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  • Slimming Down Alone, Together

    The Atlantic
    Judith Ohikuare
    20 Apr 2014 | 3:24 am
    For many overweight and obese people, getting in shape can feel like an act that is meant to be publicly announced and privately executed. Consider NBC’s The Biggest Loser, which has consistently drawn in millions of viewers over the last 10 years by showcasing the spectacle of rapid physical transformation. Sure, the contestants’ dedication to improving their health might be inspiring, but more alluring is the promise of watching a sweaty, shout-filled struggle, with a Big Reveal at the end of the season. In non-reality show reality, being gawped and sneered at by their fit peers has…
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  • On race, the US is not as improved as some would have us believe

    Comment is free | The Guardian
    Gary Younge
    20 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    Despite the legacy of civil rights, some doors remain firmly closed. And across the US, schools are resegregating Continue reading...
  • Avoid Future Problems By Following These Essential Insurance Tips

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

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

  • Game of Thrones Is Just Getting Bloodier—and Better

    Spencer Kornhaber
    20 Apr 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Spencer Kornhaber, Christopher Orr, and Amy Sullivan discuss the latest episode of Game of Thrones. Orr: Another week, another extremely satisfying Game of Thrones episode. “Breaker of Chains” was written by showrunners David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, and was directed, like last week’s episode, by Alex Graves. So it’s perhaps fitting that the action picks up directly where it left off, with Cersei cradling her dead son Joffrey and screaming at her brother Tyrion, in grief and rage, “You did this! You did this!” From that point, the episode follows a simple yet elegant…
  • People Don't Like Google Glass Because It Makes Them Seem Weak

    Will Butler
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    “Wait, I just had my first Glass sighting,” a friend whispered to me as we left Dolores Park last summer. “I just can’t. These people. They look so stupid.” Personally, I am blind—and was more concerned with planning my next step, white cane out in front of me—so I didn’t actually see it. I can see a bit, at times, but I was fairly certain that with my irrevocably hazy vision a face-mounted computer screen would be useless to me. So, to fit in, I agreed, what a fool. Together we laughed at the man wearing Google Glass. If you can’t join them, mock them. At the time, seeing…
  • A Report With Slightly Encouraging Environmental Implications

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

    Judith Ohikuare
    20 Apr 2014 | 3:24 am
    For many overweight and obese people, getting in shape can feel like an act that is meant to be publicly announced and privately executed. Consider NBC’s The Biggest Loser, which has consistently drawn in millions of viewers over the last 10 years by showcasing the spectacle of rapid physical transformation. Sure, the contestants’ dedication to improving their health might be inspiring, but more alluring is the promise of watching a sweaty, shout-filled struggle, with a Big Reveal at the end of the season. In non-reality show reality, being gawped and sneered at by their fit peers has…
  • 6th and I Program on C-SPAN Tonight

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

  • Not this Chait again: or, hating Obama is part of the right's racial animus

    20 Apr 2014 | 6:00 pm
    He's black. He's also the president. Perhaps it's uncouth to keep on belaboring a point that has occupied certain corners of leftblogistan for this entire month, but this stuff is important. And by this stuff, I refer to the ongoing parade of criticism and commentary that has emerged from New York Magazine columnist Jonathan Chait's perspectives on racial politics in the era of Obama. Two weeks ago, my topic was an exchange between Chait and his fellow essayist Ta-Nehisi Coates, in which Coates explained to the the world how Chait's perspectives on race relations in a political…
  • Remember when the GOP was the patriotic, law and order party?

    20 Apr 2014 | 4:30 pm
    The good ol' days. Democrats were communist hippies and Republicans believed in patriotism, law and order. My how things have changed (or not). We have a rancher refusing to pay grazing fees and calling in "militias" for help to prevent federal agents from doing their jobs. All because Cliven Bundy seems to have this very bizarre idea that, and I quote, "I don’t recognize [the] United States Government as even existing." If the United States government does not exist, then who in the hell's army did I serve in? Who sent me that tax refund earlier this year? In Wisconsin (and other states)…
  • The real IRS scandal that's costing Uncle Sam trillions

    20 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    The Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is facing a crisis, just not the one many pundits and most conservatives think. To be sure, the Republican excavation project to unearth the smoking gun proving the agency targeted right-wing "social welfare organizations" over their non-profit status will continue. As Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus described his party's lawsuit this week, "We're done playing footsie here with the IRS." But the real scandal is that Republicans and their conservative amen corner have already done something much worse to the IRS. After their successful…
  • We unlucky few: A look at the incumbents who lost their primaries, 1994-2012

    20 Apr 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Former Sen. Richard Lugar (R-IN), one of seven unlucky senators to lose their primary since 1994 For the most part, incumbent representatives, senators and governors who seek renomination get it. It's not hard to see why: To start with, most challengers have difficulty competing with the incumbent for name recognition, money and critical endorsements. Most incumbents have a good understanding of their party's primary electorate and are careful not to alienate them. Even incumbents who may be vulnerable to a primary often prevail. While some southern states force the top two vote-getters into…
  • Obamacare is working. Now's the time to start talking about making it better.

    20 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Markos argued last week that the harder the Republicans fight Obamacare, the easier it's going to be to make a single-payer system happen. He uses Vermont, which is working now to implement a statewide single-payer system under an Obamacare waiver, as his example. Is he right? From a political perspective, yes, though there's more to the picture than he included. From a policy perspective, things get a lot murkier, and a lot harder. Still, there's good reason to look to the law as it stands, what Vermont is trying to do, and how Republican intransigence is going to help move the cause beyond…
 
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    Drudge Retort

  • Country Singer Kevin Sharp Dies

    rcade
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:37 pm
    Kevin Sharp, a country music singer who recorded three top 5 songs in the '90s and survived a well-publicized battle with cancer, died Saturday of complications from past stomach surgeries and digestive issues. He was 43. His 1995 single "Nobody Knows" climbed to the No. 1 spot on the Billboard country charts for a month. Follow-ups "She's Sure Taking it Well" and "If You Love Somebody," each from his first album, Measure of a Man, were top 5 hits, and Sharp was nominated as best new male vocalist by the Academy of Country Music.
  • Boxer Hurricane Carter Dies

    Corky
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:49 pm
    Rubin (Hurricane) Carter, a star prizefighter whose career was cut short by a murder conviction in New Jersey and who became an international cause celebre while imprisoned for 19 years before the charges against him were dismissed, died on Sunday morning at his home in Toronto, confirmed. He was 76.
  • Ralph Reed: Better No Parents Than Gay Ones

    rcade
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:59 pm
    On This Week with George Stephanopoulos Sunday, during a discussion of Russian President Vladimir Putin prohibiting same-sex adoption, former Christian Coalition director Ralph Reed was asked, "Would you rather have a child sitting in an orphanage than have gay parents?" Reed would not say that a child being adopted by gays would be better off. "I think the social science is just simply not in yet on same-sex couples," he said. "I think the law has every right to set an ideal. And the ideal is a mother and a father."
  • Pot Has Come a Long Way Since 4/20

    nullifidian
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:06 pm
    Matt Ferner and Nick Wing, Huffington Post: What a difference a year makes. From 4/20, 2013, to 4/20, 2014, marijuana has taken big steps out of the shadows of the black market and into the light of the mainstream -- from record high popular support and the first legal recreational sales, to an entire country legalizing marijuana. Here
  • GM Spending $12 Billion on Chinese Plants

    zack991
    20 Apr 2014 | 3:22 pm
    GM plans to build five more plants in China next year, as part of its efforts to ramp up manufacturing capacity there by 65 percent by 2020, executives said on Sunday. GM expects its China sales to expand 8-10 percent this year, in line with the overall growth of the Chinese market. "We are investing wisely and accelerating our vehicle development and manufacturing to keep pace with market demand. In total we are investing $12 billion between 2014 and 2017," Matt Tsien, president of GM China, said at the Auto China show in Beijing.
 
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    Editor's Blog

  • Can It Be True?

    Josh Marshall
    20 Apr 2014 | 2:55 pm
    In case you've missed this study that's been burning up the Internet since Friday: a new Princeton study purports to show through statistics that the US has ceased to be a democracy and become an oligarchy in which various structural factors make politicians only listen to the very wealthy.
  • RIP: Rubin "Hurricane" Carter

    Josh Marshall
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:32 am
    The boxer who spent the better part of his life fighting a wrongful conviction for triple murder has died at the age of 76.
  • Paper or Pixel?

    Josh Marshall
    19 Apr 2014 | 1:15 pm
    I've just launched a discussion in The Hive (sub req) about the transformation from reading paper books to digital books. Baffling as it is to me, since for decades I was not only a voracious reader but a devotee of the physical book itself, I made the transition about three years ago. I'm just not able to read paper books anymore. I'm almost embarrassed to admit that. But it's true. Are you the same? Are you resisting? Can't stand reading on a Kindle or other device? Join us for the discussion.
  • New Comments System

    Josh Marshall
    19 Apr 2014 | 10:36 am
    It would be an understatement to say our tech team is truly gratified by the positive response (both numerically and in words) to our new comment system. So thank you. This is especially the case since initial reactions to significant changes on website with a long history are usually pretty negative at the beginning. (I was excited to see that in the first 24 hours online we had 3 stories that got into triple digits in comment count.) If you haven't tried it yet, I wanted to again flag this primer on how the new system works and some details about how to use it. Read More →
  • A Dead-End for the Dead-Enders

    Josh Marshall
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:40 pm
    I've already explained where we are on the Obamacare policy front. TPM Reader JL does a very good job explaining how the politics of Obamacare changes overnight on November 5th. On the politics of Obamacare, I think it’s important to realize how dramatically things will change on November 5th. We can debate how well anti Obamacare zealotry will work in the midterms, but I think most knowledgeable, reasonable observers would agree on some version of the following: if the goal is to preserve the majority in the House and to get 51 seats in the Senate, it will work tolerably well. Not a huge…
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    Political Animal

  • Mad Men ratings are down. I have a "bad fan" theory as to why.

    20 Apr 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Last Sunday, Man Men began its seventh and penultimate season. As always, the season premiere revealed a few surprises, but perhaps the biggest surprise of all this year turned out to be the show's low ratings. The Huffington Post reports that only 2.3 million viewers tuned in last week, a number that is down almost one third from last year's season premiere. Many explanations have been offered for the ratings plunge. Some of the excuses were weak: maybe people were watching something else? or they didn't realize the new season had begun? And some sounded more plausible: perhaps more people…
  • Must-read of the day: Tom Frank on why we don't want a plutocracy -- even a liberal, "benevolent" one

    20 Apr 2014 | 10:52 am
    Yesterday, when I wrote about a White House gathering of young billionaire philanthropists, I did so with a healthy dose of snark. However, I didn't make an argument about the many things that are terribly wrong with government-by-billionaire. But if you're interested in reading such an argument, you're in luck. Tom Frank has written one that was posted at Salon.com today, and it's excellent. In his piece, Frank makes a smart historical analogy between today's reformist billionaires like Michael Bloomberg, and the sanctimonious "Mugwumps" the nineteenth century: During the nineteenth century,…
  • Yet another reason to hate the Supreme Court: a recent ruling makes it easier for payday lenders to prey upon the poor

    20 Apr 2014 | 8:48 am
    The Supreme Court doesn't like poor people very much. Recent rulings by the Court have had a profoundly harmful impact on the health, lives, and livelihoods of poor folks. The best-known example is the Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act, which allowed states to opt out of Medicaid. That is an option that 24 states have chosen to take. It will leave nearly six million low-income Americans without health insurance. They would have had that insurance were it not for the Supreme Court. How many people will lose their health, and their lives, because the Supreme Court denied them health…
  • Morning music, Patti Smith, "Easter"

    19 Apr 2014 | 7:57 pm
    Here is the magnificent Patti Smith song, "Easter." Isabelle, Frederick, and Vitalie were Rimbaud's brother and sisters, by the way. She was raised Catholic and there are many traces of Catholicism in her life and work. Among other things, there's this song; there's the title track of her album Wave, which is about Pope John Paul I; and last year, there was this. Happy Easter to one and all!
  • Step aside, Hillary shoe truthers! Here come the Hillary grandbaby truthers!

    19 Apr 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Earlier this week, Chelsea Clinton revealed that she was pregnant. Before that announcement, in the current issue of The Washington Monthly, Haley Sweetland Edwards had speculated about how such an announcement would play out amongst the Hillary-haters: Of course, regardless of how deftly she plays her new role, Hillary’s many critics will complain. They will accuse her of using the child as a campaign tool, and any references to her adorable grandkid will be marshaled as further proof that she is the most calculating person in politics. Indeed, because she’s a Clinton, and hence…
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    New Republic

  • Further Proof That Women in 'Game of Thrones' Are Pawns in Men's Games

    Hillary Kelly
    20 Apr 2014 | 7:33 pm
    Beaten, raped, kidnapped, tortured, widowed, belittled, ruthlessly ridiculed, dragged across the country, abandoned by their lovers, shot up with crossbows, stabbed in the uterus while pregnant, molested by their own fathers, 
  • Barbara Ehrenreich: I'm an Atheist, But Don't Rule Out "Mystical Experiences"

    Isaac Chotiner
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Barbara Ehrenreich, the best-selling author of Nickel and Dimed: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream, is generally known for reportage on subjects such as the minimum wage and the rights of workers. But this month she has released a new book that is less a change of pace than a step
  • Republicans and Democrats Both Claim to Be Pro-Family. Here's How They Can Prove It.

    Matt Bruenig
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Recent Republican anxiety over whether or not to host the 2016 Republican National Convention in Las Vegas have brought to the surface one of the major image struggles between the two parties: namely, which is the most pro-family? As Family PAC Paul Caprio
  • Watch This Film About Belarus. It Shows Putin's Bleak Vision for Eastern Europe

    David Klion
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    “Belarus isn’t sexy. Sexy countries have oil, gas, diamonds, sea, mountains.” A woman named Yana is standing on a stage wearing a robe and a crown of flowers, surrounded by fellow actors and delivering a fiery speech in Russian. “The only way for the country to attract attention is to strip
  • Why Do Our Offices Make Us So Miserable?

    Juliet Lapidos
    19 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Five days a week I commute to a skyscraper in the main business district of a large city and sit at a desk within whispering distance of another desk. Whatever the word “work” used to conjure, my version is now quite standard. About 40 million Americans make a living in some sort of cubicle. Ar
 
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    TIME » Sections » Politics

  • Cold War Tit-for-Tat 2.0

    Mark Thompson
    20 Apr 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Last week, Moscow canceled a scheduled U.S. surveillance flight over Russia, apparently to keep prying U.S. eyes from scouting out Moscow’s forces huddling along its border with Ukraine. MoreU.S. Special Ops Planning for Action in Globe’s ‘Dark Areas’Men Charged With Toppling Ancient Rock Formation Avoid Jail Time Huffington PostHere's An Updated Tally Of All The People Who Have Ever Died From A Marijuana Overdose Huffington PostGame of Thrones Recap: The Ends Justify the Mean (Spoilers) PeopleLIVE: Rockets host Blazers for Game 1 Sports IllustratedThis week,…
  • Female House Candidates Struggle to Break Through Despite GOP Efforts

    Jay Newton-Small
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:18 am
    MoreWhich U.S. Political Figures Should Be on the 2014 TIME 100?Special Interests Say Special Interests Are Buying the 2014 ElectionDemocrats Push Equal Pay in Midterm Elections FightAt a time when the Republican Party has been reaching out to women and minorities, Marilinda Garcia would seem like the perfect candidate for Congress. The eight-year veteran of the New Hampshire State Legislature is hoping to take on Democratic Rep. Ann Kuster in New Hampshire’s second district. In 2013, the Republican National Committee named her one of its “Rising Stars.” The Susan B. Anthony List,…
  • Pipeline Delay Delights And Dismays Interest Groups

    Sam Frizell
    19 Apr 2014 | 8:26 am
    Environmental groups and energy and labor organizations sparred over the Obama’s administration decision Friday to extend its review of the Keystone XL pipeline, an issue that has increasingly become a political hot potato. MoreThe Reason We Can’t Find MH 370 Is That We’re Basically BlindFish Found with Mercury in Remote Western RegionsMen Charged With Toppling Ancient Rock Formation Avoid Jail Time Huffington PostHere's An Updated Tally Of All The People Who Have Ever Died From A Marijuana Overdose Huffington PostGame of Thrones Recap: The Ends Justify the Mean (Spoilers)…
  • White House “No Comment” on Bieber Deportation Petition

    Zeke J Miller
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:41 pm
    After troubled pop star Justin Bieber’s spate of legal troubles earlier this year, the American people petitioned their government to deport the Canadian citizen from the United States. Nearly three months later, they have their response from the Obama administration: no comment. Almost 275,000 people signed a petition on the White House website in January to “Deport Justin Bieber and revoke his green card.” “Sorry to disappoint, but we won’t be commenting on this one,” the White House wrote in its response, posted Friday. “The We the People terms of…
  • Three Reasons the New Ukraine Deal May Not Last

    Michael Crowley
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:01 pm
    MorePro-Russia Militants Defy Diplomatic Deal in UkraineThe ink wasn’t yet dry on Thursday’s diplomatic deal to calm the crisis in eastern Ukraine before the Obama administration began casting doubt on it. Secretary of State John Kerry, who helped broker the deal in Geneva with Russia, Ukraine, and the European Union, warned that it was only “words on paper.” President Obama told reporters he didn’t think “we can count on” the deal sticking. MoreObama Signs Bill Barring Terrorist AmbassadorsHouse Speaker John Boehner Visits AfghanistanMen Charged With…
 
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  • GOP campaign committee has $31M to hold House

    20 Apr 2014 | 6:36 pm
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Republican campaign committee raised almost $10 million in March and has $31.2 million banked to defend the party's majority, according to financial reports filed Sunday.
  • Good Wife’s Heartbreaking Death

    20 Apr 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Christine Baranski on shooting the heartbreaking ‘Good Wife’ scene that left her sobbing—and then getting drunk and having a big laugh after his funeral.
  • Lawmakers call for tighter sanctions on Russia

    20 Apr 2014 | 5:01 pm
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Two members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee called Sunday for beefing up western sanctions against Russia to include its petrochemical and banking industries and warned that Moscow thus far has ignored United States and European efforts to persuade it to back off its confrontation with Ukraine.
  • GOP making bold play for US Senate seat in Oregon

    20 Apr 2014 | 2:14 pm
    LAKE OSWEGO, Ore. (AP) — The GOP is making a bold play for a U.S. Senate seat in reliably Democratic Oregon, where a Republican hasn't been elected to a statewide office in more than a decade.
  • Ex-justice says politics can be factor on retiring

    20 Apr 2014 | 11:36 am
    WASHINGTON (AP) — John Paul Stevens says he thinks it's appropriate for Supreme Court justices to factor in political considerations when weighing a decision to retire.
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    Political Irony

  • Late Night Political Humor

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

    Iron Knee
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:15 pm
    “Big news out of the White House. According to a new rule, Secret Service agents can no longer drink alcohol 12 hours before reporting to duty. The rule came at the request of President Barack O-Buzzkill.” – Conan O’Brien “Yesterday Hillary Clinton admitted she is thinking about running for president. Though it would be more shocking if she admitted to ever thinking about anything else.” – Seth Meyers “‘Captain America’ is currently the No. 1 movie in China. The Chinese say their favorite part is when Captain America asks Captain China for a…
  • Pound Foolish

    Iron Knee
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:38 pm
    There has been quite a bit of attention focused on high frequency trading recently, partially brought on by the book “Flash Boys”. But in a must-read editorial in the NY Times, Paul Krugman points out that the stunning amounts of money being spent on high frequency trading systems is really just one symptom of an even greater problem. The real problem is that our society is wasting greater and greater amounts of its resources on “financial wheeling and dealing”, which give nothing back in return. One expert puts the waste at several hundred billions of dollars a year.
  • Better and Better

    Iron Knee
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:32 am
    The Congressional Budget Office has issued an updated accounting report on the Affordable Care Act, and there is good news. We already know some of the good news — more people will be covered by Obamacare than expected. But I just want to remind people how significant that is — the whole point of health care reform was to get more people access to proper health care. But there is more good news. The cost of Obamacare was also revised down, saving the government a projected $104 billion. The reason for this savings is because insurance premiums are lower than expected. Hah! When…
  • Conflicts of Interest

    Iron Knee
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Politicians! Accused of pesky ethics violations? No problem! In South Carolina, the Republican Speaker of the State House Alan Wilson is being investigated by the Republican Attorney General for ethics violations. How to solve this problem? Just introduce a bill that allows the Speaker to pick the special prosecutor to investigate ethics violations by legislators. The bill says the special prosecutor would be “deemed to stand in the place of the attorney general when appointed.” That way, you get to pick the person who investigates you! Meanwhile in New Jersey, where governor…
 
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    Politics - The Huffington Post

  • Forget the Spin, Putin Is Holding a Losing Hand

    20 Apr 2014 | 6:53 pm
    According to the Sunday Times, Barack Obama has had it with trying to build a partnership with Vladimir Putin. Like George W. Bush before him, Barack Obama has finally written off Vladimir Putin. There will be no reset of relations. Instead, his administration's focus will be "cutting off [Russia's] economic and political ties to the outside world, limiting its expansionist ambitions in its own neighborhood and effectively making it a pariah state." In the same story, Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, the ranking Republican on the Foreign Relations Committee, expresses his disgust. "They're…
  • Boston Prepares For Marathon With Festivities And Tight Security

    20 Apr 2014 | 6:44 pm
    BOSTON (AP) — In many ways, it felt like any other pre-marathon Sunday in Boston. Families celebrated Easter, diners enjoyed the spring weather at sidewalk cafes, and runners — easily identified by their trim builds and colorful jackets — picked up last-minute supplies for what will be the second-largest field in the history of the Boston Marathon. But even as runners focused on the exhilaration of crossing the finish line, the festive atmosphere was inevitably tinged with sorrow, as runners, family members and spectators recalled the twin bombings at last year's race that killed three…
  • Can Democrats Go Long?

    20 Apr 2014 | 6:39 pm
    For more than 30 years, the right has been throwing long passes. The Democrats, with some fine individual exceptions in the Senate and House, have been playing an incremental game, eking out gains of a few yards at a time and often being thrown for big losses. Guess which side has been winning. Four decades ago, supply side economics was a joke. The idea that cutting taxes on the very rich was the key to prosperity had been laughed out of the debate as "trickle down economics." Now low taxes on the rich -- even the dead rich -- are national policy. Forty years ago, Richard Nixon was fighting…
  • Writing Off Putin

    20 Apr 2014 | 1:54 pm
    The White House may be signaling a new approach to its standoff with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The headline in Sunday's New York Times reads, "In Cold War Echo, Obama Strategy Writes Off Putin." While such a strategy may not address short-term issues, it may be the best approach in the long-term. President Putin's ultimate ambitions are not known, though it is clear he is using the seizure of Crimea and threats against Ukraine in part to strengthen his position at home. Russia's economy is struggling, and government is riddled with corruption and cronyism. Human rights abuses abound…
  • GOP Campaign Committee Has $31 Million To Help Hold On To The House

    20 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Republican campaign committee raised almost $10 million in March and has $31.2 million banked to defend the party's majority, according to financial reports filed Sunday. The National Republican Congressional Committee's $21.2 million fundraising haul in January, February and March gave the group its best first-quarter showing since 2003. It also puts the committee roughly $8 million ahead of its fundraising at this point in 2012. Still, the GOP committee faces a well-funded challenge from House Democrats, who amassed a $40 million fund. Those fundraising updates…
 
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    The Women's International Perspective

  • Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s Lost Legacy

    cesar chelala
    19 Apr 2014 | 9:35 am
    I met Gabriel García Márquez and Fidel Castro at the Convention Palace in Havana during a medical meeting I attended in Cuba in the early eighties. I also had the honor of being extensively quoted in one of his articles, “Con las Malvinas o sin ellas,” (With or Without the Malvinas). My article (which I had signed under the pseudonym of Juan Montalvo, to protect my family in Argentina) was a long interview with two leaders of the “Madres of Plaza de Mayo” organization in Argentina. They are a courageous group of women who still search for their sons and daughters who were “made to…
  • Besieged Muslims face murder, starvation in Central African Republic town

    Reuters: World News
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:58 am
    BODA, Central African Republic (Reuters) - In normal times, the rickety wooden bridges at each end of the red-dirt main street in Boda were gateways to shops and a bustling market in the diamond-mining town in western Central African Republic.
  • Somalia: Good News for Somalis Sending Money Home

    AllAfrica News: Latest
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:09 am
    [African Arguments]Very good news on Wednesday when Barclays Bank agreed to give Dahabshiil, the Somali remittance company, sufficient time to find another way of transferring money from the UK and elsewhere to Somalia before closing its account with them.
  • Kenya: Induced and Forced Repatriation Is Ongoing in Kenya

    AllAfrica News: Latest
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:36 am
    [Fahamu]Refugees in Kenya are often the victims of inhumane and illegal treatment by the government. Activists must work with the government to abolish the practice of forcible repatriation and to improve the pathetic conditions in refugee camps.
  • Africa: In an Unequal World, We Need Inclusive Growth

    AllAfrica News: Latest
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:52 am
    [World Bank]For a very long time, the rich have known to some extent how the poor around the world live. What's new in today's world is that the best-kept secret from the poor, namely, how the rich live, is now out.
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    The Progressive

  • Everything Old West Is New Again, Only Better Armed

    Harriet Rowan
    19 Apr 2014 | 8:45 am
    Cliven Bundy, whose family’s been ranching in Bunkerville near Las Vegas since 1877 thanks to the federal Homestead Act and whose hundreds of supporters, including armed supporters, recently won a standoff with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) along Highway 15 in southern Nevada, doesn’t look like Bill Murray, but his scene strongly reminds me of Groundhog Day. When he tells Fox News that sheriffs across the country need to disarm federal agents and tells Glenn Beck that the federal government does not own public lands in Nevada because they belong to the State; when gun toting Militia…
  • Karen Lewis to Headline May 1 Rally To Defend Public Education in Madison!

    Harriet Rowan
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:06 am
    By: The Progressive StaffDo you live in Madison, Wisconsin? What are you doing this May Day? Help us raise the roof at the Monona Terrace! Join The Progressive for the "Rally to Defend Public Education,"which will be headline by two compelling speakers.Chicago Teachers Union President Karen Lewis and John Kuhn, a Texas school superintendent. They have been fighting to save our public education system fro the privatizers and profiteers in two diverse corners of America. The main event is at 7:00 pm at the Monona Terrace, Thursday May 1st in Madison with a pre-event networking social from…
  • Wisdom from Gabriel García Márquez

    Harriet Rowan
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:40 pm
    By: Gabriel García MárquezThe great Latin American novelist died on Thursday. Here’s an excerpt from his speech when he accepted the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982: "On a day like today, my master William Faulkner said, "I decline to accept the end of man." I would fall unworthy of standing in this place that was his, if I were not fully aware that the colossal tragedy he refused to recognize thirty-two years ago is now, for the first time since the beginning of humanity, nothing more than a simple scientific possibility. Faced with this awesome reality that must have seemed a…
  • Don’t Let Jeb Bush’s Moderation Confuse You

    Harriet Rowan
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:39 pm
    By: Jose Miguel LeyvaJeb Bush’s recent compassionate comments on immigration show how far apart he is from the far right of the Republican Party. At an event at the George H. W. Bush presidential library, the former Florida governor showed sympathy for people who come to the United States illegally. They come here, he said, because mothers and fathers are “worried that their children didn’t have food on the table.” He added: “They crossed the border because they had no other means to work to be able to provide for their family. Yes, they broke the law, but it’s not a felony.
  • Condoleezza Rice Is All Wrong on Ukraine Crisis

    Harriet Rowan
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    By: Clarence LusaneCondoleezza Rice has reemerged in the midst of the Ukraine crisis, and she is offering unhelpful advice. Rice, who served as national security adviser and then secretary of state under Pres. George W. Bush, is taking the neoconservative line on Ukraine. She is repeatedly criticizing Pres. Obama for not responding more aggressively to Vladimir Putin. This is reckless talk. Russia still has thousands of nuclear weapons. The last thing we need is to return to the days of a nuclear standoff. Several times during the Cold War we were lucky to escape global annihilation.
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    VALID | a TWiB! Publication

  • Dear White Sox Fans …

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

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

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

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

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

    20 Apr 2014 | 6:55 pm
    It’s well beyond time that auto shows — and, really, trade shows of any kind including the Consumer Electronics Show and Comic Con — dump their tradition of employing young women in tight dresses.
  • Ferry Transcript Shows Confusion And Panic

    20 Apr 2014 | 6:17 pm
    The radio transcript gives harrowing new detail to a tragedy that has left about 240 people still missing. Chief among the revelations is that early in its plight, the vessel seems to have listed too far to one side to deploy life boats – or to allow passengers to move.
  • Facebook Launching Mobile Ad Network

    20 Apr 2014 | 5:43 pm
    Lots of people have wanted Facebook to build an ad network for a long time. Here it comes.
  • A State-By-State Guide To U.S. Marijuana Laws

    20 Apr 2014 | 4:46 pm
    For those of you interested in celebrating 4/20, the annual springtime celebration of all things weed, the disparities between different state laws may be of interest.
  • 'We Were Chained To Each Other'

    20 Apr 2014 | 4:46 pm
    French journalists released from captivity in Syria have been speaking about their ordeal at the hands of suspected Islamist rebels.
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    Wonkette

  • Derp Roundup: Your Weekly March Through The Marshes Of Madness

    Doktor Zoom
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Welcome to another edition of Derp Roundup, the weekly feature where we scrape the dumbest possible news leftovers off our overheated browser tabs, blend them into an almost-digestible slurry, and serve them up to you with a muffin and a warning to imbibe heavily. Our Prime Derp this week is actually not so much the derp itself — a petition to Whitehouse.gov calling for the deportation of Justin Bieber — but rather the fairly brilliant official response to it, which starts out with a “sorry, no way” and then moves on to make a case for immigration reform, because are…
  • Watch Jedi Nevada Legislator Use Vulcan Voodoo Logic On MSNBC’s Chris Hayes (Video)

    Doktor Zoom
    19 Apr 2014 | 9:52 am
    Meet Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore, who traded the second “l” in her first name for the magical ability to never accept the premise of any question asked by a member of the Liberal Media. Hayes asks her if she agrees that SuperFreedom CowActivist Cliven Bundy is in violation of the law and owes a million dollars in grazing fees, and so of course, rather than address whether Bundy’s a lawbreaker, Fiore focuses in on the amount of the fees, because no one on “Harry Reid’s side” has ever shown us the bill. (Just like the birth certificate!!!!)  “No…
  • Business Insider Finds Your Futurist Sci-Fi Tech Dreams Hilarious, You Silly American People

    giggle
    19 Apr 2014 | 9:05 am
    Business Insider has breaking news: Americans believe crazy shit about science. Just think of the 18% of  people who believe The Flintstones was loosely based on a true story. The National Science Foundation must have wept when they realized their funding was regulated by people who couldn’t a pass sixth grade science class. This new Pew Study on American perceptions of the future of science and technology could have provided a beacon of hope, a reason to keep believing, proof that the American public is aware of how hard science has been rocking it out lately. Instead, Business Insider…
  • Read These Happy Links For Freedom, For America, For The Lizard People

    snipy
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Dok Zoom wrote a lovely remembrance of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who passed away yesterday at the age of 87. Do you need to know how to cook and eat a tiny little baby lamb leg for Jesus, for Easter? We’ve got you covered. George R.R. Martin wrote a new book about Game of Thrones but it is not the new Game of Thrones book, so fuck that guy. Aretha Franklin is going to do us all a solid and sue one of those stupid fake news sites that thinks it is satire but really isn’t after said crappy site posted a fake item about her and Patti LaBelle duking it out. Prince got back together with…
  • Wannabe Nebraska Governor Will Beat Up Obama Doll For Freedom

    snipy
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:45 pm
    As political satirical fun time bloggers, we applaud the new ease with which any candidate anywhere can make themselves a YouTube and spit out a campaign ad, because that really has been comedy gold for us over the past few years. Even the big folks have used YouTube to get weird, like Ted Cruz with his David Dewhurst = Chupacabra ad in 2011, and our most beloved ad of all time, Carly Fiorina’s demon sheep. But you don’t need to be a big budget type to get yourself a viral video sort of thingy, as evidenced by this obamahead-slapping fellow, Nebraska state senator Beau McCoy, who…
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    Hot Air

  • DNC chairwoman: What, politics influencing the president’s Keystone XL delay? Nahhh.

    Erika Johnsen
    20 Apr 2014 | 3:01 pm
    "What's true, is, the decision over the Keystone pipeline is complex, and it's one that has to be examined very carefully." You’ve got to admit, she does an almost impressive job here deflecting David Gregory’s persistence, brazenly ignoring the reality of the situation, and walking that fine line between angering neither of the warring factions within her own party — just like the White House is doing on the issue. It couldn’t possibly be any more […] Read this post »
  • Oklahoma will charge homeowners who generate their own power

    Jazz Shaw
    20 Apr 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Chargeback A disturbing story out of the Sooner State this week, noted by Doug Mataconis at Outside the Beltway. Under the terms of a recently passed bill, expected to be signed by Governor Mary Fallin, homeowners who install their own private solar or wind turbine energy resources and sell some of the juice back to energy […] Read this post »
  • Modern tales of the Good Samaritan

    Jazz Shaw
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:01 am
    Hope Far too many of the stories we cover here, both in politics and current events, are simply sad, depressing or tragic. It’s the nature of the beast, I’m afraid. But Easter is a time of renewal and hope, and not all stories have unhappy endings. Here are a few modern day Good Samaritans from recent […] Read this post »
  • Gosnell Movie crosses the million-dollar mark

    Ed Morrissey
    20 Apr 2014 | 7:01 am
    Make sure the story gets told. I’m taking Easter off, but it’s still a good time for an update on the efforts by our friends Phelim McAleer and Ann McIlhenny, filmmakers of Not Evil Just Wrong and Frack Nation. They want to tell the story of Kermit Gosnell, whom they describe as “the worst serial killer in American history,” but they need to raise funds […] Read this post »
  • Open thread: Sunday morning talking heads

    Allahpundit
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:01 am
    Rights. War, faith, and rights are on the menu for Sunday-show brunch this Easter morning. On “Meet the Press,” it’s all about Ukraine: Prime minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk will be on to discuss the prospects of war in the east and, maybe, to update the world on who’s really responsible for those “Jews must register” flyers in […] Read this post »
 
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    NPR

  • Obama Adds Malaysia To His Asia Itinerary

    19 Apr 2014 | 5:12 am
    Obama travels to Malaysia next week, where the government is under fire for the handling of a missing airliner. NPR's Wade Goodwyn talks to Joshua Kurlantzick of the Council on Foreign Relations.» E-Mail This
  • Are Democrats Trying To Energize The Base With The Race Card?

    18 Apr 2014 | 3:31 pm
    Top Democrats have said recently that some GOP opposition to President Obama and his agenda is based on race. It's an explosive message that might drive Democratic voters to the polls.» E-Mail This
  • In Virginia, Politicians Fish For Support At Old-Fashioned Event

    18 Apr 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Even as technology and social media transform politics, some traditions still live on — like the annual Shad Planking festival in Wakefield. It's a must-attend event on Virginia's political calendar.» E-Mail This
  • Obama: Your Question, Ms. Keith?

    18 Apr 2014 | 1:46 pm
    I had been NPR's White House correspondent for four months. On Thursday, I asked my first question at a presidential press conference. This is how it happened.» E-Mail This
  • Week In Politics: A Deal On Ukraine And Health Care Numbers

    18 Apr 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and David Brooks of The New York Times, discuss the breakthrough Ukraine deal and the new health care enrollment numbers.» E-Mail This
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  • Avoid Future Problems By Following These Essential Insurance Tips

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

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

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

    Randy
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:42 am
    TIP! Be flexible in making decisions. Maybe you can’t live in the most perfect community and in the most perfect home, but you might be able to do one of those things. Purchasing any property is a huge leap forward for any individual, especially when it is their first time doing so. The commitment and expense could really be stressful. Utilize the following tips to help you make the right decisions about purchasing real estate. TIP! Keep an account for extra costs that may be associated with purchasing real estate. Closing costs are generally calculated based on the down payment,…
  • Obtaining Insurance Does Not Take A Lot Of Work Anymore

    Randy
    12 Apr 2014 | 2:38 am
    TIP! You can save a great deal of money by purchasing bundled coverage options. Among the various discounts that insurance companies offer, one that will require little effort or sacrifice by you is if you get both your auto and home insurance through the same company. Many are intimidated by the process of obtaining insurance. Of course, everyone out there wants to land a great deal on a solid insurance package. No one wishes to pay too much for an inferior package. This article has hints on how to deal with insurance better. TIP! You may find a single company that best provides all the…
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  • Pharrell’s “Happy” Video Without Music is Kind of Weird

    Marie Formica
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:09 pm
    Without music With MusicThe post Pharrell’s “Happy” Video Without Music is Kind of Weird appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Famous Friday [Round Up]

    fdc
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:37 pm
    #NATIONAL If you like Cheerios, you can’t sue General Mills; #BostonStrong; there’s a hellfire twin Earth out there; How did 4/20 happen?; tax preparers flip the bird at responsible Americans as filing costs go up; “WTF??” –Scandal fans; Happy Friday; spoilers everywhere; Congrats Chelsea; God bless America; RIP Gabriel Garcia Marquez; You think your apartment [...]The post Famous Friday [Round Up] appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Capitol Hill Staffer Reality Show: Yes, Really

    fdc
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:55 am
    …a “House of Cards” veteran is working to produce a reality show based in the district starring “D.C. up-and-comers,” including Capitol Hill staffers. The show is currently in development, and one source said there’s already been a round of casting. Which bar will have stools open at happy hour? Will the HOB and SOB internets [...]The post Capitol Hill Staffer Reality Show: Yes, Really appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Happy Friday.

    Marie Formica
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:13 am
    The post Happy Friday. appeared first on FamousDC.
  • U.S. Capitol Gets a Game of Thrones Treatment

    Marie Formica
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:54 am
    The Washington Post published a sweet visual explanation of how the Capitol dome is being repaired over the coming years. Check out what will be happening under the dome in this neat visual explanation, and tell me if their animation of scaffolding going up around the building doesn’t remind you the littlest bit of the [...]The post U.S. Capitol Gets a Game of Thrones Treatment appeared first on FamousDC.
 
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    Democracy Now!

  • "He Gave Us Back Our History": Isabel Allende on Gabriel García Márquez in Exclusive Interview

    18 Apr 2014 | 5:27 am
    In an exclusive interview, Chilean novelist Isabel Allende remembers the life and legacy of late writer Gabriel García Márquez. She reads from his landmark novel "One Hundred Years of Solitude" and talks about how García Márquez influenced generations of thinkers and writers in Latin America and across the world. "He’s the master of masters," Allende says. "In a way, he conquered readers and conquered the world, and told the world about us, Latin Americans, and told us who we are. In his pages, we saw ourselves in a mirror." Allende describes the first…
  • Gabriel García Márquez in His Own Words on Writing "100 Years of Solitude"

    18 Apr 2014 | 5:12 am
    One of the greatest novelists and writers of the 20th century has died. Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez passed away Thursday in Mexico at the age of 87. It has been reported that only the Bible has sold more copies in the Spanish language than the works of García Márquez, who was affectionately known at "Gabo" throughout Latin America. His book "One Hundred Years of Solitude" is considered one of the masterful examples of the literary genre known as magic realism, and it won him the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982. The Swedish Academy described it as a book…
  • Headlines for April 18, 2014

    18 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Deal Reached on Ukraine Crisis; Pro-Russian Separatists Stay PutAnti-Semitic Flier in Eastern Ukraine Denounced as ProvocationNovelist Gabriel García Márquez Dies, Author of "100 Years of Solitude"Iran Ahead of Schedule on Nuclear Deal; U.S. Releases FundsGunmen Attack U.N. Base Sheltering Civilians in South SudanFormer Salvadoran General Faces Deportation from U.S. for Role in Killings19 Arrested Protesting Deportations; Obama Blames GOP for Stalling Reform9/11 Tribunal Adjourns amid Claims of FBI Spying on Defense TeamYoungest Person to Be Prosecuted for Terrorism in U.S. Gets…
  • Former Drone Operators Reveal Air Force Plays Key Role in Secret CIA Assassination Campaign

    17 Apr 2014 | 5:45 am
    A new documentary film reveals how a regular U.S. Air Force unit based in the Nevada desert is responsible for flying the CIA’s drone strike program in Pakistan. "Drone" identifies the unit conducting CIA strikes in Pakistan’s tribal areas as the 17th Reconnaissance Squadron, which is located on the Creech Air Force Base, about 45 miles from Las Vegas. We are joined by the film’s director, Tonje Hessen Schei, and Chris Woods, an award-winning reporter who investigates drone warfare. Woods is featured in "Drone" and is working on a forthcoming book on U.S.
  • Fixing the Electoral College: New York Joins Pact to Elect President by Popular Vote

    17 Apr 2014 | 5:33 am
    New York has become the latest state to join an agreement that would transform the U.S. presidential election. Under the compact for a National Popular Vote, states across the country have pledged to award their electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the popular vote. If enough states sign on, it would guarantee the presidency goes to the candidate with the most votes nationwide. This would prevent scenarios like what happened in 2000, when Al Gore won the popular vote but still lost the election to George W. Bush. The compact will kick in only when enough states have signed…
 
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    NYT: The Caucus

  • Sunday Breakfast Menu, April 20

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

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

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

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

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

  • General Mills Reverses Position On Right To Sue

    Doug Mataconis
    20 Apr 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Late last week, I wrote about a change of policy by General Mills that seemed to say that consumers who interact with the company online would abandon their right to sue the company in court and would instead be forced to send their disputes to arbitration. After pretty much universally negative reactions, the company has announced that it is reversing course and will not be adopting the new policy: General Mills, one of the country’s largest food companies, on Saturday night announced in a stunning about-face that it was withdrawing its controversial plans to make consumers give up…
  • Elizabeth Warren Once Again Says She’s Not Running For President

    Doug Mataconis
    20 Apr 2014 | 1:02 pm
    Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren is once again telling supporters that she has no plans to run for President in 2016: (CNN) - Days before the release of her new book, Sen. Elizabeth Warren reiterated that she’s not angling for a White House bid. “I’m not running for president,” the Massachusetts Democrat said in an interview that aired Sunday on CBS’s “Sunday Morning.” Pressed again, she stood firm: “I’m not running for president. You can ask it lots of different ways.” (…) Warren, who was elected to the Senate…
  • Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter, Boxer Once Wrongfully Convicted Of Murder, Dies At 76

    Doug Mataconis
    20 Apr 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter, a boxer whose career was cut short in the mid 1960s after he was accused and wrongfully convicted of murder in New Jersey, died today at the age of 76:  Rubin (Hurricane) Carter, a star prizefighter whose career was cut short by a murder conviction in New Jersey and who became an international cause célèbre while imprisoned for 19 years before the charges against him were dismissed, died on Sunday morning at his home in Toronto. He was 76. The cause of death was prostate cancer, his friend and onetime co-defendant, John Artis, said. Mr.
  • Should We Eliminate “Hate” Crimes?

    Doug Mataconis
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:55 am
    Last weekend, Fraizer Glenn Miller, a man who we later learned had long ties to the Ku Klux Klan,opened fire at a Jewish Community Center and adult care facility in Overland Park, Kansas, killing three people. According to reports, he was heard to yell “Heil Hitler!” when he was arrested. Since that incident, Miller sits in jail and has been charged with capital murder in the deaths while prosecutors consider whether or not to also charge Miller with hate crimes given his history and the apparent motivation for the attacks. This has promoted Michael McGough of the L.A. Times…
  • Bryan Cranston: Prom Broker

    Steven L. Taylor
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:42 am
    Via the BBC:  Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston helps fan win prom date
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    Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines

  • Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter, Boxer and Fighter Against Racial Injustice, Dies at 76

    editor@truthdig.com
    20 Apr 2014 | 3:53 pm
      Former boxer Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, who spent nearly 20 years in prison after being falsely convicted of a triple murder, holds up the writ of habeas corpus that freed him from prison during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif., in 2004. AP/Rich Pedroncelli Rubin “Hurricane” Carter, the middleweight boxer whose life outside the ring took on as much significance as his sports career when he was charged with murder in 1966, died in Toronto on Sunday after a battle with prostate cancer. He was 76. The story of Carter’s rise to prominence in his sport…
  • Abdullah Strengthens Lead in Afghan Presidential Race to 11 Points, Officials Say

    editor@truthdig.com
    20 Apr 2014 | 3:45 pm
    Abdullah strengthens Afghan poll lead to 11 points: officials (via AFP) Former foreign minister Abdullah Abdullah is leading Ashraf Ghani in Afghanistan’s presidential election by 11 percentage points after half of the ballots were counted, officials said Sunday, with a run-off vote likely next month. The Independent Election…   Related Entries April 19, 2014 Looking for Terrorists? Why Not Check the Extreme Right Website Linked to 100 Hate Crime Killings April 18, 2014 Racism’s Going Nowhere Fast
  • Tarek Mehanna and the Isolation of American Muslims

    editor@truthdig.com
    20 Apr 2014 | 12:22 pm
    News agency Inter Press Service offers an eerie report on the treatment of Muslims imprisoned for alleged involvement in “terror-related activity.” The article tells the story of Tarek Mehanna, a Pittsburgh-born Muslim currently serving a 17-year jail sentence 436 miles away in Terre Haute, Ind. After enduring pressure to become an informant for the FBI, Mahenna was arrested on suspicion of giving false testimony to an agency official. He was released on bail and arrested a second time on accusations that he conspired to shoot up a shopping mall. According to the IPS article, no…
  • Big Investors

    editor@truthdig.com
    20 Apr 2014 | 11:36 am
    By Randall Enos, Cagle Cartoons Related Entries April 19, 2014 Looking for Terrorists? Why Not Check the Extreme Right Website Linked to 100 Hate Crime Killings April 18, 2014 Racism’s Going Nowhere Fast
  • Heed the Warnings of the Butter Battle

    editor@truthdig.com
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:47 am
    This Easter Sunday, as Cold War drums beat softly but surely, we look for sanity and wisdom in the humane literature of Dr. Seuss. Related Entries April 19, 2014 Looking for Terrorists? Why Not Check the Extreme Right Website Linked to 100 Hate Crime Killings April 18, 2014 Racism’s Going Nowhere Fast
 
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    ThinkProgress

  • After Former KKK Leader Shoots Up Jewish Centers, CNN Asks: ‘Can The Klan Rebrand?’

    20 Apr 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Klansmen file into an Atlanta church in 1949 to attend Sunday evening services CREDIT: AP One week after a Ku Klux Klan member shot three people dead at Jewish institutions in Kansas, CNN is speculating, “Can the Klan rebrand?” “Imperial Ancona, who lives in Missouri, insists there’s a new Klan for modern times — a Klan that’s “about educating people to our ideas and getting people to see our point of view to…help change things,” CNN’s Ashley Fantz writes. “He said he and those like him can spread that message without violence…
  • More Than 3 Million Smartphones Were Stolen Last Year

    20 Apr 2014 | 9:52 am
    CREDIT: AP Photo/Ng Han Guan More than 3 million people had their smartphones stolen last year, many of which weren’t sufficiently protected with as much as a simple passcode to keep the phone’s data safe, according to a new survey. Consumer Reports found in a recent survey that cell phone thefts more than doubled in 2013. Another 1.4 million phones were lost or never recovered. The report highlights how valuable a commodity personal data has become as breaches and mobile device thefts rise. And despite consumers taking an increased interest in protecting their online identities…
  • Four Years After The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, The Gulf Is Still Suffering

    20 Apr 2014 | 8:59 am
    PJ Hahn, Coastal Zone Manager for Plaquemines Parish, examines oil along the shoreline of Bay Jimmy, which was heavily impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, in Plaquemines Parish, La., Friday, Sept. 27, 2013. CREDIT: AP Photo/Gerald Herbert In his 34 years living in Louisiana, Ryan Lambert can’t remember ever seeing young, dead dolphins on his trips out in the Gulf. In just the last few months, however, he says he’s seen two. Lambert, who owns a charter fishing company in Louisiana, told ThinkProgress he’s worried that the dying dolphins he’s still seeing point…
  • There’s A Hidden Timebomb In The Senate Rules That Will Go Off If A Supreme Court Justice Retires

    20 Apr 2014 | 8:09 am
    CREDIT: (AP Photo/Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States, Steve Petteway) As Jonathan Chait notes, only five Republican senators voted to confirm Justice Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, and three of those senators — Judd Gregg, Richard Lugar and Olympia Snowe — are no longer in the Senate. If Republicans take the Senate this November, there is a very real possibility that no one President Obama nominates to a Supreme Court vacancy, no matter what their record or qualifications, could be confirmed to the Court. We made a similar point in 2012, when Tea Party…
  • New York Times’ David Brooks Says Obama Has ‘A Manhood Problem In The Middle East’

    20 Apr 2014 | 8:05 am
    David Brooks CREDIT: NBC New York Times columnist David Brooks on Sunday claimed that President Obama’s foreign policy isn’t “tough” and that he has a “manhood problem” in the Middle East. Pivoting off Sen. Bob Corker’s (R-TN) charge on NBC’s Meet the Press that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s actions in Ukraine have showed an “era of permissiveness” under Obama, later in the program, Brooks — while noting that he doesn’t necessarily agree with the charge — said this issue extends to the Middle East:…
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    Slate Articles

  • Rethinking Spring Cleaning

    J. Bryan Lowder
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:31 pm
    In New York, you know it’s finally spring when the light changes. There’s usually a morning when I wake up acutely aware of the shift outside my window: The glint off the still-salty sidewalks is more vibrant, the tiny starbursts snuggled in the dints and dings of the glossy black fire escape a little more dazzling. Then, just as you are smiling at the first bird to visit your sill in months, you notice that the light has brought with it another gift—illumination of the fact that your windows are as filthy as sin.
  • Cuts and Shutdowns Are Hurting Science

    Rachael Jolley
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:23 am
    On Oct. 1 last year, the U.S. federal government shut its doors after Congress failed to pass a budget. For 16 days, around 800,000 government employees twiddled their thumbs. Many of them were scientists.
  • The Longform Guide to Cuba

    Max Linsky
    19 Apr 2014 | 3:45 am
    There was a lot of attention this week on Yasiel Puig's escape from Cuba, with features in both Los Angeles and ESPN the Magazine. Both pieces were great, and they got us thinking about other stories about Cuba in our archive, particularly those about journeys. Here are some of our favorites: The Yankee Comandante David Grann • The New Yorker • May 2012 The story of William Morgan: American, wanderer, Cuban revolutionary. For a moment, he was obscured by the Havana night. It was as if he were invisible, as he had been before coming to Cuba, in the midst of revolution. Then a burst of…
  • High Maintenance

    Dana Stevens
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:12 pm
    The Web series High Maintenance, about which I’d been hearing good things at a low rumble for the past couple of months, had a few hurdles to clear before it could reach whatever stratum of my media awareness separates “oh, I should catch up with that” from “must watch right now.” First of all, there was the matter of the show ostensibly being a weed comedy, which, given the premise—a bicycling pot-delivery guy interacts with clients of various stripes on his rounds through New York City—it seemed like it had to be. Though there are always exceptions to the rule—Gregg…
  • British Airways Is Going Back to the Future

    Jim Festante
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:43 pm
    In an attempt to combat rising fuel prices, British Airways is channeling their inner Doc Brown. The airline's new project, know as GreenSky, will convert garbage and waste into jet fuel. Sound familiar? It should. It's basically the Mr. Fusion device last seen rigged up to the engine of a certain time traveling DeLorean. Marty McFly would approve.
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    Political Mojo | Mother Jones

  • Newly Released Clinton Doc: White House Aide Blasts Bill Clinton and Al Gore for "F***ing Stupid" Move

    Andy Kroll
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:58 am
    Among the trove of Clinton-era documents released Friday afternoon by the former president's library is an email from an angry White House aide who blasts President Bill Clinton and Vice President Al Gore for not attending the funeral of Oklahoma Democrat Carl Albert. Known as the "Little Giant from Little Dixie," Albert, who stood five feet four-and-a-half inches tall, served as speaker of the House of Representatives from 1971 to 1976. Albert died on February 4, 2000, and many Democratic politicians attended his funeral five days later. But Clinton and Gore skipped the event. In an…
  • READ: The Clinton Administration's Internal Memo on the "Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy"

    Tim Murphy
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:43 am
    In a 1995 internal memo, President Bill Clinton's White House Counsel's Office offered an in-depth analysis of the right-wing media mill that Hillary Clinton had dubbed the "vast right-wing conspiracy." Portions of the report, which was reported on by the Wall Street Journal and other outlets at the time, were included in a new trove of documents released to the public by the Clinton presidential library on Friday. The report traced the evolution of various Clinton scandals, such as Whitewater and the Gennifer Flowers affair allegations, from their origins at conservative think…
  • WATCH: GOP Candidate Whacks Obama Bobblehead in Weird New Ad

    Tim Murphy
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:18 am
    Nebraska state Sen. Beau McCoy (R), who is campaigning for governor by driving around the state in a white pickup truck with a ladder rack, wants GOP primary voters to know that he'll push back against President Barack Obama's administration. In an ad that hit Nebraska airwaves this week, McCoy confronts an Obama bobblehead doll mounted on a fence post—and knocks it to the ground with a swift backhand. "More Obamacare in Nebraska? That's the last thing we need," he says before smacking the bobblehead. Then he rides off on his steed. McCoy is a serious underdog in the race…
  • We're Still at War: Photo of the Day for April 18, 2014

    18 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    A Soldier guides the driver of an Avenger weapon system before they fired the .50-caliber machine gun April 8, 2014 as part of the Avenger Master Gunner Course at Fort Sill, Okla. (Photo by Marie Berberea, Cannoneer staff)
  • Corn on Hardball: The GOP's Dangerous Decision to Support and Encourage Cliven Bundy

    17 Apr 2014 | 11:11 am
    Washington bureau chief David Corn spoke on MSNBC's "Hardball" about the Right's support of Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, who has refused to pay standard grazing fees on federal land for the past 20 years. He pointed out the irony of the GOP supporting Bundy's fight for a free ride, as well as the danger of encouraging and validating potentially violent extremists.  
 
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  • David Gregory Proves Why He's So Bad For The National Dialogue

    Nicole Belle
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:50 pm
    My husband, the attorney, has a golden rule for asking questions of a witness in a trial: never ask a question in such a way that you don't already know what will be the answer. I can only presume that David Gregory, rather than playing at being a journalist and letting facts unfold as they will and informing his viewership, decided that he was in fact an advocate for a cause. However, he is such an inept one that he found himself in the uncomfortable position of having to constantly interrupt DNC Chair and Rep Debbie Wasserman-Schultz rather than let her finish a sentence that might be good…
  • Ukraine Is The Shock Doctrine, Writ International

    Nicole Belle
    20 Apr 2014 | 3:32 pm
    When I read The Shock Doctrine for the first time, I wrote that it was a little like watching pieces of a puzzle fall before me and being able to see the larger picture for the first time ever. It completely changed the way I filter news and issues. I've been watching the events in Ukraine and the American response to it with an eye to how this would be exploited. When I read the Big Oil was taking meetings with Putin and ignoring the threat of sanctions, I realized that the Shock Doctrine was in play in Ukraine as well. The author, Naomi Klein, has noticed the same thing: Now the crisis du…
  • The 'Spirit Of 4/20' Affects MSNBC's Boston Marathon Coverage

    Nicole Belle
    20 Apr 2014 | 2:12 pm
    I have to admit, this made me giggle when I saw it. With the spectre of the horrific events of last year's Boston marathon, it's not particularly surprising that the media was focused on tomorrow's events and the security preparations surrounding it. MSNBC's Craig Melvin threw an intro to Ron Mott, who was there to cover preparations at Boston Common. But in addition to being Easter, today is 4/20, which is celebrated nationally as "Weed Day." Every April 20th weed smokers all over the country “observe” a sort of underground holiday of sorts, where marijuana is consumed on or around 4:20…
  • David Gregory And Bob Corker's Hard Ons To Scare Putin

    Nicole Belle
    20 Apr 2014 | 1:50 pm
    (h/t Heather the Amazing for vid) I'm trying to wrap my head around what the media elites think foreign policy is supposed to be. Clearly, there's a distinct disregard for human lives, be it Russian, Ukranian or American. The overarching need appears to be dick-swinging to prove who has the biggest one hanging. Seriously, it's a Freudian wet dream to listen to these guys. So that's why Dancin' Dave Gregory is so worried that Putin isn't learning the "right lessons" by our lack of military aggression towards him. What are these lessons, Dave? That we're packing bigger 'guns'? And what does…
  • Fox Conspiracy Theory: Hillary Is 'Too Old' To Run So She 'Planned' Chelsea's Pregnancy

    David
    20 Apr 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Fox News media analyst Lauren Ashburn speculated on Sunday that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may have "planned" her daughter Chelsea's pregnancy to coincide with a 2016 presidential bid. After the younger Clinton announced that she was expecting a child last week, so-called "Chelsea Truthers" in the conservative media began dropping hints that the timing may not have been a coincidence. During a Sunday panel segment on Fox News' Media Buzz, host Howard Kurtz asked, "Are we perhaps over-analyzing, over-thinking what ought to be a routine, joyous occasion?" "You've been in this…
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    Scholars and Rogues | Progressive Culture

  • Columbine High School, April 20, 1999, 11:19am MDT: “Go! Go!”

    Sam Smith
    20 Apr 2014 | 2:26 pm
    It’s been 15 years since Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold opened fire. I don’t have anything new to say, but I thought that we ought to pause and reflect on that day and all that has transpired in its wake. … Continue reading →
  • Appreciating Gabriel Garcia Marquez: the reality of magic…

    Jim Booth
    20 Apr 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Garcia Marquez’s use of magical realism as a literary style gave him  freedom in a repressive culture… Any appreciation of Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who died last week at age 87, will likely drift into a discussion of the literary style he … Continue reading →
  • Art is like life: you never know which direction it will hit you from next

    Sam Smith
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:39 am
    You have to have a plan, but happiness depends on how well you roll with the punches. The best-laid schemes o’ mice an’ men / Gang aft agley – Robert Burns No plan, however well conceived, survives contact with the … Continue reading →
  • Androids dream of electric sheep

    Dan Ryan
    19 Apr 2014 | 3:50 pm
    In which the author runs screaming down Memory Lane by publishing a poem he wrote in 1989 when he was 25… I sleep. My neck is sore. It’s been 90-degree, goose-pipe bent for…Jesus who knows? Supple perfection, this neck. There … Continue reading →
  • Your Daily Devotional for April 18, 2014

    Jeff Tiedrich
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:20 am
    Couldn’t find my shoes this morning. Turns out someone was walking a mile in them before they judged me. Your Daily Devotional is a lightly-edited entry from my Twitter feed. Follow me at @jefftiedrich Your Daily Devotional for April 18, 2014
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    Informed Comment: Global Affairs

  • Visions of Gulf Security

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Best Of The Dish This Weekend

    Andrew Sullivan
    20 Apr 2014 | 7:00 pm
    A beagle takes playing catch to a whole new level: I took the girls out myself to the park today, which was jammed with picnickers, weekenders and stoners. Drum circle at one end, young Washingtonians sprawled out on the lawn at the other; some Latino soccer players kicking up dust in between; an occasional giant crown passing through from an Easter service; boyfriends balancing girlfriends in yoga poses; a rasta in a loin cloth; awkward prepsters swaying nervously; a child showing off her Easter gown; and the blossoms bursting out of the very branches: I’m not sure that’s the…
  • Columbine: 15 Years Later

    Andrew Sullivan
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:32 pm
    Dave Cullen, author of the best-selling book Columbine, addresses the lessons that much of the mainstream media haven’t yet learned from the tragedy: Casey Chan puts the anniversary in a broader context: History buffs might not know this already but it seems as if this week—April 14th to April 20th—might be the worst week in American history. Things like President Lincoln being assassinated, the Bay of Pigs invasion, the Columbine shooting, the Virginia Tech school shooting, the Oklahoma City bombing, the Boston Marathon bombing, etc. all happened during this week in history. Of…
  • The View From Your Window

    Andrew Sullivan
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:19 pm
    Littleton, Colorado, 4.57 pm
  • Theology For Hedonists

    Andrew Sullivan
    20 Apr 2014 | 3:21 pm
    David Sedley delves into the philosophy of Epicurus: Hedonists are ethical thinkers who hold that things are good precisely in so far as they are pleasant, and bad precisely in so far as they are painful. Epicurus was, more specifically, an “egoistic” hedonist, in that he took it to be obvious that the good for each individual, from the moment of birth, is that person’s own pleasure, not other people’s: in other words, your life is a good one if, and only if, you yourself enjoy it. Although an enjoyable life must, according to Epicurus, be centred on moral virtue, what makes it worth…
  • A Poem For Sunday

    Andrew Sullivan
    20 Apr 2014 | 2:28 pm
    From “Easter” by George Herbert (1593-1633): Rise heart; thy Lord is risen. Sing his praise Without delayes, Who takes thee by the hand, that thou likewise With him mayst rise: That, as his death calcined thee to dust, His life may make thee gold, and much more, just. Awake, my lute, and struggle for thy part With all thy art. The crosse taught all wood to resound his name, Who bore the same. His stretched sinews taught all strings, what key Is best to celebrate this most high day. Consort both heart and lute, and twist a song Pleasant and long: Or, since all musick is but three parts…
 
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    Lew Rockwell: The LRC Blog

  • Algore Dupes 9000 People in Hawaii

    Anthony Watts
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    The story below is from from Honolulu Civil Beat, who covered a political rally on April 15th by Gore to 9000 people in Honolulu’s Stan Sheriff Center. It is a 12,500 seat sports auditorium where his voice was amplified by, his slideshow enabled with, and his persona illuminated by and made comfortable with air-conditioning, all made possible by the “dirty energy” electricity generated by fossil fuels that he railed against. The electricity that enabled Mr. Gore’s rally was courtesy of the oil burning power plants of the Hawaiian Electric Company, such as the HECO power plant at…
  • The Annihilation of Savers All Over the World

    No Author
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Appearing on a recent episode of The Vault, presented by Merit Gold & Silver, Jim Rogers warned the Federal Reserve and central banks around the world have brought the global economy to the brink of disaster, and it’s only a matter of time before inflation – fueled by money printing – will cause gold prices to skyrocket as governments and investors seek refuge. “We all know that there is inflation, and it’s going to get worse,” Rogers cautioned host Brian Baker. “Do not think that it’s not going to get worse. You should be prepared and you should be worried.” According…
  • Abba, Queen, and Bon Jovi

    No Author
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    “It’s only words,” sang the Bee Gees back in the Seventies. Hopefully the rest of the pop world has a similarly nonchalant stance on language, as it seems quite a few stars are almost impossible to understand for the average fan. A new poll of 2,000 adults, conducted by Blinkbox Music, has revealed that Ozzy Osbourne, Lady Gaga, Prince and Bob Dylan are among the acts we find it hardest to hear correctly. Almost a third of people polled (28%) said they couldn’t understand rocker Osbourne’s Brummie whine, while 22% struggled with Gaga and Jamaican-American singer…
  • The USG Brings Its Wars Home

    Ann Jones
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    After an argument about a leave denied, Specialist Ivan Lopez pulled out a .45-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun and began a shooting spree at Fort Hood, America’s biggest stateside base, that left three soldiers dead and 16 wounded.  When he did so, he also pulled America’s fading wars out of the closet.  This time, a Fort Hood mass killing, the second in four and a half years, was committed by a man who was neither a religious nor a political “extremist.”  He seems to have been merely one of America’s injured and troubled veterans who now number in the hundreds of thousands.
  • How and When To Tuck in Your Shirt

    Antonio Centeno
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Why talk about something so basic? Is there really a need to teach men something most of us have been doing since we were 5? Well, yes actually. Just look around. How many men do you see sporting a billowy, unkempt-looking shirt? Or what about that guy giving a presentation who unconsciously re-tucked his shirt three times during a 5-minute talk? Most men probably have no system for tucking in their shirts. Just because you do something, doesn’t mean you are doing it correctly. The goal of this article is to expose you to a few tactics that might eliminate the nuisance of an un-tucked or…
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    BBC News: Politics UK Edition

  • Quango chair resigns over bankruptcy

    20 Apr 2014 | 10:13 am
    A businessman appointed by the prime minister to head a multibillion-pound quango steps down after it was revealed that he was bankrupt.
  • Wilshaw takes charge of Trojan Horse

    20 Apr 2014 | 9:58 am
    Ofsted chief Sir Michael Wilshaw is to take personal charge of the watchdog's investigation into claims that a number of schools in Birmingham have been taken over by Muslim hardliners.
  • Archbishop highlights suffering

    20 Apr 2014 | 7:56 am
    The Archbishop of Canterbury highlights the suffering of people in conflicts around the world during his Easter Sunday sermon.
  • Two government agencies quit CBI

    20 Apr 2014 | 7:35 am
    Scottish government agencies Scottish Enterprise and Visit Scotland have quit business lobby organisation CBI after it formally backed the campaign against Scottish independence.
  • Teachers' pay move 'inevitable'

    20 Apr 2014 | 4:48 am
    Decisions on teachers' pay and conditions will "inevitably" be devolved to Wales, says a teaching union.
 
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    town hall

  • tattered and torn

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

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

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

    Stephanie
    1 Apr 2014 | 7:02 pm
    Every day after school Spencer spends 10-15 minutes with me, sitting on the couch, telling me about every single injustice of his day.  It's like a daily police blotter wherein he covers all the wrongdoing of his elementary school life.  And, usually it's full of gripes about his teacher taking away part of their recess, or the obscenely short amount of time they get for lunch (10-15 min!) or how his friend got a "think sheet" for no good reason and so on.  I patiently listen, with intermittent head nods and "oh dear"'s given at appropriate moments.  Finally, when his…
  • Your kid needs a boss who is a turkey {part 3}

    Stephanie
    21 Mar 2014 | 5:37 pm
    "Do you contribute or do you consume?"As I think about my kids, and how much I love and adore them, this question has kept swirling through my head for the past 7 or 8 months.  It's the great divider.  It's the benchmark to me as I watch them grow, learn and develop more into givers, and less into takers.  It's what I, as their mother, am striving to teach them. Life  is not about what they get.  What people give to them.  What they desire.  It is about what they give.  What they do.  Who they help.This is a tough one, because most of society does…
 
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    Mother Jones

  • 15 Years After Columbine, How "Never Again" Became "Oh Well"

    Ben Dreyfuss
    20 Apr 2014 | 2:31 pm
    On April 20, 1999, two teenagers walked into a suburban high school outside of Denver and shot 13 people to death. The massacre at Columbine was not the first mass shooting in America. It was not the first mass shooting at an American school. Indeed, Peter Jennings began the news that night, "The reaction of so many people today was 'oh no, not again.'" But Columbine was different. It became a national trauma in a way the others hadn't.  Yes, it was the deadliest American school shooting on record at the time—though it is no longer—but what really amplified its significance…
  • Lawsuit: Texas Hospital Caved to Anti-Abortion Activists' Demands

    Dana Liebelson
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:23 am
    Two abortion providers sued a Dallas hospital on Thursday, after the hospital revoked their admitting privileges. Because Texas law now requires doctors who perform abortions to have admitting privileges at a local hospital, the revocation would mean that these doctors could no longer legally perform abortions. In a letter to the doctors, Chuck Schuetz, CEO of University General Hospital–Dallas, said they were disrupting the hospital's "business and the reputation" by providing abortions at their own facilities miles away. The lawsuit filed by the doctors, Lamar Robinson and Jasbir…
  • SPECIAL EVENT: "Noah" Director Darren Aronofsky Discusses Faith and the Environment

    Chris Mooney
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    There has been no lack of conservative Christian criticism aimed at Oscar-nominated director Darren Aronofsky's blockbuster film, Noah, a work suffused with environmental themes. "I expected to be irritated by the movie—but I found myself grieved," wrote Albert Mohler, president of the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, characterizing the film's environmentalism as leading to "a horrifying anti-humanism." "Noah" and the Nexus of Faith and Environmentalism. April 23, 2014, 3:00 - 4:00 pm ET. The Center for American Progress, 1333 H St., NW, 10th Fl. Washington, DC 20005. RSVP here…
  • Mitch McConnell Says He Stood Up for Women in a Senate Sexual-Harassment Scandal. The Real Story Is Damning.

    Molly Redden
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Facing his toughest reelection battle in years against a well-known and well-financed female opponent, Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) recently boasted that he led the Senate in ousting a GOP colleague accused of sexual harassment in 1995. But news reports from that time show that late in the investigation, McConnell tried to stall the probe against his fellow Republican, Sen. Bob Packwood (R-Ore.). He derided efforts by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) to hold public hearings on Packwood as "frolic and detour"—after the Senate ethics committee had substantiated nearly two-dozen claims of sexual…
  • Why Jeb Bush's Greatest Political Achievement Could Sink a White House Run

    Tim Murphy
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    I met Jeb Bush's biggest nightmare during a breakout session at March's Conservative Political Action Conference held outside of DC. In a side room, Phyllis Schlafly, the octogenarian den mother of the religious right, was explaining why attendees should be afraid of a set of national educational standards, little noticed by the national political press, called Common Core. The standards are arguably Bush's biggest political legacy. They are also the source of a rising tide of activism on the political right. One after another, conservative activists in the standing-room-only audience stood…
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    The Raw Story

  • Mount Everest sherpas divided over respect for lost colleagues and loss of income

    Ed Douglas, The Guardian
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:26 pm
    The Nepalese government is considering cancelling all expeditions to the summit of Mount Everest for the rest of the year as rescuers abandoned their search for three Sherpas believed to be among 16 people killed in an avalanche on Friday. The avalanche has raised concerns in Nepal about the scale of the climbing business and the dangers to the Sherpa guides. This year, 334 climbers from around the world were given permits, costing $10,000 (£5,958) each, to climb Everest. Filming permits and other fees bring in more money to the government in Kathmandu. If the expeditions are cancelled the…
  • Malaysia opposition leader: Harassed by ‘desperate’ government sex accusations

    Kate Hodal, The Guardian
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:14 pm
    The last time Anwar Ibrahim, Malaysia’s opposition leader, was sent to prison, he read the complete works of Shakespeare, (five times), wrote essays and treatises, gave interviews and strategised about how best to lead the opposition party to victory against the ruling party, which has governed this south-east Asian nation for nearly 60 years. Ten years later, he once again faces imprisonment on sodomy charges, which he claims are politically motivated. His case has gripped Malaysia in its range from the absurd to the bizarre. Charged in 2008 with sodomising a former male aide, Anwar…
  • Spain’s ‘Robin Hood’ takes from the banks and gives to the disenfranchised

    The Guardian
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:58 pm
    They call him the Robin Hood of the banks, a man who took out dozens of loans worth almost half a million euros with no intention of ever paying them back. Instead, Enric Duran farmed the money out to projects that created and promoted alternatives to capitalism. After 14 months in hiding, Duran is unapologetic even though his activities could land him in jail. “I’m proud of this action,” he said in an interview by Skype from an undisclosed location. The money, he said, had created opportunities. “It generated a movement that allowed us to push forward with the…
  • NYC property owner: Restaurant and bar is okay, gay restaurant and bar is not

    Tom Boggioni
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:07 pm
    A Brooklyn bar owner whose establishment has been struggling financially for years is taking his landlord to court over a stipulation in his lease which forbids him from running gay bar or restaurant at the location. According to Out Traveler, John McGillion, owner of LuLu’s a bar in Greenpoint, Brooklyn for nearly a decade, feels that he could turn his fortunes around at the location by converting into a LGBT hangout. However he is prevented from doing so by a clause in his lease which specifically states: “The Leased premises shall be used by Tenant as a restaurant and bar. It…
  • 16-year-old girl killed in her bed when suspected drunk driver plows into apartment

    Reuters
    20 Apr 2014 | 3:59 pm
    (Reuters) – A 16-year-old girl asleep in her bed was killed early Sunday when a suspected drunk driver careened into an apartment building in southern California, law enforcement officials said. The crash occurred at 3:15 a.m. local time in Palmdale, which is located about 63 miles north of downtown Los Angeles. Robert Rodriguez, 20, of Palmdale, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and was charged at the Palmdale Sheriff’s Station with vehicular manslaughter, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a statement. “The driver…
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    Guardian: UK Politics

  • Labour prepared to introduce judge quotas to achieve balanced judiciary

    Nicholas Watt, chief political correspondent
    20 Apr 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Shadow justice secretary calls for radical thinking to ensure selection goes beyond 'male, white and Oxbridge' worldA Labour government would be prepared to introduce the "nuclear option" of quotas for female and black and ethnic minority judges to avoid a 100-year wait to achieve a judiciary reflecting the composition of the population.The shadow justice secretary, Sadiq Khan, said reform had slowed to a snail's pace and called for radical thinking to ensure judges were selected from beyond the "male, white and Oxbridge" world. Continue reading...
  • The crisis in local welfare assistance explained

    Patrick Butler, George Arnett, Sarah Marsh and Samir Jeraj
    20 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    A hardship fund designed to protect the poorest was devolved to councils last April. Since then, spending and the number of people being helped have gone down. What has happened?DATA: Get the full spreadsheetLocal welfare assistance is the social safety net for Britains poorest and most vulnerable citizens, intended to provide them with vital support when they face a short-term emergency or cash crisis.Introduced in April 2013, it replaced the social fund, the centrally-administered scheme abolished under the 2012 Welfare Reform Act. A portion of the money previously allocated to the social…
  • Councils sit on £67m in emergency help for poor

    Patrick Butler, George Arnett, Sarah Marsh and Samir Jeraj
    20 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Record numbers of families have pleas for help rejected even though councils in England are failing to spend allocated cashA fledgling scheme to provide emergency help to the poorest in the country is in chaos, with £67m left unspent and record numbers of families being turned away.Figures released in response to Freedom of Information Act requests indicate that by the end of January councils in England were sitting on £67m of the £136m that had been allocated to local welfare schemes. Half of local authorities had spent less than 40% of their funds. Continue reading...
  • Scottish independence campaign is gaining ground, polls show

    Press Association
    20 Apr 2014 | 7:46 am
    Gap between yes and no camps has narrowed with five months to go until referendumThe campaign for Scottish independence appears to be gaining ground, according to new polls.With five months to go before the referendum that could lead to Scotland leaving the UK, the gap between the yes and no camps has narrowed, suggesting a two-point swing could be enough to secure independence on 18 September. Continue reading...
  • Labour questions appointment of bankrupt businessman to quango

    Patrick Wintour
    20 Apr 2014 | 3:35 am
    Tony Caplin resigns as chair of Public Works Loans Board after it is revealed he was bankrupted in 2012Labour has expressed astonishment at the decision to appoint a bankrupt businessman to chair a £60bn quango, demanding to know who authorised the appointment in the Treasury and Downing Street. Continue reading...
 
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    The Plum Line

  • Sunday Open Thread

    Greg Sargent
    20 Apr 2014 | 3:49 am
    Enjoy.
  • Open Thread

    Greg Sargent
    19 Apr 2014 | 3:48 am
    All yours.
  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:10 pm
    * The Obama administration made a Friday afternoon announcement that it will be delaying a decision on the fate of the Keystone XL pipeline. Embattled Louisiana Democratic senator Mary Landrieu grabbed at the opportunity to rail against the administration’s lack of affection for that sweet, sweet crude and prove her independence from those Pelosi-Reid-Obama national Democrats. * […]
  • The glorious Obamacare reckoning fades away

    Greg Sargent
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:45 am
    The announcement of eight million Obamacare sign-ups may finally be enough to jolt commentators into realizing that maybe, just maybe, the Republican plan to build an entire campaign against the law for the next six months might suffer from a few imperfections. The President, for his part, seized on the moment to urge Democratic candidates to stand proudly by the […]
  • The coming GOP campaign for donor secrecy

    Paul Waldman
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:23 am
    It has now been revealed that the combined fortune of Charles and David Koch exceeds an extraordinary $100 billion (Bill Gates has a mere $79 billion), some portion of which they’re putting into a new wave of campaign ads against incumbent Democratic senators. You know who the Koch brothers are, of course, because Democrats have […]
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    Watchblog: Democrats

  • WatchBlog Joins Social Media! Like, Follow & Share with Us!

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

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

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

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

    23 Jan 2014 | 11:35 am
    Sometimes we'd like to do without pain, without fear and shame. So often, it makes us vulnerable to those we'd rather not be vulnerable to. However, despite the fact that this is often true, and as a Democrat I've had to deal with such issues in my party, I find that it's useful to have a sense of where your limits are, and what behaviors you should not repeat.The pain we feel from social screw-ups is actually mediated in roughly the same places as physical pain. That's one of the revelations in this book, which I recommend people look into. Why would we need our shame and hesitation from…
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    Watchblog: Third Party & Independents

  • Jeff Bezos Really Gets It

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

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

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

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

    31 Mar 2014 | 7:45 am
    WatchBlog is happily welcoming new contributing editors who are passionate about politics, and would like to share their thoughts and opinions. We are very proud to have such an educated community of political opinions at WatchBlog, and we'd love to hear from more people, and get more people involved. If you, a family member, a friend, or someone you know would be interested in being a Contributing Editor at WatchBlog, please do not hesitate to join us! WatchBlog has grown into a community of educated politicos, and we believe we have the best political debates and conversations on the…
 
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    Foreign Policy: Passport

  • Morning Brief: Major Powers Reach International Agreement on Ukraine

    J. Dana Stuster
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:07 am
    Major Powers Reach International Agreement on Ukraine Top News: The United States, European Union, Russia, and Ukraine brokered an agreement in Geneva on Thursday to deescalate tensions in eastern Ukraine, but the deal could be undermined quickly as militant separatists in the east have said that they will not abide by the decision. The agreement calls for the disarmament of armed groups in eastern Ukraine and the return of government control to occupied government buildings, granting amnesty to separatists occupying facilities if they leave voluntarily and are tried for capital crimes. In…
  • No One Is Mourning the Death of Bitcoin Giant Mt. Gox

    Thomas Stackpole
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:40 pm
    Since peaking at more than $1,100 in late November, Bitcoin's trading value has fallen by half. On Wednesday, a Japanese court delivered a death blow to Mt. Gox, once the world's largest Bitcoin exchange, which had collapsed after hackers stole a huge trove of the cryptocurrency from the company's servers. By denying the exchange's application to rebuild under bankruptcy protection, the court sent the exchange hurtling toward liquidation. But for the Bitcoin faithful, the death knell for Mt. Gox isn't the end of Bitcoin -- it's just the end of amateur hour. "Mt. Gox was like a slow…
  • Status-Anxious CEOs Will Sacrifice Profits for a Knighthood

    Alicia P.Q. Wittmeyer
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Picture the platonic, if slightly exaggerated, ideal of a CEO: a focused leader of their subordinates, a relentless pursuer of profit -- that is, of course, unless he or she gets distracted along the way. Come to think of it, "sir CEO" has a really nice ring to it, doesn't it? In a new paper, researchers Konrad Raff and Linus Siming found that CEOs were willing to let their firm's performance suffer for the sake of...a knighthood (or a damehood, if she happened to be a woman). Chief executives, it seems, actually forsake cutting costs or firing employees when presented with the…
  • Snowden Called in to Putin’s Telethon. Does That Really Make Him a Kremlin Pawn?

    Elias Groll
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:19 am
    One of the pleasures in writing about Edward Snowden is his predilection for the absurd. The NSA whistleblower abandons his dancer girlfriend for a life in exile, hides in airports, studies Dostoyevsky, appears by teleconference at a technology conference in Texas, and even attempts to learn Russian to acclimate to his new home in Moscow. It’s a delicious story, and on Thursday, Snowden delivered his latest morsel: He called in to Vladimir Putin’s televised Q&A session with the Russian public. True to form, Snowden asked the Russian strongman whether his government engages in…
  • Morning Brief: Three Pro-Russian Protesters Killed in Clash with Ukrainian Security Forces

    stackpolet
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:18 am
    Three Pro-Russian Protesters Killed in Clash with Ukrainian Security Forces Ukraine: In the most lethal clash in eastern Ukraine so far, three pro-Russian protesters were killed in a firefight with Ukrainian security forces as they attempted to storm a base used by the Ukrainian National Guard near the city of Mariupol. Thirteen more were wounded and 63 taken prisoner, according to the interim Interior Minister Arsen Avakov, after a crowd of 300 protesters opened fire on the bases guards and Molotov cocktails. The pro-Russian forces have taken over administrative buildings and police stations…
 
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    Patrick Ruffini

  • New Projects, New People

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

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

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

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

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

  • Further Proof That Women in 'Game of Thrones' Are Pawns in Men's Games

    Hillary Kelly
    20 Apr 2014 | 7:33 pm
    Beaten, raped, kidnapped, tortured, widowed, belittled, ruthlessly ridiculed, dragged across the country, abandoned by their lovers, shot up with crossbows, stabbed in the uterus while pregnant, molested by their own fathers, 
  • Barbara Ehrenreich: I'm an Atheist, But Don't Rule Out "Mystical Experiences"

    Isaac Chotiner
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Barbara Ehrenreich, the best-selling author of Nickel and Dimed: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream, is generally known for reportage on subjects such as the minimum wage and the rights of workers. But this month she has released a new book that is less a change of pace than a step
  • Republicans and Democrats Both Claim to Be Pro-Family. Here's How They Can Prove It.

    Matt Bruenig
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Recent Republican anxiety over whether or not to host the 2016 Republican National Convention in Las Vegas have brought to the surface one of the major image struggles between the two parties: namely, which is the most pro-family? As Family PAC Paul Caprio
  • Watch This Film About Belarus. It Shows Putin's Bleak Vision for Eastern Europe

    David Klion
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    “Belarus isn’t sexy. Sexy countries have oil, gas, diamonds, sea, mountains.” A woman named Yana is standing on a stage wearing a robe and a crown of flowers, surrounded by fellow actors and delivering a fiery speech in Russian. “The only way for the country to attract attention is to strip
  • Why Do Our Offices Make Us So Miserable?

    Juliet Lapidos
    19 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Five days a week I commute to a skyscraper in the main business district of a large city and sit at a desk within whispering distance of another desk. Whatever the word “work” used to conjure, my version is now quite standard. About 40 million Americans make a living in some sort of cubicle. Ar
 
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    Why Tuesday?

  • On Photo Social Security Cards

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

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

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

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

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

  • 20 Apr 2014 | 6:11 pm

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

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

    Mike McDaniel
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:56 pm
    The good folks over at Bearing Arms have published my latest piece on ex-NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, the very definition of “Republican In Name Only” (RINO). Titled “Michael Bloomberg Or The NRA: Which Is Most Fearsome,” it addresses the struggles of Billionaire Bloomberg to remain relevant by rebranding various of his anti-Second Amendment astroturf organizations and dumping at least $50 million dollars into his “new” anti-gun efforts in the coming elections. Who is telling the truth? Is the success of the NRA actually due to fear? Can Bloomberg make politicians fear him to the…
  • It Was Worth It…

    Mike McDaniel
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:52 pm
    credit: www,businessinsider.com The Vice Presidency isn’t worth a bucket of warm spit. This obviously heartfelt sentiment has been attributed to John Nance Garner and Lyndon Johnson. Both served as Vice President, though I suspect LBJ would surely have used the more colorful “piss” in place of “spit.” Our current VP, Joe Biden (D-State of Confusion), is famous for gaffes, syntactic car wrecks that would have destroyed the career of any lesser politician, or any Republican of any stature. The media, as one might expect, have carefully protected Biden, fostering an “Aw, it’s just…
  • Easter: The Profane And The Eternal

    Mike McDaniel
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:50 pm
    It’s Easter, and perhaps time to consider the difference between the world of men and the eternal. In a February 8, 2012 article, I wrote in part:  Perhaps the most egregious, and to Christians, the most insulting manifestation of this trend was the New York Time’s Easter 2010 image of Mr. Obama depicting him “preaching” before a brace of microphones, his hand raised in a Christ-like pose, his image superimposed over a cross, at the base of which is the White House.  When Obama sycophants address Mr. Obama as “The One,” a title coined by Oprah Winfrey, they obviously embrace the…
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    Ace of Spades HQ

  • Overnight Open Thread (4-20-2014)

    20 Apr 2014 | 10:02 pm
    Quote of the Day "LITTLE HITLERS: There is, as every petty official knows, a great deal of pleasure to be had from the obstruction of others, especially if they appear to be more fortunate, better placed, richer, or more intelligent...
  • New Takes On An Old Classic Open Thread - [Niedermeyer's Dead Horse]

    20 Apr 2014 | 8:12 pm
    Courtesy of Weird News: Sir Mix-A-Lot is a musical genius. When he created "Baby Got Back" in 1992, he crafted a musical masterpiece that can be recreated in any genre without losing a beat. Like your big butts in jazz?...
  • Gun Thread (4-20-2014)

    20 Apr 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Civil Disobedience In NY There is one purpose for a gun registry. One. Good on the folks in NY who've decided to not give the state the rope with which to hang them. Owners of assault-style weapons were supposed to...
  • Food Thread: Baking: It's Not Science....It's Magic [CBD]

    20 Apr 2014 | 3:55 pm
    We Politely Request That All Off-Topic or Political Comments Be Directed to the Thread Directly Below This One, Which Will Serve Officially as the Current "Active Conversation" Thread for All Discussions Not Related To This Topic. The conventional wisdom is...
  • Open Thread (reserved for politics) [CBD]

    20 Apr 2014 | 3:54 pm
    Or Haikus...whichever you prefer. An interesting perspective of Barry Goldwater from one of his campaign ads in 1964....
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    Betsy's Page

  • Cruising the Web

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

    Betsy Newmark
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:08 am
    James Taranto ponders why the Democrats have intensified their demagoguery on race.Joe Biden does it again as he told Bostonians at a memorial for last years marathon bombing that "it was worth it."let me say to those 'quote survivors,' my God, you have survived and you have soared. It was worth it. I mean this sincerely - just to hear each of you speak. You're truly, truly inspiring."Does the man have no monitor on what comes out of his mouth and how it sounds? Can you just imagine if a Republican had been similarly inept in his remarks?IBD explains why you shouldn't have much faith in the…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:18 am
    John Podhoretz explains why liberals' victory lap over Obamacare is quite premature. And any politicians who pretend to be excited about the CBO's projections of lower federal deficits this year are also quite premature in their celebration.But CBO also expects things to get worse in a hurry. In just the next two years, with no more federal budget sequester to limit spending, annual outlays will grow by almost $500 billion, driving federal spending above $4 trillion for the first time. In that fiscal year of 2016, federal deficits will resume their upward march. By 2023 we will be back to the…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:11 am
    The Social Security Administration backs down from the program that was seizing tax refunds of people who might have been overpaid when they were in children or whose parents might have been overpaid. The Washington Post had written about this last week and it just took the outrage that that story engendered for the Social Security Administration to rethink its policy. What I found funny from the original Post story was that this change in the law to allow the SSA to go after people decades later had been inserted into a farm bill in 2008 and no one will fess up that they were responsible for…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:52 am
    Ross Douthat gets to the heart of what is so despicable about the stories of Brendan Eich's resignation from Mozilla and Brandeis University's disinviting of Ayaan Hirsi Ali.What both cases illustrate, with their fuzzy rhetoric masking ideological pressure, is a serious moral defect at the heart of elite culture in America.The defect, crucially, is not this culture’s bias against social conservatives, or its discomfort with stinging attacks on non-Western religions. Rather, it’s the refusal to admit — to others, and to itself — that these biases fundamentally trump the commitment to…
 
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  • Several Influential Conservatives Favor Comcast Merger

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

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

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

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

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

  • Clinton Papers: Bill and Hillary Feared the Internet

    Warner Todd Huston
    19 Apr 2014 | 3:10 pm
    The Clinton Library has released over 7,000 pages of documents from Bill’s presidency, likely hoping that what ever is in them will be “old news” by the time Hillary announces her bid for president. But one of the documents is very interesting and shows that Bill and Hillary really feared and hated the free flow […]
  • Chicago Math: Three is Only Two

    Warner Todd Huston
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:29 pm
    -By Warner Todd Huston On WLS AM 89 radio in Chicago political reporter Bill Cameron featured an interview with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel that shows just why math is soooooo darn hard for politicians. The interview was about Rahm trying to get hundreds of millions of our tax dollars to be set aside and wasted–er, […]
  • Wizbang Weekend Caption Contest&trade

    Kevin
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    It’s Friday, which means it’s time for the Wizbang Weekend Caption Contest™. Sorry about the lack of a contest last weekend, it was an unfortunate oversight. Back on track for this weekend. Enter your best caption for the following picture: Winners will be announced Monday morning.
  • Eating Their Own: Union Wants to Unionize Extremist, Left-Wing Media Matters, Website Owners Furious

    Warner Todd Huston
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Started in 2004, the left-wing propaganda website Media Matters for America has been spreading lies about Republicans and conservatives for a decade, now. Naturally the site has always claimed the center-right coalition is “anti-worker” for opposing unions, but this organization itself has never been unionized. Now the Service Employee International Union (SEIU) is agitating to […]
  • POLICE STATE: Feds Still Buying Tons of Ammunition

    Warner Todd Huston
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:13 am
    “Where the people fear the government you have tyranny. Where the government fears the people you have liberty.”–John Basil Barnhill, 1914 If liberals want to get rid of guns in society, apparently the first place they should start is the federal government. For some unexplainable reason, nearly every federal agency has its own armed, para-military […]
 
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  • Who wants to live a long life anyway, amirite?

    20 Apr 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Who wants to live a long life anyway, amirite? by digbyJoshua Holland shares the good news for poor people:In 2009, the British Medical Journal (BMJ) published a study that revealed what seems to be a shocking truth: those who live in societies with a higher level of income inequality are at a greater risk for premature death. Here in the United States, our high level of income inequality corresponds with 883, 914 unnecessary deaths each year. More specifically, the report concluded that if we had an income distribution more like that of the Netherlands, Germany, France, Switzerland —…
  • QOTD: CNN

    20 Apr 2014 | 4:30 pm
    QOTD: CNNby digbyAs hard as it is to believe, CNN actually ran a story about this:New way for the KKK?[Imperial Wizard] Ancona, who lives in Missouri, insists there's a new Klan for modern times -- a Klan that's "about educating people to our ideas and getting people to see our point of view to ... help change things."He said he and those like him can spread that message without violence -- a sort of rebranding of the Klan.The idea may sound absurd, but is it conceivable?A reporter checked it out and the PR professional consensus is no. Good thing CNN is on this, though, or they might have…
  • Sally Quinn's odd notion of "faith"

    20 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Sally Quinn's odd notion of "faith" by digbyI don't think "faith" means what Sally Quinn thinks it means:Do the participants at the seder really believe that the Jews were enslaved in Egypt, were passed over by God, and escaped to their own land? A lot of them don’t.Do I believe in God? I’m not sure what I believe would mean the same to others. Do I believe Jesus was the Son of God? Who am I to say? Do I believe Jesus was resurrected from the dead? I don’t know.It really doesn’t matter whether the Jews at the Seder believe. Nor does it matter that the Christians at Easter…
  • Sunday Funnies: Eat the rich edition

    20 Apr 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Sunday Funnies: Eat the rich editionby digbyDoonesbury:Tom Tomorrow
  • The rich kids of the rich and famous

    20 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The rich kids of the rich and famous by digbyFollowing up on my post here and David's here, I thought I should check in with the Rich Kids of Instagram. It's been a while and since I've recently been informed that the future of the world depends on their largesse it's a good way to see what they're interested in so we can all tailor our hopes and dreams around their hopes and dreams.Basically, kids, don't go to college, go to butler school:Christopher Ely is prone to philosophizing about his life's work. "You should be invisible, to a certain point," he explains carefully, wearing a navy blue…
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  • Greed Is a False God

    Masoninblue
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:40 pm
    Today is Easter Sunday. Whether or not you celebrate Easter, resurrection is an ancient myth that was old before humans invented writing. The Ancient Egyptian story of the resurrection of Osiris dates back to a time long before Menes unified the Two Lands creating the fabled Old Kingdom of Egypt in approximately 3,000 B.C. Jesus was a rabbi and the core principle of his teachings is the Golden Rule: Do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Rabbi Hillel, who lived and died before Jesus was born, expressed the Golden Rule: “That which is hateful to you, do not do to another. That is…
  • Climate Catastrophe Now & The Most Important Question About Obamacare

    Dennis Trainor Jr
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:20 pm
    Dennis talks with Dr. Jill Stein, President of the Green Shadow Cabinet about the recently published U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) fifth assessment on climate change. The findings, combined with the overwhelming consensus of the scientific community, paint a picture of humanity committing a collective genocide and ecocide. The end of civilization scenarios, once projected for your grandchildren’s grandchildren are now a reality for anyone ho plans to be alive in 2050. “The IPCC has finally stepped up to the plate in saying what we are up against,” says Dr.
  • ‘Moccasins on the Ground’ Aims to Shield People From ‘Black Venom’ of Keystone XL

    Tom Weis
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    First Nations people started the Keystone XL fight in the U.S. by waking up the world to the survival threats posed by Canada’s poisonous tar sands mining.First Nations people started the Keystone XL fight in the U.S. by waking up the world to the survival threats posed by Canada’s poisonous tar sands mining. Indigenous leaders now vow to end the Keystone XL fight by vanquishing, once and for all, the northern leg of TransCanada’s “black venom” tar sands pipeline. Oyate Wahacanka (“Shield the People”), a project of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe, has erected…
  • FDL Book Salon Welcomes John White, The Gulf of Tonkin Events – Fifty Years Later: A Footnote to the History of the Vietnam War

    Deborah Nelson
    20 Apr 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Welcome John White (Institute of Noetic Sciences) and Host Deborah Nelson (Univ of Maryland) (Newshawk) (Twitter) The Gulf of Tonkin Events – Fifty Years Later: A Footnote to the History of the Vietnam War The war in Vietnam essentially began in 1964 in response to what the American government claimed was an unprovoked attack upon two U.S. naval ships, the destroyers USS Maddox (DD-731) and USS Turner Joy (DD-951), while they were steaming peacefully on the high seas in the Gulf of Tonkin off Vietnam. Although there was a U.S. military presence in Vietnam before that, the Tonkin events…
  • Remembering Bloody Ludlow – One Hundred Years On

    RFShunt
    20 Apr 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Closer view of the destruction at Ludlow On the morning of April 20, 1914, agents of the Baldwin-Felts detective agency along with Colorado national guardsmen massed on a ridge overlooking a tent city of hundreds of coal miners and their families that occupied the plain below – roughly a half mile from the village of Ludlow, Colorado. They came armed, with some men on horseback but with others setting up machine gun positions able to sweep over the encampment. Inside the thin cotton tents some 1200 men, women and children stirred and began their day as they had throughout the preceding…
 
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    TalkLeft

  • Thousands Celebrate 4/20 in Denver

    Jeralyn
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:47 pm
    This is the first year of the 4/20 rally that marijuana is legal in Colorado, so it's not surprising there is a huge turnout at Civic Center Park in Denver. At 4:20 p.m., the tens of thousands of celebrators are expected to light up, even though... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Friday Night Open Thread

    Jeralyn
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:38 pm
    I've got the grill going (Asian Steak and Watermelon and Arugula Salad over rice noodles with peanuts on top). What's on your agenda for this holiday weekend? This is an open thread, all topics welcome. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Murdered Denver Woman On Phone With 911 for 13 Minutes

    Jeralyn
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Why did it take Denver Police officers more than 15 minutes to arrive at the home of Kristine Kirk? She was dead by the time they got there. She spent her last 13 minutes of life on the phone with 911. Kirk called 911 at 9:31 pm. She grew more... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Congrats to Chelsea Clinton and Husband Marc

    Jeralyn
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:31 pm
    Chelsea Clinton announced today she and husband Marc Mezvinsky are expecting a child. Hillary and Bill are of course, excited. Hillary tweeted: “My most exciting title yet: Grandmother-To-Be!” The new addition to the family... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Thursday Night Open Thread

    Jeralyn
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:26 pm
    Just getting home from work and I see our last open thread is full. Here's another one. All topics welcome. I hope to get something substantive posted after checking the news later tonight. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • The Real Reason Liberals Support Higher Taxes on the Rich

    Danny Vinik
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:19 am
    High salaries have become an object of widespread attention in the past year, particularly among liberals worried about inequality. That's made some people pretty unhappy. Sometimes it's the upper class themselves, who think they are under assault and, from time to time, liken their critics to Hitler. But sometimes it's less hysterical observers who make an analytical argument: Morally repugnant or not, those high salaries have very little to do with inequality.Both arguments suffer from a common flaw: That liberals want to tear down the rich, rather than lift up everybody else. One place you…
  • How to Be Less Stupid About Hillary Clinton's Future Grandchild

    Rebecca Traister
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:28 am
    Dear political media,On the occasion of Chelsea Clinton announcing that she is pregnant two and a half years in advance of an election in which her mother might run for president:- Please be less stupid.- Seriously: way less stupid.- So you know, about four million babies are born every year in the United States.- You were born. Chances are good that your gestation did not have any impact on your grandparents’ strategy regarding higher political office.- Hillary Clinton is not having a baby. If she were, that shouldn’t matter either.To be clear: Hillary Clinton is also not yet…
  • Conservatives' Latest Prayer: That Obamacare's "Victims" Will Decide the Midterms

    Brian Beutler
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:09 am
    Every time the Obama administration releases new Affordable Care Act enrollment data, the law's opponents pull out their favorite hairsplitters and get to work. It's natural. And to an extent, it's merited. But it's also worth remembering why they expend so much energy slicing down the beneficiary total to begin with. It's not out of some abstract affinity for transparent data, but that they have staked an incredible amount on the belief that the end-of-March beneficiary total would be small.In fact, they needed it to be. If your political strategy is Obamacare-or-bust, you are in essence…
  • Map: See Which States Have the Worst Job Markets

    Danny Vinik
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:09 am
    The national economy continues to recover slowly. The unemployment rate sits at 6.7 percent. Labor force participation is low by historical standards. Long-term unemployment is a national crisis.But that’s what things look like nationall. Conditions vary a ton state by state. For instance, the unemployment rate is just 2.6 percent in North Dakota and 3.4 percent in Vermont, according to new data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Go out to California, though, and the unemployment rate is 8.1 percent. Rhode Island has the highest unemployment rate in the country at 8.7 percent.One idea…
  • Obama Is Wrong. Democrats Shouldn't Pivot From the Obamacare Fight.

    Brian Beutler
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:46 am
    The obvious inspiration for President Obama's Thursday press conference was to announce that the Affordable Care Act has eclipsed new milestones—8 million private exchange enrollees the most significant among them.But the subtext—or one of the subtexts—was to knock vulnerable Democrats in Congress out of their defensive crouches."I think that Democrats should forcefully defend, and be proud of the fact that millions of people [are being helped] because of something we did," Obama said. "I don't think we should apologize for it, and I don't think we should be defensive about it. I think…
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  • Inside the Romney retreat

    Robert Costa
    20 Apr 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Mitt Romney will host several potential GOP presidential contenders this summer in Park City, Utah, for his third annual policy summit.
  • Missed the Sunday shows? We have you covered.

    Katie Zezima
    20 Apr 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Missed the Sunday talk shows? Never fear. As always, we have you covered. Here are the highlights: 1. Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk spoke from Kiev with David Gregory on NBC's "Meet the Press." Yatsenyuk said Russia is a "threat to the globe," and that Russian President Vladimir Putin has "a dream" to restore the Soviet […]
  • How the marathon bombings changed everything in Boston politics

    Wesley Lowery
    19 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    The City of Boston has two great loves: Sports and politics. And, a year removed from the Boston Marathon bombings, the influence of that tragedy on the Boston sports community remain apparent.The marathon is, after all, a race. And several Boston sports teams, including the Red Sox and Boston Bruins, have adopted the "Boston Strong" […]
  • The taxonomy of the political book hatchet job

    Jaime Fuller
    19 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Earlier this year, when Buzzfeed announced they were killing scathing book reviews in an effort to create LOL nirvana, literary types watched the funeral, aghast. Why would you dispose with one of the most fun and underrated weapons left to a writer, they asked? In truth, many feared that the American critic had already been […]
  • The picture that sums up what everyone in D.C. is thinking this Friday

    Jaime Fuller
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Senator Al Franken (D.-Minn.) tweeted out a Throwback Thursday photo yesterday that pretty much sums up how many people in D.C. -- and likely around the United States -- feel today. In D.C., things have been incredibly slow because of the congressional recess. Add to that the fact that many people are on the road […]
 
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  • Weekend News Roundup & Open Thread for April 19-20, 2014

    20 Apr 2014 | 6:35 am
    Short-form news roundup today, because I'm headed outta here to my favorite gardens to celebrate Spring. If you're reading something you think we all should be, as always please post a link in Comments. Merci. - REE New Jersey lives Ex-NBA star Jayson Williams wants 'another chance' to make his mother proud. Ed Forchion, "NJ Weedman" on civil rights, Chris Christie, and medical Cannabidiol . Continuing investigations of the Christie administration - Legal, Legislative, Journalistic Analysis: David Samson's role went beyond Port Authority. Stile: Unforeseen fallout from Mastro probe. Campaigns…
  • Primary and General Election Projections

    19 Apr 2014 | 7:01 am
    With the June 3 New Jersey primary for the House of Representatives less than seven weeks away, for each district listed below are the the likely primary winners (and their Cash on Hand), with the incumbent listed first. Also there is a projection for the general election results. Given redistricting, party preference in each district, funding level, and longevity of incumbents it is not difficult to guess the general election outcome in most districts. In some cases the results are less certain, and surprising upsets can always occur. It is never too early to donate or volunteer,…
  • QoTD: "Kisses the governor's ring"

    18 Apr 2014 | 2:16 pm
    From Star-Ledger's editorial Chris Christie playing favorites among NJ mayors is disgraceful. Can I get an Amen? "New Jersey taxpayers should be disgusted by news that their hometown fortunes - how much of their state taxes are returned for, say, school aid or hurricane damage - don't depend on factors like population or genuine need, but rather how well their mayor kisses the governor's ring."
  • NJ Working Families calls for grassroots effort to keep the NJ State Ethics Commission "ethical"

    18 Apr 2014 | 12:04 pm
    NJ Working Families is inviting you to show up with them Tuesday at the NJ Ethics Commission to tell them to focus on ethics issues arising from the interrelated Christie administration scandals. The group filed a complaint last month against David Samson, whose law firm and clients benefitted enormously from the time the Christie confidante was given the job of Port Authority chair, which he's since resigned. They complain the Ethics panel will instead address a 5 year old case against a union rep, Dudley Burdge; persecution of union workers, they say, instead of tackling the corruption at…
  • News Roundup & Open Thread for Friday, April 18, 2014

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    May 1st CD12 Civil Rights & Liberties Debate hosted by ACLU-NJ Bonnie Watson Coleman, Linda Greenstein, Upendra Chivukula, Andrew Zwicker & tea party Republican Alieta Eck. Moderated by Mike Schneider. Speaking of civil liberties ... A Cumberland County woman wants to know why NJ will let her have a license plate reading BAPTIST, but not one reading 8THEIST. She'll be repped in court by Americans United for Separation of Church and State. A scandal-ridden governor, a scandal-ridden governor who resigned and a federal prosecutor walk into an event ... Christie. McGreevey. Fishman. And it…
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  • Program note

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

    Andrew Sprung
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:51 am
    Jonathan Chait's two-front argument that 1) the Republican policy platform has deep roots in slavery and racism, but 2) Democrats are too quick to ascribe racism to individual conservatives, their policy positions and utterances, angered a lot of progressives, who see false equivalence as well as neglect of the real effects of conservative policies on African Americans and other minorities.On the false equivalence front, Brian Beutler argues that Chait has mischaracterized progressives' case that the Republican gestalt is racist: The left's racial analysis of conservative politics might lend…
  • Tell me your ACA-shopping story

    Andrew Sprung
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:39 am
    Always fair-minded, Jonathan Cohn pauses in his celebration of lower-than-forecast ACA premiums (as highlighted by the latest CBO update) to acknowledge: In the transition from the old system, in which insurers could charge higher prices to the sick or avoid them altogether, to a new system, in which everybody pays the same price regardless of pre-existing condition, some young and healthy people must now pay more for their individual policies The "and" in "young and healthy" is interesting, because, as the conjunction suggests if you look twice, it's not just the young who are paying more…
  • Cognitive dissonance on Passover

    Andrew Sprung
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:55 am
    I suffer from it, as recounted in this June 2011 post:Jeffrey Goldberg, Excommunicator Jeffrey Goldberg has ignited a blog conflagration with an attack on Allison Benedikt's coming-of-age tale of her progressive disillusionment with the gung-ho Zionism she sucked up in summer camp. I found Benedikt's  narrative riveting, and Goldberg's critique smotheringly self-righteous.Goldberg asks of Benedikt: "Does she ever try to answer for herself why Israel exists? Or is she happy to subcontract out her thinking about the most important questions facing Jews first to her camp counselors, and…
  • Why the South doth prevail (and why to some extent it didn't)

    Andrew Sprung
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:06 am
    A 1957 essay by William F. Buckley, Why the South Must Prevail, was making the rounds on Twitter last night (thanks to Erik Kleefeld). In it, Buckley pretends to some regard for the ultimate welfare of Southern "negroes" but asserts that Southern whites have the right to preserve their cultural superiority by denying their black neighbors the right to vote --because  "the claims of civilization supersede those of universal suffrage."That is, southern whites don't want to integrate and so pollute their...culture, so they have the right to keep "negroes" from voting to force them to do.
 
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    Opinionator

  • To Reduce Inequality, Start With Families

    By JUDITH WARNER
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:21 pm
    Bipartisan agreement about making daily life easier for working parents could have a profound effect on long-term economic trends.
  • Abandon (Nearly) All Hope

    By SIMON CRITCHLEY
    19 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    Faith and optimism can be forms of denial that only prolong our suffering.
  • Passover in the Confederacy

    By SUE EISENFELD
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:27 pm
    Why did many Southern Jews fight for the right to own slaves?
  • My Father’s Strength

    By MARY BETH KEANE
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    A New York City tunnel worker, he always relied on his body, until he was told he had Parkinson's.
  • Can Government Play Moneyball?

    By DAVID BORNSTEIN
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    The growing use of rigorous evidence in policy making is common ground among lawmakers from different parties, and may be our best opportunity to cut through partisan gridlock.
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  • Is Bloomberg’s Aim True?

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

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

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

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

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

    20 Apr 2014 | 7:03 am
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The latest delay to a final decision on the Keystone XL oil pipeline will reinforce a White House strategy to energize President Barack Obama's liberal-leaning base before fall elections in which Democrats risk losing control of the U.S. Senate.
  • Obamacare enrollees urged to change passwords over Heartbleed bug

    19 Apr 2014 | 8:57 pm
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - Americans with accounts on President Barack Obama's health insurance enrollment website, HealthCare.gov, were advised that their passwords had been reset to guard against the "Heartbleed" bug, in a message posted on the site on Saturday.
  • Social Security to resume benefits statement mailings

    19 Apr 2014 | 4:10 pm
    CHICAGO (Reuters) - Paper Social Security benefits statements, which used to be mailed out every year and then fell victim to budget cuts, are going to make a partial comeback.
  • Obama signs law to bar Iran diplomat from serving in U.N. post

    18 Apr 2014 | 1:53 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama signed a law on Friday that effectively bars an Iranian diplomat from serving as an envoy at the United Nations because of suspicions he was involved in the 1979-81 Tehran hostage crisis.
  • Supreme Court denies Teva stay in Copaxone patent fight

    18 Apr 2014 | 1:49 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts on Friday denied a request by Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd to stay a lower-court ruling in a patent case that favored the developers of generic versions of Teva's top-selling multiple sclerosis drug.
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    Slashdot: Politics

  • Biofuels From Corn Can Create More Greenhouse Gases Than Gasoline

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

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

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

    timothy
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:29 am
    Hugh Pickens DOT Com (2995471) writes "The Christian Science Monitor reports that once again, the Obama administration has pushed back a final decision on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline possibly delaying the final determination until after the November midterm elections. In announcing the delay, the State Department cited a Nebraska Supreme Court case that could affect the route of the pipeline that may not be decided until next year, as well as additional time needed to review 2.5 million public comments on the project. Both supporters and opponents of the pipeline criticized the…
  • Russia Writes Off 90 Percent of North Korea Debt

    timothy
    19 Apr 2014 | 8:47 am
    jones_supa (887896) writes "In Russia, the State Duma (lower house) on Friday ratified a 2012 agreement to write off the bulk of North Korea's debt. It said the total debt stood at $10.96 billion as of Sept. 17, 2012. Russia sees this lucrative in advancing the plans to build a gas pipe and railroad through North to South Korea. The rest of the debt, $1.09 billion, would be redeemed during the next 20 years, to be paid in equal installments every six months. The outstanding debt owed by North Korea will be managed by Russia's state development bank, Vnesheconombank. Moscow has been trying to…
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    The Independent: On The Campaign Trail

  • Barking Blondes: The perfect pooch pic

    19 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    What makes a good photo of your favourite doggy friend?
  • Jordan Peak: The Rogue element

    17 Apr 2014 | 5:07 am
    Here's an interview with Jordan Peak, who talks about his label Rogue Society and how he copes with Cystic Fibrosis...
  • Dish of the Day: The Reluctant Vegetarian’s Chilli Guac Mac ‘N’ Cheese

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:41 am
    Mac 'n' Cheese is a definite family favourite and this recipe is taking it to the next level. The combination of the hot jalapeños, creamy cheese sauce and crispy topping improves this already perfect dish. Don't feel the guilt just get involved.
  • Defensive, much?

    16 Apr 2014 | 7:48 am
    Ed Balls was on BBC Radio 4’s World At One today, showing just how thin, defensive and selective Labour’s economic message is. Here’s the transcript: Shaun Ley: If wages outstrip inflation, what cost of living crisis still exists? Ed Balls: [...]
  • League table of Prime Ministers

    16 Apr 2014 | 6:26 am
    ComRes carried out a poll of prime ministers since 1964 for The Independent on Sunday last weekend, using a simple “favourable or unfavourable view” question. The last time we did this, in February last year, we asked the question a different way, asking people to rate prime ministers as better or worse than David Cameron. Last [...]
 
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  • VID: Texas Model of Low Taxes and Low Regulations May Lure Sriracha Maker East

    Alexis Garcia
    20 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    After the Irwindale City Council voted last week that the spicy smell of sriracha was a public nuisance, Huy Fong founder David Tran is now entertaining offers to move his business to Texas. Tran has reportedly invited state representative Jason Villalba (R-Dallas) to take a tour of the facility to assess any potential issues before the company considers moving to the Lone Star State.  The sriracha maker's experience illustrates how Texas is becoming an attractive alternative to businesses that are tired of dealing with crushing regulations in their home states.  Reason TV's Alexis…
  • Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter, Wrongfully Convicted of Murder, Dies at 76

    Ed Krayewski
    20 Apr 2014 | 11:42 am
    The boxer Rubin Carter died this weekend at age 76. Carter was convicted twice of a 1966 murder in Paterson, New Jersey, before the second conviction was overturned in 1985 by a district judge, That judge, Haddon Sarokin, found that the prosecution appealed to racial prejudice and bias in their attempt to get the jury to a guilty decision, something he wrote "should never be permitted to sway a jury or provide the basis of a conviction." Sarokin further found that: The prosecution has resources unavailable to the average criminal defendant. Therefore, it is imperative that information which…
  • VID: National Geographic Joins Debate on Exotic Pet Ownership

    Tracy Oppenheimer
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    This month, National Geographic explores the debate over exotic animal ownership, in the wake of the Zanesville, Ohio, tragedy that saw over 50 animals cut loose on city streets after their owner committed suicide. The incident brought renewed attention to the issue of exotic pet ownership. In March, Reason TV’s Tracy Oppenheimer traveled to Ohio to investigate rigid regulations on exotic animal owners in the wake of the Zanesville tragedy. Original release date was March 26, 2014 and original writeup below.  In 2011, Ohio exotic animal owner Terry Thompson committed suicide after…
  • Todd Krainin Interviews Sen. Ted Cruz About Education and Choice

    Reason.com
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    When it comes to education policy, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas.) is adamantly pro-choice. In an interview at the National School Choice Week conference in Houston, the first-term senator spoke with Reason TV's Todd Krainin about failing schools, helping kids, and why both Democrats and Republicans are blowing it on education reform. View this article.
  • Choose Your Own Education

    Todd Krainin
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    When it comes to education policy, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tx.) is adamantly pro-choice. In an interview at the National School Choice Week conference in Houston, the first-term senator spoke with Reason TV's Todd Krainin about failing schools, helping kids, and why both Democrats and Republicans are blowing it on education reform (click here for the video, or see it below). Q: Where is the school choice movement now? A: One of the great strengths of the movement is that it's no longer theoretical. We are seeing school choice programs bloom all over the country, seeing actual evidence that school…
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  • Latest White House Gatecrasher a Real Fox

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

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

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

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

    Abby D. Phillip
    3 May 2013 | 12:41 pm
                                                                                              (Image Credit: NRANews/YouTube) The NRA has a new president,…
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    Lehigh Valley Conservative

  • What is This Thing?—-Separation of church and State

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

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

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

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

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

  • When Shareholder Capitalism Came to Town

    Steven Pearlstein
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:19 pm
    It was only 20 years ago that the world was in the thrall of American-style capitalism. Not only had it vanquished communism, but it was widening its lead over Japan Inc. and European-style socialism. America’s companies were widely viewed as the most innovative and productive, its capital markets the most efficient, its labor markets the most flexible and meritocratic, its product markets the most open and competitive, its tax and regulatory regimes the most accommodating to economic growth. Today, that sense of confidence and economic hegemony seems a distant memory. We have watched the…
  • Would You Let a Robot Give You a Sponge Bath?

    Paul Waldman
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:34 am
    Imagine it's 50 years from now, and you've checked into the hospital for a minor surgery that will require you to spend a couple of nights there. There's a nurses' station down the hall, but you know that the nurses are also caring for lots of other patients and may not be able to come quickly when you have a need, particularly if it isn't an emergency, like getting a hand walking to the bathroom, or having someone pick up the TV remote you dropped, or maybe getting a foot rub just because that would be nice. Upon checking in, the clerk says to you, "I see that your insurance provides for a…
  • Where the Death Penalty Stands

    Paul Waldman
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:28 am
    Yesterday, the New Hampshire state Senate deadlocked on a bill that would have eliminated the state's death penalty, killing the bill for the moment and leaving New Hampshire as the only state in New England that still has a law providing for executions. The bill had already passed in the state House of Representatives and has the support of the governor, so one more vote would have passed it. I thought this was a nice opportunity to look at the state of the death penalty in America and around the world. On to the charts and graphs! As of now, 32 states still have the death penalty, and 18…
  • A Song for Gabriel García Márquez--and the Rest of Us

    Steve Erickson
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:31 am
    Obituaries sing the praises of the departed, as they should, but those obituaries that matter most sing our song, too. It’s fortunate that my American first edition of One Hundred Years of Solitude is missing its jacket, or I might have been tempted to make a mortgage payment with it at some point over these difficult years, and then I would have been sorry, extremely and often, and long before Gabriel García Márquez died yesterday at the age of 87. I was given the book by a Colombian friend at UCLA upon its domestic publication in 1970, as my adolescence was still barely keeping up with…
  • The Circle of Scam Keeps Turning

    Paul Waldman
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:59 am
    A couple of times in the past I've written about what I call the conservative circle of scam, the way so many people on the right are so adept at fleecing each other. Here's a piece about high-priced consultants milking the Koch brothers for everything they can get, and here's one about my favorite story, the way that, in 2012, Dick Morris played ordinary people who wanted to see Barack Obama driven from office (he solicited donations to a super PAC for that purpose, laundered the money just a bit, and apparently kept most of it for himself without ever spending any of it on defeating Obama).
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    The American Prospect

  • When Shareholder Capitalism Came to Town

    Steven Pearlstein
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:19 pm
    It was only 20 years ago that the world was in the thrall of American-style capitalism. Not only had it vanquished communism, but it was widening its lead over Japan Inc. and European-style socialism. America’s companies were widely viewed as the most innovative and productive, its capital markets the most efficient, its labor markets the most flexible and meritocratic, its product markets the most open and competitive, its tax and regulatory regimes the most accommodating to economic growth. Today, that sense of confidence and economic hegemony seems a distant memory. We have watched the…
  • Would You Let a Robot Give You a Sponge Bath?

    Paul Waldman
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:34 am
    Imagine it's 50 years from now, and you've checked into the hospital for a minor surgery that will require you to spend a couple of nights there. There's a nurses' station down the hall, but you know that the nurses are also caring for lots of other patients and may not be able to come quickly when you have a need, particularly if it isn't an emergency, like getting a hand walking to the bathroom, or having someone pick up the TV remote you dropped, or maybe getting a foot rub just because that would be nice. Upon checking in, the clerk says to you, "I see that your insurance provides for a…
  • Where the Death Penalty Stands

    Paul Waldman
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:28 am
    Yesterday, the New Hampshire state Senate deadlocked on a bill that would have eliminated the state's death penalty, killing the bill for the moment and leaving New Hampshire as the only state in New England that still has a law providing for executions. The bill had already passed in the state House of Representatives and has the support of the governor, so one more vote would have passed it. I thought this was a nice opportunity to look at the state of the death penalty in America and around the world. On to the charts and graphs! As of now, 32 states still have the death penalty, and 18…
  • A Song for Gabriel García Márquez--and the Rest of Us

    Steve Erickson
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:31 am
    Obituaries sing the praises of the departed, as they should, but those obituaries that matter most sing our song, too. It’s fortunate that my American first edition of One Hundred Years of Solitude is missing its jacket, or I might have been tempted to make a mortgage payment with it at some point over these difficult years, and then I would have been sorry, extremely and often, and long before Gabriel García Márquez died yesterday at the age of 87. I was given the book by a Colombian friend at UCLA upon its domestic publication in 1970, as my adolescence was still barely keeping up with…
  • The Circle of Scam Keeps Turning

    Paul Waldman
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:59 am
    A couple of times in the past I've written about what I call the conservative circle of scam, the way so many people on the right are so adept at fleecing each other. Here's a piece about high-priced consultants milking the Koch brothers for everything they can get, and here's one about my favorite story, the way that, in 2012, Dick Morris played ordinary people who wanted to see Barack Obama driven from office (he solicited donations to a super PAC for that purpose, laundered the money just a bit, and apparently kept most of it for himself without ever spending any of it on defeating Obama).
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    Wonkblog

  • Why ‘trust and safety’ are no longer free on UberX and Lyft

    Emily Badger
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    (Flickr user Alfredo Mendez) Uber is rolling out a $1 surcharge today on all rides offered through its less expensive car-for-hire service UberX. This isn't the company's black town car operation, but the down-market version that enables anyone with a spare back seat to give rides to strangers (with smart phones) for money. The surcharge has an explicit label: It's a "safe rides fee." And it mimics a similar $1 line item that competitor Lyft calls a "trust & safety fee." So why are your e-hailing receipts growing more complicated? The economics of peer-to-peer transportation services…
  • The health-care debate hasn’t changed in 20 years, new Clinton documents show

    Jason Millman
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama perceived many of the same messaging challenges facing their respective health reform efforts. (AP) The Clinton Library on Friday released thousands of pages of new documents from the Clinton White House, including about 850 pages on its failed effort to pass health reform. The documents are especially interesting for how they seemingly parallel the debate around Obamacare. The Clinton White House, in a 1993 memo, spells out perceived messaging attacks on the bill from conservative Democrats and moderate Republicans they had hoped to win over. These…
  • Here’s how many times Easter will fall on 4/20 in the next 1,000 years

    Christopher Ingraham
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:20 pm
    This weekend, two very different holy days converge, as Easter and 4/20 both fall on Sunday - Weedster, if you will. Some Christians and marijuana smokers are taking advantage of the coincidence to do some interfaith outreach - pastors are planning 4/20-themed sermons for Sunday, inviting new congregants to try getting high with God instead of drugs. Online, on the other hand, you can learn how to roll a cross-shaped joint with Seth Rogen and make a pot-friendly Easter basket. All of which got me wondering - just how often does Easter fall on 4/20? The computation of the date of Easter is…
  • How Democratic and Republican morals compare to the rest of the world

    Christopher Ingraham
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:37 am
    A six-pack of Boston Beer Co. Sam Adams Boston Lager sits displayed on a table during a Bloomberg Television interview in New York, U.S., on Thursday, April 3, 2014. Photographer: Scott Eells/Bloomberg A Pew Research Center report out this week finds that morality is in many ways a function of where you live. It polled people in 40 countries on issues such as extramarital affairs, abortion and homosexuality to see whether people thought these behaviors were acceptable, unacceptable or simply not a moral issue. Even better, Pew provided breakdowns of American respondents by party. Read on to…
  • Driverless vehicles will force us to rethink car ownership

    Emily Badger
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:03 am
    Stylish, right? A Google driverless car photographed in 2010. (Google Inc. via Bloomberg) Brian Fung spotted an interesting pattern in a new national Pew Research survey out this week looking at how Americans perceive the future of technology. As part of the survey, Pew asked 1,001 adults this open-ended question: "If there was one futuristic invention that you could own, what would it be?" About 9 percent of the respondents went with some kind of cure for diseases (which was maybe not a direct answer to the actual question). But here are some of the next most popular answers: time machines,…
 
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  • Snowden reporter promises more NSA revelations are coming

    20 Apr 2014 | 9:40 am
    One of the reporters honored with a Pulitzer Prize last week for his reports on National Security Agency surveillance on Sunday promised further revelations. The Guardian's Glenn Greenwald told CNN'S Reliable Sources that there would be new...
  • DNC head: Midterms not about Obama

    20 Apr 2014 | 8:51 am
    The midterm elections will not be a referendum on President Obama's performance in the White House, the Democratic National Committee chairwoman said Sunday. “No, absolutely not,” Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) told NBC's "Meet the...
  • Russia 'outraged' by attack in Ukraine

    20 Apr 2014 | 6:40 am
    Russia's ambassador to the U.S. on Sunday decried the overnight attack on a pro-Russian checkpoint in Ukraine that has broken a fragile Easter truce. “We are outraged by the attack on the checkpoint,” Ambassador Sergei Kislyak said on Fox News...
  • GOPers spar in Georgia primary debate

    19 Apr 2014 | 11:59 am
    Georgia Republican Reps. Jack Kingston, Phil Gingrey and Paul Broun sparred Saturday with each other and four other candidates in the next-to-last debate ahead of the May 20 Georgia Senate primary.The debate, held near Augusta, Ga., appeared to...
  • Ukraine crisis, Boston bombing anniversary to lead Sunday shows

    19 Apr 2014 | 9:19 am
    The ongoing standoff between the United States and Russia over Ukraine, and the one year anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombing are set to lead the Sunday shows on Easter morning.Ukraine has instituted an Easter truce but it has become...
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  • This week at the Court

    Kali Borkoski
    19 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    On Monday at 9:30 a.m. we expect orders from the April 18 Conference. On both Tuesday and Wednesday we expect one or more decisions in argued cases; we will be live blogging both days beginning at 9:45 a.m. This is the first week of the April sitting. In association with Bloomberg Law
  • Argument preview: Free TV, at a bargain price?

    Lyle Denniston
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:08 pm
    At 11 a.m. next Tuesday, the Supreme Court will hold one hour of oral argument on copyright issues surrounding a new technology for Internet streaming of free TV programs to customers for a monthly fee.  Arguing for the over-the-air broadcasters in American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. v. Aereo, Inc., will be Paul D. Clement of the Washington, D.C., office of Bancroft PLLC, with twenty minutes of time.  The views of the federal government as an amicus in support of the broadcasters will be presented by Deputy U.S. Solicitor General Malcolm L. Stewart, with ten minutes.  The…
  • Petition of the day

    Maureen Johnston
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:37 pm
    The petition of the day is: Natale v. United States 13-744 Issue: Whether a medical professional can be convicted of “knowingly and willfully” making a false statement in medical records or reports under 18 U.S.C. § 1035 when the district court failed to instruct the jury that a guilty verdict requires proof of an intent to deceive. In association with Bloomberg Law
  • Court won’t block Teva rivals

    Lyle Denniston
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., refused on Friday afternoon to delay generic drug manufacturers from offering, as early as next month, competing and lower-priced versions of a widely used drug for treating multiple sclerosis.  In a one-page ruling, Roberts said he was not convinced that Teva Pharmaceuticals USA, Inc., would suffer serious harm from the competition because it can later sue the generic companies for damages if its key patent on the drug Copaxone is ultimately upheld. The generic companies will be in position to enter the market with their versions as of May 24, if they…
  • Editor’s Note

    Andrew Hamm
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:33 am
    On Monday at 9:30 a.m. we expect orders from the April 18 Conference. On both Tuesday and Wednesday we expect one or more decisions in argued cases; we will be live blogging both days beginning at 9:45 a.m. In association with Bloomberg Law
 
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    Politifact.com Truth-O-Meter rulings from National

  • John Kerry: "In the last couple of days, notices were sent (by officials in Ukraine) to Jews in one city indicating that they had to identify themselves as Jews."

    18 Apr 2014 | 2:36 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: False | John Kerry says Jews in eastern Ukraine told to register Secretary of State John Kerry spoke from Geneva on Thursday with appalling news about religious intolerance in the Ukrainian-Russian crisis. "In the last couple of days, notices were sent to Jews in one city indicating that they had to identify themselves as Jews," Kerry said. "In the year 2014, after all of the miles traveled and all of the journey of history, this is not just intolerable; it's grotesque." On Facebook and Twitter, the public feared the history of the Holocaust was…
  • Gary Peters: Says opposing the Paycheck Fairness Act is part of the Koch brothers’ agenda.

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:59 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Gary Peters says Koch brothers oppose Paycheck Fairness Act Criticizing the Koch brothers and hitting Republicans for opposing the Paycheck Fairness Act are two key tenets of the Democratic midterm playbook. So when we found the Democrat in Michigan’s open Senate race combining those attacks against his Republican opponent, effectively killing two birds with one stone — er, press release — we thought it deserved another look. Here’s the backstory: Rep. Gary Peters, D-Mich., is a co-sponsor to the House version of the Paycheck…
  • Louie Gohmert: "Eighty percent of Wall Street executives and their spouses' donations go to Democrats."

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:07 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: False | Texas Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert says 80 percent of individual donations from Wall Street go to Democrats You’ll often hear Democratic politicians decry income inequality and the pattern of the rich getting richer. But at the New Hampshire Freedom Summit -- a gathering in Manchester, N.H., sponsored by the conservative groups Americans for Prosperity and Citizens United -- Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, got into the action, too. Gohmert, though, took aim at Democrats for hypocrisy. "The dirty little secret on Wall Street: Eighty percent of the Wall…
  • Marsha Blackburn: A recent Gallup poll found that 72 percent of Americans and 56 percent of Democrats "say the biggest threat to our nation's security is big government."

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:19 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | GOP Rep. Marsha Blackburn says 56 percent of Democrats say 'big government' is 'the biggest threat to our nation's security' Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., isn’t as well known nationally as Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, or Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. -- two lawmakers who are weighing presidential bids in 2016. But like Cruz and Paul, Blackburn recently trekked to Manchester, N.H., to address the New Hampshire Freedom Summit, a gathering sponsored by the conservative groups Americans for Prosperity and Citizens United. In her speech on April 12, 2014, Blackburn…
  • Virginia Foxx: Americans spend "6.1 billion hours a year" on tax preparation.

    15 Apr 2014 | 9:22 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: True | It takes Americans 6.1 billion hours to prepare their taxes, says Virginia Foxx Tax day has come around again, and with it a startling claim about the amount of time Americans spend doing their taxes each year. According to U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., it takes United States taxpayers a total of 6.1 billion hours to file their taxes. That adds up to more than 695,000 years. "6.1 Billion hours a year, just to figure out how much money the government is going to take," she said in a post on Twitter. We had to check to see if this number could…
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    Balloon Juice

  • I Now Have No Pets

    John Cole
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:39 pm
    Lily has forsaken me: I now have three pets I feed every day, give shelter, pay medical bills, brush, and one of the pets shits in a box in my house that I have to clean daily, and they return the favor by spending every minute feeding Shawn affection. It reminds me of the old Bill Cosby routine where he talked about spending 20+ years teaching his kid how to play football, and in his one moment on national television, looks at the camera and says… “HI MOM! I LOVE YOU!” Share This space reserved for your ad.
  • Sunday Evening Open Thread: Rage of Thrones

    Anne Laurie
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:03 pm
    (NSFW) . H/t commentor Sharl. What are y’all watching / reading tonight? Share
  • Long Read Watch: A Scholarly Discussion of Our New Aristocracy

    Anne Laurie
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:25 pm
    Via Professor Krugman’s blog, a footnote to my last post. “We” should probably have a Book Chat about Picketty’s Capital in the Twenty-First Century, but I’m hoping a less innumerate front-pager will volunteer. Share This space reserved for your ad.
  • Open Thread: The Flower of Our Modern Nobility

    Anne Laurie
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:40 pm
    NYT sends a corporate heir to cover a White House conference of corporate heirs: http://t.co/yWWHGNb3k2 Pièce de résistance — billmon (@billmon1) April 19, 2014 Oh, look, a bunch of adorable little baby chicks and bunnies for Easter: … Their name tags read like a catalog of the country’s wealthiest and most influential clans: Rockefeller, Pritzker, Marriott. They were there for a discreet, invitation-only summit hosted by the Obama administration to find common ground between the public sector and the so-called next-generation philanthropists, many of whom stand to inherit…
  • The Fog of Terror

    Anne Laurie
    20 Apr 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Kudos to the Boston Globe, for publishing what can’t have been an easy story, under the (BOSTON STRONG!) circumstances: This week, as the 2014 Boston Marathon draws near, memories of suffering and heroism surely dominate the minds of everyone in the city and region. Responses to the public safety challenge presented by the search for perpetrators, however, were far from flawless. Police officers made major mistakes in the use of weapons during the hunt for the Tsarnaev brothers in Watertown. “Why Was Boston Strong?” — a report by the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard…
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    The Moderate Voice

  • How the world gets drunk, in 4 surprising charts

    Guest Voice
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:22 pm
    How the world gets drunk, in 4 surprising charts (via GlobalPost) BANGKOK — The Irish and Russians have long suffered under the stereotype that their men drink excessively. And they do. Health experts insist men should enjoy no more than two drinks per day. The average male Irish drinker has four. Russian guys?…   graphic via shutterstock.com
  • China and Coal

    RON BEASLEY
    20 Apr 2014 | 3:23 pm
    China’s consumption of coal has not decreased but the yearly increase in coal consumption has. China is realizing that coal is bad for the country: But that kind of growth of coal has more than just climate impacts. It is “draining the country’s arid west of precious water resources,” as Greenpeace itself noted. And then there is the air pollution. Climate Progress has pointed out “when eight-year-olds start getting lung cancer that can be attributed to air pollution, you’ve got a problem. When smog forces schools, roads, and airports to shut down because visibility is…
  • SciFi Weekend: Orphan Black; Hannibal; Arrow; Agents of SHIELD; The Americans; Fargo; Continnum; Game of Thrones; The Newsroom; Hugo Nominees

    Ron Chusid
    20 Apr 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Orphan Black returned for a second season following several days of receiving a considerable amount of publicity for being such a high quality show, even if few knew about it when it aired last season. Nature Under Constraint and Vexed picked up right where the show left off last season, but BBC America did run a show last week which might help new viewers catch up, and has been rerunning the entire first season. It is definitely worth watching the full season before starting the second season. The initial moments, while not as dramatic as the first moments of the first season, when Sarah saw…
  • Time to Get Tough on India Stealing Our Stuff

    Guest Voice
    20 Apr 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Paul Zanetti, Australia Time to Get Tough on India Stealing Our Stuff By Phil Kerpen Quite simply, from pharmaceuticals to motion pictures to software, India is stealing our stuff. India ranks dead last among major economies in protection of intellectual property rights, according to a comprehensive analysis by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. And despite lots of talk and visits from Secretary of State John Kerry and Vice President Joe Biden last year, India’s respect for property rights has only continued to deteriorate. It’s time for the administration to get tough and designate…
  • Quest for extraterrestrial life not over: experts

    Guest Voice
    20 Apr 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Quest for extraterrestrial life not over: experts (via AFP) The discovery of an Earth-sized planet in the “habitable” zone of a distant star, though exciting, is still a long way from pointing to the existence of extraterrestrial life, experts said Friday. The planet, dubbed Kepler-186f, is the first of this…  
 
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  • Let’s make Spanakopita, for a traditional Greek Easter

    John Aravosis
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:39 am
    I’m at mom’s for Easter. Usually we call it “Greek Easter,” but as this year “our” Easter and “your” Easter are the same day, it’s just “Easter.” My sister typically holds the big family dinner, with a ridiculous(ly good and over-abundant) assortment of Greek food. I try to make something to bring every year, usually Pastitsio (my favorite), but as I didn’t get to Chicago until late Saturday afternoon, and Pastitsio is a royal pain (way too many pots and pans), I opted for something simple, Spanakopita. Spanakopita is…
  • SC mayor fires lesbian police chief, says rather have drunks than gays protecting children

    John Aravosis
    19 Apr 2014 | 7:20 am
    Earl Bullard, the mayor of Latta, South Carolina, is in some hot water after firing the town’s openly-lesbian police chief, Crystal Moore, apparently because she’s gay. Latta was caught on tape disparaging gays, and suggesting that he’d rather have a drunk in charge of the safety of his children than someone who is gay. Here’s the transcript of what Bullard was caught saying. The actual audio is below. “I would much rather have.. and I will say this to anybody’s face… somebody who drank and drank too much taking care of my child than I had somebody…
  • The honey badger that could escape from any enclosure (video)

    John Aravosis
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:16 pm
    This video about honey badgers from the BBC is fascinating. The animal worked with a mate to figure out how to unlock its cage door and get out. It kept getting out, she they built an outdoor enclosure for it with cement sides. No way in, no way out. The honey badger climbed a tree in the enclosure, got to the top, bent the branch over and jumped out. So they cut back the trees on the edges near the wall. What did it do next? The animal dug up rather large rocks, piled them in a corner, and then climbed on the rocks to get out. So they got rid of the rocks. A few nights later, the guy’s…
  • What happens when a woman asks random women for dates on the street (video)

    John Aravosis
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    I’d posted a video yesterday of a guy asking random men on the street for dates, while a friend filmed it, just to see how they’d react. Today, you get the female version, in which a cute young woman stops women at random and asks for their phone number. The guy version didn’t go badly, for the most part, but the woman version clearly went better. (Not that this is necessarily a representative sample of society at large.) I’m told this is in Santa Barbara, CA, but am not sure. I’m also not sure if there are any large lessons to be learned from this, but it is…
  • Power’s bitch: Snowden responds to criticism of TV appearance with Putin

    John Aravosis
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:35 am
    Facing criticism over his appearance at a propaganda event organized by Russian President Vladimir Putin, NSA leaker/whistleblower Edward Snowden penned an op ed today in the British newspaper, the Guardian, defending his actions, and claiming that they were part of a larger strategy to begin a public discussion in Russia of the country’s domestic eavesdropping First, Snowden claimed that he hit Putin hard in his questioning: On Thursday, I questioned Russia’s involvement in mass surveillance on live television. I asked Russia’s president, Vladimir Putin, a question that…
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  • Moyers | P. Krugman on how the US is becoming an oligarchy

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

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

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

    Grimm (/politics/member/Grimm)
    13 Apr 2014 | 8:11 am
    Seven years ago, Internet activist Aaron Swartz convinced Lawrence Lessig to take up the fight for political reform. A year after Swartz's tragic death, Lessig continues his campaign to free US politics from the stranglehold of corruption. In this fiery, deeply personal talk, he calls for all citizens to engage, and offers a heartfelt reminder to never give up hope.
  • Huckabee is Not a Homophobe, but...

    VoodooV (/politics/member/VoodooV)
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Huckabee fails on so many levels here. He fails basic human critical thinking. He whines about freedom, but then happily throws away his freedom to be a lemming for an imaginary friend with demonstrably horrible and outdated morality. He fails at making solid analogies He fails the basic tenets of how freedom works in America and in most civilized countries. You are free to do whatever you want as long as you don't infringe on the rights of someone else. Your kind tried to use the "religious freedom" excuse when it came to granting blacks, other minorities, and female equal rights as well.
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  • When Shareholder Capitalism Came to Town

    Steven Pearlstein
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:19 pm
    It was only 20 years ago that the world was in the thrall of American-style capitalism. Not only had it vanquished communism, but it was widening its lead over Japan Inc. and European-style socialism. America’s companies were widely viewed as the most innovative and productive, its capital markets the most efficient, its labor markets the most flexible and meritocratic, its product markets the most open and competitive, its tax and regulatory regimes the most accommodating to economic growth. Today, that sense of confidence and economic hegemony seems a distant memory. We have watched the…
  • Would You Let a Robot Give You a Sponge Bath?

    Paul Waldman
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:34 am
    Imagine it's 50 years from now, and you've checked into the hospital for a minor surgery that will require you to spend a couple of nights there. There's a nurses' station down the hall, but you know that the nurses are also caring for lots of other patients and may not be able to come quickly when you have a need, particularly if it isn't an emergency, like getting a hand walking to the bathroom, or having someone pick up the TV remote you dropped, or maybe getting a foot rub just because that would be nice. Upon checking in, the clerk says to you, "I see that your insurance provides for a…
  • Where the Death Penalty Stands

    Paul Waldman
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:28 am
    Yesterday, the New Hampshire state Senate deadlocked on a bill that would have eliminated the state's death penalty, killing the bill for the moment and leaving New Hampshire as the only state in New England that still has a law providing for executions. The bill had already passed in the state House of Representatives and has the support of the governor, so one more vote would have passed it. I thought this was a nice opportunity to look at the state of the death penalty in America and around the world. On to the charts and graphs! As of now, 32 states still have the death penalty, and 18…
  • A Song for Gabriel García Márquez--and the Rest of Us

    Steve Erickson
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:31 am
    Obituaries sing the praises of the departed, as they should, but those obituaries that matter most sing our song, too. It’s fortunate that my American first edition of One Hundred Years of Solitude is missing its jacket, or I might have been tempted to make a mortgage payment with it at some point over these difficult years, and then I would have been sorry, extremely and often, and long before Gabriel García Márquez died yesterday at the age of 87. I was given the book by a Colombian friend at UCLA upon its domestic publication in 1970, as my adolescence was still barely keeping up with…
  • The Circle of Scam Keeps Turning

    Paul Waldman
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:59 am
    A couple of times in the past I've written about what I call the conservative circle of scam, the way so many people on the right are so adept at fleecing each other. Here's a piece about high-priced consultants milking the Koch brothers for everything they can get, and here's one about my favorite story, the way that, in 2012, Dick Morris played ordinary people who wanted to see Barack Obama driven from office (he solicited donations to a super PAC for that purpose, laundered the money just a bit, and apparently kept most of it for himself without ever spending any of it on defeating Obama).
 
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    Calitics - Front Page

  • The Fallacy of Taxes v Services

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

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

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

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

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

  • Christian Revival … in China

    Geoffrey Norman
    20 Apr 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Amid the usual news stories this Easter Sunday – accounts of the president’s family attending church and the pope addressing multitudes – there is this startling and vastly hopeful headline: China on course to become 'world's most Christian nation' within 15 years According to Tom Phillips, writing in the Telegraph: Christian congregations ... have skyrocketed since churches began reopening when Chairman Mao's death in 1976 signalled the end of the Cultural Revolution. Less than four decades later, some believe China is now poised to become not just the…
  • Denver Post Goes to Pot, Skips Easter

    Daniel Halper
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:11 am
    The front page of today's Denver Post skips Easter. Its main focus? Marijuana. "All weed, no Easter on Denver Post's page one," says media reporter Jim Romenesko. All weed, no Easter on Denver Post's page one. pic.twitter.com/SeFa1fbvip — Romenesko (@romenesko) April 20, 2014
  • Obama Goes to Church for Easter

    Daniel Halper
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:21 am
    Via the White House pool report: ...Easter worship at Nineteenth Street Baptist Church, DC First family arrived at church through tented entrance at 10:05 am, and sat in second pew in mostly, but not completely filled church. POOL estimates about 250 people celebrating Easter here. President, wearing a light khaki suit, is rocking his head back and forth to the fabulous choir and chewing something. Malia is wearing spring yellow dress, and Sasha, her hand to her chin, appears to be in pale gray or pale blue. … Pastor Dr. Derrick Harkins of Nineteenth Street Baptist Church welcomed newcomers…
  • The Big Stall

    Geoffrey Norman
    19 Apr 2014 | 7:40 am
    The news that the administration would like kept quiet, and which it therefore announced in the afternoon, on Good Friday is that it has: ... further delayed its decision on the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project ... This means, as Patrick Rucker of Reuters reports: The legal process will likely continue past November and might stretch into next year, meaning more delays for the politically-charged issue that has been on the drawing board for more than five years. If the administration wanted the pipeline built, construction would have long since been underway.  We aren’t…
  • 'The Economy Is Often Not So Compliant'

    Irwin M. Stelzer
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    A few weeks ago I suggested that we now know when Federal Reserve Board chair Janet Yellen will raise interest rates: never. Her first formal monetary policy speech can be read to support that view, or at least that “normal” interest rates are what the Economist describes as “a distant prospect.” It will take more than the recent spate of good news to stay Yellen from her course. The Beige Book, a survey of the 12 Federal Reserve districts, was released on the same day as Yellen addressed the New York Economic Club. “Economic activity increased in most [ten] regions of the country…
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    James Fallows : The Atlantic

  • A Report With Slightly Encouraging Environmental Implications

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

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

    James Fallows
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:23 pm
    I was sorrier than I can say to have learned today that Michael Janeway, a friend who influenced many journalistic institutions but probably most of all The Atlantic, had died of cancer. The Boston Globe, where Mike held a sequence of editing roles including that of editor in chief, ran a wonderful appreciation by Joseph Kahn, which is true to the range of achievements and complexities in his life and career. I mention it both in hopes that you'll read Kahn's article and as an excuse to offer a screen shot of the Globe photo by Stan Grossfeld that accompanied the obit, which is of Michael…
  • 2 Charts That Put the Chinese Pollution Crisis in Perspective

    James Fallows
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:35 am
    Everyone "knows" that China is badly polluted. I've written over the years, and still believe, that environmental sustainability in all forms is China's biggest emergency, in every sense: for its people, for its government, for its effect on the world. And yes, I understand that the same is true for modern industrialized life in general. But China is an extreme case, and an extremely important one because of its scale. Here are two simple charts, neither of them brand-new but both easily comprehensible, that help dramatize how different the situation is there. The first, by Steven Andrews for…
  • The Electronic-Medical-Records Email(s) of the Day, No. 2

    James Fallows
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:27 pm
    For background on the EMR saga, see this original article and previous installments onetwothreefourfivesix, and seven. Today, let's talk technical and business specifics of electronic-record software. First, from someone in this business, a vivid and specific illustration of the overall distortion of the medical marketplace. I'm an independent IT consultant, working mostly with solo practitioners and small (2-10 doctors) practices. My clients choose their practice management and EMR software (sometimes they ask me for advice, but usually the choice has already been made by the time I get…
 
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    Obsidian Wings

  • Memories and memorials

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

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

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

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

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

  • What to Do When Government Fights Back?

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

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

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

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

    Jay
    27 Feb 2014 | 4:28 am
    This post was written by Muhammad Zahoor, Executive Director of the Centre for Governance and Public Accountability. In July 2013 the Centre for Governance and Public Accountability (CGPA) and Integrated Regional Support Program (IRSP), two civil society organizations based in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province of Pakistan, analyzed the water and sanitation budgets for the area to better understand allocations and spending on these services. The two groups were concerned that water and sanitation service delivery was inadequate and that the public did not have enough opportunities to…
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    Newsvine - politics

  • Bozell: Nancy Pelosi Washing Feet For Amnesty Is An Abusive Stunt - Fox Nation

    Mars-ax
    20 Apr 2014 | 7:32 pm
    Craig Bannister at CNSNews.com reports that the San Francisco Chronicle highlighted how House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi helped an Episcopal bishop in San Francisco wash the feet of two children on Holy Thursday to "honor the dignity and work of immigrants," and push legislat …
  • To Obey the Law or Not to Obey, That is the Question…

    Rebecca Kesler
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:11 pm
    In Nevada there was a stand off in progress, between rancher Cliven Bundy and the federal government. Bundy claimed that the federal government had no right to enforce federal law in Nevada, where grazing rights were concerned. He is wrong, was proven wrong repeatedly in court, o …
  • Poll: Most Americans now believe Obama lies on important issues

    secaa23
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Sixty-one percent of respondents in the poll released Thursday said Obama lies at least some of the time on important issues. An additional 20 percent said he lies every now and then. Only 15 percent believe the president is completely truthful.
  • 5 New Victories for Muslim Enemies of Free Speech

    secaa23
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:11 pm
    Both in the Islamic world and in the West, Islamic supremacist groups are determined to stamp out every critical word about Islam and jihad terror, so as to clear away all obstacles to the advancing "jihad".
  • This NKY developer will pay to turn Frankfort GOP

    Par4TheCourse
    20 Apr 2014 | 3:43 pm
    Northern Kentucky developer Dick Knock knows what he wants from Frankfort, and he's willing to pay for it. He has resurrected a so-called 'Super PAC' to help the Republicans gain five more seats in the House, giving them control of both the House and Senate. He hopes that will …
 
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    FactCheck.org

  • Playing Politics with the Pay Gap

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

    Robert Farley
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Another liberal group is attacking Republican Rep. Tom Cotton in Arkansas by saying Cotton has experience in the insurance industry and is attempting to undermine Medicare. Cotton’s insurance experience is limited to consulting work for a federal agency. Last week, we fact-checked an ad from Senate Majority PAC that claimed Cotton, who’s running for Senate in Arkansas, “got paid handsomely working for insurance companies.” Now, Patriot Majority USA, a 501(c)(4) that is allied with Senate Majority PAC, is airing an ad that says Cotton once “bragged about his…
  • Rand Paul’s Supply-side Distortion

    Brooks Jackson
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:11 am
    Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul claimed that 20 million jobs were created after President Ronald Reagan’s dramatic tax cuts in the 1980s, and that this was the “last time” such job growth took place. Paul is wrong on both counts. The fact is that the economy added just over 16.1 million jobs under the tax-cutting Reagan, but it added nearly 22.9 million under Democratic President Bill Clinton, who raised taxes. Supply-side Myth Paul’s misinformed recitation of economic history came during an April 12 “Freedom Summit” gathering of 2016 Republican presidential…
  • False Tax Claims

    Brooks Jackson
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Q: Did Democrats increase federal income tax rates in 2014 under Obamacare? A: No. Tax increases mentioned in a viral email went into effect a year earlier, as part of a budget deal supported by many Republicans as well as most Democrats. FULL QUESTION Is this information correct? I have tried to check it out but get terribly confused. It came as an email from a friend in Colorado. Viral email: THE FIRST THREE MONTHS! Happy New Year America Here is what happened on January 1st 2014: Top Income Tax bracket went from 35% to 39.6% Top Income Payroll Tax went from 37.4% to 52.2% Capital Gains…
  • Obamacare Ad Onslaught

    Lori Robertson
    11 Apr 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Since 2009, it has been a campaign tradition: Election cycles filled with ads about the Affordable Care Act — and overwhelmingly ads attacking the law and those who support it. The 2014 midterm election could be even more intense, with an onslaught of advertising that rivals several years’ worth of anti-ACA spending. Kantar Media Intelligence’s Campaign Media Analysis Group, which tracks political ad spending, found that $500 million had been spent on advertising about the health care law from 2009 through mid-2013. It expected another $500 million to be spent by late March…
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    TechPresident

  • #PDF14 Preview: An Interview with Jillian York

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:20 am
  • First POST: Stardust

    18 Apr 2014 | 7:39 am
    Edward Snowden tries to turn the tables on Vladimir Putin; David Axelrod will be working against his former colleague Jim Messina in the upcoming British elections; how online activists have damaged Rush Limbaugh's business model; and much, much more.
  • The People's "Marsad" for the Tunisian Parliament

    18 Apr 2014 | 5:44 am
    In Arabic, "marsad" means observatory, but in Tunisia citizens also know it as the name of the interactive website LINK, created by activist Amira Yahyaoui, that tracks and provides updates on all the activities of the Tunisian Parliament, the National Constituent Assembly. The nonpartisan team behind Marsad sits in all of the Assembly's sessions and posts meeting minutes and discussions of bills, as well as a record of who votes for each bill. With no other resource like it being provided by the government, and an inventory now of 519 documents, Marsad has become an essential tool in Tunisia…
  • Mastercard Funding New Mobile-Based Financial Services in Kenya (Updated)

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:26 pm
    MasterCard is funding a Grameen Foundation initiative to bring financial services to the poor and the unbanked in Kenya.
  • How Bike Share Data Can Share Your Identity Too

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:58 am
 
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    Corrente

  • A wee problem with the text of the Thirteenth Amendment

    lambert
    20 Apr 2014 | 7:06 pm
    Body:  Here's the text: Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction. Not that I'm an originalist, but I'd be a lot happier if the Thirteenth Amendment were revising as follows:
  • The unknown Lannister

    lambert
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Body: 
  • Mr. Pascal

    transcriber
    20 Apr 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Body:  by Alison De Vere, 1979. Man, I hope this works. I cannot see youtubes now: Happy Easter everyone!
  • Robert Fitch's awesome 2008 called shot on Obama and the Democrats: "Friendly FIRE"

    lambert
    20 Apr 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Body:  (As in the FIRE sector: FInance and Real Estate, a.k.a "the banksters.") Via Eyes That See gives the full text of Fitch's speech to the Harlem Tenants Association on November 14, 2008: Obama’s political base comes primarily from Chicago FIRE—the finance, insurance and real estate industry. And the wealthiest families—the Pritzkers, the Crowns and the Levins. But it’s more than just Chicago FIRE. Also within Obama’s inner core of support are allies from the non-profit sector: the liberal foundations, the elite universities, the non-profit community developers and the real…
  • Cam replacement

    lambert
    20 Apr 2014 | 11:04 am
    Body:  Apparently the Humboldt Bay Eagle cam was causing some users problems, so I replaced it with another, and possibly more interesting, cam:
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    Dependable Renegade

  • Happy Hour News Briefs

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

    Tengrain
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    News that will drive you to drink Free-range conspiracy theorist Glenn Beck is adding 'prophet' into his long list of attributes. Shark jumping in our time - Dr. Greg Brannon, a candidate for the GOP Senate nomination in the officially now crazy state of North Carolina, says that U.S. property taxes are central planning, and notes that the Holocaust and Soviet Union as other examples of central planning. 0-to-Godwin's law in under 60 seconds, so that's a land-speed record. (BuzzFeed) Speakers Announced - Crazee-eyed Minnesota Congresswoman and the pride of Oral Roberts University, One-L has…
 
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    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective

  • Rising Music Artist: From Buenos Aires to Queens, IMMI creates bilingual musical messages

    Latina Lista
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:42 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Rising Music Artist: From Buenos Aires to Queens, IMMI creates bilingual musical messages by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Since his debut single, Buenos Aires-born songwriter IMMI (GRANT) has striven to deliver music with a clear message. His first single, Immigrant/Inmigrante, a finalist in the 2012 John Lennon songwriting contest, was clear in its political overtones explaining the motivation of immigrants coming to the United States. In his second single, simply…
  • The international perks of T-Mobile

    Marisa Treviño
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. The international perks of T-Mobile by Marisa Treviño Presented by T-Mobile T-Mobile have revealed a new package that is sure to entice many international customers to their fray, with the offer of unlimited international calls in more than 70 countries, including Mexico, the Dominican Republic and Panama, for just $10 dollars. Furthermore, they are offering for just an extra $5, the addition of unlimited mobile to mobile calls to more than 30 countries, which is…
  • Guest Voz: Prevention is the best prescription to fighting cancer

    Latina Lista
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Guest Voz: Prevention is the best prescription to fighting cancer by Latina Lista By TX State Rep. Ruth McClendon Jones LatinaLista Cancer. The Big C. For anyone who has heard this chilling diagnosis from your doctor, my heart goes out to you. I have been there. The Big C is also The Big Scare. And for me, having been diagnosed with Stage 4 Cancer in 2009, it is also the Big Fight. I fought and beat the odds against cancer. I am blessed and grateful, and I am a…
  • Announcing The Second Annual Proud to Be Indigenous Week!

    Latina Lista
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Announcing The Second Annual Proud to Be Indigenous Week! by Latina Lista First Peoples Worldwide Proud to Be Indigenous Week starts Sunday, May 11th. Are you part of it yet?! Indigenous Peoples from around the world will be descending on New York City for the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues (UNPFII) from May 12- 23rd. While most of us can’t make it to New York, our voices need to be heard! Our goal is to create a storm of online activity…
  • Sticks and stones can break your bones but cyberbullying can kill you

    Latina Lista
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:44 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Sticks and stones can break your bones but cyberbullying can kill you by Latina Lista By Helen Yip Borderzine EL PASO — Rudy Sanchez’ sad eyes peered through tears below the beanie that nearly covered them as he stood in the empty living room of his Lower Valley home where his 14-year-old daughter, Viviana Aguirre, had committed suicide after being bullied online by a friend. Sanchez, 43, described how Viviana went to bed the night of January 2 and left one…
 
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    New York Observer

  • Brooklyn B.P. Blasts Toronto’s ‘Colorful’ Mayor After Raptors Rant

    ccampbellobserver
    20 Apr 2014 | 7:19 am
    The Toronto Raptors mascots perform during Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals of the 2014 NBA playoffs against the Brooklyn Nets on April 10 (Photo by Ron Turenne/NBAE via Getty) Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams last night responded to the Toronto Raptors’ trash-talking with a little trash-talking of his own. After the basketball team’s general manager, Masai Ujiri, pumped up a Raptors crowd by yelling, “Fuck Brooklyn!” before game one of the Nets-Raptors playoff series, Mr. Adams released a statement hitting Toronto Mayor Rob Ford’s infamous…
  • This Is New York Now: Starbucks, Frozen Yogurt and Juice Bars

    kvelseyobserver
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:25 pm
    So much for that. We’ve been waiting for the other shoe to fall for months now, ever since Bleecker Street Records was pushed out of its longtime home at 239 Bleecker Street in August by a massive rent increase that would have required the record store to pay $27,000 a month. What purveyor of luxury goods would fill the home from which the vinyl mecca drew its name? (Miraculously, Bleecker Street Records found a space around the corner at 188 West 4th.) Now we know, h/t Grub Street: a Starbucks will be moving in. Which inspires the almost pleasant sensation of throwback outrage. It…
  • Memories of Macondo: Remembering the Magic of Gabriel Garcia Marquez

    mkasselobserver
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Gabriel Garcia Marquez. (Photo via Getty Images) For many years I’ve been telling anyone who asks, and many who don’t, that I consider One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez to be the greatest novel of the 20th Century. As a Professor in an English Department, I’ve had the great fortune to be able to teach a course in Latin American Literature in Translation, allowing me to make sure that at least twenty or so people at a time would get to read that greatest of all 20th century books. And since word of Garcia Marquez’s death, I’ve read on Facebook a number of…
  • Sorry Not Sorry: Mayor de Blasio on Stealing L.A. Film Jobs

    jcolvinobserver
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:33 am
    Mayor Bill de Blasio appointing Cynthia López commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Film, Theatre & Broadcasting at Steiner Studios in Brooklyn. (Photo: Ed Reed for the Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio) Mayor Bill de Blasio and his pick to be the city’s next film commissioner today threw down the gauntlet against cities like Los Angeles, Toronto and Vancouver, who have been fighting hard to dig into the city’s film and television industry. “First I’ll say with apologies for my good friend, Eric Garcetti in L.A.: Sorry that we’re ever more attractive to the…
  • Got Me a Movie: Frank Black Does Not Want to Make a Porno

    ddurayobserver
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:10 am
    Frank Black. Shortly into his phone call from Los Angeles, the Pixies’ front man Frank Black, né Charles Thompson, wanted to make something very clear to me: Despite some reports to the contrary, he does not want to make a porno. “Essentially I was trying to convince my band to make a reunion record,” Mr. Thompson, 49, said of his new book The Good Inn, a graphic novel-cum-film treatment out last week, “and had been pitching the idea of getting involved with a film to them, as a way of breaking the ice, working our way into that studio situation without having the pressure of coming…
 
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    The American Conservative » Daniel Larison

  • Christ Is Risen!

    Daniel Larison
    19 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    CHRIST IS RISEN FROM THE DEAD, TRAMPLING DOWN DEATH BY DEATH, AND UPON THOSE IN THE TOMBS BESTOWING LIFE! CHRISTOS VOSKRESE IZ MERTVIKH, SMERTIYU SMERT POPRAV I SUSCHIM VO GROBEKH ZHIVOT DAROVAV! CHRISTOS ANESTI EK NEKRON THANATO THANATON PATISAS, KAI TOIS EN TOIS MNEMASI ZOEN KARISAMENOS! Let God arise, and his enemies be scattered: and let those that hate him flee before his face. A sacred Pascha has been revealed to us today, a new and holy Pascha, a mystic Pascha, an all-venerable Pascha, a Pascha that is Christ the Redeemer, an unblemished Pascha, a great Pascha, a Pascha of the…
  • Holy Saturday

    Daniel Larison
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    When Thou didst descend to death 0 Life Immortal, Thou didst slay hell with the splendor of Thy Godhead! And when from the depths Thou didst raise the dead, all the powers of heaven cried out: O Giver of Life! Christ our God! Glory to Thee! The angel standing by the grave cried out to the women: Myrrh is proper for the dead, but Christ has shown Himself a stranger to corruption.
  • He Who Hung the Earth Upon the Waters Is Hung Upon the Cross

    Daniel Larison
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
  • The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

    Daniel Larison
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Why Holy Thursday matters to Christians. Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry explains. The role of drink in Russian history. Helen Rittelmeyer reviews Mark Lawrence Schrad’s Vodka Politics: Alcohol, Autocracy, and the Secret History of the Russian State. Obstacles for Rand Paul. Michael Brendan Dougherty identifies a hostile donor class as the major problem for his likely candidacy. Excessive use of force in Albuquerque. Radley Balko reviews the findings of the Department of Justice report on APD abuses. Ukraine is in no condition to fight. Simon Shuster reports on the poor state of Ukraine’s…
  • Confrontation Can’t Be Avoided By Actively Seeking It

    Daniel Larison
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:29 pm
    The Economist wants to confront Russia now: The West has seen Russia brush off its threats and warnings. It looks feeble and divided. Yet, after the destabilisation of eastern Ukraine, even doves should grasp that the best chance of stability lies in standing up to Mr Putin, because firmness today is the way to avoid confrontation later. It sounds superficially plausible that “firmness” now will help avoid confrontation later, but it’s not true. All that this is saying is that they would prefer that Western governments escalate the crisis sooner rather than later. There is…
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    RollingStone.com: All News

  • 'Game of Thrones' Recap: A Feast for Crows

    20 Apr 2014 | 7:05 pm
    Let's say your average Game of Thrones episode is a Thanksgiving turkey stuffed with plotlines like the TV equivalent of a Thanksgiving turkey If this is our metaphor then its latest episode "Breaker of Chains" is a goddamn glorious storytelling turducken It's hard to think of another single hour of this series that's more...
  • Chance the Rapper Hospitalized, Cancels Coachella Set

    20 Apr 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Chance the Rapper was hospitalized on Sunday and has canceled his set for Coachella's closing night Representatives for the rapper shared the news on Twitter Sunday afternoon just over an hour before he was set to take the stage though the cause for his hospitalization has not been revealed Chance the Rapper and...
  • SXSW Hit and Run Suspect Faces Four New Charges

    20 Apr 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Four new assault charges have been filed against Rashad Charjuan Owens in connection with the hit-and-run incident that killed four people and injured 17 at South By Southwest in March The Austin American Statesman reports that the four new charges are related to injuries ranging from scratches to a fractured neck...
  • Rubin 'Hurricane' Carter Dead at 76

    20 Apr 2014 | 10:55 am
    Rubin "Hurricane" Carter the boxer whose wrongful imprisonment inspired Bob Dylan's stirring 1975 song "Hurricane" died on Sunday morning at the age of 76 He had been suffering from prostate cancer and died in his sleep at his Toronto home the New York Times reports Hurricane's Night Bob Dylan Joan Baez...
  • Michelle Obama to Guest Star on 'Nashville'

    20 Apr 2014 | 8:32 am
    The First Lady is adding another TV credit to her resume Michelle Obama will be making an appearance this spring in an upcoming episode of the ABC drama Nashville the Associated Press reports  Watch Michelle Obama Demonstrate 'The Evolution of Mom Dancing' With Jimmy Fallon Obama will guest star as herself alongside...
 
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    TIME » Sections » Politics

  • Cold War Tit-for-Tat 2.0

    Mark Thompson
    20 Apr 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Last week, Moscow canceled a scheduled U.S. surveillance flight over Russia, apparently to keep prying U.S. eyes from scouting out Moscow’s forces huddling along its border with Ukraine. MoreU.S. Special Ops Planning for Action in Globe’s ‘Dark Areas’Men Charged With Toppling Ancient Rock Formation Avoid Jail Time Huffington PostHere's An Updated Tally Of All The People Who Have Ever Died From A Marijuana Overdose Huffington PostGame of Thrones Recap: The Ends Justify the Mean (Spoilers) PeopleLIVE: Rockets host Blazers for Game 1 Sports IllustratedThis week,…
  • Female House Candidates Struggle to Break Through Despite GOP Efforts

    Jay Newton-Small
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:18 am
    MoreWhich U.S. Political Figures Should Be on the 2014 TIME 100?Special Interests Say Special Interests Are Buying the 2014 ElectionDemocrats Push Equal Pay in Midterm Elections FightAt a time when the Republican Party has been reaching out to women and minorities, Marilinda Garcia would seem like the perfect candidate for Congress. The eight-year veteran of the New Hampshire State Legislature is hoping to take on Democratic Rep. Ann Kuster in New Hampshire’s second district. In 2013, the Republican National Committee named her one of its “Rising Stars.” The Susan B. Anthony List,…
  • Pipeline Delay Delights And Dismays Interest Groups

    Sam Frizell
    19 Apr 2014 | 8:26 am
    Environmental groups and energy and labor organizations sparred over the Obama’s administration decision Friday to extend its review of the Keystone XL pipeline, an issue that has increasingly become a political hot potato. MoreThe Reason We Can’t Find MH 370 Is That We’re Basically BlindFish Found with Mercury in Remote Western RegionsMen Charged With Toppling Ancient Rock Formation Avoid Jail Time Huffington PostHere's An Updated Tally Of All The People Who Have Ever Died From A Marijuana Overdose Huffington PostGame of Thrones Recap: The Ends Justify the Mean (Spoilers)…
  • White House “No Comment” on Bieber Deportation Petition

    Zeke J Miller
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:41 pm
    After troubled pop star Justin Bieber’s spate of legal troubles earlier this year, the American people petitioned their government to deport the Canadian citizen from the United States. Nearly three months later, they have their response from the Obama administration: no comment. Almost 275,000 people signed a petition on the White House website in January to “Deport Justin Bieber and revoke his green card.” “Sorry to disappoint, but we won’t be commenting on this one,” the White House wrote in its response, posted Friday. “The We the People terms of…
  • Three Reasons the New Ukraine Deal May Not Last

    Michael Crowley
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:01 pm
    MorePro-Russia Militants Defy Diplomatic Deal in UkraineThe ink wasn’t yet dry on Thursday’s diplomatic deal to calm the crisis in eastern Ukraine before the Obama administration began casting doubt on it. Secretary of State John Kerry, who helped broker the deal in Geneva with Russia, Ukraine, and the European Union, warned that it was only “words on paper.” President Obama told reporters he didn’t think “we can count on” the deal sticking. MoreObama Signs Bill Barring Terrorist AmbassadorsHouse Speaker John Boehner Visits AfghanistanMen Charged With…
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    The Brody File

  • Rand Paul’s Winning Presidential Ticket Is All In The “Jeans”

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

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

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

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

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

  • Cannabis use and problem drinking: NORML tries a fast one.

    Mark Kleiman
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:30 pm
    Sometimes b.s. science in support of drug policy advocacy reflects the choices of the scientists. Sometimes it reflects the choices of the advocates. I got a note from a friend about a report that frequent cannabis users consume less alcohol. Of course, it would be fabulous news if cannabis use actually substituted for heavy drinking; to my mind, that would make the case for cannabis legalization a near lay-down, and the case for high taxes and tight restrictions rather dubious. The note was based on a NORML press release with a very encouraging headine: Study: Frequent Cannabis Consumers…
  • The very political neuroscience of cannabis

    Mark Kleiman
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:16 pm
    If you were a neuroscientist and discovered that there were, on average, measurable anatomical differences between (1) the brains of 20 young right-handed people who smoke an average of a little more than 11 joints per week and had been consuming cannabis for a little more than 6 years and (2) the brains of an age-sex-chirality-matched group, and that those differences persisted even after controlling for alcohol consumption and were accentuated among those who use more cannabis, you’d probably say, “Hmmm … that’s interesting. I wonder what it means.” After all,…
  • Quantitative Easing Explained

    Keith Humphreys
    19 Apr 2014 | 9:01 pm
    As developed economies show more signs of life, many observers wonder whether it is time to end quantitative easing. The discussion would be much more informative if more people actually knew what QE is. This is the best short explanation I have seen.
  • If this White House event didn’t exist, Thomas Piketty would have to invent it

    Harold Pollack
    19 Apr 2014 | 9:19 am
    This White House event, chronicled in the New York Times, seems both politically astute and more than a little sickening. Blame the game, not the players…. Maybe my favorite part of the story comes from the reporter: (Disclosure: Although the event was closed to the media, I was invited by the founders of Nexus, Jonah Wittkamper and Rachel Cohen Gerrol, to report on the conference as a member of the family that started the Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical company.)
  • Megan McArdle vs. the rest of the Red Team

    Mark Kleiman
    18 Apr 2014 | 4:17 pm
    A previous post asked whether any “conservative” pundit or pol had criticized the armed mob that threatened federal officials carrying out a lawful court order in the Bundy Ranch confrontation. The answer to that question is a (qualified) “Yes.” Megan McArdle points out that Bundy was defying the law in the service of a claim to use resources he doesn’t own without paying for them, and that a civilized society depends on the rule that people “not take up arms to pursue their own self-interest against the rest of us.” She goes on to point out how much…
 
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    Bleeding Heartland - Front Page

  • Weekend open thread: Easter, Passover, and late spring edition

    20 Apr 2014 | 5:45 am
    What's on your mind this weekend, Bleeding Heartland readers? This is an open thread. A joyous Easter to those who celebrate today and a happy Passover to those who observe. Last year I posted lots of Easter and Passover-related links here. I'll just add a couple more: 2014 is one of those years when Eastern Orthodox Christians and those of other denominations celebrate Easter on the same day. Most of the time those holidays fall on different weekends because the churches use different calendars. Reform Judaism magazine published a fascinating interview with Biblical scholar Richard Elliott…
  • Thoughts on the primary polls in IA-01, IA-02, and IA-03

    19 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    Loras College in Dubuque released its first-ever set of polls on Iowa Congressional primaries this week. Click here for the polling memo and here (pdf) for further details, including the full questionnaires. After the jump I've posted my thoughts on what these polls tell us about the front-runners (or lack thereof) in each primary. Unfortunately, a big methodological flaw makes it more difficult to interpret the results. First, a note on methodology from the Loras College press release (emphasis in original): The inaugural Loras College Poll surveyed 300 likely primary voters in each of these…
  • IA-01: First-quarter fundraising news roundup

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:18 am
    Since the last quarterly fundraising reports came in, the Republican primary race in Iowa's open first Congressional district has settled into a predictable win for Rod Blum. The Democratic primary is still highly competitive, though, with all five candidates in a position to run a district-wide race before June 3.   Let's take the Republicans first. State Representative Walt Rogers, an establishment favorite, bailed out of this campaign in order to seek a third term in the Iowa House. Looking at his FEC filing, it's easy to see why. Rogers raised $21,868.00 from individuals during the…
  • Iowa Democratic Party considering reforms to make caucuses more inclusive

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:10 am
    Welcome news: Iowa Democratic Party leaders will have a real conversation about making the Iowa caucuses more accessible to people who can't attend for various reasons. "Everything's on the table to talk about," [IDP Chair Scott] Brennan said. "If there's a way to enhance access and do it in a manner that keeps the spirit of the Iowa Caucuses and still lets peoples' voices be heard, that's what we want to do." Brennan has asked Norman Sterzenbach, the party's former executive director, to conduct a "listening tour" to talk to "hundreds, if not thousands" of people about how absentee voting…
  • No casino for Cedar Rapids

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:36 am
    The State Racing and Gaming Commission voted 4-1 this morning against allowing a new casino to be built in downtown Cedar Rapids. Last year Linn County voters approved a casino referendum by a 20-point margin. Even some opponents of the project believed its construction was inevitable, given the political connections of the group hoping to build in Cedar Rapids. However, today's vote is in line with the precedent of approving gambling licenses only where new casinos would not "cannibalize" from existing ones in Iowa. Four years ago, the Racing and Gaming Commission rejected applications for…
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    Booman Tribune

  • We Need Progressive Anti-Rebels

    20 Apr 2014 | 7:35 pm
    I am just a lowly blogger, not a master savant like David Foster Wallace (pdf). Yet, I think he identified what I don't like about much of the liberal blogosphere. I am not saying that I am a paragon of sincerity, but I am totally disinterested in ironic finger-pointing. When I snark on the right, I'm not doing it because I am above it all. I'm in the arena, not the stands. "The next real literary “rebels” in this country might well emerge as some weird bunch of anti-rebels, born oglers who dare somehow to back away from ironic watching, who have the childish gall actually to endorse and…
  • Reading George Kennan's Diaries

    20 Apr 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Rutgers Professor David Greenberg has reviewed George Kennan's diaries and discovered that Kennan had a lot of bigoted views, but that's really not the most interesting aspect of the resulting article. What's interesting is that the architect of our Cold War containment policy envisioned that containment policy in terms somewhat different than how it was carried out in practice. So, for two examples, he sided with Britain, France and Israel during the Suez Crisis in 1956, and he opposed LBJ's intervention in Vietnam, which he called "a sort of petulant escapism, [that] will, I fear, lead to…
  • Casual Observation

    20 Apr 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Apparently, all the 9/11 defendants will die of old age before the legal process can get its act together to put them on trial. It's really impossible to exaggerate how badly the Bush administration screwed up the response to those attacks. If the law was applied in any kind of normal sense, all the co-conspirators would have to be released because their habeas corpus rights were denied and because the evidence is tainted and because they were tortured and because they were denied counsel and because the FBI tried to recruit their counsel and because of ten other reasons I can't even think…
  • They Figured It Out Before I Did

    20 Apr 2014 | 7:35 pm
    The Clinton administration figured out how the Mighty Right-Wing Wurlitzer worked at least eight years (pdf) before I did. They obviously had a greater need to know. I had no idea that bullshit that was unfit to print was first laundered through the British tabloid press, then to the American right-wing press, then to the mainstream American press, and finally to the congressional committees responsible for government oversight. I discovered that this was going on in the lead-up to the invasion of Iraq in 2003. I first wrote about here in 2005, shortly after I launched this blog. But it was…
  • It's Time To Go On Offense on Health Care

    20 Apr 2014 | 7:35 pm
    At yesterday's press conference, after answering a question from NPR's Tamara Keith, the president paused and then added: "I'm sorry, I'm going to say one last thing about this, just because this does frustrate me: States that have chosen not to expand Medicaid for no other reason than political spite. You’ve got 5 million people who could be having health insurance right now at no cost to these states -- zero cost to these states -- other than ideological reasons. They have chosen not to provide health insurance for their citizens. That's wrong. It should stop. Those folks should be able…
 
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  • Rep. Michael McCaul Expresses Concern Over Potential Marathon Terrorist Copycat

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

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

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

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

    ABC News
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:57 am
    Little, Brown and Company Excerpted from: SIX AMENDMENTS: HOW AND WHY WE SHOULD CHANGE THE CONSTITUTION by John Paul Stevens. Copyright © 2014 by John Paul Stevens. Used by permission of Little, Brown and Company Hachette Book Group. All Rights Reserved. Prologue According to its preamble, the Constitution of the United States was established by “the People” — not by the states — “in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of…
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    Dandelion Salad

  • N. T. Wright: Did Jesus Really Rise From The Dead?

    dandelionsalad
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:24 pm
    Dandelion Salad Happy Easter! Originally posted April 23, 2011 rfvidz on Mar 9, 2011 Dr. N. T. Wright speaks on the historical reliability of Jesus’ resurrection. *** What does the Resurrection mean? N. T. Wright explains. VeritasForum on Nov 9, 2010 What does the Resurrection mean? N. T. Wright, New Testament scholar, bishop of Durham, […]
  • Jesus of Nazareth (repost)

    dandelionsalad
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:11 pm
    Dandelion Salad Happy Easter! Originally posted Oct 21, 2009 Jesus of Nazareth miniseries Wikipedia Jesus of Nazareth (Italian: Gesù di Nazareth) is a 1977 British-Italian television miniseries co-written (with Anthony Burgess and Suso Cecchi d’Amico) and directed by Franco Zeffirelli which dramatizes the birth, life, ministry, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus largely according the Christian […]
  • Rick Rozoff: NATO Includes All Former Fascist Powers in Europe

    dandelionsalad
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:20 pm
    by Rick Rozoff Writer, Dandelion Salad Stop NATO April 18, 2014 Ekaterina Kudashkina Voice of Russia April 18, 2014 NATO Secretary General Anders Fogh Rasmussen said NATO’s building up its presence along its eastern borders. The move was supported by the White House. According to an AP report, Rasmussen said the new NATO deployments are […]
  • The Changing Face of Labor by Rivera Sun

    dandelionsalad
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:17 pm
    by Rivera Sun Writer, Dandelion Salad Popular Resistance April 18, 2014 Depending on one’s proximity to wage and workplace issues, the term Labor Movement may conjure up images of 19th century Wobblies with rolled-up shirtsleeves, Detroit autoworkers, or Walmart strikers. The face of labor evolves through the decades and with each change in the workplace, […]
  • Inequality and the Inevitable Collapse: The Common Sense Solution–Sharing by Graham Peebles

    dandelionsalad
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:06 pm
    by Graham Peebles Writer, Dandelion Salad London, England April 18, 2014 Depending on who you listen to and how it is defined, worldwide income and wealth inequality is either more acute than it has ever been, or the gap between the rich and the rest is narrowing. The numbers may be distorted by conflicting statistics […]
 
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    The Best Defense

  • The future of war (25): You better be ready to fight like it's a pre-electronic age

    Thomas E. Ricks
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:02 am
    By Capt. Jesse Sloman, USMCR Best Defense future of war entry The best way to predict the future of warfare is to look to its past. Major battles in the 21st century will be confusing and disorganized affairs more similar to the clashes of a pre-digital age than the ‘network-centric' combat we've become accustomed to. A new generation of offensive technology targeting the electromagnetic spectrum -- systems such as cyberweapons, electronic jammers, anti-satellite missiles, and electromagnetic pulse (EMP) munitions -- will deprive militaries of the sensor and communications links they rely…
  • Tom's helpful suggestion of the day: Why doesn't the Army offer to fund the A-10?

    Thomas E. Ricks
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:58 am
    I sympathize with the Army's belief that the A-10 is about the most helpful Air Force plane that now exists. A nice political move would be for the Army to put its money where its mouth is and offer to fund the A-10 for the Air Force. I mean, just write the check. As a friend says, combine it with photos of Air Force golf courses and fancy new headquarters buildings. My campaign motto: "Take the cash, keep the CAS!"
  • Rebecca's War Dog of the Week: Leska's Visit to the Dentist

    Thomas E. Ricks
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:49 am
    By Rebecca Frankel Best Defense Chief Canine Correspondent Maintaining a military working dog's health is crucial and handlers are given extensive training on how to care for their dogs -- from grooming them to administering emergency care in a combat scenario. They learn to read their dogs for signs of pain, dehydration, gastrointestinal issues, spider bites, and dental problems. An MWD that has a broken tooth or teeth that are worn down from age will not only be in some degree of pain (which could impede their eating and appetite) but won't be able to bite with full capacity. In the photo…
  • The New York Times op-ed page owes our vets a large and immediate apology

    Thomas E. Ricks
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:36 am
    By Jesse Sloman Best Defense guest columnist Kathleen Belew's New York Times op-ed "Veterans and White Supremacy" has generated a fierce response for its attempt to connect military service with membership in white supremacist groups. I hope that Dr. Belew and the Times editorial staff don't dismiss the palpable anger they've prompted in the veteran community as a knee-jerk reaction to an unflattering portrayal. Instead, alongside a sense of collective outrage at being subjected to tired and ill-informed stereotyping, most of the criticism I've read has been sober, thoughtful,…
  • Cui bono? A perspective on our wars

    Thomas E. Ricks
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:35 am
    By Capt. John Byron, USN (Ret.) Best Defense senior peacenik Below are tallied sound numbers from multiple sources showing the basic cost of our two wars in dollars and human lives: Iraq U.S. Military Deaths/Wounded in Action: 4,488/32,223 U.S. Contractors Deaths/Wounded in Action: 3,418/17,105 Coalition Military Deaths/Wounded in Action: 318/842 Iraqi Military & Police Deaths/Wounded in Action: 10,819/30,375 Civilians Killed Directly: 136,000 Displaced Civilians: 2,800,000 Dollar Cost: $816 billion Afghanistan U.S. Military Deaths/Wounded in Action: 2,168/18,255 U.S. Contractors…
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    Bill Starr's Blog

  • Sharpening the saw for liberty

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

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

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

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

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

  • It's War!

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

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

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

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

    Roberto
    25 Feb 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Click comic to ENLARGE.CNN's Anderson Cooper talks with Arizona State Senator Al Melvin, a backer of SB 1062, a measure that would amend the state's Religious Freedom Restoration Act, and that some say would allow Arizona business owners to deny service to gay and lesbian customers as long as proprietors were acting solely on their religious beliefs.
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    The Left Coaster

  • Of Course They'd Shut Him Down

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

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

    Steve
    2 Apr 2014 | 4:06 pm
    Now lost in the blizzard of news this morning from the Roberts' court latest destruction of our democracy was yesterday's silliness between Carl Levin and Rand Paul about Caterpillar's $2.4 billion in federal tax avoidance through permissible Swiss shelters. Yes, as Levin said it was an outrage. Yes, as Paul said, it was permissible and the tax code should be on trial here. I agree Senator Paul, so let's put the tax code on trial, and ask you as a likely 2016 presidential candidate why a company with billions in profits since 2000 should be allowed to use schemes like these to avoid paying…
  • Go On Offense

    Steve
    1 Apr 2014 | 10:52 pm
    A week can be a long time in politics. Just a week ago, things looked bleak for Democrats and Obama for 2014. But then the Paul Ryan Vanity Project collided with 7 million new signups under the Affordable Care Act, and now the Democrats have the makings of a winning ticket for this year: Go on offense. One of Karl Rove’s basic tenets of politics was to attack from your area of weakness. In the same vein, Congressional Democrats and Barack Obama need to treat the next seven months as a sprint, an all-out attack campaign against their GOP opponents, day in and day out to push the GOP on…
  • Low Turnout Blues

    Steve
    31 Mar 2014 | 4:37 pm
    Want a recipe for depressed Democratic turnout in 2014? How about a Democratic Party saddled with a White House that has disillusioned the Latino vote and provided younger voters with little economic hope or stark choices? Want a recipe for both parties to see splintering and third party challenges in 2016? How about another Clinton-Bush contest?
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  • Mass Incarceration in the US

    vlogbrothers
    4 Apr 2014 | 5:26 pm
    Mass Incarceration in the US Thanks to Visually (http://Visual.ly) for facilitating the creation of this video, to http://youtube.com/kurzgesagt for the animation, and to The Prison Poli... From: vlogbrothers Views: 781133 44537 ratings Time: 03:41 More in People & Blogs
  • Manny Pacquiao on Jimmy Kimmel Live

    Jimmy Kimmel Live
    3 Apr 2014 | 12:37 am
    Manny Pacquiao on Jimmy Kimmel Live Manny talks about President Clinton, politics, his wife being pregnant with their fifth child, and his upcoming fight with Timothy Bradley. SUBSCRIBE to get the latest #KIMMEL: http://bit.ly/JKLSu... From: Jimmy Kimmel Live Views: 167069 1333 ratings Time: 05:09 More in Comedy
  • Should We Raise the Minimum Wage?

    vlogbrothers
    4 Feb 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Should We Raise the Minimum Wage? In which John discusses the minimum wage, and whether raising the minimum wage would negatively affect employment in the United States. Thanks to Rosianna fo... From: vlogbrothers Views: 581998 19358 ratings Time: 03:47 More in News & Politics
  • Raw: Divers Find Man Alive in Sunken Tugboat

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    3 Dec 2013 | 10:48 am
    Raw: Divers Find Man Alive in Sunken Tugboat http://smarturl.it/AssociatedPress Dramatic footage emerged on Tuesday showing the unlikely rescue of a ship's cook, who survived for almost three days trapp... From: AssociatedPress Views: 1852103 4448 ratings Time: 01:27 More in News & Politics
  • The Lowdown on the Shutdown

    vlogbrothers
    1 Oct 2013 | 10:52 am
    The Lowdown on the Shutdown What Does Obamacare Mean for You? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wBr3fniyb4w John had a special video planned for today, but then the government shut down so... From: vlogbrothers Views: 692981 18263 ratings Time: 03:30 More in News & Politics
 
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    Politics in the Zeros

  • Former CA Dem godfather Willie Brown: Leland Yee arrest a “ruckus”

    Bob Morris
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:56 am
    Even San Franciscans can’t stomach Willie Brown’s evasions. Willie Brown was formerly godfather of California Democratic politics and still has considerable influence. His inadvertently comical comments about how Leland Yee really didn’t do much of anything wrong shows how compromised Democratic politics in California has become. Give the guy a break. When all is said and done, his alleged crimes come down to taking campaign contributions in return for issuing proclamations, using campaign funds to set up a meeting and taking campaign funds for writing a letter. No, actually…
  • Benghazi mystery explained? Report links CIA covert op with Turkey, Syria

    William Boardman
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:15 am
    Credit: Wikimedia Commons Answer offered by Seymour Hersh about Benghazi gets little public attention “Benghazi” is one of those kneejerk labels that rightwing folks slap on a story they don’t actually understand but have determined the “right” answer to anyway. It’s a hot button, not an argument, like the “IRS scandal,” which the right is finally beginning to admit it got wrong because it ignored the law as written. “Fast and Furious” is another of some two dozen, mostly less-well-known rightwing thought substitutes that aren’t supported by persuasive evidence…
  • Solar bridge in London now operational, Blackfriar’s Bridge

    Bob Morris
    19 Apr 2014 | 8:55 am
    Blackfriar’s Bridge in London, part of a railway station, now has 4,400 solar PV panels and generates 50% of power needed for the station. It is the largest solar bridge in the world. Construction was a bit tricky, as the panels were installed atop an aging Victorian era bridge while trains ran underneath. Solar PV, clearly, can work anywhere, not just in baking deserts. During the renovations, the railway station was also fitted with other energy saving measures such as a rain harvesting system and sun pipes that will provide natural lighting throughout the building.
  • California State Water Project allocations increased to 5%

    Bob Morris
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:56 pm
    keetsa.com The headline is deceptive. State Water Project allocations have not been increased by 5% but rather to 5% from zero. Farmers will get a bare trickle of water this year. Worse, the allocation won’t start until Sept. 1. This means a long, hot, very dry summer for them. Your food prices will be going up. The State Water Project sends water from the Sacramento Delta to the fertile San Joaquin valley and southern California. It is the primary, and sometimes sole, source of water for Central Valley agriculture. Regarding the possibility of increasing SWP allocation, Mark Cowin: We…
  • Nonviolent, unarmed resistance at Bundy Ranch backed off BLM

    Bob Morris
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:21 am
    Crazed, heavily-armed Bundy Ranch protesters. Oh, wait… At a crucial point at Bundy Ranch, unarmed protesters on horseback rode down to confront heavily-armed BLM, who then pulled back their forces. That’s right, the protesters were not carrying guns. Among those opposing BLM were mother-daughter Utah farmers Symbria and Sara Patterson, “pillars of the local food community in Cedar City Utah.” They don’t even own guns. And were at Bundy Ranch because they are tired of intrusive government regulation, like having to comply with meaningless federal…
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  • The 2014 Business License Compliance Handbook

    10 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Almost every business operating in the United States of America is required to maintain multiple business licenses, permits, and tax registrations with the government. That’s a tall order when you consider that there are 55 states and territories, over 3,000 counties and parishes, approximately 36,000 municipalities, and over 35,000 special purpose districts that overlay these governmental authorities. Every one of these entities has the authority to require a license, permit, or registration. They often do. Consequently, a comprehensive business license portfolio often includes 4…
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  • Why Can’t Elected Officials Force DIA to Comply With the Law?

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

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

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

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

    BobMcCarty
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:43 pm
    Like so many people, I've wondered why members of the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives have dragged their feet so long on investigating the Benghazi debacle. Now Dick Morris offers the answer: House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) is to blame! Continue reading →
 
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  • Obama removes last tank from Germany

    J.P. Travis
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:09 pm
    As Putin threatens Europe, Obama removes last tank from Germany. Last year the 170th Infantry in Baumholder was disbanded. This year the 172nd in Grafenwöhr is disbanding. The last 22 tanks left for South Carolina last month. Maybe this is what Obama meant in 2012 when he said to Russian President Medvedev: “This is my last election. After my election I have more flexibility.” Medvedev’s reply: “I understand. I will transmit this information to Vladimir.”
  • LiveScience blames Everest avalanche Global Warming

    J.P. Travis
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:06 am
    LiveScience blames Mount Everest avalanche deaths on Global Warming. Because, as we all know, dying on Mount Everest is very unlikely normally, so something weird must be happening to the world’s climate.
  • CAIR urges mosques to apply for DHS security grants

    J.P. Travis
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:26 am
    CAIR urges mosques to apply for DHS security grants. The grants are “designed to assist nonprofit organizations that are vulnerable to terrorist attacks with procuring and installing security equipment to enhance safety.”
  • Cherokee women want to meet Elizabeth Warren on book tour

    Bonfire of the Absurdities
    19 Apr 2014 | 11:05 pm
    Cherokee women want to meet Elizabeth Warren on book tour. “To get Warren to understand why they are hurt and angry that she assumed, then discarded, Native American identity.” To paraphrase Dorothy Parker, Warren’s is not a book to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force.
  • Illinois House Committee wants taxpayers to spend $100 Million on Barack Obama Library

    Bonfire of the Absurdities
    19 Apr 2014 | 7:21 pm
    Illinois House Committee wants taxpayers to spend $100 Million on Barack Obama Library. “Somehow, House Speaker Michael Madigan thinks this is an appropriate use of funds despite the state’s more than $100 billion pension crisis and $6.6 billion in unpaid bills.” The audacity of dopes.
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  • Switching to South Beach Smokes to Help my Husband’s Career

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

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

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

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

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

    Alexis Garcia
    20 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    After the Irwindale City Council voted last week that the spicy smell of sriracha was a public nuisance, Huy Fong founder David Tran is now entertaining offers to move his business to Texas. Tran has reportedly invited state representative Jason Villalba (R-Dallas) to take a tour of the facility to assess any potential issues before the company considers moving to the Lone Star State.  The sriracha maker's experience illustrates how Texas is becoming an attractive alternative to businesses that are tired of dealing with crushing regulations in their home states.  Reason TV's Alexis…
  • Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter, Wrongfully Convicted of Murder, Dies at 76

    Ed Krayewski
    20 Apr 2014 | 11:42 am
    The boxer Rubin Carter died this weekend at age 76. Carter was convicted twice of a 1966 murder in Paterson, New Jersey, before the second conviction was overturned in 1985 by a district judge, That judge, Haddon Sarokin, found that the prosecution appealed to racial prejudice and bias in their attempt to get the jury to a guilty decision, something he wrote "should never be permitted to sway a jury or provide the basis of a conviction." Sarokin further found that: The prosecution has resources unavailable to the average criminal defendant. Therefore, it is imperative that information which…
  • VID: National Geographic Joins Debate on Exotic Pet Ownership

    Tracy Oppenheimer
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    This month, National Geographic explores the debate over exotic animal ownership, in the wake of the Zanesville, Ohio, tragedy that saw over 50 animals cut loose on city streets after their owner committed suicide. The incident brought renewed attention to the issue of exotic pet ownership. In March, Reason TV’s Tracy Oppenheimer traveled to Ohio to investigate rigid regulations on exotic animal owners in the wake of the Zanesville tragedy. Original release date was March 26, 2014 and original writeup below.  In 2011, Ohio exotic animal owner Terry Thompson committed suicide after…
  • Todd Krainin Interviews Sen. Ted Cruz About Education and Choice

    Reason.com
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    When it comes to education policy, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas.) is adamantly pro-choice. In an interview at the National School Choice Week conference in Houston, the first-term senator spoke with Reason TV's Todd Krainin about failing schools, helping kids, and why both Democrats and Republicans are blowing it on education reform. View this article.
  • Marijuana Has Come A Long Way Since Last 4/20

    The Huffington Post
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:42 am
    What a difference a year makes. From April 20, 2013, to April 20, 2014, marijuana has taken big steps out of the shadows of the black market and into the light of the mainstream -- from record high popular support and the first legal recreational sales, to an entire country legalizing marijuana. Here’s a look at the last 12 months of marijuana milestones.
 
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  • John Anderson, Helen Garner & racial offense

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    20 Apr 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Eli Saslow, Washington Post
  • Justice Stevens Wants to Gut 2nd Amendment

    20 Apr 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Tim Cavanaugh, NRO
  • A New Clinton Conspiracy Is Born

    20 Apr 2014 | 12:42 pm
    Joe Conason, The National MemoWith the happy news that Chelsea Clinton and Marc Mezvinsky expect their first child later this year, the Clinton family can anticipate warm good wishes from most Americans -- and a less uplifting response from all of the usual suspects.The inane, but mostly harmless, speculation from the pundit class already has begun. How will Hillary Rodham Clinton's prospective future as a grandmother, they ask, affect her potential candidacy for the presidency? (Not at all, except in the minds of the political geniuses who have never noticed that most presidents and many…
  • What's Wrong with Victims' Rights?

    20 Apr 2014 | 12:39 pm
    Steve Chapman, Chicago TribuneCriminals are generally despised, and cops are not universally beloved. But one participant in the criminal justice system has no enemies: victims of crime. They're the Sara Lee of American politics. Everybody doesn't like someone, but nobody doesn't like victims.The movement to protect this group has achieved one success after another. Every state has laws specifying the rights of victims, and 33 have constitutional provisions as well.In November, Illinois voters will decide whether to add a victims' rights section to the state constitution. Last year, a U.S.
  • How Pope Francis Is Winning Hearts and Minds

    20 Apr 2014 | 9:52 am
 
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  • Further Proof That Women in 'Game of Thrones' Are Pawns in Men's Games

    Hillary Kelly
    20 Apr 2014 | 7:33 pm
    Beaten, raped, kidnapped, tortured, widowed, belittled, ruthlessly ridiculed, dragged across the country, abandoned by their lovers, shot up with crossbows, stabbed in the uterus while pregnant, molested by their own fathers, 
  • Barbara Ehrenreich: I'm an Atheist, But Don't Rule Out "Mystical Experiences"

    Isaac Chotiner
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Barbara Ehrenreich, the best-selling author of Nickel and Dimed: The (Futile) Pursuit of the American Dream, is generally known for reportage on subjects such as the minimum wage and the rights of workers. But this month she has released a new book that is less a change of pace than a step
  • Republicans and Democrats Both Claim to Be Pro-Family. Here's How They Can Prove It.

    Matt Bruenig
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Recent Republican anxiety over whether or not to host the 2016 Republican National Convention in Las Vegas have brought to the surface one of the major image struggles between the two parties: namely, which is the most pro-family? As Family PAC Paul Caprio
  • Watch This Film About Belarus. It Shows Putin's Bleak Vision for Eastern Europe

    David Klion
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    “Belarus isn’t sexy. Sexy countries have oil, gas, diamonds, sea, mountains.” A woman named Yana is standing on a stage wearing a robe and a crown of flowers, surrounded by fellow actors and delivering a fiery speech in Russian. “The only way for the country to attract attention is to strip
  • Why Do Our Offices Make Us So Miserable?

    Juliet Lapidos
    19 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Five days a week I commute to a skyscraper in the main business district of a large city and sit at a desk within whispering distance of another desk. Whatever the word “work” used to conjure, my version is now quite standard. About 40 million Americans make a living in some sort of cubicle. Ar
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  • An interview with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio

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

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

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

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    13 Apr 2014 | 4:41 pm
    We are at a point at which we will soon have vicious ideological debates over motherhood and apple pie. Don’t laugh. If we can agree on anything across our philosophical divides, surely we can support efforts to promote voluntary service by our fellow citizens and to strengthen our nation’s extraordinary network of civic and religious charities. Read full article >>
  • On the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act, politicians should follow LBJ’s way

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    9 Apr 2014 | 5:05 pm
    History offers a rough kind of justice. As the nation’s current president and three of his predecessors gathered this week at the University of Texas for an LBJ Library conference celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, they confirmed what has been building for many years now: a thoroughly justified revival of Lyndon B. Johnson’s standing. Read full article >>
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  • After Former KKK Leader Shoots Up Jewish Centers, CNN Asks: ‘Can The Klan Rebrand?’

    20 Apr 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Klansmen file into an Atlanta church in 1949 to attend Sunday evening services CREDIT: AP One week after a Ku Klux Klan member shot three people dead at Jewish institutions in Kansas, CNN is speculating, “Can the Klan rebrand?” “Imperial Ancona, who lives in Missouri, insists there’s a new Klan for modern times — a Klan that’s “about educating people to our ideas and getting people to see our point of view to…help change things,” CNN’s Ashley Fantz writes. “He said he and those like him can spread that message without violence…
  • More Than 3 Million Smartphones Were Stolen Last Year

    20 Apr 2014 | 9:52 am
    CREDIT: AP Photo/Ng Han Guan More than 3 million people had their smartphones stolen last year, many of which weren’t sufficiently protected with as much as a simple passcode to keep the phone’s data safe, according to a new survey. Consumer Reports found in a recent survey that cell phone thefts more than doubled in 2013. Another 1.4 million phones were lost or never recovered. The report highlights how valuable a commodity personal data has become as breaches and mobile device thefts rise. And despite consumers taking an increased interest in protecting their online identities…
  • Four Years After The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, The Gulf Is Still Suffering

    20 Apr 2014 | 8:59 am
    PJ Hahn, Coastal Zone Manager for Plaquemines Parish, examines oil along the shoreline of Bay Jimmy, which was heavily impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, in Plaquemines Parish, La., Friday, Sept. 27, 2013. CREDIT: AP Photo/Gerald Herbert In his 34 years living in Louisiana, Ryan Lambert can’t remember ever seeing young, dead dolphins on his trips out in the Gulf. In just the last few months, however, he says he’s seen two. Lambert, who owns a charter fishing company in Louisiana, told ThinkProgress he’s worried that the dying dolphins he’s still seeing point…
  • There’s A Hidden Timebomb In The Senate Rules That Will Go Off If A Supreme Court Justice Retires

    20 Apr 2014 | 8:09 am
    CREDIT: (AP Photo/Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States, Steve Petteway) As Jonathan Chait notes, only five Republican senators voted to confirm Justice Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, and three of those senators — Judd Gregg, Richard Lugar and Olympia Snowe — are no longer in the Senate. If Republicans take the Senate this November, there is a very real possibility that no one President Obama nominates to a Supreme Court vacancy, no matter what their record or qualifications, could be confirmed to the Court. We made a similar point in 2012, when Tea Party…
  • New York Times’ David Brooks Says Obama Has ‘A Manhood Problem In The Middle East’

    20 Apr 2014 | 8:05 am
    David Brooks CREDIT: NBC New York Times columnist David Brooks on Sunday claimed that President Obama’s foreign policy isn’t “tough” and that he has a “manhood problem” in the Middle East. Pivoting off Sen. Bob Corker’s (R-TN) charge on NBC’s Meet the Press that Russian President Vladimir Putin’s actions in Ukraine have showed an “era of permissiveness” under Obama, later in the program, Brooks — while noting that he doesn’t necessarily agree with the charge — said this issue extends to the Middle East:…
 
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  • The Real GOP "Civil War"

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:34 pm
    Every time you turn around, some primary fight or rhetorical tussle involving Republicans is labeled a "civil war," which typically inflates arguments over strategy and tactics into matters of deep principle (and also creates a misleading impression of "moderation" when less extreme strategy and tactics are adopted for the same ideological agenda). At TPMCafe this week, I continued an ongoing critique of "phony wars" within the GOP, and noted one area where the not-so-friendly-fire is real: The phony-war dynamics of intra-GOP disputes is apparent just under the surface on a remarkably wide…
  • Political Strategy Notes

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:23 am
    Greg Sargent notes at The Plum Line that "Brian Beutler has a good piece documenting the GOP's "grand swindle," in which Republicans claim to support Obamacare's goals but still refuse to own up to the actual implications of repeal, which shows they don't actually support those goals. As Beutler notes, it's partly on Dems to make sure this swindle fails: 'The good news is that it will fail if Democrats are prepared to remind the public that Obamacare created these benefits; Republicans voted against Obamacare, to a person; they are still trying to repeal it; and they have a long record of…
  • DCorps: The Urgent Economic Narrative for 2014

    17 Apr 2014 | 4:24 am
    The following article is cross-posted from a DCorps e-blast: The economy is still the main issue in the 2014 election, impacting the mood of the country, driving likely voter turnout, and defining what is at stake. With voters uncertain of President Obama and the Democrats' direction on the economy, Democratic voters are 7 points less likely than Republicans to say they are 'almost certain to vote' in the off-year election in November. But Democrats can change that equation if they show they understand people's financial struggles, get the narrative right, push back against an economy that…
  • The Racist Elephant in the Political Room

    16 Apr 2014 | 1:11 am
    Not all Republicans are racist, there are people of color who are Republicans and there was a time when Republican leaders were in the forefront of the struggle for racial equality. All of that said, and acknowledging that there are also racists who identify themselves as Democrats, the Republican Party has a significant -- and growing -- problem with racism in its ranks. GOP leaders and conservative pundits who refuse to address it are complicit, no matter how unbiased their personal views may be. Read Sean Sullivan's post, "Democrats are talking about race and the Republican Party an awful…
  • Creamer: Nine Rules for Democratic Midterm Victory

    15 Apr 2014 | 8:43 am
    The following article by Democratic strategist Robert Creamer, author of "Stand Up Straight: How Progressives Can Win," is cross-posted from HuffPo. Much has been written about the difficult road faced by Democrats in the upcoming midterm elections. But virtually all of it presumes that turnout among reliable Democratic voters will decline 3 to 5 percent more from 2012 levels than turnout among reliable Republican voters. There is no question that most midterms do in fact follow that model. The results of the disastrous 2010 midterms can be chalked up almost entirely to the fact that record…
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  • PM walked on snow, but didn’t leave any footprints: Arun Jaitley

    Alka Anand Singh
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:24 am
    Bharatiya Janata Party leader Arun Jaitley is on a writing spree this election season. This time, he has taken on the Prime Minister’s media advisor Pankaj Pachauri’s statements that Dr Manmohan Singh is not a silent Prime Minister. Jaitley, in his ‘The Campaign Diary’ series that he writes online, has said that while the Prime Minister was speaking, factually, he was not being heard. He added, “The Prime Minister walked on snow, but did not leave any footprints.” Jaitley has also taken on Congress President Sonia Gandhi’s son-in-law Robert Vadra…
  • Invite BJP to form govt or call fresh poll: AAP to Delhi LG

    Alka Anand Singh
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:09 am
    Invite BJP to form govt or call fresh poll: AAP to Delhi LG A day after the Supreme Court ruled that Delhi’s Lieutenant Governor Najeeb Jung can take a decision to revive or dissolve the Delhi assembly, Aam Aadmi Party today wrote a letter to Jung, requesting him to either invite BJP to form the government or dissolve the assembly if the BJP refuses to form government. Senior AAP leader Prashant Bhushan, who wrote the letter, said that in view of the new development, the LG should “invite BJP leaders to ascertain whether they are inclined to form the government in Delhi, and, if…
  • AAP complaint against Ajit Pawar for threatening villagers

    Alka Anand Singh
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:53 am
    An AAP candidate from Baramati Lok Sabha constituency has accused Maharashtra Deputy Chief Minister Ajit Pawar of threatening villagers of cutting off their water supply if they did not vote for Supriya Sule, NCP nominee and daughter of the party chief Sharad Pawar. Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) candidate Suresh Khopade, in his complaint submitted at Vadgaon police station on Thursday, has alleged that Pawar issued the threat of cutting off water supply during an election speech at village Masalwadi village under Baramati constituency of Pune district on April 16, a purported video of which was aired…
  • Samajwadi Party calls Election Commission’s decision on Amit Shah as “unfortunate”

    Alka Anand Singh
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:14 am
    Terming Election Commission’s decision to revoke the ban on BJP leader Amit Shah’s participation in election campaigning as “unfortunate”, Samajwadi Party today said that it was an “injustice” to party leader Mohd Azam Khan. “The decision of EC to lift ban on Amit Shah’s campaigning is unfortunate..It’s injustice to our senior leader Mohd Azam Khan..We respect EC..It should reconsider its decision and also lift the ban of Azam”, Party spokesman Rajendra Chowdhury told PTI. He said that while Amit Shah was “face of…
  • Rajasthan, UP rack up numbers in biggest polling phase

    Alka Anand Singh
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:21 am
    Polling began on a brisk note on Thursday morning across 12 states covering 121 constituencies in the fifth phase –the biggest – of the Lok Sabha elections, considered the most crucial for both the ruling Congress and BJP in their race to form the next government at the Centre. Early trends from the states where polling started at 7 am indicted brisk polling with officials expecting the voting percentage to break previous marks. In Rajasthan, where elections are being held for 20 Lok Sabha seats, 26% voting was recorded till noon while in 11 constituencies of Uttar Pradesh, the polling…
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  • Europe’s Security Catalyst

    Ditmir Bushati
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Russia’s annexation of Crimea and threats against Ukraine are a reminder to the countries of Eastern Europe, particularly those in the Balkans, of NATO’s centrality to national – indeed, European – security. But maximizing NATO's effectiveness requires it to deepen its engagement with its most vulnerable members.
  • Big Data for Poor Students

    Jin-Yong Cai
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    If we are to end poverty, reduce unemployment, and stem rising economic inequality, we must find new, better, and cheaper ways to teach – and on a vast scale. Fortunately, we live in an age in which information technology gives us the right tools to broaden access to high-quality, affordable education.
  • The Gospel of Francis

    Peter McDonough
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Pope Francis's decision to canonize both Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II – the rival stars of Vatican II – reflects his weariness of polarization and preference for teaching by example. But will his big-tent strategy be enough to bring lapsed Catholics back into the fold?
  • The End of the Two-State Solution

    Mohammed Ayoob
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    US Secretary of State John Kerry’s valiant effort to save the Israeli-Palestinian peace process is about to end in failure. Though achieving a substantive settlement was always a pipe dream, this latest disappointment will render the US unable to prevent the emergence of a binational state, which might not be a bad thing.
  • Venezuela’s Unending Ordeal

    Rodrigo Pardo
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Venezuela is descending ever deeper into violence, with street protests spreading rapidly across the country and President Nicolás Maduro’s efforts to suppress them becoming increasingly brutal. Unfortunately, there are no upcoming elections that might resolve the worsening power struggle – and no outside actors willing to intervene.
 
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  • Reflections on a Good Friday… Are We Crucifying or Stopping Crucifixions?

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

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

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

    mrDaveyd
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:16 am
    Robbie Clark of Just Cause Hard Knock Radio 04-09-14 We sat down and spoke with Robbie Clark of Just Cause/ Causa Justa about the new 110 page report called Development Without Displacement: Resisting Gentrification in the Bay Area that shares important finding on the impacts of gentrification on Bay Area communities and some principles and policies for stabilizing our cities so that long-term residents and communities of color and stay and thrive. The report was done with the Alameda County Department of Health and although it focuses on Bay Area cities Oakland and San Francisco its findings…
  • Black Male Achievement, Hip Hop in the Academy; 2 Educators Speak Out

    mrDaveyd
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:01 am
    Brenden Anderson Hard Knock Radio: 04-08-14 We speak with local community activist and educator Brenden Anderson about Black Male achievement, effective teaching methods, the school to prison pipeline and the upcoming Black male Achievement Man Up Conference. We talk about the obstacles that are in the way preventing effective methods from being implemented in schools. We talk about the way economic incentives around mass incarceration and private prisons. play a role in keeping education underfunded. We talk about how the programs Brenden is involved in have become a model currently being…
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  • Federal Judge Approves Class Action Case against Ford and IBM for Helping South African Apartheid

    20 Apr 2014 | 1:30 pm
    A federal District Court judge has ruled that those injured by the apartheid policies of the white-ruled South African government may sue Ford and IBM for providing assistance to that government in the form of military vehicles and computers. The racist policies of apartheid were in force between 1948 and 1994.   U.S. District Judge Shira Scheindlin ruled Thursday that the Alien Tort Statute of 1789 (ATS), which has in recent years been used to hold U.S. corporations liable for human rights violations they facilitate overseas, is applicable in this case. In order to come to this…
  • Domestic Violence Rate Plunges

    20 Apr 2014 | 1:25 pm
    A report from the Bureau of Justice Statistics shows a steep decline in the rate of domestic violence over the past two decades. In fact, the rate fell by more than half.   In an average of the two years ending in 1994, there were 13.5 cases of domestic violence per 1,000 persons aged 12 and over. By the two years ending in 2012, the average had been cut to 5.0 cases per 1,000.   The most prevalent type of violence was that of one intimate partner committing violence on the other. Other domestic violence was that of immediate family members, that is violence among parents and…
  • Two Prisoners in Mississippi County Still Awaiting Trial after 6 and 7 Years

    20 Apr 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Two Mississippi prisoners with known mental health issues have been held in a county jail for years awaiting trials, and county officials are putting the blame for the problem on defense attorneys.   Marktain Kilpatrick Simmons, 43, was jailed in November 2006 for the stabbing death of Christopher Joiner and yet his case has not yet gone to trial. Hinds County Judge Bill Gowan denied bail for Simmons, saying he wanted to hear more evidence of Simmons’ mental problems, according to The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Mississippi.   Similarly, Lee Vernel Knight, 47, has been in jail…
  • Director of the Bureau of Land Management: Who Is Neil Kornze?

    20 Apr 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Elko, Nevada, native Neil Kornze was nominated on November 8, 2013, to lead the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in the Department of the Interior, the office responsible for managing the nation’s public lands, mostly located in Western states. Kornze’s nomination was approved by the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee on January 16, 2014.   Kornze’s father, Larry Kornze, worked for mining interests much of his life. He was general manager of exploration and U.S. exploration manager for Barrick Gold Corp. from 1987 to 2001. The younger Kornze attended Whitman…
  • Director of the U.S. Geological Survey: Who Is Suzette Kimball?

    20 Apr 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Suzette Kimball, who has been acting director of the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) since February 2013, was nominated by President Barack Obama on January 9, 2014, to fill the job permanently. The USGS director is responsible for providing scientific information to understand the Earth, minimizing loss of life and property from natural disasters and managing water, biological, energy, and mineral resources.   Kimball graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1973 with a degree in English while also completing the requirements for a geology degree. She went on to earn a…
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    Blog for Arizona

  • Waning days of the 2014 AZ legislature: Lobbyists practicing their check writing skills

    cpmaz
    20 Apr 2014 | 7:14 pm
    By Craig McDermott, cross-posted from Random Musings Full disclosure: This post is all about bad bills that are still alive or dead bills that could be resurrected, not just the start of lobbyist shakedown season.  Two of the truisms about … Continue reading →
  • Cartoon of The Week

    AZ BlueMeanie
    20 Apr 2014 | 12:58 pm
  • Martha McSally attacks the wrong target with A-10

    AZ BlueMeanie
    20 Apr 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Last November, Congressman Ron Barber and Senator Kelly Ayotte in  a Letter (.pdf) signed by 19 other members of the House and 12 other members of the Senate, asked the the Department of Defense to reconsider its plans to retire … Continue reading →
  • Political Calendar: Week of April 20, 2014

    AZ BlueMeanie
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:14 am
    The Political Calendar is posted on Sundays. Please send us notice of your political events prior to the Sunday before your event (7 days would be most helpful). See the calendar icon in the right-hand column of the blog page … Continue reading →
  • VERY Indirectly Made Moyers’ Show

    Bob Lord
    19 Apr 2014 | 10:09 am
    Okay, this goes far beyond shameless self-promotion. This is full-fledged idiotic self-promotion. I was watching the clip of Bill Moyers’ show, where he interviewed Paul Krugman about Thomas Piketty’s book. (You have to scroll to the bottom of the link … Continue reading →
 
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    People Power from YES! Magazine

  • They Started by Blockading a Bus Full of Detainees—And Went on to Shake Up the Immigration Debate

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

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

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

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

    Fran Korten
    3 Apr 2014 | 3:40 pm
    Photo by Jim Kuhn / Flickr. After the Supreme Court’s decision in the Citizens United case, we all learned a new political term: "super PAC." Now, after the court’s decision in McCutcheon v. FCC on April 2, get ready for another one: "Joint Party Committee." Why? Because such a committee makes it easy for someone with a lot of money to influence our elections—with just one check. The good news is that the momentum for a constitutional amendment is growing Here’s what’s going on. The court left in place the limit of $5,200 that you can give directly to a single candidate in a single…
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    Divided Under God

  • Fred Phelps Created the Monster that Betrayed Him

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

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

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

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

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

  • Axelrod's appointment shows Labour is planning a radical campaign

    Marcus Roberts
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:07 am
    The man who masterminded Obama's two election victories embodies daring politics. Barack Obama talks with David Axelrod during the NCAA college basketball game between Georgetown and Duke in Washington on 30 January 2010. Photograph: Getty Images. David Axelrod's alliance with Ed Miliband is the perfect match of message and messenger. Labour gains a comms guru with soundbite skill and strategic insight whilst Axelrod has the chance to work once again for a candidate who embodies his own political beliefs. Because Axelrod was in many ways the radical of Obama's inner circle. He was the cause…
  • Welcome to Militant England

    Rafael Behr
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    A few years ago Ukip was seen as the by-product of a Tory split. But now it appeals to disillusioned voters across the political spectrum and of all classes. Seeing red: the flag of St George has become more than just the mark of football supporters. Photo: Magnum Photos The Palm Bay estate in Cliftonville is a picture of English respectability in white paint and red brick. Detached bungalows with modest front lawns stretch inland from the Kentish coast in neat rows. It is not a wealthy area but it projects a doughty resistance to the decay that is visible elsewhere in Margate, the resort of…
  • H G Wells: “It seems to me that I am more to the Left than you, Mr Stalin”

    H G Wells
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    In 1934, Wells arrived in Moscow to meet a group of Soviet writers. While there Stalin granted him an interview.  Portrait of Josef Stalin (1933) by Isaak Izrailevich. Image: Bridgeman Art Library In 1934, H G Wells arrived in Moscow to meet Soviet writers interested in joining the international PEN Club, of which he was then president. While there, Stalin granted him an interview. His deferential conversation was criticised by J M Keynes and George Bernard Shaw, among others, in the New Statesman. First published as a special NS supplement on 27 October 1934. Wells I am very much obliged…
  • Labour hires David Axelrod as senior strategic adviser

    George Eaton
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Former senior Obama adviser joins the party's general election team. David Axelrod speaks during the Washington Ideas Forum at the Newseum on September 30, 2010 in Washington, DC. Photograph: Getty Images. Many in Labour were disgruntled when the Tories recruited Barack Obama's former adviser Jim Messina as a campaign consultant last summer - but Ed Miliband has just unambiguously trumped that appointment. In a political coup, the party has secured the services of the US president's former strategist David Axelrod, the man who masterminded his two election victories, as a senior strategic…
  • The Returning Officer: Camels

    Stephen Brasher
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:40 am
    In 1916, the Imperial Camel Corps was formed to suppress pro-Turkish tribes in Egypt and later saw service in Palestine. At least two MPs fought with the ICC. John Henry “Jack” Jones was Labour MP for Bolton (1945-50) and Rotherham (1950-62), having been a steel smelter, and he rose to the rank of regimental quartermaster sergeant. The other was Captain W F Strickland, a Tory MP for Coventry (1931-45). In a debate in 1920, the president of the Board of Trade Robert Horne confirmed that 4,862,000 pounds of camel hair had been imported from Russia. John Newman, MP for Enfield (1910-18) and…
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    Breitbart Feed

  • Washington & Lee's President Asks to Meet with Students Denouncing Robert E. Lee

    20 Apr 2014 | 6:55 pm
    On April 18th Breitbart News called Washington and Lee University (W&L) for comment on student demands that the school "acknowledge" Robert E. Lee's "dishonorable side," apologize for "participating in chattel slavery," end "neo-Confederate" marches across campus on Lee-Jackson Day, and recognize "Martin Luther King Jr. Day on the undergraduate campus." In response, W&L's executive director of communications Brian Eckert sent a statement which university president Kenneth Ruscio issued in response to the demands. In the statement, Ruscio wrote, "I first want to assure the community…
  • Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal to Hold Special Ceremony to Sign Expansion of Concealed Carry Law

    20 Apr 2014 | 2:23 pm
    On April 23rd Governor Nathan Deal (R) will sign Georgia's expanded concealed carry bill – the Safe Carry Protection Act of 2014 – into law during a special ceremony. As Breitbart News reported on February 24, the Safe Carry Protection Act (HB 60) passed the Georgia House by a margin of 119 to 56; the State Senate passed the measure in March.  The bill recognizes a church's right to allow its congregants to be armed, allows Georgians with concealed carry permits to carry their guns in unsecured areas of airports, expands concealed carry to "more bars," and…
  • Ozark Alderwoman Quits over Antisemitic Mayor's Ties to Alleged Kansas City Killer

    20 Apr 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Alderwoman Jessica Wilson of the Missouri town of Marionville in the Ozark Mountain has resigned after the town's newly-elected mayor, Danny Clevenger, said he supported the beliefs--though not the actions--of F. Glenn Miller, the man who allegedly killed three in an attack on Jewish centers in Overland Park, KS last week. The Springfield, MO News-Leader reports that when news of Clevenger's association with, and support of, Miller emerged, Alderwoman Wilson had hoped to find some way to resolve the problem, but felt that she could not move for impeachment or other action by…
  • Happy Easter! Here's a Picture of President Obama

    20 Apr 2014 | 1:50 pm
    As is his custom for national holidays, President Barack Obama commemorated Easter this Sunday with a picture of himself. The photo, shared by the President's Twitter account, shows Obama encouraging a young girl at the White House's Easter Egg Roll event from 2009. Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill appear in the background of the picture. This year's White House Egg Roll will take place tomorrow, April 21st. According to the official announcement, "This year’s theme is 'Hop into Healthy, Swing into Shape,'" to promote First Lady Michelle Obama's "Let's Move!" initiative,…
  • Democrat: Obamacare Will Bury Democrats in 2014

    20 Apr 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Democrat Rep. Stephen Lynch (D-MA) told the Boston Herald last week Obamacare will cost Democrats dearly in the upcoming midterm elections. "We will lose seats in the House," said Lynch. "And I think we may lose the Senate. I think that's a possibility if things continue to go the way they have been... primarily because of health care."  Lynch added, "There's all these taxes and fees that are the tough medicine, that up to now they haven't implemented. I don't know who's going to do that. Maybe... they expect the next administration is going to put these penalties in place. I think…
 
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    Beppe Grillo's Blog

  • Renzie’s promises pulled apart by The Economist

    20 Apr 2014 | 8:22 am
    “When a politician of populist inclinations takes office, forms a government and unveils his programme, he usually has something to please everyone. So it seemed at first with Italy’s new prime minister, Matteo Renzi. Eight of the 16 ministers he announced on February 21st were women. They included Italy’s first female defence minister, Roberta Pinotti, and Federica Mogherini, who at 40 will be its youngest foreign minister since 1936. The average age of his cabinet (47) is even lower than that of his predecessor, Enrico Letta. It included choices to reassure employers and investors:…
  • The M5S will get rid of the Fiscal Compact

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:34 am
    Meet the M5S spokesperson in your city! Find out the weekend appointments! #VinciamoNoi {We’ll win!} "Giulio Tremonti has put forward the draft of a constitutional law that sets out the modification of articles 97, 117 and 119 of the Constitution relating to the issue of having a balanced budget constraint. Articles were immediately published with alarming headlines like: “Tremonti wants to get rid of Europe from the Constitution”, that makes people think there’s going to be the umpteenth mutilation of the text of the Constitution. In reality that’s not how things are at all, and…
  • Italy in the hands of the usurers

    17 Apr 2014 | 10:09 am
    While in the election campaign, Renzie is promising 80 euro, a miserable handout, a political-mafioso-masonic vote-buying ploy, the public debt is increasing month by month. But wasn’t it meant to get smaller thanks to the sacrifices? Where did we get to in 2011? We got to the pair made up of Napolitano-the-president-of-himself and senator-in-a-night Rigor Montis, who were meant to save Italy from the spread-gone-mad? And then with Letta, torpedoed for obvious media incompetence, the man who wanted to die for Maastricht, and finally the“ebetino” {little idiot} devoted follower of…
  • The landslide #franatutto

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:16 am
    Can’t you feel the landslide? Everything’s coming down. Mafias, parties, those who corrupt, those who are corrupted, P2-ists, lobbyists, and bankers. They are the detritus of the Second Republic, the most infamous part of Italy’s history. Everything comes down all together just like those sudden landslips that happen in a matter of seconds and take down bridges and roads that had seemed indestructible. Italy is slipping and even the most distracted of the citizens, know this to be true. You get the feeling of a violent thunderstorm from the damp air that swirls around in little…
  • #AbolirEquitalia Get rid of Equitalia

    15 Apr 2014 | 1:44 pm
    You too? Are you persecuted by Equitalia? Do like Beppe! Here, send a selfie of you with your tax demand, to say that you want to get rid of Equitalia! Do this to tell everyone that you support the proposed law to get rid of Equitalia for ever and ever - as put forward by the 5 Star MoVement! (PS: Remember to partially cover your face and delete personal data) “In relation to Equitalia it’s time to be upfront and personal. Now’s the time to come out into the open: the armed wing of the Tax Collection Authority has never chased "the tax dodgers", but it has become a violent soldier…
 
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    Robert Reich

  • Antitrust in the New Gilded Age

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

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

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

    4 Apr 2014 | 8:49 am
    What does the Supreme Court’s “McCutcheon” decision this week have to do with...
  • McCutcheon, and the Vicious Cycle of Concentrated Wealth and Political Power

    3 Apr 2014 | 10:39 am
    If wealth and income weren’t already so concentrated in the hands of a few, the shameful...
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    Cato @ Liberty

  • TV Broadcasters Should Have Same Rights As Everyone Else

    Ilya Shapiro, Trevor Burrus
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:31 am
    Ilya Shapiro and Trevor Burrus Remember broadcast television? Amid the avalanche of new streaming services, DVRs, and Rokus, not to mention cable TV, some people may have forgotten—or, if they’re under 25, never known—that there are TV shows in the air that can be captured with an antenna. The Supreme Court certainly hasn’t forgotten, given that it maintains an outdated rule that broadcast TV gets less First Amendment protection than cable, video-on-demand, or almost anything else–a rule dating to the 1969 case of Red Lion Broadcasting Co. v. FCC. That lower standard of…
  • Copyright on the (Cato) Docket May 7th

    Jim Harper
    18 Apr 2014 | 6:41 am
    Jim Harper This week, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration announced four upcoming hearings on issues raised in the Department of Commerce Internet Policy Task Force’s July 2013 paper, “Copyright Policy, Creativity, and Innovation in the Digital Economy.” The hearings will be held in or near Nashville, Boston, Los Angeles, and San Francisco in May, June, and July. Cato will host its own hearing early next month on Tom W. Bell’s new book Intellectual Privilege. That event will occur May 7th at the Cato Institute…
  • Judge Rebukes Labor Department Over Shoddy Case

    Walter Olson
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:56 am
    Walter Olson It seems every week or two another federal agency gets smacked down in court for trampling the rights of regulated parties in enforcement litigation. This week it’s the Labor Department’s turn: The U.S. Department of Labor must pay more than $565,000 in attorney fees to an oilfield services company it accused of wage-and-hour violations totaling more than $6 million, a federal judge has ruled…. Officials, who opened their investigation in 2010, alleged the business [Texas-based Gate Guard Services, LLC] improperly classified 400 gate attendants as independent…
  • Making an International Deal: Iran Should Stop Persecuting Religious Minorities

    Doug Bandow
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:04 am
    Doug Bandow Nuclear negotiations with Iran continue in Vienna.  Skeptics remain many:  everything depends on whether the ruling elite, and not just President Hassan Rouhani, is serious about reform.  Iran should demonstrate its commitment by respecting religious liberty. The most celebrated case of persecution today is Saeed Abedini, an American citizen born in Iran and sentenced to eight years in prison last year for “undermining national security” by the Iranian government. A Muslim convert to Christianity, his “crime” in Tehran’s view apparently was aiding house…
  • The Zombie National ID

    Jim Harper
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:27 am
    Jim Harper Like some sort of zombie from a 1950s B-movie, the REAL ID Act shambles forward, awaiting the day when some national emergency can bring it back to life. In the District of Columbia, the city government has announced that they will begin to issue REAL ID compliant driver’s licenses from May 1, 2014 onwards. The city’s “REAL ID Credential” page sings every note in the pro-national-ID song book. It says that REAL ID is “not a national identification card,” a claim debunked on this blog long ago. It also says that REAL ID will help “inhibit terrorists’ ability to…
 
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    A View from the Right

  • Torn-Curtain Call

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

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

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

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

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

  • Oman's Burgeoning Private Sector: An Inside Perspective

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

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

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

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

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

    24 Mar 2014 | 11:58 am
    Fierul a fost descoperit in Epoca Neolitica si Chalcolitica. In Chalcolitic fierul se folosea pentru topirea cuprului. Adaugandu-se oxid de fier, acesta reactiona cu nisipul rezultand zgura, care avea in compozitie fier, dioxid de siliciu si altele. Fierul rezultat astfel este fierul pur, denumit in zilele noastre fier forjat. Fierul forjat este mai moale ca si bronzul, iar prin lovirea succesiva a sa se reduce porozitatea. Ceea ce caracterizeaza piata de fier forjat este diversitatea produselor si a firmelor producatoare. Obiectele din fier forjat (porti, scari, usi, balcoane, balustrade,…
  • Am un adevarat tact…

    24 Mar 2014 | 11:56 am
    In ultimul timp cum stau mai bine cu timpul am inceput sa mai citesc si eu si sa ma mai documentez despre chestii. Inainte si chiar si acum, ma uitam numai dupa imagini, poze, tot felul de nebunii amuzante. Iata ca acum curiozitatea mea s-a extins si cunoaste alte margini si zic asta pentru ca mai gasesc si eu verusri simpatice ale autorilor necunoscuti pe net. Poezia de mai jos nu stiu cui ii apartine, ce e cu ea, dar parca - parca merita mentionata undeva:}{ Parte din mine viseaza la tinela bucatica de om ce n-am cunoscut-o incala barbatul caruia i-as purta dragoste-adanca sipoate si la…
  • Visul - un mod de a trai in somn

    17 Mar 2014 | 1:59 am
    Nu de putine ori auzim oameni sau “citim oameni” care spun ca viseaza asa cum vor. Si nu e vorba despre visele de pe timpul zilei, despre telurile propuse in viata, ci chiar despre visele care apar pe timpul noptii si care pot fi controlate asa cum vrem noi. Desigur ca numai o minte experimentata poate sa duca visul in directia in care visatorul doreste, insa daca doriti cu adevarat sa aveti experiente pe timp de noapte care sa va ajute atunci trebuie sa urmati o adevarata terapie.Pe aceasta tema a fost chiar creat un film, Inception, film ce determina coordonatele visului in vis, a…
  • Va place ploaia?!

    17 Mar 2014 | 1:48 am
    Ploaia a devenit lait-motivul primaverii. Nu mai scapam de ea cum nici pamantul nu mai scapa de noi… Acum cateva zile am fost la o inmormantare iar atmosfera a fost cu atat mai trista cu cat vremea a spus si ea un cuvant.Rasuflare… suntem niste viermi parfumati de ploaie!suntem niste fosti fericiti ale unei sorti nelipsite de pacate…se spune ca ploaia inseamna bogatie insa pe o vreme atat de trista in niciun caz nu va insemna bogatie sufleteasca. Imi amintesc parca de filmul Piratii din Caraibe, al doua parte, cand chiar de la inceput, in loc de nunta, este o ploaie imensa, care umple…
  • Servicii profesioniste pentru un web design de succes

    10 Mar 2014 | 5:56 am
    Faptul ca online-ul s-a umplut de bloguri si site-uri aparute in ultima vreme ca ciupercile dupa ploaie, face adesea ca cei care isi doresc in acest moment sa isi lanseze un business pe internet sa creada ca este la indemana oricui sa isi creeze un site, si chiar un magazin online fara cunostinte de specialitate si fara ca macar sa o mai fi facut vreodata.Ei bine, pentru ca un simpu tutorial nu este de ajuns pentru a sti cum sa iti creezi un site si sa il faci sa functioneze, sfatul specialistilor in domeniu este ca musai sa consulti o echipa specializata in creare si dezvoltare de site-uri,…
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  • Playing Politics with the Pay Gap

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

    Robert Farley
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:12 pm
    Another liberal group is attacking Republican Rep. Tom Cotton in Arkansas by saying Cotton has experience in the insurance industry and is attempting to undermine Medicare. Cotton’s insurance experience is limited to consulting work for a federal agency. Last week, we fact-checked an ad from Senate Majority PAC that claimed Cotton, who’s running for Senate in Arkansas, “got paid handsomely working for insurance companies.” Now, Patriot Majority USA, a 501(c)(4) that is allied with Senate Majority PAC, is airing an ad that says Cotton once “bragged about his…
  • Rand Paul’s Supply-side Distortion

    Brooks Jackson
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:11 am
    Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul claimed that 20 million jobs were created after President Ronald Reagan’s dramatic tax cuts in the 1980s, and that this was the “last time” such job growth took place. Paul is wrong on both counts. The fact is that the economy added just over 16.1 million jobs under the tax-cutting Reagan, but it added nearly 22.9 million under Democratic President Bill Clinton, who raised taxes. Supply-side Myth Paul’s misinformed recitation of economic history came during an April 12 “Freedom Summit” gathering of 2016 Republican presidential…
  • False Tax Claims

    Brooks Jackson
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Q: Did Democrats increase federal income tax rates in 2014 under Obamacare? A: No. Tax increases mentioned in a viral email went into effect a year earlier, as part of a budget deal supported by many Republicans as well as most Democrats. FULL QUESTION Is this information correct? I have tried to check it out but get terribly confused. It came as an email from a friend in Colorado. Viral email: THE FIRST THREE MONTHS! Happy New Year America Here is what happened on January 1st 2014: Top Income Tax bracket went from 35% to 39.6% Top Income Payroll Tax went from 37.4% to 52.2% Capital Gains…
  • Obamacare Ad Onslaught

    Lori Robertson
    11 Apr 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Since 2009, it has been a campaign tradition: Election cycles filled with ads about the Affordable Care Act — and overwhelmingly ads attacking the law and those who support it. The 2014 midterm election could be even more intense, with an onslaught of advertising that rivals several years’ worth of anti-ACA spending. Kantar Media Intelligence’s Campaign Media Analysis Group, which tracks political ad spending, found that $500 million had been spent on advertising about the health care law from 2009 through mid-2013. It expected another $500 million to be spent by late March…
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  • Don’t Ban Bossy, Ban Beyonce

    David Huntwork
    13 Apr 2014 | 7:02 pm
    Sheryl Sandberg, author of Lean In and Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, has a line in her book that states “I want every little girl who’s told she’s bossy to be told instead that she has leadership skills.” As you have probably heard by now, her Lean In organization and the Girl Scouts of America have teamed up with various celebrities and some other well-known female figures to urge us to ban the use of the word bossy. As part of their “public service” campaign they have released a short ad featuring these women lecturing us about how they were called…
  • Flavor Is a Human Right, Too

    Michael R. Shannon
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:54 pm
    The biggest problem Christians and conservatives have in making the case for marriage to the younger generation is we don’t speak the same language, and I’m not referring to the number of ‘likes’ inserted into each sentence that replace thought. Our frame of reference has only a tangential connection with that of the younger generation. The default authority for Christians when explaining their opposition to homosexual marriage is the Bible. But it’s not for the generation born after 1980. The Washington Times reports, “More Americans are doubting the infallibility of the Bible,…
  • The War Within the GOP

    Alan Caruba
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:33 pm
    I started out a Democrat because my parents were Democrats. When I was old enough to conclude that the Democratic Party was so socialist I could not remain one, I became a Republican. In her nineties, even my Mother registered as a Republican. Times change and people change. Now I am considering registering as an independent. I am waiting for the outcome of the November midterm elections. My decision will depend on how many Tea Party movement candidates are elected and my hope is that it will be a wave election that rejects so many Democratic candidates that power in the…
  • The Turtle Rebellion

    J.D. Longstreet
    13 Apr 2014 | 6:27 pm
    Militias are reforming and retraining.  Citizens are cleaning their guns and counting rounds of ammunition for them. Why? The government’s heavy-handed way of dealing with a Nevada rancher whose cattle are being seized by the federal government at the point of a federal gun.  (For more read:  http://www.cnn.com/2014/04/10/us/nevada-rancher-rangers-cattle-showdown/) Are we looking at another Ruby Ridge or yet another Waco?  I certainly hope not.  But the truth is, America cannot continue as the police state she has become.  Plus,  and this is extremely important, Americans no…
  • Long Live The Republic!

    David Huntwork
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:29 pm
    For over two hundred and thirty years the American Republic has weathered wars, epidemics, hostile neighbors, worldwide conflicts, economic disasters, internal struggles, and competing ideologies. Its birth was a long and desperate struggle for independence against the strongest and most advanced military in the world. In the War of 1812 its capitol was burned to the ground. It suffered the growing pains of expansionism against hostile natives as well as unfriendly claims and competition by Spain, France, Great Britain, and Mexico. It suffered through a tragic and horribly bloody civil war…
 
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  • Kuhl Pants are Kewl

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

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

    zimko
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:30 pm
    When I started looking for a backpack last month I had already figured out my criteria for it.  I wanted something that had pouches on it that were easy to access, rather than digging around in the main compartment.  I wanted something that stood out and didn't blend in with all the other North-Face-style yuppie-wear. Then I saw this...The Ember backpack is fully customizable.  You can add a slew of pouches, snaps, handles and more.  The bag features fleece lining to keep your precious lil' gadgets precious.  It's got waterproof lining...yada...yada...whatever it…
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  • Supreme Court Justice Scalia Tells Students To Revolt If Taxes Get Too High

    Kathryn Schroeder
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:02 am
    Supreme Court Justice Scalia Tells Students To Revolt If Taxes Get Too High Supreme Court Justice Scalia Tells Students To Revolt If Taxes Get Too High Headlines Nation Politics Has Been Optimized To a crowd of students at the University of Tennessee College of Law, Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia said if taxes ever get too high maybe they should revolt. Scalia’s statement was made after a law student asked him about the constitutionality of the federal income tax. While Scalia responded that the government is authorized to implement the tax, he is quoted by CBS DC with saying, “but…
  • New Oklahoma Law Charges Residents Who Install Solar Panels, Wind Turbines

    Sarah Fruchtnicht
    20 Apr 2014 | 7:57 am
    New Oklahoma Law Charges Residents Who Install Solar Panels, Wind Turbines New Oklahoma Law Charges Residents Who Install Solar Panels, Wind Turbines Politics Has Been Optimized Oklahoma residents who choose alternative energy by installing solar panels or wind turbines for their homes will be charged an additional fee, which has not yet been determined. The bill, SB 1456, sailed through the House after no debate, despite being widely opposed by renewable energy advocates, environmental groups and the conservative Oklahoma utilities group TUSK. Gov. Mary Fallin (R) signed the bill into law…
  • Most Americans Don’t Think President Obama is Black, Says Poll

    Michael Allen
    19 Apr 2014 | 7:28 am
    Most Americans Don’t Think President Obama is Black, Says Poll Most Americans Don’t Think President Obama is Black, Says Poll Nation Politics Obama Race Poll Has Been Optimized In 2010, President Barack Obama identified himself as an African-American when he filled out a U.S. census form.According to The Huffington Post, Obama checked a box that read, "Black, African Am., or Negro." However, 52 percent of Americans said in a new poll by the Pew Research Center that Obama is of mixed race, and 27 percent claimed he is black, reports The Hill. Obama, whose mother was white and whose father…
  • Mike Huckabee Denies Being Homophobic, Says He Follows Bible (Video)

    Michael Allen
    19 Apr 2014 | 7:26 am
    Mike Huckabee Denies Being Homophobic, Says He Follows Bible (Video) Mike Huckabee Denies Being Homophobic, Says He Follows Bible (Video) Politics Religion Mike Huckabee Homophobia Has Been Optimized Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee insisted yesterday that while he opposes gay marriage, he is "not homophobic." During a speech to the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition, the possible 2016 GOP presidential candidate said, "I'm not against anybody. I'm really not. I'm not a hater. I'm not homophobic. I honestly don’t care what people do personally in their individual lives." According to CNN…
  • Ohio Teacher to Black Student: U.S. Doesn’t Need Another Black Commander-in-Chief

    Lina Batarags
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:52 pm
    Ohio Teacher to Black Student: U.S. Doesn’t Need Another Black Commander-in-Chief Ohio Teacher With History of Controversial Comments Fired Ohio Teacher Tells Student that U.S. Doesn’t Need Another Black Commander-in-Chief Ohio Teacher Fired For Telling Student That Country Doesn’t Need Another Black Commander-in-Chief Ohio Teacher to Black Student: U.S. Doesn’t Need Another Black Commander-in-Chief Has Been Optimized After a black student at Fairfield Freshman School told his teacher that he wanted to become president, the white teacher’s alleged response was to tell the student…
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    The Recovering Politician

  • John Y. Brown, III: Sunday Morning Worship

    John Y. Brown III
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    Sunday morning worship is for humans trying to do better not for people trying to pretend they aren’t flawed. Great Sunday school class this morning: Biblical, spiritual, practical and relevant. Left me feeling connected to my faith a little stronger than when I arrived this morning –and with a slightly larger calling for the week ahead. And even gave me the spiritual strength to try to forgive that asshole I wasn’t going to forgive until next week. And maybe even apologize myself to people who were planning to wait until next week to forgive me.
  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: Trending Thoughts (In My Head)

    John Y. Brown III
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    1) I can’t remember the other thing I forgot to do yesterday. 2) Oh, yeah, that was it. 3) Ooh! That reminded me of the other two things I had forgotten 4) I can’t believe he had the nerve to say that to me in at the meeting this morning…asshole…but I’m not going to say anything but he was being an asshole. 5) I need to workout again at some point. Maybe tomorrow. Or Saturday. Or sometime soon. 6) I’m starting to get hungry. 7) Need to listen to my voice mail messages. 8) Why is it taking them so long to get such a simple answer to a simple question? 9) Oh…
  • Jason Grill – Idea Mensch

    Jason Grill
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    From Idea Mensch: Jason Grill has extensive experience in media relations, public affairs, public relations, government affairs, law and the media. He is the principal and founder of JGrill Media, LLC. A Kansas City based, but national consulting firm that specializes in media relations/pr, public affairs, government relations, relationship building and development and strategic partnerships. Jason has worked with and consulted with numerous startups, entrepreneurs, businesses, accelerators, foundations, non-profits, cities, associations, lifestyle brands, marketing and digital agencies,…
  • Jason Grill: Have You Joined the Content Marketing Movement?

    Jason Grill
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Content marketing is the new black for savvy business owners. Are you on board? In the last few years, the words “content marketing” have become buzzwords in the corporate business, marketing, digital and media space. But what is it really? Content marketing as defined by the Content Marketing Institute (CMI): Content marketing is a marketing technique of creating and distributing relevant and valuable content to attract, acquire and engage a clearly defined and understood target audience — with the objective of driving profitable customer action. Content marketing is becoming the new…
  • Julie Rath: Profile in Awesomeness — Lou Piccolo

    Julie Rath
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    Watch Rath & Co.’s latest Profiles in Awesomeness video interview with Lou Piccolo, President of A.L. Piccolo & Co. Inc. Lou is a management consultant and stylish man about town. We sat down with him at the Michael Andrews Bespoke studio and discussed what makes him tick when it comes to menswear. He also reveals his favorite pieces from his vintage cufflink collection.
 
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  • Charlie Crist Broward Event Attracts Dueling but 'Friendly' Camps

    Nancy Smith
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Charlie Crist gathered a crowd at the opening of his new Broward field office Saturday, but not all who showed up for the 12:30 p.m. event were Crist fans."I'd say there are 50 people standing around in the parking lot who are part of his campaign, plus TV cameras and reporters," said Joseph Kreps, reporting by telephone from Crist's University Drive headquarters.read more
  • Michele Bachmann Endorses Curt Clawson

    Allison Nielsen
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Curt Clawson added another endorsement on Friday in his bid for Congress, with U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., giving the businessman the thumbs up in the special election to replace former U.S. Rep. Trey Radel. “Congresswoman Bachmann was tea party before there was a tea party, and after this year she will be missed in Congress,” Clawson said. “With a victory next Tuesday, we can continue the work she has started to protect our Constitution and restore fiscal integrity to Washington.”Bachmann herself didn't offer any comments on the endorsement.read more
  • Attorney for Jameis Winston Accuser Calls for Charges Under FSU's Code of Conduct Policy

    Allison Nielsen
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:13 am
    The attorney for the woman who accused Florida State University football superstar Jameis Winston of raping her is allegedly calling for the Tallahassee university to charge Winston under the school’s code of conduct policy.Baine Kerr, a Title IX attorney representing the woman, told USA TODAY Sports he wrote a letter to FSU earlier this month stating his objections to their investigation of the rape and will be calling for Winston to be charged under the school's code of conduct policy. read more
  • Don Gaetz: Governor Never Contacted Me About In-State Tuition Rates Bill

    Allison Nielsen
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:49 am
    Gov. Rick Scott joined forces with former Govs. Jeb Bush and Bob Martinez on Friday to call for the Florida Senate to pass a bill to offer in-state tuition rates to all Florida students, but Senate President Don Gaetz says he hasn't been contacted by the governor to discuss the bill.read more
  • Florida Private Sector Creates 20,900 Jobs in March

    Allison Nielsen
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:22 am
    Gov. Rick Scott announced Friday that Florida’s private sector created 20,900 jobs over the month in March. Since December 2010, Florida has added 563,900 private-sector jobs.According to a press release, Florida’s over-the-year job growth rate in March of 3 percent represents the fastest job growth rate since June 2006.read more
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  • Florida Oranges, State Symbol, Remain in Life-Death Struggle

    Nancy Smith
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Nancy Smith Posted: April 19, 2014 3:55 AM Attachments:  House Memorial 1427, Citrus Greening read more
  • Time Bombs in Democratic Coalition

    Allison Nielsen
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Mona Charen Posted: April 19, 2014 3:55 AM The Republican Party is roiling with internal conflicts, say the analysts. The tea party is confronting the establishment. The noninterventionists are at war (forgive the expression) with the interventionists. The libertarians would like the party to endorse same-sex marriage. read more
  • Weekly Roundup: Pondering Where Things Stand

    Chris Moran
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:47 am
    Brandon Larrabee News Service of Florida Posted: April 19, 2014 3:55 AM read more
  • Two-Fer Euphoria

    Allison Nielsen
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:04 am
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  • Political Bits and Pieces

    Kevin Derby
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:53 am
    Kevin Derby Posted: April 18, 2014 11:45 AM U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., is raising his national profile and raising funds as he keeps an eye on running for the Republican presidential nomination. Having moved Cesar Conda from his U.S. Senate staff to his Reclaim America PAC, Rubio is focusing on raising funds.read more
 
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  • 420 National Weed Day as Pot Goes Public

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

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

    Zain Iqbal
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Earlier this month when the Supreme Court struck down yet another major provision in campaign finance law in FEC v. McCutcheon, many critics called the ruling the beginning of the end of democracy. In a interview with NPR, Fred Wertheimer of Democracy 21 said the decision would “create a new American political oligarchy.” While lamenting that the United States is no longer a democracy is a popular argument to make, is there evidence to back such a claim? Two Princeton researchers, Martin Gilens and Benjamin I. Page, say they have the research to back up such an argument. They…
  • 420: Pot Goes Public — A Video Series from FORA.tv Studios

    Blaise Zerega
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:34 pm
    FORA.tv Studios presents Pot Goes Public, an original video series in time for “420,” April 20th, or Marijuana Appreciation Day. The series features different perspectives on the budding business for legal marijuana featuring exclusive interviews with the emerging industry’s key players. Programs include exclusive interviews hosted by Michael Montgomery, reporter for The Center for Investigative Reporting and KQED Public Radio, with Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group, Privateer Holdings COO Christian Groh, and Dale Sky Jones, president of Oaksterdam University.
  • Essential Viewing: FORA.tv Honors Autism Awareness Month

    Zain Iqbal
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    At the beginning of April, TIME published a round-up of its choice for the best longreads for Autism Awareness Month. The magazine called it “four stories about the disorder that everyone should read” which offer glimpse of what it is like for those individuals diagnosed with autism, as well as for the loved ones who must often care for them. In the spirit of TIME’s recap for Autism Awareness Month, take a look at five of our best videos on the subject. Along with getting a sense of how people live autism and related disorders, we’ve also included two videos that seek…
 
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  • What is wrong with Geagea run for Presidency

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

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

    Ang Lebs
    27 Mar 2014 | 9:47 am
    In accordance with Lebanese constitution, the president of the country must be from the Maronite community.  If we look at the names that are circulating around in the media as possible future president are: Michel Aoun, Samir Geagea, Amine Gemayel, Ziad Baroud, Suleiman Franjieh, Boutros Harb, Robert Ghanem, Gen. Jean Kahwaji, Jean Obeid and Riad Salameh. For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been hearing and reading Lebanese Christian politicians as well as religious figures stating that Lebanon needs a “strong” president. Free Patriotic Movement leader MP Michel Aoun…
  • Another victim of domestic violence

    Ang Lebs
    26 Mar 2014 | 1:45 am
    This time, it was the 24 years old Rakya Mounzer. Last week, in Bourj Barajneh, a suburb of Beirut, Rakya wanted a divorce. Instead, the pregnant young woman was shot an killed by her husband. According KAFA , a Lebanese NGO involved in the fight against domestic violence, Rakya husband was arrested . The same source indicates that the medical examiner issued a brief report does not mention the bruises that were on the body of the victim . The NGO also states that the family of the young woman asked that his body be exhumed and examined again. Rakya is a chain of live dramas that been hitting…
  • Mother’s day in Lebanon

    Ang Lebs
    21 Mar 2014 | 2:41 am
    Today is the first day of spring and at the same time it is Mother’s day in Lebanon. In this occasion, I would like to bow in front of every mother who have lost a child during Lebanon’s civil war, their loss can’t be replaced. A salute to every mother who still doesn’t know the whereabouts of her child, its time to put an end to their nightmares. A  rose to every mother who was kidnapped and placed in a Syrian jail, their case should not be forgotten. An extended hand to every battered women, may the hand that rises against you be cut for ever. A yes vote for every…
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  • National Service Advocates Say Washington Has Abandoned Its Bipartisan Promise To Them

    20 Apr 2014 | 5:45 pm
    Five years after just about everyone in the capital committed to dramatically expanding AmeriCorps, advocates for national service give American leaders a failing grade. President George H.W. Bush visited the White House last July for an event heralding national service. Mark Wilson / Getty Images WASHINGTON — In 2009, national service advocates celebrated as President Obama and a large bipartisan coalition in Congress pledged to expand prized AmeriCorps slots from the current 80,000 to 250,000, fulfilling a promise to expand national service supported by Presidents Clinton and Bush.
  • Activists Optimistic On Reported Deportation Changes, As New Memo Set To Drop

    18 Apr 2014 | 3:46 pm
    Advocates applaud reported movement on enforcement practices and priorities from Homeland Security head, but caution any memo outlining changes needs to be strictly enforced, unlike others that have failed to change practices by agents in the field. DREAMers have been protesting and doing hunger strikes outside the White House in hopes of getting President Obama to take administrative action to slow deportations. Via facebook.com Immigration activists say they're cautiously optimistic about reported changes to Obama Administration policy on deportations, but have serious enforcement…
  • State Department: No Politics Behind Latest Keystone Delay

    18 Apr 2014 | 1:40 pm
    The Obama administration places the pipeline project on permahold. WASHINGTON — We don't know when the U.S. State Department will make its final ruling on the Keystone XL pipeline, but we do know it won't be anytime soon. "I can't render judgement on when the final decision could take place," a senior State Department official said on a conference call Friday after the department announced another delay in the State Department process that could bring with it the approval or rejection of Keystone. "We want this to move as expeditiously as possible, we recognize that this is…
  • There Is An Epidemic Of Republicans Plagiarizing From Rand Paul

    18 Apr 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Eight Republican candidates have literally copied and pasted from Rand Paul’s “issues” page. Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press / MCT Sen. Rand Paul's libertarian vision for the Republican Party future has such broad appeal that a generation of Republican candidates is copying his platform — and in many cases, literally copying and pasting it on to their own websites. Republican Senate, U.S. Congressional, and state legislative candidates around the country have plagiarized from the Kentucky senator, BuzzFeed has found. The group includes two candidates with a serious…
  • This Unsent Shade-Filled Letter From Clinton Staffers To A '90s Radio Host Is A Goddamn Masterpiece

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:31 am
    A gem of a letter to Don Imus from the latest Clinton library document dump. Via Twitter: @ethanklapper
 
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    visionandvalues.org

  • The might and majesty of the risen Savior

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

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

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

    Freedom Readers
    9 Apr 2014 | 6:56 am
    On March 19, 2014, Grove City College and Center for Vision & Values student fellow alumnus Jarrett Skorup ’09 spoke to nearly 100 guests at the Freedom Readers Economic Dessert Series. Skorup, a research associate at the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, discussed public sector unions and their influence on the economy.
  • The politics of St. Paul

    Mark W. Hendrickson
    8 Apr 2014 | 5:11 am
    In Romans 13:1-7 the apostle Paul writes: “[A ruler] is the minister of God to thee for good” (v. 3); “Wherefore ye must needs be subject…” (v. 5); “…pay ye tribute [taxes]” (v. 6). St. Paul seems to be saying that God ordains human governments and that Christians should honor and obey the government under whose jurisdiction they live. Many Christians conclude from these verses that Christians should accept whatever government and laws their country has. Other Christians, while accepting the need for government and lawful behavior, question whether Romans 13 commands…
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    Politic365

  • National Popular Vote gains momentum with New York joining the interstate compact

    Adriana Maestas
    19 Apr 2014 | 7:47 pm
    On Tuesday, April 15, the state of New York joined the National Popular Vote interstate compact after Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the National Popular Vote bill. The National Popular Vote would make it so that the voting public elects the President and the Vice President instead of the electoral college. Because of the electoral college with 538 electoral votes and the winner take all system, some states continue to be uncompetitive in presidential election years. The National Popular Vote would eliminate the concept of “battleground states” and also prevent a 2000 presidential…
  • 8 Million Sign-ups: Obamacare enrollments exceed expectations

    Adriana Maestas
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Yesterday President Obama announced that sign-ups for the Affordable Care Act, his signature piece of legislation have hit eight million. While the official enrollment period ended on March 31, the government allowed people to finish signing up in April. Young people in particular signed up in greater numbers in March and April. According to Think Progress: “Just over two weeks ago, the administration announced that Obamacare enrollment had reached 7.1 million — surpassing expectations after HealthCare.gov’s rocky rollout in October. The nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO)…
  • Reforming the FCC’s “Designated Entity” Rules Will Promote Diversity in Spectrum Ownership

    Guest Contributor
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Donna Epps, Verizon’s Vice President for Public Policy and Strategic Alliances, recently published the following post on Verizon’s Policy Blog:The Minority Media & Telecommunications Council recently released a white paper, “Digital Déjà Vu: A Road Map for Promoting Minority Ownership in the Wireless Industry,”[PDF] that calls on the FCC to reform its “designated entity” rules. “Designated entities” (DE) are the collective term used for women- and minority-owned businesses, and the paper calls for the FCC to increase opportunities for women and minority-owned enterprises…
  • Art Graham’s Back: A Vision for His Second Term as Florida PSC Chair

    Kristal High
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:57 pm
    In July 2010, then-Florida Governor Charlie Crist appointed Art Graham a businessman and former Jacksonville City Council member to serve on the Florida Public Service Commission. By October of that year, Graham had assumed the reigns of Chairman of the Commission.  After serving two years, Commissioner Ron Brise was appointed to the post of Chairman, and now, two years after Graham ended his first term, he’s back in the Chair’s post and ready to lead the Commission through a series of touch decisions and consumer engagement opportunities. Politic365 had the opportunity to interview…
  • Innocent Man Who Was in Jail for 25 Years Sues New York for $25 Million

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Another week, another story about someone who was in jail for decades who was innocent.  This time it’s Derrick Deacon of Brooklyn, New York.  Deacon was in jail for 25 years when, whoops,  someone finally figured out that he hadn’t murdered anyone. Glenn Ford “Derrick Deacon, who was convicted for the 1989 murder of 16-year-old Anthony Wynn, has slammed New York state with a $25 million lawsuit. He hopes it will teach law enforcement a lesson about how not to push for a conviction,” reported the New York Post today. “These people have to pay for every day they…
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    Diet Justice Version 5: News

  • 3 documentaries that every Police probationer must see

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

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

  • Sebelius Resigns, Bundy Ranch and More…

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

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

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

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

    Terrance McAndrews
    20 Mar 2014 | 5:18 pm
         With only 2 weeks left to go in the open enrollment period in Obamacare all eyes are on whether the Obama administration is going to meet its goal of getting 6 million Americans enrolled in the law.  In this episode we discuss the enrollment numbers for Obamacare for the month of February.  We also discuss the details of a new survey that points out that the majority of Americans are still not aware of the subsidies that are available to help them bring down the cost of Obamacare, as well as another finding that shows that the majority of new enrollees in…
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    A Nation at the Crossroads: The Views of an American Citizen

  • The Great Democratic Deception

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

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

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

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

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

  • Amid Ukraine Violence, US Senate Poised to Provide More Sanctions

    kprice
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:18 pm
    By USDR.   U.S. Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding Ukraine: “Since the day in February when President Putin directed Russian forces to unlawfully invade Crimea, Russia has continued to flout the most basic of international laws by abridging the national sovereignty of Ukraine.  Yesterday’s negotiations in Geneva that involved Ukraine, Russia, the U.S. and European Union were a necessary step in trying  to convince Russia to end its aggression toward Ukraine and begin playing a positive…
  • In Brooklyn, an Easter Miracle.

    kprice
    20 Apr 2014 | 12:40 pm
    From the Daily Beast. A double Easter miracle will occur today as a 13-year-old Brooklyn boy who survived being shot two times in the head watches a live-streamed concert by the crouch choir in which he would otherwise have been singing. “They are giving me a lap top,” said miracle kid Gama Droiville from his bed in the pediatric unit at Kings County Hospital on Saturday. And anybody who wants to join young Gama in watching an Easter service along with a concert by the French Speaking Baptist Church choir—performed with him in mind—need only go to www.fsnconline.com at 11 a.m. Gama…
  • A Push for Religious Liberty for the Air Force in Congress

    brionnamuyco
    20 Apr 2014 | 9:35 am
    By USDR       Today, bipartisan members of the House of Representatives submitted a letter to U.S. Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James, urging a revision to Air Force regulations to allow greater religious freedom in the Air Force.  To read the letter online, please follow this link: http://libertyinstitute.org/document.doc?id=148     The joint letter states: “We are concerned that the Air Force has not updated its regulations on religious freedom and appears to have the most restrictive policy of any military service.”  In addition, it expresses…
  • David Letterman: Evolve or Die

    brionnamuyco
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:29 am
    By Michelle Seiler-Tucker, Special for USDR     With the music industry in a financial uproar, independent record labels becoming more successful and prominent than ever, TV stations and networks on the downswing in overall ratings, while amateur YouTube shows and online streaming grows in popularity by the second, there is simply no more room for “business as usual.” Businesses that adapt the fastest to the ever-changing landscape of society are also the ones that win the biggest.     David Letterman made his inevitable announcement on April 3rd’s “Late Show with…
  • Clergy Battles over Housing Allowances

    brionnamuyco
    20 Apr 2014 | 7:18 am
    By USDR     Liberty Institute, in conjunction with independent attorney Ken Klukowski, submits a friend-of-the-court brief supporting the constitutionality of clergy housing allowances in a U.S. Seventh Circuit of Appeals case, Freedom From Religion Foundation, Inc. v. Lew. To review the brief online, follow this link:http://www.libertyinstitute.org/document.doc?id=140     Liberty Institute’s brief asks the court to reverse a recent ruling by the United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin that declared unconstitutional the clergy housing…
 
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    The Americanist

  • Happy Resurrection Day 2014! #Easter #Jesus #God #Christianity #Church #Christian

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

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

    Charles Patrick Adkins
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Yes, I was following it yesterday on twitter. I was worried sick that this situation was going to get very ugly. However, I did read the Fox News report and it seems that Clive Bundy was breaking the law. Here’s Tucker Carlson saying exactly what I was thinking myself: (Via The Right Scoop) Tucker is absolutely correct. If he is using public land, he has to pay; if he does not like that, he should sell his current ranch and move somewhere, where he will have his own land to use. I, as well, do not like the law that is on the books; but Conservatives are about rule of law; and if Bundy…
  • The straight truth about Frazier Glenn Cross

    Charles Patrick Adkins
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:25 am
    First of all, I want it to be perfectly known; I am not defending the actions of this horrible man. What he did is beneath contempt and he deserves the death penalty for his actions. However, I feel the need to put out the truth about this person, because it seems there is a good deal of bad information being published. I am referring to Frazier Glenn Cross, who just committed one of the worst acts of cowardice ever. It seems that some of the blogs are not reporting the truth about the man. Here is the truth about the man, and his assocations with the White Nationalist/White Separatist/Klan…
  • It’s pretty hard to comment, when you’ve been banned

    Charles Patrick Adkins
    13 Apr 2014 | 10:07 am
    The Council of Conservative Citizens shows its abject hypocrisy: The comments on this website are self-moderating. We rely on the readers to “flag” comments that are inappropriate. When a comment is flagged a set number of times, it is removed from public view and placed in a moderation queue. To flag a comment click, move the cursor to the upper left hand of the comment. A black triangle with appear. Click on the triangle, and then click “flag as inappropriate.” Users who post threats, advocate violence, or impersonate other people will be permanently banned from posting comments.
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    Compete Pulse

  • The Weekly Compete Pulse

    Johanna Gunawan
    19 Apr 2014 | 11:17 am
    It’s been a weird week for our Boston office, with snow returning for a day. But not to fear! Like postmen (you know, neither rain, snow, sleet, etc), very few things will stop us from reporting the most interesting digital marketing tidbits. Here’s a round-up of the articles our followers (and we) liked most — enjoy! If a Picture is Worth 1000 Words, What’s the Value of a Video in Marketing? SocialMouths brings us a great read on the importance of video content in your marketing strategy. So why should you start filming? There are three major reasons outlined in the…
  • Putting the ‘Star’ in Starbucks: Getting Digital Right

    Johanna Gunawan
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    Image from: Starbucks Coffee / Costa Developers Coffee: the drug of choice for busy professionals, sleep-deprived college students, Twitter bio writers, and me. The caffeinated landscape is filled with brands, brews, and beans — but it’s safe to say that nobody has quite the stronghold over the cafe market than Starbucks. How does Starbucks get digital right? Let’s take a look. Cultivating a Cultural Phenomenon through Email Marketing The first digital strength is holiday-specific, but Starbucks’ seasonal success is anything but temporary. The coffee…
  • The Compete PRO Success Story Winners Are…

    Katie Hrdy
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:31 am
    Image from: Winning! / Shutterstock A few weeks ago we launched a “Success Stories” contest, encouraging our clients to share their stories about how Compete PRO has helped them to achieve great things. The submissions we received were fantastic. There is no better feeling for all of us here than hearing about our users’ love for what we do and we appreciate everyone that took the time to submit their stories. Unfortunately we can only choose three winners. So after giving this a lot of thought, the winners are: Heather Nigro, Chris Picou, and Mark Terao! Congratulations to our three…
  • Why Conversion Optimization Should Be Your Top Priority in 2014

    Jared DeLuca
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:43 am
    Image from: Conversion Rate / Shutterstock Did you know that marketers are more likely to have high conversion rates when they invest 10-25% of their time and 5% of their budget on optimization? Given that, however, 70% of marketers do not know their competitors’ conversion rates, nor do they know the average for their industries. If you don’t know where you stand, how do you know what you can improve? Conversion rate optimization needs to be your top priority this year. To help you get started, a couple weeks ago, our very own Eric Keating and Emily Weinstein presented a fantastic…
  • Sunday Series: March (Monthly Metrics) Madness!

    Johanna Gunawan
    13 Apr 2014 | 9:51 am
    Image from: Basketball / Shutterstock Like the flowers of spring, our March data is out, and with that comes our fast moving categories! It’s no small surprise that College Sports made it as one of our top growing categories. Check out what websites spurred on increased traffic! As to be expected, March Madness drives traffic to NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) websites in droves. Every March sees the NCAA’s Division I basketball teams facing off to win the championship. NCAA.com, the official website of all the championships, rightfully saw an increase of 882.74%…
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    Tea Party 911

  • Misplaced Loyalty Leading to Spectacles of Turbulence and Contention

    Donald Mellon
    25 Mar 2014 | 11:55 am
    When Tywin Lannister asked Arya Stark “what killed your father” she replied “loyalty”. Tywin and Arya are two of the main characters in the HBO series “Game of Thrones”. Arya’s father was second in command to a king in the fictitious country of Westeros. When the king died his illegitimate son grabbed the throne. Because of loyalty to the dead king and the king’s legitimate heir her father denounced the new king which was followed shortly by him losing his head. Loyalty we believe is admirable in a dog but as the writers of this fictitious drama made clear, in…
  • Democrats and GOP Establishment Ally to Crush Conservatives Part III

    Lee Cary
    18 Mar 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Justin Amash Series Abstract: Karl Rove’s targeting of Michigan Congressman Justin Amash as “the most liberal Republican” in Congress signals the GOP Establishment’s plan to cull out the most conservative Republican office-holders from the GOP herd. The bipartisan nature of that effort is illustrated in the Democrat funding behind the (Republican) Main Street led by former nine-term Republican Congressman Steve LaTourette. Democrats and GOP Establishment Ally to Crush Conservatives Part I Democrats and GOP Establishment Ally to Crush Conservatives Part II Part III: A GOP Establishment…
  • Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT) Press Release

    Editorial Staff
    18 Mar 2014 | 10:29 am
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 17, 2014 Contact: Jenna White, Executive Director Mobile: (512) 843-1980 Email: jenna.white@yct.org Austin, Texas – Young Conservatives of Texas (YCT) had a successful primary, with all of its statewide endorsed candidates either making the run-off or winning outright. In contested Legislative races, endorsed incumbents defeated establishment-backed challengers and held their seats, while several YCT-endorsed challengers either defeated their moderate opponents, won an open seat, or are in a run-off. “I am very pleased with how we fared in this year’s…
  • Coalition of Conservative Organizations Press Release

    Editorial Staff
    17 Mar 2014 | 9:45 am
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Jim and Robin Lennon March 10, 2014 832-233-4950 Coalition of Conservative Organizations Promise Aggressive Ground Campaign to Turn out Voters for Run-off Victory ACROSS TEXAS – Energized from big wins across the state in the March 4th Republican Primary, a grassroots coalition of pro-family, pro-liberty conservative organizations and TEA party groups declared their intention to fight hard to deliver victories in the May run-off elections. “The March 4th Republican Primary was monumental for the conservative cause. Voters sent a clear signal to the Austin…
  • Crimea River

    Terrell AronSpeer
    10 Mar 2014 | 11:20 am
    Yes, there is a Crimea River on the Crimean Peninsula whose head waters are north of Yalta and just the other side of the Mickey Mountains.  However the title is intended to be a reference to a song too old for many to remember.  Sadly enough, the sentiment expressed in the song is also true; Ukraine can “Cry Me a River” but the Crimean Peninsula is gone, spirited away by Putin in the dead of daylight as the world watched helpless and seeming not to care.   But our own President Obama stood up to Putin, saying that there would be a “price to pay.”  “We’re not playing games…
 
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    The Arab World 360°

  • Dramatic Change

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

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

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

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

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

  • Tiny kittens accidentally packed in box miraculously survive their journey

    Richard Berkow
    19 Apr 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Two lucky newborn kittens with their umbilical cords still attached were found in a shipping box Wednesday by a surprised California communications employee. Longtime San Diego warehouse worker JC Collins told reporters he was startled to find two black kittens clinging to life when a Cox Communications co-worker opened a box filled with fiberglass equipment, KGTV 10News reported. “They were very, very lucky that they didn’t fall out of it in transport or when we were unloading the truck,” Collins told the TV station, saying he contacted his nephew, who happened to work at the San Diego…
  • Easter brings out atheists contempt for Christians in ‘repugnant’ banner

    Michael Dorstewitz
    19 Apr 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Photo: www.washingtontimes.com It seems that Christians can’t celebrate their holiest day of the year — Easter, the day that defines Christianity — without atheists butting in to announce their presence. When the Concerned Women for America put up a display in the Wisconsin capitol honoring the day, the Freedom from Religion Foundation erected its counter-message in the form of a large banner. It proclaimed, “Nobody died for our sins” and “Jesus Christ is a myth,” according to The Washington Times. Depending upon your beliefs, the former can be argued. The latter,…
  • Beautiful meeting: Emotional mom finally meets son’s heart recipient

    Richard Berkow
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:55 pm
    A Georgia mom whose son signed up as an organ donor when he received his driver’s license, and shortly thereafter died of a traumatic head injury, finally met the recipient of his heart. It took three years to learn his identity, but the meeting proved extraordinarily emotional. Susan Puckett’s son was killed shortly before his eighteenth birthday in 2008, and his organs were donated to four different people. In a promotion conducted by TheBlaze to publicize life’s most treasured moments, the Georgia mom and guest speaker for Life Link of GA submitted her 2011 photograph and following…
  • Illinois Medicaid paid dead people $12 million in services

    Richard Berkow
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Photo Credit: Todd Wiseman/Texastribune.org The state of Illinois, already $130 billion in debt to pensioners, just cannot watch its pennies. A memo obtained by The Associated Press revealed that its Medicaid program paid out $12 million in services for dead people in other states, Fox News reported Friday. Auditors discovered that approximately 2,900 people had received over-payments for medical services after they died. The two agencies responsible for oversight, Healthcare and Family Services and Human Services, say they have addressed the problem and collected $7 million in back payments,…
  • Easter Bunny photos gone bad – the ones they probably wish they’d skipped

    Cheryl Carpenter Klimek
    19 Apr 2014 | 2:34 pm
    On the commercial side of Easter, many parents bring their child for the obligatory annual photograph with the Easter Bunny at the local mall. But there are some who would have been better off skipping it that year. Over the years, Easter Bunny costumes have morphed, as observed in these vintage photos from BuzzFeed: Even the more modern version is scary enough to make small children cry, as provided by Pop Sugar: Sometimes you’re just better off making a run for it! Happy Easter anyway! See also:Video: Polar bear plays catch
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    Sparking The Left

  • Human Rights Before Animal Rights

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

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

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

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

    Kleier
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:02 pm
    The NYPD announced yesterday that it was closing it’s “Demographic Unit.” If you don’t know about this task force, it was first reported by the AP in 2011 that a special NYPD unit was conducting surveillance of normal Muslims, recording where they worshiped, where they ate, what they talked about at the cafe, etc., in an effort to thwart further terror attacks following 9/11. This was a ridiculously overblown reaction by the NYPD, post-9/11, and is a violation of civil rights. So now, according to this report in The Guardian, groups are trying to make sure that other…
 
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    The Foundry: Conservative Policy News from The Heritage Foundation

  • Gosnell Movie Makers Speak at Heritage About Raising Over $1 Million

    Ericka Andersen
    20 Apr 2014 | 3:23 pm
    Gosnell, a movie in the works about notorious abortionist Kermit Gosnell, has now raised over $1 million through a crowd funding campaign, making it the largest non-celebrity promoted film  of its kind.  The film’s co-producers, Phelim McAleer and Magdelene Segieda, will speak at The Heritage Foundation on Tuesday, April 22nd about the progress. McAleer has said it will take $2.1 million to produce the film and fundraising continues on the Indigogo platform. McAleer’s wife, Ann McElhinney, also a co-producer, said in the fundraising video, “Hollywood — which loves to make…
  • Market Pricing, Solving Problems

    Rich Tucker
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Photo: Newscom In medical care, you have to get the diagnosis correct. But if you want to solve the problem, you’ve also got to get the treatment right. At the Vox website recently, reporter Sarah Kliff posted a blog titled: “Our Health Spending Problem is All About Prices.” That diagnosis is only partially correct. In Holland, notes Kliff, that you can get prescription Nexium for $23, while the average American pays more than $200. However, that differential is not the result of other countries “negotiating” lower prices. Rather, these countries impose price controls on drugs, and…
  • The Paycheck Fairness Act Will Harm, Not Help, Women

    Rachel Greszler
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Photo: BSIP/Newscom As a working woman and mother of four young children, I strongly support fairness in the workplace. And that is why the Paycheck Fairness Act worries me. It would unintentionally harm working women by taking away some of the freedoms and choices we currently enjoy. The Paycheck Fairness Act seeks to equalize wages. Under the Act, employers would have to prove that any wage differential results from a “business necessity” that cannot be remedied through any other means. In practice, this will make it more difficult for employers to pay workers according to their merit.
  • Here's What We Can Do to Make Next April 15 Less Painful

    Ed Feulner
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:41 am
    Photo: Getty Images Historically speaking, April 15 has never been a day marked by good fortune. The Titanic sank on that day in 1912 (after striking an iceberg shortly before midnight on April 14). Abraham Lincoln died after being mortally wounded the day before. And, of course, there’s Tax Day. “The income tax has made more liars out of the American people than golf has,” Will Rogers once quipped. Actually, most Americans try hard to fill out their taxes properly. Unfortunately, the tax code has grown so mind-numbingly complex that it seems almost as if the system is rigged to make…
  • Easter Sunday in Photos: Why America Is Exceptional

    Kelsey Harris
    20 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    People often say the United States is the best country in the world. But sometimes, it’s hard to remember why. In 1981, Ronald Reagan offered this reminder, and his words still hold true today: Throughout our history Americans have put their faith in God and no one can doubt that we have been blessed for it. The earliest settlers of this land came in search of religious freedom. Landing on a desolate shoreline, they established a spiritual foundation that has served us ever since. Today is a special day because it’s a reminder to all Americans of why we’re blessed to live in…
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    FreakOutNation

  • Paul Krugman on Gordon Gekko’s Daughter and America’s Inherited Wealth Problem

    mea mark
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:59 pm
    In this clip, economist Paul Krugman tells Bill that America is on the road to becoming a society controlled not by self-made men or women, but by their offspring. “Those of you who talk about the 1 percent, you don’t really get what’s going on…
  • Note to our readers: I am not crazy (which is exactly what a crazy person would say)

    Anomaly
    20 Apr 2014 | 3:44 pm
    I’m doing a thing, so I won’t be available until Tuesday or Wednesday, but FreakOutNation will be in good hands. We have awesome moderators, readers, admins and @Cosmic_Surfer will be reposting from sites we like. I am totally not crazy but I decided to move from Manhattan and take my blue vote with me to Virginia to a city I’ve never been to before. and I don’t know a soul there. It’s not that strange of a thing to do because I had never been to New York City until I went to New York City. Somehow that makes sense in my head, but if it makes sense in yours, you…
  • Cardinal Timothy Dolan defends Hobby Lobby, says women can get birth control at 7-Eleven

    Anomaly
    20 Apr 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Cardinal Timothy Dolan defended Hobby Lobby’s objections to Obamacare  by explaining that females can obtain contraceptives at 7-Eleven stores. Dolan thanks heaven for 7-Eleven and we all know that women shop for birth control at the local convenience store instead of going to a silly doctor. After CBS host Norah O’Donnell asked Dolan where he stood on the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court case, he said, “I would be inspired by the Hobby Lobby [owners]” and he added that they are ‘True Americans.” That’s must be in contrast to all those fake Americans walking…
  • Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter Dead At 76

    Anomaly
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:33 am
    Rubin ‘Hurricane’ Carter Dead At 76 (via Liberaland) was known not just for boxing, but for a wrongful murder conviction that highlighted racial injustice in America. John Artis, a longtime friend and caregiver, said Carter died in his sleep Sunday. Carter had been stricken with prostate cancer in Toronto…  
  • Barney Frank: ‘I Worked Very Well With Republicans Until The Wackos Came To Power’

    Anomaly
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:36 am
    Barney Frank: ‘I Worked Very Well With Republicans Until The Wackos Came To Power’ (via Liberaland) will be premiering a film about him at the Tribeca Film Festival: Compared to What. He’s also inspired a book, Barney Frank: The Story of America’s Only Left-Handed, Gay, Jewish Congressman. Contrary to his prickly public image—stoked by countless…  
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    Niti Central

  • BJP demands cancellation of Beni Prasad’s nomination

    Niticentral Staff
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:43 am
    The BJP on Sunday lashed out at Union Minister Beni Prasad Verma over his allegations against party’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi and sought cancellation of his nomination from the Election Commission saying his remarks were in line with the Congress’s ‘desperate’ strategy of unleashing personal attacks. FIR against Beni for derogatory remark against Modi Terming Verma’s utterances ‘despicable’ and ‘absolute…
  • Pakistan PM forms panel to probe attack on journalist Hamid Mir

    Snehesh Alex Philip
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:34 am
    Mir, 47, who faced threats from multiple quarters here including the Pakistani Taliban, was on Saturday shot at in Karachi by four unidentified terrorists. Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday decided to form a three-member judicial commission to inquire into the attempt on the life of leading TV journalist Hamid Mir and also announced a reward of Rs 10…
  • Modi to address 3D rally

    Niticentral Staff
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:28 am
    BJP’s Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi will on Sunday address his 3rd 3D rally. The initiative helps Modi to reach out to people across the country as a part of his poll campaigning and it allows him to connect to hundred locations simultaneously. People will be able to watch him at the event location as well as live on the…
  • Hamilton wins third straight F1 race at Chinese GP

    Justin Bergman
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:16 am
    Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain, left, is congratulated by his team members after the Chinese Formula One Grand Prix at Shanghai International Circuit in Shanghai on Sunday, April 20, 2014. (AP Photo by Eugene Hoshiko) Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton captured his third straight Formula One race with ease on Sunday, leading from start to finish to win the…
  • Repoll in 25 polling stations of Bihar on Monday

    Niticentral Staff
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:58 am
    Repoll in 25 polling booths under Munger and Pataliputra parliamentary constituencies will be held on Monday, a poll panel official said on Sunday. The repoll will be held in 12 polling stations in Jamalpur (4), Suryagraha (4), Lakhisarai (3) and Barh (1) Assembly segments under Munger parliamentary constituency and 13 polling stations in Danapur (1), Maner (1), Masaurhi (2), Pali (1) and Vikram (8) under Patalipura Lok Sabha…
 
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    Logicworks Gathering Clouds

  • EHR Security and Compliance Objectives Get Real Results

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

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

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

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

    JG
    8 Apr 2014 | 7:09 am
    Our friends at Alert Logic will release a new version of their Cloud Security Report later this month and they’ve been kind enough to give us a preview of the data to share with you here. If you’d like a copy of the report, register for their Cloud Security Report webinar on April 15th where […]The post Understanding the Changing Cloud Security Landscape appeared first on Logicworks Gathering Clouds.
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    The Burning Truth

  • Buy This Lois ‘I Can’t Do Math I’m Just An Attorney’ Lerner Shirt For Charity

    Casey Hendrickson
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:36 pm
    As you may know, I’m a part of the national FROST campaign to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society to fight blood cancer.  Radio host all across the country are involved. You can donate directly here. I’ve also set up a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Show Prep: Fri, April 18

    Casey Hendrickson
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Breaking: Suspect in murder is now in custody Police have arrested one of the missing suspects in the murder of John Swoveland Jr. this afternoon. Ferry captain not on bridge during ship’s critical turn The ship was taking 325 second year... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • South Bend Police Will Store Your Data Obtained By License Plate Readers For 18 Months, IRS And Other Agencies Are Buying The Data

    Casey Hendrickson
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Police adopt license plate reader policy – South Bend Tribune: Crime & Courts. Under a new set of guidelines, South Bend police will be allowed to keep data collected by automatic license plate readers — including information not... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Watch Portuguese Navy Suck At Making Drones

    Casey Hendrickson
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:57 am
    I piss farther than that. Portugal, what happened to you?   [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Google’s DIY Smartphone Set For January 2015 Launch, Will Cost Just $50, Will Be 3D Print Parts For It

    Casey Hendrickson
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:46 am
    Google’s DIY smartphone set for January 2015 launch – and it will cost just £30 | Mail Online. Google’s much-anticipated modular smartphone could be available in January 2015 for as little as $50 (£30). The Project Ara ‘Grey... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Freedom Seeker

  • Mark Fisher's lawsuit against the MassGOP wins expedited trial status

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

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

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

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

    Jon Norsu
    21 Nov 2013 | 3:47 pm
    We need to REPEAL Obamacare and Support true Conservatives like Ted Cruz and Mike Lee. Check out the latest update from the Cruz backed Jobs Growth & Freedom Fund below!Patriot, It seemed like a simple promise. "If you like your health care, you can keep it. Period."President Obama would not have been able to pass Obamacare without guaranteeing Americans they could keep their health insurance.Now, we all know that promise just isn't true.  The President’s broken promise has left millions of American families without health insurance. Experts are predicting millions more will…
 
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    The Sunshine Empire| Sunshine Empire

  • Billionaire Kleptocracy Or Two Dudes On A Wedding Cake

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

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

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

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

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

  • Liberal Fix w/ Sociologist, Author and Activist Betsy Leondar-Wright - Apr 22,2014

    Liberal Fix
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:00 pm
    This episode will feature a live discussion with Betsy Leondar-Wright author of Missing Class: Strengthening Social Movement Groups by Seeing Class Cultures. Betsy is an economic justice activist, sociologist, and author, who writes on class and economic inequality. She has a PhD in Sociology from Boston College and she is a former Communications Director for United for a Fair Economy. As always, we offer news, commentary and analysis important to progressives and liberals across America. This is a must-add to your can't-miss directory of Progressive Podcasts or Liberal Podcasts. Monday…
  • Liberal Fix Radio- w/ ND State Rep Kylie Oversen (D- Dist 42) - Apr 19,2014

    Liberal Fix
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:00 pm
    An interview with North Dakota State Representative Democrat Kylie Oversen (ND-42). A recap of the week in Progressive or Liberal Politics. News, Commentary and Analysis. Hosted by Indiana writer Dan Bimrose, sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana and Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue. Every week the three of them feature a special guest and tackle those tough issues with a perspective that comes from outside the beltway. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna Minogue via email:…
  • Liberal Fix: Judge Strikes Down ND Anti-Choice Law and More - Apr 17,2014

    Liberal Fix
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Keith and Naomi discuss todays ruling by a federal judge striking down North Dakota's anti-abortion law. They will also remember the 7th Anniversary of the VA Tech shootings and discuss the launch of the new organization Everytown for Gun Safety Excellence in Progressive Radio. Join us for our 30 minute progressive politics news update. A daily dose of politics and the Liberal Fix to fit your busy schedule. As always, we offer news, commentary and analysis important to progressives and liberals across America. This is a must-add to your can't-miss directory of Progressive Podcasts or Liberal…
  • Liberal Fix discusses Cliven Bundy ranch dispute and KS shootings - Apr 15,2014

    Liberal Fix
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Excellence in Progressive Radio. Join us for our 30 minute progressive politics news update. A daily dose of politics and the Liberal Fix to fit your busy schedule. As always, we offer news, commentary and analysis important to progressives and liberals across America. This is a must-add to your can't-miss directory of Progressive Podcasts or Liberal Podcasts. Monday night's episodes are hosted by Indiana writer Dan Bimrose and sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana. This Monday's episode Keith and Dan will discuss the dispute between Cliven Bundy and the BLM in Nevada and the Jewish…
  • Liberal Fix: With Guest "Wrapped in the Flag" Author Claire Conner - Apr 12,2014

    Liberal Fix
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Keith and Naomi are joined by Claire Conner, the author of Wrapped in the Flag. Claire grew up in the fold of the John Birch Society and as such can give valuable insight into the actions of the extremist right wing in the United States. Tonight there will be an hour of discussion about today's Libertarians, the recent Supreme Court ruling on limits on election spending and updated information on the recent paperback release of "Wrapped In The Flag." Claire Conner on Facebook and Twitter. Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana and Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue. Every week the…
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    21st Century Wire

  • Episode #30 – SUNDAY WIRE: ‘Boston Blow-out and the Ballad of Cliven Bundy’ with guest Dan Bidondi

    21wire
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:17 am
    Episode #30 of The Sunday Wire Radio Show with host Patrick Henningsen resumes this Sunday April 20, 2014 with 3 hours of power-packed talk radio and music broadcast live on GMN…This week’s theme: “Boston Blow-out and the Ballad of Cliven Bundy”LISTEN LIVE ON THIS PAGE AT THE FOLLOWING SCHEDULED SHOW TIMES:SUNDAYS – 5pm-8pm GMT | 12pm-3pm EST | 9am-12pm PST This week’s special edition of THE SUNDAY WIRE covers the hottest news stories of the weekincluding an update on the Bundy Ranch crisis as Harry Reid ups the ante by claiming thousands of law-abiding Americans are…
  • MSNBC and Chris Hayes: The Toilet Bowl of Broadcast Journalism

    21wire
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:47 am
    21st Century Wire says…As partisan media outlets go, none are more blatantly over-the-top as the White House’s broadcast media arm MSNBC. Broadcasting from New York City’s 30 Rockefeller Plaza, seldom is any attempt made to provide viewers even a morsel of fair or balanced discourse on any topic, especially if the debate involves the activities a Democrat Party controlled US federal government. MSNBC’s mantra: ‘we will do whatever it takes to demonize anyone critical of this administration or its left-wing agenda’. By definition, this is state-controlled…
  • Dr. Stangelove is Back: Washington Pulling NATO’s Strings in Ukraine

    21wire
    19 Apr 2014 | 12:56 pm
    21st Century Wire says…Not a day goes by now that we do not hear the following words coming out of White House or NATO’s head office: “The Russian threat”.What is clever turn of words, seeing that the only entities moving eastward right now are the US and its world police force, NATO. The whole idea of the ‘Russian threat’ was devised during the last century by propaganda merchants in the United States and incredibly, survives to this day, and is still effective on a section of society: the truly stupid and intellectually challenged, which (unfortunately…
  • ELITE ODYSSEY: OLD WORLD ORDER, NEW WORLD ORDER, CHAOS AND CHANGE

    21wire
    19 Apr 2014 | 5:57 am
    Andrew McKillop21st Century WireIt’s now official: our political leaders are still drunk on 20th century booze.Egged on by a clique of hereditary banking families, politicos always seem keen to push us into the latest war, only they are not altogether sure why they are actually doing it now. The plans they inherited are based on an old and aging set of principles which may, or may no longer apply to the 21st century world. This disconnect is a real problem, and it’s becoming visible as we speak.All signs currently point towards the transition towards their plan for a One World…
  • Partners in Crime: Masons, Fascists, CIA and the Vatican (and the rest)

    21wire
    19 Apr 2014 | 3:17 am
    21st Century Wire says…The term ‘shadow government’ is no figment of conspiracy lore. It is a very real entity that moves across borders and overlaps with visible government, the judiciary, law enforcement and banking.Robert Anton Wilson (1932 – 2007), was an American author, novelist, philosopher and pioneer of alternative research into the shadow government and exopolitics – among many other subjects. His style and charisma were indelible, as was his unique ability to sprinkles a dash of humor over some of the darkest, most hidden vignettes of modern history.
 
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    MutantRambler

  • Six things that are wrong with me

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

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

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

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

  • For YCC Vice President

    Yale's The Politic
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:35 am
    The Politic endorses Maia Eliscovich-Sigal for YCC Vice President.
  • For YCC Finance Director

    Yale's The Politic
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:34 am
    The Politic endorses Connor Feeley for YCC Finance Director.
  • For YCC President

    Yale's The Politic
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:33 am
    The Politic endorses no candidate for YCC President.
  • For YCC Events Director

    Yale's The Politic
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:04 am
    The Politic endorses Jaime Halberstam for YCC Events Director.
  • Bush portraits shed little light on anything

    Azeezat Adeleke
    11 Apr 2014 | 12:03 pm
    The man is chilling after eight years of doing the most stressful job on the planet – leave him alone with his watercolors.
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    guanyinmiao's musings

  • Petitioning In Vain

    guanyinmiao
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:36 pm
    It would however be naïve to think that these unfortunate incidents are the result of the Internet, even if the medium does perpetuate them. In real life we might be less likely to make disparaging remarks or spout nasty things, but sometimes we remain quick to cast aspersions or castigate others for their shortcomings. I am guilty too, for my cynicism clouds my perceptions and interactions with others. The proposals for education and media literacy programmes may be clichéd, yet they are reasonably the most sustainable solutions. Learning about the consumption of content and ascertaining…
  • The Finnish Model United Nations

    guanyinmiao
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:55 pm
    On my hundredth day in Finland I was seated as a Chair in front of a Security Council of 15, engaged in a discussion over a fictitious scenario of cyber-attacks against the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations. My final examinations had ended. In some sense I was in my element: keeping track of proceedings, … Continue reading →
  • Finnish Lessons

    guanyinmiao
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:50 pm
    The Finnish university student is not too different from a Singaporean one. My five months at the Aalto University School of Business – perhaps given the universality of the business education and degree – have been similar to the experience in Singapore. Juha is a marketing major at Aalto, and his fascination with Korean popular culture has brought him to Yonsei University at Seoul, South Korea for an exchange programme. The 20 year-old was the vice president of the sub-committee for international students of the school’s student union, and is very into machine dance gaming. He has…
  • The Reform Of Finland’s Universities

    guanyinmiao
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:36 am
    The most recent reforms in Finland came in 2010, when it was deemed that the higher education landscape – with two parallel sectors of the polytechnics and the universities – was too scattered. There were mergers, and consequently the existing and new universities also became more autonomous. After the new Universities Act was passed in 2009 the institutions became independent legal entities, the government relinquished the ownership of university buildings, and there were new governance arrangements on university boards. Continue reading →
  • Universal Universities Of Business

    guanyinmiao
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:00 pm
    My final examination at the Aalto University School of Business ended on Tuesday afternoon, and the post-examination euphoria was a familiar feeling. With the perennial discussion in Singapore about Finland’s education system, albeit focused on the elementary and high schools, the familiarity of courses was surprising and comforting at the same time. At the business universities things are not so different after all, it would seem. Continue reading →
 
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    In the News with Terrance McAndrews

  • Sebelius Resigns, Bundy Ranch and More…

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

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

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

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

    Terrance McAndrews
    20 Mar 2014 | 5:18 pm
         With only 2 weeks left to go in the open enrollment period in Obamacare all eyes are on whether the Obama administration is going to meet its goal of getting 6 million Americans enrolled in the law.  In this episode we discuss the enrollment numbers for Obamacare for the month of February.  We also discuss the details of a new survey that points out that the majority of Americans are still not aware of the subsidies that are available to help them bring down the cost of Obamacare, as well as another finding that shows that the majority of new enrollees in…
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    nkornitankwa.com

  • How To Know If You Have ADHD

    Nkorni Tankwa
    19 Apr 2014 | 11:24 pm
    I think by now it’s safe to assume that most people have heard of the psychiatric disorder that’s commonly referred to as ADHD, which is short for Attention Deficit-hyperactivity Disorder. While there is no doubt that the condition is real … Continue reading →
  • Just Because You Can’t Reason With Babies Doesn’t Mean You Shouldn’t Try

    Nkorni Tankwa
    18 Apr 2014 | 10:06 pm
    The video of the dad who decided to air-out his grievances, over laundry duties, by explaining them to his adorable baby, has been making the rounds on web and social media sites. Most fathers who find themselves stuck at home … Continue reading →
  • Freedom Of Religion But Not From Religion?? Religious Mayor VS Atheist

    Nkorni Tankwa
    17 Apr 2014 | 10:20 pm
    Earlier today WJBK Fox 2 News reported on a story from Warren, Michigan’s city hall Atrium where, besides being home to a nativity scene, a Ramadan display and a prayer station, also organizes “a day of prayer”. After learning that … Continue reading →
  • Renown Author Gabriel Garcia Marquez Dies AT The Age Of 87

    Nkorni Tankwa
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:22 pm
    Earlier today the Associated press reported on the death of 87 year old renown Colombian novelist, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, who rose to prominence after penning “One Hundred Years of Solitude” in the late 60s. The book will go on to … Continue reading →
  • Wu-Tang Rapper Andre Johnson Servers His Privates And Jumps Off Building

    Nkorni Tankwa
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:35 am
    A few hours ago TMZ reported on the story of Wu-Tang affiliated Rapper Andre Johnson, also known as Christ Bearer, who severed his privates with a knife and then jumped off a Los Angeles Apartment building. According to the reports … Continue reading →
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    MalcolmOutLoud

  • Heroic and Horrific Acts Define Us

    19 Apr 2014 | 8:59 am
    Human nature has both tendencies for heroic and horrific acts, but what defines this? How bad does one have to be to inflict pain and death upon others? As long as a culture or a society accepts an act as normal then it becomes acceptable, but does that make it good? What if society had no concept or definition of right and wrong? Attacks, mass murders, evil acts… what provokes people and is there more crime in the world today than at any other time? We’ll bring the conversation back to the time of the Centurion named Longinus, and the spear that pierced the side of Christ.
  • Doctor Prescribes Obamacare Truth

    17 Apr 2014 | 12:20 pm
    We hear a great deal about the Affordable Care Act from politicians and the media elite…. but what about our doctors? How do they feel about government managed medicine? You are about to find out… meet Dr. Alfred Bonati. He revolutionized the field of spine surgery through the use of patented minimally invasive techniques. “Governmental medicine all over the world has failed,” says Dr. Bonati. Studies indicate that government run medical services, such as the VA, are inferior. “Our government is corrupted, they are elite, they don’t work for us, they work…
  • Venezuelan War of Propaganda

    14 Apr 2014 | 5:03 am
    Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is grasping at any and everything he can do to remain in power. Maduro is trumping up charges in his attempt to silence those that are standing up to his authoritarian aggression! He wants to portray the opposition as a small minority that wants to undo Venezuela's socialist policies aimed at helping the poor. Venezuela's high unemployment, high violent crime rate, government price controls and widespread food shortages have lead to months of unrelenting protests. How can the opposition fight this “Propaganda War?” Col EJ Otero is an expert in…
  • Gun-Free Zones Invite Crime

    12 Apr 2014 | 9:34 am
    Americans reacted with shock and horror from reports of an additional attack at The Fort Hood Army base in Texas. Similar to the attack in 2009, a lone gunman entered the gun free military base firing randomly in a mad rampage. Have we inadvertently created targets with GUN FREE ZONES instead of protecting the ones we love? Col EJ Otero and Col Jim Waurishuk join me to discuss this tragedy. While we may never know what prompted the attack what we can review and debate is whether or not gun free zones invite a higher degree of violence and result in greater loss of life.
  • The Resurrection Of Russia?

    30 Mar 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Is this a repeat of the old Soviet Union days? Might the intentions of Vladimir Putin be positive? Is it even possible to think on those terms? A message from God back on October 20, 1992 reads “Russia will govern the rest of My children in holiness.” An eye opening conversation with Vassula Ryden, author of the bestseller "Heaven is Real But So is Hell." It appears Vassula Ryden’s prophecies are coming to pass in a most interesting way on the world stage. I’ll ask Vassula to explain this 1992 message from God. If Russia does become the head of many nations, what will…
 
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    The Desert Lynx

  • Bundy Ranch Woke Up Conservatives to Police Abuse

    Joël Valenzuela
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Before the recent incident at the Bundy ranch, it was easy for conservatives to ignore the issue of police abuse. Not anymore. Police brutality in America has gone largely unnoticed by the general, unaffected public for years. There was a …
  • Do We Really Want Gender Equality?

    Joël Valenzuela
    11 Apr 2014 | 12:58 am
    Gender equality, and how to implement it in modern society, has been on people’s minds for several decades. We’re supposed to want it. I know I do. I can’t wait for the day when all humans enjoy equal rights to …
  • Is U.S.-Russian Rivalry Only for Show?

    Alon Starkman
    3 Apr 2014 | 12:56 am
    The United States and Russia put on a good display of being at each other’s throats. But what if that rivalry is nothing more than a show? As I covered in my last article on the relationship between the Russian …
  • The Walking Dead vs. the State

    Miguel Duque
    1 Apr 2014 | 12:44 am
    ***SPOILER ALERT: Please, do not read any further if you have not completed watching the entirety, including the season finale, of Season 4 of the AMC television show The Walking Dead and you don’t want anything spoiled for you.*** The …
  • The Desert Lynx Joins the Rebel Love Show

    LynxFreeorDie
    27 Mar 2014 | 12:30 pm
    The Desert Lynx joins forces with the Voluntaryist Rebel to create the Rebel Love Show, a new show documenting the march of freedom in New Hampshire.…
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    Citizens News

  • Late Watcher’s Council Results

    Liberty Bell
    20 Apr 2014 | 7:15 pm
    Written by Rhymes With Right Here are last week’s full results. Council Winners *First place with 5 votes!Joshuapundit –Yes, The Peace Talks Are Dead – And An Opportunity For Real Peace Comes Alive Second place with 3 1/3 votes –Bookworm Room – We don’t have a “gay mafia,” we have a “gay Soviet” Third place […]The post Late Watcher’s Council Results appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Want more states to legalize marijuana? Don’t be stupid on 4/20

    Liberty Bell
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Written by Red Alert Politics This year, those lighting up to celebrate the pro-marijuana legalization movement holiday need to remember their actions carry more weight than they would in other years. Those hopeful for widespread marijuana legalization must make their case — by not being stupid. April 20 has become a “holiday” for marijuana users, a […]The post Want more states to legalize marijuana? Don’t be stupid on 4/20 appeared first on Citizens News.
  • CROSS: Government Bully versus the Clive Bundy Small Fry

    Liberty Bell
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Written by Dollars & Crosses Bundy and the Rule of Law | National Review Online Cliven Bundy is in the wrong. He is nevertheless a sympathetic figure, and the concerns raised by the standoff in Nevada transcend the illegality of his conduct. [...] Lincoln’s speech [addressing Congress on July 4, 1861, Lincoln defended his suspension […]The post CROSS: Government Bully versus the Clive Bundy Small Fry appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Happy Easter to My Christian Readers & End of Passover for Me & My Jewish Readers

    Liberty Bell
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Written by Debbie Schlussel By Debbie Schlussel I wish a Happy Easter to my Christian friends and readers, and a note about where I’ll be for the next two days: Passover Matzoh Tonight at sundown, the third part of Passover–the last couple of days–begins. So, I will be out of up-to-date blog commission until Tuesday […]The post Happy Easter to My Christian Readers & End of Passover for Me & My Jewish Readers appeared first on Citizens News.
  • WoW!!

    Liberty Bell
    20 Apr 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Written by GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD The Watchers Council- it’s the oldest, longest running cyber comte d’guere ensembe in existence – started online in 1912 by Sirs Jacky Fisher and Winston Churchill themselves – an eclective collective of cats both cruel and benign with their ability to put steel on target (figuratively – natch) on a […]The post WoW!! appeared first on Citizens News.
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    Buckdog

  • The Foul Odour Of Corruption That Comes From The Office Of The Prime Minister Of Canada ..

    leftdog
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:34 am
    The Canadian Progressive hits the nail on the head with this article.....New documents released by the RCMP suggest that the Senate expenses scandal is closing in on Prime Minister Stephen Harper and the Conservatives. For Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, the documents show that Harper, who came to office in 2006 promising to clean up Ottawa, is "guilty of corruption“.The documents, filed in court on Wednesday, allege that Harper’s former chief of staff, Nigel Wright, violated the Criminal Code when he cut a $90,172 cheque to cover up Sen. Mike Duffy’s fraudulent…
  • The Demise Of The Parti Quebecois - 'A Bad Campaign' by John Conway

    leftdog
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:42 am
    Regina's alternative newspaper, The Prairie Dog, has an excellent article by retired Political Science professor, Dr. John Conway:A Bad CampaignThe party invented by René Lévesque in 1968 is in troubleby John F. Conway The Parti Québécois (PQ) was founded with two missions: bringing about an independent Quebec and creating a social democratic nation-building project, rooted in the great achievements of the Quiet Revolution. The goals were popular, and the Québécois working class became a fortress of support for the PQ. And while there were zigs and zags over the years, after…
  • $$$ Why Is High Spender June Draude Still Sitting At Brad Wall's Cabinet Table? $$$

    leftdog
    3 Apr 2014 | 7:35 am
    REGINA — Saskatchewan Social Services Minister June Draude came under fire Wednesday after it was revealed her expenses for an overseas trip last summer included more than $3,600 for a car service and over $200 for lunch with a friend. [...]There weren’t any reports produced as a result of the trip and Draude struggled to list any specific benefits for Saskatchewan resulting from the meetings she had.BY THE NUMBERSWhat was taxpayer money spent on during Draude’s overseas trip?$3,634.33 — car service for Draude and (staffer) Mantey while in London$4,366.43 — Mantey’s flights to…
  • Fuddle Duddle 2.0

    leftdog
    31 Mar 2014 | 4:00 am
    Liberal leader Justin Trudeau used some decidedly un-prime ministerial language when speaking publicly at the Fight for the Cure charity boxing match in Gatineau, Que. on Saturday night.Invited by the ring announcer at the Hilton Lac Leamy, Trudeau climb through the ropes and took the microphone to say a few words about the event at which, two years ago, he thrashed a much larger Sen. Patrick Brazeau. (The two mens’ career trajectories since the fight are documented in a Citizen piece this weekend.)“I’m going tell you, there is no experience like stepping into…
  • I don't like to speak ill of the dead, but the air is a bit fresher today ...

    leftdog
    20 Mar 2014 | 3:14 pm
    I don't like to speak ill of the dead, but the air is a bit fresher today http://t.co/md8U85ZUbn #RevFredPhelps— leftdog (@leftdog) March 20, 2014 Anti-gay hate monger, Rev Fred Phelps dies ...(I'm not even going to put his ugly pic up on my site ...)Montreal Gazette
 
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    Political Dresser - Home

  • Genius Idea: 9 Rules For Dealing with the Government

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:42 am
    Another Friday, and another genius idea brought to you by those teaching the next generation of fine citizens. Zeman Elementary School (in Nebraska, not related to, or to be confused with the inebriated Czech President Zeman) students were recently sent home with an informational flyer on how to best handle bullying, which reads a bit like an abuser’s manifesto.As with every genius idea from whistling to rapists, and banning bossy, let’s have some fun.
  • Easter Highlights

    17 Apr 2014 | 3:15 am
    With the scourge of the sequester and the Easter Bunny unionizing long since forgotten, Easter is back on at the White House. If you’d like to skip watching Obama throw up brick after brick on the court, and the egg roll, but you still want to embrace the holiday then we have few suggestions.The fashion gods tell us that Easter is a time for pastel, pearls, floral, and of course the obligatory one to two rabbits or ducklings.
  • Just Sayin’: Performance Art Done with Confetti and Rice Cookers is Lame

    16 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Yesterday a true artist, perhaps the one that best symbolizes the rise of the douchebag generation, decided to delight and inspire the public by dumping a black backpack (they’re still all over the London runways, by the way) containing a rice cooker (Williams-Sonoma has some serious explaining to do) and confetti at the finish line of the Boston Marathon.
  • Egg Beauty

    15 Apr 2014 | 1:07 am
    Eggs aren’t just an integral part of a complete Bernays breakfast. In fact, no matter what your hair type eggs can work wonders with your mane.The natural moisturizer otherwise known as the protein packed yolk, coupled with the bacteria fighting white make for one hell of a monthly, PD tested and approved, hair beauty tip.
  • Memory Lane Monday: Jackson Lee and Business

    14 Apr 2014 | 1:31 am
    Oh, Sheila! What can we say? Since 1995, Sheila Jackson Lee sure has done quite a bang up job for Texas’ 18th Congressional District.Sure, we’ve talked about her extensive world travels on the Texas dime in order to bring back hot new hairstyles for her constituents, and her close relationship with her sister from another mister Frederica Wilson, but as of yet we’ve never really delved into her business savvy.
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    World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations"

  • What Venezuelan ‘Regime Change’ Could Mean

    17 Apr 2014 | 1:24 am
    Andrés Cala, Consortiumnews, April 15, 2014 For 15 years, the economic keystone of Latin America’s growing independence from U.S. domination has been energy-rich Venezuela’s willingness to provide discounted oil to many of its neighbors, a project now at risk amid violent opposition protests at home and threats of destabilizing sanctions from Washington. The preferential financial terms for oil was the brainchild of Venezuela’s late leader Hugo Chavez who understood that the only way that he could counter America’s economic might was to use his nation’s petroleum to stabilize the…
  • Violence and the Struggle for Power in Egypt

    16 Apr 2014 | 12:57 am
    An Article by Chandra Muzaffar, President of the International Movement for a Just World (JUST), Malaysia, 14 April 2014 There is no sign to show that political violence in Egypt is abating. Political violence has become even more pronounced since the ouster of the democratically elected President, Dr Mohamed Morsi, on the 3rd of July 2013. The ouster is in fact one of the primary causes for the increased violence. They are inter-linked for two reasons. The suppression of Morsi’s movement, the Ikhwanul-Muslimin, by the military backed interim government has been violent. Peaceful protest…
  • The Most Dangerous Word in Tech

    14 Apr 2014 | 9:40 pm
    Quentin Hardy, The New York Times, April 12, 2014 The most important word in the technology industry is “innovation.” It is also the most dangerous.
  • America's Coup Machine: Destroying Democracy Since 1953

    13 Apr 2014 | 9:50 pm
    Nicolas J.S. Davies, AlterNet, April 8, 2014 Soon after the 2004 U.S. coup to depose President Jean-Bertrand Aristide of Haiti, I heard Aristide's lawyer Ira Kurzban speaking in Miami. He began his talk with a riddle: "Why has there never been a coup in Washington D.C.?" The answer: "Because there is no U.S. Embassy in Washington D.C." This introduction was greeted with wild applause by a mostly Haitian-American audience who understood it only too well.
  • Becoming Human: Different Cultural Approaches

    10 Apr 2014 | 9:37 pm
    A Paper by Professor Marietta Stepanyants, Chief Research Fellow and Chairholder, UNESCO Chair "Philosophy in the Dialogue of Cultures", Institute of Philosophy, Russian Academy of Sciences, delivered at the Symposium of the Steering Committee of FISP (Fédération Internationale des Sociétés de Philosophie) at Peking University, March 26-27, 2014 Read the Paper
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    The Campaign Workshop

  • SMS for non-profit advocacy

    Sophie Thurber
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Non-profits engaged in advocacy should be texting. If you’re a non-profit working in the advocacy arena, you should be thinking about incorporating SMS (or texting) into your communications program.  Texts are, in many ways, a very personal way of communicating – a quick way to touch base with friends, family, colleagues, etc.  But as people increasingly depend on mobile phones they turn to SMS as a way to communicate (as of 2010 – four whole years ago – data use outpaced actual phone use for Americans with cell phones), it’s important to adapt and incorporate text into your…
  • A Glossary for Political Direct Mail

    Sophie Thurber
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Political direct mail cheat sheet The world of political direct mail involves a lot of terms you don’t hear in everyday.  This post will take you through the acronyms, strange words and technical terms that you need to be a pro when it comes to your political direct mail program. Mail Panel The mail panel is exactly what it sounds like.  It’s that (usually) white space where return address, mailing address and postage can all be found.  The USPS has certain specifications for the mail panel (e.g. on oversize flats, it must be placed at the top of the mailer) and your production person…
  • 5 ways to help your Democratic direct mail stand out

    Sophie Thurber
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Make all the other Democratic direct mail jealous! “Nasty, brutish and short,” doesn’t just sum up Thomas Hobbes’ feelings about the state of nature – it also applies to the often-lonely life of a piece of Democratic direct mail. It’s tough to get noticed and stand out from the other items stuffed in the mailbox, and even if it does get noticed, it’s usually quickly tossed out and forgotten. Sad stuff if you’re a piece of Democratic direct mail. But your Democratic direct mail doesn’t have to exist in a Hobbesian nightmare (extra points if you’ve slogged through…
  • Micro Targeting Online Advertising Can help your budget.

    Lizzie Kendrick
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Micro Targeting Online Advertising is a buzz word the days. We’ve talked a lot about targeting online, but lately targeting has gotten even more specific and it can really help boost your online advertising campaign. It’s common knowledge these days that online advertising can get the same type of sophisticated targeting that direct mail can. One way advertisers are using micro targeting online advertising is with geo-fencing. With geo-fencing, you can build a virtual “fence” around a geographic location (for example, an office building or sporting arena) and serve ads to people on…
  • Political Data: Three Steps to a Sparkling Clean Database

    Michele Hermanson
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Making the most of your political data. Dirty political data is messy, wastes time and money, and prevents you from getting your message to the people you are trying to reach. There are some simple steps to help you scrub your political data to keep it clean and neat, and to make sure you’re getting the most from this extremely valuable tool. Political data is collected in myriad ways. While it often involves micro-targeting  from a voter file, it can come from member databases, or might be hand-keyed from reply cards, sign-up sheets, petitions, and events, etc. All these different sources…
 
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    Patriots Movement

  • Krugman And His Hypocrisy.

    Christopher Grear
    19 Apr 2014 | 9:29 am
    So Paul Krugman the Liberal Economist has made a little news this week. Krugman a big advocate on income inequality in America has shown what a hypocrite he truly is when it comes to his preaching.   Krugman who was made famous from his New York Times column is leaving his professor’s job at Princeton University. Why is he leaving his more lucrative Ivy League job. Well it would seem that he was offered a job at CUNY (City University of New York). I know what you maybe thinking well what is the problem he is leaving to be a professor for this University. Well I would concede if you…
  • Is Cliven Bundy Right?

    Christopher Grear
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:39 am
    There are several things I have to say about this whole ordeal. This set of events was 20 years in the making.   So lets get the rundown on what happened and why.   The Federal Government last week Friday I believe though last week none-the-less started seizing one Cliven Bundy’s cattle. Why because he was grazing on Federal land and has failed to pay the grazing fees for over 20 years. So the government did what it does best shows up in force and takes. Which they did with Cliven Bundy.   Now this sparked a standoff between the Bundy family and the Fed. As it played out…
  • IRS Scandal Takes A New Turn.

    Christopher Grear
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:38 am
    Well it would seem this scandal is never going to die down for the Obama Administration. Yet it took a strange and interesting new twist. Though to be fair to the Administration no evidence has been found linking it to the IRS scrutiny of Tea Party type groups. Also to be fair the Investigation by the House Ways and Means Committee has been hampered with stonewalling by the IRS on documents it has requested. So for now there is no evidence linking the Obama Administration to the IRS.   Now this new twist in this scandal came last week. An attorney for True the Vote who was one of this…
  • Gohmert vs. Holder

    Christopher Grear
    12 Apr 2014 | 10:08 am
    This has got to be the best thing I seen in quite a while. What did I see you ask well let me tell you.   Last week our AG Eric Holder went before Congress yet again. Though I don’t think he quite expected what he got from Rep. Louie Gohmert. Gohmert laid into Holder about his withholding of evidence to help them advance the F&F (Fast and Furious) investigation.   It would seem Holder did not like it and for a few minutes the discussion between the two was heated. Now last time I looked Holder would be below the Congressmen in the chain of command. Congress is appointed by…
  • Mayor Dana Outlaw should resign.

    Christopher Grear
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:53 am
    Tobias posted this article on a forum we are a part of so I know he has some issues at the moment so I will make a commentary about it. I actually felt compelled to because this bothers me that much.   Dana Outlaw Mayor a Democrat of  New Bern, North Carolina has done something I never in a million years thought someone would do. So let me explain what an idiot this man is and why he should not hold the office he was newly elected too.   On March 28th of this year the city of New Bern had a terrible incident involving two police officers. The two officers Alexander Thalmann, 22,…
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    Quotidian Wonders

  • Could I Be Noah, or, Is Crimea Sarajevo 100 years later?

    George T. Sipos
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Warning: This is not an article about the recent Hollywood blockbuster. So, for those of you brought here by my tags, please feel free to withdraw yourselves from this page right away. And do fret: you’re not missing a rant against the (non)accuracy of the Biblical story as shown in the movie. That may follow in a future post. A few days ago, I made a comment on Facebook (where else can people still make intelligent political comments these days? After all, who really reads Project Syndicate? [just kidding, PS, I still do. Please don’t delete my account!]) on an article detailing a recent…
  • Navigating the Incompetence Era or Why I Despise the Current Job Search Process

    George T. Sipos
    27 Mar 2014 | 11:20 am
    For those of us currently navigating the job market, it has become a somewhat tired and banal statement that connections are everything, that (social) networking is key to getting the right job and business opportunities, to finding the best place to work, where your skills, experience and passion would be truly and productively put to work. In other words, it doesn’t really matter anymore (has it ever? I am tempted to ask) who you are, what you know or how and why you learned it, but whom you know. Period. On one hand, I can see how human touch may be beneficial in determining a young…
  • Prepaid Cards: Increasing Payment Security Online (by Edward Phelan)

    George T. Sipos
    17 Feb 2014 | 8:34 am
    If you’ve ever been put off from buying a bargain online because you felt it might be some sort of scam, you may have been right. There were at least 45,000 cases of fraud involving online shopping and online auctions reported to the Action Fraud centre in the UK last year. Typical scams involve taking a payment but not sending the goods, sending out items that are fake, or just not worth the price that was paid. It’s wise to be wary of internet offers, but by taking a few precautions, it’s possible to take advantage of some genuinely good deals. For example, make sure there’s a…
  • White Woman’s Burden, Part 1 (by Jessica Sipos)

    George T. Sipos
    16 Oct 2013 | 4:29 pm
    Time Magazine Cover (May 21, 2012): Are you Mom Enough? Photo: Time Magazine Jessica latest post on Tiny Shells. Enjoy! White Woman’s Burden, Part I
  • The Night I Dreamt of Emil Cioran

    George T. Sipos
    10 Oct 2013 | 8:16 pm
    Emil M. Cioran, Eugène Ionesco and Mircea Eliade. Paris, 1986.Photo: Louis Monier/RDA/Lebrecht Music & Arts I don’t really remember when it happened, but it must have been a few nights ago. I had completely forgotten my dream by the morning, but then I remembered it suddenly. Something must have triggered it, maybe the fact that I was telling J. about the comments my latest article about Romania got during the night—the time difference makes me wake up to the abstract symbols of Balkan written injuries dancing in front of my clouded eyes on the smartphone display, oh, the sweet…
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    Michael Tomasky

  • Krugman Is a Steal at $225K

    Michael Tomasky
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:45 am
    The only thing hypocritical about acclaimed economist Paul Krugman’s CUNY salary is the right-wingers suddenly begrudging someone his free-market value.
  • How to Win the War on Inequality

    Michael Tomasky
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:45 am
    If only Ted Cruz and Rand Paul would pick up Thomas Piketty’s book. Failing that, Hillary Clinton should heed his findings about wealth and inequality—and take on the crisis head on.
  • Yes, Some Republicans Are Racist

    Michael Tomasky
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:45 am
    Not a month goes by without a GOP racial gaffe, racist vitriol fills conservative websites’ comment sections, and the party refuses to take on the issue. Of course Steve Israel’s right.
  • What Plantation Is He Living On?

    Michael Tomasky
    11 Apr 2014 | 2:45 am
    Jim DeMint’s ludicrous claim about who ended slavery in America is just his latest effort to destroy the federal government—past or present.
  • Will Sebelius Laugh Last?

    Michael Tomasky
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:05 pm
    Yes, there was utter failure, but there was also one hell of a recovery. As time goes on, she'll get less blame for the former and more credit for the latter.
 
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    Truth Will Overcome Tyranny Podcast

  • Interview with James Farganne

    15 Apr 2014 | 7:54 am
    James Farganne is a talented american writer, living and working in Korea. As an ex-patriot he maintains a strong interest in hi home country and, particularly the politics that made him so keen to find a new home. Working as an english teacher, like many of us, he kept in touch with the wider world via the internet.DOWNLOAD MP3 Read More...
  • Interview with Fergus Hodgson, Editor of PanAm Post

    30 Mar 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Our guest today is Fergus Hodgeson who is chief editor of the Pan American Post, an independent liberty oriented online news publication that focuses on the western hemisphere. Fergus helps us navigate the strife in Venezuela and the evidence of a rising of tyranny there. Censoriship, intimidation, torture, and other repression and corruption has increased and many freedoms we take for granted are being taken away. PanAm Post is a rare jewel of independent reporting that challenges the bolivarian socialist system that is in power in Venezuela and enjoys a rapidly growing readership. DOWNLOAD…
  • Interview with Scott Rickard on US Imperialism

    18 Mar 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Scott Rickard, military intelligence man turned liberty activist and whistle blower joins TWOT for a chat about some little known History and politics. We are very grateful for Scott's time with us and fitting us into his very busy schedule. Despite his depth of knowledge of true conspiracies involving the United States and other governments, Scott has a great energy and sense of humour. We covered a lot of subjects, such as the history of government drug running, some of which he has first hand knowlege. We also discuss the so-called "Arab Spring" and western government and corporate…
  • SWISSINDO Exposed Part 2

    18 Mar 2014 | 9:47 am
    Pieta Morgan and Sean O'Connor join TWOT to discuss their experiences as former delegates of SWISSINDO; the new age United Nations front who claim to be emancipating humanity from their bankster chains and replacing them with another set. The new set is legitimate though because they are doing God's work, unlike the our former overlords .Say hi to the new boss (pictured left signing some fiat paper money), Mr. Sino, the self-proclaimed "King of Kings" who says it's just a title and he really cares about you and would never let such an important job go to his head. He is of course prepared to…
  • Being the Only Free Market Anarchist at Camp Anarchy

    12 Mar 2014 | 11:45 am
    Despite being aware that most of the participants at Camp Anarchy would be of the left political persuasion, the idea of hanging out with ideological anarchists proved very alluring to me. Sure, most anarcho-communists are against market based economys on the whole, sure they generally feel a great urge to "smash capitalism", but at least they are for a stateless society. On this subject I see eye to eye with anyone who claims to be anarchist, so I was confident I would make some friends and have some interesting discussions.The atmosphere was mostly friendly, although being something of an…
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    LeftVoices

  • Louisiana Justice: Thirteen Years Hard Labor for Possessing Two Joints

    Andrea Sears
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:51 pm
    Civil rights and drug policy reform organizations have filed an amicus brief asking the Louisiana State Supreme Court to review the extraordinarily harsh prison sentence imposed on Bernard Noble.  Noble was arrested for having three grams of marijuana, about enough to roll two cigarettes.  The trial judge had sentenced him to five years in prison.  But because Noble had two other, minor, nonviolent drug possession charges on his record his sentence was ultimately increased to thirteen and a third years at hard labor with no chance of parole.  We speak with Daniel…
  • An FBI Probe of Attorneys Halts Guantanamo Military Commission Hearings

    Andrea Sears
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:17 am
    On Monday lawyers representing the five Guantanamo detainees charged with planning the September 11th terror attacks said the FBI had asked a member of the defense team to be an informant in a leak investigation.   They have asked the judge presiding over the military commission, to investigate the incident.  It’s the latest delay in a process that has been fraught with unresolved legal and human rights issues since the beginning. We speak with Shayana Kadidal, senior managing attorney for the Guantanamo Project at the Center for Constitutional Rights.
  • A Move Toward Justice for Torture, Assassinations and Massacres in El Salvador

    Andrea Sears
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:42 pm
    An immigration Judge in Miami has ordered that former Salvadoran Defense Minister José Guillermo García be deported from the United States for his assistance and participation in many of the worst atrocities committed during the civil war in El Salvador.  Garcia served as Defense Minister from 1979 to 1983 and presided over that country’s military and police during the El Mozote Massacre, the assassination of Arch Bishop Oscar Romero and the murder of four American nuns.  We speak with Pamela Merchant, executive director of the Center for…
  • Ohio Earthquakes Linked to Fracking in the Marcellus Shale

    Andrea Sears
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:43 pm
    Geologists with the Ohio Department of Natural Resources confirmed Friday that hydraulic fracturing or fracking for natural gas may have been responsible for a series of earthquakes in March.  This marks the first time fracking itself has been connected to earthquakes in the Marcellus Shale, a geological formation that runs under parts of Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania and New York State.  But the news comes as no surprise to those who have been fighting against what they believe to be an environmentally dangerous practice.  We speak with John Armstrong, a…
  • Advocates Seek Review of a Ruling Upholding a Texas Anti-Abortion Law

    Andrea Sears
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:40 pm
    Abortion rights advocates today filed a petition with the US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit asking the full court to reconsider the constitutionality of a law that is forcing one-third of the clinics in Texas to close or stop offering abortion services.  The American Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Center for Reproductive Rights are asking the full panel of appeals court judges to acknowledge that the law isn’t designed to protect the health and safety of women.  We speak with Bridget Amiri, senior staff attorney…
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    RINF Alternative News & Alternative Media | Breaking News Real Independent

  • Important Revelations From New Leaks of CIA Torture Report

    User Submitted
    20 Apr 2014 | 1:51 pm
    ANTON WORONCZUK, TRNN PRODUCER: Welcome to The Real News Network. I’m Anton Woronczuk in Baltimore. And welcome to another edition of The Ratner Report Now joining us is Michael Ratner. Michael Ratner is president emeritus of the Center for Constitutional Rights and is also a regular contributor and board member of The Real News Network. Thanks for joining us, Michael. MICHAEL RATNER, PRESIDENT EMERITUS, CENTER FOR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS: Good to be with you again. WORONCZUK: So what do you have for us this week? RATNER: You know, the last few weeks have just been filled with…
  • Government Hypocrisy, Thinly Disguised

    User Submitted
    20 Apr 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Carl M. Cannon Last week, the headlines defied parody. In Washington, the U.S. Census Bureau conceded that it has changed its annual survey questions to make it impossible to determine whether Obamacare is succeeding in increasing the number of Americans who have health insurance. “Ideally,” an unnamed agency bureaucrat wrote, “the redesign would have had at least a few years to gather base line and trend data.” Gee, you think? Meanwhile, City University of New York has offered liberal columnist and Princeton professor Paul Krugman $225,000 to join a new center focusing on “income…
  • Perplexing delay in Iraq inquiry report

    User Submitted
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:42 am
    Who wants to see the Iraq inquiry report published sometime soon? And who does not? Last week, the Independent reported that the fraught process of getting the government to declassify documents that will support the report’s findings is still “stalled”. That may see the report come out very close to next year’s general election, which could harm Labour and suit the Tories. But Nick Clegg clearly is not happy and says things should be accelerated. His comments have been read as blaming Tony Blair for the hold-up, but Blair says he wants the report out there. If you are confused, you…
  • Schools use CCTV to spy on teachers

    User Submitted
    20 Apr 2014 | 10:38 am
    Schools are using CCTV cameras designed to keep pupils safe to spy on teachers, it has been claimed. Teachers are being subjected to “permanent surveillance”, with school leaders monitoring the footage and using it to make judgments about the performance of their staff, according to the NASUWT teaching union. In many cases, teachers say they could not turn off the cameras in their classroom. The survey comes as delegates attending the NASUWT’s annual conference in Birmingham debate a resolution warning that monitoring of teachers is becoming excessive. It says that this monitoring goes…
  • Schizophrenia And Autism Are The Effects Of Vaccine Stimulation In Unborn Children

    User Submitted
    19 Apr 2014 | 11:36 am
    Luis R. Miranda RINF Alternative News Dr. Russell Blaylock, MD is one of the most knowledgeable neurosurgeons in the world and he is also one of the most outspoken ones when it comes to explaining the dangers that vaccines pose to children, women and everyone else. Dr. Blaylock has made it his mission, purposely or not, to warn people about the damage that vaccines cause on children’s brains and how such damage affects neurological development. Some of the points Dr. Blaylock makes whenever he appears in public or during interviews with news media is that vaccines are indeed…