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  • Will you watch this for me?

    Unphotogenic Philosophy
    Michael Richards
    3 Sep 2015 | 6:21 am
    I was sat in the library and the person opposite me at the table asked if I could watch her stuff while she went to the loo. That seems sensible, after all, the library is plastered with signs warning that “it only takes a second” for all your items to be pinched, and that there have been dozens of thefts in only the last few months. Although it might be true that thefts are not particularly rare, and although I’m very trustworthy in the relevant sense — I haven’t stolen anyone’s stuff before — the person who asked me to watch her stuff doesn’t know that about me. For all she…
  • Santorum’s Climate Consensus Claims

    FactCheck.org
    Dave Levitan
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:37 pm
    Rick Santorum made two false claims regarding the scientific consensus on climate change: He said 57 percent of climate scientists “don’t buy off on the idea that CO2 is the knob that’s turning the climate.” This is based on a flawed reading of a survey of 1,868 scientists; one of that survey’s authors has called Santorum’s claim “absolutely false.” He called the oft-cited 97 percent consensus figure “bogus,” and said it was based on a survey of only 77 scientists. In fact, several surveys involving thousands of researchers have all…
  • Nearly 60 Kids Of Color Get A Rude Awakening Regarding Racism

    FreakOutNation
    Teach And Learn
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:51 am
    Some folks think we live in a post-racial world where the color of your skin does not affect how one interacts with society or how society affects them.                                     Those folks have never witnessed or experienced an eye […]
  • Putin Eliminates US Dollar and the Euro in Newly Drafted Law

    The Vision Times » World
    Troy Oakes
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:51 pm
    The Russian President, Vladimir Putin has drafted a new law that will essentially eliminate the ability to trade with the US dollar and the euro, between CIS countries. This will create a single financial market between all CIS countries which are countries from the former Soviet Union. A statement from Kremlin in part said; “At the current stage of integration in the CIS, it is essential to create a common financial market that would strengthen trade and economic cooperation between the Commonwealth member states.” “The agreement contemplates direct access by the parties’ resident…
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    Betsy's Page
    Betsy Newmark
    3 Sep 2015 | 3:49 am
    Josh Kraushaar has a perceptive column arguing that Jeb Bush is making a mistake by making the campaign about him versus Trump when his real opponents are Kasich and Rubio. A slow-and-steady dis­cip­lined strategy from Bush­world has morph­ed in­to anxi­ety over Trump’s stay­ing power. And it’s all be­ing done in the name of a stra­tegic mis­take: Bush’s biggest mis­cal­cu­la­tion is that Trump is his biggest rival; the as­sump­tion that he’s best-po­si­tioned to be the fi­nal Re­pub­lic­an stand­ing against the busi­ness­man. The real­ity is that the…
 
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    Washington Post

  • Sanders campaign cool to O’Malley’s more aggressive approach to forcing more debates

    John Wagner
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:57 am
    The campaign of presidential hopeful Martin O’Malley has made several unsuccessful overtures to rival Bernie Sanders’s camp in recent weeks to jointly buck the Democratic National Committee’s schedule of six debates. In private conversations, confirmed by aides to both candidates, O’Malley representatives have suggested that both Sanders and O’Malley agree to accept invitations to debates not […]
  • Larry Lessig hits the presidential campaign trail

    David Weigel
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:05 am
    SALEM, N.H. -- Larry Lessig has been a Harvard Law professor, an author, an copyright innovator, and the leader of an anti-corruption "super PAC to end super PACs." On Wednesday night, he took on a new role: A potential candidate for president, taking a whack at a rival. Standing in an Italian restaurant's dining room, […]
  • Jeb Bush went hard after Trump in New Hampshire. Then he took some heat on immigration.

    David Weigel and Sean Sullivan
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:03 am
    HAMPTON, NH -- Jeb Bush took his offensive against Republican presidential rival Donald Trump on the road to this early voting state on Thursday, lambasting the real estate mogul's proposals in his opening remarks and defiantly responding to his jeers. He also faced some heat on immigration, Trump's signature issue. Trump has criticized Bush for speaking […]
  • Donald Trump hints he will sign RNC loyalty pledge

    Jenna Portnoy
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:15 am
    RICHMOND -- Donald Trump said Thursday morning that signing a loyalty pledge designed to block him from running for president as an independent would give him the best shot at winning the Republican primary. Asked by conservative radio show host John Fredericks if he would sign a statement that the Republican National Committee circulated to […]
  • Pro-Scott Walker ads to soon hit Iowa television stations, followed by a heavy push in S.C.

    Jenna Johnson
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:27 am
      The super PAC supporting Scott Walker's run for the White House wants to remind Iowans of what the Wisconsin governor is most known for: challenging the public unions in his state in 2011 and then enduring massive protests and a recall election. The Unintimidated PAC, named after the book Walker wrote about his fight with […]
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    The Atlantic

  • The Revision of Steve Jobs

    Megan Garber
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:49 am
    Denis Sinyakov / Reuters An iPhone is a machine much like any other: motherboard, modem, microphone, microchip, battery, antenna, wires of gold and silver and copper twisting and snaking, the whole collection assembled under a piece of glass whose surface—coated with an oxide of indium and tin to make it electrically conductive—sparks to life under the warmth of a human touch. But an iPhone, too, is much more than a machine. The neat ecosystem that hums under its heat-activated glass holds grocery lists and photos and games and jokes and news and books and music and secrets and the voices…
  • Thai Commercials: Great at Making People Cry

    Richard Macauley
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:39 am
    Vizer / Youtube Advertising on television often falls into neat, stereotypical categories; beer ads are funny, car ads are slick, men in household products ads are dumb, wives in electronics ads are shrews. But Thailand is quietly becoming the world leader in a special niche: the tear-jerker. John Lewis, a British department store, has become renowned for its Christmas heart-warmers and tear-jerkers, and nearly every massive multinational from Google to Coca Cola has least produced at least one. Thailand’s ad industry, though, is taking them to the next level. The genre is so popular in…
  • The Big Question: Reader Poll

    The Editors
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:30 am
    Lauren Giordano/The Atlantic We asked readers to answer our question for the October issue: What was the most consequential sibling rivalry of all time? Vote for your favorite response, and we’ll publish the results online and in the next issue of the magazine. Create your own user feedback survey Coming up in November: What science-fiction gadget would be most valuable in real life Email your nomination to bigquestion@theatlantic.com for a chance to appear in the November issue of the magazine and the next reader poll. This article was originally published at…
  • China Stages a Massive Military Parade to Commemorate the End of World War II

    Alan Taylor
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    In Beijing, China marked the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II, and its role in defeating Japan, by holding an enormous military parade and declaring a new national holiday. The spectacle involved more than 12,000 troops, 500 pieces of military hardware, and 200 aircraft of various types, representing what military officials said were the Chinese military's most cutting-edge technology. While the entire event was a show of strength, Chinese officials insisted the message was about peace, with the logo displayed on posters featuring an image of a dove. This article was originally…
  • How New Orleans Tried to Dump Toxic Katrina Waste Into a Vietnamese Community

    Nadine Ajaka
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:42 am
    This article was originally published at http://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/403381/katrina-nola-vietnamese-community/
 
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    Daily Kos

  • Kentucky clerk Kim Davis held in contempt for refusing to issue marriage licenses, going to jail

    3 Sep 2015 | 10:17 am
    Kim Davis is going to jail. Federal District Judge David Bunning held Kim Davis, the county clerk who has become a national symbol of anti-gay animus for her resistance to marriage equality, in contempt of court on Thursday. According to Dan Griffin, a reporter for local news station WSAZ, she was led out by U.S. Marshals. The judge reportedly said that financial sanctions were not enough to ensure her compliance with the law. Davis, who claims that she is acting “under God’s authority,” refuses to issue marriage licenses due to her opposition to marriage equality. Bunning ordered her…
  • Swing district Republican John Kline of Minnesota will retire, creating top Democratic pickup chance

    3 Sep 2015 | 8:48 am
    Retiring Minnesota GOP Rep. John Kline On Thursday, GOP Rep. John Kline announced that he would not seek re-election to his swingy suburban Twin Cities seat. Obama narrowly won Minnesota's 2nd District 49.1 to 49.0, but Kline has always pulled off decisive victories here ever since he was first elected in 2002. This is exactly the type of seat that Democrats need to capture if they want any chance at returning to the majority, and the fight for district is going to get a lot more interesting now that Kline is departing. Team Blue had two viable candidates running here even before Kline made…
  • Despite Clinton campaign wishes, former IT staffer declines congressional subpoena

    3 Sep 2015 | 8:14 am
    Rep. Trey Gowdy, denied. A former State Department staffer who helped set up Hillary Clinton's private server has declined to appear before congressional committees investigating whatever the hell it is they're currently investigating about Clinton. The move by Bryan Pagliano, who had worked on Clinton’s 2008 presidential campaign before setting up the server in her New York home in 2009, came in a Monday letter from his lawyer to the House panel investigating the 2012 attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya. The letter cited the ongoing FBI inquiry into the security of Clinton’s…
  • Jeb! says Trump's an insulting, intolerant, Clinton-esque liberal ... and of course he'd support him

    3 Sep 2015 | 7:50 am
    Poor Jeb! After swinging and missing on his previous attempts to respond forcefully to Donald Trump's attacks against him—which have clearly gotten under his skin—he took to the airways on Thursday morning for another at-bat. And what did he accomplish? Well, he probably infuriated the Republican base by waxing poetic about diversity ... and he undoubtedly showcased the problem with the GOP's planned loyalty oath, which will have candidates pledging not to run third-party. Said Bush: I think Donald Trump is trying to insult his way to the presidency ... he wants to tear us down, he…
  • Judge tells couple they can't get divorced because of gay marriage

    3 Sep 2015 | 7:44 am
    A judge in Tennessee has decided that a local couple cannot get divorced. Because gay marriage. You read that right. According to the Times Free Press: [Hamilton County Chancellor Jeffrey Atherton] said the Supreme Court must clarify "when a marriage is no longer a marriage." Otherwise, he contended, state courts are impaired from addressing marriage and divorce litigation altogether. "The conclusion reached by this Court is that Tennesseans have been deemed by the U.S. Supreme Court to be incompetent to define and address such keystone/central institutions such as marriage, and, thereby, at…
 
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    Huffington Post

  • Harlem Meets Havana

    3 Sep 2015 | 10:40 am
    I am proud that this summer a delegation of Harlemites led by The Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce (GHCC)'s President Lloyd Williams and Councilmember Inez Dickens returned from their successful mission to Havana, Cuba, where I helped arrange their meetings with senior officials of the Cuban government regarding trade, business and tourism and our anticipated first annual cultural exchange program in 2016 - Harlem Meets Havana. As they advance the planning and implementation of this important international cultural exchange, I am urging Congress to take action that will allow communities…
  • Politics as Usual Stifles Action on Environment

    3 Sep 2015 | 10:36 am
    By Jordan Stephen On Monday, President Obama became the first commander-in-chief to venture into the northern reaches of Alaska to examine the visible effect climate change is having on the country. The trip highlights the administration's desire to draw attention to climate change, an issue the President intends to bring to the forefront of the political conversation before he retires from the Oval Office. But despite consistent public cries to address environmental issues, especially from millennials, the past decade has seen little legislative movement in the area. In fact, the last major…
  • Rand Paul: Dick Cheney 'Wrong' About Almost Every Foreign Policy Decision

    3 Sep 2015 | 10:29 am
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) criticized former Vice President Dick Cheney on Thursday, calling nearly all of his foreign policy decisions spanning the last three decades a "disaster for this country."  "I think Dick Cheney has probably been wrong about almost every foreign policy decision over the last 20 or 30 years," Paul told conservative talk show host Laura Ingraham. "The only time he was actually right about something in foreign policy is when he advised the first George Bush that taking Baghdad would lead to chaos, civil war and destabilizing a region. That's ultimately what happened. "…
  • Martin O'Malley Wants Millennials, But Do They Want Him?

    3 Sep 2015 | 10:22 am
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwASC4ijRFc By, Siraj Hashmi Martin O'Malley is trying to blaze a new trail by butting heads with the Democratic National Committee over the debate schedule as many candidates in the Democratic Party are growing more eager to debate the issues. The former two-term Governor of Maryland spoke at a DNC event last Friday in Minneapolis, where he slammed DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz and the rest of the party leadership for limiting the number of debates among the five declared candidates for the nomination. "We are the Democratic Party, not the Undemocratic…
  • Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis Taken Into Custody

    3 Sep 2015 | 10:17 am
    ASHLAND, Ky., Sept 3 (Reuters) - A county clerk in Kentucky who refuses to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples on religious grounds was found in contempt by a U.S. federal judge on Thursday for defying his order to do so and taken into custody. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis was led away by U.S. marshals. "The court doesn't do this lightly," District Court Judge David Bunning said in ordering she be taken into custody. (Additional reporting by Suzannah Gonzales in Chicago and Emily Stephenson in Washintgon; Writing by David Bailey and Ben Klayman; Editing by Howard Goller and Chris…
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    Drudge Retort

  • Bernie Sanders: I'm Not Anything Like Trump

    Corky
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:31 am
    Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders on Monday strongly rejected comparisons between his campaign and that of Republican candidate Donald Trump. "No, I don't accept that for one moment," the Democratic presidential candidate told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell. "We are not engaged here in demagoguery. We're not engaged here in racist attacks, outrageous attacks against Mexicans. What we are trying to do is talk about the reality facing the American people."
  • Judge Throws Out Tom Brady's 4-Game Suspension

    rcade
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:29 am
    New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady won a court victory over the NFL as U.S. District Court Judge Richard Berman nullified the league's four-game suspension Thursday morning. Berman said in the decision that NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell exceeded his authority in the punishment. Brady will be eligible to play next week, though the NFL may appeal.
  • Your Pakistani Fake Viagra Could Kill You

    Harry_Powell
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:31 am
    The World Health Organization estimates as many as 50% of illicit online pharmacies are selling counterfeit medications. A 2014 annual report from the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy in the United States concluded after sampling more than 11,000 Internet pharmacies that a staggering 96% of those pharmacies did not comply with patient safety and pharmacy practice standards, or state and federal laws, and were deemed by the NABP as "not recommended." John Clark, former deputy assistant secretary for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency and now chief security officer…
  • Rick Scott Scrubs Memo Clearing Planned Parenthood

    rcade
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:09 am
    Gov. Rick Scott's office scrubbed a press release written by his own regulators that found there was no "mishandling of fetal remains" at clinics run by Planned Parenthood and at the same time said it would refer doctors who worked at those clinics to the state Board of Medicine for possible disciplinary action. The press release, before Scott's office got a hold of it, stated "there is no evidence of the mishandling of fetal remains at any of the 16 clinics we investigated across the state."
  • Scott Walker, the 'Incredible Shrinking Candidate'

    Corky
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:33 pm
    When Scott Walker began his presidential bid several months ago, his resume and cover letter looked sterling: a conservative governor of a blue state in the Midwest, a young man with evangelical roots and a proven record of victory over liberal forces. Walker was simultaneously the unshakable fighter conservatives craved and the battle-tested, donor-approved executive the establishment could get behind. But the rigorous course of the presidential campaign exposed the Wisconsin governor
 
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    Editor's Blog

  • BOOM

    David Kurtz
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:12 am
    Kentucky clerk found in contempt of court, and according to CNN has been taken into federal custody.
  • Is Ben Carson Trump's Kryptonite?

    David Kurtz
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:08 am
    New poll shows Trump still dominating the GOP field nationally, but this part is interesting: When paired in hypothetical one-on-one match-ups with the other GOP contenders, Trump actually loses decisively to only one candidate: Ben Carson. And it's not even close. Carson wins 55-36.
  • Welp ...

    David Kurtz
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:02 am
    Women pols engaging in the same kind of hanky panky that has long infused male-dominated state capitals is a win for gender equality, I guess?
  • Slippery

    David Kurtz
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:45 am
    Where do the GOP presidential candidates stand on the refusenik Kentucky county clerk defying a court order to issue same-sex marriage licenses? Some support her, some don't -- and then there's the epic vagueness that is beginning to define Scott Walker's candidacy.
  • Thanks A Lot, Roger

    David Kurtz
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:30 am
    If you have Patriots fans in your office who you've been chortling at about DeflateGate since January, I feel your pain. Acutely.
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    Political Animal

  • Lunch Buffet

    3 Sep 2015 | 11:14 am
    So North Carolina and South Carolina kick off in a little over five hours, and I've stupidly made a business appointment for 3:30 PDT. Suppose I can sneak a look at WatchESPN now and then. Here are some less sporty midday news/views treats: * Sarah Posner argues the only "religion" question presidential candidates should be asked is about extent to which someone's understanding of "God's law" should be allowed to trump civil law, and under what circumstances. * New national poll from Monmouth has Trump w/ 30%, Carson w/ 18%, nobody else in double digits. Trump also leads every candidate other…
  • Chaos on Campuses

    3 Sep 2015 | 10:38 am
    This year's College Guide would not be complete without some recognition of the turmoil on a not insignificant number of campuses over the tangled issues of free speech and sexual misconduct. So we asked distinguished University of Michigan law professor (and former prosecutor and disability rights litigator) Samuel Bagenstos to untangle them for readers. He's produced a must-read for those (like me) who are decades removed from campus life, but have heard all the distant rumblings of controversy over students and faculty under the gun for alleged hurtful words, feeding right-wing conspiracy…
  • Reining in Trump--At a Price

    3 Sep 2015 | 9:41 am
    So according to a very credible conservative-watcher, WaPo's Robert Costa, Donald Trump is going to take The Pledge later today, promising to back the ultimate Republican presidential nominee even if it's not his own self. You should note this proviso in Costa's otherwise confident piece: The Republicans familiar with Trump’s decision requested anonymity to discuss private conversations. They also said that Trump may have caveats or conditions upon signing that have not yet been shared beyond the businessman’s tight-knit inner circle. Assuming these "caveats and conditions" don't…
  • Trump and Producerism

    3 Sep 2015 | 9:03 am
    The erudite if sometimes cranky Michael Lind (who is now a Contributing Editor to Politico Magazine, believe it or not) offers a pertinent reminder today that Tea Party followers of Donald Trump are obviously not obsessed with limited government: The success of Trump’s campaign has, if nothing else, exposed the Tea Party for what it really is; Trump’s popularity is, in effect, final proof of what some of us have been arguing for years: that the Tea Party is less a libertarian movement than a right-wing version of populism. Think William Jennings Bryan or Huey Long, not Ayn Rand.
  • The Hero Spins in His Grave

    3 Sep 2015 | 8:11 am
    Nancy LeTourneau's post on Barack Obama's fine record of paying attention to Native American concerns provides about as eloquent an indirect talking point as you can imagine for discarding the southern fried trope of Andrew Jackson being (along with Thomas Jefferson) a founder of today's Democratic Party. Can one imagine anything more likely to make The Hero spin in his grave than the specter of an African-American president giving succor to Native Americans? I'm sure he would have considered it hell on earth, and a profanation of everything his party stood for.
 
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    CNN.com - Politics

  • Committee privately grills Clinton aides

    3 Sep 2015 | 9:43 am
    Hillary Clinton says her use of a private email server didn't break the law -- but she could be damaged by a former State Department employee's refusal to testify before Congress about it.
  • Trump to meet with RNC head on loyalty pledge

    3 Sep 2015 | 9:13 am
  • Poll: Trump leads GOP nationally, but Carson gains

    3 Sep 2015 | 9:09 am
    Donald Trump is expanding his strong lead over the other GOP presidential candidates nationally, according to a new poll, but Ben Carson is also posting a big jump in support.
  • Biden talks up Sanders at fundraiser

    3 Sep 2015 | 9:07 am
    Democratic donors who attended a high-dollar fundraiser headlined by Joe Biden on Wednesday expressed little enthusiasm afterward for a come-from-behind presidential bid.
  • Texas candidates look to repel outsiders

    3 Sep 2015 | 8:53 am
    When Scott Walker opened the door at a 1920's-style soda fountain here Wednesday to begin three days of courting the state's donors and voters, the Wisconsin governor embarked on the most aggressive push yet by a non-Texan to wrestle control of the state away from its native sons.
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    Time

  • Ally Says Trump To Tell RNC He Won’t Make Third-Party Run

    philipelliotttime
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:10 am
    Real estate mogul Donald Trump is ready to tell Republicans that they don’t need to worry about a third-party bid. Trump and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus are set to meet Thursday afternoon at Trump Tower in Midtown Manhattan. Senior Republicans say they expect the meeting to end with Trump signing a proposed loyalty pledge to the party, promising to endorse the GOP nominee—even if it isn’t Trump, who is leading in the polls. A person close to Trump tells TIME: “He will sign it.” Trump has long resisted making such declarations. During the…
  • Clinton Ex-Staffer to Plead Fifth on Emails in Congressional Probe

    Dan Stewart
    3 Sep 2015 | 6:54 am
    A former Hillary Clinton staffer who helped set up the former secretary of state’s private email server has vowed to invoke the Fifth Amendment and refuse to answer questions after a congressional committee subpoenaed him, MSNBC confirmed late Wednesday. Bryan Pagliano, who worked for Clinton during her 2008 presidential campaign and at the State Department, has been identified in digital records as the person who set up her email server in 2009. The House Select Committee on Benghazi, which is investigating Clinton’s emails, subpoenaed Pagliano last month to testify. But his…
  • Bush: ‘I Laughed’ at Trump’s Criticism of Speaking Spanish

    Tara John
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:24 am
    WASHINGTON — Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush says his first reaction was to laugh at rival Donald Trump’s criticism of him for speaking Spanish. Bush told ABC’s “Good Morning America” Thursday, “I laughed. I mean this is a joke.” Bush said he had been responding to a reporter’s question in Spanish this week when he replied in Spanish to criticize Trump. Trump told Breitbart News that Bush should “set the example” by speaking English while in the U.S. Bush called Trump’s comments bizarre, adding that Trump is…
  • Morning Must Reads: September 3

    Melissa August
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:10 am
    The Republican National Committee is circulating a loyalty pledge to its presidential candidates this week, largely seen as a way to force front-runner Donald Trump‘s hand to commit to not running a third-party campaign should he lose the nomination. Trump appears to be on board, calling a 2 p.m. press conference Thursday at which RNC Chairman Reince Priebus is expected to attend at Trump Tower in New York. By getting Trump to sign the oath, the RNC will be able to breathe a sigh of relief that Trump won’t mount an independent bid, which the GOP believes would essentially throw…
  • GOP Seeks Pledge to Avert Trump Third-Party Run

    mrivettcarnac
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:33 pm
    (WASHINGTON) — Seeking to avert a 2016 disaster, the Republican National Committee on Wednesday challenged every GOP presidential candidate to sign a pledge not to undertake a third-party bid under any circumstances. The challenge, confirmed by multiple campaigns, is aimed squarely at Donald Trump. And the timing of the pledge suggests an agreement has been reached. While he is leading the packed Republican field in early polls, the billionaire businessman last month repeatedly threatened to launch a third-party bid — leaving open the possibility even at the GOP’s first…
 
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  • EXCLUSIVE: Trump will sign GOP loyalty pledge

    3 Sep 2015 | 6:47 am
    <p>A close associate tells POLITICO that Donald Trump plans to sign a loyalty pledge Thursday that would bind him to endorse the Republican nominee, and would preclude a third-party run. Trump made the stunning decision, which he has long resisted, to avoid complications in getting listed on primary ballots, and to take away an attack line in the next debate, the associate said.</p><p>Trump, who has led the GOP field in poll after poll, has long viewed the threat of a third-party candidacy as priceless leverage – and even used that word when he refused to take such a…
  • Clinton confidants set for GOP grilling

    3 Sep 2015 | 2:10 am
    <p>House GOP Benghazi investigators have returned to Washington early to grill two high-profile aides to Hillary Clinton about the 2012 terrorist attack in Libya and Clinton's use of a private email server during her tenure at the State Department.</p><p>In two closed-door, daylong interrogation sessions, the panel will interview Cheryl Mills, former chief of staff for the secretary of state-turned-2016 Democratic front-runner, and Jake Sullivan, Clinton's top policy guru, on Thursday and Friday.</p><p>Lawmakers and staff will question them about the…
  • Wasserman Schultz’s divided loyalties

    (Marc Caputo)
    3 Sep 2015 | 2:14 am
    <p>A Hillary Clinton-Joe Biden fight would tear at Florida and be particularly hard on Debbie Wasserman Schultz.</p><p>The Florida congresswoman and Democratic National Committee chair wouldn't just be any Democrat up for grabs: She was one of the last loyalists sticking with Clinton in 2008 and has a true, if more professional, friendship with the former secretary of state. But she also has an intense, emotional connection with the vice president. More than once, they've cried together, comforted each other, over grief and political problems…
  • How Trump Exposed the Tea Party

    (Michael Lind)
    3 Sep 2015 | 2:00 am
    <p>Here are some of the things that have been said by the guy who has galvanized the GOP’s Tea Party base and taken the lead in the Republican presidential race: </p><p>“Every Republican wants to do a big number on Social Security, they want to do it on Medicare, they want to do it on Medicaid. And we can’t do that.”</p><p>“As far as single payer [health care], it works in Canada, it works incredibly well in Scotland. … You can't let the people in this country, the people without the money and resources, to go without…
  • Haters for Trump

    2 Sep 2015 | 2:09 am
    <p>HANOVER, N.H. — They think Donald Trump’s ideas are “disgusting.” They think he is making a mockery of the American political system and that even he doesn’t take his own candidacy seriously. And that is exactly why they say they plan to vote for him.</p><p>Meet Trump’s protest voters.</p><p>People who in the past might have gone to the polls only to register their disdain for politicians by writing in “Mickey Mouse” — or perhaps even “Donald Trump” — now have a Republican front-runner to…
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  • Audit shows security gaps persist at nuclear weapons complex penetrated by nun and other activists in 2012

    3 Sep 2015 | 10:00 am
    A $50 million security system at the Y-12 nuclear complex that stores fissile material for 10,000 nuclear bombs is still malfunctioning
  • Nations narrow gap on make-or-break climate issue

    3 Sep 2015 | 9:54 am
    Rich and developing nations thrashing out a UN climate-rescue pact have moved closer on the make-or-break issue of compensation for damages caused by global warming, observers and negotiators said Thursday. Payouts for "loss and damage," as it is called, would be over and above the annual $100 billion (90 billion euros) from 2020 already pledged to help developing nations reduce carbon emissions and adapt to a climate-altered future. "I can see there has been a huge shift... especially on the part of developed countries," Amjad Abdulla of the Maldives, speaking for the…
  • Pamela Anderson urges Russia to save whales

    3 Sep 2015 | 9:53 am
    Actress Pamela Anderson urged Russia Thursday to join her fight to save whales and seals as she auctioned off a red float used in filming the hit 1990s show Baywatch. The 48-year-old Canadian-born actress flew to the Pacific port of Vladivostok to attend an international economic forum at the invitation of environment minister Sergei Donskoi. Anderson attended a charity auction to raise money to protect endangered species and sold off a bright red float used in Baywatch filming for 3 million rubles ($45,000) to a businessman, Interfax news agency reported.
  • US: Military, diplomatic families can leave Turkey base area

    3 Sep 2015 | 9:49 am
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of military and diplomatic family members near Incirlik air base in southern Turkey are being told they can leave the country, U.S. officials said Thursday, citing increased worries about security threats in the region.
  • War crimes complaint filed against Chad leader Deby

    3 Sep 2015 | 9:45 am
    War crimes accusations have been filed against Chad's President Idriss Deby, a Senegalese court which is already trying ex-Chadian dictator Hissene Habre said Thursday. Deby, who overthrew Habre in 1990, has been accused of "genocide, war crimes, crimes against humanity and torture, at the initiative of some victims", lawyer Mbaye Jacques Ndiaye told radio station RFI.
 
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    Political Irony

  • Up or Down

    Iron Knee
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:30 pm
    © Matt Bors Remember times like now, when the stock market is bouncing all over the place for no real reason. Remember now the next time someone says that we have to change Social Security to save it. Like in 2005 when Dubya tried to privatize some or all of it by investing it in the stock market. Why yes, of course some people want to throw that huge amount of money at Wall Street and cause the mother of all financial bubbles. The banks would profit handsomely. And if their investments went south, then of course the government would bail them out like we did last time, and the time…
  • Who?

    Iron Knee
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:05 pm
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  • The Party of No no no no NOOOOO!

    Iron Knee
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Republican congressman Mike Turner of Ohio is so mad about Obama and Alaska changing the name of Mt. McKinley back to Denali, he is now threatening to change the name back by attaching a rider to must-pass legislation. You know, like they did when they tried to repeal Obamacare by shutting down the government. You have got to be kidding me. Is Congress really this dysfunctional that they would shut down the government over the name of some mountain? (Don’t answer that!) The Party of NO is hardly news. But what makes this worth posting is what Turner said next: “President Obama’s…
  • Late Night Political Humor

    Iron Knee
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:15 pm
    “Today is Bill Clinton’s birthday. Hillary sent Bill an e-birthday card and out of habit she immediately deleted it.” – Conan O’Brien “Today, Hillary Clinton released an ad that emphasized her humble economic background. In the ad she says, ‘Just 15 years ago, my family and I were evicted from our house.'” – Conan O’Brien “A new CNN poll shows that Donald Trump is within six points of Hillary Clinton. It’s the closest Trump has ever gotten to a woman over 40.” – Seth Meyers “Trump recently said he won’t eat…
  • Trump Attack?

    Iron Knee
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:30 pm
    As much as I hate posting about Donald Trump, he does give me a laugh. And this story is almost too ironic to believe. On Saturday, Trump told CNN that he is not interested in running attack ads on television. “I just want to talk about my accomplishments.” Really? What accomplishments? “I’m not looking to attack anybody.” Says the man who has attacked just about everybody, on Twitter, Instagram, while giving a speech, and even trashing Fox News. Heck, it seems like most of his popularity comes from his willingness to attack fellow Republicans. Trump says…
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    Media Matters for America - Latest Items

  • The New York Times : Diplomats Agree That Iran Deal "Is As Good A Deal As You Could Get"

    3 Sep 2015 | 9:35 am
    Diplomats from the UK, China, France, Germany and Russia told Congress that the Iran nuclear deal is the best deal possible, according to a report from The New York Times. Since the Iran Nuclear agreement was announced in July, many nonproliferation and national security experts have praised the deal for being "about as good as any real world agreement could be" and "pretty damn good." Nuclear and military experts have also called the deal "the most effective means currently available to prevent Iran from obtaining nuclear weapons." Adding to the list of those voicing support for the…
  • So Now Even The Boring Clinton Emails Are Big News?

    3 Sep 2015 | 8:39 am
    Hillary Clinton likes to watch Parks and Recreation. That's what the Clinton email kerfuffle seemed to amount to this week. News organization excitedly dove into the latest trove of emails released from Clinton's time as secretary of state, only to have to settle for vacuous nuggets about her TV viewing habits. We seem to be at the stage where the mere existence of publicly-available Clinton emails prompts journalists to hype each additional set as big news, even when the contents of the emails are non-descript. Hard-wired into the Republican way of thinking, the Beltway press often…
  • Fox News Calls Black Lives Matter A Hate Group After Repeatedly Lauding Actual Hate Groups

    3 Sep 2015 | 8:38 am
    Right-wing media, particularly Fox News, immediately jumped at the chance to blame the Black Lives Matter movement after a gunman killed a Texas police officer at a suburban Houston gas station, going so far as to label it a hate group. Not only are both these charges incontrovertibly false, but the network itself has a long history of promoting organizations identified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as "hate groups":
  • IA Radio Host Steve Deace Calls Transgender Student A "Crossdresser" Who Makes Girls' Locker Room "Not Safe"

    3 Sep 2015 | 8:36 am
    From the September 2 edition of USA Radio Network's Steve Deace Show: DEACE: Don't know if you saw this story. I think it's Hillsboro school, Hillsborough High School. There is a boy who wants to be named Lila. And frankly when you see pictures of him you would not doubt that he is a boy. You would look at him and think, well this guy looks like maybe just, you know, wants to be, you know, the backup, you know, bassist when Guns n' Roses does the reunion tour. He looks like a dude. He just looks like a dude that would be in most rock star videos with long hair. There's nothing about him…
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Calls Out Trump For Bullying The Press

    3 Sep 2015 | 8:14 am
    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar called out Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump for the "insidious political crime" of increasingly "attacking the First Amendment's protection of a free press by menacing journalists." In an essay for The Washington Post's PostEverything section, Abdul-Jabbar detailed Trump's increasingly hostile attacks on the press. On two separate occasions, Trump has thrown Hispanic journalists out of his press conferences. When Fox News' Megyn Kelly asked him during the first GOP debate to account for his offensive rhetoric towards women, Trump repeatedly castigated her for…
 
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    This Week in Blackness | #TWIBnation

  • #TWiBprime #731| Insisting On Ignorance

    TWiB.FM
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:10 am
    #TeamBlackness returns to discuss the shooting of a Texas cop, the condition of his murderer, and how Fox News worked very hard to connect it to the #BlackLivesMatter movement. Featuring Elon James White @elonJames Imani Gandy @angryblacklady Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon – Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! ITUNES | STITCHER | PREMIUM The post #TWiBprime #731| Insisting On Ignorance appeared first on #TWIBnation.
  • TWiB AfterDARK #63 | An Evening With Conner Habib

    TWiB.FM
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:30 am
    N’jaila sits with author, teacher, and sex worker advocate Conner Habib to discuss the raid of escort website Rentboy.com. Featuring: N’Jaila Rhee @BlasianBytch Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman Leave feedback! Www.tinyurl.com/twibafterdark Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon – Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! Want more @twibDARK: SUBSCRIBE: iTunes | Stitcher | RSS Feed FOLLOW:Facebook |Twitter | [DONATE] The post TWiB AfterDARK #63 | An Evening With Conner Habib appeared first on #TWIBnation.
  • TWiB! AFTERDARK #62 | Recycled Underwear

    TWiB.FM
    22 Aug 2015 | 10:21 am
    Jaila and Aaron discuss how many department stores restock used underwear, vaginal “empowerment”, and read listener questions Featuring: N’Jaila Rhee @BlasianBytch Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon – Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! Want more @twibDARK: SUBSCRIBE: iTunes | Stitcher | RSS Feed FOLLOW:Facebook |Twitter | [DONATE] The post TWiB! AFTERDARK #62 | Recycled Underwear appeared first on #TWIBnation.
  • #TWiBprime Ep. #730 PT. 3

    BLACKNESS.TV
    22 Aug 2015 | 8:32 am
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  • #TWiBprime Ep. #730 – PT. 2

    BLACKNESS.TV
    22 Aug 2015 | 8:27 am
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    Wonkette

  • God Agrees Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis Is A-Hole, Sends Her To Jail

    Kaili Joy Gray
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:34 am
    The persecution has begunneth! Poor criming-while-white bigot and hell-bound harlot Kim Davis, her day of reckoning has come, her god has forsaken her, and off to the pokey she goes: Read more on God Agrees Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis Is A-Hole, Sends Her To Jail… The post God Agrees Kentucky Clerk Kim Davis Is A-Hole, Sends Her To Jail appeared first on Wonkette.
  • Which Republican Candidate Can Lick That Kentucky Clerk Lady’s Knob Best?

    Evan Hurst
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:30 am
    LINE UP, BOYS! Kentucky county clerk Kim Davis, she is the “it” topic in our political conversation right now! Is she a dumb hick lady who thinks her loving God will roast her in hell for all eterntity, on a pyre made of her own jumpers, for signing a gay marriage license? Yes! Is the Liberty Counsel using her as its pawn in a culture war it’s already lost? Ayup! Did she do so much adultery before she gave her heart to Jesus, it’ll make your head spin trying to figure out which husbands she was fuckin’ at any given time in her life or who her baby daddy is?
  • Magic Bible Words Protect Gun From Grubby Muslim Hands

    Doktor Zoom
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:45 am
    Jesus is so proud of you While some gun shops and ranges have been drawing in the rubes by declaring themselves “Muslim-free zones,” a Florida gun manufacturer has hit on the ultimate in anti-Muslim marketing: a semiautomatic rifle that no Muslim would ever dare touch, because it has a Bible verse inscribed on it. Spike’s Tactical, of Apopka, Florida, knows what the market needs, and what the market needs is the “Crusader” model AR-15, with a laser-etched Knights Templar cross on one side of the magazine well, and a Bible verse — Old Testament, of course…
  • Donald Trump Pinky-Swears Undying Love To GOP, Wink Wink

    Kaili Joy Gray
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    Sure, guys, whatever you want ;) Ooooh, the Republican Party finally outsmarted Donald Trump! After his repeated threats to run as a third-party candidate, should The Establishment fail to continue giving him the quality scrote-job he demands, Trump has caved to the pleas of the all-powerful almighty Republican National Committee: Read more on Donald Trump Pinky-Swears Undying Love To GOP, Wink Wink… The post Donald Trump Pinky-Swears Undying Love To GOP, Wink Wink appeared first on Wonkette.
  • Donald Trump Doesn’t Want To Press ‘1’ To Hear Jeb Bush Lose In English

    Doktor Zoom
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:15 am
    Why anyone Photoshopped a giant bagel on Jeb’s head is beyond us Louche stool Donald Trump gave an exclusive interview to Dead Breitbart’s Home for Terrified White People on Wednesday, and revealed that not only is he certain he’ll be elected president in 2016, but he’s pretty sure he’ll win re-election in 2020 and will be the second coming of Ronald Reagan. And how will he manage that feat? By saying shit like this: Read more on Donald Trump Doesn’t Want To Press ‘1’ To Hear Jeb Bush Lose In English… The post Donald Trump Doesn’t…
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    Hot Air

  • Jeb Bush to Trump: What’s wrong with speaking Spanish?

    Allahpundit
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:21 am
    "That’s the reality of America, that’s the goodness of America. That’s the kind of America we want." Here’s another demonstration, says David Frum, that Bush is never more passionate than when he’s talking about immigration and biculturalism. The Trump/Bush debate over whether it’s appropriate to address Latino voters in Spanish is like the Christie/Paul argument over the NSA and civil liberties: Each man’s position on the issue speaks directly to what it […] Read this post »
  • New York rolls out Yes Means Yes plan to combat “college rape culture”

    Jazz Shaw
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:41 am
    This should just go flawlessly Earlier this summer New York Governor Andrew Cuomo followed the trail blazed by California legislators and put a new “affirmative consent” law in place to combat sexual assault on college campuses. (These are commonly known as Yes Means Yes laws.) The law is due to take effect in October and it required some changes on […] Read this post »
  • Hot Air Primary Survey: Pre-CNN Debate Edition

    Patrick Ishmael
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:01 am
    Serious. Thanks! Loading… Read this post »
  • Tom Brady beats NFL in Deflategate appeal because God hates the Jets

    Allahpundit
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:21 am
    Victory. I kid. The fact that the Jets exist at all proves that there is no God. Note that the court didn’t rule that Brady was innocent in Deflategate. The ruling was that Roger Goodell’s decision to suspend him for four games was an arbitrary punishment which Goodell had no explicit authority under the collective bargaining […] Read this post »
  • Video: Trump to sign RNC pledge to forego independent run?

    Ed Morrissey
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:41 am
    Pinned? Is The Donald getting serious, or is he trolling the RNC? Fox News reported last night that Donald Trump will meet with RNC chair Reince Priebus to “take the pledge” to support the eventual Republican presidential nominee, even if it’s not him. Greta van Susteren broke the news during her show last night, and asked […] View the video »
 
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    FamousDC

  • Famous 5: Jaime Bernstein

    Sarah Gunion
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:07 am
    Meet Jaime Bernstein, professional matchmaker for Three Day Rule– an LA based personalized matchmaking company. The team of world-class matchmakers provides service in six major cities across the country and Jaime is our very own dating expert here in the district. Jaime found love in DC and is eager to The post Famous 5: Jaime Bernstein appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Dîner en Blanc Through the Lens of Instagram

    fdc
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:56 am
    After months of anxiously awaiting for the secret location to be unveiled, DC’s second annual Dîner en Blanc convened on the lawn of the Carnegie Library where Washington’s most fabulous gathered for a night of culinary elegance. Over 2,000 strangers donned all white from head to toe including eccentric head pieces to carry out the The post Dîner en Blanc Through the Lens of Instagram appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Jazz in the Gardens Ends the Summer on a High Note

    fdc
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:16 am
    This article was authored by FamousDC contributor, Allie Erenbaum. All photos are Allie’s as well.  On Friday, the National Gallery of Art held its final summer jazz performance in the Sculpture Garden. The Jazz in the Garden Series concluded with the Afro Bop Alliance (ABA), a Latin Grammy award-winning group known for their The post Jazz in the Gardens Ends the Summer on a High Note appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Join the FamousDC Team

    Sarah Gunion
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:56 am
    FamousDC is searching for interns to capture the essence of DC through blog and social media content, as well as regular events. The workload won’t be heavy, but we’ll insist you have fun and grow. If you love #thistown, and want to be a greater part of its heart and The post Join the FamousDC Team appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Famous 5: John Burns

    Sarah Gunion
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:10 am
    Meet John Burns, an entertainment lawyer, corespondent to CNN, MSNBC, Aljazeera and more. He has negotiated the contracts of some of our favorite A-List entertainers and you can find him discussing legal issues with regard to pop culture on multiple stations and programs locally and nationally. He is an active The post Famous 5: John Burns appeared first on FamousDC.
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    Business and finance

  • A signal to do more

    3 Sep 2015 | 7:56 am
    AS EXPECTED, the European Central Bank did not ease policy when its governing council met today. However, the ECB underlined its determination to take further measures, if necessary, to get inflation, currently just 0.2%, back to the goal of nearly 2%. Speaking at the press conference after the meeting, Mario Draghi, the ECB’s president, stressed the council’s willingness, readiness and capacity to act.Revised forecasts made clear why the ECB may have to step up its quantitative-easing programme, announced in January and launched in March. Three months ago, central-bank staff envisaged…
  • A tax on the poor

    3 Sep 2015 | 7:52 am
    AFTER sweating through a day’s work under the hot Dubai sun, the last thing an Indian construction worker wants is to donate a slug of his earnings to a bank or money-transfer outfit. Yet that is what he must do. On average, 6.9 cents of every dollar remitted to India from another country is eaten up by fees and foreign-exchange margins, according to the World Bank. Indians get off relatively lightly. A sub-Saharan African migrant loses an average of 9.7 cents.In 2009 the G8 pledged to cut the average cost of international remittances to 5% of the sum sent within five years. Rates have…
  • Euregas!

    3 Sep 2015 | 7:52 am
    ITALY’S state-controlled oil and gas company, ENI, has been in Egypt since it signed deals with Gamal Abdel Nasser, the country’s then dictator, in 1954. Now one of the world’s biggest oil firms and the largest foreign oil and gas producer in Africa, ENI said on August 30th that it had discovered a vast gasfield off the Egyptian coast. The Zohr field is thought to contain 30 trillion cubic feet of gas, equivalent to 5.5 billion barrels of oil. If so, Zohr will almost double Egypt’s reserves, and be the largest gas discovery in the Mediterranean. More may be found on further…
  • Like manna from heaven

    3 Sep 2015 | 7:52 am
    From Arabia with love“GULF house”, says Dinesh Kumar every few seconds, gesturing out of the window of a car as it drives through Vennicode, in south-west India. His commentary is hardly necessary. The new houses, built with money sent home by people working in Dubai, Oman and other Gulf countries, flash like gold teeth in this backwater village surrounded by coconut palms. Vennicode has a brand new private school, too, as well as huge advertisements for jewellery shops and much more traffic than its narrow roads can handle. It is a tribute to emigration.Last year India received $70…
  • Kicking the Apple addiction

    3 Sep 2015 | 7:52 am
    INSIDE an obscure warehouse in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, the robot revolution is under way, but it is far from glamorous. The test lab is hot, steamy and a bit dusty. Dozens of giant, aquamarine-coloured units are whirring and gyrating in patterns designed to test their endurance as they do polishing, machining and assembly. And forget about artificial intelligence: these tireless drudges will not move autonomously or learn by doing.“We are a business,” explains Day Chia-Peng of the robotics group at Foxconn, the contract-manufacturing arm of Hon Hai of Taiwan. And his frugal…
 
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    Democracy Now!

  • As Syrian Colonel Faces Charges in Maher Arar Torture Case, Will U.S. Ever Apologize?

    3 Sep 2015 | 5:39 am
    In a move to hold government officials accountable for torture, Canada has charged Syrian Colonel George Salloum with allegedly torturing Canadian engineer Maher Arar. In 2002, Arar was kidnapped by U.S. authorities during a layover at JFK Airport and then sent to his native Syria, where he was tortured and interrogated in a tiny underground cell. He was held for nearly a year. This is the first-ever criminal charge of torture brought by Canada against a foreign government official for acts committed abroad. Canada’s decision to pursue torture charges in Arar’s case may open the…
  • "Did God Tell You to Treat Us Like This?": Protests Grow over Clerk's Denial of Same-Sex Marriages

    3 Sep 2015 | 5:19 am
    In Kentucky, the county clerk who has defied the Supreme Court and refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples is set to appear before a federal judge today to make her case for why she shouldn’t be held in contempt of court. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis stopped issuing all marriage licenses rather than comply with the Supreme Court ruling in June that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. On Monday, the Supreme Court denied Davis’ appeal that the court grant her "asylum for her conscience." The next day, same-sex couples went to Davis’ office. In a video that…
  • Guatemalan President Resigns in "Huge Victory" for Popular Uprising

    3 Sep 2015 | 5:10 am
    After a massive public uprising, Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina has resigned. His resignation came just hours after a judge approved the attorney general’s arrest warrant for him. This follows the Guatemalan Legislature’s unanimous decision to strip him of immunity from prosecution, bowing to popular pressure. Prosecutors said Pérez Molina will be charged with illicit association, taking bribes and customs fraud. Attorney General Thelma Aldana said Pérez Molina was also being investigated for money laundering, which could lead to the freezing of his assets. Otto Pérez…
  • Headlines for September 3, 2015

    3 Sep 2015 | 5:00 am
    Guatemalan President Resigns After Mass Public UprisingIran Nuclear Deal Secured After 34th Senator Voices SupportJudge Upholds Charges Against 6 Officers in Freddie Gray DeathActivist Arrested at Freddie Gray Protest in BaltimoreSomalia: Al-Shabab Says It Killed 70 AU Soldiers in AttackYemen: At Least 28 Killed in 2 Suicide Bombings in Sana'aFamily of Drowned Syrian Boy Had Been Denied Asylum by Canada13 Dead After Migrant Boat Capsizes Near MalaysiaTrump: Jeb Bush Should Speak English While in the U.S.Canada Charges Syrian Colonel over Torture of Maher ArarKentucky: Clerk Faces Court…
  • With a Record Backing Coups, Secret War & Genocide, Is Kissinger an Elder Statesman or War Criminal?

    2 Sep 2015 | 5:40 am
    Four decades after Henry Kissinger left office, his influence on the national security state can still be widely felt, as the United States engages in declared and undeclared wars across the globe. Kissinger served as national security adviser and secretary of state in the Nixon and Ford administrations and helped revive a militarized version of American exceptionalism. We speak with Greg Grandin, author of the new book, "Kissinger’s Shadow: The Long Reach of America’s Most Controversial Statesman."
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    Outside the Beltway

  • Federal Judge Overturns Tom Brady’s Deflategate Suspension

    Doug Mataconis
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:18 am
    A Federal District Court Judge in Manhattan has overturned the penalties imposed on New England Patriots Quarterback Tom Brady over his alleged involvement in the so-called “Deflategate” scandal, meaning that Brady will be able to play when the NFL season opens next week and the NFL has been handed a major defeat: In a major setback for the N.F.L., New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady prevailed in his battle to have his four-game suspension overturned on Thursday, as a federal judge reversed a ruling by Commissioner Roger Goodell to bench one of the league’s biggest…
  • Republican Party Circulating Loyalty Oath Aimed At Donald Trump

    Doug Mataconis
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:59 am
    Republican Party officials are reportedly considering asking candidates for President to take an oath to not run as a third-party candidate, a move that is quite obviously aimed at Donald Trump: The GOP is taking its most aggressive step yet to force Donald Trump’s hand. The Republican National Committee on Wednesday privately reached out to GOP presidential candidates to ask whether they’d be willing to sign a pledge stating they would not run as an independent candidate in the event they fail to win the Republican nomination in 2016. The move is an implicit challenge to Trump,…
  • The Iran Nuclear Deal Debate Is Basically Over

    Doug Mataconis
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:10 am
    President Obama has secured enough support in the Senate to block a Republican effort to kill the Iran Nuclear Deal, and may gain enough support to block the Senate from voting on the matter at all: WASHINGTON — Senator Barbara Mikulski of Maryland on Wednesday came out in support of President Obama’s Iran nuclear accord, the 34th Democrat in favor. Her decision gives Mr. Obama the votes needed to assure the deal will survive a congressional challenge. “Some have suggested we reject this deal and impose unilateral sanctions to force Iran back to the table. But maintaining or…
  • Mitch McConnell: Republicans Don’t Have The Votes To Defund Planned Parenthood

    Doug Mataconis
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:05 am
    Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is pouring cold water on conservative hopes of eliminating Federal Government funding of Planned Parenthood during the upcoming budget fight: Attempts by Congress to strip Planned Parenthood of federal funding are destined to fail as long as President Obama is in office, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said. “We just don’t have the votes to get the outcome that we’d like,” McConnell said in an interview taped Monday with WYMT-TV, which serves eastern Kentucky. “I would remind all of your viewers, the way you…
  • Syllabus Selection Sexism

    James Joyner
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:48 am
    Charli Carpenter calls to my attention an Inside Higher Ed report titled “Syllabus Gender Gap.” Are women more likely than men to include works by women on a syllabus? A new study of international relations courses for Ph.D. students finds that they are. Jeff Colgan, the Richard Holbrooke Assistant Professor of Political Science and International Studies at Brown University, analyzed 73 syllabi of international relations courses for doctoral students at American universities. Women taught 35 of the courses, and the syllabus selections of men and women together reached 4,148…
 
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    Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines

  • VIDEO: ‘The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution’

    editor@truthdig.com
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:29 am
    Watch the trailer for the new film that looks at the people behind the berets. Related Entries September 2, 2015 Freddie Gray Case: Judge Denies Motion to Dismiss Charges Against Six Police Officers (Updated) August 29, 2015 Young Black Man Jailed Since April for Alleged $5 Theft Is Found Dead in Cell
  • Hillary

    editor@truthdig.com
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:57 am
    By David Fitzsimmons, The Arizona Star. Cagle Cartoons Related Entries September 2, 2015 Freddie Gray Case: Judge Denies Motion to Dismiss Charges Against Six Police Officers (Updated) August 29, 2015 Young Black Man Jailed Since April for Alleged $5 Theft Is Found Dead in Cell
  • Will This Photo of a Drowned Syrian Child Change the World’s Approach to the Refugee Crisis?

    editor@truthdig.com
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:52 am
        A police officer carries the dead body of Aylan Kurdi who was on his way to seek asylum in Canada with his family. The child’s body washed up on a beach in Turkey on Wednesday. (AP Photo/DHA)  A heartbreaking photograph has gone viral and provoked a much-needed discussion on the moral obligation of wealthy countries to help those in need. From BBC News: A huge online conversation is taking place around the picture of a dead 3-year-old Syrian boy from Kobane, washed up on a Turkish beach. Will it change the way the world views Syrian migrants? The picture was of Aylan Kurdi,…
  • Nobel Intentions

    editor@truthdig.com
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:52 am
    By Steve Sack, The Minneapolis Star Tribune. Cagle Cartoons Related Entries September 2, 2015 Freddie Gray Case: Judge Denies Motion to Dismiss Charges Against Six Police Officers (Updated) August 29, 2015 Young Black Man Jailed Since April for Alleged $5 Theft Is Found Dead in Cell
  • Iran Deal

    editor@truthdig.com
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:49 am
    By Mike Luckovich Related Entries September 2, 2015 Freddie Gray Case: Judge Denies Motion to Dismiss Charges Against Six Police Officers (Updated) August 29, 2015 Young Black Man Jailed Since April for Alleged $5 Theft Is Found Dead in Cell
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    ThinkProgress

  • Carly Fiorina Says English Should Be The Official Language. Here’s The Problem With That.

    Esther Yu-Hsi Lee
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:28 am
    Though she “admires” multilingual people, English should be the official language of the United States, Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina said Thursday on CNN’s State of the Union. “I admire the fact that Jeb Bush is multilingual,” Fiorina said. “I admire the fact that so many people are multilingual. And I also think that English is the official language of the United States.” Fiorina went on to comment that the U.S.-Mexico border needed to be secured and called for fixing the legal immigration system. She also stated that while she…
  • Huckabee Compares Kim Davis To Abraham Lincoln

    Emily Atkin
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:20 am
    President Abraham Lincoln has something in common with Kim Davis, according to Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee: They both nobly ignored the U.S. Supreme Court. Davis, the now-infamous Kentucky county clerk, is refusing to issue marriage licenses to a same-sex couples, despite the Supreme Court’s recent ruling giving gay couples the constitutional right to wed. On Thursday, Davis was held in contempt of court for her refusal, and taken into custody. (Huckabee immediately condemned the decision, deeming it a “criminalization of Christianity.”) Appearing on…
  • BREAKING: Kim Davis Held In Contempt Of Court, Now In U.S. Marshals’ Custody

    Ian Millhiser
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:06 am
    Federal District Judge David Bunning held Kim Davis, the county clerk who has become a national symbol of anti-gay animus for her resistance to marriage equality, in contempt of court on Thursday. According to Dan Griffin, a reporter for local news station WSAZ, she was led out by U.S. Marshals. The judge reportedly said that financial sanctions were not enough to ensure her compliance with the law. Davis, who claims that she is acting “under God’s authority,” refuses to issue marriage licenses due to her opposition to marriage equality. Bunning ordered her to comply with…
  • New Obamacare Regulations Ensure Transgender People’s Access To Health Care

    Zack Ford
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:30 am
    On Thursday, the Department of Health and Human Services issued new proposed regulations on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act that would protect transgender people from discrimination in health care. The new rule refers to Obamacare Section 1557, which established nondiscrimination protections in health care on the basis of “sex” for the first time. According to Thursday’s announcement, “sex” will be defined to include gender identity, guaranteeing transgender people have the same access to health care as others. “This proposed approach is…
  • A Plan Working Its Way Through Congress Could Change Things For ‘Invisible’ Homeless Students

    Casey Quinlan
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:24 am
    The number of homeless children are rising quickly in New York City. There were 87,000 school children living in homeless shelters or temporary housing in the 2013-14 school year, according to the New York City Department of Education, which is a 71 percent rise since the 2007-2008 school year. Of course the problem isn’t just confined to New York City. Nationally, 2.5 million children were homeless in 2013, an 8 percent increase from 2012. Nearly half of the children were under the age of six, according to a 2014 report from the National Center for Family and Homelessness. The number…
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    Slate Articles

  • How I Won the Slate Plus Pitch Slam

    Diana Martinez
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:21 am
    A month ago, we invited Slate Plus members to pitch us stories for Slate. We thought our members would have some great ideas—and we weren’t disappointed. Slate editors gave several of your pitches the thumbs-up, and the first to make it into the magazine was Diana Martinez’s insightful review of Netflix’s Narcoswhich looks at the show in the context of “narco cinema,” the wildly popular Latin American B-movies about the drug trade. (You can see Diana’s original pitch for the story here.)
  • The Garbage Islands

    Robby Berman
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:48 am
    Before what appears to be part of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 floated ashore on Réunion this summer, more than a year of false reports pointed to another issue: the mysterious flow of refuse and debris in the oceans. Month after month, another piece of flotsam would appear, and month after month, it would prove to be part of a vast, unrelated network of sea-faring trash.
  • Why They Fled

    Eric Foner
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:17 am
    This article supplements Episode 8 of The History of American Slavery, our inaugural Slate Academy. Please join Slate’s Jamelle Bouie and Rebecca Onion for a different kind of summer school. To learn more and to enroll, visit Slate.com/Academy
  • To Do No Harm?

    Jamelle Bouie
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:59 am
    In Episode 7 of the History of American Slavery, a Slate Academy, hosts Rebecca Onion and Jamelle Bouie explore how science and medicine interacted with slavery in antebellum America.
  • Your Favorite Classes

    Laura Helmuth
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:00 am
    This week, we at Slate have been sharing stories about our favorite high school, college, and adult education classes—the classes we think everyone should take. Now it’s readers’ turn to give the advice. We asked people to email us short descriptions of the best classes they’ve ever taken, and some of the most interesting and representative responses are below.
 
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    Political Mojo | Mother Jones

  • Kansas Republicans May Have Just Shut Down the State's Court System

    Pema Levy
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:42 am
    What happens to a legal appeal when there's no court to hear it? That's the tricky question before Kansas Republicans today as they grapple with the results of their own law, which threatens to shutter the state court system. On Wednesday night, a district judge in Kansas struck down a 2014 law that stripped the state Supreme Court of some of its administrative powers. The ruling has set off a bizarre constitutional power struggle between the Republican-controlled legislature and the state Supreme Court. At stake is whether or not the Kansas court system itself will lose its funding and shut…
  • Kentucky Clerk Held in Contempt of Court for Refusing to Issue Gay Marriage Licenses

    Inae Oh
    3 Sep 2015 | 6:56 am
    Update, September 3, 2015, 1:09 p.m. EST: A federal judge has found Kim Davis in contempt of court. She has been taken into federal custody. BREAKING: Judge sends Rowan Clerk #KimDavis to jail until she agrees to comply with his order to issue marriage licenses. — heraldleader (@heraldleader) September 3, 2015 Explaining his decision, U.S. District Judge David Bunning told Davis, "You don’t strike me as someone who's contentious. I simply [find that] making this contempt finding is necessary." "Oaths means things," he added, according to The Guardian. Judge Bunning said that he…
  • Hillary Clinton Announces Support to Ban Wall Street Bonuses for Government Officials

    Inae Oh
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:33 pm
    On Monday, Hillary Clinton came out in support of legislation seeking to end the so-called "golden parachute" payouts that traditionally benefit private sector executives who take on jobs within the federal government—a practice long criticized by Wall Street reformers such as Sen. Elizabeth Warren. "The American people need to be able to trust that every single person in Washington—from the President of the United States all the way down to agency employees—is putting the interests of the people first," Clinton wrote in an blog post for the Huffington Post, published…
  • Freddie Gray Hearings Open Amid Police Clashes

    Miles E. Johnson
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:51 am
    Hearings in the case against six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray began this morning against an all-too-familiar backdrop of police confrontations with protesters. The first pretrial hearing of the case, involving six officers charged in Gray’s death in police custody, opened with victories for the prosecution, as a judge denied motions to dismiss the case and to recuse the state's attorney. Outside the courthouse, protesters clashed with police. People on the scene described police grabbing women, harassing members of the press, and restricting sidewalk…
  • Ted Cruz Blames President Obama for Inciting Murder of Texas Cop

    Inae Oh
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:59 am
    Following the brutal murder of Texas Deputy Sheriff Darren Goforth over the weekend, Sen. Ted Cruz is blaming the Obama administration, especially the president, for inspiring anti-police sentiment and incidents of gun violence toward law enforcement officials. "Cops across this country are feeling the assault," Cruz told reporters when campaigning in Milford, New Hampshire, on Monday. "They're feeling the assault from the president, from the top on down as we see. Whether it's in Ferguson or Baltimore, the response of senior officials, of the president, of the attorney general, is to vilify…
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  • Trump Will Pledge Not To Run As 3rd Party Candidate

    Susie Madrak
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:11 am
    I'll believe this when I see it: Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump will likely rule out a third-party bid for the White House on Thursday, CNN reported late Wednesday night. Trump will meet with Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairman Reince Priebus in New York City on Thursday, a day after the RNC began asking Republican candidates to sign a pledge to support the eventual GOP nominee and not run an Independent bid. CNN, citing unnamed sources, says “all signs indicate” Trump will sign the pledge, but cautioned that Trump’s unpredictable history means nothing is…
  • Huckabee Is Now The Holy Abortion Crusader

    Karoli
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:00 am
    I'm more or less at the point where I'm no longer all that concerned about alienating friends over the Republican party's newfound zeal for crawling into women's bodies and telling them what they can and cannot do with it. It's the first time in years I've actually been tempted to blow off friendships over it. Here's a shining example of why: During a recent Google hangout with right-wing activists, Mike Huckabee pledged that if he becomes president he will sic the Justice Department and the Internal Revenue Service on Planned Parenthood, but also said that such steps are “secondary” to…
  • Newly-Hired Man Accidentally Sent Naked Selfies To HR Manager

    Karoli
    3 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    Maybe it's not such a good idea to accept a job offer one day and send the person who extended the offer and hired you a couple of naked selfies the next? While scantily clad selfies may have helped heighten the profiles of social media marvels like Miley Cyrus and Kim Kardashian, they’re probably not the best career move when it comes to those in corporate America. This is a lesson that a 23-year-old Chicago resident learned the hard way. After landing a job at a St. Charles, Ill. company earlier this month, he mistakenly sent two naked selfies over the course of three days to the human…
  • Jorge Ramos To Bill O'Reilly: 'I Don't Think You're The Right Person To Lecture Me On Advocacy Journalism'

    Heather
    3 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    Bill O'Reilly is the last person who should be lecturing someone else about what's considered journalism, but that didn't stop him from doing just that with Univision's Jorge Ramos this Wednesday night. Ever since his dust up with Donald Trump, the right wing and the yakkers on Faux "news" have been on the attack, accusing Ramos of being an "advocate" rather than a journalist, and whining that heaven forbid someone in the media has a point of view that they disagree with.read more
  • Clinton Endorses Sen. Warren In Blocking Wall St. Bonuses

    Susie Madrak
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:58 am
    When it came right down to it, David Dayen writes, Hillary Clinton just picked the Warren side: Many attribute the light-touch punishment of Wall Street executives who presided over the financial crisis — a group that includes Rubin himself — to the dominance of the Rubin wing. Since coming to the Senate, Warren’s primary preoccupation has not necessarily been legislation but who would carry out policy inside the Obama administration. Warren was instrumental in preventing Larry Summers from chairing the Federal Reserve. She also waged a public battle to block former investment banker…
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    Scholars and Rogues | Progressive Culture

  • Your Daily Devotional for September 3, 2015

    Jeff Tiedrich
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:31 am
    “Moses. What a loser. Needed ten plagues. One plague, boom, I woulda been outta there. Trump gets things done, baby.” — Donald Trump Your Daily Devotional is a lightly-edited entry from my Twitter feed. Follow me at @jefftiedrich Your Daily … Continue reading →
  • Your Daily Devotional for September 2, 2015

    Jeff Tiedrich
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:08 am
    “Jesus. Another loser. Ended up nailed to a cross. Me, I would have cut a deal. ‘Pilate, what do you need? Some hookers?'” — Donald Trump Your Daily Devotional is a lightly-edited entry from my Twitter feed. Follow me at … Continue reading →
  • A♭, B♭: 16th Street Mall, Denver

    Samuel Smith
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:03 pm
  • Your Daily Devotional for September 1, 2015

    Jeff Tiedrich
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:19 am
    I have this new thing where I try to imagine how a normal person would react in a given situation, and then screw it up anyway. Your Daily Devotional is a lightly-edited entry from my Twitter feed. Follow me at … Continue reading →
  • Chill, baby, chill: Arctic oil exploration and climate security

    Joshua Booth
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:02 pm
    My wife’s engagement ring contains a marquis cut diamond appraised at $2000. I bought it at a pawn shop for $600. The pawn broker was ready to shoot me dead if I tried to steal it. When I paid him … Continue reading →
 
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    Power Line

  • Thursday’s Obligatory Trump Post

    Steven Hayward
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:55 am
    (Steven Hayward) One measure of the depth of Trump’s presence on the political scene today is a poll result showing that if Trump supports an idea—even a liberal idea like universal health coverage also supported by Obama—Democratic support drops substantially. Hey—maybe Trump really is a double-double agent intended to sew mayhem inside Democratic ranks too. Just check out this chart from a PuffHo/YouGov poll, which shows that when Donald Trump supports universal health care, Democratic support plummets and Republican support shoots up: Maybe this is only a demonstration of the…
  • Full of Ifill

    Scott Johnson
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:49 am
    (Scott Johnson) PBS NewsHour anchor/editor Gwen Ifill tweeted her comment on Barbara Mikulski’s announcement that she would cast the thirty-fourth vote to sustain Obama’s anticipated veto of probable congressional disapproval of the Iran deal yesterday (below). Take that, Bibi. https://t.co/V9Gn9vP6xN — gwen ifill (@gwenifill) September 2, 2015 Ms. Ifill isn’t owning up; she denies that the tweet expresses her point of view. She explained to PBS Ombudsman Michael Getler and others that she was “RT’ing a @TheIranDeal tweet” and added that she “should have…
  • Donald Trump and the loyalty oath issue

    Paul Mirengoff
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:32 am
    (Paul Mirengoff) The Republican National Committee has asked GOP presidential aspirants to sign a statement pledging not to run for president next year unless nominated by the Republicans. The entire field, except for Donald Trump, made that pledge last month during the first GOP presidential debate. Trump will meet today with RNC Chairman Reince Priebus to discuss the loyalty oath issue. Trump has scheduled a new conference for this afternoon. There are reports that he will agree to make the pledge. In any event, the RNC is smart to ask for it. If Trump agrees, that’s a win.
  • How much smokier can a gun get?

    Scott Johnson
    3 Sep 2015 | 6:58 am
    (Scott Johnson) Investor’s Business Daily has a media watchers’ angle that leads in to the heart of its editorial on the Clinton email scandal today: When a scandal involves a Democrat, the mainstream media always insist on a smoking gun before they take it seriously. Well, how about two of them — so far? Chuck Todd, host of NBC’s “Meet the Press,” said this week that “there is no evidence to suggest that that story doesn’t hold up.” “That story” he was referring to is the one Hillary Clinton is now using to defend herself against…
  • CRB: Two cheers for originalism

    Scott Johnson
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:15 am
    (Scott Johnson) Today we conclude our preview of the new (Summer) issue of the Claremont Review of Books with a bonus edition featuring a book by a friend. Subscribe to the CRB here for the heavily subsidized price of $19.95 and get online access thrown in for free. Michael Stokes Paulsen is the University Chair & Professor of Law at the University of St. Thomas in the Twin Cities. Through his contributions to professional publications and a leading casebook, he has emerged as one of our foremost scholars of American constitutional law. Mike is also a friend; I first got to know him when…
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    Salon.com

  • Stafford, Bortles shine as Lions beat Jaguars 22-17

    AP Wires
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:11 pm
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Matthew Stafford completed 11 of 15 passes for 173 yards and two touchdowns, helping the Detroit Lions beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 22-17 in a preseason game Friday night. The Lions (2-1) trailed most of the night, but rookie Zach Zenner’s 3-yard touchdown run with 1:41 remaining was the winner. Detroit played without star receiver Calvin Johnson for the third consecutive game, but Stafford carved up Jacksonville’s secondary in a half of work. Stafford threw a perfect deep ball to Golden Tate for a 62-yarder in the second quarter and then hooked up…
  • Vin Scully to return for record 67th year with Dodgers

    AP Wires
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:42 pm
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Vin Scully will return for a record 67th season in the broadcast booth for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The news was revealed in the second inning of Friday night’s game against the Chicago Cubs. Late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel appeared on the Dodger Stadium video board and told the crowd via cue cards without uttering a sound. His last card read: “God bless us everyone.” The 87-year-old Scully stood up and waved from his booth as the crowd cheered. The Hall of Fame announcer continues to enjoy describing the action on the field. His consecutive years of…
  • AP Top Sports News At 9:16 p.m. EDT

    AP Wires
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:16 pm
    Stewart claims he didn’t see man on track before fatal crash Continue Reading...
  • Redskins say QB Griffin to miss Ravens game

    AP Wires
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:34 pm
    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — The Washington Redskins say quarterback Robert Griffin III will miss Saturday’s exhibition game at the Baltimore Ravens because of a concussion, reversing an earlier decision to let him play. In a statement released Friday by the Redskins, NFL independent neurologist Robert Kurtzke is quoted as saying that Griffin “should be held from gameplay this weekend and be retested in one (to) two weeks before a firm conclusion to return to gameplay can be made.” Griffin left last week’s exhibition game against Detroit with what Redskins coach Jay Gruden…
  • Despite volatility, on-air rampage difficult to predict

    AP Wires
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:13 am
    ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Living alone in a world of perceived slights, Vester Lee Flanagan II festered and fumed. His hair-trigger temper directed at a random collection of people he encountered never seemed to stray into the type of violent behavior that would have put him on the radar of police or mental health professionals. By not crossing that line, he avoided doing anything that would have made it illegal for him to purchase the gun he used to kill two former co-workers on live TV in Virginia. Flanagan, 41, had never been arrested for a felony and had no criminal record. There are no…
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  • Obama Locks in Votes to Secure Iran Nuclear Deal

    2 Sep 2015 | 9:05 pm
    President Barack Obama locked in enough support in Congress to ensure he can overcome bipartisan opposition and implement a landmark nuclear accord with Iran.
  • Chinese Navy Ships Operating in Bering Sea Off Alaska Coast

    2 Sep 2015 | 9:04 pm
    Five Chinese navy ships are currently operating in the Bering Sea, off the coast of Alaska, the first time the U.S. military has seen such activity in the area.
  • For Kasich, New Hampshire Presence Is Paying Off

    2 Sep 2015 | 9:04 pm
    The Ohio governor has spent more time in New Hampshire than perhaps anywhere but his home turf. It may be paying off as he has risen to second place among GOP presidential contenders in the state.
  • For Russia, Oil Collapse Has Soviet Echoes

    2 Sep 2015 | 8:46 pm
    For most countries, the economic slowdown in China and the accompanying slump in commodity prices represent something between nuisance and pothole. For Russia, they are a catastrophe, writes Greg Ip.
  • Biden's Florida Trip Draws Campaign-Level Attention

    2 Sep 2015 | 7:06 pm
    Vice President Joe Biden received full-court national attention for an otherwise routine visit to Miami Dade College, with dozens of television cameras, photographers and reporters there to cover his 30 minutes of remarks.
 
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    Lew Rockwell: The LRC Blog

  • Dollars as Napkins

    No Author
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Stories about plummeting stock markets, a sputtering Chinese economy, and the yuan versus the dollar have dominated financial news over the past few weeks. Lost in the din: the economic disaster continuing to unfold in Venezuela. Venezuelans face crippling shortages of basic staples as their currency, the bolivar, continues to inflate at breakneck speed. Hyperinflation has rendered the bolivar practically worthless. A photo uploaded to Reddit of a man using a 2 bolivar note as a napkin went viral last week. Business Insider reported that based on the official exchange rate, the makeshift…
  • Gas Tax Pushers Are Lying

    No Author
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Supporters of toll roads insist that the gas tax can no longer be relied upon to fund roads because hybrid and electric automobiles are improving gas mileage so much that gas tax receipts are down. A study released last week by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute shows that, contrary to this assertion, the gas mileage of the US car and truck fleet has changed very little over the past two decades. Researchers Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle pulled together data estimating the miles driven per gallon of fuel from 1923 to 2013. They divided the results into several…
  • Your Heart

    No Author
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Age is just a number – so goes the old adage. But, it may not be a very telling one, scientists investigating heart age have warned. For while millions of us may feel young at heart, the reality is likely to be quite different. A new study has found almost three in four people have a heart that is older than their chronological age. The average American man’s heart age is nearly eight years higher than his actual age, while the average U.S. woman’s heart is five-and-a-half years old, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Heart disease is…
  • QE4 and Dow 25,000?

    Bill Bonner
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:01 pm
    GUALFIN, Argentina – The Great Zombie War is proceeding as expected… Cannons to the left. Cannons to the right. And a fool on every corner. It will become more and more dangerous, we predict. Then in a fiery ball of hyperinflation and bombastic imbecility, it will all be over… If we’re lucky. Then we will return to sanity – older, wiser… and much poorer. Nuts to Lend at Zero We felt like adding an exclamation point. But with a headline this loony, none was necessary. And yet… the headline is probably prophecy as well as lunacy. The zombies, cronies, and feds will stop at nothing…
  • Immigration and Freedom?

    Andrew P. Napolitano
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:01 pm
    The tone of the debate over the nation’s immigration laws has taken an ugly turn as some office-seekers offer solutions to problems that don’t exist. The natural rights of all persons consist of areas of human behavior for which we do not need and will not accept the need for a government permission slip. We all expect that the government will leave us alone when we think, speak, publish, worship, defend ourselves, enter our homes, choose our mates or travel. The list of natural rights is endless. We expect this not because we are Americans, but because we are persons and these…
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    Political Wire

  • Why Trump Is Dangerous

    Taegan Goddard
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:38 am
    The Economist: “First, as a billionaire, he will not run out of money to finance his campaign. Second, he faces so many Republican opponents that he could grab the nomination with only a modest plurality of the vote. The smart money still says that Republicans will eventually unite behind a mainstream candidate, as they always have in the past. But the world cannot take this for granted. Demagogues in other countries sometimes win elections, and there is no compelling reason why America should always be immune.”
  • Judge Orders Kentucky Clerk Jailed

    Taegan Goddard
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:22 am
    A federal judge “ordered a Kentucky clerk jailed for contempt of court because of her refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples,” the New York Times reports. Said Judge David Bunning: “The court cannot condone the willful disobedience of its lawfully issued order. If you give people the opportunity to choose which orders they follow, that’s what potentially causes problems.”
  • Trump Picks Unorthodox Campaign Manager

    Taegan Goddard
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:57 am
    New York Times: “Perhaps not surprisingly, the campaign manager for Donald J. Trump’s unorthodox bid for president, Corey Lewandowski, a 40-year-old New Hampshire resident, does not have a conventional résumé.” “In searching for someone to steer his effort, Mr. Trump went not to someone with a depth of experience in national elections, but to someone he appears to see as a kindred spirit: a deeply ambitious, sometimes-mercurial master of self-reinvention (he has also been a New Hampshire state public safety officer and a real estate agent). And, like Mr. Trump, exactly…
  • Trump Has Increased His Lead Since Last Debate

    Taegan Goddard
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:20 am
    A new Monmouth University poll shows Donald Trump has increased his national GOP vote share since last month’s debate. Trump now leads the pack at 30%, followed by Ben Carson at 18%, Jeb Bush at 8%, Ted Cruz at 8%, Marco Rubio at 5%, Carly Fiorina at 4%,  Mike Huckabee at 4% and Scott Walker at 3%. Said pollster Patrick Murray: “None of the establishment candidates is having any success in getting an anti-Trump vote to coalesce around them.  In fact, any attempt to take on Trump directly only seems to make him stronger… The fact that the only one who can challenge Trump is the…
  • The Latest on Wonk Wire

    Taegan Goddard
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:19 am
    Here’s what’s trending on Wonk Wire today: Donald Trump is Rich Because His Father was Rich Could Plummeting Oil Prices Cause the Next Recession? Trump Embodies the GOP’s Shift to Racial Conservatism Birthright Citizenship Is Not New Issue for GOP Small Student Debts, Big Problems
 
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    Mother Jones

  • Is Donald Trump Setting Up the GOP for his Biggest Prank Yet?

    Russ Choma
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:45 am
    Putting to rest GOP concerns about a possible independent run by reality television tycoon Donald Trump, Republican party insiders say that the frontrunner in their presidential contest has agreed to sign a loyalty pledge, promising to back the party's eventual nominee and not mount an outside effort. The benefit for Trump is that it removes a line of GOP attack against him. The move signals he is a serious candidate who plans to stay in the race and is not campaigning on a lark. But is Trump the deal-maker pulling a fast one? After all, the actual pledge looks neither legal…
  • California Is About to Do Something Great That No State Has Ever Done Before

    Tim McDonnell
    3 Sep 2015 | 3:00 am
    Back in January, California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) made a promise. His state, he said, would pursue a new package of climate goals that are the most ambitious in the nation (and among the most ambitious in the world). California was already a leader in efforts to slash greenhouse gas emissions and promote clean energy. Brown pledged to go further. By 2030, he declared, California would double the energy efficiency of state buildings; get half its electricity from renewables; and halve consumption of gasoline by cars and trucks. At the time, all those nice-sounding goals were just words in a…
  • The GOP's Problem Is Not Donald Trump

    David Corn
    3 Sep 2015 | 3:00 am
    Only a few weeks ago, pundits and political observers roundly proclaimed that Donald Trump, the reality-show tycoon who's mounted a takeover of the GOP, would flame out, fade, implode, or whatever. Jeb Bush's campaign aides were telling journalists that they had no concerns about Trump threatening a third Bush regime. "Trump is, frankly, other people's problem," said Michael Murphy, the chief strategist for Bush's super-PAC. It's becoming clearer, though, that Trump, still dominating the polls and the headlines as the Republican front-runner, could well pose an existential threat to the Grand…
  • Your Cheap Uber Rides May Be Going Away. And That's a Good Thing.

    Josh Harkinson
    3 Sep 2015 | 3:00 am
    No company right now elicits a wider range of emotions than Uber. The on-demand ride service has grown in six short years from an idea hatched by a couple of San Francisco tech bros to a $50 billion juggernaut that serves millions of users in 290 cities. Its name has not only become a verb, like that of Xerox or Google, but shorthand for an entire industry. Now an army of start-ups offers quick, cheap delivery of goods and services—everything from maids and mechanics to pizza and pot—by independent contractors tethered to smartphone apps. If you live in a major city, earn decent…
  • How the Refugees Crisis Is Wreaking Havoc on the European Union

    Max J. Rosenthal
    3 Sep 2015 | 3:00 am
    In July, the European Union was supposedly on the verge of disaster. Greece seemed ready to reject the demands of its creditors and dump the euro, paving the way for the potential end of Europe's common currency—and perhaps the end of a united Europe. Two months later, that threat is gone. The Greek government agreed to financial reforms in exchange for another bailout. Talk of a euro exit dissipated. But the conversation in Europe is now dominated by the astronomical rise in the number of migrants trying to enter the continent, both refugees from wars in Syria, Afghanistan, and other…
 
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    MichelleMalkin.com

  • While Obama was in Alaska staring down glaciers to stave off climate change, this was going on nearby

    Doug Powers
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:58 am
    **Written by Doug Powers President Obama is in Alaska this week single-handedly scare-mongering to promote more green sham spending fighting climate change by pointing out how frozen stuff melts more in the summertime (thanks a lot, Big Coal), and the Associated Press showed off their NK State Media-quality cops: While the media was admiring Dear Leader showing the Alaskan wilderness who’s really in charge, not far away this was going on: Five Chinese navy ships are currently operating in the Bering Sea off the coast of Alaska, Pentagon officials said Wednesday, marking the first time…
  • Fast Lerner: Subpoenaed tech guy who worked on Hillary’s private server says he’ll plead the 5th (sound familiar?)

    Doug Powers
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:07 pm
    **Written by Doug Powers Lois Lerner and Solyndra execs took the 5th before Congress and are doing just fine, so the bar of non-accountability has been set. Has anybody in this administration really been held accountable for anything? There’s no reason not to be defiant and just run out the clock: A former State Department staffer who worked on Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private e-mail server tried this week to fend off a subpoena to testify before Congress, saying he would assert his constitutional right not to answer questions to avoid incriminating himself. The move by Bryan…
  • Eric Cantor: Poster boy of the Beltway crapweasels

    Michelle Malkin
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:22 am
    Eric Cantor: Poster boy of the Beltway crapweasels by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2015 Ooouuuch. My sides are still aching after last week’s comical announcement by GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush that he had snagged the coveted endorsement of notorious electoral reject Eric Cantor, the former House majority leader kicked to the curb by disgusted voters in Virginia’s 2014 primary election. Newsflash to GOP elites: Getting Cantor’s support is not like landing a prized marlin. It’s like hooking one of those hideous bottom-feeding blobfish named the…
  • Commence victimization phase: HuffPo finds the terrible truth Hillary’s emails reveal

    Doug Powers
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:59 am
    **Written by Doug Powers How many federal laws did Hillary Clinton break with her email shenanigans? How much classified information did foreign governments manage to get their hands on? Put all that on the back burner, because HuffPo Politics reported what Hillary’s emails really reveal Hey, that was exactly my takeaway too! Hillary Clinton has long been a champion of policies to facilitate work-life balance, particularly for women. Yet as secretary of state, members of her staff reported feeling stressed and found it difficult to take time off. Part of the trove of State Department…
  • Peer-reviewed study: Obama’s mixed messages contributing to climate change, mass confusion

    Doug Powers
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:19 am
    **Written by Doug Powers Do a simple search for “Arctic ice melt” and you’ll see all kind of alarming results. Here’s just one from May: Arctic Ice Melting Faster and Earlier With Dire Results. And just a few days ago: Extreme Arctic sea ice melt forces thousands of walruses ashore in Alaska. President Obama is in Alaska making the same warning, and then some: Pres Obama said melting glaciers contribute to rising sea levels – "projected to rise another one to four feet this century." — Mark Knoller (@markknoller) September 1, 2015 Obama also said…
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    Guardian: UK Politics

  • Labour members complain about missing leadership ballot papers

    Rowena Mason Political correspondent
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:31 am
    With less than a week to go before the election closes, party tells voters not to worry but refuses to reveal how many papers have been sent outLabour members and supporters have begun protesting to the party about their lack of ballot papers with less than a week to go before the leadership election closes.The party initially promised that 99.9% of its electorate would have received ballot papers by 28 August, but it is now refusing to disclose how many of the 554,000 have been sent out. Continue reading...
  • Cameron bows to pressure to allow more Syrian refugees into Britain

    Patrick Wintour and Nicholas Watt
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:00 am
    Prime minister vows UK will take thousands of people currently in UN refugee camps on the Syrian borderDavid Cameron will respond to growing international and domestic demands that Britain take more refugees fleeing the Syrian civil war by announcing that Britain will take thousands more refugees.Final details of the numbers, funding and planned location are being urgently thrashed out in Whitehall. Continue reading...
  • Cameron says Britain will fulfil its 'moral responsibilities' towards refugees - Politics live

    Andrew Sparrow
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:56 am
    Rolling coverage of all the day’s political developments as they happen, including the pressure growing on David Cameron for Britain to take more refugeesWhat the papers are saying about refugees crisisLabour says Cameron should demand emergency EU summitSturgeon slams Cameron’s ‘walk on by’ approach to refugee crisisCouncil of Europe expresses ‘serious concern’ over UK’s refugee stanceCameron says Britain will fulfil its ‘moral responsibilities’Afternoon summary 5.56pm BST I think there is scope for the UK to play a much larger role. I would certainly say that the figure of…
  • Tony Blair attacks 'major failure' at Ipso after Daily Mail complaint rejected

    Mark Sweney
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:42 am
    ‘Truth counts for little’ at the press regulator, says the office of the former prime minister following ruling over article about IRA comfort lettersTony Blair has hit out at the press regulator’s rejection of his complaint about a Daily Mail article, saying the decision is proof of a “major failure” at the heart of the Independent Press Standards Organisation.The former prime minister’s spokeswoman said he embarked on the complaints process “in good faith”, but the decision not to order a retraction of the article shows that “the truth counts for little in the eyes of…
  • Refugee crisis: less recrimination and more concerted action needed

    Michael White
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:00 am
    Analysis: Britain’s ungenerous mood in 2015 reflects decades of immigration but we can’t let frontline Greece and Italy to go on carrying the canWe have all been taught that one picture can be worth a thousand words. So the poignant photograph of a Turkish policeman carrying the tiny body of a drowned Syrian refugee up a beach has made a huge media impact in the past few hours, including the front pages of British newspapers better known for migrant bashing those.But will this tragedy in miniature off Bodrum actually do any good beyond making readers and viewers uncomfortable for a few…
 
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    ThinkProgress: Matthew Yglesias

  • Carly Fiorina Says English Should Be The Official Language. Here’s The Problem With That.

    Esther Yu-Hsi Lee
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:28 am
    Though she “admires” multilingual people, English should be the official language of the United States, Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina said Thursday on CNN’s State of the Union. “I admire the fact that Jeb Bush is multilingual,” Fiorina said. “I admire the fact that so many people are multilingual. And I also think that English is the official language of the United States.” Fiorina went on to comment that the U.S.-Mexico border needed to be secured and called for fixing the legal immigration system. She also stated that while she…
  • Huckabee Compares Kim Davis To Abraham Lincoln

    Emily Atkin
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:20 am
    President Abraham Lincoln has something in common with Kim Davis, according to Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee: They both nobly ignored the U.S. Supreme Court. Davis, the now-infamous Kentucky county clerk, is refusing to issue marriage licenses to a same-sex couples, despite the Supreme Court’s recent ruling giving gay couples the constitutional right to wed. On Thursday, Davis was held in contempt of court for her refusal, and taken into custody. (Huckabee immediately condemned the decision, deeming it a “criminalization of Christianity.”) Appearing on…
  • BREAKING: Kim Davis Held In Contempt Of Court, Now In U.S. Marshals’ Custody

    Ian Millhiser
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:06 am
    Federal District Judge David Bunning held Kim Davis, the county clerk who has become a national symbol of anti-gay animus for her resistance to marriage equality, in contempt of court on Thursday. According to Dan Griffin, a reporter for local news station WSAZ, she was led out by U.S. Marshals. The judge reportedly said that financial sanctions were not enough to ensure her compliance with the law. Davis, who claims that she is acting “under God’s authority,” refuses to issue marriage licenses due to her opposition to marriage equality. Bunning ordered her to comply with…
  • New Obamacare Regulations Ensure Transgender People’s Access To Health Care

    Zack Ford
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:30 am
    On Thursday, the Department of Health and Human Services issued new proposed regulations on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act that would protect transgender people from discrimination in health care. The new rule refers to Obamacare Section 1557, which established nondiscrimination protections in health care on the basis of “sex” for the first time. According to Thursday’s announcement, “sex” will be defined to include gender identity, guaranteeing transgender people have the same access to health care as others. “This proposed approach is…
  • A Plan Working Its Way Through Congress Could Change Things For ‘Invisible’ Homeless Students

    Casey Quinlan
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:24 am
    The number of homeless children are rising quickly in New York City. There were 87,000 school children living in homeless shelters or temporary housing in the 2013-14 school year, according to the New York City Department of Education, which is a 71 percent rise since the 2007-2008 school year. Of course the problem isn’t just confined to New York City. Nationally, 2.5 million children were homeless in 2013, an 8 percent increase from 2012. Nearly half of the children were under the age of six, according to a 2014 report from the National Center for Family and Homelessness. The number…
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  • What the RNC’s pathetic loyalty pledge says about the GOP

    Paul Waldman
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:10 am
    Some news outlets are reporting that Donald Trump will sign the loyalty pledge that the Republican National Committee has demanded of its candidates, in an apparent effort to foreclose the possibility that Trump will run as a third-party candidate if he doesn’t win the GOP nomination. Trump has scheduled a news conference for this afternoon […]
  • Morning Plum: Can Republican voters rise above Trumpism?

    Greg Sargent
    3 Sep 2015 | 6:30 am
    This morning on ABC News, Jeb Bush unleashed what may be his most full-throated response yet to the rise of Donald Trump. The quote that will drive the headlines is that Bush said Trump wants to “insult his way to the presidency.” But that’s not the most important part of Bush’s remarkable monologue. The more […]
  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:39 pm
    * Today the 34th Senator declared her support for the Iran deal, and here’s where we stand: Now that the veto-sustaining 34th vote in favor of the deal has been pledged, the question is not whether the Iran deal will survive its congressional test, but how. Ten Democrats remain undeclared, and if just seven more […]
  • What Hillary’s sinking poll numbers really mean, in one chart

    Greg Sargent
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:08 am
    A new Washington Post/ABC News poll released this morning found that Hillary Clinton’s unfavorable rating has jumped to 53 percent — her highest in Post/ABC polling since 2008. Other polls have shown similar findings of late, and the usual suspects have been very quick to declare that this must show she’s sinking under the weight […]
  • In an unusual development, Congressional Dems display admirable backbone

    Paul Waldman
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:15 am
    This morning, Sen. Barbara Mikulski announced that she will be voting in favor of the Iran nuclear deal, making her the 34th supporter. That means that a move to override any veto of the bill opposing the deal will fail. In fact, it may not even get to an override vote; there are 10 Democrats […]
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    Watchblog: Democrats

  • A Birthright Wasted On Some...

    19 Aug 2015 | 2:06 pm
    In the Dred Scott Case, the judge infamously held that the slave who was its subject had no rights which had to be respected. Though born an American, he could be treated like trash because of who he was born to, and what his skin color was. It tells us something about the power of the Birthright citizenship in the 14th Amendment, that the extreme hypocrisy of Separate But Equal had to be invented in order to justify the dehumanizing laws of Jim Crow. They had to pretend, on a legal level, that segregation didn't betray that birthright!Such is the power of the 14th Amendment. Equal protection…
  • Final Deal with Iran Announced

    14 Jul 2015 | 2:30 am
    The Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has released the full text of the final agreement reached by the 6 negotiation partners with Iran. I have not had time to look at the agreement itself nor have I read much commentary regarding its details, so I am withholding judgement for now.Back in April, I discussed the announced parameters regarding the current negotiations with Iran. I still hold the same opinions that I did then. Most important in my approach is the fact that in the absence of a deal, economic pressure on Iran is probably going to be decreased. Note what the British, French and…
  • A Vote For Bernie Sanders Is A Vote For the GOP Nominee

    7 Jul 2015 | 8:36 am
    Any armchair political observer can tell you that a long, drawn-out primary challenge only hurts the eventual nominee's chances in the general election. Even though a primary challenge has doomed many, many candidates in the past, Bernie Sanders supporters never got the message.In 1980, Jimmy Carter faced an already-uphill battle for re-election before Ted Kennedy announced he would challenge Carter for the Democratic nomination. This mobilized over 7 million liberal Democrats to the Kennedy camp, which eventually proved to be the final knockout punch to Carter's chances of a second term. In…
  • Two Big Decisions from the Supreme Court

    26 Jun 2015 | 5:21 am
    The last legal challenge to the PPACA has been cleared. People will receive subsidies regardless of whether their exchange was established by the Federal Government or by a State. Secondly, people will no longer be discriminated according to their gender when applying for a civil marriage.These are both huge wins for liberty. My heartfelt congratulations are extended to the winning sides in both cases as well as the millions of Americans who have had their freedoms restored by their tireless work.
  • No "Off with her head" for the Queen of Nuts

    3 Jun 2015 | 2:36 pm
    Honestly, I can't say I have much love for Pam Geller. In fact, when I heard this news... to be honest with you, I laughed at the thought of it! The poetic justice of a provocateur getting much more than they bargained for struck me as funny. But would I want it to actually happen? Not for a second.Being a bad person is not a capital crime, nor is being a bigot who pushes her luck trying to lure in terrorists to attack her. The latter certainly demonstrates faulty judgment and morals, but it doesn't amount to the kind of atrocity that ISIS commits. I got particularly annoyed when I read about…
 
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  • Corpocracy alive and well

    31 Aug 2015 | 12:47 pm
    A recent WP article on Solyndra and Lockheed leads one to perceive that corpocracy is alive and well. According to the article Solyndra officials repeatedly misled federal officials and omitted information about the firms financial status in their attempt to gain a major government load. Solyndra was to make and sell hi tech solar panels but declared bankruptcy and the taxpayers were left holding the bag, have we been here before, for a half billion taxpayer dollars. A second articles relates that Lockheed, the world's largest defense contractor has agreed to pay $4.7M to settle charges that…
  • Challenging Birthright Citizenship

    26 Aug 2015 | 12:46 pm
    Changing the law on birthright citizenship isn't just a "a long and arduous path," as Senator Cruz stated; it's ages-old road that has had its turns and twists. So a little Latin is in order perhaps, and yes the Romans has a lot to do with that. Jus sanguinis - the right of blood literally - means you have to have one or more parent as a citizen of the state whose citizenship you are then entitled to. It's still the way a majority of nations in the world operate today. The Americas are the great exception having put in place jus soli - right of soil - in response to the waves of migration in…
  • Slow Motion Dance Towards Armageddon

    25 Aug 2015 | 12:35 pm
    Is the media fuss over the AP story that Iran will self-inspect a fraud? That seems an exaggeration at best, but the edits to the original story, which essentially took out some granularity and replaced it with a sort of cover statement that it wasn't clear "how" these inspections would proceed, have caused a lot of crossed tweets between critics and AP journalists. The IAEA has stated that the story is "misleading" but as the debate goes back and forth over whether AP reporters were somehow duped, the details that do remain show how carefully the IAEA have to tip toe around the Iranian…
  • The Washington Consensus on Immigration

    18 Aug 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Guess what: the not-very-Tumpista Fox news poll is showing Trump at 25%. In second place, it's Ben Carson with almost identical numbers, (12% a little less than half of Trump's numbers), to his PPP poll numbers from last week. And Ted Cruz is in third with 10% having had, one suspects, a very nice bump as well from his polished fury at the debates in Cleveland. Yes Jeb Bush is next at 9%, but what strikes one is where Marco Rubio sits: in 9th place with just 4% and barely ahead of Chris Christie and Rand Paul. And clearly, immigration is an important issue as far as voters' view of the GOP…
  • Marco and Ben and Black Lives Matter

    14 Aug 2015 | 7:57 am
    Speaking on Fox, Senator Rubio talked about Black Lives Matter - who are making a habit of disrupting campaign events for Republicans and Democrats alike - and what to do about the protests. Everyone seems to have a handy statistic on young black men and their likelihood to end up in jail or die a violent death, often at the hands of other young black males. Senator Marco, for example, stated that they are much more likely to end up in jail than go to college or university. And he mentioned the case of a friend who is a professional and black, and who in the last 18 months has been stopped 8…
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  • Stafford, Bortles shine as Lions beat Jaguars 22-17

    AP Wires
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:11 pm
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Matthew Stafford completed 11 of 15 passes for 173 yards and two touchdowns, helping the Detroit Lions beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 22-17 in a preseason game Friday night. The Lions (2-1) trailed most of the night, but rookie Zach Zenner’s 3-yard touchdown run with 1:41 remaining was the winner. Detroit played without star receiver Calvin Johnson for the third consecutive game, but Stafford carved up Jacksonville’s secondary in a half of work. Stafford threw a perfect deep ball to Golden Tate for a 62-yarder in the second quarter and then hooked up…
  • Vin Scully to return for record 67th year with Dodgers

    AP Wires
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:42 pm
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Vin Scully will return for a record 67th season in the broadcast booth for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The news was revealed in the second inning of Friday night’s game against the Chicago Cubs. Late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel appeared on the Dodger Stadium video board and told the crowd via cue cards without uttering a sound. His last card read: “God bless us everyone.” The 87-year-old Scully stood up and waved from his booth as the crowd cheered. The Hall of Fame announcer continues to enjoy describing the action on the field. His consecutive years of…
  • AP Top Sports News At 9:16 p.m. EDT

    AP Wires
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:16 pm
    Stewart claims he didn’t see man on track before fatal crash Continue Reading...
  • Redskins say QB Griffin to miss Ravens game

    AP Wires
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:34 pm
    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — The Washington Redskins say quarterback Robert Griffin III will miss Saturday’s exhibition game at the Baltimore Ravens because of a concussion, reversing an earlier decision to let him play. In a statement released Friday by the Redskins, NFL independent neurologist Robert Kurtzke is quoted as saying that Griffin “should be held from gameplay this weekend and be retested in one (to) two weeks before a firm conclusion to return to gameplay can be made.” Griffin left last week’s exhibition game against Detroit with what Redskins coach Jay Gruden…
  • Despite volatility, on-air rampage difficult to predict

    AP Wires
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:13 am
    ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Living alone in a world of perceived slights, Vester Lee Flanagan II festered and fumed. His hair-trigger temper directed at a random collection of people he encountered never seemed to stray into the type of violent behavior that would have put him on the radar of police or mental health professionals. By not crossing that line, he avoided doing anything that would have made it illegal for him to purchase the gun he used to kill two former co-workers on live TV in Virginia. Flanagan, 41, had never been arrested for a felony and had no criminal record. There are no…
 
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  • When you're as bad at campaigns as Scott Walker, you should just give up | Jeb Lund

    Jeb Lund
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:45 am
    The candidate who wants to deny the science behind male-pattern baldness more than the science behind climate change isn’t in it to win itScott Walker’s presidential campaign is only a little over 50 days old, and it’s increasingly obvious that Scott Walker sucks. Not for his record or what he believes, although both of those are – to borrow a phrase from William Safire – extremely sucky. But Scott Walker is not good at this campaign thing.A good campaign introduces a candidate and his best ideas to sympathetic and like-minded voters through a combination of events, press coverage…
  • The best hope for change on the West Bank? Keep those cameras rolling | Ori Nir

    Ori Nir
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:31 am
    The viral video of an Israeli soldier trying to arrest a 12-year-old with his arm in a cast is an example of how technology is driving a change of public opinionYou have probably watched the viral video of the Palestinian women snatching a Palestinian child from the hands of an Israeli soldier, as he was trying to arrest the boy for rock-throwing. Related: SodaStream leaves West Bank as CEO says boycott antisemitic and pointless Continue reading...
  • Children in pubs? There are more annoying things | Amy Fleming

    Amy Fleming
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:03 am
    The Good Pub Guide is right that pubs aren’t playgrounds, but that doesn’t mean considerate families shouldn’t enjoy themThe editor of the Good Pub Guide has found that while landlords welcome families, it is “sometimes with their fingers crossed behind their backs”. This is because unruly kids were deemed the greatest source of tavern-based irritation in a survey of publicans and their customers by the guide. As a parent and pub fan who occasionally takes my kids down the local for a roast, I sympathise.When I was young, it was illegal to even be in a bar, so if rain stopped play…
  • The day a refugee became part of my family | Michael Freedland

    Michael Freedland
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:09 am
    In the late 1930s my grandfather took in a young German Jew. If more people had been as generous, many thousands could have been saved from the HolocaustI first met a refugee just before the second world war broke out. Not that I knew it. As far as I could tell, “Miss Cohen” was just one of the aunties who flitted in and out of my grandfather’s house in Brondesbury, north-west London. Related: This refugee crisis was a test for David Cameron. He’s flunked it | John Harris Continue reading...
  • To cast Paula Deen on Dancing With the Stars is to condone her racism | Jennifer Gerson Uffalussy

    Jennifer Gerson Uffalussy
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:45 am
    The decision to give airtime and attention to an unapologetically racist celebrity proves that, to those who make decisions on US TV, black lives don’t matterIt took 54 years for South Carolina to realize that flying the Confederate flag over its state house was antagonistically tone-deaf at best and, at worst, aggressively spiteful of the history of slavery and systemic racism in the state. Officials didn’t take it down until after a mass shooting – a young white man opened fire at a black church in Charleston steeped in Civil Rights history – made it clear that flying the…
 
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    Mike McDaniel
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:00 pm
    As a prelude to his “historic”–if you don’t believe it, ask the media–trip to Alaska, Mr. Obama, by executive fiat, renamed Mt. McKinley. Mr. Obama has as little lawful authority to do that as he had in issuing most of his lawless executive orders, as The New York Sun observes:  It’s a mystery to us where President Obama or his interior secretary, Sally Jewell, gets the authority to rename in Alaska a mountain whose name was ratified by Congress a century ago as McKinley. We can understand the Democratic Party’s interest, in that McKinley, a Republican, was a…
  • High(er) Education

    Mike McDaniel
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:57 pm
    credit: baxtownbent.blogspot.com Well, this would certainly explain a great deal… Reuters) – The number of U.S. college students smoking marijuana every day or nearly every day is greater than it has been in 35 years, according to a study released on Tuesday. Nearly 6 percent of college students reported using pot daily or near-daily in 2014, up from 3.5 percent in 2007 but less than the 7.2 percent recorded in 1980, the University of Michigan’s Monitoring the Future study found. Less frequent pot smoking was also on the rise, according to the study, although not as sharply.
  • The Freddie Gray Case, Update 20: Profiling The Police

    Mike McDaniel
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:49 pm
    credit: cnn.com The Baltimore Sun is not, by any stretch of the imagination, a conservative-leaning media outlet. That its coverage of the Freddie Gray case has been, for the most part less than helpful for the prosecution and the social justice narrative is not an indication that The Sun is striving to be balanced and professional, but that there is no actual known evidence against the officers. There is nothing to spin. It is in editorials that The Sun reveals its real political leanings, and tries mightily to uphold the progressive, social justice as in this example:  Brian E.
  • Hubris and The Reality of Nature

    Mike McDaniel
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:27 pm
    The Mission SanMiguelcredit: aukeuisser.nl Man, proud man. Dress’d in a little brief authority. Measure for Measure William Shakespeare This is fascinating. Via Fox News: JOINT BASE PEARL HARBOR-HICKAM, Hawaii –  Researchers made a surprising find when diving in the waters off Hawaii: a large US naval tanker that had been sitting unseen in 80 feet of water for nearly 60 years. ‘I turn around, and this giant, looming structure, so eerie,’ Melissa Price, a maritime archaeologist, told Hawaii News Now. Price was one of three divers to discover the Mission San Miguel on Aug. 3 off the…
  • Soft Tyranny Times 2

    Mike McDaniel
    30 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    credit: en.wikipedia.org It’s the beginning of the second week of the 2015-2016 school year. What better time to examine two trends in K-12 education that do not bode well for the future, unless Americans once again take control of their laws and their schools? First, from Fox News, the Left’s continuing attempt to drive any mention of the influence of faith from our public schools, and one community’s bravery in fighting back:  There was no halftime show under the Friday night lights at Mississippi’s Brandon High School — the marching band had been benched. The band was ordered…
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  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    3 Sep 2015 | 3:49 am
    Josh Kraushaar has a perceptive column arguing that Jeb Bush is making a mistake by making the campaign about him versus Trump when his real opponents are Kasich and Rubio. A slow-and-steady dis­cip­lined strategy from Bush­world has morph­ed in­to anxi­ety over Trump’s stay­ing power. And it’s all be­ing done in the name of a stra­tegic mis­take: Bush’s biggest mis­cal­cu­la­tion is that Trump is his biggest rival; the as­sump­tion that he’s best-po­si­tioned to be the fi­nal Re­pub­lic­an stand­ing against the busi­ness­man. The real­ity is that the…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:24 am
    Now that some more of Hillary Clinton's emails have been released, dedicated researchers poring over them have found a couple of examples where she knowingly allowed and sent classified information over her unsecured private server. Sean Davis reports on how she sent classified information to Sidney Blumenthal, an outsider who was not part of the administration. Emails were redacted when they were published explicitly because they contained classified material. That is because under federal law, information is classified by nature, not by marking. As a result, federal classification…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:05 am
    Elizabeth Warren didn't always think very well of Joe Biden.Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) wrote scathingly of Vice President Biden while she was on the faculty of Harvard Law School, mocking his White House ambitions while slamming his support for a bankruptcy bill that she said “hurts women.”“With his presidential aspirations growing, Senator Biden must be delighted ... with the halo effect that suggests that he is one public official politically active women can trust,” Warren wrote in a 2002 Harvard Women’s Law Journal article....In 2002, years before her political career…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:56 am
    Byron York reports that Trump is about to divide Republicans with his proposal to raise taxes rates on the wealthiest Americans.First Donald Trump antagonized the Republican establishment with his proposals on immigration. Then he irritated some with his stands on trade and Social Security. Now Trump is preparing a tax proposal that will again set him far apart from the party's powers-that-be.The problem for the establishment is that Trump's positions on all three issues are more in line with the majority of American voters than the establishment's preferred policies. By using his popularity…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:05 am
    Sean Trende and David Byler have given political junkies a big gift by providing a tool to try to figure out how shifts in the percentage of the GOP share of the 2016 vote of whites, blacks, Hispanics, and other ethnic groups and then plugged in their estimates of turnout of those groups to see how this would change the Electoral College vote. It's fascinating to see what effect a shift from 2008 or 2012 splits could have an impact on the election. There are some surprises in their results. What is clear is that, for the GOP to win, they need to increase their share of the non-Hispanic white…
 
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  • “We desperately need the next Fr. Capodanno”

    Rick
    2 Sep 2015 | 4:01 pm
    Chris Stefanick with yet another must see video: Excellent. Pass this on. Crossposted at Brutally Honest.
  • Explaining Donald Trump’s Popularity

    David Robertson
    2 Sep 2015 | 1:00 pm
    “Every sulfurous belch from the molten interior of the volcanic Trump phenomenon injures the chances of a Republican presidency.” Those are the words of George Will in a Washington Post column titled “The havoc that Trump wreaks — on his own party“. The damage that Trump is doing to the GOP brand is a common theme among recent political commentaries. What is baffling plenty of political pundits is the exact reason why Trump has the amount of popularity that he has. In a Weekly Standard blog post titled “Among the Trumpies“, Fred Barnes describes the Trump…
  • “People only find real friendship, life-changing friendship, by facing and working through their differences — un-nicely.”

    Rick
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:33 pm
    David Mills with some seriously counterintuitive wisdom here: Don’t be nice to other Christians — specifically those in other churches than yours. God doesn’t want you to be nice to them. He doesn’t want them being nice to you. Bad things happen when everyone is nice to everyone else. God wants us to be kind, respectful, generous, empathetic, to turn the other cheek and walk the second mile. He expects us to treat our brothers and sisters in Christ that way. But that’s not being “nice.” Being nice is when you say kind things to others that you don’t really
  • The Ups and Downs of Global Oil Prices

    David Robertson
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Any high school graduate should understand the law of supply and demand. So, why is the oil market so confusing? One can be forgiven if one were to think that the price of crude oil is determined simply by supply and demand. As it turns out, something else is at play in the global oil market. Here is an excerpt from a report by Bloomberg.com. “While oil fundamentals aren’t strong, physical markets do not corroborate the substantial weakness in flat price,” New York-based Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Longson said in a report Monday. The “latest oil pricing pressure appears more
  • Progress… how’s that working out for us?

    Rick
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:21 pm
    “The superstition of progress asserts itself in some such fashion as this in our class rooms, best-sellers and high-class journals: Man is naturally good and indefinitely perfectible, and thanks to great cosmic floods of evolution will be swept forward and forward until he becomes a kind of a god. Goodness increases with time, while evil and error decline. History represents the gradual but steady advance of man up the hill of the more abundant and happy life. No special institutions, no moral discipline, no Divine grace are necessary for the progress of man; for progress is automatic, due…
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  • All American Lone Wolves

    3 Sep 2015 | 9:41 am
    All American Lone Wolvesby digbyIf only we could close the borders this sort of thing could be avoided:Three north Georgia men pleaded guilty in federal court this week to conspiring to begin a revolution against the U.S. government.Brian Cannon, Terry Peace and Cory Williamson met in an Internet chat room in January 2014 and bonded over their anti-government views, according to prosecutors. Within a month of meeting, Cannon and Williamson moved into Peace's Rome home and began planning an attack, to be carried out no later than Feb. 15, 2014."This case is a startling example of militia…
  • ISIS, Climate Change & Mass Migration of Peoples, by @Gaius_Publius

    3 Sep 2015 | 7:30 am
    ISIS, Climate Change & Mass Migration of Peoplesby Gaius PubliusMass migration to Europe from Africa and the Middle East (click to enlarge; source)I've said a number of times that climate chaos won't involve just drought, famine and a destroyed environment — all physical stresses and dangers to human life. Climate chaos will start with some of those physical stresses, but be coupled with human anticipation, which will result in social and political chaos first, and if we're really unfortunate, eventually with collapse. The two sets of problems — physical stress on the one hand, social…
  • Refugee crisis deepens by @BloggersRUs

    3 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    Refugee crisis deepensby Tom Sullivan Terrible images from Europe this morning as the refugee crisis deepens: The full horror of the human tragedy unfolding on the shores of Europe was brought home on Wednesday as images of the lifeless body of a young boy – one of at least 12 Syrians who drowned attempting to reach the Greek island of Kos – encapsulated the extraordinary risks refugees are taking to reach the west. The picture, taken on Wednesday morning, depicted the dark-haired toddler, wearing a bright-red T-shirt and shorts, washed up on a beach, lying face down in the surf not far…
  • International Trumpism

    2 Sep 2015 | 6:30 pm
    International Trumpismby digbyThis analysis of the Trump phenomenon by Thomas Edsall in the NY Times very deftly synthesizes all the polling and other studies that explain just what in the hell is going on with this.  Basically a bunch of white people are getting very nervous now that their majority and the privileges that come with it is slipping away. They believe that everything's going to hell in a handbasket (although that's not really true) and it's all because of the "others" who are taking over.Edsall's piece thoroughly and accurately surveys these attitudes and the hay the…
  • Idiocracy, the reality show

    2 Sep 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Idiocracy, the reality showby digbySigh:They think Donald Trump’s ideas are “disgusting.” They think he is making a mockery of the American political system and that even he doesn’t take his own candidacy seriously. And that is exactly why they say they plan to vote for him.Meet Trump’s protest voters.People who in the past might have gone to the polls only to register their disdain for politicians by writing in “Mickey Mouse” — or perhaps even “Donald Trump” — now have a Republican front-runner to rally around.Like many sincere Trump supporters, they believe the system…
 
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  • A Martyr Is Born

    3 Sep 2015 | 10:45 am
    Wingnut welfare won't last very long, but it'll be nice while it does.ASHLAND, Ky. — A federal judge here on Thursday ordered a Kentucky clerk jailed for contempt of court because of her refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.
  • It's Torture

    3 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    I know I shouldn't be surprised, but I am surprised that this barbaric practice has persisted for so long. We've known for a long time that it destroys minds.If mass incarceration is one of modern America’s deepest pathologies, solitary confinement is the concentrated version of it: far too many people locked up for far too long for no good reason, at no clear benefit to anyone.The practice “literally drives men mad,” Justice Anthony Kennedy of the Supreme Court said in an appearance before Congress last March, highlighting the case of a California man isolated for 25 years. In July,…
  • Generation Screwed

    3 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    It's a bit more acute in London than most places in the US, but the basic story is the same. Education costs and student loans are crushing. There's no realistic way for people in their 20s to save money a deposit for unaffordable homes, let alone plan to start families. Their parents had it better. But The Kids Today and their unwillingness to grow up...
  • Wednesday Evening

    2 Sep 2015 | 4:30 pm
    It is Wednesday.
  • Trump'd

    2 Sep 2015 | 1:18 pm
    They only thing I can conclude is that "they" don't like him because he's the biggest threat to wingnut welfare, or at least its current recipients.
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  • ‘Religious liberty’ argument reignites interest in anti-gay propaganda

    Alvin McEwen
    19 Aug 2015 | 3:24 pm
    Tweets such as this one is exposing the hypocrisy of the “religious liberty” argument. An online booklet on anti-gay propaganda published in 2013 is enjoying a huge resurgence of readership because it exposes the homophobia behind some of the religious right leading voices who claim their positions are based on religion, not animus. And this is taking place at the very time in which these voices are moving to enshrine anti-gay discrimination into the law under the guise of “religious liberty.” How They See Us: Unmasking the Religious Right War on Gay America was published by…
  • The Last Late Late Night FDL: When The Music’s Over

    Suzanne
    1 Aug 2015 | 8:00 pm
    The Doors — When The Music’s Over, live in Copenhagen, 1968. What a long strange trip its been, eh? I’m so thankful to Jane for allowing me to host Late Night/Late Late Night lo these past many years. I’d also like to thank Tut for stepping up and hosting so I didn’t have to host every night. Thanks dood!!! I can’t forget RBG, Lurk, Ellie, Dakine, EG, and the rest of the backstage crew who toiled so hard behind the scenes to make these front page posts look effortless. Finally, I want to thank you, the lurkers and commenters, for everything —…
  • Arizona Apache Mobilize Against Bill Which Hands Sacred Native American Land To Mining Company

    Derrick Broze
    1 Aug 2015 | 3:06 pm
    Originally published at MintPress News.   OAK FLAT, Arizona –— The San Carlos Apache Tribe held a celebratory dinner on July 27 to welcome back members of the Apache Stronghold caravan after a two-week journey from the tribe’s reservation in Bylas, Arizona, to Washington, D.C. The dinner menu featured a traditional Apache acorn soup and juice squeezed from skunkbush sumac berries — both of which are threatened by a proposed $6 billion mining operation. The Apache Stronghold formed in December in response to a last-minute legislative provision included in the the…
  • Media ……. my last entry at FDL

    cmaukonen
    1 Aug 2015 | 11:04 am
    Nurse listening to a radio during World War II John Atherton – Flickr creative commons From the very first the media – newspapers and such – has been first and foremost about selling stuff. And that means advertising. And the more people read these first newspapers and then magazines, the more advertising could be sold and the more could be charged for it. It’s as simple as that. Even as the technology improved this aspect of the media – in this country at least – has not changed. And to get people to read and in the case of broadcasting watch and/or…
  • An Appreciation of FDL Contributors

    Kevin Gosztola
    1 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    As Firedoglake goes offline this weekend, those of us who are launching Shadowproof would like to take the time to show appreciation for all the contributors, who helped make FDL special through the years. Keeping FDL online and filled with daily content during hiatus was a struggle. It would have been even more impossible without the regular contributions of Ruth Calvo, Crane-Station, Frederick Leatherman, Lawrence Hudetz, and CTuttle. Ruth kept up the “Saturday Art” series, which has highlighted something wonderful and magnificent each weekend. Lawrence continued his weekly…
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  • Thursday. Open thread

    Jeralyn
    3 Sep 2015 | 6:40 am
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  • Wednesday Open Thread

    Jeralyn
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:41 am
    I have a list of 50 or so things to do before I move. I'm on number 3. Here's an open thread, all topics welcome. I dumped the spam from the last week. I'll try to check it every night. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Not Your Average Narcos Review

    Jeralyn
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:15 am
    Did anyone watch "Narcos?" I was not impressed. They should have named it "Narcs" -- it's the story of two U.S. drug agents helping Colombia nab Escobar. It's not the story of Esobar, it's the agents' story, and it's got some... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Monday Open Thread

    Big Tent Democrat
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:41 am
    Sorry, doing lawyer things. Open Thread. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Friday Open Thread

    Big Tent Democrat
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:10 pm
    College football just around the corner. Open Thread. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • News Roundup & Open Thread for Thursday, September 3, 2015

    3 Sep 2015 | 6:56 am
    Parents suing New Jersey's Department of Education over the use of new state exams and SAT and ACT tests to determine whether students meet graduation requirements.  Calling it an "unlawful" overreach by the federal government, Gov. Chris Christie slammed President Obama's new Clean Power Plan, which aims to cut emissions at fossil fuel-fired power plans across the U.S. Is anyone surprised? Christie seeks financial advisor for state transportation projects. NJ Spotlight adds, "It's not clear what money will be left to manage if Transportation Trust Fund goes broke at end of next fiscal…
  • News Roundup & Open Thread for Wednesday, September 2, 2015

    2 Sep 2015 | 6:14 am
    Double-dipping government employees: NJ Watchdog reports, the biggest double-dipper is Essex County Executive Joe DiVincenzo who is paid $230,476 of which nearly $69,000 is from a state pension. Three fourths of NJ sheriffs double dip: Essex County's Armando Fontoura draws $207,289, including $62,393 from his pension. Newark and Camden School districts in line to receive hefty private donations. NJ Spotlight says these school districts plan press conferences this morning to announce large donations. Legislators press Christie on need for more psychiatric beds. NJSpotlight reports Democrats…
  • News Roundup & Open Thread for Tuesday, September 1, 2015

    31 Aug 2015 | 5:34 pm
    King George III Politicker NJ names the 30 most influential people in South Jersey. George Norcross III takes up the top five slots. Union Busting Chris Christie wants to take his union-busting police reorganization from Camden to Newark. But the folks in Newark won't be as compliant to Christie's request. Christie out-Romneys Romney "People are packages, my friends" - Christie As Hurricane Season Starts... Three years after Hurrican Sandy, some people are just finding housing now. Got Kids? The new child safety seat laws go into effect today. NJ State Police and most counties have programs…
  • The Assembly abets Christie to allow important bills to languish

    31 Aug 2015 | 9:05 am
    The Assembly has held no session since June 29, and no session is scheduled in September or October while Assembly members are in full campaign mode. Most likely there will be no Assembly session until after the November 3 election. In the meantime, Governor Christie, working on his impossible dream, is allowed to ignore many bills sent to him. "A bill becomes law upon the Governor's signature or after 45 days if no action is taken. If the House of origin is in recess on the 45th day, the time is extended until it reconvenes." What this means is that bills originated in the Assembly and sent…
  • NJ is Unfriendly. You Gotta Problem With That?

    30 Aug 2015 | 4:59 pm
    According to Conde Nast (part of a conglomerate whose holdings include the Star Ledger, NJ.com, and several other New Jersey papers), two of the top ten "unfriendliest" cities in the U.S. are in New Jersey. Newark comes in as number 1, and Atlantic City as number 3 in terms of unfriendliness. Newark and AC are not places I'd choose for a vacation, but this ranking seems a bit over the top to me. I've been to many cities in the US where I have felt less welcome. On Newark, they say, "Dirty and seemingly trashy and unsafe in many areas, yet somehow also kind of expensive." On Atlantic City: "An…
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  • Walmart and Walker: Always Low Wages

    3 Sep 2015 | 7:42 am
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker speaks at Joey's Diner in Amherst, New Hampshire, July 16, 2015. (Photo: Andrew Cline / Shutterstock.com) What do Governor Scott Walker and Walmart have in common? They talk pay raises in public while cheating their workers of pay. When Walmart announced with great fanfare that it was boosting pay for frontline workers, CMD questioned the spin. After all, Walmart is regularly forced to pay back wages between 2007-2012 amounting to an astonishing $30 million according to a US Senate report. This week, Bloomberg reported that Walmart is cutting hours for its workers,…
  • Protests Grow over Clerk's Denial of Same-Sex Marriages

    2 Sep 2015 | 9:00 pm
    In Kentucky, the county clerk who has defied the Supreme Court and refused to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples is set to appear before a federal judge today to make her case for why she shouldn't be held in contempt of court. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis stopped issuing all marriage licenses rather than comply with the Supreme Court ruling in June that legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. On Monday, the Supreme Court denied Davis' appeal that the court grant her "asylum for her conscience." The next day, same-sex couples went to Davis' office. In a video that went viral, David…
  • Investigators Find New Developments in Possible Lynching Case Out of North Carolina

    2 Sep 2015 | 9:00 pm
    It's been a year since the lifeless body of 17-year old Lennon Lacy was found hanging from a swing set in the small town of Bladenboro, North Carolina. While state investigators working under the direction of the local district attorney immediately ruled the death a suicide, questions remain about whether foul play was involved since the African-American teen was found wearing too-small shoes that were not his own, allegedly hung himself in a mostly white trailer park using a belt that was not his own, and since the mechanics of the purported self-hanging appear implausible. Lacy had been…
  • Guatemalan President Resigns in "Huge Victory" for Popular Uprising

    2 Sep 2015 | 9:00 pm
    After a massive public uprising, Guatemalan President Otto Pérez Molina has resigned. His resignation came just hours after a judge approved the attorney general's arrest warrant for him. This follows the Guatemalan Legislature's unanimous decision to strip him of immunity from prosecution, bowing to popular pressure. Prosecutors said Pérez Molina will be charged with illicit association, taking bribes and customs fraud. Attorney General Thelma Aldana said Pérez Molina was also being investigated for money laundering, which could lead to the freezing of his assets. Otto Pérez Molina's…
  • Syrian Colonel Faces Charges in Maher Arar Torture Case

    2 Sep 2015 | 9:00 pm
    In a move to hold government officials accountable for torture, Canada has charged Syrian Colonel George Salloum with allegedly torturing Canadian engineer Maher Arar. In 2002, Arar was kidnapped by US authorities during a layover at JFK Airport and then sent to his native Syria, where he was tortured and interrogated in a tiny underground cell. He was held for nearly a year. This is the first-ever criminal charge of torture brought by Canada against a foreign government official for acts committed abroad. Canada's decision to pursue torture charges in Arar's case may open the door to further…
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  • The ACA's uncertain shield against underinsurance: A CSR compendium

    Andrew Sprung
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:33 am
    As I've asserted more than once, Cost Sharing Reduction (CSR) subsidies are the ACA marketplaces' best defense against underinsurance for private plan buyers. That's why I've been so interested in who accesses or fails to access CSR and why -- and why takeup varies widely from state to state.Below is an index of my posts examining the factors affecting CSR takeup, along with some posts questioning whether the benefit ought to be restructured.  I've done a fair number of single-state snapshots, and they're listed separately at bottom.Overall, according to the most recent enrollment…
  • No man is an island -- but the GOP is

    Andrew Sprung
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:28 pm
    Yesterday, in a speech in Anchorage starkly laying out the current and future effects of climate change, Obama rhetorically placed his opposition on an island unto themselves, as besieged intellectually as Alaskan islanders now are physically. That reminded me of something. Here's the passage:But if those trend lines continue the way they are, there’s not going to be a nation on this Earth that’s not impacted negatively.  People will suffer.  Economies will suffer.  Entire nations will find themselves under severe, severe problems.  More drought; more floods; rising…
  • Five factors driving (or inhibiting) CSR takeup in ACA private plan markets

    Andrew Sprung
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:01 pm
    I want to lay out some notes here for a regression analysis of what drives takeup (or the lack of takeup) of Cost Sharing Reduction (CSR) subsidies among buyers of private health plans on ACA exchanges. CSR reduces out-of-pocket costs for buyers with incomes under 251% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL).  The benefit is quite strong up to 200% FPL, but almost negligible in the 201-250% FPL range.CSR is best understood not as some obscure secondary benefit but as the ACA's best defense against underinsurance -- that is, against leaving plan holders on the hook for more medical expenses…
  • Name Ohio "McKinley" -- and don't stop there!

    Andrew Sprung
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:01 pm
    Republicans, particularly Ohio Republicans, are of course up in arms about the Obama administration's announcement that it would use its executive authority to restore Mount McKinley (named in 1896 by a gold prospector who heard of the president-to-be's nomination) to its historic name, Denali, "the high one," as it had been known for centuries. Alaskans have requested the change for decades (and changed the name themselves via the state Board on Geographic Names in 1975), and (Republican) Senator Lisa Murkowski recorded a video thanking Obama for the change, but never mind.*  John…
  • Why Trump wants a wall

    Andrew Sprung
    30 Aug 2015 | 11:24 am
    There's a prototype for Trump's wall along the Mexican border:If you're going to build an 1800-mile wall, why not stuff it with apartments?  And of course, Mexicans can come through the "beautiful door" and build it..and have their remittances taxed to pay for it.  It will have not only gorgeous views of the Rio Grande. but the best lawns.As president, Trump can set up a public-private partnership with himself. The U.S. can be renamed Trump Place. What's not to like?
 
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    Comment is free | The Guardian

  • When you're as bad at campaigns as Scott Walker, you should just give up | Jeb Lund

    Jeb Lund
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:45 am
    The candidate who wants to deny the science behind male-pattern baldness more than the science behind climate change isn’t in it to win itScott Walker’s presidential campaign is only a little over 50 days old, and it’s increasingly obvious that Scott Walker sucks. Not for his record or what he believes, although both of those are – to borrow a phrase from William Safire – extremely sucky. But Scott Walker is not good at this campaign thing.A good campaign introduces a candidate and his best ideas to sympathetic and like-minded voters through a combination of events, press coverage…
  • The best hope for change on the West Bank? Keep those cameras rolling | Ori Nir

    Ori Nir
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:31 am
    The viral video of an Israeli soldier trying to arrest a 12-year-old with his arm in a cast is an example of how technology is driving a change of public opinionYou have probably watched the viral video of the Palestinian women snatching a Palestinian child from the hands of an Israeli soldier, as he was trying to arrest the boy for rock-throwing. Related: SodaStream leaves West Bank as CEO says boycott antisemitic and pointless Continue reading...
  • Children in pubs? There are more annoying things | Amy Fleming

    Amy Fleming
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:03 am
    The Good Pub Guide is right that pubs aren’t playgrounds, but that doesn’t mean considerate families shouldn’t enjoy themThe editor of the Good Pub Guide has found that while landlords welcome families, it is “sometimes with their fingers crossed behind their backs”. This is because unruly kids were deemed the greatest source of tavern-based irritation in a survey of publicans and their customers by the guide. As a parent and pub fan who occasionally takes my kids down the local for a roast, I sympathise.When I was young, it was illegal to even be in a bar, so if rain stopped play…
  • The day a refugee became part of my family | Michael Freedland

    Michael Freedland
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:09 am
    In the late 1930s my grandfather took in a young German Jew. If more people had been as generous, many thousands could have been saved from the HolocaustI first met a refugee just before the second world war broke out. Not that I knew it. As far as I could tell, “Miss Cohen” was just one of the aunties who flitted in and out of my grandfather’s house in Brondesbury, north-west London. Related: This refugee crisis was a test for David Cameron. He’s flunked it | John Harris Continue reading...
  • To cast Paula Deen on Dancing With the Stars is to condone her racism | Jennifer Gerson Uffalussy

    Jennifer Gerson Uffalussy
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:45 am
    The decision to give airtime and attention to an unapologetically racist celebrity proves that, to those who make decisions on US TV, black lives don’t matterIt took 54 years for South Carolina to realize that flying the Confederate flag over its state house was antagonistically tone-deaf at best and, at worst, aggressively spiteful of the history of slavery and systemic racism in the state. Officials didn’t take it down until after a mass shooting – a young white man opened fire at a black church in Charleston steeped in Civil Rights history – made it clear that flying the…
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    Reuters: Politics

  • Trump expected to sign Republican loyalty pledge: party official

    3 Sep 2015 | 9:43 am
    WASHINGTON/HAMPTON. N.H. (Reuters) - U.S. presidential hopeful Donald Trump is expected on Thursday to sign a pledge not to run as an independent candidate if he loses the Republican Party nomination, a party official said, despite earlier refusals to rule out a third-party bid.
  • Biden meets Jewish leaders in Florida to defend Iran deal

    3 Sep 2015 | 9:41 am
    DAVIE, Fla. (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden tried to reassure Jewish leaders in south Florida on Thursday that President Barack Obama's nuclear deal with Iran would be a vital step toward making the world a safer place.
  • New approach to old alliance for Saudi King and Obama

    3 Sep 2015 | 7:11 am
    RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia's King Salman will meet U.S. President Barack Obama in Washington on Friday, aiming to push him for more support in Riyadh's efforts to counter Iran after it agreed to a nuclear deal that will relieve Tehran of some international pressure.
  • Bush says he'd back Trump as Republican presidential candidate

    3 Sep 2015 | 6:49 am
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Jeb Bush said on Thursday he would back fellow Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump if the businessman-turned-politician wins the party's nomination for the 2016 presidential election and Hillary Clinton is the Democratic nominee.
  • Former Clinton aide will not testify in House probe: lawmaker

    3 Sep 2015 | 6:09 am
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A former U.S. State Department staff member who worked for Hillary Clinton will not testify before U.S. lawmakers probing the former top diplomat and the 2012 attacks on a U.S. compound in Benghazi, Libya, according to a congressional memo.
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  • Citi Report: Slowing Global Warming Could Save Tens of Trillions of Dollars

    timothy
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:02 am
    Layzej writes with news carried by The Guardian about a report published by the Global Perspectives & Solutions division of Citibank (America's third-largest bank) examining the costs and benefits of a low-carbon future. The report examined two hypothetical futures: one "business as usual," and the other (the "Action" scenario) which includes an aggressive move to reduce energy use and carbon emission. From the article: "One of the most interesting findings in the report is that the investment costs for the two scenarios are almost identical. In fact, because of savings due to reduced…
  • Where the Tech Industry's Political Donations Are Going

    Soulskill
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:05 am
    An anonymous reader writes: Early estimates suggest the 2016 U.S. presidential election will result in $5-10 billion in spending by candidates and organizations — much more than ever before. To support this, they need lots of contributions, and the tech industry is becoming a significant player. (Not as much as the financial industry, of course, but tech's influence is growing.) Re/Code breaks down which candidates are getting the most money from the tech sector so far. Right now, Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) has gotten the most tech money by far — more than the rest of the field…
  • Assange Says Harrods Assisting Metro Police in 'Round-the-Clock Vigil'

    timothy
    30 Aug 2015 | 2:51 pm
    The Daily Mail reports that Julian Assange seems to have yet another foe (or at least friend of a foe) watching persistently while he stays put in the Ecuadorean embassy in London: Harrod's Department Store. The Metro Police, according to Assange, have developed a relationship with the store, and are using that relationship to facilitate their full-time observation of his roosting place in the embassy. When the founder of Wikileaks says, "We have obtained documents from Harrods [saying that] police have people stationed 24 hours a day in some of the opposing buildings Harrods controls," it…
  • Chris Christie Proposes Tracking Immigrants the Way FedEx Tracks Packages

    timothy
    30 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    PolygamousRanchKid submits the news that New Jersey governor (and Republican presidential candidate) Chris Christie said yesterday that he would, if elected president, create a system to track foreign visitors the way FedEx tracks packages. The NYT writes: Mr. Christie, who is far back in the pack of candidates for the Republican presidential nomination, said at a campaign event in New Hampshire that he would ask the chief executive of FedEx, Frederick W. Smith, to devise the tracking system."At any moment, FedEx can tell you where that package is. It's on the truck. It's at the station. It's…
  • Croatian Party Advocates Government Adoption of Open Source

    timothy
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:27 pm
    An anonymous reader writes: Earlier this year, Croatian political party Sustainable Development of Croatia (ORaH) published a new policy that encourages the government to pursue open source solutions, addresses the dangers of vendor lock-in, and insists on open document standards. Best of all, they did it the open source way. In this article on Opensource.com, Croatian startup founder Josip Almasi highlights some of the policy's implications, as well as why it could matter in the upcoming election.Read more of this story at Slashdot.
 
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    The Independent: On The Campaign Trail

  • Triathlon preview: Challenge Paguera, Majorca October 17, 2015

    1 Sep 2015 | 9:31 am
    Majorca’s been a sporting playground of mine for some years. I am far from alone in that. The cycling opportunities it offers draw thousands of people, not least many a pro cycling team, for whom the island is perfect for winter training – superb roads, beautiful mountains, minimal traffic. The way Majorca has embraced amateur athletes [...]
  • Her Outdoors: The best allotment in Britain

    30 Aug 2015 | 12:53 am
    Back in February I was delighted to be asked to be one of the judges in the first year of Britain’s Best Allotment competition, sponsored by Hippo. Anyone who has an allotment will know how much work it takes to keep a plot ticking over with veg and fruit throughout the season, as well as [...]
  • India and Pakistan’s abandoned talks show how little can be achieved

    28 Aug 2015 | 12:29 am
    There is no prospect of India and Pakistan coming to terms and settling their border differences in the foreseeable future, certainly not in the lifetime of the two countries’ present governments and probably not for much longer. Efforts to improve the relationship in other ways will also be precarious and uncertain. That has been clear for [...]
  • The Haute Route: the final stage

    21 Aug 2015 | 9:27 pm
    Seven days ago, after the first stage of the Haute Route Pyrenees, I had doubts that I would be one of the 300 strong peloton riding into the finish point of Toulouse. Just shows what enormous amounts of painkillers, compression tights and chamois cream can do to get you through 800km and up 20 mountain [...]
  • The Haute Route: Day 6 and only 1 day left

    20 Aug 2015 | 1:59 pm
    For me there’s a  mixture of relief and great sadness that tomorrow is the final day of The Haute Route Pyrenees, 2015. My legs and behind are overjoyed but my heart is heavy and I can’t imagine there’s a single rider who hasn’t had a fantastic week or experienced extremes of emotions who would disagree. [...]
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  • In Colombia's Civil War, Peasants Try to Build an Island of Peace

    Jesse Walker
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:55 am
    In 1997, battered by their country's civil war, around 800 peasants from northwestern Colombia "decided to protest in front of the government building and demand protection." And so they marched from San José to the city of Apartadó and established a temporary refuge in the city's coliseum. After some negotiations with a government-sponsored commission, they went back home and, upon their return, some leaders were assassinated. In view of this response, a group of about 1,500 San José villagers opted instead for self-organization in order to find a collective, campesino-based solution to…
  • The Paul Ehrlich of Criminal Justice Reform

    Julie Stewart
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:00 am
    No one expects our elected representatives to be experts in every area of public policy. At the same time, we have every right to expect that our representatives will consult policy analysts and experts who know what they're talking about, not someone who has been proven wrong time and time again. In the world of criminal justice, that someone is former federal prosecutor and Georgetown Law adjunct William Otis.  Over the past two decades, Bill Otis has become the Paul Ehrlich of criminal sentencing reform. He is always certain in his convictions and nearly always wrong. Moreover, like…
  • Politicians, Leaders Stoke Division; Ordinary Americans Lead on Healing Racial Divides

    Nick Gillespie
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:52 am
    In the age of Donald Trump and the Rev. Al, of racially motivated killings by white supremacists such as Dylann Roof and black TV reporter Vester Flanagan, the media is thriving by whipping up frenzy and panic. Writing in USA Today, Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit reports on how "ordinary Americans" are moving in the direction of racial healing. Last week saw 20,000 people show up for a multiracial “All Lives Matter” march in Birmingham, Ala. It could be the largest such march there since MLK. Glenn Beck and Chuck Norris were there, but that’s not all. AL.com reports: “Alveda…
  • Kasich: Drug Freedom Confuses Kids So You Can’t Have Any

    Scott Shackford
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:20 am
    Politicians say so many remarkably stupid things about marijuana and drug use in general. Let's not try to rank how poorly GOP presidential hopeful and Ohio Gov. John Kasich's approaches legalization and just shoot down the dumb things he says. He sat down for an interview with Michigan's MLive. His home state is considering marijuana legalization, and he tells MLive it's a terrible idea: "It sends mixes messages to young people about drugs," Kasich told MLive.com on Tuesday as he wrapped up a two-day swing through Michigan. "I don't think we should do that. We need to tell young people to…
  • Denver Initiative Allowing Marijuana Use in More Settings Is Nixed

    Jacob Sullum
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:33 am
    Last month the backers of a Denver initiative that would allow marijuana use in businesses open only to adults 21 or older submitted more than 10,000 signatures to the Denver Elections Division, plenty to qualify the measure for the November 3 ballot. Yesterday they said they are withdrawing the initiative before it is officially certified, preferring to negotiate a solution to the city's cannabis consumption conundrum with the Denver City Council and Mayor Michael Hancock. Mason Tvert, an activist who also was a driving force behind Amendment 64, the initiative that legalized marijuana for…
 
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  • Could This Be It

    Randy Toman
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:58 am
    Here is something you may want to view: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u7tTdO6oxUA 36 minutes—–Greg Hunter interviewing Jim Sinclair —- Jim is from a line of bankers and Wall Street investors that date back to the Robber Baron days—–so when he says someone is talking to him (says it in the video—see link above)—–it would be better if you listened to him—–&—-at least pay attention to what he might be saying. Mr. Sinclair last year set-up an operation (Gold Exchange) in the Far East and has been dealing in Gold and Silver for…
  • It Cannot End Well

    Randy Toman
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:23 am
    The direction of the country will change or it will perish. John Calhoun (1782-1850) —– On March 4th 1850, weaken by pneumonia, appeared in the Senate and ask that his remarks be read for him by his friend and colleague, Mr. Mason of Virginia.  Calhoun was attempting to avoid what he knew was coming—-a clash between North and South.  The general discontent of the south argued Calhoun—“…was not a consequence of the natural course of time and events, but rather of active interference on the part of the federal government.”  Calhoun died less than 30 days later…
  • What Do You Want?

    Randy Toman
    13 Aug 2015 | 5:12 am
    I am quoting from Gabriel Sherman’s article “How Roger Ailes picked Trump, and Fox News Audience, over Megyn Kelly”  (see link below) “Ailes offered Trump the chance to do a special on Kelly’s prime-time show to clear the air — an offer Trump flatly refused. “Donald was sufficiently pissed off that there was no way that was happening,” a person familiar with the call told me. According to the source, Trump’s ire was especially stoked after Howard Stern called to tell him about a 2010 interview in which Kelly joked about her breasts and her husband’s penis. Ailes offered…
  • Who can you trust—-Now?

    Randy Toman
    12 Aug 2015 | 8:47 am
    Not sure which is worse—–the debate on Thursday evening or these couple of news items—taken from the links below: The IMF Threatens to Kill the U.S. Dollar https://www.wholesaledirectmetals.com/the-imf-threatens-to-kill-the-u-s-dollar/?cid=ConservativeConsortiumDedicated&st-t=ConservativeConsortiumDedicated Global Banking System on the Verge of Total Collapse https://www.wholesaledirectmetals.com/global-banking-system-on-the-verge-of-total-collapse/?cid=ConservativeConsortiumDedicated&st-t=ConservativeConsortiumDedicated Both the debate and the two articles are hustling…
  • Trump Hits a Nerve

    Randy Toman
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:51 am
    This is a must read article : http://chuckbaldwinlive.com/Articles/tabid/109/ID/3343/Donald-Trump-Is-Right-About-John-McCain.aspx The Republican Party had better wake-up to what is really going on these past 30+ years—-even as I might add—it’s been going on for a Hell-of a lot longer.   I would suggest people——take Trump seriously—-for he holds a couple of Trump Cards—-(no joke meant)——if in fact the Republican Party wants to play hard ball.  This thing could get real serious—–real quick. I believe the question coming into play…
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  • Deterrence, and that Truck in Austria

    Gershom Gorenberg
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:52 am
    AP Photo/Rick Wilking, Pool Secretary of State John Kerry, left, shakes hands with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif before a meeting in Geneva, Switzerland Wednesday, January 14, 2015.  Deterrence" is the hot word of the summer. Ex-diplomat Dennis Ross and ex-general David Petraeus wrote that they could support the Iran deal if President Obama supplies more deterrence against Iran breaking it. Columnist Thomas Friedman argued that Israelis should see the up side of the agreement, "especially if the U.S. enhanced its deterrence." Friedman didn't suggest how to do that. But…
  • Carly Fiorina and the GOP Gender Card

    Adele M. Stan
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:52 am
    (Photo: AP/Jim Cole) Carly Fiorina speaks during an education summit in New Hampshire on August 19. However unlikely it is that Carly Fiorina, the fired Hewlett-Packard CEO and loser of a U.S. Senate race, will win the Republican presidential nomination, there’s a very good chance she could be the GOP running mate. The best card in the hand she has to play is that of gender, and she obviously knows it. Call it her anti-Trump card (if you can bear to). In presidential contests, the role of the vice presidential candidate is typically to attack whoever’s at the top of the other party’s…
  • The Labor Prospect: Employing Standards

    Justin Miller
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:50 pm
    AP Photo/M. Spencer Green McDonald's workers and supporters rally outside a McDonald's, Wednesday, April 15, 2015, in Chicago.  Welcome to The Labor Prospect, our weekly round-up highlighting the best reporting and latest developments in the labor movement.  In case you haven’t heard (and we can’t imagine how you couldn’t have), the NLRB announced a blockbuster decision that could turn modern labor relations on its head. In its Browning-Ferris case, the labor board ruled that companies are legally joint-employers with their contractors, staffing agencies, and franchisees. “With…
  • Are We Asking Too Much of the Federal Reserve—or Too Little?

    Robert Kuttner
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:51 am
    AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, from left, with Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer, and the board of governors of the Federal Reserve System, presides over a meeting in Washington on July 20, 2015.  This is an expanded version of a piece that first ran on Huffington Post. There has been obsessive chatter about whether the Federal Reserve will, or should, raise interest rates this fall. At the Fed’s annual end-of-summer gabfest at Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the issue was topic A. Advocates of a rate hike make the following claims: Very low rates were necessary…
  • Why Nothing Can Quell the Media's Addiction to Clinton Scandals

    Paul Waldman
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:39 am
    AP Photo/John Locher Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at a town hall meeting Tuesday, August 18, 2015, in North Las Vegas, Nevada. If there's any constant in presidential campaigns, it's that at the first sign of difficulty, everyone who wants one particular candidate to win has an iron-clad critique of the candidate's decisions thus far, which goes something like, "If only they'd get their heads out of the sand and listen to what I have to tell them, they wouldn't be having these problems." You only have to get two or three partisans in a room (or an exchange…
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  • Deterrence, and that Truck in Austria

    Gershom Gorenberg
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:52 am
    AP Photo/Rick Wilking, Pool Secretary of State John Kerry, left, shakes hands with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif before a meeting in Geneva, Switzerland Wednesday, January 14, 2015.  Deterrence" is the hot word of the summer. Ex-diplomat Dennis Ross and ex-general David Petraeus wrote that they could support the Iran deal if President Obama supplies more deterrence against Iran breaking it. Columnist Thomas Friedman argued that Israelis should see the up side of the agreement, "especially if the U.S. enhanced its deterrence." Friedman didn't suggest how to do that. But…
  • Carly Fiorina and the GOP Gender Card

    Adele M. Stan
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:52 am
    (Photo: AP/Jim Cole) Carly Fiorina speaks during an education summit in New Hampshire on August 19. However unlikely it is that Carly Fiorina, the fired Hewlett-Packard CEO and loser of a U.S. Senate race, will win the Republican presidential nomination, there’s a very good chance she could be the GOP running mate. The best card in the hand she has to play is that of gender, and she obviously knows it. Call it her anti-Trump card (if you can bear to). In presidential contests, the role of the vice presidential candidate is typically to attack whoever’s at the top of the other party’s…
  • The Labor Prospect: Employing Standards

    Justin Miller
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:50 pm
    AP Photo/M. Spencer Green McDonald's workers and supporters rally outside a McDonald's, Wednesday, April 15, 2015, in Chicago.  Welcome to The Labor Prospect, our weekly round-up highlighting the best reporting and latest developments in the labor movement.  In case you haven’t heard (and we can’t imagine how you couldn’t have), the NLRB announced a blockbuster decision that could turn modern labor relations on its head. In its Browning-Ferris case, the labor board ruled that companies are legally joint-employers with their contractors, staffing agencies, and franchisees. “With…
  • Are We Asking Too Much of the Federal Reserve—or Too Little?

    Robert Kuttner
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:51 am
    AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, from left, with Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer, and the board of governors of the Federal Reserve System, presides over a meeting in Washington on July 20, 2015.  This is an expanded version of a piece that first ran on Huffington Post. There has been obsessive chatter about whether the Federal Reserve will, or should, raise interest rates this fall. At the Fed’s annual end-of-summer gabfest at Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the issue was topic A. Advocates of a rate hike make the following claims: Very low rates were necessary…
  • Why Nothing Can Quell the Media's Addiction to Clinton Scandals

    Paul Waldman
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:39 am
    AP Photo/John Locher Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at a town hall meeting Tuesday, August 18, 2015, in North Las Vegas, Nevada. If there's any constant in presidential campaigns, it's that at the first sign of difficulty, everyone who wants one particular candidate to win has an iron-clad critique of the candidate's decisions thus far, which goes something like, "If only they'd get their heads out of the sand and listen to what I have to tell them, they wouldn't be having these problems." You only have to get two or three partisans in a room (or an exchange…
 
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  • That Kentucky clerk isn’t alone — millions of Americans have been married three times or more

    Christopher Ingraham
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:34 am
    MOREHEAD, KY - SEPTEMBER 2: Robbie Blankenship (L) stands next to his partner of 20 years, Jesse Cruz, of Corpus Christie, Texas, as they speak with Rowan County Clerk of Courts Kim Davis at the County Clerks Office on September 2, 2015 in Morehead, Kentucky. Citing a sincere religious objection, Davis, an Apostolic Christian, has refused to issue marriage licenses to same sex couples in defiance of a Supreme Court ruling. (Photo by Ty Wright/Getty Images) A county clerk in Kentucky is making headlines this week with her quixotic stand against same-sex unions, refusing to issue marriage…
  • Is Chipotle evil? This ad campaign says absolutely

    Roberto A. Ferdman
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:14 am
    This morning, a new, controversial ad campaign hit the press. New Yorkers, en route to work, were likely the first to see it, because it's inaugural imprint was in the New York Post, in the form of a full-page advertisement. And it isn't at all kind to Chipotle. The ad, which features a flexing, overweight male, looking directly into the camera, smiling almost snidely, clearly mocks the notion that eating at Chipotle is a healthy life choice. "Eat two 'all natural' Chipotle burritos a week and you could gain 40 pounds in a year," the ad says, oozing with sarcasm. At the very top, large block…
  • The real reason Donald Trump is so rich

    Max Ehrenfreund
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:12 am
    Real estate tycoon Donald Trump arrives on stage for the start of the Republican presidential debate on August 6 in Cleveland, Ohio. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images) Donald Trump, the Republican frontrunner in next year's presidential primary, has been pitching voters on his experience in business. "I'm running for office in a country that's essentially bankrupt, and it needs a successful businessman," he told Rolling Stone. Yet Trump has not done nearly as well as other American business magnates, or even a typical middle-class retiree following sound financial advice, as a review of the…
  • Low-wage workers are about to get some of the biggest raises they’ve ever seen

    Lydia DePillis
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:30 am
    WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 30: Dalia Catalan, 30, is pictured in her Washington, DC apartment on Thursday July 30, 2015 with her two-year-old son Carlos Chajon. (Photo by Sarah L. Voisin/The Washington Post) Dalia Catalán’s daughter is 13 years old, but Catalán hasn’t seen her since leaving their home in Guatemala four years ago, when she and her husband came to Washington seeking work. Catalán, her husband and a two-year-old son, Carlos, live in a cramped basement apartment in Fort Totten. In a dimly lit bedroom, she pulls a picture of Dalia Belen off the dresser. In it the girl, then…
  • I called this place ‘America’s worst place to live.’ Then I went there.

    Christopher Ingraham
    3 Sep 2015 | 6:50 am
    Mike Gervais sweeps away acorns on the green of the fifth hole at Oak Knoll Golf Course in Red Lake Falls, Minn. (Christopher Ingraham/The Washington Post) I drove up to the Red Lake County, Minn., courthouse not knowing exactly what to expect. This was, after all, the seat of the county that I had just a few days ago proclaimed, in a story, the "absolute worst place to live in America." Residents had been outraged. A county commissioner told the state's largest newspaper I could kiss his butt. Would I be arrested? Beat? Flogged with a hotdish? But what greeted me instead last weekwas pure…
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  • Poll: Over 6 in 10 Americans favor Pope Francis

    3 Sep 2015 | 6:29 am
    Pope Francis inspires “favorable” or “very favorable” opinions among over six in ten Americans, according to a new poll.The Quinnipiac University survey released on Thursday found that 66 percent of Americans respond positively to the Catholic...
  • Huckabee: Ky. clerk could see jail time for her faith

    3 Sep 2015 | 6:10 am
    Former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-Ark.) said on Thursday that he can envision jail time for a Kentucky clerk who is refusing to approve same-sex marriage licenses due to her faith.“This is, I think, long from being settled and that’s why I believe this...
  • Heritage Foundation hit by hackers: report

    2 Sep 2015 | 4:56 pm
     Conservative think tank the Heritage Foundation reportedly had personal information about donors taken in a data breach this week. A spokesman for the group told Politico that “six-year-old documents on an external server” were breached,...
  • Cheney: Obama rejects American exceptionalism

    2 Sep 2015 | 11:04 am
     Former Vice President Dick Cheney says President Obama doesn't believe the United States is exceptional, and that separates the president from all of his predecessors. “Barack Obama doesn’t believe in an exceptional America,” Cheney told...
  • Rubio: Iran deal is not 'binding on the next administration'

    2 Sep 2015 | 10:01 am
    Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.comPresident Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran can be undone by the next occupant of the Oval Office, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) said Wednesday.

“This is not a treaty, there’s nothing about this that’s...
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  • Thursday round-up

    Amy Howe
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:01 am
    Briefly: In her column for The New York Times, Linda Greenhouse discusses what she describes as a new phenomenon of conservative judges taking a broader approach to standing, as well as what role that phenomenon might play in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin and Spokeo v. Robins, two cases that will be before the Court this Term. At The Volokh Conspiracy, Jonathan Adler discusses the refusal by Kim Davis, a Kentucky county clerk, to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples even after the Court declined to stay a federal judge’s ruling ordering her to do so. He contends that,…
  • Event announcement

    Andrew Hamm
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:14 am
    On September 30, the American University Washington College of Law Program on Law and Government and the Law and Government Society will host a panel discussion on the upcoming Supreme Court Term.  Speakers will include Elizabeth Wydra of the Constitutional Accountability Center and Jenny Roberts, Steve Vladeck, and Steve Wermiel of the Washington College of Law.  More details are available on the law school’s website.
  • When is a Supreme Court victory not a win?

    Lyle Denniston
    2 Sep 2015 | 4:18 am
    Two years ago, an Alabama county succeeded in persuading the Supreme Court to strike down a major part of the federal Voting Rights Act, easing that county’s legal duties considerably, but a federal appeals court has now decided that — in one sense —  it did not actually win. That is, the outcome in Shelby County v. Holder in 2013 did not justify giving Shelby County a right to have its attorneys’ fees paid by the federal government — the losing side, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled on Tuesday. The Justices’…
  • Contempt hearing for Kentucky county clerk

    Lyle Denniston
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:14 pm
    A federal district court judge in Kentucky on Tuesday ordered a contempt-of-court hearing on Thursday for the county clerk who continued to refuse to issue any marriage licenses, including to same-sex couples.  Judge David L. Bunning told Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis and all six of her deputies to be in court in Ashland for the hearing. The judge acted shortly after lawyers for four same-sex couples formally asked that Davis be held in contempt, and that the judge impose significant and escalating fines to compel her to obey an earlier court order to end her…
  • Tuesday round-up

    Amy Howe
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:52 am
    Yesterday the Court granted an application by former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell to stay out of prison until the Court rules on his appeal.  Lyle Denniston covered the order for this blog, with other coverage coming from Richard Wolf of USA Today. The Court also denied an application from a Kentucky county clerk, who had asked the Justices to stay a federal district judge’s ruling ordering her to issue marriage licenses to both same- and opposite-sex couples.  Kim Davis had argued that doing so for same-sex couples would violate her religious beliefs.  Lyle Denniston covered the…
 
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  • Slammer Time

    Betty Cracker
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:26 am
    The Kentucky clerk who has been in the news for refusing to do her goddamn job issue marriage licenses because she’s convinced equal marriage makes Jeebus frown has been taken into custody for contempt of court. Serial wife and wholly unqualified dispenser of sanctimony on the topic of marriage Kim Davis will have plenty of uninterrupted time to peruse her Bible, so maybe she’ll discover the verses about judging not and rendering unto Caesar, etc. Praise the Lord! Share
  • No Strategy, Just Tactics

    Adam L Silverman
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:16 am
    The title for this post is a quote from Avraham Shalom one of the former directors of Israel’s Shin Bet. He provided it during an interview in the documentary The Gatekeepers to explain Israel’s inability to ever actually be successful when dealing with the Palestinians. Ann Laurie’s recent post on Vice President Cheney’s recent interview and Wall Street Journal op-ed where he presents his belief that the negotiated agreement with Iran is a mistake, failure, and will (further) weaken the US and put it and its allies at greater risk seems to be a great example of…
  • Fleeced (Open Thread)

    Betty Cracker
    3 Sep 2015 | 4:32 am
    I remember once when I was a kid, a church down the street from us had a “live” nativity scene on Christmas Eve, with actual humans portraying Mary, Joseph, Baby Jeebus and the three wise men as well as real cows, goats and sheep to represent the alleged Holy Family’s barn-mates. Sheep weren’t common in that part of Florida, so this live nativity dealio was my first opportunity to pet a sheep. The texture of the animal’s coat wasn’t what I expected. Rather than furry plushness, it was like touching a sofa. The wool fibers fused together to form a somewhat rigid surface. I was…
  • Open Enrollment prep

    Richard Mayhew
    3 Sep 2015 | 3:41 am
    Mnemosyne made a good point in comments a couple of days ago that open enrollment for most people is coming up soon: Open enrollment periods for 2016 for both people who have employer-based insurance and people why buy on the Exchanges start in October. That’s four weeks from now. You may be one of the lucky ones who can go without insurance in 2016, but the rest of us would like a space to discuss our options for next year and figure out how to navigate the current system since some of our goddamned lives depend on it. You really think that a current cancer or Crohn’s patient is more…
  • A Guest Appearance

    John Cole
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:22 pm
    I was winding down and Steve came in and made an appearance and sat still long enough for me to get a picture. Does this count as proof of life? Share This space reserved for your ad.
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  • Drone Attempting To Deliver Porn To Prisoners Intercepted

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    24 Aug 2015 | 11:46 am
    A drone attempting to deliver prisoners contraband including porn was intercepted by authorities. Two men were busted after trying to bring the material in to the Western Correctional Institution and the North Branch Correctional Institution at Cumberland in western Maryland. Police say the drones had porn DVDs, tobacco, a loaded handgun, and illegal drugs as its cargo. One of the men has been released on bail, while the other is still in custody. The post Drone Attempting To Deliver Porn To Prisoners Intercepted appeared first on Oliver Willis.
  • L.A. Teen Busted For Revenge Porn

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    24 Aug 2015 | 11:36 am
    Cesar Mauricio Estrada-Davila 19-year-old Cesar Mauricio Estrada-Davila has been busted and accused of over 150 counts of porn extortion, aka revenge porn. Estrada-Davila allegedly contacted girls on social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter, telling them he was a modeling agent that could make them famous. After enticing the girls to send him photos of them wearing underwear, he allegedly threatened to reveal the photos to their families unless they sent him nude photos. Prosecutors say that at least 21 girls were his victims, aged from 12 to 17. They submitted 15,000 pages of…
  • This Is Video Of A Rapist Carrying His Victim

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    24 Aug 2015 | 5:26 am
    Shocking footage of a rapist carrying his victim has been released by British police. The CCTV video shows a man carrying a “near unconscious” woman in Birmingham minutes before he raped her. Police released the footage of the 25-year-old woman who was “scooped” up by her attacker after she left the Walkabout bar on Broad Street around 4am on October 19 with her permission. West Midlands police say they hope that the release of the footage can help bring the man to justice. The post This Is Video Of A Rapist Carrying His Victim appeared first on Oliver Willis.
  • WATCH: France Gives Legion Of Honor To Heroes Who Disarmed Train Gunman

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    24 Aug 2015 | 4:51 am
    French President François Hollande presented the Legion of Honor, France’s highest award, to the four men – one British, two American – who disarmed the gunman on a train, saving lives. Hollande told the men, “Your heroism will serve as an example and a source of inspiration to many. Faced with the evil that is terrorism, there is some good: humanity. That is what you embody.” Airman Spencer Stone, 23, Alek Sklartos, 22, Oregon National Guard, Anthony Sadler, 23, and Chris Norman, 62, a British consultant, were honored. The post WATCH: France Gives Legion Of…
  • A 1920s Letter From The Klan Sounds Like The Modern GOP On Immigration

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    23 Aug 2015 | 10:55 pm
    If you think that the battle over immigration is something new in America, think again. The right in this country has for years acted as if it should be the sole beneficiary of immigration, and then the door should be closed right after them. Our current crop of conservatives are themselves the descendents of immigrants – there are few Native Americans within the ranks of the right – yet to hear them speak about the issue you would think that past immigration waves were always welcomed with open arms. Americans spread baseless fears about the erosion of traditional values, the…
 
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  • Community

    RON BEASLEY, Assistant Editor
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:12 am
    We are by nature and genetically tribal creatures.  A sense of community  has always been important.  In our urban and technological environment we have lost much of that.  I live in a suburb of Portland, Oregon and rarely see any of my neighbors.  Christopher Ingraham of the Washington Post wrote an article on the worst counties to live in the United States and Red Lake County in Minnesota topped the list.  Then he actually visited the county and found that the residents were happy and still had that sense of community that is so important. I drove up to the Red Lake County, Minn.,…
  • Jeb Bush Says Donald Trump Is ‘Trying to Insult His Way into the Presidency’

    JOE GANDELMAN, Editor-In-Chief
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:29 am
    Well, we finally DO have a quintessential example of someone who is speaking truth to (mouth) power. Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush has perfectly summed up billionaire Donald Trump’s campaign style. He says Trump is trying to “insult his way into the Presidency”: GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush hit fellow Republican Donald Trump today, saying on Good Morning America that he thinks “Trump is trying to insult his way into the presidency.” “It’s not going to work, people want an uplifting hopeful message, people come to this country to pursue their dreams,…
  • Kentucky Clerk vs. Apostle Paul

    David Robertson
    3 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    Morehead, Kentucky is the scene of a fuss involving a court clerk who is defying a federal judge’s order. In short, the clerk is refusing to do her job properly because she judging members of the public according to her particular religious beliefs. The clerk’s supporters agree with the way that she is judging others. From the Washington Post: A raucous scene unfolded at the county courthouse here Tuesday as a clerk defied a judge’s order to start issuing marriage licenses, citing her religious objections to same-sex marriage. . . . U.S. District Judge David Bunning has set a…
  • ‘If these images don’t change Europe, what will?’

    Guest Voice
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:06 pm
    Warning: this article contains images that readers may find distressing Heart-rending pictures of a toddler’s lifeless body washed ashore on a Turkish beach sparked horror as the cost of Europe’s burgeoning refugee crisis hit home. The images of a tiny child lying face down in the surf at one of Turkey’s main tourist resorts has once… The post ‘If these images don’t change Europe, what will?’ appeared first on The Moderate Voice.
  • Donald Trump Says Jeb Bush should be “speaking English” while in the U.S. if he wants to lead

    JOE GANDELMAN, Editor-In-Chief
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:23 pm
    Donald Trump implies Bush’s speaking Spanish is either unamerican or not being a leader — or both. Every day we’re seeing a new stunner. We’re seeing many of our politics’ and culture’s “givens” being sandbagged. The latest example comes from Donald Trump, who is on a roll as his poll numbers rise and he gains a following of feverent political Beliebers who jealously defend and parrot his every word because he’s seen as a political rock star. In this instance, he’s articulating the worst behavior in someone who’s a nativist:…
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  • Kim Davis held in contempt of court, will go to jail

    Jon Green
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:29 am
    Kim Davis has been held in contempt of court for refusing to issue marriage licenses, in violation of a previous court order. Davis had said she was prepared to be sent to jail over the issue, and today the court did exactly that: BREAKING: Judge sends Rowan Clerk #KimDavis to jail until she agrees to comply with his order to issue marriage licenses. — heraldleader (@heraldleader) September 3, 2015 As I wrote this morning, for Davis, jail is her briar patch. For her (and her lawyers), this is no longer about God and is instead about the publicity and money that comes with having the…
  • GOP debate moves seamlessly from birthright citizenship to English as official language

    Jon Green
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:08 am
    In our latest installment of the Republican Party finding every which way to alienate Latino voters, Donald Trump has followed up our national discussion about whether birthright citizenship as established by the 14th Amendment is in fact constitutional by sparking a debate over whether it’s okay to speak Spanish on the campaign trail. It all started when Trump responded to Jeb Bush’s claim that “El hombre no es conservador” (The man is not conservative), by saying “I like Jeb. He’s a nice man. But he should really set an example by speaking English…
  • Donald Trump will sign non-binding loyalty oath to not become a free agent after primary season

    Jon Green
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:22 am
    Later today, Donald Trump will reportedly sign a non-binding loyalty oath to support the eventual Republican nominee no matter who they are, assuring the Party that he will never give them up, let them down, run around or desert them. He won’t make them cry. He won’t say goodbye. He won’t tell a lie, or hurt them. Or maybe he will. Who knows? This is a guy who’s signed three separate contracts based on the premise that he’d stay with one woman ’til death did them part. I’d imagine he is positively unbothered by the idea of signing a pledge saying…
  • Kim Davis: “I’m prepared to go to jail” over refusal to do job

    Jon Green
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:08 am
    Insisting that “This has never been a gay or lesbian issue for me,” Kim Davis told Todd Starnes in an interview published this morning that she is “prepared to go to jail” over her repeated refusal to fulfill her responsibilities as Rowan County, Kentucky Clerk and issue marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples. It’s good she’s thought this through, because jail is usually where people go when they repeatedly refuse to follow the law. Of course, sending Kim Davis to jail is exactly what she wants. That’s how you get the appearance on…
  • Kim Davis files brief in contempt hearing arguing it’s “factually impossible” for her to comply with SCOTUS

    Jon Green
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:00 am
    Kim Davis will appear before U.S. District Court Judge David Bunning at 11:00 AM this morning to explain why she shouldn’t be held in contempt of court for refusing to issue marriage licenses despite Bunning’s previous order to do so starting this week. Davis appealed to the Supreme Court for a stay on Bunning’s ruling, which the Court declined to hear. And when she appears before the court, she will make a boldly unusual defense. In a brief filed yesterday, Davis’s lawyers cited precedent stating that: “The court’s power to impose coercive civil contempt is…
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  • Trump China

    Daldain (/politics/member/Daldain)
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:17 pm
    Donald Trump says the word China. China.
  • Trump at the Roxbury

    hazmat22 (/politics/member/hazmat22)
    24 Aug 2015 | 1:16 am
  • Tensions in Iran regime

    theali (/politics/member/theali)
    23 Aug 2015 | 9:10 pm
    Guardian Films: Former elite officers in Revolutionary Guard reveal increasing tensions in Iran regime "Its gotten to that point, the regime is sinking"
  • Brazil crisis in six phrases - BBC News

    oritteropo (/politics/member/oritteropo)
    23 Aug 2015 | 7:56 am
    This was far more entertaining than I anticipated :) YouTube Description: There is growing anger against Brazil's government, hit by a worsening economic situation, a massive corruption scandal and boycotts to austerity measures in Congress. Many are calling for the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff, who is only eight months into her second mandate, but currently there is no proven legal basis for that. Even Brazilians have a hard time explaining how the situation grew into such an imbroglio - so the BBC's Julia Carneiro in Rio put together a glossary of the key words to understand what…
  • Bill Burr on Donald Trump

    cricket (/politics/member/cricket)
    22 Aug 2015 | 2:08 pm
    Bill appreciates that Donald shoots from the hip, even if he's still a filthy rich plutocrat. Source YouTube
 
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  • Deterrence, and that Truck in Austria

    Gershom Gorenberg
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:52 am
    AP Photo/Rick Wilking, Pool Secretary of State John Kerry, left, shakes hands with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif before a meeting in Geneva, Switzerland Wednesday, January 14, 2015.  Deterrence" is the hot word of the summer. Ex-diplomat Dennis Ross and ex-general David Petraeus wrote that they could support the Iran deal if President Obama supplies more deterrence against Iran breaking it. Columnist Thomas Friedman argued that Israelis should see the up side of the agreement, "especially if the U.S. enhanced its deterrence." Friedman didn't suggest how to do that. But…
  • Carly Fiorina and the GOP Gender Card

    Adele M. Stan
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:52 am
    (Photo: AP/Jim Cole) Carly Fiorina speaks during an education summit in New Hampshire on August 19. However unlikely it is that Carly Fiorina, the fired Hewlett-Packard CEO and loser of a U.S. Senate race, will win the Republican presidential nomination, there’s a very good chance she could be the GOP running mate. The best card in the hand she has to play is that of gender, and she obviously knows it. Call it her anti-Trump card (if you can bear to). In presidential contests, the role of the vice presidential candidate is typically to attack whoever’s at the top of the other party’s…
  • The Labor Prospect: Employing Standards

    Justin Miller
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:50 pm
    AP Photo/M. Spencer Green McDonald's workers and supporters rally outside a McDonald's, Wednesday, April 15, 2015, in Chicago.  Welcome to The Labor Prospect, our weekly round-up highlighting the best reporting and latest developments in the labor movement.  In case you haven’t heard (and we can’t imagine how you couldn’t have), the NLRB announced a blockbuster decision that could turn modern labor relations on its head. In its Browning-Ferris case, the labor board ruled that companies are legally joint-employers with their contractors, staffing agencies, and franchisees. “With…
  • Are We Asking Too Much of the Federal Reserve—or Too Little?

    Robert Kuttner
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:51 am
    AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, from left, with Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer, and the board of governors of the Federal Reserve System, presides over a meeting in Washington on July 20, 2015.  This is an expanded version of a piece that first ran on Huffington Post. There has been obsessive chatter about whether the Federal Reserve will, or should, raise interest rates this fall. At the Fed’s annual end-of-summer gabfest at Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the issue was topic A. Advocates of a rate hike make the following claims: Very low rates were necessary…
  • Why Nothing Can Quell the Media's Addiction to Clinton Scandals

    Paul Waldman
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:39 am
    AP Photo/John Locher Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks at a town hall meeting Tuesday, August 18, 2015, in North Las Vegas, Nevada. If there's any constant in presidential campaigns, it's that at the first sign of difficulty, everyone who wants one particular candidate to win has an iron-clad critique of the candidate's decisions thus far, which goes something like, "If only they'd get their heads out of the sand and listen to what I have to tell them, they wouldn't be having these problems." You only have to get two or three partisans in a room (or an exchange…
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    Jeffrey Goldberg : The Atlantic

  • 10 Responses to Iran-Deal Skeptics

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:13 am
    Susan Walsh / AP Last week, I posted a series of sharp, critical questions addressed to President Obama from Robert Satloff, the executive director of the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, about the Iran nuclear deal.  A number of administration surrogates have subsequently offered me their own answers to Satloff’s questions. (I’ve asked administration officials to answer the questions as well, but I’m not sure the White House is gripped by the same sense of urgency to answer such questions as it once was, considering that Obama is on a clear path to victory now against his…
  • 10 Questions for President Obama About Iran

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:46 am
    Vahid Salemi / AP It appears likely, as of this writing, that Barack Obama will be victorious in his fight to implement the Iran nuclear deal negotiated by his secretary of state, John Kerry. Republicans in Congress don’t appear to have the votes necessary to void the agreement, and Benjamin Netanyahu’s campaign to subvert Obama may be remembered as one of the more counterproductive and shortsighted acts of an Israeli prime minister since the rebirth of the Jewish state 67 years ago. Things could change, of course, and the Iranian regime, which is populated in good part by extremists,…
  • An Inmate Reflects on Life in America's Largest Maximum-Security Prison

    Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg
    11 Aug 2015 | 12:27 pm
    This article was originally published at http://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/400943/life-in-americas-largest-maximum-security-prison/
  • A Conversation With the Mayor of New Orleans on Ending Gun Violence

    Nicolas Pollock
    11 Aug 2015 | 12:27 pm
    This article was originally published at http://www.theatlantic.com/video/index/400946/mayor-of-new-orleans-ending-gun-violence/
  • Why Iran’s Anti-Semitism Matters

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    11 Aug 2015 | 8:29 am
    Vahid Salemi / AP A few days ago, I spoke with U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry about the politics of the Iran deal (you can find the full interview here), and at one point in our conversation I put to Kerry what I thought was—to be honest—something of a gimme question: “Do you believe that Iranian leaders sincerely seek the elimination of the Jewish state?” Kerry responded provocatively—provocatively, that is, if you understand Iranian leaders, and in particular the supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the way I understand them: as people theologically committed to the…
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  • ABOUT THE 2016 DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION

    25 Aug 2015 | 1:46 pm
    The 2016 Democratic Convention will be held at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia July 25th-28th, 2016.   Working in partnership with the Philadelphia Host Committee, the City of Philadelphia and the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, our goal is to make this the most engaging, innovative and forward looking convention in history.  The 2016 Democratic convention will leverage technology to bring the convention experience well beyond the hall in an effort to engage more Americans than ever before in the event.  With the birthplace of American Democracy as a backdrop, the 2016 convention in…
  • 2016 DEMOCRATIC NATIONAL CONVENTION PRESS

    25 Aug 2015 | 1:34 pm
    Philadelphia Lights Buildings, Sites across the City to Mark One Year to the 2016 Democratic National ConventionChairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz, CEO Leah Daughtry Praise “Unprecedented” Partnership with the CityConvention Expected to bring over $300 Million in Economic Activity to the RegionPhiladelphia, PA – This weekend, businesses and sites throughout Philadelphia will display lights in anticipation of the 2016 Democratic National Convention which will begin exactly one year from today at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.  DNC Chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz said,…
 
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    The Weekly Standard Blog

  • So Long, Harry: Will Obama’s Apology Tour End in Hiroshima?

    Dennis P. Halpin
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:19 am
    Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summits are traditionally held in mid-November. In 2016 this annual event for Pacific government leaders will take place just after America’s election, when voters will have already selected a new president. A lame duck President Obama, released from any lingering political constraints, will make a final official visit to Asia to attend the APEC summit scheduled in central Japan, not far from Hiroshima. Secretary of State John Kerry will very likely be the first sitting U.S. secretary of state to visit the city that was devastated by an atomic bomb…
  • WaPo Poll: Majority of Women Have Unfavorable Opinion of Hillary Clinton

    Mark Hemingway
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:35 am
    The Washington Post has a poll out this today that finds Hillary Clinton's numbers are down in the wake of her email scandal. The poll undercuts one of the main arguments for her candidacy -- electing the first woman president would excite female voters. While Hillary Clinton has a negative approval rating among 53 percent of voters, the poll doesn't show a huge gender gap on that figure. In fact, 51 percent of women have an unfavorable view of Hillary Clinton at the moment:
  • Ashley Madison Was the Greatest Scam Ever

    Jonathan V. Last
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:24 am
    You've probably now heard of Ashley Madison, a dating website set up explicitly for married people looking to have affairs. Their entire system got hacked--not just member accounts and credit-card info, but internal company data, too. And the most interesting stuff to come out of it isn't about Ashley Madison's clientele: It's about the company itself. Ashley Madison had always sounded like a scam to me. The site claimed 37 million users, which, if true, would be an enormous percentage of America's married population. (That would be roughly half of all married…
  • Hillary to Campaign in Puerto Rico

    Daniel Halper
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:09 am
    Hillary Clinton will be going to Puerto Rico later this week to discuss the "health care crisis." The Clinton campaign announced the visit in a press release this morning. "On Friday, September 4th Hillary Clinton will travel to San Juan, Puerto Rico for a health care roundtable to hear directly from Puerto Ricans about the health care challenges facing the community; to see first hand the impact of the unequal treatment that Puerto Rico patients, doctors and hospitals suffer in federal health care reimbursement policies; and to highlight the need for the United States to…
  • Cheney: Congress Should Treat Iran Deal As a Treaty

    Michael Warren
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:04 am
    Former vice president Dick Cheney and his daughter Liz Cheney appeared on MSNBC's Morning Joe Wednesday morning to promote their new book, Exceptional. The Cheneys spoke about national security, foreign policy issues like the Iran deal, and 2016 politics. The vice president called on Congress to hold a vote on the Iran deal and to treat it as a treaty. "What we need to do is have Congress reject the deal," Cheney said. "It ought to be treated as a treaty, for one thing. I'm offended by the fact that it's not treated as a treaty. It should require two-thirds…
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    James Fallows : The Atlantic

  • The Iran Debate Rolls On, From Kazakhstan to North America

    James Fallows
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:49 am
    Kazakhstan has oil and gas to export, but because of sanctions on Iran it has sent its goods mainly through Russia. One of many ramifications of the Iran nuclear-agreement will be the development of new trade and transport routes in central Asia. ( U.S. Energy Information Administration ) Over the past month, I’ve quoted responses from around the world, pro and con, about the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action on Iran, aka “the deal.” You can find a compendium of previous Iran-related items here In honor of the new month, and of the Atlantic’s new Notes feature, I’m shifting the…
  • Thinking About Iran, Thinking About Israel, Thinking About America

    James Fallows
    29 Aug 2015 | 11:40 am
    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry shaking hands with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif in Vienna in July. Chief U.S. negotiator Wendy Sherman is visible just behind Kerry. (Reuters) Over the past month I’ve run a series of messages from readers in North America, the Middle East, Europe, and elsewhere about the JCPOA Iran-nuclear deal that the Congress will soon formally consider. You can see the latest item here, and the whole collection here. That most recent installment, from Samuel J. Cohen in Israel, emphasized the contrast between the fury over the deal in the United States and…
  • The Normalization of Iran: Another View From Israel

    James Fallows
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:40 am
    A vista of Hamburg, from a German tourist-promotion site. Israeli tourism to Germany is booming; one Israeli reader explains why that matters and what it bodes for dealing with Iran. ( Germany Info & Wikimedia Commons ) The survival of the Iran deal seems more likely by the day; for past assessments of what that might mean for the Middle East, the United States, and beyond, please see the items grouped here. Two weeks ago, as part of a collection of notes from readers in Israel, I quoted Samuel J. Cohen, who is originally American but has lived and worked in Israel since the 1970s, on the…
  • Views From Israel on the Iran Deal

    James Fallows
    24 Aug 2015 | 2:29 pm
    An anti-nuclear deal tweet from the office of the prime minister of Israel, retweeted by Israeli embassies in the U.S. and elsewhere ( Office of the Prime Minister of Israel ) The lobbying against the Iran deal continues. I’ve heard from readers in the following states about a blitz of anti-deal ads, aimed at Democratic senators who have not yet declared: Washington (where both Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray are still officially undecided), Colorado (same for Michael Bennet, who for the record is the older brother of our editor in chief James Bennet), Oregon (where Ron Wyden is assumed to…
  • A Moment of Grace From Jimmy Carter

    James Fallows
    20 Aug 2015 | 3:49 pm
    The three living Democratic presidents, Obama, Carter, and Clinton, with Michelle Obama at the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington in 2013. (Reuters / Jason Reed) The 1970s were overall a terrible and traumatic time, and Jimmy Carter was both their product and their victim. He was their product in that it took an unprecedented national convulsion—turmoil and eventually defeat in Vietnam, the forced resignation of a president—to give a little-known one-term governor of Georgia, and peanut farmer, a chance at national office. He was their victim in that the woes of the late…
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    Obsidian Wings

  • The heroine of "Ivanhoe"

    SuperUser
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:01 am
    by Doctor Science In Rebecca, Rowena, Puppies, Fanfic, Foz Meadows writes about reading Ivanhoe:I was struck by the difference in characterisation between Rowena and Rebecca, and what that particular contrast still says about the way we write women in fiction. Rowena, as Ivanhoe's beloved, is meant to be the personification of all the feminine virtues of Scott's period -- beautiful and pure and obedient and yearning -- while Rebecca, reading between the very broad lines, is someone we're meant to root for despite her Jewishness without ever liking her best. Except that, for precisely this…
  • The Coming Trump-Cruz GOP Ticket - Open Thread

    Ugh
    31 Aug 2015 | 1:20 pm
    by Ugh It seems Scott Walker is an incredibly bad candidate and all foam/no beer to boot.  We have Trump running circles around him and the rest of the, uh, distinguished gentlemen (and Ms. Fiorina) with nothing more than his hair and "BLARGH! I STRONG!" as a campaign.  Jeebus. So, despite my earlier thought that Walker would win the GOP nomination, it seems we'll have the Donald,* who I predict will pick Cruz as his running mate as a kind of "let's piss off the liberals" selection.   Anyway, talk about this, or the MTV VMAs (who are all those people?), or US…
  • Your Hugo Awards Thread, plus My Opinions (which are mine) on the Hugo Art Awards Problem

    SuperUser
    22 Aug 2015 | 8:20 pm
    by Doctor Science The Hugo Awards Ceremony is just starting. There's a livestream here, they tell me -- I have Flash disabled, so I can't see it. I'm following Mur Lafferty's twitter, Sasquan's twitter, and the thread at File 770. The ceremony is on Pacific Time and I am on Eastern, so I am pretty much certain to be asleep long before we get to Best Novel. This year's Hugo Awards base, designed by Matthew Dockrey. I'll put this much up right now, then edit to add what I have to say about the Art awards. The Hugo Art Awards, for "Pro Artist" and "Fan Artist", are stuck in the Century of the…
  • Gene Engineering Open Thread

    SuperUser
    21 Aug 2015 | 9:51 am
    by wj OK, we need a new open thread. I get that. So here ya go. Once upon a time, I read a science fiction story which featured a group called "Control Normals". (No, I don't recall who the author was or what the title was. Perhaps one of the SF fans here will remember.) The time was a future where genetic engineering was readily available, and widely used. But to keep an eye on what the results had been, and to keep open to new random mutations, the best scientific tradition had been observed by the creation of a control group -- one which did not get all those deliberate…
 
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    International Budget Partnership

  • The Open Budget Survey: A Look Back at Transparency

    Kevin Thibodeaux
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:06 am
    On 9 September IBP will launch the Open Budget Survey 2015 – the world’s only independent, comparative, and regular measure of budget transparency, participation, and oversight. As we near the release of the latest results, now may be a good time to look back at previous rounds of the Survey.  Which countries made the biggest gains in improving budget transparency in 2012? And what were some of the drivers of these improvements? Budget Transparency in 2012: Which Countries Made Progress? Between 2010 and 2012 the world made modest progress toward more open budget systems. Seven countries…
  • The Challenges of Provincial Budgeting in Afghanistan

    Kevin Thibodeaux
    12 Aug 2015 | 7:20 am
    Since Afghanistan’s transition to a democracy 13 years ago, the government and the international community have made multiple attempts to decentralize the budget system to better incorporate the needs of provinces. So far, these attempts have failed. A new set of reforms currently awaiting approval, however, shows greater promise. Demands for Provincial Budgeting In Afghanistan today, provincial departments are constrained by the decisions of central line ministries, and the central government takes little notice of their input when it comes to preparing budgets. The centralized budgeting…
  • Reflections on the Addis Ababa Action Agenda

    Jay
    20 Jul 2015 | 3:26 pm
    After months of intense negotiations, world leaders have finally agreed to an agenda for financing global development over the next 15 years. A non-binding but critical agreement, the Addis Ababa Action Agenda, was finalized late last week at the third Financing for Development (FFD) Conference in Ethiopia. It is the culmination of an intergovernmental process that began in October 2014. The conference set out to assess the challenges and the progress made in the implementation of the 2002 Monterrey Consensus and the 2001 Doha Declaration, and to address new and emerging issues in development…
  • The Road to Addis Ababa: What’s Next for Budget Transparency and Participation?

    Ryan Flynn
    13 Jul 2015 | 9:43 am
    This year has been an exciting one so far. We’ve been working with civil society organizations around the world to ensure greater accountability in the Post-2015 Sustainable Development and Financing for Development (FfD) agendas. Credit: Flickr/UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe What has the work entailed? We’ve been engaging governments, UN bodies, and other players, including debt relief campaigners and private-sector investors, to call for greater budget transparency and participation. We’ve drawn on a rich body of evidence, including lessons from the Millennium Development Goals and multiple…
  • Bridging the Gap between Opening Budgets and Transforming Lives

    Deidre
    10 Jul 2015 | 10:27 am
    This post appears as an essay in our 2014 Annual Report IBP’s tagline is “Open Budgets. Transform Lives.” We believe that if citizens have access to budget information and opportunities to participate in the budget process, they can better engage with their governments and hold them accountable for their management of public resources. This, in turn, can lead to better budgeting and better service delivery that improves lives. Our country work tests this theory by providing deep and sustained support to specific CSO efforts to influence  government budgets in three pilot countries:…
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    FactCheck.org

  • Santorum’s Climate Consensus Claims

    Dave Levitan
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:37 pm
    Rick Santorum made two false claims regarding the scientific consensus on climate change: He said 57 percent of climate scientists “don’t buy off on the idea that CO2 is the knob that’s turning the climate.” This is based on a flawed reading of a survey of 1,868 scientists; one of that survey’s authors has called Santorum’s claim “absolutely false.” He called the oft-cited 97 percent consensus figure “bogus,” and said it was based on a survey of only 77 scientists. In fact, several surveys involving thousands of researchers have all…
  • Walker’s Economic Spin

    Eugene Kiely
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:10 pm
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican candidate for president, strained the facts when he compared his state’s economic performance with that of the United States: Walker said his state is “doing better than America in terms of the unemployment number going down.” That’s false. Under Walker, Wisconsin’s unemployment rate has fallen, but not as quickly as the U.S. rate — in part because the state’s job growth has lagged behind the U.S. average. The governor also said Wisconsin is “doing better in terms of labor participation rate.”…
  • A Decade-Old Democratic Claim

    Lori Robertson
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:50 am
    For years, Democrats have been twisting Republicans’ positions to claim they want to “privatize” Social Security and risk your retirement on the stock market. The latest distortion: Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz claimed Jeb Bush supported his brother’s plan that would put “Americans at risk of losing their retirement savings with the ups and downs of Wall Street.” No one’s retirement savings would have ever been wiped out by George W. Bush’s failed 2005 plan, which called for allowing younger workers to…
  • FactChecking Trump’s Press Conference

    Eugene Kiely
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:26 pm
    Donald Trump’s recent press conference garnered a lot of media attention for his put downs of two high-profile journalists, but he didn’t treat the facts much better: Trump claimed “59 percent of our bridges are in trouble.” That’s way off. The Federal Highway Administration says 24 percent of the nation’s bridges were “structurally deficient” or “functionally obsolete” in 2014. Trump said a recent poll in Florida showed him at 28 percent and Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida, “much lower.” Bush wasn’t that…
  • Rubio’s Shaky ACA Hypothetical

    Lori Robertson
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:24 am
    Sen. Marco Rubio described a hypothetical Detroit business owner with 10 employees as facing higher costs under the Affordable Care Act, saying the man was considering moving one employee to part time to “save … a significant amount under Obamacare.” But a business of that size isn’t subject to the law’s requirements to offer insurance to full-time workers or pay a penalty. And the fictional employee in question would likely qualify for Medicaid. Rubio, a Republican presidential candidate, laid out his hypothetical example in an Aug. 20 speech to the Detroit…
 
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    Corrente

  • Three cheers for Gwen Ifill

    DCblogger
    3 Sep 2015 | 6:44 am
    Body:  Take that, Bibi. https://t.co/V9Gn9vP6xN — gwen ifill (@gwenifill) September 2, 2015 Natanyahu has done incalculble damage to Israeli-American relations.
  • A Commie critique of Bernie

    Rangoon78
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:04 am
    Body:  Bernie for America at this point is like ordering new windshield wipers for a sinking Titanic: we gotta throw the 1% outta the lifeboats!
  • Sunday Train: Can Nuclear and Renewable Energy Be Friends?

    BruceMcF
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:28 am
    Body:  There is an ongoing general discussion in the field of sustainable energy that does not carry the risk of the destruction of our current industrial society and economy about variable renewable energy. Renewable energy includes a range of low or no carbon sources of energy - but not all renewable energy is sustainable, and not all is low or no carbon. And not all low or no carbon energy sources are from renewable energy resources. Among the sustainable, no/low carbon renewable energy resources, the most abundant involve the harvest of variable renewable energy, with windpower and…
  • oh dear

    DCblogger
    30 Aug 2015 | 2:52 pm
    Body:  Sanders: I wouldn’t end drone program In an interview on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” Sanders indicated that he would limit the use of drones so that they do not end up killing innocent people abroad, but declined to say that he would end the targeted killing campaign completely. “I think we have to use drones very, very selectively and effectively. That has not always been the case,” Sanders said.
  • The media hates Hillary Clinton

    DCblogger
    29 Aug 2015 | 6:20 pm
    Body:  New poll showing Clinton beating everyone is reported as bad news for Hillary A new Quinnipiac University poll shows Hillary Clinton coasting to a crushing victory in a three-way race against Bernie Sanders and Joe Biden, winning 45 percent of the vote, compared with 22 for Sanders and 18 for Biden. And the good news for Clinton doesn't stop there.
 
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    susiemadrak.com

  • Panhandle Slim… Art for Folk…

    Boohunney
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:30 am
    Panhandle Slim… Bookmark It
  • ‘If these images don’t change Europe, what will?’

    susie
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:00 am
    Heart-rending pictures of a toddler’s lifeless body washed ashore on a Turkish beach sparked horror as the cost of Europe’s burgeoning refugee crisis hit home. The images of a tiny child lying face down in the surf at one of Turkey’s main tourist resorts has once more put a human face on the dangers faced by… Bookmark It
  • Dan Savage and the courthouse clerk who was married four times

    susie
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    All I can say is it’s about time someone finally gave this hypocritical wingnut grifter the treatment she deserves on national television. I can’t tell you how many shows I sat through or heard a portion of before The Last Word aired on MSNBC this Tuesday evening, where they “reported” on this clerk from Kentucky, who… Bookmark It
  • The Syrian conflict

    susie
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:00 am
    In five minutes. Bookmark It
  • Picking sides

    susie
    3 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    When it came right down to it, David Dayen writes, Hillary Clinton picked the Warren side: Many attribute the light-touch punishment of Wall Street executives who presided over the financial crisis — a group that includes Rubin himself — to the dominance of the Rubin wing. Since coming to the Senate, Warren’s primary preoccupation has not necessarily been legislation but who would carry out policy inside the Obama administration. Warren was instrumental in preventing Larry Summers from chairing the Federal Reserve. She also waged a public battle to block former investment banker…
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    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective

  • Tackling hunger one ‘Spoon FULL’ at a time

    Latina Lista
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:03 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Tackling hunger one ‘Spoon FULL’ at a time by Latina Lista Amigos805 VENTURA COUNTY — While September is typically the time to think about the coming fall and back to school, advocates want the public to start thinking about what they can do to combat the ongoing issue of hunger in the 805 region. One way will be to take a look at the “Spoon FULL a Day” calendar in Ventura County and see what they can do on an individual basis to get the word out on…
  • Crowdfunder: Helping change public attitudes towards sexual assault victims

    Latina Lista
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Crowdfunder: Helping change public attitudes towards sexual assault victims by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Campaign: Honey Org: Sexual Assault Education and Advocacy Honey is an organization dedicated to stopping the silence around sexual assault. The goal is to change public attitudes through various mediums, such as: Education Victim Advocacy Media Campaigns Community Activism Truth Telling Honey aims to change the way people think about sexual assault as a…
  • Not all community colleges are equal – bad news for those Latino students for whom it’s their first stop for higher learning

    Latina Lista
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:59 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Not all community colleges are equal – bad news for those Latino students for whom it’s their first stop for higher learning by Latina Lista LatinaLista — For many Latino parents of high school graduates, college is not always an immediate certainty. Cost and distance are factors that weigh heavily on many families. And students themselves may be undecided because they don't know what they want to study. For all those reasons, community colleges have…
  • Guest Voz: Remembering the 43 missing students of Ayotzinapa is to recognize the pursuit of justice in a country wracked with impunity and elitism

    Latina Lista
    2 Sep 2015 | 1:20 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Guest Voz: Remembering the 43 missing students of Ayotzinapa is to recognize the pursuit of justice in a country wracked with impunity and elitism by Latina Lista By Christine Eber and Ana Cristina Vázquez Carpizo LatinaLista Christine Eber and Ana Cristina Vázquez Carpizo met in Chiapas, Mexico through their work with the Maya Educational Foundation which provides scholarships to Maya students in Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala. From their conversations and those…
  • Businesses spring up in Spanish-speaking countries to provide immersive experience to learners of the language

    Latina Lista
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Businesses spring up in Spanish-speaking countries to provide immersive experience to learners of the language by Latina Lista language Magazine Spanish is one of the ten main languages of the Internet, meaning that a growth in speakers as well as online content is imminent. As the language has adapted to a globalized and technological world, the number of speakers has skyrocketed. Spain’s Cervantes Institute reported that there will be around 750 million…
 
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    Salon.com

  • Stafford, Bortles shine as Lions beat Jaguars 22-17

    AP Wires
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:11 pm
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Matthew Stafford completed 11 of 15 passes for 173 yards and two touchdowns, helping the Detroit Lions beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 22-17 in a preseason game Friday night. The Lions (2-1) trailed most of the night, but rookie Zach Zenner’s 3-yard touchdown run with 1:41 remaining was the winner. Detroit played without star receiver Calvin Johnson for the third consecutive game, but Stafford carved up Jacksonville’s secondary in a half of work. Stafford threw a perfect deep ball to Golden Tate for a 62-yarder in the second quarter and then hooked up…
  • Vin Scully to return for record 67th year with Dodgers

    AP Wires
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:42 pm
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Vin Scully will return for a record 67th season in the broadcast booth for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The news was revealed in the second inning of Friday night’s game against the Chicago Cubs. Late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel appeared on the Dodger Stadium video board and told the crowd via cue cards without uttering a sound. His last card read: “God bless us everyone.” The 87-year-old Scully stood up and waved from his booth as the crowd cheered. The Hall of Fame announcer continues to enjoy describing the action on the field. His consecutive years of…
  • AP Top Sports News At 9:16 p.m. EDT

    AP Wires
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:16 pm
    Stewart claims he didn’t see man on track before fatal crash Continue Reading...
  • Redskins say QB Griffin to miss Ravens game

    AP Wires
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:34 pm
    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — The Washington Redskins say quarterback Robert Griffin III will miss Saturday’s exhibition game at the Baltimore Ravens because of a concussion, reversing an earlier decision to let him play. In a statement released Friday by the Redskins, NFL independent neurologist Robert Kurtzke is quoted as saying that Griffin “should be held from gameplay this weekend and be retested in one (to) two weeks before a firm conclusion to return to gameplay can be made.” Griffin left last week’s exhibition game against Detroit with what Redskins coach Jay Gruden…
  • Despite volatility, on-air rampage difficult to predict

    AP Wires
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:13 am
    ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Living alone in a world of perceived slights, Vester Lee Flanagan II festered and fumed. His hair-trigger temper directed at a random collection of people he encountered never seemed to stray into the type of violent behavior that would have put him on the radar of police or mental health professionals. By not crossing that line, he avoided doing anything that would have made it illegal for him to purchase the gun he used to kill two former co-workers on live TV in Virginia. Flanagan, 41, had never been arrested for a felony and had no criminal record. There are no…
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    The American Conservative » Daniel Larison

  • No, Romney Shouldn’t Run Again

    Daniel Larison
    3 Sep 2015 | 6:23 am
    Michael Brendan Dougherty makes the case for Romney to jump into the presidential race: If Romney should win the primary, it would be an incredible political comeback. It would also be a gift to his party, forcing on the GOP the reality of a new and stable settlement between its factions. Another Romney campaign might be the one thing that could keep the Trump phenomenon going for many more months. Nothing would convey the party leadership’s utter contempt for their supporters than foisting a failed nominee back on a party that only grudgingly accepted him the first time. There would be…
  • The Bad Hawkish Case for Intervention in Syria

    Daniel Larison
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:20 pm
    Noah Rothman makes a bad retrospective argument for intervention in Syria: The West had its chance to intervene in the bloodshed in Syria when it began. Ample chance, in fact. Western democracies were, however, snakebite by their experience in Libya, where the NATO powers that intervened in that conflict had no plan for the post-Muammar Gaddafi environment and left behind them a vacuum filled by Islamist militants. The West learned all the wrong lessons from that experience. Rather than to embrace of circumspect interventions with forethought applied to the post-war environment, not to…
  • Walker and the Refusal to Rule Anything Out

    Daniel Larison
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:32 am
    Peter Suderman offers an explanation for why Walker has done so badly as a candidate: Instead, he’s allowed himself to be drawn into a series of news cycle traps, and then handled the aftermath poorly, often by denying that he’d made any misstep in the first place. Most recently, for example, Walker seemed to suggest that he was open to the possibility of a building a wall along the Canadian border in order to stop illegal immigration. He responded by saying that he’d been asked this question by people in New Hampshire, that the people asking the questions had “very legitimate…
  • The Nuclear Deal and the Politics of Foreign Policy Debate

    Daniel Larison
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:12 am
    Michael Cohen comments on the political implications of the failed attempt to sabotage the nuclear deal: The consequences of this shift are likely to live on far past the Iran nuclear debate. For years, fear of political attack drove Democrats into dangerous positions on the use of military force, most of all with the 2002 Iraq War vote. With the Iran vote, Democrats are discovering that support for diplomacy rather than war is the more fertile political terrain. If anything, Democrats may have the opportunity now to put Republicans on the defensive for their insufficient dovishness and…
  • Trump and Iran

    Daniel Larison
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:29 am
    Scott McConnell asks what we could expect from Trump on foreign policy, specifically on Iran: The greater neoconservative goal, of course, is the prevention any American rapprochement with Iran, keeping the sanctions going till they have a president willing to start a war on the country. How does Trump fit into that? I have tried to avoid writing about Trump as much as possible over the last few months, because it is generally a waste of time to attempt to analyze the policy views of an opportunistic demagogue, but since the question has been asked here I’ll try to answer it. As far as…
 
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    TIME

  • Ally Says Trump To Tell RNC He Won’t Make Third-Party Run

    philipelliotttime
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:10 am
    Real estate mogul Donald Trump is ready to tell Republicans that they don’t need to worry about a third-party bid. Trump and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus are set to meet Thursday afternoon at Trump Tower in Midtown Manhattan. Senior Republicans say they expect the meeting to end with Trump signing a proposed loyalty pledge to the party, promising to endorse the GOP nominee—even if it isn’t Trump, who is leading in the polls. A person close to Trump tells TIME: “He will sign it.” Trump has long resisted making such declarations. During the…
  • Clinton Ex-Staffer to Plead Fifth on Emails in Congressional Probe

    Dan Stewart
    3 Sep 2015 | 6:54 am
    A former Hillary Clinton staffer who helped set up the former secretary of state’s private email server has vowed to invoke the Fifth Amendment and refuse to answer questions after a congressional committee subpoenaed him, MSNBC confirmed late Wednesday. Bryan Pagliano, who worked for Clinton during her 2008 presidential campaign and at the State Department, has been identified in digital records as the person who set up her email server in 2009. The House Select Committee on Benghazi, which is investigating Clinton’s emails, subpoenaed Pagliano last month to testify. But his…
  • Bush: ‘I Laughed’ at Trump’s Criticism of Speaking Spanish

    Tara John
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:24 am
    WASHINGTON — Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush says his first reaction was to laugh at rival Donald Trump’s criticism of him for speaking Spanish. Bush told ABC’s “Good Morning America” Thursday, “I laughed. I mean this is a joke.” Bush said he had been responding to a reporter’s question in Spanish this week when he replied in Spanish to criticize Trump. Trump told Breitbart News that Bush should “set the example” by speaking English while in the U.S. Bush called Trump’s comments bizarre, adding that Trump is…
  • Morning Must Reads: September 3

    Melissa August
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:10 am
    The Republican National Committee is circulating a loyalty pledge to its presidential candidates this week, largely seen as a way to force front-runner Donald Trump‘s hand to commit to not running a third-party campaign should he lose the nomination. Trump appears to be on board, calling a 2 p.m. press conference Thursday at which RNC Chairman Reince Priebus is expected to attend at Trump Tower in New York. By getting Trump to sign the oath, the RNC will be able to breathe a sigh of relief that Trump won’t mount an independent bid, which the GOP believes would essentially throw…
  • GOP Seeks Pledge to Avert Trump Third-Party Run

    mrivettcarnac
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:33 pm
    (WASHINGTON) — Seeking to avert a 2016 disaster, the Republican National Committee on Wednesday challenged every GOP presidential candidate to sign a pledge not to undertake a third-party bid under any circumstances. The challenge, confirmed by multiple campaigns, is aimed squarely at Donald Trump. And the timing of the pledge suggests an agreement has been reached. While he is leading the packed Republican field in early polls, the billionaire businessman last month repeatedly threatened to launch a third-party bid — leaving open the possibility even at the GOP’s first…
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    The Brody File

  • Mike Huckabee Talks And Prays With Kim Davis

    David Brody
    2 Sep 2015 | 1:34 pm
    Kim Davis is the new face of religious liberty in this country and GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee is proud of her. He spoke with her today. Here’s some of what transpired as per a campaign press release: "I spoke with Kim Davis this morning to offer my prayers and support.  I let her know how proud I am of her for not abandoning her religious convictions and standing strong for religious liberty. She is showing more courage and humility than just about any federal office holder in Washington. "Kim is asking the perfect question:  'Under what law am I authorized to issue…
  • Jeb Bush Brings Up Trump's Past

    David Brody
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Jeb Bush is out with a video ad against Donald Trump where he used Trump's past liberal statements against him. Watch below: Clearly Bush is threatened by Trump and is going for the jugular early. It's the only strategy Bush has at this point. He's going to have to hope that voters will dismiss Trump because he doesn't fall in line with every conservative viewpoint. Here's the problem with that. It's Trump's lack of orthodoxy that makes him attractive in the first place so it could backfire. Plus, Trump is getting support from outside your traditional conservative crowd. Having said that,…
  • A Born-Again Christian Woman Explains Her Support for Donald Trump

    David Brody
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:02 pm
    The Brody File continues to look for additional insight as to why Donald Trump is resonating with evangelicals. Well, I found a woman who articulates it pretty well. Her name is Donna Vermillion and she penned a commentary titled, "Why I, as a Christian Woman, Support Donald Trump." Simply put, it’s a very interesting read and will give you further awareness as to why evangelicals are attracted to the brash billionaire. Normally, I won’t publish a whole commentary but you need context here so here it is in its entirety. Read below. Why I, as a Christian Woman, Support Donald Trump by…
  • The Brody File's 2016 Evangelical Voter Breakdown

    David Brody
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:05 am
    There’s been a lot made of how Donald Trump appeals to evangelicals and that he's, "winning the evangelical vote." Let’s slow down. There's no doubt that Trump appeals to evangelicals. The polling backs it up. But let's remember a few things here about evangelical voters. First of all, they don't vote as a block. In other words, no one candidate is the only one for evangelicals. So The Brody File now presents what we like to call the, "2016 Evangelical Voter Breakdown." This is not to be confused with "The 2016 Evangelical Voter Break Dance." There is nothing like that taking place in…
  • Shame on The Huffington Post

    David Brody
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:15 pm
    Shame on Michael Levin and the Huffington Post. Last month, Levin published an article called, "In Controversial Campaign Move, Donald Trump to Buy Puerto Rico." The story went on to say that Trump was going to buy the island and rename it Puerto Trump. The article then talks about how Trump loves to go to Puerto Rico every winter to visit his hubcaps. Guess what? THIS STORY IS FALSE. How do we know? At the end of the article in a small font that says, "This post is satire." Hillarious. I’m belly laughing. Hey Michael Levin and Huffington Post: Give me a break. Isn’t The Huffington Post…
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    The Reality-Based Community

  • Professors Not Retiring Reduces Faculty Diversity

    Keith Humphreys
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:33 am
    Kirk Carapezza’s report on professors who don’t want to retire is worth listening to (you can also read about it at our sister site Washington Monthly). But it frustrated me in covering an old white male college professor who sees no reason to retire without ever challenging him (or the audience) about how the lingering of a particular academic generation holds back the advancement of women and people of color in academia. The critical demographic fact about professors who are now in their 60s, 70s and 80s is that in virtually every field, they are overwhelmingly white men.
  • Suicide, assisted suicide, and physician-assisted suicide

    Mark Kleiman
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:58 pm
    Something like one million people each year in the United States try to kill themselves (with various levels of determination) and about four percent of them succeed. That makes suicide the 10th-leading cause of death: way ahead of homicide, and about on a par with auto accidents. About half of those attempts involve people with alcohol, tranquilizers, or opiates on board, raising the question of whether the person involved would make the same choice sober. (The answer might be “yes”: someone could decide in cold blood to kill himself and have a drink or three to steel himself to do it,…
  • On learning from other people’s mistakes

    Mark Kleiman
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:13 pm
    Before trying out Scott Walker as President, how about hearing from the people who have had to put up with him as governor?
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    Harold Pollack
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
  • Putting Suicidal Psychiatric Patients to Death is not Compassionate

    Keith Humphreys
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:45 am
    The current issue of the medical journal BMJ Open has a disturbing article on the euthanization of people who have mental illnesses. The authors are Belgian psychiatrists whose conception of what it means to be a mental health professional departs significantly from my own. Drs. Lieve Thienpont and Wim Distelmans have certified that suicidal people as young as 24 years old can ethically be put to death under the country’s euthanasia law because their psychiatric disorder (e.g., depression) causes “unbearable suffering”. The argument for why this policy is compassionate runs…
 
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    Bleeding Heartland - Front Page

  • Iowa wildflower Wednesday: Bur cucumber (Star cucumber)

    2 Sep 2015 | 6:38 pm
    I don't often feature vines for Iowa wildflower Wednesday, because I can rarely identify them. This vine is so abundant near the Windsor Heights bike trail that I was motivated to learn more. At first I thought it was Moonseed (Menispermum canadense), but the flowers didn't match, and the vines are blooming now, rather than in late spring/early summer like moonseed. Naturalist and photographer Leland Searles confirmed that this vine is Bur cucumber (Sicyos angulatus), "central Iowa's only native cucurbit." Sometimes called Star cucumber or one-seed burr cucumber, this species is native to…
  • Iowa Board of Medicine and Governor Branstad finally ready to face reality on telemed abortions

    2 Sep 2015 | 2:52 pm
    Two months after the Iowa Supreme Court unanimously ruled unconstitutional a proposed state ban on using telemedicine for abortions, the Iowa Board of Medicine and Governor Terry Branstad are at last ready to accept the court ruling as the final word on the subject.   Board of Medicine chairman Hamed Tewfik told the Des Moines Register's Tony Leys last week, "It is a complicated process. It's not worth the time. It's not worth the effort," Tewfik said. "Realistically it is hard to go to the U.S. Supreme Court. They might not accept it even. Chances are very, very little. They're probably…
  • Insurance company insiders knew about Iowa's Medicaid privatization plans long before public

    1 Sep 2015 | 1:51 pm
    Governor Terry Branstad didn't run for re-election last year on a plan to let private insurance companies manage health care for some 560,000 Iowans on Medicaid. He didn't work with key state legislators to draw up his administration's "Medicaid Modernization" plans. The governor's draft budget, submitted in January, projected some $51 million in savings on Medicaid for the 2016 fiscal year. But key lawmakers like the chair of the Iowa Senate Health and Human Resources Appropriations subcommittee didn't learn that four private companies would be selected to handle almost all Medicaid services…
  • DNC has no good answer to Martin O'Malley's case for more debates

    31 Aug 2015 | 5:25 pm
    Three days have passed since presidential candidate Martin O'Malley blasted the Democratic National Committee's "cynical move to delay and limit our own Party debates" during a speech to members and leaders at the DNC's summer meeting. I enclose below the full text of O'Malley's remarks, as prepared. The first section presses his case against the "unprecedented," "rigged process" for allowing only six presidential candidate debates. O'Malley noted that just four debates are scheduled before the early caucuses and primaries, and "the New Hampshire debate is cynically wedged into the high point…
  • A Des Moines Register/Bloomberg poll to give the GOP establishment nightmares

    30 Aug 2015 | 8:46 am
    Selzer & Co's new survey of Iowa Republicans for the Des Moines Register and Bloomberg News gives GOP strategists plenty to worry about. The top three "outsider" candidates (Donald Trump, Ben Carson, and Ted Cruz) are the first choice for 49 percent of respondents. The top three "establishment" candidates (Scott Walker, Jeb Bush, and Marco Rubio) are the first choice for only 20 percent. The survey also indicates that several candidates considered heavyweight contenders are yesterday's news for likely GOP caucus-goers. The 2008 caucus winner Mike Huckabee is sitting at 4 percent, tied with…
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    Salon.com

  • Stafford, Bortles shine as Lions beat Jaguars 22-17

    AP Wires
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:11 pm
    JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (AP) — Matthew Stafford completed 11 of 15 passes for 173 yards and two touchdowns, helping the Detroit Lions beat the Jacksonville Jaguars 22-17 in a preseason game Friday night. The Lions (2-1) trailed most of the night, but rookie Zach Zenner’s 3-yard touchdown run with 1:41 remaining was the winner. Detroit played without star receiver Calvin Johnson for the third consecutive game, but Stafford carved up Jacksonville’s secondary in a half of work. Stafford threw a perfect deep ball to Golden Tate for a 62-yarder in the second quarter and then hooked up…
  • Vin Scully to return for record 67th year with Dodgers

    AP Wires
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:42 pm
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — Vin Scully will return for a record 67th season in the broadcast booth for the Los Angeles Dodgers. The news was revealed in the second inning of Friday night’s game against the Chicago Cubs. Late-night TV host Jimmy Kimmel appeared on the Dodger Stadium video board and told the crowd via cue cards without uttering a sound. His last card read: “God bless us everyone.” The 87-year-old Scully stood up and waved from his booth as the crowd cheered. The Hall of Fame announcer continues to enjoy describing the action on the field. His consecutive years of…
  • AP Top Sports News At 9:16 p.m. EDT

    AP Wires
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:16 pm
    Stewart claims he didn’t see man on track before fatal crash Continue Reading...
  • Redskins say QB Griffin to miss Ravens game

    AP Wires
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:34 pm
    ASHBURN, Va. (AP) — The Washington Redskins say quarterback Robert Griffin III will miss Saturday’s exhibition game at the Baltimore Ravens because of a concussion, reversing an earlier decision to let him play. In a statement released Friday by the Redskins, NFL independent neurologist Robert Kurtzke is quoted as saying that Griffin “should be held from gameplay this weekend and be retested in one (to) two weeks before a firm conclusion to return to gameplay can be made.” Griffin left last week’s exhibition game against Detroit with what Redskins coach Jay Gruden…
  • Despite volatility, on-air rampage difficult to predict

    AP Wires
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:13 am
    ROANOKE, Va. (AP) — Living alone in a world of perceived slights, Vester Lee Flanagan II festered and fumed. His hair-trigger temper directed at a random collection of people he encountered never seemed to stray into the type of violent behavior that would have put him on the radar of police or mental health professionals. By not crossing that line, he avoided doing anything that would have made it illegal for him to purchase the gun he used to kill two former co-workers on live TV in Virginia. Flanagan, 41, had never been arrested for a felony and had no criminal record. There are no…
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    Booman Tribune

  • Legal Help Needed to Save Boys Academy

    3 Sep 2015 | 10:30 am
    This is going to outrage you. If it doesn't I'll be shocked. And while a good litigation attorney would be nice, assistance from anyone would be nice. So, what is the matter in question? Well .... A group of poor but determined young men - African-American, Latino and students with disabilities or other special needs - and their parents, need your help to save a highly successful educational program from falling victim to the ugly internecine politics prevalent in New York State and specifically from becoming victims of the education policies now being implemented by Governor Andrew Cuomo's…
  • Here's Some Homework

    3 Sep 2015 | 10:30 am
    Here's an exercise. Tell me your answers to following questions. Which Republican presidential candidate: 1. is the funniest. 2. is the smartest. 3. seems like the most decent person. 4. would you drink a beer with (if you had to). 5. is the most gifted politician? Here are my answers: 1. In the past, I would have said Huckabee but his sense of humor has curdled. None of these people are remotely funny, although Christie and Trump have their moments. I'm going with the Jersey guy over the New Yorker. 2. Hard to argue against the neurosurgeon Ben Carson, that is, until you ask him about…
  • Serious Question

    3 Sep 2015 | 10:30 am
    Do you think there is anything even mildly offensive about saying that you'd like to treat undocumented people living in our country exactly like FedEx treats packages? It's stuff like this that makes minority outreach so unsuccessful for Republicans. Because, you know, the rest of us can hear you when you think you're just talking to your base. Discuss
  • Bourbon Whiskey: From Rebellion to Consolidation

    3 Sep 2015 | 10:30 am
    If you like your history lessons with a quirk or two, you’ll probably enjoy the book review we have in this month’s issue of the Washington Monthly of Reid Mitenbuler’s recently published Bourbon Empire: The Past and Future of America’s Whiskey. You’re probably familiar with the Whiskey Rebellion of the 1790’s as well as with the differing perspectives and legacies of Alexander Hamilton and Thomas Jefferson. It turns out that the history of bourbon whiskey can be told as a lesson in how the competing Hamilton and Jefferson visions of the country have played…
  • Organizing Government Around Talent

    3 Sep 2015 | 10:30 am
    In the 2015 Washington Monthly College Guide, Jamie Merisotis, the president and CEO of Lumina Foundation for Education, has a feature article on the urgent need for a new cabinet-level department of the federal government that he calls the “Department of Talent.” But this wouldn’t be simply a new cabinet position. It’s responsibilities would encompass and replace the responsibilities of pre-existing departments. What should be included in this new Department of Talent? Avoiding the wonkish issues of congressional committee jurisdiction (turf is a real impediment to…
 
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    Dandelion Salad

  • The USA Needs Disruptive President Trump by Joel S. Hirschhorn

    dandelionsalad
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:33 pm
    by Joel S. Hirschhorn Writer, Dandelion Salad www.foavc.org Sept. 2, 2015 I keep imagining the White House with a big, really big neon sign TRUMP across the top of the roof. Count me as fully supporting the candidacy of Donald … Continue reading →
  • Chris Hedges: The Revolutionary, Caged + In Landmark Ruling, California Prisons Halt Solitary Confinement

    dandelionsalad
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:57 am
    Dandelion Salad Updated: Sept. 2, 2015 with Chris Hedges TheRealNews on Aug 31, 2015 In this episode of teleSUR’s Days of Revolt, host Chris Hedges continues his conversation with two black revolutionaries and former political prisoners, Eddie Conway and Ojore … Continue reading →
  • The Spiritual Crisis In the Industrial Wine Industry by Shepherd Bliss

    dandelionsalad
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:09 pm
    by Shepherd Bliss Writer, Dandelion Salad Sebastopol, California August 31, 2015 I have been contemplating why the growing struggle by rural residents against the expanding, industrial wine industry in Sonoma and Napa counties, Northern California, has touched my heart and … Continue reading →
  • Immigrants for Sale

    dandelionsalad
    28 Aug 2015 | 5:21 pm
    Dandelion Salad Brave New Films on Aug 27, 2015 The detention of migrants has become a multi-billion dollar industry in which immigrants are sold to the highest bidder and traded like mere products. The Corrections Corporation of America, The Geo Group, … Continue reading →
  • Seven Ways Racism Is Built Into the System by David Swanson

    dandelionsalad
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:29 pm
    by David Swanson Writer, Dandelion Salad Let’s Try Democracy August 27, 2015 1. WEALTH GAP: The playing field is not level. The median wealth of a white household in the United States is over 13 times that of a black … Continue reading →
 
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    The Diary of a Geek in Oxfordshire

  • Hate Crime

    23 Aug 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Image from PinkNewsNews reaches the Towers that yet another pressure group has defined yet another thing as a 'hate crime', and that the Police (despite not having the resources to investigate murders or somesuch) are, of course, investigating.This begs a simple question - What else must be banned?What else do we ban because some pressure group or other deems, no matter how much of a stretch it might be, that something is somehow derogatory?Equality is supposed to mean just that. Equal treatment, which includes sometimes seeing things that (whether related to you or not) may not present…
  • On Jeremy Corbyn

    21 Aug 2015 | 3:39 am
    Aaaah, look at all the loonie lefties,Aaaah, look at all the loonie lefties,Jeremy CorbynPicks up the reins of the mess where once Labour had been,With Socialist dreams,Thinks there's a window,To bring back the strikes and the carnage of forty years yore,Which we want no moreAll the loony leftiesAre cheering for this prong,All the loonie leftiesHow could they be so wrong?Fans screaming 'Tory',Spouting abuse at the facts that they don't want to hear,Claim zionist smears,Full of class envy,Punishing work and ambition and calling it 'fair',Hasn't a prayer,All the loony leftiesAre cheering for…
  • Cameron Is Sending in the Jackbooted Fascist Thugs

    15 May 2015 | 9:06 am
    ....which headline is a direct quote from this article. The other day I wrote about soundbites, and how they can be divisive and misleading, drawing you away from the truth of something towards the impression the user wants to convey.And clearly politicos and journalists aren't listening to me, because they're using exactly the same methodology to try and convince people that the NASTY EVIL TORIES are coming to TAKE AWAY YOUR FREEDOMS AND RIGHTS.The quote in question, currently being wailed throughout a lobby that have suddenly become devoutly pro-freedoms despite trying to introduce ID…
  • Labour Leadership Campaign: Staggerers and Fallers

    13 May 2015 | 2:04 pm
    So today brought us news that in the 'rats in a sack' race that is the 'Labour Leadership' election, we have two new runners - Andy Burnham, and Yvette Balls Cooper. Well, that's a challenge of all the talents there. But in the spirit of political blogging, one has to assess the chances of the various contenders and their chances for capturing the 100-odd seats (an 11% swing) from the Tories they would need to win back power in 2020.Andy Burnham:Leaving aside that increased media appearances would pay off the national debt in mascara purchases, prepare yourselves for five years of…
  • Guess Who's Back...

    11 May 2015 | 11:39 am
    So today brings the news that having resigned on Friday morning, UKIP's Nigel Farage has this afternoon un-resigned. Apparently he's so awesome that UKIP can't do without him.This puts a song in my heart....Nigel Farage: Without Me"Nigel Farage/Real Name No Gimmicks" two illegal immigrants go 'round the outside, 'round the outside, 'round the outsidetwo illegal immigrants go 'round the outside, 'round the outside, 'round the outsideGuess who's back, back againNigel's back, tell a friendGuess who's back,guess who's back,guess who's back,guess who's backguess who's backGuess who's…
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    The Left Coaster

  • Hold the Door for Her, Every Time

    paradox
    29 Aug 2015 | 7:34 am
    I was badly rear-ended a month ago, on my way to the gym not a mile from my house, a little late I saw a woman with a double baby carriage on a street corner to my left and quickly braked to let her cross. Some kid behind me was texting, didn’t expect me to stop and never saw me, he crashed me at 20 mph and completely wrecked the front end of his sedan. I have a hitch under my F-150 bumper attached to the frame, he did $4,600 worth of damage but I could still drive. Except my battery died when I tried to go home, one of those days. It never would have happened if I hadn’t stopped for that…
  • Time for Hillary to Plan the Exit

    Deacon Blues
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:39 pm
    The Joe Biden drumbeat will get even louder now, with the news that a new national, large-sample/small MOE poll shows the Vice President now running better against all GOP candidates than Hillary does. Matchups among all American voters show: Biden tops Trump 48 - 40 percent. He beats Bush 45 - 39 percent and gets 44 percent to Rubio's 41 percent. Clinton edges Trump 45 - 41 percent. She gets 42 percent to Bush's 40 percent and gets 44 percent to Rubio's 43 percent. Sanders edges Trump 44 - 41 percent and edges Bush 43 - 39 percent. Rubio gets 41 percent to Sanders' 40 percent. I'd like to…
  • Trump's Army Won't Unilaterally Disarm

    Deacon Blues
    24 Aug 2015 | 1:58 pm
    It wasn’t that long ago that many critics bemoaned the prospect of a boring and preordained 2016 presidential race, with a Clinton and a Bush duking it out for the White House. Well, those days are long gone. We’re now more likely to have great uncertainty over who will occupy 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue in late January 2017, and sometime before it’s over, many may wish for a boring Clinton or Bush outcome. Who exactly are the Trump supporters? Evan Osnos of the New Yorker spent months following Trump and talking with his supporters, and tells us: Ever since the Tea Party’s peak, in…
  • How Trump Kills the GOP and Their Oligarchs

    Deacon Blues
    18 Aug 2015 | 3:16 pm
    Image courtesy of PollingReport.com From a Democrat’s perspective, what’s happening in the GOP presidential sweepstakes is pure gold. Before Donald Trump’s ascension, the real base of the GOP had game-planned a perfect post-Citizens United script, whereby the Koch Brothers and other GOP big-check elites bought the next president of the United States, just as Samuel Alito and John Roberts had intended all along. The Koch’s were running their whore Scott Walker as their Trojan horse, Jeb Bush had his hundred pimps and their $100 million, Marco Rubio and the others had their billionaire…
  • Letting Donald Drive Into a Ditch

    Deacon Blues
    17 Aug 2015 | 6:25 pm
    It was with great glee that I saw Donald Trump launch his immigration proposal over the weekend, with the full serious treatment on "Meet the Press" and elsewhere. Because after all those years of having John Boehner allow the crazies in his caucus to demonize Mexican immigrants and block the Senate’s immigration reform proposal, the GOP now has Donald Trump as the party’s official policy maker on immigration. What does that mean? It means that the GOP supports uprooting thousands of families who have been in this country benefitting our economy for years and sending all 12 million…
 
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    Zennie62.com

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    3 Sep 2015 | 12:00 am
    Colin Salmon Over Idris Elba For James Bond #007 - YouTube Idris Elba was called too street by James Bond writer Andrew Horowitz on Tuesday. This sent Twitter into a frenzy as Horowitz was called racist by many. He refined his statement. But my Mom, who is black, agrees. With that why not veteran actor Colin Salmon? He has the Bond look according to my Mom. Kirk Cousins Redskins Starter Robert Griffin III Tastes Racism #Redskins Kirk Cousins Redskins Starter Robert Griffin III Tastes Racism #Redskins - Video Kirk Cousins is the Washington Redskins starter now and after the team put 2012 first…
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    2 Sep 2015 | 12:00 am
    Oakland Coliseum "Plus 200" Level Problems #Raiders #AZvsOAK Oakland Coliseum "Plus 200" Level Problems #Raiders #AZvsOAK - Video The Oakland Coliseum second level that is called the plus 200 level has a lot or problems and point to the need for a new stadium. This video talks about some of them. via IFTTT http://youtu.be/oeVHJMV5w3M On Oakland Coliseum City #ColiseumReboot #AZvsOAK On Oakland Coliseum City #ColiseumReboot #AZvsOAK - Video This video presents my explanation of how Oakland Coliseum City / Oakland Raiders Stadium would look under my Coliseum Reboot idea. This at the…
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    1 Sep 2015 | 12:00 am
    Will Adele be rolling in the Las Vegas Strip? - KVVU Las Vegas Will Adele be rolling in the Las Vegas Strip?KVVU Las VegasWith the coming release of a much-anticipated new album this fall, rumor has it the songstress is being offered some big bucks to perform in Las Vegas. According to Irish celebrity television program Xpose, Adele is reportedly being offered $ Will Adele be rolling in the Las Vegas Strip? - KVVU Las Vegas Will Adele be rolling in the Las Vegas Strip?KVVU Las VegasWith the coming release of a much-anticipated new album this fall, rumor has it the songstress is being offered…
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    31 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Raider Nation Reps Zennie62 Fans Give Comment On #AZvOAK Raider Nation Reps Zennie62 Fans Give Comment On #AZvOAK - Video The Oakland Raiders were driving for what would be a tie score versus the Arizona Cardinals. These two Oakland Raiders and Zennie62 fans give their assessment of the game to that point. via IFTTT http://youtu.be/h9xcxJyGUXM Christian Ponder Sacked By Arizona Cardinals #AZvOAK Christian Ponder Sacked By Arizona Cardinals #AZvOAK - Video Christian Ponder was sacked by the Arizona Cardinals in the third quarter. It was one of two straight times Ponder was sacked in the game…
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    30 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera At SF Pride Breakfast - YouTube San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera talks at the Alice B Toklas Democratic Club SF Pride Breakfast. At Atlanta Airport Bar Where Folks Socialize With Computers - YouTube I am at a bar at Atlanta Hartsfield Jackson Airport, where people socialize with their computers and not each other. Before this crap people actually talked to each other. We have socialized anti-social behavior. Last SFO Airport BART Train Arrives - YouTube This is the arrival of what will be the last San Francisco International Airport BART…
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    Politics in the Zeros

  • California class action suit against Uber can proceed

    Bob Morris
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:24 am
    The magic of Uber surge pricing for a 20 minute cab ride. Uber can whine all it wants about how innovative and world-changing it is but that doesn’t negate that under existing tax law, Uber drivers are almost certainly employees not contractors. A federal judge in San Francisco has ruled a class action suit by four driver representing 160,000 Uber drivers can go forward. This is a big deal, if Uber is forced to reclassify drivers as employees it will cost them hugely. As well it should. This “We are Silicon Valley and we are special” crap needs to get hit in the head…
  • Secret Service agent pleads guilty to stealing Silk Road bitcoins

    Bob Morris
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:35 am
    While investigating the Silk Road anonymous marketplace, Secret Service Special Agent Shaun Bridges stole $820,000 in bitcoins. He has pleaded guilty to money laundering and obstruction and now presumably will be going to prison. Bridges clearly didn’t know he should have been a bankster. Then he would have been able to launder money at will, knowing the government would only fine the company he worked for. Silly Shaun. Between 2012 and 2014, Bridges was assigned to the Baltimore Silk Road Task Force, a multi-agency group investigating illegal activity on Silk Road. Bridges’…
  • Company wants to ship water from Alaska to California

    Bob Morris
    31 Aug 2015 | 6:54 am
    Alaska Bulk Water joins the parade of companies with hare-brained schemes to ship water to California, cost be damned. These have included building a pipeline from the Great Lakes, towing icebergs, and their idea to fill tankers with lake water and transport by sea to California. The cost would be extravagant and there is no infrastructure in California to handle it. Desalination, which is expensive, would still be cheaper than shipping water by tanker from the spelling and grammar-challenged Alaska Bulk Water, whose website looks like it was designed ten years ago and contains this gem…
  • Chris Christie wants to track legal immigrants like Fedex packages

    Bob Morris
    30 Aug 2015 | 7:08 am
    Republican presidential candidates apparently are in a feverish race to show how extreme they can be, and thus somehow grab headlines away from the media vortex that is Donald Trump. Chris Christie is the latest. He proposes to welcome legal immigrants to our country by somehow branding them, then monitoring them like a Fedex package. Somehow he thinks Fedex will be happy to do this for the government. No word yet on whether tourists visiting from other countries will be required to enjoy our freedom and democracy by being constantly tracked, but I’m guessing yes. Fedex of course has…
  • Las Vegas decouping. More people, less water used

    Bob Morris
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:44 pm
    Las Vegas recycles all indoor water, purifying it, then sending it back to Lake Mead to be used again. Although its population is now 2 million, Vegas uses less Colorado River water than it did 15 years ago when the population was less than 1.5 million. (Phoenix and Tucson are doing the same; more people, less per capita use.)  Southern Nevada is allowed just 1.8% of Colorado River water and isn’t using its full allotment now, even though it is the primary source of water. Water journalist John Fleck comments: I’ve shared this before, some of the data I’ve been accumulating during…
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    Indiana Oracle

  • The One Acre Fund

    indianaoracle
    30 Aug 2015 | 8:46 am
    In case you have not heard of this organization.  Check this link:  https://www.oneacrefund.org/our-approach/program-model/  and the website’s tabs. In my opinion this is one of the most important programs for small farmers in remote areas.  It is a way to achieve genuine, lasting good and does not push western politics, values, or religion. Right now the […]
  • Political Misdirection: the Stray Voltage Theory

    indianaoracle
    29 Aug 2015 | 3:01 pm
    Ever wonder what is going on when politicians say something completely over the top?  Take for example what Hillary said on Friday, “On women’s health, Clinton compares Republicans to terrorist groups.” (CNN) Increasingly, journalists who cover the White House are concluding that the smears are part of a conscious strategy to distract voters from Obamacare, […]
  • Trump Speaks to the Elephant

    indianaoracle
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:06 am
    It is quite something to watch as Trump wipes out the relevance of the other Republican candidates.  While effective usage of the media is considered a critical success factor in campaigning by any candidate, the rest of the field seems unable to compete with Trump at this level. Having gone through the list of reasons generally […]
  • Last Post on Trump Before the Debate

    indianaoracle
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:18 pm
    My previous post on Trump, “Serious Discussion on Trump,” basically said that the upcoming debates on August 6 could make or break Trump’s candidacy and I warned him to be prepared. Ben Stein posted an article today in The American Spectator, “My Thoughts on Iran and Trump.”  He perfectly outlines some examples of the issues […]
  • Huckabee: Today’s Aw-Shucks Jimmy Carter

    indianaoracle
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    It is highly likely we will be spared a Huckabee presidency, for which I can only give thanks.  There are however, about 6% of Republicans that poll for him and he did pretty well in a few areas the last time he ran. His religiosity is the center piece of his rhetoric.  While commendable, that […]
 
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  • Top Trending Government Technology Resources for Summer 2015

    1 Sep 2015 | 3:20 pm
    Top Trending Government Technology Resources for Summer 2015, brings together the latest in information, coverage of important developments, and expert commentary to help with your Government Technology related decisions.The following kit contents will help you get the most out of your Government Technology research:A New Approach to Contract ManagementMaturity Model for Infrastructure Monitoring10 Ways Cloud is Changing the WorldRequest Free!
  • The Federal Network Visibility Crisis: Get to Know Your Apps

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  • Top 5 Ways HCOs Benefit from Box

    7 Aug 2015 | 12:00 am
    Healthcare organizations (HCOs) need technology solutions that meet requirements for security and compliance but also allow for collaboration and flexibility. But finding that in a single solution is often is easier said than done. Increasingly, HCOs are turning to Box to share important files and documents with team members across their organizations and clinicians or partners outside their organization. HCOs are often faced with the burden of having many parties that need to communicate and exchange documents. Box facilitates collaboration and productivity by providing “anywhere access”…
  • Drone Wars: How UAV Tech Is Transforming the Future of War

    26 May 2015 | 4:20 pm
    A new revolution is taking place right now on the battlefields of the world: wars are fought increasingly by drones. Of course, people are still in the line of fire, and they always will be (the Pentagon stated last year that there were 1.4 million active US troops overseas)—but their role and numbers could be vastly different than they are now. There’s no question that drones are changing the face of warfare: militaries have always been in technology races, but never before has the winner of the race gained the ability to wage war without putting troops on the front line.Download…
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    21 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Compliance training is a necessity to reduce the liability and legal risks businesses face on a daily basis. But how do businesses integrate compliance training with their business strategy? Skillsoft has developed the Skillsoft Compliance Maturity Model to help organizations identify the right learning content and approaches that will enable a shift from a training-focused approach to one focused on behavior and culture to reap the full business benefits of investments in compliance programs.Request Free!
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    Bob McCarty

  • Writer Reveals True Face of the Democratic Party

    admin
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:09 am
    EDITOR’S NOTE: Below is a guest post by Paul R. Hollrah, a resident of Oklahoma who writes from the perspective of a veteran conservative politico and retired corporate government relations executive whose life experience includes having served two terms as a member of the Electoral College. It first appeared on this site Aug. 31, 2012. […]
  • Bob McCarty Weekly Recap: Aug. 23-29, 2015

    admin
    29 Aug 2015 | 5:33 am
    Though I produced only a handful of articles during the period, I consider the past week a bountiful one worthy of another weekly recap. On Monday, I republished an article under the headline, CODE RED: No Easy Day for Green Beret on Witness Stand. It’s a piece I had shared on the same day two […]
  • Preventable ‘Green-on-Blue’ Attack Costs Two American Lives

    admin
    28 Aug 2015 | 8:38 am
    Two U.S. Airmen were killed early Thursday in Afghanistan in what appears to have been another “Green-on-Blue (a.k.a., ‘Insider’)” attack at Camp Antonik in Helmand province. According to an Air Force news release, Capt. Matthew D. Roland, 27, and Staff Sgt. Forrest B. Sibley, 31, were at a vehicle checkpoint when two individuals wearing Afghan […]
  • Army Lawyer Surfaces in New Bogus Prosecution Effort

    admin
    26 Aug 2015 | 10:16 pm
    Though he might be familiar to those in Army legal circles, Maj. Jacob D. Bashore didn’t become known to me until about four years ago when I began investigating the wrongful prosecution and conviction of Army Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart. Much to my surprise, his name surfaced again today — and in a […]
  • CODE RED: No Easy Day for Green Beret on Witness Stand

    admin
    24 Aug 2015 | 8:20 am
    EDITOR’S NOTE: The article below first appeared on this site Aug. 24, 2012. Almost two years later, it vanished — along with nearly 5,000 others written and published since October 2006 — as detailed in a post eight months ago. Today, I rescued it from where it appears on an alternate site in order to […]
 
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    Hit & Run

  • In Colombia's Civil War, Peasants Try to Build an Island of Peace

    Jesse Walker
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:55 am
    In 1997, battered by their country's civil war, around 800 peasants from northwestern Colombia "decided to protest in front of the government building and demand protection." And so they marched from San José to the city of Apartadó and established a temporary refuge in the city's coliseum. After some negotiations with a government-sponsored commission, they went back home and, upon their return, some leaders were assassinated. In view of this response, a group of about 1,500 San José villagers opted instead for self-organization in order to find a collective, campesino-based solution to…
  • Politicians, Leaders Stoke Division; Ordinary Americans Lead on Healing Racial Divides

    Nick Gillespie
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:52 am
    In the age of Donald Trump and the Rev. Al, of racially motivated killings by white supremacists such as Dylann Roof and black TV reporter Vester Flanagan, the media is thriving by whipping up frenzy and panic. Writing in USA Today, Glenn Reynolds of Instapundit reports on how "ordinary Americans" are moving in the direction of racial healing. Last week saw 20,000 people show up for a multiracial “All Lives Matter” march in Birmingham, Ala. It could be the largest such march there since MLK. Glenn Beck and Chuck Norris were there, but that’s not all. AL.com reports: “Alveda…
  • Kasich: Drug Freedom Confuses Kids So You Can’t Have Any

    Scott Shackford
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:20 am
    Politicians say so many remarkably stupid things about marijuana and drug use in general. Let's not try to rank how poorly GOP presidential hopeful and Ohio Gov. John Kasich's approaches legalization and just shoot down the dumb things he says. He sat down for an interview with Michigan's MLive. His home state is considering marijuana legalization, and he tells MLive it's a terrible idea: "It sends mixes messages to young people about drugs," Kasich told MLive.com on Tuesday as he wrapped up a two-day swing through Michigan. "I don't think we should do that. We need to tell young people to…
  • Denver Initiative Allowing Marijuana Use in More Settings Is Nixed

    Jacob Sullum
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:33 am
    Last month the backers of a Denver initiative that would allow marijuana use in businesses open only to adults 21 or older submitted more than 10,000 signatures to the Denver Elections Division, plenty to qualify the measure for the November 3 ballot. Yesterday they said they are withdrawing the initiative before it is officially certified, preferring to negotiate a solution to the city's cannabis consumption conundrum with the Denver City Council and Mayor Michael Hancock. Mason Tvert, an activist who also was a driving force behind Amendment 64, the initiative that legalized marijuana for…
  • "There is no 'War on Cops'"; There is a Long-Overdue Conversation About Police Brutality

    Nick Gillespie
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:09 am
    Tomorrow is the funeral service for Harris Country Sheriff Darren Goforth, who a week ago was murdered while filling his police cruiser with gas in Texas. His death was senseless, tragic, and horrific. There's no possible excuse for it. But, as I write in a new Daily Beast column, There’s also no excuse for attempts by law enforcement, media, and politicians to claim that the unmotivated killing is part of a “war on cops” or in any way related to the Black Lives Matter movement or other people critical of law enforcement and police brutality. To do so is simply to wave away a…
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    THE SECOND CHANCE SHEEPDOG

  • Case Closed

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:03 pm
    Football season is finally here. The college football season starts Thursday night, the NFL pre-season wraps up Thursday night, and then the NFL regular season opens the following Thursday night, the 10th. I am ready. I'm tired of the only sports news being about tennis, golf, soccer, etc. Blah. Let's just go ahead and have the first coin toss and get this party started. Shall we?ESPN (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Over the last couple of years, many of us have written articles (including a few by me - here and here), had debates, and rendered our opinions about what we believe is a pro-SEC bias by…
  • Hillary's Hero

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:04 pm
    Hillary Clinton is running for president in 2016. I thought she might challenge Obama in 2012, but she didn't. Unfortunately, I think she'll probably win, too, even though she has more baggage than a Boeing 747 flying to Europe. Americans love the Clintons. They always have, and I guess I'll never understand why.Before you walk into the voting booth and push the button, pull the lever, etc. beside Hillary's name, allow me to show you what you will be voting for that you may not be aware of. It has nothing to do with taxes, healthcare, or guns, either. This is way more…
  • Do You Love Your Husband?

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    28 Jul 2015 | 2:27 pm
    A group of women were at a seminar on how to live in a loving relationship with their husband. The women were asked, "How many of you love your husband?"All of them raised their hands. Then, they were asked, "When was the last time you told your husband you loved him?" Some of the women answered today, a few yesterday, and some couldn't remember.The women were then told to take out their cell phones and text their husband: "I love you, sweetheart." The women were then told to exchange phones with another person and to read aloud the text received in response.Here are some of the replies:Who…
  • Flag Day Music Monday

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    15 Jun 2015 | 2:44 pm
    I'm not an NBA fan, but I am a Metallica fan. So, when I ran across today's video of Metallica playing "The Star Spangled Banner" prior to last night's NBA Finals Game 5, I knew it was perfect for today's Music Monday, which happens to be Flag Day.I've embedded the video below or you can watch it by clicking here. Crank up the volume, because the National Anthem never sounded so good.Occasionally, I'm asked, "Sheepdog, why a metal fan?" This is why. There's just something about the sound of a screaming 6-string. 
  • The Deaf Mafia Bookkeeper

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    30 Apr 2015 | 7:23 am
    A Mafia Godfather finds out that his bookkeeper, Guido, has cheated him out of $10,000,000.His bookkeeper is deaf, which was the reason he got the job in the first place. It was assumed that Guido would hear nothing and would therefore never have to testify in court. When the Godfather goes to confront Guido about the missing $10 million, he takes along his lawyer, who knows sign language.  The Godfather tells the lawyer, "Ask him where the money is."The lawyer, using sign language, asks Guido, "Where's the money?"Guido signs back, "I don't know what you are talking about."The…
 
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    E.J. Dionne Columns and Blog Posts

  • Racism, violence and the politics of resentment

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    2 Sep 2015 | 4:16 pm
    We have a choice to make.We can look at violence and racism as scourges that all of us must join together to fight. Or we can turn the issues of crime and policing into fodder for racial and political division. Read full article >>
  • Iran and the case for realism

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    30 Aug 2015 | 4:46 pm
    Foreign policy debates rarely get away from being reflections of domestic political conflicts, but they are also usually based on unstated assumptions and unacknowledged theories. That’s true of the struggle over the Iran nuclear agreement, even if raw politics is playing an exceptionally large role. There are many indications that Republican Sens. Jeff Flake (Ariz.) and Susan Collins (Maine) might in other circumstances be willing to back the accord. But they have to calculate the very high costs of breaking with their colleagues on an issue that has become a test of party loyalty. Read…
  • The Trumpification of the news

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    26 Aug 2015 | 5:56 pm
    This summer’s political madness was nicely captured by a confluence of events over the past few days: While global financial markets teetered, the campaign news was dominated by Donald Trump’s personal feuds with journalists.Read full article >>
  • The battle for voting rights continues

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    19 Aug 2015 | 5:28 pm
    Many find politics frustrating because problems that seemed to be solved in one generation crop up again years or decades later. The good thing about democracy is that there are no permanent defeats. The hard part is that some victories have to be won over and over. Read full article >>
  • When Yeats comes knocking

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    16 Aug 2015 | 5:01 pm
    W.B. Yeats’ “The Second Coming,” written in 1919, is my nominee for the most cited poem in political commentary. The line invoked most — “The best lack all conviction, while the worst are full of passionate intensity” — is irresistible. It’s always tempting to assume that the side we oppose brings vast reservoirs of demonic energy to bear against our own sad and bedraggled allies. Read full article >>
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    ThinkProgress

  • Carly Fiorina Says English Should Be The Official Language. Here’s The Problem With That.

    Esther Yu-Hsi Lee
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:28 am
    Though she “admires” multilingual people, English should be the official language of the United States, Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina said Thursday on CNN’s State of the Union. “I admire the fact that Jeb Bush is multilingual,” Fiorina said. “I admire the fact that so many people are multilingual. And I also think that English is the official language of the United States.” Fiorina went on to comment that the U.S.-Mexico border needed to be secured and called for fixing the legal immigration system. She also stated that while she…
  • Huckabee Compares Kim Davis To Abraham Lincoln

    Emily Atkin
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:20 am
    President Abraham Lincoln has something in common with Kim Davis, according to Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee: They both nobly ignored the U.S. Supreme Court. Davis, the now-infamous Kentucky county clerk, is refusing to issue marriage licenses to a same-sex couples, despite the Supreme Court’s recent ruling giving gay couples the constitutional right to wed. On Thursday, Davis was held in contempt of court for her refusal, and taken into custody. (Huckabee immediately condemned the decision, deeming it a “criminalization of Christianity.”) Appearing on…
  • BREAKING: Kim Davis Held In Contempt Of Court, Now In U.S. Marshals’ Custody

    Ian Millhiser
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:06 am
    Federal District Judge David Bunning held Kim Davis, the county clerk who has become a national symbol of anti-gay animus for her resistance to marriage equality, in contempt of court on Thursday. According to Dan Griffin, a reporter for local news station WSAZ, she was led out by U.S. Marshals. The judge reportedly said that financial sanctions were not enough to ensure her compliance with the law. Davis, who claims that she is acting “under God’s authority,” refuses to issue marriage licenses due to her opposition to marriage equality. Bunning ordered her to comply with…
  • New Obamacare Regulations Ensure Transgender People’s Access To Health Care

    Zack Ford
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:30 am
    On Thursday, the Department of Health and Human Services issued new proposed regulations on the implementation of the Affordable Care Act that would protect transgender people from discrimination in health care. The new rule refers to Obamacare Section 1557, which established nondiscrimination protections in health care on the basis of “sex” for the first time. According to Thursday’s announcement, “sex” will be defined to include gender identity, guaranteeing transgender people have the same access to health care as others. “This proposed approach is…
  • A Plan Working Its Way Through Congress Could Change Things For ‘Invisible’ Homeless Students

    Casey Quinlan
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:24 am
    The number of homeless children are rising quickly in New York City. There were 87,000 school children living in homeless shelters or temporary housing in the 2013-14 school year, according to the New York City Department of Education, which is a 71 percent rise since the 2007-2008 school year. Of course the problem isn’t just confined to New York City. Nationally, 2.5 million children were homeless in 2013, an 8 percent increase from 2012. Nearly half of the children were under the age of six, according to a 2014 report from the National Center for Family and Homelessness. The number…
 
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    RamonaCreel.com

  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-03-2015

    Ramona
    3 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    Never explain. Your friends don’t need it and your enemies won’t believe you anyhow. (E. Hubbard) — Why waste your breath? (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-03-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-01-2015

    Ramona
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:00 am
    PMS: Just before their periods women behave the way men do all the time. (R. Heinlein) — And yet we get chastised for it! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-01-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-30-2015

    Ramona
    30 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    People in those old times had convictions. We moderns only have opinions. (H. Heine) — Commitment issues. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-30-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-29-2015

    Ramona
    29 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    One man’s vulgarity is another man’s lyric. (J. Harlan) — Fuck yeah! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-29-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-28-2015

    Ramona
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    The purpose of art is the lifelong construction of a state of wonder. (G. Gould) — Beauty and emotion as bricks and mortar. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-28-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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    Democratic Strategist

  • Political Strategy Notes

    3 Sep 2015 | 5:21 am
    The Obama Administration and the cause of Democratic unity chalk up a huge victory with Sen. Barbara Mikulski's decision to support the Iran nuclear deal, which should provide the margin needed to secure approval of the agreement. "Opponents of the agreement said they could not remember another recent policy battle where the White House and Ms. Pelosi were so driven. In tandem, they made the Iran vote a strong test of party loyalty.," report Carl Hulse and David M. Herszenhorn at The New York Times. "Our ability to build coalitions, to lead, to have credibility when we enter into a…
  • Behind the Friendly Face of Dr. Ben Carson

    2 Sep 2015 | 4:00 pm
    It's time to take a really good look at Dr. Ben Carson, as I noted today at Washington Monthly: Now that Ben Carson is all the rage in the GOP presidential nominating contest, sharing the spotlight with Donald Trump without a trace of the negative vibes The Donald brings to the table, I figure my little hobby of trying to understand what the man means with his incessant references to "political correctness" is becoming a public utility... One of my exhibits for describing Carson as a "wingnut with a calm bedside manner" was his reference in the Fox News GOP presidential debate to Hillary…
  • Further Evidence That Low-Information/Paranoid Voters Rule GOP

    2 Sep 2015 | 7:12 am
    A nugget from Steve Benen's Maddowblog post, "GOP base: Obama wasn't born in US, but Cruz was": While top-line results are usually the most important takeaway from polls like these, that's only part of what's amazing about these new results. Consider this excerpt from the latest PPP report: ...51% [of Republican voters] overall want to eliminate birthright citizenship. 54% think President Obama is a Muslim. And only 29% grant that President Obama was born in the United States. That's less than the 40% who think Canadian born Ted Cruz was born in the United States. Let that one roll around in…
  • Moody's Election Model Sees Blue Wave Forming

    1 Sep 2015 | 4:28 am
    All of the usual caveats about it being too early to discern meaningful political trends for the 2016 general election notwithstanding, Moody's Election Model has some very good news for Democrats. From Ryan Sweet's "Democrats to Win in a Landslide in 2016, According to Moody's Election Model" at The Street.com: Our Moody's Analytics election model now predicts a Democratic electoral landslide in the 2016 presidential vote. A small change in the forecast data in August has swung the outcome from the statistical tie predicted in July, to a razor-edge ballot outcome that nevertheless gives the…
  • Political Strategy Notes

    31 Aug 2015 | 4:13 am
    In The Jacobin, via TNR, Touré F. Reed, associate professor of history at Illinois State University, explains why "Liberals Are Wrong to Separate Race from Class," and presents a compelling argument that "the now-commonplace claim at the heart of the recent Black Lives Matter protests against Sanders is that white liberals have long reduced racism to class inequality in order to deflect attention from racial disparities...This is not just wrong, but the formulation--which ultimately treats race as unchanging and permanent rather than a product of specific historical and political economic…
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    Project Syndicate RSS-Feed

  • Inflation, the Fed, and the Big Picture

    Carmen Reinhart
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    Inflation was the theme of this year’s international conference of central bankers in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. But, while policymakers are right to prepare for future risks to price stability, they did not place these concerns in the context of recent inflation developments at the global level – or within historical perspective.
  • Cultural Vandalism in America

    Robert P. Crease
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:30 am
    When the Islamic State rampaged through museums and World Heritage Sites in Iraq and Syria, smashing and bulldozing archaeological treasures and using sledgehammers to destroy sculptures and statues, the world rightly recoiled in horror. But an act of cultural vandalism on a similar scale has been taking place in the US.
  • Globalized Crisis

    Harold James
    3 Sep 2015 | 4:00 am
    If there is a bright side to the turmoil that has roiled the world economy since 2008, it is that it has not erupted everywhere simultaneously. But, as the crisis becomes ever more global in nature, the challenge for policymakers will be to contain the impulse to reduce engagement with the rest of the world.
  • Using Antibiotics Wisely

    Jim O'Neill
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:20 am
    Developing new drugs is an important approach in a coordinated response to fight antimicrobial resistance, but it will not be enough. The world also needs to reduce demand for antibiotics and understand that they can sometimes do more harm than good.
  • Puerto Rico in Crisis

    Anne Krueger
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:20 am
    Unlike Greece, Puerto Rico is not a country, which means that it is ineligible for multilateral financing; but nor is it a US state. This arrangement, though advantageous in some respects, also implies serious obstacles to the restoration of growth that the island so desperately needs.
 
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    Hip-Hop and Politics

  • NWA- Art or Irresponsibility an Intv w/ Eazy E & Ice Cube

    mrDaveyd
    18 Aug 2015 | 11:16 am
    These LA Rappers Never Asked to be seen as role models. But with their debut album ‘Straight Outta Compton’ headed toward platinum, they may not have a choice…. Note: Out of all the interviews I’ve done.. this had to be the most intense… Both NWA and myself were very passionate about our positions at the time and both parties came away with a lot to think about.. At the time this interview took place.. there was a raging debate among the Bay Area’s main hip hop shows on KZSU, KALX and KPOO as to whether or not NWA should be played… It was quite ironic…
  • Talib Kweli and Zakiya Harris w/ Elephantine Rip Stern Grove

    mrDaveyd
    17 Aug 2015 | 6:43 am
    Artist talk w/ Talib Kweli at Stern Grove San Francisco 08-16-15 In the words of Ice Cube.. ‘Today was a good day’ Two steller acts took to the stage and seriously rocked it at Stern Grove Festival. Oakland’s own Zakiya Harris and Elephantine along with Talib Kweli set a new bar for throwing down and leaving the stage hot… They did not disappoint. It was an incredible show that started off with Talib Kweli doing an artist talk to a packed house. Yours truly moderated as we covered all sorts  of topics ranging from the recent passing of NAACP chair and SNCC co-founder…
  • Mike Brown Memorial- One Year later What’s Changed?

    mrDaveyd
    16 Aug 2015 | 8:27 am
    Ferguson, Mo 08-09-15 Today was a very sobering occassion as hundreds came out to mark the one year anniversary that 18 year old unarmed Mike Brown was ruthlessly killed by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. What stands out the most about this tragedy is not just the killing, but the subsequent reign of terror and brutality levied by the police.. This doesn’t always get conveyed on TV news stories, but its clear as day when you talk to folks.. and the sheer brutality directly touched many and should not be forgotten.. In Canfield Gardens, where Mick Brown was killed and his body…
  • 70 Arrested at DOJ in St Louis Seeking Justice for Mike Brown

    mrDaveyd
    15 Aug 2015 | 10:27 pm
    St Louis (08-10-15 ) During the historic march to the Department of Justice in St Louis one year after the killing of Mike Brown, faith and movement leaders read off a list of demands and attempted to deliver them to the DOJ.. Department of Homeland Security police erected barricades and blocked the entrances. Marchers attempted to get by those barriers.. Over 70 people were arrested… The post 70 Arrested at DOJ in St Louis Seeking Justice for Mike Brown appeared first on Hip-Hop and Politics.
  • The March to St Louis DOJ to win Justice for Mike Brown

    mrDaveyd
    15 Aug 2015 | 6:38 am
    Below are some photos from historic march to the Department of Justice in St Louis. It was led by faith leaders including; Rev Toni Blackman, Rev Sekou, Dr Cornel West, Pastor Mike McBride, Jasiri X and many others who sought to win justice not only for Mike Brown who was killed a year ago, but also for the countless other victims of police brutality… Faith leaders march to Department of Justice in St Louis to win Justice for Mike Brown… The post The March to St Louis DOJ to win Justice for Mike Brown appeared first on Hip-Hop and Politics.
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  • Citibank Study Finds Huge Financial Benefits to Acting on Climate Change

    3 Sep 2015 | 11:55 am
    Reducing carbon emissions and thus the effects of global warming can be financially beneficial for the business community, according to one of the biggest banks in the world.   A division of Citibank, Citi Global Perspectives & Solutions (GPS), has produced a report that compared two scenarios for corporations on the issue of climate change: “Inaction,” doing nothing to reduce emissions, and “Action,” working to cut carbon in the atmosphere. The analysis showed it would be cheaper to take action.   Yes, making changes would cost $190.2 trillion, the…
  • Use of Solitary Confinement gets Overhaul in California Prisons

    3 Sep 2015 | 11:50 am
    The state of California is drastically cutting the long-term use of solitary confinement to end a lawsuit filed by prisoners at one of the state’s most notorious prisons.   The California Department of Corrections will move nearly 2,000 inmates out of solitary confinement, in which prisoners spend all but one or two hours a day in complete isolation. Some of them have been in solitary confinement for decades, according to the Los Angeles Times. The inmate who had done the most time in solitary, 43 years, was Hugo Pinell. He was released into the general prison population last month…
  • Federal Court Forces Ohio Medicaid Agency to Admit that Spouses are Family Members

    3 Sep 2015 | 11:45 am
    The state of Ohio has excluded people from receiving Medicaid by claiming that spouses are not family members—a position that a federal appeals court has rejected.   Justices with the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals based in Cincinnati ruled in favor of two plaintiffs, George Hart and Joe Turner, who were denied Medicaid assistance because the state insisted they didn’t have enough family members in their household to meet the income eligibility. Hart and Turner live with their respective wives whom the state’s Medicaid department said weren’t family members.
  • Human Drivers Create Headaches for Law-Abiding Driverless Cars

    3 Sep 2015 | 11:40 am
    Teaching a computer to drive a car is easy. It’s predicting the behavior of other drivers that’s hard.   Google says its driverless cars have been involved in 16 crashes over the past six years, and, as The New York Times reported, every one of them was the result of human error.   The most recent accident occurred on August 20, when a Google car slowed for a pedestrian, then the Google employee inside the vehicle manually applied the brakes. The car following rear-ended the Google mobile, sending the employee to the emergency room for mild whiplash.   Experts in…
  • For the First Time, Marijuana Use Eclipses Tobacco Smoking among Nation’s College Students

    3 Sep 2015 | 11:35 am
    Smoking marijuana has become more popular among college students than cigarettes, marking a first in the U.S., according to a study.   The University of Michigan’s annual “Monitoring the Future” study (pdf) says just less than 6% of full-time college students used pot either every day or at least 20 times in the previous 30 days. That rate was higher than the 5% of respondents who claimed to be heavy cigarette smokers. The study also found 21% college students had used marijuana at least once during the previous month, and 34% said they had used it in the past year.
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    Blog for Arizona

  • Krishna Fest 2015 on September 5

    Carolyn Classen
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:00 am
    More info at Govinda’s Natural Foods: http://www.govindasoftucson.com/ Carolyn’s note:  We’ve attended this lively festival in the past, and there is terrific Indian dancing, food and culture to enjoy.  And the fire dancing is mesmerizing.
  • California following Oregon’s lead on universal (automatic) voter registration

    AZ BlueMeanie
    2 Sep 2015 | 4:34 pm
    Maybe Arizona’s queen of voter suppression, Secretary of State Michele Reagan, should pick up the phone and call her counterparts in Oregon and California to learn more about what a secretary of state who actually wants to increase voter participation … Continue reading →
  • Education organizations to urge Governor Ducey to call a special session to resolve Prop. 301 lawsuit

    AZ BlueMeanie
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:40 pm
    ProgressNow Arizona will be standing with more than a dozen organizations at a press conference tomorrow morning to urge the Governor to call a special session and pay the state’s debt to schools. Please join us!   Media Advisory Education organizations … Continue reading →
  • Recall Diane Douglas petition drive begins

    AZ BlueMeanie
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:31 pm
    Tea Party Darlin’ Diane Douglas, Arizona’s Superintendent of Public Instruction, ran for office promising to repeal “Common Core” standards. Once elected, however, she discovered that she does not possess the power to unilaterally do so. Hell, Douglas doesn’t even possess … Continue reading →
  • 60th Anniversary Convention of International Festivals & Events Assn. coming to Tucson

    Carolyn Classen
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:20 am
    IFEA’s 60th Anniversary Convention & Expo presented by Haas & Wilkerson Insurance September 21 – 23, 2015 September 18 – 20 Pre Conference CFEE professional training The JW Marriott Starr Pass Resort & Spa Tucson, Arizona, U.S.A. “Mark Your Calendars and … Continue reading →
 
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    Reset San Francisco

  • Thursday San Francisco News Roundup

    Reset Team
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:39 am
    Bay Bridge Chicken Taken to Oakland Shelter A stray chicken that startled drivers on the Bay Bridge Wednesday morning and was featured in countless jokes on social media has been taken to an Oakland animal shelter and might be reclaimed by its owner, Oakland Animal Services officials said Wednesday afternoon. CHP officers captured the bird around 10 a.m., around four hours after drivers began reporting chicken-sightings in traffic east of the Toll Plaza, according to CHP Officer Sean Wilkenfeld. The CHP took the chicken to the Berkeley Animal Services shelter, which then transferred it to…
  • Treasure Island’s $50 Million Public Art Project

    Andrew Cullen
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:48 am
    San Francisco’s Treasure Island is getting a nearly $5 billion facelift over the next 20 years. Redeveloping the island has been on San Franciscan’s minds since the U.S. Navy base closed in 1997. But now developers and city officials announced that the first phase of the project would begin this fall with a $50 million public artwork project. Jill Manton, director of special initiatives at the San Francisco Arts Commission told the Chronicle that “A lot of people have never had a reason to go to Treasure Island,” but the new arts project was “a really unique opportunity,” to start…
  • Wednesday San Francisco News Roundup

    Reset Team
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:43 am
    2 SFPD Officers Investigated Following Alleged Sexual Assault Identified The San Francisco Police Department is investigating allegations of a sexual assault by an off-duty police officer in August and another police officer for interfering with that investigation. The officer being investigated in the alleged sexual assault of a woman is identified in a search warrant and affidavit filed in San Francisco Superior Court as Jason Louis Lai. The officer under investigation for allegedly tipping Lai off is Lt. Curtis Liu. The search warrant states that the victim reported the assault at 7:32…
  • Tuesday San Francisco News Roundup

    Reset Team
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:43 am
    Family of Woman Killed in Pier 14 Shooting To Sue Sheriff, ICE, BLM The family of a woman shot and killed at San Francisco’s Pier 14 last month said Monday that they plan to sue city and federal officials. San Francisco resident Kathryn “Kate” Steinle, 32, a Pleasanton native, was fatally shot on July 1 while walking with family members on the Pier in broad daylight. Within an hour of the shooting, police arrested Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, an undocumented immigrant who had been deported five times and has seven prior felony convictions, including four involving…
  • San Francisco Opens up Automated Fast Food Restaurant

    Andrew Cullen
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:28 pm
    Today, San Francisco became home to a start up that is aimed at changing the fast food game. What makes this new downtown lunch spot different? Humans need not apply. Eatsa, “a fully automated fast food experience,” opened its flagship location in downtown San Francisco today, at 121 Spear Street, near the Embarcadero. Resembling the futuristic interior of an Apple store, customers order their food from an iPad, enter their name and just few minutes later – poof! – their food appears in a LED lit cubby with their name on it. This cashier-less lunch spot isn’t completely void of…
 
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    Political Campaigning Tips and Strategies by OnlineCandidate.com

  • Use The Web To Set The Record Straight

    Online Candidate
    25 Aug 2015 | 8:08 am
    Being attacked during a campaign is a given for virtually all political candidates. By knowing your own strengths and weaknesses, you can prepare yourself for these attacks. This allows you to respond quickly and confidently. Done properly, you have an opportunity to build credibility and even turn the facts around on your opponent. Here are […]
  • 5 Simple Candidate Failures That You Can Totally Avoid

    Online Candidate
    10 Aug 2015 | 12:13 pm
    There are many, many mistakes that candidates make during the course of a political campaign. We could make a ten-part series just on what not to do on the campaign trail. Since we deal with the online aspects of campaigning, we’ll stick to mistakes that candidates make online – or, more specifically, with their campaign […]
  • Will Your Social Networking Past Hurt Your Political Future?

    Online Candidate
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:12 am
    More and more candidates running for office today are dealing with the issue of social networking activities coming back to haunt them. Will it hurt you, too?
  • Keep Your Campaign Material Original – And Avoid the Consequences

    Online Candidate
    20 Jul 2015 | 10:42 am
    Here's a reminder to make sure that you have rights and permission for anything you use on your political campaign website.
  • Have You Seen Our New Download Store?

    Online Candidate
    6 Jul 2015 | 11:17 am
    We updated our Download Store this month. Completely re-designed in design and layout, the updated store makes it easier to find our political campaign-related downloads. It features a variety of campaign e-books, political print and campaign logo templates available for immediate download. The categories include: Campaign E-Books Word Political Print Templates Political Logo Templates Special […]
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    Beppe Grillo's Blog

  • Food sovereignty

    3 Sep 2015 | 8:47 am
    Does Italy still exist, or is it, as Metternich puts it, a geographic expression? By joining the Euro, it lost its monetary sovereignty. It lost its territorial sovereignty after its defeat in the second world war with occupation by the Americans who have never left since then. It lost its military sovereignty as it is now reduced to taking orders from the USA and organising pretend peace missions in Afghanistan and in Iraq, and bombing Libya (thanks also to grandpa Napolitano)/ The fall of Gaddafi is the cause of the immigration of biblical proportions - from that country that no longer has…
  • The Chinese Bubble

    2 Sep 2015 | 8:37 am
    The devaluation of the currency decided by China's Central Bank has surprised financial markets. After anchoring the yuan to the dollar within a minimum margin of oscillation, after the Lehman crisis, the Chinese authorities have progressively broadened the oscillation zone and in 2014, they altered it from 1% to 2%. The decision in August to disconnect the yuan from the dollar has made it possible for the market to stabilise fluctuations in the currency and China did not intervene to correct the oscillation in the value of the yuan and thus it allowed the currency to devalue. Why? VIDEO Il…
  • NCD - the new slave owners

    1 Sep 2015 | 8:21 am
    "CARA (Reception Centre for Asylum Seekers) in Mineo is the biggest centre of its kind in Europe and it has ended up being inolved in the investigation into the Mafia Capitale scandal. Odevaine, Veltroni‘s right hand man, (well now wasn’t he going to go to Africa?) became one of the top dogs in the management of immigration in ltaly. Now he has been speaking to the magistrates and has been explaining the details of how the Mineo system operated. It was a system that made it possible for various people to share out our money among themselves - and it gave Castiglione, deputy secretary of…
  • #GiùLeManiDalNostroMare - Hands off our sea! - 6 September in Bari

    30 Aug 2015 | 12:15 pm
    “Our sea is in danger. The crazy interests of a few multinational groups still connected to the old model of energy production based on hydrocarbons, has led this government to collude and issue 9 permits to search for oil deposits in our Adriatic and Ionian seas. And many other permits will be issued, thanks to the “Sfascia Italia” {smash up Italy} decree presented by the government, but drawn up by the lobbyists supporting cement, incinerators and petroleum. This is why the 5 Star MoVement has organised a protest that has inolved lots of beaches in Apulia, Calabria, Basilicata and…
  • The Merkel plan

    28 Aug 2015 | 4:07 am
    The migration of biblical proportions will not be stopped by tanks or barbed wire or the sinking of boats. It hasn’t just come out of the blue. The EU and the various national governments seem to have suddenly woken up to it and they are exploiting the situation as though they were not the primary cause of the problem. There’s been no whisper of any condemnation of the causes, nor of a long-term strategy to integrate these people into a Europe that is devastated by unemployment. Do we want to create massive ghettos and banlieues? There’s no action beyond a bit of fluffy charity. People…
 
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    Robert Reich

  • Labor Day 2028

    31 Aug 2015 | 3:10 pm
    In 1928, famed British economist John Maynard Keynes predicted that technology would advance so far...
  • The Upsurge in Uncertain Work

    23 Aug 2015 | 3:13 pm
    As Labor Day looms, more Americans than ever don’t know how much they’ll be earning next week or...
  • CORPORATE WELFARE IN CALIFORNIACorporate welfare is often...

    19 Aug 2015 | 4:29 pm
    CORPORATE WELFARE IN CALIFORNIACorporate welfare is often camouflaged in taxes that seem neutral on their face but give windfalls to big entrenched corporations at the expense of average people and small businesses.Take a look at commercial property taxes in California, for example.In 1978 California voters passed Proposition 13 – which began to assess property for tax purposes at its price when it was bought, rather than its current market price.This has protected homeowners and renters. But it’s also given a quiet windfall to entrenched corporate owners of commercial…
  • The Fraud of the New “Family-Friendly” Work

    16 Aug 2015 | 2:22 pm
    Netflix just announced it’s offering paid leave to new mothers and fathers for the first year after...
  • The Outrageous Ascent of CEO Pay

    9 Aug 2015 | 3:47 pm
    The Securities and Exchange Commission approved a rule last week requiring that large publicly held...
 
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    Cato @ Liberty

  • Center for Immigration Studies Report Exaggerates Immigrant Welfare Use, Part 2

    Alex Nowrasteh
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:14 am
    Steve Camarota of the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) wrote a response to my criticism of his recent report.  Camarota and I have gone back and forth before on similar issues in the past (here and here).       Camarota responded to few of the points I made and many that I didn’t make.  The gist of his response is that I changed the subject rather than replying to his paper which is odd since, in his response, he dodged many of my specific points while going off on tangents.  Camarota wrote, “Readers should carefully note when would-be critics try to change the subject.” …
  • Lessig Strains to Compare His Campaign to Eugene McCarthy's

    Caleb O. Brown
    3 Sep 2015 | 6:17 am
    Harvard Law professor Lawrence Lessig is running for President on the single issue of adding restrictions to certain electoral speech. In his announcement video, he points to Eugene McCarthy’s 1968 run for the White House. He says in that video: In 1967 Democratic Senator Eugene McCarthy entered the primary here in New Hampshire to challenge his own party’s sitting president because he feared the most important moral issue of the time, the Vietnam War, was going to be invisible in that election. In four months McCarthy went from almost nothing in the polls to almost beating Lyndon Johnson…
  • Center for Immigration Studies Report Exaggerates Immigrant Welfare Use

    Alex Nowrasteh
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:18 am
    The Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) released a new report this morning on immigrant welfare use. CIS found that immigrants use far more welfare than natives do. CIS’ methodology, parts of which are suspect, is what produced this result – as we’ve pointed out to CIS multiple times. They also omitted a lot of information that would make for a better comparison between immigrants and natives. Simply put, the CIS study does not compare apples to apples but rather apples to elephants. The first issue is that CIS counts the welfare use of households, which includes many native-born…
  • Presidential Candidates Need to Stop Bashing China

    Ted Galen Carpenter
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:31 am
    One important issue that should be the topic of sober discussions in the ongoing U.S. presidential campaign is policy toward China.   Instead, that topic receives inadequate attention–especially compared to the obsession with every minutia of Middle East policy. As I point out in a recent article in China-U.S. Focus, when China policy is not ignored, candidates too often take shrill positions to score cheap political points. That has been true in nearly every presidential election cycle since the Carter administration established diplomatic relations with Beijing. Although Donald Trump…
  • Should China's Meltdown Be Surprising?

    Jeffrey Miron
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:59 am
    As stock markets decline around the world, apparently in response to stalled economic growth in China, one might ask whether China’s difficulties should come as a surprise.  After all, has not China “liberalized” its economy in recent decades, paving the way for the spectacular growth that capitalism can deliver? Alas, China has liberalized in some dimensions, but its economy remains highly controlled in other dimensions; it  has state capitalism, not true capitalism. In a recent Cato Research Brief, Donghua Chen, Dequan Jiang, Alexander Ljungqvist, Haitian Lu, and Mingming Zhou…
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    A View from the Right

  • Primer on Origins Views for Christians (Part 3a of 3)

    sirrahc
    30 Aug 2015 | 8:42 pm
    “In matters that are obscure and far beyond our vision, even in such as we may find treated in Holy Scripture, different interpretations are sometimes possible without prejudice to the faith we have received.”  — St. Augustine (AD 354-430), Bishop of Hippo, early Christian theologian & philosopher Whereas the first two parts to this series […]
  • Sue and Settle: Regulating Behind Closed Doors

    sirrahc
    23 Aug 2015 | 5:01 pm
    “Experience has shown that, even under the best forms of government, those entrusted with power have, in time, and by slow operations, perverted it into tyranny.”  — Thomas Jefferson I have more research to do for my previously intended post, so this is a “filler”, of sorts. But, it’s not empty filler. It’s important, substantial […]
  • Primer on Origins Views for Christians (Part 2 of 3)

    sirrahc
    16 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    “All truth is given by revelation, either general or special, and it must be received by reason. Reason is the God-given means for discovering the truth that God discloses, whether in his world or his Word. While God wants to reach the heart with truth, he does not bypass the mind.”  — Jonathan Edwards, 18th […]
  • Primer on Origins Views for Christians (Part 1 of 3)

    sirrahc
    9 Aug 2015 | 8:23 pm
    “Without special revelation, general revelation would be for sinful men incomplete and ineffective…. Without general revelation, special revelation would lack that basis in the fundamental knowledge of God as the mighty and wise, righteous and good, maker and ruler of all things.”  — B.B. Warfield, distinguished “Princetonian” theologian As an admin at the “Old Earth […]
  • Science, Politics, Public Perception, and Wasted Money

    sirrahc
    2 Aug 2015 | 5:47 pm
    I am still slowly working my way through Thomas Sowell’s Basic Economics, 4th ed. I don’t think I expected the topic of air/water pollution to come up in a tome on economics, but it does make sense, as you’ll see. Cries for increasing efforts toward environmental (i.e., ecological) purification are common — all in the […]
 
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    Sapphire Wire

  • “Fair Tax” System is a Gift for the Wealthy

    Lisa Johnston
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:37 am
    In August, Senator Jerry Moran and Representative Lynn Jenkins made presentations advocating for a fair tax plan, a 23% national sales tax designed to replace our income tax system. On the surface, this sounds appealing because it seems simple and easy. But, if this were implemented, it would be tremendously unfair to most Americans. The primary problem with this approach is that no tax is paid on unspent income. This means that people at lower income levels would pay a much higher tax rate than those with larger incomes. According to a 2012 article in The Atlantic, most individuals at the…
  • Charisma is Priority One

    Lisa Johnston
    17 Feb 2015 | 1:14 am
    Hate the reality all you want, but charisma and likability must be a screening criterion and litmus test for candidates in high profile races. I’ve noticed a bit of a trend when I bring up the fact that low information voters choose candidates based on these type of peripheral variables to activist Democrats – many people ignore my comment and try not to talk about it. I can just hear the thoughts running through people’s minds about how this shouldn’t be the case, knowledge and policy positions should be the most important, they would never pick a candidate based on non-substantive…
  • Guide to Choosing a new KDP Chairperson

    Lisa Johnston
    21 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    As current KDP chair, Joan Wagnon, announced that she will be stepping down and that a new leader will be selected at Washington Days in early March, I wanted to put together a few thoughts for Democrats around the state to consider when selecting the next chair for the Kansas Democratic Party. The Kansas Democratic Party needs a leader who: Welcomes everyone to the party who wants to be involved No exclusion, no cliques, no BS. Respect and honor differences of perspective and approaches within the party. No friendly fire – when your forces are outnumbered you shouldn’t shoot someone who…
  • SapphireWire Podcast – Episode 10

    Kyle
    10 Dec 2014 | 11:20 pm
    Lisa & Kyle continue their discussion of the intra-party dynamics that are stifling Democrats in Kansas – including finding and fostering inspiring candidates, candidates taking a stand and stating their beliefs, and the need for people to speak out to help turn things around. Listen to this episode now: Get The SapphireWire Podcast To Go: Download Episode (mp3) | iTunes | RSS | Stitcher Radio Links to topics covered in this episode: How the Kansas Democratic Party Drove Itself to Near Extinction – A lengthy analysis, but a worthwhile read that underscores many of the points made in…
  • SapphireWire Podcast – Episode 9

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

  • Hamid Gul and Pakistan’s Schizophrenia

    David Karl
    2 Sep 2015 | 4:59 pm
    The example of Gul illustrates what is a basic frustration for India: Any rapprochement with Pakistan can only come about via a military establishment that swings between paranoia and pragmatism. The recent passing of Hamid Gul, a Pakistani general who served as head of the powerful Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) agency in the late 1980s, elicited […] The post Hamid Gul and Pakistan’s Schizophrenia appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Could the Sharing Economy Bring Back Hitchhiking?

    Ethan Zuckerman
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:31 am
    As the ever-increasing use of services like Uber, Lyft and AirBnB show, it is safe to trust other people. But is it time for hitchhiking to make a comeback? On August 1, hitchBOT, a robot that had successfully hitchhiked more than 10,000 kilometers across Canada and northern Europe, was destroyed by unknown vandals in Philadelphia’s Old City neighborhood. […] The post Could the Sharing Economy Bring Back Hitchhiking? appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • The Best Candidate for Minorities, Women and All of Us

    Veena Trehan
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:55 pm
    Assessing the positions of Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders and Jill Stein in nine key areas shows significant weaknesses in Clinton’s proposed policies. The polling data, media coverage and recent meetings highlight a key question: Which US presidential candidate is the best for minorities, women and all of us? Off the list: Republicans, with their destructive […] The post The Best Candidate for Minorities, Women and All of Us appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Austerity Economics is Fraying Europe’s Social Contract

    Conn M. Hallinan
    30 Aug 2015 | 11:27 am
    It’s a new kind of barbarism, one that sacks countries with fine print. On one level, the recent financial agreement between the European Union (EU) and Greece makes no sense. Not a single major economist thinks the $96 billion loan will allow Athens to repay its debts or get the economy moving anywhere but downward. […] The post Austerity Economics is Fraying Europe’s Social Contract appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • The World This Week: Global Economy Has a Great Fall

    Atul Singh
    29 Aug 2015 | 4:33 pm
    A slowdown in China is making the world economy wobble and will lead to declining trade, growth and returns to capital. Soon after the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union, Francis Fukuyama published The End of History and the Last Man. He proclaimed: “The end point of mankind’s ideological […] The post The World This Week: Global Economy Has a Great Fall appeared first on Fair Observer.
 
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    The one About

  • Botezul perfect pentru copilul tau

    28 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Unul dintre cele mai importante momente din viata fiecarui parinte este botezul copilului sau. Datorita importantei acestuia, cat si a traditiei, acest eveniment trebuie celebrat fie printr-o petrecere, fie printr-o cina fastuoasa alaturi de toti cei dragi. Cu toate acestea, un numar mare de oameni care doresc sa faca botezul in sectorul 4 par sa intampine dificultati in gasirea unui meniu botez ieftin. Prin urmare, se multumesc cu mai putin iar acest eveniment unic se transforma intr-o banalitate.Pentru a nu ajunge intr-o situatie similara, primul pas este sa studiezi acele restaurante…
  • Bolile psihice ma fascineaza

    28 Aug 2015 | 3:57 am
    Ar fi ciudat sa spun ca sunt fascinata de bolile psihice? Probabil ca da, pentru majoritatea oamenilor care ar citi sau ar auzi asta. Si totusi, nu pot nega adevarul. Aceasta pasiune este prezenta in cazul meu de multi ani. Nu sunt sigura de unde a provenit, probabil de la dorinta mea de a deveni psiholog pe care am avut-o inca de la 8 ani. Si, pentru ca voiam sa fiu psiholog, trebuia, printre altele, sa cunosc si diverse boli psihice. Astfel a aparut pentru prima oara interesul meu fata de acest domeniu, acest tip de tulburari umane. Si pe masura ce aflam tot mai multe lucruri, realizam cat…
  • Stirile despre noile tehnologii si electronice, la fel de importante ca informatiile de actualitate

    20 Aug 2015 | 4:06 am
    Informatiile circula astazi cu viteza luminii. Nici bine nu se intampla un eveniment ca am si aflat de el. Tehnologia si internetul au permis transmiterea stirilor importante in timp record, catre o audienta eterogena care nu are de facut decat sa isi selecteze pe cele care sunt de interes pentru ea. Pentru pasionatii de tehnologie, stirile si informatiile de actualitate sunt cu atat mai importante cu cat in fiecare zi exista noutati din cele mai variate domenii care influenteaza cumva evolutia tehnologiilor moderne.In sectiuni precum TechnoNews de pe site-urile cu stiri din IT se pot gasi la…
  • Zidul

    20 Aug 2015 | 3:53 am
    Sa locuiesti intr-o tara straina, sa nu stii limba si sa nu cunosti pe nimeni, este greu. In primul rind e greu sa-ti gasesti o casa, sa-ti deschizi un cont bancar ori sa inveti traseul catre locul de munca, unde nu te intelegi cu nimeni ( decit, poate, prin semne!). Simti intre tine si ei ( strainii ) un zid, o respingere rece ( care-ti reaminteste ca nu esti de-a lor! ). E ceva natural ( la urma urmei! ), nici mie nu-mi placuse Colin, un afroamerican, ratacit pe meleagurile noastre ( si repartizat in biroul meu!) fara sa stie o boaba romineasca. Cu timpul ( dupa ce a inceput s-o rupa cit de…
  • Produse cosmetice de la Wella

    4 Aug 2015 | 2:16 am
    Wella AG este una dintre cele mai mari companii producatoare de produse de ingrijire a parului si cosmetice. Fondata in 1880 de Franz Ströher, Wella este printre cele mai cunoscute companii germane cu sediul in Geneva, Elvetia, specializata in Haircare, Styling & Colorants. Gama de produse comercializate de compania germana include sampoane, balsamuri, uleiuri pentru par, masti pentru par sau combinatii tonice pentru revigorarea structurii firului de par.Produsele Wella sunt facute din ingrediente naturale, nu au substante care produc alergii, sunt testate si garantate din punct de…
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    FactCheck.org

  • Santorum’s Climate Consensus Claims

    Dave Levitan
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:37 pm
    Rick Santorum made two false claims regarding the scientific consensus on climate change: He said 57 percent of climate scientists “don’t buy off on the idea that CO2 is the knob that’s turning the climate.” This is based on a flawed reading of a survey of 1,868 scientists; one of that survey’s authors has called Santorum’s claim “absolutely false.” He called the oft-cited 97 percent consensus figure “bogus,” and said it was based on a survey of only 77 scientists. In fact, several surveys involving thousands of researchers have all…
  • Walker’s Economic Spin

    Eugene Kiely
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:10 pm
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, a Republican candidate for president, strained the facts when he compared his state’s economic performance with that of the United States: Walker said his state is “doing better than America in terms of the unemployment number going down.” That’s false. Under Walker, Wisconsin’s unemployment rate has fallen, but not as quickly as the U.S. rate — in part because the state’s job growth has lagged behind the U.S. average. The governor also said Wisconsin is “doing better in terms of labor participation rate.”…
  • A Decade-Old Democratic Claim

    Lori Robertson
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:50 am
    For years, Democrats have been twisting Republicans’ positions to claim they want to “privatize” Social Security and risk your retirement on the stock market. The latest distortion: Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz claimed Jeb Bush supported his brother’s plan that would put “Americans at risk of losing their retirement savings with the ups and downs of Wall Street.” No one’s retirement savings would have ever been wiped out by George W. Bush’s failed 2005 plan, which called for allowing younger workers to…
  • FactChecking Trump’s Press Conference

    Eugene Kiely
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:26 pm
    Donald Trump’s recent press conference garnered a lot of media attention for his put downs of two high-profile journalists, but he didn’t treat the facts much better: Trump claimed “59 percent of our bridges are in trouble.” That’s way off. The Federal Highway Administration says 24 percent of the nation’s bridges were “structurally deficient” or “functionally obsolete” in 2014. Trump said a recent poll in Florida showed him at 28 percent and Jeb Bush, the former governor of Florida, “much lower.” Bush wasn’t that…
  • Rubio’s Shaky ACA Hypothetical

    Lori Robertson
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:24 am
    Sen. Marco Rubio described a hypothetical Detroit business owner with 10 employees as facing higher costs under the Affordable Care Act, saying the man was considering moving one employee to part time to “save … a significant amount under Obamacare.” But a business of that size isn’t subject to the law’s requirements to offer insurance to full-time workers or pay a penalty. And the fictional employee in question would likely qualify for Medicaid. Rubio, a Republican presidential candidate, laid out his hypothetical example in an Aug. 20 speech to the Detroit…
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    The Recovering Politician

  • Josh Bowen: Sleep – the Ultimate Fat Killer

    Josh Bowen
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:30 am
    On the paradigm of “fat less” principles we often focus on nutrition and exercise as the most important. However, we often forget about the recovering aspect, more specifically sleep and its important on muscle growth, fat loss and overall health. In fact, 30% of Americans sleep less than the recommended amount (7-9 hours). Pair that statistic with the obesity rate of 35.7% and you have something worth looking at. A study done by Brigham Young University found a trend between amount of hours slept and body fat percentages with females. The study found that having too little sleep,…
  • Josh Bowen: Stop Comparing Yourself

    Josh Bowen
    27 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    Judging by the title, you may not think this will not be a fitness or nutrition related post. I, however, believe fitness is 100% tied to our self esteem and how we feel about ourselves rather than actually picking up weights or doing cardio. We exercise to feel better about ourselves and ultimately give ourselves more self esteem and confidence. Why do you think so many people take gym selfies? Let’s be honest, its not a workout if you don’t record it right? I’m being sarcastic…obviously. BUT…I am serious about fitness tying into our psyche. As our bodies…
  • Josh Bowen: What is Causing Your Headaches?

    Josh Bowen
    20 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    Hope everyone had a great weekend and is ready to attack Monday like nobody’s business. The year is flying by and the holidays will be here before you know. The time to be consistent and focused is important. What you do now, will effect what you do later. We have all had headaches at some point or another in our lives. Some literal and some figuratively (haha). But what is a headache? And more importantly, what causes a headache? A headache is not actually a pain within the brain, or the brain does not have pain sensors. The pain is caused by a disturbance to pain sensitive tissues…
  • Josh Bowen: 4 Reasons Why Building Muscle Should be Your Top Priority

    Josh Bowen
    13 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    Summer has flown by and by the time we know it, it will be Christmas time again. I digress, however. Here is to a great week and continued great month of July. Onto the topic at hands…muscle. I posted the above picture this week on both my personal Facebook page and the Aspire page, to great feedback. It essentially shows six different bodies, who all weigh the exact same and are the same height. But how could that be? How could the same person weigh the same, be the same height and look completely different? Answer….MUSCLE. Muscle is the reason for the discrepancy in aesthetics.
  • Josh Bowen: Metabolism

    Josh Bowen
    6 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    Our topic for this week: metabolism. And more importantly how do we increase it. But first we must cover what metabolism actually is. Scientifically, metabolism is the amount of calories you burn everyday without doing anything. This is referred to as resting metabolic rate or basal metabolic rate (BMR). So essentially, it is the amount of calories you would burn while laying in bed for 24 hours. It is impacted heavily on the following: the size of the individual, the amount of muscle on the individual, hormonal factors such as T3 and T4 conversion and amount of testosterone and growth…
 
 
 
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    Angry Lebs

  • I’m speechless

    Michel
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:33 pm
    For the first time in my life I’m speechless. It took me hours before I was able to write these words. The picture of this dead Syrian baby who drowned on Turkish shores while his family was trying to flee to Greece by boat not only shocked me but also shook me pretty hard. A child that doesn’t know how to dream was ripped from the hands of his parents. Their dream was to have a better future from him. They ran away from the killing machine in Syria to lose part of their hearts on the shores of Europe. How many kids and humans need to die to appease to Western and Arab countries…
  • Press release from AUB students, staff and faculty

    Michel
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:06 pm
  • On August 23,1982 he gave us hope

    Michel
    22 Aug 2015 | 2:20 pm
  • One Day

    Michel
    22 Aug 2015 | 5:19 am
    Interesting Quote: “One day we will tell our children about the ordeal and death caravan that Syrian and Palestinian jumped upon trying to escape to Europe even though Mecca and the land of Muslims is closer to them. One day we will tell them about the Hijra of Prophet Mohamed and his Companions to the land of Habasha at a time it was ruled by a Christian leader who didn’t oppress his people and immigrants.
  • What’s up, Doc?

    Michel
    21 Aug 2015 | 12:48 pm
    This article was written by Michael Young on August 21, 2015 and published on the website NOW. Did Future even notice that Samir Geagea had left them? It is remarkable how invisible was the reaction of the Future Movement when its Christian partner Samir Geagea signed a declaration of intent with the Free Patriotic Movement. How different from Hezbollah, which has determinedly kept Michel Aoun happy to ensure he does not abandon his alliance with the party. Geagea’s decision to effectively jump ship on the remnants of March 14 was less dramatic than Walid Jumblatt’s in 2009, but no less…
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  • Bipartisan Criminal Justice Coalition Is Bigger And Ready For Congress To Come Back

    2 Sep 2015 | 9:24 pm
    NAACP President Cornell William Brooks Win Mcnamee / Getty Images WASHINGTON — When Congress returns to the Capitol from the long recess next week, an expanded bipartisan criminal justice advocacy community will be waiting — and ready to push hard for legislation to reduce the federal prison population they hope to pass before presidential politics subsume any and all chances at big new laws.One of the more powerful advocacy groups in the city, the Coalition for Public Safety, which is backed by the Kochs and the Center for American Progress, will add the NAACP Thursday to its…
  • Protests In Baltimore For Something Unusual: Supporting A Prosecutor

    2 Sep 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Activists on Wednesday said their protests were as much about standing with State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby as they were about standing for justice for Freddie Gray. Andrew Burton / Getty Images BALTIMORE — The tone of protests on the first day of hearings in the case of Freddie Gray was somber and uneasy. Chants about getting justice for Gray ("All night! All day!") came from a few dozen protesters who, at times, looked less than enthused. Then a young activist in a black shirt and hat bearing the Malcolm X logo grabbed the megaphone and started riling up the crowd. He was…
  • Few Options To Remove Kentucky Clerk From Office

    2 Sep 2015 | 1:44 pm
    There are few options, under Kentucky law, for addressing an official who doesn’t want to do their job. Rowan County clerk Kim Davis (right) talks with David Moore following her office's refusal to issue marriage licenses at the Rowan County Courthouse in Morehead, Kentucky, Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015. Timothy D. Easley / AP WASHINGTON — On Thursday morning, Kentucky's Rowan County clerk Kim Davis could be held in contempt of court for continuing to refuse to issue marriage licenses. Many supporters of marriage equality have called for Davis's firing, but, as an elected…
  • Santorum: Obama Thinks "Potential Radical Islamic Sympathizers" Are "A Good Thing For America"

    2 Sep 2015 | 11:50 am
    “And let’s be honest, I mean, you know, if you look at radical Islam it’s about as antithetical to the American first principles as anything you’d want to see. But in President Obama’s mind, that’s a good thing for America.” Nati Harnik / AP Rick Santorum said on Tuesday that President Obama thinks allowing "potential radical Islamic sympathizers" into the country instead of Christians and Jews is "a good thing for America" because the president believes the country "needs to be changed." Santorum made the comments while talking to radio host Jan Mickelson about…
  • Fiorina On Securing Borders: "I Don't Think Walls Are Particularly Effective"

    2 Sep 2015 | 10:13 am
    Fiorina becomes the latest Republican presidential candidate to comment on building a wall along the northern border. Charlie Riedel / AP Carly Fiorina said on Tuesday that she doesn't "think walls are particularly effective," arguing that America should instead use "technology" to secure its northern and southern borders. Asked by radio host Michael Medved about rival GOP presidential candidate Scott Walker's comments that a wall separating the U.S. and Canada was a "legitimate issue for us to look at," Fiorina said "if that's what it took," she would do it, but that she was…
 
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    The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College

  • Queen Elizabeth: Long May She Reign

    Gary L. Welton
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:51 am
    Barring the unexpected, Queen Elizabeth II, on September 9, 2015, will become the longest reigning British monarch, overtaking Queen Victoria, who reigned from 1837 to 1901. These historic 63-year reigns are separated by four kings who reigned for a combined total of only 51 years. The majority of people living today have never experienced the sometimes national anthem, “God Save the King.” In fact, since 1837, “God Save the Queen” has been the national anthem over 70 percent of the time. It would seem that the British have had their prayers answered, the prayers included three times…
  • Black Pastors Protest Margaret Sanger at Smithsonian

    Paul G. Kengor
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:22 am
    Margaret Sanger is a saint in the feminist church. She is a charter member of the progressive hall of fame. Liberals revere this woman who preached “race improvement” and denounced what she called “human weeds,” “morons,” “idiots,” “imbeciles,” and the “dead weight of human waste.” Hillary Clinton glows that she is “in awe of” Sanger. She said so in 2009 upon receiving Planned Parenthood’s “highest honor” that year: its coveted Margaret Sanger Award. Likewise effusive was Nancy Pelosi when she proudly accepted the award in 2014. Speaking to Planned Parenthood…
  • STREAMING VIDEO | 2015 | Big Daddy Governments

    Annual Conference Lectures
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:33 am
    Dr. Marvin Folkertsma and Dr. Mark Hendrickson speak during The Center for Vision & Values 2015 annual conference, “Family Matters.”
  • STREAMING VIDEO | 2015 | If Conservative Christians Want to be Taken Seriously in the Marriage Debates, They Need To …

    Annual Conference Lectures
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:31 am
    Dr. David Ayers presents at The Center for Vision & Values 2015 annual conference, “Family Matters.”
  • STREAMING VIDEO | 2015 | Abortion is Not a Civil Right

    Annual Conference Lectures
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:28 am
    Dr. Alveda King speaks during The Center for Vision & Values 2015 annual conference, “Family Matters.”
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    Politic365

  • Katrina Anniversary: There are no words

    Matthew Stieglitz
    30 Aug 2015 | 2:09 pm
    The ten-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina is here. How the hell do I write about that? Perhaps it’s appropriate to offer a disclaimer: I don’t live in New Orleans, and I never have. I can’t speak from the perspective of an insider, and I dare not offer anything that even remotely resembles an understanding of a denizen’s pain. But the city is weaved into the fabric of my soul, which is so indescribably inexplicable that it’s…New Orleans. The logical starting point is where I was in 2005 when the storm hit. I was a freshman in college, wallowing in the “stress” of my life.
  • Chris Christie compares legal immigrants to FedEx packages

    Adriana Maestas
    29 Aug 2015 | 5:24 pm
    Not to be outdone in the anti-immigration rhetoric that has been dominated the GOP presidential race in recent weeks, today presidential candidate Chris Christie suggested that legal immigrants could be tracked like FedEx packages. Specifically, he was referring to people who come into the US on visas, so that they can be tracked. It is estimated that about 40% of the undocumented population are people who have overstayed their visa. Christie told voters in New Hampshire, “At any moment, FedEx can tell you where that package is. It’s on the truck. It’s at the station. It’s on the…
  • Words vs. policy: why is Ricky Martin urging Latinos to unite against Trump?

    Adriana Maestas
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:15 am
    This week singer Ricky Martin wrote an opinion piece urging Latinos “to unite against Donald Trump.” In reference to the GOP candidate throwing Univision anchor Jorge Ramos out of a press conference, Martin wrote: “I am not surprised Trump would aim so low. I am surprised that we Hispanics continue to accept these aggressions and accusations by individuals like Trump who continue to attack our dignity. If we have been united for some things, we must be united for all. We have already proven to the United States who we are as Latinos, and that we will not allow that type of…
  • Georgia Civic Associations, Women’s Group Celebrate Women’s Suffrage With New Call to Action

    Politic365 Staff
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:04 am
    Several nonprofit organizations, elected officials, and academics will gather today in the Georgia State Capitol to commemorate the 95th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th amendment, which gave some American women won the right to vote.  Though great strides have been made towards full equality for women, particularly Black women, there is still a long way to go. Participating groups will use this public event as an opportunity to shed light on some of the largest, most pressing issues faced by Georgia women as voters and as advocates. At this commemorative event, representatives…
  • Latino voters’ net favorability rating of Donald Trump is -51

    Adriana Maestas
    25 Aug 2015 | 6:44 am
    Yesterday Gallup released a new poll that shows 65% of Latino voters have an unfavorable view of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump. 14% of Hispanic voters have a favorable view of Trump. Trump, who announced his campaign criticzing immigrants from Mexico, has doubled down on his anti-immigrant rhetoric calling for completing a border wall and deporting all of the undocumented currently in the U.S. That same poll showed that Texas governor Rick Perry and Senator Ted Cruz also have net unfavorable ratings with Latino voters with both of them scoring -7. Jeb Bush has the highest favorable…
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    Conservatively Speaking

  • You may not have Hillary Clinton to kick around much longer

    admin
    20 Aug 2015 | 4:23 pm
    Opinions about Hillary Clinton range from absolute hatred to unadulterated adoration. The one thing rarely heard about Ms. Clinton is that she’s not very bright; yet her email scandal tends to argue... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Obama strikes deal with Iran but U.S. and Israel lose

    admin
    14 Jul 2015 | 9:08 pm
    President Obama announced on Tuesday that his administration had reached a deal that prevents Iran from building nuclear weapons and defended its provisions for verifying Tehran’s compliance. “Every... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • When the wheels came off the Supreme Court

    admin
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:22 pm
    Supreme Court rules on same-sex marriage A key tenet of jurisprudence is that no judge ruling on a case should have a personal bias or have taken a personal role in a matter before a court. Such an... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Allies run out of bullets, but there’s always time for golf

    admin
    3 Jun 2015 | 2:11 pm
    The Obama administration’s lead-from-behind strategy doesn’t work. Even if you think there’s some validity to the strategy, you’d have to acknowledge that it could only work if while hiding in the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • University of Michigan rethinks free speech infringement

    admin
    10 Apr 2015 | 6:09 pm
    It used to be that our colleges and universities were places of learning; today these schools are bastions of left-wing political indoctrination. Just one day after announcing that it would not allow... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • Turnout vs. Reachout - Rebroadcast

    Mike Dakkak
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:59 am
    Donald Trump declared himself a candidate for president about two months ago and it has been wall-to-wall Trump coverage in the news ever since. Despite controversial comments about undocumented immigrants and the entire Latino community, he soon found himself at the top of Republican Primary polls and has remained there ever since. After the 2012 presidential election the RNC conducted a post-mortem; a report that analyzed the state of the Party and how it could better position itself in future presidential elections. One of the main findings was that the party needed to do a better job of…
  • Turnout vs. Reachout

    Mike Dakkak
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:16 pm
    Donald Trump declared himself a candidate for president about two months ago and it has been wall-to-wall Trump coverage in the news ever since. Despite controversial comments about undocumented immigrants and the entire Latino community, he soon found himself at the top of Republican Primary polls and has remained there ever since. After the 2012 presidential election the RNC conducted a post-mortem; a report that analyzed the state of the Party and how it could better position itself in future presidential elections. One of the main findings was that the party needed to do a better job of…
  • The Return of the Silent Majority

    Mike Dakkak
    20 Aug 2015 | 11:25 am
    In 1969 Richard Nixon famously asked the “great silent majority” of fellow Americans for their support. Their support in bringing the Vietnam War to a close and restoring “law and order” to the streets of America in the midst of all the violent anti-war protests that were taking place. It worked. After the “silent majority” speech, Nixon’s approval rating shot up to 80% and he was propelled to a landslide victory the 1972 election, winning 49 of 50 states. Billionaire real estate developer Donald Trump has recently evoked the memory of the silent…
  • Obama Goes to Iran - Rebroadcast

    Mike Dakkak
    13 Aug 2015 | 1:52 pm
    The US and its coalition partners recently finalized a deal with Iran on its nuclear program. Critics of the deal lambasted the agreement, arguing that it doesn’t prevent Iran from getting a bomb but rather paves Iran’s path to one. They cite provisions in the deal that call for restrictions to expire in 8 ½, 10, and 15 years respectively, as proof that ultimately Iran will become a nuclear power under the deal. In this rebroadcast episode we discuss the details of the agreement, why the bigger picture may be being missed, and why the real story may be the international…
  • Patriot Games - Rebroadcast

    Mike Dakkak
    6 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    The US intelligence community took a lot of blame for failing to thwart the 9/11 attacks. In the wake of 9/11 the Patriot Act was passed. It contained several provisions that sought to strengthen some of the intelligence gathering weaknesses that the 9/11 attacks laid bare. Twelve years later, a NSA contractor by the name of Edward Snowden revealed to the world several bulk surveillance programs the US government was conducting that used the Patriot Act as authorization. The Patriot Act was set to expire in early June 2015 unless Congress renewed it or passed a competing law that some in…
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    US Daily Review

  • FIRST DAY FOLLIES: More Than Half of Workers Have Experienced Mishaps When When Starting a New Job

    usdr
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:20 am
    By Office Team, Special for USDR It’s important for new employees to make a good first impression, but many companies don’t realize they also need to put their best foot forward, recent research from staffing firm OfficeTeam suggests. More than half (54 percent) of workers interviewed said they’ve experienced at least one mishap when starting a new job. For one-third (33 percent) of those surveyed, their computer, phone or security access wasn’t properly set up when they arrived. Another 22 percent said necessary supplies were not provided at the outset. Despite…
  • TRAFFIC GRIDLOCK SETS NEW RECORDS FOR TRAVELER MISERY

    usdr
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:14 am
    By INRIX, Special for USDR America’s traffic congestion recession is over. Just as the U.S. economy has regained nearly all of the 9 million jobs lost during the downturn, a new report produced by INRIX and the Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) shows that traffic congestion has returned to pre-recession levels. According to the2015 Urban Mobility Scorecard,travel delays due to traffic congestion caused drivers to waste more than 3 billion gallons of fuel and kept travelers stuck in their cars for nearly 7 billion extra hours – 42 hours per rush-hour commuter. The total…
  • How to Make College Affordable and More on The Price of Business

    usdr
    3 Sep 2015 | 3:00 am
    By The Price of Business (1110 AM KTEK, Houston, TX is the sister radio program of US Daily Review and is Hosted by USDR Publisher and Managing Editor, Kevin Price).  These are interviews Kevin Price had with his contributors and guests.*Sponsored Host Kevin Price and Dr. Brian Loftus discussed “ There has to be a more efficient and cost effective way to get medical treatment “ on this segment of the Price of Business. www.bellaireneurology.com Host Kevin Price and Contributor Hessam Parzivand discussed ” What Americans need to know about the Disability Act ” on…
  • 81% Of Healthcare Organizations Have Been Compromised By Cyber-Attacks In Past 2 Years: KPMG Survey

    usdr
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:00 pm
    By KPMG, Special for USDR Eighty-one percent of health care executives say that their organizations have been compromised by at least one malware, botnet, or other cyber-attack during the past two years, and only half feel that they are adequately prepared in preventing attacks, according to the2015 KPMG Healthcare Cybersecurity Survey. Furthermore, in polling 223 chief information officers, chief technology officers, chief security officers and chief compliance officers at health care providers and health plans, KPMG found the number of attacks increasing, with 13 percent saying they are…
  • Native Alaskans Call on Obama for “Balanced” Environment Approach

    usdr
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:51 am
    By Arctic Slope Regional Corporation Leaders of the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation have placed an open letterin State news outlets, welcoming President Obama toAlaskabut also warning him of the critical need to strike a balance between responsible energy development and environmental stewardship, within the Arctic. “As stewards of our Arctic homelands, we have a unique and very important interest in ensuring that any development activities in the Arctic are carried out in a safe and responsible manner,” saidRex Rock Sr., ASRC President and CEO, and Crawford Patkotak, ASRC…
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    American Patriot » American Patriot

  • Photo of the Day: Me in the 1980’s!

    The American Patriot
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:24 pm
    Here’s a photo that my cousin brought out of the archives on facebook: Pretty spiffy for a redneck! This was when I was trying to impress a chick that could have given two flips about me!                                                     Man, talk about dressing strange! Posted at my Ham Radio Blog too. 
  • I guess the “tolerant left” does not like it when I tell the truth!

    The American Patriot
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:59 am
    Remember my posting about the Texas Deputy who was executed for being in a uniform and for being white? Well, it seems that someone did not like my telling of the truth about the situation; here’s a comment that was left here on my blog: Author: fair (IP: 128.249.1.198, 128.249.1.198) E-mail: notgiven@yahoo.com URL: Comment: Truly ignorant person – delete this post and then kill yourself. Oh yeah, that is the liberal leftist tolerance that we keep hearing about. Call me names, when you do not have an honest rebuttal and then say, “kill yourself.” This is the status of…
  • #Blacklivesmatter utterly refuses to accept responsibility for what they and the media created

    The American Patriot
    29 Aug 2015 | 11:53 pm
    This is sick and unbelievable. As you all know, Friday evening a black man, basically shot a police officer in Texas, and when I say “shot”, I mean, walked up behind him, shot him in the back of the head and then shot him on the ground. Well, as one would expect, the sheriff had a little something to say about that: (Via NYT) “We have not been able to extract any details regarding a motive at this point,” Sheriff Hickman said. “As far as we know, Deputy Goforth had no previous contact with the suspect. It appears at the outset to be completely unprovoked. “We have not been…
  • Another White Police Officer shot, this time in Houston, TX

    The American Patriot
    29 Aug 2015 | 4:55 am
    What say you, #blacklivesmatter? From the AP: HOUSTON (AP) — A sheriff’s deputy in uniform was shot and killed Friday night while filling up his patrol car at a suburban Houston gas station, according to authorities. Deputy Darren Goforth, 47, was pumping gas into his vehicle about 8:30 p.m. Friday when a man approached him from behind and fired multiple shots, Harris County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Ryan Sullivan told The Associated Press. Once the deputy fell to the ground, the suspect fired more shots. Police described the suspect as a dark-complexioned male who is believed…
  • AllahPundit makes a very good point about Donald Trump

    The American Patriot
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:42 pm
    Hate to say it, but he is very much correct: One more thing: In the unlikely event that Trump does sweep to the presidency, I think some historians will begin reconsidering what the Reagan revolution was really about. Was it a conservative revolt against the Great Society, Nixonian welfare-state management, and Carter-era exhaustion with liberalism, or was it more a response to the sense of national renewal that Reagan projected, above and beyond ideology? Reagan, unlike Trump, was a true conservative and wanted to limit government accordingly, but they both stood for American power in…
 
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    Compete Pulse

  • Gear Up For Fantasy Football

    Brian Murphy
    26 Aug 2015 | 6:19 am
    Image from: Fantasy Football / Shutterstock It’s that time of year again – Fantasy Football is back, baby! Draft time is around the corner, and the leagues are filling up fast. In case you can’t tell, I’m pretty excited about it. Wildly enough, each year I end up over committing myself to at least 4 different leagues, to which I only end up doing well in 1 or 2 of them if I’m lucky. Needless to say – my game planning is already well underway. But enough about me, let’s dig into some data that suggests I might not be alone. To dive a little deeper into our clickstream data, we…
  • July Top 50: Back to School is Around the Corner!

    Brian Murphy
    21 Aug 2015 | 6:50 am
    Image from: Back to School / Shutterstock Netflix & Instagram Continue Their Successes Netflix and Instagram were big movers in the July Top 50. Netflix has continued its growth trajectory, moving from #27 in the June Top 50 to #19 overall in our July list – growing almost +20% MoM. Some TV series released including Wet Hot American Summer and Scandal have likely contributed to the growth and engagement on Netflix.com – both of which, as search terms, were top 20 keyword referrals to netlix.com. The summer months have proved to be a perfect time for Netflix users to get their fix of…
  • July Data is Now Live – Khan Academy, Steam, GQ and More

    Eric Keating
    11 Aug 2015 | 11:39 am
    Image from: Summer Camp / Shutterstock July data is now live and available in Compete PRO! July was a busy month on the Internet, and it shows in our Monthly Fast Movers. Topping the chart is non-profit educational tool, KhanAcademy.org, posting an impressive 128% month-over-month (MoM) growth. Part of this explosive growth can likely be attributed to two major partnership announcements in July. In the month of July, Google tapped Khan Academy and a number of other educational companies to put together sessions for its inaugural free summer program, Camp Google, aimed at getting kids to learn…
  • Instagram Desktop Usage On The Rise

    Brian Murphy
    10 Aug 2015 | 9:54 am
    Image from: Desktop Usage / Shutterstock Many users have noticed the significant improvement to the Instagram.com desktop site as of late. While it was originally designed for the mobile app space, Instagram is now integrating their desktop and mobile capabilities – and it has helped increase their site traffic thus far. This idea of creating a more functional user experience across platforms is critical to brand success and growth over time. For context: Instagram announced last month that they were adding search bar capabilities to their desktop site – this improvement now gives users…
  • Automotive Ad Campaigns to Remember

    Olivia Spector
    4 Aug 2015 | 5:36 am
    Image from: Cars / Shutterstock Auto industry advertising always manages to grab my full attention. Whether an ad includes catchy music, a celebrity appearance, or great visuals, automotive commercials featuring the latest vehicle models always stand out in my mind. While there have been many great auto ad campaigns, I have three favorites so far in 2015. I was curious to see where changes in consumer behavior were shown within Compete PRO to present a possibility that other consumer enjoyed the ads as much as I did. Using data from Compete PRO, I was able to see digital trends which…
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    Tea Party 911

  • Do Black Lives Matter?

    Terrell AronSpeer
    15 Aug 2015 | 4:05 pm
    Do Black Lives Matter? Apparently, candidates running for President under the banner of any political party are likely to be confronted by a group asserting the position, “Black lives matter.”  It seems an obvious statement of fact.  As all human life matters, of course black lives matter.  But apparently, suggesting this obvious interpretation of the statement, “black lives matter” will get you into a heap of trouble.  Martin O’Malley, spineless “B List” candidate for President in the Democrat primary, was forced to apologize for suggesting that this had anything to do with…
  • Planned Parenthood aborts Lincoln’s ascribed “divine attributes”

    Lee Cary
    10 Aug 2015 | 10:03 am
    By Lee Cary Planned Parenthood’s house is burning. Just as quickly as the flames subside, another callous discussion made public concerning its sources and methods, of revenue and dissection, fans the horrific flame. This is happening despite a liberal media’s complicity in the organization’s behaviors as displayed by its general silence, even as some reporters focus on the pro-Planned Parenthood mouthpieces who blame those who expose the horror and applaud the purveyors of it. Meanwhile, federal monetary support for the dismemberment continues – un-aborted – as the harvesting of…
  • The Moderate Muslim Myth

    Terrell AronSpeer
    8 Aug 2015 | 1:43 pm
    My last post to Tea Party 911 was my swan song.  I said I would not post again unless the subject was of the utmost importance. So you have every right to assume that this is an important post. To me, the term “Moderate Muslim” always seemed like an oxymoron.  Where are these moderate Muslims? Why do we not hear from them?  Compared to activists, moderates would by definition be more reticent to take to the streets shouting slogans.  Also, as moderation includes a measure of ambivalence, it would be foolish of us to expect moderate Muslims to take back or reform Islam or Islamic…
  • Washington: Commander and Friend (1758)

    Editorial Staff
    4 Aug 2015 | 10:42 am
    ~by James Still~ Suffering from bad health in 1758, Washington resigned as Commander of the Virginia Regiment. The letter Washington receives from his Officers provides an excellent glimpse into his character: “SIR, We your most obedient and affectionate Officers, beg leave to express our great Concern, at the disagreeable News we have received of your Determination to resign the Command of that Corps, in which we have under you long served.  The happiness we have enjoyed, and the Honor we have acquired, together with the mutual Regard that has always subsisted between you and your…
  • Washington: The Indian Prophecy (1770)

    Editorial Staff
    3 Aug 2015 | 9:07 pm
    ~by James Still~ In 1755, a young Colonel George Washington fought under British General Edward Braddock against the French at Fort Duquesne [pronounced, "doo-cane"].  The British suffered a devastating defeat.  Fifteen years later, as Washington was surveying lands west of Virginia, he was met by a party of Indians.  An Indian chief, upon learning of Washington’s trip, had traveled to speak to him.  As the Indian party entered the camp, the chief pointed to Washington.  A council fire was lit and the chief told the story of the “great” battle at Fort Duquesne: “I…
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    The Nationsmith

  • Trump Mania Meet Corbyn Mania

    Kent David Du
    14 Aug 2015 | 12:04 pm
    While America has Trump Mania, Great Britain is having Corbyn Mania. Jeremy Corbyn, MP for Islington North, is the current front-runner of the Labour Party leadership election. Donald Trump is a man who wants to be the next President of the United States. The leader of the party will lead the party in the House of Commons as the Leader of the Opposition meaning he or she could be Britain’s next prime minister. It’s obvious Trump is somewhat his own man – billionaire, boorish attitude, lack of specific policies other than what suits him during the moment, and an outsider to…
  • Every Life Matters: Police Killings Since Ferguson

    Kent David Du
    9 Aug 2015 | 12:16 pm
    In a country such as ours it is tragic that there have been over a thousand police killings of unarmed Americans since the death of Michael Brown and Ferguson. 1,083 people of every race, gender, and creed have been killed since then and most of the killings have been in my state of California. Half of that number is police killing white Americans and almost 7 black Americans are killed per million. 756 of those cases since Ferguson are still being investigated. What kind of country do we live in? We say we have the rule of law but some of these cases proves to me otherwise. The…
  • Arctic Central to Russian Grand Strategy

    Kent David Du
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:39 pm
    What: According to BBC, the Russian Navy has a new naval doctrine that will focus on the Arctic for its rich mineral supply and utilize Icebreakers in the Arctic to allow Russian ships to access both Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. The Russians will seek to continue their important partnerships with both the Chinese and Indian naval forces in both the Pacific and Indian Ocean respectively. Furthermore, the Russians will develop strategies to counter NATO in the Atlantic and develop a naval presence in Mediterranean. Why: It’s no secret since the Russians had annexed Crimea and its naval…
  • Donald Trump, the Political Icarus

    Kent David Du
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:44 pm
    Donald Trump, whether people like him or not, may be the Kingmaker (or the Queenmaker) for the 2016 US Presidential elections. Gruff, confident, and obnoxiously persistent Trump has been the thorn at the side of the Republican establishment and its favored son Jeb Bush’s ambitions to capture the presidency. Because of his business success or his infamyy, Mr. Trump is leading among conservative, likely voters, a constituency whose blessing is needed by anyone wishing to be anointed as the party’s candidate. Trump has threatened the establishment that if they don’t play nice…
  • Political Culture in the United States and the Eleven Nations that Define It.

    Kent David Du
    20 Jul 2015 | 3:50 pm
    Political culture is something many Americans choose not to make as an observation in their everyday political thinking. In this Tufts Magazine article the author strikes that America isn’t simply about red versus blue states but a greater divide between eleven political nations with their own culture, history, norms, value systems, and level of political tolerance. I’ve always said one of the hardest parts of making centralized legislation or public policy decisions or implementation is that the one-size fits all model isn’t optimal at the Federal level and this article…
 
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    The Arab World 360°

  • Why do I become a pro-Assad activist?

    21 Aug 2015 | 2:08 am
    Arab uprisings started as the natural fate of longstanding totalitarianism, corruption and lack of social justice.The economic situation played a major role to evoke the spontaneous and unexpected popular demonstrations in central squares. At the beginning, Tunisia witnessed massive demonstrations ended by throwing the dictator, but the spark was a successful suicide attempt by surfed vegetable seller who was insulted by the municipal police. Contagiously, Egypt, Syria, Bahrain, Libya and Yemen followed Tunisia respectively.Where to be and why?Modern capital regimes blame Stalin for…
  • A Scope on Jewish Terrorism in Palestine

    8 Aug 2015 | 4:55 am
    A picture of 18-month-old Palestinian toddler who was burned alive by Jewish extremists (July 31).Brief record:One-and-a-half year old Ali Saad Dawabsha became the latest victim of Israeli violence on July 31. He was burned to death. Other members of his family were also severely burned in a Jewish settlers’ attack on their home in the village of Duma, near Nablus, in the West Bank.One year ago, three Israeli Jews admitted kidnapping and burning Palestinian teenage to death. Mohammed Abu Khdeir was found burned to death after disappearing in July 2nd, 2014. Forensic analysis of his…
  • Israel Appoints Special Team to Plan Strike on Iran

    2 Jul 2015 | 2:05 am
    By Ari Yashar, Arutz Sheva |  As world powers and Iran reach a deadline Tuesday – which may be extended – for talks on the Islamic regime’s nuclear program, Israel is taking steps to prepare for a military strike on Tehran’s nuclear facilities so as to defend itself from the impending threat.Iran has refused to allow inspections of its covert nuclear sites and declared it will use advanced centrifuges as soon as a deal is met, meaning the leading state sponsor of terrorism could potentially obtain a nuclear arsenal within weeks, all while getting billions of dollars in sanctions…
  • Wahhabism, Al Saud and ISIS – The Unholy Trinity

    14 Jun 2015 | 9:02 am
    By Catherine Shakdam | Although ISIS has certainly been sold as an Islamic movement, everything it professes and teaches stands against Islam and its teachings. This divide actually goes beyond Islam’s great schism – which schism it needs to be noted remains part of this myth Saudi Arabia has been so eager on selling the world.If indeed religious disagreements have occurred over the centuries and if Muslims have in truth fought and argue over the legitimacy, legality and religious superiority of their schools of thoughts and judicial principles, scholars did so in the knowledge…
  • The Evil That Dare Not Speak Its Name: Israel’s Apartheid

    14 Jun 2015 | 8:40 am
    Palestinian workers wait to cross the Israeli checkpoint of Jalameh, south of the West Bank city of Jenin, on their way to work in Israel. (Mohammed Ballas / AP)By Sandy Tolan | For years the “A-word” has been off-limits in polite conversation about Israel’s treatment of Palestinians. The A-word, we have been told, unfairly singles out the Jewish state and its use is perhaps even anti-Semitic. Such declarations can have a powerful silencing effect.However, in 2002 Archbishop Desmond Tutu broke the taboo, writing in the British newspaper The Guardian that “the humiliation of…
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    BizPac Review

  • Marine vet behind video blasting Black Lives Matter video takes message to Megyn Kelly

    Michael Dorstewitz
    3 Sep 2015 | 4:55 am
    The Marine Corps veteran who posted a powerful video earlier this week condemning the Black Lives Matter movement, appeared on Fox News Channel’s “The Kelly File” Wednesday and said that all the movement does is further divide the races. Soon after Michael Whaley posted his message condemning black activists for their anti-police rhetoric, it went viral. “This Black Lives Matter movement only promotes racism,” Whaley said in the video. “And now they’re encouraging black people to go and kill white people, because they want white people to feel what we felt 400 years…
  • Aide who installed Hillary’s private email server pleading the Fifth; no stonewall here!

    Tom Tillison
    3 Sep 2015 | 4:31 am
    When they start pleading the Fifth, the likelihood that there’s at least a smidgen of corruption at play grows exponentially. The skies continue to get darker for Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton over her use of private email accounts and a private server. And the controversy shows no signs of going away any time soon after a former Clinton aide said this week he’ll invoke his Fifth Amendment right to avoid self-incrimination if called before Congress. Fox News reported: A former aide to Hillary Clinton who helped set up her private email server has told at…
  • Donald Trump slam-dunks an NBA great — who calls himself a ‘journalist’

    Nicole Haas
    3 Sep 2015 | 4:07 am
    Nothing gets by Donald Trump. Basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar penned an op-ed in the Washington Post on Wednesday titled, “This is the difference between Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders.” The article was quickly noticed by the Trump team. Abdul-Jabbar slammed Trump for his “attitude toward women,” and for what he calls Trump’s “political crime” against the First Amendment by intimidating journalists. Later that day, Trump wrote back – literally. Photo source:Washington Post.   Trump’s note reads: Kareem, Now I know why the press always treated you so badly —…
  • Sparks fly when Fox News’ O’Reilly nails activist Jorge Ramos; ‘It’s outrageous!’

    Michael Dorstewitz
    3 Sep 2015 | 3:57 am
    Two huge personalities clashed Wednesday night when Fox News host Bill O’Reilly butted heads with Univision anchor Jorge Ramos over Ramos’ open advocacy for illegal immigrants. And Ramos’ opposition to a Kate’s Law, named after the San Francisco woman shot to death by an illegal alien who’d been deported five times but kept returning to the United States really set O’Reilly off. “You don’t care!” O’Reilly shouted. The interview began with Ramos indicating that the notion of a wall at the southern border was a “completely absurd idea,” claiming that 40…
  • Florida Five: Eerie sight lights up social media, Senator wants corporate political disclosure

    Cheryl Carpenter Klimek
    3 Sep 2015 | 3:24 am
    Five of today’s top Florida political stories at your fingertips: Photo courtesy of ABC7 Facebook friend Rudi Landwaard Social media reactions: Atlas V rocket launch – An Atlas V rocket blasted into space [Wednesday] morning carrying a Navy communications satellite and providing a unique light show to people all over Florida. And good news: It didn’t blow up, like many watchers may have thought. The huge plume of brightly lit smoke came from the second-stage ignition. We’ve compiled some spectacular photos from social media users. Read more See more photos on Twitter here…
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    Sparking The Left

  • Social Protest Lit.: Three Quotes On Revolt

    Kleier
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:13 pm
    Today I have three short quotes for a social protest literature post. They all are an excerpt is from Book V called “Revolt.” This chapter pertains to “The struggle to abolish injustice; the battle cries of the new army which is gathering for the deliverance of humanity.” First, Jean Genet, a French playwright and novelist (1910-1986) from “Prisoner of Love”: The main object of a revolution is the liberation of man…not the interpretation and application of some transcendental ideology. Second, “The Oath”, an oath taken by thousands of Chinese…
  • Social Capital and The Lack Thereof

    Kleier
    22 Aug 2015 | 12:23 pm
    I have been watching the PBS NewsHour these past few days to see their week long segment on one of the biggest problems facing American higher education today, namely, the lack of success by incoming students from lower-income households. Here’s the introduction: More students are enrolling in college, but the percent of students who actually earn a college credential by the age of 24 has only increased significantly for families with the highest household incomes. Between 1970 and 2013, the percent of students earning college credentials from families with incomes in the top quarter of all…
  • Obama Admin Failing to Follow ‘Don’t Do Stupid S***’ Policy in Egypt

    Paul Phillips
    6 Aug 2015 | 4:49 am
    One of the promises the Obama administration made when it came to foreign policy was simple and straightforward: Don’t do stupid s*** (stuff).  While they’ve been successful in living up to that mantra by doing things like making the nuclear deal with Iran, they’ve failed miserably and disgracefully in Egypt. A recent piece from the AP not only illustrates this fact but should be very disturbing from a national security perspective.  The article points out how the young in Egypt, who supported the democratically elected Muslim Brotherhood, are now disillusioned with the…
  • Social Protest Lit.: Nelson Mandela, South African President, etc.

    Kleier
    5 Aug 2015 | 2:31 pm
    An excerpt from the 1961 statement “The Struggle is My Life” by Nelson Mandela . Mandela was a South African apartheid foe sentenced to life in prison in 1964 and not released until 1990. He won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1993 and was elected president of South Africa in 1994, 1918-2013. 1990 South Africa This piece is an excerpt is from Book V called “Revolt.” This chapter pertains to “The struggle to abolish injustice; the battle cries of the new army which is gathering for the deliverance of humanity.” Those who are voteless cannot be expected to continue paying…
  • What Obama Says, What the Right Hears

    Paul Phillips
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:16 am
 
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    The Daily Signal

  • 5 Things John Kerry Got Wrong on the Iran Deal

    Michaela Dodge
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:34 am
    Wednesday, a 34th Senator came out in favor of the flawed Iran Deal, which means the Senate will not veto President Obama’s agreement. A majority of Americans however – including the country’s top military brass and national security experts and practitioners – oppose the deal. The administration’s pro-deal arguments have been generally misleading and insufficient to justify the major concessions the United States has had to make to Iran. The Obama administration has allowed the creation of a diluted verification regime without putting pressure on Iran’s abysmal human…
  • First Congressional Planned Parenthood Hearing to Take Place Next Week

    Kate Scanlon
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:25 am
    Congress will hold its first hearing on the Planned Parenthood scandal following the August recess, the House Judiciary Committee has announced The first of a series of hearings, titled, “Planned Parenthood Exposed: Examining the Horrific Abortion Practices at the Nation’s Largest Abortion Provider,” will take place on Wednesday, Sept. 9. Planned Parenthood faces allegations that it is selling aborted fetal body parts. The Center for Medical Progress has released a series of undercover videos depicting Planned Parenthood officials discussing the harvesting of fetal organs at…
  • Maryland Police Officer’s Act of Kindness Goes Viral

    Leah Jessen
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:15 am
    Thanks to social media, one chivalrous act in Maryland has touched far more people than originally intended. Last Wednesday, Police Corporal Che Atkinson was notified that a woman and her small child were sitting outside the Hyattsville City Police Department in Prince George’s County. According to WUSA9, Atkinson–who has served as a police officer for eight years in the county–spoke with the woman and found out she had been a victim of domestic violence. She fled her home, had to leave a shelter she was staying at, and was now homeless. “The woman told the corporal she was…
  • Europe Gives Trinidad the Charlie Brown Treatment

    Ted Bromund
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:29 am
    The nations that have ratified the controversial Arms Trade Treaty, which seeks to regulate the international sale of conventional arms, concluded their first meeting last week in Cancun. One order of business at the four-day meeting was to pick the location for the Arms Trade Treaty’s headquarters – its secretariat. And when the time to choose came, the Europeans refused to vote for the only non-European contender. Worse, out of all the options available the secretariat went to Geneva, the global headquarters of disarmament and gun control. The Arms Trade Treaty is supposed to be about…
  • Why This Libertarian Supports Gay Marriage and Religious Liberty

    Genevieve Wood
    3 Sep 2015 | 12:01 am
    Many advocates of same-sex marriage are all for equal rights until it comes to the religious liberty rights of individuals and private business owners who don’t want to participate in same-sex weddings.   But as Cato Institute constitutional scholar Ilya Shapiro explains, you can be an advocate for both.   I begin our conversation by asking Shapiro whether the government should be in the business of defining and licensing the institution of marriage in the first place. He debunks the Jim Crow laws and racism comparison that many supporters of same-sex marriage have made and says…
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    FreakOutNation

  • Kim Davis Taken Into Custody For Contempt Of Court

    Anomaly
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:28 am
    Kim Davis, the ‘Christian’ Kentucky county clerk, who has repeatedly denied same-sex couples a marriage license was found in contempt of court and taken into federal custody.                   We may now call Ms. Davis a ‘thug’. Davis has been married four times, defies the law and wears […]
  • Gun Maker Creates ‘Crusader’ Assault Rifle With Bible Verse So Muslims ‘Won’t Touch’ It

    Anomaly
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:11 am
    A Florida gun manufacturer found a spiffy way to keep guns out of Muslims’ hands so that only right-wing-Christian-domestic terrorist-patriots can use them. Amen.                         Ben “Mookie” Thomas (we can  call you Mookie, right?), a former Navy Seal and spokesman for Spike’s Tactical gunsplains […]
  • Nearly 60 Kids Of Color Get A Rude Awakening Regarding Racism

    Teach And Learn
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:51 am
    Some folks think we live in a post-racial world where the color of your skin does not affect how one interacts with society or how society affects them.                                     Those folks have never witnessed or experienced an eye […]
  • Texas Man Threatens The Lives Of Any Black People Coming To His Town

    Anomaly
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:22 pm
    Nathan Ener of Hemphill, Texas, posted a video on calling for a deadly solution to black groups who want to come to ‘your town’.  Ener, according to his page, is a bounty hunter and a retired officer.                               After […]
  • Tennessee Husband Fatally Shoots Wife In The Head Over Missing Church Tithe

    Anomaly
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:54 pm
    A Tennessee man shot and killed his wife over a church donation.                             Norman McKinney, 76, showed up at in the parking lot of the sheriff’s office Sunday afternoon, saying he shot his wife, according to WSOCTV. When deputies arrived at the […]
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    India News Analysis Opinions on Niti Central

  • Government making every effort to help drought-hit farmers: Devendra Fadnavis

    Niti PTI Bot
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:45 am
      Mumbai, Sep 3 (PTI) Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis today said his government was making every effort to help the distressed farmers, and his tour of drought-hit Marathwada was aimed at understanding their plight and taking appropriate action.   "This tour is to understand the ground situation and take appropriate decisions at the earliest. Let us fight together.  We have to convert this crisis into opportunities and transform the present into better future.   We are working hard for better future by (carrying…
  • SPG takes stock of security measures at PM Modi’s rally venue

    Niti PTI Bot
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:30 am
      Faridabad, Sep 3 (PTI) Ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's rally at Sector 12 here on this Sunday, a team of SPG personnel today visited the area and took stock of security arrangements.   The team led by DIG SPG M P Gupta also inspected the arrangements of PM's programme to inaugurate the extension of metro services to Faridabad and his travel route besides instructing the police and administrative officials about security measures.   They also visited the industrial area here and were accompanied by AIG D M Maan and…
  • Jammu & Kashmir official suspended by minister for dereliction of duty

    Niti PTI Bot
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:30 am
      Jammu, Sep 3 (PTI) An area inspector of Legal Metrology department was today suspended for alleged dereliction of duty during a surprise visit by a state minister.   "During a visit at a food store in Arnia, the Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CA&PD) minister found irregularities in ration distribution. He placed Area Inspector Legal Metrology under suspension for dereliction of duty and directed Director CA&PD to attach Tehsil Supply Officer(TSO) and storekeeper with Directorate of CA&PD," an official…
  • Haryana taking strides towards implementation of e-governance programme

    Niti PTI Bot
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:15 am
      Chandigarh, Sep 3 (PTI) Haryana is taking strides towards the implementation of e-governance and IT-related programmes in the state, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar today said.   He said the state has bagged the 'Skoch Order-of-Merit' national award in implementation of six e-governance and IT initiatives in the state.   The award will be presented to the state government on September 22-23, Khattar informed, while addressing the members on the second day of the Monsoon session of Haryana Assembly here.   Congratulating…
  • Patels’ stir can be turned into farmers’ agitation: Sharad Joshi,

    Niti PTI Bot
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:10 am
      Pune, Sept 3 (PTI) Noted farmers' leader, economist and former MP from Maharashtra Sharad Joshi, who had aggressively taken up the agriculturists' cause in the 80's, today said he saw a potential of converting the reservation agitation of the Patel community in Gujarat into a farmers' agitation.   Joshi, who also announced his intention to restart farmers' movement with a possible alliance with NCP chief Sharad Pawar, said, "The Patels in Gujarat are predominantly farmers."   The main issue of ensuring a…
 
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    The Burning Truth

  • Show Prep: Wed, Aug. 19

    Casey Hendrickson
    19 Aug 2015 | 3:11 pm
    Jared Fogle’s wife seeks divorce after Fogle agrees to plead guilty to sex acts with minor, child porn – 953MNC.com The latest on federal documents accusing longtime Subway pitchman Jared Fogle of engaging in sex acts with minors and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Wednesday, Aug. 19 – Hour 3

    Casey Hendrickson
    19 Aug 2015 | 3:07 pm
      Jared Fogle to plead guilty to child porn HUD wants family making over $500k a year to stay in government housing as ‘inspiration’ for poor people Department of Veteran’s Affairs has more employees who used their government... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Wednesday, Aug. 19 – Hour 2

    Casey Hendrickson
    19 Aug 2015 | 2:04 pm
      Hackers Finally Post Stolen Ashley Madison Data Gas tax hike could be sticking point for proposed $1.2B road funding plan in Michigan Report: Women Will Be Allowed to Join Navy SEALs How High Are Property Taxes in Your State? Oregon Bakers... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Wednesday, Aug. 19 – Hour 1

    Casey Hendrickson
    19 Aug 2015 | 1:21 pm
      Jared Fogle’s wife seeks divorce after Fogle agrees to plead guilty to sex acts with minor, child porn Shotgun Wedding Couple Sues Bible-Thumping Texas Judge E-cigarettes are 95 percent less harmful than tobacco: UK study   The... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Tuesday, Aug. 18 – Hour 3

    Casey Hendrickson
    19 Aug 2015 | 1:06 pm
        The post Tuesday, Aug. 18 – Hour 3 appeared first on The Burning Truth. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Liberal Fix

  • Liberal Fix Radio

    Liberal Fix
    4 Sep 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue.  Every week the two of them feature a special guest and/or tackle tough issues with a perspective that comes from outside the beltway. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna Minogue via email: naomi@liberalfixradio.com Join the Liberal Fix community, a like-minded group of individuals dedicated to promoting progressive ideals and progressive activists making a difference.
  • Liberal Fix Radio Discusses Hurricane Katrina 10 Yrs Later and Disaster Politics

    Liberal Fix
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Keith and Naomi discuss Hurricane Katrina and the politics of exploitation on the 10th anniversary of the natural disaster. They cover the intersection of disaster capitalism and racial politics, and how it relates both to the events in 2005 and what is still happening today. Keith and Naomi Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue.  Every week the two of them feature a special guest and/or tackle tough issues with a perspective that comes from outside the beltway. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or…
  • Liberal Fix- Keith & Naomi Discuss the GOP's Borderline Insanity on Immigration

    Liberal Fix
    21 Aug 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Keith and Naomi discuss the Republican Party's hard right turn on immigration, including multiple candidates calling for an end to birthright citizenship and at least one candidate's support for military drone strikes on American soil to target suspected "illegals".  Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue.  Every week the two of them feature a special guest and/or tackle tough issues with a perspective that comes from outside the beltway. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the…
  • Liberal Fix Radio with guest Allan Johnson

    Liberal Fix
    7 Aug 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Allan G. Johnson is a nonfiction author, novelist, sociologist, public speaker, and workshop presenter who has devoted most of his working life to understanding the human condition, especially in relation to issues of social justice rooted in gender, race, and social class. He has spoken at more than 200 universities, colleges, corporations, and other organizations in 39 states.  Allan’s latest book, Not from Here, is a personal exploration of the meaning of being white in North America. Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi…
  • Liberal Fix Radio with Guest Eve Spangler

    Liberal Fix
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Eve Spangler is a sociologist and a human and civil rights activist. She is the Assistant Chair of the Boston College Department of Sociology.  Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue.  Every week the two of them feature a special guest and/or tackle tough issues with a perspective that comes from outside the beltway. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna Minogue via email: naomi@liberalfixradio.com Join the Liberal Fix community, a…
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    21st Century Wire

  • SHOCKING DOCUMENTARY: Exposing The True Origins of HIV

    Stuart Hooper
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:12 pm
    21st Century Wire says…How can the origins of the world’s worst medical catastrophe be hidden like this?In the following documentary you will witness how scientists cutting corners, in an attempt to be the first to create a vaccine for polio, let the HIV virus loose among humanity. It is a truly shocking exposè of the world of science, which is all too often thought of as being a squeaky clean institution.Watch the documentary here:READ MORE SCIENCE NEWS: 21st Century Wire Science Files
  • Al CIA-da: Former CIA Director Petraeus Wants to Use Al-Qaeda to Fight ISIS

    Stuart Hooper
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:42 pm
    21st Century Wire says…What we’ve known for years is now totally out in the open.Watch a video of this report here:Four different sources have been cited stating that former CIA Director David Petraeus has been urging U.S. officials to consider using ‘moderate’ members of the al Nusra Front, AKA al Qaeda, to fight ISIS.Petraeus apparently has experience with the tactic, as RT reports he previously ‘persuaded’ members of al Qaeda to work with the U.S. Military back in Iraq in 2007.The Daily Beast reported that U.S. officials found the idea…
  • ‘G.I. Joe’ Shooting: Massive Multi-Agency, Martial Law Drill Underway in Fox Lake, Illinois (PHOTOS)

    21wire
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:33 pm
    DAILY SHOOTER21st Century WireAs staged multi-agency drills go, they don’t come much bigger than this one.This afternoon a mass manhunt was underway by law enforcement in Fox Lake, Illinois to find suspects following  the shooting of a local police officer,  fatally shot while in pursuit of the three men on Tuesday morning.Police say that a Fox Lake officer known as, ‘G.I. Joe’, was shot and killed Tuesday.We’re told that the downed officer was lieutenant, Charles Joseph ‘G.I. Joe’ Gliniewicz, 52, a 30-year veteran with the Fox Lake Police Department.
  • ‘God Complex': Is Glenn Beck Clinically Insane?

    21wire
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:32 pm
    21st Century Wire asks…Is right-wing media mogul Glenn Beck mentally ill, or even clinically insane?Clearly, this $90 million per year right-wing media tycoon and founder of The Blaze, seems to be wrestling with his own ‘God Complex‘.In recent months, Beck has become increasingly more and more like an incoherent TV evangelist rather than an actual political pundit. He routinely evokes “God’s judgement” in relation to any news event with his dispensationalist ‘End Times’ baffoonery, warning that “God has abandoned this country”, and…
  • ‘White Helmets': New Breed of Mercenaries and Propagandists, Disguised as ‘Humanitarians’ in Syria

    21wire
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:59 pm
    “The media’s the most powerful entity on earth. They have the power to make the innocent guilty and to make the guilty innocent, and that’s power. Because they control the minds of the masses.” - Malcolm XVanessa Beeley21st Century WireAfter four and half years of relentless propaganda being flung around western mainstream media by propagandists, NGOs and Empire serving mouthpieces, one wonders how this stream of effluent still manages to stick to the consciences of the public it serves to deceive. Yesterday, a Facebook post caught our attention. A Palestinian person based in Gaza…
 
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    guanyinmiao's musings

  • Visit Florence

    guanyinmiao
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Planning a visit to the Italian city of Florence? Here are some recommendations. Continue reading →
  • Tour Guides Must Embrace Digitisation

    guanyinmiao
    30 Aug 2015 | 7:00 pm
    In its bid to help licensed tour guides remain relevant - through "a wider spectrum of professional development courses", long service and quality awards presented "at an annual award ceremony from next year", as well as grants to further train and market the skills of the guides (ST, Aug. 21) - the government taskforce appears to have neglected the advent of the Internet, and how it has disrupted the tourism sector. It goes beyond the "use of technology to market the services" of the tour guides, suggested by Mr. Howard Lim of the Society of Tourist Guides (Singapore), and should include…
  • The Indefatigable Martha Choe

    guanyinmiao
    27 Aug 2015 | 9:11 pm
    The indefatigable Martha Choe – with stints as the Vice President at the Bank of California, Director of the Washington State Department of Community, Trade, and Economic Development, and Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation – with her wealth of experience, challenged participants at a sharing session in the NUS Business School to not only do well with the skills acquired from the university, but to also do good for the community. “The community and my family are very important [to me],” she stressed in the beginning, “and I’ve always been…
  • Visit Venice

    guanyinmiao
    25 Aug 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Planning a visit to the Italian city of Venice? Here are some recommendations. Continue reading →
  • A Curious Concept Of Leadership

    guanyinmiao
    23 Aug 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Yet what is perhaps more crucial is whether individuals on the ground feel empowered to partake in these conversations. The chatter on the Internet may project the image of an active citizenry or consultative government, but it would appear that constructive engagements have been far and few between since the Our Singapore Conversation initiative from 2012 to 2013. One wonders if the aspirations and recommendations mooted were taken into consideration, and how the exercise - with significant involvement of and feedback from Singaporeans - may have shaped policy-making processes. In other…
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    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • Turnout vs. Reachout - Rebroadcast

    Mike Dakkak
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:59 am
    Donald Trump declared himself a candidate for president about two months ago and it has been wall-to-wall Trump coverage in the news ever since. Despite controversial comments about undocumented immigrants and the entire Latino community, he soon found himself at the top of Republican Primary polls and has remained there ever since. After the 2012 presidential election the RNC conducted a post-mortem; a report that analyzed the state of the Party and how it could better position itself in future presidential elections. One of the main findings was that the party needed to do a better job of…
  • Turnout vs. Reachout

    Mike Dakkak
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:16 pm
    Donald Trump declared himself a candidate for president about two months ago and it has been wall-to-wall Trump coverage in the news ever since. Despite controversial comments about undocumented immigrants and the entire Latino community, he soon found himself at the top of Republican Primary polls and has remained there ever since. After the 2012 presidential election the RNC conducted a post-mortem; a report that analyzed the state of the Party and how it could better position itself in future presidential elections. One of the main findings was that the party needed to do a better job of…
  • The Return of the Silent Majority

    Mike Dakkak
    20 Aug 2015 | 11:25 am
    In 1969 Richard Nixon famously asked the “great silent majority” of fellow Americans for their support. Their support in bringing the Vietnam War to a close and restoring “law and order” to the streets of America in the midst of all the violent anti-war protests that were taking place. It worked. After the “silent majority” speech, Nixon’s approval rating shot up to 80% and he was propelled to a landslide victory the 1972 election, winning 49 of 50 states. Billionaire real estate developer Donald Trump has recently evoked the memory of the silent…
  • Obama Goes to Iran - Rebroadcast

    Mike Dakkak
    13 Aug 2015 | 1:52 pm
    The US and its coalition partners recently finalized a deal with Iran on its nuclear program. Critics of the deal lambasted the agreement, arguing that it doesn’t prevent Iran from getting a bomb but rather paves Iran’s path to one. They cite provisions in the deal that call for restrictions to expire in 8 ½, 10, and 15 years respectively, as proof that ultimately Iran will become a nuclear power under the deal. In this rebroadcast episode we discuss the details of the agreement, why the bigger picture may be being missed, and why the real story may be the international…
  • Patriot Games - Rebroadcast

    Mike Dakkak
    6 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    The US intelligence community took a lot of blame for failing to thwart the 9/11 attacks. In the wake of 9/11 the Patriot Act was passed. It contained several provisions that sought to strengthen some of the intelligence gathering weaknesses that the 9/11 attacks laid bare. Twelve years later, a NSA contractor by the name of Edward Snowden revealed to the world several bulk surveillance programs the US government was conducting that used the Patriot Act as authorization. The Patriot Act was set to expire in early June 2015 unless Congress renewed it or passed a competing law that some in…
 
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    Out Loud America with Malcolm Out Loud

  • Bill Gates Predicts The Future of Mankind

    2 Sep 2015 | 9:36 am
    Bill and Melinda Gates claim the world is better today than ever and things are looking up! If you polled that as a question to families today, overwhelmingly they’d say that Gates is living in Xanadu.  The Gates believe that the end of poverty is near and that the elimination of serious diseases are imminent and that you should feel much better about the future of mankind. Does the Gates do a little bit of overselling in the service of their optimism? What is the reality of the world today?
  • Jimmy Carter Leaves it in the Hands of God

    21 Aug 2015 | 7:03 am
    You know you’ve lived an accomplished life when at 90 years old you’ve held the highest office in the land, you’ve dedicated your life to humanitarian projects, a Nobel Peace Prize recipient and you’ve left it all on the playing field of life! It’s time to get Out Loud America with the Weekly Headline News Awards. This is Malcolm Out Loud. The AWARD of Humility & Grace goes to… The ’Three Stooges’ AWARD goes to… The ‘Nation’s Conscience’ AWARD goes to… Our ‘Prayers Have Been Answered’ AWARD goes…
  • Discovery of Earth 2.0 - Weekly News Awards

    25 Jul 2015 | 7:07 pm
    After major discoveries from the New Horizons spacecraft this past week from Pluto. Now It seems we may have a sister planet. It’s time to get Out Loud America with the Weekly Headline News Awards. This is Malcolm Out Loud. The ’Not Sleeping at the Wheel’ AWARD goes to… The ’Humanitarian’ AWARD goes to… A Special AWARD for Bravery, Loyalty and our Heartfelt Thanks’ goes to… The ‘Kids will be Kids’ AWARD goes to… ’There’s No Place Like Home’ the AWARD goes to… The ’Quote of the Week'…
  • OUT LOUD NEWS & COMMENT

    18 Jul 2015 | 2:47 pm
    Raisin Farmers in California Investigation in to 1969 Moon Landings FIFA Investigation related Amazon informs Congress of intent to deliver with Drones Presidential Race Health Care Crisis Tele-medicine
  • Happiness Comes From....

    18 Jul 2015 | 12:29 pm
    Ever notice that when a well-known, respected personality has a run of bad luck – the news media will turn on them in an instant! People are attracted to brutal and violent movies and television shows. Reality shows that focus on defeat. A culture of violent video games are feeding young minds. All of these sources feed the negative mindset. Now - Scientists have created a four-step, 10-week program that changes your mindset. Dr Sood led the research for the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, the program uses a series of exercises that help train people’s minds into choosing happiness.
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    The Desert Lynx

  • Regression Continues in Math Education

    Dr. Darren Tapp, Ph.D.
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:27 pm
    The year is 2015. Computers are used daily by almost everyone. Demand for programmers is as high as ever. Data is ubiquitous, but useless without human brains for interpretation. Twenty-first century educators will surely rise to meet the demand of …
  • An Open Letter to Conspiracy Theorists

    Joël Valenzuela
    19 Aug 2015 | 3:26 pm
    Dear Mr. Conspiracy Theorist, You need help. No wait, that didn’t sound right. I apologize. What I meant to say is, you’re right about everything. Except you aren’t. About most things. But you still are… Argh, this isn’t working. Ok, …
  • Trump Is Ron Paul’s Real Successor

    Joël Valenzuela
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:23 pm
    Ron Paul started a revolution, a mass movement of Americans fed up with politics as usual. That movement survived both of Paul’s recent presidential campaigns, and is alive and stronger than ever in the 2016 election, under the banner of …
  • Death Musings

    Joël Valenzuela
    18 Jul 2015 | 6:48 am
    Some ask, “What is the meaning of life?” I ask, “What is the meaning of death?” Is it the end of flesh and breath and blood? Or is it the conclusion of spirit? Is death absolute and solid, or a …
  • Did You Honor Secession on July 4th?

    Joël Valenzuela
    5 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    This year, did you truly honor the meaning of Independence Day? No, this isn’t one of those terrible 4th of July guilt trips. Did you have a barbecue? Good. Did you stuff greasy food into your face until you could …
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    Citizens News

  • THE DONALD PUTS A FOOT UP COMMON CORE/AMNESTY JEB’S

    Liberty Bell
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:50 am
    Written by THE ANTI LIBERAL ZONE (LIBERALISM MUST BE DESTROYED!) fat ass. THIS is how you take the fight to the enemy. This enemy being Progressives, Right or Left!The post THE DONALD PUTS A FOOT UP COMMON CORE/AMNESTY JEB’S appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Slaying the Myths about Plastic Bags, by David Henderson

    Liberty Bell
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:52 am
    Written by EconLog Though it was meant as irony, there was an essential (if accidental) truth behind the speech [in the movie American Beauty]. The technology behind plastic grocery bags is so useful it won a Nobel Prize. Employing an unimaginably small amount of base material, manufacturers can create tools of surprising strength and durability. […]The post Slaying the Myths about Plastic Bags, by David Henderson appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Lessig Strains to Compare His Campaign to Eugene McCarthy’s

    Liberty Bell
    3 Sep 2015 | 6:46 am
    Written by Cato @ Liberty Harvard Law professor Lawrence Lessig is running for President on the single issue of adding restrictions to certain electoral speech. In his announcement video, he points to Eugene McCarthy’s 1968 run for the White House. He says in that video: In 1967 Democratic Senator Eugene McCarthy entered the primary here […]The post Lessig Strains to Compare His Campaign to Eugene McCarthy’s appeared first on Citizens News.
  • At least 14 killed as boat overloaded with migrants capsizes off Malaysia

    Liberty Bell
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:49 am
    Written by Al Jazeera America Authorities say 70 people were on vessel headed back to Indonesia when it got into troubleThe post At least 14 killed as boat overloaded with migrants capsizes off Malaysia appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Why Did Huma Abedin Bring Desecration of Koran in Michigan to Sec of State Clinton’s Attention?

    Liberty Bell
    3 Sep 2015 | 4:46 am
    Written by Creeping Sharia Source: Why Did Huma Abedin Feel the Need to Bring the Desecration of a Koran to Sec of State Clinton’s Attention? | BEN WEINGARTEN Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was understandably kept abreast of all manner of news from all over the world during her tenure as Secretary of State. But buried […]The post Why Did Huma Abedin Bring Desecration of Koran in Michigan to Sec of State Clinton’s Attention? appeared first on Citizens News.
 
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    Buckdog

  • Harper's PMO Lawyer Spills The Beans At Duffy Trial - Harper Ignored Legal Advice And Named Senators Who Did Not Qualify - The Stinky Senate Scandal Started At That Moment

    leftdog
    21 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s closest aides developed a secret plan in February 2013 to protect Mike Duffy, Pamela Wallin and other Conservative senators from questions about their eligibility to represent specific provinces in the upper chamber, according to documents tabled in Duffy’s criminal trial Thursday.Harper, however, worried that delving into Senate residency rules would open a can of worms, and insisted that owning property in a province was a sufficient qualification for senators to hold their seats."Had I known we were going down this road, I would have shut it down long…
  • Harper In Wonderland

    leftdog
    20 Aug 2015 | 8:30 am
    (This editorial, published in the Toronto Star, is bang on and a good  expression of what's happening with our dishonest and highly corrupt Prime Minister:Stephen Harper’s Alice in Wonderland world: EditorialA surreal Alice in Wonderland air is beginning to surround Sen. Mike Duffy’s trial, and it is shredding the government’s credibilityJust how many impossible things do Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his scandal-tainted Conservative Party expect Canadians to believe before breakfast?A surreal Alice in Wonderland air is beginning to surround Sen. Mike Duffy’s bribery, breach…
  • The Baby Boomer 'Woodstock Generation' Is Now Old And As A Demographic Group Are Voting For Stephen Harper !!

    leftdog
    18 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    This week marks the 46th Anniversary of a pivotal moment in Baby Boomer culture and history. The 1969 Woodstock Rock Festival is nearly a half century old and the generation that spawned it and basked in it for decades afterwards is now in its Senior years. Love, Peace, Brotherhood, Sisterhood .... the Boomer generation labeled itself as hip, progressive and ground breaking. They mercilessly protested the Vietnam War and helped move public opinion to a more progressive tone signaled by the ousting of President Richard Nixon in the USA, the Quiet Revolution in Quebec and the liberalizing of…
  • Veterans Prevented From Entering Legion Hall While Harper Meets With Small Handful of 'Friendly' Vets .. Shame !!

    leftdog
    17 Aug 2015 | 12:03 pm
    A group of Canadian military veterans said they were denied access to a Stephen Harper event held at a legion in New Brunswick Monday morning.Fabian Henry of the organization Marijuana for Trauma said that he and six other veterans heard Sunday night that Conservative leader Harper and Veterans Affairs Minister Erin O'Toole were coming to the No. 4 Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion in Fredericton.His organization has four branches across the country. It is run by veterans aiming to help vets with post-traumatic stress disorder ease their pain with marijuana treatment.Henry rounded up some…
  • I have one simple question for all of those trained seals who stand behind Steve Harper at his secret, controlled campaign rallies ....

    leftdog
    17 Aug 2015 | 8:56 am
    ... and that question is:W T F ???
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    Political Dresser - Home

  • Soros Goes Krampus

    3 Sep 2015 | 2:40 am
    When he’s not funding #BlackLivesMatter and late night Ferguson rioters shoppers, George Soros after knocking coal for years, decided to unleash his enter Krampus and prepare for the Yuletide season by snatching up major coal company stock at rock bottom prices.
  • September’s Book: It is About Islam

    2 Sep 2015 | 4:52 am
    Last October, we read Rise of ISIS, an expensive starting point look at Daash. Well, this month our staff decided to explore the Quran and Hadiths through Glenn Beck’s slightly less expensive, It is About Islam.
  • August Recap: More Positive?

    31 Aug 2015 | 10:46 pm
    Well PDers, believe it or not, our staff put forth a monumental effort to stay on the positive side this month. Really. We tried---and you know, considering what went down in August, we’re gonna have to call this attempt at optimism a success.
  • Memory Lane Monday: Thailand and Too Much Democracy

    31 Aug 2015 | 1:46 am
    You know what you can have too much of? Well, according to Thailand’s Coup Master Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha the answer to this one is, “Democracy.”
  • Genius Idea: Secret Service Plans to Hire 1100

    28 Aug 2015 | 1:02 am
    On par with the EPA for utter ineptitude, Homeland Security’s whoring and boozing Secret Service has decided to try to add some fresh blood into the defunct organization by calling for a hire of 1,100 new agents.
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    World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations"

  • Muslims Must Combat the Extremist Cancer

    3 Sep 2015 | 12:41 am
    Denounce terrorism, defend human rights and promote education.By Fethullah Gulen, The Wall Street Journal, August 27, 2015As the group that calls itself Islamic State, known as ISIS, continues to produce carnage in the Middle East, Muslims must confront the totalitarian ideology that animates it and other terrorist groups. Every terrorist act carried out in the name of Islam profoundly affects all Muslims, alienating them from fellow citizens and deepening the misperceptions about their faith’s ethos.It isn’t fair to blame Islam for the atrocities of violent radicals. But when terrorists…
  • China’s WW2 Parade Guest List Has Meanings

    2 Sep 2015 | 12:34 am
    By M K Bhadrakumar, August 26, 2015The western countries have a misconception that if they do not grace an international event, it loses importance. It’s a hangover from the colonial era. But then, the vanity has limits, too – provided, there is serious money involved. How the western countries fell over each other to join the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank [AIIB] as ‘founding members’ is legion. They instinctively saw AIIB as a free ride on Chinese money and no amount of American persuasion could keep them away from the honey pot. Britain and Germany hold very little…
  • Neoliberal Assault Led to Significant Decline in Democracy

    31 Aug 2015 | 11:43 pm
    An Interview with Noam Chomsky, RT, August 17, 2015Afshin Rattansi goes underground with Noam Chomsky on the crisis engulfing the West.
  • The Growth of Extremism and the Factor of “Intellectual Parity”

    31 Aug 2015 | 12:22 am
    A Paper by Gagik Harutyunyan, Executive Director, Noravank Scientific Educational Foundation, submitted for the Rhodes Forum Scientific Marathon - 2015The global security today depends to a large extent on the developments in Middle East in the context of the Islamic State’s (IS) actions. However, the IS is just the tip of the iceberg; the Middle Eastern processes are closely related to what happens in Central and Southeast Asia and continental “yellow, hot Africa.” In addition, escalation due to actions of extremist groups occurs not only in these regions. In terms of a number of…
  • Culture Wars in India (and Elsewhere)

    27 Aug 2015 | 11:29 pm
    By Come Carpentier de Gourdon, Convener of the Editorial Board of the World Affairs JournalThe many rifts in the contemporary world cannot but extend to the field of culture as they always have, in one way or another. Bismarck was perhaps the first to explicitly call Kulturkampf his policy to combat, in the name of what was technocratic and political modernity for the time, the feudal traditions  and confessional principles followed by Catholics and other conservative Germans but all powers have fought in the civilisational arena to propagate and impose their worldviews and ways of life…
 
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    RINF Alternative News & Media, Real Independent News & Film

  • Video: ‘No hiding place for you’: Cameron’s interpreter left in Afghanistan, hunted by Taliban

    admin
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:29 am
    Abandoned and left behind … that’s how the majority of Afghan translators who used to work alongside British troops describe their current situation. Among … Via Youtube
  • Globalist, Anti-White Programming in Falling Skies "Reborn" Finale

    admin
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:06 am
    By Lana | redicecreations.com The long, painfully overdue, Falling Skies series finale finally happened and what uncreative, anticlimactic reason did the Espheni Queen reveal for the invasion? 1,500 years ago her daughter died in a previous failed invasion and she wanted revenge. Yep, boring. How many writers were behind this show? The Executive ...
  • Video: Syrian refugees in Lebanon fear fleeing unrest again, may head to Europe

    admin
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:28 am
    More than a million Syrian refugees feel unwelcome guests in Lebanon, where anti-government protests are only worsening. Many fear the Syrian scenario may … Via Youtube
  • US launches advanced military communications satellite

    admin
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:05 am
    The United States Navy has launched an advanced tactical communications satellite which is designed to help US military forces stationed in different bases around the world. An unmanned Atlas V rocket carried the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite into space before dawn on Wednesday from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station’s launchpad, in Florida. The ...
  • Malcolm X Understood Empire

    admin
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:04 am
    It is interesting that Americans do not invoke Malcolm X the way they invoke other civil rights leaders.  Where ideas about American militarism go, X’s contributions were piercingly insightful but lamentably overlooked when the man lived. For that they deserve greater attention today. But first a word on X’s sporadic anti-Semitism and anti-white fulminations, both ...
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    Eurasia Review Newsletter

  • Cameroon: The Threat Of Religious Radicalism – Analysis

    International Crisis Group
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:36 am
    In Cameroon, the rise of Christian revivalist (born again) and Muslim fundamentalist movements is rapidly changing the religious landscape and paving the way for religious intolerance. Fundamentalist groups’ emergence, combined with communal tensions, creates a specific risk in the North and increases competition for leadership of the Muslim community: such competition has already led to … Continue reading Cameroon: The Threat Of Religious Radicalism – Analysis To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Illegal Occupation Of Southern Serbia: Kosovo – Analysis

    SAAG
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:28 am
    By Dr. Parasaran Rangarajan* Serbia today is a member-State of United Nations (U.N.), after the Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia was split into several nations during the early 1990’s when war broke out between Serbian General Milosevic and neighboring nations. After partition, Serbia is still the most powerful “state” of the former Yugoslavia. “Kosovo”, the … Continue reading Illegal Occupation Of Southern Serbia: Kosovo – Analysis To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • China: Increasing Concerns Over Corrupt, Undisciplined And Reforms-Wary Cadres – Analysis

    SAAG
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:25 am
    By D. S. Rajan* Discernible in China since January 2015, is a trend pointing towards increasing concerns of the central leadership over corrupt, undisciplined and reforms-wary cadres, particularly at senior levels. Confirming it are important speeches being given by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) General Secretary Xi Jinping on different occasions, certain official documents and … Continue reading China: Increasing Concerns Over Corrupt, Undisciplined And Reforms-Wary Cadres –... To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Macedonia Opposition Calls Court Ruling A Trap

    Balkan Insight
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:22 am
    By Sinisa Jakov Marusic Macedonia’s main opposition party says it will not be provoked into quitting talks on the EU-brokered crisis deal by the recent court ruling about tapes of officials’ conversations. The Social Democrats’ vice-president, Radmila Shekerinska, said Monday’s ruling of the Skopje Criminal Court, which said tapes provided by the opposition cannot be … Continue reading Macedonia Opposition Calls Court Ruling A Trap To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Guinea-Bissau: The Everlasting Return To Institutional Instability – OpEd

    IPRIS
    3 Sep 2015 | 5:19 am
    By Paulo Gorjão Similarly to Sisyphus — condemned to push a rock up a mountain, only to see it roll down time and again to the starting point as soon as the top was reached — Guinea- Bissau also appears doomed to repeatedly and everlastingly return to a state of institutional instability. The reasons keep … Continue reading Guinea-Bissau: The Everlasting Return To Institutional Instability – OpEd To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
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    baracklovesmichelle.com

  • Sept 1 Photos of the Day

    Barack loves Michelle
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:59 am
    President Barack Obama greets neighbors after visiting a model home at the Nueva Villas at Beverly, a single-family housing development owned by local nonprofit organization Chicanos Por La Causa Inc. in Phoenix, Ariz., Jan. 8, 2014. First Lady Michelle Obama assembles literacy kits during a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service event at the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Washington in Washington, D.C., Jan. 19, 2015. President Barack Obama speaks with First Lady Michelle Obama following his State of the Union address at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Jan. 20, 2015 President Barack…
  • 2016 Debate Watch

    Barack loves Michelle
    6 Aug 2015 | 2:09 pm
    I’ll be the first to confess that I’m looking forward to tonights GOP Debate, due in part to he that is Donald Trump. Hosted by Fox News in Cleveland , Trump is not only the current Republican front-runner but undoubtedly the reason why many will be tuning in to watch this evenings match-up. In addition to The Don, this evenings line-up represent the top 9 candidates who have polled the highest: Jeb Bush, Marco Rubio, Scott Walker, Mike Huckabee, Rand Paul, Chris Christie, John Kasich, Ben Carson, and Ted Cruz. Some of the topics that will likely come up this evening are health…
  • President Obama in Kenya

    Barack loves Michelle
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:22 pm
    President Obama made a historic trip to Kenya this week where he visited his fathers homeland for the first time as sitting President.  Not long after touching down in Nairobi, he was taken to a hotel where he met fellow Obamas including his half-sister and step-grandmother. The President was seen smiling at a table between Mama Sarah Obama, whom he calls ‘granny’, and Auma Obama, who was born to his father’s first wife. For the president, the mission to encourage growth in Africa is a personal one, he said while speaking at a business summit in Kenya designed to help…
  • Daddy Daughter Weekend NYC

    Barack loves Michelle
    19 Jul 2015 | 9:05 am
    President Barack Obama is enjoying a father-daughter weekend in New York with Sasha, Malia (who has an internship for the hit TV show, ‘Girls” and some of their friends. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the president was “looking forward to a rare opportunity he’ll have to spend a little personal time with his daughters in New York.” The President’s sister Maya and her husband also joined the family while in NYC. According to reports, the trip to Daddy Daughter weekend was President Obama’s idea as he’s talked about how the girls…
  • The Evolution of Malia Obama

    Barack loves Michelle
    4 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    The daughters of Barack Obama have been in the public eye their entire lives, but nothing can compare to the pressure they must feel as children of the President of the United States. It’s been four years since the historic election of President Obama, in that time we have watched Malia go from a young 10 year old girl to a now 17 year old young lady entering that “coming of age” phase in her life. The First Lady has said in the past that their girls understand that when in front of the media, they are to be “seen and not heard” – so we can only imagine and…
 
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    Washington Blade: Gay News, Politics, LGBT Rights

  • Kim Davis found in contempt, taken into custody

    Chris Johnson
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:14 am
    Rowan Co., Ky. Clerk Kim Davis (Photo courtesy Twitter) A federal judge found in contempt of court on Thursday a Kentucky clerk who has gained nationwide attention for refusing to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, ordering U.S. marshals to take her into custody. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, an Apostolic Christian, refused to issue marriage licenses out of religious objections to same-sex couples after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in favor of marriage equality nationwide. Multiple media outlets in attendance in the courthouse reported she was taken into custody. U.S.
  • White House defers to judges on fate of Ky. clerk

    Chris Johnson
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:03 pm
    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest deferred to judges on Kim Davis. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key) White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest deferred to judges Wednesday on the appropriate fate for a Kentucky clerk who’s facing charges of contempt for refusing to give marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Speaking to reporters on Air Force One during President Obama’s return from a three-day trip to Alaska, Earnest addressed the contempt charges against Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, who’s won’t issue marriage licenses same-sex couples out of…
  • Australian MP calls for marriage referendum before 2018

    Benedict Brook
    2 Sep 2015 | 4:34 pm
    Australian MP Warren Entsch with Sydney City Councilor Christine Forster, right, and her fiancée, Virginia Edwards, whose wedding he invited himself to attend earlier this week. (Photo courtesy of Mitchell Price/Star Observer)Editor’s note: This article originally ran on the website of the Star Observer, a Sydney-based LGBT newspaper, on Tuesday. The publication has allowed the Washington Blade to repost its coverage of the Australian same-sex marriage debate. Prominent backbench federal MP Warren Entsch has warned against slow progress on a marriage equality plebiscite and has said if…
  • CARTOON: Sweating it

    ranslem
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:04 pm
    (Washington Blade editorial cartoon by Ranslem)
  • Ky. clerk urges court not to find her in contempt

    Chris Johnson
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:44 pm
    Rowan Co., Ky. Clerk Kim Davis (Photo courtesy Twitter) A Kentucky clerk who’s denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples despite multiple court orders on Wednesday urged a federal judge not to find her in contempt ahead of hearing in which she could face penalties for her actions. In a seven-page filing, an attorney for Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis, an Apostolic Christian who is refusing marriage licenses to same-sex couples out of religious objections, invokes among other things an “impossibility defense” for why she’s unable to comply with court orders.
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    Lady Freethinker

  • By the Year 2050, 99% of Sea Birds will Have Plastic in their Gut

    Nina
    1 Sep 2015 | 9:58 pm
    A new study shows a stomach-turning future for sea birds if the world continues its plastic addiction. New research from Australia’s Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) and Imperial College, London shows that, most likely, 90 percent of all sea birds today have ingested plastic, compared to 80 percent in 2012 and less than 5 percent in 1960. And at the rate things are going, by the time 2050 rolls around 99% of all sea birds will have eaten plastic. The reason? Much of our plastic waste winds up in the ocean, where it remains as nonbiodegradable…
  • Cuba Becomes First Country to Stop Mother-to-Baby HIV Transmission

    FRANCE 24
    30 Aug 2015 | 1:50 pm
    Thanks to a monitoring programme run by the World Health Organization and increased access to retroviral drugs, Cuba has become the first country to come close to eliminating the mother-to-child transmission of HIV. Thanks to a monitoring programme run by the World Health Organization (WHO) and increased access to retroviral drugs, Cuba became the first country to virtually eliminate the mother-to-child transmission of HIV in June. Cuba is “the first country in the world to receive validation from WHO that it has eliminated mother-to-child transmission of HIV and syphilis”, the…
  • The NRA is Suing the City of Seattle over ‘Gun Violence Tax’

    Associated Press
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:17 pm
    Three gun rights groups, including the National Rifle Association, sued the city of Seattle on Monday over its adoption of a so-called “gun violence tax,” a tax on firearms and ammunition designed to help offset the financial toll of gun violence. The complaint was filed Monday in King County Superior Court by the NRA, the Bellevue-basedSecond Amendment Foundation and the National Shooting Sports Foundation, along with two gun owners and two gun shops. It called the tax legally unenforceable because Washington stateprohibits local governments from adopting laws related to firearms…
  • Dog Found Still Alive During Newscast of Pet Dumping Ground

    Nina
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:43 pm
    In a Texas boneyard where discarded pets are left to die, a news crew caught one dog clinging to life. The Dallas Morning News was following animal rescuer Marina Tarashevska, who visits the pet dumping ground on Teagarden Road in southeast Dallas every morning to sift through the carcasses of dogs tied up in garbage bags and left for dead. Usually, Tarashevska searches for evidence to help build a case against those who dispose of unwanted pets as they do the evening trash. (The dumping ground is filled with decomposing bodies, and the smell of rotting flesh permeates the air.) But on this…
  • Ashley Madison Hack Puts Some Gays at Risk of Prison, Death

    Sky News
    24 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    People living under oppressive regimes who used the Ashley Madison adultery dating site to arrange secret liasons could be at risk of prison or the death penalty. The hacking of the site has exposed millions of people, including hundreds in Saudi Arabia where adultery is potentially punishable by death. And while the site was predominantly used by people looking to cheat on their partner, it is thought that many single gay people used the service to avoid detection by oppressive governments. Homosexuality is punishable by death in Saudi Arabia, while in Qatar – where 50 members are…
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  • Eliminating Hepatitis C Means Treating Prisoners

    Anna Maria Barry-Jester
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:09 am
    Barry Michaelson is one of several people with hepatitis C who have sued this year to get access to new and very expensive treatments for the virus. But Michaelson’s lawsuit, unlike most of the others, isn’t against his insurance company. He’s suing the Minnesota Department of Corrections.In May, Michaelson and another inmate filed a class-action lawsuit on behalf of Minnesota prisoners to gain access to new, highly effective drugs for hepatitis C, a virus that’s now essentially curable but can cause cirrhosis, liver failure and cancer if left untreated. In the weeks since,…
  • When Trump Attacks!

    Harry Enten
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:51 am
    Donald Trump knows how to command attention, and one way he does that is by attacking … everyone. If you’re another candidate, in the media or just walking this earth, there’s a good chance you’ll be hit by some Trumpian fury at some point. How does Trump choose his targets? Let’s turn to Twitter, where Trump is very active. And let’s limit ourselves to the GOP field: who Trump attacks — and who attacks Trump.Since he officially entered the race in mid-June, Trump (from @realDonaldTrump) has mostly attacked top contenders, such as Jeb Bush and Scott Walker. In other words,…
  • Why The Plan To Shrink New Orleans Failed

    Gary Rivlin
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:30 am
    Moldy New Orleans still lay in ruins in January of 2006 as Joe Canizaro drove me to a favorite Italian restaurant of his in the city’s suburbs. It was a balmy Sunday, just four months after the catastrophic collapse of the city’s flood protection system, and Canizaro asked me a question I’ve never been able to answer.“Gary, what would you do?”Canizaro — a big-name real estate developer in town — was due to deliver an official plan for redeveloping New Orleans the next day. But he confessed that he was still struggling with it. The question he asked was simple but…
  • Katrina Washed Away New Orleans’s Black Middle Class

    Ben Casselman
    24 Aug 2015 | 3:30 am
    Ten years ago, shortly after the floodwaters subsided, James Gray stood in the ruins of his New Orleans home and tried to salvage what remained of his belongings. They fit inside a handbag.“I don’t know if my wife will ever get over that,” Gray said recently.But Gray and his wife have since restored the New Orleans East home where they have lived for more than 20 years. Most of their neighbors have returned, too. And Gray, who now represents the neighborhood on the City Council, points to other evidence of rebirth in a district that has long been home to much of the city’s black…
  • Hillary Clinton’s Inevitable Problems

    Nate Silver
    17 Aug 2015 | 3:03 am
    With so many candidates and so long to go until next November, we’re going to make plenty of bad predictions over the course of the 2016 campaign. But one of our very first predictions about 2016, one we made almost three years ago, has already proven true.“If [Hillary] Clinton runs for president in 2016, one thing is almost certain,” I wrote back in December 2012, at a time when polls showed about 65 percent of Americans had a favorable view of Clinton, “she won’t be as popular as she is right now.” I added: “In an era of intense partisanship, there is a relatively low ceiling…
 
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  • My APSA 2015 Paper: “The AfD’s Facebook Wall as a Hub for Right-Wing Mobilisation in Germany”

    Kai Arzheimer
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:45 am
    The latest iteration of my paper for next week’s APSA 2015 conference has just converged (some things never change). Click on the image for the full-fat 21-page PDF. “For obvious reasons, radical right mobilisation in Germany faces formidable institutional, political, and cultural obstacles. Previous outfits such as the ‘Republicans’ (REP), the ‘National Democrats’ (NPD), or the ‘German People’s Union’ (DVU) were occasionally successful at the local, regional, or EU level but were quickly stigmatised as neo-Nazi’s by mainstream political actors and the media and taken over…
  • The Assets of Lucke’s New Alfa Party

    Kai Arzheimer
    22 Jul 2015 | 12:53 pm
    Photo by Athos fotografias A mere two weeks after being sacked as the AfD’s supreme leader, Bernd Lucke is back as presumably undisputed chair of the new “Alfa” (Allianz für Fortschritt und Aufbruch ~ Alliance for Progress and a New Beginning) party. Apparently, he already envisions a resounding success in the 2017 election and a possible role for Alfa/himself in a new centre right coalition. Taking a more short-term view, what are Alfa’s assets? During the first week after the Essen conference, about 10 per cent of the AfD’s 22,000 members have left the party. Let’s assume that…
  • Three Links I Liked

    Kai Arzheimer
    22 Jul 2015 | 5:21 am
    BBC News: Varoufakis ‘taped confidential EU meeting’ Interesting, but a wee bit pricey: “France and Fascism” monograph RT @BarnabyEdwards: Mum… Dad… I can’t keep it secret any longer: I’m Chinese. The post Three Links I Liked appeared first on kai arzheimer. Follow me on twitter Like me on Facebook
  • Interview with Public Radio International on the perception of Greece and Greeks in Germany

    Kai Arzheimer
    10 Jul 2015 | 11:02 pm
    Public Radio International has an interesting segment on Greek migrants living in Germany. I’m quoted on German public opinion towards Greece & Greeks. The post Interview with Public Radio International on the perception of Greece and Greeks in Germany appeared first on kai arzheimer. Follow me on twitter Like me on Facebook
  • Interview with Aljazeera America on Syriza’s political allies in Germany

    Kai Arzheimer
    5 Jul 2015 | 10:52 pm
    Aljazeera America did some digging and found support for Syriza amongst members of Germany’s LEFT party. I provide some perspective on the LEFT, and on Germany.   Photo by Abode of Chaos The post Interview with Aljazeera America on Syriza’s political allies in Germany appeared first on kai arzheimer. Follow me on twitter Like me on Facebook
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  • Victor Davis Hanson: The Exhausting Ms. Clinton

    chris
    3 Sep 2015 | 4:11 am
    Hillary Clinton‘s second race for the presidency is only about a quarter through, but she already seems to be causing general fatigue. The lurid revelations about the Clinton Foundation proved... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Judge Andrew Napolitano: Immigration and Freedom

    chris
    3 Sep 2015 | 4:07 am
    The tone of the debate over the nation’s immigration laws has taken an ugly turn as some office-seekers offer solutions to problems that don’t exist. The natural rights of all persons... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Blood On The Hands Of #BlackLivesMatter And The Media

    chris
    3 Sep 2015 | 4:04 am
    Derek Hunter,  All lives matter. That saying this is in any way controversial is a testament to just how far we’ve fallen as a nation. But we didn’t fall, per se; we were pushed.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Philly Landlords Are Cashing In on the Pope’s Visit

    chris
    3 Sep 2015 | 4:00 am
    Short-term rentals in the city are going for truly ungodly rates. Pope  Francis is visiting Philadelphia at the end of September, giving worshippers the potentially transcendent... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • GOP asks candidates to forgo third-party run

    chris
    3 Sep 2015 | 3:56 am
    NEW YORK — Responding to growing pressure from party donors and officials to dissuade Donald Trump from mounting an independent campaign for president, the Republican National Committee asked... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Alex Jones - 2015-Sep-02, Wednesday

    2 Sep 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On the Wednesday, September 2 broadcast of the Alex Jones Show, we look at a disturbing trend of anti-cop violence, as three police officers are murdered in less than a week. Obama also flies to Alaska to experience “global warming” first-hand, and new updates emerge on Hillary's use of private servers to send classified State Dept. emails. Reporter Joe Biggs also checks in from Fox Lake, Illinois, the site of a massive manhunt following the death of a police officer. Dr. Edward Group, founder of the Global Healing Center, joins the show today to break down changes in the food…
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Sep-01, Tuesday

    1 Sep 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On this Tuesday, September 1st edition of the Alex Jones Show, we cover the latest stock market “correction” as the Dow falls 400 points and other markets struggle to stay afloat. September is a notorious month for rattling the stock market. Putin has taken advantage of the disruption to call for the creation of a single financial market between Russia, Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and other countries of the former Soviet Union. Infowars also continues its coverage of the Black Lives Matter movement as the New Black Panthers promise to creep up on police in the…
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Aug-31, Monday

    31 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On this Monday, August 31st edition of the Alex Jones Show, we cover the latest push for gun control, the removal of a Jefferson Davis statue from a liberal college campus and how Obama is taking heat for the execution of a Texan deputy sheriff. Also, the Food Babe, Vani Hari, joins the show to discuss her new campaign to stop Subway from using meat treated with numerous antibiotics and other chemicals. And the director of the film Cartel Land, Matthew Heineman, gives the latest on the collapse of Mexico and the drug trade. Also, in the fourth hour, Joe Biggs and Jakari Jackson cover breaking…
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Aug-30, Sunday

    30 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On this Sunday, August 30th edition of the Alex Jones Show, we discuss the cold-blooded murder of Texas Sheriff's Deputy Darren H. Goforth, who was shot execution-style by a 30-year-old black male Friday night, only days after a group of black radicals went on a Texas internet talk-radio show and called for “lynching whites and killing cops." We'll also discuss the vicious racial attack captured on camera showing a black couple beating a white woman and how the establishment, which is now using MTV to shame white people as racist, is attempting to divide Americans and foment a race war.
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Aug-28, Friday

    28 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On this Friday, August 28th edition of the Alex Jones Show, we analyze the waves of illegal immigrants flooding Europe, as the continent struggles to take on thousands fleeing their own countries. We also look at the Financial Times' anonymous call to abolish cash, and the global move to usher in a cashless society. On today's show, we also look at new undercover films exposing McDonald's and Tyson Food's factory animal cruelty. Financial analyst Peter Schiff joins today's show to discuss the European migrant crisis, China's roller coaster stock market rebound, and other financial news.
 
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    Vox - All

  • Scott Walker's new ad just makes him look even more like Tim Pawlenty

    Matthew Yglesias
    3 Sep 2015 | 11:00 am
    The case for Scott Walker in the GOP primary is pretty simple. He has the most consistently conservative record of any candidate this side of Ted Cruz, and having won three gubernatorial elections in Wisconsin, he's both well-qualified and electable. His big problem is that he's really boring. It's a problem the pro-Walker Super PAC Unintimidated is trying to solve with this new ad, which casts Walker's 2011 showdown with Wisconsin's civilian public sector labor unions as a kind of awesome, exciting action movie: The problem, as we saw the last time a boring Midwestern governor looked like a…
  • Why a Kentucky clerk can't use her religion as an excuse to avoid marrying gay couples

    German Lopez
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:50 am
    A federal judge on Thursday ordered a Kentucky clerk to jail after she refused to marry opposite-sex and same-sex couples in defiance of federal court orders and a US Supreme Court decision upholding marriage equality. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis will be held in custody until she orders her office to issue marriage licenses, including to same-sex couples. Davis defied previous federal court orders to issue marriage licenses — citing "God's authority" and her religious objections to marriage equality — after the Supreme Court in June upheld same-sex couples' constitutional right…
  • Justice Department report: Police seriously botched their response to Ferguson protesters

    German Lopez
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:45 am
    The US Department of Justice on Thursday released a scathing report outlining police's flawed response to the 2014 Ferguson protests, finding law enforcement acted inconsistently, carelessly, and over-aggressively in dealing with demonstrators. The report confirms many of the problems raised by media and critics last year, when police dropped tear gas and fired rubber bullets into largely peaceful demonstrators in the weeks following the police shooting of Michael Brown. Investigators found, for example, that the response to the protests "was generally reactive and did not appear to…
  • Critics worried an HIV prevention pill would encourage risky sex. So far, it hasn't.

    Julia Belluz
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:41 am
    Truvada has been called both a medicine to "end the HIV epidemic" and a "party drug." When a new pill to prevent HIV hit the US market in 2012, it sharply divided the health community. Some experts hailed it as a major breakthrough in the fight against AIDS. Others worried it would turn back years of advocacy around condom use and encourage risky sex. No one quibbled with the effectiveness of pre-exposure prophylaxis (or PrEP): Clinical trials have demonstrated incredible results — more than 90 percent of those at high risk for HIV who took PrEP didn't get the virus compared with those…
  • The truth about bathroom sensors (and why they fail so often)

    Phil Edwards
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:10 am
    This is your bathroom life at pretty much any public place: at the toilet, urinal, faucet, soap dispenser, and air dryer, waving your hands, praying it will work. Sometimes it does. Sometimes you're left supplicating yourself to a motion sensor you don't understand. Motion sensors like these dominate our bathrooms, and they're only going to become more common. But how do they work? Why do they break? And what's next? To find out, I got in touch with Peter Jahrling, the director of design engineering at Sloan Valve Company, which makes a lot of the motion sensors and plumbing found in offices,…
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  • Dollars as Napkins

    No Author
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Stories about plummeting stock markets, a sputtering Chinese economy, and the yuan versus the dollar have dominated financial news over the past few weeks. Lost in the din: the economic disaster continuing to unfold in Venezuela. Venezuelans face crippling shortages of basic staples as their currency, the bolivar, continues to inflate at breakneck speed. Hyperinflation has rendered the bolivar practically worthless. A photo uploaded to Reddit of a man using a 2 bolivar note as a napkin went viral last week. Business Insider reported that based on the official exchange rate, the makeshift…
  • Gas Tax Pushers Are Lying

    No Author
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Supporters of toll roads insist that the gas tax can no longer be relied upon to fund roads because hybrid and electric automobiles are improving gas mileage so much that gas tax receipts are down. A study released last week by the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute shows that, contrary to this assertion, the gas mileage of the US car and truck fleet has changed very little over the past two decades. Researchers Michael Sivak and Brandon Schoettle pulled together data estimating the miles driven per gallon of fuel from 1923 to 2013. They divided the results into several…
  • Your Heart

    No Author
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Age is just a number – so goes the old adage. But, it may not be a very telling one, scientists investigating heart age have warned. For while millions of us may feel young at heart, the reality is likely to be quite different. A new study has found almost three in four people have a heart that is older than their chronological age. The average American man’s heart age is nearly eight years higher than his actual age, while the average U.S. woman’s heart is five-and-a-half years old, according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Heart disease is…
  • QE4 and Dow 25,000?

    Bill Bonner
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:01 pm
    GUALFIN, Argentina – The Great Zombie War is proceeding as expected… Cannons to the left. Cannons to the right. And a fool on every corner. It will become more and more dangerous, we predict. Then in a fiery ball of hyperinflation and bombastic imbecility, it will all be over… If we’re lucky. Then we will return to sanity – older, wiser… and much poorer. Nuts to Lend at Zero We felt like adding an exclamation point. But with a headline this loony, none was necessary. And yet… the headline is probably prophecy as well as lunacy. The zombies, cronies, and feds will stop at nothing…
  • Immigration and Freedom?

    Andrew P. Napolitano
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:01 pm
    The tone of the debate over the nation’s immigration laws has taken an ugly turn as some office-seekers offer solutions to problems that don’t exist. The natural rights of all persons consist of areas of human behavior for which we do not need and will not accept the need for a government permission slip. We all expect that the government will leave us alone when we think, speak, publish, worship, defend ourselves, enter our homes, choose our mates or travel. The list of natural rights is endless. We expect this not because we are Americans, but because we are persons and these…
 
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    Gaura Rader

  • If all Taxation is Theft then all Sex is Rape

    Gaura
    16 Aug 2015 | 6:13 am
    I’ve written on this topic before, but this meme that showed up in my Facebook feed and I couldn’t resist. So, at what point does taxation become slavery? Never! Although taxation and slavery share a feature, that of transferring the fruits of one persons’ labor to another entity, they are categorically different. Asking, “At what point does taxation become slavery?” is kind of like asking “At what point does consensual sex become rape?” The very thing that makes rape rape is that it is not consensual. And as long as it is consensual it by defintion…
  • Why not Kill All Sharks?

    Gaura
    5 Jul 2015 | 9:51 pm
    In honor of shark week 2015 I suggest that we actively pursue eradicating sharks from the face of the Earth. Okay, well maybe that’s hyperbole but I think the question of whether we ought to or not raises some interesting questions. The first thing that strikes me is that I really wouldn’t mind it if there were no more sharks. Especially after the recent spate of shark attacks in North Carolina. I don’t feel the same way about lions and tigers but I literally have no emotional response that would make me want to preserve their existence. If I could push a button and…
  • Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: The Arc of History Continues to Bend Towards Justice

    Gaura
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:20 pm
    With the Supreme Court’s five-to-four ruling today in favor of legalizing gay marriage in all fifty states the fight for marriage equality is now over. Justice has prevailed. And in an even more rapid and stunning reversal confederate flag will no longer be flown on state or federal property. In the wake of these stunning developments I think it is so important that we take time honor the activists that have worked for years, and in many cases decades, on these issues. And also to remember the victims of hatred, intolerance, and violence. It seems unlikely that we would have seen the…
  • Should the Confederate Flag be Banned?

    Gaura
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:51 am
    “Take down the flag. Take it down now,” writes Ta Nehisi Coates, referring to the fact that the confederate flag flies in the state capital Charleston South Carolina. And since those initial days after the recent mass murder in Charleston there has been a sea change in American public opinion and political calculation. Republicans across the South are passing bills to remove the confederate flag from state property. This is an incredible victory for African Americans, for the civil rights and social justice movements, and for humanity. Now, that we’ve accomplished removing the…
  • Hillary Thinks Money is More Real than People

    Gaura
    19 Jun 2015 | 4:31 am
    In this video I talk a bit about an exchange Sanders and Clinton had many years ago in which he tried to convince her that a single payer healthcare system was the way to go. She said it would be impossible because of the money that the healthcare industry would use to fight against a single payer system. Sanders suggested that Bill travel around the country to rally support for a single payer system. And her response was “Tell me something real.” You can read about that exchange and more on their relationship here.
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    Pension360

  • California Lawmakers Pass Bill Mandating Coal Divestment For CalPERS, CalSTRS

    Ted Ballantine
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:12 am
    California lawmakers on Wednesday passed a climate bill that will force the nation’s two largest pension funds, CalPERS and CalSTRS, to exit coal investments. The bill, SB-185, gives the funds until mid-2017 to divest. It also prohibits the funds from making new investments in thermal coal companies. The bill now heads to state Gov. Jerry Brown, who is likely to sign it. From the Sacramento Bee: The California Public Employees’ Retirement System and California State Teachers’ Retirement System oversee portfolios worth about $301 billion and $191 billion, respectively. A spokesman for…
  • Coalition of Pension Funds Launch Fee Transparency Initiative

    Ted Ballantine
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:58 am
    A group consisting of over 300 institutional investors – including many of the U.S.’ largest public pension funds – on Thursday announced the launch of a project called the Fee Transparency Initiative. The Fee Transparency Initiative, created by the Institutional Limited Partners Association (ILPA), aims to implement “best practices” for the reporting and transparency of fees — including carried interest — paid to outside money managers. Additionally, it will attempt to create a framework to improve the alignment of interests between pension funds and managers. The…
  • CalSTRS Considering Risk Mitigation Strategy, May Move $20 Billion Out of Stocks

    Ted Ballantine
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:46 am
    Earlier this week, Pension360 covered CalPERS’ plans to take a more conservative approach to investing in the coming years, which includes a higher allocation towards fixed-income. Now it appears CalSTRS is having similar discussions; the board is considering a “risk mitigation strategy” that would involve moving $20 billion out of equities. From the New York Times: For years, financial planners have advised their clients to reduce their stock market plays as they age. Buying and holding high-quality bonds may seem less rewarding, but it could protect retirees from gyrations when a big…
  • Chicago Treasurer Launching Clearinghouse for City Pension Funds to Secure Lower Fees

    Ted Ballantine
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:21 am
    Chicago Treasurer Kurt Summers announced in 2014 his plans to improve the efficiency of the city’s pension funds by working to facilitate lower management fees in cases where two or more pension funds are invested with the same manager. The details of the plan are now surfacing; Summers will launch a database where the funds can share management fees and use that information to secure discounts from investment managers. More from Pensions & Investments: While a number of pension funds are invested with the same managers and in some instances the same strategy, these investments and…
  • San Bernardino Pension Shift to Save $2.7 Million

    Ed Mendel
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:49 am
    Reporter Ed Mendel covered the Capitol in Sacramento for nearly three decades, most recently for the San Diego Union-Tribune. More stories are at Calpensions.com. Bankrupt San Bernardino approved a plan last week to disband the city fire department and annex the city to a large county fire district. Part of the expected savings is $2.7 million a year from avoiding future CalPERS rate increases. City firefighters now in CalPERS would be transferred to the San Benardino County Employees Retirement System. And the county system is said to face lower rate increases, because it has more quickly…
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    Message President

  • Congratulations Denali!

    3 Sep 2015 | 7:04 am
    Dear Barak Obama, I read with interest the news of you renaming Mt. Mckisley. two years ago I had a conversation with a mountaineer who had attempted to climb Mt. Denali. The stories he narrated moved me and I composed these lines, that I would like to share: LAST NIGHT I DREAMT I CLIMBED MT. MCKINLEY AS I SCRAMBLED THE JAGGED ROCK FACE, TORN KNUCKLES OOZED RED I STARED, STRUCK! I FELT NOT THE PAIN . MOMENTARILY FREE OF THE GLARE I SEE SCRATCHES ON THE STONE LEFT BY THE PICKS OF OTHER SEEKERS THE JOE TASKERS AND YOSHIAKIS WHO HAD VENTURED BEFORE ME,THUS. NO NAMES ETCHED THERE BUT PEOPLE…
  • 3 Sep 2015 | 6:35 am

    3 Sep 2015 | 6:35 am
    Dear Barack Obama. Sir,with all due respect,i great you Sir,am Njoku Nneji Clifford Chimaroke, the brother to Dr Edwin Amaobi Njoku,a medical practitioner in your country, the owner Christus Medical Group (587 burnside Avenue East Hertford,CT 06108 United States, that was sentenced to five years in prison in your country, we the relatives here in Nigeria are concerned because,he's is our uncle, and non of his relatives is there to take care of him while in prison,the unknown so called wife have sold all my brother property, she don't pick our calls,she didn't even inform us of what is…
  • Oil Drilling

    3 Sep 2015 | 5:31 am
    Dear President Obama, I have supported your policies since polices since you have been in office. I do not understand why you are allowing more drilling in Alaska ? Now you are making a trip to show all the damage our fossil fuels have done ,I do not want more drilling I would like less. Thank You Sam Cacciola
  • Why have you not passed Harp 3?

    2 Sep 2015 | 9:30 pm
    Dear Mr. President: I am one of many home owners who suffered greatly from the mortgage meltdown and Wall Street fraud. But to my disappointment, the only people rescued were the homeowners who qualified for Harp 2, the rich mortgage bankers and wall street investors who caused the problem in the first place. What happened to the rescue program for the families who qualified for Harp 3? As a result, we will not participate in the political process the next election. Respectfully: Silent Majority for a Failed Harp 3
  • Thank you for coming to Alaska

    2 Sep 2015 | 10:53 am
    Thank you for coming to the great state of Alaska. My wife and I moved here for her opportunity of employment at UA-A ( I am retired). My wife is a native of Alaska. I was stationed at a remote radar site here when I was enlisted in the USAF, back in the late 60's. This is a beguiling place, as you can now see. I hope you can bring your wife and children here one day. Every American should see it. And it takes time to see even a few of the great sights. I wish you could have seen Denali! My wife and I are great admirers. We don't agree with everything you have done but we agree completely…
 
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    The Vision Times » World

  • Dear Chinese People: Japan Is No Longer Your Enemy

    James Burke
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:40 am
    Dear Chinese people: You suffered terribly during the Second World War with somewhere between 15-20 million of your kin being killed. The brutal Imperial Japanese Army carried out many atrocities during the war which lasted from 1937 to 1945. Among it all, the viciousness of the Nanking massacre is something that can never be forgotten. It’s is also something that the Chinese Communist Party doesn’t want you to forget. Switch on the TV and the Imperial Japanese Army will be there. Open a newspaper and it’ll be there as well. Go to class you’ll learn about it there too. To reinforce it…
  • Xi Jinping’s Real Purpose of Holding the Grand Military Parade

    Monica Song
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:43 am
    September 3rd will mark the first grand military parade to be held since Xi Jinping has taken office. It is also the first time for to be held on a “non-National Day” and will mark the victory of the Anti-Japanese War, and will also celebrate the 70th anniversary of the victory in the World Anti-Fascist War. But it comes with strong political implications. In the run-up to the parade, a CCP newspaper published an article which disclosures the real purpose of this military parade. At a recent press conference the Chinese authorities had expressed concerns that at the parade there will be…
  • Who is ‘Deez Nuts?’ The Boy in The Running For President

    Hermann Rohr
    2 Sep 2015 | 5:09 am
    When you read about a real estate mogul running for president, it makes you think, well, there was a several-times Mr.Olympia and hollywood-actor who actually made it to governor in California. But if someone were to ask you about “Deez Nuts” and his chances of becoming president in 2016, well, let’s just leave it at that. The recent development on the stage of American presidential elections has left many people wondering how serious they should actually take politics. Watch interview from Inside Edition about the 15-Year-Old Iowa Boy “Deez Nuts” running for…
  • Stock Market Meltdown Results in Media Crackdown

    James Burke
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:47 pm
    Chinese journalist Wang Xiaolu works for a respected business magazine but his reporting on China’s stock market turmoil has got him into trouble with the communist authorities. Because his reporting on the market was deemed by the authorities to be “based on hearsay and his own subjective guesses” Wang had to read out a confession on a national state television broadcast on Monday reported Reuters. “I acquired the news from private conversations, which is an abnormal way, and added my personal judgment and subjective views to finish this story,” said Wang in his confession reported…
  • Putin Eliminates US Dollar and the Euro in Newly Drafted Law

    Troy Oakes
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:51 pm
    The Russian President, Vladimir Putin has drafted a new law that will essentially eliminate the ability to trade with the US dollar and the euro, between CIS countries. This will create a single financial market between all CIS countries which are countries from the former Soviet Union. A statement from Kremlin in part said; “At the current stage of integration in the CIS, it is essential to create a common financial market that would strengthen trade and economic cooperation between the Commonwealth member states.” “The agreement contemplates direct access by the parties’ resident…
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    The National Memo

  • Greek Leftists Put On Brave Face As Poll Shows Conservatives Pulling Ahead

    Reuters
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:07 am
    By Angeliki Koutantou ATHENS (Reuters) — Former Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras’s leftist Syriza party said on Thursday it remained confident of winning an outright victory in a Sept. 20 election despite an opinion poll that showed its main conservative rival edging ahead. Just a few weeks ago, a Syriza victory in the snap election had appeared almost certain as Greeks lauded the charismatic and youthful Tsipras for waging a bruising battle against European and International Monetary Fund creditors over austerity cuts. But opinion polls over the past week have shown the New…
  • Judge Tosses Tom Brady’s ‘Deflategate’ NFL Suspension

    Reuters
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:28 am
    By Joseph Ax and Nate Raymond NEW YORK (Reuters) — New England Patriots star quarterback Tom Brady’s “Deflategate” suspension was thrown out by a federal judge in New York on Thursday, following a seven-month standoff between the National Football League and its players union. U.S. District Judge Richard Berman vacated NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s decision in July to uphold Brady’s four-game suspension over his alleged role in a scheme to deflate footballs used during a January playoff victory. Goodell’s ruling, Berman found, was plagued by…
  • Obama’s Arctic Adventure Ends With Sinking Village, Fish Spawn

    Reuters
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:08 am
    By Roberta Rampton KOTZEBUE, Alaska (Reuters) — President Barack Obama got a taste of the U.S. Arctic on Wednesday, dropping in to two remote fly-in native villages in a journey the White House hopes will show how climate change is affecting Americans. Crossing the Arctic Circle, Air Force One flew over Kivalina, pop. 400, a whaling village on a barrier island debating whether to move as melting sea ice raises sea levels. Obama said Kivalina is a harbinger of hardships other parts of the country could face if global warming goes unchecked. “I’ve been trying to make the rest…
  • Healing The Nation’s Wounds

    E. J. Dionne
    3 Sep 2015 | 3:15 am
    SAN FRANCISCO — We have a choice to make. We can look at both violence and racism as scourges that all of us must join together to fight. Or we can turn the issues of crime and policing into fodder for racial and political division. In principle, it shouldn’t be hard to recognize two truths. Too many young African-Americans have been killed in confrontations with police when lethal force should not have been used. We should mourn their deaths and demand justice. Black Lives Matter turned into a social movement because there is legitimate anger over the reality that — to be…
  • Clerk Kim Davis Will Be A Lonely Footnote in History

    Connie Schultz
    3 Sep 2015 | 3:07 am
    Tricky business, this righteous outrage. You have to be so careful not to sound like a hypocrite while you’re deriding hypocrisy. Messes with your sleep. In the past few days, America’s news media — from the largest organizations to the smallest blogs — have made a star of a 49-year-old woman in Appalachia named Kim Davis. Davis is the Rowan County, Kentucky, clerk who is refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses. She is declaring a religious exemption for herself in her little patch of our amber waves of grain. And she’s an elected official, so no firing her.
 
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    nSigns - Tweaking Minds

  • The Incoherence of Bliss

    Ken W. Simpson
    30 Aug 2015 | 5:41 am
    Commuters wait with half hidden faces sitting hunched their humble bums on platform benches as a train approaches surges, looms sounding like a cello slows and stops the doors open close it moves away accelerates beside a highway as the day dims the carriages glow and shapes begin to fade.Filed under: Articles
  • No Regrets

    Ken W. Simpson
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:10 am
    Romance exists in a sky teaming with dreams that drift through collapsing clouds in a mist of whispers swarming with forgotten thoughts to the ground where every tree has a glimpse of eternity.Filed under: Articles
  • A Degree of Propinquity

    Ken W. Simpson
    17 Aug 2015 | 1:18 pm
    A Degree of Propinquity Memories of old friends flare and flicker then fade as glimpses of familiar faces names and places the house next door an approaching pram a car rolling, slowly down a driveway towards the street where moods of sadness meander beguiled by moments of hypothetical happiness.   HomeFiled under: Articles Tagged: Blog, […]
  • Infotainment

    Ken W. Simpson
    17 Aug 2015 | 1:12 pm
    Infotainment Moving pictures Dolby sound T V News for the faithful with biased views. For bystanders at the track the philosophy of perpetual motion lap after lap. Fans excitedly sit for the privilege of watching icons play for pay. An obsession with machismo is reflected ad nauseam in nostalgic replays. At the final siren don’t […]
  • Artificial Empathy

    Ken W. Simpson
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:47 pm
    Artificial Empathy Under each leaf hiding away from the light camouflaged caterpillars chew. In silhouette a guileless face against a bland background radiates unctuous urbanity. Pretensions of honesty and fake bonhomie by predatory politicians with minds designed to lie. A concert for the deaf enigmatic ethics shotgun blasts to the head and each one a […]
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    Political Wire

  • Why Trump Is Dangerous

    Taegan Goddard
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:38 am
    The Economist: “First, as a billionaire, he will not run out of money to finance his campaign. Second, he faces so many Republican opponents that he could grab the nomination with only a modest plurality of the vote. The smart money still says that Republicans will eventually unite behind a mainstream candidate, as they always have in the past. But the world cannot take this for granted. Demagogues in other countries sometimes win elections, and there is no compelling reason why America should always be immune.”
  • Judge Orders Kentucky Clerk Jailed

    Taegan Goddard
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:22 am
    A federal judge “ordered a Kentucky clerk jailed for contempt of court because of her refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples,” the New York Times reports. Said Judge David Bunning: “The court cannot condone the willful disobedience of its lawfully issued order. If you give people the opportunity to choose which orders they follow, that’s what potentially causes problems.”
  • Trump Picks Unorthodox Campaign Manager

    Taegan Goddard
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:57 am
    New York Times: “Perhaps not surprisingly, the campaign manager for Donald J. Trump’s unorthodox bid for president, Corey Lewandowski, a 40-year-old New Hampshire resident, does not have a conventional résumé.” “In searching for someone to steer his effort, Mr. Trump went not to someone with a depth of experience in national elections, but to someone he appears to see as a kindred spirit: a deeply ambitious, sometimes-mercurial master of self-reinvention (he has also been a New Hampshire state public safety officer and a real estate agent). And, like Mr. Trump, exactly…
  • Trump Has Increased His Lead Since Last Debate

    Taegan Goddard
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:20 am
    A new Monmouth University poll shows Donald Trump has increased his national GOP vote share since last month’s debate. Trump now leads the pack at 30%, followed by Ben Carson at 18%, Jeb Bush at 8%, Ted Cruz at 8%, Marco Rubio at 5%, Carly Fiorina at 4%,  Mike Huckabee at 4% and Scott Walker at 3%. Said pollster Patrick Murray: “None of the establishment candidates is having any success in getting an anti-Trump vote to coalesce around them.  In fact, any attempt to take on Trump directly only seems to make him stronger… The fact that the only one who can challenge Trump is the…
  • The Latest on Wonk Wire

    Taegan Goddard
    3 Sep 2015 | 9:19 am
    Here’s what’s trending on Wonk Wire today: Donald Trump is Rich Because His Father was Rich Could Plummeting Oil Prices Cause the Next Recession? Trump Embodies the GOP’s Shift to Racial Conservatism Birthright Citizenship Is Not New Issue for GOP Small Student Debts, Big Problems
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    Time To Change

  • Taubat Seorang Negarawan

    31 Aug 2015 | 10:41 pm
    “Mahathir turun Bersih 4!” laung beberapa orang demonstran dengan penuh teruja. Baik, itu realitinya. Dan itu juga adalah realpolitik. Mungkin kali ini perlu diingatkan sekali lagi pada sekalian mereka yang memuja Mahathir – yang dulunya mereka begitu bencikan orang tua itu – sementelah munculnya sosok itu di tengah-tengah kekabutan Bersih 4.Bahawa itulah politik. Kata arwah Karpal Singh, dalam politik tiada kawan yang kekal kawan dan musuh yang kekal musuh. Benar, itulah politik – suatu seni yang memungkinkan segalanya. Kalaulah kita tiada cuba untuk fahami ini, kita terlalu naif…
  • Bersih 4

    28 Aug 2015 | 5:24 pm
    Untuk edisi kali ini, saya tidak berpeluang untuk turut sama menyertai himpunan rakyat di kota Kuala Lumpur, Bersih 4. Hari ini saya ke Ipoh, sementelah rakan baik saya mengadakan kenduri walimahnya pada tarikh yang bersetentang dengan tarikh Bersih 4. Untungnya, kali ini Bersih berjalan selama 2 hari, maka 30 Ogos masih lagi berpeluang untuk turut sama.Perihal Bersih, ada beberapa perkara yang berbangkit. Pertamanya, sikap kita pada perhimpunan aman tersebut. Kita boleh bersetuju dan juga boleh tidak bersetuju dengan perhimpunan Bersih. Menafikan mana-mana hak untuk bersetuju atau tidak…
  • 6 Tahun Time To Change

    28 Aug 2015 | 5:35 am
    Untuk sekian kalinya saya gagal (terlupa sebenarnya) untuk menulis artikel sempena ulang tahun blog kecil ini, yang sudah pun genap 6 tahun umurnya, berlegar-legar dalam dunia atas talian yang infiniti cakupan dan capaiannya. Jadinya, tulisan ini tiada lain tujuan selain untuk mengimbau 6 tahun menulis di +Time To Change.Kata beberapa orang rakan-rakan yang mengikuti blog kecil ini, bahawa mereka juga kalau boleh mahu menulis seperti saya. Kata mereka, kalau diberi bakat menulis tentunya mereka juga akan menulis sama. Balas saya, kalaulah saya berbakat menulis, saya tidak berada di sini hari…
  • Memilih Antara Dua Syaitan

    26 Aug 2015 | 5:29 am
    Membaca tulisan terbaru Raja Petra Kamarudin perihal keperluan untuk kita mengusir pemimpin syaitan, dan ulasan lanjut beliau tentang makna politik dari perspektifnya, dan kritikan beliau pada kefahaman politik yang naif, ternyata sama sekali kita tidak dapat menolak bahawa demikianlah sepatutnya politik dimainkan dalam kerangka pandangan sarwa sekular.Bahawasanya, dalam kerangka sekular, tiada keperluan yang mendesak untuk meletakkan akhlak dalam pertimbangan kompas moral. Makanya, apabila meninjau begitu, tidak dapat tidak kita bersetuju bahawa pandangan demikian amatlah cocok dengan…
  • Keldai Tua UKM

    25 Aug 2015 | 10:13 am
    Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia – namanya gah, diulang sebut sebagai sebuah universiti yang bertaraf premier lantaran umurnya yang hampir menjangkau separuh abad sudah. Jika dikira umur begini, sudah banyak pengalaman UKM lalui, termasuklah antaranya bagaimana untuk bersikap dengan permasalahan mahasiswanya dan kakitangannya sendiri.Tulisan ini disiapkan beberapa bulan yang lepas, semasa UKM hangat dilanda isu ketiadaan air sehinggakan cerita mahasiswa hadir ke dewan kuliah dalam keadaan tidak mandi pagi menjadi tajuk utama beberapa portal berita negara. Jadinya, nada tulisan ini…
 
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    The Political Insider

  • A Native Alaskan Has a Brutal Message for Obama During His Tour of Her State!

    TPIWriter
    3 Sep 2015 | 10:30 am
    While America’s economy suffers, police officers are being killed and Iran is getting closer to having nuclear arms… President Barack Obama is fishing in Alaska. He’s there because he’s changing the name of the mountain named after Republican President William McKinley, who was assassinated while in office. It is a huge insult to many, including McKinley’s home state of Ohio. Sarah Palin’s daughter Bristol, who is a native Alaskan, has some important questions for Obama. You have to see this! I’m completely dumbfounded by his trip here. Why again? And…
  • BREAKING! Donald Trump to Make Decision Today That Will Affect Every GOP Presidential Candidate

    Wayne Dupree
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:37 am
    Donald Trump famously refused to raise his hand when Megyn Kelly asked all of the GOP candidates at the first primary debate if they would ultimately support the eventual GOP nominee. Trump’s threat of a 3rd party run has given him a fair amount of leverage in the primary race thus far. .@realDonaldTrump to meet with @Reince Priebus as the #RNC circulates a loyalty pledge: http://t.co/pblYsNk520 pic.twitter.com/2W3PmI7g4N — CNN (@CNN) September 3, 2015 However, to show that he is a serious candidate for the Republican nomination, Trump will reportedly sign a GOP loyalty pledge today and…
  • Obama Buys Cinnamon Rolls in Alaska – THIS Is the Tip He Left…

    TPIWriter
    3 Sep 2015 | 8:12 am
    President Barack Obama has spent his life living in luxury, paid for by taxpayers. Recently, when he went to Alaska to remove the name of a Republican President from a mountain, he stopped in a bakery to buy cinnamon rolls. What happened next has everyone talking. He left a tip of 175%! President Obama’s trip to Anchorage, Alaska, was highlighted by a Tuesday morning trip to Snow City Cafe, a downtown brunch spot well-known amongst locals. His to-go order included the cafe’s entire stock of cinnamon rolls, as well as two pastry platters loaded with muffins and buns. “How…
  • Brilliant Image Exposes Liberals in the Best Way Possible!

    TPIWriter
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:45 am
    Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), is running for President. He’s a self-labeled socialist, and the Democrat party can’t explain how he’s different from their platform… H/T: The Federalist Papers That’s because Bernie Sanders lives in the Democrat Party’s fantasyland… A world without scarcity. Handouts for everyone in exchange for votes! His views are so popular with primary voters, that Hillary Clinton’s campaign now has to spend millions trying to defeat him: Hillary Clinton’s campaign is preparing to ramp up operations in New Hampshire to halt…
  • Hillary Is in Deep Trouble After Her Staffer Refuses to Fall on the Sword for Her

    Rachel Mullen
    3 Sep 2015 | 7:13 am
    The IT staffer who worked on Hillary Clinton’s private server that she used for official use during her stint at the State Department has launched “yet another blow” to the former First Lady’s presidential campaign. According to NBC White House Correspondent Kristen Welke, Bryan Pagliano is pleading the Fifth and is refusing to appear before the Benghazi Select Committee next week. While it is legal for Pagliano to invoke his Fifth Amendment rights, it is seen as a political liability for Hillary Clinton. The Washington Free Beacon reports that Chuck Todd and Savannah Guthrie…
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    The Hinterland Gazette

  • Donald Trump Tells Jeb Bush to Set Example By “Speaking English” in US

    Mira Hutchinson
    3 Sep 2015 | 3:34 am
    Donald Trump Tells Jeb Bush to Set Example By “Speaking English” in US (Photo Credit: Wikipedia) The GOP circus continues as presidential frontrunner Donald Trump said his rival “Jeb Bush should really set the example by speaking English while in the United States,” Breitbart reports. Gee, I guess we know his wife Melania Trump and ex-wife Ivana Trump weren’t allowed to converse with anyone in their native language. That’s another dog whistle to white voters.   Trump also predicted that he will not only win the White House in 2016, but that he will be…
  • Mitt Romney 2016: “Bothered” By Donald Trump Presidential Campaign

    Janet Shan
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:42 am
    Mitt Romney 2016: “Bothered” By Donald Trump Presidential Campaign (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey) Mitt Romney 2016:  The “Draft Mitt” campaign is starting again after he expressed being “bothered” over Donald Trump’s presidential campaign — really it’s a sideshow. New York magazine reports a close Romney adviser said “He’s someone to whom civility means a lot. The whole Trump thing really bothers him.” Mitt Romney 2016:  “Mitt wants to run. He never stopped wanting to run,” a senior member of his 2012 team told me.
  • Protests in Baltimore as Freddie Gray Death Hearings Begin

    Joy Blake
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:25 am
    Protests in Baltimore as Freddie Gray Death Hearings Begin Protests have erupted in Baltimore as the Freddie Gray death hearings begin on Wednesday.  Protesters blocked Pratt Street and community activist Kwame Rose was handcuffed after he was reportedly hit by a car. The first circuit court hearing for the six officers who were charged in his arrest and death is scheduled to start on Wednesday. Lawyers in the Freddie Gray death hearings are expected to look at whether any charges against the officers should be dismissed, whether Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby and her team…
  • Hillary Clinton Struggling But Still Beats Jeb Bush, Donald Trump

    Janet Shan
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:40 am
    Hillary Clinton Struggling But Still Beats Jeb Bush, Donald Trump (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey) Democratic presidential frontrunner Hillary Clinton is still struggling under the weight of the email server scandal but she’s still beating Republican rivals Jeb Bush and Donald Trump. She lost a third of her support in Iowa but is still winning and we aren’t ready to count her out just yet. Yeah, it’s been a really bad summer for Mrs. Clinton and a new Washington Post-ABC News poll also brings her more bad news but she can take solace in the fact that she liked more than Trump…
  • Deleon Smith Dies After Accidentally Shooting Himself While Taking Selfies

    Joy Blake
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:03 pm
    Deleon Smith Dies After Accidentally Shooting Himself While Taking Selfies (Photo Credit: Facebook) Houston teen Deleon Smith died after accidentally shooting himself in the neck while he posed for photos with a gun he had reportedly found. Police say the teen accidentally shot himself in the throat while posting photos to social media, ABC 13 reports. The shooting occurred in the 9800 block of Forum Park in southwest Houston. Deleon Smith leaves behind two daughters, ages one and three. No words….. Deleon Smith Dies After Accidentally Shooting Himself While Taking Selfies…
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    The Mandarin

  • ComSuper staff will retain APS rights for three years

    Stephen Easton
    3 Sep 2015 | 1:18 am
    The APS Commission has advised that ComSuper staff who have been forced to work for Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation will retain their APS employment rights for three years. A few months back, the commissioner argued against the special dispensation in a Senate committee. Click here ComSuper staff will retain APS rights for three years to read the full article on The Mandarin.
  • Pilgrim’s ‘warning’ to agency CEOs: OAIC has a mandate, powers, and is not afraid to use them

    The Mandarin
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:52 pm
    Acting information commissioner Timothy Pilgrim has a message for government's chief executives and lawyers looking to cut corners with Australian's privacy and information rights. Don't think you can "game the system" because of OAIC's uncertain future. It has a mandate, powers, and an appetite to use them. Click here Pilgrim’s ‘warning’ to agency CEOs: OAIC has a mandate, powers, and is not afraid to use them to read the full article on The Mandarin.
  • ACMA facing second review, as govt ponders online gambling

    David Donaldson
    1 Sep 2015 | 11:50 pm
    A new federal review of online gambling laws adds to the inquiry already underway into ACMA, including its oversight of internet betting. Local gambling companies are pushing for stronger compliance measures against foreign competitors. Click here ACMA facing second review, as govt ponders online gambling to read the full article on The Mandarin.
  • What happens if Adelaide changes the clocks to EST?

    The Mandarin
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:35 pm
    Changing South Australia's time zone can misalign our bodies' circadian rhythm. It may have a small impact individually but in an already sleep-deprived society, it adds up to a substantial effect state-wide. Click here What happens if Adelaide changes the clocks to EST? to read the full article on The Mandarin.
  • Self-service not serving all at Centrelink

    Stephen Easton
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:15 pm
    When DHS and Centrelink was hit with a series of critical reports about its customer handling, the department went to work on improvements. The Commonwealth Ombudsman says considerable progress has been made in the last year, but self-service still doesn't work for everyone. Click here Self-service not serving all at Centrelink to read the full article on The Mandarin.
 
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    Jim Sharpe On Point

  • Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery Fighting ICE

    Jim Sharpe
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:38 pm
    Bill Montgomey, Maricopa County Attorney in Arizona joins us on America Continues to discuss the insanity that the Obama Administration and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are making the County Attorney go through to get information on illegal immigrants that were released after being detained. The Obama Administration and ICE are requiring Bill Montgomery to acquire privacy agreements on illegal individuals that were released back into the United States before information about these individuals are released. The post Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery Fighting ICE appeared…
  • Market Volatility: Will It Continue?

    Jim Sharpe
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:51 pm
    U.S. markets this week have painted the perfect picture of volatility. But exactly what does stock market volatility mean for investors? Put simply, volatility is the amount of uncertainty about the size of changes in the stock market. A higher volatility means stocks’ values can be spread over a larger range — in other words, an index or stock price can change radically over a short time period, either up or down. That’s risky. Alternatively, lower volatility means that stocks’ values don’t greatly fluctuate. Rather, their values change at a steady pace over time,…
  • Troy Newman Explains the Center for Medical Progress’s Next Move

    James Allen
    25 Aug 2015 | 4:43 pm
    Abortion giant Planned Parenthood is still reeling after the Center for Medical Progress released a series of undercover videos showing abortionists haggling over baby parts “for a Lamborghini,” selling whole baby cadavers for intact parts, pushing baby parts around in a pie dish while declaring “it’s another boy!” and cutting through the face of a baby whose heart was still beating in order to get to an intact brain. Now, as Congress vows to continue fighting to strip Planned Parenthood of $500 million in annual taxpayer funding, the group is planning to sue CMP…
  • City of Chicago’s Red-Light Camera Corruption

    Jim Sharpe
    21 Aug 2015 | 4:08 pm
    The former chief executive officer of Chicago’s first red-light camera vendor pleaded guilty to a federal bribery charge Thursday. As the CEO of Redflex Traffic Systems Inc., KAREN FINLEY funneled cash and other personal financial benefits to a City of Chicago official and his friend, knowing that the payments would help persuade the city to award red-light camera contracts to Redflex, according to a plea agreement. The benefits included golf trips, hotels and meals, as well as hiring the city official’s friend as a highly compensated contractor for Redflex, according to the plea…
  • Thank You Spreaker…We Agree 100%

    James Allen
    18 Aug 2015 | 4:23 pm
    America Continues is growing every week and being added to more and more stations. But our online support has just been amazing. Thank you so much for supporting the show and thank you to Spreaker for an amazing platform and to Neil Hughes for the mention. America Continues with Jim Sharpe offers hope to those who have given up on the ‘American Dream’ in his Podcast that brings a special insight to the significant news stories of the day. There is so much to be proud of in this great nation and rather than trying to scare his listeners like other media outlets, he puts news stories and…
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    Yabberz: Top Stories

  • Can You Hear Me Now

    29 Aug 2015 | 8:29 am
    I am reminded of the Verizon wireless commercial some years ago where the guy in the ad asked "Can you heard me now" As a middle aged white male living in Virginia I don’t know but I suspect Andy Parker was against gun ....
  • The Tables Are Turned

    28 Aug 2015 | 2:07 pm
    Pro-Clinton Group Demands Benghazi Chair Turn Over All His Emails August 28 2015 by Samuel Warde No Comments A pro-Clinton is demanding ....
  • Sting Videos Of Planned Parenthood Are Totally Manipulated Forensic Analysis Finds

    27 Aug 2015 | 1:06 pm
    The "full" footage isnt the full footage afterall Videos so distored they cant be used in a court of law The quote "Its a baby" turns out to be background noise Five separate states investigtions turn up no wrong-doing Some days it just doesnt pay ....
  • Was Virginia Shooter Mentally Ill Or Motivated By Race Hate

    27 Aug 2015 | 9:39 am
    Im very interested to see what double standards some Yabberz members will adopt according to the shooters race for deciding when shooters are "racist" or "mentally ill " http//thehill com/blogs/blog-briefing-room/252022 Manifesto purportedly sent by Virginia gunman ....
  • Describe Trump In Two Words

    26 Aug 2015 | 9:36 pm
    Mine "Delusional 1%er"
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    Let Freedom Ring » Let Freedom Ring

  • Hillary Clinton is a FELON – New email dump contains 150 CLASSIFIED emails

    Let Freedom Ring
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:30 am
    The State Department released a large batch of Clinton emails on Monday, with another 7,000 pages released to the media. Classified information has been redacted. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) – The State Department released 7,000 new Hillary Clinton emails to the media Monday night, with about 150 of those emails being redacted because they contained classified information. The emails are standard fare, with Hillary discussing everyday world affairs. The Washington Post detailed some of her oddest emails including one that asked if Chinese carpets could be imported for her office,…
  • State Department releases thousands of Clinton emails, 125 contain classified information

    Let Freedom Ring
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:25 am
    The State Department released thousands of pages of Hillary Clinton’s emails Monday night that a department spokesman said contained 125 messages with material now considered classified. State Department spokesman Mark Toner said the emails in question were “subsequently upgraded” to classified. He stressed that none of the emails was considered classified at the time. Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com However, the sheer number of emails that have been redacted stands as the latest example of how much sensitive material was contained in Clinton’s email…
  • Clinton Campaign Caught on Tape Accepting Foreign Donation

    Let Freedom Ring
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:20 am
    (NY Times) – Campaign rallies are crawling with hidden cameras these days as opposition researchers from rivals, activist groups or political action committees spare no expense in hopes of finding a gaffe or, ideally, signs of unlawfulness. Presidential campaigns were put on notice on Tuesday that the stakes will be higher in this election cycle as Project Veritas Action, a research team that uses undercover investigators, warned that it was stepping up its stalking. The group, which considers itself a journalism organization, is led by James O’Keefe, who has experienced his own legal…
  • James O’Keefe: Yes Hillary, I Have Undercover Video of Your Campaign

    Let Freedom Ring
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:25 pm
    Late last week rumors started swirling about an undercover investigation of Hillary Clinton’s campaign being conducted by James O’Keefe’s Project Veritas, an organization responsible for holding a number of government officials accountable for bad behavior. The Clinton camp was put on high alert, told to look for suspicious behavior and to be aware they may be under video surveillance. We now know the rumors are true. O’Keefe has confirmed Project Veritas journalists have in fact conducted an undercover video investigation into Clinton’s campaign and have plenty…
  • Media ‘conflicted’ since TV shooter is black

    Let Freedom Ring
    26 Aug 2015 | 8:20 pm
    Radio host Rush Limbaugh said the national news media will be conflicted in their reporting on Wednesday’s slaughter of a Virginia news crew live on the air because the shooter was a black man, and his victims were white. The shooter has been identified as Vester Flanagan, 41, who also went by the professional name of Bryce Williams. The victims are reporter Alison Parker, 24, and photographer Adam Ward, 27, who were gunned down during a live broadcast from the Bridgewater Plaza in Moneta, Virginia. “A reporter of color is the shooter. Now there’s a conflict. Now what do they (the…
 
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    The Illogical Seminary

  • Christie Caught On Camera

    The Head Seminarian
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:28 pm
    Yesterday I was agape and aghast that Scott Walker tried to get away with saying that he never said anything about the need for a northern border. There’s fucking video of him saying it and he tried to pass it off as some sort of “a joke”. And then he told people to look at the footage to see what he really said. That’s how deluded these numbskulls are. They actually believe in their own bullshit, which makes me wonder if they have some sort of mental condition that allows them to lie like hell in the face of incontrovertible evidence undermining their claims. They…
  • The Net Don’t Forget

    The Head Seminarian
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:32 pm
    Scott Walker is a class-A bullshit artist. A few days ago, we heard him consider a wall on our northern border a “legitimate issue to look at”. Today, he just plain denied like a motherfucker what he said: “This is just a joke in terms of how people react to things. I’ve said for some time that we need to secure the southern border. I’ve talked about the infrastructure, the personnel and the technology needed there. I’ve talked about enforcing the laws.” What? A joke? I don’t recall any laughter when he said that. I watched video of you say it was something to…
  • Gotcha, Motherfucker

    The Head Seminarian
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:59 pm
    I’ve been looking for this to hit the net, because it set my hair on fire when I heard him say it on TV. A student asked him if he favors stricter gun control because everybody is shooting themselves and other people. His response: “I uh, don’t think this is a national…(mumbles)…the, the federal government should not be involved in gun laws.” I am sick to death of these people evading questions by using the tired-ass trope of “state’s rights”. I’ve said it many times-I will repeat it because it bears repeating. These assholes…
  • Denali Folly

    The Head Seminarian
    31 Aug 2015 | 1:23 pm
    Right-wingers will be outraged at anything. Anything at all. As long as it seems to come from Obama, they flip their fucking wig. The Wurlitzer is cranked up to ear-ruining level because…because… I’m still trying to process it. I can’t make it make sense to you. It’s Denali, aka Mount McKinley. The Alaskan mountain, which is the highest peak in North America, was named Denali by native Alaskans. It was given the name “Mount McKinley” in 1896 by a gold prospector who wanted to celebrate McKinley winning the Republican presidential nomination, and the name was…
  • Trapped

    The Head Seminarian
    30 Aug 2015 | 5:49 pm
    Scott Walker will not make it to the quarterfinals. He enjoyed a little attention as a sort of dark horse/white hope for a bit. But what we have seen is that every time he opens his mouth, something comes out that make his backers want to weep a little. He’s not ready for big questions at all. Look at this hot mess he produced when asked about our relationship with Pakistan…I won’t make you watch: In advance of his foreign policy address in South Carolina, Gov. Scott Walker was asked Friday morning about U.S.-Pakistan relations. “Well, I think anywhere in the world we…
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  • How Much Is Your Favorite Candidate Worth?

    Daniel
    27 Aug 2015 | 8:47 am
    There’s a reason why Bernie Sanders’ brand of populism is consistently drawing by far the biggest crowds of the 2016 election: it’s because he’s tapped into a very real source of frustration and anxiety among the working people of America: income inequality. And there’s a reason why nobody takes Hillary Clinton seriously when she talks about it, no matter how many times she says that “the deck is stacked in favor of those at the top.” It’s because she represents everything about the political and economic establishment: she belongs to a political dynasty, as well as to one…
  • The Coming Economic Fallout of Widespread Ad-Blocking

    Daniel
    26 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    We’ve all been there: you sit down to browse a few websites—perhaps looking for a specific piece of information or a key bit of insight—and you’re bombarded by advertisements. Because you’re familiar with the reason they exist, and see the benefits they bring to the websites that host them, you probably skim past them or politely click on the “x.” But  for some Internet users, these ads are much more of a hassle than they’re worth. Instead of skimming through or looking for the information on the site without focusing on the ad, they choose to download software that blocks…
  • How Technology Will Create Jobs in an Automated World

    Daniel
    21 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past six months, odds are you’ve heard many folks, a lot of whom are fast-food workers, evangelize on behalf of what’s been called a livable wage: $15 per hour. In fact, U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT)—who’s seeking the Democratic nod for the presidency—has gone as far as introducing a bill that would raise the federal minimum raise to $15. Currently, the minimum wage is $7.25. It remains to be seen whether the bill gets any traction on Capitol Hill, but thanks to a Republican-controlled House and Senate, I’m not placing any bets…
  • How America’s Meth Laws Unfairly Target the Poor

    Daniel
    19 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    To say that the War on Drugs is controversial would be an understatement. Those who claim it’s been a failure point to the fact that it’s ineffective, costly, and apparently rigged against those of lower socioeconomic status. Furthermore, a majority of Americans believe marijuana should be legalized, multiple sources say D.A.R.E (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) does not work, and only recently did President Obama sign the Fair Sentencing Act, meant to correct a disparity in punishment between crack cocaine and powdered cocaine—drugs which are associated with users on op