 pm
    If somebody, somewhere, hurts a cop's feelings, he might just not be up to doing the job that day....adding, #notallcops, of course, just those who think that people protesting police abuses somehow justify them taking their ball and going home.
  • Unpossible

    22 Dec 2014 | 11:33 am
    Another dispatch from Earth-2.Sad that this is the best we'll ever get.
  • Congratulations, George Will!

    22 Dec 2014 | 10:31 am
    There were many contenders, but there can be only one winner.
  • Crazy Ideas

    22 Dec 2014 | 8:08 am
    Bet some people are assigned to NYT editorial board communications monitoring duty now.Bet they were before.
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    Firedoglake

  • NYC asks federal court to approve mass arrests of protesters

    Masoninblue
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
    With our nation in crisis regarding the epidemic of police killings of innocent unarmed citizens, most of whom are young black males, including Michael Brown, John Crawford, Tamir Rice and Eric Garner, to mention a few, the NYPD police union president Patrick Lynch pushed back hard on Saturday against people who protest against the killings. In classic right wing nonsequitur fashion, he blamed the predominantly peaceful protesters, Mayor De Blasio and President Obama for the ambush murders of two NYPD officers sitting in a parked patrol vehicle in Brooklyn on Saturday afternoon. Never mind…
  • Before ‘Enhanced Interrogations,’ CIA Torture Architect Received Special Invite to FBI Academy Conference

    Jeff Kaye
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Screen capture from VICE News interview with James Mitchell The narrative is in place. James Mitchell and John “Bruce” Jessen made millions of dollars having convinced the CIA to construct a torture program via reverse-engineering brutal methods of interrogation used in their previous employment in a military program meant to prepare U.S. military and intelligence personnel for torture by a foreign power or terrorist group. According to numerous accounts, from Katherine Eban in Vanity Fair in July 2007 all the way to the release earlier this month of the Senate Select Committee on…
  • Some Perspective as Officials Exploit Execution of NYPD Officers to Discredit Movement for Police Reform

    Kevin Gosztola
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    Screen capture from press conference with NYCPBA President Patrick Lynch Two New York police officers were killed by a mentally ill African-American man on December 20. The man, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, posted a message on Instagram suggesting he had chosen the officers as targets as a kind of revenge for police, who had killed Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Although there is little evidence that these executions were part of some larger and more disturbing trend fueled by protest against police violence, police and government officials seem to be seizing upon this tragedy as an opportunity to…
  • Help Firedoglake Buy the Kiriakou Kids a Treehouse for Christmas

    Brian Sonenstein
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    Imprisoned whistleblower John Kiriakou won’t be home for Christmas this year, but we can still do something special for his children. Donate $25 now to help Firedoglake buy the Kiriakou kids a treehouse that they can build with their dad when he’s out of jail. It’s an especially tough time of year for the five young Kiriakou kids not to have their father around. But with only a few months to go until John is released, they are busy thinking of all the things they want to do with him when he gets home. When I asked John’s wife, Heather, what the kids want for Christmas,…
  • The Roundup

    BrandonJ
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Hey there folks! How are you doing today? International Politics - A favorite term for imperialists is “human rights” because who wants to oppose human rights? No one and that is what makes their campaign so outrageous. - President Barack Obama: Russian President Vladimir Putin is not a chess master considering he is facing a multitude of problems - On Saturday, at least 12 people were killed by bombs across Iraq with no suspects named so far. - Syria is worried about a decline in oil from Iran as the government relies on it for fuel; Wow, so many more effects from the…
 
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  • Monday Open Thread

    Jeralyn
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:54 am
    Busy day at work today. I blogged a lot this weekend, so scroll down if you haven't read the posts. This is an open thread, all topics welcome. Who is leaving town for the holidays? I'll be right here. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • New Report on Surveillance of Mumbai Plotters

    Jeralyn
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:12 am
    Pro Publica, the New York Times and Frontline have a joint report on the failure of India and the UK to connect the dots regarding plotters of the 2008 Mumbai attacks. The report is largely about Zarrar Shah (real name Abdul Wajid), the chief... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Holidays: Remembering to Heart Your Favorite Bloggers

    Jeralyn
    21 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    December likely is the month that bloggers balance the ledger sheet and reassess their time commitment to blogging because of the financial drain. How many hours were spent blogging, how much money did it cost in lost income from their day job and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Police Union President Blames Protesters and Mayor for Officers' Murder

    Jeralyn
    21 Dec 2014 | 4:09 am
    Just when the police were about to get some sympathy as a result of the killing of two Brooklyn police officers, the President of the Police Union, Patrick Lynch, takes to the microphones and outlandishly claims there's blood on the hands of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Two Brooklyn Police Officers Shot and Killed

    Jeralyn
    20 Dec 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Two Brooklyn police officers who were sitting in their patrol car were shot and killed by a lone gunman from Baltimore. The gunman shot himself in a nearby subway station. The Daily News has a graphic photo of him alive on a stretcher as he was... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    The Fix

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

    Jaime Fuller
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:56 pm
    1. Republican donors are starting to worry about what will happen if more than one of their favorite politicians runs in 2016. 2. David Fahrenthold discusses New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie's tendency to yell with those who had to cover their ears. “Google my name. Did you Google me? Okay, well, take a peek-see at […]
  • In which a world leader is doused with french fries and mayonnaise

    Aaron Blake
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:01 am
    In case you thought politics in the United States have devolved to the point of no return, here is the the leader of a major European country -- Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel -- being doused in pommes frites by anti-austerity protesters. And like the pro he is, he smiles the whole time. Here's the full […]
  • Cards Against Humanity turns into a political watchdog group, because why not?

    Jaime Fuller
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    Cards Against Humanity, the self-described "party game for horrible people," has sent some weird stuff to people as part of its "Ten Days or Whatever of Kwanzaa" promotion. About 250,000 people paid $15 for the chance to receive 10 strange presents in the mail this December. This is the same company that sent out "Bulls***" on […]
  • The Fix’s best political stories of 2014

    Nia-Malika Henderson
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:54 am
    This is our deluxe, awesome, year-end version of our usual weekday roundup of stories you should have read, but maybe haven't gotten around to  just yet. And, as you'll see, we have included stories about stuff other than pure politics. The vast majority of these suggestions came from Fix readers, with a handful of our […]
  • Single-payer is dead — except not at all for young voters

    Aaron Blake
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:11 am
    The obituary of a single-payer health-care system (or something amounting to it) started getting written last week, after Vermont gave up its years-long effort to institute the government-central method of providing care. And while the proposal is now on ice, politically speaking -- no other state is even trying -- the ideal is very much alive in the […]
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  • For Freedom of Speech A Dark Night Rises

    22 Dec 2014 | 6:36 am
    I can recall in July 2012 following the shooting massacre in Aurora, security was beefed up in theaters nation-wide showing The Dark Knight Rises. I went to see the movie at a megaplex and outside there were two Teaneck police cars. Inside next to the entrance there was a plainclothes officer with an ear piece looking closely at everyone coming through the door. Sony Corporation last week decided to cancel distribution of The Interview - a fictional movie about an assassination plot against "The Supreme Leader" of North Korea. Sony Pictures CEO said he reached that decision because some major…
  • News Roundup & Open Thread for Monday, Dec. 22, 2014

    22 Dec 2014 | 5:03 am
    Jon Runyan says goodbye to Congress Philadelphia Inquirer did the exit interview. Jerseynomics More New Jerseyans than ever have health insurance as 2014 comes to an end. Camden plan to demolish properties still leaves blight problem. Ledger editorial: NJ pensions are stingy, not generous. The Record urges Christie to veto the legislature's "Buy American" bill. Bye-bye red-light cameras. Cherry Hill shrugs off loss of Subaru, which I'm sure is delighted to get $118M to move down the road to Camden. NJ Spotlight looks back at the year that was NJ's energy sector. "Presidential" Ingle: Christie…
  • @GovChristie's Pension Mess: Fat Wall St. Firms, Screwed Public Employees

    21 Dec 2014 | 11:15 am
    Cross-posted from Jersey Jazzman David Sirota of the IBT has been doing stellar work on the conflicts of interest that have become a staple of the Christie administration. And no where is the skirting of ethics more brazen than in New Jersey's management of public employee pensions: During today's meeting of the New Jersey State Investment Council, private equity executive Robert Grady announced he is stepping down from the chairmanship of the panel. Christie has called Grady a "friend of mine for nearly 40 years" whom he relies on for political advice. In recent months, campaign finance…
  • Weekend News Roundup & Open Thread for Dec. 20-21, 2014

    21 Dec 2014 | 9:27 am
    Today's roundup is brought to you by elephants and pigs. Ray Lesniak left little stuffed animals on the desk of each of his fellow Assembly members - for a good reason, and we wish him Merry Christmas too. Star-Ledger's exit interview with Rush Holt Beautiful work, both subject and writer (Dave D'Alessandro of their Editorial Board). Speaking of great guys profiled, This profile of 90-year-old Brendan Byrne at WSJ. "Presidential" Washington Post talks with 4 people who got Christie riled up - including the two exchanges that launched Christie's reputation in 2010 as volcanic, and given to…
  • We need preparedness not bluster to face future epidemic outbreaks

    20 Dec 2014 | 8:01 am
    Politicians who go against the advice of experienced public health officials do so at their own peril and that of the people they serve. Gov. Christie should have learned this lesson in October and November when he ignored what the CDC and Ebola-experienced doctors recommended. Christie demanded instead a form of quarantine which was unnecessary and harmed the broader effort to encourage healthcare workers to assist Ebola patients and people at risk in Western Africa. In the process the focus was on detaining a nurse in an outdoor, poorly equipped tent. Christie's approach may have played…
 
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  • We Shouldn't Blindly Worship Authority Figures

    22 Dec 2014 | 12:27 pm
    (Image: Police officer via Shutterstock; Edited: JR/TO) Show your support for independent news and help Truthout survive. Click here to fund more stories like this one! If you protest police brutality and you don't protest police deaths, then you're a hypocrite. That's what conservatives have been saying ever since two New York City cops were murdered Saturday in an apparent revenge attack for the killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. Probably the best example of this kind of thinking comes from Mike Barnicle, who writes in the Daily Beast today that, "Unlike other professions - doctor,…
  • "The Hunger Games"-ification of US Police and the Community

    22 Dec 2014 | 11:04 am
    When Blacks' protests about unjust policing are met with non-acknowledgement and condemnation, is that on par with the storyline of "The Hunger Games"?  Police fire tear gas near City Hall after a protesters destroyed a police car in Ferguson, Mo., Nov. 25, 2014. (Photo: Whitney Curtis / The New York Times) Will Truthout's mission continue in 2015 and beyond? That depends on you. Make a tax-deductible donation now to sustain our work! Police and community exist within a conflict framework. Marxist criminology posits that police officers are the gatekeepers of status quo and that their…
  • Hands Off Assata: Protests Can Protect the Revolutionary Fugitive Again

    22 Dec 2014 | 10:41 am
    In September 1998, a nonbinding resolution sometimes known as the Joanne Chesimard Fugitive Act passed both houses of Congress calling on Cuba to extradite the black revolutionary Assata Shakur back to the United States.The protest movement that erupted at the time points the way forward for how activists today can win a "Hands Off Assata" campaign.Assata Shakur. (Image: Jared Rodriguez / Truthout)Show your support for independent news and help Truthout survive. Click here to fund more stories like this one! In September 1998, a nonbinding resolution sometimes known as the Joanne Chesimard…
  • On the News With Thom Hartmann: Poverty and Inequality Are Getting Worse in the US, and More

    22 Dec 2014 | 10:27 am
    In today's On the News segment: Even in the face of the so-called recovery, poverty and inequality are getting worse in our country; the National Labor Relations Board says that employees can use company email to form a union; Sen. Bernie Sanders keeps moving towards progress; and more. See more news and opinion from Thom Hartmann at Truthout here. TRANSCRIPT: Thom Hartmann here – on the best of the rest of Economic and Labor News... You need to know this. Even in the face of the so-called recovery, poverty and inequality are getting worse in our country, and more wealth and power is…
  • From Rust Belt to Blue Belt: Water, Climate Change and the Reordering of the Urban US

    22 Dec 2014 | 8:23 am
    Taking a drive down State Route 224 through Northeast Ohio is in many ways akin to taking a trip back through time. At one point, before the interstate highway program, US 224 was an all-important route for truckers. Small towns and farms thrived along its edges. The construction of the expressway ultimately diverted much of the economic lifeblood of 224. And though much has been said about the subsequent decline of the small communities on the route, much less talked about is the disappearance of the farms. Vast stretches of fallow farmland are a common sight, not just around 224, but also…
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  • New data: health exchange design matters

    Andrew Sprung
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:36 am
    [The post below updates this one with important new information from Connecticut]Why was there such huge variation among states in the proportion of ACA private plan buyers in the first open season who bought bronze plans -- the plans with the lowest premiums and highest deductibles and copays? In Hawaii, 41% of ACA shoppers bought bronze; in Mississippi, 8% did.Part of the answer, as I've noted before, lies in a state's relative levels of wealth and health. Lower income buyers are eligible for generous Cost Sharing Reduction (CSR) subsidies that reduce deductibles, co-pays and…
  • Employers, HSAs and the ACA

    Andrew Sprung
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Jay Hancock at Kaiser Health News reports that significant numbers of small businesses may stop offering health insurance to their employees, sending them instead to the ACA exchanges. This could be a good thing for employees who earn little enough to qualify for strong ACA subsidies -- win-win for employer and employee at the federal government's expense.According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, small employers in 2014 paid an average of nearly $5,000 for solo coverage and a bit more $10,000 for a family premium. What if an employer wants to compensate employees for dropping a benefit…
  • Health exchange design has a clear impact on metal level choices

    Andrew Sprung
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:53 am
    [New data from Connecticut: please read updated version of this post here.]Why was there such huge variation among states in the proportion of ACA private plan buyers who bought bronze plans -- the plans with the lowest premiums and highest deductibles and copays? In Hawaii, 41% of ACA shoppers bought bronze; in Mississippi, 8% did.Part of the answer, as I've noted before, lies in a state's relative levels of wealth and health. Lower income buyers are eligible for generous Cost Sharing Reduction subsidies that reduce deductibles, co-pays and yearly out-of-pocket (OOP) maximums -- but only if…
  • Scalia researched torture's efficacy by watching "24"

    Andrew Sprung
    13 Dec 2014 | 11:54 am
    Antonin Scalia reacted* to the Senate torture report with a defense of torture, as reported by the AP*:"Listen, I think it's very facile for people to say, 'Oh, torture is terrible.' You posit the situation where a person that you know for sure knows the location of a nuclear bomb that has been planted in Los Angeles and will kill millions of people. You think it's an easy question? You think it's clear that you cannot use extreme measures to get that information out of that person?" Scalia said.That jogged a memory. What planted this scenario in Scalia's mind? Hark back to June 2007, via the…
  • Obama: Drop that "Plans for under 100!" pitch

    Andrew Sprung
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:27 am
    Hey, Mr. President: you may have the right audience here. But you have partly the wrong message:Obama appeared Dec. 8 on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report,” where he took the place of host Stephen Colbert for a regular segment called “The Word” -- retitled “The Decree” for his appearance -- to pitch enrollment to young viewers.“Most young people can get covered for less than $100,” Obama said, using lines purportedly meant for Colbert. “How is the president going to get that message out to the kids? The administration really needs to take down this "plans for under…
 
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  • "Team America" Gets Post-Hack Yanking At Alamo Drafthouse, Too

    timothy
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Slate reports that even old movies are enough to trigger a pretty strong knee jerk: Team America, World Police, selected as a tongue-in-cheek replacement by Dallas's Alamo Drafthouse Theater for the Sony-yanked The Interview after that film drew too much heat following the recent Sony hack, has also been pulled. The theater's tweet, as reprinted by Slate: "due to circumstances beyond our control,” their Dec. 27 Team America screening has also been canceled." If only I had a copy, I'd like to host a viewing party here in Austin for The Interview, which I want to see now more than ever.
  • Who's To Blame For Rules That Block Tesla Sales In Most US States?

    timothy
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:28 am
    cartechboy writes The common assumption among Tesla fans seems to be that state auto-dealer lobbyists are working with Republican legislators to enact laws banning direct sales of Tesla's electric cars to retail buyers. Is it true? The New York Times published an article with some data points that assesses the supposition. While the article mainly focuses on the conflict between Uber and the Republican party, some quotes could be easily applied to Tesla. For instance, Republican National Committee chairman Reince Preibus said, "It should be consumers, not government bureaucrats or…
  • Councilmen Introduce Bills Strongly Regulating UAV Use in NYC

    timothy
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:47 am
    SternisheFan passes on this excerpt from an Ars Technica article: On Wednesday Councilman Dan Garodnick introduced a bill to the New York City council seeking to ban all use of drones except those operated by police officers who obtain warrants. A second, parallel bill introduced by councilman Paul Vallone would place more stringent restrictions on drone use but stop short of banning drones for hobbyists and companies altogether. Both bills have been passed to the city's committee on public safety. An all-out ban on drones within the metropolis would be a quite wide-reaching step, especially…
  • Single Group Dominates Second Round of Anti Net-Neutrality Comment Submissions

    Soulskill
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:12 pm
    New submitter aquadood writes: According to the Sunlight Foundation's analysis of recent comment submissions to the FCC regarding Net Neutrality, the majority (56.5%) were submitted by a single organization called American Commitment, which has "shadowy" ties to the Koch brothers' network. The blog article goes on to break down the comments in-depth, showing a roughly 60/40 split between those against net neutrality and those for it, respectively.Read more of this story at Slashdot.
  • Denmark Makes Claim To North Pole, Based On Undersea Geography

    timothy
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:53 am
    As reported by The Independent, A scientific study has found that Greenland is actually connected to the area beneath the polar ice where the North Pole lies – thanks to a huge stretch of continental crust known as the Lomonosov Ridge. Since Greenland is a Danish territory, that gives the country the right to put its hat in the ring for ownership of the stretch of land, Denmark’s foreign minister [Martin Lidegaard ] said. ... Of the five Arctic countries – the US, Russia, Norway, Canada and Denmark —only Canada and Russia had indicated an interest in the North Pole…
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    The Independent: On The Campaign Trail

  • Labour’s cuts really would be less deep

    22 Dec 2014 | 5:47 am
    Disregard the conventional wisdom. The Coalition’s penciled-in plans entail considerably more austerity than Labour's do.
  • Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalists undermine his reforms agenda

    22 Dec 2014 | 3:51 am
    An essential skill for being a successful head of government is to manage the troublemakers in your own party. David Cameron is failing to do that now with the anti-European Union wing of Britain’s Conservative Party, but Tony Blair did it successfully in the late-1990s when he curbed the power of trade unions and left-wingers [...]
  • Barking Blondes: A dog’s take on Christmas

    22 Dec 2014 | 1:59 am
    The family mutt is inquisitive and eager to be part of the festive activities. How shocked, we were then, to hear one owner confess that she locks her labrador away in the utility room on Christmas Day. We assume this was to remove him from annoying  the visitors and to prevent the chaos around tempting [...]
  • Triple the Ginger, Gingerbread Ice Cream with Panettone Waffles and Drunken Apricots

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:58 am
    This has to be one of my favourite Christmas inspired desserts. Although a little labour intensive, this dessert really does pay off. The crunchy panettone waffles combined with ginger ice cream topped with the boozey apricot syrup is something special. Although a fair bit of effort goes into this, the upside it you can prepare [...]
  • Club To Club Interviews (Part 5): Ninos Du Brasil

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:05 am
    Club To Club in Turin, Italy, is a festival based across numerous venues in the city, focusing on a more avant-garde approach. The artists involved are mostly from an experimental, or at least more unusual, background than the kind of performer you find at most festivals. My experience there was great, from superlative performances from [...]
 
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  • The Night Before the Shooting of 2 NYPD Officers, Pro-NYPD Protesters Rallied Outside City Hall

    Anthony L. Fisher
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:31 pm
    On Friday, December 19, 2014, just one day before the shocking execution-style murder of two NYPD officers, about 100 pro-NYPD demonstrators gathered outside City Hall, where they were met by about 200 counter-demonstrators in what turned into a tense night filled with loud, heated rhetoric. Reason TV was on hand to cover the rally, which you can watch in the above video.  Some in the pro-NYPD crowd wore shirts reading "I Can Breathe" and chanted things like "Don't resist" and "Thank you, NYPD." On the other side of the barricades came chants such as "How do you spell racist? NYPD!" and…
  • A Fond Farewell to the Legend of Korra, an Anti-Authoritarian Delight

    Robby Soave
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:25 pm
    The Legend of Korra ended its run Friday with an action-packed finale that saw the hero, Avatar Korra, thwart a fascist dictator bent on world conquest. This final season, like the previous three, has drawn praise for its trailblazing feminist and progressive values, ending as it did with the hint of a same-sex romance for the lead character, a teenage girl. Some Reason readers undoubtedly eye those descriptors cautiously, associating modern progressive feminism with a host of liberty-unfriendly attitudes. But Korra, thankfully, espoused individualist feminism and voluntary progressivism, and…
  • Rand Paul: Demilitarize the Police! New York: Bulletproof Everything!

    Scott Shackford
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Two supposedly unrelated stories that are totally related: First, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is planning to reintroduce legislation next session to cut the more militaristic components out of the federal program that sends surplus military equipment to law enforcement agencies across the country. He doesn’t want to kill the whole program—just the parts that provide weapons and militarized vehicles to police. From BuzzFeed: Paul’s decision to keep the bill, which was crafted by the retiring Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn, alive will be a significant test for the political viability of the issue.
  • Ira Stoll Offers Political Predictions for 2015

    Reason.com
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:30 pm
    What will be the biggest political stories of 2015? From the presidential aspirations of Hillary Clinton to the future fallout of the Sony hacking scandal, Ira Stoll offers an advance peek at the year ahead in American politics. View this article.
  • Political Predictions for 2015

    Ira Stoll
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:30 pm
    In memory of the late William Safire, an advance peek at the year ahead: 1. The breakout nonfiction book of the year is a) Believer: My Forty Years in Politics, by David Axelrod b) Primo Levi’s Resistance, by Sergio Luzzatto c) Who Built That, by Michelle Malkin d) The Wright Brothers, by David McCullough e) Our Kids: The American Dream in Crisis, by Robert Putnam f) The Story: A Reporter’s Journey by Judith Miller g) Jack Kemp: The Bleeding-Heart Conservative Who Changed America by Morton Kondracke and Fred Barnes. 2. The presidential front-runners at year-end are a) Hillary Clinton and…
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  • Getting Out

    Randy Toman
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:30 am
    Having big problems within the social fabric cannot be denied, and the attempted solutions of these individual issues will not correct the larger problems.  I have stated this to a number of people——the problem is much larger——in that “We the People” have been placed on the wrong path going in the wrong direction and many do not understand the correcting of this problem—–the one or two or three issues we might correct in the scope of things—-mean nothing, especially if we cannot bring these two concerns into play. (A)  Understanding the root of…
  • 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…
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  • New Day: The Intricate Dance of Being a Cuban American

    Dan Vera
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:07 am
    Protestors hold Cuban and American flags during a protest against President Barack Obama's plan to normalize relations with Cuba, Saturday, December, 20, 2014, in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami.  In 1959, the year of revolutionary ferment in Cuba, Celia Cruz, that Queen of Rhythm and an inventor of Salsa music, recorded a song called “Rhumba Quiero Gozar.”  Cruz, arguably the greatest embodiment of 20th century Afro-Cuban culture, invites the listener to dance with her, for the simplest reason: I want to rejoice with you. I wasn't surprised to hear the song coming from my cell…
  • Obama Compared to Prior Presidents On Job Creation, In Graphs

    Paul Waldman
    21 Dec 2014 | 6:02 pm
    Barack Obama has some reason to crow about the direction the economy has been moving lately. As he said in his press conference on Friday, "as a country, we have every right to be proud of what we've accomplished: more jobs, more people insured, a growing economy, shrinking deficits, bustling industry, booming energy." And it's true that there are some kinds of economic data that look excellent, particularly job creation, which is what I want to focus on for the moment. We've had 50 straight months of positive job growth, since September 2010, which is pretty remarkable. Once we get the…
  • Today's Cyborg News

    Paul Waldman
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:57 am
    One of the things that bugged me about the movie "Avatar" (I know, I know) was the idea that 150 years in the future, someone who had suffered a spinal injury would be rolling around in a wheelchair, and getting him new legs would be so expensive that only some people would be able to afford it. I realize the protagonist's inability to walk on his own was central to the plot, but none of the other technology in the film required that it take place that far in the future; they could just as easily have said it was 2054 instead of 2154 and it would have been much more plausible. Why do I bring…
  • More Disturbing Revelations About the CIA Torture Program

    Paul Waldman
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:10 am
    The most important thing to read today is this extraordinary report from Matthew Cole of NBC News about one CIA officer, the agency's top expert on al-Qaeda, and her trail of screw-ups and lies with regard to the torture program. Among other things, she was one of the models for the composite lead character in "Zero Dark Thirty," but this is much more disturbing than what was in that film. She is referred to as "the expert": At one point, she misread intelligence provided by another suspected terrorist, and the faulty information was then used to extract an erroneous admission from Mohammed,…
  • Caring for Caregivers

    Sarita Gupta
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:34 am
    (Flickr/Emily Michelle) For three years, I’ve watched my father succumb to Alzheimer’s. Once a doctor and an active community leader, today he has become quiet, less engaging, and prefers to stay home. He lacks a curiosity to explore new things, and often seems to be lost in his own thoughts. He can no longer go out on his own, even to run small errands, because he gets easily confused about where he is and what he is supposed to be doing. The changes in my father’s abilities have placed a lot of pressure on my mother to manage the household by herself—keeping the house clean, cooking…
 
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  • New Day: The Intricate Dance of Being a Cuban American

    Dan Vera
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:07 am
    Protestors hold Cuban and American flags during a protest against President Barack Obama's plan to normalize relations with Cuba, Saturday, December, 20, 2014, in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami.  In 1959, the year of revolutionary ferment in Cuba, Celia Cruz, that Queen of Rhythm and an inventor of Salsa music, recorded a song called “Rhumba Quiero Gozar.”  Cruz, arguably the greatest embodiment of 20th century Afro-Cuban culture, invites the listener to dance with her, for the simplest reason: I want to rejoice with you. I wasn't surprised to hear the song coming from my cell…
  • Obama Compared to Prior Presidents On Job Creation, In Graphs

    Paul Waldman
    21 Dec 2014 | 6:02 pm
    Barack Obama has some reason to crow about the direction the economy has been moving lately. As he said in his press conference on Friday, "as a country, we have every right to be proud of what we've accomplished: more jobs, more people insured, a growing economy, shrinking deficits, bustling industry, booming energy." And it's true that there are some kinds of economic data that look excellent, particularly job creation, which is what I want to focus on for the moment. We've had 50 straight months of positive job growth, since September 2010, which is pretty remarkable. Once we get the…
  • Today's Cyborg News

    Paul Waldman
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:57 am
    One of the things that bugged me about the movie "Avatar" (I know, I know) was the idea that 150 years in the future, someone who had suffered a spinal injury would be rolling around in a wheelchair, and getting him new legs would be so expensive that only some people would be able to afford it. I realize the protagonist's inability to walk on his own was central to the plot, but none of the other technology in the film required that it take place that far in the future; they could just as easily have said it was 2054 instead of 2154 and it would have been much more plausible. Why do I bring…
  • More Disturbing Revelations About the CIA Torture Program

    Paul Waldman
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:10 am
    The most important thing to read today is this extraordinary report from Matthew Cole of NBC News about one CIA officer, the agency's top expert on al-Qaeda, and her trail of screw-ups and lies with regard to the torture program. Among other things, she was one of the models for the composite lead character in "Zero Dark Thirty," but this is much more disturbing than what was in that film. She is referred to as "the expert": At one point, she misread intelligence provided by another suspected terrorist, and the faulty information was then used to extract an erroneous admission from Mohammed,…
  • Caring for Caregivers

    Sarita Gupta
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:34 am
    (Flickr/Emily Michelle) For three years, I’ve watched my father succumb to Alzheimer’s. Once a doctor and an active community leader, today he has become quiet, less engaging, and prefers to stay home. He lacks a curiosity to explore new things, and often seems to be lost in his own thoughts. He can no longer go out on his own, even to run small errands, because he gets easily confused about where he is and what he is supposed to be doing. The changes in my father’s abilities have placed a lot of pressure on my mother to manage the household by herself—keeping the house clean, cooking…
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  • Russia’s financial crisis just claimed its first victim: A bank with Bruce Willis ads

    Matt O'Brien
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:23 pm
    An ad for Trust Bank in Moscow, featuring Bruce Willis, says, "Trust is just like me, but a bank". (Reuters/Nikolay Korchekov/Files) There are two lessons everybody eventually learns this time of year: Santa isn't real, and you can't trust Russian banks that run ads with Bruce Willis saying "When I need money, I just take it." The latest news is that Trust Bank, Russia's 32nd-largest by assets, is getting a 30 billion ruble, or $531 million, bailout from their central bank. That makes it the first Russian domino in what figures to be a long line of them as the country's economic crisis…
  • How guns make police less safe, their jobs more difficult and communities less trusting

    Emily Badger
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:25 am
    (REUTERS/Jim Young) Guns change the equation in so many ways. They make it harder for police to retreat, and more likely that a stand-off that might have been resolved peacefully will escalate. They make it harder for police to give suspects the benefit of the doubt, and more likely that a suspected criminal may not deserve it. They make it easier for a mentally ill man to forever alter two families' lives in the name of "revenge." After the killing of New York police officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos over the weekend, it feels perhaps more satisfying to place blame elsewhere: on…
  • Researchers’ latest weapon in the fight against mental illness? Twitter.

    Jason Millman
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:45 am
    Researchers say language cues in tweets are providing new insights into mental health disorders. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) Language reveals a lot about a person's mental state. So researchers are hoping the messages people share on Twitter will shed new light on mental illness research. Johns Hopkins University researchers say language clues provided through Twitter and other social media platforms can help provide a deeper understanding of mental illness and where it exists. By mining Twitter for language cues, they're hoping to fill the data gap that mental health researchers…
  • A lot of Southern whites are a little bit black

    Christopher Ingraham
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:26 am
    Six million Americans who describe themselves as white have some African ancestry, according to a new study. In percentage terms, that means that roughly 3.5 percent of self-described white Americans have 1 percent or more African ancestry. To arrive at these numbers, researchers pored over the genetic records of 145,000 people who submitted a cheek swab for testing to 23andme, a private company that provides ancestry-related genetic reports. The researchers examined the genetic recordsof people of self-described European, African and Latino descent to find the genetic traces left by…
  • The stunning decline in gas prices just broke a new record

    Chris Mooney
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:55 am
    The price sign outside the Costco in Westminster, Colorado shows gas selling for below $1.90 for the first time in years December 20, 2014. REUTERS/Rick Wilking Nationally averaged gas prices slumped a little lower yet again today. They are now $ 2.39 for a gallon of regular gasoline, according to AAA. That number may not, in itself, seem so striking. But another data point  is: the nationally averaged gas price has now declined for 88 straight days, since September 25, says AAA. AAA has not seen a longer streak of declining gas prices since the group started tracking prices on January 1 of…
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  • Senator: Obama’s Gitmo argument is 'ridiculous'

    22 Dec 2014 | 2:24 pm
    President Obama is trying to downplay the national security risk of closing the Guantánamo Bay prison by focusing on the money that would be saved, Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) said Monday."It's ridiculous, because if you think about the people who...
  • No charges for officer who shot man 14 times

    22 Dec 2014 | 10:28 am
    A white Milwaukee police officer won’t face charges in the April shooting death of a mentally ill black man, the local prosecutor investigating the case said Monday.Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm announced that former officer...
  • President Obama offers condolences, support to NYPD commissioner

    21 Dec 2014 | 1:14 pm
    President Obama on Sunday called the commissioner of the New York Police Department to express his condolences over the killing of two police officers and pledge support in the coming weeks.“In their conversation, the president reiterated his call...
  • Obama back on links on day 2 of vacation

    21 Dec 2014 | 12:58 pm
    President Obama spent his second day of vacation the same way he did the first: hitting the links at the Marine Corps base near his Honolulu beach home.Two of the president’s golfing partners were the same as on Saturday: aide Mike Brush and...
  • Obama's job approval numbers tick upward

    21 Dec 2014 | 11:40 am
    President Obama’s job approval rating has inched up to 47 percent, according to a survey released Sunday by Gallup, the best showing for the president in more than seven months.Obama still remains underwater, with 49 percent of Americans...
 
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  • SCOTUSblog on camera: Dahlia Lithwick (Part five)

    Fabrizio di Piazza
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:08 am
    Accredited access to the Court; reading the contrast between what the Court says about free speech as a legal doctrine and the practicalities of the Court’s institutional position; and the Internet as the model for covering the Court. “I think always the humor was a means to an end. And the end is, to help folks who don’t live in this world understand why it matters.” Dahlia Lithwick covers the Supreme Court and writes about law more broadly for Slate.com.  In this six-part interview, Ms. Lithwick discusses law school, practicing law, and how she began covering the Supreme…
  • Monday round-up

    Amy Howe
    22 Dec 2014 | 4:56 am
    Last week Nebraska and Oklahoma asked the Justices to allow them to file a lawsuit seeking to block part of Colorado’s scheme for the legalization of marijuana.  Lyle Denniston covered the filing for this blog, while Kent Scheidegger has some initial reactions to the lawsuit at Crime and Consequences. Briefly: At The Volokh Conspiracy, Orin Kerr discusses cameras in the courtroom and a possible explanation for differences between the U.S. and Canadian Supreme Courts in their views on those cameras. Howard Fischer of Capitol Media Services (via Tucson.com) reports that, starting today,…
  • This week at the Court

    Kali Borkoski
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    The Justices will meet for their next Conference on January 9. The January sitting begins on January 12.
  • Petition of the day

    Maureen Johnston
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:15 pm
    The petition of the day is: Fox v. Fox 14-435 Issue: Whether, under the Due Process Clause, a state court must have personal jurisdiction over an assailant to award a no-contact order, valid only within that state, to a victim of abuse who is domiciled in the state.
  • Appeals court: Gun control must meet toughest test

    Lyle Denniston
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:25 pm
    Breaking ranks with other federal appeals courts, and probably setting up a major test case for the Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has ruled that laws imposing controls on the personal right to have a gun must satisfy the most rigorous constitutional test.  And, in another split with other courts, it was the first to strike down a federal gun law under the Constitution’s Second Amendment as expanded by the Supreme Court six years ago. Since the Justices’ ruling in 2008 in District of Columbia v. Heller, finding in the Second Amendment a…
 
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  • Oy

    Tim F.
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:49 pm
    I sincerely want to trust the FBI with respect to the Sony hack. However I think we have a right to feel a little ninth bitten, twice shy about trusting an agency’s first pass on national security matters. So I think it deserves consideration when a surprising number of network security experts with no particular dog in the fight say they seriously doubt that North Korea attacked Sony. Take a look the link and judge for yourself. I think the disgruntled insider scenario where the guy latches on to North Korea opportunistically and midway through the game seems at least pretty plausible.
  • Joe Cocker RIP

    DougJ
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:50 pm
    I heard “Leave Your Hat On” and “You Are So Beautiful” a few too many times, but Mad Dogs and Englishmen was brill, as the kids say. This may be my favorite — his version of Bird on the Wire, but it’s not a real video. Share
  • Dixie Fix Sticks The One Six Mix

    Zandar
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Oh please let this happen.  Take it away, Team WIN THE MORNING: Officials in five Southern states — Tennessee, Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama and Arkansas — are coordinating to hold their primary on March 1, 2016. Texas and Florida are considering also holding a primary the same day but may wait until later in the month. Either way, March 1 would be a Southern Super Tuesday, voting en masse on the heels of Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and Nevada. The joint primary, which appears increasingly likely to happen, would present a crucial early test for Republican White House hopefuls…
  • The reason for the season

    DougJ
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:45 am
    It’s time for a tradition started by Jon Swift/Al Weisel, the “Best Posts of the Year, Chosen by the Bloggers Themselves.” Jon/Al left behind some wonderful satire, but was also a nice guy and a strong supporter of small blogs. (Here’s Jon/Al’s 2007 and 2008 editions and the revivals from 2010,2011, 2012 and 2013.) In the comments, please give your choice for best post of the year for your own blog and/or give your choice for the best post of the year on Balloon Juice.   Share This space reserved for your ad.
  • Open Thread: Pulling The Plug

    Zandar
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:24 am
    So, remember President Obama’s promise of a “proportional response” to North Korea on this Sony hacking mess? I’m sure it’s just a coincidence.  Probably involves a goat and some chewed wires or something. Hell it’s Vox, they may end up correcting the post later, they tend to do that a lot lately. Open thread. Share This space reserved for your ad.
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  • More & Better Democrats

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:34 pm
    Nancy Pelosi The Democrats shouldn’t always get what the leadership of the Democrats demands. On balance, of course I’m going to agree with Democrats more often on most issues, but sometimes, they are wrong. President Obama and Rep. Steny Hoyer, among others, were on the wrong side of the vote on the Omnibus bill on Thursday night. I know that they thought the bill was the least bad option on the table, but it did too much harm to the functioning of our government and it should have been opposed by all Democrats. But instead we had a fight about it, led by progressives like Leader…
  • Eric Garner And The Death Of Logic And Reason

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    3 Dec 2014 | 6:11 pm
    Eric Garner When it comes to issues of race and law and justice, I am probably best described as a conservative. I tend to err on the side of conservative action, in favor of the status quo (within reason) and in favor of law and order instead of the squishy, touchy-feely side of things which I am uncomfortable with. I don’t know if I can do that anymore after today. Because there isn’t much in this world that is more black and white than the video of Eric Garner being killed. It isn’t ambigous. We can argue about what happened to Trayvon Martin or Michael Brown, but we all…
  • MSNBC’s Scarborough: “I’m A Millionaire Elitist, The Same As Everyone Else”

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    2 Dec 2014 | 8:28 pm
    (NEW YORK) – MSNBC host Joe Scarborough wants America to know that he is “a millionaire elitist” just like most Americans are. The host and and alpha male of the cable news network’s Morning Joe program said he wants to “dispel any notions” that he experiences life any differently from anyone else. “Like most Americans, I have a car service take me to my job in the morning, where I have makeup applied by an underling, then read off of a teleprompter and spout off my uninformed opinion to dozens of people watching across the country. Just like everyone…
  • Microsoft Word Keeps Inserting “LOL” In Rand Paul Presidential Speech

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    2 Dec 2014 | 8:11 pm
    (BOURBON, KY) – Rand Paul’s copy of Microsoft Word keeps inserting the phrase “LOL” in the document where he is composing his presidential announcement speech. “Every time I write the phrase ‘when I am elected President’, the darn program inserts a string of ‘LOLs’,” the Kentucky Senator said. “Every time.” A technology consultant from Babbages said he believed that Paul’s document was triggering his computer’s little used “credulity processor.” “Usually these things never go off, but the…
  • 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…
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  • For Cuba and America, Time May Heal All (Guest Voice)

    Guest Voice
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:47 pm
    A woman makes a phone call from an elementary school in eastern Cuba. Photo by Emily Jennewein For Cuba and America, Time May Heal All by Chris Jennewein HAVANA, Cuba — Time heals all wounds, maybe even the ones that have festered for half a century between Cuba and the United States. Quite by coincidence, my wife and I landed in Havana last Wednesday morning for a long-planned, six-day cultural tour of Cuba. As we exited Jose Marti Airport, our tour guides were talking excitedly about the announcement earlier that morning that the the two countries would renew diplomatic relations. “I…
  • SciFi Weekend: Ascension; Person of Interest; Daredevil; Orphan Black; Hannibal; Fargo; Doctor Who Easter Eggs On Gracepoint; The Newsroom; The Fall; The Interview

    Ron Chusid
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Ascension was billed as Syfy’s big attempt to return to outer space based, hard science fiction, including the return of Tricia Helfer of Battlestar Galactica. It didn’t exactly do that, but despite some flaws it was mostly a success. Major spoilers here if you plan to watch this at a later date. The show was billed as sort of Mad Men in space with the advertised premise being of a multi-generational ship sent from earth in the 1960′s. It would have been a lifeboat for the human race during the height of the cold war. The show took place in current time, half way through the…
  • UPDATE: CNN: North Korea Behind Sony Attack

    DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    UPDATE: The New York Times is reporting, “North Korea’s already tenuous links to the Internet went completely dark on Monday after days of instability, in what Internet monitors described as one of the worst North Korean network failures in years.” Whether this loss of service is the “proportional response” — or part of the response — President Obama pledged last week as a result of the recent cyber attacks on Sony pictures is not clear. The Times: Doug Madory, the director of Internet analysis at Dyn Research, an Internet performance management company, said that North…
  • Joe Cocker, Heartbroken Singer, Passes. RIP

    DR. CLARISSA PINKOLA ESTÉS, Managing Editor of TMV, and Columnist
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:04 pm
    http://www.southbendtribune.com/entertainment/inthebend/entertainmentnews/british-singer-joe-cocker-dead-at/article_b1802f8a-8a12-11e4-a6f0-873ff18480ff.html many will remember his brokenhearted songs and his fullbody expression while he sang that resembled sometimes a giant raptor flapping wings, and other times as though he was carried away by a drumbeat only he could hear and that we could see… His songs may make an apt epitaph, from earthy to aerial… you can leave your hat on you are so beautiful with just a little help from my friends up where we belong Joe Cocker was 70…
  • ‘Operation Christmas Drop’ – An Island Holiday Tradition

    DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:58 am
    Do you know where Micronesia is? I am sure you do. It is a sub region of Oceania way out in the Western Pacific consisting of thousands of small and smaller islands. You probably also know that within the “Micronesia Region” there is now the Federated States of Micronesia, in turn consisting of four main island groups — one of them the Caroline Islands with more than 600 islands and coral atolls. Rich in World War II history, the Caroline Islands were placed under U.S. trusteeship in 1947 and became part of the Federated States of Micronesia in 1986, which gained total independence…
 
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  • The Christmas Truce of 1914

    John Aravosis
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:41 am
    I saw something on TV the other day about a truce that took place during the Christmas of 1914, during World War I, between British and German troops fighting in France. It struck me as odd, albeit somewhat touching as well, that men dead-set on killing each other would then take a break to sing a few Christmas carols and share some make-shift gifts of cigarettes and helmets. (Apparently, it struck some of the brass of both sides as odd as well — they expressed concern the first year it happened, and then basically banned the “fraternization” in future years.) Wikipedia has…
  • Monkey desperately revives fellow unconscious monkey (video)

    John Aravosis
    21 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    It’s a rather amazing video. A monkey in India frantically bites and then dunks in water a fellow monkey who has fallen unconscious after touching some high-tension electrical wires over the local train system. The second money eventually comes around. It’s just amazing to see how much human, self-aware, animals can be.
  • Kids surprised by gift of kitten (video)

    John Aravosis
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:41 am
    This is via Ellen DeGeneres, and it’s pretty sweet. The kids found a kitten a few days before. The parents were going to turn it over to a no-kill center, but at the last minute changed their minds. The video shows the kids being surprised by the reappearance of the kitten. You need to watch the entire thing.
  • PO’d kangaroo takes down drone (seriously)

    John Aravosis
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:09 pm
    This is pretty great. A drone was checking out some kanagaroos in Australia, until the kangaroo — baby kanga in tow — finally got supremely ticked off and took the drone out. It’s a pretty amazing video. See it below.
  • Stephen Colbert’s final broadcast (video)

    John Aravosis
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:46 am
    Last night was Stephen Colbert’s final broadcast on the Colbert Report. As you know, Colbert is moving over to take David Letterman’s spot on The Late Show. Here are the various segments, including a rather interesting one in which seemingly every guest (or practically every guest) that Colbert has had on over the years came back for a final group song. There’s everyone. And I mean everyone. Enjoy.
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  • Weediquette: Vice meets the Fuck It I Quit Lady

    PlayhousePals (/politics/member/PlayhousePals)
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:52 pm
    YouTube: On November 4, 2014, the state of Alaska was faced with a Alaska measure to potentially make recreational marijuana legal. In this episode of Weediquette, we follow democracy in action through the eyes of Charlo Greene. Greene became the firebrand folk hero of the "Yes on 2" movement after she famously quit her job as a news reporter on the air to run a cannabis club. VICE travels to Alaska to follow Charlo, and along the way we meet a cast of Alaskan natives who all have something at stake in this election.
  • jon stewart-rage against the rage against the machine

    enoch (/politics/member/enoch)
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Jon Stewart did not have much trouble finding absurd reactions to the largely peaceful protests against police violence that have been occurring around the country. In New York, protesters carrying #BlackLivesMatter banners have blocked traffic at times. The horror! Fox Newsian John Stossel has even made the claim that blocking traffic is a form of "violence." Jon Stewart pointed out that if blocking traffic is violence then it is time to indict the New York City marathon, the Macy's Day parade, the St. Patrick's Day Parade, a million other parades and every street fair selling crappy…
  • daily show-jon stewart lampoons the omnibus bill

    enoch (/politics/member/enoch)
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:53 pm
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) campaign against a provision in the latest federal spending bill seemed to amuse Daily Show host Jon Stewart on Tuesday. “She’s so cute — she thinks she can change the system,” Stewart said of Warren. “Fresh meat. But don’t worry; one of the mean girls will get her back in line.” Stewart then showed a clip of Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) rebuking Warren, telling her, “There’s something in here you don’t like? Welcome to democracy.” It was a clever line, but Stewart wasn’t about to let Graham off the hook. “Lindsey Graham says,…
  • Bill Maher: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Women in Government

    PlayhousePals (/politics/member/PlayhousePals)
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:21 pm
    "Nobody cares that Mitch McConnell looks like a muppet."
  • Barney Frank: Ridicule is a Powerful Weapon

    PlayhousePals (/politics/member/PlayhousePals)
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:25 pm
    YouTube: The retired Massachusetts congressman shares his philosophy on the therapeutic and polemic power of humor. Ridicule, says Frank, was one of his greatest weapons. Not only does humor get you remembered, it often helps you persuade audiences through laughter and levity.
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  • New Day: The Intricate Dance of Being a Cuban American

    Dan Vera
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:07 am
    Protestors hold Cuban and American flags during a protest against President Barack Obama's plan to normalize relations with Cuba, Saturday, December, 20, 2014, in the Little Havana neighborhood of Miami.  In 1959, the year of revolutionary ferment in Cuba, Celia Cruz, that Queen of Rhythm and an inventor of Salsa music, recorded a song called “Rhumba Quiero Gozar.”  Cruz, arguably the greatest embodiment of 20th century Afro-Cuban culture, invites the listener to dance with her, for the simplest reason: I want to rejoice with you. I wasn't surprised to hear the song coming from my cell…
  • Obama Compared to Prior Presidents On Job Creation, In Graphs

    Paul Waldman
    21 Dec 2014 | 6:02 pm
    Barack Obama has some reason to crow about the direction the economy has been moving lately. As he said in his press conference on Friday, "as a country, we have every right to be proud of what we've accomplished: more jobs, more people insured, a growing economy, shrinking deficits, bustling industry, booming energy." And it's true that there are some kinds of economic data that look excellent, particularly job creation, which is what I want to focus on for the moment. We've had 50 straight months of positive job growth, since September 2010, which is pretty remarkable. Once we get the…
  • Today's Cyborg News

    Paul Waldman
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:57 am
    One of the things that bugged me about the movie "Avatar" (I know, I know) was the idea that 150 years in the future, someone who had suffered a spinal injury would be rolling around in a wheelchair, and getting him new legs would be so expensive that only some people would be able to afford it. I realize the protagonist's inability to walk on his own was central to the plot, but none of the other technology in the film required that it take place that far in the future; they could just as easily have said it was 2054 instead of 2154 and it would have been much more plausible. Why do I bring…
  • More Disturbing Revelations About the CIA Torture Program

    Paul Waldman
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:10 am
    The most important thing to read today is this extraordinary report from Matthew Cole of NBC News about one CIA officer, the agency's top expert on al-Qaeda, and her trail of screw-ups and lies with regard to the torture program. Among other things, she was one of the models for the composite lead character in "Zero Dark Thirty," but this is much more disturbing than what was in that film. She is referred to as "the expert": At one point, she misread intelligence provided by another suspected terrorist, and the faulty information was then used to extract an erroneous admission from Mohammed,…
  • Caring for Caregivers

    Sarita Gupta
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:34 am
    (Flickr/Emily Michelle) For three years, I’ve watched my father succumb to Alzheimer’s. Once a doctor and an active community leader, today he has become quiet, less engaging, and prefers to stay home. He lacks a curiosity to explore new things, and often seems to be lost in his own thoughts. He can no longer go out on his own, even to run small errands, because he gets easily confused about where he is and what he is supposed to be doing. The changes in my father’s abilities have placed a lot of pressure on my mother to manage the household by herself—keeping the house clean, cooking…
 
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  • State of the Nation

    12 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    In the 3rd week of November, the NBC/WSJ poll found that 65% of us think the country is on the wrong track while 25% of us think the country is on the right track. The official BLS unemployment rate for November 2014 is 5.8 %. There is no change from October and it is down 1.2% points from a year ago. If one takes into account the total unemployed + those marginally attached to the labor force + those working part-time who want full-time work, the rate is 11.4 %. This is down from 13.1% in November 2013. 2.7% have been unemployed for 15 weeks or longer, down from 3.7% in November 2013. In the…
  • The 2014 election: A little more

    12 Dec 2014 | 8:59 am
    The Winston Group recently made the following point. Of the 48% who rated the economy as “not so good” in 2014, 58% voted Republican and 41% voted Democrat, a spread of 17 points in favor of the Republicans. In 2012, when 45% had the “not so good” position, 55% favored the Democrats and 42% the Republicans, a 13 point spread. In a further analysis, the Winston Group reported on the ideological shift among the Parties in the last six national elections. Based on the exit polls, David Winston and Myra Miller write in part: “Republicans and Independents moved slightly farther to the…
  • President Obama

    12 Dec 2014 | 8:58 am
    The public’s grade on President Obama’s job approval (as found by Gallup 12/6) is 43% approval/51% disapproval. The NBC/WSJ survey found the President’s job approval at 44%, up a smidgen from a year earlier. Americans’ approval of how Obama is handling the economy is at 43%, up 4 points from a year ago. However, his approval rating on handling foreign policy is down 6 points from a year ago. [NBC/WSJ 11/14] Obama’s job approval among blacks so far this year is 84%, among Asians 64%, among Hispanics 53%, and among whites 32%. [Gallup] Date NBC/WSJ WP/ABC CNN/ORC NYT/CBS Nov. 2014…
  • Congress

    12 Dec 2014 | 8:57 am
    53% of us want the Republicans in Congress, rather than President Obama, to have the most influence over the direction of the nation in the next year. Early in 2012 Obama was chosen by a margin of 46% to 42%. By 2013, the Republicans were slightly ahead. That trend has continued. This response is similar to what happened in other recent non-presidential year elections. After the 2010 election the Republicans were selected by 49% to 41%. But after the 2006 election, the Democrats were selected over President Bush by 61% to 31%. [Gallup 11/14] The House Currently 434 House seats have been…
  • Looking Ahead to 2016: Contest for President

    12 Dec 2014 | 8:56 am
    This is the current list of potential contenders. Inclusion on this list requires very little connection to an actual intention to run for President. For example, if someone suggests publicly that you should or might be a candidate and you do not deny it, you are on the list.  Republicans Democrats Jeb Bush Joe Biden Chris Christie Hillary Clinton Bobby Jindal Andrew Cuomo Rand Paul Kristin Gillibrand Marco Rubio Amy Klobuchar Paul Ryan Martin O’Malley Mike Pence Elizabeth Warren John Kasich Howard Dean Scott Walker Duval Patrick Ted Cruz Brian Schweitzer Rick Santorum Mark Warner Rick…
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  • Let the Boxer retirement discussions commence

    8 Dec 2014 | 10:17 am
    Her term is up in 2016, will she run again? by Brian Leubitz With Senator Boxer's term expiring in 2016, now is the time to talk about the future. With all the time required to build a strong campaign in California, prospective candidates are anxious for word, not wanting to step on any toes before making any moves. But, the chatter is that a decision could come soon: Sources close to Boxer, 74, say the outspoken liberal senator will decide over the holidays whether to seek reelection in 2016 and will announce her plans shortly after the new year. Few of her friends believe she will run for a…
  • Speaker Atkins Appoints Committee Chairs

    4 Dec 2014 | 7:32 am
    Most Democrats have a committee chair by Brian Leubitz Below the fold you will find the full list of committee chairs. All in all, given the big number of committees, most Democratic legislators who aren't in leadership get a chair. I think the exceptions were Lorena Gonzalez, who is the vice-chair of the Local Government committee with Republican Brian Maienschein getting the chair, and Nora Campos, who is on rules. And Rob Bonta has two chairs, keeping PERS and getting the Health Committee this year. Accountability and Administrative Review Assemblymember Rudy Salas, Jr. (D-Bakersfield),…
  • Your New Legislators: The Term Limits Dance Shifts

    1 Dec 2014 | 10:35 am
    New term limits mean more changes now, more stability later by Brian Leubitz With the new term limits structure amendments of a few years ago, Sacramento is seeing a lot of change. Lots and lots and lots of change. In the Legislature convening today, 72 of the 120 legislators have less than two years of experience at the state level. That's a staggeringly high number, and rather frightening for the institutional memory of both chambers. If you look at the new leadership team in the Assembly, you'll find freshmen legislators David Chiu, Evan Low (Both pictured to the right), Jim Cooper and…
  • 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…
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    Jeffrey Goldberg : The Atlantic

  • Canada's Foreign Minister: American Influence Will Make Cuba a Better Place

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    21 Dec 2014 | 6:22 am
    President Obama is receiving sustained criticism from Republican senators, from conservative media and from many Cuban-Americans, for his efforts to reestablish diplomatic relations with Cuba, and to bring about the eventual end of the U.S. economic embargo. But he has strong allies in Canada's Conservative government, which has otherwise taken a more aggressive approach to such issues as Vladimir Putin's Ukraine adventures, and to supporting the  government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu -- than a) one might expect Canada to take; and b) the Obama Administration. I met with…
  • How to Tell Whether Obama Did the Right Thing on Cuba

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:53 am
    On my most recent visit to Cuba this past March, I brought my family with me, because I wanted my children to see what Cuba looked like before everything changed. I didn't realize quite how quickly that change would come. In Havana, we stayed on the Plaza de Armas, a square that is in the heart of the old city, a carefully restored neighborhood in a capital that is otherwise collapsing on itself. Each morning, booksellers would set up stands in the square, and each morning, my 13-year-old son would roam about, talking to the booksellers and taking pictures of their shelves. One morning, he…
  • Good Riddance to a Ridiculous Cuba Policy

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:04 am
    In March, I drove with my family from the Cuban capital, Havana, to the colonial town of Trinidad, through the city of Cienfuegos. We were more or less the only car on a very rutted road. Cienfuegos is a city of roughly 150,000 people, but it seemed dead. Its buildings were in a state of decay—just like most of the neighborhoods of Havana—and goods were being moved by donkey cart. My wife and I explained to our children that this is what can happen to a people, and to an economy, under communist rule. We spent days trying to teach them about Cuba's dual-currency system—a dollar-based…
  • 'The Case for Rage and Retribution'

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    9 Dec 2014 | 12:32 pm
    On September 12, 2001, Time magazine, in a special issue devoted to the Qaeda attacks of the previous day, published a column by one of its most prominent contributors at the time, Lance Morrow. The column was headlined, "The Case for Rage and Retribution." The subtitle read: "What's needed is a unified, unifying, Pearl Harbor sort of purple American fury—a ruthless indignation that doesn't leak away in a week or two." Morrow's core argument: Let America explore the rich reciprocal possibilities of the fatwa. A policy of focused brutality does not come easily to a self-conscious,…
  • The Many Obstacles to a Strong Nuclear Deal With Tehran

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:25 am
    Updated 11/24/14 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. (On Monday, negotiators extended the deadline for a final deal until next July.) Democrats such as Deutch will need to be convinced by the Obama administration that it…
 
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    James Fallows : The Atlantic

  • Travel Chronicles, from West to East

    James Fallows
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:46 am
    Everyone has got lots of things to think about at the end of a year. But I wanted to note things we've seen, have reported on, and are about to cover in our ongoing travels across the country. 1. This Past Week: Deb Fallows completed her four-installment chronicle of what it is like to cross the continent at low altitude, with various surprises, rewards, and challenges along the way. If you missed them, they are: Flying West From the Winter," on getting out of D.C. just before a big storm Connecting the Dots Over America," day two, with an intended destination of Little Rock and an unexpected…
  • The Diplomatic Life: It's Not All Striped Trousers and Sips of Tea

    James Fallows
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:33 pm
    Yesterday I did a brief compare-and-contrast on the U.S. decision to normalize relations with the People's Republic of China, under Presidents Nixon, Ford, and Carter in the 1970s, and Wednesday's announcement by President Obama that the U.S. will begin the process of normalizing relations with Cuba. The normalizations were similar in both being sensible, realistic, and in America's interest—or so I contend. One difference, I said, was the level of rancor the two decisions generated. In the Cuban case, we've seen some protests in Little Havana (below) and heard Senator Marco Rubio's…
  • Obama Just Ended the Stupidest Part of U.S. Foreign Policy

    James Fallows
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:32 pm
    For at least 35 years, the U.S. embargo on diplomatic or commercial dealings with Cuba has been the single stupidest aspect of U.S. foreign policy. Not the most destructive: that title would go to the decision to invade Iraq, plus the ongoing ramifications of the age of torture, open-ended war, and the security/surveillance state. But the Cuba policy has been the stupidest, because there have been absolutely zero rational arguments for its strategic wisdom or tactical effectiveness. Jeffrey Goldberg, who has traveled in Cuba and interviewed Castro, more tactfully calls it "ridiculous." In my…
  • Fascinating New Ways of Depicting the Motions of the Air and the Seas

    James Fallows
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:28 pm
    Yesterday I mentioned a fabulous site for envisioning the swirl and flow of winds around the world. Seriously, if you haven't seen it, and if you have any interest in the geophysical world, take a minute now to check out the Czech-originated site Windyty. Okay, glad to have you back. Here are several followups: 1) Oceans have currents, too. From a professor at a major state university who specializes in fluid dynamics: As a working scientist whose curiosity was sparked by the New York Times science section in high school, I greatly appreciate seeing more science-related content in venues read…
  • Envisioning a River of Air

    James Fallows
    14 Dec 2014 | 11:38 am
    By the classification rules of the world of physics, we all know that the Earth's atmosphere is made of gas (rather than liquid, solid, or plasma). But in the world of flying it's often useful to think of air as a fluid.* Landing with crosswinds in an aircraft has some similarities to tacking in a sailboat. The turbulence created by high winds over rough terrain is easiest to understand if you think of it as the counterpart to the whitewater rapids created when water flows over stones. [*Thanks to physics-world friends who have written in to emphasize that both gases and liquids can be…
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    Obsidian Wings

  • I don't know if I can keep watching Brooklyn Nine Nine

    SuperUser
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:08 pm
    by Doctor Science So a guy in Baltimore with no known gang connections shot his ex-girlfriend, then went up to Brooklyn, assassinated two police officers, and killed himself when confronted. His social media posts claimed he did this to avenge the death of Eric Garner -- though I've heard no explanation of why he started by shooting his ex. It does continue the American custom of start by shooting a woman, so I think it possible that attacking his ex was the original crime, assassinating NYPD cops was just a particularly dramatic suicide plan. The NYPD is enraged -- after all, "up in arms" is…
  • Obama surrenders to Castro! Viva la revolucion!

    Ugh
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:10 am
    by Ugh I always thought our post-Castro Cuban policy was insane (and the embargo continues to be insane).  It certainly has been insane since the fall of the USSR.   How is it that we could normalize relations with Vietnam and China, each of which killed thousands of U.S. soldiers in, you know, actual full blown shooting wars?  But not with Cuba because....why?  It's too close?  The beaches are too nice?  It's just been ridiculous all the way down. So, good for Obama.  Here's hoping the embargo gets lifted too, although that seems doubtful given the current state of…
  • Your New Car Smell Open Thread

    SuperUser
    12 Dec 2014 | 11:16 pm
    by Doctor Science We now have enough money that when my old car (2001 Honda Accord, 147K miles)'s transmission decided to bid farewell to this mortal coil, we could just go out and buy a new car: A 2015 Subaru Legacy. In "Twilight Blue Metallic" so it's not the same color (black, white, or beige/gray) as every other damn car in the mall parking lot. The ability to just plain go out and buy a new car, instead of laboriously finding an acceptable used care you have to constantly repair and worry about, is a classic example of the Sam Vimes "Boots" Theory of Economic Injustice, which states that…
  • My favorite books of 2014: Fiction

    SuperUser
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:55 am
    by Doctor Science For my own reference, and in case any of you are looking for gift-giving suggestions. This list is all fiction I read for the first time in 2014, whether it was published this year or not. In order by author's last name. The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison (2014). Maybe the best and most realistic "Surprise! You're suddenly the hereditary monarch!" story I've ever read. The hero may be a goblin in an empire of (mostly) elves, but the fact that his royal life is filled with meetings, paperwork, no privacy, and very little freedom for actual action is very realistic. That…
  • Senate Intelligence Committee Report

    Ugh
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:27 am
    by Ugh It seems it's been released.  Washington Post copy here.  WaPo story on the report here.  From the WaPo story: After being transferred to a site in Thailand, Zubaida was placed in isolation for 47 days, a period during which the presumably important source on al-Qaeda faced no questions. Then, at 11:50 a.m. on Aug. 4, 2002, the CIA launched a round-the-clock interrogation assault — slamming Zubaida against walls, stuffing him into a coffin-sized box and waterboarding him until he coughed, vomited and had “involuntary spasms of the torso and extremities.” More to say…
 
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    FactCheck.org

  • Is Cuba a ‘Leading’ Sponsor of Terrorism?

    Eugene Kiely
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Sen. Ted Cruz condemned President Obama’s announcement that he would normalize relations with Cuba, calling the communist country “a leading state sponsor of terrorism.” That’s a stretch, to say the least. It’s true that Cuba – along with Iran, Syria and Sudan — is listed by the State Department as one of four “State Sponsors of Terrorism.” But the department’s annual Country Report on Terrorism, published in April, provided little evidence of Cuba sponsoring terrorism, especially compared with the extensive portfolio of the others…
  • FlackCheck.org Video: Immigration Claims

    D'Angelo Gore
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:46 am
    This FlackCheck.org video highlights misleading claims about immigration that were made after President Obama announced his executive actions in late November. The video includes fact-checked statements from Obama, Sen. Ted Cruz, Reps. Tom Cotton and Michele Bachmann, and Rick Santorum, who plans to run for president in 2016.        
  • Cheney’s Tortured Facts

    Eugene Kiely
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Summary Former Vice President Dick Cheney offered a spirited defense of CIA interrogation tactics used in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks and denounced a recent Senate report, which criticized those techniques, as a “crock.” But in presenting his case, Cheney often gave a one-sided and misleading account of the facts. Cheney claimed the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation techniques” used on captured members of al Qaeda and the Taliban did not violate international agreements, citing opinions from the Justice Department. But the Supreme Court later ruled that detainees were…
  • Dec. 12: Climate Change, Dropout Rate, Immigration

    Eugene Kiely
    12 Dec 2014 | 11:39 am
  • No Back Taxes in Immigration Action

    Robert Farley
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:46 am
    President Barack Obama misspoke when he said that immigrants living illegally in the U.S. would have to “pay any back taxes” in order to qualify for work papers under the plan he initiated via executive action. They would not. We wouldn’t normally be inclined to weigh in with a fact-check when someone erroneously slips an inaccurate word into an impromptu response to a live question. But this is the third time we’ve heard this mistake from a prominent Democrat. In the prepared part of his speech at an immigration town hall in Nashville, Tennessee, on Dec. 9, Obama…
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    TechPresident

  • Civic Hall is Open for Membership Applications!

    22 Dec 2014 | 10:17 am
    Civic Hall, our new collaborative community center for civic tech innovators will be opening in “beta” mode in late January. If you want to get in on Civic Hall's ground floor--well, literally we're on the second floor--send in your application now.
  • First POST: Brewing

    22 Dec 2014 | 9:17 am
    How Democratic tech firms are jockeying for 2016 presidential roles; the FEC inches back into regulating the Internet; why Tumblr is a social justice movement hotbed; and much, much more.
  • First POST: MonopSony

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:38 am
    Debating whether the Sony hack is a national security issue; living in the Age of Outrage; how Black Twitter is changing the civil rights scene; and much, much more.
  • First POST: Company

    16 Dec 2014 | 9:01 am
    The global "Snowden effect" is huge; how many consumer-facing online services fail the user privacy test; the Dems' 2016 digital to-do list; and much, much more.
  • Pan-African Whistleblowing Platform AfriLeaks Launched

    15 Dec 2014 | 9:13 am
    In 2007, WikiLeaks received and published documents revealing corruption and misconduct perpetuated by the former Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi and his family. The case, which was then picked up by the Guardian, helped Julian Assange’s nascent whistleblowing platform gain crucial momentum]. Now, history is coming full circle asThe African Network of Centers for Investigative Reporting (ANCIR) has launched afriLeaks, a pan-African whistleblowing platform, by gathering together a dozen partner media companies.
 
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    Corrente

  • Common Household Remedies Request

    lambert
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:50 pm
    Body:  It's a relief to have a diagnosis, but it would be even more relief to have a cure! So, while I don't have cellulitis, or the antibiotics are killing it, and the aches and pains have mostly gone away, I do have what looks like a bad case of poison ivy on my right, or typing hand. So I'm asking for poison Ivy cures!
  • Go shopping

    lambert
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:42 pm
    Body:  For example, at the Mall of America: Because nothing says "We're not really an Orwellian police state" like imperious threats displayed on a giant screen. pic.twitter.com/ijWmDaSbvK — Ira Brooker (@irabrooker) December 20, 2014
  • Arthur needs to take his cat to the vet

    lambert
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:16 pm
    Body:  Here. If you've got a little extra to spread XMas cheer, you could do worse than throw it Arthur's way.
  • Confession time: I love my bellows!

    lambert
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Body:  This year I decided I was tired of coughing all winter from starting the fire in the wood stove by blowing on it, and getting all this horrible fine ash in my lungs. So I splurged on an excellent bellows: The Long John Bellows. It's made from wood, the bellows are suede, and the nozzle is copper, so I can direct the airflow right at the coals. There's no plastic. "Not a toy but a tool!" So now my fire starts much quicker, I don't have to get down on my knees, and I don't have that horrible dry hacking cough so many Mainers have.
  • Twitter founder: News, including the news on Twitter, is bad for your mental health

    lambert
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:52 pm
    Body:  Business Insider, an interview with Twitter co-counter Evan Williams: WILLIAMS: Yeah. Twitter is essentially a news service, and news is important for society, but personally I don't want to spend most of my reading time reading news. I get a lot more value out of other types of content and I think most people do as well. There's a natural urge to know what's going on. It's biological and it's social: What's new? What's everyone talking about? What's this shiny object? The vast majority of it isn't valuable to people and it may be even harmful, and that's well-reported, accurate…
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    susiemadrak.com

  • Happy Hour: Margaret Whiting and Johnny Mercer – Baby Its Cold Outside…

    Boohunney
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Bookmark It
  • R.I.P. Joe Cocker

    susie
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:38 am
    Joe Cocker, 70. I loved his voice so much. Bookmark It
  • Panhandle Slim… Art for Folk…

    Boohunney
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:30 am
    Panhandle Slim… Bookmark It
  • A brief history of violent deaths in the NYPD

    susie
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:03 am
    Statistically speaking, policing is not a very dangerous job. It does not rank among the Top 10 most dangerous jobs in the country. And it’s getting safer. According to statistics collected by the FBI, 27 law enforcement officers were “feloniously killed” in the line of duty in 2013, down 44 percent from 2012. Seven were killed… Bookmark It
  • Rudy’s at it again

    susie
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:30 am
    Via Balloon Juice. Hey, it worked the last time! September 17, 1992 — Thousands of off-duty police officers thronged around City Hall yesterday, swarming through police barricades to rally on the steps of the hall and blocking traffic on the Brooklyn Bridge for nearly an hour in the most unruly and angry police demonstration in recent memory. The 300 uniformed officers who were supposed to control the crowd did little or nothing to stop the protesters from jumping barricades, tramping on automobiles, mobbing the steps of City Hall or taking over the bridge. In some cases, the on-duty…
 
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    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective

  • Coalition launches bilingual site to end the silence in Latino community about sex ed, birth control and teen parenting

    Latina Lista
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Coalition launches bilingual site to end the silence in Latino community about sex ed, birth control and teen parenting by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Unlike most American demographics, Latino families don’t necessarily see teen pregnancy as a bad thing. The idea of it “takes a village to raise a child” has been a concept in practice for many generations in Latino families, especially so if the parents are teens. This isn’t to say that the…
  • Nearly half of Mexico’s children suffer from lead poisoning

    Latina Lista
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Nearly half of Mexico’s children suffer from lead poisoning by Latina Lista LatinaLista — A traditional dish many Mexican families include on their Christmas menu is pozole. It’s not uncommon to see the soup served up in the distinctive decorated bowls for which Mexico is famous. The bowls, decorated with lead-based glaze, have long been known to be a source of elevated lead levels in the bloodstreams of Mexicans. Acid from spicy foods served on the…
  • Crowdfunder: AbilityList.org – an online marketspace for people with disabilities

    Latina Lista
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:45 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Crowdfunder: AbilityList.org – an online marketspace for people with disabilities by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Campaign: AbilityList.org Fifty-six million Americans have at least one disability, making them the nation’s largest minority group. On average people with disabilities experience less education, less employment, worse health outcomes, and higher poverty rates. What if there was one place online where people with disabilities and their…
  • Brokenhearted? Have a Heart Condition? A Botanica May Offer a Cure

    Latina Lista
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:28 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Brokenhearted? Have a Heart Condition? A Botanica May Offer a Cure by Latina Lista By Camila Osorio Avendano Feet in 2 Worlds It’s late on a July evening. About a hundred people are crowded into a botanica in the South Bronx. Shelves along the walls are filled with potions and dry herbs to cure problems ranging from kidney disease to “how to get your marriage to work.” A group of drummers leads the crowd in songs that celebrate Anaisa, the Dominican name for…
  • San Antonio food bank culinary program a success, honored with USPS stamp

    Latina Lista
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:37 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. San Antonio food bank culinary program a success, honored with USPS stamp by Latina Lista By Amanda Lozano La Prensa de San Antonio After 18 weeks of learning the fundamentals of cooking, the students of the Culinary Training Program at the San Antonio Food Bank have finally completed their curriculum. It wasn’t easy, but seeing that people, local shelters and children were enjoying the food they cooked made it worth it. Now the end has come, and it’s time to…
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    NYT > Columnists

  • Pursuing Justice for All

    21 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    America’s anguish over judicial fairness stretches across generations and the racial gulf.
  • Conquest Is for Losers

    21 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    There is still a powerful political faction in America that hasn’t learned this lesson.
  • Hacking Our Humanity

    20 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Conversations aren’t confidential. Spontaneity is ill-advised. This is bigger than Sony. We’re all exposed and diminished.
  • Who’s Playing Marbles Now?

    20 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    There was a lot of Putin envy going around earlier this year. Oh how things have changed.
  • What Will Israel Become?

    20 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The country’s choices narrow. Peace? Or annexation?
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    New York Observer

  • Republican State Senate Staffer Calls for Melissa Mark-Viverito to Resign

    22 Dec 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito. (Photo: NYC Council/William Alatriste) For one aide to a Republican State Senator, Melissa Mark-Viverito is anything but golden. John Quaglione, the deputy chief of staff to State Senator Martin Golden, called for Ms. Mark-Viverito, the Democratic council speaker, to resign from office following the murder of two police officers on Saturday. After he tweeted at Ms. Mark-Viverito that she is a “disgrace,” Mr. Quaglione, a former GOP City Council candidate, stood by his comment today. “The City Council doing the ‘die-in’ was…
  • Growth of Chain Stores Across Five Boroughs Spikes, Report Finds

    22 Dec 2014 | 1:15 pm
    New York, apparently, also largely runs on Dunkin’. (Wiki) The Center for an Urban Future released today the seventh edition of its annual State of the Chains report, which ranks the national retailers with the most outlets in New York City, as well as elucidates the ebb and flow of national chains operating in the five boroughs. As we noted recently, last year’s State of the Chains found an increase of only 0.5 percent between 2012 and 2013 in the number of chain stores in the city, “the smallest year-over-year increase” since the Center began compiling relevant data…
  • Everlane Will Deliver Last-Minute Gifts to Your NYC Office in One Hour

    22 Dec 2014 | 11:40 am
    (Photo via everlane.tumblr.com) If you’ve finished all of your holiday shopping by Dec. 22, that’s great. But you’re probably in the minority. For the rest of us, thankfully, Everlane is delivering last-minute gifts anywhere in Manhattan just an hour after you order them. That means you can discreetly purchase a few tops, bags and gloves, have them delivered to your office, and tote them home on the subway without even having to enter a crowded retail store. Everlane is a mostly-online clothier that has been known to set up chic pop-up stores in downtown locales. Their goal…
  • Bill de Blasio Asks New Yorkers to ‘Put Aside’ Protests After Murder of Police

    22 Dec 2014 | 11:32 am
    Mayor Bill de Blasio with Police Commissioner Bill Bratton last week. (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images) In a speech at the Police Athletic League today, Mayor Bill de Blasio said New Yorkers should put aside political debates and protests out of respect for the families of the two NYPD officers murdered on Saturday. “I think that it’s important that regardless of people’s viewpoints, that everyone recognizes it’s a time to step back and just focus on these families,” Mr. de Blasio said. “I think it’s a time for everyone to put aside political…
  • The New New Republic Takes Shape

    22 Dec 2014 | 11:20 am
    The cover of The New Republic’s first issue We knew we wouldn’t make it to the end of the year without some more news about The New Republic. This morning, newly appointed editor in chief Gabriel Snyder outlined his vision for the future of the magazine. The magazine’s future has been a hot topic this month. In early December, The New Republic announced that Mr. Snyder was replacing Franklin Foer as editor in chief as part of owner Chris Hughes’ effort to reinvent the venerable magazine as “a vertically integrated digital media company.” The news did not go over…
 
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    The American Conservative » Daniel Larison

  • Setting Realistic Goals for Cuba Policy

    Daniel Larison
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Gordon Adams warns supporters of normalization against setting unrealistic goals of political change in Cuba: Maybe it would be better to say that recognition and economic relations with Cuba are good things in their own right. And maybe one day Cuba becomes a liberal democracy with a free economy. But that choice is not ours to make. It belongs to the Cuban people. Adams is right that both sides of this debate have tended to advance competing arguments about which policy would more effectively promote political change in Cuba. While critics of the embargo are absolutely right that it is a…
  • The Nonsensical Case Against Normalization

    Daniel Larison
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:15 pm
    Rubio appeared on ABC’s This Week yesterday and said this about normalization with Cuba: We have those policies of normalization toward Vietnam, for example, toward China. They’re not any more politically free today than they were when that normalization happened. They may have a bigger economy, but their political freedoms, certainly I would not hold up China or Saudi Arabia or Vietnam as examples of political freedom, proving my point, that engagement by itself does not guarantee or even lead to political freedoms. It’s true that diplomatic engagement does not necessarily…
  • Rubio’s Losing Bet on Cuba Policy

    Daniel Larison
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Jonathan Bernstein responds to my post on Rubio and the politics of normalization with Cuba: But just because a policy polls well doesn’t mean it will help candidates who support it. For one thing, most people don’t really care much about most policy issues, even though they’ll answer survey questions. For another, it’s likely that the issue will have died down by fall 2016, even in Florida, and most voters won’t even remember what Rubio did. That’s a fair point, and Bernstein could be right about this, but let me say a little more about this question. I suspect that the issue…
  • The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

    Daniel Larison
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Obama’s Cuba opportunity. Philip Peters made the case for a change in Cuba policy. Neoconservatism’s theory gap. Leon Hadar reviews Bret Stephens’ America in Retreat and finds it thoroughly lacking. Ending the stupidest part of U.S. foreign policy. James Fallows celebrates the decision to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba. A welcome blow against posturing in foreign policy. Paul Pillar applauds the opening to Cuba. Did the U.S.-Cuba deal help promote peace in Colombia? Richard McColl speculates on the connection between the resumptions of U.S.-Cuban relations and…
  • The Paul-Rubio Fight over Cuba

    Daniel Larison
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:43 am
    Rand Paul said recently that he thought normalization with Cuba was “probably a good idea” and that the embargo “hasn’t worked.” That prompted Rubio to declare that Paul “has no idea hat he’s talking about.” Weigel reports on Paul’s response: That got Paul thinking, and he took to social media today to pummel Rubio. In a two-paragraph post on Facebook, Paul asked why Rubio didn’t want a “new approach” instead of the continuance of an obvious debacle. “Senator Rubio is acting like an isolationist who wants to retreat…
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    TIME

  • Why New York Cops Turned Their Backs on Mayor de Blasio

    Alex Altman
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:09 am
    The killing of two New York City police officers on Dec. 20 has turned the department’s simmering feud with city hall into a political firestorm that has implications for the national debate over policing. After officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were shot and killed Saturday afternoon in an unprovoked attack, cops and union leaders publicly rebuked Mayor Bill de Blasio, arguing his earlier remarks had stoked anti-police sentiment. That night, officers turned their backs on the mayor as he walked through the Brooklyn hospital where the officers were taken. De Blasio on Monday called…
  • Federal Court Strikes Down North Carolina Abortion Ultrasound Law

    mileskohrman2014
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:36 am
    (RICHMOND, Va.) — A federal appeals court has struck down a North Carolina law requiring abortion providers to show and describe an ultrasound to the pregnant woman, even if she refuses to look or listen. The unanimous ruling Monday by a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond upheld a lower court ruling that the mandate violates abortion providers’ free-speech rights. Appeals court Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III wrote that the law “is ideological in intent and in kind.” He says the ultrasound mandate goes far beyond what most states have…
  • Jeb Bush, Mr. Sunshine

    Christine Lim
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:46 am
    At times like this, Joy is not the most obvious theme to build a presidential campaign around. So it is all the more surprising that Jeb Bush cannot stop talking about that most delightful and fleeting of human emotions. The 61-year-old second son of George and Barbara Bush likes to say that the matter of running for President comes down to his inner spirits–“whether I can do it with joy in my heart.” As 2014 came to a close, all signs pointed to a long season of merriment. …
  • Hillary Clinton, Up, Up and Away

    Christine Lim
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:45 am
    It wasn’t until this fall that Hillary Clinton began to show her hand. Her book tour was winding down, the midterm elections were gearing up, and her paid speaking events, for which she charged up to $300,000 a pop, had passed from initial curiosity into the realm of postmodern performance art–spectacles, like Andy Warhol prints, remarked on mainly for their cost.
  • Morning Must Reads: December 22

    mileskohrman2014
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:07 am
    New York Mourns Slain Officers Following the shooting of Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos in Brooklyn on Saturday, NYPD officers have been directed to only go on foot patrols in pairs, detectives have been told to go out in teams of three and sentries have been deployed outside station houses Cop Deaths and Race Relations Kareem Abdul-Jabbar writes that the murder of two NYPD officers should inspire nationwide mourning, but also the pursuit of a better justice system The Interview Still to Be Distributed Sony Pictures lawyer David Boies asserted that the studio will still distribute the…
 
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    The Brody File

  • House Call With Dr. Ben Carson

    David Brody
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:51 am
    This week’s Brody File show spends the entire half-hour giving you a closer look at Dr. Ben Carson. We travel down to his home in West Palm Beach, Florida, where we talk to him about his political future, his faith, and public policy issues. Plus, watch an interview with his wife Candy who looks ahead to what a possible presidential run would mean for her family.
  • Ben Carson Tells Brody File: 'I think fixing the economy is not going to be that difficult'

    David Brody
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:09 am
    Ben Carson tells The Brody File that he thinks the corporate tax rate in America should be 25 percent or less (it's currently close to 40 percent) and he says reforming entitlements doesn’t need to be the first priority when fixing the economy. “I think fixing the economy is not going to be that difficult,” Carson tells The Brody File. “I would reform the tax code, which is absolutely draconian and I think you would see an explosion of our economy.” Carson thinks our tax code should reflect God’s tithing system of giving 1/10th. “Tithing was a system that was established by…
  • Ben Carson Says He Is an 'Instrument in the Hand of God.' Says America Needs a "'Spiritual Awakening'

    David Brody
    10 Dec 2014 | 8:54 am
    Before you know it, the 2016 presidential race will be here. A number of potential candidates are being talked about and one popular choice is a very well-known doctor. The Brody File visited with Dr. Ben Carson and his wife Candy at their home in West Palm Beach, Florida. Below is the national television story that will air on The 700 Club tomorrow (Thursday, Dec.11). Mandatory Courtesy for TV, Internet and Print: CBN News/The Brody File Among the highlights from Dr. Carson in the piece: On God in his life: "We recognize that we are being instruments in the hand of God. He is the one who…
  • The Brody File Show: Political Squabbles

    David Brody
    5 Dec 2014 | 8:58 am
    This week The Brody File show takes a closer look at the potential fights within the Republican Party over the direction of foreign policy. Plus, we examine the legality of President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration. Finally, Janice Dean from Fox News joins us to discuss her new book about Freddy the Frogcaster and the Big Blizzard.
  • Brody File Video Exclusive: Ben Carson Warns Media and Political Class: 'I'm Not Going to Take the Bait'

    David Brody
    2 Dec 2014 | 5:54 pm
    Dr. Ben Carson tells The Brody File that if he runs for president of the United States you won’t see him lose his cool. “I think some of the people on the political scene get a little frustrated sometimes because I’m not going to take the bait. I’m not going to get angry. It’s just not going to happen.” Watch the clip below. For those who know Ben Carson’s amazing story (just Google, “Gifted Hands”), you’ll recall that as a troubled youngster in Detroit he had a major anger problem. At 14, he almost killed another student after trying to stab him during an argument. The…
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    The Reality-Based Community

  • The Proportion of Americans Under Criminal Justice Supervision is at an 18-year Low

    Keith Humphreys
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:33 am
    A just released report by the Bureau of Justice Statistics shows that the number of Americans under criminal justice supervision has dropped for the sixth year in a row. At the end of 2013, the proportion of Americans under supervision had returned to its 1995 level. To put it another way, the 12-year rise in the rate of criminal supervision from 1995-2007 was wiped out in 6 years of more rapid decline. How do we reconcile an 18-year low in the rate at which Americans are under criminal justice supervision with despairing commentary published only a few months ago saying that mass…
  • Richard Ford makes me cry

    Harold Pollack
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:48 pm
    No policy memo or psychometric scale can capture the tactile experience of private sadness, trauma, and loss. For that, we need the literary or the biographical imagination. Richard Ford’s Sportswriter trilogy is ostensibly about many things. Yet as Stephen Metcalf observed in Slate, these books are really about the shattering (and then the gradual, only-partial reconstruction) of protagonist Frank Bascombe’s life brought about by the death of his young son from Reye’s syndrome. In Lay of the Land, the third book of the trilogy, Frank’s life takes various twists and turns on the…
  • An Unusual But Successful Christmas Music Pairing

    Keith Humphreys
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    I can’t honestly say that I always — or even ever — wanted to know what would happen if David Bowie and Bing Crosby worked together. But some producers had the daft-sounding idea and it turned out very well indeed: Remarkable backstory here.
  • Home delivery as an option in cannabis policy

    Mark Kleiman
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:18 pm
    You can get a pizza delivered. You an get a movie delivered. You can get a book delivered. You can even get your groceries delivered. Why shouldn’t you be able to get a gram of cannabis delivered? Do we really need physical storefronts, or could the whole legal cannabis market be virtualized?
  • Weekend Film Recommendation: The Bishop’s Wife

    Keith Humphreys
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:33 am
    Your film reviewer is on Christmas vacation this week, and so we re-run a prior recommendation that is perfect for the holiday season… The only people who grow old were born old to begin with. If you were asked to recall a 1947 Christmas movie that was nominated for a best picture Oscar, you would probably come up with the famous Miracle on 34th Street. But remarkably, it was only one of two Christmas films so honored that year. The other is this week’s film recommendation: The Bishop’s Wife. Anglican Bishop Henry Brougham (A miscast but appealing David Niven) is under…
 
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    Bleeding Heartland - Front Page

  • Henry Rayhons will be tried in his home county

    22 Dec 2014 | 11:35 am
    A district court judge has ruled that former State Representative Henry Rayhons will be tried in Hancock County for 3rd Degree Sexual Abuse (allegedly having sex with his incapacitated wife). Prosecutors had tried to move the trial to another county, a request more often made by defense attorneys. Tony Leys reported for the Des Moines Register, District Judge Rustin Davenport heard arguments last week from prosecutors, who said extensive pretrial publicity about the case would make it impossible to find impartial jurors in Rayhons' home county. But the judge sided with defense lawyer Joel…
  • 50 "most wanted" Iowa Republican discussion thread

    21 Dec 2014 | 6:45 pm
    Following up on last week's look at "most wanted" Iowa Democrats, Jennifer Jacobs wrote a feature for today's Sunday Des Moines Register on "50 of Iowa's makers and shakers for the Republican presidential caucuses." Any comments about the list or GOP politics in general are welcome in this thread. It seems like Jacobs couldn't decide whether she was making a list of the 50 most influential Iowa Republicans, or the people who will be most sought out by presidential candidates. A lot of names in the top ten will almost certainly not endorse any candidate before the Iowa caucuses (Governor Terry…
  • Weekend open thread: Stephen Colbert farewell edition

    20 Dec 2014 | 7:32 am
    What's on your mind this weekend, Bleeding Heartland readers? This is an open thread: all topics welcome. Happy Chanukah to those who are celebrating. It looks like most of Iowa won't have a white Christmas, but at least that will make travel easier for people going home for the holidays. This week Stephen Colbert wrapped up production of The Colbert Report on Comedy Central. Dozens of political and cultural celebrities showed up to help sing "We'll Meet Again" during the final show on Thursday. Next year Colbert will take over the CBS Late Show from David Letterman. Although I've been a fan…
  • Iowa seen benefiting from normalized relations with Cuba

    18 Dec 2014 | 11:09 am
    President Barack Obama announced yesterday that the U.S. would normalize relations with Cuba after about a year of secret negotiations involving Canada and Pope Francis. On hearing the news, my first thought was that when the Soviet Union collapsed, I would never have believed it would be another 23 years before this happened. My second thought was that expanded trade with Cuba would help Iowa's economy. Matt Milner reported for the Ottumwa Courier that agricultural groups are bullish on the news. I've posted excerpts from his story after the jump. Key point: A paper written in 2003 for Iowa…
  • Final news roundup of how Harkin and Grassley voted

    17 Dec 2014 | 5:36 pm
    Senator Tom Harkin cast his final votes in Congress yesterday as the upper chamber wrapped up the lame-duck session. He and Senator Chuck Grassley were on opposite sides as Democrats confirmed a batch of presidential nominees on Monday and Tuesday. You can view all the roll calls here; the nominees were approved mostly along party lines. They included several judges and assistant secretaries of various agencies and Dr. Vivek Murthy, confirmed as surgeon general by 51 votes to 43, with only one Republican yes vote. Murthy had been the target of a relentless "smear campaign" by conservative…
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    Booman Tribune

  • I'll Miss You, Joe Cocker

    22 Dec 2014 | 3:15 pm
    This seems appropriate: I don't know if I loved Cocker's appearances on Saturday Night Live more than John Belushi's imitations of Cocker's appearances on Saturday Night Live, but I have fond memories of that era. I remember that Cocker once explained why he quit drugs and got sober by saying, "You can only bang your head against a wall for so long before it hurts." So true. Discuss
  • You Wanted an Army of Religious Nihilists

    22 Dec 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Last Tuesday, I predicted that Pakistan was going to begin to experience a full-blown civil war in response to the school shooting there, and we can see that they are off to a good start with this: Pakistan plans to execute around 500 militants in coming weeks, officials said Monday, after the government lifted a moratorium on the death penalty in terror cases following a Taliban school massacre. Six militants have been hanged since Friday amid rising public anger over Tuesday's slaughter in the northwestern city of Peshawar, which left 149 people dead including 133 children. After the…
  • Things That Make My Blood Boil

    22 Dec 2014 | 3:15 pm
    This is just pisses me off: Campaigns only remind evangelicals what they have already learned from their religious community: that voting Republican is a natural extension of what it means to be a good Christian. This message is not just reinforced from the top-down during campaign season, by Christian Right interest groups and campaign ads. It is also reinforced from the bottom-up by trusted local leaders who are part of people’s everyday lives. If we want to increase midterm voting among groups who stayed home, we need to ask who the local opinion leaders might be to reach low-propensity…
  • A Limited Defense of Marco Rubio

    22 Dec 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Whatever is less that zero respect, that is what I have for Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, but at least in one respect I am willing to be more generous than my colleague Ed Kilgore. I'm willing to be more generous because there are some areas where I am willing to grant people the limited right to selfishly emphasize their narrow self-interest rather than the bigger picture. What I am talking about here is how Sen. Rubio responded when asked why Cuba should still suffer under sanctions and isolation when other countries like Vietnam, China, and Saudi Arabia do not. Rubio made a point that…
  • Old Timey

    22 Dec 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Y'all know me to post a lot of eclectic videos spanning a variety of genres. Just wanted to throw a few out there from the genre that underlies everything I do musically: old time. And oh my goodness listen to this, kids: I like old time because it constantly reminds me how often we forget the extent to which much older forms influence modern music. For example, when I was in my early 20s and heard I Got A Man, I thought it was the dumbest fucking thing I ever heard (and also hilarious). Today, I understand the song is one of a long line of Dozens songs and it totally cracks me up even more.
 
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  • Marco Rubio: Rand Paul ‘Chief Cheerleader’ of Obama Foreign Policy

    Benjamin Bell
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:27 am
    This story has been updated Sen. Marco Rubio responded to criticism from fellow Republican and potential 2016 presidential rival Sen. Rand Paul over his position on Cuba, insisting today that he would oppose the “Obama-Paul foreign policy,” and referring to the Kentucky senator as “chief cheerleader” of the president’s overseas agenda. “Rand, if he wants to become the chief cheerleader of Obama’s foreign policy, he certainly has a right to do that,” Rubio, R-Fla., told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on “This Week.”…
  • Sunday on ‘This Week’: Sen. Marco Rubio

    ABC News
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:17 pm
    J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo Following President Obama’s historic opening with Cuba, “This Week” anchor George Stephanopoulos goes one-on-one with Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Sunday on “This Week.” And the powerhouse roundtable debates all the week’s politics, with former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, ABC News contributor and Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol, ABC News contributor and Republican strategist Ana Navarro, and ABC News’ Cokie Roberts. See the whole political picture, Sunday on “This Week.” Like “This Week” on Facebook…
  • 2016 Presidential Race: Where Things Stand

    Benjamin Bell
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:20 pm
    (Lisa Lake/Getty Images) So, now that the midterm elections are over — in case you missed it, the GOP did pretty well — we can now focus on the 2016 presidential race. Get excited! For the latest on the 2016 presidential race, we turn to ABC News’ deputy political director Shushannah Walshe. 1] So the big news this week is that Jeb Bush is going to explore the possibility of running for president. How is that different from actually running for president? It’s kind of confusing. It is a bit confusing and it really is likely just a step before a step before an…
  • Excerpt: ‘The Professor and the President’ by Stephen Hess

    ABC News
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:24 am
    'The Professor and The President: Daniel Patrick Moynihan in the Nixon White House' Veteran of four presidential administrations, Stephen Hess, is out with a new book from The Brookings Institution about the unlikely relationship between Richard Nixon and his first assistant on urban affairs, Harvard professor and East Coast liberal Daniel Patrick Moynihan. The story, full of personal, first-hand accounts, is one of chance and lucky timing that brought about a bipartisan friendship at the highest level of Washington. “It is such a surprising story of how politics really work.
  • Former CIA Director Michael Hayden Acknowledges ‘Human Toll’ on Interrogators

    Benjamin Bell
    14 Dec 2014 | 10:59 am
    Former CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden today acknowledged the “human toll” taken on by CIA interrogators who participated in the use of so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques” in the years following 9/11. “I would be very, very disappointed if this did not take a human toll on our CIA interrogators, because after all, although that person across the table from you was a terrorist, he’s also a human being,” Hayden told ABC’s Martha Raddatz today on “This Week.” “I would not want people in the room doing this who were not…
 
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    The Left Coaster

  • Energizing the Base(s)

    Deacon Blues
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:01 am
    We can now safely assume both Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney are running for the GOP nomination in 2016. Both have some of the same financial backers as would Chris Christie, who still has delusions of being a viable 2016 GOP presidential nominee. So all three will be jostling amongst the 1% base of the GOP to demonstrate why they have what it takes to beat the Tea Party base and Hillary Clinton in the same cycle. Bush will be doing a balancing act of looking like a reasonable adult for the 1% against the base while reminding that same base he's quite conservative himself. Against this backdrop and…
  • Falling Oil Prices Doom Keystone XL?

    Deacon Blues
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:24 pm
    One of the ironic byproducts of declining worldwide oil prices is that the economic sense behind the Keystone XL pipeline has evaporated. Extracting oil from Canadian tar sands and then shipping that oil thousands of miles across the American midwest to Gulf refineries not only does nothing to reduce the price of American energy and gasoline, but also requires a certain oil price-point to make economic sense. With oil now trading in the mid-fifties per barrel, and likely to go lower, that price-point is now well above the market. According to some conservatives, this does not matter. Incoming…
  • 30 Democratic Senator Sell-Outs

    Deacon Blues
    14 Dec 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Here are the 30 Democratic senators (more than half of those who voted in favor) who passed the Crominus spending bill yesterday and sent it on to President Obama for his certain signature. They knowingly endorsed a bill that stripped out a key protection of the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill, and a bill that endangered the pensions of many Americans. Baldwin (D-WI) Begich (D-AK) (defeated in 2014) Bennet (D-CO) (defeated in 2014) Cardin (D-MD) Carper (D-DE) Casey (D-PA) Coons (D-DE) Donnelly (D-IN) Durbin (D-IL) (leadership) Hagan (D-NC) (defeated in 2014) Heinrich (D-NM) Heitkamp (D-ND)…
  • Democrats Sell Out Once Again

    Deacon Blues
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:30 pm
    "This is the kind of compromise the president’s been seeking from Republicans for years now." --Josh Earnest yesterday, explaining exactly why this president is a disaster Yesterday’s sell-out by the White House, Steny Hoyer, and the Senate Democratic leadership on the Crominbus and gutting of Dodd-Frank should serve as a wake-up call to the progressive wing of the party these last two years. Watching Barbara Mikulsky, Harry Reid, Dick Durbin, Hoyer, and the White House agree to GOP ransom demands is proof that the Washington wing of the Democratic Party deserved to lose last month. Going…
  • 57 Shameful Democratic Votes

    Deacon Blues
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:08 pm
    It turns my stomach to see Obama and his White House staff trying to strong-arm House Democrats to pass the despicable government funding measure while they admit it rolls back key provisions of Dodd-Frank. Obama and his staff are trying to tell Nancy Pelosi's caucus that they should hold their nose and vote for "Cromnibus", even if Wall Street gets a big win out of it, and even if the GOP gets to allow Wall Street to bankroll their convention, because things will only get worse next year. To which I say to the White House: "F*ck no." The 1,603-page measure, negotiated by Republican and…
 
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    22 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
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    21 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
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    20 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
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    19 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
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    18 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
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    Politics in the Zeros

  • Tor could be hijacked, says co-founder. And it’s not decentralized

    Bob Morris
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    NSA can use Google ads to track Tor users Tor’s nine “directory authority” servers could be compromised and traffic sent elsewhere, says Tor co-founder Roger Dingledine. Even worse, several of those crucial servers are managed by people working for the government. Did I mention Tor is heavily funded by the government and Dingledine worked at NSA one summer? Conspiracy buffs, start your engines. It appears we’ve all bit a bit misled by how Tor works. It’s not decentralized at all. Yes, we said “centralized.” For all the talk about Tor being a totally…
  • America, the abyss beckons. Is this what we want?

    Bob Morris
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:20 am
    I came of age in the turbulent, violent 1960’s. Things are now more polarized than then. We can keep screaming at each other as we near the abyss or we can figure out a way to avoid the coming chaos and splintering. “He who fights with monsters should be careful lest he thereby become a monster. And if thou gaze long into an abyss, the abyss will also gaze into thee.” Murdering cops because a cop killed someone is monstrous. Yelling that a mayor who did not pull the trigger is responsible is also monstrous. None of this insanity will lead anywhere good. The various tribes…
  • The Decline and Fall of the American Empire

    Bob Morris
    20 Dec 2014 | 8:34 am
    When superpowers collapse, it often happens in just a few years. Historian Alfred W. McCoy in 2010 says the US empire started unraveling when Bush invaded Iraq in 2003 and may effectively be over by 2025, bankrupted by military overreach and hubris. Me, I think it’s obvious the American Empire is crumbling and the smartest thing to do would be to accept that and plan for a new future. Unfortunately, that probably won’t happen until events force it.  And that means internally things could get quite tumultuous. MCcoy speculates on what might happen. Washington’s global…
  • White House says Sony hack “national security” issue. N. Korea responsible

    Bob Morris
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:49 am
    Does the White House know Sony isn’t a governmental entity and is headquartered in Japan? Do they even care? There is no actual proof linking North Korea to the Sony attack. However, reality will not dissuade the Ministry of Propaganda in D.C. from blaming North Korea and using the incident to scare the public. Sadly, rather than appearing resolute and determined, the Obama Administration is mostly looking foolish, with its panties all in a twist over a computer break-in against a stupid company with minimal security. Absent YouTube clips of young North Korean hackers actually attacking…
  • Is Nigeria becoming a failed state? Boko Haram kidnaps 100 more women

    Bob Morris
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:12 am
    Boko Haram logo Does Nigeria even have a functioning army now? Presumed Boko Haram rebels just invaded yet anotherNigeria village, machine-gunned residents, and captured 100 women and girls. There was no security in the town, no mobile communication, nothing to stop the attack. Gosh, Nigeria security might as well just have posted signs outside the town saying “Come get our girls.” The obvious question is – is the Nigeria military hopelessly compromised, corrupted, and infiltrated by Boko? Because they really don’t appear to be doing much of anything to protect the…
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    Indiana Oracle

  • Elizabeth Warren Shouting From Rooftops

    indianaoracle
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:28 am
    Along with many, many others I am not a fan of companies such as Bank of America or Citibank, and think even less of the insurance industry. However, while it makes great theatre for the left, there are some problems with the populous bail out blather being peddled by the likes of “Liz” Warren around […]
  • Social Justice: Walmart and McDonalds – Business Economics for Laymen

    indianaoracle
    3 Dec 2014 | 3:35 pm
    If you pay attention to tv news at all, you have heard time and again about workers demonstrating/striking for higher wages, higher benefits, etc. There is nothing wrong with this and there are circumstances where such complaints are justified. But there many examples of such actions putting companies out of business or forcing unacceptable tax […]
  • The Ferguson Hustle

    indianaoracle
    2 Dec 2014 | 7:43 am
    Ferguson has a population of around 21,000 of which 13,400 are black.  I am not going to comment on the racial issues of Ferguson, but rather on what the media is covering: riots. The rioting will stop when the locals no longer support imported professional agitators and anarchists.  The media is covering the riots, but […]
  • Intelligence Analysis: What To Do About ISIS

    indianaoracle
    12 Oct 2014 | 12:37 pm
    This posting is generally crafted as it would be inside the military. It covers: Evangelizing Western Philosophical and Social Conceits;  Crusading and Hegemony in the Middle East; Middle East Hegemony Today; What To Do About ISIS; Analysis; Summary. It is written in blunt, direct terms so it is an equal opportunity offender. Evangelizing Western Philosophical […]
  • Cynicism of Government is a Good Thing

    indianaoracle
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:35 am
    On Fox’s Brit Bair, I normally just watch the panel segment. Recently one of the commentators, Bob Fournier, bemoaned the public’s growing mistrust of government and other institutional pillars, such as the healthcare industry. In summary, he said it is understandable, but unhealthy (for the republic). Maybe. The only logical reason I can think of […]
 
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  • A New Approach to Contract Management

    11 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Multiple parties are often involved in the review, approval and negotiation of a contract. Unfortunately, there is limited visibility into the process. Business owners typically rely on email for status updates but it is very difficult to know:Who is reviewing the contractWho has the latest versionWhat is the next stepWhat is the deadline and expectationsThis impacts revenue, customer satisfaction and your ability to meet business goals.An "App-centric" approach to contract review and approval brings immediate transparency to the process.This white paper will address:Why tools like…
  • The End of An Era: Evolving Beyond Email and Spreadsheets to Manage Your Law Department

    11 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Law departments that successfully manage contract workloads and workflow have developed simple yet effective business processes. However, too often, in-house counsel is immersed in largely inefficient day-to-day support or administrative activities at the expense of meaningful participation in strategic business priorities. As transaction volumes increase and demand for faster turnaround times from the business become the norm, tools such as Outlook, Excel, Word and SharePoint do not have the capability of doing the job well. This movement to amplify a…
  • Nordic Special: What's in a Word? Turns out a lot

    4 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    IP Troll Tracker Stephanie Kennedy, is the CEO of 898 data, for the last 5 years she has optimized large data sets and developed custom software for clients to track their information to help them make insightful business decisions. She has over 20 years experience dealing with patent assertion and litigation consulting. Since 2001, Stephanie has made it her mission to track and take down IP Trolls, ahead of her talk at the Nordic IPR Summit in 2015,Stephanie exclusively reports on the impact IP Trolls are having on the Nordic region.Request Free!
  • Nordic Special: The 10 Commandments of Nordic IPR

    4 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Understanding the do's and don'ts of intellectual property can be a tricky business in the ever-shifting, modern, global legal environment. For this reason we spoke with intellectual property experts including Joakim Hammarsjö, Managing Director at Sandvik Intellectual Property AB and Magnus Johansson, Corporate Intellectual Property Counsel at Kongsberg Automotive to compile a list of the 10 Commandments of Nordic IPR.Request Free!
  • SMART CITIES NEWS

    3 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    SMART CITIES NEWS provides weekly updates on finance, government action and new technology, as well as the latest case studies on successful new care models. Our package of news from around the world includes:Best Practices: management methods that consider new infrastructure developments for sustainability, quality-of-life, and economic growth.Next-Gen Cities: reporting the shift in complex municipal network deployments for traffic control, smart parking, emergency services, public lighting, and more.Industry News: latest projects, regulations, and more.At no cost, subscribers can opt-in to…
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    Bob McCarty

  • The National Bet Receives Two 5-Star Reviews

    admin
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Two new 5-star customer reviews of my just-released crime-fiction novel, The National Bet, appeared on Amazon.com during the past 24 hours. Check ‘em out below! Click image above to order a copy of the book. The first appeared Sunday under the header, I Would Highly Recommend The National Bet!!, and reads as follows: The National Bet was a very enjoyable read. It was so fastening I could not put it down. If you like a really good mystery The National Bet is your book! Lots of crime fighting and action packed adventure. I loved the twists and turns in this book. The author Bob McCarty…
  • Was Justice Served on Russian Roadway?

    admin
    20 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Only on rare occasions do I share videos minus any direct connection to something in my books or politics. Today, however, I make an exception by showing a dashcam video from Russia. Purportedly, it shows a car involved in a high-speed chase exploding into pieces after being struck by lightning. And did I mention the vehicle’s occupants had allegedly robbed a church moments earlier? According to the article that accompanied the video above, witnesses to the event insist the vehicle was hit by lightning. Though it’s difficult to tell with certainty that lightning was involved in…
  • Bob McCarty’s Weekly Recap: Dec. 14-20

    admin
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:45 am
    After sharing my weekly recap one week ago today, another piece of news arrived unexpected via my Facebook page. I shared it under the headline, The National Bet ‘Thoroughly Engrossing Crime Thriller’. Then I went about covering a plethora of news, ranging from the arrest of an FBI agent to agreeing with a slick-talking Democrat. Below is recap of the past seven days at BobMcCarty.com: Click on image above to order a copy of The National Bet. Sunday, Dec. 14 — While spending most of the day working on my next book, I did find time to read a St. Louis Post-Dispatch article…
  • Which United States Senator Sent This Message?

    admin
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:01 pm
    After telling my Facebook friends how strange it felt to receive an email message from one of my U.S. senators — with whom I disagree on almost everything — about the recent passage of a $1.1 trillion cromnibus spending package, I decided to share the opening paragraphs of that message (see screenshot below) and see if you could guess who sent it before I revealed the sender’s name. Click on image above to see who sent it. After clicking on the image above, you’re probably as disappointed as I am that the U.S. senator from Missouri who should have sent the message…
  • Note to Megyn Kelly: No Need For So Much Hype

    admin
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:33 pm
    One week ago today, I shared a Vice.com video interview of Dr. James Mitchell (a.k.a., “The Architect” of enhanced interrogation techniques) about his role in interrogating terrorists, terror suspects and other detainees in U.S. custody. Today, I share another interview of the man that reveals as much about the interviewer as it does about the guest. Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com One thing that stands out to me in the video is that Dr. Mitchell seems humble and content to avoid the spotlight. On the flip side, I was disappointed by something I heard come out of the…
 
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    Fort Hard Knox

  • Christian Rights Around The World

    admin
    14 Dec 2014 | 11:34 am
    We live in a day where the average religious person is required to follow a certain standard. What I mean by that is that the religious people of the world, especially the United States, are asked to keep their faith quiet and their ideas to themselves. In the United States the rights of Christians are typically left alone. However the past few years have seen a huge spike in the number of religious liberties that are being denied. However the bigger issues that we find in the United States have to deal with the Islamic faith. In the United States it is a problem for many folks if you share…
  • The Horrors of Recent Christian Persecution By ISIS

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

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

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

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

  • The Night Before the Shooting of 2 NYPD Officers, Pro-NYPD Protesters Rallied Outside City Hall

    Anthony L. Fisher
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:31 pm
    On Friday, December 19, 2014, just one day before the shocking execution-style murder of two NYPD officers, about 100 pro-NYPD demonstrators gathered outside City Hall, where they were met by about 200 counter-demonstrators in what turned into a tense night filled with loud, heated rhetoric. Reason TV was on hand to cover the rally, which you can watch in the above video.  Some in the pro-NYPD crowd wore shirts reading "I Can Breathe" and chanted things like "Don't resist" and "Thank you, NYPD." On the other side of the barricades came chants such as "How do you spell racist? NYPD!" and…
  • A Fond Farewell to the Legend of Korra, an Anti-Authoritarian Delight

    Robby Soave
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:25 pm
    The Legend of Korra ended its run Friday with an action-packed finale that saw the hero, Avatar Korra, thwart a fascist dictator bent on world conquest. This final season, like the previous three, has drawn praise for its trailblazing feminist and progressive values, ending as it did with the hint of a same-sex romance for the lead character, a teenage girl. Some Reason readers undoubtedly eye those descriptors cautiously, associating modern progressive feminism with a host of liberty-unfriendly attitudes. But Korra, thankfully, espoused individualist feminism and voluntary progressivism, and…
  • Rand Paul: Demilitarize the Police! New York: Bulletproof Everything!

    Scott Shackford
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Two supposedly unrelated stories that are totally related: First, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is planning to reintroduce legislation next session to cut the more militaristic components out of the federal program that sends surplus military equipment to law enforcement agencies across the country. He doesn’t want to kill the whole program—just the parts that provide weapons and militarized vehicles to police. From BuzzFeed: Paul’s decision to keep the bill, which was crafted by the retiring Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn, alive will be a significant test for the political viability of the issue.
  • Ira Stoll Offers Political Predictions for 2015

    Reason.com
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:30 pm
    What will be the biggest political stories of 2015? From the presidential aspirations of Hillary Clinton to the future fallout of the Sony hacking scandal, Ira Stoll offers an advance peek at the year ahead in American politics. View this article.
  • Joe Cocker Feelin' Alright in a Better Place, Bill de Blasio Wants to Put Aside Political Debate, North Korea Knocked Offline: P.M. Links

    J.D. Tuccille
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Legendary musician Joe Cocker is dead at 70. As police union officials try to paint him with blame for the shooting of two officers because of his (rather mild) criticism of some police tactics, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio urged people to "put aside political debates, put aside protests." America's troops increasingly identify as libertarians (and they aren't so fond of the president). Former Vice President Dick Cheney should be prosecuted for torture, says The New York Times. Why stop there? Sheriff Joe Arpaio, the headline-lovingest sheriff in these here United States, is getting a…
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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 SECOND CHANCE SHEEPDOG

  • All Lives Matter

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:19 am
    Photo of a police officer, Boston, USA (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Incidents involving law enforcement officers and suspects have been prominent news stories during 2014. Recent incidents have brought protestors out into the streets blocking traffic and impeding the flow of commerce. In the Nashville area, protestors have even held "die ins" at local malls making it difficult for Christmas shoppers to navigate from store to store. The chants of, and signs proclaiming, "Black Lives Matter" are popping up everywhere.On Monday, I put forth a challenge to my Facebook friends. I challenged them to…
  • November 2014 Tennessee Governor's Race

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Back in July, I posted a brief synopsis on the Republican and Democratic nominees for Tennessee governor. I also promised to briefly review those nominees and the 3rd party candidates who would be on the ballot prior to the November general election. Since early voting in Tennessee begins tomorrow, here is a brief overview of all seven candidates.Republican NomineeEnglish: Knoxville mayor and Tennessee GOP gubernatorial candidate Bill Haslam addressing supporters before the Highlands Town Hall Debate at Tennessee Tech University. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)As expected, Tennessee's incumbent…
  • Why ESPN Needs You to Hate Jameis Winston and the Florida State Seminoles

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:43 am
    *** Source ---> secexposed.wordpress.com/ article titled "Why ESPN Needs You to HATE Jameis Winston and the Florida State Seminoles"It has been a wild and crazy past week for the Florida State Seminoles. Their QB, a magnet for controversial news ever since his stint as quarterback for the reigning national champs began last year, once again was at the top of the headlines after being suspended by FSU for a half, then a whole game, for being spotted in the student union yelling a vulgar popular online meme. While we have seen the outrage on TV and on social media forums, and even the anger…
  • Clark Boyd and the 2nd Amendment

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

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

  • Proof that Inequality Harms Economic Growth?

    19 Dec 2014 | 10:08 am
    If you follow the inequality debate, then you’ve no doubt heard that the OECD has just released a report claiming to show that economic inequality lowers economic growth. I’ll have more to say about the study itself soon. But the most striking thing is the response to the report: namely, that its conclusions have been trumpeted uncritically by the media and by everyone who already believes inequality is a problem.
  • Freedom of Speech, “Islamophobia,” and the Cartoons Crisis [Podcast]

    18 Dec 2014 | 10:05 am
    Is there a climate of self-censorship regarding Islam? Has fear led artists and writers to avoid discussion and criticism of Islam? So it seemed to the journalists at Jyllands-Posten, Denmark’s largest daily paper, in the fall of 2005.
  • The Debt Dialogues [Episode 35]: Steve Simpson on Inequality, Democracy, and Money in Politics

    16 Dec 2014 | 9:07 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 Steve Simpson, director of legal studies at the Ayn Rand Institute, on inequality, democracy, and money in politics.
  • Ayn Rand’s Novel Ideal to Be Released This Summer

    15 Dec 2014 | 12:39 pm
    On December 3, New American Library (NAL) announced it would publish Ideal on July 7, 2015, a novel penned by Ayn Rand more than eighty years ago. This will be the first Rand novel to be released since the 1957 publication of Atlas Shrugged. The announcement captured the attention of Ayn Rand enthusiasts as well as several media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, NPR and Newsweek.
  • In Defense of First Class

    12 Dec 2014 | 7:15 am
    Over at the L.A. Times, Michael Hiltzik uses flight travel as an analogy for today’s economic inequality. But he draws exactly the wrong lesson.
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    RealClearPolitics - Homepage

  • Republicans Exit 2014 Strong. Clinton, Not So Much.

    22 Dec 2014 | 11:31 am
    Adam Wollner, NJ With 2014 just about in the books, the next presidential election is set to shift into high gear in the new year. Two candidates—Jeb Bush and Jim Webb—are already exploring bids, and the political world is waiting for dozens of other potentials to make their intentions known in the coming weeks and months. But just because no one else is technically "exploring" a bid at this point doesn't mean others haven't been considering a White House run for the better part of the past year. 2014 saw a flurry of activity from politicians jockeying for early position in the…
  • N.Y. Cops Union Head Doesn't Get It

    22 Dec 2014 | 11:30 am
    Dean Obeidallah, CNNSome years ago I was the municipal prosecutor in a midsize New Jersey town. I had weekly "night court" duties, where we handled traffic violations, DUIs and other nonfelonies. I can say without reservation that during the years I worked as a prosecutor, I held the police in the highest regard and greatly trusted them. I felt this way for years after I stopped prosecuting.But those feelings are gone. Don't get me wrong, I don't view the police as the enemy. I simply don't trust them like I once did. I no longer give them the benefit of the doubt, meaning I can now just as…
  • The Context for This Weekend's Atrocity

    22 Dec 2014 | 11:29 am
    Matthew Hennessey, City JournalNew York City’s anti-cop activists are scrambling for cover now that two NYPD officers, Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu, have been slain in cold blood on a Brooklyn street by a suspected gang member seeking revenge for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. For the last several weeks, Gotham has been the scene of nightly, inflammatory protests against the NYPD. An assortment of self-proclaimed social-justice activists have disrupted traffic, assaulted officers, and demanded an end to Broken Windows policing. The city’s progressive elites,…
  • Behind the Defeat of Mary Landrieu

    22 Dec 2014 | 10:26 am
    John Couvillon, JMC Enterprises
  • Bernard Goetz's Subway Shots Echo Still

    22 Dec 2014 | 9:54 am
    Carl Cannon, RealClearPoliticsAcross the nation, law enforcement personnel are on high alert after the weekendÂ’s assassination of two New York City patrolmen, one a newlywed and the other a devoted father of two. ItÂ’s hard to read about hate crimes at Christmastime, but thatÂ’s what this was, pure and simple.Violent crime that takes the lives of the innocent, regardless of whether they are in uniform -- or whether the shooter is a police officer -- reverberate through the victims familiesÂ’ for generations. And when motivated by politics and race,…
 
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    The New Republic

  • Why Couldn’t Patrick Leigh Fermor Finish His Masterpiece?

    Jason Guriel
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:22 pm
    In 1933, a 19-year-old Englishman, finding himself booted from school for holding hands with a local, decided to cross Europe on foot. He had a mind to make it from the Hook of Holland down to Constantinople—unpurple “Istanbul” would never do. Even more romantic than the goal was the gear: use
  • The New York Cop Killer Was Arrested 19 Times. Why Was He Able to Get a Gun?

    Rebecca Leber
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:32 am
    The last year when Ismaaiyl Brinsley—the man who killed two New York City cops on Saturday—should have been able to buy or carry a gun was 2008, when he was convicted of felony shoplifting, according to the
  • Finally, a Financial Executive Is Sacked for His Company's Misdeeds

    David Dayen
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:42 am
    Let’s say you run a company whose misdeeds are splashed across the front pages of the business section on an almost weekly basis. You might reasonably expect to be fired without delay. But then let’s also stipulate that you’re in the financial services industry. Recent history suggests you’l
  • How 'Silent Night' Became the Most Popular Christmas Carol of All Time

    Elaine Teng
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:24 am
    It’s difficult to imagine today, but there was a time when “Silent Night” was not virtually synonymous with Christmas.  As recently as the nineteenth-century, Christmas was not widely celebrated in the English-speaking world. The Puritans
  • Conservatives Are Right About Reckless Political Rhetoric

    Brian Beutler
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:49 am
    After Jerad and Amanda Miller killed two police officers and a civilian in Las Vegas this past June, we learned what set them off from his Facebook page. Jerad was a
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    E.J. Dionne Columns and Blog Posts

  • The duck that roared

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    21 Dec 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Politics in a democracy is a team sport that leans heavily on individual high performers. This explains the paradoxical closing of President Obama’s most difficult year in office.He ends 2014 in surprisingly buoyant spirits, having proved that he still has the power to push policy in new directions in foreign affairs and on issues ranging from immigration to climate change.Read full article >>
  • The Schumer prescription for 2016

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Sen. Charles Schumer gave Democrats a talking-to about their obligation to stand up for government’s role in helping struggling middle-income Americans — and his message got swallowed up by a few paragraphs on health care.Read full article >>
  • Obama’s Boehner bailout

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    14 Dec 2014 | 4:54 pm
    How often will President Obama come to House Speaker John Boehner’s rescue even when Republican leaders aren’t willing to give much in return? And does the president want to preside over a split in his party?Read full article >>
  • Reactions to the CIA report suggest that many involved would do it all over again

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:18 pm
    Can we now say with confidence that our government will not use torture again and that Americans in the future will rise up to prevent it from doing so? In light of the reaction to the Senate intelligence committee’s report, I fear that we can’t.Read full article >>
  • In politics, does evidence matter?

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    7 Dec 2014 | 4:36 pm
    One of the lovely formulations in John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address expressed his hope that “a beachhead of cooperation may push back the jungle of suspicion.” Kennedy was talking about the Cold War, but we could use a little of this in the partisan and ideological warfare that engulfs our nation’s capital.Read full article >>
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    ThinkProgress

  • The Best Culture Writing Of 2014

    Jessica Goldstein
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Read on for an unranked list of outstanding stories about culture. These are the gems that made me think about the things I think about all the time in a completely different way than I had before. They’re the stories did not leave me alone when I was done reading them. This is not a list of every excellent culture piece written this year, but every piece on this list is excellent. Let’s Be Real: ‘Let’s Be Cops,’ cop movies, and the shooting in Ferguson, by Wesley Morris Grantland Let’s Be Cops is a buddy comedy starring New Girl guys Jake Johnson and Damon…
  • What The Latest European Royals Scandal Can Tell Us About Spain’s Economy

    Beenish Ahmed
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:18 pm
    CREDIT: AP Princess Cristina de Borbon, sister of King Felipe VI, will be the first Spanish royal to face prosecution when she stands trial for charges of tax fraud next year. The trial follows a four-year long investigation into corruption allegations leveled against the royal family at a time when Spain faces a major economic crises. Princess Cristina’s husband, Inaki Urdangarin, is accused of using his title to embezzle about $7.4 million in public contracts through the Noos Institute, a nonprofit organization that he co-founded. Cristina is charged with two tax-related crimes. She has…
  • What It Means That Deportations Were Down 14 Percent This Year

    Esther Yu-Hsi Lee
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Aerial view of the Rio Grande. CREDIT: AP Photo/Eric Gay The Obama administration deported 14 percent fewer immigrants in the 2014 fiscal year compared to the previous year and focused its deportation resources on criminal immigrants, according to the latest Immigration and Customs Enforcement data released last week. About two-thirds of ICE removals came from immigrants who were apprehended at the border, while the majority of the rest were of immigrants previously convicted of a crime. The statistics may help lend a persuasive narrative for the Obama administration which has heavily…
  • Women With The Same Qualifications As Men Get Passed Over For Promotion

    Bryce Covert
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:13 pm
    CREDIT: Shutterstock Even when women have the same experience, tenure, and jobs as men, they have a much lower chance of being promoted, according to a new study. Authors Astrid Kunze and Amalia R. Miller examined private sector employment data from Norway, known as a generally women-friendly country, between 1987 and 1997. They found that even when controlling for industry, occupation, age, education, experience, tenure, and whether workers are full or part time, women are 2.9 percentage points less likely to get a promotion than men. On top of that, they found that “[f]or men,…
  • Faced With Melting Ice, The NHL Is Going Carbon Neutral

    Emily Atkin
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:58 am
    Cold weather is necessary to continue annual NHL events like the Winter Classic, the league highlighted in an environmental report released earlier this year. CREDIT: AP The National Hockey League is going carbon neutral. On Thursday, the professional ice hockey league said it would buy enough renewable energy credits to completely offset its carbon footprint during the 2014-2015 season — an estimated total of 550,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide, or the emissions equivalent of 115,000 cars. The move is meant to raise awareness about the impacts of climate change, not only on the…
 
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    RamonaCreel.com

  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-22-2014

    Ramona
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:22 am
    Organizing is what you do before you do something so when you do it's not all mixed up. (Pooh) — If only it were so simple! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-22-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-21-2014

    Ramona
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:22 am
    It's important for an explorer to be willing to be led astray. (R. VonOech) — A journey's more interesting without the map. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-21-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-20-2014

    Ramona
    20 Dec 2014 | 10:22 am
    You have to be before you can do, and do before you can have. (Z. Ziglar) — And know what you want before you begin! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-20-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-19-2014

    Ramona
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:22 am
    What I do is important because I'm exchanging a day of my life for it. (Unknown) And I want the biggest bang for my buck! — (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-19-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-18-2014

    Ramona
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:22 am
    My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness. (Dalai Lama) — I also belong to the cult of common sense. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-18-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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    Democratic Strategist

  • Carville: Pro-Business Voters Should Wake Up to Reality

    22 Dec 2014 | 1:24 am
    Writing at The Hill, Democratic strategist James Carville addresses a question much on the minds of Democratic activists and operatives everywhere: "Why do people vote against their interests?" Carville, co-author of "It's the Middle Class, Stupid!" with TDS founding editor Stan Greenberg, focuses here more on the phenomena of well-off voters casting their ballots for Republicans -- even when the record shows that the economy and the stock market do substantially better under Democratic Administrations. A chief complaint of many Republicans is that Asian-Americans and Jews strongly support…
  • Another Blow to the Big Adult Republicans

    19 Dec 2014 | 9:49 am
    With the president's partial normalization of relations with Cuba this week, followed by yet another explosion of fury from Republicans (other than the outlier, Rand Paul), it's becoming obvious the original plans of congressional Republicans to showcase their positive, agenda-setting side once total control of Congress came into their grasp is looking mighty shaky. I talked about this yesterday at the Washington Monthly: At the end of a post reciting the big moves "our bored, exhausted, disengaged president" has taken since the midterm elections, Kevin Drum makes an important point about…
  • Jeb Bush's Dilemma

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:11 am
    Jeb Bush earned some extensive chatter from the political world by suddenly expressing an active interest in the race after months and years of Hamlet-like behavior, while also forming a leadership PAC to support allies and show the flag. He does have some assets along with the much-noted problem of recent friction with conservatives over his positions favoring Common Core education standards and some sort of legalization of undocumented immigrants. But at TPMCafe, I isolated what seems to be the problem he simply cannot solve: Bush's central problem is that in outside donor circles, he…
  • TDS Special Feature: Articles from our Readers:

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:10 am
    The Middle Aged: Democrats have failed to sufficiently address the economic insecurity of this large and important cohort of working- and middle-class citizens by Henry Moss Henry Moss is a retired private sector educational administrator with a PhD in philosophy. He lives in the Bronx and can be reached at hmoss011@gmail.com About 45% of Americans are between the ages of 40 and 65, roughly the middle ages. Their political importance, however, is even greater than the numbers suggest as they worry not only about themselves but about their adult children and aging parents, and, in many cases,…
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    16 Dec 2014 | 9:06 am
    A Teachout Moment For Hillary Clinton: A First Look At 2016 Through The Lens Of 2014 by Sean McKeown scientist and engineer Sean McKeown has been involved in several national and New York-based campaigns, and is writing a book on finance and economics." There is an emerging progressive populist movement that many in the media have called "The Elizabeth Warren Wing of the Democratic Party" thanks to the skyrocketing popularity of Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. Groups such as the PCCC embrace this label for the purposes of memes and soundbites, but while describing this emerging…
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    IndiaVision News and Information » Politics

  • Actress Khushboo likely to join Congress today

    Gautam
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:58 am
    Chennai: Famous actress Khushboo is likely to join the Congress on Wednesday. She is in New Delhi and is expected to meet Congress President Sonia Gandhi and party Vice President Rahul Gandhi at 5 pm. Tamil Nadu Congress Committee President EVKS Elangovan is also present in New Delhi. A formal announcement over her induction into the party is expected after the meeting. Kushboo had quit the DMK after the Lok Sabha elections 2014 following differences with party treasurer MK Stalin. However, there is no official confirmation about her joining the Congress.Actress Khushboo likely to join…
  • 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,…
 
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  • Pakistan’s New Leaf?

    Brahma Chellaney
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:50 am
    The Peshawar massacre was not the first time that Pakistan, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, became a terror victim. But the attack has underscored how the contradiction between battling one set of terror groups while shielding others for cross-border undertakings has hobbled the Pakistani state.
  • Fighting Ebola on All Fronts

    Christian Bréchot
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Judging by the media coverage in the United States and Europe of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa, one might conclude that conditions in the affected countries are gradually improving. But, though the epidemic is no longer a front-page story, the virus is far from being contained. On the contrary, it remains a serious global health threat.
  • Measuring the Next Global Development Goals

    Bjørn Lomborg
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:20 am
    Measurement is crucial for creating a development agenda that will do the most good for the most people, given limited resources. But how much money can the international community justify diverting from development initiatives to improving data collection and analysis?
  • Britain’s Closet Keynesian

    Robert Skidelsky
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:50 am
    As British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, the poster child for austerity, repeatedly misses his deadlines to balance the budget, he is starting to look like a closet Keynesian. What he fails to realize is that his attempts to cut spending during a crisis are undermining his effort to reduce the deficit.
  • Why Cuba Turned

    Jorge G. Castañeda
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:30 am
    The agreement between the US and Cuba to resume diplomatic relations looks like a victory for the communist island. But that conclusion leaves out a crucial variable: the collapse in the price of oil, which leaves Cuba economically vulnerable and increases the likelihood of political change.
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    Hip-Hop and Politics

  • Thoughts on Cuban Hip Hop Being Used to Overthrow the Gov’t

    mrDaveyd
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:41 am
    There’s a been a lot of conversation about the recent revelations of Hip Hop and Hip Hop artists being via infiltrated through an agency called USAID with the goal of shaping opinions and sparking unrest to create a climate that would lead to the overthrow of the Cuban government. You can peep one of the many stories about that HERE—http://huff.to/1qMR5T7 In speaking about this case, I noted that far too many have fallen into the trap of seeing themselves and this music/culture as being unique in it being besieged, put under surveillance and being deemed a potential threat to…
  • Everyone But Us (Sobering Thoughts on Ferguson & Racial Justice )

    mrDaveyd
    1 Dec 2014 | 8:01 am
    Lots to think about in the aftermath of the St Louis Grand Jury decision not to indict Darren Wilson.. Racial Justice scholars David J Leanord and J Love Calderon offer up some keen insight and resources to tap into.. The announcement that the St. Louis Grand Jury’s decision would not indict Darren Wilson was about much more than his potential prosecution; yes, it was yet another reminder of America’s creed, where justice for African Americans remains a dream deferred and where politically, culturally, and morally black lives don’t matter.  “Police violence, a lack of due process,…
  • 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…
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  • Federal Reserve Gives Yet another Gift to Big Banks

    22 Dec 2014 | 1:00 pm
    If there are 12 days of Christmas, America’s big banks are on Day 3 because they’ve already gotten two big presents this year.   The first came earlier this month when Congress repealed the “swaps push-out” rule, a restriction on trading derivatives not backed by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC).   The second came Thursday when the Federal Reserve granted financial institutions extra time to divest themselves of private equity and hedge fund investment they’d been required to sell as part of the Volcker Rule, which prohibits banks from…
  • Oklahoma and Nebraska Sue Colorado for Legalizing Marijuana

    22 Dec 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Two heartland states have sued Colorado over its recreational marijuana law, claiming the legalization of the drug has had a spillover effect in their jurisdictions.   The attorneys general for Nebraska and Oklahoma want Colorado’s marijuana legalization program stopped in order to stem the flow of pot into counties that border the state. The litigation claims Colorado’s law has “created a dangerous gap” in the federal drug-control system, which still treats marijuana as an illegal substance.   “Marijuana flows from this gap into neighboring…
  • CIA Decides that the CIA Hacking into Members of Congress is not a Punishable Offense

    22 Dec 2014 | 12:50 pm
    A panel appointed by Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Director John Brennan to assess blame for the CIA’s intrusion into Senate Intelligence Committee computers has—no surprise—found that those who broke into the computers shouldn’t be punished.   The handpicked committee, composed of three CIA officers; Robert F. Bauer, who served as White House counsel during President Barack Obama’s first term; and chairman Evan Bayh, a former Democratic senator from Indiana who served on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said the three CIA technology officers and two…
  • Executions in U.S. Drop to 20-Year Low

    22 Dec 2014 | 12:45 pm
    There were only 35 executions in the United States in 2014, continuing a trend that has seen state-sanctioned killings of inmates generally decline in the past 15 years.   The peak of executions since the Supreme Court ruled them legal in 1976 came in 1999, when 98 inmates were killed by order of government officials. The numbers have mostly fallen since then; there were an average of 71.1 executions a year from 1997 to 2005, according to The Washington Post. Between 2006 and 2016, the average had fallen to 44.3 per year.   The last time there were fewer than 35 executions in a year…
  • Ambassador to the United States from Paraguay: Who Is Igor Pangrazio?

    22 Dec 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Igor Pangrazio Vera, a career member of his country’s Foreign Service, took up his post as Paraguay’s ambassador to the United States on September 11, 2014.   Pangrazio is no stranger to the U.S. He attended high school in Mission Viejo, California, competing on that school’s nationally recognized swim team. He was a high school All-American in 1985. He then attended Kansas University, earning a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science in 1990.   He joined Paraguay’s foreign ministry and in 1992 was named director of economic integration. In…
 
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    People Power from YES! Magazine

  • 12 Hashtags That Changed the World in 2014

    Lindsey Weedston
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Photo by Beverly Yuen Thompson / Flickr. It seems inevitable that with widespread social change comes the violent and bigoted pushback from those afraid of straying from the status quo. And in the age of the Internet, conflict comes with corresponding online movements. Plus hashtags. This year alone, we saw a massive movement erupt around the shootings of unarmed black men by white police officers, from Los Angeles to Ferguson, Missouri. We saw several horrific mass shootings, including the misogynistic murder of college students in Santa Barbara, California. And we saw the kidnapping of…
  • UN Climate Negotiators Drop the Ball in Lima—Now It’s Up to the Grassroots to Pick It Up

    Jim Shultz
    11 Dec 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Peruvian President Ollanta Humala addresses the Conference of Parties. Photo by Presidencia Perú / Flickr. During one of the “high-level” climate policy negotiating sessions here in Lima, where the words of the top diplomats seemed to float in to the air and disappear, a senior representative from Mexico used his time to tell a story. He recounted how he had once attended a meeting in Mexico City with an important international delegation when the city’s famous seismic alarm system sounded, signaling a serious earthquake less than a minute away. “The political battles that matter…
  • The New Economy Comes of Age: 7 Steps Toward Shared Prosperity

    Fran Korten
    10 Dec 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Photo by Shutterstock. In June, I attended an event in Boston that signaled to me that the concept of the New Economy—and the grassroots movement behind it—had come of age. Click here to subscribe to YES! The event was the conference of the New Economy Coalition. The halls were full of students, cooperative leaders from the deep south, climate justice activists from Native reservations, labor leaders, and others identifying with the New Economy. Folks who had been at conferences such as this for years were also there—farmers, Main Street business owners, sustainability entrepreneurs,…
  • Graphic: Convince Your Relatives to Ditch Amazon and Go Local This Holiday Season

    Mary Hansen
    9 Dec 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Every Christmas, my grandmother, a retired journalist and voracious reader of murder-mystery novels, used to send my parents money to buy each of my eight siblings and me a gift. The stipulation was: It had to be a book. It’s worth the extra time and effort to shop at local and independent stores. Our “grandma book” gift tradition continues and, now, includes my three in-laws, and five nieces and nephews. The task of fulfilling seventeen book requests often falls to my dad. Normally the great, Grinch-y grumbler this time of year, he brags that, thanks to Amazon, this is one Christmas…
  • An Insurance Policy for Climate Change? How Seed Banks Are Protecting the Future of Food

    Richard Schiffman
    9 Dec 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Photo by the International Rice Research Institute / Flickr. This story is part of the Climate in Our Hands collaboration between Truthout and YES! Magazine. By now, most Americans know that the world's rainforests are being cut down at an alarming rate, coral reefs are dying from ocean acidification and warming, and the sea is being overfished to the point of exhaustion. We are in the midst of an unprecedented collapse of biodiversity, the largest extinction event since the dinosaurs disappeared from the earth 65 million years ago. It is essential that we preserve the remaining crop…
 
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    Divided Under God

  • Local FD Under Fire for Christian Sign Outside Station

    Kevin Davis
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:50 am
    The City of Utica, NY Fire Department has been under scrutiny this past week after complaints have been made regarding a sign posted outside their Fire Station #4, for the second year in a row.  The sign reads, “Happy Birthday Jesus, We Love You,” and is considered by many to be a violation of the separation of church and state we are endowed with in the US.  Utica residents, religious and nonreligious alike, have asked for help from local and national organizations in addressing this situation.  The Freedom From Religion Foundation sent letters to the fire chief, Russell…
  • This Is What Happens When You Only Visit Right Wing Sites

    Kevin Davis
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:55 am
    When you get your “news” from right-wing websites like CNS News, you tend to have a misinformed view of reality.  CNS News stands for Cybercast News Service and claims all over its website to be impartial, despite the former name it was founded as — Conservative News Service. Case in point, I came across this tweet from Tom Cosner (@GeoCals), a self-proclaimed “Child of God,” according to his Twitter profile.  In it, he links to a CNS article claiming FFRF’s complaint against a nativity scene on government property backfired.  Actually, they were…
  • Apparently God Delivers Lost Items in Toilets Now

    Kevin Davis
    12 Dec 2014 | 10:49 am
    This is the kind of stuff that irritates me to the core.  Attributing little things like this to divine intervention seems harmless enough, but if we dig a little deeper, a larger problem surfaces.  Allow me to give a little background here. Sometime around 2002, a woman from Tennessee named Juanita Dye noticed her husband of 52 years was not wearing his wedding ring.  It was lost.  Two years after that, Juanita’s husband, Norman, passed away.  Suddenly last month, a good 12 years after losing it, the ring was discovered in the bottom of their toilet.  While a critical thinker…
  • A Holiday Gift to Misunderstood Atheists

    Kevin Davis
    6 Dec 2014 | 7:53 am
    As most of my readers know, I published a book this year, titled Understanding an Atheist: A Practical Guide to Relating to Nonbelievers.  I wrote the book not to be showered with riches (any author would be crazy to think that’s going to happen), but instead, I wrote the book to help atheists who confront conflict within their circle of family and friends.  The book is intended for the religious who have trouble accepting their nonreligious loved ones, whether internally or with outward conflict.  It answers a lot of questions the religious might have for nonbelievers but were…
  • Rick Santorum Shows Us Again How Historically Illiterate He Is

    Kevin Davis
    1 Dec 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Photographer: Christopher Gregory/Getty Images On Monday, a conference call with Rick Santorum was released via YouTube by STAND, a right-wing conservative organization run by E.W. Jackson, a Virginia minister who has of course dabbled in politics.  STAND is an acronym for “Staying True to America’s National Destiny,” which is quite obviously all Jackson could come up with after already picking the name STAND.  And I’m sure he thinks it’s catchy as hell.  Besides, you know they mean business when they actually hyphenate “between” as…
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  • Friday Morning News Roundup

    Matt Calvert
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:20 am
    Large Flames Visible At Chevron Refinery Flaring at Chevron’s Richmond refinery produced dramatic flames and smoke Thursday evening that were visible for miles. Flames and water vapor became visible when a process unit at the refinery needed to be depressurized and shut down, according to Chevron spokesman Braden Reddall. The depressurization process, which produces a flare and water vapor that looks like smoke, makes it possible to shut down the unit safely, Reddall said. Reddall said fence line air quality monitors showed no impact to the community. Reddall said he could not discuss…
  • Thursday Morning News Roundup

    Reset Team
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:59 am
    THURSDAY MORNING NEWS ROUNDUP 49ers Release Lineman Ray McDonald As SJ Police Probe Sexual Assault Claim The San Francisco 49ers on Wednesday ended defensive lineman Ray McDonald’s contract with the team citing a “pattern of poor decision making” the same day San Jose police said a woman had accused him of sexual assault. “We as an organization have notified (McDonald) and his agent that we have terminated his contract,” general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement on the 49ers’ team website. “Ray has demonstrated a pattern of poor decision-making…
  • Tuesday Morning News Roundup

    Reset Team
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:59 am
    County To Consider New Deal Meant To Improve SJ Fire’s Response Time To 911 Emergencies San Jose and Santa Clara County will consider today a new incentive contract for emergency medical services as the San Jose Fire Department struggles to meet county standards to be on time for at least 90 percent of its 911 emergency responses. The one-year pact, on the meeting agendas for both the San Jose City Council and the county’s Board of Supervisors, would restore funds the county withheld from San Jose in February after the city failed to meet the 90 percent standard in 22 of 25 months…
  • Monday Morning News Roundup

    Reset Team
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:57 am
    Man Shot And Killed Near Bancroft Avenue Saturday Night A man was shot and killed in East Oakland on Saturday night, police said on Sunday. Officers responded to a report of gunshots fired in the 2000 block of 85th Avenue near Bancroft Avenue around 8:10 p.m., according to police. Arriving officers located the man unresponsive and suffering from gunshot wounds, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police. No arrests were made and no suspect information was available Sunday morning, police said. Anonymous Group Of Artists Claim Responsibility For Effigies On UC Campus…
  • Wednesday Morning News Roundup

    Reset Team
    10 Dec 2014 | 10:37 am
    Protesters Block Both Directions Of Hwy 24 Near Macarthur Bart Hundreds of people made their way into Oakland after walking through city streets in downtown Berkeley Tuesday night to protest decisions to not indict white police officers in the deaths of unarmed black men. The protests started around 6:20 p.m. when police said about 100 people were marching through the University of California at Berkeley’s South Campus area. About an hour later, the group grew to a larger crowd at Center Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way, near Civic Center Park, in Berkeley, police said. They…
 
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    The Alternative Conservative

  • When All They Can Do Is Call You a Racist Part II

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:32 pm
    So, my first article was okay but I feel as if perhaps I've left some things out so I will just continue here...1) I feel this entire Ferguson episode can be looked upon as an opportunity for conservatives to better engage in dialogue with many blacks. We first need to acknowledge, there is a segment of the black population that does indeed feel as though the system is against them. Whether this feeling is justified or not, we must at least acknowledge this.Putting aside our egos, even our ideology for a moment can give us an opportunity to further investigate the problems and concerns that…
  • When All They Can Do Is Call You a Racist

    29 Nov 2014 | 11:14 pm
    With the recent events that have materialized in Ferguson and throughout the country, it feels as if a great divide has been exposed. You are either a person who accepts the facts of what occurred and believe that the Grand Jury made the correct decision or you are spending your time calling those that support the Grand Jury racists.Read more »
  • 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…
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    Politics

  • Johnny Rotten: “You find the truth by ridiculing yourself”

    Kate Mossman
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:35 am
    NS pop critic Kate Mossman talks to the former Sex Pistol about Ed Miliband, Ukip and “men’s dangly bits”. Punk veteran Johnny Rotteb in October 2014. Photo: Jason Alden/Eyevine Johnny Rotten is sitting by a brazier on the terrace at Kings Place in London, where the Regent’s Canal bends round to form a little marina covered in duckweed. Wearing an oversized camel coat and gesticulating with a fag in hand, he looks like a magic tramp in a Terry Gilliam film: the only things missing are the fingerless gloves. He’s talking about the problem with anarchy in the UK – not the song he…
  • Enforcing “British values” is a convenient pretext for casual xenophobia and bigotry

    Rabah Kherbane
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:22 am
    The truth is, there is no substantial definition of "British values" and "integration", which are landmark terms for restrictive measures and border control.  Radical measures are increasingly based on the premise of “protecting culture”. Photo: Flickr/Iker Merodio Recently, a law was proposed in Germany banning immigrants from speaking their own language at home. Closer to Westminster, Theresa May aimed an entire speech at making integration more effective. According to the Telegraph, David Cameron declared that certain religious groups “must embrace our British values”. Even the…
  • The Guardian’s future, the Ukip bubble and your choice of death by snow or poisonous chicken

    Peter Wilby
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:54 am
    With Islamist terrorists, ebola and poisonous chickens threatening to overwhelm us, you would think the British have enough to worry about. Alan Rusbridger. Photo: Getty On the subject of his successor, as on everything else, Alan Rusbridger hides his opinions behind a Buddha-like exterior. But perhaps the most important consideration in his decision to step down as the Guardian’s editor-in-chief next summer was that a successor who shares his vision is in place. Jan­ine Gibson, launch editor of Guardian US and now editor-in-chief of the company’s digital journalism, is quoted by…
  • Public risks, private rewards: how an innovative state can tackle inequality

    Mariana Mazzucato
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:52 am
    The winner of the inaugural New Statesman/Speri Prize in political economy on how an innovative state can tackle inequality. Mariana Mazzucato, professor in the economics of innovation at Sussex University. This autumn, the inaugural NS/­Speri Prize was awarded to Mariana Mazzucato of the Science Policy Research Unit at the University of Sussex. It rewards “the scholar who has succeeded most effectively over the preceding two or three years in disseminating original and critical ideas in political economy to a wider public audience” and includes the invitation to deliver a lecture.
  • Looking to 2015: what will happen to households when interest rates rise?

    Hugh Stickland
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:47 am
    Budgets are stretched tight but we must be ready for the inevitable change. Rising interest rates could hit households hard. Photo: Flickr/Kevin Cortopassi An economist’s favourite pastime at the moment might appear to be estimating when, and by how much, interest rates might rise in 2015. Theories are built; data is analysed; forecasts are made, screwed up again and revised; and the minutes of the Bank of England’s Monetary Policy Committee meetings are scrutinised. Still no one is really any wiser. Just this month inflation dropped to 1 per cent on the CPI measure, a 12-year low. This…
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    Breitbart Feed

  • MN State Rep Wants $329,000 Refund from Jonathan Gruber for Work With 'Beyond Laughable' Error Rates

    17 Dec 2014 | 4:36 pm
    Minnesota State Representative Greg Davids is calling for embattled MIT economics professor Jonathan Gruber, the "architect" of Obamacare, to return all $329,000 he was paid by the state of Minnesota as a subcontractor on a 2011 contract to analyze the state's plan to develop its Obamacare health care exchange, MNSure. On November 21, Davids sent a letter to Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson requesting her to investigate Gruber's work. "In recent weeks," Davids wrote, "significant concerns have been raised regarding the contract between the State of Minnesota and Dr. Jonathan…
  • New York to Ban Fracking; Environmentalists Cheer

    17 Dec 2014 | 4:22 pm
    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Handing environmentalists a breakthrough victory, New York plans to prohibit fracking for natural gas because of what regulators say are its unexplored health risks and dubious economic benefits. New York, which overlies part of the gas-rich Marcellus Shale formation that has led to a drilling boom in Pennsylvania and other nearby states, has banned shale gas development since 2008, when the state began an environmental review of the drilling technique also known as hydraulic fracturing. Wednesday's announcement, though not final, means a ban is all but etched in…
  • Goodlatte: Court's 'Unconstitutional' Executive Amnesty Opinion 'Good Sign'

    17 Dec 2014 | 2:17 pm
    The recent court opinion declaring portions of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration to be “unconstitutional” bodes well for future litigation against the president’s recent order, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte tells Breitbart News.  Tuesday, District Court Judge Arthur Schwab ruled that aspects of Obama’s executive actions go “beyond prosecutorial discretion” to actually legislating. He made these judgments as part of an opinion dealing with a criminal case. “President Obama’s unilateral legislative…
  • Cruz on Cuba: Another Obama 'Very, Very Bad Deal'

    17 Dec 2014 | 2:09 pm
    While the release of U.S. aid worker Alan Gross is a welcome news, the Obama administration has made the underlying issues with the Castro regime in Cuba “worse,” according to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).  “Fidel and Raul Castro have just received both international legitimacy and a badly-needed economic lifeline from President Obama,” Cruz — whose father immigrated to the United States from Cuba — said in a statement Wednesday afternoon.  “But they remain in control of a totalitarian police state modeled on their old state sponsor, the Soviet…
  • Alabama's Sessions Steps Aside in Budget Chair Race, Gives Spot to Wyoming's Enzi

    17 Dec 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Senate Budget Committee ranking member Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) will not chair the U.S. Senate Budget Committee next year when the newly elected GOP majority takes over in Congress’ upper chamber. Instead of Sessions, Wyoming’s Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) will chair the powerful committee. Sessions has been the ranking member of the prized panel for the last four years, during which Democrats had the majority. Before that, and for the first two years of President Barack Obama’s administration, Sessions served as the ranking member of the Senate’s Judiciary Committee. Most…
 
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    Beppe Grillo's Blog

  • Mayor of Trani: arrested #TuttiInGalera

    21 Dec 2014 | 7:49 pm
    Only eighteen months ago, the M5S slogan was "Tutti a casa“ {send them all home}, now it’s been updated to "Tutti in galera“ {send them all to prison}. Corruption in public administration at a local level has become endemic. To work in public administration you’ve got to take a test in “petty-thieving-from-the-public-purse”. One thing attracts another, just like little bribes, and bit by bit it gets to involve all the town councils and all the regional councils. We need more than a tsunami to clean out the Augean stables of Italy whose filth has even spread into government, In…
  • The 2015 Calendar of Lay Saints

    19 Dec 2014 | 3:36 am
    "The security detail", is a common way of referring to them - thus providing them with anonymity. They are the police officers and the carabinieri that are mowed down during a kidnapping, as happened for Aldo Moro, or a homicide, as happened with Falcone and Borsellino. In our country, it’s the officers of the police force and the carabinieri that have paid the highest price in blood at the hands of terrorists and organised crime. Hundreds have been killed since the second world war. Men and women mentioned in the records simply as "the security detail“. The 2015 Calendar of Lay Saints…
  • #RenzieBuffone Renzi the international fool

    18 Dec 2014 | 3:16 am
    This morning’s news item from TzeTze “The incredible madness of holding the Olympics in Italy, announced yesterday by that pseudo premier answering to the name of Matteo Renzi, has thrown the pebble into the pool of foreign newspapers that today have seriously attacked Renzi’s choice. The British daily paper, the Telegraph writes: "Italy's ambition to host the 2024 Olympics, in the middle of its worst recession since the Second World War, has been greeted with derision." They point out that the games would be hosted in “Rome, Florence, Sardinia and Naples – home of the Camorra…
  • Giulietto Chiesa’s arrest

    17 Dec 2014 | 4:09 am
    “The M5S MEPs Tamburrano and Adinolfi are worried about the arrest in Estonia of the jourrnalist Giulietto Chiesa. Such things should not happen in “civilised Europe”. While it is criticising Turkey for arresting journalists, it is staying silent about Chiesa’s arrest, thus demonstrating its own double standards. Yesterday Isabella Adinolfi and Dario Tamburrano, MEPs with the 5 Star MoVement, yesterday learned of the arrest of Giulietto Chiesa, a jourrnalist and a former MEP. They were horrified and worried and they said “We were immediately struck by the absolute lack of…
  • The Pope’s not meeting the #DalaiLama

    16 Dec 2014 | 8:22 pm
    In the last few days, the Dalai Lama has been in Rome for the 14th conference of Nobel Peace Prize winners, originally to be in South Africa until the Dalai Lama was refused a visa to avoid annoying China. The Tibetans tried to arrange a meeting with the Pope but that’s not going to happen. A "political" response rather than an evangelical one. This Pope has received everyone, just everyone, even Balotelli - and he had a short discussion with him in private. Evidently, the Dalai Lama hasn’t yet scored two goals when playing against Germany. The Vatican has explained that they don’t want…
 
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    Cato @ Liberty

  • The Final Nail in the Keynesian Coffin?

    Daniel J. Mitchell
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Daniel J. Mitchell I wrote earlier this year about the “perplexing durability” of Keynesian economics. And I didn’t mince words. Keynesian economics is a failure. It didn’t work for Hoover and Roosevelt in the 1930s. It didn’t work for Japan in the 1990s. And it didn’t work for Bush or Obama in recent years. No matter where’s it’s been tried, it’s been a flop. So why, whenever there’s a downturn, do politicians resuscitate the idea that bigger government will “stimulate” the economy? And I specifically challenged Keynesians in 2013 to explain why automatic…
  • Is North Korea Preparing for Change or Planning More of the Same?

    Doug Bandow
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:58 am
    Doug Bandow North Koreans have formally ended their three-year mourning period for Kim Jong-il. By custom his son, Kim Jong-un, and the country now are free to move forward without hindrance from the past. A small, poor nation, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea should be an international nullity, irrelevant to global affairs. Yet it again dominated headlines in the U.S. with the hacking of Sony. Although the FBI is pointing its finger at Pyongyang, a number of online experts strongly doubt the charge. Whatever the case, this otherwise two-bit international player is at the top of…
  • How Hawkish Are Republican Voters?

    David Boaz
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:56 am
    David Boaz William Kristol tells the Washington Post that Sen. Rand Paul is a “lonely gadfly” on foreign policy: “Rand Paul speaks for a genuine sentiment that’s always been in the Republican Party, but maybe it’s 10 percent? 15 percent? 20 percent? I don’t think he’s going to be a serious competitor for guiding Republican foreign policy.” At the Huffington Post I suggest that Kristol read the polls. They show rising non-interventionist sentiment among Republicans and especially among independents. I argue: Americans, including Republicans, are…
  • Medicaid’s Access to Care Problems Persist and Will Get Worse Next Year

    Charles Hughes
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:24 am
    Charles Hughes Last week, Republican Governor Bill Haslam announced a plan to expand Medicaid in Tennessee. Republican governors in Wyoming and Utah have also put forward expansion plans in the past month. A recent Washington Post editorial argued that there is “no rational justification” for refusing to expand Medicaid. Despite this claim there are many reasons to be wary of Medicaid expansion even as some Republican governors signal some measure of support. A recent government report found that many Medicaid patients have access to care problems, including difficulty getting an…
  • Internationalists vs. Isolationists

    Simon Lester
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:53 am
    Simon Lester Last week, I had a piece in Townhall in which I criticized those who call libertarians “isolationists.”  I explained the various ways libertarians are just as internationalist, if not more so, than those of other political persuasions.  The recent Rand Paul-Marco Rubio back and forth on President Obama’s new Cuba policy helps illustrate the point.  Here is the Washington Post summarizing the exchange: Hawkish Republicans have long called Paul’s foreign policy “isolationist,” a label he rejects. In this week’s Cuba debate, Paul applied the label to…
 
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    A View from the Right

  • What Was the Star of Bethlehem?

    sirrahc
    21 Dec 2014 | 6:41 pm
    The Visit of the Magi (from Matthew 2 (NASB)): 1 Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, magi from the east arrived in Jerusalem, saying, 2 “Where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we saw His star in the east and […]
  • #BlackLivesMatterToo

    sirrahc
    14 Dec 2014 | 7:04 pm
    I may get “in trouble” for TABWW (i.e., talking about Blacks while White), but I’m gonna do it anyway. In the wake of the recent, highly-publicized incidents in which a white police officer killed an unarmed Black man (e.g., Michael Brown, Eric Garner) and the subsequent non-indictments of the officers involved, you may have noticed […]
  • 3D Atlas of the Universe

    sirrahc
    7 Dec 2014 | 5:36 pm
    “My job is to translate the difficulty of science into understandable stories.”  — Carter Emmart, Director of Astrovisualization at the American Museum of Natural History This is really fascinating! Carter Emmart has spent the last several years “coordinat[ing] scientists, programmers and artists to produce scientifically accurate yet visually stunning and immersive space experiences in the […]
  • Aspartame: How Bad Is It, Really?

    sirrahc
    30 Nov 2014 | 7:36 pm
    I make a habit of not drinking anything artificially sweetened with aspartame (aka aminosweet). (In fact, I tend to avoid “diet” drinks in general.) I remember reading or hearing something many years ago that said studies showed aspartame causes serious health issues, when consumed regularly. In fact, if you follow the various “alternative health experts” […]
  • As Dr. King Spins in His Grave

    sirrahc
    28 Nov 2014 | 6:59 pm
    I recently heard a radio interview with a guy named Joe R. Hicks. I really appreciated what he had to say regarding the situation in Ferguson, MO, and the problems within the Black Community that are denied or left unaddressed in such controversial situations. Hicks is an African-American commentator & activist, former Executive Director of […]
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  • SapphireWire Podcast – Episode 10

    Kyle
    10 Dec 2014 | 11:20 pm
    Lisa & Kyle continue their discussion of the intra-party dynamics that are stifling Democrats in Kansas – including finding and fostering inspiring candidates, candidates taking a stand and stating their beliefs, and the need for people to speak out to help turn things around. 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: How the Kansas Democratic Party Drove Itself to Near Extinction – A lengthy analysis, but a worthwhile read that underscores many of the points made in…
  • 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…
 
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    Fair Observer

  • For Drug Addicts in Kabul, Life and Death Are Never Far Apart

    Sadeq Naseri
    21 Dec 2014 | 12:36 am
    Drug addiction is having a devastating effect of Afghan society. [To view the photo feature, click on the mini gallery below.] In addition to economic challenges and insurgent violence, Afghanistan is facing a growing drug problem. As the world’s leading opium producer, it is likely the situation will deteriorate after international troops leave Afghanistan. But while […] The post For Drug Addicts in Kabul, Life and Death Are Never Far Apart appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Being Homeless: In Their Own Words (Part 3)

    Jacob Straus
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:11 am
    Despite the city government’s efforts to provide affordable housing, NYC is still struggling toprovide for a growing homeless population. In spite of its inhospitable weather and soaring cost of living, New York City is the primary homeless hub in the Northeastern United States. Approximately 64,000 of the city’s 8 million inhabitants are homeless, living in crowded shelters or roughing it […] The post Being Homeless: In Their Own Words (Part 3) appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • America Is No Longer the Land of the Free

    Atul Singh
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:51 am
    Distraction, fixation with standardized tests and ballooning debt put students on the road to intellectual serfdom. For more than a century, the Statue of Liberty has symbolized America’s myth of freedom and prosperity. As per myth, America is the hallowed land where immigrants from all over the world arrive to shoot for the stars. In […] The post America Is No Longer the Land of the Free appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • This is Not Recognition

    Miko Peled
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:53 am
    A real struggle is the only way to defeat racist, colonialist regimes, argues Miko Peled. As the recognition by European countries of a so-called “State of Palestine” continues, it is becoming obvious that this is nothing but an old colonial trick — dusted and reused. The fact that liberal Zionist hypocrites, such as the likes […] The post This is Not Recognition appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Across Cultures, Street Children and Homeless Youth Face Similar Problems

    Lewis Aptekar
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:49 am
    In the developed world, poverty is neither sufficient nor a necessary condition for homelessness. Regardless of wealth, political ideology, government decree or religious affiliation, there is no place on the globe that has succeeded in eliminating homelessness. This is extraordinary, when you consider that homelessness, particularly among children, is distinguished as a grave ethical failure. […] The post Across Cultures, Street Children and Homeless Youth Face Similar Problems appeared first on Fair Observer.
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    The one About

  • Informatia pierduta poate fi recuperata imediat cu ajutorul unei firme recuperare date

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:58 am
    Primele versiuni ale de acum celebrului Windows ne-au invatat ca un computer nu e o masinarie perfecta. Ecranul albastru, erorile fatale sau codurile interminabile de eroare afisate pe ecrane, ne reamintiteau ca tehnologia este departe de a fi perfecta.O buna parte din aceste erori erau generate de suportul de stocare al datelor: HDD-ul si mai nou SSD-ul. Atunci a aparut o problema serioasa: cu atatea erori si eventualitatea unor date inutilizabile, ce se poate face pentru o recuperare date eficienta? Marii producatori de software au venit imediat cu solutii de recuperare a datelor la nivel…
  • O reteta de supa crema de te lingi pe degete!

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:50 am
    Recent am primit in dar - un robot de bucatarie si cum sunt nerabdatoare sa incerc retete noi - iata ca am facut-o si pe asta - supa crema - asa cum nu am mai gatit niciodata. De regula fac mancare fara proportii, adica pun ce-mi trece prin cap si inventez incontinuu iar rezultatul este unul excelent. In cazul in care insa nu iese, asta e - macar mizez pe ideea ca nu am urmat nici o reteta si pur si simplu am incercat.Asadar, supa crema are la baza legume, foarte multe legume. Eu am folosit urmatoarele: doua sfecle rosii potrivite trei cartofi curatati, nu prea mari, nu prea mici doua morcovi…
  • Precizia scandinava si inovatia au un nume: ceasurile Axcent originale

    16 Dec 2014 | 5:18 am
    In lumea creatorilor de ceasuri a fost mereu o batalie stransa intre vintage si modern, clasic si futurist. Cea mai evidenta transpunere a acestei lupte pentru suprematie se poate observa cu usurinta in colectiile de ceasuri lansate de marile branduri de pe piata. De exemplu, la Ceasuri Axcent originale se vede clar incercarea designerilor celor mai buni din Scandinavia de a imbina noul si vechiul sub un brand care incearca mereu sa fie racordat la trendurile actuale din moda si la tendintele cele mai noi din industria producatoare de ceasuri.Abordarea creativa, unica, a dus la recunoasterea…
  • Cel mai bun remediu impotriva racelii - ghimbirul

    16 Dec 2014 | 5:12 am
    Iata ca am racat in toamna-iarna asta si pentru a nu stiu cata oara si sincer m-am cam saturat sa iau pastile si sa ma ameteasca din cauza ca nu sunt suficient de bune sau sa arunc banii pe fereastra din cauza ca oricum sistemul meu imunitar este la pamant. Asa ca m-am decis: de data asta ma tratez natural. Si care sunt inamicii numarul ! ai racelii: vitaminele, pe care le iau cel mai mult din lamaie, adica vitamana C - un luptator inascut, care iti intareste si sistemul imunitar si te apara si de antioxidanti.Totusi mai uimita sunt de ghimbir avand in vedere ca nu l-am consucmat pana acum…
  • Faci sport? Cum iti alegi incaltamintea?

    4 Dec 2014 | 8:44 am
    Alergatul si mersul pe jos sunt printre cele mai naturale forme de exercitiu din viata noastra. Asadar, este important sa alegem un echipament adecvat, care sa ofere un efect maxim de fiecare data cand le practicam. Cu inovatii tot mai inedite, marii designeri de incaltari sportive s-au intrecut in crearea de echipamente pentru fiecare activitate in parte, astfel incat sa putem beneficia de cea mai inalta tehnologie in timpul exercitiilor fizice. Prin urmare, este important sa stim cum sa alegem incaltaminte de calitate, in functie de fiecare activitate sportiva pe care o practicam.Alegand…
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    FactCheck.org

  • Is Cuba a ‘Leading’ Sponsor of Terrorism?

    Eugene Kiely
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Sen. Ted Cruz condemned President Obama’s announcement that he would normalize relations with Cuba, calling the communist country “a leading state sponsor of terrorism.” That’s a stretch, to say the least. It’s true that Cuba – along with Iran, Syria and Sudan — is listed by the State Department as one of four “State Sponsors of Terrorism.” But the department’s annual Country Report on Terrorism, published in April, provided little evidence of Cuba sponsoring terrorism, especially compared with the extensive portfolio of the others…
  • FlackCheck.org Video: Immigration Claims

    D'Angelo Gore
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:46 am
    This FlackCheck.org video highlights misleading claims about immigration that were made after President Obama announced his executive actions in late November. The video includes fact-checked statements from Obama, Sen. Ted Cruz, Reps. Tom Cotton and Michele Bachmann, and Rick Santorum, who plans to run for president in 2016.        
  • Cheney’s Tortured Facts

    Eugene Kiely
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Summary Former Vice President Dick Cheney offered a spirited defense of CIA interrogation tactics used in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks and denounced a recent Senate report, which criticized those techniques, as a “crock.” But in presenting his case, Cheney often gave a one-sided and misleading account of the facts. Cheney claimed the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation techniques” used on captured members of al Qaeda and the Taliban did not violate international agreements, citing opinions from the Justice Department. But the Supreme Court later ruled that detainees were…
  • Dec. 12: Climate Change, Dropout Rate, Immigration

    Eugene Kiely
    12 Dec 2014 | 11:39 am
  • No Back Taxes in Immigration Action

    Robert Farley
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:46 am
    President Barack Obama misspoke when he said that immigrants living illegally in the U.S. would have to “pay any back taxes” in order to qualify for work papers under the plan he initiated via executive action. They would not. We wouldn’t normally be inclined to weigh in with a fact-check when someone erroneously slips an inaccurate word into an impromptu response to a live question. But this is the third time we’ve heard this mistake from a prominent Democrat. In the prepared part of his speech at an immigration town hall in Nashville, Tennessee, on Dec. 9, Obama…
 
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    Real Clear Liberty Network

  • Still more politicized pseudo-science?

    Paul Driessen
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:47 am
    The neonics and honeybees saga takes interesting, potentially fraudulent turn. Widening efforts to blame neonicotinoid pesticides for honeybee “colony collapse disorder” and other “beepocalypse” problems have taken a fascinating turn. Insisting that scientific evidence shows a clear link between neonics and honeybee population declines, EU anti-insecticide campaigners persuaded the European Union to impose a two-year […]
  • We’re Number Two

    Alan Caruba
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:24 am
      The U.S. was the world’s number one economy prior to World War II, but it took off bigtime after the war and there has not been a day of my long life in which we were not number one—until now. The International Monetary Fund recently released its calculations regarding the world’s economy and concluded […]
  • Greenpeace again offends indigenous people

    Guest
    13 Dec 2014 | 7:36 am
    By Craig Rucker Radical global warming campaigners trespass on treasured Inca cultural sites. Greenpeace likes to pretend it’s on the side of local people, especially indigenous peoples. But time and again they demonstrate a shocking degree of cultural boorishness. Now Greenpeace activists have Peruvians up in arms, after trespassing all over treasured Incan cultural sites […]
  • The New Congress Must Save the USA from the EPA

    Alan Caruba
    13 Dec 2014 | 7:27 am
      When the Republican Party takes over majority control of Congress in January, it will face a number of battles that must be fought with the Obama administration ranging from its amnesty intentions to the repeal of ObamaCare, but high among the battles is the need to rein in the metastasizing power of the Environmental […]
  • They Get the Subsidy, Taxpayers Get the Bill

    Michael R. Shannon
    13 Dec 2014 | 7:20 am
      Right now Sen. David Vitter, R-La., is not very popular in Harry Reid’s Democrat Senate. The irony is he may not be much more popular with the leadership in Mitch McConnell’s Republican Senate next year.   Vitter is one of those annoying people who believe members of the House and Senate should be subject […]
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    opposingviews.com

  • Report: North Korea Experiencing Severe Internet Problems

    Charles Roberts
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:30 pm
    North Korea’s Internet Just Crashed Report: North Korea Experiencing Severe Internet Problems World Has Been Optimized North Korea is currently experiencing a country-wide internet outage. According to USA Today, researchers believe that North Korea’s internet connections may have come under a cyber attack early Monday that left the nation’s online access completely crippled. Late last week, the White House and FBI suggested that North Korean hackers were behind a recent attack on Sony’s sensitive data. The attack resulted in countless embarrassing e-mail exchanges being exposed and…
  • Fox News Tries To Blame President Obama For Murder Of NYC Cops (Video)

    Michael Allen
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Fox News Tries To Blame President Obama For Murder Of NYC Cops (Video) Fox News Tries To Blame President Obama For Murder Of NYC Cops (Video) Headlines Politics Fox And Friends Has Been Optimized Fox News recently tried to link President Obama to the killings of two NYPD police officers on Saturday in Brooklyn. The alleged gunman, Ismaaiyl Brinsley, who fatally shot police officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos, had a history of mental problems and attempted suicide, noted The New York Times. However, "Fox and Friends" tried to lay the blame on President Obama, Al Sharpton and Attorney General…
  • Retiring Sen. Tom Coburn: Obama "A Genuinely Very Smart, Nice Guy"

    Edward Arnold
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:57 am
    Retiring Sen. Tom Coburn: Obama "A Genuinely Very Smart, Nice Guy" Retiring Sen. Tom Coburn: Obama "A Genuinely Very Smart, Nice Guy" Sen. tom coburn, President Barack Obama, Coburn retiring, 60 minutes coburn Has Been Optimized Retiring Sen. Tom Coburn has much respect for President Barrack Obama. In his last interview as a U.S. Senator from Oklahoma, the Republican told CBS' "60 Minutes" that his relationship with the President was friendly. “I think he's a genuinely very smart, nice guy. I just love him as a man. I think he's a neat man. You don't have to be the same…
  • Poll: Hillary Clinton Still Leading Democratic Presidential Nomination

    Edward Arnold
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:04 am
    Poll: Hillary Clinton Still Leading Democratic Presidential Nomination Poll: Hillary Clinton Still Leading Democratic Presidential Nomination hillary clinton, president democrat 2016, Martin O'Malley, jim webb, joe biden, bernie sanders, Sen. Elizabeth Warren Has Been Optimized Hillary Clinton is still in the lead for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination, despite losing 8 points in the latest ABC News/Washington Post poll. Clinton is backed by 61 percent of Democrats. Elizabeth Warren, the Democratic Senator from Massachusetts, seems to have stolen the points from Clinton, as she…
  • Despite Fading U.S. Interest, Largest Ever Ebola Outbreak Continues

    Will Hagle
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:20 am
    Despite Fading U.S. Interest, Largest Ever Ebola Outbreak Continues While U.S. Media Coverage Of Ebola Declines, Outbreak Continues In West Africa Ebola Outbreak Continues To Ravage West Africa, Even If The U.S. Has Stopped Covering It Despite Fading U.S. Interest, Largest Ever Ebola Outbreak Continues Not Optimized In October and November 2014, it seemed as if Ebola was the biggest threat facing both the United States and the world at large. Stories of Ebola-infected patients filled newspapers and Internet headlines, and social media was abuzz with people talking about the virus. There was…
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    The Recovering Politician

  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: Hoop Dreams. The Kentucky NBA edition.

    John Y. Brown III
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    I have always had mixed feelings about Louisville (and Kentucky) being able to support an NBA franchise. I have wanted it to be true that we can support a professional basketball team– but understand from close up, from our ABA days, what a daunting reality that is. Over the past 40 years my attitude has been a lukewarm, “Well, maybe we should try and see. If it doesn’t work, it is better to have tried and failed than to have never tried and never known for certain.”  But recently, and for no particular objective reason I can point to, my opinion about Louisville and…
  • Saul Kaplan: Our Obsession With Scalability Must End

    Saul Kaplan
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Welcome to the era of business model proliferation. Our obsession with scalability is getting in the way of unleashing the potential of the 21stcentury. We are so fixated with scalability we have taken our eye off of delivering value at every scale including the most important scale of one. The Industrial Era did that to us. Reaching the mass market takes precedence over delivering value to each customer. New customer acquisition trumps delivering value to existing customers. It’s not only business that is obsessed with scale. Our obsession with scaling a national education, health care,…
  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: Facebook Fever Break?

    John Y. Brown III
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    For the first time I just had the urge to post something on Facebook –but resisted doing it. Because —and this is so weird for me to type — because it seemed “silly.” I can’t recall that ever happening to me. Ever! I don’t know what this means …but I fear it means something. That something unusual is happening to me. Something pivotal. Like that first deep raspy cough you notice before pnuemonia sets it. Or like the feeling when a fever breaks and you know you are going to be okay. I feel like this disinclination to post something absurd and…
  • Julie Rath: 3 Mistakes You Are Making Everyday — And How to Fix Them

    Julie Rath
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    People often ask me – usually at parties – if I walk around every day critiquing peoples’ outfits. While I can turn my critical eye on and off, and I certainly never go up to anyone and give them my opinion unsolicited, there are certain mistakes that I see consistently. If you’re someone who cares about how he looks (and I assume if you’re reading this article, you are), read on for three common errors and how to easily nip them in the bud. 1) Loafers with your suit – I get it. Traveling in lace-ups is no fun. Try a monkstrap instead, like the pair above. You can slip in and…
  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: In praise of Goldilocks and the Golden Mean

    John Y. Brown III
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    This holiday season be Goldilocks-esque and seek that desireable middle point between two extremes. Don’t eat too much nor eat too little. Don’t talk too much nor talk too little Don’t expect too much of yourself but don’t expect too little. Don’t expect too much of others but don’t expect too little of them either. Don’t sleep too much but don’t sleep too little. Don’t buy too much but don’t buy too little. Don’t feel too much but be sure to not feel too little. Don’t think too much nor think too little. Don’t act…
 
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  • U.S. Supreme Court Allows Gay Marriage in Florida

    Allison Nielsen
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:18 pm
    The U.S. Supreme Court paved the way Friday for same-sex marriages to begin next month in Florida.The Supreme Court justices said in a ruling released Friday they would let a federal trial judge's decision backing marriage rights to take effect. U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle ruled in August to allow same-sex licenses to start being issued in the state after Jan. 5 unless the Supreme Court intervened.Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has fought to uphold the state's ban on same-sex marriage, vowing to defend the state's Constitution.read more
  • Jim Boxold Takes Over Florida Transportation Department

    Kevin Derby
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:27 am
    Gov. Rick Scott named Jim Boxold as secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation on Friday. Boxold, currently the chief of staff of the department, will take over on Jan. 3.read more
  • Florida Unemployment Rate Drops to 5.8 Percent

    Kevin Derby
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:58 am
    Gov. Rick Scott announced on Friday that the unemployment rate in Florida dropped to 5.8 percent in November, the lowest since May 2008. Back in October, the rate stood at 6 percent. Scott also noted that Florida has seen 715,700 new jobs in the private sector since he took over. During the 2010 campaign, Scott said his economic policies would create 700,000 new jobs over seven years.read more
  • Rep. Katie Edwards Files Bill to Protect Domestic Violence Victims

    Nancy Smith
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:20 am
    Rep. Katie Edwards, D-Plantation, filed legislation Thursday that would include domestic violence advocacy organizations and domestic violence referral service organizations in public records exemptions.HB 125 would create a registry and certification process under the Department of Children and Families for organizations that provide services, but not shelter to victims of domestic violence. read more
  • Voters Trust Republicans on More Major Issues, Poll Finds

    Allison Nielsen
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Voters trust the Republican Party a little bit more than the Democratic Party on a larger number of issues, according to a poll released Thursday.The Rasmussen Reports poll found more likely U.S. voters trust the GOP more on eight of 15 major issues regularly tracked by the pollster -- the economy, national security, Afghanistan, taxes, job creation, government spending, small business and gun control. read more
 
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  • 2014: A Noisy Year in Florida Education

    Allison Nielsen
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Allison Nielsen Posted: December 22, 2014 3:55 AM read more
  • Cold War Replay: This Time We Lose

    Allison Nielsen
    21 Dec 2014 | 5:42 pm
    Mona Charen Posted: December 22, 2014 3:55 AM Has there ever been a president more eager to make concessions to vicious regimes than Barack Obama? The opening of diplomatic relations with Cuba is the latest and, one fears, not the last in a string of pre-emptive concessions. read more
  • Obama Signature Performance

    Allison Nielsen
    21 Dec 2014 | 5:12 pm
    Posted: December 22, 2014 3:55 AM read more
  • DBPR Boy Wonder William Nicholson Spicola: Who Did He Know?

    Nancy Smith
    21 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Nancy Smith Posted: December 22, 2014 3:55 AM In case you think the old adage "it's who you know" only pays off in the private sector, you might want to consider a promotion made last week at one of the busiest, lawyery-ist state offices in Tallahassee.read more
  • Are There No Media Ethics On Hackers?

    Allison Nielsen
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    L. Brent Bozell and Tim Graham Posted: December 20, 2014 3:55 AM The widespread reporting on hacked emails from Sony Pictures -- spurred by the upcoming release of an allegedly funny movie about assassinating North Korean despot Kim Jong Un -- might encourage some gloating from people who would like to bring Hollywood down a peg. But hold the schadenfreude. The media's ethics -- or seeming lack of ethics -- are troubling. read more
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    PoliticusUSA

  • Obama Promised Revenge and Now North Korea’s Internet Is Totally Down

    Jason Easley
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:12 pm
    The U.S. government isn't commenting, but it is probably more than a coincidence that after President Obama promised a proportional response to the Sony hacking, North Korea's internet has been knocked down by an attack. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Fox Affiliate Deceptively Edits Protest Footage To Show Protesters Chanting “Kill A Cop”

    Justin Baragona
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Baltimore news station Fox45 ran a story Sunday night attacking protests against police brutality and racial disparity by running deceptively edited footage to suggest protesters were chanting "kill a cop" during a demonstration. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Obama Leads A Comeback For Labor With Biggest Protection Of Workers’ Rights In a Generation

    Jason Easley
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:03 am
    The Obama administration is leading a huge comeback for labor by using two administration agencies to aggressively protect workers' and unions' rights. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Joe Scarborough Predictably Blames Protesters For Senseless Deaths Of Two NYPD Officers

    Justin Baragona
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:40 am
    During the Monday morning broadcast of Morning Joe, host Joe Scarborough delivered a monologue where he specifically blamed the protests over the Michael Brown and Eric Garner deaths for the shooting deaths of two NYPD officers. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Dick Cheney and Evangelical Christians Epitomize Dark Age Barbarism  

    Rmuse
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:36 am
    Instead of shame and humiliation that this government condoned and defended myriad human rights violations, one of the architects of torture, Dick Cheney and several Bush officials hit the airwaves defending torture with overwhelming support from the religious right. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • Jesse Jackson: Blaming NYPD Deaths On Sharpton, Obama "Wild And Irresponsible"

    22 Dec 2014 | 1:16 pm
    “We should not equate the acts of a sick man who did a sick thing with mass demonstrations for justice and for healing. Don’t make that equation.” NewsmaxTV / Via youtube.com In an interview with NewsmaxTV, Rev. Jesse Jackson challenged claims being made that the murder of two NYPD officers in Brooklyn this weekend were related to anti-police statements made by President Barack Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, and Rev. Al Sharpton. "That's wild and irresponsible language," Jackson asserted. "Clearly, here is a man who is mentally challenged, who shot his own…
  • Reports: Michael Grimm Will Plead Guilty To Tax Evasion

    22 Dec 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Grimm easily won his reelection bid last month. WASHINGTON — Rep. Michael Grimm will plead guilty to tax evasion in court on Tuesday, according to multiple reports. The news leaves Grimm's future in Congress in doubt, though he is expected to say he can continue to serve, according to the reports. During his campaign, which the Staten Island Republican handily won, Grimm was asked what he'd do if convicted. "If I was unable to serve, of course I would step down," he said. Grimm was charged in a 20-count indictment in April for avoiding taxes on more than $1 million in wages and…
  • Senate Democrats’ Top Fundraiser Hates Money In Politics

    22 Dec 2014 | 8:58 am
    Can Sen. Jon Tester win back the Senate for Democrats while also staying true to his stand against big money in elections? CQ-Roll Call/Bill Clark WASHINGTON — The man who will lead fundraising for Senate Democrats in the 2016 cycle has an unusual trait: He is against big money in politics. Like many Montana Democrats, Sen. Jon Tester has long railed against dark money in politics — but the new chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) also has opposed measures that would increase the flow of money into more conventional fundraising methods, too. Earlier this…
  • Rand Paul Will Bring Up The Senate Debate Over Police Militarization Next Year

    22 Dec 2014 | 8:13 am
    Staff for the Kentucky Senator tell BuzzFeed News Paul will reintroduce a bill aimed at ending the practice of sending lethal military hardware to local cops. Jonathan Ernst / Reuters WASHINGTON — A version of the police militarization debate will be part of the Senate agenda next term. Next year, Sen. Rand Paul will reintroduce a bill that goes after the federal programs that send military-grade equipment to local police departments, staff for the Kentucky Republican told BuzzFeed News. Paul's decision to keep bill, which was crafted by the retiring Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn, alive…
  • Congressman Peter King: It's Time For President Obama, The Media, NYC Mayor To Stop Cop-Bashing

    21 Dec 2014 | 9:46 am
    “It’s really time for our national leaders, the president, it’s time for the mayor of New York, and really for many in the media to stop the cop bashing, to stop this anti-police rhetoric,” King said on Fox News View Video › Republican Rep. Peter King of Long Island, appearing on Fox News Sunday, cited the death of two NYPD officers as reasons for President Obama and New York Mayor Bill de Blasio to "stop the cop bashing and anti-police rhetoric." "This is an absolute tragedy, what occurred in New York, and it's really time for our national leaders, the…
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    visionandvalues.org

  • The Cuba Deal: Coexisting and Profiting with Tyrants

    Alejandro Antonio Chafuen
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:25 am
    Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com. We all celebrate when an innocent person is released from prison. The freedom of Alan Gross is welcome news. But the release of three convicted Cuban spies and operatives (who were directly responsible for the killing of other innocents), the continued lack of consultation by the administration with other branches of government and Congress, and the disregard for the unrelenting oppression of political freedoms are a high cost to pay. The leading Cuban-Americans in the legislature, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Sen. Robert Menéndez…
  • The Powerful Force of Political Names: Are the Brands Going Out of Style?

    Samuel G. Casolari
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:54 am
    The 2014 midterm elections came to an end with the crushing defeat of Sen. Mary Landrieu in Louisiana. Her loss, however, was part of a series of defeats for political families over the last two midterm elections. In Louisiana, Landrieu is part of a politically connected and influential family whose political presence extended several decades in Louisiana and New Orleans politics. Her brother is currently mayor of New Orleans and her father was a cabinet official in Jimmy Carter’s administration. In Arkansas, Tom Cotton defeated Mark Pryor by a resounding margin. The Pryor name goes…
  • Pick Your Poison: NSA, Google, or Facebook

    Freedom Readers
    14 Dec 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.
  • Obamacare on the Defensive Once Again

    John A. Sparks
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:38 am
    When Case Western University law professor Jonathan Adler testified before a House subcommittee on July 31, 2013, he had no idea that his analysis of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) could bring that gigantic piece of legislation to the Supreme Court for yet another review. Adler told the committee that the language of the ACA gives individual states an option when it comes to setting up health care insurance exchanges—marketplaces where citizens can buy health insurance under the ACA. States could create them, or more importantly, could elect not to create them. In…
  • Wolfboy and Princess Cupcake: The Complementarity of the Sexes

    Paul G. Kengor
    4 Dec 2014 | 5:34 am
    Ecumenism at its best was recently demonstrated at the Vatican, where dozens of faith leaders worldwide assembled to remind us of the essential complementarity of men and women in life, marriage, and parenthood. It was enough to prompt a high-five between Pope Francis and evangelical pastor James Robison. Of course, do we really need reminding that male and female are different? Absolutely, especially with the advent of same-sex marriage, which is prompting assertions that it “doesn’t matter” whether two men or two women parent a household. Ask any parent if males and females are…
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    Politic365

  • Senate passes bill expanding drug war with Transnational Drug Trafficking Act

    Adriana Maestas
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:09 am
    On Monday, the Senate passed the Transnational Drug Trafficking Act, which expands the war on drugs. This law gives the Justice Department the authority to prosecute drug traffickers from foreign countries. The law also ensures that current penalties apply to chemical producers from other countries that illegally ship precursor chemicals (for example: cold medicines to be turned into meth) into the U.S. knowing these chemicals will be used to make illegal drugs. The bill was co-authored by Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein (CA) and Republican Senator Chuck Grassley (IA). According to The…
  • Government funding bill with Wall Street giveaways passes in House

    Adriana Maestas
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:39 pm
    On Thursday night, the House of Representatives voted to pass a government funding bill, but some of the more progressive members of the House stood in opposition to this spending bill because it contained policy riders that benefited the big banks and the wealthy. One rider would permit the big banks to perform more high-risk trades with taxpayer backed funds. The second policy rider in question would increase the amount of money that individuals can give to national political parties for retiring campaign debt, hosting a convention, and replenishing recount funds. According to Mother Jones,…
  • Latino support for President Obama up, and majority of Americans still support path to legalization

    Adriana Maestas
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:13 pm
    The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press released some new data today from a recently conducted survey that shows a mixed response from the public for the President’s recent executive action expanding the number of undocumented immigrants who are allowed to stay in the U.S. Overall, 50% of Americans disapprove of the President’s executive action to protect the up to four million undocumented immigrants from deportation, while 48% of Americans approve of the action. Predictably, an overwhelming percentage of Republicans (82%) disapprove of the immigration action, while…
  • #Ferguson Rep. Hank Johnson Drops Special Prosecutor Bill to Alter Grand Jury System

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    11 Dec 2014 | 8:29 am
    Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) just dropped his second piece of legislation related to Ferguson and the death’s of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.   Johnson’s first bill would cut back Pentagon Program 1033.  This legislation would attempt to fix the grand jury system.  Grand Juries failed to indict police officers Darren Wilson and Dan Pantaleo in the shooting and strangling deaths of Brown and Wilson — both of whom were unarmed.  Though today might be the last day of the 113th Congress, this bill is likely to be filed again by Johnson in early January. Today, conservative…
  • Four Ferguson Related Bills in Congress

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    10 Dec 2014 | 10:23 pm
    Four Ferguson Related Bills in Congress. This week will likely be the last week of the 113th Congress. When Congress reconvenes again in January, Republicans will control both the House and the Senate. But the last week of a Congress is always unpredictable and full of bills passing. Some pieces are ceremonial — others are substantive.  You never know what legislative language might get tacked on to a bigger (read: spending) bill at the last minute as part of a last minute deal.   Below are four pieces of legislation related to the topic of the moment: Police brutality.  Last year…
 
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    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • Communities and Law Enforcement

    Mike Dakkak
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were shot and killed as they sat in their patrol car in Brooklyn, NY over the weekend. The perpetrator posted messages on social media that indicated his actions were retaliation for recent police killings of young unarmed men of color. Law enforcement officials have a duty to the communities they serve but what is the duty communities have to their law enforcement officials? There is a debate that needs to take place regarding race and our criminal justice system but what context should that debate take place in? We discuss just a few of the layers in…
  • Money and Politics

    Mike Dakkak
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:46 pm
    Two very questionable amendments were included in the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill that passed through Congress last week. One weakened regulations regarding the exotic financial derivatives that led to the financial crash of 2008 and the other expanded the limit an individual can donate to national political parties by a factor of nearly 10. In this episode we discuss the two provisions and how they are indicative of money’s influence in politics never being stronger. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com. Follow In the News on Twitter @itnshow and on Facebook at…
  • Jeb’s In

    Mike Dakkak
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:10 pm
    In a post on his Facebook page Jeb Bush recently announced that he is “actively exploring” the possibility of running for President. It was seen by many as the unofficial announcement to his 2016 candidacy for President. Many people believe that his family’s legacy will be the largest impediment to a successful run. Others see his divergence with his party on many issues, including immigration & education, as the highest hurdles. Can he win? And specifically can he win the early primaries in states like Iowa and New Hampshire? Email the show at comments@itnshow.com.
  • Don’t Take Us for Granted

    Mike Dakkak
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:18 pm
    The Democratic strategy in Congress has been focused on the Senate over the last several years. Harry Reid has protected President Obama from having to veto controversial bills by declining to bring them to the Senate Floor for votes. With the insertion of two controversial amendments into the CRomnibus spending bill Democrats found themselves undercut in their opposition to the bill by the White House. What ensued was a very public rift that seemed to put the White House on notice that Democrats would not be cut out of negotiations and the power has maybe shifted in the new Congress. Email…
  • Cruz at it Again

    Mike Dakkak
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:29 pm
    The big debate in Congress last week was on the federal budget. Sen. Cruz had vowed to use the budget process to oppose President Obama and his executive action on immigration. Republican leadership wanted a quick resolution to the budget battle and an adjournment until next year and larger Republican majorities in the House and Senate. Although the budget got approved in the end and there was no government shutdown, things didn’t go as smoothly as leadership may have hoped for. We discuss in today’s episode. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com. Follow In the News on…
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    US Daily Review

  • UPDATE: More Children ‘Crucified, Beheaded, and Stoned to Death’ by ISIS in November, Says New UN Report

    usdr
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:18 am
    By  USDR “Children have been murdered, tortured and subjected to sexual violence by all parties to the [Syrian] conflict,” writes Valerie Amos the UN’s Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs. “Reports of children killed or publicly executed, crucified, beheaded and stoned to death, particularly by ISIL, have increased in recent months…. We have also seen a trend of children receiving military training and weapons. Being used in combat roles, younger and younger. Reports have been received of 350 children, some as young as five years old, being trained for combat in a…
  • Celebrities Slam Sony Hackers’ Win; Michael Moore Makes Programming Request

    usdr
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:10 am
    ByUSDR Celebrities, from Ben Stiller to Steve Carell, Tweeted their anger at Sony caving to hacker demands to cancel the release of “The Interview.” Michael Moore decided to make the best of it, putting in a programming request to the hackers: “Dear Sony Hackers: now that u run Hollywood, I’d also like less romantic comedies, fewer Michael Bay movies and no more Transformers,” Tweeted Michael Moore. See Tweets in full post: http://www.mrctv.org/blog/celebrities-tweet-their-anger-decision-cancel-interview
  • Former NBA Star, Trent Tucker Making a Difference in the Lives of Youth

    usdr
    21 Dec 2014 | 11:10 pm
    By   Chris Kidd, Special forUSDR Former NBA star, Trent Tucker, joined Financial Coach and Price of Business contributor and co-host, Chris Kidd for an interview on Price of Business on Business Talk 1110 AM KTEK (on Bloomberg’s home in Houston). Producer Sigmund Kramer, filled in for host, Kevin Price. Trent Tucker was a member of the 92-93 NBA Championship Chicago Bulls team. Today he is the Director of District Athletics for the Minneapolis, MN Public School District. Trent is a philanthropist and runs the Trent Tucker Non-ProfitOrganization. Tucker said, “As a young kid, I grew up in…
  • Falling Oil = Increased Spending, Not Exactly

    usdr
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:32 pm
    By  Bill  Tatro, Specil forUSDR I once, at 17 years old, kept the President of the United States waiting as I struggled with the concept of productivity. My Professor, the Economics Adviser to LBJ, graciously took an extra 20 minutes after class to try to explain his Keynesian thought process. Unfortunately, to this day, I don’t get what you do with the people you just put out of work other than hand them a food stamp card. Fifty years later I am struggling with another concept, being espoused by economists, central bankers, politicians, mainstream media and even the majority of talk…
  • Two Thirds of Shoppers Plan to Buy at Least Half of Their Gifts Online

    usdr
    21 Dec 2014 | 6:41 pm
    By  USDR Holiday sales as compared to overall annual retail sales have been trending downward for about a decade. Holiday sales in 2013, at $663.5 billion, were 18.7% of overall retail sales, well below the peak of 19.6% seen in 2004. However, one holiday shopping segment is prime for growth, as online shopping is set to be prolific this year. Indeed, new Mintel research conducted just this month finds that two thirds (67%) of online holiday shoppers plan to buy at least half of their presentsonline. This already high statistic rises among Millennials (80%) and Generation X (72%), those with…
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    American Patriot

  • The Monday Afternoon Music Express – Special Memorial Edition, Presents Joe Cocker

    The American Patriot
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:26 am
    .Go, be with the angels, soul shouter. One of the greats of the 1960’s has left us for the great beyond. His best stuff below: The singer song-writer from Sheffield had a career lasting more than 40 years with hits including You Are So Beautiful and Up Where We Belong. His agent Barrie Marshall confirmed that he had died of an undisclosed illness. He said he was “simply unique” and “it will be impossible to fill the space he leaves in our hearts.” Known for his gritty voice, Cocker began his singing career in the pubs and clubs of Sheffield in the 1960s before…
  • Obama just capitulated to the communists in Cuba

    The American Patriot
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:02 pm
    This is terrible….just awful. Fausta’s Blog and Babalu Blog have the details. Here’s the truth via Val Prieto: So the Obama administration traded 3 spies implicated in the murder of US citizens for a humanitarian worker and an “unknown” intelligence source. Because bowing to communists and terrorists is what Obama and his cohorts do best. This is a major setback for the opposition and dissident movements in Cuba. The Obama administration, by making this “deal”, has confirmed that they are OK with the repression, brutality, incarceration, and murder…
  • A good example of why I really do not go to Church anywhere.

    The American Patriot
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:18 pm
    For the record, I don’t agree with everything that the dude below writes. However, when I saw this posting here by Darrell at “Stuff Fundies Like”; my heart went out to the guy. The reason is this here: I have been there and it sucks. Depression is a real thing and after 9/11, I had thoughts of suicide. Now my way of coping and handling it, might not have been what Darrell is doing. But, that does not take away from the fact that what he is going through is a very real thing. Anyhow, click on the link to read: E-mails from Fundies: Depression Diagnosed at Stuff Fundies…
  • Video of the day: “Oh God, it’s Mom”

    The American Patriot
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:23 am
    This is too funny: (Via WaPo)
  • Jeb Bush says he is running for President

    The American Patriot
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:48 am
    Oh Dear Lord in Heaven. Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah! Like many of you, our family was blessed with the opportunity to gather together over the recent Thanksgiving holiday.    Columba and I are so proud of the wonderful adults our children have become, and we loved spending time with our three precious grandchildren. We shared good food and watched a whole lot of football. We also talked about the future of our nation. As a result of these conversations and thoughtful consideration of the kind of strong leadership I think America needs, I have decided to actively explore the…
 
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    Compete Pulse

  • Sunday Series: Holiday Icing

    Laura Cantwell
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:06 am
    Image from: Shutterstock With the holidays quickly approaching it’s no surprise that the jewelry category saw a jump in traffic last month. The category itself saw an increase of 31.78% in unique visitors while several of the category top sites saw an even larger increase. Zales.com held on to its number one position last month, seeing an increase of 73.87% in unique visitors. Aside from search terms containing the site’s name, “promise rings,” “engagement rings,” and “wedding bands” ranked high among top search referrals. Surprisingly, more females tended to visit the site…
  • The Weekly Compete Pulse

    Laura Cantwell
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:27 am
    There’s still time to fine-tune your digital marketing for last-minute shoppers before the holidays are in full swing. Take a look at some of our favorite articles from the past week. 6 Ways Big Data Will Shape Online Marketing In 2015 If you haven’t already, it’s time to stop thinking of big data as just a buzzword. As a marketer, big data is readily available to you, so familiarize yourself with this tool and learn how to utilize it in your 2015 marketing. Examining Search and Social Behavior for Holiday Shopping For many consumers, online shopping is far preferable to heading to a…
  • November Top 50: Introducing Cyber Week

    Laura Cantwell
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:33 am
    Image from: Shutterstock The lines between Black Friday and Cyber Monday have continued to blur this year, with more consumers shopping online during “Cyber Week” rather than distinctly in person on Friday and online three days later. This new trend has impacted the traffic that a number of sites saw in November. See which of the top 50 sites were impacted by online Black Friday shopping below. Best Buy: Bestbuy.com saw an increase of 52% in unique visitors in November, almost certainly due to Black Friday. Among the most common search referral terms directing to the site, several…
  • Is Trivago Cleaning Up?

    Lincoln Merrihew
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Image from: Rolling Stone Trivago is one of the newer players in the US online travel space and has used TV ads featuring actor Tim Williams. Unlike most spokespeople, he had a somewhat tousled look perhaps designed to appeal to the everyman (or woman). That look caused mixed reactions among consumers and drove coverage in the trades, such as CNN. Trivago leveraged that attention by holding a contest, the winner of which got to orchestrate a Tim makeover.
  • Sunday Series: Children and Baby Needs

    Laura Cantwell
    14 Dec 2014 | 9:43 am
    Image from: Shutterstock Though the “Children and Baby Needs” category has seen a decrease in UVs in 2014, the category picked up in November, moving its way into our list of top moving categories. With regard to YoY traffic, the category is down 21.51%, but last month traffic increased 45.16%. This sudden change in direction makes sense when you take a look at which sites are included in the category. Lego.com followed the category trend. The site is down 26.59% in YoY traffic but saw a 34.92% increase in November. With serious holiday shopping occurring during November, it’s…
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    Tea Party 911

  • Alfred Sharpton, money in his pocket and blood on his hands

    Lee Cary
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:41 am
    As Jesse Jackson fades from the public limelight, the mostly white, liberal media has chosen Alfred Sharpton to be the lone, leading spokesperson for the Black community in America. “Reverend Al,” as he’s been affectionately addressed by scores of mostly white media interviewers for years, is a man they created, and now pay. Phil Griffin is Alfred Sharpton’s boss at MSNBC where Griffin is CEO. Griffin is not a member of the Black community, but he selected Alfred to be its leading spokesperson by giving “Reverend Al” a high-profile soapbox from which to promote himself, plus a…
  • Why Presidential Candidate Polls Mean Nothing Now

    Lee Cary
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:50 pm
    “News” outlets have been politically biased since, at least, the days when Jefferson was Secretary of State. The biggest difference today is that there are many more, and ever more, “news” outlets. And most of the dominant ones are firmly aligned with the liberal progressive movement underway in the U.S. since, at least, the late 19th Century. The good news is that readers, in growing numbers, are learning how to filter out the hard news from among the spin-and-glitter of biased reporting. There is no clearer impact of journalistic spin these days than the shilling now underway for…
  • UPDATE: GOP Establishment Targeted 2 Michigan Republican House Members for Defeat in November

    Lee Cary
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:38 pm
    The GOP Establishment targeted two conservative, Republican Congressmen from Michigan for defeat in the November midterms.  The Establishment won one, and lost one. Last March, we chronicled here how Michigan’s 11th District freshman Congressman Kerry Bentivolio’s election in 2012 was an embarrassment to the GOP establishment. We asked this question in a subsequent article:  “Will the GOP Establishment that failed to block Cong. Kerry Bentivolio in ’12 try again in ’14?” The answer was “Yes” – they tried again, and succeeded this time. In the GOP primary election, David…
  • State Nullification has an Undeserved Bad Reputation

    Donald Mellon
    6 Dec 2014 | 9:18 am
    ~ by Donald Mellon ~ When you read or hear “Nullify” in the context of federal laws what comes to mind? You might think it is an illegal act committed by state legislatures. You might think that because the Constitution says federal laws are the supreme laws of the land they cannot be nullified by the states. Also if the Supreme Court decides a federal law is constitutional then no state can nullify that law? If you believe any of these statements you are part of the majority but they are all false as you will see. The majority believes those statements are true because  nullification…
  • Warmists Have Shone the Way

    Donald Mellon
    3 Dec 2014 | 1:49 pm
    by Donald Mellon Physicist’s approach to finding answers is all wrong. Warmist have shone the true path. Physicists have been looking for the theory of everything for a long time. Relativity is the theory of big things like heavenly bodies and velocities approaching the speed of light. Quantum mechanics is the theory of little things like atoms and protons and photons. They search for the one theory, a unifying theory, that can explain the physics of both big and little things. But they are having problems. They observe the cosmos and have to invent dark energy and dark matter to…
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    The Arab World 360°

  • McCain's 'Many Thanks'

    22 Dec 2014 | 10:37 am
    "We should thank Saudi Arabia, which allowed the price of a barrel of oil to fall to the point that it significantly affected the Russian president, Vladimir Putin, [and] the [Russian] economy," McCain said. "It has nothing to do with the actions of the U.S. president," he added.“Thank God for the Saudis and Prince Bandar,” John McCain told CNN’s Candy Crowley in January 2014. “Thank God for the Saudis and Prince Bandar, and for our Qatari friends,” the senator said once again a month later, at the Munich Security Conference.Editor's Comment:I hope not to disappoint you, folks. But…
  • The U.S. Sanctions' Policy

    21 Dec 2014 | 2:45 pm
    The U.S. sanctions on Cuba failed to tame Cuban leadership, according to the U.S. president Obama himself. After the U.S.-Soviet nuclear escalation at the beginning of 1960s ,CIA  engineered a plot to overthrow Cuban president Fidel Castro. Although the CIA utilized some Cuban opponents (most of them reside in Florida), the result was failure of Pig of Bay Invasion.  Does this story remind us of CIA-engineered Syrian opponents?Any way, Obama has finally admitted failure of sanctions policy against Cuba. Meanwhile, the U.S. congress is preparing to issue further sanctions against…
  • Cheney Files

    21 Dec 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Cartoon: The top secret files of Dick Cheney (dailykos)
  • Hamas-Iran Relationship

    21 Dec 2014 | 11:40 am
    My personal opinion on "Hamas-Iran relation" is that the relationship will never be permanent or stable, because both sides based their concept on different and  even contradicted sectarian ideology, although they share common interests, such as liberation of Palestine. Moreover, Hamas's leadership restored ties after Hamas's severe funding crisis, due to multi-lateral siege over Gaza strip.
  • The Emperor's Behavior

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:53 pm
    "US President Barack Obama signs the Ukraine Freedom Act but does not want to impose sanctions under the law, White House spokesperson Josh Earnest said during a press briefing on Thursday.“The President signs H.R. 5859 [Ukrainian Freedom Act] into law, signing the legislation does not however signal a change in the administration’s sanctions policy…” Earnest said.“At this time the administration does not intend to impose sanctions under this law but act gives the administration additional authorities that could be utilized if circumstances warranted,” he added.Washington…
 
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    BizPac Review

  • American Sniper Chris Kyle’s dad told Clint Eastwood: ‘Disrespect my son and I’ll unleash Hell on you’

    Carmine Sabia
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:38 pm
    Photo credit Chris Bolt via Daily Mail. The father of the greatest sniper in American history, Chris Kyle, is pretty good at shooting from the hip himself. Wayne Kyle told the Daily Mail Online that when he met with director Clint Eastwood regarding the upcoming film about the sniper’s life, he told the director “Disrespect my son and I’ll unleash Hell on you.” Chris Kyle in his youth via Daily Mail. Before filming began Eastwood and actor Bradley Cooper, who plays Chris Kyle in the film, met with the elder Kyle. He was apprehensive about the movie as the rights were purchased…
  • Gov. Walker puts National Guard on standby, after another officer is exonerated in black death

    Wayne Dupree
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Today’s court decision resulting in a white officer not being charged for killing a black man could further complicate and prolong a peaceful outcome nationwide as tensions are already high. Courtesy of wisn.com Milwaukee Police Officer Christopher Manney‘s “use of force” in the shooting death of 31-year-old Dontre Hamilton was “justified self-defense” according to the District Attorney’s office. RELATED: Mass arrests as protesters bring rush hour traffic to dead halt “This was a tragic incident for the Hamilton family and for the community,”…
  • Slain NYPD officer was scheduled to graduate from chaplain training the day he was killed

    Wayne Dupree
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:18 pm
    One of the two New York officers killed execution style this past Saturday, Rafael Ramos, was to have been commissioned as a lay chaplain on the same day of his death. Ramos, the father of two had just turned 40 years old earlier this month. Ramos served God with fervor and saw his work as a police officer as a personal form of ministry. He was a faithful member of Christ Tabernacle and just completed a 10-week course and on par to graduate with 144 chaplains on Saturday, Rev. Marcos Miranda, president of the New York State Chaplain Task Forces said. Photo Credit: Reuters/Carlo Allegri…
  • Are these comments on Facebook about thugs REALLY grounds to fire a city fire investigator?

    Carmine Sabia
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Photo credit WSOCTV. Do government employees have any First Amendment rights? That is the question being asked after City of Charlotte fire investigator, Crystal Eschert, was fired over comments she made on her personal Facebook page. Where is Obama? Where is Holder? Where is Al Sharpton? Where are Trayvon Martin’s parents? Where are all the white guy supporters? So WHY is everyone MAKING it a racial issue?!? So tired of hearing it’s a racial thing. If you are a thug and worthless to society, it’s not race – You’re just a waste no matter what religion, race or sex you are! The…
  • US Marine material! World mesmerized by hero monkey that saved his friend through sheer will

    Vada Mossavat
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:24 pm
    The Internet loves this video, saying that this monkey is showing a kind of compassion often lacking in human interactions. I wouldn’t call it compassion. The video shows a brutally intense kind of tough love — one that, indeed, is often lacking in human interactions. We see one monkey bite the other in the face and dunk him in water until he gets his wits about him again. “Straighten up and fly right,” seems to be that monkey’s motto.  
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    Sparking The Left

  • Republican Obstructionism So Bad, Even Trent Lott Saying It’s Out of Control

    Paul Phillips
    4 Dec 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Sometimes, things get so bad you just have to laugh. Former Republican Senate majority leader, Trent Lott, had some interesting advice for incoming Republican Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, and what he thinks about the obstructionists in the current Republican party.  The quote speaks for itself: “The leadership is going to have to find a way to deal sternly with some of these members…. I wouldn’t put up with some of the stuff that they’re doing,” said Lott. He characterized last year’s partial government shutdown – spearheaded by tea party favorite Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas…
  • 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
    Photo: Tim Pierce 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). …
  • 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,…
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    Daily Signal

  • NYPD Boosts Security Measures, Tells Cadets Not to Wear Uniforms

    Natalie Johnson
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:25 pm
    The New York Police Department is escalating security measures, telling academy trainees not to wear their uniforms or any other NYPD clothing in public. This recommendation follows the deadly shootings of two NYPD officers Saturday as an effort to avoid copycat attempts, according to ABC’s Good Morning America. Officials told the outlet this morning that the move is a “common sense precautionary step,” as the cadets wearing the uniforms are unarmed. “It doesn’t matter who is wearing the uniform. It’s the uniform itself [that] is the target,” former NYPD Detective Sergeant Joe…
  • Debunking Six Myths About North Korean Sanctions

    Bruce Klingner
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Myth 1. The U.S. and other nations face a policy choice between sanctions or engagement All instruments of national power should be used simultaneously in conjunction with each other as part of a comprehensive, integrated strategy. No tool is meant to be used in isolation, so statements such as “Sanctions by themselves won’t be effective” and “Sanctions are not a silver bullet” reflect a misunderstanding of the requisite broader policy strategy. When debating the efficacy of sanctions, it is important to recognize that diplomatic engagement has failed to curtail North Korea’s two…
  • How Much Was Misspent on Food Stamps in 2014

    Alexandra Gourdikian
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:50 pm
    This year the U.S. Department of Agriculture misspent $2.4 billion on food stamps, according to a November report from the USDA Office of Inspector General. “Misspending” means the USDA gave a household either more or less food stamp benefits than it should have received. Historical data shows most misspending results in overpayments. Although $2.4 billion may be a relatively small portion of overall food stamp spending, that fact itself should raise concerns. Food stamps is a massive program costing roughly $80 billion in fiscal year 2013, up from approximately $40 billion in fiscal…
  • Canadians Fight Back Against North Korea, Plan ‘The Interview’ Showings

    Natalie Johnson
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Sony’s controversial cancellation of “The Interview” following North Korean terrorist threats has inspired planned independent screenings in Toronto and Montreal. Taylor Scollon’s Toronto Facebook event “The Interview Screening/Suck It, Kim Jong Un/Liberty in North Korea Fundraiser” launched Dec. 19 and has already garnered 4,400 “attending” responses. “The North Korean regime maintains power through fear, and I think it’s troubling that they are (successfully at this point) using fear to suppress criticism and satire, even outside their borders,” Scollon told Mashable.
  • Exclusive: Taxpayers Fund Legal Group With Role in Rap Video About Killing Police Officers

    Evan Gahr
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:58 pm
    The Obama administration’s Justice Department funneled at least $1.5 million in grants to a New York legal-aid group featured in a new rap video that depicts two young black men aiming handguns at a white police officer. Some may find the lyrics eerily similar to the social media postings of the man accused of shooting and killing two New York City police officers execution-style in Brooklyn on Saturday. >>> Exclusive to The Daily Signal The video for  “Hands Up,” which also shows a white police officer shooting down a black motorist wearing a hoodie, contains lyrics…
 
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    The Allegiant

  • Tips for taking control of your financial goals for 2015

    Richard Cavalli
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:44 am
    As we enter 2015 many of us are trying to set new financial goals, from putting more money in our savings accounts, to even purchasing a home or investment property. In this article we’ll pull together some tips from leading financial experts that will aid you in taking control of your financial future. Robert Kiyosaki, author of “Rich Dad, Poor Day”, says the first step to take control of your financial goals is to stop playing the victim. Unfortunately, in todays world the media has a way of discouraging investments and entrepreneurship. Fear sells, and we are constantly…
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    India News Analysis Opinions on Niti Central

  • Jammu and Kashmir election: Counting of votes to begin tomorrow

    Niti PTI Bot
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:25 am
    Srinagar, Dec 22 (PTI) Counting of votes for the five-phased assembly elections in Jammu and Kashmir will be undertaken tomorrow, with the authorities finalising all arrangements to ensure smooth conclusion of the poll process to the 12th Legislative Assembly. Counting centres have been set-up at all district headquarters in the state and the process will begin at 8 AM. “28 counting centres consisting of 94 halls have been set-up to conduct the counting process at all district headquarters,” state Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Umang Narula said here. More than one counting…
  • Telangana BJP: Conduct Hyderabad corporation polls immediately

    Niti PTI Bot
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:20 am
    Hyderabad, Dec 22 (PTI) Slamming the TRS government in Telangana for not conducting elections to Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) on time, BJP today demanded that local body polls in the city be held immediately. "GHMC elections are due in October-November (this year). It is not clear to anyone when they will be held. There is no clue on Warangal and Khammam corporation polls as well. The previous government organised local body polls (elsewhere) in a hurry. At least, this government should strengthen local body polls…
  • SY Quraishi: EC writ should begin six months before a poll

    Niti PTI Bot
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:15 am
    Kolkata, Dec 22 (PTI) To check the misuse of money in the voting process, Election Commission's writ should begin six months before a poll and pre-election expenditures should also be taken into account, former chief election commissioner S Y Quraishi has said. "They (political parties) know that Election Commission comes down heavily and stops the use of cash so they have started their campaign one year in advance and crores of rupees are spent on posters, banners and others," Quraishi said during the launch of his book 'An…
  • Obama’s Visit to India: Niti with BJP’s Sanjay Kaul

    Akash Maithal
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:08 am
    US President Barack Obama will be the chief guest at the 66th Republic Day function. No doubt, this is Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s big diplomatic win as he was able to persuade Obama to be the chief guest. Now the Modi Government and Obama administration are working to explore whether the US President can find time to visit Varanasi during his visit. The Government’s keenness to take the US President to Varanasi reflects the PM’s view that engagements with foreign partners, existing as well as potential, need not remain a ‘ Delhi-centric affair’ and goes…
  • Venkaiah Naidu: Opposition harming people’s interests by blocking bills

    Niti PTI Bot
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:07 am
    New Delhi, Dec 22 (PTI) Hitting out at opposition parties, Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu today said they were raising the conversion issue to derail Narendra Modi government's agenda of development and good governance and accused them of "blocking" important bills in Parliament. After the opposition parties stalled proceedings in Parliament, Naidu said that because of the "rigid" stand taken by some of BJP's opponents, the welfare of the people was getting affected. He, however, hoped that the situation will improve and…
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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

  • Show Prep: Mon, Dec. 22

    Casey Hendrickson
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Study: Beaver Dams Make Global Warming Worse | The Daily Caller The University of Saskatchewan’s Colin Whitfield says that rising beaver populations over the past ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Robert Wolfe–History’s Gain and Loss

    Casey Hendrickson
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Who was Robert Wolfe? Wolfe was the irreplaceable chief archivist for captured Nazi documents at their main repository, the National Archives and Record Administration in ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Pets Reacting To Other Animals On 4K Television

    Casey Hendrickson
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Pets Reacting To Other Animals On 4K Television December 22, 2014 in advertising, animals, commercial, dammit pets you’re rotting your brains watching that boobtube!, hey ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Theory: U.S. Navy Shot Down MH370

    Casey Hendrickson
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:38 am
    A French novelist and ex-CEO of a now-defunct airline has a new theory of what happened to still-missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 — the U.S. ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Fly It Into My Face, Captain: Gingerbread USS Enterprise

    Casey Hendrickson
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:05 am
    Fly It Into My Face, Captain: Gingerbread USS Enterprise December 22, 2014 in edible, gingerbread, good enough to eat, happy holidays, heck yeah fly it ... [[ 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 with Guest Chad Hauser

    Liberal Fix
    26 Dec 2014 | 7:00 pm
    This episode's guest is Chad Hauser, Executive Director of Cafe Momentum. Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue.  Every week the two of them feature a special guest and tackle those tough issues with a perspective that comes from outside the beltway. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna Minogue via email: naomi@liberalfixradio.com. Join the Liberal Fix community, a like-minded group of individuals dedicated to promoting…
  • Liberal Fix Radio with Guest Maya Schenwar

    Liberal Fix
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:00 pm
    This episode features Truthout editor-in-chief Maya Schenwar and author of Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better. 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…
  • Liberal Fix Radio with Guest Nicollette Hahn Niman

    Liberal Fix
    12 Dec 2014 | 7:00 pm
    This episode features Nicollette Hahn Niman, author of Defending Beef: The Manifesto of an Environmental Lawyer Turned Cattle Rancher. Nicolette Hahn Niman previously served as senior attorney for the Waterkeeper Alliance, running their campaign to reform the concentrated production of livestock and poultry. In recent years she has gained a national reputation as an advocate for sustainable food production and improved farm–animal welfare. She has written for numerous publications, including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, and The Atlantic online.  Hosted by…
  • Liberal Fix Radio with Guest Tim Kuhner

    Liberal Fix
    5 Dec 2014 | 7:00 pm
    This episode features Tim Kuhner, author of Capitalism v Democracy. 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…
  • 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
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    21st Century Wire

  • Citizenship Revoked, Beaten and Threatened With Sexual Abuse – For Refusing to Spy

    21wire
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:18 pm
    21st Century Wire says…Here is a perfect case of a international, Orwellian system out of control…It all started in 2012, when then 23 year old former British care worker who was married with child, Mahdi Hashi, received word from his family in Britain that Home Secretary Teresa May had just revoked his British citizenship. This we learn, was all part of May’s secretly ramping-up a program to strip citizens of their British passports.  To lodge an appeal, Hashi had to travel to neighboring Djibouti, where Djibouti police interrogated him first, before handing him over…
  • Episode #64 – SUNDAY WIRE: ‘Military Media Complex’ with guests Tim Fox and Ken O’Keefe

    21wire
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:29 am
    Episode #64 of The Sunday Wire Radio Show resumes this Sunday December 21, 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, with host Patrick Henningsen from 21WIRE, covering the week’s top stories from the US, Europe and beyond including the ‘Sydney Siege’. In the first hour – Patrick covers SONY’s false flag hack and The…
  • ‘#ICantBreathe’ Revenge Shooter Kills 2 NYPD Officers, Then Shoots Himself

    21wire
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:42 pm
    21st Century Wire says…The name of the #ICantBreathe revenge shooter has been released by the NYPD this afternoon. Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, shot and killed two NYPD officers, shooting point-blank execution style in Brooklyn’s Bed Stuy district, before running into a nearby Marcy Avenue subway station and committing suicide in Brooklyn’s Bed Stuy neighborhood at 2:45pm EST on December 20th. The African-American gunman used the hashtag #ShootThePolice, along with two other hashtags believed to be #EricGarner and #HandsUpDontShoot (in support of Michael Brown). He posted the…
  • Axis of Lies: Obama, North Korea & Sydney Siege Decoded with Patrick Henningsen

    21wire
    20 Dec 2014 | 2:50 pm
    21st Century Wire says…Getting to the bottom of two of this month biggest and most mysterious stories.Watch this great discussion yesterday with 21WIRE’s Patrick Henningsen and Buzzsaw host Sean Stone…The Lip TVThe Australian hostage situation in Sydney and unusual circumstances around Sheikh Monis’ connections to the Iranian and Australian government, plus the possibility of him being a patsy to enact more anti-terror legislation in Australia is discussed. We also talk about the Sony hack, and the US government’s pinning the blame on the North Korean government in…
  • ‘The Interview’, A Sony False Flag Hack and Hollywood’s Empire of Mediocrity

    21wire
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Patrick Henningsen21st Century WireIt’s official: Sony Pictures has pulled the plug on The Interview – across all media platforms.The chain of events which led to this point may forever be marked by historians as a seminal, watershed moment in this troubling epoch, known simply as, ‘The Age of Stupidity’.Without a doubt, the most exciting piece of foreign theater involving the US and North Korea since Dennis Rodman and The Fish That Saved Pyongyang…It couldn’t be any more ridiculous; a twisting and turning, real-life cloak and dagger drama…
 
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    guanyinmiao's musings

  • Volunteers, Where Art Thou?

    guanyinmiao
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Yet none of the tangential comments on the training and development of volunteers addressed the sharp drop in total volunteer hours from 91 in 2012 to 66 million hours in 2014. Singaporeans volunteered for 89 million hours in 2010. In its media release the NVPC was quick to justify that although the volunteerism rate has fallen, it is still higher than its pre-2010 levels. Nevertheless, the volunteerism rate of 17.8 per cent in 2014 is significantly lower than the rates of 23.3 and 32.3 per cent in 2010 and 2012 respectively. Continue reading →
  • My First And Last Marathon

    guanyinmiao
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    The marathon is tough because shortcuts do not exist. Especially if you have an ego, told people about the attempt, and have friends tracking your progress on the mobile application. How difficult can it be, I wondered before the marathon, because in the unlikeliest of scenarios I could stride across the course within the nine-hour limit? So from the 15-kilometre mark I got into a routine of fast-marching (all credit to the months of training as a reconnaissance trooper, during my National Service) for a short distance after a water station, yet at the turning point of miserable East Coast…
  • UNASMUN, Four Years On

    guanyinmiao
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:35 am
    There is more to do in the bigger picture, in Singapore, beyond the organisation of the conference. Despite their gentler learning curves (vis-à-vis debates, for instance) and varied applications in school, simulations like MUN in the country have unfortunately been dominated by a few schools. And I think that's a shame. We've tried hard at UNASMUN to train delegates and teachers with the basic know-how, so that they can develop or further their own programmes, yet there is tremendous room for improvement. Continue reading →
  • 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 →
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    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • Communities and Law Enforcement

    Mike Dakkak
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos were shot and killed as they sat in their patrol car in Brooklyn, NY over the weekend. The perpetrator posted messages on social media that indicated his actions were retaliation for recent police killings of young unarmed men of color. Law enforcement officials have a duty to the communities they serve but what is the duty communities have to their law enforcement officials? There is a debate that needs to take place regarding race and our criminal justice system but what context should that debate take place in? We discuss just a few of the layers in…
  • Money and Politics

    Mike Dakkak
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:46 pm
    Two very questionable amendments were included in the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill that passed through Congress last week. One weakened regulations regarding the exotic financial derivatives that led to the financial crash of 2008 and the other expanded the limit an individual can donate to national political parties by a factor of nearly 10. In this episode we discuss the two provisions and how they are indicative of money’s influence in politics never being stronger. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com. Follow In the News on Twitter @itnshow and on Facebook at…
  • Jeb’s In

    Mike Dakkak
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:10 pm
    In a post on his Facebook page Jeb Bush recently announced that he is “actively exploring” the possibility of running for President. It was seen by many as the unofficial announcement to his 2016 candidacy for President. Many people believe that his family’s legacy will be the largest impediment to a successful run. Others see his divergence with his party on many issues, including immigration & education, as the highest hurdles. Can he win? And specifically can he win the early primaries in states like Iowa and New Hampshire? Email the show at comments@itnshow.com.
  • Don’t Take Us for Granted

    Mike Dakkak
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:18 pm
    The Democratic strategy in Congress has been focused on the Senate over the last several years. Harry Reid has protected President Obama from having to veto controversial bills by declining to bring them to the Senate Floor for votes. With the insertion of two controversial amendments into the CRomnibus spending bill Democrats found themselves undercut in their opposition to the bill by the White House. What ensued was a very public rift that seemed to put the White House on notice that Democrats would not be cut out of negotiations and the power has maybe shifted in the new Congress. Email…
  • Cruz at it Again

    Mike Dakkak
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:29 pm
    The big debate in Congress last week was on the federal budget. Sen. Cruz had vowed to use the budget process to oppose President Obama and his executive action on immigration. Republican leadership wanted a quick resolution to the budget battle and an adjournment until next year and larger Republican majorities in the House and Senate. Although the budget got approved in the end and there was no government shutdown, things didn’t go as smoothly as leadership may have hoped for. We discuss in today’s episode. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com. Follow In the News on…
 
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    Malcolm Out Loud Podcast

  • The Award Goes To… the Federal Communications Commission

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:21 am
    The never ending political debate which should have nothing to do with politics... the don't listen to your chairman AWARD goes to... For not protecting your employees and losing sensitive information in the process... and then to succumb to the bad guys... the Stupidity AWARD goes to...  Having the courage or audacity... depending how you look at it... the 'I'm still in charge' AWARD goes to...  "Don't Insult My Sacrifice" by attending my funeral. The 'I'm throwing you under the bus' AWARD goes to...  A test that could predict and prevent suicides... and the 2014 Breakthrough…
  • The Award Goes To… NBA Players

    12 Dec 2014 | 6:37 am
    Subjecting the fans and your audience to your personal belief system - whatever it may be! The foolish and disrespectful AWARD goes to...  Thank you. No Thank You. We want to prosecute you! The AWARD of ungratefulness goes to...  For brining us all back to the realization that this horrible piece of legislation impacts real lives... and the AWARD goes to...  Never let a good tragedy go to waste... the I have No-Shame AWARD goes to...  We would be amiss if we didn't give an AWARD for keeping the government ticking and spending our money as reckless as you do...  For…
  • The Award Goes To… Race Baiters (and much more)

    5 Dec 2014 | 5:32 am
    For becoming a most invaluable resource of hate, violence and race baiting all across America... the AWARD goes to… He isn't even sworn in yet, but this governor-elect is already causing waves on a national scale... and the AWARD goes to… Creating a public relations nightmare on how NOT to handle a scandal... and the AWARD goes to… For not properly securing valuable research, and ultimately losing your brains in the process... and this AWARD goes to… For giving the media such a meaty and yet worthless story to report on... the stupidity AWARD goes to… …
  • 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…
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    The Desert Lynx

  • To the Other One Who Got Away

    Joël Valenzuela
    21 Dec 2014 | 3:14 pm
    I’m scared. Have been for a while. Ever since I met you I’ve feared losing you. Even though I never really had you, and never really will. I recognized early on that we were different. That we had separate life …
  • I Always Got Along With Cuba

    Joël Valenzuela
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:28 pm
    According to news reports, we, as Americans, are finally going to start getting along with Cuba. Apparently, I’m now on speaking terms with the denizens of the island nation off the coast of Florida. This is news to me: …
  • Liberty’s Last Hope Is in New Hampshire

    Joël Valenzuela
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:04 pm
    For anyone who values liberty, it can easily seem like a lost world. Between a ballooning federal debt, massive tax and regulatory burden, and an increasingly violent and pervasive police state, hope for a free and peaceful world is hard …
  • Back to the Frontlines

    Joël Valenzuela
    8 Dec 2014 | 11:14 am
    I took a break from my life of tireless activism in the Free State to visit my former home of Arizona. I was soon reminded of why I left, why I went Galt. People the world over remain preoccupied with …
  • Mideast Conflict: A Blanket of Hatred

    Alon Starkman
    1 Dec 2014 | 9:37 am
    Xenophobia has always been regarded as an internal problem for states, and while many governments have taken some kind of measure towards educating people against it, often it seems to end up on the back-burner. However, the long term consequences …
 
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    Citizens News

  • Talk Amongst Yourselves

    Liberty Bell
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Written by GayPatriot Between work and the unwelcome presence of future in-laws, my time is limited and my stress is infinite. So, consider this a thread with some nice transgender Christmas Music for accompaniment. Take it away, Steve… Click here to view the embedded video.The post Talk Amongst Yourselves appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Top 10 Conflict Priorities For 2015

    Liberty Bell
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Written by GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD Center For Preventive Action has the list for 2015′s upcoming conflicts and contingencies… Intensification of the conflict in Iraq Large-scale attack on the U.S. homeland or ally Cyberattack on U.S. critical infrastructure North Korean crisis Renewed threat of Israeli military strikes against Iran Armed confrontation in the South China Sea […]The post Top 10 Conflict Priorities For 2015 appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Americans View of Race Relations is Worst in Two Decades

    Liberty Bell
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:50 am
    Written by Breitbart Feed Despite, or perhaps because of Barack Obama being in the White House – many feel he’s done more harm than good to race relations in America - an NBC News/ Wall Street Journal poll “showed the most pessimistic assessment of racial issues in almost two decades.” A majority of Americans, 57% now […]The post Americans View of Race Relations is Worst in Two Decades appeared first on Citizens News.
  • FPA’s Must Reads (December 19 – December 25)

    Liberty Bell
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:29 am
    Written by Foreign Policy Blogs » Foreign Policy Blogs | The FPA Global Affairs Blog Network A baseball game, a passion and source of pride for many Cubans, takes place in the town of Vinales, Cuba (Photo: Peter Daerden via Flickr). Terrorists forced to face victims on Iraqi reality TV CBS News State-run Iraqiya TV […]The post FPA’s Must Reads (December 19 – December 25) appeared first on Citizens News.
  • FIFTEEN PERCENT?

    Liberty Bell
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:50 am
    Written by THE ANTI LIBERAL ZONE HOW can it be that high? EXCERPT:  “For the last nine years, the Military Times newspaper has surveyed an average of 2,300 active-duty service members. Their latest poll has just been released and concludes that “Obama’s popularity — never high to begin with — has crumbled, falling from 35 […]The post FIFTEEN PERCENT? appeared first on Citizens News.
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    Political Dresser - Home

  • Memory Lane Monday: Politically Correct Cockups

    22 Dec 2014 | 4:35 am
    Leave it to the British to take the concept of political correctness to stupefying new heights.
  • Genius Idea: Pulling “The Interview” For Fear of the Dreaded DPRK

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:17 am
    In perhaps the most brilliant move of 2014 (an assessment our staff does not take lightly, mind you) Sony Pictures has decided that giving into the demands of a hacker group supposedly working for a chunky and childish despot is the way to go, thereby canceling the United States release of Seth Rogan’s The Interview.
  • Gold in the Water

    17 Dec 2014 | 11:47 pm
    For those in Whitehall, Montana it seems that the 2014 Christmas holiday will be a heck of a lot flashier than years past, since this year along with the standard snowflake residents are also receiving a fair amount of gold flake. That is when they turn on the tap.
  • Just Sayin’: Hostage Situations are Bad All the Way Around

    17 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    We already mentioned REI’s unfortunate Isis Sydney Sweater and the screaming description, but after Monday’s hostage situation at the Lindt Chocolate Café on Martin Place (conveniently where most Australian media is housed), a whole slew of others are facing unforeseen consequences.
  • Fair Isle ISIS

    16 Dec 2014 | 7:16 am
    While tartan is the big sale item this season (thanks in part to the bosom heaving Outlander) leave it to the fashion conscious bad boys of Daash to stick with a winter classic, the Fair Isle.
 
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    World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations"

  • The Easy Lesson of World War I

    21 Dec 2014 | 11:35 pm
    An Article by Jean Bricmont published at Counterpunch on December 12, 2014There at least two things that are easier to start than to end: a love affair and a war. No participant in WWI expected it to last as long as it did or to have the consequences that it had. All the empires that participated in the war were destroyed, including eventually the British and French ones.
  • International Human Solidarity Day

    21 Dec 2014 | 10:07 pm
    2014 Theme: Moving together as one: Solidarity as the foundation of the UN development agenda beyond 2015.The General Assembly, on 22 December 2005, by resolution 60/209 identified solidarity as one of the fundamental and universal values that should underlie relations between peoples in the Twenty-first century, and in that regard decided to proclaim 20 December of each year International Human Solidarity Day.
  • The UN Involvement in Palestine: a Historical Perspective

    18 Dec 2014 | 10:51 pm
    By Diego Del Priore, Associate Researcher, Near East and North Africa Programme, Institute of Advanced Studies in Geopolitics and Auxiliary Sciences (IsAG)The proclamation of the 2014 International Year of the Solidarity with the Palestinian People by the General Assembly of the United Nations constitutes the opportunity to take stock of the UN involvement in the framework of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as well as the core themes intimately linked to it. In the same year of the bloodshed in the Gaza strip many issues remain unsolved, as the situation on the ground and the progressive…
  • Prominent Leaders Back Resolution Calling for U.S. and Europe to Reject Geopolitics and Collaborate with the BRICS

    17 Dec 2014 | 11:27 pm
    The Schiller Institute, December 17, 2014A grouping of more than 100 prominent politicians, businessman, academics, scientists and artists from 20 countries have publicly endorsed a resolution calling on the U.S. and Europe to collaborate with the “BRICS” nations in the interest of peace and economic development. The resolution, sponsored by the Schiller Institute, was issued in response to the offer of China's President Xi Jinping for the United States to join China's New Silk Road development program and abandon the policies of confrontation with particularly Russia and China.
  • Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO): Profit, Power and Geopolitics

    16 Dec 2014 | 11:37 pm
    An Article by Colin Todhunter published at Global Research on December 15, 2014Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are not essential for feeding the world [1,2], but if they were to lead to increased productivity, did not harm the environment and did not negatively impact biodiversity and human health, would we be wise to embrace them anyhow?
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    RINF Alternative News & Alternative Media | Breaking News Real Independent

  • Corruption Without Consequences

    User Submitted
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:25 pm
    The Dot-Com darling Uber has been getting quite a bit of critical press lately, and deservedly so. Uber is a start-up company that connects private citizens together for personal transportation: instead of hiring a licensed, bonded taxi service, an Uber user signals that they wants a ride via a smartphone app, and another Uber user ...
  • Head of Stratfor, ‘Private CIA’, Says Overthrow of Yanukovych Was ‘The Most Blatant Coup in History’

    Eric Zuesse
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:47 pm
    Eric Zuesse In a December 19th interview in the Russian magazine Kommersant, George Friedman, who is the Founder and CEO of Stratfor, the ‘Shadow CIA’ firm, says of the overthrow of Ukraine’s President Viktor Yanukovych that occurred on February 22nd of 2014: “It really was the most blatant coup in history.” Perhaps he is saying ...
  • Fidel’s Legacy

    User Submitted
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Stephen Lendman  RINF Alternative News At age 88, he’s Cuba’s elder statesman. A legend in his own time and then some. Defying critics. Outwitting them. Outliving them. This article a snapshot of some of his achievements. Impressive by any standard. On the 50th anniversary of his July 26, 1953 Fort Moncada attack, media scoundrels pronounced ...
  • Bush v. Clinton In 2016? New World Order Dream Matchup Being Touted As ‘Inevitable’

    Michael Snyder
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:35 pm
    The next presidential election is still nearly two years away, and yet the mainstream media is already telling Americans who they are supposed to vote for.  Now that Jeb Bush has all but officially declared that he is running for president, a “dream matchup” between Bush and Hillary Clinton is being touted as “inevitable”.  But ...
  • The “Blame Russia” Mainstream Media Chorus Over Ukraine as Viewed from Canada

    User Submitted
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:51 am
    Roger Annis The Globe and Mail is the only newspaper in Canada spending time and resources to report from the war zone of eastern Ukraine. Seasoned Globe reporter Mark MacKinnon has been in and out of there for many months. The newspaper published a substantial article by him in its Saturday edition of Dec. 6. The article is a useful reference ...
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    Eurasia Review

  • What’s Next For Islamic State? – Analysis

    RFE RL
    22 Dec 2014 | 4:39 am
    (RFE/RL) — In 2014, the Islamic State (IS) extremist group emerged as one of the most powerful jihadi groups, rivaling even Al-Qaeda. The extremist Sunni group now controls vast swathes of territory across Syria and Iraq and boasts thousands of fighters — including many from Western Europe. An anti-IS coalition led by the United States has […] The post What’s Next For Islamic State? – Analysis appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Pakistan Headed For A Dangerous Denouement – Analysis

    IDSA
    22 Dec 2014 | 4:36 am
    By Gurmeet Kanwal* Almost 130 innocent school children died in Peshawar on December 16 in one of the most brutal terrorist strikes in recent history. The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) claimed responsibility and called it a revenge attack for the Pakistan Army’s Operation Zarb-e-Azb in North Waziristan. The deteriorating internal security environment in Pakistan has gradually […] The post Pakistan Headed For A Dangerous Denouement – Analysis appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Peshawar Massacre And The Afghan Endgame – Analysis

    IDSA
    22 Dec 2014 | 4:33 am
    By P. Stobdan* Washington, Beijing, Moscow and now Kabul are convinced that Islamabad is serious about quelling terrorism this time around. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is said to have been apprised by the ISI that the Peshawar massacre was aimed at provoking Pakistan to launch a retaliatory attack inside Afghanistan so that the new Afghan […] The post Peshawar Massacre And The Afghan Endgame – Analysis appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • South Korea Group Scraps Christmas Tree On Border

    MISNA
    22 Dec 2014 | 4:29 am
    The South Korean Christian Council of Korea (CCK) scrapped a plan to construct a new Christmas tree-shaped tower near the border with North Korea due to recent tensions in relations, reports MISNA. The plan had initially been approved by South Korean military authorities, who took down an old 20 meter tower in Gimpo. The old […] The post South Korea Group Scraps Christmas Tree On Border appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Pakistan To Execute 500 More ‘Terror’ Convicts

    MISNA
    22 Dec 2014 | 4:27 am
    After the recent six executions by hanging of militants convicted of terrorism, Pakistani authorities have confirmed another 500 executions in the coming weeks, reports MISNA. A news, notes MISNA, is a confirmation of the hardline adopted by the government against the Islamist militancy that since 2007 has left over 30,000 dead, mostly civilians, along with […] The post Pakistan To Execute 500 More ‘Terror’ Convicts appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
 
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    Tomás Guerra

  • Marion Eichhloz, The Last Survivor of the Eastland Disaster, Has Died

    Tomás Guerra
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The Eastland disasterMost people don't even know about the tragedy that unfolded on July 24th, 1915, in the Chicago River, just three years after the sinking of the Titanic. This was the day of Western Electric Co.'s annual employee picnic. Around 7,000 people were waiting on six ships to be ferried from Chicago's Lakefront to Washington Park, in Michigan City, Indiana. Workers (mostly migrants), and their families were eager to enjoy the park's roller coaster and dancing pavilion, a bathing beach, and its amusement park. But instead, that morning 844 people died, including 22 entire…
  • Mary Eichhloz, la Última Sobreviviente del Desastre del Barco Eastland, Ha Fallecido

    Tomás Guerra
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    La tragedia del EastlandCasi nadie sabe de la tragedia que ocurrió el 24 de julio de 1915 en el Río Chicago, solo tres años después  del hundimiento del Titanic. Esto pasó el día del picnic anual de los empleados de la compañía Western Electric. Alrededor de 7,000 personas esperaban ser transportadas en seis barcos de la costa de Chicago a Washington Park, en Michigan City, Indiana. Los trabajadores (la mayoría de ellos migrantes), y sus familias estaban ansiosos por disfrutar de la montaña rusa de este parque, de su pabellón de baile, su playa y su parque de diversiones. Pero…
  • Las Vidas Afroamericanas También Valen

    Tomás Guerra
    7 Dec 2014 | 8:01 pm
    Hoy pasó por mi edificio una de las marchas en contra de la brutalidad policíaca. "La Supremacía del Blanco es Perversa", decía una de las pancartas.  Esta era una de las muchas demostraciones que hoy organizaron iglesias y grupos de jovenes aquí en Chicago y alrededor de todo Estados Unidos. Bloquearon varias interseciones tirandose al suelo como si estuvieran muertos , mientras continua creciendo este movimiento nacional. Lástima que mi espalda no me deja, o me hubiera unido. ♥♥♥"Nuestros hermanos y hermanas están muriendo, nadamás por causa de la brutalidad…
  • Black Lives Matter

    Tomás Guerra
    7 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    A march against police brutality passed by my building earlier today. "White Supremacy is Evil," read one of the protest signs. This was one of the many demonstrations that churches and young people in Chicago and around the United States organized today. The demonstrators blocked many intersections by staging die-ins, while this national movement keeps growing. Sadly, my back wouldn't let me, or I would have joined.♥♥♥"Our brothers and sisters are dying in the street, just because of police brutality. We got to stop killing one another!" said one of the pastors in this protest at 47th…
  • 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. The senate bill wasn't perfect: It was a compromise. That's how things work in Congress. It was a good, common-sense bill that would've made our immigration system a…
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    Washington Blade: Gay News, Politics, LGBT Rights

  • Bowser names lesbian as director of Dept. of Housing

    Lou Chibbaro Jr.
    20 Dec 2014 | 3:28 pm
    Polly Donaldson talks to reporters after Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser named her as director of the D.C. Dept. of Housing and Community Development. (Washington Blade photo by Lou Chibbaro, Jr.) D.C. Mayor-elect Muriel Bowser announced on Saturday that she will nominate Polly Donaldson, an out lesbian and recognized expert in affordable housing and homeless-related programs, as director of the city’s Department of Housing and Community Development. The cabinet-level appointment requires confirmation by the City Council, an action that virtually all political observers believe the Council will…
  • Report: 594 LGBT people murdered in Americas during 15-month period

    Michael K. Lavers
    20 Dec 2014 | 11:17 am
    LGBT rights advocates protest outside the Jamaican Embassy in D.C. in August 2013. A report the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights released this week indicates nearly 600 LGBT people were killed in the Western Hemisphere between Jan. 1, 2013, and March 31 of this year. (Photo courtesy of Ellen Sturtz)A report the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights released on Wednesday indicates anti-LGBT violence claimed the lives of at least 594 people in the Western Hemisphere between Jan. 1, 2013, and March 31 of this year. More than half of these reported deaths during this 15-month period…
  • One year after Utah, a cascade of rulings on marriage

    Chris Johnson
    20 Dec 2014 | 8:16 am
    Michael Ferguson (left) and Seth Anderson were the first gay couple to be married in Salt Lake City. (Photo courtesy of Seth Anderson) It was one year ago on Dec. 20, 2013 that a federal judge in Utah ruled the U.S. constitution guarantees the right for same-sex couples to marry in the state, starting an unprecedented cascade of 35 or so court rulings in favor of marriage equality over the course of the next year. First among same-sex couples to marry in the state were Salt Lake City residents J. Seth Anderson and Michael Ferguson, who became an overnight Internet sensation for broadcasting…
  • Supreme Court won’t halt Florida same-sex marriages

    Chris Johnson
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:39 pm
    The U.S. Supreme Court won’t halt same-sex marriages in Florida. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key) Same-sex couples may begin to marry in Florida after Jan. 5 as a result of a district court ruling striking down the ban on same-sex marriage in the state, the U.S. Supreme Court ordered late Friday. In a one-page order, the court announced it has rejected the request from Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, a Republican, to place a hold on same-sex marriage in the state beyond Jan. 5 as litigation seeking the right for same-sex couples to marry in Florida continues on appeal.
  • Mariela Castro urges U.S. to end embargo against Cuba

    Michael K. Lavers
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Mariela Castro Espín, right, daughter of Cuban President Raúl Castro, speaks with LGBT rights advocates attending the ILGA World Conference in Mexico City in October. She urged the U.S. to end its embargo against Cuba during a Thursday interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. (Photo courtesy of Francisco Rodríguez Cruz/Paquito el de Cuba)The daughter of Cuban President Raúl Castro on Thursday said supporters of human rights should urge the U.S. to end its embargo against her country. “Those who support human rights in Cuba should end the embargo,” Mariela Castro Espín told…
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    Lady Freethinker

  • Watch: This is Where America’s Deported Immigrants Go

    Lady Freethinker
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Whether you call them “undocumented immigrants,” “illegals” or just “human beings,” nobody deserves to go through what America’s deportees experience when they’re dumped back into Mexico with no money and even less hope. This video takes you to Tijuana, where you can see how mothers, children and men live when the land of the free rejects their right to live in peace. Think it’s rough standing in line for the latest iPhone? Try waiting your turn to eat at this soup kitchen.
  • A Tiny Lego Wheelchair Helped this Crippled Tortoise Walk Again

    Lady Freethinker
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Blade is a tiny tortoise with a bone disorder so severe, he couldn’t hold up his own weight. So his genius of a vet, Dr. Carsten Plischke, made him a wheelchair out of Lego blocks. Now Blade gets around just fine, as you can see for yourself in the video and way-too-adorable pics. May he enjoy many more years of rolling around the house!    
  • Watch What Happens When You Drink 10 Cokes a Day

    Lady Freethinker
    10 Dec 2014 | 6:10 am
    Sugar is bad, boys and girls. This man set out to prove that point and, shockingly, found that guzzling Coca Cola all day causes weight gain. But as for his premise that “fat doesn’t make you fat?” Welllll, not so much. I wish he hadn’t done this “experiment” to push the meat-based paleo diet, which is one of the worst diets for both animals and the planet. Try eating 10 sticks of butter a day and get back to me.
  • Why Do White Cops Shoot Black Men? Here’s What Science Says

    Lady Freethinker
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
      You don’t have to think you’re racist to feel racist. You can subconsciously fear Black people even if you voted for Obama and cringe every time you hear the “N” word.  And if you happen to be an armed White police officer, you may be quicker to pull the trigger on an African-American. That’s the takeaway from Mother Jones reporter Chris Mooney, who went to New York University’s psychology department to try to understand why, in a culture that seems to widely accept African Americans, police officers seem to kill far too many of them. At NYU,…
  • Watch: This is What Bill Nye Has to Say About GMOS

    Lady Freethinker
    4 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
      The more I see from Bill Nye, the more I dig him. While other non-believers gave him heat for debating creationism with Ken Ham, I was pleased to see such a beloved, family-friendly figure show Bible Belters that it’s OK to question their religion. Given Nye’s track record, it’s no surprise to see him present one of the most balanced views of GMOs I’ve ever seen. From “We’re creating a whole new species” (scary) to “Would you rather eat the virus-riddled, natural papaya or the GM?” (hmmmm…), both sides of the story are…
 
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    FiveThirtyEight » Politics | FiveThirtyEight

  • The Army Is Building An Algorithm To Prevent Suicide

    Andrew Flowers
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Jerry Evans Jr. fills out a suicide report every time he picks up the phone. “Everyone who calls the crisis line gets assessed. If they call trying to refill a prescription, because they just dialed the wrong number, they still get assessed,” he explained.He’s a responder at the Veterans Crisis Line. It’s a hotline administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs that takes calls from veterans, active-duty soldiers and civilians who are seeking help for suicidal thoughts and behavior. Evans wants to know whether the person at risk has a plan and the necessary means to…
  • Should States Spend Billions To Reduce Class Sizes?

    Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:38 am
    Last month, voters in Washington decided that the state’s classes were filled with too many kids. A ballot initiative seeking to limit class sizes to 17 students for kindergarten through third grade and to 25 students for all others squeaked by, garnering only 51 percent of the vote. But a majority is a majority, and now the state must cut class sizes at every grade level — meaning it needs to hire thousands of new teachers, counselors, teaching assistants and librarians.The initiative will cost nearly $5 billion through 2019, a hefty sum considering that the state’s current…
  • The Most Conservative And Most Liberal Elite Law Schools

    Oliver Roeder
    5 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    The Supreme Court convened for its December sitting this week, and it may deliver its first opinions of the term as soon as Tuesday. But while it goes about business as usual, some worry that the famously cloistered institution is becoming too cloistered, its ranks filled more and more with blindered Ivy League elite.In November, Dahlia Lithwick, Slate’s Supreme Court writer, wrote an article for the New Republic titled “Yale, Harvard, Yale, Harvard, Yale, Harvard, Harvard, Harvard, Columbia,” a reference to the law school alma maters of the current justices.Lithwick, a Yale alumna,…
  • How Skyrocketing Gun Sales Are Helping To Conserve Butterflies

    Christie Aschwanden
    3 Dec 2014 | 6:44 am
    The Karner blue butterfly is a tiny thing, with colorful wings that extend just an inch across and a life that rarely wanders more than 600 feet from where it began. Its caterpillars can only eat wild lupines — a flower that’s become less abundant in the wild because of development and habitat fragmentation. As a result, the Karner was named an endangered species in 1992. But Karner blues are getting help from an unlikely source: gun sales.The Nature Conservancy has a project in the works near Saratoga, New York, that will preserve an area that’s already home to these lupines and…
  • The Census Is Still Trying To Find The Best Way To Track Race In America

    Ben Casselman
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:30 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 the Census Bureau is considering for its 2020 questionnaireIn the first two installments, we looked at the proposed changes to the way the census counts people of Arab ancestry and same-sex couples. Here, in our final article: The bureau ponders a new way of asking about Hispanic…
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    kai arzheimer

  • New Publication: The AfD: Finally a Successful Right-Wing Populist Eurosceptic Party for Germany?

    Kai Arzheimer
    21 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    I am pleased to be able to inform you that the editors are happy with the revisions you made to your article and we can now proceed to publication. I could not agree more. The revised article will appear in 2015, possibly rather late. Meanwhile, the author’s version of my piece on Germany’s Alternative party (which shows, amongst other things, that the AfD has positioned itself very close to the governing CSU (or vice versa?) is available here. The post New Publication: The AfD: Finally a Successful Right-Wing Populist Eurosceptic Party for Germany? appeared first on kai…
  • Interview with Deutschlandfunk on the Edathy Inquiry

    Kai Arzheimer
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:49 am
    The Edathy Affair involves allegations of child porn consumption, treason, and emotional blackmailing. Just before Christmas, a parliamentary hearing left everyone more baffled than ever before. Here is my take on the likely medium-term outcomes. The post Interview with Deutschlandfunk on the Edathy Inquiry appeared first on kai arzheimer.
  • Five More Links I Liked

    Kai Arzheimer
    13 Dec 2014 | 7:38 am
    Sage advice from Andrew Gelman: How to read (in quantitative social science). And by implication, how to write. http://t.co/1nVQ62cVMj New Statesman | “It’s sad they’ve sunk to such depths”: Tories use Ukip candidate’s Turkish name on a leaflet http://t.co/DiznLrWmXX Sigh Your holiday shopping guide for political scientists – The Washington Post http://t.co/1GEEJpDiT3 PHD comic: not my problem http://t.co/IvQaFyrXmY The % of Ukip voters at 2014 Euros who say will vote Ukip at 2015 GE -> http://t.co/cAH2X59nbP The post Five More Links I Liked appeared…
  • Five Links I Liked

    Kai Arzheimer
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:27 am
    Still looking for a Christmas present? Now available in Paperback: Class Politics and the Radical Right – Routledge http://t.co/ilhCXBlczm #InstantClassic Crooked Timber: Fly Air Gini http://t.co/s85aIzxA4u Art Goldhammer on Sarko’s inevitable comeback: He’s baaaaaack! http://t.co/5Q9Eu0Rt5L This has already happened as hinted at here: Trouble in (the Guardian’s) Paradise: anti-immigration party could bring Swedish government down http://t.co/B40ApmwCsq This will help you to get into that festive spirit: The Blair-Brown Christmas letters http://t.co/rhLSQYlsKL The post…
  • More on Thuringia: A CDU-AfD-Pact?

    Kai Arzheimer
    7 Dec 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Various news outlets reported this afternoon that there had been talks, perhaps even agreement between the (state) CDU and the (state) AfD to prevent Ramelow from being elected Minister-President. Obviously, nothing came out of this (neither party put a candidate on the slate), but still: Wither the blessing of the leadership, Merkel has created a cordon sanitaire between CDU and the AfD. Talks with the intention of forming a coalition, or at least gaining AfD support for a CDU minority government would be an act of open rebellion.Photo by Tjflex2 The post More on Thuringia: A CDU-AfD-Pact?
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    Conservative Read

  • Did U.S. Take Down North Korea’s Internet?

    chris
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:09 pm
    Obama pledged a response to North Korea last week.   The New York Times reports the network failure or probable take down is one of the worst in years. North Korea’s internet is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Movement Launched to Force the Resignation of NY’s Socialist Mayor

    chris
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:04 pm
     New York Mayor Bill de Blasio has been one of the most controversial figures in the Democratic Party since his election to Gracie Mansion a year ago. The fact that he’s an... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Al Sharpton Marched With Protesters in NY Who Called for “Dead Cops” after 2 were killed

    chris
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:59 pm
     Over the weekend, after the killings of New York police officers perpetrated by a man motivated by race-baiting rhetoric, Al Sharpton issued a tweet: “I am outraged at the killing of 2... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Christmas Eve Storm to Cause Lengthy Delays for Holiday Travelers in Eastern Half of US

    chris
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:54 pm
     A storm bearing gusty winds, torrential rain, snow, thunderstorms and fog will converge on the East and Midwest on Christmas Eve and will likely create major travel delays, both on the roads... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Report: Feds Pressuring More Doctors to Ask Patients About Their Guns

    chris
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Feds using Medicare reimbursements to force doctors to ask about guns, according to medical professional. The federal government is pressuring more and more medical doctors to ask their patients if... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Why Socialism Failed

  • Opening up to Cuba

    22 Dec 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Opening up to CubaThe recent push by the Obama administration to normalize relations with Cuba deserves close attention because of the repercussions it may have in Latin America, and the world.The Cuban embargo instituted by JFK, in place since 1962, has not dissuaded the Cuban regime to change course and liberalize the country, politically and economically. The US embargo is not the reason of the dire poverty the Cuban people are in, neither lifting it will bring abundance to the island. The lack of decent consumer goods is a consequence of the decades of Socialist economy that are the same…
  • 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…
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    The Alex Jones Show - Infowars.com

  • Alex Jones - 2014-Dec-22, Monday

    22 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    On this Monday, December 22 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Alex covers the latest on the savage murder of two NYPD officers by a man claiming retaliation for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. A Ferguson protestor who met with the Justice Dept. taunted police with a cop killer quote this weekend and even said fellow protestors should label suspected shooter Ismaaiyl Brinsley a "motherf***ing hero." But protesting police brutality with violence will only fuel more police brutality. Also, former State Department official, author and publisher Dr. Steve Pieczenik talks about President…
  • Alex Jones - 2014-Dec-21, Sunday

    21 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    On this Sunday, December 21 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Alex will examine the cowardly and brutal murder of two New York police officers who were ambushed in retaliation for the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner and how the tragedy only serves to divide law enforcement and the public even further. Alex will also discuss information surrounding the alleged shooter's background including his ties to a Marxist prison gang and how the mainstream media has continually worked to stir up racial division. Then, Alex will break down the success of Spokane's protest Saturday, the defiant…
  • Alex Jones - 2014-Dec-19, Friday

    19 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    On this Friday, December 19 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Nightly News host David Knight delves into the latest on the Sony Pictures hack as the U.S. plans to blame North Korea and also China, Russia and Iran. Following the malware attack, lawmakers in the U.S. pushed to reinvigorate CISPA-style legislation. David also looks at the claim North Korea planned attacks on America’s nuclear plants. The Infowars crew in Washington files a report today as they continue their coverage on a Washington state sheriff’s deputy proclaiming law enforcement officers need armored military vehicles…
  • Alex Jones - 2014-Dec-18, Thursday

    18 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    On the Thursday, December 18 broadcast of the Alex Jones Show, guest host David Knight delves into the alleged hacking of Sony Pictures by North Korea, breaking down who may actually be behind it and the far reaching implications it can have on free speech, the open internet, cyber security and more. Knight also looks at CNN's failed #AskACop hashtag and gives the latest on the fallout from a video featuring a sheriff's deputy admitting MRAPs are meant to take on Constitutionalists. Infowars reporterswill also checkin from Spokane, Wash., the site of a planned protest set to take place on…
  • Alex Jones - 2014-Dec-17, Wednesday

    17 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    On this Wednesday, December 17 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Alex and David Knight cover the explosive tension between the U.S. and Russia, particularly through economic warfare and the engineered fall of the Russian Ruble. Also, David covers the obsession with power in Washington, D.C., as President Obama rules by fiat through memoranda and how lawmakers are instigating another Cold War with Russia. Also, American doctors are violating their ethics by helping the CIA torture prisoners. On today's show Washington state representative Matt Shea discusses the fallout in Spokane after the…
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    Vox - All

  • Rudy Giuliani says Obama and black leaders incite "anti-police hatred"

    Matthew Yglesias
    21 Dec 2014 | 1:35 pm
    The cold-blooded murders of NYPD officers Wenjian Liu and Rafael Ramos have sparked a lot of hot takes, but perhaps none so bold and drastically wrong than the one offered by former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who cast the blame squarely on "four months of propaganda, starting with the president, that everybody should hate the police." He said black leaders, in particular, have contributed to "an atmosphere of severe, strong anti-police hatred in certain communities." Giuliani went out of his way to be clear that he's not blaming a handful of bad apples. He thinks the culprits are everyone…
  • Loved Serial? You should binge The Staircase next

    Todd VanDerWerff
    21 Dec 2014 | 12:30 pm
    You need to watch: The Staircase How can I see it: It's on DVD, and you can digitally download it on iTunes. It's not streaming for free anywhere, but both the DVD and purchase of the full season on iTunes are relatively inexpensive. What is it: This one is perfect for fans of the true crime podcast Serial, which recently concluded its first season. Like that show, The Staircase follows the story of a murder and the man accused of that murder. But unlike Serial, The Staircase predominantly takes place during the trial of writer Michael Peterson, accused of killing his wife, Kathleen, who died…
  • 5 surprising things scientists have discovered about swearing

    Joseph Stromberg
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:20 am
    There's a surprisingly rich body of research about swearing. Academics have studied the prevalence of accidental obscenities on live TV, the frequency with which nurses are sworn at by patients, and, naturally, the significance of swear words in Quentin Tarantino films. They've also done a decent amount of work into the prevalence and effect of swearing in our everyday lives. Here are some of the more interesting things they've found. 1) Swearing seems to be getting more common over time It's tough to accurately track the frequency of public swearing — partly because our definition of…
  • 7 addictive podcasts that aren't Serial

    Libby Nelson
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    Everything good — including the first season of Serial — must come to an end. The good news is there are hundreds of great, interesting podcasts out there that aren't Serial. Many of them are nothing like Serial. But they're still fun, fascinating, and entertaining. Here are seven recommendations from podcast-listeners at Vox Media. (We're not recommending This American Life, Planet Money, or RadioLab because they're so well-known, but if you liked Serial, you'd probably like those too. If you want a bigger guide to all the podcasts out there, Chris Hall's Unplayed Zero is excellent, and…
  • Here's why millions of Americans are binge-watching Korean dramas

    Brandon Ambrosino
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:23 am
    It used to be that the TV series Americans were able to consume were all pretty much produced right here in the US. Acclaimed shows from other shores — even countries that spoke English — rarely showed up in America, and if they did, it was only sporadically on PBS. But in the last several years, that's been changing. More and more British, Canadian, and Australian series arrive here every day, and sites like Hulu bring in shows that aren't in English (like Hatufim, the Israeli show that served as inspiration for Homeland). And then there's DramaFever, an online video streaming service…
 
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    LewRockwell

  • 10 Cheap, Effective Home Security Tips

    No Author
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Part of prepping is making sure your home is secure now so your prep, as well as your family, is safe and secure. As your stockpile increases the threat of robbery becomes all too real. All it takes is the wrong person seeing you load up your guns for a day at the range to get a thief more than a little interested in what else you have in your home. Instead of leaving things to chance or relying on an alarm system, check out these cheap yet effective home security tips below to keep your home safe and secure while making sure you have as much of your budget as possible to use for your prep.
  • Taki’s Older Gentleman’s Guide

    Taki Theodoracopulos
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Here is my Christmas gift to Takimag readers, one that applies mostly to unmarried males, but it’s also available to married ones who might wish to test whether that old magic still works. (Female readers of the best magazine in the whole wide world may also pick up a few hints.) This is not to be confused with the amateurish, vulgar, and embarrassing inventory of the Swiss-American Julien Blanc on how to pick up women. His guide was meant for tattooed beer drinkers trying to pull drunken tarts in cheap bars. Mine is for gentlemen endeavoring to make an impression on ladies and well brought…
  • Anti-Male Lies

    William L. Anderson
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:01 pm
    In the month since Rolling Stone published its infamous “rape of Jackie” story about a University of Virginia student who was brutally raped at a fraternity party, a number of things have come to light. First, the story was false; Jackie was not raped, there was no party at the fraternity house in question the night the assault was supposed to have occurred, and even Jackie’s “date” was a work of fiction. Second, UVA officials acted in typical Pavlovian style when RS published the story: President Teresa Sullivan – whose tenure at UVA already has included an unsuccessful attempt…
  • Inspire Self-Reliance and Freedom

    Daisy Luther
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Do you want to inspire your kids to be free and self-sufficient?  There’s nothing better than a good book to point them in the right direction. My kids are total bookworms, so I enlisted their help to compile this list of favorites. Some folks may pooh-pooh the idea of fiction as  a teaching tool, but reading about a character who is smart, adaptable, self-reliant, and skilled can influence the way your child or teenager thinks.  These books are not all specific to kids in prepper families – many of them are just tales of kids who are put into situations in which they must rely on…
  • Mean-Spirited Vengeance

    Fred Reed
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Vi and I spent a couple of weeks in Cuba a few years back for The American Conservative. Nice place, good people, government a mixed bag, mostly sorry. Varadero, Cuba. Photo: FOE Staff Some things surpass all understanding. Why in the name of God and little catfish are we embargoing Cuba? The revolution occurred in 1959, some 55 years ago. A young man then of 20 would now be 75. The Mariel boat lift came in 1980, 35 years ago. The same man of 20 would now be 55. Even a newborn would be 35. Which is to say that all “Cubans” under thirty-five, and a very high proportion of those older, in…
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    Pension360

  • Jacksonville Pension Reform Bill, Approved by Council, Could Still Stall

    Ted Ballantine
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:57 am
    The Jacksonville City Council approved the city’s long-debated reform plan last month, which increase future employees contributions to the city’s Police and Fire Pension Fund, as well as boost the city’s payments by $40 million annually. But now the proposal is awaiting approval from the Police and Fire Pension Fund, and one big question remains: how will the city pay for its higher payments? From News4Jax.com: The Police and Fire Pension Fund met Monday to look at the city’s proposal to deal with the $1.7 billion pension deficit and the members are stuck on a major issue: how…
  • Public Pension Hedge Fund Portfolio Returns vs. Benchmarks in 2014

    Ted Ballantine
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:52 am
    Here’s a chart listing the strongest-performing hedge fund portfolios over the 12 month period ended September 30, 2014. You can also see whether or not the portfolio outperformed its benchmark, and the percentage of system assets dedicated to hedge funds. Chart credit: Pensions & Investments
  • Pennsylvania Lawmaker To Propose Shale Tax to Fund Pensions

    Ted Ballantine
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:37 am
    A Pennsylvania representative is planning to introduce a bill in January that would levy a 3.5 percent tax on companies that frack in the state. The revenues – estimated to be $400 million annually – would then go to paying down the Public School Employees’ Retirement System’s (PSERS) unfunded liabilities. From Main Line Media: The way state Rep. Kate Harper sees it, a shale tax could ensure drillers are paying their fair share and help solve the state’s pension crisis at the same time. Harper, R-61, began circulating a memo Dec. 17 to get co-sponsors for a bill she plans to…
  • Michigan’s $195 Million Payment to Detroit Pension Systems Approved

    Ted Ballantine
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:19 am
    A board on Monday approved a $195 million payment that Michigan will make to Detroit’s pension system as part of the city’s plan to avoid steeper benefit cuts. From the Lansing State Journal: Detroit’s two pension funds are expected to receive the state’s “grand bargain” bankruptcy contribution of $194.8 million on Feb. 9 after a state panel gave final approval to the payments on Monday. The three-member Michigan Settlement Administration Authority approved the payments after board members were advised all legal claims against the state related to the largest municipal bankruptcy…
  • OECD: Infrastructure Investing Low Among Largest Pensions

    Ted Ballantine
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:01 am
    The world’s largest pension funds have significantly increased their allocations to alternative investments over the last four years. But allocations to infrastructure haven’t followed that upward trend, according to an OECD report. Reported by Pensions & Investments: Infrastructure investing activity remains low among the largest pension funds and public pension reserve funds worldwide, despite increased allocations to other alternative investments, a report from the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development showed. Average allocations to alternatives increased to 19.5%…
 
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    Message President

  • Против политических репрессий

    22 Dec 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Против политических репрессий? За свободу слова? Приходи на собрание для обсуждения приговора Алексею и Олегу Навальным и против режима Путина Манежная площадь Манежная площадь, Москва, Moscow, Russia, 111672 https://www.facebook.com/events/406603402849183/
  • Consider Modi,Obama visit to Gandhi Temple at Sambalpur

    22 Dec 2014 | 7:51 am
    It would be a diplomatic coup if two Gandhians, PM Modi and US President Obama land in the place.BHATRA,SAMBALPUR where Gandhi is worshiped as a God with daily prayers. It would be a fitting tribute to the embodiment of common man,Gandhi by two top global leaders rising from common background..After Republic day functions,an Obama visit to Gandhi temple will give a powerful message to peace, non-violence,and democratic change.Small towns in India will host presidents,PMs - a facility of Metros normally..It would also be a change in grassroots India. As a villager,now a former professor in…
  • Please Dear President

    21 Dec 2014 | 7:33 am
    Dear barack obama My name is Ibrahim Khaled Mazbudy , from Lebanon, 18 years old. Sir since childhood and I love America but a societal imperative in Lebanon make us never say "America" most times, today and in your custom and with your good goals and good thing you did my love for you and for America increased I am an ambitious guy and I love the look of the future and change for the better and I want to build my future in America and be a US citizen and realize my goals and ambitions in the United States and after I saw how your charity have asked the girl because of her poor…
  • 1/32 Rule

    21 Dec 2014 | 4:02 am
    Derr President arack Obama, Will you please try to strike down the 1/32 rule to be considered black. I beleive that if your 1 parent is white and the other os black, the children from that union is 50;50. sincelely, Michael S. Moody.MD
  • Need of WRO

    20 Dec 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Dear Mr Putin, My name is Keshab Chapagain. I was born and raised in Nepal but I am currently living in Sydney. I am a deeply religious person. I believe in scientific study of religion and establishing ones relation with the God. Every religion has their importance. When I was in Nepal, I practiced Hinduism. I meditated. Now I am practicing Hare Krishna. I also joined congregation of Jehovah Witnesses. More or less every religion is suffering from extremist view. What to speak of Islam, your country and the whole civilized world is fighting war against Islamic extremists. You have a…
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    The Vision Times » World

  • Russian Economy in Dire Straits, Putin Blames External Factors (Video)

    James Burke
    20 Dec 2014 | 4:13 am
    Russia’s economy is heading for a deep recession and Russian President Vladimir Putin has gone into damage control and along the way has  blamed Russia’s issues on “external” forces. Speaking at an end of the year press conference, that went for three hours, President Putin said Russia’s economy was in crisis because of western sanctions, big slides in oil prices and a free-falling ruble. See the video for more on that.  So what does this all mean for everyday Russians? The country’s falling rouble and runaway inflation has already seen frightened Russians line up to…
  • President Obama Says U.S. Will Respond to North Korea’s Cyber-Attack on Sony (Video)

    James Burke
    20 Dec 2014 | 3:22 am
    As many suspected, it WAS the North Koreans who launched the recent massive cyber-attack against Sony for their satirical film The Interview and now President Barack Obama says the U.S. will respond accordingly. What that means I don’t know but full marks to President Obama for his comments made during an end-of-year news conference which you can see in the above video. As part of that he spelled out how absurd it is for North Korea to do what it did. And see the video below for a brief wrap on the North Korean unit – which is actually based in China – which carries out the…
  • Just Awesome! See How Liberating Skateboarding Can be for Kids in Kabul (Video & Pictures)

    Ben Maloney
    20 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Afghanistan is a country devastated by war and, as seen in the above video, its capital – Kabul – isn’t an easy place to live, especially for kids. But don’t be turned off by the above image of a severed goat’s head, just press play. Skateistan: To Live And Skate Kabul isn’t a gruesome video – the goat’s head is as bad as it gets – it’s about a  group of kids, both boys and girls, making life a little more livable through skateboarding. It’s positive and life affirming. It’s well worth watching whether you’re a skate fan…
  • Why Is the Chinese Government Building Low-Income Units in New York City?

    Ben Grinberg
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:05 am
    China’s largest state-owned property developer‘s latest venture is a $4.9 billion 15-tower housing project in a brownstone-covered Brooklyn neighborhood: hipster-central. The Greenland Holdings Group project broke ground this week. Formerly known as the Atlantic Yards site, the space has been rebranded as ‘Pacific Park,’ and sits in Prospect Heights, next to to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. Over a third of the planned apartment towers’ 6,430 units will be designated for lower-income families, according to the project’s website. This means they would…
  • Toys of War: Childhood in South Sudan (Video)

    Ben Maloney
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:05 am
    Many of the Nuban people have been forced to flee their homes and find refuge in the Yida refugee camp, South Sudan. It’s a place where finding a decent meal or a comfortable place to sleep is unlikely but at least it’s safe from war. It’s also a place where children have found ways to make life a bit more normal. Like it was back where they came from – the Nuba Mountains. As shown by the above video made by Andrew Berends, the children make their life better with homemade toys made from clay or other materials. Image: Screenshot/Youtube Many of these children have…
 
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    The National Memo

  • Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio Sues To Halt Obama’s Action On Immigrants

    Michael Muskal
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:26 pm
    By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times (TNS) Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Ariz., sought on Monday to overturn President Barack Obama’s executive action protecting up to 5 million immigrants without documentation from being deported. Arpaio and his attorney, Larry Klayman, argued in front of U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell in Washington. The suit was filed last month. In their suit, Klayman and Arpaio contend the administration’s policy change to defer deportation added to the burden of law enforcement, especially in a border state like Arizona. They allege the changes…
  • Appeals Court Says North Carolina Ultrasound Abortion Provision Unconstitutional

    Craig Jarvis
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:16 pm
    By Craig Jarvis, The News & Observer (Raleigh, N.C.) (TNS) RALEIGH, N.C. — A federal appeals court on Monday ruled North Carolina’s requirement that women seeking abortions be shown ultrasound images of the fetus is unconstitutional. The ruling by a three-judge panel of the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Virginia was written by Judge J. Harvie Wilkinson III, who was appointed by President Ronald Reagan in 1984. The ruling strongly described the requirement as forced government speech. “Transforming the physician into the mouthpiece of the state undermines the…
  • Chuck Schumer And The Democrats’ Identity Crisis: Economic Policy Vs. Rhetoric

    Richard Kirsch
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:36 pm
    A populist message won’t be enough to save the Democratic Party if its leaders continue to serve Wall Street. Two weeks before New York senator Charles Schumer once again delivered for Wall Street with the omnibus budget deal, he gave a major speech in which he sounded like a progressive champion. Schumer offered a stirring defense of government as the only force that can stand up to the private sector’s attack on the middle class, and argued that for Democrats to “roll to victory in 2016… First, we must convince Americans that government can be on their side and is not just a…
  • Embattled New York City Mayor Calls For End To Protests

    AFP
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:16 pm
    New York (AFP) – Embattled Mayor Bill de Blasio urged New Yorkers to put aside politics and protests Monday to mourn two murdered police officers as he sought to head off furious criticism of his conduct. Wenjian Liu, 32, and Rafael Ramos, 40, were shot in the head through the window of their patrol car in broad daylight in Brooklyn on Saturday following weeks of anti-police protests. Police named the shooter as Ismaaiyl Brinsley, 28, whom officers said had a clear anti-police bias and who shot himself dead on a subway station platform just minutes after the murders. The killings have…
  • Pope Denounces Hypocrisy, Greed, And Mudslinging Within Vatican Walls

    dpa
    22 Dec 2014 | 11:39 am
    VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Monday said the Vatican’s central bureaucracy, the Roman Curia, was suffering from 15 “diseases,” in a speech that was seen as a scathing attack against the administration’s scandal-tainted old guard. In particular, the pontiff spoke against the “hoarding disease” that sees members of the clergy “amassing material goods, not out of need, but to feel safe.” In what was seen as an oblique reference to Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, who is about to move into a 500-square-meter flat, Francis recalled the story of a…
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    nFates Reviews

  • Metro far beyond of being there

    Neil Flesch
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:38 pm
    Metro far beyond of being there One day, I found a young man sitting on the Metro floor with his head resting on his knees. There was no kind of apparent movement in his static body. He was simply abandoned in himself, distant, miniature, tiny and apparently hurt before the indifferent reality of things that … Continue reading →
  • The Richness of Simplicity

    Neil Flesch
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:17 pm
    The Richness of Simplicity It’s Tuesday. I walk with no hurry on the hustle and bustle of Manhattan. And meanwhile, I’m watching, in the course of my way, the people standing and staring in the shops windows, handbags, clothing, cars, watches and jewelry. Some of these people come up to even sit on the sidewalks. In … Continue reading →
  • Berkeley and Oakland – A Memorial for Freedom

    Neil Flesch
    13 Dec 2014 | 7:23 pm
    Berkeley and Oakland – A Memorial for Freedom Preamble * New York has the world famous Statue of Liberty. Perhaps for her constant presence, its people are generally indifferent to threats that fascism and tyranny that their own government inflicts, directly and indirectly, in the form of military, police, social, economic and political repression and … Continue reading →
  • Curiosity

    Ken W. Simpson
    12 Dec 2014 | 10:04 pm
    Curiosity Elephant seals gross and flabby ignorant of protocol ponderously scratch. Uniformed unicorns importune tame peacocks wearing pink petticoats. Fluted columns fade at twilight into the secrecy of a passing thought. Toy soldiers on parade fragile, glittering lost.   HomeFiled under: Poetry Tagged: Blog, Books, Fiction, Life, Love, Personal, Photography, Thoughts, Watch & listen, Writing
  • CIA Report Torture: Bush & Cheney without reserves

    Neil Flesch
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:08 pm
    CIA Report Torture: Bush & Cheney without reserves All American citizens on a greater or lesser degree, have a clear vision on how the prevailing hypocrisy in the political theater of the USA works. And if, until now, someone had doubts, or some kind of illusion about the hypocrisy and rot that circulates the halls … Continue reading →
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    Le blog de Miguel Atanet (Plus Europe)

  • Parliament supports recognition of Palestinian statehood and the two state solution

    Miguel Atanet
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:17 am
    “Parliamentarians for Peace” initiative to bring together MEPs and MPs from the Israeli and Palestinian Parliaments Peace needs other weapons The European Parliament supports "in principle recognition of Palestinian statehood and the two state solution, and believes these should go hand in hand with the development of peace talks, which should be advanced", it says in a resolution passed today.   “Parliamentarians for Peace” To support EU diplomatic efforts in the Middle East peace process, it also decided to launch a “Parliamentarians for…
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    Miguel Atanet
    10 Dec 2014 | 7:51 am
    Article 1. Human dignity. Human dignity is inviolable. It must be respected and protected. Human Rights Day 2014   The standards, procedures and institutions that ensure Human and Fundamental rights in the EU emanate from local, national and international organisations, the last of which include the ‪‎EU‬ itself, the Council of Europe , the OSCE – The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and the United Nations. The core international obligations that the EU and its Member States have taken on, the Human Rights instruments they have formally accepted and the…
  • Robert Schuman, l'architecte de l'intégration européenne

    Miguel Atanet
    5 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    En 1951, les journalistes savaient que le discours de Robert Schuman serait une histoire de première page (Parlement).Le traité de Paris fut signé par les six membres fondateurs le 18 avril 1951, soit un an à peine après le discours. 9 mai 1950, Robert Schuman's speech En 1951, les journalistes savaient que le discours de Robert Schuman serait une histoire de première page Parlement.   L’homme d’État Robert Schuman, éminent juriste et ministre français des Affaires étrangères de 1948 à 1952, est…
  • Armenia, Azerbaijan and Nagorno Karabakh

    Miguel Atanet
    4 Dec 2014 | 8:21 am
    Armenian Genocide Joint Statement by the Heads of Delegation of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair Countries BASEL, Switzerland, 4 December 2014 - We, the Heads of Delegation of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair countries – Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov, Secretary of State of the United States John Kerry,­­ State Secretary for European Affairs of France Harlem Desir – remain strongly committed to a peaceful resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.  There is no military solution, and we call on the sides to refrain from violence and work actively…
  • South Stream: the Azerbaijani factor

    Miguel Atanet
    2 Dec 2014 | 9:18 am
    South Stream & Nabucco The rivalry between Azerbaijan and Russia trying to gain access to the market of Southeast Europe have became Moscow's halting of the South Stream pipeline according to