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  • Wankers of the Day

    Eschaton
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Politico
  • America’s Education Battlefield

    Real Clear Liberty Network
    Alan Caruba
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:34 am
    The 2010 introduction of Common Core, a set of requirements for what elementary and secondary school children should know in math and English language arts, has turned schools in one state after another into battlefields as its complexity and other factors led to protests against it. Even so, by mid-2014, a NBC/Wall Street Journal poll […]
  • Cruising the Web

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    Betsy Newmark
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:38 am
    President Obama, reportedly, has not attended over half of his daily intelligence briefings. Apparently, he thinks he's so brilliant that he's fine in just reading the report and doesn't need to question anyone to get more details or explanations of those reports. Allahpundit links to a column by Marc Thiessen to explain why the in-person briefings are so valuable that President Bush always met in person for his briefings that were held six days a week. According to former officials who have detailed knowledge of the PDB process, having the daily meeting — and not just reading the briefing…
  • Incredible Close-Up Drone Video of an Erupting Volcano in Iceland

    WIRED » Danger Room
    Brian Lam
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:21 am
    This epic video isn’t a CGI outtake from Lord of the Rings. It’s proof that a guy with a quadcopter managed to get very, very close to an erupting Icelandic volcano---close enough to melt the face of the GoPro camera that shot the video. The post Incredible Close-Up Drone Video of an Erupting Volcano in Iceland appeared first on WIRED.
  • Willie Nelson shows up in 45-foot luxury motor coach

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    J.P. Travis
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    Willie Nelson shows up in 45-foot luxury motor coach… to participate in benefit concert against Keystone Pipeline. Hey, maybe it’s an eco-friendly bus that burns cannabis instead of diesel.
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    The Atlantic

  • What If Democracies Refuse to Pay for the Olympics Again?

    Adam Chandler
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:36 pm
    Citing financial concerns, Norway more or less announced the end of its Olympic bid for the 2022 games on Wednesday. The government's vote against providing financial backing for the bid means that Oslo will likely go the way of Stockholm, Krakow, and Lviv, all of which withdrew from the 2022 host field. Responding to the news on Norwegian television, Prime Minister Erna Solberg could hardly help but convey the sense that the Oslo bid⎯at the tune of $5.4 billion⎯ was like a global Sweet 16 party run amok. "The Olympics would have been great, they would have been fun, but there are lots of…
  • In Defense of Spoilers

    Derek Thompson
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Last October, one week after the Breaking Bad series finale, I was having breakfast with a friend in Chicago. "Do not tell me the end of the Breaking Bad," he said. "I just started Season 2 and I have been off the Internet for the last few days. Total blackout. I've stopped following the news just to stay away from spoilers. Do not say a word." "It was a great episode," I said. "No, not another word," he responded. "Seriously." Forty-five minutes later, after coffee and pancakes, I glanced at my phone and starting giggling at the table. "What is it," he said. "This is hilarious," I responded,…
  • IUDs and Implants Are the New Pill

    James Hamblin
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    As of this week, IUDs and implantable devices are almost unanimously the first-line recommendation for medical contraception in young women. According to an important new study that will appear in tomorrow's New England Journal of Medicine, more than 16 times more teenage women would choose these options over birth-control pills if given proper information and affordable access to all forms of medical contraception. That would dramatically lower rates of unplanned pregnancy and abortion, which cost the country billions of dollars every year. Between 10 and 100 times more effective than…
  • How Iran Scammed America Out of a Nuclear Deal

    David Frum
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:37 pm
    You have to salute the rulers of Iran. They stand on the verge of scoring a stunning diplomatic triumph over the United States. Even more impressive: They did it all on bluff. Their adversaries possessed material advantages in terms of money, technology, military power, and more. But Iran’s rulers had clarity of purpose and the will to win. Without these qualities, the adversaries’ material advantages have seeped away. A year ago, the rulers of Iran faced disaster. Their currency had lost three-quarters of its value, due in largest measure to the tough economic sanctions drafted by…
  • The End of the Selfie Hype Cycle

    Megan Garber
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Are you sick of reading about selfies? Are you tired of hearing about how those pictures you took of yourself on vacation last month are evidence of narcissism, but also maybe of empowerment, but also probably of the click-by-click erosion of Culture at Large? Could you do without another think piece analyzing the adoption of the word "selfie"? Or another indignant commentary on the glittery monstrosity that is the selfie sombrero? Me, too. And yet this is, I should warn you, another thing about selfies. Yeah, another one. Sorry. It's just that, today, JibJab—the people who brought you…
 
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    Daily Kos

  • Spotlight on green news & views: No mining at the Grand Canyon, half world's wildlife lost

    1 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Fresh snow on Mount Rainier Many environmentally related posts appearing at Daily Kos each week don't attract the attention they deserve. To help get more eyeballs, Spotlight on Green News & Views (previously known as the Green Diary Rescue) appears twice a week, on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The most recent Saturday Spotlight can be seen here. So far, more than 19,585 environmentally oriented diaries have been rescued for inclusion in this weekly collection since 2006. Inclusion of a diary in the Spotlight does not necessarily indicate my agreement with or endorsement of it. Energy…
  • Cartoon: The climate denial march on reality

    1 Oct 2014 | 2:50 pm
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  • Keep the House from going completely crazy: Send two progressive fighters to Congress

    1 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    With the House GOP poised to move even further to the right in the next Congress, we need to make sure the House doesn't go completely insane. That's why we're adding Staci Appel and Rep. Carol Shea-Porter to our list of congressional endorsements. Appel is running in Iowa's 3rd Congressional District—one of the few districts in which Democrats are playing offense this cycle. It's an open seat since GOP Rep. Tom Latham made a surprise decision to retire this year and, with Appel leading by just three points in the most recent poll, both sides are fighting like hell for this seat.
  • Kansas GOP slides into disarray after sinking polls, a tea party revolt and another loss in court

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Kansas Republicans are collectively having a very bad week. First up, a new Suffolk poll show a troubling trend for Senator Pat Roberts (R-VA): Greg Orman, an independent candidate who has never won political office, now leads veteran Republican Sen. Pat Roberts of Kansas by 46 percent-41 percent in the most surprising Senate race of the year, a new USA TODAY/Suffolk University poll finds. And adding to Roberts' woes is Wednesday's decision by the Shawnee District Court, ruling that Democrats do not need to name a new Senate candidate on the November ballot, following Chad Taylor's withdrawal…
  • Appeals court panel blocks two key voter suppression provisions of new North Carolina law

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Appeals court has given same-day registration and out-of-precinct voting a chance of resurrection in North Carolina. In a 2-1 ruling, a panel of the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals has blocked provisions of a North Carolina voting law that would have ended same-day registration and eliminated the counting of votes cast outside one's precinct. But it left intact a lower court decision that affirmed the law's reducing the number of early voting days, expanding what can be done to challenge voters and eliminating the discretion of county election boards from adding an extra hour on election day in…
 
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    Drudge Report

  • Tighter restrictions loom...

    1 Oct 2014 | 6:03 pm
    Tighter restrictions loom...(Second column, 15th story, link)Related stories:CA Water Agency Offering Rebates Up To $100 For Rainwater Collection...
  • Pelosi: Republican Days Are Numbered...

    1 Oct 2014 | 6:03 pm
    Pelosi: Republican Days Are Numbered...(First column, 1st story, link)
  • CHILD DIES FROM MYSTERY VIRUS...

    1 Oct 2014 | 6:03 pm
    CHILD DIES FROM MYSTERY VIRUS...(Second column, 7th story, link)Related stories:Linked to 4 deaths?Immigration agent says authorities ignoring health warning over illegals' relocations...First Maine child tests positive for mystery virus...Maine sees huge growth in Aslyum-seekers...
  • FARRAKHAN: Whites Created Ebola to Kill Blacks...

    1 Oct 2014 | 6:03 pm
    FARRAKHAN: Whites Created Ebola to Kill Blacks...(First column, 2nd story, link)Related stories:PATIENT HAD CONTACT WITH STUDENTS...Told hospital on first visit was from LIBERIA -- then SENT HOME!SECOND POSSIBLE CASE IN DALLAS...Up to 18 Exposed...WHITE HOUSE: 'Screening Procedures In Place At Our Border'...Airlines scramble to track down HUNDREDS who came in contact...US Visas Held By 13,500 People In Three Ebola Countries...TOP DOC: More will be infected...'Preppers' stock up on supplies...
  • STOCKS START OCTOBER IN SPIRAL...

    1 Oct 2014 | 6:03 pm
    STOCKS START OCTOBER IN SPIRAL...(Third column, 4th story, link)Related stories:GLOBAL GROWTH FEARS SPOOK...
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    Drudge Retort

  • Playing Videogames Improves Elderly Brains

    rstybeach11
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:33 pm
    Nature: Video gaming is a highly pervasive activity, providing a multitude of complex cognitive and motor demands. Gaming can be seen as an intense training of several skills. Associated cerebral structural plasticity induced has not been investigated so far. Comparing a control with a video gaming training group that was trained for two months for at least 30 minutes per day with a platformer game, we found significant gray matter (GM) increase in right hippocampal formation (HC), right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex (DLPFC) and bilateral cerebellum in the training group. The HC increase…
  • Problems on the Horizon for Texas

    Whatsleft
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:33 pm
    James Moore: Because the Texas constitution requires a pay-as-you-go style government, officeholders used bonded indebtedness to avoid raising taxes and being politically punished. In fact, the gas tax in the state has not been raised since 1991 while lawmakers racked up a $23 billion dollar bond bill to construct roads. Servicing and retiring that debt will cost taxpayers $31 billion over the next 20 years. As the governor of Texas tours the country trying to lure more businesses south of the Red River with tales of low tax rates, he never mentions his state has almost $45 billion in bonded…
  • Murder Conviction in Florida Loud Music Shooting

    rcade
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:41 pm
    Michael Dunn was convicted of first-degree murder Wednesday in the 2012 shooting of unarmed teen Jordan Davis outside a Jacksonville, Florida, convenience store after a dispute over loud music. Dunn, a 47-year-old white software developer from Satellite Beach, claimed he was acting in self defense when he fired 10 rounds into a Dodge Durango containing Davis and three other black teens. Davis was unarmed and no gun was found in the vehicle. Dunn did not call 911 and fled the scene, driving two hours to his home.
  • Secret Service Director Resigns

    Harry_Powell
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:07 pm
    The director of the Secret Service has resigned, the Department of Homeland Security announced Wednesday afternoon. The announcement comes a day after Julia Pierson was rebuked by congressional lawmakers over incidents that included the agency's failure to stop an intruder from getting into the White House last month. Retired Secret Service agent Joseph Clancy was named to replace Pierson, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said in a statement.
  • Beer Helps to Improve Memory

    path
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:31 pm
    Beer is better for the brain than you might believe. A new study finds the frothy beverage can improve memory. A researcher at Oregon State Universtity points to a compound found in hops, one of the main ingredients in beer, improved cognitive function in a group of mice. The mice were given large doses of xanthohumol, a flavinoid found in hops. Flavonoids are compounds found in plants that often give them their color.
 
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    Editor's Blog

  • Politico/Kessler Revises

    Josh Marshall
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:41 am
    Politico has now revised the passage I referenced last night in this post and added an editor's note explaining the change.
  • Inside the International House of Prayer

    Josh Marshall
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:13 am
    Today we're publishing a fascinating, troubling investigation into something called the "International House of Prayer", the center of a charismatic Christian movement located just outside of Kansas City. It is a hive of young believers with branches across the world and a theology with a world-leaders-murdering Jesus which many evangelicals claim is distorting Christianity or even heretical. The movement has admirers and severe detractors within the broader charismatic and evangelical movements. And it has thrived on reputation for a less "muted", more radical and heroic version of the…
  • Yes, Yes It Is

    Josh Marshall
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:42 am
    Kilgore: Is extremism not a character issue?
  • More Trouble Brewing In Ferguson

    David Kurtz
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    Some great original reporting from Dylan Scott on the deep distrust between the prosecutor in the Ferguson case and the family of Michael Brown that threatens the credibility of the entire probe.
  • Really Politico?

    Josh Marshall
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:47 pm
    I'm wondering what the editors at Politico were thinking when they let through this bizarre line about Obama being such an abysmal manager that only his death by assassination is likely to bring about needed reform of the Secret Service. Read More →
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    Political Animal

  • Day's End and Night Watch

    1 Oct 2014 | 3:26 pm
    Got a little sniffly after writing that post about Jimmy Carter. I have an intense association of the man with a baby-sitting gig I had on Primary Night in 1966, when I feasted on Junior Mints and watched Jimmy supposedly win a runoff spot on Atlanta TV, only to hear it slip away on the radio the next morning when I was on the school bus. Still think of Jimmy Carter on the rare occasion I indulge in Junior Mints. Here are some remains of the day: * Newly elected Texas state senator goes all Fake Bonhoeffer on abortion "Holocaust" and "spiritual battle" for "soul of America." Including him…
  • Here Come the Stereotypes About Presidential Security

    1 Oct 2014 | 2:36 pm
    So after lots of hysteria about security breaches, Secret Service director Julia Pierson resigned today, to be replaced temporarily by Joseph Clancy, former director of the Service's presidential detail. I don't know enough about the recent Secret Service "scandals" to know whether Pierson is being held accountable for poor management, or is being sacrificed to howling critics looking for a scapegoat. But I do hope that in replacing her the administration takes some cognizance of the risk of replacing the first woman to head the Secret Service with a man, reinforcing all the stereotypes of…
  • Jimmy Carter In Perspective

    1 Oct 2014 | 1:50 pm
    It's former president Jimmy Carter's 90th birthday today. And for those of us who have been watching him a bit longer than most, it's gone by pretty fast. I was a kiddie volunteer (not that I did anything other than talk) for Carter in his first gubernatorial campaign in 1966, so I guess I qualify as a long-time Jimmy-watcher (I should note that Georgians, whatever they think of the 39th president, invariably and with a touching sense of intimacy call him "Jimmy"). In the distorted context of Georgia Politics Circa 1966 (an election cycle that eventually made Lester Maddox governor, via a…
  • "The Rick Scott Is Perfect!"

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:09 pm
    So the Republican Party's outreach efforts to young unmarried women are getting more substantive every day. You may recall the recent "Barack the Dog" ad depicting POTUS as one of those slippery guys you'd meet via online dating. Now there's a comparison of Florida gubernatorial candidates to wedding dresses, courtesy of the College Republicans, who really, really should know better: Don't know about you, but I nearly fell out of my chair when the ad began with a young soon-to-be-bride beaming and exclaiming "The Rick Scott is perfect!" Even if one does decide to "say yes" to the current…
  • Lunch Buffet

    1 Oct 2014 | 11:48 am
    With Yom Kippur coming up on Saturday, Jewish college football players are having to make a decision, including a starting lineman for my Georgia Bulldogs. Here are some fast-compliant midday news/views nibbles: * Republican nominee for Attorney General of Arkansas stripped of voter registration because of existing registration in DC; could now face removal from ballot. Voter fraud! Voter fraud! * Chairman of the Democratic Governors' Association, Peter Shumlin of VT, creates stir with personal endorsement of David Catania, an independent (and former Republican) who's running for DC mayor…
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    New Republic

  • Is an Exodus of Ph.D.s Causing a Brain Drain in the U.S.?

    David Wheeler
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    With a Ph.D. in history and humanities from Stanford University—and a growing body of research—Christopher Stroop initially expected to find a full-time job as a professor at an American university.But as increasing numbers of highly qualified American Ph.D.s have discovered, you can have all th
  • What the Anti-Vaxxer Movement Teaches Us About the Ebola Crisis

    Michelle Orange
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    A couple of years ago, as part of my bid to become a permanent resident of the United States, I underwent a physical exam. In a Brooklyn civil surgeon’s office a nurse drew a small pouch of blood from my right arm, then pumped the same arm with several vaccines. Finally, she injected a button of t
  • The Fate of the Senate Could Come Down to This

    John Cloud
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Among the truest things you can say about Mark Begich—the imperiled Alaska Democrat, whose loss this November might flip the Senate—is that he’s sweet. Easygoing, plain-looking, and sweet. He’s a meaty handshake guy. Someone who will happily don a lei at a pancake bre
  • The GOP's Sexist Reality TV Spoofs Aren't Going to Win Over Female Voters

    Esther Breger
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Voting is hard, right ladies? Luckily, the College Republican National Committee is here to help put things in terms we’ll understand: wedding dresses. Also reality shows. The conservative group released sixteen new ads today, all parodying TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress” and following the same
  • Videos: Ukrainians Are Literally Throwing Their Politicians Into the Trash

    Linda Kinstler
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Ukrainian politicians are known to get into a brawl every now and then. But u
 
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    TIME

  • Kirsten Gillibrand On Why She Hates the Phrase ‘Having It All’

    Charlotte Alter
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:32 pm
    New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand hates the phrase “having it all.” MoreThe Odds of George Clooney Running for President Just DoubledThese Are Some of Ai Weiwei’s Most Influential Works of ArtEbola Phobia? 5 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Panic NBC NewsShe's Out: Secret Service Chief Resigns Amid Scandal NBC NewsBody-Cam Video Helps Clear Utah Cop in Shooting NBC News“I think it’s insulting,” she told TIME’s Nancy Gibbs at the Real Simple/TIME Women & Success Panel Wednesday night. “What are you ‘having?’ A party? Another slice of…
  • Sen. Gillibrand Speaks Out on Secret Service Director

    Maya Rhodan
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:40 pm
    Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said she wasn’t surprised by the resignation of Julia Pierson, the first woman to head the Secret Service, who stepped down Wednesday after the public learned of a number of potential threats that slipped past the President’s security detail. “Obviously there was a massive failure that needed to be taken responsibility for,” Gillibrand said Wednesday during an interview with TIME managing editor Nancy Gibbs at the Women and Success event hosted by TIME and Real Simple. “But I do find that women are often eager to take responsibility for…
  • The Odds of George Clooney Running for President Just Doubled

    denvernicks2014
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:17 pm
    A Clooney/Pitt ticket in 2016, perhaps? The likelihood that George Clooney will run for President of the United States doubled after he married prominent international human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin, according to the British bookmakers William Hill. The company announced Wednesday that it cut the price of a bet that Clooney will run in half, from 200/1 to 100/1, after “hints made by family members” that the actor has political ambitions. On Sunday Clooney married prominent international jurist Amal Alamuddin in a high profile Venice wedding. “George Clooney is not just…
  • Secret Service Director Resigns

    Zeke J Miller
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:35 pm
    More9 Secret Service Screw-Ups and ScandalsReports: Armed Ex-Convict Was Allowed on Elevator With ObamaFence-Jumper Enters White House, Prompting Brief EvacuationJulia Pierson, the embattled director of the U.S. Secret Service, resigned Wednesday amid embarrassing new revelations of breaches to the protective cordon around President Barack Obama. MoreWhite House Touts Growth of Initiative to Aid Young Minorities9 Secret Service Screw-Ups and ScandalsEbola Phobia? 5 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Panic NBC NewsShe's Out: Secret Service Chief Resigns Amid Scandal NBC NewsBody-Cam Video Helps Clear…
  • This Is the Most Sexist Republican Ad of the Year

    Charlotte Alter
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:45 am
    In case there is any debate about whether 1) Republicans really want young women on board for the midterms and 2) they’re confused about how to do it, the College Republican National Committee ad for Rick Scott will settle the question once and for all. The ad features Brittany, a young undecided voter, who appears to be shopping for a wedding dress, but she’s actually shopping for candidates for the Florida Governor’s race, get it? Because women don’t like dirty old politics, women like wedding dresses! She has her heart set on the “Rick Scott” wedding…
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    CNN.com - Politics

  • Rand Paul plays up Ebola fears

    1 Oct 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Sen. Rand Paul said Wednesday that experts and government officials are downplaying the Ebola threat, and he speculated whether the U.S. may end up with a "whole ship full" of American soldiers infected with the virus.
  • Who is Julia Pierson?

    1 Oct 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Julia Pierson became the first female director of the U.S. Secret Service in March 2013, tapped to change the culture of an agency that was then marred by a Colombian prostitution scandal.
  • The great American freakout

    1 Oct 2014 | 1:07 pm
    The whole country seems to have an overriding sense of fear of terrorism in general and ISIS in particular.
  • White House: We appreciate Pierson's service

    1 Oct 2014 | 1:05 pm
    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest comments on Secret Service Director Julia Pierson's resignation.
  • Secret Service vague with fence-jumper details

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:52 pm
    The U.S. Secret Service offered only vague information in federal court about how deep accused fence-jumper Omar Gonzalez got into the White House, in contrast to the dramatic account of the intruder's dash through the building that was revealed Monday.
 
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    Politics News Headlines - Yahoo News

  • Man in Cochran photo case indicted for burglary

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:22 pm
    JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — The man accused of taking illicit photographs of the bedridden wife of U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran has been indicted on burglary charges.
  • 2nd-in-command named acting US attorney in Seattle

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:01 pm
    SEATTLE (AP) — Annette Hayes has been named acting U.S. attorney for the Western District of Washington, following the resignation of Jenny Durkan.
  • Merkel urges Putin to use influence over Ukraine rebels

    1 Oct 2014 | 4:57 pm
    Berlin (AFP) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel, during a telephone call with President Vladimir Putin Wednesday, stressed Moscow's "responsibility" to act as a moderating influence over the pro-Russian separatists in Ukraine.
  • To avoid Iraq-style chaos US must back Afghans: experts

    1 Oct 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Washington (AFP) - Washington will have to stand by Afghanistan for years, training and funding its army until Kabul can sign a peace deal with the Taliban, or it will follow Iraq in sliding into chaos, experts warn.
  • Secret Service director resigns under fire

    1 Oct 2014 | 4:22 pm
    By Steve Holland and Jeff Mason WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned under fire on Wednesday after a series of security lapses came to light that exposed gaping holes in the protective cocoon around President Barack Obama. Pierson, in her position for just 18 months, faced mounting calls from lawmakers to step down in the fallout from a September 19 incident in which an Iraq war veteran with a knife scaled the White House fence, sprinted across the lawn and got deep inside the mansion before an off-duty agent stopped him. ...
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    Political Irony

  • Privacy be Damned

    Iron Knee
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:25 am
    Every once in a while, people in positions of power indadvertedly reveal not only that their view of reality is distorted, but also that they really have no idea what they are talking about. Recently, in response to leaked revelations that the NSA and other law enforcement agencies had pretty much free access to all of your personal communications, Apple and Google both announced that they were turning encryption on by default on iOS and Android. This is significant because Apple and Google will not have access to the encryption keys, which means that they cannot turn over your data to the…
  • Late Night Political Humor

    Iron Knee
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:15 pm
    “Mitt Romney we think is going run again. He says he has no plans to run, but he said if he did run, this time things would turn out differently. Yes they would. This time he would get his ass kicked by a woman.” – Bill Maher “It turns out that country singer Larry Gatlin is a global policy genius and he’s writing policy memos to President Obama. I think I’ll wait to hear what Kenny Chesney thinks” – David Letterman “Sarah Palin’s whole family got into a drunken, public fistfight. Something police are calling a tragic case of trash on trash…
  • It is getting worse

    Iron Knee
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:39 am
    According to political numbers site 538 the numbers are getting worse. As of this morning, the Republicans now have a 60% probability of winning a majority in the Senate. Oh well, I guess it just proves once again that you can buy an election in the USA. Related posts: What’s worse? McCain forgetting the truth or lying? Worse than Weiner Worse
  • The Pitchforks are Coming!

    Iron Knee
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Like Nick Hanauer, I am an unrepentant capitalist. But capitalism only works if, as he says, it is well managed. And right now, we are doing a worse than terrible job of managing our capitalists and plutocrats. Income inequality is rising at insane rates. The end result, history has shown us again and again, is either a police state or an uprising. We are already seeing early warning signs of both. I would add one caveat to his talk, however. Hanauer seems to focus on the minimum wage as a solution, but I think the big problem is not just income inequality, but inequality of opportunity. The…
  • How We Go To War

    Iron Knee
    27 Sep 2014 | 11:30 pm
    © Tom Tomorrow Seven simple steps! And you knew someone was going to bring up Hitler, didn’t you? We have gotten so good at justifying new wars. I just wish we were as good at ending them. Also, I can’t seem to get rid of this nagging feeling that we are being suckered into this war. Related posts: War, Even a Culture War, Makes Money One War that has been Drug-Out The Drums of War, Nine Years Later
 
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    Politics - The Huffington Post

  • Report Identifies 'Weaknesses' At Nuclear Weapons Lab

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:26 pm
    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A report issued Wednesday by the inspector general of the U.S. Department of Energy squarely places blame for the shutdown of the nation's only underground nuclear waste repository on failures at Los Alamos National Laboratory. The inspector general's office identified several major weaknesses in the lab's procedures for packing contaminated gloves, tools and other radiological wastes that were destined for permanent storage at the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant in southern New Mexico. Not all of the lab's procedures were properly vetted and some procedures didn't…
  • Why Is Mayor de Blasio Breaking Four Promises Within 400 Yards of His Own Home?

    1 Oct 2014 | 4:43 pm
    Part One -- the Environment As candidate and mayor, Bill de Blasio made four big promises to New York City. 1. To protect and improve the environment. 2. To reduce traffic deaths through his vision zero program. 3. To expand and improve education 4. To improve housing for low income families I am a Democrat and support almost all the mayor's polices. It pains me, therefore, to report that he is breaking all four of the above promises within a quarter mile of Gracie Mansion. At least one of these will lead to fatalities. I will describe one broken promise a day for the next four days. Breaking…
  • Democrats Cheer Kansas Ruling

    1 Oct 2014 | 4:14 pm
    The chances of Greg Orman defeating Senator Pat Roberts in Kansas just got a whole lot better. A lawsuit which tried to force the Kansas Democratic Party to field a candidate in the race just essentially got laughed out of court, which means there will be no Democrat on the ballot at all. Roberts will be on the ballot as the incumbent Republican, Orman will appear as an Independent, and there will also be a third candidate, Libertarian Randall Batson. But no Democrat will appear. Democrats are actually cheering this outcome, because it increases the chances that a non-Republican will win the…
  • ACLU Challenges New Alabama Abortion Law

    1 Oct 2014 | 4:07 pm
    MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) — The American Civil Liberties Union is suing to stop a new Alabama law that places additional requirements on girls seeking abortions without their parents' approval. The suit, filed in federal court in Montgomery, said the Alabama law goes beyond any other state's law in regulating abortions for females under 18, and it creates additional barriers for girls who can't seek parental consent because they are victims of abuse or neglect. "This law aims to shame a young woman into not having an abortion," Susan Watson, executive director of the ACLU of Alabama, said…
  • HUFFPOST HILL - Secret Security Director Out, Ebola Still In

    1 Oct 2014 | 3:09 pm
    The head of the Secret Service is leaving the White House, but the door is always open for her... and anyone, really. Scott Brown missed all his committees’ hearings on border security, though it’s not like borders have ever gotten in the way of his career. And the agency charged with combating Ebola had its budget slashed. Next time you try to use one of those hand sanitizer dispensers in the Capitol, don’t be surprise if dust comes out and you hear a wheezing sound. This is HUFFPOST HILL for Wednesday, October 1, 2014: SECRET SERVICE CHIEF RESIGNING - Times: "Julia Pierson, the…
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    Media Matters for America - Latest Items

  • Conservative Media Rush To Politicize First Case Of Ebola In U.S.

    1 Oct 2014 | 9:50 am
    Conservative media began politicizing the first case of Ebola virus diagnosed in the United States almost immediately, speculating as to whether the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) could be trusted to contain the virus considering its ties to the Obama administration and about Obama's own role in the diagnosis.CDC Announces First Case Of Ebola Diagnosed In United States CDC: First Case Of Ebola Found In Texas. In a September 30 joint press release with the Texas Health Department, the CDC confirmed that the first case of Ebola had been diagnosed in the United States earlier…
  • Politico Lets Discredited Gossip-Monger Suggest Obama's Assassination May Be Needed To Reform Secret Service (Updated)

    1 Oct 2014 | 9:48 am
    UPDATE: Politico Magazine added an editor's note to the end of Kessler's piece, claiming readers had "misinterpreted" the conclusion: Editor's note: Some readers have misinterpreted the original last line of Kessler's article as somehow suggesting that the president should be held responsible in the event of his own assassination. That couldn't be further from the truth, and we're sorry if anyone interpreted Kessler's meaning in any other way. The note did not explain what a correct interpretation of the line would be. Politico Magazine published a piece by Ron Kessler, a…
  • Ingraham Calls For Travel Ban In Response To Ebola, Claims Obama's "Core Ties To The African Continent" Undermine Public Safety

    1 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    From the October 1 edition of Courtside Entertainment Group's The Laura Ingraham Show:Previously: Ingraham Suggests Obama Is Willing To Expose American Troops To Ebola To Atone For Colonialism Conservatives Find A Way To Attack Obama For Fighting Ebola Right-Wing Media Exploit Ebola Outbreak In West Africa To Spread Immigration Fears
  • Fox Host Brian Kilmeade "Would Love To See" Allen West "In A Leadership Role With The Secret Service"

    1 Oct 2014 | 7:14 am
    From the October 1 edition of Fox News Radio's Kilmeade & Friends:Previously: Wash. Post Piece Calls For Allen West To Head Secret Service Allen West Tells Military To Disobey Commander In Chief What The Media Should Know About GOP Surrogate And Fox News Contributor Allen West
  • Fox's Karl Rove: President Obama Has "A Lazy Attitude Towards The Job That He's Got"

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:13 am
    From the October 1 edition of Fox News' On the Record with Greta Van Susteren:Previously: Fox's Sarah Palin: Obama Won't Address VA Problems Because He "Is Lazy" Hannity Joins In Distortion Of Obama Interview: "You Know, He Recently Said That He's Lazy" "Laziness": Media Distort Obama Interview
 
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    The Women's International Perspective

  • Visitor Finds That Cuba and U.S. Act in the Same Revolting Manner Where Race Is Concerned

    Kim Amador
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:12 pm
    by Alana de Hinojosa, AlterNet, USA – Just before I left to study in Havana, Cuba for three months, a Cuban friend of mine pulled me aside and whispered in my ear: “Any ideas you had about race are going to be totally blown out of the water.” I had no idea what she meant, and was skeptical considering Cuba’s high praise from the progressive left, but my friend turned out to be right. From the first day at the airport in Miami and throughout the three months I lived there, it seemed race was all around me. In Miami almost every person boarding the Havana-bound plane (each with…
  • Living With Cerebral Palsy: The Perfect Child

    Stephanie Murti
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:50 am
    by Nadia Hussain, Dawn.com, Pakistan – This is the story of the best eleven years of my life. It begins with the birth of my son Abdullah, who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy (CP) three months after his birth. Abdullah was a 10-pound baby who was incredibly hard to deliver, but the doctors guiding me through labour advised against performing a C-section. Insisting that a ‘normal’ delivery was the way forward, my son came into the world stillborn, after many hours of struggle. Read More »
  • Food Tank’s Fall Reading List: 20 Great Books About Food

    daniellenierenberg
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:41 am
    Food Tank has selected 20 books that entertain, inform, and reaffirm the importance of food and agriculture. From sustainable seafood to ethical eating to field guides for food activists, these books highlight innovative and creative methods that are creating a better, more sustainable food system while educating and informing eaters and consumers. The authors and editors that have contributed to this list make up some of the world’s leading experts on food justice and sustainable eating. Food Tank hopes the facts and information in these books will not only inspire people already involved…
  • The Other Side of Paradise

    Serena Nanda
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:34 am
    The Florida Gold Coast: it’s paradise. From Miami to West Palm Beach, the beautiful beaches, warm winter weather, well-stocked art museums, luxurious gated communities, golf courses and upscale shopping malls and restaurants annually attract thousands of snowbirds and second homeowners, especially older folks. Founded by the visionary Henry Flagler, the Gold Coast is not just paradise for the 1% but also for middle- and working-class people who retire here to live the good life, avoid paying taxes in their home states and mix with those just like themselves. Holed up in gated communities,…
  • Emma Watson and the HeforShe Campaign

    Caitlin Williams
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:08 am
    Last week, Emma Watson news articles began popping up on my Facebook feed referring to Watson as “a game changer” for feminism. As a feminist, I wanted to know more. As a UN Goodwill Ambassador, the British actor known for her leading role in the Harry Potter feature film series gave a speech about gender equality on September 20, 2014. Her speech coincided with the launch of “HeforShe,” a UN campaign. She stated the purpose of this campaign clearly: to try and galvanize as many men and boys as possible to be advocates for gender equality. She talked about how gender inequality not…
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    This Week in Blackness | #TWIBnation

  • Transcending The Trope: Oda Mae Brown in “Ghost”

    Pia Glenn
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Let’s get one thing straight: Ghost is mostly hot garbage. It’s a quasi-theist sci-fi/thriller wannabe, with stalking and seances and a subplot about stealing codes to steal money, that’s been dipped in so much treacly romance it’s like a caramel apple with no apple under the caramel, only more caramel. Oh, and it’s also a comedy when Whoopi Goldberg is onscreen. So, Ghost is many things, most of them messy, but damn if it isn’t successful. Everyone and your mother was singing “Unchained Melody” and signing up for pottery classes, and I don’t say that as an…
  • So, about the expansion of My Brother’s Keeper.

    Jamie Nesbitt-Golden
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am
    President Obama announced the expansion of his My Brother’s Keeper initiative at a Congressional Caucus Event last weekend, and well … sigh. “We still have to close the opportunity gaps, and we have to close the justice gap — how justice is applied, but also what is perceived, how it is experienced,” Obama said at a Congressional Black Caucus Foundation event in Washington on Saturday. “That’s what we saw in Ferguson this summer when Michael Brown was killed and the community was divided.” Uh huh. “Too many young men of color feel targeted by law enforcement, guilty of…
  • Transcending the Trope: EJ Johnson on “Rich Kids of Beverly Hills”

    Pia Glenn
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:40 am
    From EJ’s Instagram account, @ejjohnson Rich Kids of Beverly Hills is standard E! Entertainment Network “reality” fare. Whether you call it a reality show, a docuseries, or unscripted TV, a reality rose by any other name is still reality. Well, actually it’s “reality,” glossed-up and staged and edited and yes, scripted, for the viewing pleasure of the type of people who made E! the network that the Kardashians built. If you’re sensing disdain in my tone, that’s because my tone is disdainful. I don’t care for that sort of programming for a number of reasons, and I had…
  • Transcending the Trope: Lieutenant Anita Van Buren on Law & Order

    Pia Glenn
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:11 pm
    Fully fleshed-out recurring characters on a procedural crime drama are like open-minded conservatives; I don’t really expect to encounter many, but they do in fact exist, and it’s such a delight to come upon them. One of my favorite characters is Lieutenant Anita Van Buren, played by the award-winning S. Epatha Merkerson on the TV show Law & Order. Law & Order ruled the airwaves with its “ripped from the headlines” plot lines for twenty years, and Lieutenant Van Buren called the fictional shots at the precinct for most of that time. At first glance, Van Buren looks like the…
  • (Dis)respecting the dead: The John Crawford Walmart Footage

    Jamie Nesbitt-Golden
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:29 am
    Last week, video footage of John Crawford’s murder hit social media, showing him setting down the BB gun and not wielding it around like a cartoon villain as certain eyewitnesses suggested. Reactions were mixed. Some felt the video should be required viewing for anyone dismissing the epidemic of state-sanctioned violence. Others, like me, posited that if contrarians have already been dismissing the severity of this epidemic, another video of another black man felled by the Thin Blue Line would do little to sway them. There is something eerily voyeuristic about watching someone’s life slip…
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    Wonkette

  • Stephen Colbert Perplexed By This Muslim Sportsball Man And His Exotic Ways (Video)

    Doktor Zoom
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Stephen Colbert is just as puzzled as we were about the curious case of the Kansas City player who was penalized for Muslim Tebowing — especially after the NFL decided, no, that wasn’t a penalty after all. It’s not so much the religious freedom question that has Colbert perplexed as a more fundamental matter: Why are Islamazoids like Husain Abdullah even playing in the NFL “if they’re not allowed to touch pig skin? What’s gonna happen? We’re gonna have to switch to Halal balls.” Besides, Colbert says, We all know football’s a Christian…
  • Girl Secret Service Director’s Resignation Is Obama’s Latest Attack On Women, According To Idiots

    Gary Legum
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Secret Service director Julia Pierson has resigned over the recent rash of security breaches around the president and the White House. This leaves us with just one important question: How long will it take the wingnuts to blame Pierson’s resignation on Obama leading the real War on Women? Let’s see. Here is a tweet from NBC News that alerted us to the story, time-stamped 12:24. And here is a wingnut commentator from something called Pocket Liberty, also time-stamped … 12:24. Instantaneous! That beats Katie Pavlich’s record of three minutes in the Great Ebola Hitting the U.S. Is…
  • Florida Jury Finally Finds Murderer Michael Dunn Guilty Of Murder

    Kaili Joy Gray
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:24 pm
    In November 2012, racist scumbag Michael Dunn killed 17-year-old Jordan Davis. Dunn claimed that Davis and his friends were rudely (read: blackly) playing their music too loud, and when he ever-so-politely asked them to turn it down a bit, the poor defenseless Dunn, who was armed, was scared for his life because BLACK and also he saw a gun, except that he did not because the only gun was his. Still, being afraid for his life because BLACK, he fired off 10 rounds into the SUV of unarmed teenagers, killing Davis, and then going to a motel with his girlfriend to eat some pizza, as one does after…
  • ‘Science’ Center Teaches Boys Rocketry, Girls Makeup. Internet Certain To Be Pleased. (Updated)

    Doktor Zoom
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    UPDATE: Carnegie Science Center has responded; see end of post. You know what kids love? Kids love science! Science is exciting, and it builds critical thinking skills, and it’s actually more than just a little bit fun if you have an engaging teacher and cool things to do! And if you’re a girl in Pittsburgh, you can actually get your Girl Scouts science badge at the one solitary science workshop that the Carnegie Science Center offers, which is available on just one day, which… hey, what’s the freaking deal here, Carnegie Science Center? Looks like you have loads of…
  • Stupid Game Show Star Alex Trebek Does Not Even Know What Do Women Want

    Kaili Joy Gray
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:17 am
    Image via Knuk Okay, ladies, why are we castrating The Patriarchy today? We will tell you why. Because Alex Trebek, THAT IS WHY. The Jeopardy host was not really on our radar before, since he is A MAN so we do not pay attention to him — and also we do not have a teevee because they are kind of ugly; and also we do not have room in our house for one; and also it is a tool of the patriarchy and perpetuates terrible stereotypes about women; and also there is nothing good on anyway since Buffy ended — but we saw A Thing on the interwebs, and now we are OUTRAGED!!! During the game…
 
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    Hot Air

  • Carter: If I had gone to war with Iran, I would have beaten Reagan or something

    Matt Vespa
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Dude, really? Former President Jimmy Carter had some interesting things to say about his 1980 defeat to Ronald Reagan; he could have won if he was more ‘manly,’ or something. Carter admitted that the Iranian hostage crisis, which lasted 444 days, heavily contributed to his defeat. But added that if he had gone to war with Iran, […] Read this post »
  • FCC: We’ll look into whether “Redskins” is indecent for broadcast

    Ed Morrissey
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:21 pm
    Er ... The team? Well, after watching Kirk Cousins throw three interceptions in a single quarter, I suppose an argument can be made that the level of the Redskins’ play is pretty indecent. Especially if you live in Washington DC, but hey, YMMV, especially in Dallas, Philadelphia, and the part of New York that’s actually in New Jersey. Oh, wait […] Read this post »
  • Fox News primetime hits record high ratings, MSNBC falls to record lows

    Gabriel Malor
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:41 pm
    No contest. In the third quarter, the news-consuming public was riveted by wars in Ukraine, Israel, Iraq, and Syria. Viewers could not get enough of Ferguson, Missouri and an immigration crisis. They watched and mourned Robin Williams and Joan Rivers. But most didn’t watch these stories on MSNBC. With such a target-rich environment, you’d think the struggling network could have picked […] Read this post »
  • Marquette poll: Walker now leads outside the margin of error, tops 50 percent support

    Guy Benson
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Pulling away? Two weeks ago, Scott Walker edged back in front of Democrat Mary Burke by three points — within the respected MU law poll’s margin of error. Welcome to October: New Marquette Law School Poll finds Walker at 50% and Burke at 45% among likely voters in governor’s race. #mulawpoll — MULawPoll (@MULawPoll) October 1, 2014 Change […] Read this post »
  • The new New Math: Byzantine subtraction in Common Core

    Ed Morrissey
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Insanity. When I went to school, I may not have been the math whiz that my son the Mathemagician turned out to be, but I didn’t really have any trouble learning subtraction by, y’know … subtracting. Apparently that’s so passé as to be called the Granny Method in a new Common Core-compliant textbook. Our colleague Erick Erickson […] Read this post »
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    Real PolitixReal Politix

  • Try These Insurance Tips To Help You Get The Best Deal

    Randy
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:38 am
    TIP! Clearly explain what happened to get a quick response to your claim. Snap photos of the damage. These tips about insurance should help you understand your policies better, and choose the insurances you subscribe to more wisely. You may not know it, but you are most likely forking out too much money for the amount of coverage you receive, or not receiving enough coverage for what you pay. It is time to re-evaluate your policies and spending. TIP! In order to obtain the correct insurance, you must understand what is being offered by the company. Do not be afraid to get more information…
  • Investing 101: Everything You Need To Know To Get Started

    Randy
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:23 am
    TIP! Always look into free resources for investments rather than a broker who is motivated by commissions. Avoid investment fraud by performing a thorough background check on any investment broker you are considering. While investments in the stock market are popular the world over, they are becoming more popular as people realize how beneficial the investment can be. Though, not everyone that jumps into the market does so with the right knowledge. Many choose their investments carelessly, and end up with poor results and lost money. If you would like to be one of the people that knows how to…
  • Suggestions To Make Your Online Business A Success

    Randy
    28 Sep 2014 | 1:47 am
    TIP! It is essential to know the cost of production for any products that you sell. Wholesale sellers often offer their products at twice the cost to make them. It’s exciting to start a online business, but there are many hurdles to overcome. If you wish to have a company that’s home based, you should use the things you’re about to learn in this article. TIP! You should think about what you use in your own life when you decide on a product that your home business will market and sell. Identifying a need is the first step to selecting a successful product. It is important to…
  • What Makes A House A Good Buy In A Bad Market

    Randy
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:08 pm
    TIP! Real estate agents need to get a hold of their former clients during anniversaries and holidays of their date of purchase. When they hear from you, they will be reminded of how much you helped them when they were purchasing their home. The endless components of searching for and purchasing a home can be enough to drive anyone a little crazy. Therefore, it’s crucial that anyone planning on buying a property takes the time to learn some of the tricks of the trade. TIP! If the home needs a few fixes, it may sell for a much lower price. This can be a money-saver in purchasing the home,…
  • Tips On How To Get The Best Insurance In Town

    Randy
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:24 am
    TIP! Before you renew your policy, get new quotes to save money. Insurance companies use various criteria for coming up with policy premiums, and each is different. Insurance isn’t a walk in the park. Despite what that insurance may be for, it’s still a complex process. Fortunately, it can be less stressful than you think. With the right advice and the right knowledge, you can buy a policy with little to no stress. The tips in this article should help you. TIP! You can pay less for the different insurance policies you need if you bundle them together. Typically, companies offer…
 
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    FamousDC

  • DC Digital Firm Lighting Up Time Square For NASDAQ Opening Bell

    nolongerfamous
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:23 am
    Congrats to Michael Beach, Zac Moffatt and the team at Targeted Victory! Zac Moffatt via Twitter: Not every day you get to open Nasdaq! Thank you to @TubeMogul & @bjwilson34 for letting us be a part of it #America pic.twitter.com/Twma589SwzThe post DC Digital Firm Lighting Up Time Square For NASDAQ Opening Bell appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Local Radio Personality Gets Dissed by Dead President

    nolongerfamous
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:34 am
    Even local celebrities can sometimes get left hanging… Over the weekend, 94.7 Fresh FM radio personality Kelly Collis got dissed by Abe Lincoln. One thing that made Kelly feel better about Abe’s lack of respect: her amazing seat. h/t Tommy’s Instagram page.The post Local Radio Personality Gets Dissed by Dead President appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Famous Friday [Round Up]

    fdc
    26 Sep 2014 | 1:36 pm
    #THANKS We had an amazing night with you! A very special thanks to our generous sponsors, The New Republic, CampaignGrid and Photox who made the night possible; oh and check out your FamousDC HH photos, you beautiful people; #NATIONAL Where is Kim Jong Un?; we’re all shellshocked; it’s so sweet when robots tweet to each [...]The post Famous Friday [Round Up] appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Navin Sarma Photography Grand Opening

    fdc
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Navin Sarma, a regular contributor to FamousDC, is having a grand opening in Washington, D.C. of his best photographs of the city next week in Georgetown. Check out the event details below and go check out his amazing work! Grand Opening: “DC: Impressions of Urban Nature” Wednesday, Oct 1, 6PM L2 Lounge – 3315 Cady’s [...]The post Navin Sarma Photography Grand Opening appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Another Great FamousDC Happy Hour For the Books

    nolongerfamous
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:23 am
    Thanks to everyone who joined us at the Hawk ’n’ Dove last night for the FamousDC Final Push Toward November Happy Hour! It was fitting to celebrate 100 Years of the New Republic, with 100 days left in 2014, with well over one hundred of FamousDC’s beltway celebs. A very special thanks to our generous [...]The post Another Great FamousDC Happy Hour For the Books appeared first on FamousDC.
 
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    Democracy Now!

  • Mississippi County Sued for Indefinitely Holding Prisoners Without Charge or Access to Lawyer

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:53 am
    The American Civil Liberties has filed a federal lawsuit against Scott County, which is about 25 miles from the capital of Jackson, over allegations that it has held prisoners for nearly a year without formal charge or access to an attorney. The two plaintiffs in the case are Octavious Burks, held for more than 10 months without formal charge, and Joshua Bassett, held for eight months. Burks was arrested for armed robbery, and Bassett for grand larceny and possession of methamphetamine. Overall, the ACLU estimates at least 50 people are being held in the Scott County in a similar situation…
  • Accused of Stealing a Backpack, High School Student Jailed for Nearly Three Years Without Trial

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:28 am
    We look at the incredible story of how a 16-year-old high school sophomore from the Bronx ended up spending nearly three years locked up at the Rikers jail in New York City after he says he was falsely accused of stealing a backpack. Kalief Browder never pleaded guilty and was never convicted. Browder maintained his innocence and requested a trial, but was only offered plea deals while the trial was repeatedly delayed. Near the end of his time in jail, the judge offered to sentence him to time served if he entered a guilty plea, and warned him he could face 15 years in prison if he was…
  • After Censorship of History Course, Colorado Students & Teachers Give a Lesson in Civil Disobedience

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:12 am
    After a county school board in Colorado proposed to rewrite the district’s high school U.S. history curriculum to stop teaching about civil disobedience, students and teachers have responded with acts of civil disobedience of their own. Classes have been canceled twice in Jefferson County as teachers stage mass sick-outs and students walk out of classes. At a protest last week, hundreds of Denver-area high school students held cardboard signs with slogans including, "Don’t make history a mystery" and "Keep your politics out of my education." The protests began…
  • Headlines for October 1, 2014

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Biggest U.S.-Led Strikes on Iraq and Syria to Date as U.K. Joins CampaignU.S. Not Following Heightened Standards on Preventing Civilian Deaths for Syria-Iraq StrikesUnited Nations: Funding Shortfall Threatens Food Aid for Syrian RefugeesTaliban Launches Suicide Attack after U.S.-Afghan Troop DealTens of Thousands Continue Pro-Democracy Protests in Hong KongCDC Says First U.S. Ebola Case Can Be ContainedObama Approves Asylum Plan for Migrant ChildrenOklahoma Modifies Execution Protocol after Botched KillingSecret Service Chief under Fire as New Revelations Emerge About White House…
  • As U.S.-Afghanistan Sign Troop Deal, CIA-Backed Warlord Behind Massacre of 2,000 POWs Sworn-In as VP

    30 Sep 2014 | 5:27 am
    Afghanistan has inaugurated its first new president in a decade, swearing in Ashraf Ghani to head a power-sharing government. Joining him on stage Monday was Abdul Rashid Dostum, Afghanistan’s new vice president. Dostum is one of Afghanistan’s most notorious warlords, once described by Ghani himself as a "known killer." Dostum’s rise to the vice presidency comes despite his involvement in a 2001 massacre that killed up to 2,000 Taliban prisoners of war. The victims were allegedly shot to death or suffocated in sealed metal truck containers after they surrendered to…
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    NYT: The Caucus

  • The Caucus Ends Its Campaign

    By The New York Times
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    The Caucus on Monday suspended its campaign. Follow First Draft, a fast-paced political briefing on all things Washington and elections.
  • Sunday Breakfast Menu, Sept. 21

    By Elena Schneider
    20 Sep 2014 | 11:55 am
    Congress approved funding for equipping Syrian rebels against Islamic States and lawmakers will discuss their votes on several of the Sunday shows.
  • Sunday Breakfast Menu, Sept. 14

    By Elena Schneider
    13 Sep 2014 | 11:24 am
    President Obama vowed to "degrade and ultimately destroy" ISIS in a speech he gave on Wednesday. Lawmakers and analysts will discuss his strategy on the Sunday shows.
  • Sunday Breakfast Menu, Sept. 7

    By Elena Schneider
    6 Sep 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Lawmakers will weigh in on President Obama's international coalition to fight Islamist militants.
  • Sunday Breakfast Menu, Aug. 31

    By Elena Schneider
    30 Aug 2014 | 12:28 pm
    President Obama drew criticism on Thursday when he said, "we don't have a strategy yet," for military action against ISIS in Syria. Lawmakers will weigh in on Mr. Obama's comments on the Sunday shows.
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    Outside the Beltway

  • Secret Service Director Resigns

    Doug Mataconis
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:43 pm
    In the wake of a series of revelations about serious security breaches that culminated with yesterday’s news that an armed man with a criminal record had shared an elevator with the President during a visit to Atlanta, the Director of the Secret Service has resigned: WASHINGTON — Julia Pierson, the director of the Secret Service, is resigning in the wake of several security breaches, according to administration officials. The resignation came less than a day after lawmakers from both parties assailed Ms. Pierson’s leadership and said they feared for the lives of the…
  • Another Poll Shows Pat Roberts In Trouble In Kansas

    Doug Mataconis
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:26 pm
    In a race that could determine control of the Senate next year, there’s another poll showing three-term Senator Pat Roberts trailing Independent candidate Greg Orman in Kansas: Independent Greg Orman is clinging to a narrow lead over Republican Sen. Pat Roberts, according to a new poll of the Kansas Senate race, a contest that could tilt control of the Senate. Orman leads Roberts, 46 percent to 41 percent, according to the USA TODAY/Suffolk University poll of 500 likely voters, taken from Sept. 27 to Sept. 30. The poll carries a 4.4-point margin of error. About 11 percent of voters are…
  • The U.S. Should Stay Quiet About The Protests In Hong Kong

    Doug Mataconis
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:24 am
    The Washington Post Editorial Board argues that the Obama Administration needs to do more to speak up for the demonstrators currently protesting against threats to their political freedom in Hong Kong: Beijing, however, has not acted yet; police in Hong Kong backed off on Monday and Tuesday after their use of tear gas over the weekend brought more people to the streets. Chinese authorities probably are weighing the risks of allowing the street occupations to continue against those of initiating a crackdown. That makes this a crucial moment for the United States to send a clear message to…
  • Republicans Will Hold The House, And Are Likely To Add To Their Majority

    Doug Mataconis
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
    While the battle for Senate control remains up in the air, and it’s unclear what will happen in several Governor’s races around the country, there’s little suspense when it comes to the House of Representatives. By all estimates and projections, Republicans will retain the majority they won in that chamber in 2010 and, indeed, look poised to expand upon it: One year after plunging the country into what was then regarded as a near-apocalyptic 16-day shutdown of the federal government, House Republicans find themselves, improbably, in their strongest position politically since…
  • New York Times Cutting Staff Again

    James Joyner
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:27 am
    The nation’s newspaper of record is slashing its reporting team. NYT (“New York Times Plans Cutbacks in Newsroom Staff“): The New York Times plans to eliminate about 100 newsroom jobs, as well as a smaller number of positions from its editorial and business operations, offering buyouts and resorting to layoffs if enough people do not leave voluntarily, the newspaper announced on Wednesday Arthur Sulzberger Jr., the newspaper’s publisher, and Mark Thompson, its chief executive, said that in addition to the job cuts, NYT Opinion, a new mobile app dedicated to opinion…
 
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    Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines

  • A Force More Powerful in Jefferson County, Colo.

    editor@truthdig.com
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:36 pm
    By Amy Goodman “Don’t make history a mystery” read one of the signs at a rally in Jefferson County, Colo. High-school students in this suburban district, referred to locally as “JeffCo,” have been walking out of class en masse this past week, protesting the planned censorship of the district’s Advanced Placement (AP) United States history curriculum by the local school board. Related Entries September 30, 2014 China and Its Challenges September 29, 2014 Get the Authorization
  • Shrinking the Global Income Gap

    editor@truthdig.com
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:55 pm
    By Thor Benson A new study from Harvard Business School suggests that people all across the world, from very divergent backgrounds and ideologies, want the income gap to become smaller—and also that it’s actually bigger than they realized. Related Entries September 29, 2014 We Need to Raise Most People’s Wages to Grow the Economy for the Majority, Not the 1 Percent September 26, 2014 Bookends of a Presidency
  • Shooter Convicted in Florida ‘Stand Your Ground’ Trial

    editor@truthdig.com
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:36 pm
    AP/The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack A jury in Jacksonville, Fla., on Wednesday convicted Michael Dunn, a middle-aged white man, of murdering African-American teenager Jordan Davis. Dunn opened fire on Davis and three of the 17-year-old’s friends after he claimed to see a shotgun in the teenagers’ car. Prosecutors argued successfully that there was no gun, and Dunn shot at the young men because he was angry that they were playing loud “thug” music. If the case was a test of Florida’s stand your ground law, which allows defendants to claim self-defense if they…
  • 10 Myths About Obama’s Latest War

    editor@truthdig.com
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:53 pm
    By Reese Erlich Reese Erlich was in northern Iraq at the start of the U.S. bombing campaign against Islamic State. He says the reality on the ground is far different from the propaganda coming out of Washington. Related Entries September 30, 2014 China and Its Challenges September 29, 2014 Get the Authorization
  • Can You Guess How Many Gallons of Water It Took to Grow the Avocado in Your Guacamole?

    editor@truthdig.com
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:36 pm
        According to Mother Jones, avocados and almonds are pretty much guilty pleasures when you think about how much of drought-ridden California’s water it takes to grow them. sean dreilinger (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0) So we know that avocados should have gone extinct millions of years ago, but how about how much water it takes to grow a single of these creamy green fruits? Mother Jones: US consumers certainly love this unctuous tropical fruit. According to the US Department of Agriculture, per capita avocado production jumped from 1.1 pounds annually in 1999 to 4.5 pounds in 2011. Avocados…
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    PunditGuy

  • Seahawk Distress

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

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

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

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

    PunditGuy
    6 Sep 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Everything is political. From going to war, to recognizing holidays and religious traditions, to pardoning the Thanksgiving turkey. No decision is made without politics being the most important issue. This is true for Democrats and Republicans alike. No one is pure here. It just seems as though the political angles of things are becoming more obvious than in the past, and the media now doesn’t even pretend to hide the implications. President Barack Obama will not take any executive actions on immigration until after November’s elections, a White House official confirmed to CNN on…
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    ThinkProgress

  • 2°C Or Not 2°C: Why We Must Not Ditch Scientific Reality In Climate Policy

    Joe Romm
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Global-mean surface temperature 1880-2013. Grey line shows annual values, and the smoothed blue line highlights the long-term evolution. (Via RealClimate using NASA data) A new Comment piece in Nature argues we should “Ditch the 2 °C warming goal” as a basis for climate change policy. Here’s why the authors, political scientist David Victor and retired astrophysicist Charles Kennel, are wrong — and why “their prescription is a dangerous one,” as a top climatologist told me. Their core argument, as Nature sums it up, is “Average global temperature is…
  • Here’s Who To Blame For America’s Increased Contribution To Global Warming In 2013

    Emily Atkin
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:33 pm
    CREDIT: Shutterstock A new report released by the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday shows just how much large American industrial facilities including power plants, refineries, and chemical manufacturers contributed to global warming in 2013. The report answers the question of how carbon dioxide was emitted by these industries in 2013 compared to 2012, and the short answer is this: more. Emissions of greenhouse gases from large industrial sources increased by 0.6 percent since 2012, according to the EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program data, which is compiled from reports…
  • BREAKING: Florida Man Who Shot Unarmed Black Teen After Loud Music Dispute Convicted Of Murder

    Nicole Flatow
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Michael Dunn in court CREDIT: AP Photo/The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack, Pool On the second try, prosecutors secured a first degree murder conviction of Michael Dunn, the man who shot and killed 17-year-old Jordan Davis after a dispute over loud music at a Jacksonville convenience store. Jurors found Dunn guilty of first-degree murder late Wednesday afternoon, more than seven months after another jury deadlocked on whether to convict Dunn of that charge. The racially tinged Stand Your Ground case sparked national outrage and evoked memories of Trayvon Martin and other shootings of young,…
  • Federal Judge Orders Arizona Sheriff To Stop Putting Prisoners’ Health In Danger

    Sam P.K. Collins
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio CREDIT: AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin Notoriously anti-immigrant Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is back in the national spotlight, and not for a good reason. On Tuesday, a federal judge extended a court order that mandates that Arpaio improve medical and mental health care in Maricopa County’s jails. Last year, Arpaio and Maricopa County commissioners asked the federal court to lift a 2008 court order that charged the group with ending the overcrowding of facilities, providing adequate medical and mental health care, serving food that meets the U.S.
  • Jimmy Kimmel Commits Stoner Slander

    Jessica Goldstein
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:04 pm
    CREDIT: Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP Jimmy Kimmel has this recurring bit on his show wherein he sends out a cameraman to talk to regular folks on the street, typically with the purpose of catching these folks in the act of not knowing something that we have all decided everyone is supposed to know. We laugh at these plebes from the comfort of our couches while discreetly looking up the answers to Kimmel’s questions on our phones. As you can probably tell from my tone, I am not a huge fan of these sketches. They cherry-pick the most embarrassing answers and presumably leave the people who…
 
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  • Talking White

    Jamelle Bouie
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:26 pm
    “All right, hear me out,” begins the young black woman in a video uploaded to the website LiveLeak last Friday. “There is no such thing as ‘talking white,’ … it’s actually called ‘speaking fluently,’ speaking your language correctly. I don’t know why we’ve gotten to a place where as a culture—as a race—if you sound as though you have more than a fifth-grade education, it’s a bad thing.”
  • Can Peeps Be Sticky Year-Round?

    Mike Pesca
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:09 pm
    Listen to Episode 105 of Slate’s The Gist:
  • Dear Prudie Early Release: Can’t Stomach It

    Emily Yoffe
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:49 pm
    As a member of Slate Plus, you’re reading this Slate story before anyone else can! This story is exclusive to Slate Plus members until Thursday at 6 a.m.
  • The World’s Politest Protesters

    Srdja Popovic
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:41 pm
    The protest movement that has sprung to life in Hong Kong now represents the most serious challenge to Beijing’s authority since the Tiananmen protests of 1989. Beijing is obviously worried: Earlier this week it banned the photo-sharing site Instagram and ramped up censorship on the popular Chinese social media site Sina Weibo to unprecedented levels. 
  • Dear Prudence Live Chat

    Emily Yoffe
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Need help getting along with partners, relatives, co-workers, and people in general? Ask Dear Prudence! Emily Yoffe takes your questions on manners, morals, and more. Please keep your questions succinct (recommended max. length is around 150 words). Submit yours ahead of time below:
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    Political Mojo | Mother Jones

  • How Kansas Is Selling Sam Brownback's Failed Trickle-Down Tax Cuts

    Patrick Caldwell
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback's reelection campaign is in serious trouble. The latest poll has the incumbent Republican losing to his Democratic opponent by 4 percentge points. Read more about how Sam Brownback's red-state experiment could turn Kansas purple. As I explained in our November/December issue, Brownback's woes can largely be traced back to the drastic tax cuts for the wealthy that he pushed through the state legislature. Kansas' tax rate for top earners dropped from 6.45 to 4.9 percent, with further future cuts baked in. The cuts were even more generous for business owners, entirely…
  • Chart: As Top Tax Rates Dropped, Top Incomes Soared

    Dave Gilson
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    We're still posting a new chart on the current state of income inequality every day over the next week. Yesterday's looked at how the top 1 percent of Americans have captured half of all income. Today, let's talk taxes. In the past few years, we've heard a lot about overtaxed "job creators" and freeloading "takers." But consider this: As the income rates for the wealthiest have plunged, their incomes have shot up. Source: Tax rates: The Tax Foundation; top incomes: Emmanuel Saez and Thomas Piketty (Excel)  Illustrations and infographic design by Mattias Mackler​
  • Ebola Patient in Dallas Had Contact With Several Children

    Alex Park
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:24 pm
    Update 3, October 1, 6:50 p.m. EDT: Liberian officials identified the first person diagnosed with the Ebola virus in the United States as Thomas Duncan, a Monrovia resident in his mid-forties. Duncan had tried to help a woman sick with the virus find treatment two weeks ago, according to the New York Times. Unable to find a place in a local hospital, the woman's family took her back to her home, where she died a few hours later. The story follows a pattern which the World Health Organization had warned of in a September 8 statement, which described how cars, sometimes packed with entire…
  • More Than 80 Percent of Teens Are Using the Wrong Birth Control

    Julia Lurie
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:32 pm
    For the first time, the American Academy of Pediatrics recommended long-acting reversible contraception, like IUDs and contraceptive implants, as "first-line contraceptive choices for adolescents." The guidelines, published in the journal Pediatrics on Monday, encourage pediatricians to discuss these long-acting options, known as LARC methods, before other contraceptive choices for adolescents because of the products' "efficacy, safety, and ease of use." It's no secret that a lot of teens have sex; according to the report, nearly half of US high school students report having had sexual…
  • New Mexico AG Opens Criminal Investigation Into Missing Susana Martinez Emails

    Andy Kroll
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:57 am
    The New Mexico Attorney General's office is opening a criminal investigation into missing and/or destroyed emails covering part of Republican Gov. Susana Martinez's tenure as a district attorney and also the tenure of Martinez's successor, Amy Orlando, a close friend of the governor. Complicating the investigation is the fact that New Mexico's AG, Democrat Gary King, is Martinez's opponent in this year's gubernatorial race.  The investigation was triggered by an internal report released last week by the district attorney in New Mexico's Third…
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  • Facebook Lunatic Returns With Escalated Threats Toward President Obama

    karoli
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:23 pm
    On the day that the head of the Secret Service resigned for amazing lapses in security around the President, it seems fitting that Everest Wilhelmsen would reappear with a renewed call to 'remove the usurper' from the White House. Yes, he's a nut. But he's a nut who managed to raise $118,000 from fellow nuts toward his quest to remove the Kenyan usurper. I'm less bothered by his birtherism and more bothered by his insistence that Obama should be "captured" and arrested. There are enough mentally ill people in this country that one of them just might listen to him. Yet Facebook has evidently…
  • 'Loud Music' Shooter Convicted Of First Degree Murder

    karoli
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Finally, some justice. Jordan Davis was the 17-year old kid who was shot dead by Michael Dunn for the sin of having his music up too loud. And being black, of course. CNN.com: Dunn's parents were in the courtroom for the verdict. Davis' parents, Ron Davis and Lucia MacBath, both let out a quiet gasp upon hearing the jury forewoman's words and then hung their heads and cried. Dunn did not appear to have an immediate reaction, but later, he turned around and somberly shook his head toward his father. Dunn, 47, was charged with murder after shooting into an SUV full of teenagers at a…
  • Ben Carson's Lunacy: AP History Courses Will Make Kids Join ISIS

    John Amato
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Dr. Ben Carson is being heavily hyped as a 2016 presidential candidate by the conservarazzi and Beltway media, regards of how many unintelligible things he utters. The fact that he is an accomplished doctor and a highly educated person makes what he says all the more puzzling. He's just one of many tea party maniacs infiltrating their way into local and national politics and because of this there is no shortage of crazy going on at any given moment in our country. Colorado is the latest state to be inflicted with tea party screwballs who are now trying to rewrite American history, and…
  • Secret Service Director Resigns

    Susie Madrak
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Probably not much of a surprise to anyone: Julia Pierson, the director of the Secret Service, resigned Wednesday following a series of security lapses by her agency, including a recent incident in which a man with a gun was allowed on an elevator with President Obama. Obama “concluded new leadership of the agency was needed based on recent and accumulating accounts” of performance problems within her agency, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in a news briefing. Pierson’s departure from her post came just 24 hours after a congressional oversight hearing about a growing number of…
  • In Interview, Zimmerman Family Claims They've 'Learnt A Lot From The Kardashians'

    1 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
 
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    Scholars and Rogues | Progressive Culture

  • Your Daily Devotional for October 1, 2014

    Jeff Tiedrich
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:14 am
    I like my coffee as I like my women: marginalized and subjugated by centuries of patriarchy. Your Daily Devotional is a lightly-edited entry from my Twitter feed. Follow me at @jefftiedrich Your Daily Devotional for October 1, 2014
  • In the NFL, cheating pays

    Otherwise
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:31 pm
    We Americans are an inconsistent lot, and nowhere is that more exposed than in our views on cheating. Sometimes we hold our heroes to the letter of the law, and excoriate them when they break the rules. Other times we … Continue reading →
  • Your Daily Devotional for September 29, 2014

    Jeff Tiedrich
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:02 am
    When a sex scene starts in a movie, I always tell my daughter something like “her zipper is stuck and he’s helping.” PS: My daughter is 23. Your Daily Devotional is a lightly-edited entry from my Twitter feed. Follow me … Continue reading →
  • Say Ello: six observations about the world’s newest social network

    Sam Smith
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:33 pm
    A month ago most of you had probably never heard of Ello. By now a lot of you have. And at the pace the news has been getting around in the past few days, this time next week even hermits … Continue reading →
  • Beeline: Classical Gas Museum, Embudo, NM

    Sam Smith
    28 Sep 2014 | 9:47 am
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    The Daily Dish: Andrew Sullivan

  • Marijuana Is Good Medicine

    Andrew Sullivan
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:35 pm
    In a survey, 92 percent of medical marijuana patients said it “alleviated symptoms of their serious medical conditions, including chronic pain, arthritis, migraine, and cancer”: “Our study contradicts commonly held beliefs that medical marijuana is being overused by healthy individuals,” the authors write. “The most common reasons for use include medical conditions for which mainstream treatments may not exist, such as for migraines, or may not be effective, including for chronic pain and cancer.” In considering the efficacy of any kind of medical…
  • Obama’s War Budget

    Andrew Sullivan
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Jessica Schulberg reads a new report that attempts to tally the cost of the ISIS war so far: Due to the vaguely defined scope of the conflictPresident Barack Obama has vowed not to deploy U.S. combat troopsit has been hard to put a dollar amount on the operation. But a Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA) report released Monday estimates that the U.S. has already spent between $780-$930 million in Iraq and Syria. In just the past month, the cost was $250-$400 million, or $9-$14 million per day. … Because Obama has yet outline any long-term plan for U.S. efforts in Iraq…
  • The Father Of Three Faiths

    Andrew Sullivan
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Sajjad Rizvi suggests the “very notion of Abrahamic religions is arguably Islamic” – and explains how he sees the relationship between Judaism, Christian, and Islam: The Quran presents Abraham as an adherent of Islam, but here “Islam” means the primordial faith that connects humanity to one God and leads in turn to Judaism, Christianity and then historical Islam as proclaimed by Muhammad. There are some who view Islam as a faith that supersedes the two earlier monotheistic religions. But I think it’s more useful to understand Islam as a religion that is self-conscious…
  • Face Of The Day

    Andrew Sullivan
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:45 pm
    A Syrian Muslim pilgrim poses for a picture outside a hotel near Mecca’s Grand Mosque on October 1, 2014. Hundreds of thousands of Muslim worshipers started pouring into the holy city for the annual Hajj pilgrimage. The hajj is one of the five pillars of Islam and is mandatory once in a lifetime for all Muslims provided they are physically fit and financially capable. By Mohammed Al-Shaikh/AFP/Getty Images.
  • Global Business Boosters

    Andrew Sullivan
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:13 pm
    Neil Irwin flags a new survey showing that “where big business has the least power and capitalist economies are the least developed, optimism and support for the corporate sector is highest”: When it comes to business exerting power over the economy, Americans have mixed views but are generally comfortable. But when it comes to business exerting power over government, they are much more exercised. Americans aren’t antibusiness, in other words. They’re just against business having what they see as too much power in Washington. Compare that with China, where citizens seem to…
 
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    WSJ.COM

  • New Mission for Lawyers: Free Aid to Young Immigrants

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:12 pm
    In a departure from their usual clientele, attorneys at major U.S. law firms and corporations are volunteering to represent, free of charge, unaccompanied children who have entered the U.S. illegally.
  • HealthCare.gov Delays Web Host Switch

    1 Oct 2014 | 4:48 pm
    The U.S. government has shelved plans to move the HealthCare.gov insurance website to a new host, delaying a move that was supposed to fix reliability problems with the site before this year's enrollment season.
  • Secret Service Director Pierson Resigns

    1 Oct 2014 | 4:42 pm
    Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned after coming under intense pressure following an embarrassing breach of security at the White House two weeks ago.
  • Senate Hopeful's Primary Opponent: the Fed

    1 Oct 2014 | 4:29 pm
    Republican Senate hopeful Jeff Bell of New Jersey is challenging Cory Booker, but his real target is the Federal Reserve and its easy-money policies.
  • Court Blocks Parts of North Carolina Voting Law

    1 Oct 2014 | 3:05 pm
    A federal appeals court has struck down parts of North Carolina's strict new voting law in advance of next month's elections, ruling that they are likely to disenfranchise black voters.
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    Lew Rockwell: The LRC Blog

  • So Many Liberals, So Few Lifeboats

    Gary North
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    The liberal WaPo got bought last year by Jeff Bezos, who runs Amazon. It has just announced a freeze on pension benefits. The sinking ship of print media is doomed. It is a delight to see. All those liberals; so few lifeboats! They had hoped. They had dreamed. They had trusted management. Now they are getting a taste of economic reality. Oh, woe! They had no major competition for decades. Now there is Craigslist. Free. Now there is Drudge for all the wire service news. Free. Free for all. That’s what it is out there: a free for all. WaPo cannot compete.The strategy of buying up major city…
  • When the Beatles Met Elvis

    No Author
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    In just a few short years, The Beatles created the most iconic albums of all time, changing music and pop culture forever. And while they recorded their greatest hits, the four lads from Liverpool were living out some of rock and roll’s craziest stories. From their first American tour to their troubled last days, The Beatles were constantly cooking up the strangest plans, meeting the most interesting people, and winding up in the weirdest places. 10. The Jelly Bean Incident When The Beatles arrived in America in 1964, they sparked a wild tide of mass hysteria that we all know as…
  • Say Yes to Butter and Cream

    Joseph Mercola
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Most mainstream dietary advice recommends low-fat or non-fat dairy. But a growing number of experts argue that it’s far healthier to eat and drink whole dairy products, with all the fat left in. Dairy foods contain roughly 50 to 60 percent saturated fat, and conventional thinking is that saturated fat is bad for your heart. This idea has been thoroughly refuted as false. It’s a mistaken interpretation of the science. In a 2010 analysis,1 scientists said: “…There is no significant evidence for concluding that dietary saturated fat is associated with an increased risk of [coronary…
  • The Cradle of Kleptocracy

    Taki Theodoracopulos
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Athens—This grimy, semi-Levantine, ancient city has its beauty spots, with childhood memories indelibly attached. A turn of the century apartment building, across the street from my house, where in 1942 or ’43 I watched a daughter and wife scream in horror from their balcony as three nondescript assassins executed a man while he bent over to get into his chauffeur-driven car. His name was Kalyvas and he was a minister in the Vichy-like Greek government of the time. He was bald and from my vantage point I saw the three red spots as the bullets entered his skull. His wife and daughter wore…
  • ISIS Is No More Islamic

    George Washington
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    ABC News’ Laura Ingraham, Fox News’ Sean Hannity, Fox & Friends and other U.S. media commentators say that Muslims are silent and complicit in the barbarian crimes of ISIS. Fox News host Andrea Tantaros said that all Muslims are the same as ISIS, and implied that all Muslims should be met “with a bullet to the head”. Why don’t we hear Muslims condemning the barbarian ISIS terrorists? Turns out they are loudly condemning ISIS … but our press isn’t covering it. Father Elias Mallon of the Catholic Near East Welfare Association explains: “Why aren’t Muslims speaking out…
 
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    BBC News: Politics UK Edition

  • VIDEO: How do PM's tax figures weigh up?

    1 Oct 2014 | 3:31 pm
    David Cameron has pledged to cut taxes for thirty million people if the Conservatives win next year's election, the Institute for Fiscal Studies has said the combined cost of the tax changes would be £7.2bn by 2020.
  • Rallies plan over parades dispute

    1 Oct 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Orangemen and unionists are considering staging rallies over the north Belfast parades dispute, the BBC has learned.
  • BNP expels ex-leader Nick Griffin

    1 Oct 2014 | 1:41 pm
    The British National Party says it has expelled its former leader Nick Griffin, accusing him of trying to "destabilise" the party.
  • Council 'service failure' warning

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:41 pm
    The body representing Welsh councils warns of a risk of a "comprehensive failure" of essential local authority services across Wales.
  • Lord Hill faces second 'EU grilling'

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:11 pm
    The UK's candidate to join the European Commission, Lord Hill, is summoned to a second hearing of MEPs to assess his suitability for the job.
 
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  • Brave: the word that is being misused

    Stephanie
    10 Sep 2014 | 10:17 am
    Okay, I'm putting on my rant pants today and complaining about a huge pet peeve of mine.  It has to do with the word brave, and the massive abuse of its definition running rampant around the internets of late.  I'm mostly referencing the overuse of it on blogs, and in comment sections of blogs, and instagram.No, it is not brave to take your oldest kid to kindergarten for the first time.  No, it is not brave to hike a small mountain.  No, it is not brave to tell people you have changed your mind about part of your life.  No, it is not brave to run a marathon.  No,…
  • How has Cate adjusted?

    Stephanie
    5 Sep 2014 | 8:27 am
    It's been just over two weeks since we said our goodbye's to Cate and headed back home to resume "normal life" without our college student.  I'm not going to lie, it was really tough to drive off and leave her there.  Many tears were shed (by Spencer and I), as we hit the lonely road home and thought about how much we love and adore that girl and how our lives would never be the same from that moment on.And, it's true.  Our lives are not the same.  Things seem quieter here.  One less person at home feels significant.  For the first week or so, Wes kept asking me…
  • Letting my hair down: {day one}

    Stephanie
    3 Sep 2014 | 7:06 pm
    (The super moon)20 random facts about myself1.  I keep my toenails painted year round.2.  I once dry heaved when my Grandma Genie guilted me into eating a cooked prune.3.  I need eight hours of sleep to function.  I need nine hours to be happy and seven to survive.4.  I can see through people within 3 minutes of meeting them.  It is a blessing and a curse.5.  I don't cry at normal crying moments- tear jerker movies, sentimental life experiences, terrible news.6.  My children go to their dad if they want something out of the ordinary.7.  If I ever…
  • resigned

    Stephanie
    26 Aug 2014 | 10:40 am
    I've been equally as worried about Spencer transitioning into sleeping alone in his bedroom once Cate left for school, as I had been worried about Cate leaving for school.  I've talked before about my boy and his unending desire to "be with people", so this change for him had been much anticipated and long in coming.Spencer has always been a people person.  Since his first moments of being cradled in his big sister's arms, my boy has always thrived on simply being in the presence of other people.  He gains energy, strength, passion and interest from being around others.
  • Q & A -- about dropping Cate off for college

    Stephanie
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:43 am
    (on the road!)We just got home from a whirlwind trip to Utah, wherein we spent some much needed time visiting with Wes' family (my kids hadn't seen their grandparents for two years prior) and dropping Cate off for college.  The trip was exhaustive, fun, jam-packed and emotional and I've had lots of questions about it, so here goes...Did Cate take a car down to school?No!  First of all, we still need our kid car here.  Emma is going to be a licensed driver before we know it and we need a vehicle for her to drive.  Secondly, the drivers in Utah are crazy with a capital C.
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    Mother Jones

  • Live Event: Inquiring Minds Interviews Adam Savage in San Francisco

    1 Oct 2014 | 4:13 pm
    In San Francisco? Join neuroscientist and opera singer Indre Viskontas on October 28 for a conversation with Mythbusters’ Adam Savage in a special live production of the Inquiring Minds podcast! We'll discuss the joy of using science and critical thinking to explore and understand our world. With each show, we endeavor to find out what's true, what's left to discover, and why it all matters with weekly coverage of the latest headlines and probing discussions with leading scientists and thinkers. The event also includes a live production of The Story Collider. Check out the details…
  • Scientists Dissected the Brains of 79 NFL Players. What They Found Is Disturbing.

    Sam Brodey
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Yesterday, the country's leading investigators of sports-related brain injuries released what could be their most shocking finding yet: Of the 79 deceased NFL players examined, 76 showed evidence of chronic traumatic encephalopathy, or CTE. The researchers at the Boston University CTE Center have examined, in total, the brains of 128 people who played football at all levels—from high school to the pros—and 101 showed evidence of CTE. The numbers buttress a growing body of evidence that suggests that playing football at any level can lead to grave health consequences. In case you…
  • Happy 90th Birthday, Jimmy Carter

    Mark Murrmann
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:07 am
    President Jimmy Carter celebrates his 90th birthday today, October 1. On the occasion of the 39th President's birthday, let's take a look back at his Presidency (and Governorship) with a handful of photos. Jimmy Carter, touring a display of American-made cars in Detroit is presented with a birthday cake from the United Auto Workers (UAW) Local #900, 1980. Jimmy Carter Presidential Library/National Archives   Graduation of Jimmy Carter from U.S. Naval Academy, Annapolis, Maryland, Rosalynn Carter and Lillian Carter Pinning on Ensign Bars, 1946. Jimmy Carter Presidential Library/National…
  • Social Conservatives Are Freaking Out Because the GOP Let 2 Gay People Into the Party

    Patrick Caldwell
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:33 am
    The Republican Party is slowly beginning to accept the existence of gay people among its ranks. As I wrote last month, there are two openly gay GOP candidates running for the US House this year—both with the support and financial backing of the national party (a third prominent openly gay candidate lost in a primary). But the social-conservative groups that have long held sway over the party aren't taking the change lightly. Late last week, three anti-gay-rights groups—the National Organization for Marriage (NOM), the Family Research Council (FRC), and CitizenLink—sent a…
  • Tom Steyer's Green Super-PAC Has Spent a LOT of Money on This Election

    Kate Sheppard
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    This story originally appeared in Huffington Post and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. First there was a pickup truck. Then there was an ark. The vehicle of choice for drawing attention to the NextGen Climate Action Committee has been, well, vehicles. The climate change super-PAC, funded by billionaire investor Tom Steyer, recently rolled a truck filled with fake oil barrels into New Hampshire to chide Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown. A few days later, the group began touring Florida with an ark to taunt climate change hedging by Gov. Rick Scott (R). The…
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    Raw Story

  • China tells US to back off: Hong Kong democracy protests are ‘internal affairs’

    Agence France-Presse
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:31 pm
    The United States and China openly clashed Wednesday over the pro-democracy protests sweeping Hong Kong, with Beijing angrily warning Washington to back off and saying it would not tolerate “illegal acts.” “The Chinese government has very firmly and clearly stated its position. Hon...
  • Ferguson shooting grand jury under investigation for possible leak: Report

    Arturo Garcia
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:52 pm
    The grand jury weighing charges against Ferguson, Missouri police officer Darren Wilson is being investigated for misconducts after allegations online that one juror has discussed the proceedings with a friend, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday. St. Louis County prosecutor’s office spo...
  • Los Angeles city council approves raising hotel worker wages to $15.37 per hour

    Reuters
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:58 pm
    Los Angeles city leaders gave final approval on Wednesday to a measure that would increase the wages of workers at large hotels to $15.37 an hour, prompting a warning from hotel industry officials they might sue over the “living wage ordinance.” Mayor Eric Garcetti, who pledged last mont...
  • Twitter gives MIT $10 million to use for ‘laboratory of social machines’

    Reuters
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Twitter Inc on Wednesday gave $10 million to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology for research that would explore how people use and achieve shared goals using social networks. Over five years, the university’s researchers will organize a vast quantity of content from Twitter, Reddit and ...
  • Facebook apologizes to LGBT users, reverses ground on ‘real name’ policy

    Arturo Garcia
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:46 pm
    An executive for social media giant Facebook apologized to users from the LGBT communities on Wednesday for the company’s recent push toward forcing users to use their “real names,” attributing it to the actions of a “bad actor,” Mashable reported. “In the two wee...
 
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    Guardian: UK Politics

  • Negative tweets on Camerons speech outweigh positive by 10 to one

    Press Association
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Reaction on Twitter to speech at Tory party conference worse than response to Ed Miliband, finds thinktankDavid Camerons speech received 10 negative posts for every positive one on Twitter, analysis by a thinktank has revealed.Social media experts at Demos said the prime minister fared less well than Ed Miliband, whose offering to the Labour conference last week received only four negative comments for every positive tweet. Continue reading...
  • Nick Griffin expelled from British National party

    Press Association
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:34 pm
    BNP spokesman says Griffin did not adjust well to new role after losing leadership and his seat as an MEPThe British National party has expelled former leader Nick Griffin for allegedly trying to cause disunity in a bid to destabilise the organisation.A conduct committee, established by new BNP chairman Adam Walker, informed the ex-MEP in a letter on Wednesday of the decision. Continue reading...
  • Cameron offers £7bn tax giveaway and warns vote for Ukip would let Labour in

    Patrick Wintour
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:56 pm
    The election starts here, as Cameron warns you could go to bed on 7 May with Nigel Farage and wake up with Ed MilibandDavid Cameron fired off much of his pre-election armoury on Wednesday, promising £7bn of tax cuts by 2020 aimed primarily at those on above average incomes and not backed by any new sources of funding.With his party still behind Labour in the polls and struggling to escape the shadow of Ukip, the prime minister closed a defiantly upbeat party conference in Birmingham by saying the next election will be fought on the issue of credibility and urging voters to trust his…
  • Benefit freezes and the final nail in caring Conservatisms coffin | @guardianletters

    Guardian Staff
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:35 am
    The Guardian insists (Editorial, 30 September) on understanding the Conservative partys approach to social security policy in a discourse that supposedly distinguishes the deserving from the undeserving, the shirker from the skiver. George Osbornes announcements are, in fact, better understood as being a restatement of less eligibility as the economic and social spur to do wage work. Less eligibility is the idea that the independent labourers position should always been more eligible, more economically and socially preferable, than that of the pauper. Freezing benefits and tax credits aims to…
  • In knockabout politics its size that matters | @guardianletters

    Guardian Staff
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:34 am
    Knockabout is impossible in the huge hall of the Bundestag, its too big (Germans look to liven up Berlins political life with a bit of Westminster knockabout, 26 September). The key feature of the House of Commons is its small debating chamber only 21m by 14m. It was derived originally from a long narrow chapel with benches for members facing one another, thus disposing them to behave in an adversarial manner. This style of debate can make the chamber a lively, rather noisy place, with robustly expressed opinion, many interventions, expressions of approval or disapproval, and sometimes of…
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  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:19 pm
    * Well that sure didn’t take long: Julia Pierson, the director of the Secret Service, resigned Wednesday following a series of security lapses by her agency, including a recent incident in which a man with a gun wasallowed on an elevator with President Obama. Obama “concluded new leadership of the agency was needed based on […]
  • Conservative governance is on the ballot this fall, too

    Greg Sargent
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:05 pm
    The dominant storyline of the 2014 cycle has it that we’re seeing a referendum on liberal governance — most clearly embodied by the the influence, real and exaggerated, that the Affordable Care Act is having on the battle for control of the Senate. But one of the big stories of the cycle is that conservative […]
  • What the Secret Service mess says about government

    Paul Waldman
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:54 am
    Secret Service director Julia Pierson is getting raked over the coals by both Republicans and Democrats who are outraged at security lapses that may have put President Obama at risk. Some apparently believe the growing controversy is being used by Republicans as one more cudgel with which to bash the Obama administration for alleged incompetence. […]
  • Morning Plum: Here’s why Republicans are attacking Dems on national security

    Greg Sargent
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:14 am
    As I’ve noted here, Republicans have been attacking Democratic incumbents and candidates around the country as soft on terrorism — even as Republicans themselves mostly agree with Democrats in supporting President Obama’s escalation of the bombing of ISIS in Syria and his arming of the Syrian rebels. A new Washington Post/ABC News poll helps explain […]
  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:13 pm
    * Yet another shocking detail has emerged about the man who climbed the fence to the White House and got deep inside: The man who jumped over the White House fence and sprinted through the main floor of the mansion could have gotten even farther had it not been for an off-duty Secret Service agent […]
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    Watchblog: Democrats

  • Senator Pearce Leaves a Bad Taste in the Mouth

    29 Sep 2014 | 8:20 am
    He may have resigned, but that doesn't change the authenticity of his comments or the general beliefs of conservatives. Senator Russell Pearce, GOP of Arizona, resigned after making misogynistic remarks about women on Medicaid. The specific comments are "You put me in charge of Medicaid, the first thing I'd do is get Norplant, birth-control implants, or tubal ligations...Then we'll test the recipients for drugs and alcohol, and if you want to [reproduce] or use drugs or alcohol, then get a job," Pearce said on his weekly radio program. Does it make it better that he said he didn't mean it…
  • The Tabloid Age

    13 Sep 2014 | 6:50 am
    I have a certain respect for the power of storytelling. I've been working on a fairly big project for some time now, and as politics has recently ground down into a steady routine of some people spewing hatred about Obama, while other express disappointment that he doesn't magically redeem the country, I've taken to focusing on that, more than other things. Like politics. But as I look at things, I can't help but think we've lowered ourselves, and the only ones who are benefiting are the people racing to the bottom.When you have no standards to betray, when succeeding at a competition is more…
  • Michigan Governor's Race Proves Politics Is All About Perception

    9 Sep 2014 | 6:49 pm
    During Super Bowl XLVIII this past February, Governor Rick Snyder (R-MI) ran an ad proclaiming himself "Michigan's Comeback Kid," claiming Michigan's economy was prosperous and wonderful, and the ad even featured Snyder going scuba diving in his own swimming pool. The Republican Governors Association ran ads featuring Sleeping Bear Dunes at sunset (Quite a beautiful, Pure Michigan sight, I might add) and Mackinac Island claiming Michigan's economy was vibrant and while not saying directly that Snyder deserved a second term, proclaimed "The Schauer's Over," a swipe at Mr. Snyder's Democratic…
  • George W. Bush Calls on Bill Clinton for #ALSIceBucketChallenge

    20 Aug 2014 | 1:50 pm
    There's some light and fun news in the political world. The power of social media has proven to be a force of positivity with the worldwide spread of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. Most recently, former President George W. Bush has involuntarily participated in the challenge saying, "I do not think it's Presidential for me to be splashed with ice water, so I'm simply gonna write you a check." His wife Laura clearly didn't think that was sufficient as she douses her husband in ice water. Post by George W. Bush. Bush concludes, "Now it's my privilege to challenge my friend Bill Clinton,"…
  • The Hypocrisy and Contradiction of Today's Right

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Words matter, but meanings matter more. When it comes down to it, yes, the President once promised you could keep you doctor and your insurance, and failed to completely fulfill that promise. But the President made a good faith effort to extend healthcare to millions of Americans, and the judicial activism of the right has, in bad faith, created a ruling that could strip that from millions of Americans.I live in a state where the Governor made a big show of refusing to set up a state exchange. How was that possible? Because the Roberts court forced the system to become peacemeal, ruling…
 
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    Watchblog: Third Party & Independents

  • Is Greg Orman a Liberal With a Lot of Money?

    30 Sep 2014 | 10:23 am
    Politics in Kansas lately seems like one big family affair, both of the political kind as well as the kitchen-table kind. It all revolves around Pat Roberts, the long-time GOP senator in the state whose re-election has suddenly got a lot less certain. Chad Taylor's decision to drop out of the race has meant that remaining independent challenger Greg Orman, a wealthy businessman, is now even or ahead in the polls. For GOP strategists, he is a liberal trojan horse riding under the cover of being an independent and a businessman. But it is Greg Orman who Pat Roberts will have to defeat to keep…
  • The Senate Race in Georgia and Voter Registration

    25 Sep 2014 | 7:33 am
    The race in Georgia for the senate seat of retiring Sen R Saxby Chambliss is quite frankly, a little nasty. It's a close race of course - why else would it have to get nasty? After earlier this week linking, or attempting to link, Democratic candidate Michelle Nunn's participation in Points of Light - the NGO run by Neil Bush - with Hamas, a terrorist organization, they are now accusing another group with links to Democrats of voter fraud, a felony in Georgia. The New Georgia Project was founded by State House Minority Leader Stacey Abrams and is dedicated to registering minority voters in…
  • Stealing From Taxpayers in Alabama

    23 Sep 2014 | 7:41 am
    Tim McCollum is an ambitious pubic servant. The assistant attorney general with the Alabama Department of Public Safety stated that photographing public records is stealing from the state's tax payers. If you want a copy of some part of the public record, you're going to have to pony up the cash for those 3 pages of photocopying that would otherwise not flow into Alabama's state coffers. According to Tim McCollum's world view, it should be the Availability of Information Act and not the Freedom of Information Act. But does any state or local government, or the federal government, have the…
  • The Terrorist Who Lived in Rochester

    17 Sep 2014 | 11:45 am
    If you are a returning member of the military, having done a turn of duty in Iraq, concerns about Veteran Affairs and the quality of medical treatment that you will receive, should you need it, is not your only worry. Aside from planning how to rejoin the workforce, there now appears to be another, far more serious, risk you could face. A Yemen-born naturalized US citizen has been arrested in Rochester accused of providing resources and logistical aid to potential ISIS recruits. But Mufid Elfgeeh has also been charged with purchasing and possessing handguns with silencers to be used against…
  • The Facts Are Catching Up To Globalisation

    15 Sep 2014 | 1:47 pm
    An article,'The Roughed Up American', by Robert Samuelson in today's WaPo related the true facts as to how citizens have fared, economically over the last decade or so.His takeaway, "The Great Recession hurled incomes all the way back to the late 1980s and early 1990s." His pictorials indicate that median family income for 2013 ($46k) differed little from 1989 ($46k). He states that the median income of the top 10% for 2013 was $229k, which is 22% above the 1989 figure. No one seems to be looking for a significant change for a long while to come. Some call for tax reform; a fair tax, a flat…
 
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    New Republic

  • Is an Exodus of Ph.D.s Causing a Brain Drain in the U.S.?

    David Wheeler
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    With a Ph.D. in history and humanities from Stanford University—and a growing body of research—Christopher Stroop initially expected to find a full-time job as a professor at an American university.But as increasing numbers of highly qualified American Ph.D.s have discovered, you can have all th
  • What the Anti-Vaxxer Movement Teaches Us About the Ebola Crisis

    Michelle Orange
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    A couple of years ago, as part of my bid to become a permanent resident of the United States, I underwent a physical exam. In a Brooklyn civil surgeon’s office a nurse drew a small pouch of blood from my right arm, then pumped the same arm with several vaccines. Finally, she injected a button of t
  • The Fate of the Senate Could Come Down to This

    John Cloud
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Among the truest things you can say about Mark Begich—the imperiled Alaska Democrat, whose loss this November might flip the Senate—is that he’s sweet. Easygoing, plain-looking, and sweet. He’s a meaty handshake guy. Someone who will happily don a lei at a pancake bre
  • The GOP's Sexist Reality TV Spoofs Aren't Going to Win Over Female Voters

    Esther Breger
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Voting is hard, right ladies? Luckily, the College Republican National Committee is here to help put things in terms we’ll understand: wedding dresses. Also reality shows. The conservative group released sixteen new ads today, all parodying TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress” and following the same
  • Videos: Ukrainians Are Literally Throwing Their Politicians Into the Trash

    Linda Kinstler
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Ukrainian politicians are known to get into a brawl every now and then. But u
 
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    WIRED » Danger Room

  • Incredible Close-Up Drone Video of an Erupting Volcano in Iceland

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

    Jordan Golson
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    World War I was shaped by the new vehicles developed during the four years of conflict. A century after the start of the war, we’re looking back at the most remarkable vehicles—the planes, cars, tanks, ships, and zeppelins—it helped bring about. For British merchant vessels operating during World War I, few things were so terrifying […] The post How WWI’s U-Boats Launched the Age of Unrestricted Warfare appeared first on WIRED.
  • A Military-Grade Drone That Can Be Printed Anywhere

    Jordan Golson
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    We have 3-D printed keys, guns and shoes—now a research team at the University of Virginia has created a 3D printed UAV drone for the Department of Defense. In the works for three years, the aircraft, no bigger than a remote-controlled plane, can carry a 1.5-pound payload. If it crashes or needs a design tweak […] The post A Military-Grade Drone That Can Be Printed Anywhere appeared first on WIRED.
  • How the Red Baron’s Knockoff Aircraft Became the First Great Warplane

    Jordan Golson
    8 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Though the Allies won the war and the glory, the Germans gave us one of the most famous airplanes of the Great War. The Fokker Dr.1 triplane, flown by one of history's great fighter pilots, is among the most recognizable aircraft of the early twentieth century and it played a significant role in launching dogfighting as a new form of combat. The post How the Red Baron’s Knockoff Aircraft Became the First Great Warplane appeared first on WIRED.
  • Army’s New Laser Cannon Blasts Drones Out of the Sky, Even in Fog

    Jordan Golson
    5 Sep 2014 | 3:30 am
    Boeing is building a laser cannon for the U.S. Army, and the new weapon has now proved it will be as capable at sea as on land. The High Energy Laser Mobile Demonstrator (HEL MD)---basically a high-energy laser mounted on top of a big truck---was successfully used to blast some UAV drones and 60mm mortars out of the Florida sky earlier this year, Boeing announced Thursday. The post Army’s New Laser Cannon Blasts Drones Out of the Sky, Even in Fog appeared first on WIRED.
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    Stately McDaniel Manor

  • Metaphors, Women and Guns

    Mike McDaniel
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:23 pm
    credit: wilsonmulesfootball.com Do you ever feel “the dint of pity,” as Mark Antony said in Julius Caesar, for losing football teams? Do you root for the little guy, or the little girl, in this particular instance? If so, you might want to take a few minutes and visit my latest article at The Truth About Guns, which the good folks there have been kind enough to publish. It’s titled “The Metaphors of Sports And Liberty.” It might be worth your time.Filed under: Firearms Tagged: football teams, Mark Antony
  • Reinventing The Wheel For $300,000!

    Mike McDaniel
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Rans V-Rex More frequently than frugal Americans prefer, a new federal government research boondoggle is exposed. The feds spend a million dollars on a study of the flatulence of lesbian Holsteins, or 1.5 million of why back scratchers feel so good. Now it’s time for one of the best–worst–in a long time. Your federal government, loyal Americans, has spent $300,000 dollars on the “deeper questions” about how people ride bicycles. The freebeacon.com has the story:  The National Science Foundation (NSF) spent $300,000 studying how ‘humans interact with bicycles,’ the…
  • Education: Honor and Rationality

    Mike McDaniel
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:57 pm
    credit: dailyyonder.com “The National Guard,” “the national guard…” Hmmmm. It seems I’ve heard of that…something to do with defending the nation, if memory serves. The Volokh Conspiracy at the Washington Post has the story: T-shirts handed out by a National Guard recruiter at a local high school [Ravena, New York] have caused heated debate among parents, students and the school district. The Ravena-Coeymans-Selkirk superintendent says the shirts are not appropriate for students to be wearing in school. The T-shirts in question say ‘National Guard’ across the top and then…
  • Education Problems And Solutions, #5: The Higher Education Bubble (and the Soap Scum It Leaves Behind) UPDATED

    Mike McDaniel
    28 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    credit: syracuse.com Life sometimes dissolves into farce, and that is nowhere so evident than in the world of Higher Education. I graduated from college in 1986. By then, I had military service and nearly a decade of police work under my belt and was in my 30s. By taking overloads every semester and every summer and interim session possible, I finished in 2.5 years. Because I attended a small Midwestern school focused on training excellent teachers, I managed to avoid much–not all–of the politically correct lunacy that currently infects our campuses. Consider that many of our…
  • Shaneen Allen: Resolution?

    Mike McDaniel
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:35 pm
    credit: nationalreview.com I’ve previously written about Shaneen Allen, the Pennsylvania single mother of two young boys arrested for carrying her handgun–lawfully carried in Pennsylvania–in the People’s Republic of New Jersey. Those articles: “Shaneen Allen: The Cruelty of New Jersey Authorities,” “Shaneen Allen At Bearing Arms,”  “Shaneen Allen: An Update” and “Shaneen Allen: A Real Race Card,” explain how the Atlantic City Prosecutor refused to allow Allen to participate in a pre-trial diversion program that would keep a felony conviction off her…
 
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  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:38 am
    President Obama, reportedly, has not attended over half of his daily intelligence briefings. Apparently, he thinks he's so brilliant that he's fine in just reading the report and doesn't need to question anyone to get more details or explanations of those reports. Allahpundit links to a column by Marc Thiessen to explain why the in-person briefings are so valuable that President Bush always met in person for his briefings that were held six days a week. According to former officials who have detailed knowledge of the PDB process, having the daily meeting — and not just reading the briefing…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:31 am
    The President figures that we're all too dumb to realize how well the country is doing.And the FBI thinks we're plenty stupid and can't figure out that there is a connection between radical Islam and the beheading in Oklahoma despite having a Facebook postings admiring ISIS and bin Laden and cheering the murders on 9/11. But then this has been a trend by law enforcement and this administration. And why is the man who threatened to behead a coworker being charted with terrorism and the guy who actually beheaded a coworker isn't? But then depending on the stupidity of Americans is rather a…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:19 am
    Obama has thrown his intelligence team under the bus, saying that they underestimated the rise of ISIS. However, they did warn him about ISIS. He just chose to ignore them.Nearly eight months ago, some of President Obama’s senior intelligence officials were already warning that ISIS was on the move. In the beginning of 2014, ISIS fighters had defeated Iraqi forces in Fallujah, leading much of the U.S. intelligence community to assess they would try to take more of Iraq.But in an interview that aired Sunday evening, the president told 60 Minutes that the rise of the group now proclaiming…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:57 am
    Hans von Spakovsky who, along with John Fund, wrote a book describing the depredations that Eric Holder had made at the Justice Department, Obama's Enforcer, explains how Eric Holder politicized the Justice Department.Mr. Holder is also responsible for spearheading an unprecedented politicization of the Justice Department, which should be of great concern to anyone who cares about the rule of law and the impartial administration of justice.Why care about who runs the U.S. Justice Department? It matters because Justice is one of the most powerful executive branch agencies in the federal…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:37 am
    Michelle Obama is still badmouthing her own country as she worries about how women in America still face a daily struggle. Sure, there has been a lot of progress, but we are still not "anywhere near full economic, political, and domestic equality in the United States." Oh, please. Christina Hoff Sommers is exactly right when she argues that feminists have a vested interest in promoting myths about how rotten things are for women today.Jonah Goldberg makes a similar point as he aims a skeptical eye on the White House's efforts to convince people that 1 in 5 women on college campuses have been…
 
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    Wizbang

  • Backseat confidential

    Baron Von Ottomatic
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:17 pm
    Holy smoke, go away for several months and the whole place changes. Nice to see my key still fits the lock. Now I know what you’ve all been thinking. Or maybe at least one person has possibly thought, perhaps. “Where the hell has the Baron been lately? Has the handsome devil finally been gunned down by a jealous, cuckolded husband? Was he snatched off the street and secreted away to a remote location for use by the Japanese Women’s Gymnastic team?” Silliness that, as years of moonshining have left me far too cunning for any of those clueless schmoes. And
  • Obama Sent Illegals All Across The County, Forcing States to Pay for Schooling

    Warner Todd Huston
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:05 am
    President Obama secretly sent tens of thousands of illegals all across the country and into every state without bothering to inform governors that he was doing it and now the states are stuck footing the bill for healthcare and education. On September 29, the AP reported that “Unaccompanied minors… have moved to communities of all sizes, in nearly every state.” But since the Supreme Court has made the disastrous ruling that state-run schools “have an obligation to educate all students regardless of their immigration status,” now the states are stuck footing the…
  • Silly Parents Mad Everyone Uses Their Daughter’s Name for ISIS Terrorists

    Warner Todd Huston
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:03 am
    A couple in Australia are demanding that people stop using their daughter’s name as the label to identify the terrorist group ISIS. If this isn’t the perfect story showing the idiocy, arrogance, and foolishness of some westerners, there isn’t one. Frank and Sheridan Leskien of Sydney, Australia are quite upset that people keep calling those darned ol’ terrorists in Syria the ISIS group. Why, darn it, everyone just knows that Isis is their beautiful, 8-year-old daughter’s name! So, all you big poopy heads better stop using their daughter’s name for those…
  • Secret Service Allowed White House Jumper to Run All Throughout the White House

    Warner Todd Huston
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:24 am
    (Personal note: I just got a new writing job that will have me working a bit harder than I am used to of late and I am really not sure how it might affect my posting here. But if I am suddenly not posting every single day, that may be why. I’ll try to keep everyone informed on my status.) What the heck happened to the Secret Service? Has it been so feminized that now it can’t even protect the president anymore? We are now learning that the Secret Service couldn’t stop one nutty dude from jumping the White House
  • County Officials in Florida Sidestep Law to Intimidate Gun Dealers

    Warner Todd Huston
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:19 pm
    In Florida only the state is allowed to make laws, rules, or regulations that affect gun dealers. So, county officials are trying to intimidate gun shops into toeing their arbitrary “rules” even though the locals have no power at all to make such rules. In an effort to sidestep state laws, county officials are urging gun dealers who sell ammunition and weapons to police to “voluntarily” follow new rules created by officials–rules that have no force of law. As the Sun Sentinel reports… Under consideration is a voluntary program under which gun and ammunition…
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    Hullabaloo

  • This time it's personal (One of my close friends is running for office!)

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:30 pm
    This time it's personal by digbyOne of the things we've learned as activists over the past few years is how hard it is for good people to run for office. It's tremendously draining, both in energy and money and you don't get a lot of thanks from the people for trying.  I'm always in awe of anyone who puts himself or herself out there to do the hard work of retail politics.So imagine the thrill Mr Digby and I felt when Adam Wool, one of our closest friends, decided to throw his hat into the ring and run for the State House in Alaska. And yes, of course he's a liberal Democrat. He's also a…
  • Yes, Jodi Ernst is an extremist, thank you

    1 Oct 2014 | 4:12 pm
    Yes, Jodi Ernst is an extremist, thank youby digbyElias Isquith makes note of some extremist GOP candidates' slicker rhetoric in this campaign:The Senate campaigns dominating the politics of Colorado and Iowa right now both feature Republican nominees who ideologically come from their party’s hard right. Colorado’s got Rep. Cory Gardner, a photogenic and talented young politician who happens to hold extreme views on all of the Christianists’ biggest issues — abortion, contraception, “religious liberty” and same-sex marriage — but is nevertheless slightly ahead in his…
  • Oh snap: the future sexist warmongers of America put out an ad

    1 Oct 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Oh snapby digbyHere's another nominee for worst ad of the season:This college Republican ad is supposed to be millenial outreach. Let's just say that most millenials (most people) woul tune that out by the 20 second mark because it's so incredibly boring.  Even the weirdness isn't enough to make you stick with it all the way to the end. Here's what the typically snotty little twits who always join the College Republicans have to say about it:“We’ve seen an overwhelming positive response from college students and a small negative response on twitter from scared liberal activists and…
  • Hysterical Fox News celebrities fomenting panic among their fragile elderly followers

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Hysterical Fox News celebrities fomenting panic among their fragile elderly followersby digbyApparently the Obama administration is actively trying to kill Americans with Ebola. No one knows why they want to do this. It's hard to see the political advantage in it --- it's pretty random and will probably kill as many Democrats as Republicans. There's really no hiding it. But that's what the right wing apparently suspects:So even the CDC is now just another political hack operation and all those hysterical Fox viewers who are already convinced that ISIS is coming over the Mexican border any day…
  • Shocker 'o the day #greedheads

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    Shocker 'o the dayby digbyIt turns out that when you cut taxes on the rich their incomes go up.  Who would have guessed?That's from a week-long series at Mother Jones about the effects of income inequality.  I thought this one was particularly interesting:That proverbial rising tide is really a giant wave. The wealthy are comfortably riding it on their multi-million dollar yachts while the rest of us are strapped to the keel. Sure, you could say we rise with that wave too but we're still under the water..
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    Eschaton

  • Evening Thread

    1 Oct 2014 | 3:12 pm
    3 advil and repeated applications of a hot compress to the back of the neck and the headache has subsided for now.I'm not that sensitive to pain and discomfort, which is why I didn't have any damn drugs in the house, but cross a certain threshold...
  • Inferences

    1 Oct 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Why would your brain even go there? I just don't understand how people think.
  • Wankers of the Day

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Politico
  • Ow

    1 Oct 2014 | 11:09 am
    Someone go to the CVS and get me some drugs please.
  • Lunch Thread

    1 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Flu has been replaced with terrible headache. Might need to not stare at the screen for a bit.
 
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    Firedoglake

  • Chipmunks Shut Down Utah Tar Sands

    Kit OConnell
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:59 pm
    A “chipmunk” from Utah Tar Sands Resistance gives the thumbs-up in front of a construction vehicle at Utah’s Book Cliffs, the first domestic tar sands mine, September 23, 2014. Activists dressed as chipmunks shut down construction at the first US tar sands mine on September 23. It was the latest in a series of actions by Utah Tar Sands Resistance targeting the 213 acre Book Cliffs tar sands mine. A video released by the group shows chipmunks spreading rapidly through through the camp site where they block construction equipment with their bodies. Though the finale of the video…
  • Anti-Gay Activists Justify HRC’s “Export of Hate” Report

    Alvin McEwen
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:11 pm
    Last week, the Human Rights Campaign published an explosive report, The Export of Hate, which pointed out how various anti-gay figures were peddling lies and propaganda to foreign countries in an attempt to spread anti-gay hate abroad. The Export of Hate called out several religious right leaders, including Peter LaBarbera, Paul Cameron, and Scott Lively: They spew venomous rhetoric, outrageous theories, and discredited science. Some claim that LGBT people are responsible for the Holocaust, the Rwandan genocide, and the spread of HIV/AIDS. Others argue that LGBT people are luring away…
  • Consequences Of Gaza Operation Felt In Israel With Suicides and Moves Away From Border

    DSWright
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:12 pm
    Israeli Kibbutz communities reconsider life along Gaza border, some won't return after war. http://t.co/lmuBgbm7oa pic.twitter.com/BOTI3vN90f — Patrick Whalen (@whalenpj) October 1, 2014 This summer’s brutal assault on the people of Gaza by the Israeli government is still yielding casualties. While the operation itself cost 66 Israeli soldiers their lives, in the past month alone three Israeli soldiers who participated in Operation Protective Edge have committed suicide. The suicides are the latest indication of the psychological damage done to Israeli soldiers from…
  • Living Life in Prison Without Parole for Nonviolent Drug Offenses: Euka Wadlington & His Fight for Freedom

    Kevin Gosztola
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Euka Wadlington “When you have a life sentence, it does not promote rehabilitation,” according to Euka Wadlington, a forty-eight year-old African-American who is serving two life sentences in federal prison in Greenville, Illinois. “By design, you are locked up in a cage until you die.” As he explains being in prison for life without the possibility of parole, “You have no good time to work towards, you can’t work certain jobs in the institution, you can’t enroll in certain classes that works towards reentry, and you could never go to a federal camp.
  • First TV Ad Released for Marijuana Legalization in Oregon

    Jon Walker
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:17 pm
    With ballots set to be mailed to voters in Oregon in just a few weeks, the marijuana legalization campaign behind Initiative 91 released their first TV ad. According to the campaign, the ad is part of a $2 million advertising blitz and will run on stations all over the state. The ad “It’s About Time” features retired police veteran Pete Tutmark talking about how much time and money is wasted on marijuana arrests. Time that could be spent on serious crimes. It is obviously targeted at those undecideds who may not particularly like adults using marijuana, but also think it is…
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  • Wednesday Open Thread

    Jeralyn
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Our last open thread is full, here's another one, all topics welcome. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Tuesday Open Thread

    Jeralyn
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:01 am
    Long day in Court today, which means an open thread for you. All topics welcome. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Hostage John Cantlie Messages: Episode 2 Released

    Jeralyn
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Al Furqan Media has released the second episode of British hostage John Cantlie's video series today. You can view it here (If You Tube removes it, you can get it here.) The topic is President Obama's speech on 9/11 against ISIS. These... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Brazilian Hotel Evacuated as Hostage Paraded on Balcony

    Jeralyn
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:09 am
    An employee at a luxury hotel in Brasilia has been taken hostage, handcuffed, strapped in a suicide vest and paraded on the balcony of a room on the 13th floor, with a gun to his head. The hotel has been evacuated and police are trying to get the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Views on ISIS From the Middle East

    Jeralyn
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:49 am
    I'm always interested in how countries halfway around the world say they would address a problem here. I'm not talking about legal problems since laws in other countries vary too much, but in hands-on tackling of a problem that affects... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • 7 things you didn’t read today (but should have)

    Jaime Fuller
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:58 pm
    1. David Nakamura looks at the relationship between President Obama and those who protect him. 2. A former Secret Service agent describes the job.  In terms of the actual physical experience, imagine something like this: Forgo sleep for 24 hours, skip lunch and dinner, stand outside of a house in the rain at 3 a.m. […]
  • The 6 things we knew — but forgot — about Mitch McConnell

    Jaime Fuller
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:47 pm
    The New Republic's Alec MacGillis is out with a new e-book about Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), whose 2014 reelection campaign is a list of dismaying superlatives. It will likely be the most expensive Senate race in history, it has featured some of the silliest ads and stupidest controversies, and it features one of the most unpopular-yet-routinely-successful […]
  • Pat Roberts is in big trouble, but he’s not a goner yet

    Aaron Blake
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:42 pm
    A new poll out Wednesday from Suffolk University and USA Today confirms something we kind of already knew: Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) is in a remarkable amount of trouble. The poll shows independent Greg Orman leading Roberts 46 percent to 41 percent with Democrat Chad Taylor now off the ballot. It has plenty of bad news […]
  • A cartoon showed a white guy asking President Obama if he used watermelon toothpaste. Controversy ensued.

    Nia-Malika Henderson
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:08 pm
    The national conversations about race come with such frequency nowadays it's hard to keep track of them all.  The most recent one was the one about The New York Times television critic Alessandra Stanley and her take on Shonda Rhimes, and her characters as angry black women.  Twitter went nuts, blogs were written, and apologies […]
  • Rob Portman sounds a lot like a presidential candidate

    Chris Cillizza
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:39 am
    Ohio Sen. Rob Portman was in Iowa on Wednesday, stumping for Senate candidate Joni Ernst while also stoking some speculation about his own interest in running for president in 2016. He called me to check in. "This looks a lot like Ohio," he said. "Except our cornfields are a little bit smaller." A lightly edited transcript […]
 
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  • CD12: Bonnie Watson Coleman's first ad: "Solving Problems"

    1 Oct 2014 | 3:45 pm
    First 30-second ad from Bonnie Watson Coleman, already up on cable. The ad spotlights her position on some key issues of interest to women; 100% pro-choice, 100% committed to improving women's health care and 100% for pay equity. All at issue as her opponent, a working woman herself, hews to a party that is wobbly on all that.   But, may I say BWC gets big ups for including men in a message of where she stands for women? Good on her for that. The ad is called "Solving Problems." What do you think, Blue Jersey?
  • An Unenthusiastic Veto Override

    1 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    A corrected version of this earlier post follows: Governor Christie continues his unblemished record of preventing legislative overrides of his vetoes. He succeeded again on Monday by rallying his troops to defeat a bill that would have "required more detailed reporting by the state about the long-term impact of its soaring debt." So reasonable and needed was this bill that the Assembly initially passed it unanimously. Christie's victory, however, was not so sweet for him.   To override Gov. Christie's veto, 54 Yes votes were required, including enough Republican votes. The results were…
  • Paycheck Fairness - An Issue that Divides NJ-3 Candidates

    1 Oct 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Voters in New Jersey's Third Congressional District are fortunate enough to have a real choice this year. On the Republican side, carpetbagger Tom MacArthur stands for the failed Bush "trickle down" economic policies and is in accord with the ultra-right's discriminatory social policies. Democrat Aimee Belgard, on the other hand, is an advocate for equality, the middle class, and women's health and pay issues. It was fitting that Belgard chose the Alice Paul Institute for today's press conference. Like Belgard, Alice Paul was a South Jersey native, and one of the earliest advocates for…
  • BREAKING NEWS: Officials say fire at home of Cooper CEO set intentionally

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:19 pm
    That's all I have so far, a banner headline in red across the top of the Courier Post's on line portal. UPDATE: Picking up more via Gannett: Investigators said the fire was set within the master bedroom, but other details about the circumstances of the fire and deaths of Cooper Health System CEO John Sheridan Jr., 72, and his wife, Joyce Sheridan, 69, were not released by Somerset County Prosecutor Geoffrey Soriano, who said the case remains under investigation. The fire has been ruled arson. The fire which killed Cooper Health CEO and former NJ official  John P. Sheridan Jr, 72, and his…
  • CD05: "Gridlock:" Roy Cho new ad up on cable

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:23 am
    If you live in the 5th congressional district you will soon be seeing this new ad from Democrat Roy Cho, who is running against entrenched Tea Party Republican Scott Garrett, New Jersey's long-running worst in Congress. It's a return to Cho's theme that the way Garrett sees governmental responsibility - or rather fails to see it, results in a failure to get the right things done, or much of anything done. A few examples? Women; Garrett positioning himself against protecting victims of domestic violence, opposing that women receive equal pay for equal work, and blocking access to life-saving…
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  • On the News With Thom Hartmann: The Sonora River Poisoned by the Mining Industry, and More

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:36 am
    In today's On the News segment: The mining industry pollutes the Sonora River and drinking water in Northern Mexico; a federal judge has restored protection for wolves in Wyoming; Archbishop Desmond Tutu has added his voice to world leaders calling for action on climate change; and more. TRANSCRIPT: You need to know this. We all know the saying, "fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me." But, when it comes to drilling and mining, big business thinks that they can fool us over and over again. Last week, authorities in northern Mexico had to tell 25,000 residents not to use…
  • Underestimating ISIS: An Indictment of Decades of Failed US Policy in the Middle East

    1 Oct 2014 | 9:32 am
    Lawrence Wilkerson is a retired United States Army soldier and former chief of staff to United States Secretary of State Colin Powell. Wilkerson is an adjunct professor at the College of William & Mary where he teaches courses on US national security. He also instructs a senior seminar in the Honors Department at the George Washington University entitled "National Security Decision Making." TRANSCRIPT:  SHARMINI PERIES, EXEC. PRODUCER, TRNN: This is The Real News Network. I'm Sharmini Peries, coming to you from Baltimore. Welcome to this edition of the Larry Wilkerson report. Larry…
  • Umbrella Revolution: Hong Kong's Biggest Protests in Decades Challenge China on Political Freedom

    1 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Hong Kong is facing its biggest political unrest in decades as tens of thousands of protesters defy a police crackdown to demand greater freedom from China. The new round of protests began last week when thousands of college students launched a boycott to oppose China's rejection of free elections in 2017. The protesters want an open vote, but China's plan would only allow candidates approved by Beijing. After a three-day sit-in, police used tear gas and pepper spray to disperse the crowds. But that only fueled a public outcry which brought even more into the streets, with estimates reaching…
  • As US-Afghanistan Sign Troop Deal, CIA-Backed Warlord Behind Massacre of 2,000 POWs Sworn-In as VP

    1 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    Afghanistan has inaugurated its first new president in a decade, swearing in Ashraf Ghani to head a power-sharing government. Joining him on stage Monday was Abdul Rashid Dostum, Afghanistan's new vice president. Dostum is one of Afghanistan's most notorious warlords, once described by Ghani himself as a "known killer." Dostum's rise to the vice presidency comes despite his involvement in a 2001 massacre that killed up to 2,000 Taliban prisoners of war. The victims were allegedly shot to death or suffocated in sealed metal truck containers after they surrendered to Dostum and the U.S.-backed…
  • Obama Administration Again Sides With Abusive Loan Servicers, This Time on Student Loans

    1 Oct 2014 | 8:03 am
    A corrosive development is the ease with which lenders steal extract income which is not properly theirs from borrowers through what is at best incompetence and in far too many cases is fraud. This pattern has repeats itself again and again: in mortgage servicing, with debt collection, and more and more with student loan servicing. A big part of why servicers, who are less supposedly disreputable than kneecapping debt collectors, keep getting away with misconduct is that most borrowers are too broke to fight bogus charges and the cascading damage that results, often from interest…
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  • Buying a health plan: Don't try this at home?

    Andrew Sprung
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:20 pm
    In a recent post, I cheered a bit while noting that most ACA marketplace users who should have bought silver-level health plans did in fact buy silver plans. That is, most people whose income qualified them for subsidies reducing their plan deductibles and out-of-pocket costs -- subsidies available only with silver plans -- did buy silver. Somewhat less than 20% of those eligible for Cost Sharing Reduction (CSR) bought bronze plans, which have higher deductibles and copays and disqualify a buyer from CSR..Perhaps a 15-20% "bad choice" rate is too high. After speaking with ACA navigator Kate…
  • Having some health insurance is better than having none. But American insurance...

    Andrew Sprung
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Those of us engaged in the long struggle to pass and implement the ACA have (not wrongly) fixated on how vital it is to have health insurance, and we've been cheered by the roughly 25% reduction in the nation's uninsured in the ACA's first year. We've also celebrated the ACA's ending of arbitrary policy rescissions, yearly and lifetime coverage caps, medical underwriting, and plans lacking essential benefits like childbirth and drug treatment.Some coverage is better than none. But recent good reporting is also highlighting the extent to which much if not most health insurance in America…
  • Did too many low income ACA shoppers buy bronze plans?

    Andrew Sprung
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:33 pm
    Modern Healthcare's Virgil Dickson reports on a weak link in ACA coverage:Obamacare enrollees are straining the finances of community health centers around the country, some health center leaders say.The issue is that many lower-income patients with insurance coverage through the federal and state exchanges bought bronze-tier plans with lower premiums but high deductibles, coinsurance and copayments and no federal cost-sharing subsidies. When these patients face high out-of-pocket costs for care that falls below the deductible, they can't afford it. Deductibles on bronze plans average…
  • Repetition again*

    Andrew Sprung
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:03 pm
    I share in the general admiration for the tour de force in gotcha editing pasted below the jump -- so much so that I've added its author to my blogroll.  But of course I want to add my two cents.In his book ‘Simply English’, Simon Heffer recommends cutting redundant words. Well, he’s convinced me. pic.twitter.com/9hHL0ZX8Nk— Tom Freeman (@SnoozeInBrief) September 18, 2014Freeman is no pedant. His point is not that his victim, Daily Telegraph editor and prescriptive grammarian Simon Heffer, was not as concise as humanly possible in his concision admonition. In a followup post,…
  • Elisabeth Rosenthal exposes hospitals as free-billing zones

    Andrew Sprung
    21 Sep 2014 | 12:18 pm
    I stand back in awe from the healthcare reporting of The New York Times' Elisabeth Rosenthal, who since June 2013 has been exposing in front-page blockbuster after blockbuster the rampant greed and depraved price-gouging endemic to the US healthcare system. Her nine-part "paying till it hurts" series, indexed here, is worthy of a Pulitzer. It should galvanize the country as Silent Spring or The Other America did.Rosenthal's latest exposes many hospital ORs as free-billing zones in which an array of doctors, physical therapists and other service providers can insinuate themselves in a…
 
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  • Would Marriage Ruin Our Happiness?

    By Lily King
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:16 pm
    My only hope was that the love would die slowly, so slowly I might not notice.
  • Swing State Envy, Anyone?

    By David Brooks and Gail Collins
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:09 pm
    Brooks and Collins on the confounding mid-term elections.
  • Massacre at Centralia

    By Nicole Etcheson
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:11 pm
    One of the worst crimes of the Civil War took place in an obscure corner of Missouri.
  • The Thermopylae of the West

    By Nicole Etcheson
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:55 am
    How an outgunned Union force turned back the Confederate invasion of Missouri.
  • The Benefits of ‘Binocularity’

    By Erik Parens
    28 Sep 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Neuroscience encourages us to see humans through a single lens. But a full picture of what it means to be a person requires another.
 
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    Reuters: Politics

  • Secret Service director resigns under fire

    1 Oct 2014 | 4:22 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned under fire on Wednesday after a series of security lapses came to light that exposed gaping holes in the protective cocoon around President Barack Obama.
  • U.S. appeals court blocks parts of new North Carolina voter law

    1 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    CHARLOTTE N.C. (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court blocked parts of a new North Carolina voter law on Wednesday, ruling just weeks ahead of the November elections that voting restrictions considered among the harshest in the country would disproportionately harm African-American voters.
  • N.Y. state lawmaker accused of abusing travel, campaign funds

    1 Oct 2014 | 1:37 pm
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - A New York state assemblyman who is running unopposed for his 11th term in a district in the New York City borough of Queens was arrested on Wednesday on charges of stealing campaign funds and abusing the state's travel voucher system, authorities said.
  • Court says Kansas Democrats don't have to run Senate candidate

    1 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    KANSAS CITY Kan. (Reuters) - A court ruled on Wednesday that Kansas Democrats do not have to put a candidate on the ballot for the U.S Senate, a decision that is expected to boost chances of an independent beating the Republican incumbent in an election that may swing control of the chamber.
  • Republicans craft 2015 plan to force Obama's hand on Keystone

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:35 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans plan to put approval of the long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline on a fast track early next year if they win a U.S. Senate majority in November, finally forcing President Barack Obama to make a tough call on the controversial plan.
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    Slashdot: Politics

  • California Governor Vetoes Bill Requiring Warrants For Drone Surveillance

    Soulskill
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:12 am
    schwit1 sends word that California governor Jerry Brown has vetoed legislation that would have required warrants for surveillance using unmanned drones. In his veto message (PDF), Brown said, "This bill prohibits law enforcement from using a drone without obtaining a search warrant, except in limited circumstances. There are undoubtedly circumstances where a warrant is appropriate. The bill's exceptions, however, appear to be too narrow and could impose requirements beyond what is required by either the 4th Amendment or the privacy provisions in the California Constitution." The article notes…
  • Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

    Soulskill
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:17 pm
    An anonymous reader writes: Incremental improvements have been slowly but surely pushing solar power toward mainstream viability for a few decades now. It's getting to the point where the established utilities are worried about the financial hit they're likely to take — and they're working to prevent it. "These solar households are now buying less and less electricity, but the utilities still have to manage the costs of connecting them to the grid. Indeed, a new study from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory argues that this trend could put utilities in dire financial straits. If…
  • US Strikes ISIL Targets In Syria

    timothy
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:55 am
    Taco Cowboy writes The United States of America has launched airstrikes, along with some of its Arab partners such as Jordan, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Qatar, against ISIL targets in Syria. ... Before the airstrike was officially announced to the press, a Syrian man living in Raqqa, Syria, tweeted about the bombings and the sounds of air drones all over Raqqa. ... Tomahawk missiles were launched from USS Arleigh Burke in the Red Sea. Stealth fighters such as F-22s were also involved in the strike.Read more of this story at Slashdot.
  • US Revamping Its Nuclear Arsenal

    Soulskill
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:19 pm
    FreedomFirstThenPeac writes: As a former Cold Warrior (both launch officer side and staff analytical mathematician side), I now appreciate the bitterness I saw in former WW2 warriors when they would see a Japanese car. According to the NY Times, a new assembly plant in Kansas is "part of a nationwide wave of atomic revitalization that includes plans for a new generation of weapon carriers. This expansion comes under a president who campaigned for 'a nuclear-free world' and made disarmament a main goal of American defense policy." Mind you, Mutual Assured Destruction is a dangerous path, and…
  • Mark Zuckerberg Throws Pal Joe Green Under the Tech Immigration Bus

    timothy
    21 Sep 2014 | 11:55 am
    theodp (442580) writes "A month after he argued that Executive Action by President Obama on tech immigration was needed lest his billionaire bosses at Mark Zuckerberg's FWD.us PAC have to hire 'just sort of OK' U.S. workers, Re/code reports that Joe Green — Zuckerberg's close friend and college roommate — has been pushed out of his role as President of FWD.us for failing to Git-R-Done on an issue critical to the tech community. "Today, we wanted to share an important change with you," begins 'Leadership Change', the announcement from the FWD.us Board that Todd Schulte is the new…
 
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  • Eric Holder Tells Prosecutors to Stop Coercing Guilty Pleas With an Especially Terrifying Sentence Enhancement

    Jacob Sullum
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) notes further evidence of Attorney General Eric Holder's efforts to make the criminal justice system less senselessly punitive: Last Friday he issued a memo instructing federal prosecutors that they should not use sentence enhancements based on a defendant's criminal history merely to coerce a plea agreement. Under Title 21, Section 851 of the U.S. Code, a prosecutor has the power to dramatically increase the mandatory minimum sentence a defendant faces by filing an "information" noting prior convictions. Prosecutors have often used that threat to…
  • Tonight on The Independents: Stossel on the ‘Mean’ World, Montel Williams on the Marine in Mexico, Plus S.S. Follies, ISIS Folly, the Hong Kong Challenge, the Worst 2016 Presidents, and Two Minutes Hate!

    Matt Welch
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:49 pm
    Ever feel like your country has been at war forever, all over the world, with no particular overarching intelligence behind it all? On last night's episode of The Independents, Kmele Foster reminded us that we're still keeping 10,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, for whatever reason: Tonight's installment (Fox Business Network, 9 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. PT, with re-airs three hours later) continues in the discussion that Americans have already stopped having, namely whether the our new war against the Islamic State is wise, comprehensible, or constitutional. Helping in those deliberations are Party…
  • Addiction: Easier to Beat Than Its Reputation

    Brian Doherty
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Great drug reporter and commentator (and Reason contributor) Maia Szalavitz speaks some obvious but too often ignored truths about "addiction," over at Alternet: According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, addiction is “a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry.” However, that’s not what the epidemiology of the disorder suggests. By age 35, half of all people who qualified for active alcoholism or addiction diagnoses during their teens and 20s no longer do, according to a study of over 42,000 Americans in a sample designed to…
  • Cops Distribute 'Internet Safety Software' That's Actually Unsafe Spyware

    Zenon Evans
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    An estimated 245 law enforcement agencies in 35 states have for years been distributing software called ComputerCOP as a way for parents to ensure their children have a safe web-browsing experience. The problem is, ComputerCOP is just glorified spyware that lacks basic safety features. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today published its findings about this "internet safety software," and it's not pretty: As security software goes, we observed a product with a keystroke-capturing function, also called a "keylogger," that could place a family's personal information at extreme risk by…
  • Should Employers Be Forced to Hire Cannabis Consumers?

    Jacob Sullum
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Under Colorado law, employers are forbidden to fire people for "any lawful activity" in which they engage on their own time outside the workplace. Yesterday the Colorado Supreme Court considered the novel question of whether "any lawful activity" includes cannabis consumption that is permitted by state law but still a crime under federal law. Although the case involves medical use, it has broader implications now that Colorado has legalized recreational use as well. The plaintiff is Brandon Coats, a 34-year-old quadriplegic who was fired from his job with Dish Network in 2010 after he tested…
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  • How Deep is the Problem?

    Randy Toman
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:21 am
    French philosopher Auguste Comte (1798-1857) held that the great theological dogma of the “Fall of Man” was the prime source of error of man’s thinking. The abandonment of religion and philosophy was a must for him and then society could be turned to a purely scientific approach with experimental challenges. Such an approach was able to place the state above good and evil all the while it could experiment in Mythology—framing right and wrong as they adjusted the values & gauges of life and never be accused of sin against the social fabric or its culture. We can now see how…
  • RADICALISM

    The Outsider
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:10 am
    We hear this word being used much lately, especially in describing some of the ISIS terrorists that are apparently from the U.S. I notice that they are blacks that have accepted the perverted Islamic beliefs and have changed their names to names that are common in the Muslim world. The Black Panther groups have done the same thing. Does anyone remember the Black Panther thugs that made their presence known at some of the voting precincts in Philadelphia a few years back? They should have been arrested for disrupting the people’s voting rights, a violation of the voters 1st amendment but…
  • What is Liberty?

    Randy Toman
    7 Aug 2014 | 12:16 pm
    The American problems have festered and ballooned into something that will shortly become uncontrollable agitation of the culture—-causing much civil unrest. This frustration of the public is manifesting itself in a fashion that has not been seen here in the USA in any times of past history. Once “Liberty”—-as it is thought of today—– became the end rather than merely a means to an end, a fundamental change in the very definition of Christianity occurred. Christianity with its Calvinism of the founding father’s era was changed into an Arminian self-rule and we no…
  • Nobody Saw it Coming

    Randy Toman
    30 Jul 2014 | 6:14 am
    I have been saying and writing for years things are bad, the combination of the signs add up to major problems within the culture—with things getting worse. A must read article—-the link: http://blog.milesfranklin.com/need-or-want-demand-is-dying Andy Hoffman articles have continually focus on the gold and silver of the Precious Metal (PM) market and the fact those prices have been manipulated for years. This type of news you can’t and will not get anywhere but in these few newsletters that do cover the PM markets and the few of us who happen to think the price of PM’s can really…
  • VA Crisis Solution

    The Outsider
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:38 am
    I don’t know what is so difficult about solving the VA crisis. Me, the Outsider, has a simple solution. Just give the Veterans the same health care that the worthless politicians give themselves at the tax payers expense! The Veterans deserve it and the politicians really don’t since the politicians are addicted to living off the taxpayers like over glorified welfare junkies. Maybe welfare junkies is too harsh a term! Political parasites would be better!
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    The American Prospect

  • The War With No Name

    Paul Waldman
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:57 am
    Every president, along with the people who work for him, will tell you that they barely ever think about politics and public relations. "Good policy is good politics," they'll say, or "We believe that if we do the right thing, the politics will take care of themselves." Of course, it'll all baloney. Even in the most serious matters, like making war, appearances are never far from their minds. Which is why, every time we get ready to bomb or invade somebody, the military comes up with a super-cool name for the operation. Not only does it give the enterprise the proper triumphal air, it gives…
  • Tragedy, Privation and Hope: Joy Boothe's Inspiring Journey to Moral Monday

    Barry Yeoman
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:40 pm
    ©Jenny Warburg Joy Boothe (in black pants) at a sit-in outside the office North Carolina Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger in June 2014, protesting Republican education cuts. When Joy Boothe showed up at last week’s Moral Monday rally in her hometown of Burnsville, North Carolina, she was fighting both sleep- and sun-deprivation. Boothe had just driven in from Asheville, 35 miles away, where her husband was recovering from a double knee replacement. “Despite my fears of leaving my husband’s hospital room for the first time in four days,” she told the small crowd gathered in…
  • In 22 States, a Wave of New Voting Restrictions Threatens to Shift Outcomes in Tight Races

    Wendy R. Weiser
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:06 pm
    This article is from the Fall 2014 issue of the The American Prospect magazine. For the first time in decades, voters in nearly half the country will find it harder to cast a ballot in the upcoming elections. Voters in 22 states will face tougher rules than in the last midterms. In 15 states, 2014 is slated to be the first major election with new voting restrictions in place.  These changes are the product of a concerted push to restrict voting by legislative majorities that swept into office in 2010. They represent a sharp reversal for a country whose historical trajectory has been to…
  • Mitt Romney Explains the Politician's Art

    Paul Waldman
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:13 am
    Back when he was running for president, I used to joke that Mitt Romney was a political version of the T-1000 from Terminator 2—if he got close enough, he could morph himself into a copy of you, adopting your likes, your fears, your ideals and your beliefs. Except instead of doing it to kill you off, he was trying to win your vote. Ungenerous on my part? Sure. Nevertheless true? Pretty much. And now comes an interesting admission from Mitt, in a new interview with Mark Leibovich. The topic is the infamous "47 percent" remark that caused him so much grief. While Romney has gone through many…
  • Palestinian Despair Plays Into Netanyahu's Hands -- For Now

    Gershom Gorenberg
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    (AP Photo/Richard Drew) President Mahmoud Abbas, of Palestine, addresses the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. The tone was almost bureaucratic: a tired man in a suit reading from a prepared text. The man was Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas; the bureaucratic ritual he performed was that of a national leader addressing the United Nations General Assembly. The words, though, expressed an undiplomatic—a quite un-Abbas-like—fury. In his opening sentence, referring to the conflict in Gaza this summer, Abbas charged Israel…
 
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  • The War With No Name

    Paul Waldman
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:57 am
    Every president, along with the people who work for him, will tell you that they barely ever think about politics and public relations. "Good policy is good politics," they'll say, or "We believe that if we do the right thing, the politics will take care of themselves." Of course, it'll all baloney. Even in the most serious matters, like making war, appearances are never far from their minds. Which is why, every time we get ready to bomb or invade somebody, the military comes up with a super-cool name for the operation. Not only does it give the enterprise the proper triumphal air, it gives…
  • Tragedy, Privation and Hope: Joy Boothe's Inspiring Journey to Moral Monday

    Barry Yeoman
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:40 pm
    ©Jenny Warburg Joy Boothe (in black pants) at a sit-in outside the office North Carolina Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger in June 2014, protesting Republican education cuts. When Joy Boothe showed up at last week’s Moral Monday rally in her hometown of Burnsville, North Carolina, she was fighting both sleep- and sun-deprivation. Boothe had just driven in from Asheville, 35 miles away, where her husband was recovering from a double knee replacement. “Despite my fears of leaving my husband’s hospital room for the first time in four days,” she told the small crowd gathered in…
  • In 22 States, a Wave of New Voting Restrictions Threatens to Shift Outcomes in Tight Races

    Wendy R. Weiser
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:06 pm
    This article is from the Fall 2014 issue of the The American Prospect magazine. For the first time in decades, voters in nearly half the country will find it harder to cast a ballot in the upcoming elections. Voters in 22 states will face tougher rules than in the last midterms. In 15 states, 2014 is slated to be the first major election with new voting restrictions in place.  These changes are the product of a concerted push to restrict voting by legislative majorities that swept into office in 2010. They represent a sharp reversal for a country whose historical trajectory has been to…
  • Mitt Romney Explains the Politician's Art

    Paul Waldman
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:13 am
    Back when he was running for president, I used to joke that Mitt Romney was a political version of the T-1000 from Terminator 2—if he got close enough, he could morph himself into a copy of you, adopting your likes, your fears, your ideals and your beliefs. Except instead of doing it to kill you off, he was trying to win your vote. Ungenerous on my part? Sure. Nevertheless true? Pretty much. And now comes an interesting admission from Mitt, in a new interview with Mark Leibovich. The topic is the infamous "47 percent" remark that caused him so much grief. While Romney has gone through many…
  • Palestinian Despair Plays Into Netanyahu's Hands -- For Now

    Gershom Gorenberg
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    (AP Photo/Richard Drew) President Mahmoud Abbas, of Palestine, addresses the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. The tone was almost bureaucratic: a tired man in a suit reading from a prepared text. The man was Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas; the bureaucratic ritual he performed was that of a national leader addressing the United Nations General Assembly. The words, though, expressed an undiplomatic—a quite un-Abbas-like—fury. In his opening sentence, referring to the conflict in Gaza this summer, Abbas charged Israel…
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  • The middle class is poorer today than it was in 1989

    Matt O'Brien
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Jeff Turner/Flickr The fundamentals of the economy are, well, okay. It's been slow and steady, but the recovery has chugged along enough to get us back to something close to normal. The economy has surpassed its pre-crisis peak, unemployment is at a six-year low, and stocks have more than tripled from their 2009 low. It's not the best of times, but it's certainly not the worst -- which was a very real possibility after Lehman Brothers' bankruptcy threatened to send us into a second Great Depression. President Obama and his fellow Democrats, naturally, would like to claim some of the…
  • Is it really possible for someone to drink 10 drinks per day?

    Christopher Ingraham
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:06 pm
    In this photo illustration, bottles and cans of beer that are products of SABMiller and Anheuser-Busch InBev are shown on September 15, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo Illustration by Scott Olson/Getty Images) 10 drinks a day. That's the alcohol consumption of the top 10 percent of American drinkers, according to research by Philip J. Cook that Wonkblog highlighted last week. Those jaw-dropping numbers have generated a ton of discussion -- and a fair share of disbelief. For more of the backstory, here's a clip of Philip J. Cook's appearance last night on MSNBC's "All In with Chris Hayes."…
  • A battle’s brewing within the GOP over whether to pursue tax reform

    Lori Montgomery
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:56 am
    Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) (AP Photo/Steve Helber) Facing the prospect of a fully Republican Congress for the first time in eight years, GOP strategists are divided over how to advance a central tenet of their political agenda: a simpler U.S. tax code with sharply lower rates. In the House, Republicans weary of jousting with President Obama over sweeping tax and budget issues say they have little hope of suddenly finding consensus in the waning days of his administration. Better, they argue, to focus on smaller targets, such as approving the Keystone XL Pipeline and rolling back broadly…
  • Voters don’t really care about climate change. So why do Democrats keep talking about it?

    Christopher Ingraham
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:20 am
    The Brookings Institution A new Brookings Institution study of the 2014 primaries finds that climate change was the second-most mentioned issue among Democratic candidates for House races. Which is slightly puzzling, considering surveys consistently show environmental issues as ranking near the bottom of voter issue priorities. For instance, only 1 percent of respondents in a recent Gallup survey said the environment was the most important issue facing the country (in contrast, 41 percent named an issue related to the economy). A September Pew Research Center poll found that the environment…
  • Which car to drive if you want to get the most tickets

    Roberto A. Ferdman
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:02 am
    Cars don't speed, drivers do. (Elaine Thompson/AP Photo) The most ticketed car in the United States doesn't race to 60 miles per hour in fewer than four seconds, or, generally, come painted in red. It isn't Italian, German, or even American-made. And you probably haven't seen it in many movies, because, frankly, it just isn't all that fancy, or fast. A new study by Insurance.com, which surveyed more than 500 car models and 550,000 customers, found that a greater percentage of Subaru WRX (this car) owners are caught speeding and committing other traffic violations than those of any other car.
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  • Pelosi: My next-door neighbor owns Washington Nationals

    1 Oct 2014 | 11:45 am
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) weighed in on Major League Baseball Wednesday after leaving her weekly press conference.“My next-door neighbor is the owner of the Nationals,” she told reporters.An article published earlier this year in...
  • Pelosi: Dems will take Congress, WH in '16

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:33 am
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) predicted a Democratic sweep in 2016.If Republicans keep the House in November, Pelosi said they wouldn’t hold their majority for long.“Their days are numbered. I know that in two years, I know we’ll...
  • Pelosi: Expect a war authorization vote in lame-duck session

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:09 am
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Md.) said Wednesday that Congress should get ready to debate and vote on an authorization for war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) in the lame-duck session.“When this Congress comes back into...
  • Cummings aide: Pierson must restore trust

    1 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
    Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) is stepping back from a call for the director of the Secret Service to resign in the wake of a series of security breaches.The Maryland Democrat spoke with Julia Pierson on Wednesday morning.An aide to Cummings, the...
  • Ex-senator fined for misusing campaign funds

    30 Sep 2014 | 8:35 pm
    A U.S. district judge ruled Tuesday that former Sen. Larry Craig (R-Idaho) must pay more than $240,000 for improperly using campaign funds in an effort to withdraw a guilty plea relating to a 2007 sex sting.U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson...
 
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  • Big payday for ex-college sports stars?

    Lyle Denniston
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:40 pm
    Two significant First Amendment cases that have been awaiting the Supreme Court’s reaction for a year are on the way to being settled, with the real prospect that former stars in big-time college football and basketball will get a share of a $60 million fund.  Of that, $40 million would be put up by the maker of video games about college sports, and $20 million by the National Collegiate Athletic Association — the group that makes policy for competition in collegiate athletics. The proposed settlements, which will be circulated among collegians who previously played in the…
  • Wednesday round-up

    Amy Howe
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:12 am
    The Court is scheduled to resume oral arguments in just a few days, and so previews of the upcoming Term and the cases on the Court’s docket continue.  Chantal Valery of Agence France-Presse looks at the Term as a whole, noting that the Court has “a slate of hot-button cases, including freedom of speech in the Facebook era and a likely reprise on gay marriage.”  And in Education Week (with graphic here), Mark Walsh surveys the Court’s education docket (or lack thereof), observing that “one would have to go back before the court’s landmark decision in Brown [v. Board of…
  • Petition of the day

    Maureen Johnston
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:11 pm
    The petition of the day is: Cuti v. United States 13-1491 Issue: Whether a witness may give opinion testimony based in part on specialized knowledge and in part on personal experience, including answering counterfactual hypothetical questions, without satisfying the reliability and disclosure requirements for expert testimony of Federal Rule of Evidence 702, Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 16, and/or Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 26.
  • Federal judge limits health care subsidies

    Lyle Denniston
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Deepening the controversy over tax subsidies to help lower-income workers obtain health insurance, a federal trial judge in Oklahoma on Tuesday barred those credits for individuals who shop for coverage on marketplaces run by the federal government, not by a state. That issue is already awaiting the Supreme Court’s attention, with the federal government due to file there on Friday a defense of the subsidies scheme that has so far helped nearly five million individuals to afford health coverage under the Affordable Care Act.  (That case is King v. Burwell.) In Oklahoma, U.S. District…
  • Tuesday round-up

    Amy Howe
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:47 am
    Yesterday the Justices met for the so-called “Long Conference,” at which they considered new petitions for certiorari for the first time since late June.  Once again, news coverage of the Court focuses on the cases slated for consideration at that conference, and in particular the seven petitions arising out of challenges to state bans on same-sex marriage.  Ben Winslow of Fox 13 News in Salt Lake City summarizes the story in Utah, where state officials have asked the Court to review a decision by the Tenth Circuit striking down that state’s ban.  In his Sidebar column for The New…
 
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  • To the Surprise of No One

    John Cole +0
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:30 pm
    If white people went through as much bullshit as black people did, we would be burning down buildings in every state in the nation: The St. Louis County prosecutor’s office is investigating an accusation of misconduct on the grand jury that is hearing the case against the Ferguson police officer who shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown. Ed Magee, the spokesman for county prosecutor Robert McCulloch, said they received the information from a “Twitter user” Wednesday morning. “We are looking into the matter,” he said. An account of possible jury misconduct surfaced Wednesday…
  • MLB Wild Card Open Thread

    John Cole +0
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:48 pm
    Let’s go Bucs! I haven’t been this excited about baseball since Andy Van Slyke was in uniform. Share
  • Wednesday Evening Open Thread: No Surprise

    Anne Laurie
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:51 pm
    The “terrorists are hiding under your bed!” trope works best on voters who are in no danger. http://t.co/OaiRSBosKp pic.twitter.com/bwNiLaHwzB — daveweigel (@daveweigel) October 1, 2014 Secret Service Director Julia Pierson has resigned, apparently at the President’s request. Also predictable, as reported in NYMag, “Why Some Stocks Are Jumping on Ebola News“: …[A]s soon as the [Dallas case] CDC press conference happened, the stocks of the handful of companies invested in Ebola research surged. Take Tekmira Pharmaceuticals, Canadian a firm working on a…
  • I’ll Take Racist Media for $200, Alex

    Tom Levenson
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Alex:  What is the question that evokes the answer:  “A cartoon with a watermelon punchline referencing the President of the United States.” We reply in chorus: “What was the racist garbage in the Boston Herald today?” Again, this has been picked up in the comments, but it’s been making me crazy for a couple of reasons.  For the obvious one, I’m just going to outsource to Charles Pierce, who knows the Herald very well indeed:  Let’s move along down my personal resume to The Boston Herald, where the current editors, whom I know well, today made…
  • Sorry You Idiots Misunderstood

    John Cole +0
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Politico has edited the column that blamed Obama for his own potential assassination: Editor’s note: Some readers have misinterpreted the original last line of Kessler’s article as somehow suggesting that the president should be held responsible in the event of his own assassination. That couldn’t be further from the truth, and we’re sorry if anyone interpreted Kessler’s meaning in any other way. You simpletons. How could you possibly have interpreted things that way. Here’s the update: Agents tell me it’s a miracle an assassination has not already occurred. In typical…
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  • A Tale of Two Pelosis

    HART WILLIAMS
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:13 pm
      There are 33 days  and change until the November  4 election as I write this. I will try to keep this brief and to the point — which, Progressives, IS the point. The Republicans are running on their traditional slander: College GOP: Democrats Are Like a Bad Wedding Dress Rebecca Ballhaus / Wall Street Journal The College Republican National Committee launched on Wednesday a nearly $1 million digital ad campaign across 16 states, aiming to draw young voters to the GOP with what the group’s chief calls “culturally relevant” ad campaigns… The Republicans are…
  • Happy 90th birthday, President Carter

    KATHY GILL, Technology Policy Analyst
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:20 pm
    On this day in 1924, James Earl Carter was born in Plains, Georgia, making today the 90th birthday of our nation’s 39th president (1977-81) and Georgia’s 76th governor (1971-75). Foreign policy accomplishments included returning the Panama Canal to Panama, the Camp David Peace Accords between Egypt and Israel, and the SALT II treaty with the Soviet Union. In addition, under his leadership the US normalized diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China. He also held a series of televised fireside chats in an early effort to bypass media gatekeepers and take his…
  • Another Activist Conservative Judge Attempts To Destroy Obamacare

    Ron Chusid
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:07 am
    A federal judge in Oklahoma, appointed by George W. Bush, has repeated the same ridiculous argument given by previous activist conservative judges to attempt to stop Obamacare. The claim is that the Affordable Care Act only provides for subsidies for policies purchased on state-run exchanges and not the federal exchange. This is based upon taking one portion of the law, which is poorly written and might suggest this, while ignoring all the other portions of the law which do not make such limitations on who can qualify to receive subsidies. Previously the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in…
  • (Updates) The Ebola Crisis: U.S. Military Gears Up

    DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Update II: As part of the 3,000 U.S. military to be deployed to West Africa to help combat the Ebola outbreak, 700 soldiers from the 101st t Airborne Division headquarters will deploy in late October to Liberia. The Army will deploy another 700 soldiers from engineering units throughout the United States to supervise the construction of Ebola treatment units, conduct site surveys and provide engineering expertise, Pentagon Press Secretary Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby said, in an area with a range of infrastructure repair needs. Also, according to DOD, about 195 Defense Department personnel are…
  • CDC Confirms First Case Of Ebola In The US

    Guest Voice
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:29 am
    (Reuters) – U.S. health officials said on Tuesday the first patient infected with the deadly Ebola virus had been diagnosed in the country. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the diagnosis. No additional details were immediately available. Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas officials said in a statement on Monday that an unnamed… Share on Tumblr
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  • 2nd possible Ebola case in US, 5 kids possibly exposed

    John Aravosis
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:12 pm
    An update on yesterday’s story about the first case of Ebola diagnosed in the United States. According to news reports, the man is from Liberia, and was simply visiting the US. The man has been identified as Thomas Eric Duncan. UPDATE: Good news, his condition was upgraded to serious from critical, today. At the same time, there are reports of a suspected possible second case of Ebola in the US. And there are concerns that the first patient could have possibly exposed five children to the disease. The children attend four different schools, and are now being monitored. Symptoms of…
  • Sex, death and what banning books teaches our kids

    Jon Green
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    It’s 2014. Does anyone really think they can ban a book and come out the hero? The Riverside Unified School District in California banned The Fault in Our Stars — written by my namesake-sharing, fellow Kenyon College alumnus John Green — from its middle schools last week. The decision was made in a 6-1 vote by the district’s Orwellian-named “Book Reconsideration Committee,” because apparently “book reconsideration committees” are things that actually exist outside of the first draft of 1984. Yes, the Riverside School District has a formal…
  • “Boobs on the ground”: Fox host on female troops fighting ISIS

    John Aravosis
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    A friend sent me this Jon Stewart clip from a few days ago, in which he discusses the GOP’s latest “treason” charge against President Obama: namely, that the President held a coffee cup while saluting. We’d written about this previously, and about how President Bush also saluted the troops with something in his hand, in Bush’s case a dog. But I hadn’t seen this video from Stewart, in which Fox Host Eric Bolling refers to a female air force pilot from the United Arab Emirates as “boobs on the ground.” In fact, the pilot, Maj. Mariam Al Mansouri,…
  • How contagious is Ebola really?

    Dr. Mark Thoma, MD
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has confirmed that a patient in the US has Ebola. It seemed timely to have a discussion of just how contagious Ebola really is. As you probably already know, other American Ebola patients have already been flown back to the US for treatment, but they were brought in under conditions of quarantine. This patient traveled back from Africa (Liberia) on a commercial flight, arriving on September, 20th. He was asymptomatic while traveling. Ebola can only be transmitted when the patient is displaying symptoms. The patient developed Ebola symptoms on September…
  • Ebola now in the US, first case confirmed by CDC

    John Aravosis
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:14 pm
    The CDC has confirmed that a man in a Dallas hospital has Ebola, CBS News is reporting. I’ve been able to find nothing posted by the CDC publicly. Apparently the man had been in west Africa recently — Liberia, to be exact — where there’s been a rather large outbreak of Ebola. He’s been in strict isolation as soon as the hospital suspected Ebola. According to the CDC press conference, the man left Liberia on the 19th of Septemnber. Arrived in the US on the 20th of September. Had no symptoms, but then around the 24th of September, began to develop symptoms. Sought…
 
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  • The War With No Name

    Paul Waldman
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:57 am
    Every president, along with the people who work for him, will tell you that they barely ever think about politics and public relations. "Good policy is good politics," they'll say, or "We believe that if we do the right thing, the politics will take care of themselves." Of course, it'll all baloney. Even in the most serious matters, like making war, appearances are never far from their minds. Which is why, every time we get ready to bomb or invade somebody, the military comes up with a super-cool name for the operation. Not only does it give the enterprise the proper triumphal air, it gives…
  • Tragedy, Privation and Hope: Joy Boothe's Inspiring Journey to Moral Monday

    Barry Yeoman
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:40 pm
    ©Jenny Warburg Joy Boothe (in black pants) at a sit-in outside the office North Carolina Senate President Pro Tempore Phil Berger in June 2014, protesting Republican education cuts. When Joy Boothe showed up at last week’s Moral Monday rally in her hometown of Burnsville, North Carolina, she was fighting both sleep- and sun-deprivation. Boothe had just driven in from Asheville, 35 miles away, where her husband was recovering from a double knee replacement. “Despite my fears of leaving my husband’s hospital room for the first time in four days,” she told the small crowd gathered in…
  • In 22 States, a Wave of New Voting Restrictions Threatens to Shift Outcomes in Tight Races

    Wendy R. Weiser
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:06 pm
    This article is from the Fall 2014 issue of the The American Prospect magazine. For the first time in decades, voters in nearly half the country will find it harder to cast a ballot in the upcoming elections. Voters in 22 states will face tougher rules than in the last midterms. In 15 states, 2014 is slated to be the first major election with new voting restrictions in place.  These changes are the product of a concerted push to restrict voting by legislative majorities that swept into office in 2010. They represent a sharp reversal for a country whose historical trajectory has been to…
  • Mitt Romney Explains the Politician's Art

    Paul Waldman
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:13 am
    Back when he was running for president, I used to joke that Mitt Romney was a political version of the T-1000 from Terminator 2—if he got close enough, he could morph himself into a copy of you, adopting your likes, your fears, your ideals and your beliefs. Except instead of doing it to kill you off, he was trying to win your vote. Ungenerous on my part? Sure. Nevertheless true? Pretty much. And now comes an interesting admission from Mitt, in a new interview with Mark Leibovich. The topic is the infamous "47 percent" remark that caused him so much grief. While Romney has gone through many…
  • Palestinian Despair Plays Into Netanyahu's Hands -- For Now

    Gershom Gorenberg
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    (AP Photo/Richard Drew) President Mahmoud Abbas, of Palestine, addresses the 69th session of the United Nations General Assembly, at U.N. headquarters, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. The tone was almost bureaucratic: a tired man in a suit reading from a prepared text. The man was Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas; the bureaucratic ritual he performed was that of a national leader addressing the United Nations General Assembly. The words, though, expressed an undiplomatic—a quite un-Abbas-like—fury. In his opening sentence, referring to the conflict in Gaza this summer, Abbas charged Israel…
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  • Brown Signs Bag Ban, Martins Beach Access Law, and Ends Gay/Trans Panic Defense

    30 Sep 2014 | 5:44 pm
    California becomes first state in the nation to ban plastic bags, but it could be headed to the ballot by Brian Leubitz Early next year, California will become the first state in the nation to bag plastic bags. Maybe: California Gov. Jerry Brown signed the nation's first statewide ban on the use of plastic bags in grocery stores and other businesses on Tuesday. *** **** *** An industry group representing plastic-bag makers, called the American Progressive Bag Alliance, said Tuesday they plan to put a referendum on the ballot in 2016 to repeal the California ban.(WSJ) If the bag companies are…
  • Gov. Brown's Pen is Busy

    29 Sep 2014 | 10:24 am
    Governor is tearing through the stack of legislation on his desk by Brian Leubitz The Horseshoe is busy. Very busy. And it isn't just the governor and his legislative staff. Those folks who post his press releases on the website must be pulling all-nighters. If you check the Governor's official press release page, you will see a slew of signed and vetoed legislation. And that is just a fraction of what the bills that they are actually going through. The press releases from legislators, interest groups, and the governor are generally flying fast and furious. Perhaps to emphasize his middle of…
  • LA Times Op-Ed: No on 46 Campaign "Jaw-Droppingly Deceptive"

    25 Sep 2014 | 4:18 pm
    LA Times Editorial Board Member pens op-ed against deceptive campaign tactics by insurance funded No on 46 campaign by Brian Leubitz The members of the LA Times Editorial Board don't frequently go this far out on the limb against a ballot measure campaign. But check out this op-ed from a member of that board, Jon Healey, calling out the No on 46 campaign: Even by the political world's low standards of truthiness, a new commercial being aired by the No on Proposition 46 campaign is jaw-droppingly deceptive. *** **** *** Opponents are also trying to persuade voters that the measure would expose…
  • Wouldn't Kashkari's world be amazing?

    22 Sep 2014 | 3:57 pm
    GOP candidate for governor pictures very different GOP than actually exists by Brian Leubitz Neel Kashkari made a big speech this weekend at the California Republican Party's convention. It was meant to do two things: shore up his base and project a vision of a moderate party that could face California's future challenges. In many ways, these goals are diametrically opposed to each other. It may have accomplished the base aspect, with convention goers seeming to be happy. Or at least they told the media that they were happy. Of course, it still wasn't enough for Controller candidate Ashley…
  • Brown Signs Ban against Spying on Consumers Using Rent-to-own Computers

    19 Sep 2014 | 2:37 pm
    Gov. Jerry Brown has signed a bill sponsored by the Consumer Federation of California to protect consumer privacy by restricting the use of spyware on rented computers. Thanks to Assembly Bill 2667 (Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica), consumers who rent a computer or similar electronic device in California will not fall victim to the use of invasive privacy technologies by the merchant or manufacturer who sold the item. The Assembly and state Senate each approved the bill without opposition. "Now that our legislation is signed, rent-to-own companies will no longer be able to use spyware to…
 
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    Jeffrey Goldberg : The Atlantic

  • A Pugnacious Obama Takes on (Most of) the World

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    24 Sep 2014 | 9:36 am
    President Obama, speaking before the United Nations General Assembly, just delivered a speech that reminded me of Hillary Clinton at her most pugnacious, and of John McCain at his most tranquil. He reminded me of the second-term George W. Bush as well. Obama labeled ISIS "evil" (remember the trouble Bush created for himself when he used such terms?) and promised the destruction of its "network of death"; he excoriated Russia explicitly and at length for bullying its way into Ukraine; he made a direct demand on the Muslim world to disassociate itself from the extreme Islam of ISIS; and, most…
  • The Reluctant Loner President Builds a Coalition and Goes After Terrorists Across Syria

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:06 am
    So, our reluctant, hesitant, wan, diffident loner egghead of a president somehow managed to pull together a potent Arab coalition and launch an air war against extremists of the Islamic State terror group on their home turf. Very surprising, given his reputation. Defying expectations is one thing; winning a war in which victory has not yet been adequately defined is another. And yet, President Obama has taken the first, significant steps to at least slow, and possibly reverse, ISIS's expansion. Four quick, early morning observations (to be followed by more, I hope): 1. The Arabs of the Gulf…
  • Does Human Rights Watch Understand the Nature of Prejudice?

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:25 am
    A few days ago, the executive director of Human Rights Watch, Kenneth Roth, tweeted the following statement: “Germans rally against anti-Semitism that flared in Europe in response to Israel’s conduct in Gaza war. Merkel joins.” Roth provided a link to a New York Times article about the rally, which took place in Berlin. Roth’s framing of this issue is very odd and obtuse. Anti-Semitism in Europe did not flare “in response to Israel’s conduct in Gaza,” or anywhere else. Anti-Semitic violence and invective are not responses to events in the Middle East, just as anti-Semitism does…
  • Here's a New Way for Obama to Talk About Confronting ISIS

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:08 am
    A president is axiomatically having a bad week when his understanding of warfare is criticized, in public, by the most revered living Marine general. This is what happened yesterday when retired Gen. James Mattis, the legendary former chief of U.S. Central Command, told the House Intelligence Committee that, “You just don’t take anything off the table up front, which it appears the administration has tried to do.” Mattis is referring to President Obama’s promise to avoid deploying ground troops, no matter what, in the fight against the Islamic State terror group. (There are, of…
  • Were There Dinosaurs on Noah’s Ark?

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:06 pm
    Searching for the elusive answer to a persistent question concerning the seeming gullibility of my fellow Americans—namely, why did 42 percent of adults surveyed this spring by Gallup say they believe that God created humans in their present form less than 10,000 years ago?—I recently found myself in the office of Ken Ham, the born-again Barnum behind Kentucky’s $35 million Creation Museum, debating a separate but related question, one whose existence I had not previously recognized but which became for me a source of instant paleontological delight: How could dinosaurs have coexisted…
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  • Why Obama Should Say Very Little About Hong Kong, and Other Protest Readings

    James Fallows
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:41 am
    Following this item last night, three more useful things to read about the drama unfolding in Hong Kong. 1) "Why Obama should keep quiet about the Hong Kong protests," by Benjamin Carlson in Global Post. Ben Carlson—who is a much-missed former Atlantic staffer, and in recent years a resident of Hong Kong and Beijing—underscores this crucial point. What is happening in Hong Kong is not about foreign "interference" or meddling in China. But that is exactly how the government in Beijing would love to be able to portray it, and for them comments from an American president would be an absolute…
  • 'On the Other Side of the Shenzhen River'

    James Fallows
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:32 pm
    My friend Hai Zhang, who is originally from Kunming and whose writings and photos you can see more about here, sends this picture just now from across the Shenzhen River that separates Guangdong Province, in mainland China, from Hong Kong. He writes: On the other side of the Shenzhen River, I feel shamed, I cry and cry.  I think you know what I am crying for and what I am shamed of. For now, as the National Day Holiday dawns in Hong Kong and across China, three reading suggestions: 1) "Against My Fear, I See That You Hope," a message from a professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong to…
  • A Day on the Road: A Story-Map View of Allentown

    James Fallows
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:55 am
    The real reason to be a reporter is the chance it offers to see, ask about, and prowl around the world. For more on the high concept of the reportorial satisfaction in seeing, you can check this post from the summer. This has been a special satisfaction of our American Futures travels over the past year. The joy and the terror of the process is showing up in a place with a few questions in mind and a few contacts lined up, and then following leads, backing out of dead ends, and spending whole days in pursuits you hadn't foreseen. Inevitably you discover that the preparation was essential, but…
  • "When We Felt Threatened, We Opened Umbrellas and Raised Our Hands"

    James Fallows
    29 Sep 2014 | 12:03 am
    From a reader in Hong Kong: I was at the uneventful (if tense) Legco [Legislative Council] demonstration on Saturday as well as last night's demonstrations between Causeway Bay and Central. It was as much depressing as, ultimately, uplifting. When I was incapacitated by a blast of pepper spray, I somehow found myself being reverse crowd-surfed to a safe area. There, a young girl cradled my head and poured water into my eyes. Some others wiped the chemicals off my arms and legs. When they went on to help the next injured person, an old woman kept watch over me, speaking soft Cantonese and…
  • Iron Pigs Rising

    James Fallows
    25 Sep 2014 | 4:33 pm
    It turns out that the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs aren't really that good at baseball, at least this year. They lost two of the three games we saw at Coca-Cola Stadium last month—a day-night doubleheader on a Saturday, and a night game the following Monday, all against the Syracuse Chiefs and all in idyllic, clear high-sky conditions. A few weeks later at the end of the season, the Chiefs were at the top of the triple-A International League Northern division, and the poor Iron Pigs were 15.5 games back in last place. Maybe we're not good-luck omens for plucky minor-league teams. Earlier in the…
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    6 Sep 2014 | 10:51 pm
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    Obsidian Wings

  • Looking for a society that values the sarcastic under-achiever

    liberal japonicus
    27 Sep 2014 | 4:57 pm
    by liberal japonicus Earlier, I wrote about the case of John Updike's trash and the person who went through it. From that  Moran told me he checked into the legality of what he was doing in the years he collected Updike’s garbage. He also asked friends for guidance about the ethics of his actions. It felt wrong to him, and dragged him back into a mind frame he’d been trying to snap. Moran says he had been having a difficult time in the months leading up to that afternoon in May 2006. As a recovering alcoholic, his long bike rides were part of plan to stay healthy and sober. But the…
  • The war on the Taliban, al Qaeda, ISIS/L, the Khorasan Group, etc. etc. etc.

    Ugh
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:58 am
    by Ugh So, it seems the United States has embarked on yet another campaign of floggings for love in the Middle East, or as Glenn Greenwald, winner of this week's "trolling of the internets" headline award* put it "Syria Becomes the 7th Predominantly Muslim Country Bombed by 2009 Nobel Peace Laureate."   It also seems that the United States has all but officially assumed the role of some kind of absent-ruler of a swath of the world that stretches from Morocco to Pakistan and reaches down into the Horn of Africa.  Where we have allies that hate each other,…
  • Adrian Peterson, Charles Barkley, and other scattered thoughts

    liberal japonicus
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:26 am
    by liberal japonicus I'm back from 10 days in Kyrgyzstan, classes are about to start and there are too many interesting things to write about. ISIS? Scottish referendum? Ebola? But this piece responding to Charles Barkley's comments about the Adrian Peterson case had me thinking about growing up, discipline and a whole range of stuff. More below the fold A quick recap, Adrian Peterson, running back for the Minnesota Vikings, heard/saw his son push another boy off of his bike and he whipped him with a switch. Peterson was the person who a year earlier had  learned that he was the…
  • Is it more like Kafka or 1984?

    Ugh
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:59 am
    by Ugh I'm leaning Kafka, but could be convinced otherwise, or why not both?   The Justice Department intervened late Friday in a defamation lawsuit against United Against Nuclear Iran, a prominent advocacy group that pushes for tough sanctions against Tehran. The government said the case should be dropped because forcing the group to open its files would jeopardize national security. The group is not affiliated with the government, and lists no government contracts on its tax forms. The government has cited no precedent for using the so-called state-secrets privilege to quash a private…
  • Your binge-watching open thread

    SuperUser
    13 Sep 2014 | 9:15 pm
    by Doctor Science I've been binge-watching Brooklyn Nine Nine as I sort through papers, including paying the bills for my husband's double knee replacement. This is how broken the American health system is: surgeon's bill: $8500 per knee, total $17K. After the "negotiated discount adjustment" from the insurance company, the bill was ... $3700. That's a lot of negotiation. Total bill to us: about $1K, due to our deductible. inpatient hospital bill: $153,517, for surgery Wednesday, discharge on Friday. Plus $5742 for lab work, etc. Total: $159K. Then the insurance…
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  • Budgeting for Human Rights: Progressive Realization

    Ryan Flynn
    22 Sep 2014 | 9:15 am
    This post was written by Helena Hofbauer, Director of Partnership Development and Innovation at the International Budget Partnership My last blog post on budgeting for human rights explored the obligation for governments to use the maximum of available resources to realize rights enshrined under the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR). Here we will examine what the obligation of progressive realization means for government budgets. Article 2 of the ICESCR states “each State Party to the present Covenant undertakes to take steps…especially economic…
  • What Is PFM?

    Jay
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:56 am
    This post was written by Paolo de Renzio, Senior Research Fellow for the Open Budget Initiative at the International Budget Partnership Public Financial Management (PFM) is a term often thrown about when talking budgets and budgeting. Just as often its definition remains somewhat mysterious. A heterogeneous group of experts from academia, multilateral institutions, and think tanks—including yours truly from IBP, representing civil society views on the matter—collaborated on a recently published paper that tries to “demystify the concept.” It aims to present a simple yet innovative way…
  • Budgeting for Human Rights: Using the Maximum of Available Resources

    Jay
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    This post was written by Helena Hofbauer, Director of Partnership Development and Innovation at the International Budget Partnership. The last few decades have seen two mutually reinforcing trends with regard to government budgets. First, though fiscal policy has long been seen as a key tool for governments to support stable economies and provide public services, the instrumental role of budgets in promoting development, redistributing wealth, and reducing poverty has been increasingly recognized. Second, this growing recognition of the importance of budgeting in addressing some of the…
  • Links Roundup: Research, Publications, and Country Budget Developments

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

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

  • Settling the Dust in Arkansas

    Robert Farley
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:50 pm
    The Arkansas Senate race continues to be fertile ground for fact-checkers. Sen. Mark Pryor tries to make political hay out of agricultural dust by distorting the facts in a new TV ad, while Republicans manufacture a bogus jobs claim against the Democratic senator. Taking a page out of the Republican “small government” playbook, Pryor takes credit for halting an Environmental Protection Agency attempt to regulate farm dust. But in Pryor’s example of federal over-regulation, the EPA is a straw man; it was merely conducting a routine mandatory review and never seriously…
  • Black Lung Battle in West Virginia

    Lori Robertson
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Republican Evan Jenkins claims Democratic Rep. Nick Rahall “cut black lung benefits,” in an ad that fires back after Rahall claimed Jenkins pledged to “take away” black lung benefits from coal miners. We already said Rahall’s ad was deceptive, but Jenkins’ response is misleading. Jenkins’ ad refers to a 1981 bill that was intended to shore up the financing of the program by doubling the excise tax on coal. It did tighten eligibility requirements for future applicants, but it didn’t cut the amount paid to those then receiving such benefits. It was…
  • Cherry-Picking Salary Data in Oregon

    Robert Farley
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:17 pm
    An ad from Republican Monica Wehby cherry-picks data to make the case that Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley is “paying the women on his staff thousands less than their male counterparts.” Actually, in 2013, women earned about 97 cents for every dollar earned by men in Merkley’s office, without accounting for job title, years of experience or other variables. Wehby uses data on less than a third of the staff over a shorter time period to make her claim. The ad features a chart that highlights average salaries for men and women with three job descriptions — legislative assistant,…
  • Abortion Distortions 2014

    Brooks Jackson
    26 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Summary In the 2014 fight for control of Congress, Democrats are sometimes using a tactic they’ve used before: Falsifying or exaggerating the positions their Republican opponents have taken on abortion. The real contrast between the parties on this polarizing issue is stark enough: Democrats tend to favor a legal right to abortion, and Republicans tend to oppose it. But in a number of TV ads we’ve seen running in September, the divide is made to seem wider than it really is. An ad in Virginia falsely accuses GOP House candidate Barbara Comstock of seeking to make abortions illegal…
  • FactChecking the Arkansas Senate Race

    Eugene Kiely
    26 Sep 2014 | 11:15 am
    The Arkansas Senate race between Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor and Republican Rep. Tom Cotton began for us in June 2013 — just six months into the new Congress — with an article that carried the headline “It’s Groundhog Day for Fact-Checkers.” It hasn’t gotten much better for fact-checkers since then. The race — which remains a toss-up by virtually all accounts — has been our most fact-checked campaign of the 2014 congressional elections. Here are some of our findings: Illegal Immigration and Border Security Claim: Pryor voted “against a…
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    TechPresident

  • First POST: Outgassing

    1 Oct 2014 | 9:21 am
    How Beijing is throttling expressions of solidarity with the Hong Kong democracy protests; is the DCCC going overboard with its online fundraising tactics?; SumOfUs's innovative new engagement metric; and much, much more.
  • Occupy Central and China's Policy of Give and Take

    30 Sep 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Since exploding on the international stage on Friday, the ongoing pro-democracy rally in Hong Kong known as Occupy Central has galvanized up to 80,000 people by some estimates and has made enough noise to capture attention and support from those as far away as Los Angeles, London, Paris and Perth. But inside mainland China, except for a few folks who shaved their heads to show solidarity, people there have remained noticeably quiet. The government's diligent censorship of Occupy Central coverage in China can explain part of the silence but not all of it.
  • With Vision of Internet Magna Carta, Web We Want Campaign Aims To Go Beyond Protest Mode

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:50 am
    On Saturday, Tim Berners-Lee reiterated his call for an Internet Magna Carta to ensure the independence and openness of the World Wide Web and protection of user privacy. His remarks were part of the opening of the Web We Want Festival at the Southbank Centre in London, which the Web We Want campaign envisioned as only the start of a year long international process underlying his call to formulate concrete visions for the open web of the future, going beyond protests and the usual advocacy groups.
  • First POST: Lifestyles

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    Google's CEO on "work-life balance"; how CloudFlare just doubled the size of the encrypted web; Dems like Twitter; Reps like Pinterest; and much, much more.
  • First POST: Showdown

    29 Sep 2014 | 10:37 am
    How demonstrators in Hong Kong are using mobile tech to route around government control; will the news penetrate mainland China?; dueling spin from Dems and Reps on which party's tech efforts will matter more in November; and much, much more.
 
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    Corrente

  • In the garden: Autumn leaves

    lambert
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Body:  Schneider Tele 2x. I tried for the October forsythia again, and got better results this time!
  • Genocide of Gaza Already Down 'Great' American Memory Hole?

    libbyliberal
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:20 am
    Body:  Here are some excerpts dealing with the plight of the Palestinians vs. the willful denial of their horror by the US politicians and too many propaganda-saturated US and global citizens. “Obama Blasts Brutality and Bullying, But Not by Israel” by Thalif Deen:
  • Tweet of the day

    lambert
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Body:  Brilliant from Hong Kong. Citizen-posted signs around Hong Kong police HQ urge cops to not just follow orders. #occupyhk pic.twitter.com/9H4srjOCit — Julie Makinen (@JulieMakLAT) October 1, 2014
  • Flexian infestations at the DCCC and Emily's List

    lambert
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:58 pm
    Body:  Sheesh, this is just awful. From Down with Tyranny:
  • In the garden: Winter has not yet come!

    lambert
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Body:  Bees still working the squash; miraculously caught this one just before they took to the air: And also miraculously, the front garden came through with more poppies -- on September 30! Must have been those three hot days.
 
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    susiemadrak.com

  • Happy Hour : Freddie Hubbard – The Night Has a Thousand Eyes

    Boohunney
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
  • Beatle pancakes

    susie
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Maybe I can learn how to do this in time for the grandkid!
  • Panhandle Slim… Art for Folk…

    Boohunney
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    Panhandle Slim…
  • Where’s Saudi Arabia?

    susie
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Go, Bernie, go! Washington (CNN) — Sen. Bernie Sanders, one of the Senate’s leading doves, said Tuesday he doesn’t want the United States leading the fight against ISIS. Instead, said the Vermont senator, who is eyeing a 2016 presidential bid, the nation should be focused on helping the middle class. Sanders, an Independent who caucuses with Democrats, said he doesn’t want to see the United States fall into another “quagmire in the Middle East,” and he put the onus on Muslim countries to take on ISIS. “I’m sitting here wondering where Saudi…
  • Lunchtime jam

    susie
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    You have the right to free Speech as long as you’re not Dumb enough to actually try it. “Know Your Rights,” by The Clash:
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    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective

  • Crowdfunder: Made by Mayans – Inspiring Hope in Guatemala

    Latina Lista
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Crowdfunder: Made by Mayans – Inspiring Hope in Guatemala by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Campaign: Made by Mayans – Inspiring Hope in Guatemala For six years, Jennifer Rice’s family lived in a tiny Mayan village. Shortly after her family’s return to Michigan, Ana, one of her former neighbors, called and pleaded with Jennifer to purchase her handmade bags. As a young, illiterate, single mom, the needs of her family far outweighed her ability…
  • Guest Voz: Out of the shadows and out of poverty — Reducing poverty through immigration reform

    Latina Lista
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:51 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Guest Voz: Out of the shadows and out of poverty — Reducing poverty through immigration reform by Latina Lista By Patrick Oakford LatinaLista The Census Bureau recently released new data on poverty in the United States. While the coverage that followed provided an overview of the new numbers, and in the case of TalkPoverty examined policy choices that would dramatically reduce poverty, there is one important issue that received little attention: the potential for…
  • An Informal Study: Do Book Challenges Suppress Diversity?

    Latina Lista
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:25 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. An Informal Study: Do Book Challenges Suppress Diversity? by Latina Lista By Shelley Diaz CBC Diversity What is the overlap between challenged books and books by diverse authors? Inspired by the recent flurry of challenges to titles with diverse characters or by minorities or LGBTQ writers, young adult author and Diversity in YA cofounder Malinda Lo conducted an informal study to see whether there is a correlation between challenged books and diverse content. Using…
  • Texas contenders for governor offer differing views on immigration issues in public debate

    Latina Lista
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:57 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Texas contenders for governor offer differing views on immigration issues in public debate by Latina Lista Rio Grande Guardian HARLINGEN, TX — In a televised debate on Tuesday evening, gubernatorial candidates Greg Abbott and Wendy Davis offered sharply contrasting views on two top immigration issues in Texas. Davis said she supports allowing undocumented immigrants to apply for a driver’s permit to allow them to drive legally and with insurance on Texas roads.
  • Latinos’ threats to Democrats over immigration reform don’t make sense

    Latina Lista
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:46 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Latinos’ threats to Democrats over immigration reform don’t make sense by Latina Lista LatinaLista — National polls have been showing that more and more Latinos have become disenchanted with President Obama. So much so that some Latino organizations have issued a warning to Democrats to not blame the Latino electorate if the GOP wins more elections this November, ousting the Democrat majority in the Senate. Perhaps it’s against this backdrop…
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    NYT > Columnists

  • Order vs. Disorder, Part 4

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The strategy of “containment” this go-round is not what it was during the Cold War.
  • Serving Without Protecting

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    A hearing into the White House security breach underscores the public shame of the Secret Service.
  • Here There Is No Why

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:30 am
    Islamic State represents the counterhuman. The human has no alternative but to fight back.
  • The Hole in Holder’s Legacy

    29 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Justice Department under Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. failed to prosecute cases related to the financial crisis.
  • Our Invisible Rich

    28 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    They have become so wealthy that most Americans can’t imagine how much they’re worth.
 
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    New York Observer

  • Executive Order Leaves Stringer and de Blasio Divided, Again

    1 Oct 2014 | 4:47 pm
    Mr. de Blasio and Mr. Stringer at the State of the City, where the mayor announced plans for the executive order. Who’s in charge of investigating complaints related to yesterday’s expansion of the city’s living wage law? It depends who you ask. Comptroller Scott Stringer repeatedly asserted that a new executive order signed by the mayor stripped his office of its oversight authority when it comes to the higher wage and new workers covered in the order, handing that power over to the mayor’s Department of Consumer Affairs. Mayor Bill de Blasio, meanwhile, said the…
  • TV-philes Rejoice! New York Television Festival back this Month

    1 Oct 2014 | 1:54 pm
    It’s happening! New York doesn’t get a lot of TV love. Sure, we have a lot of shows filming here, but in terms of creative writing talent, it’s…what? Law and Order, GIRLS, House of Cards, Saturday Night Live, Late Night and Fallon? That’s why it’s so exciting to find out that it’s that time of the year again: New York Television Festival time, which is basically like the NYFF meets TFF meets a bunch of other acronyms…but for TV! This year NYTVF celebrates it’s 10th anniversary with free screenings and special events hosted by BAFTA, BBC…
  • Jeffries: Jay-Z Has “More Competent Security Apparatus” Than Obama

    1 Oct 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Congressman Hakeem Jeffries (Photo: Colin Campbell). Brooklyn Congressman Hakeem Jeffries today lashed out at the Secret Service for permitting a knife-wielding man to gain entry to the White House–with the representative suggesting that President Barack Obama’s protective detail is more porous than the posse of rapper Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter. Hours after Secret Service director Julia Pierson resigned over multiple breaches breach–one in which the blade-carrying Omar Gonzalez was allegedly able to hop a fence and rush through much of the first floor of the…
  • Stringer Gives City Low Grades on Work With Women- and Minority-Owned Firms

    1 Oct 2014 | 1:23 pm
    The mayor and the comptroller. (Photo: NYC Mayor’s Office) Comptroller Scott Stringer took city agencies to task today for their lackluster record of working with minority and women-owned business enterprises — giving the New York a “D” average in a report-card style report he released today. “By any measure, nobody can be satisfied with what’s here today,” Mr. Stringer said. The city’s procurement rate with minority- or women-owned business enterprises, known as MWBEs, is just 3.9 percent, he said, despite more and more firms being certified as…
  • The Wilson Family Donates $1 Million to the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:52 pm
    The Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. (Courtesy the Nasher) Yesterday brought the welcome news that Dallas collector Derek Wilson, alongside his wife, Christen, would donate $1 million to the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. It’s part of a $3 million gift that Mr. Wilson, a Duke graduate, is giving to the university with his father, ex-Northwest Airlines chairman Gary T. Wilson, also a Duke graduate. The rest of the donation will go to building athletics facilities. Mr. Wilson has long been a major Dallas-based collector, and he serves on the boards of the Dallas Museum…
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    Gawker

  • Rand Paul Is Running for President in the Most Obnoxious Way Possible

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

    Adam Weinstein
    25 Jun 2014 | 12:05 pm
    It's no secret that Democrats in Mississippi, consigned to losing the general Senate election in November, turned out Tuesday night to support incumbent Republican Thad Cochran against a Tea Party primary challenger. But in doing so, they may have run afoul of state election laws.Read more...
  • A Tea Party Republican House candidate and author of the self-published sci-fi novel "George Buchana

    Adam Weinstein
    25 Apr 2014 | 12:03 pm
    A Tea Party Republican House candidate and author of the self-published sci-fi novel "George Buchanan Enters the Wormhole" vows to stop all immigration into the U.S. because immigrants vote for "big government." It's an improvement on his deportation plan, "Operation Wetback."Read more...
  • The Vatican Is Really Butthurt About U.S. Citizens Approving Gay Marriage

    MTanzer
    11 Nov 2012 | 1:33 pm
    Last week, voters in Maryland, Maine and Washington state voted for marriage equality and the gays rejoiced! After all, this was the first time that gay marriage had been approved by popular vote. But just like at the end of The Avengers, there's another villan hiding in a distant galaxy, in this case, it's Europe.Read more...
  • The Gawker 2012 Election Night Liveblog

    Max Read
    6 Nov 2012 | 4:45 pm
    Tonight, on television: the season finale of American Politics. After millions of years of campaigning, human president Barack Obama and liquid-metal terminator Mitt Romney will meet on the Sacred Plains for the mythical and deadly Dance of Swords, the traditional choosing ceremony for our people. Who will win their bloody game? Who will retain control the Senate? Will Chris Christie finally attract the attention of his crush Bruce Springsteen? Will top CNN analyst The Will.i.am Hologram seize return to prophesy the birth of a God-Emperor whose reign will surpass a thousand years? Crack…
 
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    The American Conservative » Daniel Larison

  • Why “Speaking Out” About Foreign Protests Is So Often a Mistake

    Daniel Larison
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:09 pm
    James Fallows agrees with Benjamin Carlson’s case for why the U.S. should keep quiet about the protests in Hong Kong: Why does this matter? Because I am already anticipating the wave of op-ed columns and grumblings on the weekend talk shows about this latest case of Obama’s “weakness” or “passivity” or reliance on “leading from behind.” Anyone who encourages him to get in the middle of this reveals both ignorance of China and indifference to the consequences there [bold mine-DL]. Obviously, I think Fallows and Carlson are correct. It’s…
  • Why the U.S. Should Stay Quiet About Hong Kong

    Daniel Larison
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:47 am
    As if on cue, the Post demands that Obama “send a message” to China about the protests in Hong Kong: Beijing, however, has not acted yet; police in Hong Kong backed off on Monday and Tuesday after their use of tear gas over the weekend brought more people to the streets [bold mine-DL]. Chinese authorities probably are weighing the risks of allowing the street occupations to continue against those of initiating a crackdown. That makes this a crucial moment for the United States to send a clear message to Mr. Xi: that repression is unacceptable and will damage China’s relations…
  • Obama’s Careless Rhetoric and U.S. “Indispensability”

    Daniel Larison
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:53 am
    Nikolas Gvosdev comments on the continuing mismatch between the Obama administration’s rhetoric and its actions: Part of the problem is the whiplash that is generated when U.S. statements are considered together in their entirety. A crisis in some part of the world is first described as a present or future major threat to the U.S. requiring decisive action. But then all sorts of limitations on what the U.S. is prepared to do are loudly trumpeted to the American people: no direct U.S. involvement or “boots on the ground,” only indirect support and “leading from behind.” Meanwhile…
  • Public Opinion and the War Against ISIS

    Daniel Larison
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:11 pm
    Kevin Drum overstates the public’s enthusiasm for foreign wars: It’s like we’ve learned nothing from the past decade. Our politicians are in love with war. The public is in love with war. And the press is really in love with war. It just never ends. Drum isn’t that far wrong about most politicians and most of the press, but I don’t see much evidence that the public is “in love” with war. Yes, there is currently majority support for the administration’s decision to attack ISIS from the air, but there is reason to believe that this support is shallow and…
  • Another Foreign Protest, Another Pointless Demand That the U.S. “Speak Out”

    Daniel Larison
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Andrew Peek makes a predictable and unwise demand: President Obama must speak out publicly in support of the demonstrators in Hong Kong, and the sooner the better. There’s not really any reason why Obama must do this. Peek would like him to do it, but if Obama doesn’t it isn’t going to matter. On the other hand, if Obama did “speak out” about the protests in Hong Kong, there are several undesirable things that could happen. It would feed into the Chinese government’s paranoia about outside interference in its internal affairs. It would probably undermine…
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    TIME

  • Kirsten Gillibrand On Why She Hates the Phrase ‘Having It All’

    Charlotte Alter
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:32 pm
    New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand hates the phrase “having it all.” MoreThe Odds of George Clooney Running for President Just DoubledThese Are Some of Ai Weiwei’s Most Influential Works of ArtEbola Phobia? 5 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Panic NBC NewsShe's Out: Secret Service Chief Resigns Amid Scandal NBC NewsBody-Cam Video Helps Clear Utah Cop in Shooting NBC News“I think it’s insulting,” she told TIME’s Nancy Gibbs at the Real Simple/TIME Women & Success Panel Wednesday night. “What are you ‘having?’ A party? Another slice of…
  • Sen. Gillibrand Speaks Out on Secret Service Director

    Maya Rhodan
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:40 pm
    Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand said she wasn’t surprised by the resignation of Julia Pierson, the first woman to head the Secret Service, who stepped down Wednesday after the public learned of a number of potential threats that slipped past the President’s security detail. “Obviously there was a massive failure that needed to be taken responsibility for,” Gillibrand said Wednesday during an interview with TIME managing editor Nancy Gibbs at the Women and Success event hosted by TIME and Real Simple. “But I do find that women are often eager to take responsibility for…
  • The Odds of George Clooney Running for President Just Doubled

    denvernicks2014
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:17 pm
    A Clooney/Pitt ticket in 2016, perhaps? The likelihood that George Clooney will run for President of the United States doubled after he married prominent international human rights lawyer Amal Alamuddin, according to the British bookmakers William Hill. The company announced Wednesday that it cut the price of a bet that Clooney will run in half, from 200/1 to 100/1, after “hints made by family members” that the actor has political ambitions. On Sunday Clooney married prominent international jurist Amal Alamuddin in a high profile Venice wedding. “George Clooney is not just…
  • Secret Service Director Resigns

    Zeke J Miller
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:35 pm
    More9 Secret Service Screw-Ups and ScandalsReports: Armed Ex-Convict Was Allowed on Elevator With ObamaFence-Jumper Enters White House, Prompting Brief EvacuationJulia Pierson, the embattled director of the U.S. Secret Service, resigned Wednesday amid embarrassing new revelations of breaches to the protective cordon around President Barack Obama. MoreWhite House Touts Growth of Initiative to Aid Young Minorities9 Secret Service Screw-Ups and ScandalsEbola Phobia? 5 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Panic NBC NewsShe's Out: Secret Service Chief Resigns Amid Scandal NBC NewsBody-Cam Video Helps Clear…
  • This Is the Most Sexist Republican Ad of the Year

    Charlotte Alter
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:45 am
    In case there is any debate about whether 1) Republicans really want young women on board for the midterms and 2) they’re confused about how to do it, the College Republican National Committee ad for Rick Scott will settle the question once and for all. The ad features Brittany, a young undecided voter, who appears to be shopping for a wedding dress, but she’s actually shopping for candidates for the Florida Governor’s race, get it? Because women don’t like dirty old politics, women like wedding dresses! She has her heart set on the “Rick Scott” wedding…
 
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    The Brody File

  • Audio Recordings Only On Brody File: Cruz, Perry, Jindal, Huckabee Call On God’s People To Restore Values of America

    David Brody
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:51 pm
    The Brody File has exclusively obtained brand new radio commercials recorded by possible GOP presidential candidates, urging conservative Christians to get out and vote in the upcoming Midterm Elections. Below you can listen to the spots recorded by Senator Ted Cruz, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, former presidential candidate Mike Huckabee and Texas Governor Rick Perry.   In one of the radio spots, Senator Ted Cruz tells the Christian audience, “The Bible is full of stories of men and women whose faith in God led them to take action during difficult times, trusting in Him for His glory.
  • Exclusive: Rand Paul tells Brody File That Impoverished Americans Should "give republicans another chance."

    David Brody
    26 Sep 2014 | 4:02 pm
    In our exclusive Brody File interview room at the Values Voter Summit, Rand Paul reacts to the Obama Administration calling him "the most interesting republican" in 2016. He doesn't disagree with that assessment. He goes on to say republicans need to do more to grow its voter base.   Watch below with partial transcription. Rand Paul: “I think it is a compliment but I also think republicans need to realize that if we’re going to win national elections again the same old same old that has been losing will not win again.”  Rand Paul: “And I’m spending a lot of time going to areas of…
  • Brody File Exclusive: Jeb Bush, Chris Christie Not Invited To Values Voter Summit

    David Brody
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:58 pm
    Jeb Bush and Chris Christie were NOT invited to this year’s Values Voter Summit,. Family Research Council President Tony Perkins broke the news to me just a little while ago in The Brody File’s private interview room. Watch below. Transcript below. Tony Perkins at FRC: “They were not invited this year because they just weren’t on the top of the list as to what they’re doing right now and whether or not it was relevant to the values voters and who they want to hear from. They shouldn’t take it the wrong way.” Tony Perkins at FRC: “There are folks that are quite frankly not at…
  • The Brody File Show: On the Border

    David Brody
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:15 pm
    The Brody File heads to the Mexican border this week as we profile U.S. Border Patrol down in Yuma, Arizona. We ride along with agents as they protect America against unlawful intrusions. Plus, CBN News's Jennifer Wishon reports from Guatemala on families there looking to make the trek to America. Finally, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee offers his prescription for the immigration problem in the U.S.
  • Exclusive: Bobby Jindal Sends Op-Ed To The Brody File: “Another Broken Promise: Obamacare and Abortion”

    David Brody
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:33 am
    In an exclusive op-ed given to The Brody File, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal says President Obama doesn’t care about following the law when it comes to a host of issues, including how Obamacare pays for abortions with taxpayer funded money despite his insistence that it would never happen. “Does the Administration care that they’re not following the law? Not in the slightest,” Jindal states. The op-ed is titled, “Another Broken Promise: Obamacare and Abortion.” You can read it in its entirety below. From time to time, prominent newsmakers and politicians will send The Brody File…
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    The Reality-Based Community

  • The Pyroholic Brethren II: Kant and the fine print

    James Wimberley
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:48 am
    My earlier post with a sermon on five steps to carbon sobriety fell flat and attracted no comments. I promised a wonkish follow-up on the underlying principles. A small ethical problem: is a promise made to the empty air still binding? Bentham would no doubt have said say no, Kant yes. I’ve written the thing anyway, so, any gentle readers, here it is. I won’t defend the particular numbers I gave; they are only relevant to my family’s particular circumstances. I A collective action problem – but what sort? Carbon reduction is usually discussed here as a…
  • Major Mariam

    James Wimberley
    28 Sep 2014 | 4:20 am
    What the fighter jocks and hens (footnote) say about Fox’s sexist disparagement of Major Mariam Al Mansouri of the United Arab Emirates Air Force, who took part in the strikes on ISIL as pilot of a F-16 (illustrated). Let’s also note a brilliant act of psychological warfare. Jihadists are, among other things, misogynists. They are quite ready to die as Ghazis in a hail of bullets from infidels. But the prospect of being killed in combat by a Muslim Arab woman must be deeply disorienting. The Nazi pilots and U-boat crews did not know how many of their deadly enemies were women. Had…
  • Patriots

    Mark Kleiman
    26 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Colorado Congressman David Lamebrain Lamborn, who represents Colorado Springs and serves on the House Armed Services Committee, responded to one of his constituents, who asked a question that referred to “the Muslim Brotherhood in the White House” with a noncommittal “I can’t add anything to that.” But the lamebrain added: A lot of us are talking to the generals behind the scenes saying, hey if you disagree with the policy that the White House has given you, let’s have a resignation. Let’s have a public resignation and state your protest and go out in…
  • Weekend Film Recommendation: Chasing Amy

    Johann Koehler
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:33 am
    When I heard that Alison Bechdel had been awarded one of this year’s MacArthur grants, I reflected on some of the films I have reviewed and wondered how many would pass her test for gender bias in film. Recognizing that I unfortunately could think of only very few, this week’s movie recommendation was chosen on the basis of its memorably strong female lead character, in Kevin Smith’s Chasing Amy (1997).* The film is set in a slice of New Jersey and New York that is heavily steeped in writer and director Kevin Smith’s familiar territory of comic books, cuss words, weed-induced…
  • Cliffs Notes for a Carbon Charge

    Michael O'Hare
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:12 pm
    The conversation in comments at Andrew’s post indicates it might be useful to go over the workings of a climate tax charge.  I like to call it a charge rather than a tax because it is much more like what we uncontroversially pay when we take potatoes from the supermarket, than what we pay government whether or not we use the fire department or the courthouse. The moral case for charging people when they warm the planet is pretty simple. The world has a fixed capacity to process greenhouse gases (GHG’s) while staying habitable for polar bears and people: when you let CO2 loose,…
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    Bleeding Heartland - Front Page

  • Iowa Senate Democrats roll out state government reforms

    1 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    The Iowa Senate Oversight Committee met yesterday to approve a wide range of recommendations on state government management, contracting, and labor practices. O. Kay Henderson posted audio from the committee meeting at Radio Iowa. On a 3-2 party-line vote, Democrats on the committee approved recommendations in the following nine areas: • A ban on secret settlements and hush money • Expanded whistleblower protections • Anti-cronyism measures • Reform of the state's "do-not-hire" database • A ban on no-bid contracts for state projects • Increase accountability in state…
  • Latest Iowa absentee ballot numbers (as of September 30)

    1 Oct 2014 | 6:51 am
    Every weekday through November 4, Bleeding Heartland will post updated totals absentee ballots requested and returned, statewide and in Iowa's four Congressional districts, based on data from the Iowa Secretary of State's website. The latest tables are after the jump. Previous tables are here. Every day since September 22, Democrats have added more absentee ballot requests than Republicans, but not by much today. The Iowa GOP would be happy to reverse that trend as soon as possible.   Absentee ballots requested by Iowa voters as of September 30, 2014 Congressional district Democrats…
  • IA-03 catch-up thread, with tv ads about education and terrorism

    30 Sep 2014 | 6:41 pm
    Although all four of Iowa's Congressional districts are targeted in theory, only the third district is seeing large-scale independent expenditures as well as broadcast advertising by the candidates. Today Democratic nominee Staci Appel's campaign launched a new positive ad, focusing on her support for public education at all levels. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee released a new spot bashing Republican nominee David Young over his call to eliminate the U.S. Department of Education. Meanwhile, the National Republican Congressional Committee is out with a new ad today about the…
  • Latest Iowa absentee ballot numbers (as of September 29)

    30 Sep 2014 | 7:34 am
    Every weekday through November 4, Bleeding Heartland will post updated totals absentee ballots requested and returned, statewide and in Iowa's four Congressional districts, based on data from the Iowa Secretary of State's website. The latest tables are after the jump. Previous tables are here. If turnout in this year's election is roughly on the level of 2010, with about 1.1 million Iowans participating, than approximately 15 percent of those who will vote have already requested early ballots. Today Nate Cohn posted his analysis of the Iowa early voting numbers at the New York Times' Upshot…
  • Q: When is an awkward comment worse than an outright falsehood?

    29 Sep 2014 | 6:38 pm
    A. When it happens in a campaign debate. Since last night, I've been thinking about a ridiculous unwritten rule of our political culture. On the one hand, we have former State Senator Staci Appel. While debating her opponent in Iowa's third Congressional district, she expressed herself in a slightly inarticulate way. Later, she and her campaign staff clarified her position: she supports going through the existing system for revoking passports of people affiliated with terrorist organizations. But what she thinks doesn't matter to her opponents. They will keep twisting the meaning of her…
 
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    Booman Tribune

  • Rena's Roundup

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:35 pm
    Promoted by Steven D. Be careful out there everyone. I thought I'd share a few things that caught my eye in my online travels. Some news, some views, and some intriguing tidbits. See No Evil Here in Oklahoma, Republican Governor Mary Fallin is still working out her little problem with executions. This week she announced yet a new fix to that problem, and no, by "fix" she does not mean " to make (something) whole or able to work properly again : to repair (something)" but rather another popular usage of the word (not that I really want executions to "work" anyway, or happen at all). The ACLU…
  • Michael Dunn Guilty

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:35 pm
    Michael Dunn, who shot unarmed black teenager Jordan Davis for playing his hippity hoppity music too loud, is guilty of first degree murder and is going to jail It was the second time that Mr. Dunn, 47, a software developer who claimed self-defense in the death of Jordan Davis, 17, faced a jury. In February, a jury convicted Mr. Dunn of three counts of second-degree attempted murder – one for each of the surviving teenagers in the Dodge Durango — a crime for which he could receive a 60-year prison sentence. And let's not forget what an odious, self-absorbed piece of shit Mr. Dunn is: The…
  • Secret Service - Cultural Failure?

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:35 pm
    Promoted by Steven D. Like all the other institutional failures being ascribed to cultures, such as the NY Fed, VA hospitals, etc? Or is the job/mission just too darn tough to expect zero failures?  Does the fact that only two Presidents have been shot in the past hundred plus years indicate that the Secret Service does a fine job or has mostly been lucky?  Lucky that Lynette Fromme waved a gun without firing and Sara Jane Moore fired and missed?  It's interesting to note that Moore came to the attention of the Secret Service before she shot at President Ford on September 22,…
  • PA State Police Botch Cop-Killer Manhunt

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:35 pm
    Promoted by Steven D. This is one of those only in America stories.      If there was any question that the Pennsylvania State Police-led manhunt for cop killer Eric Frein was in big trouble -- indeed, that the trail for the marksman-survivalist in the northeastern Pennsylvania woodlands may have gone cold -- a photograph on the front page of the Pocono Record on Monday, the 17th day of the search, betrayed a harsh truth.     It showed troopers clad in camouflage and SWAT team mufti preparing to search a vacant cabin for Frein.  The cabin was not one of many that…
  • Explaining the EU to outsiders

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:35 pm
    Promoted by Steven D Having written a piece on American Exceptionalism I thought it might be appropriate to turn my attention to the EU, and to try to define what makes it a unique constellation of notionally independent states today. There are many misconceptions about what the EU is and is not, so perhaps some clarification from a citizen of a relatively enthusiastic member state (Ireland) may be helpful in understanding the phenomenon. The first thing to be said about the EU is that it is in a state of continuous evolution, and with different member states pushing that process along at…
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    Politics » George Stephanopoulos

  • Are Bill O’Reilly and Henry Kissinger ‘Simpatico’ on Global Mercenary Force?

    Jessica Puckett
    28 Sep 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger supports Bill O’Reilly’s idea of a global anti-terrorism mercenary force, the Fox News host told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos. “I was with Henry Kissinger last night,” O’Reilly said Sunday on “This Week.” “And he told me my idea of a worldwide anti-terror force paid for by the coalition of nations under the supervision of Congress — Kissinger has endorsed that for years.” “Bill O’Reilly and Henry Kissinger on a mercenary force?” Stephanopoulos asked.
  • Does John Boehner Believe American Boots on Ground Needed to Defeat the Islamic State?

    John Parkinson
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:34 am
    While a U.S.-led coalition continues to strike militants in Iraq and Syria, House Speaker John Boehner said President Obama’s current strategy is insufficient to eliminate the threat posed by ISIS. “If the goal is to destroy ISIS, as the president says it is, I don’t believe the strategy that he outlined will accomplish that,” Boehner told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos in an exclusive interview for ABC News in Portland, Maine, this week. “At the end of the day, I think it’s going to take more than air strikes to drive them out of there. At…
  • Sunday on ‘This Week’: House Speaker John Boehner

    ABC News
    26 Sep 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Photo On Sunday, “This Week” reports the latest on air strikes against ISIS targets in Syria and Iraq. Plus, we go one-on-one with House Speaker John Boehner. Plus, the latest on the threat from the Khorasan group with former FBI Special Agent Ali Soufan and the former Counterterrorism Coordinator for the Homeland Security Department John Cohen. And the powerhouse roundtable debates all the week’s politics, with Yahoo News national political columnist Matt Bai, ABC News political analyst Matthew Dowd, Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minnesota, and ABC News…
  • 5 Simple Questions About the Syria Strikes

    Benjamin Bell
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:15 pm
    U.S. Navy/AP Photo The airstrikes by the US and its allies against ISIS in war-torn Syria leave many questions to be answered. We put five simple ones to ABC News contributor Steve Ganyard, a former deputy assistant secretary of state and a retired Marine Corps colonel. 1] This week the United States has been conducting airstrikes against ISIS targets inside Syria. What do we know about what has been targeted? Are the targets concentrated in one area inside Syria? SG: As the week goes on there seem to more targets being hit in Iraq than in Syria.  The targets inside Syria are in the…
  • Samantha Power Predicts: U.S. Won’t Conduct Airstrikes in Syria Alone

    Benjamin Bell
    21 Sep 2014 | 8:23 am
    U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power made the bold prediction today on “This Week” that if the United States should go forward with airstrikes against ISIS targets in Syria, it would not do so alone — even though no country has yet to publicly commit to joining the U.S. in such an effort. “I will make you a prediction George, which is that we will not do the air strikes alone, if the president decides to do the air strikes,” Power told ABC News “This Week” anchor George Stephanopoulos. “It will be up to each country to announce…
 
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    Dandelion Salad

  • Chris Hedges: The Global Culture of Violence: What Is The Path to Peace and Justice?

    dandelionsalad
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:04 pm
    Dandelion Salad with Chris Hedges Brookly Society for Ethical Culture on Oct 1, 2014 Chris Hedges speaking at the Brooklyn Society For Ethical Culture Charley Horwitz Platform. “The Global Culture of Violence: What Is The Path to Peace and Justice?” Sept. 28, 2014. http:/bsec.org [Hedges begins at 2:43; Q&A begins at 29:29] see Chris Hedges: […]
  • Naomi Klein: This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate (must-see)

    dandelionsalad
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:13 pm
    Dandelion Salad talkingsticktv on Sep 30, 2014 Talk by Naomi Klein author of This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate given September 28, 2014 at Town Hall Seattle. see The Talk before the Walk: Bernie Sanders, Bill McKibben, Naomi Klein, Kshama Sawant, Chris Hedges, Brian Lehrer + Immortal Technique: Live for Revolution, Instead of Always […]
  • Chris Hedges: The Future Collapse + Perpetual Imperialistic War = Bombs on Subways in the West

    dandelionsalad
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:37 pm
    Dandelion Salad with Chris Hedges Chris Hedges: Building Different Relationships Before It’s Too Late ontheearthproduction on Sep 29, 2014 Journalist, author and activist Chris Hedges took time during his September 13, 2014 appearance at Fighting Bob Fest in Baraboo, Wisconsin, to talk about the human race’s sustainability or potential collapse in the age of unstoppable climate […]
  • Once Upon a Time in the US of A: An Unfairness Tale by Ed Ciaccio

    dandelionsalad
    28 Sep 2014 | 1:06 pm
    by Ed Ciaccio Writer, Dandelion Salad September 28, 2014 Once upon a time in the US of A, the Plundering Class told their lackeys in the White House and Congress that huge war budgets would be necessary to provide the hundreds of thousands of unquestioning, expendable bodies to act as security guards to national (corporate) […]
  • Chris Hedges at Flood Wall Street: The System Itself Is Dead + NYPD Arrest Protesting Polar Bear

    dandelionsalad
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:23 pm
    Dandelion Salad with Chris Hedges ItsTheFree on Sep 25, 2014 Chis Hedges speaks to the crowd at #FloodWallStreet, the direct action joined by over 1000 people at Broadway and Wall Street to shut down the leading polluters and the biggest profiteers of activities and policies causing climate change. Chris Hedges at Flood Wall Street (NYC, September […]
 
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    The Left Coaster

  • An Immediate Defense?

    Deacon Blues
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Yes, I am greatly alarmed at the news about ongoing Secret Service security breaches over the last several years, at a time when this president has encountered vastly more threats than his predecessors. But I am also alarmed frankly at the default position of this White House to immediately and publicly support the Secret Service director in the midst of yesterday’s congressional debacle. Exactly how shaky are things inside the Service and inside the White House that such assurances are necessary? Update: So why give such an immediate defense if she resigned anyway? Why did the White House…
  • Giving Foreign Policy Back To the GOP

    Deacon Blues
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:18 am
    When Obama told Steve Kroft for Sunday’s “60 Minutes” that blame for the rise of ISIL rests with collective failures of the intelligence community and the Iraqi Army, he continued a tradition under his administration of blaming others for the faults of his own White House team. There was immediate pushback from within the intelligence community, both here and abroad, and from the national security media, challenging the notion that the White House was somehow blindsided by ISIL’s rise and the failings of the Iraqi armed forces. Both the IC and the media were quick to point out that…
  • Letter From California

    paradox
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:11 am
    09/29/14 0642.21 PST San Jose, California It has been noted more than once that in 1978 California made a mushy pivot to stingy hold-the-line fiscal spending in what had once been a proudly functional social service state. I was 15 at the time, and in all the alleged arc of my adult perception and growth California has sputtered along in an infuriating slow-motion degradation of social services and priorities. Hopeful souls heralded the arrival of a Sacramento Democratic supermajority and alleged liberal Democratic governor as the beginning of a new era of government faith and investment, but…
  • 2016 News

    Deacon Blues
    27 Sep 2014 | 3:02 pm
    New York governor Andrew Cuomo made a surprise visit to Afghanistan overnight with other governors. I wasn’t aware there were that many New York Afghan American voters living in Kabul. And should new Grandma Hillary Clinton decide to go ahead and run in 2016 and end up with the Democratic nomination, it looks more and more likely that her two probable GOP challengers would be Mitt Romney or Rand Paul. How would a Clinton-Romney campaign look? Please stop yawning.
  • An Apology and Holder Re-Assessment

    Deacon Blues
    26 Sep 2014 | 11:18 am
    I'm starting this post with an apology to commenter Suresh, whom I went after in the comments thread yesterday on my Eric Holder post. My reaction to Suresh's complaint that attacking Holder and Obama was a holdover from the 2008 Clinton-Obama fracas was strong. Suresh, for what it's worth, you have my apology. Holder, like the rest of Obama's cabinet is a reflection of the president. My big beef with Holder simply put is that his Department of Justice has given Wall Street a pass for destroying millions of lives. Whether that is a result of Holder's own assessment that he couldn't win…
 
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    YouTube: Politics

  • Man Breaks Into The WRONG Game Of Thrones Fan’s Home

    The Young Turks
    27 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Man Breaks Into The WRONG Game Of Thrones Fan’s Home ""Valour Morghulis," they say on "Game of Thrones," and to the uninitiated that means, "All men must die." That's a little lesson a bloodied Thomas McGowan might want to take to heart. The... From: The Young Turks Views: 97098 2680 ratings Time: 03:34 More in News & Politics
  • PM Narendra Modi addresses Global Citizen Festival in New York

    DD News
    27 Sep 2014 | 5:33 pm
    PM Narendra Modi addresses Global Citizen Festival in New York Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed Global Citizen Festival in Central Park in New York on Saturday. Here is his full address. From: DD News Views: 62044 668 ratings Time: 07:35 More in News & Politics
  • CEOs Make WAY More Than ANYBODY Thinks

    The Young Turks
    27 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    CEOs Make WAY More Than ANYBODY Thinks "Rumblings of discontent about executive wages, the 1 Percent, and wealth gaps know no borders. And neither does fierce debate about income inequality in general. But until now, it's been relativel... From: The Young Turks Views: 57396 1657 ratings Time: 06:10 More in News & Politics
  • Do Americans Think Justice Is Fair To Blacks? POLL

    The Young Turks
    27 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Do Americans Think Justice Is Fair To Blacks? POLL "Today fewer than 4-in-10 (38%) of Americans say that blacks receive equal treatment under the criminal justice system. That's a ten percentage point drop from one year ago, when the public... From: The Young Turks Views: 65130 1532 ratings Time: 06:46 More in News & Politics
  • Выступление министра иностранных дел России Сергея Лаврова в рамках 69-й Генассамблеи ООН

    RT на русском
    27 Sep 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Выступление министра иностранных дел России Сергея Лаврова в рамках 69-й Генассамблеи ООН В своей…
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    YouTube: Activism

  • Looking Away

    vlogbrothers
    23 Sep 2014 | 10:32 am
    Looking Away http://water.org/johngreen If we raise $100000 for water.org in Ethiopia, Bill Gates will personally match it and we'll be able to get clean water through s... From: vlogbrothers Views: 214539 14596 ratings Time: 03:17 More in People & Blogs
  • THE KIDNAPPING CHILDREN EXPERIMENT!

    fouseyTUBE
    9 Feb 2014 | 4:20 pm
    THE KIDNAPPING CHILDREN EXPERIMENT! Growing up my biggest fear was getting kidnapped. I would get home early from school and sit on my front lawn until my parents came home because I felt like ... From: fouseyTUBE Views: 9469780 196015 ratings Time: 05:48 More in Entertainment
  • My philosophy for a happy life: Sam Berns at TEDxMidAtlantic

    TEDx Talks
    13 Dec 2013 | 11:20 am
    My philosophy for a happy life: Sam Berns at TEDxMidAtlantic Sam Berns is a Junior at Foxboro High School in Foxboro, Massachusetts, where he has achieved highest honors and is currently a percussion section leader in ... From: TEDx Talks Views: 5549185 48647 ratings Time: 12:46 More in Nonprofits & Activism
  • I Am President Snow

    vlogbrothers
    6 Dec 2013 | 9:29 am
    I Am President Snow In which Hank discusses The Hunger Games, the extreme inequality of our society, and what it means to be a citizen of The Capitol. Inequality is so difficult... From: vlogbrothers Views: 409454 17745 ratings Time: 03:59 More in Nonprofits & Activism
  • Zapatos nuevos: Pachi Tamer at TEDxRosario 2013

    TEDx Talks
    12 Nov 2013 | 6:12 pm
    Zapatos nuevos: Pachi Tamer at TEDxRosario 2013 Pachi Tamer estuvo disfrazado de indigente toda la mañana, cerca de la entrada a la conferencia, para luego, con mucho coraje, poder desnudar los prejuicios ... From: TEDx Talks Views: 305021 3591 ratings Time: 18:30 More in Nonprofits & Activism
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    Catherine Macivor Blog

  • Nail disorder

    thylow
    26 Sep 2014 | 2:55 pm
    The most usual source of infection associated to the toenail is due to fungi, which is clinically rated in up to twenty percent of all conditions concerning toe nails. Due to the scope of such condition, afflicted individuals are continuously in search of toenail fungi residence remedies. A toenail that is had an effect on by such a fungus infection will certainly have a thickness, in uniformity. Its irregular appearance will certainly range, in discoloration, from yellow to cloudy-like and even brown. The make-up of such contaminated nails will certainly be rugged and also crumble-like, in…
  • Funny or Lame Panel

    thylow
    12 Feb 2014 | 7:49 am
    Rate the photos on a scale from 0 to 10 below Funny (10) or Lame(0)Funny109876543210LameEpic Shark FailSmile Big for the Camera I cannot decide (draw) Think You Have a Funny Photo? We’ll See What Everyone Else Thinks… Fill out the Form Below to Submit your Funny Photos. [showdown_user_submit] Two Timer Fail – Auto Correct FailVotes: 49.6Electricution Sign Fail – Didn’t think this one ThroughVotes: 40Epic Shark FailVotes: 36.6Votes: 36.3Votes: 35Votes: 34.6Votes: 34.1Votes: 32Votes: 31Votes: 30.3  
 
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    Politics in the Zeros

  • US clueless, plans faux grassroots communities in Iraq to combat ISIS

    Bob Morris
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:59 pm
    A talking head on CNN just parroted the mindless DC line about how the US will defeat ISIS by building grassroots communities. Bzzt. #fail. Grassroots organizing can never be mandated from above. It can only come from – wait for it – the grassroots. You want to know how to do grassroots organizing? Read Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals His rules have nothing to do with ideology and instead are focused on building community organizations to implement change. Plenty of organizers on the right have used his rules. Most importantly, Alinsky and his organizers never imposed…
  • Stupid stuff on steroids. Syria and comic book thinking

    William Boardman
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    This president needs to rise to the occasion before we all get killed” American hysteria is a wondrous thing to behold. Our hysteria is usually obvious in retrospect, whether the freak-out is over witches, labor unions, or communists. Hysteria is not always so easy to perceive as it happens or, in this case, as it is happening right now with ISIS-centric Islamophobia running rampant around the nation’s terror-drenched reptilian brain. The collective rush to do “stupid stuff” kicked in with the mass-pavlovian response to cleverly-marketed, ISIS-produced infomercials featuring the…
  • Ginormous wind power / compressed air energy storage in Utah, Wyoming

    Bob Morris
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    An ambitious plan to build a 2 GW wind farm in Wyoming and store excess power using compressed air in underground caverns in Utah. When energy is needed, the compressed air is released to power turbines. Most of the power would go to California when extra energy is needed. No fossil fuels will be used to generate energy. Compressed air energy storage is currently being used successfully in Alabama and Germany. It’s a proven technology that needs certain types of caverns to store the air in. As the Casper Star Tribune points out, the entire system—this so-called “Hoover Dam of…
  • Brothel, bar, and space aliens? Amaragosa Valley NV

    Bob Morris
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:40 am
    Woo-hoo. Get a dorky photo of yourself pretending to be a space alien then frolic inside the brothel. Nevada aims to please! The Alien Cathouse is on 95 north of Vegas in Amargosa Valley, part of a sad little truck stop, low-end convenience store, and “restaurant” that features fried bologna. We looked at the menu and walked out. The space alien theme is because it’s vaguely near Area 51. Nyuck, nyuck. The whole thing is deeply bedraggled, at least from the outside. One reviewer says it’s been prettied up inside and that he managed to keep his bill to less than $2,000…
  • Hawaii grid can’t handle the demand for solar, slowing installations

    Bob Morris
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    There is a huge demand for rooftop solar in Hawaii. However, the grid is barely able to handle the current amount of solar power. The utility has cut way back on new permits and the solar industry is losing workers. The problem, of course, is that solar is variable. When the sun shines, thousands of rooftop systems produce power, and some of it goes back into the grid. HECO says it is not deliberately trying to hurt the solar industry. Rather, the utility is seeing a growing number of circuits exceeding 100 percent of minimum daytime load during the daytime in residential areas. On the Big…
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  • HIPAA Compliance, PHI and BYOD

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Healthcare providers are responsible for securing data on endpoint devices, and for ensuring compliance with HIPAA regulations. This becomes even more challenging when BYOD is introduced into the environment. Healthcare practitioners are as passionate about their mobile devices as anybody, and 90% of them use their personal smartphones for work. On the surface, this makes a lot of sense – not only is the practitioner already familiar with the device, but BYOD can also help cut costs. The problem? Securing a personally owned device is much harder than securing a managed device. Download this…
  • Drone Wars: How UAV Tech Is Transforming the Future of War

    30 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    A new revolution is taking place right now on the battlefields of the world: wars are fought increasingly by drones. Of course, people are still in the line of fire, and they always will be (the Pentagon stated last year that there were 1.4 million active US troops overseas)—but their role and numbers could be vastly different than they are now. There’s no question that drones are changing the face of warfare: militaries have always been in technology races, but never before has the winner of the race gained the ability to wage war without putting troops on the front line.Download…
  • The Growing Pains of Legal Transformation

    26 Sep 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Process transformation in law firms is not a new phenomenon, and like all good trends it had to start somewhere, at some earlier point, before it began to spread.The process of process excellence in law actually began in both Australia and the US, and has now been in full force for around a decade. So while UK and EU firms may currently be feeling the growing pains of change, their colleagues across the water have already been through the transition, and have a few choice insights that they can share.Ahead of the ‘Legal Transformation: Process & Project Excellence’ Summit in…
  • The Importance Of Board Level Buy In To Drive Enterprise-Wide Governance, Risk and Compliance

    26 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    For most financial services companies in Europe and North America, their very structure is, in many cases, flawed to begin with. Across the globe, emerging countries seem to be doing a whole lot better when it comes to GRC implementation simply because they do away with siloed structures to begin with. While they might not have the established reputations, brand promise and global reach of their European and North American peers, when it comes to organizational structure, they are far ahead of the curve. An integrated approach to GRC is the complete opposite of the original siloed…
  • 7 Deadly Sins in Brand Protection & Anti-Counterfeiting

    25 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    Remaining mindful of the often made pitfalls in brand protection and anti-counterfeiting could make all the difference!With this in mind and in preparation for the Brand Protection & Anti-Counterfeiting Summit, we designed this easy-to-digest eBook based on an interview with industry experts Johan Hulshof, IP & Legal Counsel at NXP Semiconductors and Brechtje Lindeboom, Legal Counsel at Federation Internationale de L’Automobile to discover what the most common mistakes are.Armed with these, you can be more confident that you will be able to avoid these potentially disastrous…
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  • Intel Boss ‘Truly Insane,’ According to Former CIA Director

    admin
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:09 pm
    In a McClatchy News article today, Marisa Taylor reports that Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. issued a new polygraph policy Sept. 14 which requires federal government agencies conducting polygraph exams to ask applicants and employees if they have leaked classified information to the media. Doing so places him among the “truly insane,” according to one former CIA director. Former CIA Director John Deutch quoted in New York Times 12/10/1995. On page 6 of a New York Times article published Dec. 10, 1995, reporter Tim Weiner quoted former CIA Director John…
  • It’s Time to Stop Putting ‘Lipstick’ on the Polygraph ‘Pig’

    admin
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:26 am
    Federal government officials keep putting the proverbial “lipstick” on the “pig” that is the polygraph despite the fact a newer technology — proven far more accurate and effective in places like Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantanamo Bay — is available and being used by more than 1,800 local and state law enforcement agencies. The latest effort to improve the appearance of the polygraph appears in an article by Blake McConnell and Timothy J. Weber, Ed.D. — a retired FBI polygraph examiner and a former federal polygraph instructor, respectively — in…
  • Writer Appears to Side With Prosecution Against Army Drill Sergeant Accused of Multiple Sexual Assaults

    admin
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:50 am
    The number of inflammatory and suggestive words in a St. Louis Post-Dispatch article published today about the court-martial of an Army drill sergeant on sexual assault charges leaves me speechless. Almost. It may turn out that the accused, Staff Sgt. Angel M. Sanchez, committed these acts. Whether he did or not, however, I take issue with the way writer Jesse Bogan approached this story. Why? Because it appears Bogan might be working for the prosecution on this first day of the Soldier’s court-martial at Fort Leonard Wood, 147 miles southwest of St. Louis. According to Bogan, several…
  • Afghans in USA Missing After Vetting Process Fails Again

    admin
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    This morning, I came across a recent CBS News article about the disappearance of two Afghans who were in the United States to receive specialized training from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. Based on what I learned during a four-year investigation into the federal government’s use of credibility assessment technologies, including the polygraph, I believe Americans have reason to be concerned about these men. Left to right: Mohd Naweed Samimi and Mohammad Yasin Ataye. Alarm bells began ringing in my mind after I read that, according to a DEA spokesperson cited in the article,…
  • My How Things Have Changed in Places like Iraq

    admin
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:47 am
    My how things have changed in places like Iraq. Election of the Ethically Dead by David Donar – http://politicalgraffiti.wordpress.com It’s 2014, President Barack Obama is in charge of U.S. efforts in Iraq, and things have gotten exponentially worse than they were four years ago. According to a BBC World News America/Harris Poll conducted Aug. 19 and 23, 2010, more than half of Americans — 57 percent to be precise — believed Iraq was better off than it was before the U.S. invasion seven years earlier. Conversely, according to an NBC/Wall Street Journal/Annenberg poll…
 
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  • The Horrors of Recent Christian Persecution By ISIS

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

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

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

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

  • Eric Holder Tells Prosecutors to Stop Coercing Guilty Pleas With an Especially Terrifying Sentence Enhancement

    Jacob Sullum
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Families Against Mandatory Minimums (FAMM) notes further evidence of Attorney General Eric Holder's efforts to make the criminal justice system less senselessly punitive: Last Friday he issued a memo instructing federal prosecutors that they should not use sentence enhancements based on a defendant's criminal history merely to coerce a plea agreement. Under Title 21, Section 851 of the U.S. Code, a prosecutor has the power to dramatically increase the mandatory minimum sentence a defendant faces by filing an "information" noting prior convictions. Prosecutors have often used that threat to…
  • Tonight on The Independents: Stossel on the ‘Mean’ World, Montel Williams on the Marine in Mexico, Plus S.S. Follies, ISIS Folly, the Hong Kong Challenge, the Worst 2016 Presidents, and Two Minutes Hate!

    Matt Welch
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:49 pm
    Ever feel like your country has been at war forever, all over the world, with no particular overarching intelligence behind it all? On last night's episode of The Independents, Kmele Foster reminded us that we're still keeping 10,000 U.S. troops in Afghanistan, for whatever reason: Tonight's installment (Fox Business Network, 9 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. PT, with re-airs three hours later) continues in the discussion that Americans have already stopped having, namely whether the our new war against the Islamic State is wise, comprehensible, or constitutional. Helping in those deliberations are Party…
  • Addiction: Easier to Beat Than Its Reputation

    Brian Doherty
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:06 pm
    Great drug reporter and commentator (and Reason contributor) Maia Szalavitz speaks some obvious but too often ignored truths about "addiction," over at Alternet: According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, addiction is “a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry.” However, that’s not what the epidemiology of the disorder suggests. By age 35, half of all people who qualified for active alcoholism or addiction diagnoses during their teens and 20s no longer do, according to a study of over 42,000 Americans in a sample designed to…
  • Cops Distribute 'Internet Safety Software' That's Actually Unsafe Spyware

    Zenon Evans
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    An estimated 245 law enforcement agencies in 35 states have for years been distributing software called ComputerCOP as a way for parents to ensure their children have a safe web-browsing experience. The problem is, ComputerCOP is just glorified spyware that lacks basic safety features. The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) today published its findings about this "internet safety software," and it's not pretty: As security software goes, we observed a product with a keystroke-capturing function, also called a "keylogger," that could place a family's personal information at extreme risk by…
  • Should Employers Be Forced to Hire Cannabis Consumers?

    Jacob Sullum
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Under Colorado law, employers are forbidden to fire people for "any lawful activity" in which they engage on their own time outside the workplace. Yesterday the Colorado Supreme Court considered the novel question of whether "any lawful activity" includes cannabis consumption that is permitted by state law but still a crime under federal law. Although the case involves medical use, it has broader implications now that Colorado has legalized recreational use as well. The plaintiff is Brandon Coats, a 34-year-old quadriplegic who was fired from his job with Dish Network in 2010 after he tested…
 
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  • Why ESPN Needs You to Hate Jameis Winston and the Florida State Seminoles

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

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

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

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

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

  • Just What Is a “Moral Case” for Capitalism, Anyway?

    1 Oct 2014 | 6:10 am
    When Yaron Brook and I started working on our book Free Market Revolution, which offers Ayn Rand’s moral defense of capitalism, the idea that capitalism needed a moral defense was virtually unheard of. Today, it’s so common that I was able to participate in a contest for who could make the best moral case for free markets. (I suspect that most of the credit for popularizing this idea goes, not to us, but to AEI’s Arthur Brooks.)
  • The Debt Dialogues [Episode 29]: Max Borders on Entrepreneurship and Inequality

    30 Sep 2014 | 6:29 am
    The Debt Dialogues is a weekly podcast that aims to educate young people about the welfare state and how it will affect their future. In this episode, I interview Max Borders, editor of The Freeman and author of Superwealth, on entrepreneurship and inequality.
  • Student Conference: Ayn Rand’s Individualism and the Case for Liberty

    25 Sep 2014 | 6:18 am
    This week I had the chance to talk with Brittney Fay Rivera of The Undercurrent about a first-of-its kind, student-only conference. The Undercurrent conference focuses on Ayn Rand’s philosophy and its real world application. Listen in to the podcast to find out more about the event, which takes place October 11th and 12th at American University in Washington D.C. (P.S. There's still time to sign-up.)
  • The Atlas Venture Fund

    24 Sep 2014 | 8:36 am
    A new grant-making fund was announced at the Ayn Rand Institute’s 2014 Objectivist Summer Conference. The Atlas Venture Fund will award grants (or loans) to individuals to assist in their efforts to promote Objectivist ideas. Carl Barney, an ARI board member, announced the creation of the new fund and donated $1 million to start it.
  • The Debt Dialogues [Episode 28]: Romina Boccia on Social Security and the Millennial Generation

    23 Sep 2014 | 10:40 am
    The Debt Dialogues is a weekly podcast that aims to educate young people about the welfare state and how it will affect their future. In this episode, I interview Romina Boccia, the Grover M. Hermann Fellow in Federal Budgetary Affairs at the Heritage Foundation, on Social Security and how it affects Millennials.
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  • The New Book-Banners

    1 Oct 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Barton Hinkle, Richmond Times-DispatchJustice Anthony Kennedy: Well, suppose it were an advocacy organization that had a book. Your position is that under the Constitution . . . the book itself could be prohibited.
  • A Return to Realism on the Right?

    1 Oct 2014 | 1:35 pm
    John Allen Gay, The National Interest“Barely a month ago, there wasn’t even a plan” for dealing with the Islamic State, reports the Washington Post. President Obama had said in August that his administration didn’t “have a strategy yet.” With bombs now blasting the bearded beheaders’ bunkers, that strategy is still nowhere to be found—the Post catalogues an impressively diverse collection of tactics, yet no overarching theme. Micah Zenko has noted that the White House doesn’t even seem to agree with itself about what it is trying to do in…
  • Order vs. Disorder, Part 4

    1 Oct 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Thomas Friedman, New York TimesI’ve been arguing for a while now that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is to the wider East-West clash of civilizations what Off Broadway is to Broadway. It’s where you can see many trends at a smaller scale first. That is why I study it closely. Whether it is airline-hijacking, suicide-bombing or trying to do nation-building with the other — Israelis called it “Lebanon invasion” and “Oslo”; we called it “Iraq” and “Afghanistan” — what happens there often moves to the larger stage. So, as I…
  • Secret Service Isn't What's Wrong With the WH

    1 Oct 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Piers Morgan, Daily MailPresident Obama this week committed professional suicide.Let me explain.There is a theory in politics that once a leader has fired 50 or more people from his or her administration, he or she is finished.The reason being that by creating so many enemies ‘outside the tent’, the tent itself becomes too deluged with poisonous bile to avoid sinking into a quagmire of back-stabbing ignominy.
  • Third-Party Candidates Could Be Spoilers

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Ed Rogers, Washington PostWe are a little more than one month out from the 2014 midterm elections. There is an influx of new polling right now, and pundits are rampantly speculating about every possible path for Republicans to take back the Senate. But an underreported issue could be a sleeper hand grenade that ignites Election Night and blasts Republicans in several states: While almost nobody was looking, a group of third-party candidates have sprung up on the ballot like a bunch of poisonous mushrooms. Third-party Senate candidates in crucial states like Iowa, North Carolina, Georgia,…
 
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    New Republic

  • Is an Exodus of Ph.D.s Causing a Brain Drain in the U.S.?

    David Wheeler
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    With a Ph.D. in history and humanities from Stanford University—and a growing body of research—Christopher Stroop initially expected to find a full-time job as a professor at an American university.But as increasing numbers of highly qualified American Ph.D.s have discovered, you can have all th
  • What the Anti-Vaxxer Movement Teaches Us About the Ebola Crisis

    Michelle Orange
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    A couple of years ago, as part of my bid to become a permanent resident of the United States, I underwent a physical exam. In a Brooklyn civil surgeon’s office a nurse drew a small pouch of blood from my right arm, then pumped the same arm with several vaccines. Finally, she injected a button of t
  • The Fate of the Senate Could Come Down to This

    John Cloud
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Among the truest things you can say about Mark Begich—the imperiled Alaska Democrat, whose loss this November might flip the Senate—is that he’s sweet. Easygoing, plain-looking, and sweet. He’s a meaty handshake guy. Someone who will happily don a lei at a pancake bre
  • The GOP's Sexist Reality TV Spoofs Aren't Going to Win Over Female Voters

    Esther Breger
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Voting is hard, right ladies? Luckily, the College Republican National Committee is here to help put things in terms we’ll understand: wedding dresses. Also reality shows. The conservative group released sixteen new ads today, all parodying TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress” and following the same
  • Videos: Ukrainians Are Literally Throwing Their Politicians Into the Trash

    Linda Kinstler
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Ukrainian politicians are known to get into a brawl every now and then. But u
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    E.J. Dionne Columns and Blog Posts

  • The Islamic State gets the political treatment in New Hampshire

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:36 pm
    DERRY, N.H. The beheadings of Jim Foley and Steven Sotloff by the Islamic State enraged and horrified the nation. But someone who knows her state down to the block and town green level said the killings were felt even more deeply here. Read full article >>
  • Eric Holder and Robert F. Kennedy’s legacy

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    28 Sep 2014 | 5:09 pm
    When he announced his leave-taking last week, Attorney General Eric Holder spoke of Robert F. Kennedy as his inspiration for believing that the Justice Department “can — and must — always be a force for that which is right.” Read full article >>
  • Blase Cupich is Pope Francis’s American messenger

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:49 pm
    Leaders can make decisions that signal big changes in the political, religious and ethical landscape. In naming Bishop Blase Cupich the new archbishop of Chicago, Pope Francis did just that. Cupich, now the bishop of Spokane, Wash., has been described in media accounts as a “moderate” within the Catholic Church. Temperamentally, this is exactly what he is, an advocate of dialogue and civility. He’s also wise about rejecting labels. Parrying at his first news conference after his appointment was announced Saturday, he offered this response when asked if the moderate tag fit him: “I am…
  • Republican control of Senate not a slam dunk

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    21 Sep 2014 | 4:32 pm
    There is something deeply satisfying about the troubles punditry is having in nailing down exactly what’s happening in the 2014 elections. The careful statistical models keep gyrating on the question of whether Republicans will win control of the Senate this November. The prognosticators who rely on their reporting and their guts as well as the numbers are sometimes at odds with the statisticians. Read full article >>
  • A wistful ‘no’ in Scotland?

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:01 am
    Scotland’s referendum on independence will be decided by voters whose hearts say yes but whose heads say no. This is why the energy of the campaign in one of the most consequential democratic consultations in history has been with the “Yes” side. Passion, imagination and hope are always more inspiring than reason, calculation and doubt. That will make Thursday’s result close, but it’s also why Scotland is likely to choose to remain part of the United Kingdom. Read full article >>
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    ThinkProgress

  • 2°C Or Not 2°C: Why We Must Not Ditch Scientific Reality In Climate Policy

    Joe Romm
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Global-mean surface temperature 1880-2013. Grey line shows annual values, and the smoothed blue line highlights the long-term evolution. (Via RealClimate using NASA data) A new Comment piece in Nature argues we should “Ditch the 2 °C warming goal” as a basis for climate change policy. Here’s why the authors, political scientist David Victor and retired astrophysicist Charles Kennel, are wrong — and why “their prescription is a dangerous one,” as a top climatologist told me. Their core argument, as Nature sums it up, is “Average global temperature is…
  • Here’s Who To Blame For America’s Increased Contribution To Global Warming In 2013

    Emily Atkin
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:33 pm
    CREDIT: Shutterstock A new report released by the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday shows just how much large American industrial facilities including power plants, refineries, and chemical manufacturers contributed to global warming in 2013. The report answers the question of how carbon dioxide was emitted by these industries in 2013 compared to 2012, and the short answer is this: more. Emissions of greenhouse gases from large industrial sources increased by 0.6 percent since 2012, according to the EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Reporting Program data, which is compiled from reports…
  • BREAKING: Florida Man Who Shot Unarmed Black Teen After Loud Music Dispute Convicted Of Murder

    Nicole Flatow
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Michael Dunn in court CREDIT: AP Photo/The Florida Times-Union, Bob Mack, Pool On the second try, prosecutors secured a first degree murder conviction of Michael Dunn, the man who shot and killed 17-year-old Jordan Davis after a dispute over loud music at a Jacksonville convenience store. Jurors found Dunn guilty of first-degree murder late Wednesday afternoon, more than seven months after another jury deadlocked on whether to convict Dunn of that charge. The racially tinged Stand Your Ground case sparked national outrage and evoked memories of Trayvon Martin and other shootings of young,…
  • Federal Judge Orders Arizona Sheriff To Stop Putting Prisoners’ Health In Danger

    Sam P.K. Collins
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio CREDIT: AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin Notoriously anti-immigrant Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is back in the national spotlight, and not for a good reason. On Tuesday, a federal judge extended a court order that mandates that Arpaio improve medical and mental health care in Maricopa County’s jails. Last year, Arpaio and Maricopa County commissioners asked the federal court to lift a 2008 court order that charged the group with ending the overcrowding of facilities, providing adequate medical and mental health care, serving food that meets the U.S.
  • Jimmy Kimmel Commits Stoner Slander

    Jessica Goldstein
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:04 pm
    CREDIT: Dan Steinberg/Invision/AP Jimmy Kimmel has this recurring bit on his show wherein he sends out a cameraman to talk to regular folks on the street, typically with the purpose of catching these folks in the act of not knowing something that we have all decided everyone is supposed to know. We laugh at these plebes from the comfort of our couches while discreetly looking up the answers to Kimmel’s questions on our phones. As you can probably tell from my tone, I am not a huge fan of these sketches. They cherry-pick the most embarrassing answers and presumably leave the people who…
 
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    RamonaCreel.com

  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-01-2014

    Ramona
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    What you say about others speaks volumes about you. (Unknown) — Be what you admire rather than dislike in those around you. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 10-01-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-30-2014

    Ramona
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    A desk is a dangerous place from which to watch the world. (J. LeCarre) — View's better smack in the middle of the action! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-30-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-29-2014

    Ramona
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    To have a grievance is to have a purpose in life. (E. Hoffer) — Complacency never makes a real difference in the world. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-29-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-28-2014

    Ramona
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding. (L. DaVinci) — The second is sharing that understanding with others. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-28-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-27-2014

    Ramona
    27 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    Who knows the heat of a poet's heart when tangled in a woman's body? (V. Woolf) — Passion and estrogen, a dangerous mix! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-27-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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    Democratic Strategist

  • Holding Republicans Accountable For Extremism and Flip-Flopping

    1 Oct 2014 | 3:53 pm
    One of the most frustrating recent phenomena for Democrats has been a "false equivalency" meme wherein Republican candidates have been forgiven intraparty pandering to "the base" and congratulated for general election "moves to the center" as though that's what everybody does. This media tendency has been especially notable in this year's Iowa Senate contest, where Republican Joni Ernst has benefited from a cynical acceptance of both her extremism and her rationalizations for abandoning it. I dissected and deplored this media vice in a TPMCafe column today: [Democratic nominee Bruce] Braley…
  • Despite Short-Sighted Low Approval Ratings, Obama's Record Is Impresive

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:17 pm
    At The Washington Spectator Lou Dubose explains why "Ignoring Obama's Record Rewards the Party of No": Caught between the unmet expectations of the left and the animosity of the extreme right, the president is defined by two narratives that work against a dispassionate appraisal of his record. In particular, a domestic record that will likely play a decisive role in the midterm elections. Is Obama deserving of disapproval numbers that range between 50 and 55 percent? Presidential historian Douglas Brinkley has suggested a different criterion by which to evaluate the president. Brinkley…
  • Lessons from the 'Dump ALEC' Campaign

    1 Oct 2014 | 7:22 am
    The blogger Spocko at Hullabaloo has an informative read for those who were glad to see Google dump the Koch Brother's wing nut wrecking ball, the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). As Spocko explains: This is a big deal. It comes on the heels of a number of other corporations like Microsoft, Google, Facebook and Yahoo! having left ALEC. These things don't just happen magically. There are a lot of people who have worked very hard to make that happen. ... I think it's important to acknowledge this success and see what we can learn from it. Like the actions used to get advertisers to…
  • Dems Bet Heavy on Ground Game Edge

    30 Sep 2014 | 5:11 am
    For perspective on the difference between Democratic and Republican midterm strategy, you really have to read Derek Willis's NYT Upshot post "Democrats Are Spending More on the Ground in Key Senate Races." The centerpiece in his post, quite a jaw-dropper really, is a chart, "A Democratic Edge in Key Senate Races," which graphically depicts how much of the midterm outcome is riding on Dem's GOTV spending. In Alaska, for example, Dems are spending $1.9 million for "local staffers; get-out-the-vote efforts and other field operations." to re-elect Mark Begich, vs. less than $225K for the…
  • Political Strategy Notes

    29 Sep 2014 | 3:45 am
    This video deserves to ride another day: Shane Goldmacher reports at The National Journal that "Democratic House Candidates Are Walloping Republicans in the Small-Money Game." Also at The National Journal, Alex Roarty asks "GOP strategists fret they aren't scheduled to spend enough in a handful of battlegrounds. Are they lowering expectations or setting up the blame game?" At Salon.com Thomas Frank has a good interview with Bernie Sanders entitled, "Bernie Sanders: Longterm Democratic strategy is "pathetic."" Among Sanders's insights is this one, which might make a pretty good meme for Dems…
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    IndiaVision News and Information » Politics

  • If there is Modi wave, why BJP has called PM for rallies: Sena

    Gautam
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:58 am
    Taking a dig at former ally Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for announcing that Narendra Modi would hold poll rallies in Maharashtra, Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray on Wednesday said the Prime Minister would not have been invited to address the public if BJP was confident of winning on “Modi wave.” “There are so many statements coming from them (the BJP) that speak about Modi’s plans to hold several rallies for the upcoming state assembly polls. “I have nothing against Modi. But it is very clear that if there was indeed a ‘Modi wave’ in the state, they…
  • Mamata wants guv’s say in judges’ appointment

    Gautam
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:24 am
    New Delhi : West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wants the Centre to clearly mention in National Judicial Appointments Bill that the Governor will have to follow the advice of the state government in the appointment of High Court judges. Banerjee’s communication to Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad came in response to a letter written by him to all Chief Ministers requesting them to ratify a constitutional amendment bill to make way for the proposed commission for appointment of judges to the higher judiciary. Once the Commission is put in place, it will scrap the present collegium…
  • Lone Sena minister Anant Geete to quit Union Cabinet

    Gautam
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:55 am
    Anant Geete, Shiv Sena’s lone memberin the Union Cabinet, will resign, party chief Uddhav Thackeray said at Mumbai on Monday, four days after the split in the saffron alliance. “After Prime Minister Narendra Modi returns from the US, Geete will go to him and submit his resignation,” he said. Sena sources said the party was also likely to quit NDA. Uddhav’s announcement followed estranged cousin and MNS chief Raj Thackeray riling him at a poll rally here yesterday for the Sena “sticking to” power in Delhi despite breaking up with BJP. Raj had said that…
  • BJP, Sena still in talks; alliance hangs by the thread

    Gautam
    25 Sep 2014 | 4:55 am
    The high drama over seat sharing in Maharashtra seems far from over, with both the BJP and the Shiv Sena saying on Thursday that the talks between them were still on. As contradicting reports emerged in Delhi and Mumbai, both parties continued their blame game and brinksmanship, accusing each other of trying to break the alliance. BJP state chief Devendra Fadnavis told reporters that the Sena needed to come up with a fresh proposal as both the BJP and the smallier allies were unhappy with their stand. Earlier, sources said the Sena agreed to give three seats to smaller parties from its share.
  • Shiv Sena, BJP horses are unstoppable, says Saamana

    Alka Anand Singh
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:39 am
    Saamna, which is the official mouthpiece of the BJP has also become all sweetness and light towards the BJP. An editorial in the newspaper today said the situation in the state is “good” and the “horses of Sena-BJP are running fast and are unstoppable” against “Congress-NCP mules”. Sena, in an editorial in party mouthpiece ‘Saamana’, also blamed “some in the media” for wanting the alliance to snap. “The situation in Maharashtra is good. The horses of Sena-BJP are running fast and are unstoppable. There is no value of…
 
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    Project Syndicate RSS-Feed

  • Asia’s Invention Boom

    Edward Jung
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    China is poised to join the US as a leading global force for innovation, with other Asian countries following closely behind. As Asian innovation comes into its own, the US and other developed countries must find ways to participate – or risk missing the opportunity of the century in a vain bid to recapture bygone supremacy.
  • The ECB’s Leap into the Unknown

    Jürgen Stark
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    The ECB’s decision to double down on monetary stimulus should be regarded as an act of desperation. Indeed, despite the central bank's aggressive approach, monetary policy in the absence of structural economic reform risks being ineffective.
  • Debeaking the Vultures

    Joseph E. Stiglitz, et al.
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    In the midst of the ongoing dispute between Argentina and the “vulture funds” that hold its bonds, a broad consensus has emerged concerning the need for sovereign-debt restructuring mechanisms. Otherwise, US court rulings in the vultures' favor will give free rein to those who would sabotage future restructurings.
  • Brazil’s Cautious Voters

    Jorge G. Castañeda
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    Brazil's presidential election has come alive as the mixed-race Marina Silva mounts a serious challenge to President Dilma Rousseff. But, despite Brazil's economic troubles, corruption scandals, and recent World Cup humiliation, Rousseff's incumbency advantage is likely to be decisive.
  • Solving Europe’s Credibility Problem

    Jean Pisani-Ferry
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:50 pm
    As the eurozone debates how to escape the stagnation trap in which it finds itself, one question has become increasingly important: Can governments credibly commit to trim public spending in the future while avoiding immediate cuts? Fortunately, the answer is yes: Fiscal accommodation now does not rule out consolidation later.
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    Hip-Hop and Politics

  • Bob Law: History of Black Radio and the Removal of Black Militant Thought

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

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

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

    mrDaveyd
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:02 am
    Here are some of our recent Interviews from Ferguson, Missouri. In recent days we spoke with local activist Bgyrl 4 Life along with long time activists and former Vice Presidential candidate Rosa Clemente. They give a breakdown of the harrowing events that transpired the night before when police drew guns on them and their contingent as they peacefully assembled. One of the cops threatened to shot a 14-year-old boy who was on the ground next to her hyper ventilating. Their narrative was in sharp contrast to what was being hailed on the news as a night of peace and a big turning point in the…
  • Ferguson: Police Draw Guns on Rosa Clemente, Talib & Others

    mrDaveyd
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:22 am
    This is a harrowing account from Rosa Clemente who is down in Ferguson with a group of folks who she names in her Dispatches about what went down last night.. It’s important to compare her account with what’s being hailed in corporate media as some sort of major turning point…This sounds like a turning point in the wrong direction.. keep in mind about who is mouth piecing for the police.. Davey D Rosa Clemente An hour ago, Jessica Care Moore, Talib Kweli, folks from the Fellowship of Reconcillation, Philip Agnew of Dream Defenders, Bgyrl ForLife, Malik Rhasaan from Occupy…
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    News - AllGov

  • Justice Department to Ban Religious, Ethnic and Sexual Profiling by Federal Law Enforcement

    1 Oct 2014 | 11:55 am
    Attorney General Eric Holder may have announced his resignation, but that doesn’t mean he’s mailing in his final days on the job. On the contrary, the Department of Justice is now preparing a major policy change that will forbid federal law enforcement from profiling based on religion, ethnicity or sexual orientation.   The Los Angeles Times reports that the new guidelines, to be announced within the next few weeks, will not contain an exemption for terrorism or other national security cases despite pressure from national security officials and others in the Obama…
  • Big Tobacco’s Dire Health Warnings on E-Cigarette Packs Seen as Cynical Marketing Strategy

    1 Oct 2014 | 11:50 am
    Some of the biggest names in the tobacco business who have diversified into selling e-cigarettes have surprised critics by warning consumers about their dangers.   Some observers wonder what Altria, maker of Marlboros, and Reynolds American, producer of Camels, are up to, and whether their health warnings are sincere or cynical in nature. On packages of Altria’s brand of e-cigarettes, part of the label reads: “Nicotine is addictive and habit forming, and is very toxic by inhalation, in contact with the skin, or if swallowed,” according to The New York Times. Reynolds…
  • Will Billing Rape Victims Thousands of Dollars for Medical Exams in Louisiana Finally Come to an End?

    1 Oct 2014 | 11:45 am
    As if being sexually assaulted isn’t terrible enough, the state of Louisiana makes victims of this crime pay for some of their medical exams and care following attacks.   Victims are often billed $1,700 to $4,000 for evidence collection, HIV and pregnancy tests and emergency room fees. One of the biggest hospitals in New Orleans, Interim LSU Hospital formerly did not charge victims. However, after the hospital control was transferred from Louisiana State University to private interests at the behest of Gov. Bobby Jindal (R), victims began to be billed for some charges.   Some…
  • Judicial Appointees of Obama and Clinton to Weigh in on Restrictive North Carolina Voting Law

    1 Oct 2014 | 11:40 am
    North Carolina’s tough new voting law may have survived its first legal test before a Republican judge, but now it faces a panel of Democratic ones on appeal.   The so-called “monster voting bill,” as dubbed by critics, was upheld in August by U.S. District Judge Thomas Schroeder, who was nominated to the federal bench by President George W. Bush.   Schroeder disagreed with the law’s challengers, including the N.C. State Conference of the NAACP and the U.S. Department of Justice, which argued House Bill 589 (pdf) violated Section 2 of the Voting Rights Act…
  • Amazon under Increasing Fire from Authors over Alleged Monopolistic E-Book Tactics

    1 Oct 2014 | 11:35 am
    Hundreds of authors have banded together against Amazon in opposition to some of its business practices, particularly those involving the selling of e-books.   The list of about 300 writers, calling themselves Authors United, features some of the biggest names in the literary world, including Philip Roth, Orhan Pamuk, Salman Rushdie, V. S. Naipaul and Milan Kundera, according to The New York Times.   Additionally, the estates of Saul Bellow, Roberto Bolaño, Joseph Brodsky, William Burroughs, John Cheever, Allen Ginsberg, Norman Mailer, Arthur Miller and Hunter S. Thompson…
 
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    People Power from YES! Magazine

  • Why a Tiny Decrease in Unemployment Means a Big Pay Raise for the Poor

    Dean Baker
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:11 pm
    Photo by Kyle Ruth. Thomas Piketty’s book, Capital in the Twenty-First Century, put inequality front and center in public debate. Piketty warns of a tendency in capitalism to produce an ever greater concentration of income and wealth. There are many questions about Piketty’s analysis, most importantly whether the rise in inequality is an inevitable result of our economic system or whether it is the result of intentional policy decisions that lawmakers can alter. There is very good reason to believe the latter. Our focus should be on reversing the policies that have produced three decades…
  • Three Projects that Block Violence Against Women By Bringing Communities Together

    Victoria Law
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:05 pm
    Photo by Shutterstock. One evening nearly two years ago, as my daughter and I waited on the subway platform, I noticed a woman and a man standing several steps apart on the staircase. What caught my attention was a clatter as an umbrella bounced down several steps. Then I heard the woman say, very loudly, “Get away from me!” I thought about what the message would be if we simply ignored the abuse that was playing out in front of us. I asked my daughter to stay where she was, and I walked closer to the two. By then, the man had closed the distance between them and was standing less than…
  • Time for a New Containment Strategy? What Climate Marchers Can Learn from the Cold War

    Jim Shultz
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:35 am
    At the People's Climate March in New York City. Photo by Stephen D. Melkisethian / Flickr. This story is part of the Climate In Our Hands collaboration between Truthout and YES! Magazine. More than 400,000 people jammed the streets of Manhattan on September 21, drawn from all parts by the magnetic force of the People’s Climate March. From Times Square to the upper reaches of Central Park West, a 40-block sea of humanity joined under banners that demanded action, named the responsible, and articulated the solutions. Most moving of all were those that expressed the fears and hopes of the…
  • Incredible Hulk and Former Goldman Sachs Guy Are Among the Many Pulling $50 Billion Out of Fossil Fuels

    Chuck Collins
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:30 am
    The Incredible Hulk wants YOU to divest from fossil fuels. Photo by marvelousRoland / Flickr. It would seem that even the heirs to oil fortunes are getting the message on climate change. On Monday, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, a foundation whose $860 million endowment was built on the Standard Oil fortune, announced that it intends to divest its holdings from fossil fuels and reinvest them in companies that produce renewable energy. “No investor’s assets are too small for the changes needed in the world.” And it wasn’t just large foundations moving their money. The same day marked…
  • 7 Practical Ideas for Compassionate Communities, From Free College to Debt Relief

    Shannan Stoll
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:50 am
    Kerry Morrison interviews homeless veteran John Watkins in the Hollywood Hills. Hollywood was one of the first communities to join the 100,000 Homes Campaign. Watkins has been provided with housing. Photo by Rudy Salinas at Path. 1. 100,000 homes so far Teams of volunteers across the country hit the streets early in the morning to put a name and a face to the long-term homeless in their communities. The volunteers started canvassing at 4 a.m., combing the streets to gather names, photographs, and stories of the people sleeping there. They searched for the people at the highest risk of dying…
 
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    Divided Under God

  • If Atheists Want to Change Perceptions, They Need to Stop Acting Like This

    Kevin Davis
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:47 pm
    Today started like any other day for me.  I got up and got myself and my son ready for the day.  I took him to school and I went back home to work.  At some point in the morning, a headline caught my attention about a 22-month-old boy, Brayden King, who died by drowning in a baptismal fountain in Alabama.  I clicked on the story and read that the toddler’s mother was in church preparing for a prayer meeting and her 13-year-old daughter was put in charge of the boy.  After losing track of Brayden, she searched for him and found him unconscious in the baptismal fountain.  He…
  • My conversation about slavery with a Mormon apologetic

    Kevin Davis
    11 Aug 2014 | 11:51 am
    Occasionally I pop onto Twitter and search for “atheist” or “atheism” to see what people are saying.  For the most part I’m looking for new people to follow who may have interesting things to say, or I’m looking for people who are looking for help in relating to atheists and offering my book as an aid.  Last night I came across a gentleman who decided it would be cool to tweet out to the world, “To Atheist; God keeps his promises, he never lies, try him.”  Now, normally I don’t seek these types of people out, but since he started out…
  • New Site Feature: Progressive Atheism

    Kevin Davis
    3 Aug 2014 | 5:44 pm
    If you’ve logged on to DividedUnderGod.com recently, you may have noticed some changes to the site.  As most of you know, I recently finished writing and published my first book, Understanding an Atheist: A Practical Guide to Relating to Nonbelievers.  The book had its own website where readers could follow the progress of the book, ask questions, and ultimately preorder books or purchase signed copies.  Now that the book is finished and available on Amazon and Barnes & Noble, there’s not much need for it to have its own website.  So the site was moved over to…
  • Reminder: Live-tweet Today at Secular Invocation 6pm ET

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

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

    Matt Calvert
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:45 am
    Firefighters Battled Vegetation Fire Near Hwy 101 And Petaluma River Firefighters battled a grass and brush fire that burned on both sides of Petaluma River near U.S. Highway 101 in Petaluma on Tuesday afternoon, a battalion chief said. Firefighters responded to reports of a vegetation fire on a field between Cinnabar Road and Highway 101 around 4:30 p.m., Petaluma fire Battalion Chief Russ Rasmussen said. Arriving fire crews found the fire covered from one-fourth to a half-acre of land between Cinnabar Road and the west side of the river, Rasmussen said. The fire had also burned an acre on…
  • Assemblymember Ting’s new bills will protect the rights of Non-Native English Speakers

    Reset Team
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Late last week, Gov. Jerry Brown signed two bills, authored by California State Assembly Member Phil Ting (D-San Francisco), both of which will provide improved rights to non-native English speaking residents in California. Culturally and Linguistically Appropriate Healthcare On Thursday, the Governor signed Ting’s Assembly Bill (AB) 2102 to improve healthcare for non-native English speaking residents Californians by providing culturally and linguistically appropriate healthcare. The bill requires the category “language” to be added to the demographic information collected for…
  • Rare Opportunity To House Veterans Downtown

    Andrew Cullen
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:05 pm
    San Francisco’s Worst SRO Renovated To House 130 Homeless Veterans On any given Friday, around 5:00 p.m., if you take a quick stroll down Kearny Street, on your way to Montgomery BART/Muni Station, you will almost always notice Rickhouse and sometimes even stop for a drink. How could you resist? Mixologists cater to your every handcrafted demand. The interior of exposed brick and wood liquor shelves, high enough the bartenders need library sliders, gives the feeling of being inside a whiskey cask. You have a choice: you can stand on the bottom level and listen to the sublime sounds of the…
  • Tuesday Morning News Roundup

    Reset Team
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:23 am
    Prosecutors Dismiss Murder Charge In 2013 Fatal Shooting The Alameda County District Attorney’s Office on Monday dismissed a murder charge against an Oakland man who had been charged in the fatal shooting of another man in the Sobrante Park district in East Oakland last October. Eric Lockhart, 22, was accused of fatally shooting 52-year-old Trent Prater in the 10600 block of Topanga Drive at about 7:20 p.m. on Oct. 10, 2013, and also was charged with arson because authorities alleged that he set fire to the van he allegedly used to flee the scene of the shooting. But prosecutor Chris…
  • Monday Morning News Roundup

    Reset Team
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:07 am
    Shelter-In-Place Advisory Issued As Bomb Squad Works To Detonate Explosive Device Residents in the area of Central Avenue and MacArthur Avenue near Pittsburg High School in Pittsburg were asked to shelter-in-place as a bomb squad works to detonate an explosive device Sunday night, Contra Costa County officials said. The shelter-in-place advisory was issued at 9:30 p.m. Residents are advised to stay indoors, close all windows and doors and only use phones for life-threatening emergencies, county officials said. No further details were immediately available.   Shoplifter Nicknamed…
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    Running for Office - Political Campaign Tips and Strategies by OnlineCandidate.com » Running for Office - Political Campaign Tips and Strategies by OnlineCandidate.com

  • Facing Down A Campaign Print Disaster

    Online Candidate
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:36 am
    What do you do when you realize that the wrong campaign domain name has been printed on your brochures! The horror! What could be worse?
  • Post In Haste, Repent At Leisure

    Online Candidate
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:30 pm
    One of the most dangerous consequences of online campaigning is that anything and everything can be scrutinized. From offline speeches that are uploaded to YouTube to even the most banal social media posts, everything is fair game.
  • Last-Minute Campaign Websites

    Online Candidate
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:43 am
    Even though election day grows near, there’s still time to create your local campaign website. We have a fast  turnaround period, so we can get your site designed within a few days! With some prepared material ready, we can get your site built fast. With campaign website packages starting at $149, our websites are perfect […]
  • Elements of an Online Political Campaign

    Online Candidate
    16 Sep 2014 | 6:11 am
    An online presence is critical to election success. Online strategies have become more sophisticated. Candidates can be outclassed by opponents who simply run a better online campaign. Knowing the opportunities and taking advantage of them will improve your chance of success.
  • The Worst Advice We’ve Ever Heard About Online Campaigning

    Online Candidate
    8 Sep 2014 | 9:51 am
    Even though there is plenty of good information about politics and online marketing, a lot of awful ideas and assumptions are still floating around. Here are some truly bad things that clients have told us over the years. Some are just misconceptions about online marketing and how it works, while other ideas can be election-breakers if followed through.
 
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    The Alternative Conservative

  • About That Waitress and Rush Limbaugh

    26 Sep 2014 | 5:28 am
    Mad World NewsSo yesterday I run across a story about Rush Limbaugh and how he tipped this waitress $2000 for service.Merritt Tierce, who is now an author, refers to the generous tips she received from Limbaugh as “blood money” in her debut novel “Love Me Back.” Tierce said she donated most of the money to the TEA Fund, which is a charity that funds abortions for low-income women.Teirce states: “It felt like laundering the money in a good way. He’s such an obvious target for any feminist or sane person. It was really bizarre to me that he gave me $2,000, and he’s evil incarnate…
  • Bill Maher Making Sense

    21 Sep 2014 | 10:41 pm
    It seems as if the last few times I've heard Bill Maher he has brought some truth to the table. Maybe Bill hasn't strayed as far as I once thought. I used to LOVE Politically Incorrect back in my college days but, for some reason he seemed to have strayed over the years, heading over to la-la-liberal-land.I digress.This time, Bill Maher is speaking with Charlie Rose and brings up issues about Islam that need to be heard. The issues with homosexuals being beheaded and  women not being treated equal and forced to wear burkas are those that should be a concern for all of us. This is not a…
  • Ward Churchill Tells More Fables on Megyn Kelly's Show

    13 Sep 2014 | 6:32 pm
    The creepy professor Ward Churchill seems to be hard up for money since he agreed to get grilled by Megyn Kelly on Fox News.Watch all parts of this interview here.Here is the full statement that Churchill now claims he only meant to apply toward those who were not the janitors or food service workers:There is simply no argument to be made that the Pentagon personnel killed on September 11 fill that bill. The building and those inside comprised military targets, pure and simple. As to those in the World Trade Center . . .Well, really, let's get a grip here, shall we? True enough, they were…
  • Why the Right Says the Media is Left

    7 Sep 2014 | 10:54 pm
    I often hear many people on the left mock those of us on the right whenever the topic of the media is brought up. As many of you already know the right, in general, does believe the media is predominately left. This of course is completely dismissed by those on the left and they typically follow up with insulting, snide remarks about Fox News.For myself, I do believe most of the people who work in mainstream are certainly left of center. We all have a bias and those in the media are no different.Fox News is but ONE station and they are not as conservative or right as many on the left would…
  • Joan Rivers - Rest In Peace

    4 Sep 2014 | 8:34 pm
    It is with great sadness that I am writing about Joan Rivers passing on. She will indeed be missed. I remember her well from when I was growing up and her latest show, Fashion Police was absolutely hysterical. Almost everything that came out of her mouth was a classic on-liner.One of my favorites roles she played was on the movie The Muppets Take Manhattan. Her and Miss Piggy had a classic scene where Rivers gave Miss Piggy a makeover."Pigs don't have eyebrows." "Well this pig is going to!"No doubt about it, Joan could make anyone's jaw drop with her harsh wit. She was quite a solid…
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    Politics

  • History gives the Tories the confidence they can beat Labour, but do the old rules still apply?

    George Eaton
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:18 am
    In the age of austerity and Ukip, the Conservatives' advantage on leadership and the economy may not be enough to deliver them victory.  David Cameron applauds as he listens to George Osborne speak at the Conservative conference in Birmingham. Photograph: Getty Images; The numbers show that they are losing but, in Birmingham, the Tories had the swagger of winners. After Labour’s funereal conference, the opposition was regarded as having relinquished any right to govern. The phrase that one heard repeatedly from Conservative MPs was: “We deserve to win.” They believed that their…
  • How much will Cameron’s tax changes cost?

    May2015
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:37 am
    Cameron’s plan to raise the tax-free allowance would have cost £12bn if introduced this year. The lower figures being quoted assume a delay until 2020. Cameron's tax plans could cost around £7bn, but depend on when they are introduced. Photo: Getty. You can read the full version of this piece on our new election site, May2015.com. David Cameron has announced two big tax changes this lunchtime: he is raising the amount of money you don’t have to pay tax on (the tax-free allowance) from £10,000 to £12,500, and increasing the amount you can earn before you have to pay the 40p rate of…
  • Cameron's best performance yet gives the Tories the hope they need

    George Eaton
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:05 am
    A policy rich and politically artful speech invited voters to take another look at the man they could soon evict.  David Cameron delivers his speech at the Conservative conference in Birmingham. Photograph: Getty Images. If conference speeches decided elections, the Tories would now be on course for a landslide majority. With his party trailing to Labour in the polls, and shedding MPs to Ukip, David Cameron rose to the occasion and delivered his best performance since his election as leader. His address was fluent, passionate, inspiring and ruthless. The contrast with Ed Miliband's…
  • David Cameron’s policy blitz: here’s what he announced

    Anoosh Chakelian
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:18 am
    The Prime Minister gave a speech to Conservative party conference packed with policy announcements. The Prime Minster gave a policy-heavy speech to Conservative party conference. Photo: Getty After a couple of years of policy-lite speeches from the Prime Minister, this year’s speech to Conservative party conference was packed with new announcements.   Maintaining the lowest corporation tax in the G20 Companies are coming from all over the world to invest and create jobs here. That’s not happened by accident. It’s because they see a government rolling out the red carpet for them,…
  • Why is the Conservative party in such a good mood?

    Anoosh Chakelian
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:43 am
    No more blues. Why don't the Tories have the blues? Photo: Getty One theme popping up in the events and bars of Conservative party conference this year is what a buoyant mood the Tories are in. With their propensity to enjoy a good party – and their rapidly vanishing reticence about holding champagne receptions – it’s fair to say that they were always likely to have a good time. But with so much media focus on the flat and lacklustre tone of Labour’s annual conference last week, insiders have been drawing comparisons between the moods of the two parties. The Tories are lagging behind…
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  • Dick Morris: Obama Missing In-Person Intel Briefings Akin to 'Not Doing the Job'

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:24 pm
    In an interview with NewsMax TV, former Bill Clinton strategist Dick Morris blasted President Barack Obama for not attending 58% of his daily intelligence briefings, a revelation from a new Government Accountability Institute (GAI) report. "It's worth noting that Obama missed 58% of the national intelligence briefings during each term as president," said Morris. "When you miss an intelligence briefing, it takes some effort. It's not like you have to get in a suit and a tie and go down to the situation room and get briefed. They come to you... To miss the briefing you literally have to tell…
  • Wife of Oklahoma Terrorism Suspect Starts 'GoFundMe' Account to Free Her Husband

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:18 pm
    The wife of Jacob Muriithi, the 30-year-old Oklahoma City man who was arrested for allegedly threatening to behead his coworker last week, has created a GoFundMe account to free her husband—who she claims is not a Muslim but a devoted Catholic.  The page created by Hollie Muriithi has requested ten thousand dollars in donations and insists Jacob is innocent: Hello everyone! I am here asking for your support to help bring my husband and the father of our child back home. He was taken  into custody, and is being charged as of right now as an muslim terriost. We all know this is…
  • Mark Levin Calls for Investigation into Obama Intel Briefings

    1 Oct 2014 | 4:44 pm
    On Tuesday, conservative radio talk show host Mark Levin called for an investigation into the contents of President Barack Obama's daily intelligence briefings that warned of the Islamic State's (ISIS) rise years ago--a claim substantiated by Obama's own national security staff in comments to the Daily Mail. "He was aware of all of it, if he had read his intelligence briefings," said Levin. "He is the commander-in-chief. The reason they put together that daily intelligence briefing--Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, and sometimes two or three times a day,…
  • Paul Ryan 'Dumbfounded' by Obama Intel Briefing Revelation

    1 Oct 2014 | 4:29 pm
    Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) said on Wednesday that he was "dumbfounded" by the recent Government Accountability Institute (GAI) report that revealed President Barack Obama has attended just 42% of his daily intelligence briefings. "I am dumbfounded at that statistic," said Ryan. Fox host Brian Kilmeade asked Ryan what the advantage of an oral briefing is compared to simply reading it. Ryan said the key is to get both. "What I do is, I go down to the reading room in a classified room, I read the briefs, and then I go and get intelligence officers and pick and prod on them with questions. The key is,…
  • Nancy Pelosi Chides Reporter for Using Term 'Illegal Aliens'

    1 Oct 2014 | 2:09 pm
    House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi took issue with the term “illegal aliens” during a Wednesday press conference. Reacting to a question from a reporter about whether President Obama’s planned executive actions should also deal with Iraqis living illegally in the United States, Pelosi corrected the reporter who used the term “illegal aliens.” “Are you referring to undocumented people who are in the United States?” Pelosi questioned. “Illegal aliens, yes ma’am,” the reporter responded. “Undocumented people, OK,” Pelosi…
 
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    Beppe Grillo's Blog

  • Renzie’s #SfasciaItalia “smash up Italy” decree

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:33 am
    watch the video Here we are. The threat we’ve been dreading has arrived. And it’s up to each one of us to block it, to fight it, and to win. The “unblock Italy” decree that is really the “smash up Italy” decree has recently got to the Lower House. With five big, enormous, black holes, it is threatening the Italy of our dreams, the 5 Star Italy: Environment, Water in public hands, Renewable energy, Zero Refuse, and Connectivity. And yet, in this decree there’s drilling, incineration, pollution, easy-to-win tenders, citizens that get overlooked by central powers, by lobbies that…
  • The masters return

    30 Sep 2014 | 10:11 am
    In the 1960s there were extremisms on opposing sides. Today there are fascist agreements Take away minimum rights from workers to get the economy going again? Just imagine the laughter - from Marchionne and Carrai... Oh master with your beautiful white trousersshell out the cashshell out the cashOh master with your beautiful white trousersshell out the cash so we can go homeExcuse us, oh master that we are causing you stress,this is the first time;Excuse us. oh master that we are causing you stress,this is the first time; we didn’t know how to go about thingsOh master with your beautiful…
  • Passaparola - Letter to Pope Francis - "A. Provolo" Association for the Deaf

    29 Sep 2014 | 10:50 am
    Letter to Pope Francis 09:00 For more than a Century the Antonio Provolo Ecclesiastical Institute of Verona has ensured a brighter future for deaf and dumb children, helping them in their studies and entering the job market, but some terrible things have happened in that building: priests and religious brothers sexually abused more than 60 boys and girls who were living at the Institute but now, more than thirty years later, they have mustered the strength to report what happened. The abuse that they are now talking about apparently went on for at least thirty years, right through to 1984. As…
  • Cemetery factories

    28 Sep 2014 | 7:55 am
    The government is doing everything it can to eliminate the unemployment problem and the lack of work. The solution is simple. You just have to eliminate the workers. In recent days the publication giving information about deaths at work (we could call them pre-announced homicides given the failure to apply safety regulations) has turned into a war bulletin. It’s one of Renzie’s few successes. A great +7.1% increase in the number of deaths in relation to the same period in 2013. 489 deaths up until now, and he is thinking about the abolition of article 18... Factories transformed into…
  • Ben Hur Grillo - video message from Circus Maximus for #Italia5Stelle

    27 Sep 2014 | 3:54 am
    Click here to see the video with subtitles on Beppe Grillo’s Youtube channel "Romulus and Remus, Numa Pompilius, Tullus Hostilius, Ancus Marcius. Here were the races, the chariot races! Ancus Marcius, Lucius Tarquinius Superbus. 250,000 people came to the Circus Maximus from all over the known world to see the great chariots. Tarquinius! Where are you Tarquinius? Here there was trading, they had encounters, people who came together and had events. That’s what we want to do: to meet the people of the world. Come here and ask us questions. Ask the parliamentarians! You can ask anything you…
 
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    Cato @ Liberty

  • Cargill v. Syngenta: Biotechnology and Trade

    Daniel R. Pearson
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Daniel R. Pearson On September 12, Cargill, a major commodity trading and processing firm, filed a lawsuit in a Louisiana state court against Syngenta Seeds for selling genetically engineered MIR 162 (also known as “Agrisure Viptera®”) seed corn to farmers. China has not yet approved importation of corn containing MIR 162, so U.S. exports to that country of corn and corn products have come to a halt. Demand for U.S. corn has fallen. Cargill believes its losses exceed $90 million.  Syngenta’s view?  “Syngenta believes that the lawsuit is without merit and strongly upholds…
  • Little Evidence Supports the FDA's Proposed Food Label Rules

    Matthew Feeney
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:32 am
    Matthew Feeney In the upcoming issue of Regulation magazine, Robert Scharff, associate professor in the Department of Consumer Sciences at the Ohio State University, and Sherzod Abdukadirov, research fellow in the Regulatory Studies Program at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, argue that the FDA’s two proposed rules on food nutrition labeling are supported by little evidence and should be scrapped. The food labeling rule would, as Scharff and Abdukadirov explain, result in a number of changes “involving both formatting and content changes to labels, increases in…
  • Obama Puts Americans at Risk: ISIL’s Neighbors Should Eliminate the "Caliphate"

    Doug Bandow
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:13 am
    Doug Bandow President Barack Obama is channeling George W. Bush in launching a new Mideast war. Why is Washington involved?  The Islamic State is evil, but the organization’s raison d’etre is establishing a Middle Eastern caliphate, or quasi-state, not terrorizing Americans. In fact, grabbing territory provided the United States with a target for retaliation in response to any attack, something lacking with al-Qaeda.  The murder of two Americans captured in the region was horrid but opportunistic. Morally abominable, yes. Cause for war, no. Washington has never had much success…
  • Washington Should Recognize India as an Emerging Great Power

    Doug Bandow
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:36 am
    Doug Bandow Before becoming prime minister, India’s Narendra Modi was barred from receiving a visa to visit the United States.  A rising leader in the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), he was tied to deadly sectarian violence. But now he leads one of Asia’s most important powers and the Obama administration is rolling out the red carpet. India long was ruled by the dynastic India National Congress Party, which enshrined dirigiste economics as the state’s secular religion.  Eventually, however, reality seeped into New Delhi. The Congress Party liberalized the…
  • China Celebrates an Anniversary of Its Dictatorship

    David Boaz
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    David Boaz Today the People’s Republic of China is celebrating the 65th anniversary of its founding on October 1, 1949, which is likely to produce even bigger crowds of protesters in Hong Kong demanding democracy. China’s opposition to democracy in Hong Kong and in China itself is not just the recalcitrance of cranky old men. It’s part of the Chinese Communist state’s founding mission.  Take the speech of Mao Zedong on July 1, 1949, as his Communist armies neared victory. The speech was titled, “On the People’s Democratic Dictatorship.”…
 
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    A View from the Right

  • Suicide of a Nation

    sirrahc
    28 Sep 2014 | 10:06 am
    It happened again. I realized early this week that I was not going to be able to finish “To Impeach or Not to Impeach” in time to publish on Sunday as planned. This time, I am travelling out of state to spend several days with my brother and his family. (I think that’s a pretty […]
  • There Should Be No U.S. Citizens Fighting as Jihadists

    sirrahc
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:14 pm
    The title above makes what seems like an obvious statement. Yet, they exist, and they travel using U.S. passports. A recent email from Michele Bachmann reminded me, “Currently, Americans fighting with terrorists abroad are allowed free access to re-enter the United States, as some already have! They are likely put on a terror watch list […]
  • To Impeach or Not to Impeach, part 2

    sirrahc
    21 Sep 2014 | 4:22 pm
    “[S]ome provision should be made for defending the community against the incapacity, negligence, or perfidy of the chief magistrate. He might pervert his administration into a scheme of peculation [i.e., embezzlement] or oppression. He might betray his trust to foreign powers.”  — James Madison, during the debates of the Constitutional Convention (1787) In Part 1 […]
  • Of Rattlesnakes and Unity

    sirrahc
    14 Sep 2014 | 6:49 pm
    I had originally intended this post to be a continuation of “To Impeach or Not to Impeach”. But, unfortunately, I did not get as much done on it this week as I had hoped. (I blame Facebook.) As I worked on Part 2 — which may expand into a Part 3 — tonight, I realized […]
  • To Impeach or Not to Impeach, part 1

    sirrahc
    7 Sep 2014 | 4:09 pm
    “The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”  — U.S. Constitution, Article II, Section 4 Should President Barack Obama be impeached? A lot of people seem to think so. There have been […]
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    Sapphire Wire

  • SapphireWire Podcast – Episode 3 – Strippergate

    Kyle
    23 Sep 2014 | 9:51 pm
    In this episode, Lisa & Kyle discuss Strippergate – the big news this week in the Kansas Governor’s race. Also, another Gubernatorial debate, with the debut of the Libertarian candidate. Preview this episode now: Listen to this episode now: Get The SapphireWire Podcast To Go: Download Episode (mp3) | iTunes | RSS | Stitcher Radio Links to topics covered in this episode: The Politico story that started all the fuss: Kansas gubernatorial candidate addresses 1990s strip club incident Video of the September 19th Gubernatorial debate in Overland Park The post SapphireWire Podcast –…
  • SapphireWire Podcast – Episode 2

    Kyle
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:29 pm
    In this episode, we listen to and dissect political ads from the Kansas Gubernatorial and US Senate races. As promised, all of the ads we discuss in this episode are embedded below. Preview this episode now: Listen to this episode now: Get The SapphireWire Podcast To Go: Download Episode (mp3) | iTunes | RSS | Stitcher Radio Watch the ads discussed in this episode: The post SapphireWire Podcast – Episode 2 appeared first on Sapphire Wire.
  • SapphireWire Podcast – Episode 1

    Kyle
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:10 pm
    In the inaugural episode of the SapphireWire Podcast, Lisa & Kyle discuss the week in Kansas politics, including a recap of the Kansas Gubernatorial and US Senate debates at the Kansas State Fair – who won, who lost, and missed opportunities. Download Episode (mp3) | iTunes | RSS | Stitcher Radio The post SapphireWire Podcast – Episode 1 appeared first on Sapphire Wire.
  • A Better Way Forward

    Lisa Johnston
    21 Feb 2013 | 12:44 am
    Reviewing problems is a useful exercise but channeling this information into recommendations is the key to progress. This is my focus today. While this post does not include an exhaustive list of all improvements that we should consider as a party, I have outlined some of the most critical that I feel deserve immediate attention. End “Friendly Fire” When it comes to backing candidates, we could learn a thing or two from our competitors. They will support candidates who have made ridiculous, over the top statements (e.g., Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock). They will support folks who are…
  • My Political Hiatus and Our Party Problems (Part 5)

    Lisa Johnston
    13 Feb 2013 | 1:00 am
    Before I launch into Part 5, I want to say I truly appreciate the supportive calls, emails, and messages I have received. It is clear that many individuals share some of my concerns but do not feel they can speak out publicly. Additionally, I appreciate those who have spoken out to add alternative views as vigorous debate is important for working through any issue. I also want to give a special thank you to those who have publicly shared their own thoughts and examples that echo my concerns. This is not easy and I appreciate your courageous candor. Once again, as with all of my posts, Part 5…
 
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    Fair Observer

  • War Reporters: In Harm’s Way

    Anthony Feinstein
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:38 am
    Why do war correspondents take the risks they do, and how do they cope with them? The persona of the war reporter is well established. These men and women occupy a unique niche in the media – a small, intrepid group whose high public profile is given a vast stage by a world perpetually in […] The post War Reporters: In Harm’s Way appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • By-Polls: The Message for Modi

    Mayank Singh
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Will Narendra Modi live up to the heightened expectations? India’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) can ignore its defeat in the by-polls only to its peril. The loss of the BJP ally Apna Dal’s seat in the state assembly to the Samajwadi Party is particularly galling. The assembly is in Varanasi, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s parliamentary constituency. The […] The post By-Polls: The Message for Modi appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Education in Kurdistan: A Lost Cause?

    Aras Ahmed Mhamad
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:50 am
    From child education all the way to university level, the curriculum in Iraqi Kurdistan is outdated. A modern education system facilitates development, prosperity and peace. A good education raises awareness, increases tolerance and helps to create broadminded, creative and productive individuals. However, when looking at the Middle East and Iraq in particular, the blatant neglect […] The post Education in Kurdistan: A Lost Cause? appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Fair Observer: Best of the Month

    Fair Observer
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:21 am
    Pro-democracy protests are raging in Hong Kong, as life in the city has come to a standstill. This month, the United Nations hosted its annual jamboree in New York. The focus was on the 2014 Climate Summit and 100 Heads of State and Government attended it. More than 800 leaders from business and civil society […] The post Fair Observer: Best of the Month appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • The $300 Billion Question

    Donald Marron
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:58 pm
    How should Congress budget for federal lending programs? Lending programs create special challenges for federal budgeting. So special, in fact, that the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates their budget effects two different ways. According to official budget rules, taxpayers will earn more than $200 billion over the next decade from new student loans, mortgage guarantees […] The post The $300 Billion Question appeared first on Fair Observer.
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    The one About

  • Puffere cu serpentina de calitate

    26 Sep 2014 | 5:11 am
    Centrala termica pare ca nu isi mai face treaba ca inainte? Vrei sa ai apa calda mai repede la robinet si sa fie cald in casa mai repede si mai usor? Atunci ai nevoie de un puffer pentru instalatia ta termica. Pufferul nu e altceva decat un rezervor unde se acumuleaza apa calda care vine de la centrala. Agentul termic se elibereaza treptat si sporeste confortul din locuinta. De aici si reducerea de combustibil si autonomia crescuta, dar si reducerea de noxe emanate in aerul din incapere. De asemenea, cazanele vor rezista mai bine si mai mult spre deosebire de instalatiile de incalzire fara…
  • Un mic accident

    26 Sep 2014 | 5:09 am
    Coprezentatoarea emisiunii “Splash! Vedete la apa” a suferit un grav accident domestic. Intr-un moment de neatentie, roscata s-a impiedecat de un umeras care i-a spintecat piciorul. Bianca Dragusanu a marturisit si a povestit intregul eveniment nefericit, dar si multe alte subiecte in cadrul emisiunii “Acces Direct”, la Antena 1. Fosta roscata, actuala blonda, a marturisit ca in momentul accidentarii era o zi de duminica, iar ea a inceput sa faca curat in camera sa. Bianca spune ca una dintre cauzele accidentarii a fost faptul ca ea este zodia Peste, iar pestii au coada, nu picioare,…
  • Tricouri barbatesti must have

    22 Sep 2014 | 7:52 am
    Imaginea clasica a barbatului rebel si sexy abia trezit din somn si imbracat intr-o pereche de jeansi uzati si in tricou a facut inconjurul cinematografiei si este deja o imagine iconica. De aici si ideea ca un barbat arata cel mai bine in tricou si jeansi si ca ar trebui sa luam mult mai in serios alegerile pe care le facem atunci cand vine vorba despre alegerea tricourilor pentru garderoba proprie.De la un obiect de lenjerie (si ma refer aici la tricourile simple, mulate sau chiar si mai largi) pana la un obiect vestimentar folosit la munci mai active si dinamice, astazi tricoul - in…
  • 10 ciudatenii care ne pot afecta luarea unei decizii

    22 Sep 2014 | 7:47 am
    Ritmul muzicii din fundal. Nu ar trebui sa asculti Nirvana cand studiezi sau sa dansezi cand incerci sa gandesti. Asta spune teoria. Ascultarea unei muzici alerte in timp ce inveti ori vrei sa iei o decizie importanta este o idee foarte proasta. Stiinta spune contrariul. Un ritm alert al muzicii te poate ajuta sa iei decizii mai rapide si mai bune decat atunci cand asculti muzica lenta, de obicei clasica.Un studiu din ianuarie 2009 a examinat ce efecte au ritmurile diferite ale muzicii asupra performantei si luarea deciziilor. Rezultatele au fost fara echivoc. Participantii care au ascultat o…
  • Rafturi de cea mai buna calitate

    17 Sep 2014 | 3:47 am
    Inscriptionarea pieselor din mase plastice se poate efectua fie direct din scula, fie aplicandu-se ornamente din metal (aluminiu, otel laminat etc.) sau din masa plastica, motiv pentru care este bine ca atunci cand doriti sa realizati rafturi depozitare, sa utilizati plasticul. Inscriptionarea din scula se realizeaza fie prin efecte speciale, adica prin joc de umbra si lumina care se realizeaza prin portiuni alternante de suprafete mate si lucioase, sau prin alternari de suprafete striate cu portiuni mate, sau caserate si multe altele.Rafturile de depozitare indiferent ca le utilizam la o…
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    FactCheck.org

  • Settling the Dust in Arkansas

    Robert Farley
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:50 pm
    The Arkansas Senate race continues to be fertile ground for fact-checkers. Sen. Mark Pryor tries to make political hay out of agricultural dust by distorting the facts in a new TV ad, while Republicans manufacture a bogus jobs claim against the Democratic senator. Taking a page out of the Republican “small government” playbook, Pryor takes credit for halting an Environmental Protection Agency attempt to regulate farm dust. But in Pryor’s example of federal over-regulation, the EPA is a straw man; it was merely conducting a routine mandatory review and never seriously…
  • Black Lung Battle in West Virginia

    Lori Robertson
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Republican Evan Jenkins claims Democratic Rep. Nick Rahall “cut black lung benefits,” in an ad that fires back after Rahall claimed Jenkins pledged to “take away” black lung benefits from coal miners. We already said Rahall’s ad was deceptive, but Jenkins’ response is misleading. Jenkins’ ad refers to a 1981 bill that was intended to shore up the financing of the program by doubling the excise tax on coal. It did tighten eligibility requirements for future applicants, but it didn’t cut the amount paid to those then receiving such benefits. It was…
  • Cherry-Picking Salary Data in Oregon

    Robert Farley
    26 Sep 2014 | 3:17 pm
    An ad from Republican Monica Wehby cherry-picks data to make the case that Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley is “paying the women on his staff thousands less than their male counterparts.” Actually, in 2013, women earned about 97 cents for every dollar earned by men in Merkley’s office, without accounting for job title, years of experience or other variables. Wehby uses data on less than a third of the staff over a shorter time period to make her claim. The ad features a chart that highlights average salaries for men and women with three job descriptions — legislative assistant,…
  • Abortion Distortions 2014

    Brooks Jackson
    26 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Summary In the 2014 fight for control of Congress, Democrats are sometimes using a tactic they’ve used before: Falsifying or exaggerating the positions their Republican opponents have taken on abortion. The real contrast between the parties on this polarizing issue is stark enough: Democrats tend to favor a legal right to abortion, and Republicans tend to oppose it. But in a number of TV ads we’ve seen running in September, the divide is made to seem wider than it really is. An ad in Virginia falsely accuses GOP House candidate Barbara Comstock of seeking to make abortions illegal…
  • FactChecking the Arkansas Senate Race

    Eugene Kiely
    26 Sep 2014 | 11:15 am
    The Arkansas Senate race between Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor and Republican Rep. Tom Cotton began for us in June 2013 — just six months into the new Congress — with an article that carried the headline “It’s Groundhog Day for Fact-Checkers.” It hasn’t gotten much better for fact-checkers since then. The race — which remains a toss-up by virtually all accounts — has been our most fact-checked campaign of the 2014 congressional elections. Here are some of our findings: Illegal Immigration and Border Security Claim: Pryor voted “against a…
 
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    Real Clear Liberty Network

  • America’s Education Battlefield

    Alan Caruba
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:34 am
    The 2010 introduction of Common Core, a set of requirements for what elementary and secondary school children should know in math and English language arts, has turned schools in one state after another into battlefields as its complexity and other factors led to protests against it. Even so, by mid-2014, a NBC/Wall Street Journal poll […]
  • The U.S. is Becoming a Weaker Nation

    Alan Caruba
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:46 pm
      The news that the U.S. Air Force, joined at long last by some of the Arab nations most threatened by the Islamic State (ISIS), began bombing their headquarters and military sites in Syria was long overdue, but welcome. It took time because Obama had originally dismissed ISIS as a threat. It no doubt took […]
  • More Misguided Spending Won’t Deter ISIS

    Michael R. Shannon
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:40 pm
    Our famously detached president has recently decided to become very hands-on in the application of air power. Obama, like LBJ in Vietnam, is personally choosing the targets where he will employ U.S. aircraft. The first display of Air Force One might that we have the figures on was a $700,000 close-support effort in Denver for […]
  • THE BIGGEST PEACEFUL COUP IN WORLD HISTORY

    Guest
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:48 pm
      THE AMERICAN MIDDLE CLASS IS ALMOST GONE. By: Al Cronkrite The culture of the United States of America is beginning to adjust to the new economic status brought on by the trade treaties and the world government legislation passed by our elected officials. The vibrant middle class that was a Hallmark of the nation […]
  • DIVIDED WE STAND: A TRADITIONAL MANIFESTO

    Guest
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:40 pm
      By: Selwyn Duke Conservatives are generally very nice people — who never saw a culture war they couldn’t lose. That is to say, we often hear cracks about how Barack Obama and his ilk may “evolve” on issues, but conservatives exhibit that tendency, too, and their evolution goes something like this: “Marriage is between […]
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    Kamikaze Earth

  • In Times of War

    zimko
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:01 pm
    IN TIMES OF WARThe other day I had saw an old friend of mine and it was a terrible thing.  When I was sure it was him I took cover behind a tank that was constructed entirely with 12-packs of Mountain Dew, which was apparently sold best in tank form. I hid behind the thing like a cowardly deserter and was ready to set my basket right where I stood and casually beat it out of there.  My old friend drifted lazily away with his cart and I briskly left the store, cursing and looking back at the abandoned basket.I had not wanted to talk to this friend because his well adjusted eyes…
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    opposingviews.com

  • Hong Kong Could Lead The Way To Protests In U.S., Other Nations

    Will Hagle
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:16 pm
    Hong Kong Could Lead The Way To Protests In U.S., Other Nations Hong Kong Could Lead The Way To Protests In U.S., Other Nations Has Been Optimized The protests against the Chinese government currently taking place in Hong Kong are relatively unprecedented. The protests have escalated to a point that demanded a response from authorities on the Chinese mainland and in Hong Kong. Even more citizens are expected to flood the streets on Wednesday, a national holiday and day off work.  The civil disobedience and political dissent being expressed by Hong Kong student citizens quickly captivated…
  • California Sets Date For Election To Replace State Senator Convicted Of Fraud, Perjury

    Jared Keever
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:55 am
    California Sets Date For Election To Replace State Senator Convicted Of Fraud, Perjury California Election Will Replace State Senator Rod Wright California Sets Date For Special Election To Fill Rod Wright's State Senate Seat California Sets Date For Election To Replace State Senator Convicted Of Fraud, Perjury Headlines Politics Not Optimized California Gov. Jerry Brown has set dates for a special election meant to decide a replacement for former state Sen. Roderick Wright, who resigned from office last week.  Brown set a primary election date of Dec. 9 which will be followed by a…
  • Fox News Host, Viewers Prep for ISIS Invasion of U.S. (Video)

    Michael Allen
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:35 pm
    Fox News Host, Viewers Prep for ISIS Invasion of U.S. (Video) Fox News Host, Viewers Prep for ISIS Invasion of U.S. (Video) Politics TV Weird News Jeanine Pirro Has Been Optimized Fox News "Justice With Judge Jeanine" host Jeanine Pirro warned her viewers last night about a possible upcoming invasion by the Middle East terrorist group ISIS on U.S. soil.According to RawStory.com, Pirro interviewed a former Navy SEAL who told viewers how to “protect themselves against terrorist attacks on our own soil.” Towards the end of her show, Pirro read responses by Fox News viewers (video below), who…
  • Hong Kong Protests Challenge Chinese Authority

    Will Hagle
    29 Sep 2014 | 3:48 pm
    Hong Kong Protests Challenge Chinese Authority Hong Kong Protests Challenge Chinese Authority Has Been Optimized Hong Kong's 1997 transition of power from British to Chinese rule was peaceful and expected. It resulted in Hong Kong's recognition as a Special Administrative region, free to continue operating under its own capitalist economic system and political structure. An increasing number of Hong Kong citizens feel that their democracy is being threatened by the Chinese government, joining the  students that started protests against the central authority of Beijing. The protests…
  • Government Spent $300K To Study 'How Humans Interact With Bicycles’

    Sarah Fruchtnicht
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:11 am
    Government Spent $300K To Study 'How Humans Interact With Bicycles’ $300K Government-Funded Bicycle Design Study Under Scrutiny Feds Spend $300K To Study Bicycle Designs Government Spent $300K To Study 'How Humans Interact With Bicycles’ Science Not Optimized The National Science Foundation study on how “humans interact with bicycles” is being blasted by the House Science, Space, and Technology Committee. The study which lasted from October 2009 to June 2013 was designed to probe “deeper questions” about how people control bicycles and distinguishing their “desired…
 
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    The Recovering Politician

  • Will Meyerhofer: A Bucket of Cockroaches

    Will Meyerhofer
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    My client – a second year corporate associate working in a foreign office – compared remaining at her biglaw firm to eating cockroaches. “You know, on one of those reality game shows where they dare you to eat a bucket of cockroaches and they’ll pay you a million bucks if you do.” I requested she elaborate. “My point is, at some juncture you stop and think – and this is probably a rational part of your brain: Hell, for a million bucks, I’ll do it. I mean, for a million bucks, you’ll do anything, so long as you can get it over with in a minute or two. The plan is to keep…
  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: Affirmation of the Day

    John Y. Brown III
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Affirmation for the Day Today I will be the dopest and illest me I can be. Is it just me or does Panera Bread coffee taste superisingly bad? Just my opinon but I suggest they get rid of the current coffee guy and let the person who makes their pasteries start making the coffee too. EDITOR’S NOTE: As always, John Y. Brown III is dead wrong. Panera hazelnut coffee is quite delicious. And superisingly is not a word. JYB III is a left-wing neo-con anti-Semitic Zionist anti-barista anti-dentite
  • Lauren Mayer: Musical Peaceniks, 21st Century Style

    Lauren Mayer
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:30 am
    Even those of you not old enough to remember the 1960s have heard of the various counter-culture movements – anti-war demonstrations, hippies at Woodstock, ‘never-trust-anyone-over-30,’ and so on.  (I was in elementary school, so I wasn’t old enough for any of the really wild stuff.  My counter-culture activities were confined to teaching myself the guitar chords for “Where Have All The Flowers gone?” and macrame-ing myself a belt for my bell-bottoms.  But I digress . . . ) Music, politics and comedy were also combined frequently, from The Smothers…
  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: Product

    John Y. Brown III
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Tonight for the first time in my life –and at the considerable age of 51 — I bought and used “Product.” For my hair. The friendly and talkative hair stylist kept asking me what kind of “product” I used and I politely explained I had never used product before and wouldn’t need any, thank you. But she persisted. Finally, she had me pull out my phone and Google Patrick Dempsey (who is an actor and plays a character named Dr McDreamy in Grey’s Anatomy) and told me that with the right product I could look like him. “His hair,” she…
  • Erica and Matt Chua: Traveling with Allergies

    Erica and Matt Chua
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    I had only one goal for India: survive.  Hours after I wanted to be in a hospital, between gasps for air, I wondered if my goal of survival was too ambitious.  The trip between Agra and Varanasi started well enough.  We had reserved beds in an air conditioned sleeper car, complete with fresh linen that was Four Seasons compared to our crowded and sweaty, jail-like experience in General Seating.  Shortly after laying down to sleep though the ride took a turn for the worst: I was struggling to breathe. To put it gently, I have terrible allergies.  One could say I’m allergic to life, but…
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    Guernica / A Magazine of Art & Politics

  • Guernica at Brooklyn Book Festival 2014

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

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

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

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

    16 Mar 2014 | 9:14 pm
    This was an age of great social upheaval—desegregation and the beginnings of the Civil Rights Movement, labor issues, the birth of the youth movement, a time when conversation might have opened on any number of relevant and important topics—but in my hometown in the American South, the region of the country known for its storytelling, men rarely said a word.
 
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    Sunshine State News feed

  • Rick Scott and Charlie Crist Become ... Wedding Dresses

    Allison Nielsen
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:25 am
    Gov. Rick Scott and former Gov. Charlie Crist have taken on two new and unexpected forms in the latest ad from the College Republican National Committee -- they're wedding dresses.Paying homage to the hit TLC Show "Say Yes to the Dress," where brides try on, scrutinize and (hopefully) fall in love with potential wedding dresses, the ad contrasts the two politicians as if they were haute bridal couture.read more
  • Amendment 2 on Medical Marijuana Backed by Thad Hamilton

    Kevin Derby
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:53 am
    Thad Hamilton, the Democratic candidate running against Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam, disagrees with his Republican rival on Amendment 2, a proposal to expand medical marijuana use in the Sunshine State. On Wednesday, Putnam strongly attacked the proposal. Hamilton talked to Sunshine State News on Wednesday and said he backed Amendment 2. read more
  • Jeff Atwater Talks About Parental Influence in New Video

    Kevin Derby
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:15 am
    State CFO Jeff Atwater, a solid favorite over Democrat William Rankin in November, showcased a new Web video on Wednesday in which he talks about how his parents have shaped his life. Sorry, you need to install flash to see this content. “My mother and father taught my siblings and me that we have a duty – a responsibility to God, to family, and to country,” said Atwater on Wednesday. “They led by example every day and he expected us to live it out every day, too.”
  • Alan Grayson Draws Fire From Carol Platt in CD 9

    Kevin Derby
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:09 am
    Republican congressional candidate Carol Platt went on the attack on Wednesday, launching a new website attacking U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., on a host of fronts, from domestic violence allegations to his record on foreign policy. “Alan Grayson tries to say that he's a congressman with guts,” Platt said on Wednesday. “The reality is, he's a congressman without honor. His behavior, language and complete disrespect for our district is embarrassing. The voters of our district need to know the truth.read more
  • Adam Putnam and Florida Chamber Take Aim at Amendment 2

    Kevin Derby
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:58 am
    In Central Florida on Wednesday, Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and the Florida Chamber of Commerce came out swinging at Amendment 2, a proposal to expand medical marijuana use in the Sunshine State. read more
 
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    PoliticusUSA

  • Grand Jury Looking Into Michael Brown Shooting Now Being Investigated For Misconduct

    Justin Baragona
    1 Oct 2014 | 4:54 pm
    The St. Louis County Prosecutor's office is now investigating potential misconduct surrounding the grand jury that is currently investigating the shooting of Michael Brown. On August 9th, the unarmed 18-year-old was shot six times by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Alison Lundergan Grimes Deploys Big Dog Bill Clinton in New Knockout Ad

    Sarah Jones
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Alison Lundergan Grimes' (D-KY) campaign released a new 30-second television ad entitled "President Clinton" in which the Big Dog wastes no time letting the people know that being a Senator is about "getting new jobs, contrary to Mitch McConnell's claim. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • GOP Takes One On The Chin As Kansas Court Rules Dems Don’t Need To Name Senate Candidate

    Justin Baragona
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:54 pm
    A Kansas district court ruled on Wednesday that the Democratic Party does not need to name a Senate candidate to take on incumbent Republican Senator Pat Roberts. This decision opens the door for independent candidate Greg Orman to face Roberts in a head-to-head battle. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Fourth Circuit Restores Early Voting and Out of Precinct Voting in North Carolina

    Adalia Woodbury
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:57 pm
    In a 2-1 decision, the Federal Appeals Court for the Fourth Circuit granted a temporary injunction to restore same day registration and out of precinct voting in North Carolina. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Pierson Resigns As President Obama Concludes New Leadership Was Necessary in Secret Service

    Sarah Jones
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:16 pm
    Julia Pierson, Director of the Secret Service, resigned on Wednesday following a hearing into the rash of Secret Service failures, some of which happened before she was directing the agency. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Angry Lebs

  • Gebran Bassil derogatory gesture

    Ang Lebs
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:53 am
    Gebran Bassil, the Lebanese Foreign Minister, while shaking hands with Emirati foreign ministry delegation asked about a woman called Caroline and made a gesture in with his hand which can be translated as “physically attractive female” while describing her to the Emirati foreign minister. M. Bassil, the son of a chauvinist society, made a gesture that not only insulted “Caroline” but the all Lebanese women. Will Bassil apologize? I doubt. As I said he is the son of the Lebanese chauvinist society. Sadly, the majority of Lebanese man are chauvinist. I will let you…
  • Samir Geagea in line with Nusra and ISIS demands

    Ang Lebs
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:24 am
    Samir Geagea, the head of the Lebanese Forces party, a party that suppose to defend Lebanon sovereignty and freedom, tweeted today that one of the solution to free the Lebanese Army soldiers held captive by the terrorists groups Al-Nusra and ISIS is “to take a decision as soon as possible calling for Hezbollah to withdraw its fighters from Syria immediately.” Instead of saying no negotiation with terrorists and the soldiers must be freed immediately, not only Mr. Geagea is abiding by the terrorists demands, he is using the kidnapping of Lebanese Army soldiers to push his own political…
  • Act for the Disappeared during Lebanon civil war

    Ang Lebs
    20 Sep 2014 | 7:21 am
    Tomorrow is the day! Show your support to the families of #missing and visit their weekly sit in in front of grand serail in downtown Beirut from 11 to 4.  
  • The Masquerade of Lebanese Parliamentary Elections

    Ang Lebs
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:12 am
    While many suggest that another extension of Parliament’s term is almost inevitable, the total candidates’ number to the Lebanese Elections 2014 is 514. Right out of the bat, this supposed to be election is a masquerade. – The Lebanese Association for Democratic Elections (LADE) said in their statement yesterday that according to article 50 of the Law 25/2008, 10 candidates, among the 514 hopefuls are officially considered uncontested winners. (LADE official statement in Arabic) – The LADE statement added, the decree failed to provide for the voting of Lebanese expatriates,…
  • Another September 14

    Ang Lebs
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:24 am
    Its September 14. Its our yearly appointment. Both of us far away from the homeland. Both sad and disgusted to where our country ended up. I’m not like others who write pages and pages about you, your character, your dream and vision. On every 14 of September, I have my small chat with you and I remember. I used to renew the promise, but not this year. You have to excuse me not to renew it this year. So let us begin our chat as usual. Bachir: Tell me what happened to our land? Me: What land? The one you loved and gave your life for? The 10452 Square Km? The one you dreamed about…
 
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    BuzzFeed - Politics

  • Antiwar Activists, 9/11 Truthers Gather In Tehran For Anti-Zionist Conference

    1 Oct 2014 | 3:03 pm
    Everyone from Code Pink’s Medea Benjamin to French comedian Dieudonné M’bala M’bala. instagram.com WASHINGTON — A number of American and European antiwar activists and conspiracy theorists have gathered in Tehran for a conference aimed at addressing supposed Zionist control of the United States, according to Iranian press reports and the Anti-Defamation League. Code Pink chief Medea Benjamin, journalist and former Cambodian genocide denier Gareth Porter, conspiracy journalist and 9/11 truther Wayne Madsen, and PressTV contributor Kevin Barrett are all reportedly…
  • TN Democratic Senate Candidate: Campaign Plagiarism "Laughable Situation," Report A "Hatchet Job"

    1 Oct 2014 | 2:53 pm
    “We’ve adopted ideas from people as diverse from Rand Paul to Elizabeth Warren.” Gordon Ball U.S. Senate / Via Facebook: gordonballsenate Tennessee Democratic Senate candidate Gordon Ball says BuzzFeed News' report he plagiarized nearly his entire website from various politicians is "a hatchet job" and "a laughable situation." Ball dismissed calls from Tennessee Republican Party Chairman Chris Devaney for him to drop out of the race. "It's a laughable situation," Ball said in an interview with Fox13. "We've adopted ideas from people as diverse from Rand Paul to…
  • Secret Service Director Resigns Amid Mounting Criticism

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Julia Pierson will be replaced by Joseph Clancy, a retired director of the Secret Service’s presidential protection division. Kevin Lamarque / Reuters WASHINGTON — Julia Pierson, the embattled director of the United States Secret Service, resigned Wednesday. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson announced the resignation and said Joseph Clancy — a former director of the Secret Service's presidential protection division — will become acting interim director of the agency. Clancy currently serves as director of security for Comcast, the cable provider. Johnson also…
  • College Republicans Make "Say Yes To The Dress" Parodies For Bunch Of Governor Races

    1 Oct 2014 | 10:27 am
    “It’s our goal to start the conversation by presenting ourselves in a culturally relevant way,” College Republican National Committee chair Alex Smith told the Wall Street Journal . Florida youtube.com Pennsylvania youtube.com Michigan youtube.com Illinois youtube.com View Entire List ›
  • Wisconsin Gubernatorial Race Features Dueling Plagiarism Ads

    1 Oct 2014 | 9:41 am
    In August, Wisconsin lost 4,300 jobs. That’s why in September, Scott Walker is attacking my jobs plan, saying it takes ideas from other states. Well, of course it does…” The Associated Press Steve Marcus / Reuters Dueling TV ads in closely-watched Wisconsin gubernatorial contest are battling over Democratic candidate Mary Burke's jobs plan. Republicans in the state have seized on the large portions of plagiarized text in Burke's jobs plan and now Burke is fighting back with a new TV ad attempting to define the issue on her own terms. "In August, Wisconsin lost 4,300…
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    visionandvalues.org

  • The Scandal Continues: President Obama’s Skipped Intelligence Briefings

    Paul G. Kengor
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:03 pm
    Two years ago, I wrote about a scandalous presidential reality. I’d say I’m shocked to report that the scandal continues, but I’m not. And that’s even more scandalous. In October 2012, I commented on the revelation that President Obama had been absent from the vast majority of his daily intelligence briefings. According to a then-study by the Government Accountability Institute, Obama failed to attend a single Presidential Daily Brief (PDB) in the week leading up to the recent anniversary of 9/11 and despite the chaos that erupted in the Arab world, most notably in Libya. The mere…
  • Wake Up, Conservatives! Examining Conservative “Support” for Common Core

    R.B.A. Di Muccio
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:36 am
    Most conservatives instinctively and correctly oppose Common Core. The issue becomes muddy when a few high-profile conservatives appear to be in favor of it. Such support provides a bottomless font of schadenfreude for Common Core’s mostly liberal supporters and gives them an effective wedge issue. Therefore, examining conservative “support” for national Common Core standards might be the single most important tactic in the fight against it. Prima facie, this support is based on a simple premise: public education is failing, so we should establish minimal standards that all kids must…
  • The Liberal Religion of “Tolerance”

    Paul G. Kengor
    26 Sep 2014 | 5:23 am
    I’ve said it before, and I’m hardly alone. Many have observed it. Liberals revere tolerance. They practically worship it. It’s like a religion to them. Well, now comes a study that supports the point. A new survey by Pew Research finds that when it comes to teaching children, liberals place a far higher priority on teaching “tolerance” than teaching religion. That liberals do this in schools is abundantly clear, but they apparently do it in their homes as well. In this, Pew finds, liberals are the opposite of conservatives. “The starkest ideological differences [between liberals…
  • Air Power’s Siren Song

    Earl H. Tilford
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:18 am
    In the early morning of September 23, 2014, American air forces—joined by the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Jordan—began striking targets in Syria as part of ongoing operations against the terrorist group ISIS. Nearly a week earlier, September 17, 2014, marked the U.S. Air Force’s 67th anniversary as a separate service. It remains the world’s foremost military instrument capable of striking globally in support of American national security interests. At the conclusion of World War II, the Air Force achieved status as a separate and distinctive military service in…
  • Scotland: May We All Live Free

    Gary L. Welton
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:41 am
    The important cultural analysis by Geert Hofstede, conducted in the 1970s and 80s, and impacting many research paradigms since, concluded that the United States is the most individualistic culture in the world. However, there are a handful of Western countries that approximate our American rugged individualism, including Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom. Along with the U.S., these countries share a legacy of freedom and liberty. The state of New Hampshire tells us, “Live Free or Die,” but this motto reflects the heritage of our entire Western experience. Although we…
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    Politic365

  • Secret Service Boss Takes a Beating After Fifth Security Lapse in Four Years

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    During an appearance on Capitol Hill by Secret Service Director Julia Pierson in front of the House Government Oversight Committee (an appearance in dire need of communications advice), she flatly told onlookers that problems with the agency were “not a pattern.” Rep. Steven Horsford (D-NV) slammed the Secret Service’s “pattern of lax security.” But Director Pierson said there was, “not a pattern.”   Nevermind this conversation goes on with the head of a security team that protects the most threatened U.S. President in history since Abraham Lincoln.
  • Sen. Cory Booker Drops Bill to Sack NFL’s Tax-Exempt Status

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Soooo… the NFL is a “non profit” that makes $9 billion a year.  Now Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) is wondering what Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) has brought up a trillion times before… Why does the NFL have tax exempt status? The Afro American: Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) introduced legislation Sept. 16 which would remove tax-exempt status from the head offices of the National Football League and other professional sports leagues, and redirect funds to support domestic violence programs.  Newark Star Ledger: ”U.S. Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) wants to remove the…
  • SCOTUS Moves to Make Sure People in Ohio Can’t Vote Too Early

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:29 pm
    What did five members of the U.S. Supreme Court do yesterday?  They made sure that voters in Ohio have sss days to vote instead of xxx to vote.  They made sure that no one could vote the Sunday before election day.  They made sure no one started to make sure no one voted today.   The decision ended “golden week” where voters would be allowed to register to vote and then cast a ballot at the same time.  Because we couldn’t have that.   Meanwhile, Ohio Secretary of State John Husted and Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine didn’t even bother wasting time trying to…
  • Do You Understand the Implications of Title II Regulations on Broadband Services?

    Johnathan Burns
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:04 am
    The internet has really taken off in the last five years with the rapid emergence of mobile technology through smart phones, tablets and other devices that allow us the ability to connect to the web anywhere at any time.  And in this “internet age” the term net neutrality has been a highly contested and often time controversial issue with diverging view points across the telecom sector.  While many have heard pundits and legislators utter the phrase net neutrality, unless you are versed or savvy in Federal Communications Commission (FCC) jargon or read up on the latest telecommunication…
  • 20: Next Congress to Have Highest Number of Black Women Ever

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:20 am
    The 114th Congress.  There will likely be five new African American members of Congress in 2015.  All of them will be women.  With that, the 114th Congress is well on track to feature the highest number of African American women than at any other time in American history with a total of 20. The Congressional Black Caucus will have the most members — which is likely to be 46. The five new African American women in Congress are very likely to be: 1. (NJ-12) — Bonnie Watson Coleman is expected to win the seat of retiring Congressman Rush Holt in New Jersey.   2. (NC-12) — In…
 
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    Conservatively Speaking

  • Get Rand Paul a calendar

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

    admin
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:36 pm
    If you’re not an NFL fan, you might not know that this year we encountered the first new NFL player that is openly gay. Michael Sam was drafted by the St. Louis Rams out of the University of Missouri... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • President Obama: Short memory with long term consequences

    admin
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:47 am
    Apparently President Obama doesn’t remember that just a few short years ago Al-Qaeda terrorists killed four Americans in Benghazi, Libya as his Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has announced... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • One more reason not to shop at Target

    admin
    11 Aug 2014 | 3:57 pm
    Executive vice president of Target posted on the company’s blog that, “It is our belief that everyone should be treated equally under the law, and that includes rights we believe individuals should... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Social Security Administration’s $300 Million Debacle

    admin
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:32 am
    The Lois Lerner email debacle is a testament to the government’s inability to manage technology and yet the U.S. government spends more money on technology than any other organization worldwide. If... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Diet Justice Version 5: News

  • Mental Health in the Workplace

    22 Sep 2014 | 6:28 am
    Things have been a bit quiet on here recently. A combination of finishing university, some personal nightmares, and the recent launching of my new business (Duke of Hazard...it's a health and safety company...get it?) have meant my attention has drifted away. However I am going to bring it back, and want to start with a bit about workplace mental health. While developing some new courses on workplace stress and mental health I have been researching workplace absence statistics. You may, or may not, be shocked to discover that workplace stress and mental health is continually one of the…
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    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • Costs vs. Benefits

    Mike Dakkak
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:20 am
    The US has been bombing ISIS targets for the better part of two months. Evidence shows, however, that the successes have been minimal. Making the mission of degrading and destroying ISIS difficult is that they can easily disperse to the civilian population of the towns they control. How do we destroy ISIS if the fighters have withdrawn from the battlefield and into the civilian population? The US has spent more than $500 million on the bombing in the short time that we have been engaged. But so far, successes have not been commensurate with these costs. How are we going to define success in…
  • Here Come the Boots

    Mike Dakkak
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:15 pm
    The news making headlines over the last week has been our military engagement with the extremist group known as ISIS. Specifically, which countries have joined our coalition and what role each will be playing. President Obama has repeatedly said that there will be no boots on the ground. But if you listen closely you’ll hear murmurs of that possibility from other members of our government. How are we defining success against ISIS and what will happen if in order to achieve that success boots on the ground prove necessary? We pose that question and wonder whether the decision to send…
  • Libertarianism’s Opportunity?

    Mike Dakkak
    25 Sep 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Few presidents have had the ability to mobilize the entire nation to sacrifice for a common cause. Few have had the ability rally the American people to strive for a common goal. Present day presidents seem as unable as ever to create an air of national unity. A recent Gallup poll found that 42% percent of Americans identified as political independents, the highest mark ever recorded. Is the inability of present day presidents to unite the country a sign of the times we are living through or is the political landscape of the US shifting? And is there finally becoming room for a viable third…
  • Where is the Congress?

    Mike Dakkak
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:06 pm
    President Obama has asked Congress to grant his administration authorization to arm and train 5,000 Syrian rebels to confront the threat posed by the extremist group, ISIS. Instead of having a thorough debate, Congress tucked the authorization into a spending bill and broke for the November election recess. Has this Congress done enough to deliberate over the question of conflict with ISIS or have they punted on the issue until after elections? A more vigorous debate has been unofficially scheduled for December but why are so many of our elected officials so eager to avoid going on the record…
  • Tax Inversions and Corporations

    Mike Dakkak
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:06 am
    Does a corporation’s have a duty to the community it serves? Does it owe anything to the country in which it was founded? A corporation’s sole duty and responsibility is to maximize profits for its owners and shareholders. Do we, as a nation, want it any other way? Companies have been inverting (switching their tax addresses to foreign countries) to avoid paying taxes in the US. Is this unpatriotic as President Obama has called it or fair play? Where does the line lay between protecting the free market and the national interest, and whose responsibility is it to guard that line?
 
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    US Daily Review

  • Another Blow to the Secret Service

    kprice
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:33 pm
    US News and World Reports on the latest resignation:     The woman brought in to help restore the tarnished image of the Secret Service, rocked by scandal in recent years but particularly this past week, resigned on Wednesday. Thirty-year veteran special agent Julia Pierson was the first female director of the elite agency, which had been hampered by reports of inappropriate behavior and security shortfalls in recent years. But Pierson herself was forced to resign following a string of incidents indicating serious negligence among on-duty protective officers. “I think it’s in…
  • Who Would You Pick, Obama or Derek Jeter?

    brionnamuyco
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:05 pm
    By Wayne Allyn Root, Special for USDR     Jeter’s 5 world championships, 200 record-setting postseason hits, and the streak of 20 straight years of being a winner in virtually every game he played in…     Versus…     Obama.       Has America been a champion in anything, on any day in past 6 years of Obama’s presidency?   Has our economy been a winner in any category for 6 straight years?       Have we been a leader in middle class job creation in any day in 6 straight years (as opposed to the few crappy low-wage,…
  • Why Crony Capitalists Support Minimum Wage Increases

    kprice
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:43 pm
    By Kevin Price, Publisher and Editor in Chief of US Daily Review. His most recent column in the Huffington Post.     Many policy makers seem to live in a dream world. “It is terrible that the working poor have to live on such a low minimum wage,” they say. They address this problem by arbitrarily raising the minimum wage, although many jobs are worth less than the amount they set. This leads to employers laying off many of the people this policy was intended to help. Fundamentally, most policy makers have failed to realize that those who are impacted by laws, respond to…
  • A Troubling Anniversary for the Affordable Care Act

    brionnamuyco
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:25 pm
    By USDR     House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-TX) says one year after a disastrous rollout, the Affordable Care Act still isn’t ready. “Today, Americans were supposed to be able to enroll in an Affordable Care Act plan for the second year, but the opening of 2015 enrollment was delayed till after the mid-term elections to avoid consumers finding out that much of the backend of Healthcare.gov still doesn’t work, and that they may face higher premiums and a more narrow network.     “As the broken promises mount – from your…
  • Millennial Small Business Owners Most Optimistic and Likely to Hire

    tacharya@usdailyreview.com
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Photo by reynermedia       By USDR    Millennial small business owners are feeling the most positive about running and growing their business in today’s economy, according toCapital One’s second quarter Spark Business Barometer.   It is a quarterly survey measuring the economic perceptions and financial conditions of small business owners, and gauging sentiment on top issues and trends impacting small businesses today.   The nationwide survey revealed that overall small business sentiment is up – with 39 percent of all small business owners reporting a…
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    The American Patriot

  • Which is why I do not consider myself a Republican

    The American Patriot
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:30 pm
    HotAir.com has a poll out that basically says that the majority of Republicans consider themselves to be “hawks” when it comes to foreign policy. Which is why I do not consider myself a Republican or a hawk. When they say “hawk”, they really mean neoconservative; when it comes to foreign policy — or if you want a more proper term — a supporter of Wilsonian foreign policy. I am neither of these; I am not for fighting armchair general wars, I am not for fighting wars that really have no real stated goal or clear mission. The truth is that ISIS was direct…
  • The American Spectator surrenders to terrorists

    The American Patriot
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:07 am
    Popehat has the scoop on it. To those criticizing it, I simply ask you this; are you going to pay their attorney fees? If not, shut up. The same people who criticize are the same ones who would not lift a finger of financial support to the magazine.  Those people have zero right to gripe at all.  
  • James A. Traficant, Jr. – Hero to the common man, dead at age 73

    The American Patriot
    27 Sep 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Some sad news to report: YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - CLEVELAND (AP) – James Traficant, the colorful Ohio politician whose conviction for taking bribes and kickbacks made him only the second person to be expelled from Congress since the Civil War, died Saturday. He was 73. Traficant was seriously injured Tuesday after a vintage tractor flipped over on him as he tried to park it inside a barn on the family farm near Youngstown. He died four days later in a Youngstown hospital, said Dave Betras, chairman of the Mahoning County Democratic Party. via James A. Traficant, Jr. – Hero to the common…
  • With Audio: Think Ron Paul is wrong about the Fed? Think Again

    The American Patriot
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Many people might think Ron Paul is kooky, when it comes to the Federal Reserve and monetary policy. I think this program here, that covers this issue here; proves that as very wrong. Check out this little program: Blogger reactions: Techdirt, Firedoglake and Capitol Report, Bloomberg View and Hullabaloo (H/T to This American Life Via Memeorandum)
  • Progressive Bloggers not impressed with Joe Biden’s Limousine Liberalism

    The American Patriot
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:01 am
    For the record, I am referring to this here: The sheriffs on both ends of the Roaring Fork Valley expressed their displeasure Sunday about the impact and costs that Vice President Joe Biden’s short visit to Aspen this past weekend placed on their communities and agencies. Helicopters buzzing above Aspen and multiple road closures along Highway 82 and Interstate 70 on Friday and Saturday accompanied Biden’s entourage, which involved a 40-car motorcade and at least nine local law enforcement agencies. Biden, who stayed in town for less than 24 hours, was here to speak at a private event…
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    Conscience of a College Student

  • Inspire Students By Recruiting, Retaining, & Respecting Quality Teachers

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

    Kyle Graczyk
    5 Sep 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Notice: Here's my first regular blog post in quite a while, unaffiliated with the Government Accountability Project or other organizations. I wanted to pick a pertinent topic, and I hope you agree that I have. Enjoy the following article.             Samuel Huntington’s 1996 seminal book The Clash of Civilizations And The Remaking of World Order can be summarized by this brief phrase: “Culture Matters.” Indeed, nothing has changed since the early days of a post-Cold War world—a growing number of people around the globe are developing stronger ties with…
  • Whistleblower Summit For Civil & Human Rights Echoes King's Call For Truth

    Kyle Graczyk
    23 Aug 2014 | 7:34 pm
    Notice: This is my last post on behalf of the Government Accountability Project, which recaps the climax of the campaign that I had the chance to contribute towards. A new post will be released around Labor Day weekend, so keep your eyes peeled at that time. Hope you enjoy this entry. “There comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular but he must take it because conscience tells him it is right.”                       …
  • The Government Accountability Project Launches Campaign To Protect Whistleblowers From Criminal Retaliation

    Kyle Graczyk
    1 Aug 2014 | 7:56 am
    Notice: If you want to learn more about the efforts of the Government Accountability Project (GAP), visit their website here. While I have focused on one of GAP's corporate & financial accountability campaigns, you can find GAP's campaigns in other fields here.               A new GAP campaign seeks to prevent federal and corporate employees from being unjustly embroiled in criminal investigations and prosecutorial referrals as retaliation for blowing the whistle.        In response to whistleblowers disclosing information…
  • The Need To Strengthen Anti-Reprisal Protections Within The SEC Whistleblower Program

    Kyle Graczyk
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:36 am
    Introduction         You all have probably been wondering where the blog posts have been since my last brief entry back in March. Unfortunately, I do not have any at my disposal to post right now. Fortunately, I will be getting back into writing regular entries fairly soon. What I do have today is the first of a series of entries that I have written on behalf of the Government Accountability Project (GAP). I was recruited by GAP to lead a six-week social media & advocacy effort to push the Securities & Exchange Commission (SEC) to strengthen anti-reprisal…
 
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    Compete Pulse

  • Webinar Recap: Getting Mobile Right

    Katie Hrdy
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:04 am
    Millward Brown Digital recently hosted the webinar “Are you Getting Mobile Right?” Chris Collins and Rachel Eisenberg examined the top challenges marketers face when leveraging mobile to drive brand growth and offered insights to help marketers put mobile to its best use within their overall marketing strategies. Why is this important? Mobile now surpasses TV as the most-used screen among multiscreen audiences. Mobile has fundamentally changed the media landscape by increasing the opportunities for marketers to reach their consumers, but many brands are not adapting their marketing plans…
  • Sunday Series: The Guardians Generate Galactic Level Traffic for Marvel.com

    Laura Cantwell
    28 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    Image from: Guardians of the Galaxy / Shutterstock The Book Publishers category did well in August with MoM unique visitors up 25%. Marvel, a popular comic book publisher, experienced a 66% increase in traffic to their website, Marvel.com. This can likely be attributed to the release of their latest film, Guardians of the Galaxy, based on the superhero team of the same name that made their first appearance in Marvel Superheroes #18, penned in 1969. The blockbuster film boasts many accomplishments: it’s the highest grossing film of the year, the biggest August debut of all time, and it’s…
  • The Weekly Compete Pulse

    Laura Cantwell
    27 Sep 2014 | 6:54 am
    Welcome to the weekend! This edition of The Weekly Compete Pulse features five of the most popular digital marketing articles from our feeds this week. The Top 10 Questions Every Brand Must Answer To Grow In 2015 With 2015 around the corner, brands need to ensure they have their priorities in line. Make certain that your brand can answer these top questions for short and long term success. Mythbusters: Digital Media’s Biggest Misconceptions In this piece by Digiday, digital media pioneers and thought leaders respond to the question “What’s something everyone believes about digital media…
  • Smart Marketers Steal

    Laura Cantwell
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:55 am
    Image from: Stealing / Shutterstock You’ve probably heard the phrase “content is king,” but who is king of content? Since creativity is such a critical element of successful marketing strategies, we’ve put together a list of 10 innovative things brands have done to amp up their advertising awesome ideas that you definitely need to steal. 10. Make some noise. Engage your customers with charity. Every year, Guitar Center (this year’s Content Marketing Awards award winner) hosts a drum-off at its various locations across the country. Thousands flood into the stores to support friends…
  • Suck it up! Not only marketing, but consumer experience, drives conversion.

    Alyssa Maine
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:41 am
    Image from: Vacuum / Shutterstock At Millward Brown Digital, we know that driving traffic to your site is no easy task. Between affiliate, search, email and social marketing, consumers are often overloaded with ads, promotions and loyalty programs everywhere they turn. When shopping for a vacuum cleaner, it doesn’t get any easier, as consumers must decide between a variety of products and brands. But once vacuum shoppers land on a branded site, are those marketing efforts influencing a decision to purchase, and perhaps more importantly, is the experience helping to drive conversion? When we…
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    Tea Party 911

  • FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Sheriff Joe Arpaio Coming to Forney

    Jan Shedd
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:49 am
    Kaufman County Tea Party                                                                              KaufmanCountyTParty.org 214.724.0337 RayMyers24@yahoo.com Forney, TX: America’s toughest sheriff, the honorable Joseph M. Arpaio, is coming to Texas and will be the keynote speaker at the Kaufman County Tea Party’s 2014 “Don’t Mess with Texas” Fundraiser and Silent Auction, to be held at the First Baptist Church of Forney on September 20th at 7:00 PM.  In a time when many conservatives are intimidated by…
  • Pot Rot

    Jan Shedd
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:42 am
    Three states have legalized marijuana with the blessing of the Obama administration.  Even the governor of Texas has dipped his toe into incremental legalization by expressing support for decriminalization. This country is in a fight for its very survival. We have a president who is a communist and hates America He is doing everything he can to undermine and destroy our Constitution. Unemployment and gas prices are through the roof. Unless Israel intervenes, Iran will soon have the bomb. We are being overtaken economically and militarily by other countries who hate us as much as our…
  • Sur-prise! Sur-prise!

    Terrell AronSpeer
    14 Sep 2014 | 2:53 pm
    You need to read the title with a Gomer Pile accent to get where we are going with this piece.  The picture introducing this article was emailed to me by a friend.  The image is of an ISIS jihadist placing an order at a Jason’s Deli in Houston Texas.  Although I cannot authenticate the picture myself, I like the fact that the post is dated, rare in any email article.  I also like that the geographic location of the incident mentioned is specific.  View the original article (here).  Also, in the photograph, one can clearly see the clerk at the named Jason’s Deli.  Someone from this…
  • FED Chair Yellen’s Latest Speech Is A Shell Game With An Invisible Pea

    Lee Cary
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:34 am
    By Lee Cary Janet Yellen’s August 22, 2014 speech at the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City Economic Symposium held in Jackson Hole, Wyoming was a verbal shell game with an invisible pea. The first paragraph in Yellen’s speech began with this sentence: “In the five years since the end of the Great Recession, the economy has made considerable progress in recovering from the largest and most sustained loss of employment in the United States since the Great Depression.” Then, the first paragraph ended with the admission that “…five years after the end of the recession, the labor…
  • Another Victory for Moderates

    Terrell AronSpeer
    10 Aug 2014 | 1:38 pm
    No, I am not talking about the latest Tea Party primary loss, although we know how to reverse this trend.  David Brat’s defeat of Eric Cantor proved that the right message and hard work on the ground by local activists can defeat even a well funded Republican with great name recognition and a relatively high conservative rating.  But these victories and losses do not inspire me to write much anymore.   Warning conservative voters about how Democrats plan to use all the money Obama is raising to mitigate losses in 2014 no longer inspires me either.  Our problems are much graver than…
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    The Arab World 360°

  • New U.S. Military Base To Be Settled In Kuwait

    Mohammad Tomazy
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:41 pm
    The Marine Corps is preparing to deploy about 2,100 grunts to be based out of Kuwait in a new unit configuration designed to respond to crises in the region, according to Corps officials.Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force (SPMAGTF) Central Command will be equipped to perform noncombat evacuation, humanitarian assistance, infrastructure support, tactical aircraft recovery, fixed-site security and theater sustainment missions, said Brig. Gen. John Love, assistant deputy commandant for plans, policies and operations.Special-Purpose Marine Air-Ground Task Force Central Command will be…
  • The Great Challenge: Israel

    Mohammad Tomazy
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:31 am
    This documentary revolves around the role of the Israeli lobbies, especially the AIPAC, which has a great deal of influence on the US congress. The lobby has always tried to show that the US and Israel's interest are intertwined and this way to persuade the Americans to agree with its policy. According to the interviewees, this is not true and the US national interests are not the same as the Israel's.A speaker in AIPAC
  • World Cup In Qatar

    Mohammad Tomazy
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:02 am
    At least 1,200 workers enduring slave like conditions have died creating infrastructure in Qatar for the 2022 World Cup that a FIFA executive just claimed won’t be happening, although Qatari world cup chiefs refute this. Theo Zwaniger says that he does not believe Qatar’s climate is mild enough to host the event. Qatar contend that they will be able to cool the stadiums, while Zwaniger maintains that the World Cup goes on in many places other than inside the stadiums, putting tourists at risk.Cartoon: world cup in QatarWhat’s worse is that Qatar has imported at least 90% of the workers…
  • Israeli Blogger Writes In The New York Times

    Mohammad Tomazy
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:23 am
    Mairav ZonszeinHamas had warned that it would fire a barrage of rockets at central Israel after 9 p.m., and it did.But the injuries suffered in Tel Aviv that night stemmed not from rocket fire but from a premeditated assault by a group of extremist Israeli Jews. Chanting “Death to Arabs” and “Death to leftists,” they attacked protesters with clubs. Although several demonstrators were beaten and required medical attention, the police made no arrests.....Israelis increasingly seem unwilling to listen to criticism, even when it comes from within their own family. Not only are they not…
  • Saudi Prince: War Against ISIS Really About Removing al-Assad

    Mohammad Tomazy
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:50 am
    Prince Turki Al-FaisalPrince Turki Al-Faisal, former Saudi Arabian ambassador to the U.S., tells CBS This Morning Anchor Norah O’Donnell, he hopes the airstrikes that include Saudi planes against ISIS are the first step in ultimately removing Syrian leader Bashar Assad and does not see any reason why they shouldn’t send in Saudi ground troops if necessary.
 
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    BizPac Review

  • Passerby takes brick to car window to save person banging inside trunk

    George Upper
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:12 pm
    A good Samaritan in Louisville, Ky., who thought she heard thumping from a car trunk on Monday rescued a kidnapped women who had been missing for three days. Tiasha Chaplin and a friend were walking by a parking lot on their way to pick up their children from school when she heard the noise, according to WAVE-TV. “We was walking past the car and we heard a thump, thump, thump and we thought it was a prank, somebody was pranking us,” Chaplin said. Just in case, the women called 911 before continuing down the street. Aundrea Stone On the return trip, the women heard the noise once…
  • Secret Service director resigns as leaks about security embarrassments pile up

    Joe Saunders
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:11 pm
    One day after a miserable appearance before the House Oversight Committee and amid news of yet another security breach around President Obama, Secret Service Director Julia Pierson turned in her resignation on Wednesday. At Tuesday’s hearing, Pierson, the first woman to hold the post, came under fire for a Sept. 19 intrusion that saw a man armed with a small knife climb the fence surrounding the White House, cross a lawn, then get into as far into the building itself as the East Room before being apprehended. Pierson’s responses to questions about that incident, as well as a 2011 incident…
  • ‘How dare we! ‘Montel Williams delivers ‘hell of a’ tearful speech about Tahmooressi release

    Tom Tillison
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Former talk show host Montel Williams went before a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee Wednesday to make an impassioned plea for the release of U.S. Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi. Tahmooressi made a wrong turn at the border in March, accidently crossing into Mexico with several firearms in his vehicle — firearms that are legal in the United States. The marine, who suffers from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, has been held in a Mexican prison for the past six months. Williams, a U.S. Navy and Marine Corp veteran, tearfully questioned the U.S. government’s commitment to members…
  • MAD Magazine unveils deadly new White House security system

    Michele Kirk
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Fences with “go away” signs written in all caps likely won’t change the inadequate security system at the White House, but MAD Magazine thinks a new plan might work. Twitter users were a tad skeptical. @MADmagazine Our white ninja ready to take bad guys to gates of hell! Way to go Joe! — Andy Sulskis (@Kingnorthwoods) September 30, 2014 White House Unveils Deadly New Security System http://t.co/pIunVfMDpM pic.twitter.com/3VACKC1M5I — MAD Magazine (@MADmagazine) September 30, 2014 @Kingnorthwoods @MADmagazine >that’s racist! the ninja should be multicultural. —…
  • Surprised white lesbian sues sperm bank after giving birth to mixed-race daughter

    Joe Saunders
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:29 pm
    You really can’t choose your relatives. A lesbian couple in Ohio found that out the hard way when a Chicago sperm bank they contracted with to impregnate one of the women ended up with the wrong donor’s genetic material, according to the Chicago Tribune. In a lawsuit filed Sept. 29 in Cook County, a woman identified as Jennifer Cramblett argues the couple chose sperm from a white donor to make it easier to raise a child. The lawsuit argues the sperm bank transposed the numbers on a vial of sperm, which resulted in her being impregnated mistakenly by sperm from a black man. And that will…
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    Daily Signal

  • How to Wage a Better (Information) War Against Terrorism

    Helle Dale
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:47 pm
    Defeating ISIS “requires the application of all the tools of national power–diplomatic, economic, information, military,” stated Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, at a Pentagon news conference on Aug. 21. For Rick Stengel, who took over six months ago as undersecretary of state for public diplomacy, developing the public diplomacy piece of the strategy has become a top priority. In some respects, the U.S. government has better tools for this battle than it did on Sept. 11, 2001. The Center for Strategic Counter Terrorism Communication at the State Department has…
  • The 17-Year-Old Leading Thousands to Protest Communism

    Kelsey Harris
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:47 pm
    An “extremist” … “a threat” … “an infiltrate.” A copy of an article titled “Equal Right to Nominate” published March 2013. (Photo: Huang Feng Personal Website/Wordpress) These are the words Chinese mainland authorities, national security and pro-Beijing newspapers use to describe 17-year-old Joshua Wong. Photo: Todd Darling/Polaris But to those in favor of freedom, Wong is a hero. Photo: Alex Hofford/Newscom He’s one of the students leading the demonstrations in Hong Kong where millions are gathered making legitimate demands for democracy. The protests were…
  • If Obama Acts Alone on Immigration, House Judiciary Chairman Vows Court Challenge

    Josh Siegel
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:44 pm
    The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee says Congress should “go to court very quickly” to stop President Obama if he decides to act alone on immigration by deferring deportations and offering work permits to millions of people in the U.S. illegally. “If the president were to take further action, I believe it would be very important for Congress to undertake a challenge to that,” said Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, at a Heritage Foundation event about Obama’s use of executive action. “I would hope we would go to court very quickly and…
  • China Cutting Off News of Hong Kong Protests

    Josh Siegel
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:39 pm
    As protesters in Hong Kong continue their demands for greater democracy, China’s Communist government is restricting media coverage of the events to the rest of the country. According to the Associated Press, coverage of the Hong Kong protests has been limited in mainland China to TV anchors reading brief statements with no video and text reports with no photos. The China Media Project found that only nine articles in Chinese newspapers were written Tuesday about the Hong Kong protests, with most running an article by the official Xinhua news service that described the “recklessness” of…
  • Dropping the TSA: 19th Airport Joins More Efficient Private Screening Program

    David Inserra
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
    Tired of long lines at TSA airport checkpoints? Today, the Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB) began a transition to private security screeners rather than Transportation Security Administration (TSA) screeners in a change that promises more efficient security measures. SFB just joined the TSA’s Screening Partnership Program (SPP) that allows airports to replace TSA screeners with more flexible and cost-effective screening services provided by private companies and overseen by the TSA. While this may seem strange to many Americans who have grown accustomed to TSA-manned checkpoints,…
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    India News Analysis Opinions on Niti Central

  • “Idea of India” Modi-fied

    Siddharth Zarabi
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:55 am
    Shashi Kumar, a Telugu software professional from a remote part of his now divided State, and his friends made an early morning two-hour drive to Washington to catch a glimpse of the Indian Prime Minister. It is easy for some people to dismiss the crowds that Narendra Modi drew during his just concluded four-day visit of the United States. Many in the media and several commentators have never seen such throngs when an Indian Prime Minister travels overseas. Many of those who covered the visit for Indian television channels, newspapers and websites were not around the last time a Prime…
  • Netanyahu bonds with Narendra Modi

    Preksha Sharma
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:53 am
    This week’s international media round up brings you a comprehensive view of Prime Minister’s Narendra Modi’s call of ‘Make In India’ during his US visit. Also, the past week packed quite a punch with India’s successfully reaching Martian orbit, followed by the stupendous welcome that PM Modi received in America. His speeches at the Madison Square Garden and Global Citizen Festival received applause and ovation previously only reserved for rock stars. During his maiden speech at the UN General Assembly, Prime Minister Narendra Modi stressed the importance of a…
  • Gurmeet Kanwal on why India needs a full time Defence Minister

    Danish Khan
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:30 am
    Arun Jaitley holds two important portfolios Finance and Defence, both demanding maximum attention. Till now Arun Jaitley has done a commendable and marvelous job as Defence Minister by clearing procurement longstanding proposals worth rupees 21,000 crore. But as both the ministries need full time attention India needs a full time Defence Minister. Big task at hand for the present Government is to find out who can take this enormous task and do justice as Jaitley has done. Listen to defence expert retired Brigadier Gurmeet Kanwal from Centre for Land and Warfare Studies. The post Gurmeet…
  • India needs a Full-time Defence Minister

    Niti Guest
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:30 am
    It needs to be critically examined whether a Minister holding the Finance portfolio in the Union Cabinet can simultaneously also perform the role of the Defence Minister with an equal amount of efficiency. In the first Budget presented by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s National Democratic Alliance Government on July 10, 2014, Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley — who also happens to be India’s Defence Minister — increased the allocation for Defence by about 12.5 per cent over the revised estimates figures for the previous financial year 2013-2014 from Rs 203,672 crore…
  • The colony catches up

    Manoj Kureel
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:42 pm
    India’s Mars mission became somewhat difficult to digest for some sections of the western elite who thought a former colony had no business being in competition with its former masters. The post The colony catches up appeared first on India News Analysis Opinions on Niti Central.
 
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    Cloud Computing News

  • Scalability in Cloud Computing: Old Problems With New Solutions

    JG
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:17 am
    Software is eating the world, and especially the world of systems management.  As we evolve to a world of Infrastructure-as-Code, it becomes imperative the technology powering complex, web-facing applications be automated for high availability, compliance, and auto scaling.  Over the past several years at Logicworks, we built a dedicated team of DevOps experts who use […]The post Scalability in Cloud Computing: Old Problems With New Solutions appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Who We Hire At Logicworks: A Values Driven Approach

    JG
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:13 am
    As the Head of Recruitment for Logicworks, I get a lot of questions from candidates about our hiring process.  People want to know when and how we open up new headcount, where we go to find candidates, and – most of all – what it takes to be a successful candidate.  Given the high level […]The post Who We Hire At Logicworks: A Values Driven Approach appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Lesson From Recent Data Breaches: Strong User-Level Security Procedures Are Always Required

    JG
    26 Sep 2014 | 11:11 am
    This blog post is for informational and educational purposes only. Any legal information provided in this post should not be relied upon as legal advice. It is not intended to create, and does not create, an attorney-client relationship and readers should not act upon the information presented without first seeking legal counsel. The information a company collects from its clients is the bedrock of […]The post Lesson From Recent Data Breaches: Strong User-Level Security Procedures Are Always Required appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Managed AWS: Fusing Managed Services Expertise and AWS Power

    JG
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:17 am
    Those who implement cloud computing in general, and AWS in particular, are often confused by the role that managed services providers play.  Cost and simplicity are driving the movement to leverage AWS through managed services providers as enterprises look for more ways to consume AWS services.  These services are easier to mix and match with […]The post Managed AWS: Fusing Managed Services Expertise and AWS Power appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Cloud Security Update: Recent Breaches

    JG
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:41 am
    Thanks to our friends at Alert Logic for contributing this article to our blog. Back in June, we took a look at some of the major breaches of 2014. We chose Heartbleed, the eBay breach and the data breach at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), mainly because of the magnitude of the breaches, the […]The post Cloud Security Update: Recent Breaches appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
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    The Burning Truth

  • Show Prep: Wed, Oct. 1

    Casey Hendrickson
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:13 pm
    US Ebola Patient May Have Exposed School Age Children, Governor Said – ABC News Five school-aged children in Texas may have been exposed to Ebola ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Tuesday, Sept. 30 – Hour 3

    Casey Hendrickson
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:39 pm
      BREAKING NEWS: Ebola confirmed in Dallas, TX   [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Tuesday, Sept. 30 – Hour 2

    Casey Hendrickson
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:34 pm
      Kids get suspended for handing out candy that looks like Breaking Bad meth Store owner bans Muslims from her gun range   [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Tuesday, Sept. 30 – Hour 1

    Casey Hendrickson
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:17 pm
      South Bend wants you to register your security cameras Atheists upset over word ‘salvation’   [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Show Prep: Tues, Sept. 30

    Casey Hendrickson
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Have a security camera? South Bend police want to know | Local – WSBT.com South Bend Police say they’re hoping camera owners will volunteer to ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Liberal Fix

  • Liberal Fix Wednesday with Keith Brekhus

    Liberal Fix
    1 Oct 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. Wednesday night's episodes are hosted by writer/sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana and will typically focus on Electoral Politics. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show…
  • Liberal Fix w/ North Dakota State Reps Gail Mooney and Kylie Oversen

    Liberal Fix
    26 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Listen in as host Naomi Minogue is joined by Gail Mooney, North Dakota State Representative for District #20 and Kylie Oversen, North Dakota State Representative for District #42 for a discussion about North Dakota state legislation and women's health issues. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna Minogue via email: naomi@liberalfixradio.com. Join the Liberal Fix community, a like-minded group of individuals dedicated to promoting progressive ideals and progressive activists making a…
  • Liberal Fix Encore: w/ GST Historian and "Sixteen Tons" Author Kevin Corley

    Liberal Fix
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Excellence in Progressive Radio. Join us for our 30 minute progressive politics news update. This episode is hosted by Dan Bimrose and features a pre-recorded interview with author and historian Kevin Corley.  In the novel "Sixteen Tons", Mr. Corley tells the story of the coal mine wars between the companies and the union organizers, that took place in the United States in the early 1900's.   If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna Minogue via email: naomi@liberalfixradio.com. Join the…
  • Liberal Fix Encore : w/ Hoosier School Heist Author Doug Martin

    Liberal Fix
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    The Liberal Fix team is honored to present Doug Martin, the author of Hoosier Shool Heist for the real truth on the privatization of public schools and what is really behind conservative reform efforts.  They discuss the tactics of the right and what we on the left can do to stop what is going on and create awareness around the country.  If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna Minogue via email: naomi@liberalfixradio.com. Join the Liberal Fix community, a like-minded group of individuals…
  • Liberal Fix Encore: W/ Sociologist Salvatore Balbones (Ep 72)

    Liberal Fix
    5 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Excellence in Progressive Radio. The Liberal Fix team welcomes Salvatore Babones.  Mr. Babones is a senior lecturer in sociology and social policy at the University of Sydney and an associate fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies (IPS). He holds both a master's degree in statistics and a Ph.D. in sociology from the Johns Hopkins University. Before moving to Australia in 2008, he worked in financial risk management and taught sociology and statistics at several universities in the United States. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning…
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    21st Century Wire

  • TRON (1982) – The Ultimate in Predictive Programming

    Shawn Helton
    28 Sep 2014 | 8:42 pm
    by Jay DyerJay’s AnalysisOne of the elements I’ve sought to analyze here is the convergence of technology and esoterica, which is a connection generally overlooked. Despite modernity’s religious obsession with technology as the god of its own hands, the mythological nature of techne is largely unknown and forgotten. Having reached a point of godlike abilities, the power and exponential growth of technology is both wondrous and ominous. Disney’s 1982 Tron is directly relevant to this topic, though it’s often only remembered for its advanced special effects (for the time) and…
  • Episode #52 – SUNDAY WIRE: ‘Some Fear the Truth’ with Basil Valentine, Patrick Henningsen and Dean Ryan

    21wire
    28 Sep 2014 | 8:39 am
    Episode #52 of The Sunday Wire Radio Show resumes this Sunday September 28th, 2014 presented by host Basil with 3 hours of power-packed talk radio and music…LISTEN LIVE ON THIS PAGE AT THE FOLLOWING SCHEDULED SHOW TIMES:SUNDAYS – 5pm-8pm GMT | 12pm-3pm EST | 9am-12pm PSTThis week’s edition of THE SUNDAY WIRE will be broadcasting LIVE from the UK, as this week’s host Basil Valentine covers the top stories of the week from around the globe including the British PM David Cameron’s incredible UN speech where he managed to conflate ISIS/ISIL terrorism with the 9/11 and…
  • Navajo Nation Claws Back Half a Billion From US Federal Mafia

    21wire
    27 Sep 2014 | 11:40 am
    21st Century Wire says…After a century of being taken to the cleaners by the US federal government, mining and energy giants, along with the nuclear power industry, the Navajo Nation has managed to claw back some of what is rightfully theirs.The historic legal victory addresses the issue of past mismanagement, but it still leaves the door open for the tribe to pursue more funds to deal with the government’s physical mess left behind regarding water, and uranium/radioactive pollution left on its reservation. Past uranium mining and ‘leach mining’ operations went mostly…
  • Scripted Ambush: Was the Pennsylvania Barracks Shooting Staged?

    Shawn Helton
    27 Sep 2014 | 7:01 am
    21st Century Wire says…What was war reenactor Eric Frein’s role during the apparent shooting that took place at the Pennsylvania Blooming Grove police barracks?IMAGE: ‘ War simulator’ – Eric Frein (Photo link mcall.com)31-year-old Eric Matthew Frein, who is said to be a ‘war reenactor’, has been charged with shooting one Pennsylvania trooper and wounding a second on Friday, September 12th, at the Blooming Grove police barracks. Although there is no definitive evidence or clear motive directly linking Frein to the alleged murder, a massive 250 square…
  • The Silicon Valley’s New Corporate Fascists

    21wire
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:55 pm
    James Hall21st Century WireRemember the days when an entrepreneur would perfect their whiz kid ideas in a garage and bring them to market? Did Steve Wozniak ever envision the behemoth that Apple would become and the cult camp that worships every new product that flows from their robotic coolie assembly lines? Probably not.Is the new iPhone 6 worth fighting over, or dying over? Certainly not.Riots Over Rotten Apple Mania describes an example of the forbidding underbelly of corporatist business model that Apple exemplifies so dramatically. Notwithstanding this record of 21th century sweat…
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    MutantRambler

  • Wind turbines make me rock hard.

    29 Sep 2014 | 7:27 am
    Why has noone from Antarctica ever visited this website? It’s been around for at least 5 years now and not one single person from Mcmurdo has fancied a quick gander. This leaves me very disappointed.Something else that leaves me disappointed, like a child looking for reason in the universe, is peoples adversity towards renewable electricity; especially Wind Turbines.In case you couldn’t tell by the title of this article, I’m going to be bigging up some renewable energy generation over the next few minutes or until I get bored of writing and hit the post button. Something…
  • How to create a professional website logo.

    22 Jun 2014 | 11:16 pm
    Step 1. Open up professional graphics program. Microsoft Paint or Microsoft notepad will suffice. Step 2. Spend at least four minutes browsing your list of installed fonts before reluctantly settling on Helvetica. State that this is an artistic choice and not a lack of ability determining a suitable font. Step 3. Realise that Helvetica is not installed on your computer, investigate the possiblity of torrenting the font, but realise that you live in the UK and the government are a bunch of facist asshats who block access to torrent websites. Step 4. Investigate the possibility of proxy servers…
  • Why fat people believe they can give out free health advice.

    22 Jun 2014 | 10:44 pm
    I think the title says it all; I’m not talking about people who could do with loosing a little bit of weight, I am talking about full on heffalumps getting off on giving me health advice on a daily basis like they’re a temple of physique and health. I’m pretty sure that being clinically, morbidly, ridiculously obese is more dangerous for you than any cigarette is going to be for me. Now, before you all start taking to your keyboards to leave me some wonderful comment below; please bear in mind that I know smoking is unhealthy and will probably be what kills me if I carry on for the next…
  • Missing the point.

    22 Jun 2014 | 10:41 pm
    Someone will always be prettier. Someone will always be smarter. Someone will always be younger. But they will never be you. But, surely, if that person is smarter, prettier and better then they wouldn’t want to be you? They’re more than happy being a better human being than you will ever be.
  • Lets crack open some smokes and enjoy some premarital sex

    16 Jun 2014 | 11:05 am
    I stumbled across a website the other day that really caught my eye, and no, for once this wasn’t anything to do with pornography. Nip your browsers over to http://wilstar.com/smokefree/ and enjoy the anti smoking information for a few minutes before coming back here. We’ll wait for you don’t worry. The information provided on this website is just one of many that are online perpetrating the information that smoking is bad for you and that its all totally 1960′s and we as a species should have grown out of it by now. I always find it interesting that these websites are all written…
 
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    The Politic

  • Midterm Countdown: Gubernatorial Leaners

    JP Meredith
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:38 am
    Taking a closer look at the governor's races that are up for grabs.
  • Aftershock: Echoes of the Israeli-Palestine Conflict

    Joshua Meier
    27 Sep 2014 | 11:41 am
    Over the summer, protests erupted next to the Amistad Memorial Statue outside of New Haven’s City Hall. Student protesters rallied with “Free Palestine” and “Stop the Siege” signs. Young teens donned in Keffiyehs waved the Flag of the Arab Revolt, a banner of Pan-Arab colors that has represented the Palestinian people since 1964. These demonstrators...
  • The Usual Suspects: Connecticut’s Fight Against Racial Profiling

    David Shimer
    27 Sep 2014 | 11:34 am
    Tragedy struck on August 9th in Ferguson, Missouri, when a police officer shot and killed Michael Brown, an unarmed, eighteen-year-old black male. Within days of the shooting, thousands of enraged citizens took to the streets in protest, triggering a national discussion on contemporary race relations.  From slavery and segregation in America’s past, to cases of...
  • The Boundaries of Responsibility: New Haven Responds to Ebola

    Amrutha Dorai
    27 Sep 2014 | 11:29 am
    Adeline Bass lives in Connecticut, more than a thousand miles from the nearest case of Ebola. But the count of miles disguises her proximity to the virus which has proliferated in West Africa in the last few months: Bass is originally from Liberia, and her older sister still lives there. So do her brother-in-law, sister-in-law,...
  • The Challenges of a New Home

    Anna Meixler
    27 Sep 2014 | 11:24 am
    Iraqi Families Adjust to Life in New Haven
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    guanyinmiao's musings

  • Autonomy, Not Transparency, The Issue

    Jin Yao Kwan
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    In our anxiety to criticise, even with the best of intentions, we forget some who toil amidst such dissatisfaction. From student governance to shuttle buses to “Rag and Flag”, I too have been guilty of hopping onto the “Blame NUSSU” bandwagon. I can point sceptically to the woeful few who participated in the recent NUSSU Executive Committee External Elections, and chorus “see, nobody gives a shit about what goes on in that self-serving organisation”, but our own disengagement could very well make us complicit in this state of affairs. Continue reading →
  • More Than Corporate Leaders For Non-Profits

    Jin Yao Kwan
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:20 am
    I may not be the target audience of Mr. Lien’s commentary, and my pragmatism may not be representative of my contemporaries, but within a developing field it is not just about “attracting senior corporate people” to helm the NPOs and VWOs. Any change envisioned from the top – to craft sustainable missions and to shape organisations – must be matched by the abilities of those on the ground. Non-profits in Singapore face more challenges besides the recruitment and retention of staff members: training and development of employees, greater emphasis on performance measurement and…
  • The Trouble With Poor Studies

    Jin Yao Kwan
    25 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    A team from the National University of Singapore Business School sought to examine how competitive Singaporeans were, concluding that they “do not see themselves to be very competitive or kiasu” (TODAY, Sept. 19). Yet a closer examination of the report suggests that few meaningful conclusions can actually be drawn. Continue reading →
  • The Reality For Social Enterprises

    Jin Yao Kwan
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    What is more critical than the definition of a social enterprise in the country – because “some businesses with a superficial social role” have claimed the label of a social enterprise “cynically” (ST, Sept. 21), such as taxi booking application GrabTaxi which has described itself as such – is to shed the presumption that Singaporeans would necessarily pay a premium for goods and services from these companies. In the beginning consumers might be drawn to these business models based on charitable causes or supported by employees from disadvantaged backgrounds, yet such compassion…
  • “Apa Itu Activist?”

    Jin Yao Kwan
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:16 am
    It was a diverse line-up of speakers – of journalists, activists and advocates, lawyers and academics – with vastly dissimilar interests and backgrounds, tasked to address broad themes on civil society action and advocacy. And a crowd of 120 involved or interested in advocacy had gathered at the National University of Singapore (NUS) to hear more from them. Through plenary sessions and group discussions “Apa Itu Activist?”, organised by the Association of Women for Action and Research (AWARE) and the Yale-NUS International Relations and Political Association last Saturday, sought to…
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    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • Costs vs. Benefits

    Mike Dakkak
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:20 am
    The US has been bombing ISIS targets for the better part of two months. Evidence shows, however, that the successes have been minimal. Making the mission of degrading and destroying ISIS difficult is that they can easily disperse to the civilian population of the towns they control. How do we destroy ISIS if the fighters have withdrawn from the battlefield and into the civilian population? The US has spent more than $500 million on the bombing in the short time that we have been engaged. But so far, successes have not been commensurate with these costs. How are we going to define success in…
  • Here Come the Boots

    Mike Dakkak
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:15 pm
    The news making headlines over the last week has been our military engagement with the extremist group known as ISIS. Specifically, which countries have joined our coalition and what role each will be playing. President Obama has repeatedly said that there will be no boots on the ground. But if you listen closely you’ll hear murmurs of that possibility from other members of our government. How are we defining success against ISIS and what will happen if in order to achieve that success boots on the ground prove necessary? We pose that question and wonder whether the decision to send…
  • Libertarianism’s Opportunity?

    Mike Dakkak
    25 Sep 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Few presidents have had the ability to mobilize the entire nation to sacrifice for a common cause. Few have had the ability rally the American people to strive for a common goal. Present day presidents seem as unable as ever to create an air of national unity. A recent Gallup poll found that 42% percent of Americans identified as political independents, the highest mark ever recorded. Is the inability of present day presidents to unite the country a sign of the times we are living through or is the political landscape of the US shifting? And is there finally becoming room for a viable third…
  • Where is the Congress?

    Mike Dakkak
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:06 pm
    President Obama has asked Congress to grant his administration authorization to arm and train 5,000 Syrian rebels to confront the threat posed by the extremist group, ISIS. Instead of having a thorough debate, Congress tucked the authorization into a spending bill and broke for the November election recess. Has this Congress done enough to deliberate over the question of conflict with ISIS or have they punted on the issue until after elections? A more vigorous debate has been unofficially scheduled for December but why are so many of our elected officials so eager to avoid going on the record…
  • Tax Inversions and Corporations

    Mike Dakkak
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:06 am
    Does a corporation’s have a duty to the community it serves? Does it owe anything to the country in which it was founded? A corporation’s sole duty and responsibility is to maximize profits for its owners and shareholders. Do we, as a nation, want it any other way? Companies have been inverting (switching their tax addresses to foreign countries) to avoid paying taxes in the US. Is this unpatriotic as President Obama has called it or fair play? Where does the line lay between protecting the free market and the national interest, and whose responsibility is it to guard that line?
 
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    Malcolm Out Loud Podcast

  • The Award Goes To… 3 Firefighters From September 11

    26 Sep 2014 | 2:41 pm
    For their heroic service and bravery to America at a time when the country needed it the most... and the AWARD goes to...  What a feat! For single-handedly changing the focus and name of a branch of the federal government... and the AWARD goes to... Discovering that what you purchased was nothing more than a worthless brand of liberal lies to go along with your extreme views of the world... and the AWARD goes to... For staying consistent with an attitude of arrogance and persistency that she is innocent of all wrongdoing... and the AWARD goes to... Struggling through the task of watching…
  • The Award Goes To… British Prime Minister David Cameron

    19 Sep 2014 | 10:36 am
    To be willing to put a vote to the people, knowing full well that you could come out on the losing end... and the AWARD goes to... For standing up to islamic militant thugs that are out to destroy the world... and the AWARD goes to... Buckling under pressure because it's the PC thing to do... the AWARD goes to...  For bringing the most insensitive product to market... it reminded people of a 1970's massacre in a bad way... and the AWARD goes to... For learning the hard way that the coverup is always worse than the crime... the AWARD goes to...  A multibillion dollar corporation that…
  • The Award Goes To… the National Football League

    12 Sep 2014 | 11:25 am
    Protecting your brand at all cost... even if you have to tell a little white lie.... and the AWARD goes to... For not only fulfilling your campaign promise of never bringing America into another war, but for convincing the Secretary of State that... hear no war, see no war, smell no war... Thanks for the warning that our smart phones and computers may malfunction... and the AWARD goes to...  For sticking to his story even when it seemed like he was just trying to get away with murder! and the AWARD goes to... For reminding Americans that President Obama will be remembered, even 100 years…
  • The Award Goes To… Vice President Joe Biden

    5 Sep 2014 | 12:58 pm
    The most overly dramatic statement after the beheading of another American journalist... ‘We Will Follow Them to the Gates of Hell’... and the AWARD goes to... Trying to make a job flipping hamburgers seem like more than it really is... and the AWARD goes to...  For standing up to BIG government when big government says one thing and then does the exact opposite... and the AWARD goes to...  For writing the most nasty, threatening tweets to her students and then suggesting that it was just a gag... and the AWARD goes to... For going past GO, collecting $3.4 million, and…
  • The Award Goes To… the People of Toronto (Mayor Rob Ford)

    29 Aug 2014 | 8:18 am
    For giving a Mayor who admitted to smoking a little crack and having an alcohol problem... the AWARD goes to...  For realizing and understanding that doing nothing is NOT an option... and the AWARD goes to... Just because you're gay or black or male or white does NOT guarantee you a spot on the team... the AWARD goes to...  Being indicted by a grand jury for abuse of power... and turning it into a promotion to build awareness and raise money for your next venture... and the AWARD goes to...  Reviving an old brand while razing the stakes in a national promotion... and the AWARD…
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    The Desert Lynx

  • War Always Comes Home

    Joël Valenzuela
    11 Sep 2014 | 9:50 am
    You can’t assemble a totalitarian war machine and expect it to never come home. Sooner or later, all those military-grade weapons end up in your own back yard. Pointed at you. Over the last several decades, we’ve seen the rise …
  • Free Talk Live appearance (Porcfest 2014)

    Joël Valenzuela
    7 Aug 2014 | 9:26 am
    Appearance on Free Talk Live at the Porcupine Freedom Festival, talking about moving to New Hampshire for the Free State Project, Bitcoin, cop blocking, and all kinds of good stuff. Joël Valenzuela is the editor of The Desert Lynx. Like …
  • Peaceful Society Through Martial Arts (Porcfest 2014)

    Joël Valenzuela
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:54 am
    A strong people is a peaceful people, and widespread practice of the martial arts is a key way to develop the kind of society ready to not be governed. Talk delivered at the 2014 Porcupine Freedom Festival in Lancaster, New …
  • Privilege Should Be Celebrated

    Joël Valenzuela
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:36 am
    The hills are alive with the sound of privilege-shaming. Whether it’s white, male, heterosexual, affluent, first-world, thin, attractive, animal, mineral, or plant privilege, chances are someone’s asked you to check it. If there’s anything about you that makes you better …
  • School Is Obsolete – Alternative Self Education (Porcfest 2014)

    Joël Valenzuela
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:47 pm
    The modern-day university system is obsolete. In an age where access to the world’s repository of knowledge is in the palm of our hand, there are much more efficient ways of education. Talk delivered at the 2014 Porcupine Freedom Festival …
 
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    Citizens News

  • Cargill v. Syngenta: Biotechnology and Trade

    Liberty Bell
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Written by Cato @ Liberty Daniel R. Pearson On September 12, Cargill, a major commodity trading and processing firm, filed a lawsuit in a Louisiana state court against Syngenta Seeds for selling genetically engineered MIR 162 (also known as “Agrisure Viptera®”) seed corn to farmers. China has not yet approved importation of corn containing MIR […]The post Cargill v. Syngenta: Biotechnology and Trade appeared first on Citizens News.
  • First move toward completely renewable energy system

    Liberty Bell
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Written by Foreign Policy Blogs » Foreign Policy Blogs | The FPA Global Affairs Blog Network Water storage facility at El Hierro, Canary Islands (Spain). The small island anticipates it will operate with completely renewable energy by end of this year. Source: Lauren Frayer/NPR Most people have never heard of El Hierro, westernmost of the […]The post First move toward completely renewable energy system appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Cosmopolitan magazine endorses congressional candidate who accused female opponent of never having ‘a real job’

    Liberty Bell
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:51 am
    Written by Red Alert Politics Image via Cosmopolitan Cosmopolitan magazine has officially endorsed Democratic congressional candidate John Foust in Virginia over his Republican opponent Barbara Comstock. The endorsement comes just over a month after Foust questioned whether Comstock — who has held positions as a congressional aide, lobbyist and spokesperson for the Justice Department – ”even […]The post Cosmopolitan magazine endorses congressional candidate who accused female opponent of never having ‘a real job’ appeared first on Citizens News.
  • ARE THEY THE FIFTH COLUMN

    Liberty Bell
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:50 am
    Written by THE ANTI LIBERAL ZONE or allies of the Obama Regime? The Gunny bets his dough that they are both! A fifth column in our midst, the enemies of Mom, Freedom, and apple pie and friends of Obama and his Rasputin, Iranian communist Valerie “the rat” Jarrett. President Cruz is going to have to […]The post ARE THEY THE FIFTH COLUMN appeared first on Citizens News.
  • The September Issue of The Free Market is Now Online!

    Liberty Bell
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:49 am
    Written by The Mises Economics Blog: The Circle Bastiat The September issue of The Free Market, the Mises Institute’s monthly,  is now online! September’s issue features a new book review from David Gordon, and on the 100th anniversary of World War I, Hunt Tooley reflects on modern views of the war: In his new book Money, Steve […]The post The September Issue of The Free Market is Now Online! appeared first on Citizens News.
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    Political Dresser - Home

  • October’s Book: Rise of ISIS

    1 Oct 2014 | 6:22 am
    Since there are not a lot of things in the world more chilling than a heavily armed and funded group of tyrants that like to play soccer with human heads, October’s PD Book Club pick is on the history of Daash.
  • Belfast Horror: The Daash/EU Flag

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:05 am
    It seems that the horror invoked by the sight of a Daash flag was confused with the Statist terror the European Union flag invokes on the European masses.
  • Yet Another War Obama Sucks at Fighting: Ebola Comes to America

    30 Sep 2014 | 2:51 pm
    So, you know how earlier today in our September Recap, our staff told you to expect a chillingly frightening October? Well, here you go.
  • September Recap: A Peep into Daash

    30 Sep 2014 | 3:51 am
    Freetown got a lot less free in Sierra Leone, and Lois Lerner lamented getting the Jeffrey Dahmer haircut to Politico, but what else happened this month?
  • Memory Lane Monday: Bye Bye Holder

    29 Sep 2014 | 5:55 am
    It seems that finally all of the late night canoodling, scandals, pleas for executive privilege, speeches against whitey and scalps of those that dare question Dear Leader have gotten to be too much for Attorney General Eric Holder, as he is ready to step down to make way for Janet Napolitano.
 
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    World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations"

  • Avoiding a New Cold War and Ethnonationalist Provocations

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:11 pm
    A Paper by Valentina Fedotova, Principal Research Fellow, Institute of Philosophy, Russian Academy of Sciences, delivered at the 12th Rhodes Forum on September 27, 2014The conflict between two social systems - capitalism and communism vanished after the USSR had collapsed and Russia had gained its new democratic image that yet varied from copying the Western patterns to embodying unique national features. In reality Russia’s democracy was far more multiform. The USSR had broken down and Russia became a new country with quite positive image in the West. We are currently witnessing the…
  • Resolution of the “Music and Modern Technologies” Workshop

    30 Sep 2014 | 8:18 pm
    12th Rhodes Forum, September 27, 2014The workshop brought together practitioners and thinkers from the principal areas of global development in music and technology. The participants agreed that the organizers had done an extraordinary job in identifying key trends and areas, and that this meeting was - to the knowledge of those present - the first time that creative, social, philosophical, human well-being and environmental concerns had been brought together in such a well-focused way.
  • Report on the “Christianity in the MENA Region” Workshop

    30 Sep 2014 | 7:47 pm
    12th Rhodes Forum, September 27, 2014By Fr. Boulos Wehbe, Moderator of the WorkshopThe workshop was chaired by Fr. Boulos Wehbe, who opened it with an introductory address which outlined the historical path of Christianity since its inception and early spread by the apostles in the region. He stresseed on it being an Eastern religion which spread to the West but continued in the MENA region despite all the hardships it endured. Fr. Wehbe outlined the present state of the Christians in it and stressed on their feeling of being threatened and abandoned. He outlined the model of Lebanon as a…
  • Cultural Integration in the Eurasian Region

    30 Sep 2014 | 12:38 am
    "Cultural Integration in the Eurasian Region" Seminar will take place in Tehran, Iran, on October 1, 2014The event is organized by the Institute of Iran and Eurasia Studies - IRAS in cooperation with the ECO Cultural Institute, Iranian National Commission for UNESCO, Iranian Society for Cultural and Communication Studies, Center for Eurasian Studies and the WPF "Dialogue of Civilizations."Click here to watch the Seminar's Schedule
  • Report on Plenary Meeting “Peace and Security in Europe and Asia in the Context of American Power”

    29 Sep 2014 | 11:58 pm
    12th Rhodes Forum, September 27, 2014The meeting was moderated by Chandra Muzaffar. The seven keynote speakers were Phyllis Bennis, Kumiko Haba, Fred Dallmayr, Junaid Ahmad, Sara Flounders, Tao Xie and Valentina Fedotova.The moderator opened discussions with observations on why the question of peace and security in Europe and Asia has become so significant at this point in time. In both continents it is the desire of the US elite to perpetuate its hegemonic power that has provoked reactions that have led to tension and conflict.
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    Patriots Movement

  • Second Police Officer Shot in Ferguson

    Cal Sullivan
    28 Sep 2014 | 10:09 am
    Last night we reported that a police officer was shot in the arm when he interrupted a robbery in progress in the troubled town of Ferguson (MO). That event spurred a large scale protest mob containing an estimated 100 individuals outside the Ferguson Police Station shouting and chanting. Last night another attack on a police officer happened hours later when another officer came under attack in a drive-by attack leaving him with multiple injuries to his arm and face. It’s reported that the window to his squad car was smashed. The officer was sent to the hospital for evaluation with…
  • Officer Shot In Ferguson

    Cal Sullivan
    27 Sep 2014 | 10:43 pm
    Update: The injured officer was actually male and the structure involved was the Ferguson Community Center which the police conduct routine nightly checks on during their beat patrols. The suspect is still at large and a manhunt is underway.  More unrest in Ferguson (Mississippi) as a female police officer is shot while attempting to subdue a robber that she had caught in the act. At about 9:20 PM on Saturday the unnamed police officer was on her normal police beat and accidentally interrupted a would be robber breaking into a business. The robber fired one shot, hitting the officer in the…
  • US General Assassinated by Afghan Terrorist

    Cal Sullivan
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:32 am
    A US Major General was assassinated today in Kabul Afghanistan after a terrorist in an Uniform opened fire killing him and wounding US and international troops including a 1 star German General. In total 15 soldiers we’re injured with the Army unclearly reporting to the press that “about roughly half of them we’re US soldiers”. The Army has not released the name of the slain general as of yet but sources close to the event note that he was the highest ranked officer in the entirety of the 13 year war.  An official announcement will be held later today as the spouses…
  • Illegal Aliens Murder Border Patrol Officer In Front of His Family

    Cal Sullivan
    4 Aug 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Two  illegal aliens have been caught by police in Willacy County (TX)  after murdering an off duty Border Patrol Agent who was fishing along with his dad and mom, his wife and his kids. Border Patrol spokesman Omar Zamora reported to Channel 5 News KRGV that the agent was shot in the chest sometime Sunday night after an attempted robbery.  Zamora also reported that the gunmen noticed the agent had a gun in his holster and opened fire with his own gun. Willacy County Sheriff Larry Spence stated one other individual was additionally injured in the initial shooting. That particular…
  • Tahmooressi Returns to Court

    Cal Sullivan
    4 Aug 2014 | 5:03 pm
    US Marine POW Andrew Tahmooressi returned to court today in Tijuana  to plea his innocence before a judge after the passing of his 127th day imprisoned in a Mexican Prison for accidentally crossing across the Southern Border with his rifles. Present in the court room today we’re the four Mexican Border Patrol agents who arrested the young Marine. Tahmooressi is growing “more optimistic” about his court case per his Mexican attorney today in interviews to the press who feels his clients civil rights we’re violated in several ways. Firstly Tahmooressi was not provided a…
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    RINF Alternative News & Alternative Media | Breaking News Real Independent

  • 10 Myths About Obama’s Latest War

    User Submitted
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Veteran foreign correspondent Reese Erlich was in northern Iraq at the start of the U.S. bombing campaign against the Islamic State. He interviewed Kurdish leaders, peshmerga fighters and U.S. officials. He says the reality on the ground is far different from the propaganda coming out of Washington. 1. The Islamic State presents an immediate threat ...
  • Why Obama Lost His War in Ukraine

    Eric Zuesse
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Eric Zuesse RINF Alternative News When President Obama took control of Ukraine in February 2014, via a coup d’etat against the democratically elected President, rather than by an outright invasion of U.S. troops, the new Government that he imposed in Kiev was democratically very vulnerable. The man whom Obama overthrew had been elected by overwhelming margins in ...
  • Revealed: Kissinger considered attacking Cuba in 1976

    User Submitted
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Secretary of State Henry Kissinger ordered a series of secret contingency plans that included airstrikes and mining of Cuban harbors in the aftermath of Fidel Castro’s decision to send Cuban forces into Angola in late 1975, according to declassified documents made public today for the first time. “If we decide to use military power it ...
  • CONTAGION: Second Ebola Case Suspected In Dallas: “This Is Real”

    User Submitted
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Mac Slavo Less than 24 hours after the first US-based Ebola infection was confirmed in Dallas, TX it is being reported that another individual who had contact with Patient Zero is now in strict isolation and being tested for possible infection. Dallas health officials are now monitoring another person who they fear may have Ebola ...
  • CDC and Texas Officials Allow Ebola to Spread in Dallas

    User Submitted
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Officialdom will not quarantine people who came in contact with Ebola patient Five students within the family circle of the Dallas Ebola patient will not be quarantined despite the fact they may be in the incubation cycle of the deadly disease. From the Dallas Observer: They are being kept at home for the 21-day incubation ...
 
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    Eurasia Review

  • Ex-Guantanamo Detainee Moazzam Begg Walks Free After 7 Month Custody

    RT
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:19 am
    British prosecutors have dropped seven terrorism charges against Moazzam Begg a week before he was due to go on trial. Begg is a former Guantanamo Bay detainee and an advocate for the rights of terror suspects. London’s Central Criminal Court acquitted the accused man of all charges on Wednesday after prosecutors said new evidence showed […] The post Ex-Guantanamo Detainee Moazzam Begg Walks Free After 7 Month Custody appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • US Secret Service Director Resigns

    VOA
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:14 am
    The director of the U.S. Secret Service, Julia Pierson, has resigned. White House spokesman Josh Earnest Wednesday said Pierson met with President Barack Obama, who expressed appreciation for her 30 years of service to the country. Earnest said Pierson took responsibility for the service’s shortcomings and for fixing them. Pierson faced tough questions from Congress […] The post US Secret Service Director Resigns appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Decoding The India-US Nuclear Deal – Analysis

    Gateway House
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:25 am
    Bringing U.S. nuclear technology to India is a goal identified in the countries’ joint vision statement. Although public discourse on the India-U.S. nuclear deal has focussed on the liability clause, the pact’s success also depends on resolving other factors such as local sourcing, technology transfer and project delays. By Amit Bhandari The India-U.S. civilian nuclear […] The post Decoding The India-US Nuclear Deal – Analysis appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • India-US Must Move Past Deal-Led Ties – Analysis

    Gateway House
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:19 am
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the U.S. is unlikely to reset bilateral relations. The relationship remains determined by bickering over trade and investment deals, such as the impasse at the WTO and the disputes over IPR. To become real strategic partners, both countries must move beyond these transactional exchanges. By Rajrishi Singhal Prime Minister […] The post India-US Must Move Past Deal-Led Ties – Analysis appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • An Analysis Of Muslim Voices Against IS

    Eurasia Review
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    By Muhammad Haniff Hassan and Mustazah Bahari* In June, ISIS succeeded in expelling Iraq’s armed forces from its northern territories to Baghdad and took control over the large area. This development has caught the world by surprise. Immediately after, news and reports of ISIS’ violence on its opponents — the Shiite communities, Christians and other […] The post An Analysis Of Muslim Voices Against IS appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
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    Tomás Guerra

  • Tacho sobre las riquezas Mexicanas/Tacho on Mexico's riches.

    Tomás Guerra
    20 Sep 2014 | 7:36 pm
    El gobierno como siempre, se ha mostrado muy activo,al hablar de nuestro suelo, como elemento efectivo. Y activo en cuanto riqueza, lo que es una gran verdad, para muchos es la fuente, de una gran prosperidad. Para otros sin embargo, representa mala suerte,ya que muchos en su lecho, han encontrado la muerte. Cuando no es porque trabajan, sin debida protección,es porque quienes los explotan, causan contaminación. Para Mexico, los daños, porque riqueza y dineros,Gaviota, ya lo sabemos, es para los extranjeros. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -- - -- - - - - - - - - - - - -…
  • Tacho Sobre La Independencia Mexicana - Tacho on Mexican Independence

    Tomás Guerra
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Todas las grandes ciudades, y hasta el más chico poblado, lucen en vistosos colores: verde, blanco y colorado.Cordeles de lado a lado, que cuadriculan los cielos, muestran fotos de los heroes Hidalgo, Allende y Morelos.Banderas por todas partes hacen acto de presencia, y todo  con un anhelo, festejar la independencia.Nomas que aquí algo no encaja. Se pierde más cada día, y conforme avanza el tiempo, hay menos soberanía.No hay mucho que festejar. No entiendo tanto jolgorio. Lo más congruente, Gaviota, es preparar un velorio.
  • Las Estrellas del Jackie Robinson West hacen historia en Chicago

    Tomás Guerra
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Picture ESPN ChicagoChicago tiene una razón más por la cual ser feliz ahora gracias a un grupo de niños de once y doce años del barrio de Morgan Park, en el lado sur de la ciudad. Durante las últimas dos semanas, el equipo Jackie Robinson West All-Stars ha capturado los titulares, honores y admiración de la gente aquí y en todos los Estados Unidos. Después de convertirse en los campeones de los Grandes Lagos en las pequeñas ligas de baseball, ahora ellos están en Williamsport, Pennsylvania, donde ya la han hecho hasta las semifinales de la Serie Mundial de Ligas Pequeñas. Al…
  • The All-Stars of Jackie Robinson West make history in Chicago

    Tomás Guerra
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:38 pm
    Pictures ESPN ChicagoChicago has one more reason to be proud right now, thanks to a group of 11- and twelve-year-old children from Morgan Park, a neighborhood in the South Side of the city.  During the last couple of weeks,  the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars team has captured headlines, praise and admiration from people here and all over the United States.  After becoming  Great Lakes champions in the little league of baseball they are now in Williamsport, PA, where they have made it to the semifinals of the Little League World Series. At first you didn't hear about…
  • Red Card for the Republicans

    Tomás Guerra
    30 Jun 2014 | 10:42 am
    While the rift between the Republicans in the House of Representatives and President Obama grows, Representative Luis Gutierrez, the most active politician in the quest for immigration reform, used a soccer analogy last week to put anti-immigrant Republicans in their place: "You are done," Gutierrez yelled from the podium in his passionate tone. "You are done."It was a year ago already that a comprehensive immigration bill was passed by the U.S. Senate, but the legislation was never submitted to a vote by Speaker of the House, John Boehner, for fear of retaliation by the "Tea Party," the most…
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    Washington Blade: Gay News, Politics, LGBT Rights

  • Former HRC head hosts ‘meet & greet’ for at-large Council candidate

    Lou Chibbaro Jr.
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Joe Solmonese held an event for Council candidate Khalid Pitts. (Washington Blade file photo by Pete Exis) About 50 people turned out Tuesday night for a meet-and-greet fundraising reception hosted by former Human Rights Campaign President Joe Solmonese for independent at-large D.C. Council candidate Khalid Pitts. Lesbian candidate and former HRC staffer Courtney Snowden, who’s also an independent, is among 14 candidates competing with Pitts for two at-large Council seats on the ballot in the Nov. 4 election. Solmonese told the Blade during the event, held at the Mitchell Gold + Bob…
  • A legacy of advancing LGBT rights as attorney general

    Chris Johnson
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:06 pm
    U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has made civil rights, including those for LGBT people, a priority during the Obama administration. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key) After serving for more than six years as U.S. attorney general, Eric Holder leaves a significant imprint on the record of the Obama administration — and at the forefront of that legacy is his role in advancing LGBT rights. At an event last week in the State Dining Room of the White House announcing his departure, President Obama said Holder made revitalizing the Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department a priority…
  • Unexpected innings

    Patrick Folliard
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Jaysen Wright (left) and Ryan Kincaid in ‘Take Me Out’ at 1st Stage. The show runs through Oct. 12. (Photo by Teresa Castracane; courtesy 1st Stage) ‘Take Me Out’   Through Oct. 12   1st Stage Theater   1524 Spring Hill Road, Tysons, VA   $28   203-854-1856   1ststagetysons.org   Richard Greenberg’s “Take Me Out” is often called the gay baseball play. And while it does hit those bases (gay playwright, gay protagonist, naked guys onstage), it’s unsparingly universal too. After baseball superstar Darren Lemming (Jaysen Wright) unexpectedly…
  • Republican donors to meet at secret LGBT conference

    Chris Johnson
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:34 pm
    On left, hedge fund manager and philanthropist Paul Singer and HRC President Chad Griffin. (Photo of Singer by Remy Steinegger courtesy Creative Commons; Washington Blade photo of Griffin by Michael Key) High-dollar donors seeking to make the Republican Party more LGBT-inclusive are set to gather in D.C. on Thursday for a closed-door conference, according to four sources familiar with the event. The American Unity Conference is set to begin Thursday morning at the Hay Adams Hotel on H and 16th streets, N.W. It’s hosted by the same pro-LGBT Republican advocates behind the American Unity…
  • Stretching to the rescue

    Bucky Mitchell
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    A desk job can be murder on certain muscles. Combat the impact with daily stretching. Often when I observe folks working out at the gym, I immediately notice how tight and inflexible they are after a long day at work. Here are three key stretches that help with relieving stress and keeping fluid and limber while working out. Stretch your hip flexors. Your hips are one of the tightest and most overused muscles in the body. Why? During the course of an ordinary workday, the hips are constantly being contracted while you sit in your chair at work. Therefore, it’s essential that you stretch out…
 
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    Lady Freethinker

  • This Fireman Saved a Hamster Family by Making a Tiny Oxygen Mask

    Lady Freethinker
    1 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    I hope someone gives this man an award. Talk about respecting life — Washington fireman Eric Bamer went out of his way to save a family of hamsters from smoke inhalation. Trapped in a house fire, the five critters were passed out by the time firefighters could rescue them from the burning building. Obviously, no oxygen mask on hand was small enough to fit their tiny muzzles. So Bamer used tubing and a plastic bag to craft a mask that would do the job. Sadly, one hamster did not recover — but Oreo, Madonna and two unnamed hamsters are doing just fine. Some images from the scene:  …
  • Watch the Brilliant Anti-Oil Ad Once Banned from Youtube

    Lady Freethinker
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Is there anything you can’t make with Legos? As Greenpeace discovered, you can even create social change (or try to, at any rate). They got creative with the building blocks in this video urging the Lego company to stop selling Shell Oil building sets, so no more children will be duped into thinking fossil fuels are “cool.” A few days after its release, the anti-oil ad was banned by Youtube for copyright infringement. But Greenpeace beat out the corporate bigwigs this time, so it returned for us to watch. Whether in schools, on television or at the toy store, I find this…
  • Top Fashion Designers Hope You Don’t Read This

    Lady Freethinker
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    The fashion industry doesn’t like to talk much about how they get their furs. And as a new undercover investigation shows, they have some very good (and by that I mean awful) reasons for that. Over two years, investigators from Last Chance for Animals and Animal Equality infiltrated dozens of rabbit farms in Spain. They filmed horrific cruelty: rabbits left wounded or crippled with no medical treatment; other gravely ill animals simply bashed to death in front of the other rabbits. The bunnies live in tiny cages with metal wire beneath their feet until they’re killed at the…
  • Watch the Film that Opened the U.N. Climate Summit

    Lady Freethinker
    24 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    It’s fitting that Morgan Freeman,  on-screen portrayer of god (in Bruce Almighty), narrates this film about saving the world. (Not that Freeman himself believes in an invented creator.) Shown at the opening of the U.N. Climate Summit, What’s Possible tells us that we have the power to create a healthy planet that will allow humankind to thrive — but we need to start making it happen now. Listen up, world leaders.
  • Why Domino’s Needs to Change Its Pizza Box Right This Second

    Lady Freethinker
    19 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    If you’ve had the (dis)pleasure of ordering from Domino’s lately, you may have noticed the retro-designed box expressing some awfully sweet sentiments about the cows that supply the chain’s assortment of cheeses.  In case you haven’t, I took a picture during my last ordering experience (I know, I know — but they’re open late and unfortunately better than the other pizza places near me!).  Here it is: Makes you feel as warm and gooey as the melted cheese inside. But undercover investigators from Mercy for Animals went undercover to keep tabs on good old…
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    FiveThirtyEight » Politics | FiveThirtyEight

  • Reexamining Residency Requirements For Police Officers

    Batya Ungar-Sargon
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:28 am
    Pittsburgh’s police force is at loggerheads with the city it serves. Since 1902, the city has required police officers to live within the city limits, but an arbitration panel recently ruled in favor of allowing officers to live within 25 air miles of downtown. City officials want the requirement to remain in place, as do the people of Pittsburgh, who voted overwhelmingly in a referendum last year to keep it.Residency requirements are hugely unpopular among police officers in Pittsburgh and in other cities with similar rules. Many cities and states have contested the constitutionality of…
  • How Many People Really Showed Up To The People’s Climate March?

    Hayley Munguia
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:14 am
    The People’s Climate March in New York City on Sept. 21 promised to be “the largest climate march in history.” If media coverage is any indicator, it was. According to Google Trends, news headlines in September mentioned the phrase “climate march” more than any time in the history of the service’s data collection.But how many people attended the event? We don’t exactly know. A LexisNexis search shows that 2,021 articles written on or after Sept. 21 mention the words “People’s Climate March.” The New York Times wrote that 311,000 people were there. The Wall Street…
  • How FiveThirtyEight Calculates Pollster Ratings

    Nate Silver
    25 Sep 2014 | 10:54 am
    See FiveThirtyEight’s pollster ratings.Pollster ratings were one of the founding features of FiveThirtyEight. I was rating pollsters before I was building election models. I was eagerly updating the ratings after every major batch of election results. I rated pollsters while walking two miles uphill … barefoot … in the snow. And then I got a little burned out on them. We last issued a major set of pollster ratings in June 2010 and made only a cursory update before the 2012 elections.What happened? Well, when you publish a set of pollster ratings, people are understandably…
  • The Most Important Award In Public Education Struggles To Find Winners

    Ben Wieder
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair and U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan were both on hand Monday morning to crown the school districts in Gwinnett County, Georgia, and Orange County, Florida, as the first dual winners of the Broad Prize for Urban Education. They will split the $1 million prize, which comes in the form of scholarships worth up to $20,000 for graduating seniors.The prize, described variously as the Nobel or the Oscar or the Pulitzer of the education reform movement and sponsored by billionaire Eli Broad and his wife, Edythe, aims to “regain the American…
  • How The FiveThirtyEight Senate Forecast Model Works

    Nate Silver
    17 Sep 2014 | 4:30 am
    The FiveThirtyEight Senate forecast model launched earlier this month. Right now, it shows Republicans with about a 53 percent chance of picking up the Senate next year. We owe you a lot more detail about how that forecast is calculated and how it might change between now and Nov. 4 — and how our model differs from some of the others out there.This article, which outlines the model’s methodology, is going to be on the detailed side. I’ve tried to keep the descriptions in plain language as often as possible (the footnotes get somewhat more technical). But it’s meant to be a…
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    Conservative Read

  • Official: Another Possible Ebola Case in Dallas, new patient feared to have virus

    chris
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:37 am
    Dallas health officials are now monitoring another person who they fear may have Ebola after coming into contact with the infected man currently being treated in Dallas, Texas.  “Let me be... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Trey Gowdy Destroys Director of Secret Service Over 2011 Shooting Incident

    chris
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:34 am
    Katie Pavlich,   Yesterday Secret Service Director Julia Pierson fielded questions from furious and skeptical lawmakers after a number of serious failures by the agency to properly protect... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • You May Not Be Into Politics but Politics is Into You

    chris
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:31 am
    Joy Overbeck,  People, especially young people, often say that they don’t care about politics. They’re just not into it; they think politics doesn’t affect their lives. Even if... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Syria blasts at school kill 22, including 10 kids

    chris
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:28 am
     Twin bombings near an elementary school in Syria killed at least 22 people on Wednesday, including at least 10 children, with the second blast going off as screaming parents frantically... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Israel’s Netanyahu tells Obama, Iran can’t be allowed to reach nuclear arms ‘threshhold’

    chris
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:25 am
     Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told President Barack Obama on Wednesday that he hopes the U.S. leader will make sure that any final nuclear deal between Iran and world powers does... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Why Socialism Failed

  • Climate Change and ... Socialism?!

    23 Sep 2014 | 2:11 pm
    In New York following the Climate Change March, a group of left activists descended on Wall Street to protest the capitalism as the evil force behind climate change. The estimates vary widely depending on ideological affiliation, so I would not put a number.#FloodWallStreethttp://www.nytimes.com/2014/09/23/nyregion/climate-change-protesters-wall-street.html?ref=nyregionIn other news Wall Street is actually investing in renewable energy sources that the crowds choose to ignore for the sake of the anti-capitalist…
  • Lenin and the New Moral Imperative

    18 Sep 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Lenin, the Great Leader of the October 1917 Bolshevik Revolution,  was one of the first to throw around the notion that the source of all evil are the rich individuals that do not pay their "fair share" into society. Having more than you need, according to the Communist ideology, in itself was considered a crime.In 1920 in a speech at the 3rd Congress of the Union of the Russian Communist Youth, Lenin proclaimed that any peasant that has his own piece of land, and produces, and keeps from the harvest more than his family and his livestock needs, is turning  into an exploiter since…
  • Mon Dieu! France is Turning Away from Socialism!

    16 Sep 2014 | 7:12 am
    Mon Dieu! France is turning towards center! What's next?!Last week something quite significant happened in France and it was left unnoticed (intentionally?!) by the US media still reeling with its infatuation with Piketty's diatribe on the income inequality and how to punish the rich for having too  muchhttp://whysocialismfailed.blogspot.com/2014/04/pikettys-tour-de-force.html.Manuel Walls, the new French prime minister appointed by president Francois Hollande proclaimed "I love…
  • Ukraine Conflict Roots

    3 Sep 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Ukrainian Coat-of-Arms The current conflict in Ukraine has its roots in both the Russian, and the Ukrainian history. Indeed Kiev has a special place in the Russian history as the cradle of Russian statehood, the Kievan Rus. This is where Christianity was adopted in 867 AD so Russia was able to enter the civilized world as an equal.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kievan_Rus'On the other hand to be fair, both Ukraine and Belarus, in addition to Russia claim Kievan Rus as their ancestors. But the Kievan Rus was defeated and conquered by the Mongols.Ukraine has been for a long time in its…
  • Unification of Culture

    21 Jul 2014 | 11:18 am
     The socialist morale always was in favor of the spiritual over the material. Materialism itself was denounced as bourgeois leftover that was incompatible with the new social order. In order to build strong anti-materialism the socialist state has taken the task to educate its populace to appreciate fine art. The working masses were dragged to organized "cultural events" to show the world how educated and well-read are the builders of tomorrow.The Soviet Union's main cultural exports were its ballet and opera.Swan LakeOn the other hand any notion of modernism or avantgarde was…
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    The Alex Jones Show - Infowars.com

  • Alex Jones - 2014-Oct-01, Wednesday

    1 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    On the Wednesday, October 1 edition of the Alex Jones Show, guest host Paul Joseph Watson breaks down the threats posed to public health prompted by the first confirmed case of Ebola virus in the United States, as the CDC attempts to maintain calm in the face of a possible outbreak. Watson looks at various draconian emergency measures put in place by the federal government in the event of a potential outbreak, which could see even “well persons” and people who “do not show symptoms” detained, and radio host Alex Jones explores how the panic over Ebola will likely be used…
  • Alex Jones - 2014-Sep-30, Tuesday

    30 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    On this jam-packed Tuesday, September 30 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Alex breaks down the destabilization of the Middle East through ISIS and the mass demonstrations in Hong Kong. A government report reveals Obama skipped nearly 60% of his daily intelligence briefings, a fact which hampers the White House's ability to spin the news in its favor. Residents in Hong Kong are in the streets protesting the Chinese government's decision to make the former British colony more authoritarian, and now police are shooting tear gas at the protestors standing up for their rights. On today's show,…
  • Alex Jones - 2014-Sep-29, Monday

    29 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    On this Monday, September 29 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Alex covers the intractable move toward war in Syria, including the establishment's plan to introduce ground troops as top globalist minion Henry Kissinger calls for a world mercenary army to fight terror. Alex also looks at disturbing new aspects of the police state and its surveillance grid. On today'a worldwide broadcast, Alex talks with Dr. Russell Blaylock about the mystery illness sweeping America. Dr. Blaylock is a nationally recognized, board-certified neurosurgeon, health practitioner, author, and lecturer. He was a…
  • Alex Jones - 2014-Sep-28, Sunday

    28 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    On this Sunday, September 28 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Infowars Journalist Paul Joseph Watson is in studio to break down the latest headlines and discuss how the elite are attempting to hijack uprisings across the globe as citizens push back against their corrupt governments. Paul will also cover the ongoing situation in Syria in light of the latest push by the US for boots on the ground as Western government attempt to topple the Assad government under the guise of fighting ISIS. Then, Paul welcomes investigative journalist Jon Rappoport to discuss the persecution of Rob Schneider, who…
  • Alex Jones - 2014-Sep-26, Friday

    26 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    On the Friday, September 26 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Alex wraps up the week reflecting on the geopolitical ramifications of Obama's unconstitutional war on Al Qaeda, now called IS, ISIS, or ISIL, and the US military's move to allow illegal immigrants to serve. Jones continues dissecting exiting US Attorney General Eric Holder's attacks on the Constitution, and exposes why the FBI has taken Apple and Google to the woodshed for introducing encryption on their devices. On today's show, Alex welcomes best-selling author and world-renowned philosopher Doug Casey to break down his…
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    Vox - All

  • Stop reading this story and go get a flu shot

    Sarah Kliff
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:10 pm
    Here's a more productive way to stay healthy this fall than worrying abut the incredibly unlikely event of an American Ebola outbreak: Get a flu shot. It's cheap, its inexpensive, and it will help safeguard you against a disease that kills thousands of people each year. The Centers for Disease Control recommends that all Americans older than 6 months get vaccinated annually. Unless you are a particularly precocious 5-month-old, this includes you. Why should I get the flu vaccine? To protect yourself and those around you. Let's say you're a selfish person (we're not judging). The best reason…
  • The 6 biggest myths about Ebola, debunked

    Susannah Locke
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:50 pm
    The world is currently experiencing the worst Ebola outbreak on record. It started in Guinea in December 2013 and has since spread to four other countries in West Africa. On September 30, a patient was diagnosed in the United States for the first time. Altogether, the outbreak has infected more than 6,500 people and killed about 3,000. Unfortunately, as Ebola spreads, there has been a surprising amount of misinformation on the subject. Here are five common myths you might have heard about Ebola, debunked: 1) Myth: Ebola outbreaks are unstoppable That's not true. In fact, every previous…
  • Ebola in the United States: What we know and don't know

    Sarah Kliff
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:08 pm
    What we know How this Ebola outbreak became the worst we've ever seen — The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed the first-ever case of Ebola diagnosed in America. — The patient, Thomas Eric Duncan, left Monrovia, Liberia on a commercial flight on September 19, flew through Belgium, and arrived in the United States on September 20, CDC director Tom Frieden told reporters on Tuesday. The patient was not involved in the Ebola response in Liberia as far as government officials currently know. He came to the United States to visit family. — The patient had no symptoms…
  • How Dallas failed to diagnose the Ebola patient

    Julia Belluz
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:50 pm
    A hospital in Dallas that diagnosed America's first-ever known Ebola case also failed to recognize the patient's Ebola potential when he first sought care, missing an opportunity to isolate him when he was already contagious.The patient, Thomas Eric Duncan, had been visiting the US from Liberia. He left Monrovia on September 19 and traveled through Brussels, arriving in the US on September 20. He had no symptoms when he was departing Liberia or entering the US, which means he wouldn't have been infectious at the time. Texas Health Presbyterian. (Photo courtesy of Mike Stone/Getty Images News)…
  • The US wants to help Central Americans — by letting fewer refugees in

    Dara Lind
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:40 pm
    On Tuesday, the Obama administration announced how many refugees will be allowed to enter the US from now until next September. The announcement included information about a new program that's supposed to make it easier for children from Central America to apply for refugee status without having to leave their home countries — instead of making a dangerous journey from Mexico to the United States, as tens of thousands of Central American children and families did this spring and summer. But the program doesn't expand the number of refugees who'll be allowed to come from Guatemala,…