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  • News Outlet: Karl Rove Twisted Our Reporting For His Anti-Dem Attack Ad

    Media Matters for America - Latest Items
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:12 am
    The Colorado Independent criticized Fox News contributor Karl Rove and his political group for twisting its reporting into a misleading attack on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Democratic Sen. Mark Udall. Rove is the co-founder of Crossroads GPS, an IRS 501(c)(4) group that funds attacks against Democratic candidates across the country. The Associated Press reported on August 19 that GPS plans to spend more than $6 million on television ads in Colorado. The group's latest Colorado ad attacks incumbent Sen. Udall for supporting health care reform, with a narrator claiming…
  • Why I'm Ending My Boycott of German Cars

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

    Plum Line
    Paul Waldman
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:51 pm
    * President Obama made another statement to the press today. Among other things, he’s trying to downplay the idea that the current military action against ISIS will pull us into Syria or deeper into Iraq: Well, first of all, I want to make sure everybody’s clear on what we’re doing now because it is limited. […]
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    Day by Day Cartoon by Chris Muir
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  • AIPAC Is in Decline—But So Are Hopes for a Two-State Solution

    New Republic
    John B. Judis
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:35 am
    Connie Bruck has written an excellent portrait of the Israel lobby, AIPAC, in The New Yorker. I say that as someone who knows something about the organization and has
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    The Atlantic

  • Almost Half of Syria's Population Has Been Uprooted

    Uri Friedman
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    On Friday, the United Nations reported that nearly half of Syria's population has been displaced since the start of the civil war in 2011. Half. It's the equivalent of 135 million Americans being forced to move. Three million Syrians have become refugees abroad and 6.5 million more have fled their homes for other locations within the country (a group known as "internally displaced people," or IDPs)—all told, roughly 43 percent of Syria's pre-war population of 22 million. The study comes a week after the UN announced that almost 200,000 people have died in the conflict. It's the "biggest…
  • Hello Kitty and Jon Stewart: The Week's Best Pop-Culture Writing

    Spencer Kornhaber
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:31 am
    Let us know what we missed. Jon Stewart on Directorial Debut Rosewater, His Daily Show Future, and Those Israel-Gaza Comments Marisa Guthrie | The Hollywood Reporter "'Look, there's a lot of reasons why I hate myself — being Jewish isn't one of them,' Stewart says. 'So when someone starts throwing that around, or throwing around you're pro-terrorist, it's more just disappointing than anything else.'" The Emmys as a Flat Circle: Why Last Night's Ceremony Felt Familiar Andy Greenwald | Grantland "What was lacking was any evidence of the nimbleness, speed, and gleeful chance-taking that…
  • The Quiet Crisis Among Queer Women

    Shannon Keating
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    It’s easy to assume that queer Americans are thriving today. A year out from the Supreme Court decision striking down DOMA, 55 percent of Americans favor legalizing same-sex marriage legalization—an all-time high. State bans continue to knock around the lower courts, Wisconsin’s and Indiana’s being the ones most recently scrutinized in federal appeals courts. Queer people, research shows, are happier in their marriages than heterosexuals; in the June 2013 Atlantic cover story, Liza Mundy explored the possibility that queer unions lend themselves more readily to relationship-sustaining…
  • The Bottom 1 Percent

    Rebecca J. Rosen
    30 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    How is it different to be poor—very poor—in a developing country than in the richest country in the world? That's the question asked in a new paper from Brookings researchers Laurence Chandy and Cory Smith.  To answer it, Chandy and Smith needed to know more about that very bottom of America's wealth distribution—those living below the global poverty line of $2 per day. Not so easy: In contrast with how well-documented, how legible, the lives of the richest Americans are, those of the poorest are opaque, having fallen between the cracks in researchers' databases. The poorest are…
  • Around the World in Commuting

    Jenni Avins
    30 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    On Thursday, Instagram released Hyperlapse, a new app for creating time-lapse videos. Many users responded by making ho-hum videos of their offices—understandable, given how much time we spend at work. But another daily routine proved a far better test for the new app: the daily commute. Here are a handful of Hyperlapse videos we chose for their sense of movement and place: a drizzly drive to Mount Fuji (complete with dashboard ornaments), a dazzling day on the Bosphorus, a bike ride in the Netherlands, and more. We look forward to seeing more, but please be careful out there: Don’t…
 
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    Daily Kos

  • This week in the war on workers: FedEx drivers win in court, can move forward with wage theft suit

    30 Aug 2014 | 10:55 am
    FedEx's practice of insisting its drivers are not actually its employees took a blow this week, when an appeals court panel said that groups of former drivers involved in a class action suit had been employees and can proceed with a wage-theft lawsuit against the company. Classifying drivers as independent contractors means FedEx isn't responsible for contributing to Social Security or Medicare and doesn't have to pay them overtime, among other things. So FedEx has worked hard to keep this scam going, insisting in its contracts that drivers, not the company, decide how and when to get their…
  • Saturday nutpick-a-palooza: Michael Brown's racist funeral

    30 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    This week's source material: The White House has also sent three aides to the funeral: Broderick Johnson of My Brother’s Keeper Task Force; Marlon Marshall, deputy director of the White House Office of Public Engagement; and Heather Foster, adviser for the Office of Public Engagement. Which begs the question: why would the Obama administration send not one but three attendees to the funeral of a strong-arm robbery suspect who allegedly punched a police officer in the face – but ignore the funerals of other, more worthy characters? If you are dying to know who the six are, they are…
  • This week in the war on voting: Christie hates same-day registration, UN weighs in on U.S. voting

    30 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Rose Sanderson, on trumpet, demonstrates with other suffragists in February 1913. The triangular pennants read "Votes for Women." This week in the war on voting is a joint project of Joan McCarter and Meteor Blades • Chris Christie blasts same-day registration and voting in Illinois: The New Jersey governor, who is chairman of Republican Governors Association chairman, visited the campaign headquarters of Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner and critiqued Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn. “He will try every trick in the book,” Christie said of Quinn. “I see the stuff that’s…
  • Federal judge blocks Texas abortion clinic law

    30 Aug 2014 | 8:59 am
    Women's healthcare providers in Texas have at least a temporary reprieve from the worst provision of HB 2, the law intended to shutter most of the abortion clinics in Texas. The law that launched Wendy Davis's bid for governor. A federal judge in Austin has struck down the provision of the law that requires that every abortion clinic meet the state's standards for the building, equipment and staffing for hospital-style surgery centers. The rule "is unconstitutional because it imposes an undue burden on the right of women throughout Texas to seek a pre-viability abortion," he wrote. […] Over…
  • This week at progressive state blogs: drip of WI corruption, tea party cheering by Beauprez in CO

    30 Aug 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…
 
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    Drudge Retort

  • Judge Strikes Down Texas Abortion Restriction

    et_al
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:31 am
    A federal judge on Friday struck down new requirements for Texas abortion facilities -- a decision that could have shuttered all but a few abortion clinics in the state. The standards were set to go into effect Monday. U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel of the District Court for the Western District of Texas ruled that the law's ambulatory surgical center requirement "burdens Texas women in a way incompatible with the principles of personal freedom and privacy protected by the United States Constitution for the 40 years since Roe v. Wade." House Bill 2 would have required abortion facilities to…
  • Owner of Killer Pit Bulls Convicted of Murder

    rcade
    30 Aug 2014 | 10:48 am
    A California dog owner whose four pit bulls mauled and killed a 63-year-old woman near her home last year was convicted of second-degree murder Friday. Alex Donald Jackson, 31, faces 24 years to life when sentenced in October for the death of Pamela Devitt, who was attacked by the dogs while taking a walk in Littlerock. She suffered up to 200 puncture wounds and died of blood loss. Prosecutes said Jackson's dogs menaced or bit nine people in the nine months preceding the fatal attack. "This defendant knew how dangerous these dogs were, and he didn't do anything about it," Deputy District…
  • Putin: Don't Mess with Nuclear-Armed Russia

    Corky
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    Vladimir Putin raised the spectre of nuclear war with the West on Friday as he defied international condemnation over his decision to send thousands of Russian troops and heavy armour into Ukraine. Accused by Europe and Nato of launching a full-scale invasion of eastern Ukraine, the Russian leader boasted to a group of Russian youngsters that "It's best not to mess with us." In language not seen since the height of the Cold War, he told his audience: "Thank God, I think no one is thinking of unleashing a large-scale conflict with Russia. I want to remind you that Russia is one of the leading…
  • Mayor Kicks Out Man Who Won't Stand for Prayer

    rcade
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:32 am
    At Thursday's meeting of the Winter Park, Florida, city commission, Mayor John Rees ordered an atheist in attendance to stand up for the religious invocation and then told him he could either stand up during the Pledge of Allegiance or be escorted out of the meeting by police. "[I'm] asking you to either stand or please be escorted out [as we do] the Pledge. It's just not fair to our troops and people overseas, sir," Rees told the man, who was forced by police to choose and left the room.
  • Harvard Business Profs: How U.S. Should Tax Businesses

    taxman
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Harvard Business School professors Mihir Desai and Bill George lay out interesting changes that could help the US gain an advantage from a tax standpoint. They note that the US should move to a territorial tax system rather than a world-wide system (the UK and Japan recently made such moves). To offset the decreased revenues they propose taxing flow-through entities (partnerships and S-Corps), as well as their owners. The second source of revenue would come from changing the fact that corporations report large profits to the capital markets and relatively small profits to tax authorities -…
 
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  • Here's Your Labor Day News Dump

    Kay Steiger
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:44 pm
    Mitch McConnell's campaign manager has announced his resignation, effective Saturday, amid questions over his alleged role in a 2012 Iowa bribery scandal when he was working for Ron Paul.
  • The Big 3-0

    David Kurtz
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Florida Republicans set up website alternative to the Obamacare exchange. It signed up 30 people.
  • Just In

    David Kurtz
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:44 pm
    Judge tosses Chris McDaniel's lawsuit challenging Sen. Thad Cochran's win in the GOP primary runoff.
  • Does Gillibrand Have A 'Responsibility' To Name Her Harassers?

    Kay Steiger
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:54 am
    A debate broke out on Twitter among three male journalists — New York Times’ Nick Confessore, Politico’s Alex Burns, and MSNBC’s Benjy Sarlin — on Thursday afternoon: Does Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), whose anonymous colleagues she said told her she was “porky,” "chubby," and “fat” during the months just after she had a baby, have a responsibility to name her harassers? Confessore and Burns say yes, Sarlin says no. Read More →
  • This Ain't Paint Ball

    David Kurtz
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:43 am
    A good piece linking that awful Uzi accident involving a 9-year old girl and what is called "gun tourism." It includes a bit more about where that incident happened: "The dusty outdoor range calls itself the Bullets and Burgers Adventure and touts its "Desert Storm atmosphere." You get the idea.
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    Political Animal

  • Some People Never Learn

    30 Aug 2014 | 11:16 am
    It's surprisingly easy to compose a list of the 25 stupidest things Bush administration officials said about the invasion of Iraq, and no such list can be remotely comprehensive. For example, the list I just referenced has President Bush assuring Reverend Pat Robertson that he doesn't need to prepare the public for casualties because we won't have any casualties, and it has Donald Rumsfeld dismissing concerns about looting because "free" people are free to do dumb things, but it makes no reference to Paul Wolfowitz saying in Congressional testimony that, "There's a lot of money to pay for…
  • McConnell/Paul Marriage is On the Rocks

    30 Aug 2014 | 8:16 am
    The news that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's campaign manager, Jesse Benton, has resigned gives us an opportunity to revisit the relationship between the two Kentucky senators. To say that Jesse Benton is close to the Paul family would be an understatement. He is, in fact, part of the Paul family, as he is married to Ron Paul's granddaughter, Valori Pyeatt. The reason Benton resigned is because of a scandal that led to multiple grand juries and an indictment arising from the 2012 presidential caucuses in Iowa. Apparently, Iowa state senator Kent Sorenson was bribed by the Ron Paul…
  • Not in Praise of John Boehner

    30 Aug 2014 | 6:40 am
    I'm willing to stipulate that Speaker John Boehner has to try to preside over an insane asylum better known as the House Republican Caucus, but I still had to wonder if our friend Jonathan Bernstein had been body-snatched when I saw that he wrote that John Boehner not only has done a good job considering his restraints, but he, Tip O'Neill, and Nancy Pelosi belong in a select group of effective Speakers in the Modern House. Bernstein doesn't explain what Boehner has done more effectively than Dennis Hastert, Newt Gingrich, Tom Foley, Jim Wright, Carl Albert, John McCormack or Sam Rayburn.
  • Daylight Video

    30 Aug 2014 | 5:58 am
    As long as we're going to honor organized labor this weekend, let's have some music about workers. Hopefully, none of you are too exhausted from your workweek to enjoy the weekend. You know who you have to thank for that.
  • Day's End and Holiday Watch

    29 Aug 2014 | 4:11 pm
    I'm being amused by signs that a tweet I did comparing Sarah Palin unfavorably to Ben Carson is stimulating some Palinite shots at Carson. Who'd a thunk it? Here are some remains of the day: * Mississippi judge tosses Chris McDaniel legal challenge to Republican Senate primary on grounds it missed deadline. * At The Atlantic Peter Beinart argues Obama does have Middle East strategy: "fierce minimalism" focused on avoiding U.S. casualties at home or abroad. * At the New Yorker Connie Bruck has a profile of today's AIPAC and its possibly weakening influence, and TNR's John Judis offers some…
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    New Republic

  • What Your Choice of Cafe Says About You

    Oliver Farry
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    There is a down-at-heel café a few doors up from me in the working-class neighbourhood of Paris where I live that has, over the past eighteen months or so, done everything it could to attract a new, presumably younger, clientele. First there was a hand-written sign announcing the arrival of table-f
  • How Scientists Captured the Brains of Amis and McEwan

    Leo Robson
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The Children ActIan McEwanJonathan Cape, 224pp, £16.99The Zone of InterestMartin AmisJonathan Cape, 311pp, £18.99An author in his book must be like God in the universe, present everywhere and visible nowhere.Flaubert’s prescription, set down in
  • The Great Architect Rebellion of 2014

    Sarah Williams Goldhagen
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The Venice Biennale, which opened in 
June and runs until late November, is probably in terms of floor-area coverage, and probably also in dollars expended, the largest architecture show on Earth. Indeed, maybe the greatest too. Every other year, this exhibition takes over most of this legendary c
  • AIPAC Is in Decline—But So Are Hopes for a Two-State Solution

    John B. Judis
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:35 am
    Connie Bruck has written an excellent portrait of the Israel lobby, AIPAC, in The New Yorker. I say that as someone who knows something about the organization and has
  • Republicans Are Using Tax Reform as an Excuse to Let Corporations Avoid U.S. Taxes

    Danny Vinik
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:38 am
    Whenever liberals argue that Congress needs to close the corporate tax loophole known as an inversion, conservatives always respond the same way: Reform the tax code. The latest example comes from C
 
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  • U.S. Warns Against Ukraine Travel

    Justin Worland
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:25 pm
    The U.S. State Department warned Americans Friday to avoid traveling to eastern Ukraine, in response to the ongoing conflict between Ukraine’s armed forces and Russia-backed separatists. “The situation in Ukraine is unpredictable and could change quickly,” the statement said. “U.S. citizens throughout Ukraine should avoid large crowds and be prepared to remain indoors and shelter in place for extended periods of time should clashes occur in their vicinity.” The announcement identified the eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, which have been plagued with…
  • Rand Paul: Bill Would Fire Hillary

    Zeke J Miller
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is positioning himself as the GOP’s ace Clinton critic. Speaking to the conservative Americans for Prosperity conference in Dallas Friday, the Republican 2016 hopeful escalated his verbal assault on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s fitness for service, arguing that even her husband, former President Bill Clinton, would have fired her for her handling of the Benghazi attacks. Launching on an extended attack of Clinton’s record, Paul said Clinton had repeatedly minimized the threat to the U.S. consulate in Benghazi before the September 11,…
  • Shut Up Already About Obama’s Tan Suit! Let’s Talk Substance Over Style

    Jay Newton-Small
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:45 am
    MoreIn Defense of Barack Obama’s Tan SuitObama Says ‘We Don’t Have a Strategy Yet’ for Fighting ISISLIVE: Obama Speaks on ISIS and Ukraine CrisisFemale politicians have been criticized for what they wear since they first began running for office. Hair too long, skirt too short, too much or too little makeup: any and all of it can derail an interview and focus attention on style over substance. It almost doesn’t matter what you say if you don’t look good doing it, the television adage goes. MoreLetting Kids Shoot Guns Is Good for ThemDetroit: America’s Emerging…
  • Pictures of the Week: Aug. 22 – Aug.29

    Phil Bicker
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:26 am
    From Michael Brown’s funeral and a cease fire in Gaza, to swarms of locusts in Madagascar and the US Open Tennis Championships, TIME presents the best pictures of the week.
  • In Defense of Barack Obama’s Tan Suit

    Eric Dodds
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:21 am
    Let’s make this much clear: there is nothing wrong, wild or crazy about a tan suit. This may come as a shock to those who expressed outrage at President Obama’s choice of attire yesterday, but not all suits come in a shade of gray or navy. In fact, as colors outside of those two go, tan is rather plain and simple. As for the suit itself, the lapels are in their typical three-inch range, it’s not tailored any better than his other suits (at least from the navel up) and the American flag pin is in its usual location. The tan suit is just another suit that happens to be a…
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  • Rubio heals wounds on the right

    30 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    Marco Rubio came to South Carolina this week hoping to win over the kind of conservative hardliners who turned on him last year as the Senate immigration reform bill he sponsored hit a roadblock in the Republican-controlled House.
  • Obama's comment sparks uproar

    30 Aug 2014 | 6:28 am
    When is a strategy not a strategy? When it's a political football. President Obama ignited fresh conservative criticism by saying "we don't have a strategy yet" for airstrikes against ISIS targets in Syria.
  • Obama's no 'strategy yet' comment on ISIS in Syria sparks a political uproar

    29 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    When is a strategy not a strategy? When it's a political football. President Obama ignited fresh conservative criticism by saying "we don't have a strategy yet" for airstrikes against ISIS targets in Syria.
  • White House: No plan to raise threat level

    29 Aug 2014 | 10:35 am
    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest comments on the British government's decision to raise its terror threat level.
  • Five other U.S. leaders and the words that tripped them up

    29 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    Speaking off the cuff is always a bit of a tightrope act for the occupant of the nation's highest office, and even more so when it's in front of a room of reporters.
 
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  • U.S. to push for coalition to fight 'cancer' of Islamic State: Kerry

    30 Aug 2014 | 11:34 am
    Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States will use a NATO summit next week to push for a coalition of countries to beat back incursions in Syria and Iraq by Islamic State militants who are destabilizing the region and beyond. "With a united response led by the United States and the broadest possible coalition of nations, the cancer of ISIS will not be allowed to spread to other countries," Kerry wrote in an opinion piece published in The New York Times on Saturday. Public anger over the beheading of American journalist James Foley has led President Barack Obama to…
  • Obama to attend wedding of longtime personal chef

    30 Aug 2014 | 11:24 am
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Here's what the Obama family had on its plate Saturday evening: the White House chef's wedding.
  • California governor lauds passage of 'historic' sick leave bill

    30 Aug 2014 | 10:45 am
    By Brendan O'Brien (Reuters) - A measure to grant California workers mandatory sick leave that passed the state legislature early on Saturday appeared poised to become law after Governor Jerry Brown lauded it as a historic achievement. The bill would require employers to provide at least three days of annual paid sick leave to workers, who would accrue the time off at a rate of one hour per 30 hours worked. If Brown signs the measure into law, California will join Connecticut as the only states mandating paid sick leave, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.
  • Poland's Tusk named EU president, Mogherini to head diplomacy

    30 Aug 2014 | 10:44 am
    Brussels (AFP) - European leaders named Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk as the next EU president and Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini to head the bloc's foreign service, current leader Herman Van Rompuy said Saturday.
  • Iraq launches drive to break jihadist siege of Amerli

    30 Aug 2014 | 10:38 am
    Iraq launched a major operation on Saturday to liberate a jihadist-besieged town, as US Secretary of State John Kerry called for a global coalition to combat the "genocidal" militants. Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah warned that the West would be the next IS target unless swift action is taken, after Britain raised its terror alert level over the threat of jihadist attacks. The drive to break the more than two-month siege of Amerli came as an NGO said that the Islamic State (IS) jihadist group, which has surrounded the Shiite Turkmen-majority town, sold at least 27 women in Syria…
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    Political Irony

  • Late Night Political Humor

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

    Iron Knee
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:33 pm
    Jon Stewart nails it again, with humor. My favorite quote is the guy who says “You know who talks about race? Racists.” Isn’t he talking about race? Does that mean he is identifying himself as a racist? If so, then I’m agreeing with him! Related posts: A Message from the TSA A Message From the Queen Deciphering McCain’s message
  • Late Night Political Humor

    Iron Knee
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:15 pm
    “Texas Governor Rick Perry has been indicted after he threatened to veto funding for a district attorney’s office unless she stepped down. He’s now the most controversial governor in the country – which is why today he got a gift basket from Chris Christie.” – Jimmy Fallon “Rumor has it that Texas Gov. Rick Perry badly wants to run in the next presidential race. You can tell Perry’s behind it because they’re starting to make signs that says ‘Perry 2017′.” – Conan O’Brien “It looks like Rick Perry’s chances in…
  • Dope Saves Lives

    Iron Knee
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:36 pm
    A study just published in the Internal Medicine Journal of the American Medical Association finds that states that have legalized medical marijuana have 25% fewer deaths caused by overdoses of prescription drugs. The reduction in deaths occurred directly following the legalization of medical marijuana. According to the lead author of the study: “We think that people with chronic pain may be choosing to treat their pain with marijuana rather than with prescription painkillers, in states where this is legal.” Other studies have had similar results. This is probably caused by the…
  • Children?

    Iron Knee
    26 Aug 2014 | 12:26 am
    © Shannon Wheeler Maybe we shouldn’t let the police in Ferguson play cops and robbers either. Related posts: Indoctrinating Our Children Suffer the Children Out of the Mouths of Children
 
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    Politics - The Huffington Post

  • The Meaning of the Koch Brothers Tapes: "I Don't Know Where We'd Be Without You"

    30 Aug 2014 | 11:01 am
    One of the classic strategies for politicians caught saying embarrassing things is to use the old "there's nothing to see here, keep moving" ploy. Republicans tried that at first when Romney was caught on the 47% tape, but it didn't work for them because it wasn't only what Romney said that was so offensive, it was the context: speaking to a bunch of wealthy donors about all those greedy seniors and poor people. Sounds familiar. The spectacle of Mitch McConnell, Joni Ernst, Cory Gardner, Tom Cotton, the head of the Republican Governors Association (and other politicians who were on the agenda…
  • Iowa Probe: A Ditch For Mitch?

    30 Aug 2014 | 10:22 am
    WASHINGTON -- The five words a senator least likes to hear are not “you have lost the election.” They are “the federal investigation is ongoing.” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky might have a reason to be concerned that the second sentence could lead to him hearing the first. On Wednesday, a federal investigation in Iowa forced a state senator there to plead guilty to obstruction of justice charges stemming from $73,000 in bribes he admitted taking from Rep. Ron Paul's campaign in 2012. A key figure in that 2012 Ron Paul campaign (and the 2008 Ron Paul campaign as…
  • Labor Day: Created in Six Days From Collective Guilt and a Stubborn Landlord

    30 Aug 2014 | 9:28 am
    The following was first published on Kevin's blog, MyMediDiary. This weekend, we're celebrating the end of summer -- the bookend to Memorial Day and a great Monday to have off. Labor Day was created to supposedly honor the American worker but was passed in record time in 1887 by a Congress and president with a guilty-conscience. Grover Cleveland It began with a broken promise -- probably one that shouldn't have been made. But it was made -- and believed to be made for all the right reasons on one side and the more logical reason on the other side -- the reason of profit. George Pullman George…
  • The Other Guy Behind The Mexican-American Studies Ban Lost His Primary Too

    30 Aug 2014 | 9:20 am
    The second of the two main forces behind an Arizona law banning a controversial Mexican-American Studies curriculum admitted defeat in his bid for reelection as the state’s Attorney General this week. Attorney General Tom Horne -- plagued by a campaign finance investigation, rumors of an extra-marital affair and a hit-and-run car accident -- lost the GOP primary to Mark Brnovich. The defeat in Tuesday’s election, which Horne did not conceded until the following day, came in the same round of primary elections on Tuesday that ousted the state Superintendent of Public Instruction John…
  • Weapons Expert Warns About ISIS Militants' Supply Of Guns And Ammunition

    30 Aug 2014 | 8:55 am
    Every week, The WorldPost asks an expert to shed light on a topic driving headlines around the world. Today, we turn to Syria and the danger of the Islamic State militant group. After the Islamic State captured a major military air base in Syria last week, the extremist group was quick to broadcast its war booty, posing in Syrian fighter jets and posting images of the air squadrons and missiles it claimed to have secured. Yet how do we verify the militant group's claims about the types of arms it now has in its possession? Damien Spleeter, an associate field investigator at Conflict Armament…
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    Media Matters for America - Latest Items

  • News Outlet: Karl Rove Twisted Our Reporting For His Anti-Dem Attack Ad

    29 Aug 2014 | 8:12 am
    The Colorado Independent criticized Fox News contributor Karl Rove and his political group for twisting its reporting into a misleading attack on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Democratic Sen. Mark Udall. Rove is the co-founder of Crossroads GPS, an IRS 501(c)(4) group that funds attacks against Democratic candidates across the country. The Associated Press reported on August 19 that GPS plans to spend more than $6 million on television ads in Colorado. The group's latest Colorado ad attacks incumbent Sen. Udall for supporting health care reform, with a narrator claiming…
  • Laura Ingraham Tells Radio Listeners That Obama Considers Them, Not Islamic State, The "True Enemy"

    29 Aug 2014 | 7:56 am
    From the August 29 edition of Courtside Entertainment Group's The Laura Ingraham Show:Previously: AAJA And MPAC Demand Action After Fox Host Advocated For Violence Against MuslimsMuslim Leaders Have Roundly Denounced Islamic State, But Conservative Media Won't Tell You That Laura Ingraham Defies Reality, Suggests Muslim Leaders Haven't Condemned ISIS Violence
  • Fox's Geraldo: Obama Should Encourage American Muslims "To Be Americans First"

    29 Aug 2014 | 7:19 am
    From the August 29 edition of Fox News Fox & Friends: GERALDO RIVERA: I would like the President of the United States to say to Muslim Americans, you are our fellow citizens, we adore you. You are part of the American mosaic. We incorporate you. We extol the virtue of your wonderful religion. But I ask -- me speaking again as the president -- you Imams in the various mosques around the country, to begin preaching American patriotism. Begin spotting these troubled youngsters, disabusing them of the notion that their first loyalty is to jihad…
  • The Foreign Leaders Conservative Media Wish Were In Charge Here

    29 Aug 2014 | 12:32 am
    International incidents are a prime opportunity to daydream about foreign leaders who'd make better presidents than Barack Obama, at least inside the conservative media bubble. David Cameron has now joined Vladimir Putin and Benjamin Netanyahu on the right's list of foreigners they'd rather have in the Oval Office than the man the nation elected. On August 28, President Obama delivered remarks on the U.S. military's approach to the rising terror threat from the Islamic State (also known as ISIS or ISIL) and recent developments in Ukraine. Right-wing media figures responded with disdain,…
  • Chris Wallace Says Fox News Colleague Ben Carson Doesn't Have A "Serious Chance To Be President"

    28 Aug 2014 | 9:02 am
    From the August 28 edition of KFTK's Allman in the Morning:Previously: Inevitable: Fox News Hires Dr. Ben Carson The Fox News Candidate With Nowhere To Run
 
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    The Women's International Perspective

  • Is Potential Asylum Enough?

    Kim Amador
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:19 pm
    This week’s ruling by the United States Justice Department granting an immigrant woman from Guatemala, who fled her home country due to domestic violence, the right to seek asylum is long overdue. As someone who has a personal history with domestic violence this ruling really hit home. I have dedicated my life and my studies to combatting domestic violence and for my Master’s dissertation I looked at United States Immigration Policy and United States Domestic Violence Policies to see if immigrant women are truly given the protections necessary. My findings suggest that while there has…
  • Gender Equity for Rural Haitian Women: An Interview with Kettly Alexandre of the Peasant Movement of Papay

    beverly bell
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
    Interviewed by Beverly Bell, Edited by Jessica Hsu The Peasant Movement of Papay (MPP) is one of the largest small-farmer associations in Haiti with 70,000 members, of whom close to half are women. MPP was founded in 1973 to improve the living conditions of small farmers while working for social and economic justice. Here, Kettly Alexandre of the MPP Women’s Committee speaks to advances made over 40 years for women’s rights, equity, and an end to violence. Kettly Alexandre of the Peasant Movement of Papay Women’s Committee. Photo: Beverly Bell Even though the road has been long, we…
  • A Mother’s Anguish

    Kim Amador
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:27 am
    by Pamposh Dhar, Tehelka, India – The night her son disappeared, Parveena Ahangar had a nightmare. She dreamt of being bitten by a dog; she was wounded and in pain, but there was no blood. She woke up and wondered what it could possibly mean. Little did she know that a real-life nightmare had already begun; a nightmare that has haunted her for the past 24 years. In the morning, Parveena was told that the army had picked up her son. Read More »
  • Food for Tomorrow

    daniellenierenberg
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:53 am
    Nearly 1 billion people go hungry each day, while more than 34 percent of the U.S. population is considered obese. That these realities can exist simultaneously shows that our food system needs to be fixed—and soon. Food advocates, chefs, businesses, and eaters must collaborate with each other todayto ensure a healthy, affordable, and environmentally sustainable future for agriculture.  The Food for Tomorrow conference, organized by The New York Times with Food Tank as the official media partner, is providing a unique opportunity to change the food system to now. Hosted by Times…
  • The Many Ways to Map the Islamic ‘State’

    Kirstin Kelley
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:45 am
    by Kathy Gilsinan, The Atlantic, USA – ISIS territory in Iraq and Syria tendstobedescribed as “swaths.” The estimated size of these swaths, which ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi declared a caliphate in June, varies widely in reports, from 12,000 square miles—”an area the size of Belgium,” per The Wall Street Journal—to 35,000 square miles, or “an area the size of Jordan,” as George Packer wrote this week in The New Yorker. Whatever else the caliphate is, by these estimates of territorial size at least, it’s starting to look more and more…
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    This Week in Blackness | #TWIBnation

  • “And Over Here, We Have a Negro…”

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

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

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

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

    David Von Ebers
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:13 am
    The year was 1983. I had graduated from the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign the previous spring, and I still had my gaudy orange key ring that boldly if hilariously proclaimed: “The ’80s Belong To The Illini.” And, in fact, between the as-yet-unsanctioned football and basketball programs run by Mike White and Lou Henson, respectively, that claim wasn’t altogether outrageous. After an early non-conference loss to Missouri, the 1983 football Illini began to look like a legitimate contender, rounding out the month of September with victories over unranked Stanford and Michigan…
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    Wonkette

  • Mitch McConnell’s Campaign Manager Quits To Spend More Time With His (Alleged) Bribe Money

    Doktor Zoom
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:23 am
    Looks like Senate Minority Leader and Supreme Chelonian Overlord Mitch McConnell is going to have to find himself a new campaign manager after the sudden resignation of Jesse Benton, who will now have more time to hold his nose and wait for Rand Paul to snap him up for 2016. It might be a long wait, what with the guilty plea last week by Ken Sorenson, a former Iowa state senator who admitted taking bribes to switch his endorsement from Michele Bachmann to Ron Paul shortly before the Iowa caucuses in 2012. What the what? How is bribery in the Iowa caucuses two years ago connected to…
  • It’s A Texas Abortion Party, Who Could Ask For More?

    Doktor Zoom
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:42 am
    Excellent news, for a while at least, maybe: A federal judge has overturned part of Texas’s terrible abortion law, House Bill 2, which means that the state’s remaining clinics can stay open. The new restrictions, which would have gone into effect Monday, required clinics performing abortions to meet the same standards as hospital-based outpatient surgical facilities, and would have closed all but seven clinics in the state. U.S. District Judge Lee Yeakel ruled that requiring abortion facilities to comply with the standards of ambulatory surgical centers would reduce access so much…
  • Wingnuts Pretty Sure ISIS Gonna Storm Texas Any Minute Now

    Doktor Zoom
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:45 pm
    The WingnuttoSphere is buzzing today with news that ISIS is planning an “imminent attack” at the U.S-Mexico border any day now!!!Exclamationpoint!! The alleged intelligence report comes from rightwing bullshit spigot “Judicial Watch”, which claims: Islamic terrorist groups are operating in the Mexican border city of Ciudad Juarez and planning to attack the United States with car bombs or other vehicle born improvised explosive devices (VBIED). High-level federal law enforcement, intelligence and other sources have confirmed to Judicial Watch that a warning bulletin for…
  • Clip And Save: Your Patriot Bingo Card!

    Beth Ethier
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:34 pm
      ATTENTION, LOVERS OF FREEDOM! We assume we’ll be seeing all of you Real Americans Saturday at noon. What’s that? You have plans to spend your Labor Day weekend eating warm potato salad by the lake, maybe burning some lawn clippings in defiance of local ordinances? To that we say NO. We do not give one good goddamn about your pre-marinated grillin’ steaks or your non-refundable cabin rental. Your presence is required elsewhere. The very future of this great nation depends on you. Saturday is the culmination of National Impeach Obama Week, which is actually a…
  • Peggy Noonan Goes To Wyoming, Says Words At It

    Gary Legum
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:07 pm
    Tenderfoot is a city girl, used to canyons of high-rise buildings, not canyons of rock and dirt and running rivers that do not smell like a giant Superfund site. But she is happy to escape the city in August, that dull month when the garbage piles are as high as an elephant’s eye and the heat renders everyone, even the bartenders, even more surly than usual. Now she is in Moran, Wyoming, a place of such ethereal beauty that she does not need gin to enjoy it. Though it sure helps! She does not know the West, except in Cormac McCarthy books, where there are usually immortal men and lost souls…
 
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    Hot Air

  • California Dem moves to outlaw some civilian body armor

    Jazz Shaw
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:31 am
    Stoppage Bob Owens at Bearing Arms talks about a new piece of Democrat legislation which, rather than trying to ban various types of weapons, seeks to restrict civilians from using certain classes of body armor. These anti-gun Democrats keep failing to stop us from having guns… and so they seem intent on making sure that we […] Read this post »
  • Don’t count Rob Ford out just yet

    Jazz Shaw
    30 Aug 2014 | 10:01 am
    A grateful nation thanks you (though not yours) Sometimes we have trouble coming to acceptance in the face of imminent loss, and at times like that it’s easy to latch on to false hopes. If you’re a blogger or just a lover of good political snark, you were probably saddened at the thought of losing the true gem of the North, Mayor Rob […] Read this post »
  • New York’s new gun laws returning unexpected results

    Jazz Shaw
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:31 am
    Grabby Genevieve Wood of the Heritage Foundation reports on a piece of news about the Empire State which came as a surprise even to me. (And it’s a subject near and dear to my heart, particularly in recent months, but more on that below.) If you had to guess which state in the US has the […] Read this post »
  • WaPo: Say, this President doesn’t seem terribly competent at foreign policy, huh?

    Ed Morrissey
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:01 am
    "Alarming ... dismaying ... disturbing..." The “no strategy” gaffe caught many by surprise on Thursday, calling into question for many critics two questions about Barack Obama’s competence. First, how could the White House have no strategy to deal with a threat that had been rising in the region even before Obama’s dismissal in January of ISIS as “jayvees”? Second, what […] Read this post »
  • On the dismissal of the Chris McDaniel challenge in Mississippi

    Jazz Shaw
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:31 am
    Maybe not too little, but too late? The news came out yesterday afternoon that yet another blow had been dealt to Chris McDaniel’s ongoing challenge to his runoff election against Thad Cochran. The ruling seemed to bear very little – if any – relevance to questions about voting improprieties at the ballot box, and everything to do with some paperwork. A Mississippi […] Read this post »
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    Real PolitixReal Politix

  • Tips And Tricks For The Online Business Owner

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

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

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

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

    Randy
    22 Aug 2014 | 9:59 pm
    TIP! If any business expenses arise from having to entertain clients, you can deduct these costs out of your taxable earnings. Such meetings would be considered legitimate business expenses. Any online business is an excellent way to earn some extra cash or even earn a full-time living. The amount of time you dedicate to your business will be directly related to the degree of success that you enjoy. This piece is meant to offer some good home based business advice. TIP! Finding the right product for your business can be difficult. Think about products that make your life easier as a start.
 
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    FamousDC

  • Famous Friday [Round Up]

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

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

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

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

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

  • Ferguson Crackdown Sparks Review of Police Militarization that Mainly Targets Communities of Color

    29 Aug 2014 | 5:50 am
    President Obama has ordered a White House-led review of federal programs that fund and distribute military equipment to state and local police. Obama cited concern at how such equipment was used during the recent unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, following the police killing of Michael Brown. One of the BearCat armored trucks used during protests there was paid for with $360,000 in Homeland Security grants. According to Pentagon data published by The New York Times, police departments have received tens of thousands of machine guns during the Obama administration, along with nearly 200,000…
  • Rep. Luis Gutiérrez: Chicago Murder Outbreak Linked to Deep-Rooted Issues of Poverty, Unemployment

    29 Aug 2014 | 5:46 am
    In Chicago, five people were killed and at least 42 people were wounded in an outbreak of shootings in the city last weekend. The wounded included a 3-year-old boy. We speak to Rep. Luis Gutiérrez, Democrat from Illinois.
  • As 145 Arrested in White House Protest, Rep. Luis Gutiérrez Urges Obama to Halt Mass Deportations

    29 Aug 2014 | 5:33 am
    Immigrants and their allies held protests in more than a dozen cities Thursday to mark what they called the National Day to Fight for Families. Calling on President Obama to take executive action and stem his record level of deportations, about 145 people were arrested in front of the White House after laying red carnations over photos of deported loved ones. The protest came as President Obama called on Congress yet again to help address immigration reform, but suggested he would take executive action if it is the only way to address the situation. We speak to Rep. Luis Gutiérrez…
  • Could U.S. Airstrikes in Syria and Iraq Weaken Islamic State — or Win Them More Recruits?

    29 Aug 2014 | 5:27 am
    President Obama is sending Secretary of State John Kerry to the Middle East to help build a regional coalition against the Islamic State, or ISIS, the militant group that has seized large parts of Iraq and Syria. “We don’t have a strategy yet,” Obama admitted. We speak to journalist Jonathan Steele, author of “Defeat: Losing Iraq and the Future of the Middle East.” Steele says that at this point, he believes ISIS represents a “marginal threat” on Western interests and that airstrikes will be counterproductive.
  • Ukraine Crisis Escalates as Russian Forces Cross Border, NATO Moves to Expand in Region

    29 Aug 2014 | 5:13 am
    The United States and NATO are openly accusing Russia of sending combat forces into Ukraine as tensions continue to mount. According to the United Nations, nearly 2,600 people have been killed in eastern Ukraine since April in fighting between Ukrainian forces and separatist rebels sympathetic to Russia. On Thursday, at least 15 civilians were killed when Ukrainian forces shelled the rebel-held city of Donetsk. Meanwhile, a new Human Rights Watch report accuses the rebels of arbitrarily detaining civilians and subjecting them to torture, degrading treatment, and forced labor. On Thursday,…
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    NYT: The Caucus

  • Sunday Breakfast Menu, Aug. 24

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

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

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

    By ELENA SCHNEIDER
    9 Aug 2014 | 12:17 pm
    This week, President Obama authorized targeted airstrikes against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, a militant group that has taken over large parts of northern Iraq, drawing the United States back into the conflict in Iraq.
  • Reactions on Twitter to James S. Brady’s Death

    By MICHAEL ROSTON
    4 Aug 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Users of social media platforms remembered James S. Brady, the White House press secretary who was shot in the head during an assassination attempt on President Ronald Reagan.
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    Outside the Beltway

  • McConnell Campaign Manager Resigns Amid Investigation Into 2012 Iowa Bribery Scandal

    Doug Mataconis
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:19 am
    The re-election campaign of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell was sent into something of a shock yesterday thanks to the sudden and somewhat unexpected announcement that Jesse Benton, who was managing his re-election and had manged Rand Paul’s 2010 campaign and Ron Paul’s 2008 and 2012 Presidential campaign, was resigning amid questions raised by a bribery scandal still unfolding in Iowa, was stepping aside with less than nine weeks to go until Election Day: Jesse Benton, the campaign manager for U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, will resign his post as a bribery…
  • Judge Tosses Chris McDaniel’s Challenge To GOP Senate Runoff Result

    Doug Mataconis
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:59 am
    Some three months after he lost the Mississippi Republican Primary runoff election, Chris McDaniel has suffered yet another setback with the dismissal of the lawsuit he filed less than two weeks ago in an effort to overturn the result of that election:  A Mississippi judge on Friday dismissed state Sen. Chris McDaniel’s challenge of longtime Sen. Thad Cochran’s June Republican primary runoff victory. The McDaniel camp had asserted that Cochran’s winning margin came from ineligible Democratic voters — evidence of which they intended to prove at a trial beginning on…
  • OTB Caption Contest Winners

    Rodney Dill
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:43 am
    The Another Brick In The Wall Edition OTB Caption ContestTM is now over. REUTERS/Badi Khlif ✰ THE WINNERS ✰ First: jd – “Wait! That’s no way to kill cockroaches! Second: RockThisTown – “Darn slow internet! Take this, you sorry ISP!” Third: OzarkHillbilly – Recoil: It’s a b!tch. HONORABLE MENTION charles austin – You must be this tall to fire the sniper rifle. Tillman – Man, I sure hope the Women’s Auxiliary at Trout Road Methodist won’t miss these. PAUL HOOSON – “….damned Jehovah’s…
  • A Contrarian Analysis Of The 2014 Midterms

    Doug Mataconis
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:31 am
    Unlike pretty much every other polling analyst out there — ranging from Nate Silver to The New York Times’ Upworthy to more traditional analysts like Larry Sabato, Charles Cook, and Stuart Rothenberg — Sam Wang believes that the Democrats are likely to hold on to the Senate this year, indeed he currently gives them a 72% chance of holding on to the Senate. While this is certainly a contrarian point of view at the moment, it’s worth noting that Wang did accurately predict the outcome of every Senate election in 2012 and, while he hasn’t gotten the…
  • Republicans Still Have A Problem With Female Voters

    Doug Mataconis
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:50 am
    A new study confirms something that we’ve known for quite some time, namely that Republicans have huge problems with female voters and it doesn’t seem like they’re doing much of anything to solve them: A detailed report commissioned by two major Republican groups — including one backed by Karl Rove — paints a dismal picture for Republicans, concluding female voters view the party as “intolerant,” “lacking in compassion” and “stuck in the past.” Women are “barely receptive” to Republicans’ policies, and the…
 
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    Truthdig: Drilling Beneath the Headlines

  • Barrett Brown Guilty Plea Could Chill Reporting

    editor@truthdig.com
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:58 am
    Hacktivist journalist Barret Brown pled guilty to three charges stemming from his reporting on a high-profile hack by the group Anonymous and his longstanding conflict with the FBI. Instead of the 105 years in prison he once faced, Brown could see a maximum eight and a half years behind bars, with a chance of serving less time. Douglas Lucas reports at The Daily Dot: For most of the year and a half that he awaited trial, Brown was charged with threatening an FBI agent, conspiring to hide his potentially evidence-bearing laptops, and sharing a link to credit card data publicized during the…
  • ‘Left, Right & Center’: Ukraine, ISIS, Burger King and Drones

    editor@truthdig.com
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:27 am
    Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists look at Russia’s continuous push into Ukraine, a possible price for passivity with ISIS, the tax logic or corporate betrayal of Burger King’s expatriation to Canada, and the coming of the Google drones. Related Entries January 11, 2006 Site Preferences August 30, 2014 U.S. Public Worried About ISIL and Putin but Climate Change Is the Real Challenge
  • Committed Carbon Emissions Are Rising Fast

    editor@truthdig.com
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:17 am
    By Tim Radford, Climate News Network The world’s governments agree that carbon dioxide emissions need to stop rising, but the power plants they build are committing the planet to big emission increases ahead. Related Entries August 26, 2014 Neo-Liberal Austerity Keeps Europe Down August 20, 2014 Ferguson Situation Highlights U.S. Duplicity for America’s Critics Abroad
  • Poet Naomi Shihab Nye Discusses What It Was Like Growing Up in Palestine and Ferguson

    editor@truthdig.com
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:05 am
    Naomi Shihab Nye, a Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and an award-winning writer, was raised in two of the most frequently discussed conflict zones in the news today. In a recent piece for The Washington Post, Nye talks about the lessons she learned while living in lands that are still divided by racial tensions. Related Entries August 29, 2014 Shades of Gaza in Ukraine? August 29, 2014 Elizabeth Warren Breaks Silence on Israel/Gaza, Sounds Like Netanyahu
  • Stephen Colbert: ‘ISIS Has Now Attracted the Most Heavily Armed, Violent People on Earth: Americans’

    editor@truthdig.com
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:58 am
    The “Colbert Report” host talks about the latest threat in the Middle East, the Islamic State, as well as Fox News’ weirdly imaginative (or rather delusional) responses to ISIS, all of which are so detached from reality that the comedian decides it’s time to invoke ghosts to explain current events in terms that right-wing pundits can truly get their heads around. Related Entries August 30, 2014 Poet Naomi Shihab Nye Discusses What It Was Like Growing Up in Palestine and Ferguson August 30, 2014 U.S. Public Worried About ISIL and Putin but Climate Change Is the Real…
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    PUNDITGUY

  • “COPS” TV Show Crew Member Dies After Being Shot

    PunditGuy
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:28 pm
    The show “COPS” has been must see TV for millions of people in the U.S., and I’m sure many, like me, have wondered if anyone involved in the production of the reality TV show has ever been hurt, or has somehow become the story rather than the storyteller. It happened last night. A crew member with the “Cops” television show was fatally struck by police gunfire as Omaha officers confronted a robber — who also was fatally wounded — at a midtown restaurant, law enforcement sources said Wednesday. The World-Herald has learned that at least 30 shots were fired at the Wendy’s near…
  • Ebola: Is It Getting Worse?

    PunditGuy
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Depending on who you pay attention to, you may hear that the Ebola outbreak in Africa is either no big deal, because it’s really hard to catch, or, it’s much worse and that the severity is being under reported. The Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention remarked on Wednesday that he believes things are much worse than anyone is willing to report. “It’s even worse than I’d feared,” Dr. Tom Frieden, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Wednesday of the Ebola outbreak rampaging through West Africa. “Every day this outbreak…
  • Brown Shooting Audio Might Be a Hoax

    PunditGuy
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:03 pm
    If you’ve been watching CNN at all over the last 24-hours, you’ve no doubt heard the audio clip purporting to be the exact moment Michael Brown was shot by Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, MO. This morning, CNN had two former law enforcement officials on the program to comment on the validity of the audio. They were skeptical. “I’ve told your producers that for all I know this is one of Howard Stern’s punk people,” former LAPD officer David Klinger said. “It came out, what, two weeks after the event, and so I don’t have a high degree of confidence in it.” “But, it could…
  • Tony Blair: Let’s Restore Gaza!

    PunditGuy
    27 Aug 2014 | 2:35 pm
    As details on the long-term truce in the Israel / Palestinian conflict continue to flow out to the public, some are rushing to put measures in place to rebuild after the destruction from the thousands of bombs that were dropped over seven weeks. The rebuilding wouldn’t necessarily be an area wide endeavor. Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, now Middle East Quartet Envoy, wants to immediately focus on opening the Gaza Strip to the world. He wants nations to join in the rebuilding effort, but it should be controlled by the Palestinian Authority. “Such a plan can allow Gaza residents…
  • That Homeless Guy Who Accepted Miley Cyrus’ MTV Award? He’s Wanted in Oregon

    PunditGuy
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:58 pm
    Oops. It was strange enough when Miley Cyrus sent 22-year-old homeless man Jesse Helt onstage at Sunday’s MTV Video Music Awards to accept her statue for Video of the Year and issue a PSA about the plight of runaway teens in America. Now, two days later, we’re learning that police have a warrant out for Helt in Oregon. According to The Oregonian, Helt was arrested in 2010 for criminal mischief, criminal trespass and burglary after breaking into the home of a man who he believed sold him bad marijuana. He ended up pleading guilty and serving 30 days in jail for the misdemeanor charges plus…
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    ThinkProgress

  • Drought-Stricken California Makes Historic Move To Regulate Underground Water For The First Time

    Ryan Koronowski
    30 Aug 2014 | 10:27 am
    The dry bed of the Stevens Creek Reservoir is seen on Thursday, March 13, 2014, in Cupertino, Calif. CREDIT: AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez At least one in four Californians get their water from underground aquifers, and up until now, use of this water has been totally unregulated, with disputes about overuse settled in court. California is one of the few where it’s “pump as you please” with groundwater. That is about to change. As the California State Legislature wrapped up their session, they passed the state’s first-ever plan to regulate underground water supplies.
  • Federal Government Sues Minnesota City For Rejecting A Proposed Islamic Center

    Jack Jenkins
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:43 am
    The Islamic Center of America mosque in Dearborn, Michigan. CREDIT: AP The U.S. government is suing the city of St. Anthony, Minnesota for rejecting a proposal for a Muslim worship space two years ago, arguing that the city’s decision is a violation of religious freedom. In a lawsuit filed on Wednesday, the Department of Justice (DOJ) took a stand against a 2012 decision by the St. Anthony City Council to deny a conditional use permit to the Abu Huraira Islamic Center, which had requested authorization to use the basement of the St. Anthony Business Center for religious prayer and…
  • Three Things Conservatives Wrote This Week That Everyone Should Read

    Jeff Spross
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:08 am
    CREDIT: Shutterstock Welcome to TP Ideas‘ weekly roundup of the best conservative writing! Every Friday, we take a look at three pieces by right-leaning writers that constructively articulate core elements of their worldview. The goal isn’t to find conservatives telling us how right liberals are, but rather to pick out writing that helps liberals understand where their ideological foes are coming from. So let’s get started. 1. “Can Prop 103 Handle Driverless Cars?” — Ian Adams, R Street One theme that has been rising to the surface more and more in conservative…
  • California Becomes The Second State Ever To Guarantee That Sick Workers Can Take A Paid Day Off

    Bryce Covert
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    CREDIT: Flickr Early on Saturday morning, the California Senate passed a bill guaranteeing at least three paid sick days a year for about 6.5 million workers, sending it to Gov. Jerry Brown (D). Brown’s office said it supports the bill, and in a statement after it passed he said, “Tonight, the Legislature took historic action to help hardworking Californians.” Assuming he signs the bill, California will become just the second state ever to guarantee paid sick leave and the law will be the tenth in the nation. The bill would require employers to provide sick leave to…
  • A Federal Judge Just Called Out The Big Lie Behind Texas’s Latest Abortion Restriction

    Ian Millhiser
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:47 pm
    CREDIT: AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis Texas’s justification for an anti-abortion law enacted last year is “disingenuous,” according to Judge Lee Yeakel’s opinion striking parts of that law on Friday. Indeed, Judge Yeakel’s opinion dismantles the state’s avowed justification for the law, pointing out that it does little to protect women’s health and a great deal to restrict access to abortion. Whatever the strength of Yeakel’s argument, however, his decision is unlikely to stand for long, as it will be appealed to one of the most conservative courts…
 
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    Slate Articles

  • House of Cards: Magic and Probability

    Cathy O'Neil
    30 Aug 2014 | 4:30 am
    Listen to Episode No. 16 of Slate Money:
  • The Longform Guide to Modern Las Vegas

    30 Aug 2014 | 4:15 am
    Every weekend, Longform shares a collection of great stories from its archive with Slate. For daily picks of new and classic nonfiction, check out Longform or follow @longform on Twitter. Have an iPad? Download Longform’s app to read the latest picks, plus features from 70 of the world’s best magazines, including Slate.
  • The Thing I Need to Do Before “I Do”

    Mike Pesca
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:51 pm
    Listen to Episode 82 of Slate’s The Gist:
  • What Immigration Crisis?

    Josh Voorhees
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:19 pm
    Earlier this summer, as unaccompanied Central American children poured into the United States at a rate of more than 350 per day, President Obama and Republicans agreed: This was a crisis that Washington needed to address immediately. And then nothing happened. Surprising almost no one, the least-productive Congress in history went home for the summer without striking any kind of deal. Obama was left without the extra $3.7 billion he said he needed to deal with the situation at the border, and the existing immigration law that both the president and his conservative critics blamed for the…
  • Ice, Ice Baby

    A.J. McCarthy
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:17 pm
    While the mysterious tracks carved into the dry lake bed of Racetrack Playa in Death Valley were long ago attributed to sliding rocks, an explanation for what causes the "sailing stones" to move—thereby leaving their famous trails in the dirt—has remained elusive to researchers for some time.
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    Political Mojo | Mother Jones

  • Russia Is Going After McDonald’s. (Can We Give Them Jack in the Box?)

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

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

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

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

    Dave Gilson
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Amid the raging, only-in-August debate over whether it is ever okay to recline your airplane seat, a good dose of schadenfreude has been directed at the vertically advantaged, as summed up by this tweet from one of my own bosses: Tall people: the pain you feel when someone reclines their airline seat is a small taste of your lifelong privilege: http://t.co/up4wZ5Caql — Clara Jeffery (@ClaraJeffery) August 27, 2014 It's true: Being of above average height, particularly if you're a man, does come with significant perks beyond having your own weather patterns. As a 2004 paper on the…
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  • The Meaning Of The Koch Brothers Tapes: "I Don't Know Where We'd Be Without You"

    Mike Lux
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
    One of the classic strategies for politicians caught saying embarrassing things is to use the old "there's nothing to see here, keep moving" ploy. Republicans tried that at first when Romney was caught on the 47% tape, but it didn't work for them because it wasn't only what Romney said that was so offensive, it was the context: speaking to a bunch of wealthy donors about all those greedy seniors and poor people. Sounds familiar. The spectacle of Mitch McConnell, Joni Ernst, Cory Gardner, Tom Cotton, the head of the Republican Governors Association (and other politicians who were on the agenda…
  • War Criminal Ollie North Says Obama Doesn't Pay Attention

    Vegasjessie
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    The Obama Administration is furtively guarding their chosen strategy to deal with ISIL. This is reminiscent of a certain White House Correspondents' dinner where the President calmly played the part of a relaxed president enjoying a moment of levity. Meanwhile, the wheels were set in motion on a daring mission to get Osama Bin Laden once and for all. President Obama is, as Commander in Chief and Chief Executive, entitled to execute the strategy of his choosing. Divulging too much information is ill-advised. The Bin Laden raid showed us just that. The Right just isn't having it. They want to…
  • Three Real News Things Media Missed While Obsessing On Obama's Tan Suit

    karoli
    30 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Thursday, President Obama made a statement and took questions at the White House press briefing. He, like other presidents before him, wore a tan suit. You probably know this already. How could you not? It's been everywhere -- on blogs, social media, and even television. ZOMG, he wore a tan suit. As if what he said didn't matter at all. Worse yet, the whole thing started on the "liberal media" side of the spectrum and rapidly spread like snark on a stick. I agree with Bob Cesca on this one. Just feel free to shut the f*ck up about the President's suit, everyone. Here are three things the…
  • Miles Of Aisles Of Dissent: There's An App For That!

    Lester-and-Charlie
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    This week's poll from the Lester & Charlie Review Recently, the Pew Research Center reported that the number of Americans with a "highly negative" view of the opposing party has more than doubled in the last 20 years. Americans hate one another more than ever, it seems. And we're always finding new platforms to express it! Which, presumably, is part of the problem. Obstructionist Republicans like Ted Cruz routinely turn to their "impressive" list of fanatical Twitter followers to prove that bajillions of Americans stand behind him. As if the highly self-selected sliver-of-the-world that…
  • Shocking Video Shows Georgia Family's Violent Reaction To Son Coming Out

    Anonymous
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    A deeply disturbing viral video showing a family's violent reaction to a young man's coming out has prompted an international outpouring of support for him. (Warning: this video contains domestic violence and may be triggering to some viewers.) Click here to view the embedded video. 20-year-old Daniel Pierce is a young gay man from Georgia who…
 
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    Scholars and Rogues | Progressive Culture

  • Your Daily Devotional for August 29, 2014

    Jeff Tiedrich
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:24 am
    If my cats had opposable thumbs I just know they’d be miming jerk-off motions at me every time I turned my back. Your Daily Devotional is a lightly-edited entry from my Twitter feed. Follow me at @jefftiedrich Your Daily Devotional … Continue reading →
  • Your Daily Devotional for August 28, 2014

    Jeff Tiedrich
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:43 am
    Nobody talks much about Rev. Martin Luther King’s other dream, where he’s back in high school, wearing only his underwear. Your Daily Devotional is a lightly-edited entry from my Twitter feed. Follow me at @jefftiedrich Your Daily Devotional for August … Continue reading →
  • John McPhee and Immersion Journalism: The Survival of the Bark Canoe

    Jim Booth
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:11 am
    John McPhee’s greatness lies in his ability to make the real world and its inhabitants as interesting as if they were fictional… Here’s one from the 2014 reading list that I’ve been looking forward to reading. I have been a … Continue reading →
  • The friends of Mr. Cairo

    Sam Smith
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:35 pm
  • Your Daily Devotional for August 27, 2014

    Jeff Tiedrich
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:43 am
    Prince Charles writes “still not king” on his desk calender, sighs and calls it a day. Your Daily Devotional is a lightly-edited entry from my Twitter feed. Follow me at @jefftiedrich Your Daily Devotional for August 27, 2014
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    Informed Comment: Global Affairs

  • Insights into the Repressive Character of the Government in Egypt

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

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

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

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

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

  • Here Today, Gone Forever?

    Sue Halpern
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:01 am
    by Sue Halpern Buried – sorry – in Biz Carson’s fascinating obituary of Hal Finney, who died this week from ALS, is a small aside with large implications. Finney, who was 58, was the first owner of bitcoins besides developer Satoshi Nakamoto (not his real name). This was in 2008, in a somewhat serendipitous turn of events, which Finney chronicled last year, typing via an eye tracker. When Satoshi announced the first release of the software, I grabbed it right away. I think I was the first person besides Satoshi to run bitcoin. I mined block 70-something, and I was the recipient of…
  • Mixing With The Classics

    Chas Danner
    30 Aug 2014 | 10:28 am
    by Chas Danner A reader responds to Wednesday’s Mental Health Break: Mozart Rap is nothing new – see the above version by Turkey’s rap superstar, Ceza. The text is not quite as wholesome as the one you showed, but it is a trenchant comment on the ills of Turkish society and politics today. Mozart’s Turkish March is something like the secret anthem of Turkey (at least for the secular Westernized part of society), and has been taken up several times by Turkish musicians. My favorite is this one, showing how music is a truly global art in a unique way: Another reader senses an…
  • Brilliant Women Who Explain Things To Me

    Phoebe Maltz Bovy
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:29 am
    by Phoebe Maltz Bovy Rebecca Mead describes the challenges Cambridge classics professor Mary Beard has faced as a prominent female academic: At Cambridge [in 1972], the inequities of gender began to dawn on Beard. “Most of the people who taught us in the faculty were blokes,” she says. “There were only twelve per cent women among the students, and you thought, Actually, there is an issue here. You go into a dining hall of a men’s college, and everybody’s portrait was a bloke. Well, perhaps some female founder back in 1512, some lady who gave the cash—and everyone else was a bloke.
  • The View From Your Window Contest

    Dish Staff
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    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 or two free gift subscriptions to the Dish. Have at it. Browse previous contests here.
  • A Short Story For Saturday

    Dish Staff
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:13 am
    by Dish Staff This weekend’s short story selection is Tobias Wolff’s “Bullet in the Brain,” which begins with these arresting paragraphs: Anders couldn’t get to the bank until just before it closed, so of course the line was endless and he got stuck behind two women whose loud, stupid conversation put him in a murderous temper. He was never in the best of tempers anyway, Anders – a book critic known for the weary, elegant savagery with which he dispatched almost everything he reviewed. With the line still doubled around the rope, one of the tellers stuck a…
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    WSJ.COM

  • Entertainment Giants Target Comcast

    30 Aug 2014 | 11:25 am
    As the FCC reviews Comcast's proposed purchase of Time Warner Cable, the agency is encouraging media companies to offer feedback confidentially. One gripe: a practice that gives cable giants the same terms as competitors.
  • Massachusetts Democrat Seeks Redemption

    30 Aug 2014 | 7:45 am
    Four years after losing a Senate race that critics said she should have easily won, Democrat Martha Coakley is trying to redeem herself by running a more spirited campaign for governor of Massachusetts.
  • Obama Weighs Delay in Immigration Plan

    30 Aug 2014 | 7:31 am
    The president is considering delaying his expected changes to immigration policy until after the elections, amid pressure from Democrats in tough Senate races.
  • U.S. Considers Threat of a Radical State

    30 Aug 2014 | 2:39 am
    U.S. officials assessing the Islamic State have begun considering the implications posed by a breakaway extremist state in the Middle East.
  • For GOP, Strong Midterm Gains a Challenge

    29 Aug 2014 | 8:01 pm
    Small number of competitive House races and low voter interest during primaries suggests Republicans may not repeat big advance seen in 2010.
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    Lew Rockwell: The LRC Blog

  • The Mother of All Blowbacks

    Eric Margolis
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    President Barack Obama is being lambasted by US Republicans for admitting that “we don’t have a strategy yet” for dealing with the rise of the militant group, ISIS, or Islamic State, as it’s now known. Given that the US had made an unbelievable mess of its Mideast policies, the president is right to pause and think, something his shoot –from- the- lip Republican critics rarely do. They are demanding the US attack both Iraq and Syria without asking “what then oh brave Washington warriors?” These are the Republicans who ardently supported George Bush’s catastrophic invasion and…
  • Will Germans Resist the Empire?

    No Author
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Merkel is under serious pressure from two fronts. The sanctions against Russia are having a major impact upon the European economy as a whole. This has caused Merkel to bluntly state that the US cannot solve all the problems of the world. Indeed, what she is not saying is that these US policies may be causing more problems than she can handle. Europe is caught between two warring powers, US and Russia, who are still stuck in the old empire way of thinking. Putin sees the power of a nation as its size and I cannot say that the US is that much different. OK, the US does not want to own the…
  • Neocon Powerlust

    Patrick J. Buchanan
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Sen. Rand Paul raises an interesting question: When has Hillary Clinton ever been right on foreign policy? The valkyrie of the Democratic Party says she urged President Obama to do more to aid Syrian rebels years ago. And last summer, she supported air strikes on Bashar Assad’s regime. Had we followed her advice and crippled Assad’s army, ISIS might be in Damascus today, butchering Christians and Alawites and aiding the Islamic State in Iraq in overrunning Baghdad. But if the folly of attacking Assad’s army and weakening its resistance to ISIS terrorists is apparent to…
  • You Are Smart and Eclectic

    No Author
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Nixon’s Secrets: The Rise, Fall, and Untold Truth about the President, Watergate, and the Pardon - Roger Stone The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 - Christopher Clark Against the State: An Anarcho-Capitalist Manifesto - Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr. The Daughter of Time - Josephine Tey Flashman: A Novel - George MacDonald Fraser A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State - John Whitehead To Harass Our People: The IRS and Government Abuse of Power - George Hansen The Mystery of Banking - Murray N. Rothbard From Dawn to Decadence: 500 Years of Western…
  • Heaping Lie Upon Lie

    Paul Craig Roberts
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    The latest Washington lie, this one coming from NATO, is that Russia has invaded Ukraine with 1,000 troops and self-propelled artillery. How do we know that this is a lie? Is it because we have heard nothing but lies about Russia from NATO, from US ambassador to the UN Samantha Power, from assistant secretary of state Victoria Nuland, from Obama and his entire regime of pathological liars, and from the British, German, and French governments along with the BBC and the entirety of the Western media? This, of course, is a good reason for knowing that the latest Western propaganda is a lie.
 
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    ABC NEWS

  • Will Residency Questions Take Down Another Candidate in 2014?

    30 Aug 2014 | 9:59 am
    Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-Louisiana, is the latest veteran of Congress to face questions about her home state residency since she spends most of her time living in Washington.
  • Judge Rejects Bid to Overturn Miss. GOP Runoff

    29 Aug 2014 | 4:32 pm
    Sen. Thad Cochran's runoff victory will stand, judge rules.
  • Military Guns Missing From Police Agencies

    29 Aug 2014 | 4:15 pm
    The guns-drawn streets of Ferguson jolted America awake to the militarization of the nation's police. Local cops, often untrained in military tactics, may be carrying assault rifles used by our Marines and even Special Forces, using surplus weaponry donated by the Pentagon in a program designed to better equip civilian police against terrorists and heavily armed criminals. However, an ABC News/Fusion investigation found that some police forces are not keeping track of these high-powered weapons.
  • Perry Rips Obama for 'Dithering' on ISIS Decision

    29 Aug 2014 | 3:13 pm
    "ISIS is not junior varsity," the Texas governor said.
  • Sunday on 'This Week': The ISIS Terror Threat

    29 Aug 2014 | 12:17 pm
    This Sunday, “This Week� covers the latest on the terror threat warnings over ISIS. And the powerhouse roundtable debates all the week’s politics, with Rep. Tom Cole, R-Oklahoma, ABC News political analyst Matthew Dowd, former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, and ABC News’ Cokie Roberts....
 
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  • resigned

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

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

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

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

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

  • Stop Dreaming. Republicans Are Not Going for a Carbon Tax.

    Ben Adler
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:50 am
    This story originally appeared in Grist and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Republicans, as everyone knows, hate taxes and don't accept, much less care about, climate change. But wonks on both sides of the aisle fantasize that a carbon tax could win bipartisan support as part of a broader tax-reform package. A carbon tax could be revenue neutral, the dreamers point out, and if revenue from the tax is used to cut other taxes, it shouldn't offend Republicans—in theory. And so people who want to bring Republicans into the climate movement like to argue that…
  • This Is What a Farmer Looks Like

    Kiera Butler
    30 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    During the 2013 Super Bowl, Marjorie Gayle Alaniz was captivated by a commercial for Dodge Ram trucks that featured portraits of American farmers. She couldn't help but notice, however, that among the many farmers shown, there were only a handful of women. Alaniz, who comes from a family of Iowa farmers, was disappointed. "I wondered, how has this happened, that images of farms don't include women, when practically every farm has a woman working on it?" Indeed, according to the latest USDA Census of Agriculture, 46 percent of American farm operators are women. Shortly after her Super Bowl…
  • This 11-Year-Old Was Locked Up Trying to Cross the Border. Read the Heartfelt Letter She Sent Obama.

    Molly Redden
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    On Tuesday, the nation's top immigration court allowed a Guatemalan woman who fled her abusive husband to petition for asylum in the United States. It's a landmark ruling that immigrant rights advocates hope will protect women who have escaped horrific marital violence in countries besides Guatemala. One of those women is a Honduran named Rosemary. In June, she entered the US with Daniela, her 11-year-old daughter, and both were detained near the border. Rosemary and Daniela are currently detained in a makeshift facility in Artesia, New Mexico, set up by the Department of Homeland Security.
  • Here Are the Psychological Reasons Why an American Might Join ISIS

    Chris Mooney
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    "Its Islam over everything." So read the Twitter bio of Douglas McAuthur McCain—or, as he reportedly called himself, "Duale Khalid"—the San Diego man who is apparently the first American to be killed while fighting for ISIS. According to NBC News, McCain grew up in Minnesota, was a basketball player, and wanted to be a rapper. Friends describe him as a high school "goofball" and "a really nice guy." So what could have made him want to join the ranks of other Americans drawn towards militant Islam like John Walker Lindh and Al Qaeda spokesman Adam Yahiye Gadahn? And how can we…
  • Is Boko Haram Teaming Up With ISIS for a Super Caliphate?

    Jenna McLaughlin
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Boko Haram, the militant Islamist group with a foothold in northeastern Nigeria that's known for its mass kidnappings and violent tactics, released a video earlier this month making an unprecedented claim: The group announced it had added the city of Gwoza to "the Islamic caliphate." Experts are unsure about the exact meaning of this claim, which was issued by BokoHaram's leader, AbubakarShekau. There are at least two possibilities: The group has declared its own caliphate in Nigeria, or it has pledged allegiance to ISIS—that is, the so-called Islamic State run by Abu Bakral-Baghdadi in…
 
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    The Raw Story

  • Bryan Fischer: Jesus is the ‘magic force’ that keeps the universe from ‘flying apart’

    David Ferguson
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:08 am
    See also: Did the historical Jesus exist? A growing number of scholars don’t think so Christian radio host Bryan Fischer said on Friday that Jesus Christ is actually the supreme force in the universe, the power that is “keeping the universe from flying apart into fragments.” The Friendly Atheist blog at Patheos.com reported that the remarks echo statements Fischer made in 2013 in which he said that Jesus is what holds atoms together and keeps electrons whirling around an atoms nucleus. “What’s keeping the universe together right now?” said Fischer on Friday.
  • Researchers suggest marching in unison may make men more prone to aggression

    Medical Daily
    30 Aug 2014 | 10:08 am
    Ever wonder if there was something other than tradition that caused men to move in unison when marching into battle. Chances are you haven’t, but a pair of psychologists did and what they concluded actually makes pretty good sense. Apparently, walking in military formation not only intimidates the enemy, but also makes the men doing the…
  • Scientists discover mite species living, eating, sleeping and fornicating on human faces

    RedOrbit
    30 Aug 2014 | 10:02 am
    There are mites crawling all over your face right now, and it doesn’t matter what you do or how hard you wash or how much soap you use, you can’t get rid of them – and you can thank North Carolina State University graduate student Megan S. Thoemmes and her colleagues for that unsettling bit of…
  • California Legislature passes bill to protect temp workers

    Pro Publica
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:38 am
    The California legislature has passed a bill that would hold companies legally responsible if the temp agencies and subcontractors they hire cheat workers out of their wages or put them in harm’s way. Labor officials across the country have increasingly expressed concern about the rapid growth of the temporary staffing industry since the recession. They have…
  • Ultra-Orthodox Jews expelled from Guatemalan village after conflict with locals

    International Business Times
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:35 am
    A group of ultra-orthodox Jews who moved from Canada to a remote part of Guatemala a few months ago to find religious freedom have now been forced to leave their homes after conflict arose with local villagers there. The Lev Tahor settlement in the San Juan la Laguna, which is about 93 miles west of Guatemala…
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    Guardian: UK Politics

  • Ed Miliband to put NHS at centre of general election campaign

    Kevin Rawlinson
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:16 am
    Labour leader is reportedly considering excluding health service from spending cuts and introducing tax to increase funding for itEd Miliband will put healthcare at the centre of his general election campaign in a bid to capitalise on voters' concerns about the NHS, a senior Labour source has confirmed.The party believes it can win over the electorate in marginal constituencies where healthcare services are being cut and privatised, the source told the Guardian. Continue reading...
  • Scottish women may swing the referendum vote with three weeks to go

    Kevin McKenna
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:16 am
    As the yes campaign reached 47%, signs of a switch by women, who polls showed had been supporters of the union, could be decisiveLess than three weeks before the referendum on Scottish independence, the forces of nationalism have suddenly appeared on the final bend of the campaign race and are picking up the pace.One poll last week put the yes vote on 47%, but the "no" campaign has been quick to point out that, as every previously published poll has shown, they still hold the lead. However, the gap has never been so small. The momentum appears to be with the yes campaign. The bounce…
  • Man charged over George Galloway assault

    Kevin Rawlinson
    30 Aug 2014 | 3:50 am
    Police arrest 39-year-old man after MP suffers suspected broken jaw and rib in attack in LondonA man has been charged with religiously aggravated assault after allegedly attacking George Galloway on a London street on Friday evening, police have said.The Bradford West MP was released from hospital on Saturday morning having suffered a suspected broken jaw and rib as well as facial bruising. Neil Masterson, 39, has been accused of shouting about the Holocaust and attacking him. Continue reading...
  • Miliband calls for tougher action on Britons travelling to Iraq and Syria

    Kevin Rawlinson
    30 Aug 2014 | 3:29 am
    Labour leader says government should revisit decision to scrap control orders for terror suspectsThe government should take tougher action to prevent would-be British jihadis from travelling to Iraq and Syria to fight for Islamic State (Isis) and force those who return to Britain to undergo a process of "de-radicalisation", Ed Miliband has said.The Labour leader said the government should revisit the decision to scrap the control orders regime for terror suspects, after the terror threat level to the UK was raised from substantial to severe. Continue reading...
  • George Galloway badly injured in street attack

    Martin Williams
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Man held after Respect MP suffers suspected broken jaw during attack in London apparently prompted by prior remarks on IsraelRespect MP George Galloway was taken to hospital with a suspected broken jaw on Friday night after being attacked in the street.Police arrested a British man over the incident, which is believed to have been prompted by comments Galloway has made about Israel in past weeks. Continue reading...
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  • Open Thread

    Greg Sargent
    30 Aug 2014 | 3:51 am
    All yours.
  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:13 pm
    * More signs emerged today that the Obama administration may not announce its new deferral of deportations until after the elections: The White House refused Friday to commit to executive actions on immigration by the end of summer, stirring speculation that President Obama might be planning to delay some of the more controversial steps until […]
  • For the second straight cycle, Dems place bet on Medicare

    Greg Sargent
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:44 am
    It’s widely accepted as incontrovertible fact that the politics of health care this cycle are nothing but a disaster for Democrats. But if Republicans are certain that Obamacare will win them the Senate, Dems are seeking to turn the health care debate to their advantage by hitting Republicans on Medicare — just as they did […]
  • Morning Plum: Why top Dems are worried about politics of deportations

    Greg Sargent
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:57 am
    The Los Angeles Times reports this morning that the White House is considering whether to postpone Obama’s politically explosive executive action to defer deportations until after the elections. This would “bow to the concerns of Democratic lawmakers running in Republican-leaning states who have expressed opposition to Obama’s plans to act unilaterally on the hot-button issue.” […]
  • Happy Hour Roundup

    Paul Waldman
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:51 pm
    * President Obama made another statement to the press today. Among other things, he’s trying to downplay the idea that the current military action against ISIS will pull us into Syria or deeper into Iraq: Well, first of all, I want to make sure everybody’s clear on what we’re doing now because it is limited. […]
 
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    Watchblog: Democrats

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Citizen Second Class

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

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

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

    15 Aug 2014 | 5:09 am
    The Justice Department will be there. The FBI is coming. The State Highway Patrol is already there. So is Al Sharpton, and the beleaguered local police have been pushed to the background to provide support presumably. Ferguson has seen night after night of violence - until Thursday evening when protests were peaceful. Democratic Governor Jay Nixon is under critical scrutiny as his past political decisions are being dragged back out into the open to suggest that he has been less than helpful to the state's African American community in the past, and in the present. President Obama has asked…
  • Making the Troops Laugh

    13 Aug 2014 | 11:59 am
    What Robin Williams meant to each of us and all of us is likely impossible to define. What is very clear and easy to define was his support for US troops in the fight against terrorism. He saw with clarity what 9/11 meant and the enormous task at hand facing the free world as a result of the emergence of international terrorist groups like Al Qaeda and the Taliban. While Hollywood divides along political lines like anywhere else, Robin Williams unqualified support for the men and women who place themselves in harm's way was perhaps more unusual among his colleagues than it should have been.
 
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    Patrick Ruffini

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • What Your Choice of Cafe Says About You

    Oliver Farry
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    There is a down-at-heel café a few doors up from me in the working-class neighbourhood of Paris where I live that has, over the past eighteen months or so, done everything it could to attract a new, presumably younger, clientele. First there was a hand-written sign announcing the arrival of table-f
  • How Scientists Captured the Brains of Amis and McEwan

    Leo Robson
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The Children ActIan McEwanJonathan Cape, 224pp, £16.99The Zone of InterestMartin AmisJonathan Cape, 311pp, £18.99An author in his book must be like God in the universe, present everywhere and visible nowhere.Flaubert’s prescription, set down in
  • The Great Architect Rebellion of 2014

    Sarah Williams Goldhagen
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The Venice Biennale, which opened in 
June and runs until late November, is probably in terms of floor-area coverage, and probably also in dollars expended, the largest architecture show on Earth. Indeed, maybe the greatest too. Every other year, this exhibition takes over most of this legendary c
  • AIPAC Is in Decline—But So Are Hopes for a Two-State Solution

    John B. Judis
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:35 am
    Connie Bruck has written an excellent portrait of the Israel lobby, AIPAC, in The New Yorker. I say that as someone who knows something about the organization and has
  • Republicans Are Using Tax Reform as an Excuse to Let Corporations Avoid U.S. Taxes

    Danny Vinik
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:38 am
    Whenever liberals argue that Congress needs to close the corporate tax loophole known as an inversion, conservatives always respond the same way: Reform the tax code. The latest example comes from C
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    Roll Call: Politics

  • Mitch McConnell's Campaign Manager Resigns

    29 Aug 2014 | 4:40 pm
    Jesse Benton, who had worked as the campaign manager for Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's re-election bid, said Friday he would resign.
  • Top 5 Races to Watch in the Southwest

    29 Aug 2014 | 3:01 am
    The battle for the Southwest really boils down to just one state: Arizona.
  • Likely Stockman Successor Has Deep Texas Roots

    29 Aug 2014 | 2:56 am
    WOODVILLE, Texas -- Brian Babin, the small-town dentist poised to take over Steve Stockman's House seat in November, may be a political unknown in Washington -- but don't try peddling that line to folks here.
  • Will New Hampshire GOP Voters Anoint a Rising Star?

    28 Aug 2014 | 11:54 am
    RINDGE, N.H. -- The total Hispanic population in the sprawling 2nd District hovers just above 3 percent, making it one of the least diverse House districts in the country. But Granite State Republicans could nominate a young Latina with star potential who's already earned plaudits from national conservatives.
  • National Democrats Hit Tom Cotton on Social Security

    28 Aug 2014 | 9:06 am
    The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee released a new TV ad in Arkansas Thursday that continues a theme of portraying Republican Rep. Tom Cotton as someone voters can't trust.
 
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    WIRED » Danger Room

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Less Lethal = Less Life

    Mike McDaniel
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:09 pm
    credit: patdollard.com The Michael Brown Case has brought many anti-police zealots out of the woodwork, but it has attracted as many opposed to armed self-defense. These are people who, through animus or simply a lack of understanding, suggest that when rushed by a drug-fueled, 6’4” 300 pound felon that has already attacked and injured you, you should be restricted to “less-lethal” means, such as a Taser, bean bag rounds, pepper spray and similarly ineffective means to stop them without really hurting anything but their feelings. The good folks at the Truth About Guns have been kind…
  • Obama DOJ: Zoning For Me But Not For Thee

    Mike McDaniel
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:59 pm
    credit: hackerearth.com Americans that have been conscious and paying attention during the last six years have had more than sufficient reason to suspect that when President Obama has claimed to be Christian, he might not be telling the truth. In fact, there is more than sufficient reason to suspect that Mr. Obama has no idea what the truth is. First he drew a red line, then he didn’t. He got our troops out of Iraq, then someone else did. Whatever; nothing is his fault. Obamacare would save every family $2500, everyone could keep their doctors and hospitals and their insurance. Millions…
  • Sacrificed On the PC Altar

    Mike McDaniel
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:51 pm
    Fired Principal Amy Lacey File this account under “You’re much better off not working there.” From Townhall.com:  On November 12, 2013, Amy Lacey, the principal of Texas’ Hempstead Middle School, was placed on administrative leave and subsequently fired when she made a simple request to students: speak English. Now that the gag order has expired, Lacey is speaking out about what happened that day, dispelling rumors that she banned Spanish from the school’s campus. ‘I informed students it would be best to speak English in the classrooms to the extent possible, in order to help…
  • Bless Me High School, For I Have Blessed A Sneeze

    Mike McDaniel
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:34 pm
    File this one under: Education Stories That Make Me Ashamed To Be A Teacher. As is often the case, the British media covers American stories much better than our media. Via the Daily Mail:  DYERSBURG, Tenn. — A Dyer County High School student was sent to the principal’s office on Monday morning after saying ‘bless you’ to another student who sneezed. Seventeen-year-old Kendra Turner told the State Gazette the phrase was on a list of things students were not allowed to say in that class, including ‘my bad,’ ‘hang out,’ ‘dumb,’ ‘stupid’ and ‘stuff.’…
  • Barack Obama: A 16th Century European Royalty Work Ethic

    Mike McDaniel
    24 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Even the media and the occasional democrat are beginning to notice that the President of the United States doesn’t exactly demonstrate a uniquely American work ethic. In fact, it’s a virtual certainty that America has never had a less attentive, lazier, less engaged president. Remember, gentle readers, this is the president that has almost no idea what’s happening in his own administration; he finds out about everything–particularly scandals–in the news. Lavish dining, command performances for the monarch in the White House and elsewhere by high-dollar entertainers, flying…
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    Ace of Spades HQ

  • Weekend Headlines [CBD}

    30 Aug 2014 | 2:00 pm
    Austin brewery rolls out ultimate 99-pack of beer Texas school district arms teachers for upcoming year Why Israel Defeated -- But Didn't Crush -- Hamas This is interesting, but there are some assumptions made that are illogical. United Nations peacekeepers...
  • Saturday Gardening Thread: Writer's Block Edition [Y-not and WeirdDave]

    30 Aug 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Good afternoon and welcome to your Saturday Gardening Thread! Today's thread is brought to you by Billboard's Top 100 Songs of 1962, which happens to be the year I was born. Here's Number 69, "Cindy's Birthday:" Take it away, WeirdDave:...
  • College Football Thread

    30 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
    Or as I like to think of it, sharp cheerleader elbows. Texas A&M (21) kicked the snot out of South Carolina (9, for now) on Thursday, 52-28 at SC. I giggle now that the whole SEC gets to hate A&M...
  • Southwest Ohio Moron Meet-up Trial Balloon/Open Thread(CBD)

    30 Aug 2014 | 11:05 am
    I had a mini-meet planned for SW Ohio last week as a reward to myself for moving a brat into her new house, but had to abort because 20-year-old college juniors are horrid, lazy, stupid, ungrateful difficult. Intrepid Southwest...
  • OT Thread-Clearing Out The Browser Tabs Edition [WeirdDave]

    30 Aug 2014 | 9:15 am
    I don't really feel like doing politics today, so I'm going to feature some links and memes from back in the day. I know in internet terms that means last Tuesday, but I've been online for a long time. When...
 
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  • Cruising the Web

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

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

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

    Betsy Newmark
    26 Aug 2014 | 4:16 am
    Oh, what a surprise - the DOJ is now saying, oops, those Lois Lerner emails haven't disappeared after all. Just as so many people said must be true, there is a back-up system so those emails all exist. But the Justice Department is whining about how inconvenient it will be to access those emails. So what's the use of a back-up system if the government can't access the emails it has backed up?Michael Barone reaches back to Elihu Root for some good advice.“About half the practice of a decent lawyer consists in telling would-be clients that they are damned fools and should stop.” So…
  • Cruising the Web

    Betsy Newmark
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:18 am
    It would be nice if the administration would get its story straight. First we have the President's regrettable expression of insouciance about how ISIS is the JV team. Now with that quote being resurrected along with his non-stop golf-playing while ISIS has made progress in Syria and Iraq, his Deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes acknowledged that the killing of James Foley "represents a terrorist attack against our country and against an American citizen." He went on to say that the administration regards that execution as "an attack on our country." And now the chairman of the Joint…
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    Wizbang

  • Ferguson Fallout: School Lesson Teaches Kids To Agree With the Black Panthers’ Demands

    Warner Todd Huston
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    A new school lesson plan hopes to capitalize on the unrest in Ferguson, Missouri that erupted after a police officer shot a black youth early in August. The plan urges kids to agree with the Black Panthers, a racist, hate group that urges segregation, and accept the demands they issued in the past. An activist group that calls itself Teaching for Change, one that works with schools to push the hard-core, left-wing agenda branded “social justice” rushed out its lesson plan to capitalize on the death of teenager Michael Brown. “As the new school year begins, first and foremost…
  • Obama’s FBI’s Threat Matrix Excludes Islamic Terror

    Warner Todd Huston
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:42 am
    As Islam remains the biggest threat facing the world today, Obama’s feckless FBI has released a “threat assessment” report that doesn’t mention Islamic terror at all. According to Obama, it is white people who are the threat. The FBI’s internal threat report claims that white supremacists, patriot militias, anti-abortion activists, and black separatists are the real threat. But despite the Boston Marathon bombing, despite stories that some ISIS fighters in Iraq have been discovered to be American citizens, despite that the FBI itself has busted dozens of would-be…
  • OPEN THREAD: Pentagon’s Everything MUST Go Sale!

    Warner Todd Huston
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:09 am
    Consider this an open thread, but I had to start out with this funny video from Reason.com… If your town has a Strawberry Festival… YOU NEED A TANK! Aaaaaaannnnd, Open Thread… GO!
  • Wizbang Weekend Caption Contest™

    Kevin
    29 Aug 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 will be announced Monday morning.
  • Illinois Celebrates Loser Adlai Stevenson, Ignores Ronald Reagan

    Warner Todd Huston
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:36 am
    Leave it to leftist Illinois to use a museum dedicated to celebrating Abraham Lincoln, one of the greatest presidents in history, as a platform to celebrate a loser like Adlai Stevenson while at the same time ignoring Ronald Reagan, a native son, big winner, and another greatest president. If you think this isn’t just another example of why Illinois is the single worst state in the union in nearly every metric that makes up a successful state, then you are immune to logic. Illinois spent billions building the Lincoln Library near the state capital in Springfield. The place opened to
 
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  • The war at home

    30 Aug 2014 | 11:37 am
    The war at homeby digbyVia Moyers, a statistic:28,000 – the number of children and teens shot and killed in the US between 2002 and 2012. According to ABC News, that means that 13 kids died at home for every soldier killed on the battlefield in Afghanistan during that period.Maybe we need to think of those kids as child soldiers paying the price for our freedom. Doesn't that make you feel better? .
  • Winking and nodding at the constitution

    30 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
    Winking and nodding at the constitutionby digbyIan Millhiser analyzes yesterday's Texas abortion ruling:Texas’s justification for an anti-abortion law enacted last year is “disingenuous,” according to Judge Lee Yeakel’s opinion striking parts of that law on Friday. Indeed, Judge Yeakel’s opinion dismantles the state’s avowed justification for the law, pointing out that it does little to protect women’s health and a great deal to restrict access to abortion. Whatever the strength of Yeakel’s argument, however, his decision is unlikely to stand for long, as it will be appealed…
  • Thom's way or no highway @BloggersRUs

    30 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Thom's way or no highwayby Tom SullivanBesides his woman problem, North Carolina GOP Senate nominee Thom Tillis has a toll problem. And a base problem.Interstate 77 in Tillis' district badly needs widening. But Thom and his ALEC buddies insist on installing High Occupancy Toll (HOT) lanes over objections from his party, local Republican lawmakers, and a conservative think tank in Raleigh. His local tea party calls the I-77 project Thom's Tholl Road.The GOP is expert at exploiting wedge issues to divide and conquer opponents. But here the wedge is intraparty. There is a split among the GOP's…
  • They all look alike

    30 Aug 2014 | 7:47 am
    They all look alikeby digbyThat's right, all Americans look like Americans. Since Americans look like everyone. This story from Gawker is about an interection between the conservative Governor of Georgia and a latina who asked him a question:Deal addressed a variety of topics, including immigration, during a question and answer session sponsored by the UGA College Republicans Tuesday night."There's a fundamental problem that can only be resolved at the Congressional level and that is to deal with the issue of children, and I presume you probably fit the category, children who were brought…
  • "A Fierce Minimalist"

    29 Aug 2014 | 4:30 pm
    "A Fierce Minimalist"by digbyI think Peter Beinert has this right. Obama isn't a hawk or a dove and he does have a strategy and a worldview:On the one hand, Obama has shown a deep reluctance to use military force to try to solve Middle Eastern problems that don’t directly threaten American lives. He’s proved more open to a diplomatic compromise over Iran’s nuclear program than many on Capitol Hill because he’s more reticent about going to war with Tehran. He’s been reluctant to arm Syria’s rebels or bomb Basher al-Assad because he doesn’t want to get sucked into that country’s…
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  • Afternoon Thread

    30 Aug 2014 | 11:31 am
    Might just be a nap day.
  • Money Well Spent

    30 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    Why we can't have nice things.The U.S. has launched at least 110 airstrikes in Iraq since Aug. 8, U.S. military official say, and it now has hundreds of military advisers and other personnel on the ground there to assist Iraq in its fight against Islamist extremists.How much is that costing U.S. taxpayers? An average of $7.5 million per day since mid-June, Navy Rear Adm. John Kirby, the Pentagon’s press secretary, said Friday. After more than three weeks of airstrikes and humanitarian operations in Iraq, that likely easily exceeds $600 million.Give it another six months.
  • Vision

    30 Aug 2014 | 6:58 am
    Well not so much actually.All I've been reading is how the GOP is demographically doomed and trapped by its base. Good time for Dems to differenitate, right?(I've obviously given up on the doing the right thing part.)
  • Overnight Thread

    29 Aug 2014 | 9:34 pm
  • Somebody Listened To Me

    29 Aug 2014 | 3:12 pm
    Long said a Greatest American Hero remake could be a good show (could suck, too, but the premise is fine). Chuck was sort of a remake, but one with actually flying and less Adam Baldwin would be better.
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  • Arrested Legal Observer: Ferguson a ‘Pilot Program’ for When Communities Respond to Police Brutality

    Kevin Gosztola
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:25 am
    Evening protest in Ferguson on West Florissant Avenue on August 22 The National Lawyers Guild had legal observers on the ground in Ferguson to monitor protests against the killing of unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, by a Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson. They were also present to help with jail support for community residents. But, while working, four of the NLG’s observers fell victim to the police occupation they were trying to help Ferguson fight and were arrested. As Dennis Black, one of the legal observers arrested, commented, “Ferguson is a pilot program of…
  • Ferguson and the Prophet Jeremiah

    Peterr
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:35 am
    “They’re talking ‘peace, peace’ because there’s been no tear gas and bullets for the last couple of nights. But make no mistake, Peterr, Ferguson is not at peace.” Those were the words of a friend of mine, speaking of the governmental leaders in Ferguson and St. Louis County, as the two of us spoke of the events of recent weeks in Ferguson, where he is a pastor and where I used to live. Two weeks ago, the mayor of Ferguson told Tamron Hall of MSNBC that the problem was outsiders. “The vast majority of my community — and I’ll now put that number in…
  • Book Salon Preview: The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It

    Elliott
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    The Nixon Defense: What He Knew and When He Knew It Chat with John Dean about his new book, hosted by James Robenalt. Today at 5pm ET, 2pm PT. Based on Nixon’s overlooked recordings, New York Times bestselling author John W. Dean connects the dots between what we’ve come to believe about Watergate and what actually happened Watergate forever changed American politics, and in light of the revelations about the NSA’s widespread surveillance program, the scandal has taken on new significance. Yet remarkably, four decades after Nixon was forced to resign, no one has told the full story of…
  • CEO Abuses Puppy. Why RW Media Supports Abusers Instead of Victims

    spocko
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:52 am
    I spotted this terrible story today CEO Caught on Video Kicking Puppy.  The video is disturbing and seems clear cut. You really feel for the poor dog. But let’s not jump to conclusions until all the facts are in and we hear from all sides. The Vancouver Globe first story describes “surveillance video shot in an elevator of the Private Residences at Hotel Georgia in downtown Vancouver shows an unidentified man kicking a dog several times.” As more details were revealed, we learned the kicker was Des Hague, the CEO of Centerplate, a  multibillion-dollar sports-catering…
  • Come Saturday Morning: Some Good News

    Phoenix Woman
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:45 am
    Because we could all use some good news: – The employees of Market Basket have won! They got their old boss back and the side of the DeMoulas family that booted him is now going to sell their part of the business to his side. – Texas’ obscenely and cruelly restrictive anti-abortion law just got overturned in Federal court, days before it was set to go into effect. Texas’ nutjob AG promises an appeal, but from what I hear the law was so craptastically written that it’s very likely the appeal will fail. – This is not new, but it’s likely news to you as…
 
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  • Friday Night Open Thread

    Jeralyn
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:07 pm
    It's the last weekend of summer. Sure went by fast. President Obama visited Westchester, NY today and the Secret Service reported they are investigating a threat against him and searching for a 2014 Volkswagon Jetta. Obama then went to Rhode... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • AQAP's New Magazine Urges Attacks in U.S. and Britain

    Jeralyn
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:28 pm
    Is AQAP (al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula) getting jealous of ISIS? Its new magazine, an offshoot of Inspire by Al-Malahem English Production, is called Palestine: Betrayal of the Guilty Conscience. It urges lone wolf attacks in the U.S. and... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Pentagon Says Cost of Current Iraqi Operations is $7.5 Mil a Day

    Jeralyn
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:58 pm
    Via Reuters, we have been spending $7.5 million a day in Iraq since mid-June. That's a total to date of about $532 million. U.S. military operations against Islamic State in Iraq have cost an average of $7.5 million per day since they began... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • ISIS Explains Killing of Foley and al-Sheitaat Tribe Members

    Jeralyn
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:49 pm
    ISIS has released the third edition of its Dabiq Magazine. This issue addresses the killing of journalist James Foley and the al-Sheitaat tribe members. You can read it here. On the tribe members: These clans were left armed after they... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Thursday Open Thread

    Jeralyn
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:43 pm
    Here's an open thread, all topics welcome. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    The Fix

  • Summer is almost over. Here’s what you should read to get ready for the elections this fall.

    Jaime Fuller
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Labor Day is almost here, which means the 2014 midterms are only slightly more than two months away. Unfortunately, political consultants have not found a way to make summer not precede fall, so it is likely that you and many of your fellow voters haven't paid much attention to politics or polls since the solstice. Fortunately […]
  • Who had the worst week in Washington?

    Chris Cillizza
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:54 am
    When is a house a home? That’s the question Sen. Mary Landrieu (La.) confronted this past week when The Washington Post’s Phil Rucker reported that the Democratic incumbent’s listed address in New Orleans is in fact her parents’ home. Landrieu lives, primarily, in Washington — in a $2.5 million house she and her husband, Frank […]
  • Today is the ninth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina

    Jaime Fuller
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Today marks the ninth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina striking the Louisiana coast. It was the costliest natural disaster in American history, and left more than 1,800 people dead. Here was The Washington Post's front page on Aug. 30, the day when the country began to realize how much damage had been done by the storm.  New Orleans […]
  • Hillary Clinton was surprisingly bold on Ferguson

    Nia-Malika Henderson
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:47 am
    Progressives really, really, really wanted to hear from Hillary Clinton on the events in Ferguson, Mo., where an unarmed black teenager was shot and killed by a white police officer on Aug. 9, sparking days of unrest in that small city outside St. Louis and elsewhere. Al Sharpton said he wanted to smoke Clinton out […]
  • Twitter Nation distracted by president’s tan suit

    Elahe Izadi
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:05 am
    [Update: Aug. 29, 12:05 p.m.] White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest just said, "The president stands squarely behind the decision he made yesterday to wear his summer suit." [Original post] President Obama wore a tan suit on Thursday while talking about Ukraine and the Islamic State, and political Twitter promptly went nuts. Over the suit. You see, […]
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    Blue Jersey - Front Page

  • Adult Leadership

    30 Aug 2014 | 5:01 am
    It's a well-known fact that Congress is dysfunctional. The Republican leadership behaves like a miffed three-year-old. "If you don't play the game my way (i.e. stand in the way of progress), then I'll take all my toys (i.e. shut down the government) and go home (i.e. take more vacation than any other Congress has in the past.)" Given the child-like behavior of Speaker John Boehner, Louis Gohmert, Michele Bachmann and the rest of that crowd, it would be beneficial to elect some real adults to the House of Representatives - people who would earn their salaries and perks by actually working for…
  • QoTD: "An Unemployed Congressional District"

    29 Aug 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Quote of the Day goes to Bill Hughes, candidate for Congress in CD2 against Frank LoBiondo: South Jersey is not a Democratic congressional district. South Jersey is not a Republican congressional district. South Jersey is an unemployed congressional district. Atlantic County was just placed last among 372 metropolitan areas in job gains and losses! It is obvious new leadership is needed. The quote, via his Hughes for Congress Facebook page was responding to the disastrous economic news as area residents bleed casino jobs by the thousands. And it was a call to action for his campaign. South…
  • The NJ Casino Windfall Is Dead. Long Live Atlantic City! - Part V

    29 Aug 2014 | 11:07 am
    Burt Lancaster: "You should have seen the Atlantic Ocean in those days." Susan Sarandon: "Teach me stuff." Burt Lancaster: "You want information or wisdom?" Susan Sarandon: "Both." Louis Malle's Atlantic City movie - 1960. Often not emphasized in discussing the Atlantic City "crisis" is the city itself, with its beautiful ocean, beach, boardwalk, storied history, and a population of 39,504. The rise of the railroad turned AC into popular destination resort starting in the 1850's. HBO's Boardwalk Empire shows us AC in the prohibition era of the 1920's. After WWII as air travel became…
  • News Roundup & Open Thread for Friday, August 29, 2014

    29 Aug 2014 | 5:56 am
    2016 Vote for the (Alleged) Crooks! How Rick Perry, Chris Christie, and Scott Walker are Running While Under Investigation. Christie: No point visiting border on Mexico trip, even though he criticized Obama for that. Speaking Spanish isn't a pre-requisite for the presidency, Christie says. Christie Complains about Democrats and says he doesn't like earmarks: Says he'll vote no on open space ballot question. But he's got no problem with spending $6 million in tax credits for a firm to more one floor up and add 74 jobs. Thanks for sticking it to the taxpayers again, Michele Brown! Longtime…
  • Slideshow: Rally in Camden in Solidarity with Ferguson Protesters

    28 Aug 2014 | 3:29 pm
    Ferguson, Missouri and Camden, New Jersey. They have a lot in common, not the least of which are poverty and foreclosure, a majority African-American population with a higher percentage white police force, and privatizing of the local public schools. Here are some photos from a solidarity rally this afternoon in Camden, which we wrote about yesterday: Created with flickr slideshow. Thank you to #JusticeforMikeBrown Camden for the photos.
 
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  • "We don't have a strategy yet. Let me repeat that..."

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

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

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

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

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

  • Losing Our Touch

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

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

    By DAVID SHAFER
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:16 pm
    People drop dead in hallways all the time. But suspicion makes for a much better story.
  • What Does It Mean to ‘Throw Like a Girl’?

    By ERIC ANTHAMATTEN
    24 Aug 2014 | 5:15 pm
    Athletes like Mo'ne Davis aren't just playing sports, they are resisting the colonized space around the female body.
  • On Not Writing

    By BILL HAYES
    23 Aug 2014 | 11:35 am
    Just as the body needs time to rest, so too does an essay, or a book.
 
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    Slashdot: Politics

  • Islamic State "Laptop of Doom" Hints At Plots Including Bubonic Plague

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

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

    Unknown Lamer
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:25 am
    frdmfghtr (603968) writes Over at Ars Technica, there's a story about a bill in the Ohio legislature that wants to downplay the teaching of the scientific process. From the article: "Specifically prohibiting a discussion of the scientific process is a recipe for educational chaos. To begin with, it leaves the knowledge the kids will still receive—the things we have learned through science—completely unmoored from any indication of how that knowledge was generated or whether it's likely to be reliable. The scientific process is also useful in that it can help people understand the…
  • Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

    Unknown Lamer
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:16 am
    Jason Koebler (3528235) writes American Commitment, a conservative group with strong ties to the Koch brothers has been bombarding inboxes with emails filled with disinformation and fearmongering in an attempt to start a "grassroots" campaign to kill net neutrality — at one point suggesting that "Marxists" think that preserving net neutrality is a good idea. American Commitment president Phil Kerpen suggests that reclassifying the internet as a public utility is the "first step in the fight to destroy American capitalism altogether" and says that the FCC is plotting a "federal Internet…
  • A New Homegrown OS For China Could Arrive By October

    timothy
    24 Aug 2014 | 7:19 am
    According to a Reuters report, China could have a new homegrown operating system by October to take on imported rivals such as Microsoft Corp, Google Inc and Apple Inc, Xinhua news agency said on Sunday. Computer technology became an area of tension between China and the United States after a number of run-ins over cyber security. China is now looking to help its domestic industry catch up with imported systems such as Microsoft's Windows and Google's mobile operating system Android. The operating system would first appear on desktop devices and later extend to smartphone and other mobile…
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    The Independent: On The Campaign Trail

  • The Barking Blondes: Doggy diets

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

    23 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    While the British allotment-holder struts and frets from March to October, in Finland it is, as you can imagine, entirely different. Snow covers the ground from late autumn to mid-spring, and nothing can be sown into the soil, still frozen in April, until well into May. The season is short, but intense – as I [...]
  • Conservative image detoxified at last?

    23 Aug 2014 | 11:28 am
    Labour’s lead over the Conservatives remains squeezed, at two points, little changed from last month’s three-point margin, in the ComRes opinion poll for The Independent on Sunday tomorrow, shared with the Sunday Mirror. But the poll’s Favourability Index finds that the Conservative Party is viewed more favourably than Labour for the first time, suggesting that [...]
  • Poll alert

    23 Aug 2014 | 2:10 am
    We have a ComRes opinion poll in tomorrow’s Independent on Sunday, shared with the Sunday Mirror. Last month Labour had a three-point lead. This month we have resumed our Favourability Index, asking if people have a favourable or unfavourable view of: • five parties, including the Scottish National Party, now that we are into the final month of [...]
  • Serbia’s EXIT festival: A social and musical event

    21 Aug 2014 | 12:18 pm
    Dusan Kovacevic is the operational manager at Serbia’s one and only EXIT Festival. It is a music event that has its roots steeped in politics and was conceived as a student movement which fought for freedom in the Balkan region. It is now one of the biggest festivals in Europe and remains active in social causes, this year using its position to raise money for the victims of devastating floods in the Balkans.
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  • Zach Weissmueller and Emily Ekins on What Millennials Think About Politics

    Reason.com
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Millennials: Who are they? What do they believe? Why do we care? Armed with data from Emily Ekin's recent Reason-Rupe poll on the same subject, Zach Weissmueller explored these questions on the campus of University of California, Irvine by asking students in the 18-29 age group to talk about their political philosophies, their attitudes towards Democrats and Republicans, their reactions to the word socialism, and their perspectives on entrepreneurship. View this article.
  • Hillary Clinton's Millennial Problem (and the Democrats')

    Nick Gillespie
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:51 am
    After easily winning the youth vote in 2004, 2008, and 2012, Democrats are taking millennials for granted. And polls taken earlier this year show that Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Dem standard-bearer, will easily trounce either Gov. Chirs Christie or Sen. Rand Paul Paul in 2016. But such triumphalism about Clinton and the Democratic stranglehold on younger voters is premature, to say the least. While there’s no question that the GOP has managed to alienate millennials, there’s every reason to believe that top Democrats are doing just about everything they can to squander their…
  • Are Low-Skilled Immigrants Good for the Economy?

    Paul Feine
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted in mid-July, 70 percent of Americans (including 86 percent of Republicans) believe that undocumented immigrants threaten traditional U.S. beliefs and customs, and across the country voters are expressing their frustration with current immigration policies at town hall meetings. Advocates of open borders and people who want to immigrate to the U.S., of course, are calling for a very different set of reforms. Would making it easier for immigrants to gain legal status in the U.S. be a step in the right direction? Allowing more high-skilled immigrants…
  • Mom Arrested for (Maybe) Hanging Up on Cop While Her 'Missing' 10-Year-Old Plays at Church

    Elizabeth Nolan Brown
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:20 am
    Here is a story that combines some of our favorite Reason.com topics, including strip clubs, jerk cops, and America's growing willingness to make less-than-perfect parenting a crime. In this case, Florida resident Bobbey Jo Boucher went with her 10-year-old daughter to a neighbor's barbecue and left the girl there when she headed to work, instructing her to go back home when it was over. When the girl didn't return within a few hours, her grandmother called the Pasco Sheriff's Office, which called Boucher at work. When the line was somehow disconnected—Boucher says accidentally, police say…
  • Rob Montz: Bill de Blasio's Universal Pre-K Program is Delusional

    Reason.com
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio just secured $300 million in state funds for a new city-wide "universal" pre-k program. It's expected to enroll about 73,250 four-year-olds over the next two years. Rob Montz explains how the romantic visions driving de Blasio's grand project bare little resemlbance to the sad reality of what public pre-k in New York City will actually look like in practice. View this article.
 
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  • RADICALISM

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Robert Kuttner
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:48 am
    (AP Photo/George Ruhe, File) In this April 27, 2008, file photo, Ralph Nader speaks to supporters as he campaigns for his 2008 independent presidential bid in Waterbury, Connecticut. For many Democrats who came of age after 2000, Ralph Nader is a crank who cost Al Gore the presidency. But Nader deserves a more honored place in the progressive pantheon. Over the years, Nader has understood the stranglehold of corporate power on democracy as well as anyone, and throughout his career he has creatively organized counterweights. In the heyday of postwar reform, the 1960s and 1970s, Nader-inspired…
  • The Snake in the Market Basket: Can the Company Recover From Employee Revolt Without Loading Up With Debt?

    Robert Kuttner
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:48 am
    (AP Photo) Market Basket assistant managers Mike Forsyth, left, and John Surprenant, second from left, hold signs while posing with employees in Haverhill, Mass., Thursday, July 24, 2014, in a show of support for "Artie T." Arthur T. Demoulas, the chief executive of the Market Basket supermarket chain whose ouster has led to employee protests, customer boycotts and empty shelves. Aurthur T. Demoulas has since been restored as the CEO. Wednesday night, the long-running Market Basket drama ended and the good guys ostensibly won. Or did they? When we last tuned in, the employees of the $4…
  • Why Republicans Can't Solve Their Problem With Women Voters

    Paul Waldman
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:21 am
    I'll give Republicans credit for this: they keep trying to figure out why their party remains unappealing to large and important groups of voters. They've been mulling over their problem with Latino voters for some time, and now Politico has gotten a hold of a study commissioned by some GOP bigwigs to figure out why women keep giving more of their votes to Democrats: But in Washington, Republican policies have failed to sway women — in fact, they appear to have turned women off. For example, the focus groups and polls found that women "believe that 'enforcing equal pay for equal work' is…
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  • Why the Legacy of Katrina on New Orleans Is Different From Disasters That Befell Other Cities

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

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

    Robert Kuttner
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:48 am
    (AP Photo/George Ruhe, File) In this April 27, 2008, file photo, Ralph Nader speaks to supporters as he campaigns for his 2008 independent presidential bid in Waterbury, Connecticut. For many Democrats who came of age after 2000, Ralph Nader is a crank who cost Al Gore the presidency. But Nader deserves a more honored place in the progressive pantheon. Over the years, Nader has understood the stranglehold of corporate power on democracy as well as anyone, and throughout his career he has creatively organized counterweights. In the heyday of postwar reform, the 1960s and 1970s, Nader-inspired…
  • The Snake in the Market Basket: Can the Company Recover From Employee Revolt Without Loading Up With Debt?

    Robert Kuttner
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:48 am
    (AP Photo) Market Basket assistant managers Mike Forsyth, left, and John Surprenant, second from left, hold signs while posing with employees in Haverhill, Mass., Thursday, July 24, 2014, in a show of support for "Artie T." Arthur T. Demoulas, the chief executive of the Market Basket supermarket chain whose ouster has led to employee protests, customer boycotts and empty shelves. Aurthur T. Demoulas has since been restored as the CEO. Wednesday night, the long-running Market Basket drama ended and the good guys ostensibly won. Or did they? When we last tuned in, the employees of the $4…
  • Why Republicans Can't Solve Their Problem With Women Voters

    Paul Waldman
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:21 am
    I'll give Republicans credit for this: they keep trying to figure out why their party remains unappealing to large and important groups of voters. They've been mulling over their problem with Latino voters for some time, and now Politico has gotten a hold of a study commissioned by some GOP bigwigs to figure out why women keep giving more of their votes to Democrats: But in Washington, Republican policies have failed to sway women — in fact, they appear to have turned women off. For example, the focus groups and polls found that women "believe that 'enforcing equal pay for equal work' is…
 
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  • Oklahoma’s public schools are starting the year in legal limbo

    Max Ehrenfreund
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Kelci Gouge teaches a third-grade class at a summer reading academy in Oklahoma City. (AP/Sue Ogrocki) As the new school year starts around the country, educators and students in Oklahoma are caught in the middle of a dispute between the U.S. government and the state's lawmakers over what to teach in their classrooms and how. Since state lawmakers threw out the Common Core standards earlier this year, the state of Oklahoma has been at risk of losing its protection from strict requirements in the Bush-era No Child Left Behind law, which mandated that if every student was not proficient…
  • What your 1st-grade life says about the rest of it

    Emily Badger
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Dante Washington is employed, has a degree and his own home in Baltimore. He defied the statistics of a 25-year-long research project that was turned into a book "The Long Shadow" which centers on children growing up in poverty -stricken areas of Baltimore. (Photo by Linda Davidson/The Washington Post BALTIMORE — In the beginning, when they knew just where to find everyone, they pulled the children out of their classrooms. They sat in any quiet corner of the schools they could claim: the sociologists from Johns Hopkins and, one at a time, the excitable first-graders. Monica Jaundoo, whose…
  • Where foreign students are coming from

    Roberto A. Ferdman
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:36 am
    International students are a boon for American universities. (Michael Okoniewski/Bloomberg News) Foreign countries are sending tens of thousands of students to American universities every year, propping up school budgets and contributing billions of dollars to the U.S. economy. And no city sends students to American universities quite like Seoul. The South Korean capital funneled more than 56,000 students into U.S. bachelors, masters, and PhD programs between 2008 and 2012, according to a new study by The Brookings Institute. Beijing, China, the second biggest contributor, sent almost 50,000…
  • Why are Venezuela’s supermarkets so empty?

    Matt O'Brien
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:27 am
    davidhdz/Flickr Venezuela's supermarkets don't have enough food. Or toilet paper. Or, well, anything really. And that's why the government is about to start fingerprinting people to ration goods. But why can't an oil-rich country even keep its stores stocked? Well, it's the price controls, stupid. They always and everywhere create shortages. Here's why they have done so in Venezuela. 1. The government is running a massive deficit, around 14 percent of GDP, that it's financing with the printing press. The problem, of course, is that money is worth less when you create more of it to pay…
  • The White House is spending billions to combat drugs. But drug use keeps rising.

    Christopher Ingraham
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:16 am
    The Office of National Drug Control Policy is trying to reduce drug use by 15 percent by 2015. But over the past decade, despite significant increases in drug war spending, drug use rates have continued to rise. The White House officially nominated Michael Botticelli on Thursday to lead the Office of National Drug Control Policy, the office charged with overseeing and administering federal drug policy. The White House has been moving toward dealing with drug use as a public health issue, rather than a criminal justice one. The nomination of Botticelli, himself a recovering alcoholic, might be…
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  • GOP slams White House, Senate Dems on jobs

    30 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Republicans used their Labor Day weekend address to blast the Obama administration and the Democratic-controlled Senate for dragging their feet on more than 40 jobs bills passed in the House.“We’re seeing some jobs come back, but too many of our...
  • Dem: Obama's ‘strategy' remark 'inartfully said'

    29 Aug 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) on Friday said President Obama’s remarks that the U.S. did not have a strategy against Islamic militants were “inartfully said,” and defended the administration’s approach.“I think it's unfair to go after him for...
  • Fort Hood shooter says he wants to join ISIS

    29 Aug 2014 | 8:42 am
    brightcove.createExperiences(); The Army psychiatrist who shot and killed 13 people at Fort Hood in 2009 has asked to become a citizen of the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria’...
  • US steps up sanctions on Iran’s nuke program

    29 Aug 2014 | 8:24 am
    The Obama administration on Friday sanctioned more than two-dozen people and companies for aiding Iran’s illegal nuclear activities and violating existing sanctions against Tehran.The State Department and Treasury Department sanctions target those...
  • GOP: ‘He's not a king’

    29 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    645X363 - No Companion - Full Sharing - Additional videos are suggested - Policy/Regulation/Blogs brightcove.createExperiences(); Whether lamenting the so-called vacationer...
 
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  • Petition of the day

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

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

    Maureen Johnston
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:11 pm
    The petition of the day is: Bonner v. City of Brighton, Michigan 14-63 Issue: (1) Whether certiorari should be granted to resolve the conflicting decisions between the Michigan Supreme Court and other states’ courts as to whether an ordinance violates substantive and procedural due process when it creates a presumption that an unsafe structure shall be demolished as a public nuisance if the cost to repair the structure would exceed its value and when the ordinance does not afford the owner an option to repair as a matter of right; and (2) whether the Brighton code of ordinances §…
  • Utah couples support same-sex marriage review

    Lyle Denniston
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:42 pm
    The same-sex marriage case that is most familiar to the Supreme Court — from Utah — is close to being ready for the Justices to consider it alone or among other cases for review.  Lawyers for three couples — two who wish to marry, and one seeking official recognition of their existing marriage — on Thursday filed a brief supporting review of the already-filed appeal by Utah state officials. This is the lawsuit in which the Supreme Court itself on January 6 blocked a federal judge’s ruling in favor of same-sex marriage, to allow time for an appeal.  Since…
  • Thursday round-up

    Amy Howe
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:20 am
    Briefly: In The National Law Journal’s Supreme Court Brief (registration or subscription required), Tony Mauro reports on the reorganization of the Supreme Court Clerk’s Office in the wake of the upcoming retirement (effective September 1) of Chief Deputy Clerk Chris Vasil.  (Lyle Denniston also reported on these developments for this blog.) Elsewhere in the Supreme Court Brief, Marcia Coyle covers a new filing by the Florida Bar, which “has taken the unusual step of urging, instead of opposing, U.S. Supreme Court review of a state ethics rule prohibiting judicial candidates from…
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  • Burger King: After merging with Tim Hortons of Canada, Burger King is "not moving. … Our headquarters will remain in Miami" and "(we) will continue to pay all of our federal, state and local U.S. taxes."

    29 Aug 2014 | 2:29 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Burger King says it's 'not moving' and 'will continue to pay all' of its taxes When Burger King, the American fast-food icon, announced a deal to join forces with the Canadian coffee-and-donuts giant Tim Hortons, the reaction was swift. Burger King, it turned out, would become part of a Canadian parent company, potentially resulting in significant savings on what it pays in U.S. taxes -- a maneuver known as a corporate tax "inversion." Politicians, and ordinary Americans, cried foul. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, urged customers to bring their…
  • Bernie Sanders: "In 1952, the corporate income tax accounted for 33 percent of all federal tax revenue. Today, despite record-breaking profits, corporate taxes bring in less than 9 percent."

    28 Aug 2014 | 2:16 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | Bernie Sanders says tax share paid by corporations has fallen from 33% to 9% since 1952 As politicians and commentators were criticizing decisions by companies to shift their corporate headquarters overseas in order to cut their tax bill to Uncle Sam, Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., created a shareable meme to illustrate how much corporate tax collection has plunged over the past few decades. The meme says: "Want to better understand why we have a federal deficit? In 1952, the corporate income tax accounted for 33 percent of all federal tax revenue.
  • Mark Pryor: Says Tom Cotton "voted against preparing America for pandemics like Ebola."

    28 Aug 2014 | 11:12 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly False | Pryor says Cotton voted 'no' on pandemic prevention bill, ignores Cotton's 'yes' vote While it’s highly unlikely that Ebola will make it to the United States, the pandemic has wormed its way into one of the most contentious U.S. Senate races -- in Arkansas. Despite the fears of many Americans, experts on infectious diseases -- including the Centers for Disease Control -- say there is a very, very low likelihood that the United States would experience an Ebola outbreak. Compared to west Africa, America has well-resourced health care services, as…
  • Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee: "Cory Gardner is sponsoring a bill to ban all abortions right now."

    28 Aug 2014 | 10:43 am
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Half-True | Democratic group claims Cory Gardner backs bill to 'ban all abortions' Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., who’s running to unseat Democratic Sen. Mark Udall, is finding his stance on abortion targeted by another Democratic attack ad. We previously rated a Udall claim that Gardner "championed" an effort to ban birth control in Colorado as Half True. The latest 30-second spot, aired by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, features a handful of women criticizing the Colorado Republican’s pro-life stance. "Why do guys like Cory…
  • John McCain: Says he holds the record for "most appearances on 'Meet the Press'."

    27 Aug 2014 | 1:51 pm
    The Truth-o-Meter says: Mostly True | John McCain says he holds the record for 'Meet the Press' appearances Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has a few pointers for Chuck Todd, who takes the helm of NBC’s Meet the Press on Sept. 7. On Aug. 27, McCain appeared on MSNBC’s the Daily Rundown as part of Todd’s weeklong send-off. "I called to congratulate you and as the person who has the most appearances on Meet the Press, I’d be glad to give you a lot of advice and counseling, including the best gotcha questions of the week," McCain said. "And I have one other…
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  • Ooh Ooh That Smell

    constitutional mistermix
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:07 am
    We’ve gone almost a whole without pointing and laughing at Mitch McConnell’s campaign, which is about 23 hours too long, so let’s look at the next turd that’s dropped at that shitshow: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-KY) campaign manager, Jesse Benton, announced his resignation amid questions about his alleged role in 2012 Iowa bribery scandal. [...] Benton’s resignation is effective Saturday. The major staff change comes amidst a bribery scandal from when he was the political director for Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) during the 2012 presidential campaign…
  • New Yorkers: Vote on September 9, Goddamit

    constitutional mistermix
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:42 am
    I’ve lived in New York for almost 20 years and this morning was the first time I was polled for a primary election. The reason is simple: Andrew Cuomo is running at least a little scared, and, judging from the questions in this poll, he’s especially scared that his running mate, Kathy Hocul, is going to lose to Tim Wu in the Democratic primary September 9. The Cuomo “safe as houses”, “what, me, a Democrat?”, “throw Western New York a bone” strategy of having someone from the Rochester/Buffalo area as a Lt. Governor made him choose Kathy Hochul…
  • More on 2015 Medicaid Expansion

    Richard Mayhew
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:34 am
    A quick update from the post earlier this week on potential Medicaid expansion in 2015. Healthy PA was approved yesterday with a launch date of 1.1.15. Tennessee is making noises about seeking a waiver along the lines of either  Healthy PA or the Arkansas private option model.  Tennessee has the local examples of Kynect in Kentucky and Arkansas so the special snowflake excuse does not fly. The Tennessean reported that Gov. Bill Haslam (R) said Thursday that Tennessee would aim to submit a Medicaid expansion plan to the Department of Health and Human Services “some time this…
  • Saturday Morning Open Thread: Silly Season, Still

    Anne Laurie
    30 Aug 2014 | 2:15 am
    @jbarro This color pic.twitter.com/bgj2YJnwJW — John Tabin (@johntabin) August 29, 2014 As my Irish granny once said of a similar jacket, “it’s a cowhide wrapped round a boar-pig.” Shut up, Pete King, you idiot bogtrotter: President Obama’s ugly beige suit has quickly gone from stupid joke — “The president stands squarely behind the decision he made yesterday to wear his summer suit,” the White House press secretary said today — to stupid faux controversy thanks to who else but Long Island Republican Representative Peter King. “There’s no way, I don’t…
  • Open Thread

    John Cole +0
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:55 pm
    I have nothing to say. I’m too lazy to post anything. Share This space reserved for your ad.
 
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  • Ukraine: A ‘Hopeless Struggle’ for the Lost East (Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Germany)

    WILLIAM KERN (Worldmeets.US)
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:24 am
    Should Ukrainians brace themselves to lose yet another chunk of their country to Russia, this time the most densely populated part of east Ukraine – Dunbas? In the aftermath of the first meeting since June between Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, Sueddeutsche Zeitung columnist Cathrin Kahlweit writes that Putin’s stubborn pretense of non-involvement augers ill for the remaining integrity of Ukraine. For the Sueddeutsche Zeitung, after outlining why the Putin-Poroshenko meeting in Minsk ‘was not a success’, Cathrin Kahlweit…
  • From Syria to Ukraine, crises fill the Obama-NATO agenda

    Guest Voice
    30 Aug 2014 | 10:52 am
    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama heads to Europe next week, looking to assure nervous allies of the United States’ commitment to the region, as NATO prepares to beef up forces amid fears that Russia will step up its provocations beyond Ukraine. Obama arrives in Estonia late Tuesday, where he’ll meet with the presidents of the three… photo used on TMV: Frederic Legrand / Shutterstock.com Share on Tumblr
  • This Week In Pantsuit Politics: Meet Serbia’s 23-Year-Old Bodybuilding Cardiologist Political Star

    Nikki Gloudeman
    30 Aug 2014 | 10:32 am
    One need only look at the Oval Office to see that when it comes to politics, we’ve got a bit of a gender discrepancy. In this weekly roundup, Ravishly.com focuses on powerful political women in the news who are helping to break the proverbial glass ceiling of policy-making around the world. Politicos, move aside. We bring you . . . politicas. For more on female politicians to watch, click here. Maja Pavlovic Talk about a woman of many talents. At age 23, Maja Pavlovic is a cardiologist, a bikini fitness contest winner, a competitive bodybuilder and—oh yes!—a politician with…
  • One Thousand Reasons to Let Others Deal with ISIS

    DORIAN DE WIND, Military Affairs Columnist
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:57 am
    There are probably one thousand reasons for not getting involved in the genocide and other atrocities presently being perpetrated by a band of nihilistic, religious fanatics in the Middle East. In a superb, well-researched, well-reasoned, logical and eloquent piece — and I do mean each and every one of these attributes — our Foreign Affairs correspondent Brij Khindaria discusses several of them. Among the reasons for not “getting involved”: • The centuries-old enmities among the various tribes and sects on the Arabian Peninsula and Levant will not, cannot, be resolved…
  • Republicans Prefer Out of Context Quotes Over Serious Middle East Discussion

    Ron Chusid
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:49 am
    Republicans, lacking any actual coherent policy arguments, love to dwell on taking comments from Democrats out of context, often distorting what was said. They made such an distorted quote the centerpiece of their last national convention. We are bound to hear another out of context quote over and over from Republicans. In response to a question from Chuck Todd, Obama explained why it is premature to take a plan to Congress before specific military targets are determined and arranging a regional coalition to fight ISIS. Republicans are ignoring the substance of what Obama said and taking a…
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  • Groupon selling Uzi target practice same week girl shoots Uzi instructor dead

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

    John Aravosis
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:30 pm
    “Oh mighty Isis.” It seemed time :-)
  • This gun owner thinks it’s nuts to hand a 9 y.o. an Uzi

    Becca Morn
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:17 pm
    John wrote earlier about the 9-year-old girl in Las Vegas whose parents thought it would be a good idea to let her shoot an Uzi submachine gun. Not surprisingly, the gun, set on automatic — a setting at which it fires 600 rounds per minute — went wildly out of control in the little girl’s hands. As she lost control of the weapon, it shot her instructor in the head, killing him. Simplifying somewhat, there are basically three ways a gun or rifle can fire. (Not going to get into single-action vs double-action.) One: The gun fires. and then you need to do something to…
  • 9 y.o. girl shoots instructor dead while learning to fire Uzi machine gun

    John Aravosis
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:34 am
    The parents of a 9-year-old girl from New Jersey, visiting Las Vegas, thought it would be a neat idea to teach their fourth grader how to shoot an Uzi. An Uzi is a submachine gun. The kind of gun that when you hold the trigger down it just keeps shooting and shooting. So they took the child to the Last Stop, a combination extreme shooting range and burger joint where kids and adults can shoot machine guns and launch grenades. Oh, and they throw in a free burger too. So guess what happened next? Moments before the 9 y.o. girl shot her instructor in the head with an Uzi, killing him. After…
  • Time to get your flu shot

    Dr. Mark Thoma, MD
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    It’s time to start thinking about getting your flu shot for this year. The flu vaccine is available in some locations sites now, and will be available at most other places in a few weeks. Remember that it takes a few weeks to build an antibody response to the antigens in the flu vaccine. You’re not immediately protected against the flu as soon as you are injected. So it’s preferable to get it before cases of the flu start popping up around you. Most cases of flu usually occur in January and February (in the US). But a number of cases often start occurring in October, so getting…
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  • Chris Hedges Interviews Noam Chomsky (2/3)

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

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

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

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

    ChaosEngine (/politics/member/ChaosEngine)
    6 Aug 2014 | 5:47 am
    YT: Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) rips into Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) for blocking a resolution that would have acknowledged the reality of climate change. Good to see at least someone in the US government understands reality.
 
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  • Why the Legacy of Katrina on New Orleans Is Different From Disasters That Befell Other Cities

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

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

    Robert Kuttner
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:48 am
    (AP Photo/George Ruhe, File) In this April 27, 2008, file photo, Ralph Nader speaks to supporters as he campaigns for his 2008 independent presidential bid in Waterbury, Connecticut. For many Democrats who came of age after 2000, Ralph Nader is a crank who cost Al Gore the presidency. But Nader deserves a more honored place in the progressive pantheon. Over the years, Nader has understood the stranglehold of corporate power on democracy as well as anyone, and throughout his career he has creatively organized counterweights. In the heyday of postwar reform, the 1960s and 1970s, Nader-inspired…
  • The Snake in the Market Basket: Can the Company Recover From Employee Revolt Without Loading Up With Debt?

    Robert Kuttner
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:48 am
    (AP Photo) Market Basket assistant managers Mike Forsyth, left, and John Surprenant, second from left, hold signs while posing with employees in Haverhill, Mass., Thursday, July 24, 2014, in a show of support for "Artie T." Arthur T. Demoulas, the chief executive of the Market Basket supermarket chain whose ouster has led to employee protests, customer boycotts and empty shelves. Aurthur T. Demoulas has since been restored as the CEO. Wednesday night, the long-running Market Basket drama ended and the good guys ostensibly won. Or did they? When we last tuned in, the employees of the $4…
  • Why Republicans Can't Solve Their Problem With Women Voters

    Paul Waldman
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:21 am
    I'll give Republicans credit for this: they keep trying to figure out why their party remains unappealing to large and important groups of voters. They've been mulling over their problem with Latino voters for some time, and now Politico has gotten a hold of a study commissioned by some GOP bigwigs to figure out why women keep giving more of their votes to Democrats: But in Washington, Republican policies have failed to sway women — in fact, they appear to have turned women off. For example, the focus groups and polls found that women "believe that 'enforcing equal pay for equal work' is…
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    Mike's Washington Watch

  • State of the Nation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Why I'm Ending My Boycott of German Cars

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

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

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

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    4 Aug 2014 | 11:54 am
    In the spring of 2009, Roger Cohen, the New York Times columnist, surprised some of his readers by claiming that Iran’s remaining Jews were “living, working and worshiping in relative tranquility.” Cohen wrote: “Perhaps I have a bias toward facts over words, but I say the reality of Iranian civility toward Jews tells us more about Iran—its sophistication and culture—than all the inflammatory rhetoric.” Perhaps. In this, and other, columns, Cohen appeared to be trying to convince his fellow Jews that they had less to fear from the Iran of Khamenei and (at the time) Ahmadinejad…
  • The Most Dangerous Moment in Gaza

    Jeffrey Goldberg
    1 Aug 2014 | 5:31 am
    It is too early to say anything definitive about the Hamas decision to apparently break the ceasefire and attack an Israeli position, except that if it is true, as reports indicate, that Hamas militants came through a tunnel and carried underground and back into Gaza a live Israeli captive, then this moment could represent not another terrible, dispiriting incident in a terrible, dispiriting mini-war, but a fairly decisive turning point in which all swords are unsheathed.  This is assuming—as seems probable, but not 100 percent certain—that this raid is even what the Hamas leadership…
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    The Weekly Standard Blog

  • Obama: Bush-Cheney 'Security Apparatus' Makes Us 'Pretty Safe'

    Daniel Halper
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:16 am
    President Barack Obama said last night at a Democratic fundraiser in Rhode Island that the terrorism from ISIS "doesn’t immediately threaten the homeland." The reason? The security measures taken by President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, according to Obama. First the president said the situation in the Middle East is "scary," according to a transcript of the event released by the White House.  "I don’t have to tell you, anybody who has been watching TV this summer, it seems like it is just wave after…
  • Obama: ISIS 'Doesn’t Immediately Threaten the Homeland'

    Daniel Halper
    30 Aug 2014 | 4:50 am
    At a fundraiser last night in Newport, Rhode Island, President Obama played down the threat from the terrorist army ISIS. "We have to be vigilant," he told the group of donors, "but this doesn’t immediately threaten the homeland." Obama also claimed to be "seeing a change in the order in the Middle East." He called it "scary." The comments come after American journalist James Foley was beheaded by ISIS. "[I]nternationally, we’re going through a tumultuous time.  And I don’t have to tell you, anybody who has been watching TV this summer, it…
  • Cronyism, and the Ex-Im Bank

    Irwin M. Stelzer
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Free trade is a huge benefit if you are a Walmart shopper. All those microwave ovens, lamps, sneakers, and other stuff available for a relative pittance. It’s a tragedy if you are a domestic manufacturer or worker attempting to compete with cheap labor and subsidized Chinese manufacturers pouring those goods onto supermarket shelves. Consumers are dispersed and unaware of their interest in free trade; workers and manufacturers know their interest in protection. So freer trade is always a difficult political proposition. More so now than ever here in the U.S. For one thing, President Obama…
  • Happy Hour Links: America, Heck Yeah

    Michael Warren
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:21 pm
    Continetti: Remilitarize the world police. The tide of non-interventionism is receding. Constitutional chutzpah. Abuse of students by teachers is America's silent crisis. Is control of the Senate up to—Kansas? The Villages, America's rowdiest retirement community. The college football grid of shame.
  • Bad Sign for the Economy

    Geoffrey Norman
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:41 pm
    Even after yesterday’s promising first time claims and GDP numbers, the state of the economy – especially on the jobs, employment, wages side – remains uncertain and troubling as we enter the Labor Day weekend.  As Mark Gimein of Bloomberg reports: While the headline unemployment rate is indeed falling, we keep finding that other indicators of the job market don’t look great.  And one lagging sector of the labor market is reason for special concern.  That would be self-employment.  While one might intuitively suspect that self-employment would be on the rise during bad times –…
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    James Fallows : The Atlantic

  • California High-Speed Rail No. 9—the Chairman's Turn Again

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

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

    James Fallows
    24 Aug 2014 | 8:30 pm
    If David Letterman can put out a Top Ten list night after night for decades, we can certainly make it all the way to 10 in our chronicles of the California High-Speed Rail debates. As a reminder, this is No. 8 in a series on the most ambitious and consequential infrastructure project now under consideration in our infrastructure-degraded land. It is the plan for a north-south California High-Speed Rail system, which had its genesis before Jerry Brown’s second coming as California’s governor but is now his signature project as he runs for reelection to an unprecedented fourth term. For…
  • Maine Governorship Watch: Let's Hear From the Democrats

    James Fallows
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Last night I wrote about the upcoming race for the governorship in Maine. Four years ago, the Independent candidate (and my longtime friend) Eliot Cutler narrowly lost to the Tea Party Republican Paul LePage. Now LePage is running for reelection, Cutler is running against him as an independent, and the Democrats have nominated Mike Michaud, the incumbent representative from Maine's northern, rural Second District. I said that I admired and supported Cutler, but that on venerable Atlantic "of no party or clique" principles I'd be happy to post a 30-second video from the other candidates like…
  • Third-Party Watch in Maine

    James Fallows
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:49 pm
    First, a disclosure. Eliot Cutler, who nearly won the race to become Maine’s governor four years ago and is now running for the job again, is a close family friend. My wife and I often hung around with him and his wife Melanie when we were all living and working in Beijing. He ran an American law firm's office there; she was in practice as a doctor. The Cutlers’ daughter Abby, now herself a doctor, was once a young editorial staffer at The Atlantic. Eliot CutlerDuring the 2010 race, I did an item saying that if I were from Maine, I would enthusiastically vote for Eliot for governor. This…
 
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    The American Scene

  • Heighten the contradictions

    Gabriel Rossman
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    Suppose that party A habitually engages in actions that party B finds morally offensive. Party B then finds various ways to obstruct this offensive action, but only partially, so the effect is to make the action more dangerous, but not impossible. Party A continues with the (now more dangerous) course of action and predictably problems ensue. Who is morally at fault? Or more to the point, who receives blame and is the ensuing policy push to prohibit A from engaging in the offensive action or instead for B to cease obstructing and switch to accomodation and harm reduction? For instance, if I…
  • Obfuscation Form 700

    Gabriel Rossman
    7 Jul 2014 | 7:14 am
    The Supreme Court recently ruled in favor of Hobby Lobby but among the many things that are not widely understood is that the decision did not actually result in the firm’s employees losing insurance coverage for IUDs. The actual result is that the employees will still have coverage for IUDs, but the insurance processor rather than Hobby Lobby will have to pay for it (at least in theory). That is, Hobby Lobby was seeking to take advantage of the Obama administration’s own proposal for faith-based nonprofits. As Julian Sanchez at Cato observed, the entire case turns on an entirely…
  • Rape Culture/Structure

    Gabriel Rossman
    1 Jul 2014 | 12:13 pm
    In Sunday’s column, Ross provided three proposals for reducing campus rape. (1. Lower the drinking age, 2. End the party school system, 3. Loco in parentis lite for dorms). For the most part it was well received (including by many people who generally disagree with Ross), but sampling on the derpendent variable reveals no shortage of people saying some version of “how about we just tell men not to rape” which in its more concrete version takes the form of some sort of sexual consent education class as part of orientation. What I find interesting about this is that this…
  • Sticky demand

    Gabriel Rossman
    18 Jun 2014 | 10:30 am
    Miriam Weeks (aka Belle Knox) has an op-ed at Time about rising college tuition, subsidies, and the high implicit marginal tax rates the means-tested subsidy regime implies for students like herself who have relatively high earnings during college. But rather than focus on her (quite reasonable) argument about the abuses of an industry in which I am objectively a member of the exploitative class, let’s change the subject to exegesis of a tangential sentence about another industry: “Demand for education, kind of like demand for porn, is pretty inelastic.” This glib remark…
  • The Internet of Selves (Elliot Rodger)

    Matt Feeney
    5 Jun 2014 | 11:09 am
    When the Columbine massacre happened one of the first things I thought of, thanks to Hegel and Nietzsche, was the internet.The internet was just then becoming this participatory thing, for everyone, and I had the Hegel-inspired bad feeling that one effect of this new technology of self-assertion would be a nagging and widespread condition of abstract discontent. In the olden days of Aristotle summoned by Hegel in the Phenomenology, it was only rich guys, who’d proven themselves in battle and owned slaves they’d taken in battle, who had the freedom to make a huge deal about their…
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    Obsidian Wings

  • A useful way of looking at the tolerance question

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

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

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

    liberal japonicus
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:19 am
    by liberal japonicus I try to avoid naming particular commenters in the post, but in this case, I'll happily make an exception. McT wrote I'm ready to have that conversation with BobbyP. Why don't the bosses around here let him guest-post?  Guest posts, sure, and I'd up the ante, it would be nice to have a few new frontpagers. Nominations, thoughts, ideas?
  • The best Ferguson overview I've seen

    SuperUser
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:11 am
    by Doctor Science Why the Fires in Ferguson Won't End Soon by Jamelle Bouie, in Slate.Talk to anyone in Ferguson and you'll hear a story about the police. "One of my friends had a son killed by the Ferguson Police Department, about 10 years ago," said Carl Walker, a Vietnam veteran and former parole officer who came to show his support for demonstrators in Ferguson. "They wouldn't release the name of the officer who killed him. Why wouldn't you release the name?" "The cops said he shot at them—case closed," said Al Cole, referring to a cousin who was killed by Ferguson police in 2000. "Even…
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    International Budget Partnership » Blog Posts

  • What Is PFM?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Attacking Rick Allen’s Government Contracts

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

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

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

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

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

  • In China, Local Governments Play Whac-a-Mole With Taxi Apps

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

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

    20 Aug 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Earlier this year the Latin American NGO Poder launched Quién Es Quién Wiki (Who's Who Wiki), a corporate transparency project more than two years in the making. The hope is that the platform will be the foundation for a citizen-led movement demanding transparency and accountability from businesses in Mexico. Data from Quién Es Quién Wiki is already helping community activists mobilize against foreign companies preparing to mine the mountains of the Sierra Norte de Puebla.
  • Ushahidi Provides Journalists With Instant Real-Time Crisis Data

    20 Aug 2014 | 10:34 am
    Times have changed since Ushahidi first launched its crisis mapping platform in the violent aftermath of the 2007 elections in Kenya. With the use of social media now widespread, so too has the way in which many media, international organizations, and local NGOs now work. Ushahidi has had to go social.
  • Public Lab Builds Environmental Monitoring Community, Online and Off

    19 Aug 2014 | 9:43 am
    Environmental monitoring can be expensive and difficult but tech is changing how we relate to the environment. Until recently, the mechanics of political influence in America created a segment of environmental activism that isn’t always about connecting people to the environment. But as smart phones have gotten into more hands, and more people get connected online, environmental activism has started to shift, or grow, as well.
 
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    Corrente

  • Brilliant algorithm on the shape of epidemics

    lambert
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:36 am
    Body:  I was reading this fine article by Kevin Drum on lead and crime, when this paragraph jumped out: Experts often suggest that crime resembles an epidemic. But what kind? Karl Smith, a professor of public economics and government at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, has a good rule of thumb for categorizing epidemics: If it spreads along lines of communication, he says, the cause is information. Think Bieber Fever. If it travels along major transportation routes, the cause is microbial. Think influenza. If it spreads out like a fan, the cause is an insect. Think malaria.
  • Real Fiscal Responsibility I: Preliminaries

    letsgetitdone
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:19 pm
    Body:  This is the first in a lengthy blog series that will evaluate the US Government's record on Real Fiscal Responsibility, Administration period by Administration period, since the Administration of Jimmy Carter in 1977. In evaluating the US Government's record, it’s important to state clearly that I will be evaluating more than just each Administration and its activities. The record of fiscal responsibility is not the product of the Executive Branch alone. It is the outcome of the interaction of the Executive with the two Houses of Congress and the Federal Reserve System, even on…
  • Tweet of the day

    lambert
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:54 pm
    Body:  21st Century version of the Maslow pyramid ... @pmarca pic.twitter.com/zgC3f61LSC — Sam Wiss (@_samwiss) August 29, 2014
  • Democrats, warmongers with a human face

    DCblogger
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:04 pm
    Body:  ELIZABETH WARREN FINALLY SPEAKS ON ISRAEL/GAZA, SOUNDS LIKE NETANYAHU But Warren steadfastly defended her “pro-Israel” vote, invoking the politician’s platitude: “We’re going to have to agree to disagree on this one.” According to the account in the Cape Cod Times by reporter C. Ryan Barber, flagged by Zaid Jilani, Warren was also asked about her Israel position by other voters who were at the gathering, and she went on to explain:
  • "The British goverment has learned..."

    lambert
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:37 pm
    Body:  RT @cnnbrk Russia moved 4,000 to 5,000 troops into Ukraine, UK government source says. http://t.co/uofV9bAwCn — Blogs of War (@BlogsofWar) August 29, 2014 For anybody who came in late, here's why the headline is a joke:
 
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    susiemadrak.com

  • Groovin’

    Ron
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs
  • Roy Orbison

    Ron
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:30 am
    Pretty Woman
  • I’ll feel a whole lot better

    Ron
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    The Byrds (A Go Go) Holy Crap, I remember this show. Like something dredged up from a fever dream this very show. Huh, I never noticed, the guys dancing look like they’re wearing Star Trek uniforms.
  • Champs

    susie
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:11 am
    See, this is why I was okay with JRW beating the Taney Dragons.
  • Jump in the Line

    Ron
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    Fresh squeezed calypso this morning Harry Belafonte
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    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective

  • Part 1: The political reality of immigration reform

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

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

    Latina Lista
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:59 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Crowdfunding Campaign: Training the next generation of Latino & Latina journalists by Latina Lista LatinaLista — Campaign: Training the next generation of Latino & Latina journalists For over a third of a century, Hispanic Link has built its national reputation by finding unique voices and covering breaking news. The news service, syndicated nationally in both English and Spanish, has produced nearly 6,000 news features and opinion pieces by Hispanics…
  • Texas border-deployed National Guard troops not being fed

    Latina Lista
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:49 am
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Texas border-deployed National Guard troops not being fed by Latina Lista By Luis Montoya Rio Grande Guardian BROWNSVILLE, TX — State Rep. René Oliveira says he is “appalled and embarrassed” that National Guard troops are being forced to ask local charities for a hot meal while serving on the border. “It’s embarrassing that our troops have to stand in a food pantry line,” Oliveira told Action 4 News KGBT-TV. “This is the fault of the state. This…
  • Peru to host 50th edition of World Surfing Games

    Latina Lista
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective Latina Lista: News from the Latino perspective - News from the Latino perspective. Peru to host 50th edition of World Surfing Games by Latina Lista By Agnes Rivera Peru This Week The International Surfing Association has chosen Peru to be host of 2014´s surfing competition. The 50th Anniversary World Surfing Games (WSG) is an ISA World Championship that brings together surfers from all over the world to compete in Team, Open, and Women divisions. Surfers will be looking to catch a break on the waves of Punta Rocas. In the 1965 ISA World Surfing…
 
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    New York Observer

  • Cut to Black: Thoughts on Series Finales

    29 Aug 2014 | 1:25 pm
    No. This is bad. (Spoilers for, well, pretty much everything) David Chase recently caused what can only be called a large scale social panic by subtly hinting that Tony Soprano did not die in the series finale of The Sopranos. But then, less than a day later, he back tracked on his comments. From a statement sent out by Mr. Chase’s publicist: “Whether Tony Soprano is alive or dead is not the point.” To continue to search for this answer is fruitless. The final scene of The Sopranos raises a spiritual question that has no right or wrong answer.” All this hullabaloo and talk of…
  • DKNY Parties With The Cool Kids

    29 Aug 2014 | 12:54 pm
    DKNY is the first brand of its kind – a real mega brand – to embrace the new crop of New York’s cool kids. It kicked off last season at the brand’s New York Fashion Week show, aptly named #WeAreNYC. The model lineup ditched the waifish girls and toothpick boys, and opted instead for waifish girls and toothpick boys with stellar social media followings – it was a veritable caché of Generation Y tastemakers. Come September, The runway show will be followed up by the ad campaign using the same faces plastered throughout the city and beyond, and no doubt eventually…
  • Alms for the Advocate: Former ACORN Lawyer Drops West Village Townhouse for $20.89M

    29 Aug 2014 | 11:26 am
    Arthur Z. Schwartz. (Arthur Z. Schwartz) A 2007-2008 Obama for America delegate to the Democratic National Convention and general counsel to ACORN from March 2009 to October 2010, attorney Arthur Z. Schwartz does not lack for lefty credentials. (A 33-year veteran of employee-side labor and civil rights law, Mr. Schwartz has also been general counsel to the Transportation Workers Union of Greater New York, where he is currently a policy and strategy adviser, and president of New York Renewable Energy, Inc.) Devoted as he is to fighting the people’s fight, it’s a good thing for the…
  • Ex-Governor Paterson Blames Heroin Crisis on Childhood Medication

    29 Aug 2014 | 10:58 am
    Former Gov. David Paterson (Photo: Getty Images). Former Gov. David Paterson told radio listeners today that he believes the recent spike in heroin overdose deaths is a consequence of over-medicating children. On the heels of a city report showing that unintentional fatal drug poisonings increased by 41 percent between 2010 and 2013, with heroin involved in 54 percent of all deadly overdoses, Mr. Paterson blamed the epidemic on a culture of medicating children for conditions like attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. “There is a lot of misery, a lot of pain, and we are feeding…
  • Bill de Blasio Backs Felix Ortiz For Re-election

    29 Aug 2014 | 9:07 am
    Felix Ortiz, center, beside Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife Chirlane McCray (Photo: Facebook). Mayor Bill de Blasio is endorsing Assemblyman Felix Ortiz over an upstart rival. Mr. de Blasio announced his endorsement today of the 20-year Brooklyn legislator–whose district consists of Sunset Park and Red Hook–in his re-election battle against local community board member Ceasar Zuniga. He cited Mr. Ortiz’s tenure, investments in infrastructure and support for universal prekindergarten as key reasons for backing him. “Assemblyman Felix W. Ortiz is a friend and ally on…
 
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    The American Conservative » Daniel Larison

  • The Week’s Most Interesting Reads

    Daniel Larison
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    The case for restraint. William Ruger reviews Barry Posen’s Restraint for the current issue of TAC. Keeping the threat from ISIS in perspective. Paul Pillar urges Americans not to exaggerate the threat. Iraq, Obama, and the future of war powers. Robert Golan-Vilella explains why Congress needs to vote on a new authorization for ongoing military action in Iraq. “Smart power” set Libya on fire. Michael Brendan Dougherty counts the costs of the Libyan war. Who cares about Ukraine? Thomas Graham reminds us that Ukraine has always mattered far more to Russia than it does to the…
  • Breaking the Bad Habit of Interventionism

    Daniel Larison
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:06 am
    Thomas Donnelly writes a very weird response to a recent Sean Kay argument: Both Sean Kay and Barack Obama would like to see America repudiate its traditional strategic culture, to stop intervening and to end our involvement in “other people’s” conflicts. At least Realists make no pretense about being attuned to others’ cries of “Liberta! Liberta!” But those cries still resonate in most American ears, and it’s the president’s tone-deafness that is souring his supporters [bold mine-DL]. Donnelly’s proof for this “traditional strategic…
  • Paul’s Syria Op-Ed and the “Brain-Dead” DNC Response

    Daniel Larison
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:30 am
    Ezra Klein derides the DNC’s response to a recent Rand Paul op-ed as “brain-dead”: This is the brain-dead patriotism-baiting that Democrats used to loathe. Now they’re turning it on Paul. Paul was making a few related arguments in his op-ed. The first was that supporters of regime change in Syria have inadvertently aided the rise of jihadist groups including ISIS and would have further empowered such groups if they had gotten their way in toppling the regime. The other was that interventionists typically have a “shoot first, ask questions later” approach to…
  • Public Opinion and Foreign Policy

    Daniel Larison
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:13 pm
    Constant fear-mongering and threat inflation do eventually have an effect on public opinion: As we can see from these results, the increase among those saying that the U.S. does “too little” comes mostly from Republicans, and even among Republicans most say that the U.S. does too much or does the right amount. There is more demand for greater activism than there was nine months ago, but the vast majority of Americans still doesn’t want a more activist foreign policy.  Despite the steady drumbeat for more aggressive U.S. measures in various foreign conflicts, more than…
  • Warren and Democratic Hawks

    Daniel Larison
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:42 am
    Dave Weigel comments on Elizabeth Warren’s utterly conventional “pro-Israel” views: A few weeks ago, when Warren announced a post-midterms trip to Israel, it was covered as a box-checking exercise for a possible 2016 run. What if it’s not that? What if Warren has the foreign policy views you might expect from a baby boomer who was a registered Republican during much of the Clinton presidency? [bold mine-DL] In that case, she’s not well positioned at all to build a left-wing political coalition against the Clintons, as she keeps saying she won’t do. Whenever…
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    TIME » Time Sections » Politics

  • U.S. Warns Against Ukraine Travel

    Justin Worland
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:25 pm
    The U.S. State Department warned Americans Friday to avoid traveling to eastern Ukraine, in response to the ongoing conflict between Ukraine’s armed forces and Russia-backed separatists. “The situation in Ukraine is unpredictable and could change quickly,” the statement said. “U.S. citizens throughout Ukraine should avoid large crowds and be prepared to remain indoors and shelter in place for extended periods of time should clashes occur in their vicinity.” The announcement identified the eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, which have been plagued with…
  • Rand Paul: Bill Would Fire Hillary

    Zeke J Miller
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:13 pm
    Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul is positioning himself as the GOP’s ace Clinton critic. Speaking to the conservative Americans for Prosperity conference in Dallas Friday, the Republican 2016 hopeful escalated his verbal assault on former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s fitness for service, arguing that even her husband, former President Bill Clinton, would have fired her for her handling of the Benghazi attacks. Launching on an extended attack of Clinton’s record, Paul said Clinton had repeatedly minimized the threat to the U.S. consulate in Benghazi before the September 11,…
  • Shut Up Already About Obama’s Tan Suit! Let’s Talk Substance Over Style

    Jay Newton-Small
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:45 am
    MoreIn Defense of Barack Obama’s Tan SuitObama Says ‘We Don’t Have a Strategy Yet’ for Fighting ISISLIVE: Obama Speaks on ISIS and Ukraine CrisisFemale politicians have been criticized for what they wear since they first began running for office. Hair too long, skirt too short, too much or too little makeup: any and all of it can derail an interview and focus attention on style over substance. It almost doesn’t matter what you say if you don’t look good doing it, the television adage goes. MoreLetting Kids Shoot Guns Is Good for ThemDetroit: America’s Emerging…
  • Pictures of the Week: Aug. 22 – Aug.29

    Phil Bicker
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:26 am
    From Michael Brown’s funeral and a cease fire in Gaza, to swarms of locusts in Madagascar and the US Open Tennis Championships, TIME presents the best pictures of the week.
  • In Defense of Barack Obama’s Tan Suit

    Eric Dodds
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:21 am
    Let’s make this much clear: there is nothing wrong, wild or crazy about a tan suit. This may come as a shock to those who expressed outrage at President Obama’s choice of attire yesterday, but not all suits come in a shade of gray or navy. In fact, as colors outside of those two go, tan is rather plain and simple. As for the suit itself, the lapels are in their typical three-inch range, it’s not tailored any better than his other suits (at least from the navel up) and the American flag pin is in its usual location. The tan suit is just another suit that happens to be a…
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    The Brody File

  • The Brody File Show: The Happy Conservative

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

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

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

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

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

  • Weekend Film Recommendation: In the Name of the Father

    Johann Koehler
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:33 am
    By 1993, Daniel Day-Lewis had cemented his reputation as one of the foremost young British talents in cinema. The method acting for which he had acquired the interest of the critics (and the consternation of the film crew) in Jim Sheridan’s My Left Foot was deployed yet again in their collaboration on the film adaptation of Gerry Conlon’s autobiography Proved Innocent: The Story of Gerry Conlon of the Guildford Four. The film that resulted, In the Name of the Father (1993), is this week’s recommendation. The film front loads the explosive action: in the opening scenes we watch the…
  • Google translates peak Chinese coal

    James Wimberley
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:39 am
    Sometimes Google Translate is good enough. A news item in Chinese from the blog of Polaris Power, a Chinese energy trade site (via Lauri Myllyvirta’s blog at Greenpeace East Asia, picked up by others). Reproduced without a cleanup I’m not competent to do. Polaris-fired power news This year, the national coal market oversupply problems have become increasingly prominent, inventory remains high, prices have fallen sharply, economic sectors continued to decline, to further expand the scale of loss, coal economic operation situation is more severe. First, the basic situation of the…
  • Mismatch between patient preferences and what Medicare covers

    Don Taylor
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:14 am
    I have a new paper with Duke and NIH colleagues out this week (early online) in the Journal of Clinical Oncology (full pdf:JCO-2014-Taylor) that demonstrates gaps between the stated preferences of Medicare beneficiaries with cancer and their caregivers about what Medicare should cover, and what the benefit package actually covers. The gaps we highlight show beneficiaries and caregivers allocating finite resources toward now-uncovered benefits that broadly speaking are designed to maximize quality of life: unrestricted cash  (some level chosen by 46%) home based long term care (52%…
  • The Limits of Shaming and Guilt-induction as Argumentation Tactics

    Keith Humphreys
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:33 am
    Kevin Drum has written a doleful, observant pair of posts about certain argumentation tactics he observes among leftists. In the first he addresses guilt: let’s be honest: We really do rely on guilt a lot. You should feel guilty about using plastic bags. About liking college football. About driving an SUV. About eating factory-farmed beef. About using the wrong word to refer to a transgender person. About sending your kids to a private school. And on and on and on. We all contribute to this, even when we don’t mean to. And maybe guilt is inevitable when you’re trying to…
  • Will Assad follow Maliki out the door?

    Mark Kleiman
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:26 pm
    As far as I can tell, ISIS rose by taking advantage of the fact that both Iraq and Syria had intolerably anti-Sunni governments. Kevin Drum argues that the Obama Administration played its hand well in Iraq, using the threat of ISIS and the promise of U.S. help against it to force Nuri al-Maliki out of power. Whether Maliki’s replacement turns out to be better, in terms of dealing decently with the Sunni minority, remains to be seen; but he could hardly be worse. Of course, we don’t have that kind of leverage in Syria (where the Sunni are an oppressed majority rather than an…
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    Bleeding Heartland - Front Page

  • Planned Parenthood appeals to Iowa Supreme Court in telemedicine case

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

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

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

    28 Aug 2014 | 10:22 am
    On the last day of this year's legislative session, Iowa lawmakers took a baby step toward legalizing the medical use of marijuana in this state. I found it regrettable that the only compromise acceptable to Governor Terry Branstad and key Iowa House Republicans limited access to cannabis oil suitable for treating seizure disorders. Thousands of other Iowans suffer from debilitating chronic and/or life-threatening conditions, which could be alleviated with medical marijuana in other forms. Turns out, the new law isn't even helping the few hundred people who could theoretically benefit from…
  • Iowa wildflower Wednesday: Yellow wood sorrel

    27 Aug 2014 | 4:08 pm
    Today's featured plant is native to much of North America and is edible in limited quantities. In fact, one experienced forager called this plant and its close relatives "my favorite wild edible." After the jump I've enclosed several pictures of Yellow wood sorrel (Oxalis stricta). As a bonus, I included two shots of American bellflower (Campanulastrum americanum), one of my all-time favorite Iowa wildflowers. It's a common sight in wooded areas and along many shady bike trails throughout the summer. This post is also a mid-week open thread: all topics welcome. Many North American wildflowers…
 
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    Booman Tribune

  • Some People Never Learn

    30 Aug 2014 | 11:20 am
    It's surprisingly easy to compose a list of the 25 stupidest things Bush administration officials said about the invasion of Iraq, and no such list can be remotely comprehensive. For example, the list I just referenced has President Bush assuring Reverend Pat Robertson that he doesn't need to prepare the public for casualties because we won't have any casualties, and it has Donald Rumsfeld dismissing concerns about looting because "free" people are free to do dumb things, but it makes no reference to Paul Wolfowitz saying in Congressional testimony that, "There's a lot of money to pay for…
  • Chattanooga: Fastest Internet in US

    30 Aug 2014 | 11:20 am
    Yes, you read that right. Internet speeds as fast as 1 gigabit per second are the norm in the city of Chattanooga, Tennessee. Not the spot you might have predicted, would you. Certainly not the place I anticipated would have faster, better internet than anywhere else in the United States, and one of the faster internet speeds on the planet. Not only that, but the fast internet is helping to lead Chattanooga out of the economic doldrums. [A] group of thirty-something local entrepreneurs have set up Lamp Post, an incubator for a new generation of tech companies, in the building. A dozen…
  • I Gotta Wear Shades

    30 Aug 2014 | 11:20 am
    As a political prognosticator, I am at somewhat of a disadvantage this year because I live in Pennsylvania where sanity prevails. According to a recent Franklin & Marshall University poll, the incumbent Republican Governor Tom Corbett is losing to Democrat Tom Wolf by a whopping 25 points. The poll found the incumbent trailing his Democratic challenger by 49 percent to 24 percent, with one in four registered voters still undecided. Pennsylvania has never voted out an incumbent governor, so these poll results should be stunning. Something less decisive but related is happening in Michigan,…
  • McConnell/Paul Marriage is on the Rocks

    30 Aug 2014 | 11:20 am
    The news that Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell's campaign manager, Jesse Benton, has resigned gives us an opportunity to revisit the relationship between the two Kentucky senators. To say that Jesse Benton is close to the Paul family would be an understatement. He is, in fact, part of the Paul family, as he is married to Ron Paul's granddaughter, Valori Pyeatt. The reason Benton resigned is because of a scandal that led to multiple grand juries and an indictment arising from the 2012 presidential caucuses in Iowa. Apparently, Iowa state senator Kent Sorenson was bribed by the Ron Paul…
  • Good Piece on Israeli Point of View

    30 Aug 2014 | 11:20 am
    Yossi Klein Halevi has an interesting piece up at The New Republic that provides an Israeli point of view about the war with Gaza and the general situation there. I don't have much to say about it right now. I am kind of digesting it. It's a mixture of propaganda and honest reflection, and it gives some good insights into the psychological element that is involved on the Israeli side. The situation there is definitely deteriorating. Security is getting worse. Foreign relations are getting worse. The quality of life is taking a hit. And the conclusions that are being drawn will not change the…
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    Politics » George Stephanopoulos

  • Sunday on ‘This Week’: The ISIS Terror Threat

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

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

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

    Anja Crowder
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:26 am
    AP Photo This Sunday, House Homeland Security Committee Chair Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, discusses the latest on the threat from ISIS and the execution of American journalist James Foley, only on “This Week.” Plus, Rep. William Lacy Clay, D-Missouri, who represents Ferguson in Congress, discusses the unrest in Missouri. And the powerhouse roundtable debates all the week’s politics, with Rep. Donna Edwards, D-Maryland, ABC News contributor and Weekly Standard editor Bill Kristol, Wall Street Journal columnist Peggy Noonan, and ABC News contributor and former Obama White…
  • Rep. Kinzinger: ‘Worst Case Scenario’ for Mideast Playing Out in Iraq, Syria

    ABC News
    17 Aug 2014 | 10:35 am
    ABC News’ Elizabeth McLaughlin and Jake Lefferman report: Rep. Adam Kinzinger issued a stark warning about recent events in Iraq today on “This Week” and called for the extremist group ISIS, which has seized large amounts of territory within the country, to be crushed. “What we’re watching in Iraq and Syria frankly is the worst case scenario for the Middle East,” Kinzinger, R-Ill., told ABC’s Martha Raddatz. WATCH: A Look at the Iraq/Syria Border Where Refugees Are Fleeing to Safety WATCH: U.N. Declares Emergency Over Iraqi Refugee Crisis U.S.
 
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    Dandelion Salad

  • The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists (2014)

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

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

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

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

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

  • The ISIS Strategy

    Roberto
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:03 pm
    Click comic to ENLARGE.
  • Bored by the Border

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

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

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

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

  • Ferguson's Questions and Hypocrites

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

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

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

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

    Deacon Blues
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Watching the MSNBC coverage of the migrant children "crisis" would lead you to believe that the GOP's alleged callousness in demanding the children be sent back to Honduras, El Salvador, and Guatemala will backfire on them. The various progressive commentators tell us that the American public will see this as a humanitarian crisis, and not victimize these kids by treating them as illegals trying to get into country. We're told the GOP's reaction will hurt them this fall and it 2016. Don't count on it. American compassion and empathy are wonderful things. But when many Americans wonder why…
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  • Microsoft Leaves Conservative Advocacy Group ALEC

    The Young Turks
    23 Aug 2014 | 8:30 pm
    Microsoft Leaves Conservative Advocacy Group ALEC "Microsoft said on Tuesday that it will end its involvement with the American Legislative Exchange Council, the conservative advocacy group, reportedly because of the group's lobbying against... From: The Young Turks Views: 82739 1788 ratings Time: 06:38 More in News & Politics
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    АЛЕКСАНДР ВЕЛИКИЙ
    23 Aug 2014 | 6:09 pm
    Украина 30.08.2014 АРМИЯ ХУНТЫ ОТСТУПАЕТ ПО ВСЕМ ФРОНТАМ-12 000 УБИТЫХ И 19 000 РАНЕНЫХ Новороссия 30.08.2014 АРМИЯ ХУНТЫ…
  • Politician Wants Your Urine & That’s Not The Crazy Part

    The Young Turks
    23 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Politician Wants Your Urine & That’s Not The Crazy Part "In the run-up to this fall's rematch against Rep. Pete DeFazio (D-Ore.), Republican Art Robinson is making an unusual ask. "My name is Art Robinson," read one of the mailers he sent to 500000... From: The Young Turks Views: 62025 1327 ratings Time: 04:07 More in News & Politics
  • Historic Bank Settlement Proves The Right Wing Wrong

    The Young Turks
    23 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    Historic Bank Settlement Proves The Right Wing Wrong "Bank of America Corp has reached a $16.65 billion settlement with U.S. regulators to settle charges that it misled investors into buying troubled mortgage-backed securities. The settlement... From: The Young Turks Views: 56634 1704 ratings Time: 06:10 More in News & Politics
  • The illegal weapon Ferguson cops are using on protesters

    RT America
    23 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    The illegal weapon Ferguson cops are using on protesters A weapon being used by police in Ferguson that's been banned by international law. Redacted Tonight with Lee Camp airs every Friday at 8pm EST on RT America ... From: RT America Views: 13784 548 ratings Time: 04:56 More in News & Politics
 
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    Zennie62.com

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

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

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

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

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

  • California passes toothless law regulating groundwater pumping

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

    Bob Morris
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:41 am
    Tor itself may still be technically secure. However, it can’t protect against stupid mistakes or concerted attacks. The FBI used traditional police methods as well as cyberwar techniques to bust a sickening child porn site hosted on Tor where members talked about torturing and killing infants. Tor sites can only be accessed using the Tor browser and are generally considered secure. Except when users make dumb errors, that is. Timothy DeFoggi was just convicted of three federal child porn charges. Astonishingly he had been cybersecurity director of the U.S. Department of Health and…
  • Coffee is better with fresh roasted beans. Nesco FreshRoast

    Bob Morris
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:03 am
    Home roasted coffee is superior to store-bought because it is so fresh. Coffee loses flavor after being roasted, no matter how carefully it is packaged. Plus, you can control how dark you want the roast with a home roaster. This is important. The darker the roast, the more you taste the roast. The lighter the roast, the more you taste the bean. This distinction is mostly lost on Starbucks, who generally almost burns their beans. Also, lighter roasts have more caffeine! We were living in an apartment with a tiny interior deck for two years and roasting wasn’t possible there. The roaster…
  • Wealthy Montecito abuses water rules, highlights California drought problems

    Bob Morris
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:48 am
    Goodness, you wouldn’t want to think Montecito mansion owners would follow water rules like other Californians. And too many of these arrogant rich don’t. Some are utter water pigs. They continue to use as much water as they want and pay fines instead. Plus they pump from wells and truck water in. Where is the trucked-in water coming from? No one is saying. However it’s no doubt from nearby, also drought-stricken, locations. The top three users for Montecito in 2012/13 guzzled close to 30 million gallons alone. “That’s enough water to provide the needs of a small…
  • War on drugs as excuse to expand police state thuggery and surveillance

    Bob Morris
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:07 am
    Ron Paul, sounding like a left wing radical, says war on drugs is being used as an excuse to militarize the police, giving them weaponry far beyond what they need. With Ferguson, Paul says, the war has come home. I completely agree. There is plenty of common ground between the non-authoritarian left and the libertarian right. The war on drugs is of course an abject failure. The drugs flow in because crooked banks and hedge funds need the money. This process is exactly what happens with the war on terror, which has also mostly been a failure, and which enriches a few to the detriment of the…
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  • GSA Schedule 70 Analysis by Govini

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

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

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

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

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

  • Today Marks Fourth Anniversary of Bogus Trial, Sentencing

    admin
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:47 am
    Four years ago today, Army Green Beret Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart was sentenced to eight years behind bars at the U.S. Military Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth. The sentence came one day after the highly-decorated combat veteran was found guilty of sexual assault charges during a military trial that lasted less than 48 hours and produced results that were anything but just. Click image above to order book. Incredibly, no physical evidence or eyewitnesses to the alleged crime was presented during the trial. Instead, based almost solely on the testimony of a German woman,…
  • FBI Officials Accused of Telling Key Witness to Take Vacation to Avoid Testifying During New Oklahoma City Bombing Trial

    admin
    10 Aug 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Those familiar with my five years of reporting on Jesse Trentadue and his efforts to force the FBI to provide him copies of surveillance camera footage recorded in downtown Oklahoma City prior to the bombing at 9:02 a.m. April 19, 1995, will appreciate this update from the Oklahoma City Bombing trial that began July 28 in Salt Lake City. Click image above to download Trentadue motion (pdf). The text below is one of several filings made by Trentadue during the weeks following the four-day trial about which a federal judge is expected to issue his ruling within six months.  Though the text of…
  • MEDIA ALERT: I’ll Be On America’s Forum Wednesday

    admin
    5 Aug 2014 | 4:39 pm
    I’ll appear as a guest on the NewsmaxTV‘s America’s Forum, Wednesday at 9:10 a.m. Eastern to discuss the latest “Green-on-Blue” attack in Afghanistan and how it relates to my four-year investigation of the federal government’s use of so-called “credibility assessment” technologies, including the polygraph. Click image above to order book. Specifically, I’ll discuss the flawed vetting process that cost Army Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene, his life as the highest-ranking American military officer killed in a combat zone since the Vietnam War,…
  • Welcome

    admin
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:18 pm
    For years, I’ve toiled online, using my journalism training — and, sometimes, my sense of humor — to report news most of the major media outlets ignored.  As I approach the eighth anniversary of my online presence, I’ve decided to change directions in a substantial way. Above: Butters shows his keyboarding skills. After experiencing site-killing disruptions which some have suggested might be the work of  James R. Clapper Jr., FBI officials or others about whom I’ve written words that were less than flattering, but true, I’m moving away from writing on a…
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  • Beige Obama says Don’t Worry Be Happy

    J.P. Travis
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:30 am
    Beige Obama says Don’t Worry Be Happy, the world is a much better place. The president says Americans, confused and discombobulated by social media, simply don’t understand what a great job he’s done. Someone please tell him the stuff he’s smoking now is more powerful than the “ganja” he smoked as a teenager.
  • California passes creepy new education law

    J.P. Travis
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:11 am
    California passes creepy new “Dear Leader” education law. AB1912, passed earlier this month by the California Assembly 76-1, is “an opportunity for Obama to take his rightful place in California textbooks,” and will “make sure that future generations understand that the election of our nation’s first African American president was a historic step.”
  • Ouch: Harry Reid Just Received A Very Public Humiliation From His Own Alma Mater

    CO2Insanity
    30 Aug 2014 | 10:38 am
    Ouch: Harry Reid Just Received A Very Public Humiliation From His Own Alma Mater. Perhaps they should install an outhouse. We’d bet they’d raise the funds to put Harry Reid’s name on that in no time at all.
  • Idiotic: VA Training Manual Depicts Angry Veterans as Sesame Street Character

    CO2Insanity
    30 Aug 2014 | 10:21 am
    Idiotic: VA Training Manual Depicts Angry Veterans as Sesame Street Character. Well, this is all you veterans need to know about what the morons who run the VA think about you.
  • ISIS laptop reveals doomsday plan of weaponizing bubonic plague for mass death

    CO2Insanity
    30 Aug 2014 | 10:09 am
    ISIS laptop reveals doomsday plan of weaponizing bubonic plague for mass death. Nothing to worry about, ISIS is just the Junior Varsity.
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    Hit & Run

  • Zach Weissmueller and Emily Ekins on What Millennials Think About Politics

    Reason.com
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Millennials: Who are they? What do they believe? Why do we care? Armed with data from Emily Ekin's recent Reason-Rupe poll on the same subject, Zach Weissmueller explored these questions on the campus of University of California, Irvine by asking students in the 18-29 age group to talk about their political philosophies, their attitudes towards Democrats and Republicans, their reactions to the word socialism, and their perspectives on entrepreneurship. View this article.
  • Hillary Clinton's Millennial Problem (and the Democrats')

    Nick Gillespie
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:51 am
    After easily winning the youth vote in 2004, 2008, and 2012, Democrats are taking millennials for granted. And polls taken earlier this year show that Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Dem standard-bearer, will easily trounce either Gov. Chirs Christie or Sen. Rand Paul Paul in 2016. But such triumphalism about Clinton and the Democratic stranglehold on younger voters is premature, to say the least. While there’s no question that the GOP has managed to alienate millennials, there’s every reason to believe that top Democrats are doing just about everything they can to squander their…
  • Are Low-Skilled Immigrants Good for the Economy?

    Paul Feine
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    According to a Reuters/Ipsos poll conducted in mid-July, 70 percent of Americans (including 86 percent of Republicans) believe that undocumented immigrants threaten traditional U.S. beliefs and customs, and across the country voters are expressing their frustration with current immigration policies at town hall meetings. Advocates of open borders and people who want to immigrate to the U.S., of course, are calling for a very different set of reforms. Would making it easier for immigrants to gain legal status in the U.S. be a step in the right direction? Allowing more high-skilled immigrants…
  • Mom Arrested for (Maybe) Hanging Up on Cop While Her 'Missing' 10-Year-Old Plays at Church

    Elizabeth Nolan Brown
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:20 am
    Here is a story that combines some of our favorite Reason.com topics, including strip clubs, jerk cops, and America's growing willingness to make less-than-perfect parenting a crime. In this case, Florida resident Bobbey Jo Boucher went with her 10-year-old daughter to a neighbor's barbecue and left the girl there when she headed to work, instructing her to go back home when it was over. When the girl didn't return within a few hours, her grandmother called the Pasco Sheriff's Office, which called Boucher at work. When the line was somehow disconnected—Boucher says accidentally, police say…
  • Rob Montz: Bill de Blasio's Universal Pre-K Program is Delusional

    Reason.com
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio just secured $300 million in state funds for a new city-wide "universal" pre-k program. It's expected to enroll about 73,250 four-year-olds over the next two years. Rob Montz explains how the romantic visions driving de Blasio's grand project bare little resemlbance to the sad reality of what public pre-k in New York City will actually look like in practice. View this article.
 
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    THE SECOND CHANCE SHEEPDOG

  • 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…
  • Tennessee's Voting Gunowners Deserve Better

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    17 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    In early July, the Tennessee Firearms Association (TFA) released the results of its "2014 Legislative Candidate Survey." I first saw it on the organization's Facebook page on July 1st and then received a copy of the results in my e-mail inbox a few days later on the 4th. The survey's purpose was to identify the pro- and anti-gun members of the Tennessee State House and Senate, as well as their challengers, in advance of the 2014 elections. TFA wanted its members and other voters to be informed in regards to which candidates support their gun rights when they vote this year. Source -…
  • 2014 Tennessee Governors Race

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    15 Jul 2014 | 7:48 am
    Early voting for Tennessee's August Primaries begins this Friday, July 18. Bill Haslam is up for re-election as governor. I've made no secret that I am no fan of his in previous posts on this blog. A few months ago, I even posted a series of videos from a NewsChannel 5 Investigation into the wheelings, dealings, and crony capitalism within his administration.English: Knoxville mayor and Tennessee GOP gubernatorial candidate Bill Haslam addressing supporters before the Highlands Town Hall Debate at Tennessee Tech University. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Prior to his election in 2010, I said Haslam…
  • Happy 4th of July!!

    The Second Chance Sheepdog
    4 Jul 2014 | 10:06 am
    As you gather with family and friends today in celebration of another Independence Day, take a moment to remember all the men and women who have fought, and many died, over these last 238 years to protect you, your family, and your freedom. Besides the Lord's blessing, they are the reason we can still celebrate this day.
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    New Republic

  • What Your Choice of Cafe Says About You

    Oliver Farry
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    There is a down-at-heel café a few doors up from me in the working-class neighbourhood of Paris where I live that has, over the past eighteen months or so, done everything it could to attract a new, presumably younger, clientele. First there was a hand-written sign announcing the arrival of table-f
  • How Scientists Captured the Brains of Amis and McEwan

    Leo Robson
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The Children ActIan McEwanJonathan Cape, 224pp, £16.99The Zone of InterestMartin AmisJonathan Cape, 311pp, £18.99An author in his book must be like God in the universe, present everywhere and visible nowhere.Flaubert’s prescription, set down in
  • The Great Architect Rebellion of 2014

    Sarah Williams Goldhagen
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    The Venice Biennale, which opened in 
June and runs until late November, is probably in terms of floor-area coverage, and probably also in dollars expended, the largest architecture show on Earth. Indeed, maybe the greatest too. Every other year, this exhibition takes over most of this legendary c
  • AIPAC Is in Decline—But So Are Hopes for a Two-State Solution

    John B. Judis
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:35 am
    Connie Bruck has written an excellent portrait of the Israel lobby, AIPAC, in The New Yorker. I say that as someone who knows something about the organization and has
  • Republicans Are Using Tax Reform as an Excuse to Let Corporations Avoid U.S. Taxes

    Danny Vinik
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:38 am
    Whenever liberals argue that Congress needs to close the corporate tax loophole known as an inversion, conservatives always respond the same way: Reform the tax code. The latest example comes from C
 
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    E.J. Dionne Columns and Blog Posts

  • 2014 and the limits of rage

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

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

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

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

    E.J. Dionne Jr.
    6 Aug 2014 | 5:50 pm
    When does Congress become so embarrassed by its laughably low approval ratings that its leaders decide to pass laws to make our country a modestly better place? Is there a plain vanilla agenda that might pass muster across party lines? Read full article >>
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    ThinkProgress

  • Drought-Stricken California Makes Historic Move To Regulate Underground Water For The First Time

    Ryan Koronowski
    30 Aug 2014 | 10:27 am
    The dry bed of the Stevens Creek Reservoir is seen on Thursday, March 13, 2014, in Cupertino, Calif. CREDIT: AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez At least one in four Californians get their water from underground aquifers, and up until now, use of this water has been totally unregulated, with disputes about overuse settled in court. California is one of the few where it’s “pump as you please” with groundwater. That is about to change. As the California State Legislature wrapped up their session, they passed the state’s first-ever plan to regulate underground water supplies.
  • Federal Government Sues Minnesota City For Rejecting A Proposed Islamic Center

    Jack Jenkins
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:43 am
    The Islamic Center of America mosque in Dearborn, Michigan. CREDIT: AP The U.S. government is suing the city of St. Anthony, Minnesota for rejecting a proposal for a Muslim worship space two years ago, arguing that the city’s decision is a violation of religious freedom. In a lawsuit filed on Wednesday, the Department of Justice (DOJ) took a stand against a 2012 decision by the St. Anthony City Council to deny a conditional use permit to the Abu Huraira Islamic Center, which had requested authorization to use the basement of the St. Anthony Business Center for religious prayer and…
  • Three Things Conservatives Wrote This Week That Everyone Should Read

    Jeff Spross
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:08 am
    CREDIT: Shutterstock Welcome to TP Ideas‘ weekly roundup of the best conservative writing! Every Friday, we take a look at three pieces by right-leaning writers that constructively articulate core elements of their worldview. The goal isn’t to find conservatives telling us how right liberals are, but rather to pick out writing that helps liberals understand where their ideological foes are coming from. So let’s get started. 1. “Can Prop 103 Handle Driverless Cars?” — Ian Adams, R Street One theme that has been rising to the surface more and more in conservative…
  • California Becomes The Second State Ever To Guarantee That Sick Workers Can Take A Paid Day Off

    Bryce Covert
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:29 am
    CREDIT: Flickr Early on Saturday morning, the California Senate passed a bill guaranteeing at least three paid sick days a year for about 6.5 million workers, sending it to Gov. Jerry Brown (D). Brown’s office said it supports the bill, and in a statement after it passed he said, “Tonight, the Legislature took historic action to help hardworking Californians.” Assuming he signs the bill, California will become just the second state ever to guarantee paid sick leave and the law will be the tenth in the nation. The bill would require employers to provide sick leave to…
  • A Federal Judge Just Called Out The Big Lie Behind Texas’s Latest Abortion Restriction

    Ian Millhiser
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:47 pm
    CREDIT: AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis Texas’s justification for an anti-abortion law enacted last year is “disingenuous,” according to Judge Lee Yeakel’s opinion striking parts of that law on Friday. Indeed, Judge Yeakel’s opinion dismantles the state’s avowed justification for the law, pointing out that it does little to protect women’s health and a great deal to restrict access to abortion. Whatever the strength of Yeakel’s argument, however, his decision is unlikely to stand for long, as it will be appealed to one of the most conservative courts…
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    RamonaCreel.com

  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-29-2014

    Ramona
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    Asking the right question takes as much skill as giving the right answer. (R. Half) — More, as the question is the seed. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-29-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-28-2014

    Ramona
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    For what shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul? (Bible) — Are you listening, Wall Street? (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-28-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-27-2014

    Ramona
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    Be the kind of woman that, when your feet hit the floor, the devil says 'Oh Crap, She's up!' (Unknown) — I'm working on it! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-27-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-26-2014

    Ramona
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door. (Unknown) — And if no one answers when you knock, get a battering ram! (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-26-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
  • The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-25-2014

    Ramona
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:22 am
    You asked the way. I pointed ahead. Ahead of myself as well as you. (G. Shaw) — It's all waiting for us, over the horizon. (Ramona) #quote The post The Last Word — Ramona’s Quote Of The Day For 8-25-2014 appeared first on RamonaCreel.com.
 
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    Democratic Strategist

  • "Keeping ____ Honest" Not a Great Rationale For Presidential Primary Candidacy

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

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

    27 Aug 2014 | 4:34 pm
    With all the vast attention understandably being paid to the Senate landscape this year, it's worth remembering there are just as many gubernatorial as senatorial contests in November--36 of each, to be exact. So I offered a quick panoramic view of the gubernatorial scene this year at TPMCafe: One factor in the relatively small national attention attracted by governor's races this year has been a surprisingly low number of retirements despite a sour mood of anti-incumbency. Twenty-nine incumbents ran for re-election; four more were term-limited; only three (Linc Chafee of RI, Deval Patrick of…
  • Despite Concerns, Senate Dems in Better Late-August Position Than 2010

    27 Aug 2014 | 9:04 am
    Caitlin Huey-Burns's post "How Democrats Can Hold Their Senate Majority" at Real Clear Politics is not well-titled, since it is more a horse race update than a genuine how-to. Read as a recap, however, it does offer a "road ahead" snapshot of the challenges Dems face in holding their upper-chamber majority. As Huey-Burns elaborates: ...It's not all doom and gloom for Democrats. A silver lining, party operatives say, has been there all along. What the party has going for it are strong, battle-tested incumbents. And that advantage is holding up -- so far. "Republicans have a terrible record of…
  • Will Medical Pot Initiative Help FL Dems?

    27 Aug 2014 | 3:43 am
    In her Salon.com post "The left's secret midterm weapon: How marijuana ballot initiatives can change turnout," Heather Digby Parton concludes that DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz's opposition to a medical pot is 'political malpractice.' Parton cites some compelling data to make the point: ... Studies have shown that a controversial ballot initiative can boost turnout by as much as 4 percent in off year elections. For years the Republicans used "gay marriage" as the boogeyman to rouse their social conservative voters but that seems to have backfired on them in recent years as marriage…
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    IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India » Politics

  • Another Trinamool MLA’s shocker: As long as the world exists, there will be rapes

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

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

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

    Gautam
    23 Aug 2014 | 4:44 am
    IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India - News and Information PortalThe Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Saturday demanded that the West Bengal government should publish a white paper about Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s trip to Singapore to attract investments. “We demand publication of a white paper by the state government on Mamata Banerjee’s Singapore trip. We want to know what the purpose was and how much has been achieved,” BJP state President Rahul Sinha said. Banerjee on Friday…
  • Manjhi questions Modi’s Jharkhand visit during bypoll in Bihar

    Gautam
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:02 am
    IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India IndiaVision Latest Breaking News and Information about India - News and Information PortalPatna: Bihar Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi on Thursday questioned the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in neighbouring Jharkhand when bypolls in 10 Assembly seats were taking place in Bihar. “Prime Minister Narendra Modi is laying foundation of several projects and making speech in neighbouring Jharkhand when bypolls in 10 Assembly seats in Bihar is taking place …This can influence voting in the by-elections,” Manjhi…
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  • Hope for High-Tech Mothers

    Naomi Wolf
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Have two highly skilled women – with four babies and toddlers between them – finally found a way to achieve an ideal work-family balance? It looks as if PowerToFly, a new startup launched to place women around the world in tech jobs with flexible hours and the ability to work remotely, has done just that.
  • Building NATO’s “Weimar Triangle”

    Tobias Bunde, et al.
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:50 am
    Europeans and Americans have slowly but steadily tightened the economic screws on Russia. But, in contrast to the overall cohesion displayed on the sanctions front, the West’s military response to Russia’s new assertiveness in its so-called “near abroad” has been uncoordinated and reluctant.
  • Ending East Asia’s History Wars

    Yuriko Koike
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:20 am
    Georges Clemenceau, who, as France’s prime minister, led his country to victory in World War I, famously said that “war is too important to be left to the generals.” Japan is now discovering that history is too important to be left to newspaper editors.
  • The Greater Depression

    J. Bradford DeLong
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:20 am
    Seven years after the global financial crisis began, the US and eurozone economies are still performing well below potential – and are facing additional downward shocks. When will their leaders admit that the Greater Depression has begun?
  • Washington Recaptured

    Simon Johnson
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:20 am
    Two hundred years ago, Washington, DC, was captured by the British – who then set fire to official buildings, including the White House, Treasury Department, and Congress. Today, it is a domestic interest group – very large banks – that has captured Washington, and the costs are likely to be far higher than they were in 1814.
 
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    Hip-Hop and Politics

  • Oakland’s Mystic Hits Hard on Black/ Brown Genocide w/ the ‘Country Roads’

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

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

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

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

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

    30 Aug 2014 | 1:25 pm
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed the presence of a brain-eating amoeba in the water supply for the Louisiana communities of Reserve, Garyville and Mount Airy.   The Naegleria fowleri amoeba got into St. John the Baptist Parish’s Water District No. 1, which provides water for about 12,500 residents.   CDC officials say ingesting water containing the amoeba is harmless because it cannot infect a person through the digestive system, but the contaminated water can prove fatal if it comes into contact with nasal passages, which is how it travels to…
  • Justice Dept. Sues Minnesota Village over Refusal to Allow Islamic Center

    30 Aug 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Federal prosecutors are going after leaders of a Minnesota community for unlawfully denying local Muslims the right to establish their own religious center.   The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the state has filed a lawsuit against the city of St. Anthony Village for violating the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act of 2000.   City officials voted 4-1 in 2012 to prevent the Abu Huraira Islamic Center from using the basement of the St. Anthony Business Center as a worship space while reserving other areas for business, rejecting a recommendation made by the…
  • India’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Subrahmanyam Jaishankar?

    30 Aug 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, a long-time member of India’s Foreign Service, assumed his duties as that country’s ambassador to the United States in December, 2013. It is the fourth chief-of-mission post for Jaishankar.   Jaishankar was born January 9, 1955, in New Delhi. His father, K. Subrahmanyan, was considered by many to be the “father of Indian strategic thought,” and was the author of India’s nuclear doctrine. Jaishankar has two brothers; S. Vijay Kumar, who in 2013 retired from government service after a career that included being secretary of mines and…
  • Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States: Who Is Jalil Abbas Jilani?

    30 Aug 2014 | 1:10 pm
    On January 2, 2014, Jalil Abbas Jilani, a career Pakistani foreign service officer, assumed the job of his country’s ambassador to Washington. It’s the third time Jilani has been appointed to head a foreign mission.   Jilani was born February 2, 1955, in Multan, in the north-central region of Pakistan. He comes from a family of public servants; his father was a Public Service Commission officer, one brother was chief secretary of Punjab; an uncle recently stepped down as chief justice of Pakistan and a cousin, Yousuf Raza Gilani, was the country’s prime minister from…
  • More than 1 Million U.S. Children Live in Households with Income of Less than $2 a Day per Person…Including Public Assistance

    30 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Welfare reform adopted in the 1990s has resulted in fewer people on public assistance, but also left at least 1 million children living in extreme poverty even while receiving government help.   A new report, The Rise of Extreme Poverty in the United States by H. Luke Shaefer and Kathryn Edin, says the number of households surviving on $2 per person a day went from 636,000 in 1996 (the year Congress and President Bill Clinton reformed federal welfare programs) to 1.65 million by 2011, an increase of 159%. Those households contain more than 3.5 million children.   The authors then…
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    Blog for Arizona

  • Proof Positive Ducey is Pure Scum

    Bob Lord
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:49 am
    You can tell a lot about a person by the company he keeps. That’s certainly the case with Doug Ducey: Sean Noble; Joe Arpaio; Cathi Herrod.  You get the picture. But you can tell even more by what he does … Continue reading →
  • I think I figured it out

    Donna Gratehouse
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:51 pm
    Crossposted at DemocraticDiva.com So there I was, with my insomnia, watching Craig Ferguson Wednesday night, when what did I see but this ri-donk-ulous ad from the Republican Governor’s Association. It claimed that Fred DuVal personally and single-handedly raised college tuition … Continue reading →
  • Fact Checking Doug Ducey’s new ad

    AZ BlueMeanie
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:31 pm
    “Cathi’s Clown” Doug Ducey began his general election campaign with what the GOP-Friendly Arizona Republic (it endorsed Ducey in the GOP primary) referred to this way: GOP governor nominee Ducey airs new upbeat ad: The 30-second ad shows Ducey speaking … Continue reading →
  • 3 films at the Loft in Tribute to Robin Williams

    Carolyn Classen
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Jumanji / A Tribute to Robin Williams Saturday, August 30 at 11:00am, Loft Theater, 3233 E. Speedway Blvd. General Admission: $3 • Loft Members: $2 Good Will Hunting / A Tribute to Robin Williams Sunday, August 31 at 11:00am General … Continue reading →
  • Dicey Ducey Ducking Debates

    AZ BlueMeanie
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:07 pm
    In the waning weeks of the GOP primary for governor, Doug Ducey made a habit out of ducking debates with his opponents to avoid giving them any opportunity to confront him directly on the issues, and to avoid making any … Continue reading →
 
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    People Power from YES! Magazine

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • My conversation about slavery with a Mormon apologetic

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Online Candidate
    28 Jul 2014 | 7:03 am
    Personalizing your campaign is one of the most effective strategies you can use to win a local election. The larger the district you’re running in is, however, the more difficult it will be to effectively practice personalization.
  • In Which Tense Should You Write Your Website Copy?

    Online Candidate
    14 Jul 2014 | 2:48 pm
    We've recently had a few clients reach out to us, concerned that their campaign websites are not ranking as well as expected for candidate name searches. Generally, this has to do with the age of the site, the existing content that ranks and whether the website content actually mentions the name of the candidate.
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    The Alternative Conservative

  • The Muse: Depression– Selfish State of Mind

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

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

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

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

    28 Jul 2014 | 4:13 pm
    I've always loved Joan and I love her even more after watching this. I could not have said it better myself! G-d bless you, Joan!!!
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    Politics

  • Cameron echoes Blair on terrorism: western military action is not to blame

    George Eaton
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:26 am
    The PM declares that the "root cause" of terrorism is the "poisonous ideology of Islamist extremism".  David Cameron speaks at a Downing Street press conference earlier this year. Photograph: Getty Images. Rarely has David Cameron seemed more like the "heir to Blair" than at his Downing Street press conference this afternoon on the terrorist threat from ISIS. He emphasised in his opening statement that the "root cause" of the threat, which was raised today from "substantial" to "severe" (meaning an attack is considered "highly likely"), was not western foreign policy but the "poisonous…
  • Nicola Blackwood MP on reforming the law in child sex cases, and why Oxford isn't elitist

    Anoosh Chakelian
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:18 am
    The Conservative MP and classically trained singer defends Oxford from claims of elitism, discusses how the law should change for child exploitation cases, and reveals why she came into politics. Blackwood: "The level of trust in public bodies has plummeted, when it comes to child protection." Photo: Flickr/Lawrence Harman “Every time we say goodbye, I die a little...” Nicola Blackwood belted out a polished rendition of the Cole Porter classic a little after 4.30am on the night of her election as Conservative MP for Oxford West and Abingdon in 2010, snatching the seat from Lib Dem MP and…
  • Will an emotional abuse offence ruling help vulnerable women?

    Glosswitch
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:17 am
    Control, dominance, bullying and manipulation are the driving forces behind countless “romantic” narratives. If new regulation is going to eradicate coercive and controlling behaviour as well as physical harm, we have to start questioning the stories we are told. A placard at a protest in Scotland in 2013. Photo: Getty In the James Bond film Octopussy, first released in 1983, the hero rapes the title character, or at least that’s what I’d call it now. Aged eight, watching it in the cinema with my parents, I lacked the words and knowledge to see it that way. I just knew there was…
  • "I hate bagpipes, I hate kilts, but I've changed my vote from No to Yes"

    Kev Sherry
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:13 am
    Kev Sherry, of Glaswegian indie outfit Attic Lights, explains why he's changed from No to Yes on the Scottish independence question. "I have no idea if an independent Scotland can do all that I want it to, but I have to take that risk". Photo: Getty I despise nationalism. I despise patriotism. I hate bagpipes, I hate kilts and tartan and I hate the cringe inducing shouts of “wha’s like us” in bars across the nation at closing time on drunken Saturday nights. I love the other countries we share this little island with. I am not what you could ever call a patriot or a nationalist and I…
  • Cameron's appeasement of the eurosceptics hasn't worked, but he had no alternative

    George Eaton
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:05 am
    Had the PM refused to promise a referendum, he would likely have been deposed as Conservative leader. David Cameron at the EU headquarters on February 8, 2013 in Brussels. Photograph: Getty Images. When David Cameron pledged to hold an in/out EU referendum in the next parliament, having long opposed one, the hope was that it would solve his Europe problem. Tory optimists predicted that the commitment would unite the party, end the seepage of votes to Ukip, and allow Cameron to focus on more salient issues such as the economy (the EU does not even make it into the top ten of voters'…
 
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    Breitbart Feed

  • Karl Rove's PAC Trying to Win Arkansas, North Carolina by Running Left of Pryor, Hagan

    30 Aug 2014 | 10:32 am
    Karl Rove and his Crossroads GPS PAC are about to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in the senate -- by campaigning to the left of incumbents Mark Pryor and Kay Hagan on behalf of Republican challengers Tom Cotton and Thom Tills. So blatant is this attempt in the latest round of TV ads that the Washington Post teased Rove with a headline that taunted him as a "bleeding heart liberal." Reporter/blogger Greg Sargent said in the story that the two ad campaigns "show Republicans once again hitting Dems from the left on entitlements." Salon ridiculed the North Carolina ad as the "dumbest of…
  • Michael Bloomberg Gives $1 Million toward Washington State Gun Control

    30 Aug 2014 | 9:11 am
    On August 29, Michael Bloomberg-funded Everytown for Gun Safety confirmed plans to give $1 million to Initiative 594, the gun control push in Washington state. This means Bloomberg is coming alongside other one-percenters--like Bill Gates, Nicolas Hanauer, and Steve Ballmer--to heave gun control onto the shoulders of Washington state residents. As Breitbart News reported on August 26, Gates and his wife have given $1 million for the gun control push, Hanauer has given well over a $1 million, and Ballmer and his wife have given nearly $600,000. The gun control they are supporting--Initiative…
  • Rich Lowry: Warren Buffett Betrays His Country

    30 Aug 2014 | 8:17 am
    Note from Senior Management: National Review Editor-in-Chief Rich Lowry takes on Warren Buffett's tax strategy in Politico. We reprint here. It must have been a bitter moment for President Barack Obama when he got the news that his favorite economic guru not only doesn’t like paying taxes but hates America. Warren Buffett, whose eponymous rule was a staple of Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign, is underwriting Burger King’s proposed move to Canada that the left is denouncing as practically the most dastardly plot since the Rosenbergs helped the Soviets get the atomic bomb.
  • Appeals Court Reinstates Case Alleging Planned Parenthood Fraud and Abuse

    30 Aug 2014 | 7:40 am
    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit reinstated a case brought against Planned Parenthood of the Heartland in Iowa by one of its former employees who alleges the abortion giant defrauded and abused taxpayer funds. Susan Thayer, a former facility director of Planned Parenthood, filed a lawsuit in 2011 against the federally funded abortion provider, but a district court judge dismissed the case the following year, states Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF), which represents Thayer. According to a press release by ADF, the lawsuit claims that Planned Parenthood submitted “repeated…
  • Free Speech Is Winning, Thanks to Citizens United

    30 Aug 2014 | 6:48 am
    In the nearly five years since Citizens United v. FEC was decided, more Americans than ever are exercising their First Amendment rights and engaging in political speech. The results are in: political speech and spending are up. While spending is up across the board, the real winners have been Republican candidates for office. A new study, “The Business of American Democracy: Citizens United, Independent Spending and Elections,” analyzes state legislative elections that have occurred since the decision and finds that "Citizens United v. FEC was associated with a six…
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    Beppe Grillo's Blog

  • The mafia has won - thanks to Renzusconi #GrassoDimettiti Grasso resign

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

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

    27 Aug 2014 | 12:27 pm
    “For 18 months, the M5S has been battling to eliminate the activity of the parties that act in such a way as to parcel out segments of the RAI, and we’ve been fighting to end the evil influence of politics. You just have go to the website of the Parliamentary Supervisory Committee for the RAI to see some of our speeches and you will understand this, straight away. The issue of the politicisation of the RAI certainly does not relate to the M5S given that it is coherent and it has not asked for any appointment to positions like the directors of the TV News programmes, or online programmes,…
  • Orlando, minister without dignity

    26 Aug 2014 | 3:24 am
    The M5S will not participate in any discussion on the so-called reform of the justice system that is what is wanted by a convicted criminal with the objectives that are the separation between the careers of prosecutors and judges, the abolition of the principle of mandatory prosecution, the direct accountability of the judiciary, the prohibition on the publication of transcriptions of telephonic interceptions, and the reduction of the time period before the Statute of Limitations blocks proceedings. This is a reform that is tailor-made for thieves and it was preceded by Berlusconi’s…
  • Passaparola - The A.la.t.h.ha Non-profit Welfare Community

    26 Aug 2014 | 12:10 am
    Watch the Passaparola10:00 A.la.t.Ha. is a Non-profit Social Cooperative that has been working to make the lives of people with physical and motor disabilities easier for almost twenty years. A.la.t.ha. was born of a man’s dream to turn himself from pure businessman into a welfare entrepreneur …, that man is Donato Troiano, founder of A.la.t.Ha and today we are posting his Passaparola. "Hello and welcome to Alatha. Here at Alatha our aim is to create many job opportunities for both normal and disabled people, in other words total, general integration and provide the simplicity and…
 
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    The Conversation

  • Multi-discipline courses will help solve emerging global problems

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

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

  • Ensuring Safe Food in a Free Market: A Lesson from China

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

    Jason Bedrick
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:18 am
    Jason Bedrick Yesterday, on the same day that the New Hampshire Supreme Court rejected a challenge to the state’s scholarship tax credit law, a district court judge struck down Oklahoma’s special-needs voucher law. Both vouchers and scholarship tax credit laws are constitutional under the U.S. Constitution, but vouchers laws have often run afoul of states’ historically anti-Catholic Blaine Amendments, which prohibit public funds from being expended at religiously affiliated schools. By contrast, scholarship tax credit laws have a perfect record at both the federal…
  • They're Not Making Jeff Smiths Like They Used To

    David Boaz
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:53 pm
    David Boaz For generations of Americans, “Jefferson Smith” was the archetype of the honest, hard-working man of the people who gets into politics to serve the public interest and stands up to powerful interests. Mr. Smith Goes to Washington is the quintessential movie about a corrupt system that can be toppled by a single man of integrity. So maybe it’s no surprise that there seem to be a lot of Jeff Smiths getting into politics. What better name to inspire confidence? Unfortunately, Sen. Jeff Smith of some unnamed Western state would be mighty embarrassed by some of the Jeff…
  • Another "Winn" for Educational Freedom in New Hampshire

    Andrew J. Coulson
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:13 am
    Andrew J. Coulson In ACSTO v. Winn (2011), the U.S. Supreme Court upheld Arizona’s scholarship donation tax credit program on the grounds that plaintiffs did not have standing to sue in the first place, because they could not show any specific injury to themselves caused by the voluntary program. Today, the New Hampshire Supreme Court reached the same conclusion in a case involving that state’s new scholarship program. Importantly, this preserves the perfect legal record of modern education tax credit school choice programs. Under these programs, individuals or businesses can…
  • Live Free and Learn: NH Supreme Court Upholds School Choice

    Jason Bedrick
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:57 am
    Jason Bedrick Low- and middle-income children in New Hampshire will now be able to use tax-credit scholarships at any school they choose, whether secular or religious. This morning, the New Hampshire Supreme Court (NHSC) followed the precedent of the U.S. Supreme Court in unanimously ruling that the petitioners challenging the “Live Free or Die” state’s scholarship tax credit law lack standing because they could not demonstrate any harm. The law grants tax credits to corporations worth 85 percent of their donations to nonprofit scholarship organizations that help low- and middle-income…
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    A View from the Right

  • Journey of Light + Creeping Superfluid

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

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

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

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

    sirrahc
    3 Aug 2014 | 6:22 pm
    After last week’s post of the Dr. Hugh Ross video, I got to thinking about “the scientific method”. Ross is certainly a big fan of it, as is anyone — scientist or layman — who is at all familiar with the scientific enterprise. Indeed, anyone in search for truth in any arena should be a […]
 
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    Fair Observer

  • Africa Yoga Project: Inspiring Youth to Achieve Greatness

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

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

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

    Natasha Roth
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:36 am
    The more Israel tries to homogenize Jerusalem and harmonize its history, the more divided it becomes. [This article was written before the Gaza War. The conclusion has been updated to address the current situation.] On May 28, tens of thousands of Jews in Israel celebrated Jerusalem Day by marching through the city waving flags, chanting racist slogans […] The post Chained to the Fence: Inequality in East Jerusalem appeared first on Fair Observer.
  • From Gaza to Ferguson: Exposing the Toolbox of Racist Repression

    Corinna Mullin
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:30 pm
    Mass incarceration and militarized police forces are two of the most potent tools of repressive instruments of power. From the death and destruction in Israel’s latest war on Gaza to the dramatic arrival of the national guard on the streets of Ferguson, Missouri, there have been plenty of brutal reminders on display of the violence […] The post From Gaza to Ferguson: Exposing the Toolbox of Racist Repression appeared first on Fair Observer.
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    The one About

  • Necesitatea utilizării becurilor cu led

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

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

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

    25 Aug 2014 | 5:46 am
    Steagul Patriotilor. Este folosit de nationalistii extremisti din Quebec si a devenit un simbol al miscarii patriotilor din perioada 1832-1838. Seamana cu steagul bundeslandului german Rinul de Nord-Westphalia. Verdele de pe steag reprezinta irlandezii, albul, canadienii francezi iar rosul, englezii din acea zona. Stilul tricolor a fost inspirat din steagul Frantei, un simbol al revolutiei franceze care a fost o sursa de inspiratie pentru miscarea patriotilor. A devenit mai apoi steagul national al Republicii „Canada de Jos”, odata cu adoptarea declaratiei ei de independenta, in 1838.
  • Urme ale trecutului….distruse astăzi sub privirile noastre….

    21 Aug 2014 | 6:11 am
    Castelul Cantacuzinilor din centrul comunei Măgureni, astăzi, se pare că a rămas doar o umbă a istoriei. Se spune că a fost construit între anii 1666-1671 de către Drăghici Cantacuzino în stilul palatu-lui seniorial bizantin, evidențiindu-se prin decorațiile speciale, prin sistemele de boltire și prin materialele și procedeele de construcție. Povestea sa este fascinantă. Castelul reprezintă tipul caselor feudale influențate de arhitectura turcească care își grupa camerele, cele peste treizeci de încăperi, în jurul turnului prevăzut cu numeroase ascunzători.
 
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    FactCheck.org

  • Attacking Rick Allen’s Government Contracts

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

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

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

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

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

  • America, Our Debt-Ridden Nation

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

    Alan Caruba
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:39 pm
      Many Americans were shocked by the Islamic State video of the beheading of the photo journalist James Foley. Perhaps they had already forgotten the decapitation of Wall Street Journal journalist, Daniel Pearl in 2002. Most certainly, the memory of the murder of nearly 3,000 on September 11, 2001 with the destruction of the World […]
  • Common Core Rapidly Losing Support

    Alan Caruba
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:26 am
      As their children either start or return to school, parents are naturally concerned about the quality of education they receive from kindergarten through twelfth grade. In the past, before the teachers unions gained virtual control of the schools and before the federal government decided it had to impose “national standards”, it was the job […]
  • If it quacks like a duck … it must be a turtle

    Guest
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:18 am
      By Robert Felix “Why We’re Definitely Not Headed for Another Ice Age.” When I saw that headline in Newsweek, I thought, do they know something that I don’t? But once I read the article, it left me wondering how in the world they came to that conclusion. It reminds me of the great retort […]
  • What is the Difference Between the DNC and the CPUSA?

    Alan Caruba
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:59 pm
      On the home page of the Communist Party USA it says “A better and peaceful world is possible—a world where people and nature come before profits. That’s socialism. That’s our vision. We are the Communist Party USA.” No, it’s not Socialism which is a watered down version of Communism. Real Communism is the kind […]
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    opposingviews.com

  • National Guard, Called by Texas Gov. Perry, Turning to Food Banks for Help (Video)

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

    Michael Allen
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Christian Brothers Claim to Defend Women by Opposing Abortion Rights (Video) Christian Brothers Claim to Defend Women by Opposing Abortion Rights (Video) Health Politics Religion Benham Brothers Has Been Optimized Jason and David Benham made headlines earlier this year after they lost their HGTV reality TV show "Flip It Forward" for some anti-gay comments they had made. The identical Christian brothers recently appeared at a rally in Charlotte, N.C., where they slammed Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.) who is pro-choice (video below). During the rally outside Sen. Hagan's office, David told the crowd…
  • ISIS Laptop Reveals Plan To Utilize Biological Warfare, Including Bubonic Plague

    Paul Brown
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:17 pm
    ISIS Laptop Reveals Plan To Utilize Biological Warfare, Including Bubonic Plague ISIS Laptop Reveals Troubling Plans To Use Biological Weapons Seized ISIS Laptop Contains Plans To Spread "Bubonic Plague" World Not Optimized A rebel group in Syria has managed to obtain a laptop they claim belongs to ISIS. Its contents are troubling, to say the least. The laptop, which was taken from ISIS militants in northern Syria, "contains instructions on how to build explosives, use disguises to travel undetected, and plans to build chemical weapons," reports the International Business…
  • ISIS Releases New Beheading Video As Warning To Kurdish Leaders (Video)

    Dominic Kelly
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:39 am
    ISIS Releases New Beheading Video As Warning To Kurdish Leaders (Video) Latest ISIS Video Shows Beheading Of Kurdish Man To Warn Leaders Of U.S. Alliance (Video) ISIS Beheads Kurdish Man As Warning (Video) ISIS Releases New Beheading Video As Warning To Kurdish Leaders (Video) Headlines Internet Lifestyle Nation World Not Optimized Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS, has released another unsettling and disturbing video showing the beheading of a Kurdish man as a warning to the U.S. and Iraq Kurdish leaders to end strikes against them. The video titled “A Message in Blood to the Leaders…
  • ISIS Captures And Executes 250 Syrian Soldiers In New Disturbing Video

    Khier Casino
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:10 pm
    ISIS Captures And Executes 250 Syrian Soldiers In New Disturbing Video Disturbing Footage Shows Islamic State Militants Execute 250 Syrian Soldiers (Graphic Video) ISIS Fighters Release Footage Of Mass Killing Of 250 Syrian Soldiers After They Marched Through Desert In Underwear ISIS Captures And Executes 250 Syrian Soldiers In New Disturbing Video Headlines Politics World Has Been Optimized Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), militants have captured and executed 250 Syrian soldiers, according to a new disturbing video. The footage, which has not been…
 
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    The Recovering Politician

  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: Diet Update – Before and After Pics

    John Y. Brown III
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    Here is my “Before” alongside my future “After” pic. About 6 months from now….while thinking about how much better I look with all that weight off, especially when I stand on a rock and look out over the ocean while wearing faded torn jeans with a tan and long hair with the wind blowing through it and a stylish watch in case I want to know what time it is.   Serious before and after:
  • Julie Rath: How to Turn Heads at the Beach

    Julie Rath
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Not ready to go as itty bitty as Burt Lancaster in The Swimmer? Even if you aren’t swimming home through the posh pools of suburbia, you should still do everything in your power to look your best when hitting the beach or pool. (And no, those ballooning board shorts don’t cut it.) Below are my tips on what to look for in a well-fitting swimsuit, and my all-time favorite brand and style: 1) Trim leg openings make very slim legs look less so, and broad legs more proportioned. 2) A waistband that lies flat against your stomach will reduce any unnecessary bulging through the middle. This…
  • John Y’s Musings from the Middle: My advice to young people entering the workforce

    John Y. Brown III
    28 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    My advice to young people entering the workforce.Don’t be intimidated. The competition is long on resume and first impression but short on practical usefulness and follow through.If you can write and speak in complete sentences, respond to emails and phone calls within 24 hours, be courteous and appropriate, show up for work on time and don’t leave until you are supposed to and do all these things for three consecutive weeks and then keep doing them daily after that, you will be in the 98th% percentile and have a long and promising future in the work world. Be patient with…
  • Josh Bowen: 10 Foods You Need in Your Diet

    Josh Bowen
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    Of all the types of questions a fitness professional is asked, nutrition is the most common subject. Quite frankly people are clueless when it comes to what they eat. Conversely, that is not their fault. In this country we search for the quick fix, the easy way out and our media has done a great marketing job on “diets.” These diets usually consist of restriction some selection of food; fat, carbs, meat etc. So we are constantly told what we “shouldn’t” eat and rarely are we told what we should eat. So I wanted to put together a list of 10 foods that most everyone needs (barring…
  • Will Meyerhofer: Save the World

    Will Meyerhofer
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:30 am
    If law students are annoying, then pre-law students are twice as annoying. There’s something about observing these lemmings scrabble their way into the maws of ruthless law schools, despite dire warnings and appeals to common sense, that just…gets under my skin. Even after so much effort has been expended for their benefit – i.e., which part of “Way Worse Than Being a Dentist” didn’t you understand? – these piteous creatures patiently queue up for their punishment, hungry to “learn to think like a lawyer.” If your resolve weakens, and pity prevails over contempt, you might…
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    Sunshine State News feed

  • Jay Fant Beats Paul Renner by 2 Votes

    Kevin Derby
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Banker Jay Fant was declared the winner of the Republican primary to replace Rep. Daniel Davis, R-Jacksonville, in the Florida House on Friday. After the Duval County Elections Supervisor held a machine recount and examined ballots, Fant beat attorney and Navy veteran Paul Renner by 2 votes: 5,962 to 5,960. read more
  • Florida TaxWatch Marks Labor Day by Noting Job Growth

    Kevin Derby
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:56 am
    With Labor Day being celebrated on Monday, Dominic Calabro, the president and CEO of Florida TaxWatch weighed in on Friday, noting an increase of private-sector jobs in the Sunshine State over the last year. "Monday, Sept. 1st, Americans will celebrate Labor Day, a time to thank our nation's workers for their role in building economic growth and prosperity,” Calabro said. “This year, more working Floridians have reason to relax and celebrate the long weekend. From July 2013 to July 2014, Florida saw an increase of 208,500 private, nonfarm jobs.read more
  • NRCC Chairman Goes to Bat for Carlos Curbelo Against Joe Garcia

    Kevin Derby
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:10 am
    On Friday, U.S. Rep. Greg Walden, R-Ore., the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC), sent out a fundraising email on Carlos Curbelo’s behalf, attempting to link Joe Garcia with U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. Walden warned Republicans that Democrats planned to support Garcia with their checkbooks and called for Republicans to open their wallets for Curbelo.  read more
  • Lee County May Reconsider Vote to Opt Out of Testing

    Allison Nielsen
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:02 am
    The Lee County School Board, which voted to opt out of statewide standardized testing this week, could be pumping the brakes on its decision to leave testing behind. The board will be meeting next Tuesday to discuss the vote and consider rescinding its decision. The News Press reported board member Mary Fischer, who served as the tiebreaker for the 3-2 vote, requested the meeting.read more
  • Nan Rich Joins Charlie Crist on Statewide Unity Tour

    Kevin Derby
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:54 am
    Former Florida Senate Minority Leader Nan Rich will be attending unity rallies across Florida on Thursday with former Gov. Charlie Crist who beat her in the Democratic gubernatorial primary on Tuesday. But Rich could not resist a final shot at Crist who refused to debate her during the primary campaign . “Last night I spoke with Charlie Crist to congratulate him,” Rich posted on Facebook on Wednesday. “It was a brief call, I didn't feel like debating him.”Rich offered more enthusiasm later on Wednesday in another Facebook post. read more
 
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    PoliticusUSA

  • Things Get Worse For Mitch McConnell As His Campaign Manager Resigns Amid Bribery Scandal

    Jason Easley
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:04 am
    Sen. Mitch McConnell's (R-KY) barely teetering reelection campaign has suffered another gut punch as campaign manager Jesse Benton resigned amid allegations of his involvement in a bribery scandal. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Keeping Their Voters Stupid Keeps Republicans Elected

    Rmuse
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:08 am
    Over the past six years after every election, a relatively common question is why do so many Americans dependably vote against their own self-interests. Despite poor white people in southern red states barely surviving on slave wages, welfare, food stamps, and no adequate healthcare, they routinely vote for Republicans openly campaigning on driving their constituents deeper into poverty. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Federal Court Slams Texas TRAP Law Back To the Stone-Age

    Adalia Woodbury
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:55 pm
    In a much needed victory for women in Texas, a Federal Court struck down the Lone Star State's version of a TRAP law. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Court Humiliates Greg Abbott (Again) And Crushes his Unconstitutional Attack on Public Education

    Adalia Woodbury
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:55 pm
    This time, an Austin judge dealt a devastating blow to Greg Abbott's campaign against public education [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • House Republican Leader Defends Obama’s Comments Regarding Military Strategy In Syria

    Justin Baragona
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:59 am
    During Friday's broadcast of MSNBC's The Daily Rundown, Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK), the Deputy Majority Whip in the House, spoke with host Chuck Todd regarding President Obama's comments during a Thursday press conference where he said that there isn't a strategy yet when it comes to bombing ISIS in Syria. [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Angry Lebs

  • Who is Hosting the most refugees?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Mitch McConnell’s Campaign Manager Resigns, Citing ‘False’ Rumors

    Kristina Peterson
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:56 pm
    The campaign manager for Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell’s re-election effort resigned late Friday, citing “false’’ and “unsubstantiated media rumors” about his role in past campaigns that he said had become a distraction to his current work.
  • Chelsea Clinton Leaves Gig at NBC News

    Peter Nicholas
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:55 am
    Chelsea Clinton has left her part-time post at NBC News, citing her work at the family’s charitable foundation and the time she’ll soon be devoting to her new baby.
  • ‘We Don’t Have a Strategy Yet’ Will Haunt Obama

    Peter Wehner
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:04 am
    Peter Wehner: “We don’t have a strategy yet” are words that will haunt President Obama until he settles on a strategy that actually works.
  • A GOP Governor in Massachusetts? It Could Happen

    Aaron Zitner
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:30 am
    Martha Coakley, the Democrat who famously lost the Senate race that launched Republican Scott Brown as a national figure, appears to be struggling in her campaign to become governor of Massachusetts.
  • Paul Ryan Defends Poverty Plan and ‘Accountability’

    Rebecca Ballhaus
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:15 am
    Rep. Paul Ryan (R., Wis.) called for more accountability in the fight against poverty Friday and again walked back his "makers and takers" formulation that he now says was “disparaging” to poor Americans.
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    BuzzFeed - Politics

  • It's On: Lawyers Fight For Supreme Court To Take Their Marriage Equality Case

    29 Aug 2014 | 2:25 pm
    The only question is whether the justices will agree to take on the issue — and, if so, which case or cases it’s going to be. Gary Cameron / Reuters WASHINGTON — Some of the top appellate lawyers and leading LGBT legal groups in the nation are squaring off in unusual filings at the Supreme Court this week asking the justices to hear their respective case about marriage equality. Technically, the lawyers were responding to Supreme Court filings by state or county officials in Oklahoma, Virginia, and Utah that ask the justices to hear their case in order to uphold bans on…
  • American White Nationalists To Hold Conference With Russian And European Far Right

    29 Aug 2014 | 1:34 pm
    The fringes of the U.S. conservative movement build bridges with their counterparts on the other side of the Atlantic. National Policy Institute / Via npiamerica.org WASHINGTON — The white nationalist think tank the National Policy Institute is holding a conference in October in Hungary that will feature Alexander Dugin, a Russian nationalist thinker who is increasingly popular in Kremlin circles. Richard Spencer, the president of NPI and a former writer at the American Conservative, said the conference, which will also feature figures from the ascendant European far right, would be the…
  • A Republican Congressman Is Actually Upset About Obama's Tan Suit

    29 Aug 2014 | 10:50 am
    Is this real life? View Video › Republican Rep. Peter King of New York is no fan of tan. The conservative member of Congress from Long Island blasted President Obama for wearing "a light suit, light tan suit" to talk about the threat of ISIS on Thursday. "There's no way any of us can excuse what the president did yesterday," King said of President Obama on NewsMaxTV. "When you have the world watching... a week, two weeks of anticipation of what the United States is gonna do. For him to walk out — I'm not trying to be trivial here — in a light suit, light tan suit,…
  • Republicans: DREAMer Legal Status Program Invites "Fraud And Abuse"

    29 Aug 2014 | 10:40 am
    Chuck Grassley and Bob Goodlatte argue the administration hasn’t been transparent with DACA. Sen. Chuck Grassley Jonathan Ernst / Reuters / Reuters WASHINGTON — Key House and Senate Republicans warned Friday that the Obama administration's program legalizing DREAMers is an "open invitation for fraud and abuse" and accused the Department of Homeland Security of failing to verify the identity of undocumented minors covered by the program. In a letter to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson, House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Senate Judiciary Ranking Member Chuck Grassley also…
  • Republicans Seize On Obama's "No Strategy" To Combat ISIS Comments

    29 Aug 2014 | 9:53 am
    The White House has been frantically trying to change the message since Thursday’s press conference. Stringer / Reuters Republican members of Congress have seizing on comments from President Obama that "we don't have a strategy yet" to combat ISIS militants and possibly strike them in Syria. "I don't want to put the cart before the horse. We don't have a strategy yet. I think what I've seen in some of the news reports suggest that folks are getting a little further ahead of what we're at than what we currently are," President Obama said in response to a question…
 
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    visionandvalues.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • AZ Superintendent who pushed ban on Mexican American studies loses GOP primary

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

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

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

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

    Lauren Victoria Burke
    25 Aug 2014 | 5:55 am
    Next Monday, the National Bar Association will start filing open records requests in cities with a bad history regarding police brutality.   Those cities are: Birmingham, AL, Little Rock, AR, Phoenix, AZ; Los Angeles, CA; San Jose, CA; Washington, DC; Jacksonville, FL; Miami, FL; Atlanta, GA; Chicago, IL; Louisville, KY; Baltimore, MD; Detroit, MI; Kanas City, MO; St. Louis, MO; Charlotte, NC; Las Vegas, NV; New York City, NY; Cleveland, OH; Memphis, TN; Philadelphia, PA; Dallas, TX; Houston, TX; San Antonio, TX and Milwaukee, WI. After the choking death of Eric Garner…
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    Conservatively Speaking

  • President Obama: Short memory with long term consequences

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

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

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

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

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

  • Price tag of the PCC Association

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

  • Separation of Powers - Rebroadcast

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

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

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

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

    14 Aug 2014 | 1:40 pm
    What role does shaping public opinion play in the policy making that a president or an administration wish to undertake?  Can a president shape public policy if he is unable to convince the public at large of its importance or value to the country?  Does that need to shape public opinion become more vital if the policy in question is military action? There are thousands of ethnic Yazidis trapped on a mountain in northern Iraq.  They are surrounded by the extremist group ISIS who is threatening them with genocide simply for being different than they are.  The president has…
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    A Nation at the Crossroads: The Views of an American Citizen

  • America's Plea

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

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

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

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

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

    brionnamuyco
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Photno by RonAlmog                                           By Family Research Council, Special for USDR        Family Research Council President Tony Perkins  wrapped up a visit to Israel last week as a part of the “Christians in Solidarity with Israel” trip, hosted by the National Religious Broadcasters (NRB).       He met with several high level Israeli officials including Nir Barkat, Jerusalem’s mayor and advisors to Prime…
  • How Much Italian Olive Oil Is Exported To Other Countries?

    brionnamuyco
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:37 am
    By USDR          New information to consumers and lovers of olive oil regarding its exports was recently offered by Unarpol. With so many countries appreciating extra virgin olive oil as well as specific oils like Italian olive oil, the information shows us which countries exactly are enjoying the exports of olive oil.     With ten countries listed in the Unaprol article, there are thousands of people enjoying extra virgin olive oil across the world.     It seems that the demand for olive oil is still growing across the world. Currently, Italy holds…
  • The Best in Social Media Practices and More on The Price of Business

    brionnamuyco
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    By The Price of Business (1110 AM KTEK, Houston, TX is the sister radio program of US Daily Review and is Hosted by USDR Publisher and Managing Editor, Kevin Price).  These are interviews Kevin Price had with his contributors and guests. *Sponsored       The Best in Social Media Practices – Super Julie Braun & Tim Sae Koo     Host Kevin Price, Co-Host Super Julie Braun, & Guest Tim Sae Koo discuss “The Best in Social Media Practices”on this segment of the Price of Business. Check out that interview here.        …
  • 10 Tech-Savviest Cars Under $20,000 List Released

    brionnamuyco
    30 Aug 2014 | 4:16 am
    Maza3 is ranked #1                           By USDR       Today’s mainstream compact cars offer high-dollar tech at an affordable price point. To aid shoppers in choosing an affordable vehicle that is loaded with tech features, Kelley Blue Book have named this year’s 10 Tech-Savviest Cars Under $20,000.         “Many inexpensive new cars now feature technology that was unavailable at any price just a few years ago,” said Jack R. Nerad, executive editorial director…
  • Movie Corner: The November Man

    csalima
    30 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    by Candace Salima, Senior Contributor on US Daily Review Movie: The November Man Director: Roger Donaldson Starring: Pierce Brosnan, Luke Bracey Rating/Runtime: R / 108 Minutes The November Man is a very cleverly written script, well directed and well acted movie. I didn’t really know what to expect and I was pleasantly surprised to find that the script was very tight. There was really only one major problem, and it was a scene completely out of character for Brosnan’s character. The movie opens with the senior CIA Operative, Pierce Brosnan (Devereaux), training a recruit, Luke…
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    The American Patriot

  • Sickening: Upstate NY farmers targeted for not hosting Lesbian wedding

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

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

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

    Charles Patrick Adkins
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:45 am
    Join the club Joe. Joe writes in the Washington Times: (via Newsbusters) I don’t think I’m ready to become a Republican yet … In good conscience, however, I can’t continue to call myself a Democrat. In becoming an independent, I think I’m maintaining the independent (dare I say, libertarian?) mindedness and patriotism that my parents endowed me with. For the country’s sake and for their own, I hope the Democrats wake up. I was a Democrat because while it was clear to me that the Republican politicians were out of touch and cared for only the upper class,…
  • Thug Michael Brown was shot in the front, and not in the back as the lying liberal media said

    Charles Patrick Adkins
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:44 pm
    The money quotes via The New York Times, which come via Darlene over at Protein Wisdom: Michael Brown, the unarmed black teenager who was killed by a police officer, sparking protests around the nation, was shot at least six times, including twice in the head, a preliminary private autopsy performed on Sunday found. One of the bullets entered the top of Mr. Brown’s skull, suggesting his head was bent forward when it struck him and caused a fatal injury, according to Dr. Michael M. Baden, the former chief medical examiner for the City of New York, who flew to Missouri on Sunday at the…
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    Conscience of a College Student

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Kiev’s Dirty War

    Mohammad Tomazy
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:47 am
    by Stephen Lendman |Rogue terror states wage wars the same way. America does it. So does Israel.Kiev’s illegitimate fascist government operates extrajudicially. Rule of law principles don’t apply.Dirty war is waged on its own non-combatant men, women and children. Residential neighborhoods are bombed and shelled.Banned chemical and other terror weapons are used. Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) member of parliament Miroslav Rudenko said:“According to our soldiers’ information, the Ukrainian forces are using chemical ammunition on DPR territory.”“Once a shell bursts, a gas…
  • The Washington Post And "Secular Extremists"

    Mohammad Tomazy
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:16 am
    The Washington Post editorial page reads like a collection of funnies. Sorry ones though.There you have the wife of the Polish foreign minister preparing for total war with Russia. Yeah, lets roll out the nukes already! The winner of course, with Europe then devastated, would be the U.S. economy. Those radiating bits left of it.But the idea might be better than asking the Russian oligarchs to assassinate Putin like a former CIA honcho does. Or better than the idea of an air bombing campaign against Novorossiya right next to the Russia's border and its…
  • Microsoft And Privacy Violations: U.S. Judge Rules Microsoft Must Handover Personal Data

    Mohammad Tomazy
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:02 am
    Microsoft has been told it must handover emails stored abroad to US prosecutors by a New York court. However, the software giant says it will fight the ruling, saying that an email deserves the same privacy protection as a paper letter sent by mail.The company says they will not release any emails to US authorities, while it appeals the ruling, made by Chief Judge Loretta Preska of the US District Court in Manhattan. She said that Microsoft must hand over information, regardless of where it was stored."Microsoft will not be turning over the email and plans to appeal,” a Microsoft…
  • Neither On-Camera Knife Nor Off-Camera Bombs

    Mohammad Tomazy
    30 Aug 2014 | 3:39 am
    ISIS demonstrating how much more uncivilized and barbaric a knife is when used on camera to savagely murder defenseless human being than bombs and rockets and helicopter gunships are when used off-camera by perfumed and sober bureaucrats, to savagely murder hundreds and thousands of defenseless human beings.
  • The Arab World In Two Words

    Mohammad Tomazy
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:28 pm
    To summarize the roots of all conflicts, fundamentalism and foreign interventions in the Arab world, all that is related to:Oil and gas sources.Israel and maintaining its security despite occupation.Note: The term middle east (which includes non-Arab states, particularly Iran and Turkey, and does not include Tunisia, Libya, Algeria, Morocco and Mauritania as Arab states) was created by the British empire (i.e, former Great Britain) in 1850s to administrate its colonies distributed in all continents.
 
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    BizPac Review

  • Despite national debate, Kansas cops have no problem with acquiring MRAPS and grenade launchers

    Watchdog
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:46 am
    Video footage and photos depicting Ferguson, Mo., police acting more like soldiers on the battlefield has catalyzed a national debate over the role of military hardware in local law enforcement. But while Kansas cops have received everything from grenade launchers to mine-resistant armored vehicles, few — if any — have an issue with it. “I don’t have any drawbacks,” Brian Fenner, Sheridan County sheriff, said of the federal 1033 program. “I think it’s a good program. It helps the counties with low budgets, they can acquire some equipment that’s needed in our rural areas.”…
  • M*A*S*H star Wayne Rogers explodes on Fox News contributor: ‘Will you shut up?’

    Tom Tillison
    30 Aug 2014 | 11:18 am
    Things got heated Saturday morning when Fox News host Eric Bolling asked a “Cashin’ In” panel if the U.S. government should pay a ransom to Islamic State militants holding an American woman hostage. Wayne Rogers, one of the stars of the television series “M*A*S*H*,” and a regular on the show, exploded on Fox News contributor Michelle Fields when she interrupted him, saying “will you shut up?” Rogers explained his view of paying ransoms, saying “all you do when you do that is encourage them to do more kidnappings.” O.J. Simpson wants to convert…
  • Dems believe climate change more dangerous than ISIS beheadings

    Amanda Shea
    30 Aug 2014 | 10:03 am
    Democrats believe global warming poses a bigger threat to the United States than Islamic State terrorists, a new Pew Research Center poll revealed. Just 25 percent of Republicans polled called climate change a major threat to Americans, while 68 percent of Democrats agreed with the statement, according to the Pew Research Center. When asked about Islamic State terrorists, 65 percent of Democrats were worried about the group – fewer than those concerned about global warming. Meanwhile, 78 percent of Republicans called the Islamic State the No. 1 threat to the U.S. – a 13-point partisan…
  • ‘Quote o’the week’: Obama says ‘the world’s always been messy…’

    Tom Tillison
    30 Aug 2014 | 9:26 am
    The art of fundraising is getting people in the mood to open their checkbooks, and with various parts of the world on fire at any given time, including right here in America, that task becomes all the more difficult for President Obama in his role as fundraiser in chief. Appearing at a pair of fundraisers Friday, the president had to soften donors up with a healthy dose of optimism, or the best facsimile he can muster. He did this by saying “the world’s always been messy,” adding that we’re only noticing it because of social media. Seriously. In series of tweets, CBS…
  • Michelle Obama’s nutrition nannies want to ruin your Labor Day s’mores

    Don Noel
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:44 am
    S’mores made with fruit? Really? In honor of “National Roasted Marshmallow Day” on August 30, the U.S. Forest Service posted an article Friday that not only included some basic safety tips, but some not-so-subtle hints on how to keep kids from becoming obese while enjoying the gooey treat. Photo Credit:  twitter.com “Even if the kids – including us older ones – insist on more traditional s’mores, there are some healthy tricks,” the Forest Service wrote. “Grill thin slices of pineapple and substitute chocolate for the sweet, warm fruit. You will still get a tasty…
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    Sparking The Left

  • Social Protest Lit.: Albert Camus’ “Reflections on the Guillotine”

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

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

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

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

    Kleier
    23 Aug 2014 | 11:44 am
    James Foley, an American journalist who was kidnapped in Syria nearly two years ago, was decapitated by ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) militants on a 4:40 minute video this past Tuesday posted on the internet. ISIS claimed that the murder was in retaliation for recent airstrikes by the American military on their forces in Iraq which, but today’s post is not just about Mr. Foley’s tragic death but by the dangers faced by journalists around the world. It’s about journalists being heroes, and I’m not talking about “talking heads” or, God forbid,…
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    Daily Signal

  • PBS to Air Documentary ‘Humanizing’ Late-Term Abortion Doctors

    Kelsey Harkness
    30 Aug 2014 | 12:01 am
    Taxpayer-funded broadcaster PBS is airing a documentary this Labor Day weekend highlighting the lives of the four remaining late-term abortion doctors in America. The Public Broadcasting Service describes the film, “After Tiller,” as a “deeply humanizing and probing portrait” of late-term abortionists who remain “absolutely dedicated to their work” in the wake of the 2009 slaying of Dr. George Tiller. At the time of his murder, Tiller was the nation’s pre-eminent abortion practitioner. He was known for his willingness to perform late-term abortions, doing so hundreds of…
  • What Conservatives Must Understand About Hispanic Voters

    Mike Gonzalez
    30 Aug 2014 | 12:01 am
    Half a century ago we saw the spark of powerful ideas that changed the face of America. Some became legislation, such as the War on Poverty. Others became potent cultural trends, like the sexual revolution. Less noticed but no less impactful was the onset of a radical change in our nation’s demographic makeup. That millions of immigrants, the majority from Latin America, began arriving just as the United States was being hit by a social and cultural tornado receives surprisingly little analysis. This whirlwind, after all, ripped up norms that had been in place for generations. These new…
  • Want Your Biggest Pay Raise Ever? Here’s the Step You (Probably) Need to Take

    Salim Furth
    30 Aug 2014 | 12:01 am
    Labor markets in the U.S. have become steadily less dynamic for the last few decades. In a dynamic labor market, there is more hiring, more firing, more promoting, and more quitting. All that churning leads to a stronger economy on average: more employment, higher productivity, and higher wages. In a paper presented at the Kansas City Fed’s Jackson Hole symposium, economists Steven J. Davis and John Haltiwanger documented the decline. “The loss of labor market fluidity suggests the U.S. economy became less dynamic and responsive in recent decades,” they conclude. The simplest…
  • Reagan Historian Accused of ‘Invisible’ Footnotes, ‘Sloppy’ Work

    Kelsey Harkness
    30 Aug 2014 | 12:01 am
    The flap over a new book on Ronald Reagan centers on accusations of plagiarism but actually highlights the danger of devaluing what it means to be a historian, a Heritage Foundation scholar says. Rick Perlstein’s book “The Invisible Bridge: The Fall of Nixon and the Rise of Reagan,” has come under fire not only for passages that resemble those of another Reagan biographer, Craig Shirley, but also for misstating facts and understating sources. “Mr. Perlstein is calling into serious question the place of the historian at a time where we need to understand the past more than ever…
  • Obama’s Divisive Course on Immigration

    James Carafano
    30 Aug 2014 | 12:01 am
    Is it possible to have a debate on border security and immigration reform that doesn’t descend into an unproductive shouting match? Yes. I’ve been involved in many such debates all across the country, and none of them proved contentious. In each case the discussion started by identifying the points all sides could agree on. Imagine if Washington tried that. Congress and the president could roll up their sleeves and work on the issues everyone knows need to be addressed. Then, with that work behind them, they could settle down and work out their differences on the really intractable…
 
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    India News Analysis and Op-Ed Commentary | Politics | Governance | Economic Freedom | National Interest

  • Fun Friday – Modi in Japan, Ganga and Black Money

    Amarjeet Singh
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:25 am
    In this Friday’s round-up, we bring you views on PM Modi’s visit to Japan, formation of SIT on black money, archaic laws, J&K Assembly resolution on India-Pakistan dialogue and a lot more… Black Money issue – SIT on a Wild Goose Chase? More to the point, extant global financial architecture facilitates transfer of illicit money through the Hawala route first to a Tax Haven, only to launder it in specialised locations like London. Writes MR Venkatesh Cleaning Ganga an environmental, cultural need The first tiny glimmer of hope came when Narendra Modi, India’s Prime…
  • RGV’s derogatory tweets on Ganesh spark outrage

    Akash Maithal
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:25 am
    Filmmaker Ram Gopal Verma is in the limelight again for all the wrong reasons, this time tweeting derogatory comments on Ganesh Chaturthi. In his tweets, RGV made fun of people who worship Lord Ganesha, saying how can he help anyone when he could not keep his own head from being cut off. VHP spokesperson Surendra Jain, speaking to NitiCentral said that if Ram Gopal Verma had dared to tweet derogatory remarks about Prophet Mohammad or Jesus Christ, that would be his last day on earth. On the other hand, BJP member from Odisha Ashok Shau said people like Ram Gopal Verma don’t understand…
  • J&K Assembly resolution: NC, Congress, PDP hurt national interest for political gains

    Saurabh Bhattacharya
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:25 am
    Pandemonium in J&K Assembly. File Photo PTI The Jammu and Kashmir Legislative Council, Thursday, passed a resolution urging the Centre to resume talks with Pakistan. The resolution passed unanimously via a voice vote says, “The State Government must urge the Union Government to resume India-Pakistan dialogue to maintain peace in region, especially in Jammu and Kashmir.” This was reported by the Zee News Bureau. This incidentally is a short five-day Monsoon Session which commenced from August 25 and is scheduled to conclude on August 30. Considering the circumstances under…
  • Narendra Modi’s Japan Visit can redefine Asian geo-politics : Tavleen Singh

    Shivkant Gautam
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:25 am
    प्रधानमंत्री नरेंद्र मोदी की जापान यात्रा एशिया के साथ-साथ पूरी दुनिया पर प्रभाव डालेगी | वैसे भारत और जापान के संबंध १३ वीं सदी से ही है और अगर संस्कृति की गहराही मे जाके बुद्धिज़्म की बात की जाये तो चीन से कोरिया होते हुए ये धर्म…
  • Janardan Dwivedi’s age comment – Should politicians retire at 65?

    Akash Maithal
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:55 am
    Age is just a number — something we use to define ourselves. This definition also applies to our politicians. A fresh controversy was sparked after Congress MP Janardan Dwivedi said that politicians should call it quits by the age of 65-70. If we take a look at the long list of Indian politicians, we find that the most common age group is 65-70. Congress Chief Sonia Gandhi will also turn 68 this December. Is Dwivedi sending an indirect message to Sonia Gandhi? Is he expecting her to hang up her boots? Niti Central, in conversation with common people, asked for their views on whether…
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    Cloud Computing News

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Show Prep: Fri, Aug. 29

    Casey Hendrickson
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:04 pm
    Simpletons: Democrats View Climate Change As More Of A Threat To U.S. Than ISIS | The Burning Truth More Democrats view global climate change as a “major threat” to the United States than the Islamic State, according to a new Pew Research... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Simpletons: Democrats View Climate Change As More Of A Threat To U.S. Than ISIS

    Casey Hendrickson
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:45 am
    This is as stupid as this guy: Poll: More Dems See Climate Change as a ‘Major Threat’ to the U.S. Than the Islamic State | TheBlaze.com. More Democrats view global climate change as a “major threat” to the United States than the Islamic State,... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Thursday, Aug. 28 – Hour 3

    Casey Hendrickson
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:08 pm
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  • Thursday, Aug. 28 – Hour 2

    Casey Hendrickson
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:07 pm
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  • Show Prep: Thurs, Aug. 28

    Casey Hendrickson
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:03 pm
    After Hearing What a Tea Party Group Recently Did in Ferguson, You Likely Won’t Be Surprised That You Haven’t Heard About It | TheBlaze.com The story won’t spark controversy or make many front pages, but there is some good happening in... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Liberal Fix

  • Liberal Fix Radio- Progressive Politics

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

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

    Liberal Fix
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:00 pm
    Excellence in Progressive Radio. The Liberal Fix team interviews Mark Potok from the Southern Poverty Law Center. Join us as we have a great discussion concerning the development of hate groups within the U.S. and what can be done to combat the proliferation of hate crimes. If you are interested in being a guest and for any other inquiries or comments concerning the show please contact our producer Naomi De Luna Minogue via email: naomi@liberalfixradio.com. Join the Liberal Fix community, a like-minded group of individuals dedicated to promoting progressive ideals and progressive activists…
  • Liberal Fix Radio- Ferguson, MO Unrest and Rick Perry Indicted

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

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

  • The Israeli Blackmail Machine: The Clintons Weren’t the Only Ones

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

    21wire
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:29 pm
    21st Century Wire says…The high-end of intellectual distortion is supplied by globalist ‘think tanks’, but the low-end of public brainwashing comes from the mainstream media — in this case CNN. As Washington continues to run out of script ideas for its ‘War on Terror’ narrative, the cable news network’s coverage of Ferguson now includes a protester (crisis actor?) wielding a sign that reads ‘ISIS Here’ in the background of reporter Jake Tapper as he moves down the street. Is this a random caught on camera, or, a set piece strategically…
  • Results of MH17 Investigation to Remain ‘Classified’

    21wire
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:22 am
    21st Century Wire says…We suspected this would be the case, so we prepared our own investigative report on July 25th regarding the downed Malaysian airliner over Donetsk in eastern Ukraine: MH17 Verdict: Real Evidence Points to US-Kiev Cover-up of Failed False FlagNow, in a recent report published by Global Research, it’s been confirmed that on August 8th, Ukraine, the Netherlands, Australia and Belgium signed a “non-disclosure agreement pertaining to data obtained during the investigation into the causes of the crash of Malaysian Airlines MH17.”Our translation:…
  • No More Warnings: Has the Police State Already Arrived?

    21wire
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:12 pm
    21st Century Wire says…It’s hard to imagine, after last year’s Boston martial law exercise and most recently the Ferguson crisis, expecting any more fair warnings of an impending police state in your own community. The question now is — ‘So what’s to be done?’Ferguson: Have We Reached a Tipping Point in the Police State?by John W. Whitehead“I thought I was losing my capacity to be shocked — but events in Missouri over just the last couple of hours have crossed a frightening line, one that makes me pray that this assault on fundamental American…
  • Episode #47 – SUNDAY WIRE: Shawn Helton LIVE from ‘Baghdad to Gaza to Ferguson’ with special guest Jason Casella

    21wire
    24 Aug 2014 | 8:22 am
    Episode #47 of The Sunday Wire Radio Show resumes this Sunday August 24th, 2014 presented by guest host Shawn Helton with 2 hours of power-packed talk radio and music from 9am to 11pm PST…LISTEN LIVE ON THIS PAGE AT THE FOLLOWING SCHEDULED SHOW TIMES:SUNDAYS – 5pm-8pm GMT | 12pm-3pm EST | 9am-12pm PSTThis week’s edition of THE SUNDAY WIRE will be broadcasting LIVE from the US, as guest host Shawn Heltoncovers the top stories of the week around the globe — from ‘Baghdad to Gaza to Ferguson’ — including the Western-NATO-Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC)…
 
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    guanyinmiao's musings

  • Financial Illiteracy

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

    Jin Yao Kwan
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:14 pm
    In other words, if chartering trains is cost-efficient, will SMRT – and the Land Transport Authority, which “is looking into taking action against [the train operator]” – encourage or allow other schools to do the same for sporting events at the new National Stadium, beyond the National Education shows during National Day Parade rehearsals? Continue reading →
  • Practising What Is Preached

    Jin Yao Kwan
    24 Aug 2014 | 7:09 pm
    The Government – through the Civil Service – has to take the lead to shift this social culture. Academic achievements might approximate to, yet does not equate to, success at work. Meritocracy can be operationalised through broader, more continuous lenses, by blurring distinctions between different qualifications and between different degrees as employees prove themselves at the workplace. The Government has to clear and precise with its schemes, for they will signal a commitment to this "diversification of pathways". Otherwise, the rhetoric since the National Day Rally speech will be…
  • Eyeballing The News, From The Breakfast Table

    Jin Yao Kwan
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Accusations about her “agenda” because of her past employment in the SPH will persist, but they matter little. Her institutional memory, in my opinion, matters. If the commentaries in “Bertha Harian” and “Troublemaker”, together with our challenging yearlong adventure at BN, are anything to go by, Miss Henson will continue to contribute to socio-political discourse while keeping a critical eye on the mainstream media – for the love of journalism. Continue reading →
  • NMP Selection Matters

    Jin Yao Kwan
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:48 pm
    It would appear probable that some former NMPs – hailing from functional groups which are already well represented by elected parliamentarians or even government agencies – might not be able to contribute further to existing discourse. In this vein the selection of the NMPs comes under question. If the intent of the NMP scheme is to introduce independent and non-partisan voices in Parliament so as to broaden the scope of discussion, and yet if the profiles and discrete perspectives of the NMPs approximate closely to what is already out there, then it would follow that fresh insights would…
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    In the News with Mike Dakkak

  • Separation of Powers - Rebroadcast

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

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

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

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

    14 Aug 2014 | 1:40 pm
    What role does shaping public opinion play in the policy making that a president or an administration wish to undertake?  Can a president shape public policy if he is unable to convince the public at large of its importance or value to the country?  Does that need to shape public opinion become more vital if the policy in question is military action? There are thousands of ethnic Yazidis trapped on a mountain in northern Iraq.  They are surrounded by the extremist group ISIS who is threatening them with genocide simply for being different than they are.  The president has…
 
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    Malcolm Out Loud Podcast

  • The Award Goes To… the People of Toronto (Mayor Rob Ford)

    29 Aug 2014 | 8:18 am
    For giving a Mayor who admitted to smoking a little crack and having an alcohol problem... the AWARD goes to...  For realizing and understanding that doing nothing is NOT an option... and the AWARD goes to... Just because you're gay or black or male or white does NOT guarantee you a spot on the team... the AWARD goes to...  Being indicted by a grand jury for abuse of power... and turning it into a promotion to build awareness and raise money for your next venture... and the AWARD goes to...  Reviving an old brand while razing the stakes in a national promotion... and the AWARD…
  • The Award Goes To... ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

    22 Aug 2014 | 9:36 am
    A man who helped found the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, before taking a deadly plunge... the AWARD goes to... For traveling to a domestic war zone and admitting what people thought all along... the AWARD goes to... A country for having the courage to point out our weaknesses here in America, especially since we're stuffing their wallet with American cash! The AWARD goes to... For standing up to the Justice Department to follow the rule of law... the Award goes to... For selflessly giving to others even when your week isn't going so well... the AWARD goes to... A lesson in economics and…
  • Ask More, Kick Ass & Make a Difference

    16 Aug 2014 | 12:30 pm
    What a show, what a production! Love these three guys and what they're doing across the nation and around the world. They are great examples of what AMERICAN EXCEPTIONALISM is all about!  Michael Alden, John Lawson, JV Crum III If you’re interested in maximizing your potential! If you’re interested in making a difference! If you’re interested in being A BETTER YOU! We’ll explore three incredibly talented authors, people who are making a difference in the world and three leaders who want to help others achieve maximum results in their lives!!  
  • The Award Goes To… the Washington Redskins

    15 Aug 2014 | 9:52 am
    Here is Malcolm’s take on what mattered most for the second week of August 2014. Having the determination and conviction to keep the name of your business that you started in 1932, the AWARD goes to... The man who travels half way around the world to help sick people and becomes deadly sick himself, and the AWARD goes to... Making the stupidest statement of the year, the AWARD goes to... Taking a number one television show and dropping it into last place during his tenure, the AWARD goes to... Having the most patience while carrying out their responsibilities as they're being insulted…
  • The Award Goes To... Bieber & Bears

    8 Aug 2014 | 10:05 am
    A politician who has come off script to reengage in another war, but doesn't want to call it a war AWARD goes to... You do as I say, or I'll sue you... in fact I may sue you even if you don't do what I say, the AWARD goes to... We know where your vulnerability lies, and we plan to strike back AWARD goes to... One of the most successful and repetitive songs that has annoyed many people and black bears too AWARD goes to... The Shinseki award has been given to the President and Congress for doing such a fine job for Veterans all across America! The AWARD goes to... You talk bad about me, and…
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    The Desert Lynx

  • Free Talk Live appearance (Porcfest 2014)

    Joël Valenzuela
    7 Aug 2014 | 9:26 am
    Appearance on Free Talk Live at the Porcupine Freedom Festival, talking about moving to New Hampshire for the Free State Project, Bitcoin, cop blocking, and all kinds of good stuff. Joël Valenzuela is the editor of The Desert Lynx. Like …
  • Peaceful Society Through Martial Arts (Porcfest 2014)

    Joël Valenzuela
    31 Jul 2014 | 6:54 am
    A strong people is a peaceful people, and widespread practice of the martial arts is a key way to develop the kind of society ready to not be governed. Talk delivered at the 2014 Porcupine Freedom Festival in Lancaster, New …
  • Privilege Should Be Celebrated

    Joël Valenzuela
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:36 am
    The hills are alive with the sound of privilege-shaming. Whether it’s white, male, heterosexual, affluent, first-world, thin, attractive, animal, mineral, or plant privilege, chances are someone’s asked you to check it. If there’s anything about you that makes you better …
  • School Is Obsolete – Alternative Self Education (Porcfest 2014)

    Joël Valenzuela
    25 Jul 2014 | 9:47 pm
    The modern-day university system is obsolete. In an age where access to the world’s repository of knowledge is in the palm of our hand, there are much more efficient ways of education. Talk delivered at the 2014 Porcupine Freedom Festival …
  • Gaza Casualties Speak Volumes

    Joël Valenzuela
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:08 am
    It’s that tragic time of year again when the Gaza Strip erupts into flames once more, and the usual suspects are quick to paint the tragic and complex issue with the black-and-white brush of their own agenda. And of all …
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    Citizens News

  • MEGYN KELLY FEEDS AN OBOMUNIST HER LUNCH

    Liberty Bell
    30 Aug 2014 | 10:50 am
    Written by THE ANTI LIBERAL ZONE Enjoy. Once again here is the PROOF that in a battle of wits Liberals come to the fight UNARMED and that their ideology always loses in the arena of ideas.The post MEGYN KELLY FEEDS AN OBOMUNIST HER LUNCH appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Rand Paul: Bill would’ve fired Hillary

    Liberty Bell
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:50 am
    Written by Red Alert Politics Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) Friday afternoon at the Defending the American Dream Summit in Dallas. (Via screengrab) Perhaps diminishing her ahead of his own presidential run, Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) provided a candid and lengthy broadside against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at a conservative gathering Friday. Speaking at […]The post Rand Paul: Bill would’ve fired Hillary appeared first on Citizens News.
  • Exposed: Watch The Banned Child Trafficking Video Congress Did Not Want You To See

    Liberty Bell
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:48 am
    Written by Western Journalism “They would not believe it, because it is the unthinkable. That is why we can get away with it.” –Unknown Yes, It Is The Unthinkable! Why would the modern American Church stand down concerning the homosexual agenda? Why are politicians in Washington D.C. voting in favor of what God calls an Abomination? The widespread acts of pedophiles committed […]The post Exposed: Watch The Banned Child Trafficking Video Congress Did Not Want You To See appeared first on Citizens News.
  • NIDAL HASAN, sentenced to death for Fort Hood massacre, asks to become a “citizen of the Islamic caliphate”

    Liberty Bell
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:47 am
    Written by BARE NAKED ISLAM Why hasn’t this piece of Muslim human sewage been executed yet? The convicted mass murderer in the Fort Hood massacre has written a letter to the leader of the Islamic State saying he wants to become a ‘citizen’ of the caliphate, in … Continue reading →The post NIDAL HASAN, sentenced to death for Fort Hood massacre, asks to become a “citizen of the Islamic caliphate” appeared first on Citizens News.
  • From Gaza with the worst news: Orphaned while at college in America

    Liberty Bell
    30 Aug 2014 | 4:49 am
    Written by Al Jazeera America Palestinian student Iman Abu Aitah hears from abroad how most of her family was killed in Israeli strike on JabaliyaThe post From Gaza with the worst news: Orphaned while at college in America appeared first on Citizens News.
 
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    Buckdog

  • Canada Slips From Most Developed Nation In The World To 11th Place Because Of Stephen Harper And The Conservatives .. Shame!!

    leftdog
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:30 am
    Canada has slipped out of the top 10 countries listed in the annual United Nation's human development index — a far cry from the 1990s when it held the first place for most of the decade.The 2013 report, which reviews a country's performance in health, education and income, places Canada in 11th place versus 10th last year.A closer look at the trends shows Canada actually did better than last year, but other countries such as Japan and Australia improved at a greater rate.When the numbers are adjusted for gender inequality, Canada slumps to 18th place. The United States fares even…
  • Stephen Harper's Deranged Thought Process Is Based On Highly Flawed Right Wing Ideology

    leftdog
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    By: Jakeet Singh  Tue Aug 26 2014  Stephen Harper really seems to have it out for sociology. In 2013, in response to an alleged plot against a VIA train, Harper remarked that we should not “commit sociology,” but pursue an anti-crime approach. And last week, in response to the death of Tina Fontaine, Harper argued that an inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women is not needed, because this is not a “ sociological phenomenon ” but simply a series of individual crimes. Of course, not only is all crime a sociological phenomenon , but also without a broader…
  • Remembering Jack ....

    leftdog
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:05 am
    No One Had More Fun Doing Segments On 'This Hour Has 22 Minutes' Than Jack Layton
  • Federal documents show Harper's Conservatives are thwarting scientists' efforts to keep Canadians informed on Arctic ice levels

    leftdog
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Federal scientists who keep a close eye on the Arctic ice would like to routinely brief Canadians about extraordinary events unfolding in the North.But newly released federal documents show the Harper government has been thwarting their efforts.In 2012, as the Arctic ice hit the lowest point ever recorded, scientists at the Canadian Ice Service were keen to tell Canadians about the stunning ice loss.“Less ice doesn’t mean less danger. In fact the opposite is true and there is greater need for ice information,” Leah Braithwaite, the service’s chief of applied science said in an August…
  • World War One ... historical stupidity that seemed like a good idea at the time

    leftdog
    4 Aug 2014 | 4:27 pm
    I see that the Canadians are being brainwashed into thinking that World War One was a great and glorious moment in Canadian history. You are being told that Canadian soldiers died for Canada's 'freedom' during the First World War ... to 'protect and preserve our nation'. Nonsense!!!Any one with even a fleeting knowledge of history will struggle with this interpretation of the pointless, meaningless conflict known as 'the First World War'.Stop any citizen on the street and ask them what the reason for the First World War was ... and see if they know. Essentially, three Royal 'cousins' ...
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    Political Dresser - Home

  • Genius Idea: EU Seeks to Ban Hairdryers that Work

    29 Aug 2014 | 6:44 am
    Who could have predicted that hitching your horse to the EU cart would mean you would have to say goodbye to your blow dryer, vacuum, and any other appliance with enough wattage to actually do something other than buzz?
  • August Recap: Summertime Sadness

    28 Aug 2014 | 6:03 am
    What? A recap already? Yeah, already. Do we really need to prolong this August of Obama’s golf retreat, Iraqi retreat, and the ISIS beheading fest?
  • Shocker: TSA Computer Glitch Overcharges Travelers

    26 Aug 2014 | 10:04 pm
    PDers may recall back in July when we discussed how illegal immigrants were waved through TSA without passports or other screening the TSA was jacking up fees for their safety services.
  • Just Sayin’: That’s deserved or How to Be an Idiot

    26 Aug 2014 | 7:22 am
    Drudge had an excellent headline last week along the lines of, “Woman Breaks into Giraffe Exhibit, Gets Kicked in Face,” and our staff was just wondering if anyone else out there hoped there would be an attached picture or video?
  • Memory Lane Monday: Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream

    25 Aug 2014 | 6:32 am
    Since this week is the fifty first anniversary of Rev. Doctor Martin Luther King Jr.’s I Have a Dream speech in Washington D.C., PD thought we’d take a break from the vacation crashers of ISIS and the injustice of Eric Holder for a douse of the good Doctor.
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    World Public Forum "Dialogue of Civilizations"

  • The Battle against Barbarism

    28 Aug 2014 | 11:48 pm
    Dr Adrian Pabst, Senior Lecturer in Politics, School of Politics and IR, University of Kent; Visiting Professor, Institut d'Etudes Politiques de Lille (Sciences Po), specially for wpfdc.orgIntroductionFor the past few weeks, the world has watched on in horror as ISIS has intensified its barbarian campaign, killing thousands in unspeakably brutal ways and expelling many more. Eyewitness reports tell a gruesome story of summary executions, beheadings and crucifixions – Christians being nailed alive to crosses and left there to be bleed to death. The severed heads and mutilated bodies have…
  • The Caliphate vs. Everyone Else

    28 Aug 2014 | 2:39 am
    Immanuel Wallerstein, August 15, 2014In the endless geopolitical realignments of the Middle East, the Caliphate of the Islamic State (formerly ISIS or ISIL) seems to have frightened just about everyone else involved in Middle Eastern politics into a de facto geopolitical alliance. All of a sudden, we find Iran and the United States, the Kurds (both in Syria and Iraq) and Israel, Turkey and Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian government, western Europe (Great Britain, France, and Germany) and Russia all pursuing in different ways the same objective: stop the Caliphate from expanding and consolidating…
  • A Vision for the Future

    26 Aug 2014 | 10:04 pm
    Peace through Development: a true Dialogue of CulturesA Paper by Toni Kästner, Chairman, Fusions Energie Forum, submitted for the Rhodes Forum Scientific Marathon - 2014The creation of solidarity, collaboration and integration among nations today will only be possible by giving mankind and our individual nations a vision for the future which in turn requires solidarity, collaboration and integration sine qua non. Once you know where you want to go, you may decide which way to take. If we define a vision of a future in which nations collaborate in friendship, we will have to create a durable…
  • Rhodes Forum Scientific Marathon Results

    26 Aug 2014 | 1:04 am
    On August 25, 2014 the WPFDC Executive Board chose the winners of the Rhodes Marathon – 2014We are glad to congratulate the following authors who were recognized as winners of the contest:Beatriz Bissio (Brazil) - Islam and the West: Another Form of Coexistence is Possible. History Allows to Understand Why;Dimitry Chistilin (Ukraine) - BRICS’ Role in Forming New Architecture of the World System in the Context of Long-term Development;Toni Kaestner (Germany) - A Vision for the Future. Peace through Development: a true Dialogue of Cultures;Dimitri Kitsikis (Canada) - Plethon as Founder of…
  • The Need for Sub Regional Integration in South Asia

    25 Aug 2014 | 1:09 am
    A Paper by Jayshree Sengupta, Senior Research Fellow, Observer Research Foundation, New Delhi, India, submitted for the Rhodes Forum Scientific Marathon - 2014South Asia today has more poor and malnourished people than sub Saharan Africa. It is also marked by frequent incidents of violence, political instability and regime change. Because of an exponential increase in terrorist activities, it is becoming a global flashpoint.India, Nepal and Bangladesh are contiguous countries of South Asia. Bangladesh and Nepal are located in a terrain full of rivers that is fertile and the northern and…
 
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    Patriots Movement

  • US General Assassinated by Afghan Terrorist

    Cal Sullivan
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:32 am
    A US Major General was assassinated today in Kabul Afghanistan after a terrorist in an Uniform opened fire killing him and wounding US and international troops including a 1 star German General. In total 15 soldiers we’re injured with the Army unclearly reporting to the press that “about roughly half of them we’re US soldiers”. The Army has not released the name of the slain general as of yet but sources close to the event note that he was the highest ranked officer in the entirety of the 13 year war.  An official announcement will be held later today as the spouses…
  • Illegal Aliens Murder Border Patrol Officer In Front of His Family

    Cal Sullivan
    4 Aug 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Two  illegal aliens have been caught by police in Willacy County (TX)  after murdering an off duty Border Patrol Agent who was fishing along with his dad and mom, his wife and his kids. Border Patrol spokesman Omar Zamora reported to Channel 5 News KRGV that the agent was shot in the chest sometime Sunday night after an attempted robbery.  Zamora also reported that the gunmen noticed the agent had a gun in his holster and opened fire with his own gun. Willacy County Sheriff Larry Spence stated one other individual was additionally injured in the initial shooting. That particular…
  • Tahmooressi Returns to Court

    Cal Sullivan
    4 Aug 2014 | 5:03 pm
    US Marine POW Andrew Tahmooressi returned to court today in Tijuana  to plea his innocence before a judge after the passing of his 127th day imprisoned in a Mexican Prison for accidentally crossing across the Southern Border with his rifles. Present in the court room today we’re the four Mexican Border Patrol agents who arrested the young Marine. Tahmooressi is growing “more optimistic” about his court case per his Mexican attorney today in interviews to the press who feels his clients civil rights we’re violated in several ways. Firstly Tahmooressi was not provided a…
  • Ben Carson Forms 2016 PAC

    Cal Sullivan
    3 Aug 2014 | 10:04 am
    Doctor Benjamin Carson, the conservative super star that emerged from a political dinner last year after criticizing the President to his face , has done what so many people have been calling and asking for him to do. He’s finally taking visible steps towards a White House run in 2016 and may be one of the first candidates to emerge from what has been so far a very speculative race. The 62 year old retired neurosurgeon formed a super PAC on Saturday named One Nation and has appointed Texas businessman Terry Giles as the chairman. “No doubt he’s one step closer to making a…
  • Nancy Pelosi Charges at GOP Speaker

    Cal Sullivan
    2 Aug 2014 | 9:33 pm
    It seems like something out of a C-SPAN parody more so than a real life event in our country’s governing body. It happened however. Not just once but twice in the same speech. Representative Tom Marino was at the podium speaking about the Border Bill that was up for vote. He spoke about many things under it and then took the time to reminisce and remind the Democrats…that they had two entire years controlling the White House, the Congress, and the Senate..and that they did nothing about immigration. Clearly as we see now this illegal immigration thing was not random or sudden.
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    RINF Alternative News & Alternative Media | Breaking News Real Independent

  • Former British Ambassador to Uzbekistan Says UK Rogue State, Danger to World

    User Submitted
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:30 am
    The United Kingdom as a rogue state and a danger to the world, a former British Ambassador to Uzbekistan Craig Murray said. “The British Government is deeply, deeply immoral. They don’t care how many people they kill abroad if it advances them. Anybody who votes No [to Scottish independence] is voting to support a pathological ...
  • CDC whistleblower confesses to MMR vaccine research fraud in historic public statement

    User Submitted
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:28 am
    CDC whistleblower William Thompson has now gone public with a statement posted on the website of the law firm representing him, Morgan Verkamp LLC. (See the full statement reprinted below.)The statement opens with a blatant admission of scientific fraud at the CDC:My name is William Thompson. I am a Senior Scientist with the Centers for ...
  • South Yorkshire Police officers ‘may still be held accountable’

    User Submitted
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:59 pm
    The Chief Constable of South Yorkshire police, David Crompton, apologised to the victims of child-sex exploitation in Rotherham and said officers could still be held accountable for the failures in bringing abusers to justice. A report this week accused officers from the force of treating young victims with “contempt” and seeing them as undeserving of ...
  • Stop Israel’s Ongoing War Crimes Against the People of Gaza

    User Submitted
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:50 pm
    On August 5, World Can’t Wait put out a call to Stop Israel’s War Crimes & Crimes Against Humanity on the People of Gaza. The mission was to bring the reality of what Operation “Protective Edge” did to the people of Gaza, and why this rose to the level of “war crimes;” to expose the role ...
  • Obama’s NSA review gives the lie to Britain’s timid platitudes: a debate is possible

    User Submitted
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:46 pm
    What a relief. It is, after all, possible to discuss the operations of modern intelligence agencies without having to prove one’s patriotism, be turned over by the police, summoned by politicians or visited by state-employed technicians with instructions to smash up one’s computers. The 300-page report into the Guardian’s revelations about the US National Security ...
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    Eurasia Review

  • The Golden Crescent And The Economics Of Terrorism – OpEd

    Eurasia Review
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:04 pm
    By Nasurullah Brohi It is a well known trend that without the external support and huge finances none of the terrorist organizations and their insurgent activates could ever survive. The terrorist organizations also receive money in the name of donations as mostly in our countries the donations are taken in the name of trusts and […] The post The Golden Crescent And The Economics Of Terrorism – OpEd appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • China And Mongolia: Realising A ‘Comprehensive Strategic Partnership’ – Analysis

    IPCS
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:07 pm
    By Abanti Bhattacharya On 22 August, Chinese President Xi Jinping wrapped up his two-day trip to Mongolia, which is noteworthy not just because he signed as many as 26 agreements but because this was his second single country visit since he became President and also a first by a head of state after 11 years. […] The post China And Mongolia: Realising A ‘Comprehensive Strategic Partnership’ – Analysis appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Turkey: Ali Babacan To Stay In New Cabinet

    JTW
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:02 pm
    By Öznur Keleş Turkey’s new Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu has submitted his cabinet list to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in order to form the 62nd government. One of the most hotly discussed issues regarding the new cabinet was whether Ali Babacan would maintain his position therein. According to Davutoğlu’s announcement, Ali Babacan will continue in […] The post Turkey: Ali Babacan To Stay In New Cabinet appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Russia – European Union Sanction Conflict Impact – Analysis

    Penza News
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:59 pm
    A one-year food import ban decree signed on August 6, 2014, by Vladimir Putin, the President of the Russian Federation, caused massive backlash among the European farmers, as well as foreign politicians and analysts. The decree bans the import of certain foods, such as beef, pork, poultry and chicken, fruit, vegetables, fish, cheeses, milk and […] The post Russia – European Union Sanction Conflict Impact – Analysis appeared first on Eurasia Review. To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
  • Israeli Police Open Murder Investigations Into Civilian Deaths From Gaza Rockets – OpEd

    Richard Silverstein
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:02 pm
    During Operation Protective Edge, seven Israeli civilians were killed as a result of rockets fired from Gaza.  Now, Israeli police plan on opening murder investigations (Hebrew) into each of these deaths.  The purpose would be to prepare for possible war crimes charges against those militants responsible for killing Israeli civilians.  The clear intent is to […] The post Israeli Police Open Murder Investigations Into Civilian Deaths From Gaza Rockets – OpEd appeared first on... To continue reading this article, click on the headline.
 
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    Tomás Guerra

  • Las Estrellas del Jackie Robinson West hacen historia en Chicago

    Tomás Guerra
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Picture ESPN ChicagoChicago tiene una razón má por la cual ser feliz ahora gracias a un grupo de niños de once y doce años del barrio de Morgan Park, en el lado sur de la ciudad. Durante las últimas dos semanas, el equipo Jackie Robinson West All-Stars ha capturado los titulares, honores y admiración de la gente aquí y en todos los Estados Unidos. Después de convertirse en los campeones de los Grandes Lagos en las pequeñas ligas de baseball, ahora ellos están en Williamsport, Pennsylvania, donde ya la han hecho hasta las semifinales de la Serie Mundial de Ligas Pequeñas. Al…
  • The All-Stars of Jackie Robinson West make history in Chicago

    Tomás Guerra
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:38 pm
    Pictures ESPN ChicagoChicago has one more reason to be proud right now, thanks to a group of 11- and twelve-year-old children from Morgan Park, a neighborhood in the South Side of the city.  During the last couple of weeks,  the Jackie Robinson West All-Stars team has captured headlines, praise and admiration from people here and all over the United States.  After becoming  Great Lakes champions in the little league of baseball they are now in Williamsport, PA, where they have made it to the semifinals of the Little League World Series. At first you didn't hear about…
  • Red Card for the Republicans

    Tomás Guerra
    30 Jun 2014 | 10:42 am
    While the rift between the Republicans in the House of Representatives and President Obama grows, Representative Luis Gutierrez, the most active politician in the quest for immigration reform, used a soccer analogy last week to put anti-immigrant Republicans in their place: "You are done," Gutierrez yelled from the podium in his passionate tone. "You are done."It was a year ago already that a comprehensive immigration bill was passed by the U.S. Senate, but the legislation was never submitted to a vote by Speaker of the House, John Boehner, for fear of retaliation by the "Tea Party," the most…
  • Tarjeta Roja Para los Republicanos

    Tomás Guerra
    30 Jun 2014 | 10:40 am
    Mientras la grieta entre los Republicanos de la Cámara de Representantes y el Presidente Obama se sigue anchando, el Representate Luis Gutiérrez, el político más activo en el camino por la reforma migratoria, uso una analogía sobre el futbol para poner a los Republicanos anti-inmigrantes en su lugar: "Estan acabados", Gutiérrez grito desde el podio en su usual tono pasional. "Estan acabados".Fué hace un año ya que una ley de reforma migratoria comprensiva fué aprobada por el Senado de Estados Unidos, pero la legislación nunca fue sometida a voto por el Speaker de Cámara de…
  • América, El Paraíso de los Bullies

    Tomás Guerra
    13 Jun 2014 | 10:54 am
    Héctor Alejandro MendezAsesinado por bulliesLos sueños de un niño de 12 años de Ciudad Victoria, México, nunca se van a volver realidad. Héctor Alejandro Méndez, un estudiante de la Escuela Secundaria Eleazar Gómez, fué asesinado por bullies de su clase el mes pasado, en mero frente de su maestra. Cuatro de los adolescentes sujetaron a Héctor Alejandro de sus brazos y pies, lo columpiaron, y después lo arrojaron hacia la pared de concreto de su salón dos veces, causándole heridas cerebrales y un estado de coma que lo llevó a su muerte el día 20 de mayo. Ahora los…
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    baracklovesmichelle.com

  • Obama Photos 8/3

    Barack loves Michelle
    3 Aug 2014 | 3:17 am
    First Lady Michelle Obama participates in a “Let’s Move!” launch event with members of the National Football League at Woldenberg Park in New Orleans, La., Sept. 8, 2010. At right are former NFL coach Tony Dungy and former Tennessee Titans running back Eddie George (27). First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden speak with former First Lady Rosalynn Carter and former Senator Elizabeth Dole, left, in the Blue Room after a Joining Forces program for military and veteran caregivers in the East Room of the White House, April 11, 2014. First Lady Michelle Obama visits with…
  • Obama Photos 7/30

    Barack loves Michelle
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    First Lady Michelle Obama watches from the Red Room as Alicia Keys delivers remarks prior to a screening of “The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete” in the State Dining Room of the White House, Jan. 15, 2014 First Lady Michelle Obama tapes a “Let’s Move!” public service announcement with 2013 NBA Champion Miami Heat players LeBron James, left, and Dwyane Wade, in the Map Room of the White House, Jan. 14, 2014 First Lady Michelle Obama joins students and parents for lunch at a Subway restaurant to announce that Subway will work with Partnership for a Healthier…
  • Obama Photos 7/29

    Barack loves Michelle
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:20 am
    President Barack Obama greets Boston Red Sox outfielder Jonny Gomes during a White House event honoring the team and their 2013 World Series Championship, April 1, 2014 President Barack Obama holds the hand of Lincoln Rose Pierce Smith, the daughter of former Deputy Press Secretary Jamie Smith, in the Oval Office, April 4, 2014. Watching from the other side of the Resolute Desk are Elsa Smith, age 5, and Sage Smith, age 6, Lincoln’s cousins. President Barack Obama walks with Lincoln Rose Pierce Smith, the daughter of former Deputy Press Secretary Jamie Smith, in the Oval Office, April…
  • Obama Photos 7/28

    Barack loves Michelle
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:01 am
    First Lady Michelle Obama participates in a “Let’s Move!” taping with Richard Sherman of the Seattle Seahawks in the White House Kitchen, May 21, 2014. First Lady Michelle Obama reacts during an interview with Vanessa Bush, Editor-in-Chief of Essence magazine, in the East Reception Room of the White House, May 27, 2014 President Barack Obama greets guests during a Federal Judges Association reception in the East Room of the White House, May 6, 2014.  first lady Michelle Obama arrives to deliver gives the keynote address during Grammy Museum’s Jane Ortner Education…
  • Obama Photos 7/27

    Barack loves Michelle
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:49 pm
    President Barack Obama kisses First Lady Michelle Obama during her remarks at an Affordable Care Act reception in the East Room of the White House, May 1, 2014. President Barack Obama, with Vice President Joe Biden, slides across a counter to pose for photos with staff following lunch at the Dupont Circle Shake Shack in Washington, D.C., May 16, 2014. First Lady Michelle Obama joins students from Lame Deer Junior High School for a group photo in the China Room of the White House, prior to the White House Talent Show hosted with the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities,…
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    Washington Blade: Gay News, Politics, LGBT Rights

  • Opposing sides in trio of marriage cases seek Supreme Court review

    Chris Johnson
    29 Aug 2014 | 2:51 pm
    All parties in the three most advanced marriage equality cases have filed petitions before review with the Supreme Court. (Washington Blade file photo by Michael Key)Pressure on the Supreme Court to make a nationwide ruling on the issue of marriage equality is at its greatest point ever now that parties on both sides in each of the three most advanced marriage cases have petitioned justices for review. Before the start of Labor Day weekend on Friday, opposing sides in the Utah, Oklahoma and Virginia marriage lawsuits — parties for marriage equality and against it — had submitted petitions…
  • Gulf Coast’s LGBT residents mark Katrina anniversary

    Michael K. Lavers
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:06 am
    Belle Reve Executive Director Vicki Weeks shows photos of the hurricane damage to her organization’s building. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key) NEW ORLEANS — It was around 2 a.m. on Aug. 27, 2005, when Vicki Weeks, executive director of Belle Reve, a residence for people with HIV/AIDS in New Orleans’ Marigny neighborhood, and three of her staffers began to evacuate the Crescent City ahead of Hurricane Katrina with eight clients who had no other way to leave. It took the group eight hours to drive three miles on Interstate 10 in New Orleans because of a massive traffic jam.
  • Cincinnati will cover GRS costs starting in 2015

    Staff reports
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:05 am
    (Photo by J. Stephen Conn) CINCINNATI — Cincinnati will cover transgender health needs under its city insurance plan starting next year, the Enquirer, a Cincinnati Gannett paper, reports. Officials said they plan to promote the change as a way to lure people to the region. “Since I’ve been here I’ve worked to make this city as competitive and inclusive as possible,” the paper quoted Chris Seelbach, the city’s first out councilman, as having said. “This is a another step in that direction.” Seelbach led a council majority in signing a letter urging the…
  • Online resource launches for gay Aussie teens

    Staff reports
    29 Aug 2014 | 6:33 am
    “Research has shown that same-gender attracted young adults experience higher rates of mental health problems when compared to their opposite-gender attracted peers,” said Dr. Jo Abbott from the National eTherapy Centre at Swinburne. SYDNEY, Australia — A mental health program specifically designed for same-sex-attracted youth has been developed and is now being tested online in Australia, the Gay News Network reports. Out & Online has been funded by beyondblue, a depression treatment agency, and was put together by a team of researchers from Swinburne University of…
  • Study finds more gays lack health coverage

    Staff reports
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:55 am
    LGBT adults are more likely to lack health insurance coverage. LOS ANGELES — LGBT adults are more likely than their straight counterparts to lack health insurance coverage (17.6 vs. 13.2 percent respectively), according to a Gallup study released this week by the UCLA School of Law and reported by the Windy City Times. The study considered change in health care coverage in the last quarter of 2013 and second quarter of 2014, which roughly represent the periods before and after open enrollment associated with Affordable Care Act (ACA), known as Obamacare. Since the fourth quarter of 2013,…
 
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    Lady Freethinker

  • This Baffling Life Form Eats Only Electricity (Must-See Video)

    Lady Freethinker
    6 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Vegans and vegetarians (like me) may save animals, but we’ve got nothing on this odd little life form in terms of cruelty-free living. This type of bacteria subsists on pure electricity — so it doesn’t kill a thing to eat, not even a plant or fungus. Obviously, humans can’t survive without killing something, no matter how we may strive to cause as little suffering as possible. Maybe someday technology will allow us to be as “compassionate” as these bacteria. (Could those Star Trek replicators be churning out tasty meals made of nothing but energy itself)? For…
  • The Difference Between Cat and Dog Owners – Graphic

    Lady Freethinker
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:26 pm
    As someone who’s lived with dogs for the first half of my life and cats for the second, I see myself on both sides of this equation. So I’ll take that cat-person’s intelligence AND the dog-person’s athleticism, thank you very much. In all seriousness, the research does come from some credible sources. So while I hesitate to stereotype anyone by the animal they choose to consort with, this infographic makes for an interesting read. And I bet my cat would agree with these stats. The post The Difference Between Cat and Dog Owners – Graphic appeared first on Lady…
  • L. Ron Hubbard’s Great-Grandson Dishes the Dirt on Scientology – Video

    Lady Freethinker
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Calling his great-grandpa “a shepherd who enslaved his own flock,” L. Ron Hubbard descendent Jamie DeWolf gives his own up-close version of the Scientology debacle — and while the truth may be ugly, his words are pure poetry. Yes, it actually turns out Jamie is an award-winning spoken-word performer as well as a harsh critic of Hubbard’s legacy. Apparently, his criticisms have angered the church; Jamie’s website claims they’ve been stalking and harassing him for speaking out. To be fair, Jamie wasn’t around to witness his great-grandfather’s…
  • This Brave Mother Giraffe Defends Her Baby From An Entire Pride of Lions – Video

    Lady Freethinker
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Never underestimate the power of motherhood. In this you-have-to-see-it-to-believe-it video, a mother giraffe fends off an entire pride of lions as they approach her and her gangly offspring. The footage comes from Bill and Barbara Westbrook, and was shot on their seventh visit to Kicheche, a camp on a Kenyan reserve. Barbara said that the interaction between predators and prey went on for nearly 30 minutes before the lions finally gave up. Good work, mama giraffe!   The post This Brave Mother Giraffe Defends Her Baby From An Entire Pride of Lions – Video appeared first on Lady…
  • Survey Says: Congress Less Popular than Most-Hated Star Wars Character of All Time

    Lady Freethinker
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    photo credit: nickstone333 via photopin cc Meesa thinks we have a problem. By the numbers, Congress now ranks below Jar Jar Binks — the least-liked Star Wars character ever — in popularity. In the name of accuracy, the two weren’t actually compared in the same study. But as the Huffington Post reports, a survey by FiveThirtyEight showed Mr. Binks to have a 29-percent favorable rating and a 37-percent unfavorable rating, giving him a net score of -8. Congress, on the other hand, appears to have a pitiful net rating of -57, according to data taken from multiple polls. So Americans…
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    FiveThirtyEight » Politics | FiveThirtyEight

  • Migration Isn’t Turning Red States Blue

    Harry Enten
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:41 am
    Last week, The New York Times’s Robert Gebeloff and David Leonhardt published an article, “The Growing Blue-State Diaspora,” which made the case that transplants from blue states are making red states purple. “This pattern has played an important role in helping the Democratic Party win the last two presidential elections and four of the last six,” they wrote.It’s a fascinating hypothesis, but it’s overstated, in our view. The first problem is that the predominant political trend of the past two decades has not been consistently better performance by…
  • It’s Really Hard To Measure The Effects Of Abortion Restrictions In Texas

    Amelia Thomson-DeVeaux
    28 Aug 2014 | 5:08 am
    Last summer, after Wendy Davis had come and gone, the Texas legislature passed a package of abortion bills that has effectively forced most of the state’s clinics to close. The bills didn’t ban abortion outright, but instead placed new restrictions on abortion providers, such as a mandate for expensive structural changes (e.g. wider hallways and new ventilation systems) for clinics. Proponents said that more rigorous standards would protect women’s health, but obstetricians and pro-choice advocates warned that the law would serve a pro-life agenda, and that its consequences could…
  • The Poorest Corner Of Town

    Ben Casselman
    26 Aug 2014 | 5:50 am
    FERGUSON, Mo. — “I am!” “Mike Brown!” “I am!” “Mike Brown!”By midnight on Wednesday, this call-and-response, and others like it — “Hands up, don’t shoot,” “What’s his name? Mike Brown,” and the old standby, “No justice, no peace!” — had been going on for hours. An early-evening thunderstorm and the calm but firm interventions of local clergy helped make this perhaps the most peaceful night since Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson shot and killed 18-year-old Michael Brown 11 days earlier. Still, there were several moments when it felt like a…
  • Is The Polling Industry In Stasis Or In Crisis?

    Nate Silver
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:20 am
    There is no shortage of reasons to worry about the state of the polling industry. Response rates to political polls are dismal. Even polls that make every effort to contact a representative sample of voters now get no more than 10 percent to complete their surveys — down from about 35 percent in the 1990s.And there are fewer high-quality polls than there used to be. The cost to commission one can run well into five figures, and it has increased as response rates have declined.9 Under budgetary pressure, many news organizations have understandably preferred to trim their polling budgets…
  • Nobody Knows How Many Americans The Police Kill Each Year

    Reuben Fischer-Baum
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:36 am
    Earlier this month, a police officer shot and killed an unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, in Ferguson, Missouri. The shooting and the response have reignited concerns about racial profiling, police brutality and police militarization. The incident has also drawn attention to a remarkable lack of knowledge about a seemingly basic fact: how often people are killed by the police.Some reporting has put forward one of the only figures available: the approximately 400 “justifiable police homicides” each year since 2008, according to the FBI’s annual Supplementary Homicide Report (SHR).
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    kai arzheimer

  • New Book Project: Handbook of Electoral Behaviour

    Kai Arzheimer
    16 Aug 2014 | 1:55 pm
    Very happy: The folks at Sage have kindly signed a contract with Jocelyn Evans, Michael Lewis-Beck, and my own good self to edit a two-volume tome on Electoral Behaviour in their Handbook series. The final product will have some 50 chapters on all aspects of psephology and should come out in 2016. Cat-herding 50+ academics for the next 18 months. What’s not to like? The post New Book Project: Handbook of Electoral Behaviour appeared first on kai arzheimer.
  • Analysing Facebook with R

    Kai Arzheimer
    26 Jul 2014 | 12:55 pm
    I’ve recently discovered Rfacebook, which lets you access public information on Facebook from R. In terms of convenience, no package for R or Python that I have seen so far comes near. Get yourself a long-lived token, store it as a variable, and put all posts on a fanpage you are interested in into one R object with a single function call. Check it out here. The post Analysing Facebook with R appeared first on kai arzheimer.
  • One, two, three Excellent Online Surveys

    Kai Arzheimer
    9 Jul 2014 | 1:36 pm
    An Imperial Duck. Because. My wonderful PhD students are running a series of short online surveys, two of them with a slightly unusual and rather intriguing format. If you read German, do them a favour and click on the link. You should be done in 10 minutes or less. And while you’re about it, share the link with your networks to make this a bit less of a convenience sample. The post One, two, three Excellent Online Surveys appeared first on kai arzheimer.
  • How to Get a 100 per cent Response Rate

    Kai Arzheimer
    28 Jun 2014 | 10:59 am
    When I drove home from work a couple of days ago, I noticed a policeman flagging down precisely every tenth car in the other lane and directing the drivers towards a lay-by. He was in uniform, wearing hi-vis gear and his government-issued Walther, so non-compliance was clearly not an issue. The scene was completed by a large billboard, stating that this was no ordinary vehicle spotcheck but rather a road use survey. I badly want these guys on our team. The post How to Get a 100 per cent Response Rate appeared first on kai arzheimer.
  • Another Update for the Extreme Right Bibliography

    Kai Arzheimer
    18 Jun 2014 | 7:04 am
    Once more, I have updated the ever more eclectic bibliography on the Extreme Right in Europe. Help making it slightly less eclectic by mailing/tweeting/facebooking (is that a thing now?) suggestions for additions. The post Another Update for the Extreme Right Bibliography appeared first on kai arzheimer.
 
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    Vox - All

  • Saturday links

    Ezra Klein
    30 Aug 2014 | 10:50 am
    - Elizabeth Drew's Washington Journal is as good as everyone says. It's a reported diary Drew kept through the Watergate period, and it summons the confusion and terror of the time in a way that no neat history can match. At one point, Carl Albert, then the Speaker of the House, is asked for his reaction to a new batch of revelations. "I have passed the point of reacting," he replies. In the introduction, Drew says that legendary New Yorker editor William Shawn told her, "write it so that forty years from now people can say, ‘So that's what it was like.'" She did. - Members of Congress are…
  • Russia's army is so brazen they painted this tank with the name of its Ukrainian target

    Max Fisher
    30 Aug 2014 | 10:40 am
    Russian President Vladimir Putin insists that Russia is not invading Ukraine (his government says any Russian troops found fighting alongside the rebels in eastern Ukraine are either vacationing there or just lost). It is no secret that he is lying, as there is a growing mountain of evidence of the Russian invasion. Increasingly, that evidence is so glaring that even for Putin the brazenness is just staggering. The latest neon-lit "we are invading Ukraine and not even trying to hide it" moment came on Friday, when someone in the Russian border region of Rostov took a video of a Russian…
  • Watch how Louisiana's coastline has vanished over the last 80 years

    Brad Plumer
    30 Aug 2014 | 10:10 am
    Over the last 80 years, Louisiana has lost nearly 2,000 square miles of coastland — land that has simply vanished into the Gulf of Mexico. And much, much more land is likely to disappear in the years ahead unless major changes are made. That's the subject of a terrific new investigation from Bob Marshall, Brian Jacobs, and Al Shaw of ProPublica. You should go read their entire piece (and check out their striking visuals), but I've made a slider image out of two key maps to show the stark change since 1922: Slide your cursor over the map to see the change (Propublica) This mostly isn't a…
  • The war on drugs, explained in one video — with dragons

    German Lopez
    30 Aug 2014 | 7:30 am
    Sometimes the best way to explain big policy issues is through metaphors. This short video, from the Global Commission on Drug Policy, walks through many of the criticisms of the war on drugs — with visuals of dragons and medieval warfare: One of the key critiques shown in this video is what's known as the hydra effect. The idea is that, given the huge global demand for illicit drugs, drug producers and traffickers don't just cease to exist when governments go after them. Production and trafficking instead move to other areas, causing the drug trade and the violence that often comes with it…
  • Why no one wants to call Russia's invasion of Ukraine an invasion

    Max Fisher
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:30 am
    If you've spent even five minutes listening to the news about Russia's ongoing military invasion of Ukraine, you have noticed something strange: Western leaders, from President Obama to the head of NATO, are bending over backwards to call the invasion anything other than "invasion." Popular substitutes have included "aggression," "escalation," and especially "incursion." The rhetorical backflips have gotten so silly that outraged Ukrainians started a hashtag campaign, #RussiaInvadedUkraine, to try to force the world to acknowledge the invasion that everybody knows is a huge terrible problem…
 
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  • The Mother of All Blowbacks

    Eric Margolis
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    President Barack Obama is being lambasted by US Republicans for admitting that “we don’t have a strategy yet” for dealing with the rise of the militant group, ISIS, or Islamic State, as it’s now known. Given that the US had made an unbelievable mess of its Mideast policies, the president is right to pause and think, something his shoot –from- the- lip Republican critics rarely do. They are demanding the US attack both Iraq and Syria without asking “what then oh brave Washington warriors?” These are the Republicans who ardently supported George Bush’s catastrophic invasion and…
  • Will Germans Resist the Empire?

    No Author
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Merkel is under serious pressure from two fronts. The sanctions against Russia are having a major impact upon the European economy as a whole. This has caused Merkel to bluntly state that the US cannot solve all the problems of the world. Indeed, what she is not saying is that these US policies may be causing more problems than she can handle. Europe is caught between two warring powers, US and Russia, who are still stuck in the old empire way of thinking. Putin sees the power of a nation as its size and I cannot say that the US is that much different. OK, the US does not want to own the…
  • Neocon Powerlust

    Patrick J. Buchanan
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Sen. Rand Paul raises an interesting question: When has Hillary Clinton ever been right on foreign policy? The valkyrie of the Democratic Party says she urged President Obama to do more to aid Syrian rebels years ago. And last summer, she supported air strikes on Bashar Assad’s regime. Had we followed her advice and crippled Assad’s army, ISIS might be in Damascus today, butchering Christians and Alawites and aiding the Islamic State in Iraq in overrunning Baghdad. But if the folly of attacking Assad’s army and weakening its resistance to ISIS terrorists is apparent to…
  • You Are Smart and Eclectic

    No Author
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Nixon’s Secrets: The Rise, Fall, and Untold Truth about the President, Watergate, and the Pardon - Roger Stone The Sleepwalkers: How Europe Went to War in 1914 - Christopher Clark Against the State: An Anarcho-Capitalist Manifesto - Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr. The Daughter of Time - Josephine Tey Flashman: A Novel - George MacDonald Fraser A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State - John Whitehead To Harass Our People: The IRS and Government Abuse of Power - George Hansen The Mystery of Banking - Murray N. Rothbard From Dawn to Decadence: 500 Years of Western…
  • Heaping Lie Upon Lie

    Paul Craig Roberts
    29 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    The latest Washington lie, this one coming from NATO, is that Russia has invaded Ukraine with 1,000 troops and self-propelled artillery. How do we know that this is a lie? Is it because we have heard nothing but lies about Russia from NATO, from US ambassador to the UN Samantha Power, from assistant secretary of state Victoria Nuland, from Obama and his entire regime of pathological liars, and from the British, German, and French governments along with the BBC and the entirety of the Western media? This, of course, is a good reason for knowing that the latest Western propaganda is a lie.
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    Inside Ben's Brain

  • Lesson Learned from Tennis Match

    Ben Spera
    6 Aug 2014 | 4:41 pm
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  • What is Obama

    Ben Spera
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:48 pm
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  • News Anchor Slaps Fan in Face

    Ben Spera
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:44 pm
    The most disturbing part of the story is that it was completely unintentional; the reporter was just trying to give the poor guy a high five. This is some of the worst hand-eye coordination I’ve seen… and a respectable amount of restraint shown by the guy who got palmed in the face. The post News Anchor Slaps Fan in Face appeared first on Inside Ben's Brain.
  • Teddy Roosevelt’s Bar Fight with a Bully

    Ben Spera
    21 Jul 2014 | 7:56 am
    President Teddy Roosevelt has a reputation for being a tough guy, but here’s a story a bit more personal than the common tale of his days leading the Rough Riders. The best part of this story is that it’s in the President’s own words. It really does justice to the fair but tough man that […] The post Teddy Roosevelt’s Bar Fight with a Bully appeared first on Inside Ben's Brain.
  • Marine Corps Generals Openly Turning Against Obama

    Ben Spera
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:38 pm
    In an unprecedented act of open criticism of a sitting President, two 4-star Generals have publicly blasted President Obama’s policies. Several weeks ago Marine Corps General John Kelly, commander of U.S. Southern Command, first spoke out about the President’s border crisis, and now the Marine Corps top commander, Gen. James Amos, Marine Corps Commandant, publicly […] The post Marine Corps Generals Openly Turning Against Obama appeared first on Inside Ben's Brain.