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  • Going on vacation

    Betsy's Page
    Betsy Newmark
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:24 am
    I'll probably be unavailable for blogging over the next week as I'm going on vacation out to New Mexico. Have a wonderful 4th of July and I'll start up again when I return.
  • Sunday Talk: The GOP's id, personified

    Daily Kos
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    If you're surprised by the fact that Donald "Trump" Trump is now a leading contender for the GOP nomination for president, well then, clearly, you haven't been paying attention. Trump is, without a doubt, the biggest, richest, fastest, classiest, most elegant star in the Republican universe. When he speaks, he doesn't just speak for himself—he speaks for people like Sheriff Joe Arpaio; and for Rich Lowry*; and for Rep. Steve King; and for Monica Crowley; and for Sen. Ted Cruz. Truth be told, Trump gives voice to what millions of Republican primary voters are thinking, but dare not say…
  • Quotes of the day

    Hot Air
    Allahpundit
    3 Jul 2015 | 5:31 pm
    Coexistence. Everyone’s equal, everyone’s happy, love conquers all, and we are absolutely not heading to some dark, divisive place where the fabric of our society will be torn apart by people who, having invented “gay marriage” and imposed it on the entire country by a single Supreme Court justice, use it as a cudgel to wreak […] Read this post »
  • GOP Silver Linings

    Political Irony
    Iron Knee
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:30 pm
    © David Horsey Do you ever wonder why so little of the radical conservative agenda ever becomes reality? For example, even when the GOP controlled all three branches of our government, abortion remained legal. Remember when gays were the favorite whipping boys of Republican political candidates? And now, the Supreme Court opinion legalizing same sex marriage was written by none other than justice Anthony Kennedy, who was appointed by the sainted Ronald Reagan! This is doubly ironic as Reagan pledged to appoint only “true conservatives” to the highest court and instituted a…
  • Hispanic Leaders Say Republican Party Must Condemn Trump

    TIME
    julieshapiro2015
    3 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    (WASHINGTON) — Hispanic leaders are warning of harm to Republican White House hopes unless the party’s presidential contenders do more to condemn Donald Trump, a businessman turned presidential candidate who’s refusing to apologize for calling Mexican immigrants rapists and drug dealers. Trump’s comments, delivered in his announcement speech last month, have haunted the GOP for much of the last two weeks and dominated Spanish-language media. It’s bad timing for a Republican Party that has invested significantly in Hispanic outreach in recent years, given the…
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    The Atlantic

  • The Grass Ceiling: How to Conquer Inequality in Women's Soccer

    Hampton Dellinger
    5 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    USA Today / Reuters On Sunday, players from the U.S. and Japan’s women’s soccer teams will step onto the field in Vancouver to compete for the sport’s greatest achievement: the World Cup. But perhaps the bigger battle—one that started well before the final match and will continue well after—isn’t about a trophy or national glory. Women’s soccer teams have long fought for recognition and respect not just from the public, but also from the male organizers of the sport, and it’s a struggle symbolized by the very fields they’ve been playing on. The co-hosts of the World…
  • Tell Your Stories

    Ta-Nehisi Coates
    4 Jul 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Kevin Lamarque / Reuters It was not until perhaps the fourth or fifth draft of my forthcoming book, Between The World And Me, that it took the form of a letter. The reason for the change was literary—without any sense of who it was meant to address. Before then I had a somewhat messy vaguely linear blob of an essay. But once I angled it to my son, once I knew my audience, the train began to run on the track. I made this decision with some hesitation. "The Talk”—a conversation between black parents and their children about, but not limited to, the dangers of police brutality—has begun…
  • Letter to My Son

    Ta-Nehisi Coates
    4 Jul 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Darhil Crooks / The Atlantic And have brought humanity to the edge of oblivion: because they think they are white.           —James Baldwin Son, Last Sunday the host of a popular news show asked me what it meant to lose my body. The host was broadcasting from Washington, D.C., and I was seated in a remote studio on the far west side of Manhattan. A satellite closed the miles between us, but no machinery could close the gap between her world and the world for which I had been summoned to speak. When the host asked me about my body, her face faded from the screen, and was replaced by a…
  • China's Unsettling Stock Market Collapse

    Matt Schiavenza
    4 Jul 2015 | 5:03 pm
    An investor is reflected in a screen showing stock information at a brokerage house in Hefei, Anhui province. (Reuters) This summer has not been calm for the global economy. In Europe, a Greek referendum this Sunday may determine whether the country will remain in the eurozone. In North America, meanwhile, the governor of Puerto Rico claimed last week that the island would be unable to pay off its debts, raising unsettling questions about the health of American municipal bonds. But the season’s biggest economic crisis may be occurring in Asia, where shares in China’s two major stock…
  • Is American Literature Too Dark for TV?

    Spencer Kornhaber
    4 Jul 2015 | 1:05 pm
    Warner Bros For 44 years, PBS’s Masterpiece franchise has brought high-end Britain TV programs to American audiences. While the ultra-successful Downton Abbey comes from an original screenplay, many of Masterpiece’s shows over the years have been adapted from great works of literature. And the vast majority of those great works of literature, unsurprisingly, have been British. But every so often, an American novel—like James Agee’s A Death in the Family or Willa Cather’s The Song of the Lark—has been turned into a Masterpiece. On Friday at the Aspen Ideas Festival, Rebecca Eaton,…
 
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    Daily Kos

  • Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: Fear Not!

    5 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Linda Greenhouse on the politics of fear, and what happens when people stop being afraid. When he ran for president the second time almost half a century ago, Richard M. Nixon made Earl Warren’s Supreme Court a target of his campaign. It was a brilliant move.... Fear was in the air, fear that Nixon and his henchmen knew how to exploit. I thought of Nixon last week as I watched the parade of Republican would-be presidents outdoing one another in denouncing the "lawless" and "brazen" Supreme Court. With its "hubris and thirst for power," the court threatens "the very foundations of our…
  • Sunday Talk: The GOP's id, personified

    4 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    If you're surprised by the fact that Donald "Trump" Trump is now a leading contender for the GOP nomination for president, well then, clearly, you haven't been paying attention. Trump is, without a doubt, the biggest, richest, fastest, classiest, most elegant star in the Republican universe. When he speaks, he doesn't just speak for himself—he speaks for people like Sheriff Joe Arpaio; and for Rich Lowry*; and for Rep. Steve King; and for Monica Crowley; and for Sen. Ted Cruz. Truth be told, Trump gives voice to what millions of Republican primary voters are thinking, but dare not say…
  • Open thread: Southern heritage, powerful politics and displaced millionaires

    4 Jul 2015 | 8:01 pm
    What's coming up on Sunday Kos ... The Southern heritage that Lost Causers would like us to ignore, by Susan Grigsby The legitimate, though unpopular, case for more politicians in Washington, by Steve Singiser The powerful politics of Barack Obama's eulogy for Clementa Pinckney, by Denise Oliver Velez Temporarily displaced millionaires, Mark E Andersen A Heritage of Hatred, Brutality, Treason, Terrorism & Lies, by Frank Vyan Walton What do we do now that the fight for a living wage is achieving results, by Ian Reifowitz Being a Liberal in Texas is not all that bad, by Egberto Willies
  • This week at progressive state blogs: AL giveaway to private schools; CT Dems making budget worse

    4 Jul 2015 | 5:00 pm
    This week in progressive state blogs is designed specifically to focus attention on the writing and analysis of people focused on their home turf. Let me know via comments or Kosmail if you have a favorite state- or city-based blog you think I should be watching. Inclusion of a diary does not necessarily indicate my agreement or endorsement of its contents. At Dakota Free Press, caheidelberger writes—Board Flip-Flops for Colonialism, Keeps “Harney” on South Dakota’s Highest Peak: Not everything went well in Pierre yesterday. Across the street from the Capitol, the South Dakota Board…
  • This week in the war on workers: Here's why expanding overtime is so important

    4 Jul 2015 | 3:55 pm
    President Obama's announcement that his administration plans to expand overtime protections was very good news for workers. Raising the amount under which all salaried workers are eligible for overtime pay from less than $24,000 to more than $50,000 means that workers will either get paid fairly for the time they work or they'll get more time off work, likely meaning jobs created for other workers. The video above is a perfect example of the kind of abuses Obama's move will block. As Jared Bernstein writes: Trust me on this: you'd be very hard pressed to come up with a rule change or…
 
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    Drudge Retort

  • Mayweather May Lose Belt Won in Pacquio Fight

    shane
    4 Jul 2015 | 5:06 pm
    It turns out Floyd Mayweather Jr. had to do more than just beat Manny Pacquiao to hold the World Boxing Organization 147-pound championship belt. The undefeated fighter was also supposed to vacate his World Boxing Association and WBO 154-pound belts. But, according to ESPN's Dan Rafael, the 38-year-old fighter had failed to do so, which means on Monday, he could lose the one he won in May. If the WBO does, indeed, strip Mayweather of the 147 lbs. belt, it won
  • Romney Criticizes Trump for Comments About Mexicans

    rcade
    4 Jul 2015 | 3:42 pm
    Mitt Romney criticized the real-estate mogul and presidential candidate Donald Trump on Saturday, saying he was damaging the Republican Party with his comments linking Mexican immigrants to crime. "I think he made a severe error in saying what he did about Mexican-Americans," Romney said. Some of Trump's Republican rivals, like Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey, former governors Jeb Bush of Florida and George E. Pataki of New York, have also taken issue with his comments.
  • Some Blacks Are Defenders of Confederate Flag

    matsop
    4 Jul 2015 | 12:45 pm
    For many Americans, the Confederate battle flag is an unmistakable symbol of slavery and oppression.But for Karen Cooper, a black woman who was born in New York but later settled in Virginia, the flag embodies something else entirely. "I actually think that it represents freedom," the ardent tea party supporter says in a video interview that's been making the rounds online. "It represents a people who stood up to tyranny."Cooper is a member of the Virginia Flaggers, an activist group that rejects the idea that the Confederate flag is a symbol of racism and hate.
  • What the Declaration of Independence Claims

    Corky
    4 Jul 2015 | 11:54 am
    Randy Barnett, ((I))Washington Post((/I)): Today, while all Americans have heard of the Declaration of Independence, all too few have read more than its second sentence. Yet the Declaration shows the natural rights foundation of the American Revolution and provides important information about what the founders believed makes a constitution or government legitimate. It also raises the question of how these fundamental rights are reconciled with the idea of "the consent of the governed," another idea for which the Declaration is famous.
  • Man in Texas Mocks Alligator, Jumps in Bayou, Dies

    rcade
    4 Jul 2015 | 10:37 am
    A 28-year-old man ignored a "no swimming" sign warning of alligators and jumped in the bayou at Burkart's Marina near the Louisiana border Thursday night, was attacked by a gator and killed. Tommie Woodward, 28, and an unidentified woman jumped in. The woman was unhurt. "He removed his shirt, removed his billfold ... someone shouted a warning and he said 'blank the alligators' and jumped in to the water and almost immediately yelled for help," Orange County Justice of the Peace Rodney Price said.
 
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    Editor's Blog

  • The Latest from Walksconsin

    Josh Marshall
    4 Jul 2015 | 7:15 am
    Some delightfully revealing developments out of Wisconsin, where Scott Walker's Republican legislative majorities have passed out of committee a provision canceling Wisconsin's 'open records' law, some form of which exists in almost every state, though more comprehensively than most in Wisconsin. As the State Journal puts it, "The proposal blocks the public from reviewing nearly all records created by lawmakers, state and local officials or their aides, including electronic communications and the drafting files of legislation. The language was included in the final version of the state’s…
  • 139 Years Ago Today

    Josh Marshall
    4 Jul 2015 | 6:31 am
    July 4th, 1876: First newspaper report of General Custer killed at Little Big Horn.
  • Why Do We Pledge?

    Josh Marshall
    4 Jul 2015 | 6:28 am
    Where did the Pledge of Allegiance come from and when did we start doing it? Here's the story.
  • We're Looking For A Features Intern!

    Nona Willis Aronowitz
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:15 pm
    TPM is looking for a Features Intern to assist with TPMCafe, our op-ed section, and The Slice, our features section that gets to the gut-level, human side of (mostly) American culture and politics. The Slice publishes researched essays, personal narrative and voicey reported pieces on things like politics, sex, identity, crime, history, pop culture and family. Read what we’ve published so far here, and read more from the editor here and here. Read More →
  • Hiring a Junior Front End Developer

    Josh Marshall
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:09 am
    We're hiring a new Junior Front End Developer to help us build out the publishing platform that will shape the future of digital journalism. Interested? Full listing after the jump ... Read More →
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    Political Animal

  • July 4th Tip o' the Day

    4 Jul 2015 | 1:55 pm
    I'm going to close up shop a little early today because you're probably all busy firing up the grill anyway. But before I go, here's my tip o' the day: When they start playing this song, the fireworks big finale is about to begin. So get your "oohs" and "ahhs" ready (who am I kidding, you knew that already, didn't you?) Enjoy!!!
  • Iowa Catholics Want to Talk About Climate Change

    4 Jul 2015 | 12:26 pm
    As 2016 candidates criss-cross Iowa these days, Catholics are being encouraged to talk to them about climate change. This week Bishop Richard Pates wrote an op-ed in the Des Moines Register. The pope repeatedly calls for dialogue about how we can come together to act on climate change. He says that "reducing greenhouse gases requires honesty, courage and responsibility" (169). Pope Francis is challenging us all to have an open and honest conversation about the problem and available solutions. As presidential candidates make their way across our great state during the political caucus season,…
  • Perfect Timing for the New Overtime Rule

    4 Jul 2015 | 9:50 am
    The June jobs report (223,000 jobs added and unemployment rate down to 5.3%) extends the longest period of private sector job growth in our country's history. But there are two things that are causing concern. First of all, the labor force participation rate (LFPR) dropped 0.3 percentage points to 62.6%. As I've written before, it is important to keep in mind that there are several factors that affect this number: 1. The increasing number of baby boomers who are retiring 2. The increasing number of high school graduates who are going directly to college 3. The number of people who find it…
  • Our Journey is Not Complete

    4 Jul 2015 | 7:33 am
    Earlier this week I wrote about how President Obama talked about patriotism in his speech at the 50th anniversary of the march in Selma. But on this anniversary of the day we declared our independence, I am also reminded that he talked about how our current challenges are grounded in the aspirational ideals of that document during his 2013 inaugural address. Each time we gather to inaugurate a President we bear witness to the enduring strength of our Constitution. We affirm the promise of our democracy. We recall that what binds this nation together is not the colors of our skin or the tenets…
  • Daylight Video

    4 Jul 2015 | 6:26 am
    Happy Independence Day! If you'd like some music for your activities today, Spotify created a playlist of songs for the 4th of July. Number one on their list is Bruce Springsteen's "Born in the USA." But I'm actually listening to a more recent tune by him that expresses my sentiments today.
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    The New Republic

  • What the New $10 Bill Should Really Look Like

    Madison Johnson
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:21 am
    The U.S. Department of Treasury is asking for public input on its plans to put a woman on the $10 bill in 2020. The American Association of University Women (AAUW) has taken the government up on its offer by rede
  • This Is What Your Hot Dog and Burger Are Doing to the Planet

    Rebecca Leber
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:20 am
    When Americans fire up their grills on Independence Day, they'll dump up to 882 million pounds of carbon pollution into the atmosphere—the equivalent of burning 2,145 railcars of coal. And that doesn’t even in
  • “It’s Time That Writing Took Something Back From the Internet”

    Gideon Lewis-Kraus
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Joshua Cohen’s Book of Numbers has been ably, if lazily, describedas ‘the Great American Internet novel,’ but for the most part these comparisons have dwelled on the book’s preoccupations—distraction and voyeurism, mobility in junkspace, raids on privacy and t
  • The Queen of American Gothic

    B.D. McClay
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    “Let me tell you about this girl,” a fourteen-year-old declares breathlessly, “she’s prettier than I am, but she’s my best friend. … Her name’s Hilda. … I try to do a lot of the things she does, but of course she’s always better.” The main thing Hilda and her friend do together,
  • The Story of the Only Irishman Ever Deported From Ireland

    Elaine Teng
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Jimmy Gralton is not a household name, but as the only Irishman ever deported from Ireland, he’s certainly an intriguing candidate to receive movie treatment. An early Irish communist, Jimmy’s life and times are the subject of
 
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    MichelleMalkin.com

  • Vigilance is patriotic

    Michelle Malkin
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:19 am
    Vigilance is patriotic by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2015 My fellow Americans: If you see something, say something — even if it means CAIR will threaten to sue you. Multiple federal agencies and the Department of Defense are on high alert for a possible Islamic terrorist attack on U.S. soil this Independence Day weekend. They’ve increased security at military bases and sent bulletins to law enforcement officials across the country. The heightened stance comes in the wake of a bloodthirsty ISIS call to arms for Ramadan; multiple jihad outbreaks in Kuwait, France…
  • Obama admin: Honor the spirit of Independence Day by convincing your family this gov’t mandate is awesome

    Doug Powers
    3 Jul 2015 | 5:55 am
    **Written by Doug Powers The Obama administration wants you to remind your family and friends this 4th of July that nothing honors the spirit of the occasion more than a gigantic government mandate. Obamacare’s the best thing that ever happened to independence, even if some of your family members are in denial: The Obama administration wants you to bring a side of healthcare politics to your family picnic this weekend. After ObamaCare’s big win at the Supreme Court last week, federal health officials are serving up some tips about talking to family members who may be…
  • Activist worlds collide: Anti-cop demonstrator protected by police

    Doug Powers
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:38 pm
    **Written by Doug Powers Wednesday evening, the movement Disarm NYPD continued their “no cop zones” crusade with a flag burning at a Brooklyn park. Veterans and bikers counter-protested and chased off the vermin after they’d managed to set fire to an American flag. That’s when one demonstrator decided just this once it might be a good idea to disregard the anti-cop group’s mission statement: When word got out that the flag burning was underway, dozens of counter protesters, along with the NYPD, sprinted toward the scene. Emotions quickly escalated and one biker…
  • Feel the Bern, Hillary! Packed house in Madison, WI cheers Bernie Sanders’ plan to turn US into Greece

    Doug Powers
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:19 pm
    **Written by Doug Powers With Greece going down the crapper overseas and the Obama administration working the plunger, Bernie Sanders is pitching his plan to re-create it in America. Judging from this crowd in Madison, Wisconsin, Sanders has some backing. Feel the Bern, Hillary: Sanders calls for a political revolution in Madison. pic.twitter.com/L5ZIztpHFH — Dan Merica (@danmericaCNN) July 2, 2015 Bernie Sanders in Madison is a natural draw — like Buddy Hackett in the Catskills. Hillary can draw adoring crowds that large, but they’re all “reporters” and Clinton…
  • Fanning the flames of another black church arson hoax

    Michelle Malkin
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:06 am
    Fanning the flames of another black church arson hoax by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2015 America is still reeling from the horrific Charleston, S.C., massacre at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church that claimed the lives of nine innocent people. The last thing the community and our country need are hysterical journalists compounding the pain with inflammatory reporting on an unsubstantiated “epidemic” of black church arsons. On Monday, a Baltimore Sun lead editorial decried “a series of mysterious fires at African-American churches across the…
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    TIME

  • Christie Won’t Pledge to Undo Iran Deal

    Zeke J Miller
    4 Jul 2015 | 1:39 pm
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Saturday that while he is deeply troubled by the emerging Iranian nuclear agreement, he would not pledge to undo it should he take office. Speaking to Republicans on July 4th in this lakeside vacation town, Christie sought to differentiate himself from the other 15 GOP candidates for president, casting himself as a leader who would carefully consider all options. “I’m not one of those guys who’s going to say to you, ‘on Day One I will abrogate the agreement,'” Christie said, noting that the American president could not just act…
  • Hillary Clinton Hopeful For Iran Nuclear Deal Next Week

    Zeke J Miller
    3 Jul 2015 | 1:59 pm
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday that she is hopeful that a nuclear agreement with Iran can be reached before next week’s deadline, indicating support for the draft agreement that may or may not come into force. Speaking to a crowd of about 850 largely college-aged supporters on the campus of Dartmouth College, Clinton addressed the latest deadline for the P5+1 nuclear talks in Vienna, July 9, saying “these things always come down to the wire.” “I so hope that we are able to get a deal in the next week that puts a lid on Iran’s nuclear…
  • Romney to Host Rubio, Christie for July 4th

    Zeke J Miller
    3 Jul 2015 | 10:24 am
    Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is hosting two of his would-be successors Friday night at his home for the July 4th holiday. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio are marching in the Wolfeboro, N.H. Fourth of July parade—the largest in the state—on Saturday morning, just blocks from the Romney family vacation home in the bucolic lakeside town. “Governor Romney heard that his friends, Governor Christie and Senator Rubio, along with their families, would be in Wolfeboro over the July 4th holiday weekend,” a Romney spokesperson…
  • Hispanic Leaders Say Republican Party Must Condemn Trump

    julieshapiro2015
    3 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    (WASHINGTON) — Hispanic leaders are warning of harm to Republican White House hopes unless the party’s presidential contenders do more to condemn Donald Trump, a businessman turned presidential candidate who’s refusing to apologize for calling Mexican immigrants rapists and drug dealers. Trump’s comments, delivered in his announcement speech last month, have haunted the GOP for much of the last two weeks and dominated Spanish-language media. It’s bad timing for a Republican Party that has invested significantly in Hispanic outreach in recent years, given the…
  • Supreme Court Justices Earn Free Trips and More on the Side

    ryantbeckwith
    2 Jul 2015 | 2:43 pm
    Before inspiring celebration, debate and dictionary searches last week, the majority of the U.S. Supreme Court managed to squeeze in some globetrotting—on someone else’s dime. Six of the court’s nine members received paid trips to Europe in 2014, including to Berlin, London and Zurich, as reported on the justices’ annual financial disclosure reports released Thursday. The excursions are just some of the many perks that come with having the final word on the nation’s laws. The reports—which detail the stock holdings, travel, spousal income, gifts and debts…
 
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  • Top US, Iranian diplomats locked in nuclear talks

    5 Jul 2015 | 4:23 am
    VIENNA (AP) — U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif are locked in negotiation with just two days left before their latest deadline for a comprehensive nuclear pact.
  • Heavy US-led raids on IS Syria 'capital' kill dozens

    5 Jul 2015 | 2:51 am
    A US-led coalition has carried out some of its heaviest air strikes yet on the Islamic State group's de facto Syrian capital, killing more than 30 people, including six civilians. In Raqa, the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said at least 30 people had been killed in US-led coalition strikes late Saturday and early Sunday. The US-led coalition said the strikes were some of its heaviest since it began carrying out raids against IS in Syria last September.
  • Yes or no? Greeks vote on high-stakes bailout referendum

    5 Jul 2015 | 2:28 am
    ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greeks were voting Sunday in a referendum on their nation's financial future, with opinion polls showing that residents were evenly split on whether to accept creditors' demands for more austerity in return for rescue loans or defiantly reject the deal.
  • Ministers back to Vienna for final Iran nuclear deal push

    5 Jul 2015 | 12:10 am
    Foreign ministers from major powers were expected back in Vienna Sunday seeking to score a huge diplomatic success by nailing down a nuclear deal with Iran after almost two years of intense effort. "Extending the talks is not an option for anyone... We are trying to finish the job," Iran's lead negotiator Abbas Araghchi told Iranian TV late Saturday, saying there was a "positive atmosphere". Diplomats said that on one of the thorniest issues -- sanctions relief for Iran -- a compromise may have been worked out, at least among the experts thrashing out the complex…
  • Lagos store brings modern African luxury to Nigeria's rich

    4 Jul 2015 | 11:55 pm
    Take a sought-after architect, add the king of "new Africa cuisine" and a smattering of famous designers, and you get a concept-store in Lagos that seeks to bring modern African luxury to Nigeria's ultra-rich. The chaotic, cosmopolitan metropolis has largely failed to cater for its mega-rich minority despite a big appetite for high-end shopping and eating in a country that houses 11 of Africa's 50 biggest fortunes, according to Forbes magazine. Nestled in the heart of Lagos, the store does not attract droves of shoppers in a country where the vast majority still lives on…
 
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    Political Irony

  • If a Trump Falls in the Forest, Does it Make a Sound?

    Iron Knee
    4 Jul 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Jon Stewart has a good point. Donald Trump is not the problem. The problem is us. Why do we pay attention to anything Trump says? Trump is following the traditional right-wing script. Now he’s whining about being America’s whipping post because he’s willing to bring up things like immigration that nobody else wants to talk about. Poor me, says Trump. First of all, Trump is certainly not the only person who is talking about immigration. Obama tried to talk about solving the problem of illegal immigration, but was soundly denounced by the Republicans. And Trump’s…
  • Late Night Political Humor

    Iron Knee
    3 Jul 2015 | 11:15 pm
    “Donald Trump announced that he’s running for president. During his speech he told the crowd that if elected he would be ‘the greatest jobs president that God ever created.’ Then God said, ‘Hey, don’t drag me into this publicity stunt.'” – Jimmy Fallon “In his presidential announcement speech yesterday, Donald Trump pledged to become ‘the greatest jobs president that God ever created’. This is from the man who coined the catch phrase ‘You’re fired’.” – Conan O’Brien “Donald Trump is running for…
  • GOP Silver Linings

    Iron Knee
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:30 pm
    © David Horsey Do you ever wonder why so little of the radical conservative agenda ever becomes reality? For example, even when the GOP controlled all three branches of our government, abortion remained legal. Remember when gays were the favorite whipping boys of Republican political candidates? And now, the Supreme Court opinion legalizing same sex marriage was written by none other than justice Anthony Kennedy, who was appointed by the sainted Ronald Reagan! This is doubly ironic as Reagan pledged to appoint only “true conservatives” to the highest court and instituted a…
  • Jihad!

    Iron Knee
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:15 pm
    I will never recognize it in my heart because God gave marriage between a man and a woman and that’s what marriage is. And I don’t think the court – since it never defined marriage – doesn’t have the right to redefine it. God gave us marriage. Period. And God doesn’t change his mind. I’m disappointed because the government is recognizing sin. This court is endorsing sin. That’s what homosexuality is – a sin against god. You better be ready and you better be prepared because it’s coming. There will be persecution of Christians for our stand. – Franklin Graham (son of…
  • Love and Respect

    Iron Knee
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:27 am
    Some quotes from Helen Philpot (of Margaret and Helen): It’s just so odd that all this hatred and discrimination seems to be emanating from a bunch of Republicans who claim to represent Jesus. Now there is a conundrum. As a Christian politician do you abide by the law of the land and treat others with love and respect or do you follow the teachings of Jesus and treat others with love and respect? Such a dilemma. If a government is able to show more compassion than your church, maybe you should join another church. The way I see it, you can use your bible to justify hatred, and you can use…
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  • Why Vote 'Yes'

    4 Jul 2015 | 5:51 pm
    I am the grandson, son and brother of three Greek Prime Ministers that have devoted their lives to the ideals of democracy. A central theme in their worldview was that deepening the institutions of democracy, a paramount end in itself, is also the best means to a flourishing and vibrant economy. Time and again, government after government, we have been promised the freedoms of democracy and the flourishing economy that institutions of democracy brings. And each time we have not wavered from wanting these freedoms and ideals. Each time our governments have failed us. Each government has…
  • Jeb Bush: Donald Trump's Immigration Remarks Offensive

    4 Jul 2015 | 4:38 pm
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush says he is personally offended by rival Donald Trump's recent remarks about Mexico and immigrants and calls the remarks far outside the mainstream of Republican thought. "I don't think he represents the Republican Party, and his views are way out of the mainstream of what Republicans think," Bush told reporters after marching in Fourth of July parades in Amherst and Merrimack, New Hampshire. "No one suggests that we shouldn't control our borders - everybody has a belief that we should control our borders," he said. "But to make…
  • The Times Doctrine on Bernie Sanders

    4 Jul 2015 | 4:38 pm
    On the fourth of July, the New York Times gave its readers a first extended look at the political history of Bernie Sanders in Vermont. The article, by Sarah Lyall, is titled "Bernie Sanders's Revolutionary Roots Were Nurtured in '60s Vermont." This sketch of the young Sanders is free of obvious malice. It would serve its purpose less effectively if it were malicious. The attitude that Lyall adopts toward Senator Sanders is, instead, mildly and cheerfully disparaging -- affectionate, but at the proper distance of condescension; ironically agreeable, as you are allowed to be in dealing with a…
  • Ten Reasons Why You Should Care About D.C. Voting Rights

    4 Jul 2015 | 4:23 pm
    For the last several years, I have marked Independence Day by making note of the fact that taxation without representation is alive and well in Washington, D.C. today. As a former District of Columbia resident who is now living fully represented in California, I am surprised by the indifference that exists to the plight of Washington's 658,893 residents who are heavily taxes yet have no voting representation in Congress. It seems maybe we have become too comfortable with this denial of liberty, so I decided to put together the slide show below and offer one simple challenge: name one…
  • Greece's Referendum Question Is Confusing Everyone

    4 Jul 2015 | 3:42 pm
    Greeks will vote in a referendum Sunday on whether the government should accept a proposed bailout deal which would provide critical funding if the country implements more economic and labor reforms. The problem is that the question is so unclear, many don't really understand what Greece is actually voting for or against. The BBC, which provided an English translation of the referendum question, warned readers: "For those who can't read Greekdebtspeak, well, you're on your own." Greece will hold a referendum on Sunday with a question as complex as the situation: http://t.co/gfnnYLBJwH #bbcqt…
 
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    Media Matters for America - Latest Items

  • Fox News Contributor Instructs GOP Presidential Candidates To Follow Trump's Lead On Immigration

    2 Jul 2015 | 9:07 am
    From the July 2 edition of Fox News' America's Newsroom:Previously:  Fox News Rallies To Defend Donald Trump After NBC Announces Split On CNN, Angelo Carusone Discusses Macy's Business Decision To Dump Donald Trump O'Reilly Gives Donald Trump A Platform To Continue Calling Latin American Immigrants Rapists And Criminals
  • Megyn Kelly Uses Ann Coulter's Book To Defend Donald Trump's Comments About Immigrants

    2 Jul 2015 | 8:26 am
    Fox's Megyn Kelly leaned on Ann Coulter's new racist, anti-immigration book to defend presidential candidate Donald Trump's disparaging comments about Hispanic immigrants. During his June 16 campaign launch, Republican candidate Donald Trump characterized Mexican immigrants as criminals and "rapists," saying, "When Mexico sends its people ... they're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists." Trump claimed that "the U.S. has become a dumping ground for everybody else's problems." In an attempt to explain his remarks, which have…
  • Right-Wing Media Seize On Inaccurate New York Times Report To Attack CNN's Begala

    2 Jul 2015 | 7:37 am
    Right-wing media are seizing on a New York Times report that misleadingly stated that Paul Begala sought "talking points" from the State Department before a CNN appearance to discuss Hillary Clinton's tenure as secretary of state to attack the CNN contributor as biased. But in the email in question, Begala actually requested a "briefing," not talking points.Recently-Released Email Shows Begala Requested "Briefing" Before CNN Appearance Begala: "Who Should I Talk To At State About Getting A Briefing On What [Hillary Rodham Clinton] Has Accomplished In The First 100…
  • Daily Caller Headline: "Barack Obama, Wife Beater"

    2 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Conservative blog The Daily Caller posted an article with the headline: "Barack Obama, Wife Beater." The July 1 post, posted just before midnight with an anonymous "Daily Caller contributor" byline, featured just five words -- "He's wearing a wife beater" -- accompanied by two pictures of President Obama, in which a "wife-beater" sleeveless shirt is visible under his white dress shirt. The headline read "Barack Obama, Wife Beater."  As of Thursday morning, the piece was featured on The Daily Caller's homepage. 
  • O'Reilly's Hypocrisy: Admits He Won't Tolerate Interviewers Asking About His Lies, But Blackballs Guests Who Avoid His Questions

    2 Jul 2015 | 6:16 am
    From the July 2 edition of Fox News' The O'Reilly Factor: O'REILLY: When I go on as an interview subject, I will tell the interviewer, face-to-face, eye-to-eye, 'look, I'm not going to answer stuff from the far-left website sewer. I'm not going to enable them or empower them at all.' And when politicians say to me, 'look, I can't answer this, that, and the other thing,' then I'll make a determination on whether I'm going to have them on the show or not. We told somebody the other day, 'look, we're not going to have you…
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    The Women's International Perspective

  • ‘Pehchan’ Has Given Transgender People A New ‘Pehchan’ (Identity)…

    Katharine Daniels
    4 Jul 2015 | 7:47 am
    by Shobha Shukla, Countercurrents.org, India - So said Priya when I met her at the community dinner on the eve of the recent 3rd Hijra Habba (Habba is a Kannada word meaning festival) event organized by Pehchān project in association with India HIV/AIDS Alliance in Delhi, that brought together over 350 hijras and transgenders from across the country to focus attention and demand implemenation of their constitutional rights. Her serene poise and calm demeanour immediately attracted my attention. Priya, a transgender from Hyderabad, and now a Training Officer with India HIV/AIDS Alliance’s…
  • Tunisia declares state of emergency

    BBC News - Home
    4 Jul 2015 | 6:34 am
    Tunisia declares a state of emergency, just over a week after 38 people were killed in attack in the resort city of Sousse.
  • China factory collapse traps workers

    BBC News - Home
    4 Jul 2015 | 6:34 am
    At least 14 people are missing after a shoe factory collapses in eastern China, according to Chinese state media.
  • Migrants disrupt tunnel traffic between France and UK

    Al Jazeera English
    4 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    Dozens of migrants trying to stow away on vehicles crossing the Channel by tunnel broke through fences at Calais.
  • Iraqi jets drop leaflets over Mosul promising to recapture city

    Reuters: World News
    4 Jul 2015 | 6:26 am
    BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi jets dropped leaflets over Mosul telling residents that Islamic State fighters would soon be driven from the northern city, saying details of the operation would be broadcast on a new radio station.
 
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    This Week in Blackness | #TWIBnation

  • Video/Audio Editor Needed

    Ebonie Ledbetter
    5 Jul 2015 | 3:37 am
    TWiB! Media, an independent media company, is looking for a part-time video/audio editor. This is an on-site position in the Berkeley, California, area. We’re looking for an editor who is highly familiar with and/or experienced in the following: Proficient in Premier Pro, Photoshop, and Audition Can work in PC or Mac environment Experience with Blackmagic Design ATEM Television Studio a plus, but not necessary This is a part-time position with afternoon/early evening hours. If you feel you are qualified for this position, please submit your resume and samples of your work via email to…
  • Whites Riot: That’s Not What Joe Strummer Had in Mind

    David Von Ebers
    5 Jul 2015 | 3:37 am
    So, they’re at it again. In the aftermath of Ohio State’s (unexpected) victory over Oregon in the first-ever College Football Playoff Championship Game – is that what it’s called? There have been so many iterations of the college football championship it’s hard to know what’s what – students at OSU’s campus in Columbus, Ohio, were up to the kind of post-sports-championship hijinks we’ve come to expect. NBC News reports that a crowd of roughly 8,000 people “poured out of bars to celebrate” the win, converging on the football stadium, tearing down the goal posts, and…
  • Oscar Nominations’ Lack of Diversity Spurs Social Media Hashtag #OscarsSoWhite

    Shane Paul Neil
    5 Jul 2015 | 3:37 am
      The lack of diversity in the 2015 Oscar nominations sparked an outcry in the Twitterverse on Thursday. Twitter users loudly shared their thoughts using the hashtag #OscarsSoWhite. The hashtag is largely made up of comical takes on the Movie Academy’s notorious lack of diversity in membership as well as its history of not acknowledging the work of people of color. According to Media Diversified, an organization that highlights the lack of representation of people of color in the media, the lack of diversity in the Academy Awards is no surprise, with 94 percent of its members…
  • Oh, My Brother

    David Von Ebers
    5 Jul 2015 | 3:37 am
    You never forget the sound of the telephone ringing At 6:30 in the morning. You never forget the sound of your father’s voice. You never forget the little lie he told because the awful truth Was too much to bear in the morning’s bitter light. You never forget the sound of your own voice Wailing at the foot of the bed. My brother John died of suicide twenty-four years ago today. If you need help, please call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or contact the American Foundation for the Prevention of Suicide. The post Oh, My Brother appeared first on #TWIBnation.
  • There’s Something I Should Have Told You

    David Von Ebers
    5 Jul 2015 | 3:37 am
    I don’t really know how to write this. I don’t even know where to begin. There’s a thing I’ve kept to myself – well, mostly to myself – for a very long time, and I’ve always thought it was nobody’s business. Well, mostly nobody’s business. But I keep wondering if it’s really that simple. What if it’s nobody’s business as a general rule, but in certain circumstances, by keeping something to yourself you’re being dishonest. Not because anybody really has the right to know, in the abstract, but because you’ve chosen to stake out certain positions and to make certain…
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    Wonkette

  • Lather Up Your Sexy 4th Of July Body With These Homemade JAMS!

    Mojopo
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:15 am
    Is your 4th of July hot, steamy and patriotic? Cool your body off with some nice summer JAM! This recipe was originally published here, but now it is here! Enjoy! Are you sick and tired of buying factory made jam? Good, me too. Abandon your jars of unnatural concentrates and throw away the shackles of commercially prepared pectin! We are going to make our own jams! Read more on Lather Up Your Sexy 4th Of July Body With These Homemade JAMS!…
  • A Children’s Treasury Of Sexy Fourth Of July Patriotic Musical Videos

    Doktor Zoom
    4 Jul 2015 | 7:45 am
    For your America Day enjoyment, we proudly present this retread/update of a 2011 post by “Wonkette Jr,” whose actual identity is lost to time — truly, we are standing on the shoulders of an unknown giant. Since not even YouTube is Forever, we also pruned the dead links and added all-new Patriotic Content! Read more on A Children’s Treasury Of Sexy Fourth Of July Patriotic Musical Videos…
  • What Is Wonkette Ramming Down Your Throat This Fourth Of July?

    Mojopo
    3 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    This post originally ran … a different time! But now it is for the Fourth of July, so that you may eat the corn dogs that spring forth from it. Corn dogs. It has come to this, and the devil is dancing tonight! Read more on What Is Wonkette Ramming Down Your Throat This Fourth Of July?…
  • Barack Obama’s Terrible, Horrible, Badass, Balls Out Rager Of A Week

    Evan Hurst
    3 Jul 2015 | 11:15 am
    Oh look at the White House all BRAGGIN’ and shit. That Nice Time video above was provided to yr Wonkette (and by “provided,” we mean we went to the White House website and copied the embed code) as a way of illustrating how Barack Obama just had one of the most badass weeks of his entire presidency, a week bigger than the best weeks of Sarah Palin’s, Ronald Reagan’s, your mom’s, and Jesus’s presidencies COMBINED. Read more on Barack Obama’s Terrible, Horrible, Badass, Balls Out Rager Of A Week…
  • Girl Scouts Sneak Past Secret Service, Camp Out On White House Lawn

    Doktor Zoom
    3 Jul 2015 | 10:30 am
    Ok, this is just all kinds of cute — to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the National Parks system and Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” healthy-stuff initiative, and also because there’s just never a bad time to have photos of smiley kids with the POTUS and the FLOTUS, the Obamas hosted a whole gaggle of Girl Scouts from all over the country for a campout on the south lawn of the White House. It was almost as cute as that time Obama wore a tiara or the other time he met the little scouts at the White House science fair. Read more on Girl Scouts Sneak Past…
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    Hot Air

  • Open Thread: Throw away your smartphones. We’re switching to telepathy

    Jazz Shaw
    4 Jul 2015 | 1:01 pm
    Open up wide Too much of the early discussion today (for those with time to check in at Hot Air on a holiday) has been on depressing topics about the wavering future of democracy, the rending of the social fabric and other Gloomy Gus topics. But it’s important to focus on the positive and believe in the limitless […] Read this post »
  • Dear flag fighters: that rainbow used to mean something different too

    Jazz Shaw
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:01 am
    Changes As the debate over the Confederate Battle Flag continues to occupy the interest of the media we are constantly reminded of precisely who is “right” and who is on the wrong side of history. Listening to the talking heads on cable news you’d be tempted to think that, much like climate change, the social science […] Read this post »
  • Independence Day 2015

    Jazz Shaw
    4 Jul 2015 | 5:01 am
    Beginnings Greetings and salutations on this most patriotic of days. I hope that this Independence Day finds you all safe and well, with plenty of time to spend with friends and family, as well a chance to contemplate the past and future of our country. Given the importance which I’m sure most of you reading this […] Read this post »
  • Quotes of the day

    Allahpundit
    3 Jul 2015 | 5:31 pm
    Coexistence. Everyone’s equal, everyone’s happy, love conquers all, and we are absolutely not heading to some dark, divisive place where the fabric of our society will be torn apart by people who, having invented “gay marriage” and imposed it on the entire country by a single Supreme Court justice, use it as a cudgel to wreak […] Read this post »
  • Film Review: Terminator Genisys

    C.T. Rex
    3 Jul 2015 | 4:01 pm
    "Why do you cry?" As the joke goes, with Terminator and Jurassic Park movies in theaters again ahead of a looming Bush vs. Clinton election, you might think you have actually time-traveled back to the 1990s.  (Un?)fortunately the only time travel going on is in Terminator Genisys, which is the Hollywood hive mind’s latest attempt to create the perfect box office killing […] Read this post »
 
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    Real Politix » Real Politix

  • Tips And Tricks For Investing In The Stock Market

    Randy
    5 Jul 2015 | 2:50 am
    TIP! Be sure to use free resources to check out the reputation of any potential brokers. By taking the time to investigate their background, you leave yourself less open to the possibility of investment fraud. If you’re just started to get involved with the stock market, it is an exciting time. Depending on your long-term financial goals, there are many different methods by which you can get into the stock market. Before you invest, general market knowledge is needed. Here you can indulge yourself in learning what it takes to become successful with investing. TIP! When you are investing…
  • Excellent Advice For Anyone Thinking Of Purchasing A Home

    Randy
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:28 pm
    TIP! You need to stay moderate when you are dealing with real estate purchases. Do not be too extreme with your offers. When you purchase real estate it’s very exciting, but can also be quite stressful. If you do not have the appropriate information, you can potentially make mistakes that you will have to live with for a long time. To help you avoid these mistakes, make sure that you read the essential real estate purchasing tips featured below. TIP! If you have children or plan on having them, you should look for a home with enough room for a family. Think about the safety of a home…
  • The Things They Did Not Tell You About Insurance

    Randy
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:29 pm
    TIP! You can bundle your insurance policies if you want to save money on your insurance. Often times, insurance companies will offer a significant discount to consumers who purchase multiple policies from them, such as home and auto. There are so many different kinds of policies that it is easy to get lost in it all. To ascertain what insurance types you need, and what is the most cost effective way of getting them, read some of the hints in this article. TIP! You can lower your insurance premiums by raising your deductible, but it can have some negative consequences. However, you need to…
  • Check Out These Fantastic Work From Home Business Ideas!

    Randy
    28 Jun 2015 | 4:14 am
    TIP! Any expense incurred by you for business purposes, such as lunch with a client, may qualify as a legitimate tax deduction. The costs of these meetings are legitimate, tax-deductible business expenses. Life is notorious for delivering sucker punches that can really knock the wind out of you. After being steadily employed for many years, you can suddenly become unemployed, and you are unsure of what your next step should be. Has the idea of a home-based enterprise ever occurred to you? This article will give you suggestions on getting started with your own business. TIP! Finding the right…
  • Use These Tips For Successful Stock Market Investing

    Randy
    27 Jun 2015 | 11:30 pm
    TIP! Check out your potential investment broker’s reputation before giving him or her any money. Investigating an investment broker’s background is the best way to protect yourself from investment fraud. Has owning a portion of a company been a part of your dream? If so, then investing in the stock market may be for you. Before you put any of your money into the stock market, there are a number of things you should know. The information you need is contained in this article. TIP! Set small, reachable goals when you first start investing. For the most part, instant wealth is not a…
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    FamousDC

  • Famous Friday [Round Up]

    fdc
    3 Jul 2015 | 10:39 am
    Famous Friday Round Up   #WEEKEND Weather: Keep your rain gear on standby! This Saturday’s 4th of July is looking a bit grey with a 50% chance of thunderstorms and a high of 81. Sunday is mostly sunny with a high of 85  but might bring some rainy skies in the evening hours. Awesome events […] The post Famous Friday [Round Up] appeared first on FamousDC.
  • An Open Letter to GOP Staffers by Kathryn Rudloff

    Sarah Gunion
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:39 pm
    Former DC resident and vetted Republican Party staffer, Kathryn Staczek Rudloff submitted this letter to famousdc@gmail.com earlier this week. We were happy to be a forum for Kathryn’s concerns; and we encourage all others to submit your thoughts/ rants/ funny stories/ love letters/ and snide remarks to us via email. Have something to say? Tell us. Thanks for […] The post An Open Letter to GOP Staffers by Kathryn Rudloff appeared first on FamousDC.
  • FamousDC July

    Paige Gress
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:05 pm
    Jeff Tiller Meaghan Webster Daniel Lippman Lyndsey Fifield Tim Hanrahan Kathy Morgan Michael Falcone Anna Jensen Brendan Buck The post FamousDC July appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Happy Birthday to Our Fabulously Famous Editor!

    Sarah Gunion
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:39 am
    Wishing the happiest of birthdays to our amazing editor, Marie Formica! Marie is all things famous for DC: smart, funny, quick, ambitious, savvy, and MORE! She keeps us in line and inspired every single day. She also knows literally everything about the Internet. Thanks for being born, Marie! We don’t know what we’d do without you. […] The post Happy Birthday to Our Fabulously Famous Editor! appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Happy Independents Day! (Yes, We Mean Independents)

    fdc
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:30 am
    It’s that time of year again, when Americans all across the nation celebrate the pride, freedom, and honor they feel from the right to be… An Independent. Independents day is a reminder that today and everyday Independents celebrate the right to be indecisive, the solace of knowing you can always rely on hindsight bias, and […] The post Happy Independents Day! (Yes, We Mean Independents) appeared first on FamousDC.
 
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    Business and finance

  • Throwing more money at homeowners

    4 Jul 2015 | 7:46 am
    Payday!IN APRIL, Britain's prime minister, David Cameron, who was then campaigning in the run up to the general election, said:That wish to pass something on is about the most basic, human and natural instinct there is…That home that you have worked and saved for belongs to you and your family…And with the Conservatives, the tax man will not get his hands on it.Despite being in government for the previous five years, Mr Cameron had been unable to cut inheritance tax. His coalition partners had blocked reform of the current system, of a 40% tax payable on assets worth over and above…
  • Air guitar

    4 Jul 2015 | 6:20 am
    THE roll-call of A-list celebrity pilots is a long one. John Travolta, Harrison Ford, Morgan Freeman, Tom Cruise, Angelina Jolie and Kurt Russell all have pilot licences and their own private aircraft to fly. If helicopter licences are included then the list extends to Clint Eastwood, Gisele Bundchen, a supermodel, and Jay Kay, a singer.Given the combination of jet-setting lifestyles and vast wealth, it is little surprise that so many famous names take to the skies using their own wings. But Bruce Dickinson, the frontman of Iron Maiden, a heavy metal band, has always been one to push…
  • Where there's a will, there's a way to buy votes

    4 Jul 2015 | 4:22 am
    BRITAIN'S government had a budget deficit of 5.2% of GDP in the past financial year and is aiming to eliminate that shortfall by 2018-2019. As a result, this week's Budget is expected to reveal a £12 billion ($18.7 billion) crackdown on welfare spending. So this might seem an odd time to be announcing a cut in taxes. Or, at least, any tax breaks ought to be targeted on improving the country's appalling productivity record.But no. The first Budget leak concerns a change to the inheritance tax laws to exempt domestic property worth less than £1m. The current limit, which covers the value of…
  • Greek tragedy

    3 Jul 2015 | 7:13 am
    ANALYSING a country’s debt sustainability sounds dry and nerdy. But the analysis the IMF prepared for Greece in late June spells out the truly tragic consequences of the Greek electorate’s decision in January to vote in a populist government led by Alexis Tsipras, the prime minister and leader of the radical-left Syriza party. Greece has gone from a position where both its economy and its underlying debt position were on the mend, to one where it will need bucketfuls of further rescue finance from official creditors together with more debt relief, the IMF shows.Worse, these calculations…
  • Untameable market

    3 Jul 2015 | 3:50 am
    FOR most of the past year, when Chinese stocks seemed capable only of rising, much commentary focused on how the government was in control of the market, pushing and prodding shares into a bull run of epic proportions. A violent correction since the start of June has exposed this view as a fallacy. Regulators have flailed about trying to halt the rout, with little effect. The Shanghai Composite, the country’s main index, has fallen nearly 30% in less than a month. The sell-off of small-cap stocks, which had led the rally, has been even sharper. Chinese regulators may have more levers to…
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    Democracy Now!

  • "We Shall Overcome": Remembering Folk Icon, Activist Pete Seeger in His Own Words & Songs

    3 Jul 2015 | 5:27 am
    We end our Fourth of July holiday special remembering the late legendary folk singer and activist Pete Seeger. For nearly seven decades, Seeger was a musical and political icon who helped create the modern American folk music movement. We air highlights of two appearances by Seeger on Democracy Now!. Interspersed in the interviews, Seeger sings some of his classic songs, "We Shall Overcome," "If I Had a Hammer" and "Where Have All the Flowers Gone." He also talks about what has been described as his "defiant optimism." "Realize that little things…
  • "This Flag Comes Down Today": Bree Newsome Scales SC Capitol Flagpole, Takes Down Confederate Flag

    3 Jul 2015 | 5:08 am
    On June 27, Bree Newsome, a 30-year-old African-American woman, was arrested at the state Capitol after scaling the 30-foot flagpole and unhooking the Confederate flag. As police officers shouted at her to come down, Bree Newsome shimmied to the top, took the flag in her hand and said, "You come against me with hatred and oppression and violence. I come against you in the name of God. This flag comes down today!" Newsome recited Psalm 27 and the Lord’s Prayer as she brought the flag down. As soon as she reached the ground, she was arrested, along with James Tyson, who had stood at…
  • "What to the Slave is 4th of July?": James Earl Jones Reads Frederick Douglass' Historic Speech

    3 Jul 2015 | 5:02 am
    In a Fourth of July holiday special, we begin with the words of Frederick Douglass. Born into slavery around 1818, Douglass became a key leader of the abolitionist movement. On July 5, 1852, in Rochester, New York, he gave one of his most famous speeches, "The Meaning of July Fourth for the Negro." He was addressing the Rochester Ladies Antislavery Society. This is actor James Earl Jones reading the speech during a performance of historian Howard Zinn’s acclaimed book, "Voices of a People’s History of the United States." He was introduced by Zinn.
  • As Black Churches Burn Across the South, Are White Supremacist Attacks Continuing After Charleston?

    2 Jul 2015 | 5:47 am
    The FBI is launching an investigation into fires set at seven different African-American churches in seven days. So far none of the blazes have been labeled as hate crimes, but investigators say at least three fires were caused by arson. The fires began on June 21, just days after the Charleston massacre, and have occurred in six different states: Tennessee, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Florida and Ohio. We are joined by Richard Cohen, president of the Southern Poverty Law Center, which has been tracking these most recent fires.
  • As France Suspends Soldiers for Child Sexual Abuse, Will UN Tackle Impunity for Western Peacekeepers?

    2 Jul 2015 | 5:35 am
    In the latest allegations of child sex abuse by Western troops in the countries they are supposed to be protecting, France has suspended two soldiers accused of sexually abusing two children in Burkina Faso. The soldiers reportedly filmed themselves abusing one of the victims, a five-year-old girl. The suspension of the French soldiers comes weeks after it emerged the U.N. failed to investigate allegations of sexual exploitation of children by French troops in the Central African Republic. Even after the exploitation was brought to the attention of senior U.N. officials, the U.N. never…
 
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    Outside the Beltway

  • Friday Foto

    Steven L. Taylor
    3 Jul 2015 | 9:45 pm
    A new feature from me:  a weekly photo. This week:  Savannah Sunset: More from Savannah, GA here.
  • Federal Government Threatens To Hold Up New Redskins Stadium Unless Team Changes Name

    Doug Mataconis
    3 Jul 2015 | 10:32 am
    In the latest round in the ongoing saga involving the name of the Washington Redskins, the Obama Administration is apparently threatening to block efforts by the team to build a new stadium in Washington, D.C. unless the team name is changed: Efforts to lure the Washington Redskins back to the District have come up against a potentially insurmountable challenge: the Obama administration’s objections to the team’s name. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell told D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser this spring that the National Park Service, which owns the land beneath Robert F. Kennedy Memorial…
  • The U.S. Just Recorded Its First Measles Death In 12 Years

    Doug Mataconis
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:37 am
    For the first time in twelve years, an American hospital has recorded a death due to measles: Health officials on Thursday confirmed the country’s first measles death since 2003, and they believe the victim was most likely exposed to the virus in a health facility in Washington state during an outbreak there. The woman died in the spring; a later autopsy confirmed that she had an undetected measles infection, the Washington State Department of Health said in a statement. The official cause of death was announced as “pneumonia due to measles.” The woman was at…
  • Nerdiest Joke Ever?

    James Joyner
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:23 am
    Paul Grenfell nominates this vanity plate:  
  • Alcohol Tax Weirdness

    James Joyner
    3 Jul 2015 | 5:59 am
    The gang at the Tax Foundation have produced maps showing how each of the 50 states tax wine, beer, and spirits. There is no obvious rhyme or reason: Not only do wine, beer, and liquor face different tax rates within each state, but there is also a large disparity in the tax rates between different states. These rates can range from $0.02 per gallon on beer in Wyoming, to $35.22 per gallon on distilled spirits in Washington. Some states (like Alabama) tax all alcoholic beverages with relatively higher rates than other states, but some states tax the three products very differently. For…
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    ThinkProgress

  • 21 Great Americans Who Aren’t The Founding Fathers

    Kay Steiger
    4 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Every Fourth of July, Americans gather to celebrate, among many things, Independence Day and the Founding Fathers. America is basically obsessed with old white dudes. Just look at the money we use: until Treasury Secretary Jack Lew said they would add “a woman” (the identity of whom has yet to be specified) to the $10 bill, presidents, Founding Fathers, and other white men grace our paper money. But America’s history is so much more complex than that, filled with activists and radicals who pushed America to its limits. Like our great nation, none of them is perfect, but they…
  • For At Least 4,000 Immigrants, This Independence Day Has Special Meaning

    Esther Yu-Hsi Lee
    4 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    As many as 4,000 immigrants are raising their right hands this week to take the citizenship oath, just in time to celebrate Independence Day. The United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) agency held more than 50 naturalization ceremonies spanning the country in locations as historic as Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello in Charlottesville, Virginia and the USS Midway in San Diego, CA, as well as in public libraries and city halls. For new citizens, the ceremony itself isn’t simply a reflection of the thousands of dollars spent in application fees that allows them to…
  • The Truth Behind Facebook’s Real Name Policy

    Lauren C. Williams
    4 Jul 2015 | 5:04 am
    Facebook has a real name problem. CEO Mark Zuckerberg broke his silence this week regarding the company’s strict “real name” policy, which requires users to use their legal name, or some semblance of it, and has controversially exposed members of the LGBT community and others just trying to escape online harassment as a result. Harassment and controversy aside, the social network’s real name policy chips away at the common belief that communication is best facilitated through alter egos and pseudonyms. Rather that anonymity is a barrier to true global communication…
  • The NBA’s Smartest Team Decided To Make A Woman Their Head Coach This Summer

    Judd Legum
    3 Jul 2015 | 2:06 pm
    Today, the San Antonio Spurs announced that Becky Hammon will serve as their head coach during the NBA Summer League in Las Vegas. It is the first time a woman has been the head coach for an NBA Summer League team. Becky Hammon to coach @Spurs at @NBASummerLeague in Las Vegas! pic.twitter.com/cTLQ7Q9fX0 — NBA (@NBA) July 3, 2015 Hammon, a former standout player in the WNBA, serves as an assistant coach for the Spurs during the regular season. She is the first full-time female assistant coach in league history. The Spurs are widely regarded as the smartest and best coached team in the…
  • Is The Declaration of Independence A ‘Scientific Paper’?

    Joe Romm
    3 Jul 2015 | 12:03 pm
    Nearly twelve score years ago, the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Interdependence: When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they…
 
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    Slate Articles

  • Amicus: The Term in Review

    Dahlia Lithwick
    4 Jul 2015 | 11:05 am
    Listen to Episode 23 of Slate’s Amicus:
  • The $45 Smart Water Bottle

    Phoebe Gavin
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:05 am
    We already have an absurd selection of gadgets to tell us what our bodies are doing. But do any of them track water intake in real time? Yes! The body-tech craze has (almost) reached your water bottle.
  • The Wine Edition

    Cathy O'Neil
    3 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Listen to Episode No. 60 of Slate Money:
  • When Fireworks Go Wrong

    Lindsay O'Neal
    3 Jul 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Every year, Americans spend millions on fireworks, and every year, amateur efforts fail in spectacular ways. In 2009,Lindsey O'Neil dug up some inspired disasters from around the country. Watch the video above.
  • A Brief History of the Bikini

    Julia Turner
    3 Jul 2015 | 12:10 pm
    This holiday weekend, Americans will be cavorting on the beach, many of them in swimwear that covers as little as possible. In 2006, Julia Turner traced the history of the bikini to explain its exploding popularity. The article is reprinted below.
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    Political Mojo | Mother Jones

  • Obama Just Came Out Hard Against the Washington Football Team’s Racist Name

    Edwin Rios
    2 Jul 2015 | 4:06 pm
    In an irony that will surely be lost on team owner Dan Snyder, the Washington Redskins are being kicked off their land. From the Washington Post: Interior Secretary Sally Jewell told D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser this spring that the National Park Service, which owns the land beneath Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium, was unlikely to accommodate construction of a new stadium for the Redskins unless the team changes its name. Jewell oversees both national park land and America's trust and treaty relationships with Native American tribes. Her decision not to extend the District's lease of…
  • The Combined Black Workforces of Google, Facebook, and Twitter Could Fit on a Single Jumbo Jet

    Josh Harkinson
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    We already knew that Google, Facebook, and Twitter employed relatively few African Americans, but new details show that the gap is truly striking. All three companies have disclosed their full EEO1 reports, detailed accounts of their employees' race and gender demographics that the law requires them to submit to the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. The reports show that out of a combined 41,000 Twitter, Facebook, and Google employees, only 758, or 1.8 percent, are black. To put this in perspective, all of those workers could fit onto a single Airbus A380. Have a look: African…
  • Sorry, Obama. The Founding Fathers Loved Peas

    Tim Murphy
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:31 am
    On Wednesday, after the New York Times proposed adding peas to guacamole (what's next, mayonnaise?), President Barack Obama announced that the proper way to make guacamole is with avocado, onions, garlic, and hot pepper. It wasn't the first time the leader of the free world had disparaged peas. In 2011, when Congress stalled on raising the debt ceiling, he announced that it was time for all parties involved to "eat our peas"—swallow the tough pill, if you will. But Obama's anti-pea polemic, published just days before the Fourth of July, puts him at odds with an important group of…
  • Wow, That's a Yooge Crowd to See Bernie Sanders

    Tim Murphy
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:29 am
    Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) called for a "political revolution" at a campaign rally at Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Madison, Wisconsin, on Wednesday night, and just a few people showed up: With Bernie Sanders about to come on in Madison, the arena is more or less full. pic.twitter.com/TXMV7Agtfz — Dan Merica (@danmericaCNN) July 2, 2015   Another view of the crowd for @BernieSanders. pic.twitter.com/e0Oyf63pzs — Alex Seitz-Wald (@aseitzwald) July 2, 2015 Sanders' campaign estimated the crowd at about 10,000 people, the largest rally by any candidate during the 2016 campaign.
  • Obama Just Gave the World the Perfect Guacamole Recipe

    Ben Dreyfuss
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:09 pm
    The internet freaked out this afternoon after the NYT suggested we put peas in our guacamole. What is this, Soviet Russia? Then IJR's Justin Green tweeted at President Obummer about it and he answered!   respect the nyt, but not buying peas in guac. onions, garlic, hot peppers. classic. https://t.co/MEEI8QHH1V — President Obama (@POTUS) July 1, 2015 Obama is right. Peas in guacamole is disgusting.
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    Latest from Crooks and Liars

  • Open Thread - Flag In The Night Sky

    Bluegal aka Fran
    4 Jul 2015 | 8:30 pm
    Happy Independence Day! This remarkable photo by Chicago photographer Jeff Lewis, via DailyMail. Open thread below....
  • C&L's Late Nite Music Club - Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture

    Bluegal aka Fran
    4 Jul 2015 | 8:00 pm
    Listen without fireworks. Still stirring. What are you listening to this 4th of July?
  • Don't Try This At Home, Kids

    Karoli
    4 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
    You've all heard the admonition from Mom, right? "Be careful or you'll put your eye out!" Well, Mom was right, and so is the US Consumer Product Safety Commission, who put together a video demonstrating what fireworks can do to humans who aren't careful or buy rogue fireworks. Of course, that very serious video needed some very serious editing, so Gizmodo obliged and set it to music, just for fun. Raw Story: In the hilarious and slightly frightening video below — edited down and set to chipper music by the folks at Gizmodo — you get to see mannequin hands blown off, plastic eyes put out,…
  • Midday Open Thread - Corporate Media Logic.

    Bluegal aka Fran
    4 Jul 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Via Occupy Democrats / Facebook. Open thread below...
  • Stephen Moore Makes Excuses For Corporations' Race To The Bottom On Wages

    Heather
    4 Jul 2015 | 2:00 pm
    From this Friday's Your World with Neil Cavuto, during a segment fearmongering once again that the United States is going to turn into Greece because we've got cities across the country that are going bankrupt, The Heritage Foundation's Stephen Moore does his best to make excuses for business executives refusing to share the wealth with their employees. BUTTNER: Jessica, isn't that what it comes down to? I mean, there's a lot of differences between us and Greece and our cities and Greece, but the bottom line is too much money going out, not enough coming in. ERLICH: Well I think there's more…
 
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    Scholars and Rogues | Progressive Culture

  • Carson McCullers: trying to understand why love is so difficult…

    Jim Booth
    5 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    In The Ballad of the Sad Cafe and in her short stories Carson McCullers seeks again and again after the same goal: to discover why love is so difficult to find and even more difficult to keep…. Carson McCullers’ literary … Continue reading →
  • Happy 4th from S&R

    denvertvguy
    4 Jul 2015 | 7:45 am
  • Your Daily Devotional for July 3, 2015

    Jeff Tiedrich
    3 Jul 2015 | 8:16 am
    America, drunk at noon on July 4: “C’mere England, I’ll kick your ass all over again!” America, drunk at 2am on July 5: “I miss you England, why did we break up?” Your Daily Devotional is a lightly-edited entry from … Continue reading →
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    liselwright
    2 Jul 2015 | 5:46 pm
  • Your Daily Devotional for July 2, 2015

    Jeff Tiedrich
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:28 am
    Quilting bee: old ladies get together and make a quilt. Bumble bee: old ladies get together and make a bumble. Your Daily Devotional is a lightly-edited entry from my Twitter feed. Follow me at @jefftiedrich Your Daily Devotional for July … Continue reading →
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    Power Line

  • “Green” Taxes Out of Control in Great Britain

    John Hinderaker
    5 Jul 2015 | 2:42 am
    At breakfast this morning, I did something I hadn’t done in years–I read a physical newspaper, the Sunday Telegraph. The headline on the front page reads, “U-turn on ‘excessive’ green taxes.” The story documents one more step in the inevitable unraveling of “green” energy policies. Britain’s new Conservative government has something to do with it, too: The cost of subsidizing new wind farms is spiraling out of control, government sources have privately warned. Officials admitted that so-called “green” energy schemes will…
  • Congratulations, Joe!

    John Hinderaker
    5 Jul 2015 | 2:15 am
    I have been in London for the last five or six days, hence not writing about the news. The occasion is Joe Malchow’s wedding, which was yesterday. Joe has done the technical work on this site since he was a freshman at Dartmouth, which must be at least ten years ago. He has overseen the evolution of the site and is responsible for the design and software we are now using. In addition, Joe and a partner are in the internet advertising business and have developed techniques to maximize ad revenue for sites like ours. So we owe Joe a lot. Along the way, he has become a good friend. Joe met…
  • For the 4th: Old-Fashioned American Story Telling from . . . LA?

    Steven Hayward
    4 Jul 2015 | 4:22 pm
    People knock LA for not having a real literary culture. “What happens to civilization when it hangs its hat in LA?”, asks longtime Power Line friend Christopher Flannery today on the debut of the new site Even in LA.  The site offers old fashioned—that is, patriotic—short story telling. Beauty in a man or a country is the outward glow of inward goodness. It is the goodness that is most worthy of love, but beauty calls attention to the loveworthy thing. Beauty awakens love, and since no man or country can live without love, and since I live in this country, I was thinking about what…
  • How Are We Having This Conversation?

    Steven Hayward
    4 Jul 2015 | 2:20 pm
    Lo and behold, the New York Times has finally branched out into satire. The following interview appeared on July 2 at their Opinionator blog site: George Yancy: I’d like to begin with an observation — maybe an obvious one — that the task of engaging race or whiteness in philosophy has been taken up almost exclusively by nonwhite philosophers. My sense is that this is partly because whiteness is a site of privilege that makes it invisible to many white philosophers. I also think that some white philosophers would rather avoid thinking about how their own whiteness raises deeper…
  • In Council Bluffs, the mania of Bernie

    Scott Johnson
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:25 am
    From deep under cover, reader Dave Begley emails us this lively report on last night’s campaign activities in Iowa, featuring Bernie Sanders’s standing room only rally in Council Bluffs: I attended Bernie’s meeting last night in Council Bluffs, Iowa (photo above). There were about 3,000 people there and many were from Nebraska. I wore my Carleton College shirt and was in complete disguise. The average age was about 30 compared to an average age of about 50 at Jindal’s event. Bernie spoke for 75 minutes. Way too long. He has to cut at least 20 minutes if not more. Bobby…
 
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    The Daily Dish: Andrew Sullivan

  • It Is Accomplished

    Andrew Sullivan
    26 Jun 2015 | 10:21 am
    As Gandhi never quite said, First they ignore you. Then they laugh at you. Then they attack you. Then you win. I remember one of the first TV debates I had on the then-strange question of civil marriage for gay couples. It was Crossfire, as I recall, and Gary Bauer’s response to my rather earnest argument after my TNR cover-story on the matter was laughter. “This is the loopiest idea ever to come down the pike,” he joked. “Why are we even discussing it?” Those were isolating  days. A young fellow named Evan Wolfson who had written a dissertation on the subject…
  • 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…
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    WSJ.COM

  • Ends No Longer Meet in Puerto Rico

    3 Jul 2015 | 8:09 pm
    Business leaders see the island’s debt crisis as a spur to cut government spending, but the dependency on an expansive welfare system is deep.
  • Oregon Backs Hefty Rise in Health-Insurance Premiums

    3 Jul 2015 | 11:48 am
    Oregon regulators approved big premium increases sought by health plans for 2016 under the health law, signaling the cost of insurance for people who buy it on their own could jump.
  • Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb Enters Democratic Presidential Race

    2 Jul 2015 | 7:05 pm
    Former Virginia Sen. Jim Webb announced he was entering the 2016 presidential race, the fifth major candidate to compete for the party nomination and a decided underdog.
  • Pension Plan Cut Jeb Bush's Taxes

    2 Jul 2015 | 5:21 pm
    The GOP candidate used a little-known but perfectly legal tax strategy to set aside an annual average of $350,000 for the last five years for his company’s retirement plan.
  • In Newark, Governor Makes Shift on Schools

    2 Jul 2015 | 5:13 pm
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie bragged during a videotaped panel discussion a year ago that he warned Newark’s new mayor about who was in charge of the schools in the troubled state-operated district.
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    Lew Rockwell: The LRC Blog

  • The Disastrous Secession From Great Britain

    Gary North
    3 Jul 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Remnant Review Lots of people celebrate July 4. I do not. The Declaration of Independence justified armed secession. It was signed by a handful of lawyers on July 4, 1776. Secession was a way of transferring a great deal of power to colonial legislatures, where most of these lawyers were members. It was a way of replacing governors appointed by the King with governors elected by men of the colonies. Then the law of unintended consequences once again made itself felt: higher taxes, hyperinflation, price controls, default on state debts, and (in 1788) a new centralized government that dwarfed…
  • Important Self-Defense Lesson

    No Author
    3 Jul 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Covington VA –-(Ammoland.com)- A former Cable News Network (CNN) reporter, Chuck de Caro, and his wife, Lynne Russell, who is a former CNN anchor, were involved in an attempted holdup in New Mexico. The result, as documented in the coverage below, was a violent shootout.  Lynne was not hurt, Chuck was shot, but is expected to survive, and the bad guy is deceased. Lynne opened their hotel room door to get something from the car, when a man pushed his way through the door, armed with a handgun.  After taking Chuck’s briefcase, the bad guy turned and started shooting.  Chuck returned fire…
  • What If Gold Is Declared Illegal?

    Bill Bonner
    3 Jul 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Over the weekend, the lines in Greece stretched along the street. Around the corner. Down the block. Lines to get cash. Lines to buy gas. Lines of people eager to get their hands on something of value. Food. Fuel. Cash. Pity the poor guy who was last in line… …the poor taxi driver, for example, standing behind 300 other people, trying to get 200 lousy euros out of an ATM. Like a tragic nightclub customer… among the last to smell the smoke. By the time he headed for the exit, it was clogged with desperate people, all struggling to get through the same narrow door at the same time.
  • My ‘Soldier of Fortune’ Days

    Fred Reed
    3 Jul 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Shot in Lebanon just before the 241 Marines were killed by the suicide truck, utterly preventable except for the stupidity of the State Department and the lack of balls of the Marine command. Don’t get me started. All photos mine.   Those were wilder times, hardier times, memorable and loose. The veterans of Vietnam were not yet aged and, as happens after wars, did not settle easily into selling air filters at the NAPA outlet. They had lain atop Amtracs in the tropical night, with star shells blazing white in the sky and the smoke trailing almost solid and the distant roar and thump of…
  • Acid Reflux, Gas, Bloating?

    Margaret Durst
    3 Jul 2015 | 10:01 pm
    INDIGESTION – From gas and bloating to acid reflux – if you have it, you want to get rid of it. But don’t fall for something that just gets rid of the symptoms, look to address the underlying cause. Most indigestion is the result of INSUFFICIENT ENZYMES and/or INSUFFICIENT STOMACH ACID. The most common remedy is some sort of acid blocker that makes proper digestion impossible. Antacids and acid blockers perpetuate the problems of indigestion. They neutralize or block stomach acid, preventing the stomach from digesting food. A vicious cycle is then set up since more acid is needed to…
 
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    Political Wire

  • Bonus Quote of the Day

    Taegan Goddard
    4 Jul 2015 | 5:48 pm
    “The crime is raging and it’s violent. And if you talk about it, it’s racist.” — Donald Trump, in an interview with Fox News, defending his comments that many Mexican immigrants are rapists and drug users.
  • Hispanic Leaders Call on GOP to Condemn Trump

    Taegan Goddard
    4 Jul 2015 | 7:36 am
    “Hispanic leaders are warning of harm to Republican White House hopes unless the party’s presidential contenders do more to condemn Donald Trump, a businessman turned presidential candidate, who’s refusing to apologize for calling Mexican immigrants rapists and drug dealers,” the AP reports. “Trump’s comments, delivered in his announcement speech last month, have haunted the GOP for much of the last two weeks, and dominated Spanish-language media. It’s bad timing for a Republican Party that has invested significantly in Hispanic outreach in recent…
  • How the South Skews America

    Taegan Goddard
    4 Jul 2015 | 7:31 am
    Politico: “A lot of the traits that make the United States exceptional these days are undesirable, like higher violence and less social mobility. Many of these differences can be attributed largely to the South… Minus the South, the rest of the U.S. probably would be more like Canada or Australia or Britain or New Zealand—more secular, more socially liberal, more moderate in the tone of its politics and somewhat more generous in social policy. And it would not be as centralized as France or as social democratic as Sweden.”
  • Trump Must Disclose Profits from His ‘University’

    Taegan Goddard
    4 Jul 2015 | 7:18 am
    Vice News reports that as Donald Trump’s empire “hemorrhages money, we’re getting closer than ever to learning the details of his business practices. In the past, Trump’s net worth has been notoriously hard to pin down, and experts have said it’s likely a much lower number than he suggests. But earlier this week, a federal judge ruled that Trump will have to clarify some of his murky finances, as part of an ongoing lawsuit over a ‘university’ Trump named after himself.” Courthouse News Service has more on the case.
  • Quote of the Day

    Taegan Goddard
    4 Jul 2015 | 6:32 am
    “I take a backseat to no one when you look at my record in standing up and fighting for progressive values.” — Hilary Clinton, quoted by Politico.
 
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    Mother Jones

  • Stop Buying in Bulk

    Eric Holthaus
    5 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    This story was originally published by Slate and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. If you're like me, you writhe in guilt-ridden anguish each time you forget to bring your canvas tote to the grocery store. But in the rare times we do remember our reusable bags, Americans tend not to think much about what we actually put inside them, according to a new survey. The takeaway: We waste a lot of extra food (and money) simply because we don't shop often enough. As big of a problem as it is, food waste rarely makes the news. There was some buzz a while back about France's…
  • Music Review: "Alerado (Take 2)" by Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

    Jon Young
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:10 am
    TRACK 2 "Alerado (Take 2)" From Duke Ellington & His Orchestra's The Conny Plank Session GRÖNLAND Liner notes: Get your cool on, '70s style, with a swinging mix of lounge organ, breezy flute, and brassy orchestral flourishes. Finger snapping encouraged. Behind the music: German producer and sound engineer Conny Plank collaborated with Ellington on this unreleased session before he became known for his work with Kraftwerk and Eurythmics. Check it out if you like: Later Duke (not as consistent but still rewarding). We couldn't find audio for "Alerado (Take 2)" online, but that doesn't…
  • We Love America, and You Should, Too

    Ben Dreyfuss and James West
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    James West: Okay. How to start. How to start? Ben Dreyfuss: July 4th! America! That great American holiday wherein we celebrate some bit of the American story. I think the earliest bit. Or the earliest official bit? We aren't celebrating the stuff with the Mayflower. JW: So the idea is we're chatting about what makes this holiday so great for Americans and America and by extension the world, because for Americans: America is the world. It's a bit off-brand for Mother Jones, no? BD: You could say that, yes. We don't have a lot of stories called "America Is Great." JW: It's usually: "America:…
  • 3.5 Minutes, 10 Bullets, and 1 Racially Charged Tragedy

    Hannah Levintova
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    On Black Friday 2012, 17-year-old Jordan Davis, who was sitting with three friends in a car at a Florida gas station, cranked up the rap on the stereo. Three and a half minutes later, he was dead, shot at 10 times by Michael Dunn, a middle-aged white man bristling at the black teens' "thug music." In a new documentary, 3-1/2 Minutes, Ten Bullets, director Marc Silver explores the perfect storm of racism and lax gun laws that led to the killing. The film, which opened in theaters this month, comes at a time when a lot of racially motivated tragedies have been in the news—the…
  • John Boehner: "I'm Sorry, but a Gun Is Not a Disease"

    Jaeah Lee
    2 Jul 2015 | 2:34 pm
    Last week, after a shooter killed nine parishioners at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, the House Appropriations Committee quietly voted on a bill to effectively block any funding for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to research the causes of gun violence in America. At a press conference last Thursday, a reporter from WNYC's The Takeaway asked House Speaker John Boehner about the committee's vote, which was just part of a decades-long string of Republican rejections of official efforts to study gun violence. Boehner responded with this familiar argument:…
 
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    Guardian: UK Politics

  • Osborne accuses BBC of 'imperial ambitions' and calls for savings

    Rajeev Syal
    5 Jul 2015 | 4:17 am
    Chancellor says broadcaster must contribute to cutting deficit and be scrutinised further to ensure it does not crowd out newspapers and their websites George Osborne has accused the BBC of becoming “imperial in its ambitions” following reports that he plans to raid the institution to help cover the benefits bill. In an interview days before his first budget as the chancellor of a Conservative government, he said the publicly funded broadcaster must also make a contribution to dealing with the deficit. Continue reading...
  • If Labour wants to win in 2020, it must chose Liz Kendall as leader | John Reid

    John Reid, former home secretary
    5 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Moving left will send the party into the wilderness. The only chance we have is to do what we did in 1945, 1964 and 1997 – get back in touch with the electorateLess than two months on from one of the worst election defeats in my lifetime, the Labour party finds itself in the middle of a protracted leadership contest, debating its next move over the course of a long, hot summer.There are those in the party who have argued that Labour simply needs a different leader, but that the politics, plans and policies of the past five years will be enough to get us over the line in 2020 – with a…
  • Julia Gillard urges action on lack of schooling for 121m children worldwide

    Rowena Mason Political correspondent
    5 Jul 2015 | 2:49 am
    Ex-Australian PM says schooling – especially for girls – imperative in creating educated parents to help prevent infant mortality and lift people out of povertyThe world needs to step up its efforts to tackle the crisis of 121 million children, particularly girls, who receive no formal schooling, Julia Gillard, the former Australian prime minister, has warned.In advance of a major education summit in Norway, Gillard said the world is at a pivotal moment when it comes to tackling millions of children growing up without basic schooling in much the same way as the need to address global…
  • George Osborne’s £13bn ‘northern powerhouse’ fund includes routine council spending on potholes

    Daniel Boffey Policy editor
    4 Jul 2015 | 4:05 pm
    Embarrassment for government as it confirms only £5bn of announced £13bn funding is allocated for major road schemes and £3bn for railGeorge Osborne’s pledge to build a “northern powerhouse” has been condemned as “cynical pre-election spin” as it emerged that the £13bn committed to build it includes routine spending on potholes and maintenance for the A1, which comes out of London.In further embarrassment, a communities minister was also accused of misleading parliament over the money after he claimed to MPs in the Commons last week that the government was “investing…
  • Why Zac Goldsmith’s views on Heathrow and Europe are a problem for Cameron

    Toby Helm Political editor
    4 Jul 2015 | 4:05 pm
    The MP now tipped to be London’s mayor has long been the face of green Toryism . But his passionate opposition to a third runway could put him on a collision course with his partyShortly after he was elected leader of the Conservative Party in 2005, David Cameron appointed a wealthy fellow Old Etonian to a new policy group to look into ways to improve “quality of life” in Britain. Cameron was in his ultra-green phase and wanted Zac Goldsmith, former editor of the Ecologist magazine, to develop ideas on how to tackle climate change, cut carbon emissions and promote green transport.When…
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    Plum Line

  • Open Thread

    Greg Sargent
    4 Jul 2015 | 4:21 am
    All yours.    
  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    3 Jul 2015 | 2:21 pm
    * The nuclear talks with Iran are going down to the wire: The Iran nuclear talks appeared to be focusing on sanctions Friday, as Iran dispatched an influential economist to join its negotiating team. Iranian state media reported that Mohammad Nahavandian, the chief of staff for President Hassan Rouhani, left Tehran for Vienna to join […]
  • Rick Perry wants to reach out to black people. He’ll have to do a lot better.

    Paul Waldman
    3 Jul 2015 | 9:33 am
    Yesterday, Rick Perry went to the National Press Club in Washington to deliver a speech that may have seemed unusual, in that it was characterized as an effort to reach out to African Americans, but actually contained much less than meets the eye. Perry presented traditional Republican priorities — tax cuts, regulatory rollback, slashing safety […]
  • Will it take a GOP president to plug the gaping hole in Obamacare?

    Paul Waldman
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:04 am
    After the dramatic events of last week, particularly the survival of the Affordable Care Act’s subsidies, it’s plain that the Obama administration is extremely conscious of the fact that its time is limited. With 16 months before President Obama’s successor is selected, there will only be so many major new initiatives to launch; instead, much […]
  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    2 Jul 2015 | 4:32 pm
    * Looks like Democrats might have enough candidates to fill a debate stage after all: Former Virginia senator Jim Webb will run for president, he announced Thursday. “After many months of thought, deliberation and discussion, I have decided to seek the office of the Presidency of the United States,” Webb said in an e-mail to […]
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    Watchblog: Democrats

  • Two Big Decisions from the Supreme Court

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

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

    9 May 2015 | 4:23 am
    When I see things like these conspiracy theories get taken seriously, I worry for this country. The Framers founded the Republic on the notion that people could rationally manage their own affairs, that we wouldn't need "gently" born aristocrats to manage the great unwashed masses. We've come along way, but there's always going to be somebody who wants to mess things up.When it comes to conspiracy theories, I dislike them all. Wasn't always that way. between about the age of 8 and 13, I was a big believer in things like UFOs, government conspiracies, and all those other things I'd lump under…
  • A Problem of Identification

    4 May 2015 | 7:12 am
    At a recent Staff Development event, we had a speaker from the Federal Reserve over to talk about the Demographics of the city we serve. What he had to say was pretty astounding, even to someone like me. This report contains much of the surprising information about Houston and it's Metropolitan area, and it should suprise you, too.The speaker's presentation, which went beyond the information in there, said that the current reality of Houston, with it's incredibly diverse population, reflects the future of our country. He backed what he said by showing us the percentage of Americans in terms…
  • Iran Deal Parameters Reached

    5 Apr 2015 | 7:28 am
    Last Thursday, the US State Department released a set of parameters that will define the upcoming deal with Iran that will be finalized at the end of June.On first inspection, these parameters appear to be much more favorable to US interests than even I had hoped. If the final Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) resembles these parameters it will be a huge win for Israel, the USA and anyone else interested in reducing the proliferation of nuclear weapons in the Middle East. Firstly, the parameters make it impossible for Iran to utilize its existing nuclear infrastructure to construct…
 
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    Republicans & Conservatives

  • Marriage Should Mean One Plus One and No One Else

    29 Jun 2015 | 11:02 am
    If you believe Trevor Burrus of the Cato Institute, then heterosexual marriage has been an artificial construction imposed by Christianity. The then recently-converted Constantine unleashed the apparatus of his decaying empire - reborn under Christ - to persecute what had been a natural part of human society. And in his April article at Cato's site, he also gave a passing nod to drug prohibition, which will surely fall in the glorious march of Libertarianism, the kind that is taking natural liberty to it's "logical extreme" through a process that is "wonderfully radical." So if your child's…
  • Comfortable With a Flag

    19 Jun 2015 | 7:25 am
    Liberal means something very different in Europe and South America, for example, than it does in the US. Abroad, it follows more closely along the classic 18th century lines of individual liberty and is more like libertarianism - to an extent - than in America. One can argue that the evolution of liberalism in North America as an interventionist, statist, and progressive ideology or perspective has to do with conservatism in America in past ages. And that brings one to the institution of slavery and the shootings in Charleston and even the reasons that Dylann Roof apparently gave for the…
  • As You Get to Know Rand Paul, Will You Like Him?

    16 Jun 2015 | 2:06 pm
    Rand Paul's stance on immigration seems to be to: 1. Secure the Border first 2. Then, provide some sort of amnesty to the 11 + million illegals in America While there is as much anger at government as there ever has been in the country, does that make an angry voter libertarian? If, as a GOP voter, one professes mistrust and hostility towards so-called RINO's, do you believe in true Libertarianism? Immigration, and specifically amnesty or immigration reform of one kind or another, is a flashpoint. It will help answer the question of who is actually a libertarian espousing maximum freedom and…
  • Who Does Ben Carson Have to Impress?

    12 Jun 2015 | 11:27 am
    Since Daniel Allott's hit piece on Ben Carson back in May, the debate has been not over what Dr. Carson is capable of - most things he sets his mind and soul on might be overstating it, but not by much - but rather over what Dr. Carson should study up on and how long it will take him. According to Allott he needs to spend time working his way up through the Washington establishment and learn how to "build consensus" which smells like knowing who is located where on K street. The "humility" he deems lacking in Carson means Ben needs to bone up on his hypocrisy a little. And his need to learn…
  • When to Worry About Hillary

    9 Jun 2015 | 11:42 am
    Would you give up a Senate seat to become Vice President? Not if you're Rand Paul. At least not at this stage of the GOP race. In fact, according to the recent CNN/ORC poll, Rand is the best positioned Republican against Hillary Clinton. Why should he consider supporting someone else and vacate his senate seat to do so? Voters are almost dead even between the two with Hillary leading Paul by a point. At least those who bothered to answer the CNN/ORC poll, and at least in late May of 2015. And Marco Rubio is next, trailing Hillary by 3%. Jeb Bush's 8 point gap in this particular poll is being…
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    Watchblog: Third Party & Independents

  • EC 101

    1 Jul 2015 | 1:33 pm
    Cuba and US back to biz as usual. Stand by for a new influx of 'huddling masses' needing a job. Puerto Rico on it's back so we should expect more huddling masses from there, and so on - - - EC101 - when there is a shortage of something that something cost more. More oil equals a lower price. Less gold equals a higher price, and so on - - - A shortage of airline seats equals higher priced tickets. Some think the airline corpocracy is dickering with the number of seats available. An overabundance of capital labor equals lower labor rates. Some think the corpocratists are/have been dickering…
  • Judge Presnell and Marcus Dwayne Robertson

    30 Jun 2015 | 2:33 pm
    How high a bar does prosecutorial evidence have to clear in order for someone like Marcus Dwayne Robertson to be convicted? It's a reasonable question to ask, seeing that U.S. District Judge Gregory Presnell has thrown out the case against Robertson, who is accused of aiding and training or inspiring potential American jihadists to emigrate to training camps abroad. Robertson was the leader of crazed muslim bank-robbing gang Ali-Baba and the Forty Thieves that robbed and killed in New York in the early 90's. At the time he was also close to Omar Rahman, the "Blind Shiek" responsible for the…
  • Therian Wimbush's Excessive Litigation

    25 Jun 2015 | 12:18 pm
    A few years ago, the House Judiciary Committee, investigating the effect of excessive litigation on the United States' global competitiveness, was told of five types of litigation abuse by plaintiffs counsel: improperly recruiting plaintiffs, importing foreign claims, piggybacking off government investigations, pursuing aggregate litigation, and seeking third party litigation financing. They forgot to add a sixth: plain old crazy litigation by self-represented plaintiffs. In Georgia, the bizarre case of Recardo and Therian Wimbush, and their nine children - one of whom they essentially locked…
  • Bureaucrats and the Pursuit of Your Happiness

    22 Jun 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Existing Home sales are up nicely and new home sales are expected to follow and prices are firming as well in the face of limited inventory growth. 30 year mortgage rates are around 4% and will rise slightly at some point in the future as the Fed finally begins to lightly tap on the gas pedal. All we need is Ike in the White House right? Wrong. As the economy slowly builds a stable base and things improve, the mood in America is far from sunny. As conservatives debate the flag flying in South Carolina with many saying it's time to take it down, and while liberals and other progressives rage…
  • Jeb Bush and the Democratic Establishment

    17 Jun 2015 | 12:09 pm
    Some people are still arguing about the 92 election and Ross Perot's supposed role as a spoiler. If you believe the spoiler crowd, the diminutive Texan cost Jeb Bush's father the election. Others insist that given the economy and the tailing off of the Iraq War boost, as well as 12 years of GOP administrations, Clinton had a low hurdle to climb over and would have won with or without Perot in the election. Does Jeb Bush feel that he now has to compete with a whole host of Ross Perots? If only all those pesky GOP rivals would drop out, or at least most of them, we could have a serious GOP…
 
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    Patrick Ruffini

  • Engage Announces the Launch of Two House Committee Websites

    16 Jun 2015 | 1:21 pm
    The Internet has become the primary source for citizens to learn about and communicate with Congress. That’s why now, more than ever, simple, streamlined design that accurately represents a member or committee’s mission and goals is key. We’re proud to have contributed design and development services to help advance the mission of two key committees on Capitol Hill: the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the House Committee on Ways and Means. The newly redesigned sites connect citizens to the work of each committee through beautiful, intuitive design. With an active…
  • A Culture of Possibilities

    30 Mar 2015 | 2:02 pm
    “What is it like to work at Engage?” That’s a question I receive on an almost daily basis. It is not easy to condense what it means to be a part of the Engage team into a few short conversational sentences (or into one blog post for that matter). However, I believe Engage is a company that encourages new ideas, and the people behind that talent, to make those ideas a reality. In a nutshell: Engage is fueled by the concept of solving problems and aspiring to make things better. This is at the core of everything we do. In my time as Project Manager, I’ve seen ideas born into reality in…
  • 8 Tips For Every New Intern

    20 Mar 2015 | 6:40 am
    Looking for the perfect internship to gain experience and new skills? Although you’ll learn on the job, you can also prepare beforehand and kick off your internship with the right impression and mindset. Here is our advice: the secrets for success that we (Alex, Colleen, Franny and Lindsay) wish we knew when we started at Engage. These tips will give you a headstart on making the most of your internship from day one. 1. KNOW THE COMPANY’S VIBE Observe how the other employees interact, read the mission statement of the business, know how the upper management interacts with the staff, and…
  • Engage Client Wins Big at PR News’ Nonprofit PR Awards Program

    18 Mar 2015 | 6:31 am
    Engage is proud to announce the Illinois Policy Institute, a longtime Engage partner, won PR News’ “Nonprofit PR Award” in the “advocacy campaign and lobbying efforts” category last week. Illinois Policy won this competitive category based on their success in stopping the so-called “fair tax”, that was anything but. Engage proudly designed and managed the digital home for the effort, UnfairforIL.com, which allowed Illinois citizens to see exactly how much this proposed tax hike would affect them and their families. After using the custom tax calculator, users could sign the…
  • Introducing OverView for Basecamp

    4 Mar 2015 | 11:09 am
    Here at Engage we take pride in our project management process. We are constantly looking at how to improve and make our processes both more efficient and effective. Because of this forward thinking culture at Engage, we have developed an internal tool to give our project manager a clearer overview of each team member’s progress and workload. Basecamp is an effective project management tool, one that our teams use every day. With different team members involved on multiple projects it can be challenging to get an overview of all the moving parts. The problem we set out to solve was to…
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    The New Republic

  • What the New $10 Bill Should Really Look Like

    Madison Johnson
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:21 am
    The U.S. Department of Treasury is asking for public input on its plans to put a woman on the $10 bill in 2020. The American Association of University Women (AAUW) has taken the government up on its offer by rede
  • This Is What Your Hot Dog and Burger Are Doing to the Planet

    Rebecca Leber
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:20 am
    When Americans fire up their grills on Independence Day, they'll dump up to 882 million pounds of carbon pollution into the atmosphere—the equivalent of burning 2,145 railcars of coal. And that doesn’t even in
  • “It’s Time That Writing Took Something Back From the Internet”

    Gideon Lewis-Kraus
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Joshua Cohen’s Book of Numbers has been ably, if lazily, describedas ‘the Great American Internet novel,’ but for the most part these comparisons have dwelled on the book’s preoccupations—distraction and voyeurism, mobility in junkspace, raids on privacy and t
  • The Queen of American Gothic

    B.D. McClay
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    “Let me tell you about this girl,” a fourteen-year-old declares breathlessly, “she’s prettier than I am, but she’s my best friend. … Her name’s Hilda. … I try to do a lot of the things she does, but of course she’s always better.” The main thing Hilda and her friend do together,
  • The Story of the Only Irishman Ever Deported From Ireland

    Elaine Teng
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Jimmy Gralton is not a household name, but as the only Irishman ever deported from Ireland, he’s certainly an intriguing candidate to receive movie treatment. An early Irish communist, Jimmy’s life and times are the subject of
 
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    Roll Call: Politics Archive

  • Edwards Releases Senate Fundraising Totals

    3 Jul 2015 | 12:10 pm
    Rep. Donna Edwards’ Senate campaign said Friday the Democrat raised $590,000 in the second quarter — ending the first half of the year with less than $1 million in the bank for her primary race for the open Maryland Senate seat.
  • Academics Say Higher Education Prepared Them for Higher Office

    3 Jul 2015 | 3:01 am
    When sociology professor John Trammell ran for Congress in 2014, he was “amazed” by how well prepared he was to be a politician.
  • Top Races to Watch in 2016: The Mountain Region

    2 Jul 2015 | 12:27 pm
    Editor’s note: This is the eighth in a series of regional looks at the most competitive House and Senate races to watch. The Mountain Region includes Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah and Wyoming.
  • Top Races to Watch in 2016: New England

    2 Jul 2015 | 11:16 am
    Editor’s note: This is the seventh in a series of regional looks at the most competitive House and Senate races to watch. The New England region includes Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island and Vermont.
  • Top Races in 2016: The Midwest

    2 Jul 2015 | 11:07 am
    Editor’s note: This is the sixth in a series of regional looks at the most competitive House and Senate in the Midwest Region, which includes Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.
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    Comment is free | The Guardian

  • If Labour wants to win in 2020, it must chose Liz Kendall as leader | John Reid

    John Reid, former home secretary
    5 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Moving left will send the party into the wilderness. The only chance we have is to do what we did in 1945, 1964 and 1997 – get back in touch with the electorateLess than two months on from one of the worst election defeats in my lifetime, the Labour party finds itself in the middle of a protracted leadership contest, debating its next move over the course of a long, hot summer.There are those in the party who have argued that Labour simply needs a different leader, but that the politics, plans and policies of the past five years will be enough to get us over the line in 2020 – with a…
  • Humans are the weakest link when it comes to encryption

    John Naughton
    4 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    The theory behind encryption is flawless. It’s just that too few people properly understand it“Encryption works,” said Edward Snowden in June 2013, in reply to a question from a Guardian reader about how he could protect his communications from NSA/GCHQ surveillance. “Properly implemented strong crypto systems are one of the few things that you can rely on.” Mr Snowden is a smart and thoughtful guy and he chooses his words with care. So note the qualifications in that sentence: “strong crypto” and “properly implemented”.By strong crypto, he meant public-key cryptography,…
  • It’s too late to save our world, so enjoy the spectacle of doom | Stewart Lee

    Stewart Lee
    4 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    The business world is right – let’s just get on with the third Heathrow runway, and the extinction of all life on Earth while we’re at it – why delay the inevitable?In the middle of a week of record temperatures, as if unaware of the irony, the business community celebrated the consolidation of its attempts to force the government’s hand to agree to a third filth-generating runway at Heathrow, tipping all species on Earth towards extinction. Everything will die soon, except for cockroaches, and Glastonbury favourite the Fall, who will survive even a nuclear holocaust, though they…
  • Action/2015 is the year to aim to be the generation to end poverty | Justin Forsyth

    Justin Forsyth
    4 Jul 2015 | 4:08 pm
    A coalition of 1,800 organisations is mobilising to call on the UN to take actionThe first rule of showbusiness is never work with children or animals. The first rule of global G8 negotiations should be avoid naked flames.It was 2005 and the Make Poverty History campaign was everywhere. Britain was the host of that year’s Gleneagles G8 summit of world leaders and Tony Blair had put Africa at the top of his agenda. Now he had Bono, Bob Geldof, Richard Curtis and an unprecedented coalition of charities breathing down his neck. Twenty years after Live Aid, Live 8 was about to host concerts in…
  • Why we’re so confused about Amy Winehouse

    Joanna Biggs
    4 Jul 2015 | 4:05 pm
    A new movie about the singer has provoked hugely divergent reactionsThere’s an unfashionable bar I drink in on the edge of Soho – you can always find a table – and what makes it unfashionable isn’t so much the neon lighting, the scant bowls of crisps or the pink straws in the gin and tonic so much as the Amy Winehouse fan art covering the walls. Amy’s five-day-old mussed-up beehive, smudged Cleopatra eyeliner and shy-bold eyes, features as unmistakable as Marilyn’s platinum curls, heavy eyelashes and delighted red-lipped smile, multiply around you in photorealist or more…
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    Why Tuesday?

  • Bernie Sanders: National Holiday Voting

    WhyTuesday
    3 Jul 2015 | 4:40 am
    This just in from the 2016 presidential campaign trail: Election Day should be a national holiday so that everyone has the time and opportunity to vote. — Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) July 2, 2015 Thanks for pointing out how silly Tuesday voting is, Senator Sanders. Now we’d love to hear from the other 2016 candidates on election reform, as we did in 2012 and 2008. If YOU don’t know why we vote on Tuesday, you’ll find the answer here. Spoiler: absolutely no good reason whatsoever.
  • Amb. Young to Candidates: Speak Up

    Ambassador Andrew Young
    13 Jun 2015 | 5:29 am
    The following post by our co-founder Ambassador Andrew Young first appeared as a letter to the editor in the New York Times. In “Let the People Vote” (editorial, June 5), you are right to applaud Hillary Rodham Clinton in making voting reform a top priority. However, I firmly believe that this issue is not about Republican versus Democrat. I believe that all Americans want the same thing: a fraud-free election in which as many citizens vote as possible. It is a disgrace that turnout in America ranks 138th out of 172 democracies around the world. It is common sense that if you want to fill…
  • Obama: Maybe Mandatory Voting?

    WhyTuesday
    19 Mar 2015 | 6:03 pm
    Yesterday President Obama floated an idea our cofounder Norm Ornstein previously proposed in 2012 and 2006: mandatory voting might be the best way to increase America’s lousy voter participation. Should voting be mandatory? @BarackObama suggests it might be time to make it a requirement: http://t.co/iQIkJhPSB6 pic.twitter.com/lAzQz8jql2 — CNN (@CNN) March 19, 2015 Here’s what Norm said back in 2012: In my view, the best way to ameliorate this malign dynamic is to find ways to enlarge the electorate in primaries and general elections — to move our politics to where…
  • A #Selma50 Message To You

    WhyTuesday
    10 Mar 2015 | 5:59 am
    The Obamas join hands with Laura and George W. Bush and @repjohnlewis at #Selma anniversary commemoration. #MarchOn pic.twitter.com/UEbeAqHOhb — AJ+ (@ajplus) March 7, 2015 It’s been a big week for Why Tuesday? and the entire election reform movement. Saturday witnessed the bipartisan commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the events of “Bloody Sunday” when over 600 non-violent protesters were attacked by Alabama state troopers as they attempted to march from Selma to Montgomery for voting rights. It was a reminder of how far we have come but also how far we have to go,…
  • Believe Us Now?

    WhyTuesday
    12 Nov 2014 | 2:19 pm
    A staggering 69% of people who didn’t vote in the 2014 midterm elections, which had historically low turnout, didn’t vote because they were stuck at school or work, or were too busy, out of town, sick or forgot, according to Pew via Wonkblog. WOW → 2/3 of 2014 nonvoters didn't cast a ballot bc voting is inconvenient. Ready for weekend voting? via @Wonkblog pic.twitter.com/d35thW1Z51 — Why Tuesday? (@WhyTuesday) November 12, 2014 If you need more evidence Tuesday voting is outdated and it’s time for a change to protect our right to vote, click here.
 
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    Stately McDaniel Manor

  • Fourth Of July Irony

    Mike McDaniel
    4 Jul 2015 | 3:58 pm
    A Navy Seal’s Loyal Dog Waits On His Mastercredit: buzzfeed.com This is the best, most ironic headline I’ve seen in years: Weenies burn flag to protest cops, get attacked by bikers, need cops to save their asses From The New York Post:  Now they probably love the cops. A group of flag-burning anti-NYPD protesters needed New York’s Finest to save their skin from a gang of angry bikers who tried to pummel them in a Brooklyn park for setting Old Glory ablaze Wednesday. The fiery stunt by a few dozen members of the group Disarm the Police led to a chaotic scene at about 8 p.m. in Fort…
  • Independence Day, Anno Domini (In The Year Of Our Lord) 2015

    Mike McDaniel
    3 Jul 2015 | 5:53 pm
    credit: http://www.usageorge.com I originally wrote this article for July 4, 2013.  I chose the photo of the B1 because I was fortunate enough to know a B1 instructor pilot and he arranged a 45 minute “flight” in a simulator.  It was a fascinating experience, all the more so because he told me that the actual aircraft is easier to fly than the simulator.  I came away with a renewed appreciation for American technology, and for the dedication of the men and women who designed and produced it, who maintain it, and all of the implements with which we preserve freedom.  They must…
  • The Freddie Gray Case, Update 11: It’s Deja Vu All Over Again

    Mike McDaniel
    3 Jul 2015 | 10:14 am
    credit: Annie Lebowitz for Vogue I’ve previously observed (the SMM Freddie Gray case archive is here) that the Freddie Gray case, like the Trayvon Martin case, is a backwards, bizarro world case. The roles of the prosecution and defense are reversed. Instead of being a model of ethical probity and calm, professional demeanor and argument, the prosecution is behaving like stereotypical defense lawyers that will say and do anything to get their client (defendants) off (convicted). Hysteria, hyperbole and deception are theirs. Normally, it is defense lawyers that grandstand for the media and…
  • Narrative Support

    Mike McDaniel
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:06 am
    credit: theweek.co.uk Denver’s CBA affiliate has an interesting story that seems to derail the narrative a bit. The headline pretty much says it all: Black Suspect Arrested After Racist Message Discovered Outside Predominately Black Church A Colorado Springs man was arrested after police believe he left racist messages outside a church. Vincent Broughton, 44, who is black, is facing charges for committed a bias-motivated crime and disorderly conduct. The signs were posted outside the New Covenant church that is predominately attended by African Americans. One sign references the KKK.
  • Change and First Responders

    Mike McDaniel
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:10 am
    As regular readers know, I have, for much of the last year, been writing a weekly column for “The Truth About Guns.” Robert Farago, the founder and editor of that site was kind enough to invite me to contribute, and I’ve enjoyed our association. But recently, they informed me that they are taking their site in a different direction, and my services will no longer be required. This is common in the publishing business, and our parting is amicable.   I’ve enjoyed my time writing there. During that time, I’ve also contributed articles to Bearing Arms, the site where my former…
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    Ace of Spades HQ

  • EMT 7/5/15 - Is it Friday yet? [krakatoa]

    5 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Weekend fail. Exhausted and prepping for the next ten straight days of work is no way to spend a Sunday....
  • Overnight Open Thread (4 Jul 2015)

    4 Jul 2015 | 10:06 pm
    Happy Independence Day morons! Hope y'all are having a good one. The 7 most badass founding fathers. We need a new generation of badasses today....
  • Filler 'Til The ONT [CBD]

    4 Jul 2015 | 9:43 pm
    The Star Spangled Banner played on tuned steel plates shot with a suppressed Ruger .22 Long Rifle....
  • Open Thread

    4 Jul 2015 | 6:18 pm
    Childe Hassam, "The Fourth of July" (1916) Bonus art below the fold....
  • The Limits of Government [CBD]

    4 Jul 2015 | 4:45 pm
    I recently had an interesting discussion with a young friend (he's 37. Get off my lawn!). The catalyst was an off-hand remark I made to him about the appropriateness of government using tax dollars to fund suicide hotline phones...
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    Betsy's Page

  • Going on vacation

    Betsy Newmark
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:24 am
    I'll probably be unavailable for blogging over the next week as I'm going on vacation out to New Mexico. Have a wonderful 4th of July and I'll start up again when I return.
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:27 am
    Reuters interviews African Americans who regard the whole controversy over the Confederate flag a distraction. Ya think? And I'd go beyond the problems mentioned in the article about violence in their communities and racism from the police. There is a lot more to the economic problems so many blacks face and it has nothing to do with the Confederate flag.Ah, the Greecification of the United States draws ever closer.The governor of Puerto Rico has decided that the island cannot pay back more than $70 billion in debt, setting up an unprecedented financial crisis that could rock the municipal…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:42 am
    Jonathan Last imagines how Bernie Sanders' success as a protest candidate will lead to Zombie Hillary, the undead candidate who just keeps attacking.And if there's one thing we've learned about Hillary Clinton over the years, it's that she never backs down.Not when the press went after her for Travelgate. Not when the House of Representatives was drafting articles of impeachment against her husband. Not when she was clearly losing the 2008 nomination. Not when she was being investigated for Whitewater, or Benghazi, or State Department emails, or ... well, you get the idea.Like a zombie,…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:01 am
    Well, that was disappointing, but I hadn't really expected the Supreme Court to rule differently based on the questions asked at oral argument. It is very discouraging to have the principle that the bureaucracy and administration can determine what a law means even when they have to make up their interpretation. It's ironic that so many pundits are saying that having the decision go the way it did on King v. Burwell is a political plus for the Republicans since they don't have to figure out a way to give people subsidies while still remaining committed to ending Obamacare.Yuval Levin explains…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    25 Jun 2015 | 4:47 am
    George Will has some very good questions for Hillary Clinton.Three times in your memoir Hard Choices you say that as secretary of state you visited 112 countries. Do you think “peripatetic” is a synonym for “effective”? ....President George W. Bush said that when he looked into Vladimir Putin’s eyes he saw a “very straightforward and trustworthy” man. You looked into Putin’s regime and saw an opportunity for a cooperative policy “reset.” Were you or Bush more mistaken?In March 2003, Bush launched a war of choice to accomplish regime change in Iraq, mistakenly believing it…
 
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    Wizbang

  • VIDEO: Chris Cheng ‘Shoots’ The Star Spangled Banner With An Integrally Suppressed Ruger 10.22 Rifle

    Warner Todd Huston
    4 Jul 2015 | 5:03 pm
    That’s right, liberals: GUNS FOR INDEPENDENCE DAY!! YEAH! ‘MERRICA! SUCK IT LIBERALS!
  • As We Celebrate Independence Day, Let Us Not Forget

    Michael Becker
    4 Jul 2015 | 3:30 pm
    ... that we can be "independent" without regard to our circumstances. Rich, poor; old, young; free, in bondage, we can each be free.
  • Erasing History – Memphis Mayor Wants Civil War Statue and Grave Removed

    Michael Becker
    4 Jul 2015 | 11:30 am
    The Mayor of Memphis wants the statue and remains of Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest removed from a Memphis park. We’re willing to empathize with the mayor, just a little, and only if he’s planning on being consistent. Will the mayor call to remove West Virginia Senator Robert Byrd’s name from any of the buildings named after him. Here’s an example, the list is too long to put in this post. And why should Byrd’s name be removed? Well, if Nathan Bedford Forrest, the founder of the KKK, isn’t good enough for Memphis I can’t fathom why Robert Byrd should be
  • Guess Who’s Next in the “Civil Rights” Parade

    Michael Becker
    4 Jul 2015 | 10:45 am
    If it seems like everybody's civil rights are in danger these days you're not being paranoid. And, you're not reading this story in The Onion.
  • Let’s Celebrate Independence Day With THIS Great Video…

    Warner Todd Huston
    4 Jul 2015 | 10:10 am
    It is Independence Day. So, let’s get it straight right now that it IS NOT “Happy July 4th.” The fourth day of the seventh month means nothing. We are celebrating our independence from England, not a fourth day of anything. So, stop saying “July Fourth” right now. It is Independence Day. So, this Independence Day holiday is an excellent time to revisit one of Red Skelton’s most endearing works: his recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance and what that pledge means. Through the 40s, 50s, and 60s, Red Skelton was one of America’s most revered funny men. He…
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    Hullabaloo

  • Saturday Night at the Movies by Dennis Hartley --- Celebrate independence: Top 10 Indie Films

    4 Jul 2015 | 11:01 pm
    Saturday Night at the Movies Celebrating independence: Top 10 Indie Films By Dennis Hartley With Independence Day upon us, I thought I’d share my top ten favorite indie films. You’ll notice that I went ahead and used “favorite” as a qualifier (instead of “greatest”) because I realized going in that there are as many differing views of what constitutes an “indie” as there are fingerprints (“What?! Not one Cassavetes on your list? No Altman?! Hartley, your critic’s license is revoked!”) The most obvious explanation for the lack of a consensus would the simple fact that…
  • "Common Sense" on the 4th

    4 Jul 2015 | 3:30 pm
    "Common Sense" on the 4thby digbyThis is from a great piece at Bill Moyers:[S]upplement your reading of the Declaration of Independence with a passage or two chosen from Common Sense or Paine’s later work to rally the weary Continental armies, The Crisis. You might like to visit your local library, take out a copy and do likewise on our nation’s 238th birthday. And start fighting back!How?On Friday supplement your reading of the Declaration of Independence with a passage or two chosen from Common Sense or Paine’s later work to rally the weary Continental armies, The Crisis. You might…
  • Greece: the sin-eaters

    4 Jul 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Greece: the sin-eatersby digbyNobody knows what will happen. But it's probably screwed no matter what. This piece by interfluidity is a must read in its entirety. Here's the conclusion:The fact of the matter is no country, not Germany, not France, would voluntarily put up with the sort of “adjustment” that has been forced on Greece, for the good reason that gratuitous great depressions are not actually helpful to an economy. Creditors have had five years to mismanage Greece and they’ve done a startlingly effective job. Syriza has had five months to object. However much you may dislike…
  • Shooting fireworks below

    4 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Shooting fireworks belowby digbyI put this up on the log every 4th of July. Enjoy. Again.
  • Real Americans

    4 Jul 2015 | 10:30 am
    Real Americansby digbyI wrote about what constitutes a Real American  over at Salon today:From the early days of our nation, we have been debating what constitutes a “Real American.” If one were to define a real American as a person indigenous to the continent we know as North America, one would certainly have to say that the only Real Americans are native Americans. But since the United States as we know it was formed by the offspring of British colonialists and religious migrants who wanted the colony for themselves, we can fairly say that from the beginning that has never been an…
 
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  • Morning Thread, The Day After Edition

    5 Jul 2015 | 3:18 am
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  • What's It All About Then

    4 Jul 2015 | 10:00 am
    Greece's Euro "membership" isn't about using the currency, it's about having access to various loan facilities and support from the ECB, which it already doesn't have.Bloomberg reports that Bulgaria, which is not a Euro member but backs its currency with Euro reserves, has just been allowed to borrow from the ECB at the same rate as Euro members, thus enabling it to firewall its banks from Greek contagion. This is a privilege normally only accorded to Euro members – and it has been WITHDRAWN from Greece. If this is true, then Bulgaria (non-Euro member) can obtain Euros from the ECB while…
  • Maybe In Another Six Months?

    4 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    Ask a cab driver?There's still no timeline for the tunnel.Seattle Tunnel Partners, the joint venture contractor to dig a highway tunnel to replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct, said in May it would produce a new estimated completion date by the end of June.That self-made deadline has passed.
  • Good Start

    4 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    Release them all.WASHINGTON — Sometime in the next few weeks, aides expect President Obama to issue orders freeing dozens of federal prisoners locked up on nonviolent drug offenses. With the stroke of his pen, he will probably commute more sentences at one time than any president has in nearly half a century.I suppose the drug crime issue is one I have "evolved" on. I'm not saying I ever thought that people should have their lives destroyed by the criminal justice due to nonviolent drug offenses, just that I failed to comprehend the magnitude of the problem - imprisonment, not drugs - and…
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  • Sunday Food: Greek Lamb

    Ruth Calvo
    5 Jul 2015 | 3:55 am
    Dish of roast lamb (Picture courtesy of Kal Hendry at flickr.com.) Cannot resist taking the day of the Greek referendum on whether or not to cave to EU demands that it sacrifice its economy, for the offering of that sacrificial lamb cooked up in Greek fashion.   This takes a twist on the usual lemon flavoring, and goes with the Orange is the New Black theme too. While I’m treating the situation with humor, this is a classical tragedy for the people whose ability to make a living by doing the honorable work available to them has been taken away.   It is fraud by deception to offer one…
  • Late Late Night FDL: Star Spangled Banner

    Suzanne
    4 Jul 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Jimi Hendrix – Star Spangled Banner at Woodstock, 1969. What’s on your mind?
  • The Superpower Conundrum: The Rise and Fall of Just About Everything

    CTuttle
    4 Jul 2015 | 6:00 pm
    (Image: Hawaii Independent) By Tom Engelhardt The rise and fall of great powers and their imperial domains has been a central fact of history for centuries. It’s been a sensible, repeatedly validated framework for thinking about the fate of the planet. So it’s hardly surprising, when faced with a country once regularly labeled the “sole superpower,” “the last superpower,” or even the global “hyperpower” and now, curiously, called nothing whatsoever, that the “decline” question should come up. Is the U.S. or isn’t it? Might it or might it not now be on the downhill side…
  • We must rely on science to inform us about climate change and its causes

    Frederick Leatherman
    4 Jul 2015 | 12:28 pm
    The existence or non-existence of climate change and global warming can only be determined by empirical observation and interpretation of data. These activities are scientific in nature, not religious. Scientists have been collecting and interpreting the data for many years. Studies analyzing the data have been published and reviewed in peer reviewed professional journals for many years leading to consensus in the community of climate scientists that due to human activity, climate change and global warming have been occurring at an accelerating rate since the beginning of the Industrial…
  • The Roundup for July 4th, 2015

    Brandon Jordan
    4 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    A fitting song for today. Greece And The Giant Grexit, Day 5 – A new poll found 44 percent of Greeks favoring “Yes” and 43 percent favoring “No” – Greece is on the edge of collapse with capital controls implemented and shortages across the country – Greek banks dismissed a report saying they were looking into a “haircut” of deposits – Part one with professors John Weeks and Ozlem Onaram on the Greek referendum and the troika’s response International Politics Overall – Part two of two with former CIA analyst Ray McGovern…
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  • The Targeted Killings of the Al Harzi Brothers in Iraq and Syria

    Jeralyn
    4 Jul 2015 | 7:39 am
    On June 23, the Pentagon announced Tunisian Ali al Harzi, who was a suspect in the 2012 Benghazi embassy attack, was killed in an airstrike in Mosul, Iraq on June 15. Yesterday, the Pentagon announced his brother, Tariq al Harzi, (pictured above)... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Fourth of July Open Thread

    Jeralyn
    4 Jul 2015 | 6:57 am
    As America celebrates Freedom and Independence today, here are some thoughts on what they mean. Happy Fourth of July, everyone. I hope you all have a great day planned. When you return, please tell us about it. This is an open thread, all... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Friday Open Thread

    Jeralyn
    3 Jul 2015 | 10:19 am
    Here's a new open thread, all topics welcome. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • U.S. 2014 Wiretap Report Released

    Jeralyn
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:04 pm
    The Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts has released the 2014 Wiretap Report. The number of federal and state wiretaps authorized in 2014 decreased 1 percent from 2013. The most serious offense under investigation in 89 percent of all... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • New UN Drug Report on Colombia: Coca Production is Up

    Jeralyn
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:36 pm
    The UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime) released its latest report on coca production in Colombia today. Coca production is up 44%. The increase is the biggest in almost a decade and takes coca production back to levels not seen since... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • ICYMI: Democalypse 2016 - 10 Pounds of S**t in a Five-Pound Bag (The Daily Show)

    3 Jul 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Damn. I'm going to miss Jon Stewart. So much. This clip is mostly about Christie's announcement, after a long lead-up in which he dispatches with several of the other candidates. But if you have to skip to the Christie part, start at 4:30. But really, don't. Brief ad. Just deal.
  • We celebrated national marriage equality last night in Mantaloking

    3 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    We don't always get victories. And sometimes when we do, we're onto the next hurdle before anybody even suggests we should take a second, raise a glass and be happy together. Last night, Ray Lesniak and Salena Carroll hosted some of the veterans of the marriage equality movement in New Jersey at their beautiful waterfront home in Mantaloking. In the little knots of conversation I was in, there was our usual political gossip - Christie's full-of-himself 2016 announce, the 2017 Gov race - mad quoting of Justice Antonin Scalia's verbal meltdown in the Obergefell decision, and some amazement that…
  • News Roundup & Open Thread for Friday, July 3, 2015

    3 Jul 2015 | 6:19 am
    New Jersey wants Chris Christie to resign Monmouth Poll: Guv has abandoned ship: Only 27% of New Jerseyans say Christie would make a good president. The other big headline from the Monmouth poll: Majority of NJ voters think Christie should step down. This quote: Junot Díaz on Trump: "The elites are 'devouring our world.' But not this quote: Christie on Obama: "I don't think he likes people." Pot, say hi to kettle. More Christie Washington Post Exclusive: Christie hires presidential campaign manager and appoints senior staff. Hey, America. Another knock against Chris Christie: America hates…
  • Our plummeting but still roving governor

    2 Jul 2015 | 1:17 pm
    Monmouth University's poll today indicates "69% of New Jersey respondents say he would not make a good president." When Christie was asked earlier about a similar poll, he responded "a lot of those people...want me to stay." Monmouth followed up with the participants in their poll and found that "fully 89% of this group confirmed that their answer meant they really think he would make a bad president." So what do the national polls say. Real Clear Politics, in the average of the five most recent polls, ranks him 9th (3.8%). He is teetering on falling off the attendee list in the first debate…
  • Scandal-plagued Gov. Christie picks up endorsement from impeached-any-minute-now Gov. LePage

    2 Jul 2015 | 11:29 am
    Fresh off his return to glory days announcement at  Livingston High School, where he once strutted the halls as both class president and a football player (but hardly knew David Wildstein), Christie picked up the GOP primary field's first endorsement from a seated governor. And that governor is Paul LePage. LePage is under a pretty dark cloud right now. Like Christie, he's gotten into trouble inserting himself into situations where he does not belong. Unlike Christie, who retains Bridgegate unindicted co-conspirator status in the minds of many Americans, LePage looks like LePage may not…
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  • When the Night Erupts in Brilliance

    3 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    (Photo: William Rivers Pitt) As Lead Columnist for Truthout, I have been tasked through the years to write on all the holidays of import. Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, Easter on occasion, Mother's Day, Father's Day and once again the Fourth of July. Having been here for thirteen years, I consider the duty a full joy: It is a hell of a thing to have the privilege to write for such an extraordinary organization on such important days, and to represent in my own small way the extraordinary people I work with. I am, by nature, angry and informed at all times, even on holiday weekends.
  • Slavery, Genocide, Abuse: The Dark Side of Asia's "Tiger Economies"

    3 Jul 2015 | 8:27 am
    A few years ago, Southeast Asia's rapidly growing "tiger economies" were the envy of the world. Today, the area is better known for a trio of maladies: ethnic cleansing, burgeoning inequality, and super-exploited labor. The sorry state of human rights and labor protections in the region has been driven home by three events that captured the world's attention. On the high seas, thousands of Rohingya refugees from Myanmar found themselves stranded and desperate when neighboring states refused to accept them. In Indonesia, investigators discovered illegal fish factories run by captive migrant…
  • John Repp on the Promise of Public Banking in Seattle

    3 Jul 2015 | 8:27 am
    In 2008, dismayed by the role played by large, private banks in the financial meltdown, a group of Washington state residents began advocating for a state-sponsored public bank like the only state-owned bank in the United States, the Bank of North Dakota. When their movement failed to gain traction in the state legislature, they shifted their focus to Seattle. Today, the Seattle Public Bank Coalition educates local policymakers and the public about the capacity of public banks to provide robust banking services while returning profits to the community. John Repp has been active in…
  • EPA's New Fracking Study: A Close Look at the Numbers Buried in the Fine Print

    3 Jul 2015 | 8:19 am
    When EPA's long-awaited draft assessment on fracking and drinking water supplies was released, the oil and gas industry triumphantly focused on a headline-making sentence: "We did not find evidence of widespread, systemic impacts on drinking water resources in the United States." But for fracking's backers, a sense of victory may prove to be fleeting. EPA's draft assessment made one thing clear: fracking has repeatedly contaminated drinking water supplies (a fact that the industry has long aggressively denied). Indeed, the federal government's recognition that fracking can…
  • Flagging Hate Speech

    3 Jul 2015 | 8:19 am
    I've spent my whole life in the Northeast, but I have Southern roots. My late grandfather came from a long line of sharecroppers who toiled in the fields of Decatur, Georgia for generations. Their history of hardship was common in the South. Where my grandfather grew up, poor whites often blamed their misfortune on the only group of people less fortunate than they: black people. For these marginalized whites, the Confederate battle flag came to symbolize what might have been. To me, the Confederate battle flag represents the dehumanization of black people. Renewed calls to banish it from…
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  • Alabama's Obamacare buyers ride a Silverado

    Andrew Sprung
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:14 pm
    Spotlight here is on Alabama in my continuing close look at how many low income ACA private plan buyers accessed Cost Sharing Reduction (CSR) subsidies by buying silver plans. (Yesterday, HHS released detailed county-level data about buyers of private plans on healthcare.gov, the federal exchange, enabling a close look at state stats.)CSR is available to buyers with household incomes below 251% of the Federal Poverty Level (FPL), and strongest for buyers under 201% FPL. It is available only with silver plans, the second-cheapest of four metal levels available on ACA exchanges -- a fact…
  • Refusal to expand Medicaid swelled Florida's private plan ACA signups

    Andrew Sprung
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:50 pm
    Today CMS released detailed county-by-county enrollment data for private plans signups in the 37 states using healthcare.gov in 2015, as of February 22, just past the end of open enrollment,*. State-by-state income and metal level selection figures can be toted up from the county data Let's take a quick look at Florida and specifically Miami-Dade county, site of 2015's strongest signup surge.We already knew that Florida -- which to date has refused to enact the ACA Medicaid expansion -- became the state with the most private plan enrollments, logging just shy of 1.6 million by the end of open…
  • The president's left hand

    Andrew Sprung
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:41 am
    In response to those who paint Richard Nixon as a master of liberal domestic policy, Elizabeth Drew cites his approach to formation of the Environmental Protection Agency:He’s given credit for signing into law several bills to improve the environment, including establishing the Environmental Protection Agency. But in fact, Nixon wasn’t very interested in the subject and he fobbed it off on his aides to handle, saying at one point: “Just keep me out of trouble on environmental issues.” He privately called the then-rising environmental movement “crap” for “clowns.” That…
  • Last laugh for Republicans in the SCOTUS session that was

    Andrew Sprung
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:01 am
    Democrats were still in their happy dance over Supreme Court decisions preserving ACA subsidies and legalizing gay marriage throughout the U.S. when, in its final orders of the year, the Court agreed to hear cases poised to gut pubic unions and affirmative action.In Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, ten California teachers are challenging a requirement that they pay fees to the teachers union for nonpolitical services, chiefly collective bargaining. That's the type of provision that Scott Walker killed in Wisconsin; without it, pubic sector unions wither. As Mark Joseph Stern at…
  • An add-on health benefit for same-sex couples who marry

    Andrew Sprung
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:35 am
    Jay Hancock of Kaiser Health News notes that the Supreme Court decision granting same-sex couples the right to marry in any state is likely to boost employer coverage of same-sex couples:The logic is simple. Fewer than half of employers that offer health benefits make the insurance available to same-sex partners who aren’t married. Virtually all of them offer coverage to spouses.By marrying partners with employer health plans, people in same-sex relationships are likely to get coverage in states that banned gay marriage until now, as well as in those that welcomed it. Thanks to rapidly…
 
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  • If Labour wants to win in 2020, it must chose Liz Kendall as leader | John Reid

    John Reid, former home secretary
    5 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Moving left will send the party into the wilderness. The only chance we have is to do what we did in 1945, 1964 and 1997 – get back in touch with the electorateLess than two months on from one of the worst election defeats in my lifetime, the Labour party finds itself in the middle of a protracted leadership contest, debating its next move over the course of a long, hot summer.There are those in the party who have argued that Labour simply needs a different leader, but that the politics, plans and policies of the past five years will be enough to get us over the line in 2020 – with a…
  • Humans are the weakest link when it comes to encryption

    John Naughton
    4 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    The theory behind encryption is flawless. It’s just that too few people properly understand it“Encryption works,” said Edward Snowden in June 2013, in reply to a question from a Guardian reader about how he could protect his communications from NSA/GCHQ surveillance. “Properly implemented strong crypto systems are one of the few things that you can rely on.” Mr Snowden is a smart and thoughtful guy and he chooses his words with care. So note the qualifications in that sentence: “strong crypto” and “properly implemented”.By strong crypto, he meant public-key cryptography,…
  • It’s too late to save our world, so enjoy the spectacle of doom | Stewart Lee

    Stewart Lee
    4 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    The business world is right – let’s just get on with the third Heathrow runway, and the extinction of all life on Earth while we’re at it – why delay the inevitable?In the middle of a week of record temperatures, as if unaware of the irony, the business community celebrated the consolidation of its attempts to force the government’s hand to agree to a third filth-generating runway at Heathrow, tipping all species on Earth towards extinction. Everything will die soon, except for cockroaches, and Glastonbury favourite the Fall, who will survive even a nuclear holocaust, though they…
  • Action/2015 is the year to aim to be the generation to end poverty | Justin Forsyth

    Justin Forsyth
    4 Jul 2015 | 4:08 pm
    A coalition of 1,800 organisations is mobilising to call on the UN to take actionThe first rule of showbusiness is never work with children or animals. The first rule of global G8 negotiations should be avoid naked flames.It was 2005 and the Make Poverty History campaign was everywhere. Britain was the host of that year’s Gleneagles G8 summit of world leaders and Tony Blair had put Africa at the top of his agenda. Now he had Bono, Bob Geldof, Richard Curtis and an unprecedented coalition of charities breathing down his neck. Twenty years after Live Aid, Live 8 was about to host concerts in…
  • Why we’re so confused about Amy Winehouse

    Joanna Biggs
    4 Jul 2015 | 4:05 pm
    A new movie about the singer has provoked hugely divergent reactionsThere’s an unfashionable bar I drink in on the edge of Soho – you can always find a table – and what makes it unfashionable isn’t so much the neon lighting, the scant bowls of crisps or the pink straws in the gin and tonic so much as the Amy Winehouse fan art covering the walls. Amy’s five-day-old mussed-up beehive, smudged Cleopatra eyeliner and shy-bold eyes, features as unmistakable as Marilyn’s platinum curls, heavy eyelashes and delighted red-lipped smile, multiply around you in photorealist or more…
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  • Hillary Clinton accuses China of hacking U.S. computers

    4 Jul 2015 | 8:56 pm
    GLEN, N.H. (Reuters) - U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton accused China on Saturday of stealing commercial secrets and "huge amounts of government information," and of trying to "hack into everything that doesn't move in America."
  • Hillary Clinton accuses China of hacking U.S. computers

    4 Jul 2015 | 2:01 pm
    GLEN, N.H. (Reuters) - U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton accused China on Saturday of stealing commercial secrets and "huge amounts of government information," and of trying to "hack into everything that doesn't move in America."
  • Hillary Clinton: no substitute for 'constant engagement' with Putin

    4 Jul 2015 | 12:10 pm
    GLEN, N.H. (Reuters) - Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said on Saturday the United States has to be "much smarter" about how it deals with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
  • Under fire for comments, Trump weighs in on California shooting

    3 Jul 2015 | 4:42 pm
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - A random fatal shooting in San Francisco, allegedly by an immigrant, proves the United States must tighten its borders, according to a statement on Friday by U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump, who is facing heavy criticism for his comments about Mexicans.
  • Clinton says hopes Iran talks yield deal in the next week

    3 Jul 2015 | 4:34 pm
    HANOVER, N.H. (Reuters) - Democratic presidential contender Hillary Clinton said on Friday she hoped 18 months of nuclear talks between Iran and major powers would yield a deal in coming days to curb Iran's nuclear program.
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  • Researcher Who Reported E-voting Vulnerability Targeted By Police Raid in Argentina

    Soulskill
    4 Jul 2015 | 2:30 pm
    TrixX writes: Police have raided the home of an Argentinian security professional who discovered and reported several vulnerabilities in the electronic ballot system (Google translation of Spanish original) to be used next week for elections in the city of Buenos Aires. The vulnerabilities (exposed SSL keys and ways to forge ballots with multiple votes) had been reported to the manufacturer of the voting machines, the media, and the public about a week ago. There has been no arrest, but his computers and electronics devices have been impounded (Spanish original). Meanwhile, the information…
  • Cameron Asserts UK Gov't Will Leave No "Safe Space" For Private Communications

    timothy
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:20 pm
    An anonymous reader writes with the story from Ars Technica that UK prime minister David Cameron "has re-iterated that the UK government does not intend to 'leave a safe space — a new means of communication — for terrorists to communicate with each other.'" That statement came Monday, as a response to Conservative MP David Bellingham, "who asked [Cameron, on the floor of the House of Commons] whether he agreed that the 'time has come for companies such as Google, Facebook and Twitter to accept and understand that their current privacy policies are completely unsustainable?' To…
  • Pew Survey Documents Gaps Between Public and Scientists

    samzenpus
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:33 am
    PvtVoid writes: A new Pew Research Study documents an alarming gap between public perception of scientific issues and the opinions of the scientists themselves, as measured by a poll of AAAS scientists. Even worse, the gap is partisan, with clear differences between Republicans and Democrats, and between conservatives and liberals. For example, while 98% of AAAS members agree with the statement that "Human beings and other living things have evolved over time", only 21% of conservatives agree, compared with 54% of liberals. Global warming, similarly, shows an ideological gap: 98% of AAAS…
  • Scientist Union's Talks Stall Over Pay

    Soulskill
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:20 am
    HughPickens.com writes: The Sacramento Bee reports that the labor contract between California's state government and the 2,800 employees represented by the California Association of Professional Scientists expired this week, spotlighting yet again the long-running feud over whether the tiny union's members should earn as much as their peers in federal and local governments and private industry. "It's a challenge to keep people motivated," says Rita Hypnarowski. "We talk about retaining the best and the brightest, but I can see that's not going to happen." A recent survey by the Brown…
  • Quebec Government May Force ISPs To Block Gambling Websites

    Soulskill
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:24 pm
    New submitter ottawan- writes: In order to drive more customers to their own online gambling website, the Quebec government and Loto-Quebec (the provincial organization in charge of gaming and lotteries) are thinking about forcing the province's ISPs to block all other online gambling websites. The list of websites to be blocked will be maintained by Loto-Quebec, and the government believes that the blocking will increase government revenue by up to $27 million (CAD) per year.Read more of this story at Slashdot.
 
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    The Independent: On The Campaign Trail

  • Nightclubbing and the search for a new individuality. Or maybe just fun, at Miu Miu

    5 Jul 2015 | 1:59 am
    Identity is important in fashion - especially today, when there are so many clothes that all seem to look the same. The important thing for designers is distinguishing themselves and their wares from the rest of the flock.
  • David Vincent on Sankeys, its evolution and latest changes

    3 Jul 2015 | 2:43 am
    David Vincent is the owner of Sankeys, a British clubbing institution which was born in Manchester and has been transported over to Ibiza, where it’s enjoying unparalleled success. For the past five years it has grown and evolved into one of the most popular destinations for Ibiza’s clubbing faithful, with a diverse range of parties [...]
  • John ‘00’ Fleming on The Brighton Music Conference

    2 Jul 2015 | 7:56 am
    Last week the second annual Brighton Music Conference took place down on the south coast. BMC aims to create a space where those involved in the electronic music industry can network, collaborate and get more insight into the inner workings of our business. I invited DJ legend John ‘00’ Fleming to write about the event [...]
  • Indian rickshaw fetches £100,000 for wild elephants at Prince Charles hosted auction

    2 Jul 2015 | 12:48 am
    In India, the iconic Bajaj auto rickshaws or tuk-tuks cost around Rs200,000 or £2,000, Two nights ago, twenty were sold for up to £100,000 each in brightly coloured designs at a wildlife charity auction hosted in Lancaster House by Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall. There was a London taxi lookalike, a bamboo [...]
  • Her Outdoors: Jane and the Giant Peach

    30 Jun 2015 | 11:29 pm
    I have been watering my plot for nearly an hour, first thing in the morning or late in the evening, just before it gets too dark to see my way back to the allotment gate, to prevent this heat destroying my months of hard work. My vegetables and fruit bushes are teeming with crops now, [...]
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  • Clarence Thomas' Confused Notion of Freedom

    Sheldon Richman
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Compared to Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, his colleague Clarence Thomas is well regarded by at least some devotees of liberty. This is not totally unjustified. Thomas has demonstrated a familiarity with the philosophy and history of natural law and natural rights, which he (at times) sees rooted in individual persons. For this reason, in some areas he has opposed expansion of government power; for example in U.S. v. Lopez, he broke long precedent and held that the commerce clause of the Constitution is not a blank check to the government. However, this background knowledge has not…
  • WATCH: Silk Road, Online Freedom, and Why the Prosecution of Ross Ulbricht Should Worry Us All

    Zach Weissmueller
    4 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Download Video as MP4 Carl Mark Force, one of the DEA agents responsible for the takedown of Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht, pled guilty to the theft of hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of bitcoin earlier this week, as Nick Gillespie noted here. Exactly how much bitcoin Force stole during his time as a DEA agent is unclear, but on top of the money laundering, he is charged with multiple conflicts of interest, including one for inking a $240,000 movie deal about the Silk Road with 20th Century Fox.  Sentencing won't take place until October, but as Ars Technica reports, chances are…
  • WATCH: 4 Takeaways from SCOTUS Gay Marriage Ruling

    Paul Detrick
    4 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Originally published on June 26, 2015. Original text below: The Supreme Court of the United States ruled in a 5-4 ruling in favor of gay marriage. While the decision will be debated for years to come, watch some of our takeaways from the ruling.  Written and produced by Paul Detrick Scroll down for downloadable versions and subscribe to our YouTube Channel.
  • Andrea Castillo on the Powerful Computer Worm Infiltrating Computers in America and Around the World

    Reason.com
    4 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    In June, Russian software security firm Kaspersky Lab revealed that a powerful computer worm had been unleashed on computers in America and around the world roughly one year prior. The new malware, called "Duqu 2" for its apparent succession to 2011’s Duqu worm, alarmed info-security professionals with both its unprecedented strength and audacious targets. For months, attackers deployed frighteningly sophisticated espionage technology to secretly spy on all sorts of parties involved (however tenuously) in the ongoing Iranian nuclear negotiations, including government leaders,…
  • WATCH: Happy 4th of July From Remy (and the NSA)!

    Remy
    4 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    Happy 4th of July from Remy (and the NSA)! Originally posted on July 2, 2014. Original text below: Ain't no party like a nanny state party. Song written and performed by Remy. Video produced by Meredith Bragg. About 1:20 minutes. To read Reason's coverage on the nanny state - including bans on hamburgers, soda, salt, cheese, hotdogs, energy drinks, and more - visit http://reason.com/topics/nanny-state Subscribe to Reason TV's YouTube page to get automatic notifications when new materials go live. Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/reason Follow Remy on Twitter at @goremy and on You…
 
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  • With Gawker Successfully Unionized, Is Salon Next?

    Justin Miller
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:04 pm
    Everett Historical/Shutterstock The editorial staff for Salon Media, a progressive news and analysis outlet, unanimously announced in a letter today that they intend to unionize with the Writers Guild of America, East. “Every single one of the editorial employees at Salon supports unionizing with the Writers Guild of America, East, and today we’re asking the management of Salon to recognize our union,” the letter states. “We are doing this because we believe in our publication and want it to be successful. We’re especially proud to work for a media organization that has…
  • What Some Black Church Leaders Have Wrong About Gay Marriage -- and Civil Rights

    Nathalie Baptiste
    3 Jul 2015 | 12:30 pm
    (Photo: AP/Jacqueline Martin) On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court declared that same-sex couples had a right to marry anywhere in the country. The African American church and its leadership have often been at the forefront of movements for equality. But the recent Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage has shed light on the resistance to social change among some black church leaders —and has left them sounding more like white conservative leaders. On June 26, the Court ruled that two consenting adults have the right to get married—even if they are the same gender. As conservatives…
  • Why Labor Law Should Stop Leaning So Hard on the Wagner Act

    Lane Windham
    2 Jul 2015 | 5:33 pm
    AP Photo/Mike Groll A fast-food worker raises her fist during a rally for a $15 an hour wage at the Empire State Plaza Concourse, Wednesday, April 15, 2015, in Albany, New York.  The Wagner Act turns 80 this week and it’s about time that we lessen the old man’s load. For too long, this legislation that was meant to encourage workplace democracy has actually shouldered much of the burden of our nation’s employer-centered social welfare state. It’s high time to get citizens’ health care, pensions and even guaranteed basic wages off its back, and to allow the Wagner Act to do its job:…
  • First Gawker, Now Salon Staffers Announce Plan to Unionize

    Justin Miller
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:36 am
    Everett Historical/Shutterstock The editorial staff for Salon Media, a progressive news and analysis outlet, unanimously announced in a letter today that they intend to unionize with the Writers Guild of America, East. “Every single one of the editorial employees at Salon supports unionizing with the Writers Guild of America, East, and today we’re asking the management of Salon to recognize our union,” the letter states. “We are doing this because we believe in our publication and want it to be successful. We’re especially proud to work for a media organization that has championed…
  • The EU's Future in the Wake of the Greek Crisis

    Arthur Goldhammer
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:57 am
    AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza A man sells Greek and European Union flags during a rally organized by supporters of the YES vote for the upcoming referendum in front of the Greek Parliament in Athens, Tuesday, June 30, 2015.  The endgame in the Greek crisis remains murky at this hour despite Alexis Tsipras’s apparent capitulation to the demands of Greece’s creditors: the so-called Troika or “Institutions” consisting of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the European Commission (EC), and the European Central Bank (ECB). With surprise developments occurring daily if not hourly, it…
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  • With Gawker Successfully Unionized, Is Salon Next?

    Justin Miller
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:04 pm
    Everett Historical/Shutterstock The editorial staff for Salon Media, a progressive news and analysis outlet, unanimously announced in a letter today that they intend to unionize with the Writers Guild of America, East. “Every single one of the editorial employees at Salon supports unionizing with the Writers Guild of America, East, and today we’re asking the management of Salon to recognize our union,” the letter states. “We are doing this because we believe in our publication and want it to be successful. We’re especially proud to work for a media organization that has…
  • What Some Black Church Leaders Have Wrong About Gay Marriage -- and Civil Rights

    Nathalie Baptiste
    3 Jul 2015 | 12:30 pm
    (Photo: AP/Jacqueline Martin) On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court declared that same-sex couples had a right to marry anywhere in the country. The African American church and its leadership have often been at the forefront of movements for equality. But the recent Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage has shed light on the resistance to social change among some black church leaders —and has left them sounding more like white conservative leaders. On June 26, the Court ruled that two consenting adults have the right to get married—even if they are the same gender. As conservatives…
  • Why Labor Law Should Stop Leaning So Hard on the Wagner Act

    Lane Windham
    2 Jul 2015 | 5:33 pm
    AP Photo/Mike Groll A fast-food worker raises her fist during a rally for a $15 an hour wage at the Empire State Plaza Concourse, Wednesday, April 15, 2015, in Albany, New York.  The Wagner Act turns 80 this week and it’s about time that we lessen the old man’s load. For too long, this legislation that was meant to encourage workplace democracy has actually shouldered much of the burden of our nation’s employer-centered social welfare state. It’s high time to get citizens’ health care, pensions and even guaranteed basic wages off its back, and to allow the Wagner Act to do its job:…
  • First Gawker, Now Salon Staffers Announce Plan to Unionize

    Justin Miller
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:36 am
    Everett Historical/Shutterstock The editorial staff for Salon Media, a progressive news and analysis outlet, unanimously announced in a letter today that they intend to unionize with the Writers Guild of America, East. “Every single one of the editorial employees at Salon supports unionizing with the Writers Guild of America, East, and today we’re asking the management of Salon to recognize our union,” the letter states. “We are doing this because we believe in our publication and want it to be successful. We’re especially proud to work for a media organization that has championed…
  • The EU's Future in the Wake of the Greek Crisis

    Arthur Goldhammer
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:57 am
    AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza A man sells Greek and European Union flags during a rally organized by supporters of the YES vote for the upcoming referendum in front of the Greek Parliament in Athens, Tuesday, June 30, 2015.  The endgame in the Greek crisis remains murky at this hour despite Alexis Tsipras’s apparent capitulation to the demands of Greece’s creditors: the so-called Troika or “Institutions” consisting of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the European Commission (EC), and the European Central Bank (ECB). With surprise developments occurring daily if not hourly, it…
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  • Five paragraphs spell out the big problem Greece faces after the referendum

    Zachary A. Goldfarb
    4 Jul 2015 | 1:47 pm
    ATHENS, GREECE - JULY 02: Anti-austerity protesters and a local man have a heated argument on the streets of the city on July 2, 2015 in Athens, Greece. As people continue to queue outside banks Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis said that he will quit if voters don't back him up in Sunday's referendum. (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images) Mostly everyone is focused on whether Greece approves or rejects a referendum Sunday on Europe's austerity program. A "yes" vote means that the ruling party, Syriza, will likely step down, and Greece will be back at the negotiating table…
  • A hilarious Monty Python sketch explains why Greece is in a huge crisis

    Max Ehrenfreund
    4 Jul 2015 | 7:40 am
    Many top English-speaking economists are either alarmed or aghast over Europe's handling of the crisis in Greece. Several Nobel Prize winners say it has been exacerbated, time and again, by an unnecessarily rigid approach by Germany, Europe's economic powerhouse and decision-maker. Greece simply cannot repay its debts, economists argue, no matter how much the country slashes public services or raises taxes. So by insisting it keep on trying, the thinking goes, Germany seems to be intent on punishing Greece. The Germans see it differently, saying whatthey are doing may be painful,…
  • 5 insane facts about how America has gotten bigger

    Ana Swanson
    4 Jul 2015 | 6:27 am
    It's July 4, and today we celebrate our freedom to be big. That's because, if you look at the data the general philosophy in the United States seems to be "bigger is better."  And over the past several decades, Americans have supersized our sodas, our refrigerators, our big-box retailers and ourselves -- even our feet have gotten larger. Here's a look at a few of the most startling things that have grown in size in the U.S. over the past few decades: 1. Our portion sizes You probably know that portions in the U.S. have been getting bigger -- but do you know by how much? When McDonalds…
  • Where July 4th is the most and least fun around America

    Ana Swanson
    4 Jul 2015 | 6:21 am
    Visitors to the National Mall, Elisa Russo, left, and Shikha Prashad watch fireworks over the Washington monument on Independence Day. When I was growing up in Iowa, it was an annual tradition to pile into the car on July 3 and head for the state border. After stocking up on cheap Missouri fireworks and gas, everyone returned home, ready to celebrate their freedom. I'm sure this tradition plays out in many other states as well. But it wasn't until I left Iowa that I realized that the states that ban fireworks are in the minority. In fact, only three states banned all consumer fireworks as of…
  • 18 key facts about Greece that will leave you totally up to date about a huge crisis

    Zachary A. Goldfarb
    3 Jul 2015 | 8:31 am
    Simon Dawson/Bloomberg Greece is heading toward a major vote Sunday that will both shape the future of its economy and Europe's monetary union. It is a complicated story, and here at Wonkblog, we've tried to give you a clear sense of what's going on and what's next. But Anil Kashyap of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business has released an excellent primer  of his own that's worth a read. Kashyap wrote the piece last weekend, before Greece officially defaulted June 29 on a key payment to the International Monetary Fund, and the situation continues to evolve into the weekend.
 
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  • Walker to drop open records restrictions in Wisconsin

    4 Jul 2015 | 2:24 pm
     Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) said his state is jettisoning part of its proposed budget that would eliminate many opens records laws. Walker announced the move late Saturday alongside State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R),...
  • Washington brought in $70M in taxes on legal pot in one year

    4 Jul 2015 | 11:28 am
     Washington’s first year of legal marijuana sales has generated $70 million in tax revenue, a new report says. That total follows the Evergreen State’s first stores selling the drug opening in July 2014, according to The Associated Press....
  • Sunday shows preview: No holiday for 2016 field

    4 Jul 2015 | 10:46 am
     The crowded 2016 presidential field takes no respite from the campaign trail for Independence Day weekend. Sunday’s news shows will feature multiple contenders making their case for voters following July Fourth celebrations. New...
  • Texas wants to move state-owned gold back within its borders

    4 Jul 2015 | 9:29 am
     Texas is grappling with how it will retrieve and store its gold stockpile within its borders, a new report says. The Lone Star State has decided it is taking back its gold holdings from a bank in New York, according to The Associated...
  • Putin sends Obama an Independence Day message

    4 Jul 2015 | 8:36 am
     Russian leader Vladimir Putin reached out to President Obama on Saturday to mark Independence Day and express confidence in relations between their respective countries. "Russian-American relations remain the most important factor of...
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  • This week at the Court

    Kali Borkoski
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:01 pm
    The Court is in summer recess.
  • Friday round-up

    Amy Howe
    3 Jul 2015 | 5:54 am
    With the Court now in its summer recess, some coverage and commentary focus on overviews of the Term more generally.  NPR’s Nina Totenberg and this blog’s Tom Goldstein discuss the Term with Robert Siegel, while at the Los Angeles Times David Savage observes that “perhaps the biggest dynamic driving this term was overreaching by the Court’s conservative justices.”  In Education Week, Mark Walsh looks at the Term from an education perspective, noting that even when the Court is not “weighing cases directly involving education, many of its decisions reach into the schools”;…
  • Review of new Arizona election case narrowed

    Lyle Denniston
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:44 am
    The Supreme Court on Thursday narrowed somewhat its plan to review the work of the independent Arizona agency that drew new election districts for the state legislature after the latest census.  In a new order, the Court said it would not be ruling on a complaint that the agency wrongly created districts to give Hispanic voters more political power. On Tuesday, the Court accepted an appeal in Harris v. Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission, without limiting the questions at issue.  Thursday’s order drops off the third question that the challenging voters had raised. Question 3…
  • Event announcement

    Kali Borkoski
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    On July 9 the Heritage Foundation will host its annual “Scholars and Scribes” review of the Court’s Term. The event consists of two panels, running from 11 a.m.to 1 p.m. For a list of panelists, a link to live stream, or to RSVP to attend, visit the Heritage Foundation’s website.
  • Thursday round-up

    Amy Howe
    2 Jul 2015 | 5:31 am
    Commentary on last week’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, in which the Court struck down state bans on same-sex marriage and the recognition thereof, continues to pour in.  At Hamilton and Griffin on Rights, Ruben Garcia suggests that the dissenting Justices “see the stigma of being viewed as a bigot for being against same-sex marriage as worse than the stigma of being denied marriage,” while in an op-ed for the Boston Globe Kent Greenfield argues that the difference between Justice Anthony Kennedy’s opinion for the Court and the dissent of Chief Justice John Roberts “is empathy,…
 
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  • Sunday Garden Chat: Flying the Colors

    Anne Laurie
    5 Jul 2015 | 3:29 am
    From valued garden commentor Marvel: Hereabouts, it’s all smiles and rainbows — even the blueberries did their part yesterday and flew their happy rainbow colors. We’re in the midst of an extended heat wave here in the Willamette Valley. Pretty much all our morning time is spent watering and worrying. We lost all of our peas to a short-but-intense wavelet(?) last month and we’re hoping to prevent further failures now. We’ve got beach umbrellas shading the kale, beets, carrots and tomatoes. Hearing that high temps can mess with corn’s pollination, we put a…
  • Late Night Post-Fireworks Open Thread

    Anne Laurie
    4 Jul 2015 | 8:57 pm
    (B.C. via GoComics.com) . Fortunately, none of our neighbors are young enough to make our little dogs’ evening a nightmare. Heard a few booms in the distance, but we’re within earshot of a gun club (range open Wednesday evening & Sunday morning) so they’re somewhat inured. So we return to the regularly scheduled fire fizzle-works… July 4 is winding down, & still no terror strike on America. Once again, ISIS is trying 2 lull us into a false sense of security. Diabolical — Billmon (@billmon1) July 5, 2015 BREAKING: Intel sources tell @cnn absence of ISIS…
  • Boom-Boom Open Thread

    Betty Cracker
    4 Jul 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Big thunderstorm over Tampa Bay at the moment that might put a damper on the fireworks. Either way, dogs throughout the region will be piddling in fear. Not my mutts, though:  Snoozing as usual. The only holiday that riles them is Halloween, when they go apeshit over each and every trick-or-treater.  Hope you’re having a great 4th. Open thread! Share
  • Open Thread: Unbeatable PopCult

    Anne Laurie
    4 Jul 2015 | 1:57 pm
    FDR gives Steve Rogers his shield, an image that is about the most America there can be pic.twitter.com/IZtyeQv1pK — Eric Rauchway (@rauchway) July 4, 2015 Certainly, “If only the accident that produced it could be duplicated!” is about the most Fourth-of-July-in-America comment ever… Share This space reserved for your ad.
  • Women’s World Cup Third Place Game – England v Germany Open Thread

    Randinho
    4 Jul 2015 | 12:58 pm
    The very definition of anticlimax. Will England rise above its heartbreaking loss and clinch a medal? Happening simultaneously is the Copa America Final. No offense to any Argentineans reading this, but Chi-Chi-Chi, le-le-le! Share This space reserved for your ad.
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  • Why Won’t The Media Report On Both Sides Of The Segregation Issue?

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:43 am
    In the days following the Supreme Court’s controversial decision in Brown Vs. Board of Education, it has been completely dismaying to see the one-sided manner in which the mainstream media reports this story. The decision has been described as “historic” and “precedent-setting,” but what you won’t hear are the voices of dissent in America who have held the traditional values of racial segregation close to their hearts. We may no longer be a majority in America, but we don’t deserve to be censored. When the Supreme Court ruled that schools must be desegregated, did…
  • Always Forward: The American Story

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    26 Jun 2015 | 4:21 pm
    “The future doesn’t belong to fear; it belongs to freedom.” – John F. Kerry, July 29, 2004 2004 was the darkest year of my political life. After the disappointment and chaos of the 2000 election and the carnage of the ongoing war in Iraq, I figured there wasn’t any way possible for Bush to get re-elected. When he won in convincing fashion against Kerry, I felt betrayed by America, like the country I knew and loved with all my heart was some strange alien creature I never truly knew. In 2015 we are in the second term of a Democratic president, who is black. The…
  • Donald Trump Is In Second Place In A New National GOP Poll

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    24 Jun 2015 | 5:59 pm
    Let me repeat myself: Donald J. Trump, serial clown, is polling second in a NATIONAL poll of the Republican party (from Fox News!). Bush tops the list of GOP contenders with 15 percent support among Republican primary voters.  That’s up from 12 percent last month and his best showing yet.  Support for Trump more than doubled since his announcement and that catapults him into the top tier at 11 percent. He’s followed by retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson at 10 percent.  No one else receives double-digit backing. This is more than just a clown show. This is a CLOWN SPECTACULAR. Jeb Bush…
  • The Tired Conservative Trope Drinking Game

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    23 Jun 2015 | 5:28 pm
    In arguing with conservatives there are a set of tired, worn out tropes they will almost always bring up with tiring regularity. It should be a drinking game. And now it is. “Martin Luther King Was A Republican” – 1 Drink No, he wasn’t. Shut up. “You’re The Real Racist” – 1 Drink Conservatives believe that pointing out racism is often worse than actual racism. This is stupid. “Robert Byrd” – 1 Drink Sen. Robert Byrd was a KKK member. He rejected the Klan, opposed the Iraq War, and died with a 100% rating from the NAACP. But…
  • The Free Market Helped Tear Down The Confederate Flag And Conservatives Are Upset

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    23 Jun 2015 | 5:06 pm
    Retailers Amazon.com, Walmart, eBay, Etsy, and Sears have all decided to stop selling confederate-branded merchandise. Those companies made their decisions without being compelled to do so by the government – and the government would have a weak case based on free speech anyways. What happened was the market has decided to reject a flag whose sole purpose was to represent those fighting to preserve a system of slavery. Still, conservatives are angry. Their protests of course all have variations on the phrase “I oppose the confederate flag, BUT” and then freely flows a stream…
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  • Tunesia’s President Declares Emergency After Terrorist Hotel Attack

    Reuters
    4 Jul 2015 | 10:53 pm
    By Patrick Markey and Tarek Amara TUNIS (Reuters) – Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi declared a state of emergency on Saturday, saying the Islamist militant attack on a beach hotel that killed 38 foreigners had left the country “in a state of war”. Last week’s attack, three months after the deadly Islamist assault on the Bardo museum in Tunis, has shocked the North African country emerging into a democracy following its 2011 “Arab Spring” uprising. Tunisia’s emergency laws temporarily give the government more executive flexibility, hand the army…
  • Scientists Reveal Death Toll Caused By Soft Drinks- And It Is Whopping

    Guest Voice
    4 Jul 2015 | 5:58 pm
    Scientists have keynoted the dangers of fizzy, sugary drinks, noting that they kill 184,000 adults every year. It further said those under 45 consume more artificially sweetened drinks and are more at risk of diabetes and obesity. The worldwide study is the first to estimate deaths and disability from diabetes, heart disease, and cancers caused by… The post Scientists Reveal Death Toll Caused By Soft Drinks- And It Is Whopping appeared first on The Moderate Voice.
  • God Bless America

    Kevin Purcell
    4 Jul 2015 | 2:55 pm
    click to enlagre As I work today, e-mails from abroad are filtering in wishing me a happy 4th of July. One from Moscow, one from Dublin, another from Indonesia. Why? Because they get it. And here in America, with all of our varied influences, I hope you are feeling the love as well. Nothing like some SoCal pork street tacos from scratch before the “works” ! PEACE The post God Bless America appeared first on The Moderate Voice.
  • On Being Proud of Your Country (Guest Voice)

    Guest Voice
    4 Jul 2015 | 2:12 pm
    On Being Proud of Your Country by Patricia Smith As I walked to the grocery store yesterday (July 3), I saw two American Flags on all the telephone polls on the east side of the street. I felt pride in my community for decorating the telephone poles, pride in the United States and pride in the American Flag. I neither have a “my country right or wrong” nor a “my country never does wrong” sentiment. Our history is filled with all the wrongs we have done and mistakes we have made both here and around the world. Still, I believe there is much for which we can be proud.
  • 20 TV marathons for July 4th weekend

    Guest Voice
    4 Jul 2015 | 12:27 pm
    Fourth of July weekend is prime time to get some sun, take in a fireworks show or three, and barbecue all the livelong day. But in case you want to take refuge from the heat — or rain, for that matter — there’s always your friend the television. In recognition of the holiday, cable networks are… The post 20 TV marathons for July 4th weekend appeared first on The Moderate Voice.
 
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  • Reddit is imploding after firing AMA coordinator

    Holly Blackler
    3 Jul 2015 | 8:41 am
    In the wake of the lengthy drama surrounding the shut down of multiple subreddits promoting online harrassment, Reddit is now facing a far bigger crisis. Earlier this week, the company fired Victoria Taylor, who had been the company’s point person for organizing celebrity “Ask me Anything” events in which famous people respond to user-submitted questions. President Obama’s AMA was so big that it crashed the site. No explanation has been given yet for Taylor’s dismissal — Taylor has said she knows as much as we do as to why she was let go. In any case, the…
  • Bernie Sanders raises contender-level money in first months on the trail

    Jon Green
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:52 am
    Bernie Sanders had a good week this week. On Wednesday, Sanders addressed nearly ten thousand supporters in Madison in what was the biggest rally any candidate has held so far this cycle. Then, to follow that up, he released his first quarterly fundraising report since announcing his candidacy two months ago. The toplines: 400,000 contributions 250,000 individual donors $15 million raised $33 average contribution According to the Sanders campaign, 99 percent of donations were less than $250, accounting for 87 percent of his total fundraising haul. Bernie Sanders speaking at Drake University…
  • Catholic group treats being anti-gay as the new gay in insanely offensive ad

    Jon Green
    3 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    It’s really hard to be straight and proud these days. Rights are a zero-sum game, you see, and the recent affirmation of marriage equality by the Supreme Court can only mean one thing: God-fearing Christians who don’t agree with the ruling are sent straight to the closet. At least, that’s the theme of an ad released earlier this week by Catholic Vote, a non-profit advocacy group that, as their name suggests, fancies themselves some political Catholicism. The ad copies the theme of a “coming out” video, framing an opposition to marriage equality as the social…
  • National Intelligence Council: Water wars are coming

    Lucas Ropek
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:00 am
    In 2012, the U.S. Intelligence Council issued a report warning that in the next few decades, the fragile ecosystem of international trade and political partnership that America relies on will be threatened as countries that are “important to US interests” come to blows over a single invaluable resource: water. Not oil. “Water is the new oil,” so say economists, business executives and political scientists. Yes, while the majority of the wars of the 20th century were fought over terrain bubbling over with crude, the wars of tomorrow will likely be fought over…
  • Even Michigan Republicans think its state government is too anti-gay

    Jon Green
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Michigan’s state government is not representative of its people. The state voted for Barack Obama twice and has two Democratic senators, yet its governor and both houses of its legislature are Republican — as are nine of its fourteen members of Congress. One would think that Michigan’s blue streak would lead its Republican leadership to back away from the culture war issues that have been steadily moving away from them, but you’d be wrong. The state has granted religious exemptions for adoption agencies that allows them to refuse to work with same-sex couples while…
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  • With Gawker Successfully Unionized, Is Salon Next?

    Justin Miller
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:04 pm
    Everett Historical/Shutterstock The editorial staff for Salon Media, a progressive news and analysis outlet, unanimously announced in a letter today that they intend to unionize with the Writers Guild of America, East. “Every single one of the editorial employees at Salon supports unionizing with the Writers Guild of America, East, and today we’re asking the management of Salon to recognize our union,” the letter states. “We are doing this because we believe in our publication and want it to be successful. We’re especially proud to work for a media organization that has…
  • What Some Black Church Leaders Have Wrong About Gay Marriage -- and Civil Rights

    Nathalie Baptiste
    3 Jul 2015 | 12:30 pm
    (Photo: AP/Jacqueline Martin) On June 26, the U.S. Supreme Court declared that same-sex couples had a right to marry anywhere in the country. The African American church and its leadership have often been at the forefront of movements for equality. But the recent Supreme Court ruling on same-sex marriage has shed light on the resistance to social change among some black church leaders —and has left them sounding more like white conservative leaders. On June 26, the Court ruled that two consenting adults have the right to get married—even if they are the same gender. As conservatives…
  • Why Labor Law Should Stop Leaning So Hard on the Wagner Act

    Lane Windham
    2 Jul 2015 | 5:33 pm
    AP Photo/Mike Groll A fast-food worker raises her fist during a rally for a $15 an hour wage at the Empire State Plaza Concourse, Wednesday, April 15, 2015, in Albany, New York.  The Wagner Act turns 80 this week and it’s about time that we lessen the old man’s load. For too long, this legislation that was meant to encourage workplace democracy has actually shouldered much of the burden of our nation’s employer-centered social welfare state. It’s high time to get citizens’ health care, pensions and even guaranteed basic wages off its back, and to allow the Wagner Act to do its job:…
  • First Gawker, Now Salon Staffers Announce Plan to Unionize

    Justin Miller
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:36 am
    Everett Historical/Shutterstock The editorial staff for Salon Media, a progressive news and analysis outlet, unanimously announced in a letter today that they intend to unionize with the Writers Guild of America, East. “Every single one of the editorial employees at Salon supports unionizing with the Writers Guild of America, East, and today we’re asking the management of Salon to recognize our union,” the letter states. “We are doing this because we believe in our publication and want it to be successful. We’re especially proud to work for a media organization that has championed…
  • The EU's Future in the Wake of the Greek Crisis

    Arthur Goldhammer
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:57 am
    AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza A man sells Greek and European Union flags during a rally organized by supporters of the YES vote for the upcoming referendum in front of the Greek Parliament in Athens, Tuesday, June 30, 2015.  The endgame in the Greek crisis remains murky at this hour despite Alexis Tsipras’s apparent capitulation to the demands of Greece’s creditors: the so-called Troika or “Institutions” consisting of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the European Commission (EC), and the European Central Bank (ECB). With surprise developments occurring daily if not hourly, it…
 
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  • Gov. Brown quickly signs Vaccines Bill

    1 Jul 2015 | 9:10 am
    Bill eliminates most non-medical exemptions by Brian Leubitz While SB277 may have drawn a lot of attention and vocal minorities to the Capitol (and anywhere else legislators congregated). But after the recent passage of the legislation, Governor Brown wasted no time in signing the bill yesterday. SB 277 requires all children entering day care, kindergarten or 7th grade to be vaccinated, although the legislature included a specific exemption if a child's physician concludes that immunization is not recommended for reasons including family medical history. ... Sen. Pan, speaking on KPCC's…
  • Justice Kennedy Pens 5-4 Decision for Marriage Equality

    26 Jun 2015 | 9:08 am
    Decision makes marriage equality the law of the land across the nation. by Brian Leubitz You can find many words on the marriage decision plastered all over the interwebs. But I wanted to point out the closing of Justice Kennedy's decision in the 5-4 Obergefell decision. No union is more profound than marriage, for it embodies the highest ideals of love, fidelity, devotion, sacrifice, and family. In forming a marital union, two people become something greater than once they were. As some of the petitioners in these cases demonstrate, marriage embodies a love that may endure even past death.
  • Budget Deal Reached?

    16 Jun 2015 | 11:48 am
    Legislature passed bill yesterday with $750mil over Gov.'s budget by Brian Leubitz Yesterday, the Legislature passed a budget as was required by the Constitution (and 2010's Prop 25) to keep their paychecks coming. Senate Budget Chair Mark Leno acknowledged there's no deal yet with Gov. Brown but says he'd challenge anyone who calls this spending plan a "sham." "This budget, fiscally responsible, pays down more debt - faster; puts more money in our rainy day fund; puts more money into public education; and begins - if minimally - to reinvest in the needs of the people of the state of…
  • Legislative Recap on Health: #Health4All; Out-of-Pocket Costs; Medi-Cal, Etc.

    6 Jun 2015 | 9:38 am
    The Senate and Assembly adjourned Thursday, one day ahead of the June 5th deadline to pass all bills out of the first legislative chamber. The good news is that most key bills of interest to health care consumers have passed out of the house of origin, while one bill, opposed by public health groups, was defeated. Bills moving forward deal with limits and protections against unfair out-of-pocket costs; efforts at improving Medi-Cal; and most notably a significant expansion of access to coverage for all regardless of immigration status. These bills now head to the second half of the…
  • The Mighty Bay Bridge?

    28 May 2015 | 10:31 am
    Another rod fails testing by Brian Leubitz When you spend $6.5 billion on something, you expect it to last a few years, even if it is one of the world's widest bridges. (That $6B+ price tag also set a Guinness record!) Caltrans officials downplayed the failure, stressing that 99 percent of the 407 rods that underwent testing passed, and said that the cause will need to be determined by further tests in a materials lab. But the failure of a second rod leaves the possibility that more rods could eventually fail. "Hydrogen embrittlement and corrosion occurs over time," said Steve Heminger,…
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  • A Former Israeli Ambassador Takes Aim at Obama—and American Jewry

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:20 am
    Benjamin Myers / Reuters In a recent post, I suggested that the intervention of two men, the former U.S. national security advisor Tom Donilon and the former Israeli ambassador to the United States, Michael Oren, might help improve the dysfunctional relationship between the Obama administration and the government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. At the time I wrote this, both men had reputations as people who were concerned about preserving the extraordinarily complicated, and extraordinarily close, U.S.-Israel relationship, and both had spent a good deal of time calming the…
  • 'Israel Cannot Absorb 3.5 Million Palestinians and Remain a Jewish and Democratic State'

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    25 Jun 2015 | 11:12 am
    Dan Balilty / AP Last week, I spent an illuminating hour with Yair Lapid, the former Israeli finance minister and now a leader of the opposition. Lapid, a voluble former television broadcaster, is the head of the Yesh Atid party—the name translates as, “There is a future.” This, of course, is a very Jewish thing to name a political party, for a large number of reasons I’ll let you figure out. Lapid is a leader of the great mass of disillusioned centrists in Israeli politics. He could conceivably be prime minister one day, assuming Benjamin Netanyahu, in whose previous cabinet he…
  • Taking on the Jewish Anti-Obama 'Ingrates'

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    4 Jun 2015 | 8:17 am
    Jonathan Ernst / Reuters The other day, Rob Eshman, the editor in chief of the Jewish Journal in Los Angeles, published an op-ed that I knew would cause his inbox to fill with hate mail. The piece is entitled, “A Jewish ‘Thank You’ to President Obama.” In it, Eshman calls the president’s Jewish critics “a bunch of ingrates.” He argues that Obama’s recent statements about Israel, Jews, and Zionism could have been interpreted with nuance and met with some measure of gratitude. The president, over the past couple of weeks, has made various philo-Semitic and pro-Israel statements,…
  • A Critique of Obama's Understanding of Israel

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    1 Jun 2015 | 8:12 pm
    Kevin Lamarque / Reuters After I posted an interview with President Obama late last month, I received any number of interesting responses (and also many non-interesting responses, and also some profane non-interesting responses), but few were as comprehensive as that of Yossi Kuperwasser, a former Israeli general and intelligence expert who served until recently as director general of the Ministry of Strategic Affairs. Kuperwasser asked me if I would post some of his critique, and I said yes, happily, though I agree with only 46 percent of it. I’ll get to my disagreements another time. I…
  • ‘Look ... It’s My Name on This’: Obama Defends the Iran Nuclear Deal

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    21 May 2015 | 8:29 am
    Pedro Santana / AFP / Getty On Tuesday afternoon, as President Obama was bringing an occasionally contentious but often illuminating hour-long conversation about the Middle East to an end, I brought up a persistent worry. “A majority of American Jews want to support the Iran deal,” I said, “but a lot of people are anxiety-ridden about this, as am I.” Like many Jews—and also, by the way, many non-JewsI believe that it is prudent to keep nuclear weapons out of the hands of anti-Semitic regimes. Obama, who earlier in the discussion had explicitly labeled the supreme leader of Iran,…
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    James Fallows : The Atlantic

  • Why Obama Gave a Christian Speech Without Mentioning Jesus

    James Fallows
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:52 am
    Concluding page of Epistle to the Hebrews, from 1611 edition of the King James Bible. President Obama began his recent "Grace" speech with a passage from this book. ( Wikipedia ) Over the weekend I explained why I thought Barack Obama’s “Grace” speech, in eulogy for Rev. Clementa Pinckney and eight others, was so rhetorically and politically effective. Yesterday I quoted readers on what they liked and didn’t about his presentation. One who objected was an evangelical Christian. I had said I was struck by the president’s easy use of explicitly Christian language and references in the…
  • Readers React to Obama's ‘Grace’ Speech

    James Fallows
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:10 pm
    Tonya McKelvey-White among mourners singing Amazing Grace before the burial of Reverend Clementa Pinckney (Randall Hill / Reuters) Over the weekend, I did an assessment of Barack Obama’s “Grace” speech, his eulogy for Reverend Clementa Pinckney and tribute to the eight other members of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church family who were murdered in Charleston. I am warming up for another minute-by-minute post about the speech, which is all the more interesting as I watch it for a second time. For now, a range of pro and con reaction—about the speech, about the president,…
  • Obama’s Grace

    James Fallows
    27 Jun 2015 | 4:32 pm
    President Obama during the singing of Amazing Grace on Friday in Charleston (David Goldman / AP) I think Barack Obama’s eulogy yesterday for parishioners of the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston was his most fully successful performance as an orator. It was also one that could have come only at this point in his public career—and not, for instance, when he was an intriguing figure first coming to national notice, as he was during his celebrated debut speech at the Democratic National Convention in Boston 11 years ago; or when he was a candidate fighting for…
  • Books by Friends: Skyfaring, America's Moment, Republic of Conscience

    James Fallows
    26 Jun 2015 | 12:03 am
    Henri Matisse, The Reader. Perhaps she is reading something written by a friend! ( Wikimedia ) As in several previous installments in this series, I disclose for the record that I have some connection with the authors of these books. But as in the previous cases, these are all books I’d recommend whether or not I’d known their authors. I’m mentioning them with deliberate brevity, both to encourage you to find out  more yourself and because if I waited to do "real" write-ups I'd take longer to get around to it. Seriously, these are books you will be glad to have read. An elegant…
  • The Importance of a Careful Pre-Flight, Cat Fancier Edition

    James Fallows
    24 Jun 2015 | 5:29 pm
    This version of a flying cat is extremely creepy. The one below is not. ( 17th century illustration from Athanasius Kircher’s La Chine, via Wikimedia commons ) Everyone in the flying world has seen this video. But not everyone in the world at large has, so here you go. For context, the clip shows a male pilot taking off in a small ultralight craft from what is reported to be the airport in Kourou, French Guiana. Riding along with him is a female passenger on what the pilot says is her first small-aircraft trip. And riding along with them is another passenger, who makes an appearance about…
 
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    Obsidian Wings

  • Frederick Douglass

    Ugh
    5 Jul 2015 | 4:48 am
    by Ugh But such is not the state of the case. I say it with a sad sense of the disparity between us. I am not included within the pale of glorious anniversary! Your high independence only reveals the immeasurable distance between us. The blessings in which you, this day, rejoice, are not enjoyed in common.  The rich inheritance of justice, liberty, prosperity and independence, bequeathed by your fathers, is shared by you, not by me. The sunlight that brought light and healing to you, has brought stripes and death to me. This Fourth July is yours, not mine. You may rejoice, I must mourn. To…
  • Jerry Seinfeld and Trevor Noah

    liberal japonicus
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:43 pm
    I'm looking forward to Trevor Noah taking over the Daily Show, and below the fold is Seinfeld's "Comedians in cars getting coffee" with Trevor Noah. Very interesting.
  • Dear Transformative Works Fandom: Please think about voting for the Hugo Awards

    SuperUser
    30 Jun 2015 | 8:40 pm
    by Doctor Science Are you a fan of science fiction and fantasy novels, short stories, art, movies, TV shows, or meta? Have you heard of the Hugo Awards in the past as a good thing, and heard rumors of shenanigans this year? Do you have US$40 you could spend for the right to vote, and incidentally getting some good e-books out of it? You could be a Hugo voter! How to become a Hugo voter The Hugos are voted on by members of the World Science Fiction Society, which has a convention in a different city every year. This year's Worldcon is Sasquan and is taking place in Spokane, Washington, from…
  • Women in Baseball -- Open Thread

    SuperUser
    27 Jun 2015 | 3:19 pm
    by wj This week, for the first time, a Melissa Mayeux registered for Major League Baseball's international registration list -- which makes her the first woman to be eligible to play major league baseball in the United States. Or course, the young lady is French, not American. Why not? Because, in the US, women play softball and men play baseball. A few girls have managed to get on boys teams in Little League recently, or even high school teams. But after that? The NCAA, for example, does not have women's baseball teams, just softball. (Which means that a woman who wants an athletic…
  • On accusations of *-ism and prejudice

    SuperUser
    26 Jun 2015 | 5:33 pm
    Guest post by Bruce Baugh; originally a comment at File770. There's an aspect of worldview which is sort of prior to specific politics, religion or philosophy, and so on, that needs some explicit attention. Some people believe that it's possible (in the sense of "feasible for some significant number of people", not the abstract possible under conditions no one ever actually attains) to be a basically good person. You will go through your life and seldom if ever do any genuine harm except if you go at it with deliberate malicious intent. Any unintentional harm you do will necessarily be small…
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    International Budget Partnership

  • Budget Analysis: A Tool for Effective Advocacy on Sexual and Reproductive Health

    Kevin Thibodeaux
    1 Jul 2015 | 10:04 am
    For years, governments throughout the world have adopted commitments to meet the sexual and reproductive health needs of millions of women, men, and youth. But governments have not always followed up these commitments with the policies and funds needed to effectively implement them. As a result, maternal mortality and teen pregnancy rates are still unacceptably high. As citizens, we must hold our governments accountable to their commitments. Budget analysis is a powerful tool to determine whether governments have allocated sufficient financial resources to fulfill their promises and…
  • What Have We Learned from Tracking Budget Transparency More Frequently?

    Deidre
    23 Jun 2015 | 12:32 pm
    This post appears as an essay in our 2014 Annual Report. Since 2006 IBP has published the Open Budget Survey (OBS), the only independent, regular, and comparative assessment of budget transparency and participation worldwide. Over the years, users of the OBS — including civil society, donors, and the private sector — have asked us to update it more frequently. However, producing the full Open Budget Survey in less than the current two year schedule would be challenging, given the investment of time and resources required to conduct such comprehensive research. That said, IBP recognizes…
  • Links Roundup: Recent Budget News and Research

    Jay
    8 Jun 2015 | 7:41 am
    New Country-Specific Research and Publications Improving the Budget Process in Fragile and Conflict-Ridden States: Two Modest Lessons from Afghanistan (Public Administration Review) This paper uses the improvement in Afghanistan’s Open Budget Index score from 2008-2012 as an entry point to explore how donors try to intervene and promote transparency as part of broader efforts in public financial management development and how legislative strengthening has also contributed to budget reform. The analysis shows that a fragile state can improve its budgetary transparency and enhance governance…
  • Why Finance Ministries Should Be Good Story Tellers

    reyebrow_ibp
    21 May 2015 | 8:41 pm
    If government ministries were characters in a play, the ministry of finance would likely be cast as the villain. Far from being the underdog, the finance ministry is often at the center of modern government, wielding a great deal of (formal and informal) power and influence over a country’s public resources by virtue of its control over the budget. Given this critical role, it is often the finance minister who becomes collateral damage when things go bad. Yet some finance ministers and ministries have managed to escaped vilification and been widely respected for shielding the country…
  • Monitoring Spending in a Post-2015 World: How Can It Work?

    reyebrow_ibp
    6 May 2015 | 8:43 pm
    This post was written by Paolo de Renzio, International Budget Partnership. Two big meetings related to the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will take place in the coming months: the Financing for Development conference, and the UN Summit to adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda. This has shifted focus to the short-term negotiations that will decide the shape and content of the SDGs, what the targets and indicators will look like, and what resources will be available to try and achieve them. We have been following this debate very closely at IBP, calling for transparency,…
 
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    FactCheck.org

  • Was Hillary Clinton the Original ‘Birther’?

    Robert Farley
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:21 am
    Two Republican presidential candidates claim the so-called “birther” movement originated with the Hillary Clinton campaign in 2008. While it’s true that some of her ardent supporters pushed the theory, there is no evidence that Clinton or her campaign had anything to do with it. In an interview on June 29, Sen. Ted Cruz said “the whole birther thing was started by the Hillary Clinton campaign in 2008,” and earlier this year, Donald Trump claimed “Hillary Clinton wanted [Obama’s] birth certificate. Hillary is a birther.” Neither Cruz nor Trump…
  • Fiorina Shortchanges Marijuana Research

    Dave Levitan
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:17 am
    In questioning the value of medicinal marijuana, Carly Fiorina said “we don’t understand how it interacts with other drugs.” In fact, there is information about marijuana’s interactions with other medications, although major clinical trials using marijuana have been limited by its legal status. Fiorina spoke with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, who asked her about the legal status of marijuana in Colorado (it also has been legalized in Washington). She said she believes in states’ rights but that legalizing marijuana is a “bad idea” (at the 30:20 mark):…
  • The Christie File

    Robert Farley
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:50 am
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie plans to officially announce his presidential candidacy this morning, joining an already crowded field vying for the Republican nomination. Christie has enjoyed high national visibility for years due to speculation about a run for the presidency and his recent stint as chairman of the Republican Governors Association, and so many of his comments have come across our radar. Most recently, we pointed out that Christie repeatedly, and wrongly, has said that U.S. corporations are taxed twice on income earned abroad, claiming in a June 10 speech that IRS officials…
  • June 26: Natural Gas, ACA, Deficits

    Eugene Kiely
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:22 am
  • Carson Overlooks Russia’s Reserves

    D'Angelo Gore
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:32 am
    Ben Carson said the United States has more oil and natural gas than Russia. Not so. The U.S. recently passed Russia in production of petroleum and natural gas, but estimates put Russia’s proved reserves of crude oil and natural gas way ahead of the U.S. Carson, a Republican presidential contender, made the claim while talking about his foreign relations goals during a June 23 interview with WGCL-TV in Atlanta (at 8:15 in the video): Carson, June 23: I think we need to be looking at people like Vladimir Putin and saying “How do we keep him contained?” Obviously, economically.
 
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    Corrente

  • In the garden: Masses of color

    lambert
    3 Jul 2015 | 5:10 pm
    Body:  As readers may know, my garden is a "Grandmother's Garden," though only as a happy accident: Often appearing haphazard or growing at random, grandmother's garden was actually designed as a painting with an eye to composition using color, shape, and texture. It is no wonder then that so many painters, writers, poets, and other artists created such gardens. These gardens inspired them and often are seen in their works. ... For example, the color orange (honeysuckle):
  • So that's where all this "training" stuff comes from. . .

    claud_alexander
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:01 am
    Body:  From the excellent if horrible-90s-web-design-flashback Militarycorruption.com: The latest blot on West Point's once-sterling reputation has come with a guilty plea from Bobbie C. Ryan, trusted employee in the Dean's office, who admits she embezzled almost $3 million for her own personal use. The 51 year-old Highland Falls, New York woman admitted she diverted payments from West Point to a dummy corporation she set up - CWG Enterprises of New Windsor, N.Y. - for "training" that never took place.
  • Generals and "the grotesque top-heaviness of the American corporation"

    claud_alexander
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:39 am
    Body:  Something about the contemporary US military that should be better known is its Central-American-army degree of generals' bloat. And this only follows the best traditions of the American corporate sector:
  • In the garden: Wildflowers

    lambert
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:24 pm
    Body:  This what I had in mind for the front garden, and now it has come to pass! (The hole in the center is where the Common Sowthistle -- hat tip, Mitzi Muffin -- was before I ripped it out.) This section is a bit more patchy than I'd like, because of what the snowplow detritus does to the soil, and the wildflowers in the shady mix section haven't bloomed yet, so I'm not going to have like thirty feet of solid color. But close!
  • "The 'U.S. military’s marathon, 30-year, single-elimination, suck-up tournament' OR 'How America selects its generals'"

    claud_alexander
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:32 am
    Body:  Mentioned this piece by a former officer and Vietnam vet to lambert, but thing might be of wider interest.
 
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    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective

  • National Parks offer 12 fun ways to beat summer heat & remind visitors to not forget those selfies

    Latina Lista
    2 Jul 2015 | 12:24 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. National Parks offer 12 fun ways to beat summer heat & remind visitors to not forget those selfies by Latina Lista LatinaLista Summer finally arrived, bringing with it soaring temperatures and a stifling grip on the forecast. But it also means the kids are out of school, vacation requests are being put in, and the longer days can be filled with exciting ventures in national parks! Some of this nation’s best playgrounds are preserved within the National Park…
  • Tacos and lucha libre: How one Dallas festival put Latino culture in the spotlight

    Latina Lista
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:26 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Tacos and lucha libre: How one Dallas festival put Latino culture in the spotlight by Latina Lista By Obed Manuel LatinaLista There was a special feeling at the end of the night as the first ever Taco Libre festival in Dallas came to a close. Even as the bright red stage lights flashed on the dancing mass of people and the members of Grammy-winning Ozomatli jammed out on the stage and urged the crowd to sing and jump, that feeling was not the bass emanating from…
  • Crowdfunder: Computer Education for Nicaraguan Students in Need

    Latina Lista
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:14 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Crowdfunder: Computer Education for Nicaraguan Students in Need by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Campaign: Computer Education for Nicaraguan Students in Need The students of Colegio Cristiano Presbiteriano (CCP) in Managua, Nicaragua need computer skills to have any hope of lifting themselves out of poverty. Funds are needed for a computer teacher and to provide internet service for the school over the next three years. The families of the Hialeah neighborhood are…
  • Delaware’s governor signs law granting driving privileges to undocumented residents of the state

    Latina Lista
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:56 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Delaware’s governor signs law granting driving privileges to undocumented residents of the state by Latina Lista El Tiempo Hispano DELAWARE — Finally, on June 29, after much anticipation, by a vote of 22 in favor and 15 against, Senate Bill 59 was passed by the State House of Representatives and signed immediately by Governor Jack Markell. Many Hispanics turned out in support of this bill sponsored by Sen. Bryan Townsend with bipartisan support. Delaware…
  • Latino college graduates’ chances of having a good life are “just as likely” as those of privileged white peers

    Latina Lista
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Latino college graduates’ chances of having a good life are “just as likely” as those of privileged white peers by Latina Lista LatinaLista — While there is still evidence of an achievement gap between Latino and white students throughout high school into college, and especially in the STEM fields in undergrad classes and graduate school, once low-income Latino and other minority students graduate from college, their success in life is equal to…
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    Observer

  • ‘Big Brother’ 17×3: The First Live Eviction

    3 Jul 2015 | 8:58 pm
    Here’s the thing about week 1. You can’t really call it a “week” because of television production schedules and lunar eclipses it ends up being something like 15 days. The only people who would want a 15 day week are those ones that really hate Mondays. In a 15 day week, you’d only have one Monday. But you’d also only have one Friday and one Saturday. And they’d probably name the other 8 days after Beatles songs or John Wayne movies. Not that “Rooster Cogburnday” doesn’t have a ring to it. It does. But a 15 day Big Brother week is exhausting. In the world of the Live…
  • Snapchat’s New Tap to View is a Bigger Deal Than You Think

    3 Jul 2015 | 12:49 pm
    By responding to the actual user and user needs, versus the nuances of his own platform, the subtle Snapchat update is actually a grand gesture.
  • Self-Reliance: How to Progress Towards Ownership Over Your Life

    3 Jul 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Understand: you are one of a kind. Your character traits are a kind of chemical mix that will never be repeated in history. There are ideas unique to you, a specific rhythm and perspective that are your strengths, not your weaknesses. You must not be afraid of your uniqueness and you must care less and less what people think of you.
  • ‘Hannibal’ 3 X 5 Recap: Throw Will from the Train

    3 Jul 2015 | 9:03 am
    Thursday was certainly a big day for nefarious Mads Mikkelsen characters getting their bloody comeuppance. The day began with with some implied dismemberment via Rihanna’s “Bitch Better Have My Money” video and ended with him getting dragged across the floor via a hook through his calf in “Hannibal.” Of course, in the latter scenario, the cannibal manages to live another day by shimmying down the disemboweled body of Inspector Pazzi. The Accountant “AKA The Bitch” didn’t fare so well.
  • 6 High-End Ice Cream Spots You Need to Try This Summer

    3 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Vegan honeycomb-flavored ice cream? Only in New York.
 
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    Gawker

  • Accused Child Molesters Heart Huckabee

    Adam Weinstein
    11 Jun 2015 | 11:24 am
    Duggars be damned: It turns out presidential Easter ham Mike Huckabee has another alleged child molester in his coterie. A prolific co-author of Huck’s and other Christian moralists’ books left his church and escaped prosecution when the statute of limitations ran out on his alleged sexual assaults of a young girl.Read more...
  • Rick Santorum Had a Campaign Rally in Iowa and Only One Person Showed Up

    Adam Weinstein
    10 Jun 2015 | 8:51 am
    Some competitors thrive on being the underdog. Some find humor and vigor in humiliating setbacks. And some are just glass-jawed failure artists, their piled losses more befitting than any theoretical small victory. Rick Santorum is the latter, having reached mediocrity’s apogee while eating lunch alone on Monday.Read more...
  • Remember When Jeb Bush Proposed Public Shamings for Unmarried Moms?

    Adam Weinstein
    9 Jun 2015 | 11:05 am
    People forget today that George W. Bush first ran for president as a “compassionate conservative” because it was novel to do so: Most conservatives openly acknowledged that they were pricks by 2000. Like George’s brother Jeb, who wrote in 1995 of wanting society to attach a “sense of ridicule” to single parenting.Read more...
  • Ah Yes Oh Rick Perry Yes Yes Thank You God

    Adam Weinstein
    4 Jun 2015 | 6:06 am
    He’s in! He’s got a website where he flaunts his geeker glasses and salutes a lot. Presumably he’s been working on his mnemonics, but hopefully not. Oh, happy day. Happy happy day. 2016, brothers. We will ride through the gates of Valhalla shiny and chrome. Witness me!Read more...
  • Bobby Jindal Is Less Popular Than Even Barack Obama in Louisiana

    Adam Weinstein
    18 May 2015 | 10:50 am
    Bobby Jindal launched a presidential exploratory committee today, because hey, that’s what you do. Presumably he’ll be exploring outside the state he governs, because as much as Louisianans hate Democrats and Obummer, they hate Bobby more, a new poll shows. Read more...
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    The American Conservative » Daniel Larison

  • The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

    Daniel Larison
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    How not to write about Iran. Ishaan Tharoor offers a guide in how not to talk about Iran. The conclusion of the nuclear talks. Paul Pillar comments on the closing stages of the nuclear negotiations with Iran. The three countries that still don’t have normal relations with the U.S. Matt Schiavenza explains why the U.S. has no ties with Bhutan. The town where the sun doesn’t rise. Kari Leibowitz describes her research into the winter experience of the people of Tromso, Norway. The war on Yemen is Saudi Arabia’s real embarrassment. Frederick Deknatel reviews some of the…
  • Cruz’s Risible Cuba Demagoguery

    Daniel Larison
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:26 am
    Many Republican candidates were unhappy with the announcement that the U.S. and Cuba will be opening embassies as part of the normalization process, but Ted Cruz wins the prize for the most absurd reaction: Following the announcement by President Obama that the United States will open an embassy in Cuba, thereby taking a final step to forming normal relations with the Castro regime, Texas Senator Ted Cruz slammed the decision as a “slap in the face of Israel.” Opening an embassy in Havana has nothing to do with Israel one way or the other, so it’s curious that Cruz wants to link it…
  • McConnell and the Iran Hawks’ Loathing of Diplomacy

    Daniel Larison
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:09 am
    Mitch McConnell admits that he doesn’t want any nuclear deal with Iran that could be successfully negotiated: Reaching the best deal acceptable to Iran, rather than actually furthering our goal of ending Iran’s nuclear program [bold mine-DL], is a flawed premise. This sums up Iran hawks’ objections to the negotiations very well. McConnell and his colleagues aren’t interested in finding the best deal that Iran will accept, because the goal he’s seeking is one that has always been out of reach. The “ending” of Iran’s nuclear program has never been…
  • Getting Iran Wrong

    Daniel Larison
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:56 am
    Ishaan Tharoor warns against the frequent and misleading stereotyping that shapes a lot of commentary on Iran, including the recent Stavridis article on Iranian “imperial ambitions” that I criticized earlier this week: “Iran is an ancient civilization with a rich culture that definitely has roots in its old history,” Iranian-American journalist Negar Mortazavi tells WorldViews. “But to stereotype modern Iran and Iranians based on what happened thousands of years ago is wrong.” Mortazavi argues that you would never see such simplistic, overreaching…
  • The Indefensible War on Yemen Continues

    Daniel Larison
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:36 pm
    The U.N. is drawing more attention to the disastrous humanitarian crisis created by the Saudi-led war on Yemen: Pressure is mounting on the Saudi-led military coalition that seeks to stanch a rebellion in Yemen, as aid officials prepare to add Yemen to the ranks of the world’s most severe humanitarian crises and human rights groups point to what may be war crimes. United Nations officials are expected to declare Yemen a so-called Level 3 — or most severe — humanitarian crisis, as the de facto military blockade on commercial ships restricts the supply of food and fuel into the Arab…
 
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    TIME

  • Christie Won’t Pledge to Undo Iran Deal

    Zeke J Miller
    4 Jul 2015 | 1:39 pm
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie said Saturday that while he is deeply troubled by the emerging Iranian nuclear agreement, he would not pledge to undo it should he take office. Speaking to Republicans on July 4th in this lakeside vacation town, Christie sought to differentiate himself from the other 15 GOP candidates for president, casting himself as a leader who would carefully consider all options. “I’m not one of those guys who’s going to say to you, ‘on Day One I will abrogate the agreement,'” Christie said, noting that the American president could not just act…
  • Hillary Clinton Hopeful For Iran Nuclear Deal Next Week

    Zeke J Miller
    3 Jul 2015 | 1:59 pm
    Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Friday that she is hopeful that a nuclear agreement with Iran can be reached before next week’s deadline, indicating support for the draft agreement that may or may not come into force. Speaking to a crowd of about 850 largely college-aged supporters on the campus of Dartmouth College, Clinton addressed the latest deadline for the P5+1 nuclear talks in Vienna, July 9, saying “these things always come down to the wire.” “I so hope that we are able to get a deal in the next week that puts a lid on Iran’s nuclear…
  • Romney to Host Rubio, Christie for July 4th

    Zeke J Miller
    3 Jul 2015 | 10:24 am
    Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is hosting two of his would-be successors Friday night at his home for the July 4th holiday. New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio are marching in the Wolfeboro, N.H. Fourth of July parade—the largest in the state—on Saturday morning, just blocks from the Romney family vacation home in the bucolic lakeside town. “Governor Romney heard that his friends, Governor Christie and Senator Rubio, along with their families, would be in Wolfeboro over the July 4th holiday weekend,” a Romney spokesperson…
  • Hispanic Leaders Say Republican Party Must Condemn Trump

    julieshapiro2015
    3 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    (WASHINGTON) — Hispanic leaders are warning of harm to Republican White House hopes unless the party’s presidential contenders do more to condemn Donald Trump, a businessman turned presidential candidate who’s refusing to apologize for calling Mexican immigrants rapists and drug dealers. Trump’s comments, delivered in his announcement speech last month, have haunted the GOP for much of the last two weeks and dominated Spanish-language media. It’s bad timing for a Republican Party that has invested significantly in Hispanic outreach in recent years, given the…
  • Supreme Court Justices Earn Free Trips and More on the Side

    ryantbeckwith
    2 Jul 2015 | 2:43 pm
    Before inspiring celebration, debate and dictionary searches last week, the majority of the U.S. Supreme Court managed to squeeze in some globetrotting—on someone else’s dime. Six of the court’s nine members received paid trips to Europe in 2014, including to Berlin, London and Zurich, as reported on the justices’ annual financial disclosure reports released Thursday. The excursions are just some of the many perks that come with having the final word on the nation’s laws. The reports—which detail the stock holdings, travel, spousal income, gifts and debts…
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    The Brody File

  • The Brody File Show: Faith, Freedom and the GOP

    David Brody
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:55 am
    This week's Brody File show features some of our one-on-one interviews that took place at the Faith and Freedom Conference in Washington, D.C. Special guests include Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and Faith and Freedom Coalition CEO Ralph Reed. Plus, we take a look at the controversial Jade Helm 15 military exercises inside the U.S.
  • 5 Fun Facts about Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and Ben Carson

    David Brody
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:03 am
    The Brody File presents this 2016 presidential edition of, "5 Fun Facts." This week: Five interesting facts about Rand Paul, Ted Cruz, and Ben Carson you may not know.
  • Ralph Reed on GOP in 2016: 'They better bring their ‘'A' Game'

    David Brody
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:03 pm
    Ralph Reed, CEO of the Faith and Freedom Coalition has a stern warning to the Republican Party when it comes to the 2016 Election: "They better bring their 'A' game." Reed says evangelical voters are turning out at record pace but the Republican National Committee has to do a better job at attracting more diverse electorate to the polls. "What we cannot do is we can''t do the job of the candidate. We can’t and do not aspire to do the job of the Republican National Committee and the plain fact is that even though we did our job the Republican party was outhustled on the ground…If we…
  • Ralph Reed on Evangelical Voters: 'We're Stronger Than Ever'

    David Brody
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:26 am
    Ralph Reed, CEO of the Faith and Freedom Coalition says despite the social change in America, the evangelical movement is stronger than ever before. "While they (the media) keep writing our obituary and claiming that the winds of social change are against us, they’re missing the reality right in front of their noses, which is that we've never been this strong and we've never been this effective not on our best day. Not when Reagan was elected, not when George W. Bush was elected, not when Newt Gingrich became speaker. We're stronger than ever." It's true that evangelicals are more involved…
  • GOP Presidential Candidate Marriage Report Card

    David Brody
    28 Jun 2015 | 4:27 pm
    And so it begins… Evangelical voters now have their first real indication of which presidential candidates are willing to stick their neck out and risk some political capital on the marriage issue. Here is the report card: A GRADE: Ted Cruz, Scott Walker and Mike Huckabee. All three offered some sort of constitutional amendment to rectify what is being called, "judicial tyranny" by the Supreme Court. Clearly they all realize they need the evangelical vote to win but beyond the strategic calculation, all three truly have a heart for this issue. It's part of their DNA makeup. Huckabee is a…
 
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    The Reality-Based Community

  • Weekend Film Recommendation: The Paper Chase

    Johann Koehler
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:33 am
    While the opening credits roll, we watch the latest batch of first-year law students find their seats in the classroom at Harvard Law School. Rather than beginning the first lecture with some cliché about how only one person is ‘cut out’ to graduate from law school among the one in your seat and the two on either side of you, Professor Kingsfield, played by John Houseman, dives straight into Hawkins v. McGee—the infamous ‘hairy hand’ case. In Kingsfield’s contracts classroom, there are no prefatory remarks, no congenial introductions, and no easy questions. There is just the law.
  • Is Pot Cultivation Starving Us of Water?

    Keith Humphreys
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:30 am
    Christopher Ingraham has a fascinating piece in Washington Post on the water demands of marijuana cultivation. Drawing on a study in the journal Bioscience, Christopher notes that growing an acre of weed consumes more water than growing an acre of wine grapes and about as much water as an acre of (notoriously thirsty) almonds. An environmental catastrophe in the making? I doubt it. The amount of water required for an agricultural industry is a function of two variables: (1) The amount of water per unit of land (acre, square mile, whatever) and (2) The amount of units of land needed to meet…
  • A harm reduction approach to gang violence: The Pass 36 campaign

    Harold Pollack
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:43 am
    This Cure Violence campaign is pretty interesting. “Give a pass. And kiss your kids when you get a pass.”  
  • The Trials of British Psephology

    Keith Humphreys
    1 Jul 2015 | 3:33 am
    The 2015 UK Election wasn’t just a nightmare for the Liberal Democrats and Labour, it was also a disaster for British psephologists. In the closing weeks of the election, all the major pollsters repeatedly predicted a hung parliament, with the Tories and Labour netting approximately the same number of seats. In the wake of Conservatives’ stunning victory, pollsters have been defending their methods and trying to determine how they got the election outcome so wrong. My initial reaction to the pollsters was sympathetic. 2015 was an usual year: There were more parties than ever with…
  • Expert predictions of the outcome in King vs. Burwell

    Harold Pollack
    30 Jun 2015 | 10:14 am
    The week before King v. Burwell was announced, I confidentially polled an elite group of health policy and legal experts to get their personally-assessed prior probability that the King plaintiffs challenging ACA subsidies would actually win this case. The somewhat-arbitrary group included leading health economists, political scientists, journalists covering the case. It also included several legal antagonists who had written briefs on the various sides. I received more than forty responses. Not surprisingly, given my own liberal views, about three-quarters of the responses were from…
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  • Weekend open thread: July 4 edition

    4 Jul 2015 | 7:19 pm
    Happy Independence Day to the Bleeding Heartland community! I hope everyone is enjoying the holiday weekend--preferably not by setting off amateur fireworks. Although the Iowa House voted this year to legalize fireworks, the bill never came to a vote in the Iowa Senate. So amateur fireworks are still illegal, which is just as well, since they cause too many emergency room visits and distress for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. We caught the fireworks display after the Iowa Cubs baseball game on Friday night and are going out in a little while to see the Windsor Heights…
  • Branstad insists on keeping administrative law judges "at-will," easier to fire

    3 Jul 2015 | 8:47 am
    Not for the first time and probably not for the last time, Governor Terry Branstad dropped a lot of line-item vetoes late in the afternoon before a holiday weekend. Early news reports are understandably focusing on the vetoes of one-time funding for K-12 education and state universities, as well as language that would have kept mental health institutions in Clarinda and Mount Pleasant open. Bleeding Heartland has a post in progress about the fallout from those actions and others, including Branstad's decision to strike language that would have expanded child care assistance. Democratic State…
  • Iowa Board of Medicine not ready to face reality on telemed abortion or court appeals process

    2 Jul 2015 | 1:35 pm
    Nearly two weeks ago, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled unconstitutional the state ban on using telemedicine for abortion. The unanimous decision is the end of the line for a rule the Iowa Board of Medicine adopted in the absence of medical evidence. Yet Governor Terry Branstad isn't the only person reluctant to take the Iowa Supreme Court's no, no, no, no, no, no for an answer. Tony Leys reported for the Des Moines Register on Tuesday, "The Iowa Board of Medicine has huddled three times with its lawyers since losing a key state Supreme Court case this month, but has not yet decided whether to…
  • Big gains for Bernie Sanders in latest Q-poll of Iowa Democrats

    2 Jul 2015 | 7:59 am
    Quinnipiac's latest survey of likely Iowa Democratic caucus-goers shows Senator Bernie Sanders cutting into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's lead. The front-runner is ahead by 52 percent to 33 percent, compared to 60 percent for Clinton and 15 percent for Sanders in the previous Iowa Q-poll, released in May. The memo, results, and questionnaire for the latest survey are here. Vice President Joe Biden, who is very unlikely to run for president again, placed third with 7 percent support. Rounding out the declared Democratic field, former Governor Martin O'Malley registered 3 percent,…
  • Iowa wildflower Wednesday: Oswego tea (scarlet bee balm, red bergamot)

    1 Jul 2015 | 8:08 pm
    Since last week's featured wildflower was so unobtrusive, I'm going to the other extreme today with one of the showiest wildflowers around. The bright red flowers, not often seen in natural Iowa habitats, are also appropriate for July 4 week. Ruby-throated hummingbirds and Swallowtail butterflies feed on the nectar. Technically, Oswego tea (Mondarda didyma), also known as scarlet bee balm or red bergamot, is not an Iowa wildflower. Although the Natural Resources Conservation Service website shows Iowa within the native range for this plant, the Illinois Wildflowers website describes the plant…
 
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    Booman Tribune

  • Unmet Health Care Needs are Expensive

    5 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
    It’s never good when actuaries collectively fall down on their job and fail to make good predictions, and it appears that this has happened with their efforts to estimate the total cost of claims under Obamacare health care plans. But let’s take a look at what caused the problem: …Marinan R. Williams, chief executive of the Scott & White Health Plan in Texas, which is seeking a 32 percent rate increase, said the requests showed that “there was a real need for the Affordable Care Act.” “People are getting services they needed for a very long time,” Ms. Williams…
  • Happy Independence Day

    5 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
    What a great Fourth of July this year. A day that many associate with flag-waving, parades, and fireworks means so much more this year. Most years we hear speeches regarding the ideals on which this country was founded, liberty and equality, and often those recycled platitudes leave many of us - those who see the inequality and lack of liberty for so many in our society - with a bad taste in our mouths. And though too many Americans still struggle under the weight of intolerance, discrimination and bigotry, this year we can truthfully say that our nation has seen an advance in our ongoing…
  • Trump is Perfect for the White House

    5 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
    With NBC severing all ties with Donald Trump, his campaign message seems to be that he’s too racist for network television but perfect for the White House. But before he can get that far, he has to win the Republican Party nomination. That seems rather unlikely, but I don’t think his main problem will be his stance on immigration. Getting fired by a major network is probably an asset for him as he can play the victim and accuse the liberal media executives of cowardice in the face of the political correctness police. It’s like a badge of honor to be silenced by media…
  • Quote of the Day

    5 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
    Here's your Fourth of July weekend All-American quote: "A hot dog at the ball game beats roast beef at The Ritz." - Humphrey Bogart What do you got? Discuss
  • Wandering in Traffic

    5 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
    Ed wrote the following in a specific and limited context, but it really applies to more than just Iowa and one Supreme Court Justice: Most likely Iowa Caucus-goers don’t have law degrees, and certainly have no way of appreciating how marginal—some would say ludicrous—the plaintiffs’ case in King v. Burwell really was. All they know is that [Chief Justice] John Roberts twice had the opportunity to kill or disable a health care law that they’ve been told for years is one of the most blatantly unconstitutional acts of villainous tyranny in U.S. history, and twice sided with the…
 
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    POLITICOMIX

  • Sergeant Park (20)

    Roberto
    28 Jun 2015 | 4:14 pm
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  • Golden Balls

    Roberto
    2 Jun 2015 | 2:16 pm
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  • Getting into Bed with The Great Satan

    Roberto
    3 Apr 2015 | 4:58 pm
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  • Secrets of the Foreign Devils

    Roberto
    15 Mar 2015 | 8:02 pm
    Click comic to ENLARGE.The 2015 Miura International Marathon was unpleasant (due 5C temperatures, cold rain and lack of fitness), but at least I got a comic out of it ...
  • Black Like Me

    Roberto
    12 Mar 2015 | 10:10 pm
    Click comic to ENLARGE.Japan-based writer Baye McNeil recently waged a successful one-man campaign against the (re)appearance of blackface on Japanese television, raising enough hell to persuade Fuji Television to remove the offending segment from its "Music Fair" broadcast.You've got a long way to go, though, Japan.In February, conservative former politician Ayako Sono wrote in a newspaper column that although rapidly aging Japan badly needs to import workers, people of different races should live separately. Sono wrote, "Ever since I learned of the situation in South Africa 20 to 30 years…
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    The Left Coaster

  • Walk Away From the Talks

    Deacon Blues
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:15 pm
    As much as the public may support a deal with Iran over lifting the sanctions in exchange for monitoring of its nuclear program, President Obama should be prepared to walk away from the now-extended negotiations if Tehran refuses to allow the IAEA access to military sites and scientists. I know that the lack of a deal will likely result in an end to multinational sanctions against the Iranian regime, because Iran is counting on, and knows that some countries won't care anymore about any Iranian nuclear program and will want to curry favor with them. That is the major duplicity behind John…
  • A Bridge to Nowhere

    Deacon Blues
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:34 pm
    Chris Christie entered the GOP 2016 presidential demolition derby today, and we should all be glad. Because if there's one thing the country needs, it's another tough-talking, empty-suit Republican trying to use style to overcome a near-total lack of substance. Actually, Christie has some substance. But it's mostly the trail of political bamboozlement and economic destruction he will leave behind in New Jersey.
  • Democrats and "Judicial Rejectionism"

    Deacon Blues
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:01 pm
    "I will not acquiesce to an imperial court any more than our Founders acquiesced to an imperial British monarch. We must resist and reject judicial tyranny, not retreat." --Supreme Court rejectionist Mike Huckabee after the Court's same-sex marriage ruling A good number of conservatives around the country are so angry at the Supreme Court's 5-4 ruling on the constitutionality of same-sex marriage that they call for open rejection of the decision. Mike Huckabee, Ted Cruz, the Texas AG (well, that isn't surprising) and others are calling the court imperial and activist over the decision. So…
  • EPA Must Do Better Staff Work

    Deacon Blues
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:59 am
    There are times, rarely, when I do find myself agreeing with the conservatives on the Supreme Court of the United States. Today is one of those days. The media is widely reporting today's 5-4 decision against the Environmental Protection Agency on power plant emissions as a major setback for the Obama administration and the environment. Well, yes and no. Yes, it's a setback because the five conservatives ruled that the EPA was defective in its regulatory process under the Clean Air Act for not explicitly considering industry costs in complying with the new rule aimed at limiting emissions of…
  • SCOTUS Narrowly Finds Same-Sex Marriage Constitutional

    Deacon Blues
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:17 am
    I will go to my grave unhappy with Associate Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy for his part in the Court’s Bush v. Gore and Citizens United rulings, and the conservative majority’s evisceration of the Voting Rights Act. But let no one say he doesn’t deserve praise for his moral and judicial leadership on the rights of same-sex couples.
 
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  • Links for 2015-07-04 [del.icio.us]

    5 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Fred Hertz Oakland Attorney At SF Pride Breakfast Fred Hertz Oakland Attorney At SF Pride Breakfast - Video Fred Hertz Oakland Attorney At SF Pride Breakfast At SF Pride Breakfast, local Oakland lawyer Fred Hertz stopped to talk with me about the legalization of gay marriage and a new field, gay divorce. via IFTTT http://youtu.be/Vp-0EJNjChM Rebecca Kaplan And Pamela Kaplan At SF Pride Parade Rebecca Kaplan And Pamela Kaplan At SF Pride Parade - Video Rebecca Kaplan And Pamela Kaplan At SF Pride Parade Oakland Councilmember Rebecca Kaplan and her wife Pamela Kaplan share their view of the SF…
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    4 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Madame Tussaud's Letters To Laverne Cox - YouTube Laverne Cox of "Orange Is The New Black" has the first transgender wax figure ever and at Madame Tussaud's Wax Museum in San Francisco. In her honor, patrons at SF Pride were invited to write "Letters To Laverne." Willie Brown Says President Obama Surpassed Reagan - YouTube At SF Pride Breakfast, former San Francisco Mayor and California Speaker Willie Brown said at SF Pride Breakfast that President Obama surpassed Roland Reagan in his record of transformative actions. Beth And I Get On Drink Bus For SF Pride Parade Beth And I Get On Drink Bus…
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    3 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Details emerge in northeast Las Vegas home invasion shootout - Las Vegas Review-Journal Details emerge in northeast Las Vegas home invasion shootoutLas Vegas Review-JournalLas Vegas police investigate the scene of a shooting that left one person dead in the 3800 block of King Palm Avenue, near Alexander and Pecos roads, in Las Vegas on Tuesday, June 30, 2015. Another person was transpor
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    2 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    EPA cites North Las Vegas over sewage treatment plant - Las Vegas Review-Journal EPA cites North Las Vegas over sewage treatment plantLas Vegas Review-JournalThe agency said Wednesday that city management of its wastewater pretreatment program has deficiencies with the potential to result in discharging polluted water from its water reclamation facility into the Las Vegas Wash. T Las Vegas man accused of threatening President Obama - Las Vegas Review-Journal Las Vegas man accused of threatening President ObamaLas Vegas Review-JournalFBI agents have arrested a Las Vegas man on a charge of…
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    1 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    Las Vegas Man Accused of Threatening Obama in Facebook Posts - ABC News Las Vegas Man Accused of Threatening Obama in Facebook PostsABC NewsA Las Vegas man accused of posting Facebook threats to harm President Barack Obama was arrested with seven registered guns after being overheard asking about buying a type of fertilizer used in the bombing of the Oklahoma City federa
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    Politics in the Zeros

  • To sovereign citizens, tax protesters, and other idiots

    Bob Morris
    4 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Schiff is currently serving 13 years for tax crimes Tax protesters contort the Constitution to meet preconceived notions that they are magically exempt from paying income tax. Their efforts are both comical and delusional. They write books, give expensive seminars, rope in the gullible and greedy, and convince them they are “sovereign citizens” or other such rubbish, and thus don’t have have to pay income tax. Sometimes they go to prison. Generally, they end up owing the IRS large amounts due to interest and penalties. And yes, when there is fraud and continued noncompliance…
  • California water districts forced to reverse canal flow

    Bob Morris
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Several water districts in the California Central Valley, as usual, stored water in the San Luis Reservoir, assuming they could swap that water for water coming from the Delta-Mendota Canal this summer. However, this year, because of the drought, there is no incoming canal water. The water districts are installing pumps to reverse water flow in the canals and pump the stored reservoir water uphill for 62 miles back to where it came from, lifting it 18 feet along the way. Fuel for the pumps will cost $500,000 a month. It’s either that or orchards and crops die. In a desperate move to…
  • Fukushima 7 MW floating wind turbine is world’s biggest

    Bob Morris
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Japan is installing the biggest floating wind turbine ever near Fukushima. The blades are 270 feet long. It will generate enough power for at least 3,500 homes. The photo and video show a smaller 2 MW turbine that was installed in 2013. The new turbine is much larger. A mere 12 miles from the wrecked Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant will soon sit a 620-foot, 1,500-ton windmill atop a 5,000-ton podium. It’ll be the biggest floating wind turbine on Earth, and it could usher in a new age of green energy. The turbine will generate up to 7 megawatts of electricity, making it Japan’s most…
  • Mountain House CA water shortage due to dimbulb local govt

    Bob Morris
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Mountain House CA, a planned community of 12,000, had ample warning in 1994 it should have a backup water supply and ignored it. Today, its sole source of water has been shut off by California due to the drought and Mountain House is forced to buy expensive water on the open market. This is a clear example of how incompetent governance combines with greedhead developers makes drought much worse than it should have been. Mountain House gets water from the Byron-Bethany Irrigation District, which has usually unassailable senior water rights. Except when it doesn’t. Rather than get a…
  • ECB cares only about the bonds, it cares nothing about Greece

    Bob Morris
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:34 am
    Photo by quapan In case you thought somehow ECB and other banksters cared about helping Greece, they don’t. Their primary, perhaps sole concern, is desperately trying to keep a lid on Greek bond prices. When those bond prices start skittering, all manner of hidden risk, cross-default payments, contagion, and formerly carefully hidden risk comes popping to the surface. When that happens, the stability and solvency of their own institutions may be questioned. This is precisely what Goldman’s Franceso Garzarelli, co-head of macro and markets research, admitted earlier today in an…
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    Indiana Oracle

  • Information on Environmental Fear Mongering

    indianaoracle
    15 Jun 2015 | 10:45 am
    Environmental fear mongering and silencing continues (http://www.regnery.com/books/the-silencing/, by Kirsten Powers). It does so largely because the broader public has little more than their skepticism to rely upon.  An honest, public debate around the-world-is-ending-and-it-is-our-fault, is still being repressed and/or ignored by the press and media. To help shine some light into this dark corner, below is a […]
  • About ISIS and the Middle East

    indianaoracle
    13 Apr 2015 | 12:44 pm
    A Google search on, “what caused the rise of ISIS,” produced 1.5 million hits on April 8, 2015.  Lots of information, opinion, and political propaganda.  Books and articles abound. During what may turn out to be the runup to a Sunni-Shia sectarian war where Syria and ISIS have been the catalysts, this post provides salient […]
  • About ISIS and the Middle East – Part 2

    indianaoracle
    13 Apr 2015 | 12:39 pm
    Demographics & the Situation of the Main Players Country-Population-Sect Total estimated Muslim population in the Middle East: 410 million (all country figures below are rounded up).  It is estimated there are 1.5 bil Muslims around the world. Over the 40 Muslim-dominated countries in the world: 85% are Sunni. Egypt: 88 mil; 53% Sunni Iran: 79 […]
  • About ISIS and the Middle East – Part 3

    indianaoracle
    13 Apr 2015 | 12:36 pm
    Of Sunni – Shia Overview The two main things occurring now in the Middle East are, 1) a boiling Sunni v. Shiite (Saudi Arabia v. Iran) situation presently focused in Syria; and 2) expanding aggression by ISIS, al Qaeda and the Muslim Brotherhood. The Saudi Arabia v. Iran situation, if not checked somehow, will lead […]
  • About ISIS and the Middle East – Part 4

    indianaoracle
    13 Apr 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Middle East Foundations Understanding the ISIS situation must begin with understanding Middle East foundations. Geographically, the region lies in between Africa and Asia. The “Levant” refers to Syria, Palestine, Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, Cyprus and parts of Turkey. While there are differences in this regard among Middle East countries, the majority religion is Islam and the […]
 
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    Free Government Magazines and Downloads from alltop.tradepub.com

  • Government Web Security and the OWASP Top 10: The Big Picture

    29 Jun 2015 | 4:20 pm
    Security on the web is becoming an increasingly important topic for organisations to grasp. Recent years have seen the emergence of the hacktivist movement, the increasing sophistication of online career criminals and now the very real threat posed by nation states compromising personal and corporate security. The Open Web Application Security Project gives us the OWASP Top 10 to help guide the secure development of online applications and defend against these threats. This course takes you through a very well-structured, evidence-based prioritisation of risks and most importantly, how…
  • A New Approach to Contract Management

    25 Jun 2015 | 11:50 am
    Multiple parties are often involved in the review, approval and negotiation of a contract. Unfortunately, there is limited visibility into the process. Business owners typically rely on email for status updates but it is very difficult to know:Who is reviewing the contractWho has the latest versionWhat is the next stepWhat is the deadline and expectationsThis impacts revenue, customer satisfaction and your ability to meet business goals.An "App-centric" approach to contract review and approval brings immediate transparency to the process.This white paper will address:Why tools like…
  • ESIGN Act: A Well-Established Law Enabling Business Transformation Today

    24 Jun 2015 | 6:20 pm
    This paper discusses several factors relating to the legality of e-signatures in various applications, and among different industries, with their associated regulatory environments. It also explores the benefits of adopting a reputable e-signature solution.Download this white paper to learn more about how the laws around e-signatures enable business transformation.Request Free!
  • Top Trending Government Technology Resources for Summer 2015

    17 Jun 2015 | 5:20 pm
    Top Trending Government Technology Resources for Summer 2015, brings together the latest in information, coverage of important developments, and expert commentary to help with your Government Technology related decisions.The following kit contents will help you get the most out of your Government Technology research:Accelerating the Delivery of Microsoft Office 365Why You Need Improved Operational Intelligence for Big DataThe Cost of Doing NothingRequest Free!
  • Data Gov Event Programme

    4 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    With the UK Government’s first ever Chief Data Officer taking the lead, it's clear that data driven transformation is the path to radically improved processes and services across the Public Sector.For local governments, Big Data insight has already proved to have a huge impact across diverse projects and smart city applications. In the UK, Harrow Council have already announced savings of over £4m using Big Data mapping information to streamline waste collection and grounds maintenance.The government’s digital revolution is now turning from focusing on individual online…
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    Bob McCarty

  • Freedom Still Exists in My ‘Forever Hometown’

    admin
    4 Jul 2015 | 10:28 am
    Today, more than ever before, the freedoms celebrated by Americans on Independence Day appear to be at risk. Among the most important are some freedoms I remember growing up with in Enid, Okla., during the ’60s and ’70s. Enid, Okla., is known as the “Wheat Capitol of the United States” and boast an enormous grain storage capacity. The people of Enid had the freedom to feed the world. Because my “forever hometown” in North Central Oklahoma was known as the “Wheat Capitol of the United States,” its residents could have boasted about having some of the tallest buildings…
  • Second Amendment’s Value Evident After Motel 6 Incident

    admin
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:48 pm
    EDITOR’S NOTE: Below is a copy of a letter shared with me and several others by Paul R. Hollrah, a resident of Oklahoma who writes from the perspective of a veteran conservative politico and retired corporate government relations executive whose life experience includes having served two terms as a member of the Electoral College. He gave me permission to share it with you, and I suggest you read it after watching this video. Dear Friends: No lessons are better learned than those that strike close to home.  The purpose of this email is just to remind as many of my friends as possible of…
  • Throwback Thursday: Ferguson Troubles Began in Garden

    admin
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:33 am
    EDITOR’S NOTE:  Three years ago today, I shared news about a man in Ferguson, Mo., — yes, the same town where the Michael Brown incident took place in August 2014 — who was fighting for the right to grow food in his garden without first obtaining permission from the city. Below I share that story again, along with an update and some observations. On April 23, 2012, Karl Tricamo received a citation from the city of Ferguson, Mo., for gardening without permission. During World War I and World War II, it was considered one’s patriotic duty to plant a “victory garden” in…
  • Pre-Blast Videotapes FBI Claims ‘Might Have Been Misfiled’ Remain at Center of Ongoing Oklahoma City Bombing Trial

    admin
    1 Jul 2015 | 7:20 am
    EDITOR’S NOTE: Four years ago today, I shared an update about the Oklahoma City Bombing trial that was taking place in federal court and continues to this day in Salt Lake City. In case you missed it when it was published on this site and on Breitbart.com, I share it again with only minor modifications. Click image above to read other OKC Bombing-related articles. In a response filed yesterday to a federal judge’s order May 11, an FBI official offered no denials about the existence of video images captured by more than 20 surveillance cameras operating prior to 9:02 a.m. on April 19,…
  • Book Excerpt: Nation’s First Latino President Takes Office

    admin
    28 Jun 2015 | 8:43 am
    Coming only days after the passage of a controversial trade agreement, recent Supreme Court Decisions on gay marriage and healthcare have many Americans upset with the folks in Washington, D.C., who claim to represent their interests. If you count yourself among them, I think you’ll enjoy the timely excerpt below from Chapter 11 of my recently-released crime-fiction novel, The National Bet: Click image above to order a copy of the book. With the line of succession to the presidency obliterated, surviving members of the U.S. House and Senate met for five days straight to discuss a…
 
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    Hit & Run

  • WATCH: Silk Road, Online Freedom, and Why the Prosecution of Ross Ulbricht Should Worry Us All

    Zach Weissmueller
    4 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Download Video as MP4 Carl Mark Force, one of the DEA agents responsible for the takedown of Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht, pled guilty to the theft of hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of bitcoin earlier this week, as Nick Gillespie noted here. Exactly how much bitcoin Force stole during his time as a DEA agent is unclear, but on top of the money laundering, he is charged with multiple conflicts of interest, including one for inking a $240,000 movie deal about the Silk Road with 20th Century Fox.  Sentencing won't take place until October, but as Ars Technica reports, chances are…
  • WATCH: 4 Takeaways from SCOTUS Gay Marriage Ruling

    Paul Detrick
    4 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Originally published on June 26, 2015. Original text below: The Supreme Court of the United States ruled in a 5-4 ruling in favor of gay marriage. While the decision will be debated for years to come, watch some of our takeaways from the ruling.  Written and produced by Paul Detrick Scroll down for downloadable versions and subscribe to our YouTube Channel.
  • WATCH: Happy 4th of July From Remy (and the NSA)!

    Remy
    4 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    Happy 4th of July from Remy (and the NSA)! Originally posted on July 2, 2014. Original text below: Ain't no party like a nanny state party. Song written and performed by Remy. Video produced by Meredith Bragg. About 1:20 minutes. To read Reason's coverage on the nanny state - including bans on hamburgers, soda, salt, cheese, hotdogs, energy drinks, and more - visit http://reason.com/topics/nanny-state Subscribe to Reason TV's YouTube page to get automatic notifications when new materials go live. Follow us on Twitter at http://twitter.com/reason Follow Remy on Twitter at @goremy and on You…
  • Andrea Castillo on the Powerful Computer Worm Infiltrating Computers in America and Around the World

    Reason.com
    4 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    In June, Russian software security firm Kaspersky Lab revealed that a powerful computer worm had been unleashed on computers in America and around the world roughly one year prior. The new malware, called "Duqu 2" for its apparent succession to 2011’s Duqu worm, alarmed info-security professionals with both its unprecedented strength and audacious targets. For months, attackers deployed frighteningly sophisticated espionage technology to secretly spy on all sorts of parties involved (however tenuously) in the ongoing Iranian nuclear negotiations, including government leaders,…
  • Frederick Douglass on Liberty, Slavery, and the Fourth of July

    Damon Root
    4 Jul 2015 | 6:15 am
    On July 5, 1852, the abolitionist leader Frederick Douglass delivered one of the greatest speeches of his long and storied career. Titled "What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?," Douglass' speech contained both a searing denunciation of American slavery and a rousing defense of the libertarian principles coursing through the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence. "Interpreted as it ought to be interpreted," Douglass thundered from the stage, "the Constitution is a glorious liberty document." In my view, there's no such thing as a bad day to reflect on the wisdom of Frederick…
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    THE SECOND CHANCE SHEEPDOG

  • Flag Day Music Monday

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

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

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    19 Mar 2015 | 3:38 pm
    Did the title of this post get your attention? Did it have "shock value"? Did you think, "what the heck", or something similar? Well, good. Those are the exact reactions I wanted you to have. If you're a Tennessee hunter, I'll bet your reaction will be even more intense by the time you finish reading the article.State Seal of Tennessee. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Hunting is one of my hobbies and one of my passions. My health situation doesn't allow me to hunt as much as I'd like, but I'm always thankful for the opportunities I do have. Every year, I look forward to spring and the start of…
  • How Would The Sheepdog Deal with ISIS?

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    5 Mar 2015 | 3:04 pm
    I’m not gonna sugarcoat it or pull punches – ISIS is straight up a scourge in the Middle East. It needs to be eliminated. They are barbaric and have no respect for human life, even the lives of their own people. They are like rabid dogs, and there is only one way to deal with such an animal – you put it down. Source : Wikimedia.org - NearEast.pngObama, Congress, and the rest of the civilized world are currently debating what the best course of action is. Is it bombing? Is it troops on the ground? Or, is it a combination of both? Considering that our military has been fighting…
  • 8 Years .... and Counting

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:07 am
    A couple of weeks ago, I celebrated the 8th anniversary of my heart transplant. It amazes me how fast the last 8 years have flown by. It seems more like only 8 days. However, I'm thankful for every one of the last 2900+ days. I haven't taken any of them for granted.The last 8 years have given me an opportunity to spend additional time with my wife, friends and family, and more time doing the things I enjoy. It has now dawned on me that I am not alive today because of anything I have done. I'm still here because of the love of friends and family who supported and prayed for me during my long…
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    RealClearPolitics - Homepage

  • Independence for All

    4 Jul 2015 | 5:44 am
    Colbert King, Washington PostThere are aspects of the American Revolution that are neither well known nor appreciated. To be sure, the signers of the Declaration of Independence were brave and great men, as ex-slave, abolitionist and fiery orator Frederick Douglass acknowledged in his July 5, 1852, speech in Rochester, N.Y.
  • How Islamist Extremists Warp the Fatwa

    4 Jul 2015 | 5:40 am
    Shawki Allam, Wall St. JournalMany people in the West have come to associate the word fatwa with pronouncements from terrorist groups and others posing as leaders of Islam, but these declarations are a perversion. Fatwas are a way for Islamic scholars and muftis, who interpret Islamic law, to provide Muslims with guidance on religious issues.
  • ISIS Opens New Front in Egypt

    4 Jul 2015 | 5:39 am
    Noah Rothman, CommentaryAs early as November of last year, officials in the Islamic State confirmed their commitment to adorning themselves with the trappings statehood by minting their own currency. The world got its first look at these curious new coins this month.
  • Greece's Sorry Reckoning

    4 Jul 2015 | 5:37 am
    Nikos Konstandaras, New York TimesThe sea, as I look from my office window, is calm. Little white sailboats glide over silver waters in the Saronic Gulf. A picture of peace, but the scene of countless battles.
  • Where Are the Workers?

    4 Jul 2015 | 5:35 am
    Stephen Moore, New York SunWhat ever happened to the old-fashioned American work ethic? I ask this because Thursday’s Labor Department report for June found yet another 430,000 Americans of working age (16+) dropped out of the workforce.
 
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    The New Republic

  • What the New $10 Bill Should Really Look Like

    Madison Johnson
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:21 am
    The U.S. Department of Treasury is asking for public input on its plans to put a woman on the $10 bill in 2020. The American Association of University Women (AAUW) has taken the government up on its offer by rede
  • This Is What Your Hot Dog and Burger Are Doing to the Planet

    Rebecca Leber
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:20 am
    When Americans fire up their grills on Independence Day, they'll dump up to 882 million pounds of carbon pollution into the atmosphere—the equivalent of burning 2,145 railcars of coal. And that doesn’t even in
  • “It’s Time That Writing Took Something Back From the Internet”

    Gideon Lewis-Kraus
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Joshua Cohen’s Book of Numbers has been ably, if lazily, describedas ‘the Great American Internet novel,’ but for the most part these comparisons have dwelled on the book’s preoccupations—distraction and voyeurism, mobility in junkspace, raids on privacy and t
  • The Queen of American Gothic

    B.D. McClay
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    “Let me tell you about this girl,” a fourteen-year-old declares breathlessly, “she’s prettier than I am, but she’s my best friend. … Her name’s Hilda. … I try to do a lot of the things she does, but of course she’s always better.” The main thing Hilda and her friend do together,
  • The Story of the Only Irishman Ever Deported From Ireland

    Elaine Teng
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Jimmy Gralton is not a household name, but as the only Irishman ever deported from Ireland, he’s certainly an intriguing candidate to receive movie treatment. An early Irish communist, Jimmy’s life and times are the subject of
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    E.J. Dionne Columns and Blog Posts

  • Obama, overtime, and the value of hard work

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    1 Jul 2015 | 5:23 pm
    Central to our national self-understanding is the idea that hard work pays off. Americans have always tolerated rather high levels of inequality, as long as most people have had a chance to rise.Thus was Chris Christie’s opening tribute to his hard-working parents and grandparents the most affecting part of his announcement Tuesday that he is seeking the Republican presidential nomination. The New Jersey governor bestowed praise across gender lines, describing his grandmothers as women “who knew how to work and who knew that hard work would deliver something for their children.” Read…
  • When change stops waiting

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    28 Jun 2015 | 4:45 pm
    Sometimes history speeds up. Rarely in our nation’s 239 years of life has a single week brought such a surge of social change and such a sweeping set of challenges to past assumptions.The move against the Confederate battle flag in South Carolina quickly cascaded into a national effort to cast aside commemorations of secession, slavery and white supremacy. This was more than symbolism. It represented something bigger — the nation’s turn toward “thoughtful introspection and self-examination,” as President Obama put it in his powerful eulogy for the Rev. Clementa Pinckney on…
  • How America can free itself from guns

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    24 Jun 2015 | 5:05 pm
    Advocates of a saner approach to guns need a new strategy. We cannot go on like this, wringing our hands in frustration after every tragedy involving firearms. We said “enough” after Sandy Hook. We thought the moment for action had come. Yet nothing happened. We are saying “enough” after Charleston. But this time, we don’t even expect anything to happen.Read full article >>
  • Charleston and the politics of evasion

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    21 Jun 2015 | 5:05 pm
    We Americans are exceptionally good at evasion when we want to be. Our skills in this sphere are particularly impressive on the matter of race and the subject of guns.Nonsense, you say. Have we not been talking about race and racism for our entire history? Our conversations have been especially intense in recent years — about the response to President Obama as our first African American president, about sentencing reform and the over-incarceration of men of color and about the wave of highly publicized police shootings of African Americans.Read full article >>
  • The pope, the saint and the climate

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    17 Jun 2015 | 4:54 pm
    “He was a mystic and a pilgrim who lived in simplicity and in wonderful harmony with God, with others, with nature and with himself. He shows us just how inseparable is the bond between concern for nature, justice for the poor, commitment to society, and interior peace.” Read full article >>
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    RamonaCreel.com

  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-05-2015

    Ramona
    4 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Some are so afraid to die that they never begin to live. (H. VanDyke) — Failure to launch, the ultimate terminal disease. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-05-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-04-2015

    Ramona
    3 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Consciousness is sweet strident music made by the friction of existence. (G. Santayana) — Mine sounds a lot like Prodigy! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-04-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-03-2015

    Ramona
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    The surest way to the soul is through the flesh. (M. Luhan) — Passion traveling straight from the punching bag to my heart! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-03-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-02-2015

    Ramona
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Each man’s belief is right in his own eyes. (W. Cowper) — Quick! Someone get Rush Limbaugh a pair of corrective lenses! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-02-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-01-2015

    Ramona
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Ambition…the glorious fault of angels and gods. (A. Pope) — Both a gift and a curse from the heavens for us mere mortals! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 7-01-2015 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
 
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    Democratic Strategist

  • Ferrera's Open Letter Clarifies GOP's Trump Problem

    3 Jul 2015 | 6:27 am
    "America Ferrera: Thank You, Donald Trump!", Lauren Moraski's CBS News report on the actress's perceptive open letter on Trump's Mexican-bashing at HuffPo, should provide cause for concern among smarter GOP strategists. As Moraski quotes Ferrera: "You've said some pretty offensive things about Latino immigrants recently, and I think they're worth addressing. Because, you know, this is the United States of America, where I have a right to speak up even if I'm not a billionaire. Isn't that awesome?" she wrote. "Anyway, I heard what you said about the kind of people you think Latino immigrants…
  • Marcotte: 'Ralph Nader's Dishonest, Sexist Rant Against Hillary Clinton'

    2 Jul 2015 | 4:19 pm
    From Amanda Marcotte's "Ralph Nader's Dishonest, Sexist Rant Against Hillary Clinton" at Talking Points Memo: Nineties nostalgia is cute when it's all about overalls and Nicki Minaj sampling "Baby Got Back," but Ralph Nader is taking it too far, by trying to revive his all-too-successful late '90s campaign to convince huge numbers of American liberals that there is no meaningful difference between Republicans and Democrats. In a recent interview with Larry King for Ora.TV, Nader launched a rather scurrilous accusation of secret Republicanism at Hillary Clinton that recalled his similar…
  • Parting Blows From SCOTUS

    2 Jul 2015 | 3:44 pm
    Aside from some of last week's less publicized but significant conservative victories on the Supreme Court in cases involving Clean Air regulations and the death penalty, its latest term ended with a couple of signs of trouble in orders for cases it will hear next year. I discussed them briefly at Washington Monthly: One involves a racial gerrymandering complaint from Arizona Republicans which could create new problems for what is left of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Another, and the one that got a lot of horrified reaction from progressives today, is a case designed to enable SCOTUS to…
  • Political Strategy Notes

    2 Jul 2015 | 6:35 am
    A succinct summary of the importance of President Obama's release of a new rule expanding eligibility for overtime pay -- and a good message point for Democrats -- from E. J. Dionne, Jr.'s syndicated column: "To much bellyaching from Republicans and business groups, Obama is putting forward new rules that would make up to 5 million more American workers eligible for overtime pay. He's doing this by ending a scam through which employers designate even relatively low-paid workers as managers to get around the law, which requires an overtime premium after 40 hours per week...Under the current…
  • "Insulted" Liberals and Democratic Turnout

    1 Jul 2015 | 4:16 pm
    The recent intraparty tensions over trade and commercial policy haven't been a picnic for any Democrats. But it's possible to exaggerate the disunity and its implications, and that's what The Hill columnist Brent Budowsky did today, or so I argued at Washington Monthly: [Budowsky claims that] liberals "insulted" by the president's disrespecting of Elizabeth Warren during the fast-track debate may well decide to stay home in 2016--just as they did when similarly insulted in 2010 and 2014--forfeiting Democratic control of the White House. Watch him add 2 and 2 and get 13: The president's…
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    Project Syndicate RSS-Feed

  • Europe and Greece on the Brink

    Mark Roe
    4 Jul 2015 | 8:50 am
    Greece would suffer from an exit from the eurozone, but at least it would regain the ability to devalue its currency. For Europe, however, the risk is all on the downside, with the possibility that the crisis could reverberate through the continent’s real economy.
  • Achieving Education for All

    Irina Bokova
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:48 am
    To leave no person or country behind is the ultimate ambition of the development agenda that will be adopted at the United Nations this September. The first step toward achieving that goal is ensuring a high-quality education for all.
  • Reviving Islam’s Enlightenment

    Daniel Chirot, et al.
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:20 am
    Panicked attempts to march into Muslim countries and extirpate the threat have been counterproductive, only serving to increase the appeal of Islamic extremism. Western scholars who understand Islam and speak some of the many languages of its practitioners need to support these intellectual movements.
  • Education in Emergencies

    Anthony Lake
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    Education not only boosts children’s chances of building a better life for themselves and their families; it also instills in them the skills and values they need to end conflicts and help rebuild their societies. That is why global education initiatives should include a focus on schooling in crisis-affected environments.
  • Europe’s Digital Wrong Turn

    Christopher Engman
    3 Jul 2015 | 4:20 am
    In May, the European Commission announced that it would create a unified digital market of 500 million consumers that would add €415 billion to the European Union’s GDP and create some 3.8 million jobs. Unfortunately, a recent decision on one key digital issue – data privacy – threatens to derail that effort.
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    News - AllGov

  • State Abortion Restriction Laws have Averaged almost One a Week Since 2010

    4 Jul 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Abortion opponents have been busy over the past five years adopting restrictions on the procedure at the state level.   The Guttmacher Institute reports state legislatures have passed 282 laws restricting abortions since 2010, an average of about one a week. Fifty-one new restrictions have gone into effect this year alone. Five of the new restrictions either imposed or increased time women must wait between their first contact with a clinic and their procedure.   Arkansas and Tennessee now require a 48-hour wait between counseling and the abortion procedure. North Carolina and…
  • Coal Industry Congressman wants Companies to Pay Less in Royalties to U.S.

    4 Jul 2015 | 1:25 pm
    Republican Representative Ryan Zinke of Montana submitted a rider to a budget bill that would stop the Obama administration from ensuring that coal companies pay the proper royalties for mining on public lands.   The increase is slated to happen as a result of the Interior Department closing a longstanding loophole that allows coal companies to sell to subsidiaries “at intentionally depressed prices to avoid royalty payments,” according to ClimateProgress. Called “captive transactions,” the deals between coal companies and their subsidiaries have cause states to…
  • Overlooked IRS Health Insurance Rule Punishing Some Small Business Owners Suddenly Kicks In

    4 Jul 2015 | 1:20 pm
    Small businesses across the United States face being hit with crippling penalties for helping their workers pay for health insurance.   An Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rule took effect July 1 that mandates fines for small businesses that give more than one employee additional pay to purchase health insurance or direct medical expenses, instead of buying a group health plan for all employees. Small businesses often go this route because they have too few employees to justify purchasing a group plan.   Companies providing reimbursement can be fined $100 per day, per employee under…
  • U.S. Ambassador to Romania: Who Is Hans Klemm?

    4 Jul 2015 | 1:15 pm
    Hans G. Klemm was nominated on March 25, 2015, to be the next U.S. ambassador to Romania. It would be the second such posting for Klemm, who previously served in Timor-Leste.   Klemm is from Michigan and attended Indiana University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in history and economics in 1980. He joined the Foreign Service the following year.   Klemm’s early postings included Port of Spain, Trinidad; Bonn, West Germany; and Seoul, South Korea. He returned to school—this time to Stanford—and earned an M.A. in international development policy in 1996.
  • India’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Arun Singh?

    4 Jul 2015 | 1:10 pm
    Arun Kumar Singh was appointed as India’s ambassador to the United States on April 30, 2015. It’s the third ambassadorial posting for the long-time member of his country’s foreign service and his third term in the United States.   Singh began attending the University of Delhi in 1972 and graduated with a master’s degree in economics in 1977. He remained at the university to teach for two years until he entered the Foreign Service.   He requested a post requiring the Russian language and got it, being posted to Moscow in 1981. The following year he was sent to…
 
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    Blog for Arizona

  • Happy Independence Day!

    AZ BlueMeanie
    4 Jul 2015 | 6:49 am
    When and where to watch fireworks all over Tucson this July 4 weekend. 7 places around Tucson to watch fireworks (Arizona Daily Star). Saturday, July 4, 2015 • A Mountain — Fireworks at 9:15 p.m.; Events entertainment, food and beer … Continue reading →
  • Putin and Regular People: Is the Enemy of Our Enemy Our Friend?

    Bob Lord
    3 Jul 2015 | 5:22 pm
    This is admittedly dangerous territory. But I’ve been trying to understand the intensity with which the mainstream American media has been demonizing Vladimir Putin. After all, that coup in the Ukraine that precipitated the events there was fomented by the … Continue reading →
  • The House GOP lawsuit against ‘ObamaCare’ sees some action this week

    AZ BlueMeanie
    3 Jul 2015 | 4:53 pm
    If you thought that the GOP was done with the disgraced and discredited Charles Murray’s call to use the judiciary to cripple the legislative and executive branches of the federal government, as he describes in his latest book By the People … Continue reading →
  • The GOP ‘Hunger Games’ Primary

    AZ BlueMeanie
    3 Jul 2015 | 4:13 pm
    In 2012 we went with a “Survivor” theme for the GOP presidential primary, based on the long running “reality” TV series. In 2016 we will freshen things up a bit with a suggestion from President Obama. Obama likens GOP race … Continue reading →
  • Global economy on edge

    AZ BlueMeanie
    3 Jul 2015 | 2:10 pm
    It looks like fireworks are not going to be limited to the 4th of July in the U.S. this weekend. I warned you about this . . . it’s Time to start paying attention to world economic news. China has … Continue reading →
 
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    Divided Under God

  • SCOTUS Made Me Cry Today — How This Straight Guy Feels About the Same Sex Marriage Decision

    Kevin Davis
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:11 am
    There aren’t many things that tug at my heartstrings.  As I’ve been told, I’m pretty stoic.  It takes a lot to make me outwardly emotional.  I don’t normally cry at sappy movies, weddings, or even funerals.  (Ok, I cry every time I watch Armageddon.  What’s it to you?!?)  My almost-constant composure is not because I’m unemotional or lack empathy.  It’s because I tend to keep it together purposely.  I maintain a decent poker face when the shit hits the fan, and I’m there to support my family when they need someone to take over and get…
  • NEW FEATURE: Introducing the Secular Store!

    Kevin Davis
    2 Jun 2015 | 3:52 pm
    DividedUnderGod is happy to announce our brand new DUG Secular Store! Recently, I was poking around the web, looking at some atheist & secular t-shirts and other items, and it felt like everyone had kind of the same stuff — Darwin fish, “coexist” shirts, scarlet “A” pins and stickers, and the rest of the typical things we see in the secular community.  So I decided to tinker around and design a shirt I always wanted to buy for myself.  I really like the way it came out, and I have some other ideas for shirts, stickers, mugs, etc., so why not open a…
  • An Atheist’s Open Letter to Those Praying for His Son

    Kevin Davis
    26 May 2015 | 9:04 pm
    As many of my readers have noticed, I haven’t posted anything in about a month.  That’s because on April 27, my life got exponentially busier, when my wife went into preterm labor and delivered our son 12 weeks early.  Grayson now lays in the local neonatal intensive care unit, where he’s been since he was born.  He’s doing well and continues to grow and gain weight, but the experience has been draining — physically, emotionally, and financially.  As things normalize and he comes home, activity on DividedUnderGod.com will resume and most likely increase,…
  • A Christian Flag at City Hall? That Doesn’t Fly in the US

    Kevin Davis
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:07 am
    Image source wgxa.tv Apparently you don’t have to read the Constitution in order to serve as a government official.  According to WGXA News in Cochran, GA, the local city council voted 5 to 1 to fly a Christian flag outside its city hall, disregarding the First Amendment and the oodles of church-state separation lawsuits that have been decided over the past century.  That same day, the city’s attorney advised them against it and it was taken down.  Despite the advice of the attorney, the council held another vote that evening, which was also decided 5 to 1, to keep the flag…
  • Good News Club Discovers It’s Harder to Intimidate Adults than Children

    Kevin Davis
    27 Mar 2015 | 11:51 am
    Image courtesy ceffm.org If you’ve heard of the Good News Club, a fundamentalist Christian evangelical club for elementary school kids, you’re most likely securely planted on one side of the fence or the other.  You either think the GNC is great for kids, or you realize its tactics are vile and damaging to the self-esteem of children and want them removed from public schools. Public schools you say? That’s right.  In 2001, Child Evangelism Fellowship, the parent company of the GNC, won a Supreme Court case allowing them to operate their Christian clubs in public schools,…
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    Reset San Francisco

  • Celebrate the Fourth of July in San Francisco

    Cole Stephens
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:19 pm
    As San Francisco recovers from the festivities of last weekend’s Pride Celebration, the city prepares for yet another crazy weekend as the summer’s biggest holiday draws near. This year, the Fourth of July holiday lands on a Saturday, so expect to see many more people showing up to events all throughout the city. Reset San Francisco invites you to celebrate our nation’s independence by attending some of the many events that will be going on in the City. FILLMORE JAZZ FESTIVAL (July 4th & 5th 10am – 6pm) The largest free Jazz festival on the west coast, the Fillmore Festival…
  • Thursday San Francisco News Roundup

    Reset Team
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:14 am
    Fatal Shooting on Pier 14 Police said they detained a person of interest Wednesday evening in connection with a fatal shooting that took the life of a 31-year-old woman on Pier 14 in San Francisco’s South Beach neighborhood. Around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday officers responded to the vicinity of Embarcadero and Mission Street and found a woman suffering from at least one gunshot wound to the upper torso. The victim was transported to San Francisco General Hospital where she was later pronounced dead, according to police. Officers flooded the area and detained a subject matching the description…
  • California Legislature Passes Law to End Housing Tax Loophole

    Cole Stephens
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    For many years, celebrities and wealthy residents have been using a loophole in the California tax code that allowed them to shield or evade disclosing the full purchase price of high-end homes. Thankfully, this practice will cease thanks to new legislation from Reset San Francisco founder Assemblymember Phil Ting. The California State Legislature unanimously passed bill AB-1888 intended to close the decades-old loophole by requiring the documentary transfer tax to always be filed onto the first page of a housing deed, thereby allowing the full-purchasing price of a home to be listed as…
  • Wednesday San Francisco News Roundup

    Reset Team
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:59 am
    Mural Depicting Queer Love Targeted by Arsonist Last Night in Latest Vandalism Attack A colorful mural illustrating queer love in San Francisco’s Mission District was vandalized late Monday night for the third time since it was unveiled earlier this month, police said Tuesday. All three acts of vandalism are being investigated as hate crimes, according to San Francisco police spokesman Officer Albie Esparza. The artwork, which is a digital mural, was created by Manuel Paul of the Los Angeles-based Maricon Collective. Titled “Por Vida” or “For Life,” the mural…
  • Phil Ting to Host Hearing On Impact of Prop 13

    Christo Lopez
    30 Jun 2015 | 4:53 pm
    Reset San Francisco founder and Chair of the State Assembly Committee on Revenue and Taxation Assemblymember Phil Ting, will convene a hearing of his committee in San Francisco to review the impact of Proposition 13. When: Friday July 10th at 10:30am Where: Milton Marks Auditorium located at 455 Golden Gate Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94102 Who: The hearing will be led by the California State Assembly Revenue and Taxation committee, with Chairman Phil Ting and Vice Chairman William Brough. The conversation will focus on the history of Proposition 13 and its impact on funding for vital…
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    Political Campaigning Tips and Strategies by OnlineCandidate.com

  • 7 Things About Starting A Political Campaign That You Want To Know

    Online Candidate
    23 Jun 2015 | 10:53 am
    Whether running for federal, state or even local office, starting a political campaign is no small undertaking. A political campaign committee must be created, hiring a campaign staff, putting together a campaign budget and crafting the right message and strategy to win. As online has emerged as a pillar of successful campaigning, here are some […]
  • What’s Your Big Question?

    Online Candidate
    10 Jun 2015 | 1:45 pm
    We get a lot of questions from clients looking to get their campaigns started online. Some are experienced with working online while others are brand new to the idea. While we provide articles and resources to help navigate the world of online campaigning, there’s always something new to cover. We want to put together a […]
  • Online Reputation Management for Local Campaigns

    Online Candidate
    2 Jun 2015 | 8:30 am
    When someone searches your candidate's name, what do you want to appear in the search results? You'll probably find some old newspaper articles (good or bad) and maybe some nasty blog posts or discussion board comments - especially if you are an incumbent.
  • Why Your Domain Name(s) Really Matter

    Online Candidate
    19 May 2015 | 7:53 am
    To paraphrase The Bard, “What’s in a name?” When it comes to acquiring domain names for political campaigns, it can mean a lot. Choosing the wrong name or failing to get the right name can cause problems for many candidates. Cybersquatting is pretty common, with speculators hoping to cash in buying domain names. Sometimes this […]
  • Why Running Your Campaign From Your Facebook Page Is A Bad Idea

    Online Candidate
    5 May 2015 | 10:32 am
    “Everybody’s on Facebook. I can just run my online campaign through my Facebook Page.” We’ve heard that idea before. But as online strategies go, it’s not a good one. Social media is important for political campaigns in creating an online presence and building support. However, a social networking profile is not a substitute for a […]
 
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    Politics

  • What Greece needs isn't Grexit, but debt relief

    Richard Howitt
    4 Jul 2015 | 4:05 pm
    We must learn the lessons from the Jubilee Debt campaign, not heed the calls of a Eurosceptic right and a Trotskyite left, says Richard Howitt MEP. Anti-EU graffiti in Athens. Photo: Getty Images There's something wrong when the leading Conservative Eurosceptic MEP talks up a 'no' vote in the Greek referendum as "explosive" and a similarly leading UKIP activist in my own region accuses Europe of humiliating the Greek people. On the day of the Greek referendum, are they really moved by genuine concern about the human suffering caused by the biggest economic contraction in economic history, the…
  • The Prime Minister must get his act together on airport expansion

    Tessa Jowell
    4 Jul 2015 | 3:09 am
    Once again we stand to have a major decision of national consequence determined more by the political management of the Tory party than the national interest, says Tessa Jowell. Heathrow, viewed from below. Photo: Getty Images Three years, £20million, and 342 pages later, the Airports Commission has reported. The Commission was asked to identify and recommend options to maintain the UK’s position as Europe’s most important aviation hub - where airlines direct more of their flights, linking up to other airports around the world.  Its conclusions are, in the words of its chair Sir Howard…
  • As the Emergency Budget comes closer, the government must remember that benefits are a public service

    Rachael Badger
    3 Jul 2015 | 9:23 am
    The Government has consistently maintained its intention to protect vulnerable people - but will it deliver? A benefits poster in Lewisham high street. As new changes come in, it's essential the vulnerable are protected. Photo: Oli Scarff/Getty Images With less than a week to go until the Emergency Budget, there is growing speculation about how the further £12bn savings from the welfare budget will be made. In the last few days alone there have been more rumours, including of cuts to Employment and Support Allowance and Housing Benefit. Throughout, the Government has consistently maintained…
  • The time has come for the progressive parties to put aside their differences

    John Wright
    3 Jul 2015 | 8:56 am
    The Conservatives took office with just 36 per cent of the vote. Only a radical rethink will stop this happening again, says John Wright.  Here's what you could have won. Photo: Getty Images I can’t be the only Labour Party member still depressed by the election results, feeling queasy at the leadership contest, and beginning to think that something other than Labour trimming to the left or to the right - and crossing our fingers - is called for if progressive politics is to survive in the UK. Although  the Tories have won 13 out of the 19 general elections held since 1945, in only one of…
  • While the government officially abolishes child poverty, things are getting worse

    Alison Garnham
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:23 am
    At a stroke, the Government is about to abolish the concept, if not the reality, of child and working poverty. But a crisis is looming. Rochdale's Failinge estate, where 4 out of 5 children live in poverty. Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Image If the Government goes ahead with its plans to redefine child poverty then it will be turning its backs on poor children and on the past. No redefinition can hide the reality that the Government’s child poverty strategy is failing.  It was only a year ago that Iain Duncan Smith was claiming the child poverty targets would be met but last week’s…
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    Beppe Grillo's Blog

  • The Citizens’ Income is constitutional

    5 Jul 2015 | 4:21 am
    >>>Today Beppe Grillo is in Athens with some M5S spokespersons. They are demonstrating solidarity with the people of Greece on this referendum day that could change the future of Europe. Keep up to date in real time from 4:00 pm onwards on the Facebook pages for Beppe Grillo and the M5S <<< by M5S in Parliament “Do you remember just a few weeks ago when the President of the Council stated that our draft law was unconstitutional? He said that just to discredit the M5S proposal for the Citizens’ Income.Well we’ve got a dilemma here: either the Premier is ignorant, or he…
  • Open Letter in solidarity with the people of Greece

    3 Jul 2015 | 11:55 pm
    from the website "ricercaperlagrecia.com“: #TuttiAdAtene from the website ricercaperlagrecia.com [a translation of the letter is available in Greek and French / è disponibile la traduzione della lettera in greco e in francese – to sign the letter, send an email to ricercaperlagrecia@gmail.com] 29 June 2015 Kind regards to the people of Greece and, in particular, to our colleagues working in education, academia and research. We are writing a few hundred kilometres away from you, although this distance is shortened by our awareness and the concerns for the future. We are monitoring with…
  • Italy like Cyprus: if the bank goes bust you pay #prelievoforzoso

    2 Jul 2015 | 4:42 am
    by M5S in Parliament "It’s called European Directive 2014/59/EU. It means that as of 01 January 2016, if your bank has a crisis, it’s you that has to pay with your curent accounts, shares and bonds. Today there’s a top limit of 100 thousand euro, but it could rise to 30 thousand as it is right now in Germany. VIDEO How the Bail-in works (obligatory cash withdrawal) If you remember, it’s the same that happened a few years ago in Cyprus: to prevent banks going bust they gathered in money from the savers with a bail-in, and this brilliant idea was so pleasing to Europe that it was…
  • #ChiamparinoDimettiti: Chiamparino resign! New elections in Piedmont!

    1 Jul 2015 | 6:50 am
    by M5S Piedmont “Just 12 months after the elections, there could be new elections in Piedmont. With the foreshortened term of office of the previous adminsitration, with the fall of the administration led by Cota because of scandals surrounding false signatures and reimbursement of expenses, the centre left administration led by Chiamparino could end the same way. VIDEO M5S speaks out: Chiamparino resign! An investigation by the magistracy is collecting evidence about serious irregularities in the signnatures collected for the PD list and for Chiamparino’s "mini-list". For example, it’s…
  • #RedditoDiCittadinanza - Citizen’s Income in Friuli Venezia Giulia

    30 Jun 2015 | 6:51 am
    “Friuli Venezia Giulia is taking the first step for the dignity of all its citizens. With the decisive contribution from the 5 Star MoVement, the unified regional law on the Citizens’ Income has been approved. The measure that’s been approved draws heavily on the proposals contained in the regional draft law presented by the M5S Friuli Venezia Giulia on April 2014. The measure that’s been approved will be of benefit to between 8 and 10 thousand families in difficulty. These are the main features: A) A maximum of 550 euro a month will be handed out for a maximum period of 24 months B)…
 
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    Robert Reich

  • How to Disrupt the Military-Industrial-Congressional Complex

    3 Jul 2015 | 12:47 pm
    President Obama is said to be considering an executive order requiring federal contractors to...
  • ON PATRIOTISMA few words about patriotism – something we...

    2 Jul 2015 | 1:41 pm
    ON PATRIOTISMA few words about patriotism – something we talk a lot about, especially around July 4th, but seldom stop to examine its real meaning. True patriotism isn’t simply about waving the American flag. And it’s not mostly about securing our borders from outsiders. It’s about coming together for the common good.Real patriotism is not cheap. It requires taking on a fair share of the burdens of keeping America going – being willing to pay taxes in full rather than seeking tax loopholes and squirreling away money abroad.  Patriotism is about preserving and protecting our…
  • OVERTIME: FINALLY, A BREAK FOR THE MIDDLE CLASSThe U.S....

    30 Jun 2015 | 11:32 am
    OVERTIME: FINALLY, A BREAK FOR THE MIDDLE CLASSThe U.S. Department of Labor just proposed raising the overtime threshold – what you can be paid and still qualify to be paid “time-and-a-half” beyond 40 hours per week – from $23,600 a year to $50,400.This is a big deal. Some 5 million workers will get a raise. (See accompanying video, which we made last month.) Business lobbies are already hollering this will kill jobs. That’s what they always predict – whether it’s raising the minimum wage, Obamacare, family and medical leave, or better worker safety. Yet their predictions…
  • Why We Must Fight Economic Apartheid in America

    28 Jun 2015 | 1:54 pm
    Almost lost by the wave of responses to the Supreme Court’s decisions last week upholding the...
  • #12. MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL: GET BIG MONEY OUT OF POLITICS Over...

    22 Jun 2015 | 8:28 pm
    #12. MOST IMPORTANT OF ALL: GET BIG MONEY OUT OF POLITICS Over the past two months, the videos I’ve done with MoveOn.org have detailed several ways to make the economy work for the many, not the few: raising the minimum wage to $15 an hour, making public higher education free, busting up the big banks, expanding Social Security, making polluters pay, raising the estate tax, strengthening unions, ending corporate welfare, helping families succeed economically, and letting all Americans buy into Medicare.But none of these is possible if we don’t get big money out of politics. In fact,…
 
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    Cato @ Liberty

  • Washington Helped Create Puerto Rican Crisis

    Nicole Kaeding
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:21 pm
    On Monday, I highlighted the fiscal crisis in Puerto Rico. The island’s governor announced that it cannot fully pay back its $70 billion in outstanding debt. Much of the attention this week has focused on how Puerto Rico has mismanaged its finances. San Juan has delayed necessary reforms. But missing in most news articles is the role that Washington, D.C. has played in creating the mess. Over at Fox News, I have a new piece describing how the federal government has contributed to the island’s problems. For instance, the federal minimum wage contributes to Puerto Rico’s challenges: The…
  • You Ought to Have a Look: Supreme Court, Business-as-Usual, Poison Ivy and Shark Attacks

    Patrick J. Michaels, Paul C. "Chip" Knappenberger
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:19 pm
    You Ought to Have a Look is a feature from the Center for the Study of Science posted by Patrick J. Michaels and Paul C. (“Chip”) Knappenberger.  While this section will feature all of the areas of interest that we are emphasizing, the prominence of the climate issue is driving a tremendous amount of web traffic.  Here we post a few of the best in recent days, along with our color commentary. This week, as our title suggests, we have a somewhat eclectic mix of articles worthy of your attention (and some that are not). Let’s get started. In handing down its decision on Monday in…
  • Happy Second of July

    David Boaz
    2 Jul 2015 | 11:21 am
    Americans are preparing for the Fourth of July holiday. I hope we take a few minutes during the long weekend to remember what the Fourth of July is: America’s Independence Day, celebrating our Declaration of Independence, in which we declared ourselves, in Lincoln’s words, “a new nation, conceived in Liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal.” The holiday weekend would start today if John Adams had his way. It was on July 2, 1776, that the Continental Congress voted to declare independence from Great Britain. On July 4 Congress approved the final text of…
  • Religious Agencies and Adoption: A Case for Pluralism

    Walter Olson
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:49 am
    At Reason, Scott Shackford has a valuable piece on where libertarians’ interests are likely to coincide with those of organized gay rights advocates and where they are likely to diverge, following the Supreme Court’s ruling on marriage. One flashpoint of controversy is likely to be the role of conservative religious agencies in areas of adoption that are commonly assisted with public funds (as with the adoption of older kids from foster care).  …It is now legal all across America for gay people to adopt children, and now with same-sex marriage, they can adopt their partner’s child…
  • Missing the Point on Refugees and Welfare

    Alex Nowrasteh
    2 Jul 2015 | 9:47 am
    Daniel Costa of the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) criticized a piece I wrote for The Hill in which I called for the U.S. to accept more refugees.  Costa took issue for my argument to limit their access to welfare once they arrive, which I wrote in the eighteenth paragraph of my piece.  Conservatives criticized me for not mentioning welfare reform sooner in my piece.  I wrote about allowing more refugees in for the first seventeen paragraphs of my piece because that is more important than denying them welfare. Costa, however, stooped pretty low when he wrote: “[H]opefully refugees in…
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    A View from the Right

  • Executive Authority vs. Executive Privilege

    sirrahc
    28 Jun 2015 | 7:42 pm
    “We’re not just going to be waiting for legislation in order to make sure that we’re providing Americans the kind of help they need. I’ve got a pen and I’ve got a phone.” — President Obama, not-so-subtly implying that he’ll do whatever he can to advance his agenda As you may have noticed, the current […]
  • Replacing Hamilton on the U.S. $10 Bill

    sirrahc
    21 Jun 2015 | 7:11 pm
    “Our democracy is a work in progress. This decision of putting a woman in the $10 bill reflects our aspirations for the future as much as a reflection of the past.”  — Jack Lew, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury You’ve probably already heard about it, and if you haven’t, you’ll likely hear more about it […]
  • Advances in Bionics

    sirrahc
    14 Jun 2015 | 7:54 pm
    Yes, I realize that the title might make you think this post belongs on my “Heroes and Aliens” blog, but this is about the real-world development of “bionic” prostheses and orthoses. Last month, I ran across a list of really cool, recent advances in the field of bionics that I thought would be fun to […]
  • What to Make of Jade Helm 15

    sirrahc
    7 Jun 2015 | 5:13 pm
    “All we want to do is be sure our guys are trained for combat overseas. That’s it.”  — Lt. Col. Mark Lastoria “Friends, when it comes to freedom, we must question, verify and vet everyone and everything. We must never check our brains or blindly trust, especially the government.”  — Chuck Norris, actor, author, and […]
  • Ben Carson on Political Correctness

    sirrahc
    31 May 2015 | 6:23 pm
    “Freedom of speech is a principal pillar of a free government; when this support is taken away, the constitution of a free society is dissolved, and tyranny is erected on its ruins.”  — Benjamin Franklin, author, inventor, political activist, Founding Father So-called “political correctness” has increasingly become the bane of the First Amendment and anyone […]
 
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    Fair Observer

  • The World This Week: Greek Crisis Marks End of Debt Era

    Atul Singh
    4 Jul 2015 | 4:50 pm
    The Greek debt crisis signals the beginning of the end of the current debt-fueled global financial system. Once upon a time, a Greek named Aristotle purportedly wrote a treatise called Economics. This title literally means “household management” and is derived from οἶκος, which means household. This work deals with issues like private property, duties of […] The post The World This Week: Greek Crisis Marks End of Debt Era appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Rashida Jones on “Hot Girls Wanted”

    Fair Observer
    4 Jul 2015 | 7:58 am
    Do you have to be sexy to be noticed? As there is no regulation of the adult entertainment industry, the average age when someone watches their first porno is 11. The danger of learning about sex from pornography leads to warped perceptions about sexuality, affecting the choices young adults make when they decide to join […] The post Rashida Jones on “Hot Girls Wanted” appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Tunisia Grapples With Radicalization of Youth

    Manuel Langendorf
    4 Jul 2015 | 6:38 am
    As Tunisia copes with the fallout of a brutal attack on tourists, questions surface about the radicalization of Tunisians. Tunisia, once hailed as a successful transition model in the wake of the Arab Spring, was recently hit by yet another deadly attack against tourists, leaving 38 people dead near the coastal town of Sousse. Just […] The post Tunisia Grapples With Radicalization of Youth appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Rohingya Refugee Crisis Tests Malaysia

    David Han Guo Xiong
    2 Jul 2015 | 5:10 pm
    The Rohingya refugee crisis has become a test for Malaysia’s foreign policy commitment to ASEAN. The Rohingya refugee crisis presents a test of Malaysia’s chairmanship of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). The most recent agreement by Malaysia and Indonesia to provide temporary shelter for the refugees, following an emergency meeting on May 20 in Kuala […] The post Rohingya Refugee Crisis Tests Malaysia appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Should Greek Voters Listen to American Economists?

    John Bruton
    2 Jul 2015 | 5:05 pm
    Economists writing in The New York Times put forth a weak argument to vote “no” in the Greek referendum, says former Prime Minister John Bruton. Paul Krugman, in The New York Times, urges the Greeks to vote “no” in the referendum on July 5. So too does Joe Stiglitz, in another article for The Guardian. […] The post Should Greek Voters Listen to American Economists? appeared first on Fair Observer.
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    The one About

  • Avantajele mobilei din PAL melaminat

    12 Jun 2015 | 11:00 am
    Este destul de greu sa te decizi ce mobila sa achizitionezi atunci cand doresti sa o faci, din pricina modelelor destul de variate, daramite daca ne mai gandim la faptul ca exista avantaje si dezavantaje pentru diversele materiale. De exemplu mobila pal melaminat prezinta avantajul ca este cea mai accesibila ca pret si are o mare rapiditate in executie. In plus exista o mare varietate de culori si se poate realiza orice tip de mobilier la orice dimensiuni.Pe de alta parte dezavantajele pot fi subliniate de faptul ca mobilierul din PAL este foarte sensibil la umiditate, la diferente de…
  • Jurnal filozofic

    12 Jun 2015 | 10:46 am
    "Urmăresc cu interes, cînd se opresc două trenuri în staţie, cu ce aviditate se uită oamenii unii la alţii. E prea puţin să spui că vor să întîlnească o cunoştinţă. Nu, e un sentiment metafizic: vor să vadă pe celălalt. Fiecare se vede pe sine în celălalt. Şi rîde." — Constantin Noica
  • Schimba aspectul exterior si interior al locuintei tale cu vitralii traditionale

    31 May 2015 | 11:35 am
    Toata lumea isi doreste ca locuinta in care s-au mutat de curand sa arate cat mai bine si sa reziste in timp, indiferent de modul in care e amplasata casa sau de clima de acolo. Un aspect deosebit al unei locuinte se poate obtine in multe feluri, insa nimic nu intrece efectul pe care il pot avea vitralii traditionale montate la usi sau geamuri.Vitraliile traditionale sunt niste compozitii decorative care apar dupa ce bucatele de sticla colorata sunt asamblate in cele mai neasteptate modele. Dispunerea simetrica sau asimetrica a vitralii traditionale se realizeaza prin legarea cu retele de…
  • Despre Grecia Turistica si Culturala

    22 May 2015 | 7:29 am
    Pentru multi dintre noi, vara a fost departe, insa avand in vedere ca luna Mai devine tot mai scurta si de domeniul trecutului, trebuie sa ne gandim la concediul de vara, care se apropie. Pentru unii simplul fapt ca vine caldura este un lucru bun si PonticTour Grecia vine cu oferte de vacanta tot mai favorabile.In Grecia nu numai ca ai ce vedea ca si peisaje si te poti distra de minune pe plajele incredibil de curate, cu marea azurie, insa daca ajungi prin luna Iunie, s-ar putea sa ai parte si de evenimente impresionante, extrem de frumoase, evenimente specifice lumii grecesti sau lumii…
  • Sistemul limfatic functioneaza mai bine daca luati TOTAL CLEANSE LYMPH 60CPS

    15 May 2015 | 9:49 am
    Omul este o fiinta foarte fragila, simpla, dar in acelasi timp complexa. Este un paradox pe care-l intalnim la nivelul fiecarui organ al corpului uman. Sangele si limfa sunt doua lichide circulatoare care asigura functionarea optima a fiecarui organ din corp. Daca despre sange s-a tot vorbit si se cunosc mai multe decat ne-am fi dorit sa stim vreodata, limfa nu este chiar asa de comuna in studiile despre lichidele din corpul nostru.Limfa este deosebit de importanta pentru imunitate si detoxifierea organismului, pornit din ganglionii limfatici, un fel de depozite de limfa. Ea sta la baza…
 
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    FactCheck.org

  • Was Hillary Clinton the Original ‘Birther’?

    Robert Farley
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:21 am
    Two Republican presidential candidates claim the so-called “birther” movement originated with the Hillary Clinton campaign in 2008. While it’s true that some of her ardent supporters pushed the theory, there is no evidence that Clinton or her campaign had anything to do with it. In an interview on June 29, Sen. Ted Cruz said “the whole birther thing was started by the Hillary Clinton campaign in 2008,” and earlier this year, Donald Trump claimed “Hillary Clinton wanted [Obama’s] birth certificate. Hillary is a birther.” Neither Cruz nor Trump…
  • Fiorina Shortchanges Marijuana Research

    Dave Levitan
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:17 am
    In questioning the value of medicinal marijuana, Carly Fiorina said “we don’t understand how it interacts with other drugs.” In fact, there is information about marijuana’s interactions with other medications, although major clinical trials using marijuana have been limited by its legal status. Fiorina spoke with Fox News’ Sean Hannity, who asked her about the legal status of marijuana in Colorado (it also has been legalized in Washington). She said she believes in states’ rights but that legalizing marijuana is a “bad idea” (at the 30:20 mark):…
  • The Christie File

    Robert Farley
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:50 am
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie plans to officially announce his presidential candidacy this morning, joining an already crowded field vying for the Republican nomination. Christie has enjoyed high national visibility for years due to speculation about a run for the presidency and his recent stint as chairman of the Republican Governors Association, and so many of his comments have come across our radar. Most recently, we pointed out that Christie repeatedly, and wrongly, has said that U.S. corporations are taxed twice on income earned abroad, claiming in a June 10 speech that IRS officials…
  • June 26: Natural Gas, ACA, Deficits

    Eugene Kiely
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:22 am
  • Carson Overlooks Russia’s Reserves

    D'Angelo Gore
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:32 am
    Ben Carson said the United States has more oil and natural gas than Russia. Not so. The U.S. recently passed Russia in production of petroleum and natural gas, but estimates put Russia’s proved reserves of crude oil and natural gas way ahead of the U.S. Carson, a Republican presidential contender, made the claim while talking about his foreign relations goals during a June 23 interview with WGCL-TV in Atlanta (at 8:15 in the video): Carson, June 23: I think we need to be looking at people like Vladimir Putin and saying “How do we keep him contained?” Obviously, economically.
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    The Recovering Politician

  • Josh Bowen: 4 Nutrition Myths

    Josh Bowen
    2 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    I love myths. They are fun to me. This wild and wacky fitness world provides us with a LOT of myths and the problem lies in the fact people believe them. Quite frankly, sometimes I get caught up in the myths. It is very easy to do with all the magazines, fitness gurus and my favorite the internet trainers, dispelling all this wonderful information to the world. EVERYONE is an expert these and its hard to decipher what is correct and what is not. And truth be told, there are no absolutes, sometimes it just depends. So, let us take a stroll down my four favorite nutritional myths, shall we? If…
  • David Host: The Right Result – But a Troubling Ruling

    RP Nation
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:19 am
    I have long been hesitant to write about the marriage equality issue because of my own nuanced feelings on the issue. I have always strongly believed that our society must confer the same protections and benefits upon couples regardless of sexual orientation – and as the current debate has progressed, I have become increasingly persuaded that such benefits must include the civil contract which the law defines as “marriage.” Thus, on a basic policy level, I agree with today’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling. Yet, I remain fundamentally uncomfortable with this ruling for other reasons.
  • Josh Bowen: Why Your Body Hurts: 5 Inflammatory Ingredients

    Josh Bowen
    25 Jun 2015 | 5:30 am
    Pain is a unique thing. It often comes out of nowhere and in some cases for unknown reasons. We often push it off as arthritis or old age (guilty) in hopes that it will get better. We stretch (not recommended), foam roll, apply Rock Sauce, take NSAIDs etc. to decrease our pain. These are are all great thing and do have some effect on our pain levels but they only deal with the site of our pain, not the source. We often can look to our diets for the reason we are in so much pain. Make no mistake about, inflammation can be deadly. Whether in the muscles, joints or in the organs, when our bodies…
  • Eli Mitchell: Where will the Cats Land?

    RP Nation
    24 Jun 2015 | 2:29 pm
    John Calipari has preached all season that his main goal has always been to get his players drafted. On Thursday night seven of Calipari’s players will be waiting to hear their names called. Four of those players have been projected as lottery picks and two more have heard their names mentioned in the first round. Let’s look at possible destinations for each Cat. Karl Anthony Towns will hear his name called very early on Thursday night with Minnesota and Los Angeles as potential landing spots. Towns is recognized as the best two way player in this draft. Whether he is picked first or…
  • Josh Bowen: The Rules of the Gym

    Josh Bowen
    18 Jun 2015 | 5:30 am
    OK lets have some fun. As I sit down to write you today, I can’t help but want to write something that will make you laugh and make your day a little easier. For the serious, educational content click here . To laugh your ass off, continue reading. So I went to workout today, I couldn’t help but find some humor. The gym is usually serious time for me but today I just took a look around and had fun with and decided today’s piece should lighten our spirits a bit. So, in great humor and fun, here are MY 10 rules of the gym. Have fun! Here we go (print these off and take them…
 
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    All Stories

  • Backroom Briefing: Kinder, Gentler Approach to Immigration, but not Cuba

    Nancy Smith
    2 Jul 2015 | 5:01 pm
    By: Dara Kam News Service of FloridaDate: July 2, 2015 - 8:00pmGOP presidential candidates may want to temper the hard-line stance toward immigration reform embraced by the far right if they want to make it to the top of the ticket next year, according to a recent poll touted by a variety of current and former Hispanic elected officials from Miami on Thursday. A recent survey of voters in the early primary and caucus states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina found that, at most, one in five GOP voters supported deportation of undocumented immigrants.
  • 3 Supreme Court Justices' Financial Disclosures Reveal Serious Conflicts, Threats to Court's Integrity

    Nancy Smith
    2 Jul 2015 | 2:50 pm
    By: Nancy SmithDate: July 3, 2015 - 9:30amNo wonder U.S. Supreme Court justices were seven weeks late releasing their financial disclosure reports to the public. They have plenty to hide. Fix the Court, a national, nonpartisan grassroots organization created to serve as a watchdog for the Supreme Court, calls the Supremes' disclosure reports released Thursday "a minefield of potential conflicts of interest and ethical problems that may do untold -- and unnecessary -- damage to the integrity of the institution."
  • Thanks, 'Dead,' We're Grateful

    Caitlin
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:57 pm
    By: Jeff StahlerDate: July 3, 2015 - 2:00am
  • Florida Was Off Center Stage in American Revolution Despite Some Important Events

    Kevin Derby
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:44 pm
    By: Kevin DerbyDate: July 2, 2015 - 4:45pmAs the nation celebrates the 239th anniversary of independence this Fourth of July weekend, Floridians can look back at the strange and almost entirely forgotten role their state played in the American Revolution. A Spanish colony for almost 200 years, the English gained Florida at the Treaty of Paris in 1763, which ended the Seven Years War. People in the U.S. call it the French and Indian War.
  • Attorney Jonathan Chane Joins the Democratic Field Running to Replace Patrick Murphy in Congress

    Kevin Derby
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:36 pm
    By: Kevin DerbyDate: July 2, 2015 - 4:30pmOn Thursday, attorney Jonathan Chane joined the Democratic field running in the crowded race to replace U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Fla., in Congress. Murphy is running for the U.S. Senate in 2016.  “I'm running for Congress and excited to represent Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast in D.C.,” Chane posted on Twitter on Thursday. “Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast deserve a voice in Congress that'll put us first. I know what it takes to make a difference.”
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  • Backroom Briefing: Kinder, Gentler Approach to Immigration, but not Cuba

    Nancy Smith
    2 Jul 2015 | 5:01 pm
    By: Dara Kam News Service of FloridaDate: July 2, 2015 - 8:00pmGOP presidential candidates may want to temper the hard-line stance toward immigration reform embraced by the far right if they want to make it to the top of the ticket next year, according to a recent poll touted by a variety of current and former Hispanic elected officials from Miami on Thursday. A recent survey of voters in the early primary and caucus states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina found that, at most, one in five GOP voters supported deportation of undocumented immigrants.
  • 3 Supreme Court Justices' Financial Disclosures Reveal Serious Conflicts, Threats to Court's Integrity

    Nancy Smith
    2 Jul 2015 | 2:50 pm
    By: Nancy SmithDate: July 3, 2015 - 9:30amNo wonder U.S. Supreme Court justices were seven weeks late releasing their financial disclosure reports to the public. They have plenty to hide. Fix the Court, a national, nonpartisan grassroots organization created to serve as a watchdog for the Supreme Court, calls the Supremes' disclosure reports released Thursday "a minefield of potential conflicts of interest and ethical problems that may do untold -- and unnecessary -- damage to the integrity of the institution."
  • Thanks, 'Dead,' We're Grateful

    Caitlin
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:57 pm
    By: Jeff StahlerDate: July 3, 2015 - 2:00am
  • Florida Was Off Center Stage in American Revolution Despite Some Important Events

    Kevin Derby
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:44 pm
    By: Kevin DerbyDate: July 2, 2015 - 4:45pmAs the nation celebrates the 239th anniversary of independence this Fourth of July weekend, Floridians can look back at the strange and almost entirely forgotten role their state played in the American Revolution. A Spanish colony for almost 200 years, the English gained Florida at the Treaty of Paris in 1763, which ended the Seven Years War. People in the U.S. call it the French and Indian War.
  • Attorney Jonathan Chane Joins the Democratic Field Running to Replace Patrick Murphy in Congress

    Kevin Derby
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:36 pm
    By: Kevin DerbyDate: July 2, 2015 - 4:30pmOn Thursday, attorney Jonathan Chane joined the Democratic field running in the crowded race to replace U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, D-Fla., in Congress. Murphy is running for the U.S. Senate in 2016.  “I'm running for Congress and excited to represent Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast in D.C.,” Chane posted on Twitter on Thursday. “Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast deserve a voice in Congress that'll put us first. I know what it takes to make a difference.”
 
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    Maddow Blog

  • New spikes added to fortify White House fence

    MPX
    4 Jul 2015 | 11:45 am
    Rachel Maddow reports on the addition of an extra row of spikes on top of the fence surrounding the White House, a measure deemed necessary after a series of...
  • This Week in God, 7.4.15

    Steve Benen
    4 Jul 2015 | 5:29 am
    Conservative Oklahoma lawmakers put a Ten Commandments monument on the state Capitol grounds. Conservatives on the state Supreme Court had a very different idea
  • MaddowBlog World Cup Corner: Episode 7

    MPX
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:20 am
    Lucas Vazquez and Kasey O'Brien TRMS World Cup correspondents (and intrepid interns) look at England's own-goal semi-final loss to Japan, sending Japan to...
  • Independence Day Weekend 2015

    Steve Benen
    3 Jul 2015 | 5:44 am
    MaddowBlog will probably be pretty quiet today in honor of the 4th of July holiday weekend.
  • Citations for the July 2, 2015 TRMS

    willfemia
    2 Jul 2015 | 10:27 pm
    Links to material cited on Thursday night's show
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    Angry Lebs

  • Last chance to see: 25 magnificent structures on the verge of extinction

    Michel
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    In Travel section on CNN website, there is a photo article by Jacopo Prisco, published on July 1, 2015 . You can figure out what’s about from its title: “Last chance to see: 25 magnificent structures on the verge of extinction”. Picture # 11: Old Buildings of Beirut: “As if decades of civil war and bombardments weren’t enough, the remaining old buildings of Beirut are now under threat by property developers who are looking to create new luxury blocks on real estate currently occupied by traditional structures. Many have been hastily deemed unfit for living,…
  • No respect ….

    Michel
    28 Jun 2015 | 11:29 am
    Couple of days ago, I attended a dinner fund-raising for my friend Faycal El-Khoury who is running on the Liberal party ticket in the region of Laval-Les Iles in the next Canadian elections. Faycal is originally from Lebanon. He settled in Canada in 1976. Faycal graduated from Concordia University as civil engineer. He led a great career in Canada and abroad. My friend Faycal is a soft-spoken man, who enjoys laughing and serving the community. I was amazed of the turn-out of the fund-raising. It was a melting pot: Quebecers, major key players in the Liberal party, Lebanese from all sects,…
  • Leaked Video: Lebanese internal Security Forces torturing prisoners

    Michel
    22 Jun 2015 | 5:21 am
      Couple of days ago, a video was leaked on social media have revealed police officers beating and torturing several Islamist prisoners held in Lebanon’s Roumieh prison. , prompting the justice minister to call for an investigation into the incidents. Interior Minister Nouhad Machnouk said he is responsible and vowed to bring those policemen to justice and take all legal measures against those found guilty of misconduct. justice Minister Ashraf Rifi called the incidents “brutal and barbaric”, pushed to name those behind the beatings, “in order to refer them to…
  • Wikileaks – Saudi Cables continues ….

    Michel
    22 Jun 2015 | 4:50 am
    The following is another specimen of Lebanese politicians and media. It is to note, that these politicians and media portray themselves as sovereign and defender of democracy. MP Amine Gemayel asking permission from Saudi Arabia to open a new page with Syrian regime. He assets that he will only make the move under Saudi directive and political line. MP Nadim Gemayel, well the Saudi regime didn’t find any use of meeting him. Michel Moawad asked the Saudi immediate help to regain what they lost in last parliamentary election. MTV Television asked for financial help ($25 million)from Saudi…
  • What does it mean when you ask foreign country to fund your political party?

    Michel
    20 Jun 2015 | 7:03 am
    You will have different answers to this question. It depends on who is answering it. Many Lebanese will see it normal because it has been like this for ages. Others will tell you if “this” party accepts funding from “this” country, its OK for other party to accept funds from “that” country. Another group will say: good for them this is “Shatara” (Cleverness). In politics, when you accept or ask for funds to finance your political party from a foreign government, you become a slave to that country. Your political decisions will not be free and…
 
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    BuzzFeed - Politics

  • Clinton Campaign Keeps Reporters Back With Rope

    4 Jul 2015 | 12:53 pm
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  • Hillary: "I Take A Backseat To No One" At "Fighting For Progressive Values"

    3 Jul 2015 | 2:34 pm
    Clinton adds a new line to her speech in New Hampshire. Darren McCollester / Getty Images Before a Friday afternoon crowd of Granite Staters, Hillary Clinton offered a new line: "I take a backseat to no one when you look at my record of standing up and fighting for progressive values." Clinton, since her campaign began, has often cast herself as a "fighter" — emphasizing the "four fights" of her campaign and framing her career, going back to her days as a lawyer, as "fighting" for the welfare of children and women. But the "progressive values" part is new — and just how committed…
  • 18 Photos That Show Jeb And George Bush Might Be Brothers

    2 Jul 2015 | 12:38 pm
    A BuzzFeed News investigation. This year, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush has faced questions about the legacy of George W. Bush — and, at times, seemed uncomfortable with the subject. It's raised an interesting question: What exactly is the nature of the relationship between George and Jeb Bush? BuzzFeed News has been investigating the situation, and obtained photos that show the two men could be brothers. The results of the investigation: Luke Frazza / Getty Images Mari Darr~welch / AP Phil Coale / ASSOCIATED PRESS View Entire List ›
  • Huckabee Pushing Plan To Prosecute Crimes Against Same-Sex Marriage Opponents As Hate Crimes

    2 Jul 2015 | 12:09 pm
    “Those who would attempt to extort from them or anyone who committed a crime against a person because they didn’t accept homosexual marriage could be prosecuted for a hate crime.” Danny Johnston / AP Mike Huckabee said on Wednesday that, if he were the sitting president, he would direct the attorney general to prosecute "those who would attempt to extort" or "who committed a crime against a person because they didn't accept homosexual marriage" for hate crimes. The comment echoes a three-point plan the Republican presidential candidate issued on Tuesday, reported by the Des…
  • Hillary Clinton To Address Latino Community Leaders At NCLR Conference

    2 Jul 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Clinton’s Kansas City speech to one of the largest yearly gatherings of Latinos will come weeks after she addressed Hispanic elected officials in Las Vegas. Hillary Clinton addressing the NCLR conference in 2005. Joseph Kaczmarek / AP For the second time in a month, Hillary Clinton will speak to a huge gathering of Latinos, this time in front of 2,000 Hispanic activists and community leaders Monday, July 13 at the National Council of La Raza (NCLR) annual conference in Kansas City, BuzzFeed News has learned. "We are thrilled that Secretary Clinton will join us to speak to the thousands…
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    The Center for Vision & Values at Grove City College

  • John Adams and American Independence

    Gary S. Smith
    30 Jun 2015 | 11:15 am
    As we celebrate our independence and astounding development from a fledging nation to the world’s superpower, we should applaud the extraordinary contributions of numerous founders. One of them whose accomplishments are often overlooked is John Adams. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, James Madison, and his cousin Samuel Adams typically receive the lion’s share of the credit for the creation and early success of the United States. In fact, John Adams has frequently been viewed as “somewhat of a loser.” He is the only president among the first five who was not…
  • That Flag Would Have Offended Your Great-Great Grandfather

    Dr. Paul C. Kemeny and Dr. Gillis J. Harp
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:08 am
    Recently, while waiting in line at a store in Grove City, Pennsylvania, we saw a young man several customers in front of us wearing a sweatshirt with the Confederate battle flag on its back and a caption that read, “If This Flag Offends You, You Need a History Lesson!” An hour or so later, we saw the same teenager hop into a pickup truck with Pennsylvania tags. While the citizens of South Carolina are rightly debating the appropriateness of flying the Confederate flag on state grounds, it struck us as pretty ironic that here in western Pennsylvania a teenager would venerate the…
  • Our Dismal Economic Stagnation … Diagnosing the Slowest Recovery Since the Great Depression

    Tracy Miller
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:44 am
    The Bureau of Economic Analysis has reported that in the first quarter of this year the U.S. economy declined at a 0.7 percent annual rate. Although growth may be higher for the rest of the year, this is another reminder of how slowly the economy has grown during more than five years of economic recovery from the recession of 2008-09. The rate of economic growth for the 23 quarters since the second quarter of 2009 is the slowest for any economic recovery since the Great Depression. These results are not due to bad luck, they are due to bad policy—particularly the Federal Reserve’s…
  • A Sad, Confused, and Ominous Obamacare Decision

    John A. Sparks
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:05 am
    In his scathing dissent, Justice Antonin Scalia summarized the Supreme Court’s decision in King v. Burwell in two sentences: “The court holds that when the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act says ‘exchange established by the state’ it means ‘exchange established by the state or federal government.’ That is quite absurd and the court’s 21 pages of explanation make it no less so.” The opinion begins by correctly identifying the question to be resolved: Are Obamacare tax credits available to people who live in a state that has a federal exchange rather than a state…
  • Cheers to the Magna Carta

    Andrew Mitchell
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:12 am
    It’s the 800th anniversary of the Magna Carta, causing thoughtful Americans who care deeply about scutage, darrein presentment, or the standard width of haberject, to raise their voices in loud acclamation. The rest of us, however, are left wondering: What does it matter that one June day in 1215 at Runnymede in Merrie Olde England, King John affixed his signature to a document that effectively summed up the political and religious disaster his 17-year reign had become? John’s troubles began several years before with a series of diplomatic defeats, losing territory and prestige in…
 
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    Politic365

  • Walker’s Legacy Hosts 2nd Annual Awards Brunch During ESSENCE Music Festival Weekend

    Politic365 Staff
    3 Jul 2015 | 9:08 pm
    In 2009 Walker’s Legacy – named as an homage to Madam C. J. Walker - was founded as an entrepreneurial association for women of color across America. Today, the national collective aimed at uplifting women in business, is partnering with Accelerate with Google to host an impactful brunch during Essence Music Festival Weekend.  Walker’s Legacy is on a mission to increase the number of women entrepreneurs of color by improving access to key resources. “African-American and Hispanic women are making great strides in entrepreneurship throughout the country, our goal for this…
  • July 31: Hillary Clinton to Speak at National Urban League Conference

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:11 pm
    On July 31, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will address the National Urban League in Fort Lauderdale, Fl. at their annual conference.  So far in the early 2016 campaign for the White House, Clinton has been vocal and pointed on race.  Clinton has mentioned “white privilege,” racism in the justice system and other “hard truths” on race.   So far, Clinton has brought up subjects that typical white Democrats avoid when running for high office. In stark contrast with the racist comments on Mexican immigrants of Republican candidate Donald Trump at his…
  • Black Unemployment Rate Falls to 9.5% in June from Double Digits in May

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:23 am
    Black unemployment drops to 9.5%.It was 10.4 percent in December 2014 and 10.2 percent in May of 2015 but now Black unemployment is at 9.5 percent for June, according to the Department of Labor. The overall jobless rate for June 2015 is 5.3%.  Though Black unemployment continues to remain double the overall employment rate, that the number of under double digits is a vast improvement over the 23 year high it hit, back in 2011, of 16 percent. “It continues that unemployed women are more likely to drop out of labor force than find jobs opposite for men” tweeted AFL CIO Jobs Guru…
  • Macy’s severs ties to Donald Trump over anti-Mexican remarks

    Adriana Maestas
    1 Jul 2015 | 11:27 am
    Macy’s department store became the latest business to disassociate itself from GOP presidential candidate and real estate mogul Donald Trump over his anti-Mexican comments. A few weeks ago in making his announcement as a candidate for the GOP nomination, Trump said, “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best. They’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems with us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists.” Univision and NBC parted ways with Trump earlier this week. Macy’s was…
  • This is What it Sounds Like When the Koch Brothers Support Justice Reform

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:33 am
    Think of the famous motto of the Black Caucus, “no permanent enemies only permanent interests,” as you think of the Koch Brothers supporting a criminal justice reform bill that rolls back over criminalization.  It shouldn’t be a shock at to anyone that the Libertarian leaning Koch Brothers support series justice reform.  But it is.  I would predict that there will be Democrats (see: Sens. Chuck Schumer, Amy Klobuchar and Dianne Feinstein) who will find a way to get in the way of justice reform and end up on the right of the Koch Brothers before the debate around the SAFE…
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    Conservatively Speaking

  • When the wheels came off the Supreme Court

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

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

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

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    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! ]]
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    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • Bailed Out by the Supreme Court

    Mike Dakkak
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Progressives had been trying to get universal health care passed in this country since the early 1900s. From Teddy Roosevelt to Bill Clinton, many presidents have come close to achieving its goal but have never been able to get reform over the line. That changed in 2010 when Barack Obama and Democrats muscled the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) through Congress. The US Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of Obamacare in 2012 in a decision that infuriated conservatives. Last week, the Court once again upheld the law. Once again conservative ire was directed at Chief Justice John Roberts…
  • Confederate Debates

    Mike Dakkak
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:27 pm
    A 21 year-old man walked into the Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, SC a little over a week ago and after listening to a bible discussion, opened fire on the participants killing nine of them. His stated goal, we learned later, was to start a race war because, he felt, African-Americans were, “taking over the country.” The debate in the wake of the tragedy has centered around the confederate flag flying on South Carolina Capitol Building grounds. Gov. Nikki Haley announced on Monday that she would move to have the flag removed. But are there deeper issues that need to be addressed…
  • Democrats Say No Deal on Trade

    Mike Dakkak
    18 Jun 2015 | 2:30 pm
    The president has been trying for several years to get the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement done. Democrats have been wary of granting the president the fast-track authority (TPA) he claims is vital to getting a larger TPP agreement done. The president pulled out all the stops last week, making a personal visit to Capitol Hill, to plead with Congressional Democrats to give him their support on crucial votes for his trade agenda. But in a stunning defeat Congressional Democrats voted against a worker assistance program (traditionally a Democratic priority) in order to slow down the…
  • Underestimate at Your Own Risk

    Mike Dakkak
    11 Jun 2015 | 2:38 pm
    In 2012 the Republican field of presidential nominees was often referred to as the clown car. Candidates were criticized for having positions that were out of step with the mainstream and for generally seeming to be not quite ready for prime time. The 2016 field of Republican hopefuls has swelled to nearly 20 candidates. Many on the Democratic side believe the field is going to be a repeat of 2012: full of unserious candidates whose stars will shine brightly at the outset but eventually fizzle out. Are Democrats underestimating Republicans’ ability of making the case that they should win…
  • Patriot Games

    Mike Dakkak
    4 Jun 2015 | 10:43 am
    The US intelligence community took a lot of blame for failing to thwart the 9/11 attacks. In the wake of 9/11 the Patriot Act was passed. It contained several provisions that sought to strengthen some of the intelligence gathering weaknesses that the 9/11 attacks laid bare. Twelve years later, a NSA contractor by the name of Edward Snowden revealed to the world several bulk surveillance programs the US government was conducting that used the Patriot Act as authorization. The Patriot Act was set to expire this week unless Congress renewed it or passed a competing law that some in Congress were…
 
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    FXを始めたい!初心者でも楽にわかるFX口座開設の方法を晒す。

  • FX口座開設アフィリエイトで5万円以上儲ける方法

    mhXe6fTKkh
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:53 pm
    FXは各会社ごとに様々なキャンペーンをやっています。例えば ・口座開設だけでOK ・口座開設後に、5万円以上を入金して取引を1回したら10,000円のキャッシュバック というようなサービスがあるのです。特に最初に紹介した口座開設だけでお小遣いが貰えるキャンペーンはかなりオイシイです。 ・満20歳以下の人(例外もあり) ・75歳以上の人 ・日本人であっても海外に在住している人(例外もあり) ・本人確認書類と住所が一致しない人…
  • FX口座開設で得するキャンペーン内容について

    mhXe6fTKkh
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:53 pm
    ・A業者の場合 口座を開設するだけで、アマゾンの商品券を5000円プレゼント。また期間中に入金10万円以上と3カ月以内に400lot以上の取引をすれば10,000円のキャッシュバックを得る事が出来ます。 ・B業者の場合 こちらでは口座の保有者が知人を紹介すると最大5000円のキャッシュバックを得ることができます。紹介だけなら簡単にできそうですよね。 ・C業者の場合…
  • FX口座は1口座のみではなく複数の口座を開設したほうが良い

    mhXe6fTKkh
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:52 pm
    スキャルピングとは1日の中で数分から数十分の短期間で売買を繰り返し、薄い利益での回数を多くして大きな利益にするという方法です。デイトレードより保有時間と値幅が小さい取引が特徴です。 ●なんでスキャルピングはダメなの? 短期間の投機的な取引について国からの規制が検討されている。このような短期売買の風当たりがきつくなっているからと言われていますが、もし口座を凍結されても詳細な回答を得る事は難しいです。…
  • FX口座が凍結された!?原因と対処法について

    mhXe6fTKkh
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:52 pm
    ●スキャルピングをしていると目をつけられやすい スキャルピングとは1日の中で数分から数十分の短期間で売買を繰り返し、薄い利益での回数を多くして大きな利益にするという方法です。デイトレードより保有時間と値幅が小さい取引が特徴です。 ●なんでスキャルピングはダメなの?…
  • 1万円からでもできるFX口座について

    mhXe6fTKkh
    24 Jun 2015 | 10:51 pm
    ここは初心者の方がよく勘違いしてしまうポイントなのですがFXは最初から百万等の大きなお金を出す必要は特にありません。実は1万円程度のお金からでも十分開始する事が可能です。 そもそも投資にはリスクはつきものです。ますは少額の資金で初めて見るのが初心者の方にはぴったりかもしれませんね。FX取引だけで毎月何百万と稼いでいる投資家も多くは1万円からスタートしています。 ●1万円でFX投資を始める方法とは…
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    US Daily Review

  • Survey: U.S. CFOs’ Confidence in Business Reaches Post-Recession High

    usdr
    5 Jul 2015 | 3:03 am
    By FinancialExecutives.org, Special for USDR Despite concerns about global issues such as the decline in oil prices and cyber-security, Chief Financial Officers are approaching the second half of 2015 with increased optimism in the global economy and their businesses. According to the results of the latest “CFO Quarterly Outlook Survey” conducted by Financial Executives International (FEI) and Baruch College’s Zicklin School of Business, the outlook among CFOs towards the financial prospects for their own companies are the brightest it has been in years. Survey responses…
  • Greg Abbott Ends Double Taxation in Texas

    usdr
    4 Jul 2015 | 11:27 pm
    By NAPEO, Special for USDR The National Association of Professional Employer Organizations (NAPEO) today applauded Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) for signing a bill to ensure that small businesses that enter into a relationship with a professional employer organization (PEO) after January 1 are not faced with paying double employment taxes. “We thank Governor Abbott for his support of this bill, which will enable PEOs to continue to help small businesses in Texas grow and thrive while eliminating what was essentially a double tax on small business and maintaining the integrity of the UI…
  • Pentagon and SBA Join Forces to Release Controversial Small Business Data

    usdr
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    By ASBL, Special for USDR On May 6, Public Citizen released a scathing investigative report title, “Slighted: Accounting Tricks Create False Impression That Small Businesses  Are Getting Their Share of Federal Procurement Money, and the Political Factors That Might Be at Play,” that found the federal government’s small business contracting data has been grossly inflated for years. The White House was so embarrassed by the report they cancelled a major May 8 event to release the fiscal year 2014 Small Business Scorecard. Despite the rampant abuses uncovered in the Public…
  • May Home Sales Bounce Back

    usdr
    4 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    By NAR, Special for USDR Fueled partly by an increase in the share of sales to first-time buyers, existing-home sales increased in May to their highest pace in nearly six years, according to the National Association of Realtors. Led by the Northeast, all major regions experienced sales increases in May. Total existing-home sales1, which are completed transactions that include single-family homes, townhomes, condominiums and co-ops, rose 5.1 percent to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 5.35 million in May from an upwardly revised 5.09 million in April. Sales have now increased…
  • Consumers to Brands: The Louder You Scream, the Less We Care

    usdr
    4 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    By Marketo, Special for USDR In a recent survey of more than 2,200 consumers worldwide, 63 percent of respondents said that they are highly annoyed by the way brands continue to rely on the old-fashioned strategy of blasting generic advertising messages repeatedly. The poll, conducted by Marketo, Inc. (NASDAQ: MKTO), found that the two things brands should do to make advertising more appealing to their audience were to 1) show ads less often, and 2) make the content more personalized and relevant based on consumer behavior across other channels and interactions. In addition, 78.6 percent of…
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    American Patriot »

  • Happy Independence Day 2015!

    The American Patriot
    4 Jul 2015 | 12:40 pm
    This is a special day for me, as an American. I will let the videos set it up for you. Freedom. The word in itself, conjures up many images in one’s mind. Here’s another way of looking at it: On this day, 239 years ago, on July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress decided that they had enough of British rule over them. They also put it into writing. You would be alarmed how many young people really do not know this document and what it truly stands for… It reads: IN CONGRESS, July 4, 1776. The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America, When in the…
  • Sorry, but, Michael Cushman is absolutely full of crap about Cuba

    The American Patriot
    1 Jul 2015 | 4:38 pm
    I saw this over at Southern Future and I about fell out of my chair: Today’s move by Washington, DC is to be applauded as it will improve relations between neighbors and enable us to rebuild ties with another post-plantation culture with which we share much history. Southern nationalists are presently active in the Cuban community in south Florida (and are defying anti-Southern hostility from US forces) and we hope to see these efforts greatly expanded on the mainland and on the island. Now prior to this, Cushman talks about the history of Cuba and how some wanted to make Cuba a southern…
  • What I will be doing Saturday and Sunday

    The American Patriot
    26 Jun 2015 | 2:56 pm
    When I am not writing about politics and such, I have another hobby. This is what I will be doing tomorrow and Sunday. Check out: Field Day 2015 | K8CPA’s Shack 
  • June 26, 2015 The week that a stupid white kid drove ol’ dixie down

    The American Patriot
    24 Jun 2015 | 12:30 am
    A few days before my birthday no less. His name is Dylan Roof and he just killed the symbol of the American south. It has even hit Hazzard County. Others feel the same way. Rod Dreher: Yes. If it troubles you, white Southern Christian, to give up the Confederate battle flag, think of it as an act of sacrifice in solidarity with your fellow Christians who suffered and died, and who saw their churches burned down, at the hands of whites who acted in service of that flag’s ideals. I have contempt for cheap theatrical stunts like Burn The Confederate Flag Day, gratuitous acts of protest that…
  • …and they call me a whackjob?

    The American Patriot
    23 Jun 2015 | 11:19 pm
    Man, if I was gonna kill myself over not getting laid not getting a woman; I would have been dead years and years ago! I mean, don’t get me wrong, Asian woman are awesome and all. But, but, this? Go Read: Black Blogger ‘Mr. Talented’ Found Hanging in NYC, Wanted to Start Civil War | Jammie Wearing Fools
 
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    Compete Pulse

  • Athleisure Driving Fabletics Success

    Olivia Spector
    23 Jun 2015 | 11:58 am
    Image from: Athleisure / Shutterstock For all who enjoy comfort, the “athleisure” trend is certainly something to celebrate. Wearing gym attire and looking fashionable is an unbeatable combination of ease and style. There are many companies in the athletic-wear industry who have long been the top dogs, including, Lululemon and Athleta. While these brands are exceptionally successful, Kate Hudson’s new line, Fabletics, has begun to give these active wear veterans a new competitor to watch out for. The ecommerce site’s success is undeniable while investigating the unique visitors count…
  • My Coke Rewards Yielding Loyalty and Engagement Online

    Drew Katz
    16 Jun 2015 | 11:42 am
    Image from: Soda / Shutterstock What’s one way for brands to build not only loyalty, but also engagement online? Free, cool stuff usually does the trick (for me especially) and Compete PRO data backs this up. Take MyCokeRewards.com for example, the rewards program for Coca-Cola brands. The website had 7.4 million visits providing a month-over-month (MoM) growth of 36.2%. There were 93.2 million page views representing a MoM growth of 44.8% and overall attention also saw a MoM rise of 40.1%. What do all these numbers show? Well on the surface they represent loyalty and engagement. People are…
  • May Data is Now Live – Flower Sites Bloom for Mother’s Day

    Eric Keating
    11 Jun 2015 | 12:07 pm
    Image from: Flowers / Shutterstock June 22 Update: May 2015 data is now live for free users of Compete.com as well! To get priority early access to data each month, start your Compete PRO subscription today! May data is now live and available in Compete PRO. With May data comes the annual analysis on the impact that our favorite holiday celebrating moms has on the Internet, and this year was no exception. While ProFlowers.com is one of the biggest sites featured in the Fast Movers list this month, 1800Flowers.com stole the show in terms of flower sites seeing exceptional month-over-month…
  • May Top 50: Apples to Apples, News Making News

    Drew Katz
    11 Jun 2015 | 8:58 am
    Image from: Top 50 / Shutterstock Data for the month of May is now live for Compete PRO users! Per usual, the data has spoken and we listened – compiling some of the most compelling stories out of the top 50 websites over last month. Apples to Apples? Apple.com (15) grew month-over-month (MoM) by 2.1% and had 49.3 million unique visitors during this May. This boost could be attributed to the Apple Watch, which is currently only available via online order. But this is only one popular product, in an army of many devices and applications that people are still actively searching for. In fact,…
  • “Search” for Sasquatch

    Drew Katz
    8 Jun 2015 | 9:59 am
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    The Arab World 360°

  • Israel Appoints Special Team to Plan Strike on Iran

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

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

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

    5 Jun 2015 | 1:20 pm
    By Asher Orkaby | Those following the turmoil in the Middle East might be surprised to hear of increasingly friendly relations between Israel and Saudi Arabia, longtime rivals that now face the shared threats posed by Iran’s nuclear program and the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham.Last November, Saudi Arabia’s petroleum minister, Ali al-Naimi, expressed a willingness to sell oil to Israel, which it still does not formally recognize. “His Majesty King Abdullah has always been a model for good relations between Saudi Arabia and other states,” Naimi told reporters in Vienna, “and…
  • VIDEO: Israeli Corporal Jailed for Publicly Saying the Occupation of Gaza Corrupts Israel

    3 Jun 2015 | 10:11 am
    Israeli Cpl. Shachar Berrin was sentenced to a week in prison on the charge of participating “in a political meeting, while in uniform, in the presence of the media.” The army’s history of punishing soldiers’ public statements suggests that what he said, “not just the public venue, is what upset someone influential.”Hear Shachar Berrin’s coments at the 42:55 mark in the video above.Gershom Gorenberg writes at The American Prospect that the charge was inaccurate:He was in uniform, and TV cameras were recording. But it wasn’t a political meeting. And judging from circumstances,…
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    BizPac Review

  • ‘Godless little man': Guess who Obama left out of his Fourth of July speech?

    Michael Dorstewitz
    5 Jul 2015 | 4:09 am
    President Obama’s Fourth of July address was lacking one important element — especially on the occasion of America’s birthday. It missed the part at the very end, when most presidents — including the current one — say something like “May God bless you, and God bless the United States of America.” In fact, he didn’t mention God at all. Instead, he said, “Thanks, everybody. From my family to yours, have a safe and happy Fourth of July.” He may as well have said, “Tell all your friends you love Obamacare.” He did remember to thank our country’s heroes in…
  • Charlie Daniels captures true America in a special way and it will make you swell with pride!

    Tom Tillison
    4 Jul 2015 | 11:38 am
    Let no one ever doubt that Charlie Daniels loves America. He’s just proved it again. As the nation celebrates the 239th anniversary of its independence, the country music icon shared a heartfelt piece he wrote a few years back about his love for the United States. Set against a backdrop of a strumming guitar, Daniels recites the words in a moving tribute to the greatness of America seldom heard in the polarizing times that define the presidency of Barack Obama. “I have just completed a leg of our 2015 tour that has taken me across the entire heartland of America, Pacific to…
  • Favorite Fox News hosts share what makes them proud to be American

    Carmine Sabia
    4 Jul 2015 | 11:24 am
    The Fox News team released videos for the Fourth of July explaining why they are proud to be Americans. Sean Hannity, Megyn Kelly, Greta Van Susteren and many others chimed in to express their love of the United States on its birthday. Even country music superstar Kellie Pickler and Army Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno shared the reasons for their pride. While reasons and stories varied, one theme was common to most of those who spoke: appreciation of the sacrifices made by military personnel to keep this the greatest country on earth. A sentiment we can all support. Watch all of the…
  • ‘Am I allowed to say that?’ Krauthammer slips in an ‘oops’ word on Fox News

    Michael Dorstewitz
    4 Jul 2015 | 11:21 am
    Conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer set off chuckles when he used a common term for a part of the female anatomy to make a point on Fox News Channel’s “Special Report.” On Friday, in describing the Greek welfare state that has that country teetering on the verge of collapse, he indicated that Greece joined the European Union for one purpose: “It gave them 25 years of living off the German t*t.” This, coming from the normally proper Krauthammer, set off laughs — especially from fellow panelist Tucker Carlson, editor-in-chief of The Daily Caller. He then looked around…
  • Rubio had Trump jab coming; he started it

    Michael Dorstewitz
    4 Jul 2015 | 11:04 am
    Just in time for the Fourth of July, Sen. Marco Rubio lit a fuse Friday that set off fireworks on social media between him and fellow Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. The tension began when the Florida Republican issued a statement excoriating the real estate tycoon for Trump’s remarks describing illegal immigrants — especially those from Mexico — as rapists, murderers and thieves. Rubio’s statement called Trump’s description of illegal immigrants “inaccurate,” “offensive” and “divisive”: Our next president needs to be someone who brings…
 
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    Sparking The Left

  • Social Protest Lit.: Carlos Marighella, Brazilian Guerrilla Fight

    Kleier
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:56 pm
    A short excerpt from the “Minimanual of the Urban Guerilla” by Brazilian guerrilla fighter Carlos Marighella, died 1950. This piece is an excerpt is from Book V called “Revolt.” This chapter pertains to “The struggle to abolish injustice; the battle cries of the new army which is gathering for the deliverance of humanity.” It is necessary to turn crisis into armed crisis by performing violent actions that will force those in power to transform the military situation into a political situation. That will alienate the masses, who, from then on, will revolt against…
  • Social Protest Lit.: Mao Tse-Tung

    Kleier
    13 Jun 2015 | 2:46 pm
    A writing by  Mao Tse-Tung, the late Chairman of Chinese Communist Politburo. This piece is an excerpt is from Book V called “Revolt.” This chapter pertains to “The struggle to abolish injustice; the battle cries of the new army which is gathering for the deliverance of humanity.” The revolt of the peasants in the countryside disturbed the sweet dreams of the gentry. When news about the countryside reached the cities, the gentry there immediately burst into an uproar. When I first arrived in Changsa, I met people from various circles and picked up a good deal of street…
  • McKinney PD Should Award Commendation Medals, Just Not to Their Officers

    Paul Phillips
    13 Jun 2015 | 6:01 am
    As the situation in McKinney continues to play out over the disgusting and disgraceful assault on a minor by former officer Eric Casebolt, I couldn’t help but notice there was an act of bravery seen in the now viral video.  No, it wasn’t Casebolt and he clearly was not in danger of losing his life, as one recently removed principal suggested.  It was a reflexive reaction of courage.  It just wasn’t performed by any of the people in uniform. The country has watched the number of incidents of police brutality continue to mount across the country as cellphone and security…
  • Social Protest Lit.: Robert G. Ingersoll

    Kleier
    24 May 2015 | 9:07 am
    A statement by Robert G. Ingersoll, American lecturer and free-thought spokesman. This piece is an excerpt is from Book V called “Revolt.” This chapter pertains to “The struggle to abolish injustice; the battle cries of the new army which is gathering for the deliverance of humanity.” Whoever produces anything by weary labor, does not need a revelation from heaven to teach him that he has the right to the thing produced.
  • Frontline Must-See: “Secrets, Politics, & Torture”

    Kleier
    22 May 2015 | 7:31 am
    This episode of Frontline entitled “Secrets, Politics, & Torture” is a must watch. It covers the entire CIA torture history since September 11th, 2001, and all that surrounded it in the political world. It explains how torture techniques did not lead the CIA to any actionable intelligence and how the film “Zero Dark Thirty” is a piece of propaganda portraying torture methods as effective. Must Watch! Here’s the link. Frontline: “Secrets, Politics, & Torture”
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    The Daily Signal

  • Supreme Court Decision a Loss for Unelected Bureaucrats Trying to Drive Up Energy Costs

    Nicolas Loris
    5 Jul 2015 | 12:01 am
    The Supreme Court handed a victory to Americans concerned with unelected bureaucrats driving up energy costs by overturning a costly regulation that lacks any meaningful environmental benefit. With more regulations with similar high costs and meaningless direct benefits, now Congress and the states must step up to reject overzealous regulators—not rely on the courts. The issue the high court considered was the Environmental Protection Agency’s Mercury and Air Toxics Standard that regulates emissions from coal and oil-fired power plants. The Clean Air Act directs the EPA to reduce air…
  • Welcome to John Roberts’ America, Where Words Mean Nothing

    Kim Holmes
    5 Jul 2015 | 12:01 am
    Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s lament last week that “words no longer have meaning” got me to thinking. I don’t claim to know Chief Justice John Roberts’ motivations in deciding in favor of Obamacare, but I do know that his deconstruction of the meaning of language is increasingly commonplace in our culture. Could his willingness to bend the meaning of the word “states” indicate something larger than what’s happening to the law? Could it actually be a sign of a major cultural shift in the country? Welcome to postmodern America. For decades now, we have been living…
  • Disability Advocates Fight Assisted Suicide Measures

    Anna Gorman
    5 Jul 2015 | 12:01 am
    When he was 19, Anthony Orefice hit a telephone pole on his motorcycle going 100 miles per hour. Doctors told his family he wouldn’t survive. He did, but the accident left him paralyzed from the chest down, unable to do what he loved — surf, snowboard or ride dirt bikes. “All you are thinking is the worst, worst, worst – everything you can’t do,” said Orefice, who lives in Valencia, Calif. “I wanted to be dead.” More than two decades after breaking his back, Orefice, 40, is married, has a 7-year-old son and owns a medical supply business. He also counsels patients newly…
  • The Federal Reserve Hasn’t Reduced Frequency of Recessions. Why Is It Necessary Again?

    Norbert Michel
    5 Jul 2015 | 12:01 am
    In two months the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City will hold its annual symposium in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. It is here that, for more than 30 years, “participants from across the globe gather … to discuss important policy issues of mutual interest.” Previous topics have included labor market dynamics and unconventional monetary policy, but this year’s theme is “Inflation Dynamics and Monetary Policy.” In 2012, Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke kicked off the conference by reviewing “the evolution of U.S. monetary policy since late 2007.” While these short-term evaluations are…
  • What an Iran Deal Won’t Cover

    Peter Brookes
    4 Jul 2015 | 12:01 am
    With the deadline pushed off until July 7, I’m betting that an Iran nuke deal actually will be trumpeted over the July 4 holiday weekend, since the best time to put out controversial news in Washington, D.C., is near or over a break. Why? Well, most Americans will be distracted by festivities of fireworks, food and family, giving Team Obama plenty of time to get their talking points together before the nation refocuses on the issues of the day next Monday. That includes the Congress that returns to Washington next week after a district work period. It’s an understatement to say they’ll…
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    FreakOutNation

  • Thousands in S.C. Receive Creepy Confederate Flag Robocall Over Independence Day Weekend

    Anomaly
    4 Jul 2015 | 4:19 pm
    40,000 robocalls were delivered in South Carolina on Friday comparing the movement to remove the Confederate flag from statehouse grounds to ISIS. Bree Newsome, the African-American woman who temporarily took the flag down, is featured in the video, too, while suggesting that she’s an Obama hater, which of course they fucked up because they meant [...]
  • Dumb Guy ‘Accidentally’ Shoots Girlfriend While Cleaning His Gun

    Anomaly
    4 Jul 2015 | 1:34 pm
    A 22-year-old Washington woman is suffering from a potentially life threatening gunshot wound after her boyfriend ‘accidentally’ shot her in the abdomen while he was preparing to clean his gun.                             According to KOMO News, the victim’s grandmother called police just after [...]
  • Fox Panelist Rips Donald Trump: ‘Negotiate with Mexico? He Can’t Even Negotiate with Macy’s!’

    Anomaly
    4 Jul 2015 | 10:58 am
    Some Republicans and quite a few businesses are quickly distancing themselves from Donald Trump‘s presidential campaign. Fox News’ hosts have pandered to him, but panelist Jonathan Hoenig on today’s Cashin’ In was having none of that.                     While Fox’s Eric Bolling continued to defend Trump following [...]
  • NASCAR Leaves Donald Trump’s Resort In The Dust

    Anomaly
    4 Jul 2015 | 6:57 am
    NASCAR is leaving Donald Trump in the dust after he referred to Mexican immigrants as ‘rapists’ and ‘drug dealers.’ Words have consequences.                             Trump National Doral will no longer be hosts to NASCAR after Trump’s remarks denigrating people of Mexican descent. The [...]
  • Oregon Bakery Ordered To Pay $135K For Refusing Same-Sex Wedding Cake

    Anomaly
    4 Jul 2015 | 5:13 am
    The owners of an Oregon bakery who refused to make a cake for a same-sex wedding in 2013, must pay $135,000 in damages, according to a final order issued by the Bureau of Labor and Industries on Thursday.                       It’s a privately owned business that [...]
 
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    India News Analysis Opinions on Niti Central

  • Rahul misguiding people on food park – Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti

    Niti PTI Bot
    5 Jul 2015 | 4:46 am
    Ahmedabad, Jul 5 (PTI) Union Minister of State for Food Processing Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti today alleged that Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi was misguiding people and farmers by raking up the issue of food park proposed in his constituency to gain political advantage.” He (Rahul Gandhi) has raked up this issue (of food park in Amethi) now. Had he raised the issue in 2010, it would have been set up,” Jyoti told reporters here during a mass contact drive of BJP in Vejalpur area of the city.” He does not want to set up this (food park). He is not concerned about the…
  • “Seat sharing to be a tough task for both alliances in Bihar”

    Niti PTI Bot
    5 Jul 2015 | 4:46 am
    New Delhi, Jul 5 (PTI) The battle lines may have been drawn in Bihar, but seat sharing in the rival alliances led by BJP and JD(U) for the upcoming crucial assembly election is likely to be quite a challenge with the constituents all set to strike a hard bargain. Minor parties in the alliances have already started hinting at it and made it known that out of the box thinking is needed over the issue for the prestigious battle that has the potential to change the national scene dominated by Narendra Modi-led BJP for the past more than one year. The talk in the Nitish Kumar-led alliance is that…
  • “Bringing back Dawood is a matter of doing, not talking”

    Niti PTI Bot
    5 Jul 2015 | 4:44 am
    Ahmedabad, Jul 5 (PTI) Union Minister Sadhvi Niranjan Jyoti today said the issue of bringing back underworld don Dawood Ibrahim to India was a “matter of doing and not talking.” To a query by reporters here that the Centre wants to bring back Dawood to India, but his aide Chhota Shakeel has reportedly said the government cannot nab him, Jyoti said much more has been spoken on the issue.” This is a matter of doing, not talking,” she further said. Notably, senior advocate Ram Jethmalani had recently stated that Dawood, a key accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, was…
  • Pakistan’s renowned Urdu novelist Abdullah Hussain dead

    Niti PTI Bot
    5 Jul 2015 | 4:44 am
    From M Zulqernain Lahore, Jul 5 (PTI) Eminent Pakistani Urdu novelist Abdullah Hussain who authored the bestseller and critically- acclaimed ‘Udas Naslain’ passed away here. Hussain was 84. He was suffering from blood cancer for the past one year and his condition deteriorated on Friday. He breathed his last yesterday at his Lahore residence. Hussai, whose real name was Mohammad Khan, is survived by his wife, a son and a daughter. Besides ‘Udas Naslain’ – considered a masterpiece of Urdu literature, he will be remembered for his other famous novels –…
  • Security forces conduct search operations in Uri, no casualty

    Niti PTI Bot
    5 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
      Srinagar, Jul 5 (PTI) The security forces conducted searches near the Line of Control (LoC) in Uri Sector of north Kashmir as the operation between the Army and the militants entered the third day today with no reports of fresh casualty on either side.   "The operation is going on. However, there have been no fresh casualty," a senior Army officer said, adding there was no fresh firing today and the security forces were conducting search operations in the area.   A fierce gun battle broke out in Boniyar area of Uri sector on…
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    Gathering Clouds

  • Why Enterprises Need Containers and Docker

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    1 Jul 2015 | 9:09 am
    At DockerCon 2015 last week, it was very clear that Docker is poised to transform enterprise IT. While it traditionally takes years for a software innovation — and especially an open source one — to reach the enterprise, Docker is defying all the rules. Analysts expect Docker will be the norm in enterprises by 2016, […] The post Why Enterprises Need Containers and Docker appeared first on Gathering Clouds.
  • Government Cloud on the Rise: NSA, DOJ Move to Amazon Web Services

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:57 am
    At the Amazon Public Sector Symposium last week, the NSA announced that it will be moving some of its IT infrastructure to AWS. The NSA follows several other federal agencies, including the Department of Defense and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), in joining the CIA in the Amazon cloud in the last 9 months. “The infrastructure […] The post Government Cloud on the Rise: NSA, DOJ Move to Amazon Web Services appeared first on Gathering Clouds.
  • Why Are 50% of Enterprises Choosing Hybrid Cloud? Real Use-Cases

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    23 Jun 2015 | 10:21 am
    Enterprises are shaping the cloud to fit their needs, and the result is overwhelmingly a hybrid of public, private, and on-premises clouds. Today, nineteen percent (19%) of organizations manage hybrid clouds and an additional 60% plan to deploy them. Gartner estimates that hybrid cloud adoption will near 50% by 2017. Why are enterprises going hybrid? […] The post Why Are 50% of Enterprises Choosing Hybrid Cloud? Real Use-Cases appeared first on Gathering Clouds.
  • New 2015 PCI Compliance Requirements: Penetration Testing

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    18 Jun 2015 | 1:07 pm
    A major PCI compliance requirement related to penetration testing will go into effect later this month, on June 30, 2015. Organizations must make sure that their IT teams  and their service vendors are up to the new standards. While penetration testing has long been a “best practice,” the new PCI DSS 3.0 requirements will not […] The post New 2015 PCI Compliance Requirements: Penetration Testing appeared first on Gathering Clouds.
  • Common Misconceptions About Auto Scaling

    Lindsay Van Thoen
    12 Jun 2015 | 7:39 am
    Auto scaling has long been one of the major selling points of cloud computing. But like most popularized technology features, it has accumulated its fair share of misconceptions. These common mistakes tend to get in the way of constructive conversations about cloud architecture, and usually mislead IT leaders into believing auto scaling is simple, quick […] The post Common Misconceptions About Auto Scaling appeared first on Gathering Clouds.
 
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    Liberal Fix

  • Liberal Fix Radio with Guest Duane Burghard

    Liberal Fix
    10 Jul 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: "Tales of A Real American Liberal" Author John Sheirer

    Liberal Fix
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:00 pm
    The Liberal Fix team interviews John Sheirer, author of Tales of a Real American Liberal.  John and the crew will be discussing how liberals and conservatives can learn to play together.  John will also stick around to discuss the major news item, the progress of gun control reform. 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…
  • Liberal Fix Radio - The Supreme Court's Big Week

    Liberal Fix
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Keith and Naomi discuss the three major court rulings handed down this week that were prorgessive victories. The rulings discussed will include preserving a law against discrimination in housing, upholding Obamacare subsidies, and the landmark ruling in favor of the right to marry.  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…
  • Liberal Fix Radio - Perspectives on Charleston

    Liberal Fix
    19 Jun 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Keith and Naomi discuss the Charleston shootings, and tie in racism, gun culture and the socio-political context of the domestic terror attack. They also remember the nine fallen members of Emanuel AME Church. The killer's name will not be mentioned during the broadcast.  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…
  • Liberal Fix Radio with Guest Susan Greenhalgh

    Liberal Fix
    12 Jun 2015 | 7:00 pm
    This episode features Harvard University Professor of Anthropology Susan Greenhalgh, author of Fat-Talk Nation: The Human Costs of America's War on Fat. 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.
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    21st Century Wire

  • F35 Joint Strike (Out) Fighter: A $1.5 Trillion Lemon

    21wire
    3 Jul 2015 | 4:34 am
    21st Century Wire says…As the millions of Americans wander the streets looking for nonexistent jobs and the government claims there is no money available for anything useful, rest assured that the private military industrial parasites have managed to somehow siphon off $1.5 trillion of public money into a boondoggle that even falls short of a jet developed way back in 1974. “There will be no gun until [the Joint Strike Fighter’s Block] 3F [software], there is no software to support it now or for the next four-ish years,” an Air Force official affiliated with the F-35 program…
  • Cold War Redux: Do you want to fight in World War Three?

    Stuart Hooper
    1 Jul 2015 | 12:11 pm
    21st Century Wire says…The rhetoric coming of Washington is pushing us dangerously close to a world changing scenario.In the following episode of CrossTalk, Peter Lavelle discusses the way Russia and Putin are being framed by Western governments and mainstream media with guests including Chris Hedges. The dangers of ignoring historical context when reporting ‘news’ is examined, along with the pure ‘imperial hubris’ of NATO.Some have dubbed the rhetoric as ‘The let’s Hate Russia Propaganda Campaign‘, and broadcaster Russia Today has been singled…
  • Source of Chaos: Tunisia Shooter Trained in LIBYA

    Stuart Hooper
    30 Jun 2015 | 2:55 pm
    Stuart J. Hooper21st Century WireLibya is now the source of a wide array of global problems.Watch a video of this report here:Investigators now believe that it is ‘likely’ that the shooter, who took the lives of at least 39 people at a Tunisian holiday resort, trained in neighbouring Libya. Yes, that would be the same Libya that was subjected to a ‘humanitarian intervention‘, which, far from saving people, turned a functioning sovereign state into a failed state quite literally overnight. Gaddafi’s regime has been seen as a ‘beacon of light’ compared…
  • BUZZSAW: Host Sean Stone with guest Jay Dyer on the ‘Philosophy of the Apocalypse’

    Shawn Helton
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:04 pm
    21st Century Wire says…21WIRE contributor Jay Dyer of Jay’s analysis appeared on the LA-based show, BUZZSAW, an ‘alternative views’ talk show, featuring thoughtful long-form interviews with rotating guests on a weekly basis…In this BUZZSAW episode featuring host Sean Stone and guest Jay Dyer, we traverse through the pantheon of philosophy, consumerism, sex and PsyOps in today’s world. The esoteric lessons of Twin Peaks and transhumanism are also discussed, along with much more. Listen and watch below…The Lip TV21WIRE contributor and author Jay Dyer is…
  • TRIPLE TERROR ATTACK: What’s Behind the Events in France, Tunisia and Kuwait?

    Shawn Helton
    29 Jun 2015 | 8:52 am
    Shawn Helton21st Century WireThe triple terror attacks seen in France, Tunisia and Kuwait appear to mark another set of tragic events. However, when you peel back the media hysteria, all three of the alleged ISIS related incidents raise a number of interesting questions..‘The Mask of Security’ –  The Research and Intervention Brigades, (BRI) seizing a suspect after an apparent attack on French factory near Lyon in southeastern France. (Photo link baodongnai.com)The French ConnectionThe French BRI, who are are an elite law enforcement unit of the French Ministry of the…
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    The Politic

  • A Summer in Brussels

    Diego Fernandez-Pages
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:29 am
    The city can often feel like a big, complicated, internationally sanctioned clock.
  • Amtrak at a Crossroads

    Ian Garcia-Kennedy
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:25 am
    California struggles to be a role model for the nation as it takes on an ambitious public works project.
  • Love Wins at the Supreme Court

    Rita Wang
    28 Jun 2015 | 2:50 pm
    "They ask for equal dignity in the eyes of the law," Justice Kennedy wrote. "The Constitution grants them that right."
  • SCOTUS Saves Republicans from Themselves

    Kyle Ranieri
    27 Jun 2015 | 6:37 pm
    With the Court's ruling this past week on the Affordable Care Act, Republicans don't have to worry about millions of Americans losing their coverage.
  • Now or Never for Bobby Jindal

    Gabriel Groz
    25 Jun 2015 | 12:55 pm
    The term-limited Louisiana governor must run for president if he wants to remain a player in the Republican Party.
 
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    guanyinmiao's musings

  • e27: Venture Into The Upper Echelons

    guanyinmiao
    2 Jul 2015 | 7:00 pm
    My internship choices are oftentimes pragmatic - to make my future less uncertain, by working in companies of different sizes and industries, and on this occasion to also take a break from the business school ) - and although I leave each stint no less certain of what lies ahead, and perhaps even sceptical of my contributions, I always receive much more than I give. In e27 ("Entrepreneurs 27", with 27 representing the median age of entrepreneurs, according to an essay by venture capitalist Paul Graham), a media and events startup housed in Block 71, I have been exposed to the bustling tech…
  • Throwback: National Youth Council 2.0

    guanyinmiao
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:00 pm
    After it was announced in 2014 that the National Youth Council would no longer be under the purview of the People's Association, I expressed some scepticism over its programmes and activities. The letter - "More Than Autonomy Needed for NYC 2.0 to Work" - was published in TODAY, and its director Ng Chun Pin penned a reply, "NYC Committed to Evolve and Build Genuine Engagement with Youth", a few days later. Continue reading →
  • Hard To Ascertain Social Media Influence In Politics

    guanyinmiao
    28 Jun 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Social media may have increased propinquity between politicians and their constituents – heightening that sense of nearness and immediacy – but that does not necessarily guarantee “dialogic communication” or a “cooperative and communicative relationship” (ST, Jun. 20). After all, such phenomena seem more applicable for personal interactions, not parliamentarians with a large following. More broadly speaking, it is hard to ascertain the influence of social media in politics, and even harder to determine whether social media engagement has tangible impact: to “legitimise…
  • The Echelon Asia Summit

    guanyinmiao
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:00 pm
    For the past six months my life at work has revolved around the Echelon Asia Summit – a tech and business event for startups, investors, and corporates in Singapore – and after two-and-a-half-days of hustle and bustle it has come to fruition. Since January the team has also travelled across 14 qualifying cities (over 93,000 kilometres, which is approximately two times the circumference of the Earth) in search of the TOP100 Startups, and throughout these months we toiled to communicate, to coordinate, as well as to perform. Continue reading →
  • Throwback: Growing Up In Green

    guanyinmiao
    23 Jun 2015 | 7:00 pm
    Three years after I completed my National Service (NS), and right after I had returned from exchange in Helsinki, Finland, I had the chance to think more coherently about my own experience (after years of writing about NS from a policy perspective): saying no to command school, ending up in reconnaissance, and learning to be a little more mature through different episodes. I don't think I could've asked for more. Continue reading →
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    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • Bailed Out by the Supreme Court

    Mike Dakkak
    2 Jul 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Progressives had been trying to get universal health care passed in this country since the early 1900s. From Teddy Roosevelt to Bill Clinton, many presidents have come close to achieving its goal but have never been able to get reform over the line. That changed in 2010 when Barack Obama and Democrats muscled the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) through Congress. The US Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of Obamacare in 2012 in a decision that infuriated conservatives. Last week, the Court once again upheld the law. Once again conservative ire was directed at Chief Justice John Roberts…
  • Confederate Debates

    Mike Dakkak
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:27 pm
    A 21 year-old man walked into the Emanuel A.M.E. Church in Charleston, SC a little over a week ago and after listening to a bible discussion, opened fire on the participants killing nine of them. His stated goal, we learned later, was to start a race war because, he felt, African-Americans were, “taking over the country.” The debate in the wake of the tragedy has centered around the confederate flag flying on South Carolina Capitol Building grounds. Gov. Nikki Haley announced on Monday that she would move to have the flag removed. But are there deeper issues that need to be addressed…
  • Democrats Say No Deal on Trade

    Mike Dakkak
    18 Jun 2015 | 2:30 pm
    The president has been trying for several years to get the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement done. Democrats have been wary of granting the president the fast-track authority (TPA) he claims is vital to getting a larger TPP agreement done. The president pulled out all the stops last week, making a personal visit to Capitol Hill, to plead with Congressional Democrats to give him their support on crucial votes for his trade agenda. But in a stunning defeat Congressional Democrats voted against a worker assistance program (traditionally a Democratic priority) in order to slow down the…
  • Underestimate at Your Own Risk

    Mike Dakkak
    11 Jun 2015 | 2:38 pm
    In 2012 the Republican field of presidential nominees was often referred to as the clown car. Candidates were criticized for having positions that were out of step with the mainstream and for generally seeming to be not quite ready for prime time. The 2016 field of Republican hopefuls has swelled to nearly 20 candidates. Many on the Democratic side believe the field is going to be a repeat of 2012: full of unserious candidates whose stars will shine brightly at the outset but eventually fizzle out. Are Democrats underestimating Republicans’ ability of making the case that they should win…
  • Patriot Games

    Mike Dakkak
    4 Jun 2015 | 10:43 am
    The US intelligence community took a lot of blame for failing to thwart the 9/11 attacks. In the wake of 9/11 the Patriot Act was passed. It contained several provisions that sought to strengthen some of the intelligence gathering weaknesses that the 9/11 attacks laid bare. Twelve years later, a NSA contractor by the name of Edward Snowden revealed to the world several bulk surveillance programs the US government was conducting that used the Patriot Act as authorization. The Patriot Act was set to expire this week unless Congress renewed it or passed a competing law that some in Congress were…
 
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    Out Loud America with Malcolm Out Loud

  • The Tacky Pink Plastic Flamingo Lives On

    23 Jun 2015 | 9:15 pm
    Donald Featherstone isn’t exactly a household name - but his creation is world famous. Featherstone is responsible for creating the pink plastic flamingo back in 1957. Fact is this plastic bird is not native to Florida or any of the tropics - it is however native to Leominster, Massachusetts, which bills itself as the Plastics Capital of the World. As the world mourns the loss of Donald Featherstone at the age of 79 - we’re reminded of his incredible talent and desire to make people happy.
  • Chinese Pull Off The ’Steal of the Century’ - News Awards

    12 Jun 2015 | 8:47 am
    It’s being called the biggest and most effective cybersecurity theft ever! It’s time to get Out Loud America with the Weekly Headline News Awards. This is Malcolm Out Loud. The ’Steal of the Century’ AWARD goes to… The ‘I Told You So' AWARD goes to… The ’Kinder, Gentler, Sincere Effort’ AWARD goes to… The ‘Gift of Life’ AWARD goes to… The ‘Best Quote of the Week' AWARD goes to… The ’Patriotism Exploitation' AWARD goes to… The ‘Life Begins at 92’ AWARD goes to… …and for the rest of the Out Loud truth I’ll see you back at OutLoudAmerica.com. Get…
  • What is the life of an American Soldier worth?

    25 May 2015 | 11:47 am
    What is the life of an American Soldier worth? Is it worth the safety and security of your family? Is it worth an education? Is it worth your decision to praise the God of your choosing? Is it worth your vote at the ballot box? Is it worth a life full of opportunity? Is it worth a day at a baseball game with your son?
  • David ‘Top 10’ Letterman - Weekly News Awards

    22 May 2015 | 9:07 am
    The man who perfected the ‘Top 10 List’ said goodbye from the Ed Sullivan Studio in NY for the final time while 13.76 million viewers tuned-in. It’s time to get Out Loud America with the Weekly Headline News Awards. The ‘Originator’ AWARD goes to… The ‘Lack of Transparency' AWARD goes to… The ’Taking a Stand on Principle’ AWARD goes to… The ‘you’ve got to be kidding me’ AWARD goes to… The ‘living life and doing it my way' AWARD goes to… The ‘Crazy Dictator of the week' AWARD goes to… The ‘I don’t need you quite yet’ AWARD goes to… The ‘Doing it…
  • Creative Accounting at the VA - Weekly News Awards

    15 May 2015 | 1:57 pm
    The VA health care system is being described as a culture of “lawlessness and chaos”. It’s time to get Out Loud America with the Weekly Headline News Awards. The ‘$24,999 Creative Accounting’ AWARD goes to… The 'Foreign Cash Sweepstakes' AWARD goes to… The ‘Hand in Cookie Jar’ AWARD goes to… ‘Realigning Young Attitudes' AWARD goes to… The 'I’ll Be Whoever You Want Me To Be' AWARD goes to… The AWARD for ‘Inexperience has Consequences' goes to… The ‘Resiliency of Nature' AWARD goes to… …and then there’s the ‘Tip of a Lifetime’ AWARD and that goes…
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    The Desert Lynx

  • Why Liberty Attracts Scumbags

    Joël Valenzuela
    17 Jun 2015 | 3:44 pm
    News flash: I care deeply about the cause of human liberty. I believe government is the greatest blight on human achievement and well-being. Of all political labels I most closely identify with libertarianism. So much so, in fact, that I …
  • The 5,000-Life Question

    Joël Valenzuela
    21 Apr 2015 | 10:55 am
    “First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.” -Mahatma Gandhi The police state in America is coming to an end. And while its end may still be far off, we’ve passed the …
  • Why We Should Criticize Chris Kyle

    Joël Valenzuela
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:22 pm
    There’s a hero’s story sweeping the hearts and minds of America. The legend of a righteous warrior who piled enemy bodies high. A marksman whose heroism saw no equal. The legend of Chris Kyle. A legend that we must crush.…
  • I Am Pro-Suicide

    Joël Valenzuela
    16 Jan 2015 | 8:30 am
    It’s a delicate subject, but after the passing of a dear friend by his own hand, I feel I have to say something. Too many have suffered in silence and indignity, so I must speak: I am pro-suicide. No, I’m …
  • To the Other One Who Got Away

    Joël Valenzuela
    21 Dec 2014 | 3:14 pm
    I’m scared. Have been for a while. Ever since I met you I’ve feared losing you. Even though I never really had you, and never really will. I recognized early on that we were different. That we had separate life …
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    Citizens News

  • Independence Day and Jihad Throughout Islamic History

    Liberty Bell
    5 Jul 2015 | 3:52 am
    Written by Creeping Sharia via Blog: A perfect Islamic storm looming large on the horizon. By Sonia Bailley The perfect storm of events for an Islamic terror attack is brewing for July 4th this year.  The Obama administration and Western leaders are failing to report the truth about Islam and the significance of this date.  […]The post Independence Day and Jihad Throughout Islamic History appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Donald Trump surges among Republicans despite negative media coverage, poll says

    Liberty Bell
    5 Jul 2015 | 2:50 am
    Written by Red Alert Politics Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump waves as he arrives at a house party in Bedford, N.H. (AP Photo/Jim Cole) Donald Trump may be getting heat from the press, but he’s earned apparent admiration from Republican voters. A new CNN/ORC poll released on Wednesday has Trump in second place nationally among Republicans […]The post Donald Trump surges among Republicans despite negative media coverage, poll says appeared first on Citizens News.
  • How Socialism Fails

    Liberty Bell
    5 Jul 2015 | 2:25 am
    Written by The American Conservative James R. Otteson, the Thomas W. Smith Presidential Chair in Business Ethics at Wake Forest University, possesses one of the greatest minds in defense of classical liberalism in the modern era. I say that as a friend but even more as an admirer. He has authored two definitive works on […]The post How Socialism Fails appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Tunisia declares state of emergency after hotel attack

    Liberty Bell
    5 Jul 2015 | 12:49 am
    Written by Christian Science Monitor | World The declaration came over a week after the killings, prompting speculation as to timing.The post Tunisia declares state of emergency after hotel attack appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Caption This: Pic of the Romney-Christie-Rubio Sleepover in New Hampshire

    Liberty Bell
    5 Jul 2015 | 12:23 am
    Written by The PJ Tatler Mitt and Ann Romney invited presidential candidates Chris Christie and Marco Rubio to their lake house in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, ahead of the Wolfeboro Fourth of July Parade in the key primary state on Saturday. Christie posted this picture of the disheveled-looking Republicans on his Facebook page after Friday night’s […]The post Caption This: Pic of the Romney-Christie-Rubio Sleepover in New Hampshire appeared first on Citizens News.
 
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    Buckdog

  • International Monetary Fund (IMF) Research PROVES 'Trickle Down Reaganomics' Do NOT Work !!!

    leftdog
    18 Jun 2015 | 8:56 am
     The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has now released detailed research that proves a pillar of right wing economic theory DOES NOT WORK !!! Huffington Post"The International Monetary Fund just blew a big hole through trickle-down economics. You’ve probably heard of trickle-down economics: It gained popularity in the 1970s and was a major part of the pro-business “Reaganomics” agenda of the 1980s. The theory is simple enough: If you concentrate capital (money) at the top of the economic ladder (among the wealthy and corporations), that money will be more productive than it would…
  • How Stephen Harper Created the Duffy/Senate Mess ......

    leftdog
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:11 am
    In a May, 2013 Buckdog post, I told you how the Duffy/Harper mess got started ...May 20, 2013:When Stephen Harper decided to add Pamela Wallin and Mike Duffy to Canada's unelected, undemocratic Senate, he started in motion a series of events that has ultimately become an ugly, nasty political scandal.For starters, neither Duffy nor Wallin qualified for senate appointment as representatives of their respective native provinces.While Ms. Wallin is originally from Saskatchewan, she has lived away for most of her adult life and Saskatchewan was no longer her principle residence. Saskatchewan's…
  • How come Sen Mike Duffy is charged with ACCEPTING a bribe yet no one in the PMO was charged with MAKING a bribe??

    leftdog
    6 Apr 2015 | 6:02 am
    ... just sayin'
  • "We're Number 11 ... We're Number 11" ... (Canada slips to 11th place of developed nations in the world under Harper)

    leftdog
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:09 pm
    Canada drops out of top 10 most developed countries listThe United Nations human development index now ranks Canada as 11thCanada has slipped out of the top 10 countries listed in the annual United Nation's human development index — a far cry from the 1990s when it held the first place for most of the decade.The 2013 report, which reviews a country's performance in health, education and income, places Canada in 11th place versus 10th last year.A closer look at the trends shows Canada actually did better than last year, but other countries such as Japan and Australia improved at a…
  • 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…
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    Political Dresser - Home

  • Genius Idea: Obama Goes For Fireworks

    3 Jul 2015 | 7:35 am
    With a little over a year left in office, Dear Leader has yet another tradition he’d love to get rid of. No, PD isn’t talking about term limits (though probably ole’ Barack isn’t keen on them either), but in preparation for this holiday weekend, we wanted to look at the Obama Administration’s last ditch efforts to ban fireworks.
  • After Launch: Macy’s Jumps From the Sinking Trump Ship

    2 Jul 2015 | 5:30 am
    As terrible as Hillary Clinton’s multiple presidential campaign rollouts were, Donald Trump might have secured the prize for worst 2016 announcement. Heck, in this politically correct age, you say Mexicans are drug dealers and rapists with the caveat that you assume some are actually good people, and all of a sudden you’re more radioactive than plutonium.
  • July’s Book: Popular Economics

    1 Jul 2015 | 6:47 am
    With the country of Greece now accepting the role of bankruptcy pioneer, July looks like a great month to brush up on economics. Popular Economics: What the Rolling Stones, Downton Abbey, and LeBron James Can Teach You about Economics by John Tamny lays out some basic economic truths that often get overlooked by the IMF.
  • June Recap: The Warm Embrace of Apathy

    30 Jun 2015 | 7:09 am
    There isn’t enough cold brew in all the world to make this month of extreme Statism in the news cycle palatable. Come on, in all honesty, we can’t be the only ones that have tuned out for June…right?
  • Memory Lane Monday: Peter Gunter

    29 Jun 2015 | 1:10 am
    To wrap up this month of climate hysteria and dire predictions, our PD staff decided to go with the pride of North Texas State University---the one and only Peter Gunter.
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    World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations"

  • People and Planet First

    2 Jul 2015 | 11:33 pm
    Naomi Klein’s Press Statement at the Vatican, This Changes Everything, July 1, 2015And now we are confronted with the reality that we were never the master, never that boss—and that we are unleashing natural forces that are far more powerful than even our most ingenious machines. We can save ourselves, but only if we let go of the myth of dominance and mastery and learn to work with nature—respecting and harnessing its intrinsic capacity for renewal and regeneration.
  • How to Select the Next UN Secretary-General

    2 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    By Ngaire Woods and Nina Hall, Project Syndicate, May 4, 2015When the United Nations elects a new secretary-general next year, the world will face a crucial choice. With crises erupting in every region of the world, the need for strong, decisive leadership is self-evident. And yet the selection process for filling important international posts has often been characterized more by political horse-trading than a meritocratic search for the best candidate.
  • Theories of Oppression and Another Dialogue of Cultures

    1 Jul 2015 | 3:05 am
    An Ambedkar Memorial Lecture delivered by Ashis Nandy at Ambedkar University, Delhi, on April 14, 2012All dialogues have to cross borders – cultural, political and, above all, psychological. Usually these borders are thought of as international or civilisational borders. When we cross these borders, we are supposed to get a new, deeper, more empathetic understanding of the other ways of looking at the world and at ourselves. There is an implicit assumption in this proposal, particularly when it involves crossing the borders within us. Others are never entirely strangers. They are also…
  • Blue Labour: Forging a New Politics

    30 Jun 2015 | 11:38 pm
    Edited by: Ian Geary, Adrian PabstForeword by: Rowan WilliamsIn the aftermath of the global economic crisis, and the worst recession for over seventy years, Britain has witnessed one of the most turbulent eras in politics since the Second World War. The dominant political and capitalistic system has come under close scrutiny; and the 2008 financial crash has cast serious doubt on the economic and social liberalism of both Thatcherism and Blairism. The Blue Labour movement addresses the fact that neither nationalisation nor privatisation has delivered lasting prosperity or stability.
  • Learn to Live without Masters

    30 Jun 2015 | 1:52 am
    An Interview with Slavoj Žižek taken by Oscar Guardiola-Rivera, Naked Punch, October 3, 20091. Getting Rid of the Big Other.OGR: It seems as if, in the end, your philosophical and political project is to break through the various impasses of extrinsic vs. intrinsic accounts of everything, from cinema to science and politics, without playing to the gallery of hysterics who want you to give them ‘the new law’. That would explain why your discourse (and your practice) cannot simply follow the conventions of the discourse of the university. Put otherwise, is this what you are getting at…
 
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    The Campaign Workshop

  • Grassroots Campaigns: a Political Memory

    Joe Fuld
    2 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    How I learned grassroots campaigns from the master Every Fourth of July, I think about my former boss, Congressman Jim Jontz. Jim taught me the importance of grassroots campaigns, real conversations, and knocking on doors. Jim was a congressman from Indiana’s 5th district and a progressive legend. In his first campaign, he won a state representative seat by 4 votes. He went on to win a state Senate seat by less than 100 hundred votes and three congressional elections by less than four thousand votes total. I, along with many future campaign operatives, got my start in politics by doing…
  • Why Advocacy and Elections Matter

    Joe Fuld
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Advocacy and Elections: Love, marriage and health care If you have not read the opinions from last week’s Supreme Court rulings, you should check them out. You can read summaries of the opinions on marriage equality here, and excerpts on the Affordable Care Act ruling here. The opinions are amazing and the words of the majority opinion make me proud, but also sadden me, because there’s still a lot more work to be done and our opponents aren’t going to stop anytime soon. Both the decision on marriage and the Affordable Care Act (ACA) would not have been predicted just a few years ago.
  • CPA Campaigns: Your Cost Per Acquisiton Is Over, Now What?

    Sophie Thurber
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    CPA campaigns don’t end with reaching your supporter goals Cost-per-acquisition (CPA) campaigns are a great way to build your list while demonstrating public support for your advocacy campaign. But once the dust settles and you’ve reached your signature goals, what do you do? No matter what, you should expect some list churn—it’s just part of the process of managing a supporter list. That said, if you don’t do anything, I guarantee that you’re going to lose more people than you’d like. There are a host of things you can do, both short, and long-term, that will keep your new…
  • Campaign Website Tips: a Better Campaign Website

    Lizzie Kendrick
    25 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Campaign Website Success Tips Building a campaign website is often the first step a candidate makes when launching his or her run for office. There is good reason for this: a campaign website is typically the first major interaction people will have with a candidate. So what are the essential elements of a successful campaign website? Before you delve into the content of your site, you should focus on making sure that your site works well for your end user. There are a few basic things your campaign website should be able to do that are essential: Donations Your campaign is going to need to…
  • Digital Campaign Team: How to Build Your Digital Team

    Lizzie Kendrick
    22 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    How Much of Your Digital Campaign Team Should be In-house vs consultants? I recently sat on a panel at a conference about building your digital campaign team. The conference was geared mostly towards political campaigns, but the topic got me thinking about what it means to build your digital campaign team overall—for political and advocacy campaigns, and also for organizations. One topic we didn’t dive into much on the panel is how much of your digital campaign team should be in-house versus digital consultants. This will, of course, vary from campaign to campaign and organization to…
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    Eurasia Review Newsletter

  • Red Light Cameras: Safety Or Revenue? – OpEd

    Randall G. Holcombe
    4 Jul 2015 | 4:28 pm
    Five years ago my hometown of Tallahassee, Florida contracted with Xerox to set up 19 red light cameras at seven busy intersections in town. The contract had the city pay Xerox about $87,000 a month to operate the cameras, and charged drivers a fine of $142 for being caught on camera running a red light. When the program was established, city officials claimed that the cameras were installed for safety reasons, to deter drivers from running red lights, not to raise revenue. If we take them at... To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Racial Terrorism In America – OpEd

    Pambazuka News
    4 Jul 2015 | 4:24 pm
    By Brian E. Muhammad* Many are still trying to comprehend life in America where an act of murder occurs with deep racist motivation in a house of worship amid a growing climate of turmoil, mayhem and what can only be described as White domestic terror. Shock and alarm gripped Charleston and the country after Dylann Roof, a 21-year-old White male, allegedly walked into Emanuel African Methodist Episcopalian Church—one of the oldest Black churches in the South—and sat through the Wednesday night... To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Germany Mediating Secret Hamas-Israel Talks, Supported By Qatar – OpEd

    Richard Silverstein
    4 Jul 2015 | 4:15 pm
    Intelligence Online (IO)  reported (paywall) last month that the visit of German foreign minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier to both Israel and Gaza involved far more than the humanitarian agenda suggested in the media.  IO writes that the German intelligence agency, BND, is conducting secret negotiations between the Israeli government and Hamas aimed at achieving a durable, stable long-term ceasefire.  The Germans are encouraging Hamas’participation through a collaboration with Qatar’s state... To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Austerity: Killing Greece (And The Idea Of Europe) – OpEd

    Binoy Kampmark
    4 Jul 2015 | 4:11 pm
    “When you are driving down the autobahn, and everyone else is driving in the opposite direction, you may think what you are doing is right, but you are still wrong.” That, coming from Germany’s finance minister, Wolfgang Schäuble, could not state the position more starkly. Come Sunday, the Greek people may well have a voice in terms of whether they will accept the latest round of brutal austerity measures, but that is no where near as important as the sovereign entitlement of the creditors. The... To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Activists Want Oprah Winfrey To Distance Herself From Leviev Over Human Rights Abuses – OpEd

    Mondoweiss
    4 Jul 2015 | 4:08 pm
    By Annie Robbins* To commemorate her magazine’s 15th anniversary, US megastar talk show host and social justice philanthropist Oprah Winfrey glammed out wearing pearl-shaped 69 carat Leviev diamond earrings on the cover of the May 2015 edition of O, the Oprah Magazine. Leviev is owned by Israeli billionaire Lev Leviev and Adalah-NY: The New York campaign for the Boycott of Israel emailed a letter to executives at O and the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) on May 29th detailing the involvement of... To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
 
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    Tomás Guerra

  • Barely Adventist: Donald Trump to Explain Himself at Universidad de Montemorelos in México

    Tomás Guerra
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:03 am
    "In an attempt to brandish his foreign policy credentials and limit the damage from his comments about immigration from Mexico, Donald Trump has announced a tour of Mexico during which he will visit Universidad de Montemorelos, an Adventist university in the Northern Mexican state of Nuevo León," read the Friday note on Barely Adventist."In the spirit of Christian forgiveness, we have allowed Mr. Trump to address an audience in Montemorelos," said Claro Tratamos, a spokesperson for the school. "Although we in no way endorse his presidential bid, Mr. Trump's candidacy is of great interest to…
  • Barely Adventist: Donald Trump Se Va A Explicar en la Universidad de Montemorelos

    Tomás Guerra
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    "En un intento por desplegar sus habilidades en  política exterior y limitar el daño por sus comentarios acerca de la migración de México, Donald Trump ha anunciado un tour por México durante el cual visitará la Universidad de Montemorelos, una universidad adventista en el estado norteño de Nuevo León". Esta fue la nota de Barely Adventist - Apenas Adventista - del viernes."En el espíritu del perdón Cristiano, hemos permitido que el Señor Trump hable ante una audiencia en Montemorelos," dijo Claro Tratamos, un vocero de la universidad. "Aunque de ninguna manera respaldamos su…
  • México y Su Búsqueda Por La Justicia

    Tomás Guerra
    4 Jun 2015 | 9:18 am
    Foto por ANSUR"Algún familiar del cadaver seis. Cadaver seis... ¿El seis quién se lo va a llevar? El seis", gritaba el hombre afuera del Servicio Médico Forense de Michoacán, México, mientras entregaba los cuerpos de 42 criminales que fueron abatidos en una batalla con la policía federal el mes pasado. ¿Para qué entregarlos en una manera más delicada? Al fin y al cabo solo eran criminales, y entregar cuerpos a familiares en pena se ha convertido en una rutina para el gobierno de este país.Los cuerpos pertenecían a miembros del Cartel Jalisco Nueva Generación (CJNG), una de las…
  • México And Its Quest For Justice

    Tomás Guerra
    4 Jun 2015 | 9:18 am
    Photo by ANSUR"Are there any relatives of body number six? Body number six... Who is going to take number six? Number six?," screamed the man outside of the Forensic Medical Services in Michoacan, Mexico, as he handed out the bodies of 42 criminals killed in a battle with federal police last month. Why bother doing it in a fancier way? They were just criminals, and handing out bodies to grieving families has become a routine for this country's government.The dead bodies belonged to members of the Jalisco New Generation Cartel (CJNG), one of the many criminal bands that are terrorizing Mexico,…
  • Selena, We Will Always Love You

    Tomás Guerra
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:42 pm
    For me, it still feels like it was yesterday. I clearly remember the radio DJ announcing it in a somber tone: "Selena Quintanilla, the queen of Tejano music, has just died in Corpus Christi. May she rest in peace." I had just seen Selena a few months ago. It was in Montemorelos, where she, Pete Astudillo, and the rest of the Quintanillas gave a great performance at Parque Almazán. Her voice was just as beautiful as that of a singing bird. She also had a charisma that charmed everyone at first sight. Selena was, and still is my idol. For months, her tragedy filled many of us with grief.
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    baracklovesmichelle.com

  • The Evolution of Malia Obama

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

    Barack loves Michelle
    18 Jun 2015 | 7:41 pm
    A little over a year ago, we started tossing around ideas about how we could collaborate with Mrs. Obama. At the time, having her serve as the first-ever guest editor of More seemed like a crazy dream, but it was at the top of my list. We knew that partnering on an issue would be a lot of work—I’m not sure the White House understood exactly how much!—but we were thrilled when they said yes. This is truly the First Lady’s issue. From the beginning, she said she didn’t want the whole magazine to be about her. It was hard to take off my editor’s hat and not focus all of my attention…
  • First Lady King College Prep High School Commencement

    Barack loves Michelle
    11 Jun 2015 | 7:16 am
    First Lady Michelle Obama delivered an emotional commencement address to the graduating class of King College Prep High School in Chicago’s South Side. Hadiya Pendleton, the 15 year old young lady who was shot dead in 2013 was also a student at King College Prep High School, she would have been a graduating senior this year. The school won a contest promoting student applications for financial aid and according to reports all 177 of the schools graduating seniors have been accepted to college. See the full video of First Lady’s speech below. MRS. OBAMA: Wow! (Applause.)…
  • 7 Times Michelle Obama Was the First Lady of Style

    Barack loves Michelle
    4 Jun 2015 | 1:12 pm
    When it comes to fashion, it isn’t uncommon for the spouses of political figures and heads of states to be scrutinized from head to toe, literally. From Eleanor Roosevelt to Jackie Kennedy to our current First Lady, Michelle Obama, the fashion choices of America’s First Lady’s have always been under a microscope, either headlining a trend or for striking up so-called ‘controversy’ (think: First Lady Michelle and arms-gate) As her admirers, we find the First Lady’s style to be elegant, fun, and modern though her critics have accused her of lacking taste and…
  • May 22

    Barack loves Michelle
    22 May 2015 | 2:29 am
    Good morning BLM community! Quote of the day to leave you inspired: Happy is the man who finds a true friend, and far happier is he who finds that true friend in his wife.- Franz Schubert   It looks like SOMEONE isn’t as excited to be in the White House with the President and First Lady as I would be! I caption this one “When your parents drag you to the White House but you’d rather be at home watching Peppa Pig!” On the first anniversary of the My Brother’s Keeper initiative, President Barack Obama greets Gerard Contee during a mentee lunch in the…
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    Washington Blade: Gay News, Politics, LGBT Rights

  • Researchers find ‘consensus’ on same-sex parenting

    Staff reports
    4 Jul 2015 | 3:48 am
    The scientific community agrees that there were no differences in children raised by same-sex couples and different-sex couples. DENVER — A new study from the University of Colorado Denver finds that there has already been scientific consensus on same-sex parenting for decades, ThinkProgress and other outlets reported. By assessing a compilation of all of the available studies that have examined same-sex parenting and studying the trends and shifts between them, researchers were able to determine when the scientific community started to agree that there were no differences in children…
  • ‘Reparative’ therapy group deemed fraud in N.J.

    Staff reports
    4 Jul 2015 | 3:42 am
    The conversion therapy organization JONAH violated New Jersey’s Consumer Fraud Act, a jury concluded. JERSEY CITY, N.J. — A nonprofit organization that claimed it could turn gay men straight violated New Jersey’s Consumer Fraud Act, a jury concluded last Thursday in a civil trial that an attorney for the plaintiffs called “a momentous event” for LGBT rights, the Associated Press reports. The jury said that Jews Offering New Alternatives for Healing, co-founder Arthur Goldberg and counselor Alan Downing made misrepresentations and engaged in unconscionable business…
  • AIDS-related illness still deadly for some: study

    Staff reports
    4 Jul 2015 | 3:29 am
    One-third with infections died in five years. SAN FRANCISCO — Even after the advent of powerful medications for suppressing HIV, a new study finds that more than one-third of people in San Francisco who were diagnosed with an AIDS-related infection died within five years despite the availability of medications that have proven successful at suppressing HIV, U.S. News and World Report reports. “The main cause of mortality arises from people stopping treatment entirely,” said Dr. Robert Grant, a professor at the University of California, San Francisco, who reviewed the findings…
  • Fanning in position to become Army secretary?

    Chris Johnson
    3 Jul 2015 | 10:22 am
    Eric Fanning (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key) The openly gay official at the Defense Department already seen as a leading contender to become the next Army secretary landed a new role on Thursday that may be a jumping point to the milestone promotion. Eric Fanning, who most recently served in the Obama administration as Pentagon chief of staff, was tapped by Defense Secretary Ashton Carter to become acting under secretary of the Army — the No. 2 civilian position in the service — effective Monday. Fanning’s appointment as Army under secretary means he’ll have served…
  • How to win a bidding war

    Sammy Dweck
    3 Jul 2015 | 8:41 am
    A seller’s worst fear is to have to go back to market after a contract falls through. In a market where many sellers receive multiple offers, buyers who have their heart set on a particular property need a winning strategy. The Regional Sales Contract is used for the vast majority of re-sales in D.C. and Maryland and arms agents with many “if” clauses, called “contingencies,” to protect either their buyers or their sellers. In a normal market, a buyer looking to purchase a condominium downtown would probably have an inspection contingency, an appraisal contingency, a finance…
 
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    Lady Freethinker

  • Live Animals are Sealed in Plastic and Sold As Keychains (Shocking Pics)

    Nina
    3 Jul 2015 | 9:04 am
    Turtles, fish and lizards are being stuffed and sealed into plastic bags and sold on the streets as keychains in China. The cost of these animals lives? About $1.50. Swimming in a small pool of colored water, the animals only last until the oxygen is used up. Then, they can theoretically be released and kept as pets – although it’s doubtful that the same people who think an animal makes a nifty trinket have the slightest clue about how to properly care for them. In an interview with CNN, David Neale, animal welfare director of Animals Asia said, “Lack of food and diminishing…
  • Why Some Republicans Hate Healthy Eating

    Doug Warner
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    There’s always a lot of fat in Washington, but Republicans these days are recommending the American people would be better off eating it than cutting it. They’re fighting against the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans, updated every five years to provide a sound basis for healthy eating. This year, the independent doctors and nutrition scientists who make up the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee added a recommendation to think about the environment when chowing down at dinner. Raising meat for consumption, especially beef, has a huge environmental impact due to higher carbon…
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Message To People Who Think Pope Francis Shouldn’t Talk About Climate Change

    Nina
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:00 am
    (Think Progress, by Emily Atkin) When Pope Francis released his encyclical on the environment earlier this month, he faced some criticism from people who said religious leaders do not have the correct expertise to speak authoritatively about climate change. Acclaimed astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson is not one of those people. On Tuesday, the author and host of the late-night talk show StarTalk tweeted that despite being a religious figure, Pope Francis is more than qualified to talk about scientific issues. In a series of tweets , Tyson noted that the Vatican Observatory employs dozens of…
  • Sign to Tell Yahoo: Stop Selling Dolphin and Whale Meat Online!

    Nina
    30 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Sign Here to Tell Yahoo: No More Dolphin and Whale Meat! Read the petition First Name Last Name Email To Yahoo! Inc. I was shocked and dismayed to learn that Yahoo Japan sells whale and dolphin meat. These majestic sea mammals are killed in cruel and barbaric ways, and your company should not support such brutality. Dolphin and whale meat are also unhealthy for human consumption. Please do the right thing for both animals and humans. I implore you to stop selling dolphin and whale meat at once. [signature] Get updates about this and other social justice issues   Sign Now Share this with…
  • All You Ever Wanted to Know About Dog Barks, in One Simple Graphic

    Nina
    26 Jun 2015 | 2:30 am
    Do you know when your dog wants to play, when he needs something, or when she’s trying to warn you about danger? Now you can learn. Other odd facts are included, like the one about the dog that does not bark but does sing. Via: Dog The Blog The post All You Ever Wanted to Know About Dog Barks, in One Simple Graphic appeared first on Lady Freethinker.
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  • Chris Christie’s Path Will Only Get Steeper From Here

    Harry Enten
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:39 am
    New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s bid for the presidency, which officially began Tuesday morning, is likely to fall off the George Washington Bridge and end up in the Hudson River. Christie, who was at one time seen as a potential front-runner, has run into not one, not two, not three, not four, but arguably five problems in his bid for the presidency.Problem 1: Christie is too moderate.My colleague Nate Silver has pointed out that Christie’s ideological scores, based on public statements and his donors, make him more liberal than all the other serious Republican candidates except…
  • The GOP May Regret Its Lasting Battle Against Gay Marriage

    Harry Enten
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:00 am
    Same-sex marriage is supported by most Americans. And after last week’s landmark Supreme Court decision, it’s also the law of the land. But how it will play out in the presidential campaign is far from settled. While the 2016 Democratic presidential candidates were quick to embrace the Supreme Court’s decision, the Republican candidates — beyond saying that marriage should remain between a man and a woman — were split.Some Republicans, including Marco Rubio, said the country must abide by “the law of the land.” Jeb Bush essentially agreed, calling for additional…
  • Bobby Jindal Should Have Run In 2012, Not 2016

    Harry Enten
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:07 am
    Imagine, if you will, that a young Republican governor of a Southern state is thinking about running for president. He’s wildly popular at home — on his way to winning re-election with 66 percent of the vote. He’s Indian-American in a party that desperately wants to reach out to nonwhite voters. He’s got rock-solid conservative credentials, and he would be entering a historically weak primary field.But he doesn’t pull the trigger.Four years later, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal is unpopular in his home state. He’s trailing Democrat Hillary Clinton there in a hypothetical 2016…
  • Pols And Polls Say The Same Thing: Jeb Bush Is A Weak Front-Runner

    Harry Enten
    15 Jun 2015 | 3:01 am
    Money isn’t everything, and it certainly isn’t the only thing in presidential campaigns. Still, as former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush officially enters the 2016 presidential campaign today, there’s going to be a lot of talk about whether his super PAC can hit its $100 million fundraising “goal” by the end of the month. You should mostly ignore those stories; money matters, but Bush will clearly have plenty of cash. Pay more attention to whether GOP officials — governors, senators and House members, in particular — are backing Bush.Late last week, Bush unveiled a raft of…
  • The Abortion Rate Is Falling Because Fewer Women Are Getting Pregnant

    Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux
    12 Jun 2015 | 7:51 am
    You might not know it from the political debate, but abortion is becoming increasingly rare in the United States — and activists on both sides are rushing to take credit. A survey released earlier this week by the Associated Press shows that the number of abortions performed each year declined by about 12 percent nationwide between 2010 and 2014, continuing a steady downward trajectory since the early 1990s.12Anti-abortion activists point to the hundreds of inventive restrictions on abortion passed in Republican-controlled states across the South and Midwest since 2010, which have…
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  • What the Upcoming AfD Conference is About

    Kai Arzheimer
    30 Jun 2015 | 1:48 pm
    In my recent article on the Alternative für Deutschland party, I stress the fact that the AfD is built on an alliance of assorted right-wingers. With no upcoming election campaigns in sight, things have come to a head over the last months, and the various factions have set up Photo by pilot_micha within the party. The fault lines run mostly along the lines of state-level parties, with the Eastern parties and Hesse taking the most clearly xenophobic/immigration sceptic positions, Baden-Württemberg and Schleswig-Holstein subscribing to Lucke’s “liberal” line, and the very large NRW…
  • Cameron in Europe, Women in Parliament, Danish Elections, & Thatcher’s Jumper: Links I Liked

    Kai Arzheimer
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:14 pm
    Cameron in Europe: Not a Good Place to Be The Parliament of Women, 1656 Jacob Christensen on the 2015 election in Denmark: Forming a Government – The Game Begins Dazzling picture of Margaret Thatcher, campaigning to stay in EU in 1975 Referendum. Where’s that jumper now? The post Cameron in Europe, Women in Parliament, Danish Elections, & Thatcher’s Jumper: Links I Liked appeared first on kai arzheimer. Follow me on twitter Like me on Facebook
  • Was heißt und zu welchem Ende studiert man (die) “Alternative für Deutschland”? Vier Rezensionen

    Kai Arzheimer
    15 Jun 2015 | 8:43 am
    David Bebnowski, Die Alternative für Deutschland. Aufstieg und gesellschaftliche Repräsentanz einer rechten populistischen Partei, Wiesbaden: Springer VS essentials (2015), 46 Seiten. Sebastian Fischer, Der Aufstieg der AfD. Neokonservative Mobilmachung in Deutschland, Berlin: Bertz + Fischer (2015), 109 Seiten. Alexander Häusler und Rainer Roeser, Die rechten “Mut” -Bürger. Entstehung, Entwicklung, Personal und Positionen der Alternative für Deutschland, Hamburg: VSA (2015), 156 Seiten. Andreas Kemper, Rechte Euro-Rebellion. Alternative für Deutschland und Zivile Koalition e.V.,…
  • The Alternative für Deutschland’s Facebook Fanpage is a Prime Location for Rightist Online Discourses in Germany

    Kai Arzheimer
    12 Jun 2015 | 1:49 pm
    One rather intriguing feature of the Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party is their very strong social media presence, especially on Facebook. I’m currently updating and expanding my previous analysis of this page, and the stats are impressive. From March 2013 until June 2015, the federal party’s account has posted 2188 updates, roughly 2.5 per day. Even more impressive are the 57,034 posts by other accounts (about 69 per day). While it is easy to buy likes, that level of activity is hard to fake: This is a busy place for europhobes and immigration sceptics. As everywhere on the…
  • German Politics, British Maps, Greek Shenanigans: Four Links I Liked

    Kai Arzheimer
    12 Jun 2015 | 7:47 am
    Interesting piece in the Economist on Germany’s emerging foreign AfD removes whip from “too liberal” MP, two more may follow (in German). My update on the AfD faction in Thuringia is here. ONS constituency interactive maps Greeks continue to love euro more than they love Tsipras The post German Politics, British Maps, Greek Shenanigans: Four Links I Liked appeared first on kai arzheimer. Follow me on twitter Like me on Facebook
 
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  • Church Psychopaths As Law Givers

    chris
    4 Jul 2015 | 6:47 pm
    Alan Korwin,  My anti-gun-rights friends — you don’t seem to understand that crimes and atrocities committed by madmen are not valid grounds for infringing on the general... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Mass. authorities seek to ID toddler in ‘Baby Doe’ mystery

    chris
    4 Jul 2015 | 6:40 pm
    Investigators in Massachusetts are seeking the public’s help to solve a horrific mystery and identify a little girl whose body was found in a trash bag on the shoreline of a Boston Harbor... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Meth Labs in America’s Heartland: Investigating Rampant Meth Abuse in Kentucky

    chris
    4 Jul 2015 | 6:30 pm
     Methamphetamine abuse is exploding across rural America now that cooks with the right elements can set up shop virtually anywhere, and in Kentucky, meth labs have grown in recent years.... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Living With a Narcissistic Parent is Damaging to Kids

    chris
    4 Jul 2015 | 6:16 pm
     Recently, several books and articles have been written about narcissistic personality disorder (NPD). While these publications have great merit, few have examined the impact on children of... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • When Parents Play Favorites: Preferring one child over another

    chris
    4 Jul 2015 | 6:05 pm
    A large proportion of parents display consistent favoritism toward one child over another. This favoritism can manifest in different ways: more time spent with one child, more affection given, more... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Why Socialism Failed

  • Gorbachev and the Mirage of Reformed Socialism

    25 Jun 2015 | 12:36 pm
    Gorbachev and the Mirage of Reformed SocialismAfter the death in 1982 of one of the longest serving Soviet leaders Leonid Brezhnev, there was a quick succession of two Communist Party octogenarians that tried to preserve the the Soviet Union status quo who also died in quick succession.Then the tables were turned, and a young apparatchik named Mikhail Gorbachev was elected as General Secretary of the Communist Party. He embarked on an ambitious set of reforms that were supposed to transform the society, and rejuvenate the image of the Soviet Union and socialism in general. The two main…
  • 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 common misconceptionThe examples abound but commonly they are concentrated along the lines:"Look at Sweden, they are Socialist, and have free childcare, 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 healthcare..."The…
  • 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…
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    The Alex Jones Show - Infowars.com

  • Alex Jones - 2015-Jul-03, Friday

    3 Jul 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On the LIVE Friday, July 3 broadcast of the Alex Jones Show, the financial crisis in Greece reaches mythological proportions, as the Greek bank fails to reach an agreement with international monetary loan sharks. Economist Martin Armstrong is also warning global power brokers may attempt to rig the referendum on whether to accept a bailout deal. The war on terror industry is also launching their annual Fourth of July speculative terror threat assessment, telling Americans to steer clear of Independence Day celebrations and “remain vigilant.” On today's show, financial analyst and…
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Jul-02, Thursday

    2 Jul 2015 | 3:00 pm
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  • Alex Jones - 2015-Jul-01, Wednesday

    1 Jul 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On this Wednesday, July 1 edition of the Alex Jones Show, we cover how the government is trying to destroy parental rights through forced vaccinations of children, which are known to cause adverse side effects. A regional clinic in Texas is refusing to treat unvaccinated children and it's strange because the Measles outbreak in California and other areas involved vaccinated individuals.Anthony Gucciardi gives his take on the vaccine news and registered pharmacist and GCN radio host Ben Fuchs covers the latest on cholesterol, probiotics and mental health. Tune in!
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Jun-30, Tuesday

    30 Jun 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On the Tuesday, June 30 broadcast of the Alex Jones Show, Greeks fear civil war and martial law may break out amid the country's latest debt default. And a new study reveals US law enforcement agencies are more concerned about “anti-government extremists” than al-Qaeda or ISIS inspired terrorism. On today's show, investigative journalist, former Goldman Sachs director and author of All the Presidents' Bankers: The Hidden Alliances That Drive American Power, Nomi Prins, breaks down the Clinton and Bush's bankrolled financial portfolios, the fed's bubble problem and what Greece's insolvency…
  • Alex Jones - 2015-Jun-29, Monday

    29 Jun 2015 | 3:00 pm
    On this Monday, June 29 edition of the Alex Jones Show we take a look at an absurd fake poll signed by Americans to ban the American flag in the name of combating racism and replacing it with a pyramid to "signify the new world order.” We also cover the ominous closure of Greek banks and the beginning of the end for the eurozone, a warning by BIS that the world is defenseless against the coming global financial crisis, and the First Amendment Defense Act designed to prevent the state from cracking down on business owners opposed the SCOTUS ruling last week on same-sex marriage. On today’s…
 
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  • Greek referendum: The best case for "yes"

    Matthew Yglesias
    5 Jul 2015 | 4:10 am
    When the people of Greece go to the polls on Sunday to decide on their economic future, they're going to face a really difficult choice. They're being asked to decide whether to accept European demands for further austerity. If they reject those demands, they're likely to be forced out of the euro altogether. We're torn on how Greeks should vote, because all of their options are bad. Either option is likely to lead to more economic pain, and there's a lot of uncertainty about the long-term results of either decision. But we thought it would be interesting to write what we felt were the…
  • Greek referendum: The case for no

    Timothy B. Lee
    5 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    When the people of Greece go to the polls on Sunday to decide on their economic future, they're going to face a really difficult choice. They're being asked to decide whether to accept European demands for further austerity. If they reject those demands, they're likely to be forced out of the euro altogether. We're torn on how Greeks should vote, because all of their options are bad. Either option is likely to lead to more economic pain, and there's a lot of uncertainty about the long-term results of either decision. But we thought it would be interesting to write what we felt were the…
  • Greek referendum: The best cases for "no" and "yes"

    Matthew Yglesias
    4 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    When the people of Greece go to the polls on Sunday to decide on their economic future, they're going to face a really difficult choice. They're being asked to decide whether to accept European demands for further austerity. If they reject those demands, they're likely to be forced out of the euro altogether. We're torn on how Greeks should vote, because all of their options are bad. Either option is likely to lead to more economic pain, and there's a lot of uncertainty about the long-term results of either decision. But we thought it would be interesting to write what we felt were the…
  • A chemist explains the science of fireworks

    Brad Plumer
    4 Jul 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Before you go celebrate the 4th of July, it's worth brushing up on… the science of fireworks: Fireworks have gotten a lot more advanced since the discovery of gunpowder in China more than 1,000 years ago. In the video above, John Conkling, a chemist at Washington College, explains how modern-day fireworks are made. The big aerial fireworks we tend to see on the 4th of July basically look like this: And there are three broad steps here: 1) This entire aerial shell is first shot out of a mortar by lighting the "black powder propellant" (a mix of potassium nitrate, charcoal, and sulfur —…
  • The movie Independence Day teaches us that victory is more important than principles

    Mike Case
    4 Jul 2015 | 1:55 pm
    The hostile alien intruders in the film Independence Day caught the world by surprise, arriving like a well-coordinated swarm of locusts to wipe out humanity and take all our natural resources. It was only through grit, ingenuity, and overwhelming patriotism that America could figure out how to defeat the enemy and lead the world in a 4th of July counter offensive to bring the bastards down. Marine pilot and wannabe astronaut Captain Steven Hiller (Will Smith) might have been the flashy star of the film, punching aliens in the face and delivering back-to-back one-liners. But in the end,…
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  • The Disastrous Secession From Great Britain

    Gary North
    3 Jul 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Remnant Review Lots of people celebrate July 4. I do not. The Declaration of Independence justified armed secession. It was signed by a handful of lawyers on July 4, 1776. Secession was a way of transferring a great deal of power to colonial legislatures, where most of these lawyers were members. It was a way of replacing governors appointed by the King with governors elected by men of the colonies. Then the law of unintended consequences once again made itself felt: higher taxes, hyperinflation, price controls, default on state debts, and (in 1788) a new centralized government that dwarfed…
  • Important Self-Defense Lesson

    No Author
    3 Jul 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Covington VA –-(Ammoland.com)- A former Cable News Network (CNN) reporter, Chuck de Caro, and his wife, Lynne Russell, who is a former CNN anchor, were involved in an attempted holdup in New Mexico. The result, as documented in the coverage below, was a violent shootout.  Lynne was not hurt, Chuck was shot, but is expected to survive, and the bad guy is deceased. Lynne opened their hotel room door to get something from the car, when a man pushed his way through the door, armed with a handgun.  After taking Chuck’s briefcase, the bad guy turned and started shooting.  Chuck returned fire…
  • What If Gold Is Declared Illegal?

    Bill Bonner
    3 Jul 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Over the weekend, the lines in Greece stretched along the street. Around the corner. Down the block. Lines to get cash. Lines to buy gas. Lines of people eager to get their hands on something of value. Food. Fuel. Cash. Pity the poor guy who was last in line… …the poor taxi driver, for example, standing behind 300 other people, trying to get 200 lousy euros out of an ATM. Like a tragic nightclub customer… among the last to smell the smoke. By the time he headed for the exit, it was clogged with desperate people, all struggling to get through the same narrow door at the same time.
  • My ‘Soldier of Fortune’ Days

    Fred Reed
    3 Jul 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Shot in Lebanon just before the 241 Marines were killed by the suicide truck, utterly preventable except for the stupidity of the State Department and the lack of balls of the Marine command. Don’t get me started. All photos mine.   Those were wilder times, hardier times, memorable and loose. The veterans of Vietnam were not yet aged and, as happens after wars, did not settle easily into selling air filters at the NAPA outlet. They had lain atop Amtracs in the tropical night, with star shells blazing white in the sky and the smoke trailing almost solid and the distant roar and thump of…
  • Acid Reflux, Gas, Bloating?

    Margaret Durst
    3 Jul 2015 | 10:01 pm
    INDIGESTION – From gas and bloating to acid reflux – if you have it, you want to get rid of it. But don’t fall for something that just gets rid of the symptoms, look to address the underlying cause. Most indigestion is the result of INSUFFICIENT ENZYMES and/or INSUFFICIENT STOMACH ACID. The most common remedy is some sort of acid blocker that makes proper digestion impossible. Antacids and acid blockers perpetuate the problems of indigestion. They neutralize or block stomach acid, preventing the stomach from digesting food. A vicious cycle is then set up since more acid is needed to…
 
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    Gaura Rader

  • Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: The Arc of History Continues to Bend Towards Justice

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

    Gaura
    26 Jun 2015 | 11:51 am
    “Take down the flag. Take it down now,” writes Ta Nehisi Coates, referring to the fact that the confederate flag flies in the state capital Charleston South Carolina. And since those initial days after the recent mass murder in Charleston there has been a sea change in American public opinion and political calculation. Republicans across the South are passing bills to remove the confederate flag from state property. This is an incredible victory for African Americans, for the civil rights and social justice movements, and for humanity. Now, that we’ve accomplished removing the…
  • Hillary Thinks Money is More Real than People

    Gaura
    19 Jun 2015 | 4:31 am
    In this video I talk a bit about an exchange Sanders and Clinton had many years ago in which he tried to convince her that a single payer healthcare system was the way to go. She said it would be impossible because of the money that the healthcare industry would use to fight against a single payer system. Sanders suggested that Bill travel around the country to rally support for a single payer system. And her response was “Tell me something real.” You can read about that exchange and more on their relationship here.
  • Basic Income and Possibilities for the Radical Transformation of Humanity

    Gaura
    17 Jun 2015 | 6:13 pm
    As I was watching a video of a dog and dear who are best friends I got to wondering about why it was that the dog had absolutely no interest in eating the helpless little fawn that would certainly be a delicious treat for the dog. There are various factors at work that make the situation possible. Dogs have been bred to be less violent over many thousands of generations since humans first domesticated wolves. But there is also the not insignificant fact that the above dog has probably never had to kill to eat. He may never have even killed in his entire life! He has also probably never even…
  • Sanders within Ten Points of Clinton In New Hampshire!

    Gaura
    16 Jun 2015 | 5:42 pm
    Recent polls have shown Bernie Sanders to be rapidly closing in on Hillary Clinton in New Hampshire. Can he win Iowa? Can he mount a successful national campaign?
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    Pension360

  • Kansas, Wary of Market, Could Pull Back From $1 Billion Pension Bond Plan

    Ted Ballantine
    3 Jul 2015 | 8:43 am
    Kansas lawmakers this week signed off on a plan that will allow the state to issue $1 billion of pension bonds in a bid to improve the funding of the state’s Employees Retirement System. But one state agency is hesitant to pull the trigger due to concerns about the market. Remember, pension bonds are only effective if the resulting investment returns exceed the interest paid on the bonds. That interest rate is currently 4.95 percent. More from the Topeka Capital-Journal: Market conditions could delay or prevent Kansas from issuing $1 billion in bonds as part of an effort to boost the…
  • New Rules Try to Spotlight Hidden Retirement Debt

    Ed Mendel
    3 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    Ed Mendel is a reporter who has covered the Capitol in Sacramento for nearly three decades, most recently for the San Diego Union-Tribune. More stories are at Calpensions.com An accounting board best known for requiring the calculation and reporting of the debt owed for retiree health care promised government workers, which often turned out to be shockingly large, is having another moment. This month the Governmental Accounting Standards Board applied new rules for reporting pension debt to retiree heath care. It’s a broader look, shows year-to-year changes, and requires local governments…
  • Indiana Pension Approves Big Shift Into Private Credit

    Ted Ballantine
    3 Jul 2015 | 6:58 am
    The Indiana Public Retirement System approved a change in investment policy recently that will allow the fund to shift up to $1 billion into private credit, according to a Wall Street Journal report. From the Wall Street Journal: Board trustees approved an allocation shift that carves out 4% of the Indiana Public Retirement System’s defined benefit portfolio for private credit, the person said. Indiana previously only had exposure to private credit through an opportunistic debt portfolio, targeted to make up about 2% of its overall investment portfolio, and through which managers could…
  • Chicago Asks Teacher Pension Fund for $500 Million Loan to Stave Off Further Classroom Cuts, Layoffs

    Ted Ballantine
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:18 am
    On Tuesday, Chicago Public Schools (CPS) made a $634 million pension payment to the city’s teacher pension fund. The payment was made on time, but resulted in budget cuts for the cash-strapped school system. Now, Chicago is asking the teachers’ pension fund for a $500 million loan to prevent further classroom cuts and layoffs. From the Chicago Sun-Times: Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s administration is asking the pension fund for a five-month, $500 million loan. At a pension fund meeting Wednesday, Chicago’s newly appointed Chief Financial Officer, Carole Brown, said she’s well aware it’s a…
  • Judge Strikes Down Portion of Montana Pension Overhaul, Citing Constitutional Violation

    Ted Ballantine
    2 Jul 2015 | 5:58 am
    A Montana judge has reversed a portion of a 2013 state law that mandated pension changes for all members of the Montana Teachers’ Retirement System. The part of the law that was reversed was the portion that curbed cost-of-living adjustments for current and retired members of the System. From the Albany Times-Union: District Judge Mike Menahan ruled Tuesday that the Legislature’s cost-saving measure that was part of a larger 2013 pension overhaul goes against constitutional provisions that prohibit the impairment of contract obligations. The judge ordered a permanent block to that…
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    Message President

  • i want to come amrica

    4 Jul 2015 | 10:27 pm
    dear mr. president, please help me,I wnat to come to Amrica for batter life and WANT to work there.i am not well educated my carear being a student is not v much good but i want to bring change in life i wanted to be asuccessfull one . hope you will call me Amrica ,,i hope. REGARDS
  • Letter to President Obama

    4 Jul 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Dear President Obama, I am writing to express my deep concern over your planned visit to Ethiopia amidst worsening human rights violations and political repressions. As you may know, the TPLF-led ruling junta has recently declared to have “won” 100 percent of all parliamentary and regional seats. Ironically, this cruel electoral joke that has never been seen in any democratic elections, has only revealed that they have completely hijacked the whole electoral process and installed oppression as an institution. It is another testimony to the fact that the brutal minority junta has…
  • yeah.. lol

    4 Jul 2015 | 1:34 pm
    Sorry, I misspelled your name in the last message President Barak Obama. (laughs)
  • Deletion of an Atom

    4 Jul 2015 | 1:30 pm
    Hello President Barak Obomba. My name is Justin Huss. I am a 22 year old Public figure. I have an invention I study deeply that will benefit human existence and warfare. What I am doing is deleting atoms through an Electron Microscope. What I hope happens is to release Absolute Zero particles to reverse the age of our sun, so it does not have to end, promoting Human Existence to live on planet Earth, forever and ever. But what I am afraid of, is that this invention may cause World War 3. If this must be made, this must be made. Godspeed.
  • Need JOb Vissa

    4 Jul 2015 | 7:36 am
    My most Dear and my most respected and honourable Sir Hope you have right and well with Bless of God. Dear and respected sir My name is ihsan ullah khan and i m from pakistan,,i m Textile Engineer and also specialization in spinning,,,Miss i m intrested to doing ajob in your country,,,,i p romise you and comentment to you that i follow all the role regulation of america states.and and i will r give any sacrification for organization,,,im doing working day and night for development and and improvement of organizati Dear Miss already do you know that in pakistan all thing based on aproach and…
 
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    The Vision Times » World

  • In Life, You Get What You Give

    Yi Ming
    4 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    The richest man in Asia, Li Ka-shing, said that in these three areas, the more you spend, the more you earn. Let’s take a look at the three principles behind this statement. Investing money in educating yourself No matter what your financial circumstances are, educating yourself is always a wise decision. Li believes that current challenges are from lessons not learned in a previous lifetime, so even if you have to borrow the money to do so, investing in yourself this way will provide you with the means to repay the loan in the future. Money for your parents Regardless of your parents’…
  • Hey Fossils! You Totes Need to Learn the Gen Y Lingo

    Wilma Oakes
    3 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    If you fossils out there want to be in the know about what we Gen Ys are writing and talking about, then you need to learn our lingo. This totes awesome A -Z list from the 50 Shades of Age website will get you up to scratch. You’ll think it’s LOL. A is for awesome—an overused word that describes pretty much everything that is good! B is for barred —as in “you got totally barred by that person”.  Means you got fooled. C is for cooked—which other generations would describe as being stoned D is for de bomb—means the best E is for emo—short for emotional and means…
  • NSA Can Continue Collecting Phone Data… at Least for Now

    Troy Oakes
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:30 am
    The National Security Agency (NSA) has been given the green light to continue its controversial bulk collection of Americans’ telephone records, albeit only a temporary go-ahead by the U.S. courts. Back in May, an appeals court had ruled that the USA Patriot Act did not give authorization for the NSA to collect Americans’ phone records in bulk. The eavesdropping program was exposed by former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. U.S. surveillance court rules NSA can resume spying on Americans: The USA Freedom Act, which is a new law, was signed off by U.S. President Barack Obama a day…
  • 10,000 People Suing Jiang Zemin in China—This Is a Big Deal

    Katy Mantyk
    2 Jul 2015 | 5:00 am
    Yes, this is a big deal. Not only have over 10,000 people filed lawsuits against China’s former leader Jiang Zemin since May 2015, but millions more are planning to do so. Firstly, it’s a very new development that a person could actually file a criminal lawsuit against a Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leader and not be imprisoned or killed for it. President Xi Jinping is taking on the old leader and his cronies for corruption, and Falun Gong practitioners are using this chance to call for Jiang to be brought to justice, and an end to the decades-long persecution against them. Falun…
  • Will China Ever Let Hong Kong Go?

    Troy Oakes
    2 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Thousands of protesters marched in Hong Kong on Wednesday calling for full democracy, and for the resignation of the mainland Chinese-controlled city’s leader. It is has only been a few weeks since lawmakers voted down the electoral reform package that was backed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) leaders in Beijing. There was a large number of police closely watching the crowds, as some protesters, also known as “localists,” asked for greater autonomy, or even independence from the mainland. Some protesters carried signs that read “Hong Kong nation,”…
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    The National Memo

  • ‘Death And Mr. Pickwick’ — A Novel Rich Enough For Dickens To Steal

    Mike Fischer
    5 Jul 2015 | 3:30 am
    By Mike Fischer, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (TNS) Death and Mr. Pickwick by Stephen Jarvis; Farrar, Straus and Giroux (816 pages, $30) —— How can I convince you to lose yourself in first-time novelist Stephen Jarvis’ magnificent, 816-page Death and Mr. Pickwick? Perhaps by reminding you that The Pickwick Papers — the greatest phenomenon in literary history and, during its first century, the world’s best known book after the Bible — was an equally big book by another rookie novelist named Charles Dickens? If, that is, Dickens really deserves being remembered as the creator…
  • ‘The Ferguson Report’ Offers A Damning Indictment

    David L. Ulin
    5 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times (TNS) The timing couldn’t be more appropriate: Last week, barely five days after Dylann Storm Roof allegedly killed nine people at Charleston’s Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church, the Justice Department’s The Ferguson Report (New Press; 174 pages, $20 paper), first made public in March, came out in book form. What do these events have in common? Nothing, and everything. One is an act of domestic terror, the other an account of what appears to be a long-standing pattern of discrimination by the Ferguson, Mo., police department. But…
  • A More Perfect Union Comes From Accounting For The Past

    Cynthia Tucker
    4 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    The Confederate markers continue to tumble — flags, statues, monuments. After Dylann Roof associated his alleged atrocity with the Confederacy, politicians fell over themselves getting away from its symbols. While a few supporters of the Old Dixie are resolute, most leading public figures want nothing to do with commemorations of the Lost Cause. Indeed, once NASCAR declared that the St. Andrew’s cross and stars was not a fit emblem for its franchise — where that flag has been always been revered — the earth shook. So after decades of protests over the Rebel flag and…
  • Why The Fourth Of July Feels (Refreshingly) Different This Year

    Joe Conason
    4 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    For every American who venerates the ideals set down by this country’s founders in the Declaration of Independence, July 4 is a day of reflection as well as celebration. For me, this holiday has also become an occasion to point out that liberals and progressives cherish those principles, along with the symbols that represent them, just as fervently as our conservative compatriots. So over the past several years, I’ve written an annual Independence Day column examining the politics of patriotism – and exploding the myths behind the right-wing monopoly on patriotic expression like so many…
  • The Week In Polls: Obama Up After Big Wins — And More In The Presidential Race

    Eric Kleefeld
    3 Jul 2015 | 3:29 pm
    After a lot of big news, it’s also been a big week of polls. Possibly the single biggest news in polls this week was the CNN poll showing President Obama’s approval rating at 50 percent, with 47 percent disapproval — the first time in over two years that a majority of poll respondents has approved of the job he’s doing. The poll was conducted from June 26 to 28, capping off a very eventful week in which the president won major victories in the Supreme Court on health care reform and marriage equality — as well as his very memorable eulogy speech at the Emanuel AME…
 
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    nSigns - Tweaking Minds

  • Tidal Vibes

    Ken W. Simpson
    22 Jun 2015 | 1:53 am
    Bouncing around Getting a kick out of sound Who was that? No one knows The shape of disdain An unkind sight The infatuation of a dream Scenes that disappear Boats on the beach Water flowing Gracefully sliding Beneath a bridge A deceptive theme Bequeathed to posterity The dawn of another day Go away.Filed under: Articles
  • Veranda View

    Ken W. Simpson
    13 Jun 2015 | 9:24 pm
    My grandpa liked to sit on the back veranda and watch the birds as they pecked at scraps in the ragged grass near a lazy tree not far from a paling fence I sometimes climbed. He listened to the bird songs like an excited child a small, wizened man bald, with a pot belly slouched […]
  • What Possessed You?

    Ken W. Simpson
    7 Jun 2015 | 3:15 am
    Bacon and eggs in the morning add ‘h’ to ate before deceiving. Unsheathed as shark’s teeth add ‘f’ to ear in the afternoon. A venomous night curdled words add ‘d’ to read before retiring.Filed under: Articles
  • Anarchic Red

    Ken W. Simpson
    5 Jun 2015 | 1:55 am
    Photographs of fireflies at night beside a pond disdainful of the rain not far the sound of footsteps a snapping twig and pits and pockmarks along a track.Filed under: Articles
  • Confessions of a Dying Day

    Ken W. Simpson
    26 May 2015 | 3:18 am
    Cycles of innocence and regret hints of pink enveloped by the beauty of music hovering, dissolving over decomposing leaves shards of broken glass promiscuous ways and brittle egos as shadows dance away.Filed under: Articles
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    Political Wire

  • Bonus Quote of the Day

    Taegan Goddard
    4 Jul 2015 | 5:48 pm
    “The crime is raging and it’s violent. And if you talk about it, it’s racist.” — Donald Trump, in an interview with Fox News, defending his comments that many Mexican immigrants are rapists and drug users.
  • Hispanic Leaders Call on GOP to Condemn Trump

    Taegan Goddard
    4 Jul 2015 | 7:36 am
    “Hispanic leaders are warning of harm to Republican White House hopes unless the party’s presidential contenders do more to condemn Donald Trump, a businessman turned presidential candidate, who’s refusing to apologize for calling Mexican immigrants rapists and drug dealers,” the AP reports. “Trump’s comments, delivered in his announcement speech last month, have haunted the GOP for much of the last two weeks, and dominated Spanish-language media. It’s bad timing for a Republican Party that has invested significantly in Hispanic outreach in recent…
  • How the South Skews America

    Taegan Goddard
    4 Jul 2015 | 7:31 am
    Politico: “A lot of the traits that make the United States exceptional these days are undesirable, like higher violence and less social mobility. Many of these differences can be attributed largely to the South… Minus the South, the rest of the U.S. probably would be more like Canada or Australia or Britain or New Zealand—more secular, more socially liberal, more moderate in the tone of its politics and somewhat more generous in social policy. And it would not be as centralized as France or as social democratic as Sweden.”
  • Trump Must Disclose Profits from His ‘University’

    Taegan Goddard
    4 Jul 2015 | 7:18 am
    Vice News reports that as Donald Trump’s empire “hemorrhages money, we’re getting closer than ever to learning the details of his business practices. In the past, Trump’s net worth has been notoriously hard to pin down, and experts have said it’s likely a much lower number than he suggests. But earlier this week, a federal judge ruled that Trump will have to clarify some of his murky finances, as part of an ongoing lawsuit over a ‘university’ Trump named after himself.” Courthouse News Service has more on the case.
  • Quote of the Day

    Taegan Goddard
    4 Jul 2015 | 6:32 am
    “I take a backseat to no one when you look at my record in standing up and fighting for progressive values.” — Hilary Clinton, quoted by Politico.
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    OpedSpace

  • Why California’s New Minimum Wage Is A Bad Idea

    Patrick Elyas, Egypt/USA
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:47 am
    On Saturday June 13, Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti signed into law an ordinance raising the minimum wage in Los Angeles to $15 an hour by 2020, following the success of similar legislation in San Francisco and Seattle. Few people seriously dispute the principle that those who choose to work (as opposed to simply collecting benefits) should be rewarded by earning wages that afford them a minimally decent life. However, an increase to $15 an hour over just a few years is a radical move that will irreversibly hurt small and medium-size businesses and result in perverse incentives for…
  • A Case for ‘Europe’

    Tewfik Cassis, Egypt
    27 Jun 2015 | 3:27 am
    Today we stand on the precipice of a European implosion. A popular referendum on July 5th may determine if Greece will leave the monetary union, and perhaps, according to its Central Bank, also the EU. A Syriza look-a-like party, Podemos, has captured the hearts of voters in Spain and now rules its two largest cities, Madrid and Barcelona. Britain’s Tory party, bowing to its rightist fringe, threatens a “Brexit.” Anti-immigrant, far right parties are winning elections from Denmark to France to Italy. In the face of these twin populist insurgencies of the far-left and the far-right…
  • Why Removing The Confederate Flag Is Not Enough

    Sebastian Johnson, US
    24 Jun 2015 | 2:36 pm
    “Thine enemies roar in the midst of thy congregations; they set up their ensigns for signs.” Psalm 74:4 For months, the events have gathered, scattered ominously across the landscape like dark foreboding clouds, pregnant with the force of an awful history, a terrible miasma. Each name, each place a peal of sorrowful thunder. And last week, another muzzle’s flash and a hail of bullets. Nine dead at Bible study. Nine empty seats at dining room tables. The vacant spot in a pew; the silent desk in the well of the state senate; the stolen dreams of a community, carefully and lovingly tended,…
  • India: A Republic Of Silence

    Shashank Shukla, India
    18 Jun 2015 | 11:39 am
    “Let us never forget that government is ourselves and not an alien power over us. The ultimate rulers of our democracy are not a President and senators and congressmen and government officials, but the voters of this country.” –Franklin D. Roosevelt I write this article as a personal appeal and in a state of alarm. Alarm at the efforts to silence all criticism against the current Indian government and alarm at the level of silence being practiced institutionally by the government, by the media, by the civil society and by the public in general, slowly but surely turning…
  • Keep The Future Here: Learning From Our Stories

    Alexandra Schuster, US
    15 Jun 2015 | 6:31 am
    Today marks the last installment of the ongoing series Keep The Future Here.OpedSpace in partnership with FWD.us sought to bring to light the stories of high-skilled immigrants affected by America’s broken immigration system. As you’ve read from the stories of Karen, Ashwin, Tewfik, Wojciech, Jan, Kartik, Asaf, Bastian and Eileen, this issue touches the lives of so many living in the United Sates. Although the current system is designed to provide international students with the best higher education in the world, upon graduation many of these students’ visas expire…
 
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    Time To Change

  • Faham Seks Menurut Freud

    4 Jul 2015 | 8:54 am
    Dalam wacana psikoanalisis yang dimajukan oleh Sigmund Freud, perbincangan mengenai seks dan faham sekitarnya adalah begitu menonjol dan menjadi pemusatan kepada banyak cabang teori psikoanalisis yang lahir terkemudiannya. Malah, dengan faham seks yang dicarakan oleh Freud inilah jua menjadi penyebab kepada perkembangan lanjut psiko-seksual setiap manusia bermula usia kanak-kanak lagi.Freud percaya bahawa kehidupan manusia itu selanjutnya terbina atas kapasiti mereka yang mahukan keseronokan dan kenikmatan yang tiada berkesudahan. Dan segala ini adalah akibat kesan libido, suatu bentuk tenaga…
  • Kemaskini Bibliografi (Jun 2015)

    29 Jun 2015 | 3:39 am
    Berikut merupakan senarai buku yang memasuki koleksi bibliografi sepanjang bulan Jun ini. Entah mengapa, kini nafsu membaca telah mengarah beralih kepada karya-karya berbahasa Melayu, dari penulis-penulis tempatan terutamanya siri karya Sasterawan Negara dan penulis-penulis karya klasik Melayu.Namun begitu, antara perkara yang paling menggembirakan adalah apabila tuhan mempertemukan saya dengan buku Tragedi Nadra tulisan Haja Maideen, edisi pertama yang berbahasa Melayu. Kalau tidak silap, sudah hampir 2 tahun saya mencari buku ini di merata tempat, namun tidak ketemu jua.Sehinggalah ada…
  • Memahami Id, Ego dan Superego

    25 Jun 2015 | 7:52 pm
    Penulisan yang lepas, saya cuba memahami kerangka besar wacana psikoanalisis, dan dalam tulisan itu, dinyatakan bahawa punca pertama kepada keadaan ketidaksedaran (unconsious) yang berlaku pada diri manusia adalah yang disebut sebagai pre-reflective drives, yang saya majukan terjemahannya kepada tabii. Menurut Freud, tabii manusia paling utama adalah rangsangan seksual. Makanya, apa yang saya fahami dari kupasan Fuad Rahmat, akibat dari proses manusia yang semakin berkembang dan pergerakan zaman, rangsangan seksual semakin cenderung dilihat sebagai suatu benda yang berbaur negatif, yang…
  • Sejarah Natrah Yang Dilupakan

    24 Jun 2015 | 7:52 am
    Semalam, ianya giliran saya menjadi pembentang bagi aktiviti mingguan +‘Tidak Selain Buku’ Book Café. Saya memilih untuk membentang buku tulisan Fatini Yaacob yang berkisar tentang gadis Belanda bernama Nadra atau popularnya dengan panggilan Natrah. Tidak dinafikan, membaca tulisan Fatini Yaacob ini berkali-kali pun tidak pernah jua mendatangkan jemu.Bahkan, setiap kali membacanya, pasti akan teresak bersendirian, walau sudah pun maklum akan jalan penceritaan dan pengakhiran kisah hidup Natrah dan Mansur itu bagaimana. Tapi, itulah hakikat kisah Natrah ini, yang tidak jemu untuk…
  • Perihal Kemunduran Ekonomi Melayu

    20 Jun 2015 | 9:54 pm
    Kesimpulan akhir yang dikeluarkan hasil Sidang Meja Bulat Majlis Tindakan Ekonomi Melayu (MTEM) pada 17 Jun yang lepas, mendapat reaksi yang pelbagai dalam kalangan masyarakat yang peduli. Kesimpulan-kesimpulan itu jelas menunjukkan Melayu terus menjadi kumpulan yang terpinggir dalam persaingan ekonomi dan kekayaan di Malaysia.Reaksi khalayak, kita boleh buat jangkaan sendiri. Tipikal khalayak yang belum cukup akal yang kedapatan ramai di Facebook, mereka tidak segan silu menyalahkan Cina sebagai sebab utama kemunduran ekonomi Melayu. Mereka pergi lagi jauh dengan menyalahkan DAP, tidak…
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    The Political Insider

  • Never Be Ashamed to Fly the American Flag — Be Ashamed of Those Trying to Stop That Right

    Wayne Dupree
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:24 pm
    As I think about the 4th of July and the spirit of patriotism for Americans, I think about how far we’ve come but see that there is still a long way to go for some… To keep a strong patriotic spirit and pass it on to the next generation, I believe parents have a responsibility to teach their children about our country, to respect the flag, and to teach them about being Christians. Past generations knew that this country was founded on the beliefs of freedom and liberty for everyone. How do we show our love for America? I believe it’s in the way we treat all of our fellow…
  • Outstanding! Our Top 5 Patriotic Acts For 2015

    Rusty Weiss
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:12 pm
    As America celebrates its 239th Independence Day, we thought it’d be a great time to review some of the more patriotic things we’ve covered this year. There won’t be anything on this list near as monumental as what our Founding Fathers did for our nation — such as declaring the American colonies as free and independent states from British rule — but there is certainly plenty of American pride and exceptionalism to celebrate nonetheless. So without further ado, here are our Top 5 Patriotic Moments so far in 2015 … #5 – Capitol Building in Washington…
  • Watch: Liberals Are Downright Excited to Do THIS to the American Flag

    Rusty Weiss
    1 Jul 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Rush Limbaugh was the first to say it, and nobody wanted to listen. Rush argued in the midst of the Confederate flag controversy, that “the next flag that will come under assault … is the American flag.” Even Fox News personality, Greg Gutfeld, called his proclamation “absurd” and a “fear tactic.” The only thing absurd these days is anybody who isn’t willing to believe the far-left radicals in this country will stoop to any and every level to destroy this country. To that end, watch the following video and try not to be thoroughly infuriated,…
  • O’Reilly Is ANGRY: White House Just Slapped You in the Face AGAIN

    Rusty Weiss
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:56 pm
    Fox News Bill O’Reilly, who typically tries to play the level-headed news man to a fault, stood up for ‘traditional Americans’ in a big way earlier this week. O’Reilly took exception to the offensive and unprofessional attempt by the White House to celebrate gay marriage by lighting up the peoples’ house in rainbow colors. He called it wrong, insulting, and an attempt to shove the Supreme Court’s decision into the face of traditional Americans. via Mediaite: Bill O’Reilly was really disturbed by the White House setting up rainbow lights to celebrate gay…
  • World War II Veterans Receive an Incredible Surprise on an Honor Flight – WATCH!

    Rachel Mullen
    1 Jul 2015 | 1:28 pm
    Mail call was a much anticipated event in the lives of soldiers during World War II. These lifelines were the only way to communicate with family back home. And when a soldier got one, morale soared! Honor Flights are special flights that take veterans to visit memorials in Washington, D.C. Here is a clip from Honor Flight The Movie showing World War II vets getting a mail call on their flight. In the tear-jerking clip, these senior veterans were both honored and surprised that their sacrifices meant so much to those they love.   Share this heartwarming video with your family and…
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    The Grapevine

  • The Case Against An EU Referendum

    Duncan Kenyon
    23 Jun 2015 | 1:07 am
    Duncan Kenyon argues an EU Referendum would be dangerous and run contrary to democratic values. With the upcoming referendum on continued British membership of the European Union, much of the media has focused on the positives and negatives of Britain remaining a member of the EU. Although now inevitable as a Conservative manifesto pledge, little attention and thought has been given to the issues surrounding staging such an event. Thought to be a democratic freedom, a cry to enable British citizens a say in their future, it impacts extremely negatively on democracy and the world economy. This…
  • Institutional Resilience –Why Westminster Survived another Wave of Clientelism

    YC Wang
    17 Jun 2015 | 12:44 am
    YC Wang argues that the majoritarian Westminster model provides the UK with much needed stability and resilience. Before the exit poll on 7th of May, 2015, not only polls and experts, but also politicians themselves, were pretty confident in a hung parliament. ‘The least predictable General Election in a generation’, said the headlines, reflecting the fragmenting political spectrum prior to May. The vote distracters, like the Scottish National Party on the left, and the UK Independence Party on the right, may have led to a result where Labour and the Conservatives both fell short of the…
  • Labour and its Left Problems.

    Duncan Kenyon
    12 Jun 2015 | 12:09 am
    Duncan Kenyon discusses the inherent tensions within Labour between its traditional principles and its electability.  When one talks of politics and idealism or dogma in modern politics we think of Margaret Thatcher’s premiership. She was a woman who knew what she wanted and worked very much toward achieving it. However much debate circulates by academics between her dogma and pragmatism, the perception of Thatcher is very clear cut. This has become idealistic and somewhat desirable for any political party in the UK now. Similarly, the left of the Labour Party are idealistic. They wish…
  • Building on unstable foundations?

    Ian Keyte
    9 Jun 2015 | 12:39 am
    For more information, see http://www.sustainablehomes.co.uk Ian Keyte argues why Conservative housing plans could jeopardise the sustainability and energy efficiency of new homes.  It has long been recognised that household energy efficiency is a crucial component in realising carbon emission reduction targets and achieving long-term sustainability and energy security. However, current plans for new housing developments could indicate a crucial lack of long-term thinking of the new Conservative government regarding the environmental performance of these new homes. Two months before the…
  • Film Review- The Falling

    Ian Keyte
    6 Jun 2015 | 1:51 am
    The Falling Review Stars : Maxine Peake, Maisie Williams Dir : Carol Morley Ian Keyte offers the Grapevine his opinion of The Falling. Mystery and intrigue abound in Carol Morley’s illusive and stubbornly ambiguous new drama. A darkly heady and tantalising mood piece, The Falling will test the patience of many, but delight the converted and could possibly herald a new wave of powerfully individual cult British cinema. Set in 1969, we meet two close childhood friends, in the plush and tranquil surroundings of a strictly traditional girl’s’ school. The curiously strong bond between…
 
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    The Hinterland Gazette

  • Stephen Murphy Killed in July Fourth Shooting in Southwest Atlanta

    Joy Blake
    4 Jul 2015 | 10:27 pm
    Stephen Murphy Killed in July Fourth Shooting in Southwest Atlanta (Photo Credit: WSBTV Video Screengrab) Stephen Murphy killed in July Fourth shooting in Southwest Atlanta, suspect fled scene. Atlanta Fourth of July Shooting:  Stephen Murphy was shot and killed on July 4th near two parties in Southwest Atlanta. Murphy, 23, was fatally shot in the 1000 block of Garibaldi Street just before 6 p.m. He was pronounced dead at the scene, police said. Police believe Murphy was gunned down by someone who knew him. The gunman fled the scene before police arrived. Stephen Murphy Killed in July Fourth…
  • Pota Coston, Fayette County’s First Ever Black Commissioner, Dies from Cancer

    Joy Blake
    4 Jul 2015 | 3:31 pm
    Pota Coston, Fayette County’s First Ever Black Commissioner, Dies from Cancer (Photo Credit: Pota Coston) Pota Coston, the first-ever black commissioner for Fayette County, Ga., lost her battle to breast cancer on Friday. She was 57. Coston was diagnosed in January, the same month she was sworn in as commissioner for Fayette County’s District 5. She was moved to hospice care on Tuesday after being hospitalized on June 25.   Pota Coston was a native of Elkins, W. Va. She graduated from Marshall University. She is survived by her husband and son.   Pota Coston, Fayette…
  • Bishop T.D. Jakes on SCOTUS Gay Marriage Ruling: “We Shouldn’t Lose Our Minds”

    Joy Blake
    4 Jul 2015 | 3:04 pm
    Bishop T.D. Jakes on SCOTUS Gay Marriage Ruling: “We Shouldn’t Lose Our Minds” (Photo Credit: Instagram via @BishopJakes) Bishop T. D. Jakes weighed in on SCOTUS upholding gay marriage saying, “We shouldn’t lose our minds over the world being the world.” Christian Post:  “I’m not really as concerned about this as a lot of people are,” said Jakes during service on Sunday, according to a video excerpt of his remarks published online. “I’m really not as concerned about it. I think that we should not lose our mind about the world…
  • Hispanic Leaders Call on GOP to Denounce Donald Trump Over Racist Comments

    Mira Hutchinson
    4 Jul 2015 | 12:24 pm
    Hispanic Leaders Call on GOP to Denounce Donald Trump Over Racist Comments (Cartoon Credit: Joe Heller) Hispanic leaders call on GOP to denounce Donald Trump after calling Mexican immigrants rapists and criminals. Donald Trump’s problems continue to grow following his racist comments about Mexican immigrants. Hispanic leaders are now calling on the Republican Party to denounce the presidential candidate after he called Mexican immigrants rapists, drug dealers and criminals. It would be in the best interest of the Republican Party to recognize that they can’t win the White House…
  • Eric Garner’s Widow Rejects His Daughter, Legacy Miller, with Longtime Girlfriend

    Joy Blake
    4 Jul 2015 | 12:11 pm
    Eric Garner’s Widow Rejects His 1-Year-Old Daughter with Longtime Girlfriend ERIC GARNER DRAMA:  Eric Garner’s widow rejected the 16-month-old daughter, Legacy Miller, who he had with the girlfriend he had been living with at the time of his chokehold death. The girl may be in line for the biggest payout from a settlement due to his death by a NYPD officer Daniel Pantaleo. The New York Daily News r