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  • GOP leaders in Congress struggling to maintain power, fulfill agenda

    McClatchy DC -- Washington
    1 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    The leaders of the Republican Congress never wanted it to be like this: another cycle of lurching from crisis to crisis, fueling the impression that the GOP cannot govern.Click to Continue »
  • Sean Hannity Said Some Something Really Creepy at CPAC Today

    Political Mojo | Mother Jones
    Sam Brodey
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:20 am
    In his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference this morning, Fox News' Sean Hannity had some downright creepy things to say about the "young, good-looking crowd:" I can look out in the crowd, I kinda have Fox X-ray vision, and I can see that some of you women, you don't even know it yet, but you're pregnant. It's not your fault. It's not his fault. The joke—if that's what it was—bombed, drawing nervous laughter and groans from the crowd. The Twitter reaction was swift and perplexed: Hannity has xray vision can tell that some of the women in here are…
  • I Suppose This Is One Way To Wipe Off The Snow From Your Vehicle

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    Nkorni Tankwa
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:51 pm
    During the last few weeks snow storms have reeked havoc in most parts of the country; and some of us just can’t wait for the damn thing to be over. But what if you lived in one of those places, … Continue reading →
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    Plum Line
    Greg Sargent
    28 Feb 2015 | 4:12 am
    All yours.
  • Congressional Republicans are their own worst enemies, by a lot

    The Fix
    Chris Cillizza
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:36 pm
    If you were surprised at what happened on the House floor Friday afternoon, you haven't been paying much attention to politics for the past three years or so. The collapse of a three-week extension of funding to keep the Department of Homeland Security -- a measure seen as a last-ditch attempt by Republican leaders to […]
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    The Atlantic

  • China's Surprise Viral Hit: A Documentary Criticizing Beijing's Environmental Record

    Matt Schiavenza
    1 Mar 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Vehicles and buildings are seen amid the heavy haze in Beijing, October 9, 2014. (Jason Lee/Reuters) On Saturday, Chai Jing, a former television journalist from China, released a feature-length documentary film that, unusually for China, took the government to task. Titled Under the Dome, the video featured Chai giving a presentation on stage, using both photographs and slides to examine how China's notorious air pollution got so extreme—and why the Communist Party has failed to fix it. Jing's interest was personal: Her daughter underwent surgery soon after her birth to remove a tumor that,…
  • How Better Relations With Cuba Might Affect American Baseball

    Matt Schiavenza
    1 Mar 2015 | 11:25 am
    Major League Baseball Players Association head Tony Clark said that the league has considered holding regular Spring Training games in Cuba. (Daniel Aguilar/Reuters) Sunday marks the start of the Major League Baseball's spring training in which the league's 30 teams play a month's worth of exhibitiongames to determine the composition of their final rosters. All of this year's games will be played in Florida and Arizona, as is the case every year. Soon, however, spring training might expand to a surprising destination: Cuba. Speaking to reporters on Saturday, MLB Player's Association chief…
  • Reunions and Ransoms in Burma: Digital Connections Among the Rohingya

    Alan Taylor
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:36 am
    The Rohingya have suffered years of persecution in Burma. Rohingya Muslims are denied full citizenship, their movements restricted, their prospects grim. In a makeshift internet hut in a crowded internal displacement camp set up for the Rohingya in western Burma, Reuters photographer Minzayar captured a series of intimate and heartbreaking portraits of families, their faces lit by laptop screens as they contact loved ones and relatives who have left the country for Thailand and Malaysia, escaping the violence that led to 200 deaths and left over 140,000 homeless in 2012. The video chats are…
  • Who Should Select Senators?

    Garrett Epps
    1 Mar 2015 | 6:18 am
    Puck/Library of Congress There are a lot of reasons that I love the Seventeenth Amendment, which transferred the power to elect senators from state legislatures to ordinary voters. Its passage was one of the most sweeping progressive victories in American history—public fury so intimidated reactionary lawmakers in the Senate that, by approving the Amendment, they in effect voted their own body out of existence. A second reason is that in the past two decades, new redistricting techniques have allowed state legislatures to create unshakably safe House districts for their members. (Because…
  • Danger Ahead for Obama on Iran

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    1 Mar 2015 | 5:45 am
    Uranium-enriching centrifuges on display in Tehran (Caren Firouz/Reuters) The perverse genius of Benjamin Netanyahu and his aides (and their Republican handmaidens) is that they have managed to turn a moment in which President Obama should have been busy defending his pursuit of a nuclear agreement with a dangerous adversary into a stress test of the U.S.-Israel relationship. But on Wednesday, the day after Netanyahu delivers his reelection speech to Congress to 23, or 19, or 31 standing ovations (advice to viewers: study the Democrats as they arrange their facial expressions in complicated…
 
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    Daily Kos

  • Janet Yellen gets the need for rising wages. That's why Republicans are out to get her.

    1 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    No one else that President Obama appointed has a greater impact on our economy. First, let's start with the good news, developments that are both important and a long time coming. Thursday's reports from the Bureau of Labor Statistics showed: 1) For all employees, real hourly wage growth (i.e., growth above the rate of inflation) came in at 1.2% in January, 0.5% of which came from increased wages and 0.7% of which came from a drop in inflation (mostly from a reduction in energy costs). 2) For all private, nonfarm employees, real hourly wages increased 2.4% from January 2014 to January 2015,…
  • All-American terrorists

    1 Mar 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Meeting of members of the Republic of Texas On Valentine's Day 2015, some 20 "armed and armored" officers from six different local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies descended upon a group of 60 citizens who were meeting in Bryan, Texas, to conduct business as the Republic of Texas. The group, which claims sovereignty and is planning to appeal to an international court (they haven't yet decided which one), has its own government and currency. Disturbed by the foreclosure of a member's home, the group sent a summons to a Kerr County judge and to a bank employee. Those summonses were…
  • Five questions Americans must answer about Iran

    1 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Next Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will deliver an unprecedented address to the United States Congress. Now, there's nothing new about Netanyahu inserting himself directly into the American political process. In 1998, the Israeli PM met in Washington with American evangelicals to push back on the peace process in a move organizer Jerry Falwell bragged "was all planned by Netanyahu as an affront to Mr. Clinton." Four years later, private citizen Netanyahu offered his full-throated support for the invasion of Iraq, testifying to a House committee "if you take out Saddam,…
  • King v. Burwell: Interpreting the Affordable Care Act

    1 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
    The rules of the game at the Supreme Court are not what they used to be. Section 1311 of the Affordable Care Act (PDF) ("Obamacare") provides, in part, as follows: Each State shall, not later than January 1, 2014, establish an American Health Benefit Exchange (referred to in this title as an ‘‘Exchange’’) for the State [. . . .] Read literally and in isolation, this provision requires states to establish "exchanges." There is no escape clause provided in Section 1311. However, such a provision would violate the rule established in Printz v. United States, in which Justice Scalia,…
  • Maybe O'Reilly actually believes his own false stories

    1 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    What if Bill O'Reilly actually believes his own bullshit? Is it really possible to lie so often to so many people about so many things? Witnessing combat from 1,200 miles away. Witnessing protesters being killed when none were.  Rescuing a photographer who never was rescued. It's as if his entire adventure in Argentina was concocted by James Thurber. Except that Thurber was a humorist and O'Reilly is humorless. O'Reilly claimed to have seen nuns murdered in El Salvador, only to backtrack and "clarify" that he saw pictures of the murdered nuns. Which is akin to my claiming to have walked…
 
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  • Mexico's Most-Wanted Drug Lord Captured

    rcade
    1 Mar 2015 | 2:33 pm
    Servando "La Tuta" Gomez, a former school teacher who became one of Mexico's most-wanted drug lords as head of the Knights Templar cartel, was captured early Friday by federal police in a house in Morelia without a shot fired. The 49-year-old led the Knights Templar, a quasi-religious criminal group that once ruled all of Michoacan, controlling politics and commerce and preaching a code of ethics around devotion to God and family, even as it murdered and plundered. "With this arrest, the rule of law is strengthened in the country and we continue to advance toward a Mexico at peace," President…
  • F-15 May Launch Small Satellites into Space

    HeliumRat
    1 Mar 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Small satellites could hitch rides to space on an F-15 fighter jet by next year, according to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the agency responsible for developing new technologies for the U.S. military. DARPA's so-called Airborne Launch Assist Space Access (ALASA) program is an ambitious project that aims to launch small satellites more quickly, and reduce the cost of lofting them into orbit. Traditional launches using rockets cost roughly $30,000 per pound, DARPA officials have said. "We've made good progress so far toward ALASA's ambitious goal of propelling 100-lb.
  • Tens of Thousands in Moscow Protest Nemtsov Murder

    tor
    1 Mar 2015 | 11:33 am
    More than 20,000 protesters marched through Moscow Sunday to protest against the killing of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov. Crowds of mourners and activists waved flags and held placards of the murdered Russian politician's face as they made their way through the city center towards the place he was killed on Friday night. Nemtsov was shot dead in what appeared to be a contract hit as he walked along a bridge near the Kremlin. CCTV footage showed a person approaching Nemtsov, shooting him and escaping in a getaway car. Gennady Gudkov, an opposition leader, said before the march, "The…
  • Virginia Sterilized 8,000 Without Their Consent

    rcade
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:47 am
    Virginia lawmakers approved a measure Thursday to compensate people forcibly sterilized under a eugenics program that was in place for much of the 20th century. More than 8,000 Virginians underwent procedures between the 1920s and 1970s as part of a movement that sought to improve the genetic makeup of humankind by preventing those considered "defective" from reproducing. Delegate Benjamin Cline, a conservative Republican from Rockbridge County, and Delegate Hope, a liberal Democrat from Arlington County, introduced the bipartisan bill to compensate the victims. "There was a growing consensus…
  • Chicago Baseball Great Minnie Minoso Dies

    rcade
    1 Mar 2015 | 8:47 am
    Minnie Minoso, Chicago's first black major league baseball player who became one of the White Sox's greatest stars, died Sunday morning. Minoso was found unresponsive in the driver's seat of a car near a gas station in Chicago around 1 a.m. There were no signs of trauma and Minoso was pronounced dead at the scene. His son said the family believes Minoso died from a heart condition he had suffered. Minoso's age was listed as 90, but there was some question about whether he was born in 1922 instead of 1925.
 
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  • Pants on Fire

    Josh Marshall
    1 Mar 2015 | 2:49 pm
    We're about to see a mountain of writing and hoopla this week about Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's visit to the United States and speech before Congress. A guy on twitter asked me if a comment I made was meant to be ironic. My thought was to tell him that irony simply doesn't have the muscle mass to handle what's coming down the pike this week. Only snark and absurdism can manage it. But with all this one of the most significant developments has gone all but unmentioned. We now have dramatic new evidence of Netanyahu's willingness to distort or simply falsify what his own intelligence…
  • Reset The Clock

    Nick R. Martin
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:31 pm
    Democrats just rescued House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) with the clock ticking down and averted a Homeland Security shutdown -- for a week.
  • Grand Bargain

    Josh Marshall
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:55 pm
    Obama agrees to meet Netanyahu. Netanyahu agrees to use juice with House GOP to fund DHS.
  • Trouble In The House

    David Kurtz
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:01 pm
    The House is voting right now on a temporary funding bill for DHS that will avoid a shutdown tonight and extend this whole temper tantrum on immigration for another three weeks -- but the vote is surprisingly tight. The consensus was Boehner had enough votes to get this through without Democratic help. Democratic leadership was actively whipping against it. But Boehner may now need Democrats to get this through. It's very close. Stay tuned. Late Update: It failed. Amazing, really. Not surprising with this clown show. But still amazing.
  • "I Have Been - And Shall Always Be - Your Friend"

    Josh Marshall
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:38 am
    Leonard Nimoy died today. You've already heard this. We each have people that when we hear about their passing, it hits us with special force, because of a special mix of things unique to yourself and to that other person. For me, Nimoy is one of those people. As a fan from early boyhood, if you were a Trek fan and a Spock fan, if you got to know more about who Nimoy was, he was exactly who you would have wanted him to be. That is a very, very special thing. He will be missed. A light has gone out.
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    Political Animal

  • A 50th Anniversary in Song

    1 Mar 2015 | 2:49 pm
    In the coming week we will learn what PM Netanyahu has to say to Congress, hear the oral arguments before the Supreme Court on King v Burwell, reach another deadline for funding of the Department of Homeland Security and celebrate one of the most historic moments of the Civil Rights Era in Selma, Alabama. An awful lot of the news today is actually preparation for those events. So I'd like to end this weekend's blogging by joining Leonard Pitts on a lighter note in celebrating another 50th anniversary. There are sounds it feels like you’ve known forever, sounds that have been in your ear…
  • Be Prepared For Bibi

    1 Mar 2015 | 1:10 pm
    In a couple of days, our news media is going to be consumed with what Prime Minister Netanyahu said to Congress about a possible deal with Iran on nuclear weapons. As a reminder, Netanyahu has said that he "will do everything and will take any action to foil this bad and dangerous agreement." Your assignment - should you chose to accept it - is to be prepared by informing yourself about what some experts have said in support of the current negotiations and potential agreement. My purpose is to provide you with that information. Paul Pillar: Get Over It: There's No Better Deal on Iran's…
  • The Party of Personal Responsibility Has Become the Party of Perpetual Victims

    1 Mar 2015 | 11:39 am
    Ed Kilgore has an interesting article in the latest edition of the Washington Monthly about what we might call the "Palinization of the Republican Party." St. Joan of the Tundra’s distinctive contribution to the conservative cause was not simply to serve as a lightning rod for resentment of the “liberal elites” that supposedly run the country, but to invite ridicule that she then turned into a sense of victimization and self-pity and a hankering for vengeance. Does anyone else notice the circularity of that process? First of all, you invite ridicule. A prime example would be…
  • President Obama's Impact on Racism

    1 Mar 2015 | 9:24 am
    A lot of pundits have suggested that the presidency of Barack Obama has polarized the racial divide in this country. And there's some truth to that. At no point in my adult life has race been more front and center as an issue than its been over the last 6 years. And so the question becomes whether this President has moved us forward or backwards when it comes to the racial divide in this country. From the 1970's through the early 2000's, most white people could simply ignore the question of racism. There were times it came out of the woodwork and surprised us - like the reaction to the…
  • The GOP's Obsession With Words

    1 Mar 2015 | 7:42 am
    I am truly fascinated with the GOP's obsession with words over actions. It actually goes back much further than the recent nonsense about what President Obama calls the members of ISIS. Does anyone remember this? Even people who acknowledge George Bush's failings point to that as one of the great moments of his presidency. But by 2002, here's what he said at a press conference. Asked about the hunt for Bin Laden at a March, 2002 press conference, Bush said, “I truly am not that concerned about him. I am deeply concerned about Iraq.” “I really just don’t spend that much…
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  • Working on the Race Beat

    Jamil Smith
    1 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    In November 2013, Tanzina Vega, a young reporter for The New York Times, pitched Jill Abramson, the paper’s then-executive editor, the idea of devoting a reporting beat on the national desk to coverage of race and ethnicity. Abramson liked the idea, and Vega became the beat’s sole rep
  • What the West Got Wrong About Sex Education

    Jonathan Zimmerman
    28 Feb 2015 | 6:00 pm
    In 1976, the British psychologist Rex Stanton Rogers replied to an angry letter from T. J. Proom, who had withdrawn his four daughters from their public school in the south east of England to protest its allegedly “pornographic” sex education lessons. The editor of a recent collection of essays
  • Can Republicans Finally Accept Gay Conservatives?

    Sarah Kollmorgen
    28 Feb 2015 | 2:47 pm
    Gregory T. Angelo sat in the middle of a crowded hotel bar on a Thursday afternoon at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Statistically speaking, a li
  • Black Storytellers Matter

    Jamil Smith
    28 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    August Wilson’s Jitney is the first of his ten "Pittsburgh Cycle" plays to be staged, but it is also the only one of them that never made it to Broadway. The closest it came was when, 15 years ago, it opened at the Second Stage Theatre on New York City’s 43rd Street and Eighth Avenue
  • Why Leonard Nimoy Came to Embrace His Long, Prosperous Life as Spock

    Tom Carson
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:04 pm
    Today, we are all Trekkies. But believe it or not, my fondest memory of Leonard Nimoy, Actor, involves Mr. Spock only inferentially. After Martin Landau bailed on the old "Mission: Impossible" series in 1969, Nimoy replaced him for a couple of dumpster seasons as a master of disguise known as “the
 
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  • Earnest and Psaki back up Obama: Not just Jews shop at ‘randomly’ attacked kosher stores, so stop with the profiling!

    Doug Powers
    10 Feb 2015 | 1:37 pm
    **Written by Doug Powers During an interview with Vox, President Obama spoke about “vicious zealots” who “randomly shoot a bunch of folks in a deli in Paris.” In other words, “unkind acts of randomness.” Instead of walking it back, Josh Earnest et al are sounding like defense attorneys for the attackers attempting to get their clients out of hate crime charges: “Does the president have any doubt that those terrorists attack that deli because there would be Jews in that deli?” Karl asked. “It is clear from the terrorists and the writings…
  • Bill Nye shares climate change proof: The Wyoming hills are alive with ‘science’!

    Doug Powers
    10 Feb 2015 | 9:04 am
    **Written by Doug Powers Want proof of “climate change”? TV “scientist” and football pressure expert Bill Nye said last week to look no further than this hill in Wyoming: Bare slopes in Jackson Hole, WY. Nothin' to worry about- just a little climate change… pic.twitter.com/GwmYoKUQls — Bill Nye (@TheScienceGuy) February 6, 2015 The science is settled! Lack of snow on a hill (oops, I mean “slopes”) in Wyoming = “climate change” — Blizzard in New England = “climate change.” See how this works? Here’s a still…
  • “Success story” update! Cut-and-run Obama shuts down Yemen embassy

    Michelle Malkin
    10 Feb 2015 | 8:43 am
    Just in from the Associated Press: “BREAKING: US officials: US Embassy in Yemen to suspend operations amid security concerns.” And Reuters: “U.S. official in Washington confirms American embassy in Yemen is closing.” As I said in my column two weeks ago reviewing President Obama’s bloody Yemen disaster: When President Obama declares something a “success story,” you know it has “TOTAL FAILURE” embedded in its DNA…By words and action, the Obama White House has demonstrated that its primary allegiance lies not with protecting Americans, but with…
  • Another ‘general policy’ bites the dust': Kerry and Biden meet with Netanyahu election rival

    Doug Powers
    9 Feb 2015 | 4:22 am
    **Written by Doug Powers President Obama recently gave this excuse for why he wouldn’t meet with Benjamin Netanyahu when he’s in the country for a planned speech to a joint session of Congress (less any Democrats who are definitely not boycotting but just might be too busy to show up): A meeting so close to Israel’s March 17 election could be seen as helping Netanyahu. “I’m declining to meet with him simply because our general policy is we don’t meet with any world leader two weeks before their election,” Obama said in an excerpt of a CNN interview…
  • Man-made climate change alarmists continue to be busted revising history

    Doug Powers
    8 Feb 2015 | 8:30 am
    **Written by Doug Powers There’s a simple concept that continues to be on display here: If present reality isn’t cooperating with your desired goal, just go change the past: Two weeks ago, under the headline “How we are being tricked by flawed data on global warming”, I wrote about Paul Homewood, who, on his Notalotofpeopleknowthat blog, had checked the published temperature graphs for three weather stations in Paraguay against the temperatures that had originally been recorded. In each instance, the actual trend of 60 years of data had been dramatically reversed, so that a…
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  • Scott Walker Changes Position on Immigration as 2016 Nears

    Dan Hirschhorn
    1 Mar 2015 | 1:09 pm
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said in a new interview that he has changed his position and now opposes a path to citizenship for immigrants in the U.S. illegally, a policy shift that comes as the Republican is emerging as a conservative favorite in the 2016 presidential race. “My view has changed. I’m flat-out saying it,” Walker said during an interview on Fox News Sunday. “I look at the problems we’ve experienced for the last few years. I’ve talked to governors on the border and others out there. I’ve talked to people all across America. And the…
  • Real TIME: Rand Paul Wins CPAC Straw Poll

    julialull
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:31 am
    Rand Paul won the straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference for the third year in a row on Saturday. The Senator from Kentucky won with 26% of the vote. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker followed closely behind with 21%, and Jeb Bush and Chris Christie finished fifth and 10th, respectively. Watch #RealTIME for more on the final day of CPAC, and read more here.
  • Israeli Leader Departs for ‘Historic’ Mission to U.S.

    Jack Linshi
    1 Mar 2015 | 7:43 am
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu traveled Sunday to Washington D.C. for a controversial visit that the leader described as “a fateful, even historic mission.” “I am the emissary of all Israelis, even those who disagree with me,” Netanyahu said on Twitter as he departed. “I am deeply and genuinely concerned for the security of all Israelis, for the fate of the nation, and for the fate of our people. I will do my utmost to ensure our future.” Netanyahu, who is seeking reelection this month, will address Congress on Tuesday to express his opposition…
  • Rand Paul Wins CPAC Straw Poll, Scott Walker Takes Second

    Sam Frizell
    28 Feb 2015 | 2:40 pm
    Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul won the Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll for the third year in a row, but the real action was in second place, where Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker took the honors. Paul’s victory, with 26% percent of the vote, was widely expected due to the throngs of young, libertarian-minded attendees. (He won 25% of the vote in 2013 and 31% in 2014.) But Walker’s second-place win showed the Midwesterner’s growing credibility among conservatives. In securing 21% of the vote, Walker is sure to ignite more buzz as he seeks to appeal to both…
  • Real TIME: Scott Walker Tackles the U.S. Economy at CPAC

    julialull
    28 Feb 2015 | 1:42 pm
    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker shared his views on the U.S. economy, the minimum wage, and and the dispute over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s impending speech to Congress during his speech at CPAC. Watch #RealTIME to see what he had to say.
 
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  • Estonia's pro-NATO Reform party wins vote overshadowed by Russia

    1 Mar 2015 | 3:35 pm
    Estonia's governing pro-NATO Reform party topped parliamentary elections Sunday, defeating a Kremlin-oriented rival amid concerns over a militarily resurgent Russia, but analysts warned that forging a coalition would be difficult. President Toomas Hendrik Ilves is expected to ask Reform chief, outgoing Prime Minister Taavi Roivas, to build a coalition on the basis of the 30 seats his party won in the 101-member parliament. "The Reform Party is the 2015 winner of the parliamentary elections," Roivas announced on Estonia's ERR public television late Sunday as official…
  • Kerry tried to dampen fuss over Israeli PM's speech

    1 Mar 2015 | 3:19 pm
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday tried to calm tensions with Israel before Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's congressional address, yet insisted the Obama administration's diplomatic record with Iran entitles the U.S. to "the benefit of the doubt" as negotiators work toward a long-term nuclear deal. On a mission to warn of the dangers of a nuclear-armed Iran, the prime minister arrived in Washington for the speech the White House didn't want him to give.
  • Outspoken Indian preacher wins Saudi prize for service to Islam

    1 Mar 2015 | 3:12 pm
    Zakir Naik, president of the Islamic Research Foundation in India, was one of five recipients of the King Faisal International Prize from Saudi Arabia's King Salman during a ceremony at a luxury Riyadh hotel. The annual prizes are a project of the King Faisal Foundation, established in 1976 by the children of King Faisal bin Abdul Aziz who died in 1975. Naik was honoured for being one of the most renowned non-Arabic speaking promoters of Islam. He founded the Peace TV channel, billed as the world's only channel specialising in comparative religion.
  • Obama invoking civil rights struggles past and present

    1 Mar 2015 | 3:07 pm
    WASHINGTON (AP) — For President Barack Obama, it's a week to invoke America's civil rights struggles from past to present.
  • Israeli PM in US for controversial speech

    1 Mar 2015 | 3:02 pm
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is in Washington to deliver the speech to Congress that the Obama administration did not want him to give.
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    Political Irony

  • Kicking the Can

    Iron Knee
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:24 pm
    For people who thought that Congress couldn’t get any more disfunctional — you were wrong. As the Daily Beast put it: It used to be that Congress was broken, and was forced to repeatedly kick the can down the road. Now it seems that Congress can’t even properly kick the can down the road. The first few steps happened as they have in the past, but with a new twist. As they did when they didn’t control Congress, Republicans attached some bizarre demand to an almost completely unrelated bill that had to be passed, just daring the Democrats not to pass it. In this case, what…
  • Late Night Political Humor

    Iron Knee
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:15 pm
    “Jeb Bush gave a speech yesterday. He had a pretty rough time. He accidentally said that ISIS has 200,000 men instead of 20,000, and then he mispronounced the name of the terrorist group Boko Haram. So if history has taught us anything, Jeb is well on his way to winning the White House.” – Jimmy Fallon “Yesterday during a speech on national security, Jeb Bush mispronounced Boko Haram and got confused between Iran and Iraq. When reached for comment, his brother George W. said, ‘He sure sounds presidentiary to me.'” – Conan O’Brien “Do you know who…
  • Neutrality for the Win!

    Iron Knee
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Today, the FCC made two important decisions that will have a profound effect on the future of the internet. Most widely reported is their vote to reclassify the internet as a telecommunications service under Title II of the communications act. The immediate impact is that telecoms cannot charge extra for internet “fast lanes”. All traffic must be treated equally, which is the whole point of “net neutrality”. Title II allows regulation of prices of telecommunication services, but the FCC has explicitly promised that they will not do this for broadband service. Also…
  • We’re Not in Kansas, Toto!

    Iron Knee
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:11 pm
    I’ve posted a number of stories (here, here, or here) about the conservative experiment going on in Kansas sponsored by the Koch brothers. It involves (in case you can’t guess) massive tax cuts for business (they pay no taxes), and massive cuts in education, roads, and social services. Ultra-conservative governor Sam Brownback predicted “enormous prosperity” for the state. Instead their economy is going to hell in a handbasket, accompanied by massive deficits, high unemployment, and – perhaps worst of all – being made fun of by The Daily Show. But there has to be a…
  • Instant News

    Iron Knee
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:18 pm
    © Tom Tomorrow One of the things I love about doing a blog is that it gives me the luxury of waiting until the initial internet and 24-hour news hysteria dies down. That way I can do a bit of reading, investigating, and thinking. Of course, my job is to find the irony, hypocrisy, and just plain humor in the situation. I leave actual news to others! Related posts: McCain’s instant payback from big oil The Future of News? Ironic Blog Roundup: Jon Stewart v. Fox News, The Right to Remain Silent, and Those Crazy Mormons
 
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  • Netanyahu's Remains of the Day

    1 Mar 2015 | 2:50 pm
    For all his protestations that he arrives today in Washington on a grave mission vital to Israel's national security, Benjamin "Mr. Security" Netanyahu has more on his mind than merely scuttling President Obama's incubating nuclear agreement with Iran. Latest Israeli election polls show Netanyahu is in a neck-and-neck race for an unprecedented fourth term, so not a shoo-in for reelection. Politically wounded from a series of self-inflicted scandals (one being an eye-opening, taxpayer-funded, late night Chinese carry-out bill!) and the sheer longevity of his rule, Israelis have grown weary of…
  • Russia Detains Ukrainian Parliament Member Over Odessa Fire

    1 Mar 2015 | 2:43 pm
    MOSCOW (AP) — Moscow police have detained a member of Ukraine's parliament as he was taking part in a march mourning a slain Russian opposition figure. Ukraine's parliament has protested the detention. The federal Investigative Committee said Alexei Goncharenko was being questioned Sunday about his alleged involvement in a fire that broke out last year in his home city Odessa between pro-Ukrainian and pro-Russian demonstrators. Dozens died in the fire, including some Russian citizens. The speaker of Ukraine's parliament, Volodymyr Groisman, said the detention was a violation of…
  • Scott Walker Admits That He Flip-Flopped On Immigration

    1 Mar 2015 | 2:16 pm
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) admitted on Sunday that he had completely changed his stance on immigration and that he now has a much tougher position on undocumented individuals living in the United States. "I don't believe in amnesty, and part of the reason why I've made that a firm position is I look at the way this president has mishandled that issue," Walker said during an interview on "Fox News Sunday." "I think the better approach is to enforce the laws and to give employers, job creators the tools like E-Verify and other things to make sure the law is being upheld going forward," he…
  • It May Be Speaker John Boehner and the GOP That Do Not Love America

    1 Mar 2015 | 1:56 pm
    Rudy, oh dear Mr. Former Mayor, it seems that that you got it all wrong when you accused the president of not loving America. It's so hard to watch you spout such stuff because you were such a respected man. In fact, you were one of the icons that had helped lead America through the tragedy of 9/11. Hope that the PR was worth it. Obama not only loves this country and its people dearly, but is doing his best to keep us safe. If someone is guilty of not loving America, sadly it's probably Speaker John Boehner together with the right wing of the House GOP. You know that actions speak volumes,…
  • Bernie Sanders Calls Out Media For Not Covering Obama's Trade Deal

    1 Mar 2015 | 1:14 pm
    Adding to the chorus of protest over President Obama’s push for a controversial new trade pact with Asia, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) sounded off on the Trans-Pacific Partnership, and accused mainstream media of not covering what could be one of the biggest trade agreements in history. “The major television networks are not covering the TPP. Incredible as it may sound, this trade agreement—the largest trade agreement in the history of the United States of America—has received virtually no coverage, no coverage, on the major networks,” Sanders said from the Senate floor on Thursday.
 
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    Media Matters for America - Latest Items

  • CNN's Reliable Sources Highlights Media Matters' Debunking Of O'Reilly's Murdered Nuns Lie

    1 Mar 2015 | 9:40 am
    From the March 1 edition of CNN's Reliable Sources:Previously: Another Fabrication: O'Reilly Never Witnessed The Murder Of Nuns In El Salvador (Updated) Yes, O'Reilly's Fabrications Are Damaging Fox News The Guardian: Six Former Colleagues Dispute O'Reilly's Claim He Was "Attacked By Protesters" During The L.A. Riots
  • CNN's Reliable Sources Airs New Audio Disproving O'Reilly's JFK Story

    1 Mar 2015 | 12:58 am
    CNN's Reliable Sources aired a new, clearer version of audio that further disproves Bill O'Reilly's claim that he personally "heard" the shotgun blast that killed a figure in the investigation into President John F. Kennedy's assassination. O'Reilly has repeatedly claimed in his books and on Fox News that while he was reporting for a Dallas television station in 1977, he was directly outside at the exact moment that George de Mohrenschildt -- an associate of Lee Harvey Oswald -- shot himself in a Florida home. O'Reilly has offered no evidence to confirm…
  • Fox News' Media Criticism Show Whitewashes Network's Bill O'Reilly Controversy

    28 Feb 2015 | 11:35 pm
    Fox News media critic Howard Kurtz failed to substantively discuss new allegations that Fox's Bill O'Reilly fabricated several details of his reporting career while offering no criticism of the embattled host. Since the last edition of Fox's weekly media criticism program, MediaBuzz on February 22, O'Reilly has faced cascading allegations that he lied about hearing the suicide of a figure connected to John F. Kennedy's assassination, that he had falsely claimed to have witnessed the execution of nuns in El Salvador, and that he greatly exaggerated a story about being "attacked by protesters"…
  • Mother Jones ' David Corn On Media Matters Radio : O'Reilly's Excuses "Don't Make Sense" But Fox News Defends Him Anyhow

    28 Feb 2015 | 9:06 am
    From the February 28 edition of SiriusXM's Media Matters Radio:Related: Bill O'Reilly Has His Own Brian Williams Problem Previously: Yes, O'Reilly's Fabrications Are Damaging Fox News Another Fabrication: O'Reilly Never Witnessed The Murder Of Nuns In El Salvador Fox News, Murdoch Papers Fall Silent On O'Reilly Fabrication Questions
  • Hannity's CPAC Pledge: I'll Give "Every Single, Solitary" Presidential Candidate Access To Fox Show

    27 Feb 2015 | 9:35 am
    From CSPAN's February 27 coverage of the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference:Previously: Watch Hannity Jump On CPAC Stage To Praise Ted Cruz, Telling Crowd "We Can Fundamentally Transform America" In 2016 Fox Primary 2016: Rand Paul Courts Rupert Murdoch At The Kentucky Derby The Fox Primary: 8 Months, 12 Candidates, 604 Appearances, 4644 Minutes
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    This Week in Blackness | #TWIBnation

  • #TWIBprime #650 | The Aftermath

    TWiB.FM
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:59 am
    #TeamBlackness discusses this week’s #RaceWar, what actually constitutes an “attack”,  and a win for Net Neutrality all with special guest host Rod The Black Guy Who Tips. Featuring: Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman Elon James White @elonjames Imani Gandy @angryblacklady Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon - Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! ITUNES | STITCHER | PREMIUM   The post #TWIBprime #650 | The Aftermath appeared first on #TWIBnation.
  • Back2Reality #282 | Colors of the Wind

    shanepaulneil
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:59 am
    Locks of Love Giuliana Rancic’s comments have everyone talking race; the whitest Oscars in a long time spark conversation around equality and ethnicity; a man goes on a bleaching spree when his girlfriend won’t share; and a woman is busy double clicking her mouse watching 50 Shades of Grey. And the social critique that is Pocahontas. Featuring: Jarrett Hill @JarrettHill Tati B Angelique Jackson & Ro Blvd 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 @Back2Reality?
  • Race, Social Media and Engagement

    Elon James White
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:52 am
    The conversation around the toxicity of Twitter and the hordes of angry social justice warriors who will attack any one who doesn’t understand their secret lingo has become cartoonish. I see emails and posts through out social media warning of the impending doom when trying to be reasonable at the hands of #blacktwitter or another subgroup on the platform. In an attempt to shift the conversation I took to Twitter to attempt to give a different perspective. The following was my attempt at a deeper look into the supposed Twitter “mob” mentality. RELATED   [View the story…
  • #What’s The Tea #87 | Yeezy Season

    shanepaulneil
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:56 am
    Thomas joins us to clock the tea on origin stories, our stans, zodiac, Ts Madison, NYFW, Kanye’s Adidas line, Kanye’s Breakfast Club interview, Khloe/Amber Twitter beef, The Slap, How to Get Away With (Wig) Murder, Meanwhile on Instagram, Hey Boo of the Week Sports segment and much, much more. Featuring: Nic Ju @nicju Reggie 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 @What’s The Tea?: FOLLOW: Facebook|Twitter|[DONATE]The post #What’s The Tea #87 | Yeezy Season appeared first on…
  • #TWIBprime #649 | Shut Up and Learn

    TWiB.FM
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:09 pm
    #TeamBlackness discusses this week’s calamity and the laziness and refusal to learn that caused it. Sometimes anger is justified. Featuring: Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman Elon James White @elonjames Imani Gandy @angryblacklady Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon - Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! ITUNES | STITCHER | PREMIUM  The post #TWIBprime #649 | Shut Up and Learn appeared first on #TWIBnation.
 
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    Wonkette

  • The Weekend Stock Photo Report Will End The Internet As We Know It

    Alex Ruthrauff
    1 Mar 2015 | 12:37 pm
    In this installment of The Weekend Stock Photo Report with Weekend S. Photo, the DHS fight goes to overtime, Scott Walker is misunderstood except not really, and the conservative freakout over net neutrality is totally precedented. Read more on The Weekend Stock Photo Report Will End The Internet As We Know It…
  • Deleted Comments Of The Week: We Are Illiterate Illegal Parasites In Prison. Science Fact!

    Doktor Zoom
    1 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    Since Disqus has brought us a bunch of new commenters (Hi! Welcome To The Monkeyhouse! Play nice!), we’d just like to ‘splain why we moderate comments in the first place, instead of allowing unfettered Free Speach: It’s because we are big believers in the First Amendment, which gives us the right to run our little mommyblog/recipe hub/Pony appreciation society however the hell we want to. It’s our parlor, and if we choose not to invite someone in because they’re intent on muddying up the carpet and shitting on the credenza, or even if we don’t like their…
  • Happy Birthday, Tea Party! Now Die In A Fire

    Gary Legum
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    Happy sixth birthday to the Tea Party! Okay we’re a little late here, as the big day was in the middle of last week. We have just been so busy writing about all the insane horseshit you teabaggers have unleashed on our politics that we forgot to stop for a minute and appreciate the six years of joy you have brought us, with your whining and hollering and dressing up in leftover costumes from our first-grade play about the Founding Fathers. Read more on Happy Birthday, Tea Party! Now Die In A Fire…
  • The Fartknocker Report: Add China To List Of Countries Sarah Palin Can See From Her House

    Dan Weber
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    If you enjoyed the Inception-inspired editing featured in last week’s Fartknocker Report, you will be a sad panda today, because Sarah Palin’s back to her standard derpsplaining-into-the-camera format. She published five videos this week, which might make it seem like she put in a full work week. On closer inspection, however, Palin’s wearing the same jacket in two videos published two days apart, with a total run time of 10 whole minutes and 24 seconds. Both videos focus on Obama’s foreign policy failures, and we will bet our bottom Bitcoin she shot them both in the…
  • The Snake Oil Bulletin: Your Week In New Age Quack-Quack Woo

    Fare la Volpe
    1 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Greetings, pals! I see you’ve returned for another edition of the Snake Oil Bulletin, your weekly round-up of the worst — just the absolute worst — in poppycock to promulgate throughout this vast interweb of ours. Let’s waste no time by diving headlong into the world of cancer quackery. Read more on The Snake Oil Bulletin: Your Week In New Age Quack-Quack Woo…
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    Hot Air

  • Russian opposition leader’s murder just yards from the Kremlin is … suspicious

    Noah Rothman
    1 Mar 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Provokatsiya. On Sunday, between 44,000 and 50,000 Muscovites marched in the Russian capital city to protest the murder of opposition leader Boris Nemtsov who was shot to death on Friday in one of the most secure areas of the city. The 55-year-old Nemtsov, a figure who represented Russia’s liberal opposition for nearly 20 years, was gunned […] Read this post »
  • Political reporter ponders why people hate political reporters

    Jazz Shaw
    1 Mar 2015 | 12:31 pm
    Well, it's a start Frank Bruni has a media navel gazing editorial out today in the Gray Lady where he kicks around the question of why people seem to be complaining so much about campaign coverage in the national media. He cites a few examples (in what seems to be a rather sarcastic way) which include Hillary supporters claiming […] Read this post »
  • Will the GOP’s 2016 field run against Boehner and McConnell?

    Noah Rothman
    1 Mar 2015 | 11:01 am
    Majority problems. Congress solidly in Republican hands for the first time in eight years, and no one is more frustrated by that condition than conservatives. Late Friday, the GOP-led Congress passed a temporary spending measure to avert a “shutdown” of the Department of Homeland Security, but that does not resolve the issues surrounding a fight over Obama’s […] Read this post »
  • Drawing the wrong lesson from Trayvon Martin

    Jazz Shaw
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:31 am
    Yet another national conversation Jonathan Capehart has penned an extensive editorial at the WaPo this weekend in which he attempts to draw a direct line from the ill fated encounter between George Zimmerman and Trayvon Martin to the national chants of “black lives matter.” In it, he offers something of a thumbnail version of national racial discussions since the […] Read this post »
  • This is America: Injured veteran gets mortgage-free house

    Jazz Shaw
    1 Mar 2015 | 8:01 am
    Welcome home We’ve had far too much depressing news this week, so it’s time for something good. And by something good, I mean something great. In North Carolina, an injured Iraq war veteran and his family have received a new home at no cost after losing almost everything they had due to complications from his injuries. An […] Read this post »
 
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    Real Politix » Real Politix

  • The Things You Wanted To Know, But They Would Not Tell You About Insurance

    Randy
    28 Feb 2015 | 2:21 am
    TIP! Try to find a good insurance company that will cover any of your insurance needs adequately and at a reasonable cost. Many insurance companies offer a discount to customers who carry more than one insurance policy with them. Hundreds of different insurance policies exist, from dental to life to home they can all be very important. You will be able to find out what kind of insurance you need, and the ones you may be able to do without if you are having issues with money. TIP! In order to have your claim processed faster, you should clearly explain what happened. Any damage claims should…
  • Supplement Your Income With A Home Business

    Randy
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:49 pm
    TIP! If you need to spend time driving to get things done for your business, it’s vital that you record your mileage and keep careful track of all your receipts. Whether your trip is a short 15 minutes or as long as a full day, you can deduct the trip costs fully on your taxes. Millions of people have dreamed, at one time or another, of launching their own home-based business, and of the incredible opportunities it can provide. Setting your own schedule and not having to deal with a boss can be a great benefit. Making this dream a reality is tough, but it can be accomplished. Read on to…
  • Basic Guide On How To Make Money In The Stock Market

    Randy
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:15 am
    TIP! Before choosing a broker, do your homework first. Look at the resources offered online that can give you an assessment of each broker’s reputation and history. Take your time and do your research about any company you are considering investing in, so that you can gain the most success. If you are serious about increasing your profit opportunities you should continue to read this article. You can see a return on your investments almost immediately. TIP! Remember to be realistic in what your expected return is when investing. Everyone knows that wealth through the stock market does…
  • Practical Advice For Buyers In The Real Estate Market

    Randy
    22 Feb 2015 | 11:50 pm
    TIP! If you make an offer and the seller doesn’t accept it, there’s always room for negotiation. The seller might be willing to meet you half way, cover closing costs, or finalize some repairs. With all the complexities and red tape of buying real estate, you can quickly be overcome by confusion or overwhelmed with the stress. Learning all of the tips that you possibly can is very important for success in purchasing a home. TIP! You may have to be flexible in order to close on a home. There are trade-offs that must sometimes be made between buying in a particular neighborhood,…
  • Useful Information About Insurance

    Randy
    20 Feb 2015 | 6:28 pm
    TIP! You can save serious dollars off of insurance premiums by bundling your policies. A lot of insurance companies give discounts, the most common one being a discount for having more than one policy with the company. Cars, houses, boats, teeth, health, and even lives: all of them can be insured! Read this article to find out more about different types of insurance, and learn how to select the best policies. TIP! When running a business, it is important to be sure that you are properly insured. Many policies give you coverage for most of the risks that could potentially take placem but there…
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    FamousDC

  • Famous Friday [Round Up] – Presented by DCanter

    fdc
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:32 am
    ***ROUND UP PRESENTED BY DCanter A Wine Boutique*** Check out our Famous 5 Interview with DCanter Co-Owner Michelle Lim Warner. #NATIONAL Our hearts go out to Missouri; Limp Bizkit + Seinfeld; RIP Spock; that box on your desk with numbers is a phone, try it out sometime;  It’s worth watching the Sesame Street House of […]The post Famous Friday [Round Up] – Presented by DCanter appeared first on FamousDC.
  • AshLee Strong is Crushing It

    fdc
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:18 am
    Bad. Ass. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s political operation has lured one of the top Republican communicators in the Senate away from the chamber. Walker’s bringing on AshLee Strong, the spokeswoman for the Senate Republican Conference, as national press secretary to be based in Madison, a Walker aide confirmed to CQ Roll Call. She has worked for […]The post AshLee Strong is Crushing It appeared first on FamousDC.
  • C-SPAN’s Evening Lineup Worth a Watch

    fdc
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:57 am
    We’d watch it 24 hours a day if this was the usual programming. Courtesy of The Tonight Show with Jimmy FallonThe post C-SPAN’s Evening Lineup Worth a Watch appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Sorry, D.C. Dudes

    fdc
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:13 am
    “According to a new survey by date-auction site WhatsYourPrice.com, single men in Washington, D.C. spend $177 on a first date.That comes in at #5 on the list!” 1st Date DC Men @Uber_DC-$50 Drinks-$40 Dinner-$100 Realizing she lives in Arlington and it’ll never last…Priceless http://t.co/G9Rcf3xyZO — Robert Myers (@robbievmyers) February 26, 2015 h/t Cloture ClubThe post Sorry, D.C. Dudes appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Stanton & Greene Moves Into Pour House Space

    fdc
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:58 am
    Sure, it may not have a basement themed like a German beer hall, but it’s a beautiful bar we can’t wait to try. The motif is practically timeless, the floor covered with miniature mosaic tiles, the walls paved with New York City subway tiles. The lights were chosen in tribute to early 20th century Pullman […]The post Stanton & Greene Moves Into Pour House Space appeared first on FamousDC.
 
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    Business and finance

  • Saturday morning pictures

    28 Feb 2015 | 11:42 am
    “IT IS quite obvious that incremental change is not going to take us anywhere,” claimed Arun Jaitley, India’s finance minister, at the start of his 95-minute budget speech on February 28th. “We have to think of a quantum jump.” Mr Jaitley thus set the scene for a bold, visionary and reforming budget of the sort that would convince investors, foreign and home-grown, that India was a country on which to place long-term bets. The budget was undoubtedly a reforming one: Mr Jaitley announced a welter of initiatives, many of them ambitious, almost all conducive to economic growth. What…
  • Steady on

    27 Feb 2015 | 5:45 am
    THE LAST few weeks have seen a flurry of good data about the America economy. Firms added more than 1m new jobs, in net terms, in the three months to January, the best showing since 1997. At 5.7%, America’s unemployment rate is now one of the lowest in the OECD, a club of mostly rich countries. GDP data, released this morning, shows that the economy expanded at an annual rate of 2.2% in the fourth quarter of 2014—one of the fastest growth rates in the OECD. All this is welcome, of course; but this recovery is still a fragile one.The pessimists have plenty to point to. For…
  • Get your income here

    27 Feb 2015 | 5:26 am
    BUY bonds for income and equities for growth. That is what many a financial adviser will tell you. But it isn't really true any more. According to Citigroup, the dividend yield on the equity market is higher than the 10-year government bond yield in Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Japan and the UK. In the US, the two yields are neck-and-neck but equity investors can get an extra cashflow boost from buy-backs.To some, this means that equities are ridiculously cheap. For much of the last 50 years, it was argued that equities should always yield less than government bonds because of the…
  • Eco-waverers

    26 Feb 2015 | 7:44 am
    You should see what’s inside“VIRTUE,” according to George Bernard Shaw, “is insufficient temptation.” But new research on the consumption patterns of the environmentally minded suggests that virtue and self-indulgence often go hand-in-hand.A recent paper* by Uma Karmarkar of Harvard Business School and Bryan Bollinger of Duke Fuqua School of Business finds that shoppers who bring their own bags when they buy groceries like to reward themselves for it. For two years the authors tracked transactions at a supermarket in America. Perhaps unsurprisingly, shoppers who brought their own…
  • Growing by shrinking

    26 Feb 2015 | 7:44 am
    IT TOOK more than three years, but on February 24th Finmeccanica, Italy’s state-controlled aerospace and defence group, said it had found a buyer for its rail businesses. Hitachi, a Japanese conglomerate, will pay €773m ($876m) for Finmeccanica’s 40% stake in Ansaldo STS, a railway-signalling company listed on Milan’s stock exchange, and €36m for AnsaldoBreda, a trainmaker (and lossmaker) fully owned by Finmeccanica.The deal will make Hitachi the fourth-biggest company in the rail-equipment business worldwide, behind Bombardier of Canada, Siemens of Germany and Alstom of France. For…
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    Democracy Now!

  • Republican Presidential Contender Scott Walker Compares ISIS Fighters to Wisconsin Protesters

    27 Feb 2015 | 5:55 am
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker made headlines Thursday when he compared the Islamic State to pro-labor protesters in Wisconsin. A top Republican presidential contender, Walker made the comment at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) when asked about the Islamic State. "If I can take on 100,000 protesters, I can do the same across the globe," Walker told the audience. Meanwhile, Walker has announced plans to sign an anti-union right-to-work bill that would eliminate the requirement that workers must pay union fees. On Wednesday, the Wisconsin State Senate passed the…
  • 17 Shots: Police Killing of Unarmed Mexican Farmworker in Washington State Sparks Protest

    27 Feb 2015 | 5:41 am
    Authorities in Pasco, Washington, have revealed police fired 17 shots at Antonio Zambrano-Montes, an unarmed Mexican farmworker who was shot dead on February 10. Cellphone video shows Zambrano turning to face police and raising his hands before he is shot. The shooting has sparked weeks of protests. Live from Pasco, we speak with Felix Vargas, chairman of Consejo Latino, a group of local businessmen in Pasco who are working with Zambrano’s family. We also talk to Jennifer Shaw, deputy director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington state and a member of the Community Police…
  • Antiquities Scholar: Islamic State's Destruction of Museum & Library is Cultural & Ethnic Cleansing

    27 Feb 2015 | 5:28 am
    Video has surfaced showing militants from the Islamic State destroying ancient artifacts at a museum in the Iraqi city of Mosul. Men are seen toppling statues and using sledgehammers and drills to destroy the artifacts. The Guardian reports one of the statues destroyed was a winged-bull Assyrian protective deity that dates back to the 9th century B.C. The Islamic State has also reportedly destroyed the Mosul public library, which housed more than 8,000 rare books and manuscripts. On Thursday, UNESCO, the cultural arm of the United Nations, called for the U.N. Security Council to hold an…
  • "A Historic Decision": Tim Wu, Father of Net Neutrality, Praises FCC Vote to Preserve Open Internet

    27 Feb 2015 | 5:08 am
    Advocates of a free and open Internet are celebrating a vote Thursday by the Federal Communications Commission to approve strong net neutrality rules. The move bans "paid prioritization" by Internet service providers who seek to charge extra fees from content producers, as well as blocking and throttling of lawful content. The new rules will also apply to mobile access. The vote is seen as a major victory for grassroots advocacy groups — including Fight for the Future, Demand Progress, Free Press, Color of Change and Center for Media Justice — who have spent years…
  • Headlines for February 27, 2015

    27 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    FCC Passes Historic Rules for Open InternetCongress to Postpone DHS Showdown for 3 WeeksCAGE: "Jihadi John" "Radicalized" by U.K. Security AgenciesU.N. Finds Torture at U.S. Military Facilities in AfghanistanEuropean Court: Iraq War Resister Must Give War Crimes Evidence for AsylumWisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Compares Labor Protesters to Islamic State FightersArgentina: Judge Rejects Late Prosecutor's Case Against PresidentU.S. Diplomats Samantha Power, Susan Rice to Attend AIPACOxfam: Gaza Rebuilding to Take 100 Years Under Israeli Blockade
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    NYT: The Caucus

  • What We’re Watching: Sunday Shows

    Elena Schneider
    28 Feb 2015 | 11:48 am
    The House narrowly met a midnight deadline to continue funding the Department of Homeland Security, an embarrassment to Republican leadership, who will discuss it on the Sunday shows.
  • Boehner Invites Afghan President to Address Congress

    Carl Hulse
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:25 pm
    The speaker announced Friday that he had asked Ashraf Ghani, president of Afghanistan, to speak to a joint meeting of the House and Senate on March 25.
  • For Grimm’s House Seat, New York Democrats Settle on City Councilman

    Alexander Burns
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:09 pm
    Vincent Gentile, a city councilman from Brooklyn, will seek the seat left vacant after Representative Michael Grimm's resignation. He will face Dan Donovan, the Republican district attorney on Staten Island, in a special election on May 5.
  • CPAC Reception Is Mixed for Jeb Bush, Despite Bused-In Backers

    Jonathan Martin
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:53 pm
    Jeb Bush faced some tough questions and some boos from the crowd but boasted of his conservative credentials as Florida governor in appealing for support at CPAC.
  • Group Backing Netanyahu Will Air Ad Attacking Hillary Clinton

    Maggie Haberman
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:27 pm
    The first television advertisement of the 2016 presidential campaign cycle to attack Hillary Rodham Clinton, the Democratic front-runner, will have its debut this weekend, paid for by a neoconservative group that strongly supports Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel.
 
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    Outside the Beltway

  • Rand Paul Wins Meaningless CPAC Straw Poll: A Family Tradition

    James Joyner
    1 Mar 2015 | 6:42 am
    Rand Paul is carrying on a family tradition: winning the CPAC straw poll. USA Today (“CPAC: Paul edges Walker in straw poll“): Rand Paul won a high-profile straw poll for a third straight year Saturday, capping an annual conservative conference at which delegates argued about how to turn their ideas into a presidential victory in 2016. The Kentucky senator carried 25.7% in the Conservative Political Action Conference poll, while Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker finished second with 21.4% — a closer-than-expected tally in this early test of political strength among conservative…
  • OTB Caption Contest Winners

    Rodney Dill
    28 Feb 2015 | 2:47 pm
    The John Thomas Scopes, I Presume Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over. (EPA/ROLF VENNENBERND) ✰ THE WINNERS ✰ First: DrDaveT – Now, if we only had some typewriters… Second: Franklin – Monkey see monkey dude. Third: Pinky – Never tell your literal-minded best man to order two dozen monkey suits for your wedding. HONORABLE MENTION OzarkHillbilly – It’s not easy finding a suitable Presidential nominee in today’s GOP. walt moffett – The Church’s primates to debate Lent and bananas RockThisTown – New IRS hires gather…
  • Congress Punts DHS Funding Bill For Seven Days

    Doug Mataconis
    28 Feb 2015 | 9:28 am
    Repeating a pattern that we’ve seen from the House of Representatives for four years now, the  issue of funding the Department of Homeland Security has been kicked down the road, for seven days: A partial government shutdown was narrowly avoided late Friday evening as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) made a surprise move to back legislation funding the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) for one week. Pelosi’s support helped Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) move the one-week bill through the House in a 357-60 vote just after 10 p.m., with 55 Republicans and 5…
  • Politinerds: The Jake Tapper Interview

    Doug Mataconis
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:35 am
    The week’s episode of Poitinerds features another special guest, Jake Tapper, host of CNN’s The Lead with Jake Tapper and before that White House Correspondent for ABC News. Jazz Shaw and I talk with Jake about his career in journalism, what it’s like to host a daily news show in an era of fast breaking news, and the story behind his book The Outpost, the story of a battle during the Afghanistan War that has already led to the awarding of two Congressional Medals of Honor. Although we didn’t have as much time with Jake as we did with last week’s guest Andrew…
  • Leonard Nimoy, Star Trek’s Spock, Dead at 83

    James Joyner
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:07 am
    Leonard Nimoy, the actor who became a household name as Mr. Spock with the “Star Trek” television series and movies, has died at 83. NYT (“Leonard Nimoy, Spock of ‘Star Trek,’ Dies at 83“): Leonard Nimoy, the sonorous, gaunt-faced actor who won a worshipful global following as Mr. Spock, the resolutely logical human-alien first officer of the Starship Enterprise in the television and movie juggernaut “Star Trek,” died on Friday morning at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles. He was 83. His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed his death,…
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    Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines

  • Truthdiggers of the Week: Leaders of the Debt Collective

    editor@truthdig.com
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:52 am
    By Alexander Reed Kelly With outstanding student debt in the U.S. topping $1.3 trillion, 15 former Corinthian Colleges students are refusing to pay the onerous, exorbitant cost of a shoddy education. Related Entries February 25, 2015 NYC Proposes Limits on How Often Schools Can Handcuff Students February 25, 2015 Homan Square: A ‘Domestic Black Site’ Where U.S. Citizens Are ‘Disappeared’
  • President of Venezuela Announces Diplomatic Sanctions Against U.S.

    editor@truthdig.com
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:12 am
        Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro. (AP/Pavel Golovkin) Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro announced Saturday that fewer U.S. diplomats will be allowed to work in the country and visas will be required for Americans traveling there, in what amounts to a sign of deteriorating relations between the two countries. The Guardian reports: Maduro also said that any meetings between US diplomats and Venezuelans would have to be “authorised” by the Venezuelan government.  The president said he decided to require visas for US citizens after the capture of an American pilot of Latin…
  • Seeing Is Believing as Scientists Trace Greenhouse Effect

    editor@truthdig.com
    1 Mar 2015 | 8:03 am
    By Tim Radford, Climate News Network High-precision field instruments in the U.S. have provided the first real-time “action shots” of the increasing impact of CO2 on global warming. Related Entries February 25, 2015 NYC Proposes Limits on How Often Schools Can Handcuff Students February 25, 2015 Homan Square: A ‘Domestic Black Site’ Where U.S. Citizens Are ‘Disappeared’
  • That’s All, Folks

    editor@truthdig.com
    28 Feb 2015 | 11:52 pm
    By Peter Z. Scheer Lest some colleague accuse me of burying the lede, here it is up front: I’m leaving Truthdig. Related Entries February 25, 2015 NYC Proposes Limits on How Often Schools Can Handcuff Students February 25, 2015 Homan Square: A ‘Domestic Black Site’ Where U.S. Citizens Are ‘Disappeared’
  • What Color Is This Dress?

    editor@truthdig.com
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:05 am
    By Clay Bennett Related Entries February 25, 2015 NYC Proposes Limits on How Often Schools Can Handcuff Students February 25, 2015 Homan Square: A ‘Domestic Black Site’ Where U.S. Citizens Are ‘Disappeared’
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    ThinkProgress

  • D.C. Residents Won’t Let Congress Blunt Their Enthusiasm For Legal Pot Business

    Kiley Kroh
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:32 am
    CREDIT: AP Photo/Elaine Thompson On the first weekend after the legalization of marijuana in the nation’s capital, a sell-out crowd gathered in a hotel ballroom with the same basic mission: Learn how to capitalize on the economic opportunity that’s headed for D.C., the so-called “Green Rush.” Conference attendees, who paid up to $299 for the weekend, listened to presenters talk about securing investors, navigating complex tax issues, and cultivating customers along with your plants. The unique challenge in D.C. is that Initiative 71, which went into effect on Thursday,…
  • After Assassination Of Outspoken Putin Critic, His Planned Protest Turns Into A Memorial

    Beenish Ahmed
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:08 am
    Thousands converged Sunday in central Moscow to mourn veteran liberal politician and opposition leader Boris Nemtsov who was assassinated on Friday. CREDIT: AP Boris Nemstov planned to lead a march against the Russian economic policies and the country’s apparent part in an ongoing conflict in neighboring Ukraine. Instead, tens of thousands marched through Moscow to mourn the Russian opposition leader who was shot to death just outside of the Kremlin on Friday. Just weeks before he was gunned down while walking home with his girlfriend, Nemstov told a Russian news site, “I’m afraid…
  • TransCanada Is Seizing People’s Land To Build Keystone, But Conservatives Have Been Dead Silent

    Josh Israel
    1 Mar 2015 | 6:45 am
    For Julia Trigg Crawford, watching TransCanada construct the southern leg of the Keystone XL pipeline on a corner of her 600-acre farm was “gut-wrenching.” Crawford, who lives in Direct, Texas, had been trying since 2011 to keep the pipeline company off her property. But she ultimately lost, the portion of her land needed for the pipeline condemned through eminent domain — a process by which government can force citizens to sell their property for “public use,” such as the building of roads, railroads, and power lines. Crawford can’t wrap her head around why…
  • NSA’s Mass Phone Surveillance Program Gets New Life, Extended Until June

    Lauren C. Williams
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:32 am
    CREDIT: AP The National Security Agency’s controversial phone metadata surveillance program reauthorized under the Patriot Act got an extension until June, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (DNI) announced Friday. According to a joint statement with the Justice Department on Tumblr, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court granted the DNI’s request to reauthorize its mass phone surveillance program under section 215 of the Patriot Act until June 1, when spy programs from the act are set to expire. The move appears to be a last-ditch effort to make use of the…
  • New Documentary Reveals Universities’ Responses To Rape Are Even Worse Than You Think

    Jessica Goldstein
    28 Feb 2015 | 9:18 am
    CREDIT: Screenshot, “The Hunting Ground” The Hunting Ground begins with scenes of joy. We see high school students crowded around their computers, family and friends at their side, at the moment they receive their college acceptances. There is happy-crying, shrieking, hugging, cheering. Some just sit there, stunned. As Ellie Goudling’s “Anything Can Happen” starts to play, if you already know what The Hunting Ground is about, you begin to feel like you might throw up in the movie theater. Anything can happen, and does. That The Hunting Ground is helmed by…
 
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    Slate Articles

  • Capital Punishment

    Betsy Woodruff
    1 Mar 2015 | 1:22 pm
    The Conservative Political Action Conference—the largest and most influential gathering of conservative activists every year—is typically portrayed as a freak show. This reputation isn’t always unfair. On the main stage in a given year, you might watch a video montage of cable news luminaries saying mean things about the National Rifle Association’s Wayne LaPierre, or you might see Sarah Palin waving a Big Gulp over her head, or you might hear Duck Dynasty’s Phil Robertson discuss how long it takes to contract genital herpes. If you wander down Radio Row, where talk radio hosts snag…
  • Air Marshals Behaving Badly

    Terry Parris Jr.
    1 Mar 2015 | 11:35 am
    Here are this week's top must-read stories from #MuckReads, ProPublica's ongoing collection of the best watchdog journalism. Anyone can contribute by tweeting a link to a story and with the hashtag #MuckReads or by sending an email to MuckReads@ProPublica.org. Sign up here to get this digest delivered to your inbox weekly. 
  • Every Shot on House of Cards Looks the Same

    Chris Wade
    1 Mar 2015 | 7:44 am
    To be clear, House of Cards has excellent cinematography. Every shot is composed with precision and austere elegance, all emphasizing the cold, calculating world of Frank Underwood. In this podcast interview, the series cinematographer Igor Martinovik elaborates on how the show uses its visual style to emphasize its story; for instance, the camera never pans and tilts at the same time, helping create a sense of stillness.
  • The Letter of the Law

    Dahlia Lithwick
    28 Feb 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Listen to Episode 12 of Slate’s Amicus:
  • Boehner’s Last Stand?

    Betsy Woodruff
    28 Feb 2015 | 12:05 pm
    While most of the GOP-watching world (your correspondent included) spent the last 24 hours zeroed in on the antics at CPAC—Donald Trump said some things! The Duck Dynasty guy said some things! There were millennials!—Capitol Hill offered its own drama. On Friday night, at the last possible moment, Congress managed to squeak through legislation to keep the Department of Homeland Security funded. But don’t worry if you missed it; the compromise is just a weeklong patch, which means we may very well have a replay of the same drama in seven short days.
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    Political Mojo | Mother Jones

  • Hero Mom Has the Perfect Response to Son Begging to Join ISIS

    Inae Oh
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:48 am
    Everyone of us can relate to having once been a stupid teenager, irrationally whining to our parents about needing to hang out with that group, wear this outfit, etc. Such is the case of 19-year-old Akhror Saidakhmetov of Brooklyn who had a burning desire to join club ISIS, like all the cool kids seem to be doing these days. But despite having all the gear to prove he was ready to commit to the band, Saidakhmetov's dreams were ultimately crushed by a very adolescent roadblock—his mom. From the Times: Mr. Juraboev and Mr. Saidakhmetov bought tickets, planning to travel to…
  • Sean Hannity Said Some Something Really Creepy at CPAC Today

    Sam Brodey
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:20 am
    In his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference this morning, Fox News' Sean Hannity had some downright creepy things to say about the "young, good-looking crowd:" I can look out in the crowd, I kinda have Fox X-ray vision, and I can see that some of you women, you don't even know it yet, but you're pregnant. It's not your fault. It's not his fault. The joke—if that's what it was—bombed, drawing nervous laughter and groans from the crowd. The Twitter reaction was swift and perplexed: Hannity has xray vision can tell that some of the women in here are…
  • California's 3-Strike Prison Reform Is Working

    Rebecca Cohen
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:19 am
    California's three-strikes law used to mean that all third-time felons had to spend at least 25 years behind bars—pretty harsh, considering that the third strike could be the result of stealing a $2.50 pair of tube socks. Last year, voters decided to scale back the policy, and passed two initiatives to give judges more sentencing discretion and retroactively reduce the penalties for low-level drug and theft crimes. Law enforcement leaders warned that the reform would set free "thousands of dangerous inmates," and called it "a radical package of ill-conceived policies" that "will…
  • Elizabeth Warren Launches New Battle Against the Fed

    Inae Oh
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:02 pm
    While speaking before the Senate's Banking Committee on Tuesday, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) hit Fed Chair Janet Yellen with a string of harsh questions over the performance of Scott Alvarez, the Fed's general counsel, who is at the helm of an investigation of a Fed leak from September 2012. Warren has expressed frustrations over the investigation's lack of public information.  "Wall Street banks could profit handsomely if they knew about the Fed’s plans before the rest of the market found out, and that’s why any leak of confidential information from the Fed results in…
  • The FCC Just Approved Net Neutrality

    Inae Oh
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:40 am
    On Thursday, the Federal Communications Commission voted to categorize the internet as a public utility and thereby uphold strong net neutrality regulations. Advocates applauded the passage as a victory for internet consumers, blocking what had been described as the creation of internet "fast lanes" for companies willing to pay more for high-speed service. The vote came down to a 3-2 margin, with dissents from Republicans Michael O'Reilly and Ajut Pai.  "The action that we take today is an irrefutable reflection of the principle that no one, whether government or corporate, should…
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    Latest from Crooks and Liars

  • Walker Does A Complete Flip Flop On Immigration

    capper
    1 Mar 2015 | 2:29 pm
    Sunday Morning, Scott Walker appeared with Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday" and completely reversed himself on immigration: His response now is that President Barack Obama's executive actions on immigration forged Walker's new belief. "I don't believe in amnesty, and part of the reason why I've made that a firm position is I look at the way that this president has handled that issue," Obama told Wallace. "I was one of the first governors that joined the lawsuit that has been successful at least on this initial technicality, and I hope we prevail ultimately throughout the courts. "And then…
  • Howie Kurtz Trivializes O'Reilly's Fox News Indiscretions

    LeftOfCenter
    1 Mar 2015 | 1:48 pm
    Howie Kurtz commented on the article written by David Corn at Mother Jones. Corn wrote about Bill-O's very own slew of lies, such that would have also earned him a suspension without pay. Kurtz writes, The adversarial tone of the story he co-authored is telegraphed in the headline: “Bill O’Reilly Has His Own Brian Williams Problem.” --In a Washington panel discussion, O’Reilly said: “I've covered wars, okay? I've been there. The Falklands, Northern Ireland, the Middle East. I've almost been killed three times, okay.” “He covered a protest,” Corn said. “It might be a minor…
  • Ben Carson: Religion Is Needed To Test Scientific Theories In Case 'It's Just Propaganda'

    David
    1 Mar 2015 | 12:55 pm
    Possible Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson suggested over the weekend that religion was necessary for testing scientific theories because the science could be "propaganda." On Sunday, NBC's Chuck Todd asked Carson, a former neurosurgeon, how science could coexist with his conservative Christian principles. "A person's religious beliefs are the things that make them who they are, gives them a direction in their life," Carson opined. "But I do not believe that religious beliefs should dictate one's public policies and stances." "I find, a very good measure of correlation between my…
  • Noonan: House Tea Partiers Represent The Thinking Of Almost Half Of The Country

    Heather
    1 Mar 2015 | 11:34 am
    Peggy Noonan is once again pulling statistics from the land of her posterior. Here she is on this Sunday's Face the Nation pretending that these teabaggers, or the House Freedom Caucus, or whatever these extremists are calling themselves these days represent "the thinking of almost half of the country." Sorry Peggy but barely winning a majority of the votes in gerrymandered districts in a midterm election with record low turnout does not mean that half of the country agrees with your views. DICKERSON: Peggy, I want to start with you. What is worse for the Republicans running the Congress,…
  • Scalise Denounces Ties White Supremacists: GOP 'Continues To Build Relationships' With Minorities

    David
    1 Mar 2015 | 11:02 am
    House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) insisted on Sunday that Republicans were building relationships with the minority communities after the news broke that he had once spoken to a white supremacist group founded by former Klu Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke. Late last year, a Washington Post report revealed that the Louisiana Republican had attended an event in 2002 for the European-American Unity and Rights Organization (EURO), which has been classified by the Southern Poverty Law Center as a "hate group." Fox News host Chris Wallace asked Scalise on Sunday if he had made an effort to…
 
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    The Daily Dish: Andrew Sullivan

  • The Years Of Writing Dangerously

    Andrew Sullivan
    6 Feb 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Thirteen years ago, as I was starting to experiment with this blogging thing, I wrote the following: [T]he speed with which an idea in your head reaches thousands of other people’s eyes has another deflating effect, this time in reverse: It ensures that you will occasionally blurt out things that are offensive, dumb, brilliant, or in tune with the way people actually think and speak in private. That means bloggers put themselves out there in far more ballsy fashion than many officially sanctioned pundits do, and they make fools of themselves more often, too. The only way to correct your…
  • The Miracle Of Francis

    Andrew Sullivan
    6 Feb 2015 | 11:30 am
    One sub-theme of the Dish has long been my passionate, tortured relationship with the Catholic Church. This decade and a half exposed the unspeakable child abuse epidemic in the church, leaving me utterly unmoored and gutted. My faith life during all these years sputtered, lingered, and at times opened onto a dry, bleak wasteland. I quit blogging (at least) once before in 2005 – but the election of Joseph Ratzinger as Pope Benedict XVI ended my premature retirement. I knew Ratzinger’s work intimately, and had wrestled with it for years. I knew instantly that the church I loved…
  • A Note To Our Readers, Ctd

    Andrew Sullivan
    6 Feb 2015 | 10:30 am
    One of countless readers asks: OK, no more begging for site to continue, EXCEPT can you please leave the site up for those of us who want to go back to read past weekend posts? These don’t have an expiration date. My weekends are so busy that I often don’t get a chance to explore all the excellent reads. I could probably spend a year going back and reading so much of what I missed. Also, how will we know where to go next if you don’t leave the site up for us to explore the “Blog Love” list? And some of the “Threads” have great significance (suicide, abortion – these have…
  • As The World Turns

    Andrew Sullivan
    6 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    Yesterday, this news broke: U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) declined to offer his hopes for litigation seeking marriage rights for same-sex couples before the U.S. Supreme Court, but said he doesn’t expect House Republicans will weigh in on the issue. “I don’t expect that we’re going to weigh in on this,” Boehner said. “The court will make its decision and that’s why they’re there, to be the highest court in the land.” The core sign of the entrenchment of social change is that the opposition eventually accepts it or acquiesces to it. When I started campaigning for…
  • How To Read The Entire Internet

    Patrick Appel
    6 Feb 2015 | 9:30 am
    by Patrick Appel “Send me five links a day” was the original job Andrew gave me. Now, in the more than seven years since then, I have almost certainly read more than a million blog posts. It is entirely possible, during that time, that I have read more posts than anyone else on the planet. Andrew liked to call interns his “leaf cutter ants” because they would go out into the blogosphere, locate Dish-worthy content, and send it to him for posting. When I began working for the Dish, discovering the most intelligent voices online was an exhausting but manageable task.
 
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    Lew Rockwell: The LRC Blog

  • War Without End

    Patrick J. Buchanan
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:01 pm
    If the sadists of ISIS are seeking — with their mass executions, child rapes, immolations, and beheadings of Christians — to stampede us into a new war in the Middle East, they are succeeding. Repeatedly snapping the blood-red cape of terrorist atrocities in our faces has the Yankee bull snorting, pawing the ground, ready to charge again. “Nearly three-quarters of Republicans now favor sending ground troops into combat against the Islamic State,” says a CBS News poll. The poll was cited in a New York Times story about how the voice of the hawk is ascendant again in the GOP. In…
  • What Exactly Is Terrorism?

    No Author
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:01 pm
    What is terrorism? Why do we talk much more about that than other types of deaths? Why is the word misused? What has nuclear weapons – that politicians and media hardly ever talk about – got to do with terror? Why should we all be careful not to exaggerate the phenomenon of terror? 10 x more terrorism than before 9/11 Tell you what: I’ve been critical of the ”war on terror” since September 12, 2001 and particularly since 10/7 when the war on Afghanistan started. If the War on Terror was the answer to 9/11, the U.S. and its friends asked the wrong questions. Because, what has been…
  • Vaccine Nightmare

    No Author
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:01 pm
    (NaturalNews) By all accounts, our daughter was normal before receiving the HPV vaccine. Katie performed very well in school. She was conscientious, hard-working and took pride in getting good grades. She loved dancing having taken dance classes since she was 3 years old. Katie always danced and twirled throughout our home and anywhere else she happened to be. When Katie was 10, she joined cheerleading and became involved in competition cheerleading. She was very active, taking four hours of dance class every week plus spending many more hours practicing with her competition cheer team. Katie…
  • Reject Government Cops

    No Author
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:01 pm
    The problem Questions of police accountability and efficacy have been prominent topics in the news of late.  On a disturbingly regular basis, we hear and read stories of heavy-handed responses by officers, who, instead of de-escalating confrontations as a domestic police force ought, seem to prefer committing violence on the citizenry they’re ostensibly charged to protect. What’s more, pursuant to supreme and federal court cases such as Castle Rock v. Gonzales and Warren v. District of Columbia, it is established precedent that police have no legal obligation to “protect and serve”…
  • Do You Have a ‘Black Box’ in Your Vehicle?

    No Author
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:01 pm
    The world of universal surveillance is upon us and so far not much of anything is really being said about it. Those who talk about “privacy” are written off as crackpots or malcontents. Anyone who complains about being tracked, monitored, or photographed is assumed to be guilty of some transgression against an employer, government edict, or society in general. There once were technical and practical barriers that prevented corporate and governmental entities from tracking and monitoring our every move. There also once existed political barriers that discouraged intrusive prying…
 
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    Political Wire

  • Extra Bonus Quote of the Day

    Taegan Goddard
    1 Mar 2015 | 11:25 am
    “It was just messy and I’m not into messy. But listen, I enjoy being in a legislative body. I enjoy all the personalities, and I’ve got a lot of them.” — Speaker John Boehner, in an interview with CBS News, admitting that averting a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security on Friday night “wasn’t a whole lot of fun.” The post Extra Bonus Quote of the Day appeared first on Political Wire.
  • Bonus Quote of the Day

    Taegan Goddard
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:29 am
    “I reject bigotry of all forms.” — House Majoriy Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA), quoted by The Hill, trying to mend fences with the black community since it became known he spoke to a group in 2002 that was founded by a former Ku Klux Klan member. The post Bonus Quote of the Day appeared first on Political Wire.
  • Recall Campaign Made Walker a National Figure

    Taegan Goddard
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:07 am
    Joshua Spivak notes the recall campaign against Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) started almost immediately after he was sworn in and received massive news coverage — “far eclipsing what other governors would get for anything other than a scandal or a serious presidential campaign. A quick search of The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal shows this. From February 5, 2011 to December 31, 2012, Scott Walker was mentioned in 422 New York Times and 667 Wall Street Journal stories.” “Compare that to some of his fellow GOP governors who were elected at the exact same…
  • Bush Will Not Sign Any Tax Pledges

    Taegan Goddard
    1 Mar 2015 | 7:22 am
    Jeb Bush will not sign any “no new taxes” pledges or any other pledges if he decides to seek the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, Reuters reports. “Bush’s opposition to such pledges is longstanding. He did not sign such pledges in any of his three previous campaigns for Florida governor.” The post Bush Will Not Sign Any Tax Pledges appeared first on Political Wire.
  • GOP Worries About Backlash If Court Guts Obamacare

    Taegan Goddard
    1 Mar 2015 | 7:15 am
    “Republican fears are mounting over a Supreme Court case that the party has long hailed as its best chance to undo Obamacare,” The Hill reports. “The Supreme Court will hear arguments Wednesday on a GOP-backed case that threatens to erase healthcare subsidies for 8 million people. The vast stakes are raising alarm among Republicans, particularly in the Senate, who increasingly fear a backlash at the polls if their party can’t find a fix.” The post GOP Worries About Backlash If Court Guts Obamacare appeared first on Political Wire.
 
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    Mother Jones

  • "It's Easier to Get Laid at CPAC Than on Spring Break"

    Sam Brodey
    28 Feb 2015 | 5:41 am
    While the annual Conservative Political Action Conference attracts right-wingers all stripes, there was one thing virtually all attendees could agree on: this year's conference was young. Especially young. College and high school-aged conservatives packed the halls of CPAC, decked out in all manner of paraphernalia: retro Reagan-Bush '84 campaign shirts, American flag shorts, buttons that declared "I Love Capitalism" and "Kill the Death Tax." I spotted at least one "Barry Goldwater for President" button on a millennial's lapel. What were these fired-up young conservatives—many…
  • These California Maximum-Security Prisoners Are Making an Album

    Samantha Michaels
    28 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    Inmates at California's New Folsom prison are slowly creating a sequel of sorts to Johnny Cash's hit record, and if an early preview of one song is any indication, their mix of folk, soul, blues, and hip-hop may be worth the wait. The Prison Music Project, the brainchild of Canada-born singer-songwriter Zoe Boekbinder, is a collaboration between artists on the outside and at least eight men currently or recently doing time at New Folsom, the maximum-security facility adjacent to the lockup where Cash recorded Live at Folsom Prison back in January 1968. Boekbinder, a singer who mixes folk with…
  • The US Helped Create International Law, Now We Just Ignore It

    Alfred W. McCoy
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:18 pm
    This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. "The sovereign is he who decides on the exception," said conservative thinker Carl Schmitt in 1922, meaning that a nation's leader can defy the law to serve the greater good. Though Schmitt's service as Nazi Germany's chief jurist and his unwavering support for Hitler from the night of the long knives to Kristallnacht and beyond damaged his reputation for decades, today his ideas have achieved unimagined influence. They have, in fact, shaped the neo-conservative view of presidential power that has become broadly bipartisan since 9/11.
  • The Economic Rise Of China Is Pretty Significant

    Pepe Escobar
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:17 pm
    This story first appeared on the TomDispatch website. BEIJING—Seen from the Chinese capital as the Year of the Sheep starts, the malaise affecting the West seems like a mirage in a galaxy far, far away. On the other hand, the China that surrounds you looks all too solid and nothing like the embattled nation you hear about in the Western media, with its falling industrial figures, its real estate bubble, and its looming environmental disasters. Prophecies of doom notwithstanding, as the dogs of austerity and war bark madly in the distance, the Chinese caravan passes by in what President…
  • What We Know About the Mysterious Suicide of Missouri Gubernatorial Candidate Tom Schweich

    Jenna McLaughlin and Pema Levy
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:35 pm
    On Thursday morning, Thomas Schweich, Missouri's auditor and a Republican candidate for governor, died of an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound. His death—coming moments after he had invited two reporters to his home later that day—shocked Missouri political observers, who point out that in addition to his beloved family and distinguished career in public service, Schweich, 54, had just won re-election to a second term as state auditor and was leading in early polls of the 2016 governor's race. Why he would have taken his own life is a mystery to those who knew him. Just…
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    Raw Story

  • California Republican Party votes to finally recognize gay Log Cabin Republicans group

    Tom Boggioni
    1 Mar 2015 | 3:21 pm
    Faced with a collapsing state party, with fewer and fewer Californian’s identifying with the GOP, the California Republican Party voted on Saturday to recognize the Log Cabin Republicans, a gay conservative organization. According to the L.A. Times, the 38-year-old organization representing ga...
  • 5-time-married Texas lawmaker scrawls complaint against judge who allowed same-sex marriage

    Tom Boggioni
    1 Mar 2015 | 2:19 pm
    A Texas lawmaker, currently in his fifth marriage, has submitted a hand-written complaint against a Texas judge — the wrong judge as it turns out — over a recent ruling allowing two women to get married after 30 years. In an op-ed, in the Star-Telegram, Bud Kennedy explains that recently...
  • Navy judge lifts order banning female guards from touching Guantanamo internees

    Miami Herald
    1 Mar 2015 | 1:29 pm
    Navy judge named in Guantanamo discrimination complaint lifts no-touch order to female guards GUANTANAMO BAY NAVAL BASE, Cuba — A military judge has lifted his restraining order and is again allowing female prison guards to touch an alleged war criminal while moving him between Guantanamo’s mo...
  • Rupert Murdoch to rehire editor acquitted in phone-hacking scandal

    Lisa O'Carroll, The Guardian
    1 Mar 2015 | 1:23 pm
    Rebekah Brooks is close to being rehired by Rupert Murdoch in a permanent position heading up his search for new online investments. Brooks, who was cleared of being involved in a phone-hacking plot last summer, has taken an apartment in New York and moved from Oxfordshire with her husband Charlie a...
  • Trail-blazing baseball legend Minnie Minoso dies at age 90

    Reuters
    1 Mar 2015 | 1:15 pm
    (Reuters) – Baseball great Minnie Minoso, the first black major leaguer to play for a Chicago team, died on Sunday at age 90. Nicknamed the “Cuban Comet,” the Chicago White Sox legend was a major figure in the racial integration of Major League Baseball in the 1950s. Minoso became ...
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    Guardian: UK Politics

  • Liberal Democrats propose extra bank charge to help eliminate deficit

    Patrick Wintour and agencies
    1 Mar 2015 | 2:59 pm
    Danny Alexander says the 8% tax, additional to the bank levy, would raise £1bn a year and be included in party’s election manifesto if it fails to make budget The Liberal Democrats will press for a supplementary charge to be placed on banks until 2017-18 and announced in next month’s budget, Danny Alexander the treasury chief secretary has announced.The charge set at 8% would raise £1bn a year and remain in force until the mandate to eliminate the current deficit is met. The levy would remove the reductions in Corporation Tax on the banks since 2010, and would be additional to the…
  • Ukip rails against BBC's Great European Disaster Movie

    Press Association
    1 Mar 2015 | 2:57 pm
    BBC denies Ukip claims that European Union provided money for the film in which Nigel Farage is the prime minister of ‘Great England’ Continue reading...
  • New taxpayer-funded projects to receive union jack plaque

    Patrick Wintour, political editor
    1 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Ministers say new label will ‘proudly adorn infrastructure investments’ such as motorways and bridges, as opponents call it a silly gimmick Continue reading...
  • Revolutionary terror or permanent opposition: what a forgotten play can teach the modern left

    Paul Mason
    1 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    The problem of balancing power and principles that Syriza is facing in Greece is not a new one – the same issue is central to Defeat, Nordahl Grieg’s 1930s play about revolutionary spirit in the Paris Commune Continue reading...
  • The Guardian view on the killing of Boris Nemtsov: a watershed for Russia

    Editorial
    1 Mar 2015 | 11:37 am
    This brazen assassination under the eyes of the Kremlin’s security cameras shows the true character of the Putin regime Continue reading...
 
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    Plum Line

  • Sunday Open Thread

    Greg Sargent
    1 Mar 2015 | 3:11 am
    Enjoy.
  • Open Thread

    Greg Sargent
    28 Feb 2015 | 4:12 am
    All yours.
  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:02 pm
    * Oh, well: The House failed to pass a 20-day stopgap bill to fund the Department of Homeland Security Friday, hurtling the agency toward a midnight shutdown deadline with no clear resolution in sight… The outcome leaves DHS just hours away from a partial shutdown in which non-essential employees would begin to face furloughs. The […]
  • GOP pollster warns his party: Learn to lead on immigration, or you’re courting irrelevance

    Greg Sargent
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Veteran GOP pollster Whit Ayres is releasing a new book today that will — or should — stoke a lot of discussion in GOP circles, particularly now that Republicans gearing up for 2016 are once again grappling with how to talk about immigration in a way that doesn’t alienate Latinos in 2012 numbers. In the […]
  • On display at CPAC: How the presidential primary makes GOP candidates simple-minded

    Paul Waldman
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:06 am
    The Conservative Political Action Conference is always guaranteed to produce head-shaking moments, as one future presidential candidate after another tells the crowd of activists what they want to hear, and then some. It’s a concentrated version of the long Republican primary process, with everything that characterizes contemporary American conservatism cooked down to its viscous essence […]
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    Watchblog: Democrats

  • Pick Your Words And Pick Your Battles

    17 Feb 2015 | 3:52 am
    Why not call it Islamic Extremism, or talk about Radical Islam? Why does Obama choose his words so carefully on it? Republicans and Conservatives complain about it, thinking he's not confronting these people with robust enough terms. Yes, like they'll run scared if we use the right jargon. No, it's not about them. It's about the tens of millions of Muslims in the region.Here's the way I figure it: In Islam, you are supposed to defend the faith, and you are not supposed to make war against your fellow Muslims. Of course, like many groups of people in the world, they will come to blows from…
  • Starting From A Foundation

    5 Feb 2015 | 7:29 am
    You don't have to know a lot to live in a world like ours. You just have to know a lot to build one like it. That is the paradox that lies at the center of our dilemma as an advanced civilization. There's so much knowledge, so much training needed to grasp it that it's beyond the ability of any one person to take it all in. Unfortunately, some are still trying to live as one could do that, as if we can just wing it in our world, and only work from our own personal experiences and beliefs.I was a genuine bookworm, back in the day. I carried around a backpack everyday filled with more than just…
  • Hate, Fear, and Racism in American Politics

    11 Jan 2015 | 11:38 am
    As I sat on the Amtrak train yesterday morning, I headed to the website of the local newspaper in the area I grew up in, and clicked on the "Opinion" page. One of the first comments was one that has been repeated numerous times during the six-year and counting right-wing temper tantrum that's been going on since Barack Obama assumed the Presidency. Liberals say that we should respect the President. Why would I have any respect for the non-military foreigner who stole two elections? The 2014 election proved one thing, and one thing only. Republicans can only run on three things: hate, fear,…
  • Mitt Romney 3.0?

    10 Jan 2015 | 11:08 am
    When I saw Romney was considering a run again I decided it was time to watch the Mitt documentary just because. I can definitely see why the man might run again. I don't see any particular reason he shouldn't. Why not? It's sort of become a tradition not to try again if you come that close and fall short. But who really cares about that? It may just be that it sucks so bad to run for president that if you don't get the win you don't have the energy to try again. I'd like to know what our friends on the right think of another potential run. I say yes, because I still feel the way I felt when…
  • Charlie Habdo, The Interview, and The Courage of our Convictions

    8 Jan 2015 | 2:51 am
    Freedom isn't simply tiptoing through the tulips, not a care in the world, bursting into intermittent bouts of Peter Pan Flight. It's for tough people, for courageous people, for people who have faith. Too many folks confront the world with an excess of fear, and fear turns us to the darker side of our humanity.I have been, at different times of my life, an atheist, an agnostic, and a Roman Catholic Christian. I have been a Moderate Republican, Cheering the First Bush on, a Clinton Democrat, backing him on his compromises, and an Obama Democrat, backing him on his challenges to the old order.
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    Republicans & Conservatives

  • After Scott V. Jeb, How's Ben Doing?

    24 Feb 2015 | 1:49 pm
    The latest Quinnipiac Poll of likely GOP Iowa Caucus-Goers has Scott Walker pulling ahead of the pack with a closely grouped bunch trying to find their groove behind the pole position. There's lots of media coverage of Jeb's somewhat disappointing numbers - his favorables are strong but so are his unfavorables - and less so of Rand Paul's relatively strong showing, especially among liberals. Not much is said about another candidate who with far less resources is just behind Paul and Huckabee and has the lowest unfavorables of any of the candidates. That would be Ben Carson who has remarkably…
  • The Question Giuliani Asked

    23 Feb 2015 | 11:19 am
    The media, mostly on the left side of the spectrum - fuss over Giuliani's comments about Obama's alleged lack of love for America overlook, or sidestep a basic fact. As in the Bill Ayer's controversy over Obama's relationship on several boards in Chicago during the 90's and up until 2002 with the former terrorist, the issue is not whether Obama exchanged secret handshakes with Bill Ayers, or had the PLO flag up on his dormitory wall back when. The issue is the basic philosophical outlook that a Bill Ayers has and it's relationship to his radical and violent past; an outlook shared by a…
  • Fighting ISIS: Resolute Leadership From Other Countries

    19 Feb 2015 | 7:51 am
    Despite the U.S.-led coalition air raids against ISIS in Syria and Iraq, the brutal group continues to thrive and is in fact spreading to other countries. Many warned President Obama when he began his campaign against ISIS in August last year that his approach was weak, half-fast, and would do little to diminish the capabilities of ISIS in the near-term. Time and time again Obama has shown that he lacks the resolve to meaningfully degrade ISIS and has beat around the bush when discussing it. On the other hand, strong leadership against ISIS has been found in the capitals of Jordan and Egypt…
  • What the Left Gets With Liz Warren

    12 Feb 2015 | 12:37 pm
    If only Elizabeth Warren was a guy. Then it would be easy for the Democrat's election machinery to choose Hillary above all evidence of surging polls and spreading and gushingly enthusiastic grassroots support. Barak won the nomination, and yes the election, because he was, Barak. Now it's Hillary's turn to be the Democratic nomination for president because she's Hillary. But the confines of identity politics within which the Democratic have chosen to operate, as well as a sizable portion of the academic world, are now confronted within that delineated and self-righteous space with Liz's…
  • Joni Ernst and State Rights

    11 Feb 2015 | 9:38 am
    While the media spat over Joni Ernst's military service in Kuwait and Iraq is front and center lately, perhaps the attacks of the so-called "truthers" have a deeper motive. It seems most, if not all, veterans consider her performance in the Middle East worthy and valuable - not losing a single member of her company while doing convoys up a dangerous road is no small matter. But aside from the need for revenge perhaps over Kerry truthers, there is another issue that Ernst takes a stand on that seems to anger progressives: state rights. The Tenth Amendment and it's succinct wording give…
 
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    Watchblog: Third Party & Independents

  • Net Neutrality, Yaahhhoooo

    26 Feb 2015 | 12:39 pm
    Passage of Net Neutrality into law is about the greatest thing since canned beer, IMO. Being a good 'centrist' I see this law as the best way to police/regulate the Internet providers.I recall the bad ole days when Internet speed was something like 2400bps. There were few pictures or advertisements as I can recall. As speed increased so did price and so did advertising. Today, I surmise that a good 1/3 of Internet bandwidth is used for advertising. You are paying for the service and suffering the unwanted ads. Way worse for television xmsn via cable and satellite. I can order a movie directed…
  • Oscar Speech Propaganda

    25 Feb 2015 | 8:35 am
    You can't knock JK Simmons for reminding us to call our moms and dads, if we're so fortunate to do so. However, there were other Oscar speeches that were filled with pleas for wage equality, suicide prevention, and Alzheimer's awareness, which all have their own importance. However, it's hard to process John Legend's comments about slavery and black incarceration, while millions of people watched and most people would just believe every word he said. Social media puts celebrities in a position for herds of people to hear what they have to say no matter how ignorant the comments, and usually…
  • When Jeb's Bandwagon Catches Fire

    20 Feb 2015 | 9:35 am
    Jeb Bush wants to be president, and the details of what type of president he will be can be worked out later. At least that seems to be the attitude of a significant part of the GOP. Just look at the polls and decide who would do best against Hillary is the approach. The numbers and how to improve them seem to dominate, at least for those donors and former Bush padre and Dubya advisors who are lining up to help fund or to be part of Jeb's team. What that says about any policy platform that his team is cobbling together from ideas long past due is not encouraging. Catchphrases like Liberty and…
  • The President Hits a Homer

    18 Feb 2015 | 9:17 am
    Watched the President's presentation on how we should deal with the Muslim extremist problem. I believe this is the best presentation he has given. He nailed it good as to how citizens of the world should react to terrorism. He covered the good, bad and ugly as it relates to the world community, noting that in order to win the day there must be a broad range of policies/actions covering political, law enforcement, human resources, economic opportunity/assistance, and so on - - -I believe his words, going strongly toward inclusion of the world's citizens, will find praise in the US and the US…
  • Fakeahontas and the Real Hiawatha

    16 Feb 2015 | 12:15 pm
    While a slight fuss has been raised, and understandably so, over the location of the Run Warren Run office in the Cedar Rapid's suburb of Hiawatha, it may have unintended ironies for those who make fun of its location. The fact that Warren desperately invoked a dubious Native American Heritage to help her gain Ivy League employment is now part of her record, as it should be for anyone who may soon be seeking the Presidency. The fact that Hiawatha was mistakenly used by Longfellow, however, to refer to an Ojibwa trickster rather than the historical, if mythical, unifying figure that helped…
 
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    Patrick Ruffini

  • Old Town, New Office

    9 Feb 2015 | 12:51 pm
    When Engage moved into our offices on 725 8th St. SE at the end of 2010, it was a perfect fit for the budding company. Located in Eastern Market on historic Barracks Row, our office was right down the street from Capitol Hill and offered easy access to downtown DC. We enjoyed watching the neighborhood grow and change, and tried the new restaurants and bars that opened over the years. But four years later, after new staff additions (including me!) and several different furniture configurations, it became apparent: we had outgrown our home in Eastern Market. It was time to start looking for a…
  • Meet Colleen: Engage’s Operations Intern

    4 Feb 2015 | 12:05 pm
    As a Georgetown student, I think it’s sometimes difficult to venture out of what we affectionately call “the Georgetown bubble.” Stepping off the King Street metro for the first time to come to my new internship, I knew I had finally done it. Engage is located in Old Town Alexandria, and this area is indisputably beautiful. One of the best parts of coming to Old Town for work is the walk home. At night, as the sun begins to set, trollies pass by and the trees that line the brick sidewalks glow with festive lights. This nighttime walk has become a perfect opportunity for me to reflect…
  • Meet Francisca, Engage’s Spring 2015 Intern

    3 Feb 2015 | 3:06 pm
    On my way to Engage on the first day of my internship, I could feel a mixture of excitement and stress. My thoughts jumped from making sure I had brought everything I needed, to a backup plan (a large coffee and asking for directions) if I did not quickly find my destination. However, as soon as I met the team at Engage, my stress was overtaken by excitement of joining the team! As a Government major at Georgetown University, I am captivated by the growing number of factors and events that affect governing. From a neighborhood block watch to a city government to a country’s legislature,…
  • Meet Alex, Engage’s Newest Digital Strategy Intern

    3 Feb 2015 | 10:28 am
    Hey guys! I’m Alex, Engage’s newest Digital Strategy intern. I hail from Los Angeles California, but have lived here in DC for the last few years while attending Georgetown University. Georgetown is where I met Maggie, the Operations Manager here at Engage. Maggie worked at this cool grocery store on campus where my freshman dorm friends and I would all go to get milkshakes late at night when we didn’t feel like doing homework. Fast-forward to three years later, and here we are again, hanging out at Engage. No milkshakes here, but I’ll make sure that changes soon.
  • Lindsay Lee Joins Engage as Digital Strategy Intern

    28 Jan 2015 | 7:50 am
    I filled out my tax forms, learned where the K-cups are, joined the team for Chipotle Thursday (and Chipotle Friday for good measure), figured out the intricacies of the DC Metro (read as “still cannot time my commute correctly because the timing of the Metro is impossible to actually figure out”), and settled in at my new desk. I am now a Digital Strategy intern at Engage. This is the first time that I am working in my field of interest in what we college kids call “the real world” and I am beyond excited for the opportunity. So, why did I choose Engage for my first internship? I was…
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    The New Republic

  • What the West Got Wrong About Sex Education

    Jonathan Zimmerman
    28 Feb 2015 | 6:00 pm
    In 1976, the British psychologist Rex Stanton Rogers replied to an angry letter from T. J. Proom, who had withdrawn his four daughters from their public school in the south east of England to protest its allegedly “pornographic” sex education lessons. The editor of a recent collection of essays
  • Can Republicans Finally Accept Gay Conservatives?

    Sarah Kollmorgen
    28 Feb 2015 | 2:47 pm
    Gregory T. Angelo sat in the middle of a crowded hotel bar on a Thursday afternoon at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Statistically speaking, a li
  • Black Storytellers Matter

    Jamil Smith
    28 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    August Wilson’s Jitney is the first of his ten "Pittsburgh Cycle" plays to be staged, but it is also the only one of them that never made it to Broadway. The closest it came was when, 15 years ago, it opened at the Second Stage Theatre on New York City’s 43rd Street and Eighth Avenue
  • Why Leonard Nimoy Came to Embrace His Long, Prosperous Life as Spock

    Tom Carson
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:04 pm
    Today, we are all Trekkies. But believe it or not, my fondest memory of Leonard Nimoy, Actor, involves Mr. Spock only inferentially. After Martin Landau bailed on the old "Mission: Impossible" series in 1969, Nimoy replaced him for a couple of dumpster seasons as a master of disguise known as “the
  • The Islamic State Is Losing Iraq

    John Simpson
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Twelve years have passed since the terrible decision to invade Iraq in 2003. When I add up all my visits to Baghdad during that time, I find I have spent two full years of my life here. That’s a long time to observe so much bloodshed and misery. But now, for the first time, I am starting to wonder
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    Roll Call: Politics

  • CPAC Campaign Boot Camp Trains GOP to Catch Up

    27 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. -- Amethyst Archer probably wasn't the targeted audience for the campaign boot camp held on the eve of the Conservative Political Action Conference, but the presenters made it clear the right needs all the help it can get in 2016 and beyond.
  • Ex-House Candidate Will Take Top Role in Likely Clinton Campaign

    26 Feb 2015 | 12:06 pm
    Amanda Renteria, the former Capitol Hill aide who unsuccessfully ran for Congress in 2014, is poised to be named the national political director of Hillary Rodham Clinton's likely presidential campaign, according to two sources with knowledge of the move.
  • Vulnerable GOP Senators Steer Clear of CPAC

    25 Feb 2015 | 12:46 pm
    As conservative operatives and activists gather this week for the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, a handful of notable GOP senators are absent from the speaking lineup.
  • Congressional Republicans All Over CPAC Lineup

    25 Feb 2015 | 11:14 am
    Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., has only been in Congress for six weeks, but he is already preparing a talk at this week's Conservative Political Action Conference.
  • House Democrats Get Better Odds in California Senate Race

    25 Feb 2015 | 9:35 am
    A few House Democrats have found more favorable odds in California's Senate race after former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa eschewed a bid for the open seat.
 
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    WIRED » Danger Room

  • The Plot to Free North Korea With Reruns of ‘Friends’

    Andy Greenberg
    1 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    On a cloudy, moonless night somewhere in northeastern China, three men creep through a stand of Japanese Clethra trees. They carry no flashlights, and the sky is so dark that they hear the sound of the rushing Tumen River before they see it: They’ve arrived at the North Korean border. Earlier in the evening at […] The post The Plot to Free North Korea With Reruns of ‘Friends’ appeared first on WIRED.
  • This Wireless Explosives Detector Is the Size of a Postage Stamp

    Jordan Golson
    15 Feb 2015 | 5:19 pm
    For public safety agencies, sniffing out explosives and other contraband is a tricky task. Handheld explosive detectors can be as small as a purse, but still must be manually operated. Permanently mounted sensors need to be even bigger. Dogs are useful in some scenarios, but they're expensive to deploy en masse and must always have a handler. The post This Wireless Explosives Detector Is the Size of a Postage Stamp appeared first on WIRED.
  • Restoring This WWII B-29 Bomber Has Taken 300K Hours So Far

    Mary Grady
    9 Feb 2015 | 10:06 am
    Restoring a WW2-era B-29 bomber to flying condition is no easy task. The post Restoring This WWII B-29 Bomber Has Taken 300K Hours So Far appeared first on WIRED.
  • Why the US Government Is Terrified of Hobbyist Drones

    Kevin Poulsen
    5 Feb 2015 | 2:15 am
    If you want to understand why the government freaked out when a $400 remote-controlled quad copter landed on the White House grounds last week, you need to look four miles away, to a small briefing room in Arlington, Virginia. There, just 10 days earlier, officials from the US military, the Department of Homeland Security, and the FAA gathered for a DHS “summit” on a danger that had been consuming them privately for years: the potential use of hobbyist drones as weapons of terror or assassination. The post Why the US Government Is Terrified of Hobbyist Drones appeared first on WIRED.
  • The Massive Work That Goes Into Remodeling an Old Aircraft Carrier

    Katherine Kornei
    3 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    Aircraft carriers are complicated. They’re floating cities and mobile airbases, housing thousands of sailors and airmen, tens of aircraft, multiple nuclear reactors, and their own hospitals, barbershops, chapels, and zip codes. Carriers support defense and humanitarian efforts worldwide and can travel upwards of 100,000 nautical miles each year. Each United States aircraft carrier—there are 10 […] The post The Massive Work That Goes Into Remodeling an Old Aircraft Carrier appeared first on WIRED.
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    Stately McDaniel Manor

  • Gun Control Lies: Micro Stamping

    Mike McDaniel
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:42 pm
    credit: brietbart.com Writing a weekly article for The Truth About Guns is an interesting experience. TTAG is the most read gun blog on the Internet, with Bearing Arms, where I am also fortunate to write, a closing second. Perhaps the most interesting part of writing there is the comments. My most recent TTAG article–Crime Deterrence and Solutions: The Micro Stamping Lie–focuses on the fact that micro stamping not only cannot deter crime, it will never, despite the lies of gun control advocates, help the police solve crimes. If you have a few minutes, it may be worth your time,…
  • Barack Obama: Three Billion Here, 150 Billion There…

    Mike McDaniel
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:24 pm
    credit: sploid.gizmodo.com Money, the saying goes, is the root of all evil. It surely regularly trips up corrupt politicians–as long as there is a rule of law. What keeps politicians, once in office, from simply taking money out of the public treasury and giving it–as much as they please–to their relatives, cronies, and supporters? Apparently, not a damned thing; not during the Age of Obama. Oh sure, the Constitution specifically prohibits that in what is known as the Appropriations Clause–Article 1, Section 9, Clause 7–but that’s only the supreme law of the…
  • Giving of Oneself

    Mike McDaniel
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:27 pm
    Matthew Parker and Lindsey Painter All too often these days we read stories of teachers violating their oaths by engaging in improper relationships with students. Equally often, we read about corruption, greed, and plain stupidity in education, usually on the part of the adults that are supposed to be in charge.  Thankfully, such reports are relatively rare.  They are newsworthy primarily for that reason.  In the education system in which I gladly labor, great and willing self-sacrifice for the good of kids is the rule, not the exception. For a change, here’s a story that just may…
  • No, It’s Not My Fault

    Mike McDaniel
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:21 pm
    credit: news.nationalpost.com Much, of late, has been written about the plight of the black family, “the black family” commonly being a generalized and compressed version of familial dysfunction centered in dysfunctional urban areas ruled for generations by equally dysfunctional Democrat political machines, at least some of which politicians are themselves black. Such analyses usually ignore the fact that more blacks than ever before live solidly middle class lives and are well integrated into society, living as fully accepted, productive Americans who just happen to be black. There is,…
  • The Trayvon Martin Case, Update 43: A Kink In The Narrative

    Mike McDaniel
    24 Feb 2015 | 1:10 pm
    L To R: Social Justice Martin, the real Martin, the result of social justice Even for an administration that is a law unto itself, there are apparently some things that go too far. Via Fox News:  The Justice Department announced Tuesday it will not file federal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman, the Florida man who was acquitted last year of second-degree murder for shooting Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager. ‘Though a comprehensive investigation found that the high standard for a federal hate crime prosecution cannot be met under the circumstances here, this young…
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    Ace of Spades HQ

  • The Brzezinski Doctrine [Weirddave]

    1 Mar 2015 | 5:42 pm
    Keeping in mind that this is coming from a single newspaper in Kuwait, citing the ever popular "well placed sources" in Israel, if this is true, it could be the most disturbing thing Obama's done yet, actively preventing an ally...
  • Food Thread: Burger, Burger, or Burger [CBD]

    1 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    I divide serious burgers into two groups. The first is the gourmet burger; made with great beef cuts on an excellent bun (brioche usually), with good cheese...and nothing else. The second is sort of a fast-food burger, but a...
  • The Gaming Thread

    1 Mar 2015 | 3:20 pm
    Post something here...
  • Doom? Yeah, This Isn't Good [CBD]

    1 Mar 2015 | 12:15 pm
    The Baltic Dry Index is a rough measure of the cost of moving bulk materials by sea. Obviously the price of oil has a significant impact on this index, but since the cost to enter (and exit) this market...
  • Gun Thread - What Fresh Hell? Edition [Weirddave]

    1 Mar 2015 | 10:43 am
    Gun of the Week 1 Gun of the Week 2...
 
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  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:18 am
    Do the people in the Obama administration responsible for working against terrorism even talk to each other. Just this week we had Secretary of State John Kerry solemnly assuring us how safe we are from terrorism and how we're at an all-time low for terrorism. Then the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper testified to the exact opposite.Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, testifying on Capitol Hill, catalogued the growing terror-fueled violence in stark terms. "When the final accounting is done, 2014 will have been the most lethal year for global terrorism in the 45…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:58 am
    Eliot Abrams explains how the Obama administration has fostered bad relations with Netanyahu and Israel.First comes the personal relationship and the desire to see Netanyahu lose the election. Recall that Obama became president before Netanyahu became prime minister, and it is obvious that the dislike was both personal and political before Netanyahu had done anything. Obama does not like people on the right, period—Americans, Israelis, Australians, you name it. Obama also decided immediately on taking office to pick a fight with Israel and make construction in settlements and in Jerusalem…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:35 am
    As Obama has vetoed the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, let us remember, as Holman Jenkins writes, that oil isn't traveling through our country. It's just doing so by a much more risky method than a pipeline.It’s better to be lucky than good. President Obama, who arrived promising to heal the planet and halt the rising seas, instead presided over a fossil-fuel renaissance in America. If you were unemployed and found a decent job in Obama’s economy, there’s a good chance it was a fracking job. If things are finally looking up for the middle class, cheap gas is a major…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    24 Feb 2015 | 3:58 am
    The Obama administration is conceding itself to an almost complete surrender to Iran in nuclear negotiations.The latest round of nuclear negotiations between the U.S. and its Western partners and Iran ended today in Geneva without agreement. But it’s clear that the Obama administration is hoping that its latest concessions will entice Iran to finally sign a document in the coming weeks that could somehow be interpreted as a foreign-policy victory for a president badly in need of one. To support this notion of an impending deal, a “senior administration official” briefed the press on the…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    23 Feb 2015 | 3:57 am
    So are you waiting on the edge of your seats for Hillary 5.0? She has hired marketing image-makers who have quite happily blabbed to the Washington Post about their efforts to rebrand her in preparation for her presidential run.Clinton and her image-makers are sketching ways to refresh the well-established brand for tomorrow’s marketplace. In their mission to present voters with a winning picture of the likely candidate, no detail is too big or too small — from her economic opportunity agenda to the design of the “H” in her future campaign logo.“It’s exactly the same as selling an…
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    Wizbang

  • Wizbang Weekend Caption Contest™

    Kevin
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    It’s Friday, which means it’s time for the Wizbang Weekend Caption Contest™. Enter your best caption for the following picture: Winners will for all outstanding contests will be announced Monday morning, I promise…
  • Utah Sen. Mike Lee Scolds Conservatives at CPAC 2015: Beware of ‘Unserious’ Candidates

    Warner Todd Huston
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:42 am
    Mike Lee is one of the few consistent conservatives in Congress, but he made a somewhat interesting choice for his subject at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). He scolded the audience against “unserious” Republican candidates. To tepid applause, Lee warned his audience against the platitudes and talking points of candidates who are just throwing out red meat and urged them to reconsider the candidates in the light of serious policy ideas. Why is this odd? Well, for one thing that is what many of the participants come for. They want the red meat, the platitudes…
  • FBI: Investigating Islamists in ALL 50 States

    Warner Todd Huston
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:22 am
    In his continuing effort to whitewash Radical Islamic terror, President Obama has been heard all over the country scolding the media for “hyping” the dangers of radical Islam. But now even his own FBI is warning that they are investigating radical Islamists in all fifty states. During a recent interview with the liberal Vox.com the president said that the media “absolutely overstates the risks of terrorism,” essentially blaming the media for hyping the threat of terror for a brand of “it bleeds it leads” sensationalism. But even as Obama has been running…
  • Oops! Pope Francis needs PR help.

    David Robertson
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:39 pm
    According to the book of Exodus, Moses needed his brother Aaron to do all of his speaking for him. Apparently, Pope Francis is needing his own Aaron, because the Pontiff is once again in trouble for something he said. Here is an excerpt from an AP story titled “Vatican seeks to quell Mexican anger over pope’s drug comment“: The Vatican sought Wednesday to defuse a diplomatic tiff with Mexico after Pope Francis referred to the possible “Mexicanization” of his native Argentina from drug trafficking, the latest instance of Francis’ casual speaking style…
  • CPAC: Good, Bad or Irrelevant?

    David Robertson
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    CPAC: Good, bad or irrelevant? Your thoughts?
 
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    Hullabaloo

  • Those poor kids

    1 Mar 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Those poor kidsby digbyMother Jones talked to the millennial conservatives at CPAC. It's just ...[T]he candidate who aroused the most intense enthusiasm was Ben Carson. Evan, a 17-year old proudly wearing a "Run Ben Run" sticker on his lapel, was effusive in his praise. "He's not run by lobbyists," he said. "His policies are going to be what he believes in…he has integrity." A group of college students relaxing on couches in the expo hall agreed that if the GOP wants to win in 2016, Carson needs to be a factor. "I love Ben," said Blake, a college student from Illinois. Carson is, he said,…
  • It's amazing just how *much* he has lied about #Oreilly

    1 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    It's amazing how much he has lied aboutby digbyIt's pretty much everything at this point:One evening in March more than 30 years ago, Gaeton Fonzi received a call from a man whose voice and name are now instantly recognizable."Hi Gaeton," the caller said. "Bill O'Reilly."The year was 1977. O'Reilly, a young television reporter in Dallas, was chasing a story about a figure in the investigation of the JFK assassination who had killed himself in Florida.He was calling Fonzi, a congressional investigator, to confirm the suicide."You hear anything about it?" O'Reilly asked, according to phone…
  • Will the Supremes put another nail in their coffin?

    1 Mar 2015 | 12:41 pm
    Will the Supremes put another nail in their coffin?by digbyJust in case you weren't aware of it, here's the background on this typo case coming before the Supreme Court this week to dismantle the subsidies in the federal ACA exchange:Shortly after the A.C.A. passed, in 2010, a group of conservative lawyers met at a conference in Washington, D.C., sponsored by the American Enterprise Institute, and scoured the nine-hundred-page text of the law, looking for grist for possible lawsuits. Michael Greve, a board member of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, a libertarian outfit funded by, among…
  • Sunday Funnies

    1 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    Sunday Funniesby digbyI love that "guess who almost has WMDs now!"It reminds me of that famous (perhaps apocryphal) quote from an unnamed neocon Bush official: "Anyone can go to Baghdad, real men go to Tehran.".
  • QOTD[ecades]: John Kerry

    1 Mar 2015 | 9:56 am
    QOTD[ecades]: John Kerryby digbyKerry on ISIS 2015:it is on a “rampage reminiscent of Tamerlane and Genghis Khan.”Kerry on US 1971:"They told the stories at times they had personally raped, cut off ears, cut off heads, taped wires from portable telephones to human genitals and turned up the power, cut off limbs, blown up bodies, randomly shot at civilians, razed villages in fashion reminiscent of Genghis Khan, shot cattle and dogs for fun, poisoned food stocks, and generally ravaged the countryside of South Vietnam in addition to the normal ravage of war, and the normal and very…
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    Eschaton

  • Tale of the Tape

    1 Mar 2015 | 2:18 pm
    Oh Billo...
  • Afternoon Thread

    1 Mar 2015 | 12:48 pm
    Apparently it is still winter.
  • I Feel Bad, Isn't That Enough?

    1 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    I guess the law agrees.
  • One Big Grift

    1 Mar 2015 | 6:38 am
    I get the belief - and to a somewhat lesser extent the reality - that one needs money to win a presidential primary, but I also think it's about finding marks and fleecing them.Long before the season of baby-kissing and caucus-going begins in early primary states, a no less decisive series of contests is playing out among the potential 2016 contenders along a trail that traces the cold-weather destinations of the wealthy and private-jet-equipped. In one resort town after another — Rancho Mirage, Calif.; Sea Island, Ga.; Las Vegas — the candidates are making their cases to exclusive…
  • Wakey, Wakey

    1 Mar 2015 | 2:21 am
    Weather Underground predicting 1-3" of ice pellets this morning. I don't know why I bothered to check.
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    Firedoglake

  • ISIS Derangement Syndrome

    David Swanson
    1 Mar 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Max Boot Here’s Time Magazine‘s David von Drehle: “The greatest threat that ISIS poses — even to the poor souls living under ISIS rule — is the unintended damage that might follow from the effort to eradicate the group. . . . As dangerous as it is to have a terrorist kingdom in the middle of the world’s geopolitical tinderbox, ousting ISIS will be every bit as dangerous.” Drehle goes from there immediately into the debate over whether U.S. troops or local troops should do the job. His article is followed by Max Boot arguing for U.S. ground troops and Karl Vick arguing for U.S.
  • Georgia to execute sole female death row inmate tomorrow, despite family pleas

    Crane-Station
    1 Mar 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Lethal Injection table The Georgia Board of Pardons and Paroles denied clemency for Kelly Gissendaner on February 25. She is scheduled to die tomorrow. She is the only woman on death row in Georgia. She is convicted of orchestrating the murder of her husband, but she did not kill her husband. The co-defendant in the case, the man who did kill her husband took a plea deal and is serving life in prison- with parole eligibility in eight years, according to the clemency application. Following the advice of her trial attorney, Ms. Gissendaner rejected a plea offer and took her case to trial. The…
  • Camera Work: Mirrors and Mandala

    Starbuck
    1 Mar 2015 | 11:00 am
    Mandala Some ten years ago or so, I accidentally became aware of the possibility that single images contained information that, to the eye, in a single image, was not particularly visible, and that is what’s happening at the edges of a photo. Second to that is what incomplete shapes take on meaning by mirroring the shape. The combination of the two set me on an intensive exploration that involved identifying single frames as candidates, digital manipulation in Photoshop,and exploration in color. A visual locution, with the possibility of metaphor. I went looking. An essential problem: The…
  • Kerry Compares ISIS’ Destruction of Priceless Art to Rampage by Tamerlane & Genghis Khan

    Ohio Barbarian
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    On ABC’s This Week today, American Secretary of State John Kerry said that the recent destruction of priceless Assyrian works of art by the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq(ISIS) was a “rampage reminiscent of Tamerlane and Genghis Khan.” Tamerlane? Genghis Khan? Wow. These ISIS guys must be really bad ass. But are they? Really? Let’s take a quick look-see here. Just about everyone’s at least heard of Genghis Khan, which translates directly from the Mongol for “Great King.” Born Temujin, Genghis Khan united the Mongol tribes in 1206 CE and led them on incredible campaigns of…
  • Sunday Morning Talking Heads: March 1, 2015

    Kevin Gosztola
    1 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Screen shot of “This Week” clipGood morning. Topic du jour is Homeland Security Department. Also, CPAC. And the latest scary villain from the Islamic State. WASHINGTON JOURNAL: 7:00 am – Stephen Dinan, Washington Times. 7:45am – Matt Schlapp, American Conservative Union. 8:30am – Ron Pollack, Families USA. 9:15am – Joshua Meservey, Atlantic Council of the U.S. ABC’S THIS WEEK: Secretary of State John Kerry on “Jihadi John” and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s address to Congress.Roundtable:Matthew Dowd, LZ Granderson, Laura Ingraham,…
 
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  • Tsarnaev Trial to Stay in Boston

    Jeralyn
    28 Feb 2015 | 6:04 am
    The First Circuit Court of Appeals has denied Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's request to order his trial moved from Boston due to the inability to seat a fair and impartial jury. The vote was 2 to 1: In a dissenting opinion, Circuit Judge Juan R.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Pres. Widodo Rejects Clemency, Locals Burn Thief Alive

    Jeralyn
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:49 pm
    Indonesia President Joko Widodo has rejected Austrialian Prime Minister Tony Abbott's plea for mercy for Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran, which was made by telephone call earlier in the week. In an interview with daily business newspaper... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Friday Open Thread

    Jeralyn
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:50 am
    Time for a new open thread. All topics welcome. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Jihadi John's Travel to Syria

    Jeralyn
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:44 pm
    I see many news reports saying Mohammed Emwazi, aka "Jihadi John" went to Syria in 2012. CAGE says it was 2013. In early 2013, Mohammed's father suggested that he should think about changing his name by deed poll, so that perhaps the name... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • "Jihadi John" Identified

    Jeralyn
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:20 am
    The black-clad executioner in ISIS beheading videos has been identified by the media as Mohammed Emwazi. He grew up in London, graduated college, and according to CAGE, which corresponded with him, was harassed by British intelligence and prevented... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    The Fix

  • People say politics is all bad news. These 4 stories prove them wrong.

    Chris Cillizza
    1 Mar 2015 | 8:28 am
    The past week in politics has been a tough one.  Republicans barely avoided taking the blame for a(nother) government shutdown after Speaker John Boehner's attempt to pass a three-week extension of Department of Homeland Security funding failed. The visit of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continued to divide Congress. And Missouri state Auditor Tom Schweich […]
  • The past nine CPAC straw polls, in one graph

    Philip Bump
    1 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Perhaps you were curious how the results of the Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll had evolved over time but, sadly, aren't good at / didn't feel like making graphs. Well, we were curious about that, and we love graphs. So we made one. This is the past nine years' worth of results, excluding people […]
  • Young Republicans are remarkably liberal on pot

    Hunter Schwarz
    28 Feb 2015 | 8:21 am
    When it comes to marijuana, the majority of young Republicans are far closer to the Democratic view than they are to older members of their own party. Pew poll data shows 63 percent of Millennial Republicans -- those born between 1981 and 1996 -- support legalized marijuana. That's a higher percentage than Generation X and […]
  • The history of every governor’s seat in every state, in 1 chart

    Philip Bump
    28 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Last September, we gave you a chart showing the history of every seat in the U.S. Senate since the beginning of our Republic. Today, something slightly different: The history of every governor. This was inspired by the trivia question in today's "Read In" newsletter. "Over the last decade, Republicans have held the governorships of 44 […]
  • Congressional Republicans are their own worst enemies, by a lot

    Chris Cillizza
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:36 pm
    If you were surprised at what happened on the House floor Friday afternoon, you haven't been paying much attention to politics for the past three years or so. The collapse of a three-week extension of funding to keep the Department of Homeland Security -- a measure seen as a last-ditch attempt by Republican leaders to […]
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  • Our straight-shooting Governor who tells it like it is

    1 Mar 2015 | 1:18 pm
    Imagine my shock this week to learn that Christie on numerous instances in the past was not a "straight shooter" or that what he is saying now is not "like it is." Matt Katz pointed out that over the past years Christie said, the reason why he vetoed funding for family planning clinics was because "it was duplicative and the state couldn't afford it." At CPAC he changed his story: "I'm pro-life, I spoke at the pro-life rally on the steps of the Statehouse and vetoed Planned Parenthood funding five times out of the New Jersey budget." Now we know. I am shocked, shocked, shocked.  And…
  • Weekend News Roundup & Open Thread For Feb 28-Mar 1, 2015

    1 Mar 2015 | 5:52 am
    Filling in for Rosi today, so if we missed anything leave it in the comments. Christie At CPAC Chris Christie finished behind Donald Trump in the CPAC Straw Poll with 2.8%.And apparently Governor Downgrade refused to sit with Sean Hannity to take questions. Christie in Cali Christie to California Republicans: What's your rush?INGLE: Christie in California, talking Reagan and resiliency Soft Landing For The Christie Whisperer Michael Drewniak, has received a newly-created position at NJ Transit. Drewniak's salary will be $147,400. His official title will be chief of policy and strategic…
  • Drewniak's Soft Landing

    27 Feb 2015 | 5:32 pm
    Via NJ.com: Michael Drewniak, the long-time spokesman for Gov. Chris Christie, is heading to NJ Transit in a new position that will have him heading up policy and planning for the state agency. He stays in gubmint work. It's a salary bump - from $134,000 at Christie's side to $147,400 in the new gig. Policy and planning - what could go wrong? They always land on their feet. Or someone else's. Are the wheels coming off over there in the inner sanctum?
  • News Roundup & Open Thread for Friday, Feb. 27, 2015

    27 Feb 2015 | 6:29 am
    Cami Anderson gets another year to be incompetent in Newark And the cycle of contempt towards Newark kids, their parents and community, is complete. Salary: $255,016. In D.C. for CPAC, Christie is pugnacious, boastful Characterizes Jeb Bush as the darling of backroom elites and himself as a man of the people. Bragging about cutting off funding for women's health care. When Christie vetoed $7.5M for family planning he repeatedly defended himself by saying NJ couldn't afford the cost. At CPAC with Laura Ingraham, he bragged the cuts were ideological, "pro-life". Loretta Weinberg asks a good…
  • Cami Anderson gets another year - and $255k - to be incompetent in Newark

    26 Feb 2015 | 10:09 pm
    Less than 150 hours after leaders of the Newark Student Union ended a 4-day sit-in, representing a city revulsed at Superintendent Anderson's school management, the State of New Jersey's contempt for Newark kids and the peole who care about them is complete: Cami Anderson's contract was renewed today, with a raise to $255,016. The students pushed past of efforts to starve them out, intimidate their folks. They simply, repeatedly asked for a meeting with their chief . Anderson avoided her workplace for days, hiding out (and photographed) at Tiff's, a pub in Union (6.76 miles away - I…
 
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    Truthout Stories

  • In Anti-Discrimination Suit, Haiping Su Took on Big Government and Won

    1 Mar 2015 | 8:55 am
    Dr. Haiping Su was a victim of racial profiling and he sued the United States government and NASA for smearing his reputation, invading his privacy, depriving him of realizing his full career potential and causing him emotional stress and mental anguish. He sued to clear his name and asked for $5.2 million in damages. Six years later, after various delays, legal maneuvers and challenges, the judge heard the arguments and ruled in favor of the plaintiff, namely Dr. Su, and against the defendant, in this rare case the U.S. government. As compensation for damages, Su was awarded $10,000. The…
  • "A Red Letter Day" at the FCC: Net Neutrality Wins

    1 Mar 2015 | 8:25 am
    There was snow in Washington, DC, Thursday morning, which always throws the federal capital into tailspins. So the marching band that the media reform group Free Press had hired to throw a parade for Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler canceled, the wimps. Nevertheless, a small, hearty group of activists braved the flurries and slippery streets to gather outside the FCC before the day’s historic meeting. They were there to thank Wheeler and celebrate the imminent passage of new rules to protect Net neutrality and preserve a free and open Internet. “You did this,” Free…
  • Dying on the Digital Streets: The Tech Addiction of Our Children

    1 Mar 2015 | 7:58 am
    “You gave away his Xbox?” With a look of terror, my 11-year-old son’s friend was desperately hoping this news was not true. “Yes, I did, and if he was given another one, I’d give that away too.”  Since my son was born, I have been living in fear of the impending threat of digital games, phones, pads, pods, chats, tweets, tubes and teeth. This hilariously serious conversation came flooding into my mind when I heard the most recent case of Tech Addiction - (my new name for child addicts dying on the digital streets) - the murder of an entire family by 16-year-old Jason Hendrix…
  • Bigger Than Science, Bigger Than Religion

    1 Mar 2015 | 7:34 am
    (Image: Planet Earth via Shutterstock)We're closer to environmental disaster than ever before. We need a new story for our relationship with the Earth, one that goes beyond science and religion. The world as we know it is slipping away. At the current rate of destruction, tropical rainforest could be gone within as little as 40 years. The seas are being overfished to the point of exhaustion, and coral reefs are dying from ocean acidification. Biologists say that we are currently at the start of the largest mass extinction event since the disappearance of the dinosaurs. As greenhouse gases…
  • Jury Awards Guestworkers Over $14 Million in Landmark Human Trafficking, Forced Labor Case

    1 Mar 2015 | 7:27 am
    Indian workers demonstrate on June 11, 2008, after being lied to about the status of their visas and forced to work in deplorable conditions by Signal International. (Image: barbndc) New Orleans - Earlier this month, a jury awarded over $14 million in damages to the plaintiffs of David v. Signal International, the first of a series of lawsuits that together constitute one of the largest human trafficking and forced labor cases in U.S. history. After more than four weeks of testimony and several days of deliberations, the jury found that marine construction company Signal…
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  • Republican can do what they will to American healthcare -- by accepting the Affordable Care Act

    Andrew Sprung
    1 Mar 2015 | 7:18 am
    Ask Republicans how they will reform the health insurance market if they succeed in repealing the Affordable Care Act and you will not get a substantive "replace" plan. You will, however, hear three desiderata: 1) give states more control of their insurance markets; 2) give insurers more freedom to design plans outside ACA-imposed constraints; and 3) give consumers in the individual insurance market more choice (though the ACA marketplace shelves in most regions at present are not what you would call bare).If Republicans were sincere about changing the market in this direction, they would…
  • Three signs the ACA private plan marketplace is working

    Andrew Sprung
    28 Feb 2015 | 6:42 am
    Over at healthinsurance.org, I've noted them: 1) more "active renewals" than expected; 2) relatively low churn; and 3) a high level of takeup for Cost Sharing Reduction (CSR) subsidies -- that is, silver plan selection by buyers with incomes under 200% of the Federal Poverty Level. My takeaway:Many healthcare professionals and scholars worry that a market providing choice from a large selection of private health plans with a complex array of features and coverage rules offers too much complexity for typical buyers, most of whom are on the lower end of the income scale.That may well be true…
  • King v. Burwell and Congress v. P5 + 1

    Andrew Sprung
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:46 am
    Reading friend-of-the-hawks reporter Josh Rogin's account of the difficulties Obama may have getting Iran to agree to a deal that bypasses the U.S. Congress, and so could be overturned by a future (GOP) president, I was reminded of GOP demands that the administration float "contingency" plans in case  the Supreme Court destroys the Affordable Care Act by ruling for the plaintiffs in King v. Burwell.In both cases, bad-faith opposition to vital and viable policy, the product of immense collective effort and years in the making, may well succeed. In both cases, the saboteurs are demanding a…
  • Gallup misreads its state ACA data: state-run marketplaces no better at reaching uninsured

    Andrew Sprung
    24 Feb 2015 | 6:05 am
    Gallup does a great service in tracking the decline in the uninsured rate state-by-state since ACA implementation. But they draw a misleading conclusion from their latest data set:Collectively, the uninsured rate in states that have chosen to expand Medicaid and set up their own state exchanges or partnerships in the health insurance marketplace declined significantly more last year than the rate in states that did not take these steps. The uninsured rate declined 4.8 points in the 21 states that implemented both of these measures, compared with a 2.7-point drop across the 29 states that have…
  • Michael Leavitt envisions a post-King negotiation to amend the ACA

    Andrew Sprung
    23 Feb 2015 | 4:57 am
    If the Supreme Court upholds the plaintiffs in King v. Burwell and thus cripples the ACA exchanges in three quarters of the states, what then? Neither side is talking about how they might compromise to avoid de-insuring 7 million Americans and crippling the insurance market. But Michael Leavitt -- former HHS Secretary under George W. Bush, former 3-term governor of Utah, current CEO of an eponymous healthcare consultancy -- goes there, in an interview with me, now up on healthinsurance.org. Here's the core of what he envisions:[A] possibility would be to take the current subsidy…
 
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    Reuters: Politics

  • Boehner defends his U.S. House leadership amid conservative unrest

    1 Mar 2015 | 12:20 pm
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Fresh from an embarrassing rebuke at the hands of conservatives in his own party, U.S. House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner played down any risk to his continuing leadership on Sunday, saying disagreements with fellow Republicans were merely over strategy, not goals.
  • Netanyahu flies to U.S., signs of some easing of tensions over Iran speech

    1 Mar 2015 | 11:45 am
    WASHINGTON/JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The United States and Israel showed signs of seeking to defuse tensions on Sunday ahead of a speech in Washington by Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu when he will warn against a possible nuclear deal with Iran.
  • Jeb Bush will refuse to sign tax pledges: spokeswoman

    1 Mar 2015 | 10:11 am
    NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (Reuters) - Jeb Bush will not sign any "no new taxes" pledges or any other pledges if he decides to seek the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, a spokeswoman said on Saturday.
  • Senator Rand Paul wins straw poll in boost to 2016 presidential prospects

    1 Mar 2015 | 10:10 am
    NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. (Reuters) - Senator Rand Paul won a straw poll of conservative activists on Saturday, giving his potential bid for the Republican presidential nomination in 2016 a boost, and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker came in second in a surprising show of strength.
  • Homeland Security funding drama darkens U.S. fiscal outlook

    1 Mar 2015 | 6:18 am
    WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Congress narrowly averted a partial shutdown of the U.S. domestic security agency late on Friday night, but the forces behind the chaotic episode remain - fractious Republicans and House Speaker John Boehner's lack of control over them.
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    Slashdot: Politics

  • NSA Spying Wins Another Rubber Stamp

    Soulskill
    28 Feb 2015 | 7:32 am
    schwit1 sends this report from the National Journal: A federal court has again renewed an order allowing the National Security Agency to continue its bulk collection of Americans' phone records, a decision that comes more than a year after President Obama pledged to end the controversial program. The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court approved this week a government request to keep the NSA's mass surveillance of U.S. phone metadata operating until June 1, coinciding with when the legal authority for the program is set to expire in Congress. The extension is the fifth of its kind since…
  • We Stopped At Two Nuclear Bombs; We Can Stop At Two Degrees.

    timothy
    28 Feb 2015 | 2:43 am
    Lasrick writes Dawn Stover writes in the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists that climate change is irreversible but not unstoppable. She describes the changes that are happening already and also those likely to happen, and compares what is coming to the climate of the Pliocene: 'Even if countries reduce emissions enough to keep temperatures from rising much above the internationally agreed-upon "danger" threshold of 2 degrees Celsius (which seems increasingly unlikely), we can still look forward to conditions similar to those of the mid-Pliocene epoch of 3 million years ago. At that time, the…
  • Microsoft, Amazon, Google, Facebook Press WA For $40M For New UW CS Building

    timothy
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:13 pm
    theodp (442580) writes "Nice computer industry you got there. Hate to see something bad happen to it." That's the gist of a letter sent by Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook, Google, Code.org, and other tech giants earlier this week asking the WA State Legislature to approve $40M in capital spending to help fund a new $110M University of Washington computer science building ($70M will be raised privately). "As representatives of companies and businesses that rely on a ready supply of high quality computer science graduates," wrote the letter's 23 signatories, "we believe it is critical for the State…
  • The Groups Behind Making Distributed Solar Power Harder To Adopt

    Soulskill
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:09 am
    Lucas123 writes: Distributed rooftop solar is a threat not only to fossil fuel power generation, but also to the profits of monopolistic model of utilities. While the overall amount of electrical capacity represented by distributed solar power remains miniscule for now, it's quickly becoming one of leading sources of new energy deployment. As adoption grows, fossil fuel interests and utilities are succeeding in pushing anti-net metering legislation, which places surcharges on customers who deploy rooftop solar power and sell unused power back to their utility through the power grid. Other…
  • Use Astrology To Save Britain's Health System, Says MP

    Soulskill
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:39 am
    An anonymous reader writes: An MP from the governing Conservative Party has said that using astrology could radically improve the performance of Britain's National Health Service and that its opponents are "racially prejudiced" and driven by "superstition, ignorance and prejudice." David Treddinick even claims he has "helped" fellow legislators through astrology.Read more of this story at Slashdot.
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    The Independent: On The Campaign Trail

  • “Viva la Mamma.” Every day is mother’s day, for Dolce and Gabbana

    1 Mar 2015 | 7:36 am
    It isn’t Mothering Sunday until May in Italy - at least, not officially. But Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana care naught for that kind of stuff. The Sunday of every Milanese womenswear week is traditionally Dolce day, but this time they made it mother's day, too. “Viva La Mamma” they called their show - in English, it translates oddly to “Hurray for Mum” - less Italian romance, more the post-war jolly hockey sticks Enid Blyton school of British children’s literature.
  • India’s Budget wins on the economy but is weak on inspiration

    1 Mar 2015 | 6:53 am
    Arun Jaitley, India’s finance minister, had three main tasks in his budget speech that he delivered on Saturday, the traditional February 28 date. One was to manage the government finances, reduce spending deficits, and curb inflation. The second was to boost infrastructure, private sector investment and growth, and introduce other reforms. The third, and politically the [...]
  • Goodbye, prints charming: Peter Dundas bows out at Emilio Pucci

    28 Feb 2015 | 3:02 pm
    Peter Dundas ended his tenure at the house of Emilio Pucci pretty much exactly how he started it. We were in the Palazzo Serbelloni, the gilded Milanese mansion-house we biannually cram into, cheek to jowl, to watch Dundas’s prints, and furs, and beaded dresses. He even had a few of the models from back in 2009, Lily Donaldson, Iris Strubegger, some others. The clothes weren’t tremendously different either. Dundas established his signature at Pucci early on, and ran with it.
  • Her Outdoors: Do you have Britain’s best allotment?

    28 Feb 2015 | 12:50 pm
    Why do people have allotments? Is it the joy of growing food? The escape from the daily grind? The urge to create something beautiful out of nature? Or – and in my experience this is usually in most cases – all three? And what about the competitive streak of many plot-holders? My competitive urges come [...]
  • In Milan, a philosophical bent from Moschino, Fendi and Fausto Puglisi

    27 Feb 2015 | 11:49 am
    How do you define the here-and-now? Well, it’s tricky. In fact, as the Milanese collections unfold, it’s increasingly proving impossible. The contemporary is the untimely, said Roland Barthes - the fact he said it on a Gucci press release was quite something. What Barthes means is that the present is impossible to pin down - as soon as you say it, it’s passed.
 
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  • 3-D Printing DNA: Hacking Life's Code and Creating New Organisms

    Zach Weissmueller
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:34 am
    "3-D Printing DNA: Hacking Life's Code and Creating New Organisms" was originally released on Feb. 24, 2015. The original writeup is below. "To think that we can't make organisms that aren't more efficient than existing, I don't think is correct," says Austen Heinz, founder of the biotech startup Cambrian Genomics. "Because nature doesn't have DNA laser printers, and we do." Reason TV's Zach Weissmueller sat down with Heinz to discuss the ramifications of a technology that dramatically brings down the cost of sequencing and assembling DNA, suddenly making the ability for consumers to create…
  • Everyone a War Correspondent

    Elizabeth Nolan Brown
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    "Cellphone camera in one hand, AK-47 in the other." That's how Matthew VanDyke, the young American narrator and protagonist of Point and Shoot, describes fellow fighters in the 2011 Libyan Civil War. "Everybody wants something they can share on Facebook. Everybody tries to create their ideal image of how they want to be seen." On some level, the documentary is an adventure story: A man triumphs over obsessive-compulsive disorder and finds new purpose when a motorcycle trip around Africa and the Middle East lands him on the forefront of anti-Gadhafi action. VanDyke is captured, put in solitary…
  • Gene Healy on the Bipartisan National Security State

    Reason.com
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    It seems ages ago now, but there really was a time when some civil libertarians held out hope for Barack Obama's presidency. If elected, this former constitutional law professor might be "our first president who is a civil libertarian," Jeffrey Rosen enthused in The New York Times in March 2008. On inauguration night in 2009, defense lawyers at Guantanamo Bay actually formed a celebratory conga line, chanting "rule of law, baby!" They and many other Obama optimists, writes Gene Healy, woke up to a hell of a hangover, one that's lasted six years. The president has launched more than six times…
  • Quotes

    Reason.com
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    "I can't imagine that either a President Spacey [on House of Cards] or the president's chief of staff on Scandal could really get away with murder. I wish I'd known about that when I was in office.…You know, think of all the opportunities I've missed…so many people had it coming." -former President Bill Clinton, The Washington Post, November 12 "You're not going to get close to even one number in the nuclear launch codes." -President Barack Obama in an interview with Comedy Central's Stephen Colbert, Politico, December 8 "I actually voted against the Affordable Care Act, because…
  • Stephanie Slade: Police and the Public Still Haven't Learned to Get Along

    Reason.com
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    On April 29, 1992, a California jury acquitted four white Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers of the brutal beating of black motorist Rodney King, causing dismay among minority residents of the city. As the dismay turned to anger and the anger turned to violence, five days of rioting ensued; more than 55 people died, and CNN reported economic damage of over $1 billion. Twenty-two years on, many of the same themes have driven residents of Ferguson, Missouri; New York City; Washington, D.C.; and other cities around the country back into the streets. View this article.
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  • Ignorance Plus

    Randy Toman
    18 Feb 2015 | 6:31 am
    Thought you would like to see this article (Here is the link) http://www.empowerpa.org/news/ Pennsylvania Still Doesn’t Need an Extraction Tax February 18, 2015: Most know that the oil war and the glut of oil in the market is or has driven down price ——even as I think there is more to it than a simple glut in the market.  This lowering of oil price is putting a strain on the industry here in the USA and especially here in PA—and with that reduction in the price—–a strain in cash flow for that industry here in Pa. Governor Wolf (Pennsylvania) must know this…
  • Progressives Don’t Care

    Randy Toman
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:46 am
    Not much for statistics any more—-not because they don’t matter but they will not make a hill of beans difference in the making of one’s point or argument against the progressive ——the argument is set and the hard core “Progressive” will not concede their error or change their twisted logic—-to them it is a belief system as is—– what the terrorist believe—to both—-it is “Religion”.   Look at this you gun nuts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pELwCqz2JfE Now go argue with the folks that want to take your…
  • Amateur or Enemy

    The Outsider
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:09 am
    If I were a manager of a professional baseball team, would I put in an amateur pitcher with the game on the line? Suppose that pitcher had a chip on his shoulder against his team and the manager? Isn’t that what the voters did when they elected Obama as our leader? He dislikes America and the American way of life and has no experience in managing anything. In fact, he never held a real job. He has always lived off the taxpayers. The people are the manager and Obama despises almost half of them and also despises our ally, Israel. He is soft on our enemies and then cuts our military…
  • WHO’S PLAN?

    The Outsider
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:52 am
    Most Americans believe we are heading in the wrong direction. What direction is that? Is it domestic policy or foreign policy? Is it the economy and jobs or the lack of our moral values that are changing America? A bit of all I suspect! The black protests in Ferguson Mo and all across the country happened not because the police officer shot an innocent man but because Michael Brown’s followers didn’t want black criminals to be held accountable for their actions. On the foreign policy front, the America friendly King of Saudi Arabia died and we are not sure of what the…
  • Almost off Balance

    Randy Toman
    4 Jan 2015 | 7:04 am
    The emotion of human nature revolts against the supposition of a state so saturated in false doctrine and contrary to the basic beliefs and the social make-up of the people’s in Western Civilization.  When this happens, as we see happening today, the valued rights will erode causing a break down in righteousness.  This break down continues until it reaches a critical point where there is correction, if not, the culture slides by this point and will then free fall into a state of self-destruction which does not allow things to turn around nor bring itself back into a line of saneness of…
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  • Historian as History-Maker: Isabel Wilkerson Calls All of America to Account for Racial Injustice

    Kristen Doerer
    28 Feb 2015 | 6:26 am
    (Photo: Joe Henson) Isabel Wilkerson, author of the award-winning book, The Warmth of Other Suns, the story of the Great Migration of African Americans to the North. This summer, Ta-Nehisi Coates published a compelling argument for reparations in The Atlantic. This nation, he argued, has inherited a debt. We ought to repay the community that we as a nation have hurt most. In its entirety, the headline read: The Case for Reparations: Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with…
  • CPAC 2015: Right-Wing American Dream Kind of Crappy

    Nathalie Baptiste
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:21 pm
    (Photo: C-SPAN) (L-R) Raffi Williams of the Republican National Committee, Charlie Kirk of Turning Point USA, U.S. Representative Mia Love and U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, appear on a panel about millennials and the American dream at the Conservative Political Action Conference on February 26, 2015. What is the American dream? Is it owning a house and having a job you love? Perhaps you want to be able to have children and send them off to school? Well, this year at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, members of the Republican Party are promising to help you make your dreams come…
  • Christie Blusters His Way Through CPAC Appearance

    Rachel M. Cohen
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:58 pm
    (Photo: C-SPAN) New Jersey Governor Chris Christie wasn’t going to let something like record-low approval ratings get him down as he took the stage Thursday afternoon at CPAC’s annual gathering in National Harbor, Maryland. Exuding that Sopranos-style confidence that’s earned him notoriety, Christie, sitting on the CPAC stage for an interview with conservative radio talk-show host Laura Ingraham,  dismissed the idea that, compared to other potential presidential candidates in the crowded Republican field, he’s not well-positioned to run for president. (A January survey conducted by…
  • Why Markets Can't Price the Priceless

    Joan Fitzgerald
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:51 pm
    (AP Photo/Wichita Falls Times Record News, Torin Halsey) A public works wastewater reuse project accounts for approximately half of the water used daily by Wichita Falls, Texas.   This article appears as part of a special report, "What the Free Market Can't Do," in the Winter 2015 issue of  The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here. Water sources for many Southwestern cities such as Las Vegas and Phoenix are drying up. Meanwhile, most Eastern cities have ample supplies but decaying infrastructure that can’t handle the more frequent and severe flooding brought on by climate change.
  • CPAC: Is Carly Fiorina the GOP's Anti-Hillary?

    Kristen Doerer
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:29 am
    (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) (CQ Roll Call via AP Images) Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, speaks at CPAC in National Harbor, Maryland, on February 26, 2015. Carly Fiorina is almost certainly running for president. At first glance, Fiorina doesn’t seem like much of a 2016 presidential contender. Despite that, organizers of the Conservative Political Action Conference gave her a desirable speaking slot on February 26, the conference's opening day—just after New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and before right-wing favorite Ted Cruz. If elected, the former CEO of…
 
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  • Historian as History-Maker: Isabel Wilkerson Calls All of America to Account for Racial Injustice

    Kristen Doerer
    28 Feb 2015 | 6:26 am
    (Photo: Joe Henson) Isabel Wilkerson, author of the award-winning book, The Warmth of Other Suns, the story of the Great Migration of African Americans to the North. This summer, Ta-Nehisi Coates published a compelling argument for reparations in The Atlantic. This nation, he argued, has inherited a debt. We ought to repay the community that we as a nation have hurt most. In its entirety, the headline read: The Case for Reparations: Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with…
  • CPAC 2015: Right-Wing American Dream Kind of Crappy

    Nathalie Baptiste
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:21 pm
    (Photo: C-SPAN) (L-R) Raffi Williams of the Republican National Committee, Charlie Kirk of Turning Point USA, U.S. Representative Mia Love and U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, appear on a panel about millennials and the American dream at the Conservative Political Action Conference on February 26, 2015. What is the American dream? Is it owning a house and having a job you love? Perhaps you want to be able to have children and send them off to school? Well, this year at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, members of the Republican Party are promising to help you make your dreams come…
  • Christie Blusters His Way Through CPAC Appearance

    Rachel M. Cohen
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:58 pm
    (Photo: C-SPAN) New Jersey Governor Chris Christie wasn’t going to let something like record-low approval ratings get him down as he took the stage Thursday afternoon at CPAC’s annual gathering in National Harbor, Maryland. Exuding that Sopranos-style confidence that’s earned him notoriety, Christie, sitting on the CPAC stage for an interview with conservative radio talk-show host Laura Ingraham,  dismissed the idea that, compared to other potential presidential candidates in the crowded Republican field, he’s not well-positioned to run for president. (A January survey conducted by…
  • Why Markets Can't Price the Priceless

    Joan Fitzgerald
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:51 pm
    (AP Photo/Wichita Falls Times Record News, Torin Halsey) A public works wastewater reuse project accounts for approximately half of the water used daily by Wichita Falls, Texas.   This article appears as part of a special report, "What the Free Market Can't Do," in the Winter 2015 issue of  The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here. Water sources for many Southwestern cities such as Las Vegas and Phoenix are drying up. Meanwhile, most Eastern cities have ample supplies but decaying infrastructure that can’t handle the more frequent and severe flooding brought on by climate change.
  • CPAC: Is Carly Fiorina the GOP's Anti-Hillary?

    Kristen Doerer
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:29 am
    (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) (CQ Roll Call via AP Images) Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, speaks at CPAC in National Harbor, Maryland, on February 26, 2015. Carly Fiorina is almost certainly running for president. At first glance, Fiorina doesn’t seem like much of a 2016 presidential contender. Despite that, organizers of the Conservative Political Action Conference gave her a desirable speaking slot on February 26, the conference's opening day—just after New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and before right-wing favorite Ted Cruz. If elected, the former CEO of…
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  • The most interesting part of Warren Buffett’s annual letter to shareholders

    Lydia DePillis
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:58 am
    The gospel according to Warren Buffett. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik) Warren Buffett's annual letters to shareholders, in advance of Berkshire Hathaway's festive shareholder meeting, are usually studded with nuggets of investment advice in between updates on how portfolio companies have fared. This year's letter is even more expansive than usual, being Buffett's 50th. The yearly gathering in May will also be marked by an early-morning parade of Texas Longhorns down 10th Street in Omaha, celebrating a half-century of arguably the country's most successful holding company. But while much attention…
  • This is the best explanation of gerrymandering you will ever see

    Christopher Ingraham
    1 Mar 2015 | 6:06 am
    Gerrymandering -- drawing political boundaries to give your party a numeric advantage over an opposing party -- is a difficult process to explain. If you find the notion confusing, check out the chart above -- adapted from one posted to Reddit this weekend -- and wonder no more. Suppose we have a very tiny state of fifty people. Thirty of them belong to the Blue Party, and 20 belong to the Red Party. And just our luck, they all live in a nice even grid with the Blues on one side of the state and the Reds on the other. Now, let's say we need to divide this state into five districts. Each…
  • Ukraine unofficially has 272 percent inflation

    Matt O'Brien
    1 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Source: Bloomberg Hyperinflation is always and everywhere a political phenomenon. It happens after wars or revolutions, when governments have to print the money they need because there's not much of an economy left to tax—which brings us to Ukraine. It had a revolution, it has a war now, and it's all but broke. Inflation is officially 28.5 percent, but, according to Johns Hopkins professor Steve Hanke, it's really more like 272 percent. And that's only going to get worse as long as Ukraine's currency does. It's hard to overstate how challenged Ukraine is. Its economy has actually shrunk…
  • If you thought the llama and dress memes were silly, this will make you feel worse

    Zachary A. Goldfarb
    28 Feb 2015 | 6:19 am
    On Thursday and Friday, the Internet went gaga, first over a pair of llamas loose in Arizona, then over a dress that appeared either white-and-gold or black-and-blue depending on who was looking at it. Here at Wonkblog, we enjoyed the opportunity to shed some light on both memes, with stories on where llamas live and why there are so many in the United States, as well as a piece on the optical illusions that show color is in the eye of the beholder. But no doubt some of us thought the focus on llamas and "the dress" was overkill. And these charts — visualizations of people tweeting about…
  • 8 things millennials want—and don’t want—show how different they are from their parents

    Zachary A. Goldfarb
    28 Feb 2015 | 6:11 am
    Goldman Sachs released a fascinating series of charts this week about Millennials, the generation born between 1980 and 2000. A group totaling 92 million Americans, Millennials differ from Generation Xers and Baby Boomers in many ways — including when they plan to get married, their financial situation and how they consume media. It's worth reading through the entire series of graphics — it's long — but here we select eight highlights: the things Millennials want and the things they don't want. You'll see that Millennials are a little less interested in the material things that…
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  • Scalise: 'I reject bigotry of all forms'

    1 Mar 2015 | 9:21 am
    House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) on Sunday suggested he has tried to mend fences with the black community since it became known he spoke to a group in 2002 that was founded by a former Ku Klux Klan member. “I made it very clear that I...
  • Huckabee: 2016 decision 'forthcoming'

    1 Mar 2015 | 9:15 am
    Former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-Ark.) on Sunday said a decision about whether he’ll run for president in 2016 is “forthcoming.”“We're looking very carefully at the structure that would need to be in place.  And I think a decision will be...
  • Dem: Questions around opposition leader's death need answered

    1 Mar 2015 | 8:54 am
    Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) on Sunday said the key question in the assassination of Russian opposition leader Boris Nemtsov is whether Russian President Vladimir Putin was involved.On CBS's "Face the Nation," Feinstein was asked if the key...
  • US boots needed to defeat ISIS, Boehner says

    1 Mar 2015 | 8:29 am
    Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Sunday said there will have to be U.S. boots on the ground overseas in the mission to defeat the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS).“Somebody’s boots have to be on the ground,” Boehner said in a live interview on...
  • Boehner: White House-Israel relationship has gotten worse

    1 Mar 2015 | 8:19 am
    Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Sunday accused the White House of worsening the U.S. relationship with Israel ahead of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s visit to Washington. “The animosity between the White House and the prime minister is no...
 
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  • Argument preview: Now, the third leg of the health-care stool

    Lyle Denniston
    28 Feb 2015 | 9:04 pm
    At 10 a.m. Wednesday, the Supreme Court will hold oral argument on the latest legal challenge to the Affordable Care Act, the new federal health-care law.  The oral arguments in King v. Burwell will feature two high-profile lawyers, Michael A. Carvin of the Washington, D.C., law firm of Jones Day, for the challengers, and U.S. Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli, Jr., defending the subsidy system designed to help millions of consumers afford health insurance.   The hearing is scheduled for one hour, but it may be allowed to run longer, especially since no other cases are up for…
  • This week at the Court

    Kali Borkoski
    28 Feb 2015 | 9:01 pm
    On Monday at 9:30 a.m. we expect orders from the February 27 Conference. The Court has not announced its plans for next week regarding the release of opinions, if any.  At this time of the Term, however, it would be unusual if there were none. This is the second week of the February sitting.
  • Argument preview: The Confrontation Clause, once more

    Lyle Denniston
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:05 pm
    At 11 a.m. Monday, the Supreme Court will hold one hour of oral argument to continue to explore the constitutional right of an accused person to confront at trial the witnesses for the prosecution.  Arguing for the state in Ohio v. Clark will be Matthew E. Meyer of Cleveland, an assistant prosecuting attorney, with twenty minutes of time.  Ilana Eisenstein, an assistant to the U.S. Solicitor General, will have ten minutes to speak for the federal government as an amicus supporting the state.  The accused individual in the case will be represented by Stanford law professor Jeffrey L.
  • Petition of the day

    Maureen Johnston
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:10 pm
    The petition of the day is: Montanile v. Board of Trustees of the National Elevator Industry Health Benefit Plan 14-723Issue: Whether, under the Employee Retirement and Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA), a lawsuit by an ERISA fiduciary against a participant to recover an alleged overpayment by the plan seeks “equitable relief” within the meaning of ERISA section 502(a)(3), 29 U.S.C. § 1132(a)(3), if the fiduciary has not identified a particular fund that is in the participant's possession and control at the time the fiduciary asserts its claim.
  • This week’s argument audio

    Oyez Project
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:13 pm
    Oyez has posted audio recordings and transcripts of this week’s arguments. The Court heard arguments this week in: Coleman v. Tollefson Kerry v. Din Tibble v. Edison International Henderson v. United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission v. Abercrombie & Fitch Baker Botts, LLP v. ASARCO, LLC
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  • John Boehner: On immigration, "the president said 22 times, 22 times, that he couldn't do what he eventually did."

    1 Mar 2015 | 3:28 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Boehner: Obama said '22 times' that he couldn't do immigration executive action Republican House leaders fanned out on the Sunday shows to defend a stop-gap measure to fund the Department of Homeland Security in their ongoing fight against President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration. They did not stray from talking points. TV audiences Sunday heard one specific number several times as hosts pressed the GOP lawmakers to justify the chaos over funding for the Department of Homeland Security. "The president said 22 times, 22 times, that…
  • John Boehner: Says President Barack Obama made "unilateral changes" to Obamacare "38 times."

    1 Mar 2015 | 3:23 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Boehner: Obama has taken unilateral action on health care '38 times' In making the case that President Barack Obama overstepped his bounds on immigration, House Speaker John Boehner pointed to another sore spot: Obamacare. "It’s the president of the United States overreaching, and that’s just not on immigration. You know 38 times he made unilateral changes to Obamacare," Boehner said on CBS’ Face the Nation March 1. "Many of these, I believe, far beyond his constitutional authority to do so." PolitiFact looked into a…
  • American Crossroads: "The Clintons' foundation took millions from foreign governments" including United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

    26 Feb 2015 | 1:49 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: True | Conservative group claims Hillary Clinton's foundation took millions from foreign governments A group founded by Karl Rove launched one of the first salvos of the 2016 presidential election cycle with a Web video attacking presumed Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton. American Crossroads released a video Feb. 23 that features audio of a speech from Sen. Elizabeth Warren, a Massachusetts Democrat from the party’s progressive wing, warning that "powerful interests have tried to capture Washington and rig the system in their favor." The video…
  • Mike Lee: The FCC’s net neutrality policy includes what is "essentially a massive tax increase."  

    26 Feb 2015 | 11:11 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Effect of net neutrality rules on taxes is uncertain Does net neutrality mean a big tax increase? The Federal Communications Commission just approved a proposal reclassifying Internet service as a telecommunications utility -- claiming that it will preserve the concept of net neutrality. While proponents of the policy shift argue that the changes won’t spur additional fees or taxes, opponents argue the opposite. "This is essentially a massive tax increase on the middle class being passed in the dead of night without the American public really…
  • Eric Holder: Last year, "we saw the first reduction in the federal prison population in 32 years."

    23 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: True | Federal prison population drops for first time in 3 decades, Eric Holder says Federal prisons recently hit a notable benchmark, outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder said earlier this week. In remarks at the National Press Club on Feb. 17, 2015, Holder made the case for sentencing reform and touted the Smart on Crime initiative on his watch. That program discourages federal prosecutors from pursuing harsh minimum sentences for low-level, non-violent drug criminals. "This newly unveiled data shows we can confront over-incarceration at the same time that we…
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  • Long Read: “Practicing Islam in Short Shorts”

    Anne Laurie
    1 Mar 2015 | 3:20 pm
    The most unlikely writers are coming out as People of Faith, but this essay was particularly intriguing to me. Thanaa El-Naggar, at Gawker: … I walk into a store. There’s a woman shopping in the store that I can clearly identify as Muslim. In some scenarios she’s standing behind the cash register tallying up totals and returning change to customers. She’s wearing a headscarf. It’s tightly fastened under her face where her head meets her neck. Arms covered to the wrists. Ankles modestly hidden behind loose fitting pants or a long, flowy dress. She’s Muslim.
  • Serenity Now

    John Cole +0
    1 Mar 2015 | 11:58 am
    I think I just had as close to an emotional breakdown as is possible. My pc is dying, so yesterday I replaced the power supply in an attempt to fix it, and while the power supply was bad, it appears the mobo is dying as it will not recognize all my memory, so I am frantically copying files to my mac. While doing this, there are five dogs in my office terrorizing me. Lovey and Thurston have attacked every cable, and are generally just being hyper nuisances, nipping at my heels, riling up the other dogs, and just creating a general environment of mania. I could feel my blood pressure rising as…
  • Leonard Nimoy Was A Hero

    Anne Laurie
    1 Mar 2015 | 6:46 am
    pic.twitter.com/ErjTLgCIrL — Terry W. Virts (@AstroTerry) February 28, 2015 … And a mensch, down to his bones. He had a famously complicated relationship to being identified so strongly with his most famous role, but Mr. Spock — and, I suspect, Star Trek — would never have succeeded in achieving such reach and longevity if Nimoy hadn’t been an extraordinary actor and human being. … “I am what I am, Leila,” Mr. Spock declares after the spores’ effect has worn off and his emotions are again in check. “And if there are self-made purgatories, then we…
  • It’s you and me forever

    DougJ
    1 Mar 2015 | 5:34 am
    Take a Sarah Palin CPAC speech, have Mark Halperin write a review of it, and you can see why I’m objectively pro-meteor (h/t David Koch): Best moment: Crowd erupted when she slammed the president’s foreign policy as too meek: “They say we can’t kill our way out of war? Really? Tell that to the Nazis. Oh wait, you can’t. They’re dead. Because we killed them.” Share
  • Sunday Garden Chat: (Northern) California Dreaming

    Anne Laurie
    1 Mar 2015 | 2:10 am
    From faithful garden correspondent Scout211: I am sending some pics from Northern California to brighten up some Balloon Juicers’ winter blues out there in the cold and snowy areas of the East and Midwest. The first pics are in my raised bed veggie garden, which right now only has strawberry starts (pic 1) and early rhubarb (pic 2). Not pictured are my blueberry bushes in one raised bed. They are still wintering, for the most part. Our apricot tree is now in bloom, as is the plum tree [pic at top of post]. We had one weekend of heavy rain this February that produced lots of green…
 
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  • We Are At War And Patricia Arquette Is Not The Enemy

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    23 Feb 2015 | 2:50 pm
    “Now there’s another thing I want you to remember. I don’t want to get any messages saying that “we are holding our position.” We’re not holding anything. Let the Hun do that. We are advancing constantly and we’re not interested in holding onto anything except the enemy. We’re going to hold onto him by the nose and we’re going to kick him in the ass. We’re going to kick the hell out of him all the time and we’re going to go through him like crap through a goose!” – Patton, (1970) Patricia Arquette was way off base…
  • Poor Put-Upon Conservatives Get Saddled With Racism. Here’s Why.

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    21 Feb 2015 | 10:17 am
    Bloomberg’s Dave Weigel has written a piece from the conservative perspective, noting how they feel besieged and put-upon when we on the left assign malicious racial intent to their actions. They feel under siege, the poor dears, they feel smeared, the precious darlings. Oh well. This, like many other things, does not occur in a vacuum. The core Republican vote is white and male, overwhelmingly so. Nearly ever other demographic group in America votes for the Democratic Party: Women, blacks, Latinos, LGBT, Asian, etc. This isn’t new. The right panders to the needs and fears of its…
  • Rudy Giuliani, An “Obscure Pol”

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    19 Feb 2015 | 9:05 pm
    Rudy Giuliani A phenomenon I have run into for years and years on the right reared its head again today. When a conservative figure steps outside of the self-reinforcing right wing media bubble (Fox News and talk radio) and into the harsh light of the real world where we’ve move passed the right wing high water mark of 1955-ish, they throw the guy or gal under the bus with lightning fast speed. Someone can go from a top rated radio show host (hi Rush) or a member of the House of Representatives (Louis Gohmert, Michele Bachmann for instance) to “who?” so quickly.
  • Mitt Romney, The Novel

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    31 Jan 2015 | 7:13 am
    Inspired by a somewhat overwrought New York Times lede discussing Mitt Romney’s decision not to run for President for a third time, I wrote up some purple prose starring George Romney’s boy: The blinding white snow reflected in Mitt Romney’s eyes as he dismounted Rafalca, his bible glistening with early morning dew. The eagle broke away from its flock, lightly landing on Romney’s shoulder. It leaned into his ear. “You tried,” it whispered. Romney methodically folded the plans he had drawn up for a personal ski lift, neck muscles straining against his Oxford…
  • How One Jeb Bush Campaign Hire Reveals How Dumb The Political Press Is

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    29 Jan 2015 | 9:39 pm
    Jeb Bush’s not quite campaign has made a new hire! The staffer in question is one David Kochel, who is being described by the political press as “key” hire for Bush, because hiring Kochel “is a sign that Mr. Bush is moving quickly to assemble his political team” according to the Wall Street Journal. It is a signal that “another important player has made his choice,” reports the Des Moines Register. And Bloomberg Horrible Person Mark Halperin raves that it is “1 of the 5 most significant developments of ’16 cycle so far.” Man, this…
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  • Congress and Israel-Iran: Another Veto?

    DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist
    1 Mar 2015 | 11:36 am
    Nerves are already frayed, tempers are already flaring, invectives are already flying over the ill-advised, ill-mannered, ill-natured and ill-timed decision by Boehner & Co. to unilaterally invite Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address a joint session of Congress next week without the courtesy of even mentioning it to the President. Joe Gandelman addresses some of the “consequences of Netanyahu’s action and its transparent political meaning and significance for Israel and America’s political process” here. But it gets more interesting. Reuters is reporting that,…
  • Cartoon: Boris Nemtsov Killed in Moscow

    CAGLE CARTOONS
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:59 am
    Sergei Elkin, Rian See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at http://cagle.com. To license this cartoon for your own site, visit http://politicalcartoons.com The post Cartoon: Boris Nemtsov Killed in Moscow appeared first on The Moderate Voice.
  • Netanyahu Speech to Congress Sparks Increasing Warnings

    JOE GANDELMAN, Editor-In-Chief
    1 Mar 2015 | 8:43 am
    Conservative talkers and some in the non-monolithic Jewish community may be applauding Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s decision to take up House Speaker John Boehner’s offer to in effect give President Barack Obama and the State Department a fingered half a peace sign and speak to Congress anyway, but the decision is also now bringing increased condemnations — and warnings. Those who defend Netanyahu paint him as example of a profile in courage — going ahead with a speech to warn the U.S. Congress to avoid what could be bad deal with Iran that could…
  • Yes Indeed: Venezuela Coup Attempts are Aided by Washington (La Jornada, Mexico)

    WILLIAM KERN (Worldmeets.US)
    1 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    Since Hugo Chavez was first elected president of Venezuela in 1999, the country’s leaders have charged the United States with overtly and covertly working to undermine its government, which Washington regards as hostile to its interests. Never mind that according to former President Jimmy Carter, Venezuela has ‘the best electoral system in the world.’ For Mexico’s La Jornada, columnist Angel Guerra Cabrera highlights mounting evidence that claims of active U.S. involvement in opposition efforts to topple President Nicolas Maduro are more than the hyperbolic claims of a…
  • Justifiable Fear of a Creeping Police State (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany)

    WILLIAM KERN (Worldmeets.US)
    1 Mar 2015 | 8:01 am
    The recently reported theft by American and British intelligence of SIM card codes for potentially billions of smart phones around the world may be a tipping point in thinking about how much crime a democracy is willing to allow its spies to commit. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung columnist Jasper von Altenbockum writes that ‘If even American or British intelligence agencies are so unscrupulous, others will be even more so,’ raising questions about whether and when such activity crosses the ‘police state’ threshold. For Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung,…
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  • Scott Walker is making the wrong kind of sense

    Jon Green
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Wisconsin Governor and newly-ordained GOP frontrunner Scott Walker got under DC’s skin again yesterday when he compared union protesters to Islamic State militants. After a Conservative Political Action Conference audience member asked him how he would handle threats from Islamic extremists, Walker gave what was on track to be a standard response before, with the kind of pause-and-smirk that can only precede a prepared one-liner, quipped that “If I can take on a 100,000 protesters, I can do the same across the world.” Watch below: Walker’s answer exploded the heads of…
  • Credit Suisse buys article in The New Republic to court LGBT community

    Jon Green
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    There isn’t a lot of money in journalism these days. The Internet has forced the print editions of newspapers and magazines to either close down their shops or move online. And even when they do launch themselves into cyberspace, they find that people don’t want to pay for information that they can find on Twitter for free. It doesn’t help that the traditional way to monetize online content — display advertisements, like the one to the left of this sentence — aren’t very effective. Only 0.1 percent of banner ads are clicked; 85 percent of those clicks come…
  • Rep. Aaron Schock (R – Downton Abbey) lawyers up after new spending revealed

    Jon Green
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    Following reports that Illinois Republican Aaron Schock paid for private flights to and around his home district using taxpayer and campaign dollars, possibly in violation of House ethics rules, a new report from the Associated Press shows new spending by the Congressman on public and campaign accounts that has led our nation’s most Abercrombiefied member of Congress to lawyer up. From POLITICO: Schock has hired William McGinley and Don McGahn of the Washington law firm Jones Day to lead his legal team. Veteran GOP communications operatives Ron Bonjean and Brian Walsh are helping…
  • About Aaron Schock

    John Aravosis
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    Perhaps it’s a question of age and experience, and knowing enough to know better, but the first time I saw GOP Rep. Aaron Schock’s Instagram account, I winced. Schock, age 33, has been serving as Peoria’s congressman to the US House since 2009. Young, cute, and sporting a well-sculpted physique he wasn’t shy to share with the tabloids, Schock was differently newsworthy, and seemed to genuinely relish the attention. But Washington is a fickle lover. And while the town is not nearly as bitter and back-stabbing as they depict on “Scandal” or “House…
  • John Kasich’s greatest hits

    James Neimeister
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    On Sunday morning, John Kasich went on CNN’s State of the Union to talk about his cross-country “crusade” for a balanced budget, a move that has been widely interpreted as a test run for his presidential campaign. When asked directly whether he would actually run, Kasich clucked non-answers like “I don’t know” and “all my options are on the table.” In other words, he is almost certainly going to run and I, for one, hope he does. As a young, politically engaged native Ohioan, I must be one of the hundred – nay, thousand – people in the country who could actually pick…
 
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  • chicago police accused of running secret "black site"

    enoch (/politics/member/enoch)
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:45 pm
    An explosive new report in The Guardian claims the Chicago police have created a secret compound for detentions and interrogations where abusive methods are often used. “Democracy Now!” reports: According to The Guardian, detainees as young as 15 years old have been taken to a nondescript warehouse known as Homan Square. Some are calling it the domestic equivalent of a CIA “black site” overseas. Prisoners were denied access to their attorneys, beaten and held for up to 24 hours without any official record of their detention. Two former senior officials in the Civil Rights Division of…
  • V for Varoufakis

    Lilithia (/politics/member/Lilithia)
    26 Feb 2015 | 2:25 pm
    YouTube: Dear Greek Folks, the time has come: we surrender! Take all our money, you may also take Helene Fischer, but please, keep this financial Hercules off us. We could only just bear with Costa Cordalis so this is clearly way too much! - http://neomagazinroyale.de
  • Watch German official squirm when confronted with Greece

    radx (/politics/member/radx)
    23 Feb 2015 | 11:46 pm
    Paul Mason lights a fire under German Deputy Finance Minister's arse with very simple questions about the current situation in Greece.
  • Canadian lawmaker blames his absence on tight underwear

    blahpook (/politics/member/blahpook)
    20 Feb 2015 | 9:51 pm
    A brief and exciting moment at Canada's House of Commons
  • Police State Too Much? Send in a Marine!

    my15minutes (/politics/member/my15minutes)
    17 Feb 2015 | 2:58 am
    thanks to Cory Doctorow. Colonel Peter Martino (USMC, Ret.) briefly addresses the City Council of Concord, NH, in regards to their proposed acquisition of an armored personnel carrier (APC).
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    The American Prospect

  • Historian as History-Maker: Isabel Wilkerson Calls All of America to Account for Racial Injustice

    Kristen Doerer
    28 Feb 2015 | 6:26 am
    (Photo: Joe Henson) Isabel Wilkerson, author of the award-winning book, The Warmth of Other Suns, the story of the Great Migration of African Americans to the North. This summer, Ta-Nehisi Coates published a compelling argument for reparations in The Atlantic. This nation, he argued, has inherited a debt. We ought to repay the community that we as a nation have hurt most. In its entirety, the headline read: The Case for Reparations: Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with…
  • CPAC 2015: Right-Wing American Dream Kind of Crappy

    Nathalie Baptiste
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:21 pm
    (Photo: C-SPAN) (L-R) Raffi Williams of the Republican National Committee, Charlie Kirk of Turning Point USA, U.S. Representative Mia Love and U.S. Senator Ben Sasse, appear on a panel about millennials and the American dream at the Conservative Political Action Conference on February 26, 2015. What is the American dream? Is it owning a house and having a job you love? Perhaps you want to be able to have children and send them off to school? Well, this year at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference, members of the Republican Party are promising to help you make your dreams come…
  • Christie Blusters His Way Through CPAC Appearance

    Rachel M. Cohen
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:58 pm
    (Photo: C-SPAN) New Jersey Governor Chris Christie wasn’t going to let something like record-low approval ratings get him down as he took the stage Thursday afternoon at CPAC’s annual gathering in National Harbor, Maryland. Exuding that Sopranos-style confidence that’s earned him notoriety, Christie, sitting on the CPAC stage for an interview with conservative radio talk-show host Laura Ingraham,  dismissed the idea that, compared to other potential presidential candidates in the crowded Republican field, he’s not well-positioned to run for president. (A January survey conducted by…
  • Why Markets Can't Price the Priceless

    Joan Fitzgerald
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:51 pm
    (AP Photo/Wichita Falls Times Record News, Torin Halsey) A public works wastewater reuse project accounts for approximately half of the water used daily by Wichita Falls, Texas.   This article appears as part of a special report, "What the Free Market Can't Do," in the Winter 2015 issue of  The American Prospect magazine. Subscribe here. Water sources for many Southwestern cities such as Las Vegas and Phoenix are drying up. Meanwhile, most Eastern cities have ample supplies but decaying infrastructure that can’t handle the more frequent and severe flooding brought on by climate change.
  • CPAC: Is Carly Fiorina the GOP's Anti-Hillary?

    Kristen Doerer
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:29 am
    (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call) (CQ Roll Call via AP Images) Carly Fiorina, former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, speaks at CPAC in National Harbor, Maryland, on February 26, 2015. Carly Fiorina is almost certainly running for president. At first glance, Fiorina doesn’t seem like much of a 2016 presidential contender. Despite that, organizers of the Conservative Political Action Conference gave her a desirable speaking slot on February 26, the conference's opening day—just after New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and before right-wing favorite Ted Cruz. If elected, the former CEO of…
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    Calitics - Front Page

  • Art Pulaski: Workers are Left in the Dark with Fast Track

    25 Feb 2015 | 1:14 pm
    by Rachel Johnson There's trouble brewing in Washington D.C. for American workers. In the coming weeks, our congress will decide whether or not to pass Fast Track legislation that will allow trade deals to be made behind closed doors and without any oversight from the people most impacted: American workers. In a recent opinion piece in the Sacramento Bee Art Pulaski, Executive-Secretary-Treasurer of the California Labor Federation, cautioned against turning a blind eye to Fast Track: In the case of pending legislation authorizing fast-track authority for trade agreements, politicians and…
  • Speaker Atkins Unveils Critical Plan to Rebuild Transportation Infrastructure, Create Good Jobs

    5 Feb 2015 | 12:33 am
    by Steve Smith, California Labor Federation About 1/3 of all the bridges and overpasses in our state are showing signs of deterioration (i.e. crumbling). Seventy percent of our urban roads and highways are congested. California has the second-highest share of roads in "poor condition" in the nation. Given the amount of commuting and traveling Californians do, these are pretty alarming stats. But you get what you pay for. And, quite frankly, California's lack of infrastructure funding is embarrassing, and downright dangerous to all of us who spend so much time on the road every week. Today…
  • New Economic Policy Institute Report Details Economic Challenges Facing UC Workers

    26 Jan 2015 | 3:10 pm
    By Jason Rabinowitz, Secretary-Treasurer, Teamsters Local 2010 More than 80 percent of University of California (UC) support staff employees are paid wages too low to provide the basic necessities of life in the areas where they live and work, according to preliminary findings of a study conducted by the Economic Policy Institute.   As Governor Brown and UC President Janet Napolitano meet to discuss the financial future of the UC, it's imperative that they recognize the dire financial situation of many UC employees. The UC is the third largest employer in California, employing nearly…
  • Let the Boxer retirement discussions commence

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

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

  • Danger Ahead for Obama on Iran

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    1 Mar 2015 | 5:45 am
    The perverse genius of Benjamin Netanyahu and his aides (and their Republican handmaidens) is that they have managed to turn a moment in which President Obama should have been busy defending his pursuit of a nuclear agreement with a dangerous adversary into a stress test of the U.S.-Israel relationship. But on Wednesday, the day after Netanyahu delivers his reelection speech to Congress to 23, or 19, or 31 standing ovations (advice to viewers: study the Democrats as they arrange their facial expressions in complicated and interesting ways), the focus will return to the President, his plans…
  • A Partial Accounting of the Damage Netanyahu Is Doing to Israel

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:12 am
    Baz Ratner/Reuters It would be reassuring—sort of—to believe that Benjamin Netanyahu decided to set the U.S.-Israel relationship on fire mainly because he fears that President Obama is selling out Israel. But Netanyahu’s speech to Congress on March 3—a speech arranged without Obama’s knowledge by Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer and by Obama’s chief Republican rival, House Speaker John Boehner—is motivated by another powerful fear: the fear of unemployment. The message Bibi is preparing to deliver on Tuesday (a “statesmanlike message,” according to an official close to him) has…
  • Netanyahu Invites Arab Diplomats to His Big Speech—and Gets Rejected

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    Abir Sultan/Reuters Updated on February 25, 2015, 8:45 a.m. EST Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is refusing to meet with a group of ardently pro-Israel Democratic senators next week in Washington, but he very much wants to see the faces of Arab ambassadors in the audience during his controversial address to Congress. Netanyahu's ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, has tried, without success, to recruit Arab ambassadors to come to his boss’s speech, e-mailing them personally to plead for their attendance. Dermer, who is not a trained diplomat, is the man who helped…
  • Israeli Ambassador: Netanyahu Never Meant to Disrespect Obama

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    30 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Ron Dermer, the Israeli ambassador to the U.S. (Reuters) Earlier this week, shortly after I published a lengthy post critical of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his ambassador to the United States, Ron Dermer, Dermer expressed his general dissatisfaction with the piece to me. But he also agreed to a request to answer several questions about the recent controversy, which centers on an invitation to Netanyahu from House Speaker John Boehner to address Congress on Iran, and other subjects. The White House has expressed anger about being blindsided by the invitation. Here are the…
  • The Netanyahu Disaster

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:16 am
    Benjamin Netanyahu, making friends and influencing people (Reuters/The Atlantic) Benjamin Netanyahu believes he has just one job, and that is to stop Iran from getting hold of nuclear weapons. He might argue that this description of his mission as Israel’s prime minister is too limiting, though such an argument would not be particularly credible. Israel’s very existence, he has argued, consistently, and at times convincingly, is predicated on stopping Iran, a country ruled by a regime that seeks both Israel’s annihilation and the means to carry it out. Netanyahu’s options are limited.
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    The Weekly Standard Blog

  • TWS Poll Results: Walker in a Walk

    William Kristol
    28 Feb 2015 | 2:27 pm
    We've just finished tabulating the results an online poll conducted during the last week of WEEKLY STANDARD readers. They were given a chance to let us know who would be, as of now, their 1st, 2nd, and 3rd choices for the GOP presidential nomination. We want to thank the 3,700 readers who participated. The big news is that Scott Walker was the convincing winner among TWS readers. He captured 47 percent of the first choices, and featured as a first, second, or third choice on no less than 78 percent of the ballots. No one else made into double digits as a first choice, or made it onto as…
  • Pence for Defense

    William Kristol
    28 Feb 2015 | 1:39 pm
    Lost in much of the reporting about CPAC is that almost all of the likely presidential candidates—really, all of them, with the exception of Rand Paul—seemed to place themselves at the Reaganite hawkish-internationalist end of the foreign policy spectrum. The much-heralded return of Republican isolationism or anti-interventionism wasn’t much in evidence, except during Rand Paul's half hour on the stage. The other candidates all criticized President Obama for his foreign policy weakness and timidity, and made the case for greater American strength and resolve. Of course, most of the…
  • DNC: 'Stop Scott Walker'

    Daniel Halper
    28 Feb 2015 | 11:31 am
    The Democratic National Committee is already asking its supporters to "Stop Scott Walker." That's the subject of an email sent along this afternoon to supporters. And here's the body of the email message The call to action is in reference to remarks Walker made at the Conversative Political Action Conference days ago outside Washington, D.C.  "I want a commander in chief who will do everything in their power to ensure that the threat from radical Islamic terrorists does not wash up on American soil," Walker told the crowd. "If I can take on 100,000…
  • Jeb Bush: Repealing Obamacare Not a Top Five Agenda Item

    Jeffrey H. Anderson
    28 Feb 2015 | 7:01 am
    Over the past few days at CPAC, Sean Hannity has asked various prospective Republican presidential candidates to list their “top five agenda items.” Former governor Jeb Bush’s list did not include repealing Obamacare. Bush’s list included (1) undoing President Obama’s lawless executive actions, (2) regulatory reform, (3) tax reform, (4) encouraging economic growth, and (5) sending “a signal to the rest of the world that we’re going to be their partner for peace and security.”  But it did not include repealing Obamacare or signing a conservative alternative to Obamacare into…
  • Ad: Does Hillary Stand With the Boycotters or Supporters of Israel?

    Daniel Halper
    28 Feb 2015 | 5:18 am
    The latest ad from the Emergency Committee for Israel asks whether Hillary Clinton stands with the supporters of Israel, or whether she stands with the boycotters. Watch here: The TV ad "will air on Sunday political shows, on CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC, and on Good Morning America and the Today show in the run-up to Prime Minister Netanyahu's speech to Congress," according to the Emergency Committee for Israel. (The chairman of ECI is Bill Kristol, editor of this magazine.) "The Obama Administration has launched an all-out assault against the Israeli Prime Minister,"…
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    James Fallows : The Atlantic

  • Sobering News Out of China, Part Four Million

    James Fallows
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:45 am
    Getting through the Chinese Internet firewall is something like getting through this gate into the Forbidden City (Wikimedia commons) Last week I mentioned the latest chapter in the Chinese government's efforts to seal the country off from the rest of the Internet — and what I considered an out-of-date report in the Guardian about the situation. The Guardian report was based on the palmy-in-retrospect era a few years ago when the government censored attempts to organize protests, but otherwise let people have their say. No more. From a foreign reader in Shanghai:   The Guardian article…
  • Welcome Eleanor Fallows

    James Fallows
    23 Feb 2015 | 10:12 pm
    There has been a lot of heavy weather in this space recently. Herewith a spot of wonderful cheer. Please welcome Eleanor Rose Fallows, who made her debut on February 11 in Newport Beach, California. This is young Eleanor as she looked this past weekend, when we had the joy of visiting her parents Tad and Annie Fallows, and her big brother Jack, at their home in Corona del Mar. Her parents, like all parents of young children, are exhausted but happy. Or happy but exhausted. We, like most grandparents, are just happy. Previously in this series: Welcome Jack Fallows, and Welcome Tide Fallows.
  • Sebastian Junger on Chickenhawk Nation

    James Fallows
    23 Feb 2015 | 4:24 pm
    The Atlantic Sebastian Junger, who has produced moving accounts of the human face of combat in Afghanistan and elsewhere (to say nothing of  the narrative mastery of The Perfect Storm), and whose war movie Restrepo I recommended a few years ago, has written what is presented as a counter or critique to my "Tragedy of the American Military" article. I hope you will read it. When you're done, I invite you to head back here. The overwhelming majority of the (overwhelming) response I've gotten to this article has impressed me by engaging with the case I actually made. I mention this because so…
  • The 'Existential' Chronicles Go On

    James Fallows
    20 Feb 2015 | 11:37 pm
    Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif meeting in Geneva last month (Rick Wilking/Reuters) Yesterday I argued that it was time for Americans to drop or ignore the words "existential threat" when thinking about Iran and its nuclear potential. The words have become a slogan or incantation taking the place of thought. Now, response: (1) A slew of readers have written in with variants of this sentiment: The populated stretch of Israel from Haifa to Tel Aviv is about 55 miles as the crow flies. One or two nuclear weapons delivered in minutes by Iranian…
  • On 'Existential' Threats

    James Fallows
    19 Feb 2015 | 10:13 pm
    Detail from the cover of Nevil Shute's 1957 novel 'On the Beach,' about the existential threat to all of humanity from nuclear war I have received a foreseeable flood of mail in response to the collection of Israel-and-Iran letters posted three days ago. I am not going to quote any more of it. As has been evident for many years, there is an unbridgeable chasm in outlooks on this topic. Having offered a sample of the current state of that divide, I'll say Enough for now. This makes me all the more admiring of diplomats who try to find ways across the chasm, starting with what I saw from…
 
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    The American Scene

  • Evolutionarily Stable Strategery

    Gabriel Rossman
    12 Feb 2015 | 2:28 pm
    Yesterday somebody asked Governor Walker if he believes in evolution and he ducked the question. As Ramesh argued, this was a mistake, and there was a fair amount of snark directed at this. Then there was a wave of counter-snark, stemming from the same impulse as Cooke’s recent NR cover story about how the NdGT “I love science” fan club is really about mood affiliation, much of it semi-sublimated anti-clericalism, and not really very much about scientific knowledge. I totally understand the impulse to call out the extent to which affirmation of science is 99% mood…
  • Will Obamacare "Destroy" America? How Would We Know?

    Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:39 am
    A long, long time ago I said on Twitter that there is a 50/50 chance that Obamacare will “destroy America.” This has been throwing Twitter maven Richard Yeselson into conniptions for literally months now so I figure some clarification is in order. Obviously I did not mean that Obamacare will cause a destructive meteor shower, or an alien invasion, or the second coming. So, what did I mean? Quite simply this: I think most observers, whatever their political outlook, would agree that there is something unique or at least different to the political economy of the United States.
  • Have I Stopped Beating My Wife?

    Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry
    10 Jan 2015 | 12:24 am
    Neoconservatives and noninterventionists look at the world from radically opposite perspectives, and unlike the realists in the middle, we have a tendency to view the world through a moralized lens. One very unfortunate tendency of this is that each side has a tendency to impugn the other’s motives, rather than his view of reality. Neoconservatives just want Iraq’s oil, or they are just White Man’s Burden 2.0. Noninterventionists think the US should cut Israel loose because seeing Jews massacred would tickle their jollies. I think noninterventionists are somewhere in the…
  • I Am Hassle, For We Are Many

    Gabriel Rossman
    18 Nov 2014 | 8:44 am
    Starting in the 2012 cycle and in a much more serious way in the 2014 cycle, the Republicans decided that they could square the circle of their conscience clause position on sexual ethics with Democratic #waronwomen attacks through pitching over-the-counter oral contraception. Somewhat surprisingly, the left was not especially enthusiastic about this. The way I’ve been thinking about this is that both liberals and conservatives are addressing hassle. The emerging right-wing position is that the state requiring you to get a doctor’s scrip is unacceptable hassle and some nontrivial number…
  • Heighten the contradictions

    Gabriel Rossman
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    Suppose that party A habitually engages in actions that party B finds morally offensive. Party B then finds various ways to obstruct this offensive action, but only partially, so the effect is to make the action more dangerous, but not impossible. Party A continues with the (now more dangerous) course of action and predictably problems ensue. Who is morally at fault? Or more to the point, who receives blame and is the ensuing policy push to prohibit A from engaging in the offensive action or instead for B to cease obstructing and switch to accomodation and harm reduction? For instance, if I…
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    Obsidian Wings

  • He's dead Jim!

    liberal japonicus
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:49 pm
    by liberal japonicus An open thread for Leonard Nimoy. I suspect we have a number of interesting takes and anecdotes in the hive mind.
  • If a bomb doesn't go off, is it still a bomb?

    liberal japonicus
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:24 am
    by liberal japonicus It would be hard to overestimate my lack of understanding of economics. So when I read an article like this, I'm totally baffled. Some graphs from the article Takatoshi Ito, an economist at Columbia’s School of International & Public Affairs, argued at a panel discussion on Monday that unless the Japanese government can raise its sales tax to north of 15%, from its current 8%, Japan’s economy will suffer a fiscal crisis sometime between 2021 and 2023. That’s because as Japan’s population continues to age, its famously high savings rate will have to fall,…
  • Yes, what should America do with its high-risk detainees?

    Ugh
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:23 am
    by Ugh This is a bit dated, but Jack Goldsmith, whose claim to fame is being less insane than John Yoo and Jay Bybee, and Jane Harman, former Democratic congresswoman and now President of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars (NOT the one at Princeton, it seems), had an Op-Ed in the WaPo entitled "What should America do with Guantanamo’s high-risk detainees?"   This is, apparently, a vexing question for the two of them.  They begin with the hard question, The easiest question is whether to release the 54 who the administration has…
  • Ta Nehisi Coates on David Carr

    liberal japonicus
    22 Feb 2015 | 3:10 am
    by liberal japonicus There have been a number of wonderful pieces about David Carr, like this one by Jennifer Senior at NYMag that ends with this: There came a moment after September 11 when I told David how sad and afraid I was to be single. This was a risky confession: David wasn’t much for whining; he believed in toughing it out, in stoically bearing life’s hard knocks. But I was lonely, scared, and horrified to discover — as so many unmarried people were back then — that if the world came to an end, no one would check in on me besides my parents, and that I myself would have no…
  • Oh Danny Boy, the pipes, the pipes are frozen

    SuperUser
    20 Feb 2015 | 7:31 pm
    by Doctor Science It's been a long and very cold day for me. I woke up this morning to Mister Doctor saying the pipes were frozen and he had to be leaving right now. Fortunately it wasn't a complete freeze -- the hot water was still running. Running hot water for a while got us to where we had some cold water running, but that didn't completely work. Eventually Mr Dr found the frozen bit and set the hairdryer up to point straight at it for a while. Victory! We are definitely going to leave a faucet running tonight. On Tuesday we finally managed to close on the short sale for the new house. So…
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    Newsvine - politics

  • The GOP's Obsession With Words by Nancy LeTourneau

    Don Overton
    1 Mar 2015 | 2:45 pm
    I am truly fascinated with the GOP’s obsession with words over actions. It actually goes back much further than the recent nonsense about what President Obama calls the members of ISIS. Does anyone remember this?
  • The Party of Personal Responsibility Has Become the Party of Perpetual Victims by Nancy LeTourneau | Political Animal

    Don Overton
    1 Mar 2015 | 2:40 pm
    Ed Kilgore has an interesting article in the latest edition of the Washington Monthly about what we might call the “Palinization of the Republican Party.” St. Joan of the Tundra’s distinctive contribution to the conservative cause was not simply to serve as a …
  • White House looking to creep into 401(k)s

    Marshall James
    1 Mar 2015 | 2:33 pm
    Last Monday, with Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) at his side, President Obama attacked Wall Street, again, for essentially helping in what the federal government and businesses can no longer provide — a decent retirement. Under the false pretense of calling for new and  …
  • In Denial of Our Future: A Republican Dilemma

    RF Schatten-6727858
    1 Mar 2015 | 2:21 pm
    Retribution's a bitch!...when you treat people like shit, don't expect them to come running with open arms...in fact, don't expect them to be coming at all!! No better words can express Luis Gutierrez' feelings...no truer words! "This is a very perilous place for my friends in t …
  • The Next Time a Republican Bashes Obama While Praising Reagan, Just Show Them This

    CuriousG
    1 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    To listen to Republicans talk, you would think Ronald Reagan was the end all be all of conservatism. He is without a doubt their legend – their hero. The party should really be renamed the Grand Old Party of Reagan.
 
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    FactCheck.org

  • FactChecking CPAC

    Eugene Kiely
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:24 pm
    A parade of potential Republican presidential candidates took turns at delivering speeches and answering questions at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference that started on Feb. 26. They boasted of their accomplishments and voiced their opinions, but along the way there were some distortions of facts: Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said “all” of the legal immigration in the U.S. was “based on whether or not you have a family member here.” Nearly two-thirds of the inflow of legal permanent residents in 2013 was based on family-sponsored immigration. Former…
  • Will Power Plant Rules Cause Blackouts?

    Dave Levitan
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:54 am
    The head of the Environmental Protection Agency told Congress her agency’s proposed rules governing carbon dioxide emissions from power plants will not affect the reliability of electricity service. That’s debatable. Various analyses have arrived at differing conclusions on this issue, and some electricity grid operators say there is a potential for service disruption under the Clean Power Plan. The EPA unveiled the Clean Power Plan in June 2014, with hopes it will be implemented beginning in the summer of 2015. It is designed to cut carbon dioxide emissions from the power sector…
  • Biden Resurrects Bogus Talking Points

    Lori Robertson
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Vice President Joe Biden resurrected years-old, Democratic talking points on the Affordable Care Act and oil production during a recent speech in New Hampshire: Biden said the ACA would reduce U.S. debt by “another $1 trillion over the next 10 years.” That’s a Democratic estimate for 10 years starting in 2022 or 2023, not the next 10 years. The Congressional Budget Office projects the law would reduce the deficit by $109 billion over the 2013-2022 period, but said beyond that it is “very difficult to predict.” Biden said North America has “more gas and…
  • Feb. 21: ACA, Immigration, NIH Budget

    Eugene Kiely
    21 Feb 2015 | 6:59 am
  • ‘Amnesty Bonuses’?

    D'Angelo Gore
    20 Feb 2015 | 11:12 am
    Q: Will people living in the U.S. illegally receive “amnesty bonuses” because of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration? A: There is no automatic payment, but some working immigrants could claim up to four years of earned income tax credits if they meet eligibility requirements. FULL QUESTION Is it true that illegal immigrants who sign up and who have paid no income taxes will get back $24,000 though they have not paid any income taxes? ____________________________________ Is it true that illegal immigrants who receive amnesty and a Social Security number would…
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    TechPresident

  • First POST: Revisions

    27 Feb 2015 | 9:11 am
    Tim Wu says we shouldn't be so pessimistic about lobbying; Obama writes a thank you note to reddit; Ted Cruz wants to be the Uber of politics; Llamas!; and much, much more.
  • Mark Pesce on "Hypercivility" at @CivicHall

    26 Feb 2015 | 1:52 pm
    A week ago, digital ethnologist Mark Pesce gave a talk here at Civic Hall on the topic of "Hypercivility." As you will see from watching the video, it's an extension of years of research and thinking he has done on the effects of hyperconnectivity on our world. Be forewarned, this is not an "easy" talk to watch or digest. While Pesce definitely has our social-media-powered "Age of Outrage" on his mind, he grounds his talk in a much more serious place: post-genocide Rwanda, which he recently visited.
  • First POST: Impossibles

    26 Feb 2015 | 11:39 am
    The FCC vote; a proxy Democratic primary battle in Chicago; Gov Andrew Cuomo begins deleting all state employee emails more than 90 days old; men talking about women in tech; and much, much more.
  • [Op-Ed] We Need a Yelp for Civic Engagement to Get the 21st Century Democracy We Want

    26 Feb 2015 | 5:32 am
    We have more opportunities to get involved in our communities, through a wider array of tools, processes, meetings, and apps than ever before. Some of these opportunities are interesting and beneficial, while others—especially the ones supported by governments in the name of public participation—can be frustrating and may even be harmful. So how should we judge? What kinds of public engagement are helpful?
  • Scoring for Livability: How Place I Live Wants to Empower Homebuyers and Renters

    25 Feb 2015 | 2:43 pm
    Nobody ever says “I want to live somewhere with lots of pollution, crime and a high unemployment rate.” That, at least, is the assumption behind Place I Live, a website that aggregates, parses and creates visualizations with open data so potential homebuyers and renters can better understand different neighborhoods. Place I Live relaunched on Open Data Day, February 21, with new data and improved functionality.
 
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    Corrente

  • From Space, Nobody Can Hear Your Anti-TPP Public Screams (all 22 of them)

    metamars
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:25 am
    Body:  If you want to get a space-eye view of anti-TPP actions in the US, please go to http://www.flushthetpp.org/actions/ . I count 22 events, and none in populated NJ. OTOH, from a comment in the nakedcapitalism.com diary Gaius Publius: Tobacco Deaths, TPP and the “Trade” Courts, we read:
  • Betraying Overachiever Obama To Put ProNazi WWIII On Resume?

    libbyliberal
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:40 am
    Body:  Robert Parry in “Ready for Nuclear War over Ukraine?” writes: You have a senior Ukrainian official [Deputy Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko] saying that the world should risk nuclear war over a civil conflict in Ukraine between its west, which favors closer ties to Europe, and its east, which wants to maintain its historic relationship with Russia.
  • Iowa gives Bernie Sanders an enthusiastic reception

    DCblogger
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:17 pm
    Body:  “People are really getting angry”: How Bernie Sanders just electrified Iowa — and what it means for ’16
  • Back To The Future

    okanogen
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:48 am
    Body:  I think I just got teleported back to February, 2008. The “we” in “we have fought for everybody else’s equal rights” in Arquette’s rousing feminist appeal for fair pay and equal rights ignores how white women as a group have historically been, and in many ways remain, deeply invested in systems of white privilege and white supremacy in the United States and the West. In the United States, white women actively supported Jim and Jane Crow. There were also women’s and children’s auxiliaries of the Ku Klux Klan. All you need to do is substitute "Patricia Arquette" with…
  • ACLU of TX: Solitary Confinement Cells = Incubators of Psychoses

    libbyliberal
    23 Feb 2015 | 1:26 am
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    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective

  • Looks like children’s book publishers need longer time-out to improve diversity in titles

    Latina Lista
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:55 pm
    LatinaLista — In 1994, the Cooperative Children’s Book Center of the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison began to keep track of the diversity in children’s literature. The cooperative didn’t just want to know how many books were authored by American Indians, Asian/Pacifics and Asian/Pacific Americans, and Latinos but how many children’s books were about each group, including those stories about children of color written by white authors and/or illustrators. As a New York Times‘ article revealed several years ago, the representation has…
  • Crowdfunder: Finding Freedom: Poetry and Portraits of Former Inmates

    Marisa Treviño
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:20 am
    LatinaLista — Campaign: Finding Freedom: Poetry and Portraits of Former Inmates Finding Freedom is a collection of poetry & portraits from recently incarcerated individuals living at Chicago’s St. Leonard’s Halfway House. Shortly after moving to Chicago, Brandon Crockett volunteered to teach a poetry class at St. Leonard’s Ministries, a halfway house and agency of Episcopal Charities and Community Services on Chicago’s near west side. The agency serves individuals recently released from prison. In the seven years since, Brandon has collected hundreds of poems…
  • Recognizing Women Leaders at Community Radio Stations in Guatemala

    Latina Lista
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:09 am
    Cultural Survival The legalization of community radio stations has been an on-going struggle for Indigenous communities in Guatemala for almost 20 years. Community radio stations operate in the fear of being raided by the Guatemalan Public Ministry because the current telecommunications law does not allow for non-profit community radio—despite its guarantee in the 1996 Peace Accords, the Guatemalan Constitution, and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. The constant persecution of community radio operators puts not only the right to freedom of expression at risk but also…
  • Garcia forces Rahm into April runoff

    Latina Lista
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:26 am
    By Todd M. Freimuth, Alex V. Hernandez and Chris Zois Extra! CHICAGO — Cook County Commissioner Jesus “Chuy” Garcia made history yesterday, forcing Mayor Rahm Emanuel into the city’s first ever runoff election for mayor. “Nobody thought we’d be here tonight. They wrote us off, said we didn’t have a chance; said we didn’t have any money while they spent millions attacking us. Well, we’re still standing…we’re still running and we’re going to win,” Garcia told supporters. Garcia’s supporters filled up the Alhambra Palace restaurant on Tuesday night ahead of the runoff…
  • In only five years, Latinos will account for over 40% of the increase in U.S. employment

    Latina Lista
    25 Feb 2015 | 2:03 pm
    LatinaLista — Dr. Steve Murdock, founding director of the Hobby Center for the Study of Texas at Rice University and former director of the U.S. Census Bureau, has long been sounding the alarm to legislators and policy makers of a future where Latinos will become not only Texas’ majority but the nation’s. In that respect, Murdock and other economic analysts make clear that unless more Latinos get an education, receive equal opportunities and secure jobs that pay well, the economic outcome for the U.S. is pretty shaky. Adding fuel to this prediction is a new report by IHS…
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    Observer

  • Obama Must Call Islamic Terror by Its Real Name

    1 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    It is not Islam that is responsible for violence and terrorism; it is violent Islamists who are responsible.
  • Hillary Clinton Needs a Reverse Sister Soujah Moment

    1 Mar 2015 | 4:33 am
    Hillary Clinton has spent so much time distancing herself from both President Obama and the activist base of the Democratic Party, that she now needs a reverse Sister Souljah moment. Ms. Clinton would benefit greatly from taking a strong stance on an issue, any issue, that resonates deeply with the left wing base of the Democratic Party. This could include a staunch defense of President Obama, a visible, and believable, statement of concern about something like income inequality, or a strong, even if gratuitous, criticism of the Bush administration’s foreign policy. Making any of these…
  • Slain Russian’s Complicated Romantic Life May Be Key to the Case

    28 Feb 2015 | 9:05 pm
    Assassinated oppositin leader Boris Nemtsov's complicated romantic life is revealed as model Anna Duritskaya helps police piece puzzle together
  • DOB Overwhelmed by Construction Demand

    27 Feb 2015 | 1:50 pm
    The Department of Buildings‘ review of new building plans has slowed to a crawl because the city agency is getting buried under an avalanche of permit applications.
  • ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ Has Made the New York Times More Explicit

    27 Feb 2015 | 1:46 pm
    An article in this Sunday's Times arts section reexamines the role of onscreen intercourse in a post-Fifty Shades of Grey world. As reporter Melina Ryzik writes, "filming sex scenes is no turn-on," and the comments of several Hollywood insiders bear this out.
 
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    The American Conservative » Daniel Larison

  • Walker’s Reagan Nostalgia and Foreign Policy

    Daniel Larison
    28 Feb 2015 | 8:30 am
    Following up on his silly foreign policy remarks earlier this week, Scott Walker made another statement that was no better: Walker contended that “the most significant foreign policy decision of my lifetime” was then-President Ronald Reagan’s move to bust a 1981 strike of air traffic controllers, firing some 11,000 of them. “It sent a message not only across America, it sent a message around the world,” Walker said. America’s allies and foes alike became convinced that Reagan was serious enough to take action and that “we weren’t to be messed…
  • Jindal and Rubio’s Confused Talking Points

    Daniel Larison
    28 Feb 2015 | 6:33 am
    Bobby Jindal and Marco Rubio both seem to think they have discovered a clever way to attack the administration on its handling of the war on ISIS and the negotiations with Iran–by inexplicably linking the two. Here is Jindal: What I worry about is that this president’s hesitancy in going all the way and defeating ISIS may be linked — I can’t prove that, I suspect that from his actions, his rhetoric —may be linked to his overarching desire to get a deal with Iran. And Rubio said something similar: Speaking before the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Maryland,…
  • The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

    Daniel Larison
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:30 pm
    There is no better deal coming on the nuclear issue. Paul Pillar explains why completing the current negotiations is the best available option. The MEK’s friends in Congress. Ali Gharib and Eli Clifton report on the cult’s relationship with members of Congress, including New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez and former Sen. Robert Torricelli. The awful CPAC “debate” on war. Matt Welch describes the hard-line views of the CPAC panel on foreign policy. Libya as a U.N. protectorate? Steven Metz considers whether it is possible to make Libya a protectorate of the U.N. Biases in…
  • Brooks’ Lousy Ideas on Iran

    Daniel Larison
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:53 am
    Surprising no one, David Brooks is opposed to any realistic nuclear deal with Iran: If the Iranian leaders believe what they say [bold mine-DL], then United States policy should be exactly the opposite of the one now being pursued. Instead of embracing and enriching Iran, sanctions should be toughened to further isolate and weaken it. Instead of accepting a nuclear capacity, eliminating that capacity should be restored as the centerpiece of American policy. Instead of a condominium with Iran that offends traditional allies like Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Israel, the U.S. should build a regional…
  • Iran Hawks’ Phony Concern for Nonproliferation

    Daniel Larison
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:01 pm
    Charles Krauthammer makes a number of absurd claims in his latest column. This was the funniest: Such an agreement also means the end of nonproliferation. When a rogue state defies the world, continues illegal enrichment and then gets the world to bless an eventual unrestricted industrial-level enrichment program, the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty is dead. One may reasonably question the sincerity of any hard-line opponent of negotiations with Iran when it comes to support for nonproliferation. If they had their way, the P5+1 would have insisted on such impossible conditions that the…
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    TIME

  • Scott Walker Changes Position on Immigration as 2016 Nears

    Dan Hirschhorn
    1 Mar 2015 | 1:09 pm
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker said in a new interview that he has changed his position and now opposes a path to citizenship for immigrants in the U.S. illegally, a policy shift that comes as the Republican is emerging as a conservative favorite in the 2016 presidential race. “My view has changed. I’m flat-out saying it,” Walker said during an interview on Fox News Sunday. “I look at the problems we’ve experienced for the last few years. I’ve talked to governors on the border and others out there. I’ve talked to people all across America. And the…
  • Real TIME: Rand Paul Wins CPAC Straw Poll

    julialull
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:31 am
    Rand Paul won the straw poll at the Conservative Political Action Conference for the third year in a row on Saturday. The Senator from Kentucky won with 26% of the vote. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker followed closely behind with 21%, and Jeb Bush and Chris Christie finished fifth and 10th, respectively. Watch #RealTIME for more on the final day of CPAC, and read more here.
  • Israeli Leader Departs for ‘Historic’ Mission to U.S.

    Jack Linshi
    1 Mar 2015 | 7:43 am
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu traveled Sunday to Washington D.C. for a controversial visit that the leader described as “a fateful, even historic mission.” “I am the emissary of all Israelis, even those who disagree with me,” Netanyahu said on Twitter as he departed. “I am deeply and genuinely concerned for the security of all Israelis, for the fate of the nation, and for the fate of our people. I will do my utmost to ensure our future.” Netanyahu, who is seeking reelection this month, will address Congress on Tuesday to express his opposition…
  • Rand Paul Wins CPAC Straw Poll, Scott Walker Takes Second

    Sam Frizell
    28 Feb 2015 | 2:40 pm
    Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul won the Conservative Political Action Conference straw poll for the third year in a row, but the real action was in second place, where Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker took the honors. Paul’s victory, with 26% percent of the vote, was widely expected due to the throngs of young, libertarian-minded attendees. (He won 25% of the vote in 2013 and 31% in 2014.) But Walker’s second-place win showed the Midwesterner’s growing credibility among conservatives. In securing 21% of the vote, Walker is sure to ignite more buzz as he seeks to appeal to both…
  • Real TIME: Scott Walker Tackles the U.S. Economy at CPAC

    julialull
    28 Feb 2015 | 1:42 pm
    Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker shared his views on the U.S. economy, the minimum wage, and and the dispute over Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s impending speech to Congress during his speech at CPAC. Watch #RealTIME to see what he had to say.
 
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    The Brody File

  • The Brody File Show: Bella's Story

    David Brody
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:17 am
    This week on The Brody File, we are at home with Rick and Karen Santorum, along with their daughter Bella. Their 6-year-old shouldn't be alive today, according to the doctors. Instead, she's a miracle from God.
  • The Brody File Show: Capitol Conversations

    David Brody
    23 Feb 2015 | 3:34 am
    This week The Brody File heads to Capitol Hill where we look at how women lawmakers are making their voices heard like never before. Plus, Newt Gingrich sounds the alarm on radical Islam. Finally, Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., talks about how Christian lawmakers should act in Congress.
  • A Christian Slaughter

    David Brody
    16 Feb 2015 | 2:41 pm
    Franklin Graham pretty much summed it up when he posted the following remark on Facebook regarding the 21 Christians who were beheaded by ISIS: "The militant Islamic terrorist group ISIS has released a video called A MESSAGE SIGNED WITH BLOOD TO THE NATION OF THE CROSS showing the beheadings of 21 Egyptian Christians who had been kidnapped in Libya. Can you imagine the outcry if 21 Muslims had been beheaded by Christians? Where is the universal condemnation by Muslim leaders around the world? As we mourn with the families of those 21 martyrs, we’d better take this warning seriously as these…
  • Jeb Bush and Gay Marriage

    David Brody
    9 Feb 2015 | 7:56 am
    Jeb Bush will go into the 2016 presidential race as the GOP frontrunner but he will be maligned from the start. Where to begin? Common Core and Immigration Reform will present problems for him. Could the gay marriage issue be a problem, too? More below from The Washington Examiner: Conservatives already irked at Jeb Bush over his support for immigration reform and Common Core educational standards are boring in on hints he is warming to same-sex marriage, a no-no among evangelicals who dominate early primaries and caucuses. Two events this year put them on notice that Bush is backing away…
  • Poplitical in New Orleans

    David Brody
    30 Jan 2015 | 11:08 am
    Join host David Brody and Poplitical contributor Amber Strong who travel to New Orleans to bring you the best mix of politics and pop culture.
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    The Reality-Based Community

  • When a caregiver leaves

    Harold Pollack
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    For the fourteen years that I knew my mother-in-law Janice, she would sit at her computer for hours doing her bookkeeping working or just playing solitaire. Her son Vincent would sit quietly beside her, keeping her company. Then Janice passed away. Pretty soon, he kept Veronica and I company in the same way, for the time he lived with us. More recently, for the almost-six years that he has lived in a group home near our house, he has sat quietly beside the night manager Carol, while she has done her own computer work and play. Carol and Vincent have a special relationship. Carol has firm…
  • Weekend Film Recommendation: Hobo with a Shotgun

    Johann Koehler
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:33 am
    Back in 2007, Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino released a pair of ’80s exploitation revival feature films under the combined title of Grindhouse. They also held a competition for directors to submit trailers of imaginary films, consistent with the theme of the genre, that could be screened beforehand. One such trailer was eventually turned into its own feature length film four years later, and is this week’s movie recommendation. It’s Jason Eisener’s Hobo with a Shotgun (2011). An especially grizzled Rutger Hauer plays The Hobo (buckle up; the clichés don’t relent). The…
  • Have “black sites” come to Sweet Home Chicago?

    Kelly Kleiman
    25 Feb 2015 | 2:54 pm
    The Guardian and The Atlantic have now both reported that Chicago police maintain a site at which they interrogate suspects without booking them or letting them talk to their lawyers.  On the Huffington Post, this is what I have to say about that. As it turns out, this news doesn’t come too late to have an impact on the race for mayor in Chicago.  Perhaps we can use the six weeks before the runoff election to ask Rahm what he knows about these sites, and when he knew it.
  • Labour’s Scottish Message vs. Ramsay MacDonald

    Keith Humphreys
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:33 am
    With Britain’s two main parties running neck and neck in a race in which neither is expected to get an outright majority of seats, each is trying to persuade minor party voters to “come home”. For example, to help stanch Labour’s Scottish losses to the Scottish National Party, Labour advocate Jim Murphy is arguing that a vote for the SNP is a vote for the Tories: It is a simple fact that the single biggest party gets to form the next government. I couldn’t square this claim with my recollection of UK political history (more on that in a moment), so I consulted…
  • Drug history and drug policy

    Mark Kleiman
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:53 pm
    Johann Hari’s new book nails nails Harry Anslinger as a lying racist fanatic.   But what does that tell us about cannabis policy going forward?  Not much, I’d say.
 
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    Bleeding Heartland - Front Page

  • Weekend open thread: What's wrong with this picture?

    1 Mar 2015 | 8:27 am
    What's on your mind this weekend, Bleeding Heartland readers?  This is an open thread: all topics welcome. I haven't been watching this year's freakshow CPAC convention, but I was struck by Senator Chuck Grassley posting a photo of himself smiling and shaking hands with Oliver North at the event. For those not old enough to remember the 1980s, North was an important figure in the Iran-Contra affair (brief history here). As a little-known National Security Council official in the Reagan administration, North diverted funds from arms sales to the Iranian regime to supply anti-Communist…
  • How the Iowans voted on the Homeland Security funding bills

    28 Feb 2015 | 12:22 pm
    Funding for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has been bogged down in a dispute over how far Congressional Republicans should go to overturn President Barack Obama's executive orders on immigration. The rest of the federal government is funded through the end of this fiscal year (September 30), under a deal the previous House and Senate members approved in December. But conservatives held up funding for Homeland Security to preserve leverage for the new Congress. Last night, a partial shutdown of the department was averted when senators approved a one-week funding measure and House…
  • Gas tax fallout: Eric Durbin challenging Clel Baudler in Iowa House district 20

    27 Feb 2015 | 2:49 pm
    Many Iowa GOP activists are upset that dozens of House and Senate Republicans voted to increase the gasoline tax this week. WHO drive-time radio host Simon Conway has been bashing some legislators who voted for the gas tax hike. He's also urging listeners to "ditch the GOP" by changing their party registration. Such symbolic acts mean little to compared to what Eric Durbin did yesterday. Appearing on Conway's Thursday afternoon broadcast, he announced that he will challenge nine-term incumbent GOP State Representative Clel Baudler in Iowa House district 20. Durbin narrowly lost the GOP…
  • IA-01: Monica Vernon campaigning against ... Steve King

    27 Feb 2015 | 7:53 am
    An e-mail appearing to come from the sender "Stop Steve King" popped up in my in-box this week. I opened it, wondering whether a Democratic candidate was ready to announce already in Iowa's fourth Congressional district. King's last challenger, Jim Mowrer, raised a huge amount of money in 2013 and last year, partly through mass e-mails coming from "Stop Steve King" or "Stop Steve King 2014." Getting voters to read messages from political campaigns is increasingly challenging, and "clickbait" subject headings don't always do the trick. Of all Iowa Republicans, King is probably the most hated…
  • Moderatepachy Goes to Des Moines: Vol. I

    26 Feb 2015 | 7:02 pm
    When I am not a moderatepachy, I am a lawyer.  The majority of my practice is as defense counsel in civil litigation.  Sometimes, the job is rewarding, especially when you win in lawsuits initiated by lawyers who advertise like this (disclosure: I have never opposed them, but I hope to one day, and win).  Other times, the job causes headaches, because my job is to to be a skeptic.Recently, I went to the Iowa State Senate to talk about this proposed legislation.  SF107 extends the Statute of Limitations for filing civil (and criminal) actions relating to sex…
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    Booman Tribune

  • Serious Questions

    1 Mar 2015 | 3:40 pm
    What do you love about blogs? What do hate about blogs? If you were to create your own blog, what kinds of things would you want from a technical or gadget point of view? Any idea how to make money from your blogging? Discuss
  • O'Malley Talks Triangulation

    1 Mar 2015 | 3:40 pm
    If former Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley is going to present any kind of challenge to Hillary Clinton for the Democratic presidential nomination, he is going to have to get started soon. And he’s going to need to make a very compelling argument for why rank and file Democrats should turn their backs on Clinton for a second time. Perhaps this is O’Malley’s opening salvo: Martin O’Malley, the former Maryland governor who is likely to seek the Democratic nomination for president in 2016, took a veiled shot at a potential rival, Hillary Rodham Clinton, in a speech…
  • Joke Line is Back With a Man-Crush on Jeb

    1 Mar 2015 | 3:40 pm
    I don't know what I thought. I guess I thought that Joke Line had slinked off to some tropical retirement hideaway. Out of sight, out of mind, mainly. But, apparently, he's back and this time he's got a man-crush on Jeb Bush. It's not that he agrees with Jeb Bush on major substantive things that actually matter, like what kind of policy we should have toward Iran or Cuba. But Jeb's got a good temperament. ...Bush’s speech wasn’t exactly a barn burner. His delivery was rushed and unconvincing, though he was more at ease during the question period. He was criticized for a lack of…
  • Politicized Religion

    1 Mar 2015 | 3:40 pm
    Ann Marie Cox will get some attention with her latest piece, which is really a rumination on her anxieties about how people will react to her public profession of belief in Jesus Christ. I think her particular path is unique to her and basically none of our business. Yet, at the same time, she’s inviting us in, trying to start a conversation. And, she seems to be aware that her piece can be misconstrued as an attention-seeking desire for approval. I don’t think she really wants our reaction to be to her specific circumstances. If I understand her correctly, she’d rather open…
  • Nine Dead in MO Shooting Rampage

    1 Mar 2015 | 3:40 pm
    Not much detail yet on this story, but once again gun violence in America rears its devastatingly cruel and monstrous head. TYRONE, Missouri - Nine people were found dead in southern Missouri, authorities said Friday. Texas County Sheriff James Sigman confirmed the deaths to the Houston Herald Friday morning. The Missouri State Highway Patrol confirmed to CBS Springfield affiliate KOLR-TV that a shooter has been identified as one of the nine. Police are saying that there are four confirmed separate crime scenes, and two other potential ones. Other reports indicate the suspected killer with…
 
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    Politics » George Stephanopoulos

  • Sen. Bernie Sanders’ Gut Will Guide His 2016 Decision

    Jessica Puckett
    22 Feb 2015 | 10:48 am
    Sen. Bernie Sanders, the longest-serving independent member of Congress in American history, plans on relying on his gut as to whether he will run for president in 2016. “Before I make that decision, I have to develop a sense in my own gut as to whether or not there is the grassroots support across this country,” the Vermont senator told ABC News during an interview in Iowa. “My gut is telling me very clearly that there is a lot of responsiveness to the fact that there is something wrong in this country.” Should he decide to make a White House bid, Sanders would not…
  • One Thing That Might Surprise You About Hillary Clinton

    Benjamin Bell
    21 Feb 2015 | 12:08 pm
    Lisa Lake/Getty Images This week, we asked Amy Chozick, national political reporter for the The New York Times, who covers Hillary Clinton, about when the former secretary of state might announce her 2016 intentions, her possible competition and one thing that surprised Chozick about Clinton. Read our conversation below before Chozick appears on the “This Week” roundtable Sunday. 1] Hillary Clinton has not said she is running for president, although obviously many people assume she will. If she does, what do we know about when she might announce? Amy Chozick: The…
  • Excerpt: ‘Shame’ by Shelby Steele

    ABC News
    20 Feb 2015 | 2:37 pm
    'Shame: How America's Past Sins Have Polarized Our Country,' by Shelby Steele SEE STEELE SUNDAY ON “THIS WEEK” Excerpted with permission from Shame: How America’s Past Sins Have Polarized Our Country, by Shelby Steele.  Available from Basic Books, a member of The Perseus Books Group.  Copyright © 2015. Chapter 1: The Great Divide Not long ago I was the lone conservative at a panel discussion on race and politics at the famous Aspen Institute in Colorado. The day before the panel was to take place, some of us were asked—as a way of…
  • Sunday on ‘This Week’: DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson

    ABC News
    20 Feb 2015 | 1:34 pm
    Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, in this Dec. 2, 2014 file photo. Sunday on “This Week,” George Stephanopoulos goes one-on-one with Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. Plus, two senators considering runs for the White House – Sen. Bernie Sanders, D-Vt., and Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. – come to “This Week.” And the powerhouse roundtable debates all the week’s politics, with New York Times national political reporter Amy Chozick, Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn., TIME political…
  • Sunday on ‘This Week’: The Battle Against ISIS

    ABC News
    13 Feb 2015 | 11:30 am
    Thousands of Jordanians participate in a mass demonstration after Friday prayers near Al Hussein Mosque to express their solidarity with the pilot murdered by the Islamic State (IS) group earlier this week, on Feb. 6, 2015 in Amman, Jordan. This Sunday, “This Week” covers the latest in the battle against ISIS and the debate over President Obama’s proposed authorization of force, with Iraq War veteran Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Illinois, and House Intelligence Committee ranking member Rep. Adam Schiff, D-California. And the powerhouse roundtable debates all the week’s…
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    Dandelion Salad

  • War on Whistleblowers (featuring Edward Snowden and David Carr) 2015

    dandelionsalad
    23 Feb 2015 | 8:18 pm
    Dandelion Salad Brave New Films on Feb 23, 2015 War on Whistleblowers highlights recent cases where American government employees and contractors took to the media to expose fraud and abuse. In all cases the whistle-blowing was to the detriment of their … Continue reading →
  • Three Evils of Capitalism

    dandelionsalad
    17 Feb 2015 | 9:04 pm
    Dandelion Salad leftymathprof on Feb 15, 2015 Inequality, externalities, and alienation are inherent in any market economy, but they are not inherent in human nature. Transcript at http://LeftyMathProf.org/3evils includes embedded links to related materials. see also Extinct—Extincter—Extinctest by Dmitry Orlov … Continue reading →
  • Aid to Ukraine May End US Empire by Finian Cunningham + Video Reports

    dandelionsalad
    11 Feb 2015 | 2:12 pm
    by Finian Cunningham Writer, Dandelion Salad East Africa Crossposted from PressTV Feb. 11, 2015 Hosting the German Chancellor in Washington this week, US President appears to have developed cold feet over ardent American calls to send lethal weaponry to Ukraine. … Continue reading →
  • Chris Hedges: War is a Drug

    dandelionsalad
    9 Feb 2015 | 7:14 pm
    Dandelion Salad Sent to DS by David Gutnick, CBC radio with Chris Hedges CBC Radio’s Ideas By David Gutnick Paul Kennedy, interviewer February 9, 2015 Pulitzer Prize winner Chris Hedges spent decades as a war correspondent for the New York … Continue reading →
  • Rocket Kirchner: My View of Snowden

    dandelionsalad
    8 Feb 2015 | 5:09 pm
    with Rocket Kirchner Writer, Dandelion Salad Rocket Kirchner (blog) Rocket Kirchner (youtube channel) February 8, 2015 “Past, far past magnetic fields of surveillance, Ratso’s off the Grid…” Ratso’s off the Grid pflvtmh’s channel on Feb 8, 2015 Written and performed … Continue reading →
 
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    21 Feb 2015 | 1:48 pm
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    POLITICOMIX

  • China Construction Daily

    Roberto
    12 Feb 2015 | 7:21 pm
    Click comic to ENLARGE.
  • SB 1435

    Roberto
    9 Feb 2015 | 9:50 pm
    Click comic to ENLARGE.Another comic for TucsonSentinel.com.A state lawmaker said Arizona’s open meeting law stifles informal discussions and wants to allow elected boards to talk out of the public eye when members aren’t set to take action.SB 1435, introduced by Sen. Sylvia Allen, R-Snowflake, would require that only meetings where action, such as debating or voting, begins to take place be held in public. She said it’s difficult for members of elected bodies, especially those with three and five members, to talk without the threat of breaking the open meetings…
  • Independence Day

    Roberto
    9 Feb 2015 | 8:13 pm
    Click comic to ENLARGE.The first voter registration report of 2015 showed that the number of independents in Arizona has increased by 43,085 since this time last year. Non-party affiliated voters make up the largest group of Arizona’s 3.24 million registered voters, about 36 percent, at 1.16 million. Republicans account for 1.11 million voters, followed by more than 933,000 Democrats and 26,000 Libertarians.Originally published at TucsonSentinel.com.
  • Vlad the Crisis Manager

    Roberto
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:14 pm
    Click comic to ENLARGE.Thanks to CL for the inspiration.
  • APEC Wine Club

    Roberto
    13 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Click comic to ENLARGE.
 
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    The Left Coaster

  • Boehner Loses the Caucus

    Deacon Blues
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:09 pm
    In a major blow to Speaker John Boehner, the House GOP leadership lost a vote late today to fund the Department of Homeland Security for only three weeks with no strings attached. In a 203-224 vote, 50 House Republicans refused to vote for the 3-week extension because it didn't deal with Obama's immigration executive order, and now Boehner has nowhere to go without great risk. It's unclear what House Speaker John Boehner will do next. If the House does not act by midnight, the Department of Homeland Security will run out of funding, triggering a shutdown of the agency. Fifty Republicans broke…
  • Television Has Improved

    paradox
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:39 am
    In our political cycles this is the time of year I pity professional political writers, for “February is pitiless, and it is boring. That parade of red numerals on its page adds up to zero.” Being an off-election year just makes it worse, only a minor action of a possible HMS shutdown garnering negligible interest for a new Republican low of stupid. In this black void of nothing to write about attention will be briefly turned to television, an enormously powerful force in all our lives I regard with the highest suspicion and alarm. That infernal box has enormous potential for harm, it can…
  • Boehner's 15 Minutes Are About Up

    Deacon Blues
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:20 pm
    With the Senate poised to send the House a clean DHS funding bill in the next day or so, John Boehner's worst days are ahead of him. As the Washington Post's Dana Milbank noted late this afternoon, Boehner faces the prospect of cobbling together a voting majority (including Democrats) to push through a funding bill to avoid a shutdown, or standing tough with his extremist base and having the department shut down, something 60% of America opposes. If Boehner does the former, and cobbles together a deal, it could cost him his Speakership only weeks after gaining the benefit of a totally GOP-led…
  • Heading Over a Cliff, Part Two

    Deacon Blues
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:54 am
    Image courtesy of PollingReport.com We’re headed for a shutdown of the Department of Homeland Security, because of the bad decisions by two men: President Obama and John Boehner. Obama for his part never should have poked the House GOP in the eye right after the 2014 elections by going ahead with his Executive Order, setting the relationship with the congressional GOP on a needlessly hostile course. Even then, if he had stopped at prosecutorial discretion to relax deportations and not gone further with granting benefits to those affected, he would have a stronger case. Instead, the White…
  • Giuliani's Jump the Shark Week

    Deacon Blues
    20 Feb 2015 | 1:25 pm
    You've read the pathetic things Rudy Giuliani said earlier this week at a Scott Walker fundraiser in New York with GOP elites. Now, in his desperate attempts to wash the stain of racism from his skin, Rudy tells us what he said about Obama wasn't racism because Obama's mother was white. Seriously. Rudy, you weren't talking about his mom, were you? You were talking about him. And more tellingly, if Obama were white, would you be saying anything at all about him? Of course not. Instead, when caught, the best you can do is spew "socialism" or "anti-colonialism", which are the words GOP elites…
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  • Ellen for President

    TheEllenShow
    19 Feb 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Ellen for President She noticed a bumper sticker with political aspirations for her, and could only wonder what being President would be like. From: TheEllenShow Views: 663687 12600 ratings Time: 05:57 More in Entertainment
  • The Daily Show - Jon's Big Announcement

    Comedy Central
    10 Feb 2015 | 9:43 pm
    The Daily Show - Jon's Big Announcement Jon shares an important decision with an unsuspecting audience. * Watch more from this episode on The Daily Show.com and the CC app: http://on.cc.com/1E05o8F. From: Comedy Central Views: 797017 4989 ratings Time: 03:21 More in Comedy
  • How Powerful Is Australia?

    TestTube
    10 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    How Powerful Is Australia? Subscribe! http://bitly.com/1iLOHml Australia may have the largest military in Oceania, but how does it measure up with the world at large? Is the nation a g... From: TestTube Views: 204040 3459 ratings Time: 03:28 More in Science & Technology
  • Ayotzinapa: 43 estudiantes desaparecidos. Lo que pienso.

    DrossRotzank
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Ayotzinapa: 43 estudiantes desaparecidos. Lo que pienso. Ayotzinapa: 43 estudiantes desaparecidos. Lo que pienso. From: DrossRotzank Views: 1847638 147329 ratings Time: 05:46 More in Entertainment
  • Quick and Easy Voting for Normal People

    CGP Grey
    3 Nov 2014 | 2:25 am
    Quick and Easy Voting for Normal People CGP GREY HOODIE: http://goo.gl/Gypvhx Read about why you might want email from me: http://www.cgpgrey.com/blog/the-professional-sharer Discuss this video: ht... From: CGP Grey Views: 615815 21198 ratings Time: 01:36 More in Education
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  • 春日部市の評判の良い歯科医院。

    admin
    10 Feb 2015 | 10:00 pm
    埼玉県春日部市で歯科医院をお探しの方は、ぜひ”ほんまる歯科医院”をご指名ください。虫歯や歯周病などの治療を含む一般診療、予防やトリートメントケア、さらに矯正治療やインプラント治療などの審美歯科治療も行っています。…
  • インプラント治療で失敗しないために

    admin
    14 Jul 2013 | 11:00 pm
    歯が一度欠損してしまうと、自然には元には戻りません。欠損した歯を補う治療として、入れ歯やブリッジなどがありますが、どちらの治療法も強度にやや難があります。 入れ歯の場合は健康な歯にも大きな負担がかかりますし、ブリッジの場合は、健康な歯まで削らなくてはいけません。 噛みあわせが悪くなってしまったり、硬いものが食べられなくなってしまったり、何かと問題も多いんです。…
  • インプラント治療はどれくらいの期間が必要か?

    admin
    5 Jul 2013 | 11:00 pm
    ただ、インプラントは大掛かりな設備が必要と聞いて、治療期間も長引きそう、と思い敬遠する人も多いようです。しかし、その治療期間は当日のみで終了するという超短期治療で完了します。施術前にインプラントが可能かどうかの検査が必要になるのですが、それも一日で終了し、後は手術日まで待機します。合計しても事前検査の日と手術日の2日間で、治療は終了するのです。…
  • 引っ越し時に不要となった冷蔵庫の買取りならリサイクルBOYにお任せ!

    admin
    9 Mar 2013 | 10:00 pm
    3月は引っ越しのシーズン。4月からの新生活に備えて現在住んでいるアパートやマンション、一軒家から引っ越しをお考えの方も多いと思います。でも引っ越しの際には必ずと言っていいほど、不要となる家電や家具などがでてきます。特に大型の冷蔵庫や洗濯機、マッサージチェアなどは引っ越し費用も高く見積もられることも多いのが実情です。…
 
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    1 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    alaMar Kitchen Oakland Has Leonard Nimoy Drink Tribute - YouTube alaMar Kitchen Oakland Has Leonard Nimoy Drink Tribute at 100 Grand Avenue Lauren Shaw At Night Of 100 Stars Oscars Party - YouTube Lauren Shaw At Night Of 100 Stars Oscars Party The star of Zero Dark Thirty talks about her upcoming projects at the 2015 Night Of 100 Stars Oscars Party. Lauren Shaw On 44 Below Movie At Night Oscars Party - YouTube GadgetFest At Rocket Space In SF - YouTube On Thursday February 26th I attended an event called GadgetFest held at Rocket Space at 180 Sansome in San Francisco. The tech event was…
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    28 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    Oakland Raiders New Stadium Calls For Developer Who Can Buy Part Of Team - YouTube Oakland Raiders New Stadium Calls For Developer Who Can Buy Part Of Team The Oakland Raiders want a deep pocketed developer who can contribute $400 million to the stadium construction effort, yet buy a portion of the team. That would call for $600 million to $800 million total investment by the devel Abel Guillen Oakland Councilmember On Race and Equity Office Idea - YouTube Abel Guillen Oakland Councilmember (District Two) talks about the Race and Equity Office proposal that Councilmember Desley Brooks…
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    27 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    Oakland Mayor Schaaf Must Form Raiders Stadium Task Force - YouTube Oakland Mayor Schaaf Must Form Raiders Stadium Task Force Oakland is behind the 8-ball in forming a credible effort to keep the Oakland Raiders in Oakland. Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf must form a task force on the retention of The Oakland Raiders ASAP. Carson, California, with its resident-driven effo Dez Bryant Video - NFL Releases Doc Exonerating Bryant - YouTube Dez Bryant Video - NFL Releases Doc Exonerating Bryant The NFL Network's Ian Rapport released a link to a document that is a police report which refers to the…
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    Bruce Boxleitner At Night Of 100 Stars Oscars Party - YouTube Bruce Boxleitner At Night Of 100 Stars Oscars Party The legendary star of Tron talks about his current work in Cedar Cove and his other projects. Bruce is also a fixture at Comic Con. This at the 2015 Night Of 100 Stars Oscars Party. Rich Little At Night Of 100 Stars Oscars Party - YouTube Rich Little At Night Of 100 Stars Oscars Party Rich Little is a comic legend best known for his imitations of celebs like the late Johnny Carson. Rich was a regular on The Tonight Show and was kind enough to do an impression for me. This…
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    25 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    New trend in eats on Las Vegas Strip - GamingTodaySlotsToday New trend in eats on Las Vegas StripGamingTodaySlotsTodayWho would have expected fast casual eateries like Shake Shack and White Castle to become stars in the line-up of restaurants that are making a difference along the Las Vegas Strip corridor? But that is what they have accomplished. They have al Noel Gallo Oakland CM On Race & Equity Office Idea - YouTube Noel Gallo Oakland CM On Race & Equity Office Idea Oakland City Councilmember (District Five) Noel Gallo let loose an epic rant on how labels for being Latino have changed…
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  • Old Left, New Left, more than bit bereft

    Bob Morris
    1 Mar 2015 | 8:50 am
    Glory days The Old Left and New Left in the US are indeed bedraggled. One reason is articles like these, well-meaning but almost comical, tomes filled with the history of the Left with little in the way of new ideas. The writing is boring and turgid. There are no images to help make points or liven up the article. Nope it’s just paragraph after paragraph of the glory days of the left with no real understanding we live in the 21st Century now and much has changed. Earth to bedraggled Left: We live in an Internet world now. It’s important to have pictures and to put crucial ideas in…
  • Continuing drought in American West need not be a crisis

    Bob Morris
    28 Feb 2015 | 7:54 am
    Photo by Kevin Cortopassi Australia faced a devastating drought a few years ago. Everyone learned to use less water and catastrophe was averted. Water journalist John Fleck says the American West can (and must) do the same, and doing so might not even be that painful.However, for this to happen, everyone must work together. We recently bought a house in Vegas and are converting the yard from grass to xeriscaping. This is just a simple example. Not only will the yard look nicer, it will need less maintenance and will use much less water, which saves us money. Vegas already has toilet-to-tap…
  • California Central Valley water allocations for 2015 are dire

    Bob Morris
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:40 am
    Bureau of Reclamation allocations for their Central Valley Project is a devastating 0% for farmers and 25% for municipal and industrial contractors. For the second year in a row, valley agriculture will receive no water at all, an unprecedented situation. This will inevitably lead to more wells being drilled, further depleting already stressed aquifers. Once aquifers are depleted beyond a certain point, they lose the ability to hold water. If that happens in the Central Valley, it would be catastrophic, not only for the area but for consumers across the country since food prices would rise…
  • Snake oil bonds sold to school boards by banksters

    Bob Morris
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:17 am
    That nice man from the Big Bank explained to us at the school board meeting how their nifty new bonds will save us a bunch of money. True, the bonds are a little hard to understand. But as long as something (I’m not sure what) goes up, our borrowing costs go down! So that means we can load up on debt for new construction because they’re practically giving the money away. We won’t have to impose new taxes which means avoiding all those tedious public hearings and screaming members of the public. This magic is achieved by the wonderfulness of Capital Appreciation…
  • Populism as a coming force in elections

    Bob Morris
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:05 pm
    Midwest farmers started populism as a political force in the US Voters increasingly are angry at corruption in high places, cronyism, endless war, and a feeble economy made worse by systematized looting from the top. This is populism. However, for now, populism is spread all over the political spectrum. Should it somehow coalesce, with the various factions coming together on issues they agree on, it would be a powerful force. Populism is the US was started by Midwest farmers who were losing their farms to predatory banks and getting screwed by crop speculators. Once of the first things they…
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    Indiana Oracle

  • Common Core: The Conceit and Downsides Central Planning

    indianaoracle
    5 Feb 2015 | 1:14 pm
    As everyone with access to daily news knows, Jeb Bush appears to be running for POTUS and is a strong advocate of “Common Core.” He also advocates legalizing and welcoming more aliens in from Mexico. His characterization of this campaign plank is “an act of love.” The two are connected. Common Core is connected to […]
  • Coming to a PC Near You

    indianaoracle
    13 Jan 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Prediction:  This POTUS is going to attempt to put the internet under government control and bureaucracy.  Make it a federally controlled entity. If your response to that prediction is serious doubt, read on. What follows is the Takeover Playbook, Signals: Taking Over the Internet, Who Benefits, and Who is Potentially Hurt. Right now activity around […]
  • Elizabeth Warren Shouting From Rooftops

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

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

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

    24 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    Governments across the globe are being forced to do more with less. As they strive to meet increased expectations from digitally-savvy citizens — and promote economic health for their regions — many government agencies are looking to technology for answers. By moving key IT systems to the cloud, governments can gain benefits that extend far beyond the IT realm.Request Free!
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    24 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    As government leaders prepare for the next phase of business intelligence, they must be smarter in how they approach data to unlock its full value. We suggest they focus on contextual computing.Request Free!
  • The Economy of Security: How Physical and Cyber Security Drive Economic Vitality

    24 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    What is not as widely considered is the fact that cyber and physical security breaches can have a negative effect on economic vitality. Read this white paper to gain a better understanding of the connection between economic vitality and security.Request Free!
  • IBM Cloud Infographic - Government

    24 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    Government benefits of all sizes that are using cloud-based services encompass citizen-centric services, security-rich and highly available, improved efficiency, and cost optimization.Request Free!
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    20 Feb 2015 | 12:50 pm
    The Essentials of Government Technology, brings together the latest in information, coverage of important developments, and expert commentary to help with your Government Technology related decisions.The following kit contents will help you get the most out of your Government Technology research:Executive Guide: Harnessing the Power of Enterprise Social CollaborationProtecting Critical DNS Infrastructure Against AttackBest Practices for Making BYOD Simple and SecureNew Strategies for a New World of IT: Are You Ready?Request Free!
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    Bob McCarty

  • Are FBI Informants Working Inside America’s Churches?

    admin
    1 Mar 2015 | 6:47 am
    EDITOR’S NOTE: Two years ago today, I shared the news below for the first time. In light of the fact that a verdict is imminent in the Oklahoma City Bombing Trial that’s been taking place in federal court in Salt Lake City recently (yes, it’s true), I decided to share it again with only minor modifications. Click on image above to download document (PDF). Jesse Trentadue’s ongoing effort to obtain information from the FBI continued this week when he filed a motion (PDF) aimed at convincing a federal judge in Utah to allow him access to information about the FBI’s…
  • You’re Not Getting Any of My Chocolate!

    admin
    13 Feb 2015 | 7:24 am
    I enjoy chocolate and politics, but I’m not a big fan of Valentine’s Day. Therefore, I decided to share some history that combines the first two topics with the commercialized holiday instead of sharing my chocolate. This illustration by cartoonist Clifford Berryman appeared in the Washington Evening Star Feb. 14, 1907, and depicted Valentine’s Day surprises based on then-current political issues. An illustration by cartoonist Clifford Berryman appeared in the Washington Evening Star Feb. 14, 1907, and depicted Valentine’s Day surprises based on then-current political issues,…
  • Sunday Humor Round Number Two — Literally

    admin
    8 Feb 2015 | 11:18 am
    Call it Round Two of my Sunday funnies. After sharing a piece involving the late actor, Don Knotts, earlier today, I thought I’d share more humor in the form of a television commerical for Poo~Pourri Before-You-Go Toilet Spray, a product actually sold around the world. Enjoy! Yes, I know this viral video is almost nine months old and has been viewed more than 2.8 million times on YouTube, but I still found it funny enough to share. I’m on a laughing binge today. For links to other articles of interest as well as photos and commentary, join me on Facebook and Twitter.  Please…
  • Nervous Weatherman Skit Big Break for Actor Don Knotts

    admin
    8 Feb 2015 | 5:17 am
    Sometimes, one has to get away from business and politics and simply enjoy something funny. Today, I offer you the chance to do just that by watching a video of the late actor Don Knotts. Best known as “Deputy Barney Fife” on “The Andy Griffith Show,” he got his big break by playing a nervous weatherman in a skit on “The Steve Allen Show.” Post by West Virginia Celebrities. According to the folks at the West Virginia Celebrities Facebook page, dedicated to news and information about celebrities who call West Virginia home, Knotts made his debut on “The Steve…
  • Bob McCarty’s Weekly Recap: Feb. 1-7

    admin
    6 Feb 2015 | 10:25 pm
    In addition to spending a lot of time working on my first screenplay, I adopted a one-post-per-day approach to things during the first week of February 2015 at BobMcCarty.com. INELIGIBLE? Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-LA), Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) and former Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA). Click image above to read about this topic. On the same day I published my last weekly recap, I shared a guest piece written by Paul R. Hollrah, a resident of Oklahoma who writes from the perspective of a veteran conservative politico who served two terms as a member of the Electoral College, the…
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  • DHS Kinda/Sorta Still Funded, Buyt Why?

    Kip Hooker
    1 Mar 2015 | 3:39 pm
    DHS Kinda/Sorta Still Funded, But Why? Because Grandma’s just not gonna molest herself.
  • Polar bears doing just fine

    J.P. Travis
    1 Mar 2015 | 11:16 am
    Polar bears doing just fine. “It really is time for the doom and gloom about polar bears to stop,” says Dr. Susan Crockford, of the University of Victoria in British Columbia. Except, golly, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s determination that polar bears are threatened by climate change is the sole basis for all of Obama’s schemes to limit carbon in the U.S. economy so… we predict the doom and gloom about polar bears will continue.
  • The Daily Beast retracts story on Scott Walker

    J.P. Travis
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:27 am
    The Daily Beast retracts story on Scott Walker. Remember what the MSM did to Sarah Palin? Constant front page gotcha headlines, followed later by quiet retractions when facts proved Palin correct? Yeah, well, it’s not like the American public has gotten smarter since 2008.
  • 2185 cold temperature records broken or tied in last week

    J.P. Travis
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:38 am
    2,185 cold temperature records broken or tied in last week. And records aren’t just being broken, they’re being shattered: for example, Cynthiana, Kentucky’s previous all-time low temperature was 15 degrees—now it’s negative 23 degrees.
  • Breaking…WH Plans to Develop a “Country Within a Country” of 15 Million “New Americans”

    CO2Insanity
    1 Mar 2015 | 6:18 am
    Breaking…WH Plans to Develop a “Country Within a Country” of 15 Million “New Americans.” Welcome to the “New America” same as your average 3rd world shit hole.
 
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  • Avoiding Religious Persecution

    admin
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:03 am
    How can it still be that a person cannot practice their religion freely without someone else telling them what they believe is not correct? And that is not even the extent of how badly some people are treated because of their beliefs. Certainly times have changed and things have gotten better in many ways, but it is not even close to being a safe world for every kind of religious group. There are so many different religions out there that it is hard to believe that any religion is right in what they think. Of course it is not important who is right in their beliefs, just that we all have the…
  • Christian Rights Around The World

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

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

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

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

    Zach Weissmueller
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:34 am
    "3-D Printing DNA: Hacking Life's Code and Creating New Organisms" was originally released on Feb. 24, 2015. The original writeup is below. "To think that we can't make organisms that aren't more efficient than existing, I don't think is correct," says Austen Heinz, founder of the biotech startup Cambrian Genomics. "Because nature doesn't have DNA laser printers, and we do." Reason TV's Zach Weissmueller sat down with Heinz to discuss the ramifications of a technology that dramatically brings down the cost of sequencing and assembling DNA, suddenly making the ability for consumers to create…
  • Gene Healy on the Bipartisan National Security State

    Reason.com
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    It seems ages ago now, but there really was a time when some civil libertarians held out hope for Barack Obama's presidency. If elected, this former constitutional law professor might be "our first president who is a civil libertarian," Jeffrey Rosen enthused in The New York Times in March 2008. On inauguration night in 2009, defense lawyers at Guantanamo Bay actually formed a celebratory conga line, chanting "rule of law, baby!" They and many other Obama optimists, writes Gene Healy, woke up to a hell of a hangover, one that's lasted six years. The president has launched more than six times…
  • Stephanie Slade: Police and the Public Still Haven't Learned to Get Along

    Reason.com
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    On April 29, 1992, a California jury acquitted four white Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) officers of the brutal beating of black motorist Rodney King, causing dismay among minority residents of the city. As the dismay turned to anger and the anger turned to violence, five days of rioting ensued; more than 55 people died, and CNN reported economic damage of over $1 billion. Twenty-two years on, many of the same themes have driven residents of Ferguson, Missouri; New York City; Washington, D.C.; and other cities around the country back into the streets. View this article.
  • Brendan O'Neill: In Defense of Drunk Sex

    Reason.com
    1 Mar 2015 | 7:00 am
    Is it acceptable to have drunk sex? Most people who aren't citizens of the Islamic State or followers of some frigid Christian group will answer with an emphatic: "Hell, yeah." Not only is it acceptable, they'll think; it's good, one of life's great pleasures, a rare moment when you can ditch the pesky rational thinking required in everyday life and instead abandon yourself—mind, soul, and genitals—to a moment of dumb, beautiful joy. Well, enjoy it while you can, folks, warns Brendan O'Neill. Because like everything else pleasurable in the 21st century—smoking in a bar, complimenting a…
  • Sheldon Richman on How the War of 1812 Eroded U.S. Liberalism

    Reason.com
    1 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    The War of 1812 is an underrated turning point in American history, rivaling the Civil War, the Spanish-American War, and the two world wars. Indeed, the War of 1812 helped to launch the empire that manifested itself in those later conflicts. In its aftermath, America’s rulers could believe that their continental and global ambitions, backed by the army and a global navy, were fully realizable. They just needed a government equal to the task. It’s not too much to say that modern America was born in 1812–1815, writes Sheldon Richman. The war had enduring illiberal domestic consequences…
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  • A Different Approach

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    19 Feb 2015 | 9:49 am
    It's been interesting the last few weeks listening to folks talk about this Fifty Shades of Grey movie. My fellow Christians and other groups are calling for boycotts for various reasons. From what I've heard the movie contains explicit sexual situations and promotes violence against women. Personally, I cannot speak to any of this as I have not seen the movie and have no intentions of doing so. I'm more of an action and sci-fi movie guy. For my $10-$11 movie admission I want to see shooting and stuff getting blown up. I think the folks who are clamoring for boycotts of the movie are taking…
  • An Open Letter to Mr. Rooney, Coach Tomlin, and the Rest of the Steelers' Organization

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    13 Feb 2015 | 10:08 am
    Dear Steelers' Leadership,I've been a Pittsburgh Steelers fan since I was old enough to know what a football was, so my support of the team is nearing the 40 year mark. Terry Bradshaw was, and still is, one of my heroes. I had the privilege of meeting him once many, many years ago. I'll never forget that day.Terry Bradshaw (Photo credit: Wikipedia)The last few years have been, to say the least, frustrating to be a Steelers fan. We missed the playoffs in both 2012 and '13 and then were one and done this year after getting man-handled by the hated Ravens at HOME. One playoff game in three years…
  • College Football's Epic Fail

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:22 pm
    After years of debate about the need for a college football playoff, 2014 saw it come to fruition. However, it was not without controversy involving the members of the playoff selection committee, the criteria used to select the teams, and which four teams should have have been selected. In my opinion, the inaugural playoff was at best a screw-up in regards to the teams selected and their rankings. At worst, it appeared to have had an agenda.In the interest of full disclosure, I am a Florida State (FSU) fan, and I wrote this article based upon what I as an FSU fan perceived happened in…
  • All Lives Matter

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

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

  • Special Edition of The Yaron Brook Show: The Conservative Movement

    26 Feb 2015 | 9:43 am
    Tune in tomorrow, Friday, February 27, for a special episode of The Yaron Brook Show. Yaron will broadcast live from CPAC, the largest annual gathering of conservatives in America, and will give his take on the conservative movement.
  • Today on The Yaron Brook Show: The Oscars, ISIS and More

    23 Feb 2015 | 12:50 pm
    On today’s episode of The Yaron Brook Show, topics included: whether Obama loves America; whether ISIS is Islamic; Scott Walker; the virtues necessary for a selfish life; and the Oscars.
  • Selfishness Part III: What Does Living the Good Life Require?

    20 Feb 2015 | 9:17 am
    On Monday, February 23, Yaron Brook will talk about the virtues of rational selfishness as presented in Ayn Rand’s essay “The Objectivist Ethics” in The Virtue of Selfishness.
  • Panel: Freedom of Speech or Tyranny of Silence? [Audio]

    19 Feb 2015 | 10:32 am
    We at the Ayn Rand Institute regard free speech as essential to a free society; you can’t have one without the other. That’s why we have a long and proud history of taking an uncompromising and unequivocal stand for free speech.
  • The Yaron Brook Show: Living a Flourishing Life

    17 Feb 2015 | 11:14 am
    On today’s episode of The Yaron Brook Show, Yaron talks about altruism in practice and the virtue of rationality. Topics included: The terrorist attacks in Denmark; the debt crisis in Greece and the morality of sacrifice; the value of reason and the virtue of rationality; selfishness and charity.
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    The New Republic

  • Working on the Race Beat

    Jamil Smith
    1 Mar 2015 | 4:00 pm
    In November 2013, Tanzina Vega, a young reporter for The New York Times, pitched Jill Abramson, the paper’s then-executive editor, the idea of devoting a reporting beat on the national desk to coverage of race and ethnicity. Abramson liked the idea, and Vega became the beat’s sole rep
  • What the West Got Wrong About Sex Education

    Jonathan Zimmerman
    28 Feb 2015 | 6:00 pm
    In 1976, the British psychologist Rex Stanton Rogers replied to an angry letter from T. J. Proom, who had withdrawn his four daughters from their public school in the south east of England to protest its allegedly “pornographic” sex education lessons. The editor of a recent collection of essays
  • Can Republicans Finally Accept Gay Conservatives?

    Sarah Kollmorgen
    28 Feb 2015 | 2:47 pm
    Gregory T. Angelo sat in the middle of a crowded hotel bar on a Thursday afternoon at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Statistically speaking, a li
  • Black Storytellers Matter

    Jamil Smith
    28 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    August Wilson’s Jitney is the first of his ten "Pittsburgh Cycle" plays to be staged, but it is also the only one of them that never made it to Broadway. The closest it came was when, 15 years ago, it opened at the Second Stage Theatre on New York City’s 43rd Street and Eighth Avenue
  • Why Leonard Nimoy Came to Embrace His Long, Prosperous Life as Spock

    Tom Carson
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:04 pm
    Today, we are all Trekkies. But believe it or not, my fondest memory of Leonard Nimoy, Actor, involves Mr. Spock only inferentially. After Martin Landau bailed on the old "Mission: Impossible" series in 1969, Nimoy replaced him for a couple of dumpster seasons as a master of disguise known as “the
 
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    E.J. Dionne Columns and Blog Posts

  • A challenger throws Rahm Emanuel for a loop

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:48 pm
    CHICAGOThe mayor is proud to tout his work expanding access to pre-kindergarten programs, raising the minimum wage and making two years of community college available to everybody. He talks admiringly about his city’s ethnic diversity and stresses his commitment to making it a place where “every resident in every neighborhood has a fair shot at success.”Read full article >>
  • Taking Obamacare for granted

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    22 Feb 2015 | 5:48 pm
    Will it take the repeal of the Affordable Care Act or its evisceration by the Supreme Court for us to appreciate what it’s done?Critics of the ACA are so insistent on pointing to the problems it has encountered — erroneous tax information to 800,000 taxpayers is the latest — that it was especially enlightening to talk on Friday with Sylvia Mathews Burwell,the secretary of Health and Human Services.Read full article >>
  • Can the GOP superego win the day?

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    18 Feb 2015 | 5:21 pm
    After he won reelection last November, soon-to-be Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell made two sets of comments reflecting the dueling impulses of the Republican Mind. Freud fans might refer to the superego, a.k.a. the conscience, and the id. Read full article >>
  • James Comey’s candor on race

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    15 Feb 2015 | 4:22 pm
    In the days of the civil rights movement, FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover was focused not on the quest for justice but on his fear of Communists.In “Parting the Waters,” the first volume of his magisterial biography of Martin Luther King Jr., Taylor Branch tells of a 1956 Eisenhower administration meeting during which Hoover “expressed no sympathy for civil rights and painted an alarming picture of subversive elements among the integrationists.”Read full article >>
  • Jon Stewart, Brian Williams and the new media age

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    11 Feb 2015 | 4:37 pm
    Many years ago, a politician complained to me about journalists who loved to dish it out but bristled at any criticism directed their way. “Look,” he said, “we politicians may have thin skins, but you guys in the media have no skins.”Read full article >>
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    RamonaCreel.com

  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-01-2015

    Ramona
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:22 am
    The secret of happiness is to admire without desiring. (F. Bradley) — That's also the secret to full-time RVing! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 3-01-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 2-28-2015

    Ramona
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:22 am
    Lead me not into temptation. I can find the way myself. (R. Brown) — In the dark, and even without street signs! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 2-28-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 2-27-2015

    Ramona
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:22 am
    Don't be a time manager, be a priority manager. (D. Waitley) — Or better yet, be an end-result manager! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 2-27-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 2-26-2015

    Ramona
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:22 am
    Learn to be still in the midst of activity, to be vibrantly alive in repose. (I. Gandhi) — To find balance in all things. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 2-26-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 2-25-2015

    Ramona
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:22 am
    Real generosity toward the future lies in giving all to the present. (A. Camus) — Don't hold back, waiting for 'someday!' (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 2-25-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
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    Democratic Strategist

  • Republicans Courting Disaster on Education, Part II

    27 Feb 2015 | 3:11 pm
    Yesterday I talked about the forces driving the GOP into an attack on public higher education. But there's a larger and more nefarious Republican drift to perdition on K-12 education, as I discussed at Washington Monthly: As you may recall, the president nominated and (sort of) elected with the universal and enthusiastic backing of the entire conservative movement made his signal domestic policy initiative (aside from tax cuts!) an education reform law called No Child Left Behind. By the time George W. Bush left office, it was rare to find a Republican politician who did not at some point or…
  • Republicans Courting Disaster on Education, Part I

    26 Feb 2015 | 9:51 am
    Aside from the big New Deal entitlements of Social Security and Medicare, and of course national defense, the government functions most popular among Americans involve public education. Republicans, following radical conservative thinking on education, are increasingly tempted to take an ideological bender into direct attacks on public education, particularly when their lower-tax and less-government agenda forces them to find large areas of the public sector to cut. This week I've noted two examples of this dynamic. The first, involving higher education, was at TPMCafe: Some high-profile…
  • Political Strategy Notes

    26 Feb 2015 | 4:36 am
    From President Obama's remarks at a Miami Town Hall, as reported by Mollie Reilly at HuffPo: "In the last election, a little over one-third of eligible voters voted. One-third! Two-thirds of the people who have the right to vote -- because of the struggles of previous generation, had the right to vote -- stayed home. I'm willing to bet that there are young people who have family members who are at risk of the existing immigration system who still didn't vote."..."Why are you staying at home?" Obama said. "Why are you not participating? There are war-torn countries, people full of poverty, who…
  • The Possibilities and Limits of the 50 State Strategy

    25 Feb 2015 | 7:43 am
    The second part of Le Champignon's Daily Kos post "Democrats wise up, return to 50 State Strategy" addresses the core concern of the title and opens with this observation: The 50 State Strategy was never intended to install progressives in deep-red districts and states. This simply isn't going to happen. There's no reason for these states to vote for a local progressive if they won't vote for a non-local progressive (i.e., our president). Sure, there are exceptions. I can see why West Virginians, dependent on the extraction industry as they are, would not vote for someone who was a staunch…
  • Towards a Welcoming 'Big Tent' --- That Can Win Elections

    25 Feb 2015 | 6:31 am
    A Daily Kos blogger with the handle "Le Champignon" has a post "Democrats Wise Up, Return to 50 State Strategy," which provides a pitch for unity with a diss for "pet causes...to the exclusion of everything else." The post has stimulated an interesting discussion (see comments) about the relative merits of 'big tent' inclusiveness vs. a more 'purist' progressive vision. Further, We need to be the Coalition of the Dispossessed. We are the groups who are marginalized by sexist men, by racist whites, by homophobic straight cis people, by the uncaring rich, by the supremely powerful, by the…
 
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    IndiaVision News and Information » Politics

  • NDA hits out at Nitish, Cong says Manjhi quit as BJP panicked

    Gautam
    20 Feb 2015 | 3:36 am
    NDA today accused JD(U) leader Nitish Kumar of “sacrificing” a Mahadalit while Congress saw BJP’s “panic” behind Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi’s resignation hours before a trust vote in Assembly and said it will pay the price for its “conspiracy” in Bihar elections. “Nitish Kumar will have to answer the people of Bihar and convince them on why he made Manjhi the Chief Minister eight months back. “Kumar keeps on playing such games for his political opportunism. People of Bihar are seeing all this. He has no principles. He keeps on…
  • Barack Obama witnesses India’s military might, cultural diversity at Republic Day Parade

    Alka Anand Singh
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:38 pm
    11:59 am: The flypast concludes with another Su-30 MkI carrying out a “Vertical Charlie” manoeuvre over the saluting dais. 11:58 am:  Three Su-30 MkI of No. 2 Squadron carry out a breath-taking Trishul formation over the Rajpath. The Su-30 MkI aircraft split upwards, making a Trishul in the sky. 11:56 am: Five Jaguars flypast in Arrowhead formation, followed by five Mig-29s Air Superiority Fighters called the “Tridents” in Fulcrum style. 11:56 am: Trailing them is a ‘Poseidon’ formation comprising one P-8I aircraft flanked by two MiG-29 Ks and the “Globe” formation comprising…
  • Amit Shah Defends Projecting Kiran Bedi As Delhi Chief Minister

    Gautam
    24 Jan 2015 | 2:25 am
    BJP today strongly denied “borrowing” Kiran Bedi to win Assembly elections in Delhi and played down the controversy over the charge that she had asked India Against Corruption movement leaders to go soft on the saffron party. “BJP has been in favour of including eminent personalities from different walks of life into the party and Kiran Bedi is one such example,” BJP President Amit Shah told reporters in Patna. To a question regarding controversy over the charge that Kiran Bedi had asked leaders of India Against Corruption to go soft on BJP, Shah said, “India…
  • Delhi elections 2015: Confident of running Delhi govt for next 5 years : Kejriwal

    Gautam
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:49 am
    NEW DELHI: AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal is confident that the voters of Delhi will give a clear verdict in this elections. Kejriwal, who answered a range of questions from readers on TOI Hangout, said that his party has a 7-point action plan for Delhi once they are voted to power. In an hour-long session, AAP chief responded to questions on several issues, and expressed confidence that AAP will be able to run government in Delhi for the next five years.Kejriwal dubbed his aide-turned-political rival, Kiran Bedi, the challenger in these elections, and said she should be the one to fight from his…
  • brij bedi husband of kiran bedi shows solidarity with aap also calls wife bjp evil

    Gautam
    17 Jan 2015 | 3:27 am
    brij bedi husband of kiran bedi shows solidarity with aap also calls wife bjp evil
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    Project Syndicate RSS-Feed

  • Thomas Piketty’s Japanese Tour

    Yuriko Koike
    1 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    Six months after Thomas Piketty's book Capital in the Twenty-First Century generated so much buzz in the US and Europe, it has become a bestseller in Japan. But vast differences between Japan and its developed counterparts in the West, mean that Piketty's argument, like so many Western exports, has taken on unique characteristics.
  • The Costs of Grexit

    Jean Pisani-Ferry
    28 Feb 2015 | 2:30 pm
    From Greece's perspective, leaving the euro would be highly disruptive, which explains why there is very little support for it in the country. But there is very little agreement outside Greece about how a Grexit would affect the rest of the eurozone.
  • The Perilous Politics of the Euro

    Andrés Velasco
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    The jury is still out on whether Greece will manage to avoid default, remain in the eurozone, and reverse the brutal contraction of its economy. But any fair panel already would have issued a verdict on the political consequences of the common currency: utter failure.
  • The Deflation Bogeyman

    Martin Feldstein
    28 Feb 2015 | 8:30 am
    The world's major central banks are currently obsessed with the goal of raising their national inflation rates to their common target of 2% per year. But how justified is their fear that a negative demand shock could trigger a downward price spiral?
  • Europe’s Sovereignty Illusion

    Javier Solana
    28 Feb 2015 | 7:49 am
    The European Union has taken democratic integration – driven by the free will of its members, rather than military force – to unprecedented levels, securing its place at the forefront of institutional innovation. But today, sentiment in the EU seems to lean toward “conflict," rather than “cooperation."
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    News - AllGov

  • Will John Legend Speak out against Bahrain’s Brutal Dictatorship when he Performs There?

    1 Mar 2015 | 2:30 pm
    John Legend made a moving speech at the Oscars last week as he accepted an award with Common for Best Original Song. “We say that ‘Selma’ is now because the struggle for justice is now,” he said, adding that there are “more black men under correctional control today than were in slavery.” But he appears more than willing to make money by performing for a government that commits human rights abuses on a large scale.   Legend is scheduled to perform Monday in a festival put on by the repressive government of Bahrain. According to the U.S. State…
  • Study Links Unregulated, Ultrafine Pollution Particles to Heart Disease Deaths

    1 Mar 2015 | 2:25 pm
    It’s been decades since health concerns were first raised about the ultrafine particles (UFP) spewed out by vehicles and other combustion-producing sources, but unlike the fine particles that accompany them, it is not felt that enough is known about the pollutant to regulate it. This might help.   A new report (pdf) published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives found a stronger association in some cases between heart disease deaths and long-term exposure to UFPs than with fine particles, which are subject to both federal and state emissions regulations. Some…
  • Average U.S. Payment for Killing an Innocent Person in Afghanistan: $3,426

    1 Mar 2015 | 2:20 pm
    Life is cheap, at least in Afghanistan. The U.S. government makes payments averaging only $3,426 to survivors of those killed as a result of American military action in that country.   An analysis by The Intercept showed that between 2011 and 2013, the U.S. military made 957 condolence payments totaling $2.7 million, $1.8 million of them for deaths with the maximum amount generally capped at $5,000. The largest single payment for a death—$15,000—came in 2011. Other payments are as low as $100.   Even when payments are made, they’re inconsistent. Sometimes a payment…
  • European Court Rules War Resister must Prove His Service Would Include War Crimes in Iraq to Qualify for Refugee Status

    1 Mar 2015 | 2:15 pm
    A U.S. Army deserter seeking asylum in Germany must prove that his service would have resulted in the commission of a war crime in order to justify his case as a refugee, a European court has ruled.   André Shepherd of Cleveland, Ohio, has been trying for eight years to remain in Germany after deserting from the Army during the Iraq war. After serving six months in 2004 and 2005 in Iraq repairing Apache helicopters, Shepherd and his unit were relocated to Germany, where he was stationed for two years.   In 2007, he received word that his unit would be redeployed to Iraq. By…
  • Evicted to Make Way for a U.S. Military Base almost 50 Years Ago, Chagos Islanders May Finally Return Home

    28 Feb 2015 | 2:25 pm
    The former inhabitants of Diego Garcia who were kicked off their island home by the British so the United States could develop a key military base may soon get to return home after nearly 50 years in exile.   Diego Garcia, part of the Chagos archipelago in the Indian Ocean (now referred to as the British Indian Ocean Territory), was created as strategic naval and air base for the American military during the Cold War.   It also may have been involved in the Central Intelligence Agency’s secret rendition program, allegedly serving as a refueling site for clandestine flights…
 
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    Blog for Arizona

  • Arizona legislature: the coming week

    cpmaz
    1 Mar 2015 | 2:33 pm
    By Craig McDermott, cross-posted from Random Musings In relative terms, this coming week is shaping up to be a quiet one at the lege. In that there are only a couple of agendas that look to be full of “nuggets … Continue reading →
  • Political Calendar: Week of March 1, 2015

    AZ BlueMeanie
    1 Mar 2015 | 4:32 am
    The Political Calendar is posted on Sundays. Please send us notice of your political events prior to the Sunday before your event (7 days would be most helpful). See the calendar icon in the right-hand column of the blog page … Continue reading →
  • Cartoon of The Week

    AZ BlueMeanie
    1 Mar 2015 | 4:32 am
  • Citizens For a Better Arizona Leaves Us a Better Arizona

    Bob Lord
    28 Feb 2015 | 2:07 pm
    Citizens for a Better Arizona, the group that led the historic effort to recall racist Russell Pearce in 2011, has announced that it’s closing its doors. CBA’s exit  is unusual. Typically, an organization’s death is marked by desperate attempts to sustain … Continue reading →
  • Epic Boehner Fail: House vote fails to fund DHS, shutdown looms

    AZ BlueMeanie
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:52 pm
    How many times do I have to tell you that the TanMan, Weeper of the House John Boehner, is the “Worst. Speaker. Ever.” Americans should be able to remove this incompetent fool from his position. The Hill reports on the … Continue reading →
 
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    Divided Under God

  • Indiana School District Openly & Illegally Promotes Christianity

    Tim Peacock, Contributor
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:32 am
     (originally published at peacock-panache.com) Peter Heck’s classroom in Eastern High SchoolPhoto: Kelly Lafferty Gerber-Kokomo Tribune The Eastern Howard School Corporation in Indiana has a major legal problem – one they’ve finally admitted to local press in a lengthy interview coming clean about their egregious violations of the law. In an interview with the Kokomo Tribune, a local Indiana paper, the district admitted it promotes Christianity over other religions – and this promotion permeates virtually every aspect of life at the school. “It’s there in…
  • AFA Creates ‘Bigotry Map’ Showing Atheist Groups. Atheists Say Thank You.

    Kevin Davis
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:01 pm
    Click to go to AFA’s site On Tuesday, the American Family Association, known for its right-wing stances on abortion, LGBT rights, and non-Christians, published a map of the US focused on calling out over 200 organizations they deem to be showing a deep intolerance for Christians through each group’s actions.  It was ironically titled the “Bigotry Map.”  The accompanying press release accused these groups of endorsing “efforts to silence Christians and to remove all public displays of Christian heritage and faith in America.”  The AFA went so far as to…
  • Sally Kern Puts Her Christianity-Masked Hate on Display in Oklahoma

    Kevin Davis
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:16 am
    Sally Kern, the Republican state representative from Oklahoma who’s known for stating that homosexuals are more of a threat to the US than terrorists, has shown us her “Christain love” yet again.  She’s filed three anti-gay bills in her state legislature: House Bill 1597:  Allows businesses to refuse service to individuals based on sexual orientation.  Fuck civil rights. House Bill 1598:  Allows parents to send their kids to “conversion therapy” without interference from the state.  Despite the fact that psychologists have shown that therapy cannot…
  • Local FD Under Fire for Christian Sign Outside Station

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

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

  • Friday Morning News Roundup

    Reset Team
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:48 am
    San Pablo Man Arrested In Home Invasion Murder Hercules police on Thursday said they have arrested a San Pablo man on suspicion of murder and attempted murder in connection with what they are calling a home-invasion robbery gone “terribly wrong.” Mark Anthony Carr, 27, was arrested Wednesday afternoon shortly after police responded to the area of Marigold Place and Buttercup Court around 2:45 p.m. on a report of a fight. A resident told officers two men had been fighting in the driveway of a house at 100 Buttercup Court, and that one man had been on top of another and choking him.
  • Wednesday Morning News Roundup

    Reset Team
    25 Feb 2015 | 10:23 am
    Bicyclist Struck, Killed By Car Late This Afternoon A bicyclist was struck and killed by a car in East Oakland late Tuesday afternoon, a police spokeswoman said. Officers responded to reports of an accident between a vehicle and bicycle in the area of Prune and San Leandro streets shortly after 4:30 p.m., Oakland police Officer Johnna Watson said. Arriving officers found the injured bicyclist, a woman in her 30s or 40s, who was pronounced dead by emergency crews at the scene, Watson said. The driver of the car, a man in his 50s, stayed at the scene and was cooperative with investigators, she…
  • Tuesday Morning News Roundup

    Reset Team
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:08 am
    Man Struck, Killed By Out-Of-Service Caltrain In Tunnel An out-of-service Caltrain that struck and killed a man in a tunnel in San Francisco on Monday night has been released from the scene, a spokeswoman said. The collision occurred in Tunnel One shortly after 9 p.m., Caltrain spokeswoman Jayme Ackemann said. The train was heading south and continued traveling in that direction once it was released as of about 10:45 p.m., she said. Once crews clean up the scene, all trains will be allowed to resume regular scheduled service, Ackemann said. BART will continue to accept Caltrain tickets at…
  • Monday Morning News Roundup

    Reset Team
    23 Feb 2015 | 10:23 am
    Coast Guard Rescues 6 People In Waters Near Crissy Field A U.S. Coast Guard crew rescued six people in the waters off of San Francisco’s Crissy Field late Sunday morning, a spokesman said. The Coast Guard received a report of an outrigger canoe taking on the water near Crissy Field shortly before 11:30 a.m., Coast Guard Ensign Jake Urrutia said. A 47-foot motor lifeboat crew responded to the scene and found six people from the canoe in the water, he said. The crew rescued all six people and they were taken to Station Golden Gate to be evaluated by emergency crews waiting on shore,…
  • Friday Morning News Roundup

    Reset Team
    20 Feb 2015 | 10:40 am
    Raiders Looking At Joint Stadium Site In Southern California The Oakland Raiders on Thursday announced plans to share a stadium in Southern California with the San Diego Chargers if both NFL teams fail to find new stadium solutions in their hometowns. In a joint statement by the two conference rivals in the AFC West, the teams said they are looking at a stadium site in Carson in Los Angeles County while still looking at options in their respective current cities. “We have both been working in our home markets to find a stadium solution for many years, so far unsuccessfully,” the…
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    Political Campaigning Tips and Strategies by OnlineCandidate.com

  • Check Out Our New Political Platform Tool

    Online Candidate
    23 Feb 2015 | 12:03 pm
    Coming up with campaign slogan isn't too hard. The real work comes when it's time to come up with a political platform to attract voters. We can help!
  • 5 Tips To Mix Online Into Your First Fundraising Event

    Online Candidate
    9 Feb 2015 | 6:51 am
    With some planning, you can turn your first fundraising event into something that increases awareness, gains you more interest in your campaign - and perhaps brings in some additional money!
  • .REPUBLICAN and .DEMOCRAT Political Domain Name Sale!

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    2 Feb 2015 | 5:47 am
    Right now, you can register your .DEMOCRAT or .REPUBLICAN domain with Online Candidate for a special price of $7.99. Find your next domain name today!
  • What’s Your Campaign Theme?

    Online Candidate
    26 Jan 2015 | 9:36 am
    For political purposes, your campaign theme is basically a single message which is used to communicate an integrated political message. It should be based on a clear reason why a candidate is running for office, and backed up by an overall identity that shapes the overall campaign. The goal, of course, is to convince people to vote for you.
  • When One Domain Name Just Isn’t Enough

    Online Candidate
    19 Jan 2015 | 12:44 pm
    Your domain name is large part of your online brand, so it's important to choose the right domain name for your political campaign or organization. Here are some times when you may want to consider using additional domain names...
 
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    The Alternative Conservative

  • Testimony of Mr. Jamiel Shaw

    25 Feb 2015 | 2:40 pm
    I have nothing to add. This video says it all.
  • The Fall of Brian Williams

    12 Feb 2015 | 6:05 pm
    ALEX WONG/GETTYThe recent story where Williams made claims to being in Iraq and nearly shot down have led to him being suspended for six months without pay.It turns out that he has been telling a version of this story for quite some time but none of the versions appear to be remotely truthful. Brian Williams, anchor and managing editor of "NBC Nightly News," has been suspended without pay for six months following his continued misrepresentation of events surrounding his coverage of the Iraq War, NBC said Tuesday night.Just prior to his suspension, he did make an attempt to apologize:A…
  • Why I Cannot Believe Amanda Knox

    1 Feb 2015 | 12:09 am
    Amanda Knox SourceThis article is written with the assumption that the reader has a general understanding of the case. If you are one of the lucky ones who currently know little to nothing about this case, it might behoove you to just continue ignoring it. I will not be held responsible for any reader being sucked into the Knox-vortex. It is time consuming and life-sucking.Read more »
  • Quick Post Update

    29 Jan 2015 | 6:41 pm
    I know I've been busy lately.So far 2015 has been quite busy for me... life seems to be moving pretty fast. I am working on a very large post concerning Amanda Knox.I will be doing more updates soon but, just wanted to get a post out there and let people who read know I have not meant to ignore my blog.Hope everyone is having a great New Year!Love,Tuesday
  • Happy Festivus! Airing My Grievances

    23 Dec 2014 | 9:22 pm
    In honor of Festivus I decided to make a list ...I've got a lot of problems with you people and now you're gonna hear about it!Don't argue with me. I'm right. If you do these things, I assure you that you are pissing people off and one day you might get punched in the mouth, in which case you would deserve it.1) Ya know when it's daytime but the sun is covered with a wall of clouds? Overcast. Yeah, during this time about 90 percent of people use headlights, while about 10 percent of you have not only managed to buy a vehicle without daylights but you drive around without putting your lights…
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  • Politics can’t be improved until we give people the ‘Power to Create’

    Adam Lent
    1 Mar 2015 | 12:49 pm
    The solution to our political and social problems can only be found by unleashing the creativity of the stifled 75 per cent. A Picasso-inspired mural on Falls Road, Belfast. Photo: Getty. This post originally appeared on our election site – May2015.com. Elections are, in theory, about which party is best placed to tackle the challenges of the future: balancing the books, reforming public services, raising living standards and keeping Britain secure. But there is one deep, structural challenge that will not be mentioned during this long campaign even though its resolution could hold the key…
  • The war at home: how Russia is winning the battle for hearts and minds

    Andrew Foxall
    1 Mar 2015 | 4:58 am
    Recent attention on the Kremlin has focussed on its revanchism abroad and its treatment of opposition at home. But its soft-power advance into Britain has gone almost unnoticed Impromptu memorials to Boris Nemtsov, the slain Russian opposition leader, have sprung up in Moscow. (Photo: Getty) Last week, a report from a committee of the House of Lords offered a brutal judgement on British and European policy toward Russia. Europe went “sleep-walking” into the crisis in Ukraine, said the report, and Western countries had lost the “robust analytical capability” to understand Russia. The…
  • Why are Pegida marching in Newcastle?

    Sam Thompson
    28 Feb 2015 | 1:38 am
    The far-right movement Pegida is having their first rally outside their native Germany in Newcastle today. Only a radical politics can turn the tide Coming soon to a town near you? (Photo: Getty) As a proud Geordie, I’m disgusted that the pseudo-fascists of Pegida have chosen Newcastle as their first excursion outside of Germany. But disgust is limited. Understanding the cynical rationale behind Pegida’s decision is more useful: it highlights the connection between austerity and fascism, and prompts us to offer a radical alternative: the politics of solidarity. Pegida (Patriot Europeans…
  • Tuition fees turn students into customers - that's bad news for learning

    Stephanie Boland
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:12 am
    Tuition fees reflect the cultural drift towards the acquisition of money as the most important thing in life. The customer's always right? (Photo:Getty) Another election; another proposed university policy to worry the academy. Academics are barely recovered from the coalition’s tuition fee hike, and now they’re having to decide what to make of Ed Miliband’s announcement that a Labour government would cut annual fees from £9,000 to £6,000. With all the furore over whether Labour’s proposed cuts would be economically viable, there’s been troublingly little discussion of what it…
  • Labour musn't let the promise of the mayoral primary die

    David Lammy
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:27 am
    Labour seems almost ashamed of its attempts to open up politics in London Bill de Blasio and Boris Johnson, the current mayors of New York and London, were both selected by a primary. (Photo: Getty) Bill Clinton’s ‘comeback kid’ resurgence in New Hampshire in 1992, Barack Obama’s unlikely victory in Iowa in 2007, Francois Hollande organising his way to victory in France in 2011: electoral primaries have provided us with some of the most dramatic political moments of recent years. They are also a valuable tool for engaging increasingly disenfranchised electorates - giving more people a…
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    Beppe Grillo's Blog

  • Don’t vote in the PD primaries - Roberto Saviano

    1 Mar 2015 | 9:01 am
    Watch Roberto Saviano’s video appeal "Tomorrow (Today, editor])don’t go and vote in Campania’s PD primaries. This is my advice. The candidates are an expression of the politics of the past. The outcome of these elections will be determined by vote-buying. Packages of votes are ready to go to one candidate or another in exchange for positions in the regional cabinet. And what’s more, the agreements made with Cosentino will be what determines the outcome. The PD primaries were meant to be tools for opening up to the people and getting people to participate, but it hasn’t worked out…
  • No more banking speculation ever again!

    28 Feb 2015 | 1:43 am
    “Banking reform can bring about the growth of a country’s economy. It can contribute to the creation of new jobs and the decrease in taxes. Before explaining that, we need to analyse the ever-recurring cycles of human history that make banking reform a necessity today." ONE SINGLE CAUSE OF TWO CRISES Immediately after the great crisis of 1929, F. D. Roosevelt, the President of the United States, turned to savings to put up a defence against the speculation that had become rife. In 1933 with the Glass-Steagall Act, traditional banking activity was separated from investment banking activity…
  • Naples: see Itron and die

    26 Feb 2015 | 10:05 am
    “In Naples there are 46 families at risk of having no income and no future because of the American multinational that is taking action based on just speculative ideas while forgetting its own industrial objectives. The Itron Group, has an annual turnover of 1.9 billion dollars, and it produces methane gas metres in Naples. It’s got an efficient factory with excellent ROI indicators, plenty of orders from all over the world, from the Emirates to Bolivia, and from Pakistan to Australia. Now this American giant has decided to close down this factory and concentrate production in Rheims, in…
  • Black ISIS, black oil

    26 Feb 2015 | 3:23 am
    «Twenty years ago, I was a good hunter and I often went hunting. I had two dogs, a German Shorthaired Pointer and a setter, and from dawn to dusk we went up and down the gullies so by the end of the day, the dogs were tired out. On returning back to the home of the local people, the first thing we did was to feed the dogs. And we gave them a massive bowl of soup that was perhaps enough for five. On one occasion, I saw a small scraggy, starving, weak cat approaching. It was really frightened and it crept closer very slowly. He looked at the dogs, miaowed meekly and placed a paw on the edge of…
  • No entry for 160 families in Genoa

    24 Feb 2015 | 2:40 am
    “Concordia - no way forward: Renzi just comes to Genoa to get a selfie with the wreck of the cruise ship! 160 people employed by Costa Crociere are at risk of losing their jobs because the CEO Michael Thamm has decided to merge with the Hamburg company called AIDA (and Costa Crociere is still making a profit). On Friday of last week, the employees received an email, asking them (with no forewarning) to put a cross in a box to say whether or not they are willing to move to Hamburg. But the Costa Crociere staff are working in highly specialised sectors and their expertise would be lost to…
 
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    Society – Articles – The Conversation

  • Tomorrow's technology will lead to sweeping changes in society – it must, for all our sakes

    Steen Rasmussen, External Research Professor at Santa Fe Institute, USA & Professor, Head of the Center for Fundamental Living Technology (FLinT), Head of Science Board, Initiative for Science, Society and Policy (ISSP) at University of Southern Denmark
    11 Feb 2015 | 11:57 pm
    Future technology won't just be a gadget we use, it will re-structure our societies. Sergey Nivens/ShutterstockThroughout history, whenever new technologies have emerged that change our means of production and ability to communicate they have tended to transform society. The rapid technological development of the past century – in biotechnology, information technology, nanotechnology and artificial intelligence – holds the promise to do the same for our current, post-industrial world. Our political institutions, the rule of law, human rights, the banking system, our education system…
  • Ched Evans: the legality and ethics of hiring a convicted rapist

    Jack Anderson, Professor of Sports Law at Queen's University Belfast
    5 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Ched Evans takes a drink while playing for Sheffield United in 2010. Jon Candy, CC BYAs the directors of Oldham Athletic football club consider their options over the possible hiring of Ched Evans, the case of the convicted rapist trying to go back to work has thrown up a catalogue of questions around employment law, morality and responsibility. Ultimately, though, the motivating factor behind any return to football is likely to be far more prosaic. On October 17 last year, Evans was released from prison having served half of a five-year sentence for the rape of a 19-year-old woman in a…
  • 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…
  • Creating space for the leadership Australia needs

    Samuel Wilson, Research Fellow, Swinburne Leadership Institute at Swinburne University of Technology
    3 Jul 2013 | 9:59 pm
    This election is a serious choice about the type of society we want to become. AAPIn a recent lecture, Ross Garnaut argued that after decades of prosperity, Australians must now choose between two radically different approaches to our problems. The choice is between a “business as usual” approach, which preserves the status quo, and a “public interest approach”, which requires that Australia change its minds, policies and actions when evidence supports change. None of the political scheming observed in Canberra in recent times alters this analysis, or our choice. If anything, these…
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    Robert Reich

  • Why We're All Becoming Independent Contractors

    22 Feb 2015 | 11:44 am
    GM is worth around $60 billion, and has over 200,000 employees. Its front-line workers earn from $19...
  • The President Should Not Only Veto the Keystone XL Pipeline but...

    19 Feb 2015 | 7:43 am
    The President Should Not Only Veto the Keystone XL Pipeline but Stop it PermanentlyThe President says he’ll veto the Keystone XL pipeline. He should do more, and put an end to the project altogether. He has the authority. Oil from Alberta’s tar sands is the dirtiest in the world – causing not just serious environmental damage when it’s extracted but also when and if it leaks out along its route from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico. Please tell the White House to veto it permanently.
  • How Trade Deals Boost the Top 1% and Bust the Rest

    16 Feb 2015 | 1:08 pm
    Suppose that by enacting a particular law we’d increase the U.S.Gross Domestic Product. But almost...
  • Back to the Nineteenth Century

    9 Feb 2015 | 10:33 am
    My recent column about the growth of on-demand jobs like Uber making life less predictable and...
  • The Share-the-Scraps Economy

    2 Feb 2015 | 10:22 am
    How would you like to live in an economy where robots do everything that can be predictably...
 
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    Cato @ Liberty

  • Boris Nemtsov, RIP

    Dalibor Rohac
    1 Mar 2015 | 12:55 pm
    Dalibor Rohac The murder of Boris Nemtsov in the immediate proximity of the Kremlin seems to be an important milestone in Russia’s descent into darkness. As Deputy Prime Minister in the late 1990s and as an opposition politician during the era of Vladimir Putin, Mr. Nemtsov was a voice for a more liberal, open, and democratic Russia. Notwithstanding a certain degree of restraint in his criticism of the Russian government, his work as one of the central figures of Russian opposition reflected great personal courage. In spite of a history of frequent arrests, in the past year, he…
  • The Libertarian Mind Is Fareed Zakaria's "Book of the Week"

    David Boaz
    28 Feb 2015 | 11:31 am
    David Boaz On CNN’s GPS, Fareed Zakaria declared The Libertarian Mind “the Book of the Week.” Here’s the transcript: This week’s book of the week is David Boaz’s “The Libertarian Mind: A Manifesto for Freedom.” People often wonder what it means when someone describes himself or herself as a libertarian. And that includes people like Rand Paul, Alan Greenspan and Peter Thiel. David Boaz does a superb job of explaining the ideas that animate an important philosophical tradition, and he does it with passion. For anyone interested in politics, this is a valuable…
  • U.S. Trying (and Failing) to Contain the Spread of European 'Geographical Indications'

    K. William Watson
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:29 pm
    K. William Watson One of the European Union’s highest priorities in trade negotiations is to globalize its restrictions on the use of place names as generic product descriptions. When they negotiate a trade agreement, they insist that the other country adopt regulations requiring that, for example, all champagne come from Champagne and all parmesan cheese come from Parma. The United States, worried that these rules limit access for U.S. products, is trying to use its own trade agreements to contain the effects of Europe’s push to protect “geographical indications”…
  • Casualties of the Drug War

    Jonathan Blanks
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:23 pm
    Jonathan Blanks Yesterday, the international aid organization Health Poverty Action released a new study on the effects of the global drug war. The report is entitled, “Casualties of War: How the War on Drugs Is Harming the World’s Poorest.” From its introduction: Since the mid-twentieth century, global drug policy has been dominated by strict prohibition, which tries to force people to stop possessing, using and producing drugs by making them illegal. This approach, which has come to be known as the ‘War on Drugs’, has not only failed to achieve its goals—it is fuelling poverty,…
  • Infrastructure: Privatization and Innovation

    Chris Edwards
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:20 pm
    Chris Edwards Tomorrow at CPAC, I will discuss some advantages of infrastructure privatization. Perhaps the largest advantage is innovation. Unlike government bureaucracies, private firms in a competitive environment are eager to maximize the net returns of projects, so they find new ways to reduce costs and improve quality.      The benefits of innovation are obvious in fast-moving industries such as high-technology. But innovation can also be important in long-established, hard-hat industries such as highway building. Numerous countries are ahead of the United States in…
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    A View from the Right

  • On Ethical Monotheism and Friedrich Nietzsche

    sirrahc
    22 Feb 2015 | 6:40 pm
    “That which does not kill us makes us stronger.”  — Friedrich Nietzsche, influential 19th-century philosopher and cultural critic Late last year, I posted excerpts from the Introduction to Dr. David Bentley Hart’s book, Atheist Delusions. I finally starting reading the rest of the book — slowly, now and then — and am really appreciating Hart’s […]
  • Ants vs. Global Warming

    sirrahc
    15 Feb 2015 | 4:55 pm
    FUN FACT: Ants make up 15-25% of the total mass of living animal tissue on the continents! We’ll get back to the ants in a minute. But, first… The Sun is a nuclear furnace. Hydrogen, the lightest element and most abundant chemical substance in the universe, is constantly being fused within it into helium. Over […]
  • A Local Flood Interpretation of Genesis 7

    sirrahc
    8 Feb 2015 | 10:51 pm
    “[I]f the report is a phenomenological depiction, permitting the possibility of a local flood, the meaning is not substantially altered: all that Noah and his generation know is swallowed up by the waters so that none survives.”  — Dr. Kenneth A. Mathews, The New American Commentary, Vol. 1A In my Facebook travels, not long ago […]
  • New “House Freedom Caucus” to Push Conservative Agenda

    sirrahc
    1 Feb 2015 | 8:20 pm
    “If the RSC shrinks from its duties, if it allows the executive branch to establish the entire legislative agenda, if it refuses to “frame the issues” in a conservative manner by bowing to the ideological deviations in store, the Republican Study Committee will sink to an impotent posture. However, a new group of ideologically committed […]
  • Keystone Conundrum

    sirrahc
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:21 pm
    “As a serious strategy for dealing with climate, blocking Keystone is a waste of time. But as a strategy for arousing passion, it is dynamite.”  — David Victor, global warming policy expert at the University of California, San Diego. Back in November, I suggested that the Lame Duck session of the 113th Congress could and […]
 
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    Sapphire Wire

  • Charisma is Priority One

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

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

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

    Kyle
    10 Nov 2014 | 11:32 pm
    The campaign secrets the Dems don’t want you to know. In this episode, Lisa and Kyle discuss the intra-party dynamics that are stifling Democrats in Kansas – including challenges with recruiting and keeping candidates, chilly receptions from the party and its leaders, the real challenges with fundraising, and the myth of the level playing field. Listen to this episode now: Get The SapphireWire Podcast To Go: Download Episode (mp3) | iTunes | RSS | Stitcher Radio Links to topics covered in this episode: My Political Hiatus and Our Party Problems – Lisa’s six-part series on the…
  • SapphireWire Podcast – Episode 8

    Kyle
    5 Nov 2014 | 9:45 pm
    Post-election pondering – Lisa & Kyle discuss the 2014 election results, focusing on the Governor & US Senate races, polling, and what went wrong for the Democrats in Kansas – will they ever learn? Listen to this episode now: Get The SapphireWire Podcast To Go: Download Episode (mp3) | iTunes | RSS | Stitcher Radio Links to topics covered in this episode: Kansas Secretary of State – Statewide Election Results Kansas Secretary of State – County by County Results (Governor) How the Kansas Democratic Party Drove Itself to Near Extinction – A lengthy…
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    Fair Observer

  • Make Sense of the Month: Radical Islam, Peace and Power

    Atul Singh
    28 Feb 2015 | 3:35 am
    Unemployment, inequality and segregated ghettos create powerful breeding grounds for radicalism. Three developments were of particular importance in February. First, turmoil continued in the Middle East and Africa. Second, fighting in Ukraine ended in a ceasefire. Third, corruption took center stage in Britain and Latin America. In the Middle East and Africa, Islamism is challenging […] The post Make Sense of the Month: Radical Islam, Peace and Power appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • As “Jihadi John” is Unmasked, Counterterrorism Tactics Must Be Unpicked

    Alan Greene
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:39 pm
    True or not, Mohammed Emwazi’s harassment claims are a lesson in unintended consequences. The unmasking of Islamic State militant “Jihadi John” as Mohammed Emwazi, a 26-year-old man from London, has raised new questions about the United Kingdom’s approach to counterterrorism. As the media searches through his past for clues to explain how a “polite, mild-mannered […] The post As “Jihadi John” is Unmasked, Counterterrorism Tactics Must Be Unpicked appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • The World This Week: Power is the Ultimate Aphrodisiac

    Atul Singh
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:34 pm
    Power is addictive whether it is Buenos Aires or London, and not many want to share it. Once upon a time, not a very long time ago, Argentina was the tenth richest economy in the world. A hundred years ago, the glorious Retiro railway station came into being. From 1871 to 1914, the Argentine economy […] The post The World This Week: Power is the Ultimate Aphrodisiac appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Why the Rise of Fascism is Again the Issue

    John Pilger
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:24 am
    In John Pilger’s latest article, he discusses Western foreign policy from Afghanistan to Ukraine and argues that fascism is the problem today. [Click the image above or scroll down to view the mini gallery.] The recent 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz was a reminder of the great crime of fascism, whose Nazi iconography […] The post Why the Rise of Fascism is Again the Issue appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • The Islamic State Cannot Be Defeated Without Iran

    Landon Shroder
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:29 am
    The US can work with Iran to defeat the Islamic State, or it can isolate Iran and risk provoking conflict on two fronts. Once more into the breach, dear friends, once more — and with that, we will yet again authorize war in Mesopotamia. There is no doubt that the Authorization for the Use of […] The post The Islamic State Cannot Be Defeated Without Iran appeared first on Fair Observer.
 
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    The one About

  • Ce date de contact sunt necesare pentru vanzarea unei case?

    21 Feb 2015 | 12:45 pm
    O vanzare rapida a casei poate incepe atunci cand se listeaza datele de contact corecte. Locatia aproximativa a imobilului care va fi vandut va trebui sa fie afisata prima in anunt. Un client trebuie sa aiba o idee cat se poate de clara atunci cand citeste informatiile care definesc tranzactia. Tipul de proprietate in cauza va trebui, de asemenea, sa fie precizat de la inceput. Aceasta include informatia daca o proprietate este de tip apartament sau o alta forma de cladire rezidentiala.Tipul specific de proprietate ar trebui sa fie mentionat in asa fel incat un client sa stie la ce fel de…
  • Manevre

    21 Feb 2015 | 12:42 pm
    Mitul invincibilitatii a fost infirmat. Cei care mai credeau ca Elena Udrea e de neatins, - precum Sfinta Fecioara! - s-au inselat. Judecatorii au mentinut, fara sa clipeasca, pentru inca treizeci de zile catusele puse de procurori… cu toate rinjetele si semnnele cabalistice ale Elenei Udrea. Mai incolo, Traian Basescu ia cu asalt sediul PMP, fara sa-i pese prea tare de problemele fostei sale asistente, inlocuind „Garajul”cu Noul Birou de expresedinte, amenajat chiar de catre aceasta. Flerul copoiului batrinn, care adulmeca primejdia, il indeamna sa-si paraseasca birlogul conjugal si…
  • Dezinsectia in Bucuresti, o misiune deloc imposibila

    16 Feb 2015 | 6:54 am
    Bucurestiul este cel mai aglomerat oras din Romania si cel mai mizerabil. In subsoluri si pe langa blocuri, pentru ca gunoaiele nu sunt luate la timp, apar focare de mizerie si foarte multi daunatori, de la sobolani, la gandaci sau chiar purici. Pentru a scapa de astfel de daunatori este necesara o dezinsectie Bucuresti permanenta, cu substante de calitate, concentrate, aplicate de specialisti in domeniu care nu rateaza nici un loc unde s-ar putea ascunde micile insecte sau animalute.Rovent, firma specializata in curatenie generala si dezinsectie pentru business si rezidential, cu experienta…
  • Zbor intrerupt

    16 Feb 2015 | 6:49 am
    Ion Margarit era cunoscut ca un mester neintrect la tot felul de dracovenii. Ultima inventie, la care lucra de citiva ani, un fel de aparat de zbor, stirnise, la inceput, vilva printre localnici, dar interesul scazu cu timpul, din cauza uitarii. Margarint nu abandona insa proiectul, incercind sa depaseasca dificultatile aparute si lipsa de bani.Doi ani mai tirziu reusi sa-l finalizeze, in secret, acesta trebuind doar sa mai fie incercat. Proba de foc se desfasura intr-o zi frumoasa de vara, fara vint si fara alte semne deosebite de ploaie sau furtuna, undeva pe Dealul Mare, un loc izolat,…
  • Achizitionarea pieselor pentru masini

    15 Feb 2015 | 10:43 am
    Nu conteaza cat de indemanatic ar putea fi un sofer sau cat de mult crede ca stie despre masini, nu trebuie alese piesele auto fara a verifica in prealabil starea masinii la un mecanic calificat. Daca se vor ivi probleme tehnice mai tarziu, va fi mai greu de stabilit care era principala cauza pentru acestea.Mai degraba decat sa se bazeze numai pe propriile cunostinte, este recomandat ca cei interesati sa contacteze piese360.ro/ pentru a obtine datele necesare privind respectivele piese auto Chevrolet de care este nevoie. Unii proprietari nu pot intui exact cauza defectiunii, asa ca in aceste…
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    FactCheck.org

  • FactChecking CPAC

    Eugene Kiely
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:24 pm
    A parade of potential Republican presidential candidates took turns at delivering speeches and answering questions at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference that started on Feb. 26. They boasted of their accomplishments and voiced their opinions, but along the way there were some distortions of facts: Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said “all” of the legal immigration in the U.S. was “based on whether or not you have a family member here.” Nearly two-thirds of the inflow of legal permanent residents in 2013 was based on family-sponsored immigration. Former…
  • Will Power Plant Rules Cause Blackouts?

    Dave Levitan
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:54 am
    The head of the Environmental Protection Agency told Congress her agency’s proposed rules governing carbon dioxide emissions from power plants will not affect the reliability of electricity service. That’s debatable. Various analyses have arrived at differing conclusions on this issue, and some electricity grid operators say there is a potential for service disruption under the Clean Power Plan. The EPA unveiled the Clean Power Plan in June 2014, with hopes it will be implemented beginning in the summer of 2015. It is designed to cut carbon dioxide emissions from the power sector…
  • Biden Resurrects Bogus Talking Points

    Lori Robertson
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Vice President Joe Biden resurrected years-old, Democratic talking points on the Affordable Care Act and oil production during a recent speech in New Hampshire: Biden said the ACA would reduce U.S. debt by “another $1 trillion over the next 10 years.” That’s a Democratic estimate for 10 years starting in 2022 or 2023, not the next 10 years. The Congressional Budget Office projects the law would reduce the deficit by $109 billion over the 2013-2022 period, but said beyond that it is “very difficult to predict.” Biden said North America has “more gas and…
  • Feb. 21: ACA, Immigration, NIH Budget

    Eugene Kiely
    21 Feb 2015 | 6:59 am
  • ‘Amnesty Bonuses’?

    D'Angelo Gore
    20 Feb 2015 | 11:12 am
    Q: Will people living in the U.S. illegally receive “amnesty bonuses” because of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration? A: There is no automatic payment, but some working immigrants could claim up to four years of earned income tax credits if they meet eligibility requirements. FULL QUESTION Is it true that illegal immigrants who sign up and who have paid no income taxes will get back $24,000 though they have not paid any income taxes? ____________________________________ Is it true that illegal immigrants who receive amnesty and a Social Security number would…
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  • New Settlement Will Allow Repatriated Immigrants To Return To The United States

    Karen Eisenberg
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:59 am
    New Settlement Will Allow Repatriated Illegal Immigrants To Return To The United States New Settlement Will Allow Repatriated Immigrants To Return To The United States Politics Has Been Optimized United States Federal Judge John A. Kronstadt, who was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2010, approved class provisions of a settlement on Feb. 26, which will allow repatriated undocumented immigrants to return back to the United States. A lawsuit was brought before the court by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) in June 2013. The suit, Lopez-Venegas v. Johnsonalleged that the plaintiffs…
  • 'Enough Is Enough,' U.S. Air Force Requests Additional Funding

    Karen Eisenberg
    1 Mar 2015 | 8:38 am
    “Enough is Enough” U.S. Air Force Requests $10 Billion In Additional Funding 'Enough Is Enough,' U.S. Air Force Requests Additional Funding Politics Has Been Optimized Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Mark A. Welsh III met with House members to discuss the 2016 fiscal budget request for the U.S. Air Force on Feb. 27. In order to support its global responsibilities, James insists the Air Force needs $10 billion above what sequestration-level funding provides, according to the Department of Defense. James testified: “The average age of our…
  • Map: How Each State Feels About Citizenship For Illegal Immigrants

    Ethan Brown
    1 Mar 2015 | 6:54 am
    All 50 States Support Path To Citizenship For Illegal Immigrants (Map) Map: How Each State Feels About Citizenship For Illegal Immigrants Survey Results Show How Each State Feels About Illegal Immigrants (Map) All 50 States Support Path To Citizenship For Illegal Immigrants (Map) Has Been Optimized A new survey focusing on political issues from immigration to same-sex marriage has found that the majority of all 50 states support a pathway to citizenship for illegal immigrants currently in the United States.  The data was compiled by the Public Religion Research Institute (PRRI), who…
  • Nevada Lawmaker: Cancer Is Fungus, Can Be Flushed Out Of Body

    Michael Allen
    1 Mar 2015 | 6:54 am
    Nevada Lawmaker: Cancer Is Fungus, Can Be Flushed Out Of Body Nevada Lawmaker: Cancer Is Fungus, Can Be Flushed Out Of Body Health Politics Michele Fiore Has Been Optimized Nevada Assemblywoman Michele Fiore (R) recently claimed that cancer is a fungus and could be flushed out of the body. Fiore, who runs a health care business out of her home, made the claims on her local radio show over the weekend, according to RalstonReports.com. "If you have cancer, which I believe is a fungus," said Fiore. "And we can put a pic line into your body and we're flushing with, say, salt water, sodium…
  • Israel Supporter Rep. Jan Schakowsky Explains Why She's Boycotting Netanyahu's Address To Congress

    Sean Kelly
    1 Mar 2015 | 6:54 am
    Rep. Jan Schakowsky To Boycott Netanyahu's Congress Address Rep. Jan Schakowsky The Latest To Boycott Netanyahu's Speech To Congress Israel Supporter Rep. Jan Schakowsky Explains Why She's Boycotting Netanyahu's Address To Congress Rep. Jan Schakowsky To Boycott Netanyahu's Congress Address Politics jan schakowsky, benjamin netanyahu, congress, speech, boycott, israel, united states, house, senate, gop, democrat, iran, middle east Has Been Optimized Illinois Representative and vocal supporter of Israel Jan Schakowsky announced that she intends to boycott Israeli Prime…
 
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    The Recovering Politician

  • Julie Rath: To Tuck or Not to Tuck — Wearing Boots

    Julie Rath
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    One of the first things women notice on men is their shoes. No, really. Below  I take you through the main categories of boots and explain what to wear with  each and address the tuck-or-not question. (Hint: it has nothing to do with  whether or not you have nice ankles.)   The Work Boot – Utilitarian and  rugged in feel, but handsome nonetheless, the work boot is best worn casually.  It’s often water-resistant with a warm lining and therefore great for  negotiating snow drifts. And besides, if there’s any falling timber on the Upper  East Side, you’ll be ready. Note: this…
  • Josh Bowen: Best Damn Grocery List Ever

    Josh Bowen
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    I have a few people request nutritional advice and/or grocery store lists. Using my Exercise Nutritionist certification from Precision Nutrition, I have compiled the best damn grocery store list I could compiled. These are only items you will see in a big box grocery store, some local farmer’s markets or Whole Foods may have a wider variety, but I wanted to keep it to things you could find where you shop now. I also didn’t want to link it to anything, so that you would have all the information in this email for you to print off and go to the grocery store. Aspire Fitness…
  • Lauren Mayer: Who Says Jewish Mothers Aren’t Hip?

    Lauren Mayer
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    One of a mom’s primary roles in life is to embarrass her children, and my sons would be the first to tell you I’ve done a great job in that capacity.  And while I don’t think I fit the cliche of the overbearing Jewish mother, I have been known to nag them about eating, and of course like any good Jewish mother, I secretly yearn for a gay son (because he’d never leave me for another woman . . . cue rim shot), although both my boys have had to tell me, “Sorry to disappoint you mom, but I’m straight!” When I started doing these weekly videos, my younger…
  • Erica and Matt Chua: He Said-She Said: Our New Loves

    Erica and Matt Chua
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    hort-term travelers often curse the idiosyncrasies of foreign destinations such as  strange toilets and unidentifiable foods.  Being long-term travelers, we had no choice but to accept the local choice until we found we actually loved these options.  Here are a few of the things that shocked us: HE SAID… I love the conveniences and consistency of the developed world.  I love that I can get the same cup of Pike Place Roast at every Starbucks globally.  I love that I can get an Egg McMuffin in every McDonald’s I find.  Knowing what I’m going to get removes a lot of anxiety and,…
  • Saul Kaplan: Practically Radical

    Saul Kaplan
    23 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    Click here to review/purchase Beware of random collisions with unusual suspects.  Unless, of course, if you want to learn something new.  In that case seek out innovators from across every imaginable silo and listen, really listen, to their stories.  New ideas, perspectives, and value creating opportunities are in the gray areas between unusual suspects.  It seems so obvious and yet we spend most of our time with the usual suspects in our respective silos.  We need to get out of our silos more. It’s human nature to surround ourselves with people exactly like us.  We connect and spend…
 
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  • Super Cool Everglades Photo from Space -- Thanks, NASA

    Nancy Smith
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:44 am
    This photo showing Florida at night was taken by the NASA Expedition 41 crew and today it's splashed all over social media. Check out below the Everglades -- almost light-pollution free.
  • Marco Rubio, Bill Nelson Push for Info on IS Killing Americans

    Kevin Derby
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:04 am
    On Wednesday, Florida’s two U.S. senators -- Democrat Bill Nelson and Republican Marco Rubio -- joined together with eight other senators to introduce a bill updating the U.S. State Department’s Rewards for Justice Program offering up to $5 million for information on the murder of four Americans by Islamic State (IS) terrorists.read more
  • Educators, School Officials Weigh in on Executive Order to Suspend Standardized Testing

    Allison Nielsen
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:54 am
    Gov. Rick Scott issued an executive order Tuesday to suspend a standardized test for Florida's 11th-graders, prompting state lawmakers to weigh in on the elimination of the Florida Standards Assessment English-language arts assessment.The test was supposed to be given this spring. "Governor Scott's executive order shows that he values feedback from Florida's teachers and parents and will take action necessary to ensure students are prepared for success," said State Board of Education Chair Gary Chartrand. read more
  • Gus Bilirakis Takes Aim at Obama's Net Neutrality Plan

    Kevin Derby
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:02 am
    U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis, R-Fla., weighed in on President Barack Obama’s plan to offer more regulations on the Internet on Thursday. Obama’s “net neutrality” proposal is before the Federal Communications Commission on Thursday where it is expected to pass on a 3-2 vote.read more
  • Rick Scott Keeps Maurice Ferre, Kenneth Wright on Transportation Commission

    Kevin Derby
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:01 pm
    Gov. Rick Scott, R-Fla., announced on Wednesday he was keeping former Miami Mayor Maurice Ferre and former Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commissioner Kenneth Wright on the Florida Transportation Commission. When first named by Scott to the Transportation Commission in 2011, Ferre ranked as one of the most high-profile Democrats appointed by the Republican governor. Ferre had broken with his party to back Scott during the 2010 election cycle, backing the Republican candidate over Democratic nominee Alex Sink.read more
 
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    PoliticusUSA

  • Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein Slams Netanyahu’s Arrogant Statements

    Jason Easley
    1 Mar 2015 | 2:07 pm
    Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) provided a sign that Netanyahu's speech to Congress has backfired as the normally hawkish senator called out the Israeli Prime Minister's arrogant statements on CNN. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Scott Walker Bombs On Fox News By Dodging Question About Combating ISIS

    Jason Easley
    1 Mar 2015 | 11:19 am
    Gov. Scott Walker demonstrated that he can't even handle an interview on Fox News Sunday by dodging a question about whether or not he would send U.S. ground troops to combat ISIS. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • John Boehner Bails On Reality: Blames Obama For All Republican Failures

    Jason Easley
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:41 am
    Speaker Boehner delivered an absurdly delusional appearance on CBS's Face The Nation where he blamed President Obama for all of his own failures as a leader. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • White House Says Boehner and McConnell Are Giving Obama 99% Of What He Wants

    Jason Easley
    1 Mar 2015 | 8:16 am
    White House sources are suggesting that John Boehner's strategy of picking a fight with the president over his immigration executive actions has backfired and led to Boehner and Mitch McConnell giving Obama 99% of what he wants. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Pew Report Details the Sorry State of Religious Tolerance in the World

    Hrafnkell Haraldsson
    1 Mar 2015 | 5:05 am
    Pew tells us restrictions on religion were high or very high in 39% of countries and that Muslims are as likely to be persecuted as Christians [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Angry Lebs

  • Can’t blame others

    Michel
    18 Feb 2015 | 7:26 am
    From one side, we have Michel Aoun who refuses to send his deputies to elect a president if he is not sure he will be the president. From the other side, you have Samir Geagea who refuses to drop his run to become president even though he didn’t get enough votes to win the elections. Yet, we have Michel Aoun saying that March 14 coalition is at the mercy of Saudi Arabia and its policy of the region. We also have Samir Geagea saying that March 8 is at the mercy of Iran/Syria decision. Both men want the “Lebanonization” of the elections. But the rivalry between the two is…
  • Future Movement … The moderate Muslims

    Michel
    12 Feb 2015 | 4:16 pm
    Last Sunday, MP Khaled al-Daher led an angry Islamist protest in Tripoli’s al-Nour Square to condemn the removal of Islāmic flags from the roundabout. The banners were taken down by police as part of a campaign for removing the flags and banners of all political parties from the streets of Beirut, Sidon and Tripoli. During the protest, MP Daher said: “If they want to remove religious symbols, let them start in Beirut. Let them start with the Christ the King Statue (in Keserwan). Let them start with the pictures of some saints ‘who are opening their arms wide’ in Jounieh.” His…
  • Ashrafieh without Bachir

    Michel
    11 Feb 2015 | 3:52 pm
    Ashrafieh is the beginning …. the beginning of Bachir …. and today Ashrafieh is without the famous Bachir picture. This time his son Nadim removed the picture raised on August 23 in commemoration of Bachir’s assassination. His son, Nadim (who was elected a deputy for one simple reason “he is the son of Bachir”) declared that he decided to remove the picture because first they forgot to remove it after the ceremony, second to abide by the government decision to remove pictures and party slogans from Beirut and third he hopes that others who raise black and yellow…
  • Lebanese political system in a state of clinical death

    Michel
    6 Nov 2014 | 4:24 am
    After the masquerade of extending the Lebanese parliament mandate by more than 2 years, I couldn’t find the right words to describe the political disaster committed by Lebanese MPs. This is the second time, the Lebanese Parliament extended its own term. The first time was in 2013. I’ve read for the past couple of days that the right to vote was stolen from the people. What people? I didn’t see any serious opposition for both extensions? Few hundred demonstrated yesterday and that was it. Some might argue that people were represented by the boycott of the extension session…
  • A Letter to Christians by Mr. Antoine Najem

    Michel
    1 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    In 1992, Mr. Antoine Najem, the conscience of the Lebanese resistance and the Lebanese Cause, wrote a letter to Lebanese Christians. He made it clear that to face current events, “we must look at the roots of the problem and concentrate on them, in order not to forget the first, and it must be the starting point. If we don’t we will not be able to have the right diagnosis or a clear vision for our future”. In the introduction of his letter, Mr. Najem added that: “The basis for this vision is to stay. To stay free Christians in our country Lebanon and not somewhere…
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    Washington Wire

  • 5 Quotes From Sunday’s Talk Shows

    WSJ Staff
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:51 am
    Sunday’s talk shows drew out lawmakers and administration officials on a range of topics, from Israel to the effort in Congress to continue funding the Department of Homeland Security.
  • Sanders to Obama: Don’t Wait for Congress on Tax Overhauls

    Nick Timiraos
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:32 am
    When it comes to curbing corporate tax breaks, why wait? That's the message Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, delivered in a letter to the White House Friday. He called on the administration to curb six specific tax breaks through executive action that could raise $100 billion over 10 years.
  • Secretary of State Kerry Defends Talks With Iran

    Philip Shiskin
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:04 am
    Secretary of State John Kerry defended U.S.-led international diplomatic efforts to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon and argued Israel is already safer as a result of the talks.
  • Nearly Half of Voters Disapprove of GOP’s Netanyahu Invite

    Rebecca Ballhaus
    1 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Nearly half of American voters disapprove of Republicans inviting Netanyahu to speak to Congress without first notifying the president, a Wall Street Journal/NBC News survey finds.
  • Rand Paul Wins CPAC Straw Poll

    Rebecca Ballhaus
    28 Feb 2015 | 3:25 pm
    Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul won the Conservative Political Action Conference’s straw poll for the third year in a row Saturday, while Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker placed second, reflecting his surging popularity.
 
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    BuzzFeed - Politics

  • Hugh Hewitt On The Kinds Of Questions He'll Ask At The Debate: No Evolution

    1 Mar 2015 | 11:45 am
    And no questions meant to “divide on religious grounds.” The radio show host, who will be a part of CNN’s debate, says foreign policy should come first in an interview with radio host Aaron Klein. Alex Gallardo / AP Images Hugh Hewitt will not be asking questions about contraceptives at CNN's Republican presidential debate. In an interview with radio host Aaron Klein that will air Sunday night on New York's AM 970 The Answer, Hewitt ruled out certain types of questions completely. "I don't care what people think about evolution," he told Klein. "I don't care.
  • Infighting Among Colorado Democrats Explodes Into Public Eye

    27 Feb 2015 | 4:13 pm
    A race for party chairman has turned into a fight over what some say are conflicts of interest. Democrats in the battleground state are still smarting after bad Latino outreach and a big loss in 2014. Colorado State Democratic Party chairman Rick Palacio at an event with former Sen. Mark Udall. David Zalubowski / AP The Democratic Party in the crucial presidential state of Colorado dissolved into bitter infighting Friday over a combination of obscure party rules and allegations that the party's leader has ignored women and Latinos within the party. The origin of the open feud between…
  • Hucka Nagila? Huckabee Dances In Israel

    27 Feb 2015 | 1:53 pm
    But never forget his 1970s column arguing that dancing is immoral. From former Gov. Mike Huckabee's recent trip to Israel: youtube.com In Vine form: vine.co From his 1970s Rapture Express column as a college and high school student: “I strongly recommend that Christian teens stay away from dancing, mainly because some people would just not be able to respect a person who attended dances.” Baptist Trumpet
  • Bobby Jindal: Obama Not Fighting ISIS Might Be Linked To His Desire To Get Iran Deal

    27 Feb 2015 | 12:49 pm
    “What I worry about is that this president’s hesitancy in going all the way and defeating ISIS may be linked…to his overarching desire to get a deal with Iran.” View Video › buzzfeed-video1.s3.amazonaws.com Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said he believes, but cannot prove, that the reason President Obama is not fighting the Islamic State might be his desire to get a nuclear deal with Iran. "I worry that this president's desire to get a deal -- even if it's a bad deal -- I worry if he wants a bad deal greater than no deal," Jindal said on NewsMaxTV's…
  • Republican-Backed No Child Left Behind Vote Collapses In The House

    27 Feb 2015 | 11:08 am
    Conservative opposition likely derailed the education bill. Mandel Ngan / Getty Images A Republican-led effort to repair No Child Left Behind collapsed unexpectedly Friday after House Republicans could not generate enough support from their own party. The House was expected to vote today on the Student Success Act, a Republican bill that would replace George W. Bush's long-expired No Child Left Behind law. But conservative opposition to the bill derailed the vote, which was eventually cancelled. The Student Success Act dramatically would dismantle several key provisions of Bush's…
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    visionandvalues.org

  • American Crusades and Existential Threats

    Earl H. Tilford
    27 Feb 2015 | 5:31 am
    “The logical end of a war of creeds is the final destruction of one.” –T.E. Lawrence Speaking at the National Prayer Breakfast on February 5, President Barack Obama cautioned against judging recent barbaric attacks by ISIS as unique to Islam. He pointed to (among other things) depredations committed by Crusaders over 900 years ago. Despite the blundering butchery by semi-barbarous European feudal armies, the medieval Crusades made strategic sense. After the fall of the Roman Empire and Western Europe’s descent into the Dark Ages, the Christian Byzantine Empire formed a protective…
  • The FCC versus Internet Freedom

    Mark W. Hendrickson
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:38 am
    Earlier this month, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced that its five commissioners will conduct a vote on February 26 to decide whether to grant itself the authority to regulate the Internet under Title II of the Communications Act of 1934. It’s highly likely the FCC will give itself this new power. Lawsuits are certain to follow. The Wall Street Journal’s L. Gordon Crovitz denounced FCC Chairman Wheeler’s decision to apply outdated regulations designed to manage the erstwhile Ma Bell telephone monopoly to today’s rapidly evolving Internet. He warned…
  • Here’s the Guy Rudy Is Talking About: Frank Marshall Davis, Communist Party no. 47544

    Paul G. Kengor
    23 Feb 2015 | 11:31 am
    Editor’s note: This article first appeared at The American Spectator. Rudy Giuliani is being roundly criticized for several recent statements he has made about President Barack Obama, including the claim that Obama in his youth was influenced by a literal communist. I cannot address all of Giuliani’s remarks, but I can certainly speak to the influence of the communist he referred to. In short, Rudy was correct and he even had Obama’s exact age (nine) right when he was first introduced to this person. “From the time he was 9 years old, he was influenced by Frank Marshall Davis, who was…
  • Remembering the “Miracle on Ice”

    Mark W. Hendrickson
    20 Feb 2015 | 3:02 am
    February 22 will mark the 35th anniversary of the upset victory by the U.S. hockey team over their heavily favored Soviet rivals in the 1980 Winter Olympics. Ever since known as the “Miracle on Ice,” Sports Illustrated named this game “the greatest sports moment of the 20th century.” I heartily concur. As a lifelong sports fan whose privilege it has been to hear or see a number of the top sports thrills of the last four decades of the 20th century—Bill Mazeroski’s dramatic walk-off homer against the mighty Yankees in the 1960 World Series; Bob Beamon’s jaw-dropping long jump in…
  • “It Was a Real Killing Field”—Remembering Iwo Jima

    Paul G. Kengor
    18 Feb 2015 | 8:28 am
    On February 19, 1945, 20-year-old Bill Young of Mooresville, North Carolina, disembarked an LST on a miserable hunk of black rock called Iwo Jima. He was part of a 75-mile-long convoy of ships preparing to dislodge the Japanese from this volcanic remnant of an island. The territory was formally part of Japan, meaning it was considered literal sacred ground to Japanese soldiers. Just how many Japanese were there, and where, was a mystery to Bill and the approaching Marines. It took his crewmen six weeks to arrive. They slept in cots under a tarp erected on the deck; all beds below were taken…
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    Politic365

  • Losing 2016: Republicans Change Nothing on Immigration

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    1 Mar 2015 | 8:23 am
    Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus said it all pretty clearly in January 2013.  Clearly some in the Republican party were not listening.  Instead, Republicans appear to be “strategizing” to make Hispanic voters a even bigger more committed voting bloc. Regarding the GOP’s Growth and Opportunity Project, an outreach effort to minorities, announced by Priebus in 2013, Sen. Marco Rubio said, “I am emboldened by the progress the Republican National Committee has made to ensure we are effectively engaging the Hispanic community year-round. It’s…
  • That $20 Billion Lawsuit: Byron Allen vs. Al Sharpton

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    1 Mar 2015 | 7:05 am
    Read the lawsuit in full here Television producer and media mogul Byron Allen, joined with the National Association of African-American Owned Media (NAAAOM) has dropped a $20 billion suit against Comcast, Al Sharpton and Time Warner Cable. Allen alleges in the suit that his production company has been intentionally discriminated against in its efforts to secure distribution on cable entities owned by Comcast and Time Warner.  Allen has also filed suit for $10 billion against AT&T and DirectTV over the same allegations. And what does that have to do with Al Sharpton? Allen’s suit…
  • Lowest Ratings Since 2009: Did the Selma Oscar 2015 Boycott Work?

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    1 Mar 2015 | 5:27 am
    Not One Dime in November 2014.  Not One Viewer in February 2015.  Black buying power has always been written about and talked about.  But now, it’s actually being demonstrated in living color and in front of everyone who is paying any attention. It was the energy of the BlackLivesMatter movement after the shooting death of Michael Brown in August of 2014 that ignited a Black Friday boycott effort in November 2014. It appeared to have worked as Black Friday sales numbers went down over ten percent.  According to Fortune magazine, the numbers from the year before were 11% down.  The…
  • Shelby Steele Gets Owned By Ta-Nehisi Coates on National TV

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    1 Mar 2015 | 4:24 am
    Shelby Steele Gets Owned By Ta-Nehisi Coates on National TV.  Few TV talking head moments are worth watching again and again and again.  But here is a winner from last week’s This Week with George Stephanopoulos where asleep apologist for racism Shelby Steele “debates” or rather, gets owned, by The Atlantic’s Ta-Nehisi Coates.  Steele has a new book out that sounds a hell of a lot like the same book Jason Riley put out last year. Apparently Steele needed Coates to tell him about the results of redlining and bias in the American criminal justice system has done to…
  • SunEdison and the SunEdison Foundation push for diversity in solar workforce

    Adriana Maestas
    28 Feb 2015 | 3:14 pm
    The solar technology industry has a diversity problem. The Solar Foundation’s 2013 National Solar Jobs Census revealed that 19 percent of all solar workers are women, nearly 16 percent are Latino, 7 percent are Asian/Pacific Islander, and 6 percent are African-American. The percent of African-American and women solar workers is definitely lower than their respective percentages of the US society as a whole. The folks at SunEdison, Inc. and the SunEdison Foundation seek to diversity the solar workforce. On February 20, 2015, both SunEdison and the SunEdison Foundation announced a five…
 
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    Conservatively Speaking

  • Obama is incapable of addressing radical Islam

    admin
    18 Feb 2015 | 12:55 pm
    We are at war with radical Islam. Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. This isn’t to say that we don’t respect the fundamental right to freedom of religion. Everyone who lives in the United States is... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The prototypical America hater: James Carroll

    admin
    26 Dec 2014 | 11:22 am
    Boston Globe columnist and noted novelist James Carroll told Salon Magazine that, “The United States of America threatens the world with violence in ways that no other country does and that boils... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Jonathan Gruber’s Obamacare: Arrogance, Greed and Deceit

    admin
    21 Nov 2014 | 3:27 pm
    The once renown economist Jonathan Gruber has become something of a pariah since numerous videos became public showing Gruber bragging how he and his cohorts deceived the “stupid”... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Despite attempts DOJ cannot mar relations with Equatorial Guinea

    admin
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:51 pm
    An African topic, not related to the current Ebola crisis, once again appeared in the largest global media outlets; this time, devoted to a friendly settlement agreed upon by the U.S. Department of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Screw the other victims…I’m a star!

    admin
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:59 pm
    The double-standards in Hollywood never cease to amaze. In the age of the left-wing “War against women,” Hollywood is in lockstep with the White House, but only as it applies to you; not them.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • DHS Funding Goes Down to the Wire

    Mike Dakkak
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:09 pm
    Today is the deadline for funding the Department of Homeland Security. The question of what Republicans will do about a funding vote remains. The Senate passed a clean funding bill that would fund DHS through the rest of the year. But a vote to fund DHS for an additional 3 weeks just failed in the House of Representatives. In this episode we discuss why the current strategy may be a net negative for Republicans and we also discuss some possible outcomes to the impasse. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com. Follow In the News on Twitter @itnshow and on Facebook at facebook.com/itnshow.
  • DHS Funding & 200th Episode Commemoration

    Mike Dakkak
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:23 pm
    The Department of Homeland Security will shut down unless Congress reaches a funding solution within the next 24 hours. At issue is Congressional Republicans’ desire to roll back President Obama’s executive actions granting 5 million undocumented immigrants work permits. On the surface the fight seems to be between Democrats and Republicans but the real fight is taking place between Senate Republicans and House Republicans. We detail the standoff, the latest developments and try and decipher who will blink first. This episode marks episode #200 of In the News. We’re quite…
  • The President Pulls out the Pen

    Mike Dakkak
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:03 pm
    The Keystone Pipeline has been debated for the better part of 5 years. Both sides of the debate have invested millions of dollars and hundreds of hours in pushing their position on whether the 1200-mile pipeline should be built. Many believe that the resources invested are wildly disproportionate to the impact the project would have on the economy and the environment. The newly elected Republican Congress, in keeping with campaign promises, sent a bill on the pipeline to the president’s desk, which the president promptly vetoed. In this episode we discuss the bill, the project and why…
  • VA Scandal Update

    Mike Dakkak
    24 Feb 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Last year it was revealed several Veterans Administration facilities were falsifying records in an effort to make it seem that veterans were receiving medical attention within approved time frames. It is believed that up to 40 veterans lost their lives because of lack of timely care at these facilities. President Obama appointed former Proctor & Gamble CEO, Bob McDonald to the head of the VA in an effort to stem the tide these problems. McDonald made a recent appearance on Meet the Press in which some of the statistics on progress given have been disputed. In this episode we discuss the…
  • Sister Soulja & Missed Opportunities

    Mike Dakkak
    23 Feb 2015 | 1:14 pm
    Gov. Scott Walker, in New York City last week, attended a private group dinner in an attempt to woo wealthy donors ahead of a possible presidential bid. At that dinner former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani made some controversial statements about President Obama, namely that the president does not love America. Instead of distancing himself from Giuliani’s comments when asked about them, Gov. Walker said only that the Mayor can speak for himself. In this episode we discuss Giuliani’s comments and the related fallout. We also explore the idea that in politics, refusing to distance…
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    US Daily Review

  • Suicide Prevention Efforts in Indiana

    usdr
    1 Mar 2015 | 8:14 am
    By USDR Each year in the United States, suicide claims over 40,000 lives – more than war, murder, and natural disasters combined. On average, one person dies by suicide every nine hours in Indiana. On Tuesday, February 10, 2015, field advocates from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the largest suicide prevention organization in the United States, will visit the state capital to have meetings with lawmakers to encourage them to prioritize suicide prevention and programs that support reducing suicide in the state. “Suicide is not just a faceless health issue for our…
  • “Watson” Goes to Japan

    usdr
    1 Mar 2015 | 7:10 am
    By USDR IBM (NYSE: IBM) and SoftBank Telecom Corp. (hereinafter “SoftBank”), a wholly owned subsidiary of SoftBank Corp (TYO: 9984) today announced a landmark global alliance to bring Watson to Japan, one of the world’s largest economies and technology markets. The alliance, which involves training Watson to understand Japanese, represents a major milestone in IBM’s efforts to accelerate the adoption of cognitive computing and a powerful example of how SoftBank is transforming Japanese businesses and society. The goal of the collaboration is for SoftBank and IBM to…
  • Americans Spend More than 1/5th of Day on Smart Phone

    usdr
    1 Mar 2015 | 6:10 am
    By USDR Americans are now spending an average of 4.7 hours a day on their smart phones – more than their counterparts in at least 11 countries around the world – according to a new monthly report from Informate Mobile Intelligence that tracks and measures consumer use of smartphones in 12 countries. “Smartphones are becoming the primary screen for consumers here in the U.S. and around the world,” said Informate CEO Will Hodgman. “But, surprisingly, none of the traditional digital measurement firms have taken this unequivocal dynamic seriously outside of the U.S. and a…
  • Smile for the Toaster?

    usdr
    1 Mar 2015 | 5:10 am
    By  USDR Continuing its 167-year history of offering the Best, the Only and the Unexpected, Hammacher Schlemmer introduces The Selfie Toaster, which indelibly brands its owner’s image onto slices of bread. Crafted from a headshot photograph submitted online, custom stainless steel heating inserts capture a subject’s full facial details, enabling the toaster’s heating elements to brown light or dark likenesses of the subject onto one side of each piece of toast. “It’s always a delight when we can help solve problems while having fun,” explained Hammacher…
  • How Social Media Works

    usdr
    1 Mar 2015 | 3:32 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, Co-Host Jason Smith, & Guest Timothy Vosse discuss “Helping CFO’s Run Tight Ships in St. Louis on this segment of the Price of Business Host Kevin Price, Co-Host Super Julie Braun, & Guest Bill DeRosa discuss “How Social Media Works” on this segment of the Price of Business Host Kevin Price and…
 
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    American Patriot

  • Did Obama threaten to shoot down Israeli jets if they attacked Iran?

    The American Patriot
    1 Mar 2015 | 11:02 am
    This doesn’t sound right…. Via israelnationalnews.com: The Bethlehem-based news agency Ma’an has cited a Kuwaiti newspaper report Saturday, that US President Barack Obama thwarted an Israeli military attack against Iran’s nuclear facilities in 2014 by threatening to shoot down Israeli jets before they could reach their targets in Iran. Following Obama’s threat, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was reportedly forced to abort the planned Iran attack. According to Al-Jarida, the Netanyahu government took the decision to strike Iran some time in 2014 soon after Israel…
  • Video: Phil Robertson speaks at CPAC

    The American Patriot
    28 Feb 2015 | 2:07 pm
    I know that in the past, I have said that I have issues with this man’s beliefs; and as a Baptist, I do. But, when it comes to this Country and his love of it — I have zero quarrel. Enjoy the video:
  • Hmmmmmm: Did Osama Bin Laden have ties to Iran?

    The American Patriot
    28 Feb 2015 | 7:46 am
    Neocon propaganda or fact? I report, you decide. The Story: This week, prosecutors in New York introduced eight documents recovered in Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan as evidence in the trial of a terrorism suspect. The U.S. government accuses Abid Naseer of taking part in al Qaeda’s scheme to attack targets in Europe and New York City. And prosecutors say the documents are essential for understanding the scope of al Qaeda’s plotting. More than 1 million documents and files were captured by the Navy Seals who raided bin Laden’s safe house in Abbottabad, Pakistan in May 2011.
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  • Why Rand Paul is never, ever going to be President

    The American Patriot
    24 Feb 2015 | 6:19 pm
    Because who in their right mind is going to want someone, whose Father says stuff like this, to be President of the United States of America? Not me. Audio: The Story:   Former Republican Rep. Ron Paul, the father of potential presidential candidate Rand Paul and a former presidential candidate himself, said the Congressional Black Caucus does not support war because they want that money for food stamps. “I was always annoyed with it in Congress because we had an anti-war unofficial group, a few libertarian Republicans and generally the Black Caucus and others did not—they are really…
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    Conscience of a College Student

  • From Boom To Bust: Alaska's Attempt At Crashing The Natural Resource Party

    Kyle Graczyk
    3 Feb 2015 | 1:01 pm
                In a joint announcement via social media with the Department of the Interior, President Obama announced the intention of designating 12 million acres of the Arctic wilderness as off-limits for oil and gas exploration. This considerable landmass—comprising a key part of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR)—supports an array of animal and plant species. While officially designating the land as wilderness would require congressional action, which in and of itself is doubtful in the wake of the Senate’s passing…
  • In Defense of Common Core State Standards

    Kyle Graczyk
    13 Nov 2014 | 2:02 pm
    Notice: This is the fifth and last installment in a series of posts relating to the topic of education policy. These posts cover the inns and outs of education policy, including the issues of teacher pay, student achievement, standardized testing, blended learning, and charter schools, among others. Since I am currently taking a class that centers on education policy, I thought that it would be appropriate to post these articles to the site. This article is written from a perspective that is geared towards explaining why preserving Common Core would make sense for New Jersey and other states.
  • Why Educational Security Depends on Reviving The Elementary & Secondary Education Act

    Kyle Graczyk
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:10 pm
    Notice: This is the fourth installment in a series of posts relating to the topic of education policy. These posts cover the inns and outs of education policy, including the issues of teacher pay, student achievement, standardized testing, blended learning, and charter schools, among others. Since I am currently taking a class that centers on education policy, I thought that it would be appropriate to post these brief articles to the site. I hope you enjoy the latest post in this series, below.Johnson at ESEA signing with childhood…
  • Jefferson County's Revisionist Fight Within The Larger Battle Over Curriculum

    Kyle Graczyk
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:58 pm
    Notice: This is the third installment in a series of posts relating to the topic of education policy. These posts cover the inns and outs of education policy, including the issues of teacher pay, student achievement, standardized testing, blended learning, and charter schools, among others. Since I am currently taking a class that centers on education policy, I thought that it would be appropriate to post these brief articles to the site. I hope you enjoy the latest post in this series, below.            Thousands of concerned teachers, parents, and students…
  • Successful New Jersey Education Spending & Standards Must Overcome Localism

    Kyle Graczyk
    4 Oct 2014 | 9:43 am
    Notice: This is the second installment in a series of posts relating to the topic of education policy. These posts cover the inns and outs of education policy, including the issues of teacher pay, student achievement, standardized testing, blended learning, and charter schools, among others. Since I am currently taking a class that centers on education policy, I thought that it would be appropriate to post these brief articles to the site. I hope you enjoy the second post in this series, below.            The old maxim goes, “you only reap what you sow.” This…
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    Compete Pulse

  • Sunday Series: Netflix and IMDb Favorites for Movie Lovers

    Drew Katz
    1 Mar 2015 | 8:08 am
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  • The Weekly Pulse

    Drew Katz
    28 Feb 2015 | 8:15 am
    Bogged down with work and missed the latest digital headlines and articles? Don’t worry; , we’ve got you covered with our top picks for the week! How to Measure Your Marketing Efforts Online Metrics and analytics are a key to marketing strategy and neglect this fact it could hold your business back. Adding data to your arsenal can show you trends and patterns that help to maximize your marketing efforts. Getting the right numbers can sometimes be difficult, so here are some ways to find the best sources. Why Small Businesses Should Tap the IoT Even if the Internet of Things (IoT) is the…
  • Sunday Series: Beanpot Hockey Tournament Finals

    Drew Katz
    22 Feb 2015 | 8:15 am
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  • The Weekly Pulse

    Drew Katz
    21 Feb 2015 | 8:15 am
    We’ve got some great digital news for you to enjoy this weekend! Below are 3 articles bound to intrigue you or advance your marketing strategy. How Pfizer Is Using Big Data To Power Patient Care Companies constantly throw around the word “data,” but it is useless if you don’t actually implement and use it. Pfizer is an example of a company that is putting their data to work. See how the company is advancing the medical field and patient care through the use of data in this story presented by Forbes. 5 Stats That Prove Businesses Must Personalize To Win Customers Putting a personal…
  • January Top 50: Reading and Writing-Centric Platforms Grow

    Drew Katz
    20 Feb 2015 | 8:15 am
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    Tea Party 911

  • The Midnight Ride (1775)

    Editorial Staff
    28 Feb 2015 | 1:19 pm
    ~ by James Still ~ The “Mechanics“ was the first patriot intelligence network.  Paul Revere, a member of this spy ring, rode to Lexington with William Dawes (who was sent by a different route) to warn John Hancock and Samuel Adams of British troop movement.  Here is Revere’s account: “… I was one of upwards of thirty, chiefly mechanics [skilled workers], who formed ourselves into a Committee for the purpose of watching the Movements of the British Soldiers…  We held our meetings at the Green-Dragon Tavern… we frequently took Turns, two and two, to…
  • Swan Song

    Terrell AronSpeer
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:10 pm
    The dietary requirement of swans does not include herring, yet I intend to expose a few red ones in this article.  First, l commend my fellow Tea Party 911 writers.  This is a nearly thankless task and a constant struggle to extend our reach beyond the choir to which we usually wind up preaching.  My readers already embrace the conservative philosophy and Founders’ viewpoint which is the bedrock of my writing.  My readers also tend to be informed on the issues of the day.  Therefore there is little I write about which they do not already know or cannot figure out on their own.
  • ISIS Ad Campaign Calls For Homegrown Terror

    Editorial Staff
    13 Feb 2015 | 6:32 pm
    ~ by Julie on Politics ~ The newest product from the sick and twisted minds of ISIS is an ad campaign to encourage radical Islamists in the West to launch more attacks like the one on French magazine Charlie Hebdo. ISIS released a series of videos last week featuring jihadists calling on their supporters in the West to rise up. In one of the videos, the jihadist says: “Don’t give up and particularly don’t lower your weapons, don’t surrender – kill. Today, it’s our darwa – kill them.” Although the videos are in French, they also have English subtitles and are targeted toward…
  • Give Me Liberty! (1775)

    Editorial Staff
    1 Feb 2015 | 10:32 am
    ~ by James Still ~ Lord Dunmore, British Governor of Virginia, had allowed the Virginia Militia act to lapse.  Should Virginia raise a new Militia?  Patrick Henry addressed the Second Virginia Convention: “… This is no time for ceremony. The question before the House is one of awful moment to this country… it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope.  We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth…  Is this the part of wise men, engaged in a great and arduous struggle for liberty?  … For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am…
  • The Minute Men (1775)

    Editorial Staff
    8 Jan 2015 | 7:41 am
    ~ by James Still ~ Editors Note:  This is the first in a series of letters by this author to be published monthly on this site. My  name is James Still.  Since November 2009, I  have been reading our Founding History and writing a letter each month containing quotes from the Founders.   “Should we wander from [The Founding Principles]… let us hasten to retrace our steps and to regain the road which alone leads to peace, liberty, and safety.”  Thomas Jefferson, First Inaugural Address, March 4, 1801 I believe a knowledge of our History is still vital for…
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    The Arab World 360°

  • The Next Battle in Yemen

    27 Feb 2015 | 3:27 am
    Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) is preparing Yemen's battle from the South.The resigned president Abd Rabbu Mansour Hadi secretly left his house in Sana'a and fled to Aden. The GCC-backed president rescinded his resignation and attempted to reclaim his position again.Earlier on September 21, Iran-backed Houthis captured the capital Sana'a and controlled the main governmental institutions.Ministerial communiqué from the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) asked the Security Council to authorize the use of military intervention in Yemen under Chapter 7 of the UN charter.The UN Security Council…
  • HSBC Involved in Serious Criminal Activity

    23 Feb 2015 | 10:12 am
    The banking giant HSBC is today accused by a former Director of Public Prosecutions of engaging in “a systematic and profitable collusion in serious criminal activity”.In a damming intervention Lord Ken Macdonald, who led the Crown Prosecution Service until 2008, said there existed “credible evidence” of HSBC’s involvement in “grave” cross border crimes that should have been the subject of urgent and “sustained criminal investigation” in the UK.Lord Macdonald added that a decision by Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs not to investigate HSBC for its role in facilitating…
  • Arabic Words in English

    23 Feb 2015 | 8:42 am
    Algorithm and sofa, coffee and apricot, algebra and zero, and so many more are the gift of Arabic to English.The East and West have been meeting for centuries, leaving their mark on both Arabic and the languages of Europe. Here are 40 English words that came from the Arab Middle East.Arabic words generally didn't enter English directly. They usually arrived through other European languages, chiefly Spanish and Italian, and were of two main types: scientific terms - reflecting the preeminence of the Arab world in science during the Middle Ages, and the names of goods, reflecting both the…
  • Professor Juan Cole - Exposed

    19 Feb 2015 | 2:25 pm
    Professor Juan ColeJuan Cole is Professor of History at University of Michigan. I think he is one of well-knowledgeable Western professors on the Arab and middle eastern affairs. Nevertheless, knowledge does not determine the scientist's moral stances. For example, persons who develop biological and nuclear weapons are essentially scientists but there is a debate on their moral stances, because weapons of massive destruction are blind and do not select the targeted enemy in certain population.I should emphasize that I have nothing to do with Professor Cole's personal affairs, but I want to…
  • US Spy Operation Manipulates Social Media

    19 Feb 2015 | 3:52 am
    Military's 'sock puppet' software creates fake online identities to spread pro-American propaganda The US military is developing software that will let it secretly manipulate social media sites by using fake online personas to influence internet conversations and spread pro-American propaganda.A Californian corporation has been awarded a contract with United States Central Command (Centcom), which oversees US armed operations in the Middle East and Central Asia, to develop what is described as an "online persona management service" that will allow one US serviceman or woman to control up…
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    Superbious.com - politically incorrect Super B.S.

  • Impulse TV

    27 Feb 2015 | 1:58 am
    A certain frenzied logic takes over five days before the Super Bowl: I presently have a 37" television screen. A 37" screen just will not do. Therefore, I need a bigger TV.
  • Why we don't need religion

    21 Feb 2015 | 5:13 pm
    For many years religion has been seen as a bastion of hope for many people of faith. My experience is quite the opposite. Growing up I never really believed that there was a god, I wanted to, but I didn't.
  • Have You Served Your Technology Today?

    18 Feb 2015 | 12:58 am
    I am one of technology's lackeys, as are you. Whether you want to acknowledge it or not we all squander great swaths of life jumping at the commands of inanimate objects.
  • Mamie the Plow-Horse

    16 Feb 2015 | 10:47 pm
    The following is the actual script - including stage direction in parentheses and italics - of a speech written for Ernest P. Blufous VI, President and CEO of Blufous International, manufacturers of agricultural equipment and direct marketers of aluminum siding, vacation rentals and burial insurance.
  • New News is Good News...Who Knew?

    11 Feb 2015 | 11:16 pm
    Can you hear that sound? It's the sound of grandmothers across the country weeping for their fallen angel Brian Williams. Yes, that devilishly handsome broadcaster is in some hot water over recent comments.
 
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    BizPac Review

  • Crazy game takes Hungry Hippos to the next level — with humans on a roll

    James Kirk
    1 Mar 2015 | 2:28 pm
    The famous ’90s board game “Hungry Hungry Hippos” has been brought to life — literally. There are a few things different about the renovated version of the game from the original. For one thing, you get to be the hippo. I didn’t know gym class could be this fun.
  • Democrat former senator blames Democrats for Netanyahu speech controversy

    Joe Saunders
    1 Mar 2015 | 2:09 pm
    Former Sen. Joe Lieberman might be a Democrat, but he’s never let that get in the way of telling the truth about the party. The man who was the Democratic candidate for vice president – the senator who admonished former President Bill Clinton from the Senate floor during the Monica Lewinsky scandal – came out Sunday on “Meet the Press” to blame Democrats for creating the political firestorm around Tuesday’s planned speech to Congress by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Democrats who plan to boycott Netanyahu’s speech will be proven wrong, Lieberman said. “I predict…
  • Community unites to give a dying Marine his final wish

    Carmine Sabia
    1 Mar 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Marines are true American patriots until the end. That point was driven home by an Oklahoma veteran who was told he had only three weeks to live and whose dying wish was to be buried in his Marine uniform and with the Marine flag. Donnie Loneman, a proud Marine veteran who had been homeless for the past decade, could not afford to purchase a dress uniform. Loneman died Thursday, according to KOCO in Oklahoma City. “Donnie was his own person. He did what he wanted, and a lot of people fell in love with him for that. We get guys like him once in a blue moon, who really make a difference…
  • Miss Iris is one fussy parrot — but she’s a clean one!

    James Kirk
    1 Mar 2015 | 1:14 pm
    Check out this adorable parrot washing herself in the kitchen sink. She has a human to adjust the water — but she’ll do it herself, too.
  • Go nuclear? Democrats need to start being ‘adult,’ top Republican tells ‘Meet the Press’

    Carmine Sabia
    1 Mar 2015 | 12:39 pm
    House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy thinks it might be time to go nuclear, saying the Senate should change the rules to require a simple-majority vote to pass funding for the Department of Homeland Security. Though McCarthy believes the term is a misnomer. “I don’t think it’s going nuclear when you have 57 percent of the Senate [that] voted for the Collins amendment that would take away the president’s action,” McCarthy said of a proposal by U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, to allow President Obama’s Dreamer’s Act to take effect but repeal his executive order to…
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    Sparking The Left

  • Nemtsov’s Murder

    Kleier
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:32 am
    According to the Times, Boris Nemtsov, a prominent Russian opposition leader and former first deputy prime minister, was shot dead while crossing a Moscow bridge Friday night near the shadows of the Kremlin and the onion domes St. Basil’s Cathedral. This was the most high-profile “assassination” (the word used by France’s President Francois Hollande) since before the Putin years. A well-known leader of the anti-Putin opposition, he was supposed to lead a rally tomorrow against the Russian involvement in the Ukraine and was even wanting to publish research on Kremlin…
  • 5 Quick Political Facts for Today (2/25/15)

    Paul Phillips
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:54 pm
    A little bit of good news and a lot of bad… Nearly 80% of the voters in Chicago supported publicly financed campaigns.  When put to a public vote, this issue leaves little doubt where many stand on the idea that speech is money and where it belongs in our political campaigns.  Most of us want it out and want the corruption that comes along with it gone as well.  A Gallup poll showed half of the country was in favor of this in 2013, a number very likely to continue growing as the explosion in spending by outside groups who can hide their donors also continues.  Of course, Congress…
  • 5 Quick Political Facts for Today (2/21/15)

    Paul Phillips
    21 Feb 2015 | 2:44 pm
    Prominent climate change-denying scientist has been outed as a fossil fuel-funded hack.  Wei-Hock Soon, who has testified to Congress and state governments and been a guest on conservative news programs, has been destroyed in an article today that contains the following tidbits: He has accepted more than $1.2 million in money from the fossil-fuel industry over the last decade while failing to disclose that conflict of interest in most of his scientific papers. At least 11 papers he has published since 2008 omitted such a disclosure, and in at least eight of those cases, he appears to have…
  • Stopping Terror At The Source

    Kleier
    20 Feb 2015 | 12:39 pm
    On this past Tuesday the Los Angeles Times published a letter by Pres. Obama on countering terror recruitment here in the U. S. and around the world. He stated we cannot defeat terrorists with military actions alone, but we have to go after their cadre of recruiters who draw them in so effectively and other measures. The President also stated that, More broadly, groups like al Qaeda and ISIL exploit the anger that festers when people feel that injustice and corruption leave them with no chance of improving their lives. The world has to offer today’s youth something better. Governments…
  • 5 Quick Political Facts for Today (2/19/15)

    Paul Phillips
    19 Feb 2015 | 2:47 pm
    Lies and income inequality, oh my! Israel is lying about the West’s negotiations with Iran.  Not exactly shocking but this sums it up nicely: (U.S.) State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki confirmed that there was a “selective sharing” of information. “I think it’s safe to say that not everything you’re hearing from the Israeli government is an accurate reflection of the details of the talks,” she said. But, hey.  It’s Israel.  I’m sure they’ve never lied about anything in the past, particularly when they’ve claimed they…
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    Daily Signal

  • Why Are Lawmakers Attacking This Archbishop for Requiring Catholic Teachers to Not Slam Catholicism?

    Katrina Trinko
    1 Mar 2015 | 11:43 am
    If McDonald’s told its employees that it was unacceptable to diss its fast food as gross, disgusting or unhealthy at either McDonald’s or in a public setting, would it elicit a heated reaction from lawmakers? Probably not. So why are lawmakers getting involved in a Catholic bishop’s decision to tell diocesan employees he expected them to not publicly object to church teachings? San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone is under fire for adding new clauses to archdiocese’s high school teachers contract that require “Catholic teachers in their professional and public lives uphold…
  • ‘We’re Going to Keep Fighting This Battle’: Steve Scalise on Homeland Security Funding Fight

    Kate Scanlon
    1 Mar 2015 | 11:15 am
    During an appearance on Fox News Sunday, House Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., said that the House would “keep fighting” to both fund the Department of Homeland Security and stop the president’s “illegal” executive action on immigration. Scalise denied host Chris Wallace’s statement that the temporary funding bill merely “kicked the can down the road,” in the stalemate, leaving the House in the same position it was last week. “What we did was passed a bill that now forces the Senate to vote on going to conference,” Scalise said. “We actually passed a bill that pushes…
  • Why Scott Walker ‘Changed’ His View on Immigration

    Kate Scanlon
    1 Mar 2015 | 11:11 am
    During an interview with Fox News Sunday that aired today, host Chris Wallace showed footage from July 2, 2013, when the Wausau Daily Herald asked Walker, “Can you envision a world where, with the right penalties and waiting periods and meet the requirements, where those people could get citizenship?” “Sure. Yeah. I mean, I think it makes sense,” Walker responded at the time. “Isn’t that amnesty?” Wallace asked Walker. Walker responded that he has changed his view on immigration, in part due to what he called the president’s “mishandling” of the issue, and…
  • How These Two Government Programs for Farmers Could Hurt You

    Daren Bakst
    1 Mar 2015 | 12:01 am
    Last year, Congress created two major programs for farmers that, not surprisingly, will shatter Congressional Budget Office’s cost projections. Taxpayers’ liability for these programs is open-ended because a widely-supported limit on costs to protect taxpayers didn’t make it in the final farm bill. Congress should put an end to this liability immediately. The 2014 farm bill eliminated the infamous direct payments program that gave farmers subsidies regardless of need. However, it also created two new programs that are likely to be even more expensive. Farmers can participate in…
  • In Puzzler, President Lets ISIS Know Iraq Battle Schedule

    Peter Brookes
    1 Mar 2015 | 12:01 am
    Team Obama’s decision last month to disclose to the press the operational outline for an all-out assault on the Islamic State (aka ISIS)-held Iraqi city of Mosul is a bit of a head scratcher. It’s like: “Hey, ISIS—please save the date.” The Pentagon also reportedly told the press that the April-May offensive would include as many as 25,000 Iraqi/Kurdish Peshmerga troops, alongside Sunni tribesmen and local police. Now, it’s not as if we gave them the exact hour of the exact day, but we’ve certainly taken away the time-old, treasured military element of surprise—often an…
 
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    FreakOutNation

  • Elizabeth Warren Rips Gov Scott Walker’s Stupid Remark In Just One Tweet

    Anomaly
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:10 am
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) responded to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s suggestion that his fight with unions prepared him for taking on the Islamic State. During his speech at the Conservative Political Action Conference on Thursday, Walker said, “If I can take on 100,000 protestors, I can do the same across the world.” Those protesters are […]
  • Fox Guest: Armor-Piercing Ammo Won’t Hurt Police Because They Are ‘Tiny Bullets’

    Anomaly
    1 Mar 2015 | 6:51 am
    Retailers stand to make buckets and buckets of delicious dollars by falsely claiming that President Obama is taking an executive order to ban certain types of AR-15 ammunition. Fear sells and Republicans are buying it. This move is by the ATF who says that type of ammo can pierce the kind of body armor worn […]
  • Scott Walker: A Pitiful Sarah Palin Redux

    Julie Driscoll
    1 Mar 2015 | 5:18 am
    Scott Walker is doubling down on “I can see Russia from my house” type statements as he prepares for a 2016 presidential run.   His recent gaffe, evidencing his non-existent foreign policy creds, is that the most significant foreign policy move in his lifetime was when Reagan fired the air traffic controllers.  In his view, […]
  • 3-Year-Old Texas Boy Fatally Shoots Himself In The Head

    Anomaly
    28 Feb 2015 | 7:58 am
    A three-year-old boy who accidentally shot himself in the head inside a home in Texas on Friday has died, according to the Harris County Medical Examiner’s Office. The shooting happened around 12:30pm in what has been deemed as an ‘accidental shooting’. After the mother found boy, she frantically called 911 for help. Harris County Precinct […]
  • While American Muslim Woman Sings ‘Star Spangled Banner’ Right Wing Christians Hurl Insults

    Anomaly
    28 Feb 2015 | 5:47 am
    A rally by hundreds of American Muslims at the Oklahoma Capitol on Friday to promote religious tolerance was interrupted by right wing Christians holding signs proclaiming that America a Christian nation, which it totally is not. Ironically, while right wing fundies were hurling insults, an American Muslim girl was singing the “Star Spangled Banner” inside […]
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    India News Analysis Opinions on Niti Central

  • NDFB (S) terrorists nabbed

    Niti PTI Bot
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:25 am
    Guwahati, Mar 1 (PTI) Two hardcore NDFB(S) terrorists were apprehended today during a joint operation by Army and police in Assam’s Kokrajhar district. Acting on specific information, a joint team of the Red Horns Division of the Army and police nabbed the duo, allegedly involved in the December 23 attack on adivasis and snatching weapons from the ecological battalion in October last, from Kokrajhar town this morning, a Defence spokesman said here. The Myanmar-trained terrorists have been identified as Sumkwr Mushahary alias Sugum and Swmkwr Basumatary and both were suspected…
  • Anti-Naxal ops: Govt hires 2 pvt choppers for military sorties

    Niti PTI Bot
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
      New Delhi, Mar 1 (PTI) The government has hired two helicopters from a private firm to provide air support to security forces deployed in the jungles of Chhattisgarh and its border areas which are hotbeds of Maoist activities.   The much-awaited deployment of these air assets has come after more than a year of hectic efforts to find more helicopters for troops tackling Left-wing extremism (LWE).   CRPF has inked the deal for leasing two private choppers which will not only carry troops for reinforcements but also evacuate battle causalities…
  • Coal auctions leave no doubt about CAG’s loss figure

    Niti PTI Bot
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:45 am
      New Delhi, Mar 1 (PTI) CAG's astronomical Rs 1.86 lakh crore loss figure in coal block allocations had raised some doubts initially, but the auction of less than 10 per cent of those mines alone has garnered Rs 1.10 lakh crore, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said today.   Speaking at a Nasscom event, Modi said that against the age-old practice of allocating coal blocks "after getting a letter" from a certain quarter, the NDA-government devised a transparent e-auction process through which all the coal blocks are being allocated.
  • Digital India – Recruitment rules to be uploaded on websites

    Niti PTI Bot
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:30 am
      New Delhi, Mar 1 (PTI) All central government ministries have been asked to upload notified recruitment rules on their websites to ensure greater transparency.   The move comes after it was noticed that ministries or departments are not uploading these rules for various posts on their official websites.   "To bring greater transparency and allow the prospective government employees to make an informed decision regarding their career prospects, all the ministries or departments are requested to upload the notified recruitment rules of…
  • Hindu Samajotsava Manguluru generates excitement

    Niti PTI Bot
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:15 am
    Thousands of people cutting across political lines thronged the streets of Manguluru city for the ‘Hindu Samajotava’ organised by Vishwa Hindu Parishad today. Mangaluru: Spectacular Shobhayatra begins, huge gathering expected for HINDU SAMAJOTSAV at Kendra Maidan. #VHP50years pic.twitter.com/qH96CdFpwu — Rajesh Padmar (@rajeshpadmar) March 1, 2015 Though several leaders, including VHP international president Pravin Togadia were not present, the enthusiasm of the cadres was quite visible. @upma23 @NeelakshiGswm @SouleFacts We have to salute his spirit. Participated in…
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    Cloud Computing News

  • Top 3 CIO Challenges in 2015: Security, Downtime and Talent

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:22 am
    What are the top CIO challenges in 2015? According to a survey reported yesterday on CIO.com, security, downtime, and staffing top the list of workplace issues “keeping CIOs up at night.” No surprises there. After a flurry of recent high-profile cyber-attacks and internal security breaches, the majority of CIO executives will ramp up the security […]The post Top 3 CIO Challenges in 2015: Security, Downtime and Talent appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • The Healthcare Cloud: A Journey

    IL
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:31 am
    Six years ago during a quarterly senior management meeting at Logicworks I suggested that healthcare, and particularly the hosting of cloud-based healthcare applications, should be a major strategic focus for our 2010-2011 business plan.  Logicworks was already a leader in Software-as-a-Service delivery and one of the recognized Managed Hosting providers in the industry.  Our clients […]The post The Healthcare Cloud: A Journey appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Healthcare Data Security: Is Cloud Encryption Alone Enough?

    IL
    13 Feb 2015 | 10:38 am
    Healthcare’s New “Anthem” is Encryption, But Not Everyone Sings From the Same Hymnal 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 […]The post Healthcare Data Security: Is Cloud Encryption Alone Enough? appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • 2015 HIPAA Audits & Implications for Healthcare Cloud Computing

    IL
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:21 am
    HIPAA Horizon 2015: Audits and Healthcare Cloud Guidance 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. 2014 ended with a […]The post 2015 HIPAA Audits & Implications for Healthcare Cloud Computing appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Improving the End User Experience When Using AWS

    IL
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:23 am
    Improving the End User Experience with Amazon Web Services This the final post of our series on DevOps. Check out Part 8: DevOps Automation.  End user experience is a combination of several factors: the reliability, availability and performance of the infrastructure, platforms and applications that an organization offers, and the impact these have on user […]The post Improving the End User Experience When Using AWS appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
 
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    The Burning Truth

  • Boehner Struggles to Answer Why the House Is So Dysfunctional

    Casey Hendrickson
    1 Mar 2015 | 2:50 pm
    Republican House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner on Sunday struggled to give CBS News’ John Dickerson solid answers as to why he is having trouble ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • REPORT: Terrorists Using eBay, Reddit, Porn Sites to Send Coded Messages

    Casey Hendrickson
    1 Mar 2015 | 1:17 pm
    Terrorists are using popular Internet sites like eBay and Reddit — and even hardcore pornography sites — to communicate, according to Gordon Thomas, who has ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • SNL Spoofs Teen Girls Joining ISIS

    Casey Hendrickson
    1 Mar 2015 | 11:44 am
    Last night’s Saturday Night Live offered a parody of a moving Toyota ad where an emotional father drops off his daughter at the airport to ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Report: Obama Threatened to Shoot Down IAF Planes If Israel Struck Iran

    Casey Hendrickson
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:11 am
    A Kuwaiti newspaper is reporting that President Obama, angered at Israeli plans to strike Iran nuclear facilities in 2014, threatened to shoot down Israeli planes ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Kerry Contradicts Rice: Netanyahu 'Welcome' to Speak to Congress

    Casey Hendrickson
    1 Mar 2015 | 8:38 am
    Secretary of State John Kerry on Sunday said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is “welcome to speak,” contradicting National Security Advisor Susan Rice, who called ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    The Sunshine Empire| Sunshine Empire

  • I’m Sorry I Don’t Understand Your Little Brian Williams Dance Party

    Dutch
    5 Feb 2015 | 8:19 am
    I’ll admit I’m a little puzzled by the gleeful reaction of conservatives to the news that Brian Williams made up a story about taking fire in a helicopter over Iraq. Lets begin by stating the obvious, that there is no defense for a national news anchor making up a story regarding his experiences in a […] Related posts: Robin Williams, Carlos Mencia, and a range of other thievery On the costs of the Iraq war, for the Republican party. The Time Has Come, I’m Leaving The Democrat Party
  • Anti-Intellectualism Naturally Leads To Conservatives in Bed with San Francisco Liberals

    Dutch
    4 Feb 2015 | 8:11 am
    It’s very important to follow people who are on the opposite site of the political spectrum as you because it offers insight as to what they are secretly concerned for. If the consultants are riding a subject particularly hard you can bet they see the trends beyond whatever the frothing base are talking most about. […] Related posts: An Anti-Romney Remains For Conservatives Even After Texas Primary Results Why Liberals Really Hate Sarah Palin Anti-Americanism, and Football
  • Super Brave Of You To Hate On Olive Garden, Food Hipster!

    Dutch
    16 May 2014 | 11:42 am
    Food hipsters are amusing to me. The same people who will argue with you about how Olive Garden isn’t authentic Italian cuisine, are the same ones who accept Braveheart as authentic Scottish history. Scanning the social media today and reviewing the reaction to news that Red Lobster’s parent company is selling the chain and keeping […] Related posts: Midnight Empire: On Fast Food, Condi, and Flag Pins Notes from the aftermath of Super Tuesday Part II Super Bowl Sunday in America
  • Conservative Legal Test For Background Checks Never Seems To Extend To Voter ID Laws

    Dutch
    16 May 2014 | 7:08 am
    There are conservatives I like. This is not some matter of the Venn diagram of our sets of beliefs have a large overlap. It’s a matter of intellectual consistency. Our friend Biggus Rickus is one, and another is National Review writer Charles C.W. Cooke. Cook is an Englishman with deep love for the Second Amendment. […] Related posts: Conservatives Hide Their Past By Throwing The American Legal System and NYC Under The Bus Racist Race Baiter In Chief? Or Conservative Troller In Chief? The Culture Of Conservative Bravado And Pissing-Match Primaries
  • Conservatives Losing Perspective On Reality With Hashtag Activism Snark

    Dutch
    14 May 2014 | 9:12 am
    In the age of Obama, conservatives have fashioned themselves into the China of mass produced, cheap outrage. It’s not difficult to understand why conservatives dislike the policies of our second black president. What is difficult to understand is why they exhaust themselves on the most basic matters that were previously par for the course in […] Related posts: Historical Perspective On Health Care Reform Before The West Coast Swing Conservatives Gleefully Proclaim Ft. Hood Terrorism As The Nation Mourns Conservatives Inadvertently Argue For Separation Of Church And State
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    Liberal Fix

  • Liberal Fix Radio-CPAC Convention "Highlights" and More

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

    Liberal Fix
    20 Feb 2015 | 7:00 pm
    This episode features Truthout editor-in-chief Maya Schenwar and author of Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better. Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue.  Every week the two of them feature a special guest and/or tackle tough issues with a perspective that comes from outside the beltway. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna Minogue via email: naomi@liberalfixradio.com Join the Liberal Fix…
  • ENCORE: Liberal Fix Radio w/Lorraine Chavez and Economist David Ruccio

    Liberal Fix
    13 Feb 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Friday Night's episode will feature Lorraine Chavez and David Ruccio disucssing income inequality. Lorraine was the 2013 spokesperson in Chicago for Fight for 15 and she is now continuing her activism for workers rights in the food and retail industry in the greater Chicago area. David is a Professor of Economics at the University of Notre Dame. David also blogs at Occasional Links and Commentary on Economics, Culture and Society and at Real World Economics, Review Blog. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our…
  • Liberal Fix Radio with Guest Allen Clifton of Forward Progressives

    Liberal Fix
    6 Feb 2015 | 7:00 pm
    This episode will include a pre-recorded interview with special guest Allen Clifton. Allen  is from the Dallas-Fort Worth area and has a degree in Political Science. He is a co-founder of Forward Progressives, and author of the popular Right Off A Cliff column. He is also the founder of the Right Off A Cliff facebook page, on which he routinely voices his opinions and stirs the pot for the Progressive movement. Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue.  Every week the two of them feature a special guest and/or tackle tough issues…
  • Liberal Fix w/ Victor Pickard, Author of Americas Battle For Media Democracy

    Liberal Fix
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:00 pm
    This episode our special guest is Victor Pickard. He is the author of America’s Battle for Media Democracy: The Triumph of Corporate Libertarianism and the Future of Media Reform. He is an Assistant Professor of Communication at the Annenberg School for Communication.  Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue.  Every week the two of them feature a special guest and/or tackle tough issues with a perspective that comes from outside the beltway. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning…
 
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    21st Century Wire

  • BBC vs Assad: Britain’s Skewed View of World’s #1 Anti-Terror Leader

    Stuart Hooper
    1 Mar 2015 | 3:15 pm
    21st Century Wire says…It’s evident where the British State-Funded BBC got their talking points from in this interview. When they’re spewing exactly the same line as Western governments, is it any wonder that their legitimacy is constantly questioned?The BBC tries to portray Syria’s uprising as peaceful, yet it is evident that there was no such peace as snipers and trouble makers were around since almost day-one of the ‘Arab Spring‘ reaching Syrian territory. A foreign terrorist army has been invading Syria for years now, and an attempt to frame these…
  • Episode #74 – SUNDAY WIRE: ‘Road to Damascus’ with Patrick Henningsen and guest Webster Tarpley

    21wire
    1 Mar 2015 | 7:35 am
    Episode #74 of The Sunday Wire Radio Show resumes this Sunday March 1, 2015 presented by host Patrick Henningsen with 3 hours of power-packed talk radio and music…LISTEN LIVE ON THIS PAGE AT THE FOLLOWING SCHEDULED SHOW TIMES:SUNDAY – 5pm-7pm GMT | 12pm-3pm EST | 9am-12pm PSTThis week’s edition of THE SUNDAY WIRE will be broadcasting live with 21WIRE host Patrick Henningsen covering the world’s top stories this week. In the first and second hours we pay tribute to the passing of Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy, as well as looking into the mysterious Red Square Shooting in…
  • UNMASKED: Just How ‘Well-Known’ Was Jihadi John Prior To Staged ISIS Beheadings?

    Shawn Helton
    28 Feb 2015 | 8:34 pm
    Shawn Helton21st Century WireAuthorities now believe that the terror host seen fronting the heavily staged ISIS ‘beheading’ videos is a British computer programmer who apparently left to join ISIS militants in Syria around 2013.This past Thursday, the identity of the infamous ISIS front man dubbed ‘Jihadi John’ by British press, has been allegedly revealed, as security services have named 27-year-old British citizen, Mohammad Emwazi from West London.The timing of this information should be looked at very closely, as war profiteers will most likely look to turn this…
  • Venezuela BANS ‘Terrorists’ Bush and Cheney

    Stuart Hooper
    28 Feb 2015 | 5:22 pm
    21st Century Wire says…This is quite the statement. Will further world leaders follow suit?Venzuela’s President, Nicolas Maduro, has revealed that all American citizens will require mandatory visas to visit the country. He also announced that Ex-President George W. Bush and Ex-Vice President Dick Cheney would be banned from entering the country under any circumstances; branding them ‘terrorists‘ in the process.Venezuelan President Nicolas MaduroRepublican Congress members Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Robert Menendez and Marco Rubio are also facing a ban from entry.
  • Does Israel Have a Long-term Plan For Palestine?

    21wire
    28 Feb 2015 | 2:49 pm
    21st Century Wire says…The latest assessment from the international aid charity Oxfam paints a harrowing picture of the state of Palestine’s Occupied Territories. The wanton destruction of Gaza this past summer by Israel’s IDF left nearly 2,500 dead, with thousands of others injured and at least 50,000 homeless. It was a shameful abuse of power by anyone’s measure.Oxfam International has concluded that ‘rebuilding’ in places like Gaza could take up to a century (see commentary on their report below). But this is only if Palestinians residing in their…
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    guanyinmiao's musings

  • Taking Chinese New Year For Granted

    guanyinmiao
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:00 pm
    “每年新年, 转眼之间就过了” (“the fifteen days of Chinese New Year celebrations this year, gone in the blink of an eye”), the relatives often muse when they leave. Celebrations in the future might be no less entertaining as our generation of Singaporeans finds new ways to occupy ourselves, but these extensive familial connections will be less commonplace. Continue reading →
  • Lending Social Enterprises A Helping Hand

    guanyinmiao
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:00 pm
    In other words when these businesses are concerned, perhaps the government should get out of the way (ST, Feb. 21). Already government agencies such as the MSF disburse funds, and mentorship schemes – especially for the newer social enterprises – have been in place. Continue reading →
  • Needless Fuss Over “The Hunger Games”

    guanyinmiao
    22 Feb 2015 | 5:00 pm
    The underlying socio-political commentary notwithstanding, one could dispute the literary value of “The Hunger Games” vis-à-vis the classics. There are perhaps even more deserving contemporary books which feature equally meaningful themes. Yet dismissing the series because of the “gory descriptions of children killing children mercilessly to save themselves” underestimates the ability of young readers to reason, as well as the ability of teachers to suss out and communicate relevant themes. Every academic and educator came to same, reasonable conclusion that “it boils down to how…
  • SG50: Of Celebration And Contemplation

    guanyinmiao
    19 Feb 2015 | 5:00 pm
    These celebrations are in order, even as some lament the lack of spontaneity. The problem I figure lies not with the perceived “superficiality”, “short-sightedness”, or even the state-driven nature of these celebrations, but with the need for greater reflexivity and contemplation. We speak of the past fifty years with great pride and tinges of nostalgia, but less is said about different narratives or the ambiguity of the next fifty years. The value of celebrations – in the words of Senior Minister of State Indranee Rajah – may be “an intangible thing” (ST, Jun. 5), yet they…
  • Shaping Perceptions Of National Service

    guanyinmiao
    18 Feb 2015 | 5:00 am
    These answers might seem straightforward for the government, yet it is the process of engagement which matters. As tedious as it may be, individuals should not be told why conscription is necessary, but be encouraged to challenge its relevance. Continue reading →
 
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    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • DHS Funding Goes Down to the Wire

    Mike Dakkak
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:09 pm
    Today is the deadline for funding the Department of Homeland Security. The question of what Republicans will do about a funding vote remains. The Senate passed a clean funding bill that would fund DHS through the rest of the year. But a vote to fund DHS for an additional 3 weeks just failed in the House of Representatives. In this episode we discuss why the current strategy may be a net negative for Republicans and we also discuss some possible outcomes to the impasse. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com. Follow In the News on Twitter @itnshow and on Facebook at facebook.com/itnshow.
  • DHS Funding & 200th Episode Commemoration

    Mike Dakkak
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:23 pm
    The Department of Homeland Security will shut down unless Congress reaches a funding solution within the next 24 hours. At issue is Congressional Republicans’ desire to roll back President Obama’s executive actions granting 5 million undocumented immigrants work permits. On the surface the fight seems to be between Democrats and Republicans but the real fight is taking place between Senate Republicans and House Republicans. We detail the standoff, the latest developments and try and decipher who will blink first. This episode marks episode #200 of In the News. We’re quite…
  • The President Pulls out the Pen

    Mike Dakkak
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:03 pm
    The Keystone Pipeline has been debated for the better part of 5 years. Both sides of the debate have invested millions of dollars and hundreds of hours in pushing their position on whether the 1200-mile pipeline should be built. Many believe that the resources invested are wildly disproportionate to the impact the project would have on the economy and the environment. The newly elected Republican Congress, in keeping with campaign promises, sent a bill on the pipeline to the president’s desk, which the president promptly vetoed. In this episode we discuss the bill, the project and why…
  • VA Scandal Update

    Mike Dakkak
    24 Feb 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Last year it was revealed several Veterans Administration facilities were falsifying records in an effort to make it seem that veterans were receiving medical attention within approved time frames. It is believed that up to 40 veterans lost their lives because of lack of timely care at these facilities. President Obama appointed former Proctor & Gamble CEO, Bob McDonald to the head of the VA in an effort to stem the tide these problems. McDonald made a recent appearance on Meet the Press in which some of the statistics on progress given have been disputed. In this episode we discuss the…
  • Sister Soulja & Missed Opportunities

    Mike Dakkak
    23 Feb 2015 | 1:14 pm
    Gov. Scott Walker, in New York City last week, attended a private group dinner in an attempt to woo wealthy donors ahead of a possible presidential bid. At that dinner former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani made some controversial statements about President Obama, namely that the president does not love America. Instead of distancing himself from Giuliani’s comments when asked about them, Gov. Walker said only that the Mayor can speak for himself. In this episode we discuss Giuliani’s comments and the related fallout. We also explore the idea that in politics, refusing to distance…
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    It's Time To Get Out Loud - Malcolm Out Loud - News, Politics, Society, Cultural, Business

  • Conan In Cuba & Much More, Radio Awards

    27 Feb 2015 | 9:24 pm
    It hasn't happened since 1959 when Jack Paar took to the island nation. The 'I need to improve my ratings' AWARD goes to... For confusing everyone... the doublespeak AWARD goes to... Nothing like a good old fashion game of chicken. The AWARD for who blinks first goes to... If only renaming your town could improve the quality of life! The creative thinking AWARD goes to... If you say something enough times, doesn't that make it true? The convincing yourself AWARD goes to... Think about all the possibilities if we could transplant heads! The saving mankind AWARD goes to... This is Malcolm's…
  • Banks Lose Billions To Hackers, Radio Awards

    20 Feb 2015 | 12:26 pm
    CyberFraud Affects 5 Percent of the Planet’s GDP. It is fast becoming the crime of choice. The AWARD to apprehend the bad guys goes to... Cry all you want, the answer is still a resounding NO! Terrorists should not be entitled to our FAIR judicial system. The 'Eye for an Eye' AWARD goes to... Hugging and Kissing and Cuddling and Groping... it sounds like the words of a country song! The Touchy Feely AWARD goes to... Obamacare may be the law of the land, but its' future success is still pending. The AWARD of Determination goes to... In celebration of capitalism and brand building…
  • Arrested For Wearing Yoga Pants ?!? Radio Awards

    13 Feb 2015 | 11:56 am
    One legislator has a 'plan to guide America out of the darkness', at least that's what the headline said. The 'Too Much Government' AWARD goes to ...  One persons success is another persons failure! The 'Flashback AWARD' and it isn't pretty, goes to... For giving us the real scoop on Anchor Newsman Brian Williams... the AWARD of clarity goes to...  Life, liberty, and the pursuit of having a family?!? Seems he wants to change those famous words from the U.S. Declaration of Independence... the AWARD of confusion goes to...  There is one certain method of keeping the populace…
  • When Is Rape Not Rape?

    4 Feb 2015 | 12:52 pm
    The men in this survey were having trouble understanding that forced sex is in fact rape - bad as that is, that wasn't even the worst of it! The eye opener for me... a third of the college males admitted they’d commit the crime if there were no consequences to their acts and no one knew what they did. Wow! Big Wow! Here is the analysis...
  • Bethany, Hank & GloZell Interview The President

    23 Jan 2015 | 8:40 am
    Is it political bravery or political suicide? ... the media AWARD of the week goes to... On a day when there was no shortage of big news, the AWARD for the most over exposed headline of the week is...  For having the courage or audacity to stand up to the President of the U.S. ...the political volleyball AWARD of the week goes to... In celebration of two American heroes... the AWARD of Recognition goes to...  The 'you cannot have it both ways' AWARD goes to...  For using their celebrity and raising money to fight diseases and hunger around the world... the AWARD goes to... This…
 
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    Citizens News

  • Justice For Zimmerman

    Liberty Bell
    1 Mar 2015 | 3:49 pm
    Written by Dollars & Crosses From DOJ won’t charge George Zimmerman in the Trayvon Martin killing | WashingtonExaminer.com: George Zimmerman will not face federal charges in the shooting death of Trayvon Martin, nearly three years after the killing. The Department of Justice said Tuesday it has closed its investigation into the death of 17-year-old Martin, […]The post Justice For Zimmerman appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Enhanced plane tracking to be tested in response to MH370 mystery

    Liberty Bell
    1 Mar 2015 | 2:49 pm
    Written by Al Jazeera America New system would pinpoint location every 15 minutes, but officials say its no ‘silver bullet’The post Enhanced plane tracking to be tested in response to MH370 mystery appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Minnesota: Muslim Pleads Guilty to Trying to Join Islamic State Terrorists

    Liberty Bell
    1 Mar 2015 | 12:48 pm
    Written by Creeping Sharia At least the 5th Muslim occupying U.S. soil this week either charged or pleading guilty. via Minnesota Teen Pleads Guilty to Trying to Support Terrorism – ABC News. A Minnesota teenager who had been stopped at the airport as he was trying to travel to Syria pleaded guilty Thursday to one […]The post Minnesota: Muslim Pleads Guilty to Trying to Join Islamic State Terrorists appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Modi, India reformists face major test with budget unveiling

    Liberty Bell
    1 Mar 2015 | 11:27 am
    Written by Foreign Policy Blogs » Foreign Policy Blogs | The FPA Global Affairs Blog Network India’s manufacturing sector has been targeted for expansion by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Modi unveils his government’s first full-year budget plan on Feb. 28, and believes manufacturing will provide jobs and stability for India’s growing-while-fragile economy. Photo: Reuters via bbc.com […]The post Modi, India reformists face major test with budget unveiling appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Attn: Twitter User TriCk @AbuHussainIS @AbuHussain09

    Liberty Bell
    1 Mar 2015 | 11:26 am
    Written by The Jawa Report https://twitter.com/AbuHussainIS Later. Thanks to @B3m3t0r. Update” I’m “blocked” again. LOL My husband is back on twitter >>>> @AbuHussain09 can you follow him Jazak Allah Khair — UmmHussainBritaniyah (@UmmHussain1337) February 25, 2015 Update: I need to check on TriCk! https://twitter.com/AbuHussain09 Mr.s TriCk too @__UmmHussain Ooops!The post Attn: Twitter User TriCk @AbuHussainIS @AbuHussain09 appeared first on Citizens News.
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    Buckdog

  • Sask Premier Brad Wall May Use 'Notwithstanding Clause' To Sidestep Supreme Court Decision On Right To Strike ...

    leftdog
    5 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    Premier Brad Wall continues to hold firm to the base ideology of a 'businesses over persons' ideologue and says he may invoke the Canadian Constitution's 'notwithstanding clause' to suppress a working persons right to strike in Saskatchewan. CBCThe notwithstanding clause was used previously in Saskatchewan by Wall's former employer, disgraced Conservative Premier Grant Devine.  "In 1986, the Saskatchewan legislature introduced back-to-work legislation to end a strike by public service employees. The government introduced the legislation based on the grounds it needed to…
  • Sask Premier Brad Wall Trivializes Supreme Court Ruling That Protects A Person's Right To Strike In Canada ...

    leftdog
    3 Feb 2015 | 9:16 am
    "... while Friday’s ruling could embolden the union moment, Wall senses that the rest of the public will be indifferent or even resentful of the unions’ legal win. At least, that sure seemed the case Friday afternoon, when he quite literally laughed off the potential multi-million loss by posting on Twitter that re-signed Rider Weston Dressler “was one essential service the Supreme Court can’t take away.”It was an ill-thought tweet, considering Wall’s own political game-playing and anti-labour partisanship may have just cost us millions. But he’ll likely get away with it.If…
  • With Oil Prices Tanking, Thank Gawd That Premier Brad Wall Set Aside Some Royalty Money For Saskatchewan's Hard Times

    leftdog
    15 Jan 2015 | 9:32 am
    ... oh wait!!! That never happened!! Brad Wall blew a multi billion dollar surplus left to him by the former government AND he allowed the Oil industry to extract Billions of dollars out of the ground in the last 7 years with only a pittance in resource royalties paid to the province AND he spent every nickel that came into the public treasury!!So much for the 'Saskatchewan Advantage' Brad !!!! :(
  • New York Times Editorial Board Calls For Prosecution Of Bush, Cheney And Torturers !

    leftdog
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    "Since the day President Obama took office, he has failed to bring to justice anyone responsible for the torture of terrorism suspects — an official government program conceived and carried out in the years after the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.He did allow his Justice Department to investigate the C.I.A.'s destruction of videotapes of torture sessions and those who may have gone beyond the torture techniques authorized by President George W. Bush. But the investigation did not lead to any charges being filed, or even any accounting of why they were not filed.Mr. Obama has said multiple times…
  • Like A Rat Fleeing A Sinking Ship, Dick Cheney Throws George Bush Jr. Under The Bus On Torture Responsiblity

    leftdog
    11 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    This is freaking hilarious! Dick Cheney, the former Vice President of the United States, has dismissed a key point in the report on CIA torture and has, as a result, thrown his former boss under the bus!"Dick Cheney discussed the newly released Senate torture report Wednesday on Fox News, and in particular challenged a finding that former President George W. Bush hadn't been briefed on the CIA's harsh interrogation methods until years after they'd already been in use.Fox News anchor Bret Baier asked the former vice president whether the agency deliberately kept Bush in the dark about its…
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    Political Dresser - Home

  • Genius Idea: Self-Enslavement with Net Neutrality

    27 Feb 2015 | 1:41 am
    How fitting that during Black History Month, the United States Government would leap to re-enslave the people. In a sick and twisted statist way, it’s almost beautiful. No, that’s not the beautiful part. The beautiful part is how so many fought to be enslaved and now they rejoice and post “We did it” memes on Instagram. Now, that’s beautiful.
  • Currency Kicks

    26 Feb 2015 | 8:43 am
    With Daash strengthening their new Dinar by harvesting and reselling their Christian victims’ organs, and the market need for a good weave leading to the theft of manes and tails of some horses stabled at the Henderson Equestrian Complex, many can’t help but think the days of the traditional dollar are numbered. Ladies and gentlemen, if you haven’t yet, it’s time to diversify and we’re not saying only with precious metals.
  • Just Sayin’: Initialisms and Acronyms Are Hard So Cut KKK Wednesday Some Slack

    25 Feb 2015 | 4:51 am
    In a poorly executed marketing attempt, a UK Krispy Kreme ended up having to apologize over their school break promotion, calling for a Krispy Kreme Klub Wednesday, or as they shortened it to KKK Wednesday.
  • Propaganda Putin: Pussies and Porn

    24 Feb 2015 | 3:52 am
    PD has long said that Putin is proficient in propaganda, so much so that even the Obama Administration has gone to him for pointers. This last week in the Russian media was no exception. Apart from the normal statist goose-step of RT, you had a two pronged populace attack.
  • Memory Lane Monday: Yesterday’s Fascism is Today’s Government?

    23 Feb 2015 | 4:45 am
    In much the same vein as Judge Napolitano’s question spree, this week’s Memory Lane features Winston Churchill’s own questions for Italians as to whether or not they lived under fascism.
 
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    World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations"

  • UNESCO Action Plan for the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures (2013-2022)

    27 Feb 2015 | 3:44 am
    UNESCO, Paris, 3 March 2014This document is submitted pursuant to 37 C/Resolution 1 (II), in which the General Conference requested the Director-General to finalize and present the Action Plan for the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures (2013-2022) at the 194th session of the UNESCO Executive Board.Click here to read the document
  • ISIS Fighters Destroy Ancient Artefacts at Mosul Museum

    27 Feb 2015 | 12:35 am
    The Guardian, February 26, 2015Islamic State militants ransacked Mosul’s central museum, destroying priceless artefacts that are thousands of years old, in the group’s latest rampage which threatens to upend millennia of coexistence in the Middle East.The destruction of statues and artefacts that date from the Assyrian and Akkadian empires, revealed in a video published by Isis on Thursday, drew ire from the international community and condemnation by activists and minorities that have been attacked by the group.
  • The EU’s Deal on Greece Shows that Europe Remains Wedded to the Politics of Austerity

    26 Feb 2015 | 10:14 pm
    By André Broome, EUROPP, February 23, 2015On 20 February, Greece agreed to a four month extension of its current bailout programme, subject to the approval of reform measures proposed by the Greek government. André Broome writes that while the election of the Syriza-led coalition in Greece was initially hailed as a game-changing event that could bring an end to austerity in Europe, the negotiations between Greece and the ‘Troika’ demonstrate why a sharp turn away from austerity policies in Eurozone bailouts remains highly unlikely.
  • Assyrian Church Leader After ISIS Abductions: ‘We Only Have the Almighty Left to Protect Us’

    25 Feb 2015 | 10:12 pm
    The Algemeiner, February 25, 2015The Vice President of the Assyrian Church in Lebanon, Father Yatroun Colliana, lamented the plight of his coreligionists in neighboring Syria following Monday’s Islamic State (ISIS) onslaught against Assyrian Christian villages in the country. His comments were made in an exclusive interview with Lebanese Daily An-Nahar.
  • Frontline Ukraine: Crisis in the Borderlands by Richard Sakwa Review – an Unrivalled Account

    25 Feb 2015 | 12:05 am
    At last, a balanced assessment of the Ukrainian conflict – the problems go far beyond Vladimir PutinBy Jonathan Steele, The Guardian, February 19, 2015When Arseniy Yatsenyuk, Ukraine’s prime minister, told a German TV station recently that the Soviet Union invaded Germany, was this just blind ignorance? Or a kind of perverted wishful thinking? If the USSR really was the aggressor in 1941, it would suit Yatsenyuk’s narrative of current geopolitics in which Russia is once again the only side that merits blame.When Grzegorz Schetyna, Poland’s deputy foreign minister, said Ukrainians…
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    The Campaign Workshop

  • Candidate Messaging – Consistency is Key

    Andrew Collier
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:30 am
    candidate messaging can win your campaign. As spectators and participants in civil debate and politics, we’ve all seen it before. Our favorite candidate ends up going on either a rant, long tirade, or ultimately veers far off the path of his or hers intended candidate messaging. Recently, several prospective Republican presidential candidates haven’t stayed on their intended candidate messaging. Just a few weeks back – when referring to vaccinating children – Kentucky Senator Rand Paul said, “I’ve heard of many tragic cases of walking, talking, normal children who wound up with…
  • What is digital programmatic buying?

    Lizzie Kendrick
    23 Feb 2015 | 6:30 am
    Programmatic buying helps you find the right people, wherever they are There is a lot of talk these days about programmatic buying and how digital advertisers will be moving to it whole scale going forward. But what does programmatic buying mean exactly? We’re here to help. In the past, digital buying was done in a similar fashion to broadcast buying, where publications were contacted directly and ad space was purchased that way. Programmatic buying is a term used to describe the automation of the buying process we use today. These days, we are able to use a wealth of information to help…
  • Native Advertising is Everywhere

    Joe Fuld
    20 Feb 2015 | 7:30 am
    Native Advertising is the oldest and latest trend in advertising Advertising is everywhere. And with the reemergence of native advertising, there’s no escape from advertising. First off, let me say that I know I’m part of the problem. As an advertising strategist, it is my job to get ads in front of folks as many times as possible. But if you listen to old time radio or television, watch sporting events, or follow the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, you will quickly realize that native advertising is not a new thing. For decades, advertisers have been figuring out how to get their…
  • Progressive campaigns need to take risks in 2016

    Joe Fuld
    16 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    It’s time to roll the dice for progressive campaigns and issues It was a great year to go to Vegas for BISC’s Road Ahead conference. It’s always a good time to visit Vegas when its 12 degrees in DC. As we leave BISC, it is clear that progressive campaigns have some real challenges. While proactive ballot measures are an important tool to help change the dialogue on issues we care about, they are only one part of a broader set of tactics that progressive campaigns need to engage in. Whether it is putting a measure on the ballot, a candidate deciding to run for office, or a…
  • The Future of Ballot Initiatives: Road Ahead

    Joe Fuld
    12 Feb 2015 | 9:25 am
    Say Yes to Proactive Ballot Initiatives As someone who has been working on ballot initiatives for many years, the phrase “ballot initiatives of the future” makes me cringe. Ballot initiatives, for a long time, have put progressives on the defense, and many believe that future ballot initiatives only reveal a similarly bleak picture. Yes, there are a few notable exceptions (minimum wage, marijuana, and campaign finance) but for the most part, progressives have consistently played catch-up when it comes to ballot initiatives. As we attend BISC’s Road Ahead conference I am reminded of…
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    Quotidian Wonders

  • In the Name of Tradition

    George T. Sipos
    4 Feb 2015 | 5:00 pm
    Japanese Salarymen. Photo: ArMania: The Armenian Portal “We’re not here some nōryoku shugi (meritocracy) like America. This is Japan. We value seniority above all,” muttered the elderly human resources clerk and gave me one last dismissive look before heading out the door, clearly annoyed by my insistence. For the past 30 minutes, I had been trying to convince him to revise the salary offer we were about to send to a foreign applicant for a position within our department. The candidate held an advanced degree from a prestigious American university, was perfectly fluent in Japanese (as…
  • Globalizing Higher Education in Japan

    George T. Sipos
    1 Feb 2015 | 10:13 pm
    Please note: This is a response to the article “The Challenges to Internationalizing Japanese Higher Education” published by Robert Dujarric on December 19, 2014, in Asian Pathways. Japan’s current higher education system does, indeed, work well, as Robert Dujarric argued, but only as long as Japan does not deem it necessary to globalize overall. The author of the article seems to be relying on the good old Japanese principle of jikyū jisoku (self-sufficiency), but I don’t truly think that anyone in Japan today is still relying on that principle hoping it would work in a…
  • Modern Democracy and Its Ingrained Autophagy

    George T. Sipos
    31 May 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Senate in Ancient Rome Democracy as we practice it today is a construct perfected through trial and error over the course of the formation of the modern nation state which started in the 19th century. Loosely based on what we believe Greek and Roman democracies to have been, we, in fact, altered the old concept gradually increasing the body of those with voting rights to its contemporary size when almost everyone is allowed to vote and thus participate in the election of the system leadership. Limitations aside, the current system, has been argued, is the best we can possibly envision. What…
  • Prophecies about the (Urban) Future of Our Planet, and why I Hope They Won’t Come True

    George T. Sipos
    8 May 2014 | 3:37 pm
    The plot of Steven Spielberg’s 2002 Hollywood blockbuster Minority Report takes place in the not-so-far-in-the-future city of Washington D.C. The United States capital in 2050-ish is, in Spielberg’s imagination, a direct descendant of dystopian narratives such as Yevgeny Zamyatin’s We (1921), Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World (1932) or George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949) The city is a combination of skyscrapers and phenomenally intricate networks of highways, where hover cars travel at unimaginable speed. Said cars travel vertically as well using the building walls as…
  • Paying for the (American University) Brand, or The New Era of Higher Education Colonialism

    George T. Sipos
    24 Apr 2014 | 12:55 pm
    During my years as an in-house global strategy consultant for a major Japanese auto manufacturer, I found myself on numerous occasions in the position of delivering not-so-good news and reports from the outside world to company’s top executives. Cloistered as they were at the company headquarters (no, I don’t mean the Tokyo headquarters, but the real ones, in the majority of cases lost somewhere in the middle of nowhere-Japan), and most of the time surrounded by a posy of Japanese employees too worried for their jobs, or too shy in front of their superiors to say anything remotely…
 
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  • ISIS 101: What’s really terrifying about this threat – JOHN CHUCKMAN

    John Chuckman
    1 Mar 2015 | 12:28 pm
          ISIS 101 What’s really terrifying about this threat John Chuckman   ISIS certainly is not what a great many people think that it is, if you judge what they think by what our corporate press proclaims incessantly. Judging by what ISIS actually does and whom its acts benefit, its clandestine associates, and ...
  • US economy in deflation and slump

    User Submitted
    1 Mar 2015 | 11:49 am
    Andre Damon This piece was reprinted by RINF Alternative News with permission or license. The US Commerce Department said Friday that gross domestic product, the broadest measure of economic output, grew by only 2.2 percent in the fourth quarter of last year, down from an earlier estimate of 2.6 percent and a sharp fall from ...
  • Making Sense of Obama’s Foreign Policy

    Eric Zuesse
    28 Feb 2015 | 11:28 am
    Eric Zuesse On February 22nd, NBC’s “Meet the Press” presented reporter Richard Engel in a terrific four-minute documentary on Barack Obama’s and Hillary Clinton’s catastrophic policy-results in Libya. (You can watch it by clicking on that link.) The segment concluded that Obama and his Administration (including Hillary Clinton) didn’t know where they were going in this ...
  • GMOs And Green Blob Hallucinations: The Twisted World Of Mr Paterson  

    Colin Todhunter
    28 Feb 2015 | 6:27 am
    Speaking last week in Pretoria, former UK Environment Minister Owen Paterson described critics of GMOs as comprising part of a privileged class that increasingly fetishizes food and seeks to turn their personal preferences into policy proscriptions for the rest of us. He called them backward-looking and regressive. He claimed their policies would condemn billions to ...
  • The Entire Case for Sanctions Against Russia Is Pure Lies

    Eric Zuesse
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:22 am
    Eric Zuesse U.S. President Barack Obama has stated many times his case against Russia — the reason for the economic sanctions. In his National Security Strategy 2015, he uses the term “aggression” 18 times, and 17 of them are referring specifically to only one country as “aggressive”: Russia. However, not once does he say there what the “aggression” ...
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    Eurasia Review

  • ISIS May Not Be Global Threat, But Neither Is It A Problem With Ready Solution – OpEd

    Paul Woodward - War in Context
    28 Feb 2015 | 5:34 am
    The New York Times reports: The reports are like something out of a distant era of ancient conquests: entire villages emptied, with hundreds taken prisoner, others kept as slaves; the destruction of irreplaceable works of art; a tax on religious minorities, payable in gold. A rampage reminiscent of Tamerlane or Genghis Khan, perhaps, but in […] The post ISIS May Not Be Global Threat, But Neither Is It A Problem With Ready Solution – OpEd appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Iranian Film Critic, Zaven Ghokasian Passes Away At 65

    Radio Zamaneh
    28 Feb 2015 | 5:31 am
    Prominent film critic Zaven Ghokasian passed away on February 20 at the age of 65 in his home in Isfahan following a long battle with stomach cancer. Ghokasian had spent five months in hospital in Austria and underwent stomach surgery in September. On January 27 he finally returned to his hometown of Isfahan. Upon return […] The post Iranian Film Critic, Zaven Ghokasian Passes Away At 65 appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Turkey’s Foreign Policy After Arab Spring: An Identity-Based Approach – Analysis

    Iran Review
    28 Feb 2015 | 5:30 am
    By Hossein Mofidi Ahmadi, Ph.D.* An identity-based approach to Turkey’s foreign policy will be a better way to explain actions taken by this country subsequent to developments known as the Arab Spring. It means that Turkey’s foreign policy actions at that juncture, like other actors in the region, were rooted in the country’s identity. In […] The post Turkey’s Foreign Policy After Arab Spring: An Identity-Based Approach – Analysis appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • A Brief Intertwining Of The Two Bengals – Analysis

    Institute of South Asia Studies
    28 Feb 2015 | 5:23 am
    By Iftekhar Ahmed Chowdhury* Not too many Grecian analogies can be drawn with regard to the tumultuous on-going turmoil in Bangladesh which passes for politics. However, one expression, borrowed from the ancient classics, could be apt while describing the ‘battle of the two Begums’ (Sheikh Hasina, the Prime Minister who heads the Awami League, and […] The post A Brief Intertwining Of The Two Bengals – Analysis appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Life ‘Not As We Know It’ Possible On Saturn’s Moon Titan

    Eurasia Review
    28 Feb 2015 | 5:16 am
    A new type of methane-based, oxygen-free life form that can metabolize and reproduce similar to life on Earth has been modeled by a team of Cornell University researchers. Taking a simultaneously imaginative and rigidly scientific view, chemical engineers and astronomers offer a template for life that could thrive in a harsh, cold world – specifically […] The post Life ‘Not As We Know It’ Possible On Saturn’s Moon Titan appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
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    Tomás Guerra

  • Kayla Es Mi Valentina #CandlesForKayla

    Tomás Guerra
    14 Feb 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Kayla MuellerElla tiene unos ojos hermosos y soñadores, y es una chica muy sensible. Le encantan los animales, y tú puedes claramente ver que su perrito también es toda una personalidad. A ella le encanta ayudar a la gente, y daría su vida por la tuya en una situación de vida o muerte. Pero, más que todo, a mi me cautiva su acogedora y cándida sonrisa. Kayla, tu eres mi alma gemela en este Día de San Valentín. Todos te vamos a extrañar. ♥Kayla falleció la semana pasada mientras era cautiva del grupo terrorista "Estado Islamico", en Siria. Según se dice, murió durante un…
  • Kayla is My Valentine #CandlesForKayla

    Tomás Guerra
    14 Feb 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Kayla MuellerShe has beautiful, dreamy eyes, and she is very down-to-earth. She loves animals, and you can clearly see that her puppy is quite the personality as well. She loves to help people, and she would give her life for yours in a life or death situation. But, more than anything, I love her warm and welcoming smile. Kayla, You are my Valentine. We will all miss you so much. ♥Kayla died last week while hostage of the terrorist group Islamic State, in Syria. She was reportedly killed during an airstrike conducted by Jordan in revenge for the murder of one of its pilots, who was burned…
  • Mary Eichhloz, la Última Sobreviviente del Desastre del Barco Eastland, Ha Fallecido

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

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

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

  • LGBT advocates attend UN-sponsored meeting in Thailand

    Michael K. Lavers
    1 Mar 2015 | 11:03 am
    Asian LGBT rights advocates at a UN-sponsored meeting in Bangkok on Feb. 27, 2015. (Photo courtesy of Edmund Settle/U.N. Development Program)Hundreds of people attended a United Nations-sponsored meeting last week in Bangkok to discuss ways to bolster LGBT rights movements in Asian countries. The U.S. Agency for International Development and the Swedish Embassy in Thailand were among those who sponsored the three-day gathering in the Thai capital. Mongolian Parliamentarian Oyungerel Tsedevdamba joined other LGBT lawmakers and advocates at the meeting. “We have a right to exist, we are equal…
  • Russia propaganda law created ‘army of anti-gay vigilante crusaders’

    Michael K. Lavers
    28 Feb 2015 | 12:49 pm
    Log Cabin Republicans Executive Director Gregory Angelo spoke at the Conservative Political Action Conference panel, ‘Putin’s Russia: A New Cold War?’ on Feb. 28, 2015. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — The executive director of Log Cabin Republicans on Saturday during a panel at the Conservative Political Action Conference sharply criticized Russia’s LGBT rights record that includes a law banning the promotion of so-called gay propaganda to minors. “What (Russian President Vladimir) Putin’s ‘gay propaganda’ law has created is…
  • Investigator recommends dropping sex assault charges against gay lieutenant

    Michael K. Lavers
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:44 pm
    Josh Seefried (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key) The Washington Blade has learned the officer who is investigating sexual assault allegations against a gay service member has once again recommended the case not be brought to court martial. Sources familiar with the case against Air Force Lt. Joshua Seefried told the Blade that Col. Robert Preston issued his recommendation because of questions he has about his accuser’s credibility and what he described as a lack of evidence to convict the gay lieutenant. Military prosecutors last year charged Seefried with wrongful and abusive sexual…
  • Jeb Bush: ‘I believe in traditional marriage’

    Chris Johnson
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:48 pm
    Former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-Fla.) says he backs “traditional marriage.” (Washington Blade photo by Lee Whitman) NATIONAL HARBOR, Md. — Despite a perception that he’s the most LGBT-friendly Republican in the field of potential presidential candidates, Jeb Bush said Friday he remains opposed to same-sex marriage. On stage at the second day of the 2015 Conservative Political Action Conference, Bush was asked if his views had changed on same-sex marriage by conservative commentator Sean Hannity. The former Florida governor was succinct in his reply: “No. I believe in…
  • John Kerry introduces LGBT envoy

    Michael K. Lavers
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:50 am
    Randy Berry (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key) Secretary of State John Kerry on Friday formally introduced Randy Berry as the special U.S. envoy to promote global LGBT rights. “We have a moral obligation to speak out against the persecution and the marginalization of LGBT persons,” said Kerry during a State Department reception where he formally introduced Berry. “The United States of America remains unwavering in our commitment to advance the human rights of all being, and that includes LGBT persons.” Berry’s husband and their two young children joined him…
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    Lady Freethinker

  • Research Says: The Paleo Diet is a Big, Fat Lie

    Lady Freethinker
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    The fitness “gurus” may sound convincing, but the notion th at getting back to our caveman roots at the dinner table is healthy — or even possible –just doesn’t hold up when you look at the facts. To the contrary, the latest research shows that our paleolithic ancestors’ diet probably looked very little like what you’ll find in the average paleo cookbook. According to a paper recently published in The Quarterly Review of Biology, it doesn’t make much sense to assign just a few foods to the early-human menu, and even less sense to assume that these…
  • Christians Against Dinosaurs: Is This For Real?

    Lady Freethinker
    18 Feb 2015 | 5:05 pm
    Fossil records be damned, Christians Against Dinosaurs will not rest until the dinosaur “hoax” has been exposed and debunked. Armed with ill-conceived evidence that the scientific community is tricking our children, they’ve put together what may be the least compelling arguments against the existence of dinosaurs that I’ve ever seen. The idiocy begs the question: is Christians Against Dinosaurs the real hoax, fooling us science-y folks from behind a mask of satire? Sadly, I think they actually believe what they’re saying, although we may never know for sure.
  • Watch: Loggers Fell a Tree While Mother and Baby Koala Cling for Their Lives

    Lady Freethinker
    17 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    Koalas are dying off in Australia, and logging companies like this are making matters worse. In the video below, a mother and baby koala cling to a blue gum tree as loggers tear it down mercilessly. The mother survived, but nobody knows what happened to the baby. When the woman behind the camera tried to check on them, she was refused access. These loggers should be prosecuted for their cruel, shameful and illegal actions.   http://ladyfreethinker.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/Horrifying-video-of-a-terrified-mother-and-joey-koala-clinging-to-a-tree-being-ripped-down-by-loggi.mp4 The…
  • Must-See Video: What if God Really Exists?

    Lady Freethinker
    3 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    All I can say is…brilliant. A huge shout-out to Infidel753 for sharing this video on his own blog (which I highly recommend following). The post Must-See Video: What if God Really Exists? appeared first on Lady Freethinker.
  • The Dirty Truth About Egg Labels that You Need to Know About

    Lady Freethinker
    2 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    At even the barest grocery store, you probably have a choice between standard or cage-free eggs; at Whole Foods, you’re looking at enough options to make you dizzy. But you can’t count on label-reading to tell you how those egg-laying hens were really treated – Big Ag is way too crafty for that. That’s why you should know the disturbing truth about what really goes on at those egg farms, no matter what the label says. By the time you’re done reading, that omelette may look a lot less appealing. Caged: If label has no information about how the hens are housed, you…
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  • Chicago’s Unemployment Rate Could Cost Rahm Emanuel Votes

    Dan Hopkins
    23 Feb 2015 | 3:02 am
    On Tuesday, Chicago voters go to the polls to weigh in on Rahm Emanuel’s four years as mayor. If recent polling is accurate, Emanuel is the heavy favorite to win more votes than any of his competitors. What is less clear is whether he will clear the 50 percent threshold needed to avoid an April runoff.Like many cities, Chicago isn’t exactly accustomed to competitive mayoral races when there’s an incumbent on the ballot. Emanuel’s predecessor, Richard M. Daley, served as mayor from 1989 to 2011 and typically won re-election with north of 65 percent of the vote. So what’s holding…
  • Marco Rubio And The Pareto Frontier

    Nate Silver
    19 Feb 2015 | 3:04 am
    There’s still plenty of room for Marco Rubio. Two years ago, I described the Florida senator as the “electable conservative.” While Rubio has taken fewer tangible steps toward officially running for president than rivals like Jeb Bush and Scott Walker, he still does reasonably well by that rubric. Perhaps along with Walker, he can make the most credible case for meeting William F. Buckley’s standard as the most viable conservative candidate.Let’s formalize our understanding of this a bit. In economics, there’s a concept known as Pareto efficiency. It means that you ought to be…
  • The Imprisoner’s Dilemma

    Oliver Roeder
    11 Feb 2015 | 9:01 pm
    There are 2.3 million Americans in prison or jail. The U.S. has 5 percent of the world’s population but 25 percent of its prisoners. One in three black men can expect to spend time in prison. There are 2.7 million minors with an incarcerated parent. The imprisonment rate has grown by more than 400 percent since 1970.Pick a stat, any stat. They all tell you the same thing: America is really good at putting people behind bars.It’s supposed to help the country reduce crime in two ways: incapacitation — it’s hard to be a habitual offender while in prison — or deterrence…
  • Unemployment Has Changed. Unemployment Benefits Haven’t.

    Ben Casselman
    3 Feb 2015 | 11:20 am
    When Michelle Wilson lost her job at a Baltimore logistics company in July, unemployment benefits provided her with a vital lifeline. At $430 a week, the payments didn’t come close to replacing her $47,000 annual salary. But they did allow her to pay rent and utilities and make her monthly car payments while she looked for another job.Last week, however, Wilson’s lifeline disappeared. Six months after she lost her job, her benefits ran out. Now she’s dodging bill collectors’ phone calls and trying to figure out how to hold on to the car that she needs to get to job interviews. Despite…
  • Latino Enrollment Is Critical For Obamacare, So Is It Happening?

    Anna Maria Barry-Jester
    2 Feb 2015 | 5:41 am
    This time last year, news coverage of Obamacare was shifting from the broken HealthCare.gov website to the question of whether enough people — and the right people — would sign up to make the insurance exchanges set up under President Obama’s health care law work. Now, as we enter the final month of the second open-enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the numbers look good, with the government on track to surpass the year’s signup goal of 9.1 million people.Young adults and Latinos are particularly important groups for the enrollment effort. While we have…
 
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    kai arzheimer

  • German Bundestag about to Rubberstamp Greece Bailout

    Kai Arzheimer
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:11 pm
    Update: 542 in favour, 32 voting against, 13 abstentions. Nays & abstentions all from CDU, CSU, Left, apparently. See you in June. In about an hour, Germany’s parliament will have a debate on the extension of the bailout program for Greece that is scheduled to take all of a cool 90 minutes. It will be followed by a roll call vote. Although about 30 CDU/CSU dissidents including the deputy of the Christian Democrats’ parliamentary  will vote against the government’s proposal or abstain, some North Korean-sized super majority is virtually guaranteed: The SPD and the Greens…
  • Party Identification in Germany: Not Dead Yet (1)

    Kai Arzheimer
    24 Feb 2015 | 3:35 am
    Almost a decade ago, I published an article with a cutesy title on the decline of party identification in Germany, of which I am inordinately proud. The main message of this piece was that party identification in Germany has not collapsed, but is rather declining at the glacial rate of 0.7 percentage points per year, give or take. Here is the relevant graph: Party Identification in West Germany, 1977-2002 For a more recent project, I have extended the time-series to cover the whole 1977-2012 period, right up to the begin of the 2013 federal election campaign. As it turns out, de-alignment in…
  • Six More Links I Liked

    Kai Arzheimer
    18 Feb 2015 | 1:32 am
    Philip Converse obit – The Washington Post http://t.co/NlDQS8yahl @gilaschauer: Articles in the Guardian today reminded me to be grateful that there is no #REF in Germany yet. http://t.co/G302QiQ4GX Executive summary: How to vote in Greece. H/T @A_Katsanidou http://t.co/qzo8HIq7um Crossing the line: #Farage attacks pupils’ #Ukip parody app featuring Nicholas Fromage | Politics | The Guardian http://t.co/lfhmWD4GT8 French Politics: The Extreme Right and “Entrisme” http://t.co/VvYyxFtAwI Thatcher considered UK chemical weapons programme, documents show | UK news | The…
  • Six links I liked

    Kai Arzheimer
    12 Feb 2015 | 5:21 am
    This is old news now: “In German City Rich With History and Tragedy, Tide Rises Against Immigration” – http://t.co/AyxbdmcKoQ #Pegida Mind the comma: RT @AcademicsSay: cc @CelebrityOxford http://t.co/DBZTJBZZgr Germany Reopens Case of Oktoberfest Bombing – http://t.co/MTMqAzaMNJ Nigel #Farage asked former Conservative MP Enoch #Powell to endorse #Ukip | Politics | The Guardian http://t.co/BqHsEywGwn Tweeting Ferguson: how social media can (and cannot) facilitate protest http://t.co/9XA7Hckjhv For once, my prediction was correct. Very confusing: “Members of #AfD…
  • Three Links I Liked

    Kai Arzheimer
    10 Feb 2015 | 2:10 am
    So the old @Uni_of_Essex radicalism is back, in unlikely places: For radical #Greek politicians, #TOWIE – Telegraph http://t.co/QCCbBbAslH @alexandreafonso: Marx on immigration, 1870. Could have been written today http://t.co/2wtPjsmyyz http://t.co/0bHq3ZukLF Engaging/provocative/mad as ever: Hey, who you calling a ‘Crusader’?! http://t.co/zTsMW9VK51 (@asecondmouse) The post Three Links I Liked appeared first on kai arzheimer.
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    Conservative Read

  • The Squabble Over Bibi’s Speech

    chris
    1 Mar 2015 | 2:09 pm
    Jeff Jacoby,   Charlie Rose wasn’t sure he’d heard right. National Security Advisor Susan Rice, his guest on PBS, was lamenting that the controversy over Israeli Prime Minister... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • New York City mayor marches in gay pre-St. Patrick’s parade

    chris
    1 Mar 2015 | 2:06 pm
     New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (dih BLAH’-zee-oh) has marched in snow with hundreds of participants at a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender-friendly St. Patrick’s Day parade. He... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Veteran-turned-principal vows to root out ‘pathetic cowards’ behind Twitter bullying

    chris
    1 Mar 2015 | 2:02 pm
     A United States veteran-turned-principal is getting tough on cyberbullies at his school, vowing to root out the “cowards” and punish them, after about two dozen students were... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Militants will always get through for one reason: Money

    chris
    1 Mar 2015 | 1:59 pm
     In 2011, U.S. intelligence informed French authorities that a French citizen had slipped into Yemen, probably for terrorist training. In November, the French security services placed the man,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Netanyahu flies to U.S., signs of some easing of tensions over Iran speech

    chris
    1 Mar 2015 | 1:50 pm
     The United States and Israel showed signs of seeking to defuse tensions on Sunday ahead of a speech in Washington by Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu when he will warn against a possible... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Why Socialism Failed

  • Government, Economy, and Socialism

    20 Feb 2015 | 8:24 am
    Government, Economy, and SocialismThe failure to recognize that socialized societies are NOT socialist is another fallacy perpetuated by the media.The examples abound but commonly they are concentrated along the lines:"Look at Sweden, they are Socialist, and have free nursery schools, free healthcare, etc. And they do not need capitalism to be prosperous...""Denmark has the highest happiness index and they are Socialist, aren't they?!""The Scandinavian countries have less inequality than the US, look what capitalism has brought us...""Canada is a socialist country, they have publicly funded…
  • On Income Inequality II

    18 Feb 2015 | 7:14 am
    Income Inequality, Ideology and NumbersOh, the Income Inequality, the rallying cry of the Left, how many times this tale has been spun to create a false sense of urgency, to bash success, and instigate class hatred and envy? From the Zucotti Park tents of Occupy Wall Street, to the halls of academia, the tale continues. That is, it continues until facts and numbers get in the way.A recent article in the NY Times is trying to make right while providing meaningful numbers that the income inequality has actually decreased during the period when it became the main liberal ideological…
  • Greece, Syriza and the EU

    17 Feb 2015 | 1:25 pm
    Greece, Syriza, Socialism and the EUhttp://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1692109/communist-rooted-syriza-party-wins-greece-elections-likely-shake-euroThe recent paean of the Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis from Syriza, high on ideals, short on practical suggestions, is another example of Socialist mantra; "Give us your  (EU) money so we can help the people but don't expect any return!".http://www.nytimes.com/2015/02/17/opinion/yanis-varoufakis-no-time-for-games-in-europe.html?ref=opinionVaroufakis' "proposals" do not extend beyond the Syriza election populist promises.
  • Socialist Retail, Lines, and Shortages

    4 Feb 2015 | 9:34 am
    Socialist Retail, Lines, and ShortagesThe Socialist economy, at least on paper, is geared towards satisfying the needs of the workers. The reality though was something incredibly different. The central planning despite the attempts of liberalizing it is extremely inefficient at predicting customer demand. In fact the terms supply and demand, those basic economic terms that exist in the free market economy, were not included in the Economics college courses, or if included they were decried as capitalistic means for oppressing the proletariat.The Socialist retail reality was a shining example…
  • Opening up to Cuba

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

  • Alex Jones - 2015-Feb-27, Friday

    27 Feb 2015 | 2:00 pm
    On this Friday, February 27 edition of the Alex Jones Show, we expand on the Obama administration's sack of the Internet, clueless leftists who think the FCC's "net neutrality" is a good thing and how the ATF is breaking the law to enforce its own ammo bans. Obama is unleashing backdoor gun control on the American people through executive actions and he's setting a precedent for future presidents to do the same. We also look into a new study which reveals the best places to flee when society collapses and the farmers who are staging protests against Monsanto's GMO crops. You don't want to…
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Feb-26, Thursday

    26 Feb 2015 | 2:00 pm
    On the Thursday, February 26 transmission of the Alex Jones Show, the feds are set to pass a 332-page “administrative law” - unseen by the public – regarding “net neutrality,” which would hand control and regulation over the Internet to the government, a “fix” one FCC Commissioner says is a “solution that won't work to a problem that doesn't exist.” We'll also look at the identity of the man seen in ISIS videos, and the FBI's announcement that ISIS could possibly be active in all fifty states. On today's show, leading chiropractic expert and founder of California Jam Billy…
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Feb-25, Wednesday

    25 Feb 2015 | 2:00 pm
    On this dynamic Wednesday, February 25 edition of the Alex Jones Show, we cover the net neutrality fight on Capital Hill as the Federal Communications Commission makes a move to control the internet and impose the dictates of the state and the globalists on the ability to disseminate alternative political ideas. We also cover the insanity of feminism and the push to accept obesity and ill-health as a beauty standard. Other topics covered include a move by public education to demonize capitalism, Edward Snowden’s call to stop government from trashing our rights, and Janet Yellen and the Fed…
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Feb-24, Tuesday

    24 Feb 2015 | 2:00 pm
    On this Tuesday, February 24 edition of the Alex Jones Show, we cover the war for energy occurring across the world as the globalists use energy dependence to control society. Former Minnesota governor and actor Jesse Ventura joins the show to discuss the current oil and energy situation and what we can do to take back control over our prosperity. Also, we cover the secret TSA program quizzing Americans returning to the country and the ex-FCC chief who is shocked the feds are attempting to regulate the Internet. You don't want to miss today's explosive show!1
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Feb-23, Monday

    23 Feb 2015 | 2:00 pm
    On the Monday, February 23 edition of the Alex Jones Show, conservative journalist James O'Keefe says he has a bombshell story that he's afraid endangers his life, and what happens when you ask someone to sign a overtly vague petition while wearing an Obama shirt? Veteran Bilderberg investigator, award winning journalist and author Daniel Estulin joins the broadcast today to discuss current world events and his upcoming documentary “The True Story of the Bilderberg Group,” an inside look at the world's most powerful secret society. Also today, relocation consultant, researcher and…
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    Vox - All

  • The Stafford Act plays a key role in House of Cards. Here’s how that law works.

    Sarah Kliff
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:10 am
    Warning: This post contains spoilers up through Episode 5 of House of Cards The Stafford Act is having its Hollywood moment. Passed in 1988, near the end of the Reagan administration, the act was meant to organize federal responses to national disasters and emergencies. Three decades later, it's now playing a central role in the new season of House of Cards. In the show, President Frank Underwood repeatedly invokes the Stafford Act as the law that will let him transfer $3 billion from FEMA to his new full-employment plan, America works. "The Stafford Act gives me full authority to define an…
  • Fox's new sitcom Last Man on Earth blends comedy with the post-apocalypse

    Todd VanDerWerff
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:00 am
    The Last Man on Earth, which debuts on Fox Sunday at 9 p.m. ET, has a complicated relationship with silence. As its title should indicate, this is a post-apocalyptic tale. But as its star, Saturday Night Live alum Will Forte, and its placement in Fox's Sunday night comedy bloc would indicate, it's first and foremost a comedy. Rating 4.5 It's not that American TV comedy is entirely uncomfortable with quiet, but it usually can't stand too much time without witty banter. Dialogue and music and audience laughter dominate the soundtracks of the American sitcom. And that's reflected in…
  • 130 years of facial hair trends, in one chart

    Phil Edwards
    1 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    This chart purports to show how facial hair styles in London changed from 1842 to 1972. You could call it "The Rise of the Razor." Facial hair through the ages. The data comes from a study that sociologist Dwight Robinson did back in 1976, looking at facial hair trends from 1842 to 1972. His methodology was somewhat unusual — he paged through 130 years of the Illustrated London News and counted all the beards, sideburns, and mustaches he saw. More recently, a Reddit user made the chart of Robinson's findings. Back in the 1880s, it seems like almost everybody in London had some type of…
  • The best sendoff to Spock came from the International Space Station

    Ezra Klein
    1 Mar 2015 | 8:11 am
    On Saturday, NASA astronaut Terry Virts, who is currently aboard the International Space Station, marked the passing of Leonard Nimoy with a Vulcan salute … delivered from the final frontier, and sent over Twitter. As Kyle Hill writes at Nerdist, NASA has long known the power of Star Trek in inspiring astronauts and galvanizing the public: NASA has always recognized the galvanizing power of Star Trek. Nichelle Nichols, who played Lieutenant Uhura alongside Nimoy's Spock, later became a recruiter for NASA. She toured the country encouraging diversity in astronaut applicants. Among…
  • Jimmy Kimmel got doctors to swear at cameras to convince people to get vaccinated

    German Lopez
    1 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    A bunch of doctors went on Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday with a very clear message: get your children vaccinated. "Here in LA, there are schools in which 20 percent of the children aren't vaccinated," Kimmel said, "because parents here are more scared of gluten than they are of smallpox." Kimmel explained that this is a public health problem for everyone, not just the children who don't get vaccines: "Unvaccinated kids put all children in danger, especially babies who are too young to get the vaccination shot." This is a reference to what's known as herd immunity, a coverage threshold that…
 
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    LewRockwell

  • War Without End

    Patrick J. Buchanan
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:01 pm
    If the sadists of ISIS are seeking — with their mass executions, child rapes, immolations, and beheadings of Christians — to stampede us into a new war in the Middle East, they are succeeding. Repeatedly snapping the blood-red cape of terrorist atrocities in our faces has the Yankee bull snorting, pawing the ground, ready to charge again. “Nearly three-quarters of Republicans now favor sending ground troops into combat against the Islamic State,” says a CBS News poll. The poll was cited in a New York Times story about how the voice of the hawk is ascendant again in the GOP. In…
  • What Exactly Is Terrorism?

    No Author
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:01 pm
    What is terrorism? Why do we talk much more about that than other types of deaths? Why is the word misused? What has nuclear weapons – that politicians and media hardly ever talk about – got to do with terror? Why should we all be careful not to exaggerate the phenomenon of terror? 10 x more terrorism than before 9/11 Tell you what: I’ve been critical of the ”war on terror” since September 12, 2001 and particularly since 10/7 when the war on Afghanistan started. If the War on Terror was the answer to 9/11, the U.S. and its friends asked the wrong questions. Because, what has been…
  • Vaccine Nightmare

    No Author
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:01 pm
    (NaturalNews) By all accounts, our daughter was normal before receiving the HPV vaccine. Katie performed very well in school. She was conscientious, hard-working and took pride in getting good grades. She loved dancing having taken dance classes since she was 3 years old. Katie always danced and twirled throughout our home and anywhere else she happened to be. When Katie was 10, she joined cheerleading and became involved in competition cheerleading. She was very active, taking four hours of dance class every week plus spending many more hours practicing with her competition cheer team. Katie…
  • Reject Government Cops

    No Author
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:01 pm
    The problem Questions of police accountability and efficacy have been prominent topics in the news of late.  On a disturbingly regular basis, we hear and read stories of heavy-handed responses by officers, who, instead of de-escalating confrontations as a domestic police force ought, seem to prefer committing violence on the citizenry they’re ostensibly charged to protect. What’s more, pursuant to supreme and federal court cases such as Castle Rock v. Gonzales and Warren v. District of Columbia, it is established precedent that police have no legal obligation to “protect and serve”…
  • Do You Have a ‘Black Box’ in Your Vehicle?

    No Author
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:01 pm
    The world of universal surveillance is upon us and so far not much of anything is really being said about it. Those who talk about “privacy” are written off as crackpots or malcontents. Anyone who complains about being tracked, monitored, or photographed is assumed to be guilty of some transgression against an employer, government edict, or society in general. There once were technical and practical barriers that prevented corporate and governmental entities from tracking and monitoring our every move. There also once existed political barriers that discouraged intrusive prying…
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    Pension360

  • Japan Pension’s Portfolio Overhaul Pays Dividends With Record Quarter

    Ted Ballantine
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:34 am
    A shift into riskier investments has paid off for Japan’s pension fund – at least in the fourth quarter of 2014. In late 2014, Japan’s Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) began a portfolio overhaul that involved shifting a higher percentage of assets away from bonds and into stocks. The well-publicized shift proved to be a boon for the Tokyo stock market, and the pension fund rode that wave as the fourth quarter of 2014 proved to be the second-best quarter in the fund’s history. From the Wall Street Journal: The GPIF on Friday reported a ¥6.6 trillion ($55 billion) investment…
  • Rhode Island Pension Lawsuit Won’t Be Delayed, Says Judge

    Ted Ballantine
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:26 am
    Judge Sarah Taft-Carter Lawyers on both sides of Rhode Island’s pension lawsuit had asked the court to push back the start of the trial, but a judge denied that request on Friday. The lawyers had wanted more time to prepare, but Superior Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter re-iterated that the trial will start on April 20, as planned. Carter’s remarks, reported by WPRI: “It’s time to try the case,” Superior Court Judge Sarah Taft-Carter said in open court. She described the pension cases as “old,” noting some were filed five years ago. The judge said she will file pretrial orders…
  • Moody’s: New Jersey Pension Ruling A “Credit Negative” For State

    Ted Ballantine
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:38 am
    A New Jersey Superior Court judge ruled this week that Chris Christie acted outside the law when he cut the state’s pension contributions $2.4 billion over two years. That means, pending appeal, the state will be making its full contribution in 2015 – a development that hasn’t yet been budgeted for. So while the ruling was good news for the state’s underfunded pension system, the decision is a “credit negative” for the state itself, according to Moody’s. From NJ.com: The flexibility of the state’s pension payment has been “a tool essential” to balancing the…
  • Chicago Slapped With Credit Downgrade; Moody’s Cites Pension Liabilities As City Flirts With Junk Status

    Ted Ballantine
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:34 am
    Credit rating agency Moody’s hit Chicago with a credit downgrade on Friday, cutting the city’s rating to Baa2 – two steps above junk bond status. Notably, Moody’s indicated that the city could face future downgrades even if its 2014 pension reforms withstand legal challenges. Pension360 has covered the city’s ballooning pension payments, which could exceed $1.5 billion annually by 2019. More on the downgrade from Bloomberg: “The city’s credit quality could weaken as unfunded pension liabilities grow and exert increased pressure on the city’s operating budget,” Moody’s…
  • Pension Pulse: Diving Deeper Into Caisse’s Big 2014

    Ted Ballantine
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:22 am
    The median U.S. public pension fund returned 6.8 percent in 2014. But north of the border, one of Canada’s largest public funds blew that figure away. Caisse de depot et Placement du Quebec, Canada’s second-largest pension fund, posted investment returns of 12 percent in 2014, nearly doubling the returns of its U.S. peers. Over at Pension Pulse, Leo Kolivakis dives deep into Caisse’s 2014 results. What did he find? The post is re-printed below. _______________________ By Leo Kolivakis, Pension Pulse You can gain more insights on the Caisse’s 2014 results by going directly on their…
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    Message President

  • Teacher Insentives

    1 Mar 2015 | 11:34 am
    Mr.president, the other day I came up with this idea.wich was centered around Indian taxs of wages. A 6 month tax free pay,then 6 months of straight wage tax.
  • Education Reforem

    1 Mar 2015 | 9:36 am
    Dear President Obama I have been a supporter of Education and yes you are doing everything to make Education one of the may issue and I have been busy with school to keep up on how far you have on Education is so important to me, everyone should get a change to finish school or College to make it in this world you have been working hard do make College for everyone what to go on to finish their Education you and Vice President and Second Lady have been working hard on the issue is their something that I can do to help, I work at a College and I have been tying to get other involved in making…
  • help me please

    1 Mar 2015 | 8:42 am
    Orlando,Forida , Febrero 28 de 2015 Hola espero este bien, disculpe la molestia pero necesito pedirle su ayuda pues se que usted es digno de admiracion y respeto, paso a contarle lo siguiente El dia lunes febrero 23 fui a devolver un articulo y a cambiar otros a la tienda KOLHS, cuando fui a salir de detubieron por sospecha de robo cosa que no es asi ya que yo tenia mis recibos de pago en mi billetera, la empleada de kolhs no me dejo hablar nada y me retubo mi bolso con mi billetera con los recibos de kolhs , mi chequera, social security 2 credicards, mi seguro medico y el de mi hijo, mis…
  • Ukraine needs defensive support

    1 Mar 2015 | 6:09 am
    Ukrainian Americans are grateful for the President's moral support to Ukraine against the Russia's military, economic, informational and energetic aggression against Ukraine and his leadership even ahead of Europe in applying economically debilitating sanctions against Russia throughout 2014. However, Russia has now brought out its whole arsenal of weaponry, short of air and nuclear, in its spreading land grab in a neighboring sovereign country. While Ukraine has had time to increase its forces and provide itself, with none of the substantial military support that is being lavished by the USA…
  • 1 Mar 2015 | 12:06 am

    1 Mar 2015 | 12:06 am
    Back off from Ukraine and Russia
 
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    The Vision Times » World

  • Despite the Madness of Islamic State, a Message of Forgiveness

    James Burke
    28 Feb 2015 | 7:13 am
    Amidst all the insane Islamic State horror reports, it’s encouraging to come across related stories that actually show the better side of humanity. In this BBC report above, we see how an unlikely video message about forgiveness went viral in Egypt last week after the killing of 21 Coptic Christian Egyptians in Libya by the brutal Islamic State. The viral video was made by Anne Alfred, a young Christian woman, who calls for mercy instead of hate. It has been watched over half a million times. Both Christians and Muslims have been sharing the video in solidarity against the common enemy of…
  • Reasons Why Mainland Chinese Are Thailand’s Worst Behaved Tourists

    James Burke
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:16 pm
    I’m currently based in Bangkok and I wasn’t surprised to read in a local newspaper about another Chinese mainlander causing an uproar here due to his bad behavior in northern Thailand. Mainlanders, especially those traveling in bus loads, are becoming quite infamous for it in the Kingdom. For the last couple of years they’ve been the biggest number of tourists to Thailand (i.e. 4.6 million visited in 2014) but they’re testing the patience of lot of people as you can see in the above video by Channel 4. The report in the newspaper that I read was about a mainlander who kung-fu kicked a…
  • Reasons Why Islamic State Fanatics Remind Me of Mao’s Red Guards

    James Burke
    27 Feb 2015 | 9:09 am
    When watching the above news report showing Islamic State fighters destroying priceless artifacts in a museum in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, I couldn’t but help have the feeling that I’ve seen this type of vandalism before, just different place, different time. Before you read on just make sure you view the video, as comparisons are sometimes loaded and I usually try to avoid them to make a point but in this case I feel it’s appropriate. So I’m presuming you’ve now seen the video and you’d have an understanding why the Islamic State fanatics (also known as ISIS)…
  • Say What?! Former Miss Turkey Could Get 2 Years Jail Time for Instagram Post

    James Burke
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:02 pm
    It should be a prerequisite for a political leader to be able to handle criticism and if you can’t do that, maybe you’d best go look for another job. But given th