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  • Why voter ID laws pose long term danger to GOP

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    Paul Waldman
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:08 am
    A trial begins today in a federal courtroom in Texas to determine the constitutionality of the state’s voter identification law, which is widely acknowledged to be the most restrictive in the nation. It has gone through a number of twists and turns: Passed in 2011, it was struck down in federal court in 2012 as […]
  • Morning Plum: How Obama can help Dems hold Senate

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    Greg Sargent
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:19 am
    Now that Labor Day is behind us, the final, brutal stretch of the battle for control of the Senate kicks off in earnest. The Associated Press has a good piece recapping all the ways in which President Obama will try to help where he can, while staying out of the way where necessary: Mindful of […]
  • Why Atlantic City is failing and Vegas isn’t

    Politics in the Zeros
    Bob Morris
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:32 am
    Revel Atlantic City. 2 years old. Cost $2.4 billion. Closing this weekend. Atlantic City casinos opened 36 years ago with great hoopla about being an East Coast Vegas. Today, one casino there has already closed and three more will close imminently, leaving Atlantic City economically devastated. Revel is the poster child for the decline and fall. Constructed just two years ago for $2.4 billion, the 57-floor hotel casino has been in bankruptcy twice and will close permanently this weekend. Predictably there are brave plans to repurpose casiona as apartments or condos. But for that to happen,…
  • For 2016 GOP candidates, does courting the Kochs bring more risk than reward?

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    Paul Waldman
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:38 am
    While most Americans were settling in for a long weekend, many of the potential 2016 GOP presidential candidates — Rick Perry, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, Mike Pence — went to Dallas for a convention of Americans for Prosperity, the group through which Charles and David Koch channel much of their political money. If […]
  • Happy Hour Roundup

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    Paul Waldman
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:13 pm
    • On this Labor Day, it’s good to start with Jonathan Cohn’s interview of longtime labor organizer Richard Yeselson on the state of unions in the United States: Pretty much in every other country in Western Europe, Canada, even Australia and the U.K. (which share some labor-management features with the U.S.), the assumption is that […]
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    The Atlantic

  • The Stories Steven Sotloff Told

    Uri Friedman
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:43 pm
    "The civilians of Aleppo are trapped in a violent stalemate, left to endure a war whose suffering and hardships grow larger with every passing day. Though NATO Secretary-General Anders Fogh Rasmussen recently boasted 'it's only a question of time'before the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad collapses, people in Aleppo fear they are stage players in a war with no end in sight." So began Steven Sotloff's dispatch for Foreign Policy from the Syrian city of Aleppo on December 24, 2012, in the midst of a humanitarian catastrophe. Nearly two years later, there is still no end to Syria's brutal war…
  • A Fascinating Short Film About the Multiverse

    Chris Heller
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:38 pm
  • 'Steven Was Brave and Unlucky, but He Was Not Stupid'

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Michael Totten remembers Steven Sotloff, who was part of a roving band of very brave reporters covering hard wars in a new and terrible age. After the very brave and very smart (and very risk-aware) Danny Pearl was beheaded, I used to argue to colleagues that his death was the exception that proved the rule: Most terrorist groups still wanted reporters to carry their message to the world, or so we told ourselves in places like Pakistan and Afghanistan. No more: The exception is no longer exceptional. The murder is the message.  Totten, a very brave reporter himself, just posted…
  • Envision the Novel Like a Museum

    Joe Fassler
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:18 am
    By Heart is a series in which authors share and discuss their all-time favorite passages in literature. See entries from Claire Messud, Jonathan Franzen, Amy Tan, Khaled Hosseini, and more. Doug McLeanThe title of Ben Lerner’s new novel, 10:04, refers to the time at which lightning strikes a famous Robert Zemeckis clock tower, hurling Marty McFly back to 1985. But it’s also a reference to The Clock, a massive film montage by Stephen Marclay that synchronizes 24 hours worth of timepiece-related film clips (including footage from Back to the Future) into a daylong whole. The novel’s…
  • The New Internet Honesty

    Leah Sottile
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:15 am
    There I was, brainlessly scrolling through my Instagram feed one day, when I found myself looking at a glimpse of modern-day honesty. It was this quick succession of videos that made me stop, little things posted by my cousin’s 12-year-old daughter and a friend one night, which she flags with the hashtag “#TBH”—Instagram-speak for “To Be Honest.” They started the same: these two girls took a selfie together, with the caption “Like for #TBH”—as in, whoever hits the like button will get a video in return, in which these two will say something honest. The videos all started…
 
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  • Cartoon: To pee or not to pee

    2 Sep 2014 | 2:50 pm
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  • Fundraising efforts for officer that shot Brown top $400,000, but where's the money going?

    2 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm
    So you may have heard that the fundraising efforts on behalf of the Ferguson officer who shot Michael Brown have so far, at $400,000+, outpaced any similar efforts for Brown's family or community. You may have also heard that the two main GoFundMe pages seem a bit hinky. Two online fundraising pages that raised more than $400,000 for the police officer who killed an unarmed black man in Ferguson, Mo., were shut down this weekend so tax lawyers could decide how best to handle the money, an official told the Los Angeles Times. [...] The first page, “Support Officer Darren Wilson,” had…
  • The House GOP expected wave. So far, none in sight

    2 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Yup, sorry. Turns out Obamacare won't gift you dozens of seats after all. You couldn't imagine a more optimistic bunch than House Republicans at the start of this cycle. In midterm elections, the party controlling the White House during the sixth year of a presidency lost an average of 29 seats in the House (and six seats in the Senate). Obama's numbers are anemic at best. They were convinced they'd ride Obamacare to big victories, aided by the historical off-year drop-off in base Democratic voter performance. And yet here we are, post-Labor Day, and their big win possibilities have yet to…
  • Midday open thread: 'Speak softly' anniversary, global warming and diet, leafleter arrested

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Today's comic by Jen Sorensen is Tips and tricks for new college students: Here's what you missed on Sunday Kos ... President Bush declared Iraq a 'catastrophic success' ten years ago, by Jon Perr To fight ISIS the West must do more to integrate potentially alienated Muslims, by Ian Reifowitz Can you still doubt plight of black men with police irrespective of socio-economic circumstances?, by Egberto Willies Quick question for white conservatives: Is it ever NOT okay to shoot dead an unarmed black man?, by Laurence Lewis Daily Kos Elections Power Rankings: The Governors (Back to School…
  • Vietnam vet to Mitch McConnell: 'You failed to do' your duty

    2 Sep 2014 | 11:58 am
    Literally speaking, when wounded Vietnam veteran and cancer survivor Charles Erwin appears in the latest Vote Vets ad and tells Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell that McConnell hasn't done his duty, he's talking about McConnell's efforts to block $21 billion in funding for veterans. In the ad, an out-of-focus Erwin approaches the camera with the aid of a walking cane, while text details McConnell's vote earlier this year to block the aid package. Erwin then comes in focus and delivers his line: Senator McConnell, I did my duty, but after 30 years in Washington, you failed to do yours.
 
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    Drudge Retort

  • Gay NFL Player Meets with Cowboys

    lee_the_agent
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Michael Sam, the first openly gay athlete to be drafted in the NFL, is flying to Dallas Tuesday night to take a physical for the Dallas Cowboys. If he passes, the team plans to sign him to its practice squad, ESPN reports. ESPN football writer Kevin Seifert wasn't surprised Sam didn't make an NFL roster but was surprised he didn't isn't already on a practice team. "He'll now get a second chance to impress another organization, albeit after a longer-than-usual wait and with a franchise whose owner craves attention like no other," Seifert writes.
  • North Korea Lets 3 Detained Americans Go on CNN

    gracieamazed
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Three Americans detained in North Korea pleaded for U.S. help in interviews with CNN. Kenneth Bae, Matthew Todd Miller and Jeffrey Edward Fowle were presented to CNN's Will Ripley at a Pyongyang hotel Monday. Each was given five minutes for an interview. All three men said they hope the U.S. government will send an envoy to North Korea to help get them out of their situations, similar to how former President Bill Clinton helped secure the release of two journalists in 2009. Bae, who is serving a 15-year prison sentence for "hostile acts to bring down its government," said he is working eight…
  • Anti-Fracking Mayor Punches Pro-Fracking Blogger

    rcade
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Former Binghamton, New York, mayor Matt Ryan, a fracking opponent, could face harassment charges after getting into a bar fight with a prominent pro-fracking blogger, police said. Ryan, who helped Binghamton pass a fracking ban, shoved Victor Furman, a frequent critic of anti-fracking activists, during an argument inside Davy's Last Chance Saloon in Chenango Forks, on August 20. When a discussion of issues including fracking grew heated, Ryan told Furman, "I ought to punch you right in the mouth," according to police.
  • Tarico: 5 Reasons to Think Jesus Never Existed

    Dave
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Valerie Tarico, Alternet: Most antiquities scholars think that the New Testament gospels are "mythologized history." In other words, they think that around the start of the first century a controversial Jewish rabbi named Yeshua ben Yosef gathered a following and his life and teachings provided the seed that grew into Christianity. At the same time, these scholars acknowledge that many Bible stories like the virgin birth, miracles, resurrection, and women at the tomb borrow and rework mythic themes that were common in the Ancient Near East, much the way that screenwriters base new movies on…
  • Survivor Lead Singer Jimi Jamison Dies

    rcade
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:19 am
    Jimi Jamison, the lead singer of the arena rock band Survivor, has died of a heart attack. He was 63. Jamison joined the band after its biggest hit "Eye of the Tiger," performing on such hits songs as "Burning Heart" and "Is This Love." As a solo performer he sang the Baywatch theme song "I'm Always Here." Before Survivor, he was lead singer for Cobra and a background vocalist for ZZ Top, Joe Walsh and other musicians.
 
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    Editor's Blog

  • Princeton: Weed or the Job

    Josh Marshall
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:32 pm
    A senior operations manager at Princeton University has been told to choose between his job and medical marijuana.
  • Too Much

    Josh Marshall
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:43 pm
    The latest details of the horrific accident with the 9 year old and the Uzi almost perfectly captures the term 'tragicomic'. Not surprisingly, after the shooting, the 9 year old complained that the gun was too powerful for her and complained to her parents of shoulder pain. Her parents were so focused on her apparent injury that they did not at first notice that instructor Charles Vacca was laying on the ground with a mortal wound to the head.
  • Again

    Josh Marshall
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:17 am
    ISIS has released a video showing what purports to be beheading of a second journalist in its custody, Steven Sotloff.
  • The Big Elephant In The Room

    David Kurtz
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:08 am
    As I mentioned just below, there's some movement toward red states adopting Obamacare's Medicaid expansion. But the holdout states are clustered in the South, where African Americans are most affected by the lack of Medicaid coverage.
  • Obamacare Converts Showing Up In Unlikely Places

    David Kurtz
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:15 am
    The idea that Medicaid expansion in red states is a dead letter until Obama leaves office may not entirely hold up. The financial incentives to expand sooner are so great that even very conservative states (at least outside the South) are starting to see the light.
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    Political Animal

  • Fresh Out of Humanitarians

    2 Sep 2014 | 3:17 pm
    With Pennsylvania having given a boost to Medicaid Expansion Optimism, people are on the lookout for the next Republican-governed state that might go over the line. TPM's Dylan Scott writes up Wyoming as a likely candidate, since Gov. Matt Mead has been instructed by his legislature to look into some sort of deal with the Obama administration. Scott does a good job of asking Wyoming figures exactly what might have changed since the state rejected the Medicaid expansion at their first opportunity. As a Democratic legislator made it clear, it's not like hearts have softened: "We've already got…
  • So Much for "Non-Interventionism"

    2 Sep 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Want to know how badly Rand Paul wants to be president? This bad (per a report from the Weekly Standard): Kentucky senator Rand Paul tells the AP that he would seek to "destroy ISIS militarily" if he were president: "Speaking to a ballroom later, some of the loudest applause for Paul came when he quipped: 'If the president has no strategy, maybe it's time for a new president.' "In an emailed comment, however, Paul elaborated by saying: 'If I were President, I would call a joint session of Congress. I would lay out the reasoning of why ISIS is a threat to our national security and seek…
  • Is ISIS Deterrable?

    2 Sep 2014 | 1:28 pm
    I do not claim any expertise whatsoever in Middle Eastern affairs, much less the intricacies of Salafi Islam. But given the hysterical talk about ISIS as sort of the ultimate terrorist organization that can be expected to blow up an American city any day now, I found this passage from a TNR profile of ISIS by Graeme Wood very interesting: [S]lavish loyalty to historical example at least makes the beliefs and plans of ISIS a little more predictable than those of a spry, global-reach organization like Al Qaeda. We know, for example, that Baghdadi demands total allegiance and that the caliphal…
  • Lunch Buffet

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Nothing like the day after a holiday weekend to find yourself in Slow News Land. So there will be some midday tidbits that ordinarily would stay in the pantry: * Dave Weigel hired by Bloomberg to anchor its new politics "brand." * In other journalism news, WaPo replaces Katharine Weymouth with former Politico CEO Frederick Ryan, first non-Graham-family publisher. * And in tragic news, second U.S. journalist murdered on video by ISIS. * HuffPost's polling-only Senate forecast shows Democrats with slightly higher chance than Republicans of holding Senate this year. * Steve King brings in…
  • Homicide Victim Fails To Stay Alive

    2 Sep 2014 | 11:31 am
    This happens too often to mention it every time, but hats off to James Fallow for a quick tweet on a Wall Street Journal post that mentions in passing the fate of a minimum wage bill in the Senate earlier this year: WSJ says $10.10 min-wage bill “failed to pass the Senate.” http://t.co/D2TffIjOKd Copy edit hint: “was blocked by filibuster.” Got 54 votes— James Fallows (@JamesFallows) September 2, 2014 The "failed to pass" line is a bit like a homicide victim being described as someone who fails to stay alive. It's technically true, but misses the agency involved…
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    New Republic

  • Europe Is on the Brink of Its First War in Decades. Here's What the West Must Do.

    Bernard-Henri Levy
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:20 pm
    In the space of a few days, everything has changed. According to NATO sources, a thousand Russian soldiers have been on the move in the vicinity of Lugansk for several days now. Several dozen Russian tanks, including a division flown in from Pskov, crossed the border and, since August 25, have bee
  • Chris Christie Wants to Arm Wrestle Vladimir Putin, Basically

    Brian Beutler
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:52 am
    Say what you will about the tenets of not doing "stupid shit," at least it’s an ethos. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, by contrast, appears to have taken
  • Detroit's Promising Lesson for America's Failing Cities

    Claire Groden
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:32 am
    Detroit, once known as the home of the Model T, might soon be known as the home of the Model Bankruptcy. Over the course of the past 14 months, philanthropists, private corporations, the city and the state have hammered out a grand bargain to serve as the centerpiece of a plan that will eliminate
  • This Chart Disproves Republicans' Food-Stamp Nonsense

    Danny Vinik
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:15 am
    When Republicans want to support their position that Americans have become dependent on welfare, they frequently point to the number of workers on food stamps. In 2012, Senator Rand Paul
  • Screw Politics, Obama Should Act On Deportations as Soon as Possible

    Brian Beutler
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:22 am
    If the trial balloons the White House floated late last week reflect President Obama’s true thinking, then Senate Democrats have frightened him out of his pledge to curb deportations of unauthorized immigrants with deep roots in the United States this month.Several weeks ago, Obama announced he wo
 
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  • Eric Cantor’s Huge Pay Day

    Alex Rogers
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Nearly three months after a historic primary defeat, former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor announced he’ll join investment bank Moelis, and follow in the long tradition of lawmakers profiting on their knowledge of the regulatory and political landscape post-Congress. And boy did Cantor cash out. Cantor’s $3.4 million compensation package for the next year and four months puts his congressional salary into stark relief. Since he was elected Majority Leader in 2011, Cantor earned $193,400 a year, around $20,000 more annually than a rank-and-file member. But as Vice Chairman and…
  • ISIS Video Purports to Show Killing of Second American Journalist

    Dan Hirschhorn
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    MoreRead Steven Sotloff’s Reporting for TIMEU.S. Launched Operation to Rescue ISIS Hostages, Pentagon SaysVideo Shows Beheading of American JournalistA video released Tuesday by the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) purports to show the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff. If the video is authentic, it would be the second time ISIS has killed an American journalist in as many weeks. MoreIsraelis and Palestinians Ask if the Latest Fight Was Worth ItIsrael and Palestinians Reach Open-Ended Cease-Fire DealGirl Who Shot Instructor Said Uzi Was 'Too…
  • Jay-Z, Kanye West, Kings of Leon Used to Register Millennial Voters

    Maya Rhodan
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:49 am
    Summer music festival season is officially over, but Jane Henderson, 24, has more to show for it than an assortment of multicolored wristbands and awkward tan lines. MoreGOP Group Hits Vulnerable Democratic Senator as Creature of WashingtonWomen Find GOP ‘Intolerant,’ Report SaysGirl Who Shot Instructor Said Uzi Was 'Too Much for Her' NBC NewsISIS Extremists Behead Second American, Monitoring Group Says NBC NewsJoan Rivers on Life Support, Daughter Says NBC NewsOver the past three months, Henderson has traveled to 28 festivals, stadium concerts, and live music shows with hopes of…
  • GOP Group Hits Vulnerable Democratic Senator as Creature of Washington

    Maya Rhodan
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:46 am
    The big-spending Republican super PAC American Crossroads released a new video Tuesday painting vulnerable incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) as a good candidate for Washington—not for her constituents back home. “I really can appreciate the life that we live on The Hill,” Landrieu is shown saying in the minute-long video released by the group. The ad highlights fundraising and policies touted by the Louisiana Democrat that have benefitted her Capitol Hill neighbors as Louisiana residents look on. The video even features a clip of Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray calling Landrieu…
  • Cantor Joins Investment Bank Following Primary Loss

    Dan Kedmey
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:25 am
    Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor joined the executive board of an investment bank on Tuesday, two weeks after he resigned from office in the wake of a stunning primary defeat by a Tea Party candidate. Cantor will become a vice chairman and managing director of Moelis & Company, a New York-based investment bank with 500 employees 15 offices around the world. He will provide “strategic counsel” to the bank’s global clients, which include corporations, governments and financial sponsors. “When I considered options for the next chapter of my career, I knew I wanted…
 
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  • U.S. strikes Somali militant camp in bid to kill al Shabaab leader

    2 Sep 2014 | 2:39 pm
    The United States launched Hellfire missiles and laser-guided munitions to destroy an al Shabaab encampment in south-central Somalia late on Monday, the Pentagon said. After the Westgate mall attack, Navy SEALS stormed ashore into the al Shabaab stronghold of Barawe, where a regional official said the latest air strike was also launched, but they failed to capture or kill their target.
  • 'Islamic State' extremists murder second US reporter

    2 Sep 2014 | 2:39 pm
    The so-called "Islamic State" has murdered a second American reporter, releasing another video Tuesday showing a masked militant with a British accent cutting the throat of a US captive. In the latest footage, the 31-year-old reporter Steven Sotloff calmly addresses the camera to say he is a victim of President Barack Obama's decision to press on with air strikes against the jihadists. "I'm back, Obama, and I'm back because of your arrogant foreign policy towards the Islamic State," the black-clad jihadist says, wielding a combat knife and speaking in a…
  • Top Obama national security aide to visit China

    2 Sep 2014 | 2:38 pm
    Washington (AFP) - US President Barack Obama's top national security aide will visit Beijing next week, with tensions between the Pacific powers aggravated by an incident between their air forces over the South China Sea.
  • US rejects Norwegian Air bid for US-Europe flights

    2 Sep 2014 | 2:31 pm
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has rejected a request by a low-cost air carrier to begin flying immediately between the U.S. and Europe in a case that has significant labor and trade policy implications.
  • Congress pressures Obama on IS after 2nd beheading claim

    2 Sep 2014 | 2:26 pm
    US lawmakers Tuesday called for Secretary of State John Kerry to present administration policy for "rolling back" the Islamic State's gains, after the rampaging group claimed it beheaded a second American. With members of the House and Senate warning that President Barack Obama has not done enough to combat the extremist group, House Foreign Affairs Committee chairman Ed Royce said he was summoning Kerry to testify once Congress returns next week from its recess. The committee's top Democrat, Eliot Engel, said lawmakers were "horrified" by the apparent murder.
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    Political Irony

  • Carried Away

    Iron Knee
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:30 pm
    The book “My Parents Open Carry” is about a 13-year-old and her parents “as they spend a typical Saturday running errands and having fun together. What’s not so typical is that Brenna’s parents lawfully open carry handguns for self-defense.” But the best part are the quotes from editorial reviews, like: “I’m going to read it to my kids tonight.” – Glenn Beck “What a beautiful bedtime story…” – Stephen Colbert (link to video) “Thank heavens! I… lament how closeted gun owners are, and how I seldom hear from…
  • Police v. Bankers

    Iron Knee
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:27 pm
    © Jen Sorensen At some point, did we stop being a nation of laws? When will the powerful — bankers, police, politicians, even the president — be held to the same standards as the poor? Is that really too much to ask? Related posts: Bankers have feelings, too! Police Officer Sues For Right to be Racist Police State We Can Believe In
  • Speaking of Obamacare and Embarrassment

    Iron Knee
    31 Aug 2014 | 12:11 am
    Florida is one of the states that refused to expand Medicare coverage for poor people. Instead, last March the Republican-controlled state government created an alternative to Obamacare called Florida Health Choices, and appropriated over $2.5 million to start it up and launch its website. So, how did that work out for them? So far, six months after the launch, Florida Health Choices has signed up a grand total of 30 people. That’s out of 764,000 people in Florida who are too poor to afford subsidized plans under Obamacare, but can’t qualify for Medicaid because Florida refused…
  • Pound Foolish

    Iron Knee
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:28 pm
    A week or so ago, the Chicago Cubs had a bit of a disaster. Four and a half innings into the game it started raining — hard — but they didn’t have enough grounds crew to cover the field with tarps quickly enough. The attempt to cover the field was so pitiful the audience booed. Finally, after a long delay and with the field an unplayable mess, the game was called because of rain. Which gave a 2-0 win to the Cubs. Their opponents, the SF Giants, protested the call and won. It was the first successful protest in major league baseball in 28 years. So the game was resumed two…
  • Late Night Political Humor

    Iron Knee
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    “Missouri Governor Jay Nixon apparently sent the National Guard to Ferguson without letting the White House know first. When he heard he was left out of such an important decision, Obama said, ‘Holy crap, I’ve been Bidened!’” – Jimmy Fallon “Yesterday Egypt’s foreign ministry called on the United States to show respect for the rights of protesters in Ferguson, Missouri. Yeah, Egypt said that. Man, talk about living in glass pyramids.” – Jimmy Fallon “Disneyworld has become a popular location for Republican fundraisers. A favorite…
 
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    Politics - The Huffington Post

  • Egypt's Transitional Injustice

    2 Sep 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Yara Sallam, the transitional justice officer at the Egyptian Initiative for Personal Rights, was arrested on June 21 a block away from a Cairo protest march against a draconian law that effectively bans demonstrations. Under the law, in effect since November 2013, thousands of people have suffered from arrest and detention. She wasn't taking part in the demonstration, but after only one short appearance in court a few days after the arrest, the judge adjourned the misdemeanor trial until September 13. Legal experts expected Yara and the 22 other detainees in this case to be released on bail,…
  • Non-Interventionist Rand Paul Wants To 'Destroy ISIS Militarily'

    2 Sep 2014 | 2:23 pm
    WASHINGTON -- Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) may advocate for a non-interventionist foreign policy with more judicious use of American military power, but even he wants to take military action against Islamic State militants in the Middle East. "If I were President, I would call a joint session of Congress," he told the Associated Press in a little-noticed Friday email. "I would lay out the reasoning of why ISIS is a threat to our national security and seek congressional authorization to destroy ISIS militarily." Those remarks contradict Paul's prominent attack on Hillary Clinton last week. In a Wall…
  • Dire Data: When Voters Begin to Act Like Politicians

    2 Sep 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Politicians like data. But trends are a different story -- harder to confuse and more difficult to misapply, trends can spell out dire predictions for even the most data-toting politicians. And today's trends reveal a most moribund frontier in congressional deal-making: the end of moderate politics. The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press recently disclosed some trends that should both flatter and concern our elected officials. It seems that despite the increasing frustration with Washington, D.C., voters are actually listening to politicians. Before our elected officials jump…
  • GOP Governors Group Hits Democrats In Colorado And Maine

    2 Sep 2014 | 2:15 pm
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Democratic governor of Colorado is soft on a convicted killer and the Democrats' hopeful in Maine would dole out millions in tax dollars to immigrants in the country illegally, the Republican Governors Association tells voters in ads that started running Tuesday. The emotionally charged spots are just the latest examples of unflinching ads from the GOP governors' political arm, which is run by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie. The highly critical ads come as polls show both Colorado and Maine to be tight races — and the latest finance reports show the Republicans'…
  • DREAM Activists, Mobile Tech Key to AZ Primary Win

    2 Sep 2014 | 2:15 pm
    It has already been a wild primary election season with several big upsets rocking the political establishment. Add a hotly contested Arizona Democratic primary to that list, where young upstart Ruben Gallego, ran a brutally efficient field operation on his way to a surprise election day victory. National Democrats have long struggled to turn out their core constituencies in off year elections. For Arizona Democrats turning out that vote is even harder. Gallego, running in a hotly contested Democratic primary, bet that he could turn out voters with an ambitious field program powered by DREAM…
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    Media Matters for America - Latest Items

  • Right-Wing Watchdogs Push "Bogus" EPA Map Conspiracy

    2 Sep 2014 | 9:32 am
    A group of right-wing news sites coordinated across the U.S. are baselessly pushing a conspiracy theory that the Environmental Protection Agency has been hiding new maps that reveal an "alarming" power grab. But the maps of U.S. waterways were simply updated from versions created during the Bush administration, and are helping the agency keep drinking water safe more efficiently. Earlier this year, the EPA proposed clarifying which waterways are under the protection of the Clean Water Act, as companies have been able to pollute "beyond the law" due to legal confusion. Conservative media have…
  • George Will's Ethical Problems Continue With The Kochs And AFP

    2 Sep 2014 | 9:20 am
    Washington Post columnist George Will deepened his ethically challenged connections to big-money conservative groups by participating in an Americans for Prosperity summit where prominent Republican presidential hopefuls made their pitch to major donors. Will's attendance at the Koch-backed group's annual convention comes after he spent months promoting Koch-backed candidates for public offices and advancing Koch-backed policy issues in his syndicated column. On August 31, Politico reported that Will was part of an "exclusive group of major donors and VIPs" who "dined privately" at AFP's…
  • Reported Central Contentions Of New Benghazi Book Already Debunked

    2 Sep 2014 | 1:16 am
    A new book that seeks to damage Hillary Clinton over the 2012 attacks in Benghazi reportedly relies on long-debunked conservative myths.   On September 9, WND Books will publish Aaron Klein's The REAL Benghazi Story: What the White House and Hillary Don't Want You to Know. The book's release is the latest salvo from a conservative cottage industry that aims to make money and political hay out of both Benghazi and Clinton smears. Klein, a senior reporter for the birther site WND, is not a credible author -- one of his recent books portrayed President Obama as a "Manchurian…
  • As Children Go Back To School, Fox News Hosts Push Discredited Plan To Arm Teachers

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:51 am
    The hosts of Fox & Friends roundly endorsed a Texas school district that allows teachers to carry guns, even though security experts reject the idea of armed teachers and civilians with concealed guns have not stopped past mass shooting incidents. During segments on August 27 and September 2, Fox & Friends hyped plans by the Argyle Independent School District (ISD) to arm teachers this school year. Media reporting on the school district's plans have focused on a sign outside of an Argyle school that reads, "ATTENTION: Please Be Aware That The Staff At Argyle ISD Are Armed And May Use…
  • The Wash. Post 's Resident Scott Walker Cheerleader

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:12 am
    Former George W. Bush speechwriter Marc Thiessen, who has a financial relationship with Gov. Scott Walker, is using his Washington Post column to lavish praise on the Wisconsin Republican and help position him for a 2016 presidential run. In 2013, Thiessen co-authored Unintimidated: A Governor's Story and a Nation's Challenge with Walker. According to the book's publisher, Unintimidated "tells the dramatic story of how one brave leader drove real change in his state, and what the rest of the country can learn from him. ... It's not just a memoir --…
 
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    The Women's International Perspective

  • Freedom Fighter

    Kirstin Kelley
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:38 am
    by Alexis Okeowo, The New Yorker, USA – Two springs ago, Biram Dah Abeid arrived home in Nouakchott, the desert capital of Mauritania. At the airport, he was welcomed by hundreds of supporters, along with his wife and children. Abeid, the founder of the Initiative for the Resurgence of the Abolitionist Movement, is the most prominent antislavery activist in Mauritania, which is said to have the highest incidence of slavery in the world. It was Friday, the holiest day of the week, and Abeid, returning from a trip to Berlin and Dakar, was enraged. Recently, he had helped force the…
  • What next for Lesotho?

    Kirstin Kelley
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:19 am
    by Liesl Louw-Vaudran, Institute for Security Studies, South Africa - South Africans woke up on Saturday morning to the disturbing news that a coup d’état was taking place in the mountain kingdom of Lesotho, and that the country’s prime minister had fled, fearing for his safety. Many took to Twitter to express their surprise at the events. Apparently, few people have been paying attention to the political infighting in the country since the 14-year rule of former prime minister Pakalitha Mosisili came to an end after elections in 2012. ‘#Lesotho! Lesotho? Dear me, does it still…
  • Million ‘have fled Ukraine conflict’

    BBC News - Home
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:55 am
    The number of people who have fled the fighting in Ukraine has doubled in weeks, and the UN says more than a million have now been displaced.
  • Ebola ‘threatens W Africa harvests’

    BBC News - Home
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:08 am
    The deadly Ebola outbreak is putting food prices and harvests in West Africa "at serious risk", warns the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation.
  • Nigeria: Nigeria’s Interminable Insurgency – Addressing the Boko Haram Crisis

    AllAfrica News: Latest
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:46 am
    [Chatham House]Opportunities to address the Boko Haram crisis have been missed, so the situation has become more entrenched, resulting in a seeming reduction in the policy options available to respond. But there are steps that can be taken, primarily by Nigerian state and non-state actors, but also by Nigeria's neighbours and international partners.
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    This Week in Blackness | #TWIBnation

  • Black Girl Nerds #3 | All Things James Bond

    aaron rand freeman
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:53 am
    The Civil War Is Unleashed. Jamie moderates a panel to discuss all facets of James Bond, the best bond, best villain, best moments, the best theme song, and whether Idris Elba a good choice for a Black James Bond. Featuring: Jamie Broadnax @jamiebroadnax @Big Bada Rob @TheReyVolution and @TheAntiNerdSays Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon - Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! Want more @BlackGirlNerds: SUBSCRIBE: iTunes |Stitcher| RSS Feed FOLLOW: Facebook |Twitter|[DONATE]  
  • “And Over Here, We Have a Negro…”

    Pia Glenn
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:36 am
    It just happened again. I belong to a fairly upscale gym chain that has locations all across the country. I go back and forth between New York and Los Angeles frequently, and I’ve also visited two of this gym’s Chicago locations. At this point, it’s happened many times on both coasts and once in the middle of the country, so what I’m about to describe is neither a regional quirk nor any one individual’s folly. I am generally one of few black members at the gym, at whichever location, and often the only one. And without fail, every time one of the white Membership Advisors is giving…
  • @TWIBprime 564 | The Puppy Kicker

    aaron rand freeman
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:54 pm
    How Does This Happen? #TeamBlackness discusses a man caught kicking a puppy, a live update from the ground in Ferguson, and Feedback Thursday. Featuring: Elon James White @elonjames Imani Gandy @angryblacklady and Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon - Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! Want more @TWIBprime:  SUBSCRIBE: iTunes |Stitcher| RSS Feed FOLLOW: Facebook |Twitter|[DONATE]
  • Do YOU have a “Strong Black Woman” dying to come out? Please say no.

    Jamie Nesbitt-Golden
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:50 pm
    So Lifetime, the network who gave us gems like Mother, May I Sleep With Danger? and the Fantasia Barrino Story are blessing us again with a show that promises to unleash the “strong black woman” inside. Here’s a brief description: Lifetime premieres Girlfriend Intervention, an all-new unscripted makeover series where each week four experts—beauty pro Tracy Balan, home and sanctuary guru Nikki Chu, style and fashion maven Tiffiny Dixon and soul coach Tanisha Thomas—help restore one woman’s confidence and inner glow. In making over their wardrobes, beauty routines, homes and minds,…
  • On Colorism and Light Privilege

    Pia Glenn
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:16 am
    Over on Twitter yesterday, I came across a series of unfortunate tweets from a black woman who is of a fair complexion that seemed to deny the existence of colorism. She very quickly got some nasty blowback and went on to say that she never denied it existed, only that she had never experienced it, and has in fact suffered for her tone, having been ostracized from darker-skinned circles because of her color. A quick note on why I’m not naming her or addressing her directly: I didn’t engage with her on Twitter because she was being called names and very clearly took a Block and Roll…
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    Wonkette

  • Bryan Fischer Wishes Michelle Obama Would Do Something About All These Husky Lesbians

    Doktor Zoom
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Bryan Fischer, his finger ever on the pulse of the American zeitgeist (assuming that the American zeitgeist is far up his own ass, which we have no reason to doubt), is not going to make fun of a National Institutes of Health-funded study that’s looking at why lesbians may be prone to obesity. He’s not even going to call it wasteful. No, instead, he’s going to suggest concrete action: He wants Michelle Obama to show that she cares about lesbians’ health by spearheading (haw haw!) a drive to help all the lesbians lose weight by becoming straight. “I would suggest…
  • Look At This Total Colorado RINO, Giving Away Slut Pills Like Candy

    Kaili Joy Gray
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Ladies and friends of ladies, you will be happy to know that Colorado’s radical feminist Rep. Cory Gardner, who is trying real hard to unseat Democratic Sen. Mark Udall, wants to give you all the slut pills for your sexxxytime — and for freedom! — unlike some people who are named (cough) Mark Udall. In his new ad, Gardner tells a room coincidentally filled with women, COINCIDENTALLY, just how much he loves their birth control and their freedom and their freedom to use birth control. He loves it all the much. What’s the difference between me and Mark Udall on contraception?
  • Cultural Icon Phil The Duck Is A Homophobe Just Like Jesus

    Doktor Zoom
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Last year’s Free Speach* martyr Phil “All Merchandise 50% Off” Robertson has him a book-shaped object out and is dutifully making the rounds of the morning news programs to try to gin up some interest in his thoughts. While promoting his collections of pages, titled unPHILtered: The Way I See It, Mr. Duck went on Good Morning America to share the simple homespun philosophy of a wealthy has-been reality teevee star, and revealed that Jesus is pretty OK with telling the gays they’re bound for the everlasting lake of hell firrrrrrre. Robertson reiterated that he…
  • Fox & Friends: God Hates Feminists

    Gary Legum
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Attention ladies! Do you know what you want, what you really really want? Probably not, so how about you listen to these three hotties – WHOM YR WONKETTE RESPECTS FOR THEIR MINDS AS WELL AS THEIR FEMININITY – yap at you about some feminist idea or other that’s floating through their well-coiffed heads while they show some leg to the geriatric shut-ins who make up the Fox & Friends audience. The ladies – Ann-Marie Murrell, Morgan Brittany and Dr. Gina Loudon – have written a new book called What Women Really Want, which purports to femsplain how feminists have hijacked what it…
  • Wall Street’s Newest Tool: Eric Cantor

    DDM
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:10 am
    Hey, what’s former Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Hahaha) doing with all his free time now that he is no longer an esteemed member of Congress? If we had to guess, it would be gently sobbing while beating off to a montage of Ronald Reagan YouTube videos, barely visible through the shame-tears. Are we right, Wall Street Journal? Eric Cantor plans to join boutique investment bank Moelis & Co., as the recently defeated House majority leader embarks on a new career on Wall Street. Well, no reason he can’t multitask. Is your memory full of holes because of the booze and the getting high,…
 
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    Hot Air

  • Rand Paul: Let’s smash ISIS

    Allahpundit
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Hawks. A few days old but more timely than ever. Speaking to a ballroom later, some of the loudest applause for Paul came when he quipped: “If the president has no strategy, maybe it’s time for a new president.” In an emailed comment, however, Paul elaborated by saying: “If I were President, I would call a […] Read this post »
  • The obligatory “celebrity nudes hacked” post

    Allahpundit
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Intrusions. There’s nothing original to say at this point, but that was also true within five minutes after the story broke. Most of the lessons are obvious. 1. It’s an awful, indefensible invasion of privacy. Everyone agrees with this. 2. Even though everyone agrees, many of us will look at the photos anyway, some lasciviously and […] Read this post »
  • Question for the State Department after Sotloff’s murder: Are we at war with ISIS yet?

    Allahpundit
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:01 pm
    “I’m not going to put new labels on it." A tough one for Jen “Promise of Hashtag” Psaki. Her response may not inspire confidence, but it has inspired some amusing photoshops: Shorter @statedeptspox pic.twitter.com/1mDwPwbOVN — jon gabriel (@exjon) September 2, 2014 There’s an obvious — and constitutionally sound! — means of deflection available to her: “We’re not at war until Congress says we are.” […] Read this post »
  • Kerry: Let’s put together a coalition of the willing to defeat ISIS

    Ed Morrissey
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:21 pm
    "Extremists are defeated only when responsible nations and their peoples unite to oppose them." Well, this sounds a bit like a strategy, does it not? John Kerry’s essay in the New York Times this weekend (in one of the more sleepy news cycles of the year) raises echoes from both Bush administrations in dealing with a clear threat to global security, and in fact explicitly cites the first Bush coalition to […] Read this post »
  • Tuesday TEMS: Andrew Malcolm, Stephen Hayes

    Ed Morrissey
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:56 am
    4 ET! Today on The Ed Morrissey Show (4 pm ET), we have another great lineup for the news of the day! Andrew Malcolm joins us for Tuesdays with Andrew! The Prince of Twitter and I will discuss all of the hot political stories of the day. Today we’ll go for a full hour to discuss the […] Read this post »
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    NPR

  • Should Local Police Get The Military's Extra Armored Trucks?

    David Welna
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:35 pm
    The Pentagon has been transferring mine-resistant, ambush-protected vehicles to local police. Built to protect U.S. forces from roadside bomb blasts at war, these huge vehicles aren't always welcome.» E-Mail This
  • The Politics Of Calling In Sick

    Emily Cadei
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:01 am
    A growing grass-roots movement aims to establish paid sick leave in the U.S., enjoying some success at the city and state level. The issue is already playing big in 2014 political races.» E-Mail This
  • Sen. Menendez Wants Ukraine Supplied With Defensive Weapons

    2 Sep 2014 | 1:58 am
    David Greene talks to Sen. Robert Menendez, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, about the situation in Ukraine. The New Jersey Democrat has just returned from a trip to Ukraine.» E-Mail This
  • Obama Fires Opening Salvo In Fall Congressional Campaign

    Scott Horsley
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:58 am
    At a Labor Day picnic in Milwaukee, the president accused the GOP of blocking economic initiatives. He urged the sympathetic union audience to turn their frustration into political action in November.» E-Mail This
  • Eric Cantor Joins Wall Street Investment Bank

    Doreen McCallister
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is joining the boutique investment bank Moelis & Co. The Virginia Republican was unexpectedly defeated in a June primary.» E-Mail This
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    Real PolitixReal Politix

  • Simple Ways On How You Could Make Money In The Stock Market

    Randy
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:50 am
    TIP! Learn about the fees you’ll be paying before you choose a broker. Be sure to inquire about entrance and exit fees, as well. Are you constantly expecting returns on your investments but never see any? Everyone wants to see high yields on their portfolios, but not everyone takes the time to learn the strategies for realizing these profits. If you want to learn how to get the most out of the money you put into the stock market, take a careful look at the helpful advice you will find below. TIP! Avoid thinking of stocks as generic elements; instead, think of them as a key piece of the…
  • Tips And Tricks For The Online Business Owner

    Randy
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:25 pm
    TIP! One great thing you can accomplish when you’re working at home is getting a PO Box. Never use your house address when posting things online. An at-online business can help you supplement your income, or provide full or part-time employment. If you invest the necessary time, you’ll find success. These tips can help your business along the way. TIP! To keep track of your business, open a checking account strictly for the business. All business-related transactions should occur with this account. If you depend on a home business for your primary income source, you should always…
  • Eyes Wide Open – Useful Tips To Know When Buying Real Estate

    Randy
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    TIP! Real estate agents should keep in contact with former clients over the holidays and on the anniversaries of their home-buying. When you contact them, they will recall how you helped them with their real estate experience. As with any other high-stakes transaction, you need to know what you are doing before you sign on the dotted line. Knowledge can help you make beneficial decisions for your family that will last for many years. This article will give you several tips that will help you when looking to purchase real estate. TIP! If you’re thinking about relocating, you may want to…
  • Insurance Is A Fact Of Life. Learn The Dos And Do Nots.

    Randy
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:49 pm
    TIP! To get a better deal, search for bundles that insurance companies offer. For a fixed rate, you can get a car insurance and a motorcycle insurance. Insurance can seem like a Rube Goldberg problem to many people. Everyone wants good coverage, but nobody wants to pay more than they have to because that can only cause problems. Approach your insurance search in an organized manner to find the most affordable coverage that meets your needs. TIP! If you want a quick response to your claim, describe clearly what happened. You should also take clear photographs of the damage. You can pay less…
  • Earn Money With These Stock Market Tips

    Randy
    24 Aug 2014 | 4:56 am
    TIP! If you are seeking ways to maximize your investment potential, it is important that you set long-term goals and have a plan. You’ll get more return if you make realistic investments instead of making high risk, unpredictable investments. Whether you are new to the financial world, or someone who is experienced, anyone can be helped with some knowledge about the basics of stock market investing. This article contains information that may benefit you. If you want to be as lucrative as possible when venturing into the stock market, follow the tips in this article. TIP! Keep in mind…
 
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    FamousDC

  • Famous Friday [Round Up]

    fdc
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    #THELIST Are you on our list? We’re pulling together happy hours in September and October on Capitol Hill. #NATIONAL Yo, Russia – chill bro, you’re being totally harsh; 50 Cent vs. Floyd Mayweather update: point to Mayweather; is this the new imaginary girlfriend story of 2014?; Google’s cars can’t drive in snow, rain, or 99% of [...]The post Famous Friday [Round Up] appeared first on FamousDC.
  • #TBT Is It November Yet?

    nolongerfamous
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:33 am
    For realz.The post #TBT Is It November Yet? appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Werth Goes Gnome

    Ladies Who Lobby
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:38 am
    Did you get a Jayson Werth gnome? We did, too. And he’s gotten in to all kinds of trouble so far. We are here to present the adventures of Jayson Werth, Gnome, via Snapchat. North by Northwest Werth Snowwerth Waldo Werth Frozen Werth Rapunzel Werth Princess Werth Werthy the Bear DinoWerth Elmo Werth Married Werth [...]The post Werth Goes Gnome appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Recess Bucket List

    fdc
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:33 am
    It’s the last two weeks of recess. Have you checked everything off your recess bucket list? Better start working if you haven’t… Put off every conceivable task that you could until next week Taken a three-hour lunch at Bullfeathers Taken a much more harried three-hour lunch, off the hill (“sure, I can come downtown!”) Locked [...]The post Recess Bucket List appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Famous Friday [Round Up]

    fdc
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:23 pm
    #HEY Are you on the list? Are your friends on the list? We’ve got happy hours coming in September. #NATIONAL Monkey selfies; That app Secret? It’s not so secret; So true we’re not sure how this made it on the Onion; Three words: mug of bacon; the White House is giving up making its coders [...]The post Famous Friday [Round Up] appeared first on FamousDC.
 
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    Democracy Now!

  • Hong Kong "Occupy Central" Protests Call for Political Freedom After China Rejects Open Elections

    2 Sep 2014 | 5:50 am
    Nineteen people were arrested in Hong Kong on Monday, one day after thousands protested calling for greater political freedom. The demonstration was organized by a group called Occupy Central after the Chinese government rejected demands for Hong Kong to freely choose its next leader in 2017. Under the new rules, Hong Kong voters will be allowed to choose the territory’s own chief executive, but all candidates must first be approved by a nominating panel. Activists fear the nominating panel will be controlled by pro-Beijing loyalists who will prevent opposition candidates from running.
  • As Jury Takes Up Blackwater Massacre in Nisoor Square, a Grieving Iraqi Father Recalls Son's Death

    2 Sep 2014 | 5:22 am
    Jurors will begin deliberating this week in the murder and manslaughter trial of four former Blackwater operatives involved in the 2007 massacre at Baghdad’s Nisoor Square. The suspects are charged for the deaths of 14 of the 17 Iraqi civilians who died when their Blackwater unit opened fire. The trial featured testimony from witnesses who survived the attack and saw loved ones gunned down. In closing arguments last week, prosecutors said Blackwater guards had shot fleeing civilians and boasted of taking their lives. Nisoor Square is the highest-profile deadly incident involving…
  • Women's Health over Politics: Courts Block Laws Threatening Abortion Clinics in Texas, Louisiana

    2 Sep 2014 | 5:11 am
    Over the past three days, federal judges have blocked a pair of new laws that could have closed most of the 19 abortion clinics in Texas and all five of the facilities in Louisiana. On Friday, a federal judge blocked a Texas law due to take effect Monday that would have required all abortion clinics to meet the same standards as hospital-style surgery centers — even those that offer non-surgical abortions with medication, and simple early surgical abortions. Last year, the controversial rule drew mass protest and an 11-hour filibuster by State Senator Wendy Davis, who is now running for…
  • Headlines for September 2, 2014

    2 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Ukraine Rejects Russia Ceasefire Call, Accuses Moscow of "Open Aggression"NATO Approves 4000-Strong Force to Counter RussiaIraqi Forces Gain on Islamic State After New U.S. StrikesU.S. Launches Somalia Drone Strikes; New Base Approved in NigerIsrael Approves Largest Seizure of Palestinian Land in DecadesGroup: Gaza Rebuilding Will Take 20 YearsThousands Camp Outside Pakistani Parliament in Anti-Gov't ProtestFerguson Protests Continue 3 Weeks After Michael Brown's KillingOklahoma Police Officer Accused of Raping, Sexually Assaulting African-American WomenJudges Block…
  • "A Slaughter of Innocents": Henry Siegman, a Venerable Jewish Voice for Peace, on Gaza

    1 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    Today, a special with Henry Siegman, the former executive director of the American Jewish Congress, long described as one of the nation’s "big three" Jewish organizations along with the American Jewish Committee and the Anti-Defamation League. Henry Siegman was born in 1930 in Frankfurt, Germany. Three years later, the Nazis came to power. After fleeing Nazi troops in Belgium, his family eventually moved to the United States. His father was a leader of the European Zionist movement, pushing for the creation of a Jewish state. In New York, Siegman studied and was ordained as an…
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    NYT: The Caucus

  • Sunday Breakfast Menu, Aug. 31

    By ELENA SCHNEIDER
    30 Aug 2014 | 12:28 pm
    President Obama drew criticism on Thursday when he said, "we don't have a strategy yet," for military action against ISIS in Syria. Lawmakers will weigh in on Mr. Obama's comments on the Sunday shows.
  • Sunday Breakfast Menu, Aug. 24

    By ELENA SCHNEIDER
    23 Aug 2014 | 12:37 pm
    James Foley's execution at the hands of Islamic militants set off a firestorm in the United States. The American response to I.S.I.S. will dominate the Sunday conversations.
  • 10 Questions for the Iowa Senate Candidates

    By JOHN HARWOOD
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:47 pm
    The Times's John Harwood interviewed the two candidates, Bruce Braley, a Democrat, and Joni Ernst, a Republican, vying to succeed Tom Harkin in the Senate.
  • Sunday Breakfast Menu, Aug. 16

    By ELENA SCHNEIDER
    16 Aug 2014 | 11:47 am
    Gov. Jay Nixon of Missouri will make the rounds on the Sunday network shows to discuss the unrest in Ferguson after the shooting of an unarmed black teenager.
  • Sunday Breakfast Menu, Aug. 10

    By ELENA SCHNEIDER
    9 Aug 2014 | 12:17 pm
    This week, President Obama authorized targeted airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, a militant group that has taken over large parts of northern Iraq, drawing the United States back into the conflict in Iraq.
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    Outside the Beltway

  • Russian Bank Hires Two Former Senators To Fight Sanctions

    Doug Mataconis
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    In perhaps one of the more audacious displays of the arrogance of former elected officials who turn around and use their influence to make big money after they retire, two former members of the Senate are now working for a Russian bank that was hit with sanctions earlier this year: Gazprombank GPB (OJSC), a Russian bank targeted with sanctions by President Obama over the Ukraine crisis, has hired two former U.S. senators to lobby against those sanctions, according to a new disclosure filed with the Senate. Gazprombank is controlled by Russia’s state-owned energy company Gazprom, the…
  • Maryland Teacher Arrested For Writing Story About A Shooting 900 Years In The Future

    Doug Mataconis
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:56 am
    A teacher in Maryland finds himself suspended and the subject of  a police investigation because of a science fiction story he wrote that includes a shooting at a school in the 31st Century: He’s a man with many names, and the books he has written have raised the concerns of the Dorchester County Board of Education and the Dorchester County Sheriff’s Office.Early last week the school board was alerted that one of its eighth grade language arts teachers at Mace’s Lane Middle School had several aliases.  Police said that under those names, he wrote two fictional…
  • Hollywood Has Worst Summer In 17 Years

    Doug Mataconis
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:08 am
    Despite the presence of several movies anticipated to be blockbusters on the schedule, Hollywood has its worst summer movie season in nearly two decades this year: LOS ANGELES — American moviegoers sent a clear message to Hollywood over the summer: We are tired of more of the same. But don’t entirely blame the sequels and superheroes. The film industry had its worst summer in North America, still the world’s No. 1 movie market, since at least 1997, after adjusting for inflation. Between the first weekend in May through the end of August, ticket sales in the United States and…
  • Mitch McConnell Leading In Kentucky

    Doug Mataconis
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:58 am
    Outside of the seats that Democrats are attempting to defend from a Republican takeover bid that continues to look like it will happen, the one Senate race that is likely to get the most attention over the next nine weeks is the race between Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell and Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes. At least from the outside, it has appeared that Grimes might have a chance of knocking off the top ranking Republican and, perhaps, in doing so, prevent the GOP from gaining a Senate majority. At the same time, though, every analyst who has looked at the race…
  • Eric Cantor Lands A Job On Wall Street

    Doug Mataconis
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:37 am
    Not surprisingly, the former House Majority Leader, who resigned from Congress last month, has landed on his feet: Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor is joining the Wall Street firm Moelis & Co., the firm announced on Tuesday. “Eric has proven himself to be a pro-business advocate and one who will enhance our boardroom discussions with CEOs and senior management as we help them navigate their most important strategic decisions,” the firm’s founder, Ken Moelis said in a statement. Cantor is signing on with the boutique investment bank as a vice chairman and…
 
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    Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines

  • The Traveler

    editor@truthdig.com
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:21 am
    By Olle Johansson, Cagle Cartoons, Sweden Related Entries September 2, 2014 Dick Cheney-Approved September 2, 2014 Corporate Inversion Tax Dodge
  • Blame Russia All You Want: The Ukraine Crisis Was Caused by the West

    editor@truthdig.com
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Western media blame the Kremlin for the current battles in Ukraine, but the West holds more blame for them than it may seem; Seattle’s leading a “wage revolution” throughout the United States with its $15 minimum wage; meanwhile, a power plant in California is deemed “a Fukushima in waiting.” These discoveries and more below. Why the Ukraine Crisis Is the West’s Fault According to the prevailing wisdom in the West, the Ukraine crisis can be blamed almost entirely on Russian aggression. Salaita By the Numbers: 5 Cancelled Lectures, 3 Votes of No Confidence, 3849…
  • Medicine Is Racist Too

    editor@truthdig.com
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:21 am
    Shutterstock The medical field employs “race corrected” measurements that just go to show there are inherent biases that run through many threads in everyday life, despite our trust in seemingly objective science. The Atlantic: In 1864, the year before the Civil War ended, a massive study was launched to quantify the bodies of Union soldiers. One key finding in what would become a 613-page report was that soldiers classified as “White” had a higher lung capacity than those labeled “Full Blacks” or “Mulattoes.” The study relied on the…
  • The ‘Third Wave’ of Coffee Could Save the Earth

    editor@truthdig.com
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:19 am
        Giving a bit of thought to where your morning joe comes from and how it’s produced may be more important than you realize. Shutterstock High-quality coffee, bought “based on its origins, its process, its methods,” may be a bit “hipster” and more expensive than the average Starbucks goop, but according to writer Chérmelle Edwards in The Guardian, it may be far better for the environment. The Guardian: For coffee nerds like me, who fear that venture capitalists and coffee missionaries will succeed in converting cup-of-Joe drinkers into religious followers of…
  • Dick Cheney-Approved

    editor@truthdig.com
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:09 am
    By John Cole, Cagle Cartoons, The Scranton Times-Tribune Related Entries September 2, 2014 The Traveler September 2, 2014 Corporate Inversion Tax Dodge
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    PUNDITGUY

  • Steven Sotloff is Dead

    PunditGuy
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:33 am
    If there’s one thing we know about ISIS, they don’t bluff. The ISIS terror group has published a video titled “A second message to America,” showing the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff. The video also threatens the life of British captive, David Haines. Sotloff speaks to the camera before he is killed, saying he is “paying the price” for U.S. intervention. The masked ISIS figure in the video speaks to U.S. President Barack Obama, telling him, “Just as your missiles continue to strike our people, our knife will continue to strike the necks of…
  • iCloud Celeb Photo Leak: Absurd Narcissim

    PunditGuy
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:53 pm
    This is the world we live in. Ukraine, Syria, Ebola, ISIS, Terrorism, our President without a strategy, and what are we talking about? Hackers who got into iCloud accounts storing naked pictures of celebrities; naked pictures the celebrities took OF THEMSELVES!  Stupid. Vacant. Self-serving. Vanity. When we should be focused on REAL ISSUES that will have a serious impact on our future, our security, and our children, we’re worried about how Jennifer Lawrence is “coping” with this. We’re worried about how Kate Upton will ever recover.  There are women posting naked pictures of…
  • Militants Swimming in US Embassy Pool

    PunditGuy
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:26 pm
    The Obama administration at work. According to Ambassador Deborah Jones, “The U.S. Embassy Tripoli chancery & compound is now being safeguarded and has not been ransacked,” and “those who have actually visited the embassy know the truth.” The video shows the truth. We’ve lost Tripoli. Obama lost Tripoli.
  • Apple Employee, Dr. Dre, Questioned for Suge Knight Shooting

    PunditGuy
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Probably false, but, a delicious report nonetheless. Billionaire to be Beats headphones founder Dr. Dre was questioned earlier today after a man apprehended for shooting Suge Knight says the former Deathrow artist paid him $100,000 carry out the hit. “He gave me $50k upfront and promised me another $50k and lifetime supply of Beats headphone once Suge was dead,” said the man accused of shooting Mr. Knight at a party with singer Chris Brown and many other celebrities in attendance. As of right now Dr. Dre has only been brought in for questioning to prove he’s innocent, but if sufficient…
  • Obama: No Strategy Yet for Combating ISIS

    PunditGuy
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:33 pm
    No plan. Nothing. Clueless. President Obama acknowledged Thursday he doesn’t have a plan for defeating Islamist militants in Syria and backed away from imminent military action, while he also downplayed reports of a new Russian invasion in Ukraine. “We don’t have a strategy yet,” Mr. Obama said of his plans for defeating the Islamic State in Syria. “We need to make sure that we’ve got clear plans. As our strategy develops, we will consult with Congress.” See the video here. This can’t be good news for the family of journalist Steven Sotloff, whose mother pleaded with the…
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    ThinkProgress

  • New Natural Gas Pipeline Would Run Through The George Washington National Forest

    Katie Valentine
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:19 pm
    Protesters gather in opposition against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in Virginia. CREDIT: Friends of Nelson County Four U.S. energy companies announced Tuesday that they were joining together to build a 550-mile natural gas pipeline that, if approved, would run from West Virginia to North Carolina. The newly-proposed, $4.5-$5 billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline would carry 1.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas each day, and if the pipeline gains swift approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the companies say it could be online as soon as late 2018. The pipeline would carry…
  • Dominion Over Nature: Greenwashing Virginia Utility Is Member of Pro-Pollution Group ALEC

    Joe Romm
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:06 pm
    A greenwashing web-page from Virginia’s coal-heavy, pro-pollution utility. Virginia energy company Dominion Resources claims it works to “protect and enhance” the environment. But even setting aside its heavy reliance on coal generation, Dominion continues to be a member of the pro-pollution corporate bill mill and slush fund known as the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Dozens of major companies, including several utilities, have abandoned ALEC because of its efforts to enact “Stand Your Ground” laws as well as its efforts to roll back renewable…
  • The Dumb Line In New York’s Constitution That Could Elect A Governor Most Of The State Doesn’t Want

    Ian Millhiser
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:24 pm
    This guy could win 60 percent of the vote next November and still lose his bid for reelection. CREDIT: AP Photo/Mike Groll, File New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) is heavily favored to win reelection this November. Indeed, Real Clear Politics‘ polling average shows him nearly 29 points ahead of Republican Rob Astorino. Yet, due to a bizarre quirk in New York’s constitution, Cuomo could win a landslide popular vote victory over Astorino this fall — and yet still wind up having to give up the governor’s mansion to a candidate that the majority of his state’s…
  • Abortion Rights Aren’t Safe In The South

    Tara Culp-Ressler
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:27 pm
    The only abortion clinic in Montgomery, Alabama CREDIT: AP Photo/Brynn Anderson Over the past month, abortion rights supporters have won several key victories in federal court. Three judges blocked anti-choice measures in Alabama, Texas, and Louisiana that would have shut down abortion clinics. In their opinions, the federal judges all acknowledged that the harsh laws will threaten women’s access to clinics if they’re allowed to take effect. Although that’s certainly good news for reproductive rights advocates, the wins aren’t likely to be permanent. The recent…
  • Remembering LGBT Health Advocate Andrew Cray

    Kellan Baker - Guest Contributor
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:25 am
    Over the past week, the Center for American Progress has been mourning the loss of our dear friend and colleague, Andrew Cray. Kellan Baker shares this remembrance. Last Thursday, August 28, the LGBT movement suffered a terrible loss with the passing of Andrew Cray. Andy had been struggling with cancer since October 2013. But before his diagnosis, and even during his treatment and the period of remission that was all too brief, Andy was a pivotal figure in the struggle for LGBT rights. Despite the too few years we had with him, he was a champion of LGBT rights and justice who achieved more by…
 
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  • A Huge Abortion Win in Texas

    Emily Bazelon
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Late Friday, after many of us checked out for the long weekend, a judge in Texas blocked the state from shutting down most of its abortion clinics. Judge Lee Yeakel struck down the state’s “brutally effective system of abortion regulation,” as he put it, saying it was not likely to improve women’s health, would impact poor women the most, and “would operate for a significant number of women in Texas just as drastically as a complete ban on abortion.” The judge was clear and convincing on these essential points. But his ruling, as well as another one over the weekend that’s…
  • Hang Up and Listen: The Jerry Loves Johnny Edition

    Stefan Fatsis
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Listen to Hang Up and Listen with Stefan Fatsis, Josh Levin, and Mike Pesca by clicking the arrow on the audio player below:
  • Back Channel

    Mike Vuolo
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Listen to Stephen L. Carter discuss his new novel, Back Channel, and take questions from the audience. Recorded Aug. 13.
  • Blame Apple

    David Auerbach
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:55 pm
    In the wake of thetheft of the private data and photos of dozens of celebrities, there is at least one major culprit. Not the alleged leakers, though obviously they’re to blame, but the company that has most prominently overstated its security in the first place: Apple.  
  • Back That Seat Up

    Emily Yoffe
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:26 pm
    Emily Yoffe, aka Dear Prudence, is online weekly to chat live with readers. An edited transcript of the chat is below. (Sign up here to get Dear Prudence delivered to your inbox each week. Read Prudie’s Slate columns here. Send questions to Prudence at prudence@slate.com
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    Political Mojo | Mother Jones

  • Surprise! Eric Cantor Lands $3.4 Million Job on Wall Street

    Patrick Caldwell
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:56 am
    After Rep. Eric Cantor lost his primary to a tea party challenger in June, he could have stayed on as a lame duck, collecting his salary and voting as a full member of Congress through January 2015. Instead, Cantor decided to step down from his job as the GOP's majority leader and resign his seat early. Cantor claimed that the decision to call it quits was in the interests of his constituents. "I want to make sure that the constituents in the 7th District will have a voice in what will be a very consequential lame-duck session," Cantor said at the time, explaining that he'd timed his decision…
  • Russia Is Going After McDonald’s. (Can We Give Them Jack in the Box?)

    Alex Park
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Russia's health inspection agency is scrutinizing more than 100 McDonald's locations and has forced the company to temporarily close multiple others in the country. The agency says McDonalds outlets are getting inspected because some have violated sanitary regulations— but others see retaliation for US sanctions on Russia. "This is a prominent symbol of the U.S. It has a lot of restaurants and therefore is a meaningful target," Yulia Bushueva, managing director for Arbat Capital, an investment advisory company, told Bloomberg. "I don't recall McDonald's having consumer-safety problems…
  • We're Still at War: Photo of the Day for August 29, 2014

    29 Aug 2014 | 7:08 am
    US Marines exit the well deck of the USS Bataan, an amphibious assault ship. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class RJ Stratchko)
  • This is What a Russian Invasion of Ukraine Looks Like

    Alex Park
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:56 am
    It has become quite hard for Vladimir Putin to deny that Russia's activities in Eastern Europe aren't benign. On Thursday, Ukraine's president, Petro Poroshenko, announced that "Russian forces have actually entered Ukraine." And at a State Department briefing, spokeswoman Jen Psaki called Russia's activities "an incursion and a violation of Ukraine's sovereignty." The most striking evidence comes from NATO, which has released satellite photos of what it calls "concrete examples of Russian activity inside Ukraine." Digital Globe/NATO According to NATO, the image…
  • Ex-George Washington University President Responds to Controversy Over His Sexual Assault Remarks

    Dana Liebelson
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:12 am
    A former university president came under fire this week for the advice he gave on how to combat sexual assault on college campuses. On Tuesday, George Washington University President Emeritus Stephen Trachtenberg appeared on NPR's Diane Rehm Show and said, "Without making the victims responsible for what happens, one of the groups that have to be trained not to drink in excess are women. They need to be in a position to punch the guys in the nose if they misbehave." Critics pounced. Jezebel slammed his comments as "jaw-droppingly stupid," and the website noted, "If this is the attitude freely…
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  • Phil Robertson Cites Jesus To Defend His Homophobia

    John Amato
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Did you know that Jesus hates the gays? How do we know this? Well, Duck Dynasty's Phil Robertson told ABC's "Good Morning America" that he's as much a homophobe as Jesus was, so that's that. Aren't you glad that's all cleared up? If you've forgotten, last year Robertson went on a homophobic rant to top all rants when he said gays are all "full of murder." He also tried to quash his idiotic and offensive remarks about African Americans and slavery which came off as nonsensical, but now he's trying to sell a book so he's undergoing some PR therapy. Phil Robertson, the patriarch of A&E's…
  • Foggy Memories Obscure Forebears Of Ferguson Unrest

    WhoWhatWhy.com
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:10 pm
    By Bob Hennelly Collective amnesia about past eruptions of racial conflict has left Americans with a false sense that what happened in Ferguson is somehow new. But the only thing new is the technology. The attitudes on display are sadly familiar. Forty-seven years ago, the African-American population of New Jersey’s largest city took to the streets after a violent encounter between white police officers and an unarmed black man. While the body count in Newark—26 people dead and 1,500 injured—was far greater than in the recent disturbances in Ferguson, Missouri, the parallels between the…
  • Battle Of The Blowhards: Howie Kurtz And Stephen Colbert

    karoli
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:33 am
    Someone seems to be just a tiny bit touchy these days. Perhaps Howie is worried that his own pomposity will be less laughable after Colbert leaves? I guess Howie didn't care for Colbert's skewering of his idiotic claim that Ferguson wouldn't have been a big deal if the media hadn't been there. In response to Colbert, Howie said, "I hope you will be safe when you have to get in front of the camera at The Late Show and survive as yourself after dropping your protective cloak as a pompous blowhard." Oh, Howie. You're one blowhard short of a sense of humor.
  • BREAKING: ISIS Claims Execution Of Journalist Steven Sotloff

    karoli
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:57 am
    It seems that ISIS is trying to bait the United States into war. Washington Post: A new video attributed to the Islamic State terrorist organization purports to show the beheading of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff, marking the second such execution in recent weeks by a group that controls parts of Iraq and Syria and has threatened to kill other captives. The video shows a bound Sotloff being held at knifepoint by a black-clad militant against a desert backdrop that appears similar to the one shown in a video released last month depicting the beheading of American journalistJames Foley. The…
  • Publisher Creates ISIS Coloring Books To Terrorize Kids

    Vegasjessie
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:44 am
    There's an all-out assault on America, a Christian nation and it's called Islam, if this wingnut is to be believed. Islam's holy wars, or jihad, sanctions murder in the name of its god, and should be feared from an early age. Six to ten year olds are very impressionable so there's no better time to target them to hate Islam just as much as their xenophobic, Republican parents. The White House has called these coloring books garbage, but Kilmeade and publisher Wayne Bell think it's important to teach hate ASAP. President Obama has not declared war on Islam and fear mongering Republicans want…
 
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    Scholars and Rogues | Progressive Culture

  • Your Daily Devotional for September 2, 2014

    Jeff Tiedrich
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:07 am
    When the guy who sells me coffee asks “how ya doin’?” I answer “I’m all right” because I believe in starting off every day with a lie. Your Daily Devotional is a lightly-edited entry from my Twitter feed. Follow me … Continue reading →
  • Homeopathy, Scientology, conspiracy theories and for-profit-quackery: let’s keep global health science based

    Guest Scrogue
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:32 pm
    by David Lambert By all accounts, post-earthquake Port-au-Prince was hell on earth. Already suffering from crumbling infrastructure and poor housing conditions, the Haitian capital was perhaps the least equipped city on Earth to withstand a 7.0 magnitude earthquake. Within hours, … Continue reading →
  • Science!

    tnjhargrove
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:34 pm
    Let me tell you about middle school science projects. When I was a kid in a small town in Tennessee back in the long ago, science wasn’t held in the same reverence it is in 2014. Our projects were constrained … Continue reading →
  • Voting – stand your ground against Republicans?

    Rev. Dickie "Drive-By" Dixon
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:10 am
    I saw this meme on Facebook, extolling the importance of voting. But then I thought, hey, wait. What if you crop out the top and bottom? It’s the Republican platform! Jesus is coming, and he’s a self-made man.
  • Top Gear meets electric cars – Renewable Journal for 9/1/2014

    Brian Angliss
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:42 am
    In 2011, Top Gear pretty much crapped all over the Nissan Leaf and the Peugeot IOn. By 2013, Top Gear America gave electrics cars some grudging respect. Continue reading →
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    Informed Comment: Global Affairs

  • Insights into the Repressive Character of the Government in Egypt

    13 Aug 2014 | 8:42 am
    The response of the Egyptian government to the investigative report "All According to Plan" [حسب الخطة  Arabic link] by Human Rights Watch is extremely revealing and provides insights into the mentality of the al-Sisi regime.  In short, as reported by the flagship al-Ahram, HRW is biased, serves U.S. interests, is in cahoots with the Muslim Brotherhood and had no authority to conduct research in Egypt.  There is a deep-seated suspicion of foreign NGOs in Egypt. I have witnessed it numerous times over the past 35 years.The latest…
  • Similarities and more similarities: Turkey, Israel, and the Kurds, and the Palestinians

    8 Jul 2014 | 7:44 am
    By Murat Cem MengüçNowadays, the similarities between Israel and Turkey are ever more striking. Both countries are populated by a multi-ethnic, multi-religious and multi-lingual demographic. And, both are ruled by governments/states which insist on a uniform national identity. The ruling elite in both countries consider themselves as chosen people who would realize a heavenly fiction. They both oppress a particular ethnic community more than the other ethnicities, to the extent that they murder them in thousands. And, both countries suffer from the consequences having toyed, or toying with…
  • Visions of Gulf Security

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

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

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

  • Syria’s War At Israel’s Door

    Jonah Shepp
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:09 pm
    by Jonah Shepp Heavy fighting reported in Syrian Golan Heights between gov't and rebel forces dlvr.it/6lB9Lq http://t.co/wudvQukNSl— Haaretz.com (@haaretzcom) August 28, 2014 The Syrian civil war took an interesting turn late last week as fighters from the al-Qaeda-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra overran the Quneitra checkpoint between Syria proper and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights and captured or surrounded dozens of UN peacekeepers from Fiji and the Philippines. Juan Cole finds precisely none of this surprising: The London-based Al-`Arabi al-Jadid reports that Israeli Gen. Aviv…
  • Is The Ukraine War All About NATO?

    Jonah Shepp
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:45 pm
    by Jonah Shepp The war between Ukraine and Russia continues to escalate as heads of NATO member states arrive in Wales for a summit on the crisis. Russia has announced (NYT) that it is revising its military strategy in response to what it sees as belligerent behavior on the part of NATO, including the prospect of expanding the alliance to include Ukraine. Of course, Putin doesn’t help matters by telling European officials that he could “take Kiev in two weeks”, as he apparently did in a recent phone conversation with José Manuel Barroso. Marc Champion takes him seriously: Earlier…
  • Mental Health Break

    Dish Staff
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:20 pm
    by Dish Staff An artful rumination on the end of summer: AUGUST is the last of a three-part series by filmmaker Mark Mazur. The first two parts were JUNE and JULY.
  • A Half-Baked Idea For A Half-Baked Planet?

    Dish Staff
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:00 pm
    by Dish Staff The famed evolutionary biologist E.O. Wilson has a plan to save biodiversity – but it will take about 50 percent of the planet: Throughout the 544 million or so years since hard-shelled animals first appeared, there has been a slow increase in the number of plants and animals on the planet, despite five mass extinction events. The high point of biodiversity likely coincided with the moment modern humans left Africa and spread out across the globe 60,000 years ago. As people arrived, other species faltered and vanished, slowly at first and now with such acceleration that…
  • The Passing Of A Pigeon

    Dish Staff
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:39 pm
    by Dish Staff The last passenger pigeon died 100 years ago yesterday. Elizabeth Kolbert mulls over the mystery of the bird’s extinction: In his recent book “Lost Animals: Extinction and the Photographic Record,”Errol Fuller, a British author, argues that an “additional factor” must have been at work in the species’ extinction, because “in a land as vast as the United States there can be no mopping-up hunting for a species as small as a pigeon.” (Fuller’s book contains a grainy and not particularly flattering photo of Martha standing in her cage in Cincinnati.) Some have…
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    WSJ.COM

  • Court Weighs NSA-Program Legality

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:49 pm
    A federal appeals court spent nearly two hours Tuesday peppering the government and a civil-liberties group with questions about the legality of the National Security Agency's bulk collection of phone records.
  • Judge Blocks Enforcement of Louisiana Abortion Law

    2 Sep 2014 | 9:50 am
    A federal judge has temporarily blocked enforcement of Louisiana's new abortion law, saying doctors or clinics can't be penalized for breaking the law, which goes into effect Monday, while a challenge is heard.
  • Eric Cantor to Join Wall Street Bank

    2 Sep 2014 | 7:53 am
    Eric Cantor plans to join boutique investment bank Moelis & Co., as the recently deposed House majority leader embarks on a new career on Wall Street.
  • GOP Eyes Agenda for Senate

    2 Sep 2014 | 6:09 am
    As their election hopes grow, Senate Republicans are starting to plan an agenda intended to extract policy concessions from President Obama without inducing the capital's market-rattling brinkmanship of recent years.
  • Food-Stamp Use Starting to Fall

    2 Sep 2014 | 5:57 am
    After soaring in the years since the recession, use of food stamps, one of the federal government's biggest social-welfare programs, is beginning to decline.
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    Lew Rockwell: The LRC Blog

  • The Truth About the Cold War

    David Gordon
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    I recommend that readers begin with the essay by Murray Rothbard listed here. As Rothbard often stressed, one cannot infer a nation’s foreign policy from the nature of its domestic regime. Communist totalitarianism did not necessitate an aggressive foreign policy; and in the post-World War II period, Rothbard contended, Russian foreign was largely defensive in character. The main Communist danger to America was internal rather than external. Alperovitz, Gar. The Decision to the Use the Atomic Bomb.Argues that the decision to use atomic weapons against Japan was intended as an anti-Russian…
  • Protesting in a Police State

    No Author
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    If you’re planning on participating in a peaceful demonstration or protest keep one thing in mind, at any time it could turn into a bloody riot. In the past it has been a common practise for governments to send agent provocateurs to mingle among the demonstrators until a given time or signal, and then to begin instigating violence as both a way to demonize the peaceful protesters in the media, and as an excuse to send in the riot troops to bust heads. As demonstrations around the world can attest to, this tactic has not gone out of fashion. So what should you do if suddenly rubber bullets,…
  • Good News for Polar Bears

    No Author
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    The speech by former US Vice-President Al Gore was apocalyptic. ‘The North Polar ice cap is falling off a cliff,’ he said. ‘It could be completely gone in summer in as little as seven years. Seven years from now.’ Those comments came in 2007 as Mr Gore accepted the Nobel Peace Prize for his campaigning on climate change. But seven years after his warning, The Mail on Sunday can reveal that, far from vanishing, the Arctic ice cap has expanded for the second year in succession – with a surge, depending on how you measure it, of between 43 and 63 per cent since 2012. To put it another…
  • Is Even Henry Kissinger Terrified?

    Bionic Mosquito
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Henry Kissinger is out with an essay in the Wall Street Journal “on the Assembly of a New World Order” (HT Ed Steer).  Some parts of it are rather difficult to understand or interpret (is it written in code that only the elite can decipher?).  I will attempt to go through it line by line (probably not every single line) and see if, by the time I finish, I can make some sense of it. Libya is in civil war, fundamentalist armies are building a self-declared caliphate across Syria and Iraq and Afghanistan’s young democracy is on the verge of paralysis. Translated: Pretty much…
  • Recovery?

    No Author
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Presented with little comment aside to suggest one scratch beneath the thinning veneer of record nominal stock prices every once in a while to take the temperature of the ugly reality that no one is talking about… 1) Stocks are at record highs because global growth is ‘improving’…   FACT: There is a record divergence between the ‘market’ and plunging growth expectations 2) Stocks are at record highs because employment is ‘improving’…   FACT: There is a record divergence between the ‘market’ and the employed population…
 
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    ABC NEWS

  • REPORTER'S NOTEBOOK: Catching the Last Flight on Air Force One

    2 Sep 2014 | 1:28 pm
    The proud aircraft known 'round the globe as Air Force One never ceases to impress. Especially on this brilliantly sunny day as I board for the last time. President Obama is heading to a summit in Europe one week before I retire. As White House correspondent across seven presidencies and an amazing arc of history I feel more nostalgic about a final ride on Air Force One than any other perk that the White House press enjoys. Its cabins and crew are as comfortable as home to me.
  • Cantor's Defeat Pays Off With $1.4M Wall St. Signing Bonus

    2 Sep 2014 | 9:48 am
    Cantor is riding his unexpected primary defeat straight to the bank.
  • The Note: Obama Prepares NATO Pitch

    2 Sep 2014 | 6:09 am
    By John R. Parkinson (jparkABC)  NOTABLES OBAMA JETS TO ESTONIA: President Obama heads to Europe today, first stopping off in Estonia where the president there wants to establish a permanent NATO base. This week, Obama will to try to build an international coalition in the...
  • What to Watch as Obama Heads to Estonia, NATO Summit

    2 Sep 2014 | 5:56 am
    Obama continues coalition-building, diplomacy despite little to show for it.
  • Obama: 'Every Gray Hair Is Worth It'

    1 Sep 2014 | 12:56 pm
    President give populist talk to labor backers in Wisconsin.
 
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  • resigned

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

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

    Stephanie
    15 Aug 2014 | 11:25 am
    Our oldest is officially leaving the nest today, and our lives will never be the same.But, she'd ready.  A thousand times more ready than either her father or I were at her age.  A grand adventure is awaiting her.
  • Wes to the rescue

    Stephanie
    11 Aug 2014 | 2:08 pm
    (you can see the tip of the bolt on the top left of the tire)As Emma and I drove home from the grocery store, I did a number on my rear left tire and got a flat.  For some reason, a massive metal bolt was perfectly placed on the roadway, just waiting for me and my van to make a serious connection with it.  Immediately after running over it, I knew something had happened and I pulled off the busy street onto a small side road and looked at the damage.  I could hear the air hissing out of my tire and I watched it go flat within minutes.My first thought was Wes and my need for him…
  • I spare no expense when it comes to...

    Stephanie
    7 Aug 2014 | 8:22 pm
    Small kitchen appliances.  I've told Wes that the minute my KitchenAid stand mixer dies (and cannot be resuscitated by him), I will high-tail it over to Costco and drop a few hundred bucks to buy a new one.  I cannot, will not entertain the idea of functioning as a full-time household cook/baker without one.  I feel the same way about vacuums and kitchen utensils.  My thing is this: items I use every single day in my home must be of sound quality and usefulness because I use them every. single. day.Jeans.  My "daily uniform" often consists of jeans and a top with a…
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    Mother Jones

  • Which States' Kids Miss the Most School?

    Julia Lurie
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    September is upon us, and American kids are filling up their backpacks. But lots of kids won't be going back to school—at least not very much. The map above shows the results of a national report released Tuesday by nonprofit Attendance Works, which zooms in on a statistic called "chronic absenteeism," generally defined as the number of kids who miss at least 10 percent of school days over the course of a year. The measure has become popular among education reformers over the past few years because unlike other measures like average daily attendance or truancy, chronic absenteeism…
  • Top Gun Rights Group Backs White Supremacist's Supreme Court Case

    Stephanie Mencimer
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Samuel Johnson isn't exactly a lawyer's dream client. He's a white supremacist with a lengthy rap sheet who a couple years ago was accused of plotting an attack on a Mexican consulate. He ended up drawing a 15-year prison term on a gun charge, and his case is now on his way to the US Supreme Court, which has agreed to hear a challenge to his sentence. Johnson has won the vocal backing of a top gun rights group, but as his case moves forward, it may eventually draw support from some liberals and civil libertarians who oppose harsh mandatory minimum sentences. Johnson's story started back in…
  • Meet the Risky Mortgage Pioneer Trying to Pay His Buddy's Way Into Congress

    Molly Redden
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    If New Hampshire Republican Dan Innis wins his congressional race, he knows where to send the fruit basket: to the home of mortgage giant Peter T. Paul. Before running for Congress, Innis served as dean of the University of New Hampshire's business school, which was renamed for Paul after he donated $25 million. His campaign website touts major building projects he oversaw as dean—projects financed by Paul's contribution. And Innis' congressional run is getting a big-time boost from a brand new super-PAC founded and financed by Paul. "Dan's a friend," says Paul, who lives in California.
  • Exclusive Premiere of Moby's New Video, "The Last Day"

    Jaeah Lee
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    Moby is tired. Since he released his 11th and latest studio album, Innocents, last October, the six-time Grammy nominee has been crisscrossing the country on tour and spinning DJ sets at electronic dance music festivals, not to mention starring in a video with Miley Cyrus and Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne. But then again, he reminds me, "I've been traveling for the last 25 years." Indeed, the last quarter century has been an epic voyage for the 48-year-old musician. Born in Harlem and raised in Connecticut, Moby (born Richard Melville Hall, an actual descendent of Moby Dick author Herman…
  • "Bull City Summer": Incredible Photos From a Year Embedded With a Minor League Club

    Ian Gordon
    31 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Twenty-five years after Bull Durham introduced the world to the minor league world of Crash Davis, Annie Savoy, and Nuke LaLoosh, a group of writers and photographers descended on Durham, North Carolina, to document life with the hometown team. The result is Bull City Summer: A Season at the Ballpark, a rich photo book interspersed with smart, poignant essays about the game's rhythm, its injustice, and its occasional grace. The essayists introduce us to a familiar cast of characters: the elderly couple who've missed just 50 games in 30-plus years; the aging veteran playing out the string in…
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    The Raw Story

  • Police: 9-year-old girl involved in fatal Uzi shooting told mother weapon was ‘too much’ for her

    Reuters
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:57 pm
    By David Schwartz PHOENIX (Reuters) – A 9-year-old girl who fatally shot a gun range instructor with an Uzi submachine gun last week told her mother immediately afterward that the weapon was too much for her to handle and had hurt her shoulder, said a sheriff’s report released on Tuesday. The girl’s family also did not realize right away that the instructor, 39-year-old Charles Vacca, had been struck by a round from the gun, the Mohave County Sheriff’s Office report said. Vacca had been showing the girl how to fire an Uzi at the Arizona Last Stop gun range in remote…
  • No sex list: three men no women should have sex with this week/ever

    Katie Halper
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:45 pm
    There is a rich and honorable historic tradition of sexual boycott for socio-political purposes. The practice was immortalized by Aristophanes in his comedy Lysistrata, in which the women of Greece abstain from sex to encourage their husbands and lovers to negotiate a peace and end the Peloponnesian War. “Lysistratic nonaction” has been more recently, in places like the Philippines, Colombia, Liberia, Ukraine, with varying degrees of success. Well, ladies, it’s time to take active non-action once again. There are some men in the news whose behavior really requires it. I am…
  • Appeals court grills Justice Dept. lawyer on ‘Orwellian’ NSA phone collection

    Reuters
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:34 pm
    By Joseph Ax NEW YORK (Reuters) – A U.S. appeals court on Tuesday grilled an Obama administration lawyer about the legality of the continuing collection of millions of Americans’ phone records, adding fuel to a debate that has raged since the spy program was revealed more than a year ago. The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York was the first appellate court to hear arguments on whether the National Security Agency (NSA) program is lawful, in a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) challenging the gathering of so-called metadata. Judge Gerard Lynch,…
  • Rafael Cruz: The ‘average Black’ doesn’t understand why the minimum wage is bad

    Arturo Garcia
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Conservative activist Rafael Cruz argued that African-Americans need to be “educated” to oppose minimum wage laws, citing the work of a Black conservative member of the Wall Street Journal editorial board, Buzzfeed reported. “Jason Riley said in an interview, Did you know before we had minimum wage laws, Black unemployment and white unemployment were the same? If we increase the minimum wage, Black unemployment will skyrocket,” Cruz said during a speech to the Western Williamson County Republican Club in Texas last month. “See, he understands it, but the average…
  • Apple: Celebrity photo hacks were part of ‘targeted attack,’ not iCloud breach

    Agence France-Presse
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:20 pm
    New York (AFP) – Apple said Tuesday a “targeted attack” on some user accounts led to the release of nude celebrity photos but that it found no breach of its cloud storage system. “After more than 40 hours of investigation, we have discovered that certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions, a practice that has become all too common on the Internet,” Apple said. “None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple’s systems including iCloud or Find…
 
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    Guardian: UK Politics

  • Scottish independence referendum campaign

    Ben Quinn
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Follow rolling coverage of events as the the registration deadline looms and the latest poll shows the yes-no gap closing 9.25pm BST A former member of the Parachute regiment says that if Scotland becomes independent then it could not defend itself for a moment against a sizeable attack. He wants to know what the yes sides Plan B is on defence.Harvie responds by saying that the challenges and threats faced by Scotland in todays world are not similar to those of the past. No invading army is on its borders. Todays threats are about global challenges and social justice. 9.18pm BST An audience…
  • Keith Vaz digs for sweetheart deals and sins over Cliff Richard raid

    John Crace
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:54 pm
    BBC chiefs come off best as they join police at select committee to account for themselves over Berkshire flat incursion"Order, order." Keith Vaz has yet to find a ceremony he doesn't like to stand on, and it's become a tradition for him to open every meeting of the home affairs select committee as if he were Speaker of the house.Vaz has also yet to find a bandwagon he doesn't like to jump on. The investigation into Sir Cliff Richard's alleged sexual assault on an underaged boy in 1985 has barely begun, but Vaz has already decided to conduct his own into how the BBC had been…
  • The Proclaimers donate £10,000 to Scotland's yes campaign

    Libby Brooks
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:14 am
    Singing brothers give cash to yes campaigners as figures show pro-union side has reached legal limit of £1.5m in contributionsScotland's pro-independence activists received a funding boost of £10,000 from the Proclaimers, it emerged on Tuesday, as the Electoral Commission figures confirmed that the pro-union Better Together campaign has stopped taking donations after reaching its £1.5m funding limit.A social media campaign is under way to get the singing twins' pro-independence anthem, Cap In Hand, to No 1 in time for the referendum vote, on 18 September. Continue reading...
  • Douglas Carswell could become first Ukip MP, poll claims

    Rowena Mason, political correspondent
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:42 am
    Politician who defected from the Tories is 32 points ahead of his former party in Clacton byelection, says survey by Lord AshcroftUkip could soon have its first elected MP after a poll showed former Conservative Douglas Carswell has a huge lead in the Clacton-on-Sea byelection.The survey by Lord Ashcroft, a Conservative peer and former donor, found Ukip has a 32 point lead on the Tories in the Essex constituency. It follows a Survation poll for the Mail on Sunday that gave Nigel Farage's party a 44-point lead. Continue reading...
  • Independent Scotland could not join EU without central bank, expert says

    Severin Carrell and Katie Allen
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:18 am
    Former European commissioner for monetary union says plan to use pound without formal currency deal is 'simply not possible'The former EU commissioner for monetary union said it would not be possible for an independent Scotland to join the EU if it used the pound without a formal currency deal or its own central bank.Olli Rehn, who stood down in July as the European commissioner for monetary union and the euro, wrote to Danny Alexander, the chief secretary of the Treasury, this week to say having a central bank was an essential requirement of EU membership. Continue reading...
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    Plum Line

  • Will Iowa Senate race be about issues, or about chickens?

    Greg Sargent
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:02 pm
    If there is any Senate race that is testing the Democrats’ conviction that they can counter the structural disadvantages they face by focusing relentlessly on pocketbook issues like the minimum wage, it’s the Iowa contest. In Iowa, the contrast between the two candidates on the minimum wage is as stark as one could hope for, […]
  • Why voter ID laws pose long term danger to GOP

    Paul Waldman
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:08 am
    A trial begins today in a federal courtroom in Texas to determine the constitutionality of the state’s voter identification law, which is widely acknowledged to be the most restrictive in the nation. It has gone through a number of twists and turns: Passed in 2011, it was struck down in federal court in 2012 as […]
  • Morning Plum: How Obama can help Dems hold Senate

    Greg Sargent
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:19 am
    Now that Labor Day is behind us, the final, brutal stretch of the battle for control of the Senate kicks off in earnest. The Associated Press has a good piece recapping all the ways in which President Obama will try to help where he can, while staying out of the way where necessary: Mindful of […]
  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:13 pm
    • On this Labor Day, it’s good to start with Jonathan Cohn’s interview of longtime labor organizer Richard Yeselson on the state of unions in the United States: Pretty much in every other country in Western Europe, Canada, even Australia and the U.K. (which share some labor-management features with the U.S.), the assumption is that […]
  • For 2016 GOP candidates, does courting the Kochs bring more risk than reward?

    Paul Waldman
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:38 am
    While most Americans were settling in for a long weekend, many of the potential 2016 GOP presidential candidates — Rick Perry, Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, Ben Carson, Mike Pence — went to Dallas for a convention of Americans for Prosperity, the group through which Charles and David Koch channel much of their political money. If […]
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    Watchblog: Democrats

  • George W. Bush Calls on Bill Clinton for #ALSIceBucketChallenge

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

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

    18 Jul 2014 | 3:42 pm
    Trigger Warning Earlier this week, failed 2012 Senate candidate from Missouri Todd Akin officially rescinded his apology for his "Legitimate Rape" comment, saying "This was something that was intentionally misunderstood and twisted for political purposes. Also in 2012, Senate candidate from Indiana Richard Mourdock said in a debate that he thinks abortion should be illegal even in cases of rape and incest because, "When pregnancy begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it's something that God intended to happen." We've heard the term Rape Culture quite often and heard things about the…
  • About me/Refugees or Illegals?

    16 Jul 2014 | 9:50 am
    Hello fellow Democrats and Liberals! My name's Trey, I'm 19, and a sophomore at Western Michigan University, and despite coming from a family chock full of Republicans, I'm a Democrat. I'm openly gay and am a direct immigrant descendant. That leads me into the topic of my first entry here on WatchBlog: The immigrant children crisis in the Southwest. In case you haven't been paying attention, thousands of unaccompanied children have left their Central American countries and headed for the United States, were caught by the Border Patrol and are currently in makeshift detention centers pending…
  • Ah, that's gratitude for ya.

    13 Jun 2014 | 1:37 pm
    After several years of doing his best to obstruct the Obama Administration, and impress Republican voters, they dumped him for a Tea Partier named David Brat. So, as is appropriate for the New Republican Congress, Conservative dogma and theory has overtaken practice and perspective on history. Well, Eric, you should have seen this coming.From my point of view, and the view of many Americans, Cantor and the Tea Party aren't too far apart. Cantor and others, in fact, pushed much of the hard right stuff of the last two Congresses. He was part and parcel of the whole effort to obstruct the Obama…
 
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    Watchblog: Third Party & Independents

  • Obama and ISIS and Lebanon

    2 Sep 2014 | 2:03 am
    ISIS now has a female hostage from the west coast, and are demanding $6.6 million for her release. They are also demanding the release of the Pakistani neuroscientist who plotted to kill American officials and sits in jail in Texas, serving an 86 year term. She was educated in the USA by the way. And there is at least one more American being held by them: Steven Joel Sotloff, a journalist who grew up in Miami, attended Central Florida, and was kidnapped after entering Syria from Turkey. They have apparently lowered their ransom demands but are surely just as willing to kill as before. At the…
  • 'We Don't Have A Strategy' Is A Good Strategy

    31 Aug 2014 | 6:34 am
    I like the President's plan of not rushing to knock ISIS out of the sand box too quickly. Seems prudent to work to beef up the Iraqi military and use them to conduct 'take back' ops in Iraqi cities with the help of tactical airstrikes by the US. This would push ISIS into the desert where any large contingents could be attacked from the air. ISIS troops would drift into Syria and war against the Assad regime. When either Assad or ISIS is declared a winner we could take advantage of a weakened force and start supporting the original rebel faction in Syria with airstrikes and weapons as needed.
  • Citizen Second Class

    27 Aug 2014 | 9:19 am
    Burger King is becoming inverted in Canada. One of about 50 large corporations that have chose to further globalise their bottom line.Inversion is supposedly about improving the profit margin but, in this case, not easily seen. The US corporate tax rate is around 39% while Canada's rate is around 15%. Makes good sense when using these numbers. However, the GAO reports that the effective US corporate rate is 12.5% and that one in 4 corps pay no taxes. So, one has to assume the true Canadian rate is less than 12.5% and/or, it could be that Burger King will now be able to use profits squirreled…
  • Pay-to-Play And Distaste For Politics

    25 Aug 2014 | 2:58 am
    Gists from a WaPo article titled "The GOP's remedy for 'pay-to-play". A major reason for Cantor losing his position was that he lost at the polls over his perceived support for Wall St and banking, wasn't taking care of the home folks.His loss is emblematic of the need for political parties to raise really large sums of money to get elected or remain in office. This upsets the voters leaving the incumbents to feel the need to raise even more money next time, and so on - - - It's long been the bane of elected officials to work the phones to raise money for their candidacy and for other party…
  • ISIS and James Foley

    22 Aug 2014 | 11:08 am
    What do you say to John and Diane Foley, the parents of James Foley, who was decapitated in a barbaric, and sickening ritual by a crazed terrorist who happens to be a member of ISIS? How do you bring justice to bear on a terrorist act like this? Kidnappings for ransom money, large amounts of ransom money, have become a staple of Al-Qaeda and now of ISIS as well. The Europeans - with the exception of the British - have been only too happy to oblige, to the tune of $125 million according to some estimates. ISIS wanted to catch up to that total in a hurry with James Foley - they also hold other…
 
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    Patrick Ruffini

  • Tech-Powered Retail Politics at Virginia’s GOP Convention

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

    26 Jun 2014 | 9:03 am
    Engage is proud to announce a partnership with The Data Trust, bringing together a leading provider of digital technology solutions for the right with the premier right-of-center voter file and data management company. The Data Trust’s rich data on more than 260 million Americans will be integrated into Engage’s industry-leading technology products, including Social Targeting and the forthcoming software-as-a-service (SaaS) political marketing platform Proximity. Proximity is a powerful data collection and automated marketing platform that helps campaigns and organizations reduce the…
  • Nikki Mandell Joins Engage

    20 Jun 2014 | 10:27 am
    Greetings from the newest member of the Engage team! Two weeks ago I came to the city as just another face in the monstrous herd that is DC summer interns. Luckily, I soon joined a place that couldn’t have been more welcoming or encouraging. Or knowledgeable. As a double major in Journalism and Political Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, I’ve had a long love affair with writing and politics. Digital, however, would be more comparable to a summer fling that stuck. Last summer I worked at a startup where our aim was to create a working prototype and marketing plan…
  • Big News

    16 Jun 2014 | 9:00 pm
    We have some exciting news to share with you.  Today we’re announcing a new Engage leadership team, with Nick Schaper serving as president and CEO, and Erik Rapprich assuming the role of COO and managing partner.  Together, they will be managing day-to-day operations and leading the firm into the future.  Founder Patrick Ruffini will step into the role of chairman, working closely with our team and our clients as he prepares to launch yet another innovative startup. This exciting transition is more evidence of the continued growth and diversification of Engage and its partners. While…
  • One Thousand Points (and Pixels) of Light

    11 Jun 2014 | 8:23 am
    How do you recognize someone like former President George H. W. Bush as he celebrates his 90th birthday this week? Anyone who knew me back in grade school could tell you how big of an admirer I was of President Bush. One of the things he is best remembered for is his points of light pledge from his inaugural address. President Bush called upon Americans to dedicate themselves to each other through service–the thousand points of light across our nation. For almost a quarter century, Points of Light has been working to implement and advance President Bush’s vision. Points of Light…
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    New Republic

  • Europe Is on the Brink of Its First War in Decades. Here's What the West Must Do.

    Bernard-Henri Levy
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:20 pm
    In the space of a few days, everything has changed. According to NATO sources, a thousand Russian soldiers have been on the move in the vicinity of Lugansk for several days now. Several dozen Russian tanks, including a division flown in from Pskov, crossed the border and, since August 25, have bee
  • Chris Christie Wants to Arm Wrestle Vladimir Putin, Basically

    Brian Beutler
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:52 am
    Say what you will about the tenets of not doing "stupid shit," at least it’s an ethos. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, by contrast, appears to have taken
  • Detroit's Promising Lesson for America's Failing Cities

    Claire Groden
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:32 am
    Detroit, once known as the home of the Model T, might soon be known as the home of the Model Bankruptcy. Over the course of the past 14 months, philanthropists, private corporations, the city and the state have hammered out a grand bargain to serve as the centerpiece of a plan that will eliminate
  • This Chart Disproves Republicans' Food-Stamp Nonsense

    Danny Vinik
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:15 am
    When Republicans want to support their position that Americans have become dependent on welfare, they frequently point to the number of workers on food stamps. In 2012, Senator Rand Paul
  • Screw Politics, Obama Should Act On Deportations as Soon as Possible

    Brian Beutler
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:22 am
    If the trial balloons the White House floated late last week reflect President Obama’s true thinking, then Senate Democrats have frightened him out of his pledge to curb deportations of unauthorized immigrants with deep roots in the United States this month.Several weeks ago, Obama announced he wo
 
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    WIRED » Danger Room

  • The WWI Battleships That Saved (And Doomed) the British Empire

    Jordan Golson
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    World War I was shaped by the new vehicles developed during the four years of conflict. A century after the start of the war, we’re looking back at the most remarkable vehicles—the planes, cars, tanks, ships, and zeppelins—it helped bring about. Aviation and the automobile were in their infancy when World War I started in […]
  • All the Stuff Soldiers Have Carried in Battle, From the 11th Century to Today

    Liz Stinson
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    A photo series documenting the complete inventory kits of British soldiers over the course of about 1,000 years.
  • The Humble WWI Biplane That Helped Launch Commercial Flight

    Jordan Golson
    14 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    World War I was shaped by the new vehicles developed during the fours years of conflict. A century after the start of the war, we’re looking back at the most remarkable planes, cars, tanks, zeppelins it helped bring about. Aviation was in its infancy at the start of World War I, but it had revolutionized […]
  • The Simple Tweaks Mercedes Used to Turn a Sedan Into an Armored Beast

    Alex Davies
    6 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    Some people don’t like riding in a car if they can’t literally put their feet up while ensuring the cabin has exactly the fragrance they desire. Others prefer cars that can stand up to terrorist attacks. For those who fall into both categories, Mercedes-Benz offers the new S600 Guard, the armored version of its flagship […]
  • This Puny French Vehicle Was the First Great Tank

    Jordan Golson
    5 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    The Renault FT looks puny in comparison to the armored vehicles driving around today's battlefields, but 100 years ago, it was a big deal.
 
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    Stately McDaniel Manor

  • Rube Goldberg Lives!

    Mike McDaniel
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:18 am
    The G8 Pro V2credit: guardian 8 Rube Goldberg lives indeed. For those of a younger generation, a Rube Goldberg device is a ridiculously complex mechanism that requires unnecessary steps to accomplish a single, simple task. You’ve seen them: a ball rolls down a ramp, which falls into a cup, which tips over to knock down a row of dominos, which…etc. Now there is a marvelously technological Rube Goldberg device that is designed, at great cost, to replace firearms, pepper spray, and perhaps even cell phones. It is as unwieldy and comical as a real Rube Goldberg device. Unfortunately, some…
  • Education Problems And Solutions, #1: The Wages of Failure UPDATED

    Mike McDaniel
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    credit: gridworks.net In 2011, I wrote a seven-part series on the problems of contemporary education, and proposed solutions for them.  It’s time to revisit and update that series.  Much has changed in the age of Obama. Seizing control of the educational apparatus is always a primary goal of good communists everywhere, because molding the minds of the young is the vanguard of the revolution.  Or in Obama-speak, the fundamental transformation of America.  Let’s go forward to the past: NOTE:  This is the first of a multi-part series on the problems facing public education.  I…
  • The Real Thing

    Mike McDaniel
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:34 pm
    This, gentle readers, is how it’s done. There is nothing as feckless as a gun free school zone sign, nothing as unlikely to actually deter murderers bent on killing children. But letting a bad guy know he’ll be facing armed adults deadly serous about protecting kids, and not letting him know how many or where? Ah. Isn’t that obvious? Isn’t that rational? Isn’t that actual school safety as opposed to feeling safe? It’s in Texas. You don’t suppose that has anything to do with it, do you?Filed under: Education, Firearms Tagged: gun free school zone
  • The Michael Brown Case, Update 4: The Law

    Mike McDaniel
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:45 pm
    Michael Browncredit: the political insider.com Since the publication of my first three articles on the Michael Brown case (the Michael Brown archive is available here), much–and little–has happened.  The fun of rioting having lost its luster, and the looted stores having lost their merchandise, Ferguson is mostly quiet. CNN has obtained an audiotape it represents as a tape of the shooting, presenting it as extraordinarily important. That there is apparently no convincing evidence it is what it purports to be is not a bar to yet another breathless media story. On this tape,…
  • Barack Obama: A 16th Century European Royalty Work Ethic

    Mike McDaniel
    30 Aug 2014 | 1:12 pm
    Even the media and the occasional democrat are beginning to notice that the President of the United States doesn’t exactly demonstrate a uniquely American work ethic. In fact, it’s a virtual certainty that America has never had a less attentive, lazier, less engaged president. Remember, gentle readers, this is the president that has almost no idea what’s happening in his own administration; he finds out about everything–particularly scandals–in the news. Lavish dining, command performances for the monarch in the White House and elsewhere by high-dollar entertainers, flying…
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    Betsy's Page

  • 2 Sep 2014 | 4:12 am

    Betsy Newmark
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:12 am
    David Harsanyi has a very good question that should be posed to every Democrat who has turned a blind eye to everything that Obama has done to extend the power of the executive at the expense of Congress. Enforce laws at your political leisure. Name recess appointments when there’s no recess. Legislate through regulation. Rewrite environmental laws. Rewrite immigration policy. Rewrite tax legislation. Bomb Libya. Bomb Syria. All by fiat. All good. The only question now is: what can’t Barack Obama do without Congress?Every day seems to bring forth another story about what Obmaa has done or…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:02 am
    Victor Davis Hanson details Obama's weak knowledge of history. He just doesn't seem to know very much and keeps getting details wrong. But that doesn't matter to him since he has a progressive view of historic forces leading inexorably towards better, more civilized times. That's why he keeps saying that those he disapproves of are "on the wrong side of history," or that Putin or ISIS are not behaving as one should in the 21st century and that is why they are doomed to failure.A Pollyannaish belief in historical predetermination seems to substitute for action. If Obama believes that evil…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:20 am
    Gosh, Obama sure makes it look like amateur hour, doesn't he? All those aides who had to scramble to try to say that Obama really does have a strategy for going after ISIS and didn't mean to say what he actually said must be wondering why they let him go out there without a teleprompter. So he finally decided to be the most transparent president ever and tell everyone in the world that, despite all that ISIS has been doing all summer, he doesn't have a strategy yet. But maybe he'll get one soon right after the fundraisers that he has for this weekend. Who would expect him to have made sure…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:23 am
    Congratulations to the school where I teach which was ranked 15th in the South and 20th nationally by the Daily Beast based on data from the Department of Education. I have felt very lucky to teach at a school with such a thoughtful and caring administration and faculty. And the students are just lovely. I still look forward to every day at work even though it's exhausting.And this is no surprise: "Charter schools spend less than public schools, but achieve better results." I can certainly testify that this is true of my school:Why are charters so cost-effective and productive? “It appears…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:16 am
    Professors at my alma mater, GWU, staged a rebellion for the right to tell kids that they could buy textbooks cheaper online.Here's a cool invention from NC State researchers to help women identify drinks laced with the date rape drug. But, for some reason, several liberals are against it. They don't want males to market something to prevent date. Figure that one out.Well, of course the media have a double standard in how they approach telling the stories of victims killed by the police. Without double standards, they'd have no standards at all.Can a New Hampshire politician survive if she…
 
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    Wizbang

  • Islam’s Next Victim: ISIS Beheads Another American Journalist

    Warner Todd Huston
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Islam has claimed yet another victim as the same British ISIS jihadist has just released a video showing him beheading Steven Sotloff, another western journalist, and there is a third one waiting his turn. The new video begins with the scumbag Muslim directly addressing the weakling President, Obama, saying, “I’m back, Obama, and I’m back because of your arrogant foreign policy towards the Islamic State.” ISIS, the Islamic terror army that has taken large portions of Iraq and Syria and threatens the entire region as well as areas elsewhere in the world, killed western…
  • “Weighing Our Options.”

    Shawn Mallow
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:32 pm
    From The Hill: “Addressing reporters at the White House, Obama vowed Congress would not be “left in the dark” as officials draft plans to combat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). “I don’t want to put the cart before the horse. We don’t have a strategy yet,” Obama said. (YIKES!–Ed.) Noting media reports suggesting the president was weighing expanding airstrikes into Syria, Obama said “folks are getting a little further ahead of where we’re at than we currently are.” “We need to make sure that we’ve got…
  • Thanks Democrats: Future US Workforce to be LESS Literate

    Warner Todd Huston
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:28 am
    In conjunction with allowing the poorest, least educated foreigners to flood into this country by the millions, our failed education system is creating a permanent underclass that every year is giving the USA a less educated work force. Add to that a culture in at least one segment of our society that devalues education in the first place and we have a recipe for the downfall of our country. Dave Frum, the purported “conservative” columnist at The Atlantic brought up a report from 2007 that I had not seen before, a survey that is quite alarming for the health of
  • Massive Leak Of Stolen Celebrity Nudes Of Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton And Others Consumes The Internet

    Doug Johnson
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:50 am
    Late Sunday, Reddit and 4Chan exploded with one or more hackers dumping a large collection of stolen nude images from a long list of Hollywood celebrities. Among the celebrities affected are Jennifer Lawrence, Ariana Grande, Kate Upton, Kaley Cuoco, Aubrey Plaza, Victoria Justice, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Becca Tobin, Jessica Brown Findlay, and Teresa Palmer. The list of celebrities posted Sunday at 4Chan was much longer (totaling over 100 female stars and athletes) so it is possible that more stolen photos are forthcoming. Several of the stars representatives have confirmed the leaks of the…
  • Weekend Caption Contest™ Winners

    Kevin
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:54 am
    This week’s Weekend Caption Contest™ was another massive success. There were so many good entries it’s probably best that you go read them all… Anyway, the assignment this week was to caption the following picture: Here are the winning entries: 1) (yetanotherjohn) – “Inaction figure” 2) (sarahconnor2) – “Forget ISIS. Hillary is going to be pissed when she finds out he took her favorite pantsuit.” 3) (Bird666) – “Panama Jack-off” 4) (Retired military) – “Yes we tan” 5) (Joe_Miller) –…
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  • Yearning for ancient power

    2 Sep 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Yearning for ancient powerby digbyThis piece in the New Republic explains why ISIS is so barbaric. They are throwbacks to over a thousand years ago:In June 29, 2014—or the first of Ramadan, 1435, for those who prefer the Islamic calendar to the Gregorian—the leaders of the Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) publicly uttered for the first time a word that means little to the average Westerner, but everything to some pious Muslims. The word is “caliph.” ISIS’s proclamation that day formally hacked the last two letters from its acronym (it’s now just “The Islamic State”) and…
  • Nixon Wouldn't have Authorized Torture, Suggests John Dean by @spockosbrain

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Nixon Wouldn't have Authorized Torture, Suggests John Dean by SpockoI asked John Dean a few questions about his new book, The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It, during a Book Salon at Firedoglake.1) After listening to hundreds hours of all conversations did President "Sock it to me" Nixon tell any good jokes? Were they dirty? Racist or sexist? His answer was, "Bottom line: Richard Nixon had almost no sense of humor whatsoever." My suspicion, confirmed!2) What did he think Cheney and Rumsfeld learned from the Watergate Scandal? His reply:Rumsfeld and Cheney volunteered to help…
  • Taint that a shame

    2 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
    Taint that a shameby digbySo Grover Norquist went to Burning Man to troll for libertarian converts to Republicanism. And he learned a lot:As we stroll past rows of parked RVs on Gold Street, we pass a large tent that advertises “Free Taint Washes.” A man approaches us from inside, carrying a jug of water with a misting attachment.“Would you like a spray?” the man asks.“Not today,” Norquist says.The man smiles. “Well, would you like a taint wash?”Norquist has been at Burning Man for less than a day, but he’s already learning lots of new things — including the word taint,…
  • Blue America contest for civil liberties, progressive leadership (and valuable Fleetwood Mac memorabilia!)

    2 Sep 2014 | 9:16 am
    Blue America contest for civil liberties, progressive leadership (and valuable Fleetwood Mac memorabilia!)by digbyThis letter from me went out to Blue America members this morning:One of the advantages of being a Blue State politician has to be the fact that an authentic progressive has a chance to push some real progressive legislation and take bold steps in certain policy areas that might be considered too risky in places dominated by conservatives. Sadly, it happens less than we might hope. Far too many officials get elected on a progressive platform and then go to the state capital or…
  • Navel gazing about November

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Navel gazing about Novemberby digbySam Wang at Princeton Election Consortium thinks the Democrats are going to hold the Senate:In most cases, added assumptions (i.e. special sauce) have led the media organizations to different win probabilities — which I currently believe are wrong....The major media organizations (NYT, WaPo, 538)...all use prior conditions like incumbency, candidate experience, funding, and the generic Congressional ballot to influence their win probabilities — and opinion polls.....Longtime readers of PEC will not be surprised to know that I think the media…
 
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  • Happy Hour Thread

    2 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Henceforth it shall be known as George Jefferson Station.The world weeps for the lack of the Sherman Hemsley/Jon Anderson album we were once promised.
  • The Most Fun Anyone Could Have

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:26 pm
    A reminder that it's pledge week here at the baby blue blog. Also, too, open thread.
  • Bosses

    2 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    The war on teachers is in part about grifters making money, and in part about pretending the people in charge - administrators, principals, city councils, state legislators, school boards - are utterly powerless over what happens on their watch. Boss man can do no wrong.Haven't read, but Alyssa's* Dana's book sounds interesting.*I swear I fixed that error before I scheduled the post for publish.
  • I Suppose Everybody Gets Rich No Matter What

    2 Sep 2014 | 10:43 am
    Such a fun game.In a filing submitted Friday and effective that day, former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-Mississippi) and former Senator John Breaux (D-Louisiana) are listed as the main lobbyists under the Gazprombank account for the firm Squire Patton Boggs, lobbying on “banking laws and regulations including applicable sanctions.”And bipartisan enough for Fred Hiatt to (probably) love it!
  • So Many Options

    2 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Above my pay grade, but I'm reasonably sure we could cripple a Russia behaving badly financially through various means if we really wanted to. But that would mean some people here and in Yurp would make a few less bucks. Probably we should just start bombing, because that way everybody makes money.
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  • AFRICOM Conducts Operation In Somalia

    DSWright
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Even though Politifact confirmed as true Hillary Clinton’s assertion that the “US military footprint in Africa is nonexistent.” it seems no one told the US military which launched an operation in Somalia against Al-Shabaab on Monday. Al-Shabaab is a jihadist group based in Somalia that made an alliance with Al-Qaeda in 2012. While a Pentagon spokesman confirmed the operation took place, details about the operation were withheld. One official, speaking off the record, did tell the New York Times that the operation targeted a “senior operative,” who was apparently…
  • Mother Will March Every Day Until Chicago Police Provide Answers on Police Shooting That Killed Her Son

    Kevin Gosztola
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Protesters gathered on Mon. to march for Roshad McIntosh who was fatally shot by police last Sun. in E. Garfield Park pic.twitter.com/xUmhm6PFzx— Alex Wroblewski (@alexwroblewski) September 2, 2014 More than one week after Chicago police shot and killed 19-year-old Roshad McIntosh, his mother is still demanding the police provide basic information on what happened to her son. She has pledged to march to the local police station every day until she gets the answers she believes she deserves. Cynthia Lane (also referred to as Dawn McIntosh) was joined by hundreds on Labor Day in an…
  • Poll: Medical Marijuana on Track for Narrow Victory in Florida

    Jon Walker
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Florida’s Amendment 2 needs 60% of the vote to pass It is likely that Florida will adopt medical marijuana this November, but at this point victory isn’t assured. New polling shows Amendment 2, Florida’s Right to Medical Marijuana Initiative, is doing well but could still be in danger. According to Gravis Marketing, if the election were held today 64 percent of Florida voters would support Amendment 2 while 26 percent would vote it down. An additional 10 percent remain undecided. Usually 64 percent support would be great for a ballot measure, but Florida is an unusual state…
  • Eric Cantor’s $3.5 Million Wall Street Job isn’t Just for Cantor, it is for Everyone Still in Congress

    Jon Walker
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:07 am
    Eric Cantor’s new job sends a clear message to all incumbents: toe the Wall Street line and you’ll be rewarded later Bribing people with big bags of money or expensive gifts is so 20th century. Not only is it gauche to carry around suitcases full of hundred dollar bills, it is also stupid. Basically the only time American politicians ever get in trouble for corruption is when they accept really expensive Rolexes while in office or are literally caught with a freezer full of cash. The perfectly legal way to influence policy makers is to simply let it be known that if they hold…
  • Lawsuits Show ‘Wage Theft’ Occurring Throughout Country

    DSWright
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:05 am
    #US: Fast food workers across the country plan to strike Thursday http://t.co/LBuF1FJ8uu #FightFor15 #StrikeFastFood pic.twitter.com/jenAWbTYU7 — ѕyndιcalιѕт (@syndicalisms) September 2, 2014 Given that yesterday was labor day this seems like a good time to look at the state of the American worker. Though most workers are already doing worse after the recession and so-called “recovery” a new phenomenon has been discovered that makes a bad situation even worse. According to a series of lawsuits that have been filed though the country, Corporate America has found a way to…
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  • ISIS Executes Steven Sotloff

    Jeralyn
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:04 pm
    ISIS has released a video (no link here please) that shows Steven Sotloff in the beheading position. It says he has been executed, and a British hostage, David Cawthorne Haines, will be next. Update: I don't think the video was made at the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Obama's Latest War Authorization Letter and ISIS Update

    Jeralyn
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:32 pm
    President Obama has written Congress explaining his decision to conduct airstrikes on Amerli: Dear Mr. Speaker: (Dear Mr. President:) As I reported on August 8 and 17, 2014, U.S. Armed Forces have conducted targeted airstrikes in Iraq for... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Labor Day Open Thread

    Jeralyn
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:36 am
    Happy Labor Day. (Version with Axl Rose here.) Lets drink to the hard working people Lets drink to the lowly of birth Raise your glass to the good and the evil Lets drink to the salt of the earth [More...] I just noticed that at the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • NY Times: Guantanamo Decaying

    Jeralyn
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    The New York Times has some new articles on the decaying of Guantanamo. Camp X-Ray is now a "ghost prison." Here are the photos. The original complex, Camp X-Ray — with kennel-like cages that were used for about four months in 2002 while... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's Army Lawyer Resigns, Alleges "Show Trial"

    Jeralyn
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:15 am
    Maj. Jason Wright, one of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed's lawyers in his military commission trial, has resigned from the Army, which terminates his representation. In an interview, he says the U.S. is guilty of human rights violations and creating a... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • Grover Norquist went to Burning Man. And wrote about it.

    Jaime Fuller
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Grover Norquist founded a group that has tried to get conservative lawmakers to swear off tax increases for good. But he also went to Burning Man. According to Urban Dictionary, the Nevada-hosted festival Burning Man "is society's officially sanctioned counter-cultural movement. And as this movement, it has no forward momentum. It is a party in the desert. That's […]
  • The 8 things you didn’t read today (but should have)

    Jaime Fuller
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Given yesterday's holiday, today is basically Monday -- which means you probably had a lot of news to catch up with this morning. Here's what you might have missed during the day in politics that's worth reading. The Washington Post's Sean Sullivan listed the top five midterm campaigns you never thought would be so entertaining. […]
  • The de Blasios do something called “the smackdown”

    Jaime Fuller
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:41 pm
    After winning the New York City Democratic primary for mayor last fall, Bill de Blasio and his family did the "Smackdown" dance. It quickly became their thing. They had done it previously at last year's West Indian Day in Brooklyn; they repeated it after he won the mayoral race in November. He and his wife, Chirlane McCray, […]
  • Watch the best 2014 primary ads, in 110 seconds

    Jackie Kucinich
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:43 pm
    The primary season is (almost) over. But some of the ads were too good to forget. So while we await the onslaught of general election ads, here are some of the most successful from the primary campaigns.
  • Bruce Rauner spends more on wine than average Illinois households spend on everything

    Philip Bump
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Illinois gubernatorial candidate and venture capitalist Bruce Rauner (R) is wealthier than you. Ha ha, you say, how do you know? And I answer: Because he belongs to a wine club that costs as much as $150,000 to join. For wine. Which -- a wealthy person like yourself may not be aware -- sells at […]
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    Blue Jersey - Front Page

  • Gobernador Christie Va A Mexico

    2 Sep 2014 | 8:10 am
    Today Gov.Christie departs for Mexico. If he succeeds in increasing trade with our state, good for him, if not "no harm no foul" (unless he gets tripped up with an inappropriate comment.) It will also likely do him no harm as other potential Republican presidential challengers including Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush have deep ties to the latino community. He will seem more appealing to the Latin American voters in the U. S. A. and be able drop mentions in his speeches about his trip to Mexico. The Republican establishment realizes the importance of the hispanic vote so he will be in their good…
  • News Roundup & Open Thread for Tuesday, Sept. 2, 2014

    2 Sep 2014 | 5:10 am
    Christie "wobbly reply, displaying little grasp of the facts and claiming that if he were in charge, Vladimir V. Putin, the Russian president, would know better than to mess with him." This New York Times story is damaging to the idea that Christie's a credible 2016 candidate,, reporting on the Gov unable to answer basic foreign affairs questions: "One attendee described Mr. Christie's answer as disturbingly heavy on swagger and light on substance. Another called it 'uncomfortable to watch.'" Taking a page out of pre-presidential playbook, Christie to visit Mexico, trying to look like a…
  • An Open Letter to Star-Ledger Editorial Board Director Tom Moran

    2 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    This was published simultaneously this morning, at Marie Corfield, teacher biz, Jersey Jazzman and here at Blue Jersey. Promoted by Rosi. Dear Tom, This week, you crossed a line. Until now, your pieces in the Star-Ledger about Newark's school system and the reorganization of the district have been ill-informed and reckless. You've ignored the warnings of teachers, parents, community leaders, researchers, and students, preferring instead to cling to recycled talking points crafted by those with scant little experience in education policy, but much to gain in profits. You've paid a price: like…
  • 10 Tips Before Your Campaign Or Organization Hits Send On That Next Email

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:58 am
    READ THIS POST or the KITTEN GETS IT. Promoted by Rosi. This started as a rant yesterday on my Facebook page and turned into a more substantive, suggestive post at my JRS Strategies business blog. Here are a few notes for those campaigns and organizations clogging up ‪#‎Email‬ Inboxes with end of the month solicitations (You Know Who You Are): 1.) Stop apologizing to me, clearly you're not sorry because you keep emailing. 2.) Stop reminding me you keep emailing, I already saw the other 20 emails you sent without your reminder. 3.) Stop failing to include an unsubscribe button. At least…
  • Labor Day News Roundup & Open Thread for Monday, Sept. 1, 2014

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:03 am
    Report: Nearly a third of N.J. residents considered poor This is Legal Services of NJ calculation, not the equation used by the census, but they say the federal government definition of poverty is flawed, and grossly underestimates the number of New Jerseyans who battle to provide for food, clothing, shelter, transportation, and child care. 'Insecure, underpaid, highly stressed': Rutgers report looks at state of American workforce. Too bad more of them aren't unionized. Opinion: Christie broke promises to police, firefighters, N.J. voters THIS. Menendez calls Russian action in Ukraine 'direct…
 
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  • "We don't have a strategy yet. Let me repeat that..."

    Andrew Sprung
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:34 pm
    Regardless of whether Obama's assertion that "we don't have a strategy yet" for confronting ISIS in Syria and potentially beyond (as opposed to in Iraq) was well advised, it was not a gaffe in the sense of an inconvenient truth that slipped out.It couldn't have just slipped out, because Obama reiterated the point and elaborated it at length. His reasons for describing the strategy as in progress and TBA were multiple: 1) to reassure that he was not beginning a large-scale military operation without consulting Congress; 2) to pressure prospective coalition partners to play their parts and…
  • Gideon Levy, Jeremiah

    Andrew Sprung
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:05 am
    I want to stay near silent in paying tribute, via this 2010 profile by Johann Hari, to Gideon Levy, Israel's most hated Jewish Israeli reporter and one of its bravest. Just a couple of excerpts below (okay, four)..Levy’s father never saw any parallels between the fact he was turned into a refugee, and the 800,000 Palestinians who were turned into refugees by the creation of the state of Israel. “Never! People didn’t think like that. We never discussed it, ever.” Yet in the territories, Levy began to see flickers of his father everywhere – in the broken men and women never able to…
  • Inching toward immortality

    Andrew Sprung
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:10 am
    Kaiser Health News reports on medical research -- funded, albeit minisculey, by the ACA -- that taps into longstanding dreams:Imagine if scientists could recreate you---or at least part of you---on a chip.That might help doctors identify drugs that would help you heal faster, bypassing the sometimes painful trial-and-error process and hefty health care costs that accompany arriving at the right treatment.Right now, at the University of California, Berkeley, researchers in bioengineer Kevin Healy's lab are working to make that happen. Funded under a provision of the health law, they're trying…
  • Will the ACA reduce the disability rolls?

    Andrew Sprung
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:05 am
    Two years ago, I was riveted by TNR reporter Alec MacGillis' chat with a woman on line for a free REM medical clinic in rural Tennessee. Notwithstanding that she knew nothing about the ACA, she offered a stunning instant analysis, once the basics were described to her, of one likely economic effect:..it it was hard to find visitors to the clinic who would not benefit directly from the law. Barbara Hickey, 54, is a diabetic who lost her insurance five years ago when her husband was injured at his job making fiberglass pipes. She gets discounted diabetic medication from a charity, but came to…
  • In which Clinton slams Obama by articulating his "organizing principle"

    Andrew Sprung
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:03 pm
    A typical account of Hillary Clinton's assessment of Obama's foreign policy in the Goldberg interview ran like this one in the New York Times:Her blunt public criticism of the president’s foreign policy in The Atlantic this week touched off frustration among Mr. Obama’s advisers and supporters, especially her suggestion that under Mr. Obama, the United States lacked an “organizing principle” in its approach to international relations. “ ‘Don’t do stupid stuff’ is not an organizing principle,” Mrs. Clinton said. Three things to note about this takeaway:1. Clinton didn't…
 
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  • Why New York City Opposed Abe Lincoln

    By BILL MORGAN
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:34 pm
    In the 1864 election, Gotham delivered nearly twice as many votes to the president's opponent, George B. McClellan.
  • Sympathy for a Desert Dog

    By JAMES SUZMAN
    31 Aug 2014 | 4:15 pm
    The Ju/’hoansi villagers I lived with communed with animals. So why didn't they grieve for the dog who had befriended me?
  • Losing Our Touch

    By RICHARD KEARNEY
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    As sex and social life go virtual, our ability to know the world, and each other, through touch is at risk.
  • What Doctors Can’t Do

    By TINA ROSENBERG
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:20 pm
    Community health workers can support, guide and encourage patients to manage their health over the long term.
  • A Scandal at the C.I.A. Maybe.

    By DAVID SHAFER
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:16 pm
    People drop dead in hallways all the time. But suspicion makes for a much better story.
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    Slashdot: Politics

  • Code.org Discloses Top Donors

    timothy
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:21 am
    theodp (442580) writes "Under the leadership of Code.org, explained the ACM, it joined CSTA, NCWIT, NSF, Microsoft and Google in an effort "to reshape the U.S. education system," including passing a federal law making Computer Science a "core subject" in schools. If you're curious about whose money helped fuel the effort, Code.org's Donors page now lists those who gave $25,000+ to $3,000,000+ to the K-12 CS cause (the nonprofit plans to raise $20-30 million for 2015-16 operations). Microsoft is at the top of the list as a Platinum Supporter ($3,000,000+), while Bill Gates is Gold…
  • Kernel Developer Dmitry Monakhov Arrested For Protesting Ukraine Invasion

    timothy
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:53 am
    sfcrazy (1542989) writes, based on a report from Ted T'so, that Kernel developer Dmitry Monakhov was detained for 15 days for disobeying a police officer. The debacle came about when Monakhov decided to protest the recent invasion into Ukraine by Russian armed forces. Monakhov is using twitter to keep people informed about his experience with the Russian judicial system ; a human translator can probably do a better job than Google in this case.Read more of this story at Slashdot.
  • Hacker Disrupts New Zealand Election Campaign

    samzenpus
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:10 am
    An anonymous reader writes New Zealand is facing its weirdest election ever with a hacker calling himself "Rawshark" progressively dumping emails hacked from a controversial blogger. This weekend, revelations forced the resignation of one Government minister and nobody knows what will drop next. Emails revealed that the blogger, called "Whale Oil", was in contact with both a government minister in charge of New Zealand's white collar crime investigations unit and with a PR man acting for a founder of a failed finance company then under investigation.Read more of this story at Slashdot.
  • Islamic State "Laptop of Doom" Hints At Plots Including Bubonic Plague

    timothy
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Foreign Policy has an in-depth look at the contents of a laptop reportedly seized this year in Syria from a stronghold of the organization now known as the Islamic State, and described as belonging to a Tunisian national ("Muhammed S."). The "hidden documents" folder of the machine, says the report, contained a vast number of documents, including ones describing and justifying biological weapons: The laptop's contents turn out to be a treasure trove of documents that provide ideological justifications for jihadi organizations -- and practical training on how to carry out the Islamic State's…
  • How Big Telecom Smothers Municipal Broadband

    Soulskill
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:35 am
    Rick Zeman writes: The Center for Public Integrity has a comprehensive article showing how Big Telecom (aka, AT&T, Comcast, Charter, Time Warner) use lobbyists, paid-for politicians, and lawsuits (both actual and the threat thereof) in their efforts to kill municipal broadband. From the article: "The companies have also used traditional campaign tactics such as newspaper ads, push polls, direct mail and door-to-door canvassing to block municipal networks. And they've tried to undermine the appetite for municipal broadband by paying for research from think tanks and front groups to portray…
 
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  • Narendra Modi kick-starts India’s government in his first 100 days

    31 Aug 2014 | 5:56 am
    Narendra Modi’s Bharatiya Janata government is now celebrating its first 100 days in power. Modi is now in Japan on his first big international visit as the guest of prime minister Shinzo Abe, who has given him an effusively warm personal welcome that reflects their rapport Two days ago it was announced that economic growth reached 5.7% for the [...]
  • The Barking Blondes: Dog People

    30 Aug 2014 | 2:29 pm
    With the passing of a close friend, the Barking Blondes realise just how important their dogs are
  • The Reluctant Vegetarian’s Juicy Ripe Nectarine & Dolcelatte Salad

    30 Aug 2014 | 2:23 pm
    This salad is as simple as it gets; takes five minutes to make and no time at all to scoff. It's a great dish to serve alongside a BBQ or as an appetiser. Anna Barnett explains how
  • The Barking Blondes: Doggy diets

    25 Aug 2014 | 9:49 am
    Anna Webb and Joanne Good discuss dog diets
  • Her Outdoors: Finland edition

    23 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    While the British allotment-holder struts and frets from March to October, in Finland it is, as you can imagine, entirely different. Snow covers the ground from late autumn to mid-spring, and nothing can be sown into the soil, still frozen in April, until well into May. The season is short, but intense – as I [...]
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  • Answers! Teacher Was Not Given Mental Exam Because of Sci Fi Novels

    Robby Soave
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Here is an important update in the story of Patrick McLaw, the Maryland teacher who was the subject of a very strange investigation last week. Local reporting claimed that McLaw was suspended from his job and forced to undergo a mental evaluation, all because he wrote novels about a fictional mass shooting set 900 years in the future. That report left out key details, according to a source who is knowledgeable about the situation. McLaw's novels were not the initial or prime factor that led to his suspension. Rather, McLaw submitted a letter to officials at the Dorchester County school…
  • No, a Democratic Candidate Didn’t Wish Ebola on the NRA

    Zenon Evans
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:10 pm
    So, here's a headline out of the right-leaning news site Rare today: This Awful Democrat Just Wished Ebola on NRA Members. Fox News' Greta Van Susteren tweeted about the incident, which also got picked up by a bunch of smaller conservative blogs. I cannot emphasize this enough: It's a totally bogus story. Here's the tweet: The "awful Democrat" in question is Mike Dickinson. Rare's Douglas Barclay informs us that Dickinson is a "political lightweight and Virginia candidate for Congress" in the 7th district. That he is a lightweight is true: Dickinson has no political experience whatsoever.
  • Does Rand Paul Think the Beheading of American Journalists Justifies War Against ISIS?

    Jacob Sullum
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:44 pm
    On Friday, as Robby Soave noted this afternoon, Rand Paul told the Associated Press that if he were president, he "would lay out the reasoning of why ISIS is a threat to our national security and seek congressional authorization to destroy ISIS militarily." But at a Q&A session in Dallas earlier that same day, the Kentucky senator seemed deliberately noncommittal on the question of whether ISIS is in fact "a threat to our national security." Asked what the "strategy" should be with regard to ISIS, he said: I think the strategy has to be that you have an open debate in the country over…
  • Under ISIL Threat, Erbil Residents Snap Up Black Market Guns

    J.D. Tuccille
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:39 pm
    What do you do when psychotic fanatics with a taste for beheading people who piss them off close in on your home and threaten the lives of yourself, your loved ones, and your friends? If you're an unfortunate resident of Iraq, you stock up on guns and ammunition—either to arm yourself to join the local defense forces or just to take care of home and hearth. CCTV America (run by state-owned China Central Television) has an interesting report on a firearms bazaar outside the city of Erbil. Customers include Kurdistan's organized Peshmerga as well as private citizens. The offerings range from…
  • Wacko Isolationist Rand Paul Would Seek Congressional Approval to 'Destroy ISIS'

    Robby Soave
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Sen. Rand Paul expressed support for using U.S. military power to battle ISIL, but only after receiving Congressional authorization. After criticizing President Obama's lack of a plan for dealing with the terrorist group last Friday, Paul told the Associated Press that the correct first move is to ask Congress: "If I were President, I would call a joint session of Congress. I would lay out the reasoning of why ISIS is a threat to our national security and seek congressional authorization to destroy ISIS militarily." The Weekly Standard reported Paul's comments while linking to an older story…
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  • RADICALISM

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

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

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

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

    Randy Toman
    10 Jun 2014 | 7:13 am
    I have been searching for sometime—–for the answer to this question. Could it be said that America is founded as a Christian nation? The wording of the “Constitution” or founding documents do not come out stating——We were founded as a Christian nation. It states nothing like that anywhere I could locate. Oh yes—-it does say—– “One nation under God…” but the Atheist will say God with a small “g” or say it is not the God of the Bible or the one that has a son Jesus Christ that save HIS people——they would say or use it as…
 
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  • Don't Blame Eric Cantor For His New Gig

    Paul Waldman
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:51 am
    To no one's real surprise, former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor announced today that because his years representing Virginia's 7th district in Congress had so infused him with the desire to serve others, he'll be spending his post-congressional career passing out blankets for Doctors Without Borders in disaster zones all over the...no, I'm kidding. He'll be joining a boutique investment bank, opening a Washington office from which he'll offer strategic advice to well-heeled clients. Good work, if you can get it. Which you can't, but Eric Cantor can. This makes him a bit different than…
  • The Stupidity of Hating Your Senator for Living Where You've Sent Her to Work

    Paul Waldman
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:44 am
    (MSNBC/Morning Joe) This year, not one, but two, incumbent senators up for re-election have been dogged by the "issue" of the precise location where they rest their heads at the end of a weary day of lawmaking. First it was Republican Pat Roberts, who, we learned in February, lists the home of some friends as his official residence in Kansas; apparently he crashes there when he's in the state. And now it's Democrat Mary Landrieu, whose heretofore unimpeachable Louisiana roots (her father Moon was the mayor of New Orleans in the 1970s, and her brother Mitch holds that office today) are now…
  • Labor's New Groove: Taking the Struggle From Streets to Legislatures at the Twilight of Collective Bargaining

    Harold Meyerson
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:31 am
    (AP Photo/Paul Beaty) Demonstrators rally for better wages outside a McDonald's restaurant in Chicago, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. Demonstrations planned in 100 cities are part of push by labor unions, worker advocacy groups and Democrats to raise the federal minimum wage of $7.25. Labor Day, 2014, comes at a time when Americans have concluded—correctly—that their country is downwardly mobile. In a Rutgers University poll released last week, 71 percent of Americans said they believed the changes to the economy caused by the Great Recession are permanent. (Asked the same question in November…
  • Why the Legacy of Katrina on New Orleans Is Different From Disasters That Befell Other Cities

    Courtney Young
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:40 am
    Rescue personnel search from victims as they traverse the New Orleans 8th Ward in the flooded city of New Orleans on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2005. Water continued to rise after the onslaught of Hurricane Katrina, which pounded the coast on August 29. How to remember Hurricane Katrina? I consider this each year as the anniversary approaches. I assume it’s something that most people do when the anniversary of a traumatic event draws near. New Orleans is not my hometown; I grew up two hours northwest from it in Louisiana’s fourth largest city, Lafayette. The day before Katrina reached land, my…
  • Is Elizabeth Warren Just an Ordinary Politician?

    Paul Waldman
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:09 am
    Hero-worship is always risky in politics, because if you put all your hopes on one politician, eventually you're sure to be disappointed. And so it has come that Elizabeth Warren, who inspires more dewy-eyed infatuation than any other current Democratic officeholder, may have given her liberal admirers a reason to feel dismayed. This article from the Cape Cod Times is a week old, but it's just now making the rounds, and it shows that on one subject, Warren isn't quite the same strong progressive some might hope her to be. Here's what happened when a constituent criticized her vote to send an…
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  • Don't Blame Eric Cantor For His New Gig

    Paul Waldman
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:51 am
    To no one's real surprise, former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor announced today that because his years representing Virginia's 7th district in Congress had so infused him with the desire to serve others, he'll be spending his post-congressional career passing out blankets for Doctors Without Borders in disaster zones all over the...no, I'm kidding. He'll be joining a boutique investment bank, opening a Washington office from which he'll offer strategic advice to well-heeled clients. Good work, if you can get it. Which you can't, but Eric Cantor can. This makes him a bit different than…
  • The Stupidity of Hating Your Senator for Living Where You've Sent Her to Work

    Paul Waldman
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:44 am
    (MSNBC/Morning Joe) This year, not one, but two, incumbent senators up for re-election have been dogged by the "issue" of the precise location where they rest their heads at the end of a weary day of lawmaking. First it was Republican Pat Roberts, who, we learned in February, lists the home of some friends as his official residence in Kansas; apparently he crashes there when he's in the state. And now it's Democrat Mary Landrieu, whose heretofore unimpeachable Louisiana roots (her father Moon was the mayor of New Orleans in the 1970s, and her brother Mitch holds that office today) are now…
  • Labor's New Groove: Taking the Struggle From Streets to Legislatures at the Twilight of Collective Bargaining

    Harold Meyerson
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:31 am
    (AP Photo/Paul Beaty) Demonstrators rally for better wages outside a McDonald's restaurant in Chicago, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. Demonstrations planned in 100 cities are part of push by labor unions, worker advocacy groups and Democrats to raise the federal minimum wage of $7.25. Labor Day, 2014, comes at a time when Americans have concluded—correctly—that their country is downwardly mobile. In a Rutgers University poll released last week, 71 percent of Americans said they believed the changes to the economy caused by the Great Recession are permanent. (Asked the same question in November…
  • Why the Legacy of Katrina on New Orleans Is Different From Disasters That Befell Other Cities

    Courtney Young
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:40 am
    Rescue personnel search from victims as they traverse the New Orleans 8th Ward in the flooded city of New Orleans on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2005. Water continued to rise after the onslaught of Hurricane Katrina, which pounded the coast on August 29. How to remember Hurricane Katrina? I consider this each year as the anniversary approaches. I assume it’s something that most people do when the anniversary of a traumatic event draws near. New Orleans is not my hometown; I grew up two hours northwest from it in Louisiana’s fourth largest city, Lafayette. The day before Katrina reached land, my…
  • Is Elizabeth Warren Just an Ordinary Politician?

    Paul Waldman
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:09 am
    Hero-worship is always risky in politics, because if you put all your hopes on one politician, eventually you're sure to be disappointed. And so it has come that Elizabeth Warren, who inspires more dewy-eyed infatuation than any other current Democratic officeholder, may have given her liberal admirers a reason to feel dismayed. This article from the Cape Cod Times is a week old, but it's just now making the rounds, and it shows that on one subject, Warren isn't quite the same strong progressive some might hope her to be. Here's what happened when a constituent criticized her vote to send an…
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  • Where working women are most equal in the U.S.

    Niraj Chokshi
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:46 pm
  • America is rapidly aging in a country built for the young

    Emily Badger
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Courtesy of Flickr user La Citta Vita under a Creative Commons license. Although we seldom think about them this way, most American communities as they exist today were built for the spry and mobile. We've constructed millions of multi-story, single-family homes where the master bedroom is on the second floor, where the lawn outside requires weekly upkeep, where the mailbox is a stroll away. We've designed neighborhoods where everyday errands require a driver's license. We've planned whole cities where, if you don't have a car, it's not particularly easy to walk anywhere — especially not if…
  • Wonkbook: The troubling state of labor

    Puneet Kollipara
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:20 am
    Welcome to Wonkbook, Wonkblog’s morning policy news primer by Puneet Kollipara (@pkollipara). To subscribe by e-mail, click here. Send comments, criticism or ideas to Wonkbook at Washpost dot com. To read more by the Wonkblog team, click here. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook. Job candidates wait in line to meet with recruiters during an employment fair in Philadelphia in June. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)   Wonkbook’s Number of the Day: 104. That's the average number of unaccompanied child migrants apprehended at the border each day in August, less than a third the rate in May and…
  • Name That Data winners, week 7

    Christopher Ingraham
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:20 am
    This week I asked you to name to two-word search terms, which I denoted as “red” and “blue.” How’d you do? @_cingraham am i doing this rite? pic.twitter.com/FElwBZjRwX — Mike Bostock (@mbostock) August 29, 2014 No Mike, you are definitely not doing this rite. A number of you guessed something communism-related: @_cingraham It is definitely something with socialism and communism; the ngram chart tracks these 2 very closely. #namethatdata — Maria Guzenko (@mguzenko) August 29, 2014 As it turns out, the Ngram chart for "communism" and "socialism" does closely resemble our mystery…
  • Oklahoma’s public schools are starting the year in legal limbo

    Max Ehrenfreund
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Kelci Gouge teaches a third-grade class at a summer reading academy in Oklahoma City. (AP/Sue Ogrocki) As the new school year starts around the country, educators and students in Oklahoma are caught in the middle of a dispute between the U.S. government and the state's lawmakers over what to teach in their classrooms and how. Since state lawmakers threw out the Common Core standards earlier this year, the state of Oklahoma has been at risk of losing its protection from strict requirements in the Bush-era No Child Left Behind law, which mandated that if every student was not proficient…
 
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  • Ebola epidemic 'spiraling out of control,' CDC director says

    2 Sep 2014 | 8:34 am
     The Ebola epidemic is “spiraling out of control,” Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Tom Frieden said Tuesday.“It is the world’s first Ebola epidemic, and it’s spiraling out of control. It’s bad now, and it’s going...
  • Dem senator: ISIS can’t be beaten in short term

    2 Sep 2014 | 7:17 am
    Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) on Tuesday defended President Obama’s decision to wait before expanding military action against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, saying that the terror group couldn’t be defeated in the “short term.”“I don't think you...
  • Obama's approval at record low in Calif.

    2 Sep 2014 | 5:16 am
    President Obama’s approval rating has fallen to a record low in California, with fewer than half of the voters in the Democratic stronghold approving of the way he has handled his job, for the first time since 2011.Just 45 percent of California...
  • Obama to press Congress on minimum wage boost

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    President Obama on Monday will tout the progress made since the economic collapse during Labor Day remarks in Milwaukee.A White House official said Obama will also honor working Americans and will reaffirm his commitment to ensure more Americans can...
  • Cruz dismisses talk of government shutdown over immigration

    31 Aug 2014 | 11:41 am
    Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) late Saturday shrugged off the idea that Republicans would shut down the federal government if President Obama took executive action on immigration reform.“There is one person and one person only talking about shutting down...
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  • Delay on health care subsidies case

    Lyle Denniston
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:16 pm
    The Obama administration on Tuesday received an additional thirty days to file its answer in the Supreme Court to a new challenge to the subsidies so far given to nearly five million individuals to help them afford health insurance.  The Court’s clerk, acting on an administration request, set a new filing deadline on that document for October 3. Ordinarily, most requests for an extension of time to respond to a petition for certiorari are routinely granted, but the challengers to the subsidies system in the new Affordable Care Act had urged the Court not to allow any delays in a case…
  • Tuesday round-up

    Amy Howe
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:08 am
    With the calendar having turned to September, the Justices’ first private Conference is now less than a month away.  As Lyle Denniston reported for this blog on Friday, one of the issues that the Justices will soon consider is whether to take up, once again, one or more challenges to state bans on same-sex marriage.  Writing for USA Today, Richard Wolf summarizes the state of play and handicaps the different challenges, while Chris Geidner of BuzzFeed surveys the various cases and concludes that “a lot of lawyers are in on this — and they all want to be the ones who get to say their…
  • Legal wars on abortion heating up

    Lyle Denniston
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:05 pm
    Nine months after the Supreme Court allowed enforcement of a Texas law that led to the closing of a third of all clinics in that state, a new courthouse battle over that same law is rapidly developing.  In a rushed motion filed on Sunday, the state of Texas took the issue back to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit after a federal judge in Austin struck it down on Friday afternoon.  The issue may not stop at the appeals court level. The issue has also spread to Lousiana, where a federal judge on Sunday night temporarily blocked a similar law from taking full effect in that…
  • Petition of the day

    Maureen Johnston
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:20 pm
    The petition of the day is: Kolon Industries, Incorporated v. E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Company 14-77 Issue: Whether, under 28 U.S.C. § 455(b), the federal recusal statute, a federal judge is relieved of his mandatory statutory duty of self-disqualification simply because neither party filed a timely motion to disqualify the judge. In association with Bloomberg Law
  • Last of first-round same-sex marriage cases is in

    Lyle Denniston
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:14 am
    The last in the first round of new same-sex marriage cases to reach the Supreme Court — an appeal by a county clerk in Virginia — was filed on Friday, and it offered the Court a variety of options for confronting the constitutional controversy.  While making a plea that this case be the one chosen for review, it also accepted being put on hold if the Court were to choose to move ahead with another case instead. A key facet of the new petition, McQuigg v. Bostic (not yet assigned a docket number), was a suggestion that the Court put its primary focus on the basic issue of state…
 
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  • They Might As Well Adopt Them, We’re Barely Using Them Ourselves

    Anne Laurie
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:17 pm
    From the LA Times, “China complains SAT may impose American values on its best students“: Chinese students have shown an insatiable appetite for attending U.S. colleges — last year alone, more than 235,000 were enrolled at American institutions of higher education. But now, some in China are grousing that the SAT may impose American values on its best and brightest, who in preparation for the exam might be studying the Declaration of Independence and the Bill of Rights instead of “The Selected Works of Mao Tse-tung.”… The U.S. College Board in March announced plans to…
  • Open thread

    Tim F.
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:20 am
    If you don’t have anything nice to say about anyone, come sit by me. - Dorothy Parker (as repeated by Truman Capote) Share
  • Hells to the yes

    Tim F.
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:08 am
    Those who know my stuff know that Susie Madrak speaks for me here. I get really pissed when armchair prognosticators “explain” to me that it doesn’t matter, the GOP has gerrymandered away any chance of victory. Horse hockey: Gerrymandering only works when Dems have their usual tepid turnout. If we turn out, we win. And here’s the simplest way to do it: Call every Democrat you know the weekend before the election, and remind them how important it is to vote. Then call and remind them the night before. A wise man might have once said that there are two kinds of people in…
  • Got the car, got the AM radio on

    DougJ
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:05 am
    I often find driving stressful, because either I’m running late or I’m lost or the driving conditions are bad. Sometimes I feel like a coked-out Ray Liotta, running from the helicopters with “Monkey Man” and “Jump Into The Fire” (what I didn’t know until this day is that that’s Harry Nilsson) playing. Other times, when I’m in a better mood I imagine I’m Bruce Willis singing along with “Flowers on the Wall” (and hitting that big bass note in “kangaroo”). Unlike many of you hip young gunslingers, I just listen…
  • Cole, Don’t Be Such A Prude

    constitutional mistermix
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:07 am
    The "don't take naked pics if you don't want them online" argument is the "she was wearing a short skirt" of the web. Ugh. — Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) September 1, 2014 Unlike Cole, I think this is pretty close to right. These celebrities who had their cloud data leaked were young people in long-distance relationships. I was young once, and I was in a LDR, and if we had smartphones, you’d be damn sure that we’d have been sending naked pictures back and forth. As far as I’m concerned, that’s natural and expected behavior for people in…
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  • Breaking News: Reports that ISIS Has Killed Steven Sotloff

    DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:43 am
  • SciFi Weekend: Doctor Who, Hugo and Emmy Awards; Tony Soprano’s Fate; Next Season on Arrow and Fargo; Finales of Falling Skies, True Blood, Defiance, and The Last Ship; Karen Gillian’s Hair; Rebooting Fox Genre Shows; Libby Masters vs. Betty Draper; American Gods; Jennifer Lawrence, and much more

    Ron Chusid
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:34 am
    Peter Capaldi’s second episode of Doctor Who was much better than the first. Into the Dalek was literally about going into a Dalek, Fantastic Voyage style. Once the reference was made, and we saw antibodies within the Dalek (for an unclear reason), I was surprised that Steven Moffat didn’t take the opportunity to recreate the attack of antibodies on Rachel Welch’s body with Jenna Coleman. Despite the Doctor’s strange criticism of Clara’s body at one point in the episode, Clara did serve an important role as the Doctor’s moral compass, which was disrupted by…
  • Russia Has Threatened Nuclear Attack, Says Ukraine Defence Minister

    Guest Voice
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:29 am
    Kiev has received threats of nuclear retaliation from Russia through unofficial channels if it continues to fight pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, the Ukrainian Minister of Defence, Valeriy Heletey, announced on his Facebook page on Monday. “The Russian side has threatened on several occasions across unofficial channels that, in the case of continued resistance they are… Russia Has Threatened Nuclear Attack, Says Ukraine Defence Minister Share on Tumblr
  • A Market Basket of dignity

    E.J. DIONNE, JR., WASHINGTON POST COLUMNIST
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:02 am
    WASHINGTON — Who knew that one of the best made-for-Labor Day speeches in American history would be delivered by a CEO? And who could have guessed that the summer’s major labor story would not be about a CEO saving the jobs of his workers but about the workers saving the job of their CEO? This is the wonder of the happy-ending tale of Market Basket, the New England grocery chain. Most of its 25,000 non-unionized workers walked out to get their deposed CEO, , reinstated as the company’s leader. Last week, they won. It’s a story that makes you wish Frank Capra of…
  • Jackie Brown: The best Tarantino film?

    Chocolate TeddyBear, TMV Movie Critic
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:46 am
    Although I hate to admit it, there is a good chance that Quentin Tarantino is my favourite director. The film snob in me would love to say it’s Francis Ford Coppola or Martin Scorsese but the truth is that, apart from The Godfather films, none of those great directors’ projects feel as fun to watch as many of Tarantino’s work. I own every one of QT’s films apart from Death Proof, but Jackie Brown was a film that I paid little attention to. In fact, until recently, I am sure that I had only seen it once. There was no reason for this, I liked the film when I initially watched it so I am…
 
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  • BBC cuts Asian broadcast of lesbian “Dr. Who” kiss between human and lizard

    John Aravosis
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:17 pm
    The BBC censored a recent “Dr. Who” episode, cutting a scene of a lizard woman giving alien-mouth-to-mouth resuscitation to a human woman, after concerns that the broadcast might violate Asian broadcast standards against public homosexuality on television. The SCMP reports that the scene was cut from broadcasts in South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. Dr. Who’s kinda sorta lesbian kiss between a woman and a female lizard person. I stopped watching “Dr. Who” about the time he got his latest assistant, but apparently the lizard woman and…
  • I just found gay Grindr users in Iran, Brunei after Grindr “fixes” location problem

    John Aravosis
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:50 am
    Only hours after gay smartphone app “Grindr” attempted to fix a glitch in its system that has already outed the exactly location of over 600,000 gay men in countries like North Korea, Iran, Russia, and Brunei, I was able to locate the exact position of dozens of gay men in Iran and Brunei, two of the most repressive anti-gay regimes in the world. As you may recall, Grindr is an app that lets gay men find other gay men to date, befriend, or hook up with. The app works by finding your location, then showing you other gay men who are in your area. While it does not show you where…
  • We evolved to argue

    Jon Green
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    They say that politics and religion are to be avoided in polite company, as they are likely to cause an argument. This is perhaps one of the dumbest social norms we have, as moral and political disagreement has been essential to our survival for millennia. If you don’t agree, let’s argue about it. Let’s start with three simple facts about human beings: 1) The human brain evolved sequentially over time from simpler versions of itself (evolution tinkers, it doesn’t build from scratch); 2) the brain evolved to quickly identify patterns and respond to them, not to deduce…
  • “Grindr” gay smartphone app turns off “distance” option in face of privacy concerns

    John Aravosis
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:40 pm
    UPDATE: Grindr has turned the location functionality back on, and there’s no indication that they’ve made any other changes to their system. Grindr’s only statement on this ongoing problem: “We do not view this as a security flaw.” I suspect gay men living under threat of stoning to death in Brunei might feel differently. _______ The popular gay smartphone app “Grindr” has turned off its “show your distance” option, apparently in response to concerns raised last week by privacy advocates. Grindr, an app used by gay men to meet other gay…
  • Groupon selling Uzi target practice same week girl shoots Uzi instructor dead

    John Aravosis
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Only days after a 9-year-old girl accidentally shot her firearms instructor to death with an Uzi submachine gun, Groupon is offering its subscribers target practice packages that include Uzis. Groupon initially shut down its gun packages after the Sandy Hook Elementary massacre in Newton, Connecticut, where nearly two dozen young grade school kids were shot to death. The packages however started up again six months later. Here’s one from Groupon’s Florida operation. It, and the deal below from Texas, include Uzis: And here’s Texas: The AR-15, also mentioned in the above ad,…
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  • Chris Hedges Interviews Noam Chomsky (2/3)

    lurgee (/politics/member/lurgee)
    11 Aug 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Chomsky: The system we have now is radically anti-capitalist, anti- democratic, and pro-elite. - June 18, 14
  • Rap Critic: Gangsta's Paradise by Coolio

    DerHasisttot (/politics/member/DerHasisttot)
    9 Aug 2014 | 7:28 pm
    Interesting in-depth analysis of the song during its time and environment.
  • A Beginner's Guide to the Israeli Palestinian Conflict

    Sagemind (/politics/member/Sagemind)
    7 Aug 2014 | 9:09 pm
    Palestine Israel 101 - History of the Israeli Palestinian Conflict - Israeli Narrative - Palestinian Narrative Side by Side Comparison of Israel and Palestine - Religion - Population - Economy - Military A Path to Resolution of the Israeli Palestinian Conflict - The Two State Solution - Support for Peace
  • Cop Says Obama Doesn't Follow Constitution, Neither Does He

    Trancecoach (/politics/member/Trancecoach)
    6 Aug 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Via Liberty Viral: A New Jersey police officer responded to a citizen’s inquiry about problems with a local animal shelter by claiming he is not required to follow the constitution because the president doesn’t either. From Freethoughtproject: Steve Wronko had gone to the Helmetta Police Department with a list of objections about recent violations at the Helmetta Regional Animal Shelter. According to the Community outreach facebook page created to expose the atrocities of the shelter, Reform Helmetta Regional Animal Shelter, there is a long stemming controversy from the Helmetta Mayor,…
  • Sen. Whitehouse debunks climate change myths

    ChaosEngine (/politics/member/ChaosEngine)
    6 Aug 2014 | 5:47 am
    YT: Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) rips into Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) for blocking a resolution that would have acknowledged the reality of climate change. Good to see at least someone in the US government understands reality.
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  • Don't Blame Eric Cantor For His New Gig

    Paul Waldman
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:51 am
    To no one's real surprise, former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor announced today that because his years representing Virginia's 7th district in Congress had so infused him with the desire to serve others, he'll be spending his post-congressional career passing out blankets for Doctors Without Borders in disaster zones all over the...no, I'm kidding. He'll be joining a boutique investment bank, opening a Washington office from which he'll offer strategic advice to well-heeled clients. Good work, if you can get it. Which you can't, but Eric Cantor can. This makes him a bit different than…
  • The Stupidity of Hating Your Senator for Living Where You've Sent Her to Work

    Paul Waldman
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:44 am
    (MSNBC/Morning Joe) This year, not one, but two, incumbent senators up for re-election have been dogged by the "issue" of the precise location where they rest their heads at the end of a weary day of lawmaking. First it was Republican Pat Roberts, who, we learned in February, lists the home of some friends as his official residence in Kansas; apparently he crashes there when he's in the state. And now it's Democrat Mary Landrieu, whose heretofore unimpeachable Louisiana roots (her father Moon was the mayor of New Orleans in the 1970s, and her brother Mitch holds that office today) are now…
  • Labor's New Groove: Taking the Struggle From Streets to Legislatures at the Twilight of Collective Bargaining

    Harold Meyerson
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:31 am
    (AP Photo/Paul Beaty) Demonstrators rally for better wages outside a McDonald's restaurant in Chicago, Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013. Demonstrations planned in 100 cities are part of push by labor unions, worker advocacy groups and Democrats to raise the federal minimum wage of $7.25. Labor Day, 2014, comes at a time when Americans have concluded—correctly—that their country is downwardly mobile. In a Rutgers University poll released last week, 71 percent of Americans said they believed the changes to the economy caused by the Great Recession are permanent. (Asked the same question in November…
  • Why the Legacy of Katrina on New Orleans Is Different From Disasters That Befell Other Cities

    Courtney Young
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:40 am
    Rescue personnel search from victims as they traverse the New Orleans 8th Ward in the flooded city of New Orleans on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2005. Water continued to rise after the onslaught of Hurricane Katrina, which pounded the coast on August 29. How to remember Hurricane Katrina? I consider this each year as the anniversary approaches. I assume it’s something that most people do when the anniversary of a traumatic event draws near. New Orleans is not my hometown; I grew up two hours northwest from it in Louisiana’s fourth largest city, Lafayette. The day before Katrina reached land, my…
  • Is Elizabeth Warren Just an Ordinary Politician?

    Paul Waldman
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:09 am
    Hero-worship is always risky in politics, because if you put all your hopes on one politician, eventually you're sure to be disappointed. And so it has come that Elizabeth Warren, who inspires more dewy-eyed infatuation than any other current Democratic officeholder, may have given her liberal admirers a reason to feel dismayed. This article from the Cape Cod Times is a week old, but it's just now making the rounds, and it shows that on one subject, Warren isn't quite the same strong progressive some might hope her to be. Here's what happened when a constituent criticized her vote to send an…
 
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  • State of the Nation

    23 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    In early August the NBC/WSJ poll found that 71% of us think the country is on the wrong track. In the last year the wrong track number has ranged from a low of 62% (9/13) to a high of 78% (10/13). 76% are dissatisfied with the way things are going in the United States. 2% are satisfied. [Gallup 8/14] The official BLS unemployment rate for July 2014 is 6.2%, up a point from the previous month, but still down 1.1% points from a year ago. If one takes into account the total unemployed + those marginally attached to the labor force + those working part-time who want full-time work, the rate is…
  • President Obama

    23 Aug 2014 | 4:59 am
    The public’s grade on the job President Obama is doing (as found by Gallup 8/14-16) is 41% approval/53% disapproval. Of the six most recent, two-term Presidents at this point in their second term, Obama’s current approval rating continues to be better than Richard Nixon and is tied with George Bush II. He trails Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, and Dwight Eisenhower. The list of 6 follows:   Approve Disapprove Reagan 61 27 (8/11/86) Clinton 62 35 (8/23/98) Eisenhower 56 27 (8/25/58) Obama 42 51 8/18/14) G Bush (II) 42 54 (8/20/06) Nixon 24 66 (8/5/74) Date NBC/WSJ WP/ABC CNN/ORC NYT/CBS…
  • The Congress

    23 Aug 2014 | 4:58 am
    83% disapprove of the way that Congress is handling its job. 55% disapprove strongly. 13% approve of the job being done; 2% approve strongly. [Gallup 7/14] In July, surveys conducted by Fox, Gallup, and CBS show that approval of the job being done by Congress ranges from 13-15% approval. Four surveys taken by The Economist/YouGov during July averaged 8.5% approval. The latter is down from an average 9.3% approval in three surveys taken during June. 19% of registered voters say that most Members of Congress deserve re- election. 50% think their own Member deserves re-election. [Gallup 8/14]…
  • 2016

    23 Aug 2014 | 4:56 am
    Since the last edition of the Watch (early July), one Democrat and seven Republicans have been added to the list of people who have said they are thinking about running for President, or who have been talked about by others as potential candidates for the top office. The Republicans are Michelle Bachmann, Ben Carson, Mike Huckabee, John Huntsman, Joe Scarborough, Donald Trump, and Mitt Romney. The Democrat is Joe Manchin. On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton remains the one person who clears the field if she decides to run. Chatter at the moment is that Clinton might be headed toward a…
  • This and That

    23 Aug 2014 | 4:55 am
    The Meaning of Words Ever since my days growing up in Duluth, Minnesota, I have used two words that I found quite descriptive. It has now been brought to my attention that these two words have not been granted entry to any English language dictionary, the suggestion being that they are, therefore, not words. The words and their meaning follows: Catsafranas – confused, mixed up, complicated Difugalty (Difugalties) – a problem
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    Calitics - Front Page

  • A Few Bills of Note: Plastic Bags, Accreditation, Uber

    29 Aug 2014 | 10:50 am
    As legislative deadline draws near, bills aplenty by Brian Leubitz It's that time of year again. The season for quickie news stories proclaiming one new law or another. With the legislative deadline coming at the end of the month for bills to get out of the Legislature, we will be seeing plenty more in the next few days. In fact, I'll be on KALW's Your Call on Sept. 2 at 10AM to talk about a few of the noteworthy bills. But before we get there, let's take a look at a few already on the move. Senate Bill 270 by Senators Padilla, de León and Lara, passed off the California State Assembly Floor…
  • Assembly Passes Victim-Centered Sexual Assault Policy

    26 Aug 2014 | 10:26 am
    Would require unambigious affirmative consent by Brian Leubitz The Assembly passed Sen. Kevin de León's SB967 yesterday, requiring two-sided affirmative consent on college campuses. A bill doing so, SB967, passed the Assembly on a 52-16 vote Monday as states and universities across the U.S. are under pressure to change how they handle rape allegations. It now heads back to the Senate for what is expected to be a final vote on amendments. The bill by state Sen. Kevin De Leon, D-Los Angeles, changes the definition of consent for campuses investigating sexual assault cases by requiring "an…
  • Governor Signs Smartphone Theft Bill

    25 Aug 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Leno bill requires anti-theft software by Brian Leubitz Gov. Brown signed Sen. Leno's SB 962 today addressing the growing epidemic of smartphone theft in California. SB 962 requires all smartphones sold in California to come pre-equipped with theft-deterring technological solutions to render the devices useless if stolen. The bill is the first of its kind in the nation prompting every consumer to enable a kill switch as the default setting during the initial setup of a new smartphone. Sen. Leno then went full Colbert in his assesment of the bill: "California has just put smartphone thieves on…
  • A Necessary Drop in the Immigration Bucket

    21 Aug 2014 | 5:39 pm
    California leaders agree to $3M for legal aid for undocumented children While three million dollars is really just a drop in the bucket for the  the many undocumented children and their legal expenses, it sends a strong statement: Gov. Jerry Brown, Attorney General Kamala Harris and Legislative leaders announced legislation Thursday that sets aside the money for non-profits that provide legal help to unaccompanied minors currently in California. *** **** *** "These young people have legal rights and responsibilities, but they cannot fully participate in complex immigration proceedings…
  • Get Ready for Lots of Advertising: Props 45 and 46 Favored by Likely Voters

    20 Aug 2014 | 6:35 pm
    Proposition Yes No DK 45 - Justify Rates 69 16 15 46 - Drug Testing/Malpractice 58 30 12 47 - Sentencing 57 24 19 Measures draw ire of health insurance companies and doctors by Brian Leubitz The Field Poll has been doing a study of health care issues with the California Wellness Foundation, and today they released their numbers on the two health care related measures on the ballot. (Poll summary) As you can see from the numbers to the right, the health insurance companies aren't that popular. As you can see if you look a bit higher to the right, they are starting to spend on advertising.
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    Jeffrey Goldberg : The Atlantic

  • 'Steven was Brave and Unlucky, But he Was Not Stupid'

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Michael Totten remembers Steven Sotloff, who was part of a roving band of very brave reporters covering hard wars in a new and terrible age. After the very brave and very smart (and very risk-aware) Danny Pearl was beheaded, I used to argue to colleagues that his death was the exception that proved the rule: Most terrorist groups still wanted reporters to carry their message to the world, or so we told ourselves in places like Pakistan and Afghanistan. No more: The exception is no longer exceptional. The murder is the message.  Totten, a very brave reporter himself, just posted…
  • In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment for a Novelist

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:04 am
    (Updated) From the Dept. of Insane and Dangerous Overreactions to Fictional Threats: A 23-year-old teacher at a Cambridge, Maryland, middle school has been placed on leave and—in the words of a local news report—"taken in for an emergency medical evaluation" for publishing, under a pseudonym, a novel about a school shooting. The novelist, Patrick McLaw, an eighth-grade language-arts teacher at the Mace's Lane Middle School, was placed on leave by the Dorchester County Board of Education, and is being investigated by the Dorchester County Sheriff's Office, according to news reports from…
  • Why I'm Ending My Boycott of German Cars

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:51 am
    So I told Mrs. Goldblog last week that I had a revelation. “Did you find Jesus?” she asked. No, not quite that big, I said. My revelation concerned German automobiles, I said. Specifically, it has been revealed to me that it is now theoretically possible for us, as a Jewish family, to buy a BMW. The chains of belief and sentiment and psychic unease that have kept me from making such a purchase have been sundered. Mrs. Goldblog immediately registered her dissent, though she understood the source of my volte-face: It was the result of a visit we had just made to a dormant Icelandic…
  • Europe's Slow Surrender to Intolerance

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    26 Aug 2014 | 9:38 am
    On the one hand, it is completely unsurprising that Europe has become a swamp of anti-Jewish hostility. It is, after all, Europe. Anti-Jewish hostility has been its metier for centuries. (Yes, the locus of much anti-Jewish activity today is within Europe’s large Muslim-immigrant population; but the young men who threaten their Jewish neighbors draw on the language and traditions of European anti-Semitism as much as they do on Muslim modes of anti-Semitic thought.) On the other hand, the intensity, and velocity, of anti-Jewish invective—and actual anti-Jewish thuggery—has surprised even…
  • Hillary Clinton: 'Failure' to Help Syrian Rebels Led to the Rise of ISIS

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    9 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    President Obama has long ridiculed the idea that the U.S., early in the Syrian civil war, could have shaped the forces fighting the Assad regime, thereby stopping al Qaeda-inspired groups—like the one rampaging across Syria and Iraq today—from seizing control of the rebellion. In an interview in February, the president told me that “when you have a professional army ... fighting against a farmer, a carpenter, an engineer who started out as protesters and suddenly now see themselves in the midst of a civil conflict—the notion that we could have, in a clean way that didn’t commit…
 
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    The Weekly Standard Blog

  • Rand Paul Supports U.S. War in Middle East to Destroy ISIS

    John McCormack
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:41 am
    Kentucky senator Rand Paul tells the AP that he would seek to "destroy ISIS militarily" if he were president:  Speaking to a ballroom later, some of the loudest applause for Paul came when he quipped: "If the president has no strategy, maybe it's time for a new president." In an emailed comment, however, Paul elaborated by saying: "If I were President, I would call a joint session of Congress. I would lay out the reasoning of why ISIS is a threat to our national security and seek congressional authorization to destroy ISIS militarily." Paul had recently…
  • Alliances Are Hard Work … And Expensive

    Geoffrey Norman
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:23 am
    With the president attending this week's NATO summit in Wales, and the heightened concerns among the organization’s members – especially the newer ones with experience of hand’s-on Russian domination and rule – it might be profitable for our “allies” to consider some facts reported by Gideon Rachman in the FT: The pattern of Nato spending reflects Europe’s increasing reliance on the US. At the height of the cold war, America accounted for roughly half the military spending of the alliance, with the rest of Nato accounting for the other 50 per cent. Now, however, the US…
  • Cantor Lands a Job

    Geoffrey Norman
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:08 am
    The former constituents who returned Eric Cantor to the private sector have reason to think, He is who we thought he was. As Mario Trujillo of The Hill reports: Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) has joined the global investment bank Moelis & Company as vice chairman and managing director, the company announced Tuesday. Cantor, who resigned from Congress during the August recess after losing his primary in June, will also be elected to the company's board of directors.  When any member of the political class falls, it tends to be upward.  And let none say that…
  • Report: 'Ethnic Cleansing' in Islamic State

    Geoffrey Norman
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:03 am
    Amnesty International has found: Fresh evidence ... that members of the armed group calling itself the Islamic State (IS) have launched a systematic campaign of ethnic cleansing in northern Iraq, carrying out war crimes, including mass summary killings and abductions, against ethnic and religious minorities.  The phrase is repellant but accurate.  And if you know about it, then the question becomes, what can be done to stop it?  And, if something can be done, should it? And will it?
  • McConnell Aide Resigns As Ron Paul Scandal Develops

    Michael Warren
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:25 am
    Just before the start of the Labor Day holiday weekend, the reelection campaign for Mitch McConnell of Kentucky announced its campaign manager, Jesse Benton, was resigning. Benton was leaving the campaign, Politico reports, "citing potential distractions over renewed attention to a scandal from the Iowa 2012 caucuses." Benton had served as chairman for Ron Paul's 2012 presidential campaign (he's also married to Paul's granddaughter). The Paul campaign has been accused of paying for the endorsement of at least one Iowa state senator. The former senator, Kent Sorenson,…
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    James Fallows : The Atlantic

  • Annals of the Security State, Presidential Vacations Edition

    James Fallows
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:57 am
    I believe I am the only amateur pilot who’s a Democrat. OK, I'm exaggerating. I can think of four others. No, five! Therefore when people in the aviation community talk about the effect of “Presidential TFRs”— the 30-mile-radius no-fly zones, known as Temporary Flight Restrictions, that travel with a President wherever he is—they often begin by saying, “Welcome to Obama's America...” or “That idiot Obama has done it again...” The complaints started some other way between 2001 and 2009. Politics apart, I give you this account from someone who flies the same kind of small…
  • Your Guide to the Latest Depressing News Out of China

    James Fallows
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:27 pm
    First, for fair-and-balanced purposes, if you'd like to start with some depressing trends out of the U.S., be sure to read “The punditry vs. the presidency,” by Michael Cohen in the NY Daily News. It is about the destructive, non-accountable pundit pressure on Barack Obama to prove his strength by “doing something” about the crises underway around the world. Ah, it brings the "why we hate the media" days back so vividly. On to China. 1. Politics. Last night my wife and I heard the cheering news on (state-controlled) China Central TV that universal suffrage was coming to Hong…
  • California High-Speed Rail No. 10: Palate Cleanser

    James Fallows
    31 Aug 2014 | 4:12 pm
    As a reminder, this is No. 10 in a series on the proposed north-south California High-Speed Rail system, which deserves national attention as the highest-stakes infrastructure project underway anywhere in America now. (Although someone from Philadelphia just wrote to say: Uncle! What we really need is HSR from the East Coast through to the Midwest. I know what he's talking about, but I'll leave that to someone else.) For previous installments see No. 1No. 2No. 3No. 4No. 5No. 6No. 7No. 8, and No. 9. The previous entry was very long and detailed—it was a reply by Dan Richard, the…
  • California High-Speed Rail No. 9—the Chairman's Turn Again

    James Fallows
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:42 pm
    As a reminder, this is No. 9 in a series on the plan for a north-south California High-Speed Rail system, which according to me deserves national attention as the highest-stakes infrastructure project underway anywhere in America now. For previous installments see No. 1No. 2No. 3No. 4No. 5No. 6No. 7, andNo. 8. We have a few more installments still to go. Reinvention and resilience across the nationRead more When last we visited this topic, with No. 8, eight readers were offering eight complaints about the concept and execution of the system. Back in early July, with No. 3, the chairman of…
  • Late Summer Reading, Cheering and Otherwise, But Worth Checking Out

    James Fallows
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:44 pm
    My colleague, Alexis Madrigal, has a wonderful daily newsletter called 5 Intriguing Things. If you haven’t signed up for it, you can check out back issues here and sign up to get it delivered daily here. In the same spirit, and before resuming the High Speed Rail saga, here are five (bonus six!) articles worth mentioning. These are connected only by my having noticed them while reading and traveling and wanting to pass them on.  1) The Washington Monthly's sensible college rankings. As I've chronicled here before, in one chapter of life I was involved in trying to clean up the…
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    Obsidian Wings

  • Stolen iphone nudes and John Updike's trash

    liberal japonicus
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:36 pm
    by liberal japonicus Been seeing a lot of articles about the stolen nude photos, (here is the google realtime newsfeed) and, as it usually happens, a bit of serendipity in seeing this New Yorker article. This is not to suggest that John Updike's trash are nude photos of celebs, but juxtaposing the two stories is interesting.   I'd connect this to notions of toleration, defined as things you could do, but you won't. I'm not sure if there is anyone who I am so interested in that I would like to rummage through their roadside trashbags, but I would give my eyeteeth to find…
  • Hugo Awards post-game analysis

    SuperUser
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:01 pm
    by Doctor Science The 2014 Hugo Awards were announced August 17, and the results weren't terribly surprising. The "Sad Puppies Slate", put together by Larry Correia and other self-described conservatives, lost by a landslide.[1] Now Correia says both that he isn't surprised by the results, but also that they prove he was right: My stated goals this entire time was to get some political untouchables onto their sainted slate, so that they would demonstrate that there was serious political bias in the awards. ... I predicted that the SJWs[2] would mobilize to stop the untouchable barbarians, so…
  • A useful way of looking at the tolerance question

    SuperUser
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:32 am
    by Doctor Science Over at digby's, Batocchio wrote a good, long analysis of the tolerance issue we've also been discussing. The most useful part, for me, is this chart: The real problems with tolerance are the categories Batocchio accurately labels "Smug Hipster Assholes" and "Friendly but Misguided Authoritarians". The FMAs are much nicer people than the SHAs, more pleasant to be around, and can be wonderfully helpful and caring when you have a direct, personal problem. In contrast, even when they're on your side the SHAs can be so annoying you just want to…
  • Out of the nest

    SuperUser
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:49 pm
    by Doctor Science I got back yesterday from dropping Sprog the Younger off at BALAC (the Boston Area Liberal Arts College where she's a freshman). It took a lot less time than I expected, because they used a move-in procedure I only heard about last year, when an e-friend encountered it moving her sprog into the University of Toronto. I'm guessing it's become common for colleges in urban areas or where parking is at a premium. What happens is that you drive up with your offspring and a car full of stuff, and they sort you by dorm into a holding area parking lot. Every so often they send a…
  • A true hermit can never tell you why he is a true hermit

    liberal japonicus
    24 Aug 2014 | 6:22 pm
    This piece about Christopher Knight, the North Pond Hermit, fascinating.  Following his arrest, the court of public opinion was deeply divided. The man who wanted to live his life as invisibly as possible had become one of the most famous people in Maine. You could not walk into a bar in the Augusta area without stumbling into a debate about what should be done with Christopher Knight. Some said that he must immediately be released from jail. Stealing cheese and bacon are not serious crimes. The man was apparently never violent. He didn't carry a weapon. He's an introvert, not a…
 
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    International Budget Partnership » Blog Posts

  • What Is PFM?

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

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

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

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

    Jay
    10 Jun 2014 | 12:20 pm
    This post was written by Rosie Williams of InfoAus. Budget transparency in Australia has recently taken a big step forward with the first ever release of federal budget data in machine readable format. Prior to this year, budget data in Australia had been locked away in PDF and Word documents. While these publications met the broad guidelines for reporting government spending to the public, analysis of government spending remained a difficult and time consuming process. Providing information is one thing, making it usable is yet another. Unlocking the data As a novice programmer with a degree…
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  • The Summer of Obama's Disconnect

    Patriot 8888
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Wow. That was some summer. The Islamic State that President Obama dismissed as "JV" proved to be a virulent varsity—gobbling up gobs of the Middle East, beheading an American journalist, and threatening the United States. Russia invaded Ukraine. Ferguson burned. Obama shr …
  • McConnell Takes a Steady Lead over Grimes in Recent Polls

    Patriot 8888
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:16 pm
    The the latest Bluegrass Poll, commissioned from SurveyUSA by the LouisvilleCourier-Journal and other news outlets, shows the Senate minority leader ahead of Grimes 46 percent to 42 percent. Another 8 percent said they were undecided and 5 percent of respondents suppo …
  • Economy no savior for Dems

    Patriot 8888
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:12 pm
    That poll found roughly half of voters believe the economy is still in a recession, even though the economic decline ended in June 2009. Similarly, Gallup’s index of economic confidence has remained unchanged for all of 2014. People are actually less confident about the  …
  • Republicans tone down Benghazi talk as elections near - Yahoo News

    geewizz-6485144
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Just four months ago, the future chairman of the House Select Committee on Benghazi delighted core elements of the Republican base when he declared that the panel would be probing “what appears to be a White House cover-up.”
  • We are respectable negroes

    Timid Soul
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Who is Chauncey DeVega? I am the editor and founder of We Are Respectable Negroes.
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    FactCheck.org

  • Attacking Rick Allen’s Government Contracts

    D'Angelo Gore
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:16 pm
    A Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee TV ad relies on innuendo and omission to accuse Georgia Republican Rick Allen of making “insider deals” to get government contracts at taxpayer expense: The DCCC doesn’t provide evidence of “insider deals.” Instead, it assumes corruption because Allen’s company once received a contract when it wasn’t the lowest bidder. It also speculates that Allen benefited from his brother’s position as a county commissioner even though the brother recused himself from votes involving Allen’s company. The ad also says that…
  • Trading Jabs in Michigan

    Robert Farley
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Republican Terri Lynn Land and the Democratic Party trade barbs in the Michigan Senate race, but both ads mislead voters. Land’s ad blames Peters for the fact that “Michigan gas taxes are siphoned off by Washington instead of staying here and being spent on Michigan’s crumbling roads.” But Michigan got a return of $1.03 on every highway dollar spent on federal gasoline taxes in 2012. An ad from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, meanwhile, claims Land “said guaranteeing equal pay for women who do the same work as men is not a good idea.” Land…
  • Scandalous Ad in New Hampshire Race

    Eugene Kiely
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:30 pm
    A conservative group accuses Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in a TV ad of “profiting from her votes in Congress.” But the scandal is how the group distorts the facts. The ad says that “Shaheen’s wealth has surged while in public office,” but her family’s estimated net worth has actually declined since she took office in January 2009. There is also less than meets the eye to the ad’s claims about “a shady stock deal and a conflict of interest.” The claim about “votes” that supposedly enriched her family refers to the American Recovery and…
  • Presidential Vacations

    Lori Robertson
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:34 am
    Q: Is it true that George W. Bush took more vacation days than Barack Obama? A: Yes. Before his two-week trip to Martha’s Vineyard in August, Obama’s count was 125 full or partial days and Bush’s total at the same point in his presidency was 407. FULL ANSWER Our inbox is chock full of questions about who took more vacation days, Obama or Bush. (The short answer: Bush. The long answer: There’s no such thing as a true non-working vacation for the president.) The recent barrage from our readers coincides with Obama’s 15-day family vacation on Martha’s Vineyard…
  • South Carolina Ad ‘Hides’ Key Fact

    Robert Farley
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:35 pm
    An ad from the Democratic challenger in the South Carolina governor’s race says that when hackers stole 3.6 million Social Security numbers from state computers, Gov. Nikki Haley “hid it from us for over two weeks” — but the ad fails to mention that Haley’s silence was at the direction of state and federal investigators. “She did what we asked her to do,” State Law Enforcement Division Chief Mark Keel told FactCheck.org. Haley’s Democratic opponent, state Sen. Vincent Sheheen, has repeatedly criticized Haley for her handling of a security breach…
 
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    TechPresident

  • First POST: Endorsed

    2 Sep 2014 | 11:23 am
    Why we're backing Zephyr Teachout and Tim Wu; Uber's controversial campaign against Lyft; White House CTO Todd Park's new role; and much, much more.
  • A Competition to Make the City More Resilient

    2 Sep 2014 | 9:43 am
  • Vote For Teachout-Wu

    2 Sep 2014 | 8:29 am
    Today we are throwing our wholehearted support behind Zephyr Teachout and Tim Wu, who are challenging sitting governor Andrew Cuomo and his running mate Rep. Kathy Hochul in the Democratic primary next Tuesday September 9th. Here's why...
  • In China, Local Governments Play Whac-a-Mole With Taxi Apps

    29 Aug 2014 | 3:49 pm
    It seems these days that car-hailing apps exist only to give cities grief. In New York, car sharing start-ups like Lyft ignore labor, safety insurance laws and in China, the situation is no different except in one regard: taxi hailing apps in China are proliferating at a faster rate than in the U.S. In China, however, the taxi system is very much in its infancy and local Chinese governments are struggling to control the proliferation of new apps that flout the law.
  • The Uncertain Future of India's Plan to Biometrically Identify Everyone

    28 Aug 2014 | 10:36 am
    Since its launch in 2010, people in India have raised a number of questions and concerns about the Aadhaar card —formally known as Unique Identification (UID)— citing its effects on privacy rights, potential security flaws, and failures in functionality.
 
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    Corrente

  • In the garden: Are these things I need to worry about?

    lambert
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Body:  The students are back, but that's actually not something I worry about, except in "Get offa my lawn!" mode: Although, like everybody else, I do worry that this -- see touch of color at top right -- is a sign of the impending collapse of Western civilization. It's always something! But then there's this:
  • Tweet of the day

    lambert
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Body:  Here's a happy thought! The ISIS people in these videos know exactly how to calculate their messaging to bait Westerners because they are Westerners. — Murtaza Hussain (@MazMHussain) September 2, 2014
  • Critical Commentary on Current Black Leadership

    libbyliberal
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:27 am
    Body:  EXCERPTS: Byran K. Bullock in "Historically, Black Leaders Supported Palestinians; Why Less So Now?" “The congressional black caucus, the so-called ‘conscience of the congress,’ has not shown an ounce of righteous indignation at the massacre of the Palestinians.” snip
  • Real Fiscal Responsibility 4; Carter: Education Reform

    letsgetitdone
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:43 pm
    Body:  If you're reading this you've landed near but not at the beginning of my very lengthy series evaluating the fiscal responsibility/irresponsibility of the Governments of the United States (mostly the Congress, the Executive Branch, and the Federal Reserve) by Administration periods, beginning in 1977 - 1981 with the Jimmy Carter period. My first post explained why I chose to start my evaluation with the Carter period, and also laid out my related definitions of fiscal sustainability, and fiscal responsibility. It explained why fiscal responsibility is closely connected to the idea…
  • What Avedon said

    lambert
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:43 pm
    Body:  If every word of this weren't true, I'd call this a rant:
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    susiemadrak.com

  • Happy Hour: Red Garland – Stormy Weather…

    Boohunney
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:30 pm
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    Boohunney
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:30 am
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  • The factories of the elite

    susie
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:50 am
    Ivy League grads, reproducing themselves!
  • Happiness is a warm gun

    susie
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:07 am
    What would Emily Post do? Why, she’d pull out her Kel-Tec P-11 and peel off a warning shot, of course! Because a tender moment between man and hooker deserves privacy, and an armed society is a polite society, amirite? AUGUST 27–A tuxedoed Seattle man was arrested early yesterday after he fired a gun at a couple who accidentally interrupted him while he was being pleasured by a woman in an alcove in the city’s nightlife district, cops report. The couple told cops that they were walking on a downtown street after 2 AM when they happened upon Paul Hunter, 64, receiving oral sex…
  • A short commercial break

    susie
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:33 am
 
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    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective

  • Crowdfunder: Field trip for children of Casa Hogar in Oaxaca

    Latina Lista
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:40 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Crowdfunder: Field trip for children of Casa Hogar in Oaxaca by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Campaign: Field trip for children of Casa Hogar in Oaxaca Casa Hogar Hijos de la Luna is a non-profit organization that helps children in situations of high risk, providing them a safe haven, basic education, clothes, materials; psychological, medical and dental care, recreation and, most importantly, a place that gives each child individualized attention with the love and…
  • Report: Hispanics Make Up 21% of New HIV/AIDS Infections

    Latina Lista
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:10 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Report: Hispanics Make Up 21% of New HIV/AIDS Infections by Latina Lista SaludToday Hispanics comprised 21% of new HIV/AIDS infections each year in the United States. About 1 in 36 Hispanic men and 1 in 106 Hispanic women will be diagnosed with HIV at some point, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Latin Post reports. That’s why the CDC launched a new Spanish-language campaign, Podemos Detener el VIH Una Conversación a la Vez (We Can…
  • Some Arizona schools take a pass on program to give free meals to students

    Latina Lista
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:19 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Some Arizona schools take a pass on program to give free meals to students by Latina Lista By Miranda Rivers Cronkite News WASHINGTON – With a deadline looming for a federal program to give free meals to all students in certain low-income schools, some Arizona districts are finding there really is no such thing as a free lunch. State officials by (last) Friday had approved just 29 of the 247 school districts and charter schools eligible for a program to provide…
  • Part 1: The political reality of immigration reform

    Latina Lista
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Part 1: The political reality of immigration reform by Latina Lista by Gary Segura Latino Decisions In a matter of weeks or even days, we anticipate that President Obama will articulate some changes to immigration administration and enforcement that will provide some security to undocumented persons living and working in the United States. This action will represent the full and final defeat of the legislative effort at the hands of House Republicans. Despite some…
  • Guest Voz: Beauty is living off the grid along the Mexican Pacific

    Latina Lista
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:23 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Guest Voz: Beauty is living off the grid along the Mexican Pacific by Latina Lista By Deborah Charnes LatinaLista I’d heard the expression, but I wasn’t really sure what it meant. Living off the grid. I attended a lecture by a photographer who talked about living off the grid in Canada. I sensed she was fleeing from society. Holed away in the hinterlands. Homeschooling the kids. Tending to the fields to supply their food consumption. I got the impression living…
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  • The Human Toll of Offshoring

    1 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    What should we be doing to make globalization work for us instead of against us?
  • The Revolt of the Weak

    1 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    This summer, the bad guys have looked energetic while the good guys have looked tired, putting the norms of civilization under threat.
  • Obama’s Messy Words

    1 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    There’s inadequate urgency or reassurance in the president’s language, as Americans gaze with horror at events abroad.
  • The Medicare Miracle

    31 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    After all the talk about how providing health care to the uninsured would be unaffordable and unsustainable, it turns out that it isn’t hard at all.
  • Obama and the Warmongers

    31 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The president’s deliberative approach to the ISIS threat may be drowned out by the chants for blood.
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    New York Observer

  • Teachout Vows to Maintain State’s ‘Special Relationship’ With Israel

    2 Sep 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Zephyr Teachout (Photo: Facebook). Dark horse gubernatorial candidate Zephyr Teachout broke with weeks of declining to comment on Middle Eastern affairs today to promise to preserve New York’s “special relationship” with the state of Israel if elected. At a press conference at the Manhattan Municipal Building accepting the endorsement of former Public Advocate Mark Green, Ms. Teachout told reporters that she recognized historical, social and religious ties connecting the Jewish state to the Empire State–home of the largest Jewish population in the diaspora.
  • Simon ‘Disappointed’ After Mayor Endorses Sikora

    2 Sep 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Jo Anne Simon today. (Photo: Ross Barkan) Jo Anne Simon may have the endorsements of Public Advocate Letitia James, Comptroller Scott Stringer and a host of local elected officials, but the mayor’s decision not to back her stung just a bit, she implied this morning. Ms. Simon, at a press conference in Gowanus, Brooklyn, said Mr. de Blasio’s choice to back Pete Sikora, an economist with the Communication Workers of America, over herself was a “disappointment.” “I was disappointed. I think that’s the word, that the mayor chose to support someone who is…
  • The Fault in Our Eggs: Nick Korbee Attempts to Relaunch a Symbol of Life at Egg Shop

    2 Sep 2014 | 1:24 pm
    An egg is an enigma. An egg is a solipsist. An egg contains life itself, which makes turning up its flavor difficult. But if one increases the quantity of cheese, bacon and bread in a classic egg sandwich, this is precisely what one would have to do. (Photos by Arman Dzidzovic/for New York Observer) Of the exceptional character of the humble egg there can be no doubt. Mankind would clam up and shut down if not for the munificent offices of the eggy weg. Set aside, for a moment, omelets, scrambles and slithery poaches. Ignore the hard-boiled ephors in their shapely holders. There would be no…
  • ‘MasterChef’ Recap 5×15 – The Joker vs Kenny Powers

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:43 pm
    Gordon urging Jaimee not to cry for the 50th time. (Fox) Summer is over. The six remaining home cooks walk together to their team challenge at the Marquis Hotel. The home cooks are greeted by Gordon and Graham. Joe is away on “important restaurant business.” Hope all your restaurants are OK, Joe. You are in our thoughts. This week is the MasterChef restaurant takeover. The home cooks will be in command of the kitchen of Cavatina which, according to Chef Ramsay and Yelp, is pretty fancy. Since they won the dim sum challenge last week, Leslie (Red Team) and Jaimee (Blue Team) get to be team…
  • Carolina Herrera Finds New Yorkers’ Style “Horrendous”

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:10 pm
    The fashion designer laments about New Yorker’s style. (Photo by Astrid Stawiarz/Getty Images) New York fashion designer Carolina Herrera wants you to stop wearing crop tops, Page Six reports. “When you are very young and you have a wonderful figure you can pull it off,” Herrera said of the 90s fashion throwback, “but whenever I see this style, it’s usually on the wrong person.” Ms. Herrera, 75, lamented about how awful New Yorkers look in her latest interview with Haute Living. “If you look at the people walking around the streets of New York at this moment, it is…
 
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    The American Conservative » Daniel Larison

  • Public Opinion and Foreign Policy (II)

    Daniel Larison
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Scott Galupo sounds the alarm for Republican realists after reading the latest Pew survey: As with proposals to reform popular entitlement programs, GOP voters appear to have a low pain threshold. “Take it out of the other guy’s hide” thus has its foreign-policy equivalent: “Dovish, when all is quiet.” I talked about these results a little bit last week. It still strikes me as more important that demand for a more activist foreign policy is still quite weak in the country as a whole, and the desire to “do more” doesn’t have the support of a majority of Republicans.
  • Scotland May Vote ‘Yes’ on Independence After All

    Daniel Larison
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:25 am
    James Forsyth points to a recent poll on the Scottish independence referendum that shows a shrinking lead for unionists: Tonight brings a reminder that the Union is in real danger. A new YouGov poll has the No camp’s lead in the Scottish referendum down to just six points. Just a month ago, No had a 22 point lead with You Gov. This poll is particularly striking as YouGov’s polling has not been as favourable to Yes as that of other pollsters; this is Yes’s highest ever score with YouGov. Particularly worrying is that undecided voters are going Yes by a margin of two to one [bold…
  • The GOP’s Foreign Policy Swagger Problem

    Daniel Larison
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Chris Christie unsurprisingly knows nothing about foreign policy: It was not, according to several of those in attendance, a tough or unexpected inquiry. But Mr. Christie, usually known for his oratorical sure-footedness, offered an uncharacteristically wobbly reply, displaying little grasp of the facts and claiming that if he were in charge, Vladimir V. Putin, the Russian president, would know better than to mess with him. According to an audio recording of the event, he said Mr. Putin had taken the measure of Mr. Obama. “I don’t believe, given who I am, that he would make the same…
  • Don’t Arm Ukraine

    Daniel Larison
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Ben Judah proposes a thoroughly crazy idea: If we believe that Ukraine will one day become a member of the European Union and NATO, then we should be ready to arm it. We must face the fact that the costs of unlimited European Union and NATO expansion have meant war with Russia by proxy — and then fight the war. Having reignited the hottest moments of the Cold War, we must deal with the consequences of encouraging democratization in Eastern Europe. This logic demands that we send Western military advisers to Kiev, and give the Ukrainians full intelligence and satellite support. And we must…
  • Beware of Threat Inflators Offering “Solutions”

    Daniel Larison
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Michael Cohen offers a useful reminder that the world is still mostly much more secure and peaceful than it used to be: Worst of all, the constant calls for a quick and usually muscular response to perceived national security threats gives Americans a false sense of insecurity. The fact is, while people may be relentlessly, breathlessly trying to make us believe that we’re on the cusp of World War III, the world is actually pretty safe. From Latin America and Europe to the Far East and broad swathes of sub-Saharan Africa, most of the world is at peace. While 2014 has been a particularly…
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    TIME » Time Sections » Politics

  • Eric Cantor’s Huge Pay Day

    Alex Rogers
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Nearly three months after a historic primary defeat, former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor announced he’ll join investment bank Moelis, and follow in the long tradition of lawmakers profiting on their knowledge of the regulatory and political landscape post-Congress. And boy did Cantor cash out. Cantor’s $3.4 million compensation package for the next year and four months puts his congressional salary into stark relief. Since he was elected Majority Leader in 2011, Cantor earned $193,400 a year, around $20,000 more annually than a rank-and-file member. But as Vice Chairman and…
  • ISIS Video Purports to Show Killing of Second American Journalist

    Dan Hirschhorn
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    MoreRead Steven Sotloff’s Reporting for TIMEU.S. Launched Operation to Rescue ISIS Hostages, Pentagon SaysVideo Shows Beheading of American JournalistA video released Tuesday by the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) purports to show the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff. If the video is authentic, it would be the second time ISIS has killed an American journalist in as many weeks. MoreIsraelis and Palestinians Ask if the Latest Fight Was Worth ItIsrael and Palestinians Reach Open-Ended Cease-Fire DealGirl Who Shot Instructor Said Uzi Was 'Too…
  • Jay-Z, Kanye West, Kings of Leon Used to Register Millennial Voters

    Maya Rhodan
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:49 am
    Summer music festival season is officially over, but Jane Henderson, 24, has more to show for it than an assortment of multicolored wristbands and awkward tan lines. MoreGOP Group Hits Vulnerable Democratic Senator as Creature of WashingtonWomen Find GOP ‘Intolerant,’ Report SaysGirl Who Shot Instructor Said Uzi Was 'Too Much for Her' NBC NewsISIS Extremists Behead Second American, Monitoring Group Says NBC NewsJoan Rivers on Life Support, Daughter Says NBC NewsOver the past three months, Henderson has traveled to 28 festivals, stadium concerts, and live music shows with hopes of…
  • GOP Group Hits Vulnerable Democratic Senator as Creature of Washington

    Maya Rhodan
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:46 am
    The big-spending Republican super PAC American Crossroads released a new video Tuesday painting vulnerable incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) as a good candidate for Washington—not for her constituents back home. “I really can appreciate the life that we live on The Hill,” Landrieu is shown saying in the minute-long video released by the group. The ad highlights fundraising and policies touted by the Louisiana Democrat that have benefitted her Capitol Hill neighbors as Louisiana residents look on. The video even features a clip of Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray calling Landrieu…
  • Cantor Joins Investment Bank Following Primary Loss

    Dan Kedmey
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:25 am
    Former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor joined the executive board of an investment bank on Tuesday, two weeks after he resigned from office in the wake of a stunning primary defeat by a Tea Party candidate. Cantor will become a vice chairman and managing director of Moelis & Company, a New York-based investment bank with 500 employees 15 offices around the world. He will provide “strategic counsel” to the bank’s global clients, which include corporations, governments and financial sponsors. “When I considered options for the next chapter of my career, I knew I wanted…
 
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    The Brody File

  • The Brody File Show: The Happy Conservative

    David Brody
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:47 am
    This week on The Brody File we give you a closer look at Kevin McCarthy, the new House majority leader. Our crew heads to Bakersfield, California, where we go one-on-one with McCarthy to discuss public policy, his faith and his upbringing. Plus, we hear from his wife Judy who talks about her faith and being a Christian in today's culture. Join us for a show you won't see anywhere else!
  • The Brody File Show: Where Have All the Evangelical Voters Gone?

    David Brody
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:29 am
    This week's Brody File Show looks at the critical problem of evangelical voting patterns. Born-Again believers are just not showing up at the polls. What is the impact on our American culture? What is the impact on the GOP? Also, we go one-on-one with Chad Connelly, the man the Republican Party is bringing in to help get out the faith-based vote.
  • Only On Brody File: GOP Faith Outreach Director on Republican Party: "This is the place where God’s got a home"

    David Brody
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:04 am
    Here’s a question for you: Where have all the evangelical voters gone? Have they been raptured? No, actually millions are sitting on the couch simply not voting (Maybe they’re watching Fireproof!). This week on The Brody File Show we look at the critical problem of evangelical voting patterns. Born-Again Believers are just not showing up at the polls. What is the impact on our American culture? What is the impact on the GOP? We go one-on-one with Chad Connelly, the man the Republican Party is bringing in to help get out the faith-based vote. Watch below and see a very small partial…
  • Brody File Video Exclusive: GOP Majority Leader Talks House Of Cards: "I got no royalties!

    David Brody
    14 Aug 2014 | 2:32 pm
    In an exclusive interview with The Brody File, new House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy jokes about how actor Kevin Spacey is using a line of his in the popular Netflix drama, “House of Cards.”  McCarthy tells members to, “vote your conscience, vote your district, just don’t surprise me.” Well, Spacey know uses that line on the political television drama. We talked about that during a visit with him in his home district of Bakersfield, California. McCarthy wants royalties (well, maybe not)!   Watch the video below and see a transcript below. MANDATORY COURTESY: CBN NEWS/ THE BRODY…
  • Video Exclusive: GOP House Majority Leader Tells Brody File Tea Party Won't Be Shut Out

    David Brody
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:44 pm
    In an exclusive interview with The Brody File, Kevin McCarthy tells CBN News that he doesn’t plan to shut out the Tea Party or any other GOP faction in his new role as House Majority Leader. “I like the philosophy that you can have a difference of opinion but we’re not going to shut you out because the individual matters and I want to hear your opinion," McCarthy tells The Brody File during a visit we had with him in his home district of Bakersfield, California. Watch the video below and see a transcript below. MANDATORY COURTESY: CBN NEWS/ THE BRODY FILE David Brody: I know…
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    The Reality-Based Community

  • Another Day, Another Misinformed Article on Obama’s Addiction Treatment Record

    Keith Humphreys
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:33 am
    Writing about President Obama’s record on drug addiction treatment without mentioning the passage of the Affordable Care Act and the development of the regulations for the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) is analogous to writing about LBJ’s record on health care without mentioning Medicare and Medicaid. But alas, Christopher Ingraham of the Washington Post is the latest journalist to do so. The transformative impact of the ACA and MHPAEA on addiction treatment is not a hard-to-uncover secret. It has been written about extensively in the scholarly literature…
  • Skip the bread, have a biscuit.

    Michael O'Hare
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:01 am
    And more carbonara on my spaghetti, please. Wow.
  • Mining the ocean

    Michael O'Hare
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:39 pm
    Codfish from the waters off New England was once the cheapest protein in the world; salted, it went everywhere in the Mediterranean and Caribbean, where poor people figured out how to make it palatable and invented all the bacalhau/bacalao/merluzzo dishes that now appear as gourmet specials on menus.  Now, not so much. A 1951 seafood restaurant menu looked like this:   Seen finan haddie on any menus lately? Real Gulf red snapper? Any other good-tasting fish except salmon? There was no bluefish at Legal Seafoods this summer, but there’s always farmed tilapia; it tastes like…
  • I now tweet.

    Andrew Sabl
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:50 pm
    Having just returned from the American Political Science Association’s annual meeting, in which arson at the main hotel in the middle of the night effected a mass slumber party of political scientists on the lawn and in the hotel ballroom, I was so entertained by reading on the web the hashtags #APSAonfire and #APSAsuspects that I was provoked into signing up for twitter. I won’t promise—or threaten—to tweet incessantly. But if you want quick notices of my blog posts, and the occasional one-liner, you can now find me @andysabl  
  • Quote of the day

    Johann Koehler
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:44 pm
    The flame of conception seems to flare and go out, leaving man shaken, and at once happy and afraid. There’s plenty of precedent of course. Everyone knows about Newton’s apple. Charles Darwin said his Origin of Species flashed complete in one second, and he spent the rest of his life backing it up; and the theory of relativity occurred to Einstein in the time it takes to clap your hands. This is the greatest mystery of the human mind — the inductive leap. Everything falls into place, irrelevancies relate, dissonance becomes harmony, and nonsense wears a crown of meaning.
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    Bleeding Heartland - Front Page

  • The 2014 Iowa ground game: 12 Canvassing dos and don'ts

    2 Sep 2014 | 10:21 am
    First in a series of posts on GOTV in Iowa this year Air time for television advertising has become the most expensive line-item in many election campaigns. Outside groups have spent millions of dollars already on Iowa commercials targeting U.S. Senate candidates Bruce Braley and Joni Ernst, with millions more to be spent over the next 60 days. Nevertheless, I don't know many people who believe attack ads will determine the outcome of close races like Iowa's U.S. Senate battle. Barring some extraordinary campaign event (such as a meltdown in the debates), the winner will be the candidate…
  • Weekend open thread: Labor Day edition

    1 Sep 2014 | 7:15 am
    What's on your mind this weekend, Bleeding Heartland readers? This is an open thread. Labor Day has been a federal holiday for 120 years, and it's just one of many reasons Americans can be grateful to the organized labor movement. Labor Day also marks the unofficial end of summer for many people. It's a wet and muddy holiday weekend in central Iowa, as Des Moines just closed out the rainiest August on record. Hummingbirds will start flying south soon, and early September is a good time to see monarch butterflies on their migration through Iowa. The Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge near…
  • Planned Parenthood appeals to Iowa Supreme Court in telemedicine case

    29 Aug 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Yesterday Planned Parenthood of the Heartland asked the Iowa Supreme Court to put on hold a state rule banning the use of "telemedicine" for medical abortions. A Polk County District Court recently upheld that rule, on grounds Bleeding Heartland discussed here. Planned Parenthood argues that it is likely to succeed on the merits when the Iowa Supreme Court considers its appeal of the lower court ruling, that the state ban would "irreparably harm" Planned Parenthood and its patients, and that a temporary injunction on the rule while the appeal is pending "will not harm the interests of the…
  • IA-02: First Loebsack and Miller-Meeks debate live-blog and discussion thread (updated)

    28 Aug 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Four-term Democratic incumbent Dave Loebsack and his three-time Republican challenger Mariannette Miller-Meeks are debating in Iowa City tonight, starting at 7 pm. Iowa Public TV is live-streaming the event here. I'll post updates after the jump. Any comments about the race in Iowa's second Congressional district are welcome in this thread. UPDATE: The archived video is now available at IPTV's site. My comments are below.   First Q from Radio Iowa's O.Kay Henderson is to Loebsack: people say your list of accomplishments is short. What's one thing you could tell people that you've done?
  • IA-03: David Young promises to listen

    28 Aug 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Republican candidate David Young has launched the second radio spot promoting his Congressional campaign in Iowa's third district. I've posted the audio and full transcript of "Listen" after the jump. (For whatever reason, Young's campaign never did post the first general election radio spot, featuring Senator Chuck Grassley, on their official YouTube channel.) The new commercial features Young speaking calmly and deliberately about how Iowans expect their elected officials to listen more than talk. It's the most slow-paced political ad I've heard in a long time. I wonder if it's too slow to…
 
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    Booman Tribune

  • I Got a Lot of Questions

    2 Sep 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett is down by more than thirty points in the latest poll out of the Keystone State. This is as it should be. Our governor is a worthless excuse for a public servant. There is no way that he is going to come back and win. His opponent, Tom Wolf, could sacrifice a goat in a demonic ritual ceremony, post it on YouTube, and still eke out a victory against Corbett. But, I wonder, if the top race in the state is such a snoozer, how is that going to impact turnout? Even though I live here, I have never really been able to figure out why Governor Corbett is so much more…
  • Violence Begets Violence

    2 Sep 2014 | 2:25 pm
    I really don't know why these ISIS people think it is going to intimidate anyone other than journalists to cut off the heads of journalists. Okay, so I won't be traveling to Syria anytime soon to try to cover the civil war there. I get it. It's not safe. The media are considered fair game. What this mainly accomplishes, however, is to make people recoil in horror and want to strike back. So, at a time when most Americans and Britons are tired of dealing the problems of the Middle East, this gives our governments additional public support for taking military action against ISIS. In other…
  • Eating Our Vegetables

    2 Sep 2014 | 2:25 pm
    The New York Times' Editorial Board has rather suddenly found the boldness to call torture "torture" and is now calling on the government to release the "bad" photos from the Abu Ghraib prison scandal. Shall we forget the past and reward good behavior going forward? I'm talking about the NYT's Editorial Board, not the country, silly. In my opinion, the most galling thing about this debate and this legal dispute is the government's argument that releasing the photos will so enrage international opinion that people will rise up and just start slaughtering Americans in retaliation. When a…
  • It's Not Stubborn Optimism; It's Smart

    2 Sep 2014 | 2:25 pm
    This Max Fisher piece for Vox is annoying. But, then, our foreign policy elites are also annoying. Fisher praises the president for having basically the right set of policies, especially in the big picture and for the long term, but he criticizes him for lack of decisiveness and inaction in the small picture and for the short term. The presumption behind the whole piece is that America is not only responsible for what happens in places like Ukraine and Egypt and Syria and Iraq, but that we can control (or could have controlled) what happens in those places in ways that will be mutually…
  • How the Megadonors of the Right Think

    2 Sep 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Let's be clear about who the political enemy is in this country: Three years ago, Home Depot co-founder Kenneth Langone helped lead an unsuccessful effort by a group of GOP megadonors to persuade Gov. Chris Christie to make a run for president in 2012. Now Langone, who remains a Christie cheerleader, said he is convinced the New Jersey governor is the "guy who can win" the 2016 presidential election — and that the George Washington Bridge lane closure controversy is in his rear-view mirror. "If he decides, and I’d be more inclined to say when he decides to throw his hat in the…
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    Politics » George Stephanopoulos

  • Rep. Tom Cole: Be ‘Smart About What We Do’ on ISIS

    Imtiyaz Delawala
    31 Aug 2014 | 12:51 pm
    While some Republicans have criticized President Obama for not acting quickly enough to combat the growing threat from ISIS in Syria and Iraq, Rep. Tom Cole, R-Okla., said today on “This Week” that the U.S. has to be “smart about what we do” and not rush to act. “I think frankly there’s way too much emphasis on acting now and doing something immediately instead of being smart about what we do,” Cole said on the “This Week” roundtable. “I think the elements of a strategy are already there. We know we’re going to use air power.
  • Richard Clarke Calls Obama ‘Wrong’ on World’s Dangers

    ABC News
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:14 am
    ABC News’ Adam Teicholz and Kari Rea report: President Obama is “wrong” to downplay the dangers facing the United States, longtime counterterrorism official and ABC News contributor Richard Clarke said in response to the president’s attempts to calm concern over the escalating threat from ISIS and turmoil in the Middle East. Obama told an audience at a Democratic fundraiser in New York Friday that the “world has always been messy” but added, “I promise you things are much less dangerous now than they were 20 years ago, 25 years ago or 30 years…
  • Sunday on ‘This Week’: The ISIS Terror Threat

    ABC News
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Reuters This Sunday, “This Week” covers the latest on the terror threat warnings over ISIS. And the powerhouse roundtable debates all the week’s politics, with Rep. Tom Cole, R-Oklahoma, ABC News political analyst Matthew Dowd, former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, and ABC News’ Cokie Roberts. Check the “This Week” page for full guest listings. See the whole political picture, Sunday on “This Week.” Like “This Week” on Facebook here. You can also follow the show on Twitter here Go here to find out when “This…
  • Former NYPD Commissioner: Militarization of Police Should Be Examined

    Kari Rea
    24 Aug 2014 | 10:47 am
    Former New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said today that the federal programs that arm local forces with military-style equipment should be reviewed, perhaps limiting access to situations when there is “a major emergency.” The issue of whether police should be using military equipment has heated up after Missouri police began patrolling the streets of Ferguson, Mo., in Humvees, dressed in SWAT gear, and pointed automatic weapons at crowds in the aftermath of the shooting of Michael Brown. “I think the military equipment, the distribution of excess military equipment,…
  • ISIS Intent on Hitting West, ‘External Operations’ Under Way, McCaul Believes

    Benjamin Bell
    24 Aug 2014 | 9:42 am
    House Homeland Security Chair Rep. Michael McCaul said today he believes that ISIS, the jihadist army that has taken control of large part of Iraq and brutally murdered American journalist James Foley, has external operations under way to hit the West. “Their focus right now is establishing the caliphate. But don’t kid yourself for a second, they [are] intent on hitting the West. And there are external operations, I believe, under way,” McCaul, R-Texas, told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on “This Week.” “We have tens of thousands of foreign fighters…
 
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    Dandelion Salad

  • The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists (2014)

    dandelionsalad
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:27 am
    Dandelion Salad George Moore Films on May 28, 2014 This film was shot mostly in four days, on zero-budget, by (at the time) 16 year old director George Moore. More details on the production at georgemoorefilms. The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists tells the story of a group of impoverished working men who are joined one day […]
  • Chris Hedges: Strategies for Revolution + Revolution, the video

    dandelionsalad
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Dandelion Salad with Chris Hedges LeighaCohen on Aug 28, 2014 A meeting of 8 diverse panelists met on August 27th 2014 at Project Reach located in NYC to discuss Strategies for the Revolution. The meeting by Deep Green Resistance of New York. [...] In this much edited video version of the entire 2 hour event, […]
  • Michael Parenti: As Kiev Tries to Terrorize Donetsk Into Submission, West Fears Russia’s “Big White Trucks”

    dandelionsalad
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:27 am
    with Michael Parenti Writer, Dandelion Salad Michael Parenti Blog michaelparenti.org August 28, 2014 by John Robles RIA Novosti August 28, 2014 The West is trying to turn the Russian humanitarian aid convoy “… into a duplicitous dangerous act because it would better fit with the kind of scenario that they have been putting forth about […]
  • Ralph Nader: The Democracy Gap

    dandelionsalad
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:58 am
    Dandelion Salad with Ralph Nader Commonwealth Club on Aug 26, 2014 Ralph Nader, Political Activist; Author, Unstoppable: The Emerging Left-Right Alliance to Dismantle the Corporate State; Twitter @RalphNader Debra J. Saunders, Columnist, San Francisco Chronicle; “Token Conservative” Blogger, SFGate.com; Twitter @debrajsaunders — Moderator Ralph Nader has fought for decades on behalf of American citizens against what […]
  • Carl Dix: The Killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO, interviewed by Cindy Sheehan

    dandelionsalad
    24 Aug 2014 | 8:27 am
    by Cindy Sheehan Writer, Dandelion Salad Cindy Sheehan’s Soapbox Blog August 24, 2014 Cindy Sheehan on Aug 23, 2014 www.cindysheehanssoapbox.com www.revcom.us see also: We Stand With the Defiant Ones Ferguson Versus the Counter-Insurgency State by Glen Ford Behind Ferguson police, the St. Louis corporate elite by Stephen Millies The racist militarization of Ferguson, MO by […]
 
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  • The ISIS Strategy

    Roberto
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:03 pm
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  • Bored by the Border

    Roberto
    24 Aug 2014 | 2:44 am
    Click comic to ENLARGE.Another of my Arizona-specific efforts for TucsonSentinel.com.It's time for the Republican Party primary, which means it's time for candidates to talk about the issues that matter to voters. Not jobs, not education, not health care, not the environment (definitely not the environment) and not gun control (definitely not gun control). No, it's time to talk about The Border.
  • Protest in America

    Roberto
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:31 pm
    Click comic to ENLARGE.A Cliven Bundy, Michael Brown comic about (the color of) protest in America.
  • While Syria Burns ...

    Roberto
    12 Aug 2014 | 5:52 am
    Click comic to ENLARGE.Just kiddin', Mr. President.I understand that apples have a much longer shelf life.
  • The Statesmen

    Roberto
    19 Jul 2014 | 4:06 pm
    Click comic to ENLARGE.
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    The Left Coaster

  • Dazed and Confused

    Deacon Blues
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:57 pm
    After being away for most of August, I find upon my return in September that the Obama administration can’t walk and chew gum at the same time. After giving Congress an ultimatum in June that they better act upon immigration reform or he would act himself, Obama has now backed away from his threat, leaving immigration rights advocates and Democratic incumbents hanging out to dry. I had said at the time that Obama’s veiled threats of executive action to stop deportations were politically stupid and had no political benefit in keeping congressional seats, so the news that the White House is…
  • Ferguson's Questions and Hypocrites

    Deacon Blues
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:58 pm
    I was gone for all of last week, and I had hoped to avoid commenting on the sad spectacle in Ferguson, Missouri. Suffice it to say we still don’t know exactly how the fateful confrontation unfolded between patrol officer Darren Wilson and Michael Brown, and the way the political leadership is handling this, we may never know. However, no matter how large and intimidating young Mr. Brown may have been to Officer Wilson, who has been described today in favorable terms, there still needs to be an explanation why such force was used, including two heads shots into an unarmed suspect from a…
  • These Are Not Good Graphs

    paradox
    2 Aug 2014 | 10:29 am
    [Cross-posted at Daily Kos.] Three days ago I saw a tweet of Obama propaganda, an allegedly sincere blast of four graphs demonstrating the very good underlying results of leadership that were being distracted from by the House lawsuit. I am deeply disturbed and seriously unsettled, not of course with the partisan cheerleading but with the fact that the graphs represent various political disasters and flaming mistakes of horrifying scope, not accomplishments to boast of. In an evolution of zero fun I will attempt to illuminate the truth so that the little people might possibly not be put…
  • Worthless Votes

    Deacon Blues
    1 Aug 2014 | 1:02 pm
    It now appears that House Republicans will make every effort to pass a meaningless "deport the kids" measure today, and then pass a second bill to prevent the president from granting more permanent status to immigrant children who've been in the country for years. The net result, as Harry Reid noted today is that "House Republicans will vote to deport children who have been living in the United States their entire lives." Operationally, these votes are irrelevant because the Senate has left town and nothing legislatively will happen on these issues until later in the year, if then. All of the…
  • GOP Says "Screw The Kids"

    Deacon Blues
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:41 pm
    After screaming at the top of their lungs several weeks ago about the “crisis” caused by thousands of immigrant children “storming” our borders, and Barack Obama’s alleged indifference to the issue, House Republicans this afternoon couldn’t even muster enough votes to do anything about it. But suing the president and going on vacation? Sure. In other words, these kids were nothing but political props to John Boehner and the GOP, and GOP governors should be directed to fire their anger not at the White House, but at their own GOP delegations. Did you hear that Rick Perry? As I said…
 
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  • Yogi Adityanath in Aap Ki Adalat (Full Episode) - India TV

    IndiaTV
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:02 pm
    Yogi Adityanath in Aap Ki Adalat (Full Episode) - India TV Subscribe to Official India TV YouTube channel here: http://goo.gl/5Mcn62 Firebrand BJP leader Yogi Adityanath has attacked the minority community, saying riots happen wherever they are... From: IndiaTV Views: 61025 1373 ratings Time: 55:47 More in News & Politics
  • How To Decrease Overdose Deaths

    The Young Turks
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    How To Decrease Overdose Deaths "A new study suggests that medical marijuana could provide some relief from the national epidemic of prescription painkiller overdoses, which kills more Americans each year than car crashes... From: The Young Turks Views: 36938 1209 ratings Time: 06:36 More in News & Politics
  • Henry Kissinger Admits New World Order Plan (Again) in Wall Street Journal Essay

    Mark Dice
    30 Aug 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Henry Kissinger Admits New World Order Plan (Again) in Wall Street Journal Essay Henry Kissinger Calls for a New World Order (Again) in Wall Street Journal Essay titled "Assembly of a New World Order." SUBSCRIBE* for more great videos! Mark Dice is a media analyst, author,... From: Mark Dice Views: 14308 485 ratings Time: 04:22 More in News & Politics
  • Sweden: Watch as protesters and police violently clash in Stockholm

    RuptlyTV
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:42 am
    Sweden: Watch as protesters and police violently clash in Stockholm Video ID: 20140830-030 W/S Protesters hurling fences at police M/S Police using tear gas against protesters W/S Protesters hurling fences at police M/S Police and protesters clashing M/S Canine... From: RuptlyTV Views: 20136 87 ratings Time: 01:40 More in News & Politics
  • Special Report: PM Modi's Dedication Towards His Position & For Country - India TV

    IndiaTV
    30 Aug 2014 | 10:18 am
    Special Report: PM Modi's Dedication Towards His Position & For Country - India TV Subscribe to Official India TV YouTube channel here: http://goo.gl/5Mcn62 Special Report: PM Modi's dedication towards his Position and for country Social Media Links: Facebook : https://www.f... From: IndiaTV Views: 5665 90 ratings Time: 12:34 More in News & Politics
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    Zennie62.com

  • Gen-Y's tech twist on engagement, weddings and parenthood

    18 Aug 2014 | 8:56 am
    While Gen-Y is still getting married at much lower rates than previous generations, some millennials are finally beginning to grow up, entering the world of marital engagements, wedding planning, and parenthood. True to form, their choices reflect advancements that set them apart from Gen-Xers, who were the first to utilize technology to chronicle their love stories on websites like theknot.com, build wedding registries online, gift personalized CDs with digitally remastered music as wedding favors, show spliced video montages of the bride and groom's childhood at wedding receptions, and…
  • Tech in dating: decoding the social rules of text, online dating & social media, by Dr. Christina Villarreal, Clinical Psychologist

    31 May 2014 | 10:09 pm
    Let’s face it: flirting, finding love and managing relationships have always been complicated, but with the involvement of countless forms of technology now impacting every little step of the way, the social rules of love and sex have only gotten more confusing. The role of tech in dating is a primary topic in psychotherapy sessions I conduct with young singles in the Bay Area of California- the world’s hub and backbone of tech culture. Part of my role as their clinical psychologist is to help them decode and navigate the emerging social rules of text, online dating and social media to…
  • Cohabitation: a generational trend that’s here to stay, but does it work?

    29 Apr 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Once in a while a treatment issue pops up so frequently among young adult patients in my psychotherapy practice, I begin to feel like it’s a generational trend, or perhaps specific to living in the Bay Area. More and more people are struggling to make their romantic relationship work while cohabiting. Like many desirable urban areas, Bay Area rent prices continue to soar with no end in sight. In spite of having well-paying jobs, many young adults are weighed down with hefty student loans, and have learned to enjoy an expensive lifestyle where smartphone bills, an expectation of recreational…
  • Links for 2013-01-09 [del.icio.us]

    10 Jan 2013 | 12:00 am
    Presidential Inauguration: Zennie62 Credentialed To Cover Ceremony [Translate] Las Vegas, NV – The Presidential Inauguration will have a new media member, literally: Zennie62.com / Zennie62Media. As this blogger prepares to attend the second day of the International CES 2013 here in Vegas (Zennie62 coverage sponsored by Tout.com) the Standing... Soundmatters Cool New Soundbar For iPad, Tablets [Translate] CES Soundmatters has an incredible new product that this blogger just tested here at International CES 2013, Las Vegas, today, Wednesday, January 9th, 2013. As of the video will show…
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    9 Jan 2013 | 12:00 am
    CES Twitter Hashtag Confusion: Uses #2013CES, Intel Buys #CES, Take Note #NMX [Translate] CES Well, talk about some real Twitter hashtag confusion: CES, the name of what some signs call “The Consumer Electronics Show” has used the hashtag #2013CES, with Gary Shapiro, the organization’s executive director, leading the way. But now, on the morning of... Sony At CES: Bravia HD TV, Xperia Z, 4K, Wow; Presentation Doesn't [Translate] CESSony has gained a reputation at CES for presenting great products and a fantastic presentation. A presentation that was generally marked by the…
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    Politics in the Zeros

  • Hey, want to buy cheese business and ranch in Utah?

    Bob Morris
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:00 am
    Cheese vat My friend DJ is selling his 20 acre ranch in southern Utah. It’s an an established cheese business with everything needed to make, package, and store cheese onsite, as well as a 3 bdr house, barn, and more. Lots more photos and information on his blog.
  • Obama’s job approval rating plummets in California

    Bob Morris
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:17 am
    Obama has his worst job rating ever in California and most of the decline comes from previous supporters. The respected Field Poll shows nearly as many Californians now disapprove of Obama’s performance as approve (43% vs 45%), a sharp drop from his 62% approval at the beginning of his second term. This reading is the poorest appraisal of the job performance that Obama has received of his presidency and is in sharp contrast to the 62% favorable perception that California voters had of him at the beginning of his second term. Most of the recent decline in the President’s approval…
  • Why Atlantic City is failing and Vegas isn’t

    Bob Morris
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:32 am
    Revel Atlantic City. 2 years old. Cost $2.4 billion. Closing this weekend. Atlantic City casinos opened 36 years ago with great hoopla about being an East Coast Vegas. Today, one casino there has already closed and three more will close imminently, leaving Atlantic City economically devastated. Revel is the poster child for the decline and fall. Constructed just two years ago for $2.4 billion, the 57-floor hotel casino has been in bankruptcy twice and will close permanently this weekend. Predictably there are brave plans to repurpose casiona as apartments or condos. But for that to happen,…
  • Bill Gates says poor countries can’t afford renewable energy

    Bob Morris
    31 Aug 2014 | 8:46 am
    Those living in poverty need cheap energy to help them get a better life. Lectures by wealthy countries saying poor countries need renewable energy now to cut carbopn emissions is unrealistic and will keep them in poverty. Instead, such countries need cheap, clean fossil fuels. So says Bill Gates, whose foundation has serious influence and clout. Even as we push to get serious about confronting climate change, we should not try to solve the problem on the backs of the poor. For one thing, poor countries represent a small part of the carbon-emissions problem. And they desperately need cheap…
  • California passes toothless law regulating groundwater pumping

    Bob Morris
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:47 am
    Fissure caused by groundwater pumping, Antelope Valley CA California is in denial about water. Other Western states have long had rules regulating water pumped from wells. California has finally passed such a measure. However the law is vague and will do little to alleviate problems in the current drought. Groundwater pumping accounts for up to 60% of water used during droughts in California. In some areas, roads, canals, and aqueducts are buckling because so much water is being pumped from aquifers. You might think this would cause a sense of urgency in normally comatose California…
 
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  • GSA Schedule 70 Analysis by Govini

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Spend on the General Services Administration's Schedule 70 contract vehicle has been decreasing over the last three years. With the introduction of One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS), a government-wide vehicle for professional support services, the decreasing trend will likely continue. This analysis outlines some of the specific trends we see in spending changes by Schedule 70 item, as well as opportunities for additional business based on remaining spend projections for the 2014 fiscal year. About GoviniGovini is a next-generation business…
  • GSA Schedule 70 Analysis by Govini

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Spend on the General Services Administration's Schedule 70 contract vehicle has been decreasing over the last three years. With the introduction of One Acquisition Solution for Integrated Services (OASIS), a government-wide vehicle for professional support services, the decreasing trend will likely continue. This analysis outlines some of the specific trends we see in spending changes by Schedule 70 item, as well as opportunities for additional business based on remaining spend projections for the 2014 fiscal year. About GoviniGovini is a next-generation business…
  • Real-Time Mission-Critical Information and Law Enforcement Mobility: Making Things Work When Failure Is Not an Option

    4 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    When the MNPD was in need of a tool to help officers access photos, communicate instantly, submit reports quickly, and get real-time inquiries on suspect information, they weren't sure where to turn. What they did know, is that value, durability and usability were of the utmost importance.A study of existing platforms being utilized around the nation was conducted to identify the best solution; MNPD understood that any potential solution had to include a mobile computing component that incorporated state of the art technology and the ability to withstand the harsh environment of law…
  • Mitigating the DDoS Threat

    28 May 2014 | 12:00 am
    This white paper covers:Likelihood of attacks for different industriesTop business concerns of DoS/DDoS attacks2013 notable attack vectors and landscapeDoS/DDoS protection best practicesRequest Free!
  • Killer Robots: Natural Evolution, or Abomination?

    15 May 2014 | 4:20 pm
    Ask one technologist and he or she might say that lethal autonomous weapons — machines that can select and destroy targets without human intervention — are the next step in modern warfare, a natural evolution beyond today's remotely operated drones and unmanned ground vehicles. Others will decry such systems as an abomination and a threat to International Humanitarian Law (IHL), or the Law of Armed conflict. The U.N. Human Rights Council has, for now, called for a moratorium on the development of killer robots. But activist groups like the International Committee for Robot Arms…
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    Bob McCarty

  • DoD Ban on Non-Polygraph Technology Continues

    admin
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:30 pm
    Almost 28 months ago, I came across a Military.com article about the Army telling Soldiers they could use only government-issued magazines with their M4 carbines.  In essence, they were told they could no longer — without violating orders, that is — use the widely-popular PMAG polymer M4 magazine manufactured by Magpul Industries Corp. Barely one month later, the ban was rescinded, according to this article, because it didn’t make sense. Now, it’s time to rescind another Defense Department ban on technology that doesn’t make sense. I Company, 3rd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry…
  • Soldier’s First Public Statements After Release From Prison

    admin
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:43 am
    Almost seven months after being released from behind bars at the U.S. Military Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, former Army Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart reached out to his friends and supporters via the email below Oct. 17, 2011: Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart Ladies and Gentlemen, It seems strange that I am finally addressing what is going on with my family, and in my life.  Throughout this whole ordeal, I have tried to protect my friends and family from the stigma associated with my trial and conviction.  I have in no way been disloyal to the Army or my Regiment.  I have…
  • Accused Murderer Should Reject Prosecutor’s Offer

    admin
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:05 am
    Accused of murder, Gustavo Enamorado Duban should not, under any condition, accept an offer made to him by prosecutors in Coral Springs, Fla. Why? Because it involves a polygraph exam. video platformvideo managementvideo solutionsvideo player Prosecutors, according to this article — and the video above — made a rare high-stakes offer to Duban, a man accused of killing a prominent Coral Springs, Fla., businessman. If he agrees to take a polygraph exam and passes, the charges will be dropped, and, if he fails the polygraph, the results of the polygraph exam will be used in court…
  • Sexual Assault Problem in Military Exaggerated by Journalists

    admin
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:58 am
    Read Jill Filipovic’s latest Esquire article about sexual assault in the U.S. military, and you might conclude that a woman in uniform can’t take two steps on a military installation without being sexually assaulted. And, of course, you would be wrong. Click image above to link to article. Michael Waddington, a military defense lawyer and former judge advocate in the Army, told Military.com two years ago he estimated that ninety percent of the sexual assault cases taken to court-martial would be thrown out of civilian courts due to lack of evidence. And he’s not the only…
  • Though Facing Possibility of Life Sentence on Bogus Charges, Green Beret Refused to Violate Code of Conduct During Trial

    admin
    24 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    On trial for his freedom and facing the possibility of a life sentence five years ago this month, Army Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart refused to violate his Code of Conduct as a member of the Army’s elite Special Forces unit known as the Green Berets. Kelly A. Stewart on a mission in Iraq. At one point during his two-day court-martial five years ago, the trial counsel asked Stewart questions about friendships he had established in Germany since his August 2008 arrival in the Stuttgart area. Soon after, the highly-decorated combat veteran’s time on the witness stand turned into a…
 
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    Hit & Run

  • No, a Democratic Candidate Didn’t Wish Ebola on the NRA

    Zenon Evans
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:10 pm
    So, here's a headline out of the right-leaning news site Rare today: This Awful Democrat Just Wished Ebola on NRA Members. Fox News' Greta Van Susteren tweeted about the incident, which also got picked up by a bunch of smaller conservative blogs. I cannot emphasize this enough: It's a totally bogus story. Here's the tweet: The "awful Democrat" in question is Mike Dickinson. Rare's Douglas Barclay informs us that Dickinson is a "political lightweight and Virginia candidate for Congress" in the 7th district. That he is a lightweight is true: Dickinson has no political experience whatsoever.
  • Does Rand Paul Think the Beheading of American Journalists Justifies War Against ISIS?

    Jacob Sullum
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:44 pm
    On Friday, as Robby Soave noted this afternoon, Rand Paul told the Associated Press that if he were president, he "would lay out the reasoning of why ISIS is a threat to our national security and seek congressional authorization to destroy ISIS militarily." But at a Q&A session in Dallas earlier that same day, the Kentucky senator seemed deliberately noncommittal on the question of whether ISIS is in fact "a threat to our national security." Asked what the "strategy" should be with regard to ISIS, he said: I think the strategy has to be that you have an open debate in the country over…
  • Under ISIL Threat, Erbil Residents Snap Up Black Market Guns

    J.D. Tuccille
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:39 pm
    What do you do when psychotic fanatics with a taste for beheading people who piss them off close in on your home and threaten the lives of yourself, your loved ones, and your friends? If you're an unfortunate resident of Iraq, you stock up on guns and ammunition—either to arm yourself to join the local defense forces or just to take care of home and hearth. CCTV America (run by state-owned China Central Television) has an interesting report on a firearms bazaar outside the city of Erbil. Customers include Kurdistan's organized Peshmerga as well as private citizens. The offerings range from…
  • Wacko Isolationist Rand Paul Would Seek Congressional Approval to 'Destroy ISIS'

    Robby Soave
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Sen. Rand Paul expressed support for using U.S. military power to battle ISIL, but only after receiving Congressional authorization. After criticizing President Obama's lack of a plan for dealing with the terrorist group last Friday, Paul told the Associated Press that the correct first move is to ask Congress: "If I were President, I would call a joint session of Congress. I would lay out the reasoning of why ISIS is a threat to our national security and seek congressional authorization to destroy ISIS militarily." The Weekly Standard reported Paul's comments while linking to an older story…
  • Islamic State Executes Another Journalist, Germany Bans Uber, Detroit’s Bankruptcy Trial Kicks Off: P.M. Links

    Scott Shackford
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:30 pm
    A video released today appears to show American journalist Steven Sotloff executed by terrorist group the Islamic State (ISIL). The video ends with a threat to execute British citizen David Cawthorne Haines. Germany has banned Uber across the whole country. Uber faces huge fines should it try to defy the ban. How could they treat a company with a German name so badly? Detroit’s bankruptcy trial kicks off today to determine whether the city’s reorganizational plan is valid. A third U.S. aid worker, a doctor, has been infected with the Ebola virus in Liberia. A federal court in Texas is…
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    New Republic

  • Europe Is on the Brink of Its First War in Decades. Here's What the West Must Do.

    Bernard-Henri Levy
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:20 pm
    In the space of a few days, everything has changed. According to NATO sources, a thousand Russian soldiers have been on the move in the vicinity of Lugansk for several days now. Several dozen Russian tanks, including a division flown in from Pskov, crossed the border and, since August 25, have bee
  • Chris Christie Wants to Arm Wrestle Vladimir Putin, Basically

    Brian Beutler
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:52 am
    Say what you will about the tenets of not doing "stupid shit," at least it’s an ethos. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, by contrast, appears to have taken
  • Detroit's Promising Lesson for America's Failing Cities

    Claire Groden
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:32 am
    Detroit, once known as the home of the Model T, might soon be known as the home of the Model Bankruptcy. Over the course of the past 14 months, philanthropists, private corporations, the city and the state have hammered out a grand bargain to serve as the centerpiece of a plan that will eliminate
  • This Chart Disproves Republicans' Food-Stamp Nonsense

    Danny Vinik
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:15 am
    When Republicans want to support their position that Americans have become dependent on welfare, they frequently point to the number of workers on food stamps. In 2012, Senator Rand Paul
  • Screw Politics, Obama Should Act On Deportations as Soon as Possible

    Brian Beutler
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:22 am
    If the trial balloons the White House floated late last week reflect President Obama’s true thinking, then Senate Democrats have frightened him out of his pledge to curb deportations of unauthorized immigrants with deep roots in the United States this month.Several weeks ago, Obama announced he wo
 
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    E.J. Dionne Columns and Blog Posts

  • A Market Basket of dignity

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    31 Aug 2014 | 4:42 pm
    Who knew that one of the best made-for-Labor-Day speeches in U.S. history would be delivered by a chief executive? And who could have guessed that the summer’s major labor story would not be about a CEO saving the jobs of his workers but about the workers saving the job of their CEO? Read full article >>
  • 2014 and the limits of rage

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:32 pm
    The short-term future of politics in the nation’s capital will be determined in large part by which party ends up in control of the Senate. But for a sense of the long-term future of politics in the country as a whole, watch the governors’ races. Read full article >>
  • Obamacare has growing support, even if its name does not

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    24 Aug 2014 | 3:57 pm
    The Affordable Care Act was supposed to be a slam-dunk issue for Republicans in this fall’s elections. Karl Rove told us so in April, writing that “Obamacare is and will remain a political problem for Democrats.” Read full article >>
  • Ferguson divides us less than we imagine

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:54 pm
    African Americans are not alone in being horrified by the killing of Michael Brown. They are not alone in their concern over the police’s behavior. And there’s evidence that a large number of white Americans have still not fully formed their views on this tragedy. This means that how we discuss and debate the events in Ferguson, Mo., in the coming weeks really matters. Read full article >>
  • Where goes the neighborhood?

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    10 Aug 2014 | 4:37 pm
    Consider how our definition of “neighborliness” has evolved. Once upon a time, being neighborly meant “reaching out to the people who lived next door” by, among other things, “offering to watch the kids in a pinch.” Read full article >>
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    ThinkProgress

  • New Natural Gas Pipeline Would Run Through The George Washington National Forest

    Katie Valentine
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:19 pm
    Protesters gather in opposition against the Atlantic Coast Pipeline in Virginia. CREDIT: Friends of Nelson County Four U.S. energy companies announced Tuesday that they were joining together to build a 550-mile natural gas pipeline that, if approved, would run from West Virginia to North Carolina. The newly-proposed, $4.5-$5 billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline would carry 1.5 billion cubic feet of natural gas each day, and if the pipeline gains swift approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), the companies say it could be online as soon as late 2018. The pipeline would carry…
  • Dominion Over Nature: Greenwashing Virginia Utility Is Member of Pro-Pollution Group ALEC

    Joe Romm
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:06 pm
    A greenwashing web-page from Virginia’s coal-heavy, pro-pollution utility. Virginia energy company Dominion Resources claims it works to “protect and enhance” the environment. But even setting aside its heavy reliance on coal generation, Dominion continues to be a member of the pro-pollution corporate bill mill and slush fund known as the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC). Dozens of major companies, including several utilities, have abandoned ALEC because of its efforts to enact “Stand Your Ground” laws as well as its efforts to roll back renewable…
  • The Dumb Line In New York’s Constitution That Could Elect A Governor Most Of The State Doesn’t Want

    Ian Millhiser
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:24 pm
    This guy could win 60 percent of the vote next November and still lose his bid for reelection. CREDIT: AP Photo/Mike Groll, File New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D) is heavily favored to win reelection this November. Indeed, Real Clear Politics‘ polling average shows him nearly 29 points ahead of Republican Rob Astorino. Yet, due to a bizarre quirk in New York’s constitution, Cuomo could win a landslide popular vote victory over Astorino this fall — and yet still wind up having to give up the governor’s mansion to a candidate that the majority of his state’s…
  • Abortion Rights Aren’t Safe In The South

    Tara Culp-Ressler
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:27 pm
    The only abortion clinic in Montgomery, Alabama CREDIT: AP Photo/Brynn Anderson Over the past month, abortion rights supporters have won several key victories in federal court. Three judges blocked anti-choice measures in Alabama, Texas, and Louisiana that would have shut down abortion clinics. In their opinions, the federal judges all acknowledged that the harsh laws will threaten women’s access to clinics if they’re allowed to take effect. Although that’s certainly good news for reproductive rights advocates, the wins aren’t likely to be permanent. The recent…
  • Remembering LGBT Health Advocate Andrew Cray

    Kellan Baker - Guest Contributor
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:25 am
    Over the past week, the Center for American Progress has been mourning the loss of our dear friend and colleague, Andrew Cray. Kellan Baker shares this remembrance. Last Thursday, August 28, the LGBT movement suffered a terrible loss with the passing of Andrew Cray. Andy had been struggling with cancer since October 2013. But before his diagnosis, and even during his treatment and the period of remission that was all too brief, Andy was a pivotal figure in the struggle for LGBT rights. Despite the too few years we had with him, he was a champion of LGBT rights and justice who achieved more by…
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    RamonaCreel.com

  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-02-2015

    Ramona
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    A man’s character is his fate. (Heraclitus) — The good news is that both are malleable, with the right hammer and anvil. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-02-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-01-2014

    Ramona
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:22 am
    You see things and say 'Why?' I dream things that never were and say 'Why not?' (G. Shaw) — It's good to do a bit of both. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 9-01-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-31-2014

    Ramona
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    You don't get in life what you want. You get in life what you are. (L. Brown) — So be what you want and it all works out. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-31-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-30-2014

    Ramona
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist. (O. Wilde) — How often do you really plug in at max volume? (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-30-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-29-2014

    Ramona
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    Asking the right question takes as much skill as giving the right answer. (R. Half) — More, as the question is the seed. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-29-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
 
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    Democratic Strategist

  • GOP Now Owned by Koch Bros?

    2 Sep 2014 | 4:08 am
    From Joan McCarter's Daily Kos post "Kochs to Republicans: All your voters belong to us": The RNC has been working on creating a program called Beacon. The key part of that sentence is "working on," because the program isn't ready and campaigns need it. Campaigns have been going their own way with diverse private vendors, including one called Themis which has a system called i360. That poses a problem for the RNC because they then don't have access to the databases of voters that the campaigns are identifying. But the RNC is coming up against a behemoth foe. McCarter then quotes from Jon…
  • Political Strategy Notes - Labor Day Edition

    1 Sep 2014 | 7:34 am
    So, "Where Would Workers Be Without labor Unions?" At Arizona Centeral Angel Rodriguez has an answer for Arizona -- and a challenge for workers. This new Gallup poll indicates a majority of Americans (53%) support labor unions, but unions have a lot of work to do in educating the public, which also supports the so-called "Right to Work" laws by an even larger margin. From the Omaha World-Herald's Cindy Gonzales: "24.4: The biggest percentage of union members from a state is New York. North Carolina is the smallest, with 3 percent. 26: States (including Iowa) that saw their union membership…
  • "Keeping ____ Honest" Not a Great Rationale For Presidential Primary Candidacy

    29 Aug 2014 | 4:34 pm
    Since talk of a primary challenger to the presumed presidential candidacy of Hillary Clinton is a topic that won't go away for a while, it's probably as worthwhile to think about what a challenger might say as to speculate about his/her identity. It's a question I discussed today at Washington Monthly. I began by quoting Jonathan Chait: The 2016 Democratic presidential campaign is beginning to take shape. It's a highly unusual campaign. Hillary Clinton commands the massive party loyalty of an incumbent, except she's not an incumbent, so it is possible for another Democrat to challenge her…
  • Political Strategy Notes

    29 Aug 2014 | 4:03 am
    Politico has obtained an internal Republican report commissioned by two conservative groups: Karl Rove's Crossroads GPS and the American Action Network, which says "although Republicans have tried to improve outreach to female voters, women still believe the party is "stuck in the past" and "intolerant." Forty-nine percent of women polled for the report looked on the GOP unfavorably. Only 39 percent felt that way about the Democratic Party," reports Marina Fang at HuffPo. "The report drew its conclusions from focus group discussions and a poll of 800 registered women voters. In top issue…
  • Gubernatorial Panorama

    27 Aug 2014 | 4:34 pm
    With all the vast attention understandably being paid to the Senate landscape this year, it's worth remembering there are just as many gubernatorial as senatorial contests in November--36 of each, to be exact. So I offered a quick panoramic view of the gubernatorial scene this year at TPMCafe: One factor in the relatively small national attention attracted by governor's races this year has been a surprisingly low number of retirements despite a sour mood of anti-incumbency. Twenty-nine incumbents ran for re-election; four more were term-limited; only three (Linc Chafee of RI, Deval Patrick of…
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    IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India » Politics

  • Sena wants Amit Shah to meet Uddhav

    Gautam
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:04 am
    IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India - News and Information PortalBJP national President Amit Shah’s visit to Mumbai on Thursday is becoming a bone of contention between the party and its ally the Shiv Sena. The latter has made it clear that it expects Mr. Shah to call on Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray while the BJP remains non-committal on whether this is on the agenda. “Every single senior BJP leader including Atal Bihari Vajpayee and L.K. Advani had paid visit to the Thackeray residence Matoshree when…
  • Rahul should’ve become minister: Prithviraj Chavan

    Gautam
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:36 am
    IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India - News and Information PortalNew Delhi: A day after Congress leader Digvijaya Singh asked Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi to speak out more often in the public domain, Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan targeted the Gandhi scion saying that the party would not have suffered badly if the latter had proved himself before electorates. In an interview to a leading daily, Chavan said party’s massive defeat in the Lok Sabha elections could have been averted…
  • Another Trinamool MLA’s shocker: As long as the world exists, there will be rapes

    Gautam
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:31 am
    IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India - News and Information PortalAnother leader in Mamata Banerjee’s  Trinamool Congress has sparked off a controversy by mocking rape. “Rapes were committed earlier, rapes are being committed now. As long as the world exists, there will be rapes,” Deepak Haldar the Trinamool legislator from Diamond Harbour, said at a public meeting in his constituency on Wednesday evening. He later tried to explain that he was quoted out of context and that his intent was…
  • Lalu Prasad Yadav’s aide candidate for lone Legislative Council seat

    Gautam
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:45 am
    IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India - News and Information PortalJD(U) has decided to give its seat in the Bihar Legislative Council to its alliance partner RJD, which is set to nominate Bhola Yadav, a close aide of Lalu Prasad, for the lone vacancy in the Upper House. “After discussion with leaders of alliance parties it has been decided that Bhola Yadav will be joint candidate of the alliance for the lone Council seat,” Bihar RJD President Ramchandra Purbey said today. Bhola Yadav, close to…
  • Kerala governor Sheila Dikshit’s meeting with Rajnath Singh suggests she may resign soon

    Gautam
    25 Aug 2014 | 3:51 am
    IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India - News and Information PortalNEW DELHI: Amid reports that she may be shunted out of Kerala, governor Sheila Dikshit on Monday met home minister Rajnath Singh. She will also meet President Pranab Mukherjee in the evening, fuelling speculation that she may put in her papers. During her 15-minute meeting with the home minister, Dikshit is understood to have discussed about her continuation in the Thiruvananthapuram Raj Bhavan, sources said. But details of the discussion are…
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  • Educating Everyone

    Gordon Brown
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    The odds are weighed heavily against achieving the target set by the Millennium Development Goals of ensuring by December 2015 that every school-age child is actually in school. With children in Gaza, Syria, Iraq, and Nigeria in the firing line in recent months, the scale of the challenge could not be more apparent.
  • Teaching Economic Dynamism

    Edmund S. Phelps
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Business leaders often argue that the widening education gap – the disparity between what young people learn and the skills that the job market demands – is a leading contributor to high unemployment and slow growth in many countries. But the two main arguments underpinning that claim are weak, at best.
  • The Exaggerated Death of Inflation

    Kenneth Rogoff
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:30 am
    Modern central banking has worked wonders to bring down inflation. Ultimately, however, a central bank’s anti-inflation policies can work only within the context of a macroeconomic and political framework that is consistent with price stability.
  • Let the Middle East Govern Itself

    Jeffrey D. Sachs
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:05 am
    The West's interventions have consistently destabilized the Middle East, while causing massive suffering in the affected countries. It is time for the US and other powers to allow the Middle East to govern itself in line with national sovereignty and the United Nations Charter.
  • Why Israel?

    Shlomo Ben-Ami
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:50 am
    The grotesque coupling of solidarity with Palestine and anti-Jewish invective seems to have forged a politically correct form of anti-Semitism that is drowning out legitimate criticism of Israel's policies in Gaza. Why does Israel’s controversial behavior, unlike that of other countries, call into question its right to exist?
 
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  • Oakland’s Mystic Hits Hard on Black/ Brown Genocide w/ the ‘Country Roads’

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

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

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

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

    mrDaveyd
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:14 am
    Day 9 of the Uprisings in Ferguson. We caught up with Rodstarz and G1 of Rebel Diaz who gave us a sobering front line report bout the police militarization and brutality unfolding in Ferguson, Missouri. The pair spoke about the onslaught of vehicles and the over the top response by police to those protesting the murder of unarmed teenager Michael Brown… They also gave us insightful context and perspective on things that took into account mass gentrification and media sensationalism that has added to the problems we see playing out before us. They also spoke on the type of anger that is…
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  • Lawsuits Accuse Major Employers of Squeezing Extra Dollars out of Low-Wage Workers

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Companies in the service and shipping industries have been accused of “stealing” wages owed to workers, prompting multiple lawsuits against these businesses.   Schneider, a national trucking company, was sued by hundreds of its employees for labor violations, including not paying overtime even after some workers clocked 70 hours in a week. The business has agreed to pay $21 million to settle the matter.   Fedex was sued in California because its drivers are classified as independent contractors to avoid paying overtime. The company lost its case, but is now appealing the…
  • Temp Workers at Record High; Earn $3.44 an Hour less than Other Workers

    2 Sep 2014 | 11:55 am
    The use of temporary workers in American industries has only continued to grow, which is bad news for those filling such jobs due to their lower-than-average salaries. A new report from the National Employment Law Project and the National Staffing Workers Alliance says the number of temps in the U.S. has reached 2.8 million, the highest ever recorded.   Temps earn less than counterparts with permanent jobs, according to the study. Temps make an average of $12.40 an hour, compared with $15.84 earned by all private-sector workers, regardless of industry, according to study authors Rebecca…
  • Outsourcing Probation Puts the Costs on the Poor

    2 Sep 2014 | 11:50 am
    Probation agencies across the country have increasingly contracted out their services to private companies, which in turn pass on their operating costs not to taxpayers but to those on probation. And that usually means low-income individuals.   One business, Sentinel Offender Services, charges offenders up to $100 a month for its services, according to Thomas Edsall, a journalism professor at Columbia University, who wrote an op-ed for The New York Times. Those on probation don’t have a choice in paying the cost, as the case-management and drug counseling services they receive are…
  • California Legislature First State to Ban Disposable Plastic Bags

    2 Sep 2014 | 11:45 am
    Lawmakers in California have positioned their state to become the first in the nation to ban stores from giving customers disposable plastic grocery bags.   Legislation now awaiting approval from Governor Jerry Brown (D) would prohibit the use of single-use disposable plastic bags in grocery stores, pharmacies, liquor stores and other businesses. If approved by Brown, SB 270 would go into effect next July for grocers and pharmacies. Convenience and liquor stores would have until July 1, 2016, to comply with the law, which allows stores to sell paper bags and reusable plastic bags. The…
  • Florida Mayor Ejects Atheist from Public Meeting for Refusing to Stand during Pledge of Allegiance

    2 Sep 2014 | 11:40 am
    In one Florida city, the constitutionally protected right to free speech doesn’t always apply as far as one elected official is concerned.   At a recent meeting of the Winter Garden City Commission, Mayor John Rees ordered a local resident removed from the proceedings (video) after he refused to stand during the invocation and Pledge of Allegiance.   The individual, identified as Joseph Richardson, is an atheist and a member of the Central Florida Freethought Community (CFFC). Rees rejected Richardson’s choice not to stand, at one point saying “children have to do…
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  • The post-McCutcheon Plutocracy

    AZ BlueMeanie
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Matea Gold at the Washington Post has an exclusive report today, Wealthy political donors seize on new latitude to give to unlimited candidates: Andrew Sabin, who owns a New York-based precious-metals refining business, was delighted when the Supreme Court did … Continue reading →
  • GOP war on voting goes to trial in Texas

    AZ BlueMeanie
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:56 am
    A trial begins today in a federal courtroom in Corpus Christi, Texas to determine the constitutionality of the state’s voter identification law, which is widely acknowledged to be the most restrictive in the nation. The U.S. Department of Justice has … Continue reading →
  • LD 9 House Citizens Clean Elections debate on Wednesday

    AZ BlueMeanie
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:27 am
    What: LD 9 House Citizens Clean Elections Debate When: Wednesday, September 3, 6:00 p.m. Where: Pima Community College Downtown Campus, 1255 N. Stone Avenue (at Speedway Blvd.) Come out to support Dr. Randy Friese in his debate against the mythical … Continue reading →
  • Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival on September 5 & 6

    Carolyn Classen
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:31 am
    More info at www.tucsonchinese.org.  Buy your tickets ahead of time by calling 520-292-6000. Adults $10, students $5 (with I.D.), children 5 and under FREE. Tucson Chinese Cultural Center is located at 1288 W. River Rd., just east of La Canada … Continue reading →
  • Race for the AZ Legislature: a general election primer

    cpmaz
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:38 pm
    By Craig McDermott, cross-posted from Random Musings While the races for Arizona’s statewide offices garner the most attention, both from the MSM and the general public, the race for the control of the state legislature is at least as important … Continue reading →
 
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    People Power from YES! Magazine

  • Let’s End Poverty: We Have the Money, Do We Have the Will?

    Dean Paton
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Photo by Tomasz Wagner. I am driving my old red Jeep near my house. I stop for a traffic light and see a disheveled man, trying to smile, wanting to look me in the eye, and holding a cardboard sign on which he has printed in thick, black letters: “No job. Anything helps. God bless.” Do I roll down my window and hold out some coins? Or pretend I don’t see him? Do I avoid eye contact because, deep down, seeing him forces me to confront a scary reality—that I, too, could wind up begging on the streets? Do I let his presence reinforce the common belief that poverty is inevitable, a…
  • The Faces Behind the Fight for $15 an Hour

    Betty Udesen
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:15 am
    It was an outrageously ambitious goal—a 64 percent pay hike to more than twice the federal $7.25 an hour minimum wage. But in a short time the Seattle City Council met the demands of workers and organizers, unanimously approving the first $15 minimum wage in the nation. Read more about how it happened here, and meet some of the workers on the frontlines below. For low-wage workers, Seattle's minimum wage increase means a chance to go to school, pay the rent, and visit the dentist. Portraits and interviews by Betty Udesen. Imeleta Noa, 51 Noa works 36 hours a week and is paid $10.53 per hour…
  • Should Your Town Have the Right to Ban Fracking? These Laws Will Have to Change First

    Mari Margil
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:05 pm
    The author is associate director at the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund. Photo by Cecily Anderson / Flickr. In June 2014, in a much awaited decision, New York’s Court of Appeals delivered a blow to oil and gas corporations while giving a much needed lift to communities facing fracking. The court, which is the highest in the state, held that towns in New York can use local zoning laws to ban oil and gas extraction. The ruling has been widely celebrated among environmentalists and communities, and those involved are to be commended. This case proves that our communities are capable…
  • Climate Comeback: A Grassroots Movement Steps Back Into the International Arena

    Jim Shultz
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Jim Shultz adapted this article from a report by The Democracy Center, where he is executive director. A roof in New York City shows a map of the five boroughs after a rise in sea levels. Photo by Molly Dilworth / Flickr. The citizens’ movement for action on the global climate crisis has, over time, developed a love-hate relationship with international campaigning. For years, people from all over the planet have joined together across national boundaries to address a crisis that knows no such boundaries. The climate movement is stepping back into the international arena once again The…
  • Palestinians and Ferguson Protesters Link Arms Via Social Media

    Alexis Goldstein
    15 Aug 2014 | 2:30 pm
    Image is from a tweet by Rana Nazzal. After police shot and killed unarmed black teenager Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., on August 9, the city’s population rose up in protest. The police responded with an incredibly militarized response, including heavy use of tear gas. More than 100 Palestinians and 16 supporting organizations have signed a statement of solidaritywith the people of Ferguson. That violence has led to a massive outpouring of support for the protesters from across the United States. On August 14, vigils occurred nationwide as a part of a National Moment of Silence, launched…
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    Divided Under God

  • My conversation about slavery with a Mormon apologetic

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

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

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

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

    Kevin Davis
    10 Jun 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Last Monday, the Pennsylvania House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed a bill that would clear the way for the National Motto, “In God We Trust,” to be posted in all PA public schools. One of the few lawmakers to vote “no” on the bill was Democratic Representative Mike O’Brien. Rep. O’Brien warned against supporting legislation that promotes any public religious statement, saying, image courtesy http://www.legis.state.pa.us Our role is not to create a theocracy, but to create a commonwealth that represents all people of all beliefs, and I think that…
 
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  • Kitestring, The (Non) App That Can Save Your Life

    Guest Author
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:41 am
    By: Sarah Jackson In a big city like San Francisco, there’s often one person in a group who says “call me when you get home so I know you made it safe” when everyone heads home late. Now, there’s an app for that. Well, not quite an app, but a free web-based service that’s easy to use for all smart phones, not just iPhones and Androids. Kitestring is an innovative way to make San Franciscans safer. Stephan Boyer, a 23 year-old computer science grad student at MIT, created Kitestring to help ensure the safety of his girlfriend who lived in San Francisco. His girlfriend asked him to…
  • California Drought: 1.0 and 2.0 Solutions

    Guest Author
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:31 am
    By: Sean Godlewski If you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t heard by now, California is in a major drought, yet according to the San Jose Mercury News, California has increased its water usage by 1% compared to 2011-2013. Since we are now at a stage where 80% of the state is considered to be in an “extreme drought”, we need solutions. The solution coming out of Sacramento is to fine people up to $500 for wasting water while outside (washing your car without a regulated nozzle, watering lawns, etc.). The fine began in August and interesting enough, enforcement will be up to each…
  • Like a Candle in the Wind

    Guest Author
    22 Aug 2014 | 10:29 am
    By: Daniel Burt Few stadiums have been serenaded to in the way Candlestick Park was last week as Paul McCartney performed the final show at the iconic ‘Stick to a sold out crowd. It was a bittersweet moment as San Franciscans wore their Giants and 49ers gear as well as Beatles memorabilia to see the return of one of the Beatles, who played their final live show together at Candlestick Park in 1966. Candlestick Park opened in 1960 and was home to the San Francisco Giants and 49ers until the Giants moved to AT&T Park in 2000. The 49ers played their last season at Candlestick in 2013 and…
  • New York City’s Green Cart Program Combats Food Deserts

    Guest Author
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:27 pm
    By: Isabella Jaye Here at Reset San Francisco we’re always excited to hear what innovative approaches other cities are taking to Government 2.0, especially when it comes to making sure that all residents have access to healthy and affordable food. Food desserts, defined as “urban neighborhoods and rural towns without ready access to fresh, healthy, and affordable food,” are serious public health hazards that impede resident’s ability to provide healthful food for their families. New York City’s Green Cart program, implemented in 2008 by then-mayor Michael Bloomberg, aims to help…
  • How is your city’s public transit doing?

    Guest Author
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:46 am
    By: Liz Medrano Have you ever wondered how San Francisco’s public transit system compares to other systems in other cities nationwide? FiveThirtyEight published a review of the ridership data of our public transit systems across the United States, based on data from the National Transit Database (NTD). In order to receive grants from the Federal Transit Administration, transit systems of all kinds, such as heavy rail, light rail, buses, etc., must submit this data to the NTD on a monthly basis. How Cities Are Ranked The ridership data is aggregated by census-designated urbanized areas and…
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    Running for Office - Political Campaign Tips and Strategies by OnlineCandidate.comRunning for Office - Political Campaign Tips and Strategies by OnlineCandidate.com

  • Political Web Sites Are Here To Stay [Podcast]

    Online Candidate
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:07 am
    On Digital Politics with Karen Jagoda, we discuss the role of campaign websites in local races and use of social media to raise awareness and money.
  • Political Campaign Slogan Ideas

    Online Candidate
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:12 pm
    A lot rides on your campaign slogan, so choose yours carefully. A slogan should connect to voter concerns and acknowledge the current political environment. It needs to be both memorable and concise. Basically, your slogan should summarize the essence of your campaign in a single phrase.
  • New Custom Political Domain Extensions Available!

    Online Candidate
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:53 pm
    Looking for something a little different than the typical .com. org or .net for your political organization? Now you can register all types of domains - from the traditional .com and .orgs to cutting edge extensions such as .democrat, .republican, .voting, .community and more.
  • Political Domain Squatting

    Online Candidate
    4 Aug 2014 | 3:15 am
    Domain squatting or cybersquatting is the term used for someone who registers a domain that infringes on another's intellectual property or trademark. Some squatters attempt to sell names back to rightful owners for a profit, while others use the names to deceive. Political domain name squatting has grown in prevalence and can even effect local candidates.
  • Adding a Personal Touch to Your Political Campaign

    Online Candidate
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:03 am
    Personalizing your campaign is one of the most effective strategies you can use to win a local election. The larger the district you’re running in is, however, the more difficult it will be to effectively practice personalization.
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    The Alternative Conservative

  • The Muse: Depression– Selfish State of Mind

    24 Aug 2014 | 10:32 pm
    The Muse: Depression– Selfish State of Mind: I have decided to go ahead and write about this topic since my recent comments on social media concerning the suicide of Robin Williams cre...
  • Jesse Jackson Not Wanted in St. Louis?

    24 Aug 2014 | 8:14 pm
    Jesse Jackson was confronted by protesters. The video makes it clear that many are not happy with Jesse's presence, going so far as to accuse him of selling people out, being lazy by not participating in the march, and not being a real leader. Ouch!More Videos From Western Journalism
  • Michael Brown

    22 Aug 2014 | 5:15 am
    The recent story concerning the shooting of young Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO has taken off and spun into a weave of stories that contain accusations of racism and police brutality.I have been around awhile now so when I hear the names Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton, I know to keep calm, let the facts come out, and soon we will be exposed to the outrageous lies that surround the case. Read more »
  • Dershowitz vs. Chomsky

    29 Jul 2014 | 1:39 pm
    In 2012 a debate took place at Harvard between Alan Dershowitz and Noam Chompsky; the topic was Israel. Considering the current situation in the Middle East, I am posting this debate for those that have not seen it before or those who would like to see it again.
  • Loving Joan Rivers!!!

    28 Jul 2014 | 4:13 pm
    I've always loved Joan and I love her even more after watching this. I could not have said it better myself! G-d bless you, Joan!!!
 
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  • Scottish nationalism isn't about how bad Westminster is; it's about how good Holyrood is

    Gary Hayes
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am
    The rest of the UK's reaction to Scottish nationalism is one that shows the independence debate is more tied to Holyrood's success than to how bad Westminster is. A boy watches the opening of the Scottish Parliament. Photo: Getty There is a broad range of reactions to Scottish nationalism in the rest of the UK. A lot expressing negativity, shock or indignation. There is also a surprising lack of familiarity with the history and reasons for it. The predominant reactions in England seem to be "what have we done?", "what don't they like about us?" and "please stay with us, we really like you".
  • The Yes campaign is winning the ground war in Scotland

    Harry Lambert
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:24 am
    The Yes campaign's efforts on the ground are helping it close the gap in the race for independence. The Yes campaign has put up more billboards – and sent out more leaflets and more messages. Photo: Getty. Scotland may actually leave the UK. YouGov, which has long been more sceptical of a Yes vote than other pollsters, now has the Yes campaign only three points from victory. If that happens, the Better Together campaign will partly have itself to blame: it is losing the ground war to Salmond and the SNP. The Yes campaign is winning on almost every front. It has delivered more leaflets, put…
  • Scotland poll puts Yes vote nearly neck-and-neck with Union support

    Anoosh Chakelian
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:28 am
    A poll on Scottish independence for the Times has found the Union "on a knife edge" with the Yes campaign only three points away from victory. Alex Salmond seems to be edging closer to a win as the referendum approaches. Photo: Getty A YouGov poll for the Times on the Scottish independence referendum has caused some rather hysterical headlines today. The paper itself splashed with "Victory in reach for Salmond, poll shows", and described the Union as being "on a knife edge" because of what the figures showed. There are only 16 days to go until the vote, and this latest poll has put…
  • “I'm the only Yes in the village”: speaking to swing voters and activists in the Scottish Borders

    Dominic Hinde
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:36 am
    Along the Anglo-Scottish border from Dumfries to Berwick, activists and swing voters give their opinions on the Scottish independence question. Politics in the Anglo-Scottish Borders has been shaken up. Photo: Getty The damp air darkens the sandstone of Dumfries as a shower sweeps in from Cumbria over the Solway Firth. In the backroom of the First Base drop-in centre next to the River Nith, Mark Frankland sips a mug of instant coffee, a red Yes campaign badge on his jacket. The founder of this combined food bank, drugs advice point and family refuge is voting for independence, explaining why…
  • Nick Clegg: “It’s not obvious” what the UK can do legally on new terror powers

    Anoosh Chakelian
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    The Deputy Prime Minister admits that effectively stripping suspected terrorists of their UK citizenship is difficult in terms of Britain’s legal obligations. Nick Clegg: "it's not obvious what one can do in a way that is consistent with our legal obligations". Photo: Getty David Cameron announced to the Commons yesterday, when discussing strengthening Britain’s anti-terror legislation, that the government would continue talks on preventing Britons fighting with Islamic State (formerly known as Isis) returning to Britain, alongside additional powers to seize passports of suspects. This…
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  • Baton Rouge District Attorney Will Not File Legal Challenge to Landrieu's Candidacy

    2 Sep 2014 | 2:29 pm
    On Tuesday Hillar Moore III, District Attorney for the Parish of East Baton Rouge, said that his office would not file a legal action objecting to the candidacy of Senator Mary Landrieu (D-LA).  In his "response to [the] complaint submitted by Col. Rob Maness regarding qualification of Mary Landrieu for U.S. Senate," Moore stated "no court action will be filed by the District Attorney's office." "On Friday, August 29, 2014, at approximately 2:45 pm, Col. Rob Maness filed a complaint with the District Attorney's Office of the Nineteenth Judicial Court for the State of Louisiana," the…
  • Border Agents Seize 3,370 Pounds of Marijuana Hidden in Christmas Bow Shipment

    2 Sep 2014 | 2:18 pm
    A Mexican citizen detained at the Otay Mesa, Calif. Cargo Facility, driving a Kenworth tractor-trailer might just have landed on Santa’s naughty list.  According to Customs and Border Protection, Thursday a 28-year old Mexican approached the port of entry purporting to ship Christmas bows.  When the tractor-trailer was referred for additional screening, however, CBP officers discovered marijuana in the boxes of bows.   In all, according to officials, there were 209 packages of marijuana, weighing 3,370 pounds with an estimated value of $1.5 million. CBP reports the…
  • DHS Watchdog Finds No Misconduct in Treatment of Migrant Children

    2 Sep 2014 | 1:27 pm
    An investigation into the treatment of the unaccompanied minors detained illegally entering the United States and in the Department of Homeland Security’s custody was unable to substantiate some of the allegations of misconduct made by advocacy groups on June 11. In a memo to DHS Sec. Jeh Johnson released Tuesday, John Roth, the Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security, said officials made 57 unannounced visits to 41 Customs and Border Protection locations, during which time investigators “did not observe misconduct or inappropriate conduct by DHS…
  • White House Fuzzy on Timing of Obama's Executive Amnesty

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:51 pm
    President Obama insists that he still plans to make an executive decision on immigration reform, but his timeline for action grows increasingly convoluted. Obama and his team spent most of the summer previewing his executive action on immigration reform, vowing to fix what they describe as a “broken immigration system” without Congress as soon as possible. "I expect their recommendations before the end of summer, and I intend to adopt those recommendations without further delay," Obama explained in June, referring to a requested proposal from Department of Homeland Security…
  • Louisiana GOP Files Complaint Against Mary Landrieu Over Taxpayer Funded Campaign Plane Travel

    2 Sep 2014 | 11:29 am
    On Tuesday, the Louisiana Republican Party filed a complaint with the Select Committee on Ethics of the U.S. Senate over Senator Mary Landrieu's (D-LA) use of taxpayer funds to pay for charter flights taken to campaign events. It is against the law for members of Congress to use taxpayer funds to pay for political activities. The complaint adds to Senator Landrieu's growing list of political and legal woes, which includes two separate sets of legal challenges filed to her candidacy on Friday, one by Republican challenger Colonel Rob Maness and the other by Republican State Representative Paul…
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  • Unblocking Italy: incinerators imposed with force

    2 Sep 2014 | 7:59 am
    "In the decree issued by the renzusconi government nicknamed Sblocca Italy {unblock Italy} there are various horrible things like the cementification of areas belonging to the state, unbridled drilling all over the land and tricks to avoid regulations protecting the environment (presented as “bureaucratic simplification”) so that great public works can go ahead and these include the creation of incinerators practically at gunpoint. The most recent time that the government bowed to the incinerator lobbies was with the so called “environment appendix” packaged with the 2014 stability…
  • Passaparola - Police offices without any safety equipment, by Igor Gelarda - Secretary of CONSAP

    1 Sep 2014 | 8:43 am
    Watch the complaint video! The Passaparola of Igor Gelarda, Secretary General of the police Trade Union CONSAP "In recent days we as the police trade union CONSAP have started a class action lawsuit against the Ministry of Internal Affairs , but what has happened? What has happened is that thousands of my colleagues in the National Police Service, as well as the Carabinieri and other forces of law and order have been involved in various capacities in illegal immigrant processing operations. Invariably these illegal immigrants come from places where certain illnesses that had disappeared here…
  • The justice “Package", by Antonio Di Pietro

    31 Aug 2014 | 1:00 pm
    “I‘ve just finished reading the actual content of the momentous decisions taken yesterday by the Council of Ministers - the reform of the justice system - there’s so much fanfare about all this and yet I‘ve been wondering “but up to what point is it legitimate to undermine the good faith of the Italian people?”. Then, however, I read the headlines and some of the articles in some of the regular regime-backing newspapers and especially some of the statements made by some “enlightened” ministers and I thought: “but how can the Italian people evaluate whether these reforms are…
  • The mafia has won - thanks to Renzusconi #GrassoDimettiti Grasso resign

    29 Aug 2014 | 9:41 am
    "Renzi and Berlusconi have eliminated the crime of exchanging political favours with the mafia. According to the Court of Cassation, based on the “416ter” {article 416 comma 3}, something that Renzi and Berlusconi really wanted and that we vehemently opposed, to make a vote-buying arrangement with a Mafioso is no longer a crime if there’s no use of the mafia method in gathering votes. Thus unless the voters are forced to go to the urns at gunpoint, then there’s no crime and any politician making an agreement with a Mafioso is guilty of no crime. This is the meaning of a statement…
  • #Italia5Stelle at the Circus Maximus

    28 Aug 2014 | 9:50 am
    “Italia a 5 Stelle” {5 Star Italy}: an event lasting three days from Friday 10 October to Sunday 12 October when we can come together for a series of meetings with the two thousand M5S elected representatives throughout Italy and in Europe as well as with citizens and supporters. It’s an ambitious event, but it’ll be neither the first nor the last one in our history. Anyway we are used to throwing our hearts beyond the obstacles and thus we began in good time, on 1 July, to collect the series of permissions needed for Rome’s Circus Maximus following each bureaucrat step with great…
 
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    The Conversation

  • Multi-discipline courses will help solve emerging global problems

    Amber Griffiths, Lecturer in Natural Environment at University of Exeter
    24 Aug 2014 | 10:19 pm
    Studying one subject won't help save the world. ShutterstockAcross the globe, we are experiencing rapid changes to our environment and social structures. Climate change, population growth, and social unrest are causing ever increasing problems. The rate of change poses serious challenges for education and how we prepare graduates for an unpredictable future. Courses addressing environmental change and social adaptability are slowly appearing in university prospectuses around the world. For the most part, these topics come in the form of new post-graduate courses. For example, Harvard…
  • What is good comedy? The answer probably depends on your social background

    Sam Friedman, Lecturer in Sociology at City University London
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:51 am
    Being 'high-brow', like Tim Key, draws in the awards.Danny Lawson/PAAmong the 1,000 or so comedians who have been jostling for attention at this year’s Edinburgh festival fringe, two grabbed a disproportionate amount of headlines. Both occupy prime slots in big venues and both are receiving regular standing ovations. At one end of Edinburgh’s salubrious Old Town, in the enormous Pleasance Grand, the alternative comedy poet Tim Key is serenading hundreds with his beautifully strange comedy verse. He writes them on the back of pornographic playing cards and reads them aloud before…
 
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  • More Foreign Competition in Software and Internet Services?

    Simon Lester
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:13 am
    Simon Lester We’ve gotten used to American dominance in the internet/software industries.  That may not last forever: Over the weekend, China announced that it was planning to launch a homegrown operating system to replace Windows and Android for running the nation’s desktop and mobile devices. The first iteration of this “Made in China” OS could roll out as early as October There is some good and bad with this.  The good is that more competition in these industries would be great.  While there is already a fair amount of disruption and innovation…
  • Washington Should Stop Praising Military Tyranny in Egypt

    Doug Bandow
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:10 am
    Doug Bandow CAIRO—Egypt’s capital is crowded, busy, confused, and messy.  Security isn’t obvious, until you get close to a sensitive site, such as the Interior Ministry.  The military has taken firm control, elevating its leader, Abdel Fata al-Sisi, to the presidency.  The army permitted dictator Hosni al-Mubarak’s ouster by street protests in 2011 because he planned to turn military rule into a family dynasty. If ousted president Mohamed al-Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood been defeated in a future election, they would have been discredited peacefully.  However,…
  • Anti-School Choice Activists Demand Judge's Recusal Because She's Catholic

    Jason Bedrick
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Jason Bedrick It’s bad enough that a Florida teachers union, the Florida School Boards Association, and the PTA filed a lawsuit to deprive low-income students of scholarships citing the state constitution’s historically anti-Catholic, Know-Nothing inspired “Blaine amendment.” But now anti-school choice activists are demanding that a judge recuse herself from another lawsuit against the state’s choice laws because she’s Catholic. Kathleen Oropeza, president of the ironically-named Fund Education Now (given that they want to deny…
  • Ensuring Safe Food in a Free Market: A Lesson from China

    K. William Watson
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:14 am
    K. William Watson Many Americans view the dissemination and enforcement of food safety standards as a basic function of government, and it’s difficult for them to imagine a world where food is both safe and unregulated. Libertarians can point out that the safety of a product is, just like quality and price, something that consumers directly care about and as such will be most effectively preserved in a competitive free market.  But it’s one thing to make abstract economic arguments and quite another to have real life examples. Well, here’s an interesting story from China, as…
  • Why Tax Credits Survive Legal Challenges But Vouchers Often Don't

    Jason Bedrick
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:18 am
    Jason Bedrick Yesterday, on the same day that the New Hampshire Supreme Court rejected a challenge to the state’s scholarship tax credit law, a district court judge struck down Oklahoma’s special-needs voucher law. Both vouchers and scholarship tax credit laws are constitutional under the U.S. Constitution, but vouchers laws have often run afoul of states’ historically anti-Catholic Blaine Amendments, which prohibit public funds from being expended at religiously affiliated schools. By contrast, scholarship tax credit laws have a perfect record at both the federal…
 
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    A View from the Right

  • 5 Noteworthy Quotes from the Week Ending 8/30/2014

    sirrahc
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:06 pm
    The title says it all. These aren’t necessarily the “Top 5″ topics, based on any particular rating scale. But, they are (I thought) notable commentary on some important issues, foreign and domestic. I’ve added a few comments of my own, as usual. 1) UK Prime Minister David Cameron re Islamic State: “We are in the […]
  • Journey of Light + Creeping Superfluid

    sirrahc
    24 Aug 2014 | 5:01 pm
    I decided to throw a couple more science-bytes at you from astrophysicist Dr. Jeffrey Zweerink. They’re brief but fun bits of science trivia to pack into your “li’l pea brain” (as my friend likes to say). And, if you realize that, technically, that is not physically possible, then we’re on the same wavelength. 1) “We […]
  • A Bad Argument for Banana Design

    sirrahc
    23 Aug 2014 | 7:32 pm
    Okay, here’s another “Real Science” moment from the staff at Reasons to Believe (RTB). This time, Dr. Jeff Zweerink explains why saying “The banana was perfectly designed for human hands.” is a bad argument. (Personally, I don’t think I have ever heard that argument for ID.) This one isn’t quite as weird as the one […]
  • General Flynn’s Sobering Exit Interview

    sirrahc
    17 Aug 2014 | 5:53 pm
    “[W]ith all these crises we’ve been discussing, the nation is confronting a dangerous era, facing multiple threats and challenges from Russia, China, North Korea, Iran, Islamic terrorist groups, you name it. If I wasn’t in there shaking things up, I probably wouldn’t have been doing my job.”  — Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn After 33 years […]
  • The Scientific Method, part 2: Is It Biblical?

    sirrahc
    10 Aug 2014 | 5:36 pm
    “The Universe has been wrought for us by a supremely good and orderly Creator.” — Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543) In my last post (part 1), I briefly explained in principle and procedure what comprises the “scientific method”. Today, I want to get a bit into the intersection of “science” and “faith”, as you may have guessed […]
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    Fair Observer

  • Refugees: Stopping the Madness

    Harun Yahya
    1 Sep 2014 | 3:54 pm
    Widespread violence around the world has caused millions of people to suffer and live in poverty. Muslim countries are rocked by war, hunger and poverty. The cries for help of people who live amid death, injury and destruction are heartbreaking. In the recent conflict between Israel and Hamas, thousands of homes were demolished and damaged […] The post Refugees: Stopping the Madness appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Africa Yoga Project: Inspiring Youth to Achieve Greatness

    Paige Elenson
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Using the practice of yoga, AYP aims to create opportunities for African youth to become leaders in their communities. Paige Elenson, Ashoka Fellow and founder of Africa Yoga Project, is committed to creating the future market leaders of Africa’s currently untapped wellness industry. Using the transformational practice of yoga, she is persuading African youth to […] The post Africa Yoga Project: Inspiring Youth to Achieve Greatness appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • My Name is Kurdistan: A Documentary by Lorenzo Giroffi

    Fair Observer
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:35 am
    Lorenzo Giroffi, an Italian filmmaker, takes us on a trip across the Kurdish heartland. Kurdistan is in the news. As Islamic State extremists battle Kurdish armed forces and Iraqi soldiers, one might assume that Kurdistan is a region plagued by death and destruction. But the Kurdish homeland, stretching across Turkey, Syria, Iraq and Iran, is […] The post My Name is Kurdistan: A Documentary by Lorenzo Giroffi appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • What Britain Should Do About Its Jihadists

    Bruce Newsome
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:10 pm
    Why are British Muslims so well-represented in the self-declared “Islamic State”? The United States and Britain have similar-sized Muslim minorities, but US officials have estimated that approximately 100 Americans are fighting with the Islamic State, while their British counterparts put the number at 500 Britons; although Member of Parliament Khalid Mahmood estimates more than 1,500. […] The post What Britain Should Do About Its Jihadists appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Chained to the Fence: Inequality in East Jerusalem

    Natasha Roth
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:36 am
    The more Israel tries to homogenize Jerusalem and harmonize its history, the more divided it becomes. [This article was written before the Gaza War. The conclusion has been updated to address the current situation.] On May 28, tens of thousands of Jews in Israel celebrated Jerusalem Day by marching through the city waving flags, chanting racist slogans […] The post Chained to the Fence: Inequality in East Jerusalem appeared first on Fair Observer.
 
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  • Drumul din cariera de piatra in constructia ta e mai lung decat ai fi crezut

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:46 am
    Nu e cladire de birouri mai „rasarita” care sa nu aiba piatra naturala pusa pe jos sau pe pereti-marmura, granit, cine isi permite. Pana la urma, piatra a fost cam prima pe care omul a pus mana in preistorie. La inceput s-au folosit doar tehnici simple de cioplire, slefuire fina, chiar gaurire pentru a construi ceva rudimentar sau pentru a face unelte de vanatoare si pentru acasa-de cele mai multe ori, acasa era sinonim cu o grota.Astazi, piatra naturala e la mare cautare iar prelucrarea ei si drumul din cariera de piatra pana in cladirea unde este etalata e unul lung si costisitor. Sa…
  • Comunicarea in scris pe net e istorie: aplicatia de schimb de emoticoane e aici

    1 Sep 2014 | 6:37 am
    Inchipuiti-va ca discutati cu cineva pe Yahoo Messenger si sunteti obosit si va e greu sa mai tastati, va incurcati in litere, in idei formulate coerent. Ati da orice sa puteti rezolva o conversatie pacatoasa la o ora inaintata din noapte numai prin trimiterea de emoticoane ciudatele. Emojili va ajuta sa faceti asa ceva intr-o maniera foarte usoara. Cand au aparut prima data, emoticoanele erau niste adjuvante ale unei conversatii in scrie pe Messenger, exprimand diverse stari de spirit, actiuni, fel de fel de „prosteli”-erau insotite si de sunete.Prin aplicatia Emojili, care poate fi…
  • Necesitatea utilizării becurilor cu led

    26 Aug 2014 | 4:24 am
    Becurile cu led s-au dovedit a fi cele mai eficiente dispozitive de iluminare din ultimii ani, motiv pentru care in prezent cunosc foarte multe intrebuintari, și de asemenea au si foarte multe aprecieri atat din partea consumatorilor casnici cat si din partea consumatorilor industriali.Becurile cu led sunt prezente in aproape orice casa, iar ele sunt la mare cautare si pentru ca au un aspect estetic foarte placut si sunt usor de instalat. Cand achizitionam un bec cu led luam in calcul mai multe avantaje iar unul esential care reprezinta de fapt principalul criteriu de selectie este faptul ca…
  • Biologia sexului si secretele unei sexualitati incendiare

    26 Aug 2014 | 4:22 am
    Femeile „fierbinti” si sanatatea. Cand faci scufundari, corpul incepe sa secrete un hormon al stresului numit cortizol. Cortizolul e raspunzator de actiunile primare care ne indeamna sa trecem la lupta sau sa ne aparam cu orice pret pentru a supravietui-in tot corpul apare adrenalina care te face sa fii pe pozitie pentru ore bune. Pune o femeie atragatoare si sexy intr-o camera unde e un barbat viril si barbatul nu poate sa mai faca distinctia intre niste picioare frumoase si niste labe de urs.De fapt, numai ca te afli in camera cu o femeie naucitor de frumoasa si foarte sexy determina…
  • Camera de supraveghere, cea mai importanta piesa a unui sistem de supraveghere

    25 Aug 2014 | 5:48 am
    Cea mai importanta componenta a unui sistem de supraveghere este camera de supraveghere. Pe piata gasiti o varietate impresionanta de firme si de branduri care promit o supraveghere de nici cei mai aprigi hoti nu vor mai avea curajul sa intre in casa dvs. Specialistii in sisteme de supraveghere de la http://www.instalaricamere.com, cei mai buni din domeniu si cei mai seriosi de piata din Romania, va pun la dispozitie o gama larga de camere de supraveghere foarte bune si moderne, de la camera ip la cele de interior ori exterior si camera speed dome, excelente pentru sisteme de supraveghere…
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  • Attacking Rick Allen’s Government Contracts

    D'Angelo Gore
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:16 pm
    A Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee TV ad relies on innuendo and omission to accuse Georgia Republican Rick Allen of making “insider deals” to get government contracts at taxpayer expense: The DCCC doesn’t provide evidence of “insider deals.” Instead, it assumes corruption because Allen’s company once received a contract when it wasn’t the lowest bidder. It also speculates that Allen benefited from his brother’s position as a county commissioner even though the brother recused himself from votes involving Allen’s company. The ad also says that…
  • Trading Jabs in Michigan

    Robert Farley
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Republican Terri Lynn Land and the Democratic Party trade barbs in the Michigan Senate race, but both ads mislead voters. Land’s ad blames Peters for the fact that “Michigan gas taxes are siphoned off by Washington instead of staying here and being spent on Michigan’s crumbling roads.” But Michigan got a return of $1.03 on every highway dollar spent on federal gasoline taxes in 2012. An ad from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, meanwhile, claims Land “said guaranteeing equal pay for women who do the same work as men is not a good idea.” Land…
  • Scandalous Ad in New Hampshire Race

    Eugene Kiely
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:30 pm
    A conservative group accuses Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in a TV ad of “profiting from her votes in Congress.” But the scandal is how the group distorts the facts. The ad says that “Shaheen’s wealth has surged while in public office,” but her family’s estimated net worth has actually declined since she took office in January 2009. There is also less than meets the eye to the ad’s claims about “a shady stock deal and a conflict of interest.” The claim about “votes” that supposedly enriched her family refers to the American Recovery and…
  • Presidential Vacations

    Lori Robertson
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:34 am
    Q: Is it true that George W. Bush took more vacation days than Barack Obama? A: Yes. Before his two-week trip to Martha’s Vineyard in August, Obama’s count was 125 full or partial days and Bush’s total at the same point in his presidency was 407. FULL ANSWER Our inbox is chock full of questions about who took more vacation days, Obama or Bush. (The short answer: Bush. The long answer: There’s no such thing as a true non-working vacation for the president.) The recent barrage from our readers coincides with Obama’s 15-day family vacation on Martha’s Vineyard…
  • South Carolina Ad ‘Hides’ Key Fact

    Robert Farley
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:35 pm
    An ad from the Democratic challenger in the South Carolina governor’s race says that when hackers stole 3.6 million Social Security numbers from state computers, Gov. Nikki Haley “hid it from us for over two weeks” — but the ad fails to mention that Haley’s silence was at the direction of state and federal investigators. “She did what we asked her to do,” State Law Enforcement Division Chief Mark Keel told FactCheck.org. Haley’s Democratic opponent, state Sen. Vincent Sheheen, has repeatedly criticized Haley for her handling of a security breach…
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  • Witnessing a Failed Presidency

    Alan Caruba
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:01 pm
      When we elect someone—anyone—to the office of President, it is only natural that we attribute great political skills, intellect, and judgment to that man. We want to believe we have selected someone with the ability to do what must be done in a dangerous and very complex world. This may explain why Presidents who […]
  • Obama AWOL again – on energy terrorism

    Paul Driessen
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:52 pm
      The president fails to prepare for anything, except vacation, golf and climate change.  Four news stories in four days sum up the Obama presidency and help explain why the world and U.S. economy are in such a mess. President Obama just returned from his two-week beach and golf vacation at Martha’s Vineyard. It took […]
  • Shaking, Quaking, and Freezing

    Alan Caruba
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:06 am
      Have you noticed how much earthquake and volcanic activity has been occurring lately? There was a major earthquake in Napa, California on Sunday, August 24th as well as considerable volcanic activity from Iceland to Papua, New Guinea. August was also a month that set records for colder U.S. temperatures. According to the National Oceanic […]
  • Meet Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi: The Leader Of ISIS And The New Caliph Of The Islamic State

    David Huntwork
    30 Aug 2014 | 3:08 pm
      The Muslim world has been without a Caliph and Commander of the Faithful for ninety years, and now the new fundamentalist Islamic entity in Iraq and Syria known as the Islamic State has put forth a pretender to claim the title. At the age of 43, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi burst upon the national scene […]
  • America, Our Debt-Ridden Nation

    Alan Caruba
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:20 am
    Let’s look at just some of the latest news about the U.S. economy: # According to the Treasury Department’s Bureau of Fiscal Services, the federal government paid $2,007,358,200,000—over $2 trillion—in benefits and entitlements in the 2013 fiscal year, October 1, 2012 to September 30, 2013. Most of the benefits, 69.7% came from non-means tested government […]
 
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  • Clip Shows "Dawn Of Libya" Members Playing In U.S. Embassy Pool (Video)

    Dominic Kelly
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:28 am
    Clip Shows "Dawn Of Libya" Members Playing In U.S. Embassy Pool (Video) Islamist Militia Who Took Over U.S. Embassy Compound In Tripoli Shown Playing In Pool (Video) Clip Shows "Dawn Of Libya" Members Playing In U.S. Embassy Pool (Video) Headlines Internet Lifestyle Politics World Not Optimized After Islamist militia members announced they had taken control of the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli, Libya, newly released video shows members of the group playing in the pool at the compound.The newly released video shows a large group of men standing around the pool at the Embassy in…
  • Footage Shows Successful Airstrike Against ISIS (Video)

    Dominic Kelly
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:31 am
    Newly Released Clip Shows Airstrike Against ISIS By U.S. Military (Video) Footage Shows Successful Airstrike Against ISIS (Video) Newly Released Clip Shows Airstrike Against ISIS By U.S. Military (Video) Headlines Internet Legal Lifestyle Nation World Has Been Optimized This past month, the United States announced plans to use airstrikes against ISIS militants in Iraq to try and stop their heinous actions. Two days ago, U.S. Central Command released a video (below) of one of those strikes in action. The clip, which is said to have taken place on August 26, shows an ISIS armed truck driving…
  • Rep. Peter King Upset Over President Obama's Tan Suit (Video)

    Michael Allen
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:21 pm
    Rep. Peter King Upset Over President Obama's Tan Suit (Video) Rep. Peter King Upset Over President Obama's Tan Suit (Video) Nation Politics Obama Tan Suit Has Been Optimized Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.) expressed his displeasure at President Obama for wearing a tan suit while making a statement about the terrorist group ISIS on Thursday."When you have the world watching a week, two weeks of anticipation of what the United States is gonna do..." Rep. King told NewsMaxTV today, noted Buzzfeed (video below). "For him to walk out, I'm not trying to be trivial here, in a light suit, light…
  • Children's Publisher Re-Issues Anti-Terrorist Coloring Books, Slams Obama (Video)

    Michael Allen
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:45 pm
    Children's Publisher Re-Issues Anti-Terrorist Coloring Books, Slams Obama (Video) Children's Publisher Re-Issues Anti-Terrorist Coloring Books, Slams Obama (Video) Entertainment Politics Weird News Anti-Terrorist Coloring Books Has Been Optimized Really Big Coloring Books, a publishing company in St. Louis, Mo., is re-issuing its anti-terrorist coloring books for children. Wayne Bell, the founder of Really Big Coloring Books, made the announcement on a video (below) that he posted on YouTube on Aug. 25. “[Our books] tell the truth, they tell it often, and they tell the…
  • National Guard, Called by Texas Gov. Perry, Turning to Food Banks for Help (Video)

    Michael Allen
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:22 pm
    National Guard, Called by Texas Gov. Perry, Turning to Food Banks for Help (Video) National Guard, Called by Texas Gov. Perry, Turning to Food Banks for Help (Video) Local Nation Politics National Guard Has Been Optimized Texas Governor Rick Perry (R) called out the National Guard to guard the U.S.-Mexico border in July, even though that jurisdiction belongs to the U.S. Border Patrol. The National Guard cannot arrest or detain any undocumented immigrants, but Gov. Perry claims the troops are necessary because "terrorists" from the Middle East may be sneaking over U.S.-Mexico border, noted…
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    The Recovering Politician

  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: Home

    John Y. Brown III
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    Sadly, leaving for home. Loved Germany, the Netherlands and Belgium.We get back home in about 14 1/2 hours. Which is approximately 375 kilometergramhours –using the metric system. Or something like that. Mostly, I think that calculation just means I’m a thick-headed American. Guten Tag! Which I hope means “Thank You!” But I think may mean “Hello” and I know, in the states, means something that you should try to avoid in your diet. But it’s the best I can do. And reinforces my thick-headed American status. Thanks ya’ll!! We had a really great…
  • Greg Harris: Hillary Clinton and New Organizing Principles

    Greg Harris
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Hillary Clinton raised eyebrows recently with her apparent dig at President Obama: “Don’t do stupid stuff is not an organizing principle.” Because she is a Clinton, it should be assumed this was not a slip. And because she is Hillary Clinton, it should not be forgotten that she voted in support of the 2002 resolution to go to war against Iraq. The war in Iraq was a colossal tragedy for many reasons: the staggering loss of Iraqi civilian life; the mental and physical casualties ensured by American soldiers whose needs to this day go under-addressed; Post-911 mission creep when the…
  • Erica and Matt Chua: Luck Didn’t Get Us Here

    Erica and Matt Chua
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    “You’re so lucky!” is the worst phrase in the English language.  It’s something we’re told by many people when they find out we’ve traveled for two years without working.  Saying this belittles everyone’s ability to make their dreams come true, even their own, as it wasn’t luck that got us here, it was following the lesson below.  Since this is the week we make resolutions to change, here’s how you can accomplish any goal, no matter how big, as we did when we set off to travel the world.  You can use this guide not to make a resolution, but to make things happen. Cute?
  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: Aha Moments

    John Y. Brown III
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    This is kind of personal, and I have never talked about it before but here goes.We all know what “Aha moments” are –when we have clarity of thought about something that has confused us and it finally and suddenly makes sense. The obvious explanation breaks through to us.Well, I think for most people –based on what I have read –these “Aha moments” are brief sensations lasting only a few seconds and happen only rarely. But for me, they typically last 4 or 5 minutes –or longer. And one time in 1992 I had an “Aha moment” that lasted…
  • Saul Kaplan: Innovators Leverage the Deadwood

    Saul Kaplan
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:30 am
    It’s time for me to come clean.  In today’s social media crazed world it will come out sooner or later anyway.  I have one high school varsity letter and it’s for bowling.  Yes, you heard right, bowling.  And it wasn’t ten-pin, but candlepin bowling.  Anyone who grew up in New England, with parents like mine who looked for ways to get the kids out of their hair on rainy Saturdays, knows exactly what I’m talking about.  Candlepin bowling rocks. For those of you who aren’t from New England, candlepin bowling is a unique version of the sport invented in 1880 in Worcester,…
 
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    Sunshine State News feed

  • Charlie Crist Speaks on Steven Sotloff Murder

    Allison Nielsen
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:39 pm
    Former Gov. Charlie Crist spoke out on the murder of freelance journalist and Florida native Steven Sotloff on Tuesday. "Our thoughts and prayers are with the Sotloff family today," Crist tweeted. "This brutal murder of an innocent man who sought to document suffering in the world demonstrates the type of evil we confront."Sotloff, who is from the Miami area, was a student at the University of Central Florida. He was kidnapped by ISIS in 2013.read more
  • Bill Nelson After Steven Sotloff Murder: 'We Must Go After ISIS'

    Kevin Derby
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:06 pm
    U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., called for American action against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) forces on Monday after video showing the murder of journalist Steven Sotloff, a Miami native, was released on Tuesday.“Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Steven Sotloff,” Nelson said on Tuesday. “Let there be no doubt, we must go after ISIS right away because the U.S. is the only one that can put together a coalition to stop this group that’s intent on barbaric cruelty.”
  • Rick Scott Releases Statement on Beheading of Steven Sotloff

    Allison Nielsen
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Gov. Rick Scott spoke out on the brutal murder of freelance journalist and Miami native Steven Sotloff on Tuesday after a video of his alleged murder surfaced online.Sotloff attended the University of Central Florida. He was captured in Syria by ISIS last year.“On behalf of Ann and myself, and on behalf of all the people of Florida, we want to convey our sorrow and our condolences to the entire Sotloff family. We cannot begin to understand their grief," said Scott.read more
  • Carlos Curbelo: Joe Garcia a 'Rubber Stamp' for Obama's Foreign Policy

    Kevin Derby
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:41 am
    Miami-Dade School Board member Carlos Curbelo, the Republican running against U.S. Rep. Joe Garcia, D-Fla., in what is expected to be one of the most competitive congressional races in the nation come November, came out swinging at the Democratic congressman on Tuesday over foreign policy. read more
  • Bill Posey Backs Carol Platt Against Alan Grayson

    Kevin Derby
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:44 am
    At the end of last week, U.S. Rep. Bill Posey, R-Fla., announced his support for Carol Platt, the Republican candidate challenging U.S. Rep. Alan Grayson, D-Fla., in November. Posey pointed to Platt’s background in the private sector as a reason why she will do well in Congress. “Carol’s experience in business, balancing budgets, making payroll and having to make tough decisions will serve her very well,” Posey insisted. “We need more representatives like Carol with real-world experience and the guts to make Congress accountable.”
 
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    PoliticusUSA

  • Republicans Call Unions Greedy But Check Out Eric Cantor’s Huge Wall Street Payday

    Sarah Jones
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Republicans say unions and workers are greedy if they want healthcare or a pension. But it's the norm for wealthy Republicans to be offered a New York apartment with all of the perks, in addition to 3.4 million dollars just for knowing people and turning a blind eye to certain practices, while viciously encouraging further deregulation. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • It Took Fox News Less Than Hour To Blame Obama For ISIS Beheading Steven Sotloff

    Jason Easley
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:27 pm
    The news of the beheading of Steven Sotloff by ISIS just being reported as Fox News blamed President Obama for the murder of the American journalist. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Why No One Should Watch Or Share The ISIS Video Of The Beheading of Steven Sotloff

    Jason Easley
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:16 am
    A video released by ISIS claims to show the beheading of American journalist Steven Sotloff. The point of the video is to spread fear, which is why the media and the American people should refuse to share or view the Sotloff video. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • McConnell Campaign Crumbling As Mitch Dodges Questions At Watermelon Festival

    Jason Easley
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:59 am
    Sen. Mitch McConnell's reelection campaign continues to crumble. McConnell found the environment at a watermelon festival too challenging, so he avoided reporter's questions about his former campaign manager's bribery scandal. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Democrats Remind Voters What It Means When Republicans Make Promises: Nothing

    Sarah Jones
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:29 am
    As Republicans threaten and promise a government shutdown on one hand and deny it on the other, Democrats are reminding voters of similar broken Republican promises last year. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Angry Lebs

  • Who is Hosting the most refugees?

    Ang Lebs
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:43 am
  • Really annoying

    Ang Lebs
    8 Aug 2014 | 1:04 pm
    I’m watching right now a Lebanese TV program on MTV called “Min el ‘Ekhir” (from the end). What really got on my nerve is one of the guests, Elie Hatem. Elie came 3rd in 2009 in Karaoke World champion. You may wonder why he got in my nerve. MTV Lebanon is a Lebanese TV station. The program “Min el Ekhir” is a Lebanese program. The guests are Lebanese. The audience is 100% Lebanese. Elie Hatem pretended that he can’t  speak 2 words in Lebanese. He spoke mostly in English. Elie Hatem, guess what? For me you looked so silly speaking Lebanese and mixing…
  • ISIS and Nusra

    Ang Lebs
    8 Aug 2014 | 1:36 am
    From those who missed it and specially for those who insisted that there is a difference between the two groups. Both, ISIS and Nusra, were involved in Arsal attack. They attacked the Lebanese army posts, killed and kidnapped its soldiers. The estimate number of the attackers according to news reports around 2,000 terrorists. Military analysts said that the attack was well planned. So for those who lied to their supporters for the past year, Arsal attack proved that there is a military coordination between ISIS and Nusra group, at least in Lebanon. Just to correct the compass of few…
  • Why don’t you shut-up?

    Ang Lebs
    7 Aug 2014 | 12:58 am
    There is nothing worst than trying to figure out if the name of a Lebanese army Martyr is someone you know from thousands of miles away. I wanted to pick up the phone to find out if it’s really him the minute I read the name. I didn’t. I was afraid to confirm my fears. The next day I searched online newspapers, blogs and social medias trying to figure out more about this martyr. I found out he lived in where I once lived. My fear increased. I switched my search for a picture of him. A recent one. I found it on a friends blog. My fear was confirmed. The young kid with whom I walked…
  • Turn off Your Walkie-Talkie Shamel

    Ang Lebs
    5 Aug 2014 | 7:47 am
    “Turn off Your walkie-talkie Shamel, and starts destruction” اقفل جهازك يا شامل وابدأ بالدمار الشامل. This sentence was written on a picture of Brigadier General Shamel Roukoz and shared on social media. Roukoz is the head of operations in Arsal area. Lebanon debate site wrote an article about it and in it they addressed the Brigadier General with a letter of support. The author of the letter asked him to:  “Turn off your walkie-talkie Shamel and declare it a war with out any political calculation.  A war against terrorism, against the…
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    Washington Wire

  • Mark Begich Campaign Pulls TV Ad Focused on Double Murder

    Reid J. Epstein
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Under pressure from the family of a high-profile double murder, Mark Begich’s campaign on Tuesday pulled a TV advertisement that accused GOP nominee Dan Sullivan of being responsible, in part, for paroling a man who is now charged with the crime.
  • Washington Tourism Data: How Cool Is D.C.?

    Natalie Andrews
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:32 pm
    As Labor Day marks the end of summer, and tourists embark on Washington, D.C.’s landmarks, a look at the make-up of who is visiting and from where.
  • GOP to Women Voters: Heed Our Statements, Not Our Votes

    Jess McIntosh
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Jess McIntosh: Republicans have recently deployed a new tactic to deal with the fact that key aspects of their agenda are at odds with the women voters they need on Election Day.
  • Russian Bank Under Sanctions Hires Trent Lott as Lobbyist

    William Mauldin
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Much of Washington is up in arms over Moscow’s interference in Ukraine, but that doesn’t mean Russia doesn’t have some well-placed defenders.
  • ISIS’s Cruelty Toward Women Gets Scant Attention

    Haleh Esfandiari
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:59 am
    Haleh Esfandiari: ISIS has received considerable world attention for its beheadings and violence against Christians and Shiites, but its barbarity against women has been treated as a side issue.
 
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    BuzzFeed - Politics

  • Ted Cruz's Dad: "The Average Black Does Not" Understand The Minimum Wage Is Bad

    2 Sep 2014 | 1:14 pm
    “And then I said, ‘Did you know that every member of the Ku Klux Klan were Democrats from the South?’ ‘Oh I didn’t know that.’ You know, they need to be educated.” View Video › The father of Republican Texas Sen. Ted Cruz said black people "need to be educated" about Democrats, so that they will vote Republican. Cruz, who made the comments at the Western Williamson Republican Club August meeting added "the average black does not" understand that the minimum wage is bad. The Aug. 21 meeting advertised that Cruz would "speak passionately on what…
  • Ron And Rand Paul Do Not Agree About ISIS

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Not even close. Rodger Mallison/Fort Worth Star-Telegram / MCT Sen. Rand Paul on Friday told the Associated Press that the United States should pursue ISIS aggressively: Speaking to a ballroom later, some of the loudest applause for Paul came when he quipped: "If the president has no strategy, maybe it's time for a new president." In an emailed comment, however, Paul elaborated by saying: "If I were president, I would call a joint session of Congress. I would lay out the reasoning of why ISIS is a threat to our national security and seek congressional authorization to destroy ISIS…
  • White House Won't Say When They're Announcing Immigration Executive Actions

    2 Sep 2014 | 11:04 am
    “There’s a chance it could come before the end of the summer, a chance it could come after,” said White House press secretary Josh Earnest. View Video ›
  • Fox News Anchor On Nude Photo Hack: "Isn't It Kind Of Buyer Beware?"

    2 Sep 2014 | 9:34 am
    “You say don’t blame the victim, but legally, what kind of recourse do they have?” View Video › During a Fox News segment addressing online security in the wake of the recent celebrity nude photo hacking scandal, anchor Martha MacCallum seemed more upset with the celebrities who uploaded nude photos to a private online space than with the criminals who stole and posted the pictures online. MACCALLUM: Don't put naked pictures of yourself on internet, people. So. Dumb. You say don't blame the victim, but legally, what kind of recourse do they have? You put it…
  • Democratic Congressional Candidate: Republicans Are Worse Than ISIS

    2 Sep 2014 | 9:32 am
    “Actions of Republicans in congress are worse than #ISIL.” A Democratic congressional candidate in Alabama says Republicans are worse than ISIS in a tweet posted on his campaign account Monday evening. Jesse T. Smith, who is running against Republican Rep. Mike Rogers wrote "the greatest country on earth is being bullied from within. Actions of Republicans in congress are worse than #ISIL." Here's the tweet: This is the only video he has on his campaign account: vimeo.com He does however seem to have a pretty active campaign Facebook. Via Facebook: JesseSmithforCongress View…
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    visionandvalues.org

  • A high school curriculum that teaches the truth about communism…. A Q&A with Dr. Paul Kengor

    Paul G. Kengor
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Vision & Values: Dr. Paul Kengor, you recently completed a curriculum that teaches high school students about communism—that is, an accurate portrayal of communism. Tell us about it. Kengor: The curriculum is titled, “Communism: Its Ideology, Its History, Its Legacy,” and was done for the Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation, an organization formally recognized by the U.S. Congress. The foundation memorializes the 100 million dead victims of communism in the 20th century—that’s double the combined deaths of World War I and II, the two deadliest conflicts in the history of…
  • Dealing with barbarism: V-J Day and beyond

    Marvin J. Folkertsma
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:05 am
    On September 2, 1945, V-J Day, the funeral-like solemnity of the Japanese surrender aboard the USS Missouri was shattered by the thunder of 400 B-29 bombers flying overhead, accompanied by an additional 1,500 carrier aircraft. In a bay packed with 260 Allied warships, the effect of such an overwhelming demonstration of power could hardly fail to impress. The aerial procession roared over the remains of an empire whose hordes had swept across Asia like a scythe of murder and annihilation for the previous decade and a half. Probably no country suffered more under Japanese occupation than China,…
  • Cell phones while driving: Should the State House decide?

    Gary L. Welton
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:57 am
    According to the Governors Highway Safety Association, 14 states have enacted laws against hand-held use of cell phones by all drivers. These 14 states include 11 blue states, two swing states, and one red state. These bans are already in effect in 12 states; two of them will become effective within the next year. Be aware that when you cross a state line, you could be committing a crime. These laws have been justified by claims that 25 percent of the nation’s car accidents are “caused” by cell phones. The claim, however, that a given behavior “causes” a particular result is a claim…
  • Time for face time with Vladimir

    Earl H. Tilford
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:24 am
    President Barack Obama has spent a lot of TV face time opining on race relations in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 2009, on the George Zimmerman trial of 2012-13, on the riots in a St. Louis suburb last week, and plenty more. His attention was fixed on fundraising in Las Vegas when terrorists attacked the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, on fundraising in New York when a Malaysian plane was shot down by Russians, and he was vacationing in Martha’s Vineyard while Russia furthered its aggression against the sovereign state of Ukraine. Meanwhile, Europe is about to relive 1938, the year Adolph Hitler…
  • The Obama economic record: the worst five years since World War II

    Tracy Miller
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:36 am
    Editor’s note: This article first appeared The Daily Caller. In spite of the claims by President Obama’s Council of Economic Advisors regarding his administration’s economic accomplishments, the U.S. economy has grown very slowly in the years since the Great Recession of 2008-09. After four years of slow growth, the latest data reveals that the U.S. economy shrank at a 2.9 percent annual rate during the first quarter of 2014. That figure has been widely reported, but here are some figures that have not been reported, and they are quite eye-opening: Over the first five years of Obama’s…
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    Politic365

  • Race and Politics: GOP Black Outreach Ends in Ferguson, Missouri

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:01 am
    Ferguson and the GOP.  Suddenly, tank-like military vehicles rolling down an American street isn’t too much government.  After the killing of Mike Brown, it’s been quite intriguing to think back on all the times when “conservative” lawmakers and operatives have had so much to say about “too much government” — when it’s health care coverage.  But MRAPs, snipers, teargas and military gear-clad police vs. a group of mostly African American protesters?  That scene brought on lots of conservative silence. Back in late 2009 and 2010, all that…
  • AZ Superintendent who pushed ban on Mexican American studies loses GOP primary

    Adriana Maestas
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:55 am
    On Tuesday, Arizona Superintendent of Public Instruction John Huppenthal lost in the primary election. This defeat came after Huppenthal admitted to making offensive comments on blogs under a pseudonym saying that welfare recipients were “lazy pigs,” compared the work of Planned Parenthood to the Nazis, and saying that Spanish language media should be shut down. A few years ago, Huppenthal also pushed the ban on Mexican American studies being taught in Arizona public schools asserting that it promoted resentment towards other groups. This ban was a point of contention with the…
  • Solarize or Polarize? The Truth About Solar in North Carolina

    Kristal High
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:59 am
    In North Carolina the state is getting more and more of its energy from the sun. The Tar Heel State currently ranks fourth in the nation when it comes to solar installations, right alongside states like California and Arizona. But as many are discovering, there’s a dark side to solar, one that oftentimes doesn’t get mentioned by those trying to ‘solarize’ communities. Despite clever slogans and grassroots campaigning, solar power tends to polarize communities by creating a gap between those who can afford to participate and those who can’t. And even for those who can pay to play,…
  • Raising Black Sons in Light of…

    Guest Contributor
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:39 am
    By: Jolanda Jones As a single mom of a Black man, business owner, lawyer, former city council member, US Track & Field member, and human rights activist, I was asked to be an expert panelist, on our local television affiliate, on raising black sons in light of Ferguson along with two black male fathers, both of whom are extremely successful business men.  I was surprised that the segment began with the statement that Ferguson had caused parents to now have discussions with their sons about the police.  I didn’t agree with that statement.  Ferguson didn’t initiate a discussion.  It…
  • Third Insane Incident of Brutality Involving #Ferguson Police Surfaces

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    25 Aug 2014 | 9:07 am
    For a small police force of only 53 people, the Ferguson Police Department’s officers appear to have a talent for being involved in alleged incidents of misconduct and brutality that are the catalyst of lawsuits. In three separate incidents brought to light in the media, the Ferguson Police Department is not called to the scene but instead, officers approach citizens on their own.  Further, these incidents happen at a time when crime is at a historic low across the U.S. and down in Missouri. Last night, The Huffington Post reported that Ferguson Police Officer Justin Cosma is being…
 
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    Conservatively Speaking

  • President Obama: Short memory with long term consequences

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

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

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

    admin
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:39 pm
    No one doubts that President Obama’s primary job is track the movement of golf balls; we’ve seen that image hundreds of times. What you probably don’t realize that since he took the oath of office in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • While rockets rain down on Israel, Obama suggests restraint

    admin
    20 Jul 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Israel Launches Ground Invasion in Response to Hamas Rockets In the midst of Israeli civilians being relentlessly bombed by the internationally recognized terrorist organization, Hamas, President... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Diet Justice Version 5: News

  • His Highness Blacker and his Privy Court

    31 Aug 2014 | 9:28 pm
    Yesterday I published an article about a gentleman by the name of Alan Blacker who has been making himself look like an utter moron in recent days. In that article I talked about a company that Mr Blacker had created in 1999 called The Privy Arbital Court Service Limited. Since posting that article I have had an email from a reader who shared a website stored on webacrhive that appears to show that Mr Blacker was part of quite an elaborate scam. There is a lot of information on this page and I haven't had a chance to look through it all, but it suggests that Mr Blacker was…
  • Dr. The Rt. Hon. The Lord Harley of Counsel KStJ. DPhil.

    30 Aug 2014 | 8:29 pm
    The profession has had the pleasure of learning more about Dr. The Rt. Hon. The Lord Harley of Counsel KStJ. DPhil. Most of you will know of this fellow by now, he made a mockery of himself at a recent trial and its ripples have a lot further to travel yet. 
  • Price tag of the PCC Association

    24 Aug 2014 | 11:45 am
    Every now and again something catches my interest, usually when I've downtime. Knowing that ACPO is a limited company, I typed it in to a well known database of limited companies. Despite what the conspiracy theorists say, there is nothing wrong, or suspicious, with ACPO being a limited company. Not every limited company is limited by shares, and ACPO is an ideal example of a company that needs a legal personality but is 'not for profit'.  I bounced around ACPO, to The Police Ict Company Limited (never heard of it...here it is). An unusual name of former directors. From there…
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    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • Give it to us Straight - Rebroadcast

    Mike Dakkak
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:33 pm
    The president told us several weeks ago that the current US mission in Iraq was strictly on humanitarian grounds. He said we would be conducting airstrikes to help ethnic Yazidis who were stranded on top of a mountain escape the grasp of the extremist group ISIS who were threatening the Yazidi people with mass executions. The humanitarian mission has largely been accomplished but airstrikes in Iraq continue. Senior administration officials have explained in recent weeks that the mission in Iraq would be a long hard slog. But if the humanitarian mission has been accomplished which mission are…
  • Separation of Powers - Rebroadcast

    Mike Dakkak
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:45 am
    The Senate recently accused the CIA of spying on staffers and their computers. They’re charges the CIA has denied for months. Last week, however, it was shown that CIA officers did in fact hack into the computers of several Senate staffers. The episode stems from a Senate Intelligence Committee investigation into the CIA’s controversial interrogation program of the 2000’s and a report, inadvertently gotten by the SCI, that seems to reveal that the program got very little valuable intelligence from the questionable methods. In this episode we discuss the details of the…
  • Give it to us Straight

    Mike Dakkak
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:19 pm
    The president told us several weeks ago that the current US mission in Iraq was strictly on humanitarian grounds.  He said we would be conducting airstrikes to help ethnic Yazidis who were stranded on top of a mountain escape the grasp of the extremist group ISIS who were threatening the Yazidi people with mass executions. The humanitarian mission has largely been accomplished but airstrikes in Iraq continue.  Senior administration officials have explained in recent weeks that the mission in Iraq would be a long hard slog.  But if the humanitarian mission has been accomplished…
  • Military Action by Any Other Name - Rebroadcast

    Mike Dakkak
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:46 pm
      What role does shaping public opinion play in the policy making that a president or an administration wish to undertake?  Can a president shape public policy if he is unable to convince the public at large of its importance or value to the country?  Does that need to shape public opinion become more vital if the policy in question is military action? There are thousands of ethnic Yazidis trapped on a mountain in northern Iraq.  They are surrounded by the extremist group ISIS who is threatening them with genocide simply for being different than they are.  The…
  • Speaker Cruz and Ukraine - Rebroadcast

    Mike Dakkak
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:49 pm
    The president has asked Congress for $3.7 billion to deal with the border crisis of unaccompanied minors coming across our southern border. The senate had proposed their own $2.7 billion bill, and the House proposed a smaller $659 million proposal which seemed headed for passage until Texas Senator Ted Cruz seemed to convince a large portion of Tea Party Republicans in the house to withdraw their support for the bill. This afternoon, house leadership, facing a lack of sufficient votes, was forced to pull the bill. In this episode we discuss both the direct and indirect causes of the crisis…
 
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    A Nation at the Crossroads: The Views of an American Citizen

  • America's Plea

    17 Aug 2014 | 12:57 pm
    My Dear American People,Have I not provided you with opportunities that are the envy of the world?  Are you not the most free and prosperous people on the planet?  Did you not rapidly ascend from a group of loosely aligned colonies to global powerhouse in the blink of an eye?  Has human potential been nurtured and unleashed to a magnitude not previously experienced by any other civilization in human history?  As the answer to all of these questions is a resounding yes, I ask but one more - Why would you surrender this state of exceptionalism for apathy? I was but a…
  • Hillary Clinton - Fool Me Twice, Shame on Me

    23 Jul 2014 | 10:35 pm
    Somewhere along the way our concept of a qualified person became horribly skewed.  Reputations used to be something built upon achievement.   Today, perception is more important than tangible results.  Strangely, we have begun to place our faith in people who have done nothing to deserve it.  An unsubstantiated persona of prominence reigns supreme when we pick our leaders.  With great fanfare and a sense of inevitability we hold them up as legends in their own time.  Since none of them have done anything worthy of this distinction, the story’s unhappy…
  • Independence Day

    5 Jul 2014 | 9:31 am
    Two hundred thirty-eight years ago yesterday greatness was born.  A nation forged in revolution not just against the rule of an empire, but against an accepted fate devoid of choice.  Thirteen colonies united in the defiant cause to cast off the oppression that pervaded the old world.  An audacious Declaration of Independence boldly proclaimed self-determination as an inalienable right of all.  Centuries of darkness were swept away as the light of a new beacon of hope was ignited.  The new world was no longer just a geographic term it was now a legitimate expectation…
  • Global Power Vacuum

    15 Jun 2014 | 11:02 pm
    The world is a better place with the United States as the preeminent global power.  As Americans are famous for, we boldly redefined the role.  Historically a position seized with an eye toward creating or expanding an empire, we have done neither.  In fact, our actions are more in line with those of a comic book superhero than dominant world power.  Regardless of the completely baseless propaganda of some of our detractors, we have not embarked on any great campaign to colonize other nations nor have we used our unparalleled military might as a hammer to subjugate the…
  • The Great Democratic Deception

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

  • When Should You Hire a CFO?

    pollywhite
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Q. I’ve been running my business using a part-time bookkeeper and an external financial advisor who also does my taxes. At what stage should I hire a full-time CFO? A. In our experience, accounting functions in businesses that start up as a one or two person operation and grow to midsize progress through several steps. We’ve outlined the steps below and explained how you will know it is time to transition. Step 1 – Part-Time or External Service – When a business is first started, most often, it can’t support a full-time finance person. Nevertheless, you need to keep accurate…
  • Changing The Way Businesses Engage With Customers and More on The Price of Business

    brionnamuyco
    2 Sep 2014 | 7:04 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, Guest Alex Romanov discuss “Changing The Way Businesses Engage With Customers” on this segment of the Price of Business. Check out that interview here.             Today’s Headlines With Tony Power’s Unique Perspective.      …
  • Mortgage Rates Hit a 14-Month Low

    brionnamuyco
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Photo by Jeff Turner         By USDR          Mortgage rates moved lower for a second consecutive week, hitting a 14-month low. The benchmark 30-year fixed mortgage rate fell to 4.24 percent, and has an average of 0.28 discount and origination points according to Bankrate.com’s weekly national survey.     To see mortgage rates in your area, go to http://www.bankrate.com/funnel/mortgages/.       The average 15-year fixed mortgage rate moved a touch lower to 3.37 percent, while the larger jumbo 30-year fixed mortgage rate…
  • Goldman to Settle All FHFA Claims By Repurchasing the RMBS for $3.15 billion

    brionnamuyco
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Mr Lloyd C. Blankfein, Chairman and CEO at Goldman Sachs Group Inc, Lord Patten of Barnes, and Mr Lionel Barber, Editor of the Financial Times. Photo by Financial Times.                                                 By Tanvi Acharya, Associate Editor for USDR   Goldman, Sachs & Co.  recently announced that it has reached agreements with Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA). As a part of it, Goldman will repurchase the residential mortgage-backed securities…
  • Collusion Problems Catch Up to apple and Google… More on The Price of Business

    brionnamuyco
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:00 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 Contributor Lee Kaplan discuss the topic  ”Collusion Problems Catch Up to Apple and Google” on this segment of the Price of Business. www.skv.com. Check out that interview here.               Host Kevin Price and Guest Jeffrey Palermo discuss…
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    The American Patriot

  • It Begins – Thought Control: Maryland Teacher suspended and ordered to undergo mental evaluation for fictional novel about school shooting

    The American Patriot
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:33 am
    Yes, that’s right — ordered to undergo an “Emergency Mental Evaluation” for a fictional novel. In Maryland… The Atlantic reports: From the Dept. of Insane and Dangerous Overreactions to Fictional Threats: A 23-year-old teacher at a Cambridge, Maryland, middle school has been placed on leave and—in the words of a local news report—”taken in for an emergency medical evaluation” for publishing, under a pseudonym, a novel about a school shooting. The novelist, Patrick McLaw, an eighth-grade language-arts teacher at the Mace’s Lane Middle School,…
  • Sickening: Upstate NY farmers targeted for not hosting Lesbian wedding

    The American Patriot
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:52 am
    This one comes via Selwyn Duke and is reported at The New American: It gives new meaning to the term “shotgun wedding”: Government officials in New York have told an upstate farming couple that they must host same-sex “weddings” on their property — and because they refused to do so they must pay a $13,000 fine. The hapless farmers are Robert and Cynthia Gifford, who have owned Liberty Ridge Farm in Schaghticoke, New York, for more than a quarter century. During much of that time at least, writes The Daily Signal’s Leslie Ford, they have opened “the farm to the public for…
  • UPDATED: Idiot Democrat Doug Wilkey wants to shut down kid’s lemonade stand.

    The American Patriot
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:04 pm
    Update: I’ve gotten some pushback for writing what I did and publishing the guy’s address. Well, I have one thing to say about that: Watch this video: Does this kid strike you as being a typical snotty nosed punk kid, who thinks the world owes him something? No, He doesn’t.  He is a fine, polite young man, who is trying to make an honest buck, so that he can buy some things and see his grandma. …and for some crotchety old fuddy-duddy to cause a stink like this; it is just straight up bullcrap and I decided, that if he wanted to make this kid’s life difficult, I…
  • How ironic: Black cop kills white youth — Media and Feds totally silent

    The American Patriot
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:58 pm
    Funny how this works. It was the same with my late cousin in 1994. My cousin was white and police involved were black and latino. No media frenzy, no government, nothing. The story: While Ferguson, Missouri, burns with racism and rioting, misinformation and mayhem over the Michael Brown shooting, another American city is also grappling with the death of an unarmed young man at the hands of police. The incident occurred just two days after the Ferguson event, but, unlike in that case, where a white cop shot a black youth, in this instance the races are reversed. Unlike in Ferguson, there is no…
  • Joe Piscopo says adios to the Democratic Party

    The American Patriot
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:45 am
    Join the club Joe. Joe writes in the Washington Times: (via Newsbusters) I don’t think I’m ready to become a Republican yet … In good conscience, however, I can’t continue to call myself a Democrat. In becoming an independent, I think I’m maintaining the independent (dare I say, libertarian?) mindedness and patriotism that my parents endowed me with. For the country’s sake and for their own, I hope the Democrats wake up. I was a Democrat because while it was clear to me that the Republican politicians were out of touch and cared for only the upper class,…
 
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    Conscience of a College Student

  • Whistleblower Summit For Civil & Human Rights Echoes King's Call For Truth

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

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

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

    Kyle Graczyk
    13 Mar 2014 | 2:09 pm
            I first heard about this story one day after switching on CNN in Washington. I couldn't believe the story upon first glance. Eighteen-year old Rachel Canning returns to her Lincoln Park, New Jersey home after attempting to sue her parents for not paying her college tuition. Even with this development, she is still in the process of suing her parents for college tuition and legal fees. While her return home is "not contingent on any financial and/or other considerations," this may be the first signal of a potential break in the case. Hopefully, she will end this…
  • "The Inner Man? Who Cares?" I Care

    Kyle Graczyk
    4 Jan 2014 | 5:21 pm
    The quoted text in the following post is sourced from the article "The Inner Man? Who Cares," which debuted on October 15, 1999 in the Washington Post; pages 90 to 92 in the Crown Forum edition of the book.             Charles Krauthammer is one of the only people that I can bear on Fox News. Yes, he is a conservative, but he is the only one that seems rational, down-to-earth, and whose argument seems grounded in reality and fact. This does not mean that I agree with every view that he displays. Hence, the following instance. I read one of the articles from…
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    Compete Pulse

  • The Weekly Compete Pulse

    Laura Cantwell
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Happy Labor Day Weekend! Here in Boston, we’re soaking in the warm weather while we still can. If you find yourself with some free time when not winterizing splashing around in your pool, check out a few of our favorite digital marketing articles from our feeds this week. Millward Brown Acquires InsightExpress To Bolster Digital Measurement It’s been an exciting week in our office with announcement that we will be growing the Millward Brown Digital family! Our acquisition of InsightExpress takes our capabilities to the next level, allowing us to provide the ultimate behavioral and…
  • Conversion Optimization: Which Metrics Matter?

    Jared DeLuca
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:53 am
    Image from: Measure Success / Shutterstock I’ve written a lot about conversion optimization before because I firmly believe it’s one of the most important things any business can do to increase success, but conversion rate doesn’t have to mean online purchases. Even if you don’t have an ecommerce offering for your business, you can still focus on optimizing your conversion rates. Yes, I said plural “rates.” What do I mean? Obviously at the end of the day you care about your business making more money while providing value to your customers. How you define…
  • Are You Getting Mobile Right? (Part II)

    Katie Hrdy
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:22 am
    As announced in our post last week, we recently launched our newest study, Getting Mobile Right, to help marketers put mobile to its best use within their overall marketing strategies. In the study we identified three major questions that marketers are asking to better understand how mobile can propel their brands: Where and how can we reach consumers on mobile? How can we engage consumers with mobile advertising? How can we increase our share of mobile consumer activity? We explored the first question in last week’s post, so this week we’ll review the second: How can marketers engage…
  • Recipe for Success

    Mark Rogol
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Image from: Recipe / Shutterstock Since first launching in 2010, JustAPinch.com, “an old-fashioned-looking recipe swap website,” but truly a vertical social network around recipes has grown to stand among the largest recipe websites on the internet. At its core, Just a Pinch strives to bring together hometown cooks and family recipes. What may seem like an old-fashioned idea has successfully transcended into the digital age in recent years. With traffic up 66% this year alone, Just a Pinch can attribute its noteworthy success to its engaged users and effective social media marketing…
  • The Compete Weekly Pulse

    Laura Cantwell
    23 Aug 2014 | 7:22 am
    It’s Saturday. Congratulations, you survived the work week! This edition of the Compete Weekly Pulse has a strong focus on one of our favorite topics—blogging! Take a look at some of our favorite articles from the past week to learn all about how your can optimize the results of your blogging endeavors. How To Create A First-Rate Content Marketing Strategy If you want your brand to be successful, utilizing content marketing is no longer optional. The reality of today’s digital marketing is that your potential customers are likely forming their opinion of your brand long before actually…
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    Tea Party 911

  • FED Chair Yellen’s Latest Speech Is A Shell Game With An Invisible Pea

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

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

    Joel Turtel
    11 Jul 2014 | 11:31 am
    Maybe three percent of the adult population become addicted gamblers. Yet private gambling is illegal in most cities and states, except for government gambling schemes called lotteries. Less than eight percent of the adult population has a drug-addiction problem they can’t control. Yet all drugs are illegal for all adults in this country. Only a small number of men are sex addicts who can’t stop themselves from going to prostitutes. Yet prostitution, the combination of sex and free enterprise between consenting adults, is illegal in most parts of the country. The vast majority of adults…
  • Discrimination — The Politically Incorrect Guide

    Joel Turtel
    11 Jul 2014 | 11:11 am
    Some time ago, Arizona Governor Jan Brewer vetoed a Republican bill that would have allowed Arizona religious business owners to refuse to serve gay people. She was wrong, because any business owner has the inherent right to “discriminate” against anyone they want, for whatever reason they want. Gov. Brewer, a ‘conservative,’ does not seem to understand the meaning of property rights. Choose the car you like, the woman you marry, or the supermarket you shop at, and you “discriminate.” We all discriminate every minute of our lives—to discriminate means to…
  • Race Baiters Make Appeal to Low Information Voters

    Terrell AronSpeer
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:32 am
    In an election year delivered to Republicans and tied up neatly with a bow, what else could we expect?  The mass of illegal entrants at the border is not a shock to this administration.  It is a plan well executed.  I know, we are supposed to believe that the poverty and narco-violence south of our border is a new thing; that this new pressure has pushed populations of babies into Texas.  Really, we are told they are just walking across the border and that now the border patrol is all tied up changing their diapers.  WOW!  Really?  Where do I begin?   Well, first let me remind…
 
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    The Arab World 360°

  • Newly Declassified Documents Reveal How U.S. Agreed To Israel’s Nuclear Program

    Mohammad Tomazy
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:19 am
    The Obama administration this week declassified papers, after 45 years of top-secret status, documenting contacts between Jerusalem and Washington over American agreement to the existence of an Israeli nuclear option. The Interagency Security Classification Appeals Panel (ISCAP), which is in charge of approving declassification, had for decades consistently refused to declassify these secrets of the Israeli nuclear program.The documents outline how the American administration worked ahead of the meeting between President Richard Nixon and Prime Minister Golda Meir at the White House in…
  • The Spoiled Arab Oligarchs

    Mohammad Tomazy
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:48 am
    Wealthy bored Arab princes, typically vaguely related to the royal families of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, often have their Lamborghinis shipped over from the Gulf at enormous expense, then shipped back home just two weeks later. A UK TV station, has produced a recommended documentary about the trials of the local residents who endure this noisy spectacle each year typified by our apple-throwing activist.Sadly – some of these kids may be learning their spoilt ways from their family members, who still sit in power as autocratic monarchs while democracy…
  • Corrupt Agenda: UN Orders Troops To Surrender To U.S.-Backed Syrian Rebels

    Mohammad Tomazy
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:34 am
    The Philippine military said Monday that a U.N. peacekeeping commander in the Golan Heights should be investigated for allegedly asking Filipino troops to surrender to Syrian rebels who had attacked and surrounded their camp.Gen. Gregorio Pio Catapang said he advised the 40 Filipino peacekeepers not to lay down their arms, and they defied the U.N. peacekeeping commander’s order. Instead, they staged a daring escape from the Golan camp over the weekend, ending a tense, dayslong standoff.Source: D.C. ClothesLine
  • Now It's The Kurds' Turn..

    Mohammad Tomazy
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:16 am
    By David Pope
  • ISIS's Economic Sources

    Mohammad Tomazy
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:51 am
    by Mohammad Tomazy  |  The Western governments are carrying out military campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS), mainly by drones, intelligence and assisting Iraqi and semi-autonomous Kurdish government northern Iraq.ISIS controlled area in Syria and Iraq, The EconomistSince the beginning of the Syrian crisis in 2011, Western governments have applied economic and military sanctions against Syrian regime, including banning of oil export which mainly located in the northeastern Syrian territories (Deir Ez-Zor and Raqqa districts). So far, these oil-rich…
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    BizPac Review

  • Fed up! Useless Jen Psaki won’t ‘label’ beheading an ‘act of war’

    Michele Kirk
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:35 pm
    State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki held a press conference Tuesday just after the news broke of a video showing the chilling beheading of a second American journalist, Steven Sotloff. Much like her other meetings with the press, it was pointless and frustrating. Here’s what some had to say. Shorter @statedeptspox pic.twitter.com/1mDwPwbOVN — jon gabriel (@exjon) September 2, 2014 WTF? How’s that for a label? ==>Not an ‘act of war’? Jen Psaki doesn’t want to ‘put any labels’ on Sotloff beheading http://t.co/ffcJOZwxzv — Jackie Wellfonder…
  • ‘Use Ebola to infect the NRA and its various members’: Dem Party silent over former candidate’s tweets

    Cheryl Carpenter Klimek
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:44 am
    A Virginia Democrat who called National Rifle Association members ‘low IQ’ and ‘pure trash’ in April is at it again. Mike Dickinson claimed to be a candidate for Virginia’s 7th Congressional District, but failed to meet the filing deadline, according to BallotPedia. The former candidate began his latest attack on the NRA with this tweet on Sunday: Dear god. Please use Ebola to infect the @NRA and it’s various members. For they are A true virus and true terrorists in America. — DickinsonForCongress (@VoteMike2014) September 1, 2014 A radio show is in the works on WHAN,…
  • The funniest pickup line ever heard in a courtroom

    Jack Furnari
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:43 am
    This guy was arrested for selling pot to a female undercover officer. During the transaction, he tried to pick her up. His pickup line was read aloud in the courtroom, and not only was it a riot, but as the video will show, he was proud of it.
  • ISIS savages purportedly behead second American journalist; ‘pure evil gone mad!’

    Joe Saunders
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:09 am
    The terrorist group known as ISIS beheaded a second American journalist and broadcast the murderer in an Internet video Tuesday. The video was titled “A Second Message to America,” according to CNN. In it, journalist Steven Sotloff is shown saying he’s “paying the price for U.S. intervention in Muslim lands, according to CNN. An ISIS figured, hidden behind a mask, then addresses President Obama, CNN reported: “Just as your missiles continue to strike our people, our knife will continue to strike the necks of your people.” The authenticity of the video hasn’t been officially…
  • Cal. Fish & Wildlife officer fired for supporting Ted Nugent

    Richard Berkow
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:44 am
    A veteran patrol officer with the California Department of Fish and Wildlife lost his job because he wrote a letter of support for hunting and gun-rights activist Ted Nugent. Cpt. Robert D. Simpson, who spent nearly 20 unblemished years with the agency, was fired in 2013 and lost his appeal for reinstatement several months ago. He was released for using official stationery to write a letter of support for the famed rock musician, who was facing federal hunting violations, ABC 30 Action News reported. “Ted Nugent is a polarizing figure…and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife…
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    Sparking The Left

  • Indefensible and Illegal Israeli Land Seizure Given Laughable Reasoning

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

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

    Kleier
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:22 pm
      Douglas McAuthur McCain, and American Islamic State (IS) fighter, was reportedly killed by the Free Syrian Army on August 25, 2014. He is the first reported American killed in the line of fire with IS (also known as ISIS, or ISIL), not just fighting with rebels against Syrian dictator Bashaar al-Assad. According to a report in the NYT, it seems that Mr. McCain lost his way as a young man and turned strong religious beliefs and convictions to give himself purpose and stability. On the SITE (or SITE Intelligence Group) blog, a group that tracks radical Islamic websites and other traffic,…
  • Have to Admit, Sometimes Russia is Painfully Correct

    Paul Phillips
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, had some comments for the United States government regarding Syria and the Islamic State that deserve acknowledgement.  While the future of this situation can be debated, the past cannot.  And the truth sometimes hurts. “I think Western politicians are already realising the growing and fast-spreading threat of terrorism,” Lavrov said, referring to Islamic State advances in Syria and Iraq. “And they will soon have to choose what is more important, a [Syrian] regime change to satisfy personal antipathies, risking deterioration of the…
  • Social Protest Lit.: Bjornstjerne Bjornson, from “Beyond Human Might”

    Kleier
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:33 pm
    Excerpt from a play by Bjornstjerne Bjornson entitled “Beyond Human Might” from Book IV called “Out of The Depths.” This chapter is focused on man’s pursuit of remedy for social injustice: (Here a young clergyman is speaking to a crowd of miners in the midst of bitterly fought strike) Bratt: Here it is dark and cold. Here few work hopefully, and no one joyfully. Here the children won’t thrive–they yearn for the sea and the daylight. They crave the sun. But it lasts only a little while, and then they give up. They learn that among those who have been cast down…
 
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    Daily Signal

  • Islamic State Beheads a Second American Journalist, Warns of More Executions

    Kelsey Harkness
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:05 pm
    The Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL, reportedly claims to have beheaded a second American journalist, Steven Joel Sotloff. A video of the execution was made public by jihadist monitoring organization SITE Intel Group. ISIS also threatened the execution of British hostage David Cawthorne Haines, sending a tweet today that read: #IS Beheads Steven Joel #Sotloff, Threatens to Execute Briton David Cawthorne Haines — SITE Intel Group (@siteintelgroup) September 2, 2014 James Carafano, vice president of foreign and defense policy studfies at The Heritage Foundation, called the…
  • Parents of Fallen Navy SEAL Voice Outrage at Obama in Emotional Letter

    Kelsey Harkness
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Billy and Karen Vaughn, the parents of a Navy SEAL who died in combat, recently called President Obama’s handling of terrorism “cowardly” and suggested he step down from office. Billy Vaughn visiting Aaron at Arlington Cemetery on Father’s Day 2013. “Please vacate the people’s house and allow a man or woman of courage and substance to seize the [reins] of this out-of-control thug-fest,” they wrote in a letter addressed to the president. Billy and Karen’s only son, Aaron Carson Vaughn, was one of 30 Americans killed in August 2011 when his Chinook helicopter was shot down…
  • More Evidence of Lois Lerner’s Liberal Bias

    Hans von Spakovsky
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:54 pm
    The Daily Caller has obtained an email that provides more stark evidence of the liberal bias of Lois Lerner, the former IRS official at the heart of the agency’s targeting of Tea Party and other conservative organizations that applied for tax-exempt status.  Although Lerner was hypersensitive about political activity by conservatives, she appears to have taken almost no action after being notified that labor organizations were failing to inform the IRS about millions of dollars of political spending. Labor unions, which are classified as 501(c)(5) organizations under the tax code, are…
  • Sharif Government’s Survival Crucial for Democracy in Pakistan

    Lisa Curtis
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:28 pm
    Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan received a boost today when a joint sitting of parliament endorsed his leadership following two weeks of street demonstrations led by maverick politician Imran Khan. Khan, who leads the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), has joined with Pakistani religious leader Tahir ul-Qadri to demand Sharif’s resignation for alleged vote rigging in the May 2013 elections that brought Sharif to power. It is important that Sharif’s government survive—not for any reason having to do with him, his history, or his political agenda, but for the sake of democracy and…
  • Muslim Cleric Makes 9/11 Joke, Then Says CNN Host Lacks ‘Sense of Humor’

    Video Team
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:51 am
    Muslim cleric Anjam Choudary was doing a normal sound check before appearing on CNN’s “Reliable Sources” yesterday when he suddenly stopped counting said the numbers 9/11, 7/7, 3/11 — dates of deadly terror attacks. Host Brian Stelter asked his guest, “Is this all some sort of joke to you?” Choudary’s response left Stelter speechless. The post Muslim Cleric Makes 9/11 Joke, Then Says CNN Host Lacks ‘Sense of Humor’ appeared first on Daily Signal.
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    India News Analysis and Op-Ed Commentary | Politics | Governance | Economic Freedom | National Interest

  • 100 days of Modi Sarkar: 10 significant developments

    Saswat Panigrahi
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:46 am
    Ever since Narendra Modi assumed Office, he has been continuing his focus on ‘Minimum Government and Maximum Governance’ in every step. On September 2, Modi Sarkar completes 100 days in Office. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Council of Ministers took Oath of Office and Secrecy on May 26, 10 days after the verdict 2014 was announced. News analysts, joined by the Congress and its cohorts are desperately searching for a report card from Narendra Modi Government as it enters 100 days in the Office. Honestly, all an independent commentator could say for now is that the story of India has…
  • India-Japan partnership – Modi not only promises, he delivers: MD Nalapat

    Preksha Sharma
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:04 am
    Speaking exclusively to Niti Central, senior journalist Prof. MD Nalapat says being a man of post Nehruvian foreign policy era, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has given Japan the attention it deserved for a long time and also a boost to Indian economic growth. He adds that India’s foreign policy has now moved on from being an elite-to-elite job to a comprehensive, strategic and engaging foreign policy. The policy matrix in India for a long time has been disorganised and complex that has evaded both the countries to make a break-through in each other economies. Prof. Nalapat also explains…
  • Narendra Modi invites Japanese business leaders to partner in India’s growth

    Saurabh Bhattacharya
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:19 am
    Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressing Japan India Association, Tokyo Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s keynote address at the Japan India Association was a statement explaining India’s intent. Monday, September 1 was a successful day as the two leaders, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe agreed upon the Tokyo Declaration – Both nations will take the Strategic and Global Partnership to the next level. Reports are praising the PM for his success in getting huge investments in a single tour but that is not all. The success in delivering the…
  • Modi-Abe’s Tokyo Declaration scores 9.5 on 10: VIF

    Danish Khan
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:55 am
    The Tokyo Declaration signed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe clearly proves that the twenty-first century belongs to Asia. Satish Chandra, Dean, Centre for National Security and Strategic Studies at Vivekananda International Foundation says that the Tokyo Declaration scores 9.5 on 10. The 39 para Declaration is a landmark event since it captures the convergence of interest and it will strengthen the ties. The Declaration will have its effect not only on bilateral relations but also create global impact where both the nations can play an important role.
  • Narendra Modi’s Teacher’s Day Address and an American Tradition

    Vijayendra Mohanty
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:50 am
    Seeing something particularly sinister in Narendra Modi’s Teacher’s Day speech when presidents and prime ministers all over the world engage in similar activities reeks, if not of needless paranoia, then at least of cluelessness. The reasons behind the anger aimed at Narendra Modi’s Gurutsav 2014 initiative will be evident to only those who look beyond the event itself and understand that the proposed changes to Teacher’s Day have little or nothing to do with it. DMK chief M Karunanidhi’s seeing a diabolical Hindi-Hindu plot in it has more to do with BJP-phobia than it has to do…
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    Cloud Computing News

  • Data Encryption and Law Firms, a Match Required by Law

    JG
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:25 am
    This blog post is for informational and educational purposes only. Any legal information provided in this post should not be relied upon as legal advice. It is not intended to create, and does not create, an attorney-client relationship and readers should not act upon the information presented without first seeking legal counsel. Much of the discussion on law firm security has focused on data […]The post Data Encryption and Law Firms, a Match Required by Law appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Community Health Systems, HIPAA, and Cloud Hosting

    JG
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:32 am
    On the heels of the recent Community Health Systems (CHS)  data breach, in which 4.5 million Personal Health Records (PHI) were compromised, the industry is abuzz about data security in the HIPAA Compliant cloud businesses.  Data breaches like the one at CHS are not the exception – they’re the norm.  The FBI warned that the […]The post Community Health Systems, HIPAA, and Cloud Hosting appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • The New Role for the Private Cloud. It’s Not What You Think.

    JG
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:09 am
      Private cloud was popular in the early days of cloud computing when enterprises struggled with security and control issues.  These days, public cloud dominates, as revealed in the recent “State of the Cloud Study” from RightScale. The reasons for the growth of public clouds are pretty clear, including low operating costs, instant scalability, and […]The post The New Role for the Private Cloud. It’s Not What You Think. appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • HIPAA, Cloud, and Your Business.

    JG
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:23 am
    When it comes to HIPAA compliant solutions, security,  and cloud adoption, what most find frustrating is how to sort the myths from reality.  The “addressable” requirements of the security rules tend to be the most difficult to meet.  Thus, these addressable requirements have a tendency to fall off the radar, and could therefore create issues […]The post HIPAA, Cloud, and Your Business. appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • AWS & Security – Thoughts from AWS Summit New York

    JG
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:53 am
    Every year, the AWS Summits and re:Invent get bigger (and broader – AWS lists 15 cities for AWS Summits in 2014 on their website). In his keynote at the New York event last week, Werner Vogels, CTO of AWS announced there were 10,000+ people in attendance and thousands more participating online via the live stream. […]The post AWS & Security – Thoughts from AWS Summit New York appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
 
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    The Burning Truth

  • Mongoose Fights Off Four Lions

    Casey Hendrickson
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:31 pm
    If you ever stumble upon a mongoose in the wild you better run. They are tough, resilient creatures. Even lions have trouble taking one down. Barcroft reports that Jerome Guillaumot recorded the moment when a single mongoose fought off four hungry... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • How Is Decaf Coffee Made

    Casey Hendrickson
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Sometimes, you just want a nice, steaming cup of coffee without the extra pep. Thankfully, we have decaffeinated coffee in our day and age. But that begs the question, how do they get the caffeine out of the coffee? Never fear, Mental Floss guest... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • What the United Nations Doesn’t Want You to Know

    Casey Hendrickson
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:27 am
    Interesting breakdown of the UN. What the United Nations Doesn’t Want You to Know | therightplanet.com. My friend Lt. Robert Powell from the Pacific Freedom Foundation recently emailed me about a new PowerPoint presentation he put together... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Girl Covers ‘The Way You Make Me Feel’ With Loop Machine

    Casey Hendrickson
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:29 am
    Singer and musician Kawehi is somewhat popular online with over 60,000 subscribers on her YouTube channel. But only now has she had her first big break. She published this solo loop machine performance of the Michael Jackson classic hit The Way You... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • John Oliver And Cookie Monster Deliver The News

    Casey Hendrickson
    2 Sep 2014 | 8:58 am
    Mashable has teamed up with Sesame Street to deliver this adorable news clip about words, starring Last Week Tonight‘s John Oliver and everybody’s favorite pastry obsessed monster, Cookie Monster. The two co-anchor the news for W-ORD, a fictional... [[ 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- Progressive Politics

    Liberal Fix
    5 Sep 2014 | 7:00 pm
    A recap of the week in Progressive or Liberal Politics. News, Commentary and Analysis. Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue.  Every week the two of them feature a special guest and tackle those tough issues with a perspective that comes from outside the beltway. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna Minogue via email: naomi@liberalfixradio.com. Join the Liberal Fix community, a like-minded group of individuals dedicated to…
  • Liberal Fix Radio with Sandy Anglin Phillips and Deborah Hernandez

    Liberal Fix
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
      Special guests Sandy Anglin Phillips (campaign manager at the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence) and Deborah Hernandez (So Cal chapter leader with Moms Demand Action) will join co-hosts Naomi Minogue and John Sheirer to discuss the recent gun tragedy in Arizona where a 9 year old girl accidentally shot a man to death with an uzi. A recap of the week in Progressive or Liberal Politics. News, Commentary and Analysis. Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue.  Every week the two of them feature a special guest and tackle those…
  • Liberal Fix Encore: Guest Mark Potok of the Southern Poverty Law Center

    Liberal Fix
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Excellence in Progressive Radio. The Liberal Fix team interviews Mark Potok from the Southern Poverty Law Center. Join us as we have a great discussion concerning the development of hate groups within the U.S. and what can be done to combat the proliferation of hate crimes. 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…
  • Liberal Fix Radio- Ferguson, MO Unrest and Rick Perry Indicted

    Liberal Fix
    15 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    A recap of the week in Progressive or Liberal Politics. News, Commentary and Analysis. In this episode, Keith and Naomi will discuss the civil unrest in Ferguson, Missouri as well as the felony indictments passed down today against Texas Governor Rick Perry. Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue.  Every week the two of them feature a special guest and tackle those tough issues with a perspective that comes from outside the beltway. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show…
  • Liberal Fix Encore w/ House Candidate Amardeep Kaleka from Paul Ryan's District

    Liberal Fix
    8 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    A recap of the week in Progressive or Liberal Politics. News, Commentary and Analysis. Join the Liberal Fix team as they welcome Democratic Congressional candidate from Wisconsin's 1rst District, Armadeep Kaleka.  Mr. Kaleka hopes to challenge Representative Paul Ryan for his seat in Congress.  Amardeep Kaleka is a former teacher, an Emmy Award winning filmmaker, and community organizer.  After the death of his father, who died protecting members from an attack from a gunman at the Sikh Temple of Wisconsin, of which he was the President, Amardeep Kaleka became involved in gun legislation…
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    21st Century Wire

  • Patrick Henningsen on Red Ice Radio: Hour 1 Interview on ‘ISIS Crisis and the New Fear Culture’

    21wire
    31 Aug 2014 | 2:04 pm
    21st Century Wire Red Ice Radio – Hour 1 Interview Patrick Henningsen is an independent journalist and founder of 21st Century Wire, an independent media voice for geopolitical news and analysis. Patrick returns to discuss the ISIS crisis. He’ll talk about who is funding the crisis and how recruitment is done. Does ISIS pose a threat? Patrick explains how ISIS did not come from Syria. We’ll also discuss what Israel wants out of the Syrian situation. Later, we’ll speak about the beheading of James Foley and how social media is being used as a pretext to go to war. In the second…
  • Episode #48 – SUNDAY WIRE: ‘ISIS HYSTERIA GRIPS US’ with host Patrick Henningsen

    21wire
    31 Aug 2014 | 8:37 am
    Episode #48 of The Sunday Wire Radio Show resumes this Sunday August 31st, 2014 presented by guest host Patrick with 1.5 hours of power-packed talk radio and music from 9am to 11pm PST…LISTEN LIVE ON THIS PAGE AT THE FOLLOWING SCHEDULED SHOW TIMES:SUNDAYS – 5pm-8pm GMT | 12pm-3pm EST | 9am-12pm PSTThis week’s edition of THE SUNDAY WIRE will be broadcasting LIVE from the US, as guest host Patrick Henningsencovers the top stories of the week around the globe — focusing on the new ISIS hysteria which is steamrolling America. Strap yourselves in and lower the blast shield -…
  • ISIS dot com: Social Media Barons Are Pushing the New Barbarity

    21wire
    30 Aug 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Andrew McKillop21st Century WireSomething stinks in the upper echelon of the mega media barons.Isn’t it interesting how Facebook bots will censor certain political posts, or how your page can be pulled down for a remark someone behind the communitarian curtain claims is ‘offensive’, while jihadist and ISIS terror gangs are allowed to openly use the same social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook for recruitment, ‘martyr selfies’, marketing, T-Shirt sales, and to post murder photos?If only the problem ended there. Something much deeper, and much more…
  • The Israeli Blackmail Machine: The Clintons Weren’t the Only Ones

    21wire
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:43 pm
    Dean Ryan21st Century WireAt a time when the Oval Office was renamed the Oral Office, and cigars became a favourite past time of presidents and kinksters alike, the leader of the free world was at the mercy of Israel’s impressive blackmail machine. A powerful new book released at the end of July has brought to light how racy phone sex conversations between Bill Clinton and White House intern Monica Lewinsky were wiretapped circa 1997-98, and used as a blackmail against the White House by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Clinton Inc. :The Audacious Rebuilding of a Political…
  • ‘ISIS Here’ Plot Now in CNN’s Ferguson Production

    21wire
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:29 pm
    21st Century Wire says…The high-end of intellectual distortion is supplied by globalist ‘think tanks’, but the low-end of public brainwashing comes from the mainstream media — in this case CNN. As Washington continues to run out of script ideas for its ‘War on Terror’ narrative, the cable news network’s coverage of Ferguson now includes a protester (crisis actor?) wielding a sign that reads ‘ISIS Here’ in the background of reporter Jake Tapper as he moves down the street. Is this a random caught on camera, or, a set piece strategically…
 
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    guanyinmiao's musings

  • Old Points About New Media

    Jin Yao Kwan
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:34 am
    Offline discussions on new media and socio-political discourse on the platform always seem to converge on three points: new websites challenging the dominance of the mainstream media, the regulation of the Internet, as well as the future of new media in Singapore. And the same happened at the “YOUthSpeak Forum” last Tuesday, when I – … Continue reading →
  • Financial Illiteracy

    Jin Yao Kwan
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Even as a business student with some knowledge of financial concepts making sense of these policies takes time and effort. On the one hand financial education should be emphasised, and on the other financial information should be presented in more intuitive ways. At the present moment many are overwhelmed by the avalanche of details and figures. Continue reading →
  • Seeing Red Over Chartered Trains

    Jin Yao Kwan
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:14 pm
    In other words, if chartering trains is cost-efficient, will SMRT – and the Land Transport Authority, which “is looking into taking action against [the train operator]” – encourage or allow other schools to do the same for sporting events at the new National Stadium, beyond the National Education shows during National Day Parade rehearsals? Continue reading →
  • Practising What Is Preached

    Jin Yao Kwan
    24 Aug 2014 | 7:09 pm
    The Government – through the Civil Service – has to take the lead to shift this social culture. Academic achievements might approximate to, yet does not equate to, success at work. Meritocracy can be operationalised through broader, more continuous lenses, by blurring distinctions between different qualifications and between different degrees as employees prove themselves at the workplace. The Government has to clear and precise with its schemes, for they will signal a commitment to this "diversification of pathways". Otherwise, the rhetoric since the National Day Rally speech will be…
  • Eyeballing The News, From The Breakfast Table

    Jin Yao Kwan
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Accusations about her “agenda” because of her past employment in the SPH will persist, but they matter little. Her institutional memory, in my opinion, matters. If the commentaries in “Bertha Harian” and “Troublemaker”, together with our challenging yearlong adventure at BN, are anything to go by, Miss Henson will continue to contribute to socio-political discourse while keeping a critical eye on the mainstream media – for the love of journalism. Continue reading →
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    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • Give it to us Straight - Rebroadcast

    Mike Dakkak
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:33 pm
    The president told us several weeks ago that the current US mission in Iraq was strictly on humanitarian grounds. He said we would be conducting airstrikes to help ethnic Yazidis who were stranded on top of a mountain escape the grasp of the extremist group ISIS who were threatening the Yazidi people with mass executions. The humanitarian mission has largely been accomplished but airstrikes in Iraq continue. Senior administration officials have explained in recent weeks that the mission in Iraq would be a long hard slog. But if the humanitarian mission has been accomplished which mission are…
  • Separation of Powers - Rebroadcast

    Mike Dakkak
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:45 am
    The Senate recently accused the CIA of spying on staffers and their computers. They’re charges the CIA has denied for months. Last week, however, it was shown that CIA officers did in fact hack into the computers of several Senate staffers. The episode stems from a Senate Intelligence Committee investigation into the CIA’s controversial interrogation program of the 2000’s and a report, inadvertently gotten by the SCI, that seems to reveal that the program got very little valuable intelligence from the questionable methods. In this episode we discuss the details of the…
  • Give it to us Straight

    Mike Dakkak
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:19 pm
    The president told us several weeks ago that the current US mission in Iraq was strictly on humanitarian grounds.  He said we would be conducting airstrikes to help ethnic Yazidis who were stranded on top of a mountain escape the grasp of the extremist group ISIS who were threatening the Yazidi people with mass executions. The humanitarian mission has largely been accomplished but airstrikes in Iraq continue.  Senior administration officials have explained in recent weeks that the mission in Iraq would be a long hard slog.  But if the humanitarian mission has been accomplished…
  • Military Action by Any Other Name - Rebroadcast

    Mike Dakkak
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:46 pm
      What role does shaping public opinion play in the policy making that a president or an administration wish to undertake?  Can a president shape public policy if he is unable to convince the public at large of its importance or value to the country?  Does that need to shape public opinion become more vital if the policy in question is military action? There are thousands of ethnic Yazidis trapped on a mountain in northern Iraq.  They are surrounded by the extremist group ISIS who is threatening them with genocide simply for being different than they are.  The…
  • Speaker Cruz and Ukraine - Rebroadcast

    Mike Dakkak
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:49 pm
    The president has asked Congress for $3.7 billion to deal with the border crisis of unaccompanied minors coming across our southern border. The senate had proposed their own $2.7 billion bill, and the House proposed a smaller $659 million proposal which seemed headed for passage until Texas Senator Ted Cruz seemed to convince a large portion of Tea Party Republicans in the house to withdraw their support for the bill. This afternoon, house leadership, facing a lack of sufficient votes, was forced to pull the bill. In this episode we discuss both the direct and indirect causes of the crisis…
 
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    nkornitankwa.com

  • PTA Parents Allegedly Frame Another Parent By Planting Drugs In Her Car

    Nkorni Tankwa
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:11 am
    The trial of a Southern California couple who were arrested after they allegedly tried to frame another parent by planting drugs in her car is currently under way. Police say Jill and Kent Easter were so involved in a Parent-Teacher … Continue reading →
  • Medicine Hunter Reveals 5 Aphrodisiacs Plants To Boost Your Sex Life

    Nkorni Tankwa
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:30 pm
    Chris Kilham, commonly referred to as “The Medicine hunter”  travels the world studying plants that can be used for medicinal purposes. During his travel, kilham says he’s stumbled across “natural traditional plant base medicines.” Among which are 5 aphrodisiacs plants … Continue reading →
  • Oklahoma Cop Charged With Sexually Assaulting 8 Black Women Under Threat Of Arrest

    Nkorni Tankwa
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:07 pm
    Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw was arrested last week for allegedly raping or sexually abusing eight African American women, between the ages of 34 and 58, under the threat that they will be physically harm or arrested if they … Continue reading →
  • Here Is What Coffee Does To Your Brain

    Nkorni Tankwa
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:37 pm
    It has become the world’s most addicted drug. Millions of Americans start their day with it and millions more have said they’re simply incapable of functioning without it, but have you ever wondered about what coffee actually does to your … Continue reading →
  • Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow and Jimmy Kimmel in “Friends” Goes Super Viral

    Nkorni Tankwa
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:13 pm
    Last night, late night host Jimmy Kimmel brought his audience his rendition of the hit 90s show “Friends.” After telling his guest, Jennifer Aniston, about being a fan of the show, he presented her with a “Friends” fan fiction script, … Continue reading →
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    Malcolm Out Loud Podcast

  • The Award Goes To… the People of Toronto (Mayor Rob Ford)

    29 Aug 2014 | 8:18 am
    For giving a Mayor who admitted to smoking a little crack and having an alcohol problem... the AWARD goes to...  For realizing and understanding that doing nothing is NOT an option... and the AWARD goes to... Just because you're gay or black or male or white does NOT guarantee you a spot on the team... the AWARD goes to...  Being indicted by a grand jury for abuse of power... and turning it into a promotion to build awareness and raise money for your next venture... and the AWARD goes to...  Reviving an old brand while razing the stakes in a national promotion... and the AWARD…
  • The Award Goes To... ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    22 Aug 2014 | 9:36 am
    A man who helped found the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, before taking a deadly plunge... the AWARD goes to... For traveling to a domestic war zone and admitting what people thought all along... the AWARD goes to... A country for having the courage to point out our weaknesses here in America, especially since we're stuffing their wallet with American cash! The AWARD goes to... For standing up to the Justice Department to follow the rule of law... the Award goes to... For selflessly giving to others even when your week isn't going so well... the AWARD goes to... A lesson in economics and…
  • Ask More, Kick Ass & Make a Difference

    16 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    What a show, what a production! Love these three guys and what they're doing across the nation and around the world. They are great examples of what AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM is all about!  Michael Alden, John Lawson, JV Crum III If you’re interested in maximizing your potential! If you’re interested in making a difference! If you’re interested in being A BETTER YOU! We’ll explore three incredibly talented authors, people who are making a difference in the world and three leaders who want to help others achieve maximum results in their lives!!  
  • The Award Goes To… the Washington Redskins

    15 Aug 2014 | 9:52 am
    Here is Malcolm’s take on what mattered most for the second week of August 2014. Having the determination and conviction to keep the name of your business that you started in 1932, the AWARD goes to... The man who travels half way around the world to help sick people and becomes deadly sick himself, and the AWARD goes to... Making the stupidest statement of the year, the AWARD goes to... Taking a number one television show and dropping it into last place during his tenure, the AWARD goes to... Having the most patience while carrying out their responsibilities as they're being insulted…
  • The Award Goes To... Bieber & Bears

    8 Aug 2014 | 10:05 am
    A politician who has come off script to reengage in another war, but doesn't want to call it a war AWARD goes to... You do as I say, or I'll sue you... in fact I may sue you even if you don't do what I say, the AWARD goes to... We know where your vulnerability lies, and we plan to strike back AWARD goes to... One of the most successful and repetitive songs that has annoyed many people and black bears too AWARD goes to... The Shinseki award has been given to the President and Congress for doing such a fine job for Veterans all across America! The AWARD goes to... You talk bad about me, and…
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    The Desert Lynx

  • Free Talk Live appearance (Porcfest 2014)

    Joël Valenzuela
    7 Aug 2014 | 9:26 am
    Appearance on Free Talk Live at the Porcupine Freedom Festival, talking about moving to New Hampshire for the Free State Project, Bitcoin, cop blocking, and all kinds of good stuff. Joël Valenzuela is the editor of The Desert Lynx. Like …
  • Peaceful Society Through Martial Arts (Porcfest 2014)

    Joël Valenzuela
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:54 am
    A strong people is a peaceful people, and widespread practice of the martial arts is a key way to develop the kind of society ready to not be governed. Talk delivered at the 2014 Porcupine Freedom Festival in Lancaster, New …
  • Privilege Should Be Celebrated

    Joël Valenzuela
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:36 am
    The hills are alive with the sound of privilege-shaming. Whether it’s white, male, heterosexual, affluent, first-world, thin, attractive, animal, mineral, or plant privilege, chances are someone’s asked you to check it. If there’s anything about you that makes you better …
  • School Is Obsolete – Alternative Self Education (Porcfest 2014)

    Joël Valenzuela
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:47 pm
    The modern-day university system is obsolete. In an age where access to the world’s repository of knowledge is in the palm of our hand, there are much more efficient ways of education. Talk delivered at the 2014 Porcupine Freedom Festival …
  • Gaza Casualties Speak Volumes

    Joël Valenzuela
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:08 am
    It’s that tragic time of year again when the Gaza Strip erupts into flames once more, and the usual suspects are quick to paint the tragic and complex issue with the black-and-white brush of their own agenda. And of all …
 
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    Citizens News

  • Bathers of Anarchy: Islamists Are Having a Pool Party at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli

    Liberty Bell
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Written by Foreign PolicyThe post Bathers of Anarchy: Islamists Are Having a Pool Party at the U.S. Embassy in Tripoli appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Geraldo Rivera Denounces Precious Second Amendment as “Blind and Stupid”

    Liberty Bell
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:50 am
    Written by Moonbattery Here’s what Geraldo Rivera thinks of our Constitution, our country, and most specifically, our indispensable natural right of self-defense: Like I always say, the 2nd Amendment, the provision that gives every American the right to keep and bear arms, is blind and stupid. In its relentless pimping for the gun industry, the […]The post Geraldo Rivera Denounces Precious Second Amendment as “Blind and Stupid” appeared first on Citizens News.
  • British MP’s are silent about the recent violent attack on Jew-hating, Hamas-loving British MP GEORGE GALLOWAY

    Liberty Bell
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:47 am
    Written by BARE NAKED ISLAM “I want to cut your throat,”  said the pro-Israel supporter who beat up Galloway. (Too bad he didn’t) FYI: Muslim convert Galloway was made an honorary citizen of Gaza by the leader of Hamas. In his first TV interview after … Continue reading →The post British MP’s are silent about the recent violent attack on Jew-hating, Hamas-loving British MP GEORGE GALLOWAY appeared first on Citizens News.
  • The Paul Ryan – Mitt Romney Bromance isn’t over.

    Liberty Bell
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:50 am
    Written by Naked DC Let’s just make one thing clear: the only reason – the only reason – we’re seeing these stories is because there’s a dearth of action on the Republican front for 2016. Rick Perry might be taking the most incredible mugshot anyone’s ever taken, Rand Paul may be performing eye surgeries on orphans […]The post The Paul Ryan – Mitt Romney Bromance isn’t over. appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Seal Team Six Parents Call for Obama to Resign

    Liberty Bell
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:46 am
    Written by Washington Free Beacon The parents of Seal Team Six member Aaron Carson Vaughn called for the resignation of President Barack Obama due to his “cowardly lack of leadership,” according to a letter they penned in the World Tribune. Here are the words of Karen and Billy Vaughn, who lost their only son in Afghanistan: As Commander-in-Chief, […]The post Seal Team Six Parents Call for Obama to Resign appeared first on Citizens News.
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    Buckdog

  • Canada Slips From Most Developed Nation In The World To 11th Place Because Of Stephen Harper And The Conservatives .. Shame!!

    leftdog
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    Canada has slipped out of the top 10 countries listed in the annual United Nation's human development index — a far cry from the 1990s when it held the first place for most of the decade.The 2013 report, which reviews a country's performance in health, education and income, places Canada in 11th place versus 10th last year.A closer look at the trends shows Canada actually did better than last year, but other countries such as Japan and Australia improved at a greater rate.When the numbers are adjusted for gender inequality, Canada slumps to 18th place. The United States fares even…
  • Stephen Harper's Deranged Thought Process Is Based On Highly Flawed Right Wing Ideology

    leftdog
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    By: Jakeet Singh  Tue Aug 26 2014  Stephen Harper really seems to have it out for sociology. In 2013, in response to an alleged plot against a VIA train, Harper remarked that we should not “commit sociology,” but pursue an anti-crime approach. And last week, in response to the death of Tina Fontaine, Harper argued that an inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women is not needed, because this is not a “ sociological phenomenon ” but simply a series of individual crimes. Of course, not only is all crime a sociological phenomenon , but also without a broader…
  • Remembering Jack ....

    leftdog
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:05 am
    No One Had More Fun Doing Segments On 'This Hour Has 22 Minutes' Than Jack Layton
  • Federal documents show Harper's Conservatives are thwarting scientists' efforts to keep Canadians informed on Arctic ice levels

    leftdog
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Federal scientists who keep a close eye on the Arctic ice would like to routinely brief Canadians about extraordinary events unfolding in the North.But newly released federal documents show the Harper government has been thwarting their efforts.In 2012, as the Arctic ice hit the lowest point ever recorded, scientists at the Canadian Ice Service were keen to tell Canadians about the stunning ice loss.“Less ice doesn’t mean less danger. In fact the opposite is true and there is greater need for ice information,” Leah Braithwaite, the service’s chief of applied science said in an August…
  • World War One ... historical stupidity that seemed like a good idea at the time

    leftdog
    4 Aug 2014 | 4:27 pm
    I see that the Canadians are being brainwashed into thinking that World War One was a great and glorious moment in Canadian history. You are being told that Canadian soldiers died for Canada's 'freedom' during the First World War ... to 'protect and preserve our nation'. Nonsense!!!Any one with even a fleeting knowledge of history will struggle with this interpretation of the pointless, meaningless conflict known as 'the First World War'.Stop any citizen on the street and ask them what the reason for the First World War was ... and see if they know. Essentially, three Royal 'cousins' ...
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    Political Dresser - Home

  • September’s Book: The Most Dangerous Superstition

    2 Sep 2014 | 4:43 am
    Given the current beefs in the libertarian community over who has the bigger va-jay and is more libertarian, and as Stefan Molyneux learns the hard way that it isn’t a good idea to say S&M is creepy to a man that has authored a book about how healthy a little hogtying can be before breakfast, this month PD is digging deep into fundamental libertarianism with Larken Rose’s The Most Dangerous Superstition.
  • Memory Lane Monday: Labor Day in Ferguson

    1 Sep 2014 | 5:14 am
    For this Monday, our staff thought we’d bring you a quote that’s a little more current, from a forced racial issue that hit rigor mortis long ago. That’s right, Ferguson (Ferguson, Missouri, not Ferguson, Frasier’s butler).
  • Genius Idea: EU Seeks to Ban Hairdryers that Work

    29 Aug 2014 | 6:44 am
    Who could have predicted that hitching your horse to the EU cart would mean you would have to say goodbye to your blow dryer, vacuum, and any other appliance with enough wattage to actually do something other than buzz?
  • August Recap: Summertime Sadness

    28 Aug 2014 | 6:03 am
    What? A recap already? Yeah, already. Do we really need to prolong this August of Obama’s golf retreat, Iraqi retreat, and the ISIS beheading fest?
  • Shocker: TSA Computer Glitch Overcharges Travelers

    26 Aug 2014 | 10:04 pm
    PDers may recall back in July when we discussed how illegal immigrants were waved through TSA without passports or other screening the TSA was jacking up fees for their safety services.
 
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    World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations"

  • Artículo de Fidel: Triunfarán las ideas justas o triunfará el desastre

    1 Sep 2014 | 9:40 pm
    Fidel Castro Ruz, 1 septiembre 2014La sociedad mundial no conoce tregua en los últimos años, particularmente desde que la Comunidad Económica Europea, bajo la dirección férrea e incondicional de Estados Unidos, consideró que había llegado la hora de ajustar cuentas con lo que restaba de dos grandes naciones que, inspiradas en las ideas de Marx, habían llevado a cabo la proeza de poner fin al orden colonial e imperialista impuesto al mundo por Europa y Estados Unidos.
  • Dialogue between Civilizations: Vladimir Yakunin's Special Lecture Held at Lanzhou University

    31 Aug 2014 | 7:36 pm
    LZU.EDU.CN, August 25, 2014On the afternoon of Aug.24th, Vladimir Yakunin, President of Russian Railway Corporation, Founder of the World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations", delivered a speech in the lecture hall of LZU Graduates Activity Center at the invitation of Lanzhou University and China Soong Ching Ling Foundation. President Wangcheng chaired this meeting.
  • The Battle against Barbarism

    28 Aug 2014 | 11:48 pm
    Dr Adrian Pabst, Senior Lecturer in Politics, School of Politics and IR, University of Kent; Visiting Professor, Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Lille (Sciences Po), specially for wpfdc.orgIntroductionFor the past few weeks, the world has watched on in horror as ISIS has intensified its barbarian campaign, killing thousands in unspeakably brutal ways and expelling many more. Eyewitness reports tell a gruesome story of summary executions, beheadings and crucifixions – Christians being nailed alive to crosses and left there to be bleed to death. The severed heads and mutilated bodies have…
  • The Caliphate vs. Everyone Else

    28 Aug 2014 | 2:39 am
    Immanuel Wallerstein, August 15, 2014In the endless geopolitical realignments of the Middle East, the Caliphate of the Islamic State (formerly ISIS or ISIL) seems to have frightened just about everyone else involved in Middle Eastern politics into a de facto geopolitical alliance. All of a sudden, we find Iran and the United States, the Kurds (both in Syria and Iraq) and Israel, Turkey and Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian government, western Europe (Great Britain, France, and Germany) and Russia all pursuing in different ways the same objective: stop the Caliphate from expanding and consolidating…
  • A Vision for the Future

    26 Aug 2014 | 10:04 pm
    Peace through Development: a true Dialogue of CulturesA Paper by Toni Kästner, Chairman, Fusions Energie Forum, submitted for the Rhodes Forum Scientific Marathon - 2014The creation of solidarity, collaboration and integration among nations today will only be possible by giving mankind and our individual nations a vision for the future which in turn requires solidarity, collaboration and integration sine qua non. Once you know where you want to go, you may decide which way to take. If we define a vision of a future in which nations collaborate in friendship, we will have to create a durable…
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  • Who’s Telling the ‘Big Lie’ on Ukraine?

    User Submitted
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Robert Parry If you wonder how the world could stumble into World War III – much as it did into World War I a century ago – all you need to do is look at the madness that has enveloped virtually the entire U.S. political/media structure over Ukraine where a false narrative of white hats ...
  • Breaking Free Of Corporate Media Conditioning

    User Submitted
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Bernie Suarez RINF Alternative News Quietly, disconnecting your mind from the influence of mainstream media news is one of the most powerful singular actions you can take to not only change the world around you but to change the perception and vibration of the people around you. Mass media hypnosis is known to be designed ...
  • When 4 Jobs Aren’t Enough: Why We Need a Living Wage

    User Submitted
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:01 pm
    Robin Marty By all accounts, Maria Fernandes was a hard worker. A person would have to be, in order to keep up with four different jobs. It’s that hard work that killed the 32-year old-woman, according to news reports, as the exhausted low wage worker died of inhaling fumes while grabbing a short nap in her ...
  • Somalia Attacked In US Drone Strike

    User Submitted
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Pentagon admits US airstrikes took place, but says details on operations will only be released to public “as and when appropriate” Jon Queally  RINF Alternative News The Pentagon confirmed that U.S. forces bombed a location in Somalia on Monday, though spokesperson Rear Adm. John Kirby said the “results of the operation” were still being assessed ...
  • Wall Street Admits That A Cyberattack Could Crash Our Banking System At Any Time

    Michael Snyder
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Michael T. Snyder RINF Alternative News Wall Street banks are getting hit by cyber attacks every single minute of every single day.  It is a massive onslaught that is not highly publicized because the bankers do not want to alarm the public.  But as you will see below, one big Wall Street bank is spending ...
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    Eurasia Review

  • What Will Power Shift Bring To Turkish Politics And To Turkey-Russia Relations? – Analysis

    JTW
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:55 am
    By Hasan S. Özertem and Habibe Özdal Recep Tayyip Erdogan won the first publicly held presidential elections in the first round, albeit with a narrow margin of 1.7 per cent. In the aftermath of the elections, Erdogan and the AK Party have chosen to delay the debates on the shift of power as it relates […] The post What Will Power Shift Bring To Turkish Politics And To Turkey-Russia Relations? – Analysis appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Merkel Defends Decision To Arm Iraqi Kurds With German Weapons

    EurActiv
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:51 am
    (EurActiv) — Speaking to the Bundestag on Monday (1 September), German Chancellor Angela Merkel defended the government’s controversial decision to supply Kurds in northern Iraq with arms to aid their fight against the extremist Islamic State (IS). EurActiv Germany reports. “Now, we have the chance to help save lives and prevent any further mass murder […] The post Merkel Defends Decision To Arm Iraqi Kurds With German Weapons appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Pakistani Political Party Leaders Support Sharif

    RFE RL
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:49 am
    (RFE/RL) — Pakistani lawmakers have given their support to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as thousands of protesters continue to demand his resignation. Leaders of several major political parties proclaimed their support for Sharif at a special parliamentary session on September 2, insisting he should not give in to pressure to quit. Sharif has resisted calls […] The post Pakistani Political Party Leaders Support Sharif appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Internet Video Purports To Show Sotloff Beheading

    VOA
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:47 am
    An internet video uploaded by Islamic State Tuesday, purports to show the beheading of U.S. journalist Steven Sotloff. White House spokesman Josh Earnest could not confirm the beheading but told reporters “our thoughts and prayers” are with Sotloff’s family. The latest Internet post follows the video release of the gruesome beheading of U.S. freelance journalist […] The post Internet Video Purports To Show Sotloff Beheading appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • ISIS Terrorists Kill US Journalist Steven Sotloff – Reports

    RT
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:43 am
    A new video has been posted on the internet purported to show Islamic State militants beheading American journalist Steven Sotloff. The Associated Press and the SITE Intel Group, an organization that tracks the online activity of terrorist groups, both reported on Tuesday that the Islamic State has posted a video of the execution barely two […] The post ISIS Terrorists Kill US Journalist Steven Sotloff – Reports appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
 
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    Tomás Guerra

  • Las Estrellas del Jackie Robinson West hacen historia en Chicago

    Tomás Guerra
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Picture ESPN ChicagoChicago tiene una razón más por la cual ser feliz ahora gracias a un grupo de niños de once y doce años del barrio de Morgan Park, en el lado sur de la ciudad. Durante las últimas dos semanas, el equipo Jackie Robinson West All-Stars ha capturado los titulares, honores y admiración de la gente aquí y en todos los Estados Unidos. Después de convertirse en los campeones de los Grandes Lagos en las pequeñas ligas de baseball, ahora ellos están en Williamsport, Pennsylvania, donde ya la han hecho hasta las semifinales de la Serie Mundial de Ligas Pequeñas. Al…
  • The All-Stars of Jackie Robinson West make history in Chicago

    Tomás Guerra
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:38 pm
    Pictures ESPN ChicagoChicago has one more reason to be proud right now, thanks to a group of 11- and twelve-year-old children from Morgan Park, a neighborhood in the South Side of the city.  During the last couple of weeks,  the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars team has captured headlines, praise and admiration from people here and all over the United States.  After becoming  Great Lakes champions in the little league of baseball they are now in Williamsport, PA, where they have made it to the semifinals of the Little League World Series. At first you didn't hear about…
  • Red Card for the Republicans

    Tomás Guerra
    30 Jun 2014 | 10:42 am
    While the rift between the Republicans in the House of Representatives and President Obama grows, Representative Luis Gutierrez, the most active politician in the quest for immigration reform, used a soccer analogy last week to put anti-immigrant Republicans in their place: "You are done," Gutierrez yelled from the podium in his passionate tone. "You are done."It was a year ago already that a comprehensive immigration bill was passed by the U.S. Senate, but the legislation was never submitted to a vote by Speaker of the House, John Boehner, for fear of retaliation by the "Tea Party," the most…
  • Tarjeta Roja Para los Republicanos

    Tomás Guerra
    30 Jun 2014 | 10:40 am
    Mientras la grieta entre los Republicanos de la Cámara de Representantes y el Presidente Obama se sigue anchando, el Representate Luis Gutiérrez, el político más activo en el camino por la reforma migratoria, uso una analogía sobre el futbol para poner a los Republicanos anti-inmigrantes en su lugar: "Estan acabados", Gutiérrez grito desde el podio en su usual tono pasional. "Estan acabados".Fué hace un año ya que una ley de reforma migratoria comprensiva fué aprobada por el Senado de Estados Unidos, pero la legislación nunca fue sometida a voto por el Speaker de Cámara de…
  • América, El Paraíso de los Bullies

    Tomás Guerra
    13 Jun 2014 | 10:54 am
    Héctor Alejandro MendezAsesinado por bulliesLos sueños de un niño de 12 años de Ciudad Victoria, México, nunca se van a volver realidad. Héctor Alejandro Méndez, un estudiante de la Escuela Secundaria Eleazar Gómez, fué asesinado por bullies de su clase el mes pasado, en mero frente de su maestra. Cuatro de los adolescentes sujetaron a Héctor Alejandro de sus brazos y pies, lo columpiaron, y después lo arrojaron hacia la pared de concreto de su salón dos veces, causándole heridas cerebrales y un estado de coma que lo llevó a su muerte el día 20 de mayo. Ahora los…
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    Washington Blade: Gay News, Politics, LGBT Rights

  • New fitness frontiers

    Bucky Mitchell
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Drew McNeil of Jade Fitness (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key) It’s not often that a new gym comes to D.C. but when it does, I’m the first to want to give it a try. JADE Fitness (jadefitnessdc.com), a new boutique gym in the Capitol Hill area, had its grand opening this week after a soft opening in August. I sat down to a one-on-one interview with co-owner, Drew McNeil, to talk all about this new business.   WASHINGTON BLADE: Tell me about your background and history in the fitness industry. DREW McNEIL: I’ve been in the fitness industry for more than 11 years and during this…
  • CARTOON: Rams drop Sam

    ranslem
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:18 pm
    (Washington Blade cartoon by Ranslem)
  • Pink Martini and Von Trapps join forces

    Staff reports
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Pink Martini with the Von Trapps. (Photo by Chris Hornbecker; courtesy Kennedy Center) Pink Martini, a multilingual ensemble with gay members, and the Von Trapps perform at the Kennedy Center next Thursday at 7 p.m. through Sept. 13. Conducted by Steven Reineke, the show is a mixture of Spanish and French tunes. Pink Martini, which previously performed with the NSO Pops, will perform songs from its new album “Dream a Little Dream” as well as older favorites. China Forbes will also perform. Tickets range from $20-88. For more details, visit kennedy-center.org.
  • Rayceen returns

    Staff reports
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Rayceen Pendarvis (Photo courtesy of Rayceen Pendarvis) Rayceen Pendarvis hosts “The Ask Rayceen Show,” a monthly LGBT event at Liv (2001 11th St., N.W.) Wednesday, Sept. 10. Pendarvis will be joined by photographer James Hicks for a book signing of Hicks’ book “Drag Dolls, Divas and Dames.” There will also be performances by Tony “And I Thank You” Nelson, Jasmine Blue and Regina Jozet Adams. Doors open at 6 p.m. Admission is free. For more information, visit facebook.com/askrayceen.
  • ‘Golden’ girls at Chinese fest

    Staff reports
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Esther Eng in ‘Golden Gate Girls.’ (Courtesy D.C. Chinese Film Festival) The 2014 D.C. Chinese Film Festival opens with “Golden Gate Girls,” a tribute to openly gay female director Esther Eng, at Landmark’s E Street Cinema (555 11th St., N.W.) Thursday at 8 p.m. and hosts “LGBT Spotlight: Exploring Gay China On and Off Screen” at Silo (919 5th St., N.W.) Saturday at 10 p.m. with doors opening at 9 p.m. The LGBT Spotlight will have Chinese filmmakers and activists from the United States and China discussing gay rights in modern day China. Two documentaries will be screened…
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    Lady Freethinker

  • This Baffling Life Form Eats Only Electricity (Must-See Video)

    Lady Freethinker
    6 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Vegans and vegetarians (like me) may save animals, but we’ve got nothing on this odd little life form in terms of cruelty-free living. This type of bacteria subsists on pure electricity — so it doesn’t kill a thing to eat, not even a plant or fungus. Obviously, humans can’t survive without killing something, no matter how we may strive to cause as little suffering as possible. Maybe someday technology will allow us to be as “compassionate” as these bacteria. (Could those Star Trek replicators be churning out tasty meals made of nothing but energy itself)? For…
  • The Difference Between Cat and Dog Owners – Graphic

    Lady Freethinker
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:26 pm
    As someone who’s lived with dogs for the first half of my life and cats for the second, I see myself on both sides of this equation. So I’ll take that cat-person’s intelligence AND the dog-person’s athleticism, thank you very much. In all seriousness, the research does come from some credible sources. So while I hesitate to stereotype anyone by the animal they choose to consort with, this infographic makes for an interesting read. And I bet my cat would agree with these stats. The post The Difference Between Cat and Dog Owners – Graphic appeared first on Lady…
  • L. Ron Hubbard’s Great-Grandson Dishes the Dirt on Scientology – Video

    Lady Freethinker
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Calling his great-grandpa “a shepherd who enslaved his own flock,” L. Ron Hubbard descendent Jamie DeWolf gives his own up-close version of the Scientology debacle — and while the truth may be ugly, his words are pure poetry. Yes, it actually turns out Jamie is an award-winning spoken-word performer as well as a harsh critic of Hubbard’s legacy. Apparently, his criticisms have angered the church; Jamie’s website claims they’ve been stalking and harassing him for speaking out. To be fair, Jamie wasn’t around to witness his great-grandfather’s…
  • This Brave Mother Giraffe Defends Her Baby From An Entire Pride of Lions – Video

    Lady Freethinker
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Never underestimate the power of motherhood. In this you-have-to-see-it-to-believe-it video, a mother giraffe fends off an entire pride of lions as they approach her and her gangly offspring. The footage comes from Bill and Barbara Westbrook, and was shot on their seventh visit to Kicheche, a camp on a Kenyan reserve. Barbara said that the interaction between predators and prey went on for nearly 30 minutes before the lions finally gave up. Good work, mama giraffe!   The post This Brave Mother Giraffe Defends Her Baby From An Entire Pride of Lions – Video appeared first on Lady…
  • Survey Says: Congress Less Popular than Most-Hated Star Wars Character of All Time

    Lady Freethinker
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    photo credit: nickstone333 via photopin cc Meesa thinks we have a problem. By the numbers, Congress now ranks below Jar Jar Binks — the least-liked Star Wars character ever — in popularity. In the name of accuracy, the two weren’t actually compared in the same study. But as the Huffington Post reports, a survey by FiveThirtyEight showed Mr. Binks to have a 29-percent favorable rating and a 37-percent unfavorable rating, giving him a net score of -8. Congress, on the other hand, appears to have a pitiful net rating of -57, according to data taken from multiple polls. So Americans…
 
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    FiveThirtyEight » Politics | FiveThirtyEight

  • Migration Isn’t Turning Red States Blue

    Harry Enten
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:41 am
    Last week, The New York Times’s Robert Gebeloff and David Leonhardt published an article, “The Growing Blue-State Diaspora,” which made the case that transplants from blue states are making red states purple. “This pattern has played an important role in helping the Democratic Party win the last two presidential elections and four of the last six,” they wrote.It’s a fascinating hypothesis, but it’s overstated, in our view. The first problem is that the predominant political trend of the past two decades has not been consistently better performance by…
  • It’s Really Hard To Measure The Effects Of Abortion Restrictions In Texas

    Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:08 am
    Last summer, after Wendy Davis had come and gone, the Texas legislature passed a package of abortion bills that has effectively forced most of the state’s clinics to close. The bills didn’t ban abortion outright, but instead placed new restrictions on abortion providers, such as a mandate for expensive structural changes (e.g. wider hallways and new ventilation systems) for clinics. Proponents said that more rigorous standards would protect women’s health, but obstetricians and pro-choice advocates warned that the law would serve a pro-life agenda, and that its consequences could…
  • The Poorest Corner Of Town

    Ben Casselman
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:50 am
    FERGUSON, Mo. — “I am!” “Mike Brown!” “I am!” “Mike Brown!”By midnight on Wednesday, this call-and-response, and others like it — “Hands up, don’t shoot,” “What’s his name? Mike Brown,” and the old standby, “No justice, no peace!” — had been going on for hours. An early-evening thunderstorm and the calm but firm interventions of local clergy helped make this perhaps the most peaceful night since Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown 11 days earlier. Still, there were several moments when it felt like a…
  • Is The Polling Industry In Stasis Or In Crisis?

    Nate Silver
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:20 am
    There is no shortage of reasons to worry about the state of the polling industry. Response rates to political polls are dismal. Even polls that make every effort to contact a representative sample of voters now get no more than 10 percent to complete their surveys — down from about 35 percent in the 1990s.And there are fewer high-quality polls than there used to be. The cost to commission one can run well into five figures, and it has increased as response rates have declined.9 Under budgetary pressure, many news organizations have understandably preferred to trim their polling budgets…
  • Nobody Knows How Many Americans The Police Kill Each Year

    Reuben Fischer-Baum
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    Earlier this month, a police officer shot and killed an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri. The shooting and the response have reignited concerns about racial profiling, police brutality and police militarization. The incident has also drawn attention to a remarkable lack of knowledge about a seemingly basic fact: how often people are killed by the police.Some reporting has put forward one of the only figures available: the approximately 400 “justifiable police homicides” each year since 2008, according to the FBI’s annual Supplementary Homicide Report (SHR).
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    kai arzheimer

  • New Book Project: Handbook of Electoral Behaviour

    Kai Arzheimer
    16 Aug 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Very happy: The folks at Sage have kindly signed a contract with Jocelyn Evans, Michael Lewis-Beck, and my own good self to edit a two-volume tome on Electoral Behaviour in their Handbook series. The final product will have some 50 chapters on all aspects of psephology and should come out in 2016. Cat-herding 50+ academics for the next 18 months. What’s not to like? The post New Book Project: Handbook of Electoral Behaviour appeared first on kai arzheimer.
  • Analysing Facebook with R

    Kai Arzheimer
    26 Jul 2014 | 12:55 pm
    I’ve recently discovered Rfacebook, which lets you access public information on Facebook from R. In terms of convenience, no package for R or Python that I have seen so far comes near. Get yourself a long-lived token, store it as a variable, and put all posts on a fanpage you are interested in into one R object with a single function call. Check it out here. The post Analysing Facebook with R appeared first on kai arzheimer.
  • One, two, three Excellent Online Surveys

    Kai Arzheimer
    9 Jul 2014 | 1:36 pm
    An Imperial Duck. Because. My wonderful PhD students are running a series of short online surveys, two of them with a slightly unusual and rather intriguing format. If you read German, do them a favour and click on the link. You should be done in 10 minutes or less. And while you’re about it, share the link with your networks to make this a bit less of a convenience sample. The post One, two, three Excellent Online Surveys appeared first on kai arzheimer.
  • How to Get a 100 per cent Response Rate

    Kai Arzheimer
    28 Jun 2014 | 10:59 am
    When I drove home from work a couple of days ago, I noticed a policeman flagging down precisely every tenth car in the other lane and directing the drivers towards a lay-by. He was in uniform, wearing hi-vis gear and his government-issued Walther, so non-compliance was clearly not an issue. The scene was completed by a large billboard, stating that this was no ordinary vehicle spotcheck but rather a road use survey. I badly want these guys on our team. The post How to Get a 100 per cent Response Rate appeared first on kai arzheimer.
  • Another Update for the Extreme Right Bibliography

    Kai Arzheimer
    18 Jun 2014 | 7:04 am
    Once more, I have updated the ever more eclectic bibliography on the Extreme Right in Europe. Help making it slightly less eclectic by mailing/tweeting/facebooking (is that a thing now?) suggestions for additions. The post Another Update for the Extreme Right Bibliography appeared first on kai arzheimer.
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    Conservative Read

  • New Video purportedly shows beheading of reporter Steven Sotloff by ISIS

    chris
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:12 pm
     An Internet video purports to show the beheading of US reporter Steven Sotloff by the Islamic State extremist group. The global terror intelligence firm SITE first reported the release of the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The West Must Decide Whether Putin Is Hitler

    chris
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:59 am
     The West faces a dilemma now that Russian President Vladimir Putin has demonstrated his willingness to win at any cost in Ukraine: Does it, too, go all in, or does it admit Putin’s... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Parents of SEAL Team Six soldier killed in action call for President Obama’s resignation

    chris
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:10 am
     ‘As Commander-in-Chief, your actions – or lack thereof – Mr President, cost lives. One couple knows all too well the pain suffered by the parents of James Foley, the American... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Chatter indicates attack on Southern border; ‘it’s coming very soon,’ source says

    chris
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:06 am
    Joe Saunders | Bizpac Review  Fort Bliss, the American Army post across the border from the crime-ridden Mexican city of Juarez, is on high alert against a potential terrorist attack... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The 20 Best Quotes From Greg Gutfeld

    chris
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:03 am
    John Hawkins Most people know Greg Gutfeld as the funny guy from Red Eye and The Five. However, he’s also a brilliant writer who manages to make profound points in a funny way. Enjoy his... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Vox - All

  • Why Russia is invading Ukraine, explained in 2 minutes

    Max Fisher
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:20 pm
    In August, after months of increasingly assertive intervention into the Ukraine crisis, Russian President Vladimir Putin crossed a major line by invading the country's rebel-held east with Russian tanks and troops. But Putin's reasons for invading are less obvious than you might think. Produced by Joe Posner & Joss FongPhotographs courtesy Getty Images
  • How female celebrities are responding to their stolen personal photos

    Kelsey McKinney
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Stolen nude photographs of some of the most famous young women in Hollywood were posted on the internet on Sunday, August 31. They first appeared on 4chan on Sunday night, but quickly spread to the rest of the internet. Jennifer Lawrence, Kate Upton, and Kirsten Dunst were among the celebrities who had their photos stolen. Apple has confirmed that "certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions." Victims of the attack have responded to this violation of privacy in different ways. Some have chosen to let their…
  • Obama might be delaying immigration action, again

    Dara Lind
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:50 pm
    For the past several weeks, President Obama and other White House officials have suggested that the administration will be announcing major changes to immigration policy by the end of the summer — i.e. before the midterm elections in November. Over Labor Day weekend, however, rumors started swirling that the administration was getting cold feet and is now debating whether to wait until after the midterms to announce executive action. The administration is expected to give protection from deportation to many unauthorized immigrants — perhaps even millions of them. The question right now…
  • Sorry haters, The Simpsons is still really good

    Todd VanDerWerff
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    The Every Simpsons Ever marathon ended last night on FXX, after 12 straight days of the ultimate Simpsons binge. Coverage of the marathon in the media largely ceased after the first weekend was over, as the show had exited its first eight seasons, usually accepted as the series' golden age. But viewership actually kept going up, with FXX announcing that each of the first six days topped the previous day. The later episodes have been shown in syndication more often in recent years, which may have created a greater affection for them among the general populace than among Simpsons diehards, or…
  • Apple admits iCloud attack was the source of celebrity leaks

    Timothy B. Lee
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Over the weekend, celebrities such as Jennifer Lawrence and Kate Upton had private photos leaked online. Now Apple has confirmed speculation that the leak was due to hackers targeting the victims' iCloud accounts: After more than 40 hours of investigation, we have discovered that certain celebrity accounts were compromised by a very targeted attack on user names, passwords and security questions, a practice that has become all too common on the Internet. None of the cases we have investigated has resulted from any breach in any of Apple’s systems including iCloud® or Find my iPhone. Of…
 
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    LewRockwell

  • The Truth About the Cold War

    David Gordon
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    I recommend that readers begin with the essay by Murray Rothbard listed here. As Rothbard often stressed, one cannot infer a nation’s foreign policy from the nature of its domestic regime. Communist totalitarianism did not necessitate an aggressive foreign policy; and in the post-World War II period, Rothbard contended, Russian foreign was largely defensive in character. The main Communist danger to America was internal rather than external. Alperovitz, Gar. The Decision to the Use the Atomic Bomb.Argues that the decision to use atomic weapons against Japan was intended as an anti-Russian…
  • Protesting in a Police State

    No Author
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    If you’re planning on participating in a peaceful demonstration or protest keep one thing in mind, at any time it could turn into a bloody riot. In the past it has been a common practise for governments to send agent provocateurs to mingle among the demonstrators until a given time or signal, and then to begin instigating violence as both a way to demonize the peaceful protesters in the media, and as an excuse to send in the riot troops to bust heads. As demonstrations around the world can attest to, this tactic has not gone out of fashion. So what should you do if suddenly rubber bullets,…
  • Good News for Polar Bears

    No Author
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    The speech by former US Vice-President Al Gore was apocalyptic. ‘The North Polar ice cap is falling off a cliff,’ he said. ‘It could be completely gone in summer in as little as seven years. Seven years from now.’ Those comments came in 2007 as Mr Gore accepted the Nobel Peace Prize for his campaigning on climate change. But seven years after his warning, The Mail on Sunday can reveal that, far from vanishing, the Arctic ice cap has expanded for the second year in succession – with a surge, depending on how you measure it, of between 43 and 63 per cent since 2012. To put it another…
  • Is Even Henry Kissinger Terrified?

    Bionic Mosquito
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Henry Kissinger is out with an essay in the Wall Street Journal “on the Assembly of a New World Order” (HT Ed Steer).  Some parts of it are rather difficult to understand or interpret (is it written in code that only the elite can decipher?).  I will attempt to go through it line by line (probably not every single line) and see if, by the time I finish, I can make some sense of it. Libya is in civil war, fundamentalist armies are building a self-declared caliphate across Syria and Iraq and Afghanistan’s young democracy is on the verge of paralysis. Translated: Pretty much…
  • Recovery?

    No Author
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Presented with little comment aside to suggest one scratch beneath the thinning veneer of record nominal stock prices every once in a while to take the temperature of the ugly reality that no one is talking about… 1) Stocks are at record highs because global growth is ‘improving’…   FACT: There is a record divergence between the ‘market’ and plunging growth expectations 2) Stocks are at record highs because employment is ‘improving’…   FACT: There is a record divergence between the ‘market’ and the employed population…
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    Inside Ben's Brain

  • Lesson Learned from Tennis Match

    Ben Spera
    6 Aug 2014 | 4:41 pm
    The post Lesson Learned from Tennis Match appeared first on Inside Ben's Brain.
  • What is Obama

    Ben Spera
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:48 pm
    The post What is Obama appeared first on Inside Ben's Brain.
  • News Anchor Slaps Fan in Face

    Ben Spera
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:44 pm
    The most disturbing part of the story is that it was completely unintentional; the reporter was just trying to give the poor guy a high five. This is some of the worst hand-eye coordination I’ve seen… and a respectable amount of restraint shown by the guy who got palmed in the face. The post News Anchor Slaps Fan in Face appeared first on Inside Ben's Brain.
  • Teddy Roosevelt’s Bar Fight with a Bully

    Ben Spera
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:56 am
    President Teddy Roosevelt has a reputation for being a tough guy, but here’s a story a bit more personal than the common tale of his days leading the Rough Riders. The best part of this story is that it’s in the President’s own words. It really does justice to the fair but tough man that […] The post Teddy Roosevelt’s Bar Fight with a Bully appeared first on Inside Ben's Brain.
  • Marine Corps Generals Openly Turning Against Obama

    Ben Spera
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:38 pm
    In an unprecedented act of open criticism of a sitting President, two 4-star Generals have publicly blasted President Obama’s policies. Several weeks ago Marine Corps General John Kelly, commander of U.S. Southern Command, first spoke out about the President’s border crisis, and now the Marine Corps top commander, Gen. James Amos, Marine Corps Commandant, publicly […] The post Marine Corps Generals Openly Turning Against Obama appeared first on Inside Ben's Brain.
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    The Socratic Diablogs

  • America Needs A French Revolution!

    Gaura Rader
    31 Aug 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Americans are strange. It’s not just fast food, (American) football, tailgating, nascar, big cars, bigger houses, huge portions, Walmarts, shopping malls, and suburbs. Americans are unique in the developed world in their political views. Sociologist have long puzzled over the fact that Americans are willing to tolerate much higher levels of inequality than those in […]
  • A Liberal Failure of Imagination

    Gaura Rader
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:38 pm
    Conservative rhetoric is fear based. Fear of terrorists, and foreign countries, and immigrants who will destroy the economy, and society being over run by drug addicts is drugs are decriminalized, and gay people taking over the country if gay marriage is legalized Liberal rhetoric calls us not to act out of fear but to act […]
  • Sam Harris is a racist and other thoughts on the future of Humanity

    Gaura Rader
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:44 am
    In 2014, despite thousands of years of civilization, racism is one of most basic and fundamental obstacles to worldwide peace, prosperity, and basic civil liberties. The United States has a serious problem with racism. Just one symptom of that is the constant stream of police violence against black men. But we are not alone, most […]
  • What if we Dropped Money Instead of Bombs on the Middle East?

    Gaura Rader
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:03 am
    What if we dropped money not bombs on the Middle East? How would that change the political dynamics in the region? How would that effect the war on terror? Okay, I’m not literally suggesting we drop cash out of airplanes, although that might not be a bad idea. And would certainly be better than more […]
  • Israel and The Right to Self Defense

    Gaura Rader
    13 Aug 2014 | 11:33 am
    The main argument being used in Israel’s defense is that “Israel has a right to defend itself,.” President Obama has said it. Hillary Clinton is saying it.  Isreal claims it has such a right. There have been a number of response’s to this claim including an excellent one by John Dugard,  emeritus professor of international law at […]
 
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    Pension360

  • Union Files SEC Complaint Alleging Pension Pay-To-Play In North Carolina

    Ted Ballantine
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:04 pm
    A North Carolina labor group has filed a whistleblower complaint with the SEC over what they believe to be a violation of the SEC’s pay-to-play rules. The group alleges that Erskine Bowles held a fundraiser for state Treasurer Janet Cowell at his home in 2011. Just weeks later, Bowles’ investment firm was chosen to handle investments for North Carolina’s pension funds, of which Janet Cowell is the sole trustee. From Bloomberg: Former White House official Erskine Bowles was accused by a North Carolina workers’ association of violating political fundraising rules for money managers.
  • Growth Slower, But Still Steady For World’s Largest Funds in 2013

    Ted Ballantine
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:43 pm
    The annual pension fund survey from Pensions & Investments and Towers Watson contains news for both optimists and pessimists. Glass half-empty: The world’s largest pension funds saw less growth in 2013 than they did in 2012. Glass half-full: 2013 still marks the 5th consecutive year of positive growth for those funds. All the details from Pensions & Investments: Assets of the world’s largest 300 retirement funds increased 6.2% in 2013, growing at a slower pace compared with 2012′s 9.8% rate, according to an annual survey conducted by Pensions & Investment…
  • CalPERS, CalSTRS See Results From Initiative To Add Women To All-Male Boards

    Ted Ballantine
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:07 pm
    Earlier this summer, CalPERS and CalSTRS teamed up to try to improve the diversity of all-male corporate boards in California. The funds’ research had shown that 131 California-based companies had no women on their boards, so the pension giants sent letters to those companies to gauge their interest in improving the male to female ratio of their boards. Early returns are in, and the initiative is already producing results. From IR Magazine: At least 15 companies based in California have added a female director to their all-male boards and 35 have indicated a willingness to do so after a…
  • Hawaii Labeled “Sinkhole” State by Watchdog Group

    Ted Ballantine
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:41 am
    A few names consistently pop up in any discussion of states with the most pension debt—Illinois, New Jersey and a handful of other states are frequently cited as shouldering the heaviest pension burdens. Hawaii isn’t always on that list. But according to one watchdog group, Truth in Accounting, the state’s pension burden is among the worst in the country. The Hawaii Reporter recaps: Only Massachusetts, New Jersey, Illinois and Connecticut are in worse fiscal condition that Hawaii. Donna Rook, president of StateDataLab.org, a division of Truth in Accounting, said Hawaii has been one of…
  • As Workers Grow Older, Their Retirement Contributions Get Bigger

    Ted Ballantine
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:23 am
    As one grows older, one also grows wiser. Perhaps that explains the findings of a recent survey, which found that workers contribute more to their retirement accounts–both in terms of dollar amount and percentage of salary–as they get older. From Pension Benefits: Our study revealed that 60.2% of employees were saving for retirement at an average salary deferral rate of 6.7%. As employees aged and drew closer to retirement age, a higher proportion of them elected to make contributions to their retirement plan, with participation increasing from 48.4% for employees aged 20 to 29…
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    Message President

  • Insult

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Barack...you have insulted my intelligence....I had extended my hand in friendship....and, gave you 2 and a half months to give me a response....Barack, you call me, and that is an order!....Do you really know who I Am.....I come in my fathers Name...(Christ).....now, eventually you Will need my Help...I Am not here to get involve in your politics, or commerce...I need your help on Who sent me....Barack, this is Kamehameha....you get in touch with me A.S.A.P....Now!....
  • Insult

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Barack...you have insulted my intelligence....I had extended my hand in friendship....and, gave you 2 and a half months to give me a response....Barack, you call me, and that is an order!....Do you really know who I Am.....I come in my fathers Name...(Christ).....now, eventually you Will need my Help...I Am not here to get involve in your politics, or commerce...I need your help on Who sent me....Barack, this is Kamehameha....you get in touch with me A.S.A.P....Now!....
  • Insult

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Barack...you have insulted my intelligence....I had extended my hand in friendship....and, gave you 2 and a half months to give me a response....Barack, you call me, and that is an order!....Do you really know who I Am.....I come in my fathers Name...(Christ).....now, eventually you Will need my Help...I Am not here to get involve in your politics, or commerce...I need your help on Who sent me....Barack, this is Kamehameha....you get in touch with me A.S.A.P....Now!....
  • Insult

    2 Sep 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Barack...you have insulted my intelligence....I had extended my hand in friendship....and, gave you 2 and a half months to give me a response....Barack, you call me, and that is an order!....Do you really know who I Am.....I come in my fathers Name...(Christ).....now, eventually you Will need my Help...I Am not here to get involve in your politics, or commerce...I need your help on Who sent me....Barack, this is Kamehameha....you get in touch with me A.S.A.P....Now!....
  • Request Letter to Honorable President of USA.

    2 Sep 2014 | 11:31 am
    Rachel Mary Gomes 127, Tejkunipara, Tejgaon Dhaka – 1215 Bangladesh. Date-03-09-2014 The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500. The Honorable President, Thank you for the opportunity to write you. I am Rachel Mary Gomes. I am 14 years old. I read in class VIII, in Bacha English Medium School (American Missionary School). I am the only child of my parents. My father’s name is Rony Francis Gomes & my mother’s name is Rebeca Folia. The reason I am writing this letter as a request to you because I really want to come & visit your country because when I read in…
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  • Stocks: Obama invents ‘immigrant rights,’ robber barons profit

    Terry Ponick
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:57 pm
    WASHINGTON, September 2, 2014 – Whew! We’ve weathered another demagogic Labor Day, this one highlighted by yet another anti-American diatribe by America’s Prevaricator-in-Chief, Barack “The Duffer” Obama. In a provocative Labor Day speech in Milwaukee yesterday (take that, Governor Walker), the Nobel Prize-winning constitutional scholar added yet another new right to our ever-expanding, “living Constitution:”...
  • Leverage: How economic policies affect you and America

    Matthew Geiger
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:42 pm
    WASHINGTON, September 2, 2014 — The Democrats failed to deliver on their economic vision after the Great Recession. With midterm elections on the way, polar opposite policies coming from the GOP may sound attractive, but we should have learned from President Obama that change isn’t always for the better.  For the non-economist, the ability of economists to explain and...
  • Exclusive Interview: Buddy Darling from The Darlings

    Kevin Wells
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:10 pm
    Buddy Darling talks about the new Darlings record, Made of Phantoms.
  • Rules for being a gifted adult, Part 1: Secret origins

    Frances Ponick
    2 Sep 2014 | 11:28 am
    WASHINGTON, September 2, 2014 – Funny: the lines between being ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder) and gifted are really seeming blurry these days. Diagnosis and/or determination of ADD seems to depend on the line of business the academic  advisor / counselor / psychologist / specialist / whatever happens to be in and the primary source from...
  • Sunspots 2014: Case for a Dalton Minimum

    Steve Davidson
    2 Sep 2014 | 10:07 am
    New sunspot counts released each month contribute to the idea the sun is entering into another Dalton Minimum, a period of cooler earth temperatures