Politics

  • Most Topular Stories

  • Good Reasons to Uphold the Cuban Embargo

    Watchblog: Third Party & Independents
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:44 am
    Rather than reviewing Obama's attempt to normalize relations with Cuba in terms of the last 116 years of Cuban American history, those angered by the White House's unilateral announcement have framed the issue in terms of Obama's questionable ability as a negotiator. The comparisons with Jimmy Carter are inevitable, and for those who are waiting and watching for the final fall of the Cuban regime, weakened by a less-solvent Venezuela in the face of falling oil prices, this agreement is not just infuriating on a political and human rights basis, it's simply weak negotiating. So who's right?
  • Watch President Obama Call on Female Reporters for Every Single Question During Friday's Presser

    Political Mojo | Mother Jones
    James West
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:12 pm
    For his final press conference of 2014, President Obama exclusively called on female reporters. The White House had planned it that way: .@PressSec statement on questioner list: pic.twitter.com/QA44ySvsL3 — Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) December 19, 2014 By the eighth and final question, Obama even appeared to ignore a male reporter's attempt to participate. The result was amazing. Watch below:
  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Plum Line
    Paul Waldman
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:13 pm
    * President Obama held his last press conference of the year today, and after some crowing about strong job creation, low gas prices, and more people with health insurance, he was immediately asked about North Korea hacking into Sony: President Obama said Friday that Sony Pictures Entertainment “made a mistake” in opting to cancel the […]
  • The Week Ahead: President Obama Bids Goodbye to DC and Aloha to Hawaii

    NBC News Politics
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:51 pm
    The Obama's hit Hawaii for the Holidays, the Christmas truce remembered, final 2014 economic numbers released and our annual North Korean Holiday skit?
  • The troubling reason why whites in some states may show more hidden racial bias

    Wonkblog
    Chris Mooney
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:40 am
    Courtesy of Project Implicit. Across the United States, white Americans show subtle or "implicit" biases against blacks -- biases they mostly don't even realize they have. This has been established through lots of research, but it's not perfectly uniform across the land. Whites in some states show more bias, overall, than in others. That's the takeaway from the map above, courtesy of Project Implicit, which is based on the scores of 1.5 million voluntary takers of the Implicit Association Test or IAT (which detects subtle or unconscious racial preferences), and…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    The Atlantic

  • The Problem With Praising Famous Scientists

    Alexandra Ossola
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    In 1911, Albert Einstein penned a letter to Marie Curie in which he told her to stay strong in the face of extreme personal criticism: “If the rabble continues to occupy itself with you, then simply don’t read that hogwash, but rather leave it to the reptile for whom it has been fabricated.” By that time Curie had already proved herself a brilliant scientist—she had won the Nobel Prize for her work with radioactivity in 1903 and in 1911 became the first woman to run the physics laboratory at the Sorbonne—but was coming under fire for her personal life. She had been widowed five…
  • Shonda Rhimes and Serial: The Week in Pop-Culture Writing

    The Editors
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    The Year in Shonda Rhimes Matt Zoller Seitz | Vulture "The intelligence displayed on Rhimes’s series is that of a showman rather than a poet, though there is often poetry in the tawdry spectacles it serves up with such panache. " Serial Isn't About Ferguson. (But It's Kind Of About Ferguson.) Gene Demby | Codeswitch "Oh, the resonances." Andrew Luck: The NFL’s Most Perplexing Trash Talker Kevin Clark | The Wall Street Journal "It is, players say, just about the weirdest thing any quarterback does in the NFL." The Henry Ford of Books Todd S. Purdum | Vanity Fair "James Patterson is to…
  • Marco Polo: Netflix's Critical Flop That Dared to Be Diverse

    Lenika Cruz
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    Since the first season of Marco Polo dropped on Netflix a week ago, the 13th-century medieval epic has suffered a critical pile-on that feels almost gleeful in its disdain. It’s “the most gorgeous thing you’ll ever fall asleep to,” “meh,” “ludicrous,” and “binge-proof,” which may be the worst insult of all to level at a show created by the streaming service that popularized the habit of binge-watching. Chief among the series' redeeming qualities is its impeccable and accordingly expensive production and ambitious subject matter. Netflix is trying to appeal to a more global…
  • How the World Changed in 2014

    Kathy Gilsinan
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    This year shattered records from the number of billionaires to the number of refugees. It also happened to be the warmest year recorded and featured the highest-ever levels of wheat production and sales of industrial robots. The statistics below show how the world changed this year, in ways both big and small. 100-2oo percent: Increase in the number of coups since 2013. This year, the governments of Thailand and Burkina Faso were toppled by their militaries. In Ukraine, meanwhile, a popular uprising and a parliamentary vote ejected then-President Viktor Yanukovych. There is some debate over…
  • Antarctica Tourism Could Be Making Penguins Sick

    Nicholas St. Fleur
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:44 pm
    Antarctica remained largely untouched until roughly 200 years ago, and now, more than 10,000 people travel there every year. But tourists bring more than cameras. Scientists are warning that pathogens brought by visitors could threaten the continent’s most iconic inhabitant: the penguin. Isolation has left local wildlife populations particularly vulnerable to diseases commonplace elsewhere in the world. “The effects of both a growing tourism industry and research presence will not be without consequences,” Wray Grimaldi of the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, said to New…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Daily Kos

  • Time for some Made in America holiday shopping

    20 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Buying American-made products is a great way to support the American economy and jobs. According to the Alliance for American Manufacturing: Americans will spend $720 on average for holiday gifts this year. But if each of us spent just $64 on American-made goods this season, we could create 200,000 new jobs, right here in the United States! Of course, everyone doesn't necessarily have $64 to devote specifically to American-made goods—the sad fact is that it can be hard to find just what you want—but below the fold you'll find some places to do research, as well as gift ideas at different…
  • This week at progressive state blogs: Part-time PA cops amount to 'militia,' Rick Scott barometer

    20 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Just as states with progressive lawmakers and activists have themselves initiated innovative programs over a wide range of issues, state-based progressive blogs have helped provide us with a point of view, inside information and often an edgy voice that we just don't get from the traditional media. 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…
  • Upbeat Obama in weekly address: 'America's resurgence is real'

    20 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    The six years since the financial crisis have demanded hard work and sacrifice on everyone’s part. But as a country, we have every right to be proud of what we’ve got to show for it. More jobs. More insured. A growing economy. Shrinking deficits. Bustling industry. Booming energy. Pick any metric you want – America’s resurgence is real. President Obama struck a near-jubilant note in this morning's weekly address, pointing to numerous successes in the past year—and since his first term began—from the economy to diplomacy to ending the war in Afghanistan. On his lengthy list:…
  • This week in science: possible Martian gift still under wraps

    20 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    This image illustrates possible ways methane might be added to Mars’ atmosphere (sources) and removed from the atmosphere (sinks). NASA’s Curiosity Mars rover has detected fluctuations in methane concentration in the atmosphere, implying both types of activity occur on modern Mars. A longer caption discusses which are sources and which are sinks. (Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SAM-GSFC/Univ. of Michigan) Curiosity phones home with some interesting news on Mars that has some scientists scratching their heads: it detected methane. The substance is common in the outer solar system, but the…
  • Abbreviated Pundit Round-up: A feisty Obama takes on the press

    20 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    (Reminder via @armandodkos): no one should ever forget this awful Richard Cohen column about @StephenAtHome http://t.co/... in 2006. — @DemFromCT Politico: This time eight years ago, Barack Obama and his staff were in the final stages of preparing to launch a presidential campaign. So was pretty much everyone else. The midterms were done, the opposition party had ridden a wave to a wipe-out. The political world was already looking past President George W. Bush. Obama was leading the charge. Politico: The pivot isn’t necessarily about embracing the Real Barack Obama (that’s always been a…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Drudge Retort

  • Goldberg: Obama's Great Experiment in Cuba

    rcade
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:24 am
    Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic: On my most recent visit to Cuba this past March, I brought my family with me, because I wanted my children to see what Cuba looked like before everything changed. I didn't realize quite how quickly that change would come. ... There will be many ways to test whether the Obama administration, and those who support its decision to reestablish ties with Cuba after a half-century hiatus (including yours truly), are correct in arguing that broad exposure to America, to its people and to its businesses, will translate into greater openness and freedom for ordinary…
  • Congress Snuck New Car Perk in Spending Bill

    Whatsleft
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:32 am
    The Cromnibus budget deal grants members of Congress a lucrative new perk: the ability for each member to spend $1,000 of tax dollars per month on a luxury car allowance. Democratic Rep. Jared Polis of Colorado was the first to alert the public to this impending perk, when he posted about it on Facebook last Wednesday, the day after House Republican leaders filed the legislation. The relevant language from page 982 of the 1,603-page bill: "None of the funds made available in this Act may be used by the Chief Administrative Officer of the House of Representatives to make any payments from any…
  • Skeptics: Stop Calling Climate Deniers Skeptics

    sitzkrieg
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Committee for Skeptical Inquiry: Public discussion of scientific topics such as global warming is confused by misuse of the term "skeptic." The Nov 10, 2014, New York Times article "Republicans Vow to Fight EPA and Approve Keystone Pipeline" referred to Sen. James Inhofe as "a prominent skeptic of climate change." Two days later Scott Horsley of NPR's Morning Edition called him "one of the leading climate change deniers in Congress." These are not equivalent statements. As Fellows of the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry, we are concerned that the words "skeptic" and "denier" have been…
  • 14 Arrested in Deadly Meningitis Outbreak

    reinheitsgebot
    20 Dec 2014 | 4:33 am
    The two co-founders of the New England Compounding Center, Barry Cadden and Greg Conigliaro, and 12 other former employees were arrested at their homes around the state early this morning. Tainted steroids manufactured by the pharmacy were blamed for a 2012 outbreak that killed 64 people. About 750 people in 20 states developed meningitis or other infections after receiving the contaminated steroids. Michigan, Tennessee and Indiana were the hardest-hit states. Cadden and Glenn Adam Chin, a pharmacist who was in charge of NECC's sterile room, are charged with racketeering for allegedly causing…
  • Man Fakes Heart Attack, Accomplice Steals Toys

    rcade
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:07 pm
    A Florida thief last week faked a heart attack inside a Walmart so that a male accomplice could walk out of the store with a shopping cart stuffed with toys, including a motorized Barbie Power Wheel, police report. While the diversion proved initially successful, Tarus Scott, 30, and Genard Dupree, 27, were arrested yesterday on grand theft charges when they were linked to the crime via surveillance footage. "With Dupree doing his best Fred Sanford imitation, Scott walked past his sidekick," The Smoking Gun reports.
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Editor's Blog

  • Sony CEO: "We Have Not Backed Down"

    Josh Marshall
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Sorry, Sony dude. If you want a mulligan you're gonna have to ask for it.
  • Good Lord, People

    Josh Marshall
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:06 am
    Michigan woman files trademark on phrase "I Can't Breathe" for hoodies and t-shirts.
  • FBI Statement on Sony Hack

    Josh Marshall
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:59 am
    Here's the FBI statement placing blame on North Korea for the cyber attacks on Sony. Full statement after the jump ... Read More →
  • Arff

    Josh Marshall
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:21 am
    Dog shoots Wyoming man after stepping rifle.
  • Putin's Steroids Take a Toll

    Josh Marshall
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:01 am
    Take a look Paul Krugman's column on the rapid deterioration of the Russian economy. The drop in oil prices has of course played a central role in Russia's woes. The sanctions regime stemming from the Ukraine crisis has played a major contributing role. What's interesting though is Paul's point that most countries would have a set of tools to grapple at least with the drop off in oil revenues. But Russian kleptocracy, ranging from oligarchs who stash their cash overseas to military adventurism in Ukraine and much more, have created a perfect storm for the Russian economy and put many or most…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Political Animal

  • President Obama Plays the Long Game

    20 Dec 2014 | 8:58 am
    The media is settling on a new narrative about President Obama. It's always interesting watching one after another join in that process. For example, Timothy Egan calls it Obama Unbound. Perhaps the best thing to happen to him [Obama] was the crushing blow his party took in the midterm elections. Come January, Republicans will have their largest House majority in 84 years — since Herbert Hoover was president. Granted, no politician wants to join Hoover and history in the same sentence. But Obama is not cowering or conceding. He’s been liberated by defeat, becoming the president…
  • Latin America, Torture and the Cold War

    20 Dec 2014 | 6:47 am
    I am tempted to use the word "serendipitous" to describe the fact that within a matter of days, the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee released its report on the investigation of the use of torture by the Bush/Cheney administration, Brazil's National Truth Commission released its report on the activities of its brutal military dictatorship, and President Obama announced the normalization of our relationship with Cuba. Here's how Greg Grandin brought two of those events together back in 2007 when we were first learning about the extent to which torture had been used in the "global war on…
  • If Everyone Does a Little, No One Has to Do a Lot

    20 Dec 2014 | 5:49 am
    As is true for many of you, I've been reading the Washington Monthly for years. But it wasn't until they asked me to write here that I actually read their mission statement. Just in case any of you are like me, here it is. The Washington Monthly was founded in 1969 on the notion that a handful of plucky young writers and editors, armed with an honest desire to make government work and a willingness to ask uncomfortable questions, could tell the story of what really matters in Washington better than a roomful of Beltway insiders at a Georgetown dinner party. In our cluttered little downtown DC…
  • Daylight Video

    20 Dec 2014 | 4:50 am
    Let's start the day off with a Paolo Nutini cover of a great one by the Lovin Spoonful. Sweet daydreams everyone!
  • Day's End and Weekend Watch

    19 Dec 2014 | 2:44 pm
    There's something about the GOP/university administrator alliance opposing college ratings that really bugs me--it's like they decided to stop hurling insults at each other just long enough to scratch each other's backs. This is one subject on which I could take a lie detector test and come through with impeccable sincerity with an argument that making a donation to WaMo in whatever amount you can afford will have a tangible effect on a policy debate with real-live consequences. We won't stop collecting and presenting data on what colleges actually do and don't do, and won't rest until it's…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    The New Republic

  • Can Potential Terrorists Be "Rehabilitated"?

    Jesse Singal
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Syria’s civil war is causing problems in the European Union. As the fighting has grown more and more brutal, and as reports of human-rights atrocities committed by Bashar al-Assad’s regime have spread, the war has become an attractive destination for a certain subset of young, frustrated Europea
  • The World Is Experiencing the Worst Refugee Crisis Since World War II

    Daniel Trilling
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Hoppers Way in Singleton, Kent, is a quiet suburban cul-de-sac of red-brick detached houses, each with its own garage and driveway. Parked outside No 8, there is often a large white-and-grey camper van—a luxury Swift Kon-tiki 679 model, with a double bed in the back and another over the cab. Singl
  • EPA Is Finally Regulating Coal Ash Disposal—But Letting the Industry Police Itself

    Rebecca Leber
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:09 pm
    When power plants burn coal, they’re left with a coal ash residue containing arsenic, mercury, lead, and selenium. Until Friday, there were no federal standards for utilities to dispose of it. Utilities produce more than 100 million tons of the stuff annually, and what’s not recycled into concre
  • British Conservatives Have Been at War With the BBC for Decades—and This Time They Might Win

    John Simpson
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:56 pm
    They never seem to learn. If you’re a top politician, attacking the BBC’s reporting is the most obvious way of showing that you’re worried about the way that people will react to what you’re doing.The first reactions to George Osborne’s Autumn Statement had mostly been rather good. The nex
  • Obama's Right: Belgium Really Does Need a Politico

    Brian Beutler
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:44 pm
    In 2009, when I was a bright-green congressional reporter for TPM, and Josh Marshall and David Kurtz told me I’d be covering the health care reform debate full time, it felt like trial by fire. In hindsight, it was the opportunity of a lifetime, but one of the things that made it such a daunting a
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    MichelleMalkin.com

  • Priorities: Obama admin tasks healthcare facilities with focusing more on … climate change

    Doug Powers
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:05 am
    **Written by Doug Powers “Welcome to Solyndra Memorial Hospital. We’d like to introduce you to your team of heart surgeons: Al Gore, the U.N. and Dr. Steven Chu — Good luck!” The White House wants healthcare providers to get serious about bulking up their defenses against climate change. In a best-practice guide for healthcare providers and policymakers released on Monday, the administration advises them on how to best improve their “climate readiness.” The guide is one piece of a larger initiative at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) launched by…
  • Now how about a report about how many Dems already knew about the CIA’s interrogation techniques?

    Doug Powers
    **Written by Doug Powers Dianne Feinstein should call for another in-depth study: How many Democrats already knew about the things they’re acting shocked about in the Senate’s “torture report”? The man who oversaw the controversial CIA interrogation program said Sunday that Rep. Nancy Pelosi was “fully aware,” of the methods used against militants, while former Vice President Dick Cheney continued to defend the program and reiterated that the U.S. “stopped short of torture.” Both men said the techniques used — including waterboarding — had been…
  • If you like your Slurpee, you can keep your Slurpee: Obamacare ads coming to 7-Eleven receipts

    Doug Powers
    **Written by Doug Powers Obamacare ads are coming not just to 7-Eleven receipts, but other stores accepting the same payment service: ObamaCare ads will now appear on 7-Eleven receipts at more than 7,000 stores nationwide as government health officials expand their outreach in the second year of healthcare sign-ups. Information about ObamaCare sign-ups will appear on the bottom of receipts for anyone using a mobile payment company called PayNearMe, which allows bank-less customers to pay in stores like 7-Eleven and Family Dollar. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia Mathews…
  • The cop-hating cult of Larry Davis

    Michelle Malkin
    The cop-hating cult of Larry Davis by Michelle Malkin Creators Syndicate Copyright 2014 In Manhattan’s Union Square last week, a protester wielded a menacing sign. It didn’t make the front page of any newspaper. You didn’t see it on cable news. An appalled bystander sent me a photo of the marcher and his inciteful placard, but didn’t want to be identified in any way. You’ll know why in a moment. “Justice Please,” the top line of the poster read. “Before we see a lot of new Larry Davis[es],” the message threatened. “1986 6 cops…
  • Elizabeth Warren was against government shutdowns before she was for them

    Doug Powers
    **Written by Doug Powers Last year, Elizabeth Warren referred to some in the GOP as the “Anarchy Gang” for bringing the government to the point of a shutdown: Warren telling GOPers last year that “this democracy has already rejected your views” is an overdose of retro-irony considering the results of last month’s election. But anyway, fast forward to this week: Congressional Democrats objected on Wednesday to controversial financial and political campaign provisions tucked into a $1.1 trillion U.S. spending bill, keeping the risk of a government shutdown alive.
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    TIME

  • President Obama Confuses James Franco, Joe Flacco in Speech

    Jennifer So
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:49 pm
    President Obama addressed the nation Friday regarding Sony’s decision to cancel the release of The Interview following repeated cyber-attacks on the studio, but when he spoke about the film’s stars he accidentally conflated James Franco and Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco into “James Flacco.” Did Obama just say James Flacco for James Franco? That is is all kinds of awesome if so. — Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) December 19, 2014 Only moments after the slip up occurred someone had already snatched up the Twitter handle James Flacco and started a parody account.
  • Barack Obama Holds First Ever All-Women Press Conference

    Zeke J Miller
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:30 pm
    President Barack Obama’s traditional end-of-year press conference Friday was historic for reasons that had nothing to do with the substance of the president’s comments. All eight of the reporters who questioned Obama were women—and nearly all were print reporters—an apparent first for a formal White House news conference, a venue traditionally dominated by male television correspondents. “The fact is, there are many women from a variety of news organizations who day-in and day-out do the hard work of covering the President of the United States,” said White…
  • Obama Looks to the ‘4th Quarter’ of His Presidency

    Alex Altman
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:51 pm
    At the end of a grim year that saw his approval ratings sink, his party pummeled in elections and his legislative agenda stymied by opponents, President Barack Obama made an impassioned argument Friday that the nation has emerged stronger than ever from economic upheaval and an unending sequence of foreign crises. It was a rare glimpse of vintage Obama, the upbeat change-agent from his campaign days, who has all but vanished after six tough years of turmoil. In his ceremonial year-end news conference, Obama was buoyant, bantering with the press corps, mocking North Korean leader Kim Jong Un…
  • Obama Says Sony ‘Made a Mistake’ Pulling The Interview

    Zeke J Miller
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:21 am
    President Barack Obama said Friday that Sony “made a mistake” in pulling its film The Interview from distribution following a cyberattack that American officials have linked to North Korea. Speaking to reporters at the White House, Obama confirmed the FBI’s assessment that North Korea was behind the attack. He said he wished the studio had reached out to him before canceling the film’s release, and that he fears it sets a bad precedent for the nation. “We cannot have a society where some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship here in the United…
  • Rand Paul: Cuba Isolationists Just Don’t Get It

    Ryan Sager
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:51 am
    I grew up in a family that despised, not only communism, but collectivism, socialism and any “ism” that deprived the individual of his or her natural rights. As a kid, I listened to the stories of an old Ukrainian fisherman who talked of fighting the Bolsheviks. More times than I can remember, I’ve heard horror stories of those who fled Castro’s Cuba. I ran for office to fight for the individual and against statism of any kind anywhere and yet… I think a policy of isolationism toward Cuba is misplaced and hasn’t worked. I support engagement, diplomacy, and…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Politics News Headlines - Yahoo News

  • Ebola-ravaged Liberia holds long-delayed Senate vote

    20 Dec 2014 | 9:35 am
    Liberians voted Saturday in long-delayed Senate elections in the Ebola-ravaged west African nation as UN chief Ban Ki-moon wound up a regional tour to assess the fight against the epidemic. In nearby Guinea, where the UN chief visited Saturday before heading to Mali the same day, violence broke out in southern Kissidougou where hundreds of youngsters went on the rampage against an Ebola health centre set up by Doctors Without Borders, known by its French abbreviation of MSF. In Liberia, the vote for 15 of the 30 seats in the upper house of parliament had been postponed twice already as the…
  • Raul Castro hails removal of "obstacle" in US-Cuba relations

    20 Dec 2014 | 9:32 am
    Cuban President Raul Castro hailed Saturday the removal of an "obstacle" in US-Cuba relations, saying he was ready to discuss any topic with Washington after the historic bilateral rapprochement. "The Cuban people cheer this correct decision of US President Barack Obama. Castro chaired the gathering, which unanimously ratified the deal between Havana and Washington on Friday, in a session largely focused on the communist island's historic renewal of ties with Washington. The United States and Cuba made the breakthrough in their Cold War stand-off Wednesday, launching…
  • US sends 4 Afghans back home from Guantanamo

    20 Dec 2014 | 8:50 am
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon said Saturday that four Afghans from the Guantanamo Bay detention center have been returned to their home country in what U.S. officials are citing as a sign of their confidence in new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani.
  • Obama's Cuba moves reflect Florida political shift

    20 Dec 2014 | 8:47 am
    TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — For decades, the politics of Cuba in Florida were simple: anything less than a hard line stance against Fidel Castro was a sure way to lose a race for office.
  • UN removes former Somali warlord from sanctions list

    20 Dec 2014 | 8:45 am
    A former Somali warlord who renounced his alliance with the Islamist Shebab group this summer was removed from a UN sanctions list Friday. Shebab controls areas of Somalia and has staged a number of brazen assassinations and killings in Mogadishu, as well as in neighbouring Kenya. The United Nations Security Council committee dealing with Somalia announced Atom's removal from the sanctions list.
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Political Irony

  • Goodbye to the Colbert Report

    Iron Knee
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:42 pm
    The Colbert Report had its final episode and is off the air forever. Unfortunately, I can’t embed the video of the entire last show, but here’s a link to it. The most amazing part was the sing-along. You really should watch the whole show, but if you don’t want to, here’s just the sing-along: After you watch that, you may have a question or two (or three, or more). You can get the answers here. The Colbert Report is dead. Long live Stephen Colbert! Related posts: Daily Show & Colbert Report on Sarah Palin Bill O’Reilly claims he doesn’t report rumors…
  • Turnabout

    Iron Knee
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:42 pm
    © Jen Sorensen Actually, if they did only half as much horrible shit to us as we have admitted doing to them, we would have likely dropped nuclear weapons on them by now. Related posts: Turnabout is Fair Play Turnabout Turnabout
  • The End of Insanity

    Iron Knee
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:38 pm
    They say that insanity is when you keep doing the same thing, hoping for a different result. Well, we’ve had an embargo against Cuba for 53 years, hoping that would change Cuba. It hasn’t worked. So I am overjoyed that Obama has decided to change our relationship with Cuba. We are going to open an embassy in Cuba and chart a course toward normalizing relations. For those who say that is a bad idea, we normalized relations with many of our former enemies, including Russia, China, and Vietnam, and the world didn’t end. Our dysfunctional relationship with Cuba is the last relic…
  • Cheney Doubles Down on Torture

    Iron Knee
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:30 pm
    In addition, Cheney claimed that our waterboarding wasn’t torture because we elevated the victim’s feet so that they wouldn’t drown. The Fact Checker reviews Cheney’s statements and finds him completely full of bullshit. He has lied to us repeatedly, with absolutely no remorse, and he doesn’t dare stop lying now. He would do anything and say anything to save his own lying ass. Related posts: Arizona Governor Doubles Down on Racist Lies It’s Torture! Gingrich Doubles Down
  • Bush v Clinton Redux

    Iron Knee
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:15 pm
    Jeb Bush announced that he will “actively explore” running for president, and has even formed a Political Action Committee. Does this mean that the 2016 election will be the ultimate political dynasty deja vu? Well, yes. Barring any unforeseen catastrophe, that’s almost certainly going to be the lineup. In fact, just a few hours after the Bush announcement, Senator Rand Paul started running ads against Bush. The presidential election season is upon us. It is going to be a long two years. Related posts: H.W. Bush Floors Bill Clinton with Joke Benghazi Redux Swiftboating Redux
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Politics - The Huffington Post

  • Freed 'Cuban Five' Members Receive Heroes Welcome In Parliament

    20 Dec 2014 | 9:25 am
    HAVANA (AP) — Members of the Cuban parliament gave a standing ovation Saturday to three men convicted of spying in the United States who were released as part of a historic agreement to restore relations between the two long-hostile countries. The three men, long regarded as heroes in Cuba, appeared before the National Assembly along with family members. Seated behind them in the audience was Elian Gonzalez, the young Cuban rafter who in 2000 was at the center of a bitter custody battle between relatives in Miami and his father in Cuba. President Raul Castro thanked all those who helped…
  • 'Dark Knight Rises' Murders Hung Over 'The Interview' Decision

    20 Dec 2014 | 8:01 am
    LOS ANGELES (AP) — When a group claiming credit for the hacking of Sony Pictures Entertainment threated violence against theaters showing "The Interview" earlier this week, the fate of the movie's big-screen life was all but sealed. Even though law enforcement didn't deem the threats of violence credible at the time, theater owners and Sony undoubtedly considered the 2012 massacre of a dozen people in a Colorado movie theater. That attack came without warning, and at the time there was no precedent for such mass violence against a U.S. movie audience. The theater's owner contends it could…
  • President Obama Touts Partnership With Egypt's Military Regime: Yet Repression Continues Unabated

    20 Dec 2014 | 7:33 am
    CAIRO--Egypt's capital is crowded, busy, confused, and messy, like so many cities in poorer nations. Security isn't obvious, until you get close to a sensitive site, such as the Interior Ministry. Blocks away the street is closed. There are metal fences, concrete barriers, and barbed wire. Uniformed and plain clothes security personnel. Armored personnel carriers. And multiple checks to get to the ministry's door. In Minya a few months ago a judge handed down 683 death sentences against protestors in one case. The street leading to the courthouse was blocked by an APC topped by armed soldiers…
  • U.S. Drone Strike In Pakistan Kills 5 Taliban Militants: Officials

    20 Dec 2014 | 7:20 am
    ISLAMABAD (AP) — A U.S. drone fired two missiles at militant hideout in northwestern Pakistan on Saturday, killing at least five Taliban fighters, two security officials said. In a separate operation, the military said Pakistani security forces killed five "terrorists" on the outskirts of Peshawar, where the Pakistani Taliban carried out a school massacre earlier this week, killing 148 people, mainly children. The attack shocked the nation and prompted a massive military response in the tribal regions along the Afghan border, longtime strongholds of both foreign and local militants.
  • US Sends 4 Afghans Home From Guantanamo

    20 Dec 2014 | 6:56 am
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon said Saturday that four Afghans from the Guantanamo Bay detention center have been returned to their home country in what U.S. officials are citing as a sign of their confidence in new Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. Obama administration officials said they worked quickly to fulfil the request from Ghani, in office just three months, to return the four — long cleared for release — as a kind of reconciliation and mark of improved U.S.-Afghan relations. There is no requirement that the Afghan government further detain the men, identified as Mohammed Zahir,…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Media Matters for America - Latest Items

  • Fox's Stacey Dash: Government Assistance Is "The Democratic Party's New Version Of Slavery"

    19 Dec 2014 | 9:58 am
    From the December 19 edition of Fox News' Outnumbered:Previously: Fox's Stacey Dash: The Democratic Party Has "A Plantation Mentality" Ingraham: Democrats Won't Let Black Americans "Off The Plantation" Without Being Labeled A "Sell-Out" Fox Contributor: Certain Black Voters Bought Into Democrats' "Plantation Idea" Of Dependency
  • Pew Admits Flaw In Poll Being Used To Attack Stronger Gun Laws

    19 Dec 2014 | 9:29 am
    The research group whose misleading poll question was heavily touted by the media to suggest "growing public support for gun rights" has acknowledged that the question was flawed. Last week, the Pew Research Center released the results of a survey that asked respondents whether it is more important to "control gun ownership" or to "protect the right of Americans to own guns." The poll showed increased support for the gun rights answer and a drop in support for regulating guns. The results were reported by numerous media outlets, especially by…
  • Tampa Tribune Whitewashes Jeb Bush's Murky Business Record In Support Of Presidential Run

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:22 am
    A Tampa Tribune editorial supporting former Gov. Jeb Bush's decision to explore the possibility of running for president claimed that his past business dealings, which include questionable investments, taxpayer bailouts, and failed ventures, "add to his qualifications" to be president.The Tampa Tribune Claims Jeb Bush's Business Background Qualifies Him To Be President The Tampa Tribune: Bush's Business Record "Only Adds To His Qualifications." According to a December 17 Tampa Tribune editorial positively highlighting Jeb Bush's decision to run for president, Bush's "sophisticated…
  • Fox News Can't Decide If There's Still A War On Christmas

    18 Dec 2014 | 6:40 am
    Last night on his Fox News show, Bill O'Reilly celebrated having "won the war" on Christmas. He continued the victory lap on NBC's Late Night, telling host Seth Meyers, "it's over, we won. Anybody can say Merry Christmas if they want to."   But if the War on Christmas is over, someone forgot to tell O'Reilly's colleagues at Fox Nation, who are warning readers this morning of the supposedly ongoing "War on Christmas": Jesse Watters, a correspondent for The O'Reilly Factor, serves as a managing editor for Fox Nation. 
  • On NBC's Late Night , Bill O'Reilly Doubles Down With Victory Claim In "War On Christmas"

    18 Dec 2014 | 5:24 am
    From the December 18 edition of NBC's Late Night with Seth Meyers:Previously: "We Won The War": Bill O'Reilly Congratulates Himself For Having "Single-Handedly Saved Christmas" O'Reilly: "It Isn't A Mythical War On Christmas. It's Real And We Just Won" O'Reilly Declares Victory In "War On Christmas," Joins Fox's "War On Easter" Bill O'Reilly Covers The "War On Christmas" More Than Actual Wars, Again
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    The Women's International Perspective

  • India’s Bride Trafficking Fuelled By Skewed Sex Ratios

    Kim Amador
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:35 pm
    by Anu Anand, The Guardian, UK – Just 90 minutes’ drive from the thriving city of Gurgaon, near Delhi, a business hub in India and home to corporate giants Google and Microsoft, Hari Singh Yadav, landowner, farmer and eldest of seven brothers sits outside his front door and bemoans his bachelor status. “There are not enough girls from my caste in our village, and I’m already 34 years old, so now no one wants to marry me,” he says. Only three of his brothers have found wives. “Here, if you don’t marry, people shun you. I want to go to [the southern city of] Hyderabad and get…
  • Havana Today, Guantánamo Tomorrow

    cesar chelala
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:51 am
    President Obama’s decision to reestablish normal relations with Havana –a measure long overdue- signals a significant shift in the U.S. government position regarding Cuba. To improve on that decision, given the stain that Guantánamo represents for the U.S. government, a return of Guantánamo to Cuba is in order. That measure would not only be a rightful one, but would notably improve the U.S.’ battered image in the continent. Havana sunrise. Photo by Flickr user Howard Ignatius and used under a Creative Commons license.Guantánamo has a complex history. Initially, the U.S. government…
  • Ebola kills top Sierra Leone doctor

    BBC News - Home
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:17 am
    One of Sierra Leone's top doctors, Victor Willoughby, died from Ebola hours after the arrival of experimental drug ZMab, medical officials say.
  • Only fraction of Gaza pledged aid delivered

    AL JAZEERA ENGLISH (AJE)
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:43 am
    Just two percent of $5.4bn pledged by countries to help rebuild Palestinian enclave has been transferred, officials say.
  • Iran honors nuclear deal with powers, IAEA report shows

    Reuters: World News
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:25 am
    VIENNA (Reuters) - Iran has continued to meet commitments under an interim nuclear agreement with six world powers, a confidential U.N. agency report showed, though Tehran temporarily halted conversion work that makes higher-grade uranium less suitable for bombs.
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    This Week in Blackness | #TWIBnation

  • #Sportsball #46: The Invisible Streak

    aaron rand freeman
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:23 am
    The Team Never To Be Mentioned. The Sportsball Crew discusses Aaron Rodger’s terrible game, the Saints getting into the playoffs, the Bulls, the enjoyably terrible Knicks and Nets, and the winning streak of the NBA Franchise in Oakland. Featuring: Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman, Rachael Parenta @rachaelparenta Shane Paul Neil @shanepaulneil and David Von Ebers @D_V_E. Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon - Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! Want more @Sportsball: SUBSCRIBE: iTunes | Stitcher | RSS Feed…
  • #TWIBprime #618 | ‘Till Death Do Us Part

    aaron rand freeman
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:02 pm
    Not The Best Response. #TeamBlackness discusses Camille Cosby’s defense of her husband, Charles C. Johnson making strides to be the worst journalist ever, and how to be a proper ally in the struggle against oppression. Featuring: Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman Elon James White @elonjames Imani Gandy @angryblacklady Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon - Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! Want more @TWIBprime:  SUBSCRIBE: iTunes |Stitcher| RSS Feed FOLLOW: Facebook |Twitter|[DONATE]
  • @BlackGirlNerds #15 | The Age of Nerdcore

    aaron rand freeman
    14 Dec 2014 | 10:16 pm
    Nerdcore. Jamie discusses the growing Nerdcore genre of music with artists Raheem Jarbo, Sammus Synthesizer, Mario SkyBlew, and more! Featuring: Jamie Broadnax @jamiebroadnax Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon - Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! Want more @BlackGirlNerds: SUBSCRIBE: iTunes |Stitcher| RSS Feed FOLLOW: Facebook |Twitter|[DONATE]  
  • #TWIBprime #617 | A Difficult Year

    aaron rand freeman
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:32 pm
    2014 Was A Thing. #TeamBlackness discusses the aftermath of episode 616, a misunderstanding involving Jay-Z, the “Driving While Black” app, and the New York Attorney General seeking the power to investigate police killing of unarmed civilians. Featuring: Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman Elon James White @elonjames Imani Gandy @angryblacklady Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon - Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! Want more @TWIBprime:  SUBSCRIBE: iTunes |Stitcher| RSS Feed FOLLOW: Facebook |Twitter|[DONATE]
  • @WeNerdHard #88 | The Exclusivity Wars

    aaron rand freeman
    10 Dec 2014 | 1:34 pm
      Tomb Raider to X1. #BitterCynicalAdults discuss Street Fighter 5 and Tomb Raider, the new era in exclusivity deals, Dragon Age, and general dragon bigotry. Featuring Elon James White @elonjames,  Fahnon Bennett @FahnonB , N’Jaila Rhee @blasianbytch and  Aaron Rand Freeman @ansfreeman Want to support TWiB? Shop at Amazon using this link: http://twib.me/amazon - Buy what you would normally buy and TWIB gets MONEY! Want more @WeNerdHard: SUBSCRIBE:  iTunes |  Stitcher | RSS Feed FOLLOW: Facebook | Twitter | [DONATE]
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Wonkette

  • Ferguson Prosecutor: Sure, I Sent Liars To Grand Jury. That’s A Problem Now?

    Doktor Zoom
    20 Dec 2014 | 8:28 am
    On Friday, St. Louis County Prosecuting Attorney Robert McCulloch spoke publicly about the grand jury process for the first time since November, when he announced that the grand jury had found officer Darren Wilson a swell guy. He also admitted that he knew that some of the witnesses he put before the grand jury were lying and obviously couldn’t have seen what they claimed. “There were people who came in and, yes, absolutely lied under oath,” he said, and seemed perfectly OK with that, actually. Here’s the full interview: In particular, he said that he was quite sure…
  • Wonkette Week In Review: Yule Want To See The Week’s Best Stories

    Doktor Zoom
    20 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Happy Festivus weekend, Wonkers! Hope you’re ready for the Airing of Grievances! Our greatest grievance is, of course, that we can only bring Wonkette to you a mere 7 days a week, and worse, on some of those days, you may still miss some of our Wonkings because of things like a “job,” a “family,” or a “life.” Happily, the weekend is a great time to catch up on some of our best stuff, and so we bring you this feature, in which we count down the ten best stories of the week – or at least most-shared on the Facebooks, which is pretty much the same…
  • The Colbert Report Is No More. Long Live Stephen Colbert’s Best Moment Ever

    Doktor Zoom
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:12 pm
    As you probably noticed, The Colbert Report ran its final episode last night. It was a big sendoff for a beloved entertainment icon. But remember when he got just a little too real with George W. Bush at the 2006 White House Correspondents’ Dinner and people thought he’d gone too far? The greatest thing about this man is he’s steady. You know where he stands. He believes the same thing Wednesday that he believed on Monday, no matter what happened Tuesday. Events can change; this man’s beliefs never will. We were so naïve and innocent back then. On re-viewing,…
  • Women In Tech: When Will They Shut Up And Be Men?

    Doktor Zoom
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Women in technology continued to be a big problem this week, insisting that somehow the fact that they are women was even noteworthy, AS IF. Let’s start with the genuinely horrible and end with the slightly less horrible, shall we? From the seemingly endless morass of misogyny and stupid (plus very legitimate concerns about gaming journalism) that is “gamergate” comes the news that, for a very brief time Friday Amazon carried a self-published e-book detailing a violent rape fantasy about one Zoe Quinn, one of the game developers who has been the target of online harassment…
  • Drop It Like It’s Hot: Your Friday Cocktail Hour Gin And Juice

    Fitzgerald Chesterfield
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Did you know that grapefruit is in season? Did you already run out and buy a big bag? Perfect. Let’s drink ‘em. We need to juice them, but the juicer we usually use for citrus cannot handle the size of the grapefruit. One of those jams that’s a reamer over top of a bowl or a jar is what we need. Did you know that today’s one of the last days to order from Amazon to definitely get delivery by Christmas Eve? This cocktail probably already has a name out there, but we’re gonna call it Snoop Dogg in honor of his great homage to  gin and juice, the chorus of which…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Hot Air

  • Michael Brown prosecutor: Some of the grand jury witnesses lied

    Jazz Shaw
    20 Dec 2014 | 8:31 am
    You don't say Somehow I doubt that the Hands Up Don’t Shoot crowd, still angry about the decision handed down by the Ferguson grand jury, is going to pay much attention to this new information. But they probably should, particularly since the prosecutor makes it clear that he gave everyone and their brother a chance to have their […] Read this post »
  • Sony CEO: Cave? We didn’t cave. What do you mean?

    Jazz Shaw
    20 Dec 2014 | 7:01 am
    I have no idea what you mean We’re often fond of referring to rookie politicians as being tone deaf when it comes to how they present themselves in the media. It’s understandable that a little faux pas will pop up once in a while if you haven’t spent your life under the glare of the camera. But not so an operation such […] Read this post »
  • Obama’s NLRB brings down the hammer on McDonald’s

    Jazz Shaw
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:31 am
    Pay up It’s becoming increasingly difficult to keep up with all the moves that Barack Obama is making now that the election is over. In one which could have easily been overlooked, the President’s highly union-friendly National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has handed down a series of complaints against fast food giant McDonald’s. In a significant victory […] Read this post »
  • Quotes of the day

    Allahpundit
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Paralysis. Sony Pictures Entertainment is and always has been strongly committed to the First Amendment. For more than three weeks, despite brutal intrusions into our company and our employees’ personal lives, we maintained our focus on one goal: getting the film The Interview released. Free expression should never be suppressed by threats and extortion. The decision […] Read this post »
  • Video: Drone footage shows damage Greenpeace did to Nazca Lines

    Mary Katharine Ham
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:21 pm
    Irreparable. This is an update to last week’s story about Greenpeace’s irresponsible stunt on the Nazca Lines site in Peru. The Nazca Lines are a collection of giant, rudimentary drawings of shapes and animals meticulously drawn into a windless, rainless plateau in a Peru desert thousands of years ago. The entirety of the area is covered […] View the video »
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Real PolitixReal Politix

  • Tips About Insurance To Help Make It Stress Free

    Randy
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:00 pm
    TIP! When it’s time to renew your insurance policy or change providers, have the agent give you a new quote. Insurance carriers use all kinds of criteria when determining premiums, and each company is a bit different regarding what they use. There are a lot of different policies you can get, and it can be confusing! The advice in this article will help you to understand what sort of insurance coverage you need and how to get the best deal possible. TIP! When searching for insurance, look for a company that offers the best overall solution for your needs. In many cases, having multiple…
  • For Great Advice On How To Invest, Try These Helpful Tips!

    Randy
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:56 am
    TIP! Be sure to diversify your investments across a few different areas. It is not a wise decision to have all your money tied up into one specific investment. Whether you are a beginner investor, or a seasoned trader, you can always gain more knowledge about the stock market. Investing is more than simply buying stock when it’s low and selling when it’s high. Continue on to the article below so you begin to learn how to be a profitable investor. TIP! Don’t buy into any talk of market timing. Historical data shows that results come from investing the same amount of money…
  • Deal With Your Home Based Business With These Tips

    Randy
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:35 am
    TIP! If a product that you sell is no longer in stock, say so on your website. Customers are certain to be upset with you if the products they ordered will take weeks to arrive to them. There are undoubtedly many would-be entrepreneurs out there who dream of launching a home-based business. The luxury of working the hours you desire and having no boss is very appealing. However, actually implementing this plan is separate from dreaming it. This article provides some advice on how to put your plan into action. TIP! Become a part of a forum of home business group online. You can network with…
  • Before Buying A House, Read This Article

    Randy
    13 Dec 2014 | 2:56 pm
    TIP! When negotiating with a seller, make a reasonable offer. Many people get too aggressive so that they can get a great deal, and they end up overdoing it and losing it. This is the best time in history to follow the crowd and invest in real estate. It can provide respectable profits, and doesn’t require much start up cost. Advice in this article can help you find solutions that are affordable and are sure to be profitable. TIP! Real estate agents need to get a hold of their former clients during anniversaries and holidays of their date of purchase. When you keep in touch with them,…
  • Solid Tips For Getting Insurance That Is Right For You

    Randy
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:14 pm
    TIP! Insurance companies will usually lower your premiums if you use them for your life, home and auto insurance. You can take advantage of multi-policy discounts, by purchasing your auto and homeowners policies from the same insurance company. 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! Look around and find an insurance provider that can handle all of your needs. Often, if you have your car, home, health,…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    FamousDC

  • Famous Friday [Round Up]

    fdc
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:23 pm
    #NATIONAL We miss Boardwalk Empire; North Korea = 1, Sony = 0;  Jay Cutler is not having a good week; Can you make this go Woodhouse? err… viral?; Got the club going up … on a Tuesday; North Korea is so ********{HACKED}********{REMOVE TEXT}******; #DISTRICT Bill Clinton still has A-game; Ask Sean Spicer where Reince Priebus […]The post Famous Friday [Round Up] appeared first on FamousDC.
  • The Best Thing to Happen on C-SPAN This Decade?

    Marie Formica
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    That feeling when your mom calls you and your pundit brother out on C-SPAN: “Oh God, it’s mom.” – Dallas Woodhouse   h/t C-SPANThe post The Best Thing to Happen on C-SPAN This Decade? appeared first on FamousDC.
  • There’s a New Shultz in Town

    Marie Formica
    12 Dec 2014 | 2:35 pm
    And she’s a baby, named Camden Danielle. Congratulations to our own famous Josh and Robin Shultz!The post There’s a New Shultz in Town appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Famous Friday [Round Up]

    fdc
    12 Dec 2014 | 2:29 pm
    #NATIONAL If you have to ask what Serial is, you need this Vox post h/t Morgan Gress; The 12 days of bacon is everything; Sony’s leaked emails are really entertaining; Colbert is killing it with interviews lately; What’s in the box?!; It’s just $4; #DISTRICT Dear house staffer telling the Google check-in desk at the […]The post Famous Friday [Round Up] appeared first on FamousDC.
  • Sunday Funday: Sticky Rice & Saving the Kids

    fdc
    12 Dec 2014 | 2:15 pm
    You’re going to be wiped out from a Saturday night of partying, and if we know you, you’re probably going to need some good karma. Rework your Sunday evening to join Shannon Croom with Mission 29.2 at Sticky Rice 1224 H St NE DC for a fundraiser benefiting Mission292’s upcoming trip to Haiti. All proceeds go toward […]The post Sunday Funday: Sticky Rice & Saving the Kids appeared first on FamousDC.
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Business and finance

  • Cracking the shells

    18 Dec 2014 | 4:45 pm
    CORPORATE secrecy has shot up the global political agenda over the past couple of years. Non-governmental organisations (NGOs) have been kicking up a stink about the liberal use of anonymous shell companies—which exist on paper only, with no real employees or offices—by corrupt officials, money launderers and other financial ne’er-do-wells. For proof of the economic harm this can cause, look no further than the billions of dollars siphoned out of Ukraine through shady shells by Viktor Yanukovich and his cronies. New legislation in the European Union, agreed on December 16th, marks…
  • The new American

    18 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    IT HAS BEEN a bit more than a year since American Airlines and US Airways officially merged. Integrating the two airlines will take another few years. But the merged entity—dubbed American Airlines—is already planning to spend significant sums on its planes and hubs.American announced earlier this month that it will shell out $2 billion on new seats, power outlets for passengers' gadgets, and in-flight entertainment upgrades. It also claims that its aircraft fleet will be the youngest, on average, of the big traditional American carriers by the end of 2014. Additionally, American plans to…
  • The dark clouds around the silver lining

    18 Dec 2014 | 3:48 am
    IT MUST seem churlish of me to maintain my grim pessimism about the Fed's current course of action, given the steady flow of encouraging data from the American economy. But try as I might, I cannot muster the same Panglossian enthusiasm as my colleague about the way policy is unfolding. This is not the best of all worlds.My colleague reckons that the American economy is "converging rapidly on full employment". I think the Fed shares his view. Ironically, this is actually an exceptionally negative statement about the strength of the American labour market. Despite recent rapid job growth,…
  • The best of all worlds

    17 Dec 2014 | 2:33 pm
    WHAT could be better than an economy converging rapidly on full employment? A central bank in no mood to get in the way. That is the happy combination America now enjoys, and it explains the stock market's euphoric reaction to today's meeting of the Federal Reserve.In the statement releaed after its meeting, the Fed hailed "solid job gains" and diminishing slack in the labour market. Projections of its officials put unemployment at or below its long-run “natural” rate a year from now. This is not an economy in need of zero interest rates. And, as officials had broadly hinted beforehand,…
  • Frothy.com

    17 Dec 2014 | 6:11 am
    IN DECEMBER 15 years ago the dotcom crash was a few weeks away. Veterans of that fiasco may notice some familiar warning signs this festive season. Bankers and lawyers are being priced out of office space in downtown San Francisco; all of the space in eight tower blocks being built has been taken by technology firms. In 2013 around a fifth of graduates from America’s leading MBA schools joined tech firms, almost double the share that struck Faustian pacts with investment banks. Janet Yellen, the head of the Federal Reserve, has warned that social-media firms are overvalued—and has been…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Democracy Now!

  • Assata Shakur: What Does New U.S.-Cuba Pact Mean for Exiled Black Panther Wanted in New Jersey?

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:55 am
    Authorities in New Jersey have said they hope a historic warming of ties between the United States and Cuba will help them capture and imprison Black Panther Assata Shakur. "We view any changes in relations with Cuba as an opportunity to bring her back to the United States to finish her sentence for the murder of a New Jersey State Trooper in 1973," said State Police Superintendent Colonel Rick Fuentes. The encounter left both the officer and a fellow Black Panther, Zayd Malik Shakur, dead. Shakur has said she was shot by police with both arms in the air, and then again from the…
  • Should Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld & CIA Officials Be Tried for Torture? War Crimes Case Filed in Germany

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:43 am
    A human rights group in Berlin, Germany, has filed a criminal complaint against the architects of the George W. Bush administration’s torture program. The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights has accused former Bush administration officials, including CIA Director George Tenet and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, of war crimes, and called for an immediate investigation by a German prosecutor. The move follows the release of a Senate report on CIA torture which includes the case of a German citizen, Khalid El-Masri, who was captured by CIA agents in 2004 due to mistaken…
  • New York Says No to Fracking: State Bans Drilling Following Grassroots Outcry over Public Health

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:20 am
    New York has become the first state in the nation with major natural gas deposits to ban the oil and gas extraction process of hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, citing potential risks to public health. Fracking involves blasting sand, water and toxic chemicals deep into shale rock to release oil and gas, a process which can poison water supplies and pollute the air. Following a two-year study, New York Acting Health Commissioner Howard Zucker said fracking was too risky. We speak to biologist, activist and author Sandra Steingraber, co-founder of New Yorkers Against Fracking. Also…
  • From Free Pre-K to Paid Sick Leave to Pay Raises, NYC Mayor de Blasio Fulfills Progressive Promises

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:12 am
    Democracy Now! co-host Juan González discusses his exclusive year-end interview with New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. "The list of his accomplishments in just one year has shocked even me — a total skeptic after more 35 years of covering urban politics in this country," writes González in his latest column. "And it’s not just the big issues like education, affordable housing, reform of police-community relations, or new contracts and pay raises for city workers. It’s also a host of less publicized but important measures affecting ordinary New Yorkers.
  • Headlines for December 19, 2014

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    U.S. General: Turning Point Against ISIS Will Take At Least 3 YearsIraq: Kurdish Forces Break Siege of Yazidis on Mount SinjarSyria: 230 Islamic State Victims Found in Mass GraveISIS Leaders Killed as WikiLeaks Publishes Docs on CIA Doubts About "High-Value" AssassinationsNigeria: Boko Haram Kills 30, Kidnaps 200 in Village of GumsuriReport: Attorney Sought to Free U.S. Hostage in FBI-Backed BidPakistan Kills 67 Militants, Revives Death Penalty After School MassacreNew Jersey Hopes Cuba Thaw Will Bring Capture of Black Panther Assata ShakurU.S. Prosecutors Sue New York City over…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Outside the Beltway

  • Supreme Court Refuses To Block Same-Sex Marriages In Florida

    Doug Mataconis
    20 Dec 2014 | 8:21 am
    In yet another interesting development in the manner in which it has handled same-sex marriage cases, the Supreme Court has denied a request for a stay from the State of Florida of a ruling striking down that state’s ban on same-sex marriages, which means that same-sex weddings will be allowed to proceed in the Sunshine State beginning on January 6th: Same-sex marriage will begin Jan. 6 in Florida — the U.S. Supreme Court on Friday evening denied Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s request to Justice Clarence Thomas that he extend a stay preventing the state from…
  • F.C.C. Rejects Petition To Declare ‘Redskins’ An Obscene Word

    Doug Mataconis
    20 Dec 2014 | 7:06 am
    Earlier this year, a petition filed by George Washington University Law Professor John Banzhaf asked the Federal Communications Commission to decline to renew the broadcast license of  WWXX-FM, the local sports talk radio station which also broadcasts the radio feed for Washington Redskins games, on the grounds that the term “Redskins” was obscene.  As most observers who had opined on the subject at the time expected, the Commission has rejected the petition: The Federal Communications Commission has dismissed an attempt to block the broadcast license renewal of a…
  • Obama Faults Sony For Pulling ‘The Interview’ From Theaters, Vows Response To North Korea

    Doug Mataconis
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:34 pm
    As expected, the very first question that President Obama got at his end-of-the-year press conference today was about the news that the F.B.I. had determined that North Korea was behind the hacking attack against Sony Pictures, and in answering the question the President both vowed that there would be a response to what North Korea has done and criticized Sony for pulling the movie: WASHINGTON — President Obama on Friday said that the United States “will respond proportionally” against North Korea for its cyberattacks on Sony Pictures, and criticized the studio for giving in…
  • Did 24 Help Make Torture Acceptable?

    Doug Mataconis
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:06 pm
    In the wake of the release last week of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on C.I.A. torture during the early years of the War On Terror, there has been much discussion about how the American people have seemingly come to accept the idea that there were horrible, possibly illegal, acts committed by agents of the American government in the name of protecting the nation from another 9/11 style attack. The perception that this was something that the American public would support has been verified over and over again in polling that was taken long before the report was released and,…
  • F.B.I. Charges North Korea With Being Behind Hacking Attacks On Sony

    Doug Mataconis
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:17 am
    The Federal Bureau Of Investigation has formally charged North Korea with being behind the hacking attacks against Sony that has led to the disclosure of a host of private information, and has been tied to complaints from Pyongyang regarding the release of a movie depicting the assassination of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as well as threats of terrorist attacks inside the United States should the movie be shown: WASHINGTON — The F.B.I. on Friday said it had extensive evidence that the North Korean government organized the cyberattack that debilitated Sony Pictures computers, marking…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines

  • Here Are 5 Countries Where Solar Power Is Making a Revolution

    editor@truthdig.com
    20 Dec 2014 | 2:24 am
    By Juan Cole Ironically, developing countries of the global south who don’t have enough electricity can leapfrog conventional power and go straight to solar and wind. Related Entries December 20, 2014 Top 7 Ways Assassination Fails the U.S. as Policy December 18, 2014 Cuba: Top 5 Other Dictatorships With Which the U.S. Has Diplomatic Relations
  • How Nonprofit Hospitals Are Seizing Patients’ Wages

    editor@truthdig.com
    20 Dec 2014 | 1:17 am
    One Missouri hospital has sued thousands of uninsured patients who couldn’t pay for their care, then grabbed a hefty portion of their paychecks to cover the bills. “We will be paying them off until we die,” one debtor said. Related Entries December 17, 2014 New York State Bans Fracking December 17, 2014 NY State Official Raises Alarm on Charter Schools — And Gets Ignored
  • Top 7 Ways Assassination Fails the U.S. as Policy

    editor@truthdig.com
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:11 am
    By Juan Cole Wikileaks has released a government assessment of drone strikes aimed at assassinating top leaders. Related Entries December 20, 2014 Here Are 5 Countries Where Solar Power Is Making a Revolution December 19, 2014 The Senate Drone Report of 2019
  • Dennis Kucinich: There Isn’t Much Difference Between the Clintons and the Bushes

    editor@truthdig.com
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:51 pm
    The former congressman explains how three members spirited a Russia sanctions bill through the House, and why the 2016 presidential race could present a false choice. Related Entries December 19, 2014 Dennis Kucinich: There Isn’t Much Difference Between the Clintons and the Bushes December 19, 2014 Vladimir Putin Invites Kim Jong Un to Moscow
  • Eugene O’Neill: A Life in Four Acts

    editor@truthdig.com
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:20 pm
    By Wendy Smith A new biography reclaims the playwright of “A Long Day’s Journey Into Night” as a self-conscious, committed artist who strove to break through the limits of production and consistently voice his lifelong contempt for American materialism, imperialism, racism and puritanism. Related Entries December 16, 2014 Stop and Frisk December 15, 2014 The New Republic: The Bad and the Good
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    PunditGuy

  • Happy Thanksgiving!

    PunditGuy
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:33 am
  • Seahawk Distress

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

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

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

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

    ThinkProgress

  • Sony Exploring Alternatives For Releasing ‘The Interview’

    Emily Atkin
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:03 am
  • Lawmaker Defends ‘Legitimate Rape’ Bill

    Igor Volsky
    20 Dec 2014 | 7:44 am
    Missouri Rep. Rick Brattin (R) CREDIT: Screenshot A Missouri lawmaker who filed a bill requiring women seeking abortions to obtain notarized consent from the man who impregnated them defended the measure in an interview with 41 Action News on Thursday. “It took two to come together and create a child, and right now the way it is the woman gets the full say and the father gets no say, and I think that that needs to change,” Brattin said. “With the women’s movement for equal rights, well it’s swung so far we have now taken away the man’s right and the say in their…
  • Obama Only Takes Female Reporters’ Questions In Last Press Conference Of The Year

    Kira Lerner
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:57 pm
    CREDIT: AP In his annual end-of the-year press conference on Friday, Obama took questions from eight women and no men— a move that did not go unnoticed by journalists and others listening to his remarks. The president started the conference by joking that White House Press Secretary “Josh [Earnest] gave me the list of who’s been naughty and who’s been nice,” and then proceeded to call on eight women from various news organizations. CBS News’ White House correspondent Mark Knoller said on Twitter that TV reporters were advised in advance that Earnest wanted “other…
  • ‘I Don’t Deserve To Die On The Street': Inside A Funeral For The Homeless

    Alan Pyke
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Activists and the homeless commemorate National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day with a symbolic funeral for the dozens of people who died on the streets of D.C. in 2014. CREDIT: Alan Pyke/ThinkProgress WASHINGTON, DC — It’s a cold, grey Friday morning in Washington, D.C., and Schyla Pondexter-Moore is standing next to a coffin, asking the assembled homeless activists and non-profit housing advocates to get radical. “Regardless of how much money I have, my education level, whatever I’ve been through, I don’t deserve to die on the street,” the energetic…
  • EPA Will Not Declare Coal Ash A Hazardous Waste

    Emily Atkin
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:30 pm
    In this Feb. 5, 2014 photo, Jenny Edwards, program manager for Rockingham County with the Dan River Basin Association, scoops coal ash from the banks of the Dan River. CREDIT: AP Photo/Gerry Broome The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday issued its first-ever regulations on coal ash, a toxic byproduct of burning coal for power. But to environmentalists’ chagrin, the agency declined to designate the substance as a hazardous waste. Instead, coal ash will be regulated similarly to household garbage. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy assured reporters on Friday that designating…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Slate Articles

  • The Music Club, 2014

    Ann Powers
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:16 am
    Hey flexers,
  • The Quadraphonic Edition 

    Felix Salmon
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:53 am
    Listen to Episode No. 32 of Slate Money:
  • Bad Movies, Good Podcast

    Mike Pesca
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:50 pm
    Listen to Episode 160 of Slate’s The Gist:
  • The Music Club, 2014

    Lindsay Zoladz
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:54 pm
    Hey Starbucks lovers,
  • Fast and Loose

    John Dickerson
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:46 pm
    President Obama has a more than 11-hour flight ahead of him to Hawaii, but at his press conference on Friday it felt like he was already on vacation. He was loose as he joked with a Politico reporter about the magazine’s new Brussels’ bureau, admitted to another he’d forgotten the back half of her list of questions, and even interrupted his remarks to say “bless you” to someone who sneezed. Before leaving the podium he offered the traditional Hawaiian Christmas salutation (Bing Crosby earworm available here). But if it seemed like he might let slip the cocktail…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Political Mojo | Mother Jones

  • Watch President Obama Call on Female Reporters for Every Single Question During Friday's Presser

    James West
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:12 pm
    For his final press conference of 2014, President Obama exclusively called on female reporters. The White House had planned it that way: .@PressSec statement on questioner list: pic.twitter.com/QA44ySvsL3 — Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) December 19, 2014 By the eighth and final question, Obama even appeared to ignore a male reporter's attempt to participate. The result was amazing. Watch below:
  • Elizabeth Warren: Wall Street Just Got Another Giveaway

    Erika Eichelberger
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:54 pm
    Last week, Congress did Wall Street a solid. When lawmakers passed a giant spending bill that funds the government through September, they included a provision written by Citigroup lobbyists that allows banks to make more risky trades with taxpayer-insured money. Then, on Thursday, bankers got another giveaway: The Federal Reserve announced it would delay for up to two years implementation of a crucial section of the Volcker rule—one of the most important regulations to come out of the 2010 Dodd-Frank financial reform bill. The rule generally forbids the high-risk trading by commercial…
  • Obama: Sony "Made a Mistake" Stopping the Release of "The Interview"

    Inae Oh
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:40 am
    On Friday, President Barack Obama called Sony's decision to cancel the release of "The Interview" a "mistake." "We cannot have a society in which a dictator in some place can start imposing censorship in the United States," he told reporters at his final press conference of the year. "Imagine if producers and distributors and others start engaging in self-censorship because they don’t want to offend the sensibilities of someone who’s sensibilities probably need to be offended." "I wish they'd spoken to me first," he added. "I would have told them: Do not get into the pattern in…
  • Americans Are More Concerned About Racism Than at Anytime Since Rodney King

    Inae Oh
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:35 am
    Gallup A new poll conducted by Gallup found that 13 percent of Americans believe racism is the country's most important problem, up from just 1 percent in November. It's the highest that number has been since the Rodney King verdict in 1992. The sharp rise follows national outrage and a wave of protests that swept the nation in response to the failure by two separate grand juries to indict two white officers who killed two black men, Eric Garner and Michael Brown. According to the data published Friday, nonwhites are more than twice as likely as whites to call race relations/racism…
  • 8 Weird Things You Can Buy for the Republican or Democrat In Your Life This Holiday Season

    Sam Brodey
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    With five shopping days left until Christmas—and four for Hanukkah, slacker—you might be feeling pressure to come through with some great gifts for friends and family. Not to worry: the Republican and Democratic parties are here to help! From decorative lapel-wear to straight-talkin' tees, the parties' respective online stores are offering a festive array of gift selections this holiday season. Here are some real winners, sure to please the partisan in your life. In no particular order: 1. Limited Edition American Eagle Brooch National Republican Congressional Committee From the…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Latest from Crooks and Liars

  • An Advent Adventure

    Susie Madrak
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    A seasonal rerun. I so miss the columns Anne Lamott used to write for Salon; they got me through some of the roughest times of my life. (How can you not love someone who refers to herself as a "cursing Christian"?) This year, though, I've been thinking about a friend's husband who is in real trouble over his addictions and is going to go to prison. He's now in a 12-step program and is shocked and somewhat relieved to discover the world is full of damaged people just like him. So I was reminded me of this, an excerpt from one of my favorite columns. I hope it gets to someone who needs it: So I…
  • War Crimes Case Filed In Germany Against Bush Administration By Human Rights Group

    Heather
    20 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    I guess we won't see any of these guys vacationing in Germany any time soon. It's shameful they're not facing charges here in the United States instead. From this Friday's Democracy Now: Should Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld & CIA Officials Be Tried for Torture? War Crimes Case Filed in Germany: A human rights group in Berlin, Germany, has filed a criminal complaint against the architects of the George W. Bush administration’s torture program. The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights has accused former Bush administration officials, including CIA Director George Tenet and Defense…
  • CNN's Ed Lavandera Disappointed In Low-Key Cuba Announcement

    karoli
    20 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Someone needs to explain to cable news talking heads that they don't get to advance spin some things, nor should they expect to. It's not the Cuba policy Ed Lavandera is upset about; it's the way it was announced. Not enough bells and whistles, no falling wall, no shouts of joy at the gates. It was just too low key for him. As a Cuban with family still on the island, he had imagined the reopening of diplomatic relations with Cuba as a bigger event. To the families of Cuban exiles, the island is much more. It's a complex and sad reality. Cuba is not a novelty or an unchecked box on a bucket…
  • Former Federal Prosecutor: McCulloch Violated Rules Of Professional Conduct In Brown Case

    Heather
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch gave an interview to local radio station KTRS following the news that witness 40 invented her testimony and likely perjured herself in front of the grand jury, and as we've come to expect from McCulloch, he was as unrepentant as ever about his decision to put her on the stand and on the way he conducted the grand jury hearing. Some witnesses lied to Michael Brown grand jury, McCulloch says. So why have them testify?: Certain witnesses who spoke before the grand jury investigating the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown told obvious lies under oath, St.
  • Mike's Blog Round Up

    Michael Stickings
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    So, regarding The Interview, it appears that it wasn't so much Sony that caved, it was, more broadly, Hollywood (and the movie industry generally, including theater chains). And not liberal Hollywood (or the left-wing Hollywood of right-wing imaginings) but corporate Hollywood, where fear and profit are apparently more important than art and liberty. What else is new? Can It Happen Here?: The problem with making a movie about killing a sitting head of state. Lawyers, Guns & Money: The right's commitment to states’ rights is hypocritical BS. And turning to science (and its ignorant…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Scholars and Rogues | Progressive Culture

  • Even you like hip-hop: volume four

    Joshua Booth
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:44 am
    Aesop Rock – Zero Dark Thirty They did not know how long they had been there (x7) Look Unsigned hype Front line aeronauts flurry Zero dark thirty Zero Friends minotaur-fugly stepchild Evoke lunch jumped over plunging necklines Up, beside tongue-tied … Continue reading →
  • Denmark makes a claim for the North Pole—Santa has a sad

    wufnik
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:17 am
    Denmark surprised the world—well, maybe not the world, but a number of interested northern countries—with a slightly audacious claim this week for ownership of the North Pole. As we detailed in previous posts, the prospect of global warming opening up … Continue reading →
  • Your Daily Devotional for December 19, 2014

    Jeff Tiedrich
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:06 am
    My brain is all “I’m still 17!” and my body is like “HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA no.” Your Daily Devotional is a lightly-edited entry from my Twitter feed. Follow me at @jefftiedrich Your … Continue reading →
  • Don’t be like Sony: data leaks are contagious

    Joshua Booth
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:03 pm
    It’s a thing now. You open an executable file and your data is suddenly held hostage. Even the hackers can’t stop the ticking clock. So you pay the ransom. We are downloading compressed files (we can’t see what they are … Continue reading →
  • Your Daily Devotional for December 18, 2014

    Jeff Tiedrich
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:59 am
    The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: what the hell, God? I’m late for work as it is. Your Daily Devotional is a lightly-edited entry from my Twitter feed. … Continue reading →
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    The Daily Dish: Andrew Sullivan

  • The View From Your Window Contest

    Chas Danner
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    by Chas Danner You have until noon on Tuesday to guess it. City and/or state first, then country. Please put the location in the subject heading, along with any description within the email. If no one guesses the exact location, proximity counts. Be sure to email entries to contest@andrewsullivan.com. Winner gets a free The View From Your Window book, a new Dish mug, or two free gift subscriptions to the Dish. Have at it. Last week’s contest results are here. Browse a gallery of all our previous contests here.
  • Outrage And Privacy

    Phoebe Maltz Bovy
    20 Dec 2014 | 7:53 am
    by Phoebe Maltz Bovy I want to second Michelle’s endorsement of the outrage year-in-review over at Slate. The item there that jumped out at me was Jordan Weissmann’s account of having played a large part in sparking a “cycle of viral outrage” against a Harvard professor who had “raged [in email] at a local Chinese restaurant that had overcharged him a mere $4 on a takeout order.” Weissmann cops to a history of producing clickbait outrage journalism, but explains, “It’s something I feel ambivalent about as a writer.” He makes the case for what…
  • Your Saturday Morning Cartoon

    Dish Staff
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:18 am
    by Dish Staff An adorable short follows an acorn’s search for meaning: Previous Saturday Morning Cartoons featured on the Dish here.
  • Reinventing The Bio

    Dish Staff
    20 Dec 2014 | 4:35 am
    by Dish Staff Stuart Kelly wonders what would happen if biographers were as formally innovative as novelists: There have been various attempts at experimental biographies. Although it’s an “academic” book, Samuel Schoenbaum’s Shakespeare’s Lives, published in 1970, is remarkable: a life told through attempts to tell the life, a source book for how legends arise and myths solidify into facts. More recently, Jonathan Coe’s Like a Fiery Elephant, about the avant-garde novelist BS Johnson, deploys a range of tricks – meandering footnotes, choruses of comments, an intrusive and…
  • The Best Of The Dish Today

    Chris Bodenner
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:15 pm
    by Chris Bodenner Today on the Dish, Michelle shook her head at the long-overdue exoneration of a black teenager executed in 1944, reflected on a perceived sexist remark made during her J-school days, and added her final thoughts on the Serial finale. More from Michelle on Dorothy Parker tomorrow and a sign-off post with reflections on TNR’s collapse on Sunday. Our most popular posts today were Howard Roark and the Hacker’s Veto and On The Right Not To Be “Triggered”. Two other posts from Will included his musings over the rapid acceptance of same-sex marriage and his…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    WSJ.COM

  • Obama Says Sony 'Made a Mistake' Pulling Film

    20 Dec 2014 | 5:21 am
    President Obama criticized Sony Pictures for pulling a movie in response to a hack attack U.S. officials blame on North Korea, saying it sets a bad precedent.
  • U.S. Levels New Sanctions on Crimea

    20 Dec 2014 | 2:46 am
    The U.S. expanded its Russia sanctions to include a motorcycle group favored by Russian President Vladimir Putin as well as individuals and entities linked to the pro-Russian separatist movement in Ukraine.
  • Obama to Spell Out College-Ranking Framework

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:31 pm
    The Obama administration will spell out an ambitious college-rating plan on Friday that introduces new metrics to judge the nation’s roughly 5,000 colleges and universities.
  • Amid Warren's Rise, a Democratic Split Is Apparent

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:30 pm
    A schism is emerging among Democrats over the party’s economic message, pitting those who favor policies that foster broad growth against others rallying behind Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s call for a focus on income inequality.
  • Two Fed Dissenters Air Opposing Views

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:24 pm
    The presidents of the Minneapolis and Philadelphia regional Fed banks both dissented for different reasons at the central bank’s policy meeting Wednesday and on Friday elaborated on their dovish and hawkish rationale.
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Lew Rockwell: The LRC Blog

  • Putin Is Right

    Gerald Celente
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Global forecaster Gerald Celente said Russian President Vladimir Putin was right when he stated today that the West targeted Russia long before the current crisis with Ukraine. In fact, Celente reported almost a year ago that the U.S. had waged a propaganda and misinformation war against Russia. Putin insisted today: “It’s not payback for Crimea. It’s the cost of our natural desire to preserve Russia as a nation, a civilization and a state.” Celente agrees. He points to an extensive analysis in the Spring 2014 edition of his Trends Journal,”Stoking a war that…
  • What’s the Big Deal?

    Scott Lazarowitz
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Recent polls show that, despite the Senate’s torture report, most Americans still support the Central Intelligence Agency’s use of torture on suspects. Obviously the mainstream media misinform the public, neglecting to tell them that such torture techniques do not even produce reliable information and are mainly used to extract false confessions from innocent detainees. And on the National Security Agency’s spying on innocent Americans, people love it, and then they hate it, and now they’re back to loving it again. Alas, Most people are ignorant of the actual…
  • The Menace of Egalitarianism

    Murray N. Rothbard
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:01 pm
    [This article is excerpted from the title essay and the introduction to the first edition of Egalitarianism as a Revolt Against Nature and Other Essays.] This essay was delivered at a conference on human differentiation held by the Institute for Humane Studies at Gstaad, Switzerland, in the summer of 1972. A fundamental reason and grounding for liberty are the ineluctable facts of human biology; in particular, the fact that each individual is a unique person, in many ways different from all others. If individual diversity were not the universal rule, then the argument for liberty would be…
  • Report Police Abuse Without Fear

    No Author
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:01 pm
    This article by Steve Silverman originally appeared April 5, 2012 in Reason.com. It’s been updated to include new information regarding recent rulings in favor of citizens’ right to record. Last week the City of Boston agreed to pay Simon Glik $170,000 in damages and legal fees to settle a civil rights lawsuit stemming from his 2007 felony arrest for videotaping police roughing up a suspect. Prior to the settlement, the First Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that Glik had a “constitutionally protected right to videotape police carrying out their duties in public.” The…
  • Alcohol as Medicine?

    No Author
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Those who eat a balanced and wholesome diet should seldomly become ill. Healthy people are usually able to combat minor infections without showing any symptoms. However, even healthy people become sick when their exposure to pathogens is persistent or they become too lax in their diets. Emotional stress can weaken the immune system too. Our usual recommendations about the avoidance of most sugars, and a diet featuring vegetables should be disregarded during sickness. While these healthy habits may be ideal for preventing illness, they can actually slow a body’s recovery when an…
 
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Mother Jones

  • Obama Sounds Like He’s About to Reject the Keystone Pipeline

    Ben Adler
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:51 am
    This story first appeared on the Grist website and is reproduced here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Speaking at his end-of-the-year press conference on Friday afternoon, President Obama sounded very much like he's poised to reject the Keystone XL pipeline. He gave his sharpest assessment to date of its potential costs and benefits—lots of costs and few benefits. Climate hawks rejoiced, not only because of Obama's implied opposition to Keystone, but because he finally confronted American ignorance of how the oil market works, and attempted to reorient our energy policy…
  • Sean Penn on Sony Pulling "The Interview": This Sends ISIS an "Invitation"

    David Corn
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:34 am
    Actor and activist Sean Penn, no surprise, has some thoughts about the Sony hacking and the movie studio's decision to pull The Interview after cyber-saboteurs linked (by the FBI) to North Korea threatened moviegoers and theaters. Here's a statement Penn sent me: It's not the first time culture has been threatened by foreign interests and corporate caution. See [then Disney CEO] Michael Eisner's interview with Charlie Rose in 1997, when Disney was dealing with pressure from China about Martin Scorcese's Tibet film, Kundun. Eisner said, "we do not take, as a company, a position either in human…
  • Could Bacteria Help Convict Rapists?

    Jenna McLaughlin
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:45 am
    Could the trillions of bacteria living on the human body help identify and convict rapists? That's the question raised in a fascinating new study by a team of Australian researchers. The paper is the latest in a growing body of research on the microbiome, a term that refers to the microorganisms residing in and on our bodies. These microbes outnumber our own cells 20-to-1. And each person's microbiome is unique. Recent research has suggested that in humans, a healthy microbiome may play an important role in everything from speeding up metabolism to fighting disease, and major companies like…
  • Is Protecting Gun Rights Really a Growing Priority for Americans?

    Bryan Schatz
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    The Pew Research Center released a survey this month suggesting that for the first time in two decades more Americans support "gun rights" than "gun control." But the poll's question on that point, asking respondents whether it's more important to "control gun ownership" or to "protect the right of Americans to own guns," drew sharp criticism from some experts, who say it offered a false choice. "I could not think of a worse way to ask questions about public opinions about gun policies," Daniel Webster, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and…
  • How This British Scientist Saved Japan’s Seaweed Industry

    Cynthia Graber and Nicola Twilley
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    Dr. Kathleen Drew-Baker Wikimedia Commons A version of this article was originally published on Gastropod. Foraged from the rock cliffs and shallow waters of the world's coastlines, seaweed has been an important food, fuel, and fertilizer since ancient times. Today, modern farming has supplanted wild harvesting; in Asia, more than 6.5 million tons are farmed each year. But the industry would never have thrived the way it does today without the important contributions of one woman in the United Kingdom: Dr. Kathleen Drew-Baker, who studied seaweed biology in the 1940s. In this episode of…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Raw Story

  • Here’s how Russians dodge the draft

    Newsweek
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:33 am
    Dodging The Draft, Russian Style Every April and October the color khaki seems to suddenly sprout on the streets as bands of young soldiers appear in the cities; skinny, in uniforms either too large or small, with pinched red noses and red ears, scowling at the Maybachs and gold-leaf restaurants. Th...
  • Four Afghan Guantanamo detainees repatriated, says Pentagon

    Agence France-Presse
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:30 am
    Four Afghans held for more than a decade at Guantanamo Bay have been sent home, the Pentagon said Saturday, edging President Barack Obama closer towards his goal of closing the controversial US military jail. The Department of Defense said the men — Shawali Khan, Khi Ali Gul, Abdul Ghani, and ...
  • New video seems to show NFL’s Ray Rice, future wife kiss after he punched her out

    Reuters
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:18 am
    Newly released video footage appears to show professional football’s Ray Rice and his future wife kissing while handcuffed in a casino elevator following the couple’s fight that cost Rice his job with the Baltimore Ravens. The brawl in which Rice, 27, knocked out and dragged an unconscio...
  • Children’s movies are rife with murder, says science

    Newsweek
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:07 am
    You might expect that children’s movies would be less violent than those geared toward adults. But you’d be wrong. “Just because a film has a cute clown fish or a singing mermaid or baby deer in it, doesn’t mean that there won’t be murder,” says Ian Colman, a mental health epidemiologist at th...
  • Parents of accused Aurora, Colorado shooter: Don’t kill our son

    Newsweek
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:04 am
    Making their first public comments since their son was arrested in a shooting at a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado, the parents of James Holmes said on Friday that the 27-year-old is mentally ill and should not be subject to the death penalty. “We love our son, we have always loved him, and we do ...
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Guardian: UK Politics

  • Ukip tells members: ‘Don’t go on Twitter’

    Daniel Boffey, Policy Editor
    20 Dec 2014 | 4:41 am
    Nigel Farage’s party moves to ban unauthorised use of Ukip logo after embarrassing string of gaffesNigel Farage is cracking down on Ukip supporters’ social media activity after a series of scandals over racist comments. The party has changed its constitution to prevent unauthorised use of the Ukip logo by supporters, members and officials, while Ukip’s chairman has warned those tempted to join Twitter: “My advice: just don’t.”The move follows hugely embarrassing revelations about the publicly stated views of a host of Ukip European and local election candidates. Continue…
  • Alex Salmond calls for ‘peasants’ revolt’ vote to abolish House of Lords

    Chris Johnston
    20 Dec 2014 | 3:41 am
    Former Scottish first minister says English referendum needed to ‘clean out the stables’ and provoke a ‘constitutional revolution’Alex Salmond has called for a “peasants’ revolt-type” referendum in England to abolish the House of Lords.The former Scottish first minister said such a vote was needed to “clean out the stables” and provoke a “constitutional revolution — let’s get rid of the House of Lords and stick in a people’s senate”. Continue reading...
  • Women to be hit hardest by tax-credit and benefits freeze - study

    Nicholas Watt, chief political correspondent
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Figures show more than 75% of estimated savings will come from women under cuts planned by Tories if they win electionWomen will overwhelmingly bear the brunt of a freeze in tax credits and benefits that will be introduced by George Osborne if the Tories win the general election next year, according to an analysis by the House of Commons library.The shadow chancellor, Ed Balls, accused the Tories of planning to “hit millions of families on modest incomes” after the figures showed 80% of the estimated savings in tax credits would come from women. Women would provide 75% of the savings in…
  • Britain’s immigration system in intensive care, say MPs

    Alan Travis, home affairs editor
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Committee report says failure to introduce system of ‘counting everyone in and out’ risks security and more illegal immigrationBritain’s immigration system has gone into intensive care, with serious doubts that a pledge to introduce 100% exit checks on all passengers leaving the country can be in place by the general election, say MPs.The Commons home affairs select committee says a failure to introduce a system of “counting everyone in, and everyone out” of Britain within the promised timetable may increase security risks and illegal immigration. Continue reading...
  • New Era residents toast Christmas victory after charity buys London estate

    Robert Booth
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:39 am
    Families celebrate after US investor Westbrook Partners abandons plans to evict families and triple rentsTo the sound of “It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year” on the jukebox and with open fires crackling in the grates of the Stag pub, the residents of the New Era estate in east London last night toasted a remarkable Christmas victory.At 2pm on Friday it was confirmed that the 93 families’ battle against eviction by an $11bn US investor had finally been successful. Months of protesting, marching and petitioning had forced the millionaire executives of Westbrook Partners to sell…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Plum Line

  • Open Thread

    Greg Sargent
    20 Dec 2014 | 1:54 am
    All yours.
  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:13 pm
    * President Obama held his last press conference of the year today, and after some crowing about strong job creation, low gas prices, and more people with health insurance, he was immediately asked about North Korea hacking into Sony: President Obama said Friday that Sony Pictures Entertainment “made a mistake” in opting to cancel the […]
  • Five questions for President Obama

    Greg Sargent
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:54 am
    President Obama is set to hold a press conference this afternoon. He’ll likely be asked to account for the large Democratic losses in the last election, and he will probably try to make the case that his last two years can be a time of progress and action, as opposed to a lame-duck period of […]
  • Morning Plum: Marco Rubio’s big anti-Obama moment

    Greg Sargent
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:11 am
    The New York Times reports this morning that Obama plans a number of steps on his own to render the embargo on Cuba a lot weaker. Among them: Issuing regulations to facilitate agricultural exports and allow U.S. companies to export various good to that country, and moving forward on ending Cuba’s designation as a state […]
  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:30 pm
    * Now this is genuinely surprising: Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is breaking with other Republican presidential hopefuls and backing President Obama’s decision to launch talks normalizing relations with Cuba. Paul criticized the trade and travel embargo on Cuba as ineffective, separating himself from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Sens. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) and Ted […]
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Watchblog: Democrats

  • Thank you President Romney for 2014 being best year for job gains since 1999

    15 Dec 2014 | 11:48 pm
    Wait, he didn't win? This job growth is still happening despite having a Democrat in the White House? Oh.Folks will remember that Romney promised robust job growth if he were elected. At the time many folks pointed out that projections already showed robust growth coming either way. My biggest fear was simply that Romney would win and the narrative would be set in stone that he saved our country from the Obama doldrums. It was a running theme on this site as well as others. Now we see that growth and we didn't need a new president to get it. We've averaged 217,000 jobs per month since…
  • Pride in its Two Senses

    11 Dec 2014 | 4:37 am
    One of the most galling things about the lead-up to the Iraq war was being told that I didn't care enough about my country, even that I wanted to see harm come to it. I continued to see people insulting liberals about wanting to lose the Iraq war, and today, they claim we want to see ISIS behead people, and another attack on our soil. What a waste, to so discourage people, to make pride in our country once again the provinced of the gullible and the extreme.I feel you have to earn a reputation. America isn't great because we're somehow surrounded by some sort of divinely bestowed aura.
  • Senate Releases Torture Report

    9 Dec 2014 | 4:02 am
    The US Senate has recently released and declassified a report investigating the CIA's detention and interrogation programs. I have not had an opportunity to actually look at the report so I will not comment on its details. There a lot of things that this country did that many wish were not publicized. I have the opposite view. It is important to publicize these things in order to serve as a reminder to any future decision-makers that their decisions will be scrutinized by the public. In the long run, I always come down on the side of more transparency for those who seek it because…
  • GOP vindicates administration on Benghazi allegations

    22 Nov 2014 | 9:36 am
    A report has been released from the GOP-controlled House of Representatives regarding the events of 9/11/2012 in Benghazi, Libya. Every conservative conspiracy theory regarding the incident was thoroughly debunked:-- No "stand down" order was ever ordered. -- Air Support was never denied -- Security for the CIA facility was sufficient -- Intelligence gathered before September 16, 2012 indicated that the attack evolved from a protest against an islamaphobic YouTube video. Evidence to the contrary was not discovered until two days later. -- Nobody involved with the incidents was intimidated or…
  • Obama Strikes Back on Immigration

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The Constitution assigns the executive branch of our government the task of enforcing the laws of our nation. The Constitution also assigns the President with the duty to "preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States." Taken together, these two obligations certainly empower a President to not enforce laws he believes may be unconstitutional. However, that does not seem to be the case with Obama's decision to change how his administration will enforce immigration law.Rather than citing Constitutional grounds, the decision rests upon the concept of prosecutorial…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Watchblog: Third Party & Independents

  • Good Reasons to Uphold the Cuban Embargo

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:44 am
    Rather than reviewing Obama's attempt to normalize relations with Cuba in terms of the last 116 years of Cuban American history, those angered by the White House's unilateral announcement have framed the issue in terms of Obama's questionable ability as a negotiator. The comparisons with Jimmy Carter are inevitable, and for those who are waiting and watching for the final fall of the Cuban regime, weakened by a less-solvent Venezuela in the face of falling oil prices, this agreement is not just infuriating on a political and human rights basis, it's simply weak negotiating. So who's right?
  • I Have An Idea!

    13 Dec 2014 | 11:40 pm
    Instead of building every electrical appliance with a cord, how about making a recip extention?Imagine the savings! A lamp with no cord. A refrigerator with no cord. No cord on the next soni tv! You supply the cord. Did you ever notice all of those cords that are wrapped around those appliances you don't use any more? Why are they there? Why not have just one cord coming out of the wall?
  • What Exactly Is a Minimum Wage Job?

    10 Dec 2014 | 5:55 am
    Is a wage a contract or a social obligation? As the debate over raising the minimum wage continues, this fundamental question seems to underlie the differences between those who advocate a state-based mandated raise in the minimum wage and those who state that market forces need to play out, and that local state conditions should determine minimum wages, rather than a national standard. Wisconsin governor Scott Walker has received tons of flack from liberal and hard-left organizations, some of whom say the minimum wage should be raised to over $20.00 an hour, a proposition that goes beyond…
  • It's Time Washington Got Serious About Driverless Cars

    2 Dec 2014 | 1:57 am
    Like it or not, driverless vehicles are on their way. While it's easy to imagine what kind of implications they will have on our everyday lives - more time during your commute to read the morning paper or enjoy your coffee, for example - it's a little more difficult to imagine how they will affect the economy on both a national and global scale, not to mention our personal finances. That said, the news so far is very promising, making it all the more obvious that our leaders need to get serious about this coming revolution. So far, only four states (California, Nevada, Florida, and Michigan)…
  • Wise Words from Mike Rowe

    28 Nov 2014 | 3:51 am
    Mike Rowe encountered a liberal spamming his Facebook page, who repeatedly asked how ANY Christians could possible vote Republican. Rowe's response in brilliant. Post by Mike Rowe.
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Patrick Ruffini

  • Jillian Sobeck Joins the Engage Team

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Hi everyone! As I sit at my desk that overlooks King Street in Old Town, Alexandria, I can’t help but think about my first visit to this town and Washington, D.C. ten years ago. I came here with my family for a trip to explore our nation’s capital, and was immediately mesmerized by the energy that this town and its people gave off. Fast-forward ten years later and here I am, beginning my newest journey in my career as a Client Strategist at Engage. With more than three years of social media strategy and marketing experience under my belt, I am excited to put my experience to work for our…
  • Introducing dirt: An opinionated deployment and bootstrapping tool

    4 Dec 2014 | 10:14 am
    Today, we’re excited to open source something we have been working on internally for a couple of years: Dirt. Dirt, which is a backronym for “Done In Record Time,” is a command-line deployment and bootstrapping tool for rapidly creating and launching new projects. It was born out of the need for automating and standardizing common tasks such as creating a git repository, setting up a Vagrantfile, or transferring MySQL dumps between development environments. The following is an overview of some of Dirt’s features. Create Entering “dirt create” in the…
  • Have You Seen ‘Back to the Future’?

    7 Oct 2014 | 2:02 pm
    At trade shows, startup fairs, and other booth-style conventions, every exhibitor has the same problem: How do I get people to stop by my booth and listen to my pitch? Last Thursday, Engage participated in DC Tech Day to promote our new product, Proximity. We’re pretty jazzed about it — it lets you launch landing pages in a matter of minutes rather than days — but we knew we needed something unique to get others excited about it too. Enter Goldie Wilson, Marty McFly, and Doc Brown. (Yep, you read that right.) The inspiration for our booth came from one of our earliest designs…
  • Celebrating 125 years of the National Zoo

    28 Aug 2014 | 6:11 am
    When the opportunity presented itself to design a microsite celebrating the Smithsonian National Zoo’s 125th Anniversary and the return of the American Bison, we jumped at the chance. Here in Washington—and, indeed, across the nation—the Smithsonian and the National Zoo are beloved institutions that are a source of tremendous pride. Respecting that legacy, we set out to design a microsite that would present the excitement of the occasion in a visually compelling manner that would speak to all generations. Our starting point was the background image. We wanted to evoke the Bison’s…
  • Tech-Powered Retail Politics at Virginia’s GOP Convention

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

    The New Republic

  • Can Potential Terrorists Be "Rehabilitated"?

    Jesse Singal
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Syria’s civil war is causing problems in the European Union. As the fighting has grown more and more brutal, and as reports of human-rights atrocities committed by Bashar al-Assad’s regime have spread, the war has become an attractive destination for a certain subset of young, frustrated Europea
  • The World Is Experiencing the Worst Refugee Crisis Since World War II

    Daniel Trilling
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Hoppers Way in Singleton, Kent, is a quiet suburban cul-de-sac of red-brick detached houses, each with its own garage and driveway. Parked outside No 8, there is often a large white-and-grey camper van—a luxury Swift Kon-tiki 679 model, with a double bed in the back and another over the cab. Singl
  • EPA Is Finally Regulating Coal Ash Disposal—But Letting the Industry Police Itself

    Rebecca Leber
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:09 pm
    When power plants burn coal, they’re left with a coal ash residue containing arsenic, mercury, lead, and selenium. Until Friday, there were no federal standards for utilities to dispose of it. Utilities produce more than 100 million tons of the stuff annually, and what’s not recycled into concre
  • British Conservatives Have Been at War With the BBC for Decades—and This Time They Might Win

    John Simpson
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:56 pm
    They never seem to learn. If you’re a top politician, attacking the BBC’s reporting is the most obvious way of showing that you’re worried about the way that people will react to what you’re doing.The first reactions to George Osborne’s Autumn Statement had mostly been rather good. The nex
  • Obama's Right: Belgium Really Does Need a Politico

    Brian Beutler
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:44 pm
    In 2009, when I was a bright-green congressional reporter for TPM, and Josh Marshall and David Kurtz told me I’d be covering the health care reform debate full time, it felt like trial by fire. In hindsight, it was the opportunity of a lifetime, but one of the things that made it such a daunting a
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    WIRED » Danger Room

  • The Navy’s New Robot Looks and Swims Just Like a Shark

    Jordan Golson
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    The Navy’s new underwater drone is designed to look and swim like a real fish. The post The Navy’s New Robot Looks and Swims Just Like a Shark appeared first on WIRED.
  • America’s Toughest, Ugliest Warplane Is Going Back Into Battle

    Jordan Golson
    5 Dec 2014 | 3:30 am
    The A-10 is old, ugly, and effective. So effective that now, it's headed back into battle to help in the fight against ISIS. The post America’s Toughest, Ugliest Warplane Is Going Back Into Battle appeared first on WIRED.
  • How the World’s First Computer Was Rescued From the Scrap Heap

    Brendan I. Koerner
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    How the world's first real computer, the ENIAC, was restored by an unlikely group of conservationists—all thanks to Ross Perot. The post How the World’s First Computer Was Rescued From the Scrap Heap appeared first on WIRED.
  • This Scaled-Down Armored Truck Could Be the Next Humvee

    Jordan Golson
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:54 am
    The DoD is looking for a new Humvee, and Oshkosh has got a potential replacement. The post This Scaled-Down Armored Truck Could Be the Next Humvee appeared first on WIRED.
  • The Navy’s Developing Little Autonomous Boats to Defend Its Ships

    Jordan Golson
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:30 am
    Navy ships are at their most vulnerable when they’re resupplying in port or navigating narrow straits or rivers because they’re tricky to maneuver in tight quarters and vulnerable to attack. The attack 14 years ago on the USS Cole as it refueled while berthed in Yemen, an attack that killed 17 American sailors and reiterated […] The post The Navy’s Developing Little Autonomous Boats to Defend Its Ships appeared first on WIRED.
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Stately McDaniel Manor

  • Educational Happy Endings: 1960 v. 2013

    Mike McDaniel
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:21 pm
    credit; pinterest.com As part of a larger series of articles, my favorite Bookworm—Bookworm—provided this charming story: When I was in 2nd grade, one of the reading books we had at school (which probably dated back to the 1940s) included an absolutely wonderful story about the way in which a teacher changed an entire neighborhood.  As I remember it, the teacher had a little girl in her class who always smelled stale and dirty.  For Christmas, the teacher gave the little girl a small perfumed soap.  The next day, the little girl showed up at school wearing her ragged clothes, but…
  • Following In Barack Obama’s Invisible Legal Footsteps

    Mike McDaniel
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:16 pm
    At First, I thought this was a parody from the old days of The National Lampoon, or perhaps a contemporary send up from The Onion. Then I realized it was the genuine article. I don’t usually pick on the prima facie, to use a legal term, disadvantaged–it’s just too easy–but this time I couldn’t resist. You’ll see what I mean. William DesmondVia: Linkedin The backdrop of this article is the intense backlash against the supposed psychic trauma of law students caused by the grand jury no bill decisions in the Brown (Ferguson, MO) and Garner (Staten Island) cases. The author of…
  • Solving The Gun Control Equation

    Mike McDaniel
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:54 pm
    credit; washingtontimes.com At The Truth About Guns, the good folks have been kind enough to publish my latest firearm-related missive titled: Americans Can Solve This Equation: Armed + Prepared = Smart. It’s a reflection on the latest Pew poll that reflects the changing political dynamic of the gun control debate solidly in favor of individual liberty. However, those that want to control guns–and every facet of the lives of Americans–will never give up. If they can’t pass a given gun control measure now, they’ll merely store if in a safe place until they can trick people…
  • AT&T Customer Service: The Horror! Part 3–A New Hope?

    Mike McDaniel
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:29 pm
    My continuing trials with AT&T continue, but there have been some interesting, and reasonably hopeful developments. For those in the mood to review, the first two articles in this series, which are at least partially amusing in an ironic, sardonic way, are: AT&T Customer Service: The Horror!  AT&T Customer Service: The Horror! Part 2 Consider them a sort of suburban Odyssey, but instead of whirlpools and a Cyclops, I’m battling hapless service representatives and antiquated equipment. Following Part 2, I again wrote letters to three of AT&T’s top executives, explaining…
  • A Gun Ownership Primer: Life Changing Realities, Part 3

    Mike McDaniel
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:26 pm
    credit: the guardian.com My latest article in the Gun Ownership Primer series is up at Bearing Arms.  If you haven’t bookmarked Bearing Arms yet, it should be a daily must read in the area of firearms, and not merely because I am published there from time to time, though I hope that might be the case. This particular article deals with the physical mechanisms of stopping human beings with gunfire. It also deals with how to handle the aftermath of a shooting should the worst case scenario come to pass and you are forced to defend your life. If you have a few minutes, you may find it…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Ace of Spades HQ

  • A Love Letter to Childhood [Weirddave]

    20 Dec 2014 | 12:02 pm
    This week is Christmas, so I'm going to forgo Fundamental Concepts just this one time. For those of us who believe, Christmas is a celebration of the love and mercy that God showed us human sinners by sending his own...
  • Weekend Headlines [CBD]

    20 Dec 2014 | 10:52 am
    What The Heck Do Hobbits Drink? Courtesy of Y-not. And no, she isn't a hobbit Our Jails Are A Scandal Kevin D. Williamson crushes the NYC prison system....and unions! State Science Institute Issues Report on Rearden Metal, err, Fracking...
  • Saturday Morning Politics: Holiday Edition [Y-not]

    20 Dec 2014 | 8:30 am
    Texas versus Michigan in one picture: You know who else hates Christmas?...
  • Early Morning Thread, 12/20/14 - GoP edition. [krakatoa]

    20 Dec 2014 | 6:50 am
    Greetings Ace of Spades dummyhead mob. I bring to you this morning greetings and felicitous branches of piece olives from his most eminence Kim Jong Un. He join with you you're disdain for main brook media like Sony, and ask...
  • Overnight Open Thread (19 Dec 2014)

    19 Dec 2014 | 10:07 pm
    Sorry for the abbreviated ONT but I've been on the road all week and now I am enduring a mandatory fun event for work....
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Betsy's Page

  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:03 am
    The Washington Post explains pretty clearly what was wrong with the President's gift to the Castro regime.Mr. Obama argued that his sweeping change of policy was overdue because the strategy of isolating the Communist regime “has had little effect.” In fact, Cuba has been marginalized in the Americas for decades, and the regime has been deprived of financial resources it could have used to spread its malignant influence in the region, as Venezuela has done. That the embargo has not succeeded in destroying communism does not explain why all sanctions should be lifted without any meaningful…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:11 am
    Is there any tyrant around whom Obama won't appease without getting anything in return? He started off by giving Russia what it wanted by backing out of a deal to put a missile defense system in Poland. And we got nothing in return. He's made a deal with Syria to ignore his supposed "red line" and got only empty prisons. The administration continues its negotiations in Iran without achieving anything except extending Iran's opportunity to continue building its weapons program. It's not so much that recognizing Cuba and ending the embargo is the wrong thing to do, but that Obama gave Cuba what…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:53 am
    This is what mush sounds like. Secretary Kerry was asked about why he was holding discussions about the Palestinians' move to introduce a draft UN resolution to end Israeli occupation instead of just vetoing the resolution as the U.S. has always done in the past. See if you can parse what Kerry said in his answer.Now, coming back to the first part of the questions, right now, what we’re trying to do is have a constructive conversation with everybody to find the best way to go forward in order to create the climate; the atmosphere; the political space, if you will, to be able to go back to…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:19 am
    Patrick Poole writes that the Iranian cleric who took the Sydney cafe hostage was more than a "lone wolf." He was a "known wolf." He was someone who was well-known to Australian authorities from his prior actions. orn Manteghi Bourjerdi, Monis fled Iran for Australia in 1996 and thereafter had multiple run-ins with the law. He was convicted of sexually assaulting a woman while working as a “spiritual healer” in 2002, and was also charged as an accessory when his ex-wife was stabbed to death by his girlfriend last year.He had written despicable letters to families of Australian soldiers…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:10 am
    The unfolding hostage crisis in Sydney is a horrific story. We can all imagine how this could be any of us or our friends who happened to stop in a bakery for a cup of coffee. I've long thought that the most efficient way for terrorists to paralyze western economies would be to have small attacks on ordinary life so that people would fear to go out shopping or gathering. Good luck to the Australians in dealing with these terrorists.Ross Douthat notes two separate reports on the differences between the college-educated and the struggling working class. One notes that divorce is declining among…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Riehl World News

  • Hm: Rolling Stone begins fully reporting botched rape story

    Dan
    14 Dec 2014 | 11:00 am
    This should be interesting: via Rolling Stone begins fully reporting its rape story – The Washington Post. The post Hm: Rolling Stone begins fully reporting botched rape story appeared first on Riehl World News.
  • CBS This Morning has also spoken with Jackie’s 3 friends

    Dan
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:05 am
    Hmm Alex, a third year student at UVA who asked we only use his first name, said he first read the piece not realizing he’d be a central figure in the Rolling Stone article. “I, you know, slowly dawned on me that this was, you know, in fact, the story Jackie, you know, similar to the story Jackie had told me in some ways,” Alex said. Alex realized he was the “Andy” in the article identified as a friend of Jackie’s who saw her after the incident in 2012. The post CBS This Morning has also spoken with Jackie’s 3 friends appeared first on Riehl World…
  • Discrepancies: U-Va. Rolling Stone alleged sexual assault

    Dan
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:01 am
    The obvious discrepancies between different versions of the now infamous UVA rape story will be much discussed. I’m not going through all of them, just a few I found particularly interesting for my own processing  of the different reports. To kick that off, lest we forget, for whatever reason, Buzzfeed dropped this into the middle of the UVA story on the 5th and we haven’t heard more on it. It at least appears to be a significant thread left hanging. Christopher Pivik, a former member of Phi Kappa Psi at the University of Virginia, has retained attorney Andrew Miltenberg, a…
  • Charles C. Johnson’s Dumb, Despicable New Low In Attacking Jackie

    Dan
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:19 am
    Intent on continuing his despicable stalking of a 20 year-old girl named Jackie, the central figure in a now infamous Rolling Stone story, seemingly deranged mud-slinger Charles C. Johnson put up a post that claims to reveal how Jackie’s “activism” goes all the way back to high school. What it does is give the despicable little man-child yet one more opportunity to publish the full name of an alleged rape victim. I won’t link his fetid site and have redacted her last name. Oh my gosh!!! This devious little girl sounds like the second coming of Lena Dunham, Sandra Fluke…
  • Jann Wenner Declines Resignation from Rolling Stone Deputy Ed. Sean Woods

    Dan
    9 Dec 2014 | 1:26 pm
    The report says Wenner’s furious – not furious enough, evidently. People should be being fired, not re-signing. What bullshit. The Observer has exclusively learned that in the wake of Rolling Stone‘s blockbuster story about campus rape at the University of Virginia and the subsequent fire that that story’s reporting has come under, the magazine’s deputy managing editor offered to resign. The post Jann Wenner Declines Resignation from Rolling Stone Deputy Ed. Sean Woods appeared first on Riehl World News.
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Wizbang

  • OPEN THREAD: Texas Plumber Gets Threats After Video Shows ISIS Using His Old Truck

    Warner Todd Huston
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:12 am
    Consider this an Open Thread. But first…. Some very, very bad luck has rocked a Texas plumber who’s used truck somehow ended up on video and seen being used in Syria by ISIS terrorists. The Plumber’s name and phone number are right there as big as life on the door and now he is getting all sorts of threats. Texas City plumber Mark Oberholtzer sold his old truck a while ago, but was dismayed to see it being used as a gun platform by ISIS. Once the truck started showing up on video–with his phone number still prominently displayed on
  • A Peaceful Muslim Speaks Out

    David Robertson
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:12 am
    For the sake of fairness to peaceful Muslims, the following commentary by a peaceful Muslim is republished below: “Teaching tolerance through Islam” - Dr. Yameen Khalil, Tulsa World, Friday, December 19, 2014, p. A 17. Each time I see a news headline with a link between Islam and terrorism my heart sinks. As I watched and read about the hostage situation in Sydney, I had the same sinking feeling as I saw yet another shocking story of possible terrorism. These acts of terrorism are becoming more and more prevalent with many of the perpetrators claiming to be Muslims. However, these
  • Wizbang Weekend Caption Contest™

    Kevin
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    It’s Friday, which means it’s time for the Wizbang Weekend Caption Contest™. Enter your best caption for the following picture: Winners for last week’s contest and this week’s will be announced Monday morning.
  • See what North Korea doesn’t want you to see.

    David Robertson
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:43 pm
    The government of North Korea doesn’t want us to see it, but we can anyway. From New York Daily News: Moviegoers might not be able to watch “The Interview” in theaters, but fans can still see its most controversial scene. A scene depicting the death of Kim Jong Un has leaked online after Sony announced it was pulling the comedy, starring Seth Rogen and James Franco, from theatrical release. Click the above link to see the movie scene that North Korea tried to prevent us from seeing.
  • VIDEO: Fox News’ Shep Smith Laments How America Will ‘Ruin Cuba’

    Warner Todd Huston
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:30 am
    Shep Smith is at it again, this time he was heard on his Fox News show lamenting how America will “ruin” Cuba now that Obama is opening up diplomatic relations with that island nation. No, seriously. That is exactly what he said. This idiot really needs to go work for the commies at MSNBC. So, we have a nation that has been oppressed for 50 years, a nation where even toothpaste and toilet paper is a luxury that most there can’t afford. We have a nation where any questioning of the government results in torture and murder. But with the
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Hullabaloo

  • Merry Christmas, punk

    20 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Merry Christmas, punkby digbyThat a little cruder than the Glenn Beck version I wrote about a while back, but it's the same basic theme. Apparently, Santa Claus is much too soft and effeminate for Real Americans. So they're rewriting him as a badass:You may or may not have heard that Beck has a book and movie empire. It’s called the American Dream Labs and they’re devoted to faith-based stories for the whole family. They currently have two projects in development. One is called “The Revolutionary” and it seems to be shrouded in secrecy. Knowing Beck’s love of thrillers it’s…
  • Glenn Greenwald on independent blogging

    20 Dec 2014 | 8:13 am
    This post will stay at the top of the page for a while. Please scroll down for new material. Many thanksby digbyThanks so much for your contributions to the annual holiday fundraiser so far. I'm always so touched by your generosity and your kind thoughts. In fact, it's one of the reason I do this at this time of year --- it never fails to make me feel the spirit of the season.I thought I would re-run this piece by Glenn Greenwald  in the Guardian before he broke the biggest story of the decade and moved on to create his new media company First Look. I think it explains what this humble…
  • Whistling towards Dixie by @BloggersRUs

    20 Dec 2014 | 7:13 am
    Whistling towards Dixieby Tom SullivanA week ago I wrote about a suspected lynching under investigation along the coast in North Carolina. Eerie stuff. Up here in the mountains, we've got this Scot-Irish thing happening that defines local attitudes (the kind of thing Sara Robinson has written about for years). But things are hardly static. Inmigration is changing the South. In the wake of Michael Tomasky's recent "dump Dixie" column, Chris Kromm at the Institute for Southern Studies counters with why that's a bad idea.Southern clout is expected to grow with population, he writes. "Southern…
  • Baby please come home (for the last time)

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Baby please come home (for the last time)by digbySusie Madrak at Crooks and Liars notes that tonight is the last time Darlene Love will be singing Christmas (baby please come home) on Letterman.I'll miss it ...It's annual holiday fundraiser time. Your support is very much appreciated.
  • Don't fool with Mother Nature

    19 Dec 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Don't fool with Mother Natureby digbyGood lord. Why in the world are we even thinking of fracking? The following summarizes the various considerations that went into New York's official ban on the practice this week:Respiratory health: The report cites the dangers of methane emissions from natural gas drilling in Texas and Pennsylvania, which have been linked to asthma and other breathing issues. Another study found that 39 percent of residents in southern Pennsylvania who lived within one kilometer of a fracking site developed upper-respiratory problems compared with 18 percent of those who…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Eschaton

  • Who's The Boss

    20 Dec 2014 | 9:30 am
    If the CIA will do this, they'll do anything.WASHINGTON — A panel investigating the Central Intelligence Agency’s search of a computer network used by staff members of the Senate Intelligence Committee who were looking into the C.I.A.’s use of torture will recommend against punishing anyone involved in the episode, according to current and former government officials.The panel will make that recommendation after the five C.I.A. officials who were singled out by the agency’s inspector general this year for improperly ordering and carrying out the computer searches staunchly defended…
  • Why Is Cuba So Special

    20 Dec 2014 | 8:34 am
    I get that there are still a few exiles dreaming of getting their riches back. But just why is that so many elite Villagers accepted that we made nice with China, Vietnam, and Russia (though obviously there are some cracks in that relationship now), not to mention plenty of truly awful regimes, but doing so with Cuba is just unpossible?Are they just mad that Fidel won a 50 year pissing match they somehow imagine they were involved in?
  • So Many Sixth Boroughs

    20 Dec 2014 | 7:30 am
    Never change, New York Times.
  • Saturday Lizard Blogging

    20 Dec 2014 | 6:36 am
    Why not.
  • Morning Thread

    20 Dec 2014 | 3:07 am
    Our friend, Digby is holding her annual fundraiser.  If anyone has been good and should get a Christmas present, it is she.
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Firedoglake

  • You Can Play the Home Torture Game

    Peter Van Buren
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Jealous that CIA torturers get all the fun? Want to virtually torture someone right from your own desktop? Want to encourage your kids to see torture as fun and help desensitize them? Why not play the torture game, your very own torture simulator! Torture Game 3 is the most up-to-date version of the popular bloody game (rated 8/10!) where you use different tools to torture the victim. You can cut the hands off the victim using a chainsaw saw, you can use a pistol or a shotgun to blow holes in the body, you can even break the body parts apart from the body itself. My favorite: using the Spike…
  • Saturday Art: Kinetic Sculpture by Alice Aycock

    Ruth Calvo
    20 Dec 2014 | 4:55 am
      Cyclone Twist by Alice Aycock Maelstrom by Alice Aycock (Pictures courtesy of gigi-NYC at flickr.com.) The kinetic sculptures Alice Aycock has created include several on display in public spaces in New York City, including the above.   She has created a particular sculpture that was inspired by Hanukkah, or the other rendering of the holiday, Chanukah, which is now being celebrated.   As no commons picture is on file of the sculpture, I am linking it here, with a description below. The shining candles that celebrate Hanukkah inspired artist Alice Aycock in her kinetic sculpture that…
  • Late Night: The Roundup

    BrandonJ
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:01 pm
    Whoa, it is almost Christmas! This month just went on by. The Colbert Report ended yesterday as Stephen Colbert will move to CBS to take over Late Night. What’s your fondest memory of the show? International Politics Overall - Attorney Michael Ratner explains to The Real News the recent criminal complaint filed by the European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights in Germany against officials in the Bush administration relating to torture. - Russia invited Kim Jong-un to Moscow next year to commemorate the victory of the Soviets over the Nazis, yet it may deal more with the…
  • The Double Jeopardy Clause does not prevent prosecuting Darren Wilson for murder

    Masoninblue
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Solidarity rally and march for Michael Brown in response to the Ferguson grand jury decision The Double Jeopardy Clause does not prevent prosecuting Darren Wilson for the murder of Michael Brown. The Double Jeopardy Clause is in the Fifth Amendment No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life…
  • Public’s Big New Focus on Race Relations

    Jon Walker
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:00 pm
    The protests over Ferguson and the death of Eric Garner have worked. The public’s awareness and concerns about police practices, racial relations and the racial disparity in arrests has increased dramatically over the past month. It is now seen as one of the top problems facing the country. From Gallup: Increased public concern about an issue doesn’t inherently mean significant positive policy change will happen, but public awareness is almost always a necessary precondition for real reform. Protests can draw the nation’s attention as they have recently on this issue.
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    TalkLeft

  • TRAC Releases Full Report on ISIS Mass Beheadings of Syrians

    Jeralyn
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Via the Daily Mail: TRAC (Terrorism Research & Analysis Consortium) and the UK-based think tank Quilliam have released their full report on the video of the black-clad ISIS executioner and 21 of his compadres beheading 22 Syrians that ISIS... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Ferguson DA Interview: Says Some Witnesses Lied

    Jeralyn
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:49 pm
    Ferguson DA Rob McCulloch broke his silence today. In an interview, he said that he thinks some grand jury witnesses lied. [McCulloch] acknowledged that witnesses he did not believe to be truthful had come before the jurors. Mr. McCulloch said... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Obama Says Sony Made a Mistake in Canceling "The Interview"

    Jeralyn
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:56 pm
    President Obama said today that Sony made a mistake in deciding to cancel "The Interview." That's not who we are. That's not what America's about....We cannot have a society in which some dictator some place can start imposing... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Staples Hacked, More Than 1.2 Million Credit Cards Affected

    Jeralyn
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:43 pm
    It may be time soon to go back to paying by check or in cash. There was another breach announced today: Staples Office Supplies. If you shopped there between July and September, this is for you. Staples said on Friday that an investigation... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • FBI Authorized Negotiations With ISIS in Bid to Free Peter Kassig

    Jeralyn
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:29 pm
    In what may be one of the most fascinating articles I've read this year, the Guardian (writers Shiv Malik, Ali Younes, Spencer Ackerman and Mustafa Khalili )reports play by play details of an attempt by the FBI, working with prominent activist... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    The Fix

  • Obama as culture warrior

    Nia-Malika Henderson
    20 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    President Obama has just concluded the most active six weeks of his presidency, in which he has racked up a list of legacy-level actions. And it is a grab bag of moves -- both substantive and symbolic -- that should make most progressives swoon. Executive order on immigration reform. Check. Reversing 50 years of Cuba […]
  • 8 things you didn’t read today (but should have)

    Jaime Fuller
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    1. Because it's Friday: Slate created a widget that imagines how President Obama would mispronounce your name. Also, here is a video of retiring Rep. Michele Bachmann rapping. 2. Jason Horowitz writes about Hillary Clinton and her history with Israel. 3. Todd C. Frankel investigates the questions surrounding the death of a young black man […]
  • Fact-checking Obama’s press conference jobs claims

    Philip Bump
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:32 pm
    In his end-of-the-year press conference, President Obama started out by doing a sort of good-news-from-2014 recap. He highlighted successes on the policy and economic front, and catastrophes avoided internationally -- and domestically, on Ebola. He also made three easily check-able claims about the economy, which we decided to check. Claim 1: 2014 was the strongest year for […]
  • President Obama’s last press conference of the year was his best press conference of the year

    Chris Cillizza
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:32 pm
    President Obama delivered a tour-de-force press conference on Friday, ending an extremely difficult year for his administration and his party on a strong note and giving his supporters hope that the final two years of his term in office won't be spent in lame duckery. Obama took questions on topics as far ranging as the […]
  • That time Obama called on only women at a press conference

    Nia-Malika Henderson
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:50 am
    President Obama did something remarkable on Friday. He held his last press conference of the year, and the only people in the entire press corps who were called on to ask questions were women. Yes, this was on purpose; it had to be. And yes, it was totally awesome. Pretty much everyone could agree on that. […]
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Blue Jersey - Front Page

  • We need preparedness not bluster to face future epidemic outbreaks

    20 Dec 2014 | 8:01 am
    Politicians who go against the advice of experienced public health officials do so at their own peril and that of the people they serve. Gov. Christie should have learned this lesson in October and November when he ignored what the CDC and Ebola-experienced doctors recommended. Christie demanded instead a form of quarantine which was unnecessary and harmed the broader effort to encourage healthcare workers to assist Ebola patients and people at risk in Western Africa. In the process the focus was on detaining a nurse in an outdoor, poorly equipped tent. Christie's approach may have played…
  • News Roundup & Open Thread for Friday, Dec. 19, 2014

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:32 am
    New Jersey shows up for Stephen Colbert's send-off Watch. Huge victory for transgender people - and young people After Delay, NJ High School Lets Transgender Student Use Boys Restroom: Rubin Smyers, 16, spent months pressuring his Ocean County high school for equal access under state and federal law. Big congratulations to a kid who fought for his rights. Andrea Bowen of Garden State Equality wrote about Rubin for Slate. Bergen Grassroots honors Sen. Loretta Weinberg With the Byron Baer award.   Jerseynomics Al Jazeera: Closed for murder: Paterson tries to stem crime by imposing business…
  • State Democrats want to know: What are your priorities? Well, NJDSC, here are mine.

    18 Dec 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Dropping into my inbox today - yours too, probably - is one from NJ state Democrats informing me they want - no, "need" - to know what my 2015 priorities are. What issues I - you, we - want to see action on, presumably from them. Frankly, I like all the choices. But what I really want from NJDSC is not on the list ('ll post their list, with link, on the jump).  See, it's unclear to me from their issues list if it's Democratic legislators asking or NJDSC, in which case I'm not certain how much sway they can exercise in determining legislative agenda or policies. For that matter, I also…
  • "Will he or won't he" is fun but current and future governance of NJ matters more

    18 Dec 2014 | 10:30 am
    New Jerseyans are paying a lot of attention to whether Christie will run or not, resign or not, win the primary or not, and win the presidency or not. Like a sports season there are plenty of variables and much excitement. The possibility of a second New Jersey governor as U. S. President whets our appetite. A resignation could be imminent, prolonged, or never happen, and Christie could successfully win the race or drop out along the way. Currently we are being left in the lurch by a governor who spends little time governing and who is losing respect of the governed. Key decisions including…
  • News Roundup & Open Thread of Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014

    18 Dec 2014 | 6:05 am
    Won't ...disclose? Christie Won't Disclose Investment Generating Taxpayer Fees for Mary Pat Christie's Firm. New York Times follow-up piece to David Sirota's breaking news yesterday, reporting Gov. Christie's wife's firm is earning fees off New Jersey pension money, despite the state terminating its investments in the firm. Leading NJ journalism group calls for permanent ban on police posing as media NJ Society of Professional Journalistscalls on acting state AG John Hoffman to formally ban police from posing as the media after it was disclosed that a State Police trooper posed as a…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Truthout Stories

  • Subsidy Spotlight: Publicly Funding a Utah Disaster in the Making

    20 Dec 2014 | 8:57 am
    A green stegosaurus graces the logo of Uintah County, Utah, a gateway to the famed Dinosaur National Monument, where breathtaking landscapes and fossils preserved in sandstone attract thousands of visitors every year. That logo has taken on new meaning over the past decade as prehistoric remains have attracted a different crowd. Now oil and gas executives are flocking to the Uinta Basin in Eastern Utah, as new technologies––and support from the government––offer the dubious possibility of digging up the region's vast deposits of oil shale and tar sands. Canadian production of tar…
  • Your Holiday Guide to Avoiding Slave Labor

    20 Dec 2014 | 8:04 am
    (Photo: David Leggett) Will Truthout’s mission continue in 2015 and beyond? That depends on you. Make a tax-deductible donation now to sustain our work! Pope Francis got into the holiday spirit this year by calling on shoppers not to buy products made by modern-day slaves. This is, of course, excellent advice. Odds are, most of us — whether Catholic or not — would love to take it. But how? Most products don't come with tags specifying whether or not slave labor was used in their production. There are a few agricultural products in particular — including many popular stocking stuffers…
  • The Invasion of Panama and the Proclamation of a Lone Superpower Above the Law

    20 Dec 2014 | 6:46 am
    Twenty five years ago, before dawn on December 20, 1989, U.S. forces descended on Panama City and unleashed one of the most violent, destructive terror attacks of the century. U.S. soldiers killed more people than were killed on 9/11. They systematically burned apartment buildings and shot people indiscriminately in the streets. Dead bodies were piled on top of each other; many were burned before identification. The aggression was condemned internationally, but the message was clear: the United States military was free to do whatever it wanted, whenever it wanted, and they would not be bound…
  • The Beginning of the End of the Cold War

    20 Dec 2014 | 6:21 am
    A Cuban flag flies over a street in Havana, Dec. 19, 2014. President Barack Obama’s restoration of diplomatic ties with Cuba this week has snatched a major cudgel from his critics and potentially restored some of Washington’s influence in Latin America. (The New York Times)  The generations-old war against Cuba - which Castro won, by the way, hands down - appears to be coming to an end.A Cuban flag flies over a street in Havana, Dec. 19, 2014. President Barack Obama’s restoration of diplomatic ties with Cuba this week has snatched a major cudgel from his critics and potentially…
  • Darren Wilson Wasn't the First: A Short History of Killer Cops Let Off the Hook

    19 Dec 2014 | 10:41 am
    December 3, 3014: A sign at the "Ferguson to Madison" Movement, a silent vigil was held for Mike Brown, Eric Garner, and many more. (Photo: Kaitlyn Veto) Truthout can only survive through reader support - click here to make a tax-deductible donation and help publish journalism with real integrity and independence! The Ferguson grand jury's decision not to indict Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson for the killing of African-American teenager Michael Brown is heartless but unsurprising. But it is important to place the case in context with the history of police violence investigations and…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    xpostfactoid

  • Employers, HSAs and the ACA

    Andrew Sprung
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Jay Hancock at Kaiser Health News reports that significant numbers of small businesses may stop offering health insurance to their employees, sending them instead to the ACA exchanges. This could be a good thing for employees who earn little enough to qualify for strong ACA subsidies -- win-win for employer and employee at the federal government's expense.According to the Kaiser Family Foundation, small employers in 2014 paid an average of nearly $5,000 for solo coverage and a bit more $10,000 for a family premium. What if an employer wants to compensate employees for dropping a benefit…
  • Health exchange design has a clear impact on metal level choices

    Andrew Sprung
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:53 am
    Why was there such huge variation among states in the proportion of ACA private plan buyers who bought bronze plans -- the plans with the lowest premiums and highest deductibles and copays? In Hawaii, 41% of ACA shoppers bought bronze; in Mississippi, 8% did.Part of the answer, as I've noted before, lies in a state's relative levels of wealth and health. Lower income buyers are eligible for generous Cost Sharing Reduction subsidies that reduce deductibles, co-pays and yearly out-of-pocket (OOP) maximums -- but only if they buy silver plans. Fortunately, most did. If you're sick and poor, a…
  • Scalia researched torture's efficacy by watching "24"

    Andrew Sprung
    13 Dec 2014 | 11:54 am
    Antonin Scalia reacted* to the Senate torture report with a defense of torture, as reported by the AP*:"Listen, I think it's very facile for people to say, 'Oh, torture is terrible.' You posit the situation where a person that you know for sure knows the location of a nuclear bomb that has been planted in Los Angeles and will kill millions of people. You think it's an easy question? You think it's clear that you cannot use extreme measures to get that information out of that person?" Scalia said.That jogged a memory. What planted this scenario in Scalia's mind? Hark back to June 2007, via the…
  • Obama: Drop that "Plans for under 100!" pitch

    Andrew Sprung
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:27 am
    Hey, Mr. President: you may have the right audience here. But you have partly the wrong message:Obama appeared Dec. 8 on Comedy Central’s “The Colbert Report,” where he took the place of host Stephen Colbert for a regular segment called “The Word” -- retitled “The Decree” for his appearance -- to pitch enrollment to young viewers.“Most young people can get covered for less than $100,” Obama said, using lines purportedly meant for Colbert. “How is the president going to get that message out to the kids? The administration really needs to take down this "plans for under…
  • Forecast: A lot more Pennsylvanians will buy bronze plans in the ACA marketplace in 2015 than in 2014

    Andrew Sprung
    9 Dec 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Here's a prediction: the percentage of ACA private plan buyers in Pennsylvania who select bronze plans -- the lowest metal level, with the lowest monthly premiums and the highest deductibles -- is going to shoot up in 2015.In 2014, among states with the lowest percentages of bronze plan buyers in the ACA marketplace, Pennsylvania was something of an anomaly.Most states with a low level of bronze plan takeup in the ACA's first open season are among the nation's poorest. That's as it should be. Low-income buyers are eligible for Cost Sharing Reduction subsidies that reduce deductibles, co-pays,…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Slashdot: Politics

  • "Team America" Gets Post-Hack Yanking At Alamo Drafthouse, Too

    timothy
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Slate reports that even old movies are enough to trigger a pretty strong knee jerk: Team America, World Police, selected as a tongue-in-cheek replacement by Dallas's Alamo Drafthouse Theater for the Sony-yanked The Interview after that film drew too much heat following the recent Sony hack, has also been pulled. The theater's tweet, as reprinted by Slate: "due to circumstances beyond our control,” their Dec. 27 Team America screening has also been canceled." If only I had a copy, I'd like to host a viewing party here in Austin for The Interview, which I want to see now more than ever.
  • Who's To Blame For Rules That Block Tesla Sales In Most US States?

    timothy
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:28 am
    cartechboy writes The common assumption among Tesla fans seems to be that state auto-dealer lobbyists are working with Republican legislators to enact laws banning direct sales of Tesla's electric cars to retail buyers. Is it true? The New York Times published an article with some data points that assesses the supposition. While the article mainly focuses on the conflict between Uber and the Republican party, some quotes could be easily applied to Tesla. For instance, Republican National Committee chairman Reince Preibus said, "It should be consumers, not government bureaucrats or…
  • Councilmen Introduce Bills Strongly Regulating UAV Use in NYC

    timothy
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:47 am
    SternisheFan passes on this excerpt from an Ars Technica article: On Wednesday Councilman Dan Garodnick introduced a bill to the New York City council seeking to ban all use of drones except those operated by police officers who obtain warrants. A second, parallel bill introduced by councilman Paul Vallone would place more stringent restrictions on drone use but stop short of banning drones for hobbyists and companies altogether. Both bills have been passed to the city's committee on public safety. An all-out ban on drones within the metropolis would be a quite wide-reaching step, especially…
  • Single Group Dominates Second Round of Anti Net-Neutrality Comment Submissions

    Soulskill
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:12 pm
    New submitter aquadood writes: According to the Sunlight Foundation's analysis of recent comment submissions to the FCC regarding Net Neutrality, the majority (56.5%) were submitted by a single organization called American Commitment, which has "shadowy" ties to the Koch brothers' network. The blog article goes on to break down the comments in-depth, showing a roughly 60/40 split between those against net neutrality and those for it, respectively.Read more of this story at Slashdot.
  • Denmark Makes Claim To North Pole, Based On Undersea Geography

    timothy
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:53 am
    As reported by The Independent, A scientific study has found that Greenland is actually connected to the area beneath the polar ice where the North Pole lies – thanks to a huge stretch of continental crust known as the Lomonosov Ridge. Since Greenland is a Danish territory, that gives the country the right to put its hat in the ring for ownership of the stretch of land, Denmark’s foreign minister [Martin Lidegaard ] said. ... Of the five Arctic countries – the US, Russia, Norway, Canada and Denmark —only Canada and Russia had indicated an interest in the North Pole…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    The Independent: On The Campaign Trail

  • Triple the Ginger, Gingerbread Ice Cream with Panettone Waffles and Drunken Apricots

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:58 am
    This has to be one of my favourite Christmas inspired desserts. Although a little labour intensive, this dessert really does pay off. The crunchy panettone waffles combined with ginger ice cream topped with the boozey apricot syrup is something special. Although a fair bit of effort goes into this, the upside it you can prepare [...]
  • Club To Club Interviews (Part 5): Ninos Du Brasil

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:05 am
    Club To Club in Turin, Italy, is a festival based across numerous venues in the city, focusing on a more avant-garde approach. The artists involved are mostly from an experimental, or at least more unusual, background than the kind of performer you find at most festivals. My experience there was great, from superlative performances from [...]
  • Club To Club Interviews (part 4): Lorenzo Senni

    17 Dec 2014 | 5:20 am
    In the fourth of my Club To Club interviews I caught up with Lorenzo Senni, an artist who is universally respected within Italy and outside of his home nation. His experimentation with trance music, and his leftfield take on electronic music in general has placed him in an enviable position as one of Italy’s most [...]
  • UKIP seen as more left wing than Tories

    13 Dec 2014 | 11:29 am
    Voters see the UK Independence Party as being to the left of the Conservative Party, according to a ComRes opinion poll for The Independent on Sunday, shared with the Sunday Mirror. The poll asked people to locate themselves and political parties and leaders on a spectrum ranging from 0, very left wing, to 10, very [...]
  • Poll alert

    13 Dec 2014 | 2:52 am
    We have a ComRes opinion poll in The Independent on Sunday tomorrow, shared with the Sunday Mirror. As well as asking people how they would vote, we asked them where they would place the following on a left-right scale: Your own political views David Cameron Ed Miliband Nick Clegg Nigel Farage Conservative Party Labour Party UKIP, UK Independence Party Liberal Democrat Party Green Party Prince Charles Russell Brand Suffice [...]
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Reason.com Full Feed

  • Can Neocons Learn? Cato's Justin Logan Reviews America in Retreat: The New Isolationism and the Coming Global Disorder

    Reason.com
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    The Republican Party’s misfortunes in the 2006 and 2008 elections had a lot to do with the unpopularity of neoconservative foreign policy. Yet the GOP's success in the 2014 midterms has made the party more neoconservative, with Republican hawks taking over major Senate committees. Much of the blame for this lack of accountability belongs to the conservative media—outlets that produced Iraq war propaganda have generally declined to evaluate or even acknowledge their mistakes. As the University of Chicago's John Mearsheimer remarked in 2004, on foreign policy "the Wall Street Journal is…
  • WATCH: "I Can Breathe": Pro-NYPD Demonstrators Rally, Clash with Anti-NYPD Protesters

    Anthony L. Fisher
    20 Dec 2014 | 8:49 am
    "'I Can Breathe': Pro-NYPD Demonstrators Rally, Clash with Anti-NYPD Protesters" is the latest video from Reason TV. Watch above or click on the link below for video, full text, supporting links, downloadable versions, and more Reason TV clips. View this article.
  • "I Can Breathe": Pro-NYPD Demonstrators Rally, Clash with Anti-NYPD Protesters

    Anthony L. Fisher
    20 Dec 2014 | 8:45 am
    About 100 pro-NYPD demonstrators rallied outside New York's City Hall tonight, some wearing shirts reading "I Can Breathe" in response to similar Comic Sans-fonted t-shirts bearing the dying words of Eric Garner, "I Can't Breathe."  Among their complaints was a lack of appreciation for the dangers of police work, despite recently released FBI statistics showing it has never been safer to be a police officer and crime rates ar historic lows; insufficient respect for police authority, and a perceived lack of support from New York Mayor Bill de Blasio. The NYPD used barricades to…
  • New York City Ends Punitive Solitary Confinement for Juveniles

    Todd Krainin
    20 Dec 2014 | 7:30 am
    During a visit to Rikers Island, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the end of punitive solitary confinement for juvenile inmates. De Blasio's statement, made earlier this week, comes four months after a troubling Department of Justice review concluded that New York City places 16- to 18-year-old inmates in isolation too often. The ban is part of a national trend that aims to spare juveniles from the most severe forms of punishment. New York City joins seven states -- Maine, Connecticut, West Virginia, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Arizona, and Alaska -- that have enacted laws to limit the…
  • Chris Edelson on the Authoritarian Response to Andrew Hawkins' Call for Justice for Tamir Rice and John Crawford

    Reason.com
    20 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Last Sunday, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins drew national attention for wearing a shirt with the words "Justice for Tamir Rice and John Crawford" printed on it.  Hawkins's shirt referred to two recent shootings by police in Ohio.  Tamir Rice was a 12-year-old child who was killed by police despite the fact that a 911 caller said the gun Rice had was probably fake (the caller was right—it was a toy pellet gun).  John Crawford was a 22-year-old man who was walking with a BB rifle in the toy gun aisle of a Wal-Mart when he was shot and killed by police. There are reasons…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Lehigh Valley Conservative

  • Getting Out

    Randy Toman
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:30 am
    Having big problems within the social fabric cannot be denied, and the attempted solutions of these individual issues will not correct the larger problems.  I have stated this to a number of people——the problem is much larger——in that “We the People” have been placed on the wrong path going in the wrong direction and many do not understand the correcting of this problem—–the one or two or three issues we might correct in the scope of things—-mean nothing, especially if we cannot bring these two concerns into play. (A)  Understanding the root of…
  • Confused

    Randy Toman
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:05 am
    In Otto Scott’s book “Robespierre” copyright 1974— on page 169—–it has this sentence: “Like many young men they subconsciously confuse education with character.” Scott is obviously talking about the young men in late 1700’s France with Robespierre and the French Revolution.  This same confusion I think is ramped in today’s culture.  We have in today’s Colleges and Universities a twisting of what is to make-up the young man’s character in that education as if the educational process will turn out fine upright citizen even as they are filling their…
  • The FED is killing us

    Randy Toman
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:17 pm
    “The real cause of the disaster is the very financial structure that was fashioned by legislators and guided by regulators; they together created a cartel that, like all other monopolistic concoctions is playing mischief with its victims.” Quoted from; “The Great Banking Scandal” (1990) Hans Sennholz You will note I was quoting something written in 1990—almost 25 years ago. And we all know that was well before the sophistication of today’s Wall Street—with its high power computerized buying and selling. It is troubling to know, debt was there (1990) but small and…
  • Words to the Pastor

    Randy Toman
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:17 am
    Charles G. Finney (1792-1875) was an effective teacher at Oberlin theological department for 40 years. (1835- 1875) Robert Fletcher’s article “The Pastor Theology of Charles G. Finney” nails the problems of today as he tells what Finney taught his young preachers. Fletcher writes of Finney; “The pastor and his flock had reciprocal duties, according to Finney. The pastor must demean himself so as to deserve the confidence of the people, giving himself wholly to the work and avoid every irrelevant engagement, feeding the flock with truth well digested, warning them publicly and…
  • Truth and How You Get to it

    Randy Toman
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:46 am
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky (1821-1881) wrote: “If God does not exist, everything is permitted.” The truth of the statement cannot be questioned—-at least I don’t think so. If God does exist then compromise with a branding of some sort of Conservative leaning cannot in fact be the way to a truth because God allows anyone to attempt to identify truth, which must be the starting point. Anything said, should be considered as what is the truth rather than some position of a compromising agenda. It is this truth of the matter that should be hinged to a higher authority if that truth or…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    The American Prospect

  • Today's Cyborg News

    Paul Waldman
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:57 am
    One of the things that bugged me about the movie "Avatar" (I know, I know) was the idea that 150 years in the future, someone who had suffered a spinal injury would be rolling around in a wheelchair, and getting him new legs would be so expensive that only some people would be able to afford it. I realize the protagonist's inability to walk on his own was central to the plot, but none of the other technology in the film required that it take place that far in the future; they could just as easily have said it was 2054 instead of 2154 and it would have been much more plausible. Why do I bring…
  • More Disturbing Revelations About the CIA Torture Program

    Paul Waldman
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:10 am
    The most important thing to read today is this extraordinary report from Matthew Cole of NBC News about one CIA officer, the agency's top expert on al-Qaeda, and her trail of screw-ups and lies with regard to the torture program. Among other things, she was one of the models for the composite lead character in "Zero Dark Thirty," but this is much more disturbing than what was in that film. She is referred to as "the expert": At one point, she misread intelligence provided by another suspected terrorist, and the faulty information was then used to extract an erroneous admission from Mohammed,…
  • Caring for Caregivers

    Sarita Gupta
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:34 am
    (Flickr/Emily Michelle) For three years, I’ve watched my father succumb to Alzheimer’s. Once a doctor and an active community leader, today he has become quiet, less engaging, and prefers to stay home. He lacks a curiosity to explore new things, and often seems to be lost in his own thoughts. He can no longer go out on his own, even to run small errands, because he gets easily confused about where he is and what he is supposed to be doing. The changes in my father’s abilities have placed a lot of pressure on my mother to manage the household by herself—keeping the house clean, cooking…
  • Why the Cuba Issue Will Not Help Marco Rubio Become President

    Paul Waldman
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:10 am
    At least publicly, Republicans have been nearly unanimous in their condemnation of the Obama administration's decision to normalize relations with Cuba. In and of itself this isn't surprising, given their party's long history of vigorous anti-communism and the fact that this move was taken by Barack Obama, which makes it wrong by definition. As I wrote over at the Post this morning, the presidential contenders in particular are trapped by their older voters, for whom the Cold War is a living thing, not something they read about in history class. For decades, opposition to communism was one of…
  • Meet the Congressional Mouthpieces of the Anti-Cuba Lobby

    Zaid Jilani
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:33 am
    (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) Like his Republican counterparts who oppose the president's opening to Cuba, U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, Democrat of New Jersey, has ties to the U.S.-Cuba Democracy PAC. On Wednesday, December 17, he accused President Barack Obama of "vindicat[ing] the brutal behavior of the Cuban government.” This March 27, 2014, file photo shows him in his role as Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman, listening as the committee's ranking member, Senator Bob Corker, Republican of Tennessee, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. This…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    The American Prospect

  • Today's Cyborg News

    Paul Waldman
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:57 am
    One of the things that bugged me about the movie "Avatar" (I know, I know) was the idea that 150 years in the future, someone who had suffered a spinal injury would be rolling around in a wheelchair, and getting him new legs would be so expensive that only some people would be able to afford it. I realize the protagonist's inability to walk on his own was central to the plot, but none of the other technology in the film required that it take place that far in the future; they could just as easily have said it was 2054 instead of 2154 and it would have been much more plausible. Why do I bring…
  • More Disturbing Revelations About the CIA Torture Program

    Paul Waldman
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:10 am
    The most important thing to read today is this extraordinary report from Matthew Cole of NBC News about one CIA officer, the agency's top expert on al-Qaeda, and her trail of screw-ups and lies with regard to the torture program. Among other things, she was one of the models for the composite lead character in "Zero Dark Thirty," but this is much more disturbing than what was in that film. She is referred to as "the expert": At one point, she misread intelligence provided by another suspected terrorist, and the faulty information was then used to extract an erroneous admission from Mohammed,…
  • Caring for Caregivers

    Sarita Gupta
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:34 am
    (Flickr/Emily Michelle) For three years, I’ve watched my father succumb to Alzheimer’s. Once a doctor and an active community leader, today he has become quiet, less engaging, and prefers to stay home. He lacks a curiosity to explore new things, and often seems to be lost in his own thoughts. He can no longer go out on his own, even to run small errands, because he gets easily confused about where he is and what he is supposed to be doing. The changes in my father’s abilities have placed a lot of pressure on my mother to manage the household by herself—keeping the house clean, cooking…
  • Why the Cuba Issue Will Not Help Marco Rubio Become President

    Paul Waldman
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:10 am
    At least publicly, Republicans have been nearly unanimous in their condemnation of the Obama administration's decision to normalize relations with Cuba. In and of itself this isn't surprising, given their party's long history of vigorous anti-communism and the fact that this move was taken by Barack Obama, which makes it wrong by definition. As I wrote over at the Post this morning, the presidential contenders in particular are trapped by their older voters, for whom the Cold War is a living thing, not something they read about in history class. For decades, opposition to communism was one of…
  • Meet the Congressional Mouthpieces of the Anti-Cuba Lobby

    Zaid Jilani
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:33 am
    (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) Like his Republican counterparts who oppose the president's opening to Cuba, U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, Democrat of New Jersey, has ties to the U.S.-Cuba Democracy PAC. On Wednesday, December 17, he accused President Barack Obama of "vindicat[ing] the brutal behavior of the Cuban government.” This March 27, 2014, file photo shows him in his role as Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman, listening as the committee's ranking member, Senator Bob Corker, Republican of Tennessee, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. This…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Wonkblog

  • 2014: The year we finally learned how to talk seriously about dying

    Jason Millman
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    (AP Photo/J Pat Carter) A new rule just approved in Massachusetts will reportedly make the state the first to require doctors to discuss with terminally ill patients how they wanted to be cared for at the end of their lives. Though doctors already have been voluntarily holding these types of conversations with patients for years, most patients don't have an end-of-life care plan — and that could make the last few days or weeks of life needlessly painful, confusing and expensive for the patient and the patient's family. Here's how the new Massachusetts rule, implementing legislation from…
  • Investors who can’t bet on Uber are betting instead on the death of taxi medallions

    Emily Badger
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:15 pm
    (REUTERS/Sergio Perez) The 23-page market report warns of "financial ruin" for Medallion Financial Corp., a 70-year-old company that has long lent money to drivers and investors in New York, Chicago and Boston looking to buy expensive taxi medallions. The coveted assets give owners the right to operate taxicabs, and for decades they have been the best investment in America, providing a steady business for a company that goes by the ticker symbol TAXI. But the market report, released to the media on Thursday at a time when transportation companies Uber and Lyft are threatening…
  • The world’s biggest canned tuna company is about to get a lot bigger

    Roberto A. Ferdman
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:26 pm
    DES PLAINES, IL - JANUARY 27: Cans of tuna fish are displayed in a grocery store January 27, 2006 in Des Plaines, Illinois. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images) The American canned tuna industry is now pretty much entirely Asian-owned. Thai Union Frozen Products, already the biggest canned tuna company in the world, is on the verge of acquiring Bumble Bee Seafoods, the largest canned tuna company in North America, for a reported $1.5 billion. The deal, if approved, would further cement Thai Union's dominance by making it the biggest canned tuna producer in North America, the world's…
  • Name That Data!

    Christopher Ingraham
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:50 am
    The year is almost done and we are all looking forward literally doing nothing over the next two weeks, regardless of whether or not we're going into work amirite? Before drifting off into your long midwinters' nap, why not settle into your indolence gracefully, with a selection of the week's finest redacted charts and maps for you to ponder over? 1 Let's ease into things. What's this a map of? Elevation Rainfall Forest cover Feral cat populations 2 Something's on the rise, particularly among black families. What is it? Families with only one child. Unmarried births. Cat ownership. Marriages…
  • The troubling reason why whites in some states may show more hidden racial bias

    Chris Mooney
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:40 am
    Courtesy of Project Implicit. Across the United States, white Americans show subtle or "implicit" biases against blacks -- biases they mostly don't even realize they have. This has been established through lots of research, but it's not perfectly uniform across the land. Whites in some states show more bias, overall, than in others. That's the takeaway from the map above, courtesy of Project Implicit, which is based on the scores of 1.5 million voluntary takers of the Implicit Association Test or IAT (which detects subtle or unconscious racial preferences), and…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    News

  • Obama begins Hawaiian vacation

    20 Dec 2014 | 5:24 am
      President Obama and the first family have begun their seventh presidential Christmas vacation in Hawaii.Air Force One landed late Friday evening at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam with the president, first lady Michelle Obama, their...
  • Supreme Court allows same-sex marriages in Florida

    19 Dec 2014 | 5:38 pm
    The Supreme Court on Friday cleared the way for same-sex marriages to start in Florida next month.The high court turned down a request to block same-sex marriages as the state appeals a judge’s order that its ban is unconstitutional, the Washington...
  • Yazidis still trapped on mountain despite US airstrikes

    19 Dec 2014 | 10:49 am
    Fighting between Iraqi forces and the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has delayed the evacuation of the rest of the Yazidis, a minority group whose plight compelled the White House to back airstrikes in the country.Members of the religious...
  • GOP chairman: Sony hack came from North Korea

    18 Dec 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) said Thursday that by deciding not to release the controversial movie "The Interview," Sony Pictures is caving to a "terrorist threat.""Any time you give into them, you empower them, and I'm concerned that we are going...
  • Wife of Rep. Hudson now working for another lawmaker

    18 Dec 2014 | 11:25 am
    Renee Hudson, the wife of Rep. Richard Hudson (R-N.C.), is now working as chief of staff to another House Republican, Rep. Todd Rokita.She became Rokita's (Ind.) chief of staff this month, according to LegiStorm, which tracks legislative employment...
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    SCOTUSblog

  • Petition of the day

    Maureen Johnston
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:15 pm
    The petition of the day is: Fox v. Fox 14-435 Issue: Whether, under the Due Process Clause, a state court must have personal jurisdiction over an assailant to award a no-contact order, valid only within that state, to a victim of abuse who is domiciled in the state.
  • Appeals court: Gun control must meet toughest test

    Lyle Denniston
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:25 pm
    Breaking ranks with other federal appeals courts, and probably setting up a major test case for the Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit has ruled that laws imposing controls on the personal right to have a gun must satisfy the most rigorous constitutional test.  And, in another split with other courts, it was the first to strike down a federal gun law under the Constitution’s Second Amendment as expanded by the Supreme Court six years ago. Since the Justices’ ruling in 2008 in District of Columbia v. Heller, finding in the Second Amendment a…
  • Court won’t add to delay of Florida same-sex marriages

    Lyle Denniston
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:34 pm
    Over the dissents of two Justices, the Supreme Court late Friday afternoon refused to delay — beyond January 5 — a federal judge’s order that would permit same-sex couples in Florida to marry after that day. Neither the apparent majority of seven nor the two dissenters gave any explanation.  Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas simply noted that they would have granted the plea by state officials to extend the postponement beyond the early January date. In refusing the request by Florida officials, the Court followed the pattern that it had maintained for the past…
  • SCOTUSblog on camera: Dahlia Lithwick (Part four)

    Fabrizio di Piazza
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:54 am
    Cameras in the Supreme Court and the importance of seeing government at work; whether audio provides sufficient access; and how the Internet affects thinking about the Court in public. “I think always the humor was a means to an end. And the end is, to help folks who don’t live in this world understand why it matters.” Dahlia Lithwick covers the Supreme Court and writes about law more broadly for Slate.com.  In this six-part interview, Ms. Lithwick discusses law school, practicing law, and how she began covering the Supreme Court; the tension among the media covering the Court, the…
  • Two states sue to block Colorado marijuana markets

    Lyle Denniston
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:31 am
    Two of Colorado’s neighboring states, arguing that the legalization of marijuana for Coloradans is causing crime problems across state borders, asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to allow them to file a lawsuit directly before the Justices.  If the suit goes forward, Nebraska and Oklahoma’s filing said, the Court should rule that the commercial part of the Colorado scheme is unconstitutional and could no longer be enforced. Under the Constitution, states with legal complaints against other states have a right to sue them in the Supreme Court without first going through a…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Balloon Juice

  • Saturday Morning Open Thread

    Anne Laurie
    20 Dec 2014 | 2:07 am
    "After 12 hours of full Internet access, Cuba would now like to close up again. Seriously. Right now. WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE?!" — John Rogers (@jonrog1) December 17, 2014 Gotta love the Kung Fu Monkey Master. What’s on the agenda for the year’s Last Overhyped Shopping Weekend? And just because I find it pleasant… Share
  • Late Night At the Movies Open Thread: “The Crazy History of Star Wars“

    Anne Laurie
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:02 pm
    There’s a school of literary criticism which holds that American popular culture is mostly about people who, like Huck Finn, want or need to “light out for the territory“. Joshua Rothman, in the New Yorker, finds George Lucas squarely in that tradition: From “How Star Wars Conquered the Universe,” the new history of the sci-fi franchise, by Chris Taylor, I learned many incredible facts. Among them: Brian De Palma, the director of “Carrie,” helped to write the opening crawl (“Rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the…
  • Head charges and disease charges

    Richard Mayhew
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:05 pm
    Weavermom asked a good question about the difference between capitation payments and bundled payments: Is this the same as capitation? Where doctors basically get paid more when they provide the least treatment? I believe that this has been tried, and I find it personally terrifying. The minute I get expensive, I’m expendable. The minute I get really sick, I am ‘stealing’ my doctor’s take-home pay. If I am mis-construing the point, please let me know…. Capitation payments are when a provider group gets a set fee per person it covers per month to maintain their patient…
  • Friday Recipe Exchange: Holiday Sweet Treats

    Anne Laurie
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:02 pm
    From our Food Goddess, TaMara: Lots of cooking going on. And look what Santa dropped off early: Just in time to hold the assortment of cookies I made this week. Most of them are going into gift boxes, but I’ll hold enough back for my annual Christmas Eve dinner. Let’s get right to it. Pictured above: Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies, recipe here. Spritz Cookies, recipes and instructions for using a cookie press here. Not pictured because I still have to make them, Chocolate-Walnut Flourless Cookies, recipe here. I love these because you’d never know they were flourless and they taste like…
  • A Few of My Favorite Things

    constitutional mistermix
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:33 pm
    Ayn Rand Reviews Children’s Movies: “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs” An industrious young woman neglects to charge for her housekeeping services and is rightly exploited for her naïveté. She dies without ever having sought her own happiness as the highest moral aim. I did not finish watching this movie, finding it impossible to sympathize with the main character. —No stars. “Bambi” The biggest and the strongest are the fittest to rule. This is the way things have always been. —Four stars. (via Hal in the comments) Share This space reserved for your ad.
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Oliver Willis

  • More & Better Democrats

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:34 pm
    Nancy Pelosi The Democrats shouldn’t always get what the leadership of the Democrats demands. On balance, of course I’m going to agree with Democrats more often on most issues, but sometimes, they are wrong. President Obama and Rep. Steny Hoyer, among others, were on the wrong side of the vote on the Omnibus bill on Thursday night. I know that they thought the bill was the least bad option on the table, but it did too much harm to the functioning of our government and it should have been opposed by all Democrats. But instead we had a fight about it, led by progressives like Leader…
  • Eric Garner And The Death Of Logic And Reason

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    3 Dec 2014 | 6:11 pm
    Eric Garner When it comes to issues of race and law and justice, I am probably best described as a conservative. I tend to err on the side of conservative action, in favor of the status quo (within reason) and in favor of law and order instead of the squishy, touchy-feely side of things which I am uncomfortable with. I don’t know if I can do that anymore after today. Because there isn’t much in this world that is more black and white than the video of Eric Garner being killed. It isn’t ambigous. We can argue about what happened to Trayvon Martin or Michael Brown, but we all…
  • MSNBC’s Scarborough: “I’m A Millionaire Elitist, The Same As Everyone Else”

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    2 Dec 2014 | 8:28 pm
    (NEW YORK) – MSNBC host Joe Scarborough wants America to know that he is “a millionaire elitist” just like most Americans are. The host and and alpha male of the cable news network’s Morning Joe program said he wants to “dispel any notions” that he experiences life any differently from anyone else. “Like most Americans, I have a car service take me to my job in the morning, where I have makeup applied by an underling, then read off of a teleprompter and spout off my uninformed opinion to dozens of people watching across the country. Just like everyone…
  • Microsoft Word Keeps Inserting “LOL” In Rand Paul Presidential Speech

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    2 Dec 2014 | 8:11 pm
    (BOURBON, KY) – Rand Paul’s copy of Microsoft Word keeps inserting the phrase “LOL” in the document where he is composing his presidential announcement speech. “Every time I write the phrase ‘when I am elected President’, the darn program inserts a string of ‘LOLs’,” the Kentucky Senator said. “Every time.” A technology consultant from Babbages said he believed that Paul’s document was triggering his computer’s little used “credulity processor.” “Usually these things never go off, but the…
  • Bill Cosby Is Sick, But He Wasn’t Wrong About Black America’s Problems

    owillis@gmail.com (Oliver Willis)
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:12 pm
    It is very clear from all the recent reports that there was and still probably is something very wrong with Bill Cosby. Something like 16 women have come forth to say Cosby either sexually assaulted, molested, raped, or took advantage of them. Court finding or not, it defies common sense to believe he didn’t do something very wrong with those victims. The problem is I’ve seen the occasion of these revelations taken by some as vindication about the crusade Cosby embarked on a few years ago, embodied by what is now known as the “pound cake” speech. Essentially, Cosby…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    The Moderate Voice

  • Islamic terrorism strikes not only in Israel (Guest Voice)

    Guest Voice
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:23 pm
    Islamic terrorism strikes not only in Israel By Dorothea Shefer-Vanson MEVASSERET ZION, Israel — Are we going to have to cut ourselves off from the news and other media, in order to hold on to our mental equanimity? This week has been particularly hard for consumers of the news media, like myself. Many people thought that the evil that threatened the world had been eradicated with Hitler’s defeat, but it seems that we were mistaken. Over one hundred and thirty schoolchildren massacred in Pakistan in the name of a creed that calls itself a religion of peace. A lone gunman holds forty…
  • Mike Peters Guest Cartoon: North Korea and the Movies

    MIKE PETERS, Guest Voice Cartoonist
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:03 pm
    North Korea and the Movies by Mike Peters OF RELATED INTEREST: –Sony exec fires back at President Obama –Hackers to Sony: We’ll stand down if you never release the movie –Hollywood Cowardice: George Clooney Explains Why Sony Stood Alone In North Korean Cyberterror Attack –Obama Could Hit China to Punish North Korea Mike Peters is recognized as one of our nation’s most prominent cartoon artists for his outstanding work as both a political and comic strip cartoonist. His favorite expression “WHAT A HOOT” certainly sums up his outlook on his life and work…
  • 2016 Presidential Campaign Already Boring

    Guest Voice
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:02 pm
    2016 Presidential Campaign Already Boring By Jason Stanford The 2016 presidential campaign has barely started, and I’m already bored. On one hand, everyone’s ready for Hillary, but she doesn’t seem all that eager for everyone. She’s scheduled two paid speeches for early next year, which means she won’t be kicking off her campaign until the spring. This is seen in DC as alternately smart politics and evidence that she’s floundering. Holding off is undoubtedly good tactics, but while Democrats are waiting for Hillary they’re not talking about America,…
  • Sony hacking may cast pall over Oscars (Guest Voice)

    Guest Voice
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:01 pm
    Share Sony hacking may cast pall over Oscars By Dan Bloom CHIAYI CITY, Taiwan — The Oscars telecast on February 22 is most likely to be a toned-down event from the usual fare in the wake of the massive international hacking of the Sony Picture Entertainment computer system. Whereas past Oscars presented millions of TV viewers worldwide with ribald jokes and trendy selfies by the likes of actors and comics like such as Billy Crystal and Ellen DeGeneres, the upcoming Oscars show in Hollywood will not be as extravagant and fun as years gone by. In the Bloom family home in the 1950s and 1960s,…
  • Discovery’s Eaten Alive: We were all rooting for the big snake (Guest Voice)

    Guest Voice
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    A divided nation has finally united, if only for a while. Everywhere you go, Americans are speaking out in a singular chorus of indignation and outrage. Social media is seething with denunciations of brazen deception and cruelty. What in the world happened that has suddenly brought us all together? It’s simple: Some bonehead tried to get… The post Discovery’s Eaten Alive: We were all rooting for the big snake (Guest Voice) appeared first on The Moderate Voice.
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    AMERICAblog News

  • PO’d kangaroo takes down drone (seriously)

    John Aravosis
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:09 pm
    This is pretty great. A drone was checking out some kanagaroos in Australia, until the kangaroo — baby kanga in tow — finally got supremely ticked off and took the drone out. It’s a pretty amazing video. See it below.
  • Stephen Colbert’s final broadcast (video)

    John Aravosis
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:46 am
    Last night was Stephen Colbert’s final broadcast on the Colbert Report. As you know, Colbert is moving over to take David Letterman’s spot on The Late Show. Here are the various segments, including a rather interesting one in which seemingly every guest (or practically every guest) that Colbert has had on over the years came back for a final group song. There’s everyone. And I mean everyone. Enjoy.
  • The Banality of Bitter: “A Christmas Carol” revisited

    John Aravosis
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:02 am
    Channel-surfing last night, I stumbled upon Patrick Stewart’s TV-version of “A Christmas Carol” (not his one-man show). Watching Scrooge visit with the Ghost of Christmas Past for the umpteenth time in my life, I had a bit of unexpected insight. As you get older, you get bitter. Or at least you run the risk. It’s something I never appreciated at all when I was younger. Now, I get it. Not to say that I’ve become bitter. But rather, that entering my sixth decade of life (I’m 51) I’ve begun to understand how it is that people become bitter, in a way I…
  • It’s time to modernize our rape laws

    Jeneva Burroughs Stone
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    All citizens would be better served if felony rape were changed from a general intent crime to one of criminal intent. My suggested definition — to inflict physical and/or emotional damage on another person by forcing that person to engage in sexual act — is only a place to begin. Without a criminal intent, prosecutors cannot legally examine an alleged rapist’s mindset. (This is a follow-up to my earlier piece about the problems surrounding the current legal definition of “rape.”) Researchers such as David Lisak have been studying rape mentality for years, including…
  • Sony pulls movie “The Interview” after cyber-attack, terror threats by North Korea

    John Aravosis
    17 Dec 2014 | 3:12 pm
    Thanks, North Korea. Now all I can think about is seeing a movie I had no intention of seeing. You see, apparently North Korea, the most repressive place on the entire planet, has collectively freaked out over Sony’s new comedy “The Interview,” about the assassination of North Korean leader-for-life Kim Jong Un. The film stars James Franco and Seth Rogan. Pull the film, or the puppy dies.(Seth Rogan and James Franco in the film, “The Interview.”) In response, the North Korean government launched a cyber-attack on Sony, releasing the private medical records of…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    VideoSift.com

  • Weediquette: Vice meets the Fuck It I Quit Lady

    PlayhousePals (/politics/member/PlayhousePals)
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:52 pm
    YouTube: On November 4, 2014, the state of Alaska was faced with a Alaska measure to potentially make recreational marijuana legal. In this episode of Weediquette, we follow democracy in action through the eyes of Charlo Greene. Greene became the firebrand folk hero of the "Yes on 2" movement after she famously quit her job as a news reporter on the air to run a cannabis club. VICE travels to Alaska to follow Charlo, and along the way we meet a cast of Alaskan natives who all have something at stake in this election.
  • jon stewart-rage against the rage against the machine

    enoch (/politics/member/enoch)
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:35 pm
    Jon Stewart did not have much trouble finding absurd reactions to the largely peaceful protests against police violence that have been occurring around the country. In New York, protesters carrying #BlackLivesMatter banners have blocked traffic at times. The horror! Fox Newsian John Stossel has even made the claim that blocking traffic is a form of "violence." Jon Stewart pointed out that if blocking traffic is violence then it is time to indict the New York City marathon, the Macy's Day parade, the St. Patrick's Day Parade, a million other parades and every street fair selling crappy…
  • daily show-jon stewart lampoons the omnibus bill

    enoch (/politics/member/enoch)
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:53 pm
    Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s (D-MA) campaign against a provision in the latest federal spending bill seemed to amuse Daily Show host Jon Stewart on Tuesday. “She’s so cute — she thinks she can change the system,” Stewart said of Warren. “Fresh meat. But don’t worry; one of the mean girls will get her back in line.” Stewart then showed a clip of Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) rebuking Warren, telling her, “There’s something in here you don’t like? Welcome to democracy.” It was a clever line, but Stewart wasn’t about to let Graham off the hook. “Lindsey Graham says,…
  • Bill Maher: Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Women in Government

    PlayhousePals (/politics/member/PlayhousePals)
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:21 pm
    "Nobody cares that Mitch McConnell looks like a muppet."
  • Barney Frank: Ridicule is a Powerful Weapon

    PlayhousePals (/politics/member/PlayhousePals)
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:25 pm
    YouTube: The retired Massachusetts congressman shares his philosophy on the therapeutic and polemic power of humor. Ridicule, says Frank, was one of his greatest weapons. Not only does humor get you remembered, it often helps you persuade audiences through laughter and levity.
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    The American Prospect

  • Today's Cyborg News

    Paul Waldman
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:57 am
    One of the things that bugged me about the movie "Avatar" (I know, I know) was the idea that 150 years in the future, someone who had suffered a spinal injury would be rolling around in a wheelchair, and getting him new legs would be so expensive that only some people would be able to afford it. I realize the protagonist's inability to walk on his own was central to the plot, but none of the other technology in the film required that it take place that far in the future; they could just as easily have said it was 2054 instead of 2154 and it would have been much more plausible. Why do I bring…
  • More Disturbing Revelations About the CIA Torture Program

    Paul Waldman
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:10 am
    The most important thing to read today is this extraordinary report from Matthew Cole of NBC News about one CIA officer, the agency's top expert on al-Qaeda, and her trail of screw-ups and lies with regard to the torture program. Among other things, she was one of the models for the composite lead character in "Zero Dark Thirty," but this is much more disturbing than what was in that film. She is referred to as "the expert": At one point, she misread intelligence provided by another suspected terrorist, and the faulty information was then used to extract an erroneous admission from Mohammed,…
  • Caring for Caregivers

    Sarita Gupta
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:34 am
    (Flickr/Emily Michelle) For three years, I’ve watched my father succumb to Alzheimer’s. Once a doctor and an active community leader, today he has become quiet, less engaging, and prefers to stay home. He lacks a curiosity to explore new things, and often seems to be lost in his own thoughts. He can no longer go out on his own, even to run small errands, because he gets easily confused about where he is and what he is supposed to be doing. The changes in my father’s abilities have placed a lot of pressure on my mother to manage the household by herself—keeping the house clean, cooking…
  • Why the Cuba Issue Will Not Help Marco Rubio Become President

    Paul Waldman
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:10 am
    At least publicly, Republicans have been nearly unanimous in their condemnation of the Obama administration's decision to normalize relations with Cuba. In and of itself this isn't surprising, given their party's long history of vigorous anti-communism and the fact that this move was taken by Barack Obama, which makes it wrong by definition. As I wrote over at the Post this morning, the presidential contenders in particular are trapped by their older voters, for whom the Cold War is a living thing, not something they read about in history class. For decades, opposition to communism was one of…
  • Meet the Congressional Mouthpieces of the Anti-Cuba Lobby

    Zaid Jilani
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:33 am
    (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File) Like his Republican counterparts who oppose the president's opening to Cuba, U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, Democrat of New Jersey, has ties to the U.S.-Cuba Democracy PAC. On Wednesday, December 17, he accused President Barack Obama of "vindicat[ing] the brutal behavior of the Cuban government.” This March 27, 2014, file photo shows him in his role as Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman, listening as the committee's ranking member, Senator Bob Corker, Republican of Tennessee, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. This…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Mike's Washington Watch

  • State of the Nation

    12 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    In the 3rd week of November, the NBC/WSJ poll found that 65% of us think the country is on the wrong track while 25% of us think the country is on the right track. The official BLS unemployment rate for November 2014 is 5.8 %. There is no change from October and it is down 1.2% points from a year ago. If one takes into account the total unemployed + those marginally attached to the labor force + those working part-time who want full-time work, the rate is 11.4 %. This is down from 13.1% in November 2013. 2.7% have been unemployed for 15 weeks or longer, down from 3.7% in November 2013. In the…
  • The 2014 election: A little more

    12 Dec 2014 | 8:59 am
    The Winston Group recently made the following point. Of the 48% who rated the economy as “not so good” in 2014, 58% voted Republican and 41% voted Democrat, a spread of 17 points in favor of the Republicans. In 2012, when 45% had the “not so good” position, 55% favored the Democrats and 42% the Republicans, a 13 point spread. In a further analysis, the Winston Group reported on the ideological shift among the Parties in the last six national elections. Based on the exit polls, David Winston and Myra Miller write in part: “Republicans and Independents moved slightly farther to the…
  • President Obama

    12 Dec 2014 | 8:58 am
    The public’s grade on President Obama’s job approval (as found by Gallup 12/6) is 43% approval/51% disapproval. The NBC/WSJ survey found the President’s job approval at 44%, up a smidgen from a year earlier. Americans’ approval of how Obama is handling the economy is at 43%, up 4 points from a year ago. However, his approval rating on handling foreign policy is down 6 points from a year ago. [NBC/WSJ 11/14] Obama’s job approval among blacks so far this year is 84%, among Asians 64%, among Hispanics 53%, and among whites 32%. [Gallup] Date NBC/WSJ WP/ABC CNN/ORC NYT/CBS Nov. 2014…
  • Congress

    12 Dec 2014 | 8:57 am
    53% of us want the Republicans in Congress, rather than President Obama, to have the most influence over the direction of the nation in the next year. Early in 2012 Obama was chosen by a margin of 46% to 42%. By 2013, the Republicans were slightly ahead. That trend has continued. This response is similar to what happened in other recent non-presidential year elections. After the 2010 election the Republicans were selected by 49% to 41%. But after the 2006 election, the Democrats were selected over President Bush by 61% to 31%. [Gallup 11/14] The House Currently 434 House seats have been…
  • Looking Ahead to 2016: Contest for President

    12 Dec 2014 | 8:56 am
    This is the current list of potential contenders. Inclusion on this list requires very little connection to an actual intention to run for President. For example, if someone suggests publicly that you should or might be a candidate and you do not deny it, you are on the list.  Republicans Democrats Jeb Bush Joe Biden Chris Christie Hillary Clinton Bobby Jindal Andrew Cuomo Rand Paul Kristin Gillibrand Marco Rubio Amy Klobuchar Paul Ryan Martin O’Malley Mike Pence Elizabeth Warren John Kasich Howard Dean Scott Walker Duval Patrick Ted Cruz Brian Schweitzer Rick Santorum Mark Warner Rick…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Calitics - Front Page

  • Let the Boxer retirement discussions commence

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

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

    1 Dec 2014 | 10:35 am
    New term limits mean more changes now, more stability later by Brian Leubitz With the new term limits structure amendments of a few years ago, Sacramento is seeing a lot of change. Lots and lots and lots of change. In the Legislature convening today, 72 of the 120 legislators have less than two years of experience at the state level. That's a staggeringly high number, and rather frightening for the institutional memory of both chambers. If you look at the new leadership team in the Assembly, you'll find freshmen legislators David Chiu, Evan Low (Both pictured to the right), Jim Cooper and…
  • We Didn't Vote

    25 Nov 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Turnout hits dismal records by Brian Leubitz Yikes. With almost every vote counted across the state, it appears about 42 percent of the state's 17.8 million registered voters cast ballots. That shatters the previous low of 50.5 percent set in 2002, when Gov. Gray Davis won re-election over Republican businessman Bill Simon.(SF Chronicle) It was something of a perfect storm here in California. No major statewide contests and nothing national to draw voters in combined with some rather boring statewide measures. But still, yikes. It is hard to argue that California has made it hard to vote, but…
  • Brown Appoints Leondra R. Kruger, 38, to State Supreme Court

    24 Nov 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Will join a block of young Brown-appointed justices by Brian Leubitz Governor Brown is making judicial appointments for the long-term. After appointing now Justices Liu and Cuéllar, he has appointed Deputy Assistant Attorney General Leondra R. Kruger to replace Justice Joyce Kennard. Here's the quick bio: Leondra R. Kruger, 38, of Washington, D.C., has served as a Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Legal Counsel since 2013. She served as an Assistant to the Solicitor General and as Acting Principal Deputy Solicitor General in the U.S. Department of…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Jeffrey Goldberg : The Atlantic

  • How to Tell If Obama Did the Right Thing on Cuba

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:53 am
    On my most recent visit to Cuba this past March, I brought my family with me, because I wanted my children to see what Cuba looked like before everything changed. I didn't realize quite how quickly that change would come. In Havana, we stayed on the Plaza de Armas, a square that is in the heart of the old city, a carefully restored neighborhood in a capital that is otherwise collapsing on itself. Each morning, booksellers would set up stands in the square, and each morning, my 13-year-old son would roam about, talking to the booksellers and taking pictures of their shelves. One morning, he…
  • Good Riddance to a Ridiculous Cuba Policy

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:04 am
    In March, I drove with my family from the Cuban capital, Havana, to the colonial town of Trinidad, through the city of Cienfuegos. We were more or less the only car on a very rutted road. Cienfuegos is a city of roughly 150,000 people, but it seemed dead. Its buildings were in a state of decay—just like most of the neighborhoods of Havana—and goods were being moved by donkey cart. My wife and I explained to our children that this is what can happen to a people, and to an economy, under communist rule. We spent days trying to teach them about Cuba's dual-currency system—a dollar-based…
  • 'The Case for Rage and Retribution'

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    9 Dec 2014 | 12:32 pm
    On September 12, 2001, Time magazine, in a special issue devoted to the Qaeda attacks of the previous day, published a column by one of its most prominent contributors at the time, Lance Morrow. The column was headlined, "The Case for Rage and Retribution." The subtitle read: "What's needed is a unified, unifying, Pearl Harbor sort of purple American fury—a ruthless indignation that doesn't leak away in a week or two." Morrow's core argument: Let America explore the rich reciprocal possibilities of the fatwa. A policy of focused brutality does not come easily to a self-conscious,…
  • The Many Obstacles to a Strong Nuclear Deal With Tehran

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:25 am
    Updated 11/24/14 The other day I fell into conversation with a very smart congressman named Ted Deutch, a Democrat from Florida, about his minimum requirements for an Iran nuclear deal. Deutch, who sits on the House Foreign Affairs Committee, is—like a large number of Democrats—fairly-to-very dubious about the possibility of a true breakthrough with Iran, and fairly-to-very worried about the consequences of a bad deal. (On Monday, negotiators extended the deadline for a final deal until next July.) Democrats such as Deutch will need to be convinced by the Obama administration that it…
  • Hamas Endorses a Massacre

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:51 am
    One of the most shocking aspects of the murderous attack on a Jerusalem synagogue this morning by men with guns and axes is not the attack itself—we've seen, from time to time, this sort of sectarian barbarism take place in places like Jerusalem, and Hebron. The most shocking aspect is the wholesale endorsement of this slaughter by Hamas, a group that, during this summer's war in Gaza, half-succeeded in convincing the world that it wasn't what it actually is: a group with actual genocidal intentions. According to witnesses, the two attackers entered the synagogue, in the Har Nof…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    James Fallows : The Atlantic

  • Travel Chronicles, from West to East

    James Fallows
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:46 am
    Everyone has got lots of things to think about at the end of a year. But I wanted to note things we've seen, have reported on, and are about to cover in our ongoing travels across the country. 1. This Past Week: Deb Fallows completed her four-installment chronicle of what it is like to cross the continent at low altitude, with various surprises, rewards, and challenges along the way. If you missed them, they are: Flying West From the Winter," on getting out of D.C. just before a big storm Connecting the Dots Over America," day two, with an intended destination of Little Rock and an unexpected…
  • The Diplomatic Life: It's Not All Striped Trousers and Sips of Tea

    James Fallows
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:33 pm
    Yesterday I did a brief compare-and-contrast on the U.S. decision to normalize relations with the People's Republic of China, under Presidents Nixon, Ford, and Carter in the 1970s, and Wednesday's announcement by President Obama that the U.S. will begin the process of normalizing relations with Cuba. The normalizations were similar in both being sensible, realistic, and in America's interest—or so I contend. One difference, I said, was the level of rancor the two decisions generated. In the Cuban case, we've seen some protests in Little Havana (below) and heard Senator Marco Rubio's…
  • Obama Just Ended the Stupidest Part of U.S. Foreign Policy

    James Fallows
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:32 pm
    For at least 35 years, the U.S. embargo on diplomatic or commercial dealings with Cuba has been the single stupidest aspect of U.S. foreign policy. Not the most destructive: that title would go to the decision to invade Iraq, plus the ongoing ramifications of the age of torture, open-ended war, and the security/surveillance state. But the Cuba policy has been the stupidest, because there have been absolutely zero rational arguments for its strategic wisdom or tactical effectiveness. Jeffrey Goldberg, who has traveled in Cuba and interviewed Castro, more tactfully calls it "ridiculous." In my…
  • Fascinating New Ways of Depicting the Motions of the Air and the Seas

    James Fallows
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:28 pm
    Yesterday I mentioned a fabulous site for envisioning the swirl and flow of winds around the world. Seriously, if you haven't seen it, and if you have any interest in the geophysical world, take a minute now to check out the Czech-originated site Windyty. Okay, glad to have you back. Here are several followups: 1) Oceans have currents, too. From a professor at a major state university who specializes in fluid dynamics: As a working scientist whose curiosity was sparked by the New York Times science section in high school, I greatly appreciate seeing more science-related content in venues read…
  • Envisioning a River of Air

    James Fallows
    14 Dec 2014 | 11:38 am
    By the classification rules of the world of physics, we all know that the Earth's atmosphere is made of gas (rather than liquid, solid, or plasma). But in the world of flying it's often useful to think of air as a fluid.* Landing with crosswinds in an aircraft has some similarities to tacking in a sailboat. The turbulence created by high winds over rough terrain is easiest to understand if you think of it as the counterpart to the whitewater rapids created when water flows over stones. [*Thanks to physics-world friends who have written in to emphasize that both gases and liquids can be…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Obsidian Wings

  • Obama surrenders to Castro! Viva la revolucion!

    Ugh
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:10 am
    by Ugh I always thought our post-Castro Cuban policy was insane (and the embargo continues to be insane).  It certainly has been insane since the fall of the USSR.   How is it that we could normalize relations with Vietnam and China, each of which killed thousands of U.S. soldiers in, you know, actual full blown shooting wars?  But not with Cuba because....why?  It's too close?  The beaches are too nice?  It's just been ridiculous all the way down. So, good for Obama.  Here's hoping the embargo gets lifted too, although that seems doubtful given the current state of…
  • Your New Car Smell Open Thread

    SuperUser
    12 Dec 2014 | 11:16 pm
    by Doctor Science We now have enough money that when my old car (2001 Honda Accord, 147K miles)'s transmission decided to bid farewell to this mortal coil, we could just go out and buy a new car: A 2015 Subaru Legacy. In "Twilight Blue Metallic" so it's not the same color (black, white, or beige/gray) as every other damn car in the mall parking lot. The ability to just plain go out and buy a new car, instead of laboriously finding an acceptable used care you have to constantly repair and worry about, is a classic example of the Sam Vimes "Boots" Theory of Economic Injustice, which states that…
  • My favorite books of 2014: Fiction

    SuperUser
    11 Dec 2014 | 7:55 am
    by Doctor Science For my own reference, and in case any of you are looking for gift-giving suggestions. This list is all fiction I read for the first time in 2014, whether it was published this year or not. In order by author's last name. The Goblin Emperor by Katherine Addison (2014). Maybe the best and most realistic "Surprise! You're suddenly the hereditary monarch!" story I've ever read. The hero may be a goblin in an empire of (mostly) elves, but the fact that his royal life is filled with meetings, paperwork, no privacy, and very little freedom for actual action is very realistic. That…
  • Senate Intelligence Committee Report

    Ugh
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:27 am
    by Ugh It seems it's been released.  Washington Post copy here.  WaPo story on the report here.  From the WaPo story: After being transferred to a site in Thailand, Zubaida was placed in isolation for 47 days, a period during which the presumably important source on al-Qaeda faced no questions. Then, at 11:50 a.m. on Aug. 4, 2002, the CIA launched a round-the-clock interrogation assault — slamming Zubaida against walls, stuffing him into a coffin-sized box and waterboarding him until he coughed, vomited and had “involuntary spasms of the torso and extremities.” More to say…
  • Can police culture be changed?

    SuperUser
    5 Dec 2014 | 12:09 pm
    by Doctor Science The only good news I've seen about American police-citizen relations is this: Conservatives Join Outrage Over Grand Jury Decision In Eric Garner's Death. When Charles Krauthammer and I agree that the situation is borked, there's actually a possibility that something might change. The essential problem, as I see it, is: American police kill way too many people, and they face no accountability for their mistakes. Which possible approaches might help solve this problem? And which have a chance of being tried? I made a list a while ago, it could be a start. One of my suggestions…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    FactCheck.org

  • Is Cuba a ‘Leading’ Sponsor of Terrorism?

    Eugene Kiely
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Sen. Ted Cruz condemned President Obama’s announcement that he would normalize relations with Cuba, calling the communist country “a leading state sponsor of terrorism.” That’s a stretch, to say the least. It’s true that Cuba – along with Iran, Syria and Sudan — is listed by the State Department as one of four “State Sponsors of Terrorism.” But the department’s annual Country Report on Terrorism, published in April, provided little evidence of Cuba sponsoring terrorism, especially compared with the extensive portfolio of the others…
  • FlackCheck.org Video: Immigration Claims

    D'Angelo Gore
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:46 am
    This FlackCheck.org video highlights misleading claims about immigration that were made after President Obama announced his executive actions in late November. The video includes fact-checked statements from Obama, Sen. Ted Cruz, Reps. Tom Cotton and Michele Bachmann, and Rick Santorum, who plans to run for president in 2016.        
  • Cheney’s Tortured Facts

    Eugene Kiely
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Summary Former Vice President Dick Cheney offered a spirited defense of CIA interrogation tactics used in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks and denounced a recent Senate report, which criticized those techniques, as a “crock.” But in presenting his case, Cheney often gave a one-sided and misleading account of the facts. Cheney claimed the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation techniques” used on captured members of al Qaeda and the Taliban did not violate international agreements, citing opinions from the Justice Department. But the Supreme Court later ruled that detainees were…
  • Dec. 12: Climate Change, Dropout Rate, Immigration

    Eugene Kiely
    12 Dec 2014 | 11:39 am
  • No Back Taxes in Immigration Action

    Robert Farley
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:46 am
    President Barack Obama misspoke when he said that immigrants living illegally in the U.S. would have to “pay any back taxes” in order to qualify for work papers under the plan he initiated via executive action. They would not. We wouldn’t normally be inclined to weigh in with a fact-check when someone erroneously slips an inaccurate word into an impromptu response to a live question. But this is the third time we’ve heard this mistake from a prominent Democrat. In the prepared part of his speech at an immigration town hall in Nashville, Tennessee, on Dec. 9, Obama…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    TechPresident

  • First POST: MonopSony

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:38 am
    Debating whether the Sony hack is a national security issue; living in the Age of Outrage; how Black Twitter is changing the civil rights scene; and much, much more.
  • First POST: Company

    16 Dec 2014 | 9:01 am
    The global "Snowden effect" is huge; how many consumer-facing online services fail the user privacy test; the Dems' 2016 digital to-do list; and much, much more.
  • Pan-African Whistleblowing Platform AfriLeaks Launched

    15 Dec 2014 | 9:13 am
    In 2007, WikiLeaks received and published documents revealing corruption and misconduct perpetuated by the former Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi and his family. The case, which was then picked up by the Guardian, helped Julian Assange’s nascent whistleblowing platform gain crucial momentum]. Now, history is coming full circle asThe African Network of Centers for Investigative Reporting (ANCIR) has launched afriLeaks, a pan-African whistleblowing platform, by gathering together a dozen partner media companies.
  • First POST: Mood Slime

    15 Dec 2014 | 9:07 am
    The Sony email leak reveals the MPAA's campaign against Google; how Uber is lobbying in local markets; mapping the #MillionsMarchNYC; and much, much more.
  • First POST: Cloudy

    12 Dec 2014 | 8:37 am
    What the Internet is not; new analysis of public opinion on net neutrality; how cloud backup apparently foiled a police coverup; and much, much more.
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Corrente

  • Arthur needs to take his cat to the vet

    lambert
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:16 pm
    Body:  Here. If you've got a little extra to spread XMas cheer, you could do worse than throw it Arthur's way.
  • Confession time: I love my bellows!

    lambert
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Body:  This year I decided I was tired of coughing all winter from starting the fire in the wood stove by blowing on it, and getting all this horrible fine ash in my lungs. So I splurged on an excellent bellows: The Long John Bellows. It's made from wood, the bellows are suede, and the nozzle is copper, so I can direct the airflow right at the coals. There's no plastic. "Not a toy but a tool!" So now my fire starts much quicker, I don't have to get down on my knees, and I don't have that horrible dry hacking cough so many Mainers have.
  • Twitter founder: News, including the news on Twitter, is bad for your mental health

    lambert
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:52 pm
    Body:  Business Insider, an interview with Twitter co-counter Evan Williams: WILLIAMS: Yeah. Twitter is essentially a news service, and news is important for society, but personally I don't want to spend most of my reading time reading news. I get a lot more value out of other types of content and I think most people do as well. There's a natural urge to know what's going on. It's biological and it's social: What's new? What's everyone talking about? What's this shiny object? The vast majority of it isn't valuable to people and it may be even harmful, and that's well-reported, accurate…
  • Ayn Rand Reviews Children’s Movies

    lambert
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:43 pm
    Body:  The New Yorker. So awesome. This is my favorite: “Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory” An excellent movie. The obviously unfit individuals are winnowed out through a series of entrepreneurial tests and, in the end, an enterprising young boy receives a factory. I believe more movies should be made about enterprising young boys who are given factories. —Three and a half stars. But there are many others!
  • Another controlled experiment that shows profit-centered health care gives a smaller bang for the buck

    lambert
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:41 pm
    Body:  Cuba vs. the United States over 40+ years: How did a country this poor get so healthy? Researchers call it the "Cuban Paradox." http://t.co/UKRIWwlB86 pic.twitter.com/QDnjeQIsRS — Margot Sanger-Katz (@sangerkatz) December 18, 2014
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective

  • Coalition launches bilingual site to end the silence in Latino community about sex ed, birth control and teen parenting

    Latina Lista
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Coalition launches bilingual site to end the silence in Latino community about sex ed, birth control and teen parenting by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Unlike most American demographics, Latino families don’t necessarily see teen pregnancy as a bad thing. The idea of it “takes a village to raise a child” has been a concept in practice for many generations in Latino families, especially so if the parents are teens. This isn’t to say that the…
  • Nearly half of Mexico’s children suffer from lead poisoning

    Latina Lista
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Nearly half of Mexico’s children suffer from lead poisoning by Latina Lista LatinaLista — A traditional dish many Mexican families include on their Christmas menu is pozole. It’s not uncommon to see the soup served up in the distinctive decorated bowls for which Mexico is famous. The bowls, decorated with lead-based glaze, have long been known to be a source of elevated lead levels in the bloodstreams of Mexicans. Acid from spicy foods served on the…
  • Crowdfunder: AbilityList.org – an online marketspace for people with disabilities

    Latina Lista
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:45 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Crowdfunder: AbilityList.org – an online marketspace for people with disabilities by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Campaign: AbilityList.org Fifty-six million Americans have at least one disability, making them the nation’s largest minority group. On average people with disabilities experience less education, less employment, worse health outcomes, and higher poverty rates. What if there was one place online where people with disabilities and their…
  • Brokenhearted? Have a Heart Condition? A Botanica May Offer a Cure

    Latina Lista
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:28 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Brokenhearted? Have a Heart Condition? A Botanica May Offer a Cure by Latina Lista By Camila Osorio Avendano Feet in 2 Worlds It’s late on a July evening. About a hundred people are crowded into a botanica in the South Bronx. Shelves along the walls are filled with potions and dry herbs to cure problems ranging from kidney disease to “how to get your marriage to work.” A group of drummers leads the crowd in songs that celebrate Anaisa, the Dominican name for…
  • San Antonio food bank culinary program a success, honored with USPS stamp

    Latina Lista
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:37 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. San Antonio food bank culinary program a success, honored with USPS stamp by Latina Lista By Amanda Lozano La Prensa de San Antonio After 18 weeks of learning the fundamentals of cooking, the students of the Culinary Training Program at the San Antonio Food Bank have finally completed their curriculum. It wasn’t easy, but seeing that people, local shelters and children were enjoying the food they cooked made it worth it. Now the end has come, and it’s time to…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    NYT > Columnists

  • The Cuomo Cop-Out

    19 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    By banning fracking and pushing casinos, the governor has gotten it backward.
  • Putin’s Bubble Bursts

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The global plunge in oil prices and the falling ruble have wreaked havoc on the Russian economy. It’s been quite a comedown for the strongman.
  • The Union Future

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Do the people who have marched over the Brown and Garner cases have the stamina to force change?
  • The Obamas, Race and Slights

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    We can talk about data on white-black bias until we are blue in the face. At some point, it simply comes down to what people believe and how they feel.
  • Confronting an Ugly Killer

    16 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Alzheimer’s is deadly, costly and finally getting the blunt discussion it needs.
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    New York Observer

  • Collision on Broadway: Eric Garner and Pro-Cop Protesters Clash Near City Hall

    19 Dec 2014 | 4:22 pm
    A supporter of the NYPD raises an American flag at a rally tonight. (Photo: Ross Barkan) Dozens of pro-police protesters met a wave of counter-demonstrators outside City Hall tonight, singing songs and hurling insults at one another. Though Police Commissioner Bill Bratton predicted that almost no one would come out to the planned rally, several dozen NYPD-backers poured onto a Broadway sidewalk to decry the mass of anti-police brutality marches that overtook the city in recent weeks. A rival protest quickly matched their own in size and fury, though barricades and cops prevented any…
  • Weekend Read: Rage Against the Outrage Machine

    19 Dec 2014 | 2:43 pm
    This week is finally coming to a close, which means it’s time for another installment of “Weekend Read.” Don’t know what to read once you close your tabs and leave the office? The Observer is here to help. The end of the 2014 is rapidly approaching, which means its time to look back at the year that was. And what a year it’s been. While there are unlimited best of and worst of lists to check out, Slate has one-upped them all with a comprehensive package on Internet outrage. “Following the news in 2014 is a bit like flying a kite in flat country during…
  • The 10 Best Chess Games of the Last 20 Years

    19 Dec 2014 | 2:01 pm
    World chess champion Garry Kasparov takes a pawn in a match against IBM’s “Deep Blue” computer in Philadelphia, February 1996. Feng-hsiung Hsu, R, the principal designer of “Deep Blue,” keys a move into the computer. (TOM MIHALEK/AFP/Getty Images) Chess, one of the world’s oldest games, reflects the times. Though the rules have not changed in 500 years, how the game is played has been profoundly affected by technology. The use of chess computers has helped uncover new sequences of moves, particularly in the opening phase of games, and has made players better…
  • Bill de Blasio Doesn’t Have Much to Say About Bo Dietl

    19 Dec 2014 | 1:53 pm
    Bo Dietl. (Screengrab: Fox) Bird got his tongue? Mayor Bill de Blasio had very little to say today about a possible mayoral challenge from Bo Dietl, a Republican ex-police detective who repeatedly called Mr. de Blasio “big bird” during a television appearance this week. “It’s a democracy. Every can run who wants to run,” Mr. de Blasio, smiling painfully, told the Observer. He paused for a full second before responding. Mr. de Blasio, a Democrat, addressed the potential Dietl candidacy at One Police Plaza, where he first spoke at a NYPD promotion ceremony. Mr.
  • 6 Chic NYC Holiday Markets That Are Off the Beaten Path

    19 Dec 2014 | 1:37 pm
    The Jingle Holiday Pop-Up at Chelsea Market. (Photo via Chelsea Market) You can’t walk down an avenue in Manhattan right now without hitting a holiday market. But many of these Christmas-themed bazaars carry the same old ornaments, scarves and baubles, whose price tags might not match their humble origins. They might leave you craving high-quality artisanal gifts that you can’t find at any old tourist trap. Thankfully, there are markets throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn where you’ll be able to cop more unique treasures. We have assembled a list of holiday markets for you to…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    The American Conservative » Daniel Larison

  • The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

    Daniel Larison
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Obama’s Cuba opportunity. Philip Peters made the case for a change in Cuba policy. Neoconservatism’s theory gap. Leon Hadar reviews Bret Stephens’ America in Retreat and finds it thoroughly lacking. Ending the stupidest part of U.S. foreign policy. James Fallows celebrates the decision to restore diplomatic relations with Cuba. A welcome blow against posturing in foreign policy. Paul Pillar applauds the opening to Cuba. Did the U.S.-Cuba deal help promote peace in Colombia? Richard McColl speculates on the connection between the resumptions of U.S.-Cuban relations and…
  • The Paul-Rubio Fight over Cuba

    Daniel Larison
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:43 am
    Rand Paul said recently that he thought normalization with Cuba was “probably a good idea” and that the embargo “hasn’t worked.” That prompted Rubio to declare that Paul “has no idea hat he’s talking about.” Weigel reports on Paul’s response: That got Paul thinking, and he took to social media today to pummel Rubio. In a two-paragraph post on Facebook, Paul asked why Rubio didn’t want a “new approach” instead of the continuance of an obvious debacle. “Senator Rubio is acting like an isolationist who wants to retreat…
  • Why Hard-liners Rely on Stale Cliches

    Daniel Larison
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Robert Golan-Vilella points out that the statement John McCain and Lindsey Graham released on Cuba was nothing more than generic hard-liner rhetoric: But look again at McCain and Graham’s words. Notice how none of them actually have anything to do with Cuba. There is not a single fact or analytical conclusion about Cuba that explains their opposition to having diplomatic relations with that country. Rather, the two senators provide a familiar litany of clichés and buzzwords: “Retreat,” “decline,” “appeasement,” “diminishing America’s influence.” It reads more like a game…
  • Obama Hasn’t Given Rubio a “Gift” on Cuba

    Daniel Larison
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:32 am
    One of the odder arguments in the Cuba debate this week is that Obama has provided a “gift” to Marco Rubio. Seth Mandel offers one version of this claim: Republicans should not underestimate how much this helps Rubio maintain a high profile in opposition to Obama. The president has two years left, and for those two years Rubio will be the most important figure standing between Obama and a yet another of his capitulations to foreign dictators. Even if Rubio doesn’t run for president, he will establish his power base in the Senate and put himself in line to set the GOP’s…
  • The Politics of Normalization with Cuba

    Daniel Larison
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:43 am
    Peter Harris argues that Obama’s foreign policy decisions are usually driven by domestic political considerations, but he curiously concludes that the decision to resume relations with Cuba doesn’t fit this pattern: Far from hewing to domestic opinion on the matter, then, pursuing rapprochement with Cuba might well end up hurting President Obama’s domestic standing. Harris is right that Obama’s decision isn’t going to make relations with Congress any easier, but it doesn’t follow that this is going to hurt Obama’s political standing at home. It could be…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    TIME

  • President Obama Confuses James Franco, Joe Flacco in Speech

    Jennifer So
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:49 pm
    President Obama addressed the nation Friday regarding Sony’s decision to cancel the release of The Interview following repeated cyber-attacks on the studio, but when he spoke about the film’s stars he accidentally conflated James Franco and Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco into “James Flacco.” Did Obama just say James Flacco for James Franco? That is is all kinds of awesome if so. — Richard Deitsch (@richarddeitsch) December 19, 2014 Only moments after the slip up occurred someone had already snatched up the Twitter handle James Flacco and started a parody account.
  • Barack Obama Holds First Ever All-Women Press Conference

    Zeke J Miller
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:30 pm
    President Barack Obama’s traditional end-of-year press conference Friday was historic for reasons that had nothing to do with the substance of the president’s comments. All eight of the reporters who questioned Obama were women—and nearly all were print reporters—an apparent first for a formal White House news conference, a venue traditionally dominated by male television correspondents. “The fact is, there are many women from a variety of news organizations who day-in and day-out do the hard work of covering the President of the United States,” said White…
  • Obama Looks to the ‘4th Quarter’ of His Presidency

    Alex Altman
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:51 pm
    At the end of a grim year that saw his approval ratings sink, his party pummeled in elections and his legislative agenda stymied by opponents, President Barack Obama made an impassioned argument Friday that the nation has emerged stronger than ever from economic upheaval and an unending sequence of foreign crises. It was a rare glimpse of vintage Obama, the upbeat change-agent from his campaign days, who has all but vanished after six tough years of turmoil. In his ceremonial year-end news conference, Obama was buoyant, bantering with the press corps, mocking North Korean leader Kim Jong Un…
  • Obama Says Sony ‘Made a Mistake’ Pulling The Interview

    Zeke J Miller
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:21 am
    President Barack Obama said Friday that Sony “made a mistake” in pulling its film The Interview from distribution following a cyberattack that American officials have linked to North Korea. Speaking to reporters at the White House, Obama confirmed the FBI’s assessment that North Korea was behind the attack. He said he wished the studio had reached out to him before canceling the film’s release, and that he fears it sets a bad precedent for the nation. “We cannot have a society where some dictator someplace can start imposing censorship here in the United…
  • Rand Paul: Cuba Isolationists Just Don’t Get It

    Ryan Sager
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:51 am
    I grew up in a family that despised, not only communism, but collectivism, socialism and any “ism” that deprived the individual of his or her natural rights. As a kid, I listened to the stories of an old Ukrainian fisherman who talked of fighting the Bolsheviks. More times than I can remember, I’ve heard horror stories of those who fled Castro’s Cuba. I ran for office to fight for the individual and against statism of any kind anywhere and yet… I think a policy of isolationism toward Cuba is misplaced and hasn’t worked. I support engagement, diplomacy, and…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    The Brody File

  • House Call With Dr. Ben Carson

    David Brody
    12 Dec 2014 | 6:51 am
    This week’s Brody File show spends the entire half-hour giving you a closer look at Dr. Ben Carson. We travel down to his home in West Palm Beach, Florida, where we talk to him about his political future, his faith, and public policy issues. Plus, watch an interview with his wife Candy who looks ahead to what a possible presidential run would mean for her family.
  • Ben Carson Tells Brody File: 'I think fixing the economy is not going to be that difficult'

    David Brody
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:09 am
    Ben Carson tells The Brody File that he thinks the corporate tax rate in America should be 25 percent or less (it's currently close to 40 percent) and he says reforming entitlements doesn’t need to be the first priority when fixing the economy. “I think fixing the economy is not going to be that difficult,” Carson tells The Brody File. “I would reform the tax code, which is absolutely draconian and I think you would see an explosion of our economy.” Carson thinks our tax code should reflect God’s tithing system of giving 1/10th. “Tithing was a system that was established by…
  • Ben Carson Says He Is an 'Instrument in the Hand of God.' Says America Needs a "'Spiritual Awakening'

    David Brody
    10 Dec 2014 | 8:54 am
    Before you know it, the 2016 presidential race will be here. A number of potential candidates are being talked about and one popular choice is a very well-known doctor. The Brody File visited with Dr. Ben Carson and his wife Candy at their home in West Palm Beach, Florida. Below is the national television story that will air on The 700 Club tomorrow (Thursday, Dec.11). Mandatory Courtesy for TV, Internet and Print: CBN News/The Brody File Among the highlights from Dr. Carson in the piece: On God in his life: "We recognize that we are being instruments in the hand of God. He is the one who…
  • The Brody File Show: Political Squabbles

    David Brody
    5 Dec 2014 | 8:58 am
    This week The Brody File show takes a closer look at the potential fights within the Republican Party over the direction of foreign policy. Plus, we examine the legality of President Barack Obama's executive order on immigration. Finally, Janice Dean from Fox News joins us to discuss her new book about Freddy the Frogcaster and the Big Blizzard.
  • Brody File Video Exclusive: Ben Carson Warns Media and Political Class: 'I'm Not Going to Take the Bait'

    David Brody
    2 Dec 2014 | 5:54 pm
    Dr. Ben Carson tells The Brody File that if he runs for president of the United States you won’t see him lose his cool. “I think some of the people on the political scene get a little frustrated sometimes because I’m not going to take the bait. I’m not going to get angry. It’s just not going to happen.” Watch the clip below. For those who know Ben Carson’s amazing story (just Google, “Gifted Hands”), you’ll recall that as a troubled youngster in Detroit he had a major anger problem. At 14, he almost killed another student after trying to stab him during an argument. The…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    The Reality-Based Community

  • Home delivery as an option in cannabis policy

    Mark Kleiman
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:18 pm
    You can get a pizza delivered. You an get a movie delivered. You can get a book delivered. You can even get your groceries delivered. Why shouldn’t you be able to get a gram of cannabis delivered? Do we really need physical storefronts, or could the whole legal cannabis market be virtualized?
  • Weekend Film Recommendation: The Bishop’s Wife

    Keith Humphreys
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:33 am
    Your film reviewer is on Christmas vacation this week, and so we re-run a prior recommendation that is perfect for the holiday season… The only people who grow old were born old to begin with. If you were asked to recall a 1947 Christmas movie that was nominated for a best picture Oscar, you would probably come up with the famous Miracle on 34th Street. But remarkably, it was only one of two Christmas films so honored that year. The other is this week’s film recommendation: The Bishop’s Wife. Anglican Bishop Henry Brougham (A miscast but appealing David Niven) is under…
  • Cheap oil fallout

    Michael O'Hare
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:59 pm
    I filled up my car for just under $3 a US gallon yesterday and got a short-lived sugar high, followed by the predictable crash. Gasoline in the US retails for about half what it should counting its climate effects and the taxes it should carry for road use, so this is overall, and importantly, a Bad Thing, as is anything that makes fossil fuels cheaper rather than more expensive. Of course $55 oil is a very big deal in an world addicted to petroleum in other ways, like selling it, as the Russians and Venezuelans will tell you. Oil companies, of course, are scrambling. BP, trying to stop the…
  • Sexual Assault Has Declined Dramatically in a Generation

    Keith Humphreys
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:33 am
    Sociologists have long noted that public perceptions of social problems can depart dramatically from the reality of social problems. For example, during the height of Ebola coverage, many Americans were more terrified of Ebola than the flu, even though the latter disease is a much greater threat to U.S. public health. Because of the recent spate of media coverage about sexual assault, many people I read and encounter are convinced that the problem has never been worse and will get even worse in the future. Rather than descend into panic and despair about this terrible crime, let’s not…
  • Living well with breast cancer by choosing wisely

    Harold Pollack
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:45 pm
    Over at Wonkblog, I checked back in with one of my favorite people, Amy Berman. Amy is a program officer at the Hartford Foundation. She is on my real-life Madden team. She has been living with stage IV breast cancer for several years now. By the judicious use of palliative care, she is living well despite the challenges of a spreading cancer. It is a strange experience yucking it up over Skype sipping diet soda and discussing metastatic cancer. Life is funny like that. We spend so much time debating what a good death might look like in end-of-life care. She has had a good life for the past…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Bleeding Heartland - Front Page

  • Weekend open thread: Stephen Colbert farewell edition

    20 Dec 2014 | 7:32 am
    What's on your mind this weekend, Bleeding Heartland readers? This is an open thread: all topics welcome. Happy Chanukah to those who are celebrating. It looks like most of Iowa won't have a white Christmas, but at least that will make travel easier for people going home for the holidays. This week Stephen Colbert wrapped up production of The Colbert Report on Comedy Central. Dozens of political and cultural celebrities showed up to help sing "We'll Meet Again" during the final show on Thursday. Next year Colbert will take over the CBS Late Show from David Letterman. Although I've been a fan…
  • Iowa seen benefiting from normalized relations with Cuba

    18 Dec 2014 | 11:09 am
    President Barack Obama announced yesterday that the U.S. would normalize relations with Cuba after about a year of secret negotiations involving Canada and Pope Francis. On hearing the news, my first thought was that when the Soviet Union collapsed, I would never have believed it would be another 23 years before this happened. My second thought was that expanded trade with Cuba would help Iowa's economy. Matt Milner reported for the Ottumwa Courier that agricultural groups are bullish on the news. I've posted excerpts from his story after the jump. Key point: A paper written in 2003 for Iowa…
  • Final news roundup of how Harkin and Grassley voted

    17 Dec 2014 | 5:36 pm
    Senator Tom Harkin cast his final votes in Congress yesterday as the upper chamber wrapped up the lame-duck session. He and Senator Chuck Grassley were on opposite sides as Democrats confirmed a batch of presidential nominees on Monday and Tuesday. You can view all the roll calls here; the nominees were approved mostly along party lines. They included several judges and assistant secretaries of various agencies and Dr. Vivek Murthy, confirmed as surgeon general by 51 votes to 43, with only one Republican yes vote. Murthy had been the target of a relentless "smear campaign" by conservative…
  • New Iowa caucus thread: Jeb Bush exploring and a "Run Warren Run" event in Des Moines

    16 Dec 2014 | 6:22 pm
    Who's up for a new thread on possible presidential candidates? The big news on the Republican side today was former Florida Governor Jeb Bush announcing that he will "actively explore" a presidential bid. Bush is forming a leadership PAC to raise huge piles of money "help me facilitate conversations with citizens across America to discuss the most critical challenges facing our exceptional nation." I can't see Bush winning the GOP nomination, given his past support for immigration reform including a path to citizenship. Among Iowa conservatives, his support for "Common Core" educational…
  • Better sex ed, more contraceptive use linked to "plummeting" teen birth rate

    16 Dec 2014 | 10:20 am
    Contrary to fantasies promoted by some social conservatives, improved sex ed programs appear to be making teenagers more likely to use birth control and far less likely to become pregnant. Tony Leys reported for the Sunday Des Moines Register, Teen birth rates are plummeting in Iowa and across the country, and experts say it's mainly because young people are being more careful about sex. Despite rosy memories about how wholesome kids were in the good old days, the fact is that American teens were three times more likely to become parents in the late 1950s and early 1960s than they are today.
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Booman Tribune

  • Ask a Congressperson

    20 Dec 2014 | 9:20 am
    Just as a thought experiment, imagine that I offered you the opportunity to sit down with a handful of congress members and have an in depth conversation about world events and foreign policy. Who would you choose to invite to your chat? My assumption here is that you would not take this as a chance to convince anyone to change their mind about anything, but rather you would be doing this because you sincerely wanted to learn. As an example of a recently departed member of Congress, I would find it exciting to sit down with Dick Lugar and just talk about things. I could pick his brain for…
  • Old Timey

    20 Dec 2014 | 9:20 am
    Y'all know me to post a lot of eclectic videos spanning a variety of genres. Just wanted to throw a few out there from the genre that underlies everything I do musically: old time. And oh my goodness listen to this, kids: I like old time because it constantly reminds me how often we forget the extent to which much older forms influence modern music. For example, when I was in my early 20s and heard I Got A Man, I thought it was the dumbest fucking thing I ever heard (and also hilarious). Today, I understand the song is one of a long line of Dozens songs and it totally cracks me up even more.
  • Some Cuban Exiles are Ecstatic

    20 Dec 2014 | 9:20 am
    I was born in 1969, in all that time I have never been as proud of a U.S. president as I am of President Obama today. I am overjoyed that he has restored full diplomatic relations with Cuba. Unfortunately for me, this incredibly welcome news comes at a time when I simply do not have the ability to sit down and write about what I think it means and how it makes me feel. I have too much going on at the moment. But, just look at this: (Reuters) - Some Cuban exiles rejoiced at the prospect of easier access to their relatives. Some swelled with guarded optimism over the prospect of thawing…
  • Serious Question

    20 Dec 2014 | 9:20 am
    Lately, my frustration level has been pegged at eleven much of the time, and I quit drinking, don't want to fire any guns, and have no plans to start beating the smaller people in my family. What should I do? Discuss
  • Wanker of the Day: Robert Schmidt

    20 Dec 2014 | 9:20 am
    Elizabeth Warren is getting attention recently for her increasingly strident attacks on Wall Street. Beyond mere rhetoric, this has taken solid form in her opposition to the nomination of Antonio Weiss to be undersecretary for domestic finance at the US Treasury. To understand the significance of this it helps to listen carefully to what Warren has said on the matter: Senator Warren has been pointedly questioning the Wall Street-centric culture that has existed at Treasury and understands that various insiders find that threatening. She’s encouraged that Antonio Weiss supporters are now…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Politics » George Stephanopoulos

  • Sunday on ‘This Week’: Sen. Marco Rubio

    ABC News
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:17 pm
    J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo Following President Obama’s historic opening with Cuba, “This Week” anchor George Stephanopoulos goes one-on-one with Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Sunday on “This Week.” And the powerhouse roundtable debates all the week’s politics, with former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, ABC News contributor and Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol, ABC News contributor and Republican strategist Ana Navarro, and ABC News’ Cokie Roberts. See the whole political picture, Sunday on “This Week.” Like “This Week” on Facebook…
  • 2016 Presidential Race: Where Things Stand

    Benjamin Bell
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:20 pm
    (Lisa Lake/Getty Images) So, now that the midterm elections are over — in case you missed it, the GOP did pretty well — we can now focus on the 2016 presidential race. Get excited! For the latest on the 2016 presidential race, we turn to ABC News’ deputy political director Shushannah Walshe. 1] So the big news this week is that Jeb Bush is going to explore the possibility of running for president. How is that different from actually running for president? It’s kind of confusing. It is a bit confusing and it really is likely just a step before a step before an…
  • Excerpt: ‘The Professor and the President’ by Stephen Hess

    ABC News
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:24 am
    'The Professor and The President: Daniel Patrick Moynihan in the Nixon White House' Veteran of four presidential administrations, Stephen Hess, is out with a new book from The Brookings Institution about the unlikely relationship between Richard Nixon and his first assistant on urban affairs, Harvard professor and East Coast liberal Daniel Patrick Moynihan. The story, full of personal, first-hand accounts, is one of chance and lucky timing that brought about a bipartisan friendship at the highest level of Washington. “It is such a surprising story of how politics really work.
  • Former CIA Director Michael Hayden Acknowledges ‘Human Toll’ on Interrogators

    Benjamin Bell
    14 Dec 2014 | 10:59 am
    Former CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden today acknowledged the “human toll” taken on by CIA interrogators who participated in the use of so-called “enhanced interrogation techniques” in the years following 9/11. “I would be very, very disappointed if this did not take a human toll on our CIA interrogators, because after all, although that person across the table from you was a terrorist, he’s also a human being,” Hayden told ABC’s Martha Raddatz today on “This Week.” “I would not want people in the room doing this who were not…
  • Facebook Interactions Related to Hillary Clinton Triple That of Elizabeth Warren

    Benjamin Bell
    14 Dec 2014 | 9:40 am
    The number of Facebook interactions related to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton are more than triple those related to Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts when measured since late August, according to data provided to ABC News from Facebook. From Aug. 22 to Dec. 11, there were 10.2 million interactions on Facebook related to Clinton. 3.8 million people were part of those interactions. During the same time period, 1.2 million people were part of 3.3 million interactions related to Warren. Facebook defines interactions as posts, comments, likes and shares. In terms of…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Dandelion Salad

  • John Pilger: Ukraine Crisis Could Start World War III

    dandelionsalad
    20 Dec 2014 | 7:30 am
    Dandelion Salad with John Pilger goingundergroundRT on Dec 20, 2014 John Pilger, film-maker and award winning journalist, talks to Going Underground host Afshin Rattansi about the headline events of the year, from CIA torture to the Ukraine crisis. He says the whole tenure of the BBC coverage of the Torture report was ‘does torture work?’ […]
  • Russian Roulette: Taxpayers Could Be on the Hook for Trillions in Oil Derivatives by Ellen Brown

    dandelionsalad
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:42 pm
    by Ellen Brown Writer, Dandelion Salad The Web of Debt Blog December 20, 2014 The sudden dramatic collapse in the price of oil appears to be an act of geopolitical warfare against Russia. The result could be trillions of dollars in oil derivative losses; and the FDIC could be liable, following repeal of key portions […]
  • If you open the window of torture, even just a crack, the cold air of the Dark Ages will fill the whole room by William Blum

    dandelionsalad
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:15 pm
    by William Blum Writer, Dandelion Salad www.killinghope.org December 20, 2014 American Exceptionalism and American Torture In 1964, the Brazilian military, in a US-designed coup, overthrew a liberal (not more to the left than that) government and proceeded to rule with an iron fist for the next 21 years. In 1979 the military regime passed an […]
  • Balls To War – When A World War Stopped To Play Football (Christmas Truce 1914)

    dandelionsalad
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:59 am
    Dandelion Salad In case you missed this from last year posted at the end of an article. Merry Christmas! StoptheWarCoalition on Sep 8, 2013 http://noglory.org/ Video by Heathcote Williams and Alan Cox. On Christmas 1914 in the first world war, thousands of troops on both sides unilaterally declared a truce and played football friendlies instead […]
  • Embargo Ended: US lifts sanctions against Cuba + #TheCuban5 Are Home

    dandelionsalad
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:24 pm
    Dandelion Salad Good news! RT on Dec 17, 2014 President Barack Obama has announced an historic move to normalize relations with Cuba. It comes after more than 50 years of tough American sanctions and severed diplomatic ties. Let’s get more from our correspondent Marina Portnaya in New York. *** Obama announces end to 50-year standoff […]
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    The Real News

  • Case Filed in European Court Against Bush-Era Torture

    19 Dec 2014 | 9:12 am
    The European Centre for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) files case against Bush Administration officials for running a state organized program of torture authorized at the highest levels, says Michael Ratner, chair of ECCHR
  • Fracking Opponents Celebrate Key Victories in Quebec and New York

    19 Dec 2014 | 9:12 am
    Emma Lui of the Council of Canadians talks about the decisions against fracking in the Canadian provinces of New Brunswick and Quebec, while Eric Weltman of Food & Water Watch talks about New York becoming the second US state to ban fracking
  • The Three Remaining 'Cuban 5' Go Home

    19 Dec 2014 | 9:12 am
    In a historic move bypassing congress, President Obama restores diplomatic relations with Cuba, and in a simultaneous telecast President Raul Castro hails the decision but reminds us that the blockade is still in place, says Michael Ratner of the Center for Constitutional Rights
  • Budget Bill's Little-Known Provisions Affecting Marijuana Users

    19 Dec 2014 | 9:12 am
    LEAP's Neill Franklin says the budget bill bans the feds from going after states with legal medical marijuana, but may prevent DC from legalizing marijuana
  • Contextualizing Baltimore's Recent Police Shooting

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:12 am
    LEAP's Neill Franklin says the so called war on drugs and the over-policing of marginalized communities is the context for many negative interactions experienced by law enforcement
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    The Left Coaster

  • Energizing the Base(s)

    Deacon Blues
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:01 am
    We can now safely assume both Jeb Bush and Mitt Romney are running for the GOP nomination in 2016. Both have some of the same financial backers as would Chris Christie, who still has delusions of being a viable 2016 GOP presidential nominee. So all three will be jostling amongst the 1% base of the GOP to demonstrate why they have what it takes to beat the Tea Party base and Hillary Clinton in the same cycle. Bush will be doing a balancing act of looking like a reasonable adult for the 1% against the base while reminding that same base he's quite conservative himself. Against this backdrop and…
  • Falling Oil Prices Doom Keystone XL?

    Deacon Blues
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:24 pm
    One of the ironic byproducts of declining worldwide oil prices is that the economic sense behind the Keystone XL pipeline has evaporated. Extracting oil from Canadian tar sands and then shipping that oil thousands of miles across the American midwest to Gulf refineries not only does nothing to reduce the price of American energy and gasoline, but also requires a certain oil price-point to make economic sense. With oil now trading in the mid-fifties per barrel, and likely to go lower, that price-point is now well above the market. According to some conservatives, this does not matter. Incoming…
  • 30 Democratic Senator Sell-Outs

    Deacon Blues
    14 Dec 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Here are the 30 Democratic senators (more than half of those who voted in favor) who passed the Crominus spending bill yesterday and sent it on to President Obama for his certain signature. They knowingly endorsed a bill that stripped out a key protection of the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill, and a bill that endangered the pensions of many Americans. Baldwin (D-WI) Begich (D-AK) (defeated in 2014) Bennet (D-CO) (defeated in 2014) Cardin (D-MD) Carper (D-DE) Casey (D-PA) Coons (D-DE) Donnelly (D-IN) Durbin (D-IL) (leadership) Hagan (D-NC) (defeated in 2014) Heinrich (D-NM) Heitkamp (D-ND)…
  • Democrats Sell Out Once Again

    Deacon Blues
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:30 pm
    "This is the kind of compromise the president’s been seeking from Republicans for years now." --Josh Earnest yesterday, explaining exactly why this president is a disaster Yesterday’s sell-out by the White House, Steny Hoyer, and the Senate Democratic leadership on the Crominbus and gutting of Dodd-Frank should serve as a wake-up call to the progressive wing of the party these last two years. Watching Barbara Mikulsky, Harry Reid, Dick Durbin, Hoyer, and the White House agree to GOP ransom demands is proof that the Washington wing of the Democratic Party deserved to lose last month. Going…
  • 57 Shameful Democratic Votes

    Deacon Blues
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:08 pm
    It turns my stomach to see Obama and his White House staff trying to strong-arm House Democrats to pass the despicable government funding measure while they admit it rolls back key provisions of Dodd-Frank. Obama and his staff are trying to tell Nancy Pelosi's caucus that they should hold their nose and vote for "Cromnibus", even if Wall Street gets a big win out of it, and even if the GOP gets to allow Wall Street to bankroll their convention, because things will only get worse next year. To which I say to the White House: "F*ck no." The 1,603-page measure, negotiated by Republican and…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Zennie62.com

  • Links for 2014-12-19 [del.icio.us]

    20 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    www.youtube.com It does not matter that Jay Cutler or Jimmy Clausen is starting for The Chicago Bears - the problem is Bears Head Coach Marc Trestman. Willie McGinest of The NFL Network said that last year the Bears had the league's fifth ranked office. But that was last year. What happens is that people form a book Jay Cutler Or Jimmy Clausen Marc Trestman Is Problem A Zennie62 on YouTubevideo-blog post for Las Vegas Focus, via IFTTT Willie McGinest Invites Zennie Abraham To NFL Network - YouTube On Twitter, Willie McGinest, the New England Patriots legendary linebacker, invited me, Zennie…
  • Links for 2014-12-18 [del.icio.us]

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Hardest Part Of Life Is Dealing With Preparing For Parents - YouTube The hardest part of life is dealing with parents eventual passing. My Mom is 80 and I am making sure I have all of the ducks in a row for her to pass on the right way - which I hope does not come for another 20 years. I am proud of the relationship I have with my Mom. She is fine health wise now. She Hardest Part Of Life Is Dealing With Preparing For Parents A Zennie62 on YouTubevideo-blog post for Las Vegas Focus, via IFTTT Sony Show The Interview On YouTube - YouTube Sony, Show The Interview On YouTube Sony should show The…
  • Links for 2014-12-17 [del.icio.us]

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Effigies In Nooses At UC Berkeley Hung By This Woman A Zennie62 on YouTubevideo-blog post for Las Vegas Focus, via IFTTT Light rain expected throughout the day in Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun Light rain expected throughout the day in Las VegasLas Vegas SunDark clouds in Las Vegas today are expected to bring rain to the valley and a chance for fresh snow on Mount Charleston, according to the National Weather Service. Light rain is expected across the valley throughout the day before tape Light rain expected throughout the day in Las Vegas - Las Vegas Sun Light rain expected throughout the day in…
  • Links for 2014-12-16 [del.icio.us]

    17 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    EDS Air Conditioning. - Florida Air Conditioning - YouTube EDS Air Conditioning - Florida Air Conditioning. EDS Air Conditioning. - Florida Air Conditioning A Zennie62 on YouTubevideo-blog post for Las Vegas Focus, via IFTTT Aaron Sorkin's Wrong About Sony Hack - YouTube Aaron Sorkin's Wrong About Sony Hack http://www.zennie62blog.com/2014/12/16/sony-hack-tech-crunchs-sarah-perez-right-reporting/ Aaron Sorkin wrote an NY Times Op-Ed where he says that the media should not report on the contents of the Sony hacked emails. I agree with Sarah Perez of Tech Crunch who ar Aaron Sorkin's Wrong…
  • Links for 2014-12-15 [del.icio.us]

    16 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Oakland Police Shutdown - Oakland Protests - YouTube Oakland Police Shutdown - Oakland Protests. Oakland Protestors managed to successfully shut down the Oakland Police Headquarters on Monday. A heavily interracial group of people joined together to make a statement. Very impressive but also sad that conditions formed that caused this to happen. Oakland Police Shutdown - Oakland Protests A Zennie62 on YouTubevideo-blog post for Las Vegas Focus, via IFTTT Sears Optical Georgia New Contact Lens - YouTube Sears Optical Georgia New Contact Lens I put on my new contact lens at Sears Optical…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Politics in the Zeros

  • The Decline and Fall of the American Empire

    Bob Morris
    20 Dec 2014 | 8:34 am
    When superpowers collapse, it often happens in just a few years. Historian Alfred W. McCoy in 2010 says the US empire started unraveling when Bush invaded Iraq in 2003 and may effectively be over by 2025, bankrupted by military overreach and hubris. Me, I think it’s obvious the American Empire is crumbling and the smartest thing to do would be to accept that and plan for a new future. Unfortunately, that probably won’t happen until events force it.  And that means internally things could get quite tumultuous. MCcoy speculates on what might happen. Washington’s global…
  • White House says Sony hack “national security” issue. N. Korea responsible

    Bob Morris
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:49 am
    Does the White House know Sony isn’t a governmental entity and is headquartered in Japan? Do they even care? There is no actual proof linking North Korea to the Sony attack. However, reality will not dissuade the Ministry of Propaganda in D.C. from blaming North Korea and using the incident to scare the public. Sadly, rather than appearing resolute and determined, the Obama Administration is mostly looking foolish, with its panties all in a twist over a computer break-in against a stupid company with minimal security. Absent YouTube clips of young North Korean hackers actually attacking…
  • Is Nigeria becoming a failed state? Boko Haram kidnaps 100 more women

    Bob Morris
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:12 am
    Boko Haram logo Does Nigeria even have a functioning army now? Presumed Boko Haram rebels just invaded yet anotherNigeria village, machine-gunned residents, and captured 100 women and girls. There was no security in the town, no mobile communication, nothing to stop the attack. Gosh, Nigeria security might as well just have posted signs outside the town saying “Come get our girls.” The obvious question is – is the Nigeria military hopelessly compromised, corrupted, and infiltrated by Boko? Because they really don’t appear to be doing much of anything to protect the…
  • Lima Accord a continuation of previous do-nothing evasion

    Bob Morris
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:55 am
    Yet again, a supposed climate accord produces little if anything of substance. Countries can now decide what they want to do about climate change and when to implement the changes. If they do anything at all. Which they don’t have to. Basically, the Lima Accord is PR fluff, a bedraggled attempt to put a happy face on a failed climate change conference where nothing much was accomplished. The split between developed and developing countries remains huge. Developed countries want developing countries to have comprehensive climate change remediation too. Developing countries say, with some…
  • Too many people are giving up now politically. Bad idea

    Bob Morris
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:10 am
    Recent events clearly show that our government is hopelessly corrupt and compromised. Cops do indeed sometimes act like thugs. I’m seeing too many people say it’s hopeless, there’s no way we can change things so let’s just roll over and let that boot Orwell talked about start smashing our faces. Wrong. As our government becomes increasing delegitimate and hollowed-out, that’s precisely when real protest and change can occur. But it won’t happen if people give up. Mandela and the fight against apartheid triumphed against much tougher odds. Tom Morello says,…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Indiana Oracle

  • Elizabeth Warren Shouting From Rooftops

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

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

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

    indianaoracle
    12 Oct 2014 | 12:37 pm
    This posting is generally crafted as it would be inside the military. It covers: Evangelizing Western Philosophical and Social Conceits;  Crusading and Hegemony in the Middle East; Middle East Hegemony Today; What To Do About ISIS; Analysis; Summary. It is written in blunt, direct terms so it is an equal opportunity offender. Evangelizing Western Philosophical […]
  • Cynicism of Government is a Good Thing

    indianaoracle
    9 Oct 2014 | 10:35 am
    On Fox’s Brit Bair, I normally just watch the panel segment. Recently one of the commentators, Bob Fournier, bemoaned the public’s growing mistrust of government and other institutional pillars, such as the healthcare industry. In summary, he said it is understandable, but unhealthy (for the republic). Maybe. The only logical reason I can think of […]
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Free Government Magazines and Downloads from alltop.tradepub.com

  • A New Approach to Contract Management

    11 Dec 2014 | 12:00 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…
  • The End of An Era: Evolving Beyond Email and Spreadsheets to Manage Your Law Department

    11 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Law departments that successfully manage contract workloads and workflow have developed simple yet effective business processes. However, too often, in-house counsel is immersed in largely inefficient day-to-day support or administrative activities at the expense of meaningful participation in strategic business priorities. As transaction volumes increase and demand for faster turnaround times from the business become the norm, tools such as Outlook, Excel, Word and SharePoint do not have the capability of doing the job well. This movement to amplify a…
  • Nordic Special: What's in a Word? Turns out a lot

    4 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    IP Troll Tracker Stephanie Kennedy, is the CEO of 898 data, for the last 5 years she has optimized large data sets and developed custom software for clients to track their information to help them make insightful business decisions. She has over 20 years experience dealing with patent assertion and litigation consulting. Since 2001, Stephanie has made it her mission to track and take down IP Trolls, ahead of her talk at the Nordic IPR Summit in 2015,Stephanie exclusively reports on the impact IP Trolls are having on the Nordic region.Request Free!
  • Nordic Special: The 10 Commandments of Nordic IPR

    4 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Understanding the do's and don'ts of intellectual property can be a tricky business in the ever-shifting, modern, global legal environment. For this reason we spoke with intellectual property experts including Joakim Hammarsjö, Managing Director at Sandvik Intellectual Property AB and Magnus Johansson, Corporate Intellectual Property Counsel at Kongsberg Automotive to compile a list of the 10 Commandments of Nordic IPR.Request Free!
  • SMART CITIES NEWS

    3 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    SMART CITIES NEWS provides weekly updates on finance, government action and new technology, as well as the latest case studies on successful new care models. Our package of news from around the world includes:Best Practices: management methods that consider new infrastructure developments for sustainability, quality-of-life, and economic growth.Next-Gen Cities: reporting the shift in complex municipal network deployments for traffic control, smart parking, emergency services, public lighting, and more.Industry News: latest projects, regulations, and more.At no cost, subscribers can opt-in to…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Bob McCarty

  • Was Justice Served on Russian Roadway?

    admin
    20 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Only on rare occasions do I share videos minus any direct connection to something in my books or politics. Today, however, I make an exception by showing a dashcam video from Russia. Purportedly, it shows a car involved in a high-speed chase exploding into pieces after being struck by lightning. And did I mention the vehicle’s occupants had allegedly robbed a church moments earlier? According to the article that accompanied the video above, witnesses to the event insist the vehicle was hit by lightning. Though it’s difficult to tell with certainty that lightning was involved in…
  • Bob McCarty’s Weekly Recap: Dec. 14-20

    admin
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:45 am
    After sharing my weekly recap one week ago today, another piece of news arrived unexpected via my Facebook page. I shared it under the headline, The National Bet ‘Thoroughly Engrossing Crime Thriller’. Then I went about covering a plethora of news, ranging from the arrest of an FBI agent to agreeing with a slick-talking Democrat. Below is recap of the past seven days at BobMcCarty.com: Click on image above to order a copy of The National Bet. Sunday, Dec. 14 — While spending most of the day working on my next book, I did find time to read a St. Louis Post-Dispatch article…
  • Which United States Senator Sent This Message?

    admin
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:01 pm
    After telling my Facebook friends how strange it felt to receive an email message from one of my U.S. senators — with whom I disagree on almost everything — about the recent passage of a $1.1 trillion cromnibus spending package, I decided to share the opening paragraphs of that message (see screenshot below) and see if you could guess who sent it before I revealed the sender’s name. Click on image above to see who sent it. After clicking on the image above, you’re probably as disappointed as I am that the U.S. senator from Missouri who should have sent the message…
  • Note to Megyn Kelly: No Need For So Much Hype

    admin
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:33 pm
    One week ago today, I shared a Vice.com video interview of Dr. James Mitchell (a.k.a., “The Architect” of enhanced interrogation techniques) about his role in interrogating terrorists, terror suspects and other detainees in U.S. custody. Today, I share another interview of the man that reveals as much about the interviewer as it does about the guest. Watch the latest video at video.foxnews.com One thing that stands out to me in the video is that Dr. Mitchell seems humble and content to avoid the spotlight. On the flip side, I was disappointed by something I heard come out of the…
  • TALK RADIO ALERT: Listen to The Scott Horton Show Today

    admin
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:22 am
    TALK RADIO ALERT:  Tune in to The Scott Horton Show! I’ll be making a guest appearance at 12:30 p.m. Eastern TODAY to discuss my latest reports about the Oklahoma City Bombing trial going on now in Salt Lake City. You can stream the show directly from any of the following sites:  Liberty Radio Network; APS Radio News; or Anomaly Radio. If you didn’t know an Oklahoma City Bombing trial was taking place, you’re not alone. Thanks to me, however, you can catch up on things by reading these articles. UPDATE 12/17/14 at 12:05 p.m. Central:  Just finished the interview and, although I…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Fort Hard Knox

  • Christian Rights Around The World

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

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

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

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

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

    Hit & Run

  • Can Neocons Learn? Cato's Justin Logan Reviews America in Retreat: The New Isolationism and the Coming Global Disorder

    Reason.com
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    The Republican Party’s misfortunes in the 2006 and 2008 elections had a lot to do with the unpopularity of neoconservative foreign policy. Yet the GOP's success in the 2014 midterms has made the party more neoconservative, with Republican hawks taking over major Senate committees. Much of the blame for this lack of accountability belongs to the conservative media—outlets that produced Iraq war propaganda have generally declined to evaluate or even acknowledge their mistakes. As the University of Chicago's John Mearsheimer remarked in 2004, on foreign policy "the Wall Street Journal is…
  • WATCH: "I Can Breathe": Pro-NYPD Demonstrators Rally, Clash with Anti-NYPD Protesters

    Anthony L. Fisher
    20 Dec 2014 | 8:49 am
    "'I Can Breathe': Pro-NYPD Demonstrators Rally, Clash with Anti-NYPD Protesters" is the latest video from Reason TV. Watch above or click on the link below for video, full text, supporting links, downloadable versions, and more Reason TV clips. View this article.
  • New York City Ends Punitive Solitary Confinement for Juveniles

    Todd Krainin
    20 Dec 2014 | 7:30 am
    During a visit to Rikers Island, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the end of punitive solitary confinement for juvenile inmates. De Blasio's statement, made earlier this week, comes four months after a troubling Department of Justice review concluded that New York City places 16- to 18-year-old inmates in isolation too often. The ban is part of a national trend that aims to spare juveniles from the most severe forms of punishment. New York City joins seven states -- Maine, Connecticut, West Virginia, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Arizona, and Alaska -- that have enacted laws to limit the…
  • Chris Edelson on the Authoritarian Response to Andrew Hawkins' Call for Justice for Tamir Rice and John Crawford

    Reason.com
    20 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    Last Sunday, Cleveland Browns wide receiver Andrew Hawkins drew national attention for wearing a shirt with the words "Justice for Tamir Rice and John Crawford" printed on it.  Hawkins's shirt referred to two recent shootings by police in Ohio.  Tamir Rice was a 12-year-old child who was killed by police despite the fact that a 911 caller said the gun Rice had was probably fake (the caller was right—it was a toy pellet gun).  John Crawford was a 22-year-old man who was walking with a BB rifle in the toy gun aisle of a Wal-Mart when he was shot and killed by police. There are reasons…
  • Elizabeth Warren Doesn't Understand Regulatory Capture. That's a Problem for a Would-Be Regulator.

    Nick Gillespie
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:51 am
    In my most recent Daily Beast column, I wrote that Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts Democrat who is the darling of progressives, was right to be pissed at the way in which last-minute changes were stuck into the #CRomnibus budget bill that covers discretionary spending by the federal government for the rest of fiscal year 2015. Indeed, Congress and the president should be more roundly assailed for failing to follow regular budget procedures for years now. It's a failure of leadership that implicates both parties and leads precisely to the sort of stupid actions and priorities that we…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Geoff RobinsonGeoff Robinson

  • Regional variations & personal votes at the 2010 Victorian election

    Geoff
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:48 pm
    With the Victorian election almost upon us there are many guides to individual seats available. To add to these I have developed a simple regression model to predict the 2010 Labor primary and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Corruption & machine politics

    Geoff
    22 May 2014 | 7:01 pm
    I have an article in the Conversation about the trade union and home insulation Royal Commissions held by the government. The article doesn’t imply any judgement about the significance of the matters... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • John Anderson, Helen Garner & racial offense

    Geoff
    3 Apr 2014 | 2:47 am
    I am writing a book with the working title of Australia after socialism that explains the Australian intellectual left since the early 1990s. Tim Rowse in a review in Arena Magazine No. 4 of Meaghan... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Is Parliament worthwhile? Further thoughts

    Geoff
    1 Apr 2014 | 1:29 am
    I have an article in The Conversation on controversies around the performance of the Speaker of the Australian federal parliament.  A veteran MP from the conservative wing of a conservative party she... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The end of Catholic reconservatism: reblogged from 2010

    Geoff
    24 Feb 2014 | 10:20 pm
    The appointment of George Pell to a position in the Vatican (as a budget-cutting manager) reminds us of the interminable debate about the power of Catholic conservatism in Australia. Back in 2010 I... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    THE SECOND CHANCE SHEEPDOG

  • All Lives Matter

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

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

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

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

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

    Ayn Rand Institute - Blog

  • Proof that Inequality Harms Economic Growth?

    19 Dec 2014 | 10:08 am
    If you follow the inequality debate, then you’ve no doubt heard that the OECD has just released a report claiming to show that economic inequality lowers economic growth. I’ll have more to say about the study itself soon. But the most striking thing is the response to the report: namely, that its conclusions have been trumpeted uncritically by the media and by everyone who already believes inequality is a problem.
  • Freedom of Speech, “Islamophobia,” and the Cartoons Crisis [Podcast]

    18 Dec 2014 | 10:05 am
    Is there a climate of self-censorship regarding Islam? Has fear led artists and writers to avoid discussion and criticism of Islam? So it seemed to the journalists at Jyllands-Posten, Denmark’s largest daily paper, in the fall of 2005.
  • The Debt Dialogues [Episode 35]: Steve Simpson on Inequality, Democracy, and Money in Politics

    16 Dec 2014 | 9:07 am
    The Debt Dialogues is a weekly podcast that aims to educate young people about the welfare state and how it will affect their future. In this episode, I interview Steve Simpson, director of legal studies at the Ayn Rand Institute, on inequality, democracy, and money in politics.
  • Ayn Rand’s Novel Ideal to Be Released This Summer

    15 Dec 2014 | 12:39 pm
    On December 3, New American Library (NAL) announced it would publish Ideal on July 7, 2015, a novel penned by Ayn Rand more than eighty years ago. This will be the first Rand novel to be released since the 1957 publication of Atlas Shrugged. The announcement captured the attention of Ayn Rand enthusiasts as well as several media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, NPR and Newsweek.
  • In Defense of First Class

    12 Dec 2014 | 7:15 am
    Over at the L.A. Times, Michael Hiltzik uses flight travel as an analogy for today’s economic inequality. But he draws exactly the wrong lesson.
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    RealClearPolitics - Homepage

  • Cuba Isolationists Just Don't Get It

    20 Dec 2014 | 8:09 am
    Sen. Rand Paul, TimeLet's hope cooler heads will ultimately prevail and we unleash a trade tsunami that washes the Castros once and for all into the sea. I grew up in a family that despised, not only communism, but collectivism, socialism and any “ism” that deprived the individual of his or her natural rights.
  • Al Sharpton, Civil Rights Fraud

    20 Dec 2014 | 8:08 am
    Michael Tracey, New York Daily NewsIt’s no great shock when Al Sharpton’s antics send white conservatives into veritable rage spasms, but he’s finally ticked off the wrong crew. Young black activists from Ferguson had trekked to Washington for Sharpton’s “National Justice for All” march last Saturday, only to find themselves relegated to the backdrop of what looked more like an MSNBC stage production than any genuine showing of grass-roots resistance.
  • The Kingmaker: DeMint Is Getting Back in the Game

    20 Dec 2014 | 8:07 am
    Tim Alberta, NJWhen Ted Cruz stepped to the lectern last week inside the Heritage Foundation's auditorium, he took a moment to acknowledge the conservative think tank's president, "my good friend, Jim DeMint, for his extraordinary leadership here at Heritage, and the incredible difference he makes each and every day." But here's the thing: DeMint wasn't allowed on the stage with Cruz. In fact, he wasn't even in the room. Since abruptly retiring from Congress nearly two years ago, DeMint has adhered to Senate Ethics Committee rules that forbid virtually all communication and interaction with…
  • Good Riddance to Worst Congress Ever

    20 Dec 2014 | 8:06 am
    Dana Milbank, Washington PostThis bipartisan legislation recalled the Sept. 1, 1914, death at the Cincinnati Zoo of Martha, the last of a population of ectopistes migratorius, once 3 billion-strong in North America. It hailed the work of Project Passenger Pigeon, devoted to making sure Martha did not die in vain. This commemoration of extinction was a perfect end to what was, by just about every measure, the worst Congress ever.
  • Liberal Bias Is Killing Social Science

    20 Dec 2014 | 8:05 am
    Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, The Weekhave had the following experience more than once: I am speaking with a professional academic who is a liberal. The subject of the underrepresentation of conservatives in academia comes up. My interlocutor admits that this is indeed a reality, but says the reason why conservatives are underrepresented in academia is because they don't want to be there, or they're just not smart enough to cut it. I say: "That's interesting. For which other underrepresented groups do you think that's true?" An uncomfortable silence follows. I point this out not to score culture-war…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    The New Republic

  • Can Potential Terrorists Be "Rehabilitated"?

    Jesse Singal
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Syria’s civil war is causing problems in the European Union. As the fighting has grown more and more brutal, and as reports of human-rights atrocities committed by Bashar al-Assad’s regime have spread, the war has become an attractive destination for a certain subset of young, frustrated Europea
  • The World Is Experiencing the Worst Refugee Crisis Since World War II

    Daniel Trilling
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Hoppers Way in Singleton, Kent, is a quiet suburban cul-de-sac of red-brick detached houses, each with its own garage and driveway. Parked outside No 8, there is often a large white-and-grey camper van—a luxury Swift Kon-tiki 679 model, with a double bed in the back and another over the cab. Singl
  • EPA Is Finally Regulating Coal Ash Disposal—But Letting the Industry Police Itself

    Rebecca Leber
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:09 pm
    When power plants burn coal, they’re left with a coal ash residue containing arsenic, mercury, lead, and selenium. Until Friday, there were no federal standards for utilities to dispose of it. Utilities produce more than 100 million tons of the stuff annually, and what’s not recycled into concre
  • British Conservatives Have Been at War With the BBC for Decades—and This Time They Might Win

    John Simpson
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:56 pm
    They never seem to learn. If you’re a top politician, attacking the BBC’s reporting is the most obvious way of showing that you’re worried about the way that people will react to what you’re doing.The first reactions to George Osborne’s Autumn Statement had mostly been rather good. The nex
  • Obama's Right: Belgium Really Does Need a Politico

    Brian Beutler
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:44 pm
    In 2009, when I was a bright-green congressional reporter for TPM, and Josh Marshall and David Kurtz told me I’d be covering the health care reform debate full time, it felt like trial by fire. In hindsight, it was the opportunity of a lifetime, but one of the things that made it such a daunting a
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    E.J. Dionne Columns and Blog Posts

  • The Schumer prescription for 2016

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Sen. Charles Schumer gave Democrats a talking-to about their obligation to stand up for government’s role in helping struggling middle-income Americans — and his message got swallowed up by a few paragraphs on health care.Read full article >>
  • Obama’s Boehner bailout

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    14 Dec 2014 | 4:54 pm
    How often will President Obama come to House Speaker John Boehner’s rescue even when Republican leaders aren’t willing to give much in return? And does the president want to preside over a split in his party?Read full article >>
  • Reactions to the CIA report suggest that many involved would do it all over again

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:18 pm
    Can we now say with confidence that our government will not use torture again and that Americans in the future will rise up to prevent it from doing so? In light of the reaction to the Senate intelligence committee’s report, I fear that we can’t.Read full article >>
  • In politics, does evidence matter?

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    7 Dec 2014 | 4:36 pm
    One of the lovely formulations in John F. Kennedy’s inaugural address expressed his hope that “a beachhead of cooperation may push back the jungle of suspicion.” Kennedy was talking about the Cold War, but we could use a little of this in the partisan and ideological warfare that engulfs our nation’s capital.Read full article >>
  • Our Ferguson divide goes beyond race

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    3 Dec 2014 | 3:59 pm
    The events in Ferguson, Mo., have actually led to that national conversation on race we regularly recommend to ourselves. But it is the same conversation we always have: not a dialogue but entirely separate discussions in which participants reinforce each other in the views they had going in.Read full article >>
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    ThinkProgress

  • Sony Exploring Alternatives For Releasing ‘The Interview’

    Emily Atkin
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:03 am
  • Lawmaker Defends ‘Legitimate Rape’ Bill

    Igor Volsky
    20 Dec 2014 | 7:44 am
    Missouri Rep. Rick Brattin (R) CREDIT: Screenshot A Missouri lawmaker who filed a bill requiring women seeking abortions to obtain notarized consent from the man who impregnated them defended the measure in an interview with 41 Action News on Thursday. “It took two to come together and create a child, and right now the way it is the woman gets the full say and the father gets no say, and I think that that needs to change,” Brattin said. “With the women’s movement for equal rights, well it’s swung so far we have now taken away the man’s right and the say in their…
  • Obama Only Takes Female Reporters’ Questions In Last Press Conference Of The Year

    Kira Lerner
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:57 pm
    CREDIT: AP In his annual end-of the-year press conference on Friday, Obama took questions from eight women and no men— a move that did not go unnoticed by journalists and others listening to his remarks. The president started the conference by joking that White House Press Secretary “Josh [Earnest] gave me the list of who’s been naughty and who’s been nice,” and then proceeded to call on eight women from various news organizations. CBS News’ White House correspondent Mark Knoller said on Twitter that TV reporters were advised in advance that Earnest wanted “other…
  • ‘I Don’t Deserve To Die On The Street': Inside A Funeral For The Homeless

    Alan Pyke
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Activists and the homeless commemorate National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day with a symbolic funeral for the dozens of people who died on the streets of D.C. in 2014. CREDIT: Alan Pyke/ThinkProgress WASHINGTON, DC — It’s a cold, grey Friday morning in Washington, D.C., and Schyla Pondexter-Moore is standing next to a coffin, asking the assembled homeless activists and non-profit housing advocates to get radical. “Regardless of how much money I have, my education level, whatever I’ve been through, I don’t deserve to die on the street,” the energetic…
  • EPA Will Not Declare Coal Ash A Hazardous Waste

    Emily Atkin
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:30 pm
    In this Feb. 5, 2014 photo, Jenny Edwards, program manager for Rockingham County with the Dan River Basin Association, scoops coal ash from the banks of the Dan River. CREDIT: AP Photo/Gerry Broome The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Friday issued its first-ever regulations on coal ash, a toxic byproduct of burning coal for power. But to environmentalists’ chagrin, the agency declined to designate the substance as a hazardous waste. Instead, coal ash will be regulated similarly to household garbage. EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy assured reporters on Friday that designating…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    RamonaCreel.com

  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-19-2014

    Ramona
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:22 am
    What I do is important because I'm exchanging a day of my life for it. (Unknown) And I want the biggest bang for my buck! — (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-19-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-18-2014

    Ramona
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:22 am
    My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness. (Dalai Lama) — I also belong to the cult of common sense. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-18-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-17-2014

    Ramona
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:22 am
    Happiness is a sort of action. (Aristotle) — Even if the action is nothing more than quietly enjoying the moment. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-17-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-16-2014

    Ramona
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:22 am
    He that respects himself is safe from others. He wears mail that none can pierce. (H. Longfellow) — The armor of esteem! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-16-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-15-2014

    Ramona
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:22 am
    No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. (E. Roosevelt) — Or without your complicity. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 12-15-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Democratic Strategist

  • Another Blow to the Big Adult Republicans

    19 Dec 2014 | 9:49 am
    With the president's partial normalization of relations with Cuba this week, followed by yet another explosion of fury from Republicans (other than the outlier, Rand Paul), it's becoming obvious the original plans of congressional Republicans to showcase their positive, agenda-setting side once total control of Congress came into their grasp is looking mighty shaky. I talked about this yesterday at the Washington Monthly: At the end of a post reciting the big moves "our bored, exhausted, disengaged president" has taken since the midterm elections, Kevin Drum makes an important point about…
  • Jeb Bush's Dilemma

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:11 am
    Jeb Bush earned some extensive chatter from the political world by suddenly expressing an active interest in the race after months and years of Hamlet-like behavior, while also forming a leadership PAC to support allies and show the flag. He does have some assets along with the much-noted problem of recent friction with conservatives over his positions favoring Common Core education standards and some sort of legalization of undocumented immigrants. But at TPMCafe, I isolated what seems to be the problem he simply cannot solve: Bush's central problem is that in outside donor circles, he…
  • TDS Special Feature: Articles from our Readers:

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:10 am
    The Middle Aged: Democrats have failed to sufficiently address the economic insecurity of this large and important cohort of working- and middle-class citizens by Henry Moss Henry Moss is a retired private sector educational administrator with a PhD in philosophy. He lives in the Bronx and can be reached at hmoss011@gmail.com About 45% of Americans are between the ages of 40 and 65, roughly the middle ages. Their political importance, however, is even greater than the numbers suggest as they worry not only about themselves but about their adult children and aging parents, and, in many cases,…
  • TDS Special Feature: Articles from our Readers:

    16 Dec 2014 | 9:06 am
    A Teachout Moment For Hillary Clinton: A First Look At 2016 Through The Lens Of 2014 by Sean McKeown scientist and engineer Sean McKeown has been involved in several national and New York-based campaigns, and is writing a book on finance and economics." There is an emerging progressive populist movement that many in the media have called "The Elizabeth Warren Wing of the Democratic Party" thanks to the skyrocketing popularity of Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren. Groups such as the PCCC embrace this label for the purposes of memes and soundbites, but while describing this emerging…
  • Creamer: Cruz and Pelosi Budget Battles Show Why Dems Have 2016 High Ground

    16 Dec 2014 | 5:04 am
    The following article by Democratic strategist Robert Creamer, author of "Stand Up Straight: How Progressives Can Win," is cross-posted from HuffPo: Over the last week we have seen played out in the national political spotlight the fundamental reason why Democrats have the high political ground in 2016. Senator Ted Cruz used every procedural move available to block Senate consideration of the "CRomnibus" appropriation bill that he demanded defund President Obama's Immigration Executive Actions. Senator Warren and House Leader Nancy Pelosi led campaigns to prevent inclusion of a provision to…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    IndiaVision News and Information » Politics

  • Actress Khushboo likely to join Congress today

    Gautam
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:58 am
    Chennai: Famous actress Khushboo is likely to join the Congress on Wednesday. She is in New Delhi and is expected to meet Congress President Sonia Gandhi and party Vice President Rahul Gandhi at 5 pm. Tamil Nadu Congress Committee President EVKS Elangovan is also present in New Delhi. A formal announcement over her induction into the party is expected after the meeting. Kushboo had quit the DMK after the Lok Sabha elections 2014 following differences with party treasurer MK Stalin. However, there is no official confirmation about her joining the Congress.Actress Khushboo likely to join…
  • JD(U) may oust Manjhi as Bihar chief minister

    Gautam
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:03 am
    PATNA: Speculation is rife in Bihar’s political circles over the possible ouster of Jitan Ram Manjhi as the chief minister after he said his days in the office are numbered. The speculation gained strength a day after Manjhi said his days in office were numbered as his detractors in the party were making every effort to remove him from the chief minister’s post. Manjhi said, “I know efforts are on to remove me, I may or may not continue till November end.” Manjhi, who belongs to the economically backward Mahadalit community, is known for his controversial remarks.
  • Devendra Fadnavis hopeful of breakthrough in talks with Shiv Sena

    Gautam
    22 Nov 2014 | 1:59 am
    NEW DELHI: Voicing confidence of a breakthrough in talks with Shiv Sena, Maharashtra chief minister Devendra Fadnavis on Saturday said it has been a friend of BJP and the two parties will remain friends in the future. “Shiv Sena has always been a friend and in future we will be friends,” Fadnavis said at a seminar in New Delhi. The comment by the chief minister comes two days after Union minister Rajiv Pratap Rudy, who was BJP’s Maharashtra in charge, hoped that something good will emerge out of the talks between the two parties. There is growing pressure from the ranks of…
  • Muslims and Dalits must come together: MIM’s Owaisi

    Gautam
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:02 am
    Although just a fraction, this share means MIM candidates managed to make quick inroads into the bases of bigger parties. A barrister by training from London’s Lincoln’s Inn, Owaisi’s anti-Hindutva stand helped build his image as a next-generation Muslim leader, but he is increasingly taking his fight to the bastions of the so-called secular parties. Owaisi has shaped his politics around the credo of his father and former MP, the late Sultan Salahuddin Owaisi: that Indian Muslims are a neglected lot and therefore they must empower themselves. Mercurial, strident and sometimes seen as…
  • Sena slams Pawar over snap poll remarks

    Gautam
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:45 am
    The Shiv Sena today hit out at NCP Sharad Pawar after he asked his party to be ready for snap poll, saying he “is known for playing politics of distrust” and was trying to take advantage of the current instability. Though NCP declared unconditional outside support to the minority BJP government the day Assembly poll threw up a hung verdict, party chief Sharad Pawar yesterday said that the state government’s stability was not NCP’s responsibility and asked party workers to be ready to face a snap poll. “Sharad Pawar is taking advantage of this unstable government,…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Project Syndicate RSS-Feed

  • Why Cuba Turned

    Jorge G. Castañeda
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:30 am
    The agreement between the US and Cuba to resume diplomatic relations looks like a victory for the communist island. But that conclusion leaves out a crucial variable: the collapse in the price of oil, which leaves Cuba economically vulnerable and increases the likelihood of political change.
  • A Petition for Peshawar

    Gordon Brown
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:33 am
    The murder of 132 schoolchildren in Pakistan is the latest example of what is becoming a horrific pattern: armed men using students as pawns in their conflicts, turning access to education into a weapon of war. The world cannot afford to stand by as schools are shut down and children become afraid to pursue an education.
  • Unlocking ASEAN’s Potential

    Kishore Mahbubani, et al.
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:30 am
    For decades, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations has been asking whether ten countries with different cultures, political systems, and levels of economic development can act in concert to expand their collective potential. Judging by their leaders' ambitious vision for cooperation, the answer may be yes.
  • Where Has Global Warming Gone?

    Ka-Kit Tung
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:50 am
    For the last 15 years, according to the conventional way of measuring global warming, the planet does not seem to have become any hotter. But the reason is not that our greenhouse-gas emissions are no longer changing the earth’s climate, it is that surface temperature is a poor measure of human-induced warming.
  • Is the ECB Doing Enough?

    Peter Praet
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:50 am
    The ECB has implemented a series of measures in response to economic sluggishness and financial trepidations in the euro area. Tentative evidence suggests that the measures are delivering tangible benefits to the European economy, and the ECB still has plenty of weapons in its arsenal should they prove necessary.
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Hip-Hop and Politics

  • Thoughts on Cuban Hip Hop Being Used to Overthrow the Gov’t

    mrDaveyd
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:41 am
    There’s a been a lot of conversation about the recent revelations of Hip Hop and Hip Hop artists being via infiltrated through an agency called USAID with the goal of shaping opinions and sparking unrest to create a climate that would lead to the overthrow of the Cuban government. You can peep one of the many stories about that HERE—http://huff.to/1qMR5T7 In speaking about this case, I noted that far too many have fallen into the trap of seeing themselves and this music/culture as being unique in it being besieged, put under surveillance and being deemed a potential threat to…
  • Everyone But Us (Sobering Thoughts on Ferguson & Racial Justice )

    mrDaveyd
    1 Dec 2014 | 8:01 am
    Lots to think about in the aftermath of the St Louis Grand Jury decision not to indict Darren Wilson.. Racial Justice scholars David J Leanord and J Love Calderon offer up some keen insight and resources to tap into.. The announcement that the St. Louis Grand Jury’s decision would not indict Darren Wilson was about much more than his potential prosecution; yes, it was yet another reminder of America’s creed, where justice for African Americans remains a dream deferred and where politically, culturally, and morally black lives don’t matter.  “Police violence, a lack of due process,…
  • You Mad Because the GOP Knocked You Out?

    mrDaveyd
    6 Nov 2014 | 5:01 am
    Election 2014 The Aftermath: Well folks, the people have spoken with their choice of candidate or their willingness to sit it out and make a statement of how unhappy they are with the system or the electoral process. The agendas of those who are now in control of both houses has been made crystal clear for a number of years.. Hence look for them to carry it out full steam. The privatization of schools, medicare, social security and the elimination of safety net programs are all on the menu. Look for them to go full steam ahead with pushing forth Keystone XL and TPP..(Trans Pacific Partnership…
  • Election Day 2014-Deep East Oakland Mayoral Debate

    mrDaveyd
    4 Nov 2014 | 5:59 am
    A couple of weeks ago it was pointed out that the 15 people vying for Oakland’s top post as Mayor had done a record number of debates. They had reached into every part of the city except Deep East Oakland. We are talking specifically about the area about 98th Avenue. Its apart of the city that is often bashed upon by the media. Some folks came together and decided to change things. Rev Mustafa and Rev Harry Williams of Basic Ministries which is located  on a 107th street did what was deamed impossible. They reached out and got all the top candidates to show up. This is the only time…
  • Bob Law: History of Black Radio and the Removal of Black Militant Thought

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

    News - AllGov

  • 86 Firearm Deaths a Day in U.S.; 60% are Suicides

    20 Dec 2014 | 2:30 pm
    On any given day in the United States, an average of 86 Americans die as a result of gunfire. The majority of the deaths are self-inflicted, according to data from a new public health study (pdf) on gun violence.   Garen Wintemute at the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program says in his research that the nation experienced 313,045 deaths from 2003 to 2012.   His study, published in the Annual Review of Public Health, also found that 60% of these deaths were suicides. “Suicide is far more common than homicide and its rate is increasing,” Wintemute wrote.
  • The 3 Ambassador Nominees who have Waited the Longest for Confirmation are all Black

    20 Dec 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Now that George Tsunis has withdrawn his name as ambassador to Norway, the three would-be ambassadors who have waited the longest for their Senate confirmations all have one thing in common: they’re all African American.   All three are also considered political, rather than career Foreign Service, appointments. John Estrada, President Barack Obama’s choice for Trinidad and Tobago, has waited the longest of anyone: 504 days. He is a former Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps, the highest-ranking enlisted Marine, and a native Trinidadian. After leaving the service, he worked at…
  • Satanic Temple Invokes Supreme Court Ruling to Force Display at Florida Capitol Building

    20 Dec 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Members of the Satanic Temple in Florida sought to put up a holiday display in the state Capitol Building this year as other religious and non-religious groups have done. But state officials denied the request by the temple, which is now citing a U.S. Supreme Court decision supported by five conservative justices to support its case.   Everything from nativity scenes to beer-can Festivus poles to plates of pasta from the Church of the Flying Spaghetti Monster have been displayed in the rotunda of the Florida Capitol Building during holiday time. But when the Satanists wanted to put up an…
  • El Salvador’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Francisco Altschul?

    20 Dec 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Francisco Altschul Fuentes was appointed ambassador of El Salvador to the United States in August 2014. It’s Altschul’s second posting to his country’s top job in Washington and he is also accredited to Barbados.   Born in Antiguo Cuscatlán on December 31, 1948, Altschul studied architecture at the University of El Salvador. He went on to study urban development, housing and planning at Bouwcentrum International Education in Holland and the Economic Development Institute of the World Bank in Washington, D.C.   While a university student, he became aware of…
  • Researchers Sue for Release of 60-Year-Old Documents on Organized Crime

    20 Dec 2014 | 2:10 pm
    In 1950, a special commission convened by California Governor Earl Warren completed publication of four groundbreaking reports on the growing threat of organized crime in the state.   But the 30 boxes of documents collected for its work by the Standley Commission were never publicly released and instead of being sent to the California State Archives for preservation, an unknown donor sent them to the Bancroft Library at the University of California, Berkeley.   The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press filed a Public Records Act request with the university but LeVale Simpson,…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Blog for Arizona

  • DREAMers to get drivers licenses beginning Monday

    AZ BlueMeanie
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:38 am
    On Thursday, Judge David Campbell of the Maricopa County Superior Court, acting on an order from the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, ordered the state of Arizona to issue drivers licenses to Deferred Action Childhood Arrivals (DACA) beginning on Monday. … Continue reading →
  • Why are conservatives unwilling to admit that pulling “The Interview” was a business decision?

    Donna Gratehouse
    18 Dec 2014 | 4:20 pm
    Arizona Senators John McCain and Jeff Flake, along with Rep. Paul Gosar have joined the conservative hand-wringing over Sony’s decision to pull the release of “The Interview”. That move came after U.S. intelligence linked the North Korean government to hackers … Continue reading →
  • Sony capitulates to cyber-terrorist threat from North Korea

    AZ BlueMeanie
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:02 pm
    With normalization of relations with Cuba, that leaves only one Communist country in the world with which the U.S. does not maintain relations: the “Hermit Kingdom” of North Korea (Democratic People’s Republic of Korea). This will be a tougher nut … Continue reading →
  • President Obama’s ‘open door’ overture to Cuba is long overdue

    AZ BlueMeanie
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Conservative were outraged when President Richard Nixon announced that he would normalize relations with Communist China after 18 months of secret negotiations pursuing a policy of opening China. Nixon made an official state visit to Communist China and smiled broadly … Continue reading →
  • And it goes on…

    Donna Gratehouse
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Crossposted from DemocraticDiva.com Despite it having been decided among the Very Serious People™, which includes those august fathers of reasonable discourse otherwise known as the editorial board of the Denver Post, that this whole “war on women” is naught but … Continue reading →
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    People Power from YES! Magazine

  • 12 Hashtags That Changed the World in 2014

    Lindsey Weedston
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:05 pm
    Photo by Beverly Yuen Thompson / Flickr. It seems inevitable that with widespread social change comes the violent and bigoted pushback from those afraid of straying from the status quo. And in the age of the Internet, conflict comes with corresponding online movements. Plus hashtags. This year alone, we saw a massive movement erupt around the shootings of unarmed black men by white police officers, from Los Angeles to Ferguson, Missouri. We saw several horrific mass shootings, including the misogynistic murder of college students in Santa Barbara, California. And we saw the kidnapping of…
  • UN Climate Negotiators Drop the Ball in Lima—Now It’s Up to the Grassroots to Pick It Up

    Jim Shultz
    11 Dec 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Peruvian President Ollanta Humala addresses the Conference of Parties. Photo by Presidencia Perú / Flickr. During one of the “high-level” climate policy negotiating sessions here in Lima, where the words of the top diplomats seemed to float in to the air and disappear, a senior representative from Mexico used his time to tell a story. He recounted how he had once attended a meeting in Mexico City with an important international delegation when the city’s famous seismic alarm system sounded, signaling a serious earthquake less than a minute away. “The political battles that matter…
  • The New Economy Comes of Age: 7 Steps Toward Shared Prosperity

    Fran Korten
    10 Dec 2014 | 4:45 pm
    Photo by Shutterstock. In June, I attended an event in Boston that signaled to me that the concept of the New Economy—and the grassroots movement behind it—had come of age. Click here to subscribe to YES! The event was the conference of the New Economy Coalition. The halls were full of students, cooperative leaders from the deep south, climate justice activists from Native reservations, labor leaders, and others identifying with the New Economy. Folks who had been at conferences such as this for years were also there—farmers, Main Street business owners, sustainability entrepreneurs,…
  • Graphic: Convince Your Relatives to Ditch Amazon and Go Local This Holiday Season

    Mary Hansen
    9 Dec 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Every Christmas, my grandmother, a retired journalist and voracious reader of murder-mystery novels, used to send my parents money to buy each of my eight siblings and me a gift. The stipulation was: It had to be a book. It’s worth the extra time and effort to shop at local and independent stores. Our “grandma book” gift tradition continues and, now, includes my three in-laws, and five nieces and nephews. The task of fulfilling seventeen book requests often falls to my dad. Normally the great, Grinch-y grumbler this time of year, he brags that, thanks to Amazon, this is one Christmas…
  • An Insurance Policy for Climate Change? How Seed Banks Are Protecting the Future of Food

    Richard Schiffman
    9 Dec 2014 | 1:29 pm
    Photo by the International Rice Research Institute / Flickr. This story is part of the Climate in Our Hands collaboration between Truthout and YES! Magazine. By now, most Americans know that the world's rainforests are being cut down at an alarming rate, coral reefs are dying from ocean acidification and warming, and the sea is being overfished to the point of exhaustion. We are in the midst of an unprecedented collapse of biodiversity, the largest extinction event since the dinosaurs disappeared from the earth 65 million years ago. It is essential that we preserve the remaining crop…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Divided Under God

  • This Is What Happens When You Only Visit Right Wing Sites

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

    Kevin Davis
    12 Dec 2014 | 10:49 am
    This is the kind of stuff that irritates me to the core.  Attributing little things like this to divine intervention seems harmless enough, but if we dig a little deeper, a larger problem surfaces.  Allow me to give a little background here. Sometime around 2002, a woman from Tennessee named Juanita Dye noticed her husband of 52 years was not wearing his wedding ring.  It was lost.  Two years after that, Juanita’s husband, Norman, passed away.  Suddenly last month, a good 12 years after losing it, the ring was discovered in the bottom of their toilet.  While a critical thinker…
  • A Holiday Gift to Misunderstood Atheists

    Kevin Davis
    6 Dec 2014 | 7:53 am
    As most of my readers know, I published a book this year, titled Understanding an Atheist: A Practical Guide to Relating to Nonbelievers.  I wrote the book not to be showered with riches (any author would be crazy to think that’s going to happen), but instead, I wrote the book to help atheists who confront conflict within their circle of family and friends.  The book is intended for the religious who have trouble accepting their nonreligious loved ones, whether internally or with outward conflict.  It answers a lot of questions the religious might have for nonbelievers but were…
  • Rick Santorum Shows Us Again How Historically Illiterate He Is

    Kevin Davis
    1 Dec 2014 | 4:46 pm
    Photographer: Christopher Gregory/Getty Images On Monday, a conference call with Rick Santorum was released via YouTube by STAND, a right-wing conservative organization run by E.W. Jackson, a Virginia minister who has of course dabbled in politics.  STAND is an acronym for “Staying True to America’s National Destiny,” which is quite obviously all Jackson could come up with after already picking the name STAND.  And I’m sure he thinks it’s catchy as hell.  Besides, you know they mean business when they actually hyphenate “between” as…
  • A Call to Action from an Openly Secular Parent

    Jessica Dapson, Contributor
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Image courtesy openlysecular.org I’m an atheist and a supporter of the secular movement here in America.  I’m also a mother of two children and homemaker to a humanist household.  I spend my days changing my baby’s diapers and watching Sesame Street, while trying to make time to read through the latest books as I maintain an orderly home.  And when it comes to raising my children, keeping God out of the picture is key.  There’s a saying synonymous with parenting that goes, “If I don’t expose my child to the lessons of God, then no one will.”…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Reset San Francisco

  • Friday Morning News Roundup

    Matt Calvert
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:20 am
    Large Flames Visible At Chevron Refinery Flaring at Chevron’s Richmond refinery produced dramatic flames and smoke Thursday evening that were visible for miles. Flames and water vapor became visible when a process unit at the refinery needed to be depressurized and shut down, according to Chevron spokesman Braden Reddall. The depressurization process, which produces a flare and water vapor that looks like smoke, makes it possible to shut down the unit safely, Reddall said. Reddall said fence line air quality monitors showed no impact to the community. Reddall said he could not discuss…
  • Thursday Morning News Roundup

    Reset Team
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:59 am
    THURSDAY MORNING NEWS ROUNDUP 49ers Release Lineman Ray McDonald As SJ Police Probe Sexual Assault Claim The San Francisco 49ers on Wednesday ended defensive lineman Ray McDonald’s contract with the team citing a “pattern of poor decision making” the same day San Jose police said a woman had accused him of sexual assault. “We as an organization have notified (McDonald) and his agent that we have terminated his contract,” general manager Trent Baalke said in a statement on the 49ers’ team website. “Ray has demonstrated a pattern of poor decision-making…
  • Tuesday Morning News Roundup

    Reset Team
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:59 am
    County To Consider New Deal Meant To Improve SJ Fire’s Response Time To 911 Emergencies San Jose and Santa Clara County will consider today a new incentive contract for emergency medical services as the San Jose Fire Department struggles to meet county standards to be on time for at least 90 percent of its 911 emergency responses. The one-year pact, on the meeting agendas for both the San Jose City Council and the county’s Board of Supervisors, would restore funds the county withheld from San Jose in February after the city failed to meet the 90 percent standard in 22 of 25 months…
  • Monday Morning News Roundup

    Reset Team
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:57 am
    Man Shot And Killed Near Bancroft Avenue Saturday Night A man was shot and killed in East Oakland on Saturday night, police said on Sunday. Officers responded to a report of gunshots fired in the 2000 block of 85th Avenue near Bancroft Avenue around 8:10 p.m., according to police. Arriving officers located the man unresponsive and suffering from gunshot wounds, police said. He was pronounced dead at the scene, according to police. No arrests were made and no suspect information was available Sunday morning, police said. Anonymous Group Of Artists Claim Responsibility For Effigies On UC Campus…
  • Wednesday Morning News Roundup

    Reset Team
    10 Dec 2014 | 10:37 am
    Protesters Block Both Directions Of Hwy 24 Near Macarthur Bart Hundreds of people made their way into Oakland after walking through city streets in downtown Berkeley Tuesday night to protest decisions to not indict white police officers in the deaths of unarmed black men. The protests started around 6:20 p.m. when police said about 100 people were marching through the University of California at Berkeley’s South Campus area. About an hour later, the group grew to a larger crowd at Center Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Way, near Civic Center Park, in Berkeley, police said. They…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    The Alternative Conservative

  • When All They Can Do Is Call You a Racist Part II

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:32 pm
    So, my first article was okay but I feel as if perhaps I've left some things out so I will just continue here...1) I feel this entire Ferguson episode can be looked upon as an opportunity for conservatives to better engage in dialogue with many blacks. We first need to acknowledge, there is a segment of the black population that does indeed feel as though the system is against them. Whether this feeling is justified or not, we must at least acknowledge this.Putting aside our egos, even our ideology for a moment can give us an opportunity to further investigate the problems and concerns that…
  • When All They Can Do Is Call You a Racist

    29 Nov 2014 | 11:14 pm
    With the recent events that have materialized in Ferguson and throughout the country, it feels as if a great divide has been exposed. You are either a person who accepts the facts of what occurred and believe that the Grand Jury made the correct decision or you are spending your time calling those that support the Grand Jury racists.Read more »
  • Michael Brown's Mother Reacts to Descison

    25 Nov 2014 | 4:51 pm
    Of course we expect a mother to be upset in this Ferguson case. Certainly we have all been in situations where we are too close for comfort, it prevents us from understanding the full picture or taking in the reality.The decision was made not to indict Officer Wilson because this is what the Grand Jury concluded based on the facts, the witnesses, the physical evidence, and other statements. They had the option of inditing him on a wide variety of charges including involuntary manslaughter. There simply was NO case to be made. No probable cause was found.Read more »
  • Ferguson - Riot Time

    24 Nov 2014 | 11:17 pm
    SourceI guess I knew it was going to happen. I feel as if no matter what the decision was going to be - indictment or not, Ferguson was going to get rocked tonight by unruly people who are hell bent on destroying their own home town.Officer Darren Wilson will not be indicted. The grand jury was given the entire facts of the case and have determined that there simply is no case against this man According to various current sources, the federal investigation will produce the same outcome - no case against Wilson.Let's be clear here. Many of the witnesses had changed their stories when…
  • Top Obama Supporter and Gay Rights Advocate Terry Bean Arrested - Child Sex Scandal

    24 Nov 2014 | 2:45 pm
    (Photo: Multnomah County Detention Center)Terrance Patrick Bean has been arrested on two felony counts of sex with a minor. Terrance Bean is also a huge supporter of Obama and in 2012, he is responsible for raising more than half a million dollars for the re-election campaign. "Bean has been one of the state's biggest Democratic donors and an influential figure in gay rights circles in the state," reports oregonlive.com. "He helped found two major national political groups, the Human Rights Campaign and the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund and has been a major contributor for several…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Politics

  • Forming alliances: a run-down of the parties’ red lines

    Anoosh Chakelian
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:28 am
    Hung parliament preparations. The parties are drawing up their "red line" policies. Photo: Flickr/bixentro As the polls have narrowed and the smaller parties are bigger than ever, a hung parliament in May 2015 is looking increasingly likely. The parties have started laying out their red (and pink) lines for when it comes to forming alliances next year. Here’s what we know so far:   The Conservatives An in/out EU referendum in 2017 David Cameron has made this a “cast iron” guarantee, promising that he will not “stand as Prime Minister” unless he can secure a referendum on the…
  • Labour to turn focus to health with 10-year NHS plan in January

    George Eaton
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:12 am
    Having addressed the deficit and immigration, the party plans to focus on its greatest strength.  Shadow health secretary Andy Burnham speaks at the Labour conference in Manchester earlier this year. Photograph: Getty Images. Labour has spent much of the last fortnight addressing its political weaknesses. Ed Miliband has made high-profile speeches on the deficit and immigration (the two subjects he forgot to mention in his conference address) and has announced general election pledges related to both. On the former, Labour has promised to reduce borrowing every year and to avoid unfunded…
  • Helen Lewis on Yarl’s Wood: we are detaining people indefinitely who have committed no crime

    Helen Lewis
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:58 am
    There are 13 immigration detention centres in Britain but only the name of Yarl’s Wood really resonates – it’s where nearly 400 stateless, powerless women – the majority of whom say they are previous victims of sexual violence – are held. The entrance to the Yarl’s Wood detention centre. Photo: Aliya Mirza/Women for Refugee Women Lily tells me that the moment they began her screening interview, they took away her bag – and with it her phone. Then she was told that she would be taken to a detention facility. “It was nine o’clock at night. Then they said, ‘The van is here…
  • The Milibands’ enduring rivalry, Gladstone’s example and Antony Sher plays Falstaff

    Jason Cowley
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:14 am
    It’s almost as if we are yearning for politicians of greater and diverse experience who know something of life beyond Westminster. Ed and David Miliband at the moment when the former won the 2010 Labour leadership contest. Photo: Getty One day, surely, a good play will be written or dramatic film made about the rivalry of the Miliband brothers. When David left the Commons to go into self-exile across the water in New York as chief executive of the charity International Rescue Committee it was widely assumed that this was the end of his political career. Ed had not only beaten his brother…
  • Commons Confidential: A shocking secret Santa

    Kevin Maguire
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:34 am
    Plus: an unexpected gnome. Tories have been ordered to be full of ho, ho, ho this Christmas. Photo: Getty The Chancer of the Exchequer, George Osborne, is playing Scrooge by threatening permanent austerity, yet word went out from Tory HQ for MPs and candidates to be full of ho, ho, ho. So Andrew Atkinson, the Conservative challenger to Labour’s Ian Lucas in Wrexham, donned the full outfit to play Santa in the Welsh town. Festivities were moved to the Pentre Gwyn Community Centre after the usual venue, Kingsley Circle, was shut by council cuts. Atkinson is a hard-line deficit slasher so his…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Breitbart Feed

  • MN State Rep Wants $329,000 Refund from Jonathan Gruber for Work With 'Beyond Laughable' Error Rates

    17 Dec 2014 | 4:36 pm
    Minnesota State Representative Greg Davids is calling for embattled MIT economics professor Jonathan Gruber, the "architect" of Obamacare, to return all $329,000 he was paid by the state of Minnesota as a subcontractor on a 2011 contract to analyze the state's plan to develop its Obamacare health care exchange, MNSure. On November 21, Davids sent a letter to Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson requesting her to investigate Gruber's work. "In recent weeks," Davids wrote, "significant concerns have been raised regarding the contract between the State of Minnesota and Dr. Jonathan…
  • New York to Ban Fracking; Environmentalists Cheer

    17 Dec 2014 | 4:22 pm
    ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Handing environmentalists a breakthrough victory, New York plans to prohibit fracking for natural gas because of what regulators say are its unexplored health risks and dubious economic benefits. New York, which overlies part of the gas-rich Marcellus Shale formation that has led to a drilling boom in Pennsylvania and other nearby states, has banned shale gas development since 2008, when the state began an environmental review of the drilling technique also known as hydraulic fracturing. Wednesday's announcement, though not final, means a ban is all but etched in…
  • Goodlatte: Court's 'Unconstitutional' Executive Amnesty Opinion 'Good Sign'

    17 Dec 2014 | 2:17 pm
    The recent court opinion declaring portions of President Obama’s executive actions on immigration to be “unconstitutional” bodes well for future litigation against the president’s recent order, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte tells Breitbart News.  Tuesday, District Court Judge Arthur Schwab ruled that aspects of Obama’s executive actions go “beyond prosecutorial discretion” to actually legislating. He made these judgments as part of an opinion dealing with a criminal case. “President Obama’s unilateral legislative…
  • Cruz on Cuba: Another Obama 'Very, Very Bad Deal'

    17 Dec 2014 | 2:09 pm
    While the release of U.S. aid worker Alan Gross is a welcome news, the Obama administration has made the underlying issues with the Castro regime in Cuba “worse,” according to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).  “Fidel and Raul Castro have just received both international legitimacy and a badly-needed economic lifeline from President Obama,” Cruz — whose father immigrated to the United States from Cuba — said in a statement Wednesday afternoon.  “But they remain in control of a totalitarian police state modeled on their old state sponsor, the Soviet…
  • Alabama's Sessions Steps Aside in Budget Chair Race, Gives Spot to Wyoming's Enzi

    17 Dec 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Senate Budget Committee ranking member Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) will not chair the U.S. Senate Budget Committee next year when the newly elected GOP majority takes over in Congress’ upper chamber. Instead of Sessions, Wyoming’s Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) will chair the powerful committee. Sessions has been the ranking member of the prized panel for the last four years, during which Democrats had the majority. Before that, and for the first two years of President Barack Obama’s administration, Sessions served as the ranking member of the Senate’s Judiciary Committee. Most…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Beppe Grillo's Blog

  • The 2015 Calendar of Lay Saints

    19 Dec 2014 | 3:36 am
    "The security detail", is a common way of referring to them - thus providing them with anonymity. They are the police officers and the carabinieri that are mowed down during a kidnapping, as happened for Aldo Moro, or a homicide, as happened with Falcone and Borsellino. In our country, it’s the officers of the police force and the carabinieri that have paid the highest price in blood at the hands of terrorists and organised crime. Hundreds have been killed since the second world war. Men and women mentioned in the records simply as "the security detail“. The 2015 Calendar of Lay Saints…
  • #RenzieBuffone Renzi the international fool

    18 Dec 2014 | 3:16 am
    This morning’s news item from TzeTze “The incredible madness of holding the Olympics in Italy, announced yesterday by that pseudo premier answering to the name of Matteo Renzi, has thrown the pebble into the pool of foreign newspapers that today have seriously attacked Renzi’s choice. The British daily paper, the Telegraph writes: "Italy's ambition to host the 2024 Olympics, in the middle of its worst recession since the Second World War, has been greeted with derision." They point out that the games would be hosted in “Rome, Florence, Sardinia and Naples – home of the Camorra…
  • Giulietto Chiesa’s arrest

    17 Dec 2014 | 4:09 am
    “The M5S MEPs Tamburrano and Adinolfi are worried about the arrest in Estonia of the jourrnalist Giulietto Chiesa. Such things should not happen in “civilised Europe”. While it is criticising Turkey for arresting journalists, it is staying silent about Chiesa’s arrest, thus demonstrating its own double standards. Yesterday Isabella Adinolfi and Dario Tamburrano, MEPs with the 5 Star MoVement, yesterday learned of the arrest of Giulietto Chiesa, a jourrnalist and a former MEP. They were horrified and worried and they said “We were immediately struck by the absolute lack of…
  • The Pope’s not meeting the #DalaiLama

    16 Dec 2014 | 8:22 pm
    In the last few days, the Dalai Lama has been in Rome for the 14th conference of Nobel Peace Prize winners, originally to be in South Africa until the Dalai Lama was refused a visa to avoid annoying China. The Tibetans tried to arrange a meeting with the Pope but that’s not going to happen. A "political" response rather than an evangelical one. This Pope has received everyone, just everyone, even Balotelli - and he had a short discussion with him in private. Evidently, the Dalai Lama hasn’t yet scored two goals when playing against Germany. The Vatican has explained that they don’t want…
  • Passaparola: the 12 commandments against cancer, Dr. Franco Berrino

    15 Dec 2014 | 10:55 pm
    Exclusive video featuring Dr. Berrino08:35 It is important to point out that the recommendations in the European Code against cancer are recommendations aimed at preventing tumours and these dietary recommendations are also useful for people who don’t have any tumours but it’s not that they are alternatives to cancer treatments. Cancer patients must stick to the medical treatments that the doctors have prescribed to cure the cancer although it is also very important for the patient to help him/herself by watching his/her diet. The Passaparola of Dr. Franco Berrino, epidemiologist at the…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Cato @ Liberty

  • You Ought to Have A Look: Poor Climate Models, Ethics and Climate Policy, New White House Guidelines

    Patrick J. Michaels, Paul C. "Chip" Knappenberger
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Patrick J. Michaels and Paul C. "Chip" Knappenberger 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. — Here are a couple of items from around the web that caught our eye this week: The first is an analysis of recent climate model performance…
  • Nebraska and Oklahoma Sue Colorado

    Tim Lynch
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:43 am
    Tim Lynch Yesterday, the attorneys general of Nebraska and Oklahoma filed a complaint asking the U.S. Supreme Court to declare Colorado’s Amendment 64, which legalized marijuana for adults, unconstitutional. The gist of the complaint is that federal law prohibits possession of marijuana and that Colorado law “conflicts with and stands as an obstacle to the full purposes and objectives of” the federal government. Thus, the argument runs, Colorado’s Amendment 64 violates the Supremacy Clause of the Constitution and should be declared invalid. Unlike, say, Maine or Hawaii,…
  • Bandying "Terrorism"

    Jim Harper
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:14 am
    Jim Harper George Clooney has now joined North Korea’s United Nations ambassador Ja Song Nam in bandying charges of “terrorism” against a foe. North Korea’s emissary in New York complained in July that the production of Sony’s film, The Interview, was “the most undisguised sponsoring of terrorism as well as an act of war.” So, too, according to Clooney, was the threat leveled by unknown persons against theaters that might show the film: “Then, to turn around and threaten to blow people up and kill people, and just by that threat alone we change what we do for a…
  • A Practical (and Semi-Optimistic) Plan to Tame the Federal Leviathan

    Daniel J. Mitchell
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Daniel J. Mitchell Like a lot of libertarians and small-government conservatives, I’m prone to pessimism. How can you be cheerful, after all, when you look at what’s been happening in our lifetimes. New entitlement programs, adopted by politicians from all parties, are further adding to the long-run spending crisis. The federal budget has become much bigger, luring millions of additional people into government dependency. The tax code has become even more corrupt and complex, with more than 4,600 changes just between 2001 and 2012 according to a withering report from outgoing…
  • Republicans in Congress Really Like the Cuba Embargo

    K. William Watson
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:53 am
    K. William Watson President Obama made a number of spot-on arguments yesterday for why the United States should end the ineffective trade embargo that has helped impoverish the people of Cuba for over fifty years.  However, the core components of the embargo are statutory law that will require an act of Congress to overturn.  While it’s very encouraging to see the president take a leadership role in pursuit of a good policy, getting Republicans on board is going to be difficult to say the least. Over the last 20 years, there have been 11 votes in the two houses of Congress seeking…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    A View from the Right

  • #BlackLivesMatterToo

    sirrahc
    14 Dec 2014 | 7:04 pm
    I may get “in trouble” for TABWW (i.e., talking about Blacks while White), but I’m gonna do it anyway. In the wake of the recent, highly-publicized incidents in which a white police officer killed an unarmed Black man (e.g., Michael Brown, Eric Garner) and the subsequent non-indictments of the officers involved, you may have noticed […]
  • 3D Atlas of the Universe

    sirrahc
    7 Dec 2014 | 5:36 pm
    “My job is to translate the difficulty of science into understandable stories.”  — Carter Emmart, Director of Astrovisualization at the American Museum of Natural History This is really fascinating! Carter Emmart has spent the last several years “coordinat[ing] scientists, programmers and artists to produce scientifically accurate yet visually stunning and immersive space experiences in the […]
  • Aspartame: How Bad Is It, Really?

    sirrahc
    30 Nov 2014 | 7:36 pm
    I make a habit of not drinking anything artificially sweetened with aspartame (aka aminosweet). (In fact, I tend to avoid “diet” drinks in general.) I remember reading or hearing something many years ago that said studies showed aspartame causes serious health issues, when consumed regularly. In fact, if you follow the various “alternative health experts” […]
  • As Dr. King Spins in His Grave

    sirrahc
    28 Nov 2014 | 6:59 pm
    I recently heard a radio interview with a guy named Joe R. Hicks. I really appreciated what he had to say regarding the situation in Ferguson, MO, and the problems within the Black Community that are denied or left unaddressed in such controversial situations. Hicks is an African-American commentator & activist, former Executive Director of […]
  • Replacing Boehner and McConnell

    sirrahc
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:13 pm
    “[I]f the Republican Party does not start positively responding to grassroots conservatives, these key activists may bolt the GOP…. If the GOP in Congress will not stand up to Obama, what good is having the leadership positions?”  — Jeff Crouere, media host and columnist at Townhall.com The recent midterm elections and discussions of “lame duck” […]
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Sapphire Wire

  • SapphireWire Podcast – Episode 10

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

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

    Kyle
    5 Nov 2014 | 9:45 pm
    Post-election pondering – Lisa & Kyle discuss the 2014 election results, focusing on the Governor & US Senate races, polling, and what went wrong for the Democrats in Kansas – will they ever learn? Listen to this episode now: Get The SapphireWire Podcast To Go: Download Episode (mp3) | iTunes | RSS | Stitcher Radio Links to topics covered in this episode: Kansas Secretary of State – Statewide Election Results Kansas Secretary of State – County by County Results (Governor) How the Kansas Democratic Party Drove Itself to Near Extinction – A lengthy…
  • SapphireWire Podcast – Episode 7

    Kyle
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:31 pm
    Lisa & Kyle discuss Greg Orman’s recent events and Lisa shares her outrage about his “College Affordability Plan”. They also react to the Gubernatorial debates, including Brownback’s sleazy “Carr Brothers” ad and the televised Secretary of State debate, where the moderator nearly stole the show. Listen to this episode now: Get The SapphireWire Podcast To Go: Download Episode (mp3) | iTunes | RSS | Stitcher Radio Links to topics covered in this episode: Greg Orman’s College Affordability Plan Lawrence Journal World – Orman delivers “closing…
  • SapphireWire Podcast – Episode 6

    Kyle
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:51 pm
    Lisa & Kyle discuss the final U.S. Senate debate between Pat Roberts and Greg Orman, hosted at KSN-TV in Wichita (including our thoughts Orman’s “get past abortion” comment). And the dispute over the new “Sex, Drugs and Politician” ad in the Governor’s race. Listen to this episode now: Get The SapphireWire Podcast To Go: Download Episode (mp3) | iTunes | RSS | Stitcher Radio Links to topics covered in this episode: October 13th PPP Poll Results October 9th Remington Research Group Poll Results (PDF) Lisa’s Kansas City Star article, “As I See It: Lisa Johnston on money…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Fair Observer

  • Being Homeless: In Their Own Words (Part 3)

    Jacob Straus
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:11 am
    Despite the city government’s efforts to provide affordable housing, NYC is still struggling toprovide for a growing homeless population. In spite of its inhospitable weather and soaring cost of living, New York City is the primary homeless hub in the Northeastern United States. Approximately 64,000 of the city’s 8 million inhabitants are homeless, living in crowded shelters or roughing it […] The post Being Homeless: In Their Own Words (Part 3) appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • America Is No Longer the Land of the Free

    Atul Singh
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:51 am
    Distraction, fixation with standardized tests and ballooning debt put students on the road to intellectual serfdom. For more than a century, the Statue of Liberty has symbolized America’s myth of freedom and prosperity. As per myth, America is the hallowed land where immigrants from all over the world arrive to shoot for the stars. In […] The post America Is No Longer the Land of the Free appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • This is Not Recognition

    Miko Peled
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:53 am
    A real struggle is the only way to defeat racist, colonialist regimes, argues Miko Peled. As the recognition by European countries of a so-called “State of Palestine” continues, it is becoming obvious that this is nothing but an old colonial trick — dusted and reused. The fact that liberal Zionist hypocrites, such as the likes […] The post This is Not Recognition appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • Across Cultures, Street Children and Homeless Youth Face Similar Problems

    Lewis Aptekar
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:49 am
    In the developed world, poverty is neither sufficient nor a necessary condition for homelessness. Regardless of wealth, political ideology, government decree or religious affiliation, there is no place on the globe that has succeeded in eliminating homelessness. This is extraordinary, when you consider that homelessness, particularly among children, is distinguished as a grave ethical failure. […] The post Across Cultures, Street Children and Homeless Youth Face Similar Problems appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • All Lives Matter

    Larry Beck
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:51 am
    Recent spate of police-generated violence suggests that in America, some black lives seem to matter less to some white police officers. It is hard to watch police officers in Cleveland, Ohio, driving up to 12-year old Tamir Rice holding a replica toy gun and then shooting the kid to death. The video is so condemning that […] The post All Lives Matter appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    The one About

  • Informatia pierduta poate fi recuperata imediat cu ajutorul unei firme recuperare date

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:58 am
    Primele versiuni ale de acum celebrului Windows ne-au invatat ca un computer nu e o masinarie perfecta. Ecranul albastru, erorile fatale sau codurile interminabile de eroare afisate pe ecrane, ne reamintiteau ca tehnologia este departe de a fi perfecta.O buna parte din aceste erori erau generate de suportul de stocare al datelor: HDD-ul si mai nou SSD-ul. Atunci a aparut o problema serioasa: cu atatea erori si eventualitatea unor date inutilizabile, ce se poate face pentru o recuperare date eficienta? Marii producatori de software au venit imediat cu solutii de recuperare a datelor la nivel…
  • O reteta de supa crema de te lingi pe degete!

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:50 am
    Recent am primit in dar - un robot de bucatarie si cum sunt nerabdatoare sa incerc retete noi - iata ca am facut-o si pe asta - supa crema - asa cum nu am mai gatit niciodata. De regula fac mancare fara proportii, adica pun ce-mi trece prin cap si inventez incontinuu iar rezultatul este unul excelent. In cazul in care insa nu iese, asta e - macar mizez pe ideea ca nu am urmat nici o reteta si pur si simplu am incercat.Asadar, supa crema are la baza legume, foarte multe legume. Eu am folosit urmatoarele: doua sfecle rosii potrivite trei cartofi curatati, nu prea mari, nu prea mici doua morcovi…
  • Precizia scandinava si inovatia au un nume: ceasurile Axcent originale

    16 Dec 2014 | 5:18 am
    In lumea creatorilor de ceasuri a fost mereu o batalie stransa intre vintage si modern, clasic si futurist. Cea mai evidenta transpunere a acestei lupte pentru suprematie se poate observa cu usurinta in colectiile de ceasuri lansate de marile branduri de pe piata. De exemplu, la Ceasuri Axcent originale se vede clar incercarea designerilor celor mai buni din Scandinavia de a imbina noul si vechiul sub un brand care incearca mereu sa fie racordat la trendurile actuale din moda si la tendintele cele mai noi din industria producatoare de ceasuri.Abordarea creativa, unica, a dus la recunoasterea…
  • Cel mai bun remediu impotriva racelii - ghimbirul

    16 Dec 2014 | 5:12 am
    Iata ca am racat in toamna-iarna asta si pentru a nu stiu cata oara si sincer m-am cam saturat sa iau pastile si sa ma ameteasca din cauza ca nu sunt suficient de bune sau sa arunc banii pe fereastra din cauza ca oricum sistemul meu imunitar este la pamant. Asa ca m-am decis: de data asta ma tratez natural. Si care sunt inamicii numarul ! ai racelii: vitaminele, pe care le iau cel mai mult din lamaie, adica vitamana C - un luptator inascut, care iti intareste si sistemul imunitar si te apara si de antioxidanti.Totusi mai uimita sunt de ghimbir avand in vedere ca nu l-am consucmat pana acum…
  • Faci sport? Cum iti alegi incaltamintea?

    4 Dec 2014 | 8:44 am
    Alergatul si mersul pe jos sunt printre cele mai naturale forme de exercitiu din viata noastra. Asadar, este important sa alegem un echipament adecvat, care sa ofere un efect maxim de fiecare data cand le practicam. Cu inovatii tot mai inedite, marii designeri de incaltari sportive s-au intrecut in crearea de echipamente pentru fiecare activitate in parte, astfel incat sa putem beneficia de cea mai inalta tehnologie in timpul exercitiilor fizice. Prin urmare, este important sa stim cum sa alegem incaltaminte de calitate, in functie de fiecare activitate sportiva pe care o practicam.Alegand…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    FactCheck.org

  • Is Cuba a ‘Leading’ Sponsor of Terrorism?

    Eugene Kiely
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:56 pm
    Sen. Ted Cruz condemned President Obama’s announcement that he would normalize relations with Cuba, calling the communist country “a leading state sponsor of terrorism.” That’s a stretch, to say the least. It’s true that Cuba – along with Iran, Syria and Sudan — is listed by the State Department as one of four “State Sponsors of Terrorism.” But the department’s annual Country Report on Terrorism, published in April, provided little evidence of Cuba sponsoring terrorism, especially compared with the extensive portfolio of the others…
  • FlackCheck.org Video: Immigration Claims

    D'Angelo Gore
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:46 am
    This FlackCheck.org video highlights misleading claims about immigration that were made after President Obama announced his executive actions in late November. The video includes fact-checked statements from Obama, Sen. Ted Cruz, Reps. Tom Cotton and Michele Bachmann, and Rick Santorum, who plans to run for president in 2016.        
  • Cheney’s Tortured Facts

    Eugene Kiely
    16 Dec 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Summary Former Vice President Dick Cheney offered a spirited defense of CIA interrogation tactics used in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks and denounced a recent Senate report, which criticized those techniques, as a “crock.” But in presenting his case, Cheney often gave a one-sided and misleading account of the facts. Cheney claimed the CIA’s “enhanced interrogation techniques” used on captured members of al Qaeda and the Taliban did not violate international agreements, citing opinions from the Justice Department. But the Supreme Court later ruled that detainees were…
  • Dec. 12: Climate Change, Dropout Rate, Immigration

    Eugene Kiely
    12 Dec 2014 | 11:39 am
  • No Back Taxes in Immigration Action

    Robert Farley
    11 Dec 2014 | 9:46 am
    President Barack Obama misspoke when he said that immigrants living illegally in the U.S. would have to “pay any back taxes” in order to qualify for work papers under the plan he initiated via executive action. They would not. We wouldn’t normally be inclined to weigh in with a fact-check when someone erroneously slips an inaccurate word into an impromptu response to a live question. But this is the third time we’ve heard this mistake from a prominent Democrat. In the prepared part of his speech at an immigration town hall in Nashville, Tennessee, on Dec. 9, Obama…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Real Clear Liberty Network

  • Still more politicized pseudo-science?

    Paul Driessen
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:47 am
    The neonics and honeybees saga takes interesting, potentially fraudulent turn. Widening efforts to blame neonicotinoid pesticides for honeybee “colony collapse disorder” and other “beepocalypse” problems have taken a fascinating turn. Insisting that scientific evidence shows a clear link between neonics and honeybee population declines, EU anti-insecticide campaigners persuaded the European Union to impose a two-year […]
  • We’re Number Two

    Alan Caruba
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:24 am
      The U.S. was the world’s number one economy prior to World War II, but it took off bigtime after the war and there has not been a day of my long life in which we were not number one—until now. The International Monetary Fund recently released its calculations regarding the world’s economy and concluded […]
  • Greenpeace again offends indigenous people

    Guest
    13 Dec 2014 | 7:36 am
    By Craig Rucker Radical global warming campaigners trespass on treasured Inca cultural sites. Greenpeace likes to pretend it’s on the side of local people, especially indigenous peoples. But time and again they demonstrate a shocking degree of cultural boorishness. Now Greenpeace activists have Peruvians up in arms, after trespassing all over treasured Incan cultural sites […]
  • The New Congress Must Save the USA from the EPA

    Alan Caruba
    13 Dec 2014 | 7:27 am
      When the Republican Party takes over majority control of Congress in January, it will face a number of battles that must be fought with the Obama administration ranging from its amnesty intentions to the repeal of ObamaCare, but high among the battles is the need to rein in the metastasizing power of the Environmental […]
  • They Get the Subsidy, Taxpayers Get the Bill

    Michael R. Shannon
    13 Dec 2014 | 7:20 am
      Right now Sen. David Vitter, R-La., is not very popular in Harry Reid’s Democrat Senate. The irony is he may not be much more popular with the leadership in Mitch McConnell’s Republican Senate next year.   Vitter is one of those annoying people who believe members of the House and Senate should be subject […]
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    opposingviews.com

  • 'We Ought To Look To The Lord For Our Health Care' Says Colorado Republican (Video)

    Michael Allen
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:42 pm
    'We Ought To Look To The Lord For Our Health Care' Says Colorado Republican (Video) 'We Ought To Look To The Lord For Our Health Care' Says Colorado Republican (Video) Health Politics Religion Gordon Klingenschmitt Has Been Optimized Former Navy chaplain Gordon "Dr. Chaps" Klingenschmitt was elected to the Colorado legislature in November. Klingenschmitt, a Republican, has a long history of controversial statements. During his "Pray In Jesus Name" Internet show today, Klingenschmitt said, “We ought to look to the Lord for our health care." Klingenschmitt then cited…
  • Following President Obama’s Announcement, Travel Searches For Cuba Are Up By 95 Percent

    Matiss Batarags
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:43 pm
    Following President Obama’s Announcement, Travel Searches For Cuba Are Up By 95 Percent Travel Sites Experience 95 Percent Increase In Cuban Searches Following President Obama's Announcement Many Experts And Tourists Worried About 'Americanization' Of Cuba If US Embargo Is Lifted Following President Obama’s Announcement, Travel Searches For Cuba Are Up By 95 Percent Economy Geography Travel World Cuba, Embargo, Travel search, 95 percent, Visit cuba, cuban cigars, US-Cuba relations Has Been Optimized With President Barack Obama’s announced “new chapter” in US-Cuba…
  • Kenyan Lawmakers Fight After Passing Anti-Terror Bill

    Edward Arnold
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Kenyan Lawmakers Fight After Passing Anti-Terror Bill Kenyan Lawmakers Fight After Passing Anti-Terror Bill kenya lawmakers, brawl kenya, parliamentary fight kenya Has Been Optimized Kenyan lawmakers erupt in a parliamentary brawl after passing a very controversial anti-terrorism bill. The bill will allow authorities additional powers to crack down on terrorists, including allowing them to hold suspects for nearly a year. The bill also will punish journalists who publish unnapproved photos of terrorist suspects or undermine the state's terrorism operations. Journalists could go to jail for up…
  • Wall St. Banks Are "Too Big To Tax'

    Edward Arnold
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:35 am
    Wall St. Banks Are "Too Big To Tax' Wall St. Banks Are "Too Big To Tax' big banks too big to tax, wall st bankers, justice department, newsweek too big to tax Has Been Optimized A Newsweek article has found that the big banks on Wall Street are in fact too big to tax. By reviewing the settlements of fines and fees that Wall Street banks have had to pay federal agencies, the article found that those settlements are deductible from the taxes the banks pay. “For nearly every dollar a bank or lender has pledged to pay in cash... up to 35 cents will find its way back into…
  • Federal Lawsuit On Marijuana Constitutionality Could Be A Gamechanger

    Edward Arnold
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:08 am
    Federal Lawsuit On Marijuana Constitutionality Could Be A Gamechanger Federal Lawsuit On Marijuana Constitutionality Could Be A Gamechanger marijuana ban, states rights marijuana, nebraska oklahoma colorado lawsuit, marijuana legalization Has Been Optimized On Thursday, the states of Nebraska and Oklahoma filed a federal lawsuit in the U.S. Supreme Court against the state of Colorado. Its grounds consist of a claim that Colorado's legalization of recreational marijuana is unconstitutional because the federal government bans the use of marijuana under the Controlled Substances Act of 1970.
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    The Recovering Politician

  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: Facebook Fever Break?

    John Y. Brown III
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    For the first time I just had the urge to post something on Facebook –but resisted doing it. Because —and this is so weird for me to type — because it seemed “silly.” I can’t recall that ever happening to me. Ever! I don’t know what this means …but I fear it means something. That something unusual is happening to me. Something pivotal. Like that first deep raspy cough you notice before pnuemonia sets it. Or like the feeling when a fever breaks and you know you are going to be okay. I feel like this disinclination to post something absurd and…
  • Julie Rath: 3 Mistakes You Are Making Everyday — And How to Fix Them

    Julie Rath
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    People often ask me – usually at parties – if I walk around every day critiquing peoples’ outfits. While I can turn my critical eye on and off, and I certainly never go up to anyone and give them my opinion unsolicited, there are certain mistakes that I see consistently. If you’re someone who cares about how he looks (and I assume if you’re reading this article, you are), read on for three common errors and how to easily nip them in the bud. 1) Loafers with your suit – I get it. Traveling in lace-ups is no fun. Try a monkstrap instead, like the pair above. You can slip in and…
  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: In praise of Goldilocks and the Golden Mean

    John Y. Brown III
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    This holiday season be Goldilocks-esque and seek that desireable middle point between two extremes. Don’t eat too much nor eat too little. Don’t talk too much nor talk too little Don’t expect too much of yourself but don’t expect too little. Don’t expect too much of others but don’t expect too little of them either. Don’t sleep too much but don’t sleep too little. Don’t buy too much but don’t buy too little. Don’t feel too much but be sure to not feel too little. Don’t think too much nor think too little. Don’t act…
  • Josh Bowen: Got Protein?

    Josh Bowen
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:30 am
    Nutrition is polarizing. Nutrition is not black and white. Nutrition can not and never should be the same for everyone. These statements are the reason we have so many diet books, nutritional questions and a population of people that have analysis by paralysis on trying to eat “healthy.” As I have written before, not all proteins are created equal. Some contain more essential amino acids than others. To keep from rehashing old material click on the link above to read about the differences in proteins. The biggest question I get is “How much protein should I take in?”…
  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: The Modernized Ecclesiastes 3

    John Y. Brown III
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    There is a time to love There is a time to hate There is a time to be sad  There is a time to be joyful There is a time to judge There is a time to seek forgiveness There is a time to feel ecstatic and have hallucinations There is a time to feel paranoid and have cotton mouth And there is a time to titrate your medications
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Sunshine State News feed

  • U.S. Supreme Court Allows Gay Marriage in Florida

    Allison Nielsen
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:18 pm
    The U.S. Supreme Court paved the way Friday for same-sex marriages to begin next month in Florida.The Supreme Court justices said in a ruling released Friday they would let a federal trial judge's decision backing marriage rights to take effect. U.S. District Judge Robert L. Hinkle ruled in August to allow same-sex licenses to start being issued in the state after Jan. 5 unless the Supreme Court intervened.Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has fought to uphold the state's ban on same-sex marriage, vowing to defend the state's Constitution.read more
  • Jim Boxold Takes Over Florida Transportation Department

    Kevin Derby
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:27 am
    Gov. Rick Scott named Jim Boxold as secretary of the Florida Department of Transportation on Friday. Boxold, currently the chief of staff of the department, will take over on Jan. 3.read more
  • Florida Unemployment Rate Drops to 5.8 Percent

    Kevin Derby
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:58 am
    Gov. Rick Scott announced on Friday that the unemployment rate in Florida dropped to 5.8 percent in November, the lowest since May 2008. Back in October, the rate stood at 6 percent. Scott also noted that Florida has seen 715,700 new jobs in the private sector since he took over. During the 2010 campaign, Scott said his economic policies would create 700,000 new jobs over seven years.read more
  • Rep. Katie Edwards Files Bill to Protect Domestic Violence Victims

    Nancy Smith
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:20 am
    Rep. Katie Edwards, D-Plantation, filed legislation Thursday that would include domestic violence advocacy organizations and domestic violence referral service organizations in public records exemptions.HB 125 would create a registry and certification process under the Department of Children and Families for organizations that provide services, but not shelter to victims of domestic violence. read more
  • Voters Trust Republicans on More Major Issues, Poll Finds

    Allison Nielsen
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Voters trust the Republican Party a little bit more than the Democratic Party on a larger number of issues, according to a poll released Thursday.The Rasmussen Reports poll found more likely U.S. voters trust the GOP more on eight of 15 major issues regularly tracked by the pollster -- the economy, national security, Afghanistan, taxes, job creation, government spending, small business and gun control. read more
 
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    BuzzFeed - Politics

  • Rubio: It's Unfortunate Rand Paul Has Adopted And Is Supporting Obama's Foreign Policy On Cuba

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:07 pm
    “I think it’s unfortunate that Rand has decided to adopt Barack Obama’s foreign policy on this matter.” w.soundcloud.com Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio responded to a series of tweets and a Facebook post from Sen. Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) criticizing his view on U.S.-Cuban relations. Paul had wrote that Rubio was "acting like an isolationist" for not supporting normalized relations with Communist Cuba. His comments came after Rubio went on Fox News Thursday night and said libertarian-leaning Kentucky senator "has no idea what he's talking about" in regard to…
  • Supreme Court Allows Florida Same-Sex Marriages To Proceed In January

    19 Dec 2014 | 3:48 pm
    A late Friday order from the Supreme Court means same-sex couples are expected to be able to marry beginning Jan. 6. Jonathan Ernst / Reuters WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Friday evening denied Florida's request to stop same-sex couples from marrying during the state's appeal of a federal case challenging the state's ban on such marriages. The decision, absent some unexpected development, means that same-sex couples will be able to marry beginning January 6. Under the trial court's order striking down the ban as unconstitutional, the injunction was stayed — or…
  • Miami Venezuelans Try To Succeed Where Their Cuban Allies Failed

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:04 pm
    From one day to the next, Obama ended Cuba’s decades-long isolation and signed sanctions against Venezuela’s president. Miami’s Venezuelans had to mourn even as they celebrated. People peer from their windows beside a giant banner with Cuban former president Fidel Castro (right) and Venezuela's late president Hugo Chavez during a march in Havana on Sept. 30, 2014. Stringer / Via Reuters MIAMI — Venezuelans in South Florida had a huge victory to celebrate, but they were careful not to look too happy. In the space of 24 hours, President Obama signed fresh sanctions…
  • Obama: Sony Made "A Mistake"

    19 Dec 2014 | 11:05 am
    The president says Sony shouldn’t have killed The Interview. Larry Downing / Reuters President Obama criticized Sony for pulling The Interview at his end-of-year news conference Friday. "I think they made a mistake," Obama said. The president said he was "sympathetic to the concerns" at Sony after a massive hack exposed embarrassing internal emails and other corporate secrets. On Friday, the FBI said North Korea was responsible for the hack. Despite the cyberattack, Obama said canceling the release of the film was caving to North Korean demands. "We cannot have a society in which some…
  • GOP Congressman: Dianne Feinstein "As Much A Traitor" To America As Edward Snowden

    19 Dec 2014 | 10:57 am
    “I think she’s as much a traitor to this country at this point as I thought about Edward Snowden and his release of information about other investigations and abilities from an intelligence stand point.” w.soundcloud.com Republican Rep. Jeff Duncan says that Dianne Feinstein is a traitor for releasing the report on the CIA's interrogation and detention techniques. "We are less safe than we ever have been with regard to our overseas personnel and our nation's military and their ability to do their job," South Carolina congressman said on WCRS radio Thursday. "It ties…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    visionandvalues.org

  • The Cuba Deal: Coexisting and Profiting with Tyrants

    Alejandro Antonio Chafuen
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:25 am
    Editor’s note: This article first appeared at Forbes.com. We all celebrate when an innocent person is released from prison. The freedom of Alan Gross is welcome news. But the release of three convicted Cuban spies and operatives (who were directly responsible for the killing of other innocents), the continued lack of consultation by the administration with other branches of government and Congress, and the disregard for the unrelenting oppression of political freedoms are a high cost to pay. The leading Cuban-Americans in the legislature, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL), Sen. Robert Menéndez…
  • The Powerful Force of Political Names: Are the Brands Going Out of Style?

    Samuel G. Casolari
    18 Dec 2014 | 3:54 am
    The 2014 midterm elections came to an end with the crushing defeat of Sen. Mary Landrieu in Louisiana. Her loss, however, was part of a series of defeats for political families over the last two midterm elections. In Louisiana, Landrieu is part of a politically connected and influential family whose political presence extended several decades in Louisiana and New Orleans politics. Her brother is currently mayor of New Orleans and her father was a cabinet official in Jimmy Carter’s administration. In Arkansas, Tom Cotton defeated Mark Pryor by a resounding margin. The Pryor name goes…
  • Pick Your Poison: NSA, Google, or Facebook

    Freedom Readers
    14 Dec 2014 | 12:35 pm
    On October 21, 2014, Grove City College professors Dr. William Birmingham, Dr. Jeffrey Herbener, Dr. Samuel Stanton, and Mr. Brian Dellinger ’07 spoke to over 130 students and guests at the Freedom Readers Economic Dessert Series. In this interesting discussion–held in the beautiful new STEM Hall–the panel discusses privacy issues and concerns.
  • Obamacare on the Defensive Once Again

    John A. Sparks
    12 Dec 2014 | 5:38 am
    When Case Western University law professor Jonathan Adler testified before a House subcommittee on July 31, 2013, he had no idea that his analysis of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) could bring that gigantic piece of legislation to the Supreme Court for yet another review. Adler told the committee that the language of the ACA gives individual states an option when it comes to setting up health care insurance exchanges—marketplaces where citizens can buy health insurance under the ACA. States could create them, or more importantly, could elect not to create them. In…
  • Wolfboy and Princess Cupcake: The Complementarity of the Sexes

    Paul G. Kengor
    4 Dec 2014 | 5:34 am
    Ecumenism at its best was recently demonstrated at the Vatican, where dozens of faith leaders worldwide assembled to remind us of the essential complementarity of men and women in life, marriage, and parenthood. It was enough to prompt a high-five between Pope Francis and evangelical pastor James Robison. Of course, do we really need reminding that male and female are different? Absolutely, especially with the advent of same-sex marriage, which is prompting assertions that it “doesn’t matter” whether two men or two women parent a household. Ask any parent if males and females are…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Politic365

  • Senate passes bill expanding drug war with Transnational Drug Trafficking Act

    Adriana Maestas
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:09 am
    On Monday, the Senate passed the Transnational Drug Trafficking Act, which expands the war on drugs. This law gives the Justice Department the authority to prosecute drug traffickers from foreign countries. The law also ensures that current penalties apply to chemical producers from other countries that illegally ship precursor chemicals (for example: cold medicines to be turned into meth) into the U.S. knowing these chemicals will be used to make illegal drugs. The bill was co-authored by Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein (CA) and Republican Senator Chuck Grassley (IA). According to The…
  • Government funding bill with Wall Street giveaways passes in House

    Adriana Maestas
    12 Dec 2014 | 12:39 pm
    On Thursday night, the House of Representatives voted to pass a government funding bill, but some of the more progressive members of the House stood in opposition to this spending bill because it contained policy riders that benefited the big banks and the wealthy. One rider would permit the big banks to perform more high-risk trades with taxpayer backed funds. The second policy rider in question would increase the amount of money that individuals can give to national political parties for retiring campaign debt, hosting a convention, and replenishing recount funds. According to Mother Jones,…
  • Latino support for President Obama up, and majority of Americans still support path to legalization

    Adriana Maestas
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:13 pm
    The Pew Research Center for the People and the Press released some new data today from a recently conducted survey that shows a mixed response from the public for the President’s recent executive action expanding the number of undocumented immigrants who are allowed to stay in the U.S. Overall, 50% of Americans disapprove of the President’s executive action to protect the up to four million undocumented immigrants from deportation, while 48% of Americans approve of the action. Predictably, an overwhelming percentage of Republicans (82%) disapprove of the immigration action, while…
  • #Ferguson Rep. Hank Johnson Drops Special Prosecutor Bill to Alter Grand Jury System

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    11 Dec 2014 | 8:29 am
    Rep. Hank Johnson (D-GA) just dropped his second piece of legislation related to Ferguson and the death’s of Michael Brown and Eric Garner.   Johnson’s first bill would cut back Pentagon Program 1033.  This legislation would attempt to fix the grand jury system.  Grand Juries failed to indict police officers Darren Wilson and Dan Pantaleo in the shooting and strangling deaths of Brown and Wilson — both of whom were unarmed.  Though today might be the last day of the 113th Congress, this bill is likely to be filed again by Johnson in early January. Today, conservative…
  • Four Ferguson Related Bills in Congress

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    10 Dec 2014 | 10:23 pm
    Four Ferguson Related Bills in Congress. This week will likely be the last week of the 113th Congress. When Congress reconvenes again in January, Republicans will control both the House and the Senate. But the last week of a Congress is always unpredictable and full of bills passing. Some pieces are ceremonial — others are substantive.  You never know what legislative language might get tacked on to a bigger (read: spending) bill at the last minute as part of a last minute deal.   Below are four pieces of legislation related to the topic of the moment: Police brutality.  Last year…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • Money and Politics

    Mike Dakkak
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:46 pm
    Two very questionable amendments were included in the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill that passed through Congress last week. One weakened regulations regarding the exotic financial derivatives that led to the financial crash of 2008 and the other expanded the limit an individual can donate to national political parties by a factor of nearly 10. In this episode we discuss the two provisions and how they are indicative of money’s influence in politics never being stronger. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com. Follow In the News on Twitter @itnshow and on Facebook at…
  • Jeb’s In

    Mike Dakkak
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:10 pm
    In a post on his Facebook page Jeb Bush recently announced that he is “actively exploring” the possibility of running for President. It was seen by many as the unofficial announcement to his 2016 candidacy for President. Many people believe that his family’s legacy will be the largest impediment to a successful run. Others see his divergence with his party on many issues, including immigration & education, as the highest hurdles. Can he win? And specifically can he win the early primaries in states like Iowa and New Hampshire? Email the show at comments@itnshow.com.
  • Don’t Take Us for Granted

    Mike Dakkak
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:18 pm
    The Democratic strategy in Congress has been focused on the Senate over the last several years. Harry Reid has protected President Obama from having to veto controversial bills by declining to bring them to the Senate Floor for votes. With the insertion of two controversial amendments into the CRomnibus spending bill Democrats found themselves undercut in their opposition to the bill by the White House. What ensued was a very public rift that seemed to put the White House on notice that Democrats would not be cut out of negotiations and the power has maybe shifted in the new Congress. Email…
  • Cruz at it Again

    Mike Dakkak
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:29 pm
    The big debate in Congress last week was on the federal budget. Sen. Cruz had vowed to use the budget process to oppose President Obama and his executive action on immigration. Republican leadership wanted a quick resolution to the budget battle and an adjournment until next year and larger Republican majorities in the House and Senate. Although the budget got approved in the end and there was no government shutdown, things didn’t go as smoothly as leadership may have hoped for. We discuss in today’s episode. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com. Follow In the News on…
  • CIA and Torture: The World Reacts

    Mike Dakkak
    12 Dec 2014 | 3:46 pm
    One of the biggest reasons cited for not divulging details about the CIA’s secret detention program is that it will raise violent sentiment against the US and make us less safe. Yet aside from a few countries taking glee in the sometimes embarrassing details contained in the report, reaction in the Middle East and the broader world has been largely muted. We discuss in today’s program. Follow In the News on Twitter @itnshow and on Facebook at facebook.com/itnshow. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    US Daily Review

  • 1 in 5 Millennials Live in Poverty, Census Bureau Says

    usdr
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:12 pm
    By USDR One in five young adults –ages 18 to 34 years old – live in poverty, according to data from the U.S. Census Bureau. “More millennials are living in poverty today, and they have lower rates of employment, compared with their counterparts in 1980,” the Census states. “One in five young adults lives in poverty (13.5 million people), up from one in seven (8.4 million people) in 1980.”
  • Sharpton’s Protesters Defend ‘Hands Up!’ Mantra: ‘Autopsies Don’t Have Anything to Do with That’

    usdr
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:10 pm
    ByUSDR Video-Citing “various news sources,” Al Sharpton’s protesters defended the notion that Michael Brown had his hands up and was surrendering when he was shot and killed. In interviews with MRCTV, Sharpton’s protesters rejected eyewitness testimony and forensic evidence that Brown did not have his hands up and may have been charging the officer who shot him: ·         “No, no, the autopsies don’t have anything to do with that. ·      That’s not true; I’ve read the whole report, too.” ·       No, he didn’t resist arrest.” “It’s not…
  • Luxury Lifestyles Real Estate and More on The Price of Business

    jon
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:21 am
    By The Price of Business (1110 AM KTEK, Houston, TX is the sister radio program of US Daily Review and is Hosted by USDR Publisher and Managing Editor, Kevin Price).  These are interviews Kevin Price had with his contributors and guests.*Sponsored Host Kevin Price and Guest Nakia Roberson discuss “Luxury Lifestyles Real Estate” on this segment of the Price of Business. www.cometoatlanta.com NakiaRoberson.com Host Kevin Price, Co-Host Debbie Ortiz, and Guest Craig Taylor discuss Craig’s Cornerstone Story on this segment of the Price of Business.
  • Obama’s Star Trek Budget… NOT

    usdr
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:16 am
    By Bill Tatro, Special for USDR “These are the voyages of the Starship Enterprise. It’s five year mission, to explore new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before”. As the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has reported, the President’s budget, the first one in awhile, is a road map for “growth, opportunity and fiscal responsibility”. What the OMB fails to mention is that we have been down this road many timesbefore. “The budget invests in American innovation…..the development of clean energy alternatives”. Apparently…
  • Are Torture Techniques Really Worth It?

    usdr
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:10 pm
    By Michelle Seiler-Tucker, Special forUSDR Following the release of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on CIA interrogation techniques, polls show that the nation is split in its opinion on the subject matter over whether water boarding and other enhanced interrogation techniques are ever justified and/or effective, but the majority does consent that the tactics used are nevertheless various forms of torture, which I agree is aswell. The questionable ethics behind such actions are what make this media uproar so enticing. The question becomes, “Should suspected terrorists have the…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    American Patriot

  • Obama just capitulated to the communists in Cuba

    The American Patriot
    17 Dec 2014 | 12:02 pm
    This is terrible….just awful. Fausta’s Blog and Babalu Blog have the details. Here’s the truth via Val Prieto: So the Obama administration traded 3 spies implicated in the murder of US citizens for a humanitarian worker and an “unknown” intelligence source. Because bowing to communists and terrorists is what Obama and his cohorts do best. This is a major setback for the opposition and dissident movements in Cuba. The Obama administration, by making this “deal”, has confirmed that they are OK with the repression, brutality, incarceration, and murder…
  • A good example of why I really do not go to Church anywhere.

    The American Patriot
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:18 pm
    For the record, I don’t agree with everything that the dude below writes. However, when I saw this posting here by Darrell at “Stuff Fundies Like”; my heart went out to the guy. The reason is this here: I have been there and it sucks. Depression is a real thing and after 9/11, I had thoughts of suicide. Now my way of coping and handling it, might not have been what Darrell is doing. But, that does not take away from the fact that what he is going through is a very real thing. Anyhow, click on the link to read: E-mails from Fundies: Depression Diagnosed at Stuff Fundies…
  • Video of the day: “Oh God, it’s Mom”

    The American Patriot
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:23 am
    This is too funny: (Via WaPo)
  • Jeb Bush says he is running for President

    The American Patriot
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:48 am
    Oh Dear Lord in Heaven. Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah! Like many of you, our family was blessed with the opportunity to gather together over the recent Thanksgiving holiday.    Columba and I are so proud of the wonderful adults our children have become, and we loved spending time with our three precious grandchildren. We shared good food and watched a whole lot of football. We also talked about the future of our nation. As a result of these conversations and thoughtful consideration of the kind of strong leadership I think America needs, I have decided to actively explore the…
  • Guest Voice: Jim Hightower: State legislatures are helping rich lenders rip-off Military personnel

    The American Patriot
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:31 am
    I am posting this, because I find this one to be particularly disturbing. Here is the original story by the New York Times. Take it away Jim! Audio: Loan sharks and their lobbyists really know how to put the “ick” in eth-icks. Though they’ve tried to buff-up their public image by calling themselves “consumer lenders,” their game remains the same ethical mess it’s always been. They target poor and financially struggling people, entice them to borrow with come-ons touting “quick & easy” money, then hook them to installment loans with interest…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Compete Pulse

  • The Weekly Compete Pulse

    Laura Cantwell
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:27 am
    There’s still time to fine-tune your digital marketing for last-minute shoppers before the holidays are in full swing. Take a look at some of our favorite articles from the past week. 6 Ways Big Data Will Shape Online Marketing In 2015 If you haven’t already, it’s time to stop thinking of big data as just a buzzword. As a marketer, big data is readily available to you, so familiarize yourself with this tool and learn how to utilize it in your 2015 marketing. Examining Search and Social Behavior for Holiday Shopping For many consumers, online shopping is far preferable to heading to a…
  • November Top 50: Introducing Cyber Week

    Laura Cantwell
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:33 am
    Image from: Shutterstock The lines between Black Friday and Cyber Monday have continued to blur this year, with more consumers shopping online during “Cyber Week” rather than distinctly in person on Friday and online three days later. This new trend has impacted the traffic that a number of sites saw in November. See which of the top 50 sites were impacted by online Black Friday shopping below. Best Buy: Bestbuy.com saw an increase of 52% in unique visitors in November, almost certainly due to Black Friday. Among the most common search referral terms directing to the site, several…
  • Is Trivago Cleaning Up?

    Lincoln Merrihew
    16 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    Image from: Rolling Stone Trivago is one of the newer players in the US online travel space and has used TV ads featuring actor Tim Williams. Unlike most spokespeople, he had a somewhat tousled look perhaps designed to appeal to the everyman (or woman). That look caused mixed reactions among consumers and drove coverage in the trades, such as CNN. Trivago leveraged that attention by holding a contest, the winner of which got to orchestrate a Tim makeover.
  • Sunday Series: Children and Baby Needs

    Laura Cantwell
    14 Dec 2014 | 9:43 am
    Image from: Shutterstock Though the “Children and Baby Needs” category has seen a decrease in UVs in 2014, the category picked up in November, moving its way into our list of top moving categories. With regard to YoY traffic, the category is down 21.51%, but last month traffic increased 45.16%. This sudden change in direction makes sense when you take a look at which sites are included in the category. Lego.com followed the category trend. The site is down 26.59% in YoY traffic but saw a 34.92% increase in November. With serious holiday shopping occurring during November, it’s…
  • The Weekly Compete Pulse

    Laura Cantwell
    13 Dec 2014 | 8:09 am
    We’re officially in full swing for the holiday shopping season! For this edition of the Weekly Pulse we’ve compiled five of our favorite articles from the past week to help make this holiday season your best yet. Winter Holiday First Half Highlights With the chaos of Black Friday and Cyber Moday behind us, Millward Brown Digital, in partnership with Kantar Media and Unmetric, has reported which brands saw the most success during the holiday shopping season kickoff. You can download the report here. Conversation Rate Optimization: An Alphabetical Guide (Infographic) In the ecommerce world,…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Tea Party 911

  • Why Presidential Candidate Polls Mean Nothing Now

    Lee Cary
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:50 pm
    “News” outlets have been politically biased since, at least, the days when Jefferson was Secretary of State. The biggest difference today is that there are many more, and ever more, “news” outlets. And most of the dominant ones are firmly aligned with the liberal progressive movement underway in the U.S. since, at least, the late 19th Century. The good news is that readers, in growing numbers, are learning how to filter out the hard news from among the spin-and-glitter of biased reporting. There is no clearer impact of journalistic spin these days than the shilling now underway for…
  • UPDATE: GOP Establishment Targeted 2 Michigan Republican House Members for Defeat in November

    Lee Cary
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:38 pm
    The GOP Establishment targeted two conservative, Republican Congressmen from Michigan for defeat in the November midterms.  The Establishment won one, and lost one. Last March, we chronicled here how Michigan’s 11th District freshman Congressman Kerry Bentivolio’s election in 2012 was an embarrassment to the GOP establishment. We asked this question in a subsequent article:  “Will the GOP Establishment that failed to block Cong. Kerry Bentivolio in ’12 try again in ’14?” The answer was “Yes” – they tried again, and succeeded this time. In the GOP primary election, David…
  • State Nullification has an Undeserved Bad Reputation

    Donald Mellon
    6 Dec 2014 | 9:18 am
    ~ by Donald Mellon ~ When you read or hear “Nullify” in the context of federal laws what comes to mind? You might think it is an illegal act committed by state legislatures. You might think that because the Constitution says federal laws are the supreme laws of the land they cannot be nullified by the states. Also if the Supreme Court decides a federal law is constitutional then no state can nullify that law? If you believe any of these statements you are part of the majority but they are all false as you will see. The majority believes those statements are true because  nullification…
  • Warmists Have Shone the Way

    Donald Mellon
    3 Dec 2014 | 1:49 pm
    by Donald Mellon Physicist’s approach to finding answers is all wrong. Warmist have shone the true path. Physicists have been looking for the theory of everything for a long time. Relativity is the theory of big things like heavenly bodies and velocities approaching the speed of light. Quantum mechanics is the theory of little things like atoms and protons and photons. They search for the one theory, a unifying theory, that can explain the physics of both big and little things. But they are having problems. They observe the cosmos and have to invent dark energy and dark matter to…
  • A morning-after lesson from Ferguson

    Lee Cary
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:23 am
    When the progressive welfare state goes broke, some large African-American neighborhoods in Big Blue Cities will be left to burn by the police. On the morning after the Grand Jury No True Bill decision was announcement, it was clear that the policing authorities followed a planned, minimum-response strategy. They offered little resistance to looting and property destruction, perhaps in order to avoid bloodshed and media scrutiny. The outcome:  On the morning after, there were few, if any, reports of serious injuries.  No media videos went viral showing police physically subduing looters. …
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    The Arab World 360°

  • The Emperor's Behavior

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:53 pm
    "US President Barack Obama signs the Ukraine Freedom Act but does not want to impose sanctions under the law, White House spokesperson Josh Earnest said during a press briefing on Thursday.“The President signs H.R. 5859 [Ukrainian Freedom Act] into law, signing the legislation does not however signal a change in the administration’s sanctions policy…” Earnest said.“At this time the administration does not intend to impose sanctions under this law but act gives the administration additional authorities that could be utilized if circumstances warranted,” he added.Washington…
  • Iranian Official: West Bank Will Turn Into ''Zionists' Hell''

    19 Dec 2014 | 2:40 am
    Lieutenant Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Brigadier General Hossein Salami underlined that arming the West Bank would soon start to turn the region into a hell for the Zionists.“The US cannot provide security coverage for the Zionist regime since the entire occupied Palestinian territories can be targeted by the overlapping fire power of Hezbollah, Hamas and Islamic Jihad,” Salami said in an interview with the state-run TV on Sunday.Brigadier General Hossein SalamiElaborating on plans to arm the West Bank, he said, “The West Bank Palestinians will not abandon…
  • Does Israel Prepare For Post-Abbas Era?

    18 Dec 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Former PA's chairman Yasser Arafat was assassinated by radio-active Polonium, according to Al-Jazeera investigative report. Arafat was also considered as "moderate" Palestinian chairman and he jointly received Peace Nobel Prize with Shimon Peres.Mohammad Dahlan (left) and PA's president Mahmoud Abbas (right)Earlier this year, Ma'ariv newspaper reported that ousted Fatah leader Mohammad Dahlan met Netanyahu's special envoy Yitzhak Molcho. But Dahlan denied that later on.A London-based Arabic news website, Rai Al-Youm reported that Dahlan besides former Palestinian PM Salam Fayyad and the…
  • The U.S. And Turkish Involvement In Syria

    16 Dec 2014 | 9:47 am
    Al-Nusrah Front (also known as Jabhat Al-Nusrah), one of al-Qaeda affiliated militias posted a picture and video of its fighters using an American-made BGM-71 TOW anti-tank missile on an Assad regime tank.Syrian rebel is preparing to use American-made TOW missile"The photograph and video were distributed on Twitter by Al Nusrah's official page for Idlib operations. The TOW was used during the recent fighting in Wadi al Daif which, until this morning, was a major regime base in the countryside of Idlib. The fighting at Wadi al Daif was part of a larger jihadist offensive on two regime bases…
  • McCain's Brilliant Ideas

    14 Dec 2014 | 10:54 am
    McCain is vocally against the C.I.A. brutal torture methods and he clearly expressed that during his last media appearance. However, as a hawkish American elite, he said:We “are obliged by history,” McCain said, “by our nation’s highest ideals and the many terrible sacrifices made to protect them, by our respect for human dignity to make clear we need not risk our national honor to prevail in this or any war. We need only remember in the worst of times, through the chaos and terror of war, when facing cruelty, suffering and loss, that we are always Americans, and different, stronger,…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    BizPac Review

  • North Korea insists on joint investigation with US to find hackers; slams CIA

    Tom Tillison
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:30 am
    Photo Source Independent.co.uk The Democratic People’s Republic of Korea is a gift that doesn’t stop giving. Rejecting the FBI’s claim that they’re responsible for the cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, North Korea not only has denied any involvement, but, taking a cue from O.J., who promised to find the real killers of his ex-wife and a friend, the communist country has proposed a joint investigation with the U.S. government to find the real hackers. The proposal was made Saturday in Pyongyang by a North Korean Foreign Ministry spokesman, who said the…
  • x – Carolers kicked out of Oregon Store

    Wayne Dupree
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:12 am
  • Castro’s daughter: Obama ‘must be dreaming’ if he thinks Cuba will be servile, embrace capitalism

    Wayne Dupree
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:07 am
    Raul Castro‘s daughter mocked any expectation that Cuba would return to capitalism now that the two countries have restored relations. “The people of Cuba don’t want to return to capitalism,” Mariela Castro, a member of Cuba’s parliament, told Reuters on Friday. “We’ve been at this 56 years and … we love saying that we are a country in revolution, trying to create socialism, and we form part of a single party called the Communist Party.” President Obama said Wednesday that increased commerce would serve both countries well, adding that Cuba…
  • Obama’s delusional statement about ‘black America’ hits a nerve

    Wayne Dupree
    20 Dec 2014 | 8:11 am
    Maybe he’s hitting the eggnog early, but President Obama actually said, publicly, that racial relations are better today than they were in 2008. “Like the rest of America, black America, in the aggregate, is better off now than it was when I came into office,” he said at Friday’s year-end press conference, while acknowledging that America’s “troubled past” can not be “an excuse for black folks.” Still, while many African-Americans work hard to provide for their families, he said, “they’re starting behind, oftentimes, in the race.” Obama then touted what he called…
  • ‘Sharpton-approved Movies’ hashtag brings hilarious suggestions

    Carmine Sabia
    20 Dec 2014 | 7:55 am
    Move over, Steven Spielberg. It’s Al Sharpton to the rescue. That appears to be Sony’s latest strategy for answering criticisms over leaked emails with racially charged jokes about the president: Let’s invite Sharpton into the Sony family. Amy Pascal, the Sony executive who jokingly emailed a colleague a list of what she deemed would be Obama’s favorite movies (hint: all with black stars), will allow the civil rights agitator to offer advice on how the studio can make movies in the future. It didn’t take long for the Twitter-verse to chime in, mocking the decision with the hashtag,…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Sparking The Left

  • Republican Obstructionism So Bad, Even Trent Lott Saying It’s Out of Control

    Paul Phillips
    4 Dec 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Sometimes, things get so bad you just have to laugh. Former Republican Senate majority leader, Trent Lott, had some interesting advice for incoming Republican Majority Leader, Mitch McConnell, and what he thinks about the obstructionists in the current Republican party.  The quote speaks for itself: “The leadership is going to have to find a way to deal sternly with some of these members…. I wouldn’t put up with some of the stuff that they’re doing,” said Lott. He characterized last year’s partial government shutdown – spearheaded by tea party favorite Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas…
  • Republicans Bury 7th Benghazi Investigation Results Because It Debunks Their Arguments, Just Like the Other Six

    Paul Phillips
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:32 pm
    One of the tried-and-true tactics that both political parties use to bury news they don’t really want getting to the public is the release of information late in the day before the weekend starts.  This catches the public when their attention on political matters is waning for the week and doesn’t allow for the information to be debated in the usual news cycle like it normally would.  Last Friday was no different when the House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, headed by Republicans, released its findings on the 7th investigation into the attacks on…
  • Why Ferguson Shooting is Officer Darren Wilson’s Fault

    Paul Phillips
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:21 pm
    Re-posting this since nothing has changed this reality, including all of the variously disputed autopsy results.  Officer Wilson performed his job poorly and, as the decision now looms very close, should be justifiably punished for his actions. As the situation in Ferguson continues to unfold, one aspect of the shooting should be examined profusely: the initial action of Officer Darren Wilson. The only witness to the initial contact outside of Wilson is Brown’s friend, Dorian Johnson, so this is a bit of a he-said-he-said.  But, as has been widely reported, according to Johnson the…
  • Just Like in 2012, Progressive Ideas Win Big on Election Day

    Paul Phillips
    5 Nov 2014 | 3:25 pm
    Photo: Tim Pierce After President Obama won reelection in 2012, I pointed out how progressive ideas did really well when put to the vote by the public on ballot measures.  While the Republican party is celebrating their non-surprising gains in the legislative branch, progressive ideas absolutely dominated on the ballot, even in red states. Taking a look at the 13 initiatives highlighted by CNN, 12 have been decided as of this writing.  In only one case did the progressive side lose and even that was not a majority loss (58% approved medical marijuana in Florida, 60% was needed). …
  • Indefensible and Illegal Israeli Land Seizure Given Laughable Reasoning

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

    Daily Signal

  • If Obama Wants More Solar Energy, Why Is He Making It So Expensive?

    Bryan Riley
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:01 am
    President Obama has made it quite clear he wants to see more renewable energy in the United States. Then why is his administration making it more expensive? The U.S. government recently announced plans to impose taxes of up to 78.42 percent on imported solar parts to protect U.S. manufacturers from foreign competition. In this case, a foreign-owned firm that produces goods in the United States and benefits from U.S. government subsidies is seeking tariffs on inexpensive and allegedly subsidized foreign-made goods used by U.S. companies to generate solar energy. Got that? Mukesh Dulani,…
  • Why Did John Kerry Just Apologize for America?

    Mike Gonzalez
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:01 am
    Before hopping on a plane to Lima last Wednesday, Secretary of State John Kerry delivered a key speech on Latin America in which he again engaged in the ritualistic self-flagellation for which this administration has lamentably come to be known. Kerry’s apologia included everything that’s been in the news for the past month, and then some. It was more than an embarrassing moment or a wasted opportunity: it was a win for tyranny. The cause of liberty needs a strong, confident America that has the back of those who’ll dare anything to be free. Instead, Kerry strove to make clear that he…
  • This Man Lost His Job Because He Wouldn’t Pay Union Dues

    James Sherk
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:01 am
    Michael Romanchock recently got let go. But he was not “downsized.” His employer had no issues with his performance. Romanchock got fired for not paying dues to the Teamsters. His experience demonstrates how right-to-work would help Wisconsin’s workers and unemployed. Romanchock started his job in June last year. This March, the Teamsters sent him a letter demanding dues. Romanchock refused. He had worked nine months without realizing the Teamsters represented him. Why pay $600 a year for representation he could not even notice? In May, the union threatened to have him fired…
  • We Shouldn’t Legitimize the Castros and Establish Diplomatic Relations with Cuba

    Peter Brookes
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:01 am
    Whoa! Sure, we should be thrilled the Cubans have released American Alan Gross, but Team Obama’s plan to normalize diplomatic relations with the Castro regime as a result is a bad idea. At best. First, it’s not as if this were some sort of humanitarian gesture on the part of the Cubans. They got three DGI — Cuban intelligence — officers in return for Gross and another unidentified Cuban who reportedly spied for the United States Plus, while the regime released Gross and another, Cuba is still a prison in the shape of an island where some 11 million Cubans toil under the weight of one…
  • 14 States Cut Taxes in 2014. Is Yours One of Them?

    Kenric Ward
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:01 am
    Map: State Tax Cut Roundup/ALEC With Wisconsin leading the way, 14 states enacted “significant, broad-based tax cuts” in 2014, according to a report released this week. Surprisingly, several states controlled by Democrats made the American Legislative Exchange Council list. Then again, 2014 was an election year. The blue states that made the cut were: Minnesota: The Democratic stronghold “bowed to economic reality,” said Jonathan Williams, director of ALEC’s Center for State Fiscal Reform. The cuts in corporate taxes, however, will be largely offset by $2.1 billion in tax increases…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    India News Analysis Opinions on Niti Central

  • Andhra Pradesh Capital Region Development Authority Bill introduced

    Niti PTI Bot
    20 Dec 2014 | 2:50 am
    Hyderabad, Dec 20 (PTI) The Andhra Pradesh government today introduced the AP Capital Region Development Authority Bill, 2014, in the state Legislative Assembly. “Consequent to the bifurcation of the state, there is an absolute need to establish a new capital for Andhra Pradesh and develop the capital region in a planned manner to ensure comprehensive development of the area. It is decided to establish the AP Capital Region Development Authority for the capital region by undertaking a specific legislation for giving statutory back-up,” Municipal Administration and Urban…
  • Complaint filed with Lokayukta against UP minister Mehboob Ali

    Niti PTI Bot
    20 Dec 2014 | 2:45 am
    Lucknow, Dec 20 (PTI) A complaint against Uttar Pradesh Secondary Education Minister Mehboob Ali has been filed with the state Lokayukta. "A complaint has been received against secondary education minister Mehboob Ali, but we have to go through into it in detail," Justice N K Mehrotra told PTI today. He, however, refused to elaborate the details saying that anything could be said after detailed examination of the complaint. The complaint has been lodged by a Hardoi school manager, Bhagat Tejgiri. However, the reports said that there were…
  • BJP pitches for anti-conversion law

    Niti PTI Bot
    20 Dec 2014 | 2:15 am
    Kochi, Dec 20 (PTI) As the NDA Government continued to face opposition heat over the conversion issue, BJP President Amit Shah today pitched for an anti-conversion law in the country and wanted the ‘so called secular’ political parties to support such a measure in Parliament. “BJP is the only political party in the country that opposes forceful conversion and the so called secular political parties should come forward to support an anti-conversion legislation,” he said here. Shah was talking to reporters, winding up his two–day visit to state to gear up for…
  • Peshawar school attack – Taliban video identifies mastermind

    Niticentral Staff
    20 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Peshawar school attack killed 148 people, including 132 students. A video reportedly released by Tehreek-e-Taliban said Umar Mansoor is the mastermind of Peshawar school attack that killed 148 people, including 132 students. In the video, a man with chest-length beard seeks to justify the December 16 attack. A caption identifies him as Umar Mansoor. “We will fight against you in such a style that you attack us and we will take revenge on innocents,” the man holding an admonishing finger said. The Tehreek-e-Taliban video describes Mansoor as the amir (leader) of Peshawar and nearby…
  • Jharkhand elections: Impressive 53.86 turnout till 1 PM

    Niti PTI Bot
    20 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Ranchi, Dec 20 (PTI) An impressive 53.86 pc voter turnout was recorded till 1 PM in the 16 constituencies in tribal Santhal Parganas in Jharkhand where polling is underway in the fifth and final phase. Pakur and Shikaripara constituencies recorded highest balloting of 60.5 per cent and 60.15 per cent respectively, and several other constituencies registered more than 50 per cent voting, an Election Commission (EC) release said. Following close behind are Sarath (59.5), Litipara (59), Maheshpur (58), Nala (56), Jamtara (57), Jarmundi (57), Jama (56) and Poreyahat (56). Barhait recorded…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Cloud Computing News

  • How DevOps can Improve Reliability When Deploying with AWS

    JG
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:36 am
    This the 8th part of our 10 part series on DevOps. Check out Part 7 here. Reliability, in the cloud technology era, can be defined as the likelihood that a system will provide uninterrupted fault-free services, as it is expected to, within the constraints of the environment in which it operates. According to the Information Technology […]The post How DevOps can Improve Reliability When Deploying with AWS appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • The Importance of DevOps in Enabling Compliance in AWS Environments

    JG
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:08 am
    This the 6th part of our 10 part series on DevOps. Check out Part 5 here. The increased collaboration between Development and Operations teams in the DevOps paradigm of software development introduces compliance challenges. The primary compliance issues come in the areas of change management, code access, production environment access, segregation of duties and data […]The post The Importance of DevOps in Enabling Compliance in AWS Environments appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • Meeting Audit Requirements with Managed Cloud Solutions

    JG
    3 Nov 2014 | 8:50 am
    This blog post is for informational and educational purposes only. Any legal information provided in this post should not be relied upon as legal advice. It is not intended to create, and does not create, an attorney-client relationship and readers should not act upon the information presented without first seeking legal counsel. Linda Sanches, a senior advisor on health information privacy to the Department […]The post Meeting Audit Requirements with Managed Cloud Solutions appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • How DevOps Can Improve Security When Deploying With AWS

    JG
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    Recent high-profile security breaches prove the difficulty in assuring the three core tenets of information security – Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability (CIA.) Throw DevOps into the mix of deploying cloud apps, and one begins to question the co-existence of Information Security and DevOps, which fosters a rapid application development culture, that in the past, generally […]The post How DevOps Can Improve Security When Deploying With AWS appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • DevOps And High Availability When Deploying with AWS

    JG
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:02 am
    This is the fourth piece in our ongoing 10 part series on DevOps. Check out the third piece here: The Importance of DevOps When Deploying with AWS – Part III. Winston Churchill once said said, “He who fails to plan is planning to fail.”  When it comes to the availability of systems and software in today’s computing ecosystem, […]The post DevOps And High Availability When Deploying with AWS appeared first on Cloud Computing News.
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    The Burning Truth

  • Is North Korea Really Behind the Sony Hack?

    Casey Hendrickson
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:32 am
    What’s scarier than North Korea hacking Sony Entertainment’s computer system in Los Angeles? A no-name, non-descript pack of punk disgruntled hackers breaking into the movie ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Army Officials: Bergdahl Investigation Complete

    Casey Hendrickson
    20 Dec 2014 | 7:59 am
    The Army announced Friday that it has completed its investigation into the disappearance of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl. The investigation of the reason for his ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • CNN Money Reporting: Hackers Send New Email To Sony Execs

    Casey Hendrickson
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:26 am
    CNN Money has learned from a source within Sony that “Guardians of Peace,” the hackers who released personal emails of Sony executives and threatened violence if ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • FBI Confirms It Was North Korea!

    Casey Hendrickson
    20 Dec 2014 | 1:53 am
    The FBI came down hard on North Korea Friday morning as it blamed the despotic regime of Kim Jong Un for the weeks of cyber-attacks on Sony which ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Wakie App: Wake Up To A Call From A Stranger

    Casey Hendrickson
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:20 am
    The Wakie App: Wake Up To A Call From A Stranger December 19, 2014 in alarm clocks, app, catching some z’s, cock-a-doodle-doo, different strokes for ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Liberal Fix

  • Liberal Fix Radio with Guest Chad Hauser

    Liberal Fix
    26 Dec 2014 | 7:00 pm
    This episode's guest is Chad Hauser, Executive Director of Cafe Momentum. Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue.  Every week the two of them feature a special guest and tackle those tough issues with a perspective that comes from outside the beltway. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna Minogue via email: naomi@liberalfixradio.com. Join the Liberal Fix community, a like-minded group of individuals dedicated to promoting…
  • Liberal Fix Radio with Guest Maya Schenwar

    Liberal Fix
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:00 pm
    This episode features Truthout editor-in-chief Maya Schenwar and author of Locked Down, Locked Out: Why Prison Doesn’t Work and How We Can Do Better. Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue.  Every week the two of them feature a special guest and tackle those tough issues with a perspective that comes from outside the beltway. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna Minogue via email: naomi@liberalfixradio.com. Join the Liberal…
  • Liberal Fix Radio with Guest Nicollette Hahn Niman

    Liberal Fix
    12 Dec 2014 | 7:00 pm
    This episode features Nicollette Hahn Niman, author of Defending Beef: The Manifesto of an Environmental Lawyer Turned Cattle Rancher. Nicolette Hahn Niman previously served as senior attorney for the Waterkeeper Alliance, running their campaign to reform the concentrated production of livestock and poultry. In recent years she has gained a national reputation as an advocate for sustainable food production and improved farm–animal welfare. She has written for numerous publications, including the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Huffington Post, and The Atlantic online.  Hosted by…
  • Liberal Fix Radio with Guest Tim Kuhner

    Liberal Fix
    5 Dec 2014 | 7:00 pm
    This episode features Tim Kuhner, author of Capitalism v Democracy. Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue.  Every week the two of them feature a special guest and tackle those tough issues with a perspective that comes from outside the beltway. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna Minogue via email: naomi@liberalfixradio.com. Join the Liberal Fix community, a like-minded group of individuals dedicated to promoting progressive…
  • Liberal Fix Encore with Walter Brasch, author of "Fracking Pennsylvania"

    Liberal Fix
    14 Nov 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Hosted by sociologist Keith Brekhus from Montana along with Liberal Fix Producer Naomi Minogue.   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 Website Liberal Fix Facebook Liberal Fix Twitter
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    21st Century Wire

  • ‘The Interview’, A Sony False Flag Hack and Hollywood’s Empire of Mediocrity

    21wire
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:36 pm
    Patrick Henningsen21st Century WireIt’s official: Sony Pictures has pulled the plug on The Interview – across all media platforms.The chain of events which led to this point may forever be marked by historians as a seminal, watershed moment in this troubling epoch, known simply as, ‘The Age of Stupidity’.Without a doubt, the most exciting piece of foreign theater involving the US and North Korea since Dennis Rodman and The Fish That Saved Pyongyang…It couldn’t be any more ridiculous; a twisting and turning, real-life cloak and dagger drama…
  • The Sony Pictures Hack, Explained

    21wire
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:53 pm
    21st Century Wire says…So far, this is the mainstream media’s most comprehensive report on the Sony hacking scandal.Bear in mind, anything that comes out of Washington DC, including ‘FBI confirmations’, we’ll still have to take with a pinch of salt… The SwitchHackers broke into the computer systems of Sony Pictures entertainment in October. The attackers stole huge swaths of confidential documents from the Hollywood studio and posted them online in the following weeks — exposing them to everyone from potential cybercriminals to journalists who have…
  • Dear CIA: We’ve Known for 1,700 Years that Torture Nets False Confessions

    21wire
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:38 pm
    21st Century Wire says…Some will not be letting the CIA and Washington’s pro-torture crowd off the hook…Washington’s BlogMark Costanzo (Claremont McKenna professor of psychology) and Ellen Gerrity (Duke University professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences) note in a study published in the journal Social Issues and Policy Review:As early as the third century A.D., the great Roman Jurist Ulpian noted thatinformation obtained through torture was not to be trusted because some people are “so susceptible to pain that they will tell any lie rather than suffer…
  • The Bankster International: Procession Toward a World State

    21wire
    17 Dec 2014 | 9:40 pm
    Mark Hackard21st Century WireGeopolitical analysis, the art of explaining power relationships through the prism of impersonal geography, can be a helpful tool for observers of the Great Game – but it also has its limitations. A case in point is the renewed US-Russia confrontation. Think tanks and policy insiders easily sell the narrative that from the dark days of the Cold War to our own time, Russia and the United States are fated to play in a zero-sum contest for the future of Eurasia and the world. Deterministic theories, though, can be used to legitimize predatory policy, and…
  • ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE (2001) – Transhumanist Fairy Tale

    Shawn Helton
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Jay Dyer 21st Century WireA.I. Artificial Intelligence is the Stanley Kubrick script made into a 2001 film by famed director Steven Spielberg. A modern presentation of Pinocchio, the Spielberg-Kubrick A.I. operates on multiple levels as an allegory, as well as a morality tale of mankind’s potentially disastrous future given the rise of super advanced technology. Having viewed the film numerous times since 2001, only now has it become evident how profound it really is. Fans of esoteric interpretations of film will be aware of other Kubrick classics such as 2001: A Space…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    guanyinmiao's musings

  • My First And Last Marathon

    guanyinmiao
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    The marathon is tough because shortcuts do not exist. Especially if you have an ego, told people about the attempt, and have friends tracking your progress on the mobile application. How difficult can it be, I wondered before the marathon, because in the unlikeliest of scenarios I could stride across the course within the nine-hour limit? So from the 15-kilometre mark I got into a routine of fast-marching (all credit to the months of training as a reconnaissance trooper, during my National Service) for a short distance after a water station, yet at the turning point of miserable East Coast…
  • UNASMUN, Four Years On

    guanyinmiao
    16 Dec 2014 | 7:35 am
    There is more to do in the bigger picture, in Singapore, beyond the organisation of the conference. Despite their gentler learning curves (vis-à-vis debates, for instance) and varied applications in school, simulations like MUN in the country have unfortunately been dominated by a few schools. And I think that's a shame. We've tried hard at UNASMUN to train delegates and teachers with the basic know-how, so that they can develop or further their own programmes, yet there is tremendous room for improvement. Continue reading →
  • Mad November

    guanyinmiao
    3 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Will be back in December! Continue reading →
  • When We Appropriate Community Service

    guanyinmiao
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:55 am
    Somehow, it unsettles when community service and its initiatives are valorised. Schools - like corporations - have incentives to appropriate projects, because they are proof of civic-mindedness. But so much goes unchallenged. Are we portraying individuals to fit a predetermined narrative, one that benefits is disproportionately? Why are we clamouring to be recognised, to give ourselves public pats on the back? In our anxiety to represent these individuals have we objectified them, and thereby lost sight of broader, structural challenges? Continue reading →
  • The Road To 42

    guanyinmiao
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    On a whim I signed up for the Standard Chartered Marathon in December, when I completed my internship in July. It was going to be tough, the full marathon, but it was on the bucket list after all. I downloaded a 16-week running plan off the Internet (which called for four running sessions a week, of increasing durations), read up a little on dietary tips, and assured myself that this was just an extension of my weekly routine. Continue reading →
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • Money and Politics

    Mike Dakkak
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:46 pm
    Two very questionable amendments were included in the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill that passed through Congress last week. One weakened regulations regarding the exotic financial derivatives that led to the financial crash of 2008 and the other expanded the limit an individual can donate to national political parties by a factor of nearly 10. In this episode we discuss the two provisions and how they are indicative of money’s influence in politics never being stronger. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com. Follow In the News on Twitter @itnshow and on Facebook at…
  • Jeb’s In

    Mike Dakkak
    18 Dec 2014 | 2:10 pm
    In a post on his Facebook page Jeb Bush recently announced that he is “actively exploring” the possibility of running for President. It was seen by many as the unofficial announcement to his 2016 candidacy for President. Many people believe that his family’s legacy will be the largest impediment to a successful run. Others see his divergence with his party on many issues, including immigration & education, as the highest hurdles. Can he win? And specifically can he win the early primaries in states like Iowa and New Hampshire? Email the show at comments@itnshow.com.
  • Don’t Take Us for Granted

    Mike Dakkak
    16 Dec 2014 | 2:18 pm
    The Democratic strategy in Congress has been focused on the Senate over the last several years. Harry Reid has protected President Obama from having to veto controversial bills by declining to bring them to the Senate Floor for votes. With the insertion of two controversial amendments into the CRomnibus spending bill Democrats found themselves undercut in their opposition to the bill by the White House. What ensued was a very public rift that seemed to put the White House on notice that Democrats would not be cut out of negotiations and the power has maybe shifted in the new Congress. Email…
  • Cruz at it Again

    Mike Dakkak
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:29 pm
    The big debate in Congress last week was on the federal budget. Sen. Cruz had vowed to use the budget process to oppose President Obama and his executive action on immigration. Republican leadership wanted a quick resolution to the budget battle and an adjournment until next year and larger Republican majorities in the House and Senate. Although the budget got approved in the end and there was no government shutdown, things didn’t go as smoothly as leadership may have hoped for. We discuss in today’s episode. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com. Follow In the News on…
  • CIA and Torture: The World Reacts

    Mike Dakkak
    12 Dec 2014 | 3:46 pm
    One of the biggest reasons cited for not divulging details about the CIA’s secret detention program is that it will raise violent sentiment against the US and make us less safe. Yet aside from a few countries taking glee in the sometimes embarrassing details contained in the report, reaction in the Middle East and the broader world has been largely muted. We discuss in today’s program. Follow In the News on Twitter @itnshow and on Facebook at facebook.com/itnshow. Email the show at comments@itnshow.com
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    nkornitankwa.com

  • Celebrities Join Stephen Colbert To Say Goodbye Ones And For All And The NY Times Tells Us What It Was All About

    Nkorni Tankwa
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:01 pm
    The last episode of the Colbert Report with Stephen Colbert was aired a few hours ago and what an episode it was. Besides the fact that it was pact full with with celebrities, including Jon Stewart, Bill Clinton, Keith Olberman, … Continue reading →
  • Jon Stewart Slams Dick Cheney: Is He A “Righteous Warrior or a Psychopath?”

    Nkorni Tankwa
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    On last night’s episode of the Daily Show Jon Stewart slammed Dick Cheney, for continuing to defend the abusive actions of CIA officials towards prisoners in the years following 911. Referencing Cheney’s Sunday appearance on Meet the Press, where  the … Continue reading →
  • Meet Italy And Japan’s Most Highest Paid Gigolos

    Nkorni Tankwa
    15 Dec 2014 | 9:55 pm
    Apparently the job of a  gigolo, which will be the equivalent to a female escort, is not unusual in countries like Italy and Japan. Their services are very much in demand and women, especially from both countries, don’t mind paying … Continue reading →
  • Forbes: 2014 Top 10 Highest Paid Musicians

    Nkorni Tankwa
    14 Dec 2014 | 11:27 pm
    It’s that time of year when Forbes magazine begins to compile it’s wealth list of movers and shakers. After exploring the music industry through out the year, Forbes revealed that the top ten earners made a combine 1.4 billion dollars … Continue reading →
  • Super Model Beverly Johnson Comes Forward With Her Own Allegations Against Cosby

    Nkorni Tankwa
    12 Dec 2014 | 1:28 am
    A few hours ago ABC news aired super model Beverly Johnson’s graphic testimony against comedian Bill Cosby. Sitting down with Nightline, Johnson tells how in 1986 she was contacted by her modeling agency about auditioning for a role in the … Continue reading →
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Malcolm Out Loud Podcast

  • The Award Goes To… the Federal Communications Commission

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:21 am
    The never ending political debate which should have nothing to do with politics... the don't listen to your chairman AWARD goes to... For not protecting your employees and losing sensitive information in the process... and then to succumb to the bad guys... the Stupidity AWARD goes to...  Having the courage or audacity... depending how you look at it... the 'I'm still in charge' AWARD goes to...  "Don't Insult My Sacrifice" by attending my funeral. The 'I'm throwing you under the bus' AWARD goes to...  A test that could predict and prevent suicides... and the 2014 Breakthrough…
  • The Award Goes To… NBA Players

    12 Dec 2014 | 6:37 am
    Subjecting the fans and your audience to your personal belief system - whatever it may be! The foolish and disrespectful AWARD goes to...  Thank you. No Thank You. We want to prosecute you! The AWARD of ungratefulness goes to...  For brining us all back to the realization that this horrible piece of legislation impacts real lives... and the AWARD goes to...  Never let a good tragedy go to waste... the I have No-Shame AWARD goes to...  We would be amiss if we didn't give an AWARD for keeping the government ticking and spending our money as reckless as you do...  For…
  • The Award Goes To… Race Baiters (and much more)

    5 Dec 2014 | 5:32 am
    For becoming a most invaluable resource of hate, violence and race baiting all across America... the AWARD goes to… He isn't even sworn in yet, but this governor-elect is already causing waves on a national scale... and the AWARD goes to… Creating a public relations nightmare on how NOT to handle a scandal... and the AWARD goes to… For not properly securing valuable research, and ultimately losing your brains in the process... and this AWARD goes to… For giving the media such a meaty and yet worthless story to report on... the stupidity AWARD goes to… …
  • The Award Goes To… a Historic Election!

    8 Nov 2014 | 7:49 am
    Recognizing that the United States of America needed a correction course immediately... this AWARD does not go to the Republicans... it goes to… One of the most controversial societal issues facing Americans. Let's call it the hot potato contest... and the AWARD goes to...  Authenticity and politics is equivalent to environmentalists being supportive of the keystone pipeline. Being Yourself no matter what... the AWARD goes to...  What goes around comes around... you scratch my back and I'll ignore you when you need me! and this AWARD goes to...  For making the dummies…
  • The Award Goes To… Hurricane and Jordan

    24 Oct 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Okay so maybe it was that they were only doing their job, but looking at the track record of previous security mishaps... and the AWARD goes to... The latest EBOLA screwup from a medical professional who should have known better.... and the AWARD goes to... For getting with the times, breaking with tradition and sending her very first tweet out... and the AWARD goes to... For telling the truth even though it hurts. The quote of the week, and the AWARD goes to... Using your stardom, money and fame to get away with murder, and the AWARD goes to... Telling the truth even though it sounds…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    The Desert Lynx

  • I Always Got Along With Cuba

    Joël Valenzuela
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:28 pm
    According to news reports, we, as Americans, are finally going to start getting along with Cuba. Apparently, I’m now on speaking terms with the denizens of the island nation off the coast of Florida. This is news to me: …
  • Liberty’s Last Hope Is in New Hampshire

    Joël Valenzuela
    15 Dec 2014 | 12:04 pm
    For anyone who values liberty, it can easily seem like a lost world. Between a ballooning federal debt, massive tax and regulatory burden, and an increasingly violent and pervasive police state, hope for a free and peaceful world is hard …
  • Back to the Frontlines

    Joël Valenzuela
    8 Dec 2014 | 11:14 am
    I took a break from my life of tireless activism in the Free State to visit my former home of Arizona. I was soon reminded of why I left, why I went Galt. People the world over remain preoccupied with …
  • Mideast Conflict: A Blanket of Hatred

    Alon Starkman
    1 Dec 2014 | 9:37 am
    Xenophobia has always been regarded as an internal problem for states, and while many governments have taken some kind of measure towards educating people against it, often it seems to end up on the back-burner. However, the long term consequences …
  • Anarchist’s Guide to Voting

    Joël Valenzuela
    4 Nov 2014 | 5:37 am
    Do you believe in a world without government? Follow the Non-Aggression Principle? Hold that voting is violence? Then this article is for you. I’m going to tell you why you should vote. No, I’m not here to tell you to …
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Citizens News

  • Juan Williams: Cuba Deal ‘Pig in a Poke,’ ‘Nothing There’

    Liberty Bell
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:51 am
    Written by Breitbart Feed Fox News Analyst and columnist for The Hill, Juan Williams, argued that the deal the Obama administration cut with the government of Cuba was “a pig in a poke” and that “there is nothing there” on Wednesday’s “Special Report” on the Fox News Channel. “The United States got sold a pig […]The post Juan Williams: Cuba Deal ‘Pig in a Poke,’ ‘Nothing There’ appeared first on Citizens News.
  • WHEN BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA MMM! MMM! MMM! LOSES

    Liberty Bell
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:50 am
    Written by THE ANTI LIBERAL ZONE the Liberal clowns at PMSNBC, it is apparent that the fat lady, Rosie O’Dingleberry, has crowed. The post WHEN BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA MMM! MMM! MMM! LOSES appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Markets describe reality; models should explain market reactions, by Scott Sumner

    Liberty Bell
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:48 am
    Written by EconLog Paul Krugman has a new post that explains why he is pessimistic about monetary stimulus at the zero bound. He briefly describes his 1998 paper on the zero bound problem. This paper shows that if base money and bonds are perfect substitutes at the zero bound, and if monetary stimulus is expected […]The post Markets describe reality; models should explain market reactions, by Scott Sumner appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Obama: State of Black America ‘Better Now Than When I Came Into Office’

    Liberty Bell
    20 Dec 2014 | 7:22 am
    Written by The PJ Tatler President Obama was asked at his year-end press conference today about the state of black America at the conclusion of 2014: Like the rest of America, black America in the aggregate is better off now than it was when I came into office. The jobs that have been created, the […]The post Obama: State of Black America ‘Better Now Than When I Came Into Office’ appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Fun Catfight: Whoppi vs. Rosie Fight About ‘Is America Racist?’

    Liberty Bell
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:47 am
    Written by “The Lid” As we learned earlier this week, America is so “racist” that short white people feel justified in asking for Michelle Obama’s help reaching high shelves at Target. Well either that or any short person will ask the closest tall person to get something off the top shelf (it has happened to […]The post Fun Catfight: Whoppi vs. Rosie Fight About ‘Is America Racist?’ appeared first on Citizens News.
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Political Dresser - Home

  • Genius Idea: Pulling “The Interview” For Fear of the Dreaded DPRK

    19 Dec 2014 | 7:17 am
    In perhaps the most brilliant move of 2014 (an assessment our staff does not take lightly, mind you) Sony Pictures has decided that giving into the demands of a hacker group supposedly working for a chunky and childish despot is the way to go, thereby canceling the United States release of Seth Rogan’s The Interview.
  • Gold in the Water

    17 Dec 2014 | 11:47 pm
    For those in Whitehall, Montana it seems that the 2014 Christmas holiday will be a heck of a lot flashier than years past, since this year along with the standard snowflake residents are also receiving a fair amount of gold flake. That is when they turn on the tap.
  • Just Sayin’: Hostage Situations are Bad All the Way Around

    17 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    We already mentioned REI’s unfortunate Isis Sydney Sweater and the screaming description, but after Monday’s hostage situation at the Lindt Chocolate Café on Martin Place (conveniently where most Australian media is housed), a whole slew of others are facing unforeseen consequences.
  • Fair Isle ISIS

    16 Dec 2014 | 7:16 am
    While tartan is the big sale item this season (thanks in part to the bosom heaving Outlander) leave it to the fashion conscious bad boys of Daash to stick with a winter classic, the Fair Isle.
  • Breaking: Taliban Attack in Peshawar

    16 Dec 2014 | 6:17 am
    As of 3 p.m. European Central Time, 126 are reported dead, mostly children from grades 1-10, after the Pakistani Taliban (Tehrik-i-Taliban) laid siege to an army established public school in Peshawar.
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations"

  • The UN Involvement in Palestine: a Historical Perspective

    18 Dec 2014 | 10:51 pm
    By Diego Del Priore, Associate Researcher, Near East and North Africa Programme, Institute of Advanced Studies in Geopolitics and Auxiliary Sciences (IsAG)The proclamation of the 2014 International Year of the Solidarity with the Palestinian People by the General Assembly of the United Nations constitutes the opportunity to take stock of the UN involvement in the framework of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict as well as the core themes intimately linked to it. In the same year of the bloodshed in the Gaza strip many issues remain unsolved, as the situation on the ground and the progressive…
  • Prominent Leaders Back Resolution Calling for U.S. and Europe to Reject Geopolitics and Collaborate with the BRICS

    17 Dec 2014 | 11:27 pm
    The Schiller Institute, December 17, 2014A grouping of more than 100 prominent politicians, businessman, academics, scientists and artists from 20 countries have publicly endorsed a resolution calling on the U.S. and Europe to collaborate with the “BRICS” nations in the interest of peace and economic development. The resolution, sponsored by the Schiller Institute, was issued in response to the offer of China's President Xi Jinping for the United States to join China's New Silk Road development program and abandon the policies of confrontation with particularly Russia and China.
  • Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO): Profit, Power and Geopolitics

    16 Dec 2014 | 11:37 pm
    An Article by Colin Todhunter published at Global Research on December 15, 2014Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are not essential for feeding the world [1,2], but if they were to lead to increased productivity, did not harm the environment and did not negatively impact biodiversity and human health, would we be wise to embrace them anyhow?
  • NATO: Danger to World Peace

    15 Dec 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Immanuel Wallerstein, November 15, 2014The official mythology is that between 1945 (or 1946) and 1989 (or 1991), the United States and the Soviet Union (USSR) confronted each other continuously – politically, militarily, and above all ideologically. This was called the “cold war.” If it was a war, the word to underline is “cold” since the two powers never engaged in any direct military action against each other throughout the entire period.
  • Bail-In and the Financial Stability Board: The Global Bankers’ Coup

    14 Dec 2014 | 11:03 pm
    By Ellen Brown, Common Dreams, December 13, 2014For three centuries, private international banking interests have brought governments in line by blocking them from issuing their own currencies and requiring them to borrow banker-issued “banknotes” instead. Political colonialism is now a thing of the past, but under the new FSB guidelines, nations could still be held in feudalistic subservience to foreign masters.
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    RINF Alternative News & Alternative Media | Breaking News Real Independent

  • Fidel’s Legacy

    User Submitted
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Stephen Lendman  RINF Alternative News At age 88, he’s Cuba’s elder statesman. A legend in his own time and then some. Defying critics. Outwitting them. Outliving them. This article a snapshot of some of his achievements. Impressive by any standard. On the 50th anniversary of his July 26, 1953 Fort Moncada attack, media scoundrels pronounced ...
  • Bush v. Clinton In 2016? New World Order Dream Matchup Being Touted As ‘Inevitable’

    Michael Snyder
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:35 pm
    The next presidential election is still nearly two years away, and yet the mainstream media is already telling Americans who they are supposed to vote for.  Now that Jeb Bush has all but officially declared that he is running for president, a “dream matchup” between Bush and Hillary Clinton is being touted as “inevitable”.  But ...
  • The “Blame Russia” Mainstream Media Chorus Over Ukraine as Viewed from Canada

    User Submitted
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:51 am
    Roger Annis The Globe and Mail is the only newspaper in Canada spending time and resources to report from the war zone of eastern Ukraine. Seasoned Globe reporter Mark MacKinnon has been in and out of there for many months. The newspaper published a substantial article by him in its Saturday edition of Dec. 6. The article is a useful reference ...
  • Review admits CIA assassination programs strengthen extremist groups

    User Submitted
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:46 am
    Document published by Wikileaks reveals agency’s own internal review found key counter-terrorism strategy “may increase support” for the groups it targets Jon Queally Wikileaks on Thursday has made public a never-before-seen internal review conducted by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency that looked at the agency’s drone and targeted assassination programs in places like Afghanistan, Pakistan, ...
  • Torture and State Power

    User Submitted
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:01 am
    In his book ‘Discipline and Punish’ Michel Foucault placed the relation of physical torture to subsequent non-violent strategies of social coercion, ‘scientific’ social control like Jeremy Bentham’s ‘reformist’ prison and highly structured schooling. In Foucault’s telling sovereign / state torture developed as a mode of social suasion, as the relation of particular acts to state ...
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Eurasia Review

  • Ruble Trouble: The Politics Of Russia’s Financial Crisis – Analysis

    Published by the Foreign Policy Research Institute
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:53 pm
    By Chris Miller* The Russian ruble’s wild ride—starting the week at 58 to the dollar, spiking to nearly 80 on Tuesday, and settling back near 60 by Thursday—has left many questioning Russia’s political and economic stability. Since the ruble’s sharp fall on ‘Black Tuesday,’ a series of measures, from a 6.5 percentage point hike in […] The post Ruble Trouble: The Politics Of Russia’s Financial Crisis – Analysis appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Obama And Pope Are Right On Cuba – OpEd

    William Donohue
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:47 pm
    President Obama made the right decision on Cuba. Kudos also to Pope Francis for working to break the stalemate between the United States and Cuba. While a lot of foolish things have been said by those on both sides of this issue, the fact is that the only losers in this gambit are the Communists […] The post Obama And Pope Are Right On Cuba – OpEd appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • The Non-Arab Middle East: Iran, Turkey And Israel – OpEd

    Neville Teller
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:42 pm
    A certain TV art critic, when discussing familiar masterpieces, used to insist on turning them upside down. He maintained that viewing a work of art from an unfamiliar perspective added greatly to one’s understanding. The same can apply in other spheres – for example, the geopolitics of the Middle East. The Arab world is located […] The post The Non-Arab Middle East: Iran, Turkey And Israel – OpEd appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • The Legal Foundations Of The Islamic State – Analysis

    Syria Comment - Joshua Landis
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:35 pm
    By Mara Revkin for Syria Comment Notoriously violent groups such as al-Qaeda, the Islamic State (IS), and the Taliban are widely assumed to be lawless organizations. Judge Abraham Sofaer, former Legal Adviser to the U.S. State Department, summed up this attitude when he stated in 1989, “Terrorists have no respect for law and no commitment […] The post The Legal Foundations Of The Islamic State – Analysis appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Ruble Takedown Exposes Cracks In Putin’s Defense – OpEd

    Mike Whitney
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:18 pm
    “The plunge of the Russian currency this week is the drastic outcome of policies implemented by the major imperialist powers to force Russia to submit to American and European imperialism’s neo-colonial restructuring of Eurasia. Punishing the Putin regime’s interference with their plans for regime change in countries such as Ukraine and Syria, the NATO powers […] The post Ruble Takedown Exposes Cracks In Putin’s Defense – OpEd appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Tomás Guerra

  • Marion Eichhloz, The Last Survivor of the Eastland Disaster, Has Died

    Tomás Guerra
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The Eastland disasterMost people don't even know about the tragedy that unfolded on July 24th, 1915, in the Chicago River, just three years after the sinking of the Titanic. This was the day of Western Electric Co.'s annual employee picnic. Around 7,000 people were waiting on six ships to be ferried from Chicago's Lakefront to Washington Park, in Michigan City, Indiana. Workers (mostly migrants), and their families were eager to enjoy the park's roller coaster and dancing pavilion, a bathing beach, and its amusement park. But instead, that morning 844 people died, including 22 entire…
  • Mary Eichhloz, la Última Sobreviviente del Desastre del Barco Eastland, Ha Fallecido

    Tomás Guerra
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    La tragedia del EastlandCasi nadie sabe de la tragedia que ocurrió el 24 de julio de 1915 en el Río Chicago, solo tres años después  del hundimiento del Titanic. Esto pasó el día del picnic anual de los empleados de la compañía Western Electric. Alrededor de 7,000 personas esperaban ser transportadas en seis barcos de la costa de Chicago a Washington Park, en Michigan City, Indiana. Los trabajadores (la mayoría de ellos migrantes), y sus familias estaban ansiosos por disfrutar de la montaña rusa de este parque, de su pabellón de baile, su playa y su parque de diversiones. Pero…
  • Las Vidas Afroamericanas También Valen

    Tomás Guerra
    7 Dec 2014 | 8:01 pm
    Hoy pasó por mi edificio una de las marchas en contra de la brutalidad policíaca. "La Supremacía del Blanco es Perversa", decía una de las pancartas.  Esta era una de las muchas demostraciones que hoy organizaron iglesias y grupos de jovenes aquí en Chicago y alrededor de todo Estados Unidos. Bloquearon varias interseciones tirandose al suelo como si estuvieran muertos , mientras continua creciendo este movimiento nacional. Lástima que mi espalda no me deja, o me hubiera unido. ♥♥♥"Nuestros hermanos y hermanas están muriendo, nadamás por causa de la brutalidad…
  • Black Lives Matter

    Tomás Guerra
    7 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    A march against police brutality passed by my building earlier today. "White Supremacy is Evil," read one of the protest signs. This was one of the many demonstrations that churches and young people in Chicago and around the United States organized today. The demonstrators blocked many intersections by staging die-ins, while this national movement keeps growing. Sadly, my back wouldn't let me, or I would have joined.♥♥♥"Our brothers and sisters are dying in the street, just because of police brutality. We got to stop killing one another!" said one of the pastors in this protest at 47th…
  • President Obama's Speech at Del Sol High School on Executive Action on Immigration

    Tomás Guerra
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Photo/USAttorneys.comTwo years after visiting Del Sol High School, in Las Vegas, President Barack Obama came back. Before an overwhelmingly Hispanic audience, and tired of anti-immigrant Republicans in the House of Representatives, the President promoted his executive action on immigration, a measure that will benefit around five million undocumented immigrants. Following is most of his speech:"Two years ago we had a coalition. The senate bill wasn't perfect: It was a compromise. That's how things work in Congress. It was a good, common-sense bill that would've made our immigration system a…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Washington Blade: Gay News, Politics, LGBT Rights

  • One year after Utah, a cascade of rulings on marriage

    Chris Johnson
    20 Dec 2014 | 8:16 am
    Michael Ferguson (left) and Seth Anderson were the first gay couple to be married in Salt Lake City. (Photo courtesy of Seth Anderson) It was one year ago on Dec. 20, 2013 that a federal judge in Utah ruled the U.S. constitution guarantees the right for same-sex couples to marry in the state, starting an unprecedented cascade of 35 or so court rulings in favor of marriage equality over the course of the next year. First among same-sex couples to marry in the state were Salt Lake City residents J. Seth Anderson and Michael Ferguson, who became an overnight Internet sensation for broadcasting…
  • Supreme Court won’t halt Florida same-sex marriages

    Chris Johnson
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:39 pm
    The U.S. Supreme Court won’t halt same-sex marriages in Florida. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key) Same-sex couples may begin to marry in Florida after Jan. 5 as a result of a district court ruling striking down the ban on same-sex marriage in the state, the U.S. Supreme Court ordered late Friday. In a one-page order, the court announced it has rejected the request from Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, a Republican, to place a hold on same-sex marriage in the state beyond Jan. 5 as litigation seeking the right for same-sex couples to marry in Florida continues on appeal.
  • Mariela Castro urges U.S. to end embargo against Cuba

    Michael K. Lavers
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Mariela Castro Espín, right, daughter of Cuban President Raúl Castro, speaks with LGBT rights advocates attending the ILGA World Conference in Mexico City in October. She urged the U.S. to end its embargo against Cuba during a Thursday interview with CNN’s Christiane Amanpour. (Photo courtesy of Francisco Rodríguez Cruz/Paquito el de Cuba)The daughter of Cuban President Raúl Castro on Thursday said supporters of human rights should urge the U.S. to end its embargo against her country. “Those who support human rights in Cuba should end the embargo,” Mariela Castro Espín told…
  • Predictions for 2015 in real estate

    Tim Savoy
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    With the D.C. area among many analysts’ top markets for 2015, the area should see above-average growth throughout the year compared to a somewhat average 2014. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key) Let’s be honest about the 2014 real estate market: It wasn’t exactly the greatest year for growth in Washington, D.C. As of the end of November this year, the number of units sold in Washington, D.C. has increased 4.13 percent. Sure, growth is always great, but when compared to the same time last year, the area had seen a 14.14 percent increase in total real estate units sold compared to…
  • Key HIV breakthroughs in 2014

    Staff reports
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Researchers are hopeful that an HIV vaccine is ‘within our reach.’ To mark the end of the year, Huffington Post published a roundup of HIV/AIDS-related breakthroughs that occurred in 2014. Among them: Researchers are studying several injectable drugs that can suppress the virus for months at a time, ending the need for a daily pill. In addition, Huffington Post noted that researchers are making progress toward a possible vaccine. Harvard medical school professor Todd Allen, Ph.D., uses genome sequencing to study how the virus interacts with the immune system. Allen is hopeful that…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Lady Freethinker

  • Watch: This is Where America’s Deported Immigrants Go

    Lady Freethinker
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Whether you call them “undocumented immigrants,” “illegals” or just “human beings,” nobody deserves to go through what America’s deportees experience when they’re dumped back into Mexico with no money and even less hope. This video takes you to Tijuana, where you can see how mothers, children and men live when the land of the free rejects their right to live in peace. Think it’s rough standing in line for the latest iPhone? Try waiting your turn to eat at this soup kitchen.
  • A Tiny Lego Wheelchair Helped this Crippled Tortoise Walk Again

    Lady Freethinker
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Blade is a tiny tortoise with a bone disorder so severe, he couldn’t hold up his own weight. So his genius of a vet, Dr. Carsten Plischke, made him a wheelchair out of Lego blocks. Now Blade gets around just fine, as you can see for yourself in the video and way-too-adorable pics. May he enjoy many more years of rolling around the house!    
  • Watch What Happens When You Drink 10 Cokes a Day

    Lady Freethinker
    10 Dec 2014 | 6:10 am
    Sugar is bad, boys and girls. This man set out to prove that point and, shockingly, found that guzzling Coca Cola all day causes weight gain. But as for his premise that “fat doesn’t make you fat?” Welllll, not so much. I wish he hadn’t done this “experiment” to push the meat-based paleo diet, which is one of the worst diets for both animals and the planet. Try eating 10 sticks of butter a day and get back to me.
  • Why Do White Cops Shoot Black Men? Here’s What Science Says

    Lady Freethinker
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
      You don’t have to think you’re racist to feel racist. You can subconsciously fear Black people even if you voted for Obama and cringe every time you hear the “N” word.  And if you happen to be an armed White police officer, you may be quicker to pull the trigger on an African-American. That’s the takeaway from Mother Jones reporter Chris Mooney, who went to New York University’s psychology department to try to understand why, in a culture that seems to widely accept African Americans, police officers seem to kill far too many of them. At NYU,…
  • Watch: This is What Bill Nye Has to Say About GMOS

    Lady Freethinker
    4 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
      The more I see from Bill Nye, the more I dig him. While other non-believers gave him heat for debating creationism with Ken Ham, I was pleased to see such a beloved, family-friendly figure show Bible Belters that it’s OK to question their religion. Given Nye’s track record, it’s no surprise to see him present one of the most balanced views of GMOs I’ve ever seen. From “We’re creating a whole new species” (scary) to “Would you rather eat the virus-riddled, natural papaya or the GM?” (hmmmm…), both sides of the story are…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    FiveThirtyEight » Politics | FiveThirtyEight

  • The Army Is Building An Algorithm To Prevent Suicide

    Andrew Flowers
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Jerry Evans Jr. fills out a suicide report every time he picks up the phone. “Everyone who calls the crisis line gets assessed. If they call trying to refill a prescription, because they just dialed the wrong number, they still get assessed,” he explained.He’s a responder at the Veterans Crisis Line. It’s a hotline administered by the Department of Veterans Affairs that takes calls from veterans, active-duty soldiers and civilians who are seeking help for suicidal thoughts and behavior. Evans wants to know whether the person at risk has a plan and the necessary means to…
  • Should States Spend Billions To Reduce Class Sizes?

    Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:38 am
    Last month, voters in Washington decided that the state’s classes were filled with too many kids. A ballot initiative seeking to limit class sizes to 17 students for kindergarten through third grade and to 25 students for all others squeaked by, garnering only 51 percent of the vote. But a majority is a majority, and now the state must cut class sizes at every grade level — meaning it needs to hire thousands of new teachers, counselors, teaching assistants and librarians.The initiative will cost nearly $5 billion through 2019, a hefty sum considering that the state’s current…
  • The Most Conservative And Most Liberal Elite Law Schools

    Oliver Roeder
    5 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    The Supreme Court convened for its December sitting this week, and it may deliver its first opinions of the term as soon as Tuesday. But while it goes about business as usual, some worry that the famously cloistered institution is becoming too cloistered, its ranks filled more and more with blindered Ivy League elite.In November, Dahlia Lithwick, Slate’s Supreme Court writer, wrote an article for the New Republic titled “Yale, Harvard, Yale, Harvard, Yale, Harvard, Harvard, Harvard, Columbia,” a reference to the law school alma maters of the current justices.Lithwick, a Yale alumna,…
  • How Skyrocketing Gun Sales Are Helping To Conserve Butterflies

    Christie Aschwanden
    3 Dec 2014 | 6:44 am
    The Karner blue butterfly is a tiny thing, with colorful wings that extend just an inch across and a life that rarely wanders more than 600 feet from where it began. Its caterpillars can only eat wild lupines — a flower that’s become less abundant in the wild because of development and habitat fragmentation. As a result, the Karner was named an endangered species in 1992. But Karner blues are getting help from an unlikely source: gun sales.The Nature Conservancy has a project in the works near Saratoga, New York, that will preserve an area that’s already home to these lupines and…
  • The Census Is Still Trying To Find The Best Way To Track Race In America

    Ben Casselman
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:30 am
    At FiveThirtyEight, we use census data all the time to track demographic and social trends, from the aging of the U.S. population to the decline in marriage and shifts in immigration patterns. But the census not only reveals societal changes, it responds to them. This week, we’re examining three changes the Census Bureau is considering for its 2020 questionnaireIn the first two installments, we looked at the proposed changes to the way the census counts people of Arab ancestry and same-sex couples. Here, in our final article: The bureau ponders a new way of asking about Hispanic…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    kai arzheimer

  • Five More Links I Liked

    Kai Arzheimer
    13 Dec 2014 | 7:38 am
    Sage advice from Andrew Gelman: How to read (in quantitative social science). And by implication, how to write. http://t.co/1nVQ62cVMj New Statesman | “It’s sad they’ve sunk to such depths”: Tories use Ukip candidate’s Turkish name on a leaflet http://t.co/DiznLrWmXX Sigh Your holiday shopping guide for political scientists – The Washington Post http://t.co/1GEEJpDiT3 PHD comic: not my problem http://t.co/IvQaFyrXmY The % of Ukip voters at 2014 Euros who say will vote Ukip at 2015 GE -> http://t.co/cAH2X59nbP The post Five More Links I Liked appeared…
  • Five Links I Liked

    Kai Arzheimer
    11 Dec 2014 | 5:27 am
    Still looking for a Christmas present? Now available in Paperback: Class Politics and the Radical Right – Routledge http://t.co/ilhCXBlczm #InstantClassic Crooked Timber: Fly Air Gini http://t.co/s85aIzxA4u Art Goldhammer on Sarko’s inevitable comeback: He’s baaaaaack! http://t.co/5Q9Eu0Rt5L This has already happened as hinted at here: Trouble in (the Guardian’s) Paradise: anti-immigration party could bring Swedish government down http://t.co/B40ApmwCsq This will help you to get into that festive spirit: The Blair-Brown Christmas letters http://t.co/rhLSQYlsKL The post…
  • More on Thuringia: A CDU-AfD-Pact?

    Kai Arzheimer
    7 Dec 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Various news outlets reported this afternoon that there had been talks, perhaps even agreement between the (state) CDU and the (state) AfD to prevent Ramelow from being elected Minister-President. Obviously, nothing came out of this (neither party put a candidate on the slate), but still: Wither the blessing of the leadership, Merkel has created a cordon sanitaire between CDU and the AfD. Talks with the intention of forming a coalition, or at least gaining AfD support for a CDU minority government would be an act of open rebellion.Photo by Tjflex2 The post More on Thuringia: A CDU-AfD-Pact?
  • Germany gets their first Minister-President of the Left

    Kai Arzheimer
    7 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    On Friday, the state parliament at Erfurt voted in Bodo Ramelow as Minister-President of Thuringia. He is the first member of the Left party to hold such an office, backed by the first ‘red-red-green’ (Left/SPD/Greens) coalition ever. 25 years after the fall of the wall, that is still a highly controversial constellation. Ramelow has been trying to diffuse the issue for months, and kicked off his reign with an apology to the victims of the former socialist state party SED, the pre-predecessor of the Left. His election also marks the end of a 24-year-spell during which the state’s…
  • Six Links I Liked

    Kai Arzheimer
    4 Dec 2014 | 11:28 pm
    A modern guide to getting started with Data Science and Python http://t.co/pncihL61hj PHD Comics: Research I Problems http://t.co/pJEwhaQqE Not sure about this one, but it is interesting enough: French Politics: The Emerging Split in the Extreme Right http://t.co/PmsbosbpGE So much to read, so little time: A very useful trove of free articles: Psychology of #Terrorism Research Collection: http://t.co/6xfnTQnvLO Good stuff by old chums: The Rochester by-election highlights a pervasive ‘anti-politics’ mood in the UK | LSE blog http://t.co/8eXI45NO3Q Perceptions and reality: Ten things we…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    The Alex Jones Show - Infowars.com

  • Alex Jones - 2014-Dec-19, Friday

    19 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    On this Friday, December 19 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Nightly News host David Knight delves into the latest on the Sony Pictures hack as the U.S. plans to blame North Korea and also China, Russia and Iran. Following the malware attack, lawmakers in the U.S. pushed to reinvigorate CISPA-style legislation. David also looks at the claim North Korea planned attacks on America’s nuclear plants. The Infowars crew in Washington files a report today as they continue their coverage on a Washington state sheriff’s deputy proclaiming law enforcement officers need armored military…
  • Alex Jones - 2014-Dec-18, Thursday

    18 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    On the Thursday, December 18 broadcast of the Alex Jones Show, guest host David Knight delves into the alleged hacking of Sony Pictures by North Korea, breaking down who may actually be behind it and the far reaching implications it can have on free speech, the open internet, cyber security and more. Knight also looks at CNN's failed #AskACop hashtag and gives the latest on the fallout from a video featuring a sheriff's deputy admitting MRAPs are meant to take on Constitutionalists. Infowars reporterswill also checkin from Spokane, Wash., the site of a planned protest set to take place on…
  • Alex Jones - 2014-Dec-17, Wednesday

    17 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    On this Wednesday, December 17 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Alex and David Knight cover the explosive tension between the U.S. and Russia, particularly through economic warfare and the engineered fall of the Russian Ruble. Also, David covers the obsession with power in Washington, D.C., as President Obama rules by fiat through memoranda and how lawmakers are instigating another Cold War with Russia. Also, American doctors are violating their ethics by helping the CIA torture prisoners. On today's show Washington state representative Matt Shea discusses the fallout in Spokane after the…
  • Alex Jones - 2014-Dec-16, Tuesday

    16 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    On this Tuesday, December 16 edition of the worldwide transmission of the Alex Jones Show, Nightly News host David Knight runs down the latest on several fronts, including the Taliban massacre in Pakistan and the energy war emerging as the U.S. and its EU partners dust off the Cold War and target Russia along multiple fronts. Prison Planet editor and journalist Paul Joseph Watson co-hosts with David during the first hour of today’s global broadcast. David talks with Marin Katusa, Chief Energy Investment Strategist Casey Research, about the energy situation and the emerging war with Russia.
  • Alex Jones - 2014-Dec-15, Monday

    15 Dec 2014 | 2:00 pm
    On the Monday, December 15 edition of the Alex Jones Show, fill-in guest host David Knight breaks down the battle being waged over oil, its implications on the global economy and how the latest omnibus congressional spending bill ties in. On today's show, David welcomes American economist, columnist and former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury under President Reagan, Paul Craig Roberts, to discuss how dropping gas prices are aimed at harming Russia, the latest developments in the ongoing debate over police brutality, CIA torture and the state of the economy. David is also joined today by…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Vox - All

  • For the first time ever, the EPA is regulating coal ash waste from power plants

    Brad Plumer
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:38 pm
    For the first time ever, the EPA is regulating the ash waste that's left over after power plants burn coal. But many environmental groups are upset, arguing that the new rule is too weak to prevent future ash spills. Each year, US coal plants produce 110 million tons of coal ash, which can contain toxic elements and is stored in landfills and ponds nationwide. Those ash ponds have spilled before: In 2008, a storage unit in Tennessee ruptured, releasing 1.1 billion gallons of coal ash slurry into the surrounding area. North Carolina had its own big ash spill earlier this year. The…
  • This fish was just discovered at a record-breaking 26,000 feet under the sea

    Susannah Locke
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Meet the deepest fish ever spotted. What is it? Well, the team thinks that it might be a snailfish, but isn't completely sure, Rebecca Morelle reports at the BBC. Life under miles and miles of water can be challenging. Anything beyond 200 meters is too dark for any photosynthesis. (This fish lives in pitch black.) And the pressures get extreme. An international research team discovered the fish during an unmanned-vehicle exploration of the Mariana Trench, the deepest spot in the seas. The trench is 6.8 miles deep, and only two manned missions have ever gone all the way to the bottom: one in…
  • Obamacare has not kill health insurance at work, survey finds

    Sarah Kliff
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Employers did not drop health insurance during the first year of Obamacare, a new survey shows. The new survey data could allay fears that companies will dump workers onto the new insurance exchanges to dodge paying premiums Employer coverage stays steady in 2014 One persistent Obamacare fear, for years now, has been that the new law would decimate the employer-sponsored insurance system. Why would companies waste money on buying coverage for their workers, the argument goes, when they could hand these people off to Obamacare's new exchanges? And some high profile companies like Walmart went…
  • Will artificial intelligence destroy humanity? Here are 5 reasons not to worry.

    Timothy B. Lee
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Is the AI apocalypse near? Movies like the Terminator franchise and the Matrix have long portrayed dystopian futures where computers develop superhuman intelligence and destroy the human race — and there are also thinkers who think this kind of scenario is a real danger. We interviewed one of them, Oxford philosopher Nick Bostrom, this summer. Others include singularity theorist Ray Kurzweil and Robin Hanson, an economist at George Mason University. But these thinkers overestimate the likelihood that we'll have computers as smart as human beings and exaggerate the…
  • The government may redefine what it means to be an employee — and it's a huge deal

    Danielle Kurtzleben
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:40 pm
    On Friday, the National Labor Relations Board issued complaints containing 78 charges against McDonald's. Among those are charges that McDonald's illegally threatened, fired, and cut the hours of employees who protested its wages. That's not just significant because it concerns a huge corporation involved in a high-profile fight over wages; it's a big deal because the NLRB's general counsel recognized McDonald's as a "joint employer" of its fry cooks and cashiers, meaning the company is considered the employer alongside the smaller franchises where those people work. This is just a…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    LewRockwell

  • Putin Is Right

    Gerald Celente
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Global forecaster Gerald Celente said Russian President Vladimir Putin was right when he stated today that the West targeted Russia long before the current crisis with Ukraine. In fact, Celente reported almost a year ago that the U.S. had waged a propaganda and misinformation war against Russia. Putin insisted today: “It’s not payback for Crimea. It’s the cost of our natural desire to preserve Russia as a nation, a civilization and a state.” Celente agrees. He points to an extensive analysis in the Spring 2014 edition of his Trends Journal,”Stoking a war that…
  • What’s the Big Deal?

    Scott Lazarowitz
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Recent polls show that, despite the Senate’s torture report, most Americans still support the Central Intelligence Agency’s use of torture on suspects. Obviously the mainstream media misinform the public, neglecting to tell them that such torture techniques do not even produce reliable information and are mainly used to extract false confessions from innocent detainees. And on the National Security Agency’s spying on innocent Americans, people love it, and then they hate it, and now they’re back to loving it again. Alas, Most people are ignorant of the actual…
  • The Menace of Egalitarianism

    Murray N. Rothbard
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:01 pm
    [This article is excerpted from the title essay and the introduction to the first edition of Egalitarianism as a Revolt Against Nature and Other Essays.] This essay was delivered at a conference on human differentiation held by the Institute for Humane Studies at Gstaad, Switzerland, in the summer of 1972. A fundamental reason and grounding for liberty are the ineluctable facts of human biology; in particular, the fact that each individual is a unique person, in many ways different from all others. If individual diversity were not the universal rule, then the argument for liberty would be…
  • Report Police Abuse Without Fear

    No Author
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:01 pm
    This article by Steve Silverman originally appeared April 5, 2012 in Reason.com. It’s been updated to include new information regarding recent rulings in favor of citizens’ right to record. Last week the City of Boston agreed to pay Simon Glik $170,000 in damages and legal fees to settle a civil rights lawsuit stemming from his 2007 felony arrest for videotaping police roughing up a suspect. Prior to the settlement, the First Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously ruled that Glik had a “constitutionally protected right to videotape police carrying out their duties in public.” The…
  • Alcohol as Medicine?

    No Author
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Those who eat a balanced and wholesome diet should seldomly become ill. Healthy people are usually able to combat minor infections without showing any symptoms. However, even healthy people become sick when their exposure to pathogens is persistent or they become too lax in their diets. Emotional stress can weaken the immune system too. Our usual recommendations about the avoidance of most sugars, and a diet featuring vegetables should be disregarded during sickness. While these healthy habits may be ideal for preventing illness, they can actually slow a body’s recovery when an…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Pension360

  • San Diego Pension to Begin Recruiting New CIO In 2015, But Board Worried Internal Clashes Could Scare Candidates Away

    Ted Ballantine
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:13 am
    The board of the San Diego County Employees Retirement Association (SDCERA) heard plans to begin recruiting a new chief investment officer in 2015 – including job postings and coming up with a pool of candidates. Previously, it had only been decided that the fund would move on from current-CIO Salient Partners, and a general salary range for the new job was decided upon. But board members wondered aloud at Thursday’s meeting whether the internal drama at the fund would scare good candidates away. From ai-cio.com: Mary Hobson of recruitment firm EFL Associates told the board on Thursday…
  • New Jersey Senate Fails to Overturn Christie Veto of Bill Changing State Pension Contribution Schedule; Would Have Made Cutting Payments More Difficult

    Ted Ballantine
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:37 am
    The New Jersey Senate attempted but ultimately failed on Thursday to override Gov. Christie’s veto of a bill that would have altered the schedule on which the state pays its annual pension payments. The amended schedule would have made it more difficult for the state to cut its pension contributions in the future. The bill was proposed after Gov. Christie cut the state’s pension payments by over $2 billion to plug revenue shortfalls in the general budget. From NJ.com: The bill (S2265) would have required the governor to make pension payments quarterly in July, October, January and April,…
  • Emanuel Confident Pension Plan Will Survive Lawsuit

    Ted Ballantine
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:31 am
    Four unions on Tuesday filed a lawsuit challenging Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s plan to increase pension contributions for city employees and reduce COLAs. But Emanuel said Thursday he thinks the plan will pass legal muster, in part because he worked with dozens of unions to formulate it. From the Chicago Sun-Times: Two days after four unions followed through on their threat to challenge the mayor’s plan, citing the same constitutional guarantee at the core of the state case, Emanuel argued that he had no choice but to raise employee contributions by 29 percent and sharply reduce…
  • Major Creditor Comes Out Against San Bernardino Bankruptcy Plan That Fully Pays CalPERS

    Ted Ballantine
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:24 am
    A major creditor of bankrupt San Bernardino told Reuters Thursday that it would oppose a bankruptcy plan that mandates the city keep paying CalPERS in full. San Bernardino’s current plan doesn’t disrupt payments to CalPERS and keeps pensions intact. The creditor has not been identified. From Reuters: A major capital markets creditor of bankrupt San Bernardino, California, will oppose any exit plan that is more favorable to Calpers, California’s public pension fund, a source familiar with the creditor’s strategy said on Thursday. The creditor intends to pursue a new approach…
  • Arizona Pension CIO Counters Claims of Being States Worst-Performing System

    Ted Ballantine
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:32 am
    Ryan Parham, chief investment officer of the Arizona Public Safety Personnel Retirement System (PSPRS), penned a piece in the Arizona Capitol Times on Thursday defending his fund against claims of being Arizona’s “worst-performing pension plan.” But Parham says the raw return numbers don’t tell the whole story. Here’s what Parham has to say: All too often, fiction and gossip move faster than truth and reason. As such, it is often stated by our detractors that our $8 billion portfolio is the state’s “worst-performing pension plan,” which gives the impression that our investment…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Message President

  • Your leadership is leaving the wrong mark... it was supposed to be full of hope

    20 Dec 2014 | 8:15 am
    Mr President, Your latest remark, this time centering on the controversial film , The Interview, which may or may have not precipitated a revenge hacking attack from Nort Korea (one can never tell with American propaganda machine which often churns out at best half truths and at worst outright damaging lies) shows even more how deluded the Nobel committee were in awarding you with the Nobel Peace Prize even before you had done anything remotely worthy. Your Presidency has caused as much suffering if not more as your "illustrious" predecessors, for a great example, I urge you to…
  • Good work

    20 Dec 2014 | 5:11 am
    Dear Barak Obama my name is Peter Wangondu Kiambati I' a Kenyan citizen,and I wish to say that you have done great so far in your office,and it is pressure today for me humbly writing to you telling you that I have been a man of courage,and as young man aged 19 I wished to change the world very much on my own,and I declared a war on terrorism at the age of 23,and I made a lot of effort to infiltrate the terror organization,and on 7 July 2005 I managed to meet the most wanted man on earth Osama bin laden in Iraq,and finally we parted ways in Dubai,and after a disguise as friend and a group…
  • help

    19 Dec 2014 | 10:08 pm
    help us save or home..Michaela 6yrs
  • the interview movie and northkorea

    18 Dec 2014 | 2:39 am
    Dear mr Obama since when do we American let any won tell us what movies we are aloud to watch and I am sadenss me to see a movie studio to let a threat by a hacker or a group win because of this I know the studio did this because of safety conces for the people at the movie threat and all .
  • My Husband needs your help!!!

    17 Dec 2014 | 11:41 pm
    Dear Mr. President, I have been a long time supporter of yours.... and, now I need your's. My husband and I are trying to be legal here... We married in November of 2013. He is from Mexico. He was brought here at the ripe old age of 3... He made a little mistake in the past with a DUI... He was parked and asleep in a neighborhood a few years ago... long, long, story shorter... He was picked up by the police last night when he was in the backseat of a friends car when it was involved in a minor traffic accident. He had never turned himself in for two days in jail for his DUI out of fear of…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    The Vision Times » World

  • Russian Economy in Dire Straits, Putin Blames External Factors (Video)

    James Burke
    20 Dec 2014 | 4:13 am
    Russia’s economy is heading for a deep recession and Russian President Vladimir Putin has gone into damage control and along the way has  blamed Russia’s issues on “external” forces. Speaking at an end of the year press conference, that went for three hours, President Putin said Russia’s economy was in crisis because of western sanctions, big slides in oil prices and a free-falling ruble. See the video for more on that.  So what does this all mean for everyday Russians? The country’s falling rouble and runaway inflation has already seen frightened Russians line up to…
  • President Obama Says U.S. Will Respond to North Korea’s Cyber-Attack on Sony (Video)

    James Burke
    20 Dec 2014 | 3:22 am
    As many suspected, it WAS the North Koreans who launched the recent massive cyber-attack against Sony for their satirical film The Interview and now President Barack Obama says the U.S. will respond accordingly. What that means I don’t know but full marks to President Obama for his comments made during an end-of-year news conference which you can see in the above video. As part of that he spelled out how absurd it is for North Korea to do what it did. And see the video below for a brief wrap on the North Korean unit – which is actually based in China – which carries out the…
  • Just Awesome! See How Liberating Skateboarding Can be for Kids in Kabul (Video & Pictures)

    Ben Maloney
    20 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Afghanistan is a country devastated by war and, as seen in the above video, its capital – Kabul – isn’t an easy place to live, especially for kids. But don’t be turned off by the above image of a severed goat’s head, just press play. Skateistan: To Live And Skate Kabul isn’t a gruesome video – the goat’s head is as bad as it gets – it’s about a  group of kids, both boys and girls, making life a little more livable through skateboarding. It’s positive and life affirming. It’s well worth watching whether you’re a skate fan…
  • Why Is the Chinese Government Building Low-Income Units in New York City?

    Ben Grinberg
    19 Dec 2014 | 11:05 am
    China’s largest state-owned property developer‘s latest venture is a $4.9 billion 15-tower housing project in a brownstone-covered Brooklyn neighborhood: hipster-central. The Greenland Holdings Group project broke ground this week. Formerly known as the Atlantic Yards site, the space has been rebranded as ‘Pacific Park,’ and sits in Prospect Heights, next to to Brooklyn’s Barclays Center. Over a third of the planned apartment towers’ 6,430 units will be designated for lower-income families, according to the project’s website. This means they would…
  • Toys of War: Childhood in South Sudan (Video)

    Ben Maloney
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:05 am
    Many of the Nuban people have been forced to flee their homes and find refuge in the Yida refugee camp, South Sudan. It’s a place where finding a decent meal or a comfortable place to sleep is unlikely but at least it’s safe from war. It’s also a place where children have found ways to make life a bit more normal. Like it was back where they came from – the Nuba Mountains. As shown by the above video made by Andrew Berends, the children make their life better with homemade toys made from clay or other materials. Image: Screenshot/Youtube Many of these children have…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    The National Memo

  • Cuban Embargo Is Way Past Its Usefulness

    Cynthia Tucker
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    It’s about time that a U.S. president had the courage and common sense to end our ridiculous policy toward Cuba. It was a relic of the Cold War, an outdated strategy that accomplished absolutely nothing except to give the Castro brothers an excuse for the dire poverty in which their citizens live. President Obama deserves plaudits for his decision to open full diplomatic relations with the island nation for the first time in more than half a century. So does Pope Francis, who intervened to try to break the stalemate between the two countries. The announcement that the United States will…
  • Weekend Reader: ‘Fighting Back The Right’

    National Memo Staff
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The rejection of reason is at the heart of modern American conservatism. Although polling indicates that the public is eager for more egalitarian leadership, Washington has continued on its decades-long, seemingly intractable backslide into a morass of anti-intellectualism, fear- and emotion-driven governance, and social and economic policies that value institutions over real humans. The coalition of corporate interests, religious fundamentalists, and anti-government populists that we loosely call “The Right” has seized the American political system — and the cost…
  • Obama Takes Questions Only From Women, Apparently A White House First

    Kathleen Hennessey
    19 Dec 2014 | 2:34 pm
    By Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau (TNS) WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama not only made a little news at his annual year-end news conference Friday, he appears to have made history. For the first time in recent memory, the president called only on female journalists — eight in a row — during an extended question-and-answer session at the White House. The lineup appeared to be a landmark moment for a press corps with a history of being a boys’ club, where high-profile female correspondents were the exception, not the rule. Friday was a reminder of how much has…
  • Kurdish Fighters In Iraq Make Headway In Battle Against Islamic State

    Molly Hennessy-Fiske
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:00 pm
    By Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Nabih Bulos, Los Angeles Times (TNS) BAGHDAD — Kurdish forces backed by U.S.-led airstrikes gained ground against Islamic State militants in northern Iraq on Thursday, potentially clearing an escape route for persecuted minorities remaining on and near Mount Sinjar. The offensive, begun this week, paired the aerial assault with local boots on the ground — thousands of Kurdish peshmerga fighters — in what Kurdish officials called the largest attack so far in the fight against the militants, also known by the initials ISIS. “ISIS elements…
  • European Leaders Warn Against Too Much Economic Pain On Russia

    Carol J. Williams
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:54 pm
    By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times (TNS) The European Union’s unanimous resolve to punish Russia for its aggression in Ukraine appeared to be cracking as French, German, Austrian and Italian leaders voiced concern at an alliance summit of inflicting too much pain on Moscow as its economy tumbles. French President Francois Hollande was the first to step out of the 28-nation bloc’s collective drive for further sanctions on Russia when they were discussed at a summit in Brussels on Thursday night. “There were no new sanctions (adopted), because there should not be,”…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    nFates Reviews

  • The Richness of Simplicity

    Neil Flesch
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:17 pm
    The Richness of Simplicity It’s Tuesday. I walk with no hurry on the hustle and bustle of Manhattan. And meanwhile, I’m watching, in the course of my way, the people standing and staring in the shops windows, handbags, clothing, cars, watches and jewelry. Some of these people come up to even sit on the sidewalks. In … Continue reading →
  • Berkeley and Oakland – A Memorial for Freedom

    Neil Flesch
    13 Dec 2014 | 7:23 pm
    Berkeley and Oakland – A Memorial for Freedom Preamble * New York has the world famous Statue of Liberty. Perhaps for her constant presence, its people are generally indifferent to threats that fascism and tyranny that their own government inflicts, directly and indirectly, in the form of military, police, social, economic and political repression and … Continue reading →
  • Curiosity

    Ken W. Simpson
    12 Dec 2014 | 10:04 pm
    Curiosity Elephant seals gross and flabby ignorant of protocol ponderously scratch. Uniformed unicorns importune tame peacocks wearing pink petticoats. Fluted columns fade at twilight into the secrecy of a passing thought. Toy soldiers on parade fragile, glittering lost.   HomeFiled under: Poetry Tagged: Blog, Books, Fiction, Life, Love, Personal, Photography, Thoughts, Watch & listen, Writing
  • CIA Report Torture: Bush & Cheney without reserves

    Neil Flesch
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:08 pm
    CIA Report Torture: Bush & Cheney without reserves All American citizens on a greater or lesser degree, have a clear vision on how the prevailing hypocrisy in the political theater of the USA works. And if, until now, someone had doubts, or some kind of illusion about the hypocrisy and rot that circulates the halls … Continue reading →
  • Elliptical Lives

    Ken W. Simpson
    2 Dec 2014 | 9:31 pm
    Elliptical Lives Patterns float obscured by uncertain mists recreating a scene perceived and painted in washes of water colour overlapping, merging transfixed fresh and timeless. The shape of routine activities unpredictably change or shatter behind the inexorable advance of time as sequences inevitably retreat into a fading future until the circle is complete.   HomeFiled … Continue reading →
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Le blog de Miguel Atanet (Plus Europe)

  • Parliament supports recognition of Palestinian statehood and the two state solution

    Miguel Atanet
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:17 am
    “Parliamentarians for Peace” initiative to bring together MEPs and MPs from the Israeli and Palestinian Parliaments Peace needs other weapons The European Parliament supports "in principle recognition of Palestinian statehood and the two state solution, and believes these should go hand in hand with the development of peace talks, which should be advanced", it says in a resolution passed today.   “Parliamentarians for Peace” To support EU diplomatic efforts in the Middle East peace process, it also decided to launch a “Parliamentarians for…
  • Article 1

    Miguel Atanet
    10 Dec 2014 | 7:51 am
    Article 1. Human dignity. Human dignity is inviolable. It must be respected and protected. Human Rights Day 2014   The standards, procedures and institutions that ensure Human and Fundamental rights in the EU emanate from local, national and international organisations, the last of which include the ‪‎EU‬ itself, the Council of Europe , the OSCE – The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and the United Nations. The core international obligations that the EU and its Member States have taken on, the Human Rights instruments they have formally accepted and the…
  • Robert Schuman, l'architecte de l'intégration européenne

    Miguel Atanet
    5 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    En 1951, les journalistes savaient que le discours de Robert Schuman serait une histoire de première page (Parlement).Le traité de Paris fut signé par les six membres fondateurs le 18 avril 1951, soit un an à peine après le discours. 9 mai 1950, Robert Schuman's speech En 1951, les journalistes savaient que le discours de Robert Schuman serait une histoire de première page Parlement.   L’homme d’État Robert Schuman, éminent juriste et ministre français des Affaires étrangères de 1948 à 1952, est…
  • Armenia, Azerbaijan and Nagorno Karabakh

    Miguel Atanet
    4 Dec 2014 | 8:21 am
    Armenian Genocide Joint Statement by the Heads of Delegation of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair Countries BASEL, Switzerland, 4 December 2014 - We, the Heads of Delegation of the OSCE Minsk Group Co-Chair countries – Foreign Minister of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov, Secretary of State of the United States John Kerry,­­ State Secretary for European Affairs of France Harlem Desir – remain strongly committed to a peaceful resolution of the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict.  There is no military solution, and we call on the sides to refrain from violence and work actively…
  • South Stream: the Azerbaijani factor

    Miguel Atanet
    2 Dec 2014 | 9:18 am
    South Stream & Nabucco The rivalry between Azerbaijan and Russia trying to gain access to the market of Southeast Europe have became Moscow's halting of the South Stream pipeline according to Azerbaijani sources.   If Azerbaijan has already provided supply route and starts to create together with partners an infrastructure, which includes TANAP and TAP pipelines as well, then Russia is still ahead of this whole process, considering Europe's agreement. The European Union by the way was the one that basically "killed" the South Stream.   Even if Russia gets access to…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Political Wire

  • Vitter Wants White House Screening of ‘The Interview’

    Taegan Goddard
    20 Dec 2014 | 7:57 am
    Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) is asking President Obama to invite members of Congress over to the White House to screen the movie, “The Interview,” the New Orleans Times Picayune reports. “The flick was pulled from a planned Christmas Day release after Sony Pictures’ computers were hacked and violent threats were made against theaters that showed the film. The FBI said North Korea was behind the attack.”
  • Bailouts Actually Yielded $15 Billion in Profits

    Taegan Goddard
    20 Dec 2014 | 7:41 am
    “Six years after President George W. Bush began the auto bailout, the Obama administration on Friday declared a profitable end to the sweeping federal interventions in Wall Street and Detroit, saying a final sale of stock from General Motors’ former finance arm had closed a turbulent chapter of the financial crisis, the New York Times reports. “The government actions, initially seen as necessary in Washington and on Wall Street to prevent a collapse of the economy on the order of the Great Depression, agitated the political world, helping give rise to the Tea Party movement on…
  • Rand Paul Slams Marco Rubio as ‘Isolationist’

    Taegan Goddard
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:32 am
    Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) “is hitting back against Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) on Cuba in a preview of a possible debate between two presidential hopefuls,” The Hill reports. “In a series of tweets at Rubio on Friday afternoon, Paul called the Florida senator an ‘isolationist’ for opposing the opening to Cuba announced by President Obama on Wednesday, turning a label often used against himself around.” Washington Post: “The feud is the loudest public dispute so far between potential GOP 2016 candidates and lays bare the divergent world views of traditional…
  • Gay Marriage Moves Forward in Florida

    Taegan Goddard
    20 Dec 2014 | 6:24 am
    The U.S. Supreme Court late on Friday refused to block gay marriages in Florida, the latest of about three dozen states allowing same-sex weddings, the AP reports. Vox: Here’s where each state stands on same-sex marriage
  • Obama is Finally Free

    Taegan Goddard
    20 Dec 2014 | 5:26 am
    Politico: “It’s taken Obama – who spuriously predicted the 2012 election would break the ‘fever’ of partisan gridlock – two miserable years to approach the level of presidential liberation he believes he earned that night. Yet there was always something slightly off about the idea that Obama would do better without a campaign in his future. The truth, according to current and former aides, is that the absence of a presidential election – the natural Obama habitat – actually contributed to the ennui and frustration that has hallmarked most of his second term.”…